Children – Lead Poisoning
Cabinet on Children and Youth leads initiative against lead poisoning. Illinois' Cabinet on Children and Youth recently announced a statewide, cross-agency initiative to reduce children’s exposure to lead. Lead poisoning is one of the most prevalent, preventable, environmental health hazards and is known to contribute to learning disabilities, developmental delays, and violent behavior.
Kids with food allergies are often left out of trick-or-treating fun since most candy is off limits to them. The Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with safe something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.

If you want to let kids know you'll be handing out non-food treats on Halloween, download and print this teal pumpkin sign and tape it to your door. This will alert families with children who have food allergies that this is a safe trick-or-treating home.

Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries participated. This is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters.

Click here to learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project.


Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family.

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at www.isms.org/Take-Back.
Governor Bruce Rauner today announced a comprehensive plan to promote economic growth and job creation by cutting the red tape in Illinois. He signed Executive Order 16-13 to review all agency rules and regulations by the newly-created Illinois Competitiveness Council.

“For years, Illinois has added layers and layers of burdensome rules and regulations to a never-ending bureaucracy,” Governor Rauner said. “It’s an endless line of red tape that creates a barrier for small businesses and entrepreneurs. By cutting the red tape, we are creating an environment where they can succeed.”
O'Hare Noise
O'Hare runway rotation test-period ends at end of year. Communities impacted by O'Hare Airport are halfway through a Runway Rotation Test that is aimed at reducing noise from aircraft. The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) wants to know if the rotation plan is working. They are encouraging residents to complete their online survey.

The survey will serve as one component in determining whether or not the Runway Rotation Test was a successful in reducing noise. Once the rotation test is completed on December 25th of this year, the Fly Quiet Program will return to its original format. The O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) and the CDA will review data and survey results before making a recommendation to continue with the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan permanently.
With the Halloween season upon us, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous.  In recent years, illegally-purchased colored contacts have flooded the retail market during Halloween and are most often found at malls, beauty supply stores and via online websites. These lenses are often made overseas in non-FDA approved facilities with tinting materials that may be toxic to the eye.  Without a proper examination and fitting, colored contacts can cause damage to the eye, including blindness.
Communities impacted by O'Hare Airport are halfway through a Runway Rotation Test that is aimed at reducing noise from aircraft. The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) wants to know if the rotation plan is working. They are encouraging residents to complete their online survey.

The survey will serve as one component in determining whether or not the Runway Rotation Test was a successful in reducing noise. Once the rotation test is completed on December 25th of this year, the Fly Quiet Program will return to its original format. The O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) and the CDA will review data and survey results before making a recommendation to continue with the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Plan permanently.

It is important they hear from you. If you are impacted by O'Hare noise, please take a minute to take the Fly Quiet Survey.

Find out more here: http://www.airportprojects.net/flyquiettest/
In Illinois, October is College Changes Everything® (CCE) Month, a campaign launched by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to address the change to “early FAFSA” and assist students who will be completing college applications at the same time they are filing financial aid forms. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to apply for all federal and some state financial aid; filing it is an important first step to maximizing financial aid. This year, students will be able to file their 2017-18 beginning October 1, 2016, instead of having to wait until January, as in previous years. 
Representative Christine Winger recently held her summer reading party to celebrate and honor the students who successfully completed her annual reading program.

Kindergarten to 5th graders who live in Rep. Winger’s 45th District were invited to participate in this year’s program. The students who read 8 books and returned their reading lists to the Representative’s District Office by the end of the summer were invited to the special recognition party held at the Bloomingdale Park District.

Over 40 students successfully completed Winger’s program, and came together to celebrate their accomplishments with their State Representative. They were able to discuss their favorite books over ice cream and special treats. After Rep. Winger read a book with the participants, she presented each reader with a certificate of recognition.