Christine Herman

Christine Herman spent nine years studying chemistry before she left the bench to report on issues at the intersection of science and society. She started in radio in 2014 as a journalism graduate student at the University of Illinois and a broadcast intern at Radio Health Journal. Christine has been working at WILL since 2015.

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Most people in Illinois who have insurance through the Affordable Care Act won’t see big changes to their monthly premiums next year, according to a report released this week by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

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Lawmakers could soon vote on a measure that would make Illinois the second state to cap insulin costs.

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Farmers across Illinois are still feeling the effects of historic spring rains that caused severe delays in planting.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration acknowledges that the war on cannabis disproportionately affects low-income communities of color.

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In Illinois, the quality of a child’s health, education, housing and economic situation often correlates with a child's race, ethnicity and geographic location, according to a new KIDS COUNT report from Voices For Illinois Children, an organization that advocates for state investments that benefit children across the state.

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The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses child care providers for serving up nutritious foods to children in their care. It serves more than 4.2 million U.S. children each day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Officials at the University of Illinois are investigating a report of a noose found in an elevator at Allen Hall, a student dorm in Urbana.

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A team of Illinois chemists are developing a more environmentally friendly form of polyurethane, a hard-to-recycle polymer that’s used in a variety of everyday products.

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Illinois will soon require insurers to cover EpiPens and similar devices for children 18 and under. But questions remain about whether the law will really lower costs for consumers.

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The family of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang has created an endowment fund in her memory. The money will be used to support international students in crisis and their families.

At a press conference Monday, U of I officials thanked the Zhang family for their initial gift of $30,000 to the fund. An additional $24,000 in contributions have poured in from more than 440 donors.

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Many scientists are interested in studying the DNA of Indigenous populations in an effort to reveal the "human migration story" and contribute to our understanding about the genetic basis of disease.

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A new Illinois law aims to ensure that parents of justice-involved youth who need costly mental health services don’t have to trade custody for treatment for their child.

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Illinois will not implement a Trump administration rule to withhold federal money from healthcare providers that perform and refer women for abortions.

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In Illinois, election maps are drawn by the political party in power. Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, that will continue to be the case — even after the 2020 census.

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A study published Monday in the journal Nature Plants shows that plants genetically engineered to create large amounts of useful industrial enzymes can be grown under field conditions without hurting their yield.

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To cut down on unnecessary waste, food safety experts say people need to know what expiration dates on packaged foods really mean.

The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the food industry back in May suggesting they clarify the meaning of dates printed on packaged foods.

That’s because many people are confused by what they mean, according to Bob Brackett, a food scientist with the Illinois Institute of Technology.

DeVonte Jones began to show signs of schizophrenia as a teenager. His first public episode was nine years ago at a ballgame at Wavering Park, in Quincy, Ill.

"He snapped out and just went around and started kicking people," says Jones' mother, Linda Colon, who now lives in a Chicago suburb.

The police were called. Jones was arrested, charged with aggravated battery and placed in Adams County Jail. Colon says Jones had no recollection of what happened.

While President Trump’s trade wars have pitted steelworkers against farmers in Illinois, that doesn’t mean that those affected by recent trade policies aren’t worried about each other.

 

Stressing out over a seemingly negative or condescending work email can cause ripple effects that extend to relationships in the home, according to 

Medicaid recipients who aren’t happy with their managed care plan have until the end of the month to switch. After that, they’ll be locked into their current health plan for the remainder of the year.

Claudia Lennhoff leads Champaign County Health Care Consumers. She says many patients have been auto-enrolled into plans that may not include their primary care physician. And if they don’t act before the June 30th deadline, they’ll have to find a new doctor.

A federal judge announced today that a consultant based in Florida will oversee reforms to children’s mental health services in Illinois.

 

John O’Brien has 30 years of experience in federal and state reform.

 

He’ll serve as the court-appointed expert to help Illinois ensure Medicaid-eligible children throughout the state have access to mental health services within their communities.