Surpassing 25,000 dead in Illinois from COVID-19: How pandemic evolved from killing Chicagoans to southern Illinoisans

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — They include a retired nurse from Chicago’s South Side, a former teacher from Mount Vernon and a lawyer in Carbondale. They joined others from all races and ethnicities, from deeply Republican to deeply Democratic parts of the state, more old than young, but all adding up, day after day, to propel Illinois to reach one more grim milestone for the pandemic this month: 25,000 official COVID-19 deaths, and counting. Illinois crossed that threshold Oct. 1, after closing out its deadliest month since last winter, tallying more than 1,000 deaths in September alone. And the 25,000 doesn’t c…

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