State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) testifies on a gambling expansion measure at a House committee hearing on May 28.
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May 29, 2018

Gambling Expansion Bill Busts At Illinois Statehouse

Legislation allowing a major expansion of gambling in Illinois failed on Monday. It’s something lawmakers have been working on for years, as an effort to raise money for state and local governments.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Drug Disposal) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
May 03, 2018

Medicaid Cuts Hurt Independent Pharmacy Owner

A pharmacist in central Illinois says that HealthChoice Illinois---a recently expanded Illinois’ Medicaid program---includes cuts in reimbursement rates that make it harder for small drugstores like his to stay in business.

Maria Fabrizio/NPR
May 02, 2018

Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal

The company that markets the Bridge is using the study results to promote its use to anyone who will listen: policymakers, criminal justice officials and health care providers. The message is working. In the face of a nationwide crisis of opioid addiction, people are eager for new solutions. 

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