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Will County Board to consider nursing home rate hikes, elected official pay bumps

JOLIET – The Will County Board is set to consider this week increasing private pay rates at the county-owned Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet, however, rates will remain below the average for local facilities.

Rates for all room types will increase by $10 per day, according to the county. Skilled care private rooms would increase to $220 per day, whereas intermediate care private rooms would increase to $201 per day.

The rate increase does not affect anyone covered under Medicaid.

Based on an average of 30 private pay residents per month, the plan would increase monthly revenue by $198,000 and help counteract a declining census, according to the county.

The move is part of the nursing home’s plan to downsize its staff and bed count as a way to stave off costs and shift to becoming a more resident-centered organization with private rooms.

In other news, the County Board also is scheduled to:

• Hold a public hearing regarding officials’ intent to issue $275 million worth of general obligation bonds for a major capital project initiative. The initiative involves the construction of a new courthouse, northern satellite courthouse, sheriff’s facility and health department.

• Consider a $61,000 emergency computer hardware purchase for the county jail. The jail’s computer network equipment reached its end of life in December 2015, according to officials.

“To minimize serious disruption of computers and other computer-related equipment it is necessary to upgrade the computer network equipment,” according county documents.

• Consider giving five elected official positions 1 percent raises each year beginning at the start of the next four-year term. The positions of auditor, coroner, circuit clerk, recorder of deeds and county executive all currently earn a $93,116 annual salary.

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IF YOU GO

The Will County Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., in Joliet.

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