Items listed under State Documents have been received by the Documents Unit, Illinois State Library, Springfield, and are usually available from public libraries in the state through interlibrary loan. Issuing agencies have copies available. For items listed under Other Reports, write to the publisher as noted.
• Third Annual Toxic Chemical Report, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 2200 Churchill Road, P.O. Box 19276, Springfield 62794-9276 (May 1991), 129pp.
During 1989 almost 250 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged from 1,274 facilities into the environment as routine releases, unplanned or emergency incidents, or transfers to off-site treatment facilities. The largest percentage of these (38.8 percent) were released into the air. Off-site transfers represented 23.89 percent. Four metropolitan areas — Chicago, Madison-St. Clair County, Rock Island County and Winnebago County — showed decreases in total reported toxic chemical releases for 1989 over 1988, while the Peoria-Tazewell County metropolitan area showed an increase. The report summarizes the toxics information submitted by facilities and provides a breakdown of the data by county, industrial category and chemical.
• Cesarean and Vaginal Deliveries in Illinois Hospitals: 1989, Illinois Health Care Cost Containment Council, 527 S. Wells, Suite 600, Chicago 60607 (May 1991), 23pp. For the second consecutive year, this state's cesarean birth rate decreased fractionally in 1989. The highest regional cesarean delivery rate (30.3 percent) was recorded in downstate Madison, Clinton, St. Clair and Monroe counties, while west central Illinois had the lowest rate (19.3 percent). The average length of hospital stay associated with a cesarean delivery was 4.7 days; for a vaginal delivery it was 2.4 days. The average charge for a cesarean delivery was $5,510, for a vaginal delivery $2,519.
• Development Financing Programs, Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, 620 E. Adams, Floor 5, Springfield 62701 (February 1991), 118pp.
The programs listed in this publication are available to businesses operating, expanding or planning to locate in Illinois. They are divided into 13 groups: state working capital and fixed asset finance programs, local-regional financing programs, international trade financing, federal loan and guarantee programs, employee training incentives, special business loans, special business grants, rural development programs, venture and equity capital, Chicago and Cook County business loan programs, Chicago area venture capital funds, infrastructure development, and business tax credits and abatements.
• Blueprint for the Future, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago 60606-3997 (January 1991), 91pp.
This report is the result of the first-ever statewide criminal justice forum, which was held in Chicago in July 1990 and was attended by over 650 local, state and federal officials and other people concerned with the future of criminal justice in Illinois. The first section of the report presents the key trends and issues raised during the four-day meeting, among them: changes in technology, juvenile justice and correctional alternatives. The second section provides summaries of the more than two dozen sessions.
• School Reform Chicago Style: How Citizens Organized to Change Public Policy, by Mary O'Connell, Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2125 W. North Ave., Chicago 60647 (Spring 1991), 40pp.; $7.50 plus $2 postage.
This report chronicles the citywide effort by Chicago parents, business leaders and community groups to turn the city's schools around. The bulk of the story covers the period from November 1987, when then-U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett called the Chicago schools "the worst in the nation," to December 1989 when the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1840. In addition to telling this fascinating and very important story, the author deals with the question: "What lessons, if any, can be learned—not just for peopleworking on school issues, but those intent on changing public policy around other major institutions?"
• A Personal Decision, Illinois State Medical Society, 20 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 700, Chicago 60602 (May 1991).
This brochure contains the forms required by Illinois law to establish a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and organ donor status. It also explains some of the issues involved in each.
• Interim Report of the Committee in Civility of The Seventh Federal Circuit, available from the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, (312) 988-5310 (April 1991), 65 pp.
More than 41 percent of the judges who responded to an informal survey believe that lack of civility is a problem in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Using "professional conduct in litigation proceedings of judicial personnel and attorneys, which conduct is not limited to good manners and social grace" as a definition of civility, a nine-member committee (consisting of two district court judges and seven lawyers) has proposed a set of recommendations to improve litigation practice. In addition to the recommendations, the report provides statistical results of the survey, the questionnaire that was used and a bibliography of literature on civility and professionalism.
Anna J. Merritt
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