Gov. Bruce Rauner was on the University of Illinois Springfield campus to sign an executive order forming a health care fraud investigation task force.

Brian Mackey/WUIS

April 05, 2016

New State Task Force To Search For Health Care Fraud

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order, creating a task force to look for waste, fraud and abuse in taxpayer-funded health care programs. The panel will also try to prevent waste in state and federally funded Medicaid and employee health insurance programs. Rauner says the cost of state-run health care programs increase when no one's acting as a watchdog.


marijuana plants

Teresa Crawford/Associated Press

April 04, 2016

Urbana Council Takes Final Vote On Marijuana Fine Reduction

A week ago, Urbana aldermen approved lowering the fine for posessing small amounts of marijuana from $300 to $50.  Alderman Aaron Ammons calls the higher amount 'egregious', and said it disproportionately impacts African-Americans in the city.  The fine applies to someone with less than 30 grams of the drug.


Chicago Marathon Runners

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April 01, 2016

The 21st: Gender In Politics, And Why People Run Marathons

How has Hillary Clinton’s campaign changed the conversation about women holding political office? Some of our female politicians in Illinois weigh in on gender and politics. Then, as we approach marathon and half marathon season, many in Illinois will be taking on those 26.2 and 13.1 miles feats, whiles other are left others wondering "why?"


Paul Dano portraying Brian Wilson

Lions Gate Entertainment

March 23, 2016

‘Love And Mercy’ and ‘Grandma’ On Final Slate Of Films At 18th Ebertfest

The final slate of six films for the festival, running April 13-17 at Champaign's Virginia Theater, include 'Love and Mercy', which depicts Beach Boy Brian Wilson at two stages of his life, Lily Tomlin's honored performance in "Grandma", and "L'Inhumaine", a 1924 silent French sci-film film to be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra. 


Dan Linn with Phoenix Botanial addresses a group Sunday in a public forum at the Champaign Public Library.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

March 20, 2016

Medical Marijuana Site Nearing Completion

Phoenix Botanical, Champaign County's first medical marijuana dispensary, expects to start business in early April.  Dan Linn, the company's General Manager and National Policy Director, addressed about 50 people on the future of the state's pilot program at a public forum Sunday. 


Entrance of Carle Foundation Hospital Trauma Center

(Jim Meadows/WILL)

March 15, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Delays Enforcement of Appellate Ruling On Hospital Property Taxes

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to delay the implementation of a lower court ruling on hospital property taxes, while it considers whether it will hear an appeal from Carle. That means Carle and Presence Covenant hospitals in Urbana likely won’t have to pay more than 10-million dollars that the state says they owe this year.


beer

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March 04, 2016

UI Researcher Sheds Light On Social Aspects Of Drinking

We know that drinking to excess is not good, but that small amounts of alcohol can have health benefits. It turns out - there can also be social rewards from alcohol. That’s the focus of Catharine Fairbairn’s research. She’s an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois.


Electron microscope image of the H1N1 influenza virus.

CDC/Wikipedia

February 12, 2016

Flu Cases Are Scarce In Illinois This Year—- So Far

Influenza is sometimes a big problem in Illinois --- but so far, not this year. The amount of flu cases reported in the state is being described as “sporadic” and “average.”


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