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Illinois State University COVID-19 emails and response

Date Updated: October 19, 2020

Date Added: October 16, 2020

McLean County, IL

Principal Subject: Vice President for Student Affairs Levester "LJ" Johnson

This material includes emails sent to, from or copied to Vice President for Student Affairs Levester "LJ" Johnson from June 26 to September 24, 2020, regarding COVID-19 response, issues with testing and isolation in student housing.

Date Range: June 26 to September 24, 2020

Format Details: PDF, 206 pages

Illinois ERC facility outbreak reports

Date Updated: October 7, 2020

Date Added: October 7, 2020

IL

Highlighted Documents: September 1 ERC report September 30 ERC report July 24 ERC report August 14 ERC report

This internal data — prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health and covering four different days between July and September — was obtained as part of an open-records request to a county health department. The confidential data on the outbreaks in the Springfield region and across the state shows that coronavirus outbreaks in workplaces, schools, meatpacking facilities and prisons are driving Illinois’ rising cases — and many of these outbreaks have never been made public.

Date Range: July 24 to September 30, 2020

Format Details: .xls (4 files)

Champaign-Urbana Health District COVID-19 emails and migrant farm response

Date Updated: September 30, 2020

Date Added: August 13, 2020

Champaign, IL

Principal Subject: Champaign-Urbana Health District Public Administrator Julie Pryde

These documents include emails sent from, to or copied to Champaign-Urbana Health District Public Administrator Julie Pryde regarding local response to COVID-19, including migrant farm outbreaks.

Date Range: June 1 to

Format Details: .eml (34.3MB)

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office COVID-19 deaths

Date Updated: September 21, 2020

Date Added: September 14, 2020

Cook County, IL

Principal Subject: Cook County Medical Examiner Ponni Arunkumar

This material includes the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office response to an Illinois Freedom of Information Act request for case records dating January 1, 2020, to August 14, 2020. Information sought in the request, filed by Matt Kiefer, include details such as: date of death, race, ethnicity, age, gender, location; cause(s) of death.

Date Range: January 1, 2020, to August 14, 2020

Format Details: Zipped file, xlsx spreadsheet, 2 MB

Winnebago County, Illinois, Health COVID-19 emails and response

Date Updated: July 12, 2020

Date Added: July 13, 2020

Winnebago County, IL

Principal Subject: Sandra Martell

This material includes emails sent to, from or copied to Sandra Martell, the Winnebago County, Illinois, public health administrator, regarding local COVID-19 response.

Date Range: March 1 to May 7, 2020

Format Details: .pdf (51 pages)

City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection complaints

Date Updated: July 12, 2020

Date Added: July 10, 2020

City of Chicago, IL

Principal Subject: Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Complaints filed under the city of Chicago's COVID-19 Anti- Retaliation Ordinance

Date Range: June 1 to June 17, 2020

Format Details: .pdf (3 pages)

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services COVID-19 emails and response

Date Updated: July 12, 2020

Date Added: June 25, 2020

IL

Principal Subject: Marc Smith, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

This material includes emails sent by Marc Smith, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, regarding the reopening of daycare centers.

Date Range: May 18 to June 1, 2020

Format Details: .pdf file (5.2 MB, 93 pages)

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