Chicago beachgoers will receive more up-to-date and accurate alerts about the water quality at their favorite lakefront hangouts this summer as part of a breakthrough rapid water-testing program developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the past two summers, UIC has partnered with the Chicago Park District to conduct same-day water testing at nine beaches as part of a pilot program. The data collected is used by park officials to issue swim advisories when bacteria levels are high.
Editor's note: This is part one in a four-part series, "The Health of Hallmark." The series will explore a number of factors contributing to the current state of Hallmark Health, and look at both where the organization is now and where they are going. In this first part, we look at the history of the organization.