Trouble continues for joint health district

By Anna Carrera

Published 10/03 2013 11:48AM

Updated 10/03 2013 11:53AM

WATSEKA -- The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department may be getting closer to splitting up. The head of the department already left and agreed to have his contract bought out.

In March, the department came under-fire because of questionable spending. Three members of the board were ousted.

Later, the Attorney General was called in to investigate, but didn't find anything wrong. Both Ford and Iroquois county boards plan to vote to dissolve the program within the next few months.

The Iroquois County Board chair says if either county votes it down, that will be it. Iroquois County plans to start its own public health department so residents won't see a gap in care.

There's also a separate audit taking place. The department has spent most, if not all, of its more than $2-million budget during the past few years, but the Iroquois County Board chair says it looks like they'll end up with an extra $600,000 - $800,000 for 2013, so they're trying to find out where all the money is, or isn't, going.

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