Health Care

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Dec 10

Activists Applaud U Of C Decision To Expand Pediatric Trauma Services (VIDEO)

Trauma Care Coalition members on Tuesday called the University of Chicago Medical Center's decision to increase the age limit of its Level 1 pediatric trauma center a "victory," but said their fight for expanded South Side emergency medical services for people of all ages will continue. Progress Illinois provides a closer look at U of C's planned expansion of its child trauma care unit.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Nov 19

Chicago City Council Passes Emanuel's 2015 Budget; Four Aldermen Object

The Chicago City Council voted 46-4 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 budget. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the council debate on the $7.3 billion spending plan.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Nov 18

Disability Rights Activists Demand Closure Of Troubled Rogers Park Nursing Home (VIDEO)

Activists protested Monday afternoon outside of a Rogers Park nursing home where numerous disabled children and young adults have died in recent years.

Toting signs reading "Kids need love not nursing homes," about 20 disability rights advocates with the group Access Living demanded that the troubled facility now called Alden Village North shut its doors for good. The activists, who staged a similar protest against the facility in September, also stressed the need for more community-based supports for people with disabilities. 

"We believe that no child with a disability should be in a nursing home, but if they have to exist, this is not one here that should" remain open, said Gary Arnold, public relations coordinator at Access Living.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Nov 4

Dold Unseats Schneider In The 10th Congressional District (VIDEO)

Former one-term Republican Congressman Bob Dold has won back Illinois' 10th congressional district seat from freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider.

The Democratic congressman, who unseated Dold back in 2012, conceded shortly after 9:30 p.m. at his election night headquarters where the disappointment was palpable.

Schneider started his concession speech by congratulating Dold.

"Bob, this has been a hard-fought campaign, and I wish you only good in representing our district," Schneider said at the Northbrook Hilton.

After thanking his supporters, volunteers and family, Schneider said, "Tonight, we fell short of our goal. We came incredibly close, and we fought incredibly hard the entire way."

The congressman added that the "goal of this campaign wasn't some title or to fulfill some lifelong political ambition."