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Sangamon jail increases mental health services

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield-area jail will increase mental health services offered to inmates.

The State Journal-Register reports the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is increasing the number of mental health professionals at the jail starting next month, from 28 hours a week to 40 hours. Authorities say it'll cost roughly $3,500 more a month for the extra 12 hours of coverage.

Pet Talk: Quality of life comes first with chemo treatments

By HANNAH BEERS
UI College of Veterinary Medicine

The word "chemotherapy" conjures up images of nauseous, balding and debilitated patients. While supportive therapies are available to soften these side effects in human cancer patients, it's true that medical doctors often treat cancer very aggressively, hoping to achieve complete remission of the disease.

For the retirees, Jan. 21-28, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Weekend Planner: Prognosis: Cuddly

Boys and girls can bring their favorite stuffed animals to the Champaign Public Library today to get a checkup, courtesy of a bunch of University of Illinois veterinary students.

It's all part of the free Teddy Bear Hospital at 3 p.m. at the library, located at 200 W. Green St. Here's more, via staff writer Tim Mitchell:

Illinois Jimmy John's asked to stop selling sprouts after salmonella cases

SPRINGFIELD — State health officials have asked Jimmy John's sandwich shops in Illinois to remove sprouts from their menus while they continue to investigate the source of a salmonella infection cluster.

Judge allows Covenant to continue fight for property-tax refund

URBANA — A Champaign County judge will allow a lawsuit in which Presence Covenant Medical Center is seeking a multimillion-dollar refund from local taxing districts to continue, but only if the hospital returns to court with more information.

County board approves panel to evaluate bids for nursing home

URBANA — Champaign County Board members have approved a nine-member special committee that will evaluate any offers submitted for the purchase of the county nursing home.

The committee will begin meeting in February to establish a grading process to assess offers made for the financially troubled home, said board Chairman C. Pius Weibel.

Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to solidify its credentials with social conservatives, the Trump administration is creating an office to protect the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion.

East Lynn toddler getting needed kidney transplant thanks to aunt

EAST LYNN — In many ways, Mason Steiner is a typical 2-year-old.

He loves dinosaurs and Nerf guns. He loves getting into things. He loves his big brother, William — and occasionally fights with him, as siblings do.

"If you didn't know about the kidney disease, you wouldn't think anything is wrong with him," mother Holly Steiner, of East Lynn, said of her younger son.

'Youth Mental Health First Aid Training' event set in Danville

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Mental Health 708 Board is hosting another "Youth Mental Health First Aid Training" for anyone who works with young people.