• 8th Aug, 2017

    Money for 39 programs will place more than 1,600 AmeriCorps Members in 65 counties


    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties.  These awards include $6.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.9 million in local funding.

  • 3rd Aug, 2017
    National Immunization Awareness Month celebrates the importance of vaccines

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month as a reminder that vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.  Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases like measles and whooping cough (pertussis).
    “Most young parents in the U.S. have never seen the devastating effects of diseases like measles and polio, but those diseases still exist,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of not only getting those diseases, but of having a severe case of those diseases.  You can’t predict if your child will...

  • 28th Jul, 2017
    Looking at the sun when it is partially eclipsed is unsafe

    SPRINGFIELD – On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918.  Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.  There is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the path of totality, which is when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon.  Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of totality and people there will see a total eclipse.  Totality in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Central and northern...

  • 21st Jul, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    “It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick,” said Director Shah.  “Normally, the body cools itself by sweating.  However, if temperatures and humidity are extremely high, sweating is not effective in maintaining the body’s normal temperature.  If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even deadly if unattended.”    

    An easy to read chart of heat-related illnesses, what to look for, and what to do is below.

  • 20th Jul, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2017.  A Will County resident in his 60s became ill at the end of June.
    “This is typically the time of year we start to see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Although the flooding in northeastern Illinois may be producing a large number of floodwater mosquitoes, those mosquitoes do not carry West Nile virus.  However, the hot, dry conditions we’ve been seeing around the rest of Illinois, which leave small, stagnant pockets of standing water, create ideal breeding sites for the type of mosquito that does carry West Nile...

  • 19th Jul, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission is reminding all interested parties that applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards are due in less than two weeks. The awards give formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact.
    Interested townships, villages, cities, and counties can apply by August 1, 2017 for projects that use volunteers in their communities for the period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. For additional information regarding program criteria and the application process, please visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.
    Recent previous winners include:

    • Township of Edwardsville; Boundless Playground
    • Mount Vernon; Lifeboat Alliance
    • East St. Louis; F.R...
  • 18th Jul, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the first quarter of 2017.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
    The Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.


    Harmony Nursing & Rehab Center, a 180-bed skilled care facility located at...

  • 29th Jun, 2017
    How to avoid food poisoning

    SPRINGFIELD – As people prepare for Fourth of July barbeques and picnics, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people about food safety tips that can help reduce the risk of foodborne illness, commonly called food poisoning.
    “Each year about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “To avoid foodborne illness, remember these four tips―clean, separate, cook, and chill.”
    Wash with soap and water your hands, utensils, cutting boards, counter tops, and any area where you prepare food, especially after handling raw meat.  Rinse all fresh fruits and vegetables under running water.
    Raw meat,...

  • 22nd Jun, 2017
    More than a dozen rabid bats found in Illinois so far this year

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants people to beware of rabid animals, including bats, as they become more active this time of year.  To date, more than a dozen rabid bats have been reported in Illinois this year.
    “Most cases of rabies in Illinois are almost always found in bats,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “You can’t tell just by looking at a bat if it has rabies so it’s important to avoid handling bats and to make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in.”
    Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system.  People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal.  Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into a person’s...

  • 9th Jun, 2017

    CHICAGO – Disastrous events in your community—like a tornado, long power outage, or disease outbreak—can strain health care resources.  Knowing what to expect and having a plan can help you and your community get through it. 
    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are cosponsoring a series of community engagement meetings around the state entitled “Healthcare in Disaster Situations: Your Voice Matters.”  Join us for an open discussion on how to prioritize health care resources during a disaster.  Learn how you and your neighbors can respond during these situations.  Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns to this open forum and let your voice be heard.  Your input will be used to help Illinois develop a health care plan for disasters.
    Meetings are planned for the following locations: