Illinois

Final nail in ‘The Velvet Hammer’s’ political coffin? Madigan’s record run as speaker could be nearing an end

Original story published by Rachel Hinton of the Chicago Sun-Times on 11/19/2020. Photo credit to Tim Akimoff of WBEZ. A link to the article may be found HERE   Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan may soon be out of the leadership post he’s held for nearly four decades. After members of his inner circle were…

COVID-19 Update

Helpful Links: 1. Illinois Department of Public Health – for up to the minute updates on COVID-19, and the actions we’re taking to limit its effects. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/ 2. DPH COVID-19 Home Page for information specific to the virus http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus 3. A link to the Unemployment Benefits portal for people who are forced to stay home…

Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban Native American mascots

Original article written by Harmeet Kaur for CNN on February 27th, 2020. Link to the original story may be found HERE  illustration credit to Barbara E. Munson for the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. A link to their page may be found HERE Updated 5:41 PM ET, Thu February 27, 2020 (CNN) – Sports mascots that…

VIDEO: Some Companies May Not Be Following Illinois Law requiring Food Warning Labels for Sesame Allergies

Original story and reporting by Samantha Chatman for ABC 7 Chicago on November 24th. Link to original story and video segment may be found HERE. Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:59PM CHICAGO (WLS) — A new Illinois law is supposed to protect both adults and children with sesame allergies, but some argue that law is giving…

More than 1.5 million Americans are allergic to sesame. Food companies don’t have to list it on their labels.

Original article written for NewFoodEconomy.org on 10/28/19 by Ximena Greenhouse. Link to original story may be found HERE. ore than 1.5 million Americans experience adverse reactions to sesame every year. The flareups can be relatively minor—skin irritations like hives, for instance—or serious and life-threatening, like whole-body anaphylaxis. The FDA does not include sesame on its…

Carroll Tackles Property Tax Relief through Government Consolidation Committee

Press release published to the Lake County Gazette 9/23/19. Link to article may be found HERE Illinois State House District 57 issued the following announcement on Sept. 17 Fighting to provide more tax relief for local families through his newly created Property Tax Relief Task Force, state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, will serve as the…

Carroll’s Bill Protecting Minors from Smoking Becomes Law

Press release published in the Lake County Gazette on Sept. 9th, 2019. Link to release may be found HERE   Illinois State House District 57 issued the following announcement on Sept. 4th A new law sponsored by state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, bans smoking in cars when children are present. “Illinois must prioritize the health…

Illinois becomes first state to require insurers to cover EpiPens for kids, but questions remain about costs

Original story written by Lisa Schencker for the Chicago Tribune on August 14th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE Photo credit to Rich Pedroncelli for the Associated Press. Health insurance companies will have to cover life-saving EpiPens or similar devices for kids with allergies under a new state law that takes effect…

New Study Finds Prevalence of Sesame Allergy, as Illinois Becomes First State to Mandate Sesame Labeling on Packaged Foods

Original Article published by Food and Drug Law at Keller and Heckman LLP on August 7th, 2019 for the National Law Review. Link to original story may be found HERE A new study by researchers from Northwestern University found that 0.49% of Americans, or 1.5 million children and adults, reported having an allergy to sesame, based on…
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