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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.