NEW H1N1 REPORTING WEBSITE
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced a new web site system for reporting the H1N1 or swine flu activity in Illinois. Similar to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting system the IDPH is no longer reporting confirmed and probable cases of H1N1 on its web site. Instead the IDPH will only report confirmed hospitalizations and deaths. The H1N1 virus continues to circulate in Illinois and people should continue to take preventative measures such as the three C's. Clean, properly wash your hands frequently. Cover, cover your cough and sneeze and Contain, contain your germs by staying home if you are sick. For more information, go to the web site www.ready.illinois.gov.
HIGHLAND HOME DAMAGED BY FIRE
Highland Firemen werecalled to a home fire at 1405 Lemon Street, at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday. According to assistant chief Kerry Federer, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The home sustained heavy damage with the downstairs being gutted. The rest of the home sustained smoke, heat and water damage. A family dog was killed in the fire but no people were hurt. Firemen were on the scene for almost three hours.
VETERANS LICENSE PLATES
Illinois has added seven new license plates specifically designed for veterans. The seven plates include: Air Force Cross, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Army plate, Navy plate, Paratrooper plate and Korean Service Medal. These plates are in addition to the other 19 plates that are currently available to veterans. All of the veterans license plates are available in vanity or personalized formats and may be ordered at Secretary of State facilities. Proof of military documentation is required to obtain these plates. One plate, the Support Our Troops plate is available to all Illinois motorists. These plates will also be available at the Illinois State Fair.