The sale of the Mercer County Nursing Home is one step closer to being final, according to Mercer County State's Attorney Greg McHugh.
Mr. McHugh told county board members Tuesday that he has learned the county's sale agreement with Genesis Health Systems has been cleared by the Illinois regulatory board and is on the docket for approval at the end of October.
A closing on the sale of the county nursing home and hospital is expected by the end of the year.
Mr. McHugh said a positive balance in the nursing home fund likely is because of Genesis's management and is theirs, just as a loss of money would be theirs and part of the sale. Genesis has made improvements at the nursing home, including plumbing updates and wiring for information technology.
The board on Tuesday also approved the sale of the Mercer County Airport to Garrett Lindell for $500,000. Mr. Lindell, airport manager for 11 years, was the lone bidder at a Sept. 15 auction.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.