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What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A?
Illinois Department of Public Health

McLean County public health officials are turning up the volume on their hepatitis A prevention efforts after several new local cases emerged in the past week amid a statewide outbreak.

Sue Keam
Eric Stock / WGLT

Vaccination rates remain high in McLean County despite what the medical community says are efforts by skeptics to sow confusion over settled science, and they claim it’s putting our health at greater risk.

Staff / WGLT

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.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a measure on Tuesday that will allow medical cannabis to be used as an alternative treatment for conditions often treated with opioids, such as cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s and more.

Public health advocates and some state lawmakers spurned Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s decision to veto a bill that would have raised the legal tobacco age to 21.

Rauner axed the bill last Friday, though his own Department of Public Health supported it. While he called smoking “detrimental” in his veto message, the governor said Illinois couldn’t take the risk of losing tobacco sales tax revenue to neighboring states.

Chris Hiatt blows a large plum of vapor in the basement of The Smoker's Den in downtown Bloomington
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Vaping is now the most popular tobacco product among teens and young adults, thanks to $63 million in traditional and social media marketing last year by major e-cigarette companies.

Camille Rodriguez
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Six months into the job, the new director of the McLean County Health Department is staring at a lengthy to-do list. It’s filled with complex problems with no easy solutions—opioid abuse, obesity, and even dental health, to name a few.