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Iroquois County Board votes to end Ford-Iroquois health arrangement

It was a12-7 vote (Tuesday) by the Iroquois County Board to withdraw Iroquois County involvement from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.

If all goes as planned, the 30-plus year arrangement between the two counties for health services will end by June 30, 2014.

The Ford County Board has also initiated its own effort to withdraw. However, because Ford County officials had not heard back from the state health department concerning its letter asking for approval to end the dual-county arrangement, the Board took no action at Monday's meeting.

Ford County Chairman Rick Bowen said the Ford County Board could schedule a special meeting if a letter of approval is received prior to the board's next meeting in December (9th). The board hopes to take action no later than its regular December meeting.

The Iroquois County Board approved a resolution to withdraw without gaining approval from Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois department of Public Health.

The Iroquois Board Tuesday also OK'd the hiring of Peoria attorney John Redlingshafer to provide the legal services to complete the withdraw.

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Wallace to announce bid for 2nd Congressional District

ERIC M. WALLACE to announce that he has received the endorsements of Jim Oberweis, Marty Ozinga III, Paul McKinley, Dave Smith, Bishop Lance Davis, Joe Walsh, and a group of black and white pastors to run for Congress in the Illinois 2nd Congressional District.

Flossmoor, IL - After receiving support and encouragement from an unprecedented and diverse group of local business leaders, politicians, and religious leaders; Eric M. Wallace of Flossmoor, IL will hold a press conference on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, at 5:30 p.m. at 15 Meadow view Center, Kankakee, IL to publicly announce his candidacy for the Illinois 2nd Congressional District seat formerly held by convicted felon Jessie Jackson Jr.

Riding on endorsements from U.S Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, local businessman Marty Ozinga III, former congressional candidate Paul McKinley, Illinois Family Institute President Dave Smith, former U.S. Congressman Joe Walsh, and a bi-partisan multicultural group of pastors and religious leaders; local businessman Dr. Eric Wallace will seek to mount the most aggressive and inclusive congressional campaign as a Republican that the 2nd district has seen in many years.

Responding to the stagnant economy, the recent passage of the "Same Sex Marriage" amendment in Illinois, the continued assault on 2nd amendment rights, and the Employee Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) which just passed in the United States Senate; Dr. Wallace is launching a campaign designed to challenge the faith community and all 2nd district citizens who support lower taxes and traditional family values to "rise up" and vote in support of their core principles in the upcoming March 2014 election.

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Flagpole dedication in Kankakee on Veterans Day

The dedication of a new flagpole at Governor Small Memorial Park in Kankakee (Monday) was part of the area's Veterans Day ceremonies.

Several community events were conducted, most led by American Legion and VFW Posts. The colors were presented at Governor Small Park. The flagpole in located in the park's Liberty Freedom Garden.

Other Veterans Day observances were held in Bradley, Momence, Hoopeston, Paxton, Gibson City, Danville, and at South Newton High School in Kentland, IN.

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Central-Illinois death blamed on weather

Authorities say one person died on snow-slickened roads in central Illinois.

McLean County authorities report the driver of an SUV was killed Monday night after it spun out of control on an Interstate 39 overpass. The SUV slid into the path of a semitrailer and both vehicles then went down an embankment.

Meanwhile in northern Illinois, injuries were reported in several collisions blamed on snow and black ice.

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McDONALD’S® RESTAURANTS OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS KICKS OFF ANNUAL RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES ‘GIVE A HAND’ FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MILLIONS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

                         Annual fundraiser puts emphasis on family togetherness

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Nov. 10, 2013 – McDonald's® Restaurants of Central Illinois launched the 11th annual Ronald McDonald House Charities "Give a Hand" fundraiser today with a goal to raise $5 million for its "Charity of Choice." Ronald McDonald House Charities creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

From now until Nov. 20, 2013, supporters will be able to give a hand to families in need by purchasing a paper hand at all participating McDonald's restaurants in Central Illinois. Each donation, available in $1, $3 or $5 denominations, supports Ronald McDonald House Charities family-centered programs in the U.S., such as Ronald McDonald Houses, that enable families with sick children to stay together during their treatment, helping them cope better and heal faster. The more hands sold, the more families are helped.

In addition to the "Give A Hand" fundraiser, McDonald's supports Ronald McDonald House Charities year-round through donations from Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal sales, in-restaurant Ronald McDonald House Charities Donation Boxes and various local initiatives.

"For nearly 40 years, McDonald's has been supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, and because of it, so many local families in need have been able to heal together and find the vital resources they need to help their children reach their full potential" said Steve Jeffers, McDonald's owner-operator and president of the Central Illinois Co-Op. "Springfield-area McDonald's are proud to again support the "Give a Hand" fundraiser, and encourage residents to make a donation during their next visit."