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The much anticipated new science building at the College of Lake County opened for classes this week. Thanks to the advocacy of State Representative Barbara Wheeler, the state of the art facility was approved for $17.5 million in project funding by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

From the Daily Herald: "What they will find is a modern, energy-efficient building that's a big step up from the old digs.
Everyday in the United States, doctors and hospitals use over 36,000 units of red blood, 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma while treating patients. A single donation could be used by multiple patients and save lives. Consider giving blood this January. 

The American Red Cross offers a convenient zip code search where you can find upcoming blood drives near your community, Click Here
State Representative Barbara Wheeler joined the #WearBlueDay campaign to raise awareness about the pervasive impact of human trafficking in the United States. Rep. Wheeler has made the fight against human trafficking a focus of her legislative work in Springfield and recently joined the board of Refuge a Women, a non-profit that helps victims recover.

Learn more about the #BlueCampaign and the collaborative work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, law enforcement and leaders across the country to end this terrible human exploitation here:
State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) said it is good news that the University of Illinois (U of I) System plans to extend its current in-state tuition freeze for another year, but more is needed.

“The cost of a public university education has risen 200 percent across the country in the past two decades,” said Wheeler. “Illinois students have felt these rising costs more than our neighboring states and it’s caused a dramatic brain drain as students have chosen to leave Illinois. I’m pleased the U of I System is responding to the problem by continuing their in-state tuition freeze, but considering the dramatic increase in college costs, more has to be done.”

The Board of Trustees for the U of I System, which consists of universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign, is expected to vote on the undergraduate in-state tuition freeze proposal next week. President Tim Killeen said the tuition freeze, begun in the fall of 2014, has increased enrollment by 6.6 percent. While undergraduate in-state tuition will be frozen, undergraduate mandatory fees and room-and-board rates will not be frozen, nor will graduate and professional program tuition.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. On Thursday, January 11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, State Representative Barbara Wheeler and leaders across the country are encouraging Americans to #WearBlueDay to support human trafficking awareness. Join the awareness effort to end this terrible practice by wearing your blue and share #WeWearBlueBecause

From the Lake County Health Department: Radon is a radioactive gas naturally found in rock and soil. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. 

The Health Department offers short-term testing kits for $10.00. The cost includes return postage, laboratory analysis and interpretation by Health Department staff. Test kits are also available from area hardware and building supply stores. If test results reveal elevated levels of radon in your home, contact a radon professional to evaluate and fix the problem. For more information and to request a short-term testing kit, contact the Health Department at: (847) 377-8020 or Click Here.