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Casa Central celebrates 60 years of service to Hispanic families

Casa Central serves a special group in Chicago. The Humboldt Park-based community center is the largest Hispanic social services agency in the Midwest. “We propel a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life,” said Ann R. Alvarez, president and …

Community banks: some things should not be left behind

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Some things should be left in the past — bad perms, bell-bottom jeans, parachute pants. Then other things never go out of style: a great customer service experience, the kind of banking relationship where you’re treated like a person and not just an account number …

DePaul University staff stars bring arts to children, disabled

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For the past 16 years, Linda RM Jones has been passionately working to provide exposure to the visual arts, at little to no cost, to students who get the opportunity to see a Chicago Playworks production at DePaul’s celebrated Merle Reskin Theatre. Jones helps to …

Founder of D&A Dermatology stresses good bedside manner

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Dr. Toral Patel, board-certified dermatologist, associate clinical instructor of medicine at Northwestern University and founder of D&A Dermatology in Chicago, has been in practice since 2008. Dr. Patel serves adults and children, with concentrated awareness in psoriasis and hormonal changes of the skin as well …

RoboKind introduces first affordable social robot: ZENO R25

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As the world leader in social advanced robotics, Robokind combined its years of experience and research to develop a robot with the same capabilities as those it built for universities at an affordable cost. Robokind selects the Kickstarter platform to reach out to the most …

Green Exchange devoted to advancing sustainable marketplace

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The Green Exchange, a retail and office space in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago devoted to green business, has passed the one-year mark of being open. Today, it’s a place where businesses can live green and prosper.

Goodwill resale shops help people in need reach full potential

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Goodwill Industries does a lot more than sell used clothing at discount prices. The agency also provides job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges — all at no cost to the client. Here’s how the agency is helping people in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Lurie Children’s named a top 10 pediatric hospital

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Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) was ranked tenth in the country among pediatric hospitals according to a Parents magazine survey. Lurie Children’s Hematology/Oncology division was ranked eighth among pediatric cancer programs nationwide.

Walk to end Alzheimer’s disease this fall

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The walks are held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. Here’s a look at walks taking place in the region this fall.

2013 walks aim to ‘end lupus now’

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Each year, thousands of people across the country join forces with the Lupus Foundation of America and walk with one unified purpose — to end lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. Communities in northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana are currently gearing up for this year’s fundraising efforts to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for those who suffer from the disease.

Nurses transform health care from the front lines

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In the next seven years, the nursing profession is going to need another 700,000 nurses. For those interested in pursuing a career in the fast-paced, dynamic field of nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing offers a three-year BSN degree program that enables students to earn their degree in as few as three years of year-round study, instead of the typical four years with summers off, allowing graduates to launch a career in nursing before their peers in traditional four-year programs. Chamberlain is currently accepting applications for courses beginning July 7.

Advocate Health Care joins colorectal cancer screening initiative

Advocate Health Care is among several new Illinois health care providers that have joined the American Cancer Society’s statewide colorectal cancer screening initiative. Launched last summer, the multi-year program aims to raise awareness about colorectal health and to screen a significant number of the more than 800,000 people in Illinois who meet eligibility criteria but haven’t been screened, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

Boeing backs early learning teaching

Boeing Company and its employees have contributed more than $54 million to nonprofit programs and groups in the Chicago region, and the company is a major backer of Chicago-based Erikson Institute, which provides education and training to those who work in early learning settings.

Kraft a big backer of food pantries

Kraft Foods continues to support hundreds of food pantries and programs like “Healthy Kids Markets” to help Chicago-area residents stay healthy.

Ford dealers boosts charity

Ford and Lincoln dealers contribute between $35.1 million and $84.6 million to charities and nonprofits in their communities across the U.S. per year, according to Ford. Adding the “human touch,” the study ssid dealer employees have donated some 58,000 hours to community service.

State Farm launches ‘neighborhood assist’ grants

Through March 6, people from the United States and Canada can submit a cause for a chance to win a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. The program continue’s State Farm’s assistance, especially to Chicago causes and programs elevating the quality of life in the region.

Winfield to welcome new Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana has formed a new relationship with Cadence Health and Central DuPage Hospital to build its fifth Ronald McDonald House in the region. The new Ronald McDonald House will be near the Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Campus in Winfield.

Partnership brings surgical specialists to Northwest Indiana

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Since the partnership between Franciscan Alliance’s Northern Indiana Region hospitals and Oak Lawn-based Cardiothroracic & Vascular Surgical Associates, residents of Northwest Indiana no longer have to travel into Chicago to find board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists.

Community banks: some things should not be left behind

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Some things should be left in the past — bad perms, bell-bottom jeans, parachute pants. Then other things never go out of style: a great customer service experience, the kind of banking relationship where you’re treated like a person and not just an account number …