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Sports Physicals On Tuesday

OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host their first round of sports physicals this next Tuesday for all area athletes heading into the 2017-2018 school year.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF…

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Bustos Works To Get Commitment For Rail

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) secured a continued commitment from officials at the Federal Rail Administration to work with the State of Illinois to finish the long-awaited Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail project. Associate Administrator Paul Nissenbaum committed to working with Congresswoman Bustos, the Illinois Department of Transportation, railroads and local officials to get this project to completion. This pledge comes despite President Trump’s proposed cuts to Amtrak.

 

“Securing passenger rail for the Quad-Cities has always been among my top priorities, and I’m pleased the Federal Rail Administration is committed to bringing this project across the finish line,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Despite the obstacles put in place by the state budget crisis in Springfield, I’m fighting to finish this project that will grow our local economy and create good-paying jobs in our region.”

 

Last year, after months of pressuring the Rauner administration to accept a $177 million job-creating federal investment in our state, Congresswoman Bustos announced an agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration to move forward on Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail, which was previously put on hold. 

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ISP Receives Honors

 The Illinois State Police (ISP) were recognized for outstanding contributions in law enforcement at the 21st Annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference,” awards ceremony hosted by the Illinois State Crime Commission.  Eight ISP Troopers and an ISP canine were honored at the banquet at the Drury Lane Hotel in Oak Brook, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

One ISP Canine team was recognized as the Illinois State Police canine team of the year. The ISP canine team made a positive impact on the citizens of Illinois by seizing significant amounts of illegal contraband, apprehending dangerous felons, and tracking missing persons. Over the past year, the canine team has had numerous successful operations including tracking an 88-year-old female with dementia who wandered from her residence, and three no-bite apprehensions, including one on a suspect wanted in a pending murder investigation. The canine team also seized the following amounts of contraband during 2016:

• 32,430 grams methamphetamine
• 10,576 grams cocaine
• 5,372 grams heroin
• 7,364 grams cannabis

The total street value of the amount of illegal drugs seized is estimated at nearly 17 million dollars.

The ISP District 15 Criminal Patrol team (CRIMPAT) received the contraband interdiction team of the year award. The team is comprised of eight highly skilled troopers and four canines that specialize in contraband interdiction.  The overall goal of the criminal patrol team is to seize illegal contraband being transported to, and through the state of Illinois.  The team also assists federal and local law enforcement.  

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Energy expert says now is good time to evaluate fall propane needs

It’s never too early to lock in prices for fall and winter propane needs. That’s what GROWMARK’s Harry Cooney is telling farmers as they think about the grain drying season.
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Cooney says fortunately for farmers, grain drying hasn’t been a big issue the last several years.
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Cooney says now is the time for end users to secure some prices for the fall and he recommends producers talk with their local FS member cooperative about meeting future needs.

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World livestock auctioneer champ and runner-up both from Illinois

The 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion hails from west-central Illinois. Brian Curless of Pittsfield won the competition last weekend in Billings, Montana.
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With the win, Curless now has a key voice for the Livestock Marketing Association.
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Curless is a Black Hawk East product and Oklahoma State grad.
The runner-up in the competition was also from Illinois--Cody Lowderman of Macomb. 

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Hydrant Work Continues In Kewanee On Thursday

The next section of Fire Department hydrant testing originally scheduled to begin Tuesday , will now start on Thursday.  This will extend the length of time for work in that area. 

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants as the Fire Department will be working to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up. 

 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 next area planned to begin work will be on Thursday 6/22/17 and will include blocks in between Willard Street to East Street South, and East McClure to East Mill (as well as some residents north of Mill towards East Division.  This also includes residents within these areas on Grier, Mosher, Emmons, Smith, and Poplar. 

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

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Kewanee Planning Commission Meets Tonight

The Planning Commission of Kewanee will meet in Council Chambers at City Hall this evening beginning 7:00 op’clock.

The petitions scheduled for tonight include

 

1:  212 N. Burr Blvd, Robert Robinson, requesting rezoning from B-1 Business District – Limited Retail to B-3 Business Service & Wholesale District.

2:  202 N Tremont St, Bill Cox owner of Bir River Gaming LLC2 dba Lacey’s Place, requesting a special use permit to serve alcohol by the drink.

3:  618 Teney St, 626 Tenney St and 150 E South St, The City of Kewanee is requesting rezoning of these properties from M-1 Manufacturing District – Limited & B-2 Business District – General Retail to B-3 Business Service & Wholesale District.

 

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Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff reminds area residents their Clinical services program is offering area drivers low cost DOT Physicals.  Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and by special arrangement and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

     The Health Department notes that the Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

· You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

     Sandy Sommer, RN Clinical Services Director with the Health Department notes, “If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form.  Our Nurse Practitioner, Josefina Foreman is a Certified DOT medical examiner.”

     DOT Physical participants should expect the examiner to review their health history and ask the participant to list the medications taken on a regular basis. During your DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

· Check your pulse and blood pressure

· Perform a vision test

· Observe your general appearance

· Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

· Listen to your heart and lungs

· Check for spine deformities

· Perform a neurological exam

· Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

· Perform a hernia check

     Sommer adds, “If you are seeing a provider and are on medication for sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression and other mental health issues, and seizures.  Participants need to obtain a “Clearance Letter” from the provider of care and bring to their appointment.

    Please note, appointments for DOT Physical, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office.  For more information visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Il Housing Market Remains Strong

Homes sold faster and prices rose, but home sales slowed in April with seasonally low inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 13,958 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from 14,453 in April 2016.

The statewide median price in April was $200,000, up 7.5 percent from April 2016, when the median price was $186,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Sellers flooded the market in March, and as a result inventories were struggling to keep pace with demand in April," said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "It's clear from the relatively short average time to sell that buyers really do want to find a home. The problem is they are having to work much harder to find one that meets their criteria due to a shortage of options."

The time it took to sell a home in April averaged 61 days, down from 68 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 54,666 homes for sale, a 15.3 percent decline from April 2016 when there were 64,554 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.05 percent in April 2017, a decrease from 4.20 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In April 2016 it averaged 3.60 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 10,157 homes sold, down 2.3 percent from April 2016 sales of 10,397 homes. The median price in April 2017 was $242,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.2 percent from $230,000 in April 2016.

“While sales will continue the usual early summer upward growth, there are some sharp differences in the forecasts for median prices” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois.  “The forecasts for median price indicate continued positive changes, but the REAL Housing Price Index (HPI), which compares specific housing characteristics, suggests declines and may also be reflecting the employment losses in the state over the past two months.”

According to the data, thirty-four (34) Illinois counties reported sales gains for April 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Madison County, up 11.0 percent with 353 units sold; Rock Island County, up 1.3 percent with 153 units sold; and Kane County, up 0.2 percent with 662 units sold. Fifty-four (54) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Will County, up 12.2 percent to $218,700; Winnebago County, up 8.5 percent to $108,450; and Cook County, up 5.5 percent to $253,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.4 percent year-over-year home sales decline in April 2017 with 2,586 sales, down from 2,706 in April 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in April 2017 was $297,150, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2016 when it was $286,000.  

“With the spring market underway, buyer demand has not abated in the least,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “Rather, increased competition for homes that are priced well and move-in ready will continue to drive prices upward. Both motivated sellers and buyers should be prepared for these conditions to continue in the coming months.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of May 7, 2017 for the period April 1 through April 30, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.        

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Durbin, Duckworth warn of dangers of lack of state budget

Illinois’ US Senators are expressing their concerns about the state’s stalled efforts to land a budget and the impact on transportation. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are pressing Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislative leaders to reach a budget agreement in order to avoid what they call an unnecessary transportation shut down that could cost tens of thousands of jobs across the state. Without a state budget, Illinois transportation officials will no longer have the authority to spend federal dollars. 700 construction projects around the state, worth an estimated 2.3 billion dollars, would have to be shut down. The Senators say stopping work on the road and transportation projects would trigger the loss of an estimated 25,000 jobs.

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Weather key driver in commodity markets ahead of June 30th acreage report

Weather will be the key driver over the next few weeks at farmers follow the numbers on the Chicago Board of Trade. July contracts for corn were on a path to 4-dollars just a few weeks ago, but that has stalled says Jim Bower with Bower Trading.
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Bower says another key measuring stick for farmers is coming out at the end of the month—the June 30th USDA acreage report. 

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State Facilities Work To Save Money

State-owned facilities across Illinois are upgrading their building lighting thanks to a program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy & Recycling, in partnership with Illinois Central Management Services (CMS) and Grainger Industrial Supply. The facilities have received $6.4 million in lighting upgrades through the Free Lights Program, and it is estimated to save taxpayers $16 million over the life of the initiative. In addition, the modernization of these facilities will result in nearly 13 million kWh of electricity saved.

 

“Programs like Free Lights show that with a little creativity and collaboration, state agencies can work together to quickly reduce the cost of government for taxpayers and increase efficiency,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy.  “These energy cost savings are dollars that can be reinvested back into Illinois communities to help grow our economy and create a better quality of life for Illinoisans.”

 

Agencies participating in this initiative include: CMS, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway Authority, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.  Facilities are located throughout the state ensuring a geographic distribution that provides benefits across Illinois. 

 

“CMS operates with the mission of serving as responsible stewards of the state’s limited capital and resources,” said CMS Acting Director Michael Hoffman. “Certainly, the Free Lights program is a testament to the collaboration of the Rauner administration, through DCEO and other Illinois state agencies, aimed at delivering real dollars-and-cents results for taxpayers.”

 

Preliminary estimates show that the projects will save taxpayers approximately $16 million in reduced energy bills over the life of the products.  In addition, Illinois will be able to defer the maintenance costs of not needing to pay for new lights.  These projects were completed by leveraging ratepayer dollars from the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) Fund.

 

Due to the success of the program, Commonwealth Edison, which will be administering a portion of the EEPS funds starting June 1, will continue to offer the program to Illinois facilities in their utility territory through the end of the calendar year.

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BHC Congratulates 2017 GED, High School Completion Grads

 

Black Hawk College celebrated the accomplishments of 81 students June 8 at the annual GED and High School Completion Graduation Celebration.

 

The event recognized Adult Education and Optional Education students from across the college district who completed all GED or high school completion graduation requirements during the 2016-17 school year.

 

High school completion graduates Evan Goswick and Ebony Meyer, both of Rock Island, were the featured student speakers.

 

After losing his father, Evan Goswick found traditional high school difficult. It was not long before he found himself enrolling in Black Hawk College’s High School Completion program.

 

“I was met with support, and my teacher cared so deeply for her students and just wanted to see them achieve their dreams,” Goswick said. “Words cannot express how thankful I am to them!”

 

After earning his diploma, Goswick began working at Black Hawk College through a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth grant, where he now performs yard and custodial work.

 

“Black Hawk has made it possible for me to follow my dreams and I am now college-bound,” he said. Goswick plans to begin studying business and accounting at Black Hawk College in the fall.

 

After losing motivation in her schooling, Ebony Meyer’s grades began to deteriorate quickly. She remembers falling into a state of depression and completely withdrawing from life. After a few difficult months, she took back control of her life and asked her family and friends for help.

 

“We made the decision to take a trip to Black Hawk to see what my chances were with continuing my education, Meyer said. “That day I met the most supportive, caring and motivational people I have ever met in my life.”

 

Meyer entered the program thinking it was going to take her months to finish, but with determination and the support of her family and faculty, she finished quickly.

 

“I am so appreciative because now there are so many opportunities open to me,” she said.

 

In her speech at the graduation ceremony, Meyer urged her follow graduates to “always believe in your worth and always follow your dreams because we all have the power to change the world.”

 

GED and high school completion classes at Black Hawk College are offered at no cost to students and are conducted in a variety of locations. A new session will begin Tuesday, Aug. 8.

 

For more information, call or visit one of these learning sites:

 

Black Hawk College Outreach Center

301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline

309-796-8216

 

Black Hawk College Adult Learning Center

4610 Black Hawk Commons Drive, Rock Island

309-794-1072

 

Black Hawk College Community Education Center

404 E. Third St., Kewanee

309-854-1875

 

High Roads Advantage

2004 SE. Third St., Aledo

309-582-8181

 

 

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Wethersfield Announces Registration Dates For 2017-208

 

The first day of attendance for Wethersfield students will be on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 with classes meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  The District will also conduct 1:45 PM early dismissals through Friday, August 25.  This takes into account the likelihood of there being excessive heat and assists students with transitioning from summer to the regular school schedule. 

 

Registration for all grade levels will take place in the Moss Gym which can be accessed through the elementary entrance.  Registration hours are 8:00am-7:00pm on Wednesday, July 26.  A week prior to registration, a mailing containing a majority of the required registration forms will be sent home to all families who were enrolled during the 2016-2017 school year.  Parents are asked to fill paperwork out ahead of time and bring to registration on July 26.  The registration forms can also be downloaded from our website: www.geese230.com under the link PARENTS.

 

STUDENT PHYSICAL, DENTAL, AND VISION EXAMINATIONS

 

Parents and Students are reminded that physical examinations are required for all kindergarten students, 6th grade students, 9th grade students and out of state students transferring to or enrolling for the first time at Wethersfield. 

 

Students entering kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade are required to have a dental examination completed. 

 

Kindergarten students are required to have an eye examination completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a licensed optometrist.   

 

Sports Physicals: All students (grades 5-12) desiring to participate in athletics/cheerleading/pompons are required to have a physical, concussion form, and a Co-curricular Compliance Form on file prior to their first day of sports practice.

 

SPORTS PHYSICALS

 

Saint Luke Medical Center will be providing sports physicals for $10 per student payable at time of physical.  The sports physicals will take place from 3:00pm-5:30pm on Tuesday, June 27, Tuesday, July 11, and Tuesday, August 1 on a first come, first served basis.  Note: Parents/Guardians must complete and sign the designated section of the IHSA/IESA Sports Physical Form and bring the form to the physical.  The IHSA/IESA Sports Physical Forms are available in the Wethersfield Unit Office or on the district website at www.geese230.com under the link PARENTS and then HEALTH AND ATHLETICS.

 

SCHOOL START AND END TIMES FOR 2017-2018

 

·       Breakfast will begin in the cafeteria at 7:30 AM

·       Students not eating breakfast may be dropped off beginning at 7:45 AM

·       The first warning bell will be at 7:50 AM

·       Grades K-6 will run from 8:00 AM through 2:59 PM

·       Grades 7-12 will run from 7:55 AM through 3:04 PM

·       AM Preschool will run from 8:00 AM through 10:30 AM

·       PM Preschool will run from 12:15 PM through 2:45 PM

 

ASBESTOS

 

Parents, students, patrons and others visiting the district are once again reminded that Wethersfield School District is not totally asbestos free.  However, all asbestos containing materials continue to be monitored and managed through the provisions and requirements of AHERA and the Illinois Department of Health.  Anyone desiring to inspect the asbestos management plan for the district may do so by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at (309) 853-4860. 

 

 

FEES FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Book Rental & Consumable Fees[1]                  Other Fees and Purchases

Full-day kindergarten... $ 75.00                     Instrument rental[2]...... $60/year

Grades 1 through 6.......... 85.00                     Percussion2................... 35/year

Grades 9 through 12 ....... 88.00                     Driver's Education............ 50.00

Grades 7-8..................... $45.00                     Courtesy Bus Rider..... $1.50 per day per family

Grades 7-8 Lease to Own Tech Fee                $60.00

Grades 7-8 Tech Insurance $25.00

Introductory Woodworking lab fee7….45.00..............................                     

Advanced Woodworking lab fee7...…..45.00

 

 

School Lunch[3]

Student lunches (K-5)........ 2.30                     Breakfast........................... .2.00

Student lunches (6-8)....... .2.45                     Adult lunches..................... 3.10

Student lunches (9-12)...... 2.55                     Ala Carte milk (students).... 0.65

Special milk (K-4) 2....... 85/year                     Ala Carte milk (adults)........ 0.85

 

Activity Tickets2 (Optional)

Wethersfield student............................ 45.00                     Family............................... 90.00

Adult................................ 50.00                     (family members residing in home)

PEST MANAGEMENT/LAWN CARE

 

In the interest of maintaining a healthy and pest-free environment, the Wethersfield School District contracts pest management and lawn care services for both in-house and grounds control of pests and weeds.  All materials used in the district's pest management and lawn care program are appropriate for school application.  Nonetheless, any student and/or parent desiring notification of the dates and materials to be used may request such notification by contacting the Superintendent's Office at (309) 853-4860.



[1] Waiver of fees applications are available in principals' offices.

[2] Special milk, Activity Tickets, Band Rental, Quill, and insurance options are not included in the

   waiver of fees provision. 

[3] Applications for Free and Reduced Lunches are available in any district office.

 

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Health Dept Offers Food Managers Course


       The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announces they will be holding a Food Handler's Certification Course that will meet on Wednesday, June 28th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

 

      The class will be held at the Henry and Stark County Health Department, 4424 US Hwy 34, Kewanee.  The cost of the 3 hours course is $15.

 

      Through the course, valuable information is given which will help food handlers improve their skills and operations.  The food handler's certification course is designed to help area food servers in the county meet the requirements of the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code. 

 

     The course will cover the following topics of discussion:  1) The relationship between time and temperature with respect to foodborne illness. 2) The relationship between personal hygiene and food safety.  3) The methods of preventing contamination in all stages of food handling.  4) The procedures for cleaning and sanitizing. 5) The problems and potential solutions associated with temperature control, cross contamination, housekeeping and maintenance. 

    

     Registrations are limited. Those interested in registering, or for more information, should contact the Department at 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) 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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Wear and tear of lock and dam system on display in Quad Cities

The aging lock and dam system continues to show its wear and tear. A prime example is on display in the Quad Cities at Mississippi River Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island where an emergency repair had to be completed a few weeks ago says Aaron Dunlop with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Dunlop says without the temporary fix, barge traffic could have been shut down.
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Dunlop says the permanent repair will cost $15-million, which they’re hoping to receive in next year’s budget. Lock and Dam 15 was constructed in 1931. 

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WKEI Open Line

Bob McKee talks about health care

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Kewanee Supt of Schools On PTP

District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens talks about the state budget

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Annawan Supt of Schools On Tuned IN

Supt Mr. Joe Buresh talks about his June 30 retirement and reflects back on 17 years as Supt at Annawan

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Senior Living Series On Thursday

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments will present another edition of their Senior Living Series on Thursday in Bradford.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Health Dept and she stresses that you don’t have to be a Stark County Resident in order to attend…

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Ms. Tucker adds that reservations are not necessary for the Thursday event…

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BHC East Foundation Offering Two CNA Scholarships

 

The Black Hawk College East Foundation has two $500 scholarships available for students enrolling in the Aug. 21 Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program at the BHC Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

The eight-week program trains students to work as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to assist nurses in direct patient care. The program includes 80 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical training.

 

Because the CNA program does not qualify for traditional financial aid, the BHC East Foundation uses private support to make the program more affordable and accessible.

 

The scholarships available are the BHC East Foundation CNA Scholarship and the Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship. Golby was a nurse in the Kewanee area for nearly 50 years and spent the last 10 years of her career teaching CNA students at the college’s East Campus.

 

Prospective students may pick up the scholarship application at the BHC Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee, or at the BHC East Foundation Office in Building A, Room 103 at the college’s East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee).

 

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 11.

 

For more information about the CNA scholarships, contact Liz Breedlove at 309-854-1715 orbreedlovel@bhc.edu.

 

For more information about the CNA program, contact David Harris at 309-854-1875 or harrisd@bhc.edu.

 

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for May

 

Melissa Johnson of Cambridge was recognized by her peers as Achiever of the Month for May at Abilities Plus.  Melissa received recognition because of her 12 year employment with Taco Bell, as well as her positive work on janitorial contracts.

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OSF Blood Drive On Thursday

OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host a blood drive on Thursday.

St Luke Community Relations Specialist Carrie Boelens says that walk-ins are welcome but reservations would also be appreciated…

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Ms. Boelens adds that if you have never donated before, don’t worry, it’s a fairly painless process that can be critical to patients in need…

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Gaming bird business paying off for Petersburg brothers

The Illinois poultry industry is more than just chickens. For brothers Cavan and Steele Sullivan it’s pheasants too. They have quite an operation in Petersburg in Menard County. Cavan says there’s a market for gaming birds.
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Their idea started in their 4H and FFA days simply as a way to pay for college. Cavan says it’s grown from there.
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Gaming birds are just a small part of the Sullivan’s business. Petersburg Poultry Processing processes two to three days per week with each shift slaughtering upwards of 2,000 chickens. They employ 22 people. 

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Illinois convenience stores concerned about potential loss of Powerball and Mega Millions

Unless lawmakers and Governor Rauner hammer out a budget agreement, it will take a drive out of state to buy tickets for those massive multi-state lottery jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball games. Bill Fleischli with The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores is hopeful a budget deal can be struck by month's end....
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The state reported nearly $100 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales last budget year. It's not clear how much revenue the state gets from multi-state lottery sales.

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#cornstars ready for another season

The corn is growing in Illinois and that means the “#cornstars” are ready for another season. Jim Taylor reports on a summer jobs project in Western Illinois.
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Galva School Board Of Education Meets Tonight

Galva CUSD #224

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

June 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Galva Jr/Sr High School Library

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

1.                ROLL CALL

 

2.                PARENT, VISITOR, AND UNION COMMENT

            Note:  Individuals wishing to place an item on the agenda should contact the Superintendent or the Board President seven days prior to the Board Meeting

 

4.        CLOSED SESSION

            The Board will move into Executive Session for the purpose of an Expulsion Hearing

 

5.        EXPULSION DETERMINATION (ACTION)

 

6.        ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

Galva CUSD #224

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

June 19, 2017 at 6:55 PM

Galva Jr/Sr High School Library

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

1.        ROLL CALL

 

2.        PARENT, VISITOR, AND UNION COMMENT

            Note:  Individuals wishing to place an item on the agenda should contact the Superintendent or the Board President seven days prior to the Board Meeting

 

3.        BUDGET HEARING FOR AMENDED BUDGET

            Note: Individuals wishing to speak or written correspondence received on the Proposed Amended Budget should be shared now

 

4.        ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galva CUSD #224

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

June 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Galva Jr/Sr High School Library

 

 

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

1.        ROLL CALL

 

2.        COMMENDATION

 

3.        PARENT, VISITOR, AND UNION COMMENT

            Note:  Individuals wishing to place an item on the agenda should contact the Superintendent or the Board President seven days prior to the Board Meeting

 

4.        CONSENT AGENDA (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.3, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7)

 

5.        APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

            5.1      Regular Meeting Minutes of May 15, 2017 (Action)

            5.2      Executive Session Minutes of May 15, 2017 (Action)

            5.3      Review and Seal of Executive Session Minutes (Action)

 

6.        FINANCIAL REPORT

            6.1      Approval of the Treasurer’s Report May 2017 (Action)

            6.2      Approval of the Bills for June 2017 (Action)

            6.3      Activity Accounts Balance Sheet (Action)

           

7.        FINANCE/BUSINESS

            7.1      Approve the Amended Budget for 2016-2017 (Action)

            7.2      Approve the GEA & Galva CUSD #224 Contract (Action)

7.3      School Fees (Action)

7.4      Prevailing Wage Resolution (Action)

7.5      Approve the Addition of the following Activity Accounts: Class of 2021, JH Baseball, JH

Softball, JH Girls Basketball, JH Boys Basketball, and JH Track (Action)        

 

8.        QUALITY EDUCATION

            8.1      Branding the District (Information)

8.2      Committee Reports (Information)

8.3      School Board Policy Updates - First Reading (Action)

8.4      School Board Policy Updates – Second and Final Reading: 4:80 Accounting and Audits; 4:150 Facility Management and Building Programs; 5:100 Staff Development Program; 6:60 Curriculum Content; 6:310 High School Credit for Non-District Experiences; Course Substitutions; Re-Entering Students; 7:70 Attendance and Truancy; 7:250 Student Support Services; 7:260 Exemption from Physical Education; 7:270 Administering Medicines to Students; 7:270-AP1 Admin Procedure – Dispensing Medication; 7:340 Student Records; 8:30 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property; 8:70 Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities; and 8:100 Relations with Other Organizations and Agencies.

8.5      Pest Control Calendar for 2017-2018 (Action)

8.6      Board of Education Calendar for 2017-2018 (Action)

8.7      Approve Final Calendar for the 2016-2017 School Year (Action)

8.8      Changes to the Extra-Curricular Handbook for 2017-18 (Information Item)

8.9      State Budget Update, Potential Impact for the 2017-2018 School Year (Information)

 

9.        CLOSED SESSION

            9.1      The Board will discuss the employment and compensation of school employees.

           

10.      PERSONNEL

            10.1    Approve the Employment of Ryan Main as JH Baseball Coach (Action)

            10.2    Approve the Employment of Anna Olson as JH Softball Coach (Action)

            10.3    Approve the Employment of Anna Olson as JH Volleyball Coach (Action)

            10.4    Approve Lacey Rosenberg as a Volunteer for Volleyball (Action)

            10.5    Approve Laura Morris as Volunteer for Dance Drill (Action)

            10.6    Approve Compensation Increases for Non-certified Support Staff for FY18 (Action)

            10.7    Approve Compensation Increases and Extensions for Administrative Staff for FY18

(Action)

10.8    Acknowledge the Resignation of Meredith Crawley as 7-12 P.E.Teacher (Action)

10.9    Acknowledge the Resignation of Meredith Crawley as JH Girls’ Track Coach (Action)

                       

10.      FUTURE BOARD MEETING AGENDA ITEMS

 

11.      ADJOURNMENT

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Bureau County Road Work Continues Today


The Bureau County Highway Department is announcing that a bridge replacement on CH 12 (2200 North Avenue) is resulting in closure of the section of CH 12 from 1750 East Street to 1850 East Street in Bureau Township. 

The closure begins today and is anticipated to remain in effect for approximately 8 weeks.

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Music From Dalarna With The Oskar Stenmark Trio

 

 

On Tuesday June 20th, the Oskar Stenmark Trio will be performing at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, IL at 7 p.m.  Founded by Swedish musician Oskar Stenmark, the trio explores the music of Stenmark’s ancestors.  Their repertoire consists of polkas, walking tunes, and waltzes, music that has been played in Dalarna for several hundred years, but with a modern day jazz interpretation using the flugelhorn, double bass, and keyboard.  This concert is free and open to the public, due to funding from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street.  Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details.

 

The Oskar Stenmark Trio was formed in 2012 with the goal of exploring the music of Gärdebyn, Rättvik, and Dalarna. Oskar Stenmark plays the flugelhorn; Lars Ekman plays the double bass; Alex Pryrodny plays the piano.  Oskar’s great-grandfather, Hans, and his brother Olle Börjes, were both highly regarded fiddlers who played during dances, weddings, and other celebrations. Oskar’s father recorded the fiddle music with his tape recorder in the 1960’s. These recordings provide the inspiration for the group.  The Oskar Stenmark Trio brings this music from past to present and into the future.

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Fire Hydrant Work In Kewanee This Week

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 6/20/17.  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 next area planned to begin Tuesday 6/20/17 will be the blocks in between Willard Street to East Street South, and East McClure to East Mill (as well as some residents north of Mill towards East Division.  This also includes residents within the areas on Grier, Mosher, Emmons, Smith, and Poplar.  This area will be worked on as well Thursday 6/22/17.

 

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

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Traffic Crash – Bicycle Fatal

 

 

Friday 16 June at 6:22 AM Moline Police were called to I-74 as it overpasses I-280 for a bicyclist struck by a vehicle.

 

Responding Patrol Officers found a bicycle crashed into the sidewall and remaining on I-74. The bicycle rider had gone over the rail and sidewall landing onto I-280 and traffic.     

 

Moline Police Traffic Investigators and Moline Detectives immediately began their investigation. It became apparent the bicyclist had been crashed off the bridge by a vehicle.

 

ALL parties involved in the crash have been identified and the investigation is taking place.

 

Assisting Moline Police in the traffic snarl was Coal Valley Police, the Rock Island Sherriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, Milan Police, and IDOT.

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Jobs Lag In Illinois

The state’s unemployment numbers are falling but the Department of Employment Security isn’t willing celebrate. Illinois’ jobless rate is four point six percent, but IDES’s Bob Gough says we are lacking in total job
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Nationwide unemployment is four point three percent.

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Special Session Starts Wednesday

Governor Rauner in the past has said he sees little value in calling special sessions for lawmakers but now he’s changed his mind. The Governor will have the legislature back in Springfield starting next week. Rauner will have them reconvene on June 21. He’s now standing behind a package of Republican budget and reform bills.

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Republicans have filed a number of bills for consideration but they did not put their weight behind a tax increase or revenue bill to balance the budget they want passed. Instead they are relying on the Democrat sponsored tax bill to stand alone.

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Alaska seafood company's investment in Illinois paying off

An Alaska seafood company's investment in Illinois is paying off. Jim Taylor reports.
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May Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

 

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. April job growth was revised little to show a decrease of -7,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -7,200 jobs.

May’s modest monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Payroll growth has been sluggish thus far this year.

 Illinois remains -23,300 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “If Illinois had grown at the National average over that time, the State would have an additional 650,000 jobs.”

"We hear from companies every week that are concerned by the current business climate in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “We need to implement common sense reforms that would lead to booming job growth and expansion of opportunities across our state.”

In May, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Construction (+4,000); Education and Health Services (+3,700); and Information Services (+900). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,700); Government (-2,500); and Professional and Business Services (-700).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +34,700 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in May: Education and Health Services (+19,200); Professional and Business Services (+13,400); Financial Activities (+9,500). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-7,700); Manufacturing (-1,800); and Construction (-1,700). The +0.6 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is less than one-half as strong as the +1.6 percent gain posted by the nation in May.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May 2017, which decreased to 4.3 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.3 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.9 percent. At 4.6 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands at its lowest level since February 2007, after having decreased for four consecutive months and is down -1.1 percentage points since January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.9 percent from the prior month to 298,100, down -23.0 percent over the same month for the prior year. This brings the number of unemployed workers to its lowest level since December 2006. The labor force decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month and declined by -0.9 percent in May 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 65,472 posted resumes with 181,939 jobs available.

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City Info

Kewanee City Council passed a resolution at Monday night’s Council meeting that designated Speer Financial as a financial advisor for the City of Kewanee.

Mayor Steve Looney says the agreement will provide the City with financial help only in the event that it is needed…

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Mayor Looney also comments about some of the dilapidated houses in Kewanee that in some cases, really need to be torn down…

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BHC Hosting Job Fair June 20 in Downtown Kewanee

 

 

The Opportunities Job Fair is a new monthly event linking area job seekers with area employers.

 

Partners in Job Training and Placement (an American Job Center) is leading a coalition of local organizations that wanted to find an easier way for the two sides of the job-seeking equation to meet up.

 

“Whether someone is hoping to make a fresh start, find a better job, or start on a new career, they will find many exciting openings at this local job fair,” said career advisor Lynn Murphey.

 

“We have a variety of employers from both the public and private sectors who will be ready to hire for immediate openings.”

 

The next job fair will be Tuesday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center at 404 E. Third St., Kewanee.

 

“Events like the Opportunities Job Fair, which connect talented workers with employers looking to hire, are a critical part of an innovation economy and support a strong middle class,” Murphey said.

 

Partners, Job Service and Black Hawk College provide free services, resources and tools to assist both job seekers and employers with the entire job search process, hiring and employment needs.

 

For more information or for employers who would like to attend, contact the Black Hawk College Community Education Center at 309-854-1875.

 

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Kewanee Park District Info

With the storm that hit Kewanee on Wednesday afternoon, it seems timely to remind the public that the Kewanee Park District does have a plan in place when strong and or severe weather hits.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Park District and he says they try to get as many games as possible completed, but if there is any question, they will err on the side of caution…

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Johnson also notes that the Friends of the Pool continue to make great contributions to the Park District…

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Brian adds that is just the beginning of the contributions from the Friends of the Pool…

 

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Mega Millions and Powerball appear headed out of state

Unless lawmakers and Governor Rauner agree to a budget by month’s end, you’ll have to head to other states to play Mega Millions or Powerball. The Multi-State Lottery Association voted to remove Illinois from the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries due to the extended budget crisis

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Five dead in Christian County car-train crash

Five people are dead after a car entered the path of a train in Christian County, near Pana. State Police investigators say a 79-year-old Pana man entered the tracks on a county road near Illinois Route 16. The impact killed three of the victims at the scene. The remaining victims died later after being airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals. The victims were in their upper 70's and upper 80's and all resided in Pana. They are:
Herbert Castle
Mary Pugsley
John. Castle
Nell Castle
Mary Castle

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SC Supt On PTP

District 100 Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster gives the summer update

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Contaminated seed helping spread invasive weed in Midwest

The USDA alerting farmers to be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth in conservation plantings. Palmer amaranth is a giant pigweed and is spreading across the Midwest through contaminated Conservation Reserve Program seed mixes says NRCS State Resource Conservationist Gene Barickman.
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Barickman says a good prevention method is mowing CRP ground early in the game, with hopes of keeping invasive weeds away from corn and soybean fields
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Palmer amaranth can grow two-to-three inches per day and it primarily emerges in the Midwest May through September forcing farmers to manage the weed for much of the growing season. 

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Congressman Rodney Davis wants better political tone after escaping shooter

For Congressman Rodney Davis, making it home after a morning "at bat" was a matter of life and death. He escaped injury in Alexandria, Virginia where police say a Belleville man targeted a practice for the Republican Congressional baseball team, firing dozens of shots, wounding five, including Congressman Steve Scalise. Davis ran to the safety of a dugout then a nearby apartment. Davis credits Capitol Police with saving the day and he has no words of forgiveness for suspected gunman James Hodgkinson of Belleville, who was later pronounced dead....
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An emotional Davis thought the worst when a bullet struck the hip of Congressman Scalise...
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He repeatedly called for an end to political hatefulness and he says rhetoric needs to change on all sides. . Davis is happy that this week's Congressional baseball game will go on as scheduled. 

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ISP On PTP

Trooper Jason Wilson talks about the move over law

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WKEI Open Line

Storms and happenings in the United States are the main topics

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Concerts In The Park Begin June 22

The 2017 Concert in the Park Series at Veteran’s Park in Kewanee will begin one week from tonight on Thursday, June 22nd.

The Concert Series will extend all the way through August 24th and as always, the concerts are free of charge and open to the general public.

The Concerts are presented by the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce along with the support of Petersen Health Care, the State Bank of Toulon, the Lincoln School Veterinary Clinic and the Schueneman and Tumbleson Funeral Home of Kewanee along with Kewanee Real Estate.

Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Mikenas says they are looking forward to the beginning of the concert season next Thursday night…

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Senior Living Series Continues On June 22


 

    The Stark County Citizens' Mental Health Task Force, Petersen Health Care, and the Stark County Health Department remind area residents they are once again sponsoring a special Senior Living Series.  The Senior Living Series is a schedule of informational programs aimed to give the latest, up-to-date information, that matters, to our area senior population.

 

    The June program will be a presentation of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” by the Elsenpeter Marionettes.  This classic adventure will be presented on Thursday, June 22nd at 2:00pm at the Courtyard Estates, 100 Courtyard Estates, Bradford, IL. 

 

     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion, with the Stark County Health Department states, “We so excited about our June “Kick-Off” to the program series.  This a cooperative effort between the Bradford Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and the agencies that bring local residents the Stark County Senior Living Series of programs. 

 

     The special event is FREE-OF CHARGE and open to all local residents of any age, 1-100.  Grandparents and Parents are encouraged to come with their grandchildren and children and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of fun, adventure and imagination courtesy of and funded by the Bradford Public Library.  

 

    Free giveaways and a door prize will be given out at each Senior Living Series session.

 

    For more information about the upcoming Stark County Senior Living Series you may contact RaeAnn Tucker at the Stark County Health Department at (309) 852-3115 or Cinda Scott at the Bradford Library at 897-8400.

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ISP: Save Camping for the Lake, Not the Left Lane

 

Illinois State Police District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, would like to remind drivers that the left lane on all controlled access roadways (interstates and highways with on/off ramps) is for passing only.

This has been an Illinois law since January 1, 2004 (625 ILCS 5/11-701 d). The law states that a motorist cannot drive in the furthest left lane, on a roadway with multiple lanes dedicated to the same direction, unless actively passing. If a motorist is driving in the left lane and refuses to move to the right, when a faster traveling vehicle comes up behind, that motorist can receive a citation. This law is designed to reduce lane changes, keep traffic flowing smoothly, and above all else, ensure the safety of all motorists.

Those drivers that choose to stay in the left lane, no matter what, have traditionally been called “campers”.  Just like at a camp ground, these drivers set up in the left lane and claim it as their own. “No one can claim any part of the roadway. We must all share the roadway,” states Captain Markowski.

One consequence of left lane “campers” is the increased possibility of triggering a road rage incident.  With temperatures on the rise, tempers go up and patience declines. Faster drivers tend to be more aggressive drivers and as their aggression builds, it can turn to rage. Their positive decision making ability deteriorates. This is a recipe for disaster. Some drivers think they are making the roads safer by driving in the left lane, slowing traffic down. Studies show this is not the case. A driver has one job behind the wheel, get their vehicle and the occupants to their destination safely. If someone is driving recklessly, call 911 and provide the relevant information to the police (location, vehicle, and driving behavior information.)

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Bustos, Graves Introduce Bipartisan FLIGHT Act

 

 

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) introduced the bipartisan Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars and Tarmacs (FLIGHT) Act. A companion bill was also introduced in the U.S. Senate last week by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). The FLIGHT Act will give General Aviation (GA) airports more flexibility to facilitate infrastructure investment by using existing sources of funding.

 

From the 17th Congressional District, several General Aviation airports could potentially benefit from this legislation, including Ingersoll Airport in Canton, Kewanee Municipal Airport, Mercer County Airport in Aledo, Albertus Airport in Freeport, Galesburg Municipal Airport, Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Monmouth Municipal Airport and Tri-Township Airport in Savanna.

 

“So many of the small towns and rural areas in our region depend on general aviation airports, and we need to ensure that they have the tools and resources necessary to succeed,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The FLIGHT Act will give general aviation airports more flexibility with federal funding to complete improvement projects and support local jobs and economic development. I’m proud to work across the aisle with Congressman Graves on this important issue, and I’ll continue fighting to make job-creating investments in all our airports, big and small.”

 

“General aviation is an essential form of transportation in this country, but that is especially true in rural America. As the small airports supporting GA age, our facilities need to be modernized to continue providing reliable service to these communities,”Congressman Graves said. “The FLIGHT Act will give GA airports investment flexibility by opening up existing funding sources, presenting a much-needed, commonsense solution to the problems facing our nation’s small airports. I thank Senators Inhofe and Duckworth for their work on this in the Senate, and I look forward to partnering with Congresswoman Bustos to see this bill through the House.”

 

“The FLIGHT Act addresses the growing needs of our nation’s system of airports by providing the FAA with long overdue flexibility it needs to fund important projects,”said Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. “Maintaining and upgrading runways, taxiways, and aprons and meeting the need for new hangars, helps keep airports and communities vibrant and competitive. This bill also takes a critically important step in recognizing the vital role that reliever airports play in natural disaster relief efforts. We’d like to thank Congresswoman Bustos for her leadership and hard work to help airports prepare for the future in thousands of communities across the country.”

 

“Airports across the country have $100 billion in infrastructure needs over the next five years,” said Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO of Airports Council International – North America.  “We appreciate Reps. Graves and Bustos for introducing the FLIGHT Act to help general aviation airports better serve their communities, and we look forward to working with Congress to provide airports of all sizes with the resources they need to build much-needed infrastructure projects and improve aviation safety.”

 

“We appreciate the efforts of Representatives Graves and Bustos to enhance investments in general aviation airports through the FLIGHT Act and look forward to working with Congress in the months ahead to ensure that airports of all sizes have the resources they need to upgrade aging facilities and meet growing demands across the aviation system,” said Todd Hauptli, President and CEO of the American Association of Airport Executives.

 

“We commend Representatives Graves and Bustos for their commitment to general aviation as the FLIGHT Act—among other things—will reinvest much-needed funding into non-primary airports across the country,” said Mark Kimberling, President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. “We look forward to continuing our work together throughout the legislative process and beyond to ensure that our national network of general aviation airports remains the envy of the world.”

 

The bipartisan FLIGHT Act:

 

· Reforms Non-Primary Entitlement (NPE) funding by giving general aviation (GA) airports more time to accumulate FAA funding for projects and ensures available discretionary funding originally set aside for GA airports remains available for projects at GA airports through a nationally competitive process.

 

· Improves Project Delivery by extending to GA airport projects the same expedited and coordinated environmental review process used for projects at large congested airports. These reforms would empower GA airports with flexibility to devote needed resources to improving their infrastructure.

 

· Establishes a pilot program for Public Private Partnerships at GA airports to attract private sector investment for the construction of private hangars, business hangars or investments in other facilities so general aviation airports can grow as hubs of economic activity and job growth.

 

· Designates certain airports across the country as “Disaster Relief Airports” and provides access to funding set aside for airports to use for required emergency planning activities, equipment, or facilities. This provision would help designated airports that lack the resources and personnel to adequately prepare for responding to disasters.

 

· Clarifies Aeronautical Activity at Airports by ensuring that the construction of recreational aircraft is an aeronautical activity at airports.

 

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Latest Illinois pork tour leads to $3-million in international sales

The numbers are in for the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s latest pork tour. The event brings in international buyers says the agency’s Bobby Dowson.
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The tour was last week and Dowson says some nice business was generated for the Illinois pork industry.
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Among the tour stops are breeding farms, the Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange along with the University of Illinois. 

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Illinois congressman Bost reacts to Virginia shooting

Five people, including Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, have been shot by a lone gunman near a Y.M.C.A. baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. That is the site where the Republican baseball team has been practicing for the annual Democrats versus Republican baseball game. Illinois Republican Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro says two of his colleagues had a strange interaction with a man about five minutes before the shooting.

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Bost says the country is at odds politically, but reminds "we can disagree, but we don't have to take it to violence." He also cautions that at this point, the motive for the shooting is unknown.
The shooter is being identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

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Regional competitions underway for Illinois State Fair Karaoke Contest

Regional competitions are underway for the Illinois State Fair Karaoke Contest. Jim Taylor reports.
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Outgoing Illinois FFA prez enjoyed his term

Illinois FFA elects a new president this week in Springfield. The organization’s outgoing president—J.C. Campbell of Little York says he had a great year.
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Campbell will attend the University of Illinois in the fall. Among his most memorable experience the past year was participating in an international agriculture trip to South Africa. The new Illinois FFA president is elected Thursday morning.

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Durbin lashes out at Trump budget cuts to humanitarian and development assistance

Senator Dick Durbin grilled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on proposed cuts to the international affairs budget, namely humanitarian and development assistance....
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Durbin argued that the proposed cuts would make the world less safe and undermine U.S. global leadership on refugees, global education, emergency food aid, and the fight against poverty. Durbin noted more than 20 million people face famine and starvation in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Somalia. Meanwhile, a record-breaking 65 million people – including 11 million Syrians – are displaced. 

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Prairie Chicken Car Show On Tuned IN

Rich Lewis has the details for the July 15 Car Show in Kewanee

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Kewanee Salvation Army Store Is A Cooling Center

The hot weather has everyone trying to find a way to cool down and for those people that do not have air conditioning, it can be a tough time.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army Store in Kewanee and she says their building can also be considered as a cooling center…

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Ms. Bolls acknowledges that the last couple of days have been difficult with the likelihood that more days like this will be with us over the course of the summer…

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Health Dept Offers School Physicals


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff announces that their Clinical services program is offering Sports and School Physical Exam clinics throughout the summer.

 

    Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

    The clinic will offer area Junior High and Senior High School Athletes, Freshmen, Sixth Graders, Kindergartners, and Preschoolers school or sports physicals. 

 

    In order to encourage parents to call early for their appointments; and thereby avoid the end of the summer rush, the Health Department will offer the exams at a cost of $20 per person in May and June; $25 per person in July; $30 per person in August; and $50 per person in September and October.

 

    Also, the Department reminds area parents to be sure your children are up-to-date on their required immunizations before school begins this fall.  Immunizations, TB checks; blood lead screenings, and other needed lab tests are also available to participants at additional charges. The Health Department has all immunizations that are required for school entry as private pay vaccines. Please call for eligibility, costs, and for vaccine availability.

 

    Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office. 

 

     For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitte

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Geneseo Doo Dah Parade On Friday

The Geneseo Kiwanis will once again host the annual Kiwanis Doo Dah parade in Geneseo on Friday, June 16th as part of the Geneseo Music Festival Weekend. The parade begins at 6 pm and starts just south of the railroad tracks on State Street in Geneseo and travels down State Street to the City Park. The four block route is ideal for younger participants. The Doo Dah parade is open to any participants that want to march, roll, ride or otherwise travel the parade route. The Geneseo Kiwanis Marching Spatula's will once again be performing their crowd favorite maneuvers in the parade.All participants are ask to gather in the Wells Fargo Parking Lot on North Center Street just behind the bank at 5:30 to get organized for the event. Ribbons will be presented to ALL participants. Participation is free to the entrants. 

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Fire Marshal: Deadline to Apply for Pyrotechnic License is June 15

 

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today reminds all qualified cities, towns and villages that the deadline to apply for Limited Pyrotechnic Distributor licenses is June 15, 2017. Pyrotechnic Distributor Licensees are required to employ licensed pyrotechnic operators for Fourth of July firework celebrations.

 

Municipalities of the State of Illinois may apply for a Limited Pyrotechnic Distributor license as provided by 41 Ill. Adm. Code Part 230.60. The license allows qualified municipalities to directly employ qualified Pyrotechnic Operators who currently possess a valid BATFE Federal Explosives license and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Individual Explosives license.

 

Completed applications must be received by the OSFM by June 15, 2017 to be processed prior to July 4, 2017.

 

Any additional questions may be directed to the OSFM Pyrotechnic Licensing division at (217) 558-0328.

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Dry warm air rules over much of Illinois this month

Dry warm air has been the rule over much of Illinois this month. And it’s starting to have an impact says meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.
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He says the weather pattern was much different in many parts of the state during April and May.
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Hicks says dew points are picking up and the atmosphere is becoming more humid. He adds that rain chances increase for much of the state later this week into the weekend

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Soy transportation group pleased with Trump's infrastructure plan

Agricultural groups reacting favorably to President Trump’s massive infrastructure plan. He made the announcement last week in Cincinnati with the executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition—Mike Steenhoek—in attendance.
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And Steenhoek says the President made key three points very important to his group.
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Trump has indicated he wants to accomplish the $1-trillion plan to repair aging levees, dams, locks and ports through public-private partnerships. The Soy Transportation Coalition includes representation from thirteen state soybean boards, including Illinois.

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Duckworth takes stand against privatizing air traffic control

Senator Tammy Duckworth says the nation's air traffic control system should remain a public enterprise. She expressed her opposition to President Trump's proposed privatizing of air traffic control towers while questioning Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao....
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Moving governance of air traffic control from the FAA to a private corporation would increase the nation's budget deficit by 46 billion dollars over the next decade. 

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Bustos gives Trump budget plan a thumbs down review, especially for ag

Don't count Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos among those impressed by President Trump's budget blueprint. Bustos is expressing concerns about funding for the Department of Agriculture....
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She says the budget plan will also mean fewer jobs in already struggling small towns. Bustos also is expressing concerns about proposed deep cuts in the crop insurance program. 

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Mayor Looney On PTP

Mayor Steve Looney talks about the downtown area during the June 13 edition of People to People on WKEI

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Salvation Army On Tuned IN

Linda Bolls talks about summer camp

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High Temps Could Buckle Pavement

 The Illinois Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the extreme heat in the forecast.

 

Very high temperatures can lead to pavement expanding and ultimately buckling or blowing out, causing uneven driving surfaces in some areas. As long as the heat persists, IDOT will be monitoring the situation, with crews available to make repairs as quickly as possible if they are needed.

 

Motorists should be aware of slowing traffic and be prepared to move over for maintenance

workers and other emergency personnel.

 

In addition, motorists are encouraged to carry drinking water when traveling during extreme heat conditions. Should you experience vehicle trouble, dehydration can happen quickly without proper hydration available.

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More Hydrant Work In Kewanee This Week

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 6/13/17.  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 6/13/17 for hydrants in the area of Burlington Avenue and West South Street.

 

The next area planned to begin Tuesday 6/13/17 will be the blocks in between Beach Street South and Tenney Street, and East McClure and East Mill, including all streets between these blocks of Whitney, Payson, Hollis, and Wiley.  This area will be worked on as well Thursday 6/15/17 and Tuesday 6/20/17.

 

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

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Can you possibly believe we are only 80 days away from this year's Kewanee Hog Days celebration.

Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

Acceptance of and place on file pending audit the Treasurer’s report 

Visitors – Mayor Steve Looney – to address questions & concerns regarding possible electrical changes

                  Downtown and their impact on Hog Days 

Unfinished Business

1        Charcoal purchase update

2        2017 printed Schedule of Events – in office and ready for delivery

           3        Donation from Ameren 
 

New Business

1.    Announce date for pre-sale carnival tickets to go out to banks and the Chamber of Commerce

2.    Review meat bid letter specifications from last year for this year’s bidding next month

3.    Contact City of Kewanee Police Dept regarding security for this year’s Kewanee Hog Days

4.    Time to schedule more work days and/or nights…

      Paint barricades

      Ticket trailer improvements

      Begin packaging spice powder

      Freezer door seal replacement

      Front of building landscaping (including painting/placing of concrete pigs)     

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

Motion to adjourn 

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Road Work In Bureau County

Notification of complete road closure beginning today for re-alignment of the first curve on CH 14 (Ottville Road) beginning ¼ mile southeast of Village limits of Seatonville and will extend approximately ¼ mile. Access to all homes along Ottville Road for emergency services and respective residents must be from the east.  All Township roads – 3150 East and 3175 East – will be open to traffic. This closure is anticipated to remain in effect approximately 1 month.  

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Wethersfield Supt on PTP

Dist 230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski talks about summer projects

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WKEI Open Line

Political leaders are discussed

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Tractor-trailer length bill wins approval in Springfield

The trucking industry picked up a win during the spring legislative session in Springfield. House Bill 683 dealt with tractor-trailer length on secondary roads and was supported by Don Schaefer with the Midwest Truckers Association.
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And Schaeffer says the ten foot differential created problems for truckers in certain jurisdictions.
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The bill was approved in both the House and Senate and the governor is expected to sign the measure. 

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OSF On Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens and Gail Ripka talk about the upcoming suicide prevention workshop

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Law enforcement: Be cautious of door to door home repair contractors

Law enforcement urging caution when dealing with door to door home repair contractors. In a recent incident in Madison County, an elderly woman was approached by two men claiming they were there to do repair work authorized by a family member. Scammers will commonly use the scheme in which they say they need entry to the house for one reason or another. While one is talking to the victim, the other disappears and begins stealing items from the home. Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon says this is becoming a more common scheme.

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Police recommend never letting anyone into your home you are not expecting ahead of time, and to report any suspicious visits to proper authorities.

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ILFB Approves Trump Infrastructure Plan


The following is a statement Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan.

“Farm Bureau and other waterway transportation advocates met with White House officials this spring and urged the president’s infrastructure team to propose overdue, needed investments in modern, efficient waterway transportation. Clearly, that message was received.

“Illinois Farm Bureau greatly appreciates President Trump’s statements Wednesday in Ohio and his recognition that a 21st century lock and dam system will create jobs and make farmers more internationally competitive.

“We look forward to working with the president and our congressional delegation to pass an infrastructure bill that invests in new 1,200-foot locks on the Illinois and Upper Mississippi River system.”

 

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