SPRINGFIELD — About 4,000 Illinois residents are on waiting lists for organ and tissue donations. A new public service announcement in honor of National Donor Sabbath is a reminder that most religious faiths embrace organ donation.
The PSA released by Secretary of State Jesse White features Phillip Hanks of Joliet. The father of six says he's alive today because of his faith in God and an organ donor who gave him five internal organs.
A family is fighting a $105,000 tuition bill from Chicago Public Schools after the district determined three of the children did not live in the city while attending selective enrollment schools. The CPS inspector general’s office called the case “especially egregious” in its recent annual report.
Six weeks after former Chicago Ald. Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak reported to federal prison for a tax-related conviction, his lawyers have filed an emergency petition for his release citing his age and the surging omicron variant.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has asked, but not ordered, hospitals to delay nonemergency surgeries to help keep beds open. The state also said it has sent or is set to send roughly 2,000 state-funded workers to select hospitals across Illinois.
About a dozen activists gathered Saturday at the 95th Street train station to protest the upcoming release of the former Chicago police officer who killed Laquan McDonald. Jason Van Dyke, who was sentenced to 81 months in prison, stands to be released Feb. 3.