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Vote Scheduled to Sell Hope Creek

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After months of discussion, the Rock Island County Board may finally be ready to sell Hope Creek. It'll hold a special meeting Tuesday night to vote on the sale of the county nursing home in East Moline. 

A private chain of nursing homes, Aperion Care, has submitted the high bid, at 6 million dollars, even though Hope Creek was listed for sale last year for 19 million. 

County officials say it's been losing around 2 million dollars a year ever since it opened in 2009. And that the only options are sell it or close it. 

Employees and union leaders have urged the county to retain ownership, and find other ways to fix its finances. They worry about possibly losing jobs when a private owner takes over, and Aperion's record - last year it paid hundreds of thousands of dolars in fines for violations at its 34 nursing homes in Illinois.

The meeting begins at 5:30 pm.