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Tumultuous 2020


Craig Anderson

Executive Director of the Illinois High School Association discusses impact of pandemic on Illinois sports

Marc Ayers

Marc Ayers details the experience of losing his immunocompromised mother to COVID-19

Lisa Badger

Public servant and early Sangamon county COVID-19 case discusses her pandemic experience

Eric Bandy

Pharmacist and pharmacy owner shares his experience with the pandemic

Carissa Bouse

Social worker and family development specialist describes impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Harrsion Brackett

Aldi store associate shares his experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator William Brady

Impact of pandemic on state's economy and on IL legislature

Katie Brethorst

Graduate student discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic on her senior year of undergraduate and graduate school

Donya Brown

Certified Nursing Assistant shares how the pandemic impacted her

Chris Butler

Funeral Home President describes impact of COVID-19 pandemic on personal life and business

Antonio Carbajal

Dual Language teacher describes impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Phyllis Cheaney

Caring for a father with COVID-19 who eventually died from the disease

Colin Corbett

Vaccine trial participant discusses decision making process behind trial participation

Bryan Crain

Funeral Home Director and Owner of Crain Funeral Homes shares his experiences with the pandemic

J. David Cross

Periodontist discusses the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on his practice

John Cunningham

Kane County, Illinois Clerk during COVID-19 pandemic

Suzanne Davis

Greenville University president discusses impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Tom Demmer

Illinois State Representative discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic on his rural, Northern Illinois district

Sean Eifert

Bond county health administrator discusses the scope of the pandemic in Bond county

Steve Endsley

Executive Director of the IL Elementary School Assn discusses the impact of COVID-19

Nicole Florence

Physician details effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Springfield, Illinois

Kurt Gibson

Associate Executive Director for IHSA discusses the impact of the pandemic on high school basketball and other sports

Gus Gordon

Executive Director of Hoogland Performing Arts Center describes COVID-19's impact on the center

Dennis Green

Lawrence County grain farmer describes the impact of the pandemic on farming.

Summer Griffith

Summer Griffith shares about the loss of her mother due to COVID-19

Cheryl Harlow

Director of Brimfield Public Library District discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the library and surrounding community

Patrick Harper

USPHS commander details his experience with the COVID-19 pandemic

Curtis Haug

Manager of minor league baseball team discusses impact of pandemic

Paul Hergenrother

University of Illinois Chemist discusses development of the Shield Illinois Saliva test

Barbara Hernandez

Illinois State Representative discusses the impact of COVID-19 on state government and her district

Marvin Hightower

President of the Peoria branch of the NAACP discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Janet Hill

Chief Operating Officer of the Rock Island County Health Department describes the impact of the pandemic

Bonnie Ho

Principal of Pui Tak Christian School in Chicago’s Chinatown details her pandemic experiences

Richard Irvin

Mayor of Aurora discusses the communities challenges with COVID-19 pandemic

Christopher "Chris" Johnson

CEO of Tivoli Enterprises describes how the pandemic impacted the movie theatre business

Kiran Joshi

Senior Medical Officer and Former Co-Lead of the Cook County Department of Public Health describes the impact of the pandemic

Patrick Lam

Former director of assisted living facility discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Jenna Link

Administrator for the Warren County Health Department

Sandra Martell

Winnebago County Health Department administrator details the challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tessa Martinez

Non-profit worker shares her experience with employment instability and personal growth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Judy McCann-Floeter

Elementary School principal describes impact of COVID-19 on the school

Chris "Thor" McGovern

Thor role player discusses the importance of heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Marvin Merriweather

Licensed Clinical Social Worker shares his experience with the COVID-19 pandemic

Lisa Mestinsek

Lincoln, IL business owner details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on her small business

Gwyneth Milbrath

A clinical nursing professor details the impact of the pandemic on her university and her nursing career

Onyx Montes

Museum worker and pay transparency advocate describes her pandemic experiences

Billy Morgan

Disrupted wedding plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Evan Neilson

U. of IL (Urbana-Champaign) student during the COVID-19 pandemic

Katie Norregaard

Musician and owner of Miss Katie Sings, LLC, details the way the COVID-19 pandemic provided a platform for her business

Jennifer Norrell Cole

Superintendent for East Aurora School District #131

Duane Northrup

Champaign County Coroner describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Oluwatamilore Odimayo

Counselor and author describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Christine Radogno

Former Illinois State Senator discusses differences between Illinois schools and Arizona schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

Gabriela "Gaby" Ramirez

Remote worker and mother describes the impact of the pandemic on her life

Tim Rater

CEO and president of the Aurora Civic Center Authority discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic on theater community.

Jacob Rayl

Bond County Board Member and Walmart Online Sales Associate describes the impact of the pandemic

Eduardo "Eddie" Rivera

Ramp serviceman at United Airlines describes his experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic

Rachel Rubin

Senior Medical Officer and former Co-Lead of the Cook County Department of Public Health details her pandemic experiences

Anna Sielaff

College student and student athlete's experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sara Sielaff

Assistant principal of Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln, IL discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Shatriya Smith

Executive Director of the Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center details her experiences with the pandemic

Gloria Spear

Coles County Health Department Administrator describes impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

John Staff

Owner of Staff Carpet discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic on his business

Twila Terrell

School bus driver describes her experience with the COVID-19 pandemic

Julie Theisz

School social worker details impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Mehul Trivedi

Neuropsychiatrist discuss the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic

Michael Trout

Executive director of YMEN discusses impact of pandemic on nonprofits

Joseph "Jay" Walsh

VP for Economic Innovation and Development discusses U of IL COVID-19 testing

Jerrod Welch

Adams County Health Department Administrator details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Robert "Bob" Wengel

Senior Vice President of Facilities and Security at the Shedd Aquarium describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Lindsey Willhite

Public relations director for the Chicago Wolves American Hockey League Club discusses the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic

Sincere Williams

COVID-19 high school senior discusses his perspective on 2020 and COVID-19

Craig Williams II

President of The Muni describes effects of COVID-19 pandemic on theater

Linnea Windel

President and CEO of VNA Health Care describes the impact of the pandemic

Marlon Young

Pastor of Morning Glory Community Church details the congregation's experience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Julie Yurko

President and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic



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