Debra Pressey

Debra Pressey

Parkland College Foundation sets 24-hour fundraising event March 6

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Foundation hopes to raise $50,000 through a 50th anniversary day-of-giving event set for March 6.

The money is intended to support scholarships, program and facility support and benefits distributed by the foundation.

The giving event will begin at midnight and run until 11:59 p.m.

After more research on legalizing pot, Bennett says he now favors it

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CHAMPAIGN — After a lot of studying on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, state Sen. Scott Bennett said he has changed his mind about it.

OSF reviving heart-transplant program at Peoria hospital

PEORIA — More than a decade after suspending its heart-transplant program, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is bringing it back.

The Peoria hospital did heart transplants until 2006, then stopped the program due to declining volume. But the demand has been on an upswing, according to hospital President Bob Anderson.

Blood banks urging donations in wake of weather-related cancellations

URBANA — Freezing rain and dangerously cold wind chills are taking a toll on the supply of donated blood in the area.

Community Blood Services of Illinois said it has had to cancel 68 blood drives in recent weeks because of the weather.

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 8, 2019

Q: What becomes of patient medical records when a hospital is sold? Do they automatically go to the hospital buyer?

A: That's up to the buyer and seller in each transaction.

Art Theater to screen Mahomet-Seymour student's film on inspirational bicyclist

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after nurse midwife Ray Spooner passed away, a Mahomet-Seymour High School junior has made a documentary about Mr. Spooner's life and inspirational bike ride across the country.

The 25-minute film by Ethan Grinberg will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

Comptroller's proposed measure targets Medicaid claim reporting

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza wants more transparency from the managed-care organizations administering billions of dollars in state Medicaid payments.

Unit 4 referendum work update: Big changes coming for parks

The Champaign school district is holding a community information session tonight to answer questions and showcase its latest plans to revamp McKinley Field. The meeting is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Mellon Building, 703 S. New St., C. What's known so far, via staff writer Debra Pressey:

Registration, DNA collection event for autism study set Saturday in Urbana

URBANA — Thousands of children with autism and their families are being recruited for a massive landmark study exploring links between genetics and autism.

Flu season is intensifying throughout the area

CHAMPAIGN — While two local cases of measles have been getting a lot of attention, another illness making people sick — influenza — has been creeping up.

Flu has escalated to a widespread level in Illinois and 44 other states, and that elevated rate is expected to continue for another few weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.