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Family claims nursing home did not protect from sex abuse

The decision to move a family member into a nursing home is never easy. Concern for their well-being of is strong. That concern involves basic care to ensuring that staff members treat residents caringly and provide a good environment in which they can live well, free from neglect or abuse. Nursing homes in rural areas, such as in Central Illinois, may not be close to where family members can visit daily, making abuse harder to notice.

One dead after tractor rear-ended by pickup

Motorists in Illinois farming communities need to be alert not just to other cars or trucks on the road but also to tractors at all times. Similarly, tractor drivers must remain constantly aware of their own safety while operating tractors on local and state roads. Injuries resulting from a tractor accident, tractor trailer accident or tractor-motor vehicle accident can be serious, even deadly.

Online program may improve access to help for farm accidents

Many people in rural Illinois work in agriculture but working on a commercial or private farm is not without risk. These farms often store a number of fuel barrels, chemicals, fertilizers and heavy equipment which can pose a serious threat when a farm accident occurs, especially in the event of a fire since these substances are quite flammable.  Therefore, it is important for first responders to know where hazards may be on the farm.

Tractor operators may soon have help in the event of a rollover

Agriculture is ranked as one of the most hazardous industries in our country today. Illinois agricultural workers are at risk every day of tractor accidents, combine accidents, grain bin explosions and more. Due to the involvement of machinery, resulting injuries can result in the loss of limbs or even life. The ability to be aware of an accident and respond as quickly as possible is one component to ideally minimize the severity of injuries or save lives. Many farm accidents happen in a second and leave the victim unable to call for, or otherwise obtain help.

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