A new Regional President and CEO has been named for Presence Health at hospitals in Joliet and Kankakee.
Kathleen Rhine was named to replace Beth Hughes, who resigned this week. Rhine brings more than 20 years of health care leadership expertise to the position. She'll serve as President and CEO at St. Joseph Medical center in Joliet and Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
Prior to joining Presence Health, Rhine spent 11 years in leadership roles for St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Several slide-off accidents still keeping police and two truck operators busy today. Black ice resulted from re-freezing yesterday and last night, leaving some very click roads this morning. Rural routes were slippery and forced school districts to operate on delayed scheduled and then some closed for the day.
No serious injuries were reported from several accidents in the WGFA-listening areas of Illinois and Indiana.
A snowplow overturned on Route 115 at Kankakee County road 5000W. That was in Pilot Township. A car slid into a train in Reynolds, IN. Police reported the crossing was snow-packed. I-65 in Indiana also posed some slide-offs in the Lafayette area.
A study released by the University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs says county fairs produced an estimated $90 million and support 1,000 jobs.
Total expenditures of fair attendees is estimated to be about $170 million statewide.
Fifteen agricultural fairs of varying sizes in three state zones — North, Central and South — were studied and used as an economic model used to calculate the impact.
The Small Newspaper Group reports county fairs in the Northern Zone, which includes La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, Putnam and Bureau counties, generated an estimated economic impact of $44 million.
The average fair generated about $1 million to its local economy.
There were 104 fairs hosted in Illinois in 2014, and the study was conducted at five fairs in each zone. Nearly 5,000 fair attendees completed surveys collected by 4-H youth under the supervision of extension staff. Alex Norr, a graduate student from the U of I Department of Urban and Regional Planning, conducted 33 key informant interviews of local fair board members, fair sponsors and fair participants.
Spending patterns of fair attendees and local economic details provide the data.
The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect today. Snow has started and roads are becoming snow covered and slick in a hurry. Motorists will need to be aware of changing conditions. Early dismissals have been ordered. Find all cancellations online at www.wgfaradio.com
The Winter Advisory is in effect until 5 pm for most of the WGFA-listening area. Accumulations could amount to more than an inch an hour, reducing visibility and making roads hazardous.