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Illinois reached an agreement this week with a suburban Chicago cleaning facility that was releasing toxins into the air at unsafe levels. But attorneys representing residents who live near the plant aren’t happy with it.

Chillicothe Park District

A recent incident in Chillicothe now has the park district asking: just what are the state’s rules for breastfeeding in or near a public pool? 

On Tuesday, a woman was breastfeeding her daughter while dipping her feet in the water at Shore Acres Pool. An employee asked her to cover up or go somewhere else. The woman claimed this broke the law. 

Chillicothe Park District Executive Director Kevin Yates said mothers are allowed to breastfeed at all of their facilities. But he said there’s a discrepancy in Illinois law when it comes to nursing near a pool. 

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AURORA - Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging those at greatest risk of contracting hepatitis A to get vaccinated against it after five cases were confirmed in east-central Illinois during November.


CHICAGO - A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health says more women have been crossing state lines to get abortions in Illinois. 

A LaSalle County resident has died after contracting West Nile virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the case is the state’s first West Nile-related death of 2018. The victim, who was more than 65-years-old, became ill in early August.

Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness.

Health officials in northern Illinois are investigating several cases of Legionnaires' disease that occurred between June 7 and July 1.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has agreed to investigate a confirmed case of West Nile virus in Illinois.

Illinois public health officials say a central Illinois woman has died after using synthetic marijuana.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the most recent victim was in her 30s. He says she was a resident of Stark County, but died at a Peoria hospital. No additional details regarding the death have been released.

3 Arrested For Selling Deadly Synthetic Cannabis

Apr 3, 2018

  The owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees have been charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to two deaths.


Federal prosecutors have charged 48-year-old Fouad Masoud and 44-year-old Jamil Abdelrahman Jad Allah, both of suburban Justice, and 44-year-old Adil Khan Mohammed of Chicago with conspiring to distribute and sell a controlled substance. Federal prosecutors say U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents made undercover buys of the synthetic cannabinoids at Masoud's West Side Chicago store.

Synthetic Marijuana Kills 2 in Illinois

Apr 2, 2018
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The state health department reports 2 people have died linked to synthetic marijuana use. One is a 22-year-old Peoria man and the other is in Chicago. State and local Public Health officials are not revealing the identities of the victims.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria Health Department are issuing warnings about synthetic cannabinoids after multiple people who've used them suffered severe bleeding.

Records show that a top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health took a leave of absence to work on political campaigns in the fall of 2016 while the agency faced the baffling return of deadly Legionnaires' disease at a state-run veterans home.

The Illinois House is taking up a measure that requires veterans’ home officials to promptly inform families about Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks. It’s a response to the ongoing health crisis at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.

Sue Scherer joined a chorus of lawmakers who have condemned the Rauner administration's handling of that outbreak, which left 13 veterans dead and sickened nearly 60 others over the past three years

The Decatur Democrat says concerns about her own nursing home-bound mother echo the concerns of those families in Quincy. 

Illinois Department of Public Health

At least two Illinois lawmakers have called for the director of the state’s public health department to step down. This following the deaths of 13 residents from Legionnaire’s disease at a veterans’ home in Quincy since 2015. But Dr. Nirav Shah says he thinks he still has the public’s trust - and intends to continue in his role.

Dr. Shah says his agency’s role during an outbreak is to figure out who’s at risk, identify the source, and make recommendations to facilities on how to keep people safe.

Recent figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show that more women appear to be traveling from out of state to have an abortion despite the total number of terminated pregnancies decreasing statewide.

State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is requiring state lawmakers to jump through a public-records law hoop before turning over emails about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah told a joint House-Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Wednesday that Sen. Tom Cullerton's request for communication surrounding the crisis that has led to the deaths of 13 residents and sickened dozens more is subject to the Freedom of Information Act .

Illinois public health officials are reporting a second case of measles in a person who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday said this case is unrelated to a case reported last week at the airport. The department says there isn't a measles outbreak at O'Hare.

U of I Lends Helping Hand in Opioid Epidemic

Nov 7, 2017

Opioid addiction is a growing problem in Illinois. And people have the chance to learn more during a free webinar on Thursday.

Illinois Sets Out to Stop Opioid Abuse

Oct 12, 2017

The governor’s new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force made a stop in Urbana Thursday, to hear ways to curtail drug abuse in the state. 

Illinois public health officials say a Kankakee County resident is the first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year in the state.

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As parents vaccinate their children at the start of school, public health officials in Illinois say adults should also check to see if they need booster shots.

Illinois Public Health Department Director, Dr. Nirav Shah, says vaccines don’t last forever.

SHAH: “A lot of vaccines aren’t regularly administered until folks are older, so this is a perfect opportunity to speak to your doctor and check in to make sure your own vaccines are up to date.”

Illinois public health officials say the state has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

Illinois residents are being warned to beware of rabid animals after more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported in the state this year.

Illinois Department of Public Health data show opioids contributed to nearly 1,200 overdose deaths in the state in 2016. There were about 3 million Schedule II opioid patients in Illinois annually from 2008 through 2016.

The nursing home industry is fighting legislation that would require them to have higher staffing levels — and greater penalties if they don’t meet them.

Illinois’ long-term care ombudsman tracks complaints and looks out for residents of nursing homes. But the ombudsman has her own complaint. She says state agencies that regulate nursing homes are ignoring her.

New legislation would deal with two problems she keeps hearing about: low staffing levels, and discharging residents to hospitals. That second practice, known as “dumping,” also blocks patients from coming back.

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Medical marijuana sales reached more than $4.4 million-dollars in November at licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois, marking another month of steady growth for the year-old industry.  The state released new sales figures for November along with a new tally for how many patients qualify to buy marijuana legally. 

New data show that the percentage of Illinois youth diagnosed with concussions grew by 83% between 2010 and 2015.  Diagnosed concussions among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois members between the ages of 10 and 19 increased from a rate of 7.6 per 1,000 members in 2010 to 14 per 1,000 members in 2015.