RI County fined $10K for unemployment reporting failure


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Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2014, 11:01 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
ROCK ISLAND -- Rock Island County has paid a $10,712 fine to the Illinois Department of Employment Security for not meeting reporting requirements.

The county failed to file a report related to unemployment insurance on time, said Rock Island County Board member Nick Camlin, D-Rock Island. IDES used to require quarterly reports, he said, but changed the rules last year and began requiring monthly reports.

"HR (the county's human resources department) dropped the ball on this one," said Mr. Camlin, who chairs the county's human resources committee.

The county unsuccessfully attempted to appeal the fine, which Mr. Camlin told county board members at Tuesday's meeting.

County board members on Tuesday also discussed a proposal to put a Hope Creek Care Center referendum question on the November ballot. The question is expected to ask voters to pay higher property taxes to support the county-owned nursing home.

The county board has yet to finalized the wording of the question.

Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee said Illinois statutes require the county to limit the tax increase to a certain number of years in the referendum question. He has suggested a four-year limit on the tax increase.

County board member Kim Callaway Thompson, D-Rock Island, said it was unclear if four years of higher revenue would be enough to meet Hope Creek's needs. She said the ballot question will be discussed at committee level before it is presented to the full board for approval.

Hope Creek is struggling financially, according to county officials who cite cutbacks in Medicaid funding from the state.

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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