Illinois confirms 421 cases of swine flu -

Illinois confirms 421 cases of swine flu

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Health officials say they've confirmed 421 cases of swine flu in Illinois, including 187 in Chicago.

Saturday's tally from the Illinois Department of Public Health is 28 more than Friday's total.

In Chicago, officials have announced the closing of a school on the city's far North Side because of the spread of swine flu.

The closing Friday of the Northside Learning Center in the Jefferson Park neighborhood came two days after school officials reopened the Joyce Kilmer Elementary School. That school had been closed for a week because one student there had the flu.

School officials said Northside, a special education facility with 288 students, will be closed Monday. Reported absences have been about three times the normal rate for this time of year.

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