NEW ILLINOIS FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROGRAM
For the first time in Illinois’ history, state funds will be used to assist food banks in purchasing food through the new Food for Families program, a $1 million hunger relief initiative that will provide enough food for 3,090 meals per day for Illinois families in need. Currently, food banks receive donations through local food companies, food drives, and the federal government, but these sources are not keeping up with the demand.
Nearly 500,000 Illinois children are hungry. With constantly rising food prices and decreased federal support, Governor Blagojevich will propose $5 million in funding for the Food for Families program in next year’s budget.
If you would like to make a donation, volunteer, or are hungry yourself, call 773-247-3663.
RADON KITS AVAILABLE
The natural breakdown of uranium in the soil gives off a radioactive gas called radon. You can't see or smell radon, but it can enter your home and pollute the air. High concentrations and prolonged exposure can cause lung cancer, leading to many thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer for smokers and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
Testing is the only way to know how much radon is in your home. Homes should be tested for radon every two years. Free radon test kits are available from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-325-1245
FIRE AT RESIDENCE ON ALICE STREET
Greenville firemen were called Tuesday afternoon at 2:10 PM to a residence on Alice Street. Straw around the house and siding were on fire. Firemen quickly extinguished the fire. Estimated damage to the building was $500.00. Firemen were on the scene for about 45 minutes.