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Study gives Illinois a passing grade of 'C'

URBANA – Illinois' emergency care system gets a passing grade, but it's nothing to write home to Mom about, according to a national study released this week.

Compiled by a task force of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the study assessed the state of emergency care in each state and gave Illinois a "C" grade – just marginally better than the nation's overall grade of "C-."


Emgergency workers revive man at the Assembly Hall

CHAMPAIGN – Talk about comebacks.

Emergency medical workers revived a man whose heart apparently had stopped before the University of Illinois basketball game Thursday night.


Caught in the race for cold medicine

A couple from Indiana, who police say were traveling to stores in Illinois to get cold pills for making meth, had two problems.

One, some stores are already requiring photo identification for the purchase of pseudoephedrine products, as mandated by an Illinois law that doesn't officially take effect until Jan. 15.


FamilyCare program widens again

SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Jan. 1, thousands more Illinois parents will be eligible for health coverage, thanks to an expansion of the state's FamilyCare insurance program.

FamilyCare offers health care coverage, including dental care, to parents living with their children 18 years old or younger and to relatives who are serving as legal guardians in place of a child's parents.


Abortions at 30-year low in state, up in Champaign

SPRINGFIELD – While the number of abortions performed in Illinois hit a 30-year-low in 2004, there was an increase that year in Champaign and Coles counties, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The department released its 2004 abortion statistics last week, including figures for each county where more than 50 abortions were performed. Locally, those counties included Vermilion, Champaign and Coles.


Construction on breast cancer center could start sooner than planned

URBANA – Construction will start sooner than planned on the Carle Foundation's new breast cancer research and treatment center, provided a state board approves the project next month.

Fundraising is still far from finished, but Carle officials say they now hope to break ground in April on the center – which has been named the Mills Breast Cancer Institute – at the southeast corner of University Avenue and Orchard Street in Urbana.


UI students creating program for kids whose parents have cancer

CHAMPAIGN – There were so many little things that Jill Pessis treasured about having a mom around when she was a child.

The lunches she packed every morning, the dinners she cooked every night, the rides she provided for everywhere Pessis needed to go.


Putting squeeze on depression

CHAMPAIGN – In the long-running Peanuts skit, Lucy dispenses advice for 5 cents from her lemonade stand with a sign reading, "The Doctor is in."

In this case, the advice and the lemonade are free, and there's no actual stand.


Arthur nursing home getting larger

ARTHUR – The Arthur Home, a skilled nursing facility owned and operated by Community Retirement Inc., is planning an expansion in 2006.

"Groundbreaking will begin next year on the Eberhardt Court Dementia Unit and Eberhardt Village Assisted Living Complex, which will serve to complement the existing Arthur Home," said administrator JoEllen Schultz.


Flu vaccinations still available

URBANA – After several years of flu vaccine shortages, this year there's an excess of vaccine available in Champaign County.

Carle Clinic, which has been the area's largest flu shot provider, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District both say they still have some available for both adults and kids as flu season approaches.