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MACOMB, Ill. (WLS) -- A student was injured in a shooting Tuesday at Western Illinois University-Macomb, Macomb police and university officials confirm.

According to a release from the university, around 10:38 p.m. the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety was notified of a student who had been shot in Thompson Hall.

At the same time, a fire alarm pull station was activated in Thompson, and the building was evacuated.

A resident in the hall was shot by a person known to him, who then fled the scene, police said.

The incident was related to a roommate dispute and is believe to be an isolated incident, police said.

The victim was transported to McDonough District Hospital and then transferred to another hospital, police said. His condition is unknown.

The shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Kavion Poplous, who is a freshman at the university, police said.

A search for Poplous is currently underway, according to police.

Police said Poplous is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Individuals with information should call 911 immediately.

The school officials said there is not an active shooter threat and there have been no other incidents reported.

Residents of Thompson Hall have been relocated and all in-person and online classes have been canceled Wednesday, the university said.

Campus updates will be posted at wiu.edu.

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UIC nurses strike 2020: Illinois Nurses Association, UI Health announce tentative deal

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois Nurses Association has announced a tentative contract deal with UI Health.

This affects 1,400 nurses. They ended a 10-day strike Saturday without a new contract.

The nurses are satisfied that hospital management listened to their concerns about safe staffing and have committed to hiring 160 full-time nurses over the coming year, a spokesman for INA said. The hospital improved on wages and several other safety issues, he said.

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More than 800 nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago strike Saturday morning after contract negotiations broke down over nurse-to-patient ratios.



Some highlights of the agreement include a guaranteed rolling-90-day supply of personal protective equipment, the redesign of the hospital's airflow system and hazard pay for work during pandemics.

"We are gratified to achieve this hard-fought victory after months of negotiations-this represents a vast improvement compared to where we were before the strike and we are happy to see that the hospital recognized the importance of safe staffing," said INA President Doris Carroll, RN. "The nurses were unified and strong and it paid off in what we think is a fair contract."

They must now vote on the new four-year agreement next week.

Read the full statement from University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis; University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics CEO Michael Zenn; and Service Employees International Union President Dian Palmer:

"The University of Illinois Chicago and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 have reached a tentative agreement on the terms of four-year contracts (2019-2023), ending a 10-day strike that began on September 14. SEIU Local 73 represents four bargaining units that includes 4,000 clerical, technical, service & maintenance, and professional employees across the Chicago campus, at the University of Illinois Hospital, and the regional campuses.

"We are very pleased that we have been able to come to a tentative agreement and we believe it is in the best interests of both the SEIU employees and the University.

"The tentative agreement was reached Wednesday, September 23, after several months and more than 50 sessions of extensive collective bargaining across the four bargaining units.

"Details of the agreement will be shared with the SEIU membership at ratification voting meetings to be conducted by the union next week. Pending ratification, specific contract terms will be available for public release.

"We look forward to continuing to work together."

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