New congressional maps signed into law

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed legislation redrawing the state’s congressional district maps, saying they reflect Illinois’ diversity and preserve minority representation. “These maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will ensure all communities are equitably represented in our congressional delegation,” Pritzker said in a statement. Due to the state’s declining population, […]

3 of America’s biggest pharmacy chains have been found liable for the opioid crisis

A federal jury on Tuesday found three of the nation’s biggest pharmacy chains, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, liable for helping to fuel the U.S. opioid crisis. Jurors concluded that the pharmacies contributed to a so-called public nuisance in Lake and Trumbull counties in Ohio by selling and dispensing huge quantities of prescription pain pills. Some […]

Conservatorship system is slow to change, despite availability of less restrictive options

Ten years ago, Nick Clouse was riding shotgun in his friend’s Camaro when the car jerked and he felt himself flying through the air. Clouse’s head slammed against the passenger side window. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/11/guardianshipmix-finalweb.mp3 The traumatic brain injury caused severe memory loss, headaches and insomnia. Clouse, who was 18 at the time, didn’t recognize his friends […]

Illini men get blown out by Cincinnati 71-51

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first eight minutes of the game, it looked like it would be a blowout Illini win. It ended up being a blowout loss to Cincinnati in the Hall of Fame Classic. Kofi Cockburn returned to action following a three-game suspension and launched his team to a 15-point lead, scoring […]

217 Today: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 Today’s headlines: Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to increase Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes in Illinois for the fourth time in recent years —something the state’s long-term care facility industry has been begging for. But, Illinois’ largest nursing home trade group has big objections to the plan. Secretary of State and State Librarian […]

U.S. drug overdose deaths increase nearly 30% during COVID-19 pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS — Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. spiked nearly 30 percent during the pandemic and reached the highest level ever recorded, according to data released Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the 12-month period between April 2020 and April 2021, more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses — […]