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Neponset Picnic Days Set for June 29th and 30th

The Village of Neponset is going to be a busy, busy place on the weekend of June 29th and 30th. Neponset Picnic Days are set for June 29th and 30th featuring the Taste of Neponset Cook Off, the Neponset Zephyr Cruisin’ on Friday night, the Neponset Fireman’s Breakfast, a 5K Run, and a parade celebrating freedom. The main event will be the Neponset Pork Chop Picnic on Saturday night beginning at 5 Pm. Vendors will be on hand as well throughout the celebration and their will be kids games including a bounce house. Things get underway downtown on Friday night with Zephyr Cruisin and the opening of the beer garden from 5 Pm to 8 Pm.


Illinois Lawmakers Considering Legislation Regarding Sexual Abuse in Illinois Schools

Illinois lawmakers listened to testimony from victims of sexual abuse in Illinois schools at a hearing in the capital on Wednesday. Students who had been victimized while attending school testified before lawmakers in support of new legislation aimed at protecting students from such abuse at an Illinois school. State Representative Camille Lilly of Oak Park praised the young female students for speaking out.

Part of the new legislation would include creating advocates for students to reach out to when such abuse occurs. State Representative Mary Flowers of Chicago stressed the need for such advocates in remarks during the hearing.

Chicago Public School officials say that new protections are already in place at Chicago schools including new guidelines for employee background checks. More hearings on the potential legislation will be held later this summer.


Dinosaurs Invade Kewanee this Weekend with Arrival of Jurassic World Sequel

Dinosaurs are invading Kewanee this weekend. The Wanee Cinemas will play host to Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom this weekend, the sequel to the worldwide smash Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The arrival of the Jurassic World sequel comes on the heels of last weekend’s superhero success story Incredibles 2 which packed the Wanee Cinemas with delighted families. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is expected to continue the big box office with a projected nationwide box office take expected in the range of $135 million dollars. predicts that the box office takes for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 could set some unique box office records, including being the first ever top two movies at the box office to each gross more than $100 million dollars. 


Preferred Home Health Care Holding Picnic in the Park at Windmont Park This Evening

There is a picnic in the park this evening at Windmont Park in Kewanee. Preferred Home Health Care is hosting the picnic in the park today, Thursday, June 21st, from 5:30 Pm to 7:30 Pm. Storyteller Brian ‘Fox’ Ellis will be on hand for Stories of the Summer Solstice and their will be kids activities and a balloon release. Preferred Home Health Care and Hospice is accepting RSVP’s at 309-853-8000. The event is a rain or shine event so make plans to attend regardless of the weather, the event is being held in the Windmont Park Shelter House.


FB Golf Outing Termed A Success

The recent Henry and Stark County Farm Bureau’s golf play day was a success once again this year.
Stark County Farm Bureau Manager Anna Emm says that proceeds from the event go to a good cause…
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Bureau County Road Closure Announced

Please be advised that IDOT has notified us that maintenance of the I80 bridge north of Mineral on CH 10 (120 East Street) is resulting in closure of this section of CH 10 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, June 21st and is anticipated to remain in effect for approximately 2 weeks.


Representative Cheri Bustos Releases Statement on President Trump's Immigration Executive Order

Representative Cheri Bustos has released a statement regarding President Trump signing an executive order that essentially ends the practice of separating families who entered the country illegally.

“I never thought I’d live to see the day when an American President would take thousands of children, including hundreds of toddlers, away from their parents and demand a $25 billion ransom to let them out of a cage. Washington Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen. President Trump made a decision to tear apart thousands of families for seeking refuge from gang violence, rape and murder. We must make sure this never happens again. This is why I have cosponsored the Keep Families Together Act – a clean bill that permanently prevents the President from continuing this barbaric and inhumane policy of abusing children. Any bill that ties the separation or incarceration of children to funding for the President’s hardline immigration policies should be a non-starter. If Washington Republicans are serious about solving the crisis at hand rather than engaging in a hostage negotiation, they should allow a vote on our bill today. For the last several days, President Trump repeatedly misled the nation, claiming that he didn't have a policy of taking children away from their parents despite the mounting evidence in front of our eyes and in our ears. Now, he’s signed an Executive Order that he says will make everything better, but it fails to solve the very problem he created. Indefinite detention is not the answer. No child should face years of lockup. Too many already have scars that will never heal. As a mother, I am deeply saddened by the place this President has taken us in this dark chapter of our nation’s history.”

President Trump signed the Executive Order on Tuesday. 



17th Walldogs Mural to Honor Walter T Bailey on Prairie Chicken Festival Weekend

The Walldogs are coming back to Kewanee as part of the festivities for the Prairie Chicken Festival. According to a release from organizers of the Prairie Chicken Festival, the Walldogs will be on hand to paint a brand new mural, the 17th mural in their series here in Kewanee. This new mural, designed by Walldogs organizer Scott “Cornbread” Lindley of Mt. Pulasky, Illinois, will honor Walter T. Bailey, the first black architect in Illinois. The new mural will be located on the side of the B & B Printing building at 214 South Main Street and will be painted over a 5 day span from July 11th to the 15th with a dedication ceremony at 2:15 Pm that afternoon. The Prairie Chicken Festival is, of course, celebrated that weekend, July 13th to the 15th. Lindley will be aided in the painting of the mural by fellow Walldogs Michael Clark of Aledo, Joy Kjer of Omaha, Nebraska and Joy Hernandez of Kewanee with additional help from Kewanee Schools art teacher Susan Blake. Walter T. Bailey was born in Kewanee in 1882 and grew up in Kewanee before attending the University of Illinois and earning a Bachelor of Science in Architectural engineering. Bailey also earned an Honorary Masters Degree from the University in 1910, Bailey worked briefly in Kewanee for a firm owned by Harry Eckland of Kewanee before moving to Chicago where his most famous work is arguably the famed Mt. Olivet Church. “It’s awesome to find out about such a hero that back in those times had to struggle for everything he did,” said original Walldog meet organizer Dianne Packee. “And now, all these years later, we as a town can be proud of one of our own.”


Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until Friday Morning

Flash Flood Watch
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
347 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Periods of Heavy Rain Today and Tonight...

.Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this morning will
become more widespread this afternoon and evening as a very humid
air mass remains over eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.
Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour could produce flash
flooding in urban areas, and near smaller rivers and streams. More
prolonged high water levels are also possible as the ground
becomes saturated.

Delaware-Dubuque-Jones-Jackson-Clinton-Scott-Jo Daviess-
Stephenson-Carroll-Whiteside-Rock Island-Henry IL-Bureau-Putnam-
Including the cities of Manchester, Dubuque, Anamosa, Maquoketa,
Clinton, Davenport, Bettendorf, Galena, Freeport, Mount Carroll,
Sterling, Moline, Rock Island, Geneseo, Princeton, and Hennepin
347 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018


The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Illinois and Iowa, including
  the following areas, in Illinois, Bureau, Carroll, Henry IL,
  Jo Daviess, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside. In
  Iowa, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, and Scott.

* Through Friday morning.

* Slow moving showers and thunderstorms and multiple rounds of
  storms may produce heavy rain over already saturated ground.
  Peak rainfall rates may reach 1 to 2 inches per hour. Total rain
  amounts will vary considerably, but an additional 2 to 4 inches
  are possible in the heaviest bands, with isolated higher amounts
  not out of the question.

* Those near smaller rivers, streams, and low-lying areas should
  be prepared for dangerous flash flooding and more prolonged high
  water levels. Urban flooding is also a threat. Remember never
  to drive through flooded roadways. There were many reports of
  stalled vehicles in the Quad Cities on Wednesday from people
  attempting to cross through flood waters.


A Flash Flood Watch means that flash flooding is possible.
Monitor forecasts and take action if flash flood warnings are
issued or flash flooding develops.



Uttech/RP Kinney


Flood Warning
Flood Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

.Updated flood information on the Wapsipinicon and Rock Rivers.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for
the next 24 hours.


If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an
alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.


447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Rock River near Joslin.
* Until further notice.
* At  3:45 AM Thursday the stage was 13.0 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast, Rise to 15.6 feet Sunday morning, then begin falling.
* Impact, At  15.0 feet, Water affects residences in the Thompson


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Flood Warning
Flood Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

.Updated flood information on the Wapsipinicon and Rock Rivers.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for
the next 24 hours.


If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an
alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.


447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Rock River at Moline.
* Until further notice.
* At  4:30 AM Thursday the stage was 11.7 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* No flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast, Rise above flood stage this evening and continue rising
  to 13.9 feet Sunday morning.
* Impact, At  14.0 feet, Major Flood Stage. Water affects South Shore
  Drive and North Shore Drive in Moline west of the 27th Street
  bridge. Water limits access to homes on South Shore Drive east of
  the I-74 bridge. Water also affects portions of 60th Street south
  of John Deere Road.


Galva Man Charged with First Degree Murder in Death of Xavier Hartman

19 year old Xavier Hartman died from wounds sustained when he was shot in the leg by James Love of Galva. That is the finding of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office which announced in a release this afternoon that James Love has now been charged with First Degree Murder coinciding with previous charges of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. On Tuesday morning just after Midnight, Xavier Hartman and an unnamed passenger were involved in a vehicle crash in rural Galva near the home of James Love. When Love went to investigate the noise he heard outside his home he found Xavier Hartman and the two became engaged in an argument that turned violent. In the midst of the altercation Love shot Xavier Hartman in the leg. The bullet severed Hartman’s Femoral Artery, leading to severe blood loss. James Love is being held at the Knox County Jail with a bond of $300,000. Love will be in court on July 17th for a preliminary hearing. 


Breaking President Trump to Take Executive Action on Border Separations

Fox News Radio is reporting on WKEI that President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order ending the policy that calls for families to be separated at the border. The decision follows weeks of social media outcry over the policy that became further enflamed when video and photos were released to the public showing children being held in cages at border detention facilities. The President hinted at the executive action following a meeting with top Republicans while still holding out for immigration reform legislation that may include funding for the President's planned border wall. 


Kewanee Farmers Market Open Today

Kewanee Farmers Market sellers are braving the elements today following yesterday’s storm and the expectation of more rain today. I spoke with Mark Ebert of Ebert Farms, a Farmers Market regular who told me that he was on Illinois 78 on Tuesday as the worst of the storm came through and nearly had to pull over his vehicle due to the heavy rain. Debbie, another regular at the Market told me that attendance at today’s Kewanee’s Farmers Market was down and she believed the gray skies and possible rain were the reason. Nevertheless, I was lucky to get one of Debbie’s delectable Banana Breads and, though it goes against my diet, some delicious Oatmeal Cookies from Mark and his lovely wife.

The Kewanee Farmers Market is every Wednesday and Saturday from May to October from 7:30 Am to 11 Am at the corner of Tremont and 3rd Street next to the Amtrak station.



Galva Arts Council Has Big Plans for July 4th Celebrations

Fourth of July celebrations in Galva have always been a big deal and 2018 is looking no different. The folks with the Galva Arts Council will be especially busy with two days of events planned for the holiday. According to a release from the Galva Arts Council festivities will begin on July 3rd with the 4th Annual John’s July Coffeehouse from 6:30 Pm to 9:30 Pm in Wiley Park. The event is named for former Galva Arts Council head John Sloan who passed away in 2014. In his honor the Galva Arts Council holds the John’s July Coffeehouse to combine things John Sloan loved, music and the 4th of July celebration in Galva. But the Galva Arts Council isn’t done with their holiday celebrations. On July 4th they are organizing Art Jam as part of Galva Freedom Fest. Artists and amateur artists alike are invited to rent a square of the asphalt basketball court for $5.00 and paint with your own unique design or theme. Paint and brushes will be provided and your work of art will remain on display for a full year. And the Galva Arts Council isn’t stopping their as they will also be hosting the Photo Show at Freedom Fest. The Photo Show is a competitive photography event calling for the best photos in specific age groups including photos taken by children, beginners, amateurs and professional photographers each taking photos on the theme of “Songs of the Summer.” If you’d like more information on these events with the Galva Arts Council please contact Brenda Jeffrey at 309-337-5216.
Photo attached provided by the Galva Arts Council from the 2016 John’s July Coffeehouse.


Senior Health Fair in Galva Today

A Senior Health Fair is happening in Galva today from 11 Am to 1 Pm. The event sponsored by Courtyard Estates in Galva is open to anyone who would like to attend but is aimed particularly at Seniors who can benefit from free screenings including balance testing, pulse oxygen monitoring and blood pressure screening. The event will also feature a Healthy Cooking demonstration and a raffle featuring items for the barbecue. There is no cost to attend. The even runs from 11 Am to 1 Pm at 1000 Courtyard Estates in Galva.


June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Illinois

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month in the state of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Aging held a press conference on Tuesday and announced this year’s theme for Elder Abuse Awareness Month: “Building Strong Support for Elders.” Illinois Department of Aging Director Jean Bohnhoff spoke to members of the media on Tuesday and stated “This is the very least we can do. We see and hear about horrible events with alarming frequency, but this is an insidious crisis that occurs every day in every part of the world." She continued, "It's been called a 'silent epidemic,' and, as our awareness campaign states, enough is enough!" Governor Bruce Rauner also remarked at the event "I'm proud of the work the Department and all of our provider agencies are able to do to help victims of abuse, whether they are an older adult or an individual with a disability. Intervention saves lives”. The Governor closed his statement saying "As age increases, so do the occurrences of abuse. And still a large number of cases remain unreported. Help us as we work to break the trends and end the abuse." If you suspect an elderly or disabled person is being abused please contact the Department of Aging Elder Abuse Hotline at 866-800-1409.


Poll: WKEI Fans Believe President Trump at Fault for Border Separations Scandal

By a slim majority, fans of the WKEI Facebook page believe President Donald Trump is responsible for the crisis regarding children being separated from parents at the U.S - Mexico border. Readers were asked specifically “Who is to blame in Border Detention of Children Scandal? President Trump or Democrats?” The final tally was 53% blamed President Trump while 47% blamed Democrats. Meanwhile commenters on the poll mentioned a pair of memes that have been going around regarding the government separating children from their parents in border detentions and how the policy was the result of legislation passed under President Clinton and President Obama. The 1997 legislation referred to is the Flores Settlement and a 2008 updated to human trafficking laws. However, neither law specifically calls for law enforcement to separate families. The 2008 human trafficking legislation comes close, this law gives border agents the discretion to decide to separate families. After the 2008 legislation passed there were families that were separated at the border but only on a case by case basis and only if law enforcement officials believed it necessary. According to the fact checking website it was not until Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for people crossing the border illegally that the discretion of law enforcement portion of the 2008 human trafficking legislation was replaced with the policy to separate all families at the border rather than the case by case basis created in the legislation. 


Henry County Democrats Meet This Evening

The Henry County Democratic Party's June meeting is this Wednesday, June 20th starting at 6:30 at Bella Pizza in Cambridge in the back room. Feel free to come a little early and enjoy some food with other local Democrats while we continue gearing up for election season.

This is also a reminder if you signed up to sit at the Henry County Fair booth this week during an afternoon or evening shift--if you are interested in helping out at the fair this week, please let us know at the meeting


More Than 2 Million ITINs to Expire This Year; Renew Soon To Avoid Refund Delays

With more than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2018, the Internal Revenue Service today urged affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications soon to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year.

In the third year of the renewal program, the IRS has increased staffing to handle the anticipated influx of W-7 applications for renewal. This third wave of expiring ITINs is expected to affect as many as 2.7 million taxpayers. To help taxpayers, the renewal process for 2019 is beginning earlier than last year.

“Even though the April tax deadline has passed, the IRS encourages people affected by these ITIN changes to take steps as soon as possible to prepare for next year’s tax returns,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “Acting now to renew ITIN numbers will help taxpayers avoid delays that could affect their tax filing and refunds in 2019. The IRS appreciates the help from partner groups across the nation sharing this information with those with expiring ITIN numbers.”

Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years will expire Dec. 31, 2018. In addition, ITINs with middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 will also expire at the end of the year. These affected taxpayers who expect to file a tax return in 2019 must submit a renewal application as soon as possible.

ITINs are used by people who have tax filing or payment obligations under U.S. law but who are not eligible for a Social Security number. ITIN holders who have questions should visit the ITIN information page on and take a few minutes to understand the guidelines.

Once again, the IRS is launching a nationwide education effort to share information with ITIN holders. To help taxpayers, the IRS offers a variety of informational materials, including flyers and fact sheets, available in several languages on

The IRS will continue to work with partner groups and others in the ITIN community to share information widely about these important changes.  

Who should renew an ITIN

• Taxpayers whose ITIN is expiring and who need to file a tax return in 2019 must submit a renewal application. Others do not need to take any action. ITINs with the middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 (For example: 9NN-73-NNNN) need to be renewed even if the taxpayer has used it in the last three years. The IRS will begin sendingthe CP-48 Notice, You must renew your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file your U.S. tax return, in early summer to affected taxpayers. The notice explains the steps to take to renew the ITIN if it will be included on aU.S. tax return filed in 2019. Taxpayers who receive the notice after taking action to renew their ITIN do not need to take further action unless another family member is affected.

• ITINs with middle digits of 70, 71, 72, 78, 79 or 80 have previously expired. Taxpayers with these ITINs can still renew at any time.

• Spouses or dependents residing inside the United States should renew their ITINs. However, spouses and dependents residing outside the United States do not need to renew their ITINs unless they anticipate being claimed for a tax benefit (for example, after they move to the United States) or if they file their own tax return. That’s because the deduction for personal exemptions is suspended for tax years 2018 through 2025 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Consequently, spouses or dependents outside the United States who would have been claimed for this personal exemption benefit and no other benefit do not need to renew their ITINs this year.

Family option remains available

Taxpayers with an ITIN that has middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82, as well as all previously expired ITINs, have the option to renew ITINs for their entire family at the same time. Those who have received a renewal letter from the IRS can choose to renew the family’s ITINs together, even if family members have an ITIN with middle digits that have not been identified for expiration. Family members include the tax filer, spouse and any dependents claimed on the tax return.

How to renew an ITIN

To renew an ITIN, a taxpayer must complete a Form W-7 and submit all required documentation. Taxpayers submitting a Form W-7 to renew their ITIN are not required to attach a federal tax return. However, taxpayers must still note a reason for needing an ITIN on the Form W-7. See the Form W-7 instructions for detailed information.
There are three ways to submit the W-7 application package. Taxpayers can:
• Mail the Form W-7, along with original identification documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them, to the IRS address listed on the Form W-7 instructions. The IRS will review the identification documents and return them within 60 days.
• Work with Certified Acceptance Agents (CAAs) authorized by the IRS to help taxpayers apply for an ITIN. CAAs can authenticate all identification documents for primary and secondary taxpayers, verify that an ITIN application is correct before submitting it to the IRS for processing and authenticate the passports and birth certificates for dependents. This saves taxpayers from mailing original documents to the IRS.
• In advance, call and make an appointment at a designated IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center to have each applicant’s identity authenticated in person instead of mailing original identification documents to the IRS. Applicants should bring a completed Form W-7 along with all required identification documents. See the TAC ITIN authentication page for more details.

Avoid common errors now and prevent delays next year

Federal tax returns that are submitted in 2019 with an expired ITIN will be processed. However, certain tax credits and any exemptions will be disallowed. Taxpayers will receive a notice in the mail advising them of the change to their tax return and their need to renew their ITIN. Once the ITIN is renewed, applicable credits and exemptions will be restored and any refunds will be issued.

Additionally, several common errors can slow down and hold some ITIN renewal applications. These mistakes generally center on missing information or insufficient supporting documentation, such as name changes. The IRS urges any applicant to check over their form carefully before sending it to the IRS.
As a reminder, the IRS no longer accepts passports that do not have a date of entry into the U.S. as a stand-aloneidentification document for dependents from a country other than Canada or Mexico, or dependents of U.S. militarypersonnel overseas. The dependent’s passport must have a date of entry stamp, otherwise the following additionaldocuments to prove U.S. residency are required:
•               U.S. medical records for dependents under age 6,
•               U.S. school records for dependents under age 18, and
•               U.S. school records (if a student), rental statements, bank statements or utility bills listing theapplicant’s name and U.S. address, if over age 18.

IRS continues to encourage more applicants for the Acceptance Agent Program to expand ITIN services

To increase the availability of ITIN services nationwide, particularly in communities with high ITIN usage, the IRS is actively recruiting Certified Acceptance Agents and accepting applications year-round. Interested individuals are encouraged to review all CAA program changes and requirements and submit an application to become a Certified Acceptance Agent.

For more information, visit the ITIN information page on


District 229 Info

The state of Illinois has a budget in place for the next fiscal year and that is good news at minimum for most school districts.
Kewanee District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says they appear to be on target for the 2018-19 school year…
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Dr Sullens adds that it has already been a busy summer with lots of summer school activity and construction projects taking place…
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A lack of school teachers is a problem not only locally, not only in Illinois, but all across the nation and Dr. Sullens says there is a general need and also a specific need for certain teachers…
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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.

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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. 

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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.


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