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IMH offers health screenings to public

Iroquois Memorial Hospital welcomes the public to take advantage of health screenings next week. Quarterly health screenings will be offered in the Main Lobby at IMH Tuesday, May 14 from 7:30 ‘til 10:30 am.

In addition to the usual screenings, FREE Hemoglobin A1c Screenings for known Diabetes are included. The AQ1c is a specialized blood test recommended for those with Diabetes or those newly diagnosed.

This a $99 value. Fifty (50) tests can be provided free of charge during the health screenings. This is made possible thru grant funds received by the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, thru the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control.

Other Free screenings offered Tuesday will include Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar / Glucose, Vision Screening and Pulse Oxygen Level.

Questions can be directed to 815-432-7912.

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Vermilion County Burglaries Solved

Two men in police custody in Vermilion County and facing charges for s series of burglaries. Sheriff's Police report the investigation is on-going, and more arrests are possible.

21-year-old Dylan Fletcher and 28-year-old Shawn Lowenstein....both from the Oakwood area....are each facing multiple counts of burglary and criminal trespassing.

The arrests have cleared 18 recent residential or vehicle burglaries in the Oakwood area.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

Letter Carriers will be helping to stamp out hunger on Saturday (5/11).  The National Association of Letter Carriers will be participating in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Locally, several area letter carriers have participated in the food drive the last 18 years.

On Saturday residents are asked to help feed the hungry in our area by placing non-perishable food items near your mailbox.  Letter Carriers will pick-up the items and see that they are delivered to the local food pantries.

To confirm whether your post office is participating, you can call your local post office.

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Iroquois County Bridge Repair Closing I-57 Lanes

OTTAWA -- Area motorists will want to be aware of restricted-lane usage on Interstate 57 near Ashkum, in Iroquois County.

Repairs are being made to the bridge carrying Township Road 2500 North over I-57 two miles south of Ashkum. Weather permitting, the projected is estimated to take two weeks to complete.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (I-DOT) is making it known there will be over night closures of southbound I-57 while repairs are made. The closures are targeted for Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19th) from 7 pm ‘til 7 am.

A detour will direct traffic to Route 116 and Route 24.

I-DOT reminds motorists to slow down and drive safely in construction and maintenance work zones.

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Senator Jason Barickman Says Pension Reform Must Be About Long Term Solutions

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) says a pension reform proposal sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton does not do enough to tackle the state’s immense $100 billion dollar unfunded pension liability.

Senate Bill 2404 passed 40-16 Thursday. It would offer employees and retirees a choice of diminished benefits.

“My concern with this bill is that it doesn’t fix the problem or take control away from the people who messed it up in the first place,” said Senator Barickman. “We must remain focused on creating a stable and predictable employment environment in which people will want to work for us in the future.”

Senator Barickman says the estimated cost savings of the bill will not significantly trim the state’s unfunded pension liability. He also says it likely won’t ease the pressure on the state’s exploding yearly pension payment, which has led to cuts in social services, education, and other programs.

“This bill does nothing more than change the rules today and continue the problem for another day,” said Senator Barickman. “This will mean sometime in the future, the state will have to go back to employees and retirees to change the system again. What does that say about our state? We must do better.”

SB 2404 now goes to the House for consideration. It is unclear if Speaker Michael Madigan will support the bill.

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