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4 in 10 Chicago Parents Don’t Have Paid Leave, Survey Finds

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Caring for a sick family member, such as a child, is the top reason why parents take off work, according to a new citywide survey. Yet nearly 40 percent of working parents don’t have paid leave.

Social Security Administration Warning of Phone Impersonation Scheme

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While the Social Security Administration may contact people by phone, employees will never threaten a person or a promise Social Security benefit approval in exchange for information, according to the agency.

For First Time, FDA Approves Drug for Treating Postpartum Depression

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As many as one in seven women experience postpartum depression, which can be life-threatening when severe. But there hasn’t been a treatment specific to the condition – until now.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 21-24

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Superheroes and villains, a springtime run, musical performances and wine flights usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Report: Illinois Just ‘Getting Started’ in Addressing Children’s Needs

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There are 12 million infants and toddlers living in the United States, but the state in which they spend their first few years can make a big difference in their well-being for years to come, a new report finds.

UIC Alumni Create Scholarship to Honor Mercy Hospital Shooting Victim

A memorial at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, the day after a shooting at the Near South Side hospital. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP)

The Tamara O’Neal MD Scholarship Fund will help support University of Illinois medical students while honoring the life of O’Neal, who was killed in a November shooting at Mercy Hospital. 

UIC Receives $3.5M to Study HIV Medication Adherence

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Can an app help people stick to their medications? That’s what local researchers hope find out in a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Reclaim Your ‘Dibs’ Items or They’ll be Thrown Out, City Says

A folding chair holds a parking spot cleared of snow on Feb. 12, 2011 in Chicago. (Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr)

In a sign that spring is on the way, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation on Monday will begin removing items used to (unofficially) reserve parking spots during winter.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 14-17

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A green river, St. Patrick’s Day parades, nature photos and Indian dances usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Health Officials Warning Residents About Unproven Stem Cell Therapies

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning patients and health care providers about the risks of stem cell therapies that are not approved by the FDA following a national investigation into their use.

Study Finds Black Americans More Likely to Live in ‘Trauma Deserts’

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A new South Side facility has increased access to trauma care in Chicago, where in 2015, 73 percent of majority black communities were located at least 5 miles from a trauma center, according to a new study.

FDA Approves Ketamine Nasal Spray as New Depression Treatment

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For the first time in 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for depression.

Study: Adolescent Binge Drinking Increases Risk for Anxiety as an Adult

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Even if discontinued, binge drinking at an early age increases the risk of developing anxiety later in life, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cook County Sheriff Warns of Apple Phone Scam


Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning residents about a sophisticated phone scam in which an unsolicited caller claims to be a representative from Apple, Inc.

Chicago’s Runoff Election: Early Voting Locations, Dates

An April 2 runoff election will determine Chicago’s next mayor, city treasurer and aldermen in more than a dozen wards across the city. Find out when and where you can cast your ballot.

Willie Wilson Endorses Lori Lightfoot for Chicago Mayor

Willie Wilson announces his endorsement of Lori Lightfoot for mayor on March 8, 2019. (Chicago Tonight)

Businessman Willie Wilson, who finished fourth in his bid for Chicago mayor in the Feb. 26 election, announces his endorsement of former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot.

City Investigating Salmonella Exposure at Archer Heights Grocery Store

The Chicago Department of Public Health is investigating a salmonella outbreak at Supermercado Rivera, located at 4334 W. 51st St. (Google Maps)

The Chicago Department of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of salmonella after six people who consumed food from the kitchen counter at Supermercado Rivera became sick late last month.

Report: Young Black Men at High Risk of Homicide by Firearm

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In 2016, the number of young black men killed by a firearm in Chicago was nearly 50 times the national rate, according to a new report analyzing such deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 7-10

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Chocolates, an artisan market and a sweet walk in the woods usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

West Side United Invests in Neighborhoods, Businesses

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Over the past two years, a newly formed coalition of health care institutions and professionals has raised $10.5 million to fund initiatives it deems vital to improving the life expectancy of West Side residents.

Walmart’s Greeter Phaseout Worries Disabled Employees, Advocates

In this April 21, 2018 photo provided by Rachel Wasser, Walmart greeter John Combs works at a Walmart store in Vancouver, Washington. (Rachel Wasser via AP)

Last month, the big-box store announced a second round of cuts as it phases out store greeters in favor of a more demanding customer host role. A local disability advocate calls the move “shortsighted.”

Northwestern Researchers Create Wireless Sensors to Monitor NICU Babies

Researchers model the wireless sensors on a doll, alongside a traditional monitoring system composed of electrodes and wires. (Courtesy of Northwestern University)

Soft, flexible sensors developed by Northwestern University researchers measure an infant’s vital signs and allow physical bonding between baby and parent.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 28-March 3

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An icy dip in the lake, film festivals, Mardi Gras pastries and a shopping cart race usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Survey: Gun Violence, Bullying Top Social Issues Facing Chicago Youth

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Chicago parents say gun violence, bullying and poverty are among the top 10 social issues affecting the city’s youth, according to a citywide survey.

New Program Aims to Give Cancer Patients a Road Map for Treatment

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Navigating cancer treatment can be overwhelming. A new pilot seeks to improve the process for patients by consolidating all aspects of treatment into one all-encompassing care plan.