In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, is seen in Springfield.
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February 13, 2017

New Abortion Legislation Could Bring Fight to Illinois

Donald Trump’s presidency has Illinois lawmakers weighing an issue not usually given as much attention in the General Assembly: abortion. Since the 1970s, Illinois’ abortion laws have stayed mostly the same. Brigid Leahy, legislative director of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, says legal-abortion advocates are now moving to stem the tide they see coming from Washington.


Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, who are also opponents of Colorado's GOP-led plan to undo Colorado's state-run insurance exchange, gather for a rally on the state Capitol steps in Denver, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
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February 09, 2017

The Future Of The Nation’s Health Care Law

Republican leaders in Congress have started the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But an advocate in Champaign says she is glad to see they're slowing down the process of repeal and replace. GOP Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville expects finding that replacement, made up of a "multitude of bills", will take most of 2017.


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February 08, 2017

Sick Kids & School; Conversations On Race; Bat Robot; Obama Day

On the 21st: We explored how to decide when to keep a sick child home - and when to send them to school. We also talked to two Carbondale residents about the role conversations about race play in this political climate. Plus, we learned about a robot that flies like a bat and discussed the proposals to establish August 4 as Obama Day in Illinois.


the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
February 01, 2017

Human Trafficking Report; Endangered Bumblebee; Recent Food/Health News; LabEscape

On the 21st: We learned about a new report that finds the number of reported cases of human trafficking in Illinois is rising. Plus, we talked with one of the world's leading bee experts about the first bumblebee species to land on an endangered species list in the continental U.S. We also discussed kids' menus, sugary drinks, and GMO apples, and learned about a new escape room that just opened in Urbana.


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January 28, 2017

American Lung Association Fails Illinois For Efforts To Curtail Tobacco Use

The American Lung Association's national “State of Tobacco Report” gives Illinois failing grades in four areas. They include Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs, Level of State Tobacco Taxes, Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco, and Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21. 


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