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8 Bit Beercade - Peoria, IL Initial Visit: July 24th, 2106Rating: 4.5/5Price: $-$$. Description: Beer, arcade games and friends. My kind of place. Growing up, I got involved in playing video games thanks to my father and friends. Everything from Atari to Sega Genesis to Super Nintendo to Gameboy; everything in-between and everything after.

'Everybody is very scared': Struggle to keep apart on subway This quiet calculus is being performed daily by people who must keep working during the coronavirus pandemic and say the social distancing required is nearly impossible to practice in the enclosed spaces of New York City's public transit system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people should stay 6 feet apart.

The Perils of Pauline I consider today's story to be another one that is painful to write as is alluded to in the title. I have previously written another post called The Perils of Pauline. There is a different Pauline for today's tale. Her name was Pauline Gerler, who was born on this day 175 years ago in Germany.

10 movies shot in the suburbs - including, of course, 'Contagion' These movies hit close to home. A number of popular films have been made in the suburbs over the years, and they're great to stream while you're hunkered down during the pandemic. Here are 10 shot in our backyards. To find out where to stream or rent them, search

Nurses weigh their principles vs safety in virus fight But her professional values won out. Two weeks ago, her husband came down with a fever and a dry cough, classic symptoms of COVID-19. She stayed home while awaiting his test results, which didn't come back negative for almost two weeks, making her feel "completely useless' as she read about the worsening crisis.

Renewal deadline extended for driver's licenses, vehicle registrations People whose Illinois driver's licenses, identification cards or vehicle registrations are expiring now will have an extended time to renew. Renewal dates are extended until at least 90 days after driver services offices reopen, Secretary of State Jesse White's office said Friday.

What others are writing about COVID-19 What are they doing right? For starters, officials identified the risk early and Republican Gov. Mike DeWine canceled a major weekend fitness event March 4 that would have drawn 60,000 people a day in Columbus. The Washington Post explains.

Bears have dedicated most cap space to TEs, LBs in all of NFL But when it comes to two positions, there's no one in the NFL that's dedicated more salary cap space than Chicago. The Bears have spent the most money at both tight end and linebacker in the entire league - including $21 million on eight tight ends and $45 million on eight linebackers - according to Spotrac.

Two black men say they were kicked out of an Illinois Walmart for wearing masks. Others worry it will happen to them "Store owners will use it as an excuse not to let them in - masks and gloves, you must be here to rob the place! Unfortunately, with our skin color, we never have the presumption of innocence.

Illinois Basketball: Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn not in NBA mock draft The Illinois basketball team had a great duo this past season. But the Illini duo of Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn isn't in the latest NBA mock draft.

Coronavirus Chicago: Mayor Lori Lightfoot to tour McCormick Place alternate care facility What this means CDC report shows how 1 person spread coronavirus in Chicago in Feb. 'days away' from widespread coronavirus antibody testing How to safely have workers in your home during COVID-19 pandemic Chicago and Suburban Cook Co.North SuburbsWest SuburbsSouth SuburbsNW Indiana WatchPhotosU.S.

Chesterton man sleeps in RV in the yard to protect his wife and young children from the coronavirus Chesterton, IN CT tech worker at Saint Joseph Medical in Joliet sleeps in RV to protect his wife and young children from the coronavirus.

Illinois Football: Illini come in with offer to Theodore Lockley The Illinois football team needs to focus on building depth in the class of 2021. Illini have come in with and offer to Theodore Lockley.

Researchers say Californians may have developed herd immunity to coronavirus. What does that mean? Herd immunity means a fraction of the population needs to be immune to a disease to make person-to-person transmission extremely unlikely or even impossible. In other words, as COVID-19 continues to infect humans, more will recover and become immune.

4 injured, including 2 Chicago police officers, after squad car hit by stolen vehicle in Englewood The officers were traveling eastbound in the 400-block of West 63rd Street in the squad car with lights and siren activated at about 2:51 a.m. when police said they were hit by a Nissan sedan with its headlights off. The two officers were hospitalized in good condition.

'Light it Blue' campaign honors coronavirus frontline workers during crisis in Chicago What this means CDC report shows how 1 person spread coronavirus in Chicago in Feb. All Rights Reserved.

Test tube samples missing after SUV stolen on South Side A woman left the Jeep parked and running at a gas station in the 5500-block of South Wells Street and went into the store. A man got in and took off. The woman is a lab employee and was transporting five test tube samples in the trunk of the SUV. The SUV was later found in the 200-block of East 68th Street at about 12:20 a.m.

State Farm Announces $2 Billion Rebate For Auto Insurance Customers State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company on Thursday announced a $2 billion rebate for their customers to help them through challenging financial times during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. 'days away' from widespread coronavirus antibody testing, experts say Instead of detecting the virus itself, the tests detect proteins called antibodies that the immune system generates to fight COVID-19. These tests could also determine who has contracted the disease and recovered.

Feder: Jubal Fresh vanishes from SHE 100.3 morning show Jubal Fresh, who's been missing for more than three months from the syndicated morning show that bears his name, has officially parted company with Hubbard Radio, Robert Feder writes.

Northern Illinois sheriff, towns sue health department to get COVID-19 names, addresses to 911 dispatchers Law enforcement agencies in northern Illinois want a judge to force local health officials to turn over the names and addresses of people with COVID-19 to protect first responders.

PSA designs wanted in Aurora to promote safety, encouragement amid COVID-19 pandemic Public Art is seeking up to 20 original designs that communicate safety measures and encouragement in the face of challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak. Artists of all levels are encouraged to apply. Student, amateur and professional designs will be considered.

Don't be that person that burns Mitchell Trubisky jerseys But it's another thing to start burning jerseys. Not only could there be a better way to handle getting rid of a jersey - say, like donating it to a kid that would love it - but it doesn't look well as a fan.

More than half of Americans now wear masks amid coronavirus outbreak: POLL Fifty-five percent of Americans who left their home in the last week said they wore a face mask or face covering, while 45% said they did not.

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