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St. James’ Chicago Heights closing plan aired at hearing

February 10, 2016 – 9:22 am | 11 views
According to Franciscan St. James Health's plan, in-patient and emergency services will be moved to   St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.

According to Franciscan St. James Health’s plan, Chicago Heights’ in-patient and emergency services will be moved to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.

Faced with ongoing massive operating losses, Franciscan St. James Health aired its plan to end inpatient services at its Chicago Heights hospital to a hearing Tuesday held by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

That board is tentatively scheduled to vote March 29 on the proposal, which calls for boosting outpatient services at that hospital while expanding St. James’ Olympia Fields hospital as well as its Franciscan ExpressCare urgent care center in Chicago Heights.

First responders expressed concern that merging all emergency care at the Olympia Fields location could result in longer ambulance transport times, and the possibility of the Olympia Fields hospital’s emergency room having to go on bypass due to high patient loads…Please click here to read Mike Nolan’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Closing of Chicago Heights hospital stirs protests

February 9, 2016 – 10:11 am | 22 views
Closing of Chicago Heights hospital stirs protests

A Catholic health system’s proposal to close a south suburban hospital that has served the community for more than a century has residents and local leaders trying to save emergency medical services.
Arnie Kimmel, Franciscan St. …

City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

February 8, 2016 – 11:16 am | 18 views
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More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health …

Cook County plans to complete high-speed Internet project in 2017

February 8, 2016 – 9:59 am | 12 views
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Cook County plans to complete high-speed Internet project in 2017
A multiyear project intended to boost high-speed Internet access across Cook County is expected to wrap up next year.
Officials recently announced that Oak Forest Health Center …

March 5: Congresswoman Kelly to host housing expo in Dolton

February 5, 2016 – 3:44 pm | 23 views
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Press release from Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office; please share with your communities:
Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Housing Expo on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the New Early Learning Center, located …

Gov. Rauner announces four bipartisan pieces of legislation to streamline local government

February 5, 2016 – 3:12 pm | 26 views
Gov. Rauner announces four bipartisan pieces of legislation to streamline local government

 
Press release from the Office of the Governor:
Governor Bruce Rauner [on Feb. 5, 2016] joined Lt. Governor Sanguinetti, legislative leaders and local elected officials to announce four bipartisan pieces of legislation to streamline local government …

SSMMA welcomes new Executive Assistant Melissa Doud

February 5, 2016 – 1:41 pm | 31 views
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Please join the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in welcoming Executive Assistant Melissa Doud, who will be providing support to Executive Director Edward Paesel and Finance Director Eileen Santschi. She is assuming the responsibilities …

Rauner plans public-private update to I-55 that may add tolls

February 5, 2016 – 10:48 am | 19 views
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Gov. Bruce Rauner on [Feb. 4, 2016] suggested the state should partner with private investors to build special toll lanes along a congested section of the Stevenson Expressway.
If built, the new lanes would span a …

SPC News

February 5, 2016 – 10:38 am | 15 views
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By Melissa Doud
Ford Announces Factory Order Cut Off Date for 2016 Explorer
Ford Motor Company has announced that March 4, 2016 is the factory order cutoff date for the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative’s 2016 Ford Explorer …