Antibiotics can’t kill the common cold

Antibiotic Awareness Week November 12-18, 2018 information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 13, 2018) – Up to 50 percent of all prescribed antibiotics are not needed or are not effective as prescribed. Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, … Read more

Ahead of winter blood shortage, Vitalant seeks donors at Lansing donation center

2 River Plaza, Suite G, Lansing, Illinois LANSING, Ill. (November 2, 2018—A area-wide shortage of blood has officials with Vitalant concerned about local hospitals having an adequate supply of whole blood, platelets, and plasma as we move into a time of year which typically sees a decline in blood donations nationally. In the Lansing area, … Read more

IDOT Summit spotlights distracted driving dangers

Participants look to bring down rising death totals on state roads information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 31, 2018) — On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Transportation convened its first “Traffic Safety Summit: Partnering Toward Zero Deaths” to bring together local and state agencies, public officials, and community members to … Read more

New IDOT contest asks public to submit ideas for electronic signs

Deadline for submissions November 19 information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation CHICAGO, Ill. (October 22, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to submit ideas for safety messages to display on the electronic signs located over highways throughout the state. “Our dynamic message signs are seen by millions of … Read more

Five Salmonella cases identified in Illinois

Multi-state outbreak linked to raw chicken information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CHICAGO, Ill. (October 17, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting five cases of multi-drug resistant Salmonella infantis illness. This is part of a multi-state outbreak, which includes 92 cases in 29 states and is … Read more

Stamping out breast cancer

USPS makes Breast Cancer Research fundraising stamps available information provided by the United States Post Office BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (October 15, 2018) — Post Offices in Lansing and nationwide will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through sales of the Breast Cancer Research stamp, a semi-postal stamp issued to help raise funds for … Read more

State Fire Marshal recognizes National Fire Prevention Week

Springfield, Ill. (October 9, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed October 7-13 Fire Prevention Week in Illinois. It coincides with National Fire Prevention Week and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that caused devastating damage and killed more than 250 people in 1871. This year, National Fire Prevention Week’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be … Read more