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Seven Reasons Why Getting Help For Your Fears And Anxieties Is Important

By: Stan Popovich Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the single most important step in your recovery. Many people are reluctant to get the assistance they need for various reasons. Making excuses for not getting treatment for your fear related issues will not help the situation. With this in mind,…

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Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

Amended complaints comes as lawmakers begin congressional redistricting By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistricting plan have filed new complaints in federal court charging that the district maps that lawmakers approved in August dilute Latino voting power and thus violate the U.S. Constitution and…

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Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers

Court doctrine grants police protection from civil lawsuits for certain discretionary actions By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A new state task force continued discussions Thursday, October 7, as to what changes could be made to the way state law approaches qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. Qualified immunity is a court…

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Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

Amended complaints comes as lawmakers begin congressional redistricting By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistricting plan have filed new complaints in federal court charging that the district maps that lawmakers approved in August dilute Latino voting power and thus violate the U.S. Constitution and…

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For Your Health: Seeing pink is a great mammogram reminder

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center If the pink popping up in store displays and across our screens hasn’t given it away already, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And while it focuses on a serious disease, I always appreciate the opportunity it gives my colleagues and me to highlight ways women can…

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State tax dollars benefit downstate region more than others

By KAY SHIPMAN FarmWeek Illinoisans living outside of Chicago and the collar counties receive a higher return on their state tax dollars – as much as $2.88 for every $1 paid – according to a recent study from Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. SIU Public Administration Professor John Foster and John Jackson,…

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For Your Health: Helping kids lay a foundation for lifelong health

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center Summer officially arrives this month, and it feels especially welcome. After a very long 16 months since the pandemic started, life is beginning to return to normal, as COVID-19 vaccination gains ground and rates of infections continue to drop. And while we still have a way to…

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Proposed Illinois legislative maps fail compactness test

By JIM NOWLAN Democratic mapmakers in Springfield have crafted new legislative district lines that are so laughably offensive to the Illinois Constitution that the state Supreme Court will either have to reject them outright, or confirm the court’s reputation for partisan political corruptness. You decide this one for yourselves, readers. The state charter is crystal…

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Cover crops deliver big bang for the buck

By KRIS REYNOLDS Midwest regional director, American Farmland Trust   Illinois is blessed with the black gold that feeds America: rich, deep soils that make it one of the highest producing regions in the world. Agriculture is the largest economic sector in the state, and Illinois is among the top producers of corn and soybeans in…

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State lawmakers consider lifting ban on betting on in-state colleges, universities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers are considering a number of changes to Illinois gambling laws, including a measure that would lift the prohibition on gambling on in-state colleges and universities. Other measures discussed by the House Executive Committee Wednesday, April 28, would legalize and regulate certain internet gambling programs,…

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