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Depression in teens: Understanding the signs, causes and how to get help

Teen depression is a serious mental health problem. Here's information to consider if you think your teen may be depressed and need help. Read more

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5 things to know for May 18: Coronavirus, policing, abortion, Gaza, Havana Syndrome

Help is around the corner for lots of American families. About 39 million households with children will start getting monthly enhanced child tax credit payments on July 15 as part of the government's Covid-19 relief plan. Read more

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More places in the US lift mask mandates. One local leader says the honor system is already not working

Several days since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated Americans can -- for the most part -- ditch their masks, more places are announcing changes to their mask policies, or doing away with the requirement altogether. Read more

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Watch now: McLean County COVID stats trending downward

McLean County's rolling seven-day COVID test positivity rate is at 2.5% as of Sunday, a figure not seen since early and mid-March, when the percentage hovered between 2 and 3%. Read more

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Illinois adds 1,248 new COVID cases, 24 deaths on Sunday

As of Sunday afternoon, 136,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County, with 63,652 people, or 36.83% of the population, being fully vaccinated, according to IDPH. Read more

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Depression in teens: Understanding the signs, causes and how to get help

Teen depression is a serious mental health problem. Here's information to consider if you think your teen may be depressed and need help. Read more

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CDC chief on mask wearing: Unvaccinated people need to be honest with themselves

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Sunday that people have to be honest with themselves when deciding whether to wear a mask after the agency lifted masking requirements for vaccinated people. Read more

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Meet the extraordinary McLean County 'Heart of Health Care' honorees

This special project is about the incredible contribution the nursing profession provides to our community. They are on the frontlines ensu… Read more

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Watch Now: Hacks to make moving easier, and more videos to improve your life

Check out some hacks to make your next move easier, how to curb impulse buys and stick to a budget, and more videos to improve your life. Read more

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In the race between Covid-19 vaccines and the virus, hesitancy gives dangerous variants a leg up, expert says

More than half of all US adults have now gotten at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Health Care as Infrastructure

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal includes items not traditionally considered “infrastructure,” including a $400 billion expansion of home and community-based services for seniors and people with disabilities, and a $50 billion effort to replace water pipes lined with lead. Meanwhile, the politics of covid-19 are turning to how or whether Americans will need to prove they’ve been vaccinated. Joanne Kenen of Politico, Tami Luhby of CNN and Sarah Karlin-Smith of the Pink Sheet join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Plus, Rovner interviews KFF’s Mollyann Brodie about the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor. Read more

‘Incredibly Concerning’ Lawsuit Threatens No-Charge Preventive Care for Millions

A Texas federal judge, who previously ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, has signaled his openness to ending the law’s popular coverage requirement for preventive services. Read more

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QUIZ: How well can you spell?

It's time once again for the national National Spelling Bee. For most of us, we know those moments when words just don't look right ... but what is correct? Try our quiz! Read more

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Ask Alexa to hear the latest news from The Pantagraph

If you have an Amazon Echo device, here's one of its perks: The Pantagraph news briefings.  Read more