-On Thursday, December 13th at 3:54PM, Henry County Deputies responded to a traffic crash on U.S. Hwy. 6 at Green River Rd. near Colona. The 16 year old driver of one vehicle was issued a citation for failing to yield at an intersection. No injuries were reported.
-On Thursday, December 13th at 7:36PM, Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Osco Rd. The driver, Jeffery Olds (age 18) of Orion, was issued a notice to appear citation for speeding 111mph in a 55mph speed zone.
The Illinois State Police are investigating a Semi Truck Crash this morning on I-80. No one was hurt in the single-vehicle accident but traffic in the area was blocked for a time. Preliminary information indicates that a single semi-truck at Mile Marker 27 near accident became immobilized and was blocking traffic from around 1 Am and traffic flow on I-80 was not fully re-established until 2:45 Am. The driver of the Semi was cited though Illinois State Police have not released what the citation was for or the identity of the driver.
Does the Flu Shot make you sick or do you just think it makes you sick? It's a debate that has been raging for years, why do I feel sick after I get a shot that's supposed to keep me from getting sick? Dr Andy Peterson from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will be our guest on Tuned In on Friday at 8:45 Am on WKEI to talk about Flu Shots and perhaps settle the idea of whether or not there is at least some truth to how we feel sick after a flu shot or whether it is all in our head.
The incredible Christmas Village at the Kewanee Public Library will remain open for visitors until December 21st. Sara Billiet with the Kewanee Public Library tells WKEI that visitors are encouraged to come upstairs and talk to staff and take a tour of the spectacular Christmas display. And, if you're worried about the kids and the elaborate display, don't worry, Sara says the library's I-Spy game has you covered.
The Kewanee Library will be closed over the Christmas holiday, December 24th through the 26th.
The IRS warning people about a new email scam. Agent Michael Devine says the IRS will not email you about your taxes and never trust emails asking for tax information.
More information available at 800-829-1040 or irs.gov.
Illinoisans continue to deal with a Hepatitis A outbreak. The infection has already been found in 75 people but it’s a recent rash of new cases that have the Illinois Department of Public Health on alert. Director Dr Nirav Shah says they are doing more help at-risk groups.
The Hep A problem isn’t contained just to Illinois. Other Midwest states are seeing outbreaks and higher than normal numbers of infections.
One of the biggest movies of the season, Creed 2 arrives in Kewanee today at the Wanee Cinemas. The second film in the Michael B. Jordan franchise and the 8th film in the Rocky movie universe returns the character of Adonis Creed to the boxing ring to battle the son of Rocky's legendary foe, and the man who killed Adonis' father in the ring, Ivan Drago. Recently I spoke with Creed 2 director Stephen Caple Jr and asked him what it was like to work with Sylvester Stallone in the role of Rocky...
Creed 2 is set to pass $100 million dollars at the box office this weekend and reviews have been great as well with 83% of critics on RottenTomatoes.com giving the film a positive review. RegionalDailyNews.com also reviewed the film quite positively, as you can read here, and check out our interview with director Stephen Caple Jr here.
Governor Bruce Rauner is on the way out and is taking some time to comment on things that should be addressed moving forward in Illinois. Rauner has mostly avoided talking about the how and why of the election but he says that he wants to have his voice heard on how he still thinks problems in Illinois need to be fixed.
Democrat JB Pritzker will be sworn into office on January 14th.
Thursday on the Open Line brought more talk about the potential change to automated trash collection in Kewanee. We also talked about people littering on the ice on the lake at Windmont Park which needs to stop right away. And we discussed Justin Moore as the announced headliner for the Back Road Music Festival in Galva on August 10th 2019 and finally, we talked about how South Carolina is eliminating the snow day.
Michael Devine from the IRS was our guest on People to People on Thursday. In our interview, Michael talks about what you need to do to be prepared to do your taxes in 2019. It's never too soon to make sure you have everything prepared for your tax returns but especially for this year. Tax forms have changed dramatically and you can get a preview of the new forms at IRS.Gov. The big change is the 1040 form, the most common of tax forms. It's going to look different in 2019 as you can see linked here at IRS.Gov. Michael says there is still time for you to do things that can change your 2019 taxes, things like making a charitable contribution, just make sure you are tracking what you donate. These and other topics are covered in today's People to People podcast with Michael Devine from the IRS.
Sara Billiet with the Kewanee Public Library was our guest on Tuned In on Thursday on WKEI. Sara dropped by to remind everyone that the Christmas Village at the Kewanee Public Library is still open and ready for your visit. There is even a little game of I-Spy in the Christmas to get the kids excited to see this incredible and interactive display. The Christmas Village at the Kewanee Public Library will remain on display through December 21st. Be aware that the Kewanee Public Library will have limited hours at the end of this year due to the Holidays. The library will be closed on December 24th, 25th and 26th as well as on December 31st and January 1st.
The Better Business Bureau is warning of the pitfalls and catches of "free trial offers." These offers are often promoted through various avenues on the internet, and make wild promises. All you have to do is pay for the shipping. But in the fine print, there is often wording that will hook you for a hefty monthly fee. Agency investigator Don O'Brien says they are calling on authorities to pursue more vigorously criminal charges against these scammers.
The agency also says social media sites need to better police this trend, and also calls on international authorities to cooperate in combating this fraud. Finally, if you feel you have been victimized, contact the BBB and your local police.
Country superstar Justin Moore will headline the 2019 Back Road Music Festival. The man whose second career single, "Small Town U.S.A" went to number 1 in 2009 will be the main attraction when the Back Road Music Festival in Galva returns on August 10th, 2019. Moore has 6 career number one hits, including "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," "Til My Last Day," and "Somebody Else Will" and has two platinum records. By the time Justin arrives to headline the Back Road Music Festival in Galva in 2019 his newest record will be on the charts as Justin is just about to drop a brand new record in time for the New Year. His current single, "The Ones Who Didn't Make It Back Home," pays tribute to soldiers who've lost their lives in the war on terror. Tickets for the 2019 Back Road Music Festival will go on sale on Friday, December 14th at the Galva Pharmacy and online at thebackroadmusicfestival.com.
At approximately 11:48 Am Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 400 Block of East 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 44 year old Jason L.S Brownfield of Geneseo on a charge of Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. He was given a notice to appear. However, at approximately 1:29 Pm Kewanee Police returned to the 400 Block of East 3rd Street and once again arrested Jason L.S Brownfield for Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. This time he was taken to the Henry County County Jail.
At approximately 5:32 Pm Kewanee Police responded to a traffic accident in the area of the 200 Block of East South Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found an accident involving Diane C. Dolieslager and Healther M. Frykman, both of Kewanee. No injuries were reported in the accident and no citations were issued.
At approximately 10:39 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 500 Block of 8th Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 47 year old Edward W. Lockett was arrested on a Henry County warrant for Driving While License Suspended.
OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is holding a blood drive with the American Red Cross today from 7 Am until 5 Pm at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Our friend Carrie Boelens from OSF says that giving blood is one of the best gifts you can give in the holiday season.
There is a remarkable need for blood donations right now so if you can give please stop by OSF Saint Luke Medical Center today before 5 Pm to donate and those who do will receive a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card and free snacks.
Santa Claus is coming to Kewanee on Saturday afternoon at Northeast Park. Brock Tumbleson broke the news that Santa will be visiting Kewanee to check up on his naughty and nice list on Saturday afternoon at Northeast Park beginning at 4 Pm on Saturday.
Santa will be at the big shelter house at Northeast Park. Folks are reminded to bundle up for the occasion as there is no heat in the big shelter. Brock Tumbleson was our guest along with Eddie Tolliver from the Kewanee Salvation Army on Wednesday's People to People Program. Brock and his buddies in the Kewanee Klassics will be performing this Sunday at 2 Pm at First United Methodist Church at the annual Salvation Army Benefit Concert.
There is no cost to attend as Brock mentioned but there will be kettles to fill up. At Sunday's concert, Brock has promised a couple of special guests, including Pastor Dan Craig and there will be a tribute to our friend Linda Bohls, the former Director of the Kewanee Salvation Army who retired earlier this year.
Black Hawk College will offer Food Manager Training courses in Kewanee in January. The two-day Food Protection Manager Certification course will use the ServSafe curriculum which meets Illinois and Iowa state standards for food safety certification. The course is valuable for those looking to advance in the restaurant or food industry. The course will begin on January 15th and conclude on the 17th with classes taking place from 8:30 to 2:30 Pm each day at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee. The cost to attend is $147.00 with the ServSafe textbook sold separately.
The Farm Bill is one step closer to passage after passing through the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill was passed out of conference on Monday and immediately acted upon by the Senate which passed the bipartisan bill by an overwhelming margin. The House on Wednesday delivered an equally overwhelming bipartisan vote with 389 members voting in favor of the bill. The Farm Bill now awaits the signature of President Donald Trump which could come as early as today. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House and a member of the bipartisan conference committee that helped negotiate the final bill released a statement following the vote stating:
“The Farm Bill is an essential piece of legislation that provides our family farmers with the support they need to continue putting food on the plates of Americans across our nation,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Although this process was far from perfect, I am glad we were able to pass a long-term bipartisan Farm Bill that provides our growers and producers with the certainty they need during these turbulent times.”
The Henry County Farm Bureau is celebrating following last week’s Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Members of the Henry County Farm Bureau came away with awards at this year’s annual meeting including Megan Dwyer of Geneseo who won an award at the Illinois Farm Bureau State Discussion meet. Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest on Tuned In on Wednesday told us all about Megan…
Also bringing home an award from the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting was Sadie Asher, another member of the Young Leaders of the Henry County Farm Bureau who was awarded the Top Young Leader Chair Award.
In just over a month, Governor Bruce Rauner will watch J.B. Pritzker take the oath and succeed him as the state's chief executive and while he's planning on a quiet few weeks that one stop him from speaking his mind. On Wednesday, Rauner was critical of the number of management types in state government who wear the union label...
Rauner says the percentage of state workers who are represented by unions has grown considerably since the Rod Blagojevich era...
AFSCME Council 31 reported this week that Rauner has run up a legal tab of more than 6 million dollars with what they call a high priced outside law firm to battle AFSCME and union workers in various court fights and legal challenges.
The transition of power is coming to Illinois. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he and his staff are working for a smooth transition as Democrat JB Pritzker takes over. He’s sworn in on January 14th and until then Rauner will be running the state but he says that the next few weeks won’t be filled with last-minute rulemaking or job filling.
Rauner will be working his way through clemency petitions and the standing backlog of requests.
Is the state in need of more behavioral health care workers? The Illinois Senate is hearing about that issue from the health care industry. Groups say there is a shortage of psychiatrists and counsellors that care for individuals with mental illness. Marvin Lindsey, with the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association, says the state needs to set up a recruitment center that could be run by a state university.
Why a shortage? Low wages and low reimbursement rates were mentioned as reasons.
Today on the Open Line on WKEI talk of Flu Shots, why do people believe that the flu shot makes them sick? We also talked about our local parks and the incredible work that has gone into lighting Windmont Park and Northeast Park. We talked briefly about NBA star Steph Curry buying into a crazy conspiracy theory and briefly about the automated trash pick up, which is potentially coming to Kewanee next year.
A small town post office becomes "The Holiday Station" during December. It's Joy, Illinois. They have a special holiday postmark each year. This year it's designed by Mercer County High School art student Gracie Olson.
To get the Joy postmark, you can send your cards and letters, already stamped and in a package, to the Holiday Station, 202 West Main Street, Joy, IL 61260. Each year, upwards of 13,000 cards and letters are stamped with the holiday postmark during December.
Technology makes advancements every day and your cell phone signal is no different. 5G is becoming more of a reality in the modern world but won’t be around anytime soon according to some experts. Rob Benton owns CPR-Cell Phone Repair in Mt. Vernon and he says the idea has been in development for 2 years and just got finalized this past June.
Although the technology is advancing and the speeds will increase, Benton says if you live in a rural area, don’t count on having 5G available to you for some time.
Benton says realistically, 5G could become available everywhere in 10-20 years.