Lawmakers Talk Public Health Issues Ahead of Spring Session

By WEEK Producer

January 24, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Lawmakers are discussing public health policy ahead of the spring legislative session that starts next week.

Tuesday morning, Illinois Senators and Representatives came together with City and County Public Health officials to discuss how they can better work for those they serve.

Among the issues, the budget remains the biggest item. Health officials are trying to provide better services at lower costs.

"I look at public health as really an investment in public health programs. Everything we can do to prevent a problem or early intervention it's money well spent. And often times can save a lot more money later on when you're dealing with a more serious illness or an outbreak," says State Rep. Don Moffitt (R).

Representative Moffitt says the state is taking steps in the right direction to correct Illinois' mountain of debt. He emphasizes, however, it's a very slow process.

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