Influenza Cases On The Rise Across State

Jan 9, 2018
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The number of flu cases is spiking across the state.

Health officials say the spike is happening early in the season. 

Todd Kisner is with the Winnebago County Health Department. He says he’s seen reported cases nearly quadruple over the past month.

“As far as the number of flu cases this early, it’s a little early for us," he said. "But that hopefully means it will end early.”

He says the flu season typically runs through April.


Illinois could see changes this year that expand access to medical marijuana, as operators say the number of patients allowed to buy the drug is too low to recoup investments.

The Chicago Tribune reports that retail sales of medical cannabis in Illinois only topped about $9.3 million last month. Revolution Enterprises CEO Mark de Souza says his two marijuana cultivation facilities in the state are operating at less than 30 percent capacity.

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Sycamore High School students have spoken: The majority are in favor of a flexible schedule during school days.

More than 80 percent of all Sycamore High School students, families and teachers say they would be in favor of a flexible schedule during school days. That’s according to survey data collected by administration recently.

Tim Carlson, principal of Sycamore High School, says he is all for anything that could better prepare students for the modern workforce, especially when it comes to teaching kids how to better manage their free time.

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Weather experts are urging residents to take precautions to prevent burst water pipes during frigid temperatures.

People should insulate outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated areas -- like the garage or crawl space.

Kyle Saunders is with the city of Rockford. He says people should run a constant drip of cold water in a faucet farthest from the meter.

Saunders also recommends keeping cupboard doors open when temperatures drop.

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Different locations in northern Illinois are available to help residents weather the winter conditions.

State-authorized warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during each facility's regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

The Illinois Tollway Oases in the Chicago area are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jeff McMaster is Deputy Chief of the DeKalb Fire Department.