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Roads closed around Dresden Friday

Roads are closed or restricted to thru-traffic today around the Dresden nuclear power plant in Grundy County. The road restrictions began at 8 am today. The Dresden nuclear power plant in Morris is working with Exelon as they move a huge electrical transformer.


Traffic will be restricted along the route because vehicles won't be able to move around the transformer.
The route of the 80-foot transport trailer is proceeding along a designated route.
The move is expected to be completed by mid-afternoon.


The transformer increases voltage produced in the power plant and places it on the electrical grid.


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Illinois corn growers applaud WRDA

The Illinois Corn Growers Association is celebrating last week's passage of the federal Water Resources Development Act. The U.S. Senate is questioning the key appropriations is yet to come for long-overdue improvement of river locks and dams serving Illinois shipping.
Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are both in support of the WRDA, saying it'll open new opportunities along the major waterways.

The new legislation contains a provision for the federal government to pay 85 percent instead of 50 of the estimated $1.3 billion completion cost for the Olmsted Lock and Dam on the Ohio River at the southern end of Illinois. That will free up more money from the user-funded Inland Waterways Trust Fund for use on be used on other projects.


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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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