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The Bancroft School Transforms into the "Land of Smiles" with Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Program

Sporting a sparkly silver and green robe and wielding a giant toothbrush as his wand, Tooth Wizard will help students defeat the evil PlaqueMan at The Bancroft School on November 9, 2016. The wizard hero will lead the students on a journey into the "Land of Smiles," the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation program that teaches pre-kindergarten through third grade children how to win the battle against tooth decay. Although largely preventable, tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease affecting children age 6 to 11, and according to the 2015 Delta Dental of Illinois Children's Oral Health Survey, nearly one in four Illinois kids ages 6 to 12 missed school due to a dental problem.

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Cancer Society event in Aurora to give dogs a chance to howl

Aurora's furry four-legged friends have a pre-Halloween opportunity to dress up in their favorite costume while helping to fight cancer at the same time. On Saturday, the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life event will kick off at Phillips Park in Aurora to raise funds and awareness for the...

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Hundreds of people were treated over the weekend at a free health clinic in Elkview. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/2eARS7d) that organizers of the clinic, which was held Saturday and Sunday at Elkview Middle School, say around 600 patients, some as far away as Virginia and...

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Frustration runs deep for constant marketplace healthcare changes

Andrea Schankman’s three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive a notice from Coventry last month informing her that her policy was not being offered in 2017.

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Costumed dodgeball tournament raises $13,000 for Laguna schools

SchoolPower's seventh annual Dodgeball Tournament on Wednesday raised about $13,000 for the Laguna Beach Unified School District, according to a news release. Sixty-two teams of costumed students and adults, including teachers from all four district schools and Laguna Beach police and firefighters,...

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The manager of LSU's charity hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe hasn't paid $5.3 million into an escrow account as required by its reworked contractual arrangement with the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration said Thursday.

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Mayor Weisner reflects on his time in office: 'I was 'blessed to be the guy... in the arena'

Before we go any further, Tom Weisner wants to set one thing straight. Lots of rumors have been flying – some, understandably so – since the Aurora mayor who's been battling colon cancer the past nine years announced in August he was stepping down a few months before next spring's election to replace...

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Little-Known Force on the Left Tiptoes into 2016 Races

There’s a new, deep-pocketed liberal donor in town.
It’s called the Civic Participation Action Fund, and it’s run by a man named Stephen McConnell in Washington. Formed last year with $50 million, it’s donated to at least three different Democrat-aligned super political action committees this year, including $1.5 million to mobilize immigrant voters for Hillary Clinton.