• 25th Nov, 2015
    Goal Of $6 Million In Donations In One Day

    SPRINGFIELD – To help increase donations to nonprofit organizations throughout the state, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is joining Forefront in its #ILGive campaign.  #ILGive is a statewide, non-partisan movement to support nonprofit communities in Illinois by increasing individual giving.  #ILGive will launch on December 1, 2015 as part of the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign.
    Last year, Forefront launched a statewide campaign and helped more than 600 charitable organizations raise almost $4 million from 5,000 new donors on #GivingTuesday.  This year, Forefront’s goal for #ILGive is $6 million donated by Illinois residents in one day - #GivingTuesday.
    “The holiday season is a time of giving,” said Scott...

  • 18th Nov, 2015
    IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking

    SPRINGFIELDFirst things first, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT!  It may already be time to take the turkey out of the freezer so that it will be thawed in time for Thanksgiving.  Allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey when thawed in the refrigerator. A 20 to 24 pound turkey could take 5 to 6 days to thaw.  Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.
    “Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages, or what is commonly referred to as food poisoning,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “There are simple steps you can take to avoid becoming ill, including the big four – clean, separate, cook, and chill.”

    1. Clean...
  • 16th Nov, 2015
    Fight Antibiotic Misuse - Get Smart About Antibiotics Week - November 16-22, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD - Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs.  However, up to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed are not needed or are not effective as prescribed.
    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is leading the Illinois Precious Drugs & Scary Bugs campaign to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics.  The goals are to increase health care provider and patient knowledge about the harms of inappropriate antibiotic use and support clinicians in improving antibiotic prescribing, particularly for acute respiratory infections.
    “Not only are antibiotic resistant bacterial infections becoming more common, many bacteria are...