Dr. Don Arnold is chief of surgery at Herrin hospital and performs robotic surgery.

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Illinois Newsroom

Why Are There So Few Black Men In Medicine?

Dr. Don Arnold’s home office overflows with medical textbooks, old anatomical prints and six pages of a recommendation letter from his first application to medical school - framed and hanging on the wall.

“It says I have very unique and viable talents that would serve me well, but on paper a very poor academic record,” he says. “So this is code. For those who don’t know. Nobody’s going to outwardly tell you not to take a person, but this is how they write it in code.”

Moderator Liz Westfield asks a question during a recent News and Brews event at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana.

Illinois Newsroom

December 10, 2018

What Happens To Pot Convictions If Illinois Legalizes?

Several attendees to a recent Illinois Newsroom event about legalizing recreational marijuana asked what will happen to those who are currently incarcerated on cannabis-related charges, as well as those who have felony records for pot convictions.


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