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Will County recipient of DHS grant to reduce opioid overdose deaths

Will County received a five year grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS is the recipient of a federal grant from SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related ...

Dear EarthTalk: What’s new in eco-friendly light bulbs? Is it true that incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form?

The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007 when Congress passed the Energy Independence & Security Act mandating, among other things, that household light bulbs in the 40-100 watt range needed to up their energy ...

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97%” mentioned by Senator Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings Trump’s cabinet post nominations?

The so-called “Myth of the Climate Change 97%” refers to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97% of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring and is caused by human activities. Oklahoma ...

Hospice workshop

The Bereavement Department of Joliet Area Community Hospice is offering a four session Family Journey workshop for ages 6— Adult. Each adult session includes a presentation by a hospice staff member on a grief related topic, followed by group support. ...

Keep norovirus at bay with common sense steps

Will County Health Department Epidemiology & Infectious Disease Coordinator Dr. Alpesh Patel says it is the common season for illnesses like Norovirus, which recently was reported in some Kane County Schools, with St. Charles East High School having to cancel ...

Birth defects prevention

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. But for many of those that work in the Will County Health Department it’s a battle they fight every day of the year. Registered Nurses Sylvia Muniz and Loy Rosen are the managers ...

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that one of the big hurdles to growth in renewables is energy storage. What’s new in the world of battery technologies? And will better forms of storage really accelerate th

It’s true that energy storage has been an Achilles heel in the emerging renewable energy sector, given the large environmental footprint required to produce and distribute our current crop of lithium ion and other types of batteries—and the fact that ...

Dear EarthTalk: What are environmentalists doing to prepare for a Trump presidency?

Many different interest groups are worried about what Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House will mean for their causes, but perhaps none are as concerned as environmental and climate activists. The new administration has vowed to gut the Environmental ...

Will County State's Attorney hosting Jan. 12 blood drive

The blood drive to celebrate National Blood Donor Appreciation Month will from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the former First Midwest Bank building.

Dear EarthTalk: Now that his second term is winding down, what will President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy look like?

The environment may not have been one of candidate Barack Obama’s signature issues in the run-up to the 2008 election; nonetheless, environmentalists were pleased that he won. The non-partisan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) gave Obama an 86 percent rating ...

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways environmentalists are using social media to further their causes?

Environmental advocates and organizations have embraced the revolution in online networking in no small way to raise awareness about climate change and the need for conservation of wild lands and animals—and to generate support for specific campaigns and the green ...

Dear EarthTalk: What is vegan leather made from, and how does it compare with conventional leather in regard to environmental impact?

Leather is stylish, fashionable and wearable throughout the year, but its production takes a heavy toll on animal welfare and the environment. While many environmentalists and vegetarians swear off leather altogether, more and more are turning to vegan leather as ...

Community Health Center Welcomes Certified Addiction Counselor

In our first of a series about the people in the Will County Health Department, we take a look at a man who made a mid-life career change, motivated by some experiences he witnessed in his own family. Dr. William ...

Drop off burned out holiday lights at 8 Will County locations

Three Will County offices are joining the County’s five permanent residential electronic recycling drop-off sites to give residents opportunities to dispose of unwanted, burned out, or horribly twisted string holiday lights. Holiday lights may be dropped off in the lobbies ...

Dear EarthTalk: Are self-driving cars good for the environment?

You know the future is here when you see that the car beside you at a red light has nobody at the helm. That’s already happening in California where a few companies (Uber, Google, Apple, Tesla) have begun testing autonomous ...