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State says records requested not exempt

URBANA – An exemption cited by Champaign County in partially denying a Freedom of Information Act request about the county's nursing home doesn't exist, according to a lawyer in Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

The request was filed by Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden. He asked for records on mold problems at the new $20 million nursing home and was denied some of them because they involve "pending litigation," according to a memo drafted by Assistant State's Attorney Susan McGrath dated June 23.

Two more to apply for city council vacancy

CHAMPAIGN – Garrett Anderson, a 29-year-old who suffered severe injuries while serving in Iraq, says he will be seeking the vacant seat on the Champaign City Council.

Anderson, who lives at 501 Doisy Lane in the Ashland Park subdivision in north Champaign, said Wednesday he intends to apply for the vacancy later this week.

Heating, air fixes on county board's agenda

URBANA – Bonds to pay for revamping the heating and cooling systems at the new county nursing home will be examined at Thursday's county board meeting.

Chairwoman Barbara Wysocki said there may be some board resistance to the county paying for the work instead of the contractors.

Champaign discusses ManorCare deal

CHAMPAIGN – City council members have put on hold, for at least two weeks, a proposal to sell a small parking lot and the ManorCare Health Services building.

The city administration had proposed selling the nursing home building at 309 E. Springfield Ave. and the 24-space parking lot, at the southwest corner of Springfield Avenue and Fourth Street, to ManorCare Health Services Inc. for $1.43 million.

New law targets uninsured drivers

SPRINGFIELD – Driving without insurance even once can cost you your license, under legislation Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed on Tuesday.

SB 624, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Urbana, and state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, takes effect on July 1, 2007. After that date, motorists caught driving uninsured will lose their licenses for three months and until they pay a $100 reinstatement fee.

Police supporters criticize proposal for review board

URBANA – Urbana police officers and their supporters showed up in force Monday night at a public hearing about a proposal to create a civilian police review board.

While the officers didn't testify, their supporters told the city council, in blunt terms, that they don't like the idea of a citizens panel investigating the validity of complaints against police officers.

Clerk candidate Hogue recovering from minor stroke

URBANA – A week after a minor stroke, Champaign County Board member Catherine Hogue is speaking clearly and able to walk around her hospital room.

Hogue, 66, had the stroke July 10. She said Monday that she hasn't made a decision yet about continuing her campaign to unseat Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden in the November election.

Motion for judge change denied

URBANA – A court struggle for documents about the Champaign County Nursing Home will have a hearing by a Champaign County judge.

Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden sued the county, county Co-Administrator Denny Inman and Champaign County Board Chairwoman Barbara Wysocki on July 3 for refusing his Freedom of Information Act request for documents about the mold problem at the new $20 million facility.

Blagojevich unveils patient safety plan

Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued an executive order on Thursday creating a new Division of Patient Safety and proposed computerizing prescriptions to help prevent errors.

"If we're successful, our patient safety plan will save money because it will reduce the costs that come with treating medical errors," the governor stated in a written release. "But far more importantly, it will save lives."

Hire postponed after Vermilion County Board meeting issue

DANVILLE – Vermilion Manor Nursing Home Administrator Joan Darr must wait at least a month to fill a proposed assistant director's position after county board members failed Tuesday to vote on the issue over concerns with the Open Meetings Act.

Items on a supplemental agenda, including the assistant administrator's position, were questioned at Tuesday night's county board meeting.