The recovery process is underway in Harrisburg following Wednesday morning's (February 29) strong storms that resulted in major damage and loss of life.
The Saline County Sheriff's office reports six people are dead and more than 100 injured as a result of the storms.
Storm victims are being transported to hospitals in Williamson County for treatment. The sheriff's department reports more than 200 homes damaged or destroyed in Harrisburg along with 25 businesses, including the hospital.
Health Alliance and Humana have another chance to stay on the books as providers of health insurance for state employees in Illinois.
A legislative panel paved the way for Illinois to settle a lawsuit with Urbana-based Health Alliance. The company sued last year after losing its state contract. State employees represent a significant share of its customers.
Julie Hamos, Director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, said as a condition of the settlement, the state is re-opening the bidding for state employee health insurance providers.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has cited Colchester for 28 violations of water quality regulations. The violations occurred from January through August of last year. The EPA gave the city 90 days to comply.
The city has been working to solve its water woes. It has completed one phase of the project.. The next two phases will take up to 2 1/2 years and cost up to $4 million.