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Dozens of retirements could affect Illinois DNR


The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD — Dozens of pending retirements may leave some Illinois Department of Natural Resources facilities short of full-time employees, officials at the state agency said.

So far, 80 of the department's 1,100 employees have filed notice they intend to retire, The State Journal-Register in Springfield reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/LaS1sb). DNR spokesman Chris McCloud said the department has some sites with one or two employees. McCloud says if those employees decide to retire, "then there would be nobody there."

McCloud said the department is deciding what to do if that happens.

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Teens Face Charges for Vandalism

A vandalism spree in Paxton and Loda finds three Paxton teenagers under arrest.  Police were still looking for a 4th suspect.  Several vehicles and homes were damaged last month in Paxton and Loda.

19-year-old Lyndsey Weber, 19-year-old Cassie Rogers, and 17-year-old Tyler Buyer were identified by the Ford County State’s Attorney’s Office.  The three are accused of breaking into a home, causing over $3,000 in damage.

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Vermilion County Closes Health Care Clinic

The Vermilion County Health Care Medical Clinic at 715 W. Fairchild in Danville has closed its doors.

The closing of the facility on W. Fairchild came with little or no warning.

The clinic had made a transition to becoming a not-for-profit group last spring. Thomas Pollock, chairman of the clinic's board of directors, tells the News-Gazette, the clinic was working towards a classification as a Federally Qualified Health Center "look-a-like" that had the same requirements as actual health centers while not receiving the same benefits.

 The news story raises a question as to whether patients have been told of the closing, and how they could get their medical records from the now-closed facility.


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E.On Wind Farm Company Gains Financial Security

CHICAGO — The wind farm company operating in Ford and Iroquois Counties has been assured of its financial backing.

E.On Climate & Renewables North America announced Monday that it has secured $150 million of institutional equity financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in exchange for a partial interest in its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton.

Through what is known as "tax equity financing," Bank of America Merrill Lynch will provide the $150 million up front and will be reimbursed through federal production tax credits that the 150-megawatt wind farm receives, according to Matt Tulis, communications manager for E.On Climate & Renewables North America, a Chicago-based subsidiary of Germany-based E.On.

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Mother, daughter Killed in Ford County Crash

— A two-vehicle accident in rural Gibson City Tuesday evening claimed the lives of a 43-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter. A second child was hospitalized with serious injuries.

43-year-old Cathy Kaiser and her daughter were the victims.  Mrs. Kaiser died at the scene. The un-identified six-year-old was pronounced dead at Gibson Area Hospital.

 Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace reports the accident occurred around 5 p.m.four miles southwest of Gibson City at the intersection of Ford County roads 200 North and 100 East. Wallace said.

Wallace said a car driven by Cathy Kaiser was northbound on County Road 100 East when it collided with a westbound car in the intersection. The car occupied by Mrs. Kaiser's two young daughters, landed on its top in a water-filled ditch.

Another daughter of Mrs. Kaiser, whose name was also not released, was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Wallace said the child was seriously injured. .

Autopsies were scheduled today (Wednesday) on Mrs. Kaiser and the 6-year-old.

A State police reconstruction team is investigating. Wallacee said it appears one of the vehicles "T-boned" the other in the intersection, which has yield signs for north-south traffic.

Ford County sheriff's office, Gibson City Fire Protection District and Gibson Area Ambulance Service also answered the call.


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