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  • Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander Victor Markowski is reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions for the upcoming holiday travel. Troopers are responsible for the safety of more than 20,000 miles of the state’s roads and highways. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods for motorists and millions of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates.    


    The Memorial holiday enforcement period overlaps with the statewide Click it or Ticket safety campaign which began on Monday, May 15, and runs through Wednesday, May 31.  District 7 will focus on achieving zero fatalities by strictly enforcing the four most deadly traffic violations (Fatal Four):  Speeding, DUI, Seat Belts, and Distracted Driving.


    Last year, the ISP issued 3,204 tickets for speeding violations during the four-day holiday period from Friday through Monday.   During the same time period, there were 196 DUI arrests; 732 seatbelt violations; and 229 distracted driver violations.


    The simplest things you can do to protect yourself while traveling is to avoid distractions, slow down, wear your seatbelt and focus on the task at hand.


    “The first holiday weekend of the summer is always a time for celebration. Please remember to share the road responsibly and appreciate that all motorists have the right to safely arrive at their destination,” states Captain Victor Markowski. “Troopers will continue to patrol the District 7 roadways to assist in everyone’s safe travels.”


    The ISP is reminding motorists of the “Move Over Law,” which requires drivers to “Slow Down and Move Over” when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights. Drivers must yield the right-of-way by changing lanes if possible and reduce the speed of their vehicle and proceed with caution if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.  This law now applies to motorists pulled off on the shoulder with hazard lights on as well. 


    Alcohol is a leading factor in fatal traffic crashes, especially during celebratory weekends. Please do your part to help keep the roadways safe by planning ahead and designating a sober driver, calling a cab, or using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. If we all do our part, we can make this holiday the safest one ever.


  • Memorial Day will be observed on Monday and that will mark the first three day holiday weekend for the summer. While some retailers and other businesses will be open, and those that work in the emergency services field will still be at work, it will be a holiday for many people.

    There will also be some schedule changes along the way as well.

    In Kewanee, City Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, there will be no landscape waste pickup on Monday, however there will be no change in the garbage pick- up schedule in Kewanee for next week.  

    Memorial Day is a federal holiday and the United States Post Office will be closed with no mail delivery or window service on Monday.

    Memorial Day is a federal reserve banking holiday and most banks will be closed on Monday but best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule.

    The Henry County Court System and other county offices will also be closed for the day on Monday. 

    Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed tomorrow on Saturday and will re-open on Tuesday, May 30th.       

    Black Hawk College facilities will be closed on Monday and will resume classes next Tuesday.     

    Henry and Stark County Health Department offices will be closed on Monday, with homemaker staff still working where necessary to provide in home care.

    The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day and will re-open next Tuesday, May 30th.   


  • The Kewanee Police Department is wishing everyone a safe and sound holiday weekend.

    Police Chief Jim Dison is urging the motoring public to decide to be responsible over the Memorial Day weekend…

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    Chief Dison says there will be lots of extra traffic over the course of the weekend and all the more reason to remain aware and alert…

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    Younger drivers can be particularly vulnerable and statistics indicate that the summer months are often the most troublesome for those younger drivers which is a very sobering fact…

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  •     The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that every year May 31st is proclaimed World No-Tobacco Day. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development." This annual campaign demonstrates the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.

         RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments notes that this important health designation is an important time to remind area residents about the Health Departments’ Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities Grant activities. 

        In both Henry and Stark County our staff works continually to enforce, educate and encourage compliance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Act. The Smoke-free Illinois Act prohibits smoking in virtually all public places and workplaces, including offices, theaters, museums, libraries, educational institutions, schools, commercial establishments, enclosed shopping centers and retail stores, restaurants, bars, private clubs and gaming facilities.

        Also, this past year, the Health Department has worked towards additional Tobacco-Free initiatives.  In Henry County we have a grant that encourages Tobacco Prevention and Control through the encouragement of Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Outdoor Spaces.  In Stark County we focused on Youth Tobacco Prevention through the development of Social Norms Marketing Campaigns. 

        Tucker notes, “The Health Department in coordination with the State of Illinois has taken these important steps to protect its residents, workers and visitors from the harmful and hazardous effects of smoking and secondhand smoke.” 

         Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.


  • The Illinois Senate recently passed the Right to Know Act, which is designed to protect the online privacy of Illinoisans while promoting online transparency. Senator Michael Hastings says the most personal of information is at stake, and it's a highly prized asset....
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    Online companies would have to reveal what they're sharing under the act. Proponents say online personal info has been used to determine insurance rates and verify loans. The bill is being considered in committee in the Illinois House.


  • The summer travel season kicks off this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. What will the numbers look like as we roll into June and July? Harry Cooney--Manager in Energy Customer Risk Management for GROWMARK provides an update.
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    The average national retail gas price is $2.37, which is seven cents more from last year at this time.
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    The average price for diesel fuel is $2.51 a gallon, 21-cents more from the same period a year ago. 


  • Local school superintendents continue to put the pressure on Springfield. Eight of them traveled to the state capital this week. Henderson-Mercer-Knox-and-Warren County Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott says her area remains extremely concerned about mandated categoricals, which reimburse districts for transportation and special education.
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    Scott traveled to Springfield on Wednesday with superintendents from the Abingdon-Avon; Galesburg; Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville; ROWVA; United; West Central and Williamsfield school districts. 


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