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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 10-18-18 to 10-19-18

On Thursday, October 18th, at approximately 6:23 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies went to the 900 Block of 3rd Street in Kewanee and executed an arrest warrant for 35 year old John Hufnagel of Kewanee. Hufnagel was wanted for Failure to Appear in court on a charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Hufnagel was also given a citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

On Thursday, October 18th, at approximately 8:09 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop in the area of U.S Highway 34 in Galva. In the stop, Deputies cited a juvenile driver for Driving a Vehicle with No Insurance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The driver also received a warning regarding an obstructed rear license plate. 

 

On Friday, October 19th, at approximately 1:12 Am, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop in the area of County Highway 7 West of Orion. In that stop, Deputies arrested 22 year old Kyle McGregor of Andover on a charge of Driving Under the Influence. McGregor also received citations for Speeding 89 Miles Per Hour in a 55 Mile Per Hour Zone and Improper Lane Usage. 

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A Star is Born Arrives in Kewanee This Weekend

The Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga phenomenon, A Star is Born, arrives in Kewanee this weekend at the Wanee Cinemas. The film stars  Bradley Cooper as music star Jackson Maine, an alcohol and drug addicted star who meets and falls in love with a woman named Ally (Gaga) who proves to be his musical soulmate. While he is sinking further away from stardom, Ally begins to rise and their parallel tracks begin to diverge. It's the fourth time officially that A Star is Born has been brought to the big screen but it is already the most successful having taken in more than $106 million dollars at the U.S Box Office. The film is also considered a front-runner for the Academy Awards on top of being a massive blockbuster. A Star is Born is Rated R. 

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Kewanee League of Women Voters Forum Wednesday at City Hall

The Kewanee League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum for the November 6th election on October 24th at 7 Pm at Kewanee City Hall. Carla Hillman with the Kewanee League of Women Voters spoke to WKEI on Thursday about what people can expect from Wednesday’s forum. 


If you are unable to attend the forum WKEI will be broadcasting the League of Women Voters Candidate forum on our Facebook Page WKEI RegionalDailyNews on Facebook so you can see it live. If you would like to submit questions to be read to the candidates during the forum Carla tells us that the opportunity to mail in questions is open to all. 


If you would like to submit questions to the League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday, October 24th at 7 Pm send your questions to Sharon Deahl at 16 NW 3rd Street, Galva, IL, 61434. 

You can hear our complete interview with Carla Hillman with the Kewanee League of Women Voters below. 

 

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Kewanee Chamber and KEDC React to Mayor Looney Not Running for Re-Election

Reaction to Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney continues to come in from folks across Kewanee and from local leaders. Yesterday, WKEI caught up with Mark Mikenas from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce who offered a few thoughts on Mayor Looney not running for a second term. 


Kathy Albert from the Kewanee Economic Development Council shared her thoughts on Mayor Looney in an email to WKEI on Thursday stating “I am sorry to learn that Mayor Looney will not be running for re-election.  It has been my experience that Looney is proactive in his approach to leadership, is an asset to the Kewanee community, and I will miss working with him.”
Mayor Looney announced his decision not to run for a second term as Kewanee Mayor on Wednesday night. 

 

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Black Hawk College Pumpkin Sale Raises Thousands for United Way

Black Hawk College livestock judges and auctioneer Bill Lesage helped to sell 12 pumpkins during the annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins at the Black Hawk College East Campus on Thursday. 12 may not sound like a big number overall but with those 12 gourds, $6800.00 was raised for United Way of Kewanee. The 12 sales lots were not limited to just pumpkins, some also contained metal and glass creations intended to display the sizable pumpkins which sold to bidders from Western Illinois University to local families and even the Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging team. The top bid of the day, however, came locally from the BHC Livestock Judging Team, Ray Jacobs and Adams County Ag Producers which paid $2000.00 for their lot. 

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Remarkable Jobs Numbers Again in Illinois

The state remains in a good spot when it comes to jobs. The September unemployment rate remains at four point one percent. That number was welcome news in August and the fact that it held steady in September was a little remarkable says the State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough.

Overall jobs built by 2800 in September. 

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Sports Gaming Will Take A While To Come To Illinois

The sports betting landscape changed this year when the Supreme Court struck down a law that allowed widespread gaming on games only in Las Vegas. So when might sports betting parlors or sports books come to Illinois? It’s coming but lawmakers are rushing towards it.
Democrat State Rep. Lou Lang says he has a bill that is being worked on to bring sports betting to the state. But he feels no rush because the finer details of how it’s taxed, who regulates it and where its allowed all have to be answered. 

Also swirling around the discussion is if more casinos are coming to Illinois and if horse racing tracks should have slot machine or not. 

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Legionnaires Disease In Champaign Urbana

A number of people are sick with Legionnaires Disease in Champaign-Urbana. That’s the report from the Illinois Department of Health. Six people are confirmed to have the disease. Dr Nirav Shah with IDPH says they have begun the investigation to determine where those people may have come into contact with the bacteria that causes it.


There are about 300 cases a year in Illinois of Legionnaires. 

 

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Kewanee Cemetery Clean Up Set to Begin Saturday

Kewanee's annual Cemetary clean-up is set to begin on Saturday. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, crews will be cleaning up local cemeteries beginning Saturday morning. All decorations left at gravesites in Kewanee will be picked up by the clean-up crew this weekend. If you would like to keep a particular decoration currently at a gravesite in Kewanee you are asked to pick them up before the clean-up begins on Saturday. Residents are also advised not to place any new decorations at local gravesites until after the clean-up is completed on October 31st. If you have any questions regarding the City of Kewanee Cemetary Clean-Up please contact the Sexton's office at 309-853-4649. 

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Final Day of Fire Hydrant Flow Testing in Kewanee for 2018

The City of Kewanee will be flow testing fire hydrants on Friday, weather permitting, for the final time in 2018. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, Fire Hydrant Flow Testing will take place in four areas around Irving School. Those nearby the testing areas can expect to experience periods of low water pressure or discolored or rusty water during this time. 

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Misunderstanding Leads to Police Call at Kewanee Dollar General

Kewanee Police were called to Dollar General at 145 West South Street in Kewanee this morning following a misunderstanding. According to witnesses at the scene, a concerned patron attempting to shop at Dollar General at around 10 Am this morning called police after finding the doors of Dollar General locked and the lights on. Store hours at the Kewanee Dollar General are 8 Am to 8 Pm. Fearing something was wrong, the citizen called Kewanee Police who arrived on the scene and managed to contact the store manager. Witnesses tell WKEI that someone from Dollar General was able to get to the store to make sure everything was alright.  A sign was placed on the door indicating that Dollar General would open at 12 Noon. A call placed to Dollar General at 12:15 indicated that the store was now open and a scheduling mishap was the cause of the store not opening on time.

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Kewanee Leaders React to Mayor Looney Not Seeking Second Term

Reactions are coming in from city leaders around Kewanee regarding Mayor Steve Looney's decision not to run for re-election as Mayor of Kewanee. The Mayor made the announcement in a press release from the City of Kewanee on Wednesday night though he did not offer any details regarding why he's decided not to run for re-election. 

 

City Council Member Chris Colomer said of Mayor Looney: "In the short time I have been on city council I have seen a compassionate mayor with great visions in the direction he wanted to see this city head towards. It is sad he has chosen not to re-run for mayor and whom ever chooses to run will have big shoes to fill." 

 

City Manager Gary Bradley said of Mayor Looney: "I’ve truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with him for the past three years.  We worked very closely on a number of items that were important to the community and shared a common vision for Kewanee’s future.  I appreciate his service to the community and his help getting me acclimated to the community when I was new here.  I hope the next Mayor can share the same level of success that Mayor Looney has had." 

 

Kathy Albert Executive Director of the Kewanee Economic Development Corporation: "I am sorry to learn that Mayor Looney will not be running for re-election.  It has been my experience that Looney is proactive in his approach to leadership, is an asset to the Kewanee community, and I will miss working with him."

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Open Line Podcast 10-18-18

Today on the Open Line on WKEI callers reacted to Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney's decision not to run for re-election. Callers responded to the Mayor's decision with thank you's and pats on the back for the well-liked and now one-term Mayor of Kewanee. There was also talk of Windmont Park and concern regarding the future of fishing at Windmont. Another big topic was the race for Governor in Illinois which takes on a new air of drama seemingly every day we get closer to November 6th. 

 

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This is Get to Know GMO's Month

It’s “Get to Know GMOs Month”. Genetically modified organisms continue to generate much discussion says Michael Stebbins, who runs the GMO Answers website for the Council for Biotechnology Information in Washington. 

The group’s website is located at “gmoanswers.com”. 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 10-17-18 to 10-18-18

At approximately 1:49 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 1200 Block of 11th Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police investigated a Forcible Entry Burglary at a residence. No other details have been released at this time. 

 

At approximately 2:54 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 300 Block of North Main Street. At the scene, police were informed of a theft of over $500.00 at a residence. No other details are being released at this time. 

 

At approximately 6:22 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Elm and Prospect Street. In that stop, police cited 53 year old Jack A. Nimrick for Failing to Wear a Seatbelt. 

 

At 6:37 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of North Main Street. In that stop, police cited 41 year old Melissa A. Monroe of Kewanee for Improper Lane Usage. 

 

At approximately 7:13 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Prospect and West Street. In that stop, police cited Amber L. German of Kewanee for Disobeying a Stop Sign. 

 

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Lawmakers Hold Hearing to Discuss Legalizing Sports Betting in Illinois

Representative Lou Lang was among lawmakers, policy wonks and everyday citizens who gathered in Springfield this week for a hearing of the potential impact of legalizing sports gambling in Illinois. Among the questions raised regarding the issue were how much of the betting would be taxed, which state agency would oversee sports gambling in the state, and how would vendors be licensed. Lang offered these comments regarding the meeting and his work on potential legislation and managing expectations as to how much actual revenue sports betting could generate for the state. 

Spectrum Gaming Group Managing Director Michael Pollack was among those who testified at the hearing and offered a warning to lawmakers not to see sports betting as a cure-all for the state's fiscal issues. 

Lawmakers are also looking into allowing more casinos in Illinois and allowing race tracks to offer slot machines. 

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ISP Trooper Jason Wilson Reflects on Chicago's Jason Van Dyke Trial

Trooper Jason Wilson was in Chicago recently as part of a security detail surrounding the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke who was convicted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. 
 


While the verdict of Guilty likely averted any significant demonstrations or even violence in the streets, Trooper Jason Wilson says that this was not in any way a victory for either side. 


You can hear more regarding the Illinois State Police detail at the Jason Van Dyke trial in my complete interview with Trooper Jason Wilson online now in our People to People Podcast linked here

 

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Pritzker, Rauner Release Tax and Income Info, Spar Over Wealth

If you haven't heard, two guys with a lot of money are running for Governor of Illinois. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker have released some tax records ahead of next month's vote. Each reported income of roughly $55 million last year. Pritzker, who supports a graduated tax on wealthier Illinoisans, says he's paying more of his fair share than his opponent....


Rauner describes himself as a self made man from a middle class family and offered an unflattering take on his opponent's life.....


Rauner paid and his wife DIana paid $13.9 million in federal income taxes and $2.1 million in state income tax. Pritzker and his wife paid $17.3 million in federal taxes and about $2.4 million in state taxes.. 

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Kewanee Mayor Not Running for Re-Election

In an announcement that surprised many, Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney has announced that he is not running for re-election to a second term as Mayor of Kewanee. The announcement was made in a memo released via City Clerk Melinda Edwards, with Mayor Looney not offering any specific reasons why he is not seeking re-election. The full memo is below. 

 

After careful thought I have made the decision not to seek a second term as Mayor of the City of Kewanee. I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the past 3-1/2 years. I look forward to completing my term as Mayor and for these remaining 6-months serving the residents of Kewanee the best I can. I am very proud of Kewanee and I hope the citizens of Kewanee are proud of the accomplishments we have made together as a Team. I would like to thank the Council members I served with and thank them for their service. I would like to thank all of the City of Kewanee Staff for all of their hard work each and every day. I would like to thank my Supporters, Friends and most of all my Family
for all the support you provided me since I made the decision to run for Mayor. Thank you so much for the opportunity. It has truly been a great honor.
Sincerely,
Steve Looney
Mayor
City of Kewanee

 

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Pritzker Campaign Facing Discrimination Lawsuit

The campaign of Democrat candidate for Governor, J.B Pritzker has been hit with a $10 million dollar lawsuit by a group of minority staffers. The Chicago Tribune reports that 10 staffers, nine African Americans and one Latino staffer, are party to the lawsuit which alleges that minority staff members were 'herded' into race specific groups to interact with the public. The suit further alleges that African American and Latino staffers faced hurdles in attempting to advance in the organization, hurdles not placed in front of white staff members. One part of the lawsuit alleges that a Bloomington area staff position was set aside specifically to meet a quota for a 'black, female, leader.' The Republican Party of Illinois issued a statement regarding the lawsuit this afternoon: 

 

"The lawsuit filed against JB Pritzker's campaign is simply the latest in a long line of incidents that prove that when it comes to the African-American community, Pritzker's actions don't back up his words. Here, we have his own staffers -- seasoned political operatives -- alleging racial discrimination and harassment. We have heard from Pritzker's own mouth referring to Black elected officials as "offensive" on an FBI wiretap with Rod Blagojevich. It's finally time for JB Pritzker to answer for his actions." - Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling

 

For his part, Governor Bruce Rauner called the lawsuit 'troubling' and stated that he felt it needed investigating. However, when reporters asked the Governor about minority representation on his campaign staff, the Governor declined comment only stating that his campaign was diverse.

 

Update: Governor Rauner has now released a full statement regarding the Pritzker campaign lawsuit: 

 

"I think it's troubling, these allegations are serious. They need to be investigated. I think the people of Illinois deserve to know the truth about Pritzker's actions.

 

"...Unfortunately, this seems to be a pattern with Mr. Pritzker. I don’t think anyone should be surprised, as you all know, he was caught on the FBI wiretaps, on the phone with Blagojevich. He was trying use his inheritance to buy elected office. He used the language of racists in that phonecall. He was on tape using the language of racists. And he very specifically called African-American elected officials 'offensive.' So I am not sure that anybody should be surprised that his campaign may have engaged in discriminatory practices."

 

J.B Pritzker meanwhile, in a statement to the press stating that allegations in the lawsuit are "Just not true." 

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GOP State Treasurer Candidate Gets Input from Rural Illinoisans

Ask Republican State Treasurer Candidate Jim Dodge about his travels around Illinois and a couple of conversations stand out from his visits to the rural parts of the state. One was at the Iroquois County Fair last summer. 


As for consolidation of local governments, Dodge believes that should remain a local control issue and not a state mandate. He currently serves on the Orland Park Board of Trustees in suburban Chicago. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 10-15-18 to 10-17-18

On Monday, October 15th at approximately 12:57 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash in the area of East 1500th Street, South of Geneseo. At the scene, Deputies found the driver of a 2003 Toyota Camry, 33 year old Robert Nevin of Cambridge. Nevin was not hurt in the crash. He was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. 

 

On Tuesday, October 16th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call regarding a traffic crash in the area of US Highway 6 East of Coal Valley. At the scene were two vehicles including a 2003 Dodge Ram Truck driven by 33 year old Michael Porter of Silvis. Porter was cited after it was determined that his vehicle had struck the back end of a vehicle that was stopped to make a left turn. Porter was cited for Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Driving without Insurance. 

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Open Line Podcast 10-17-18

Today on the Open Line we discuss a woman who has a condition called Monophagia which causes her to obsessively consume one specific item daily: Pepsi. If you were to obsessively consume one type of food or drink to the exclusion of all others what would it be? Sean admitted that he had something similar to Monophagia that led him into a therapists office back in college. There was also talk of a Kewanee man who is headed to jail for two because in his words he was 'Being Stupid.' And continued discussion of Governor Rauner's remarkably bad polling numbers. 

 

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People to People Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson

Trooper Jason Wilson was our guest on People to People on Wednesday. Trooper Wilson is just returned from Chicago where members of the Illinois State Police provided security surrounding the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. In our interview, we discuss what can be learned from the trial of Jason Van Dyke and the harsh reminder of the humanity at the heart of being a law enforcement officer. The conversation also centered around Halloween safety and making sure that your child's costume is safe, allowing the child to see fully and be seen fully. 

 

 

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Tuned In Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show

it's the 40th year for the annual Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show. Kay Downs, one of the organizers of the Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show joined WKEI for our Tuned In program on Wednesday. It's Kay's 27th year with the Craft Show and she tells us that the growth of the craft show has been remarkable in that time. The Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show brings in not just local craft show fans but fans from as far away as Peoria and the Quad Cities. 

 

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WKEI Celebrity Interview Doobie Brothers Founding Member Patrick Simmons

Patrick Simmons is a founding member of The Doobie Brothers. Since the band's inception in motorcycle bars in California in the late 1960's, Patrick Simmons has been writing and performing with The Doobie Brothers and through changes in singers, in rotations of band members and songwriters, Patrick Simmons has been one of the constant elements that make up the unique alchemy of one of the most underrated bands in rock n'roll history. Patrick Simmons is still rocking today as he and The Doobie Brothers are on the road again, celebrating a new tour and a new 10 disc box set of The Doobie Brothers catalogue. It was our honor at WKEI to talk with the man who wrote "Black Water," Patrick Simmons. 

Now you can download interviews from RegionalDailyNews.com and take them with you to listen to whenever you want. Just left click the audio file to download. 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations Report 10-16-18 to 10-17-18

At approximately 2 pm on Tuesday, Kewanee Police executed a warrant in the area of the 200 Block of North Grove Street. Arrested at that time was 35-year-old Jillian Fairbrother of Kewanee, arrested on a Williamson County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Family Offense. Unable to post bond Fairbrother was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 3:21 Pm, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding retail theft in the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police made multiple arrests including, 23-year-old Braden J. Mallery of Lafayette arrested for Obstructing Identification, 45-year-old Shannon J. Galetti of Sparland Illinois arrested on a Retail Theft Charge, and 21-year-old Hailly Ziegler of Spring Valley also arrested on a retail theft charge. Each was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 4:51 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of East and Edgewood. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 37 year old Adam C. Huffman of Kewanee for having an Expired Registration. 

 

Overnight, Kewanee Police received a pair of calls regarding vehicle thefts, one in the area of the 100 Block of Lakeland Terrace and the other in the 600 Block of 4th Street. Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate. 

 

 

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Kewanee Man Gets 2 Year Sentence for June 28th Shooting Incident

A Kewanee man was sentenced to 2 years in prison on Tuesday on charges that he illegally discharged a firearm. 42 year old Mario Ventura of Kewanee on Tuesday in a Henry County courtroom plead guilty to charges including Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Firearm without a FOID Card. According to Kewanee Police, on June 28th officers heard gunshots coming from an area not far from the Kewanee Police station. Officers then received a report regarding the gunshots and responded to the area of East Otley and Prospect Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested Ventura who was alleged to have been firing a gun into a tree. A subsequent search of Ventura's home turned up several weapons as well as cocaine. Ventura told officers he was showing off his gun to a friend and that he was 'being stupid.' Ventura received a sentence of 2 years in prison on each count charged but the sentences will run concurrently. He was also sentenced to a year supervised release after his prison sentence as well as court costs. 

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Kewanee League of Women Voters Forum Next Week

The Kewanee League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum on October 24th at Kewanee City Hall. The event will feature both hotly contested races for Henry County Clerk/Recorder and seats on the Henry County Board as well as statements from candidates running unopposed for re-election such as Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka, Henry County Treasurer Tim Wells and State Representative Dan Swanson. Each of the candidates will be given the chance to deliver a speech and then take questions from the audience. After the event, candidates can choose to stay and mingle with potential voters. There is no cost to attend this forum which will be held in the City Council chambers at Kewanee City Hall at 7 pm on October 24th. 

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Cambridge Fire Protection District Fireman's Ball November 3rd

The Cambridge Fire Protection District Ball is coming up on November 3rd at the Fire Protection District Offices in Cambridge. Cambridge Firefighter Rene Tubergen tells WKEI that the Fireman’s Ball dates back a couple of years and is one of the main fundraisers for the Cambridge Fire Protection District each year. 


There are a number of ways in which funds are raised during the Fireman’s Ball including raffles and food and Rene tells WKEI that they have plenty of great food, music and raffle items set up for November 3rd in Cambridge. 


The annual Cambridge Fireman’s Ball will take place on November 3rd at the Cambridge Fire Protection District Office in Cambridge. If you would like more information you can contact the Cambridge Fire Protection District via their Facebook page, search Cambridge Fire Protection District on Facebook or you can call the Fire Protection District office at 309-937-5572.

 

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Kewanee Lighted Christmas Parade and Holiday Events Accepting Entries

We have a couple weeks until Halloween but it's nevertheless time to start thinking about Christmas at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce. Planning is underway for the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and the Little Miss Snowflake and Little Mr Jack Frost competition. Mark Mikenas of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce says that parents can submit pictures and other entry qualifications for the pageants right away. 

Kids aged 3 to 7 are invited to participate in the contest. 

Then it is time to get ready for the annual Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade but first, you need to get signed up. 

If you want more information on the Lighted Christmas Parade and how to get your business or organization involved Mark says to simply call the Chamber. 

Don't forget, this Thursday, the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce will host another in their series of Business After Hours events. This time, Business After Hours will be at the Little Family Log Cabin and hosted by the Kewanee Preservation Society. Pioneer stew will be served around a campfire. To attend you must be a member of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce or the guest of a member and you can contact the Chamber office to RSVP.

 

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Pritzker Responds to Reports of Non-Union Workers Handling Mansion Work

Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker has scored heavy support from organized labor in his bid for the Governor's office. A Chicago Tribune report might ding his union-friendly reputation a little. The Trib story indicates the billionaire used non-union workers in 2007 to remodel his 20-thousand square foot mansion on Chicago's Gold Coast. Pritzker explained his role in the renovation effort...


The renovation cost an estimated 25 million dollars.

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Upper Level Pattern Keeps Weather Cooler than Normal for Illinois

Colder than average temperatures are expected over the next week to two weeks for much of Illinois. That’s the prediction from meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather in Newton. 

 
Just over a week ago, temperatures were around 90 degrees in some parts of Illinois.

 

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Governor Rauner Releases Tax Returns, Baits Opponent J.B Pritzker

Governor Bruce Rauner has challenged his opponent J.B Pritzker to release his tax returns and as a way of upping the ante, the Governor released his own tax returns for 2017 for public scrutiny. The Governor's tactic of late has been to challenge opponent J.B Pritzker's character by referring to supposed tax loopholes that Pritzker has allegedly used his money and influence to keep open. Here's what we know regarding Governor Rauner's taxes. 

 

Total Income on Federal Return: $52,983,842
Adjusted Gross Income on Federal Return: $52,681,342
Taxable Income on Federal Return: $40,872,748
Federal Income Taxes Paid: $13,946,017
Federal Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Gross Income: 26.5%
Federal Effective Tax Rate on Taxable Income: 34.1%
Illinois Taxable Income on State Return: $54,162,372
Illinois Income Taxes Paid: $2,154,870

 

Below are links to PDF files of the Governor's actual tax returns and those of the Governor's wife. 

 

Tax Return 1 Here

Tax Return 2 Here 

Tax Return 3 Here

Tax Return 4 Here 

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Open Line Podcast 10-16-18

Today on the Open Line on WKEI Sean discussed the end of Sears as we know it and how a great American brand was flushed down the toilets by Wall Street know-it-alls leaving blighted empty K-Marts and Sears locations across the country in their greedy wake. Then talk turned to Chicago where rapper Chance the Rapper is set to endorse a Mayoral candidate in what some election watchers feel could be a turning point in determining a favorite to replace Rahm Emanuel as the next Mayor of Chicago. 

Now you can download the Open Line podcast and take it with you to listen to whenever you want. 

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People to People Kewanee Schools Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens and Jamie Bryan

Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens and Kewanee High School Principal Jamie Bryan joined WKEI for our People to People program on Tuesday to talk about how the weather is affecting things in terms of slowing down several projects at Kewanee schools. We also discussing Kewanee and Wethersfield High Schools teaming up with Kiwanis for a program featuring Doug Currier from Peterson Health Care talking the workforce and landing that first big job. Seniors will be out throughout the community at local businesses learning what they can about local industries. We also discussed another successful Homecoming week at Kewanee High School as well. 

Now you can download the interview and take it with you to listen to whenever you want. 

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Tuned In Stark County Farm Bureau

Annaleah Emm from the Star County Farm Bureau joined WKEI for today's edition of Tuned In. It's a busy week for the Stark County Farm Bureau as they will be hosting their Primetimers for a Hot Dog Roast on Thursday and then will play host to a Chicago area state Representative who will be making his first visit to a farm so that he can be more informed regarding farm issues. Annaleah Emm talks about this visit and the other things happening with the Stark County Farm Bureau on today's edition of Tuned In. 

 

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Interview Ned Richardson Henry County Board Candidate

Ned Richardson is running for a position on the Henry County Board from District 2. Mr Richardson is a former member of the board who left several years ago to attend to family and now would like the opportunity to return to the board. Mr Richardson is a candidate for Henry County Board District 2 and we discussed his history in Henry County politics, budgets, taxes and schools. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrest and Citations Report for 10-15-18 to 10-16-18

At approximately 5:30 Am Kewanee Police stopped to help a motorist in the area of Hollis and Mill Street. 24 year old Michael Gustafson of Kewanee received a Citation for improper parking on the roadway. 

 

At approximately 8:48 Am Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Commercial and Cottage Street. In that stop, Police cited 37 year old Scott Mallary of Kewanee for Distracted Driving Using a Cellphone While Driving. 

 

At approximately 11:07 Am Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a traffic accident in the area of the 100 Block of Elm Street. At the scene, a vehicle driven by 74 year old Judith L. McNaught of Kewanee had struck an unattended vehicle owned by 26 year old Maritza F. Pinon also of Kewanee. No injuries in the accident and no citations issued. 

 

At approximately 12:27 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a traffic accident in the area of area of 9th and Main Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found an accident involving 64 year old Allan G. DeKoster of Kewanee and 44 year old Jerry A. Rassmussen. No injuries in the accident but Mr DeKoster was cited for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

At approximately 1:44 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the site of a hit and run accident. At the scene in the area of the 200 Block of South Vine Street, Kewanee Police found that an unknown vehicle had struck a parked and unattended vehicle owned by 49 year old Kevin H. Winslow of Colona. No one was hurt in the accident and Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate the Hit and Run. 

 

At approximately 6:08 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 2nd at Tremont. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 30 year old Benjamin B. Konie of Cambridge for Operating a Motor Vehicle with Expired Registration Sticker. 

 

At approximately 6:31 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 17 year old Peyton R. Orendorff of Roseville, Illinois for having No Valid Registration, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Improper Use of Registration. 

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Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Makes Flag Retirement Boxes for Local American Legion

The men at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center are making positive headlines again. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, offenders at the Center recently built and painted brand new flag retirement boxes for four of our local American Legion Posts in the area. The gorgeous red, white and blue themed boxes each have unique military insignias and were built and painted with remarkable attention to detail. The boxes are being placed outside of local American Legions where retired flags will be placed for traditional disposal by the American Legion. If you’d like to see one of the boxes, there is one placed already at the Galva American Legion Post 45. 

 

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Kewanee Schools Foundation Seeking Nominations for Athletic Hall of Fame

Kewanee Schools are looking for nominations for the Kewanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame. If you know a Kewanee athlete or coach go to KewaneeSchoolsFoundation.org and fill out a nominating application or you can call the Kewanee Schools Foundation at 309-856-8702. The next Kewanee Schools Foundation Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 12th 2019. Kewanee Schools Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens will be our guest today on People to People at 9:35 Am on WKEI. 

 

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Harvest Slows But Ahead of Last Year

Fall finally arrived in most of Illinois last week and that cooler and wetter weather has kept many farmers from harvesting the remaining corn and soybean crop. Mark Schleusener with USDA says the state didn’t see many days fit for field work. But the state is ahead of last year’s harvest pace.

A dryer week should allow those farmers shutout of field work the past week or so to resume.

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Rauner Promises School Funding Reform for Higher Ed

Governor Bruce Rauner is talking school funding reform again, but he has graduated from the K through 12 discussions after an agreement was struck on that issue. As the Governor seeks re-election, he is turning his attention to colleges and universities...


The Governor also wants to reduce year to year operating costs...


Last year, most public universities saw enrollment decreases.

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Top 200: Women From Illinois

The top women in Illinois’ history were selected this week at the state continues to celebrate its 200th birthday. Lydia Moss Bradley finishes first. If that last name sounds familiar – yes she was a founder of Bradley University in Peoria. More modern day selections rounded out the top five including Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Chris Wills says a lesser know woman from Knox County made the list.

Mother Jones made the list along with Mary Todd Lincoln.

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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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