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 Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: On Monday the 11th inst. on Center Ridge in Mercer County,some citizens got out their cannon to celebrate the taking of Richmond. The gun wasoverloaded and burst. No one was injured, but one 30-pound piece went though thesecond story of a house. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The old folks concert at the Harper Theater last night to benefit St.Luke's Cottage Hospital, attracted a large audience. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Unless depredation by vandals in Rock Island parks is halted,special policemen will be assigned to night duty to protect the flowers and other property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Station WHBF has received a special citation from Washington forits participation in Air Mail Week, which was observed this week throughout the nation. 1963 -- 50 years ago: A 10-year high in employment in the Quad-City area was reachedat the end of the last quarter, according to an industrial employment barometer releasedtoday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Pee Wee teams will be able to play baseball and softball as usualon Diamond Three at Dorrance Park this summer, but after that, the ball field is doomed.County crews have put the diamond back in shape after heavy trucks marred the playingfield earlier this spring. Illinois Department of Transportation crews drove onto it to makeborings for the relocation of the junction of Illinois 84 and the Port Byron-Hillsdale road.