It's a lot of work and a lot of fun being president of the Illinois State Medical Society. The northern Illinois emergency physician who is in charge until April says the state's financial condition is, of course, all-encompassing.

“For the last five years the state has had a ten month delay in paying its bills,” says Dr. Scott Cooper. “Now there's concern that there won't be pay at all. It's not about paying physicaisn. It's about access to care, and these are small businesses which need to stay afloat.”


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It's a year to celebrate at ISMS; the organization is 175 years old and was founded by a Dr. John Todd, whose niece, Mary, married someone whose name is familiar to all Illiniosans. Yes, President Abraham Lincoln was Dr. Todd's nephew-in-law.


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