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IMH – Riverside Healthcare merger called off

The potential merger of Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) and Riverside Healthcare is a No-go.

The two organizations jointly announced today (Wednesday) that the potential merger has been called off.

Riverside and IMH entered into the due diligence process last September to explore the possibility of a merger. That process now completed, the two healthcare organizations will move forward separately.

Carl Maronich is Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Riverside said confidentiality limits what we say, but "we did go through the due diligence process and decided not to move forward.

"We continue to provide care as always. We're committed and so is IMH," Maronich adds.

In a prepared news release, Riverside President & CEO Phil Kambic also states “with our campus in Watseka and Gilman, we’re committed to meet the healthcare needs of the region.” Kambic said Riverside will “continue to work with IMH officials to ensure we are serving the community in a most efficient way.”

IMH Board Chairman Roger Dittrich said “serving the healthcare needs of Watseka and Iroquois County for over 100 years has always been a top priority for IMH.” He said “we will always put the needs of the community first and honor our commitment to the patients we serve.”

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Visibility, ice hamper travel on I-57; I-65 back open after semi brings down power lines

Illinois State Police had to close down sections of I-57 near Manteno and Peotone last night. Visibility was poor and slick road conditions led to several slide-offs. There’s been no word of serious injury.

Meanwhile – Indiana State Police had similar conditions along I-65. Traffic between U.S. 231 and SR 2 was messed up due to icy roads. Further south, I-65 reopened just before 11 pm.. Traffic lights at I-65 and State Road 25 were still out this morning. Motorists were treating that area as a 4-way stop.

State police worked a semi crash on I-65 that closed traffic in both directions at the State Road 25 exit.

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School consolidation meeting tonight in Watseka

As the April 2 election draws near, school districts in Iroquois County hope voters will take time to learn the details about a proposed merger between Crescent-Iroquois District #249 and Community School District #9 in Watseka.

A 6 pm meeting this (Wed) evening at the Unit Nine Office in Watseka again invites the public to hear a brief presentation and ask questions. It’s the second such informational meeting leading up to election day.

Last month, about 60 people from both school districts attended a Unit Nine-hosted meeting where questions focused on several issues. Finances and building structures, along with the current and future tax bases for the two districts were explained.

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Ford County Board votes to not recommend hog facility be built

A proposed hog-operation near Sibley will not be recommended by the Ford County Board. After hearing from several people, including Sibley Village trustees, the County Board (Monday) voted to not recommend the Illinois Department of Agriculture give its blessing to the idea.

Village trustees pointed out the facility doesn’t meet the last of eight siting criteria the Ag Department considers, and they question whether the construction is ‘consistent with projects involving community growth.’

Meanwhile, the Illinois Livestock Development Group, which supports the project, states the proposed facility does meet all eight citing criteria and that no immediate neighbors to the site have spoken out to the owners/operators about any opposing concerns.

The Ford County Record reports the County Board initially voted 4-8 in support of the project and then 8-4 not to support it.

The state Department of Ag has the ulitimate say on the matter.

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Bradley bar beating results in arrest

A weekend bar beating in Bradley now finds a 26-year-old man facing an Attempted Murder charge. William Jarvis of Stelle has also been charged with Aggravated Battery for beating a man at a Bradley tavern on Friday.

The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office reports Jarvis is one of three men who were seen on video at the Whiskey House in the 200-block of S. Schuyler Avenue. The video showed investigators the attack of the man. Jarvis is accused of striking, stomping and kicking the victim about the head. Investigators are searching for the other two suspects.

Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott set bond at $200,000 for Jarvis.

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