House holds committee hearing on Ethylene Oxide bills
Senator Curran testified this week in Chicago at a House Committee hearing on legislation that would further restrict and regulate the use of Ethylene Oxide (EtO), the deadly gas at the heart of the recent Sterigenics crisis. Curran spoke on the potential dangers presented by the industrial use of the gas and the impact on Willowbrook, home of the former Sterigenics operation.
One of the bills would allow home rule municipalities to bane EtO emissions in their communities, while the other would phase out the industrial use of the gas in Illinois.
Illinois State Police Warning Residents of a Telephone Scam
The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the country. A number of residents have reported to the ISP that they have received a call with a voice indicating the person’s grandson has been arrested or is in trouble. While the caller ID shows that the ISP is calling, ISP wants to make sure the public knows these calls are not coming from them.
Citizens should be aware of this scam, and remember that the Illinois State Police does not ask for personal information and will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money for any reason. Citizens are advised to hang up immediately and cautioned to not provide any personal information.
The Illinois State Police encourages those that believe they have been the victim of this phone scam to call them at 217-782-7980, or report information on this scam or different types of phone scams to the Illinois Attorney General’s office at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/contacts.html
Illinois State Lottery has a New Game to Help the Homeless
To help address homelessness throughout the state, Illinois Lottery officials have introduced a new game with the proceeds going to the Homeless Prevention Revenue Fund administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The fund provides rent and utility assistance to those in need.
The new scratch-off ticket, “Easy as 123,” started Sept. 3 and is the first-ever Illinois Lottery game that addresses homeless. It is $2 to play, with a maximum amount of $20,000 a player can win.