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Rep. Severin says delays in license renewals are hurting the healthcare industry


The State of Illinois is in the midst of a nursing shortage and medical professionals say a delay in processing licenses doesn't just inconvenience the nurse or the employer, it puts patients and their health care at risk.

At a capitol news conference Tuesday morning, State Representative Dave Severin from Benton said his office has dealt with dozens of constituents who have waited months for their renewals.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation licenses have been going out to their recipients slower than usual, which Severin says causes some to be unable to work.

He says some licenses can take up to four to six weeks to be distributed to nurses, doctors or other practitioners.

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