(SPRINGFIELD) President Donald Trump has appointed former Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter as Ambassador to Kenya, as the U.S. Senate approved the choice in a voice vote earlier this week. The Republican from Lebanon was one of twenty-three (23) people confirmed to Ambassador positions in the vote. The 56 year old McCarter, and his wife, Victoria, have worked in Kenya for more than 30 years and co-founded the humanitarian group named “Each 1 Feed 1.” The charity helps abandoned, abused, and orphaned children and provides education and medical care to those in need. A former St. Clair County Board member, McCarter was elected to the State Senate in 2008, but chose not to seek re-election last fall.
(SPRINGFIELD) It’s still not too late to get a flu shot as the influenza activity is usually highest during January 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.