MACOMB — The state of Illinois owes the county's Elms residential and skilled rehabilitation facility $737,305 in Medicaid reimbursement payments. Elms administrator Tina Cox told the McDonough County Board's building and grounds committee this week that the total represents a four-month backlog.
Cox said The Elms is home to 85 residents, 47 of whom are supported by Medicaid. She said the facility has 30 private-pay residents, four who are supported by Medicare and four in hospice care.
The administrator said that new signs have been put up at the Madelyn Avenue intersection and on the facility property. Cox said a $5,000 memorial donation was recently received from the husband of a former Elms resident.
The committee voted to recommend a two-year contract with Direct Energy to supply electricity to county buildings. County Maintenance Director Allen Sheffler reported that an electronic reindeer display will be run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 as part of the downtown Dickens On the Square festival, and that the city planted two new maple trees on the courthouse lawn last month.
Sheffler said work-release inmates from the county jail painted the offices of the county supervisor of assessments. He said he is prepared to discuss with the committee in December the possibility of replacing 20-year-old dialup electrical controls with a system that could be controlled by a laptop computer or a smartphone.

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