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Yingling closes Round Lake Beach office

State Rep. Sam Yingling, a Grayslake Democrat, is closing his 62nd District office, 1919 Route 83, Suite 1 in Round Lake Beach, until further notice but will continue to be available remotely. Local families, seniors and small business owners who have concerns are encouraged to email Residents with concerns about COVID-19 can call the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline (800) 889-3931 or email


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March 18, 2020 at 06:29PM

Bristow Reminds Residents about upcoming Health and Wellness Fair |

To connect members of the Metro East community with resources for health and community services, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D- Alton, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D- Edwardsville, and state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D- Swansea, are hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Fair at the Granite City Township Center, located at 2060 Delmar Ave, from 9 a.m. to noon.

“There are incredible health and community services that residents should know more about,” said Bristow. “Although this Fair is focused on health services for seniors, everyone can benefit from the resources and information that will be offered. Those who attend the Fair will have the opportunity to have both blood glucose and blood pressure screenings for free, which is vital at any age.”

The fair will provide residents the opportunity to learn about the mental, dental, and physical healthcare services that are offered by local and state organizations. During the fair, seniors will be able to learn about low-cost healthcare from a variety of sources. Organizations like the Citizens’ Utility Board, the Illinois State Treasurer’s office and the Attorney General’s office will also be in attendance to provide additional information for resources and support.

“There will be numerous organizations ready to address your physical, mental, and financial wellness at this Fair,” said Bristow. “I encourage everyone to stop by and learn more about what these local and state resources can offer.”

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March 2, 2020 at 04:45PM

State lawmakers introduce bills to reform DCFS | Top Stories

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Over the past year, the Department of Children and Family Services has been in the spotlight for neglecting cases of abuse. That’s why state lawmakers are working on bills to help better protect children in Illinois.

Rep. Anna Moeller (D)- Elgin, says she’s dedicated herself to working with the state to make sure vulnerable children are getting protected.

"I was 18 months old. My grandparents adopted me," Moeller says. "My biological mom was a single 19-year-old woman, who had some alcohol and drug problems."

Moeller introduced a bill that would give DCFS investigators the ability to interview children at school without parental notification if there is suspected abuse. 

"In some cases, parents have either refused to allow their children to be interviewed or they are coached or pressured to give certain answers," Moeller says. "We need to make sure children are in a place where they can speak openly and honestly about what’s happening in their homes."

On the other hand, Sen. Julie Morrison (D) – Deerfield wanted to come up with a way to protect children who are not yet in school.

"Children under six may only see a case worker once a week from DCFS," Morrison says.

That’s why she introduced a bill that would put an extra set of eyes on young children if their family has been suspected of abuse.

"Providing early education opportunity, a place where the child would go every week on a regular basis," Morrison says. "Professionals will see the child, interact with the child and probably with the family too."

Moeller says it will take more than a few bills to reform DCFS, she says it will take the entire state’s cooperation, but she believe these pieces of legislation are a good start.

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March 1, 2020 at 09:40PM

State Rep. Maurice West II introduces resolution for student mental health


Dec 30, 2019 at 5:06 PM Dec 30, 2019 at 5:06 PM

ROCKFORD — State Rep. Maurice West II, D-Rockford, has introduced a resolution calling on Illinois schools to provide education to all students in grades 6-12 on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.

West’s House Joint Resolution 95 outlines the prevalence of bullying, mental health disorders and substance use in schools and the fact that suicide is a leading cause of death among individuals ages 10-34.

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December 30, 2019 at 05:18PM

Yingling to host seminar on health insurance

ROUND LAKE BEACH – With the insurance marketplace open enrollment period starting Nov. 1,�state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is welcoming the Illinois Department of Insurance to present a Get Covered seminar to provide valuable information on how to enroll for health care coverage. The seminar will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Round Lake Park District Building, 814 Hart Road in Round Lake.

For information, call Yingling’s District Office at 847-231-6262 or email�

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October 29, 2019 at 10:43PM

Legislation cracking down on prescription price hikes now Law

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, supported a crack down on health care cost increases, a new law lowering prescription drug prices and reining in pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

“Everyone in our community deserves affordable health care, and too often, big pharmaceutical companies stand in the way of that,” Connor said. “Whether it’s by enforcing huge price hikes or concealing inexpensive generic prescription alternatives, they prioritize maximizing profits over keeping people healthy. This law is about combatting those unfair practices and ensuring Illinoisans have the care they need.”

Connor helped pass House Bill 465, which will curb skyrocketing prescription drug prices by creating comprehensive regulations for PBMs including requirements that they inform customers of cheaper prescription alternatives, comply with oversight from the Department of Insurance and pay fines of up to $50,000 for violating the Illinois Administrative Code in their bookkeeping procedures. The bill also protects the rights of patients in the emergency room by prohibiting any insurer from denying coverage until the patient is considered stable. Combined, these measures should help substantially lower the cost of health care in Illinois. The legislation received bipartisan support and is now law.

As the middlemen between drug manufacturers and pharmacies, PBMs set drug prices on behalf of insurance companies. Until now, they have operated with virtually no oversight even though they manage public money through Medicaid, as well as managing prescription programs for private insurance and self-insured plans.

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October 21, 2019 at 03:31PM

Itasca mayor asks lawmaker not to seek state funds for Haymarket addiction treatment center

A state lawmaker has shelved plans to get Itasca financial support for a proposed addiction treatment facility after the mayor asked her to hold off.

State Rep. Deb Conroy had hoped to address a major concern about Haymarket Center’s plan to convert a Holiday Inn into a 240-bed drug and alcohol treatment center by securing an annual grant for Itasca that would replace local tax dollars lost by the hotel’s closure.

But in a letter dated Friday, Mayor Jeff Pruyn basically said thanks but no thanks.

“At this time, I have no choice but to request that you hold off on requesting any state funding for this project until village staff has sufficient time to analyze all the data presented at the upcoming public hearings to better determine the total financial impact to Itasca taxpayers,” Pruyn’s letter reads.

On Monday, Conroy said she was “surprised” by Pruyn’s request.

“I feel very strongly that the state and the county have a responsibility to support this community any way we can,” the Elmhurst Democrat said, “because this facility is going to save lives throughout the entire county, which is going to benefit the county and the state.”

Nevertheless, Conroy said she’s decided to “put on hold” legislation that would provide grants to Itasca if Haymarket’s facility opened there.

“It’s stunning that we could provide those funds, and they’re still very much in opposition,” she said.

Conroy received Pruyn’s letter days before the Itasca plan commission is scheduled to hold the first of several public hearings on Haymarket’s plan. The Wednesday night hearing will be at 7 p.m. at Lake Park High School’s west campus in Roselle because the crowd size is expected to be massive.

The proposal is facing strong opposition from residents who say Itasca is too small to support the proposed facility, which Haymarket officials said on Monday will have 240 beds.

Part of the concern is that the hotel along Irving Park Road generates roughly $250,000 in annual tax revenue, including $150,000 in property taxes. The village and other taxing bodies in Itasca would lose that revenue if Haymarket, a nonprofit group, acquires the property.

To replace the lost tax revenue, Conroy was planning to pursue legislation to give Itasca $200,000 a year in state grant money. She also was going to ask DuPage County to contribute $50,000 annually to bring the total grant amount to $250,000.

On Monday, Pruyn said in a statement that he asked Conroy to hold off on seeking state funding because “we do not have data on Haymarket’s historical demand for public safety responses at its facilities, and what resources that may drain from Itasca.”

“We are missing so many facts and figures; we cannot predict the unknown for a proposal that the plan commission hasn’t even seen yet,” Pruyn said.

He said Conroy’s decision to hold off “is the right thing to do.”

In the meantime, Conroy said she is supporting Haymarket’s plan.

Haymarket is making its second attempt at opening a recovery center in DuPage. Nearly 100 people died from drug overdoses last year in the county, and more than 2,000 residents from DuPage and other collar counties were patients at Haymarket clinics from 2017 to 2018.

“We need this facility desperately in DuPage County,” Conroy said. “The location wasn’t chosen because it’s in Itasca. It was chosen because of the hotel and how ideal it is.”

If the plan is approved, Haymarket would spend roughly $1.5 million to remodel the interior of the hotel. The facility would provide inpatient and outpatient care and have beds for treatment and recovery.


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October 14, 2019 at 04:38PM

Representative Rita Mayfield (60th) on the closure of Medline in Waukegan: The Illinois EPA has failed to protect human life

Representative Rita Mayfield (60th-Waukegan) joins John Williams to explain the legislation that will require plants like Sterigenics to be voted into a community. Her own bill, HB3888 requires hospitals to phase out the use of ethylene oxide to sterilize materials.


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October 8, 2019 at 03:46PM

Illinois Lawmaker Discusses New Planned Parenthood Facility

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Illinois State Rep. Katie Stuart about a secret Planned Parenthood built in her district that will expand reproductive health services in the area.



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October 6, 2019 at 04:35PM

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