(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Police is teaming up with the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation to help decrease prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. It’s been announced that five (5) of the twenty-one (21) State Police District Headquarters across Illinois will house receptacles for people to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications without any consequences. The initiative is another step in the state’s effort to reduce opioid-related deaths in Illinois by 33% in three years. Accessible at all times, the receptacles will be placed at headquarters in Des Plaines, Elgin, Joliet, LaSalle, and Collinsville.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner, State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe, and other officials met last week to honor Gerald and Betty Brown of Jonesboro, the first family to be bestowed with the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bicentennial Farm designation. The family was presented the honor at the annual Agricultural Legislative Day, held at the State Capitol last Tuesday in Springfield. The Brown family currently owns the land that was settled by the family back in 1817 as it enters the 5th and 6th generation of operations in far Southern Illinois. The Bicentennial Farm designation program was launched in 2016 when the General Assembly passed legislation to honor these Illinois farm families.
(SPRINGFIELD) Four Illinois students were the winners last week of the 22nd Biennial Organ / Tissue Donor Poster Contest, as honored at a ceremony in Springfield. The overall winner was Jada Andrews, a third grader at Providence St. Mel School in Chicago, for designing the best poster in the state, according to Donate Life Illinois. Other poster winners included students from Junction, Herrin, Urbana, and Chicago. Currently, there are more than 6.4 million people registered to become organ/tissue donors in Illinois. However, nearly 5,000 are on the organ waiting list and about 300 people die each year waiting for an organ transplant. The statistics show one donor can save or greatly improve up to 25 total lives around the state. To learn more about the organ/tissue donation process or more, go online to www.giftofhope.org.
(SPRINGFIELD) The nation’s tax deadline is now only one day away, tomorrow, April 17th. The Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue are reminding taxpayers to file their tax returns electronically to make sure everything gets submitted in time. For last minute filing and/or other details on state taxes, go online at www.tax.illinois.gov or if any federal questions, go online at www.irs.gov.