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ALERT : Weather Advisory for Illiana

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CST THIS EVENING.

* TIMING.RAIN TRANSITIONS TO WET SNOW IN THE LATE MORNING AND THEN TAPERS OFF IN THE EARLY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS.2 TO 4 INCHES WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

* WINDS.WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS NEARING 30 MPH.

* MAIN IMPACT...UNTREATED ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW OR SLUSH COVERED IN PARTS OF THE AREA.RESULTING IN DIFFICULT TRAVEL.
ANY HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS WILL ALSO CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

* OTHER IMPACTS...THE HEAVY WET NATURE OF THE SNOW WILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO SHOVEL.

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FINAL HOSPITAL ACQUIRED CONDITIONS DATA RELEASED BY CMS – IMH’S RATE LOW

Watseka, IL - Chuck Bohlmann, IMH CEO, is pleased to announce that Iroquois Memorial Hospital has received notice from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that IMH has performed exceptionally well in preventing hospital-acquired conditions and will not be financially penalized by CMS.

Earlier this the year a report, based on unverified data, circulated that IMH was among numerous hospitals throughout Illinois with a high infection rate. "We are extremely pleased that CMS has verified that IMH's infection rate is very low. This is a testament to the quality health care provided by our physicians and nurses." said Bohlmann.

Twenty-five percent of the hospitals with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions will have their payments from CMS reduced by one 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. (SUBMITTED INFO}

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FINAL HOSPITAL ACQUIRED CONDITIONS DATA RELEASED BY CMS – IMH’S RATE LOW

Watseka, IL - Chuck Bohlmann, IMH CEO, is pleased to announce that Iroquois Memorial Hospital has received notice from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that IMH has performed exceptionally well in preventing hospital-acquired conditions and will not be financially penalized by CMS.

Earlier this the year a report, based on unverified data, circulated that IMH was among numerous hospitals throughout Illinois with a high infection rate. "We are extremely pleased that CMS has verified that IMH's infection rate is very low. This is a testament to the quality health care provided by our physicians and nurses." said Bohlmann.

Twenty-five percent of the hospitals with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions will have their payments from CMS reduced by one 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. (SUBMITTED INFO}

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A-G rules ‘no violation of Open Meetings Act’ by Iroquois County ETSB/ICOM Board

            State disagrees with former County Board Chairman Copas

The Illinois Attorney General's Office has issued its opinion that Iroquois County's ETSB and ICOM Boards did not violate the Open Meetings Act.

At issue was a special meeting of the joint boards June 12th (2014).

Then-Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas alleged the two boards vilolated the OMA by failing to post an agenda for the special meeting "on either of the public access entrances to the Administrative Center building, the meeting room itself, or the internet."

The Attorney General disagreed with Copas, stating the agenda posted on June 9th in the lobby of the building in which the meeting was held satisfied the requirement that the agenda be posted at the location of the meeting; the OMA did not require the Boards to post additional notices at the meeting room itself.

Copas'also alleged that the two Boards could have posted the agenda for the special meeting on the County's website. The A-G again disagreed, stating the OMA only requires public bodies that maintain their own websites to post agendas on it, and only for "regular" meetings.

The meetings in question are regularly posted on the front door of the office that was used by the two Boards, also in the lobby of the 911 entrance, which is open to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Report says Illinois treasurer OK'd pay raises for dozens of employees

SPRINGFIELD — Outgoing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford gave pay raises to dozens of employees — with increases ranging from 8 to 36 percent — during the past year, according to a newspaper report.

The Republican's office also awarded about $90,000 in one-time payments to 35 non-union employees at the end of October, according to a story published online late Saturday in the (Springfield) State Journal-Register. The payments included one to his former his chief of staff, who received an extra $10,000 on top of an about $125,000 base salary,

A Rutherford spokeswoman defended the salary increases — given to more than 25 non-union employees — and one-time payments.

She said they were "all based on performance, job duty changes and more responsibility."

Union officials criticized the move.

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