• State health officials warn of mumps outbreak

    by  • May 7, 2014

    Illinois health officials are issuing an alert about a mumps outbreak. There have already been 82 cases in Illinois during the first four months of the year. That’s more than triple the number of mumps cases in the state during all of 2013. Health officials say a recent backlash against vaccines is helping aid...

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    Report details climate change impact in Illinois

    by  • May 7, 2014

    A new report from the federal government details how climate change will impact Illinois in the near future. The National Climate Assessment emphasizes that climate change is not only a long-term problem, but has negative consequences in the short term. The Sierra Club’s Illinois Chapter Director Jack Darin, says the current rise in temperatures...

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    Quinn allows year extension on health insurance plans

    by  • May 7, 2014

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s administration is allowing an additional year’s extension for existing health insurance plans that fall short of coverage requirements in the nation’s health care law. The Illinois Department of Insurance announced the change last week, following a similar announcement March 5th from President Barack Obama’s administration. Insurers will have the option...

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    Tax decrease could lead to nursing home closures

    by  • May 7, 2014

    Nursing homes are warning that allowing the temporary income tax increase to expire would force them to turn away certain patients. Pat Comstock, executive director of the Illinois Health Care Council – the lobbying group for nursing homes – says nursing homes are in an unusual position where they can’t cut certain costs, as...

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