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  • Not only does the Illinois High School Association recognize state champs in football, basketball and baseball; but they also award state titles in music. And a rural Illinois school has won three in a row. Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger is the vocal director at Rockridge High School in lower Rock Island, just south of the Quad Cities.

    The IHSA state music sweepstakes includes a solo and ensemble contest followed by an organization contest. There are 109 students involved in the Rockridge music program. 


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  • There are now 271 high school bass fishing teams in Illinois and the IHSA will crown its ninth state champion in the sport next month.

    The IHSA’s Kurt Gibson says the first state tournament series in bass fishing was offered in 2009 with 199 member schools participating.

    Sectionals take place throughout the state on May 5th with the state bass fishing championship decided on May 20th at Carlyle Lake. 


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  • Rain gauges throughout Illinois will be getting a good workout over the next several days. A system will be moving through the state Wednesday with another one behind it for the weekend says State Climatologist Jim Angel.

    As far as temperatures are concerned, Angel says Illinois is about five-and-half degrees above normal for the month of April. 


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  • Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley are the guests


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  • Issues with the airlines hit the April 25 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI


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  • The month of April is noted as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and unfortunately, child abuse takes on many forms.

    Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says he was recently called on to deliver an address about human and sex trafficking and he was taken by surprise by what he found…

    Trooper Wilson says from there, it was one unbelievable story after the next…

    Trooper Wilson also found that unknowing victims are snapped up off the street often times before they know what has happened…

    Trooper Wilson advises the general public to find out more about this subject on their own and become more aware of the problem…


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  • The Alzheimer’s Association is offering free a community education class on Legal and Financial matters Thursday, April 27thth at from 4 to 5:30pm at the Geneseo Public Library, 805 North Chicago Street, Geneseo, IL. 

    Attorney Curt Ford from the lawfirm Nash Nash Bean and Ford will present at the class.  He will focus on important legal and financial issues that those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their caregivers face.

    Jerry Schroeder, Senior Program Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association will also be available during the class, for other Alzheimer’s disease and dementia related questions. 

    This class is free and open to the public. 

    Advanced registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900. Or, to register online visit www.alz.org, browse to Caregiver Center, Community Resource Finder, Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events. For more information contact Jerry Schroeder at 563-293-8056, or at jschroeder@alz.org


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