Debra Pressey

Debra Pressey

Tests find six suspected cases aren't measles; no others pending

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CHAMPAIGN — Test results for six more people with suspected measles have come back negative, according to Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde.

Carle tax trial, Day 19: Ex-employee says many accounts went to collections

CHAMPAIGN — In the year or so before Margaret Everette stopped working for the Carle Foundation, she saw a boost in the number of charity-care applications probably resulting from a rising number of uninsured patients, she recalled Tuesday.

Carle tax trial, Day 18: Health Alliance provided 65% of revenue after purchase

URBANA — After the nonprofit Carle Foundation bought Carle Clinic in 2010, a significant part of the foundation's operating revenues were generated by the for-profit insurer included in the purchase, Health Alliance Medical Plans.

C-U at Home seeking volunteers for daytime drop-in center

CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home needs extra volunteers this week to help out at its daytime drop-in center for the homeless.

The center is being kept open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as an emergency warming center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the organization said.

If you're free to help, send an email to and include the dates and hours you'll be available.

Carle tax trial, Day 17: Expert disputes hospital's charitable claims

URBANA — Carle Foundation property in Urbana wasn't used for charitable purposes, an expert in health care policy and nonprofit organizations testified Friday.

Carle tax trial, Day 16: Former Urbana official says assessment was her call

URBANA — Former Cunningham Township Assessor Joanne Chester said it was her determination alone to assess certain Carle Foundation properties in Urbana for property taxes.

She didn't take orders from the township board, Chester said, nor did anyone outside the township assessor's office play a role in assessing the properties.

Champaign County Nursing Home, 2 others in area fined for 4th-quarter violations

SPRINGFIELD — The Champaign County Nursing Home and two other nursing homes in the area have been fined for violations occurring in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The county nursing home in Urbana, along with Champaign Urbana Nursing and Rehab in Savoy and Danville Care Center, were all fined for type "B" violations.

Champaign Surgery Center at the Fields set to debut Feb. 4

CHAMPAIGN — A brand new outpatient surgery center is set to open Feb. 4 at Carle at the Fields in southwest Champaign.

Owned by both Carle and Christie Clinic, the Champaign Surgery Center at the Fields is replacing the older Champaign SurgiCenter at 1702 S. Mattis Ave., C.

Carle tax trial, Day 15: Motion to dismiss part of suit rejected

URBANA — The city of Urbana and Cunningham Township will continue to face a breach-of-contract claim included in a more-than-decade-old lawsuit the Carle Foundation filed over the denial of its property-tax exemptions.

Carle tax trial, Day 14: Charity-care specifics under microscope

URBANA — "Applied to Carle for charity care in 1952; charity care approved in 2011."

That was one example pulled out of a spreadsheet Tuesday by Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher and shown to an expert witness for the Carle Foundation, Indianapolis-based health care consultant Kevin Cornish.