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Brittany Clinard of Trans Ascension speaking at the Kickoff of Pride Month Activities in June
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Transgender and non-dominant gender people have had a difficult time finding community and support in Bloomington-Normal, according to Brittany Clinard of Trans Ascension, formerly B-N Trans.

The support group is having their second Queerformative event of the year at Nightshop in Bloomington on Saturday.

Kyana and Bridgetta
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Race and healthcare have a dark history together.

The 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis experiment is perhaps the most infamous example, when over 100 innocent black men were infected with the disease and died from its effects.

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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.

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Every month, a handful of people gather on Bloomington’s east side to make music together. The tunes they produce aren’t headed to the top of the charts, but the sounds are likely to improve their lives.

Holly Ambuehl talks
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The John M. Scott Health Care Commission announced it will award up to $450,000 in grants to health service agencies this fiscal year.

Cheri Bustos walking in front of U.S. Capitol building
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The woman tasked with getting more Democrats elected in Congress next year feels the party is well positioned to win a Central Illinois district that's long been in Republican hands.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

As Illinois Wesleyan’s 2019 graduates take their first steps into the working world Sunday, a fellow Titan alum will tell them their liberal arts degree will be key to their success.

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You might have seen a car driving around Bloomington with an unusual message written across its windows: “Need kidney. Type O.”

There’s a phone number, too.

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OSF Healthcare

The incoming president of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) said he's concerned single-payer health care could further drive up costs for care.

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.”

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.

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UPDATED 3 p.m. | Central Illinois transit and social service agencies say they hope the state will pull back from burdensome new requirements that some fear will prevent low-income and disabled patients from reaching their medical appointments.

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The mayor of Normal said if the state decides to administer local taxes on Airbnb, the Town of Normal would give over that task willingly for its own 6 percent fee on such temporary housing rentals.

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With weeks to go until the midterm election, Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan rallied her base during a recent stop in Bloomington-Normal.

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.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is speaking out against proposed changes to the only federal program that provides funding for birth control. Those changes include a so-called "gag rule" that could affect thousands of Illinois residents.

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Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) received a $2.8 million grant to fund a new project that will educate student nurses on preventative practice.

Woman with a mic in front of a screen that reads, "What About Dental?"
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The Community Health Care Clinic’s new program that connects patients with primary care physicians instead of using hospital emergency rooms for treatment is on pace to save Advocate BroMenn and OSF Healthcare a combined $1 million in its first year.

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After 21 years at the helm of LIFE Center for Independent Living, Gail Kear is retiring.

Vigil Held In Support of Children's Insurance Program

Jan 9, 2018
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Children across the country suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses risk losing their health insurance unless Congress acts soon.

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New federal data show that Illinois consumers are purchasing health insurance plans from the public Affordable Care Act exchange faster this year than they did last year.

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A congressman for central Illinois is watching the Senate carefully, as two senators introduce a new proposal to reform the Affordable Care Act.

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Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol.

Mitch McConnell speaks
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This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay.

In Illinois, many thousands could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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