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IDOT issues advisory of road work, closures in four-county area

Several road closures went into effect last Wednesday (June1). Motorists in Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee and Livingston counties could be effected with detours.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the closings and detours may be in place thru the summer.
The replacement of a box culvert on Illinois 116, three miles west of Illinois 47 is one project. Another is north of Cabery on Route 115 where two bridges are being replaced with box culverts. Another box culvert is being replaced on Route 115, about four miles south of U.S. Route 24.

There are also multiple structure replacements on Illinois 54, from Gibson City to Melvin in Ford County.

Drivers are urged to follow the posted detour routes.

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Widholm, Herscher Bank settle fraud case

A one-time president of the State Bank of Herscher was ordered to 'pay up' and is now prohibited from conducting any banking business in any financial institution.

Todd Widholm answered to charges brought by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). Widholm is a former president of the State Bank of Herscher.

The Herscher Pilot reports Widholm was ordered to pay $50,000 restitution to the U.S. Treasury.

Widholm was sued by the bank for his role in former vice-president David Rabideau's kickback scheme. It was a $75,000 kickback for a loan he approved in 2007. Records also show there were other deceptive loans that continued through 2011.

The lawsuit states Widholm discovered Rabideau accepting the $75,000 kickback in 2007. But Widholm didn't inform the bank's board of directors.

Rabideau later pleaded guilty. He's now serving a two-year federal prison term.

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Iroquois Farmers State Bank awards $8,000 in scholarships

Two Iroquois County high school seniors are recipients of $4,000 scholarships, courtesy of the Iroquois Farmers State Bank of Iroquois – with branch offices in Beaverville, Ashkum and Gilman.

Iroquois Farmers State Bank President James Bruns says "we're helping students pursue their dreams by investing in the development of our future civic and business leaders."

The bank is part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program – helping families offset the cost of secondary education and also demonstrating a commitment to the communities it serves. To date, the Iroquois Farmers State Bank has awarded scholarships totaling $160,000.

Local scholarship winners include Madison Ragsdale of Donovan High School and Allison McCullough of Central High School at Clifton.

Miss Ragsdale will attend Eastern Illinois University to pursue a degree in Psychology. Miss McCullough plans to attend Lake Land College to pursue a major in Agriculture.

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Warning: Health alert about rabid bats

The Illinois State Public Health Department is warning people about rabid bats. Health officials have discovered two rabid bats within the last four days within the Chicago city limits. This year alone health officials have discovered 15 rabid bats statewide.

Health officials are warning people to stay away from any wild animals they come in contact with. They also recommend keeping their animals on a leash when outdoors and making sure they are up to date on their vaccinations.

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Olney hospital considers merger with Carle

A hospital in Olney could become the third hospital in the Carle health system.

The Richland Memorial Hospital board has signed a letter of intent to consider integrating into the Carle medical system. Such a deal would result in the Olney hospital becoming the third hospital in the Carle system.

Richland Memorial has a 135-bed facility. Carle Foundation Hospital has its 393-bed facility associated with Alliance Medical Plans, Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center (a 24-bed critical access hospital) and Carle Physician Group.

Richland Memorial serves eight southeastern Illinois counties. If the proposal is approved, Richland, its 500 employees and health services would become an independent unit of Carle.

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