The Top Challenges Facing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

MAY 16 2011, 7:30 AM ET

When Rahm Emanuel is inaugurated as Chicago’s mayor Monday, he will confront the toughest job in America: chief executive of a major city. His challenges are stark, though the biggest is missed by most.





Hospitals: Late Medicaid payments are better than cuts

By Mary J. Cristobal

Illinois Statehouse News

Posted May 15, 2011 @ 10:57 AM

Springfield, Ill. —

Better late than never – that’s what Illinois hospitals are saying when it comes to their Medicaid reimbursement payments.

The Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee is proposing a $463 million payment reduction of Medicaid to hospitals for next year’s budget. But the Illinois Hospital Association is offering an alternative – why not delay reimbursement payments than making deeper cuts?





2 Illinois hospitals face different fates

by Carla K. Johnson
Associated Press Writer

May 15, 2011 12:00 AM | 190 views | 0  | 0  |  | 

JOLIET, Ill. — Two charity hospitals in Illinois face drastically different fates after a state board on Tuesday approved the closure of the only hospital in East St. Louis and denied a Cook County proposal to close a hospital in Chicago’s southern suburbs.

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board denied a plan by Cook County to close Oak Forest Hospital, a move that triggered a celebration from those against closing the charity care hospital and disappointment from the county board president who was hoping shuttering the facility would help reduce crushing health care costs.





Mike Quade finds positives despite Cubs’ 3-5 record on homestand

May 16, 2011 2:10AM

The measurement came up short on the homestand that Cubs manager Mike Quade predicted would be an early gauge for his team.

But even though the Cubs went 3-5, Quade believes his team can compete with the contenders, especially the front-running Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.



Chicago Cubs Report: Fair Weather Fans in the Windy City Could Be Blown Away



Kevin Jackman

 (Member) on May 15, 2011

The talks about decimating and rebuilding the Chicago Cubs is getting to me. The reason being that we still have a competitive team, with talented players on the roster.

So when a “Cubs fan” tells me there is no hope for 2011, and the only hope for the Cubs’ future lay on the shoulders of Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, I have a tough time biting my tongue.

So I will break it down for you into two categories—first I will answer some general questions that Cubs fans have and than I will give you a positional break down as well.





The people have spoken – quietly: After positive feedback, Metra to expand ‘quiet cars’


CHICAGO — The people have spoken — quietly, of course — in favor of Metra’s “quiet cars” concept.

The commuter rail service will expand the quiet cars to all of its lines starting June 6.

Metra launched a 3-month test of quiet cars on its Rock Island Line in January. Officials say feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 84 percent of survey respondents saying they’re in favor of the cars.





Article updated: 5/16/2011 6:34 AM

Could Des Plaines casino be state’s biggest?

One bipartisan group’s estimate says look out, Grand Victoria in Elgin

SPRINGFIELD — After the Rivers Casino opens in Des Plaines this summer, its first year open could make it the most popular casino in Illinois, early revenue estimates suggest.


In the past, the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has been the state’s leader in adjusted gross receipts — the measure of how much a casino takes in from gamblers.






Baby, what a night

By Hank Beckman For The Sun May 15, 2011 6:14PM

Since David Miller had already been awarded first place in the Business to Consumer category Friday night, he was more than a little surprised to find out he wasn’t done collecting awards from the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.



Small Businesses Take Home Big Awards

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 14the Annual Small Business of the Year Awards on Friday.

By Ben Gross | Email the author | May 14, 2011


Friday night was full of surprises for David Miller.

The owner of Chef by Request Catering, Miller went to the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Awards by himself. He thought his wife was staying at home with his newborn son.




Navistar e-Star Features in GE Tour

WARRENVILLE, Ill. — Navistar’s all-electric truck, eStar™, is being featured in the GE EV Experience Tour. The nationwide tour is educating different industry segments and stakeholders on the emergence of electric vehicles (EV) and the benefits they can provide to businesses, governments and communities. The eStar is among a variety of EV manufacturers showcased during the tour.





Don’t forget! Willow Road Study Public Meeting #2

You are invited to attend an Open House Public Meeting held by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) concerning Willow Road from Illinois Route 43 (Waukegan Road) to Interstate 94 (Edens Expressway).





05/12/2011 12:02 PM ET

Wrigley Field Road Tour to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary

Last Year’s Top Fundraisers Honored 

CHICAGO (May 11, 2011) – The Wrigley Field Road Tour celebrates its one-year mark May 12 with an anniversary bike ride.

The bike ride begins at Higher Gear bike shop in Wilmette, Ill., and concludes at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where riders will watch the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:20 p.m.