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Charges filed for fraudulent Medicaid home services

By The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD - Fifteen people are facing federal charges for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid home services program in Illinois by filling out bogus time sheets.

Central District U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis announced the charges Thursday in Springfield. In one of the cases, a 36-year-old Bloomington man allegedly submitted time sheets for at least 300 hours of work done when he actually was incarcerated.

The home services program allows people with disabilities to hire assistants to perform household tasks and help with personal care. Time sheets filed twice a month are submitted for payments.

The charges stem from investigations conducted by members of the Central Illinois Health Care Fraud Task Force.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Hansen.

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Former-bookkeeper accused of theft

45-year-old Renae Chronister of Morris is facing charges of theft and official misconduct. The former bookkeeper for Grundy County's health department is accused of stealing $44,000 in public funds and spending it on shopping trips and restaurant meals.

Prosecutors said the money was stolen between 2009 and 2012. An audit revealed the missing funds.
They said she pocketed cash paid by residents and businesses for services such as immunizations, mental health counseling and public health inspections.

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Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department announces pending closure

The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department is prepping to close its doors June 30th. Ford and Iroquois counties will be opening their new independent health departments July 1st.

Dr. Kevin Brucker, Chairman of the FIPHD Board of health, issues a letter to clients announcing that the two-county health agency will serve people through Wednesday, June 25th. Both the Paxton and Watseka offices will then close a few days to prepare for the openings of the respective two offices on July 1st. Brucker said the staffs are receiving up-to-date trainings to be ready to serve their communities.

The two new health departments have received their certifications from the State of Illinois.

The Ford-Iroquois Board of Health and the new health departments are extending a 'Thank You' for allowing them to serve the public the last 35 years and look forward to the future.

The Ford and Iroquois County Boards voted earlier to dissolve the near 34-year relationship of the dual-county health department in favor of moving to new single-county health departments.

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Governor Quinn announces $3 million road projects

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced Central Illinois will be getting about $3 million for construction projects.
The money comes from the governor's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the largest construction program in Illinois history.

"These projects will make sure our roads and buildings in central Illinois are well maintained to improve safety and longevity, Quinn said. "These projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive local economies forward."

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Gov. Quinn to sign school safety bill

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation that requires teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills to Illinois high school students.

The proposal also requires students to get trained on automated external defibrillators. According to Quinn's office, he will sign the legislation during an event today (Thurs) in Normal.

The bill was prompted by paramedic George Laman. His daughter, who had a heart condition, collapsed and died in 2008 during drill team practice at a suburban Chicago high school. Quinn's office says an AED was available at the school, but not used until paramedics arrived. Her family believes her life could've been saved had someone known how to use it.

Quinn calls it a "common-sense law" that'll help students in the case of an emergency.

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