On the corner of Ogden and California, last Friday, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, along with Commissioner Bobbie Steele, joined with health care providers and residents to talk about the importance of good oral health. Cong. Danny K. Davis was scheduled to participate in this event also but could not attend because he had just been hospitalized for a few days. The Congressman has since left the hospital and is back to work.

As part of their back-to-school requirements this year, students entering Kindergarten, second and sixth grades in both public and private schools will be required to have dental exams. According to Quinn, “toothaches” are the number one reason for student absence. He noted, “Dental disease in children is preventable, treatable and can be caught early.”

Quinn and Davis planned a “Walk Across Illinois,” a year-long program designed to encourage Illinois residents to walk 167 miles, the equivalent of walking across Illinois from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan

Visit www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org or call 312/814-5220.

?”Delores McCain