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Save people, not numbers: the 2016 Illinois budget

As of Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner had failed to agree to an Illinois budget for the 2016 fiscal year.   As a result, statewide funding for epilepsy ceased, the Epilepsy Resource Center in Springfield closed its doors forever and other Illinois epilepsy organizations, including the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater […]

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PhRMA and the Epilepsy Foundation report more than 400 medicines in development to treat neurological disorders

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are currently developing 420 medicines for patients suffering from neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease. As highlighted in a new report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Epilepsy Foundation, scientists around the globe are collaborating to find new or more […]

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Eisai Announces FDA Approval of New Indication for Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic (PGTC) Seizures in Patients with Epilepsy Age 12 and Older

Eisai Inc. announced on June 22nd, 2015, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved FYCOMPA® (perampanel) CIII for adjunctive therapy in the treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures in patients age 12 and older. FYCOMPA, the first and only FDA-approved non-competitive AMPA receptor antagonist, was initially approved in October 2012 as […]

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Summit set for June 6th

Join us on Saturday, June 6th as we partner with Americans for Safe Access – Illinois to present the Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Summit. This summit will provide education to Illinois residents regarding medical cannabis and its benefits, medicating with cannabis and how to participate in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Additional information to […]

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Illinois Senate to Vote to Extend Medical Marijuana Bill

llinois’ medical marijuana law went into effect January 1, 2014, but so far, not a single patient has received treatment under the pilot program. What’s happening? And with us so far into the test period and not generating any data, how will we know that the program is effective? Rep. Lou Lang was instrumental in […]

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Epilepsy state funding REINSTATED FOR FY2015

Our funding has been restored! Thank you so much for your support and advocacy these past few weeks. We are so thankful to have such an actively enthusiastic community.   Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article

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A Powerful Partnership that Led to a National Movement: Our CEO Explains Why Studio E is So Special

I always knew my daughter was special; what dad doesn’t think that? But when she was diagnosed with epilepsy at 13, she proved how resilient she really was. Her ability to overcome adversity makes me not only proud as a father, but also committed to helping others who live with epilepsy. Read more…

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March 26 is Illinois Epilepsy Advocacy Day – join us and let your voice be heard!

On March 26th we will head on down to Springfield to advocate for people impacted by epilepsy. Currently, the proposed Illinois budget will cut all funding for epilepsy programs, and we need to let our State Representatives know how devastating this can be. We will be partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation affiliates of Rockford and […]

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The 2015 Heroes Night Gala shows everyone a great time and raises much needed funding for EFGC’s programs and services

The Epilepsy Foundation’s annual Heroes Night Gala took place at the Field Museum on Friday, February 20, 2015. United States Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth was honored with the Distinguished Richard N. Rovner Heroes Award for her unwavering commitment to people with disabilities. Nicole Gross and Margaret Storey were honored with the Heroes Award for Inspirational Commitment […]

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The Honorable Tammy Duckworth, US Congresswoman, to be honored at annual Heroes Night Gala

The Honorable Tammy Duckworth, United States Congresswoman, will be honored as the recipient of the Richard N. Rovner Hero Award for her outstanding commitment to people living with disabilities at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago’s annual Heroes Night Gala on February 20, 2015. In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter […]

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