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February 08, 2019

Illinois Issues: Tobacco 21 Plan - Puffed Up or Plausible?

For decades, public health advocates have pushed for limits on smoking. They've included warning labels on products to limits on where someone can light up, all of which have helped bring down smoking rates. But in Illinois, a push to raise the smoking age has repeatedly failed to become law. We took a look at this year's push, and what chance it has at becoming law.


The first African American marines are at risk of losing their Montford Point Marines Association this year.

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February 07, 2019

First Black Marines at Risk of Losing Veterans Center; Fighting for a Cure to ALS

On The 21st: In the 1940s, the Montford Point Marines fought in World War II and were the first African-American marines. Today, some of those veterans live in Chicago, and for decades they’ve relied on a local veterans center that’s now at risk of closing. Plus, Chicagoan Brian Wallach was diagnosed with ALS more than a year ago, and he’s spending his time trying to raise 100 million dollars to help find a cure for future generations.


Tim Landis' family: daughter Kelsey, son Matt and wife Debra.

Courtesy of Debra Landis

February 01, 2019

Illinois Issues: Tim’s Story - The Quiet Killer

Before Tim Landis died a year ago, there had been little indication he had heart disease. He’d had an active lifestyle and ate a healthy diet. But an autopsy revealed he had had years of untreated high blood pressure. His widow, Debra Landis, wrote a first-person account of losing Tim and her investigation into the disease that took his life.


Joliet Treatment Center

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January 23, 2019

Prisoners With Mental Illness Still Waiting For Treatment

A settlement was reached with Illinois inmates in 2016, when the state agreed to revamp mental health care and provide better treatment. But a federal judge has ruled that care remains “grossly insufficient” and “extremely poor.” The agency has not hired enough mental health staff to provide care to everyone who needs it, and inmates will mental illness suffer as they continue to wait for long-overdue treatment.


Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker.

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January 10, 2019

Illinois Issues: The Pritzker Agenda

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office next week on the heels of the most decisive election victory in a generation. And he’ll be working to pass his agenda through the biggest Democratic majorities in the General Assembly since the 1960s.


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