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Health Care

Marijuana dispensary aiming for late March opening

CHAMPAIGN — It's looking like it will be late March before the medical marijuana dispensary under construction in Champaign will open, according to the leader of an outreach organization working with the owners.

Hospital assessment hearing scheduled

URBANA — Local hospitals will get the chance they've requested to argue their upcoming property tax bills at a public hearing set for next week before the Champaign County Board of Review.

The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Shields Meeting Room at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.

UI lab aims to change how we look at medicine

URBANA — It's a scene straight out of Star Trek: a doctor uses a hand-held device to track molecular changes in your body to find out if the medicine you just took is working.

Government report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured


Nursing home firm will start talking to banks

URBANA — The management company that runs the Champaign County Nursing Home later this month will begin discussing with lending institutions a plan to borrow money in anticipation of a slowdown in state payments.

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus.

It's Your Business: Hilton's first Home2 Suites in Illinois opens

Visitors to Champaign-Urbana have a new option for overnight stays — one with many of the comforts of home.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Champaign/Urbana opened Tuesday at 2013 S. Neil St. in Champaign's Carriage Center complex.

General manager Molly Mooney said the new hotel is the 78th Home2 Suites and the first of that brand in Illinois.

New CEO takes over as Prairie Center faces state budget challenges

CHAMPAIGN — It was having a family member with an addiction problem that first drew Gail Raney to apply for a part-time job at the Prairie Center, she recalled.

Some 15 years later, Raney is the new CEO of the nonprofit substance abuse treatment agency as it continues to face the challenge of serving hundreds at its three locations after many months without state payments.

Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte testing possible diabetes cure

LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer

New CEO named for Prairie Center

URBANA — The Prairie Center, the Urbana-based substance abuse treatment and prevention agency, has a new chief executive.

Gail Raney, who has been the Prairie Center's chief operating officer, has been appointed its CEO, the agency said today in a news release. She replaces Bruce Suardini, who took over leadership of the agency in December 2007.