• 30th Mar, 2015
    April 7, 2015 Designated as “Mayors Day of Recognition”

    SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 2,000 participating officials will mark April 7, 2015 as the Mayors Day of Celebration for National Service. As of the date of this release, 66 Mayors in Illinois have signed on to participate. On this day, mayors and county executives will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities. Last year, 1,760 mayors representing more than 110 million citizens participated in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.
    “Cities and counties in Illinois rely on Senior Corp and AmeriCorps to support their most in need citizens,” said Scott...

  • 26th Mar, 2015

    Creating & Sustaining Healthy Communities
    LISLE  – Building on the idea that community empowerment is one of the strongest strategies to improve public health, the 2015 Illinois Minority Health Conference, hosted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services and the Illinois Public Health Association earlier this week, offered sessions focused on community health workers, strategies to develop effective partnerships, and conducting outreach to specific minority populations. 
    Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinneti opened the conference on March 24, 2015, at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, with the announcement that Governor Bruce Rauner had proclaimed April to be Minority Health Month.  IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. followed Lt. Governor Sanguinneti’s remarks with his...

  • 24th Mar, 2015

    March 24 is World TB Day

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has issued a proclamation declaring that Illinois will observe World TB Day, on March 24, 2015.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) observes this day annually to encourage Illinoisans to learn about TB and to help stop the spread of the disease. Illinois ranks sixth in the nation for the highest number of TB cases. 

    “Although the number of cases in the US and IL continues to decrease, the complexity of cases has actually increased because of socioeconomic issues and increasing drug resistance,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “IDPH is working to promote prompt diagnosis and treatment of TB cases, to implement strategies to prevent TB in children, and to decrease TB transmission in health care facilities and community settings.”


  • 10th Mar, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is advising residents who obtain their drinking water from private wells in the Schaumburg area (Cook County) to test their water for possible groundwater contamination.  Routine testing of Schaumburg’s community water supply wells by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) indicates contaminants could be present in the area’s private wells. 
    The contaminants trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) were detected at levels lower than the Illinois Groundwater Standard.  However, this groundwater serves private wells in the area and it is possible the levels of...

  • 6th Mar, 2015

    The following is a joint statement from the Illinois Lottery, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and IDPH

    New Game Expected to raise $2 million for Multiple Sclerosis Research in Illinois

    CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Lottery, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, and the Illinois Department of Public Health launched today the Lottery’s latest instant game that funds research into the cause, prevention and future cure of multiple sclerosis (MS).
    “I’m proud to stand with roughly 20,000 Illinoisans living with multiple sclerosis,” Lieutenant...

  • 6th Mar, 2015
    March 9-13, 2015 designated as a week to recognize 3,700 volunteers

    SPRINGFIELD – Each year, the nation celebrates the service that thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. It is a time to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.
    “AmeriCorps helps hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans each year,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to their communities, and AmeriCorps Week is a time for the rest of us to say ‘thank you’.”
    AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. From neighborhood cleanups and building homes to tutoring...