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Livingston County Farm Bureau Donates Hams for Eleventh Year

The Livingston County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board donated $300 in gift certificates for forty-four (44) hams for the Livingston County Community Food Pantry. The donation highlights the importance of corn as a feed product for livestock. The Bureau says we could not enjoy a delicious ham for Christmas dinner without the corn farmer growing the corn and the livestock farmer feeding the corn to their hogs.

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Grant money a concern with demise of FIPHD

A bi-county financial arrangement between Ford and Iroquois County may be necessary in order to keep grant monies in place for the health departments.

The Ford-Iroquois Health department's interim-administrator said a financial arrangement will be needed between the two counties, even though the two counties are planning to create their own independent health services.

Steve Williams says the two counties need time to organize but the dual-checkbook will help keep grant money flowing for everyone to benefit.

A possible inter-governmental agreement will be studied. Meanwhile, others, including a study group, recommend the existing Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department not be dissolved. The group suggests the two county boards and the health department board reconsider the already-voted on dissolution to keep costs and services in place.

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Indiana man’s body identified in Kankakee County

A Newton County, Indiana man has been identified by Kankakee County authorities. The body of a man found burned beyond recognition inside a flaming vehicle earlier this month is that of 28-year-old John McEloroy of Brook.

McEloroy had been reported missing out of Newton County, Ind.
County Coroner Bob Gessner said McEloroy was identified by using police tips and DNA.

Police are still investigating why McEloroy's vehicle was found burning in a roadside ditch near Pembroke Township. Foul play is not suspected.

McEloroy and a dog were found dead in a car at 16321 E 5480S Road on December 7th after firefighters extinguished the burning vehicle.

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Presence Health, Iroquois Memorial Hospital form partnership

WATSEKA — Iroquois Memorial Hospital has agreed to be managed by Presence Health, marking the first step in the partnership between the state's largest Catholic health system and the Watseka hospital.

Presence Health announced Monday that its board of directors and the IMH board signed an agreement for Presence Health to manage the hospital. Presence Health had announced in June that the two parties intended to form an affiliation.

"Partnering under this management agreement creates a strong and mutually beneficial presence in this region for both Presence Health and IMH," said Sandra Bruce, president and chief executive officer of Presence Health. "We are confident that this agreement is the beginning of a partnership between IMH and Presence Health that will strengthen over time."

Iroquois Memorial Hospital is a 49-bed hospital and 35-bed skilled nursing facility. The hospital also operates four primary care clinics in the surrounding area.

A news release from Presence Health said the management agreement will strengthen administrative support for the hospital in areas such as human resources, finance and information technology.

As part of the management agreement, the 300 hospital employees will continue under the employment of Iroquois Memorial Hospital and the hospital's key administrators will be under the leadership of Mike Brown, Presence Health's Central Region CEO.

Brown will lead the coordination of services between Iroquois Memorial and neighboring Presence Health hospitals — as well as Presence Medical Group, Presence Health's physician practice network and Presence Life Connections, the senior services arm of Presence Health — in the management of IMH resident, hospice and home health care.

"Our hospital has been seeking a partner to ensure continued access to high-quality health care for our patients and the communities we serve," said Chuck Bohlmann, chief executive officer of Iroquois Memorial Hospital. "This agreement not only strengthens our commitment to patient care but allows us to maintain jobs at our facility. Together, we will advance our shared focus on delivering the best patient, resident and family experience and providing high-quality care and value to all." {article submitted}

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7-year-old killed in snowmobile accident

A seven-year-old Kankakee boy was killed in a weekend snowmobile accident in Kankakee County. The boy is identified as Cale Osterhoff, the son of Chad and Jennifer Osterhoff.

Cale was first-grade student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradley where counselors are available today.

Illinois State Police and the County Coroner's office are investigating. The accident happened Saturday night near 2000 E and 4000 S Road. Coroner Bob Gessner said the boy's father was driving the snowmobile when it ran into a ditch and flipped. The boy was riding on the back. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

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