My 8-year-old son has a peanut allergy. His life could be threatened if he ingests anything containing peanuts. To counteract that, we carry epinephrine with us wherever we go. It’s a bit of a cost burden because EpiPens aren’t cheap, but we’ve never had to worry that the medicine that could save my son’s life might not be available to us. Until Thursday.Read More
CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Tuesday in Champaign that a series of meetings with constituents Monday in Normal went on without any problems.
Not like his visit to Curtis Orchard in Champaign on Tuesday morning where he was stung by a bee after learning about pollinator issues.Read More
Our Congressional representative, John Shimkus, has just voted -- rather proudly and enthusiastically -- to pass his party’s American Health Care Act, commonly called “Trumpcare.” I thought at least some of you might be interested in what is in store for us if Trumpcare becomes law.Read More
I am a physical therapist. I have cared for patients with cancer, diabetes, mental health, chronic pain and cardiac conditions. Many of my patients were uninsured before the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) because they could not afford insurance or because of pre-existing conditions. Before the ACA, many saw the emergency room as their access to medical care. Because of the lack of care, by the time they came to see me, their health had deteriorated. For diabetics, without preventative medicine and regular check-ups, this often meant the loss of a leg due to unchecked nerve damage and skin ulcers to the feet.Read More
I attended the question and answer session with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on April 18. The event, which drew more than 700 attendees, was Hultgren’s reluctant response to demands from protesters outside his Campton Hills office in late February for a town hall meeting with their elected official.Read More
NORMAL — Doug DeLong didn't bother to meet with his congressman Monday."I'm done talking to Rodney," he said. "I'm ready for him to go."
The Bloomington resident was one of about 30 people — many 13th District constituents — who protested at U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' office at 104 W. North St. in Normal as Davis held open office hours.Read More
About 75 Southern Illinois residents marched in front of Congressman Mike Bost's Carbondale office Monday, protesting Bost's vote in favor of the American Health Care Act last week.
Outside of the Hunter Building at 310 E. Main St., marchers chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Bost has got to go," and "When is judgment day? November 2018."Read More
There are many problems with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed last week by House Republicans, but this letter focuses on pre-existing conditions. The AHCA as proposed would allow states to request waivers of pre-existing conditions protections. A state waiver would place people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools, likely making health care unaffordable for many, and therefore inaccessible, causing these individuals to lose coverage. This could possibly result in many avoidable deaths to Illinois citizens.Read More
Progressives in Bloomington-Normal met outside of Congressman Rodney Davis' office Monday afternoon to protest his vote to approve the GOP healthcare repeal, or AHCA.
Many were shocked when the Taylorville Republican came outside to talk with them.Read More
Concerned citizens picket along Main Street in Carbondale on Monday in protest of Rep. Mike Bost's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives last week.Read More
Seeing cracks in once solid GOP suburban Chicago turf, Democrats are promising to give Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., his biggest race since he was first elected in 2006.
“There are at last count 22 different people looking to take him on,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., on the recruitment team for the national Dem House political shop, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.Read More