News

Illinois Poison Control Center in Funding Pinch

Illinois Poison Control Center in Funding Pinch

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The Illinois Poison Center is itself in need of revival.

By June 30, the publicly- and privately-funded center could be closed because of a lack of money.

“I think we are cautiously optimistic,” says the center’s medical director, Dr. Michael Wahl. “We are gathering a lot of support. It really comes down to collaboration and whether all the people who are involved in these decisions agree that the Poison Center is important to keep open and what are the best methods to maintain the funding that’s needed.”

Wahl says the money to run the center comes from hospitals and from state and federal governments. He adds that with a large percentage of the center’s calls coming from hospital emergency rooms and intensive care units, it’s more than a resource for panicked parents who want to know whether they should induce vomiting in a child who has swallowed something.

Wahl says a possible source of funding could be a cell phone 911 surcharge which is still being levied, but whose earmarked projects are done or almost done.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Chicago Lawyer Named to Monitor IDOT Hiring

Noelle Brennan

Noelle Brennan appointed to monitor hiring practices at IDOT.

in Local

Illinois Quarantine for Those Who Touched Ebola Patients

Quarantine

IDPH calls for 21 day quarantine for those exposed to Ebola virus.

in Local

Illinois GOP Unhappy About Counting of Absentee Ballots

voter

State GOP alleges law is not being followed in counting of absentee ballots.

in Local

Jacksonville Police Have “Person of Interest” in Shooting, No One in Custody

gun

Jacksonville Police say they have someone they want to interview in a shooting death from Friday morning.

in Local

Next Generation of Business Leaders Learn From an Internet Pro

computer

Dozens of area high school students spent their morning with a top executive in the social media world