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St. Mary's new hospital name, from Provena to Presence

Presence Healthcare is the new name for what many of us had been calling Provena St. Mary’s.

And while quality healthcare is still the mission, Marketing Director Melissa Tanner says the name change has been gradual and will continue over the next several weeks.

The Kankakee hospital name change is still a work in progress. But the banner will soon read “Presence St. Mary’s Hospital.

Tanner explains a few subtle changes have been happening inside. The rolling ambulances will eventually read “Presence St. Mary’s” too.

Presence Health is the name of the healthcare system formed by the merger of St. Mary's old corporate parent, Provena Health, and its new partner, Resurrection Health Care, of Chicago. That happened in 2011. The merger is now moving forward with the name change.

Tanner said hospital officials are planning a major marketing campaign in April to introduce the new name and to completely transform its public face. A new website also will be unveiled.

The Presence Health name was chosen by the five Catholic orders of sisters who serve as the system's corporate charter.

"Presence embodies the act of being present in every moment we share with those we serve and is the cornerstone of an effective patient, resident and family-centered environment," said Sandra Bruce, Presence Health president and CEO. "It also signifies a spiritual connection, as we believe was are called to serve with a spirit of hope and healing."

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Iroquois County Mobile Home Taxes Due

Iroquois County mobile home taxes are in the mail. Payments come due May 6th, 2013.

County Treasurer Mindy Kuntz Hagan announced the mobile home tax bills were mailed Friday, March 1, 2013. The payment due date is Monday, May 6, 2013. Any payments that are not received or postmarked by May 6, 2013 will be charged a late fee. As required by the Illinois statutes, a $25.00 per month late fee not to exceed $100.00 will be charged.

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both coupons should be presented when making payments in person or by mail. Unpaid taxes will result in a lien being filed on the mobile home.

There is a drop box at the Administrative Center near the entrance of the 911 Center. Payments can be dropped off during non-office hours.

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Winter storm headed to central, northern Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a winter storm could bring up to 10 inches of snow to northern Illinois.

The weather service has issued a winter storm warning that starts at 3 a.m. Tuesday and lasts throughout the day. Forecasters say snow is expected to be heavy from late Tuesday morning through early Tuesday evening with 1 to 1 1/2 inches falling an hour. Weather service officials say snow removal could be difficult and travel extremely dangerous. Winds are forecast to gust at between 25 and 30 mph.

The storm also is expected in central Illinois, where snow, rain and sleet are expected. Accumulations are forecast at between 3 and 5 inches along and north of Interstate 74.

Mike Bardou of the NWS in Romeoville says the immediate WGFA-listening area from Pontiac over to Watseka and Renssaler, IN is likely to see 2-4 inches of new snow and sleet accumulation.

Forecasters say up to 8 inches of snow could accumulate in Chicago.


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Missing 1-year-old subject of police search

An Endangered Missing Person Advisory issued last Friday continues today (Mon). Police continue the search for 1-year-old Artistic Fletcher taken from Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee by his father last Wednesday.

Police issued a statement saying the child was taken against the advice of the medical staff. The baby was in the hospital with bruises, allegedly an abuse victim.

Police report they’ve received tips that the baby’s father, Arthur Fletcher, may have left the state.

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Timberwolves howling, Sectional Champs !

Cissna Park high school has reached the Elite 8 in boys basketball.

Coach Kevin Long’s long-talked-about defensive game was emphasized in detail Friday. The defense stepped it up in a championship matchup with Arthur-Lovington and the Timberwolves are howling among the 1A best in Illinois.
Behind a great defensive effort, Long's Timberwolves defeated the Knights of Arthur-Lovington 46-31 in the Class 1A Schlarman Sectional to move to the Elite Eight.

WGFA Radio featured the game on 94.1 FM.

Cole Hasselbring’s 21 points led the T’wolves to their first Elite Eight berth in seven years.

Cissna Park now meets Illini Central in the Illinois State Super-Sectional at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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