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Champaign City Council OKs smoking ban

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign City Council member Ken Pirok played his cards close to his vest in recent days, declining to say whether he would support a comprehensive smoking ban in Champaign.

He stayed mum Tuesday night while several other council members explained the rationale behind their positions, as debate went on well past 11 p.m.

Provena to terminate PersonalCare contract

CHAMPAIGN -- Provena Health says it is terminating its contract with PersonalCare insurance, effective June 2.

That means Provena's six hospitals, including Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, will become "out of network" providers for PersonalCare's managed care members.

Frances Nelson Center still seeking $1 million

CHAMPAIGN – About two-thirds of the cost of relocating and expanding Frances Nelson Health Center is now covered.

But there's a big hole remaining in this $3 million project: Another $1 million needs to be raised from the local community if this small Champaign clinic is going to be able to help more needy patients, say those involved in the fundraising.

Health advocates call for Medicare Part D deadline extension

CHAMPAIGN – With Monday looming as the last day to enroll in a new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, a local consumer group is calling on the government to extend the deadline.

Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers, said her group is continuing to find eligible Medicare beneficiaries who are confused about their options.

Woman's vision becoming a reality

URBANA – Draped in a pink shawl and surrounded by her family and friends, Linda Mills sits on a podium and says this day is "almost like a dream come true."

"I told Dr. (Kendrith) Rowland that you have to keep me going long enough so I can be here," she said.

The fight of her life

Last spring was a time of such promise for Erica Van Zuidam, a beautiful, athletic young woman finishing her first year of college.

But in a few short hours, she went from being a normal college student, hanging out at the pool with her friends, to fighting for her life. Bacterial meningitis, sometimes called the dorm disease, nearly killed her. It took her hands and feet.

It formed an even tighter bond between her already close-knit family, who found something to laugh at through some of the worst times of their lives.

Erica's faith in God, her positive attitude and her determination to be independent again have led her from her hospital bed through therapy to preparing to return to the University of Illinois this fall.

Open house to be held today for $20 million nursing home

URBANA – Champaign County shows off its $20 million state-of-the-art nursing home today, hoping mold is a no-show.

An open-house ceremony will be held at noon today, with tours running until 5 p.m. The new building is at 500 S. Art Bartell Drive, U, off Main Street.

Moving away from sweet stuff

A lot has changed since 1908, when Pepsi's official slogan declared its soda "Delicious and Healthful."

On Wednesday, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Cadbury Schweppes agreed to limit soda sales in public schools out of concern for the health of the nation's children.

Urbana schools wellness policy tough on sweets

URBANA – The "spoonful of sugar" solution could soon be a thing of the past in Urbana schools.

On Tuesday, a wellness committee will present its policy for student wellness to the Urbana school board in a study session at 7:30 p.m. at 205 N. Race St., U – and it doesn't include feeding kids sweets as a reward.

Clinics feeling Medicaid squeeze

URBANA – It was about four years ago that Urbana-based Carle Clinic started feeling the effects of the Medicaid pinch.

That is, more Medicaid patients and shrinking payments for their care.