County Farm Bureau presidents are gathering this week in Bloomington. There are several new ones—including Brent Ford of Wabash County.
Another new Farm Bureau county president is Pat Wolf of Christian County.
Sangamon County and Pulaski/Alexander County Farm Bureaus also have new presidents. All are receiving training this week at the Illinois Farm Bureau headquarters in Bloomington.
A new law tucked into the state’s package of budget bills is going to take tax money away from local communities that they have come to rely on. The state is now charging a two percent fee to collect local sales tax. State wide sales tax is six and half percent; on top of that cities are able to place their own sales taxes. Now the state is going to charge local governments two percent of that total as a collection fee. Bill McCarty says in all the state is expected to keep close to $60 million but he doubts that it’s only to cover state expenses.
McCarty says the fee has never been collected before and its impact will be compounded by another change. The state is going to hold ten percent of all municipalities’ local government distributive funds. But the state says that will only happen for 1 year.
Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for June
Forrest Petty of Galva received recognition as Achiever of the Month for June at Abilities Plus. Forrest was honored because of his attention to detail when working on goals, good attendance, and his enthusiasm during summer music classes.
The new Illinois budget is in part some reason for optimism, but many agencies are taking a wait and see attitude as to when the funds will come in the door.
Jan Powelson is a Resource Conservationist with the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District and she says her agency is in that category as well…
It’s a special summer at the Illinois State House. Another special session is getting underway on Wednesday. Governor Bruce Rauner has called lawmakers back to town in order to get an education funding bill to his desk so he can veto parts of it. The bill in question, Senate Bill 1, is largely the work of Senator Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill. Manar says he doesn’t need to be back in a special session to solve any differences, he wants the Governor’s office to be transparent and offer up room to compromise.
Manar says he wants to meet and then take those requests back to the majority in the Senate.
Manar says that there is no need for the expense or showcase of a special session. All the Governor needs to do is return to the table with the legislative leaders and make public what he wants changed in SB1.
The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 7/25/17. The Fire Department will be working on the project Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up. This project is expected to extend into the fall for this year.
Areas within or nearby testing areas may experience periods of lower than normal water pressure or discolored/rusty water. The Fire Department will alert the public through local media which areas they will be working in a few days prior to beginning work.
Work will be finished within the areas of Red Adams Road to Dodge Street and Dewey Avenue to Page Street. This includes all residents between on East Mill, Knox, East Church, Burlington, Bronson, and Miner. This section also includes three hydrants south of Page on Burlington (near Boss Manufacturing), and two hydrants west of Red Adams Road on the Page Street Extension.
The next area planned to begin will be hydrants within the blocks of South Tremont to Wilson and 5th Avenue, and West Division to West Oak. This includes all residents between on Elliott, Grove, Beach, Pine, Rockwell, West Prospect, Wilsey Court, South Park Street, Cottage, and Park Row. This section is expected to be worked on from 7/25/17 – 8/3/17.
Dates of work being done are pending, and could possibly be postponed for any unforeseen weather or emergencies in between.
The Hog Festival Committee will hold their second July meeting this evening beginning at 7 o’clock at the Hog Fest building 306 North Main Street, Kewanee, IL 61443.
Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report
No formal Treasurer’s report. Update on Hog Days finances as of July 25th
1 Customized private label water bottles update
2 Charcoal purchase update
3 Meat bid letters out
4 Stage banner sponsorships
5 Golf cart update
6 Hog Days Coloring Contest
7 Baby changing stations
8 National Guard Bouncy House Obstacle Course
9 Girl Scout Rock Wall
10 Order supplies (last chance to modify supply list before we order)
1. Sandwich boards and coffee cups
3. Time to schedule/commit to work days and/or nights…
Paint barricades DONE!
Continue packaging spice powder
Freezer door seal replacement DONE!
Ticket trailer repairs
Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone
Motion to adjourn
Determined to get children back to school on time, Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced legislators are being called back to Springfield Wednesday for a special session focused on Senate Bill 1, the school funding reform bill.
Public schools throughout Illinois may not open on time unless SB 1 is sent to Gov. Rauner. The governor plans to amend SB 1 to remove the Chicago Public Schools’ pension bailout that’s currently included in the bill, which then would provide more money to children and schools statewide.
Senate Democrats have delayed advancing the bill to the governor’s desk, choosing instead to use schoolchildren as political pawns. With time running out before the beginning of the new school year, Gov. Rauner insisted lawmakers prioritize Illinois’ children.
“Democrats have been holding this bill since May 31. Our families and students cannot wait any longer,” Gov. Rauner said. “We must act now, which is why I’m calling lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session. Our schools must open on time.”
Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto will result in higher education funding for nearly every school district in Illinois. A new website launched by Gov. Rauner shows how much additional money each school district will receive as a result of the governor’s planned action: https://www.illinois.gov/gov/SitePages/SchoolDistrictFunding.aspx
As the state raises taxes this summer one state official is giving away money – a record amount of it. The State Treasurer Mike Frerichs has given away a record amount of cash this year from the state’s I-Cash Program. That’s where unclaimed bank accounts, stocks, insurance benefits and other items lay in waiting till they are reunited with their rightful owner. Greg Rivara with the office says I-Cash is growing bigger every year and now with larger amounts of money passed out.
In all this year nearly 160 million dollars of cash, stock and other items were returned.
It’s easy to find out if you have any money or other items coming to you… the state has a website set up at Illinois Treasurer dot gov. And when you attend events like the Illinois State Fair the office often times has mobile centers set up to help you look for items.
A notable return this year was a purple heart that belonged to a central Illinois woman’s father who had passed away. The return was special because the daughter knew her dad had served in the military but wasn’t aware that he had been awarded a purple heart during his service.
Per Burlington Northern Railroad, there will be two railroad crossing closures beginning Monday 7/24/17.
The Main Street crossing will be closed for repairs, and is expected to be closed for ten days. Detours around Main off of West Third and West Fifth Streets will be open to route traffic onto North Tremont Street.
The Park Street crossing will also be closed for repairs, and is expected to be open again on Wednesday 7/26/17.
The Illinois State Fair is home to many things, giant statues of Abraham Lincoln, thrilling carnival rides, and blockbuster Grandstand concerts, and this year we are adding a Competitive Eating Contest to that diverse list.
This year, the Illinois State Fair is teaming up with the Springfield State Journal Register to host a Competitive Eating Contest each day of the Illinois State Fair. In this contest, three contestants will go head to head to see who can consume the most food in five minutes. All of the foods featured in this competitive eating contest are fair food favorites, including the winner of the annual Golden Abe’s Fantastic Fair Food Contest.
“The food is an important part of the Illinois State Fair and the State Journal-Register is excited to be part of this contest,” said Bryan Groves, Vice President of Consumer Sales and Marketing. “This will be a unique way to highlight the traditional fair food and make people aware of all the fantastic food options at the Illinois State Fair.”
If you think you have what it takes to consume all of these delicious fair food calories, head to the State Fair website to register for your preferred competition. These contests will take place at 3:00 p.m. each day on the new Rising Star Stage, located next to The Shed and across from Lincoln Stage.
Contest dates and food items are listed below:
Friday, August 11th – 3:00 pm – Watermelon
Saturday, August 12th – 3:00 pm – Corndogs
Sunday, August 13th – 3:00 pm – Cantaloupe
Monday, August 14th – 3:00 pm – Mini Donuts
Tuesday, August 15th – 3:00 pm – Sweet Corn – provided by Illinois Specialty Growers Assoc.
Wednesday, August 16th – 3:00 pm – Pork Chop Sandwich
Thursday, August 17th – 3:00 pm – French Fries
Friday, August 18th – 3:00 pm – Ribeye Sandwich
Saturday, August 19th – 3:00 pm – Golden Abe Contest Winner
Sunday, August 20th – 3:00 pm – Funnel Cake
As a reminder --- As you are walking the fairgrounds this year be on the lookout for our Golden Abe award winners. They will have signs posted at their concession stands showing off their Illinois State Fair accomplishments! As you sample your way through these sweet, savory, creative and tasty concoctions, be sure to vote via our text message campaign on who you think is most deserving of the “People’s Choice” award.
The Illinois State Fair runs August 10 – August 20 in Springfield. Start planning your visit today! Information and updates are posted daily on Illinois State Fair website and mobile app.
The real estate market in Kewanee remains on the strong side.
Mary Jo Gibson is the Board President of the Mid Valley Association of Realtors and she says the results from the first quarter of this year are very encouraging…
Ms. Gibson adds that the housing market has recovered for the most part and that in part parallels a fairly strong local economy…
Ms. Gibson offers some tips for those people that might be considering the sale of their home…
Ms. Gibson also has some tips for those people that might be in the market to buy a home…
The Henry County Genealogical Society will present a program on vintage automobiles this afternoon at 1:30 at Kewanee Public Library.
KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says the presentation will center on the old M and M Model T vehicle…
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent in June 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. May job growth was revised up sharply to show an increase of +11,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,400 jobs.
June’s monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. In the first half of 2017, payroll growth is improved over 2016, but growing at half the pace of 2015 for the same six-month period.
“The unemployment rate increase and a decline in construction payroll are troublesome, but the trend of declining labor force is something we cannot ignore,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “This was the fourth consecutive over-the-month decline in labor force, which is now at its lowest level since March 2006.”
“A competitive economy is crucial to creating jobs and opportunities for Illinoisans in every corner of the state,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We must institute true reforms that will help businesses expand and thrive here.”
In June, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Professional and Business Services (+5,600); Leisure and Hospitality (+4,600); and Government (+1,400). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Education and Health Services (-2,600); Construction (-1,000); and Financial Activities (-500).
Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +54,100 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in June: Professional and Business Services (+21,300); Education and Health Services (+15,700); Financial Activities (+10,700). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,300); Construction (-1,700); and Government (-1,600). The +0.9 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is about one-half as strong as the +1.6 percent gain posted by the nation in June.
The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for June 2017, which increased to 4.4 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.2 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.9 percent. At 4.7 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands -1.0 percentage points lower than January 2017.
The number of unemployed workers increased +1.4 percent from the prior month to 302,400, down -20.8 percent over the same month for the prior year. This was the first over-the-month gain in the number of unemployed persons since January 2017. The labor force decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month and declined by -1.0 percent in June over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.
To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed 65,652 posted resumes with 176,536 jobs available.
Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos receives an honorary State FFA Degree. She was presented with the honor this week in Washington D.C. during a visit by an Illinois FFA delegation. Ann Weber is the Section 3 FFA president, which represents 13 western Illinois Schools.
28 Illinois FFA members were part of the Washington trip, which included the first ever visit by a state FFA team with the sitting U.S. Ag Secretary.
There’s a new sheriff in town and he will be officially sworn in at 1 o’clock this afternoon.
Long time Captain Kerry Loncka will take the oath of office by Judge Terry Patton in the old large courtroom at the Henry County Courthouse this afternoon.
Mr. Loncka says things have been happening at a rapid pace for the last several weeks…
Sheriff Loncka has been with the Department for the last 27 years and he says that with that experience, and being a life-long Henry County resident, he should have a good feel for what’s important to the area…
Sheriff Loncka lives with his wife Krista and their two children, 15 year old Christian and 12 year old Courtney in Galva where they have resided for the last 24 years.
Sheriff Loncka notes that his daughter will be taking English this fall from her mother who is a Junior High School teacher and he says that could be interesting and he remains optimistic.
He also knows that the Sheriff’s Department is facing lots of challenges moving forward and he remains optimistic about those as well…
Registration for students in Kewanee School District #229 will sign up for registration this next week.
District 229 IT Director Mike Perva says they will follow a similar schedule as in years past…
Perva adds that several issues folded into their online registration process…
Families are also reminded of the importance of accurate medical records for their children at the time of registration.
It’s not easy for farmers to scout fields in this current stretch of excessively hot weather, but they need to do it says Dave Powell---Weed Science Technical Manager at GROWMARK.
And Powell is recommending more than a single-pass approach in terms of weed management, specifically with corn.
Powell met with GROWMARK agronomists at an event in Litchfield earlier this week.
Because of the high heat and humidity, the decision has been made to move tonights concert in the park to the Petersen Auditorium at Kewanee High School.
The concert will still begin at 6:30 featuring the group, Ukulele Connection and a reminder that the Petersen Auditorium is air conditioned.
Mark Mikenas is the Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says with the heat and humidity, not to mention the possibility of rain, the decision has been made…
Despite the fact that a state budget has been passed in Illinois, much uncertainty remains particularly when it comes to education funding.
Kewanee Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says that hopefully, some details are being hammered out behind closed doors…
Senate Bill 1 is being touted as a bill that might sprout some legs but Governor Bruce Rauner says he will veto that measure.
Still, Dr. Sullens says he is hopeful that something can be worked out…
Dr. Sullens also observes that the devil is always in the details…
As the song goes, the heat is on and will be on for a few more days and at this time of the year that also includes high humidity.
RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she says that high heat and humidity affect everyone differently…
Ms. Tucker adds that heat related issues can come on quickly particularly to those that already have health problems…
Heat illness can come in various ways and excessive heat can affect the urological track which can lead to a serious effect on the kidneys…
Henry County Democrats will meet on Saturday July 22 and they will be having their pork chop dinner at Windmont Park in Kewanee.
Dinner includes Pork chop sandwich/ sweet corn/ baked beans/ chips/ desert/ drink.
We will be at the North Pagoda- near the parking lot, serving from 12:30 till 4 pm.
Invited guests include Cheri Bustos- 17th Dist. Congresswomen
Susana Mendoza- Comptroller
Illinois Governor Candidates: Chris Kennedy/ Danial Bliss/ JB Pritzker/ & Ameya Pawar.
Also local candidates will be there to talk to and get to know them.
Come and enjoy a good meal and get to know where people stand on issues.
We are always looking for people to serve as precinct committeemen.
For further information, contact Henry County Democratic Chairman John Sovanski.
Governor Bruce Rauner's staff has seen turnover in key positions since he suffered defeats on the state budget and tax hike votes, but Rauner maintains it's standard operating procedure....
The shakeup now extends to Rauner's political operation. Former Rauner Chief of Staff Mike Zolnierowicz (zohl-nehr-oh-whitz) ,was expected to run Rauner's re-election campaign but he has resigned. .
Do not accept a friend request from Jayden Smith. That's just the latest of what an investigator from the Better Business Bureau calls harmless messages on that form of social media. The name on the message can change, but the theme is usually the same.
According to most of the messages, you can open yourself up to viruses and malware if you accept such a request. That is unlikely, unless there is a malicious link attached which you also click on, according to Dan O'Brien. He says a greater threat is sharing to much of your personal life on social media.
And then there's the tried and true scams where crooks try to get you to send them money. You are advised to never wire money or provide personal information, double check with friends that send you things that may appear too good to be true, and remember that if you did not enter a contest you cannot be a winner.
As Southern Illinois prepares for next month's box seat view of the total solar eclipse, a Breese based bottling company known for the popular Citrus drink Ski is adding some flavor. Carla Baublitz with Excel says they have launched a short term soda flavor in preparation for the August 21st cosmic event....
Baublitz says it won't take ice cubes for the soda to be truly chilling...
Excel is preparing to produce more Darkest Hour soda on Tuesday. The company has already received bulk orders from a summer camp and several schools planning eclipse parties.
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Dick Durbin today made the following statement regarding the announced rule providing for 15,000 additional H-2B visas for temporary seasonal work during the remainder of fiscal year 2017.
“While there may be legitimate needs among employers who rely on H-2B workers in certain sectors of the economy, a growing body of evidence shows that our increasing reliance on the H-2B visa program hurts wages for American workers, and puts their jobs at risk. New research suggests that wages in some H-2B fields have been stagnant for years. The Administration’s decision to increase the number of H-2B visas will only exacerbate this problem.”
Grassley and Durbin previously wrote to the Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the H-2B program.
OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host a concussion protocol seminar on Thursday.
Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at St Luke and she says this valuable program is open to the public…
Ms. Boelens also notes that the Alcove Gift Shop will be open on Friday with several great offerings available to the public…
Mother Bickerdykes 200th Birthday will be celebrated this evening as the Galesburg Historical Society is hosting a Free Ice Cream Social from 5-7 o’clock at Standish Park in Galesburg IL. There will be live music and ceremonies honoring Mother Bickerdykes life.
The leader of a controversial new documentary about food and farming plans to discuss why the Chicago-based group backed it during an upcoming conference in Normal. John Coupland (COOP-lend), who heads the Institute of Food Technologists, says the film's theme, which examines opponents and supporters of biotechnology or G-M-O's, needed a fair examination;
In addition to serving as president of the food tech group, Coupland serves as a food scientist at Penn State. He's been invited talk about the "Food Evolution" film at the Illinois Farm Bureau's Farm Income and Innovations conference on Tuesday, July 25th;
Both The New York Times and L-A Times praised the new film that had its Illinois debut in Chicago last week. If you're interested in hearing Coupland, contact your county Farm Bureau or go to I-l-f-b-dot-org.
There are growing signs of a political showdown some fear could threaten the start of the school year for many districts. Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on the Illinois Senate to send the Democrat's school funding bill to his desk...
He is pledging to then use his amendatory veto power to strip money for Chicago teacher pensions from the school funding bill.
Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar says that could effectively kill the measure, putting hundreds of districts at risk of shuttering schools. Lawmakers approved a state budget this month that requires school funding be distributed through a new school funding formula laid out in Senate Bill One.
Learn how to succeed with online classes and learn about Black Hawk College programs that lead to a good job at an information session Thursday, July 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the BHC Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.
Anyone thinking about going to school this fall to take any type of class is encouraged to attend.
There will be a breakout seminar focusing on online classes, tours of the Community Education Center and the adjacent Welding and Skilled Trades Center, a review of financial aid, and personal assistance planning a program of study.
There also will be information about the college’s welding, CNA, medical receptionist, auto repair, phlebotomy and pharmacy technician programs as well as programs at the new Veterinary Sciences Center at the college’s East Campus.
The Community Education Center is located at 404 E. Third St., Kewanee. For more information, contact David Harris at 309-854-1875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With three-quarters of all professions within the Division of Professional Regulation now able to apply and renew their license via the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) Online Services Portal, Secretary Bryan A. Schneider is announcing the Department will no longer accept paper applications for specific professions that have already been migrated online beginning September 1, 2017.
Professions impacted by this deadline include: Advance Practice Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Barber, Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Nail Technician, Certified Public Accountant, Massage Therapist, Limited Liability Company, Medical Corporation, Permanent Employee Registration Card, Pharmacy Technician, Professional Service Corporation and Public Accounting Firm.
All paper applications and payments postmarked before September 1st will be accepted and processed. Those postmarked on or after September 1st for impacted professions will be returned to the sender.
More than 800,000 regulated professionals are now able to take advantage of IDFPR’s online licensure services to quickly and easily apply and renew their license. For a complete list of professions now online, please visit IDFPR’sOnline Services Portal. IDFPR began the transition to paperless, digital technology in 2016 as a part of Governor Rauner’s efforts to transform state services and reduce processing delays. The initiative is saving the state nearly $3 million in postage, paper and printing costs over the next five years.
“Promoting efficiency, while providing an overall better experience for licensed professionals has been the focus of our endeavor to create a modernized licensure process,” said Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR Secretary. “As we look to further improve service to our professions already migrated online, we are ending the practice of accepting the paper application. By doing this, we complete their electronic transformation, granting our licensees the ability to apply for licensure or renewal anytime, anyplace through the convenience of their electronic device of choice.”
IDFPR’s Division of Professional Regulation currently licenses over 1.1 million professionals in more than 200 license categories throughout the State of Illinois.
The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 7/18/17. The Fire Department will be working on the project Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up. This project is expected to extend into the fall for this year.
Areas within or nearby testing areas may experience periods of lower than normal water pressure or discolored/rusty water. The Fire Department will alert the public through local media which areas they will be working in a few days prior to beginning work.
Work will be finished within the areas of Windmont Road and David Street, and Page and West Mill Streets. This will include residents on Page Street, West Mill Street, David Street, Acorn Street South, Sunset Drive, Hillside Drive, Valley Drive, Birch Place, Windmont Road, Parkview Drive, West Street S, and all residents on Ridge Road.
The next area planned to begin will be hydrants within the blocks of Red Adams Road to Dodge Street and Dewey Avenue to Page Street. This includes all residents between on East Mill, Knox, East Church, Burlington, Bronson, and Miner. This section also includes three hydrants south of Page on Burlington (near Boss Manufacturing), and two hydrants west of Red Adams Road on the Page Street Extension. This area is expected to be worked on within 7/18/17 to 7/25/17.
Dates of work being done are pending, and could possibly be postponed for any unforeseen weather or emergencies in between.
A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule is set to be implemented later this year, but it shouldn’t have a significant impact on farmers. Beginning December 18th, many truckers will be required to have an electronic log system instead of a paper log, but Don Schaefer, with the Mid-West Truckers Association, says there are exemptions that come into play for farmers and other small owner/operators.
Other exemptions to the new electronic logging rule include the covered farm vehicle exemption, the agricultural season exemption and the older truck exemption for trucks prior year 2000 models.
The farm economy runs in cycles and an ag lending expert recommends farmers to not only get to know their banker, but also understand their own business. That’s the message from Curt Covington—Senior Vice President of Ag Finance at Farmer Mac. He says it’s a good practice for farmers to “think” like their bankers.
Covington says bankers need to stay with farmers in the bad economic times if they were with them in the good times because farmers have good memories. Last year, Farmer Mac purchased a record $1-billion in first mortgages through 1,500 applications from rural community banks throughout the U.S.
The Henry County Farm Bureau set for a centennial celebration next month. Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman (loll-uh-mun) says a tractor drive will highlight the August 12th event.
The day will wrap up at the Henry County Fairgrounds with a dinner and other activities.
Former Kewanee Mayor Bruce Tossell passed away over the weekend.
Family and friends indicate that Mr. Tossell passed away in his sleep on Saturday.
Mr. Tossell had worked for the Illinois Dept of Natural Resources at the Johnson Sauk Trail State Park for many years.
He had also served several terms as a Council Member for the City of Kewanee and had also served several terms as Mayor of the City.
Funeral arrangements for Mayor Tossell are pending at the Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee.
The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff announces that their Clinical services program is offering Sports and School Physical Exam clinics throughout the summer.
Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.
The clinic will offer area Junior High and Senior High School Athletes, Freshmen, Sixth Graders, Kindergartners, and Preschoolers school or sports physicals.
In order to encourage parents to call early for their appointments; and thereby avoid the end of the summer rush, the Health Department will offer the exams at a cost of $25 per person in July; $30 per person in August; and $50 per person in September and October.
Also, the Department reminds area parents to be sure your children are up-to-date on their required immunizations before school begins this fall. Immunizations, TB checks; blood lead screenings, and other needed lab tests are also available to participants at additional charges. The Health Department has all immunizations that are required for school entry as private pay vaccines. Please call for eligibility, costs, and for vaccine availability.
Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office.
For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.
The 6th Annual Jackie English Demolition Derby Fundraiser will host a Luncheon Cookout Saturday Aug. 19th from 11am to 3pm at Save A Lot in Kewanee.
The event will be held to help raise funds for costs incurred in planning the Sept. 16 JCE Demolition Derby Fundraiser Event.
They will have chances to win Pit Passes, Grandstand Passes and Event T-shirts for the 2017 Sept. 16th event.
The Hog Festival Celebration gets underway in just seven weekends from the upcoming weekend and one of the highlights of the weekend will be the Hog Festival Parade on that Saturday.
Once again this year, the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador Club will present the parade and Mark Mikenas, Executive Director at the Chamber says deadline for entries is the close of business on Monday, August 21…
The Saturday of the Hog Festival weekend is one of the most special days of the year in Kewanee and Mikenas says that day gets off to an early start…
Mark also reminds folks that they have a great supply of pre-sale carnival tickets at the Chamber of Commerce for the Hog Festival weekend.
He also notes that before too much longer, that supply will begin to dwindle very quickly…
House Speaker Mike Madigan has once again proven you can expect the unexpected as he oversaw the successful push for a new budget and tax increase. One man who has seen Madigan's work behind the scenes is former Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson. The Greenville Republican says Madigan speaks softly and carries a big stick....
Watson is still amazed how Madigan has stood the test of time...
Watson served as Senate Minority Leader from 2002 until suffering a stroke in 2008.
The Friends of the Canal are holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, July 16.
This months’ hike will be on the feeder canal from Bridge 59 to Bridge 56. The hike is 3.8 miles in length and it has been named the "Red Tail Hawk".
We will meet at Bridge 56 at 1:30pm from there we will be shuttled to Bridge 59 to begin our hike. Bridge 56 is on Route 92 four miles west of Route 40. Route 92 is 13 miles south of Rock Falls on Route 40 or 12 miles north of I80, Exit 45 on Route 40.
The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs.
You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress weather appropriately.
For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:
email@example.com (email) or call 815-664-2403 (home)
or log on to our website at: www.friends-hennepin-canal.org
Illinois State Police and many other members of the community, not to mention family members will all gather on Monday afternoon in Rock Island for a dedication ceremony for the Master Sergeant Stanley W. Talbot Memorial Bridge.
State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says Sgt Talbot came from the local area and touched countless numbers of lives along the way…
Trooper Wilson adds that when we hear information or stories from others even though we might not directly know an individual, it speaks to just how influential that person really was…
The ceremony on Monday afternoon again begins at 1 o’clock on the North Lawn at the Rock Island County Courthouse located at 210 15th street in Rock Island.
Trooper Wilson knows that it will be a wonderful day but likely an emotional one as well…
The ceremonies on Monday are open to the general public.
Woodhull Fun Fest Street Dance will be held Saturday evening from 8 til midnight.
Free Admission Street Dance on Main Street Woodhull (N. Division Street) sponsored by Genisio's Bar and Grill, The End Zone, and The Woodhull WINN committee. Food and drinks at both Genisio's and the End Zone starting at 5 PM. Live music provided from 8 PM to Midnight featuring the Luke Cacetta Band from Nashville.
The number of irrigated farms in Illinois has risen by nearly 500. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the latest data shows 1,590 farms—up from 1,091 in in 2008.
Angel says for farmers, one or two doses of irrigation can make a big difference in yields in those dry years.
Chicago based CME Group having great success setting up shop at county fairs throughout the country. They have partnered with 4-H to offer a Commodity Carnival. CME’s Tim Andriesen says the goal is to have youngsters better understand the role of the farmer and agriculture and how markets operate.
This year the carnival will be set up at 120 county and state fairs in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Illinois.
An effort to keep the Peoria Agriculture Research Lab open cleared its first hurdle today. Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the House Appropriations Committee included funding for the facility in their markup of the agriculture appropriations bill.
Bustos and Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood sent a letter last month urging the Appropriations Committee Chairman and Ranking Member to maintain federal funding for the lab, which was proposed for closure under President Trump’s budget. 15 other members of the Illinois congressional delegation signed the letter.
The annual Kewanee Salvation Army school supply distribution for students in the Kewanee and Wethersfield school districts will be held on August 2nd and 3rd.
Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says it’s always a fun and exciting event…
Ms. Bolls adds that quite a number of items for kids at school will be included in the distribution…
Ms. Bolls also outlines some of the criteria for parents and families to be aware of…
Emu farmers from around the United States will attend the 2017 American Emu Association National Convention July 14-16 at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield.
AEA members and other emu growers will meet for education opportunities with a chance to meet new people and visit with old friends. AEA board members, Certified Business Members and state presidents will meet prior to the start of the convention.
Convention attendees will be brought up to date on industry concerns and have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions. Time will be included to network with other emu farmers, product companies and processors from across the nation and around the world.
There will be an opportunity to browse booths that showcase items such as health/beauty and emu-related products, while others will offer merchandise or information. This exhibit area will be open to the public on 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14-15.
The focus of the convention is "Facing Today’s Challenges.” Topics will include Industry Status, Profitability, Business Opportunities, Marketing, Benefits of Emu Oil, Emu Oil Trade Rules and the Emu Oil Certification Program and the Basics of Raising & Handling Emus.
Featured speakers Maria Minnaar, author of the “Emu Farmers Handbook,” Volumes I & II, and Todd Greene, an Anatomy & Paleontology PH.D. student at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will talk about emus and the human culture. Minnaar also will speak about how wound care has changed over the years.
A guided tour of the new American Emu Association website, a review of the Certified Oil Program, tips on marketing, a look at the emu meat market, a look at NPIP Bio Security, a “Birds of a Feather” session and the annual AEA business meeting, along with a Friday evening welcome night, a Saturday night banquet and a roundtable discussion between board members and the membership fill the event.
“There will be an incredible amount of material provided to attendees," said Terry Turner, 2017 convention co-chair. “We plan to share a lot of information about the emu industry and we will have the opportunity to spend quality time with other emu growers."
The City of Kewanee has been notified by Burlington Northern that the Park Street railroad crossing will be closed on Thursday 7/13/17. It is expected to remain closed until Monday 7/17/17.
The Henry County Democratic Party will meet next Thursday, July 20th at Bella’s Pizza in Cambridge.
The Pizzeria is located at 111 North Prospect in Cambridge and next Thursday’s meeting begins at 6:30 pm.
Those that will be attending are invited to arrive early and enjoy some great food and then stay for some great information.
The public as always is invited to attend and further information by contacting Henry County Democratic Board Chairman John Sovanski
A product some farmers used this year to protect crops has generated hundreds complaints in Arkansas and Missouri. But here in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Agriculture had only received a half-dozen complaints of alleged dicamba (DYE-cam-bah) spray drift at the end of last week. Brad Clow, a crops claims manager with Country Financial, says if you farm and believe your crops may have suffered damage from alleged dicamba spray drift, it’s best to file a claim;
A-P-H stands for actual production history on a particular farm. Some crop protection products containing dicamba can be used on soybeans to kill weeds that have become resistant to the popular herbicide known as glyphosate (GLY-fo-sait) or 'RoundUp' as it's commonly known. Farmers and others can access more information on the issue from the Illinois Farm Bureau at i-l-f-b-dot-org-slash-steward.
Clow explains the process for a farmer who may have caused damage to another field from dicamba drift.
Although many in the state are happy that a budget deal is done, schools are not out of the woods yet. Taylorville School District Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau is warning that general state aid will not come until more work is done in Springfield. He says that the state needs an evidence-based model to disburse money to schools, and that there is no model currently in place. He says the only evidence based model on the table right now is sitting in Springfield.
Fuerstenau says money is there because of the passed budget, but the State Board of Education cannot disburse money without the model. He says it’s now a game of wait-and-see what Governor Rauner does with Senate Bill 1, which has passed both the Senate and House.
Fuerstenau said during the board meeting that if this was the situation about 10 years ago, Taylorville schools would be in big trouble without state aid. Today, he says with the timing of receiving property tax payments, the district should be able to open its doors without immediate state aid.
The PGA Tour swings through western Illinois this week and Ryan Moore is back to defend his title at the John Deere Classic.
The tournament tees of Thursday at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis. The prize purse is $5.6 million with the winner receiving $1-million.
Senator Dick Durbin continues to speak out on the Senate Floor against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.....
Durbin says all parties involved need to attack some of the biggest issues driving up health care costs...
Durbin says the Republican repeal plan would lead to one million Illinoisans losing health insurance and he says that would cause more woes for the state economy.
The USDA extending over $43-million in financing this summer to expand broadband in rural areas. Over $3-million of that will go to Illinois and will be used to construct 104-miles of fiber cable by the Viola Home Telephone Company.
The company’s Jay Barton says the USDA funding will also provide supporting equipment to deliver enhanced telecommunication services to customers. The USDA is also funding broadband projects in Texas, California and Iowa this summer with the goal of adding 1,000 miles of fiber cable in rural areas, including the Illinois project
Adult learning important in the agriculture industry too. That’s the message from outgoing CEO Don Norton of the Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation.
Norton has been with the organization for seven years and is leaving for a similar role in South Dakota.
The IALF is a non-profit educational corporation. The funds raised provide for a 19-month development program that focuses on building the skills, knowledge and character of leaders in the ag industry. There have been over 500 graduates from the program since its inception in the 1980s.
Effective Wednesday 7/12/17, the City of Kewanee Street Department has the intersection of South Cottage and East 1st closed. This area will be closed until the afternoon of Thursday 7/13/17.
Residents are asked to avoid this area if possible and to take caution if driving near the work zone area.
The Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation will hold a Centennial Tractor Drive on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The drive will begin at the Henry County Fairgrounds, Cambridge IL. Pre-registration is required by returning a completed registration form to the Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation by July 31.
Registration fee is $25.00 per tractor for Farm Bureau members and $45 for non-members. The drive will be approximately 22-25 miles total, traveling to Hillcrest Home and returning to the fairgrounds. Tractors must maintain a minimum of 10 mph and must be 1975 or older model.
For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact the Henry County Farm Bureau at (309) 937-2411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will benefit the Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation.
The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments reminds area residents they will be holding a Food Service Manager's Certification Course that will meet on Monday, July 24th and Wednesday, July 26th from 9:00am-3:00pm.
The classes will be held at the Henry and Stark County Health Department, 4424 US Hwy 34, Kewanee. The cost of the course is $140. Please note, after you take the exam and pass it, an additional $35 will be required from the State to receive your 5 year certificate. An optional text book can be purchased in advance through our office or in class for $30.00.
Through the course, valuable information is given which will help food managers improve their operations. The food manager's certification course is designed to help area food service establishments in the county meet the requirements of the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code.
Those who participate in the course receive intensive training in such areas as foodborne disease, food protection, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, personal hygiene, building construction, public health codes, insect and rodent control and personnel training.
Registrations are limited. Those interested in registering or for more information, should contact the Department at 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health
The second annual YMCA Color Fun Run will be held Saturday morning in Kewanee.
Kendra Taylor is the Fitness and Spin Director at the Kewanee “Y” and she says the event went very well last year in the inaugural edition…
Ms. Taylor says there are some obstacle along the way for participants to navigate…
Ms. Taylor also notes that the colors that are used in the Fun Run are friendly to the wash machine when it comes time for laundry…
The entire Fun Run is a family event with all ages welcome to participate and should take about an hour for everyone to complete the journey…
Volunteers to help man the various points along the Run are also needed and for further information in general, contact Kendra Taylor at the YMCA in Kewanee
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations. Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past couple of months, and a Red Cross official says that's typical for this time of year. American Red Cross’s Joe Zydlo (ZID-low) reminds the process takes an hour or so to complete, and you don't want to give blood on an empty stomach. He says new blood donors are always welcome.
Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by going to redcrossblood.org.
Illinois continues to see an impressive tribute to the state's fallen first responders. The American Towman Spirit Ride paid a visit to Peoria this morning. Tow trucks and other emergency vehicles hauled a ceremonial casket. The caravan isn't just honoring first responders. They're also trying to build awareness of the move over law. It will reach Springfield this afternoon, arriving at Shaner's Towering on North Dirksen Parkway at 2pm. On Wednesday, the procession will arrive in Litchfield at 10am at Brian's Auto Service and 23 Hour Towing, then Randy's Towing and Hauling..
The Henry County Republican Central Committee will meet on Monday, July 17 at the Cambridge Community and Youth Center, 407 N West Street in Cambridge. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.
Agenda items for the meeting will be planning for upcoming summer parades, local events, planning for the 2018 Primary Elections kickoff and candidate recruitment. There will information regarding Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair in August and a planned bus trip for the day from our area.
The meetings are open to all interested Republicans and those wanting to get more involved with the Republican Party locally are encouraged to attend. Those desiring more information about getting involved should call 309-944-6463 or email email@example.com.
The road closure on CH 14, Ottville Road will move from the north curve (closest curve to Seatonville) to the south curve (closest to Spring Valley), effective today.
The north curve which had previously been closed will be open, and the south curve, which is the closest one to Spring Valley, will be closed as of 6:30 a.m. and shall remain in effect until further notice. Also, please be advised that 3150 East Street and 3175 East Street shall remain open.
Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report
Acceptance of and place on file pending audit the Treasurer’s report
1 Charcoal purchase update
2 2017 printed Schedule of Events – let’s get them out
3 Security for this year’s Kewanee Hog Days
4 Last review meat bid letter specifications before mail out
5 Ameren Sponsorship
6 Email re: spice powder
7 Big tent changes
8 Stage banner sponsorships
1. Hog Days Coloring Contest
2. Equipment loan to Prairie Chicken Days
3. Supply ordering time
4. Time to schedule/commit to work days and/or nights…
Begin packaging spice powder
Freezer door seal replacement
Ticket trailer repairs
Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone
Motion to adjourn
Our next regular meeting is Tuesday, July 25th @ 7 pm.
Monthly Twitter chats have been paying off for the University of Illinois College of ACES. The latest one is this Tuesday from Noon-to-1 p.m. and features the topic “From Toys to Tools: Robotic Vehicles in Agriculture.”
That’s Jennifer Shike--ACES Director of Communications & Marketing. She says go to “@ACESIllinois” and punch in “#askaces” to participate in the chat.
Shike says the monthly Twitter chats have been ongoing for the last year-and-a-half.
Illinois may have a budget but State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says there is plenty of work to be done to avoid the state entering junk status....
Frerichs is offering a five point plan for Governor Rauner to follow to prevent another credit downgrade for Illinois. That plan includes having Rauner implement 6 billion dollars in bonding authority, which would bring in 3 billion dollars in additional federal funding toward the 15 billion dollar bill backlog. He also says Rauner needs to ensure K-12 schools open on time. A separate agreement in the recent budget deal requires that state dollars be distributed on an evidence-based model. Governor Rauner has promised a veto. He is calling for the Governor to tone down what he calls divisive rhetoric and travel to New York and assure the three ratings agencies that he will implement the budget package ...
Frerichs says junk bond status would likely mean higher property taxes in Illinois.
The PGA Tour makes it annual stop in the Quad Cities this week. The John Deere Classic tees off Thursday at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis—just a short distance from Deere’s corporate headquarters in Moline. The event was named the PGA Tournament of the Year last year. Great recognition says JDC Director Clair Peterson.
The tournament is in its 47th year and now features a purse of $5.6 million.
Comptroller Susana Mendoza has been praising lawmakers for passing a budget last week. She says the return of a spending blueprint means a return of spending limits....
Mendoza predicts there will be enough money to cover basic services in August.
The St. Clair County State's Attorney has announced a bid for congress. Brendan Kelly will run as a Democrat in the 12th District, a seat currently held by Republican Mike Bost. Kelly, on his campaign Facebook page, notes that he has taken a tough stance against public corruption, compiling a long list of prosecutions of members of both parties. He says he is focused on addressing the opioid crisis in this country.
Kelly says although he is a Democrat, he believes the public wants to see their lawmakers reach across party lines, noting that he thinks a lot of special interests and enemies would like to see the two major political parties continue to fight each other.
Please be advised that the Bureau County Highway Department is announcing a culvert repair project that will result in a road closure on CH 24 (Lock 11 Road). The date for closure is today and the location of the road closure is 2.5 miles northwest of Tiskilwa between 1500 East and 1625 East in the North ½ of Section 3.
Curnyn Construction was awarded a contract for the culvert repair and has 15 working days for completion.
The Move Over Law in Illinois is one that many people might not be familiar with but one that is enforced every day anyway.
Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says it is also a critical law…
Trooper Wilson clarifies that the new law covers every day civilian vehicles as well as emergency service vehicles…