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Audio Governor Rauner Speaks at JLM Community Center in Chicago to Commemorate Juneteenth

Governor Bruce Rauner celebrated Juneteenth at the JLM Community Center in Chicago on Tuesday. 

Dr. Willie Wilson preceded the Governor and introduced him to the crowd assembled for the Juneteenth celebration and discussed his interactions with the Governor, In his speech meanwhile, Governor Rauner talked about Entrepreneurship and specifically black entrepreneurs, stating that "We want our black business owners booming in Illinois." The Governor honored several black entrepreneurs at the event but first put forward an official proclamation regarding Juneteenth. The proclamation declared June 19th "Juneteenth Day" in the state of Illinois. Juneteenth is already a recognized state holiday in Illinois based on legislation passed in 2003. The proclamation by Governor Rauner specifies the recognition of June 19th as "Juneteenth Day" to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Full audio, including Dr. Wilson's introduction and Governor Rauner's address and proclamation can be heard here. 



Rep Bustos Releases Statement on Soybean Prices, President Trump and Trade

Representative Cheri Bustos released a statement on Tuesday following news that Soybean Futures have fallen to a nine year low in the wake of President Trump's recent dealings with trade partners Canada, China and the European Union, dealings that Representative Bustos calls a Trade War. Bustos was reacting to a story reported by CNBC that Soybean Futures Prices for July dropped 7% to their lowest overall rate since March of 2009. You can read Representative Bustos' statement below. 

“(President) Donald Trump is doing tremendous harm to hardworking family farmers across the heartland,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “It’s obvious that when President Trump launched his trade war, he was only thinking about what he could fit in a tweet rather than developing a real strategy to grow our economy. While I am disappointed to see soybean prices plunging, I am not surprised because the Trump Administration is shooting from the hip day after day. I’ll continue to try and work with Democrats and Republicans to stop this trade war from spiraling out of control, but real damage is already being done.”


Knox County Sheriff Releases Further Information in Death of Galva Teenager

More information is being released regarding the death of 19 year old Xavier Hartman of Galva. According to a release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Hartman and a passenger were involved in an accident in the area of Knox Road 2000 East. When Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene they found a black Ford Pick up turned on its passenger side on the west side of the roadway. Approximately 200 yards from the crash site two people were being treated by Stark County EMS, Bishop Hill EMS and Galva Fire. 19 year old Hartman was found to have suffered injuries from the crash as well as a gunshot wound to the thigh. The other injured individual was 59 year old James E. Love of Galva. Per the release and witness accounts the accident occurred less than 300 yards from Mr. Love’s home just after Midnight on Tuesday, June 19th. The release states that Love heard the accident and went to investigate. Upon James Love’s arrival at the scene he had an altercation with Xavier Hartman that led to James Love discharging two shots from a 9mm Ruger Handgun with one shot striking Hartman in the thigh. Hartman was taken from the scene to OSF St. Luke Medical Center Emergency Room in Kewanee where he died from his injuries just after 3 Am. An autopsy is scheduled in Peoria today, June 19th, to determine the cause of death. Love received a laceration in the altercation and was taken by a Knox County Deputy to Saint Mary Medical Center in Galesburg and was treated before being taken to the Knox County Jail where he faces two charges: Aggravated Assault with Discharge of a Firearm and Aggravated Battery with a Weapon. Love remains in the Knox County Jail pending a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in Knox County. The passenger in Xavier Hartman’s vehicle has been interviewed but no further information or the identity of the passenger has been released at this time.


Galva Teenager Dies in Apparent Accident on Route 17 in Knox County

Regional Daily News WKEI has learned that 19 year old Xavier Hartman of Galva has died following an accident on Route 17, on the Knox County side of Galva. Hartman was taken from the accident to OSF St. Luke Medical Center Emergency Room in Kewanee early Tuesday morning just before 3 Am. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police were on the scene of accident according to witnesses but no official word on the cause of the accident or mitigating circumstances related to the accident have been released. There is no official word as of yet from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office or the Illinois State Police. More on this story as it develops.


New On Blu Ray DVD and On Demand on Tuesday June 19th

New Movies are available today on Blu Ray, DVD and On-Demand Services. Among them, Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to the 2012 big robot battle that was created by Academy Award winner Guillermo Del Toro. The sequel stars John Boyega, Finn from Star Wars, as a former Jager pilot turned thief and hustler. However, after being arrested, Finn is given the choice of jail or the Jager core and the choice is obvious. Once back in Finn is set to train the next generation of Jager pilots, Jager’s, for the uninitiated, are giant, humanoid robots created to battle giant monsters from deep in the ocean. Also available today is Unsane starring Claire Foy, Emmy nominee for The Crown on Netflix. Unsane stars Claire as a woman seeking mental health advice following having escaped a stalker. Unfortunately, what she thought was a therapy session takes a creepy turn when she is placed on an involuntary commitment for seven days. Director Steven Soderbergh directed Unsane and did so using cellphone cameras with the goal of inspiring filmmakers to not worry about budgets and just go make a movie. Unsane is one of the best thrillers of 2018. The final big new release of the week is Midnight Sun a drowsy, dopey, teen romance about a girl who cannot go out in direct sunlight without risk of deathly illness. When she sneaks out at night to sing on a train platform for spare change, she meets a popular boy who she’s seen walking to school past her house for years. The romance is dimwitted, the acting is okay, except for comedian Rob Riggle who is genuinely brilliant as the sick girl’s father. Riggle is complex and funny and fascinating in ways no other part of Midnight Sun are.

Star Ratings for this week’s releases below.

Pacific Rim Uprising C+
Unsane A+
Midnight Sun D+


Shave for the Brave Announces New Participant from Galva

Shave for the Brave has announced a new participant. In a post on Facebook, Jason Bates announced that Kristy Schmidt will be the 12th Beards for the Back Road participant helping raise funds with Shave for the Brave at the Back Road Music Festival. Kristy herself is a veteran and has accompanied her grandfather, Howard Brooks on an Honor Flight trip. Kristy intends to raise $500 for Shave for the Brave, proceeds of which go to support Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. If Kristy achieves her goal she will shave off five inches of her hair on stage live at the Back Road Music Festival in Galva, on August 11th.


Today is Juneteenth in Illinois and Around the Country

Today celebrations are being held across the country and here in Illinois for Juneteenth. June 19th is Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the day when news of Robert E. Lee’s surrender and the defeat of Southern forces in the Civil War finally reached Galveston, Texas, one of the final holdouts of the Civil War having not surrendered until June 2nd. On June 19th 1865 General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to read the proclamation of the end of slavery, officially freeing more than 250,000 slaves held in the territory. General Granger’s proclamation read
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” 45 of 50 states, including Illinois but not including Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.


Illinois National Guard and Australia Consul General Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary of WW1 Battle

Australia invaded Illinois on Monday afternoon. The Illinois National Guard welcomed Australian Consul General Michael Wood to Illinois National Guard headquarters for press conference regarding 100 years of connection between the Guard and the Australian military, dating back to fighting side by side in World War 1. Members of the Illinois National Guard fought under the command of the Australian Army at the Battle of Hamel on July 4th, 1918. The battle found Australian and American forces backed up by British tanks turning back German forces in Northern France. As part of the event Governor Bruce Rauner sent along a proclamation stating "One Hundred years later we proclaim remembrance on July 4, 2018 for the event that first united the United States and Australia against a common foe, as described by Australian Lieutenant General, John Monash, 'The Soldiers of the United States and Australia have thus been associated for the first time in such close cooperation on the battlefield is an historical event of such significance that it will live forever in the annals of our respective nations.'"
In his speech, speaking to members of the press, Australian Consul General Michael Wood said "This experience forged the bond between those troops, and indeed, our countries, that was to set the future for our relationship. And in Australia we have a way to describe that relationship, Mateship," said Wood. "Mateship is reserved for those that share an unspoken bond of friendship, trust, commitment, and shared values. Mates stick by each other through good times and bad, mates have each other's backs." Mr. Wood brought with him soil from the battlefield at Hamel as a token of remembrance of the Battle of Hamel.


Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cereal

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting one case of Salmonella that matches a multi-state outbreak strain.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states.  The CDC investigation indicates Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal is the likely source of this multi-state outbreak.
“The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people to check their cupboards for Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® and to throw them out if they find them, even if they have already eaten some and have not become sick,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “If you have recently eaten the cereal and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.”
Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal.  CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continue to investigate this multi-state outbreak.
Most people affected by Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating food contaminated by the bacteria.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.  However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.  The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.


Market Outlook Seminar Set For July 11

The Henry and Rock Island County Farm Bureau’s will co-host Al Kluis from Kluis Commodity Advisors on Wednesday, July 11th at Lavender Crest in Colona for the next Market Outlook Seminar.
Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says the evening begins with a 6:15 buffet dinner…

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Kewanee Fire Department Resuming Hydrant Flow Tests Tuesday

Work on Kewanee Fire Hydrants continue this week with more flow testing on neighborhood hydrants. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, flow testing on hydrants in the area of Pleasant and East Second Street and northeast to Goodrich. This will include hydrants near the cemetary and Kewanee High High School. Hydrant testing will go on from 8 Am to 12 Noon on Tuesday and will resume on Thursday when testing will move to the area of East 3rd Street from main to East Street including streets south of the railroad tracks from East 3rd to East 6th Street. Work in these areas is expected to be done by June 26th. Residents in areas where hydrants are being worked on may experience low water flow and or discolored or rusty water.


Midsommar Music Festival Set For June 23

Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 23th with a strong line-up of musical performers.  Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Scandinavian music workshop, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

The free Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  This year’s lineup includes Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, Kewanee Community Band/Chorus, Big River Reeltime Band, and the Nordland Band.  Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession. Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the Maypole procession.  It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments provided by the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge.  Later that evening, there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with The Ragged Robin Band and caller Gail Hintze.  Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person. 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will also be having its 3rd annual Rabarber Fundraiser.  The BHHA will be serving homemade rhubarb baked goods, with coffee and lemonade, at the Steeple Building Museum front porch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support BHHA activities.

The Vasa National Archives, a short block from the park, will be offering a Midsummer Respite featuring drinks, snacks, and a make and take clay station. The public is welcome to view exhibits, enjoy some light refreshments, and make a clay sculpture to take home. The Vasa National Archives will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Warm up your dance steps at the Nordland Band's 12:30 p.m. workshop in the Dairy Building as they play wonderful waltzes and pretty polkas.  If folks want to dive in feet first, this is an opportunity to learn some simple Swedish dances. For those who want to dance with their fingers, the band will have some percussion instruments along for you to join in the fun.  There will also be plenty of seating for those who delight in just listening to the music.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary for this one-hour workshop.

The Midsommar Music Festival is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, and area businesses.  Funding provided by the Quad City Arts, American-Scandinavian Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, SWEA-Chicago, and the Swedish Council of America.  For directions and more info, visit, call 309-927-3899, or email


Kewanee Towing Company Has Part Time Opening

Hodge’s 66 Inc Repairs and Towing in Kewanee is hiring. According to a post on the Hodges 66 Facebook page, the part time position is available now to people age 16 and up. Hodge’s 66 Inc is looking for part time help, 10 to 25 hours per week, from 4 Pm to 8 Pm weekdays, between Noon and 8 Pm on Saturdays and between 7 Am and 8 Pm on Sundays. Position requires good communications skills and a valid driver’s license. Duties would include Gas Attendant with Janitorial and Wash Bay duties. According to the Facebook post, applications can be picked up and dropped off at their Kewanee location at 801 North Main Street in Kewanee.


Disney Releases Warning Regarding Incredibles 2 Photosensitivity

Disney the owners of Pixar have released a warning to audiences attending the new hit movie "The Incredibles." According to Disney, consumer concerns on social media led the company to release a warning regarding a strobing effect used in the movie than can cause disorientation for viewers who suffer from photo-sensitivity, especially people with epilepsy related photosensitivity. In the superhero animated feature, a character known as The Screen Slaver, the villain of the film, uses a hypnosis effect to enslave people via various screens. The animated sequence uses a strobing effect, quickly flashing lights and a rotating, circular image, to communicate that characters are undergoing an uninvited hypnotizing effect. There is no word on the number of consumers who've had negative reaction to the strobing effect in The Incredibles 2 but it was enough to prompt this statement and warning from Disney...


" 'Incredibles 2' contains a sequence of flashing lights, which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photo sensitivities."
The social media outcry also prompted a statement from the national Epilepsy Foundation at


“Members of our community have expressed concerns about flashing lights in the new Disney Pixar movie "Incredibles 2," and, in certain instances, people having experienced a seizure during the movie. We stand with our epilepsy warriors and their families as they voice their concerns about the movie and appreciate the efforts some theaters have already made to post warning signs for people waiting to see the movie.
To avoid any serious medical incidents, the Epilepsy Foundation is requesting that Disney Pixar post a warning on all its digital properties, including relevant websites and social media channels, about what has been described as "flashing" and "strobe" lights in its "Incredibles 2" movie. There should be a warning of the potential effects on people with visual sensitive epilepsy or migraine features.
For about 3 percent of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities, or with certain visual patterns, can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy and it's more common in children and adolescents, especially those with generalized epilepsy and a type known as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
For those who have been diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy — or are simply sensitive to flashing lights — and are planning to watch the movie, they should be advised that the flashing lights may trigger seizures in some people.
To learn more about photosensitive epilepsy, including what you can do if flashing lights bother you, check out:”

Incredibles 2 broke box office records over the weekend with the biggest opening for an animated feature in history, more than $180 million dollars. Bud Johnson at the Wanee Cinemas where Incredibles 2 played to huge crowds this past weekend responded to a request for comment stating: "No, not one of the 1000 people over the weekend said anything about the movie except how much they liked it."


Rauner Campaign Releases New Ads in Re-Election Bid

The Governor Bruce Rauner re-election team has launched a new campaign they call “Back Bruce.” in a release to the media on Monday, the Rauner campaign released three new commercials featuring voters from Saline, McLean and Madison County Illinois featuring voters speaking directly to the camera about why they are backing Governor Rauner in his re-election bid against Democrat challenger J.B Pritzker. You can see the Governor’s new campaign here and a sample below.



Representative Bustos Releases Statement on Immigration Detentions

Representative Cheri Bustos has released a statement accusing President Trump of separating children and parents at the US-Mexico border and using these separations for political advantage. According to the release from Representative Bustos' office, the Representative has taken 130 calls, voicemails and emails from constituents opposing the policy that separates parents and children who cross the US-Mexico border illegally. Representative Bustos' full statement is below....


“As the mother of three boys, I can't imagine anything more devastating than having one of my kids ripped out of my arms, dragged to a van and locked up in a detention center,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “But that is exactly what's happened to thousands of families on the border who are literally running away from unimaginable violence in their home countries. President Trump is not telling the truth when he says that he's just enforcing the law. This is his policy and he is choosing to do it. President Trump could end this crisis with a single phone call; instead, he's using thousands of children to gain political leverage. Breaking up families seeking our help is the exact opposite of American values. I call on President Trump to end this cruel, unusual and un-American policy before any more children are permanently damaged by his actions.”




Bishop Hill Opens An Artist Cooperative: The Bishop Hill Creative Commons

When you first walk in the front door of Bishop Hill’s newest business your eyes are drawn to the wide array of art on every wall. Knowing this was the quilt shop, one should not be surprised that there are quilts, modern and traditional quilts, as well as small and large geometric barn quilts. There are both watercolor and acrylic paintings of flowers and roosters, hummingbirds and historic buildings. Your nose catches the scent of hand-made soaps, and there is a gleaming display case of hand-burnished copper jewelry. You see traditional wheat weavings and colorful aprons. Looking closer you see the intricate wood burning and painting on gourds. Books, half-open, have every single page folded to reveal a word or a flower in the pattern formed by the paper folding. You might notice a few rows of chairs set up for the Summer Songwriter Series of Concerts at the Commons. And everywhere there is the air of enchantment and inspiration.

The Bishop Hill Creative Commons at 309 Bishop Hill Road has its grand opening during the village’s annual Midsommar event this Saturday June 23rd.


  According to their founder, storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis, “The Bishop Hill Creative Commons is a collective of visual and performing artists dedicated to the promotion of community and creativity. There is an art gallery displaying the work of both traditional folk arts and modern art. We are hosting concerts, storytelling, and theatre, as well as workshops for adults, families and the home schooled community.”


“Our motto is ‘Where Creativity and Inspiration meet to…’ and we let you fill in the blank,” says Fox, adding “we want everyone who comes through our doors to feel inspired; that they can be a part of our creative community. The Commons is focused on building community by nurturing creativity.”

His partner is John Taylor, best known for his Cà d'Zan House Concerts in Cambridge, Illinois, and his heroic efforts in spearheading the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series. Taylor is well known in the regional music scene and has helped transform the old Village Smithy Quilt Shop into one of the area’s premiere concert venues. He has already booked a Summer Songwriter Series featuring local and regional musicians every other Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. The line-up includes: Matt and Christina June 30th, Lewis Knudsen July 14th, Chris Stevens July 28th, Corie “Cow” Weisenberger August 11th. Daniel Watkins on August 25th will start at 6:00. They are currently booking a fall schedule of national and international touring bands. All of the concerts are for all ages and family friendly.


Taylor says, “As a collective we can do more together than if this were owned by just one artist. It is about building community.” He encourages you to like their Facebook page to keep up on the concert series. He also said, “We still have a few spaces open if you want to join our artist cooperative.”


Fox added, “Our first children’s art class will be June 28th at 10 am.” It will be lead by Jelena Todorovich, a Bishop Hill native and graduate of the Art Institute in Chicago. They are planning weekly art classes and workshops in creative writing. They have already hosted their first wedding and have three more planned. Fox told us this is now the largest room available for special events in Bishop Hill. “Bishop Hill has a rich tradition of arts with the Handverk Galleri and the Prairie Arts Center, it really is a place where the arts thrive. The Commons is excited to be a part of this vibrant arts community and we invite everyone to come participate in making every day an inspiring day.”

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Wanee Cinema Playing Host to Hit Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 set records on opening weekend nationwide with more than $180 million dollars, a record opening for an animated feature. The film from the gold standard animation company Pixar stars Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson as superhero parents to a brood of super kids, was the perfect Father’s Day weekend entertainment for the whole family. The Wanee Cinemas in Kewanee is showing The Incredibles 2 all this week and likely next week as well giving Kewanee residents ample opportunity to beat the heat and see the biggest movie in the country at the moment.


  1. Incredibles 2 $180 million
  2. Ocean’s 8 19.5 Million
  3. Tag $14.6 million
  4. Solo: A Star Wars Story $9.08 million
  5. Deadpool 2 $8.8 million
  6. Hereditary $7.02 million
  7. Superfly $6.3 million
  8. Avengers: Infinity War $5.2 million
  9. Adrift $2.1 million
  10. Book Club $1.8 million


Kewanee Public LIbrary Programs

Kewanee Public Library will host a really neat puppet show on Friday afternoon.
Sara Billiet is the Children’s Librarian at the Library and she says the program is free of charge and she’s looking for a good turnout on Friday afternoon…
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Ms. Billiet adds that the library will also play host to a series of financial seminars that will get underway later this month…
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Black Hawk College – East Campus (Galva/Kewanee) Spring 2018 Honors Lists


All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

High Honors – GPA 3.75 to 4.00 for the semester

Aledo -- Cole Thomas, Brandi Welch

Alpha -- Kyle Barman, Lauren Curry, Owen Curry, Makenna Medley, Jenna Welch

Altona -- Elizabeth Schoenlein

Annawan -- Ben Buresh, Hannah Croegaert, Sadie Espino, Kendall Gripp, Bailey Roselieb, Mikeila Sanders, Rylie Smith, Shannon Smith, Jayde VanHyfte, Connor Williams

Bradford -- Delaney Kazubowski, Jessica Sears

Cambridge -- Danielle Adams, Kacey Braendle, Jamie Franck, Alan Guffy, Gage Miller, Riley Nelson, Austin Reed, Joshua Stinson, Jenna Stromquist, Hanna Thompson, Lauren Vincent, Jack Wagher

Chillicothe -- Ashley Bogner, Samantha Dixon

Coal Valley -- Courtney Wiedenmann

Galesburg -- Jacob Gengenbach, Macy Steck

Galva -- Laural Almquist, Hannah Anderson, Kamryn Aylesworth, Ezequiel Bustamante Machado, Sophia Corkill, Lindsey Crabtree, Taylor Emigh, Sarah Endress, Austin Garcia, Carol Gooch, Jaela Gudeman, Lauren Hawes, Rachel Heck, Olivia Henning, Jill Henson, Ryan Isaacsen, Mason Kaiser, Lauren Landis, John Mace, Ashlee Markle, Carey Meyer, Alissa Murphy, Austin Parkinson, Austin Steward, Kyle Streeter, Kristen VanDeVelde

Geneseo -- Adam Kane, Samantha Mannon, Callie Miller, Jennifer Rosenboom

Hillsdale -- Joshua Lohman

Kewanee -- Eric Achuff, Kaylee Addis, Priscilla Ahearn, Elizabeth Allen, Lauren Bryan, Stetson Bryson, Blair Bullock, Breanne Busboom, Hannah Campbell, Craig Combs, Rachel Cook, Alizjah Crockett, Jacob Culver, Elijah Davis, Lilly DeBord, Lindsey Edwards, Bryce Elias, Macie Falk, Courtlin Gustafson, Skylar Hartman, Erin Henkel, Chelsie Hill, Cora Hill, Chloe Hinojosa, Heather Holtschult, Emma Hughes, Kayla Humphres, Sydney Imes, Reuben Israel, Kaley Jackson, Kasey Jones, Caleb Kauffman, Kayla Kendall, Kessler Klopfenstein, Kamryn Kruchten, Angelena Lensmith, CeCe Liichow, Shang  Lin,  Lexis Lozano-Blanks, Celeste Martinez, Kylie Mathis, Kaleigh Nimrick, Adam Parker, Caleb Peppel, Katie Perez, Elysse Prescott, Mikayla Puskar, Payton Rose, Emily Schulz, Nicholas Sheets, Michael Silvaggio, Delaney Smith, Alan Stamberger, Trent Steinke, Chloe Sullens, Willie Terry, Griffin Tondreau, Griffin Tuftie, George Ullinskey, Dale Van Dusen, Owen Van Wassenhove, Nick VanWassenhove, Daniel Walsh, Joseph Westgerdes, Hunter Wilson, Lainee Winter, Evan Witte, Jacob Yarger

La Fayette -- Sarah Pike, Haley Smith, Matthew Stahl

Lynn Center -- Megan Kenney

Maquon -- Marguerite Mason

McHenry -- Katelyn Faith

Milan -- Cole Peterson

Mineral -- Samantha DePauw, Jeffrey Flint

Morrison -- Rebecca Bowers, Justin Tate

Neponset -- Kelsey Kaiser

Oneida -- Arlette Benj Baptist

Orion -- Chelsea Vyncke

Pekin -- Sara Scheeler

Princeville -- Sarah Reay

Prophetstown -- Tori Nielsen

Rio -- Carlie Barman

Rock Island -- Dominique Davis

Sheffield -- Leah Bell, Owen Landwehr

Toulon -- Miranda Bessler, Benjamin Corey, Cammille Gaspard, Grace Hicks, Jessica Loudenburg, Mitchell Martin, Jorge Morales, James Plotner, Brooke Rennick, Matthew Roark, Kaley Rouse, Marshall Shimmin, Mitchell Shimmin, Makenzie Snyder

Woodhull -- Jordan Francis, Michael Hinerichsen, Tyler Johnson, Allison McDowell, Alexis Pruden, Andrea Seabloom

Wyoming -- Carol Baumann, Krystalle Halverson, Daniel Hatch, Landon Kieser, Michael Peterson, Anna Steelman, Alayna Steward, Cade Tuthill, Mckenzie Wages, Elizabeth West, Sydney Wisnefski


Honors – GPA 3.50 to 3.75 for the semester


Aledo -- Amanda Carlson, Matthew Lloyd


Alpha -- Hannah Barham, Garrett Jackson, Allison Lambin


Atkinson -- Dylan Decker


Bradford -- Ashley Estes


Cambridge -- Tanner Coziahr, Jacob Dobbels, Cole Franks, Cade Nimrick, Elizabeth Ratliff, Emily Sullivan, Evan Sullivan, Madison Swanson, Kaitlyn Swemline, Kelsey Todd, Alec Vinavich


Coal Valley -- Ali Dennison


Davenport, IA -- Autumn Wulf


Dunlap -- Jared Mullins


Ellisville -- Trenton Martin


Galva -- Aubrey Bennett, Cole Cultra, Levi Evans, Megan Exner, Gabrielle Hirsch, Dalton Kiselewski, Hollie Klein, Datin Newman, Hena Patel, Melissa Smith, Sarah Stanger, Andrea Yeager


Geneseo -- Adam Gradert, Keegan Minnaert


Gerlaw -- Haley Sims


Hooppole -- Jaklynn Matney


Kewanee -- Claudia Albrecht, David Alepra, Kinsey Ayres, Rebecca Barnes, Maria Bonilla, Mindy Brewer, Ryan Burmeier, Grace Ciesielczyk, Courtney Coffman, Grayson Cottrell, Nicole Crittenden, Emanuel Damas, Kellen Daniels, Dane Dearing, Adam Dynes, Brittany Endress, Jacob Farrer, Andrew Fordham, Justine Gallagher, Ana Gonzalez, Jennie Kyle Guanzon, Ally Hanna, Kohl Hendon, Savannah Hill, Kimberlee Jones, Morgan Kaufmann, Keeghan Kinsella, Quentin Konie, Kathryn Kuchle, Alec Lester, Coy Myers, Jay Norden, Noelle Pearson, Charlotte Pillen, Luke Schultz, Breonna Serna, Cole Silvis, Alex Smith, Madison Taylor, Kayla Thomas, Nikki Tye, Payton VanWassenhove, Jon Walker, Layne Walter, Ethan Washburn, Alyssa Witte, Sarah Wyman


Lynn Center -- Kollin Poppy


Moline -- Audrey Frohling


Monmouth -- Demitrus Coleman


Princeton -- Tyler Wood


Sheffield -- Tammy Drowns, Chandler Gilbraith


Thomson -- Jonathan Dyson


Toulon -- Tori Donovan, Sydney Kunzle, Ashley Moore, Heidi Mueller, Jacob Orrick, Philip Wells, Cole Wright


Wyoming -- Quinlan Breese, Jeffrey Fritz, Teresa Heuermann, Bobbi Storey, Lucas Wisnefski




Galva School Board Meets Tonight

Galva CUSD #224
June 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Galva Jr/Sr High School Library





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, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2. 8.4)

5.1 Regular Meeting Minutes of May 21, 2018 (Action)
5.2 Executive Session Minutes of May 21, 2018 (Action)
5.3 Review and Seal of Executive Session Minutes (Action)

6.1 Approval of the Treasurer’s Report May 2018 (Action)
6.2 Approval of the Bills for June 2018 (Action)
6.3 Approval of the Addendum for Bills for May 2018 (Action)
6.4 Activity Accounts Balance Sheet (Action)

7.1 School Fees (Action)
7.2 Prevailing Wage Resolution (Action)
7.3 Approve Additional Activity Accounts Class of 2022 and Class of 2023 (Action)
7.4 Approve Setting June 20, 8:05 AM as a Special Board Meeting to Approve the FY 2018 Amended Budget in the District Office (Action)
7.5 IASB Joint Board Conference in Chicago on November 16-18 (Information)

8.1 Committee Reports (Information)
8.2 School Board Policy Updates - First Reading (Action)
8.3 Approve a Public Hearing Date for an Employee Tuition Waiver for Non-Resident Students to be held on July 16, 2018 at 6:55 PM at Galva Elementary School (Action)
8.4 Pest Control Calendar for 2018-2019 (Action)
8.5 Board of Education Calendar for 2018-2019 (Action)
8.6 School Resource Officer Acquisition Process (Information)
8.7 Approve a Resolution of Support to the IASB Delegate Assembly:  Allow for the Ability of a Board of Education to Self-Determine Concealed-Carry Provisions for Legally Licensed Employees on School Grounds. (Action)
8.8 STEM Presentation by Josh Morris (Information)

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

10.1 Accept Jake Flowers Letter of Resignation as Dean of Students/Athletic Director (Action)
10.2 Approve the Employment of Joshua Morris as STEM teacher for 2018-19 (Action)
10.3 Approve the Employment Tracy Raley as Part-Time Bus Aid (Action)
10.4 Approve the Employment of Brandon Owens as HS Asst. Baseball Coach (Action)
10.5 Approve the Employment of Brandon Owens as JH Baseball Coach (Action)
10.6 Approve the Employment of Steve Osborn as Head Softball Coach (Action)
10.7 Approve the Employment of Lindsay Osborn as HS Asst. Softball Coach (Action)
10.8 Approve the Employment of Mark Jeffry as HS Girls’ Track Coach (Action)
10.9 Approve the Employment of Tayler Kuenneth as JH Girls’ Track Coach (Action)
10.10 Approve the Employment of Chance Jones as HS Boys’ Track Coach (Action)
10.11 Approve the Employment of Josh Harris as JH Boy’s Track Coach (Action)
10.12 Approve the Employment of Joe Angelo as Asst. Play Director (Action)
10.13 Approve the Employment of Jillian Hefner as Asst. Play Director (Action)
10.14 Approve the Employment of Mark Jeffry as 7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Coach (Action)






Hog Capital Barbecue Challenge Today Outside Cerno's

It's the calm before the Barbecue storm in Kewanee, we're just hours away from the Hog Capital Barbecue Challenge in the Cerno's parking lot. Ribs and Chicken are on the menu as teams from across the midwest compete for a pair of Barbecue Championships, The Main Event pro state championship competition and the Backyard Competition, a competition for amateur competitors. I spoke with pro competitor Terrence Connor whose team name tells you a lot about why this competition is so much fun... 

Winners will be announced this afternoon and the smell of sweet barbecue will be all over Kewanee. Barbecue will be on sale as well, though the competitors in the event aren't selling, just competing. 



Wanee Cinema Marquee Lights Up with Marriage Tribute

It's unusual to see anything other than movie titles or advertisement for theater specials on the marquee of the Wanee Cinemas at 106 South Main in Kewanee. Today however, it was something special. Recently Bud Johnson's son, Nick married his long time girlfriend Paula and today, Bud paid tribute to the happy couple for all of Kewanee to see. 

Bud tells me that personal messages on the marquee are a rarity because if they weren't 'we'd be up and down the ladder daily.' This occasion however, was too happy to pass up. Speaking of happy, Bud was happy to have me remind everyone that the blockbuster animated movie "The Incredibles 2" is at the Wanee Cinemas starting today along with the reboot of the Ocean's franchise, "Oceans 8," this time with a feminine twist with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett replacing George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The air conditioning at the theater is on and it's a terrific way to cool off on this hot Friday. And while you're there, send your personal congratulations to Nick and Paula. 


America's Run for the Fallen Stops In Galva

They will be in Galva in Saturday June 16 around 8-8:30 they will have their first stop at the legion. They will stop and read names of a few fallen soldiers and then will move on.  They stop every mile.


Beginning April 7, 2018 Honor and Remember Inc. will initiate America’s Run for the Fallen, one of the most comprehensive fallen military tribute events ever organized. The Run will call attention to and specifically honor the men and women who have died during the War on Terror beginning with the USS Cole Oct 12, 2000. A rotating team of more than 400 active duty military and civilian members from throughout the nation will embark on a 19 state, 6100 mile journey to honor every fallen service member, numbering nearly 20,000. Each mile of the route will be dedicated to individual heroes and their families, based on their chronological date of death.

Carrying a full size American Flag, Honor and Remember Flag and Honor and Sacrifice Flag along
with hero information, each relay team will stop at one mile intervals in an apolitical reflection of
remembrance of each service member, where a pre-staked “Hero Marker” is placed. There they will
call each name out loud and deliver a short tribute for waiting Gold Star family members, friends,
comrades and patriots. Covering approximately 50 miles per day, each day will conclude with an
ending ceremony at planned stopping points in local towns and communities. The goal of Run for the Fallen is to blaze a memorial trail across America recognizing every service member who died as a result of serving in the armed forces. 


America’s “Run for the Fallen” will kick off on Saturday morning, April 7, 2018, at 6:30 a.m. at Fort
Irwin, California, with a “start” ceremony for the five month, 6000+ mile mission through California,
Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana,
Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia to finish at
Arlington National Cemetery, on Sunday August 5th. More details and route maps will be available

For more information and to find out how to get involved either by joining the run team, donating or
volunteering please visit the Run for the Fallen website at


IRS on People to People

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service is the guest 

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Regional Media promotes Bob McKee to new sports position

(Kewanee, IL) Regional Media has announced the promotion of longtime member of the Kewanee group, Bob McKee. Mr. McKee will be elevated to Sr. Sports Ambassador for Regional Media’s newest product, is Regional Media’s first multimedia sports website that is planned for launch in the fall. The site will feature play by play, player videos, coach interviews, one on one discussions with fans, scores and stats, and so much more. will feature all sports with much more play by play, radio broadcasts, and video streamed events.

In speaking about his promotion, Mr. McKee said, “This will be a new chapter in my broadcast career that I look forward to! I have heard many times how much people appreciate our coverage of local sports.  It’s amazing how many people will comment on how they love to listen in general. It's certainly not something that happens at all radio stations. I look forward to expanding our coverage of and I will dedicate this next season to my long time broadcast partner, the late Steve Peart.”

Mr. McKee’s new role will take him off of the 6-10a morning show on WKEI, but he will return throughout each day with expanded sports coverage from all over the Tri-counties. will also be broadcasting a show on radio, podcast, and web video which he will host from the new state of the art studios on Central Blvd.

“I’m so excited for Bob as he is an exceptional member of the Regional Media family. Bob and I have shared a lot over the years, even birthdays! I’m truly grateful for his dedication to local sports and the communities we serve!” Commented, Regional Media President Fletcher M. Ford

Regional Media is the largest locally owned media company in Illinois with 24 radio signals, 10 digital websites, serving markets from Clinton Iowa to Quincy Illinois and beyond.

For more information please contact


SCSWCD on Tuned IN

Resource Conservationist Jan Powelson is the guest 

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Kewanee Police Seeking Help to Identify Three Suspects

Kewanee Police are seeking your help in locating three suspects who are accused of stealing from a local store. According to a post on the Kewanee Police Department Facebook page on Thursday, three suspects were captured on surveillance footage entering a local store from which they are accused of stealing undisclosed items. Kewanee Police are asking anyone who may have seen these suspects on Thursday or recognizes the suspects from the the surveillance photo to please contact Kewanee Police at 309-853-1911 or call Henry County Crimestoppers at 1-800-227-2324. Replies on the Kewanee Police Facebook post claimed that the three suspects were seen at the Shell Station on East Division Street between 12:35 and 12:45 Pm on Thursday and another post claimed the suspects were seen near the CVS store on East Division street in the same time frame. Again, if you have information regarding the suspects in the surveillance photo, please contact the Kewanee Police Department.


Road Work Continues in Bureau County

Please be advised that work on 2000 North Avenue in Gold Township has been completed.  Effective immediately, 2000 North Avenue is open to all traffic.


Also, please be advised that maintenance activities on 2300 North Avenue is resulting in immediate closure from 150 East Street to 300 East Street, and shall remain closed until further notice.  We will update you as soon as the Township Road Commissioner re-opens this section to all traffic.


Wethersfield Announces Registration Schedule

The first day of attendance for Wethersfield students will be on Thursday, August 16, 2018 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 24.  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, August 1.  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 2017-2018 school year.  Parents are asked to fill paperwork out ahead of time and bring to registration on August 1.  The registration forms can also be downloaded from our website: under the link PARENTS.


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.


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-6:00pm on Wednesday, July 11, and Wednesday, August 8 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 under the link PARENTS and then HEALTH AND ATHLETICS.

• Breakfast will begin in the cafeteria at 7:30 AM
• Students not eating breakfast may be dropped off beginning at 7:35 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


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. 


Book Rental, Consumable Fees, and Technology Fees  Other Fees and Purchases
Full-day kindergarten $ 75.00 Instrument rental  $60/year
Grades 1 through 6 85.00 Percussion2 35/year
Grades 9 through 12  60.00 Driver's Education 50.00
Grades 7-8 50.00 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
Student lunches (K-5) 2.40 Breakfast .2.10
Student lunches (6-8) .2.55 Adult lunches 3.20
Student lunches (9-12) 2.65 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)


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.


IL Unemployment Rate Decreases

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April job gain was revised down slightly from its initial report to show a smaller gain. (+2,500 jobs versus +4,700 jobs).

Job growth stabilized in the March to May period posting average monthly gains of +4,600 jobs over this three-month period, about the same as the 6-month average monthly gain of +4,500 jobs between December 2017 to May 2018.

“Through the first five months of the year, jobs are growing faster than each of the past two years,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More than half of the year-to-date gain of nearly 28,000 jobs is coming from those sectors with higher-than-average wages.”

“Since Governor Rauner took office, Illinois has added 192,700 jobs and the unemployment rate has fallen 1.7 points,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We’re seeing increases in job creation, retention, and investment due to the implementation of a pro-business climate. Our work certainly continues as we look to build upon these results to generate opportunity and success for all Illinoisans.”

In May, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were Education and Health Services (+3,500); Government (+2,600); and Financial Activities (+2,100). The industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Information services (-900) and Leisure and Hospitality (-800).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +60,200 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in May: Government (+13,800); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+11,100); and Financial Activities (+10,400). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines were: Information Services (-3,900) and Mining (-300). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +1.0 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.6 percent over-the-year gain in May, but it was the largest over-the-year gain in nearly a year.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May 2018, which dropped to 3.8 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.6 percentage points from a year ago when it was 4.9 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.3 percent in September 2006.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.9 percent from the prior month to 278,800, down -12.2 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was about unchanged over-the-month, but it was up +0.1 percent 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, (IJL), which recently showed 55,668 posted resumes with 200,555 jobs available.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates


Illinois Republican Members send letter to President Trump on Blago

Several members of Illinois' congressional delegation have sent a letter to President Donald Trump airing their concerns with any pardon given to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville says the former governor shouldn't be given any reprieve for the crimes he committed...

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Other Republican Members who signed the letter included Reps. Darin LaHood, John Shimkus, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, and Mike Bost. 


Bustos bill calls for more access to opioid treatment

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has introduced legislation aimed at increasing access to treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction in rural areas.
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Bustos says only 55-percent of rural counties have substance use disorder treatment facilities. She says that makes access to telemedicine vital in combating the opioid epidemic. However, current federal law prohibits a medical practitioner from dispensing controlled substances through the internet without first evaluating the patient in-person. The Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act instructs the Attorney General to take the necessary steps to allow for the prescription of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and other controlled substances via telemedicine. Specifically, Bustos says the bill will lead to the implementation of a special registration process for physicians to prescribe such treatment, helping connect patients with the treatment they need without risking important safeguards to prevent misuse.


West Nile surveillance underway in Illinois

It’s peek mosquito season time in Illinois. And West Nile surveillance is an ongoing effort throughout the state says Connie Austin with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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Mosquito batches in Morton Grove and Glenview have already tested positive for West Nile this year. Last year in Illinois, there were 90 human cases of West Nile virus with eight deaths. 


Durbin calls for Republican help in bid to end child separation

Senator Dick Durbin is taking Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration to task for their policy of separating children from their parents who arrive at the nation's southern border. ....
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Durbin says the policy gives America's reputation a black eye and he's hopeful Republicans will join him in calling for an end to the practice of child separation... ....
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The parents are seeking protection from a pattern of violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America, which includes Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Those country have some of the world's highest homicide rates and girls and young women in those nations fall prey to sexual violence, with little protection from local authorities..


Kewanee Residents React to Viral Tilapia Meme

The photo of Tilapia purchased right here in Kewanee at Save A Lot and attached to this story may not look like much but it says a great deal about food safety. A viral meme about the popular fish dinner item is once again popping up on social media and frightening consumers about the safety of Tilapia.

So, in order to get the bottom of this viral story I spoke with Brad Whitcher from Kewanee Save A Lot just as I was buying this very bag of Tilapia. Brad was quick to remind me that the fact that folks in Kewanee can still easily purchase, prepare and consume Tilapia means that it has gone through the ranks of the FDA and meets their intense regulatory standards of the FDA, standards that appear on the bag itself, seen here. 

The dates. lot codes and the Nutrition facts on this bag of Tilapia are all FDA mandates and they appear on all of the food at your local store as needed information and assurance that the food you purchase at Save A Lot or anywhere in Kewanee and Henry County is certified safe. 

As for the meme, Brad Whitcher says he's seen it but that I am the first person whose actually asked about it here in Kewanee. 

So what is Tilapia? Some have called it a mutant fish referring to the way it is rumored to be fish meat taken from several different fish and combined into a Tilapia cut. The reality is much more mundane. Tilapia is the name assigned to a number of different kinds of fish as a way of categorizing them. Tilapia are freshwater fish generally found streams, rivers or lakes. 

For a time Tilapia was a fad among dieters who believed it was healthier than other cuts of fish. The reality there is, it depends on how it's prepared. The reason Tilapia is popular is not its taste or nutrition but its availability. Tilapia are easier to cultivate and stock making them a cash cow for commercial fisheries. 

Want more on this viral meme and how false it truly is? Check out this link from


WKEI Open Line

Open Line for June 14

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Kewanee Public Library on Tuned IN

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet is the guest 

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Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing Happening Today at Baker Park

Things were buzzing on this Thursday at Baker Park Golf Course and I am not just talking about the gnats and mosquitos. Members of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce duffed their way around Baker Park Golf Course on holes sponsored by members and all for the cause of raising money to support chamber causes, including Chamber activties at Hog Days. I spoke with Mark Mikenas, head of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he reminded me that the chamber golf outing is celebrating 66 years this year. 



Illinois Ranks 21st in Spoiling Dads On Fathers Day

Illinois ranks 21st in the country when it comes to spoiling dad on Father's Day. A new study from a company called Up4 found that Illinois ranks close to the middle of the 50 states when it comes to Google searches of Father's Day gifts. This puts Illinois well ahead of cross river neighbor Iowa which ranked 35th in the study. So, which state looks to spoil dad the most this Sunday? The great state of Texas came in number 1 with more searches of Father's Day related items than any other state. Georgia came in second followed by New Jersey, North Dakota and Maryland in the Top 5. Coming in last, the state least likely to spoil dad this weekend, South Carolina which finished 50th behind New York at 49, Vermont at 48, Montana at 47, West Virginia at 46 and Alaska at 45. rounding out the bottom of the list. You can see the full list and the parameters of the study at Let us know how you are celebrating your dad in the comments section.


Henry County 4-H Foundation to Raffle Off YETI Cooler at This Year's Henry County Fair

The Henry County 4-H Foundation will be raffling off a YETI Tundra 65 cooler to help raise funds for the county 4-H program. "YETI coolers are known for their quality, durability, and for keeping contents colder for longer." said John Dubois, President of the Foundation, adding "we thought this would be a great prize for people to have a chance to win while they support the amazing 4-H program that has helped hundreds of youth in our community develop their citizenship, leadership and life skills."

You can buy YETI cooler Raffle tickets to support 4-H for just $5 each or 6 for $20 at the Henry/Stark County Extension office, 358 Front Street, Galva, IL 61434 and the Rock Island County Extension unit office at 321 W 2nd Ave., Milan, IL 61264 as well as at various events during the Henry County Fair in Cambridge, IL. The drawing will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 1 pm in the 4-H General Projects building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. 

The Henry County 4-H Foundation also raises money at their food stand during the Henry County Fair, which is an important part of the support the Foundation provides to the 4-H program. "We very much appreciate everyone who comes to visit our food stand each year." said Dubois "We look forward to serving you some great fair food, lemonade shakeups, and Whitey's ice cream malts again this summer."
The Foundation donates proceeds to support the 4-H program and also provides college scholarships to graduating high school Henry County 4-H members. This year's recipients of $500 scholarships each are: Kristen VanDeVelde (Galva) a member of Burns Boosters 4-H Club; Ellie Korthals (Geneseo) a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club and Nicole Haverback,( Atkinson) a member of the Atkinson Boosters 4-H Club.
For more information about how you can support Henry County 4-H, call the Henry/Stark County Extension office at 309-932-3447.


IRS Warns of Scams Related To Natural Disasters

With hurricane season underway, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that criminals and scammers often try to take advantage of the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims of major disasters.


Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30, and taxpayers need to be vigilant of scams that will undoubtedly pop up when and if a hurricane occurs during that time.


Fraudulent schemes normally start with unsolicited contact by telephone, social media, e-mail or in-person using a variety of tactics.

Some impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers.
Bogus websites use names similar to legitimate charities to trick people to send money or provide personal financial information.
They even claim to be working for or on behalf of the IRS to help victims file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds.
Others operate bogus charities and solicit money or financial information by telephone or email.

Help for disaster victims


Disaster victims can call the IRS toll-free disaster assistance telephone number (866-562-5227). Phone assistors will answer questions about tax relief or disaster-related tax issues. Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on


Donate to real charities


To help taxpayers donate to legitimate charities, the IRS website,, has a search feature, Tax Exempt Organization Search, that helps users find or verify qualified charities. Donations to these charities may be tax-deductible.

Contribute by check or credit card, never give or send cash, to have a record of the tax-deductible donation.
Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution.

Taxpayers suspecting fraud by email should visit and search for the keywords “Report Phishing.” More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at using the keywords “scams and schemes.”



Wethersfield School Board Meets This Afternoon

Wethersfield Community Unit School District No. 230
Superintendent’s Office – Blish Building
439 Willard Street – Kewanee, Illinois 61443
June 14, 2018
4:30 PM

a. Presentation of Amended FY 18 Budget
b. Public Testimony
c. Board Member Comments

Wethersfield Community Unit School District No. 230
Superintendent’s Office – Blish Building
439 Willard Street – Kewanee, Illinois 61443
June 14, 2018

a. Consent Agenda
a. Approve May 10, 2018 Regular and Executive Session Minutes
b. Approve May 24, 2018 Special Board Meeting Minutes
c. Approve Financial Reports, Investment Report, Activity Fund Report, and Bills
d. Approve Suspensions
e. Letting and Approving of Milk Bids and Bread Bids for 2018-2019
b. Correspondence
c. Comments from Visitors
d. Board Member Reports

a. Approve FY 18 Amended Budget
b. Swim Team Update
c. Soarin Summer Programs Update
d. Approve District Property, Casualty, Student Accident, and Workman’s Comp Renewal
e. Approve District Health Insurance Renewal
f. School Board Convention
g. Pre-Kindergarten Grant Updates
h. Summer Projects and Moss Gym Update/Review
i. Technology Upgrades Update
j. FY 19 State Budget Update
k. Other Old Business

a. Approve Prevailing Wage Resolution
b. Approve District Risk Management Plan Updates
c. CVS Sports Wear Agreement
d. Approve Board Meeting Dates/Time for 2018-2019
e. Establish FY 19 Budget Hearing
f. Approve Designated Bank Signature Changes
g. Principal Reports
h. Employment of Personnel (After Executive Session)
i. Accept Retirement Letters (After Executive Session)
j. Review of Executive Session Minutes (After Executive Session)
k. Other New Business
l. Comments from Visitors

IV. CLOSED SESSION (Employment and Evaluation of Personnel, Student Discipline, Review of Executive Session Minutes, and Individual Student Matter)

a. District Audit: July 6, 2018
b. Student Registration for 2018-2019: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 8am-7pm
c. Next Board Meeting — August 9, 2018 6:30pm
d. Teacher’s In-service: Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8am-3:30pm
? Staff/Board/Retiree Luncheon- Wednesday, August 15 at Noon in Cafeteria
e. First Day of Student Attendance- Thursday, August 16
? We will run a 1:45 dismissal schedule from Wednesday, August 16 thru Friday, August 24



Davis: Farm Bill Vote Expected Soon

With the U.S. Senate moving on a farm bill, the House version may seem dead, but an Illinois congressman says that's not necessarily the case. The House bill stalled after what has been described as an unrelated fight over immigration policy in the bill. Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis says the House bill could come back if and when those with opposing views hammer out their differences. The bill also proposes new work requirements for participants in the federal food stamp program, SNAP. Davis says that's not a bad thing.

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Provisions inside the House version would roll back restrictions on the wealthy obtaining federal farm subsidies, and would allow extended family members to receive payments. Some have called that the equivalent of welfare for the wealthy.


Cerno's Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint from a Walldog, and Hardworking Local Contractors

Inside of Cerno's Bar & Grill at 213 West 3rd street it's business as usual. The beer is cold, the Meatball Sub lunch special is delicious and the conversation is as lively as ever. Outside on the other hand things are beginning to change. This week Doug Haffner, one of the Walldogs and the artist behind the beautiful Sandy's mural, has been brought on to bring as much life to the outside of building as what is happening inside. Doug says 'painting is about taking something and improving the look of it with not much cost and not much time.' Doug went on to say 'there is fine art painting and there is painting pictures and things but the mural work and even a facade-referring to the outside accents of Cerno's- with a little bit of time and a little bit of paint you can make it look 300 times better.' Doug, along with the hard working team at Crabtree Painting and the team at Home Revival, is helping one of Kewanee's most popular restaurants look better than ever and plans on having his part of this project, the golden accents and the Cerno's sign, finished by the end of the week. Crabtree Painting did the exterior painting with Home Revival  helping rehab the wood and prep it for the new paint job. Doug tells me his accent work was inspired by the look of Olde English pubs as adopted by the pubs of New York City. The new look Cerno's Bar and Grill will be on display this weekend just in time to play host to the Hog Capital BBQ Challenge happening in the Cerno's parking lot beginning Friday evening with the arrival of BBQ teams from across the country and culminating on Saturday with the crowning of a pair of BBQ champions. 


More on 34 This Weekend

More on 34 Events
Friday and Saturday only
Village wide yard sales, crafts, food and fun.
Fireman Breakfast
Saturday - free will donation
two lots of vendors, crafts, flea market, food, port-a-potties.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
City of Galva
Galva Freedom Fundraiser Father’s Day Weekend
Wiley Park will be the “Place to Go”
check out the many treasure’s for sale.
Patchy's Craftapalooza
Father’s Day Weekend Friday 12-6 & Saturday 9-3
Wethersfield School (439 willard street)
Yard Sales, Home Business Sales, and home crafted items all in one Place!
Hog Capital BBQ Challenge
Competitors will compete in 4 categories for cash prizes
and points to compete in National Competitions including
the American Royal World Series of Barbeque.
All day Friday and Saturday
200 E. 3rd Street (by Cerno's Bar and Grill)
Mark Mikenas 309-852-2175
Hawthorne Centre Craft & Antiques Malls
2188 Veterans Drive, Galesburg - just off Seminary Street exit on Route 34.
Outside flea market, Crafts and Antiques inside.
Knox Prairie Community Kitchen
Flea Market and bake sale to be held outside Hawthorne Malls.
Knox County Humane Society
1855 Windish Drive, Yard Sales and adopt-a-pet.
Galesburg will be doing it Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Psycho Silo Saloon
Car and Motorcycle Parts Swap Meet, live music, food and drinks.
Saturday and Sunday.
Route 34 & Route 6/40
Wyanet Locker Cookout
Fundraiser for Bureau Valley Buddy Bags,
to provide lunches for kids when school is not in session
Ribeyes, pork chops and more.
Friday only
Bureau County Fairgrounds
There will be inside and outside vendors at the fairgrounds with all types of bargains including toys, clothing, furniture, glassware, jewelry and much more. Great food daily too! Doors open at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Not open Sunday. Restrooms available. Information 815-303-2905
Lunch in the Park - Soldiers and Sailors Park
11am - 1pm
Summer Solstice - Main Street
Extended shopping hours at many of Princeton’s unique boutiques and shops, dining, live music & fun
Festival 56 - The Fantasticks
Friday and Saturday
Princeton Farmers Market
Saturday 8:30am - 1pm
Old Wheels Car Show
Antique and vintage vehicles, great food, music, train ride for the kids.
Free admission. Satuday 10am - 2 pm.
First Lutheran Church, corner of Farnham and Pleasant Streets
Visit Union Railroad Museum
The United Methodist Church Dinner
Friday & Saturday
This is the 6th year for this event. Other churches are asked to join in the festivities.
Do not miss this donation yard sale, where you make a free will donation for every item you buy
Methodist Church Fundraiser
Earl Township Building. All sales are free-will donation. Fresh home-baked pie
8am-4pm Friday and Saturday.
Sandwich's Largest Yard Sale (Spaces available for rent)
8am to 3pm
Timber Creek Inn & Suites
3300 Drew Ave. Sandwich
Blues on the Fox
For 21 years, blues musicians from across the world have gathered in
Aurora to play their hearts out to blues-loving crowds in the thousands
and this year's lineup is sure to get your head swaying
and feet grooving. Friday and Saturday.
Click on the website for full concert lineup and details.
RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway


Fire Hydrant Work Continues In Kewanee

The City of Kewanee Fire Department will continue flow testing of fire hydrants this week.  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 next work area is scheduled for Thursday 6/14/18 and Tuesday 6/19/18 will include the areas between Pleasant and East 2nd Streets and North East to Goodrich Streets, including hydrants by the cemetery and Kewanee High School.

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


The Stars Go Dim and Emily Hope Come to Galva


Galva’s Wiley Park will once again be filled with people, food, vendors and music on June 17rd. The event will begin with a Vendor Fair from 1-6. First Baptist Church of Galva, Delta on the Square, Burmann Concessions, and Crazy Pete’s Street Eatz will offer dinner before and during the concert while supplies last. The Concert begins at 6 with Emily Hope followed by Stars Go Dim at 7. Rain location is in the Galva High School. This is a FREE concert open to everyone.

Formed in 2007 as a mainstream pop band, today Stars Go Dim is the moniker for Christian pop artist and songwriter Chris Cleveland. After years at the helm of an acclaimed independent secular band and more than a decade leading worship at Tulsa’s Asbury United Methodist Church—one of America’s largest congregations—Cleveland found success in the Christian format with his self-titled debut album. The singer has garnered three Top 5 hits and a massive No. 1 radio smash with “You Are Loved.” In addition, Stars Go Dim has toured with for KING & COUNTRY, Lauren Daigle and Phil Wickham, among others, and has been featured on the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. Poised to release new music throughout 2018, Stars Go Dim’s latest single, “Heaven On Earth,” is available now at all digital service providers.

Emily Hope falls more in love with music each day and fully acknowledge its power to inspire, encourage, and enact change. Her music is acoustic-based and generally upbeat, with a variety of country, pop, and folk influences. She calls her genre "’happy,’ because it's true and I also am incapable of picking just one.” She was honored to be one of the opening acts for country artist Eric Paslay at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, IL.  Emily Hope’s calling is to spread a little joy in this world that's so desperately in need of some hope. Her motto is “If I can make at least one person smile with a song of mine, then I have achieved something great.”

About the Galva Arts Council
The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts. If you are interested in being a vendor or volunteer at any of the concerts, let the Arts Council know at or 309-299-4999.

About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation's primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.


Red Cross Launches Missing Types

The American Red Cross is launching a new awareness campaign in hopes of avoiding an emergency call for blood this summer. The Missing Types campaign is meant to draw awareness to the fact that all blood types are needed, and especially during the summer. The organization says only about 3% of the U.S. population gives blood, meaning repeat donors are carrying the bulk of the load. During this time of year, people do not donate blood as often, according to Red Cross spokesman, Joe Zydlo (ZID-low). He says this is a nationwide effort.

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If you want to donate blood, you can find information on where and how to do so at, or you can download a free Red Cross application from you mobile app store.


Good news for State Fairgrounds in budget

The new state budget is providing first aid to the ailing Illinois State Fairgrounds. $30 million will go toward repairs at the Fairgrounds. State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe.....
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Poe was referring to the State Capitol Development Board. Among the top issues on the to do list, is repairing the shuttered Coliseum, which was closed because of structural concerns. Poe is looking forward to Coliseum repairs. He believes combining a reopened Coliseum with the new covered arena next door will pay off....
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Coliseum repairs will cost an estimated 7.7 million dollars.


Patrick Henry Club event announced

The next Patrick Henry Club gathering will be on Saturday June 23 at the Cambridge Community and Youth Center. Area residents are invited to join their conservative friends for coffee and conversation beginning at 9 am.

Scheduled speakers are State Senator Chuck Weaver will give an update on the spring legislative session; County Board member Jake Waller, Geneseo will give county board highlights and Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka will also speak.

All conservative voters are invited to attend the free event. The Patrick Henry Club meets four times each year to offer area residents the opportunity to learn more about their elected officials and current issues.

Anyone with questions should contact Republican chairman Jan Weber at 309-944-2808.  


Road Closure Set For Wednesday in Kewanee

The City of Kewanee is planning a road closure scheduled for Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:00 a.m.  Ratliff’s will be assisting digging and repairing a sewer at 728 West Prospect Street.  West Prospect Street will be closed between Beach Street and Fifth Avenue while work is being done.

Residents are asked to avoid this area if possible, and to take caution if driving near the work zone areas.


WKEI Open Line

Open Line for June 12

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Kewanee Chamber of Commerce on Tuned IN

Chamber Director Mark Mikenas is the guest 

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City Council Meeting

Kewanee City Council met on Monday evening and generally speaking, it was routine business for Council.
Mayor Steve Looney says there were a couple of highlights including the official passing of the resolution for street closure during the Hog Days Parade over the Labor Day weekend...

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Upcoming Mental Health Meetings

     The Henry and Stark County Health Department, the Stark County Citizen's Mental Health Task Force, and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance ask, “Are you or someone you love experiencing mental illness?  You are not alone. Experience the power of giving and receiving support.”

    The Henry County Mental Health Alliance invites you to attend the one of the two support group meetings they will be holding each month:

For friends and family of people with mental illness.

          For those personally struggling with mental illness.

    Both groups will meet on Tuesday, June 19th at 6:00-7:30pm at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E. 3rd St., Kewanee.

     David Harris, of the Mental Health Alliance and Black Hawk College Community Education Center adds, “We encourage interested individuals to come to an evening of sharing, support, new knowledge and new skills.  Join others living with similar obstacles to share your stories, offer encouragement, and lend your support.”

     For more information about the upcoming mental health support group meetings, you may contact Mr. Harris by calling (309) 738-2146.


Support Groups To Meet On June 19

The Henry and Stark County Health Dept along with the Citizens Mental Health Task Force and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance will hold their next support group meetings on Tuesday, January 19th at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.
The Family and Friends Mental Health Support Group and the Peer Mental Health Support Group will both meet from 6-7:30 pm with no cost to attend and no pre-registration necessary.
Beth Smith is the Behavior Health Navigator with OSF Healthcare and she says they would like to see more people take advantage of these important meetings…
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Illinois Lottery Announces Return of Red Ribbon Cash to Help Fight Against HIV/AIDS

AIDS and HIV aren't generating the headlines they once did but the threat remains strong. The Illinois Lottery is boosting awareness of that fact and raising funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS with a new version of the Red Ribbon Cash instant game. Illinois Lottery Director Greg Smith talked about the success of the effort at the launch last week......
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The Red Ribbon Cash tickets are $3 with top prizes of 50-thousand dollars.


Lt. Governor favors school resource officers for every Illinois school building

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti on board with a plan unveiled by Governor Bruce Rauner to place a school resource officer in every school building across the state.
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She says the legislature will be the deciding force on the funding mechanism for school resource officers. 


IL Home Sales Up in April

 Spring homebuyer demand pushed Illinois home sales into positive territory in April while median prices continued to outpace the year before, according to Illinois REALTORS®.
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2018 totaled 14,478 homes sold, up 1.9 percent from 14,202 in April 2017.
The statewide median price in April was $210,000, up 5.0 percent from April 2017, when the median price was $200,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.
"April traditionally marks the beginning of the spring selling season, and this year we saw sellers reap the benefit of tight housing inventories in many areas of the state," said Illinois REALTORS® President Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "Although we saw many more properties on the market in April, the surge is nowhere close to meeting consumer demand."
The time it took to sell a home in April averaged 54 days, down from 61 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 51,527 homes for sale, a 10.4 percent decline from April 2017 when there were 57,537 homes on the market.
According to the data, home sales in the Champaign-Urbana MSA (Champaign, Piatt and Ford counties) totaled 258 units, a 14.2 percent increase while the median price was up 4.8 percent to $147,225; in the Metro East MSA (Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties) sales increased 4.3 percent to 794 units sold and the median price rose 6.5 percent to $133,075; and in the Peoria MSA (Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Stark and Woodford counties) sales were up 18.8 percent to 448 units sold and the median price climbed 12.7 percent to $133,000.
The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.47 percent in April 2018, an increase from 4.44 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In April 2017, it averaged 4.05 percent.
In the nine-county Chicago Metro Area, home sales (single-family and condominiums) in April 2018 totaled 10,535 homes sold, up 2.1 percent from April 2017 sales of 10,315 homes. The median price in April 2018 was $250,000 in the Chicago Metro Area, an increase of 3.3 percent from $242,000 in April 2017.
“The Illinois and Chicago housing markets continue their modest upward trends,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “While the effect of rising mortgage interest rates has yet to be felt, consumer sentiment remains strong. For Illinois, job growth remains way behind the national rates and this sluggishness is reflected in the more muted growth of housing sales and prices.”
According to the data, fifty (50) Illinois counties reported sales gains for April 2018 over previous-year numbers, including St. Clair County, up 21.2 percent with 320 units sold; DuPage County, up 4.2 percent with 1,280 units sold; and Cook County, up 1.4 percent with 5,780 units sold. Fifty-nine (59) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Sangamon County, up 17.1 percent to $137,000; Lake County, up 4.4 percent to $250,500; and McLean County, up 3.3 percent to $154,950.
The city of Chicago saw year-over-year home sales increase 0.1 percent with 2,649 sales in April, compared to 2,647 a year ago. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in April 2018 was $309,950 up 4.2 percent compared to April 2017 when it was $297,500.

“Overall closed sales in April closely mirror last year’s numbers, but the median sales price continues to rise,” said Rebecca Thomson, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and principal of Thomson Real Estate Group. “Buyers need to act quickly with fewer homes to choose from and shorter market times.”
Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 27 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of May 7, 2018 for the period April 1 through April 30, 2018. The Chicago Metro Area, 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 47,000 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, the University of Illinois REAL forecast and more       


Senator Weaver Visits Regional Media

State Senator Chuck Weaver stopped by the Regional Media Studios on Friday afternoon for a visit with several topics of discussion.
Senator Weaver says the recently approved state budget is a good thing but there is still a lot of heavy lifting yet to do…
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Senator Weaver adds that the budget does alleviate some pressure off of lawmakers with the mid term elections coming up later this year…
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Senator Weaver also notes that while there still is acrimony in Springfield, particularly at the higher levels, the rank and file lawmakers seem to be operating with a bit more cooperation…
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IRS Advises Workers to Double Check Their Withholding Status

 The Internal Revenue Service urges two-income families and those who work multiple jobs to complete a “paycheck checkup” to verify they are having the right amount of tax withheld from their paychecks.

The IRS Withholding Calculator can help them navigate the complexities of multiple employer tax situations and determine the correct amount of tax for each of their employers to withhold.

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will affect 2018 tax returns that people file in 2019, makes checking withholding amounts even more important. These tax law changes include:
• Increased standard deduction
• Eliminated personal exemptions
• Increased Child Tax Credit
• Limited or discontinued certain deductions
• Changed the tax rates and brackets

Individuals with more complex tax profiles, such as two incomes or multiple jobs, may be more vulnerable to being under-withheld or over-withheld following these major law changes. The IRS encourages a “paycheck checkup” as early as possibleto help taxpayers check if they are having the correct amount withheld for their personal financial situations.

If a taxpayer needs to adjust their paycheck withholding amount, doing so earlier gives more time for withholding to take place evenly throughout the year. Waiting means there are fewer pay periods to make the tax changes – which could have a bigger effect on each paycheck.

The tax law changes generally don’t affect 2017 returns that people are filing in 2018. The changes affect 2018 returns, which taxpayers will file in 2019.

Withholding Calculator
The Withholding Calculator is the easiest, most accurate way for taxpayers with these complicated tax situations to determine their correct withholding amount. The tool allows users to enter income from multiple jobs or from two employed spouses. It also ensures that these taxpayers apply their 2018 tax deductions, adjustments and credits only once – rather than multiple times with different employers.

The calculator will recommend how to complete a new Form W-4 for any or all of their employers, if needed. If a couple or taxpayer is at risk of being under-withheld, the calculator will recommend an additional amount of tax withholding for each job. Taxpayers can enter these amounts on their respective Forms W-4.

To use the Withholding Calculator, taxpayers should have their 2017 tax returns and most recent paystubs available.

The calculator doesn’t request personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. The IRS does not save or record information entered in the calculator. Taxpayers should watch out for tax scams, especially via email or phone, and be especially alert to cybercriminals impersonating the IRS. The IRS doesn’t send emails related to the calculator or the information entered.

Withholding Calculator results depend on the accuracy of information entered. Taxpayers whose personal circumstances change during the year should return to the calculator to check whether their withholding should be adjusted.

Adjusting Withholding
Employees who need to complete a new Form W-4 should submit it to their employers as soon as possible.  Employees with a change in personal circumstances that reduce the number of withholding allowances must submit a new Form W-4 with corrected withholding allowances to their employer within 10 days of the change.

As a general rule, the fewer withholding allowances an employee enters on Form W-4, the higher their tax withholding. Entering “0” or “1” on line 5 of the W-4 means more tax withheld. Entering a larger number means less tax withholding, resulting in a smaller tax refund or potentially a tax bill or penalty.

More information:
• Withholding Calculator Frequently Asked Questions
• Tax Withholding
• Tax Reform page on


Impressive history of quilts and farm implements in Illinois

There’s plenty of history in Illinois when it to comes farm implements and the art of quilts. And the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is proud to promote that rural heritage says Erika Holst, the museum’s assistant curator of decorative arts and history.
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And what about the history of Illinois quilts.
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There are more than 18,000 items within the museum’s decorative arts and history department.
The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street and online at "". 


Tracking pests never stops

Tracking insects never stops. What does 2018 look like so far.
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Kelly Estes is the Agricultural Pest Survey Coordinator for the Illinois Natural History Survey. 


Congratulations to Highway Construction Grads


Black Hawk College congratulates the recent graduates of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP).


Front row, from left to right, are James Anderson of Coal Valley, Kelly Mooney of Davenport, Xavier Rodriguez of East Moline, Kelvin Shears of Moline, and Jordan Copeland of Moline.


Middle row, from left to right, are Luis Rosas of Moline, Andres Carmona of Davenport, Briannon Aldeman of Rock Island, Matthew Leemans of Galva, Nick Kirzeder of Milan, and Jordan Gosa of East Moline.


Back row, from left to right, are Joseph Winkel of Colona, Colin Gilman of Moline, Austin Stone of Galva, Jarred Alexander of Moline, and John Monzon of Moline.


Not pictured is Erik Jones of Andalusia.


Six students had perfect attendance for the 13-week program – Carmona, Copeland, Gosa, Leemans, Rosas and Stone.


Rodriguez and Jones left the program early to accept apprenticeships.


To see pictures from the training and graduation, visit Black Hawk College on Facebook at


The 450-hour program aims to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on Illinois Department of Transportation highway construction projects. There is no cost to participants who are accepted into the program.


The next HCCTP begins Monday, Aug. 13 with orientation sessions June 20, June 21, June 26, June 28 or June 29. For more information, visit



Hike The Hennepin On Sunday

The Friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on
Sunday, June 10.

This month’s hike will be from Lock 25 to Bridge 37.  This portion of the “Hike the Hennepin” is 4.4 miles in length and it has been named the “Cardinal”. 

We will meet at Bridge 37 (Geneseo Campgrounds) at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Lock 25 to begin our hike.   The Geneseo Campgrounds are located on Route 82 north of Geneseo and on the north side of the canal.

The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an
opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois
River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs.

You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no
fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress
weather appropriately.

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at: (email) or call 815-664-2403 (home)
or log on to our website at:


BHC Offering Computer Classes in Downtown Kewanee

Black Hawk College offers computer classes at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

Coming up are:
•       Word Level 1 – Tuesdays, June 19-26, from 1-40 p.m. Cost is $89.
•       Excel Level 2 – Wednesdays, June 20-27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $79.
•       iPad: Beginner – Wednesday, June 20 from 2-4 p.m. Cost is $25.

All classes are taught by faculty members from the Black Hawk College East Campus.

To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223 or visit


Honor Flight on Sunday in Bishop Hill

The Honor Flight Program will be held Sunday afternoon from 3-6 in the Bishop Hill Village Park.
The program raises funds that are donated to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities which choses fortunate veterans to visit their memorials in Washington D.C.
Linda Spring of the Filling Station Restaurant in Bishop Hill is the driving force behind the effort and she says that in the last nine years, the community has raised over $90,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight…
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The Illinois Patriot Guard and the Legion Riders will convene at the Galva American Legion at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon and they will then escort the United States Flag to the event in Bishop Hill.
One of the features of the day will be a live auction and Glenda Wallace from the Colony Store in Bishop Hill says they have some great items that will be available once again this year…
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Ms. Spring adds that representative from the Honor Flight will be on hand to accept applications and to also provide information…
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Golf cart shuttle services will be provided by Cambridge Cart to help with the parking congestion and those that will be attending are advised to bring their own lawn chairs with them.     


ISP Make Arrest in Fatal Car Accident

 Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the arrest of a suspect who was involved in a crash on I-90 that killed a 3-year-old child on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

A preliminary investigation of the crash indicates Matthew Munz, 49, of Zionsville, Indiana, was the driver of a black Ford Fusion traveling westbound on I-90 at mile post 47 near Huntley, Illinois. Munz failed to stop for a red Ford Taurus that had become disabled in the middle lane of traffic, striking that vehicle in the rear. The crash resulted in critical injuries to the front seat passenger of the red Ford Taurus and the death of a 3-year-old child, who was seated in the back of the vehicle. Illinois State Police Investigations assumed the case and conducted an extensive investigation which yielded evidence showing Munz was unlawfully using his cellphone moments prior to the crash.

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office approved two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Communication Device against Munz, both Class 4 Felonies. An arrest warrant was obtained for Munz with a bond of $10,000.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Munz surrendered himself to Illinois State Police District 15 Investigators. Munz posted his required bond and is scheduled for a court date on July 13, 2018, at the Kane County Courthouse in St. Charles, Illinois.


Rauner believes early release for Blagojevich is a bad idea

Former Governor Rod Blagojevich hopes to hear you're freed, instead of you're fired from President Trump. He has made it official, filing paperwork asking President Trump to bring his 14 year corruption prison sentence to an early end. He submitted paperwork to the Justice Department, seeking relief from the President, who previously worked with him on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. The man who currently sits in Blagojevich's old office thinks that's a bad idea. Governor Bruce Rauner believes there's strong evidence early release isn't called for...
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Blagojevich is part of Rauner's general election campaign strategy. Rauner has rolled out a new campaign ad featuring wiretapped audio from conversations between Blagojevich and his gubernatorial opponent J.B. Pritzker. 


New IDVA Director

A state department that has been under scrutiny for the way it responded to and handled a deadly disease outbreak at one of its residential homes has a new leader. US Army Brigadier General Stephen Curda has been appointed by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs. Curda comes to the embattled department after years of active duty service.

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The recently approved state budget has funds for repairs to the current vet’s home and to begin construction on a new home.


Illinois Looks To Improve Transport Network

The state is pushing more than a $141 million at projects to improve the way freight moves around Illinois. The state a nexus of class one rail lines, interstate roads and waterways that sets up the state a leader in transportation. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois needs to make the most of its strength.
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The projects include speeding rail traffic around East St. Louis and improving overnight parking for tractor trailers. 


Henry County Senior Center on Tuned IN

Senior Center Receptionist Trina Holmes is the guest

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WKEI Open Line

Open Line for June 7

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Upcoming Midsommar Music Festival

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the awards of $500 from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and $450 from the Swedish Council of America. This funding will be used to support our Midsommar Music Festival on June 23, 2018.  Specifically, these grants will fund the Nordland Band’s workshop and concert at this unique summertime music festival.  Because of the support of organizations such as these, the Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival is free and open to the public.  The BHHA thanks the ASF and the SCA for its continued support of our Swedish programming!

For Midsommar, the free Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  This year’s lineup includes Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, Kewanee Community Band/Chorus, Big River Reeltime Band, and the Nordland Band.  Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession. Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the Maypole procession.  It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments provided by the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge.  Later that evening, there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with The Ragged Robin Band and caller Gail Hintze.  Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person. 

Warm up your dance steps at the Nordland Band's 12:30 p.m. workshop in the Dairy Building as they play wonderful waltzes and pretty polkas.  If folks want to dive in feet first, this is an opportunity to learn some simple Swedish dances. For those who want to dance with their fingers, the band will have some percussion instruments along for you to join in the fun.  There will also be plenty of seating for those who delight in just listening to the music.  This workshop is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary for this one-hour workshop.


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