A pair of dogs that were found in a trash can on Mill Street in Kewanee on Tuesday are now being cared for at the Kewanee Pound. Kewanee for the Animals first published this photo of the dogs, a mother and son, earlier this week when the dogs were discovered.
The dogs were immediately taken to the Kewanee Vet Clinic on Townsedge Road where they were treated for malnourishment and given flea treatments. The mother dog, a Poodle was given anti-biotics and there remains a $300.00 veterinary care bill to be paid. The younger dog is a Poodle/Maltese Mix.
Both dogs are now being cared for at the Kewanee Pound where they will remain until they are healthier. Meanwhile, if you know the owner of these dogs you are asked to contact the Kewanee Police Department at 309-853-1911.
One person was injured in a car accident on Saturday in Kewanee. According to the Kewanee Police blotter, a vehicle driven by a 16 year old female from Kewanee struck a vehicle driven by Jackie Carroll of Kewanee in the area of Main and Oak Street, at approximately 12:19 Pm. Carroll was taken from the scene by ambulance with unspecfied injuries. The teenage driver was cited at the scene for failing to yield.
The Most Amazing Harvest was just three years ago in Galva and it's still something that no who witnessed it will ever forget. Now, it will especially never be forgotten thanks to the remarkable work of The Walldogs who, this weekend, are putting the final touches on a mural commemorating The Most Amazing Harvest. We spoke with Michael Clark, the lead artist on this project who said that the whole thing came together very quickly as he was helping out on the Walter T. Bailey mural in Kewanee.
Joy Hernandez, the irrepressible spirit and spearhead of the Kewanee Mural projects, is helping Michael along with fellow Walldog Cornbread Lindley, remembers that remarkable day in 2015 when a community of farmers rallied together for the Bates family.
You can see the mural on the side of the Stark County Ambulance building across from Subway in Galva.
City Council Agenda for Monday, September 24th 2018.
Posted by 5:00 p.m., September 19, 2018
1. Call to Order
2. Closed meeting pursuant to Section 2 (c) (1) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss personnel and Section 2(c)(2)
to discuss collective bargaining.
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
c. Staff Reports
5. Presentation of Bills and Claims
6. Citizen Participation
a. Discussion of a proposed ordinance authorizing a cable television franchise agreement by and between
the City of Kewanee and Comcast of Illinois/Indiana/Ohio LLC
b. Discussion of a proposed Intergovernmental Agreement with Kewanee Community Unit School District
229 for waiver of sewer charges for water used solely for the irrigation of an athletic field.
8. Council Communications:
The president of the nation's largest farm organization says the group has urged the Trump administration to go on the offensive and negotiate successful trade deals to help bolster the farm economy. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall told Illinois and other states Farm Bureaus Thursday that deals like a new North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, and bilateral ones with Japan and countries that make up the European Union are needed to move mounting stocks of commodities such as soybeans and corn;
The A-F-B-F leader says the group continues to urge Congress to pass a new federal farm bill before the current one expires at the end of the month;
Duvall says the farm economy was reeling even before the current trade war. He says he hasn't seen the state of agriculture like it is now since the mid-1980s when several farmers exited the business.
Congratulations to Matt Esser for being named the Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for the month of August. Matt was chosen in a vote of his peers as this months honoree at Abilities Plus. Friends say that Matt was chosen for his positive attitude and the way he offers encouragement to others. He also does a great job stocking the canteen at Abilities Plus. In his spare time, Matt loves watching Nascar. A big congratulations once again to Matt Esser on being named Abilities Plus Achiever of the month.
The fourth annual Kewanee Ballhawks Bags Tournament to benefit Ballhawks Softball will be held Saturday at 2 Pm at the Kewanee American Legion Post, 1509 Railroad Avenue in Kewanee. The day will feature great food, a raffle, a 50/50 drawing and baked goods. The top three teams in the bags tournament will each win prizes. All of the money raised goes to support the Ballhawks 10U Softball team for another season.
WKEI has confirmed that Uncle Joe's Place located at 314 North Tremont in Kewanee is closing this weekend. Fans of the Done Right Loose Meat Sandwich have only Saturday to enjoy their favorite sandwich. Owner Barb Robson confirmed to WKEI on Friday that Uncle Joe's Place is calling it quits for good as she is going into retirement. Next week, anyone looking to buy restaurant equipment or just about anything else left at Uncle Joe's Place can stop in to help Barb get the place cleaned out.
No winner in the Mega-Millions Illinois Lottery drawing on Tuesday means an even higher jackpot for tonight's drawing. According to the Illinois Lottery, though many people did win cash prizes last week, no one had the winning Mega-Millions numbers and thus the grand prize has now risen to $275 million dollars with a cash option prize of $161 million dollars. The next chance to win is tonight's drawing of the Illinois Lottery Mega-Millions grand prize.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced a road closure beginning Monday, September 24th near Geneseo. According to the IDOT release, a portion of IL 82 under the IAIS Railroad will be closed from 8 Am on Monday morning through 3 Pm on Friday, September 28th. Detour signs will take drivers around the closed area vis west Exchange Street, North Center Street and West 1st Street in Geneseo. Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching the work zone and adhere to the detour signs.
Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos believes there’s plenty on consensus on a new Farm Bill, but she says there’s one holdout—House Republicans—and the work requirement issue involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She spoke on the subject following a visit to a Quad City area farm this week and listed the items that are important to her.
Bustos, along with Illinois House colleagues John Shimkus and Rodney Davis, serve on the Farm Bill Conference Committee. The current Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30th.
State Rep. Tim Butler is calling for the Illinois House to hold hearings on the actions of the Springfield based Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, in particular it's acquisition of a stovepipe hat said to be worn by Abraham Lincoln. Chicago radio station WBEZ reports failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln's ownership of a stovepipe hat by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation were kept secret for years. Butler believes the actions of the foundation are often falsely seen as being the actions of Library and Museum officials...
The hat is the $6.5 million centerpiece of the foundation's $25 million acquisition of Lincoln-related artifacts in 2007. The foundation still owes $9.7 million on a loan used to buy the collection and has begun preparations to auction some items . Meanwhile, library and museum curator James Cornelius has been terminated after previously being on administrative leave since the spring. FBI agents reportedly went to collect DNA samples from the hat in 2015 and WBEZ reports Cornelius encouraged them to pretend to be part of the news media and kept word of the testing secret from library and museum officials.
Michael Devine from the Internal Revenue Service was our guest on People to People on Thursday morning. On the docket was making sure that if you make a donation to a Hurricane charity it is a verifiable charity. One red flag maybe if they tell you that they cannot provide you with a receipt for your donation. You might be told that your credit card bill will act as a receipt for your donation but the IRS will not accept that. You must get a receipt for a donation you plan to claim on your taxes and if the charity cannot provide one, they may not be a legitimate charity. This topic and more valuable information from Michael Devine from the IRS on today's People to People Podcast.
Today on the Open Line topics included Visitation School Bell Monument, obstructionist thinking in local government, the need for young leaders in Kewanee. Callers were for and against the Visitation School Bell Monument in calls today making for an interesting conversation on this continuing story. Visitation School is set to go before the Zoning Appeals Board on October 3rd with a decision from the Kewanee City Council at the October 8th council meeting.
Eddie Toliver is the store manager at the Salvation Army store here in Kewanee. Eddie is, for now, taking up the mantle of leadership from Linda Bohls while the search for Linda's replacement continues. Among the topics of conversation with Eddie was the talk of replacing Linda, who retired last month, a donation from 1st Baptist Church for winter coats for kids and getting people ready to make donations for the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree.
In the latest tariffs announced by the Trump administration, the U.S. will be putting 10 percent on $200 billion in Chinese imported goods. That new tariff will grow to 25 percent in 2019. China has since announced tariffs on $60 billion of American made goods, including meat, alcoholic drinks, chemicals, machinery, and auto parts. Illinois 12th district house candidate Brendan Kelly says Congress has been passing the buck, and it has hurt Illinois residents for a long time.
Kelly is looking to unseat incumbent Mike Bost in November’s election. Bost has held the 12th district house seat since 2015.
Illinois has a teacher shortage. And the state board of education is trying to address it. They found that 90 percent of the state’s vacancies are in districts that are struggling. So State Superintendent Tony Smith says for some it comes down to money.
The pressure is also on trying to find special education teachers and ones with bilingual skills. ISBE also wants to address supporting young teachers once they start so they will keep teaching.
It’s National Farm Safety and Health week and the Illinois Department of Agriculture says that the commitment to be safe shouldn’t be just for farmers. Denise Albert says farm accidents happen between the farm and field.
The business of agriculture is the biggest in the state and the most dangerous. Over all its ranked as the 8th most dangerous in the nation
Galva Police are investigating the theft of the sign outside of the Galva Autovue Drive-In. According to owner Justin West, the sign was stolen on Tuesday…
Justin WestThe sign which is stood at the entrance of the Galva Autovue Drive-In since it opened back in June of 2005 is rather large and would have taken effort, time and a sizable vehicle to haul away.
Many in Galva had come to believe the Autovue was closed because it has not operated since 2017. Justin explained that while the Autovu is closed for now, they do hope to re-open in the near future once they’ve raised the funds to convert the Drive-In equipment for digital presentation, something movie studios now require as film prints of movies are being phased out.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the Galva Autovue sign please contact Galva Police at 309-932-3900. Regardless of whether someone thought that the theater was closed or not, someone took something that wasn’t theirs to take. So, call Galva Police at 309-932-3900.
Photo of stolen sign from Galva Autovue on Facebook
Kewanee Police say that three people are now in custody after they allegedly used arson as a distraction in order to rob JoJo’s Gas Station on Tuesday. According to Kewanee Police, 19-year-old John T. Sterling, 28-year-old Shawna M. Jeanguenat, and a 16-year-old accomplice started a fire in a home in the 300 Block of 5th Street as a distraction while they robbed the gas station.
The diversionary tactic did not work as police received the call regarding the robbery and arrived on the scene in time to arrest Sterling and subsequently arrest Jeanguenat and the 16-year-old accomplice. Police later revealed that Sterling and the 16-year-old accomplice were also responsible for a rash of downtown burglaries including break-in and robberies at Patty's Barber Shop, Center City, Northeast Park, Dairy Queen, the Red Apple, the Station House, Cernovich's Scrap Yard, and JoJo's Gas Station.
The 16-year-old suspect faces 8 counts of burglary along with an arson charge, Sterling was charged with eight counts of burglary, six counts of theft, arson, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, and resisting a peace officer and he faces drug charges stemming from an August arrest. Jeungenat faces charges of burglary, arson and theft. Both Sterling and Jeungenat are in the Henry County Jail and will be in front of a judge on October 1st. They are being held on $50,000.
On Monday, September 17th Henry County Sheriff's Deputies were called to an accident in the area of Highway 17 East of Woodhull. At the scene, Deputies cited 73-year-old Ronald Anderson of Lynn Center for Failing to Yield the Right of Way. Anderson is said to have pulled out in front of another vehicle leading to the accident. No one was harmed in the accident.
On Tuesday, September 18th at approximately 8:22 Pm, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy initiated a traffic stop on Main Street in Kewanee. In that stop, the Deputy gave a warning to 35-year-old Tate Eichelberger of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and issued a Notice to Appear in Court on a charge of Driving While Suspended.
Two men are under arrest after Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to call about an instance of battery at a residence in Alpha. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office release, 39 year old David Meirhaeghe of Woodhull was arrested at the scene in the 100 block of 4th Street in Alpha and charged with Battery as well as resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was 30 year old Zachary Blakesmith of Alpha, also on a charge of Battery. Both men were taken to the Henry County Jail.
An emergency water shut off is in effect for a portion of Kewanee. The City of Kewanee made the announcement this morning after the discovery of a broken fire hydrant. Residents on Helmer Street, Prairie, Columbus and 5th Avenue are currently without water service while the hydrant is repaired. Water service will be restored by Noon today barring unforeseen circumstances. If you are subject to this water shut off you will also be subject to a boil order for 48 to 72 hours following the restoration of water service.
The Station House is now set to be called The Station under new owners Rita and Andrew Speck. Rita and Andrew had previously been part of the ownership at The Broken Chimney and their departure led to a great deal of rumor and speculation. I asked Rita Speck about the departure from The Broken Chimney
The Station House, which changed hands just a couple of weeks ago and has been closed since early this month, is now set to be called The Station. I asked Rita what her vision for The Station is
I asked Rita what the new menu at The Station will look like
As for rumors that she and her husband’s departure from The Broken Chimney was acrimonious or that The Broken Chimney will be going out of business, Rita says no, and that Dale Matthews the owner of The Broken Chimney will continue to operate The Broken Chimney and they remain great friends.
The Station is now undergoing renovations and is several weeks away from opening under its new name.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth is weighing in on the latest developments in the Brett Kavanaugh case, in particular word that university professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will get the discuss her claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were in high school.....
Duckworth is hopeful the FBI can take a closer look at the claims...
State lawmakers are asking questions about the death rate among African American babies and why it’s higher than that of white babies. The mortality rate can be as much as three times higher for black infants and Rush University Medical Center Pediatrician Gina Lowell says black families bring babies into bed, and while co-sleeping presents dangers she says that some mothers have far greater concerns about keeping their children safe.
Experts are suggesting more in-home follow-up care for mothers and helping expect ones with prenatal checkups.
Even before President Trump announced another round of tariffs on some goods imported from China, farmer John Kiefner had seen the market for soybeans and other products shipped to China in containers come to a halt;
Kiefner says thousands of containers loaded with big box and dollar store goods from China coming into Chicago-area rail yards will likely return empty. He's not thrilled with the plan for U-S-D-A to pay him and other farmers for being victims of the tariff and trade war;
Kiefner and some other Illinois farmers want the Trump administration to get to the negotiating table with China - and complete a new North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.
Harvest is underway in almost every part of Illinois. The state’s farmers are making quicker work this year than last when it comes to harvesting soybeans. USDA’s Mark Schleusener says things are coming along nicely as four percent of the crop is out of the field.
Farmers will be working for the next six to eight weeks to harvest the majority of the state’s corn and soybeans.
State Senator Chuck Weaver has announced that his latest in his series of Coffee and Conversation events will take place later this month in Wyoming, Illinois. State Senator Weaver will sit down and talk with constituents in Wyoming, on September 25th from 8 Am to 9 Am at One Eleven Coffee located at 111 North 7th Street in Wyoming. Senator Weaver will discuss his recent legislative successes and take questions on the current goings on in Springfield during the event along with plans for his next legislative agenda. There is no cost to attend.
The Illinois Lottery Mega-Millions Jackpot is climbing again. With no winner in Friday's drawing, tonight's winning numbers could bring one lucky player a jackpot over $252 million dollars or $148 million if you take the cash option. Players in the Illinois Lottery last week came up short of winning the big prize but did come away with prizes ranging from $1 dollar to more than $40,000 dollars. Drawing for the Mega-Million Grand Prize is tonight.
The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is set to hold their next Business After Hours event on Wednesday evening, September 19th. The event will be hosted by the Kewanee Area United Way at their offices inside the Kewanee Senior Citizens Center at 200 East South Street, beginning at 5 Pm. Chamber members are encouraged to bring a friend or associate with them as their guest. Also, attendees are encouraged to bring along a donation of school supplies, crayons, pencils, pens, to contribute to the United Way Backpack campaign. There is no cost for Chamber members to attend but RSVP is requested at 309-852-2175.
Kewanee Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens and Kewanee High School Principal Jamie Bryan were our guests today on People to People on WKEI. At last night's Kewanee School Board Meeting the board approved $1.49 Million dollars for an addition that will expand classrooms for Biology and Physics and provide new space for dance and cheerleading. That, plus the plans for Kewanee's Homecoming were up for discussion today on People to People.
The Station House has new owners and a new name, The Station. Should WKEI carry live coverage of the Hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh next Monday? The Bears are back following a win on Monday night? And continuing the call for information and for justice for the pair of dogs that were found in a trash can on Mill Street one week ago. These were the topics for today's Open Line on WKEI.
It's National Farm Safety and Health Week and Anna Emm from the Stark County Farm Bureau was our guest on Tuned In on Tuesday. The harvest is in full swing and yields, especially in Beans are struggling a little bit compared to last year. The Stark County Farm Bureau Foundation Raffle is launching soon and the Stark County Farm Bureau PrimeTimers are planning a bus trip to Dyersville, Iowa with stops that include the famed Field of Dreams.
Illinois is the leading pumpkin-growing state in the nation, and as far as those used for jack-o-lanterns and other decorative purposes there will be plenty to pick this year. Jake Goebbert's (GO-burt) family has been growing pumpkins for decades near the northern Illinois village of Pingree Grove;
The Goebbert family grows pumpkins on 100 acres not far from the intersection of Interstate-90 and Illinois Route-47 in Kane County;
Goebbert's allow customers to pick pumpkins right out of the field. They're busy this time of year, opening their farm in Pingree Grove, and another in the Cook County Village of South Barrington seven days a week.
At Monday night’s School Board meeting the Kewanee School Board decided in favor of a $1.49 million dollar addition to the High School. The goal of the addition is to expand 6000 feet of new classrooms for physics and biology classes as well as new space for dance classes. The classrooms will have and handicapped accessibility and restrooms as well and be connected to the school by a new corridor. Kewanee Schools Superintendent Chris Sullens will be our guest on People to People this morning with more on the new addition coming to Kewanee High School.
A Kewanee resident is under arrest for assault and resisting arrest. 50 year old Robert Heck of Kewanee was arrested on Monday after police were called to the scene of an alleged assault in the area of the 400 Block of South Elm Street. At the scene, Heck was to be placed under arrest and attempted to resist arrest and obstructed officers from arresting him. Eventually, Heck was subdued and arrested on charges of Assault and resisting/obstructing a Peace Officer.
A Campbellsville, Kentucky woman was arrested in Kewanee on Monday and charged with Methamphetamine Possession. According to the Kewanee Police Blotter, 35 year old Sheila A. Taylor was the subject of a traffic stop in the area of Boss and 4th Street in Kewanee at approximately 12:29 Am on Monday morning. In the course of the traffic stop, Kewanee Police found Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Taylor was arrested and given a Notice to Appear in Court on Possession charges.
Galesburg Police on Monday identified the man found dead in an area known as Cedar Fork on Saturday. According to the Galesburg Police Department release, 23 year old Tyler Smith of Concord, California and formerly of Rochelle, Illinois, was found in Cedar Fork having died from drowning. Cedar Fork is a concrete canal that serves the purpose of directing storm water away from downtown Galesburg. Smith was in Galesburg fulfilling his National Guard training obligation. Smith was last seen by a friend drinking at a bar in Galesburg at approximately 11:30 Pm on Friday night. His body was found the following day. Galesburg Police say there are no indications of foul play.
An Illinois community college wants to help capture additional Asian carp, the fish that has rapidly spread across some Illinois waterways. Patrick Mills, a professor at Joliet Junior College and his students worked with an Alsip-based candy company to create flavored baits;
The U-S Geological Survey hopes to do additional research. Mills and his students at the Joliet school hope to work with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources this fall to see if the pineapple flavored bait attracts more of the dreaded fish into nets;
Asian carp escaped from southern fish farms where they were used to help keep commercial aquaculture ponds clean. The state wants to reduce numbers to prevent the carp from pushing native fish species out and away from entering the Great Lakes.
The desire will be there for many. To find a way to help the victims of Hurricane Florence, but you’re warned to be careful where you send your money. The Illinois Emergency Management says to make sure you know where your time and money are going if you’re volunteering or giving cash.
That’s IEMA’s Rebecca Clark. She says to check out an organization online before you give anything. A good place to start is n-v-o-a-d dot org.
The state’s long history with leading minds in science has come up with the number one name. Enrico Fermi is recognized as the top name in science by voters in another Top 200 list to celebrate the state’s 200th birthday. The 3rd name on the list was a professor at SIU.
Peoria has a connection to the top 10 list. Dr. Andrew Moyer worked at the USDA lab in Peoria and helped find a way to produce large batches of penicillin.
The harvest season in full swing and running at a feverish pace throughout most of Illinois, but even with a prolonged stretch of dry weather, farmers must take breaks. So says University of Illinois Extension farm safety specialist Bob Aherin.
The third week of September is National Farm Safety and Health Week.
Just over one year after he was viciously harmed and nearly killed, Thor is thriving in a new family and a loving home. On July 24th of 2017, a puppy was found in the area of the Lakeland Terrace Apartments in Kewanee with severe injuries. When the dog was located by Kewanee Police they found that he'd had his throat slashed. He was somehow still alive. Police took Thor to the vet where they performed life saving services. Thor survived and the doctors named him Thor for his remarkable strength in recovery. It was in the vets office that Thor met Jamie Lee who would go on to give him the loving family home he deserved. Over one year later Thor is healthy and growing and his past abuse is well behind him. We spoke with Jamie Lee about Thor, his recovery, the incredible more than 12 months since he was brought home and the happiness Thor is experiencing now.
Dr Shane Kazubowski was our guest today on People to People on WKEI. On the docket for conversation were the hardworking volunteer corps at Wethersfield School. Students, teachers and administrators each volunteered to help out over Hog Days weekend in a planned effort to show students the value of volunteering time and investing in their community pride. We also talked about Dual Credit Classes and Senator Weaver's Apprenticeship Bill that will create new opportunities for students to learn about careers before they commit to them. And, as in the photo accompanying this story, you see the Wethersfield Volleyball team. We discussed the big event tonight, the pink out at tonight's Wethersfield vs Princeville Volleyball game fundraiser that will raise money for the fight against cancer.
Galesburg Police are expected to give a briefing today regarding the circumstances surrounding a body that was found near Cedar Fork. Cedar Fork is the area for stormwater drainage in Galesburg. It's intended to keep water out of downtown Galesburg or at least keep it to a manageable minimum based on the size of the storm. A body was discovered near Cedar Fork on Saturday night at approximately 9 Pm. Thus far this is the only information Galesburg Police have released. Members of the Galesburg Police are expected to meet with members of the media today to try to answer some questions though what information they will be releasing is unknown at this time.
Carrie Boelens and LPN Charity Hess were our guests today on Tuned In on WKEI. Carrie talked about the number of events OSF has coming up in the near future including their COPD Lunch and Learn on September 26th, the OSF Hospice Quarter Auction Fundraiser on September 29th and the OSF and Red Cross Blood Drive on October 11th. Then it was Charity's turn to talk about Flu Shots and how it is not too early to be thinking about getting a flu shot and the upcoming kids flu shot clinics coming to a school near you.
The Illinois House Republican organization is withdrawing its support for Streator St. Rep. Jerry Long. A statement from House Republican Leader Jim Durkin’s spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis says since the Labor Day weekend, the House Republican Organization had a third party investigate allegations against Long. And Wednesday, the organization decided to withdraw support, restrict Long’s access to the caucus resources, and recommend he step down. The Capitol Fax is saying there were allegations of sexual harassment. Long denies that.
Long says the Republican organization pulling its support shows that he’s not a tool of the party or Gov. Rauner. Long is facing Democrat Lance Yednock in the November election.
A Chicago driver was issued a notice to appear in court after being stopped for speeding near Geneseo. This would not be all that notable except that 29 year old Xaomin Jin of Chicago was stopped in his 2014 Infinity for driving 126 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. Jin is the most recent in a series of triple digit speeders following on the heels of an Iowa teenager stopped near Colona earlier this week driving more than 115 miles per hour.
Four people from rural Kewanee were arrested on Tuesday night on charges of Mob Action and other offenses. According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, 20 year old Dyan Battin, 18 year old Dylan Wates, 18 year old Jesus Corral-Reyna were arrested in the area of 28188 North 600th Avenue in rural Kewanee were arrested on charges of Mob Action, the use of violence in the disturbing of the peace. Each was taken to the Henry County Jail. A fourth person, a juvenile, was also arrested on the Mob Action charge as well as on charges of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Possesion of a Handgun under the age of 18. The juvenile suspect was taken from the scene to the juvenile holding facility where he's being held while awaiting a hearing.
Summer in most of Illinois will go down as wetter than normal. But if you live in western Illinois or around north central Illinois you may disagree. State Climatologist Jim Angel says statewide rainfall totals for June, July and August came in above average.
Recent rains have helped ease drought concerns for most but a lack of rain in places left its mark on crop yields and dry pastures for cattle farmers.
Just like the telephone and electricity, broadband or fiber is being called an essential service. That assessment from Douglas Wilson. He’s the State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Wilson says rural areas also need expanded broadband to deal with health care challenges in sparsely populated areas. The USDA just released $97-million in funding last month to improve rural broadband in 11 states. In addition, the USDA is announcing a new webpage about the importance of rural e-connectivity in rural America. It’s available at “usda.gov/broadband”.
A court says that Illinois’s campaign contribution limits are ok. The ruling comes from the 7th court of Appeals and rules that the limits set almost a decade ago do not infringe on free speech rights. The limits came under review after a lawsuit filed by Illinois Liberty PAC. They had argued that the limits on individual contributions shouldn’t be lower than those of corporations or unions. The court disagreed and now Liberty PAC is planning on an appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Change coming at Community State Bank in Kewanee. The company has announced that President and CEO Kevin Yepsen of Galva Investment Inc, the parent company of CSB is stepping back to fully focus on Galva Investment. With this change, Yepsen announced a new bank President, Tim Nimrick and CEO Luke Hawkins. Mr. Nimrick has served as Vice President at CSB since 2009 while Mr. Hawkins had been the bank’s Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Community State Bank is headquartered in Galva and operates 5 offices in the area with 46 full time employees. The changes at the top go into effect immediately.
Congratulations to local master gardener Bob Ward of Kewanee. On Thursday, the University of Illinois Extension announced that Bob was among four people who were recognized as Outstanding Master Gardeners by the University of Illinois Extension. Only about 2% of master gardeners statewide earn this distinction. It takes more than 120 hours of volunteer service to be awarded this distinction. That's 60 hours on top of the 60 hours needed to earn the title of Master Gardener from the University of Illinois Extension.
The Galva School Board is set to have four seats up for election in 2019. According to the Galva School District 224 four seats on the board are up for election next year and they are seats currently held by board members Laura Heinrich, Jeff Hawes, Mike Clucas and John VanDeVelde. Those wishing to run for the Galva District 224 School Board election can beginning seeking signatures for nominating petitions on September 19th and then must file paperwork with the Henry County Clerk between December 10th and December 17th. The Galva District 224 School Board Election will be held on April 2nd of 2019.
The Alpha Post Office is set to be renamed in the name of a fallen hero. Representative Cheri Bustos announced on Thursday that the House of Representatives has passed legislation intended to rename the Alpha Post Office in the name of Captain Joshua E. Steele. The Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office, currently just the Alpha Post Office, is located at 108 D. Street in Alpha. Captain Steele was killed by a roadside bomb while fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2007. He was posthumously awarded The Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his bravery and sacrifice. The bill now moves to the Senate as part of the legislative process before it can be sent to President Donald Trump to be made official. In her statement regarding the house passage of the bill, Representative Bustos stated: “I am proud to pass legislation that honors one of our own fallen heroes, whose devotion to our nation is beyond measure,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While Capt. Steele continues to live in the hearts of everyone who knew him, my hope is that this designation will serve as an enduring reminder to the hardworking families in Alpha to honor his courage and his sacrifice for generations to come.”
Today on the Open Line topics included Nuns in movies, following up our conversation from a week ago regarding The Sound of Music and the new horror movie hit, The Nun. There was talk about fairness when it comes to medicare and medicaid benefits, and more discussion of the potential dangers of E-Cigarettes. Plus, are your kids taking part in the dangerous new social media trend known as swerving?
This Saturday, September 15th, the Holy Trinity Parish Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee will be celebrating 90 years in Kewanee with a special gathering featuring church leaders, invited dignitaries and members of the congregation. Father Jerry Rafalko and Church Chairman Tom Greiner joined WKEI on Thursday to preview this incredible event and they were joined by a pair of remarkable guests on the phone for this special edition of People to People.
Barbara Love from the Kewanee Public Library was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. The Kewanee Public Library is always busy but the month of October appears to be truly abuzz with activities that we discussed on today's show including the upcoming Music at the Carnegie Concert, The Friends of the Library Meeting and the Annual Art Show. Up first however, we talked about the incredible success of the Friends of the Library Book Sale over Hog Days weekend and next week's Friends of the Library Bus Trip to Cantigny Park.
Princeton, Illinois has been named one of five sites for statewide collection of Hazard Waste. According to the IEPA, Princeton will host hazardous waste pick up this weekend, Saturday, September 15th from 8 Am to 3:30 Pm at the Bureau County Farm Bureau located at 535 Elm Place. This is a chance for Illinois residents to get rid of any old paint, chemical cleaners, paint thinners, anti-freeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers and pesticides, old or outdated medications. Fluorescent Lamps or other High Intensity Discharge Lamps may also be dropped off. Unacceptable items include Latex Paints, explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, Agricultural chemicals or business waste.
A state house committee is investigating why the infant mortality rate among African Americans is higher than among the white population. Current numbers indicate that the infant mortality rate for African American babies is three times higher than that of white babies. The goal of the state house committee is to determine the cause for that number and perhaps develop a legislative remedy. Our Kim Howard has more...
The state’s Treasure wants to give you money. The “Money Match” program aims to get $12 million back to Illinois citizens. Mike Frerichs says the new program will take the work out of trying to get unclaimed money back to the right people.
Keep a look out for a letter, once it’s received and the information verified then the Treasurer’s office can send out a check.
Hundreds of young children are held in juvenile detention facilities each year in Illinois.
And the county responsible for many of those admissions is changing its ways. On Wednesday, Cook County approved an ordinance that sets the minimum age of detention at 13.County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, who introduced the measure, explains that children who are in trouble need a safe space - a best practice that was not understood when the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center was constructed.
"Everything is on lockdown and people have cells," he points out. "And so in our situation, it is just not a good place for super young children to be, and because they're so impressionable we're putting roadblocks in their way of being successful in the future." Admissions in Cook County Detention account for about one-third of all admissions in Illinois. Statewide in 2016, 49 children between ages 10 and 11 were detained, and more than 500 children ages 12 to 13.
Raising the age of detention is an issue that State Rep. Robyn Gabel of Evanston has been trying to pass at the state level. She says Cook County is setting a good example for others to follow.
"For a child to spend just one day in juvenile detention changes the trajectory of that child's life," she stresses. "These are just children who need help. And it's our responsibility as a state, as a society, to figure out what they need and do our best to provide it to them."
Mental health assessments, crisis stabilization plans and foster care are alternatives to detention that will be utilized in Cook County for youths younger than age 13. Suffredin says these options can help reduce repeat offending, while protecting children and communities. "We are really putting resources and efforts in to trying to keep children from getting into patterns that lead into either greater mental health problems for them or greater criminal activity for them," he states. "And we're making progress."
Cook County is home to the first juvenile court in the world and has reduced juvenile detention rates nearly 15 percent in recent years.
Council members Chris Colomer and Steve Faber were our guests on People to People on Tuesday. Council Member Colomer explained how the situation with the bell monument came about.
During our interview with the members of the Kewanee City Council, Scott Packee from Reiman's Harley Davidson called to express his opinion regarding Visitation School and what this situation says about the larger issue of the business climate in Kewanee.
So what is the next step for Visitation School? Steve Faber and Chris Colomer explain this process could push work on the bell monument well into the fall with the next Planning and Zoning Appeals Board Hearing scheduled for September 27th.
Supporters of Visitation School want to know if there is a way for the process of appeals to be expedited. I asked the council members if there was a way for this process to be moved along sooner.
Kewanee Police are on the lookout for an armed and dangerous suspect. 40 year old Jack Capps of Altona is wanted in connection with an August 24th drug bust by the Blackhawk Area Task Force and the Kewanee Police Department that led to the arrest of 48 year old Pete Dolieslager of Kewanee on charges of Delivery of Methamphetamine between 15 and 100 Grams, a Class X Felony and Possession of Methamphetamine between 15 and 100 Grams, also a Class X Felony. Capps was to be arrested as well but fled from police and managed to escape and is now wanted on Henry County warrants for Meth Conspiracy, Intent to Delivery Meth, Possession of Meth, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting a Peace Officer. Capps also has a valid warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Capps is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jack Capps please contact Henry County Crimestoppers at 1-800-227-2324 or 309-937-2324. As for Pete Dolieslager, he is awaiting trial in Henry County and is being held at the Henry County Jail on a $100,000 Bond.
Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois, not far from St. Louis, will play host to Air Force personnel and planes displaced by Hurricane Florence. 11 C-17's from South Carolina are going to be housed at Scott Air Force Base while the Hurricane batters the Carolina coast. Richard Hupp is the Airfield Manager at Scott Air Force Base and he says that the pilots and crew of the C-17's are well prepared.
Major Geoff Goldsmith says that Scott Air Force Base is perfectly positioned to provide this type of support during a disaster.
The decision to move the C-17's to Scott Air Force Base came as word that the storm was set to stall over the Carolinas, meaning a sustained and lengthy storm that could have damaged the planes were they to remain in South Carolina says Major Goldsmith.
Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall over the Carolinas on Friday morning.
OSF Saint Luke Medical Center has announced that they will be hosting a Blood Drive next month. According to a release from OSF, the American Red Cross will be at OSF in Kewanee on Thursday, October 11th, from 7 Am to 5 Pm in the East and West Conference Rooms accomodating as many donors as they can. The Red Cross has recently declared a blood donation emergency do to a recent dropoff in donations so if you can help please do, you could be saving life. All donors are welcome and encouraged to donate but those with O or AB Positive are especially encouraged.
An Iowa teenager was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy driving over 100 miles per hour. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Department, at approximately 12:38 Am on Tuesday morning, 18 year old Brandi Spitzig of Eldridge, Iowa, was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy while driving a 2006 Hyundai at 109 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone. A passenger in the car, 18 year old Theus Randolph, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Rock Island County for numerous traffic violations. Randolph posted bail and was released.
Today on the Open Line on WKEI topics included the Predator movie opening nationwide on Friday. Also on the agenda, a $500.000 grant for the Mautino Fish and Wildlife Area in Bureau County, not far from Buda. And finally, we talked about E-Cigarettes vs Cigarretes as we asked the question of E-Cigarrette users if they've noticed a significant difference in their health or well-being since switching away from tobacco.
The Stark County Fall Festival is happening this Saturday and Sunday in Wyoming, Illinois and along the way on Illinois Highway 17 with stops on the S-curves in Toulon and Bradford as well. Peggy Gray, one of the organizers of the Stark County Fall Festival was our guest on People to People today to talk about the events at the Fall Festival including the vendors, food, kids events and the Country Music Relapse Concert on Saturday night. The Stark County Fall Festival organizers are also reaching out to firefighters to participate in the Teddy Bear Trot 5K to help raise money for the fight against cancer.
Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest today on WKEI's Tuned In. Among the topics up for discussion was the upcoming Defensive Driving Class being organized by the Henry and Stark County Farm Bureaus. We also discuss Illinois Farm Safety week which is next week across Illinois and if you need information on the permits necessary to take advantage of the new harvest load weight rules put forward by Governor Rauner in his executive order last week, contact the Henry County Farm Bureau and they can talk you through it.
A Quad City area state lawmaker has hosted an informational forum on the opioid epidemic. And it won’t be the last for State Senator Neil Anderson of Andalusia.
Anderson also works as a firefighter and paramedic and he says he sees the effects of the problem first hand. The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse has rolled out a helpline for opioids and other substances at “1-833-2FINDHELP”.