U.S. Senator Dick Durbin meets with a panel of health professionals at Carle Hospital Monday
(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media.)
July 18, 2016

Durbin Slams GOP For ‘Politicizing’ Zika Virus Funding

Illinois Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Republican members of the House 'blew it' by adding provisions to a measure to research the Zika Virus that Democratic members couldn't support. That's after a bipartisan Senate agreement to approve $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funding. Congress adjourned until after Labor Day without approving the plan. 


Attack in France
AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey
July 14, 2016

The Attack in Nice, France; Science & Science Fiction Reading List; Betty Esser Turns 102

On The 21st: As the world reacts to the most recent terrorist attack in the southern French town of Nice, we speak to a Nice native who’s recently relocated to Illinois. We also continued our summer books series with a talk about science and science fiction books with science communicator Joanne Manaster and Chicago sci-fi writer Marcus Sakey. Plus, we spoke with Savoy resident Betty Esser, who turned 102 this week.


Rosecrance sign.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
July 05, 2016

C-U Mental Health Agency Looks Ahead After Merger

The head of the former Community Elements says they plan to expand their substance abuse treatment services in Champaign-Urbana, now that they have merged with Rockford-based Rosecrance.


In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Louis Lang speaks during a legislative session at the Capitol in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
July 05, 2016

Lang: Medical Cannabis Extension Required Sacrifices

Illinois' medical marijuana pillot program has been extended from January 2018 to July 2020. The measure signed last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner also means PTSD and terminal illness are now among the qualifying conditions. But the primary sponsor of the pilot program also means it will become more difficult to add more qualifying conditions.


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