Regional Daily News News 20 Latest News Articles 2015-03-27T12:16:37Z WKEI Open Line Open LIne for March 26 &nbsp; [audio:32615125834-326oline.mp3]Open Line[/audio] Bob McKee 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z Health Dept Announces New Director of Homecare &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Duane Stevens, Henry and Stark County Health Department Adminstrator, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tabatha Eiselstein, MSN, RN as the Department's new Director of Homecare. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A reside... Bob McKee 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z Update: Missing Child Found Safe UPDATE: Desiree has been found and is safe. Thanks to everyone who helped out the Kewanee Police Department. &nbsp; The Kewanee Police Department is reporting a missing child and seeking the public&rsquo;s assistance. The missing child is 14 year o... b 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z Kewanee Public Library on Tuned IN KPL Childrens Librarian Sarah Billiet is the guest for the March 26th edition of Tuned IN on WKEI &nbsp; [audio:32615103732-326tinkpl.mp3]Sarah Billiet[/audio] &nbsp; Bob McKee 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z Group homes advocates push for more community care for disabled Forces who believe developmentally disabled Illinoisans should be in community care and not state run institutions make their sales pitch. Equip for Equality's Cheryl Jansen was among advocates calling for the state to close six of the state's seven ... 2015-03-26T13:00:00Z Schock replacement election could lead to a lawsuit Aaron Schock&rsquo;s resignation is likely going to get Illinois sued.&nbsp;Not because of anything Schock may have done, but because the election to replace him in Congress could be &ldquo;impossible.&rdquo;&nbsp;Illinois State Board of Elections la... 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z New Study Uncovers Prevention Factors for Kidney Disease in Children New hope is on the horizon for children suffering from chronic kidney disease, thanks to the results of a new study that, for the first time, identifies some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure. Dr. Bradley Warady, pediatric nephrologist w... 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z Parents: Students need instruction, not standardized tests Several parents decry what they say is the overuse and misuse of standardized tests and during a press conference Wednesday they urged lawmakers to pass a measure that would give parents the right to opt their children out of standardized tests. Illi... 2015-03-26T05:00:00Z QC Flower and Garden Show The QCCA Flower and Garden Show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. Martha Smith is a Horticulture Educator with the University of Illinois Extension and she says it&rsquo;s time to say goodbye to winter ... Bob McKee 2015-03-26T12:00:00Z 2015 Outstanding Citizen &nbsp; Dan Kuffel President of the Kewanee Ambassador Club has announced that Mr. Larry Lock has been named the 2015 Outstanding Citizen.&nbsp; Larry grew up in Union Missouri and graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington Missouri.... Bob McKee 2015-03-26T12:00:00Z The Illinois State Police warns work zone speeders Work Zone Safety Week is underway and the Illinois State Police is teaming up with the Illinois Department of Transportation to prevent speeding and distracted driving in highway construction zones. District 9 State Trooper Sean Ramsey says the ISP w... 2015-03-25T05:00:00Z Budget Bill Passes the House The Illinois House has passed a bill aimed at filling in a $1.6 billion budget gap. The bill proposed by House Speaker Mike Madigan seeks fund sweeps and across the board budget cuts to state agencies. The bill passed the House with support fro... 2015-03-25T05:00:00Z The Conversation Continues Over Placing a Street Sign in Kewanee for an Autistic Child <a href=";id=168541" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" align="left" style="padding:10px"></a>This week WKEI has brought you the story of Chrissy Smith who intends to get the City of Kewanee to place a sign on North Chestnut Street indicating that Autistic Children are in the area. Chrissy is the mother of 8 yeat old Dylan who has a form of n... Sean Patrick 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z Unemployment Figures Slow To Improve Jobless numbers in Illinois are still slowly improving. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that the state&rsquo;s unemployment rate fell one tenth of one percent to 6 percent. The state saw gains in most employment sectors slow... 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z Rich Redmond-Jason Aldean's Drummer- Part of Fundraiser/Food Drive this Weekend <a href=";id=168534" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" align="left" style="padding:10px"></a>Rich Redmond, drummer for Country music superstar Jason Aldean is pitching in on a local fundraiser/food driver. Justin Mooney is one of the organizers of the event and our Sean Patrick spoke to Justin about how folks in the Tri-County area can pitch... 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z Federal grants soon available for Illinois specialty crops More than half-a-million dollars in federal grants will soon be available for Illinois farmers that produce fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and horticulture and nursery crops. Illinois News Network has more: [audio:3241515508-INNRFD032315CROPSGRANT34s... 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z Illinois Lawmaker Wants University of Illinois to be a Private University A legislative proposal from State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington will likely create conversation and public universities would operate live private universities and taxpayer money allotted to universities would instead pay for conditional grants t... 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z Girl Scouts Wrapping Up Cookie Sales Cookie sales for Girl Scout&rsquo;s in central Illinois have wrapped up. However, spokeswoman Kate Peters says you may find some girls who have leftover inventory. [audio:3241514036-COOKIES1.mp3]Kate Peters[/audio] Peters says the first year for on... 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z Madigan Planning Budget Fix Work is underway at the Capitol on a plan to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole for the state&rsquo;s current fiscal year. Lawmakers will start hearing more today on a plan from House Speaker Michael Madigan on how to plug a budget gap that create... 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z OSF to Host Farmers Breakfast this Friday OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will host a Farmer's Breakfast this Friday morning beginning at 7:30 Am. [audio:3241562406-Mar24CarrieBoelens1.mp3]Carrie Boelens[/audio] That was Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center on WKEI's Tuned In. I... 2015-03-24T05:00:00Z