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December 15, 2009 @ 7:09 AM

County's new top doc sees potential in frayed health system

After a week on the job, new Cook County Health and Hospitals System chief medical officer Dr. Terry Mason says he sees great potential in the county’s health care system.

The former Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner spent much of his first week visiting county medical facilities and surveying how health care is delivered to county patients. Read more...


December 15, 2009 @ 5:50 AM

Emil Jones' daughter hired for high-level county job


Emil Jones

The daughter of former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones was recently hired for an $84,000 job with Cook County Board President Todd Stroger’s administration, the Current has learned.

In August, Renee L. Rose was hired to work as a legislative coordinator in the office of board secretary Matthew De Leon, says a Stroger spokeswoman. Read more...


December 11, 2009 @ 8:00 AM

Poll says most would vote for Brown in primary

A new Tribune/WGN poll confirms what many have believed all along: County Board President Todd Stroger is fighting for his political life.

The poll, published today, shows Clerk of Courts Dorothy Brown leading the Democratic field, followed by Ald. Toni Preckwinkle. Stroger lies in third, with MWRD President Terrence O'Brien sitting in fourth place. Read more...


December 11, 2009 @ 2:06 AM

County races shaping up through challenges

Monday is the deadline for Cook County Clerk David Orr to submit ballots to be printed for the Feb. 2 primary, though with some outstanding hearings, it looks like that deadline is blown.  Already a number of petition challenges have been overturned, chief among them Clerk of Courts Dorothy Brown’s challenge to County Board President Todd Stroger.

Here’s the other county challenges are shaping up, as of yesterday afternoon. In all, eight challenges were sustained; nine were overruled; two were withdrawn and two have yet to be determined. Read more...


December 07, 2009 @ 1:30 AM

Low patient numbers key as threat of hospital closures looms

In 2008, Oak Forest Hospital’s emergency department saw an average of eight patients a day. Of its 213 beds, only 55 to 60 are in use.

The bed count at Provident Hospital has steadily shrunk to 85, and only 60 are in use. Read more...


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