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  • Blog Post: A Great Year for Heart-Health Policy in Illinois

    Thanks to the hard work of advocates like YOU, Illinois had another great year in moving heart-health policies forward. Together, we have worked to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and we have much to celebrate this year! Below is a brief summary of this year’s...
  • Blog Post: AHA Presents Awards to Illinois Doctors

    This week at the Board and Committee meetings in Dallas Texas, awards were presented to two Illinois doctors. We would like to take a moment to say congratulations, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the American Heart Association Gold Heart Award Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, FAHA...
  • Blog Post: Player's Life Saved by CPR and AED at Basketball Game

    Just days after Gov. Quinn signed Lauren’s Law , requiring all Illinois high schools to offer CPR and AED training in the curriculum, a Porta High School student’s life was saved when his coach and bystander performed CPR and used an AED after he collapsed during a basketball game. Check...
  • Blog Post: Lauren’s Law Signed by Governor Quinn

    On June 5, 2014, Governor Quinn signed Lauren’s Law! This law will require all Illinois secondary schools to include CPR and AED training in their curriculum starting with this upcoming 2014-15 school year. Below is an AHA news release on the new law. Check out photos from the signing on our Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor on Sugar Sweetened Beverages

    Since the issue of sugar sweetened beverage taxes has recently garnered a lot of media attention in Illinois and throughout the country, we wanted to make sure you saw this op-ed by AHA volunteer, Dr. Goutham Rao, in the Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend. Kudos, Goutham, on the nice piece! Thank...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Andrew Rauh submits Letter to the Editor on Lauren's Law

    The celebration for Lauren’s Law, the CPR in Schools bill, continues! Check out this great Letter to the Editor from Midwest Affiliate Board President and Illinois resident Dr. Andrew Rauh which was published in the Chicago Tribune last week. As a cardiologist and president of the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: American Heart/Stroke Association honor Stroke Champions in Springfield

    On May 22, in honor of American Stroke Month, volunteers from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association gathered to recognize former Representative Bob Biggins, Representative Robyn Gabel and Senator Heather Steans for their work to improve outcomes for stroke patients over the last...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law is on it's way to the Governor

    We would like to share a bit of good news! Our bill to mandate that all Illinois high-schools add CPR and AED training to their curriculum, House Bill 3724, cleared its final legislative barrier earlier today when the Senate approved it 48 – 4. HB 3724, which some of you may know as the Lauren...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tori Seward

    Tori Seward Springfield, IL I am a 34 year old stroke survivor, and mommy of a beautiful 3 year old boy named Maddox. He is the reason I have pushed so hard to recover, he is the reason I keep going even when I feel like giving up! I may not get back to the way I was before the stroke, but I am adjusting...
  • Blog Post: American Cures Act Introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin

    The American Heart Association supports the American Cures Act , introduced on March 12 by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition and Senate Majority Whip. The legislation would create a mandatory funding mechanism to help support the National Institutes...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor - Fighting Childhood Obesity

    The Southern Illinoisan hands out a "Golden Pen Award" every month to the person who writes the best Letter to the Editor. Read below to see how Jagan M Ailinani,MD,FACR wants to fight childhood obesity. To the Editor: I commend Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago and Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston...
  • Blog Post: About Lauren's Law

    On February 8, 2008, Lauren Laman was in the gym at St. Charles North High School practicing with the rest of her dance team when she went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). While an AED was available, it was not used, and while CPR was eventually administered, it was not sufficient. By the time EMS arrived...
  • Blog Post: Senate Committees pass two top-priority bills

    It has been a successful day in Springfield, where two of our top-priority bills passed Senate committees earlier this afternoon! HB 3724, a bill which will make CPR and AED training a mandatory part of IL’s high-school curriculum, passed the Senate Education Committee, while HB 5742, a bill which...
  • Blog Post: SSEEO promotes programs at Vista Health System

    Stroke Survivors Empower Each Other (SSEEO) hosted an event at Vista Health System, Waukegan, Lobby Day on Monday, May 5th (Picture on left is from the Sun-Times). Stroke survivors and health professionals attended the event as it announced May as National Stroke Awareness month, recognized SSEEO partnership...
  • Blog Post: Kirk Disrude demonstrates that STROKE IS BEATABLE

    It was early in the morning, September 2011. Kirk Disrude went to reach for a shirt in his closet and felt a sharp pain, "like a rubber band snapping" in his brain. As the room spun around him, he lost his balance and fell. He called for his wife Beth, and that’s the last memory he can...
  • Blog Post: Supporters of Lauren's Law

    Proponents of this life-saving bill include: American Heart Association American Red Cross Associated Firefighters of Illinois Illinois AFL-CIO Illinois Association of Retired Firefighters Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network Illinois College of Emergency Physicians Illinois...
  • Blog Post: Illinois senator Mark Kirk invites AHA volunteers, staff to participate in stroke panel discussion

    Check out this photo from the Chicago Sun-Times featuring a couple of our top volunteers and Northwestern, physicians, Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones (Chicago board president, on the right) and Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran (stroke systems advocate, second from left), at a news conference with Senator Mark Kirk, a stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Michelle Allen

    Michelle Allen Rockford, IL Ten years ago I lost my 37 year old husband to heart disease (at the time, our children were ages 1 and 3). Five years prior to that, I lost my father to heart disease. These losses compelled me to do all that I can to become involved in raising awareness about heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Results of Public Opinion Poll Show Illinoisans Support Daily Physical Education

    Last month, advocates from across the state gathered in Springfield to draw attention to the importance of daily P.E. in Illinois schools. The American Heart Association participated in a press event on March 19 annoucing the latest polling results that showcase strong support by Illinois residents for...
  • Blog Post: April Update from Springfield

    Below is a legislation update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. All – we have some good progress to report in Springfield on the systems-of-care front, as Illinois’ annual spring legislative session rolls on.  So without further ado: ...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tracy Green

    Tracy Green Springfield, IL My name is Tracy Green and I am a stroke survivor. On November 10, 2007 I was buying a new car but was not feeling well. I waited to fill out the paperwork but continued feeling worse. As the dealership closed, they drove me home knowing I could not drive. I was in my apartment...
  • Blog Post: CPR Training at the Illinois Statehouse

    American Heart Association volunteers led by AHA Illinois Advocacy Committee member J.R. Dietl taught over 100 Capitol staff how to save a life last month by training them in CPR and AED use. With the legislature in recess that week, legislative and Capitol building staff took advantage of a comparably...
  • Blog Post: Major Stroke Legislation Introduced in Illinois

    Major new stroke legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate with the goal of keeping stroke care in Illinois moving forward.  Drafted by special committee of stroke professionals from across the state, including several AHA/ASA volunteers, House Bill 5742 and Senate Bill 3520 are progressing...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law Heard in the House Education Committee

    Last week, Lauren's Law , HB 3724, was heard in front of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee. This bill would ensure all Illinois high schools students were trained in CPR and AED use prior to high school graduation. It is named in honor of Lauren Laman who tragically lost her...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Lori Cooper

    Lori Cooper Hudson, IL On August 23, 2007 my life changed forever. I may not look like someone who has experienced heart disease, most people think men, overweight, smokers and people who don’t exercise. I just didn’t fit the bill. On that hot August day, I came home from work, lightheaded...