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ISP Hopes For a Safe Weekend

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander Victor Markowski is reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions for the upcoming holiday travel. Troopers are responsible for the safety of more than 20,000 miles of the state’s roads and highways. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods for motorists and millions of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates.    

 

The Memorial holiday enforcement period overlaps with the statewide Click it or Ticket safety campaign which began on Monday, May 15, and runs through Wednesday, May 31.  District 7 will focus on achieving zero fatalities by strictly enforcing the four most deadly traffic violations (Fatal Four):  Speeding, DUI, Seat Belts, and Distracted Driving.

 

Last year, the ISP issued 3,204 tickets for speeding violations during the four-day holiday period from Friday through Monday.   During the same time period, there were 196 DUI arrests; 732 seatbelt violations; and 229 distracted driver violations.

 

The simplest things you can do to protect yourself while traveling is to avoid distractions, slow down, wear your seatbelt and focus on the task at hand.

 

“The first holiday weekend of the summer is always a time for celebration. Please remember to share the road responsibly and appreciate that all motorists have the right to safely arrive at their destination,” states Captain Victor Markowski. “Troopers will continue to patrol the District 7 roadways to assist in everyone’s safe travels.”

 

The ISP is reminding motorists of the “Move Over Law,” which requires drivers to “Slow Down and Move Over” when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights. Drivers must yield the right-of-way by changing lanes if possible and reduce the speed of their vehicle and proceed with caution if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.  This law now applies to motorists pulled off on the shoulder with hazard lights on as well. 

 

Alcohol is a leading factor in fatal traffic crashes, especially during celebratory weekends. Please do your part to help keep the roadways safe by planning ahead and designating a sober driver, calling a cab, or using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. If we all do our part, we can make this holiday the safest one ever.

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Memorial Day Schedule

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday and that will mark the first three day holiday weekend for the summer. While some retailers and other businesses will be open, and those that work in the emergency services field will still be at work, it will be a holiday for many people.

There will also be some schedule changes along the way as well.

In Kewanee, City Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, there will be no landscape waste pickup on Monday, however there will be no change in the garbage pick- up schedule in Kewanee for next week.  

Memorial Day is a federal holiday and the United States Post Office will be closed with no mail delivery or window service on Monday.

Memorial Day is a federal reserve banking holiday and most banks will be closed on Monday but best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule.

The Henry County Court System and other county offices will also be closed for the day on Monday. 

Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed tomorrow on Saturday and will re-open on Tuesday, May 30th.       

Black Hawk College facilities will be closed on Monday and will resume classes next Tuesday.     

Henry and Stark County Health Department offices will be closed on Monday, with homemaker staff still working where necessary to provide in home care.

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day and will re-open next Tuesday, May 30th.   

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Kewanee Police Wish Everyone a Safe Holiday Weekend

The Kewanee Police Department is wishing everyone a safe and sound holiday weekend.

Police Chief Jim Dison is urging the motoring public to decide to be responsible over the Memorial Day weekend…

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Chief Dison says there will be lots of extra traffic over the course of the weekend and all the more reason to remain aware and alert…

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Younger drivers can be particularly vulnerable and statistics indicate that the summer months are often the most troublesome for those younger drivers which is a very sobering fact…

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May 31 Is No Tobacco Day

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that every year May 31st is proclaimed World No-Tobacco Day. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development." This annual campaign demonstrates the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.

     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments notes that this important health designation is an important time to remind area residents about the Health Departments’ Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities Grant activities. 

    In both Henry and Stark County our staff works continually to enforce, educate and encourage compliance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Act. The Smoke-free Illinois Act prohibits smoking in virtually all public places and workplaces, including offices, theaters, museums, libraries, educational institutions, schools, commercial establishments, enclosed shopping centers and retail stores, restaurants, bars, private clubs and gaming facilities.

    Also, this past year, the Health Department has worked towards additional Tobacco-Free initiatives.  In Henry County we have a grant that encourages Tobacco Prevention and Control through the encouragement of Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Outdoor Spaces.  In Stark County we focused on Youth Tobacco Prevention through the development of Social Norms Marketing Campaigns. 

    Tucker notes, “The Health Department in coordination with the State of Illinois has taken these important steps to protect its residents, workers and visitors from the harmful and hazardous effects of smoking and secondhand smoke.” 

     Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.

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Right to Know Act awaits action in the House

The Illinois Senate recently passed the Right to Know Act, which is designed to protect the online privacy of Illinoisans while promoting online transparency. Senator Michael Hastings says the most personal of information is at stake, and it's a highly prized asset....
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Online companies would have to reveal what they're sharing under the act. Proponents say online personal info has been used to determine insurance rates and verify loans. The bill is being considered in committee in the Illinois House.

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Strong demand expected at gas pump this summer

The summer travel season kicks off this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. What will the numbers look like as we roll into June and July? Harry Cooney--Manager in Energy Customer Risk Management for GROWMARK provides an update.
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The average national retail gas price is $2.37, which is seven cents more from last year at this time.
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The average price for diesel fuel is $2.51 a gallon, 21-cents more from the same period a year ago. 

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Local superintendents continue to put pressure on Springfield

Local school superintendents continue to put the pressure on Springfield. Eight of them traveled to the state capital this week. Henderson-Mercer-Knox-and-Warren County Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott says her area remains extremely concerned about mandated categoricals, which reimburse districts for transportation and special education.
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Scott traveled to Springfield on Wednesday with superintendents from the Abingdon-Avon; Galesburg; Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville; ROWVA; United; West Central and Williamsfield school districts. 

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Big Crowds Coming to State Parks

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is coming up and a popular trip to make is to Starved Rock. The state park near LaSalle always hosts big crowds to unofficially kick off the summer season. Ed Cross with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that millions visited last year.

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Traffic will be heavy around Starved Rock and other popular state parks. Cross says come ready to find a traffic delay or parking lots that are full. He says to stay up to date on conditions at the parks follow IDNR on Twitter or FaceBook. 

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Right to Know Act awaits action in the House

The Illinois Senate recently passed the Right to Know Act, which is designed to protect the online privacy of Illinoisans while promoting online transparency. Senator Michael Hastings says the most personal of information is at stake, and it's a highly prized asset....
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Online companies would have to reveal what they're sharing under the act. Proponents say online personal info has been used to determine insurance rates and verify loans. The bill is being considered in committee in the Illinois House.

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Bustos quick to criticize Trump budget plan

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos quick to criticize President Trump’s budget plan—specifically the nearly 20-percent cut in USDA’s budget.
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Bustos made her comments on the U.S. House floor Wednesday. She serves on the House Ag Committee and just last week questioned new U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue about funding for Illinois’ aging lock and dam system. 

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Farmer react to Trump budget

Illinois farmers still in the early stages of digesting President Trump’s budget proposal. Tim Main of Knox County says it’s too soon to talk day to day impact, but news of a 20-percent reduction to USDA programs is troubling.
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Main says couple that with uncertainty over trade agreements with Mexico and Canada and you have the perfect storm brewing.
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Main says on top of federal issues, Illinois still does not have a budget, which is impacting all levels of local government—including rural schools.

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Kewanee Park District on PTP

Brian Johnson gives an update on the summer schedule

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Kewanee Public LIbrary on Tuned IN

Sara Billiet gives the holiday schedule and the new summer hours at the Library

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BHC To Host Budget Forums

 

 

Black Hawk College will host two community forums on the college’s fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget.

 

The forums will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. –

·        Wednesday, June 7 – BHC Community Education Center, Room 102, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee

·        Thursday, June 8 – BHC Quad-Cities Campus, Health Sciences Center, Conference Room 204, 6600 34th Ave., Moline

 

Dr. Bettie Truitt, college president, and Steven Frommelt, vice president for finance and administration, will present an overview of the budget and answer questions from the community.

 

The college’s new budget year begins July 1.

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Rep Swanson Proposes Legal Hemp In Illinois

 

Illinois is taking steps toward joining a number of other states in giving their farmers the chance to grow industrial hemp.  A bill that is awaiting a House committee vote, after a unanimous Senate vote, would allow a farmer to get licensed with the Department of Agriculture to plant and harvest industrial hemp. The plant has a short growing season, grows to 15 feet tall, needs little maintenance, and starves out other weeds. 

 

With downward corn and soybean prices sapping Illinois farmers' profits, state lawmakers think industrial hemp can serve as another revenue stream.

 

State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) said he is a supporter of the crop and compares concerns about hemp’s relationship to marijuana with the difference between seed corn and sweet corn….

 

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Rep Swanson also notes that other states have had success with similar policies…

 

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Large Crowds Expected at Starved Rock This Weekend

With large crowds expected to visit Starved Rock State Park near Utica for the Memorial Day weekend, visitors are encouraged to monitor Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on traffic delays and temporary parking closures at the park.

 

Temporary parking closures occurred last year at Starved Rock State Park during holiday and fall color weekends.  While Illinois River flooding has limited access to parking at Starved Rock this spring, all lots are expected to be open for the Memorial Day weekend.

“We encourage motorists to be patient and follow directions from Illinois Conservation Police officers and park staff at and near Starved Rock during the busy holiday weekend,” said Rafael Gutierrez, chief of the IDNR Office of Law Enforcement.  “We want everyone visiting Starved Rock and all of our Illinois state parks to enjoy themselves, but also to remember to follow park rules and regulations.”

 

Conservation Police will strictly enforce the following safety rules at Starved Rock:

 

·     No possession of alcohol on trails year-round

·     No alcohol allowed anywhere in the park Jan. 1 – May 31

·     No hiking off trails

·     No climbing rock walls and cliffs

·     No swimming

·     No defacing sandstone walls with paint or etchings

·     No littering

·     No being on trails after dark

 

 

All hikers at Starved Rock State Park should stay on designated trails. St. Peter Sandstone in Starved Rock can crumble and be slippery when wet. 

When Starved Rock parking lots reach capacity, the park may be closed temporarily for safety reasons until parking becomes available. Motorists are reminded not to park along park roads or public highways as that may prevent emergency vehicles from getting through. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at the owner’s expense. 

Starved Rock Lodge guests and lodge restaurant guests with brunch reservations will be allowed to enter the park. Lodge parking will be restricted to lodge patrons with reservations. 

To ease traffic congestion, motorists arriving from the east on Interstate 80 should consider taking an alternate route to the park. Travelers can exit at Ottawa, cross the Illinois River, and approach the park from the east on Illinois Rt. 71. Motorists also can exit southbound on Interstate 39 and take the Illinois Rt. 71 exit at Oglesby.

 

For updates, visitors may check for information on park activities and possible temporary closures as they near the park by tuning to the Starved Rock radio station on 1610 AM.  Visitors can also check for updates via social media:  Like the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Facebook, and follow the IDNR on Twitter @IllinoisDNR.

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Rep Bustos Comments About Trump Budget

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget:

 

“President Trump’s budget is just the latest example of this Administration turning its back on rural America, family farmers and the hardworking families President Trump promised to fight for when he was elected. Instead of working across the aisle on a budget that’ll lend a helping hand to small towns with struggling economies, President Trump’s proposal stacks the deck against hardworking people who are just trying to get ahead.

 

“While the farm economy is struggling, President Trump’s cuts to the Department of Agriculture are especially devastating. His cuts to rural economic development funding means even more lost jobs and fewer opportunities in small towns across America, hollowing out communities that so many of us call home. And by cutting the crop insurance program, the Trump Administration is sowing more uncertainty for family farmers who are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

 

“President Trump also promised a major investment in American infrastructure. But behind the smoke and mirrors, his budget slashes funding for the Department of Transportation and the programs that build our roads, bridges, airports and passenger rail. Additionally, when so many communities are struggling with lead contaminated water, President Trump’s cuts to water infrastructure programs are literally dangerous for children and families.

 

“Once again, with President Trump, it’s not what he says – it’s what he does. Between TrumpCaremisguided changes at the Department of Agriculture and this budget, the fix is in – President Trump has shown us that rural America is nowhere near the top of his priority list. ”

 

Below is background information on President Trump’s budget proposal and how it can impact communities across the country and in Illinois 17th District:

 

CUTS TO RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS

President Trump’s budget:

·         Guts discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture by 21 percent.

·         Leaves farmers behind with more $28 billion in cuts to federal crop insurance program.

·         Eliminates $498 million in funding for rural water systems that help more than two million additional people annually. As part of the Rural Utilities Service, the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides direct loans, guaranteed loans, and grants that rural communities use to finance new or improved water treatment and waste disposal systems.

·         USDA Rural Development has bolstered an estimated 112,000 small businesses and 450,000 jobs in rural areas. Yet, the President’s budget would downsize this important agency and eradicate the Rural Business Service programs.

·         Eliminates USDA’s Rural-Business-Cooperative Service discretionary programs which support job training, energy, and business development programs, including cooperative and business development, community economic development, and regional planning and financing. Since 2009, USDA has helped over 112,000 rural businesses start or expand operations with nearly $11 billion in investments.

·         Eliminates economic development support that sends $840 million a year to rural America, including funding for Meals on Wheels. The Community Development Block Grant program, one of the largest community and economic development program in rural America, also supports approximately 8,500 jobs yearly.

 

CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT REBUILD COMMUNITIES AND PROTECT FAMILIES

President Trump’s budget:

·         Slashes spending to help small manufacturers grow and thrive by 95%, even while more than 70 manufacturers in Illinois 17th District have benefited from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

·         Compromises the EPA’s ability to protect children from lead poisoning by cutting funding for the Lead Risk Reduction Program, which helps educate Americans about ways to reduce lead exposure, and eliminating grants to states to help address lead-based paint.

·         Eliminates the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which annually helps roughly six million American households afford their energy bills when times are difficult.

·         Slashes funding for Superfund and Brownfields programs by more than 30%, reducing the EPA’s ability to help communities bounce back and redevelop hazardous sites.

 

CUTS TO OUR AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

President Trump’s budget:

·         Slashes overall discretionary transportation funding by 13 percent.

·         Cuts infrastructure investment by eliminating funding for the popular TIGER grant program, which competitively awards funding for infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area. TIGER grants have been awarded in all 50 states since 2009.

o   The Q Multimodal Station in downtown Moline is funded in part by a $10 million TIGER grant.

·         Eliminates funding for the Essential Air Service, which supports small towns and rural areas by ensuring they have continued commercial air service.

 

CUTS TO EDUCATION AND OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE

President Trump’s budget:

·         Cuts federal work study funds that help students work through college by $487 million.

·         Eliminates subsidized student loans, which will make college less affordable for middle-class students and those with financial need.

 

CUTS TO HEALTH CARE

President Trump’s budget:

·         Slashes funding to train rural doctors and healthcare providers. The Administration’s budget slashes $403 million in HHS programs that help train and sustain rural primary care providers, particularly non-physician practitioners like nurses and physician assistants of which small-town communities tend to over-rely on for main healthcare needs due to scarcity of primary care doctors.

·         Cripples life-saving medical research by cutting the National Institutes of Health budget by 21%-- $6 billion by next year.

·         Defunds the health care of children, seniors and veterans through $610 billion in cuts to Medicaid program and forcing states to ration care.

 

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Heavy spring rains leading to nitrogen loss for farmers

Heavy rains in the southern half of the state have farmers dealing with nitrogen loss. Tim Laatsch (loch rhymes with lock) works for Growmark.
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And Laatsch says the soil sample will determine a farmer’s best course of action.
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Laatsch farms near Altamont in Effingham County. He says his area of the state has seen rain in “the teens” this spring

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Former Congressional Candidate Arrested

A number of Democrats have expressed interest in running against Congressman Rodney Davis next year in the 13th Congressional District. The man who represented Dems last year might be hard pressed to get a rematch with Davis. Former Macon County Board member Mark Wicklund is charged with DUI and hitting a police officer at Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated after a rollover crash last month. Wicklund is free on $10,000 bond.

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Dem's Pass Budget Bills - No Republican Support

Senate President John Cullerton appears to have given up for his quest for a Grand Bargain budget deal with Republicans. Democrats went their own way, approving a $37.3 billion spending plan that features a $5.4 billion tax increase. The additional revenue would come from boosting the personal income tax to 4.95 percent and the corporate rate to 7 percent. Sales tax would be added to a number of services. Governor Rauner says he'll fight the budget plan because it lacks a long term property tax freeze....

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No Republicans voted for the budget bills Tuesday. 

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Illinois lawmakers debate college admission bill

Legislation being debated in Springfield that would require Illinois public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants that finish with a grade-point average in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb has Western Illinois University in her district. She voted against the measure.
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The bill was turned down in the Illinois House, but did receive enough votes for the sponsor to utilize a parliamentary procedure called “postponed consideration” meaning the legislation can be considered again.

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Votes for Budget and Revenue Lack Republican Support

The Grand Bargain may have gone out with a whimper. Senate Democrats abandoned attempts to reach a compromise budget with Republican Senators. The Senate voted to boost revenue through a personal income tax increase to 4.95 percent and corporate tax boost to 7 percent. Proposed new sales taxes on services were scaled back. Senators agreed to drop plans for sales taxes on repair and maintenance of cars, homes and personal property as well as landscape services. Sales taxes would be added to laundry and dry cleaning, storage, pest control, alarm and security services and tattoos and piercings.

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Downstate lawmaker speaks out against raising state income tax

A downstate lawmaker speaking out against legislation that raises the state income tax. The State Senate approved Senate Bill 9 on Tuesday by a 32 to 26 vote. State Senator Chuck Weaver of Peoria opposed.
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Senate Bill 9 increases the individual income tax rate to 4.95 percent from 3.75 percent and the corporate income tax rate will increase to 7-percent from 5.25 percent. The legislation also imposes a 6.25-percent tax on tattooing and body piercing and new taxes of 6-percent on satellite and streaming services. 

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Senate Dems pass budget, Rauner veto pen at the ready

Senate President John Cullerton appears to have given up for his quest for a Grand Bargain budget deal with Republicans. Democrats went their own way, approving a $37.3 billion spending plan that features a $5.4 billion tax increase. The additional revenue would come from boosting the personal income tax to 4.95 percent and the corporate rate to 7 percent. Sales tax would be added to a number of services. Governor Rauner says he'll fight the budget plan because it lacks a long term property tax freeze....
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No Republicans voted for the budget bills Tuesday. 

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Durbin weighs in on FBI choice

Senator Dick Durbin isn't looking for a political bedfellow to head up the FBI after the firing of James Comey. Durbin isn't offering names or endorsements, but he is looking for a true independent streak....
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Durbin was a guest on MSNBC.

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Kewanee Police Chief on PTP

Police Chief Jim Dison talks about his upcoming retirement

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WKEI Open Line

Working the third shift is part of the discussion

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Mid Valley Association of Realtors on PTP

Mary Jo Gibson gives an update on the local housing market

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Preferred Home Health Care Open House

Preferred Home Health Care of Galva recently was recognized for their accomplishments.

Pam Kelly with Preferred says it was a great honor that originated with their company’s owner…

 

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Ms. Kelly adds that the public is invited to an Open House at Preferred Home Care’s Galva location on Thursday afternoon…

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Kewanee City Info

The City Wide Clean Up set for last Saturday in Kewanee was postponed because of the inclement weather.

Mayor Steve Looney says trying to work out in the open in a big parking lot surrounded by metal objects with the threat of lightning is not a good idea…

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Mayor Looney also cites a positive with the City’s union as the City and AFSCME Council 31 Local 764 have agreed to a new five year contract…

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Mayor Looney also notes that the Kewanee Police Department will soon lose three long time servants to retirement, as Chief Jim Dison, and Officers Pat Clapper and Harry Underwood will all be stepping down in the very near future…

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Illinois' crop protection industry has voice in Washington

Illinois’ crop protection industry has a voice in Washington. It’s through the group CropLife America where Missouri native Kelly Bray serves as senior director of governmental affairs.
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Bray says the organization has just launched a new campaign—called “Give a Crop”.
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You can learn more about the campaign at “giveacrop.org” Bray says the site also features a popular section called myth vs. fact--comparing conventionally grown food to organically grown food. 

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Mayor Looney on PTP

Mayor Steve Looney and City Engineer Dale Nobel give an update on city happenings

 

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WKEI Open Line

Several topics hit the May 23rd Open Line

 

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Preferred Health Care on Tuned IN

Pam Kelly and Heather Achuff talk about the nursing shortage in Illinois

 

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AAA Predicts Busy Holiday Weekend Travel



AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.
In Illinois, 1.95 million people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, which is a 1.9 percent increase from 2016. Of those travelers, 1.8 million will be driving (up 1.8 percent from 2016) and 101,000 will be flying to their destination (a 3.1 percent increase from 2016). Gas prices across Illinois are on average $2.39, down from $2.49 last month and about even with average prices a year ago.
 
In Indiana, 850,000 people are expected to travel, which is up 2.5 percent from 2016. Of those travelers, 770,000 are expected to travel by auto (2.4 percent increase) and about 44,000 by air (3.7 percent increase). In Indiana, gas prices are on average $2.25 per gallon, down from $2.35 a month ago and about even with prices this time last year. The average price nationally for gas is $2.34.
The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Department, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “So far in 2017, travel bookings with AAA in Illinois/Indiana are up 27 percent compared to the same period last year. Higher confidence and falling gas prices have bolstered consumer spending, leaving many Americans with more money to spend on travel this Memorial Day.”

By the Numbers: Memorial Day Travel Forecast

· 2017 will mark the third consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 2.7 percent more travelers than last year.

· 34.6 million Americans (88.1 percent of travelers) will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.4 percent over last year.

· 2.9 million Americans are taking to the skies this Memorial Day, increasing air travel by 5.5 percent over last year.

· 1.75 million travelers, an increase 2.9 percent from 2016, will look to other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.

· Drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015. Airfares, car rental rates and mid-range hotels are all trending higher than last Memorial Day.

Large increases in flying and travel by other modes this Memorial Day
While road trips continue to reign supreme for Memorial Day, more Americans will fly, ride the train or bus, or take a cruise vacation compared to last year. Air travel is expected to increase 5.5 percent over last year, with 2.9 million Americans taking to the skies this Memorial Day. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase 2.9 percent, to 1.75 million travelers.

Airfares, hotel and car rental rates on the rise
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes will be 9 percent higher this Memorial Day, with an average round trip ticket landing at $181. Hotel costs have also increased since last Memorial Day, with the average AAA Three Diamond Rated hotel costing $215, or 18 percent more than last year. Daily car rental rates will average $66, which is 7 percent more than last year.
More Americans are planning to rent cars for their holiday road trips this year. AAA’s car rental bookings are 19 percent higher than last Memorial Day. According to Hertz, the busiest day for car rental pick-ups is expected to be Friday, May 26, based on last year’s data.

AAA to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Memorial Day
AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Memorial Day weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.
AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the more than 7,000 
AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month

Erin Trostle of Kewanee was recognized as Achiever of the Month for April at Abilities Plus.  She received recognition because of good attendance, positive progress on goals, and attention to detail on computerized educational programs.

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City Wide Clean Up Day Re-Scheduled

RESCHEDULED!!!!

City Wide Clean Up Day

Saturday June 3, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The following items WILL NOT be accepted:

Electronic items, Toxic materials, Liquid paint, Cleaning solvents, Motor oil, Batteries, Liquid items of any sort, Tires, Landscape waste, Slate siding, Shingles, Concrete, Brick, Masonry, Railroad ties, Construction or Demolition materials.

The following items WILL be accepted:

Mattresses, Furniture, Yard Furniture, Water Heaters, Appliances, Metal junk items, Scrap Wood,  Paint with lids REMOVED (MUST BE DRIED use cat litter), Carpet, Toilets, other misc junk and trash items that maybe cluttering your yard or you’ve had stashed behind the garage or yard shed that you’ve been putting off taking to the transfer station. 

YOUR VEHICLE MUST BE HAND UNLOADABLE!

If in doubt of an item being accepted, Call City Hall 852-2611

 

How to enter the Clean Up site:

Enter on to Elliott St. from West Prospect St.  Drive South on Elliott St. and Stop at West Division St.  Have Utility Bill and ID ready.  Your ID will be checked at this intersection.  If you do not have the required Utility Bill and ID, you will be directed in a safe direction out of the City Wide Clean-up area. Once your ID is verified you will be directed to the West on Division St. where you will enter into the parking lot to empty your vehicle into a trash container.  You will then be directed to exit the parking lot and West down Pine St.  DO NOT ENTER FROM PINE ST.

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ISP: Click It Or Ticket

 As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid impaired driving.

"Wearing your seat belt is the law, but it’s also a matter of common sense," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "Making the right choice to buckle up, every time, no matter where you are seated, substantially increases your chance of survival in the event of a crash. By buckling up and avoiding impaired driving, you can help keep Illinois roads safer for all who are traveling."

Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois as part of IDOT’s "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

The effort to crack down on unbuckled and impaired drivers come at a time when traffic fatalities are on the rise. Illinois has seen an increase in motor vehicle fatalities over the last two years. According to 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, 42 percent of nationwide motor vehicle fatalities involved unbuckled vehicle occupants.

Seat belts are designed to keep you positioned safely in a vehicle. Should a crash occur, a seat belt helps slow down the body, works in conjunction with the air bag and spreads force over a wider area of the body, lessening the likelihood of injury or ejection.

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Hydrant Work In Kewanee On Tuesday

Effective Tuesday 5/23/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department will be replacing a broken fire hydrant in the 100 block of West College Street.  Water will be shut off while work is taking place for residents in the 100 block of West College Street and at 549 Tenney Street.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m.

 

Any residents, whose water has been shut off during this repair, will be under a boil order for 48 – 72 hours following the restoration of water service.

Residents in these areas may experience low pressure, rusty water, or no water.  If the water has been turned off, take precautions when using water until the water runs clean.  Only flush the system by running cold water, running hot water may draw rust into the water heater.  

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U-of-I ag policy expert receiving input on new Farm Bill

What’s working in the current Farm Bill and what’s needed in the new one? Those questions being answered by University of Illinois ag policy expert Jonathan Coppess.
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Coppess has been receiving input on the issue from farmers across the state and met with the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors last week in Bloomington.
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And Coppess says low commodity prices have also been a dominant part of the discussion. The deadline for ushering in a new Farm Bill is September 2018. 

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U of I Extension on PTP

Angie Peltier talks about the value of scouting fields from planting to harvest

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OSF On Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens talks about the upcoming hospital golf outing

 

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Kewanee City Info

Kewanee City Council recently passed a budget that contains a slight deficit but city officials says that is no cause for alarm as the expectation is that the budget will be balanced again in a couple of years or so.

But some other communities around the state are not as fortunate as some have had to lay off members of their fire department or police department.

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley says he doesn’t see that happening in Kewanee…

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The road improvement season will soon be here and Mr. Bradley acknowledges that the amount of streets that need attention outweighs available funds…

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Mr. Bradley says work on Kewanee City streets will take place over the course of the summer and autumn months…

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Hydrant Testing In Kewanee Continues This Week

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 5/23/17.  The Fire Department will be working on the project Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up.  This project is expected to extend into the fall for this year.

 

Areas within or nearby testing areas may experience periods of lower than normal water pressure or discolored/rusty water.  The Fire Department will alert the public through local media which areas they will be working in a few days prior to beginning work.

 

The Fire Department expects to continue work again Tuesday 5/23/17 in the areas of Midland, Crescent, Circle, Val Mar, and Mission Drives and the 400 to 900 blocks of West South Street.

 

The next area planned to begin Thursday 5/25/17 will include several streets within the blocks of Tenney Street to East Street South, Garfield to East South Street, and streets between including Kellogg Ave, Holiday Lane, Green Street, Fullerton Court, Hilltop Drive, and Percil Court.

 

Dates of work being done are pending, and could possibly be postponed for any unforeseen weather or emergencies in between.

 

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Health Dept Offers Family Clinic Services


   The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents of their Family Planning clinic program.

 

    Through the family planning clinic program, the Health Department hopes to give women the information and means they need to plan pregnancies and make responsible decisions.  The program also hopes to detect other health problems early in their development so that clients can be referred to other health care providers for treatment.

 

    Clinics are held in Kewanee at the Health Department offices, Route 78 South.  Appointments, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department.

   

    The family planning program provides annual physical exams to area women, including a breast exam and pap smear.

 

    The clinic accepts medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, had been established to assist low-income families to obtain services.  In addition, grant funds are available for those who meet certain eligibility requirements.

 

    In addition to contraceptive services, the clinic also offers pregnancy testing.  

 

    For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

 

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SA Camps

The Kewanee Salvation Army will once again present their summer camp series for area children.

Perhaps best stated as camps as in plural, as Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says there will be a total of seven camps this summer…

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Ms. Bolls says there are other camps on the schedule and a reminder that all camps are free of charge and kids can attend as many times as eligible…

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Registration for each respective camp needs to be made 18 days before that respective camp so that means that registration for the Senior Sports camp on June 12th needs to be done right away.

Ms. Bolls reminds parents that a nurse will be on duty at the camps 24 hours a day and she also extends a round of thanks to the 1st Baptist Church of Kewanee for their continued support as they provide the campers with shower pails…

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Further information on the camps by contacting Linda Bolls at the Salvation Army in Kewanee.          

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City Wide Clean Up Cancelled

The City Wide Clean Up in Kewanee scheduled for today, Saturday, May 20th has been cancelled because of the inclement weather.

The event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, June 3.   

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Commodity markets concerning many Illinois farmers

Shaky commodity markets continue to be on the minds of some Illinois farmers as spring planting marches on in many parts of the state. The weak markets concern McHenry County farmer Michelle Aavang (AY-vayng – end rhymes with fang).
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The northern Illinois farmer has been watching new farm bill discussions and debate closely. But, she says there’s still a long way to go in developing what could serve as a farm safety net for her and other farmers beyond next year.
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Aavang represents DeKalb, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors. She, her husband and son raise crops and livestock near the northern Illinois town of Woodstock.

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WKEI Open Line

WW Two and other topics hit the Open Line

 

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Linda Bolls talks about summer camp

 

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BHE Graduation Tonight

Black Hawk College’s East Campus will hold graduation ceremonies tonight at the National Guard Armory in Kewanee.

David Harris is the Outreach Coordinator at the College’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee and he says it’s time for a celebration of accomplishments…

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Wethersfield Graduation on Sunday

Wethersfield High School will hold graduation ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.

District 230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says they are looking forward to the graduation ceremonies…

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Mr. Kazubowski says it’s amazing how time flies and he notes how he has been connected to this class for the last twelve years…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that graduates will have a place to go for one final time together after Sunday’s graduation…

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Unemployment Remains High In Illinois

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent in April and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -7,200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. March job growth was revised up to show a decrease of -7,700 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -8,900 jobs. April’s monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Due to payroll declines for both March and April, Illinois remains -25,600 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000.

“Illinois did not participate in the nation’s job growth in April,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Furthermore, the decline in the unemployment rate was largely due to a drop in the labor force, not more people working.”

“We continue to see sluggish growth in our economy due to the inability of the legislature to institute common-sense structural changes that would encourage investment in our state,” said Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “If we create a business-friendly environment, we will see greater opportunities and more good paying jobs in every community.”

In April, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were:Education and Health Services (+2,600); Manufacturing (+1,900); and Information Services (+1,300). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-7,100); Construction (-4,500); and Leisure and Hospitality (-2,400).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +22,100 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in April: Education and Health Services (+16,200); Professional and Business Services (+11,600); Financial Activities (+8,700). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Construction (-6,600); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-6,500); and Manufacturing (-3,600). The +0.4 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is about one-fourth as strong as the +1.6 percent gain posted by the nation in April.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for April 2017, which decreased to 4.4 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.3 percentage points from a year ago when it was 6.0 percent. At 4.7 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands at its lowest level since March 2007, after having decreased for three consecutive months.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -4.7 percent from the prior month to 307,000, down -21.9 percent over the same month for the prior year. This brings the number of unemployed workers to its lowest level since February 2007.The labor force decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month and declined by -0.7 percent in April over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed 66,212 posted resumes with 184,170 jobs available.

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Safe Boating Week

Each year hundreds of people lose their lives in boating incidences, and they may still be alive if they had been wearing a life jacket. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

The National Safe Boating Council will kick off its annual boating safety campaign with National Safe Boating Week May 20-26. And, next month is National Safety Month. This is a good opportunity to remind the public about the importance of being a responsible boater.

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Champaign area start-up aims to keep top ag talent in Illinois

The ag industry remains focused on hiring and retaining top talent. That’s the mission of Champaign based Agrible, Inc. They’re home to agronomists, scientists and developers—who work for the grower in the field says the company’s Cynthia Bruno.
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Luke Zwilling has been with the start-up since the beginning and says their location provides a great advantage.
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The company opened in 2012 and now features a staff of 53 employees.

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High winds create dust storms in parts of Illinois

High winds created conditions in many parts of Illinois resulting in dust storms. That’s what happened Wednesday afternoon and evening when high winds whipped up some strange looking clouds says Mercer County farmer Michael Zecher.
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The high winds hit as many farmers are finishing up planting. Planting naturally disturbs topsoil. Storm chasers and other weather spotters also reported several funnel clouds over portions of western and northern Illinois Wednesday afternoon and evening. Most of the damage involved tree limbs and spotty power outages.

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ISP on PTP

Trooper Jason Wilson talks about texting and driving

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Kewanee Historical Society on Tuned IN

Larry Lock gives the summer schedule and more at the Historical Society

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Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

 

 

 

Before busy summer schedules set in, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.

 

Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.

 

Kenneth Reed gives blood in his son’s honor. When Trace was 8 days old, he underwent heart surgery and received blood transfusions. “It’s the least I can do. If it wasn’t for donors, he wouldn’t be here with us today,” said Reed. “I don’t call it donating blood; I call it donating life.”

 

Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.

 

As a thank you, those who come out to donate May 26-30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then also visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

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Henry

 

Cambridge

5/25/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St John's Vianney Church, 313 S West Street

 

Galva

5/30/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 N. W.  Second Ave

 

Kewanee

6/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

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How to help

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Kewanee Businesses Receive Awards

The West Central Illinois Small Business Day Awards Luncheon was held on Tuesday at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg.

Former State Representative Don Moffitt was the keynote speaker and Kewanee businesses took five of the ten awards given.

Approximately 100 people were in attendance at event which was catered by the Broken Chimney Restaurant of Kewanee.

The award presentation included the 100 year Anniversary Recognition Award to the Schueneman and Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee, the Small Business Start Up of the Year award went to Midwest Trailer Manufacturing, the Small Business Success for a business in existence for over 10 years went to Breedlove’s Sporting Good’s in Kewanee, the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award went to Johnson Heating and Cooling of Kewanee, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to P.L. Damron’s in Kewanee and the Entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement Award went to Preferred Home Health Care of Kewanee.

Judges for this year’s event included Galva City Administrator David Dyer, Salvador Garza, Senior Manager of the West Central Region of the Office of Regional Economic Development, Rex Johnson, Market President of Mercer County, RSVP Volunteer Al Kulczewski and Lee Trotter, Account Manager for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.           

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Henry County Democrats to Meet Tonight

Henry County Democrats will meet this evening for their monthly meeting.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Cellar Restaurant in Geneseo beginning @ 6:30.

The meeting will be held in one of the back rooms and participants are invited to come early and enjoy some good food.

At tonight’s meeting, they will be going over the parade

schedule and other upcoming summer events.

The reminder that Henry County Democrats are still looking for

precinct committeemen or women for certain precincts.

Those details and more at tonight’s meeting and as always, the general public is invited to attend any of their always meetings.

For further information, contact Henry County Chairman John Sovanski at 854-2902

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City Wide Clean Up on Saturday

A reminder of the City Wide Clean Up effort on the schedule for Saturday in Kewanee.

The clean up is for Kewanee residents only and will be at the old Kewanee Hospital location at 716 Elliott Street from 8 am til 2 pm.

Residents will need to bring proof of residency with a utility bill and other ID that verifies a Kewanee address and residents must enter Elliott Street from the north off of Prospect Street.

Items that will be accepted include mattresses, furniture, yard furniture, water heaters, appliances, metal junk items, scrap wood, paint with lids removed and dry paint in the can, carpet, toilets and other similar miscellaneous junk.

Items from vehicles must be unloadable by hand.

There is also a threat of rain for Saturday and officials have outlined protocol for the event of rain.

If it is rain only, the event will be held as planned, but if there is the threat of lightening or severe weather, the event will be postponed until June 3rd.

It the event is postponed, we will have the announcement on Newstalk 1450 WKEI Saturday morning beginning at approximately 6:45.

Keith Edwards is the Director of Community Development in Kewanee and he says the event could not take place without the help of many groups and organizations…

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And speaking of volunteers, more are needed for Saturday and anyone that can help out is more than welcome…

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A reminder that the City Transfer Station is also scheduled to be open on Saturday from 8 am til 2 pm for paying customers.

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Over 1,100 Illinois farmers respond to action request

Over 11-hundred farmers respond to an Illinois Farm Bureau action request. The issue involves the Environmental Protection Agency “getting back to basics” says Illinois Farm Bureau president Richard Guebert Jr.
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And as for Springfield, Guebert awaits action on a state budget just like many other interests throughout Illinois.
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Guebert farms in Ellis Grove in Randolph County. 

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Stark County Supt on People to People

District 100 Supt of Schools Jerry Klooster and Elementary Principal Jenna Bibb give a year end review

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Coach Matt Mott On Tuned IN

Coach Mott talks about the semi pro Northern Iowa football team

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WKEI Open Line

Donald Trump is discussed

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Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn

A reminder from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce that the next Business Lunch & Learn will be held Tuesday May 23rd

The topic is Benefit Plan Compliance in regards to ERISA, Health Care Reform, COBRA and other topics.  Representatives from Group Services Inc. will be making the presentation

 

Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.

RSVP to the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce 

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IDOT Adjusts Mowing Routine

 To help revive the shrinking populations of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, the Illinois Department of Transportation is adjusting its mowing routine along state highways this spring and summer. The approach, part of IDOT’s overall effort to encourage green and sustainable practices in all its programs and projects, will help to re-establish types of plants that are food sources for bees, butterflies and other insects that are native to Illinois.

“As one of the largest land owners in the state, IDOT appreciates its tremendous responsibility to act as stewards of the environment,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “This simple change in our maintenance obligations will have little impact on the traveling public, but will give a big assist to Mother Nature at no cost to the state.”

Although their numbers are on the decline, pollinators play a vital role in agriculture and the state’s ecosystem by fertilizing and aiding in reproduction of flowers, fruits, vegetables and seeds. The official state insect of Illinois since 1975, the monarch butterfly is at risk of being declared endangered, with a population that’s declined by 80 percent the last 10 years.

Starting this month, IDOT will only mow 15 feet of right of way beyond the edge of the roadway. Exceptions will be made in certain areas to preserve sightlines for motorists and to prevent the spread of invasive plant species.

Prior to this initiative, mowing widths varied by location. By reducing the amount of land being mowed, IDOT hopes to encourage the growth of critical plant species, such as milkweed, the only food source for monarch caterpillars. In the coming months, IDOT will be monitoring roadsides to determine if the approach is working.

In recent months, IDOT has taken other measures to restore native habitat along state highways, including a prairie restoration project on U.S. 45 near Champaign.

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Zoning Board Of Appeals Meets This Evening

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet in Kewanee City Hall, Council Chambers at 401 E. Third Street this evening at 7 o’clock.

There is one variance petition upon which a hearing will be conducted. 

The request comes from  Brian & Amanda Forrest at 613 East Street as they are seeking a side yard setback for room addition variance.

 

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Quilt Show, Kites, and Much More in Bishop Hill

 

 

The 2017 Bishop Hill Quilt Show will be from May 19 to May 21.  This year’s theme is “Cats, Calico, and Cross Stitch.”  At the Colony School, a bedazzling display of color will fill the building.  Over 100 quilts will be on display:  antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, and much more.  Admission fee for the Colony School is $5.  Proceeds from the show will be used for various charity quilts distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need.  The Prairie Queen Quilt Club Theme Challenge quilts will be on display in the Steeple Building Museum.  On May 20, Cathy Grafton will be conducting a hands on embroidery workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dairy Building.  Learn a bit of embroidery history and create a sampler with ten basic stitches.  To register, please call 309 927-3064.  Also on Saturday May 20, Cathy Grafton will talk about the story, the needlework, and the history of the Bayeaux Tapestry.  This famous embroidery depicts the meeting of Harold of England & William Conqueror and then graphically illustrates the 1066 Battle of Hastings.  This free lecture to the public will be at the Dairy Building and will start at 6 p.m.  For more details about the quilt show, please call 309 927-3851.  The quilt show is sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, and the Bishop Hill Arts Council.  Show hours for May 19 and 20 are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Show hours for May 21 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday May 20th, kites of all shapes and sizes will be soaring in the skies over historic Bishop Hill.  From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. approximately a dozen kites, some over 40 feet long, will be flying over the Summer Cottage, located at 507 Lindstrom Street in the northeast corner of Bishop Hill.  Tony and Ann Killip, from Wataga, IL, are the proud owners of these kites and have participated in twelve or more kite festivals each year.  This kite show is free and open to public, courtesy of the Summer Cottage and Our Kites Fly.  The rain date will be Sunday May 21.  The types of kites flown will depend on the weather conditions.  For more details about the kite show, please call 309 927-3359.

For more information about these activities or future events in Bishop Hill, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net or check out www.bishophill.com.

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Wethersfield 8th Grade Graduation on Thursday

The Wethersfield School District will hold graduation for 8th grade students on Thursday evening.

District 230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says that Thursday will also be the last day of attendance for 8th grade students…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that just like high school graduation, the 8th grade ceremony is also very special…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that at Wethersfield, the hall ways are filled with pictures of teams and athletes and other students with their various accomplishments and it’s now to the point where there isn’t a lot of room left over.

A committee appointed by the Wethersfield Board has been at work on a project that should be ready to go by the start of school later this summer…

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Winnebago County dairy farmer pushes back against proposed railroad project

A northern Illinois farmer pushing back against a proposed railroad project. If approved, the Great Lakes Basin line would run within ten feet within Tammy Wakeley’s free stall barn in Winnebago County.
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Wakeley says she’s frustrated because it could take the Surface Transportation Board several years to make a final decision. She also would have liked to see more time for public input on the issue.
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The farm Wakeley’s own dates back to 1884. 

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Evidence based education funding plan takes hit

Progress on an evidence based education funding formula takes a hit. State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb says an amendment was offered Tuesday in Springfield that throws a wrench into things.
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Hammond believes the amendment is being motivated by Chicago special interests.
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The Governor’s Education Funding Reform Commission offered a report to the state legislature earlier this year.

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Kewanee Supt of Schools on PTP

District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens gives a recap of the Kewanee High School graduation

 

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Stark County Farm Bureau on Tuned IN

Anna  Emm talks the upcoming golf outing

 

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