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Accident at Central Tremont Saturday Night

Story updated to reflect information from Kewanee Police arrest and Citation Report. Evidence indicated that the driver had been taken from the scene by squad car but the Police Report indicates that the driver was taken from the scene by ambulance. We apologize for the apparent mistake in reporting. 

 

Earlier 

 

The accident occurred at approximately 6:45 Pm on Saturday in the area of West Central and Tremont. Within minutes of the accident Kewanee Police and Fire were on the scene assessing the damages.  The driver of the car was taken from the scene by ambulance, according to the Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and was giving a statement to police as WKEI snapped a photo of the accident. No other information will be released until the Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report is issued on Sunday morning. As of 7:15 Pm Saturday, the scene had yet to be cleared due to the nature of the crash which trapped the front of the car against the side of the truck. 

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Henry-Stark Health Departments Offering DOT Physical Exams

The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff are reminding area residents that their Clinical services program is offering area drivers low cost DOT Physicals.  Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and by special arrangement and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.
 
 The Health Department notes that the Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

 

  • You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes.
  • You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes.
  • You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities.

     Sandy Sommer, RN Clinical Services Director with the Health Department notes, “If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form.  Our Nurse Practitioner, Marilou Johnson is a Certified DOT medical examiner.”


     DOT Physical participants should expect the examiner to review their health history and ask the participant to list the medications taken on a regular basis. During your DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

 

  • Check your pulse and blood pressure
  • Perform a vision test
  • Observe your general appearance
  • Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Check for spine deformities
  • Perform a neurological exam
  • Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities
  • Perform a hernia check

     Sommer adds, “If you are seeing a provider and are on medication for sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression and other mental health issues, and seizures.  Participants need to obtain a “Clearance Letter” from the provider of care and bring to their appointment.


    Please note, appointments for DOT Physical, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or (309) 792-4011 - Colona Office.  For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Levitt AMP Galva Music Series Announces Two More Musical Acts for Concert Series

GALVA, Illinois — The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series has announced the next two artists to perform during their series. Swedish quintet Jaerv and composer and recording artist Tom Sharpe are going to perform on their stage for the fourth Levitt AMP Concert Series, held in Galva at Wiley Park on Sunday, June 23rd.
 
The Swedish quintet Jaerv, is an internationally known act and has toured the U.S., Japan, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Finland and Norway among other countries. They are described as musically captivating, personal, innovative and high-energy. They present extroverted, energetic and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members include Joel Hagen (flute, whistles, soprano saxophone, ewi, and vocals); Anders Bergsten (double bass, key fiddle, and vocals); Harald Nilsson (guitars, vocals); Markus Gustavsson (fiddle, lead vocals); and Tobias Hedlund (percussion). Jaerv have created a smooth, vivid sound which has established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many other forums.
 
Tom Sharpe is an award-winning composer, performer, and recording artist. The internationally recognized artist is a sought-out clinician and performer of his own works, and the artistic director and principal performer of the Sharpe World Music Ensemble. Along with his own music, Tom is the drummer for the award winning group, Mannheim Steamroller. He is known for his high-energy, large-sounding performances on percussion instruments. 
 
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. There will also be activities for both children and adults going on throughout the event. The Artistic Expression Activity for this concert series will by a Caricature artist who will demonstrate his art and be available to draw caricatures of concert attendees. In addition, the following food vendors will also be on-site for those wishing for a bite-to-eat: ZBest West; Boiler Room; Mexican; Snazzy's Lemon Shake-ups; Pop of the Morning; and Special Kneads Bakery. All concerts are provided free of charge.

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Black Hawk Second Session of Summer Classes Registration Open

KEWANEE - Black Hawk College will be offering their second session of summer classes, starting Monday, July 1st. The classes include: accounting, chemistry, global issues, music appreciation, nursing, physics, psychology, sociology and Spanish. To look up classes, go to www.bhc.edu/schedules. Online last-minute registration ends Sunday, June 30.  For more information, call Black Hawk at 309-796-5300.

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Henry and Stark County Health Department Announce Food Manager Certification Course

The Henry and Stark County Health Department have announced their next Food Manager's Certification Course. July 15th will be the date for the certification course intended to help area food service establishments in the county meet the requirements of the IDPH Food Code. 

Those who participate in the course receive intensive training in such areas as foodborne disease, food protection, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, personal hygiene, building construction, public health codes, insect and rodent control and personnel training. The cost to participate in the Food Manager's Certification Course at the Henry and Stark County Farm Bureau building on July 15th is $140.00 with an optional textbook available for $30.00. Registrations are limited. Those interested in registering or for more information, should contact the Department at 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit the website henrystarkhealth.com. 

 

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Tameca Jones Bringing Soul to the Levitt Amp Galva Concert Series This Sunday

Tameca Jones is coming to the Levitt Amp Galva Concert Series and bringing her big, beautiful, powerhouse voice. Tameca, from Austin Texas, has been singing all her life but it wasn't until the birth of her twin babies that she decided that singing full time was what she wanted to do... 

On a special edition of Tuned In on Thursday we talked to Tameca about her unique journey to rising star status in the music business, her writing style and her family. You can hear our complete interview with Tameca Jones below... 

Sunday night's show in Wiley Park in Galva gets underway at 6 Pm with Tameca performing along with the band Handmade Moments. As always, the show is free to anyone to attend. 

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Tuned In Sara Billiet Kewanee Public Library

Sara Billiet from the Kewanee Public Library joined WKEI on Tuned In on Thursday to talk about upcoming events at the library. One of the big events coming up is a visit by author and historian Leonard Szaltis, the author of the book Chesapeake Bay Privateers in the Revolution. 

Fans of revolutionary war history will not want to miss this event which is set for June 25th at 6 Pm. Sara also talked about an upcoming presentation by the Henry County Geneological Society, the ongoing Summer Reading Program and kids events coming to the Library later this month in our Tuned In conversation... 

 

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Minor Changes to FOID Card to Be Signed into Law

Under a measure set to be signed by Governor J.B Pritzker, police officers will be allowed to carry concealed weapons while hunting wthout a permit. The measure will also allow members of the military, under the age of 21, to obtain a FOID card with a parent's permission among other small adjustments to gun legislation. Our reporter Greg Bishop has more... 

 

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Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Seeking Donations to Support 4th of July Fireworks in Northeast Park

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is seekiing donations to support the annual fireworks display at Northeast Park. In a release to local businesses, the Chamber announced that the Kewanee Park District will once again open the Northeast Park Aquatic Center on July 4th from 12 Noon until 6 Pm. Festivities prior to the fireworks will also include the posting of the colors by the Kewanee Veterans Council and a performance by the band Joker's Wild prior to the fireworks show, tenatively set to begin at 9:45 Pm. Donations to help defray the cost of the fireworks show are being sought. If you would like to make a donation or sponsor this year's fireworks display in Northeast Park you can drop off your donation at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce office at 113 East 2nd Street or you can call the Chamber of Commerce at 309-852-2175. Anyone who donates will be recognized during the July 4th celebration. 

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Men In Black International Opens at Wanee Cinemas This Weekend

Men in Black International opens on Friday, June 14th, at the Wanee Cinemas. The movie is the fourth film in the Men in Black franchise, originated by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in 1997. Now, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are the stars and Men in Black have left New York City of London where yet another threat to world from an alien menace must be stopped, one that may have compromised the integrity of the Men in Black themselves. Men in Black International is getting terrible reviews, coming in at only 25% positive with critics at RottenTomatoes.com. That said, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth were very fun together as Thor and Valkyrie in Thor Ragnorak so you can make up your own mind by seeing Men in Black International at the Wanee Cinemas starting this afternoon. 

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IFB Delegation in Washington this Week

Illinois Farm Bureau had a delegation in Washington D.C. this week. Much on the table says IFB president Richard Guebert, including the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement.


Guebert was in Washington Monday and Tuesday. 

 

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Social Security Warns of Scams

Robocalls of people posing as officials at Social Security continues to be an issue. That's what the agency’s Jack Myers indicates and says the underlying theme is scaring the public into thinking there is a problem. He says the method or message may be different, but the theme is more often than not - fear.

According to Myers, these people are very skilled at what they. If you receive a voice message from one of these calls, Myers advises not to call back the number they give you, rather, call a number you find at socialsecurity.gov. If you receive one of these calls, you can report it to the Social Security Office of the Inspector General at 800-269-0271.

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Pritzker Says Budget Will Boost Mental Health Treatment

Governor J.B. Pritzker says it's the dawn of a new era for Illinoisans needing mental health treatment. In a visit this week to the Kennedy Forum's Annual Meeting in Chicago, Pritzker touted the benefits of the recently passed state budget, which provides an 80 million dollar increase for mental health and addiciton treatment....


Pritzker says two-thirds of those struggling with mental health issues don't get the help they need. He says the state is now attacking a backlog of mental health cases...


Governor Pritzker estimates one in five Illinoisans are struggling with a mental health problem. 

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State Ag Department Responding to Industrial Hemp Applications

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has been busy responding to industrial hemp applications. There’s been a lot of interest says state ag director John Sullivan…..


Sullivan says the department has two industrial hemp plots on the state fairgrounds to train their staff. One is for fiber and the other is for oils.

 

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One Dead in Crash in Cambridge

One person is dead in an accident on Illinois Route 81, one mile outside of Cambridge. According to a release from the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred at approximately 12:23 Pm when a cement truck lost control while traveling west bound on Route 81. The vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck a 2017 Chevrolet SUV traveling Eastbound on Route 81. The driver of the SUV was killed at the scene while the driver of the cement truck suffered minor injuries and was taken from the scene to a local medical facility. The area of Route 81, one mile west of Cambridge near East 1000 Street, was closed for nearly 5 hours while the accident was investigated and cleared. No other information has been released as of this writing. 

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Illinois Department of Corrections Inmates Helping in Flood Fight

Though some might not be aware, inmates at Illinois Department of Corrections facilities across the state are a big part of the fight against floods across the state and in our area as well. Mike Chappell is the Statewide Security Specialist with the Illinois Department of Corrections and Mike tells WKEI that the inmate population has worked in concert with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for several years...

Inmates have been given the task of filling sandbags dating back several years via the IDOC and IEMA partnership... 

Chappell tells WKEI that the benefit of the program is twofold, the state gets as many sandbags as needed and the inmates get the chance to serve their time by providing a much needed service to communities... 

Finally, Mike Chappell says that the program benefits other aspects of the flood fight. Along with the sandbag filling, inmates also take care of laundry for National Guard troops responding to the flood and provide ice as well... 

The flood fight is continuing across Illinois and as long as waters are battling the shore, IDOC inmates will be part of the emergency response, a benefit to the state and their communities and a way for inmates to learn about service to their communities while serving their time. 

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Tuned In Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau 06-12-19

Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest on Tuned In on Wednesday morning. According to the numbers about 72% of the Corn Crop is now planted in Illinois which is good news though on average, by the middle of June, Corn Crop is usually already 100% planted. Nevertheless, the good weather has helped turn things around following the historic rainy periods of April and May. Katie also discussed last minute sign-ups for the Henry and Stark County Farm Bureau Golf Outing on Friday and upcoming Market Seminars to help farmers better market their products at this difficult moment of the season. All of this on today's edition of Tuned In which you can stream or download below.

 

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Looking Ahead at Summer Weather With Ag Meteorologist

Is it time to feel more optimistic with more corn and soybeans now in the ground? Maybe. Some nice progress was made in the latest Illinois crop report with 73-percent of the corn crop now planted and 49-percent of the soybean crop. As for the weather prospects moving into the summer months. 


That’s Dan Hicks, who serves as agriculture meteorologist for Freese-Notis Weather. 

 

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Kewanee Police Join Henry County Trafficking Enforcement Group with Geneseo and Colona Police

At Monday night's Kewanee City Council meeting the Kewanee City Council heard from Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley regarding drugs and human trafficking and a new partnership among Henry County law enforcement to combat these crimes... 

The Henry County Trafficking Enforcement Group will combine forces of the Kewanee, Geneseo and Colona Police Departments as well as the Henry County Sheriff's Department in efforts specifically aimed at slowing down trafficking across our area. Kewanee Mayor Gary Moore spoke to WKEI on Tuesday and stated that the agreement, which passed the City Council in a 5 to 0 vote in favor on Monday night, is a win win for all involved... 

Questions concerning cost have been raised regarding the amount to taxpayers for any extra enforcement effort may cost but Mayor Moore tells WKEI that existing officers will be assigned to this task force rather than the hiring of a new officer for a new detail... 

The new Henry County Trafficking Enforcement Group will begin patrols soon with plans to report results to the Kewanee City Council on a regular basis. Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley will be our guest on a future edition of Tuned In with more information in the near future. 

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Kewanee Mayor Stands By Call to Remove Residency Requirements for City Department Heads

Kewanee Mayor Gary Moore stands by his vote to remove residency requirements for City of Kewanee Department heads. The Mayor was the lone vote in favor of amending a City of Kewanee ordinance that requires City of Kewanee Department heads live in the City of Kewanee and on Tuesday's edition of People to People the Mayor stood by his opposition to residency requirements... 

The issue came up as the City Council was accepting the appointment of new Kewanee City Clerk Rebecka Jones who lives in Woodhull but will now be the Kewanee City Clerk. Jones was hired with a 2 year probationary period during which she may or may not move to Kewanee. The Mayor stated that it was more than just the hiring of Mrs Jones as the new City Clerk, he cited trends in other cities as part of his reasoning for removing the residency restriction. 

Nevertheless, the residency restriction as part of city ordinance remains in place following Monday's 4 to 1 council vote. 

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Henry County Youth Services Bureau to Hold Draw Down Silent Auction and Dinner on Friday

Brittany Koopman with the Henry County Youth Services Bureau is spreading the word about a fundraiser for the the Youth Services Bureau this Friday night at The Stables in Kewanee... 

The fundraiser will go to support the remarkable work they do at the Henry County Youth Services Bureau to help at-risk kids get back on track through counseling... 

You can find out more about the Henry County Youth Services Bureau and the fundraiser this Friday at 6 Pm at The Stables by listening to our entire Tuned In Podcast interview with Brittany Koopman linked here

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Governor Pritzker Signs 5 Hour School Day Bill Expands E-Learning

Governor J.B Pritzker on Tuesday signed a bill that creates a minimum school day length of 5 hours in the state of Illinois. If this comes as a surprise to you, it may be because a previous school funding bill had nullified the 5 hour rule unintentionally. The new bill restores the minimum hours while also expanding e-learning opportunities and career training for students. Reporter Cole Lauterbach has more... 

 

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Recreational Cannabis Industry Taking Shape in Illinois Touting Job Creation

Governor J.B Pritzker has not signed the bill yet and already the industry around the cultivation of recreational cannabis is coming together and touting job growth in the state of Illinois. Dispensaries gearing up for January 1st 2020, when recreational marijuana will become available in Illinois are touting thousands of jobs to be created in customer service and especially in cultivation in the state. Reporter Greg Bishop has more... 

 

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Celebrating Those Who Help Give Life to Others

Illinoisans are being encouraged to join a global observance this week that celebrates a critical part of modern medicine. Every two seconds, a person in the United States needs blood, and World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to thank the unpaid donors who roll up their sleeves to help save lives. Kirby Winn, public-relations manager for Community Blood Services of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and the Central Illinois Community Blood Center in Springfield, said the annual commemoration is held on June 14 - on the birthday of a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

"Dr. Karl Landsteiner identified the various different blood types - type A, type B, type O, and type AB - and that there is an Rh factor," Winn said. "World Blood Donor Day is a chance to acknowledge the importance of that discovery, in terms of its impact on transfusion medicine."

Blood centers around the state are hosting special events this weekend to thank donors and encourage regular donations. Winn said summer is an especially crucial time for donations, since the blood supply can drop by as much as 20%. It's estimated that one donation can save up to three lives. 

Winn said that Type O-negative blood especially is sought after because it can be given to patients of all blood types. It's estimated that only 10% of people who are able to donate blood actually do so, and Winn said this might be the weekend to change that. Blood donations are always needed, he said.

"That might be for an emergency, or for cancer treatment or surgery, or complications that occurred during childbirth; these are all things that might happen any day of the year," he said, "and so it's our job to make sure that there's blood on the shelf and available at the hospital whenever it's needed."

Potential blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Winn said anyone with questions about his or her eligibility should call a blood-donation center.

"We far prefer that method than anyone assuming on their own basis that they're not eligible to give blood," he said. "We call that a self-deferral and frequently, we find that self-deferrals are made inaccurately, because not all of us have that level of expertise that the staff at the blood center does."

An estimated 6.8 million people in the United States give blood each year. More information is online at bloodcenter.org.

 

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Governor Pritzker to Consider Revenge Porn Civil Lawsuit Bill

Among the numerous bills in front of Governor J.B Pritzker for his signature is a bill that would allow for civil lawsuits in the case of so-called 'Revenge Porn.' Revenge Porn is the name given to a situation wherein one partner posts sexually explicit images of another partner without their consent or with the intent to cause harm. Under Illinois law, revenge porn is already a crime but with this new law, victims would have the chance to pursue civil damages. Our Greg Bishop has more.. 

 

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