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Two out of every five
Americans involved

[JULY 13, 2002]  Nearly two out of every five Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash in their lifetime. Alcohol-related traffic accidents are the second leading cause of teen deaths.

Alcohol is the primary drug of abuse for youth. Research shows that about 10 million Americans between ages 12 to 20 years had at least one drink last month. These numbers increase alcohol’s association with the leading causes of death and injuries among teenagers and young adults. For example, during a typical weekend, an average of one teenager dies each hour in a car crash. Nearly 50 percent of these crashes involve alcohol.

Driving under the influence in Illinois is a serious risk-taking behavior. Apart from concerns for the personal safety of yourself and others, there are severe legal penalties (see chart)  and economic consequences if convicted.

Under the "Use It & Lose It" zero tolerance law, drivers under age 21 with any trace of alcohol in their systems will lose their driving privileges. People under 21 also can be charged with a DUI if they have a blood alcohol content of .08 percent, the legal blood alcohol limit in Illinois for those of legal drinking age. A DUI conviction involves both administrative and criminal penalties and will result in both the revocation of your driver’s license and the suspension of vehicle registration privileges. The following chart illustrates some of Illinois’ consequences of underage drinking.


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Parents have tremendous influence over their teen’s decision whether or not to drink alcohol. Studies show that parental attitudes and practices related to alcohol are the strongest social influence on children’s use of alcohol and other drugs. That is why it is important not to send mixed messages. Parents need to maintain good lines of communication, become involved in their child’s lives, make and enforce clear and consistent rules, serve as positive role models, and be aware of their child’s activities in order to help their child make healthier choices.

A study from the Center of Substance Abuse Prevention found that when school-age youth are allowed to drink at home, they not only are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs outside the home, but also are more likely to develop serious behavioral and health problems related to substance use. The survey indicated that most parents allow for "supervised" underage drinking, which is a bigger factor in use and abuse than peer pressure. Parents should know that it is a Class A misdemeanor, with a possible fine of $1,000, to knowingly allow individuals to gather at a residence when the individuals are under the age of 21 and are drinking.

If you would like more information on the "Use It & Lose It" zero tolerance law or more alcohol information, contact Kristi Lessen at (217) 735-2272.

[News release]

“Use It & Lose It” penalties


Loss of driving privileges

Effect on driving record

Test failurefirst violation

Three months

“Use It & Lose It”
suspension on public
record during suspension
period. Does not appear
after that unless there is a
subsequent suspension.

Test refusalfirst violation

Six months

Test failuresecond  violation

One year

Test refusalsecond violation

Two years

Under 21 DUI penalties


Loss of driving privileges

Effect on driving record

DUI first offense

Two years minimum

DUI conviction is permanently on driving record.

DUI second offense

Until age 21
or five years minimum

Health Matters

A monthly feature from  Logan County Health Department

August is World Breastfeeding Month

[AUG. 2, 2002]  When a woman learns that she is pregnant, she begins to think about all kinds of things. She may worry about a variety of health issues. Will my baby be healthy? What if the baby is born with a problem? One issue that many women are concerned about is how to feed their baby. "Should I breast-feed or should I formula-feed my baby?" or "Which is best, breast or formula?" These are questions often asked.

Formula feeding is OK, but breast-feeding is best for baby, and for you. There are many benefits to breast-feeding. A few are listed below.

Benefits for baby

1. Breast milk has the right balance of nutrients and changes as the baby grows.

2. Breast milk provides immunities that help protect from certain diseases.

3. Breast milk is easier to digest; constipation and colic are less common.

4. Breast-feeding helps with baby’s development: mouth structure, jaw and facial muscles, and tooth position.

Benefits for mom

1. Breast-feeding helps the uterus return to pre-pregnant size sooner.

2. Breast-feeding burns extra calories, helps mom lose weight.

3. Breast-feeding is easier. No bottles to sterilize or formula to prepare. Also, it is always available and at the right temperature.

4. Breast-feeding costs less. No formula or bottles to buy.

For more information on breast-feeding and WIC services, contact Logan County Health Department at (217) 735-2317.

[News release]

Red Cross

Red Cross classes in August

[AUG. 6, 2002]  The American Red Cross will conduct classes on CPR and first aid on Aug. 12, 13 and 14. Sessions will be at the local office, 125 S. Kickapoo St.

A class on adult CPR will be Aug. 12; first aid, on Aug. 13; and infant and child CPR, Aug. 14. All classes will be from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m.

Also, there will be a challenge class on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Red Cross office.

To register for any of these classes or for further information, call 732-2134 between noon and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Red Cross August blood drives

[JULY 25, 2002]  NAPA Auto Parts will sponsor two blood drives at the Lincoln Sports Complex in August. On Aug. 7, the hours will be from noon until 5 p.m., and on Aug. 21 hours will be from noon until 6 p.m.

Also on Aug. 21, there will be a blood drive at the Mount Pulaski Christian Church, with hours from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The following blood donors reached milestones recently: R.W. Shanle, 25 gallons; Elaine Knight, 12; Vern Reichle, 10; Helen E. Hoagland, 9; David Andreason, 8; Benjamin Vogel, 7; Vicki Hamm, 6; Jayne Kimmer, 4; and Sheila Sheley, 2 gallons.


Honors & Awards


Mobile health unit schedule

The Rural Health Partnership has announced the schedule for its mobile health unit for 2002.


Morning: 9-11 a.m.



Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.


1st and 3rd


1st and 3rd



2nd and 4th

San Jose

2nd and 4th






Mount Pulaski



New Holland




1st and 3rd




2nd and 4th

Friendship Manor-Lincoln


1st, 2nd, 4th

Village Hall-Latham




2nd and 4th




Maintenance/ special events


special events

The mobile health unit does not operate on the following dates for holidays during 2002:  Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Feb. 18 (Presidents’ Day), March 29 (Good Friday), May 27 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. 2 (Labor Day), Oct. 14 (Columbus Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), Nov. 28-29 (Thanksgiving break) and Dec. 24-25 (Christmas break).

For more information on the mobile health unit schedule and services, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.

Community resource list

This family resource list to save and use is provided by the Healthy Communities Partnership and the Healthy Families Task Force, 732-2161, Ext. 409.         


Phone number


Lincoln agencies


911 (emergency)
732-3911 (office -- non-emergency)

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital


315 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

American Red Cross

732-2134 or 
1 (800) 412-0100

125 S. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Catholic Social Services


310 S. Logan
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber
of Commerce


303 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Action (CIEDC)


1800 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Crisis Pregnancy Center/
Living Alternatives


408 A Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

DCFS (Department of Children
& Family Services)

735-4402 or 
1 (800) 252-2873
(crisis hotline)

1120 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Heartland Community College
- GED program


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Housing Authority


1028 N. College St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP)

735-2317 or 
1 (800) 269-4019

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Employment and Training Center (replaces JTPA office)


120 S. McLean St., Suite B
Farm Bureau Building
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Area YMCA


319 W. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry


P.O. Box 773
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Parents’ Center


100 S. Maple
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Park District


1400 Primm Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Department of Human Services (Public Aid)


1500 Fourth St.
P.O. Box 310
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Health Department


109 Third St.
P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Mental Health

735-2272 or
735-3600 (crisis line)

304 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center


760 S. Postville Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656

The Oasis
(Senior Citizens of Logan County)


501 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project READ


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Salvation Army


1501 N. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Senior Services of Central Illinois

732-6213 or 
1 (800) 252-8966
(crisis line)

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

U. of I. Extension Service


980 N. Postville Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656

Springfield agencies

Department of Aging


421 E. Capitol, #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789

American Cancer Society

(24 hour)

1305 Wabash, Suite J
Springfield, IL 62704

Community Child Care Connection

(217) 525-2805 or
1 (800) 676-2805

1004 N. Milton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-4430

Hospice Care of Illinois

1 (800) 342-4862
(24 hour) or
732-2161, Ext. 444

720 N. Bond
Springfield, IL 62702

Illinois Department of Public Health

(217) 782-4977

535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761

Legal Assistance Foundation

(217) 753-3300 or
1 (800) 252-8629

730 E. Vine St., Suite 214
Springfield, IL 62703

Sojourn Shelter & Services Inc.

732-8988 or
1 (866) HELP4DV
(24-hour hotline)

1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Division of Specialized Care for Children

524-2000 or 
1 (800) 946-8468

421 South Grand Ave. West
Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62704

Logan County libraries

Atlanta Library 

(217) 648-2112

100 Race St.
Atlanta, IL 61723

Elkhart Library

(217) 947-2313

121 E. Bohan
Elkhart, IL 62634

Lincoln Public Library


725 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Mount Pulaski Library


320 N. Washington
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548

(updated 2-15-02)

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