BRADY, BARICKMAN TO HOLD RECYCLING FAIR OCTOBER 12
State Senators Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) are inviting area residents to take part in a recycling fair to promote a greener environment. The event will take place Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Illinois State University Alumni Center at 1101 N. Main in Normal.
Electronics, cell phones, hardware, flags, prescription medication, batteries, and paper will be among the items accepted for recycling. Tires, fluorescent lighting, oil, paint, cardboard, glass, or propane will not be accepted.
“Many of us have items stored away in our garages or basements with nowhere to dispose of them,” said Senator Brady. “We hope the community uses this opportunity to be responsible in the disposal of those unneeded items.”
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County, Ecology Action Center, Springfield Electric, Home Sweet Home Ministries, Neville House, the Normal Police Department, COPS/Midwest Fiber, and VFW Post #454 will be among the organizations participating in the event.
No reservation is required to attend. For more information, contact Senator Brady’s office at (309) 664-4440 or www.brady.senategop.org.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH UNDERWAY
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which focuses on educating the general public about the disease, increasing awareness in society, and providing greater access to services.
For more than 25 years, NBCAM has been on the frontlines of raising awareness about breast cancer. While great progress has been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, much work remains to be done.
Among the sponsors of NBCAM is Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which came about as the result of a promise Nancy G. Brinker made to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen of Peoria, that she would do all within her power to make breast cancer a thing of the past.
While October is officially dedicated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women need to be proactive year round with regular checkups, and by educating themselves about the latest developments in the fight against breast cancer.
ILLINOIS TOPS IN NUMBER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Recently released data from the U.S. Census of Governments, and a recent report by USA Today reveals that at 6,963 units of local government, Illinois has more than any other state in the nation.
Illinois has the most local units of government, according to the national newspaper, which was reporting on information gathered by Stateline, a publication of the Pew Center on the States. That is more than 7% of all local units of government in the United States and it represents one unit of local government for about every 1,800 Illinois residents.
Illinois’ nearly 7,000 local units of government will receive more than $1 billion in tax dollars in the current fiscal year from state government alone. That doesn’t count the taxes imposed and collected locally.
TIME FOR FLU SHOTS
When the leaves start falling, health experts say that's the time to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the flu season starts in October and is at its peak in the months of December through February. They advise getting a flu shot in October. The CDC estimates 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year.
The influenza vaccine is provided through local health departments and private healthcare providers in the state.
For more information on the flu, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health Web site: http://www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm.