Recent reports of canine deaths raise awareness of blue-green algae

information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 18, 2019) – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are reminding residents to exercise caution if they are planning activities on Illinois waterways, including lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. During summer months, water conditions are ideal for blue-green algae growth … Read more

Walgreens earns spot on Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list

Balance Rewards program has measurable social impact information provided by Walgreens DEERFIELD, Ill. (August 19, 2019) – Walgreens has made Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list, taking the #13 spot. The annual list highlights companies that leverage their businesses to drive profit and to create societal good. The company is honored for its Balance … Read more

Ticks in Illinois found to have Heartland virus

Virus detected in Lone Star ticks collected from Kankakee County information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 17, 2019) – Last summer, a Kankakee County resident tested positive for Heartland virus, the first case reported in Illinois. In response to this human case, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) … Read more

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation strengthening Illinois’ medical cannabis program

information provided by the Office of the Governor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 16, 2019) – Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation strengthening Illinois’ medical cannabis program, which provides relief to more than 80,000 patients across the state. “This legislation brings our medical cannabis program in line with my administration’s vision for equity, and it makes adjustments for … Read more

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation protecting victims of sexual harassment in the workplace

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 13, 2019) – Governor JB Pritzker signed comprehensive legislation last week to help prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and protect victims as they come forward. “Sexual harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the state of Illinois,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Ending the culture of sexism and … Read more

First human case of West Nile Virus in Illinois for 2019

information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 13, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019. A Chicago resident in his 70s became ill in late July. “Although the first human case of West … Read more

IDPH investigating hospitalizations potentially related to vaping

information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 12, 2019) – “The short- and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, but these recent hospitalizations have shown that there is the potential for immediate health consequences,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, referring to reports of six young people experiencing … Read more

Parents encouraged to include emergency preparedness in back-to-school plans

August is School and Campus Preparedness Month in Illinois information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 10, 2019) – As families of students from kindergarten through college prepare for the new academic year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are encouraging parents to include emergency preparedness … Read more

IDPH encourages families to schedule vaccinations now

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#VaxToSchool) information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 6, 2019) – “We are currently seeing the greatest number of measles cases reported in the United States since 1992, and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director … Read more