Response from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

First, it should be noted that [Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway] and other railroads entered into a voluntary agreement with [the California Air Resources Board] in 1998 to significantly reduce emissions in California. This agreement has evolved and produced real results as a result of a progressive partnership between California and BNSF and included our cooperation with the [Health Risk Assessments]. The agreement is enabling us to achieve greater emission reductions in a shorter period of time than would have been possible through any other process. Now for a few corrections: Your assumption that lifts correlate to the risks calculated by the HRAs is incorrect. San Bernardino, for example, also has a double track main line with 60 to 80 or more trains passing through the facility every 24 hours.

En Español: Dirty secret

Una vigorizante tarde de noviembre, un juego informal de basquetbol y softbol están en marcha en Hawthorne Community Park en Cicero. Cerca, una niña joven juega en un jardí­n, persiguiendo a un Border Collie con un rastrillo de plástico. Los sonidos de risa y deportes son subrayados por un ruido sordo constante, marcado por pitos fuertes y jadeos mecánicos. Estos son los sonidos de Cicero Intermodal Facility al otro lado de la calle, donde grúas gigantescas mueven contenedores de carga de entre trenes y camiones las 24 horas al dí­a, los 365 dí­as al año. Es uno de los puntos más grandes de transferencia de carga en el centro de ferrocarriles más grandes del paí­s–”una tercera parte de toda la carga ferrocarrilera de EE.UU.

Methodology (Disparate nursing home care)

The Chicago Reporter used data from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the department’s Web site to determine nursing homes owned by Floyd Schlossberg. The Reporter joined that list with rankings and staffing level data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Nursing Home Compare database. The 2007 racial composition of nursing home residents, the most recent year for which the data are available, was provided by Vincent Mor, chairman of the Department of Community Health at Brown University. The Reporter searched the Web site of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County to determine the number of court cases filed against each nursing home from 2004 to 2009. For the Medicaid analysis, the Reporter retrieved the number of days of care provided and the number of those days paid for by Medicaid from 2007 cost reports for Chicago nursing homes.

Dated roadmap for HIV and AIDS prevention

Agencies working on HIV and AIDS prevention efforts in Chicago have to rely on dated records on the disease’s prevalence while the Chicago Department of Public Health labors to release the latest epidemiological data.

Chicago nursing homes

The interactive map shows information about 92 nursing homes in Chicago that are listed in Nursing Home Compare, a national database of Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes. The number on each icon corresponds to that facility’s overall rating out of five stars
Click here to view the map. Sources: Nursing Home Compare, Illinois Department of Public Health, Professor Vincent Mor of Brown University, RepSheet.com and Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court