| Apr 7, 2011
| 4:27 PM
Day after day, the delivery trucks arrived at the building on Chicago's North Side, bringing walkers, hospital beds and wheelchairs to residents.
But there was a problem: Most of the older men and women getting the equipment were healthy and didn't...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 6:03 PM
Thousands of Illinois adults with developmental disabilities — many of whom have spent years on a 21,000-plus waiting list for state services — will soon have more choices in housing under a proposed settlement to a long-running federal...
| May 4, 2011
Betty A. Smith had become accustomed to holding a tissue over her mouth to combat the secondhand smoke that would infiltrate her apartment.
After years of raising concerns, the 83-year-old lung cancer survivor and former smoker has literally found...
| May 12, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Following bans on salvia and synthetic marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are now trying to curb the latest store-bought choice of people looking to get high: bath salts.
These are not the Epsom salts that Aunt Ethel used to sprinkle in a warm tub, nor are...
| Apr 13, 2011
When Joseph Smiley fainted in front of his home on a recent evening, the quick thinking of neighbors and expert doctors and nurses helped turn the life-threatening incident into a stroke success story.
Neighbors called 911, and an ambulance sped Smiley,...
| Nov 14, 2010
The patient from Mount Prospect was at a low point when she turned to Allan Aven, her longtime family physician, for help.
Chronic vertigo and vomiting had left less than 90 pounds on her 5-foot-3 frame. Surgery to address those problems was...
| Nov 8, 2010
| 4:01 PM
Metra says it doesn't have enough money to replace its oldest, dirtiest locomotives, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday nudged the transit agency to find ways to clear the air in Chicago's soot-choked rail stations and inside the train cars that carry...
| Nov 6, 2011
A patient at Harrisburg Medical Center complained to the state that a bacterial infection spreading through the hospital had already killed one person and that nurses and doctors did not wear protective gowns and gloves.
How did Illinois officials...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 5:44 PM
Defying the odds, conjoined twins born critically ill last year in University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago have reached a major milestone: their first birthday.
Doctors did not expect Kaydon and Kameron Hayes to live this long, and even had...
| Apr 5, 2011
SPRINGFIELD — Donations from Chicago-area residents and a not-for-profit organization will keep athletes from the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired traveling to out-of-state competitions through next year.
After last week's Tribune story...
| Jan 19, 2011
The day started normally for dozens of families across the state. Then, at some point, things took a turn.
A father spotted his young daughter eating pain relief cream. A mother discovered her 6-year-old holding a package with six Children's Tylenols...