Thousands of property owners in Wood River Township will soon be getting some cash from a closed hospital. The Illinois House approved legislation Wednesday that says $8.4-million from the shuttered Wood River Township Hospital will go to taxpayers in the district. After a brief debate over how the money should be distributed, lawmakers unanimously approved the refund.
The only debate concerned where the checks would be coming from. Republican Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon wanted the money to be dispersed through the Madison County Treasurer's Office, while bill sponsor Democrat Dan Beiser of Alton said the Madison County Clerk should send out the checks. In the end, the bill passed and the checks will come from the Clerk's office. While check totals will vary depending on the value of a home, each homeowner within the taxing district with a home value of $100,000 will receive a check for between $420 and $450. The governor has said he will sign the bill.