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Kankakee County: Rail project update meeting planned

Grant Park High School is the scheduled setting for a Tuesday, March 21st meeting to provide updated information on the proposed Great Lakes Basin Transportation rail project. The meeting will begin at 6 pm.

The project has generated a lot of interest. Earlier meetings had people and groups speaking for and against.
The Illinois Farm Bureau will be in attendance at this meeting to address legal issues.

The proposed rail line extends through the northern part of Kankakee County for more than 41 miles. The route is proposed to be 200 feet wide, which translates into about 1,000 acres of land, mostly farm land, consumed. Along with the 1,000 acres of land taken by the rail route, there also would be a number of parcels affected by being severed, landlocked or otherwise that become remnants unfeasible or uneconomical to be farmed.

The project narrative provided by GLBT includes a proposed "railport" situated between the villages of Manteno and Grant Park. The railport appears to encompass about 23 square miles of land. At about 640-acres-per-square-mile section, that would be another 14,720 acres consumed.

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Bomb scare investigation in Central #4 school district

Tightened security was in place at schools in the Central Unit 4 School District in Iroquois County as an investigation continues into a reported bomb threat. Law enforcement authorities do not believe the threat is credible at this point, but the investigation continues, according to Superintendent Tonya Evans.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police and Illinois State Police are investigating a threatening email discovered Monday by one of the district principals.

A.letter directed to parents and guardians about the incident makes it clear, the name on the mail was not that of any Unit #4 students. The threatening email had been diverted to the “spam” folder by the school’s computer system Saturday night. The email indicated a bomb threat for March 8, 2017.

The Superintendent’s letter stated no explosives have been found by the sheriff’s department. Police advise there is no imminent threat and the school district continues its normal routine.

Sup’t Evans said student and staff safety is the top priority and any such threat is taken seriously. Increased security presence is in place at the district schools with assistance from the Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police.

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Gibson Area Hospital Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics

Gibson Area Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Gibson Area Hospital is in the 11% of 3,229 U.S. hospitals offering orthopedics services.

There are clear gender differences in musculoskeletal disease, according to a study reported in The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Structural anatomy differences, hormones, and genetics are factors in optimizing care for male vs. female orthopedic patients. Because women have higher rates of arthritis than men, some 60% of joint replacement surgeries are performed on women.

In a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award, female orthopedic patients identified the following key priorities when choosing a hospital for orthopedics:

· Single source for orthopedic services · Solid patient safety record · High recommendation ratings.

“Women have different orthopedics needs, particularly as they grow older and become more at risk for osteoporosis and fractures,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “They also have different healthcare preferences, which we use to evaluate the recipients of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics. We are the only award that recognizes a hospital’s ability to meet women’s distinctive needs.”

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Social media again interfering with Delphi murder investigation

As it approaches the third week into the death investigation of two Delphi teenagers, authorities are urging people not to jump to conclusions.

Investigators are working around the clock to solve the double homicide case of Libby German and Abby Williams. But speculation among the public has law enforcement reminding people not to believe everything they see or hear.

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine said a blog post is circulating social media – raising the question on whether the Delphi case is connected to a possible serial killer sweeping the Midwest.

In the blog, the author – who claims to be a former Delphi High School student – referenced a possible connection between the Delphi case and the recent death of a 33-year-old Indianapolis woman, whose body was found near the Flatrock River in Columbus Saturday morning. Police have since determined no foul play is suspected in the Columbus case.

Perrine said there was never any information suggesting the two cases were connected.

Perrine said if any new information develops, the public will be made aware through local media and social media.

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Governor’s State University reports tuition hike

UNIVERSITY PARK -- The freshmen enrolled at Governor’s State University will pay 15% more for 2017. The suburban college has managed to survive state budget cuts the last two years. Now, officials report student tuition for incoming freshmen enrollment is up.

The university reports there were no tuition increases during the last two years despite hardships.

However, even with the 15% tuition increase, GSU is still the most-affordable public university in the region.

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