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Lauren Cross

North Lake County Reporter


Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at or 219-933-3206.

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It wasn’t that long ago that Franciscan Health hospital in Crown Point was filled, and placed on bypass — like many of the Region’s hospitals — due to the COVID-19 case surge last fall and winter. Frank Torres, registered nurse, and his daughter Mariah Torres, emergency room nurse, were in the thick of it. 

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