The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering free potassium iodide pills to people who live near a nuclear plant.  Spokesperson Patti Thompson says the pill helps protect the thyroid from radioactive iodine, which could be released during a nuclear power plant incident.  

Thompson comments

It's been a decade since they offered the pills.  Residents within ten miles of the plants in Byron, Braidwood, Clinton, Dresden, LaSalle, and the Quad-Cities should receive vouchers in the next few weeks.   More information is available at

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