Illinois hospitals sued over plan to create 4-hospital system

An outpatient surgery center in Illinois is suing to block Carbondale, Ill.-based Southern Illinois Hospital Services from acquiring Harrisburg (Ill.) Medical Center. In June, Southern Illinois Hospital Services announced its intent to buy Harrisburg Medical Center. If the two organizations close the deal, it would create a four-hospital system serving a 16-county region. Harrisburg Medical Center would join Southern Illinois Healthcare's three hospitals: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Herrin (Ill.) Hospital, and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill.
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Masks will be required at driver's licenses facilities

SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at driver’s license facilities in Illinois starting Monday, Aug. 2, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, July 28, and Gov. JB Pritzker said he is “looking at all the possible mitigations” amid another surge of COVID-19 infections. The secretary of state’s announcement came...

Marion, Jefferson, Clinton, Washington, Clay, and Wayne County all now in COVID-19 highest risk category

Marion County remains in the high-risk category for COVID-19 in the weekly figures being released Friday by the CDC. There were 119 cases during the week for an infection rate of 319.85 per 100,000. That’s nearly double last year’s number and is well above the 100 per 100,000 rate required to be in the high category. The county’s positivity rate for the past week was 7.66 percent.

Paul Simon Institute launches new ‘Illinois Authors’ series

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is launching a new interview series, “Illinois Authors,” to create a venue for book events and author discussions focused on Illinois history, politics, economics, sports and culture. The first “Illinois Authors” guest is journalist Robert Hartley, who has...