Illinois Awarded $43.5 Million To Fight Opioid AbuseThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strategy.
Illinois Saw More Than 1,400 Opioid Deaths In 2015Those fighting the opioid problem shared stories and concerns at a meeting at the Gateway Foundation drug treatment center on the West Side.
2 Investigators: Deaths Related To Powerful Drug Fentanyl On The Rise In DuPage CountyIt started as a painkiller for cancer patients. Now, it's a street drug being manufactured in illegal pill labs by drug cartels and it is killing users.
Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Veto Of Anti-Heroin BillSenate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
Illinois Lawmakers To Propose Measure To Battle Heroin AbuseTwo Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.
Parents Wanted For Las Vegas Kidnapping Arrested In Lake CountyA man and a woman wanted for kidnapping two children from Las Vegas in 2006 were arrested Tuesday night in north suburban Russell, near the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
Lawyer Asks Judge To Endorse Blagojevich For RehabRod Blagojevich's attorneys have asked to have him placed in a drug and alcohol abuse program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence for corruption, though they aren't saying if the former Illinois governor has a problem or if it's a legal move.
Kirk Wants Crackdown On Doctors Who Enable Painkiller AbuseU.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is introducing legislation to crack down on doctors who overprescribe painkillers that get abused by teens.