Lee County

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Hepatitis is a well-known disease of the liver and for which people receive vaccines as children. But the shots only combat the A and B variants. In this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on Hepatitis C and how it’s being managed across northern Illinois.

Hepatitis C attacks the liver just like variants A and B. But the virus is unique enough that no one has developed a vaccine yet. This means much more work needs to be done to screen for cases and get patients into treatment programs.

DCFS

Lee and Whiteside County need more foster parents, according to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. 

DCFS says only two foster parents are registered in the counties, while 17 children were in Whiteside County Care and eight in Lee County care as of January 31. 

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Among the many ballot measures in yesterday's election were provisions that raise county sales taxes by half a percentage point.  

Dual Freq

The Lee County Board recently approved refits to the Mendota Hills Wind Farm.  

The farm is owned by Dallas-based Leeward Renewable Energy, and operated at a deficit for the past four years. 

Federal Grant To Expand Rochelle's Rail Service

Sep 30, 2016
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Rochelle was awarded a $3.42 million grant through the federal Economic Development Administration.  

It's expected to provide about half the funds to expand the City of Rochelle Railroad further into Lee County.  

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