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Trauma and the behavioral health concerns that come as a result must be addressed.

Jason Barickman
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After the Trump administration this week vowed to ban flavored e-cigarettes, one state senator from Bloomington is saying Illinois shouldn't wait for federal action.

Medicine on a shelf
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McLean County reports lower sexually transmitted disease rates than its most similar Central Illinois neighbors, but the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health said that could point to a problem.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined a Bloomington nursing home $25,000 for letting a 49-year-old woman with dementia wander away from the facility in stockinged feet.

An Illinois toddler died nine years ago after suffering third degree burns from bathwater. The Illinois House last week approved legislation to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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A nationwide EpiPen shortage is nearing its one-year mark, leaving many fearing the risks of anaphylactic shock.

Illinois lawmakers in the House voted Tuesday to raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.  Last year, the proposal made it to the governor’s desk, but then-Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it. Supporters of the change are more optimistic this time.  

 

Why Are There So Few Black Men In Medicine?

Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Don Arnold’s home office overflows with medical textbooks, old anatomical prints and six pages of a recommendation letter from his first application to medical school - framed and hanging on the wall.

“It says I have very unique and viable talents that would serve me well, but on paper a very poor academic record,” he says. “So this is code. For those who don’t know. Nobody’s going to outwardly tell you not to take a person, but this is how they write it in code.”

A woman smokes a cigarette
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A new study by the American Lung Association says Illinois is not doing enough to reduce tobacco use.

Chris Manson speaks
OSF HealthCare

The chief lobbyist for OSF HealthCare says he’s optimistic that a divided Washington might come together to lower prescription drug prices.

Nurse inside an ER room
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Bloomington-Normal has a lot of things that would make other communities jealous.

Judy and Jeff pose outside GLT
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If you're looking for the federal government to fix the American health care system, Jeff Bauer says you're looking in the wrong place.

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Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was in Bloomington-Normal on Thursday to witness a demonstration of Advocate BroMenn’s telehealth system.

A woman smokes a cigarette
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It's been 10 years since Illinois went smoke-free in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

Armando Baez
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A measure awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature would enable local counties or municipalities to create urban agricultural zones in areas where access to food is limited.

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GLT is reporting this week on why west Bloomington is a food desert and how different community organizations are working to fill the gap. This is part three in the series.

For many west Bloomington families, putting food on the table isn’t a necessity. Too often it’s a choice.

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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. There are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

Architect's drawing of a park and railroad tracks south of Uptown Station in Normal.
Drawing courtesy of Ratio Architects

A little more than two years after the town of Normal included a nearly $13 million underpass in its Uptown 2.0 plan based on community feedback,  a consultant hired to look at the feasibility is also recommending a wide underpass and park as the safest and best option for accessibility and economic development.

Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee at the Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center
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A six-time Olympic medal winner told attendees at last night's Women's Health Night  they can overcome obstacles because she was able to achieve her dreams despite losing her mother at age 18 and being diagnosed with severe asthma.

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The City of Bloomington has allowed the Conference Center at The Chateau hotel to reopen. 

Community Development Director Tom Dabareiner said decision is based on procedures defined by the International Code Council and "consistent with the thought process that allowed the restaurant to remain open." He said fire rated doors separate the hotel from the meeting room area. 

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The City of Bloomington says there is still no timeline for allowing the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center to reopen.

The city shut down the hotel because the fire alarm system didn't work. Bloomington Community Development Director Tom Dabareiner is in charge of code enforcement. He said two options range from a few days to a few weeks.