(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is receiving nearly $29 million in new federal funding to help the state fight the opioid crisis. The grant now brings to $61 million the total awarded to Illinois to fund the important programs and initiatives meant to improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services for opioid use. The new funds will also strengthen and enhance the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, the state’s tracking system that helps prevent the misuse of prescription opioids, but it will also support the purchase of more naloxone kits for emergency first responders & others.
(EFFINGHAM) The Illinois State Police in District 12 is encouraging motorists to exercise due caution while traveling on state and local roadways during this fall harvest season. As farmers are out moving from field to field, motorists are reminded that most all the farm equipment moves at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less, therefore drivers should remain especially alert and be ready to reduce speed immediately upon encountering the slow moving vehicles. Farmers are also asked to make sure that all slow moving vehicle emblems are clean and clearly visible and that all flashing warning lights are clean and in working order. Let’s all work together to make this a safe and productive 2018 fall harvest in Southeastern Illinois.