RUMC_-_new_tower.jpgAnother Chicago hospital – Rush University Medical Center – has cracked U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 20 hospitals in the country, joining Northwestern Memorial Hospital, who has been ranked the top hospital in the state for the ninth consecutive year.

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The Home Run Inn—a pizzeria chain headquartered in Woodridge—began building up their inventory of frozen pizzas at the very beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, but they still found themselves unprepared when shoppers began stocking up on shelf-stable goods ahead of the Stay at Home Order.

Although the company has been slinging dough since 1947, Nick Perrino, who heads up the frozen pizza division for Home Run Inn, says they have never seen demand like this.

“It was absolutely crazy,” said Perrino of the pre-pandemic shopping rush. “The pandemic had people stocking up on frozen pizza, making sure they had product, just like with toilet paper.”

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263262064_4da8614fc7_b.jpgThe outbreak of COVID-19 has given new urgency to some of our best practices when it comes to keeping clean. That’s why it may be more frustrating to find cleaning products such as toilet paper, soap, bleach, or hand sanitizer.

One company has changed their whole manufacturing scope to address the high demand for cleanliness.

Skylar Nutrition, a Rushville company known for livestock wellness, has dedicated their focus to the production of hand sanitizer as a result of coronavirus.

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fabric-fabric-market-clothing-sew-sewing-machine-thread.jpgThere’s a lot to be downcast about during these harsh times, but ingenious and resourceful Illinoisans continue to make us proud. Darius Mason, a seventh grader from Chicago’s South Side, is one young man spending time to help others even as he’s faced loss.

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 4289005200_e8b99f86ea_b.jpgIn Joliet, Illinois, Jody’s Hot Dogs was not sure how it was going to survive after the shutdown of sit-down dining to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, the owner wanted to both keep the business going and do their part to support workers who put themselves at risk to fight the pandemic, so the small restaurant started promoting a new deal called the “Feed A First Responder Program.” 

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