| Jun 2, 2011
| 9:19 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today announced appointments to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, a day after Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle blamed the Oak Forest Hospital mess on vacancies on the panel.
Quinn appointed Richard...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 5:00 PM
In an unprecedented effort to improve medical care on the Southwest Side, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, five private hospitals, and dozens of clinics and physician practices have agreed to cooperate in bolstering basic care for Medicaid...
| Jan 24, 2011
| 6:21 PM
Days after two Chicago Public School teachers were arrested and charged with stealing public money, Cook County prosecutors today announced criminal charges against five others accused of similar crimes.
The charges are part of an expanding public...
| Jul 5, 2011
For seven years Monica Behnke has lived in Winchester House, one of the few government-run nursing homes left in Illinois. Its operations are mostly funded by Medicaid, with the taxpayers of Lake County making up the difference.
Behnke, 79, a former...
| Feb 29, 2012
On a warm, sunny Thursday morning in Frankfort, school bus drivers and monitors are chatting in their cafeteria-style lounge when Madonna Mikaitis enters the room to make an announcement.
"Who's walking today?" Mikaitis booms. "Let's go!"
| Aug 2, 2011
| 9:02 AM
Cook County’s bid to transform Oak Forest Hospital into a regional outpatient clinic should be denied, according to a staff report issued today to the state’s hospital planning board.
It’s the second time the hospital board staff has...
| Jun 2, 2009
| 10:51 AM
(WGN-AM)- The woman's body found shot to death in the trunk of a car belonging to a missing Oak Forest woman still has not been conclusively identified as that Irma Rodriguez, police said this morning.
Earlier, however, a relative said family members had...
| Jun 3, 2009
| 5:04 AM
(WGN-AM)- Searching for evidence in the shooting death of an Oak Forest woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car, police on Tuesday drained a creek and sifted through trash outside a church.
The Cook County medical examiner's office this...
| Jul 13, 2009
| 11:19 AM
(WGN-AM)- Oak Forest Police are questioning a 16-year-old boy in connection with a fatal stabbing late Sunday at a party, authorities said this morning.
Felix Jimenez, 18, of the 15300 block of Laurel Avenue was pronounced dead at 12:16 a.m. today at...
| Jul 14, 2009
| 5:17 AM
(WGN-AM)- FBI officials said Monday they held out little hope of identifying the remains of all of the bodies found at Burr Oak Cemetery as they began the arduous process of tracking down desecrated graves and locating possibly hundreds of bodies that...
| Jul 15, 2009
| 8:05 AM
(WGN-AM)- A 16-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with murder in connection with the stabbing death of another teen at a party Sunday night in Oak Forest, authorities said.
Charged was Derek Grib, of the 15600 block of south Oro Grande Dr., in Oak...
| Aug 6, 2009
Cook County government's medical system will ban smoking entirely at all its hospitals and clinics in November, stubbing out outdoor smoking on its properties, officials said Wednesday.
Smoking has long been banned inside hospitals and clinics, but it...