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 Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.