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Archive for April 14th, 2015

IVCH thinks cuts could lead to job losses

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2015

Proposed Medicaid cuts by the governor have the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Board scrambling.

The board is sending State Senator Sue Rezin and State Representative Frank Mautino a resolution asking them to reject the governor’s proposed Medicaid funding cuts. The Illinois Hospital Association claims Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan will cost hospitals statewide $800 million and IVCH alone nearly $660,000. IVCH CEO Tommy Hobbs says that big of a cut will “jeopardize access to health care and the creation and retention of good paying, professional jobs”.

Medicaid covers 13 percent of all patients treated at IVCH.

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Two hospitalized after their motorcycle was hit on west end of Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2015

Remember to watch out for motorcycles. Two people from La Salle were hurt after their motorcycle was hit by a car in Ottawa.

Crystal Hinman of Princeton was ticketed for running a stop sign before hitting a motorcycle driven by James Jensen of La Salle. He and his passenger Dianne Jensen were taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

The crash happened over the weekend on Route 6.

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Renovation of historic Putnam County Courthouse moves ahead

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2015

The facelift of the oldest courthouse around will continue ahead of schedule and under budget.

According to the NewsTribune, the next phase of the Putnam County Courthouse restoration project will cost over $50,000 less than originally thought. The main reason is that bricks and concrete can be repaired instead of completely replaced.

The architect of the project says renovations should be done by the end of May.

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Kick off this week for the Relay for Life of Bureau County

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2015

It’s time to start thinking about raising money and awareness to fight cancer.

A kick-off event for the 2015 Bureau County Relay for Life is Thursday from 5:30 until 6:30 at Soldiers & Sailors Park in Princeton. The relay itself is August 7th and 8th at Zearing Park in Princeton.

To sign up for the relay or donate click here  .

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Sellers needed for the More on 34 sale

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2015

If you love bargain hunting, circle June 19th and the 20th on your calendar.

That’s when the 10th Annual More on 34 Sale is happening this year from Galesburg up to Aurora. As in the past, individuals, church groups, civic clubs and anyone else set up sales on those two days along a 100-mile stretch of Route 34. You can usually find antiques, produce, and furniture among other things.

In the Illinois Valley, Mendota, Earlville, and Princeton are among the towns taking part in the huge sale. If you want to be part of the sale, sign up now.

Find out more here

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Drew Peterson headed back to court

Posted by wlpo on April 14, 2015

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) – The notorious Drew Peterson is due back in court as he awaits trial on allegations he tried to hire a hit man to kill the Will County States Attorney.

Peterson has pleaded not guilty to a murder-for-hire plot to kill James Glasgow. The ex-Bolingbrook cop faces a July trial in southern Illinois, where he is serving a 38-year sentence after being convicted of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio.

His fourth wife went missing.

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