vaccine Amid U.S. Measles Outbreak, Illinois Announces Push On Vaccinations By Brian Mackey • Apr 23, 2019 Public health officials say they‘ll work to increase vaccination rates across Illinois. The announcement comes as the the U.S. is expected to have the worst run of measles cases since the disease was deemed eliminated in the year 2000. Illinois Changes Vaccination Requirements for Schools By Emily Boyer • Apr 30, 2014 National Cancer Institute / Wikimedia Commons As preventable diseases make a comeback, Illinois is increasing immunization requirements for schools. A Look Inside the Resurgence of Measles By Emily Boyer • Mar 12, 2014 Wikimedia Commons Measles is a highly contagious, viral disease. Measles was considered eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. In the last month, 2 cases have been reported in McDonough County. Measles Exposure in McDonough County By Rich Egger & Emily Boyer • Feb 26, 2014 Wikimedia A young child who was visiting Macomb came down with a case of the measles, raising concerns about who might have been exposed to the virus.