Woodford County News Briefs


Higher teacher salary waiting for governor’s OK

Teachers throughout Illinois could eventually be paid a minimum of $40,000 a year, if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a measure that is on his desk.

The Illinois House, after a 65-47 vote, sent the governor a measure raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year over the next five years.

Proponents say the measure will help to attract and keep more teachers in a state that’s facing a growing shortage, and help raise salaries in low-paying areas of the state. Opponents believe salaries should be negotiated between teacher unions and school districts, and not be the subject of legislation.

Lincoln Museum voters’ No. 1 choice

Perhaps it is only fitting that, in the Land of Lincoln, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is the state’s favorite museum. Online voting for the Illinois Top 200 project put the museum on top, followed by the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Bloomington’s McLean County Museum of History ranked fourth, and Peoria’s Riverfront Museum came in at No. 8.

The Illinois Top 200 project lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on the most inspiring leaders, greatest books, top businesses and more. By the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 categories — the Illinois Top 200.

Voting in the next category, top books set in Illinois or written by someone from Illinois, is underway at IllinoisTop200.com.

Here are the top 10 museums:

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield;
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago;
  • Field Museum, Chicago;
  • McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington;
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago;
  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon;
  • Illinois State Museum, with locations in Springfield, Lockport and Lewistown;
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum;
  • Chicago History Museum; and
  • Cantigny Park, Wheaton.  


Construction begins on I-74, 474

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that  it expects to begin construction on Interstate 74 and Interstate 474 June 6, at the following locations:

  • I-74 from Main Street to Morton Avenue
  • I-74 from Pleasant Hill Road to Washington Street
  • I-74 from Sterling Avenue to the I-474 interchange
  • I-474 westbound ramp to westbound I-74
  • I-74 eastbound ramp to eastbound I-474

To complete the projects, lanes will be closed during construction. Work will be done at night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and is expected to be complete by the end of October, weather permitting.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

Karen Vance


Nurse wins Advocate Excellence Award

The 2018 Brokaw Nurses Alumni Association Nursing Excellence Awards were announced recently for Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Among the four honorees was Karen Vance of Washington, a registered nurse at Advocate Eureka Hospital.

Vance was presented the award for Patient Advocacy. This award recognizes a nurse who provides superior support and personal service to their patients, demonstrates true caring and compassion, and uses ethical principles when advocating for their patient. Vance has worked at Advocate Eureka since 2014.

One of Vance’s nominators wrote: “She cares for each of her patients with a deep compassion that flows from her heart.  She is a star Advocate nurse, listening, supporting, caring and advocating for all of her patients with a calm and caring spirit.”

The awards are presented annually during National Nurses Week to nurses currently working at either Advocate BroMenn Medical Center or Advocate Eureka Hospital. Nominations come from across the organization, from nurses, physicians and ancillary staff. 


–Woodford County News Briefs–