President Obama and Chicago Cubs
Carolyn Kaster/AP
January 17, 2017

President Obama Honors Cubs; Research: Link Between Violence & PTSD; New Book About The Human Body

On the 21st: We discussed the World Series champion Chicago Cubs' visit to the White House yesterday. Plus, we learned about research that finds a link between shootings, violence and post-traumatic stress disorder. We also talked with a medical doctor turned journalist about his new book that addresses some of the most common - and quirky - questions people have about the human body. 


In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after meeting with legislative leaders during veto session in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 16, 2017

Gov. Rauner Signs School, Daycare Lead-Testing Law

Illinois elementary schools and day care centers must test drinking water sources for lead and notify parents of the results under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The plan for required one-time testing takes effect immediately and applies to schools with students up to grade 5 and facilities built before 2000.


Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says losing Carle hospital and clinics from tax rolls has shifted the burden onto other taxpayers.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
January 12, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Hospital Tax Status

The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes. The case involves Urbana-based Carle hospital and clinics — though it could affect health systems across Illinois. At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that exempts not-for-profit hospitals from paying property tax.


Champaign County seal, displayed in the Champaign County Boardroom.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
January 11, 2017

Coming To Champaign County April Ballot: Referendums To Sell And Raise Taxes For Nursing Home

Champaign County voters will get a chance to say whether they want to raise their property tax rates to help the financially strapped county nursing home, or allow the county board to sell or otherwise dispose of the facility.

Champaign County Board members approved both questions for the April 4 ballot, during a more than four-hour special meeting on Tuesday night.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 09, 2017

Medical Marijuana Clinic Coming To Shelbyville

A business that works to connect those who qualify for medical marijuana to the product, and proper use of it, will open its first downstate clinic in less than a month. Caprice Sweatt, the founder and CEO of Medical Cannabis Outreach says its Shelbyville location will help those whose doctors still don’t approve of using the drug.


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