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Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat, announced Thursday that her abortion legislation will be heard after being stalled for months.

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Cassidy: Abortion Bill Will Be Heard

State Representative Kelly Cassidy said Thursday that she’s received a pledge from House Speaker Michael Madigan that her expansive abortion legislative will be heard.

Jennifer Jacobs, outside the Illinois Capitol building in Springfield.

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Nurse Who Saved A Student Also Changes Law

The Illinois legislature has approved a measure that would allow public school nurses to provide the life-saving medication glucagon to diabetic students in emergency situations.

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Seniors And Misinformation; ‘Leaps Of Faiths’ Documentary; Veteran Caregiver Mindfulness

Figuring out what’s true or false online can be tricky for everyone, but it turns out older Americans are especially vulnerable to misinformation on social media. Plus, caregivers for veterans are often under a lot of stress. We’ll talk about a new study that shows how mindfulness therapy can help. But first, the number of interfaith marriages has been increasing for years. So what does that mean when it comes to raising religious kids? Two Chicago filmmakers ask that question in a new documentary called 'Leaps Of Faiths.'

Julie Callahan and family

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Custody Or Care: Ohio May Help Parents Deal With Mental Illness

Across the United States, parents of children with severe mental health issues can face an excruciating decision: If they can't afford costly healthcare, they may have to sign over custody to the state. That way, the government will pay for the child's care. Now those parents are fighting for change, and a chunk of Ohio's budget.

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