John Sullivan en Senate Comes To Poison Control Center's Rescue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two emergency services are pit against each another in a fight for state funds.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' Poison Control Center receives more than 82,000 calls a year. Some are from health care providers looking for expertise, but mostly they're from the general public.</span></p><p>"Some of them are very simple ones, like can I take Tylenol and Nyquil together? And the answer would be no," the center's director, Dr. Michael Wahl, says.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24718 at Senate Comes To Poison Control Center's Rescue Tradition of State of the State <p>Something notable was missing from Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address this week: talk about Illinois’ finances.&nbsp; Presumably that’ll come when he gives his budget address next month.&nbsp; This got me wondering: why not have just one speech?</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:15:07 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18034 at Tradition of State of the State On Schools Budget, Republicans Say Not Enough <p>Another key component of the Illinois state budget moved through the General Assembly on Wednesday. The Democrats' spending plan prevents what could have been steep cuts for schools, but Republicans say students outside Chicago are getting shortchanged.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Democrats are approving mostly level funding for elementary and high schools in Illinois. That's significant because education spending, like most areas of the state budget, has been cut in recent years. And Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposal said even deeper cuts would be necessary.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3459 at