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Scientists discover diabetes breakthrough in cow’s milk

By HANNAH SPANGLER FarmWeek      A brown bovine from southern Brazil has made history as the first transgenic cow capable of producing human insulin in her milk. The advancement, led by researchers from the University of Illinois and the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, could eventually eliminate drug scarcity and high costs for people with…

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Bills in state Senate would further regulate battery storage and disposal

Measures passed committee unanimously COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Two bills that would regulate battery disposal and storage are awaiting action from the full Illinois Senate after unanimous committee approval. Senate Bill 3481, sponsored by Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, would require facilities that store electric vehicle batteries to register with the Illinois…

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Judge rips Blagojevich’s ‘publicity stunt’ bid to get court’s approval to run for office again

In opinion quoting Dr. Seuss, judge tells ex-governor case ‘never should have been filed’ By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com      A federal judge this week channeled one of the most famous children’s authors of the last century in telling off ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his efforts to regain the right to run for…

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After being rebuffed by regulators, utilities file slimmed-down spending plans

Consumers likely to pay more each month for infrastructure improvements  By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO — State regulators are once again considering massive electric utility spending plans that would affect the state’s climate goals, and 5.4 million electric customers’ monthly bills, after rejecting previous versions late last year. The Illinois Commerce Commission…

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For the most part, incumbents beat back challengers amid low primary turnout

Bost survives close congressional race against former GOP governor candidate By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – With only a few exceptions, incumbent officeholders in Illinois cruised to easy victories in primary elections Tuesday, March 19, that were marked by historically low voter turnout. Although final numbers won’t be known for several more…

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House panel opens hearings on Pritzker’s health insurance reforms

Bill seeks to reduce denials of coverage, improve provider networks By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A panel of Illinois lawmakers began hearing testimony Wednesday, March 13, on Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposals for sweeping changes in the state’s health insurance industry. The changes, which Pritzker first unveiled in his State of the State…

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State Provides Hotel Shelter for High-Risk Asylum-Seeker Families in Need of Space to Quarantine After Potential Exposure to Measles

State continues to advance response for New Arrivals and meet emergent needs with limited federal resources CHICAGO—In response to recent measles cases at a City of Chicago-run shelter for Asylum Seekers in Pilsen, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) began sheltering families in need of quarantine…

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