Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.
That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.
For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.
Customers at Illinois bars might be able to smoke at bars again. As long as they take it outside.A new measure in the state legislature would allow smoking in beer gardens, as long as it takes place 15 feet from the entrance. Currently, smokers are required to leave the premises.
Illinois smokers could soon see a huge increase in the cost of a pack of cigarettes. The Illinois House today approved a plan to more than double the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack. Other tobacco products would see a similar increase.