Chicago Tribune: Contact tracing in Illinois may not slow the coronavirus much. But the data is helping guide state decisions.

Chicago Tribune: Contact tracing in Illinois may not slow the coronavirus much. But the data is helping guide state decisions.. “Contact tracing for COVID-19 has gotten off to a slow start in Illinois, with the state still short of its initial goal of 3,800 people doing that work. And now, with infections soaring, caseloads are overwhelming tracers’ ability to slow the spread of the virus by tracking down contacts and getting them to quarantine. But the information gleaned by Schneider and other contact tracers is proving useful in another way: It is feeding a growing database that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has cited as a guide in making decisions about pandemic restrictions.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot cancels 350 layoffs tied to her ‘pandemic’ budget

Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot cancels 350 layoffs tied to her ‘pandemic’ budget. “Buoyed by higher than expected marijuana revenues, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday canceled plans to lay off 350 city employees to help secure the 26 City Council votes she needs to pass her ‘pandemic budget.’ Revenues generated by the sale of recreational and medical marijuana have ‘gone through the roof’— topping $100 million statewide for the first time in October and $800 million in the first 10 months.”

Politico: Rep. Cheri Bustos tests positive for Covid-19

Politico: Rep. Cheri Bustos tests positive for Covid-19. “Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) said on Monday she had tested positive for Covid-19. Bustos, via Twitter, said she was experiencing mild symptoms, self-isolating in Illinois and planning to work from home until cleared by her physician. She did not say how she might have become infected, but added that she had contacted all the people she’s interacted with.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Coronavirus ‘running rampant’ in Illinois with 15,415 new cases — most ever reported by any state in the U.S.

Chicago Sun-Times: Coronavirus ‘running rampant’ in Illinois with 15,415 new cases — most ever reported by any state in the U.S. . “Illinois reported more new coronavirus cases on Friday — 15,415 — than any other state in the nation has ever logged in a single day throughout eight months of the pandemic. The jaw-dropping count marked the fourth straight daily record-breaking rise in an exponential explosion of infections with COVID-19 ‘running rampant through our communities,’ according to Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.”

ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Facebook users can file claims as part of class action lawsuit settlement for up to $400

ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Facebook users can file claims as part of class action lawsuit settlement for up to $400. “Facebook users in Illinois can now apply to collect from a settlement stemming from a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed over Facebook’s collection and storing of biometric data of Illinois users without proper consent. As part of the $650 million settlement, claimants may be eligible for payments of between $200-$400, depending on the number of valid claims filed.”

ProPublica: Illinois Will Start Sharing Data About COVID-19 Outbreaks in Schools

ProPublica: Illinois Will Start Sharing Data About COVID-19 Outbreaks in Schools. “As educators and parents assess the risk of returning to the classroom, some felt frustrated by the lack of public data about COVID-19 in schools. After a ProPublica and Chicago Tribune investigation, the state will start publishing the data.”

ProPublica: The Questionable Line Items of Illinois’ COVID-19 Spending

ProPublica: The Questionable Line Items of Illinois’ COVID-19 Spending. “Last week, we published Grenades, Bread and Body Bags: How Illinois Has Spent $1.6 Billion in Response to COVID-19 So Far, a story and look-up tool that examines Illinois’ COVID-19 related spending. Given that we are in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic and billions of dollars in federal aid are being thrown at response and recovery efforts in Illinois, we thought you should know more about how your taxpayer dollars are being spent. Plus, we figured there’d probably be a few interesting needles in the haystack.”

ProPublica Illinois: Illinois Has Had COVID-19 Outbreaks in 44 Schools but Won’t Say Where They’ve Occurred

ProPublica Illinois: Illinois Has Had COVID-19 Outbreaks in 44 Schools but Won’t Say Where They’ve Occurred. “More children are testing positive for COVID-19 than they were between March and mid-August, when schools shut down. As parents weigh the safety of in-person learning, Illinois has not published information about the virus’s spread in schools.”

Chicago Tribune: Column: Library’s digital archives of Blue Island newspaper will soon provide a glimpse into south suburb’s roots

Chicago Tribune: Column: Library’s digital archives of Blue Island newspaper will soon provide a glimpse into south suburb’s roots. “The Blue Island Public Library is finishing up a grant-funded digitization project that will soon allow public access to editions of the Sun-Standard newspaper from 1911 to 1990 and provide a valuable resource for genealogists, researchers and homeowners. The pages offer a glimpse into the rich history of Blue Island and other south suburban communities. The newspaper chronicled government, crime and other news, but also told stories of everyday life among neighbors.”

Chicago Will Check Social Media to Help Enforce Travel Order: CDPH Commissioner (NBC Chicago)

NBC Chicago: Chicago Will Check Social Media to Help Enforce Travel Order: CDPH Commissioner. “Chicago health officials could check your social media if they believe you may have violated the city’s travel order. The city’s top public health official said Tuesday that social media could be used as evidence to help enforce a quarantine requirement for anyone visiting or returning to the city from a list of states seeing a rise in coronavirus cases.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker warns of a possible ‘reversal’ as COVID-19 numbers rise in Illinois: ‘Things are not headed in the right direction’ (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune: Gov. J.B. Pritzker warns of a possible ‘reversal’ as COVID-19 numbers rise in Illinois: ‘Things are not headed in the right direction’. “Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned on Wednesday that Illinois could be headed for a ‘reversal’ in its reopening as the state continues to see a resurgence in coronavirus case numbers, and called on residents to ‘defend our progress.’ It was the governor’s latest and perhaps strongest caution that if trends across Illinois continue or worsen, the state could clamp back down on businesses and gatherings and possibly even bring back a stay-at-home order for regions where metrics such as the positivity rate exceeds a certain threshold.”

CPO Magazine: Illinois Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Facial Recognition Databases Violate Biometric Privacy Law, Could Cost Tech Giants $5,000 Per Incident

CPO Magazine: Illinois Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Facial Recognition Databases Violate Biometric Privacy Law, Could Cost Tech Giants $5,000 Per Incident. “The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) made national news recently when it drove Clearview AI out of the state, due to a pending lawsuit over the company’s scraping of social media pictures and videos for its facial recognition database. It may now be a problem for some of tech’s biggest names as well. A new biometric privacy lawsuit has emerged that names Amazon, Google parent company Alphabet and Microsoft as violators of the state law as well.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Lost and Found

Chicago Sun-Times: Lost and Found. “In December 2017, an executive from the Chicago History Museum opened a 30-by-30-foot storage locker in Dixon and found more than 225 containers inside it containing roughly 5 million negative frames from Chicago Sun-Times photographs…. [as of] Friday, 45,000 Sun-Times images are available for the public to view on the museum’s website, and archivists plan to add a few thousand images every month as they scan more negatives. People can purchase copies of these images online under a licensing deal between the Sun-Times and the museum.”