Entrance to the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
June 05, 2017

Some, Not All, County Nursing Homes In Illinois Are Thriving

Faced with mounting costs and voter rejection of a tax increase, the Champaign County Board is looking for a broker for the possible sale of its nursing home to a private operator. They wouldn’t be the first county in central Illinois to decide that that running a nursing home was no longer viable for them. But there are some nearby counties that are running nursing homes with little or no financial trouble.


A variety of pills spilling out of a bottle.
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June 03, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Hits Illinois Hardest In The Southern Region

A newspaper investigation shows that Illinois' 16 southernmost counties are hardest hit by the state's opioid epidemic.

Illinois Department of Public Health data show opioids contributed to nearly 1,200 overdose deaths in the state in 2016. Studies show the opioids' dangers stem from the length and strength of prescriptions.


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