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Elgin restaurant closes abruptly with weddings, events still booked

Gifford's Kitchen & Social in Elgin closed abruptly this week, leaving in a lurch customers who booked parties, fundraisers and weddings.

A steady stream of unhappy people stopped by the restaurant at 2300 Bushwood Drive on Tuesday afternoon after news spread on social media. Among them were Andrew Scholwin and Stephanie Behe of South Elgin, who booked the restaurant about two months ago for their Aug.


Thousands of migrants look for way around shut Greek border

KASTANIES, Greece – Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece’s border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to seal off its eastern land and sea frontiers.

Turkey has made good on a threat to open its borders for those seeking to cross into Europe.


Sanders wins top prize, California; rival Biden surges nationwide

WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders seized victory in Super Tuesday’s biggest prize, California, while a resurgent Joe Biden scored wins in the upper Midwest and African American strongholds in the South, in a dramatic offensive.

The two Democrats, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for America’s future, were battling for delegates as 14 states and one U.S.


Virus spread prompts Fed to slash rates

WASHINGTON – In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a sizable half-percentage point Tuesday in an effort to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus.

Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference that the virus “will surely weigh on economic activity both here and abroad for some time.”

It was the Fed’s first move since last year, when it reduced its key short-term rate three times.


Virus crisis ebbs in China, spreads fear across the West

PARIS – The coronavirus epidemic shifted increasingly westward toward the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses.

“We are concerned that countries’ abilities to respond are being compromised by the severe and increasing disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment, caused by rising demand, hoarding and misuse,” said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


Tensions rise as U.S. death toll from coronavirus reaches 9

SEATTLE (AP) — Tensions over how to contain the coronavirus escalated Tuesday in the United States as the death toll climbed to nine and lawmakers expressed doubts about the government's ability to ramp up testing fast enough to deal with the crisis.

All of the deaths have occurred in Washington state, and most were residents of a nursing home in suburban Seattle. The number of infections in the U.S.


Looking for hand sanitizer? Good luck finding it

NEW YORK (AP) — The hand sanitizers on Amazon were overpriced. A Walmart this weekend was completely sold out. Only on his third try was Ken Smith able to find the clear gel — at a Walgreens, where three bottles of Purell were left.


Investigator finds against Skillicorn on voting ethics violation

Illinois Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope found against state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, in an ethics claim that Skillicorn was recorded voting on 23 bills when he wasn't present during a June 1 legislative session.

The ethics complaint – which was filed by McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield, Skillicorn's primary opponent – claimed that Skillicorn was not in Springfield during a 12:15 p.m.


Sahly: Got a coronavirus question? Ask the expert, Dr. Irfan Hafiz

Chances are, you’ve got questions about COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

We at Shaw Media Illinois are doing all we can to inform our readers on the latest developments, what you can do to prepare yourself and keep your family safe, and what local schools, health departments and governmental units are doing to prepare in case of an outbreak.

While we are knowledgeable on the topic at hand, we are not infectious disease experts.



Honduran Crystal Lake high school student facing deportation grateful for community's support

After spending nearly four months detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 18-year-old Honduran Crystal Lake Central High School student Meydi Guzman-Rivas wanted nothing more than to lie in her bed and listen to music.

Guzman-Rivas, who now lives in Crystal Lake with her high school counselor, Sara Huser, has kept herself busy studying, listening to her favorite Mexican and bachata songs and trying to re-create her most-loved Honduran meals.


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