Health Care

Towns contemplate hosting medical-marijuana facility

LEROY — There can only be one medicinal marijuana cultivation center for all of DeWitt, Livingston and McLean counties, but several local lawmakers think their community is the right fit in Illinois State Police District 6.

Both LeRoy and Farmer City are gearing up efforts to entice medicinal marijuana cultivation operations to their towns.

West Nile threat quiet, but weather could change that

CHAMPAIGN — A cool, wet July may be delaying the threat of West Nile virus in East Central Illinois.

But keep your guard up and your bug spray handy.

Experts say a run of hot, dry weather is likely to bring more of the Culex, or northern house, mosquitoes that transmit the virus.

Blood centers issue urgent appeal for donors

URBANA — With her latest blood donation, Abby Groth reached the 1-gallon mark. Not that she plans to stop there.

"My grandpa gave blood for years and years, and he probably gave gallons," says Groth, 26, a blood donor since her student days at Champaign Central High School. "He's probably my inspiration."

UI medical-school plan gets major overhaul

URBANA — Plans to operate a new University of Illinois medical school under a public-private partnership model have been set aside, and a new governance structure for the engineering-focused college is now being considered.

HIV diagnoses down nationwide except for key area

CHAMPAIGN — After more than a quarter-century of fighting HIV, Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde finds it upsetting to see how much the virus is still spreading.

Carle issues statement

Mike Billimack, vice president for marketing, planning and government relations at Carle, issued the following statement to The News-Gazette late Monday afternoon:

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue


WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

Ex-business dean named CEO of UI Hospital in Chicago

CHICAGO — Former business dean and presidential adviser Avijit Ghosh has been named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital.

Covenant CEO vows to fight Carle's bid to 'control' market

URBANA — Presence Covenant Medical Center officials say they're objecting to more than just a bigger Carle Foundation Hospital in its 48-bed expansion plan.

They're fighting off an attempt by Carle to put Urbana's smaller hospital out of business.

Updated: Carle to pursue expansion request after "intent to deny" from the state

NEW 5 p.m. Thursday:

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing was among those who testified before the state board this week against the Carle tower project.

She said she doesn't want Carle to have a monopoly in the local community.

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