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An emerging health care approach factors in the lasting effects of trauma.

In 2016, the Winnebago County Health Department asked the community about top health concerns so it could put together a Community Health Improvement Plan. Several issues made it to the top of the list.

Cynthia Hall is the Department’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. 

“And they told us three things," she explained. "Mental health was one of them. Maternal and child health was another, and violence was the third.”

The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General visited several northern Illinois organizations this week. The stop included Opportunity House in Sycamore.

During a stop at the WNIJ studios, Erika Harold says one of her campaign priorities is combating the opioid epidemic in the state. She also says the epidemic is an issue that Attorneys General from multiple states can work on together.

Victoria Lunacek

The successor to 70th District statehouse Rep. Bob Pritchard was sworn in Tuesday.

Republican Jeff Keicher took the oath of office from retired judge John Countryman at Dayton Farms in Sycamore. He was accompanied by state party leaders and other elected officials, such as former state Rep. John Countryman, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, and State Senator Dave Syverson. After Keicher took the oath, Durkin compared him favorably to his predecessor, Bob Pritchard.

"Gun Wall" by Flickr User Michael Saechang / (CC x 2.0)

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws Monday authorizing judges to take weapons away from people facing problems that make them dangerous to themselves or others and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns, but pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state licensing of firearms dealers.

SIU Appoints Interim President After Dunn Steps Down

Jul 17, 2018
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The SIU Board of Trustees met Monday in Edwardsville to vote on a separation agreement with SIU System President Randy Dunn and to appoint an Interim President. 

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