Illinois Department of Public Health
State officials are reporting another death and four new cases of Legionnaires’ disease among residents of a western Illinois town, bringing the number of deaths to eight from an outbreak first disclosed last week.
Officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the state Department of Public Health say that all of the victims were elderly residents with underlying medical conditions.
The problem was discovered July 6 when one of the residents of the home on the 13000 block of West Little Creek Drive in Homer Glen saw a bat flop into his garage, then trapped it with a bucket and notified animal control.
A former chief of staff to the head of Illinois’ public health department was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday in a case that involved a multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scheme involving government grants and contracts.
An advisory board is recommending a few more illnesses that should be allowed to be treated with medical marijuana, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Monday’s hearing is a step toward expanding the Illinois medical marijuana program to include PTSD and other conditions. An advisory board made up of patients, nurses, doctors and a pharmacist will hear testimony. The board will make recommendations to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Petitioners identifying themselves as veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, making emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
The health department says about 19,500 people have started the patient registration process. Of those, about 2,700 have submitted at least part of the application. The tally is still far short of the number of patients the program’s coordinator hoped would enroll in the first year.
Experts say bed bugs can be found almost anywhere; from homes and businesses to hotels, shelters, and hospitals. Now, an organization for the developmentally disabled in the Chicago area is fighting them.
Two Illinois lawmakers plan to propose bipartisan legislation Monday to combat growing heroin and prescription drug abuse, though they acknowledge it may be tough to pass in a difficult budget year.
All 14 cases have been in Cook County, with 2 adults and 12 infants affected. Thirteen of the 14 cases have been associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine.
Ten people who have been infected with measles are associated with KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine, including this new case.
Cook County and Illinois public health officials have begun investigating a cluster of measles cases linked to a daycare center in Palatine.
Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Wednesday almost 13,000 have registered online and started an application. She says about 1,800 people have submitted at least part of the application.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the exposure occurred during the summertime renovation of the Chute Middle School cafeteria in Evanston. OSHA is proposing a combined $132,000 in penalties.
A Chicago businessman and his wife were convicted Wednesday on more than a dozen counts of stealing $3.4 million in state taxpayer money as part of a rampant fraud scheme involving Illinois Department of Public Health grants.
Leon and Karin Dingle are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering in a Justice Department investigation that has already yielded four guilty pleas.
Misplaced confidence, not criminal intent, is to blame for a Chicago couple’s involvement in a $5 million fraud scheme that rocked the Illinois Department of Public Health and dragged a friend of President Barack Obama into the spotlight, a defense attorney said Tuesday.
Closing arguments are scheduled Tuesday in the case of 77-year-old Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife, 75-year-old Karin. They face multiple counts of mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.
Federal prosecutors say they don’t plan to call a friend of President Barack Obama’s who made what they call “baseless accusations” about racial bias to testify in a trial over funds allegedly misused at the Illinois Department of Public Health.