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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - In recognition of National Apprenticeship Week this week, State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights)    is celebrating and encouraging those interested to find out more about how to secure an apprenticeship.

“Apprenticeships are crucial in the development of new and young professionals,” Gillespie said. “They provide individuals with work place experiences, which then prepares them to become a productive member of the work force.”

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration that      gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to highlight their apprenticeship programs and apprentices, as well as to demonstrate the value apprenticeship programs offer businesses, career seekers and their communities.

Apprenticeships are important to business and industry, allowing them to develop and prepare their future workforce. But apprenticeships can be more than important to individuals –they can be life changing.

For more information on apprenticeships and National Apprenticeship Week, visit

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WHO: State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights)flushot

WHAT: Community Flu Shot Clinic

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE: 302 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights 60004 (parking lot adjacent to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library)

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – State Senator Ann Gillespie is partnering      with Walgreens to host a community flu shot clinic at 302 N. Dunton      Ave. in the parking lot adjacent to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, on Friday, Oct. 30.

“Even though COVID-19 might be the biggest concerns on the minds of Illinoisans, it doesn’t change the   fact that we’re entering flu season,” Gillespie said. “It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. We need to reduce the need for hospitalizations with COVID cases on the rise.”

The clinic will be first come first served. Masks and social distancing will be required at all times. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or guardian present to receive a shot. All insurance is accepted, co-pays may apply.

For any questions or concerns, contact Senator Gillespie’s office at 847-749-1880, 217-782-4471 or at

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It was once again great to work with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. We went above our set goal and I look forward to future successful blood drives. I would like to give a special thanks to the phlebotomist Heather! I typically have trouble giving blood because it is tough to find a vein, but Heather did it on her first try! The photo below is of Heather and I. 


Here are the official numbers we received on the lab report:

Goal: 15

Scheduled Donors: 24 Registered Donors: 23

Whole Blood: 15

Double Red Cell (DRC) – 2 donors for 4 units

Plasma: 1

Deferrals – 5

First Time Donors - 16

Total Units: 20

Potential number of patients helped through our efforts: 60!

On behalf of Myself and my staff, I would like to thank everyone who donated! We could not have fullfilled this lifesaving mission without you!

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Springfield Office:
Stratton Office Building
401 S. Spring St.
Section C, Room C
Springfield IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-4471

Arlington Heights Office:
171 W. Wing St., #202
Arlington Heights IL 60005
Phone: 847-749-1880