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Tim Smith named new CEO at IMH

A veteran member of the Iroquois Memorial Hospital family is the new Chief Executive Officer.  Tim Smith was named to the position Thursday. 

The IMH Board of Trustees states in a pree release, "The Board of Trustees is looking forward to Tim's leadership and innovation as he leads IMH into our second century of providing quality healthcare to the area."

Smith most recently served as chief operating officer.  He's also served the hospital as chief information officer.  Smith began his career at IMH in 1995.

Former CEO Chuck Bohlmann retired in December.

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Kirk Miller Re-Elected Ford County Fair Board President

Kirk Miller, Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair Board at their annual meeting January 14.

Dallas Meyer, Thawville, and Corinne Brown, Paxton, were re-elected vice-president and secretary-treasurer respectively.

Roger Wycoff, Piper City, Meyer and Brown were re-elected to the board of directors while Steve Meenen, Melvin was elected to his first term on the board. Additional board members include Vera Bunting ,Scott Harden, Caity Heap and Leanne Wright, Gibson City; Dave Kaeding, Loda; Tim Muehlenpfort, Melvin; and Connie Stilwell, Paxton.

This year’s fair is scheduled for June 25-July 1. Favorite events from previous years will be scheduled again including the demo derby and a concert. Details on all events will be posted on the fair’s website, www.fordcountyfair.org.

The board’s next meeting will be Saturday, February 4, 8 a.m. at the Arcade in Paxton.

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Watseka OK's video gaming license

The Watseka City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday night to approve another video gaming license.  A yet-to-open business at the west juntion of Route 1/24 was granted the license.  The vote reversed a committee vote last week denying the application. 

Aldermen Dennis Cahoe and John Allhands spoke in favor of the application.  They supported the business to keep the west side of town active, adding that the proceeds will only improve revenues. Cahoe also said the revenue generated goes to the police penion fund, which lessens any additional burden on taxpayers paying into the retirement fund.

Voting against the application were aldermen Mike Marcier and Rick Elliott.  The Council has talked about ending any further gaming licenses.  Several existiung taverns already are licensed and two more stand-alone businesses will soon open as gaming facilities.



Developer John Martin addressed the city council (Tuesday) about earlier reports of the city not interested in further expansion of the Martin sub-division  on the city's southeast side. Marftin informed the members of  a business looking to erect a new facility next to Heritage Woods.  The proposal could generate up to 25 jobs.

Martin said "this is all about progress in a small community that needs to grow and needs the jobs."  He said Gardant Management Solutions is interested in talking to the council about its offer. 

The Council agreed to listen to proposals in the future.

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Video gambling leads to growth in revenue

A new report shows that roughly 3,000 video gambling terminals opened in Illinois last year, generating growing profits for some communities.

The figures released by the Illinois Gambling Board also reveal that gambling revenue rose from $228 million in 2015 to $277 million during 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports . This growth comes as state lawmakers decide whether to expand gambling as part of a wide-ranging budget plan.

The report finds that customers poured over $1 billion more into terminals this year than they did in 2015. But the number of video terminals opening each year has slowed considerably since becoming legal in 2012.

A 2016 Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability report also cautioned that video gambling negatively impacts state casino revenues — especially around Chicago — by increasing competition for customer dollars.

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Iroquois Election News: April 4, 2017 reminder

Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher is issuing public notice to the elderly and handicapped for the upcoming April 4 consolidated election. Those people not registered to vote, and wishing to be eligible, need to call the clerk's office at 815-432-6960.

Aist of registrars and locations to register is available at the local office.  Individuals can register at the County Clerk's Office at the Administrative Center in Watseka Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am 'til 4:30 pm. 

In order to be eligible to vote at the polls April 4th, the last day to register with the clerk or a deputy-registrar is Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  The last day to register online is Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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