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Warning: Health alert about rabid bats

The Illinois State Public Health Department is warning people about rabid bats. Health officials have discovered two rabid bats within the last four days within the Chicago city limits. This year alone health officials have discovered 15 rabid bats statewide.

Health officials are warning people to stay away from any wild animals they come in contact with. They also recommend keeping their animals on a leash when outdoors and making sure they are up to date on their vaccinations.

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Olney hospital considers merger with Carle

A hospital in Olney could become the third hospital in the Carle health system.

The Richland Memorial Hospital board has signed a letter of intent to consider integrating into the Carle medical system. Such a deal would result in the Olney hospital becoming the third hospital in the Carle system.

Richland Memorial has a 135-bed facility. Carle Foundation Hospital has its 393-bed facility associated with Alliance Medical Plans, Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center (a 24-bed critical access hospital) and Carle Physician Group.

Richland Memorial serves eight southeastern Illinois counties. If the proposal is approved, Richland, its 500 employees and health services would become an independent unit of Carle.

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Wilmington: Boy’s body recovered after holiday drowning

The body of 12-year-old Eder Arroyo was pulled from the Kankakee River near Wilmington Wednesday afternoon. The Joliet boy had been the subject of a search since he went missing Monday evening.

The boy's sister, 13-year-old Abiyail Arroyo, was also a drowning victim in the same incident.

Crews had been searching for Eder Arroyo since Monday. He fell into the water while his family was having a cookout at nearby South Island Park. His sister Abiyail went into the water to try to save him, but both got trapped along the dam wall. Abiyail's body was recovered from the water that night. She was pronounce dead at a Joliet hospital.

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Iroquois County gears up for Relay for Life June 10th

It's been one of the most popular events to bring Iroquois County and beyond together. And the annual Iroquois County Relay-for-Life is scheduled for Friday, June 10th.

The relay is at Blake Field at Watseka Community High School. This year's theme is "Super Heroes," inviting participants to wear their favorite super hero outfit.

The Iroquois County Relay has earned state and national recognition since it started in 2001, when more than $79,000 was raised. Since then, the event has poured thousands more into cancer research and pulled in more friends to share in the glorious outcome.

Carol Dexter is Sponsorship Chairman. She says the all-night event is scaled back some, but still looking for the same results.

Carol says it's the cancer survivors who are always the heroes of the event.

Carol's husband, Jim Dexter, says the weather hopefully will cooperate again – for a night of fun and great experience.

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Ride4Life Saturday benefits cancer research

A Cure for Cancer is the focus for this weekend's Ride4Life. It's the 15th annual Ride4Life -- for the American Cancer Society. The effort has raised more than $700,000 for the ACS since 2001.

The group of motorcycle enthusiasts represent the Iroquois and Kankakee county area. They started the Ride4Life to bolster the fundraising campaign for ACS.

Saturday's event will again encourage participation for cancer research. It's one of several ACS money-makers that will again find several groups stepping up the cause toward a cancer cure.

The 100-mile ride averages about 600 bikers and 1,200 people per year. They trek from the Manteno Sportsman's Club and make several stops which include Essex, Ashkum, Grant Park and Peotone. If you're driving a vehicle, you're welcome too.

Tickets for the ride can be purchased at the Manteno Sportman's Club for $15 before the ride or $20 the day of the ride. Tickets entitle riders to four hours live music, dinner and a $1,000 cash prize. Separate drawings are available for three other cash prizes.

Registration on Saturday is from 10 a.m. to noon. A shotgun start is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 815-592-1914.

This year the American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 1.7 million Americans diagnosed with cancer, and 595,690 will die from the disease. Worldwide, about 7.6 million die from cancer per year.

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