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  • If you find yourself waiting at Warner Hospital and Health Services and need a charge for your electronic devices, fishing for a wall outlet near a chair will no longer be an option.
     
    That is because administration at the City owned facility are exploring the possibility of adding charging stations to the waiting areas. Board President Aaron Kammeyer explains he had a stay in area hospitals during the holidays and took note of the feature as something that would be a great added amenity to the Clinton facility.
     
     
    Warner Hospital and Health Services Administrator Heather Schofield explains the evaluation process continues but it appears a good number for the facility would be eight wall-mounted stations and two free standing stations throughout.
     
     
    Kammeyer says the charging stations would be a feature that would a great addition to the patient experience at Warner Hospital and Health Services and make for one less thing for patience to have to think about.
     
     
    CEO Paul Skowron called the addition of the charging stations a minimal investment for a great customer service feature. 

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  • After last week's successful low vision fair at the DeWitt County Friendship Center, the Life Center for Independent Living, or LifeCIL, is hoping those with struggle with a disability will consider them for assistance as they learn to cope.
     
    Kim Tarkowski with LifeCIL explains they can offer assitance in a variety of ways from counseling to help finding and acquiring the proper tools to live independently.
     
     
    LifeCIL's client base come from all different referrals. According to Tarkowski, an individual with a disability can come to them on their own or they can be referred from other agencies or health care professionals.
     
     
    Tarkowski runs the low-vision care for the agency. She explains they offer those who suffer from low vision with a variety of services including mentoring. The agency hires people with disabilities themselves, so they can be a resource as they provide resources and help to individuals.
     
     
    To get more information about LifeCIL and their low vision programs, contact them at 309-663-5433 or visit lifecil.org or you can contact Tarkowski at kim@lifecil.org.
     
    LifeCIL also offers a low vision support group at the DeWitt County Friendship Center. To get more information about that, contact the Friendship Center at 217-935-9411. 

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  • THE CONDITION OF THE CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS IMPROVED LAST WEEK AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT.
     
    IT WAS A COOL AND FAIRLY DRY WEEK…AND CROPS FARED PRETTY WELL SAYS CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER.
     
     
    SEVEN PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE NOW BLOOMING…AND 70 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. 
     
     
    81 PERCENT OF SORGHUM HAS BEEN PLANTED AND THE SECOND CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 34 PERCENT COMPLETE.
     
    AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE STANDS AT TWO PERCENT VERY SHORT…17 PERCENT SHORT…78 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND THREE PERCENT SURPLUS.

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  • A central Illinois college offering hands on learning in the subject of Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. 
     
    That’s a statewide effort to improve water quality by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in lakes, streams and rivers. Peter Fandel is with the agriculture department at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.
     
     
    And Fandel says one of the plots involves conventional farming and the other involves no-till/cover crops.
     
     
    ICC also plans to construct a multi-stage wetland this fall that will take all the water from the agricultural fields. The site will include water control structures and water samplers before and after the wetland to monitor water quality. 

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  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAY THEIR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MEET THEM HALFWAY TO GET A BUDGET DEAL DONE. 
     
    HOUSE SPEAKER MIKE MADIGAN HAS SAID HE WANTS THE G-O-P TO PUT 30 VOTES ON ANY SPENDING AND REVENUE PLAN THEY PASS. MINORITY LEADER JIM DURKIN SAYS HIS CAUCUS IS WILLING TO WORK WITH THE DEMOCRATS TO REACH AN AGREEMENT.
     
     
    DURKIN SAYS HE’S PLEASED HIS MEMBERS HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH DEMOCRATIC NEGOTIATORS IN RECENT DAYS…BUT STRESSES THE NEED FOR AN AGREEMENT ON NOT JUST THE BUDGET…BUT REFORMS AS WELL.
     
     
    DURKIN SAYS HE ALSO WANTS TO SEE A BUDGET PROPOSAL FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATS SINCE THEY HAVEN’T PRESENTED ONE YET.

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  • Illinois House Democrats will present their own property tax freeze proposal later today in the General Assembly's Special Session. 
     
    The freeze plan will be tackled in the Revenue and Finance Committee. Gov. Bruce Rauner has called for a longer property tax freeze than the two years the Senate agreed to earlier this year. 
     
    House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says he will accept a four-year freeze on property taxes in exchange for a four-year, temporary income tax increase. 
     
    Democrats say that would create additional hardship on public schools.

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  • House Speaker Michael Madigan says the final i's are being dotted and t's crossed on a Democratic budget plan.
     
    It could be presented to Republicans as soon as today. 
     
    A group of Democrats has been gathering with Republican colleagues to tackle "non-budget" issues like workers' compensation and state worker pension reform as well as a property tax freeze.

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