(CHICAGO) Illinois state officials say more than 11,500 teenagers have become organ donors since a state law took effect in January allowing them to register. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White yesterday unveiled a new advertising campaign highlighting the law, noting the increase in donors that are 16 and 17 years old around the state. The Illinois numbers show more than 6.4 million people are registered to become organ and tissue donors in Illinois while about 4,700 people are on the waiting list and about 300 people die every year waiting for organ transplants. April is recognized as National Donate Life Month.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting the death of a second individual who experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed. So far to date, IDPH has reports of fifty-six (56) people, now including two (2) deaths, who have experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabioids. The synthetic marijuana and related products found across Illinois and the United States in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online. Those who have a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids, such as severe bleeding and other symptoms, should call 911 or have someone take them to their nearest emergency room immediately. For more details on this critical topic, check the IDPH website available online.
(CHAMPAIGN) In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, colder temperatures and plenty of rain were reported throughout the state. Illinois’ average temperature last week was 41.9 degrees, 4.9 degrees below normal. Last week’s average precipitation was 1.71 inches, which was 0.79 inches above normal. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies climbed to well over 85% adequate to surplus. Illinois’ winter wheat crop is 46% good to excellent, 38% fair, and 16% poor to very poor. Farmers in our ten county region agree with the wheat condition report as they wait to get into their fields to begin the 2018 spring planting season.