(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Transportation is still seeking feedback on the state’s transportation system through its annual Traveler Opinion Survey, which is still available online through next Monday, December 31. Conducted in partnership with the University of Illinois Springfield, the annual survey wants feedback on topics ranging from road conditions and ice-and-snow removal to commuting habits and driving behaviors. The questions also ask travelers for feedback about the IDOT website, the state’s rest areas, and Amtrak. Go online to take part in the survey, at www.idot.illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) It’s still not too late to get a flu shot as the influenza activity is usually highest between the end of December and February, although the flu activity can last as late as May. Illinois health officials say that while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, to people who have chronic illnesses, and to others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia. Flu shots are recommended to anyone over the age of six months. Folks can contact a local or regional physician, health care clinic, and/or hospital about flu shot availability.
(CHICAGO) The State Attorney General’s office, along with a coalition of eleven other attorneys general, are opposing a rule change proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would allow young people to operate power-driven patient lifts without training or supervision. The lifts are used in nursing homes, residential facilities, and hospitals to lift and move patients who are unable to get up without assistance. The attorneys general believe the change would endanger the health and safety of young workers and the residents themselves in health care facilities that rely on the lifts. A hearing is planned for next month.