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New administrator hired for La Salle County Nursing Home

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

Facing fines after the previous leadership allegedly failed to act on sexual abuse incidents, the La Salle County Board has picked a new nursing home administrator with plenty of experience.

          The board Thursday approved Debra Brown to replace Adrienne Erickson as La Salle County Nursing Home Administrator.  Like Erickson before she was fired, Brown will be paid $79,000.  Her contract kicks in Monday and is for one year.

          Brown has over 20 years of nursing home administrative experience with much of it in the Chicagoland area.  Her last job was administrator for Boulevard Care Center in Chicago. 

          She was among 20 applicants and four people interviewed for the La Salle County job.

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Boil order for a part of Spring Valley following main break

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

A water main break Thursday in Spring Valley has part of town under a boil order.  You’re affected if you’re south of St. Paul Street and East of Spalding Street.

You might notice increased turbidity and low pressure when the water is turned back on.  Just let it run until it clears up.  The boil order is until further notice.

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IVCH receives approval for building expansion

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

A green light for a $16 million construction project at Illinois Valley Community Hospital.   The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board has given the hospital a Certificate of Need, clearing the way for the hospital to move forward with a building addition.

Hospital officials announced last May plans to add a couple floors onto their east addition to house their obstetrics and intensive care units along with space for mechanical systems.   The new OB unit will have 10 rooms, a nursery and surgical suite.  The new ICU will have four new rooms larger than the current ICU rooms.

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Design Unveiled For New IVCC Building

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

It’s one thing to keep hearing about a new building, it’s another thing to finally see it.

Architects last night showed the first pictures of what a 25 million dollar Community Technology Center could look like from the outside.  Architects showed designs to the IVCC Board of Trustees last night with a power point presentation.  Architect Dominic Demonica says the 77 thousand square foot building may end up 12 hundred square feet larger than previously planned by the board, but he promised the extra cost to be minimal.

Demonica says the technology center provides a “massive front door” to the campus.  Its east entrance is around 50 feet from the new parking lot.

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Peru considers early retirement program

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

Early retirement could be a way for the City of Peru to save money over the long term.  It’s an option the council plans to take action on in a move to save $1.4 million in eight years.

Finance committee chairman Joe Mikyska says they have three employees who have said they would retire early if the option were offered.  Another six or seven are on the fence.

Mikyska says when comparing the total cost of an employee, including salary and IMRF, they would save  $1.4 million  in eight years if they allowed the three employees to retire early and don’t replace them.
The finance committee is recommending the council create an early retirement program.  He says the guidelines for one would pretty much be controlled by IMRF.  Once it is offered employees would have a year to decide if they would like to take part.

The recommendation will be on Monday night’s formal meeting agenda.

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Senator Reacts To Governor’s Speech

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

In making his first formal State of the State address, Governor Pat Quinn pushed hard for job creation.

He pointed to jobs that’ll be created with a major public works program and sale of Thomson Prison.  State Senator Gary Dahl took in the hour and 20 minute speech.  Dahl agrees the state needs jobs but wants more long-term employment options.  Dahl says the state needs to do more to entice businesses to come here.

Governor Quinn also talked yesterday about the need to increase tax revenues.  Dahl is against any tax increase until many other avenues are used to try and straighten the budget.  He claims there is “hundreds of millions of dollars of waste” that needs to be cut before asking you for more tax money.

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Utica Still Dealing with 2008 Flood

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

Ten businesses and homes in Utica may have to be demolished or elevated because of recent flooding.

Building Inspector Tom Brown told village trustees last night that the ten buildings have enough damage from the September 2008 flood that they need to be brought down or raised above the flood plain.  Brown says a few of the buildings are abandoned and one owner already plans on letting the fire department burn their building down for training.  Brown also says people owning these buildings could get help with grants.

Also relating to the 2008 flood, trustees decided to waive all building and permit fees retroactive to September of 2008.

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Help Haiti Thru Local Red Cross

Posted by wlpo on January 14, 2010

As President Barack Obama is promising an all out rescue and humanitarian effort to help the people of Haiti, you can help the earthquake victims by going through the Red Cross.

Sarah Stasic, executive director of the Illinois Valley Chapter of the Red Cross, says they’re not sending volunteers yet, but you can help relief efforts by donating.

Information on how to donate to their International Response Fund can be found at the Red Cross website or by calling 1-800 Red Cross.

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