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Blue Cross Dropping Three Illinois Hospitals From PPO Network

People with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance in Peoria, Rockford, and Galesburg will have to find new hospitals to use. Blue Cross yesterday said it's dropping the Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, the Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, and the St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg from its PPO network. Neither OSF, which manages the hospitals, or Blue Cross officials are giving a reason for the change. Blue Cross is adding other hospitals in Pekin and Galesburg, you can get a full list of in-network providers at Blue Cross' website.

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‘Day of Giving’ supports Veterans Honor Guards

Veterans Honor Guards are lined up to benefit from today’s (Wed) “Day of Giving” in several communities. The ‘Day of Giving’ is organized to help outfit those veterans who serve on honor guards for funerals for the veterans who have served our nation.

A local program invites the public to donate in Watseka. The Big R parking lot along Route 24 East is the setting for the ‘Day of Honor” event.

American Legion Post #23 and the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka have teamed up to host today’s activity. The ‘Day of Giving” finds veterans available to welcome your donations.

The donation site will be manned from 6 am ‘til 7 pm.

In Vermilion County.... ‘Operation Honor Guard’ will be collecting donations at the Sunset Center for Loss and Healing on North Vermilion in Danville, also from 6 am ‘til 7 pm.

Other sites hosting the event are in locations in Georgetown, Champaign, Mattoon and Paris.

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AFSCME employees get new contract in Iroquois County

Union members with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees will see slight pay hikes come December 1st. The Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) approved a new tentative 3-year contract. Starting wages are increased by 1.5% each of the three years while all existing employee wages increase 2.5% each year. Hourly pay scales vary from one department to the other. 94.1 WGFA
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Iroquois County budget shows “black ink” for FY18

The new fiscal year budget for 2018 in Iroquois County lists projected revenues at $5,297,700 while expenses come in at $5,292,300.

The approximate $5,000 surplus is most-welcome considering a several thousand dollar deficit was lurking just a few months ago.

Board Chairman John Shure says department requests led to further review and cuts that leaves us in a more favorable light.

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“UPDATE”: Man shot in town of Oxford

The two men involved in the altercation Sunday in Oxford (IN) are now identified. 35-year-old Nathan Lee Gick Oxford sustained non-life threatening injuries. He suffered a gunshot wound during a fight at an apartment complex. He was treated and released at a local hospital.

Indiana State Police report 35-year-old Nathan R. Hipps of Oxford was the alleged shooter. No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is continuing.

Oxford Police, Benton County Sheriff's deputies and the State Polcie responded to the incident at 4:40 Saturday morning.

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