Illinois Expands Medicaid Coverage For Mothers

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois will now provide Medicaid benefits to eligible mothers for up to 12 months postpartum, a major extension from the previous 60-day limit. Gov. JB Pritzker made the announcement Tuesday after a waiver submitted in 2019 by the state to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was recently approved. “Every mother […]

FOID, Concealed Carry Permits Extended Again

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police has given another 150-day extension to people whose Firearms Owners Identification cards or Concealed Carry Licenses have expired due to a backlog in processing renewal applications. A panel of state lawmakers gave approval Tuesday to that emergency rule after ISP officials assured them that the agency had made significant […]

Illinois Attorney General Reports Office Network ‘Compromised’

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced Tuesday that his agency’s office internet network was discovered to be “compromised” on Saturday, according to a news release. “In the early hours of Saturday morning, it was discovered that the office’s network was compromised. Since then, information technology staff and investigators from the Attorney General’s office […]

Biden Administration Says It Will Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan By Sept. 11

WASHINGTON – President Biden will withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted America’s involvement in its longest war, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday. Some 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and as many as 1,000 more special operations forces are also reported […]

U.S. Suggests ‘Pause’ On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shots Over Clot Reports

UPDATED at 2 p.m. with information from the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health officials in east-central Illinois. WASHINGTON — The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease […]

Illinois Prisons To Restart In-Person Visits, Over A Year After COVID Stoppage

SPRINGFIELD – Within a month, Illinois prisons will be allowing in-person visitation again. It’s been over a year since the Illinois Department of Corrections stopped visitation to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Department spokesperson Lindsey Hess said plans to restart visitation have been in the works for months. IDOC has been working with the Illinois Department of […]

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine And Blood Clots: What You Need To Know

Updated 12:50 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after reports that six women who got the vaccine developed blood clots afterward. Close to 7 million people have gotten this vaccine in the U.S. to date. The Centers for Disease Control […]

How An Iowa Town Won Its Fight For Better Flood Protection

HAMBURG, Ia. — Levees protect people, towns, and agriculture from flooding. But two years ago, parts of the Missouri River and its tributaries reached record crests, and many levees failed. Now there’s a rare effort to build a levee higher to better defend one southwest Iowa town.  https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur2/audio/2021/04/0413Leveesweb.mp3 Listen to this story here. Hamburg in […]