A potential database under consideration in Illinois would let law-enforcement officers verify insurance coverage electronically. The state estimates that as much as 6% of its 9 million licensed drivers lack insurance.
Farm income will take a hit if the Environmental Protection Agency carries out its proposal to cut the biofuel-blending requirements to below the statutory level, according to Ann Marie Cain, manager of the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau in Illinois. "Initially, it would decrease the amount of renewable fuels used, the commodity prices would drop, and then farmers would have less money to put back in the local economies," Cain said.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center in Rockford, Ill., has lowered the maximum age for inclusion in its bone marrow donor registry. The new guidelines allow people between the ages of 18 and 44. The maximum age previously was 61. Cells from younger donors have a higher chance of transplant success, according to the blood center, which has around 15,000 people in its registry.
Northern Illinois University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have joined with the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center to establish a collaborative research program that will focus on developing new treatments in the areas of nuclear medicine and proton beam therapy. The initiative will work toward the advancement of therapies into clinical trials.
Under the agreement, the organization will assist Israel's Magen David Adom in the event of a blood shortage there. America's Blood Centers said its affiliates will be able to opt out of the program at their discretion.