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May 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Ammons Wants Stronger Reforms In Cannabis Bill

State Representative Carol Ammons said during a recent interview it will be difficult for her to get behind a proposed bill to legalize cannabis without significant changes to the legislation.


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May 16, 2019 - News Local/State

People, Place And DNA: Indiana Study Goes Knocking For Health Answers

When health researchers make headlines, it’s often for a sensational project – like manipulating genes to create a baby. But others are examining broader issues, including how – and where – you live affects your health. A research project out of Indiana aims to add understanding of how all the pieces of the health puzzle fit together.


Gov. J.B. Priztker and DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith announced plans to overhaul the department's troubled Intact Family Services unit.

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May 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Gov. Pritzker Announces DCFS Overhaul

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans Wednesday to overhaul the state’s troubled child welfare system. That comes after a report criticized the Department of Children and Family Services’ reluctance to remove children from their homes.


State Representatives Delia Ramirez and Elizabeth Hernandez, who sponsored the bill, flank advocates Myles Brady Davis (left) and Rowan Ewangan from Equality Illinois, who helped lobby for its passage.

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May 14, 2019 - News Local/State

IL Lawmakers Approve Expanding MAP Grant Eligibility

Illinois' MAP grants — the monetary award program for low-income college students — would be available to more students if a bill approved by the legislature this month becomes law.


An employee at the Night Ministry talks with two residents of the program while they sit on a couch in a meeting room.

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April 29, 2019 - News Local/State

The Fight Over What It Means To Be Homeless — And How That Could Affect Illinois

Just because someone has four walls around them every night, that doesn’t mean they’re housed. That’s what Paul Hamann believes. He’s the president and CEO of the Night Ministry, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides shelter and healthcare services to the homeless.


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