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  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. “For any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
  • Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff Dec 17, 2014 7:29 AM
    Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff

     
  • American English, others added to CLC’s spring lineup Dec 18, 2014 1:42 PM
    Three new events have been added to the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts Professional Touring Series at the College of Lake County for Spring Semester 2015.

     
  • New HVAC Installer Technician Certificate to be offered at CLC Dec 15, 2014 3:54 PM
    A new 18-credit, flexible Fast Track-HVAC Installation Technician Certificate is being launched by the College of Lake County’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program in January 2015 (pending approval by the Illinois Community College Board).

     
  • Auditions for ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ in Antioch Dec 14, 2014 4:15 PM
    The PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St., Antioch, will hold auditions for the musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16.

     
  • String of ages, birthdays makes 11-12-13-14-15 for Antioch sisters Dec 13, 2014 7:45 AM
    They were born four years apart, but two Antioch sisters on Saturday will be celebrating a shared birthday with a numerical twist. Jenna and Jessica Lamberty will turn 11 and 15 respectively for a quirky straight: 11-12-13-14-15. “We’ll buy a lottery ticket on Saturday,” says mom, Julie.

     
  • Book notes: Sheila E. brings her ‘Beat’ to Naperville Dec. 20 Dec 13, 2014 6:45 AM
    Singer, drummer and author Sheila E. introduces her new book "The Beat of My Own Drum" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Community Christian Church in Naperville. For details, visit andersonsbookshop.com.

     
  • State trooper suffers minor injuries in Antioch crash Dec 13, 2014 5:05 PM
    An Illinois State Police trooper suffered minor injuries when the driver of a 2007 Pontiac Sedan blew through a stop sign and struck the trooper’s moving squad car in Antioch Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

     
  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Student-run medical clinic incubator for new ideas in healthcare delivery Dec 15, 2014 3:42 PM
    A free medical clinic that provides an array of primary and specialty care, including routine mental health screenings, under one roof, often in one visit, is extending the boundaries of healthcare delivery. Founded in 2013 by four medical students at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, the Interprofessional Community Clinic provides health care to underserved men, women and children while offering early clinical skills training to medical and health science students who work in teams, under faculty supervision, to diagnose and treat patients. Volunteer student clinicians come from a broad range of RFUMS programs including medicine, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, clinical psychology and physical therapy. They work side by side, learning respect for each other’s professions and collaborating and leading in areas that also include administration, community outreach, clinic management, fundraising and research. “We, the students, literally run the show at ICC every Thursday night,” said Hannah Lee, ICC co-founder and former president. “There is no other medical environment where, in the absence of a hierarchy, best practices are nonetheless upheld.” Lee praised RFUMS for its support of the founders’ “idealistic” plan for the ICC. The university provides space, financial support and a team of advisors. “It has taken an extraordinary place and an extraordinary group of inspired people to build this clinic,” Lee said. The ICC, which was recently named the 2014 recipient of the President’s Interprofessional Healthcare Leadership Award at RFUMS, is operated as part of the Rosalind Franklin University Health System. It provided care to 243 patients in its first year. In its second year, clinic services expanded to include women’s health, ophthalmology, diabetes education and social and multilingual services. Nearly 140 students work in the clinic—200 more are on a wait list—and 30 faculty members have volunteered to supervise. ICC volunteers have also held dozens of outreach events, offering health screenings, patient education and referrals. RFUMS embraced interprofessional education and practice more than a decade ago. Dr. K. Michael Welch, president and CEO, said the clinic embodies the university’s mission of interprofessional learning, teaching, and service through leadership. “The ICC underscores our commitment to improving the health of our community, our nation, and transforming the delivery of care,” Welch said. “The clinic and its student clinicians are influencing the future of health care with every patient they see.” Interprofessional, team-based care continues to gain traction as a means to better coordinate care, hold down costs and improve patient outcomes. The American College of Physicians, in a 2013 position paper “Principles Supporting Dynamic Clinical Care Teams,” promotes a team-based model in which clinicians in different disciplines assume “principal responsibility for a specific element of a patient’s care as the patient’s needs dictate,” while the team works as a whole to coordinate the elements of care. Clinic co-founders, all members of the Chicago Medical School Class of 2016, also include Miao Hua, who worked to integrate competing visions for the clinic. “We wanted the clinic to be flexible and reflexive, always open to new ways of improving care,” Hua said. Svetlana Kozlovich said her role in founding the clinic was “an incredible privilege.” “I’m humbled by the hard work and volunteer efforts of so many RFUMS students, faculty and staff who have made ICC what it is—a truly interprofessional clinic and medical home for so many under- and uninsured patients,” Kozlovich said. Co-founder Sarah Hershman called the clinic an “incubator for new ideas” in the delivery of care. “None of us really knows what kind of environment we’ll be practicing in 10, 20, 30 years from now,” Hershman said. “But the future is going to come out of collaborations like the ICC.” The clinic, at 3471 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday. For an appointment, call 847-578-8501.

     
  • Free medical clinic offers team-based care in North Chicago Dec 18, 2014 9:19 AM
    A free medical clinic that provides an array of primary and specialty care, including routine mental health screenings, under one roof, often in one visit, is extending the boundaries of healthcare delivery.

     
  • Public Notice: Public Hearing - Tax Levy Dec 15, 2014 3:21 PM
    Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of Antioch Community Consolidated School District #34, Lake County, Illinois, will hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Administrative Services Center, 964 Spafford Street, Antioch, IL 60002.

     
  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Sedgebrook residents honor veterans with ceremony Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    In a solemn and inspiring ceremony, Sedgebrook residents honored veterans today: those now living beside them at the Lincolnshire retirement community, those lost in the four wars during their lifetime and all those who served in our military and their families.

     
  • CLC Veterans Memorial receives $5,000 donation from military group Dec 19, 2014 12:06 PM
    The College of Lake County’s Veterans Memorial Monument project has received a $5,000 matching grant from the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), a veterans service organization that supports patriotic education, ROTC and JROTC, scouting, monuments and memorials, law and order and national and homeland security programs.

     
  • Antioch, fire district will again seek tax for ambulance service Dec 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    Antioch village and fire officials again will ask voters to approve a tax to raise $1.5 million per year to fund ambulance service. The question failed last month and in response the department this week reduced staffing. "We only asked for what was necessary that's why the question is the same," said Fire Chief John Nixon.

     
  • CLC Music Department presents three December concerts Dec 8, 2014 10:14 AM
    CLC Music Department presents three December concerts Three festive concerts by College of Lake County Music Department ensembles will be presented in December. The Wind Ensemble’s Holiday Concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, the Holiday Choral Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and the Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

     
  • Irish tenor brings ‘Christmas from Ireland’ to CLC Dec 16, 2014 12:17 PM
    Michael Londra, the Irish tenor best known as the voice of “Riverdance” on Broadway, will present “A Christmas from Ireland,” a performance told in song, dance and story.

     
  • CLC Children’s Learning Centers earn state quality award Dec 15, 2014 8:50 AM
    The Children’s Learning Centers at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake and Lakeshore campuses have been recognized by the state as Gold Circle of Quality centers.

     
  • New HVAC Installer Technician Certificate offered at CLC Dec 15, 2014 1:49 PM
    A new 18-credit, flexible Fast Track-HVAC Installation Technician Certificate is being launched by the College of Lake County’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program in January 2015 (pending approval by the Illinois Community College Board).

     
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