Antibiotics are often used when they should not, which can cause them to stop working. Up to 50 percent of all prescribed antibiotics are not needed or are not effective as prescribed. Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 die.
First Lady Diana Rauner has announced the 2018 Holiday Hero Drive for Illinois service members and veterans. The drive sends holiday cards and socks to Illinois service men and women, including those currently overseas, reminding them that they are cherished and remembered at holiday time.
Lawmakers are set to return to the State Capitol next Tuesday, Nov. 13, to begin scheduled fall “veto session." Veto session will allow the General Assembly to take action on legislation the governor has vetoed, giving the Legislature the ability to override the veto. In other state news, the Illinois Department on Aging is encouraging eligible individuals to take advantage of free counseling assistance available during Medicare open enrollment.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is recommending people start taking steps to ensure they’re prepared to stay safe and warm throughout the winter months. It’s important to have an emergency supply kit at home that includes a battery-powered National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, water and non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, a first aid kit and supplies for pets and family members with special medical needs.
Daylight Saving Time is a great built-in reminder for us all to check that our smoke alarms are working in case of an emergency. Clocks fall back an hour for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, November 4.
Now through December 31, you can get a 2019 Mega Pass for just $60, which gives Mega Pass holders unlimited rides in the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village during all 11 days of the State Fair. This special offer includes a FREE Illinois State Fair lanyard with your Mega Pass purchase, which makes a perfect holiday gift!
Nominees are being sought for open seats on Illinois’ newly-created Route 66 Centennial Commission, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is also seeking input on a public campaign urging safety on state roadways.
The state’s transportation department is also launching a new initiative to test connected and automated vehicles, while in other state news, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Office this week honored the service of 200 veterans nominated for their contributions to fellow veterans, their community, and state.
Also, there is still time to send in a memorial for placement on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the State Capitol Rotunda Nov. 5-16.
The state's unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in September according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
Honor 200 recipients represent more than 50 counties across the state of Illinois. Nominees were evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to submit ideas for safety messages to display on the electronic signs located over highways throughout the state. The winning messages will be displayed at times throughout the year to help promote traffic safety. Winning entrants also receive a personalized street sign.
This week the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will announce the names of the veterans who have been chosen to represent the Bicentennial Honor 200.
Senator Paul Schimpf had a busy week in and around the district as well as Chicago. Sen. Schimpf met with constituents to hear their concerns and attended an Illinois Association of School Administrators event in Belleville. He also traveled to Mt. Vernon to listen to Jim Koonce talk about the Honor Wreaths Program at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
This is part of a multi-state outbreak, which includes 92 cases in 29 states and is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The initial investigation indicates a link to raw chicken.
The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus is inviting families and friends of veterans to share the stories of their heroes on our Veterans Day "Wall of Honor." The event will take place in November.
Here's a look at what Senator Schimpf and the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus have been up to this past week.
Senator Schimpf shares response to the recent passing of Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.
National Fire Prevention Week’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” Fire fighters across the state will be visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety, emergency preparedness and how to reduce the risks of a starting fire.
The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking input on public education funding for the fiscal year 2020 budget. Three open budget hearings have been scheduled, giving individuals the opportunity to share their funding requests prior to ISBE sending its final recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor.
In other action, legislation was filed to keep people who have committed tax fraud from running for public office.
Also during the week, a new report was released showing the number of school districts in Illinois able to access high-speed internet has increased, the Governor proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Revenue launches a new, mobile-friendly website.
Senator Paul Schimpf has been appointed to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). JCAR is composed of 12 legislators who are appointed by the legislative leadership, with the membership apportioned equally between the two houses and the two political parties.
The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is inviting taxpayers to explore the new look of its redesigned website. Key features of IDOR’s new website include encrypted security, better accessibility, a drop-down menu system at the top of every page, and real-time traffic-driven listings.
This year, 2018, marks the 15th year of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, as led by the Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Illinois will be reaching out to state employees to share tips and best practices, as well as providing educational sessions on cyber topics such as avoiding phishing scams and online safety.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today issued a call for public education funding requests to inform the state’s fiscal year 2020 budget. The state constitution mandates that the “primary responsibility for financing the system of public education” belongs to the state.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal is offering a few tips that will help Illinoisans stay safe as temperatures continue to drop. It is recommended that all recreational fires, such as bonfires, be contained in a pit, with sidewalls, and do not exceed 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall.
Illinois has been ranked as the fourth best state in the nation for teachers, according to the personal finance website WalletHub. Also during the week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recommending that residents get the flu shot as soon as it is available in their communities, and the Governor has proclaimed October as College Changes Everything® Month. In other action, most Real Estate Brokerage and related license applications and renewals are now available online, and the Governor has issued Executive Orders eliminating 53 non-functioning boards and commissions.
As part of the Youth Hunt, hunters age 17 or younger may hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers, as long as they are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. The accompanying adult cannot hunt these species, but may participate in other open seasons.
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