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Graphic Reading: The State of Illinois has no Budget; I care slash don't care because followed by a blank line
Khaoula Dellahi and Ben Thomas Payne
The 21st Show

Is There A Lack of Empathy Around The State Budget Impasse?; Argonne Celebrates 70 Years

On the next 21st: Is there a lack of empathy around the budget impasse? Do citizens of the state feel helpless to do anything? We'll talk with Kurt Gray, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina; and Scott Althaus, Director, Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, about voters' feelings of, or lack of, empowerment around the budget issue. And Argonne National Laboratory Turns 70 on Friday; we'll talk about the past and future of this premier research facility.

Heroin in a spoon with a lighter underneath
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The 21st Show

Heroin In Central Illinois; DeWitt County Human Resource Center; New Pediatric Sleep Guidelines

On the 21st: we talked about heroin use in Central Illinois with two Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph reporters and a Pontiac woman who was addicted for a decade and lost loved ones to the drug; we learned of the impending closure of a mental health treatment center in central Illinois; and we also talked about new guidelines for pediatric sleep, for children from infants to age 18.

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Ashley Thompson inspects marijuana plants inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
News Local/State

Judge Orders PTSD As Part Of Illinois Medical Cannabis Program

A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder be added to the qualifying conditions for Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program within 30 days. The ruling stems from a complaint filed by Army Veteran Dan Jabs of Urbana. The judge said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah violated agency rules, and violated Jabs' procedural due rights process.  

Graphic from Monday's meeting on the Chicago campus looks at possible changes to UI employee health insurance premiums.
Screenshot/University of Illinois Human Resources
News Local/State

U Of I Employees Learn Of Possible Health Benefit Changes

The first of three meetings regarding University of Illinois health insurance premiums raised the prospect that some premiums could double. Katie Ross, Senior Director of Human Resources Administration at the university, says there's "generally a lot of uncertainty" at this point.