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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 06, 2013

Judge: ‘Changing Philosophies’ Ended Mental Health Court Program

By Jeff Bossert

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says the recently ended mental-health court program should have been a way to help people avoid incarceration, not potentially face jail time. Circuit Judge Jeff Ford ended the progam last week over what he calls 'changing philosophies'.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 12, 2013

Shimkus, Davis, Weigh in on Obama Budget Plan

By Jeff Bossert

A downstate Illinois Congressman says President Barack Obama is taking a ‘realistic’ approach in his fiscal budget.  But a fellow Republican calls cuts to Medicare and Social Security 'irresponsible.'



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 27, 2012

Schools Gear Up for Multi-State Earthquake Drill

"More than 160 schools in Illinois, including South Side Elementary in Effingham, will participate in a multi-state earthquake drill next February. 

During the "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut," residents of nine states - Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma - will practice the recommended "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protective actions. Participants will drop to the floor, take cover under sturdy furniture and hold on to it until the hypothetical shaking stops.

South Side Elementary's first- and second-grade students participate in earthquake drill once or twice a year, said Principal Amy Niebrugge.

"We present it as: We practice, just like, to become a better reader, we practice; to become better as a sport, we practice," she said. "So, for a drill, we're just practicing, so we know what to do."

Plus, students get to be a part of an event that has attracted nearly 640 schools from the region.

"I think it will be neat for the students to be involved in something that will be on the news," she said.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents to sign up for the drill and read about disaster relief."

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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - December 19, 2012

Purdue Researcher on Discussing Shooting with Kids

Story by Jim Meadows
photo of Dr. Judy Myers-Walls

The hurt caused by Friday’s horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut goes beyond the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Across the country, children are learning about the shooting, and they’re also being affected.


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