Illinois

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Northern Illinois University police officials and DeKalb fire officials say they recently completed a first as far as emergency training sessions go.

The training instructed first responders on how to care for police K-9 units in the event of an emergency.

DeKalb Deputy Fire Chief Jeff McMaster says first responders complete required Emergency Medical Services training every month touching on various subjects. But this time around was a little different.

“We’ve never had this type of training before, so it was new, it was fresh and very engaging,” McMaster said.

The state of Illinois has cut in half the number of insurers in its Medicaid managed care program.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Friday it has selected six insurers to participate in the overhauled program, down from the 12 currently participating. The insurers administer Medicaid benefits under the managed care program.

The insurers remaining in the program for the next four years are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Harmony Health Plan, IlliniCare Health, Meridian Health, Molina Healthcare and CountyCare Health Plan.

An Illinois judge has refused a request by Dennis Hastert to bar reporters' cameras and recording devices from court in a May lawsuit accusing the ex-House speaker of sexually abusing a boy in a bathroom when he was a fourth-grader in the 1970s.

The accusation wasn't part of a criminal hush-money case against the 75-year-old Republican that sent him to prison for more than a year. That criminal case revealed Hastert abused at least four boys when he coached at Yorkville High School outside Chicago.

Death Cafe: A Lively Conversation On A Grave Topic

Aug 11, 2017
Credit Lynne Staley

When Laurie Jones was 10 years old, her older sister died suddenly of a heart attack at school.

Jones recalls being called down to the principal's office with her brothers and being told they were going home early that day. She remembers thinking that maybe her parents were taking them on a surprise vacation.

Jones, now 55, is no stranger to talking about her sister’s passing. But talking about it in a room full of strangers is something she never thought she would do.

"School Supplies" by Flickr User Nick Amoscato / (CC X 2.0)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less cumbersome.

The Republican signed the measure Wednesday in Urbana at the University of Illinois.

The law eliminates administrative delays for universities. It also allows government agencies to enter joint-purchasing agreements to increase cost-saving buying power.

The measure began in the Senate as part of the “grand bargain'' budget compromise laid out last winter by Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and former Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.

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