17 01, 2018

Judge orders Illinois to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions to include pain

By | 2018-01-17T20:03:00+00:00 January 17th, 2018|

A judge has ordered Illinois officials to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, a ruling that could greatly expand access to the drug. The Illinois Department of Public Health had rejected intractable pain — defined as pain that’s resistant to treatment — but Cook County Judge [...]

12 12, 2017

NIU Board re-approves former Pres. Doug Baker’s $600K severance package

By | 2017-12-12T17:29:56+00:00 December 12th, 2017|

State senator, public have harsh words for trustees. The $600,000 severance package awarded to former Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker, which was invalidated by a judge last month, was re-approved by the NIU Board of Trustees during its Thursday meeting. The original contract, which trustees approved June 15, was [...]

12 12, 2017

‘I’m Not in Charge’: Illinois Governor’s Words May Haunt Bid

By | 2017-12-12T07:53:23+00:00 December 12th, 2017|

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner raised eyebrows, then questions about whether he misspoke after he declared "I am not in charge" of the state. Now it looks like the comment could haunt him all the way until Election Day. The Republican, who's seeking his second term in 2018, [...]

6 12, 2017

Time Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers

By | 2017-12-06T19:43:20+00:00 December 6th, 2017|

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that—in the most painful and personal ways—movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew. [...]

30 11, 2017

Illinois Democrats want answers on Medicaid contracts

By | 2017-11-30T21:40:33+00:00 November 30th, 2017|

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats want answers from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration about why the four-year cost of managed care contracts for the Medicaid program jumped by more than $20 billion from earlier estimates. However, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services defended the contracts, saying that while the overall cost [...]