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  • Lucy Santorsola: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:29 PM
    Candidate information for Lucy Santorsola, running for Itasca Village Board

  • Lake County 4-H holds International Festival Mar 5, 2015 1:41 PM
    The annual Lake County 4-H International Festival was held Feb. 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

  • Suburban O'Hare Commission hires consultants to help battle airport noise Feb 27, 2015 8:35 AM
    A group of towns near O'Hare International Airport has hired two consulting firms to assist them in their battle against airport noise. The Suburban O'Hare Commission, a group of 11 governmental entities in Northwest suburban Cook County and northern DuPage County, announced Thursday the hiring of aviation experts who will provide the group technical data and help lobbying federal, state and Chicago officials in hopes of reducing airport noise, officials said.

  • Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association and will be sponsoring their annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Springfield, IL.

  • COD problem: Auto-extensions Feb 23, 2015 1:00 AM
    An Itasca letter to the editor: Example: I found the board chairman of COD guest view particularly appalling (implying that the college president’s buyout was a good deal for taxpayers). The issue at the core of the taxpayer problem is that any buyout should not have been necessary.

  • Breaking the Code Feb 23, 2015 10:17 AM
    Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure.

  • Unidentified Body Found in North Carolina Has Streamwood Connection Feb 17, 2015 1:00 AM

    Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Facebook site, Help ID Me, recently contacted Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System to help spread the word to local resources in hopes that the young man might be identified. New technology helped to produce an image to show what the unidentified teenager may have looked like. Help give him back his name. John Doe is a Caucasian male between the ages of 15-20, who had short, light brown hair, stood five feet nine inches tall and weighed 171 pounds. He was wearing jeans, a blue plaid long-sleeved shirt, a brown jacket and sneakers. Investigators believe he was transient for some time prior to his death, and may have lost touch with relatives. They believe he spent time in Florida, Illinois and Tennessee before arriving in North Carolina. If you have any information, please call 1-800-THE-LOST. A complete story can be found by the Crossroads Chronicle here: Link to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Facebook page:

  • Jury convicts Carol Stream executive in extortion case Feb 16, 2015 9:01 PM
    A Carol Stream businessman was convicted of attempting of trying to shake down business owners who owed him money. Mark Dziuban was convicted on three of four counts he was facing. A sentencing date has not been set, according to federal prosecutors, but Dziuban faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

  • Learn what it takes to get ideas into laws Feb 16, 2015 8:58 PM
    4-H members in Illinois will learn how ideas become law during a mock debate in the Chambers of the Illinois House of Representatives March 27-28 in Springfield. Delegates will debate mock bills using the same process used by real legislators in the Illinois House and Senate, including use of the House microphones and voting buttons to determine the fate of various bills. 4-H members who were at least 14 years of age by Sept. 1, 2014 may register online at by March 13.

  • TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel Feb 16, 2015 7:20 AM
    TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel

  • Kohl’s Cares to award $400,000 in scholarships Feb 12, 2015 10:59 AM
    Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently announced it will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,500 students who have made a positive impact on their communities.

  • Itasca District 10 names new superintendent Feb 12, 2015 2:50 PM
    Craig Benes, a teacher and administrator in the Chicago Public Schools, has been named new superintendent of Itasca Elementary District 10. He will assume the helm in Itasca in July, replacing Superintendent Marcia Tornatore, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

  • Itasca School District 10 Formally Announces the Hiring of Their New Superintendent Feb 12, 2015 5:09 PM
    The Board approved a three-year performance-based contract that will pay Mr. Benes a base salary of $175,000 for the 2015-2016 contract year. He will assume his duties as Superintendent on July 1, 2015, replacing Dr. Marcia Tornatore who is retiring at the end of the school year. Craig Benes has served the Chicago Public Schools for the last 16 years in several leadership roles including a special education teacher, assistant principal and a curriculum writer for the district with the Museums and Public School Project. Craig is a graduate of the New Leaders for New Schools training program and served as a principal for six years at Talcott Fine Arts and with the Ravenswood Ridge Network supervising over 40 schools for the last four years. Currently he is working in the CEO’s Office on several professional development projects for the district. Craig is married to an educator and they are proud parents to three school-age children. He is looking forward to serving the Itasca Community and building upon its extraordinary track record of success.

  • First Detector workshops share key insights on invasive species in Illinois Feb 12, 2015 8:13 PM
    More than 40 horticulture industry professionals and experienced gardeners learned about critical pest issues during the 2015 Illinois First Detector Workshop in Wheaton. Each year, the Illinois First Detector Program presents key information on invasive pests, diseases and plants through workshops in eight locations across Illinois, including the Feb. 3 event at Cantigny Gardens.

  • Itasca suing engineers over problems at wastewater treatment plant Feb 15, 2015 12:43 PM
    Itasca officials say they’ve lost patience with engineers who designed their"$39.5 million wastewater treatment plant that, after three years, still is not as efficient or environmentally friendly as promised. The village on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Chicago-based and its affiliate for breach of contract. The lawsuit, filed in DuPage County, seeks $4 million in damages and design modifications.

  • Discovery Health Partners Wins 18 New Healthcare Customers in 2014 Feb 12, 2015 5:29 PM
    ITASCA, IL (January 20, 2015) – Discovery Health Partners, a division of LaunchPoint, announces dramatic growth in clients and headcount for 2014, as the firm continued to expand its payment integrity solution suite and drive measurable results for its healthcare clients. Discovery Health Partners has responded to the increased market pressure on health plans by delivering next-generation payment integrity software and solutions to improve recoveries, avoid costs, and optimize revenue. The company added new health plans to its client roster every quarter in 2014, in effect doubling the number to 37 clients, including two of the top five payers and seven clients in Blue Cross/Blue Shield organizations. Currently, Discovery Health Partners’ software processes 10,000,000 unique lives under management, with 65 percent of 2014 revenue coming from new customers. Since January, Discovery Health Partners has won multiple new healthcare clients including Summacare, Hometown Health, Physicians Plus, Health Choice and one of the top five health plans in the country, among others. In addition, the company expanded its work with the former Lovelace Health Plan and with Fallon Health to bring proven solutions that address the changing needs of the marketplace. To service this client demand, Discovery Health Partners grew employee headcount 62 percent in 2014, adding 30 employees in the fourth quarter alone. New employees support clients as recovery and business data analysts, senior software security architects, call center representatives and legal experts. The Discovery Payment Integrity Suite includes Discovery Analytics; Discovery Claims Analytics; Discovery Coordination of Benefits; Discovery Eligibility; and Discovery Subrogation. Discovery Health Partners plans to continue hiring in 2015 at a similar rate to 2014. Discovery Health Partners recently published the following client successes: • A community health plan with 207,000 members (32,000 Medicare Advantage members) engaged with Discovery Health Partners to streamline its payment integrity program, leverage legal best practices, and generate improved recoveries using Discovery solutions for Subrogation, Coordination of Benefits, and Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Validation. The health plan realized subrogation recoveries of nearly $5.3 million in the first two years of the program as well as $8.5 million realized in MSP premium restoration and $5.7 million recovered through coordination of benefits. • A regional Blues health plan with 269,000 members looking to modernize its subrogation operation and empower the in-house team implemented Discovery’s Subrogation software solution, enabling its team to implement a prepayment review process and manage recovery operations via a cloud-based application. • A national health insurer with more than 500,000 Medicare Advantage members partnered with Discovery Health Partners for MSP Validation, restoring $32.7 million during the initial validation process. “Our flexible offerings, client advocacy, leading-edge tools and full transparency are highly valuable to our clients’ cost management programs,” said Paul Vosters, President and Chief Operating Officer, Discovery Health Partners. “We help clients look holistically at their payment integrity efforts, and customize a plan and approach to meet their unique requirements. In many ways we create transparency to the payment integrity space within their organization like never before. We quantify the results to show the difference we make.” Discovery clients enthusiastically agree. “Fallon Health has a long-standing commitment to improving efficiency and performance so that we can better meet the needs of our members. Our partnership with Discovery Health Partners provides greater visibility into case management and trending through better reporting and analytics. We’ve been able to raise the bar on performance across our payment integrity operations. We’ve also been impressed with how seamlessly the Discovery team partnered with our team,” said Carol Pitts, Vice President, Claims Administration, Fallon Health. “Since working with Discovery Health Partners, we’ve pursued new savings, recovery, and cost avoidance opportunities, and it has positively impacted our bottom line.” About Discovery Health Partners Discovery Health Partners offers the Discovery Payment Integrity SuiteTM of payment integrity software and solutions to help health plans and other healthcare organizations optimize revenue, avoid costs, and improve recoveries. A combination of deep healthcare experience and powerful technology solutions helps clients drive improved payment integrity and generate measurable results. Discovery Health Partners is a division of LaunchPoint, which was recently named the 100th fastest-growing company on the 2014 Inc. 500 list. LaunchPoint operates businesses that provide cloud-based solutions, software, and services for healthcare organizations. Learn more at ###

  • LaunchPoint Hires David Chandler Chief Financial Officer Feb 12, 2015 5:30 PM
    ITASCA, IL (Feb. 6, 2015) – LaunchPoint, parent company of Discovery Health Partners and Ajilitee, announces the appointment of David Chandler to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Chandler, of Hinsdale, brings more than 20 years of experience in progressive financial leadership roles at healthcare, software and technology companies, including overseeing IPOs and managing complex financial operations companies with SaaS-based applications and software services. Most recently, Chandler served as Chief Financial Officer of CareXtend, the first online marketplace designed to help reduce personal health and wellness spending. Chandler’s strong background as a strategic visionary with sound technical, analytical and operational skills in varying dynamic and entrepreneurial environments made him an ideal fit for LaunchPoint, according to CEO Terrence Ryan. “We are very happy to have Dave’s expertise guide us as we move forward with the next phase of LaunchPoint’s growth,” said Ryan. “We will rely on his ‘big picture’ perspective of the complexities and challenges emerging healthcare software companies face in today’s post-reform landscape.” Prior to CareXtend, Chandler served as Chief Financial Officer for an IT services company, Fruition Partners, the largest implementation partner for ServiceNow SaaS applications. Chandler was also SVP of Finance &Operations, Americas for Razorfish - Americas, a $400M digital marketing firm. Additionally he has held leadership roles including Corporate Controller and Sr. Director of Financial Planning at Diamond Technology Partners. Chandler attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received his Masters of Management from the J.L. Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. About LaunchPoint LaunchPoint operates businesses that provide cloud-based solutions, software, and services for healthcare organizations. Its two divisions are Discovery Health Partners, provider of payment integrity software and solutions for healthcare payers, and Ajilitee, a healthcare information and analytics consulting business. LaunchPoint was named the 100th fastest-growing company on the 2014 Inc. 500 list and #14 in Healthcare. More information is available at, and # # #

  • Kenneth Young Center’s Volunteer Recruitment Reception Feb 10, 2015 8:01 AM
    Kenneth Young Center’s Volunteer Recruitment Reception

  • Local Soroptimist Club Offers GED Grant Feb 9, 2015 4:56 PM
    Chicago Suburbs —Women who currently attend G.E.D. courses and who are seeking financial assistance to complete certification can now obtain an application for this award. The G.E.D. Grant is Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago’s cash award that honors the women completing their equivalency to improve their lives and those of their family. Applications are available by contacting Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago (SISC) via e-mail at . SISC will give two cash awards that cover the cost of the test. Deadline for completed applications is April 1, 2015. The winners will be honored at a luncheon in May where their checks and grant certificates will be awarded. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1989, the Suburban Chicago club is part of Soroptimist International which has over 90,000 members in more than 120 countries and territories who contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women. In addition to the G.E.D. Grant, Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago has three additional awards for women and girls. For more information about the awards, our local programs and Soroptimism visit our web site at .

  • Presidents’ Issue New Report on Granting Baccalaureate Degrees for Various Fields Feb 5, 2015 4:17 PM
    Illinois Council of Community College Presidents NORMAL Illinois community college presidents approved a recommendation urging the community college system be allowed to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees for nursing and other applied career areas at their meeting on Friday, January 30. “This recommendation, which took nearly one year to study and prepare, shows our community colleges can be the place where students can earn the degrees close to home which is important to their families and communities,” said Thomas Choice, the president of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. The study recommends community colleges be authorized to grant four-year degrees for applied careers and nursing degrees. Illinois would join 21 others states already offering these four-year degrees. Illinois officials have discussed the concept and experiences for families in other states for several years. “Our study indicates many employers across the state need a workforce with a higher level of education. Community colleges are uniquely positioned with their strong industry and workforce relationships to provide these programs” said Carl Sandberg College President Lori Sundberg. Sundberg chaired the committee that wrote the report. The Council will work with the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the legislature to ensure the necessary steps to move forward. Choice, who is president of Kishwaukee College in Malta Illinois, noted the report recommends the addition of these programs be managed without any additional state funding. It is anticipated that the variable tuition program already used by many community colleges for career and technical degrees would be used for these four-year degrees. The applied baccalaureate degrees would cover fields like automotive, respiratory therapy and dental hygiene among others.

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