Rachel Hinton, Chicago Sun-Times

Rachel Hinton

Chicago Sun-Times

Mountain View, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Rachel:

County forest preserves to close more parking lots for Memorial Day weekend: ‘Enjoy the natural world in your backyard’

Dan Ryan Woods and Schiller Woods will join a list of six sites that have already seen their parking lots closed due to concerns around social distancing and following public health guidelines. → Read More

Preckwinkle to seek extension of disaster proclamation until end of September — but one commissioner suggests it’s illegal

Preckwinkle’s March 10 order is set to expire at the end of May, though, if approved by the board of commissioners at their May 21 meeting, the order could be extended through Sept. 30. → Read More

Cook County COVID-19 response plan focuses on communities ‘hit the hardest’ to ensure ‘recovery will encompass everyone’

The plan also includes a community advisory council composed of community leaders and advocates who are being recruited to provide feedback from their communities on the effectiveness of the county’s plan → Read More

County lab trains front line health care workers to deal with our ‘worst nightmares’

The county’s simulation lab, which is training doctors, nurses, residents, medical students and first responders, among others across the county, to "be prepared for critically ill COVID-19 patients," Preckwinkle said Tuesday. → Read More

Cook County team targets myths, historic health care shortcomings — and ‘every possible patient who is at risk’

Besides helping the residents sort through all the information and misinformation out there, the team does regular telephone check-ins, makes sure people can get their medicine and educates them about the coronavirus. → Read More

Cook County searching for overlooked COVID-19 deaths as far back as November just ‘to cover our bases’

The state recorded its first COVID-19 death on March 16, but the medical examiner is investigating whether the death toll could have actually started months or more earlier. → Read More

Longtime Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley dead at 56

Shepley served as mayor of the northwest suburban city for 21 years from 1999 until his death Sunday, making him its longest serving mayor, according to a statement from the City of Crystal Lake. No cause of death was immediately given. → Read More

Judge denies motion to give first responders names, addresses of COVID-19 positive residents

The case, as well as a County Board resolution ignited a debate on the balance between the public’s right to privacy and the need to protect first responders. → Read More

Cook County bond rating outlook downgraded from stable to negative

The change in the outlook is related to pandemic and recession pressures on the county. → Read More

Feast to famine: Campaign Trail 2020 now the road less traveled

The stay-at-home order put the brakes on much activity across Illinois – from bars and barber shops to baseball diamonds and beaches. And as important as it all is to politicians, hand-shaking, door-knocking and glad-handing for contributions are not deemed essential business. → Read More

County Health officials ‘on full tilt’ to replace ousted CEO, planning to interview candidates as early as May or June

The search for a new Cook County Health CEO began when the board decided not to renew the contract of Dr. John Jay Shannon in November. Shannon turned out to be just the first domino to fall. → Read More

Remdesivir proves effective against coronavirus in major study: ‘We’ve got a drug that works,’ UIC researcher says

The Food and Drug Administration says that the agency has been talking with the California-based Gilead about making remdesivir available to patients as quickly as possible. → Read More

Cook County gives businesses more time to pay sales taxes

Consumers will continue to pay the Home Rule taxes when making purchases, but stores and other businesses won’t have to forwarding the money to the county until June 1. → Read More

Protection vs. privacy? Values clash over proposal to provide first responders with COVID-19 addresses

The proposed resolution would allow for the "disclosure of one’s COVID-19 status to first responders, including non-law-enforcement first responders, for purposes of protecting these workers and preventing the further spread of the virus" for 60 days unless the Cook County Board votes to extend it. → Read More

County braces for $200 million revenue gap from COVID-19 — and prepares for ‘how bad this could get’

For the county’s general fund, which covers the Sheriff’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney and others, the revenue shortfall is around $200 million. That hole is largely due to decreased revenue from the county’s sales tax and other home rule taxes. → Read More

Chicago Pride Fest postponed until Labor Day Weekend, June parade reported unlikely

No official decision has been announced on the Chicago Pride Parade, which typically is held after the festival, but parade organizer Tim Frye told the Windy City Times "Unless something astonishing happens, I think it’s unlikely we’ll be on for June 28." → Read More

County offers temporary housing to suburban first responders battling COVID-19 as ‘a safe harbor in this storm’

"The last thing we want [first responders] to do is be afraid to go home to their loved ones, to their friends, to their families," said William Barnes, chief of the county’s Emergency Management and Regional Security arm. → Read More

Swearing-in of Tobolski’s County Board successor held behind closed doors – like his selection

When Frank Aguilar was chosen for the position last week, only a half dozen Cook County Democrats and candidates seeking to replace Tobolski were allowed in the meeting. → Read More

Mystery shrouds closed-door vote on Tobolski successor: ‘I don’t really know anything about this person’

The Democratic committeepersons who tapped former Republican state Rep. Frank Aguilar are saying little about what happened in the room at the Italian American Civic Organization in Berwyn. → Read More

Cook County Democrats do their politicking online in cyberspace — and behind closed doors in Berwyn

And while the online gathering featured debate about party loyalty, the group that met face-to-face later behind closed doors opted to elevate a former Republican state legislator to replace Democrat Jeff Tobolski on the County Board. → Read More