Lake County in 60 Seconds
State Rep. Kathy Ryg of Vernon Hills recently was named legislator of the year by the Arc of Illinois for her work on behalf of the developmentally disabled. Ryg has introduced legislation to increase wages for direct care staff and to equalize compensation between home care providers to developmentally disabled persons and providers for physically disabled persons. Ryg is the vice-chair of the House developmental disabilities and mental illness committee and has been appointed chair of the subcommittee on paratransit services within the mass transit committee.
Award for fire district:
Vernon Hills-based Countryside Fire Protection District recently was honored by Flight For Life Northern Illinois with the 2004 scene call of the year. The award was presented for a Sept. 16 accident in which a construction worker had been shot in the neck with a nail gun. Limited movement of the patient was essential because of the proximity of the nail to the spinal cord and vital arteries. …