45-year-old Renae Chronister of Morris is facing charges of theft and official misconduct. The former bookkeeper for Grundy County's health department is accused of stealing $44,000 in public funds and spending it on shopping trips and restaurant meals.
Prosecutors said the money was stolen between 2009 and 2012. An audit revealed the missing funds. They said she pocketed cash paid by residents and businesses for services such as immunizations, mental health counseling and public health inspections.
Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department announces pending closure
The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department is prepping to close its doors June 30th. Ford and Iroquois counties will be opening their new independent health departments July 1st.
Dr. Kevin Brucker, Chairman of the FIPHD Board of health, issues a letter to clients announcing that the two-county health agency will serve people through Wednesday, June 25th. Both the Paxton and Watseka offices will then close a few days to prepare for the openings of the respective two offices on July 1st. Brucker said the staffs are receiving up-to-date trainings to be ready to serve their communities.
The two new health departments have received their certifications from the State of Illinois.
The Ford-Iroquois Board of Health and the new health departments are extending a 'Thank You' for allowing them to serve the public the last 35 years and look forward to the future.
The Ford and Iroquois County Boards voted earlier to dissolve the near 34-year relationship of the dual-county health department in favor of moving to new single-county health departments.
Gov. Pat Quinn has announced Central Illinois will be getting about $3 million for construction projects. The money comes from the governor's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the largest construction program in Illinois history.
"These projects will make sure our roads and buildings in central Illinois are well maintained to improve safety and longevity, Quinn said. "These projects will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive local economies forward."
Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation that requires teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills to Illinois high school students.
The proposal also requires students to get trained on automated external defibrillators. According to Quinn's office, he will sign the legislation during an event today (Thurs) in Normal.
The bill was prompted by paramedic George Laman. His daughter, who had a heart condition, collapsed and died in 2008 during drill team practice at a suburban Chicago high school. Quinn's office says an AED was available at the school, but not used until paramedics arrived. Her family believes her life could've been saved had someone known how to use it.
Quinn calls it a "common-sense law" that'll help students in the case of an emergency.
Iroquois Farmers State Bank awards $14,000 in scholarships
Two Iroquois County high school seniors are recipients of $7,000 scholarships, courtesy of the Iroquois Farmers State Bank.
Hannah Rattin of Donovan High School and Lucas Stiegman of Iroquois West High School will each be paid the $7,000 award over four years. It's part of the Iroquois Farmers State Bank's participation in the Community Bankers Scholarship Program. The program helps families offset the cost of secondary education as well as demonstrate the bank's commitment to the communities it serves.
The Iroquois Farmers State Bank of Iroquois, with branch offices in Beaverville, Ashkum and Gilman is committed to the Community Bankers Scholarship Program.
Iroquois Farmers State Bank President James Bruns said "we joined the scholarship program in 2001 because we wanted to assist young people like Hannah and Lucas achieve their full academic potential so they can make a positive difference in our community." Bruns added, "we're investing in the development of our future civic and business leaders."
Hannah Rattin plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Lucas Stiegman plans to attend Bradley University in Peoria.