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State Reports

■  Second Annual Toxic Chemical Report, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 2200 Churchill Road, P.O. Box 19276, Springfield 62794-9276 (February 1990), 103 pp.

This report is based on the toxic chemical release reports for 1988 received from 1,174 facilities in the state; 903 of these facilities also reported in 1987. The report details the release of just over 348 million pounds of toxic chemicals, some directly into the environment, the rest to off-site treatment facilities. Cook County had the largest quantity of releases and the largest number of reporting facilities. Aluminum oxide accounted for the largest percentage of releases. The report contains summaries of data statewide, by county and by major metropolitan area.

■  Insight into Corrections, Department of Corrections, P.O. Box 19277, 1301 Concordia Ct., Springfield 62794-9277.

This is a new quarterly magazine for legislators, the media, the judiciary, state's attorneys, sheriffs, corrections agencies nationwide and criminal justice professionals. This issue addresses the problem of drug use and its link to crime.

■   Health Care in Rural Illinois: Recommendations of the Rural Health Task Force, Department of Public Health (IDPH), 535 W. Jefferson, Springfield 62761 (April 1990). 17 pp.

The problem of access to health services is particularly acute in rural areas due in part to fewer providers and longer travel times to sources of care. This report to Gov. James R. Thompson and the Illinois General Assembly makes 36 recommendations based on a review of rural health data and on comments made at six public meetings during a 22-month period. The top four recommendations are: The state should enact a tort reform statute to establish a cap on noneconomic damages in malpractice lawsuits; IDPH should fund rural health care delivery demonstration projects: the state should promote the federal Rural Health Clinic Act; and Illinois should provide scholarships to health professionals other than medical students.

Anna J. Merritt

48/July 1990/Illinois Issues

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