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Naperville Now 08-16-17

Edward Cuts $50 Million

Edward-Elmhurst Health is making $50 million in cuts over the next year. The healthcare system already has 300 vacancies that will remain unfilled, and will be taking the additional steps of looking for efficiencies in operations, renegotiating contracts and making an unspecified number of layoffs. The cost cutting measures are a result of increased financial pressures such as higher drug and medical supply costs and a larger number of Medicare and Medicaid patients whose bills are not fully covered. CEO Mary Lou Mastro says in spite of the cuts, the hospital will not be losing any services.

5th Avenue Update
Last night City Council members tabled a discussion about approving Ryan Companies as the developer for the proposed 5th Avenue development project. Some council members raised issue with an apparent lack of transparency with the process of using a task force to choose a developer, while the mayor said it is important to keep the committee making the choice separate from politics. A public workshop to discuss the development has been set for August 28, and the council will revisit the topic at their September 5 meeting.

Riverwalk Duck Race

1,477 ducks were dunked into the DuPage River today for the 2017 Riverwalk Duck Race. There was a bit of fowl play as the brightly colored birds made their way from the footbridge near Centennial Park to the Eagle Street Bridge near the municipal center. All ducks were “adopted” for a fee, with a grand prize of $1,981 – to coincide with the year the Riverwalk was founded. Other proceeds benefit the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation.

Vern McGonagle Tournament

The annual Vern McGonagle boys and girls golf tournament kicked off the fall sports season yesterday at Naperville Country Club. On the boys side it was Tommy Dunsire of Naperville Central who’s score of 75 held off Will Troy of Waubonsie Valley and defending city champ Jack Vercautren of Neuqua Valley for a one shot victory. Neuqua Valley won the team championship for the third straight season with a score of 320. For the girls it was all Naperville North as Huskies senior Lauren Nay won by five stokes, shooting an even par 72. In second place was teammate Mara Flaherty, to help the Huskies secure the team championship with a score of 327.


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