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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 11, 2013

As US Home Births Increase, Options for Illinois Women Limited

By Kimberlie Kranich
Baby Clementine, daughter of Rebecca Butler and Tom Sheehan of Champaign.

Last January, statistics released by the National Center for Health Statistics showed home births in the United States jumped 29 percent between 2004 and 2009. In recent years, an average of 30,000 babies, or 1 percent of all babies, are born at home.  And year to year, the number of home births is increasing. In Illinois, women’s home birth options are severely limited.

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Categories: Health


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 11, 2013

Illinois Flu Cases Climb; 27 Deaths this Season

By Sean Powers, with additional reporting from The Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Public Health says 368 people in the state have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 27 have died.

Categories: Health






WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 10, 2013

Savings Coming In for C-U Electricity Aggregate Programs

By Jim Meadows

Participants in Champaign-Urbana’s two Municipal Electricity Aggregation programs have saved nearly $1.2 million so far, compared to what their electric supply bill would be under Ameren. Figures released by the two cities list the savings at more than $690,000 through November for Champaign customers --- and about $500,000 saved through September for Urbana households.

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