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by La Risa Lynch
Thu Sep 19, 2013

Hearing On The Pros & Cons Of Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Sparks Intense Debate

Lourdes Garcia is resolute in her belief that genetically modified foods sickened her two small children.

“They had allergies, ADHD and the baby had a tumor,” said Garcia, a native of Brazil who has lived in Chicago for 20 years. “I had to just find out what the problem was, and that’s when I started doing research”

That research led her to genetically modified organisms or GMOs, which she believes contributed to her children’s poor health. So she changed the family’s diet, opting for more organic foods instead. Over time, her children’s health improved.

“All the health problems they had no longer exist,” Garcia said of her sons, now 14 and 19. “To me, food was food, and all the food was good. But I was wrong.”

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu May 9, 2013

IL Senate Committee Passes Legislation For State-based Health Insurance Exchange

The Illinois Senate Insurance Committee passed a measure Wednesday that looks to establish a state-run health insurance marketplace for small businesses and individuals as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Some health care and consumer advocates are pushing for a state-based insurance exchange, but questions still remain on how to make the marketplace the best it can be.

"We're walking into a new territory. We haven’t been here yet," said Brigid Leahy, director of legislative affairs at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. "But at least we know that if we're running things at the state level, we can fix things, we can make them better, we have better control over making sure that it works for consumers. If it’s in the hands of the feds, we don’t have that power." 

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Apr 26, 2013

Genetically Engineered Food Must Be Labeled As Such, Argue Consumer Rights Advocates

The United States is one of the last remaining industrialized countries that does not mandate disclosure of genetically modified organisms (GMO) on food labels. But recent state and federal legislation reflects the rallying cry of food advocacy groups calling for the government to give consumers the right to know exactly what they are eating.

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by Adam Doster
Tue May 18, 2010

Sen. Koehler Cares

Illinois' Community Care program, which provides home care assistance to over 50,000 Illinois seniors annually, is facing some turbulent times. The appropriations bill the State Senate passed two weeks ago slashes funding for the Department of Aging, which houses Community Care, by 52 percent. Gov.

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by Adam Doster
Mon Mar 22, 2010

Koehler The Health Care Wonk

Those handicapping the lieutenant governor nomination process might want to check out this 2008 InterBusiness Issues interview with State Sen. David Koehler that Archpundit flagged last week.