If you find a tick, SAVE IT. It is much easier to test the tick for pathogens than it is us. Be sure to clean any infected bite with rubbing alcohol.

If you need to find out right away what pathogens the tick carries, we recommend www.tickreport.com. They return results very quickly. This is not a diagnostic tool, however, can really help your doctor decide what direction of treatment maybe best.

If you find a tick and what to help with research,

It’s important that people remember this is entirely voluntary. If you are not comfortable collecting ticks, which always pose a danger, don’t do it!

Illinois Natural History Survey is attempting to get evidence of presence of the blacklegged tick in Illinois. As an example, Illinois Department of Public Health map named “Known Geographic Distribution of Ixodes scapularis by county in Illinois 2017” lists Mercer County as “suggests the deer tick is present and maybe established.” I sent in several live ticks 10 days ago from a harvested deer and 1 off a cat and just heard from Holly Tuten, Vector Ecologist. She has identified all of them as black legged ticks!! There were 5 females (which lay lots of eggs!!) and 1 male.Holly explained how helpful this is for their research.

Mail your ticks to the address below. Again – It’s important that people remember this is entirely voluntary. If you are not comfortable collecting ticks, which always pose a danger, don’t do it! Unfortunately, INHS can’t yet offer real-time testing yet; so, if someone needs a specific tick tested with results ASAP, they would still have to use a fee-based national service. If INHS can’t test the tick right away, they will identify them and archive them properly for future testing.


Wear gloves! After removal, place tick(s) in a plastic vial/container with screwtop lid (e.g., a pill bottle) inside a sealable plastic bag (e.g., ziploc). All ticks from an individual can be placed in the same container. If a container isn’t available just put in sealable plastic bag. Put a slightly moist q-tip in bag, seal, and then wrap the top of the bag in packing or duct tape. Place in padded, sealed envelope, or wrap container in padding inside sealed envelope. Basically, prevent the tick from being able to escape or getting crushed. Mail ASAP after removal. In the mailing, include on a piece of paper:

1. their contact information (name/address/phone/e-mail)

2. when and where they found the tick (date, human/pet, location on body, was it moving around or embedded), and the geographic location where they think the tick was acquired.

3. Mail to: Drs. Chris Stone and Holly Tuten, INHS Medical Entomology Lab, 1902 Griffith Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

After going through the process of educating Springfield on the devastation of Tick Borne illness in Illinois, it became apparent that Spotlight on Lyme QCA needed to expand.

Illinois Lyme Association is an emerging non-profit to help education the whole state on the risks, raise awareness and educate the public and the medical communities about the tick borne pathogens in the State of Illinois

Until our 501c3 is complete, all donations will still need to be made through our fiscal agent, Mercer Foundation for Health in Aledo, IL. We are very grateful to them for their patience and willingness to help us during this transition.

Lyme Disease as affected so many in our community. It’s that time again!!! Our annual golf fundraising event is upon us. It’s hard to think about golf season with our weather, but we are hopeful!!. Attached in the comments you will find our Team form. Last year we had such a great event we had a few teams already reserve their spot for this year, so if you haven’t done so already – get your team together and get your spot reserved.

Also in the comments is our Sponsorship Level page. We wouldn’t be able to keep doing what we have without support from our community. We want to again thank all the businesses and individuals that sponsored last year and/or donated prizes. We are so very grateful for your support!! So if you would like to sponsor, please let me know.

With the funds raised we were able to hold several education events, purchase educational material for our slupport groups, help with educational material for our Legislators in Springfield to have an overwhelming support of the Lauryn Russell Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act, and to help set up and keep the office up and running.

We will once again provided lunch. We will have hole prizes, 50/50, silent auction and Raffles.

There will be cash prizes for our tiered winners.

Again thank you for the support. Now, lets bring on the warm weather and play so golf!!

In January 2019, HB 0889 was filed in the Illinois House of Representatives by State Rep. Dan Swanson. This legislation would mandate State regulated Insurance Companies to cover longer treatment for Tick Borne illness. Many people do not receive adequate treatment early on and that leaves them with long term health problems. Many insurance companies only allow 28 days of treatment and anything in excess of that is out of pocket. With the persistence of tick borne illness proven over and over by evidence based scientific studies, insurance companies sound cover those longer treatments prescribed by their provider.

Also currently insurance companies only cover CDC two-tier testing which has also been proven to be very insufficient and missing approximately 50% of those infected. This legislation would mandate State regulated insurance companies to cover more testing.

Many that suffer from tick illness have to see specialized physicians that have an open mind on the complexities of these illnesses and see patients infected with them on a daily basis. Most of these providers do not accept insurance as they need the freedom to spend more time with their patients and not be dictated in their treatment plans. Being that they do not offer insurance, it does put a large financial burden on the families. This legislation would allow the patient to turn in those expenses to their insurance company and receive an out of network rate reimbursement.