Kankakee County employees will soon experience a new insurance policy. The County Board (Tuesday) agreed to a switch from Blue Cross-Blue Shield to United Health Care.
It's a cost-savings move, according to Board Chairman Mike Bossert. The United Health Care proposal is 1.6% less than what the county is currently paying. And the move is prompted by a Blue Cross proposal for a 6.8% increase.
Iroquois County finances will be an issue again as budget preparations continue for Fiscal year '14. Budget negotiations over the last two- three weeks created a wish-list for department heads. Now, the process begins to make it all work.
One of the stumbling blocks will be finding monies available should emergency communications monies go dry.
County Board Chairman Rod Copas and Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood have talked, The two governmental leaders will explore possible solutions, should the 9-1-1 Board and the Emergency Telephone Services Board (ETSB) run out of money.
The county the city would be burdened with the funding issue should the allotted monies run out.
Copas said the time to act is now, to make sure a workable plan is in place.
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Emergency Response Across Illinois
Law Creates New Statewide Directory to Forward 9-1-1 Calls
ROMEOVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to make emergency response systems in Illinois more efficient and effective. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.
"Emergency response depends on the ability of our 9-1-1 centers to take the call," Governor Quinn said. "It is critical for public safety that once our operators get a call, they are able to direct it to the responders who can best help those who are in need."
House Bill 2856, sponsored by State Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), requires the development of an Illinois 9-1-1 systems directory so that calls answered by one system can be quickly and easily forwarded to another 9-1-1 system when necessary. This is particularly important for cell phone users, whose calls to 9-1-1 are sometimes answered by an operator in their home area code, rather than where the phone user may be at that moment.
The 57th annual Agronomy Day is set for Thursday at the University of Illinois.
Farmers and others can learn about the latest research and see some interesting exhibits. The university Department of Crop Sciences will host four different tours at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center. They run every half-hour from 7 a.m. until noon.
Visitors can see displays of farm equipment and technological advances, as well as a showing of antique farm equipment by the I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.