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George Ryan finishes supervision after prison term

By The Associated Press
KANKAKEE - Former Gov. George Ryan has finished a year of supervision following his release from home confinement last summer after a prison sentence for corruption convictions.

Ryan was released from prison in January 2013 and was confined to his home until last July. At the time his lawyer and friend former Gov. Jim Thompson said that Ryan was subject to another year of supervision and some travel restrictions. That ends this week.

Ryan spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times in a story published Wednesday, offering some details of his time in prison and since being released. He says some prison guards "made things a little rough" because they were not happy with his decision as governor to put a moratorium on the death penalty.

Ryan, a Republican, was convicted in 2006.


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One-Hundred-Year-Old Die-Hard Cubs Fan Dies

                                ... Proud Iroquois County farmer ...

A 100-year-old Cubs fan who helped the team celebrate its own centennial anniversary has died -- less than three weeks after his appearance on the grass at Wrigley Field. Louis Reinhart of Loda in central Illinois was supposed to be part of opening day ceremonies but got to the ball park too late because of traffic. The team invited the retired farmer back to deliver the game ball and pose on the field with members of the team before the June 8th game with Miami. His funeral is today in Loda.

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Wilmington Hit Hardest In Storm

                                      Grant Park still lacking power


Clean up is underway for Will County residents. Wilmington and the Grundy County town of Morris were hard hit Monday night by storms that rocked parts of northern Illinois and Indiana.

Severe storms knocked out power lines and downed trees. In Morris 200 to 300 trees have been uprooted.

In Kankakee County, the town of Grant Park still had about 1200 ComEd customers without power. Some may have to wait until Friday. The NWS has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in and near the community Monday night.

A NIPSCO sub-station near DeMotte in Jasper County also sustained severe damage.

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Ambulance rollover result in 3 minor injuries

In Will County --- An ambulance taking an 81-year-old woman to a hospital rolled after blowing a tire. The Wilmington fire department ambulance was rushing the woman to the hospital near the Joliet Speedway when the tire blew out. The vehicle ran into a ditch. The driver, a paramedic and the patient were treated for minor injuries.

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Riverside Medical Center Provided More Than $42.8 Million in Community Benefits Last Year

2013 Community Benefit Report Released

KANKAKEE, IL (July 1, 2014) – Riverside Medical Center is committed to bringing health, healing and access to quality care for those living throughout the region. In 2013, this commitment continued as Riverside not only expanded existing services, but added new programs as well, providing more than $42.8 million in community benefit.

"Riverside Medical Center has been serving this community for 50 years and I am proud of how far we have expanded our reach as well as the number and level of services we offer," said Phillip Kambic, Riverside president and CEO. "Our commitment to the region will continue to strengthen through the next 50 years and beyond as we focus on putting well within reach for everyone."

During the remainder of 2014 and into next year, Riverside has plans that include the opening of an Assisted Living & Memory Care Center in Bourbonnais, Immediate Care facilities in Gilman, an Ambulatory Care Campus in Frankfort and a Geriatric Psychiatric program on the hospital's main campus.

Of the more than $42.8 million of community benefits in 2013, more than $22.9 million of the total covered costs was for subsidized health services. This included Medicaid services (care provided to those in state aid program), and community health centers in Kankakee, Momence and Hopkins Park. New Life Center, ambulance services, health screenings, physician recruitment and health care education, and other services are also included in this figure.

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