The recent federal spending bill includes substantial increases in funding for medical research, according to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Durbin acknowledges that the increase is part of an overall boost in spending that will add to a growing federal deficit.
But he says the additional research will pay for itself in the long run through lower health care costs and reduced human suffering.
Some of that money could come back to Springfield in support of various medical research projects at city hospitals and the SIU School of Medicine.