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Field shaping up for Rep. Johnson's replacement

CHAMPAIGN — The chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson says he would like to replace the retiring congressman.

Johnson said last week that he plans to stop campaigning for re-election and retire at the end of his term. Former Johnson chief of staff Jerry Clarke said Monday that he would like to replace Johnson as the Republican candidate and run against Democrat David Gill. GOP officials have said he's a strong contender.

State Rep. Chapin Rose of Mahomet, meanwhile, says he isn't interested.

Another potential candidate, state Rep. Adam Brown of Decatur says he'd like to be considered.

The 65-year-old Johnson said Thursday that he will retire.

His replacement will be chosen by Republican Party leaders from the 14 counties in the 13th Congressional District

 

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Missing Kankakee Woman’s Body Found

An autopsy was scheduled Saturday on the  body of 33-year-old Brandie Robinson which was found near the Kankakee River under the South Schuyler Avenue bridge.  Kankakee Police report the discovery was made shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday.

Robinson’s body was positively identified at 12:26 p.m., according to Kankakee Police Chief Larry Regnier.


The whereabouts of the reported missing Kankakee woman had been the subject of a missing person report last week. 

Robinson’s body was recovered by city fire and police personnel. Details on how the body was found were not yet available.

Saturday's autopsy revealed Robinson was a drowning victim.  The Coroner's Office reports the investigation continues.

Robinson was last seen by her children as she left the house in the 400 block of South Osborn Avenue in Kankakee.

 

 

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Kankakee Man Accused of Sex with a Minor in Iroquois County

Forty-four-year-old Keith Truesdell of Kankakee is jailed in Watseka on a $100,000 bond.  He’s charged with 23 felony counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child and 13 counts of Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.  His arrest by Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police alleges the acts occurred between 2007 and 2011.

Iroquois County Sheriff investigator Clint Perzee said the assaults began before the victim was 13-years-old, reason for the “predatory” criminal sexual assault charges.  Perzee said Kankakee County investigators are also working the case for possible charges there too.

Truesdell was returned to court in Watseka Tuesday by sheriff’s police.  He’s due back in court April 17th.

Truesdell was among nine defendants indicted by the Iroquois County grand jury.

 

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Iroquois Grand Jury Indictments

Thirty-four year-old Phillip Horrell of Kankakee faces indictment for residential burglary and theft. He was among nine defendants indicted last week in Watseka.  Horrell was under investigation by Iroquois County Sheriff's Police for enterinbg a Chebanse home, stealing a diamond tennis bracelet with diamonds, a 3-stone wedding band, ruby and diamond earrings, and other pieces of jewelry.

26-year-old Adam Khan of Milford was indicted for Unlawful Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  He failed to register an Internet Communications Identity on a Facebook account.

30-year-old Avery Durflinger Jr. of Watseka faces a Theft charge.  Iroquois County Sheriff's Police report Durflinger stole copper pipe at a residence north of Watseka.

A Chatsworth woman, 26-year-old Nicole Knade, faces a Theft charge.  Gilman Police and Sheriff's deputies investigated a reported theft from a residence involving several pieces of jewelry.  The defendant pawned the items at a pawn store in Kankakee.

 

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Hospital Officials Suggest ‘Common Sense’ Approach to Remedy Medicaid Woes

An Illinois Task Force, assigned to finding solutions to the state’s Medicaid problems, may be considering an alternative approach to helping local hospitals.  And---local medical leaders believe it could speed up reimbursement of past monies due.

The Illinois Hospital Association is proposing a co-pay agreement, by all emergency department users, to help cover costs.  Could it be considered a ‘user fee ?”

At Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, interim-CEO Michael Stenger tells WGFA News IMH alone, is due $1.3 million in past due Medicaid payments.  That obviously creates cash-flow problems and leaves future projects in limbo.

Stenger says the lack of Medicaid payments is unprecedented in Illinois.  He’s hopeful lawmakers will see the dire-need to kick-start a move to consider a hospital association suggestion that will still provide for those patients eligible for help……….

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Stenger sat down with WGFA News to explain a cost-saving Medicaid alternative that could save $810 million to $1.46 billion dollars …….

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It’s hoped such a coalition of network-affiliated hospital leaders suggestions will be considered seriously.

The state’s financial dilemma has so many Medicaid reimbursements on the back burner; reimbursements that are rightfully owed.  One would wonder why such ‘common sense” approach is ignored ……..

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The Illinois Hospital Association presented testimony to the senate Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriation Human Services Committee expressing opposition to the Governor’s proposed $2.7 billion reduction in Medicaid spending and outlining its approach for a multi-year solution that will protect patient access to quality health care and keep the health delivery system strong.

 

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