‘Right to Try’ measure passes Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – The Illinois House has approved a measure that would grant greater access to experimental drugs for terminally-ill patients. Rep. Greg Harris is the chief sponsor of the legislation. The Chicago Democrat and other backers of establishing a “Right to Try” Act in Illinois say it gives those who have exhausted conventional… [Continue Reading]


Smaller hospitals say state Medicaid cuts could force them to close

Posted: 04/13/2015, 08:16pm | Diana Novak A group of Chicago-area hospitals facing dramatic cuts in state funding under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first budget emphasized the dire situation of community health care in a meeting Monday with legislators at Norwegian American Hospital. Rauner’s plan to cut more than $1.5 billion from Medicaid — with over $800… [Continue Reading]

A Loretto Hospital official said Monday that proposed cuts in Medicaid would hit the Austin hospital especially hard.

‘Right to Try’ measure raises issues of ethics, freedom

SPRINGFIELD – Some doctors worry that an effort to grant terminally ill people more access to unproven drugs might offer them false hope or even be harmful, but advocates for a “right to try” said patients should have more opportunities for treatments that could extend their lives. Legislation with bipartisan support that was approved by… [Continue Reading]


HIV/AIDS advocates ready for budget fight

  by Matt Simonette 2015-04-12​ Illinois health advocates have faced budget crises before, but rarely have circumstances seemed as dire as they do now, with service providers and advocates rallying against proposed cuts to the state’s Health and Human Services budget.“It seems like we’ve been doing this every year,” said Daniel Frey, director of government… [Continue Reading]


Terminal Patient Backs ‘Right To Try’ Law For Illinois

Derrick Blakley Derrick Blakley is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2… Read More (CBS) – The push is on in Illinois to provide terminally ill patients with access to experimental drugs before they’ve been fully approved. Indiana just passed a similar law. Is it a possible lifeline or simply false hope? CBS 2’s Derrick… [Continue Reading]

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Eggstravaganza, Budget Town Hall & Gang Awareness

  Northcenter Eggstravaganza 2015   Springtime brings April showers and May flowers but for the kids it brings the Easter Bunny to Northcenter for their annual Eggstravaganza!  This year’s event will take place on April 4, 2015 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Northcenter Town Square & businesses on and around Lincoln Avenue.  This… [Continue Reading]


FY 2015 Budget Fix

Yesterday, the House passed and sent to the Senate a set of Supplemental Appropriation bills which provide about $1.6 billion to fix problems in the FY15 state budget which jeopardized services such as childcare, elementary and secondary ed, mental health, court reporters and Department of Corrections funding.   80%  ($1.35 billion) of this was achieved with… [Continue Reading]

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Rauner blasted for proposed cuts in cancer screening program

Without the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, Janna Sullivan says she almost certainly would have delayed or avoided getting the screening X-ray that found cancer in her right breast and led to successful treatment nearly five years ago. Sullivan, a Springfield resident, was 61 at the time and was uninsured while she worked a… [Continue Reading]


Violence Prevention Background Information

Violence Prevention Task Force – Members Report on Sandy Hook: Office of the Child Advocate: Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School: Danbury State’s Attorney Report on Sandy Hook Elementary School: Connecticut State Police Reports on Sandy Hook: FBI Report on Active Shooter Incidents 2000-2013:  


Days After Rauner Proposes Mental Health Cuts, Madigan’s Violence Prevention Task Force Begins

During his inauguration speech, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced a new mission — figuring out what Illinois can do to prevent violence, like mass shootings at schools. A bipartisan task force formed to study the issue will meet for the first time today in Chicago. Look back at the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary… [Continue Reading]