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Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

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During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

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Policy experts say the General Assembly needs to pass a budget that protects a wide variety of programs and services for Illinois' most vulnerable. Credit: nikopoley/Wikimedia

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is in its third month of a budget impasse, and a new report finds the state's social-service infrastructure is crumbling. According to Voices for Illinois Children, while some services still are partially funded as a result of court orders or the availability of federal

PHOTO: Local health leaders and educators are gathering in Chicago Tuesday with national experts to examine the ways Illinois is working to improve primary care. Photo credit: Vic/Flickr.

CHICAGO - It's a meeting of the minds over medical care in Illinois as doctors, pharmacists and educators are gathering in Chicago today to highlight community-based interventions that are improving health and enhancing primary care. Board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, Dr. Glen St

PHOTO: Victims of violent crime often need financial and emotional support to help rebuild their lives in the wake of a violent incident. A Chicago-based violence survivors' network is working to provide that support. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - With more than 200 homicides already reported in Chicago this year, there are many families and surviving victims facing a difficult road of recovery. Susan Johnson, executive director of Chicago's Citizens for Change, runs a violence survivors' network called Chicago Survivors. She says

PHOTO: Illinois is showing significant improvement in helping older residents live independently at home as they age, according to a new scorecard from AARP. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser / Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is showing significant improvement in helping older residents live independently at home as they age, according to a new scorecard from AARP. The state ranks 15th in the nation when it comes to the long-term care needs of older residents. David Vinkler, associate state

GRAPHIC: Some Illinois children are improving literacy through the use of Cued Speech. Courtesy of Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - American Sign Language (ASL) is the common form of communication among members of the deaf community, but signing does not provide every component or "phoneme" of spoken language. In Illinois, some hearing-impaired students are improving their literacy through the use of Cued Spe

PHOTO: A study spearheaded in Illinois finds many characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder can be identified in children by age two. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research out of Illinois suggests that autism can be identified earlier than previously thought, in children as young as age two years. A study headed by Dr. Laurie Jeans as a University of Illinois graduate student found a number of behavioral and developmental deficits pres

PHOTO:February is Heart Month, and today Illinoisans are encouraged to wear red to support awareness about cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of women. Photo courtesy of AHA.

CHICAGO – You may see a lot of red at the office, school or market today. Illinoisans across the state will be wearing red to raise awareness about heart disease. The American Red Cross began the National Wear Red for Women event more than a decade ago. And Elizabeth Flores, chairwoman fo

PHOTO: Medicinal marijuana is legal in Illinois but it could be another year before patients with chronic conditions can access the drug. Credit: NORML.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Marijuana may now be legal for medicinal use in Illinois, but patients who qualify to use it for chronic conditions will have to wait. The new law went into effect Jan. 1, and officials are still crafting the regulations, which many expect to be among the toughest in the

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