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6:56 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Ebola Quarantine Rules Infect Governor Race

Credit Brett Levin

Illinois'  O'Hare Airport is one of five in the nation where travelers from West Africa must undergo extra screening for Ebola. But now the state has additional guidelines to prevent the virus' potential spread. What to do is the latest disagreement in an already adversarial race for governor.

Even as New Jersey releases a nurse forced into quarantine upon her return from Sierra Leone, Gov. Pat Quinn is standing by a similar policy for Illinois.

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Election 2014
6:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rauner Trumps Quinn In Facebook 'Likes'

Credit facebook.com/GovernorQuinn & facebook.com/BruceRauner

Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner may be neck and neck in the polls, but Rauner is winning by a landslide in Facebook activity.

DNA Info reports the Republican businessman's page has nearly 44,000 more likes than Quinn's.

Facebook says more than 11,000 people are "talking" about Rauner on the social media site. Just over a thousand are talking about Quinn.

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Election 2014
6:32 am
Tue October 28, 2014

IL-16 Contest Has Similarities To Neighboring District

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R)
Credit http://kinzinger.house.gov/

Illinois' 16th Congressional District resembles the 14th in a couple of ways, according to Matt Streb. The political scientist notes Democratic map-makers packed IL-16 with Republican voters in order to increase the number of Democrats in neighboring districts.

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Election 2014
5:09 am
Tue October 28, 2014

VP Biden Headlines Rockford Vote Rally For Democrats

Cheri Bustos, Dick Durbin, Pat Quinn, and VP Biden are the focus of cheers and a lot of cell phone pics at Monday's voters' rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois Democrats got some high-powered help during a campaign rally Monday in Rockford. 

                                                               

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Healthcare
3:39 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Illinois and Wisconsin Health Systems Announce Merger

Credit "stethoscope" by flickr use rosmary (CC BY 2.0)

Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System announced they are merging to create a multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, more than 550 physicians, and 80 outpatient clinics in in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

According to a news release, The Boards of Directors of the two organizations approved the creation of the new, as yet unnamed health system. 

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Election 2014
6:25 am
Mon October 27, 2014

IL-14 Rematch `Uphill Battle' for Hultgren Opponent

Congressman Randy Hultgren (R)
Credit www.randyhultgren.com

The race in Illinois' 14th Congressional District is a do-over between Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren and Democratic challenger Dennis Anderson. In 2012, Anderson got 41% of the vote, a margin that surprised NIU political scientist Matt Streb.

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Health
6:25 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Researchers Discover Use Of Engineered Stem Cells In Fighting Brain Cancer

Credit Flickr user Joseph Elsbernd / "Neural stem cell" (CC v. 2.0)

Scientists from Harvard Medical School discovered a way to turn genetically engineered stem cells into machines that fight brain cancer.

The cells produced and secreted toxins which killed tumors without harming normal cells in mice. The next step is to test the procedure in humans.

Experts say this is "the future" of cancer treatment and hope the therapies can be used in trials in the next five years.

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Marijuana
6:12 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Medical Marijuana Laws Neglect "First Seed" Problem

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There's one issue nobody wants to talk about when it comes to state medical marijuana laws, and that's the part where people still have to break the law.

Getting the first seeds for medical operations often involves either shopping in the underground market or crossing state lines, which is a violation of state and federal laws. The situation is known as the "immaculate conception'' or the "first seed'' problem.

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Election 2014
6:08 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Polls Agree Illinois Governor Race Will Be Tight

Credit facebook.com/GovernorQuinn & facebook.com/BruceRauner

Polls are coming in at a rapid pace, from polling companies like Rasmussen Reports, newspapers like the Chicago Tribune, and interest groups like the state Chamber of Commerce. They vary in the number of likely voters contacted, the wording of the questions these people were asked, and, of course, their responses.

But they all agree: the race for Illinois governor is going to be close. Really close.

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Arts
2:08 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NIU Production's Message Timeless - And Timely

Stanton Davis
Credit NIU

The NIU School of Theatre & Dance calls its latest production “a bit of musical theatre insanity.”  

“The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade,” or, as it’s usually known, ‘Marat/Sade,’ is directed by NIU professor Stanton Davis.  Davis says he wanted emphasize the timeless nature of the play’s message.

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