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  • OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host their first round of sports physicals this next Tuesday for all area athletes heading into the 2017-2018 school year.

    Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF…

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  •  Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) secured a continued commitment from officials at the Federal Rail Administration to work with the State of Illinois to finish the long-awaited Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail project. Associate Administrator Paul Nissenbaum committed to working with Congresswoman Bustos, the Illinois Department of Transportation, railroads and local officials to get this project to completion. This pledge comes despite President Trump’s proposed cuts to Amtrak.


    “Securing passenger rail for the Quad-Cities has always been among my top priorities, and I’m pleased the Federal Rail Administration is committed to bringing this project across the finish line,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Despite the obstacles put in place by the state budget crisis in Springfield, I’m fighting to finish this project that will grow our local economy and create good-paying jobs in our region.”


    Last year, after months of pressuring the Rauner administration to accept a $177 million job-creating federal investment in our state, Congresswoman Bustos announced an agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration to move forward on Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail, which was previously put on hold. 


  •  The Illinois State Police (ISP) were recognized for outstanding contributions in law enforcement at the 21st Annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference,” awards ceremony hosted by the Illinois State Crime Commission.  Eight ISP Troopers and an ISP canine were honored at the banquet at the Drury Lane Hotel in Oak Brook, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

    One ISP Canine team was recognized as the Illinois State Police canine team of the year. The ISP canine team made a positive impact on the citizens of Illinois by seizing significant amounts of illegal contraband, apprehending dangerous felons, and tracking missing persons. Over the past year, the canine team has had numerous successful operations including tracking an 88-year-old female with dementia who wandered from her residence, and three no-bite apprehensions, including one on a suspect wanted in a pending murder investigation. The canine team also seized the following amounts of contraband during 2016:

    • 32,430 grams methamphetamine
    • 10,576 grams cocaine
    • 5,372 grams heroin
    • 7,364 grams cannabis

    The total street value of the amount of illegal drugs seized is estimated at nearly 17 million dollars.

    The ISP District 15 Criminal Patrol team (CRIMPAT) received the contraband interdiction team of the year award. The team is comprised of eight highly skilled troopers and four canines that specialize in contraband interdiction.  The overall goal of the criminal patrol team is to seize illegal contraband being transported to, and through the state of Illinois.  The team also assists federal and local law enforcement.  


  • It’s never too early to lock in prices for fall and winter propane needs. That’s what GROWMARK’s Harry Cooney is telling farmers as they think about the grain drying season.
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    Cooney says fortunately for farmers, grain drying hasn’t been a big issue the last several years.
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    Cooney says now is the time for end users to secure some prices for the fall and he recommends producers talk with their local FS member cooperative about meeting future needs.


  • The 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion hails from west-central Illinois. Brian Curless of Pittsfield won the competition last weekend in Billings, Montana.
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    With the win, Curless now has a key voice for the Livestock Marketing Association.
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    Curless is a Black Hawk East product and Oklahoma State grad.
    The runner-up in the competition was also from Illinois--Cody Lowderman of Macomb. 


  • The next section of Fire Department hydrant testing originally scheduled to begin Tuesday , will now start on Thursday.  This will extend the length of time for work in that area. 


    The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants as the Fire Department will be working to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up. 

     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.

     The next area planned to begin work will be on Thursday 6/22/17 and will include blocks in between Willard Street to East Street South, and East McClure to East Mill (as well as some residents north of Mill towards East Division.  This also includes residents within these areas on Grier, Mosher, Emmons, Smith, and Poplar. 

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


  • The Planning Commission of Kewanee will meet in Council Chambers at City Hall this evening beginning 7:00 op’clock.

    The petitions scheduled for tonight include


    1:  212 N. Burr Blvd, Robert Robinson, requesting rezoning from B-1 Business District – Limited Retail to B-3 Business Service & Wholesale District.

    2:  202 N Tremont St, Bill Cox owner of Bir River Gaming LLC2 dba Lacey’s Place, requesting a special use permit to serve alcohol by the drink.

    3:  618 Teney St, 626 Tenney St and 150 E South St, The City of Kewanee is requesting rezoning of these properties from M-1 Manufacturing District – Limited & B-2 Business District – General Retail to B-3 Business Service & Wholesale District.



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