Family of MRSA-Infected Nursing Home Resident Files Suit

A 90-year-old nursing home resident is once again in the hospital for treatment of ongiong ear infections caused by an infestation of maggots allegedly acquired while living in a local nursing home. Catherine McCann, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, lived at Lutheran Home for the Aged in Arlington Heights for two years before having 57 …

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Safety Officials Recommend Mandates for Crash-Avoidance Systems in Autos

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a new recommendation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued a recommendation that the federal government require auto manufacturers to include the latest crash-avoidance technologies as standard equipment on all new automobiles, saying such a policy could cut in half the rate of fatal crashes on American …

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Feds Sue Chicago Doctor in Prescription Drug Kickback Case

Federal authorities have charged a Chicago doctor with taking kickbacks. Federal authorities filed suit against Dr. Michael J. Reinstein, a Chicago psychiatrist, on November 15, alleging that in exchange for kickbacks from drug companies, he prescribed a potentially dangerous psychotropic drug to thousands of Chicago-area nursing home patients with mental illnesses. In a statement, acting …

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Firearm Sales Website Sued in Connection with Shooting Death

Gun control advocates will try to hold a website that facilitates arms sales legally responsible for the murder of a sixth grade teacher in Oak Brook. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence recently filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against Armslist LLC on behalf of the family of Jitka Vesel, who was shot …

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Tailgater May Have Caused Van Full of Teenagers to Crash

A van with twelve teenage passengers drove off a highway exit ramp and rolled down an embankment near Gary, Indiana on a recent Thursday night. The youths were returning home from a basketball tournament in which they had competed. The driver reportedly had sped up to distance the van from a tailgater. All twelve were …

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Connected Cars, Complex Controls Distracting Drivers

Mobile technology presents an ever-increasing threat of distraction not just to the individual drivers who are tempted to use it, but to others who share the road. Car audio systems and cell phone conversations are somewhat distracting; text messaging increases the risk factor significantly. Today, even if you resist the temptation to use your cell …

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Aurora Teen Charged in Fatal Accident

A 15-year-old boy from Aurora has been charged as an adult with reckless homicide for his role in a crash that killed Devin Meadows, a sophomore at Metea Valley High School. According to prosecutors, Logan Krogman took his parents’ Chevrolet Malibu from their home on Amli Court, picked up three friends, and went for a …

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CDC Reports Second Illinois Resident Infected in Meningitis Outbreak

A second Illinois resident has been infected with fungal meningitis in the nationwide outbreak that has infected over 400 people in 19 states, killing 30, according to the CDC. On November 2, the CDC’s case count was updated to confirm a second case of infection in Illinois. The outbreak is the result of contaminated steroid …

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One Killed, Two Injured When Truck Crashes Into Kewanee Home

A car accident on a recent Sunday morning took the life of one man and injured two others. According to police, 37-year-old Gary L. Vancil of Kewanee, Ill., died in the crash. Kenneth Armstrong, 38, and Fred Yelm, 37, both of Kewanee, were also injured. Kewanee Police responded to a 911 call at approximately 1 …

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