Arts and culture non-profits hit by stay-at-home order find flexibility from foundations

man in art gallery

By Kari McMahon Medill Reports During the spring season, the Garfield Park Conservatory expected around 70,000 visitors to pass through its doors. But on March 17, two days before the first day of spring, the conservatory closed based on public health advice. Visitors stayed home, and revenue was lost. The free-to-visit conservatory, a botanical oasis […]

Optimistic outlook from analysts on Abbott Laboratories for 2021

Abbott Laboratories HQ

By Kari McMahon Medill Reports Abbott Laboratories, a medical devices and health care company established in 1888, is one of the few companies equipped to face uncertainty. Now, Abbott may be facing its biggest challenge yet: an economic and health crisis combined. Over the last 132 years, Abbott, located in Lake Bluff, Illinois, has overcome […]

Life as a COVID-19 nurse


By Michael Thomas Medill Reports Life as a nurse during COVID-19 has been challenging, and for nurse practitioner Ampora Gonzales, it’s become a new way of life. “This has become my new normal, not seeing or spending time with my family,” Gonzales said. Photo at top: Nurse practitioner Ampora Gonzales suited up to take care […]

Managing your money during a pandemic

By Michael Thomas Medill Reports Managing your money during a pandemic can be difficult, and many were not prepared for this economic crisis. Financial advisor Nicole Lujan of Southern California says the time to start planning your financial future is now. “Preparing for your financial success is always smart and is something you should start […]

Southern California dental offices stay open during pandemic

By Michael Thomas Medill Reports Medical offices around the world have closed due to COVID-19, but dental offices haven’t. A Southern California dental hygienist tells us how her office is making changes to continue seeing patients. Photo at top: dental hygienist Audrey Young preparing to see dental patient.(Michael Thomas/MEDILL)

Issues filing for Florida unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic

By Samone Blair Medill Reports Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued a statement Monday calling for the U.S. Department of Labor Investigator General to investigate the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s failure to implement unemployment benefits that were expanded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, citing […]

Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Face masks in China

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports Back in beginning of 2020 when coronavirus first hit mainland China in the city of Wuhan, Chinese cities were running out of face masks. The shortage eventually hit Chicago’s very own Chinatown, thousands of miles away, as local pharmacies were experiencing the same problem. Families were rushing to buy face […]