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Phoenix Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek (4), of the Czech Republic, gets called for tripping on Chicago Blackhawks' Dave Bolland (36) during the first period in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Updated: March 7, 2013 6:05AM

Kane County: More radon information available

The Kane County Health Department says parents of children in day care will be better informed about levels of radon in their child’s facility under a new state law that took effect Jan. 1. Licensed day care centers and day care homes in Illinois are now required to test for the radioactive gas.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, day care centers will need to show proof the facility has been tested for radon within the last three years as part of the initial application or license renewal process.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the leading cause among non-smokers. It’s estimated that nearly 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths occur each year in Illinois.

The law does not require day care facilities to reduce radon levels if they exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 4.0 pCi/L, but the state recommends radon reduction actions be taken if they do exceed that level.

The health department’s Community Health Improvement Plan targets chronic diseases such as cancer, and the department recommends that all homes in Kane County be tested for radon.

Testing kits are available for $15 from the Kane County Health Department, Kane County Development Office and from most local hardware stores.

More information and resources about radon is available on the health department’s website at

Hampshire: Shop for a Cure event Feb. 16

Minerallac Co. will host Shop for a Cure from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the company, 100 Gast Road in Hampshire.

The event will feature a variety of vendors offering goods for sale including household items, food and accessories. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Jaimie Spring of Huntley and Pink Heals: Guardians of the Ribbon of Northern Illinois.

Spring is a 35-year-old mother of two who has been fighting breast cancer since 2010. Her mother, Terrie Wade, works at Minerallac. Co-worker Emily Mains proposed the fundraiser as she became aware of Spring’s enormous medical and living expenses.

“I thought maybe we could have a fun event where people could shop from some of their favorite vendors, while helping to support a really worthy cause,” Mains said. “This will be the ultimate home party, including the newest merchandise from Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One and others.”

The event also will feature raffles, including sports memorabilia and more.

Sponsors will donate 80 percent of the profits from sales at Shop for a Cure to benefit Spring, while the remaining 20 percent will be donated to Pink Heals: Guardians of the Ribbon of Northern Illinois.

Pink Heals is a not-for-profit organization comprised of firefighters who travel across the U.S. in pink firetrucks while promoting awareness of women’s cancers and raising money for local initiatives.

Shop for a Cure is free and open to the public. For additional information, call Mains at 815-501-5817 or email

Elgin: Renz to raffle off two Blackhawks tickets

Renz Addiction Counseling Center is raffling two Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames Club Level tickets for the April 26 game at the United Center. The tickets also include two passes to the KetelOne Club and one VIP parking pass.

Blackhawks fans and community residents are invited to purchase one raffle ticket for $10 or five for $45. Those who purchased tickets last fall will be included in the raffle as well. Tickets were donated by Impact in support of Renz Center’s Clinical and Prevention Services.

People can enter the raffle by mailing their your name, address, phone number and check made payable to Renz Center to Deb Howe, 1 American Way, Administration — 2nd Floor, Elgin, IL 60120.

Raffles tickets can also be charged through credit card by calling 847-742-3545, ext. 236.

The drawing will be held April 4, and the winner does not need to be present to win. For more information, visit

Renz Center provides a continuum of care dedicated to the prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive behaviors related to alcohol, drugs and gambling. Services range from prevention programs for youth in the schools to affordable outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and adults. Offices are located in Elgin, St. Charles and Streamwood.

Renz Addiction Counseling Center is a non-profit organization funded in part by the federal government, Central Kane County United Way, Illinois Department of Human Services, Hanover Township, Geneva, and St. Charles 708 boards, and other local community organizations.

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