Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Three area healthcare business owners - one from Skokie, another from Morton Grove and the other from Park Ridge - are said to have submitted more than $4 million in false medical claims over a four month period, the DOJ said today.
Three health clinic co-owners are among seven defendants charged with engaging in five separate, unrelated health care fraud schemes to defraud the Medicare program or private health insurers of millions of dollars, federal law enforcement officials announced today. Ankur Roy, Akash Patel and Dipen Desai, who owned and operated Selectcare Health, Inc., which provided outpatient physical and respiratory therapy in Park Ridge and Skokie, were charged with submitting more than $4 million in false billings to Medicare between March and July 2011, according to authorities. Between March and July 2011, the defendants allegedly submitted $4,009,094 in false billings for services that were purportedly provided between April 2010 and April 2011, …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Students from Niles West High School won first place and more than 30 awards at the Illinois Junior Academy Regional Fair recently.
Niles West competed at the regional Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Regional Fair on Saturday, March 9 at Niles North High School. Niles West earned first place in the high school division, 30 projects earned gold awards and 36 students qualified for the IJAS State Exposition to be held May 3 and 4 at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Felicia Phan and Patrick Liscio were selected to represent Region 6 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college celebration of science. The ISEF will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 12 and May 17. The ISEF brings together nearly 1,500 students from more than 70 countries to showcase their talent on an international stage. Students …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Students at Niles West High School are going on a lunch strike. The movement has gone viral since students started posting pictures of their cafeteria food. Some are saying the prices are too high and the portions are too small.
Today, some Niles West students will be ditching the school's organic lunch menu in favor of food packed in a brown paper bag in what they're calling #LunchStrike2013. In just 24 hours the strike has gone viral among the community. There’s a Facebook page - it's titled "Lunch Strike" - and has more than 1,500 followers. There's also an online petition that Niles West sophomore Mike Wheeler created. But if you want to know how students really feel, Twitter is buzzing with the hashtag #LunchStrike2013. Niles West junior Benjamin Zenuovic started the Facebook page on Monday. Zenuovic said he wants to see the school’s cafeteria food change and added that students aren’t getting their moneys worth. “The portions are too scarce,” Zenuovic said…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
An 18-year-old alumna of a Morton Grove school, and her grandmother, died Sunday in a carbon monoxide poisoning. Five other family members, including a current 6th grader, are hospitalized.
Zainab Ahmed, an 18-year-old alum from Morton Grove's Muslim Community Center Full-Time School, died Sunday of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at her family's home in the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, according to the school. The girl's 77-year-old grandmother, Rasheeda Akhter, also died, according to WGN News. A current sixth-grader at the school, Amina Ahmed, is hospitalized, along with four other family members, said Arshi Mujtaba, vice principal of the MCC Full-Time School. They are expected to recover, she said. Various family members were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, she said. Members of the extended family lived …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
He led a team of 14 through Antarctica on skis to reach the South Pole; then half the team continued the journey on up the mountain.
Morton Grove resident Keith Heger led a team of 14 people on a skiing trek through Antarctica to the South Pole, and then continued on with half of them to a high camp on Mount Vinson, climbing up and reaching the summit, according to TribLocal. Heger was traveling with the adventure company Polar Explorers, in Wilmette. They flew a charter plane to a base camp in Antarctica and started the skiing and climbing adventure from there. It was Heger's second time reaching the summit of Mount Vinson, according to the paper. Mount Vinson is 16,067 feet high, and about eight miles wide, according to 7summits.com. -- Skokie Patch on Facebook Get Nile and Morton Grove news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
So, who won Pizza Wars 3? Was it Lincolnwood's Lou Malnati's? Or maybe Morton Grove-based Pequod's. Maybe, just maybe, a Skokie based business took home the coveted prize.
Pizza Wars 3 was a jam-packed success. The event, which started at 6 p.m. on Thursday, was held at Niles West High School. Within half-an-hour of kicking off, there was a line outside the building and some 800 tickets were already purchased. Hosted by District 219's Education Foundation for Excellence, Pizza Wars has come a long way from its humble beginnings. But who won Pizza Wars 3? More than a dozen restaurants competed - some from as far as Wheeling - but in the end, it was downtown Skokie's very own Village Inn. "After three years, it feels great to finally bring home the 'bacon,'" said Village Inn owner Randy Miles. "It's nice, you know. I feel vindicated after not winning the last two years." Last year, Jet's Pizza brought home the…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
A robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money after robbing a bank in neighboring Morton Grove on Friday.
A bank in neighboring Morton Grove was robbed on Friday. According to police, MB Financial Bank, 9147 Waukegan Road, was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money around 2:30 p.m. A person entered the bank and demanded money, but did not display a weapon or indicate they had one, police said. No one was injured. "It was a quick job, no gun was displayed and [the suspect] was in and out," said Morton Grove Cmdr. Paul Yaras. "We've already spoken to the FBI and they're taking the lead on this one." At this time, no further information is available. If new details come in, Skokie Patch will update. -- Skokie Patch on Facebook
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
See which area babies were born on New Year’s Day in 2013. Both babies were born shortly after midnight.
A New Year’s Day baby boy - Samson Chambers was born to Chicago residents Donald and Sheryl Chambers at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, 2650 Ridge Ave., on Jan. 1, 2013, at 12:41 a.m. The boy came in at 8-pounds, 3-ounces and 20-inches. “I wanted [Samson] to be born on Christmas day and my husband wanted him to be born on New Year’s Day,” Sheryl Chambers said. “My husband got his wish.” This is the fifth child for the Chambers family. The mother said she now has three girls and two boys. “Honestly, for me, I think it’s a normal thing. It was a regular day for me,” Chambers said. “We gave him the name Samson [which is] from the bible. The name means ‘being strong.’” Chambers added that she had family at the hospital …
Friday, December 7, 2012
More than 35 costumes were created using thrown out items such as VHS tapes, prom dresses and even umbrellas, among other things.
Perhaps Ben Stiller's "Zoolander" wasn't that far off with its Derelict fashion concept. More than 35 recycled-designed costumes were on display at the Solid Waste Agency of Cook County's (SWANCC) Trashy Fashion Show. The models represented more than 50 designers. According to SWANCC, 90 percent of the outfits were made from items that are found in everyday garbage, including old chef coats, t-shirts, prom dresses, Halloween costumes, jeans, candy wrappers and packaging materials, among other things (like VHS tapes and umbrellas). For the sixth annual showing, this year's theme was based on movies like "Harry Potter," "The Hunger Games" and "Black Swan." Residents from Arlington Heights, Barrington, Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnwood, …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A local business is offering free car washes to military veterans for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Benjamin Marin, owner of Nature's Hand Car Wash, 9003 Waukegan Road, is offering a free car wash to anyone who has served in the armed forces on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. "No military ID is needed," Marin said. "Their word is good enough for me." Patch profiled Marin in October, and he's come a long way from Ecuador to owning his own business in neighboring Morton Grove. Marin's business is known for detailing high-end cars, including Chicago Bears' linebacker Lance Briggs' Audi R8. Share This Article on Facebook - Skokie Patch on Facebook