Illinois has two new laws regarding diabetes, just signed by the governor. One establishes a specialized license plate, which will cost an extra $40, with $25 of the money going to the Diabetes Research Checkoff Fund. The money is needed, says Dr. Louis H. Philipson of the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center.
“We’re learning so much and at the same time not getting the funds we need to do the exciting work that we now think we can do, so to raise awareness like this, to increase the ability to do research at the state level is just phenomenal, and we’re so pleased that we could be here to see the signing,” he said at the bill signing ceremony.
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The research is into efforts to prevent and cure diabetes, and also into ways to treat diabetes that are less expensive and less of a hassle.
The plates won’t be minted until 1,500 people sign up.
The second law requires the Illinois State Diabetes Commission to report every two years on the social and economic costs of diabetes and efforts to control and prevent the disease.