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Three million Illinois Medicaid users will soon have more access to mental health and substance abuse treatments. Officials in Washington, D.C., OK’d a new state program that sets aside about $2 billion in Medicaid funds for the services.

If you’re someone who uses Medicaid, you’re covered if you go to the doctor’s office or hospital when you get physically sick. But if you have a mental health issue like depression, for example, and want a counselor to come visit you at home, it’s a different story.

Free Laundry Services To Combat School Truancy

17 hours ago

Rockford Police Department and Save-A-Day Laundry, 2209 N. Main St. in Rockford, are teaming up to give middle and high school students the chance to do their laundry free of charge to clean their school uniforms.

Officer Patrice Turner is heading the program. Working as a school resource officer for more than 8 years, she noticed that one of the main reasons students missed class was because of dirty school uniforms.

Kids Need To Get Outside

18 hours ago

As a child, I spent most of my time outdoors. Whether I jumped rope, drew with chalk, or rode my bike, I practically lived outside. March through October constituted prime playtime, so I reveled in the warm weather. Those eight months were filled with growth, both in the trees and in my mind.

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Two new road trip itineraries in Illinois will feature buildings designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who spent the first two decades of his career based in Chicago and Oak Park.

One of the tours heads west across northern Illinois, beginning with four sites in Chicago and two in Oak Park – including the Wright Home and Studio, where he experimented with many of his design ideas – where Wright played a role in creating the building.

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

Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting a word that conservatives associate with a liberal policy to skirt the law: sanctuary.

At least five counties recently passed resolutions declaring themselves sanctuary counties for gun owners — a reference to so-called sanctuary cities such as Chicago that don't cooperate with aspects of federal immigration enforcement.