State, Suburbs Get Federal Support in Bioterrorism Fight
Toomey, Shamus, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Shamus Toomey Daily Herald Staff Writer
County health departments around Chicago's suburbs soon will be getting federal cash to hire emergency planners and epidemiologists to better brace the area for a bioterrorism attack.
In addition, the suburbs will be the beneficiaries of millions of dollars that will go directly to the state to upgrade communications, including the way public health officials track infectious diseases.
The money is part of a $30 million federal package released to Illinois Friday by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. It is part of a $1.1 billion bioterrorism fund approved by President Bush in January.
"Today we're going to take a giant step toward strengthening our preparedness," said Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor who was in Chicago Friday to announce the funds.
State public health director John Lumpkin said Illinois will send $230,000 to DuPage County's health department, and $210,000 each to departments in Kane, Will and Lake counties. Suburban Cook County will receive $330,000, and McHenry County will get $115,000. …