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IDPH Takes Action to Combat Measles

SPRINGFIELD – As cases of measles continue to rise across the U.S., the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is taking action to prevent cases of measles and increase vaccination rates. Recent actions range from direct outreach to communities with low vaccination rates, new grants for local health departments, and public education campaigns.

 

“Vaccines are our most effective and safest tool for combatting disease and our department is deeply committed to helping those who are able get vaccinated,” said Acting IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We are actively working to increase vaccination rates in communities with the lowest rates and will continue to engage local health departments, schools, and community organizations in the critical work of keeping Illinoisans healthy and safe.”

 

Recent IDPH actions include:

 

    • COMMUNITY GRANTS: IDPH is providing an additional $3.5 million in grants to local health departments across the state to increase awareness campaigns and help build infrastructure so that it is easier to get vaccinated.  With this additional funding:

 

        o Medical grade refrigerators will be purchased to safely store vaccines.
        o Vaccine and supplies such as syringes, gloves, and gauze will be purchased.
        o Vaccination videos will air in movie theaters showing children’s films in certain areas.

 

    • MOBILE UNITS: IDPH is preparing to deploy its Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile units not only to local health departments, but to other organizations across the state. The WOW mobile units can be driven to neighborhoods with lower vaccination rates in an effort to make vaccination more accessible.  They can also be requested for special community events that parents and children often attend like fairs and neighborhood celebrations.

 

        o Interested organizations can e-mail dph.cmhs.info@illinois.gov or call 217-785-4311 for more information. Organizations can fill out the Wellness on Wheels Mobile Request Form to request a WOW mobile unit.

 

    • DIRECT OUTREACH: Dr. Ezike and IDPH are engaging in direct outreach to communities with low vaccination rates. Recent outreach includes meeting with the Sangamon County Health Department, Springfield school district, and rabbinical and Islamic leaders in the Chicagoland area. This week, IDPH also met with the Illinois Immunization Advisory Council members and stakeholders to discuss the measles outbreaks across the country as well as the Immunization Action Plan.

 

    • PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS: IDPH launched a social media vaccination education campaign for National Infant Immunization Week that, on Facebook alone, reached more than 50,000 people.  IDPH is preparing additional educational materials for a back-to-school vaccination campaign.

 

    • HEALTH CARE GUIDANCE: IDPH has issued guidance to health care providers for measles testing, reporting, and prevention.  New information was sent to providers on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that summarizes current vaccine recommendations, reinforces testing and isolation guidance, and encourages facilities to enhance vaccine efforts by focusing on age-appropriate, on-time vaccination of children and high-risk adults.  Information issued also included:

 

        o Measles Infection Timeline – to better identify cases of measles
        o Measles Testing Flowchart – to outline when testing for measles should be done

 

    • VFC COVERAGE:  IDPH is continuing to recruit and retain Vaccine For Children (VFC) health care providers.  The VFC program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost for children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. While the previous administration’s efforts to oversee this program resulted in a multi-million dollar debt, the current administration is committed to making this program work throughout Illinois. The VFC program helps children get their vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule. 

 

As of May 10, 2019, 839 cases of measles have been identified in 23 states.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was eliminated in 2000. Illinois has had seven reported cases in 2019. 

 

More information about the VFC program and immunizations can be found on the IDPH website.

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Jessie White to be Honored by the 187th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will be honored with the Distinguished Member of the Regiment by the 187th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army this evening, May 17. The ceremony will take place at The Bruce Conference Center in Hopkinsville, KY near Fort Campbell.


White is being recognized for his contribution to society as an elected official, an educator, the founder and coach of the Jesse White Tumbling Team and for his charitable efforts. White served as a paratrooper in the highly regarded 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, and again as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Reserve.


“I have the greatest respect for those who serve our country in uniform and the commitment they have made,” said White. “I am humbled to be selected for this meaningful honor.”


White noted his experiences at Fort Campbell remain integral to him to this day. Serving in the U.S. Army taught him the importance of teamwork, respect, commitment to duty and helping others in need.


“I believe when you are successful in life, you should do everything you can to give back and make a positive difference to society. This remains my goal in life.”

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IDOC Host Lieutenant Governor, Chance the Rapper for Graduation Ceremony

CREST HILL – Seven incarcerated men at the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) are college graduates after completing Northeastern University’s University Without Walls program at Stateville Correctional Center. Special guests Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, Dr. Angela Davis, and Chance the Rapper attended Wednesday’s graduation ceremony at the Crest Hill facility. Chance the Rapper performed for the offenders and their families at the ceremony.

 

“As Lieutenant Governor, I am proud to celebrate the graduates and students being honored today,” said Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. “These students are teaching us that for people to be accountable, it means that we must provide people the opportunity for them to learn and grow. Prison reform, like criminal justice reform, is about expanding justice, equity and opportunity. As Lt. Governor, I am committed to doing just that, both in prisons and in communities throughout the state of Illinois.”

 

University Without Walls is a two-year competency-based degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. The program includes an individualized curriculum to help incarcerated men and women at Stateville Correctional Center reach their academic goals. 

 

“The Illinois Department of Corrections believes education is critical for incarcerated men and women who want to change their lives,” said Dr. Anita Bazile-Sawyer, Chief of Programs at IDOC. “The support of our state’s leaders, colleges and universities, volunteers, and other notables shows our offender population that there are people who believe in them and want them to succeed.”

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Combined $609 Million in Jackpots Up for Grabs This Weekend

CHICAGO, IL — Players have the chance to win a combined $609 million in estimated jackpots this weekend! The jackpot in tonight’s Mega Millions drawing has rolled to an estimated $339 million, and the jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has reached an estimated $270 million.

 

The winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were 11, 59, 66, 67 and 68, and the Mega Ball number was 18. While there was no jackpot winner in Tuesday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 28,000 prizes, ranging from $2 to $10,000. In total, players won more than $156,000 this draw.

 

The winning numbers from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing were 7, 17, 33, 61 and 68, and the Powerball number was 4. While there was no jackpot winner in Wednesday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 23,000 prizes, ranging from $4 to $50,000. In all, players won more than $171,000 in this draw.

 

Illinois residents, 18 and older, can purchase Mega Millions and all of the Illinois Lottery’s draw-based game tickets by using the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app. The free app (the first of its kind in the United States) is available for download on iOS and Android devices and offers any Illinois adult the chance to purchase lottery tickets on their smartphone. Players can also purchase their tickets online at illinoislottery.com and at nearly 7,200 retailers statewide.

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Kewanee City Wide Clean Up Saturday May 18th

The Kewanee City Wide Clean Up will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 7 Am to 12 Noon at the old hospital site on Elliott Street. City of Kewanee Director of Community Development Keith Edwards recently appeared on WKEI and talked about why the City of Kewanee holds the City Wide Clean Up Day... 

Look at the flyer below to see what can and cannot be taken to the Kewanee City Wide Clean Up on Saturday... 

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Kewanee to Carnegie Hall Concert Saturday Night at First Baptist Church Kewanee

Saturday night is the big send off for members of the First Congregational Church and First Baptist Church Choirs before they head off to New York City for to sing at Carnegie Hall. Brock Tumbleson and Pastor Dan Craig with the First Baptist Church Choir tell WKEI that the concert on Saturday night is the choir's way of thanking Kewanee for the support the choir has received in raising funds for their Carnegie Hall adventure. The concert on Saturday is entirely free and will feature much of the music that the choir will perform at Carnegie Hall... 

 

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Small Business Group Wants Changes to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill

Representatives for Small Business Groups in Springfield want changes made to a bill that would require all business owners in Illinois to give paid sick leave to all employees. Under the bill as it stands, business owners would be required to pay employees who call in sick to work. Small Business Groups would like to see the bill amended so that businesses with a smaller number of employees may be exempt from the new law. Our reporter Greg Bishop has more... 

 

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Wethersfield Superintendent Reflects on Sunday's Graduating Class

Wethersfield Schools Superintendent Shane Kazubowski has a special connection with the students of this Sunday's graduating class. Shane was our guest on People to People on WKEI ahead of Sunday's graduation day for the class of 2019... 

Graduation for Wethersfield High School Seniors is set for Sunday at the gymnasium at Wethersfield, beginning at 2 Pm. 

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Governor Pritzker Likely to Sign Law that Could Open Businesses to Decades Old Civil Lawsuits

A bill on the desk of Governor J.B Pritzker could open up decades old lawsuits for Illinois businesses. The bill would give former employees or their families the opportunity to take businesses to civil court over injuries or illness that comes about well after the the 25 year limit on claiming worker's compensation injuries. Results of such lawsuits would also not be covered under liability insurance for the business owner. Reporter Cole Lauterbach has more... 

 

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Garden Club of Kewanee is Way More than Just a Hobby

The Garden Club of Kewanee might seem like a lovely gathering of hobbyists sharing tricks of the trade but when you look a little closer, you find an organization that loves its community and is dedicated to serving. Claudia Buchanan and Jolene Oswalt with the Garden Club of Kewanee were our guests on Tuned In on Thursday and they talked about the numerous projects that the group is currently involved in around Kewanee, including the new hanging baskets that just began going up all around Kewanee...

The Garden Club of Kewanee meets on third Wednesday of every month at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center. The annual Garden Club of Kewanee plant sale is being held on Saturday, May 18th at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee from 7 Am to 10 Am. For more information follow this link to the Garden Club of Kewanee Facebook page

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House Republicans Touting State Revenue as Reason Not to Change Illinois Tax System

Armed with numbers from the Governor's own office on state revenue in the month of April, House Republican leader Jim Durkin held a press conference on Thursday and called on the Democratic Super-Majority and Governor J.B Pritzker to forgo plans to attempt to change the tax system in the state of Illinois... 

State Representative Tony McCombie echoed Leader Durkin's sentiments speaking to reporters following the press conference.... 

Despite the numbers and the vocal Republican opposition, Governor J.B Pritzker has continued to express confidence that his plan for a Progressive Tax will get on the ballot for the 2020 election. At Thursday's press conference meanwhile, Leader Durkin not only talked about how changing the tax system was unnecessary but many of the Governor's planned taxes were no longer necessary... 

 

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Can Illinois Fix Infrastructure Issues Without Raising Taxes?

The Illinois Policy Institute has released a plan that they claim can raise needed infrastructure funds for the State of Illinois without raising taxes. Adam Schuester is the Director of Budget and Tax Research for the non-partisan policy group... 


The multi-pronged plan from the Illinois Policy Institute can be viewed in full at IllinoisPolicy.org

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Uglydolls Movie Arrives in Kewanee This Weekend

The animated feature film, Uglydolls arrives in Kewanee this weekend at the Wanee Cinemas. Uglydolls tells the story of Moxi (Kelly Clarkson), a misshapen kids toy who longs to cross into the human world and become a comforting plaything for a young child. Moxi gets the chance when she discovers a secret cave just outside of Uglyville, way up on a mountain, a cave she believes is the path to the world. Joining Moxi on her quest are her friends Luckybat (Ken Jeong), Wage (Wanda Sykes), Uglydog and Ox (Blake Shelton). What they find on the other side of that cave is not the real world but the place right before, a place where a sniveling villain, voiced by Joe Jonas), controls the access to the real world and decides who goes and who doesn't. Uglydolls has thus far failed badly at the box office having brought in just $15 million dollars off of a $45 million dollar budget, though there may still be hope that overseas markets will help the film reach a breakeven point. Critics, including our own, Sean Kernan, have not been kind to the Uglydolls, rating the film a mere 30% positive on RottenTomatoes, but even the negative reviews recognize that this is not in any way a movie for adults. Uglydolls is strictly a movie for very young children and while it is hard to say how that audience as a whole is reacting to the movie, it's likely far better than a group of grumpy, middle aged, film critics. Uglydolls opens alongside the monster hit, Detective Pikachu at the Wanee Cinemas in Kewanee this weekend. 

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Payrolls On the Rise In Illinois

Payrolls on the rise in Illinois. The state’s unemployment rate is steady right now at four percent. But employers had more people working in April of this year than they did last year – 21,000 more. Sam Salustro says what happened in was terrific and they hope the trend can continue.

Nationwide the unemployment rate is three point six percent.

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Illinois Lawmakers Close to Legislation Aimed at Reducing Number of School Districts

Lawmakers in Springfield are taking steps toward consolidating school districts across Illinois. New legislation is aimed at reducing the number of school districts in Illinois by 25%. The reduction in districts would be overseen by a 20 person commission which will assess plans for consolidation and make decisions on where consolidation is possible. Our Cole Lauterbach has more... 

 

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ROWVA Board of Education Meeting Details

ROWVA Community Unit School District #208 will be having their next Board of Education meeting Monday, May 20th, 2019. The meeting will take place in the LMC at ROWVA High in Oneida. A Finance Meeting will will take place at 6pm with the regular meeting to follow at 7pm.


The agenda for the regular meeting is as follows:
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Consent Agenda
    a. Special Board Meeting from April 29 and May 14, 2019
    b. Bills and payroll
    c. Treasurer’s Report
4. Recognition of Visitors:
5. Future Ready Report
6. Principals’ Report
7. Superintendent’s Report: Solar Project
8. Action Items
    A. Establish a Budget Amendment Hearing for June 17, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.
    B. First Reading of Elementary Handbook Policy Changes for 2019-2020
    C. First Reading of Jr/Sr High Handbook Policy Changes for 2019-2020
    D. Authorize the Letting of Bids for Milk, Bread and Fuel for 2019-2020
    E. Adjourn to Executive Session for Action on Executive Session
        1. Matters relating to individual student
        2. Personnel
        3. Collective Bargaining
9. Committee Reports
10. Communications
11. Announcement
12. Adjourn


The next regular meeting will take place on June 17th, 2019 at 7pm.

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Governor Pritzker Touts Hiring from LGBTQ Community

This week Democrat Governor JB Pritzker was part of a Pride panel discussion and says over the first few months in office he has been responding to issues that are important to the LGBTQ community including restoring funding for HIV prevention and transmission. Pritzker says his administration has appointed and hired many LGBTQ people.

National Pride day is June 30.

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Student Debt Continues to Be a Problem Across Illinois

May is graduation month at colleges and universities across Illinois and May 29th serves as National 529 College Savings Day. Joe Buhrmann, manager in Financial Planning Support at COUNTRY Financial says student loan debt remains a growing problem and college savings plans can help alleviate the burden.


In addition to college savings plans, Buhrmann also encourages families to consider the military as an avenue for higher education and also to aggressively pursue grants and scholarships to lower the financial burden of college. 

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People to People Adam Shuester Budget and Tax Research Director for Illinois Policy Institute

The State of Illinois could raise $10 billion dollars for infrastructure projects right now without having to double the Motor Fuel Tax to the highest tax in the country. The non-partisan public think tank, Illinois Policy Institute has a plan that they claim can raise the needed infrastructure funds without a single increase in taxes. The changes include an approach to infrastructure that focuses on existing projects that need work over new infrastructure projects, creating a more open and accessible bidding process for projects based on research data and not on political favors, and changing the bidding process to favor those businesses that can do the work at the most affordable cost, also by eliminating regulations that keep businesses from being able to offer lower bids. Adam Schuester from the Illinois Policy Institute details the plan in this conversation in our People to People Podcast. Stream or download out interview below... 

 

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Tuned In Garden Club of Kewanee

The Garden Club of Kewanee is remarkably busy. Not only are they holding their annual Plant Sale this Saturday from 7 Am to 10 Am, at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee, they have numerous beautification projects for which they are partnered with the City of Kewanee. That includes the local hanging baskets, planting flowers around Kewanee signs and community spaces and so much more. Upcoming projects include their yard of the month campaign for which they will soon begin accepting nominations. Jolene Oswalt and Claudia Buchanan with the Garden Club of Kewanee were our guests on Tuned In on Thursday... Stream or download our Tuned In Podcast below.

 

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Kewanee CUSD Weekly Calendar

Below is the calendar for the Kewanee CUSD #229 for the week of May 19th, 2019-May 25th, 2019:

 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

No events


Monday, May 20, 2019:
ABCD at Irving 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Belle Brainiacs 7:00 – 7:45 am
Belle Brainiacs 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Central Steamer Success 7:00 – 8:00 am
Central Steamer Success 2:50 – 5:00 pm
Irving SPARK 7:15 – 7:45 am
Irving SPARK 2:40 – 5:00 pm
Neponset Bobcat Academy 7:15 – 8:00 am
Neponset Bobcat Academy 3:10 – 5:00 pm


Tuesday, May 21, 2019:
ABCD at Irving 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Belle Brainiacs 7:00 – 7:45 am
Belle Brainiacs 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Central Steamer Success 7:00 – 8:00 am
Central Steamer Success 2:50 – 5:00 pm
Irving SPARK 7:15 – 7:45 am
Irving SPARK 2:40 – 5:00 pm
Neponset Bobcat Academy 7:15 – 8:00 am
Neponset Bobcat Academy 3:10 – 5:00 pm
Central 8th Grade Visit at KHS – 9:00 am


Wednesday, May 22, 2019:
ABCD at Irving 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Belle Brainiacs 7:00 – 7:45 am
Belle Brainiacs 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Central Steamer Success 7:00 – 8:00 am
Central Steamer Success 2:50 – 5:00 pm
Irving SPARK 7:15 – 7:45 am
Irving SPARK 2:40 – 5:00 pm
Neponset Bobcat Academy 7:15 – 8:00 am
Neponset Bobcat Academy 3:10 – 5:00 pm
Central 8th Grade Trip to Chicago – 6:45 am


Thursday, May 23, 2019:
ABCD at Irving 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Belle Brainiacs 7:00 – 7:45 am
Belle Brainiacs 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Central Steamer Success 7:00 – 8:00 am
Central Steamer Success 2:50 – 5:00 pm
Irving SPARK 7:15 – 7:45 am
Irving SPARK 2:40 – 5:00 pm
Neponset Bobcat Academy 7:15 – 8:00 am
Neponset Bobcat Academy 3:10 – 5:00 pm

Central & Neponset 8 th Grade Promotion in Brockman Gym – 7:00 pm
KHS Boys Track IHSA State Finals at Charleston – TBD
KHS Exams – Periods 1, 3, 5, & 7


Friday, May 24, 2019:
ABCD at Irving 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Central Steamer Success 2:50 – 5:00 pm
Irving SPARK 7:15 – 7:45 am
Irving SPARK 2:40 – 5:00 pm
Neponset Bobcat Academy 7:15 – 8:00 am
Neponset Bobcat Academy 3:10 – 5:00 pm
KHS Boys Track IHSA State Finals at Charleston - TBD
KHS Exams – Periods, 2, 4, 6, & 8


Saturday, May 25, 2019:
KHS Boys Track IHSA State Finals at Charleston - TBD

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People to People Freedom House Empowerment Courses for Kids

Freedom House is launching their youth empowerment series for young kids and teenagers. The series of programs aimed at helping kids understand self worth and self esteem while understanding and setting boundaries, gets underway with the first program set for June 4th in Princeton. Stacy Hoffman Rosales from Freedom House talks about the history of the Empowerment Program with Freedom House...

Stacy Hoffman-Rosales and Ashley Fisher from Freedom House were our guests on People to People on Wednesday and you can stream or download our entire interview with Stacy and Ashley in our People to People podcast below... 

 

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City of Kewanee Gives Online Tips for How to Use New Trash Carts

A post on the City of Kewanee Facebook page is giving residents instructions on how to properly use the new automated trash carts which are being delivered to residences this week and will go into use next week. In the post, a photo of one of the blue carts is posed with the top open, garbage packed to high inside, and the cart facing the wrong direction from the street and placed to far from the curb. The post goes on to correct the photo, instructing residents to place the cart so that the handle is facing away from the street, the top of the cart should be closed with no trash sticking up causing the lid to remain open, and finally, the cart should be placed no more than 3 feet from the curb so that the automated arm of the new trash trucks can safely and securely reach the cart. If you have any questions regarding the new automated trash pick up in Kewanee contact the Kewanee Public Works Department at 309-852-2611. 

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Kewanee Farmer's Market Opens for Season on Saturday May 18th

Berrian Park will once again play host to the Kewanee Kewanee Farmer's Market beginning this Saturday at 7 Am and going through 11 Am. Local food vendors and crafters will be selling everything from vegetables to baked goods to homemade crafts says Diane DeMay... 

Diane DeMay and Mary Anne Dybdal, two of the organizers of the Kewanee Farmer's Market, joined WKEI on our Tuned In Program on Wednesday. You can stream or download our full length Tuned In Podcast talking about the Kewanee Farmer's Market below... 

 

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Above Average Temperatures Expected for Last Half of May

Temperatures on the rise for the last half of May for most of Illinois.


That’s meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather in Newton. He says dew points will also be increasing this month.


Schmidt says there should be some intermittent rain shower activity for the remainder of May as well. 

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