Immigrant women in Champaign share stories of pregnancy care access

This article is the second in a series about the access of pregnancy care for immigrants in Champaign. You can read part one here and part three here. Teresa Rodriguez Teresa Rodriguez is another Champaign County resident who has experienced language and cultural barriers.  Rodriguez is from Mexico City. She said when she started looking […]

Immigrant women face language, cultural barriers to pregnancy care

Lee esta historia en español This article is the first in a series about the access to pregnancy care for immigrants in Champaign. You can read part two here and part three here. “Why are you having more children?” That’s a question a doctor in Champaign asked Fabiola Silva during a doctor appointment. “He started […]

217 Today: Friday, August 13, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on each state legislator to get vaccinated against COVID-19. That comes after a recent WBEZ survey of lawmakers. A nearly stationary line of heavy thunderstorms brought flooding to parts of Champaign, Ford and McLean Counties Thursday. Like other industries, the clean energy sector […]

217 Today: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021 Today’s headlines: The vast majority of Illinois state legislators say they are vaccinated against COVID-19, but several Republicans would not respond to WBEZ’s survey of all 177 lawmakers asking for their vaccination status. The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday dealt major consequences to a private Christian school in Elmhurst that’s not […]

217 Today: Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Today’s headlines: A Northwestern University expert is working with Illinois teachers to make them clear on core aspects of media literacy. That’s ahead of a new law that takes effect next year. Students and teachers in Illinois are heading back to the classroom beginning this week. A top teachers union has […]

217 Today: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Today’s headlines: The amount of money Illinois owes for paying state retirees their pensions has ballooned to $144 billion, according to new, official calculations from state pension analysts. Across Illinois this week, schools are kicking off practices for fall sports. The IHSA is recommending member school follow IDPH guidance for masking […]

217 Today: Monday, August 9, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021 Today’s headlines: After canceling the Illinois State Fair last year due to the pandemic, organizers are set to open the 10-day event next week. But the specter of COVID-19 will be present throughout the fairgrounds in Springfield. Carle Health is now requiring unvaccinated employees to wear an N-95 mask, along with […]

217 Today: Friday, August 6, 2021

Friday, August 6, 2021 Today’s headlines: Educators are reacting to the state’s mask mandate for schools. New bills signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker today will help provide feminine hygiene products to poor women as well as order public colleges and universities to offer the items in campus restrooms in Illinois. Illini football and […]

217 Today: Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois students with special needs will no longer have to immediately leave high school when they age out at 22. In Rockford, officials recently shut down a longtime homeless encampment near the city’s downtown. Health officials are sounding the alarm about counterfeit drugs, especially with large music festivals on […]

217 Today: Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021 Today’s headlines: This week, the city of Champaign dedicated a portion of University Avenue to police officer Chris Oberheim. Illinois lawmakers are still mulling whether to get rid of, replace or contextualize statues and monuments on state property. At Illinois state parks, officials say balancing conservation and tourism is trickier with […]

217 Today: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 Today’s headlines: Two-and-a-half weeks after the Centers for Disease Control said it was OK for people vaccinated against COVID-19 to go mask-less indoors — including schools — the agency reversed course Tuesday.  Beginning January 1, certain employer-sponsored health insurance plans offered in Illinois will be required to cover infertility treatments for […]

217 Today: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Today’s headlines: The so-called Delta variant of COVID-19 keeps making inroads in Illinois. The more contagious COVID-19 mutation has propelled positivity rates in some areas of the state to levels not seen since the first half of January. The St. Louis region this week became one of the first places in […]

217 Today: Monday, July 26, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021 Today’s headlines: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said he will be taking his wife and some friends to Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend. That comes as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise. A bill aimed at preventing maternal mortality by changing emergency department and insurance policies is awaiting Governor J.B. […]