• New rules for back-to-school vaccines

    by  • July 31, 2013

    Immunization requirements have changed for students going back to school. Students entering grades six through 12 — previously six through nine — you need proof you’ve had the booster for TDAP: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). “It’s one of the childhood immunizations,” says state public health director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, adding a recently...

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    Governor’s mansion gets renovation

    by  • July 31, 2013

    Renovations are underway at the Illinois governor’s mansion, even though the 158-year-old home hasn’t been used much during the past two administrations. Lee Enterprises Newspapers’ Springfield bureau reports the state’s awarded almost $339,000 for three contracts on work to the 16-room Georgian-styled home. Contractors are spending the summer replacing climate control systems and an...

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    Report shows largest Medicaid growth in Champaign County

    by  • July 31, 2013

    A new report predicts Champaign County will have the state’s largest percentage growth in Medicaid when the affordable care act is fully implemented. The county could see 15,000 new Medicaid enrollees, swelling the ranks by almost two-thirds. The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation  released the report Wednesday to estimate local impacts of the new health...

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    Lt. Gov. Simon running for comptroller

    by  • July 31, 2013

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has officially announced that she’s running for Illinois comptroller, ending five months of uncertainty about which statewide office she’ll seek in 2014. The Carbondale democrat made her announcement Wednesday morning in downtown Chicago. She also plans to stop in Springfield and Carbondale later in the day. The comptroller is central...

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    Centralia schedules road oil sealing and chipping

    by  • July 31, 2013

    The City of Centralia Public Works will be applying seal oil and chip to the roads on the road rehabilitation MFT program listed below on August 1, 2013. Weather permitting. No Parking on streets will be allowed from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cars will be towed. Please move all vehicles away from street....

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