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Wanee Cinemas Inviting You to Book Club for One Week Only

The Wanee Cinema is inviting you to Book Club for one week only. According to a post on the Wanee Cinemas Facebook page, Book Club the PG-13 comedy starring leading lady legends Candace Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton opens today at the Wanee Cinemas and tells the story of four long time female friends who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey for their monthly book club get together and find the spicy story affecting each their moribund love lives. Again, you have only one week for Book Club at the Wanee Cinemas beginning today and playing alongside the popular animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation which remains one of the top movies at the box office.

Kewanee Salvation Army School Supply Giveaway August 2nd and 3rd

The Kewanee Salvation Army will be giving away school supplies on Thursday, August 2nd and Friday, August 3rd. Linda Bohls from the Kewanee Salvation Army joined us on our Tuned In Program to let everyone know that IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union among other had helped with backpack and supplies donations. More donations are being accepted before August 2nd and if you would like to make a donation go to your choice of local retailer and ask for a list of needed items.

Henry County Board Won't Have New Econ Development Director Until 2019

The Henry County Board of Directors last night announced that no new Economic Development Director will be named until next year. The plan had been to name a new Economic Development Director at last night’s meeting but during the meeting it was revealed that the candidate who was apparently offered the position had backed out. Interviews with candidates had taken place as recently as Monday before the final candidate backed out on taking the job.

Henry County Board Honors Deputies for Helping Pregnant Woman

The Henry County Board meeting honored three of Henry County’s finest for their exceptional work in helping a pregnant woman. Deputy Dave Smutzer, Deputy Chris Wrigley acted as a team when Deputy Smutzer responded to a call about a woman in labor and was on hand to help a woman give birth. With Deputy Wrigley on the line to coach him through it, Smutzer helped the woman give birth to a healthy baby boy. The two were honored with certificates at last night’s Henry County Board meeting.

Gun-Control Advocates: Rauner's Veto Chooses Profit Over Safety

Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest announcement of his plans to veto a gun-dealer certification bill is causing some to accuse him of siding with the gun industry. In the wake of several mass shootings, lawmakers sent Rauner the Gun Dealer Licensing Act in March to help crack down on illegal gun sales, but he vetoed the bill over concerns it would burden smaller gun stores. And even before the revised bill reached his desk, Rauner announced Monday he'll veto it, too - because he believes it doesn't enhance public safety.


Kathleen Sances, president and CEO of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC of Illinois, disagrees. She says Chicago police recover 7,000 illegal guns a year - and 4,000 from in-state dealers.

"He should want to be saving our children," says Sances. "And he looks like he's choosing to secure the profits of the gun industry rather than keep our communities safe.


Just before announcing his veto plans for the licensing bill, Rauner signed two other gun-related measures. One allows confiscation of guns from people if a court deems them dangerous to themselves or others; another imposes a 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases in Illinois.

Sances says while she is pleased that Rauner approved the other two gun-safety bills, she is perplexed over his decision not to want to track illegal gun sales.


"I mean, I think these are easy bills for him to sign," says Sances. "I don't understand, though, why he wouldn't sign a bill that would have helped stopped the shootings in our city. I mean, our children are dying. There are shootings every two hours here - and that's because there's too many illegal guns."


Senator Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, reworked the gun-dealer licensing measure and got a different bill, House Bill 337, through both chambers. He also praised the governor for signing the other bills, but accused him of playing politics with the licensing bill.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 18th and 19th

At approximately 3:40 Pm in the area of the 300 block of 2nd Street Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop that led to a citation for 72 year old Ronald L. Vanwaes of Kewanee. Vanwaes was cited for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and was given a notice to appear in court.


At approximately 8:49 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of Fairview in Kewanee. There Kewanee Police arrested 20 year old Dexter D. Cool of Kewanee for Aggravated Battery. 

Kewanee Concert in the Park Moved to The Flemish Tonight

Due to the potential for rain and thunderstorms this evening, the Kewanee Concert in the park has been moved indoors to the Flemish American Club. Mark Mikenas made the announcement in a call to WKEI on Thursday afternoon. Doors will open at 5 Pm and there will be dessert available. The Original Skazz Band will be performing and you can check out their work and get an idea of what's in store tonight at the Flemish below. The Flemish American Club is located at 313 North Burr Boulevard. 

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