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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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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……….

                                                          (deserving people)   :54                #  31

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

                                                         (going forward)   3:                        #  32

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 ……..

                                                        (straight-forward)    :27                 #  33

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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GOP US Rep. Tim Johnson drops re-election bid

URBANA — Six-term Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson abandoned his re-election bid on Thursday, leaving his fellow Republicans scrambling to find a replacement and fueling Democrats' hopes of picking up seats and regaining control of the U.S. House.

Johnson, who built a reputation for breaking with his party on certain issues, said he plans to retire when his current term ends. He cited family obligations for the decision.

"One of my grandsons is 2 years old. I have seen him for a total of about 10 minutes. I have another who asked me not long ago if I was ever going to come to one of his ballgames. I didn't have an answer," Johnson said.

The 65-year-old made the announcement in a statement shortly before holding a news conference in his hometown of Urbana, just weeks after his easy primary win over a Republican challenger.

Read more: GOP US Rep. Tim Johnson drops re-election bid

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Ameren Reports 'equipment failure' for Ford County Power Outage

GIBSON CITY — Nearly 1,000 Ameren Illinois customers in Ford County were without power for more than two hours Wednesday evening, after equipment on a distribution line failed.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said the outage, known as a “phase burn,”  was caused by an “equipment failure” on a distribution line.  It was in Gibson City at 5:17 p.m. The outage affected 461 customers in Gibson City, 255 in Melvin and 228 in Roberts, Morris said. Power was restored to all customers at 7:28 p.m.

 

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Critics Say Dwight Prison Closure Pegs $54 Million Dollar Loss

DWIGHT — Closure of Dwight Correctional Center would take $53.7 million, or about 5 percent, from the regional economy, critics of the closure plan said Wednesday.

“We can’t absorb that the way big metro areas can,” said Larry Vaupel of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council. He was among officials from Dwight and the unions representing workers at Dwight Correctional Center who called a news conference Wednesday before the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability hearing on the closure plan at Dwight Township High School.

The commission took testimony on the closure proposal, but it is not expected to make a recommendation to Gov. Pat Quinn until late this month or early May. Illinois Department of Corrections Officials argue closing the 961-inmate prison would save the state almost $37 million per year.