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Parents Store Medicine Properly

Parents: Store Medicine Properly to Avoid ‘Candy Confusion’ (StatePoint) The Up and Away campaign, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is reminding parents and caregivers of young children to be extra vi... Full story


Road Rage

Varoom!!!! The car sped past me leaving a sonic boom in its wake. I was in the slow lane going about 60 mph and I admit that I was fidgeting with my window mounted phone trying to adjust my Pandora station. I could have been driving erratically, but... Full story


Enough is Really Enough

Illinoisans have finally secured a balanced budget from the governor and the state legislators, but the long-awaited so-called accomplishment has destroyed families, much-needed community social programs and created such a maligned division between...


Quotes of the Weed

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” -Robert H. Schuller “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life...


3 Tips to Raise a Drug-Free Child

(StatePoint) By the time teens graduate from high school, about 45 percent will have tried marijuana, according the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And while marijuana is one of the most used substances among teenagers, it is not the only one of... Full story


Prediabetes and High Blood Pressure Can be Managed: What to Know

(StatePoint) Even as chronic diseases like prediabetes and high blood pressure touch more and more Americans, physicians are urging patients to keep in mind that early detection is key, and that... Full story


Healthy Back to School and After School Tips

By Siddiqu So it’s back to school time but a parents job is never done, you still have to feed these little monsters. Snacks are a must for growing children. They provide fuel and energy for a child to make it through their day. The problem as pare... Full story


Soaring On Broken Wings

Singing in a Strange Place Have you ever had to sing when you wanted to cry? On the outside you were smiling, but on the inside you were dying from a strange place of sadness or disappointment or even some dreaded fear. Strange places can be situatio... Full story

 By Arthur Bass    Opinion    August 17, 2018

Word on the Street

Who will you vote for in the upcoming election for Governor of Illinois and why? Beverly Mull I'm going to be voting for J.B. Pritzker and the reason why is because J.B. is doing things for social... Full story


6 Ways to Prepare for a New School Year

(StatePoint) Want to ensure the transition from summer to school goes smoothly for your family? Check out these six tips. 1. Make a smooth transition. Been sleeping in all summer? Now's the time to... Full story


How to Get Better Care from Your Doctor

(StatePoint) Have you ever wanted to ask your doctor a question but didn’t because you felt uncomfortable? Experts say that an impersonal relationship with your doctor could be preventing you from receiving the best care possible. “Your doctors s... Full story


Quotes For The Week

"Life is like a mirror. Smile at it and it smiles back at you." — Peace Pilgrim "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." — Will Rogers "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared... Full story


Soaring on Broken WINGS

Soaring on Broken WINGS Michelle Obleton Have you heard of the determination and tenacity known in the legendary wolverine? This fierce animal will fight any opponent, regardless of size or strength.... Full story


Schneider Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), released the below statement following President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court: “The next Supreme Court Justice will help shape our... Full story


How To Turn A Bad Day Into A Great Day

Roses are red and violets are blue, this message is dedicated especially to you! There will be times in life where there is nothing but gloom and doom. Nothing but storms and rain everywhere you look...but don’t despair. There is beauty in the... Full story


Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to Hold Awareness Walk

(Lake County, IL) The Lake County State's Attorney's Office's Children's Advocacy Center (LCCAC) in collaboration with Outpost CrossFit, and the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center will be hosting a "Course of Courage" fundraising event on Saturday, June... Full story


Millennial Men vs. Women: Different Financial Habits

(StatePoint) As the saying goes, “men are from Mars, women are from Venus.” But when it comes to how each gender approaches their finances, the two groups might as well be from different universes, according to findings from the recent PNC... Full story


Sleep Hygiene Tips

Sleep….as babies we basked in it. As teenagers we avoided it. As young adults we challenged it and now as grown adults we’re lacking it. With all the research that’s out there on sleep, scientists still technically don’t know why our bodies... Full story


Community Action Partnership Celebrates 54 Years with Walk

We are proud of the role we play in the continuing fight against poverty during this period of economic turmoil. The new challenges facing Community Action have strengthened our determination to help... Full story

 By Statepoint    Opinion    April 27, 2018

Celebrating Good Health During Older Americans Month

Celebrating Good Health During Older Americans Month (StatePoint) The contributions of older Americans are celebrated each May during Older Americans’ Month. This year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes that you are never too old to...

 By Statepoint    Opinion    April 20, 2018

Spring Tips to Start an Exercise Routine

Spring is an ideal time to get active outdoors and kickstart a fitness regimen that can carry you into beach and pool season. Need some motivation? Try out these ideas for getting started and sticking with the program. Get Social A personal trainer...

 By Gary Beller    Opinion    April 13, 2018

The Bus

Last Friday night, a team of young men, their coaches, and staff were on a bus taking them to the venue for their game. For many people reading this, that setting is familiar. Regardless of the level you played, or even the sport, at one point or...

 By Elroy Reed    Opinion    April 13, 2018

Rat Drenched Milk

There is a story told by the ole folks about a woman who lived out in the country many years ago. She had a husband and several healthy children. She made a trip to the grocery store one day and purchased among many items a can of Carnation Evaporate...


Don't Forget to Spring-Clean Your Credit Report

(StatePoint) Spring is in the air and it’s time for the annual ritual of deep cleaning, dusting, mopping, organizing -- and checking your credit report. Experts recommend checking your credit...


Talk to Each Other!

Oh, you're a gun person? You must not care about school shootings. Oh, you want gun control? You must want to take everyone's guns and you don't care about the Second Amendment. You voted for Trump?...


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