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People line up to get tested for COVID at a site in New York City on Monday. The new omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, is quickly spreading around the world.
Spencer Platt
The individual returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and had mild symptoms. Cases have been found in more than 20 countries, less than a week after the worrying new variant was first identified.
Here's a computer generated image of the omicron variant of the coronavirus — also known as B.1.1.529. Reported in South Africa on Nov. 24, this variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.
Uma Shankar sharma
How did this new strain of the novel coronavirus evolve? Researchers are investigating various possibilities. One leading theory involves ... just one person.
Darcy Darland won best bartender in the Illinois Times 2021 "Best of Springfield" contest. She spoke with Community Voices about her career in bartending. She also shared the importance of connecting with the people she serves and gives advice for those interested in bartending.
Greg Harris
Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois
Majority Leader Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the No. 2 Democrat in the Illinois House, will not run for another term in 2022, he announced Monday. Harris, who has served in the legislature for 15 years, is best known for passing Illinois’ same sex marriage law in 2013. But he’s also been one of the chief architects of the state’s budget — including during Illinois’ two-year budget impasse under Gov. Bruce Rauner — and has taken the lead on Medicaid and other healthcare reform efforts.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters ahead of House passage of Democrats' Build Back Better Act, which now faces changes in the Senate.
Chip Somodevilla
A new report from the think tank Third Way found that a two-parent family of four would save up to $7,400 due to provisions of the Democrats' Build Back Better legislation.
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