May 2012

Safety-net hospital group proposes alternatives to Illinois Medicaid cuts

The State of Illinois is ignoring available revenues and allowing ineligible individuals to remain on Medicaid rolls, according to a coalition of seven urban hospitals…

City Council OKs speed cameras near schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel won City Council approval on April 18 for his Children’s Safety Zone Ordinance, calling for red-light cameras and vans equipped with cameras to catch speeders during certain hours outside schools and parks.

CTA discusses $50 million plan for Cermak Green Line station

Officials from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the City of Chicago recently held a community meeting to discuss the planned CTA Green Line elevated station at Cermak Road and State Street.

ASNH offers ten-point plan to save $1.4 billion

The Association of Safety-Net Hospitals summarized its tenpoint plan to save $1.4 billion for Illinois Medicaid.

Rental residential, retail planned for 9th and State

Developer Lee Golub unveiled what he described as “only conceptual plans at this point” for a $111 million, 39-story retail and residential development at 9th and State Streets at an April 18 South Loop Neighbors (SLN) meeting attended by approximately 50 local residents and business owners.

Mercy Health System joins Trinity, promises continued quality care

“A standalone hospital is tough,” said Sr. Sheila Lyne, RSM, president and CEO of Mercy Health System. Driven by the healthcare market and looking to the future care of patients, Mercy Health System officially ended its standalone status and became part of Trinity Health on April 1.

ASNH plan could go long way to solving Medicare crisis

Governor Pat Quinn’s budget plan calls for tossing about 215,000 people off Medicaid and cutting payments to doctors and hospitals, as well as raising cigarette taxes, in an effort to stem a Medicaid deficit already at $2.7 billion.

Round ups; Extreme Mammals; Chicago River Day

The Institute of Chicago’s Society for Contemporary Art will hold a benefit Saturday, June 2, at Crown Hall, 3360 S. State St., at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Guests will enjoy a live and silent auction, cocktails, and dinner. Tickets begin at $300. For more information, call (312) 443-3630 or log on to

Smith attorney says client targeted unfairly

Victor Henderson, attorney for State Representative Derrick Smith (D-10th), compares his client to the late U.S. Senator Theodore “Ted” Stevens (R-AK)…

New producer selected for Festa Italiana

University Village Association (UVA) officials have selected a new operator for the annual Festa Italiana, to be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9 through 12, along Taylor Street.

Charitables’ transition to paying for City water remains difficult

Just a few months after the Chicago City Council voted to eliminate fee waivers for water services to non-profit organizations, some still are grappling with the work needed to prepare for the change.

Bridgeport book chronicles change

John Aranza, a lifelong Bridgeport-Armour Square resident, has written a book called My Bridgeport.