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Snowfall ranges from 4 to 7 inches in Illiana

http://analytics.apnewsregistry.com/analytics/v2/image.svc/AP/RWS/hosted.ap.org/MAI/il0666-2013-03-06T0707Z/E/prod/AT/ACHICAGO (AP) -- The National Weather Service in the Chicago area is getting preliminary snowfall totals after a winter storm moved through northern Illinois.

The weather service says Wednesday that 9.6 inches of snow fell in Rockford, 9.2 inches at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and 8.7 inches in the western Chicago suburbs. Those totals come from official National Weather Service observations.

At WGFA Radio in Watseka, 4.2 inches was measured with 5 and 5.2 recorded south of Watseka and at Milford.

Several schools in Iroquois and Ford County are closed today (Wed).

Weather service forecasters say snow isn't unusual in Chicago and Rockford during March. They say the normal March snowfall is 5.6 inches in Chicago. In Rockford it's a little less, about 4.8 inches.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ISSUE WINTER WEATHER TRAVEL ADVISORY

Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials statewide are issuing snow travel advisories and are urging motorists to plan ahead and take the necessary safety precautions while traveling on interstates and state roads. Drifting snow, wet and icy road conditions may disrupt travel and motorists should allow extra time when making travel plans.

Winter driving incidents are preventable. Statewide, ISP handled more than 1200 calls for service and motorist assists during the last three day storm. Drivers should plan accordingly and make safety a priority by driving at a safe speed, allowing plenty of distance from other vehicles to safely maneuver, ensuring vehicle lights are functioning properly, watching for snow removal equipment, and exiting the road to a safe location if driving conditions become too hazardous.

Illinois State Police are advising the motoring public to take the necessary safety precautions before getting behind the wheel. Motorists should reduce speeds and drive at safe distances. Unless medical attention is required, any motorists involved in accidents are advised to exchange insurance and driver information to keep drivers and passengers safe and roads clear,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.

When crashes occur during extreme weather conditions, the ISP encourages motorists to exchange insurance and driver information to keep motorists safe and the roads clear, unless medical attention is required. Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days.

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Iroquois County Policy & Procedure Committee Plans Thursday Meeting

Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas has scheduled another Policy & Procedure meeting for this week. The 10:30 AM meeting Thursday ( March 7th) includes the Ford Iroquois Public Health Department and the Iroquois Economic Development Association on the agenda.

Other committee appointments are included.

Copas also reports an audit is reviewing financial transactions of the health department. Copas points out questionable expenses, including $1,000 for floral arrangements and $500 for gift cards to a sporting good store and charges to restaurants.

The health department response, from board members, details the expenses. The health department says it’s marketing and door prizes for program needs.

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Winter Storm Warning for Iroquois, Ford Counties

248 AM CST TUE MAR 5 2013

WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM CST THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT.

SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE & INTENSITY DURING THE MID TO LATE MORNING... CONTINUING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON BEFORE TAPERING OFF THIS EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION.4 TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO 10 INCHES POSSIBLE.

94.1 FM, WGFA

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St. Mary's new hospital name, from Provena to Presence

Presence Healthcare is the new name for what many of us had been calling Provena St. Mary’s.

And while quality healthcare is still the mission, Marketing Director Melissa Tanner says the name change has been gradual and will continue over the next several weeks.

The Kankakee hospital name change is still a work in progress. But the banner will soon read “Presence St. Mary’s Hospital.

Tanner explains a few subtle changes have been happening inside. The rolling ambulances will eventually read “Presence St. Mary’s” too.


Presence Health is the name of the healthcare system formed by the merger of St. Mary's old corporate parent, Provena Health, and its new partner, Resurrection Health Care, of Chicago. That happened in 2011. The merger is now moving forward with the name change.

Tanner said hospital officials are planning a major marketing campaign in April to introduce the new name and to completely transform its public face. A new website also will be unveiled.

The Presence Health name was chosen by the five Catholic orders of sisters who serve as the system's corporate charter.

"Presence embodies the act of being present in every moment we share with those we serve and is the cornerstone of an effective patient, resident and family-centered environment," said Sandra Bruce, Presence Health president and CEO. "It also signifies a spiritual connection, as we believe was are called to serve with a spirit of hope and healing."