Link-flagGood news for Waukegan residents: Waukegan Harbor is officially off of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The location has been on the list since 1987, but recent cleanup efforts have removed the dangerous contaminants from the harbor and that area of Lake Michigan.

“Waukegan Harbor should be a point of pride and beauty for residents, but unfortunately for a long time it has been riddled with waste that keeps people from enjoying it,” Link said. “I am proud that finally the harbor has been removed from the list of areas deemed concerning and can now be a source of fun and leisure for all area residents.”

Area dune and swale habitats have seen additional cleanup efforts since the early 1990s. The City of Waukegan has worked tirelessly in an effort to offer the best possible marina and beach areas for residents while removing sewer overflows from the area. State and federal agencies assisted in the removal of PCB-contaminants as well as additional toxic elements.

For more information, visit:

http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/outboardmarine/

http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/aoc/waukegan/

http://www.glri.us/

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This year, State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed a measure that honored a local Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery and valor during the Vietnam War.

“Today, I was proud to be a part of the ceremony honoring Allen Lynch for his service to our country,” Link said. “The Grand Avenue overpass over Interstate 94 in Gurnee will now be known as the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Overpass.”

On Dec. 15, 1967, U.S. Army Spc. Allen Lynch, while serving in D Company, 12th Cavalry Regiment (Airmobile), saw three wounded soldiers out in the open who were under intense enemy fire during a firefight near the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam. Not thinking of his own safety, Lynch went to help the soldiers. Although under intense fire, he carried the wounded soldiers to safety and singlehandedly defended them against the advancing enemy force for several hours.

Lynch's quick thinking and disregard for his own safety were vital in saving those lives, but his fight on behalf of his fellow soldiers did not end on the battlefield. After the war, he settled in Gurnee and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he advocated for increased benefits for disabled veterans; he later served as chief of the Illinois Attorney General's Veterans Rights Bureau until his retirement in 2005.

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State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) has supported a measure that will help local fire districts and fire protection districts purchase new fire trucks.

“Many of the fire departments around Illinois are using older or outdated equipment,” Link said. “Better equipment, like the purchase of new trucks, helps keep all of our communities safer.”

Currently, the state of Illinois has a Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program that was first created in 2004. The purpose of the program was to provide interest-free loans directly to local units of government for the purchase of fire trucks by a department, fire protection district or township fire department.

According to the state fire marshal, Senate Bill 2690 was a necessary increase.  Since 2004, the cost of a fire engine has increased with inflation, and the primary goal of this fund was originally to help smaller, volunteer fire departments purchase fire trucks.

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State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) supported legislation that will allow dentists to administer certain vaccines to patients 18 and older.

“This was an initiative of the American Dental Society and will provide another resource for those who need vaccinations,” Link said. “Recently, Illinois passed a measure to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines; by adding dentists we are allowing patients to have another available option to receive vaccinations for things like influenza.”

Senate Bill 3409 will allow dentists to enrolled in a medical network or as a Medicaid provider, so they can administer influenza vaccinations to a patient enrolled in the same medical network or Medicare or Medicaid. The restriction for dentists administering immunizations is that the patient must be 18 or over and have a valid prescription or standing order for the vaccination from a physician.

In order to administer flu vaccines, a dentist must have completed appropriate training on recognizing adverse reactions to these vaccinations.

To ensure that a patient’s chart is up to date, after administering a vaccination the dentist must notify the patient's prescribing physician and keep records of the vaccination.

In addition, dentists must review the state’s immunization data registry prior to giving any vaccination to a patient and submit any vaccination data to the state’s immunization data registry after administering a vaccination to a patient.

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