Illinois officials say they delivered personal data involving more than 4,000 people to incorrect addresses.

Nearly 1,200 school employees in east and central Illinois have been trained on how to stop life-threatening bleeding since last year.

The Illinois attorney general's office has told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders. 

Illinois could see changes this year that expand access to medical marijuana, as operators say the number of patients allowed to buy the drug is too low to recoup investments.

Jurors in a lawsuit against the city of Chicago have concluded that a police officer shot his friend in the head after a night of heavy drinking in 2010 and awarded the victim $44.7 million.  

Two medical universities are teaming up to study how the opioid epidemic is affecting southern Illinois.

Music And Surgery: It’s All About The Playlist

Jul 20, 2015
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A leading nonprofit group is bringing together researchers at three medical institutions - including two in Chicago - to focus on how gene functions affect premature birth.

Residents can now use their smartphone or computer to get virtual doctor visits from Peoria’s two major hospital systems.  OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint Clinic are offering 24-seven online access to medical care.  The goal is to use the virtual doctor interactions for minor issues like sinus infections, and cold and flu symptoms.  There’s a per-use charge for both the OSF and UnityPoint systems.  The doctors may also refer patients to a nearby clinic for physical treatment.

An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a speeding ticket rather than a crime.  The measure made it through the Illinois House last week. It passed the Senate criminal law committee Wednesday with a 9-3 vote and now heads to the Senate floor.

Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year.

Medical professionals worry that an effort in Illinois to grant more access to unproven drugs for the terminally ill might offer false hope or even be harmful. 

UICOMP students hold ‘Match Day’ ritual

Mar 20, 2015

Fourth year medical students across the country – including nearly 50 in Peoria - tore into sealed envelopes today.  The students at the U of I College of Medicine in Peoria found out where they would go for their residency programs in the annual “Match Day” ritual. Tremont Student Brittany Price will study emergency medicine at OSF.  She says the Match Day culminates years of work:

Rauner to review medical marijuana program

Jan 13, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner says he'll have to review Illinois' medical marijuana program before deciding how to proceed.

The Peoria City Council approved zoning changes for medical marijuana sites that supporters say bring more transparency. 

The East Peoria City Council approved an engineering study that looks at building a residential complex in the Levee District. The city will spend up to $15,000 to Midwest Engineering for required soil sampling on the property. City Commissioner Gary Densberger says he has confidence the proposed development will move forward with a multi-unit apartment building on the Civic Triangle land:  

Callis weighs-in on medical cannabis issue

Oct 13, 2014

Ann Callis stepped down from her seat as Chief Judge in Madison County in order to run for Congress. She is Democrats' nominee in the 13th District, which covers much of central Illinois.  Callis says given her experience as a felony trial judge, she is against decriminalizing marijuana. That's a policy change that has been suggested by some politicians as a way to reduce overcrowding in prisons.  Instead, Callis says she favors alternative sentencing, like the use of drug courts.

A new four-year nursing program is coming to the University of Illinois Springfield.  It will be the first medical major the campus is offering. 

The city of Peoria has two proposed sites for medical marijuana dispensaries and one location for a cultivation center. City Community Development Director Ross Black says applications were made for possible dispensaries at a strip mall on University north of Forrest Hill and at a vacant building on Willow Knolls east of Radnor Road. There’s also an application for a cultivation center on Galena Road. The City Council also asked staff to allow area businesses and residents to comment on any proposed dispensary. Black says staff will work to make any cannabis sites go through the city’s ‘special use’ process:

A Peoria lawyer seeking state approval to grow and sell medical marijuana answered questions at a town hall meeting yesterday. Fadi Rustom is applying for both dispensary and cultivation permits in the city of Peoria with for his business, ‘Illinois Therapeutic Health Center’. He says the meeting was a chance to smooth out concerns about the monitoring and security of the medical cannabis:

September is Discover Innovention Month at Jump

Sep 5, 2014

Jump Trading Simulation and Innovation Center in Peoria is offering a series of seminars in recognition of innovation month. 

A man from the Quad Cities is planning to do something no one in the area has done before: 34-year-old Jeff Hobbs, who was born with spastic cerebral palsy, plans to run the Chicago Marathon next month.  

Five Peoria Police officers are going back to high school. The intergovernmental agreement between the City of Peoria and Peoria School District 150 received unanimous support from both governing bodies. The five officers have to have juvenile certification to take the assignment. The four year agreement will be reduced to one year if the city does not receive a Department of Justice COPS grant. The grant application period opens this fall and is to be decided by the end of the year. 

Peoria County is asking those interested in setting up medical marijuana operations to meet with the Planning and Zoning Staff by August 18th.  County staff is offering to help answer questions for people wanting to create a cultivation center before they fill out a special use application. 

Medical students tear into envelopes during Match Day

Mar 21, 2014

Fourth year medical students across the country – including 44 in Peoria - tore into sealed envelopes today.  The students at the U of I College of Medicine in Peoria found out where they would go for their residency programs in the annual “Match Day” ritual. Five students from this year’s class are also remaining in Peoria for their residency programs.  That includes Lisa Fosnot, who is studying internal medicine at OSF. She says she wanted to remain in the area:

State board approves Kewanee Hospital merger with OSF

Dec 17, 2013

Kewanee Hospital is joining the OSF Healthcare System in April under a new name. A state review board approved the merger between the two groups. Kewanee Hospital will be re-named OSF Saint Luke Medical Center during a dedication ceremony in the spring. The Kewanee Hospital CEO says the move allows the hospital to better serve its area patients.

Healthcare reform could add to need for more doctors

Nov 18, 2013

The new health care law could contribute to a need for more primary care doctors.  

Area medical research on display at symposium

May 15, 2013

New medical research was on display at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria.  More than 40 resident physicians with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria presented their findings.  

IL House passes medical marijuana bill

Apr 17, 2013

The Illinois House of Representatives approved the medical use of marijuana Wednesday. It's a milestone marking the first time the House has passed the legislation after years of failed attempts. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.

The proposal has been introduced year after year, each time a little different to try to win majority support.

Medical students talk Match Day 2013

Mar 15, 2013

Fourth-year medical students across the country opened envelopes at the same time today. The envelopes contained their residency assignment.   Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano spoke with some of the nearly 50 medical students in the U of I College of Medicine at Peoria class who found out where they are going: