• 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.
     
    Heat-related...

  • 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.
     

    April

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