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Saturated Buffers

Saturated Buffers is a relatively new term that conservationists and farmers will likely be hearing more about in the future.

Jan Powelson is a Resource Conservationist with the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District and she says there are several potential aspects to this new program…


Kewanee Park District Info

The new skateboard park at Northeast Park in Kewanee has so far been nothing short of an overwhelming success.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Kewanee Park District and he says that like many of us, he has noticed lots of kids using the skate park…

The Baker Park Golf Course is now open for the season and Johnson says that different golfer will pick different times to begin their golfing season…


Kewanee Public LIbrary Events

Kewanee Public Library will host a genealogy program on Monday afternoon.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says if you are a baseball fan, this will be of special interest to you…

Ms. Billiet adds that the Library’s 3-D printing program will really take off this next week…


Rauner Reacts to AFSCME Vote

It’s not a decision to strike but the choice is now on the table for ASFCME members as they voted in strong numbers to support authorizing one. However, the state’s largest employee union says they are prepared to do everything they can to find an alternative path. Governor Bruce Rauner says that his administration has made their last and best final offer and it’s time to accept the contract and keep the state working.

More than 80 percent of AFSCME members voted to authorize a first-time strike against the state.


An All Illinois Beer

Next Friday, Tangled Roots Brewing Company will debut an all local beer. Spokesman and brewer Mike Billy says the hops and barley were grown locally. And the company brews its own beer in downtown Ottawa. He says it’ll have a local flavor.

Billy says there’s a melon-like taste in the local hops. The beer is named 41-88 after Ottawa’s latitude and longitude. Next Friday, local beer won’t just mean locally brewed anymore. Spokesman Mike Billy says Tangled Roots Brewing Company will sell a brew made with locally grown barley and hops.

The brew is named 41-88, because Ottawa is at 41 degrees north latitude and 88 degrees west longitude. Billy says just like grapes used in wine, hops take on a local flavor depending on the soil and water where they’re grown. The beer will debut at the company’s one year anniversary party next Friday.


Duckworth wants Trump to get back to basics

It's been an eventful first month in office for President Donald Trump, but with key cabinet choices confirmed, Senator Tammy Duckworth hopes Trump shifts his focus to a topic he raised on the campaign trail....

Duckworth says it's time for more action, and less words....

Senate Democrats began promoting a $1 Trillion infrastructure plan last month.


KHS Regional Championship Tickets Available

Kewanee will be offering limited number of pre sale tickets for the Kewanee  Regional  Championship game  that will be played on Friday Feb 24th. Pre Sale Tickets are limited to the first 300 people. 


Tickets prices are set by the IHSA at  $5.00


Tickets will be on sale starting on Thursday in the High School office from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM and from Friday  8:00AM to Noon.



Henry County Democrats to Meet Tonight

Henry County Democrats will meet this evening. The meeting will be held at Bella’s Pizza in Cambridge beginning at 6:30 and attendees are invited to come early and enjoy some of their great food with the business session to follow.

John Sovanski with the Henry County Democratic Party reports that there is some serious business to work on with township and city elections coming up in April.

Party officials will also be taking a look ahead at other issues they will face in 2017.

The committee is also announcing that they are looking for people that would like to be a precinct committeeman or woman.

The meeting is open to the general public and new people in particular are invited to come and get involved.

Further information is available by contacting John Sovanski at 854-2902.


KHS Speech Team Honors

The Kewanee High School Speech Team had a nice post season run.

District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says those students work very hard but often times, the public is not aware of their efforts…


Murder Victimes Identified


The two residents of 1040 N. Grace Ave. found deceased in their home Tuesday have been identified as Jason M. Rohrig, 43, and Rebecca L. Rohrig, 49. 
A pistol recovered from the crime scene as well as other firearm evidence and will be examined at a state police crime lab. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Kewanee Police Department at 853- 1911 or Henry County Crime Stoppers at (309) 937-2324.


Plans Being Pushed To Help Ease the Strain of Losing a Doctor

Health insurance plans can be expensive and confusing to sign up for. And even when you keep the same plan from year to year your plan may change without you knowing. That has the potential to leave patients breaking long relationships with doctors. And Representative Chad Hays of Danville in favor of a bill that would set up a grace period to allow patients to work with existing doctors while they look for a new one.

The bill would also make sure that health insurance providers have up to date information on in-network doctors on their websites.


Run for political office and farm at the same time

An Illinois farmer proved you can run for a seat in the General Assembly and grow a record-sized crop all at the same time -- and live to tell. Marengo farmer John Bartman did it last year and thinks more farmers belong in the Illinois statehouse;

Bartman entered the race late after the McHenry County Democratic Party slated him to run due to former Representative Jack Franks' decision to run for a county office. Bartman came up short, but hasn't ruled out another run. He plans to share his experience next week at an Illinois Farm Bureau conference in Springfield. You can still attend. Contact your county Farm Bureau.


Fire in Kewanee Tuesday Night

The Kewanee Fire Dept responded to a fire on Tuesday night at Prairie Green Apartments in the 1800 block of Lake Street.

Kewanee Fire Department Captain Duane Gillespie reports that fire crews were called out around 10:15 Tuesday night to battle the blaze. 16 apartments were affected by the fire with the main blaze all but destroying the central unit with two other adjacent units also suffering extensive damage.

Approximately 60 people were displaced by the fire with all receiving overnight accommodations.   

The other apartments might be salvaged but that determination will come from the property owners.

The good news is that there were no injuries to any of the inhabitants or fire crews. Firefighters were on the scene til approximately 1:15 ( this ) Wednesday morning.

The state Fire Marshalls office has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire with that report probably out in the next few days.   


Death Investigation in Kewanee

The two residents of 1040 North Grace Avenue, Kewanee were found deceased in their home Tuesday morning around 11:13 am when Kewanee Police were dispatched to conduct a welfare check.  Police Chief James Dison activated the Henry Mercer Investigative Task Force to conduct a death investigation.


Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services processed the crime scene and Agents and Investigators are actively furthering the investigation.  Preliminary evidence and information indicates this may be murder-suicide however there are a lot of leads underway. 


Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Kewanee Police Department at (309)853-1911 or Henry County Crime Stoppers at (309)937-2324.



KHS Wrestler 2nd at State

Lewis Robinson of Kewanee High School finished second in the state in the 145 lb weight class in wrestling this last weekend.

Kewanee Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says it was a gritty performance by Lewis…

Dr. Sullens notes that Robinson’s opponent had a straight on I’m coming right at you style, but he also notes that Lewis did very well, again finishing second in the state…


Upcoming Food Managers Course


The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments reminds area residents they will be holding a Food Service Manager's Certification Course that will meet on Monday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 8th from 9:00am-3:00pm.


The classes will be held at the Henry and Stark County Health Department, 4424 US Hwy 34, Kewanee.  The cost of the course is $140.  Please note, after you take the exam and pass it, an additional $35 will be required from the State to receive your 5 year certificate. An optional text book can be purchased in advance through our office or in class for $30.00. 


Through the course, valuable information is given which will help food managers improve their operations.  The food manager's certification course is designed to help area food service establishments in the county meet the requirements of the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code.


Those who participate in the course receive intensive training in such areas as foodborne disease, food protection, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, personal hygiene, building construction, public health codes, insect and rodent control and personnel training.


Registrations are limited. Those interested in registering or for more information, should contact the Department at 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments. 


Extension College Club

University of Illinois Extension’s 4-H program invites teens to join a new career and college explorations club.  It starts Friday, February 24, 6:45 - 8:15 pm with an orientation meeting at UI Extension, located at 321 W 2nd Ave. in Milan, IL. During the first meeting members will get a glimpse into ACT/Scholarship and College Search-Career and interest survey-Dual Credit/Clep.  The club meets again on Fridays, March 10, April 7 and May 12 to explore local colleges, hear speakers and learn about careers.  The cost is $20 for new 4-H members and free for those already enrolled. 


SCFB to Host Workshop

The Stark County Farm Bureau will host a workshop in Wyoming on March 3rd.

Farm Bureau Manager Thomas Marten says quite a number of guest speakers have been lined up for the program…

Marten adds that registration is due by next Monday…


Possible Murder-Suicide In Kewanee

On Tuesday February 21st Kewanee Police responded to what they thought was a welfare check for a woman not coming to work.  What they found when they arrived were two bodies who have only been identified as husband and wife.  At the time of press, signs are pointing to a murder-suicide.  In addition to the Kewanee police and the Illinois State Police, The Henry Mercer County Task Force is assisting in the investigation.  We will have more on this story as it develops.


Possible Murder-Suicide In Kewanee

On Tuesday February 21st Kewanee Police responded to what they thought was a welfare check for a woman not coming to work.  What they found when they arrived were two bodies who have only been identified as husband and wife.  At the time of press, signs are pointing to a murder-suicide.  In addition to the Kewanee police and the Illinois State Police, The Henry Mercer County Task Force is assisting in the investigation.  We will have more on this story as it develops.


Friday, Feb. 24th. Tropical Trivia. 7-10pm

Calling all trivia junkies! Transport yourself to the warm tropics at the Quad City Botanical Centers tropical themed trivia night.  Participants will compete in rounds of questions delivered by WHBF's local weather expert Ashley Simpson for bragging rights and cash prizes. Bonus points for their Tropical" category! *Guests are invited to tour their Sun Garden after or during trivia Intermissions. *The top 2 teams will take home cash prizes. $80 for a table of 6-10. Mulligans and double-point rounds will be available for purchase. *Guests are encouraged to bring their own appetizers and snacks. Cash bar featuring beer, wine, soda and water will also be available. *All proceeds will go directly to fund their educational programming.


Illinois State Fair reveals grandstand acts

The Illinois State Fair is going public with its first Grandstand concerts. Half of the lineup is finalized and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon reveals an act that should be familiar to any country fan who hasn't slept under a rock the last few decades...

Other big names include classic rock legend John Mellencamp on the final day of the fair, August 20th. Country star Chase Rice has been tabbed to perform August 11th. Pop star Jason DeRulo takes the stage August 17th and it could be a sleepless evening for any livestock left at the Fairgrounds on August 19th as metal act Five Finger Death Punch turns up the volume. A ticket sales date has not been set. 


Special Olympics Benefit From Lotto

Special Olympics will continue to benefit from another lotto game. Proceeds from an existing scratch off ticket have already generated more than a million and half dollars. Now a limited edition three dollar ticket will add to the jackpot of funds donated to Special Olympians says Karen Atwood, the Special Olympics Board of Directors.


House Will Hear Plan to Sell Thompson Center

The Governor has long sought to sell the hub of state government in Chicago. Bruce Rauner wants to sell the Thompson Center and get the state out of the business of owning expensive real estate and trying to keep up what is now seen as a crumbing building.

House Speaker Mike Madigan says a house committee will take up the proposal. The Governor says after selling the building that existing state workers would move to less expensive real estate in Chicago. 


Cubs vs Cards rivalry centerpiece of new exhibit at Lincoln Library/Museum

Four scores and seven innings ago. On President's Day, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum shifted its focus to a Civil War with much smaller stakes, the the rivalry between Cubs and Cardinals fans in Illinois. State Historian Samuel Wheeler says the exhibit will debut March 24th. He says the new exhibit will feature interactive fun that will allow rival fans to make their mark....

Wheeler says baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and both organizations are giving the exhibit a boost..

The exhibit will remain open through the rest of the year. Items featured will include a cap worn by Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, the second-base bag stolen by Lou Brock to break the modern record for steals in a season, gear worn by Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Rogers Hornsby, Fergie Jenkins, and much more.


AFSCME vote totals out soon

The votes have been cast, and all eyes are on AFSCME Council 31, as they prepare to release totals on a state worker strike authorization vote. The largest state employee union will reveal their results before the week is out. AFSCME officials say thousands upon thousands of members voted during the three week period. 28-thousand of the union's 38-thousand members are eligible to take part in a walkout while Corrections personnel are forbidden from striking. The Rauner Administration insists a strike would be illegal for all state workers based on an agreement signed last fall. A strike authorization vote doesn't necessecarily mean the union will strike. The union is currently challenging Governor Rauner's attempts to implement contract terms in court. AFSCME officials recently announced they would accept a four-year wage freeze and higher health insurance costs but the Rauner Administration rejected the proposal. 


Bustos to Remain in Congress

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she will continue serving in the House of Representatives and run for reelection in 2018. Bustos, who publicly explored the possibility of running for Governor, was recently elected to Democratic House Leadership as the co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. In this new role, as the only Midwesterner in Democratic House Leadership, Bustos has been tasked with strengthening the connection between Democrats and working families across our heartland.


Because of this new responsibility, and in light of how high the stakes really are for our country after a month of Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Bustos determined that she needs to devote her entire focus to her work in Congress.


Heart Health Month

The month of February has been designated as American Heart Month in an effort to bring awareness to the values of a healthy heart.

Meghan Weber is a Family Nurse Practitioner with the OSF Medical Group in Kewanee and she says that heart disease is a major problem in the United States…

Ms. Weber says there are some other factors and tips to keep in mind…


Kewanee City Info

Kewanee City Council decided not to pursue a suggestion that would potentially allow golf carts on City streets at their most recent meeting.

Mayor Steve Looney says the suggestion had originated with a member of the public…

City Manager Gary Bradley says that as such, golf carts are not legally allowed even on city sidewalks…

Mr. Bradley also says that Council will re-visit the issue of swimming pool fencing and regulations in the near future…


Hope for State Budget resolution

Following Governor Rauner’s budget address this week, some experts following the state’s budget impasse are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Rauner agreed to sign off on an income tax increase, and expand the sales tax to include some services if the legislature would accept some of his ‘turn-around’ agenda, especially reforms to workmen’s compensation. His budget outline, which would include cuts along with the tax hikes would come close to closing the gaping budget hole the state now faces, and sounds similar to the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ proposed earlier by senate leadership. Jak Tichener, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy institute at SIU says if there is a deal, it will have to be based on the ‘Grand Bargain’ coming out of the senate.

Tichener says he is more optimistic of a breakthrough than at any time in the past two years.

Jak Tichener of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Each day the state continues without a budget, bond ratings plummet, bills go unpaid and interest and service charges grow by millions of dollars a day.


Longtime House Minority Leader Bob Michel passes away at 93

His style played well in Peoria and Washington. Now a political legend who was known for making life in Washington less political has passed. Longtime House Minority Leader Bob Michel has died at the age of 93. Second generation Congressman Darin LaHood of Peoria witnessed Michel up close and personal with his father, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, serving on Michel's staff before succeeding him in Congress.... LaHood notes long before his public service in a three piece suit, Michel served this country with his own blood on the battlefield....

LaHood says Michel's style was special whether on Capitol Hill or Main Street...

Congressman Rodney Davis also released a statement. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a good friend and mentor this morning,” said Davis. “Bob Michel was a war hero and one of the most respected members of Congress of all time. His 38 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives and the incredible footprint he has left on Central Illinois and this country will never be forgotten. Bob’s ability to reach across the aisle to make a divided government work for the people he represented was second to none – a trait we should all strive to emulate each day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family this morning. He will truly be missed.”


OSF on Tuned IN

Heart health is discussed during the Feb 20 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI


Henry County Sheriff Info

A pair of recent events in the area have been quite sobering and while authorities cannot say much at this time, Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla does say that citizens need to remain alert and aware…

Sheriff Padilla stresses to the public that if anything seems out of order, by all means contact the authorities to let them know so that they can investigate…

The unfortunate reality is that other kidnappings are likely occurring right now with the unfortunate reality that there will be more to come…


Derick Carlock Wins Gold at Special Olympics


Derick Carlock of Kewanee competed in the Illinois Special Olympic Winter Games at Chestnut Mountain near Galena, bringing home a gold medal in the Giant Slalom and a 5th place ribbon in the Downhill event.  Patrick Peach was his coach at this event which ran from February 7 – 9, 2017.  Derick has won gold multiple times at Special Olympic state competitions through the years.


BHE To Host Scholastic Bowl

Black Hawk College East Campus is proud to host the 2017 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.


This will be the sixth year Black Hawk College has hosted the event, which pits students from different high schools against each other to answer questions from a variety of categories, such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science.


More than 100 high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference will be competing. The participating schools are AlWood, Annawan, Cambridge, Galva, Mercer County, Princeville, ROWVA, Stark County, West Central and Wethersfield.


The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. There will be nine, 45-minute rounds starting at 8:30 a.m. with awards at 5 p.m.


Black Hawk College East Campus is located at 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee). Visitors should park in the lot next to Building A. The event will be in Building B.


For more information, contact Kirk Watson at 309-854-1811 or watsonk@bhc.edu.



Another Democrat in the Running for Gov

Madison County Regional Schools Superintendent Bob Daiber has launched a bid for the Democrat party nomination for Illinois Governor in Edwardsville. In the event Monday afternoon, Daiber says jobs and education will be his campaigns key focus:

Daiber plans to remain on the job as regional schools chief for the time being. He says that could change sometime down the road. Primary balloting for the Governors race is more that a year away, March 20th, 2018. So far Daiber and Chris Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy, are the only announced Democratic candidates. 


Kewanee Boil Order Lifted


Effective Friday 2/17/17, the boil order has been lifted for residents in the areas of the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Cambridge Road, Golden and Irwin Avenues, whose water was shut off during hydrant work earlier in the week.  


WKEI Open Line

Several topics hit the WKEI Open LIne for Friday, Feb 17



Cubs to air on Newstalk 100.1FM and 1450AM WKEI

Regional Media Kewanee along with Newstalk 100.1FM and 1450AM WKEI changes it’s longtime Major League Baseball affiliation to the World Champion Chicago Cubs. As part of the continuing effort to serve the community with the best possible programming in all aspects of radio, Regional Media in Kewanee is proud to announce a brand new multi-year partnership with the World Champion Chicago Cubs.


Beginning Sunday, April 2, 2017, the opening of the 2017 Major League Baseball season,
every scheduled game of the season Chicago Cubs season will be broadcast live on Newstalk
100.1FM and 1450AM WKEI. Newly named Program Director Karissa Nash says, “As a Cubs fan I could not be more excited about this partnership with the Cubs. Last season was miraculous and we look forward to listening as the Cubs build a winning tradition in 2017 on WKEI, what a way to kick of the year with my new position as Program Director with Regional Media!”

Longtime Sports and News Director Bob Mckee went on the record with immense excitement

saying, “The 2016 World Series Champions the Chicago Cubs, will they repeat? Let’s hope so,
tune in to find out!”


The Tri-County Area has awaken to Cub’s fever, and it is all thanks to the local area sponsors.
The World Championship era of Chicago Cubs baseball begins April 2nd at 7:30 PM against
long time Cubs rival the St. Louis Cardinals, live from St. Louis, on Newstalk 100.1FM and
1450AM WKEI!


Broadcast Team:


Pat Hughes
• Play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs since 1996.
• Prior to joining the Cubs broadcast booth, Hughes spent 12 years calling games for the
Milwaukee Brewers, with legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker.
• Spent 17 years as a radio television play-by-play man for Marquette University basketball.
• Ten-time recipient of the Sportscaster of the Year award by the National Sportscasters and
Sportswriters Association (1990-1992, 1996, 1999, 2006-2007, 2009, 2014-2015).
• One of eight finalists for the 2017 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in
baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.


Ron Coomer
• Color Analyst for the Chicago Cubs since 2014.
• Born south of Chicago in Crest Hill, IL.
• Played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles
Dodgers from 1995-2003. He was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1999
with the Twins.


Mark Grote
• Host of the Pre- and Post-Game Shows on the Chicago Cubs Radio Network.
• Sports reporter and weekend sports anchor for WBBM Newsradio from 2002-2010.
• Morning anchor for the Mully & Hanley Show and co-host of the Rosenbloom & Grote
Show, both heard on WSCR 670 The Score.


Regional Media is a multi-state broadcasting and media company specializing in small to
medium size business, local community activism, and overall economic growth through the
use of it’s wide range of products and services. For more information on Regional Media,
Please visit RegionalMedia.info 


President's Day Schedule in Kewanee

Presidents Day will be observed on Monday and while that will be a holiday for some, it will not be a national holiday per se’.

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

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

President’s Day is a federal reserve banking holiday and most banks will be closed on Monday but banks may have different schedules and best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule.

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

Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed tomorrow on Saturday and will re-open on Tuesday, February 21st.      

Most area schools including Kewanee and Wethersfield will be closed next Monday with the reminder that students at Wethersfield will enjoy an early dismissal today of 11:15 for staff development.

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

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

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will be closed on Monday for President’s Day and will re-open next Tuesday, February 21.  


ISP Report on Driving Behaviors

Triple A has released a report about driving behaviors on roadways throughout the country.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says that unfortunately, fatalities are up and that’s a very sobering thought…

Tropper Wilson says there are probably several reason but one in particular sticks out…

When it comes to cell phones and driving, some truck drivers are guilty of this and often times it’s the local driver who is the biggest violator…


KHS Advance Regional Ticket Sales

Kewanee will be offering limited number of pre sale tickets for the Kewanee Semi Final Regional game  that will be played on Tuesday Feb 21st. Pre Sale Tickets are limited to the first 300 people. People may only buy a max of 4 per person.


Tickets are prices are set by the IHSA at  $5.00


Tickets will be on sale starting on Monday in the High School office from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM and from Tuesday 8:00AM to Noon.



Duckworth weighs in on Gorsuch

Senator Tammy Duckworth won't have to spend much time in her new chamber before weighing in on a Supreme Court nominee. Duckworth isn't committing yes or not to Judge Neil Gorsuch, but his expression of displeasure with President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on federal judge James Robart made an impression....

The President called Judge a “so-called judge” after a ruling against Trump's travel ban.


Durbin meets with Gorsuch

Senator Dick Durbin met with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for some 40 minutes Tuesday. While Durbin has expressed opposition to multiple nominees for President Trump's cabinet, for him the jury is still out on his vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee...

Durbin says he wants to ensure that Gorsuch would be an independent check on the Executive Branch.


Democratic response to budget address

Democrats are responding to Governor Rauner's latest budget address. State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, the budget negotiator for the House Democratic caucus, says the Governor is going down a wrong, familiar path....

Harris maintains Democrats have done their part to compromise...

Harris maintains Democrats are offering a plan to boost the economy with economic reforms that will boost the middle class while providing good jobs for working families and helping businesses grow.


Prompter Gives Rauner Trouble - Madigan Cracks Wise

The Governor gave his budget address yesterday and all was going well for about 30 minutes until his Tele-PrompTer went out. The Governor was left to fill about 2 minutes without his script and at one point had a good laugh with his arch political rival Mike Madigan.

Rauner covered tax hikes, property tax freezes, workers comp reform and increases in both funding for education and more state police in his address.


Gov Won't Support BIgger Tax on Groceries

In his annual budget address at the state capitol Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says that he can support much of what the state senate wants to do with their grand bargain . But he wants to see changes to their plans for adding revenue or increasing taxes.

He wants the legislature to pass a permanent property tax freeze and change the workers compensation system to resemble what another “blue” state did, Massachusetts.


Rauner Says He's Willing to Sign A Good Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the state budget today. The Republican says that he is considering the merits of many parts of the senate’s grand bargain plan. Rauner wants the state to spend more on MAP grants for college students, upping the earned income tax credit and creating a another pension plan for new state employees. Now he says it’s up to lawmakers to send him a complete budget that he’d be willing to sign.

The Governor also continued his push for other items not tied to state spending like term limits and a worker’s compensation system that is similar to one in Massachusetts. 


WKEI Open Line

A Russian spy ship off the East Coast is discussed during the Feb 16 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI




Trooper Jason Wilson talks about a Triple A report on driving behaviours during the Feb 16 edition of People to People on WKEI


Bushels for Hunger Totals

The totals are in as announced on Wednesday for the annual Bushels For Hunger Program.

Under that program, area farmers donate extra grain at the elevator with those donations forwarded to the River Bend Food Bank.

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says that Mercer County Farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director Jeff Kirwan presented the donation to Mike Miller of the River Bend Food Bank in Davenport…

The Bushels for Hunger program is a joint program coordinated by five Illinois County Farm Bureaus including Henry, Stark, Rock Island, Mercer and Whiteside.

The program runs in conjunction with several area grain elevators and ethanol plants including ADM, Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Gold Star FS, the Hillsdale Elevator, Michlig Grain, River Gulf Grain, the River Valley Cooperative and the Rumbold and Kuhn Grain Elevators.  

Ms. Laleman also reminds area students about several scholarship opportunities…


BHE Nursing Scholarships


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


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


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


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


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


The application deadline is Tuesday, March 7.


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


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




Upcoming LWV Meeting

The League of Women Voters of the Kewanee Area will host Roger Gradert, the Henry County Board chair on Thursday, February 23.  The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center (CEC) in Kewanee at 404 E 3rd Street, north of city hall.  


He will explain the mission of the board and its subcommittees.  In light of the state of Illinois budget situation, he will outline the challenges this brings in carrying out the board's duties.  


Also, find out the difference in the duties and funding of township government versus county government.  There will be time for questions from the audience.  


Find out how we as citizens can assist the board in serving its constituents whether it is keeping informed, being a member of a subcommittee, running for office, or talking to your legislators?  


The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose main purpose is to help the public become better informed.


Area Red Cross Volunteers Headed to California

The American Red Cross has launched a massive disaster response in northern California, where nearly 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate due to the potentially catastrophic failure of a spillway which is part of the Oroville Dam system.


The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region deployed nine volunteers to Butte County in northern California to assist with the Red Cross disaster response. The volunteers will be working together in a unique situation as an entire “shelter team” to set up and staff a shelter to provide a safe place to stay and comfort and care for the evacuated residents in the Oroville Spillway area.


“Red Cross volunteers from our region are always eager to deploy to help with disasters across the country,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “It is inspiring to work with volunteers who are willing, on very short notice, to take time away from their lives and their loved ones to help others in need.”


Volunteers deployed from the Central and Southern Illinois Region include Kerri Becker (Springfield, IL), Chuck Bullard (Morrisonville, IL),  Holly Hall (Monroe City, MO), Kathi Knope (Taylorville, IL), Sylvia Martinez (Davenport, IA), Connie Roberts (Hannibal, MO), Paul Sierra (Moline, IL), Robert West (Davenport, IA) and Robin Wilson (McLeansboro, IL).


As many as 2,200 residents were in Red Cross and community shelters as of Mondaymorning, and the Red Cross is preparing to shelter and feed thousands more in the upcoming days. The evacuation orders came Sunday night in Butte and Yuba counties, Yuba City and Marysville, as damage was discovered to the Oroville spillway. The Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the United States, and is a critical piece of the state’s water system. The dam currently remains intact, but the emergency spillway is compromised. The governor of California has declared a state of emergency and substantial search and rescue help is being deployed, including the California National Guard and Highway Patrol, along with swift water rescue teams.


DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APPEveryone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, safety information and open shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

MAKE A DONATION We are thankful to those who would like to donate items for people evacuated in California – but the Red Cross is not equipped to manage, support, and distribute donated items. Instead, our priority is to get those affected settled at emergency shelters, and to provide supplies to meet immediate needs. Right now, the best way to help is through a financial donation.

Help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Day Before Budget Address Rauner on Facebook Live

Governor Bruce Rauner will give his third budget address today but before standing before lawmakers he took to Facebook for another live event where he took questions from citizens. Rauner’s position on the aforementioned budget was a common topic. He says that for years he’s been saying for years the state needs to do something different but he won’t stand in the way of others ideas to fix the state.

Critics of the Governor say he’s constitutionally responsible to submit a budget for review. Rauner said he did that once and the House ignored his reconditions and moved to pass an unbalanced budget. The Governor addresses the state today at noon.


Time for Seat Belts in School Buses

Millions ride on roadways and highways everyday without being buckled into their seats. And in spite of seat belt laws around the nation no one is breaking the law. Now that might change in Illinois. Secretary of State Jesse White now says he supports a law requiring seat belts on school buses. SOS Spokesperson Dave Druker says they want to see a standard three point belt in bus seats to keep kids safer.

This is far from a new issue in Illinois or other states, but cost has often been cited as a reason to keep seatbelts off of buses. 


Monsanto continues ag research and development while merger holds

Monsanto recently broke ground on a nearly one billion-dollar plant upgrade as the company plans to provide farmers tools to fight the broadleaf weeds that have become more prevalent in recent years. Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley says even though the company awaits approval for its merger with Bayer, research and development remain top priorities.

Fraley says Monsanto will invest about one-point-five billion dollars this year in research and development. That’s impressive in ag circles, but he says pharmaceutical companies will invest more than eight billion. He adds the pending merger will allow them to grow their commitment to innovation.

Fraley will speak Thursday at the Illinois Soybean Summit in Peoria. For more information on the summit visit ilsoy-dot-com, slash, summit.


Munger talks about duties of Deputy Governor

Leslie Munger is back in state government. The former Comptroller was named Deputy Governor by Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this month. She'll once again talk numbers, as the budget will be a primary focus but she'll also call upon other aspects of her experience in the new post....

Munger says it's crucial that a budget is passed soon, especially with overdue bills gobbling up much of Illinois' revenue.


Water Shut Off in Kewanee Today

Effective Wednesday 2/15/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department is scheduling a water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work will be done to replace a fire hydrant.  Residents in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Cambridge Road, as well as residents on Golden and Irwin Avenues will have water shut off while work is taking place.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m.


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

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

Cambridge Road is expected to remain open to traffic as much as possible.  Residents are asked to take caution if driving near the work zone areas.

If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.


Salvation Army Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday

The annual Kewanee Salvation Army appreciation breakfast will be held this coming Saturday, February 18th.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says she always looks forward to this event…

Ms. Bolls says the breakfast is basically for anyone that has helped the Salvation Army over the last year and a call ahead would be appreciated…

Ms. Bolls says there are some other entities that have stepped forward in a big manner over the last year …

The public is also reminded of the Winter Mark Down Sale at the Salvation Army store in Kewanee…


City of Kewanee Info

Kewanee City Council held discussions at Monday night’s Council meeting on economic and community development incentives.

Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Mr. Gary Bradley both say it’s all part of a continuing effort to spruce up the city…

The home rebuilding program takes on two different fronts as the city is now developing a rebuilding program in addition to the Henry County program Rebuilding Together.

Mr. Bradley explains the city’s involvement in that program and addresses some of the funding mechanisms…

Mr. Bradley further says that some applications are still being accepted for Rebuilding Together for this year and the city’s program will likely begin accepting applications sometime this spring…


Duckworth takes on massive price spikes on anti-overdose medication

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, along with colleague Dick Durbin, is seeing red after another pharmaceutical company dramatically increased the price of a life saving medication. The two Senators from Illinois teamed up with 29 other Senators to demand answers from Kaléo Pharmaceuticals for massive price hikes for an easy to use injector device that contains opioid overdose drug Naloxone and the injector device Evzio The price has surged from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 now. Duckworth says in many price gouging cases, the companies are pharmaceutical in name only...

You may not have to worry about opioid addiciton, but Duckworth says you're impacted by the price surges regardless...

The 31 Senators say the price hike threatens to price-out families and communities that depend on Naloxone to save lives.


Gov Gives Little Preview of Budget Address

The Governor is getting set to give another budget address but every year he has done so the state has gone without a comprehensive state spending plan. The state Senate is still working on a broad compromise that would strive to balance the state budget. Bruce Rauner says as he prepares for Wednesday he is appreciative of the work the Senate has done.

Rauner has said little about what his message will be on the during his budget address.


Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meets tonight @ 7


The meeting will be preceded by Soup Supper at 6 p.m. with informal conversations to be held regarding possible changes in set-up and rates for both the Flea Market/Craft Show and downtown food concessions. Any possible changes will be openly discussed and voted on by the full committee at the 7 p.m. meeting before any changes can take place.


Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

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

Review by full committee and acceptance of the fiscal year 2017 Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. operating budget

Unfinished Business

1.    Front door overhang and front of building sign

2.    Bank loan update and payment schedule for new roof


New Business

1.    Entertainment report

2.    Any action resulting from Flea Market/Craft Show and Food Concessions talks held at 6 p.m.tonight

3.    Thoughts on insurance for this year? Insurance to be acted on at the March 2017 meeting

4.    2017 Henry County Tourism Bureau Map


Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone


Motion to adjourn



KPL Needle Art Program

For those people that like to knit or crotchet, Kewanee Public Library has a Needle Art Program on the schedule.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says the program will be held on Thursday evening…


Wethersfield Info

Two students at Wethersfield High School have received recognition for their talents and skills.

Mr. Jeremiah Johnston is the Principal at Wethersfield High School and he says it is an honor to recognize those students…

Mr. Johnston also notes that it’s that mid-term time of the year when things can lag just a bit but he also says there will be a change in the normal schedule later this week and also next Monday…


U of I AgTech Summit

Agriculture, from agribusiness to the individual farmer, has always been a leader in technology innovation, and to be competitive in today’s world, farmers have to be near the cutting edge. The University of Illinois is one of the nation’s leaders in both technology and agricultural research, and the U of I Research Park is holding an AgTech Innovation Summit next week, February 23rd to unveil the latest developments in technology of equipment, data management, genetics and other leading edge technologies that will be impacting agriculture in the near future. Laura Bleill (Bl-eye-ill) is associate director of the Research Park.

The tech summit on the 23rd is free to anyone interesting in the latest ag technology, but you do need to preregister for the daylong event.

Laura Bleill of the U of I research park. Again, the AgTech summit is free to all interested farmers and agri-business people.


Gov Touts Auto Industry

The biggest car show in the United States is underway in Illinois this week. The Chicago Auto Show is open at McCormick Place along Lake Michigan. Governor Bruce Rauner was at the ribbon cutting of the show and highlighted how many manufacturers build cars and parts in Illinois.

The auto show is open now through the 20th.


Get Ready For Zombies - You'll Be Ready for Anything

These are strange and uncharted times at the State Capitol and as Illinois heads further into a year without a comprehensive spending plan lawmakers are encouraging citizens to be ready for a zombie attack. Representative Chris Welch of suburban Westchester wants to use a gag to get families better prepared to weather a disaster.

Even though the message of having 3 days of food and water in your house may be the right one, some lawmakers aren’t amused. Representative Will Davis.

Supporting lawmakers want October 2017 to be Zombie preparedness month


IRS Info

The income tax filing season is moving right along and Michael Devine with the IRS office in St Louis says that quite a number of returns have already been processed…

Occasionally, the wrong information will show up on w-2’s or 1099’s and that information must be resolved in order for the return to move forward…

Devine adds that if contacting the employer doesn’t work, there are other options available…


Council Agenda For Feb 13

1.              Call to Order

2.              Closed session pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act Section 2(c)(1) to discuss personnel, Section 2(c)(2) to discuss collective bargaining, and Section (2)(c)(11) to discuss pending, probable or imminent litigation.

3.              Pledge of Allegiance

4.              Consent Agenda

a.     Approval of Minutes

b.    Payroll

c.     Staff Reports

5.              Presentation of Bills and Claims

6.              Citizen Participation

7.              Business:

a.     Acceptance of the Plan Commission Minutes from its meeting held on January 26, 2017.

b.    Consideration of an Ordinance granting a Special Use Permit to sell alcohol by the individual serving in the proposed wine bistro to Hardeep Bhalla, Elite Restaurant Group III, Inc.

c.     Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition contract for 1119 Rose Street, 638 N. Walnut Street, 614 S. West Street, and 607 N. Tremont Street to Martin Bros. Co. Inc.

d.    Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to renew a lease agreement with Henry County Tourism Bureau to occupy space in the City Depot Building at 224 West Third Street.

e.     Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the purchase of a computer server and related software from Office Specialists Inc.

f.      Discussion of proposed amendments to the fencing and swimming pool regulations.

g.     Discussion of Economic and Community Development Incentives.

h.    Discussion and approval of anticipated Well #4 rehab work.

i.       Discussion of allowing low speed vehicles (golf carts) on City streets.

j.      Consideration of a request from the Veterans Council of Kewanee to hold “Poppy Day Sales” on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and proclaiming the Week of May 14, 2017 as Poppy Week in the City of Kewanee.

8.              Council Communications:


9.              Announcements:   


10.          Adjournment


February Is Children's Dental Health Month


    Throughout the month of February, which is designated National Children's Dental Health Month, staff from the Henry and Stark County Health Departments have been visiting area elementary and preschools to offer instruction to students regarding the importance of good dental care.


    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion notes, “We have presented to students from preschool to sixth grade.  We demonstrate proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques; as well as, explain how nutrition affects teeth, and how to prevent tooth decay.”


   Tucker adds, “We also stress the importance of regular checkups and display a few items used to clean and inspect teeth.”


    Youngsters are allowed to take part in a short question and answer session regarding the importance of proper dental care for their teeth. Also, everyone in the class receives a special toothbrush, and teachers receive dental information packets containing suggestions for further classroom activities.


    This dental education program is just one of a number of health education programs available to area schools through the Health Department.


     For more information on the Department's education programs, contact the Health

Department by calling (309) 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.


Grand Compromise will take more grand effort

The Illinois Senate returned to work Thursday after a disappointing stall in efforts to reach a budget deal. Efforts to strike a compromise deal fell apart as Senators voted down a pension reform plan. Three other budget bills that passed did so without Republican support. Republicans say they want to vote on a full agreement. Both sides say they'll continue to work toward a deal.... Democratic State Senator Andy Manar recapped the struggles of the compromise effort....

Governor Rauner is set to lay out his latest budget plan next Wednesday.


Oak Ridge Boys Coming to Bureau County Fair

One of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry is coming to the 162nd Bureau County Fair in Princeton on Thursday Augsut 24th.  It’s the four-part harmonies of the Oak Ridge Boys.
  The Oaks have spawned 17 number one songs, sold over 41 million records,  sport 5 grammies, 11 dove awards and 4 CMA awards.   They  were inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame in 2015.
The line up is the same since 1973—William Lee Golden, lead singer Duane Allen, Richard Sterban,  and Joe Bonsall deliver over 50 years of tradition in every show.  
The Oak’s roots date back to Knoxville, Tennesee and were one of the top drawing gospel groups in the nation according to Time Magazine.  In the early 70’s, another Bureau County Fair alumni performer  Johnny Cash booked them on his show in Vegas.  He told them “there’s magic in the four of you.”  He believed in them.  Then in 1975, Roy Clark’s manager Jim Halsey asked them to open for Roy. 
The outcome of that was Jim becoming their manager, and  1977’s  “Y’all Come Back Saloon”, their first country album and “I’ll be true to you”, the Oak’s first number one song.  Thirty One studio albums later, the Oaks continue to be one of Country music’s truly legendary acts.   They still perform some 150 dates each year through out the U.S. and Canada.
Tickets for the Oak Ridge Boys will go on sale Saturday, February 18th  at 9am.  All tickets will be sold on line at www.bureaucountyfair.com
For complete ticket information including ticket prices, see www.bureaucountyfair.com.  The 162nd Bureau County Fair runs August 23-27th in Princeton. 


Abilities Plus Scholarships


Kewanee, IL – Abilities Plus announces the availability of scholarship and project funds from its endowment.  This year, two $500 Jean German Academic scholarships, named after former founder and long-time volunteer and supporter, Jean German will be awarded. Additionally, $4,500 in project funds will be available. 


To be considered for the scholarships, applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited college or university, are pursuing a certificate or degree in the human service field of study, and hold a primary residence in Henry, Stark, or western Bureau County. 


Additional qualifications include a career goal of working with adults or children with disabilities or developmental delays.  Eligibility is open to recent or upcoming high school graduates, as well as current college students and adult learners.


The Endowment will also fund projects that offer individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain independence or experiences they may not otherwise obtain.  Community organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.  Endowment project money will not be granted for day-to-day operation expenses. 


Interested applicants for scholarships or projects may contact Julie Landwehr at (309) 852-4626 or julie@abilitiesplus.org to receive the necessary paperwork.  All applications must be received by March 31, 2017 to be considered.  Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2017 of the committee’s decision.



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