Rural areas of the country are seeing an increase in opioid overdoses.
Brian Seifferlein/Harvest Public Media file photo
March 05, 2018

Ag-Expert Panel Says Solutions To Opioid Abuse Best Found Locally

The statistics are clear: Rural America is deeply impacted by the opioid crisis, especially farmers and farm workers. What’s not so easy is figuring out what to do about it, three national agricultural leaders said Sunday, though they all said the real onus is on local communities.

child walking
niko si/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
February 20, 2018

Despite Law, ‘Planned Abandonment’ Persists As Last Resort For Troubled Families

A law passed in 2014 was supposed to ensure Illinois families no longer have to give up custody of their children in order to get them necessary mental health treatment. Even so, for years families with no other options have been forced to abandon their children to get them the help they need, and legislators say state agencies are to blame.

Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs
February 16, 2018

2016 Report Puts Quincy Plumbing Fix At 8 Million Dollars

A report obtained by The Associated Press shows engineers told Governor Bruce Rauner's administration in 2016 that replacing problematic plumbing at a veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease would cost $8 million, much lower than the estimate provided by state officials. 

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