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Task Force addresses opiode epidemic

THE GOVERNOR’S NEW OPIOID PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE HAS KICKED OFF A STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR.

THE FIRST MEETING WAS HELD IN CHICAGO...AND THE GROUP HEARD FROM THOSE AFFECTED PERSONALLY BY THE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE DRUGS. FIRST UP WAS AMY MCCORMICK, WHOSE SON OWEN BECAME ADDICTED AFTER AN OUT-PATIENT HAND SURGERY.

"The use of Narcan has become critical, not only for emergency respondedrs but also those at home, says McCormick. "Physical and mental abuse is out of control."

NARCAN IS AN ANTIDOTE FOR OPIOID OVERDOSES. OPIOID RELATED DEATHS ARE DRAMATICALLY INCREASING IN ILLINOIS. THE TASK FORCE IS WORKING TO REDUCE THOSE NUMBERS.

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti says the numbers keep growing and it's destroying our families. "We can't just sit back and allow this to happen."

THE GOVERNOR’S NEW OPIOID PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE IS KICKING OFF A STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR. THE GROUP IS HEARING FROM FAMILIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND MORE. DURING THE FIRST HEARING IN CHICAGO, DENNIS PAGACH, AN ADDICT WHO HAS BEEN CLEAN FOR MORE THAN A MONTH NOW STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS.

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" A Man in Recovery - from Dope to Hope"

A recovered heroin and cocaine addict will present a community awareness program in Watseka Wednesday evening.  Tim Ryan of Naperville is the presenter at Watseka High School.  The 6 pm presentation is in the high school gym. 

The program is sponsored by the Iroquois Coalition for Change.  The coalition includes the Iroquois County Health Department and the Iroquois County Mental Health Center along with Celebrate Recovery in Watseka.  

Ryan will address students during the day Wednesday.  

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Ten Years Brings 45% Fewer Teen Driving Fatalities in Illinois

This week marks the tenth anniversary of National Teen Driver Safety Week. , And things look much different than they did ten years ago. Though it is tragic to lose even one young person in a car crash, in the United States the numbers have decreased nearly 43 percent in the past decade. In 2015, 4,308 teens were involved in fatal crashes compared to 7,500 in 2005*.

In Illinois, the number of teens involved in fatal car crashes has gone down by 45%, 239 in 2005 compared to 132 in 2015.

Studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) attribute reductions in crash deaths to strong Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs. Nearly all states have substantially strengthened their GDL laws over the past twenty years. Strong GDL laws consist of: minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit, a six-month holding period, supervised driving requirement, nighttime driving restriction, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and a minimum age of 18 for an unrestricted license.

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Judge Tungate to retire in November 2018

Circuit Judge Susan Sumner Tungate has announced her retirement.  She plans to step aside November 30, 2018 after 20 years on the bench. The judge said 20 years is long enough.  She plans to enjoy time with family and grandchildren.

Judge Tungate was first elected associate judge in 1998.  She was then elected to her circuit role in 2002.

Associate Judge Thomas Cunnington has announced he plans to seek the circuit judge'e seat next year.  He plans to run the Republican March primary in 2018.

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KCC Job Fair in Watseka November 16

The Kankakee Community College Miner South Extension Center in Watseka will sponsor a Job Fair from 10 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Booths are available, free of charge, for area businesses to participate. The reservation deadline for a booth is Nov. 3, 2017. Employers can register at www.kcc.edu/jobfair.

“The purpose of the Job Fair is to create an opportunity to bring a variety of employers together to offer opportunities for employment to local residents,” said Ken Crite, career services coordinator at KCC. “Job seekers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and treat it as an actual employment interview to receive optimal results.”

The Job Fair is sponsored by KCC’s Career Services Office and Office of Continuing Education and Career Services.

The Miner South Extension Center is at 1488 E. Walnut in Watseka. For further information, phone Crite at 815-802-8222, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.kcc.edu/jobfair.

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