Updated 4/21/14 5 am
10th Anniversary Tornado
The tenth anniversary of the Utica tornado occured on Sunday. On April 20th, 2004, an F-3 tornado ripped through the middle of Utica, killing 8 people. The tornado originally developed southwest of Granville, damaging or destroying homes in the northwestern part of the village. The tornado went fifteen-and-a-half miles before dissipating just northeast of Utica. Overall, the National Weather Service said 15 tornadoes occurred across Northern Illinois.
Illinois Valley Community Hospital's Family Pharmacy was bought recently by Peru's HyVee store. According to Gene Vogelgesang of IVCH, Family Pharmacy has been losing money over the past several years. Vogelgesang said that the pharmacy will be at HyVee starting on May 12th after all patients files have been transferred to HyVee. Vogelgesang said that patients will not need to get new prescriptions through doctors. The last day that patients can use Family Pharmacy at IVCH is May 9th.
Cardinal Francis George says this may be his last Easter holiday as the spiritual leader of Chicago's more than 2 million Roman Catholics. George is battling cancer and spoke after a service yesterday at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. George said recently he believes the cancer will eventually take his life. He survived bladder cancer eight years ago and was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
Death Row Inmate Angry
A former death row inmate whose wrongful murder conviction helped spark the end of Illinois' death penalty says life has been difficult on the outside, particularly recently. Anthony says he's angry about attorneys' decision to re-examine the conviction of Alstory Simon. Porter says he's under stress from renewed questions about his innocence. He claims re-examining the case is conspiracy to ruin reputations, including former Gov. George Ryan, who pardoned Porter.
Video Gambling Exclusion List
A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers. Illinois has a voluntary self-exclusion list for people identifying as problem gamblers. They could be arrested if found in a casino. Proposed video gambling legislation says if the Illinois Gaming Board finds someone applying for permits has a criminal history related to gambling, they'll be put on another list. But there isn't one for problem gamblers and video gambling.
Close Watch on Medicaid
Governor Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead. Quinn told reporters yesterday he's not happy with the findings and the state is on track to recoup all of the money. The Associated Press learned of the mistakes from an internal state government memo it obtained Friday through the Freedom of Information Act.