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African swine fever threatens pork industry

An outbreak of African swine fever is decimating the Chinese pork market, but industry experts say preventive measures make a similar outbreak here highly unlikely.

The disease is spread from pig to pig and poses no threat to humans, but China has culled 24,000 pigs to stem the outbreak.

Here in the United States, there’s no sign of the fever and Illinois Pork Producers Association Executive Director Jennifer Tirey said an outbreak here is highly unlikely.

“One of the reasons is actually because of the cutting-edge way our producers raise our animals indoors now,” Tirey said. “A lot of the reasons for the African swine fever outbreak is that overseas there is still a lot of backyard animal raising. That leads to animals eating different types of scraps and things that are not being monitored properly.”

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Iroquois County Board OK’s Finance Department restructuring

The Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) voted 8-4, with several members absent, to reconfigure the Finance Department.
It’s now known as the Finance Center.

Amanda Longfellow will manage the center at a salary of $45,000. Jill Johnson will assume the position of Chief Deputy. She’ll be paid $27, 250.

The vote came after executive session.

Board Chairman John Shure calls it a new start.........

Shure said the Board is confident in moving forward with Longfellow and Johnson.

Iroquois County’s been without a finance leader since Anita Speckman left for a similar position in Kankakee County earlier this year.

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KCC President Dr. John Avendano announces retirement

Kankakee Community College’s president, Dr. John Avendano, has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2019.

Avendano became Kankakee Community College’s sixth president on July 1, 2009. During his time at KCC he led the college through an unprecedented state budget impasse for two years, added new academic programs, successfully implemented two strategic plans, and opened campus facilities. KCC also celebrated two national championships and the college’s 50th anniversary during Avendano’s tenure.

“It has truly been a privilege serving this college and representing KCC in the community,” said Avendano. “I am most proud of the state-wide and national recognition given to our faculty, staff and programs. I am also proud of the significant role KCC has played in providing the workforce for our community.”

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IMH Resident Home celebrates 60th Anniversary

It was the first nursing home to be attached to a hospital. And today, 60 years later, The Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka continues to thrive.

The IMH Resident Home gathered with friends and supporters (Friday) to celebrate 60 years.

The door was first opened on S. 4th Street September 6, 1958. The cost then was $850,000.

IMH Vice-Pres and Resident Home Administrator Jeff Petersen says in addition to the professional services offered, a proud accomplishment is the number of patients who return home .......

“One of the benefits of all the services we provide, when it comes to therapy, we have marked improvement in the number of patients who return to home,” Petersen said. “People get to return home to family or their own home after completing needed therapy.”

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report named IMH Resident Home one of the top nursing facilities in the country.

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The number of 'structurally deficient' bridges in Illinois is growing, building group says

The horrific collapse of a bridge recently near Genoa, Italy, killing at least 22 people, is shining a spotlight on the safety of bridge infrastructure worldwide.

While there are no Illinois bridges in danger of collapse, the state did rank fifth in the nation in terms of the number of "structurally deficient" bridges in 2017, at 2,303 bridges or 8.6 percent of the total, up from 2,243 in 2016, according to a study early this year by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, a Washington-based trade group that used Federal Highway Administration figures.

The term "structurally deficient" does not mean a bridge is about to fall down, but that it is in need of repair or rebuilding, according to the association. If a bridge is allowed to deteriorate for too long, a government may choose to close it or limit how much it can carry.

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