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Advocates Slam 2012 Mental Health Clinic Closures

A top Emanuel aide insisted Tuesday the administration has done a better job caring for the mentally ill over the past couple years, despite closing half the city’s clinics; but some advocates told aldermen that’s simply not the case.

08/20/2014

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Chicagoans Living 7 Years Longer, New Health Report Says

The average life expectancy is now is a record-high 77.8 years, compared with 70.3 years at the start of the period. WBBM’s Craig Dellimore reports.

06/12/2014

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City Touts Decline In Teen Smoking

Fewer than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking last year.

04/15/2014

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Two Dozen Chicago High Schools To Offer Free Condoms

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended a plan to make condoms available at 24 high schools starting next school year, expanding an effort to reduce teen pregnancy and prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases among youths.

03/20/2014

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

City, State Strike Deal To Remove Petcoke Piles From South Side

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday will announce an agreement with Beemsterboer Slag Co. that will force the company to remove petcoke and metcoke that neighbors say have coated their homes with black dust.

12/19/2013

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Health Commissioner Says Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save Lives

Chicago’s health commissioner told aldermen Tuesday that a 75-cent-per-pack cigarette tax hike would be a life-saver, as he made the case for the Emanuel administration’s budget plan.

11/05/2013

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Women Urge City To Keep Mammogram Program Open

A group of female Chicago aldermen, health care workers, and breast cancer survivors launched a campaign Thursday, to urge the Chicago Department of Public Health to halt plans to close the program that provides mammograms to thousands of women every year.

10/10/2013

Menthol cigarettes on sale at a convenience store. Some experts say menthol cigarettes can be more enticing and possibly addicting than regular cigarettes, because their mint flavor masks the taste of tobacco. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

City Wants To Stop Kids From Trying Menthol Cigarettes

The city of Chicago is launching a new effort to try to stop young people from taking up smoking, by targeting menthol cigarettes.

07/25/2013

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Chicago Teen Birth Rate Declines In Past Decade

The past decade saw a decline in the teen birth rate in Chicago, although the number of teen pregnancies is still much higher than the national average, according to new statistics released by the city on Tuesday.

12/18/2012

Patient receives shot of flu vaccine (AP File Photo)

City Urges Everyone To Get A Flu Shot, And Not To Wait

The leaves are starting to change and there is definitely a chill in the air, so you can be sure that flu season is just around the corner.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2012

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List Of Free Flu Shot Clinics In Chicago

The following is a list of flu shot clinics offered throughout the city.

09/26/2012

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Health Officials: 2012 Could Be One Of Worst Years For West Nile

It’s gearing up to be one of the worst years ever for West Nile Virus.

CBS 2–08/22/2012

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City Crime-Fighting Partnership With CeaseFire Going Ahead After Delays

An anti-crime pilot program involving the group CeaseFire and the Chicago Police Department appears to be moving ahead after a disagreement was resolved.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2012

A culex tarsalis female mosquito that was caught in a trap will be tested for the presence of the West Nile virus. (Photo by Jeff Topping/Getty Images)

City To Spray For West Nile For Next 2 Days

The City of Chicago is taking action Tuesday and Wednesday, in hopes of minimizing Chicagoans’ chances of getting the West Nile virus.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

Common house mosquito (Credit: Illinois Department of Public Health)

State Sees First Human Cases Of West Nile Virus

The West Nile virus is back. State health officials have confirmed two human cases in the northwest suburbs.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2012

CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman (left) and Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Al Wysinger discuss a partnership between the city and CeaseFire to try to reduce violence in two police districts. (Credit: CBS)

City To Help Fund CeaseFire Efforts To Reduce Violence

The solution to tackling Chicago’s crime problem could make the strangest of bedfellows. Two weeks ago, Chicago Police and the anti-violence group CeaseFire were taking shots at one another, but on Tuesday they joined up as allies.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2012

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6 Arrested At Protest Of Mental Clinic Closures

Six people were arrested Tuesday during a demonstration at city public health offices downtown.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2012

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Report: Inspector Shook Down Restaurant Owners With Vitamin Sales

Inspector shakedowns of businesses in Chicago have been legendary over the years, but now a new twist to that theme.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

CBS 2 found that some of the city's fanciest restaurants have violated health codes. (CBS)

City Council Approves ‘Risk-Based’ Restaurant Health Inspection Plan

The City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance that will give restaurants with good public health records a break on inspections.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2012

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Awareness Campaign Targets Those At Risk For Syphilis

A new campaign targets those who are sexually active and may not be taking precautions, and thus may be at risk for syphilis.

CBS Chicago–12/16/2011

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