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Good news that will help you get inspired

Let us tell you about a young man who harnessed his love of physics to improve the way racers run. About a nursing student who delayed her degree - for seven years - to bring help to the needy in Haiti and other places. About a group of local autistic teens who created wine jewelry handed to movie stars in their Oscar goody bags. You will find these and many other stories of good deeds, great ideas and local people in our special Progress edition that urges you to "get inspired." 

Recent nurse grad volunteered at disasters

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Mary Otting took some time to get her degree in nursing from Lewis University in Romeoville. It took her a while because she was too busy doing nursing work at disaster sites such as Katrina and Haiti.

Where everybody knows your name - an alternative to big banks

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Wintrust, founded in 1991, is committed to finding a place for community banking. The company was created with the belief that there is still a need, and desire, for a true community bank — where tellers know their customers by name, bankers care about local businesses because they frequent them, and the bank invests in the neighborhood because it’s actually part of the neighborhood.

Asbury Gardens residents, staff turn retirement community into ‘home’

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Asbury Gardens residents say they are "spoiled rotten" by the staff, which works hard to make its retirement community a “real home” for residents. The community has 10 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with a gazebo, walkways, garden benches and patios. Apartments have emergency call buttons, kitchenettes and each wing is connected by a glass-enclosed atrium.

Silver Cross celebrates first anniversary at new location

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Silver Cross’s new New Lenox location has allowed it to expand and enhance it services and quality of care, while the former hospital site is being developed to continue to provide health care and other services to the community.

Oh, what a relief: Couple finds injections help back pain

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Dominick and Frances Mazza, of Tinley Park, IL, were given their lifestyle back thanks to the methods used by Dr. Howard Robinson, of Ingalls Memorial Hospital, to relieve the back pain both suffered from spinal stenosis.

Utility company offers buy-back programs for alternative energy

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NIPSCO offers two programs that allow residents, businesses and schools to sell back to the utility company energy they generated through solar, wind and other alternative sources.

Partnership brings surgical specialists to Northwest Indiana

Since the partnership between Franciscan Alliance’s Northern Indiana Region hospitals and Oak Lawn-based Cardiothroracic & Vascular Surgical Associates, residents of Northwest Indiana no longer have to travel into Chicago to find board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists.