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Former lawmaker sentenced in bribery scheme

Rep. Luis Arroyo sought legislation for his private lobbying client By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo was sentenced this week to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving a state senator and one of Arroyo’s private lobbying clients who sought favorable…

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GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

Plainfield Republican known for pushing everyone to bring their ‘A-game’ By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois gkinnicutt@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republican Floor Leader Mark Batinick, a self-described “policy guy,” came to Springfield with the goal of pushing good policy. A father of five who resides in Plainfield with his wife, Batinick said after eight…

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For Your Health – Get the full benefits of whole grains

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center It’s likely no surprise to hear that whole grains are a key part of a healthy diet. They’re filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Studies have found that regularly eating whole grains can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And they may…

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For Your Health – Add some steps to your spring

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center Physical activity is good for us, we all know. Yet it can be hard to fit into our daily schedules – and it’s easy to understand why. Family, school, work and other important obligations can take up a lot of our time and energy. But there is…

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For Your Health – Better sleep for better health

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center We may not think about sleeping as a healthy behavior like we would exercising or eating a healthy diet, but we probably should. Sleep can play a key role in health and wellness, and studies show that many of us just aren’t getting enough of it. “Short…

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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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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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For Your Health: Welcome spring with healthier comfort foods

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center A bright spot for many of us last year was the opportunity to hone our cooking skills. This may have been more from necessity than any real desire to be the next José Andrés or Rachael Ray. Still, reluctantly or not, we’ve joined the ranks of our…

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