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The less painful way to fight influenza may not be the best option this year.

The flu vaccine shot's effectiveness was around 60 percent last year. Illinois health officials are questioning how well the nasal spray alternative worked.

So they recommend people stick with the vaccine shot this season, which is updated to match circulating viruses.

Melaney Arnold, with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says the flu has symptoms similar to the common cold.

Brian Mackey

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has gotten a lot of traction with his push for term limits.

Voters seem to love the idea just as much as legislators hate it -- even if the governor's plan doesn't seem all that practical. 

It's pretty clear Rauner's desire for term limits is at least partially rooted in animus for House Speaker Michael Madigan, who's been a state representative since 1971.

The earliest Illinois could amend its constitution to include term limits is 2018. Only then would the 10-year clock start ticking on lawmakers' careers.


There no longer is any such position as an Illinois Department of Transportation "staff assistant," Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday.

An inspector general's report in 2014 found that previous administrations hired people into that role, which allowed them to skirt state hiring rules.

Then the workers often were moved into other jobs that would have been subject to merit testing. It was a way get people with clout on the state payroll.

Rauner says the inspector general is still looking for patronage hires in other departments.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been selected by his peers on the state's highest court to be its next chief justice.

The state Supreme Court on Monday announced Karmeier's unanimous selection to a three-year term beginning Oct. 26.

He will be the chief administrative officer of the state's judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a drug commonly carried by first responders to address the potentially fatal symptoms of an opioid overdose.  Until recently, it was only publicly available via a prescription.  However, part of a 2015 state statute changes that.  

Lali's Law, named for a Western Illinois University student who died of a heroin overdose, established a standard procedure for pharmacists to dispense Naloxone without individual prescriptions.