4:13 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Cafe Noll Provides Opportunities For Those with Disabilities

The Noll Cafe is located at the Noll Medical Pavilion at 5220 S. 6th Street Road
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People with autism can sometimes find it difficult to interact with others. That can make getting a job even harder. But there is a place where on the job training can open the horizons of both workers and customers.

If you find yourself off South Sixth Street you may have missed The Noll Café located at the Noll Medical Pavilion in Springfield. The café ran by The Hope Institute offers healthy alternatives for morning and lunchtime patrons.

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Budget FY15
1:21 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Arrested Advocates: In-Home Health Services Essential For Independence

Mike Ervin, of Chicago, was arrested and forcibly removed from the Capitol Monday evening when he and other advocates wanted to stage an all-night sit in. Ervin says without an extension of the state's 5 percent income tax, in-home health care could be decimated.
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  As the Illinois General Assembly considers a so-called "middle of the road" budget for next year, some programs could be cut or reduced to make up for the expiration of the 20-11 income-tax hike. Advocates for people with disabilities say a reduction could be catastrophic for that population.

One of the biggest parts of Illinois' budget is Medicaid, which not only provides health care to the poor, but also to those with disabilities. Those who can live independently usually elect to with the help of in-home health service.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Editor's Note: Disturbing Photograph Tells an Important Story

Dana Heupel
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Elsewhere in this issue, you will find a graphic photograph of Margie Wade taken by sheriff’s deputy a few hours before the 59-year-old woman died in 2003 in a Hillsboro hospital. It is not our normal practice to publish shocking images, and we seriously weighed the pros and cons before I decided to use it because it tells the story of her last moments in a way that words alone cannot.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

A Room of Her Own: Families of the Developmentally Disabled Fight for Care for Their Loved Ones

Jennifer Wilson moved into her new room at Bethesda Lutheran Communities in January.
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Jennifer Wilson’s family painted her new room a “buttercream yellow” in anticipation of her big move. They threw house-warming showers for the 27-year-old to equip her with all the things she will need in her first place. 

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