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Another group to buy ads criticizing Gill

Another so-called "independent" group has entered the 13th Congressional District race in opposition to Democrat David Gill.

The American Action Network announced it would spend up to $350,000 on anti-Gill television and digital advertising in the congressional district that runs from Champaign-Urbana southwest to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.


Davis criticizes some federal health programs, backs others

SPRINGFIELD — Republican congressional candidate Rodney Davis on Monday decried "a government-run health care system" but endorsed federal programs that subsidize rural hospitals and community health care providers like the Frances Nelson Health Center in Champaign.


Provena names to become Presence

URBANA — Part of the names of Provena Covenant and Provena United Samaritans medical centers will change next year.

The two hospitals will be renamed Presence Covenant Medical Center and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, to reflect the name of their new parent organization, Presence Health.


Some aldermen remain opposed to cell tower near hospital

DANVILLE — Despite letters to city officials confirming that the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center are not opposed to AT&T's plans to build a 199-foot cellular tower 300 yards northwest of the hospital's helicopter landing pad, some Danville aldermen and residents still object, believing the tower poses a


Parkland sets information sessions on health professions

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College will hold a series of information sessions about its health professions programs.

Anyone interested in a health career is invited to attend. Applicants to the programs range from new high school graduates to older adults making career changes, says Rita Myles, program manager for Parkland's health careers program.


Nursing home board gets one proposal for dialysis

URBANA — A respiratory therapy program aimed at boosting admissions to the Champaign County Nursing Home could begin as soon as mid-October, but a planned renal dialysis program may be delayed.

Only one vendor submitted a proposal last week to provide renal dialysis services at the facility, nursing home manager Scott Gima told the county's nursing home advisory board Monday.


Meeting to inform about warning signs of Alzheimer's disease

URBANA — The public is invited to learn about the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and current Alzheimer's legislation at "A Meeting of the Minds" scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Lincoln Square, Urbana.

State elected officials, the Alzheimer's Association's Greater Illinois Chapter and Family Service of Champaign County will participate.


Moms to rally on Labor Day

URBANA — When Anne DeAtley's first son was born, her long labor ended in a delivery method she'd rather have avoided: cesarean section.

Three years later, she'll be among the moms and others standing outside hospitals across the nation on Labor Day to take part in Improving Birth's National Rally for Change.


Three health initiatives aided by grant

CHAMPAIGN — Schools, workplaces and the University of Illinois campus will be pulled into a community-wide plan to help more kids and adults in Champaign County slim down, pick up their physical activity levels and otherwise improve their health.


C-U Public Health wins grant to encourage healthier living

CHAMPAIGN — Local health leaders are launching a Champaign County-wide initiative with the help of a state grant to reduce obesity and smoking and teach school kids how to live healthier lives.