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October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Morrison DCFS Exhibit 10-8-14 002RNearly 4,000 infants die unexpectedly every year in the U.S., with the most common causes being Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental sleep suffocation. In many other cases, a cause cannot be identified.

Reducing accidental sleep suffocation and promoting safe sleeping habits in infants is the main impetus behind Safe Sleep Awareness Month, held this October in Illinois.

“Safe Sleep is all about the ABCS: Babies should always sleep Alone, on their Backs in a safe Crib in a Smoke-free Environment,” said DCFS Acting Director Bobbie Gregg.

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Preventing bullying in schools, workplace

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. October 6bullying-2014 was Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention. It’s also the perfect time to learn about efforts to reduce and prevent bullying.

Bullying is no longer only a playground concern. The negative psychological effects of bullying occur in the schoolyard, on college campuses, online and even in the workplace.

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Link event brings job seekers, employers together

Link-jobfairThe Ramada-Waukegan was bustling with activity on Tuesday during Senator Terry Link’s community job and resource fair. The event was co-hosted by Representative Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan).

Job seekers and employers came to the event, which helped job seekers get on-the-spot job offers and critical feedback from potential employers. More than 70 employers attended at the fair, ranging from private companies such as Comcast to the US Army and state agencies such as the Department of Human Services and the Illinois State Police.

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Medical Marijuana program closer to reality

Medical Marijuana Dispensary RIllinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program began accepting patient applications for licenses to purchase medicinal marijuana earlier this month. Patients with specific illnesses and a certification from their long-time doctor can now submit applications to the Illinois Department of Public Health to obtain a medical marijuana card, allowing them to purchase medical marijuana from a state-sanctioned dispensary.

Applicants with last names beginning “A” through “L and their caregivers could begin registering with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program as of September 2 and may continue to do so through October 31.  Patients with last names beginning with “M” through “Z” may apply from Nov. 1 until Dec. 31. After the initial enrollment period, any interested patient will be able to register for the program at any time.

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