On the heels of new research detailing trends in student loan burdens at for-profit colleges, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched a public inquiry earlier this month into student loan servicing practices.
The Obama administration laid out steps on Thursday for reducing "the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria" and promoting the development of "new and next-generation antibiotics" as part of an executive order signed by the president.
Both proponents and opponents of state legislation that would have regulated commercial ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are speaking out following Gov. Pat Quinn's decision on Monday to veto the measure. Progress Illinois rounds up some of the reaction to Quinn's veto and takes a look at the debate leading up to his decision.
Consumer rights advocates and health professionals are calling on the Obama administration to restrict the use of antibiotics on healthy factory farm animals, saying the “overuse and misuse” of antibiotics generates bacteria that are resistant to one or more classes of drugs.
“Bacteria is getting resistant to these antibiotics they’re using at factory farms, and the bacteria is then being passed to our community through the air we breathe, through water, through animal waste and through the food we eat,” said Dev Gowda, of the consumer advocacy group, Illinois PIRG. “President Obama and the FDA need to take action and essentially save antibiotics for future generations.”
The practice of U.S. corporations reorganizing with foreign entities overseas to reduce taxes back home has emerged as an issue in Illinois' gubernatorial race, with Gov. Pat Quinn strongly condemning the growing trend as "unpatriotic" on Wednesday and questioning his Republican challenger's stance on the issue.
A small group of health advocates, dog owners and Walgreens customers in Chicago called on the nation’s largest pharmacy chain to remove products that, they say, contain harmful chemicals from its shelves.
"Many major retailers in the Chicago area such as Target, Bed Bath & (Beyond), even Walmart have taken direct action to begin to remove some of the worst toxic chemicals from their products, and unfortunately, Walgreens, the flagship of Illinois, has refused to make a commitment to take action on these products," said Lynda DeLaforgue, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois, which organized the Wednesday morning protest outside of the new Walgreens store at 410 N. Michigan Ave. in the Wrigley Building.
in Illinois with various medical conditions have had to fork over 10
times more on average than what’s necessary for at least 20 brand name
drugs, according to a report from Illinois
PIRG and Community Catalyst.
Costs for these 20 drugs, including
Lipitor and Cipro, were kept high, because brand name pharmaceutical
companies paid generic makers to keep cheaper versions off the market
for a time. These agreements are known as “pay for delay.”
outrageous that drug companies are paying off the competition to keep
prices high,” said Illinois PIRG State Director Brian Imus in a
statement. “Because of this, people in Illinois pay inflated drug
prices, or go without necessary medication. This needs to stop.”