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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2000

Governor Announces $10 Million In Tobacco Funds Go To Local Health

SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced $10 million in grants were awarded to the state's 94 local health departments as part of the state's financial support for community tobacco prevention and control efforts.

"These grants to local health department are just a portion of the substantial commitment the state is making toward tobacco prevention efforts this year," Ryan said. "The best way to reach people and to help people is through local health departments."

The Illinois Tobacco Free Community Grants are distributed using a formula that provides a minimum of $30,000 and allocates additional funds based on population. The grants are used to help fund programs to prevent youth smoking, to promote smoking cessation, and to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

Funding for the one-year grants is from the Tobacco Settlement Recovery Fund, a special state treasury fund established last November to collect payments from the multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

"By allocating these tobacco settlement dollars, the Governor and the General Assembly recognize the negative impact tobacco has had in Illinois," Dr. Lumpkin said. "They are providing the building blocks for communities to fight back against tobacco use and the effects it can have on our families and friends."

Examples of community program activities include:

·Providing educational programs to youth, parents, retailers, businesses, law enforcement, community leaders, health care providers, civic group members, school personnel, and members of special populations to equip and motivate groups to promote changes in the way tobacco is promoted, sold, and used;

·Promoting public health policies that encourage tobacco-free community norms. Policies can focus on clean indoor air, access restrictions, product regulation, insurance coverage for treatment, cessation activities, restrictions on local advertising and promotions, and tobacco product ingredient disclosure; and

·Linking school-based efforts with local community coalitions and statewide counter-advertising programs.

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States and claims the lives of more than 430,000 persons a year - 20,000 of those in Illinois.

A list of local health departments Illinois Tobacco Free Community Grants is attached.

ILLINOIS TOBACCO FREE COMMUNITY GRANTS
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

Local Health Department Grant Amount
Adams County Health Department $54,722
Bond County Health Department 30,000
Boone County Health Department 32,013
Brown County Health Department 30,000
Bureau County Health Department 30,000
Calhoun County Health Department 30,000
Cass County Health Department 30,000
Champaign County Public Health Department 55,033
Champaign­Urbana Public Health District 80,309
Chicago Department of Public Health 2,099,401
Christian County Health Department 30,000
Clark County Health Department 30,000
Clay County Health Department 30,000
Clinton County Health Department 30,000
Coles County Health Department 42,046
Cook County Department of Public Health 1,700,958
Crawford County Health Department 30,000
Cumberland County Health Department 30,000
DeKalb County Health Department 67,088
DeWitt­Piatt Bi­County Health Department 30,000
Douglas County Health Department 30,000
DuPage County Health Department 682,170
East Side Health District 69,188
Edgar County Health Department 30,000
Effingham County Health Department 30,000
Egyptian Health Department 39,557
Evanston Health Department 59,388
Fayette County Health Department 30,000
Ford­Iroquois Public Health Department 37,612
Franklin­Williamson Bi­County Health Department 80,542
Fulton County Health Department 32,324
Greene County Health Department 30,000
Grundy County Health Department 30,458
Hamilton County Health Department 30,000
Hancock County Health Department 30,000
Henderson County Health Department 30,000
Henry County Health Department 42,046
Jackson County Health Department 49,122
Jasper County Health Department 30,000
Jefferson County Health Department 32,324
Jersey County Health Department 30,000
Jo Daviess County Health Department 30,000
Kane County Health Department 298,453
Kankakee County Health Department 81,241
Kendall County Health Department 41,190
Knox County Health Department 45,389
Lake County Health Department 467,058
LaSalle County Health Department 87,385
Lawrence County Health Department 30,000
Lee County Health Department 30,302
Livingston County Health Department 32,946
Logan County Health Department 30,000
Macon County Health Department 90,885
Macoupin County Health Department 40,023
Madison County Health Department 202,563
Marion County Health Department 34,813
Marshall County Health Department 30,000
Mason County Health Department 30,000
McDonough County Health Department 30,000
McHenry County Health Department 186,620
McLean County Health Department 111,961
Menard County Health Department 30,000
Mercer County Health Department 30,000
Monroe­Randolph Bi­County Health Department 48,578
Montgomery County Health Department 30,000
Morgan County Health Department 30,535
Moultrie County Health Department 30,000
Oak Park Department of Public Health 44,146
Ogle County Health Department 41,268
Peoria City/County Health Department 143,924
Perry County Health Department 30,000
Pike County Health Department 30,000
Putnam County Health Department 30,000
Rock Island County Health Department 117,560
Sangamon County Department of Public Health 59,388
Schuyler County Health Department 30,000
Scott County Health Department 30,000
Shelby County Health Department 30,000
Skokie Health Department 48,578
Southern Seven Health Department 58,922
Springfield Department of Public Health 88,630
Stark County Health Department 30,000
St. Clair County Health Department 140,813
Stephenson County Health Department 40,412
Stickney Township Public Health District 31,547
Tazewell County Health Department 102,861
Vermilion County Health Department 68,331
Wabash County Health Department 30,000
Washington County Health Department 30,000
Wayne County Health Department 30,000
Whiteside County Health Department 49,200
Will County Health Department 348,459
Winnebago County Health Department 209,718
Woodford County Health Department 30,000
TOTAL $10,000,000



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