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A hospital went dark after it was hacked. It’s still reeling two years later

As the second year of the pandemic was nearing an end, employees at Johnson Memorial Health hoped they could catch their breath after dealing with a weeks-long tsunami of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. But on a Friday at 3 a.m., the hospital CEO’s phone rang with an urgent call from the chief of nursing. “I […]

How small rural towns can access Inflation Reduction Act funding

Rural towns and utilities could get funding for all kinds of projects through the federal Inflation Reduction Act — but experts say it will take dedicated community members stepping up to help make that happen. The act, passed in August, has money for rural development and energy infrastructure, as well as electric vehicle infrastructure and […]

Danville could soon have an abortion provider, but opponents are pushing back

DANVILLE – Abortion rights opponents are pushing back against a proposed clinic in the Vermilion County city.  It’s been decades since Danville had an abortion provider, Deb Brinegar, a Danville resident, said. She argues that should not changed.  “Abortion disappeared from our community about 30 years ago,” Brinegar said. “So this is really heartbreaking that it’s […]

217 Today: Rural communities grapple with food access amid lack of grocery stores

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 Today’s headlines: Abortion is still legal in Illinois – but state representatives in the Illinois Freedom Caucus rallied on Monday against plans to open an abortion clinic in Danville. Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi continues to advocate for changes at TikTok, despite push-back from fans of the social media app. Many don’t […]