Illinois Department of Public Health

Health Officials Offer Food Safety Advice For ThanksgivingIf you want your Thanksgiving guests to be thankful they joined you for Thursday’s big meal, public health officials said you need to practice good food safety habits.
Illinois Panel Oks Medical Marijuana For Pain ConditionsAn advisory board voted Wednesday to add chronic pain syndrome and three other pain conditions to the list of illnesses that can be treated by marijuana in Illinois. The other types of pain approved Wednesday include chronic pain due to trauma, chronic post-operative pain and intractable pain.
Rauner Administration Won't Add More Ailments To Medical Marijuana ProgramGov. Bruce Rauner's administration issued a broad rejection Thursday of expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with medical marijuana in Illinois, refusing to add osteoarthritis, migraine, post-traumatic stress disorder and eight other health problems.
8 Now Dead From Legionnaires' Disease In Western IllinoisState 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.
7 Dead From Legionnaires' Disease At Quincy Veterans' HomeOfficials 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.
More Rabid Bats Detected In Southwest SuburbThe 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.
Former State Worker Sentenced To 8 Years For Bribery, Kickback SchemeA 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.
Advisory Panel Endorses Use Of Medical Pot To Treat PTSD, Not DiabetesAn advisory board is recommending a few more illnesses that should be allowed to be treated with medical marijuana, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Board To Hear Case For Marijuana For PTSD, Other ConditionsMonday'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.
Illinois Mulls Expanded Disease List For Medical Marijuana ProgramPetitioners 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.
Illinois Has Approved 2,000 Medical Marijuana PatientsThe 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.
Lambs Farm Getting A Handle On "Frustrating" Bed Bug ProblemExperts 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.
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