Health and Fitness
CHAMPAIGN – Mike Haile has known for a long time that family history just wasn't on his side.
He had lost both his parents and two of his grandparents to heart disease. And his sister had a heart attack in her 40s.
Floodwaters were still rising this morning in Villa Grove as schools closed and Mayor Ron Hunt imposed a midnight curfew Tuesday because of flooding.
Officials said this morning that water levels were expected to drop but many rural roads remained closed.
"We had more rainfall this morning than we normally have for the whole month of February," said Jim Angel, state climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey.
DANVILLE – The Resurrection Catholic Cemetery Association and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville will pay a $100,000 fine for environmental code violations stemming from the improper handling and disposal of human body parts at the cemetery more than five years ago.
The Illinois Pollution Control Board in December accepted stipulation and settlement agreements between the Illinois attorney general's office and the cemetery and hospital. It also ordered the two local organizations to share in the fine and "cease and desist" from further violations, which a hospital spokeswoman said happened a long time ago.
DANVILLE – Provena United Samaritans Medical Center has made a series of changes in an effort to provide better service.
In addition to privatizing patient rooms, hospital officials spent $1.2 million on equipment upgrades that now allow a patient to be continuously monitored throughout the hospital.
ARCOLA – Close to 100 people gathered at Arcola High School on Sunday afternoon to see how they could help their community.
It was the fifth meeting in a program designed to help Arcola grow and plan for the future.
URBANA – The teachers are off the wall.
It's after school in a third-floor math class, equations still written in dusty chalk on the board. But all the chairs and desks have been pushed aside, the students have left the building and the teachers are wearing sweat pants.
Yvonne Meyer, a police officer at Parkland College for five years, thinks her background fits in well with a community college police department.
Meyer worked with the Champaign Police Department and before that at local hospitals. Now a sergeant with the Parkland College Department of Public Safety, Meyer said she loves people.
URBANA – When Carle Foundation Hospital was planning to add five new stories to its north tower building, there were those who thought it wasn't going to be enough space to meet current and future patient demand.
There were those who thought Carle should be adding seven stories instead of five – and they were right, Carle Foundation Chief Executive Dr. James Leonard said.
HOOPESTON – Hoopeston Community Memorial Medical Center is looking for a new chief executive officer after David Elliott was terminated this week.
"He's no longer with us," board President Russell Leigh said of Elliott, who was hired in September 2005.
URBANA – An antitrust lawsuit charging Carle and Christie clinics with conspiring to control state Medicaid payments won't end with a judge's ruling Thursday.
Just hours after Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus dismissed the lawsuit for failing to be specific enough to indicate a conspiracy between the two clinics, a spokesman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said an amended lawsuit will be filed against Carle and Christie within 30 days.