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A new President has been named at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.  John Sigsbury will begin work on January 26th.   He replaces Bruce Merrell, who retired in October.  Sigsbury will be responsible for ensuring quality health care services and continued strength of the mission of St. Mary's Hospital. 

Sigsbury comes to St. Mary's with significant health care leadership experience. He last served as president and chief executive officer of Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif, where he oversaw a 408-bed medical center with acute, skilled-nursing and assisted-living care. During his time at Emanuel, John implemented a medical staff development plan which led to the recruitment of more than 60 physicians. He oversaw significant growth, including construction of a critical care tower and Emanuel Cancer Center. He also developed a cardiovascular services division and recruited an experienced cardiovascular team. 

Prior to Emanuel, Sigsbury served in various leadership roles at Frederick Memorial Healthcare System in Frederick, Md.; Delnor Community Health System in Geneva, Ill.; and St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. 

"John Sigsbury is a proven leader with the experience and skills necessary to carry on our healing mission in the region," said Phil Gustafson, Regional President of Hospital Operations for SSM Health in Southern Illinois. "We're looking forward to learning and growing with him as he steps into his new role." 

Sigsbury is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received his master of hospital and health care administration degree from Saint Louis University and his bachelor of science in biology from Wheaton College in Illinois.


PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A prison in southern Illinois is on partial lockdown while awaiting test results for two inmates who may have chickenpox.
 
Authorities say it's the second state prison this week where inmates are in isolation as a precaution to prevent chickenpox from spreading.
 
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer said Saturday the Pinckneyville Correctional Center lockdown affects one cell wing. The department is following Illinois Department of Public Health precautions to protect staff and prevent spreading the possible viral infection.
 
Menard Correctional Center has also been in lockdown this week following five cases of chickenpox among inmates in one housing unit. Inmates were treated with anti-viral medication and at least three have recovered.
 
Shaer says it's unclear how long the lockdowns will be in effect.


A 28-year-old Stonington woman remained in the Marion County Jail on Saturday on an outstanding Marion County felony warrant.  Ellen Sides was arrested by Marion County sheriff's deputies.

18-year-old Taylor Holland of Edgewood Road in Salem was arrested by Salem Police for driving on a suspended license and possession of alcohol by a minor.  

49-year-old Helen Miller of West 3rd in Centralia was arrested by State Police for alleged driving under the influence of alcohol.  She was released after posting $100 bond.

40-year-old Diana Sterch of Wabash Avenue in Centralia posted $100 bond and was released after being arrested on an outstanding failure to appear in court warrant.

28-year-old Brittany Schwanke of Case Street in Centralia posted $250 and was released after being arrested at the Marion County Courthouse on an attachment for contempt.

Salem Police are investigating a theft of money from a purse of an employee at the Dollar Tree Store on Baldridge Lane.  Michelle Freezeland of Odin reported the theft.  


CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois attorney general's office says anyone who thinks they were among T-Mobile customers charged for cellphone text services they didn't order can file a claim for a refund.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, under a nationwide settlement with regulators.

Many consumers aren't aware that third-party companies can put charges on their phone bills for text services. It's a practice known as "cramming."

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says in a news release that "cellphone bill cramming has become a major source of consumer fraud."

Madigan's office says those affected can file a claim for a refund online at http://www.t-mobilerefund.com

Besides the refunds, T-Mobile must also pay $18 million in fines to the all 50 states.


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Illinois farm groups are looking to Cuba as a growing market for corn, soybeans, pork and other state products.
 
Tamara Nelson of the Illinois Farm Bureau tells the (Bloomington) Pantagraph the thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba could mean up to $7 million more a year in sales for Illinois farmers in the short term. She says long-term potential could be $25 million annually.
 
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations and he'll try to persuade Congress to lift the trade embargo.
 
Agricultural exports have been an exception to the embargo, but they've been subject to burdensome rules. Other countries with fewer restrictions and easier financing have gained market share in Cuba in recent years.




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