Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Ameren pleased with gas plant site investigation

CHAMPAIGN – Contamination from a former manufactured gas plant at Fifth and Hill streets has spread off site in all four directions, but generally by less than 100 feet and only 150 feet at its furthest point, according to AmerenIP.

Ameren officials said they were pleased with the findings of their latest site investigation report, which came after they drilled 45 new soil borings around and on the 3.5-acre site this past April and May. Results showed that the contamination has not spread far and most of it is at least three feet underground, where the public is less likely to be exposed through inhalation of dust or direct contact with soil, said Brian Martin, an Ameren consulting environmental scientist.

Officials to discuss cleanup project at former gas plant site

CHAMPAIGN – Community residents who want to know more about AmerenIP's latest report on contamination at a former coal gasification plant can attend an open house Monday evening.

The utility is inviting neighbors to discuss the cleanup project at Fifth and Hill streets in Champaign during an open house scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Booker T. Washington School, 606 E. Grove St., C.

Post-traumatic stress panel discussion set for Sunday

CHAMPAIGN – the Anti War Anti Racism Effort and Iraq Veterans Against the War have organized a panel discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder and its effect on people in Champaign County.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Urbana Free Library auditorium.

Social service agencies call for public 'outrage' against budget cuts

State officials are "playing games with people's lives" for political gain as they announce cut after cut to vulnerable populations, and it's time to speak up, service providers say.

"We can't just sit around and be silent," said Peter Tracy, executive director of the Champaign County Mental Health Board and Developmental Disabilities Board. "We have a responsibility to this community."

Agencies that help people with mental illness, developmental disabilities or drug and alcohol addictions have organized a Sept. 17 public hearing in Urbana to push legislators to take action.

Many organizations just managing to scrape by

URBANA – A small victory at A Woman's Fund this week: Employees were paid on time.

An overdue release of $80,000 by the state of Illinois allowed Executive Director Tami Tunnell to pay her staff, most of whom make $23,000 to $35,000 a year.

IEPA OKs sewer upgrades for northwest C-U treatment plant

URBANA – Some $39 million in improvements to the local sanitary sewer system are moving ahead.

Judge allows antitrust suit against Carle, Christie to go to trial

URBANA – An antitrust lawsuit filed more than a year ago by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan accusing Carle Clinic and Christie Clinic of conspiring to fix state Medicaid prices will continue to trial.

Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus issued a written order Wednesday morning denying most of the clinics' motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Judge rules state's suit against Carle, Christie to continue

URBANA – An antitrust lawsuit filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan accusing Carle Clinic and Christie Clinic of conspiring to fix state Medicaid prices will continue to trial.


Miss Arizona declared winner of National Sweetheart Pageant

HOOPESTON – Rachelle Gurule, Miss Arizona, won Sunday night's National Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopeston.

Gurule is studying communications at Pima College in Tucson, Ariz., where she carries a 3.8 GPA. She wants to be a counselor.

Medicare to stop paying for mistakes caused by hospitals

URBANA – Nobody goes to the hospital expecting to get sicker.

But mistakes can happen.

A patient falls out of bed and gets hurt. An infection can set in after surgery. Bedsores can worsen.

Currently, Medicare picks up the tab for the conditions patients acquire while they're in the hospital – things that could have been prevented, such as injuries from falls and surgery-site infections.

But starting Oct. 1, hospitals will have to absorb those extra costs. And they won't be allowed to bill the patients for them, either.