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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report October 12th to 15th

On Friday, October 12th, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop on I-74 near Lynn Center. In that stop, 28 year old Ethan Swanson of Geneseo was cited for Driving on a Revoked License. 

 

On Saturday, October 13th, Henry County Deputies responded to the site of a car accident near Highway 150 near Orion. At the scene, deputies determined that 35 year old Joseph Rogers of Lynn Center ran into the back of a pickup truck. Rogers was issued a citation for Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. 

 

On Sunday, October 14th, a Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop of a 2011 Kia Optima, driven by 22 year old Zachary Chance of Grand Mound, Iowa. Zachary was cited for Speeding 106 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Possession of Cannabis. 

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Open Line Podcast 10-15-18

Today on the Open Line, Sean talked about his bizarre belief that music attained perfection in 1971 and cited King Floyd's 1971 one hit wonder "Groove Me" as his main evidence. We also had a lovely conversation with a caller about local church that has an anniversary celebration coming up and another call upset about pitbulls running loose in a Kewanee neighborhood. 

Now you can download your favorite WKEI shows. Click the three dots to the right of the audio file and take this show with you to listen when you want. 

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People to People Dr Shane Kazubowski Wethersfield Schools Superintendent

Wethersfield Schools Superintendent Dr Shane Kazubowski was our guest on People to People on Monday and with him was the new Principal at Wethersfield High School, Carrie Griffith. Carrie was along to introduce herself to the community, discuss her background in education and talk about the first 5 months on the job at Wethersfield High School. We also discussed Wethersfield's recent homecoming celebrations, Carrie's first as Principal, and the upcomg Veteran's Day celebration at Wethersfield, one that all Veterans can be part of regardless of where they are from. 

Now you can download interviews from WKEI, click the three dots on the right of the file and you can download the interview and listen whenever you want. 

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Carrie Boelens and Deacon Marty from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center joined WKEI this morning for Tuned In. OSF will be hosting Feast Day on Thursday and while it isn't some fancy food spread, it is an opportunity for worship and reflection with the staff at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in honor of Saint Luke, the patron saint of Physicians, among others. Deacon Marty also discussed advanced directives and other end of life care issues that, at some point we will all have to wrestle with. 

 

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Henry County Senior Center Offering Help with Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is underway nationwide and it's an opportunity for seniors to get on board medicare for the first time or check and see if your current plan is the best plan for you. Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Citizens Center says, even if you are happy with your current plan it's not a bad idea just to make sure there isn't a more cost effective plan available. The Henry County Senior Citizens Center as the ability to help you with your open enrollment questions. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 10-12-18 to 10-15-18

At approximately 2:26 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of the 1100 Block of Railroad Avenue. At the scene, Kewanee Police found vehicles driven by 20 year old Caitlin F. Freed of Kewanee and 47 year old Jason A. Anderson of Kewanee. No one was injured and no citations were issued. 

 

At approximately 4:00 Pm were called to the 300 Block of North Main Street. At the scene, was a single vehicle accident involving 28 year old Levi A. Burcham of Kewanee. Burcham had struck a building but was not harmed in the accident. No citation was issued. 

 

At approximately 4:11 Pm Kewanee Police were called to a disturbance in the area of the 100 block of Lakeland Terrace. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 24 year old Jessica J. Lenover of Kewanee for Obstruction of Justice and Filing a False Police Report. She was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 5:03 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 400 Block of South Tremont Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 36 year old Nicole M. Daulton of Kewanee for Unlawful Visitation Interference. 

 

At approximately 10:00 Pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a 2 car accident in the area of the 200 Block of North Tremont Street. At the scene, a vehicle driven by 63 year old George W. Giesenhagen struck a vehicle driven by 24 year old Evelin Martinez of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and neither driver was cited. 

 

At approximately 6:52 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police were called to the 400 Block of East 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 29 year old Zachary Doty of Kewanee on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. 

 

At approximately 2:08 Pm, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of North Main Street. In this stop, Kewanee Police cited 20 year old Tara J, Banks of Dahlonga, Georgia for Speeding, 51 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 4:39 Pm, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of South Main Street. In the stop, Kewanee Police cited 37 year old Anthony J. Segura of Kewanee for operating a vehicle with Expired Registration. 

 

At approximately 4:41 Pm in the area of the 1300 Block of Lake Street, Kewanee Police were called regarding Domestic Battery. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 32 year old Paul T. Carter of Princeton on a charge of Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. Also arrested was 28 year old Daisy Underwood of Princeton on a Charge of Battery. 

 

On Sunday, at approximately 9:06 Am, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of the 100 Block of South Tremont Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found 65 year old Joey L. Moon had driven a vehicle that struck an unattended vehicle owned by Leora Stanard of Kewanee. No one was injured in the crash and no citations were issued. 

 

At approximately 11:50 Am, Kewanee Police responded to a Retail Theft call in the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 70 year old Mary M. Specht of Atkinson on a charge of Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 3:56 Pm Kewanee Police went to the area of the 400 Block of East 3rd Street and executed an arrest warrant for 62 year old James W. Springsteen of Kewanee, arrested on a Rock Island County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Speeding. 

 

At approximately 3:57 Pm on Sunday Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 200 Block of North Chestnut. At the scene, was a hit and run accident in which an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle owned by Briana Kazubowski of Kewanee. Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate. 

 

At approximately 9:12 Pm in the area of the 400 Block of East 3rd Street, Kewanee Police executed a warrant for the arrest of 25 year old Sherman J. Jones of Kewanee. arrested on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Driving While Suspended. Unable to Post Bond, he was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

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OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Promoting Teal Pumpkin Project

According to the organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), in the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy – that’s roughly two in every classroom. Many of the sources of those allergies can be found in candy including nuts, soy, wheat, milk or eggs. Even “fun” size candy bars can cause a serious reaction for kids with allergies or food-related diseases.
OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee is promoting participation in The Teal Pumpkin Project. Dietician Sara Umphfleet says the effort involves providing non-food items for trick-or-treaters.


Umphfleet says there are inexpensive options for non-food items available in most retail outlets.


But, Umphfleet points out, there are some options you should avoid.


Remember, the Teal pumpkins have a specific meaning, they are for homes offering allergen-free Halloween items and not just for decoration. 

 

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Kewanee City-Wide Cleanup October 27th

Kewanee’s City-wide Clean up is coming up on October 27th. We caught up with our friend Keith Edwards, Director of Community Development with the City of Kewanee to talk about items that you can and cannot bring to the City-Wide Clean-up. 


You are asked that when you come to the City-Wide cleanup to be prepared and try to make things as convenient as possible for the folks helping dispose of items. 


Keith mentioned that tires are not being accepted at the City-wide cleanup but the City has made a deal with Moore Tires to take tires. 


Again, Kewanee’s City-wide cleanup is taking place on October 27th beginning 7 Am until 12 Noon at the old Hospital site here in Kewanee.

 

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Farm Bill Expiration Means Uncertain Times for Illinois Farmers

The expiration of the Farm Bill is putting the brakes on conservation programs important for many Illinois farmers and ranchers.  While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow food and livestock also were impacted. Ryan Stockwell, director of sustainable agriculture with the National Wildlife Federation, said farmers like him currently are unable to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which helps protect natural resources while improving profitability.

 

"And in these economic times and the way that the commodity prices are for farmers right now, that's a really important program to have," Stockwell said. "But because of the expiration, farmers looking to sign up for that program are not able to do so. That just adds another challenge for farmers."

Stockwell added the Farm Bill gives farmers and ranchers the tools they need to protect waterways, support habitat and wildlife, and secure agricultural land for the next generation. 

 

In Illinois, 70 percent of land is used for agriculture, and more than half of that is owned by absentee owners, those who rent or lease. Carol Hays, executive director with Prairie Rivers Network, said the Farm Bill expiration could mean farmers who are currently using conservation practices may not be able to continue. "Conservation programs become a way for farmers who rent land to cover the cost of conservation or to share the cost," Hays explained. "And these days, for many farmers, Farm Bill programs are the only way they can afford those practices."

 

She added that farmers and ranchers are facing too many other uncertainties and need the Farm Bill to be finalized.  "While we've had gaps or extensions in current Farm Bills, we really don't know what that looks like in a regime like we have right now with tariffs, for example, or with changes in tax laws that can impact farmers and landowners," Hays said. 

 

Congress is not expected to take up the Farm Bill again until after the midterm elections.

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Erie Man Killed in Accident Riding On Top of a Train in Kentucky

Kentucky State Police have confirmed that an Erie, Illinois man has died in a train accident in the area of Bonnieville, Kentucky. According to Kentucky State Police, 28 year old Zachary Graham of Erie, Illinois, died while riding on top of a moving freight train. Kentucky State Police tell WKEI that Graham was one of three men, believed to be homeless, who illegally boarded a CSX train in Nashville, Tennessee and were riding on top of the train headed north into Kentucky when Graham was struck by a low hanging electrical wire near the town of Park City, Kentucky. Graham's last known address was in Erie, Illinois. His body is being brought back to Illinois for funeral services that are pending in Geneseo. 

 

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Tuned In Goodfellows Christmas Baskets Tag Days

Ken Noles and Amron Buchanan joined WKEI this morning for our Tuned In Program. Next weekend, October 18th and 19th, members of the Kewanee High School Key Club will be out around the community for a Tag Days sale to raise funds for Goodfellows Christmas Baskets. Goodfellows Baskets are dedicated to folks in need so that no one in Kewanee goes hungry over the holidays. The baskets date back to the late 1950's. Cash donations are also being accepted via the post office box, P.O Box 5 Kewanee, IL 61443. 

 

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WKEI Celebrity Interview Frankie Muniz Dancing with the Stars Jr Editiion

For years Frankie Muniz was known as Malcolm on Malcolm in the Middle. Now, Frankie is stepping back into the world of television as himself. Recently, he competed on Dancing with the Stars and surprised a lot of people, himself included, by going all the way to the finals. His journey there has now led to his new gig, as co-host of Dancing with the Stars Jr edition on ABC. The series debuted last Sunday and continues this weekend with child stars dancing with Jr professional dancers for the Jr Mirror Ball Trophy. Frankie Muniz was a surprise guest this morning on WKEI. 

 

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Fundraiser for Kewanee Animal Shelter on Saturday

There will be a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Henry County this weekend in Kewanee. End Zone Sports Bar in Kewanee will host the fundraiser which will feature music by the Dan Wakefield Blues Band as well as the band Blue Steel. There will also be a Kissing Booth, Trials Slow Smoked Barbecue, and a 50/50 Raffle. The fundraiser is being done in honor of Tony 'The Chieftan' Rashid. Funds raised will benefit the Kewanee Animal Shelter. The benefit kicks off at 4 Pm. 

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Grace Period Voting is Underway in Henry County

Grace period voting is now underway in Henry County. Grace Period applies to any voter who failed to register by Tuesday, October 9th but would still like the opportunity to vote in November. People who have lived at a new address in Henry County for at least 30 days is qualified to go to the Henry County Clerk's Office and register to vote. At which time, the voter would have to cast their vote at the Clerk's office. To accommodate Grace Period voters as well as meet demands for those who are choosing to vote early, the Henry County Clerk's office is now open on Saturday's between now and election day from 8 Am until 12 Noon. 

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OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Hosting Usborne Book Sale Today

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will host an Usborne Book Fair today in the West Conference room at OSF. Hours for the Usborne Book Fair are 8 Am to 4 Pm. Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center talks about what people can expect if they come out and purchase Usborne Books. 

Anyone is invited to stop by OSF Saint Luke Medical Center for the book fair with over 1800 titles available. All proceeds from the book fair will go to capital improvements at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center.

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Update: Multiple Serious Injuries in Bizarre Accident on I-80 Near Port Byron

Illinois State Police are still investigating a strange accident that happened on I-80 near Port Byron on Thursday afternoon. According to the Illinois State Police, a minivan was traveling westbound on I-80 when it left the highway and entered I-80 Scale Number 19, a weigh station for Semi-Trucks. From there, the minivan, driven by 31 year old Kelsey L. Sterling of Colona, struck the back end of a Semi owned by 67 year old Ilia I. Illiev of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Kelsey Sterling and one of three juvenile passengers in the minivan became trapped in the vehicle. Port Byron Fire Department along with Rock Island County Sheriff’s, and Illinois State Police all responded to the scene. There are no other details right now. What we know is that there are multiple serious injuries from the crash and that Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate how this accident occurred.

 

 

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Senator Chuck Weaver on Developing Tomorrow's Leaders

Finding leaders for today and the future is the motivation behind the second annual Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Conference to be held in Peoria on November 15th…

 

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Uncommon Illness Striking in Northern Illinois

A rare illness is striking kids in Illinois and the State Department of Public Health is tracking it. The IDPH says Acute Flaccid Myelitis has been diagnosed in nine patients – all under the age of 18. The other striking fact is that all of the kids are from Northern Illinois. The disease, also known as AFM can be brought on by a number of things, from viruses including West Nile to environmental toxins and genetic disorders. IDPH’s Nirva Shah says that parents can keep an eye on a few common 
symptoms that would require immediate action.

At last count the Centers for Disease control says that there are 36 cases in the United States. 

The disease sometimes draws comparisons to polio and recovery can take years. 

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SIUC Chancellor Passes Away Unexpectedly

A key figure in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's bid to reverse its recent fortunes has passed away unexpectedly. Chancellor Carlo Montemagno died early this (Thursday) morning. He was diagnosed with cancer in late June however, his official cause of death has not been released. Montemagno was hired in August of 2017 to help boost SIU-C's enrollment. He brought cutting-edge academic strengths to the table as a successful nanotechnology and biomedical engineering researcher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. SIU interim President J Kevin Dorsey released a statement saying “He created a roadmap to secure the university’s future; earned the respect and commitment of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members; and was an unwavering proponent of the university’s mission,” Montemagno was 62.

 

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Many Exchange insurance Rates Going Down

There's good news for Illinoisans who obtain health insurance through the state department of insurance's On-Exchange. Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer says many insurance rates are going in a new direction....down! ...


Average rates for the 2019 lowest cost silver plans decreased four percent and the lowest cost gold plans decreased by six percent from last year. Overall, rates for the lowest cost bronze plans modestly increased approximately six percent, far less than the 20 percent increase reported for 2018 rates. Factors helping the Exchange are the entrance of a new insurer to the on-Exchange market in 2019, and the return of all insurers from last year. You can find out more about the exchange at: https://getcovered.illinois.gov .

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Republican Illinois Comptroller Candidate Touts Financial Background

Heading down the home stretch in the 2018 election cycle, Republican challenger Darlene Senger is stressing she is more than qualified to oversee the state’s “checkbook” as Illinois Comptroller.


Among the ideas, Senger is touting for small town governments and townships is a plan to pool all of their public safety pension funds for investing. She says Indiana already practices a similar system and is saving money in fees and consulting costs.

 

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Governor Rauner Releases Statement Following Final Debate with J.B Pritzker

Following last night's final Gubernatorial debate, Governor Bruce Rauner's election team released the following statement. 

 

"This election is about a choice for the future on Illinois. JB Pritzker dodges questions on taxes while he is currently under investigation for a 'scheme to defraud' Illinois taxpayers out of more than $300,000 in property taxes. Governor Rauner is fighting for more jobs, lower taxes, and putting an end to the corruption that got us into this mess in the first place. He has made great progress, but we've got more work to do. We can't give up. We can create a better future." - Will Allison, Rauner campaign Communications Director

 

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A Conversation with Kewanee's Own Bestselling Author Shelby Yastrow

Bestselling author Shelby Yastrow packed them in at the Kewanee Library earlier this week and was kind enough to make time for WKEI before he heads back to his remarkable retirement. Well, retirement from being a successful corporate lawyer for McDonalds many years. But Mr. Yastrow is far from retired from being an author having written his third novel with PGA Hall of Famer Tony Jacklin as a co-writer on a story that combines elements of court room drama and the world of professional golf. Shelby Yastrow was our guest for a special conversation this morning on WKEi. 

 

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People to People Podcast Larry Lock from the Kewanee Historical Society

Larry Lock from the Kewanee Historical Society was our guest today on WKEi's People to People program. Mr. Lock will be part of the dedication of the new Abraham Lincoln plaque in Kewanee with the corrected dates for when President Lincoln, before he became President, visited and even spoke in Kewanee. The future President arrived in Kewanee by train on October 27 and was taken to Toulon where he spoke. Mr. Lincoln then returned to Kewanee where he spent the night before boarding a train for Chicago on October 28th. The new Kewanee Lincoln Plaque will be dedicated in a ceremony on October 27th at 2 Pm in front of the Kewanee Post Office. 

 

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Open Line Podcast 10-11-18

Today on the Open Line a lot of talk about Halloween. We discussed how old is too old to dress up for Halloween, when was the last time listeners dressed up for Halloween and the last time Sean dressed for the occasion. We also discussed trick or treating on Prospect Street in Kewanee where it has become a tradition for folks who live on Prospect to take part and make sure they are handing out candy. A caller suggested we consider a candy fundraiser to give candy to folks on Prospect Street in order to thank them for years of taking part and being the most popular trick or treat spot in Kewanee. And finally, some alternatives for traditional trick or treating such as Trunk or Treat at local churches and trick or treating at local nursing homes where kids can visit residents and get candy. 

 

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Interview Darlene Senger Republican Candidate for Illinois Comptroller

Darlene Senger is the Republican candidate for Illinois Comptroller, challenging Democrat incumbent Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Ms. Senger was our guest on WKEI on Thursday to discuss why she decided to run for the office of Comptroller, what differences there are between Republican and Democrat approaches to the office of Comptroller and whether she felt that the Comptroller's office should be folded into the office of Treasurer. Darlene Senger was our guest on WKEI. 

 

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Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Next Business After Hours Announced

The next Kewanee Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours get together will be held October 18th at 5 Pm at the Little Log Cabin. It's an opportunity for business owners and guests as Chamber members to tour the cabin and view life from the perspect of the 19th century. Pioneer Stew will be served and Kewanee Preservation Society will play host for the event. To attend, contact the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP for yourself and a colleague or friend to attend. Call 309-852-2175.

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Kewanee Poilice Arrest and Citation Report 10-10-18 to 10-11-18

At approximately 4:40 Pm on Wednesday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a car accident in the area of the 600 Block of West Central Boulevard. At the scene, no one was injured. 37 year old jeffrey A. Reynolds of Kewanee is believed to have struck an unattended vehicle owned by 22 year old Autumn L. Eilts. Reynolds was not cited in the accident. 

 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 10-09-18 to 10-11-18

On Tuesday, October 9th, Henry County Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 23 year old Chrysten Richardson of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for failing to appear in court on charge of Driving Under Suspension. Richardson posted bond and was released. 

 

On Tuesday, October 9th, Henry County deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 26 year old Sara Brimhall of Kewanee on a Rock Island County arrest warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on Retail Theft Charges and a Stark County warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a charges of Driving While Suspended and Driving with an Expired Registration. Brimhall was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

On Wednesday, October 10th, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 22 year old Shiloh Bates of Bloomington on a Knox County warrant for the charge of Aggravated Battery. Bates was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

On Wednesday, October 10th, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 28 year old Bianca Shavers of Chicago on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a charge of Aggravated Battery and Domestic Battery. Shavers was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

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Henry and Stark County Health Department to Host Food Handling Certification Course

The Henry and Stark County Health Department will host a Food Handlers Certification Course in November. According to the Henry and Stark County Health Department, the Food Handlers Certification course will be held on November 5th and 7th at a cost of $140.00 with an optional text book that can be purchased for $30.00. The course is intended to teach food handlers, restaurant operators and so on, best practices to comply with local and state health codes as established by the Illnois Department of Public Health. For more information contact the Henry and Stark County Health Department at 309-852-0197. 

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Illinois District 7 DUI Enforcement for September

Illinois State Police District 7 have released their DUI Arrest Report for the month of September. According to the release, across Rock Island, Henry and Knox County, 18 individuals were arrested in District 7 on Driving Under the Influence charges. 

 

Henry County
• Joseph D. Sheppard, M, 32, Lansing, IL
• Jacob M. Trujillo, M, 26, Colona, IL

 

Knox County
• Elizabeth M. Howard, F, 55, Anderson, SC
• Collin C. Hughes, M, 25, Cedar Falls, IA
• Dana S. Kennett, F, 47, Knoxville, IL
• Jacob P. Weigand, M, 21, Knoxville, IL


Rock Island County
• Anita Y. Cogdill, F, 58, East Moline, IL
• Samuel T. Edlund, M, 24, Coal Valley, IL
• Matthew F. Escoto, M, 29, Geneseo, IL
• Narciso Garcia-Sorto, M, 35, East Moline, IL
• Jared R. Imming, M, 20, Moline, IL
• Brandon C. Maize, M, 21, Franklin Park, IL
• Kayla A.M. Martin, F, 28, Rock Island, IL
• Jaime E. Nuci, 46, Rock Island
• Brandylynn M. O’Conner, F, 39, Moline, IL
• Raychar A. Overton, F, 38, Hampton, IL
• Fidelina Salas-Reyes, F, 32, Davenport, IA
• Misty L. Scott, F, 30, Port Byron, IL


(The above mentioned individuals have been charged with a crime; however, those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)

 

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Galva American Legion Post Holding Sunday Breakfast this Week

The Galva American Legion Post Hagburg-Hamlin Post 45 will host a community breakfast this weekend, Sunday, October 14th from 7 Am to 1 Pm. Go to 45 Wallace Street in Galva to partake in the all you can eat event which has a menu featuring eggs, pancakes, waffles and Biscuits and Gravy. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 Am but doors open at 7:00 on Sunday, October 13th. 

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ILFB Reacts to President Trump E15 Recommendation

Earlier this week at an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa, President Donald Trump stated his support for lifting restrictions on ethanol use in gasoline. The Illinois Farm Bureau responded positively to the President's announcement in a statement released on Wednesday. 

 

“For more than a decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created jobs, boosted the rural Illinois economy, and helped clean the air. But Illinois farmers have been frustrated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent actions, which have not only undermined the RFS but also softened market demand for both ethanol and corn. 

“During this time of low commodity prices and market uncertainty, Illinois Farm Bureau applauds President Trump’s timely announcement today paving the way for year-round blending of E-15. 

“Allowing summer sales of E-15 gives consumers greater choice at the pump, reverses economic damage caused by EPA’s waivers and signals a strong message of support to our nation’s farmers.

“Illinois Farm Bureau would like to thank the members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation who have urged the administration to make these changes and looks forward to seeing them implemented.” 

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Illinois Farm Bureau Statement on Governor Rauner Harvest Season Emergency Declaration

Governor Bruce Rauner this week declared a Harvest Season Emergency. The Illinois Farm Bureau has responded with a press release which you can read below...

 

“We appreciate Governor Rauner declaring an emergency harvest situation for the 2018 harvest season because it opens the door for increased efficiencies for farmers and truck drivers hauling agricultural commodities. Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, farmers and truck drivers may apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation to get a free permit to haul 10 percent over their gross vehicle weight and axle weight limits on state highways. 

“Local road authorities will have the ability to grant a similar permit or waive the permit requirement on roads in their jurisdictions.  

“This consideration is especially helpful as 2018 has been a difficult year for Illinois farmers. They are facing declining incomes, market turmoil due to trade uncertainty, and what is likely to be a record-breaking crop that must be harvested and transported efficiently.  

“By making this declaration, the governor is demonstrating he understands the challenges farmers are facing and the importance of an efficient fall harvest.  

“The Illinois Farm Bureau thanks Governor Rauner for declaring an emergency harvest situation to help offset the uncontrollable effects of weather and commodity markets on Illinois’ farmers.” 

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United Center in Chicago to Host Illinois 200 Celebration

The state has a big birthday party coming up. Illinois turns 200 this year and the bicentennial party will be December 3 at the United Center in Chicago. The bash will host famous Illinois actors, athletes and musicians. Tim Kazurlinsky with the Bicentennial Commission says it will be a night to remember. 

The guest and performance list includes actors from the musical Hamilton and REO Speedwagon.

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October is Cyber-Security Awareness Month in Illinois

October is the month to be reminded that you need to stay safe online. Cybersecurity awareness month brings attention to phishing scams, according to experts its one of the biggest dangers that you can face online. So stay away from bogus emails and attachments that you don’t recognize. Chris Hill the state’s chief information security officer says the online crooks are getting better at disguising their efforts. And once they feel they have you they begin to work to extort you.

The best way to stay safe – delete those odd emails before you even open them.

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Interview Barb Link Henry County Clerk-Recorder Discusses Re-Election Campaign

Henry County Clerk-Recorder Barb Link is running for re-election this year. Barb Link's opponent is Republican Jon Zahm who has pointed to mistakes that were made in Barb Link's recent history as County Clerk and Recorder. In our interview, Barb Link discussed her side of those mistakes. Also up for discussion were changes to election law in Illinois that led to early voting only being available either through the mail or by stopping at the Clerk's Office in Cambridge and talk of the design of the Henry County Clerk-Recorder website. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report 10-09-18 to 10-10-18

At approximately 2:44 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the scene of a traffic accident. At the scene, vehicles operated by 58 year old Ramon Gomez and 17 year old Griffin G. Tondreau had been involved in damage only accident. No injuries were involved and neither driver was cited. 

 

At approximately 5:23 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police Cited 26 year old David P. Meyer of Newark for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. 

 

At approximately 5:59 Pm in the area of the 100 Block of North East Street made a traffic stop of 23 year old Orina L. Hadnott of Kewanee. Hadnott was cited for Failure to Secure a Child in a Car Seat. 

 

At approximately 6:23 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Division and Willard Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 39 year old Angela M. Staley of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. 

 

At approximately 6:46 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 200 Block of East South Street in regard to a suspicious person in the neighborhood. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Joseph A. Castro of Henry on charges of Possession of Cannabis More than 100 Gram and Less than 500 Grams, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, Resisting A Peace Officer with Injury, Criminal Damage to State Supported Property, and Criminal Damage to Property. The injured officer suffered minor scratches according to Kewanee Police. Also arrested at this scene was 29 Year Old Jonathan L. Hart of Georgia, arrested on a charge of Obstructing Identification. 

 

At approximately 11:23 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of East Street, Kewanee Police arrested 18 year old Dareon M. Zachary of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Driving Without a Valid License. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

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People to People Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney

Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney was our guest on People to People on WKEI. At last night's Kewanee City Council Meeting the issues with the Visitation School Bell monument were put to rest with a unanimous council vote in favor of allowing the easement allowing the monument to complete construction. Mayor Looney will be one of the speakers when the new Kewanee Abraham Lincoln Plaque is dedicated on October 27th and we discussed the new Kewanee-Henry County Enterprise Zone certification for which arrived at City Hall yesterday. 

 

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Annawan Priincipal Wayne Brau Thanks Community for Helping with UnityPoint Grant

Annawan School has won a $25,000 Grant from UnityPoint Healthcare out of Des Moines. Annawan Elementary was one of 10 schools from across Iowa and Illinois competing for the grant and with the help of the community, won the voting by nearly 60,000 votes. WKEI spoke with Annawan School Principal Wayne Brau regarding the remarkable support Annawan Schools received from the community… 

 
$25,000 will go a long way toward building a new playground but it is just the beginning of getting funding for the playground. 


The remarkable support of the community on behalf of Annawan schools is something Mr. Brau and the students at Annawan Elementary will never forget. 


You can hear our complete interview with Principal Wayne Brau below. 

 

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Kewanee City Council Wrap Up 10-09-18

At last night’s Kewanee City Council Meeting the council voted 5 to 0 in favor of the easement for the Bell Monument at Visitation School. 


Though Councilman Mike Yaklich did raise more questions about the safety around the monument. Councilman Yaklich addressed his safety question to Police Chief Troy Ainley who addressed the issue


This led to Councilman Yaklich eventually agreeing with the rest of the council to approve the easement and allow the completion of the Bell Monument. After the meeting, Visitation Schools officials confirmed to WKEI that construction on the monument will continue starting Today.  

Other business from Tuesday night’s Kewanee City Council meeting, on the Consent Agenda and passed without comment were a pair of requests for street closings. The Kewanee Historical Society will close a portion of Tremont between 1st and Central Boulevard on October 27th for the dedication of the new Lincoln Plaque. That closure will last from 1 Pm until 2:30 Pm. 

Tavern on the Beach will close an alleyway north of the Tavern for a Halloween event running from 11 Am to 11 Pm on October 27th. 

In public comments, Terry Murphy of Kewanee addressed the council regarding trash strewn in front of the Welcome to Kewanee sign. 


The Council agreed with Mr. Murphy and suggested that they would recommend more frequent trash pick up in the area surrounding the sign. 
Also addressing the council during public comments was George Shaw, a resident of Rockwell Street who expressed concern regarding people speeding on Rockwell and requesting an additional stop sign in the area to perhaps slow down speeders. 


The council agreed to study the issue and look into placing another stop sign in the area. 
In new business, the Council voted unanimously in favor of granting John Beaman Sr a special use permit for a Multi-family dwelling at 309 East 3rd Street. 
The council also agreed to extend the contract with Comcast for 10 years in a non-exclusive agreement meaning that no one has to use Comcast cable but the company has a license to operate within the city for 10 more years. 
Kewanee City Code was amended to allow for new handicapped parking spaces in the vicinity of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church. 
An agreement between the City of Kewanee and Kewanee School District will waive sewer fees for the school allowing them to use city water to irrigate the new athletic field at Kewanee High School. 
Finally, the City of Kewanee and Mayor Looney declared this week, October 7th through the 13th as Fire Safety Week in Kewanee. 

In council communications, Councilman Steve Faber asked if heating for the Kewanee Pound would be finished soon and he was told that it is hoped it will be completed within the next two weeks. 

Councilman Faber then asked about a barrel over a manhole on East 1st Street which he says has been there for 10 months. City Engineer Dale Noble was not at last night's meeting but City Manager Gary Bradley stated that it would be looked into. 

Councilman Chris Colomer stated a citizens complaint regarding speeders on Prospect Street in Kewanee and Police Chief Troy Ainley stated that patrols will be increased in the area to address the concern. 

Councilman Colomer then asked if there was a way for Council meetings to be broadcast online alongside the TV broadcast on Comcast. WKEI has stepped up and will now carry Kewanee City Council Meetings live on the WKEI Facebook page beginning with the next Kewanee City Council Meeting. 

Councilman Yaklich asked about the City of Kewanee Enterprise Zone Designation and Mayor Looney answered stating that the Enterprise Zone official designation had arrived on Tuesday designating the Kewanee-Henry County Enterprise Zone. 

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Rauner and Pritzker Spar in Latest Debate

The latest debate between Governor Bruce Rauner and his Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker felt more like a Demolition Derby. The two sides sparred in a testy meeting before the Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board. Pritzker seized on recent news that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating the Rauner Administration's handling of the Legionnaire's Disease crisis at the state veterans home in Quincy...


Meanwhile, Rauner raised an issue that has been a sore spot with some conservatives. Rauner noted differences with J.B. Pritzker on the issue of illegal immigration...


The Trust Act Rauner signed prevents law enforcement from stopping someone solely on their immigration status. The last face to face meeting of the two candidates is set for Thursday night in Quincy.

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Visitation School Bell Monument Construction Approved at Kewanee City Council

At tonight’s Kewanee City Council Meeting the council voted 5 to 0 in favor of the easement for the Bell Monument at Visitation School. Though Councilman Mike Yaklich did raise more questions about the safety around the monument. Councilman Yaklich addressed his safety question to Police Chief Troy Ainley who addressed the issue and stated that he felt the monument does not affect safety regarding sight lines. This led to Councilman Yaklich eventually agreeing with the rest of the council to approve the easement and allow the completion of the Bell Monument. After the meeting Visitation Schools officials confirmed to WKEI that construction on the monument will continue starting Wednesday. Full coverage of tonight's Kewanee CIty Council Meeting tomorrow morning on WKEI and Kewane Mayor Steve Looney will join us on People to People at 9:35 Am. 

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Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report 10-08-18 to 10-09-18

At approximately 8:30 Am on Monday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Retail Theft in the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Richard S. Barnes of Kewanee on a charge of Retail Theft and on a Illinois Department of Corrections Warrant. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 1:58 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a disturbance in the area of the 500 Block of Whitney Avenue. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Kayla M. Puckett of Annawan and 55 year old Emmett E. Puckett of Kewanee on charges of Battery. 

 

At approximately 5:36 Pm in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop involving 51 year old Thomas M. Madsen of Princeton. Madsen was cited for Driving Without a Valid Drivers License and Using a Cellphone While Driving. 

 

At approximately 5:54 Pm, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop of 36 year old Veronica E. Pyle of Galva. Pyle was cited for Driving While Using a Cellphone. 

 

At approximately 6:42 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 200 Block of East 1st Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited the driver, 46 year old Placido M. Cortez of Kewanee for having no Valid Drivers License. Also cited was a passenger, 26 year old Carlos F. Moran of Kewanee, cited for Failure to Wear a Seatbelt. Arrested in the stop was 68 year old Saturnino C. Moran of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Multiple Charges including Disorderly Conduct. 

 

At approximately 9:04 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of North Main Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 30 year old Haily C. Garcia of Neponset for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

At approximately 12:16 Am Tuesday morning Kewanee Police were called to the scene of what was reported to be a suspicious person in the area of 2nd and Tremont. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 33 year old Dustin A. Pyse of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on multiple charges including Aggravated Battery and Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report October 5th to 8th

On Friday, October 5th at approximately 2:49 Pm, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 21 year old Jacobii Jones of Rock Island on a Rock Island County warrant for failing to appear in court on a charges of Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor and Driving on a Suspended License. Jones posted bond and was released. 

 

On Monday, October 8th on I-74 near Orion, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop of 2004 Hyundai at approximately 10:17 Pm. The driver of the Hyundai, 18 year old Kiana Porter of Springfield, Illinois was issued a citation and notice to appear on a charge of Speeding 108 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. 

 

On Monday, October 8th, at 11:20 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Made a traffic stop in the area of East Street in Kewanee. In that stop, the Deputy issued a citation to 18 year old Shady Bodine of Kewanee for Driving on a Suspended License and Possession of of a Controlled Substance. Also cited was the passenger in the vehicle, 18 year old Depree Waugh of Kewanee, cited for Possession of Cannabis. 

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Last Day to Register to Vote in Henry County

Today, Tuesday, October 9th, is the last day to register to vote in Henry County. You have until 5 Pm this afternoon to go to the Henry County Clerk's Office in Cambridge or to your local City Clerk's Office to register or inform the Henry County Clerk's office of a change of address. If you need further information regarding registering to vote this afternoon you may contact the Henry County Clerk's office at 309-937-3493. 

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Cooler and Dryer Air Expected for Much of Illinois

Some dryer and cooler days are on the way for much of Illinois later in the week. High temperatures in the 50s and 60s will be the rule, according to meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather. 


Much of Illinois saw daytime highs in the 80’s on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

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Open Line Podcast 10-09-18

Callers to the Open Line wanted to talk Packers football following Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions. Also up for discussion, tonight's Kewanee City Council meeting, good news out of Galva with the planned grand opening for Special Kneads Bakery in November and do airlines have to care about whether you are happy with your flight? A New study says, that airlines couldn't care less whether you are happy. If you don't believe that, American Airlines will now no longer help you find another flight if your American Airlines Flight is cancelled, unless your flying first class. 

 

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People to People Jon Zahm Candidate for Henry County Clerk/Recorder

Jon Zahm is running for Henry County Clerk and Recorder and Mr. Zahm was our guest today on People to People. In the interview, Mr. Zahm talked about his background and qualifications for the position and questioned errors made by the current County Clerk/Recorder Barb Link related to Orion Schools. Mr Zahm also questioned changes to Henry County's early voting policy that require early voting take place at the Clerk's Office or via mail-in ballot. 

 

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Annawan School Wins UnityPoint Grant

Big congratulations to the Annawan School District! Annawan School District was in the running for a $25,000 grant from Unity Point and today they announced that they have won that grant. UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa was behind the initiative called "Imagine the Amazing" which handed out $35,000 in grants in total to schools across Iowa and Illinois. In the two week campaign that ran from September 17th to September 30th, Annawan ran up nearly 200,000 votes in the online voting and beat out the next closest school by nearly 60,000 votes. The money is a gift from UnityPoint for Annawan which can do whatever the district chooses to do with the money to improve their schools. 

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Tuned In Hammond Henry Hospital Open House Health Fair

Hammond Henry Hospital will host a Health Fair and Open House on October 17th from 4 Pm until 6 Pm. There will be dinner served and door prizes and other drawings and you can meet the new doctors and other staff members from Hammond Henry Hospital. There will also be tours available of the new areas of Hammond Henry Hospital including the Colo Aquatic Center. As part of the Health Fair, you can get blood pressure tested, pulse ox and ABI Tests. Kari DeBrock HHH Community Health Educator joined WKEI today to talk about the Health Fair and Open House on Tuned In. 

 

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Looking for holiday work?

If you are looking for some extra money during the holidays, there are jobs available on a seasonal basis in many industries. Retailers and shippers are planning to hire more than 700,000 seasonal employees this holiday season, so the Better Business Bureau advises job seekers to polish up their resumes and start looking now. Agency investigator Shellie Kreter says you should research potential employers and apply right away, but be wary of any that ask you for money in order to apply. 

She suggests you try to work where you shop, dress neatly and be prepared for an interview when applying, and be flexible. As a seasonal employee, you can expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours, possibly including Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. 

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America's Pig Farmer of Year from Central Illinois

America’s Pig Farmer of the Year hails from central Illinois and credits some of his success to his early days in FFA and 4-H. Patrick Bane of Arrowsmith says a big family also helped.


The award is sponsored by the National Park Board. Bane and two of his brothers have a 3,000-sow closed herd operation in eastern McLean County. 

 

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Steel plow and John Deere legacy in Grand Detour, Illinois

The legacy of the steel plow remains an important piece of heritage for the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois, located just outside of Dixon. Kent Butterfield is with Landmarks Illinois.

The John Deere Historic Site is hosting a Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Kewanee Firefighters Sharing Safety Tips on Facebook for Fire Safety Week

It is Fire Safety Week in Kewanee and the Kewanee Firefighters Local 513 is sharing some fire safety tips on their Facebook page. Yesterday, they shared a video from US First Responders which demonstrated what an extraordinary difference it can make if you sleep with your bedroom door closed and your home catches on fire. The experiment indicated strongly that sleeping with your door closed raises the likelihood of survival in a house fire because the door can keep the smoke at bay whereas sleeping with the bedroom door open allowed black smoke into the bedroom which could potentially asphyxiate a person asleep during a fire. You can see the video and the experiment for yourself on the Kewanee Firefighters Local 513 Facebook page

 

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Special Kneads Bakery in Galva Announces Grand Opening Date

Special Kneads Bakery, which we profiled on WKEI last month. Has announced plans for their grand opening in Galva. According to a post by owner Margaret Cortes, November 24th is the target date to launch Special Kneads Bakery which Margaret is running with the help of her son Frankie, a special needs student at Geneseo High School. The bakery has a lot of history in Galva. The former Jacobson’s Bakery was a popular spot in Galva for decades before closing last year. Since then, the building had been owned by the Oddfellows who gave Margaret a very kind deal once they heard about and met Frankie and how Frankie’s class of fellow special needs students will be involved in the business as well. Margaret talked a little about the Oddfellows in our interview back in August. 


One of the unique features of Jacobson’s Bakery and one that so many people remember today was the honor system. Margaret Cortes told WKEI she hopes to be able to have something similar in order to honor the Jacobson’s legacy. 


Special Kneads Bakery is set for its grand opening on Saturday, November 24th in Galva. 

 

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Black Hawk College Hosting SAT Prep in Kewanee

Black Hawk College is offering an SAT Prep Course beginning on October 27th. According to a release from Black Hawk College, the course intended to help your future college student prep for the SAT exam will get underway on October 27th and will continue through November 27th at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee. The cost for the course is $119 and that includes the official prep book and practice tests. The course will cover test-taking tips, calculator usage, and cover content for the writing and language and reading and math sections of the SAT. If you have a student who would like to attend the Black Hawk College SAT Prep Course contact Black Hawk College at 309-796-8223. 

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John Sovanski is Running for Henry County Board

In our continuing effort to bring you election news and candidate profiles from across the area we had a chance to talk with John Sovanski recently. John is running to be a member of the Henry County Board, a position he’s held in the past. I asked John about his history in local politics. 


The Henry County Board has faced a number of challenges lately and I asked John to address those challenges. 


You can hear our complete conversation with John Sovanski, who is running for the Henry County Board below. 

 

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SIU Med School's fight against Alzheimer's back to full speed

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield received thrilling news for their fight against dementia this month. The med school's Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders program and The Memory Network have been on life support since HSHS St. John's in Springfield ended an agreement four years ago that paved the way for $1,500,000 in state grant funding. Dr. James Gilchrist, the Chair and Professor of the Department of Neurology and Executive Director of the Neuroscience Institute sums up the impact of the news...


Dr. Gilchrist says the need for the research is only going to grow...


The program operates in Springfield and network sites in Peoria, Rockford, Hillsboro, Jacksonville, Galesburg and Effingham.

 

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Abilities Plus Achieve of the Month for September

Andrea Millner of Kewanee has been named Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for the month of September. Andrea was chosen for her positive attitude, her helpful manner and her approach to tasks. Andrea regularly completes a number of jobs including working on the janitorial crew, working with sending out mailings, confidential document shredding and cleaning projects. Congratulations to Andrea Millner of Kewanee, September's Abilities Plus Achieve of the Month. 

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Kewanee LincolnPlaque to Be Re-Dedicated with Corrected Date

The date on Kewanee's Post Office monument to President Lincoln's brief stay in Kewanee is getting re-dedicated with the correct date. According to Larry Lock from the Kewanee Historical Society, the new official date of Lincoln's stop over in Kewanee on his way from Toulon back to Chicago was actually October 27th and 28th not October 8th and  9th as the monument currently states. According to Mr. Lock the date for the monument, which was installed in 1983, was taken from the book  "Lincoln: Day to Day Activities." by historian Paul Angle. Mr. Angle unfortunately was mistaken and following research conducted by Floyd Ham of the Stark County Geneological Society, the Kewanee Historical Society and the staff of the Lincoln Library in Springfield, the correct dates of October 27th and 28th were determined. According to the now official record listed at TheLincolnLog.org, the future President arrived in Kewanee on the 27th by train, traveled to Toulon to give a speech and then spent the night in Kewanee before traveling on to Chicago. The October 27th dedication of a brand new Lincoln in Kewanee plaque will take place at 2 Pm, following a celebration in Toulon which is taking place on the 27th from 10 Am to 12 Noon commemorating the future President's speech in Toulon delivered at the Virginia Hotel near the area where Casey's and Phil Albertson's Firearms are located in Toulon today. The 2 Pm event in Kewanee will take place in front of the Kewanee Post Office and feature several speakers, including Larry Lock, who will discuss both Mr. Lincoln and his Senate campaign opponent, Stephen Douglas. 

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People to People Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs had a harsh assessment of his Republican opponent, Jim Dodge, during our People to People interview today. According to the Treasurer, Mr. Dodge "doesn't understand" the funds currently held by the state of Illinois. Moreover, Frerichs states that Dodge 'Never cared about the office (of Treasurer) before.' Frerichs also talked about the positive growth in investments that his office has overseen, the potential to bring the office of Treasurer and Comptroller into one job and the differing philosophies that keep the State Treasurer's office in the realm of politics. 

 

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Durbin offers final remarks on Kavanaugh

Senator Dick Durbin offered some parting words as the U.S. Senate prepared to complete the confirmation vote for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Durbin expressed dissatisfaction with the FBI investigation that led to a delay for the confirmation vote...


Durbin cast his vote against Kavanaugh.

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center 10-08-18

Carrie Boelens and Sara Umphleet from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center were our guests today on Tuned In. Among the topics, we discussed the upcoming OSF Blood Drive on October 12th, the OSF Book Sale on October 12th and with Halloween around the corner we talked about Teal Pumpkins. Sara Umphleet tells us that the Teal Pumpkin has a special purpose, it tells trick or treaters with food allergies that you are handing out things that won't affect potential allergies. 

 

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Interview Jenn Johnson Paige's Peeps

Jennifer Johnson has spent the past 9 years working with a young girl named Paige Hamer of Geneseo. Paige has Rett's Syndrome a rare disorder that most often affects female toddlers. A seemingly healthy child suddenly begins to regress, motor functions are affected and the ability to move independently and speak is lost. Jennifer is an educational aid to Paige and in her role, she's taken on the job of pushing Paige to do as much as she can and in return she's pushed herself to raise awareness and funds for Rett's Syndrome. In her efforts, a community has formed around Paige called Paige's Peeps, a group of people who run and hold fundraisers for Rett's Syndrome Awareness and Research. With their Rock N' Roll Bingo fundraiser on October 20th at Atkinson Elementary School in the gymnasium and with their latest set of Paige's Peeps apparel now for sale via the Paige's Peeps Facebook page, we thought it was a good time to talk with Jennifer Johnson on WKEI. 

 

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Harvest celebration in LaSalle County

They call it a “Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration”. It will be held on Saturday at the Gary and Jean Dau (DOW) farm on North 42nd Road—just two miles west of Sheridan in LaSalle County. The project arranges for farmers and others in this country to financially support third world farmers trying to improve their situations says Project Leader Paul Youngstrum:


Youngstrum says it’s not about shipping food grown here overseas. He says farmers in developing countries need help buying animals and equipment and then want to sustain themselves without handouts.

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State Treasurer Mike Frerichs on People to People Monday

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs will be our guest today on People to People on WKEI. In that interview I asked the Treasurer what his biggest challenge has been thus far as treasurer and the answer was rather obvious. 


Last week, I spoke to Mr. Frerichs’ opponent for State Treasurer, Jim Dodge and Mr. Dodge spoke about the money the state of Illinois has saved up and he wondered why the state doesn’t tap that money to pay off debts. Mr. Frerichs bluntly responds that his opponent doesn’t understand how this works. 


You can hear our complete interview with State Treasurer Mike Frerichs at 9:35 Am on People to People on WKEI. 

 

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Jennifer Johnson Paige's Peeps

Jennifer Johnson is an educational aid who, for the past 9 years has worked with a young Geneseo girl named Paige Hamer. Paige has something called Rett Syndrome, something you may have heard about recently when NBC News reporter Richard Engel revealed that his son has Rett Syndrome. Jennifer joined WKEI to talk about Paige, Rett’s Syndrome and what she and others are doing to raise awareness for Paige’s condition. 


Paige’s Peeps is a small community that has come together to support Paige as the search for new treatments for Rett’s Syndrome move forward. 


Paige’s Peeps is a fundraising group that raises money and awareness of Rett’s Syndrome and you can help by buying a Paige’s Peeps t-shirt, hat or other garment or by attending their upcoming fundraiser, Rock N’Roll Bingo at Atkinson Elementary School in Atkinson, Illinois on October 20th. Full details about Paige’s Peeps and their fundraiser are online at Paige’s Peeps on Facebook.

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations October 5th through 7th

At approximately 8:45 Am on Friday morning, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 1000 Block of North Chestnut. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 28 year old Cassandra J. Barnes of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Driving Without Insurance. 

At approximately 3:54 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to the of a two vehicle accident in the area of West Division and Tenney Street. No one was hurt and no citations were issued. 

At approximately 8:53 Pm Kewanee Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the area of the 600 Block of North Chestnut. In the stop, Kewanee Police arrested 48 year old Luis A Lopez-Vasquez following a brief chase. Lopez-Vasquez was arrested for Driving on a Cancelled Drivers License, Expired Registration and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. 

At approximately 11:05 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 4th and Rice. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 55 year old Terry R. Abbott of Kewanee on charges of Driving While Revoked and Having No Valid Registration. 

 

At approximately 11:57 Pm in the area of the 300 Block of Helmer Street, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 43 year old Guadalupe O. Camacho and 46 year old Luis A. Camacho were both Arrested for Domestic Battery. 

 

At approximately 12:16 Pm on Saturday, in the area of the 800 block of Railroad Avenue, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene, Police arrested 41 year old Rusty L. Vancil of Kewanee on a charge of Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 1:49 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of South Main Street, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop. In that stop, Police cited 48 year old Kelly R. Preston of Geneseo for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. 

 

At approximately 4:09 Pm Kewanee Police in the area of 3rd and Grace initiated a traffic stop. In the stop, Kewanee Police cited 45 year old Juan P. Castro-Chavez of Kewanee for Using an Electronic Device While Driving. 

 

At approximately 4:48 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of North Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 20 year old Anastasia M. Crowe for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

At approximately 5:19 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a Retail Theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 24 year old Melody A. Kent of Kewanee for Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 10:24 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of Walnut, initiated a traffic stop. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested Mark V. Porter of Neponset on a Stark County Sheriff’s Warrant for Aggravated DUI. Porter was also arrested for Failure to Stop Before a Sidewalk While Exiting a Private Drive and Illegal Transportation of Alcohol. 

 

At approximately 8:58 Am, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Hit and Run Accident in the 300 Block of North Grove Street. Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate to find whoever struck a vehicle owned by Cory L. Griffin of Kewanee. 

 

At approximately 3:18 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 200 Block of South Walnut Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police 20 year old Donald J. Shaw of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Theft. Unable to Post Bond. Shaw was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 3:37 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street, regarding a Retail Theft. At the scene, Police arrested Athelda K. Jackson, 44 of Kewanee and Anita K. Jackson, 47 of Kewanee, on Retail Theft Charges. Anita K. Jackson was also arrested on a Rock Island County Warrant for Failure to Pay on a DUI. Unable to Post Bond she was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

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J.B Pritzker Releases Statement Regarding Judge Kavanaugh Supreme Court

Democrat for Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker released a statement over the weekend regarding the vote that elevated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

 

“Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed a radical and unrestrained judge under a cloud of sexual assault allegations to our nation’s highest court,” said JB Pritzker. “I have opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination from day one because he threatens the rights of millions and could undermine everything from a woman’s right to choose, affordable healthcare, LGBTQ rights, consumer protections, fair housing, and environmental protections. Bruce Rauner, on the other hand, has given Kavanaugh his full-throated endorsement and has supported him from the beginning, siding with Donald Trump instead of believing women and protecting Illinoisans. I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and like many Americans today, I am angry and disappointed. But we can’t be deterred in this fight. We must let this energize us toward winning big in November and electing Democrats across our state and our country.”

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Kewanee City Council Agenda for Tuesday October 9th

Call to Order 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Consent Agenda a. Approval of Minutes b. Payroll c. Staff Reports d. Request from the Kewanee Historical Society to close a portion of Tremont Street between First St. and Central Blvd. between 1 and 2:30 pm on October 27, 2018 for a ceremony commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Kewanee. e. Request from Tavern on Beach for use of the alley to the North of the property from Beach Street to Franklin Street from 11 am to 11 pm on October 27, 2018 for an Halloween entertainment event. 4. Presentation of Bills and Claims 5. Citizen Participation 6. Business: a. Acceptance of the Plan Commission Minutes from its meeting held on Thursday, September 27. b. Consideration of an Ordinance authorizing a special use to John Beaman Sr. for a multiple family dwelling at 309 East Third Street. c. Acceptance of the Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes from its meeting held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. d. Consideration of a Resolution approving a variance and authorizing an encroachment licensing agreement with St. John Paul II Parish. e. Consideration of an Ordinance amending Schedule III of Chapter 78 of the Kewanee City Code regarding Handicapped Parking Spaces establishing handicap accessible on-street parking spaces in the vicinity of the St. Peter’s Evangelical Church on S. Grove St.. f. Consideration of an Ordinance authorizing a cable television franchise agreement by and between the City of Kewanee and Comcast of Illinois/Indiana/Ohio LLC g. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the execution of an 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. h. Proclamation declaring October 7-13 as Fire Safety Week.

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report October 3rd - 5th

On October 3rd, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested Daniel Whitcomb of Ophiem, Illinois on a Rock Island County warrant for a probation violation. Just last month, Whitcomb was charged in Dewitt, Iowa on 12 charges related to a break in at a Dewitt, Iowa drug store. Whitcomb was arrested again by Henry County Sheriff's in Ophiem, Illinois on August 31st also on charges related to a break in. 

 

On Thursday, October 4th, at 11:54 Am, Henry County Sheriff's responded to a call in the area of North 1700 Avenue in Cambridge, near the Cambridge Blacktop. At the scene, Deputies charged 77 year old Roger Wildermuth of Cambridge with a misdemeanor for Open Burning and issued him a notice to appear in court. 

 

On Friday, October 5th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop on Interstate 80, near Geneseo. In the stop, a deputy issued a pair of citations to 20 year old Amiyah Cox of Chicago, one for Speeding, 85 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone, and one for Driving on a Suspended License. 

 

On Friday, October 5th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies in Kewanee made a traffic stop on East Mill Street in Kewanee, at approximately 1:28 Am. In that stop, deputies arrested 25 year old Steven Andris of Kewanee on a DUI charge. Andris was also cited for driving with one headlight and Improper Lane Usage. 

 

On Friday, October 5th at 1:29 Am, Sheriff's Deputies in Orion made a traffic stop of 37 year old Allan Kaigler of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kaigler was stopped while traveling 90 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone on I-74 near Orion. 

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Venom Opens at Wanee Cinemas This Weekend

Venom is opening this weekend in Kewanee at the Wanee Cinemas. This comic book tale, a Marvel character outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stars Tom Hardy as reporter Eddie Brock. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Eddie and Venom are legendary villains in the Spider-Man universe. Here however, Venom is the hero as he bonds with crusading reporter Eddie as he investigates the shady company that brought the alien Venom to earth along with several other beings just like Venom, parasitic aliens with world domination on their minds. Reviews on Venom have been mixed thus far but tomorrow at RegionalDailyNews.com you will read a surprisingly positive review from me of this anti-hero tale. Box office expectations for Venom have the film debuting number 1 this weekend with over $60 million a possibility making the film an instant hit despite facing off against the very popular new drama, A Star is Born starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. 

 

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Bank Orion Raises $500 for Abilities Plus

Julie Landwehr and Deb Kubinsky from Abilities Plus are going to join us on Tuned In at 8:45 Am this morning. We will talk about the latest goings on at Abilities Plus including how your business can benefit by contracting with Abilities Plus, the Abilities Plus Legacy Program, and the scholarships for the Abilities Plus One Day Program. Abilities Plus was also very recently a recipient of a generous donation from Bank Orion. Bank employees raised $500 during their Jeans Day promotion and delivered a check to Abilities Plus, the bank’s charity of choice, this week. 

 

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Let's Talk Mental Health Walk is Sunday in Kewanee

The Let’s Talk Mental Health Walk will be held this Sunday at Windmont Park. Beth Smith from  Mental Health Services of Henry County is one of the organizers of the event and she tells WKEI what is in store for folks who turn out at 12 Noon on Sunday

Following the Let’s Talk Mental Health Walk at 3:30 Pm events shift to the Petersen Auditorium at Kewanee High School where the remarkable documentary Suicide The Ripple Effect will be shown.

Those who want to walk at Windmont Park on Sunday, the cost is $20. Because you weren’t signed up by September 23rd you will not receive your t-shirt for a couple of weeks.

As for the documentary, Suicide The Ripple Effect, the cost to attend the documentary is $5.00 at the door at the Petersen Auditorium at 3:30 Pm. Proceeds from both events benefit Mental Health Services of Henry County.

 

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