WBEZ | Lincolnwood http://www.wbez.org/tags/lincolnwood Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jewish emergency response service expands into ambulance transport http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/jewish-emergency-response-service-expands-ambulance-transport-109063 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Hatzalah.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A medical emergency response service for Orthodox Jews is expanding into ambulance transport.</p><p>Hatzalah Chicago is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/orthodox-jews-launch-emergency-service-93709">about two years old</a>, and so far has relied on its team of trained volunteers to use their own personal cars to respond to low-level medical emergencies. But now, using donations, the service has purchased two ambulances and it soft-launched the ambulance response service last weekend.</p><p>Simcha Frank, a co-founder of Hatzalah Chicago, was able to respond to WBEZ questions by text message. He said since Hatzalah Chicago started its work, its volunteers saw many cases where patients declined to call 911 for ambulances because they were afraid they would not be taken to the hospitals where their doctors and personal files were.</p><p>&ldquo;The patients were either refusing to go to hospital with local EMS,&rdquo; wrote Frank, &ldquo;And some didn&rsquo;t even call EMS because of that.&rdquo;</p><p>Hatzalah primarily serves people in Skokie, Lincolnwood and Chicago&rsquo;s far North Side.</p><p>Frank said Hatzalah Chicago will take patients to the hospitals they specify, and he anticipates that will mostly be hospitals in the North Shore.</p><p>&ldquo;And that improves anxiety and sometimes patient outcomes,&rdquo; he wrote.</p><p>Hatzalah has about 40 trained emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, and 20 dispatchers. Frank hopes about a dozen of the EMTs will go through advanced training to become paramedics to staff the ambulances.</p><p>Currently, the vehicles, which cost about $150,000 each, are equipped to transport patients that are in stable condition. Frank hopes in about a year some of his volunteers will receive certification in advanced life support to provide transport for more critical cases.</p><p>John J. Stroger Jr. Hospital in Cook County is the service&rsquo;s resource hospital, providing medical direction. According to Frank, Hatzalah service received approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health in mid-October.</p><p>Many other major U.S. cities, especially New York City, already have extensive Hatzalah emergency response services.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/jewish-emergency-response-service-expands-ambulance-transport-109063 The Lone Ranger comes home to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-06/lone-ranger-comes-home-chicago-107602 <p><p>A new Lone Ranger movie is being released next month. That brings to mind the masked man&rsquo;s Chicago connection.</p><p>The best-known Lone Ranger was Clayton Moore, a Chicagoan. Born in the city in 1914, he attended Hayt Elementary, then dropped out of Senn High School to become a circus acrobat. In 1938 Moore began working in movies as a stuntman and bit player. By the late &lsquo;40s he&rsquo;d become a familiar face in low-budget Hollywood epics.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/06-11--The%20Lone%20Ranger%20Unsmasked.jpg" title="Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger--pre-digital imagining (author's collection)" /></div><p>In 1949 the Lone Ranger radio program was making the transition to TV. Moore was cast in the title role because he sounded like the actor who played the Ranger on the radio. The radio guy was considered too bulky to make a convincing action hero.</p><p>Clayton Moore made the Lone Ranger role his own. He appeared in 169 TV episodes and two feature films. After the show was cancelled in 1957 he continued to travel the country, making personal appearances.</p><p>Moore returned to his hometown for a series of shows in June 1976. He checked in at the Lincolnwood Hyatt. His van was too big for the regular lot, so he was told to park outside. He was concerned about leaving the vehicle unattended, but figured, what could happen in Lincolnwood?</p><p>The next morning Moore found the van had been forced open. Several items had been stolen. The biggest loss was an antique Remington firearm, valued at $1200.</p><p>&ldquo;Lone Ranger Robbed in Chicago Suburb!&rdquo; the headlines read. Moore was livid&mdash;&ldquo;There will be retribution!&rdquo; he thundered. But the Remington and the rest were never recovered.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/06-11--Lincolnwood%20Hyatt.JPG" title="Lincolnwood Hyatt--now The Purple Hotel" /></div><p>A few years later, the producer of a new Lone Ranger movie got a court order to prevent Moore from wearing his trademark mask in personal appearances. Moore responded by substituting a pair of wrap-around sun glasses. The dispute was eventually settled, and Moore went on as the masked man until his death in 1999.</p><p>The 2013 Lone Ranger film stars Johnny Depp. But Depp is playing the &ldquo;faithful Indian sidekick&rdquo; named Tonto. The Ranger is portrayed by Armie Hammer.</p><p>Why didn&rsquo;t Depp take the title role? You don&rsquo;t compete with a legend. The one and only Lone Ranger will always be Chicago&rsquo;s own Clayton Moore.</p><p>Hi-yo, Silver&mdash;away!&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-06/lone-ranger-comes-home-chicago-107602 Orthodox Jews launch emergency service http://www.wbez.org/story/orthodox-jews-launch-emergency-service-93709 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/ambulance_Flickr_Alex C. Balla.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>Starting later this month, residents of Chicago’s far North Side, Skokie, and Lincolnwood will be able to get help in addition to 911 for medical emergencies. A team of local Orthodox Jews is launching a new emergency response service called Hatzalah Chicago to augment services in the areas where high concentrations Orthodox Jews live. Members hope the service will help resolve some unique religious tensions that can come up in emergency situations.</p><p>Imagine, say, that it’s Friday night and you start feeling chest pain. Most non-Jews wouldn’t think twice about it; they’d just pick up the phone and dial 911. But the calculation’s not so simple for Orthodox Jews because Friday night is the Sabbath, and they’re not supposed to use electricity.</p><p>“We have obviously a lot of doctors in the community, and I remember one of the doctors told me a story where somebody literally walked over to his house, I don’t remember, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, literally in pain, cardiac pain,” recounted Rivka Kompel, one of Hatzalah Chicago’s board members. “[He] thought he was possibly having a heart attack, and he still walked to the person’s house 20 or 30 minutes because it was the Sabbath."</p><p>In Hebrew, Hatzalah means “rescue.” Hatzalah Chicago is a non-profit organization funded through private donations and staffed by unpaid volunteers. Kompel says the mission is to prevent more stories like the example she gave. Kompel says Jewish law allows people to break the Sabbath in life-or-death situations, but problems arise because, sometimes, people can’t tell the difference between what’s serious and what’s not.</p><p>Hatzalah’s emergency medical technicians are trained in both medicine and religious law. Kompel hopes they’ll help people make smarter decisions when it comes to the intersection of religious law and medical urgency.</p><p>Simcha Frank has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting to get Hatzalah off the ground. The team’s dispatch center is just a small, windowless room in a Skokie office park. But while the group has been setting up, they’ve used the room for equipment storage. The day he showed the facillty to me, the phone rang.</p><p>“That’s weird,” Frank said, after hanging up. “So there’s this organization nationwide that keeps track of all the Hatzalahs. They wanted to see if we’re operational.”</p><p>Lots of other cities have Hatzalahs. Frank, a Jewish funeral home director, says his baby nephew was saved by Hatzalah Brooklyn. He got advice from Hatzalah Baltimore.</p><p>Here’s how the service will work: If someone in the service area experiences a medical emergency, they still need to call 911. But Frank hopes they’ll also call another number for Hatzalah. Hatzalah’s dispatch center will radio its 40-or-so EMTs.</p><p>Each EMT has gone through standard training at Malcolm X College or Vista Health Systems, a hospital in Waukegan, Ill. They carry emergency medical equipment in their cars at all times — things like oxygen tanks, defibrillators, and first aid supplies. That helps them stabilize a patient in the first minutes after a call’s put out.</p><p>But once the fire department or an ambulance comes on scene, Hatzalah backs off. That’s part of Frank’s agreements with Chicago, Skokie and Lincolnwood.</p><p>But there are other things that Hatzalah can do that are unique to this religious community, things that other emergency response services may not consider — particularly on the Sabbath.</p><p>“So let’s say now Chicago Fire Department comes to the house on a Friday night, (and) they say we’re going to call your mother so they could come watch your kids,” said Frank. “You could call your mother from today ‘til tomorrow, they won’t answer the phone. So you actually have to physically go to the house, knock on the door, because they won’t answer the phone.”</p><p>Hatzalah responders can also make sure that if someone goes to the hospital on the Sabbath, they bring along a couple of bags of grape juice, a pack that’s something like a goodie bag. This allows the patients to observe Kiddush, the Jewish ceremony of praying over wine to start the Sabbath.</p><p>As for the EMTs, if they respond to something on the Sabbath, you might ask -- aren’t they violating the Sabbath by working? Frank says Hatzalah Chicago has a rabbinical board to think through those things.</p><p>“That’s where the Rabbinical Board comes in and says you guys need to do this in order to be a good responder,” said Frank. “You won’t be good to your community if your car is under two feet of snow. You won’t be good to your community if you don’t have an oxygen tank. You won’t be good to your community if you don’t have a radio to talk on.”</p><p>Barry Liss, Skokie’s deputy fire chief, says he’s never seen a small group start up a volunteer emergency service in Skokie. Liss says when Hatzalah first approached him to tell him what they were building, he was surprised.</p><p>“We weren’t certain that there was a need,” said Liss. “We want to know if there’s something we are missing, because we want to provide that need. That’s what society relies on. They rely on their emergency services to provide their emergency services to them.”</p><p>Liss is concerned that residents might stop calling 911 just because Hatzalah’s around. Hatzalah officials say they don’t want that to happen either. They say if someone who needs care doesn’t call 911, Hatzalah will. That’s partly because Hatzalah itself needs the fire department; as of now, and for the immediate future, Hatzalah doesn’t have the ability to transport patients to the hospital.</p><p>Liss says it’s good to have more boots on the ground, but he stopped short of praising the operation.</p><p>“We don’t know how it will work. Nor do they,” said Liss. “Just because you initiate something, you need to give it time to evaluate it. And that’s what we ask them to do.”</p><p>Liss says it’ll take a couple of years to know whether Hatzalah is making a difference, and Simcha Frank agrees. Frank says he has no idea how many calls Hatzalah will get, and he won’t know until it goes live. Still, he may do his own evaluation sooner. In 18 months Frank plans to revisit whether or not Hatzalah should buy ambulances and start transporting patients on its own.</p></div></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/orthodox-jews-launch-emergency-service-93709 Suburbs take on challenge of welcoming new refugees http://www.wbez.org/story/suburbs-take-challenge-welcoming-new-refugees-90619 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-16/Asian-Family.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side is an established hub for refugee resettlement. There are many agencies there, and refugees opt to live nearby. But recently more refugees bypass Chicago altogether and head to the north and northwest suburbs instead. Those communities are discovering these new populations in their schools, and suburban educators are having to adjust to meet the unique needs of their newest arrivals.</p><p>Go into Niles North High School at 10am any weekday this summer and you’ll see a stunningly diverse flood of teens crowd the lobby for a brief mid-morning break. Some take summer classes for extra credits; some are retaking classes they failed. But a good number are here to improve their English, so they can keep up in the fall. And of those students, more and more are refugees.</p><p>MURPHY: unfortunately a lot of them have been in refugee camps. And if they were in, for example, Jordan, they may not have been allowed to go to school.</p><p>This is Edmund Murphy. He’s principal of District 219’s Summer School, for students from Niles, Skokie, Lincolnwood and Morton Grove. During the school year he also runs the program for foreign languages and English as a second language. Murphy says the district’s handled large waves of immigrants before. But this is its first big influx of refugees and there are different challenges in helping them.</p><p>MURPHY: Some of them have been through some very traumatic experiences, they’ve lost parents, they’ve lost loved ones, especially in Iraq. It’s awful. And that’s always going to follow them. So we’re just trying to teach them how to deal with those issues in a healthy way, a positive way.</p><p>Murphy says this has forced schools into a comprehensive social service role. School social workers and psychologists are on hand, but sometimes they have to coax parents to allow their children to get that help.</p><p>Cultural biases may make parents fear that their child is “broken” if she needs counseling. And there’s another challenge: a lot of the kids who languished in refugee camps either don’t remember what it’s like to <em>be </em>&nbsp;in school or the schools were just really different.</p><p>MURPHY: When kids perhaps misbehave, if you ask them what would happen to you in your other school, they’d say well, we’d get beat, or we’d get hit, you know, it’s so different. So they get here and sometimes it’s like “wooh, look at this - nothing happens to me.” So it is a challenge to get them assimilated to the American school system.</p><p>Now, Murphy’s summer intro ESL course includes instruction on how to behave in class, how to raise your hand and how to respect the teacher’s authority. Murphy keeps on top of how well these kids are doing partly through his team of volunteers. He’s found a bunch that are fluent in Arabic and Assyrian, to call parents at home. They communicate what’s going on at the school, and relay parents’ concerns back to the district. Murphy says it’s lucky that District 219 has the resources to help these students.</p><p>But it’s still challenging. Often, the district’s trying to get kids up to grade level in English when they’re not even literate in their own native languages. While Murphy was starting to recognize the growth in refugees at his schools, refugee resettlement agencies were noticing changes, too.</p><p>WANGERIN: We were seeing fewer and fewer Iraqis actually come to our office and avail of our services.</p><p>Greg Wangerin is with RefugeeONE, in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. He started to notice the difference in 2007, when the number of Iraqi refugees spiked. Now, Iraqis are the largest group of refugees coming to the Chicago area.</p><p>WANGERIN: We began to examine why, and we noticed that this was the circumstance, again because they were coming to reunite with relatives up in that area.</p><p>Chicago’s suburbs are home to established Iraqi populations. They came as a result of the Iran-Iraq war in the 80s, and Operation Desert Storm in the 90s. Wangerin says there are other reasons Iraqi refugees are heading to suburbs.</p><p>WANGERIN: &nbsp;They often will come in with a bit more resource financially, at least in the initial stages, and may therefore have access to vehicles, or ways to purchase a car, and therefore enabling them to go a little bit further to the north and to the west.</p><p>But that push to Chicago’s fringes and beyond has meant that RefugeeONE had to adapt. It can’t afford to open new offices in the ‘burbs, so Wangerin says he’s hired a full-time suburban outreach employee to keep in constant touch with the schools and families. He’s also formed ad-hoc partnerships with suburban religious groups to offer ESL classes close to where refugees live. Partnerships are the way suburban governments are responding to the new demands, too.</p><p>The English Language Learning, or ELL, Center is the joint effort of eight north suburban school districts.</p><p>ENG: Today at 2 o’clock, the Bookmobile is coming. Anyone know what’s the Bookmobile?</p><p>A room full of women sit at round tables crowded into the reception area of a school district building in Skokie. A substitute teacher is starting a lesson on reading skills...</p><p>ENG: Because you get to check out a book...</p><p>The women’s children watch a film in another room. But this place is primarily for parents.</p><p>WALLACE: What we really emphasize here is the role of parents in the American school system, which is very different than some other cultures. American schools really expect parents to be involved and come in, and we talk about that.</p><p>Corie Wallace runs the ELL Center. She says in the three years it’s been open, the Center has seen foot traffic grow from 200 people to more than 700. It’s not clear how many are refugees, but Wallace says that number is almost certainly growing. And those parents need the same help as other immigrants in navigating American schools.</p><p>WALLACE: We do family field trips where we do school by school teaching parents about the culture of their school, how to sign up for parent-teacher conferences, why that’s important.</p><p>This program for refugee parents and changes at the schools do cost money, but it’s money that these suburbs seem to have. And nobody’s complaining. Many, like Wallace, see it as an investment. She hopes there’ll be a return, as refugees eventually become full participants in the local civic life.</p></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/suburbs-take-challenge-welcoming-new-refugees-90619 'Purple' razed? Lincolnwood landmark hotel might kiss the sky--or face foreclosure http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-05/purple-razed-lincolnwood-landmark-hotel-might-kiss-sky-or-face-foreclosure-8 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/P5013276.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013276.jpg" style="width: 499px; height: 375px;" title=""></p><p>The days appear numbered for Lincolnwood's aptly-named Purple Hotel.</p><p>Village attorneys won the right to demolish the shuttered hotel at 4500 W. Touhy if its owner doesn't fix an array of building code violations by August. And now Crain's Chicago Business <a href="http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20110504/CRED03/110509950/notorious-purple-hotel-now-faces-foreclosure">this week reports</a> the hotel owner's lender, First Midwest Bank, has filed a $4.2 million foreclosure suit against the building.</p><p>It would be a sad end for a hotel that isn't a bad piece of architecture--if you can get around the color. The Purple Hotel began life in the Swinging Sixties as the Lincolnwood Hyatt. Back then, the hotel attracted top-shelf performers such as Perry Como, Roberta Flack and Barry Manilow as guests.</p><p>But performers of a different sort gave the hotel its real notoriety - like the Chicago Outfit guys who shot to death Teamsters consultant Allen Dorfman in the Purple's parking lot in 1983. Or political donor Stuart P. Levine who testified in 2008 to having drug and sex parties at the hotel. Levine's testimony was part of the corruption trial for now-imprisoned businessman Tony Rezko.</p><p>Chicago architects Hausner &amp; Macsai designed the Purple Hotel. If you look beyond that purple and the decay, it's actually a fine-looking structure on the exterior. So I figured I better grab some photos of the building while I could.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-05/P5013269.jpg" title="" width="640" height="440"></p><p>These girders hold the weight of the building, passing its heft down to the ground on the outside. I'm wagering this means there are fewer structural columns within the building, allowing for a more open floor plan:</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013285.jpg" title="" width="480" height="640"></p><p>An entrance on the west side of the building. I like the glass, brick and symmetry:</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013290.jpg" style="width: 498px; height: 217px;" title=""></p><p>A tree struggles in what was once nice outdoor space:</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013303.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" title=""></p><p>Lincolnwood has created a $35 million tax increment finance district that includes the hotel. The Skokie Patch earlier this year<a href="http://skokie.patch.com/articles/tif-plan-for-purple-hotel-advances-without-a-peep"> reported</a> the hotel's owner, Donald Bae sought $25.8 million of that pot to redevelop the property.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ****</p><p>Postscript: Flickr user Martin Gonzalez got inside the Purple Hotel in 2009 and took some great photos of the unused structure. Even through the photographs I could feel the mold in the place making me itch. But the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25165196@N08/sets/72157622041105536/with/3822127034/">images are fun.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-05/purple-razed-lincolnwood-landmark-hotel-might-kiss-sky-or-face-foreclosure-8 Polls will stay open late in seven suburban Cook County precincts http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county/polls-will-stay-open-late-seven-suburban-cook-county-precincts <p><p>In a written release, Cook County Clerk David Orr said a judge has ordered seven precincts in suburban Cook County to stay open for voting until 8 p.m. tonight due to opening late.&nbsp;Voters registered in these precincts are permitted to vote&nbsp;up to one hour after the statewide poll-closing time of 7 p.m. All voters in line by the 8 p.m. deadline will be allowed to cast a ballot in the following precincts.</p><p><strong>Niles</strong><strong> 29</strong><br /> LINCOLNWOOD PLACE<br /> 7000 McCormick<br /> Lincolnwood, IL 60045</p> <div><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 25</strong><br /> ST CATHERINE LA BOURE SCHOOL<br /> 3425 Thornwood Lane<br /> Glenview IL 60025</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 66</strong><br /> COLE PARK<br /> 1031 Kenilworth<br /> Glenview, IL 60025</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 67</strong><br /> COVENANT VILLAGE<br /> 2625 Techny Road<br /> Northbrook, IL 60062</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Proviso 46</strong><br /> MC CLURE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL<br /> 4225 Wolf Road<br /> Western Springs, IL 60558&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Proviso 53</strong><br /> WASHINGTON SCHOOL<br /> 1111 Washington Blvd<br /> Maywood, IL 60153</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Proviso 95</strong><br /> VICTORY CENTRE<br /> 1800 Riverwoods Drive<br /> Melrose Park, IL 60160</div></p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 22:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county/polls-will-stay-open-late-seven-suburban-cook-county-precincts