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Bridging the religious divide: Different faiths set difference aside, work together

By Rachel Buller/For CU-CitizenAccess -- Eleanor Evans and Fatemah Hermes spent a majority of their Saturday mornings in summer 2010 fighting – but not with each other.

Rachel Buller/For CU-CitizenAccess -- Nadhil Sobh and Fatemah Hermes tend the Peace Garden in Urbana.

Obesity hearings set stage for statewide change

SPRINGFIELD –Illinois officials are working to control the state’s obesity problem by hosting three public hearings statewide.

Illinois has the highest number of overweight or obese children covered under public insurance plans in the nation – or 56 percent of children receiving state-funded health insurance, according to findings by the Obesity Prevention Initiative Act.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Despite help, clinic for poor faces difficult financial future

CHAMPAIGN – Three years after Frances Nelson Health Center moved and expanded with the help of a community fund drive, this Champaign clinic for those in need is facing some serious financial challenges.

And they're being fueled by more than the recession.

For three years after its move to a larger building in November 2006, Frances Nelson has been operating with some financial help pledged by Carle Clinic, Christie Clinic and both Urbana hospitals. But most of that help, including free rent, came to an end this month, and the rent going forward will be $75,000 a year.

The News-Gazette/ Aidan Boyd,3, is held by his father Matt as he gets the nasal form of the H1N1 vaccine from Public Health nurse Amy Walker at Thomasboro grade school in October.

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