When COVID-19 smacked the United States in March and April, health plans feared medical costs could skyrocket, jacking up premiums drastically in 2021, when millions of the newly unemployed might still be out of work.But something else happened: Non-COVID care collapsed as hospitals emptied beds and shut down operating rooms to prepare for an expected onslaught of patients sickened by the coronavirus, while fear of contracting it kept people away from ERs, doctors’ offices and outpatient clinics. In many regions of the country, the onslaught did not come, and the billions of dollars lost by ho...
According to WBEZ, Darren Bailey, a Republican candidate for governor of Illinois, is trying to distance himself from a Capitol rioter with close ties to his campaign.
Another report from Wednesday detailed the arrest of the Chicago-area former write-in legislative candidate. "62 year old Lawrence Ligas of Logan Square was charged with four counts in a criminal complaint released by federal authorities yesterday," reported Benjamin Cox for WLDS. "Charges include entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building and parading in a capitol building. According to an FBI affidavit, someone was able to identify Ligas who saw him quoted in an NPR article at the riot."
“We’re shocked by this news and we do not condone any illegal activities,” wrote Bailey spokesman Joe DeBose in response to the news. “He has never been a member of our campaign staff. We support law and order and trust the court system to ensure anyone breaking the law is held accountable for their actions.”
However, according to reporter Dave McKinney, "Democrats ridiculed Bailey’s condemnation of Chicagoan Lawrence Ligas, who faces federal charges of illegally entering and remaining inside the Capitol building and allegedly engaging in disorderly conduct while there. Ligas left a social media trail, highlighted in the Capitol Fax political blog, in which he appears to have been a fundraising contact for Bailey and a field organizer for the downstate state senator’s run for governor."
Bailey, a former member of the Illinois State House elected to the State Senate in 2020, gained attention after he sued Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker to try to end stay-at-home COVID orders. He was removed from a legislative session in 2020 after he refused to comply with mask rules.
‘I’m being terrorized’: Woman melts down in court as she faces punishment for threatening Black teenagers
An Ohio woman was sentenced to six months in prison for shouting racial slurs at Black teenagers while menacing them with her car.
Angela Baker, 43, was convicted of two felony charges of ethnic intimidation during the 2020 incident at a Meijer grocery store, The Toledo Blade reports.
Lucas County Judge Lori Olender lectured Baker at sentencing.
“You were driving what the state of Ohio considers a deadly weapon. You were in a running car. Those boys were on foot,” the judge said. “You could have hit either of those boys, whether you wanted to or not because you can’t always control a deadly weapon.”
Baker reportedly broke down at sentencing.
"On Thursday, Baker raised her voice, broke down in tears, and banged her hands against a table when given the chance to address the judge. 'I’m being terrorized,' the defendant said multiple times," The Blade reported. "The defendant asserted several times Thursday that she believes she has been 'harassed, threatened, and tormented' by Black people over an extended period of time."
The boys' mother, Rebecca Velasquez, accompanied them to court.
“This happened a little after George Floyd was murdered ... Racism is ignorant and should never exist. The color of your skin should never get you killed, hurt, or have you frightened. Let racism die, not our people,” Ms. Velasquez said.
Police body cam footage shows Velasquez using the N-word and admitting her role.
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The United States added just 210,000 jobs last month, the government reported Friday, less than half the increase analysts were expecting, raising questions about the health of the economic recovery.
The unemployment rate nonetheless declined more than expected, falling four-tenths to 4.2 percent, the Labor Department reported.
US employers have added jobs throughout 2021 as Covid-19 vaccines allow them to return normal operations, and even with the disappointing result in November have gained an average of 550,000 positions each month.
The economy remains short nearly four million jobs compared to the pre-pandemic level, but the data nonetheless contained signs of improvement in the labor market.
The number of unemployed people dropped 542,000 to 6.9 million, the report said, still higher than the pre-pandemic level of 5.7 million.
The number of people on temporary layoff, which hit 18 million in April 2020 when the pandemic disruptions were at their worst, dropped to 801,000, about where it was before Covid-19 hit the economy.
The unemployment rate for most racial groups declined in November, while the share of people employed or looking for a job -- which has been stagnant in recent months as many people opted not to work -- rose slightly.
Major industries saw modest gains last month, with professional and business services adding the most at 90,000 jobs, while manufacturing and construction each added 31,000.
But retail trade lost 20,000 positions.
September and October's payroll figures were revised slightly upward, but not enough to offset the miss in November payrolls.
And amid rising concerns that high inflation will take hold, the report said average hour earnings ticked up, gaining 4.8 percent over the last 12 months, though that was below the 6.2 percent year-on-year increase in consumer price inflation.