By Lluvitza Alvarez-Rodriguez and Emely Lobo

Amidst COVID-19 restrictions and paranoia, small Chicago businesses adapted to the demands of the city as well as new rules and regulations

Schools began transitioning to online learning in March 2020, along with many companies switching over to remote operations, and non-essential businesses being forced to cease operations temporarily or switch to other operational methods that complied to safe social distancing measures.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 56 percent of establishments saw a decrease in demand for their services or products while 19 percent of establishments were mandated to close…

While your front porch is filled with all of your packages you ordered weeks ago, stores like Walmart and Target are skyrocketing in business.

The pandemic has taken a toll on a lot of people. Restricting everyone from their old favorable locations and people for the sake of our safety and others. But that definitely did not stop the millions of people from shopping these past few months. It’s no surprise that Walmart and Target are the two most go-to retail stores in local towns all over America. …

Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, debates the ways how pension reform is threatening MAP Grants for Illinois college students.

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. …

Emely Lobo

UIC ’22 | Double Major in Sociology and Criminal, Law and Justice

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