From its creation in 1877, Illinois’ Department of Public Health has been on the frontlines of combatting communicable diseases, dispelling misinformation, protecting residents, and improving lives. Here’s a look at some important figures about public health in Illinois.
Sources: Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois fiscal year 2021 budget
When Dale Colee became a pharmacist in Decatur more than four decades ago, he was one of 18 independent pharmacists in the city.
Today he operates the only independent pharmacy in a four-county area.
“The ability to interact with patients is so important,” he said. “We do special packaging. We do deliveries. We do whatever it takes to get patients their medications so they can stay at home and be safe and have those medications when they need them.”
Observers say a shrinking number of local, independent pharmacies in Illinois is the result of payment cuts by middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers, combined with the state’s expanded Medicaid managed care program. …
Economic development projects in communities all over Illinois are injecting needed revenue, revitalization, and economic activity into the state. Below is a look at just a few of the projects underway in Illinois.
1. BELVIDERE: Rock Valley College selected a Belvidere site to develop a workforce training center in conjunction with Belvidere public schools. The center will help train students for careers in manufacturing, welding, electronics, and more.
2. CHAMPAIGN: Ground has been broken on a six-story apartment building geared to college students in Champaign. …