(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite. Cases have been reported in many counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting back in mid-May. The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of salads produced for and eaten at McDonald’s restaurants in both Illinois and neighboring Iowa. While other sources are being investigated, the fast food chain is fully cooperating with the state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the FDA. For more details, go online at www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis.
(MT. VERNON) The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois has resigned. Donald Boyce will leave the position on July 21st when Steven Weinhoeft will assume the role of Acting U.S. Attorney for the District. Boyce has served as U.S. Attorney in Southern Illinois since July 8th, 2016 when he was appointed by then U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Weinhoeft, a Springfield native, has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2008, serving as First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2016 to present.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is still accepting applications for the second lottery for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits for hunting at select sites around the state. The applications must be from those who were unsuccessful in the first lottery drawing or those who did not apply in the first lottery. The submission deadline is a week from tomorrow, July 21. After that date, hunters can apply for the remaining permits on a first-come, first-served basis July 28 through August 25. More information on dove hunting and more is on the state website, at www.dnr.illinois.gov.