Durbin: Court’s ruling threatens Americans’ ‘health rights’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Tenth Circuit’s expansion of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to allow for-profit, secular corporations to deny their employees contraceptives to which the employees are entitled by federal law based on the religious objections of the…

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Shimkus praises high court’s Obamacare ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, today praised the landmark Supreme Court decision to allow certain employers to opt-out of Obamacare’s contraception coverage mandate. Shimkus said he was again calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to release a long-overdue list of insurance policies that include coverage for abortions. “Today’s decision is…

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McKendree, Southern Illinois Healthcare launching nursing-ed partnership

LEBANON – A new academic partnership between McKendree University and the Southern Illinois Healthcare system will enable nurses employed by the health system to take RN-to-BSN classes at the SIH Patient Simulation Center at the John A. Logan College campus in Carterville, starting in August. Nurses who work at SIH will have a convenient option…

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More flights, new baggage system highlight Lambert’s summer

ST. LOUIS – Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is seeing more flights this summer,  heavier passenger loads and the debut of a new baggage system in both terminals. Lambert is seeing a big boost in flights with new destinations and more flight options to existing destinations. As of this month, airlines are operating 253 daily non-stop…

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Charter expands efforts to recruit veterans

Charter said today that it is expanding its outreach to the nation’s veterans – letting them know there’s a place for them on its “highly skilled and diverse team.” One of the key steps in this process was the establishment of a partnership with Recruit Military, a full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm. Recruit Military serves all…

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Bernaix named SIUE School of Nursing interim dean

EDWARDSVILLE – The Southern Illinois University board of trustees has confirmed Dr. Laura Bernaix as interim dean of the SIUE School of Nursing effective July 1. Bernaix, left, a professor and associate dean of academic programs in the School of Nursing, replaces Dr. Anne G. Perry who will retire at the end of June after…

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New law requires Ilinois businesses to ensure 911 call-out ability

ALTON — A newly signed Illinois law requires private businesses to alter their switchboard services if necessary to accommodate 911 callouts. The measure is a response to an emergency situation where a young child was unable to reach emergency services, said state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, who supported the bill, Senate Bill 3313. The law…

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$1 million state investment helps launch construction of children’s museum

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that a $1 million state investment will start construction on the Kidzeum of Health and Science, a new children’s museum on East Adams Street in downtown Springfield. The investment from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will help turn a vacant building into an interactive family…

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Gori Julian again expanding in Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE – The law firm of Gori Julian & Associates, Inc., P.C., today announced its third office expansion in Edwardsville. With the purchase of 120 N. Main St., Gori Julian will occupy 30,000 square feet of office space within the city limits of Edwardsville. Plans for the new office include a complete redesign and renovation…

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