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Area Hospital Gets Good Grades

Posted by wlpo on November 29, 2010

Some kudos has been dished out to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

HealthGrades’ ranks IVCH among the top 10 percent of hospitals when it comes to joint replacement and one of the top five Illinois hospitals when it comes to positive patient outcomes.  The independent ratings organization also gives IVCH five-star ratings for total knee replacement, joint replacement and total hip replacement.

The new 2011 ratings is online at http://www.healthgrades.com

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IVAC holds board elections

Posted by wlpo on November 29, 2010

A couple of new faces will be serving terms on the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Board.   Elections were recently held.

Accountant Jay Baxter and Double D Express President Josh Francque were chosen for their second three year terms.  Attorney Jim Peters, Zukowski Law Office, will be serving a third three year term.  Greg Vaccaro, owner of Apple Press and Jeff Wagner, Plant Manager of Eakas Corporation were chosen for the first terms.

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Winter concert to be presented at IVCC

Posted by wlpo on November 29, 2010

Not feeling the spirit of the season?  Maybe music would help.  The Illinois Valley Community College’s Wind Ensemble holds a winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cultural Centre.

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Kirk to be sworn in Monday

Posted by wlpo on November 29, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) – Republican Mark Kirk is about to become Illinois’ newest U.S. senator.

Kirk will be sworn in on Monday in the United States Senate Chambers by Vice President Joe Biden. A reception is planned afterward.

The five-term congressman from Chicago’s north suburbs won the seat held once held by President Barack Obama and most recently by Democrat Roland Burris.

Burris was appointed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Kirk will fill the remainder of Burris’ term and a full six-year term. Kirk won a close race with Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.

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Hazardous materials removal at old school topic for La Salle City Council

Posted by wlpo on November 29, 2010

The old Matthiessen School in La Salle has sat as an eye sore for years.  The city wants to have the building demolished but first the asbestos needs to be removed.

The city council Monday could approve a moved that would allow a company to remove hazardous materials from the school property.

They’ll also be talking about the noise ordinance.  The council meets at 7pm.

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a “blues” service

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2010

Can you shake the “blues” this holiday season?  Have you lost a close friend?  Ottawa Regional Hospital  “Blue Christmas Service”  acknowledges that some really don’t feel joyful  at this time of the year.  The service, also sponsored by the hospital’s Hospice unit will be 6:30pm December 7 in the chapel.  Rev. Cheryl Roberts will host the free event open to the public.  Refreshments afterwards.  Call the hospice department if you have questions.

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Seattle Sutton

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2010

Did you work hard enough this year to earn free turkey from your employer? Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating recently gave its Ottawa employees some 13-hundred fifty two pounds of turkey, over a hundred pounds of nuts and one hundred four nutcrackers to thank them for their dedication and hard work during this holiday. Yes, the food passed out was considered healthy – tying in to the company’s main mission

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Suspect search in officer’s death

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2010

Chicago police and community volunteers are passing out fliers seeking information in the fatal shooting of an officer and another man. Evidence technician Michael Flisk was killed Friday while processing a burglary scene at a garage on the city’s Southeast Side. The Chicago Tribune reports family members identified the other victim as 44-year-old Stephen Peters.

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More gold in the Salvation Army kettle

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2010

 The Aurora Salvation Army says it’s found a one-ounce gold South African coin in one of its kettles. The coin
was put in a kettle on Nov. 19 in Naperville and is worth more than $1,000. The coin shows up in Salvation Army kettles anonymously every season.

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Utica Christmas in the Village

Posted by wlpo on November 28, 2010

A chili tasting and carriage rides are some things you’ll find in Utica Sunday.  Christmas in the Village runs 1:30 – 5pm.  Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 2.  Activities and crafts will be available.  Some restaurants will participate in the chili tasting.  The lighting of the Village Christmas Tree is at 5pm in Memorial Park.

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