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  • Clinton's biggest health services provider will soon be under a new name.

     

    Monday night at the Dr. John Warner Hospital Board meeting, the board approved a new name for the city-owned facility. CEO Paul Skowron (right) explains the name Warner Hospital and Health Services will be its new title.

     

     

    Skowron indicates he was very careful in how he approached the topic of a change to the name of the Dr. John Warner hospital. He explains he approached John Warner IV and got his approval.

     

     

    Skowron believes a change in the name of the hospital will provide a fresh perspective for those outside the community on what the facility is all about and also believes it will help in the recruitment of providers.

     

     

    Additionally Monday night, Skowron presented the Board with a new vision and mission statement. Skowron's proposal focuses on the customer experience and building off that.

     

     

    The values of the hospital will be an acronym around the word "patient" and for Skowron, it starts with professionalism. He says everything in their values is has the patient at the heart of everything.

     

     

    This was a process that started at the Board level in February and Skowron says this was a process they took very seriously. He feels this is going to lay the foundation for the future of the hospital for many years to come.

     

     

    Board President Aaron Kammeyer (right) indicates there's a saying among some staffers at the hospital, "it's a new day at Dr. J" and backed the proposals. He believes it will bring new life into the facility.

     

    The Clinton City Council will have to approve the name change for the Board to move forward with it. Along with the name change, leadership plans to roll a new website with a new URL. 


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  • The head of the DeWitt County Board says what the Exelon Nuclear Power Station means to the County is far more than tax dollars.

     

    David Newberg indicates a closure of the power plant would trickle down to other areas of the County, like a decrease in property values, loss of services and revenues that cannot be replaced.

     

     

    It was almost two weeks ago leaders from DeWitt County met with Governor Rauner and Newberg says that meeting was very productive and appreciates the support the Governor has shown to the area. While the Governor backs the legislation, Newberg notes there isn't much Rauner can do until legislation gets to his desk.

     

     

    Entering the final full week of the legislative session, a Senate committee considering a bill that would give Exelon the ability to remain viable in Clinton, has recessed their discussions with no firm timetable of when that legislation could hit the Senate floor.

     

    It was speculated last week the legislation could get there early this week and if the session goes to overtime, which as of right now, appears very likely, there's no indication if that will impact the deadline for Exelon's announcement of decommissioning the plant. 


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  • Clinton Schools stand to lose over $1.5-million over a two year period in the lastest funding reform proposal out of Springfield.

     

    Superintendent Curt Nettles indicates while there is a prevision for no loss of revenue in the first year, that's still a devastating number compounded by a potential loss of revenue from the power plant.

     

     

    The current funding formula has come under fire in recent years and many school leaders attribute that to the fact the state hasn't fully funded it in almost a decade. Nettles believes it is time for reform.

     

     

    The State will be conducting a study on how much it takes to educate kids and Nettles feels the state needs to seriously look at that. He also hopes they consider giving schools more local control.

     

     

    Nettles indicates the study is part of the Vision 2020 model that was introduced a few year ago. 


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  • A number of plans for new taxes or revenue are coming to the surface at the Capitol. One of them is starting to tax retirement income.

     

    Once that idea started gaining attention the push back was strong from groups like AARP. Governor Bruce Rauner says he has been open to potential new revenue sources but a retirement tax would not be one.

     

     

    More than half of the states tax some form of retirement income. But Illinois has no tax on income from pensions or social security.
     


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  • WITH JUST NINE DAYS LEFT IN THE SPRING LEGISLATIVE SESSION…GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS URGING LAWMAKERS TO COME TOGETHER AND PASS A BALANCED BUDGET ALONG WITH SOME OF HIS PROPOSALS.

     

    GOVERNOR RAUNER IS REITERATING HIS CALL FOR THINGS LIKE WORKER’S COMPENSATION REFORM AND A PROPERTY TAX FREEZE WHICH HE SAYS ARE VITAL TO IMPROVING THE STATE’S ECONOMY.

     

     

    THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE’S ALREADY MADE SIGNIFICANT COMPROMISES AND WHITTLED DOWN HIS DEMANDS. HE ASKS LAWMAKERS TO DO THE SAME. BUT WHAT’S HIS BIGGEST PRIORITY?

     

     

    THE STATE HAS BEEN WITHOUT A BUDGET FOR MORE THAN 10 MONTHS NOW. THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS MAY 31ST. AFTER THAT DATE…IT REQUIRES MORE VOTES TO PASS BILLS…MAKING THE PROCESS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.


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  • This weekend the Republican party of Illinois votes to stay the course of defining marriage between one man and one woman.

     

    The decision was met with spirited debate at the Republican's annual convention in Peoria. Both sides of the argument were heard during debate of delegates.

     

    Those who encouraged a change to “non-traditional families are worthy of the same respect and legal protections as traditional families” were treated to boos and a shout to “go home”.

     

    Supporters of traditional-marriage said that rank and file Republican’s supported holding to the message. 


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  • What started off as a chilly week is expected to become a warm weekend. State Climatologist Jim Angel has more

     


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