Illinois – Stock Epinephrine Law

Congratulations! Illinois has a law allowing schools to stock and utilize epinephrine auto-injectors in the case of life-threatening allergic reactions. House Bill 3294, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, was signed by Governor on August 15, 2011.

In August 2012, Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney General, and LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health released the Emergency Epinephrine Act PA 97-0361 Physician Toolkit to support schools in securing standing orders and prescriptions for the undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors from a physician.

In July 2014, the Governor signed HB 5892 into law which expanded the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. 

However, our job is not done yet. Each law or regulation must be implemented or put into action by a board or an agency.

Allergy & Asthma Network supports stock epinephrine implementation in schools and provides education and resources to support a seamless rollout. For more information, visit:

See below to find an ACE team in Illinois. Questions? Contact Brenda Silvia-Torma

Visit our Online Advocacy Center to find out about other current federal and state issues of importance to people with asthma or allergies.

ACE Teams:

Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
Ruchi Gupta’s Website and Blog

Kathy Knawa of Flossmoor School District 161
Chicago Heights, IL

Vivian Chou, MD and Amishi Murthy, MD of Illinois Allergy and Asthma Specialists
Evanston, IL

Sandra Lawinger, RN, MS, NCSN of Community Consolidated School District 89
Glen Ellyn, IL

Sakina Bajowala, MD of Kaneland Allergy and Asthma Center
North Aurora, IL

Susan Chua Apolinario, MD of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers
Oak Lawn, IL

Julie Klemens, MD of Peoria Ear Nose and Throat Group
Peoria, IL

Dareen Siri, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI of Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma
Springfield, IL

Cynthia Lerner, MD of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Tinley Park, IL

Wendy Smith, RN of Carman-Buckner Elementary School
Waukegan, IL

Nadine Grismer, RN of Woodstock North High School
Woodstock, IL

Sample ACE Team Activities:

Sakina Bajowala, MD was featured in the Fall 2013 ACE Spotlight Article: Scout’s Honor! Anaphylaxis Awareness.

In 2013, Dr. Bajowala taped an Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology video to teach viewers about the significance of food allergy bullying in the school setting.

In May 2014, Ruchi Gupta, MD was interviewed about food allergies by WindyCityLive.

In 2014, Dr. Gupta developed and uploaded a music video titled, “I will Thrive!: A Video to Improve Food Allergy Management”, set to the song, “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Developed to help educate doctors, patients and families about the 5 key steps of clinical food allergy diagnosis and treatment, it has received more than 1,400 visits since its initial broadcast on September 26, 2014. 

Sandra Lawinger, RN
was featured in the Summer 2014 ACE Spotlight Article: One School District at a Time.

On December 17, 2014, Vivian Chou, MD and Amishi Murthy, MD provided approximately 100 physician assistant students at Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine with a 2-hour presentation which included anaphylaxis education. Participants learned about anaphylaxis signs/symptoms and causes as well as how to diagnose anaphylaxis and biphasic reactions. Drs. Chou and Murthy also demonstrated how to use epinephrine auto-injector training devices.

In 2014, Dareen Siri, MD presented a food allergy educational session to Building Blocks Daycare South. Dr. Siri spoke about food allergy management, emergency preparedness, and answer questions about keeping childrensafe. Epinephrine auto-injector demonstrations were provided as well as educational videos.

Questions about state legislation, ACE activities or getting involved?


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