Tom Schuba, Chicago Sun-Times

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Recent articles by Tom:

COVID-19 test shortage forces Chicago area clinics to halt curbside testing

Physicians Immediate Care centers website said because of a lack of tests, "we are currently unable to test for COVID-19 in Illinois." → Read More

Politicians pushing to reopen faster are ‘idiots,’ says expert, blaming those not following rules for continued rise in COVID-19 cases

Infectious disease doctor at Northwestern says "everybody here seems to be just ready to chuck it and just go back to doing what they’re doing." → Read More

As elective surgeries resume, out-of-state patients flock to Illinois doctors

"They planned everything around having surgery done and finally alleviating their pain, finally restoring their function. And then for obviously good reasons, we canceled their surgery or postponed their surgery. And it’s just been heartbreaking for them," said Dr. Richard Berger of Rush Hospital. → Read More

Lawmakers warn ‘unscrupulous businesses’ are using social equity candidates as fronts in bid to get new pot licenses in Illinois

One social equity applicant said a venture capital firm wanted him to be "like a front for them ... but I wouldn’t have any real control over it." → Read More

Albany Park church hosts Sunday service in defiance of stay-at-home order after suing Pritzker

Cristian Ionescu, the senior pastor of Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, said the move to hold services is "not a rebellion for the sake of rebellion" and claimed the Constitution grants them the right to worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Child stricken with mysterious illness linked to COVID-19 being treated at Chicago area hospital

"This appears to be a very complex complication of COVID-19," said Dr. Frank Belmonte, chief medical officer at Advocate Children’s Hospital, where the child is undergoing treatment. → Read More

Northwestern gave bonuses to hospital employees working through COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some will have to give the money back

On Thursday, a day before employees were set to receive their first paychecks with the extra cash, some received an email explaining that the money would be clawed back because they had been deemed ineligible for the "special compensation program." → Read More


Cannabis is a growing industry in Chicago and Illinois. Here's our comprehensive coverage, from the legalization of recreational marijuana to cooking with cannabis. → Read More

Illinois’ high times keep rolling amid coronavirus pandemic as recreational pot sales top $37 million in April

The total trails only the $39.2 million worth of adult-use cannabis unloaded by dispensaries in January, the first month the drug was legalized for recreational use. → Read More

Hours after cops broke up Lawndale party, 5 teens were shot at a gathering in the same block

The attack happened a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered a stark warning to partygoers as she walked through the East Garfield Park neighborhood, just over a mile from where the shooting occurred. → Read More

Illinois sets new daily record by processing nearly 20K coronavirus tests, finding 2,994 new cases

The new numbers released Sunday come as the first small religious services begin around the state since the stay-at-home order took effect. → Read More

Illinois ‘getting ready for point where we can begin to reopen the economy,’ Pritzker says

During an appearance Sunday on CBS’ "Face the Nation," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Illinois has "really bent the curve significantly" while noting that hospitalizations have only been "increasing barely." → Read More

With 65 new free testing sites added, Illinois has run nearly 100K coronavirus tests in past week

The state has tested more than 10,000 people a day for the past week. → Read More

Rolling out contact tracing in Illinois a daunting task, but essential, expert says

It takes about a day to trace the contacts of COVID-19 patients at the Howard Brown Health clinic in Hyde Park, its director says. About 2⁄3 of those contacts end up testing positive. → Read More

State postpones approvals for next 75 pot shops resulting in a ‘dream delayed’ for social equity candidates

Officials were expected to announce the winners of the 75 coveted recreational dispensary licenses on Friday. → Read More

U. of C. gets $500K to bolster South Side coronavirus testing, while Humboldt Park opens site

The financial support will enable U. of C. and its partners to expand testing to 1,000 people a day. → Read More

UIC Medical Center nurse who died of COVID-19 ‘gave the ultimate sacrifice’

Joyce Pacubas-Le Blanc was considered the mother hen of the hospital’s neuroscience intensive care unit. → Read More

Struggling entrepreneurs count losses as Pritzker extends stay-at-home order: ‘It is doing a tremendous amount of damage to my business’

"If the debt continues to accumulate, at what point do you look at it and say, well how many years is it going to take to pay this down?" said Jorge Rios, who owns a barbershop and beauty salon in Logan Square → Read More

Illinois still short of testing 10,000 people a day for COVID-19 — and even that might be less than what’s needed

Gov. J.B. Pritzker set a testing goal late last month that has so far proven to be elusive. Whether the state can ramp up testing will determine how quickly life can return to normal. → Read More

Before pot was legalized, blacks were 7 times more likely to face weed arrests than whites in Illinois, report finds

A new report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union found that the state had the third largest racial disparities in weed arrests in the nation. → Read More