• State’s first 2014 human West Nile case confirmed

    by  • August 19, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials in Illinois are reporting the state’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year. A woman in her 70s got sick last month. Her case was reported to the state by the Chicago Department of Public Health, which made the announcement Monday. Health officials say it’s a good...

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    Blagojevich, state corruption feature in ruling

    by  • August 19, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has taken on the issue of pay-to-play corruption in Illinois under disgraced ex-gov. Rod Blagojevich. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit by riverboat casinos in a late Friday ruling. The suit alleges that racetrack owners bribed Blagojevich to push through legislation that transferred...

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    Warden named for new Ill. federal prison

    by  • August 19, 2014

    THOMSON (AP) — A man with nearly 25 years of experience in the federal prison system has been named warden of the Thomson Correctional Center. Federal officials announced the appointment of Donald Hudson at the northwestern Illinois lockup on Monday. The Thomson prison was built by the state of Illinois and completed in 2001,...

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    Feds find Illinois improperly withdrew Medicaid, Medicare funds

    by  • August 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal auditors have found that Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in overdraws the state later had trouble repaying. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General released the report Monday. The report says Illinois created “a perpetual ‘treadmill effect’” as it continued...

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    Hospital databases hacked; Illinois, Missouri patients affected

    by  • August 19, 2014

    Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, including Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon, announced today that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients. Hackers have gained access to patients’ names, social security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers. Anyone who received treatment from...

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    Deichman named Mt. Vernon police chief

    by  • August 19, 2014

    MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon has a new police chief, after interim chief Chris Deichman was sworn in Monday morning as the police department’s full-time, permanent leader. Deichman has been with the department for 25 years, most recently serving as assistant chief under Chris Mendenall. Mendenall retired in February after 16 years as police...

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