News Headlines – July 13, 2018

Last Updated on July 13th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

IDPH: Foodborne Illnesses Linked To McDonald’s Salads

(Springfield, IL) — Dozens of cases of foodborne illnesses in the state are being blamed on salads from McDonald’s restaurants. The Illinois Department of Public Health says about 90 cases of an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite have been confirmed since mid-May, and about one in four say they had eaten a salad at the fast food restaurant within days of getting sick. Health officials in Iowa are reporting a little more than a dozen similar cases, and in all of those, the people had eaten a McDonald’s salad.

Rauner Launches Term Limits Initiative

(Marion, IL) — Governor Rauner doesn’t think people like state House Speaker Mike Madigan should stay in office for decades. He launched a new initiative called The People’s Pledge to impose term limits yesterday in Marion along with a second goal of electing anyone else as House speaker. Madigan has been speaker for 33 of the last 35 years. Rauner noted over 80-percent of voters in Illinois support term limits and said it’s not a partisan issue.

Peoria International Airport On Track For Record Year

(Peoria, IL) — Peoria International Airport is on track to have a record year. Officials say more than 64-thousand people traveled through the airport last month, topping its previous monthly record from March. The overall passenger count is also up six-percent from the airport’s best year ever in 2015.

Department Of Health Issues Bat Warning

(Springfield, IL) — As bats become more active, the Illinois Department of Health is reminding people of their potential danger. A spokesman says although most bats aren’t infected with rabies, it’s important that you avoid handling them and keep your pets vaccinated. If you find a bat in your home, call the local health department and they will help determine if you’ve been exposed to rabies.