(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections. It’s an expansion of what is known as Annie LeGere’s Law, where 13 year old Annie died in August 2015 after a severe allergic reaction during a sleepover, likely due to something she ate. The original law provided legal liability protection to police officers who administer so-called EpiPen injections to those suffering allergic reactions. The new law protects the doctors and others who write standing EpiPen prescriptions for police agencies to carry them. It’s estimated that nearly 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from food allergies, 6 million are children.
(CHICAGO) This is National Minority Donor Awareness Week across the country, promoting organ and tissue donation for multicultural communities. The national numbers show that minorities comprise 63% of the waiting list for organ transplants, however this year minorities accounted for only 37% of those who donated organs. In Illinois, 6.5 million people are registered as organ/tissue donors, yet there are still some 4,700 people waiting for transplants. Illinoisans can register with the Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Registry online at www.LifeGoesOn.com or by visiting their local State Driver Services facility.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking proposals through the Safe Routes to School program for projects that help children walk and bike to and from school. Administered by IDOT using federal funds, the Safe Routes to School program supports projects and activities that improve safety and reduce traffic in areas around elementary & middle schools with improvements such as new sidewalks, efforts to reduce speeding and other traffic offenses, plus public education and outreach programs. New applications will be accepted starting September 24 with the deadline to apply set for November 19. The awards will be announced in March of next year. For more information, go online at www.idot.illinois.gov.