| May 12, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Health care experts and some public officials are floating a radical idea as Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel prepares to take office: a full or partial merger of Chicago and Cook County's health departments.
Operating a single health department with broader...
| May 17, 2011
| 5:18 PM
Inadequate staffing levels and lax supervision led to a series of alleged sexual attacks on youth at a prominent Chicago psychiatric hospital, according to a new report released Tuesday by the state Department of Children and Family Services.
| May 25, 2011
Jackie Hudson, 46, of Chicago, works part time and is raising a child while she tries to control her diabetes. Her prescriptions cost the equivalent of a mortgage payment each month.
Hudson, who hasn't yet found full-time work, said she struggles to...
| Apr 27, 2011
When Kamela Beltran lost her third baby to yet another miscarriage, this one at 22 weeks of pregnancy, she was angry with God.
"I asked why. I didn't do drugs. I was married. I didn't have an abortion. Why is God doing this to me?" Beltran said.
| 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...
| Dec 15, 2010
To analyze attempted child abductions by strangers in Chicago and Cook County, the reporters linked computerized police records with court and U.S. Census data. Reporters also pored through thousands of pages of court and police files, and interviewed...
| Dec 17, 2010
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said he will summon top federal and local law enforcement authorities, crime victims and experts to a January summit in Chicago, seeking ways to better protect children from attempted stranger abductions.
Rush said he is responding...
| Oct 29, 2011
Jorge Coronel brought his wife Arcelia and three children up to Chicago in 1997. She found work as a day-shift sub-chef making tortillas, beans and rice in an Evanston restaurant. Co-workers there were struck by the slender, buoyant woman with curly black...
| Oct 29, 2011
In 2001, Daniel Carrillo was charged with sexually abusing two girls — one 11 and the other 15. "I have a serious problem," Carrillo wrote in a statement to the Berwyn police officers arresting him, court records show. "I have done things to my...