Chicago Housing Authority residents may be familiar with Stroger Hospital, formerly known as Cook County Hospital. The public medical facility struggled with a lack of staff and sub-par facilities. But those very issues appealed to one young idealistic doctor named David Ansell.
Grafton, Illinois—a town approximately 300 miles outside of Chicago has a special name for the waterways that connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River: “Poop ditch.” That’s the censored version and it’s due to what Chicago sends down their way.In Grafton, the Illinois River empties into the mi
More than a century ago, Chicago used a combination of grit, muscle and money to turn around the Chicago River. That move forged an important connection between the Great Lake Michigan and the mighty Mississippi. But it also had some unintended consequences that are coming to a head only now.
Illinois public health officials are reporting a relatively mild flu season so far. It may be too early to tell but flu shots and generous gobs of hand sanitizer seem to be keeping flu bugs at bay. But don’t get complacent; that ever-present alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not perfect.
This week I got what we call in the biz a "plum assignment." I joined a group of Chicago-area teachers aboard a jet designed to create weightless conditions. It does this by parabolic flight -- a steep climb followed by a controlled nosedive.