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Food poisoning outbreak across Midwest linked to McDonald’s salads

An intestinal parasite, linked to McDonald’s salads, has caused a food poisoning outbreak across the Midwest. Symptoms of the parasite, called cyclospora, include vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps.

Presently, the Illinois Department of Public Health has been unable to identify the source of the parasite. To be cautious, McDonald’s has pulled salad from 3,000 locations, and possibly affected distribution centers.

Anyone who has consumed salad at a McDonald’s since May is advised to visit the doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms can take up to a week to appear, and may subside before reappearing. They can last for days or months.

Up to 90 people may have been affected by the parasite, though not all consumed salad. Since mid-May, 20 people have fallen ill in Illinois. An additional 15 people in Iowa became ill in late June, early July.

Did you get sick after eating at McDonald’s? If so, help is available to you. Contact the experienced food poisoning attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to schedule a free confidential consultation today and get the qualified legal representation you deserve.


2-vehicle crash leaves one dead

A 2-vehicle crash at an intersection 4 miles east of Flatville left Lorin A. Schluter, 59, of Armstrong dead on the afternoon of Saturday, July 7th. The intersection is located at County Road 2500 N and 2500 E in eastern Champaign County.

Schluter was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix when he failed to stop at a stop sign. When he entered the intersection, a Dodge Ram pickup truck driving north crashed into him on the driver’s side. The pickup truck did not have a stop sign.

The cars ended up in a cornfield on the northwest corner of the intersection. Authorities pronounced Schluter dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck sustained non-life threatening injuries.

This accident is still being investigated. To learn more, keep checking our blog, or read more at the News-Gazette.


AMBUCS Volunteering Event

Ambucs Event Group PhotoOver the weekend, our team was happy to spend our time volunteering at the Challenger League Baseball series, hosted by the AMBUCS organization in Danville. This game series, hosted every June, is just one of the ways that AMBUCS helps improve mobility for people with disabilities.

At the game, each of our twelve volunteers paired up with a buddy whom we spent the day getting to know. We got to help our buddies as they played the field, hit the ball, and ran the bases. Since our buddies aren’t usually able to play a game like baseball, they had a great time, and so did we!

To read more about this event and the organization, visit the AMBUCS website.


Motorcycle collides with car in Champaign

An ambulance was called for two people involved in a collision between a motorcycle and a car on the afternoon of June 4. The crash occurred at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Washington Street in west Champaign. No more information was available, nor has the status of any of the victims been released.

To read more about this story, visit The News-Gazette, and make sure to check back on our blog for any updates or new developments.


Truck driver arrested for breaking car windows with a slingshot

A Wisconsin truck driver who has been terrorizing Interstate 74 since March was arrested in Urbana, Illinois on June 1. Kevin Lee Casey, 53, admitted to using a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter car windows as he drove his regular route.

Police had matched Casey to his truck using his license plate number, identified by video. They had been preparing to serve a search warrant when he was caught committing another vandalism by police and arrested.

Casey’s bond was set high at $2 million after Judge Robber Webber learned of his previous convictions for sexual assault of a child and domestic battery.

Casey will be formally charged with criminal damage to property, aggravated battery in a public place, and aggravated battery to a child.

For more information on this developing story, check back with our blog or read more on The News-Gazette.


Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 45 kills one, injures two others

A two-vehicle crash on U.S. 45 this morning resulted in the death of a Ludlow man and injuries to two other people. Authorities say the accident occurred about a mile and a half north of Rantoul this morning. Police, EMS, and fire crews were called to the scene at 6:16 a.m. The driver of one vehicle was pronounced dead, while the two men in the other vehicle were transported to local hospitals for treatment. At this time, there is no word on the seriousness of their injuries.

Check back on our blog for any developments or updates, and visit The News-Gazette site for more details.


Three people sent to hospital after three-vehicle collision on I-74

A three-vehicle collision on I-74 at 7:43 a.m. on Tuesday sent three people to Carle Foundation Hospital for medical attention. The accident occurred on I-74 between St. Joseph and Urbana, when a 54-year-old woman failed to slow down for traffic ahead of a work zone and collided with two vehicles. The woman’s Jeep Cherokee first struck a Toyota Camry driven by a 46-year-old man and then continued on to hit a Chevy Equinox driven by a 55-year-old woman. The impact of the collisions sent the Camry into the wire barrier in the median and sent the Equinox into a ditch on the right-hand shoulder.

Authorities report that all three individuals were, fortunately, wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. The woman driving the Jeep Cherokee was cited for driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

For more details on this story, visit The News-Gazette website, or check back on our blog for updates.

 

 


Spiros Law Commemorates Law Day 2018

Law Day is celebrated on the 1st of May each year, and the team at Spiros Law is proud to commemorate it with citizens all across our great nation. The purpose of Law Day is to remind people to appreciate the liberties that we hold dear but often take for granted. It aims to promote respect for the rule of law that allows us to govern ourselves as free people and is the key to our democratic way of life.

This year’s Law Day theme is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom”, and it focuses on the vital separation of powers embued in each of our three separate branches of government. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government each have checks and balances over another, allowing for a distribution of power that keeps everything in balance for all citizens.

The first Law Day was commemorated in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is promoted by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is an opportunity for everyone to discuss the courts and our legal system. For more information on Law Day 2018, read more here on the American Bar Association website.


Spiros team volunteers with CRIS Healthy Aging Center to deliver hot meals to those in need

Community service is a large focus for our firm, and the team at Spiros Law, P.C. is committed to helping our neighbors here in Danville. Recently, members of our firm signed up for regular meal deliveries through Danville’s CRIS Healthy Aging Center. This valuable meal delivery service helps bring hot, nutritious meals to people who would not normally be able to buy groceries or cook for themselves. Often, these individuals have physical or mental challenges that make it difficult to get a good, nutritious meal. These meal deliveries are often set up on a short-term or long-term basis, depending on the needs of the individual.

We are proud to work alongside the other volunteers and help bring meals to those in need. To learn more about the organization and how you can get involved, visit the CRIS Healthy Aging Center website.


Spiros Law Celebrates Its 13th Anniversary

Spiros Law first opened its doors on April 4th, 2005 (then known as Spiros Wall), in Danville. Thirteen years later, we are proud to celebrate our anniversary and thank all of our valued clients, attorneys, and support staff, without whom this would not be possible. Attorneys James Spiros and Karen Wall (currently Judge Wall for Vermilion County) launched the firm as two attorneys with only two support staff, and a goal of helping people in the Illinois community.

Over the past thirteen years, we’ve expanded our Danville office and have opened offices in Kankakee and Champaign. We have been honored to help injured individuals in our community for all of these years, and we look forward to continuing this work in the years to come.