WLIP Voice of Lake County 3/8/18

Waukegan Injury Accident Now Fatal
Vander Tuuk 3-8-18

(Waukegan, IL) An accident in the Fountain Square development has killed a Waukegan woman. Waukegan Police say they were called on Tuesday evening to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Pulaski Drive and Waukegan Road. A van and car had collided, causing severe damage to both vehicles. The van’s driver, a 27-year-old Gurnee man, was said to be wearing his seatbelt, and only suffered minor injuries. The car’s driver, identified as 62-year-old Cynthia Mallett, was not wearing a seatbelt. She was transported from the scene to Advocate Condell in Libertyville, where she was pronounced dead. A Wednesday autopsy showed the cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries. The crash is still being investigated, though no charges, nor citations have been issued.

School funding bill headed to Illinois Senate after House OK
Associated Press 3-8-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) A follow-up bill to Illinois’ school funding reform law is headed to the state Senate after winning approval from members of the House. State officials say the measure is needed to make sure money is properly distributed under the new plan. So far funds haven’t been distributed under the new school funding law because state education officials say there are errors in it that need to be resolved. The new plan sends the most state money to the school districts most in need of help.

Report: Illinois sees steep increase in opioid ER visits
Associated Press 3-8-18

CHICAGO (AP) New federal data show that Illinois emergency rooms saw a 66 percent increase in opioid overdose visits last year. The Chicago Tribune report cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who released state emergency room data. Acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat said emergency room visit data is useful because it shows when and where people are overdosing. She says states can use that information to identify where resources are needed. The CDC report found the opioid-related emergency room visits rose an average 35 percent across 16 states between July 2016 and September 2017. The Midwest and large metropolitan areas saw the largest increases.

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