ILLINOIS ' CAPITOL FORUM HELD FOR STUDENTS
Nearly 140 high school students from across Illinois were recently welcomed in Springfield to participate in the Illinois Capitol Forum on America's Future. The event is a civic education program that challenges young people to learn about and discuss important issues that will affect future generations.
Secretary of State Jesse White explains the nationally known program allows students the opportunity to get together and talk with peers about the government and foreign policy. The Capitol Forum Program is coordinated nationally by the Choices for the 21st Century Education Program.
THE SIGNS AND HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
It's a tasteless, odorless gas that can make people very sick or even die…it's called carbon monoxide. This is the time of year when the cold weather outside calls for extra heating inside, resulting in an increased chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. State laws say that all homes with gas appliances or electricity must have a carbon monoxide detector, as this pre-warning system has been proven to save lives.
The elderly, young children and those with pre-existing cardiac conditions are most susceptible to CO poisoning. Symptoms may first appear to be the flu, but then progress to burning eyes, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and unconsciousness. Visible signs, that carbon monoxide is present, include black soot on or around air registers, flues, burners or access opening to appliances, moisture condensation inside windows and dead or dying houseplants. If anyone in your house is feeling ill and you suspect a Co problem, get the victim into fresh air and call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or call 911.