Springfield, Ill – State public health officials revealed Thursday that Illinois has recorded its first death this year from West Nile disease.
The Illinois Department of Public Health says a 58-year-old man from DuPage County died Wednesday after becoming ill with West Nile encephalitis in mid-August.
The disease, spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, has been reported in 20 people in Illinois this year. The state recorded 54 human cases and one death in 2003 and led the nation with 884 cases and 66 deaths in 2002.
Springfield, Ill. – The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill. reports that Governor Rod Blagojevich's administration seems to be sparing Democrats from some layoffs.
The paper got a hold of a list of people being laid off at the Department of Transportation. It looked into 24 fired workers and found 22 of them voted Republican in recent primary elections. The other two didn't vote.