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Watseka hospital has ‘very low’ infection rate

According to the Paxton Record,  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified Iroquois Memorial Hospital that it has performed exceptionally well in preventing hospital-acquired conditions and will not be financially penalized by CMS.

Earlier this year, a report, based on unverified data, circulated that the Watseka hospital was among numerous hospitals in Illinois with a high infection rate.

“We are extremely pleased that CMS has verified that IMH’s infection rate is very low,” said IMH’s chief executive officer, Chuck Bohlmann. “This is a testament to the quality health care provided by our physicians and nurses.”

Twenty-five percent of the hospitals with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions will have their payments from CMS reduced by 1 percent.  Those conditions include a group of reasonably preventable conditions, including infections that patients did not have upon admission and developed during the hospital stay.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

News Release
December 30, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Report

Monday, December 29, 2014

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Jesse White’s Vehicle Renewal Sticker Receipt Legislation Becomes Law Jan. 1

Allows people to drive with receipt as proof of recently purchased vehicle renewal sticker

Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to allow a printed receipt from the Secretary of State to serve temporarily as the vehicle renewal sticker becomes law on Jan. 1, 2015. 

Public Act 98-1103 will allow motorists to drive without an up-to-date vehicle renewal sticker affixed to their license plate provided they have a receipt in their vehicle from the Secretary of State that proves they purchased a sticker online before expiration, but have not yet received it. The receipt is valid for no more than 30 days from the expiration of the previous registration’s sticker’s date.

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Hoopeston candidates file for election

According to the Commercial News,

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Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police Report

December 29, 2014

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Hoopeston Police Department Weekend Report

Friday, December 26th - Sunday December 28th

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Hoopeston couple takes over flower shop

According to the Commercial News, Elaine and Brandon Tyler of Hoopeston purchased The Flower Shop, formerly Flowers and Gifts by Molly, 702 W. Main St., this month.
The Flower Shop will keep the traditional amenities that Molly offered.
“We plan to keep the traditional stuff that Molly did, deliveries and gift wrapping” Elaine Tyler said, “not changing anything, just adding new products.”
Some of the new products will be a new line of soy candles made in the United States.

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Hoopeston council picks insurance provider

According to the Commercial News, City council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Coventry Insurance for the city employees’ health insurance, effective Jan. 1.
Employee health insurance will cost the city $460,216 next year, an increase of $90,000 more than last year’s insurance.
“I’m sure no one likes it,” said Alderman Bill Goodwine, finance committee chairman, “including the city.”
Although Goodwine said he met with all the employees concerning the insurance, the city did not receive the final choices until late, therefore, employees were not given a chance to discuss the options at length. The best choice, according to Goodwine, was Coventry even though the deductible and out of pocket costs for single employees and families did go up.
“The insurance industry is total chaos,” Goodwine added.
The Fraternal Order of Police contract also was approved unanimously, which included five changes in the contract.
The changes, according to Alderman Brandon Hamilton, police committee chairman, were time frame of the contract, wages, longevity, residency requirements and insurance.

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Danville department to lose almost a century of experience

According to the Commercial News, The Danville Fire Department lost just short of a century’s worth of experience with three retirements this year.
In recent weeks, Assistant Chief Larry Jaggers and long-time firefighter Cody Comrie announced they were leaving the job they loved for so many years.
Both leave with several years of experience on the fire department. Jaggers, who also served as an investigator before moving up to assistant chief, retired with 29 years 10 months to his credit on the department, according to union president Jerry Sparks of Danville Firefighters IAFF Local 429.
Comrie, the latest in his family’s long line of firefighters, cleared 30 years with the department in September. He announced his retirement earlier this month after an injury kept him from returning.
In addition, Pamela Hawker retired from Danville Fire after 30 years with the department. She stepped away from the job earlier this year, submitting her retirement in January, Sparks said.

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