Governors State University takes community service to the next level

Governors State University has long held as part of its mission the intent to promote social and economic development in the community it serves. By making resources available to area residents, offering service opportunities to students and partnering with local organizations, the university sees itself …

Community banks: some things should not be left behind


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 …

Small steps lead to big local effort for breast cancer awareness

It all started 15 years ago, with three women getting antsy in a downtown parking lot. Carol Moriarty, along with her sister and a friend, had signed up to do a breast cancer awareness walk downtown. However, after getting stuck in the parking lot, the …Read More

Healthgrades names Ingalls among 50 Best Hospitals

Ingalls Memorial Hospital has been named among the nation’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This impressive distinction places Ingalls in the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide, out of more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated. …Read More

Hospital's medical campus in New Lenox and its many services


Southwest suburban families are being treated the way they should be treated at Silver Cross Hospital. Conveniently located at I-355 and Route 6 in nearby New Lenox, the 289-bed hospital opened just two years ago on Feb. 26, 2012. Patients at the new hospital are …

Vickroy: Hospital magicians enchant sick kids, turn frowns to smiles

Editor’s Note: The following story was published in the SouthtownStar on March 2 of this year. It is being republished as part of Progress 2014, a salute to “Caring in our Communities.” It is dinnertime on a Thursday at Advocate Children’s Hospital, and as the …Read More

New Lenox parks director honored by state association


Editor’s Note: The following story was published in the SouthtownStar on Feb. 19 of this year. It is being republished as part of Progress 2014, a salute to “Caring in our Communities.” Just talking about being honored makes Greg Lewis emotional. His name may be …

Rediscover the 1893 World’s Fair


Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White City with "Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair," which runs through Sept. 7, 2014, at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Procedure to eliminate lower back pain


Richard Brinker, an 81-year-old who dealt with severe back pain, was amazed at the quick recovery and outstanding results he got from the minimally invasive procedure done to fuse his sacroiliac joint at Ingalls Advanced Orthopedic Institute.

High-tech HVAC heating up


Merts Heating & Air Conditioning in Steger, IL, offer high-tech products that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Installing such equipment may qualify customers for a variety of tax credits and rebates.

Advantages to program at Prairie State College


Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill., offers some interesting learning opportunities including an Honors Program and a rewarding outcome for students of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Healthy after weight-loss surgery

A woman from Plainfield, Ill., who didn’t even leave her house much before losing 80 pounds through surgery at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, now competes in 5K runs.

Success in home improvement

Uhlmann Home Improvement has been using a different business model since 2008 to forge ahead with business despite the long recession. It has been in the Beverly area of Chicago for six decades.

Students work with Chromebooks

Among several high-tech improvements at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School in Flossmoor, Ill., is the arrival of Google Chromebooks, which help students complete and submit assignments directly to the school’s network.

Innovative way to restore knee cartilage

Autologous chondrocyte implantation, or ACI, is a two-part technique that allows doctors to harvest cells from a patient’s own cartilage, grow them in a lab and then later implant them in the patient’s injured knee. Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet offers it.

Debating benefits of e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are seeing increases in sales in many smoke shops while sales for traditional cigarettes drop. What are the benefits of e-cigarettes?

Innovative changes at GSU


Besides the addition of freshmen and sophomores to Governors State University, the school is making other changes such as new scholarships and themed areas of study.

All post-mastectomy needs

Women who are considering, or have recently had a mastectomy, have a place to go in Lansing, Ill., that offers not only pre-op knowledge about what’s ahead, but products to use post-op.