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Lawmaker: Illinois not doing enough to prevent suicides Lawmaker: Illinois not doing enough to prevent suicides

Lawmaker: Illinois not doing enough to prevent suicides

Suicide is a problem both lawmakers and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention think Illinois can better address. The most recent data available show 1,474 Illinoisans died by suicide in 2017, a rate of one person every six hours. That’s more than four times the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths that year, and it makes suicide the 11th leading cause of death in Illinois. Yet the state has only one entity responsible for suicide prevention, an advisory board created in 2004 called the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance.

‘Tobacco 21’ bill stalls in Illinois Senate ‘Tobacco 21’ bill stalls in Illinois Senate

‘Tobacco 21’ bill stalls in Illinois Senate

Legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois was expected for a vote in the Senate Wednesday, but the sponsor decided to hold back because of hesitation on the part of new members.

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