Friday, March 31, 2023


Donald Trump indicted by Manhattan grand jury; Georgia campaign fights to reopen local hospitals; New Mexico creates first-ever $100M conservation fund.


Former President Donald Trump is indicted by Manhattan's district attorney, House Republicans take aim at renewables in new energy bill and House Dems introduce the Women's Protection Health Act.


Small towns respond to a hidden housing and homelessness crisis, a new national weather prediction system will help close the gap between urban and rural forecasting, and more rural communities are eligible for a design project to boost economic development.


Public health officials warn unless states like Illinois recruit more primary care doctors, there will be a serious shortage of available health care by 2030.(rocketclips/Adobestock)

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Report: Illinois, US Need More Primary-Care Physicians to Avoid Shortage

Health insurance's ability to help you drops sharply if you cannot find a primary-care doctor, and it is a problem for 100 million Americans…

Consumer advocates say it's important for customers to read and understand a financial institution's terms and  conditions to know what services are available. (AdobeStock)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Many Consumers Looking to Credit Unions as Alternative to 'Mega-Banks'

The collapse of two banks has put the U.S. financial sector into focus this week. Many consumers and financial advisors believe the "big four" …

Illinois advocacy groups say they are educating policymakers on the benefits of hospital screening as a solution to prevent medical debt, both for low-income patients and the hospital. (volgariver/Adobe Stock)
IL Legislation Would Help People Avoid Medical Debt

A new report finds thousands of low-income or uninsured people in Illinois face medical debt that is depleting their savings and, in some cases…

The Illinois Poison Center urges parents to store household cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances on high shelves and out of sight of young children. (Pixel Image/Adobe Stock)
IL Poison Center Urges Families to Identify Household Toxins, Save Lives

National Poison Prevention Week is coming up, and the staff at the Illinois Poison Center is getting the word out to be aware of toxic substances …

Statistics show more than 90,000 U.S. farmworkers contracted the COVID virus, and at least 100 died during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Government Program to Protect Farmworkers Failing

By Sky Chadde and Johnathan Heddinger for Investigate Midwest, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.Broadcast version by Mark …

Mexico and Canada are the largest importers of meat into the United States, but other countries such as Brazil, Australia and Japan sell significant amounts of beef, pork and lamb here as well. (Simone van den Berg/Adobe Stock)
Proposed USDA Rule Change Would Limit Use of 'Product of USA' Labels

A proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would change the rules on what foods can be labeled "Product of USA." Current regulations allow …

Nontraditional learning is seen as an option to address the U.S. nursing shortage, often attributed to burnout from the pandemic and many nurses searching for lower stress and better pay. (Adobe Stock)
Community, Online Colleges Fill Growing Need for Non-Traditional Students

Many college students balance family and work responsibilities with academics, and it can make nontraditional higher education the path to a future …

Eating disorders are serious and sometimes fatal illnesses which cause severe disturbances to a person's dietary habits. (Paolese/Adobe Stock)
Advocates: More Research, Funding Needed for Eating Disorders

Health care researchers estimate about 1.1 million people in Illinois suffer from some form of eating disorder, which can range in severity from mild …

For the first time since 1998, the State of Illinois has updated the County Detention Standards for juvenile detention centers to reflect current best practices. (Adobe Stock)
Officials Hold First-Ever Review of IL Pretrial Juvenile Detention System

Attorneys, state employees and juvenile justice reform advocates will gather virtually Friday to receive updates on county pretrial juvenile …

Tipped workers, such as waiters, must depend on the generosity of their customers to make a living wage. (Adobe Stock)
Bills Filed to Phase Out Tipped Wages in Illinois Restaurants

A pair of Illinois state lawmakers is introducing legislation to phase out what is known as the "subminimum wage" for tipped workers in the restaurant…

Illinois' population declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2022, with a record 104,437 residents lost, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Rosana/Adobe Stock)
Economists: High Tax Burden Driving IL Families, Businesses Out of State

Studies show the tax burden on people and businesses in Illinois - and particularly those in Chicago - is among the highest in the country. …

There have been more than 700 toxic chemical disasters in the United States since 2020, according to the Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters. (Adobe Stock)
Groups: EPA, Others Need to Step Up Oversight of Chemical Plants

Environmental groups in Illinois are pushing state and federal officials to tighten regulations on businesses that use toxic substances after a fire a…


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