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Children in Winnetka have the expected array of soccer, swimming, and baseball teams, but they also have access to programs like Adventures in Learning, which, on a recent summer day, had David Flahive, a junior high science teacher at Carleton W. Washburne School, coaching six kids in tennis at the Nielsen. “The parents support health,” Flahive said, “and they don’t need it to be competitive. They want their kids to find their own lifelong sport-and they want us to make it fun.”
Unemployment is endemic in Markham and some surrounding towns, Davis explains. “Many people have to rely on emergency rooms for their primary care,” he says. “They can’t go to a primary care physician to treat problems and get the medications that might help, so they end up charity cases at the hospitals when it gets bad.” Davis also notes that the Cook County and Illinois health departments are overseeing an aggressive effort to combat the rampant juvenile asthma that erodes the quality of life here and elsewhere.
A protégé of U.S. representative Jesse Jackson Jr., Davis believes the best way to improve the health of his constituents is to bring in a massive job generator, one that, in turn, means health benefits for his constituents. Like Jackson, he thinks the proposed Peotone airport may offer a solution. Supporters say it would create more than 200,000 jobs in the southern suburbs.
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