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Arctic temps grip Illiana area

Wednesday was the start of a brief cold snap. Temperatures plunged overnight and will remain dangerously cold through today (Thursday) until it warms back up on Friday and into the weekend.

Today’s forecast is cloudy and cold. High only at 10-12. Wind chills near -17.

Indiana school districts – North and South Newton and Rensselaer Central – operated on two-hour delays earlier this morning.

A Wind Chill Advisory went into effect Wednesday night due to dangerous wind chill values. The advisory was posted until mid-morning today.

Even though it’s extremely cold, forecasters say it’ll be brief. Friday will begin another warmup as the next system moves in, bringing with it a chance of snow.

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Anthony out at IDOC

Former State Representative John Anthony is no longer employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Just six months after he left his position as State Representative in the 75th District, Anthony is gone from the corrections job. No official word on why ? He was working as an executive assistant to the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Records show he was making $10,000 a month. His last day on the job with the DOC was December 7th.

Anthony resigned from the State Legislature on June 17th to accept a position with corrections.

David Welter was appointed to replace Anthony in July and won in the November general election to retain the seat.

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Danville, Urbana hospitals awarded emergency preparation grant

Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville and Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana will benefit from a grant awarded by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The $70,000 grant is to be used to conduct hospital emergency preparation activities.

Public Health grants have been used to support facility evacuation planning and training, sheltering patients, and mass fatality management and disaster response.
The $70,000 grant is being shared with five other medical centers which are operated by Presence Health in Illinois.

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IMH’s Bohlmann set to retire from CEO position

Iroquois Memorial Hospital CEO Chuck Bohlmann is winding down his career in health care. But he assures us, he’s not going away. And he will stay involved in community.

The 65-year-old Bohlmann was honored during a retirement party Tuesday evening. The business community, medical professionals and friends gathered at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Reflecting on the job he started in 1995, Bohlmann said ‘it’s about the people, good people’ that surrounded him and showed support. .......
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His experience in the restaurant business elevated to executive director of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce, then to fundraising for IMH and the job that consumed the last 22 years.......
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The support from the hospital board of directors and co-workers --- Bohlmann says---- is what made it all work. The CEO said health care has gone thru so many changes. And there’s so much more still to come. 

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Citizens tell Iroquois Board to support the voters’ choice for more public safety

The Iroquois County Board plans to review the November results of the approved public safety tax. The Board has until May of 2017 to pass an ordinance and implement the quarter-cent tax. Revenues would go toward improving law enforcement efforts, including hiring additional sheriff deputies.

Tuesday, the Board listened to public comments after reports surfaced that the tax might not be implemented.

Board Chairman John Shure said there’s concern about the tax affecting retailers.

Shure now says he’s pretty sure he tax will be place......
Several people attended Tuesday’s meeting to tell the board the majority of voters spoke and tax needs to implemented.
Ashkum Fire Chief Jeff Glenn ......

Glenn said protocol calls for back-up for emergency calls and additional police help would provide that.

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