Presidential Alert scheduled to test nation’s Emergency Warning System

October 3, 2018: first-ever joint test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System, Emergency Alert System information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 29, 2018) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to conduction a first-of-its-kind test of the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure via a … Read more

IDPH recommends, ‘Get vaccinated now, before flu season begins’

Nasal spray a recommended option for 2018–2019 flu season SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 24, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated as flu vaccines become available within a community. The nasal spray flu vaccine is once again a recommended option. During the past two flu seasons, … Read more

Tickborne Heartland Virus case In Illinois

Illinois Department of Public Health urges caution even as autumn approaches information provided by IDPH SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 23, 2018) – A Kankakee resident recently tested positive for Heartland Virus, the first reported case in Illinois. Reported cases of Heartland Virus disease are relatively rare. Likely spread by the Lone Star tick, more than 30 … Read more

September 16–22 was National Farm Safety and Health Week

information provided by the Illinois Department of Agriculture SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 22, 2018) – Each year since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Governor Rauner once again proclaimed National Farm Safety and Health Week in Illinois for September 16-22, 2018, with the theme “Cultivating the … Read more

Illinois prepared to assist states impacted by Hurricane Florence

Ten Army National Guard soldiers deploy to North Carolina information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 14, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner announced yesterday that Illinois is prepared to provide personnel and other support to states that may be impacted by Hurricane Florence. Ten Illinois Army National Guard soldiers and two … Read more

Gov. Rauner proclaims September Preparedness Month in Illinois

Cites importance of simple planning, lifesaving skills to prepare for unexpected information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 6, 2018) — Governor Bruce Rauner today proclaimed September Preparedness Month in Illinois during closing ceremonies of the 2018 Illinois Emergency Management Agency Training Summit in Springfield, where the governor greeted a crowd … Read more

First human West Nile virus death in Illinois confirmed for 2018

information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 2, 2018) – On August 29, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018. A LaSalle County resident who became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West … Read more

Rest area wrecks show human toll of fatal crashes in Illinois

information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 27, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is displaying crashed vehicles at rest areas as a powerful reminder of the human toll that traffic deaths are having on our state. “A fatal crash is much more than just a statistic. It means someone’s … Read more