WDIO: Proctor High School industrial tech class using 3D printing to make ventilator parts for hospitals

A Northland school is joining the cause many are doing to help hospitals by making important and high demand equipment to treat COVID-19 patients thanks to modern technology and generosity from students and teachers.

WGNTV: How a distillery is helping produce hand sanitizer during the shortage

Falberg said when one door closes, another opens. He could use the apparatus of alcohol production to make sanitizer — the critical product needed to kill virus on the where it’s most likely to spread  — our hands. So the 50-year-old business owner decided to transform the operation from spirits to sanitizer.

Chicago Tribune: McDonald’s to donate 1 million N95 masks to Illinois health care workers

McDonald’s plans to donate 1 million N95 masks to health care workers in Chicago and Illinois as concerns mount that hospitals will run out of safety gear to protect those on the front lines fighting COVID-19

INC: These 2 Companies Are Making Face Shields for Everyone

The challenge was irresistible to Dan Brown, holder of nearly three dozen patents and creator of a product-development process that he teaches at Northwestern University. He wanted to create “a shield for the masses” targeting non-medical front-liners like people working delivery and fast-food jobs.

Illinois South Tourism: Local Distillery Transitions from Booze to Hand Sanitizer

It goes without saying that we’re all going through trying times right now. Each one of us has had to compromise, everyone is making sacrifices, and extremely difficult decisions are being made daily. This is especially true for business owners, who have more than just themselves to think about in terms of earning a paycheck. Adam Stumpf, owner of Stumpy’s Spirits and Distillery in Columbia was faced with one of these very difficult decisions when bars were forced to close earlier this month, in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The News-Gazette: UI-Carle team creates prototype emergency ventilator

Researchers at Carle and the University of Illinois have developed a prototype emergency ventilator that could help fill a commercial ventilator shortage across the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forbes: Meet The Billionaire Medical Family Supplying The Coronavirus Front Line

Northfield, Illinois-based Medline makes medical masks, biohazard bags, hand sanitizer, surgical gowns and drapes. In normal times it’s pretty pedestrian stuff, but these are far from normal times.

Axios: Some auto insurers giving customers refunds as drivers stay home

Allstate said most customers will receive 15% of their monthly premium in April and May as part of a “Shelter-in-Place Payback,” totaling more than $600 million, as the firm noted that “less driving means fewer accidents.”

CNBC: US manufacturers answer General Motors’ call for ventilator components amid coronavirus crisis

Geneva, Illinois based Smith & Richardson also responded to the call from GM/Ventec. The company employs 53 in the U.S. and is already busy making ventilator parts for existing customers.

25 News: Peoria distillery will start producing sanitizer

Black Band Distillery’s grand opening was delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic. But they want to start producing alcohol as soon as possible — but they do not want to make liquor, they want to make sanitizer for those on the front lines in the fight against the virus.

Sun-Sentinel: ‘Chicago Med,’ ‘Fire’ and ‘P.D.’ join other TV shows donating masks, other supplies used as props to hospitals for coronavirus treatment

With production halted, and a critical shortage of supplies in real-life hospitals, the TV industry has stepped in to donate what would otherwise be their props: Surgical masks, gloves and more, originally intended for actors, are now en route to actual health care personnel.

WSIL: West Frankfort teen uses 3D printing to help health care workers

Inspired by a Boy Scout on Facebook, Adin Woods began using his 3D-printing skills to make “ear savers.” The ear saver wraps around the string of the facemask to relieve tension behind your ears.

Ogle County News: Rochelle distillery makes hand sanitizer donations

Kennay Farms recently finished donating hundreds of gallons of sanitizer it produced initially to area first responders and hospitals. The distillery tried to make donations to organizations within a 50-mile radius of Rochelle.

The Pantagraph: CARES Act loan enables Lincoln College to rehire furloughed workers

A $1.9 million loan from the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program will enable Lincoln College to hire back 32 employees who were furloughed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, President David Gerlach announced Thursday.

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