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)
January 30, 2016

Rauner Administration Again Rejects New Marijuana Conditions

For the second time in five months, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration has rejected expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with marijuana in Illinois, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Department of Public Health announced the decision Friday.


A community member at a blood pressure check-up
Avicenna Community Health Center
January 28, 2016

Avicenna Free Clinic Focuses On Healthy Living

Free and charitable clinics continue to play a vital role in Champaign County, where more than 12,500 people are without health insurance. Avicenna is one of four free clinics in Champaign-Urbana. By coupling traditional medicine with lifestyle management, their health care team aims to do more than just treat illnesses as they arise.


Illinois offensive linesman Simon Cvijanovic is taken from the field after being injured during an NCAA college football game
Doug McSchooler/Associated Press
January 27, 2016

Former Illini Cvijanovic Details Departure From Team On HBO

Former Illini linebacker Simon Cvijanovic, whose complaints led to the firing of football coach Tim Beckman and athletic director Mike Thomas, was interviewed for a Tuesday segment on HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel."  He said there's 'no doubt' team doctors conspired with coaches for him to keep playing despite injuries.


President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Evan Vucci/Associated Press
January 13, 2016

Reactions To President Obama’s Last SOTU Address

In this election year, members of Congress each side of the political aisle had a different take on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy.  Area lawmakers praised some plans, including a pledge for criminal justice reform, but Republicans say he's taking the wrong approach to battling ISIS.


Marijuana plants
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 04, 2016

Champaign Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In March

Phoenix Farms expects to open its location, called Phoenix Botanicals, at 1704 S. Neil Street sometime in March.  It's also hired Medical Cannabis Research, which will conduct a series of free seminars in the area to help patients understand the medical marijuana program. They're scheduled for late January and early February.


In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, photo, boxes of single-doses vials of the measles-mumps-rubella virus vaccine live, or MMR vaccine and ProQuad vaccine are keep frozen inside a freezer at the practice of Dr. Charles Goodman in Northridge, Calif.
Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press
January 04, 2016

Champaign Could Be Seeing End To Mumps Cases

Awais Vaid, Director of Research and Planning with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, says the county went from 24 mumps cases in early December to just four since.  But he says each case needs to go through two incubation periods before being sure the illness has left the area.


In this Aug. 20, 2008 file photo, guard tower No. 7 stands between South House to the left, and North House to the right and the cafeteria in the center of the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
December 23, 2015

Deal Reached In Class-Action Suit On Mentally Ill Inmates

Lawyers for thousands of mentally ill Illinois prisoners say they have settled their class-action lawsuit against the state. They sued in 2007 alleging that substandard treatment constitutes "cruel and unusual
punishment.'' The agreement calls on the Department of Corrections to spend millions of dollars to build four new treatment units, including at the Pontiac prison.


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