The line about throwing your two cents in would have a literal meaning, if a bill introduced in Springfield succeeds in saving the Illinois Poison Center. There’s no funding commitment for the center after this fiscal year, which ends June 30. A bill sponsored by State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) would change that by earmarking two cents a month from Illinois customers’ cell phone bills for the center.
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Harmon says it would not be a new charge to customers, because the two cents currently goes to a 9-1-1 project, which Harmon says will be complete anyway. Harmon, a father of three, says he is thinking about “a panicked parent in the middle of the night whose child is sick and is really worried that he or she ingested something they should not have ingested.” Harmon continues, “The experts over the phone can provide a great deal of comfort and some real-time medical care.”