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US mental health shows little improvement since depth of pandemic anxiety, isolation and depression

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 26, 2023– LifeWorks, a leading provider of digital and in-person total well-being solutions, supported by TELUS Health, today released its monthly Mental Health Index ™ revealing minimal improvement since the depth of pandemic anxiety, isolation and depression, with almost half of American workers saying they would be interested in a confidential assessment of…

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Pana Community Hospital honored for excellence in quality of care

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized Pana Community Hospital for its ongoing commitment to the exceptional quality of care during a ceremony held on November 10, 2022, at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. As part of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP), Pana…

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Taylorville Memorial Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

TAYLORVILLE – Local students are encouraged to apply to various scholarships now open through the Taylorville Memorial Foundation. The three scholarship opportunities include: – The Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a student who has graduated from a Christian County high school and is enrolled in a two- or four-year college or…

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LLCC in Taylorville to offer Microsoft Office training

TAYLORVILLE – Lincoln Land Community College in Taylorville will offer Microsoft Office training this spring to help individuals enhance their productivity and upgrade their skills in using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Employers are also invited to send groups of employees to the training. Each class will meet for two mornings and be taught by…

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Information sought in Taylorville break-ins

TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to multiple vehicle break-ins that occurred in Taylorville.  Sometime at around 12:30 pm, on Wednesday, January 26, 2023, person or persons unknown made entry into 2 vehicles that were parked at the Christian County YMCA.  Several items were taken from inside the vehicles during the…

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Miss Christian County, Lauren Phillips Honored

(SPRINGFIELD) — 2022 Miss Christian County Lauren Phillips recently competed in the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant and placed in the top 15 finalists. Phillips is pictured left with Jill Hardest, Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs President who presented her with Top 15 Honors. See story below. (Submitted Photo) (SPRINGFIELD) — The Illinois Association…

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Grand jury gets case of July 4 shooting suspect’s father

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors told a judge Thursday that they are presenting evidence to a grand jury for a possible indictment against the father of the man charged with fatally shooting seven people at a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago. Robert Crimo Jr., 58, was…

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‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – A law recently signed by Gov. JB Pritzker will extend the deadline for the state to transfer criminal defendants deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial from jail to a mental hospital. That same bill, House Bill 240, also gives nursing homes in Illinois two more years to comply…

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ALPLM hosts book chat with author of new history of the Midwest

Free event takes place Jan. 30 at noon   SPRINGFIELD – The Midwest is often labeled “flyover country” – a nice place where little of interest happens or ever has happened. Historian Jon K. Lauck challenges that stereotype in his book “The Good Country,” which he will discuss next week at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library…

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Optimist hears from Kim Bourne

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank & Trust. President Adam Vocks called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning prayer by Pastor Steve Robinson. The discussion moved quickly to the guest speaker…

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