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    Feds: Doctors may have done unneeded tracheotomies

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    An investigation of a Chicago hospital includes allegations it may have performed unnecessary tracheotomies to pull in additional revenue. Authorities today arrested Sacred Heart Hospital’s owner Edward Novak, as well as another executive and four doctors in an alleged kickback conspiracy. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the alleged scheme involved kickbacks for the referral...

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    Murray Center lawsuit details obstacles to transition

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The plaintiffs in the federal case to halt the closure of the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia filed nearly 40 pages of declarations and exhibits yesterday, providing among other things multiple accounts of the State’s intent to shutter all state operated developmental centers (SODCs) and offer only community integrated living arrangements (CILAs) as...

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    Bill would allow repeat DUI offenders to drive

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

      The story of a recovering alcoholic who wants to help others inspired a bill to allow repeat drunk-driving offenders to obtain a restricted driving permit.   According to bill sponsor Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook democrat, people convicted of DUI are driving anyway. She said they’re driving to and from work if there...

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    Former IDOT assistant secretary Phelps denies wrongdoing

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

      The former assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation says a report on improper hiring at the agency mischaracterizes what he told investigators. Former Congressman David Phelps disputed a report released yesterday by the Office of the Executive Inspector General. The report said Phelps did “little work” and mostly engaged in “misconduct...

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    AG says strict gun laws are constitutional

    by  • April 16, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

      Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the gun debate in New York will influence Illinois’ concealed carry discussions.   The justices declined yesterday to hear a challenge to a strict new york law making it difficult to get a license to carry a concealed handgun...

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