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State legislators aim to address rising maternal mortality rate State legislators aim to address rising maternal mortality rate

State legislators aim to address rising maternal mortality rate

Deaths among pregnant and recently pregnant women have been on the rise in the U.S. for more than a decade, and a group of state lawmakers has introduced legislation aimed at reversing this trend in Illinois. “We’ve done a great job (in the U.S.) focusing on the child, but when it comes to the mothers, we haven’t,” state Sen Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) said Wednesday.

Environmental groups push for ‘fracking transparency’ Environmental groups push for ‘fracking transparency’

Environmental groups push for ‘fracking transparency’

Republican state lawmakers from southern Illinois pushed back Tuesday against a bill that would require more public disclosure from oil and gas drilling companies whenever they use hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” in their operations in the state. Their comments came during a hearing in the House Energy and Environment Committee.

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