Emanuel is Chicago’s mayor-elect

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — For the first time in more than two decades, and following five months of high political drama, Chicago has a new mayor.

Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former Chief of Staff, won a decisive victory Tuesday, February 22, becoming the 46th mayor of America’s third largest city.

Emanuel received 55.25 percent of the vote, well above the 50 percent cut-off, which would have forced him into runoff, against the second highest vote-getter Gery Chico, former board of education president, who got 23.97 percent. Continue reading “Emanuel is Chicago’s mayor-elect”

FBI raid nets Chicago-area health care workers

Balitang America and Patch.com

By Ted Regencia

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SKOKIE, Ill — It is the largest health care fraud crackdown in U.S. history, according to Attorney General Eric Holder.

And here in Chicago, at least 13 individuals in the health care industry, including residents of Lincolnwood and Morton Grove, and employees of a shuttered Lincolnwood home health agency, are facing charges ranging from fraud to falsification of documents.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation charged on Thursday, February 17, a Chicago-area doctor, two chiropractors, three nurses,  a pharmacist, and several home health staff.

They are among the 111 defendants from nine major U.S. cities; from Chicago to Miami, Detroit to Dallas. They are accused of illegally billing medicare, more than $225 million dollars. Continue reading “FBI raid nets Chicago-area health care workers”

Arab-American Scholars: Mubarak’s Time is Up

Feb. 01, 2011

Text by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — As opposition groups in Egypt prepare to mount a million-person march on Tuesday, two professors of Middle Eastern studies at Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus say the time has come for President Hosni Mubarak to end his 30-year reign.

Egyptian-born Jaleh Sherbini and Middle East political analyst Ribhi I. Salhi said given the current political atmosphere, quitting is Mubarak’s only option. Staying in power, they added, is like “committing suicide.”

“It is time for him [Mubarak] to leave,” said Sherbini, whose family still lives in Cairo. “I would think that he would not only be committing suicide by deciding to stay. He has reached a point where no matter what he does, people are not willing to accept him anymore.”

“The heat is on, and the house is burning,” noted Salhi, a graduate of the University of Jordan and an expert on Muslim societies and cultures. “Mubarak has to understand that the time is up. I think in a couple of days, Mubarak is going to give up the ball.”

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Gay Civil Union Now Legal in Illinois

Balitang America and Patch.com
Jan. 31, 2011

Text and video by Ted Regencia

CHICAGO — In what is seen as a victory for the gay rights movement, Gov. Pat Quinn signed today, January 31, a landmark legislation that recognizes same-sex unions in Illinois.

Quinn signed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act before an excited crowd at the Chicago Cultural Center.

“Today is an important day in the history of our state because today we are showing the world that the people of Illinois believe in equality for all,” said Governor Quinn.

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