American Academy of Pediatrics

 An Illinois pediatricians’ group is calling on Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. 

Jenny Pinkwater is executive director of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She said the CHIP program helps children of the working poor who don't qualify for Medicaid, and who can't afford private or employer insurance. "So it’s really a bridge between Medicaid and private insurance," she said.

Pinkwater added that CHIP allows doctors to see more children, track their development, and give preventive care.

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Classes will start 25 minutes later next year at one northern Illinois school. That’s so students have more time to sleep.

The Stevenson High School board approved the change, and it will take effect in August 2016. The Lincolnshire school's day will begin at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8:05 a.m.

Classes and passing periods will be shortened, because the school day will still end at 3:25 p.m.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding tablet use for children under age 2.

Experts say interactive apps can interfere with children’s story comprehension. Parents reading to their children with these apps tend to focus more on the interactive elements than the actual story.