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Lawsuit Claims Illinois Children Denied Medically Necessary Services

A lawsuit against Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services claims the state illegally withholds medically necessary services from children with severe mental health disorders. The suit's lead attorney says some parents desperate to get their children help have surrendered them to the foster care system. The case was settled in federal court this week.

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The 21st Show

A Bad Flu Season; Rep. Cheri Bustos; Political Newcomer Marie Newman; Renting From The Field Museum

On The 21st: We check in with Representative Cheri Bustos about the possibility of a government shutdown, and learn why two powerful House Democrats endorsed someone who has never run for office before in the Chicago suburbs. Plus, did you know you could rent fossils and other artifacts from the Field Museum? But first, why this year's flu season is especially bad - and how you can cope with it.

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Parkland Trustees Approve New Solar Energy Array

Parkland College is expanding its use of solar power. At their regular monthly meeting on Jaunary 17, the board of trustees approved a 25-year contract to install an eight-acre array of solar panels on the campus.

REO Speedwagon
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REO Speedwagon Postpones Concerts For Singer’s Medical Procedure

Rock band REO Speedwagon is postponing concerts scheduled for January and February --- including one in Champaign --- while singer Kevin Cronin is treated for what he describes as a non-life-threatening condition.