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State's inaction may lead to public health crisis

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InsuranceTo the editor:

I am writing this correspondence to alert your readers about my concern as the public health officer for Logan County regarding the pending expiration of the Environmental Health Practitioner Licensing Act in Illinois. The intent of this state law is to safeguard the health, safety and general welfare of Illinois residents by assuring qualified and competent professionals are performing critical health protection services in Illinois, such as food safety inspections, regulation of private water supplies and the management of on-site wastewater disposal systems.

If this licensing act is not renewed during the General Assembly's veto session this November, there will be no employment standards mandated for hiring of health inspectors. The loss of professional standards will result in Illinois taking a huge step backward in the protection of the public's health.

Therefore, I urge everyone to contact your state representative and demand that the House of Representatives adopt the pending legislation to extend the Environmental Health Practitioner Licensing Act.


Mark Hilliard, MPH, CHES
Public health administrator
Logan County Department of Public Health

[Posted November 11, 2008]

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