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Refusing To Give In To Mental Health Stigma

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 4:04)

Rich and Holly Brandt at their home in St. Joseph, Ill.

Rich and Holly Brandt are a married couple in the Champaign County town of St. Joseph. Both were diagnosed with a mental illness. They dedicate their lives to raising awareness, and they refuse to give in to stigma or labels.

Categories: Community, Mental Health



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Redistricting Reform Advocate Discusses Amendment

An Interview with Michael Kolec of Yes For Independent Maps

By Jim Meadows

Under the Illinois Constitution, it’s the four state legislative leaders who choose members of the commission that draws state legislative district boundaries every ten years.  But a reform group wants voters to approve a new process they say is less politicized.

Categories: Government

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With The U Of I’s Alma Mater Back, A Look At Other Campus Icons

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 4:43)

The Word of Life, or Touchdown Jesus

The Alma Mater sculpture is back on its base at Wright and Green streets on the the University of Illinois campus, after an 18-month renovation.  The return of what many graduates view as a campus icon got us thinking… what objects at other schools in the region are held in similar regard? 

Categories: Education


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 10, 2014 ~ Comment (1)

Ending The 6 Month Wait To See A Psychiatrist

This story was reported as part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 9:58)

Mason District Hospital in Havana, Ill. uses telepsychiatry for both children and adults since the hospital has struggled to recruit psychiatrists to the area.

According to federal labor statistics, there are more psychiatrists working in Illinois than most states, with the bulk of that service concentrated in the Chicagoland area. But mental health providers say there are major gaps in service across Illinois, especially downstate. 

Categories: Mental Health

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“I try not to give my illness any ownership over me”

Zach and Debra Medlyn of Champaign interviewed each other about living with Zach’s mental illness as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers and Lindsey Moon

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(Duration: 3:40)

Debra and Zach Medlyn

Zach Medlyn of Champaign was 20 years old when he started hearing the voices. That was about seven years ago when he was a student at the University of Illinois. He started showing signs of depression when he was 18 and was diagnosed with schizophrenia during college.

Categories: Health, Mental Health



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