• 29th Jan, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., today announced that no new debilitating medical conditions will be added to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act at this time. The pilot program will continue with the 39 conditions and diseases listed in the Act.

    “I want to thank the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board members for their work,” said Director Shah.

  • 22nd Jan, 2016
    Winners Honored At A Special Ceremony At The Old State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) is reminding Illinoisans it is accepting nominations for the seventh annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in Illinois. The Commission will also recognize for-profit businesses that support service.

    “Each year, 2.6 million Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of...

  • 19th Jan, 2016

    (Spanish version)

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public of the potential of contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad.  Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, similar to West Nile virus or dengue fever.  While illness is usually mild and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, there is a possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects.
    Two pregnant Illinois residents who recently traveled to countries where Zika virus is found have tested positive for the virus.  Physicians are monitoring their health and pregnancies. 
    “There is virtually no risk to Illinois residents since you cannot contract Zika virus from another person, but only through...

  • 15th Jan, 2016
    Day Of Service Highlights Illinois Place As Top Volunteering State

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner has proclaimed January 18, 2016 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in the State of Illinois.  The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the day of service by volunteering in their community.
    Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
    “Illinoisans answer this question each day by helping their neighbors and their community.  Volunteerism is the answer,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.
    Serve Illinois calls on you to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a “day on instead of a day off.”  Martin Luther King Jr. Day was...

  • 5th Jan, 2016

    Springfield – This January, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is observing Cervical Health Awareness Month to highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease, and the importance of early detection.
    Cervical cancer forms in the tissues of the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb that connects the vagina or birth canal to the upper part of the uterus).  Cervical cancer is almost always caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).  To highlight this link, IDPH received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a media campaign promoting the HPV vaccine across the state.  This campaign will build upon the successful 2014...