Entrance of Carle Foundation Hospital Trauma Center
Jim Meadows/WILL
December 01, 2016

Carle Now Requiring Protective Equipment To See Isolated Patients

Carle Hospital is one of a growing list of hospitals requiring visitors to wear personal protective equipment when they visit patients kept in isolation. Area Presence hospitals - Covenant in Urbana and United Samaritans in Danville - already require the protective gear when visiting patients in isolation.


Olle Eriksson/Flickr
November 24, 2016

From Texting To Gaming: Teen Drivers Are Distracted

Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it. And that's not all they're doing. The survey from State Farm Insurancefound 80 percent of teens say they use their smartphones while driving. Along with sending text messages, they're using the phone for other purposes, including playing games.


Charles and Doris Lehman, of Sparta, Illinois, at the Pour House bar in Marissa, Illinois.
Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio
November 11, 2016

Without Congressional Action, Retired Coal Workers Could Lose Benefits By End Of 2016

Thousands of former coal workers and dependents who worked for now-bankrupt coal companies could lose their health insurance at the end of the year if Congress does not pass legislation to fund it. Retirees in southern Illinois say losing their health insurance would amount to a broken promise from the coal companies that would have devastating effects to their well-being.


A number of flyers related to health care enrollment are on the walls at Champaign County Health Consumers in Champaign.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 09, 2016

What To Expect For Obamacare Enrollment In 2017

Sign up started last week for coverage under Obamacare in 2017. Like much of the country, people across Illinois are seeing fewer choices and higher monthly premiums. But one group that’s helping people sign up for coverage says, at least so far, they don’t expect customers to have to scramble to find affordable coverage.


The patient service desk at Nu Med, a medical marijuana dispensary that opens next week in Urbana.
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
October 25, 2016

Urbana Medical Marijuana Facility Opens

The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County is now seeing its first customers. Nu Med is located at 105 East University in Urbana, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. It joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical as the two dispensaries allowed by the state's pilot program in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.


Flyer promoting last week's meeting for residents in Champaign's 5th and Hill neighborhoods.
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media)
October 24, 2016

US EPA Encouraged By Meeting For Champaign’s 5th & Hill Residents

The agency says about 30 residents attended a public meeting last week for those living in the 5th and Hill area – near the site now owned by Ameren that once held a manufactured gas plant. At least 10 homes in the neighborhood will be tested for toxic vapors early next year, but On-Scene Coordinator Andy Maguire hopes to sign up more in the next few weeks. 


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