Illinois To Expand Vaccine Eligibility Ahead of April 12 Universal Rollout

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday that more groups of people will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of April 12 when everyone over age 16 will become eligible. Starting Monday, March 22, higher education staff, government workers and members of the media will be eligible to receive shots. A […]

Because of COVID-19: Managing Medical Debt

Americans were struggling with medical debt long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. For the last year, many people have struggled to handle bills in the midst of job loss and financial hardship exacerbated by the public health crisis.  Side Effects reporter Carter Barrett spoke with John Brengle, attorney with Indiana Legal Services; Jenifer Bosco, attorney […]

‘Black Lives Matter’ Honorary Street Signs Approved In Champaign

UPDATE: Champaign city officials say the Black Lives Matter honorary street signs were installed on Wednesday, Mary 13, eight days after their approval by the city council. The signs are on Chester Street, where it meets Neil Street and Walnut Street, on either side of the City Building. – Jim Meadows, March 24 2021.  CHAMPAIGN […]

Black Legislative Caucus Healthcare Bill Heads For State Senate

SPRINGFIELD – A healthcare bill spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has passed out of the State House on a party line vote. Sponsors say the bill is meant to reckon with racial inequities in healthcare, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. A previous attempt to pass a similar bill died at the end of the […]