The Illinois Department of Public Health and Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois.
IEPA spokesperson Kim Biggs says the agencies will work with local governments to help dispose of used tires from public and abandoned properties.
The Illinois EPA and Department of Public Health will enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement to allocate 750-thousand dollars from the Used Tire Management Fund.
IEPA is dividing the state into three zones based on where the risk of West Nile and the Zika virus is greater.
The first area where tires will be collected is in southern Illinois, basically from Effingham south.