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Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that aims to address mental health parity in Illinois.

There are federal and state laws requiring insurance providers to cover not only physical health issues, but also mental health.

Illinois has strict laws, but some argue they’re not properly enforced, and those with mental health or addiction issues don’t always understand what’s covered with insurance.

State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is sponsoring legislation that would require the Illinois Department of Insurance to effectively communicate policy coverage.

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LGBTQ rights advocates have been pushing a measure they say would amend school code in a way that would be beneficial when it comes to noting the community's role in state and national history. Last week those representing groups like Equality Illinois urged lawmakers to pass the proposal, which has yet to reach a vote outside of committee.

Northern Illinois University

James Pardew, a former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, will speak at a Northern Illinois University conference this Thursday. He was involved extensively in American efforts to stop conflict in the former territories of Yugoslavia, particularly Bosnia and Macedonia. WNIJ's Chase Cavanaugh spoke with Ambassador Pardew about that work and his thoughts on U.S. foreign policy.

Ambassador Pardew, what do you plan to discuss at Northern Illinois University?

Demolition Begins On Iconic Rockford Resort

Apr 16, 2018
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At the end of the first day of demolition, what used to be the entrance to the Clock Tower Convention Center is no more. Countless numbers of prom-goers and wedding celebrants and conventioneers passed through those doors over the decades.

Contractors started leveling the former landmark on East State Street at the entrance to Interstate 90 where, for decades, the Clock Tower was a sign that travelers had arrived in Rockford.

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Starved Rock State Park is struggling to keep up with the more than 10 million visitors that have come to the Illinois park in the last four years.

The facilities and trails in Utica aren't equipped to handle the traffic they get, said Kerry Novak, the park's complex superintendent. The park faces a growing maintenance budget that's difficult to support, he told The News Tribune.

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