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Loss of son to heroin overdose inspires Heroin crusade

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After the Bears squeaked by the Pittsburgh Steelers on a Sunday night four years ago, Donna Roberts texted her youngest child, Billy, to see if he'd caught the game. He didn't respond, and then his friend called. Billy was at his home, and he wasn't breathing.

John Roberts, a retired Chicago police officer, scrambled to his car and was within minutes of reaching his son when a paramedic came on the line: "Sir, you've lost him."

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Health Care Reform in Illinois

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Illinois is actively participating in the National Prevention Strategy established through the Affordable Care Act. The Illinois Department of Public Health received funding from the federal government to move the strategy forward by engaging communities in health and wellness. View the website for more information.
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Gov. Quinn OKs heroin task force

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Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation today creating a task force aimed at beating back the rising use of heroin in the suburbs and throughout Illinois.

The proposal, from state Rep. Sam Yingling of Round Lake Beach, creates a commission that's supposed to study the problem of heroin use among high schoolers and report to lawmakers to suggest what might be done to help.

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Business booming at new Silver Cross

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Silver Cross Hospital is reporting large increases in its patient population in its new hospital, Geoffrey Tryon, its vice president of operations, told the New Lenox Village Board last week.

The number of inpatients has increased by 25 percent, and the number of births is up 40 percent, Tryon said.

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State Senate approves health-coverage exchange plan

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The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to create a state-governed "health insurance exchange" where individuals and small businesses could shop for coverage as required by President Barack Obama's health law.

Lawmakers voted 37-19 to establish the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace and send the bill back to the House for further consideration. Gov. Pat Quinn released a statement calling the measure "an important first step" toward full implementation of the national health law. But the measure is dividing consumer advocates, with some groups breaking ranks and calling for a new approach.

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