There’s a plan to keep the state’s poison center open. A measure passed the Illinois Senate Thursday meant to keep the poison center open. State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) says the center, which provides a hotline for people concerned they may have ingested something harmful, has been of personal use. “Like most parents, we’ve called Poison Control from time to time. It’s a remarkably valuable asset for nervous parents like us to be able to get immediate help to be reassured that we don’t have to take our kids to the emergency room,” said Harmon.
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Harmon is sponsoring the measure that would the center in operation. The center was threatening to close this summer without the extra money, which would come from a fund meant to reimburse cell phone companies for integrating with the 911 system. That task is largely complete.
State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says extra money in the fund should go to 911 centers instead. “The end result, whether it’s next year or three of four years down the road, there will be less money available for the 911 call centers," he said.
Notwithstanding the opposition, the measure passed the Senate.