Illinois

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Illinois ranks third in the nation in car versus train fatalities; that’s why state officials are using this week to draw attention to rail safety.

80 to 90 trains pass through the Rochelle Rail Park every day. 

Visitors to this observation area make it a hobby to keep an eye on trains, but that's not the case everywhere.  

More than half of all collisions in Illinois happen at crossings with active warning devices. 

Flickr user Benjamin Ragheb / "Ovarian Cancer Ribbon Magnet" (CC V 2.0)

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers in DeKalb County to transport patients to their treatments.

One cancer patient undergoing radiation therapy could need as many as 30 trips to treatment in six weeks, and chemotherapy may be necessary every week for up to a year. That’s according to Kelly Perez, who is the manager for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.

“Even with the best family support and friend support, a patient may sometimes not always have an alternative to get to their treatment,” Perez said.

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

The state of Illinois is seeking permission from the federal government to use Medicaid funding to pay for mental health and substance abuse services that usually aren't covered under the health insurance program for those living in poverty.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is seeking a five-year waiver from certain Medicaid rules as part of its proposed "health and human services transformation."

"Courtroom One Gavel" by Flickr User Beth Cortez-Neavel / (CC BY 2.0)

A federal district judge says the Illinois campaign contributions law can stand as it is.

But a lawsuit supported by the conservative-backed Liberty Justice Center says it will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals. The group's attorney, Jacob Huebert, says the law is unconstitutional because it gives special treatment to legislative leaders. 

While contributions for other campaign committees are limited, committees run by the four top legislators can give candidates as much as they want during a general election.

Audit Finds Flaws In DCFS Tracking Systems

Sep 8, 2016
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A new audit of Illinois’ child welfare system shows the state’s long-troubled Department of Children and Family Services is not tracking some basic data about where children are being placed.

Every year - DCFS leaves kids in places where they shouldn’t be.

They stay locked up in juvenile detention centers even though they’re free to go.

And they remain in hospitals for mental health needs even though it’s no longer medically necessary.

But a new audit shows DCFS isn’t tracking how often that happens.

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