Local News Archives for 2016-05

Illinois House wants to get the lead out

The Illinois House wants to get the lead out. The Illinois House has voted to boost the Illinois EPA's monitoring of lead levels in state water supplies. IEPA officials would be required to conduct a study of lead in Illinois drinking water and publish results online. A final report would be issued to the Governor's office and lawmakers by the end of the calendar year. Today's vote sends the legislation to the Senate.

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Rauner calls for interim budget

With hopes for a full state budget deal by today's deadline slipping away, Gov. Bruce Rauner is suggesting lawmakers agree to an interim budget package that would provide the funds needed for school bells to ring this fall. Rauner budget chief Tim Nuding issued a memo saying an interim budget bill should keep government up and running and while protecting public health, welfare and safety. The stopgap spending plan would pay for K through 12 education. Another $600 million would go to higher education. Other dollars would go to food for prisons, fuel for the state's vehicle fleet and utility payments for state buildings. Rauner is meeting with the four legislative leaders this morning. House Speaker Madigan says a stopgap plan won't pass today.

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Radogno thinks Dems are looking at tax hike

After yesterday's meeting of legislative leaders and Governor Rauner, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno was not one for sugar coating. She believes Illinois is on a fast track to higher taxes....

The Governor has vowed to veto the Democratic plan, calling it severely underfunded.

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R's Feel D's Aren't Vested In Working Groups

Deadlines come and go at the Statehouse and this year seems to be no different. For all the talk about a grand bargain being struck by working groups of rank and file lawmaker’s the outlook isn’t so good as the clock ticks towards midnight. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin feels that House Democrats don’t have much interest in working out a compromise.

The compromise includes passing some of Governor Bruce Rauner’s turn around agenda items. Republican’s believe that those items are critical to improving the state Democrats feel that they will hurt middle class workers and damage workers rights. 

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Senate Expects Vote on House Budget

The countdown is on. Lawmakers in Springfield have just hours to craft and pass a state budget. Deadlines though seem to mean little in Springfield. The state is still missing a state budget for the current, soon to be, last fiscal year. Senate President John Cullerton says he sees his members voting on the budget the House passed last week.

That bill is going nowhere even if it’s approved by the Senate, the Governor has promised a veto. The statehouse supposedly has a midnight
tonight deadline to pass a budget. 

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Lawmakers Worked Through the Weekend

Lawmaker were off on Saturday, but working on Sunday to find an end to the budget crisis. The last scheduled day of the session is Tuesday. State Representative Dan Brady.


There is no word if lawmakers will go into special session if nothing is decided Tuesday.


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The last scheduled day of the Illinois Legislative session is Tuesday. State Representative Dan Brady blamed leaders in the state for not having dedicated commitment to finding a solution.

There is no word if lawmakers will go into special session if nothing is decided Tuesday.

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WKEI Open Line

Donations gone bad are discussed during the May 31st edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

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Senior Center Info

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center will host a yard sale this coming Saturday at the Center on South Street.

Cassandra Schmoll is the Director of the Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee…

Ms. Schmoll says they are still accepting donations and the earlier in the week the better for those donations…

Ms. Schmoll adds that the home delivered meals program is getting a little bit of a boost…

Ms. Schmoll also clarifies that they are not taking new applications per se’ but it might not hurt to call the Center if you would like to be considered…

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Abilities Plus Annual Golf Outing

 

Kewanee, IL – Abilities Plus will host their 25th annual golf outing on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 at Kewanee Dunes.

 

Registration fees are $75 per golfer before July 15th, or $80 after July 15th ($65 for Kewanee Dunes members).  The cost of registration covers greens fees, cart, beverages, and buffet meal after the outing.  Proceeds benefit programs and services for local children and adults with disabilities.

 

The outing is a preferred ball, two putt format which begins with a shotgun start at noon.  All individuals and groups are welcome. Special 25th anniversary events are planned at this year’s outing. 

 

Sponsorships for the day include hole sponsorships for $300, which covers registration fees for two golfers and signage on the course.  Tournament sponsors receive recognition on a welcome banner and during dinner for $200. Larger sponsorships for the beverage cart & meal costs are also possibilities. Additionally, prize and cash donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

 

Those interested in the outing can contact director of development Julie Landwehr at (309) 852-4626 or julie@abilitiesplus.org.

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More Burn Days in Kewanee


Effective 5/23/16, the City of Kewanee Open Burning Ordinance has been updated to include the months of April, May, June, September, October, and November.  Burn days will continue to be on Wednesdays and Saturdays of these months (with exceptions included) for landscape only.

 

The City of Kewanee Fire Department will identify  on each possible burn day if conditions are permissible for burning.  Wind, drought conditions and severe weather events, as well as the amount of rainfall in the prior two days may prohibit whether or not burning is allowed on a particular day.

 

Residents are advised that the ordinance has been updated to now prohibit burning of grass clippings and weeds.  No burning can be conducted within 20 feet of any structure or combustible material, or directly under any tree limbs or wires. 

 

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Rauner Committed to Working Groups and Reform

It’s been a tense few days at the capitol. Republicans are still upset at the budget that House Democrats put together and voted on in a rush on Wednesday night. Speaker of the House Mike Madigan said it was necessary because the Governor’s working groups on the turnaround agenda items weren’t being persuasive enough. Governor Bruce Rauner says it’s time to get a truly balanced budget and it can be done if lawmakers break rank and vote for reforms. But he remains consistent that parts of the turnaround agenda need to be passed along with a spending plan.

Lawmakers have until May 31 to pass a budget or any bill without a super majority. 

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Edgar ,Ray LaHood not high on Trump



Meanwhile, Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he can't vote for Trump. LaHood is critical of Trump's comments on women, Muslims and POWs. However, he isn't ready to say he would vote for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton either. 

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IRS on PTP

Michael Devine with the IRS office in St Louis discusses the filing season during the May 27 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

The budget impasse in Illinois highlights the conversation during the May 27 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

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Pack Your Life Preservers'

Many people will be on a boat this weekend. The weather around Illinois looks like it will be perfect to be on the water. And as summer has its unofficial kickoff authorities are reminding people to be safe on the water. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says don’t drink and boat and make sure before you get on the water that you have all the gear that you are required by carry by law.

That’s Chris Young with IDNR. The rules are that anyone under 13 must wear a life jacket while on a boat and everyone has to wear one when skiing or tubing or when on a jet ski.

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Push on For Safe Travels This Weekend

Drivers this weekend will best to be heeding the speed limit. The Illinois State Police will be out in full force keeping watch over Memorial Day travel. IDOT and the ISP say be ready for more traffic enforcement zones and road side safety checks. Patrols will especially be strong during the nighttime hours. IDOT’s Brian Williamson says that police will be checking to make sure everyone is buckled up.

Memorial Day weekend can be a deadly one on the roadways. Last year 13 people died in traffic crashes.

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Rep. Bourne carries out assault on bath salts

Many law enforcement types say products like bath salts continue to offer dangers similar to illegal drugs and yet often they wind up on store shelves in plain view. The Illinois House has passed legislation which makes it a Class 3 felony with a maximum $150 fine to sell or offer for sale any bath salts in a retail mercantile establishment. State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) says she pursued the legislation after hearing from law enforcement...

The legislation now moves to the Governor's desk. 

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Henry County Sheriff on the Holiday Weekend

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla is looking forward to a busy holiday weekend.

He is also hoping that it will be a safe and tragedy free weekend…

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KPL Holiday Schedule

Kewanee Public Library will be closed on Monday for the Memorial Day Holiday.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says their summer schedule will also begin next week…

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Roadwork Suspended for the Holiday Weekend

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m., Friday, May 27, until 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, May 31. Lanes will be opened in many areas, to improve traffic flow during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.

 

Motorists should stay alert, as lane closures will remain in some areas. Slow down, eliminate distractions and use caution in work zones. Work zone speed limits are in effect where posted.

 

Here is a list of lane closures that will remain in place this weekend:

 

District 1

 

COOK COUNTY

 

· Shoulder closure on I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) at Mill Rd. outside shoulder westbound side.

 

· East River Rd. over I-90 in Chicago is closed between Bryn Mawr & IL.72. Detour is in place.

 

· IL 58 (Golf Rd.) from east of Rohrssen Rd. to west of Barrington Rd. in Hoffman Estates.

 

· Westbound traffic will be reduced from 13’ to 11’ lanes with barricades. Follow temporary white edge line. No change to the eastbound lane.

 

· 25th Ave. from St. Charles Rd. to Lake St. in Bellwood and Melrose Park will be completely closed to traffic for long-term construction. Follow posted detour.

 

· Southbound Lake Shore Dr. (US 41) has been reduced to three 11” lanes with a right lane exit-only from southbound Lake Shore Dr. to southbound I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) ramp.

 

 

· Southbound Lake Shore Dr. to southbound Stevenson Expressway ramp has been reduced by one lane. Ramp lane reduced to 11” and shifted to right side of ramp. Southbound Stevenson Expressway reduced to two 11’ lanes.

 

· Westbound Algonquin Rd. at Barrington Rd. intersection; left turn and lane one closed. IL 62 (Algonquin Rd.) will only have one through lane westbound.

 

· Repairing and replacing bridge beams for the structure carrying IL 171 (Archer Ave.) over US 45 southbound ramp to I-294 in Justice and the structure carrying Michigan City Rd. over I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) in Dolton. Lane closures are in place during this construction.

 

· Bridge on Torrence Ave. is closed between 136th St. and 138th St. in Burnham. Follow posted detour.

 

DUPAGE COUNTY

 

· US 20 (Lake St.) from Ontarioville Rd. to Greenbrook Blvd. in Hanover Park (DuPage County).  All lanes open eastbound; two lanes open westbound. Occasional daytime lane closures outside of holiday periods.

 

· Warrenville Rd. over the DuPage River is closed. Follow posted detour.

 

· Williams Rd. in Warrenville is closed. Follow posted detour.

 

KANE COUNTY

 

· IL 72 and Big Timber Rd. Intersection reconstruction in unincorporated Kane County. Active work zone with one lane open in each direction.

 

· IL 31 over Ferson Creek in St. Charles. Traffic reduced to one lane and temporary traffic signals will be used to allow traffic to cross the existing bridge while construction is completed on the new east half.

 

LAKE COUNTY

 

· MacGillis Dr. is closed at the bridge over Squaw Creek in Round Lake. A posted detour is in place.

 

· Cuba Rd. is closed at the bridge over Flint Creek in Barrington Hills. A posted detour is in place.

 

· Mathon Dr. bridge is closed over the railroad and Pershing Rd. is closed from north of Mathon Dr. to Clayton St. in Waukegan. A posted detour is in place.

 

· IL 132 (Grand Ave.) from Fairfield Rd. to 1,000 feet west of Fairfield Rd. will be completely closed to traffic for long-term construction. A posted detour is in place.

 

MCHENRY COUNTY

 

· County Line Rd. is closed at the bridge over Kishwaukee River in Marengo Township. A posted detour is in place.

 

· Franklinville Rd. is closed at the bridge over Kishwaukee River Tributary in Seneca Township. A posted detour is in place.

 

· Lawrence Rd. is closed at the bridge over Lawrence.

 

WILL COUNTY

 

· Eastbound US 30 (Jefferson St.) over Des Plaines River in Joliet. Bridge closed; please follow detour signs.

 

· Northbound I-57 at Wilmington Peotone Rd. to just north of the abandoned railroad is reduced to one 10’ 6” lane. The ramp merge lane is narrowed.

 

District 2

 

HENRY COUNTY

 

· IL 81 is closed at the railroad overpass in Lynn Center. IL 81 traffic is detoured on I-74, IL 17, and US 150 while the bridge over the railroad is removed and replaced.

 

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY

 

· I-74 from the Mississippi River bridge to south of Seventh Avenue in Moline. I-74 is restricted to one lane in each direction while repairs are made to the Illinois bridge structure approaching the main river bridge.

 

· I-80 from I-88 to north of I-74 east of Colona. Replacement of six bridges has traffic restricted to one lane in each direction.

 

WHITESIDE COUNTY

 

· IL 40 over the Hennepin Canal at the south edge of Rock Falls. IL 40 is restricted to one lane in each direction as the bridge is replaced one half at a time.

 

WINNEBAGO COUNTY

 

· IL 2 (South Main Street) from Knowlton Avenue to Cedar Street in downtown Rockford. IL 2 northbound is restricted to one lane and IL 2 southbound traffic is detoured to IL 251 as the roadway pavement is removed and replaced.

 

· IL 2 (North Main Street) from Auburn Street to Riverside Boulevard in Rockford. Traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction for utility work for the project to reconstruct the two mile section of North Main Street.

 

· Business Route US 20 (West State Street) in Rockford. Roadway is restricted to one lane in each direction for replacement of two culverts east of Meridian Road.

 

District 3

 

DEKALB COUNTY

 

· US 30, just west of Hinckley; bridge replacement; one lane open, controlled by signals.

 

IROQUOIS COUNTY

 

· I-57, MM 283-297; multiple projects, multiple work zones. One lane closed in each direction. Recommended alternate route is US 45. Alternate route is posted.

 

· IL 1, north of US 24 in Watseka; bridge replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.

 

KANKAKEE COUNTY

 

· I-57, MM 310. Replace Kankakee River bridges. One lane open in each direction; alternate route posted between MM 308-312.

 

· IL 102 closed near Kankakee River State Park for bridge replacement. Detour route is posted, using IL 113.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

 

· IL 23, just north of Long Point Road; bridge deck repairs; one lane open, controlled by signals.

 

District 4

 

KNOX COUNTY

 

· The overpass at I-74 and Exit 51 is reduced to one lane, controlled by temporary traffic signals.

 

MCDONOUGH COUNTY

 

· IL 95 is closed with a marked detour for one mile, just east of IL 41 near Bushnell and New Philadelphia.

 

· US 67 is reduced to one lane northbound between Macomb and Good Hope.

 

 

PEORIA COUNTY

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Memorial Day Schedule

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday and that will be a holiday for many people. It is also the first major holiday of the summer season and will create some schedule changes along the way.

In Kewanee, City Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, there will be no change in the garbage pick- up schedule in Kewanee for next week however there will be no landscape waste pickup on Monday.

The Henry County Court system and other county offices will be closed for the day on Monday.  

The United States Post Office will be closed on Monday with no mail delivery or window service.

Memorial Day is also a federal reserve banking holiday and most if not all banks will be closed. Best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule.

Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed on Saturday in observance of the Holiday with the reminder that they are always closed on Monday.   

All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed for the Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, May 31.   

Henry and Stark County Health Department offices will be closed on Monday  with homemaker staff still working where necessary to provide in home care.

University of Illinois Extension Offices will also be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.  

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Stark County Graduation Weekend

It’s graduation weekend in Stark County.

District 11 Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster says it’s a wonderful time for the 8th grade and senior classes…

Mr. Klooster says it can be a bit sad saying goodbye to those seniors and he also says they have some retiring teachers…

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AAA Travel Forecast

AAA: Memorial Day Travel Forecast

AURORA, ILL., May 19, 2016 ­– AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30.

 

In Illinois, 1.9 million people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, which is a 1.1 percent increase from 2015. Of those travelers, 1.7 million will be driving (up 1.3 percent from 2015) and 95,000 will be flying to their destination (a .8 percent increase from 2015). Gas prices across Illinois are on average $2.36, down substantially from $2.78 in 2015.

Low gas prices driving increase in auto travel this Memorial Day

Nearly 34 million (89 percent) holiday travelers will drive to their Memorial Day destinations, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year as a result of lower gas prices. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent over last year, with 2.6 million Americans taking to the skies this Memorial Day. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will fall 2.3 percent, to 1.6 million travelers.

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Henry County Sheriff on PTP

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla talks about summer driving safety during the May 26 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Progress in life is discussed during the May 26 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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KPL on Tuned IN

Kewanee Public LIbrary Children's Librarian Sara Billiet talks about the summer reading program during the May 26 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Ray LaHood Calls for Simple Steps To Improve America

This morning at a prayer breakfast former Congressman Ray LaHood says that if American’s adhere to common principals the country will continue to thrive. LaHood evoked the words of Thomas Jefferson to make the point that extraordinary people can lead exemplary lives in simple ways. And if you choose to make your community better you will keep America great.

LaHood notes that basic values of everyday life and work are important. He says it’s time to build on traditional values of hard work, a faith in god and commitment to family.

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Rhubarb Monument Coming to West Central Illinois

The west central community of Aledo is host to one of more unusual festivals each year – the Rhubarb Festival. Now the town is staking its claim as the Rhubarb Capital of Illinois. Aledo will be unveiling a rhubarb leaf statue on June 1st. It’s being designed by Mike Clark of Aledo……

Aledo is home to the Rhubarb Festival—celebrating its 25th year this June 3rd and 4th.

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Dem's Only Pass a Budget

No signs of a compromise or grand bargin to be had at the capitol on Wednesday night. The Illinois House, lead by a large number of Democrats, passed a nearly $40 billion state budget. The plan is the Speakers, Michael Madigan created the 500 page budget and Democrats say that they had to do something because the Governor isn’t doing anything. Needless to say the plan received no votes from Republicans but plenty of their scorn. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says the plan moves forward with spending $7 billion more than state revenues and ignores all the work that rank and file lawmakers have put in.

The budget has to be passed by the Senate, but the Governor has already indicated that he will veto the measure.

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Durbin weighs in on Sanders

Presidential contender Bernie Sanders has warned the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could become a "messy" affair. Senator Dick Durbin fears things are already messy, he recently expressed his concerns about a segment of Sanders supporters...
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Durbin fears some members of that segment of supporters could be a threat to free speech...
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Sanders maintains talk of a messy convention simply meant democracy is messy and did not represent a threat.

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ASFMC Bill Fails Again in Override Vote

Illinois House Democrats fail again in a bid to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have sent stalled labor talks with state worker unions to binding arbitration. The override vote fell short by just two votes. The Illinois Labor Relations Board will decide the issue.
Illinois Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is proceeding with his own budget proposal in defiance of Gov. Bruce Rauner's wish for a compromise that includes pro-business, union-weakening reforms to settle a nearly yearlong stalemate. Madigan says he told the Republican governor during a meeting Wednesday that "he's not being real persuasive" in negotiations that he's established with various groups of lawmakers.

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World’s largest nutrient recycling plant opens near Chicago

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Wednesday opened what it’s calling the world’s largest nutrient recycling plant. Illinois cities, suburbs and farmers must reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus flowing into rivers and streams as part of a state and federal effort to reduce a so-called dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Orland Park farmer Janet McCabe, took part in the opening and says the plant will turn the nutrients into continuous release fertilizer;

The company that created the technology will share revenue with the Chicago area wastewater treatment agency that's generated by the sale of a useful, non-sludge fertilizer. 

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State Fair grandstand ticket sales off to fast start

Tickets for Grandstand shows for the 2016 edition of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield are a hot item. State Agriculture Department officials say they have set a record for most tickets sold in the first three days of sales. No hard numbers are being released yet but the best selling headliners are (in order) Kiss, pop star Meghan Trainor and country act Cole Swindell.

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Buckle Up for the Holiday Weekend

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are vowing to crack down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers this Memorial Day weekend. An increased number of patrols will be out in force 24/7, with a focus on late-night hours when unbuckled and impaired driving fatalities are at their highest.

 

The stepped-up enforcement comes as traffic fatalities are on the rise in Illinois and throughout the country. Last year, according to provisional data, 998 people lost their lives on Illinois roads, the highest total in seven years. As of May 20, 372 people have died in crashes, a nearly 18 percent increase in one year.

 

Heavier travel during summer months is often followed by an increase in motor vehicle fatalities. Last year, 13 people died in 12 crashes during the Memorial Day weekend.

 

“We are very concerned about the upturn of motor-vehicle fatalities in Illinois,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “To start getting those numbers going in the opposite direction, we encourage everyone to take one critical action that can save them in a crash – buckle up. Don’t make this holiday weekend a tragic one.”

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of traffic fatalities involve someone not properly buckled up.

 

The federally funded Click It or Ticket enforcement period allows police to provide additional patrols that will include more than 50 roadside safety checks, with half of the patrols taking place during the nighttime hours. The Click It or Ticketprogram’s goal is to change behavior by strongly enforcing seat belt laws. Motorists choosing not to buckle up in every seating position will be ticketed. Impaired drivers will be arrested.

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Goodwill Job Series

The Black Hawk College Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee will be the host site for a Goodwill Job Skills Series to help area residents refine their potential in the job market.

David Harris is the Coordinator of the Community Education Center…

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Black Hawk College Closed For Memorial Day


 

All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. The college will reopen Tuesday, May 31.

 

 

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Kewanee Transfer Station Hours


The City of Kewanee Transfer Station will continue to be open additional hours on all Saturdays in May and June.  Saturday hours will be from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM continuing through 6/25/16.  The regular scheduled hours Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM(closed for lunch from 11:00 – 11:30) will be ongoing as well.

 

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Kewanee Historical Society Open On Saturday

The Kewanee Historical Society’s Robert and Marcella Richards Museum will be open once again this coming Saturday from 11 am til 2 pm.

Larry Lock is the Curator for the Museum which is located at 211 North Chestnut Street and he says they are always on the lookout for donations of interesting items of a historical nature from Kewanee…

Mr. Lock says some items from the old St Francis Nursing School were also recently discovered…

Mr. Lock says they don’t always accept every donation but in general, the parameters are pretty wide…

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Rauner encourages laser focus on budget

Governor Rauner is offering a water cooler type conversation about the activities of lawmakers. With the legislative session down to its final full week, Rauner is calling for the House and Senate to push other issues aside....

Rauner says state lawmakers must pass reforms to workers' compensation, pensions and other issues before the conversation can shift to a tax increase. 

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Map Group Claims A Victory

A group pushing for a new way to redraw district maps for state lawmakers is claiming an early victory in the effort to secure a spot on the fall ballot. The Independent Map Amendment effort says the State Board of Elections reviewed the signatures and found that a minimum of 382,322 signatures are valid, law requires 290,216 valid signatures to place an amendment on the ballot. Spokesman for the effort Jim Bray says that if the question is approved a big change would be coming for the 2022 state wide elections.

The amendment is being challenged in court. Bray says the case will more than likely be headed to the State Supreme Court.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Spokesman for the effort Jim Bray says that now the issues of signatures is settled focus is back on a legal challenge.

If approved the new districts wouldn’t impact voters or candidates until the 2022 state wide election. The maps would not change for federal office holders. That change can only come from state lawmakers.

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Senator Brady may turn to non legislative means to help boost State Fair Foundation

Legislation designed to create a State Fair foundation seems doomed this legislative session. Sen. Bill Brady may bypass fellow lawmakers and seek an executive order from Governor Rauner. He says some union forces oppose the legislation calling for millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades in Springfield and DuQuoin because it would lead to waving of state procurement requirements.

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AFL CIO Says No Thanks to Reforms Tied to Budge

A pillar of the Governors Turn Around Agenda has been reform to workers compensation. Lawmakers did that in 2011 and passed a bill. For now that’s good enough according to the AFL-CIO. Union President Mike Carrigan says that he and his members have no interest in tying more reform or changes to the system to a budget deal that could cause injured workers to deal with lesser benefits.

The AFL-CIO says that costs for workers comp in Illinois have decreased faster than any other state since 2011. Critics point to a study that shows Illinois still has the 7th highest workers comp cost in the nation.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Union President Mike Carrigan says that if the Governor really wanted a compromise on more workers comp reforms he would have treated the process with greater care and consideration from the start.

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Lindsey Keyes, USDA Rural Housing Director

USDA has active housing loans that help residents become homeowners. They partner with many organizations to ensure that buying a home is possible for all citizens. USDA Rural Housing Director Lindsey Keyes says that the programs offered are helping residents build a strong foundation.

USDA direct loans offer a 33 year loan term with a fixed interest rate of 3%. Residents can also apply to the guaranteed loan program for a moderate income household through a mortgage lender of their choice. There are many resources for interested applicants to visit for more information about the loaning programs.

USDA is marking the month of June as home ownership month with the theme of “Building Communities Together”. Those interested in learning more can visit the USDA Rural Development website. 

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BBQ Challenge on PTP

Committee Chairman Dan Kuffel and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mark Mikenas talk about the June 17 and 18 Hog Capital BBQ Challenge during the May 25 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Several calls regarding the new open burning policy in Kewanee highlight the May 25 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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Extension Programs

 
 

 

4-H Summer Camps and Programs

 

Gear up for summertime fun with these upcoming 4-H programs, camps and workshops!

 

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Includes an overnight at Camp Abe Lincoln and a Field Trip to Chicago!

4-H Teens as Teachers 

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Teens get trained on curriculum and then share that information with kids at summer day camps

 

Training starts June 2 for Farm to Table

June 3 for Jr. Chef.  Depending on where you live and your schedule you can help teach: 

· June and July in Illinois Quad Cities

· July 18-22 in New Boston

· July 25 - 29 in Kewanee

Attention teens ages 13 to 18- if you'd like to spend part of your summer making a difference, gaining skills, building your resume, meeting new friends and getting community service hours then you should become a 4-H Teen Teacher!  

Here's how it works: you pick a tract to study - either Farm to Table or Jr. Chef and spend a few days in early June learning lessons you will teach this summer to younger students at summer day camps.  The Farm to Table Training starts June 2nd and Jr. Chef Training starts June 7th.  Your training will include a field trip, hands-on lessons, and an overnight retreat with other teens at Camp Abe Lincoln in Buffalo, IA.  Once you complete the training, you select dates that work for you to volunteer teaching the lessons you learned at summer day camps in your community!  At the end of the summer you get to join with other teen teachers on an awesome free bus trip to Chicago to explore careers and do sight -seeing 

 

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Creative Arts Club for Teens
Mondays, June 6-July 18, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, 

Martin Luther King Center, Rock Island

 

Teens ages 13 and older are invited to explore a variety of art mediums-performance, visual and digital arts. Then they get to pick the one they like best to develop their skills throughout the 5 remaining weeks of this camp. They'll have opportunity for hands-on, creative fun with other teens and they'll get to showcase their work for friends and family at the last session with an Open House. The cost is $10 supply fee

 

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League of Legends Summer TournamentsRock Island Library (downtown) Wed, June 8, 15, 22, 29, 3 - 4 pm

 

4-H is teaming up with the Rock Island, Bettendorf and Moline Public Libraries to host League of Legends Tournaments in June. What are your objectives and strategies to get the job done? How will you prioritize scenarios? Find out when you play this dynamic, highly strategic game that can help teach you how to work with others, build a successful team and carry out a mission.  4-H will also have science and engineering challenges for you to try out. Snacks provided. Online registration optional but encouraged Register here. Free for ages 12 and under

 

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Horse Experience Camp June 13 - 16, Mornings9:30 am or Afternoons 1:30 pm, New Kingdom Trailriders, Sherrard, IL  

 

Explore the world of horses. Youth entering 5th through 8th grades will learn what it takes to groom, halter and ride horses. This camp is designed for beginners and will allow youth to get up close with live horses each day. The camp will be held at New Kingdom Trailriders, 18929 81st Street in Sherrard, IL . There is a $70 supply fee.

 

 

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Illinois to Celebrate 529 Day


 

CHICAGO –To help raise awareness about the escalating costs of higher education and the importance of saving for college with the help of Illinois 529 college savings plans, the Illinois Legislature has officially designated May 29th, 2016 as 529 College Savings Day.

 

To celebrate 529 Day, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced a tour of the state where he will meet with financial advisors to discuss how the state can help families save for college.

 

As a member of the College Savings Planning Network (CSPN), the Office of the Illinois Treasurer joins nationwide efforts to celebrate 529 College Savings Day.

 

“Our sons and daughters are taking on more debt to finance their educations,” Treasurer Frerichs said. “My office uses 529 Day to highlight the importance of saving for college.”

 

Treasurer Frerichs has scheduled meetings with financial advisors who sell the silver-rated Bright Directions College Savings Plan. The meetings will take place as follows:

 

1.      Wednesday, May 25 – Springfield, IL

2.     Wednesday, May 25 – Decatur, IL

3.     Thursday, June 2 – Crystal Lake, IL

4.     Thursday, June 2 – Lincolnshire, IL

5.     Thursday, June 7 – Peoria, IL

 

The Illinois 529 College Savings Plans are coming off of a record-breaking year where contributions have surpassed $1 billion. In 2015, the plans also surpassed 400,000 account holders; making the Illinois 529 pool top 10 in the country in terms of assets and accounts holders.

 

“We are always looking for ways to provide investors with the highest quality investment options for the best value,” Treasurer Frerichs said. “I am happy to see more families preparing for their children’s education by saving money.”

 

“More families are recognizing the increasing cost of tuition. The fear of long-term debt is creating a lot of anxiety. My office’s 529 plans help make saving for college easier,” Treasurer Frerichs said.

 

Treasurer Frerichs serves as the Trustee and Administrator for the three Illinois 529 College Savings Plans (Bright Start Direct, Bright Start Advisor, and Bright Directions). The plans are designed as “qualified tuition programs” under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. They are different than pre-paid tuition plans. Currently, more than 425,000 residents hold a Bright Directions or Bright Start account.

 

Money in a 529 college savings account can be used at eligible educational institutions, including public and private, two-year, four-year colleges and universities and certain technical and vocational schools.

 

For more information about the Treasurer’s Office 529 College Savings programs, visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

 

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Farmland Assessment Meeting Tonight

 

The 2016 taxes on farmland will see significant change.  As a result of a recent legislative amendment, the 2015 assessed values for all cropland soils increased at a rate that is either higher or lower than the anticipated 10% change from last year’s values.  The amount of change will depend on the soil type.  Poorer soils saw a higher than 10% increase in assessed value while better producing soils saw an increase that was less than the expected 10%.  That change will be reflected in the upcoming tax bills for all cropland in Illinois.

 

Come join Brenda Matherly, Illinois Farm Bureau Assistant Director of Local Government; Lindi Kernan, Henry County Chief Assessor and the Henry County Farm Bureau for an informational meeting designed to explain the change in the Farmland Assessment Law and the impact it will have.

 

Join us on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Geneseo Community Center, 541 East North Street, Geneseo, IL.  Light refreshments will be served.  This meeting is open to anyone with an interest in agriculture.

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Kewanee City Council Wrap

Kewanee City Council met on Monday night and council members passed on a 3-2 margin increased burning days in the City.

Under the new plan, open burning will now be allowed on Saturdays and Wednesdays in June and September meaning there will now be six months of open burning with a total potential of 50 plus days per year of burning in Kewanee.

Council member Deann Schweitzer and Mayor Steve Looney cast the no votes against the measure…

Mayor Looney was also called to task by a council member for not advising Council of the press conference last Friday at City Hall announcing the new plan for the prison in Kewanee.

Mayor Looney says in hindsight he should have handled the situation differently, but he also stresses it was an incredibly busy time and his hands were tied somewhat by instructions from state officials…

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After meeting with Durbin and others on long lines at O'Hare, TSA makes big change

TSA is doing a leadership reboot as a result of long lines for security checkpoints at O'Hare and other American airports. Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger replaced head of security Kelly Hoggan in hopes of trying a different approach. Senator Dick Durbin met with Neffenger about his concerns last week at O'Hare....

Previously, Senator Mark Kirk called for Neffenger's resignation if the long lines weren't cleared up by Memorial Day. 

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Lotto Payments Under Scrutiny

The state's auditor general says the Illinois Lottery violated state finance law by prepaying $20 million to ensure it could participate in future multi-state lottery games even without a state budget. The lottery made two $10 million payments last June when it was clear lawmakers had failed to agree on a state budget that should have begun the next day. The Lottery Department disputes the findings and denies any laws were broken.

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Manufacturers Say Reforms are Needed Before Higher Taxes

A group that represents manufacturers around the state says businesses are leaving because of high costs associated with workers compensation and property tax. Greg Baise, President of the Illinois Manufacturers Association says that local businesses need to see stability from Illinois. And 

During comments at the Capitol Baise noted that a steel business in the Chicago suburbs is trying to decide on staying in the Chicago area or potentially moving to Indiana to find a lower cost of doing business.

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Mayor Steve Looney on PTP

Mayor Steve Looney talks about Monday night's City Council meeting during the May 24 edition of People to People on WKEI

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Leader Pushes Blame on Dem's

7 days and counting to get a state budget done on time. Around the state house there is lots of talk of grand bargains and compromise, but little that looks like either of those two things. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says the time is now to get it done.

Behind closed doors Durkin says he hears from rank and file lawmakers that compromise can be found on issues like property tax reform and workers compensation. 

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WKEI Open Line

Kewanee City Council meeting from Monday is discussed during the May 24 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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Chalk Art Festival on Tuned IN

Kathy Albert and Justin Raver talk about the July Chalk Art Festival during the May 24 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Senior Living Series Begins in June


 

    The Stark County Citizens' Mental Health Task Force, Petersen Health Care, and the Stark County Health Department area residents that they are once again sponsoring a special Senior Living Series.  The Senior Living Series is a schedule of informational programs aimed to give the latest, up-to-date information, that matters, to our area senior population.

 

    The June program will be "Darlene’s Silver Streak & the Model T Girls” by John Butte, Local Author; and "Summertime and the Living is Easy" by RaeAnn Tucker, of the Stark County Health Department.  This informative program will be heldWednesday, June 8th at 2:00pm at the Bradford Courtyard Estates.

 

    John Butte’s program tells of how Darlene Dorgan, a “twenty something” Bradford beautician began organizing summer vacations in her 1926 Model T in 1934.  Over a 9 year period they would take 8 trips, at a time when young women usually stayed closer to home.  Their travels were prodigious as they crisscrossed the continent from New York to California searching for adventure and seemingly finding it at every turn.  Their Depression era travels included sleeping in country school yards, church yards and jails by night and by day meeting celebrities , movie stars and even Henry Ford….twice!  Mr. Butte has written a book Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls, which takes the reader along on those adventurous summer vacations and chronicle’s his successful search for the old car, finding it in Portland Oregon and returning it to Central Illinois in 2012.  Copies of Mr. Butte’s book will be available for sale and signing immediately following the presentation.

    Free gifts and a door prize will be given out at each Senior Living Series session.

 

    For more information about the upcoming Stark County Senior Living Series you may contact Beth Smith at the Stark County Health Department at (309) 852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments of Follow Us On Twitter.

 

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Boiler Fan Bus For Wednesdays Sectional Game

There will be a fan bus for Wed Sectional Semi Final Baseball Game in Macomb.

 

The Fan Bus will leave from behind the High School at 2:00pm .

 

Cost to ride the Fan Bus is $2.00. This does not include the cost of admission to the Sectional Game.

 

Sectional Admission will be $5.00

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School Funding Update

School districts in Illinois might be in the process of receiving some good news.

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says communication to this point hasn’t been good, but that might be changing…

Mr. Kazubowski adds that there also some optimism for the next school year as well…

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Midwest Species Funding


States working together for wildlife across landscape and regional boundaries is the focus for awarding Midwest states more than $2.2 million in grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The funds help conserve and protect Species of Greatest Conservation Need and will be distributed to five Midwest state fish and wildlife agencies: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Projects financed by the State Wildlife Grants program help safeguard some of our nation’s most at-risk species,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “By strategically funding work that supports large-scale conservation efforts, we can help protect our nation’s native wildlife and wild places while potentially preventing the listing of certain species under the Endangered Species Act.”

Priority is given to large-scale cooperative conservation projects that implement strategies and actions to conserve species listed in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. All 56 states and territorial wildlife agencies have such plans, which proactively protect imperiled species. The funding will be matched by nearly $1.1 million in non-federal funds provided by states and their partners for projects that help protect species and the ecoystems on which they depend.

Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa Department of Natural Resources will use climate-smart conservation efforts targeting the wood turtle, the ornate box turtle and associated habitats. The partners will identify flood-safe zones as part of an adaptive management strategy to address increased flood severity and frequency in targeted areas. Previous actions supported by the State Wildlife Grant Program have shown success, with significantly decreased mortality at protected nest sites and new nesting documented at 50 percent of restored sites. The partners will continue management of existing nest areas, identify and protect new nest areas and monitor and share results of active management activities.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and university researchers, proposes to restore native mussels to watersheds in both states. The partners will target plain pocketbook and fatmucket mussels, with the likehood to benefit a variety of other species. Objectives include production of habitat suitability models, restoration of 50 acres of stream bank and upland habitat in Iowa, captive rearing and release of 25,000 mussel individuals in Nebraska and construction of a dedicated mussel propagation facility. Although the ultimate goal of the mussel reintroduction is to support natural recruitment of the native mussels at restoration sites, survival at these sites will serve as a measure of effectiveness during the project performance period.

Benefiting two bumble bee species, the monarch butterfly and the endangered Karner blue butterfly Michigan and Wisconsin DNR’s are parterning to restore and enhance grassland, prairie and savanna habitats. Management activities include prescribed fire, mechanical treatment, invasive plant control and seeding to increase known host plants of the targeted species. At least 850 acres of priority public and private lands will be restored and enhanced. Evaluation of management actions will determine the most effective methods for pollinator conservation in each state.

Restoring royalty to the prairies of Iowa and Nebraska for the regal fritillary and monarch butterfly will involve improving habitat quantity, quality and connectivity. Iowa DNR, Nebraska Game and Parks Department and their partners will evaluate effectiveness of proposed conservation actions by measuring impacts on regal fritillary and monarch butterfly populations at restoration sites. Requested funds will help restore and reconstruct prairies near existing prairie remnants that have a high potential for hosting the two target butterflies and other species of conservation need.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is partnering with Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a two-state effort focusing on the rattlesnake-master borer, a rare moth that is a Service candidate species. The partners will manage and restore high-priority prairies, glades and barrens/woodlands complexes identified in the Kentucky and Illinois Wildlife Action Plans as important habitats. A significant focus of the project will be the formation of fire strike teams, using prescribed fire to improve 5,500 acres to increase native plant diversity for the benefit of SGCN. The agencies propose to increase relative abundance of the rattlesnake-master borer moth by 20 percent from baseline levels.

“We appreciate the role state agencies and other partners play in protecting these imperiled wildlife species and their habitats,” said Paul Rauch, the Service’s Acting Assistant Director for the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program. “These partnerships are critical to conserving imperiled species.”

 

The complete list of 2016 SWG competitive projects can be found here:

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2016/pdfs/SWG2016ProjectSummaries.pdf.

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EAB Update

The Emerald Ash Borer continues to decimate the ash tree population throughout Illinois and the Midwest.

Martha Smith with the University of Illinois Extension says unless treatment is applied in the very earliest stage of infestation, it is all but a lost cause and she notes that it may be some time before this ash tree destruction has been played out…

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Wethersfield Class of '52 to Meet on Tuesday

The Wethersfield High School Class of 1952 will meet Tuesday, May 24th at 11:30 at Kewanee Dunes.

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Henry County Health Dept on PTP

Director of Health Promotions RaeAnn Tucker talks about blood pressure awareness during the May 23 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Democrat Super Delegates are discussed during the May 23 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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OSF on Tuned IN

OSF Marketing Director Carrie Boelens and Dr. Jeff Ruskusky talk about foot problems during the May 23 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Sen Weaver, Mayor Looney Comment On Prison Situation

There is good news to report today for the city of Kewanee as Governor Bruce Rauner has made the decision to re-purpose the Illinois Youth Correctional Facility in Kewanee.

A group of lawmakers, local officials and concerned citizens gathered at Kewanee City Hall Friday morning when the announcement was made and State Rep Don Moffitt says the efforts from his office along with fellow lawmaker State Senator Chuck Weaver was dovetailed with other area lawmakers and local officials and decision makers to appeal to the Governor and other state officials to make a future use of the prison.

Senator Chuck Weaver says this is simply good news for the city of Kewanee and the surrounding area…

Many details remain to be worked out but one positive aspect is that current employees at the prison will be transitioned to become employees of the Department of Corrections with their seniority intact.

Sen Weaver says another positive aspect is that the decision is not contingent on a budget being passed in Springfield…

Mayor Steve Looney echoes Senator Weavers thoughts by saying it was truly a bi-partisan effort that brought the matter to a head…

With a prison population of 45,000 in Illinois and only 31,000 beds, it would seem that there certainly is a need and right now all options remain on the table in terms of the exact future use.

Many people feared that the decision by the Governor to close the youth facility  would lead to the building standing empty for some time and of course, skepticism soon follows that line of thinking.

But Mayor Looney agrees that when concerned citizens are joined by committed lawmakers and a strong effort from the public as was witnessed by the recent turnout at Kewanee High School and local and city officials including City Manager Gary Bradley, then yes, good things can happen…

All officials at Friday morning’s briefing extended their appreciation to Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Corrections for making this commitment to Kewanee and Henry County.      

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Click it or Ticket Campaign

The annual Memorial Day Weekend click it or ticket campaign is underway and will last until June 5th.

Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison says the ultimate goal is to see everyone arrive safely at their destination…

Chief Dison acknowledges that with a long Holiday weekend coming up and the start of the summer season, many people will relax with an adult beverage.

He says that’s ok, just make sure that safety remains as the number one priority…

Chief Dison also points out that the summer season means more motorcycles on area roadways and that also requires an extra measure of caution from the motoring public…

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Pot Bill Sent to Governor

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he may be comfortable with legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois. But he stopped short of promising to sign the bill, which would shift punishment for certain offenders from jail time to fines resembling something more familiar to traffic court.


It also sets a standard for when someone is too high to drive. The legislation is headed Rauner's way after passing in the House and Senate. The bill includes recommendations Rauner issued when he vetoed a decriminalization measure last year.

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State provides loan to Galesburg to eliminate lead in water, Rauner concerned about issue

The State of Illinois is offering a $4 million loan to the Western Illinois town of Galesburg to help replace lead water lines. The loan is expected to cover the cost of replacing about half of the lead lines in the Knox County Seat. Governor Bruce Rauner doesn't exactly have tunnel vision on the issue. He says the state is taking a closer look at the issue of lead water lines....
Rauner isn't exactly ill informed on the issue....

Rauner is frustrated it took the controversy in Flint, Michigan to draw attention to the issue. He says the use of lead water lines has been dragging on for a century.

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EIU Still in Trouble

Eastern Illinois University says recent stopgap funding from lawmakers won't be sufficient to get the Charleston school through the summer semester. EIU received $12.5 million from the state but President David Glassman says the school will still struggle to make payroll as soon as late July. Layoffs may be needed in the weeks to come. EIU's bloodletting has included the loss of 413 employees in the past year. A hiring freeze is in place, construction projects are on hold and travel and purchases are subject to deep restrictions.

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Florida woman continues volunteering tour of American food banks in Illinois

Orlando, Florida resident Jess Kurti has a hunger to help the hungry and she's not afraid to go to extremes. Kurti visited the Springfield based Central Illinois Food Bank Thursday to help distribute food as part of her national "Beast of Burden" tour of all 200 Feeding America member food banks. She says helping fight hunger offers a great return on your investment...

She previously run a race in all 50 states to raise money for food banks and has volunteered at more than 100 food banks already. . The Central Illinois Food Bank serves 21 Central, Western and Southern Illinois counties.


Additional audio....
She offers details on where to find out more about her nationwide tour to help food banks...

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Investigator Clears Rutherford

An investigator's review of sexual harassment claims against former Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford finds those claims from a former employee to be unfounded. Rutherford hired Ron Braver and Associates to investigate claims of sexual harassment by former employee Edmund Michalowski. In 2014, he filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was the victim of harassment and then missed out on promotions and raises because he rejected Rutherford's alleged advances. The lawsuit led to Rutherford plunging in the polls in the Governor's race. 

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Rep. Davis Calls on IL To Pass Pro-Nuclear Energy Bill

It's a race against time in Springfield and a federal lawmaker is throwing his support behind an effort that effects DeWitt County and numerous other communities in Illinois. Congressman Rodney Davis is calling on Illinois lawmakers to pass legislation that would bring nuclear power in line with other energy-producing industries, and would also allow the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant, and others statewide, to remain viable.

Congressman Davis understand the impacts the power plant has on the community and knows first hand, the challenges the nuclear industry faces as he "battles" the Obama administrations attacks on the coal industry, which has had a direct impact on nuclear power.

Congressman Davis, like others, is calling on central Illinois residents to reach out to Illinois lawmakers and make their voices heard. Exelon Clinton Nuclear power station has given a deadline of May 31 for legislation to be passed otherwise, the company plans to decommission the plant because of profitability concerns.

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Unemployment rises in Illinois again

The unemployment rate across Illinois continues to inch up. Last month, the jobless mark moved to 6.6 percent, up one tenth of a percent from March. That compares to the April national rate of 5 percent. The state added 5,400 jobs but that was offset by more people entering the work force. Those jobs could be a source of concern though because more than half of them were generated by temporary positions and employment agencies. It's the sixth straight increase for Illinois. The professional and business services sector saw the biggest job gains. The services sector saw the deepest cuts. 

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IL Youth Center Facioity in Kewanee to be Re-Purposed


KEWANEE, IL - After an "all hands on deck" approach to solving what would have been a potential  setback for Henry County, legislators and local leaders applauded a new beginning for the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee on May 20.  State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson), State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria), State Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Rock Island), and State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Port Byron)  were joined by employees, county officials, city and economic leaders to show unity for the people of Henry County.

 

"Senator Weaver and I are pleased to announce we have a letter of commitment from Governor Rauner that IDOC will re-utilize IYC-Kewanee as a correctional facility.  This announcement only became a reality with the combined legislative and Kewanee area community effort.  This is good for the community, good for jobs, and good for the taxpayers," said Rep. Moffitt. “I want to thank Governor Rauner for making this commitment."

 

"We look forward to helping ensure the Illinois Department of Corrections realize its goals to help rehabilitate our state's inmate population and provide the justice that our courts seek. I know the addition of the Kewanee Youth Center into IDOC's inventory will be an asset," Weaver said. "I want to thank the Governor's Office and the Department of Corrections for a continuing commitment to Kewanee, Henry County and criminal justice reform."

 

Senator Anderson added, "I am pleased with the announcement and commitment that the Governor has given. Although Kewanee is not in my district, a large number of the employees reside in the 36th Senate District. The facility will aide the Department's mission serving justice for Illinois' citizens."

 

Representative Smiddy also added, "This has been a strong bipartisan effort to ensure this facility continued to stay open and offer economic viability to Henry County."

 

The Illinois Youth Center-Kewanee is the newest facility for Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and will be one of the most modern for IDOC, with it's opening in 2001.  It will be a safe addition for both employees and inmates, and an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.  The Illinois Department of Corrections currently has more than 45,000 inmates in custody, while only maintaining actual bed space for about 31,000.

 

Re-purposing the Kewanee IYC facility will help take a small step towards resolving some of the inmate overcrowding issues as the Rauner Administration and Illinois General Assembly work collaboratively to reform the criminal justice system. It is expected that the re-purposing will help relieve some under-staffing and overtimes hours within the Department of Corrections.

 

The exact mission for the IYC facility has yet to be determined.                      

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Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District on Tuned IN

Resource Conservationist Jan Powelson talks about spring plant sales during the May 20 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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LAX Driving

Distracted driving is a relatively new term that describes some of the driving habits in today’s world but another form of driving that can be just as dangerous is lax driving.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says lax driving is also a problem in today’s world…

Trooper Wilson says that’s when things got kind of nutty…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month


 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

 

Look around you.  One out of every four people that you see will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.  Less than half will receive treatment.

 

In order to promote mental health and provide better understanding of mental illness, the Henry County Mental Health Alliance joins millions of Americans in supporting May as Mental Health Awareness Month.  By doing so the Alliance strives to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real.

 

Although the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions has come a long way, the level of stigma remains high.  This level of stigma is one of the major barriers to seeking treatment.  Until mental illness becomes as readily understood and accepted as physical illness like cancer and heart disease, the consequences will remain high.  Some of the consequences of lack of treatment include:

 

·         $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year

·         Mood disorders like bipolar and depression are the most common causes of hospitalization for persons aged 18-44

·         Individuals with serious mental illness face an increased risk of chronic medical conditions

·         Students with mental health conditions have the highest drop out rate

·         Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US

·         Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide

·         A significant number of inmates in prisons suffer from a mental illness

 

So, what can be done?  The most important step to reducing the stigma of mental illness is to speak out.  If you experience a mental illness, tell others about it.  Describe how it feels to live with a mental illness.  For others, learn all you can about mental illness.  Provide a non-judgmental listening ear when someone speaks about their experience with mental illness.

 

Mental illnesses are common and treatable.  Help is available.  We need to speak up early and in real, relatable terms so that people do not feel isolated and alone.  We need to help remove the shame and stigma of speaking out, so that more people can be comfortable coming out of the shadows and seeking the help they need.

 

Other steps you can take to promote mental health awareness include:

 

·         Become involved with the Henry County Mental Health Alliance.  The group meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Black Hawk East Community Education Center.

·         Join in the Mental Health Awareness Walk coming in the Fall

·         Advocate for mental health services with your State and Federal officials

·         If someone you love suffers from a mental illness, attend the monthly Family Support Group at the Health Department

·         Participate in community education and awareness events

 

So please, during the month of May, commit yourself to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, take steps to protect your own mental health, and advocate for the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.

 

The Henry County Mental Health Alliance meets at the Black Hawk East Community Education Center.  The purpose of the group is to promote mental health awareness, advocacy, and education in Henry County.  The next meeting of the Alliance will be

May 23.  Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome.  For more information, contact Beth Smith at the Henry and Stark County Health Department at 309-852-0197.

 

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Sen Weaver Seeks Veteran's Photos


 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) are teaming up to honor and remember the sacrifice of the brave servicemen and servicewomen who have passed away.

 

The public is encouraged to submit a photograph and written remembrance of veterans who are no longer with us, which will be displayed on the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day Remembrance Wall. The submissions will be displayed in the State Capitol Rotunda starting Memorial Day weekend, Thursday, May 26 through Monday, July 4.

 

“We all know, freedom has a price.  The veterans we honor at this memorial paid the ultimate price so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. “If we have learned anything from the conflicts of our past and present, it’s that courage and sacrifice are a significant part of every generation.  It is our responsibility to ensure that our veterans’ sacrifices are never forgotten.” added Director Jeffries.

 

Any deceased veteran can be honored (the veteran didn’t have to perish while serving). Director Jeffries and Senator Weaver are encouraging the public to email a photo and written remembrance (Max: 250 words), along with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan and Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, Other) to MemorialDay@senategop.state.il.us. Military photos are preferred but not necessary.

 

The deadline for submission is Monday, May 23. Submissions by mail are also acceptable. Please send the information and photo to:

 

Memorial Day Remembrance Wall 
309G State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Questions can be directed to (217) 782-1650.

 

To see the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall slideshow from last year, click here. You can also view this video about the display from last year to see how loved ones will be remembered in the Capitol.

 

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Geneseo Chamber in Need of Moving Boxes

Geneseo Chamber of Commerce is in need of some boxes to aid in our moving project.

We are looking for cardboard boxes measuring approximately 18” x 15” x 14” – similar to banking boxes or paper boxes. Feel free to drop them at the Chamber office or call us at 944-2686 and we’ll be glad to pick them up from you! Thank you for your help.

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Kewanee Park District Update

The construction and renovation continues at Northeast Park in Kewanee.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Park District and he says the work for the project is still in the early stages…

Johnson adds that more work is being done around the entire area of Northeast Park…

Brian adds that the entire project will be completed in several different phases…

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Home Heath Pay Raise Passes House

Home health care workers may be line for a raise. The House on Wednesday approved a minimum of $15 an hour to the nearly 24,000 workers who provide care and comfort to the disabled. The workers have been dealing with a cut in overtime pay as of May 1st. That’s when the Governor administration limited OT for those workers. They are currently paid $13 an hour before any possible overtime benefits. 

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New Labor OT Law Upsets LaHood

Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood is expressing concern about a new Department of Labor rule regarding overtime.

The rule, which is being reviewed by the White House this week, says anyone who is salaried earning up to $50,440 annually is eligible for overtime pay, although that number could change. The current threshold is $23,660.

LaHood says he’s getting complaints from many small and medium-sized businesses.

LaHood says businesses in Illinois are under enough stress with the fiscal climate of the state as it is.

LaHood adds the rule will affect non-profit groups.

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Gov Notes Shouting and Yelling Won't Solve Problems

As thousands marched in Springfield to rally for AFSCME the Governor toured business in southern Illinois. Rauner was fresh off vetoing a union arbitration bill that would have bypassed his authority to potentially finalize union contracts. Rauner took note of the rally in Springfield….

Rauner maintains that he is optimistic that that a grand bargain a the State House can get done by the end of May,

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Illinois Congressman Not Ready to Back Trump

Cong. Adam Kinzinger says he was never in the “never Trump” crowd, but for now he’s saying probably not. Channahon Republican says the man who appears to have the party’s presidential nomination locked is mean and has nonsensical foreign policy proposals. Unless that changes, Kinzinger says he’ll remain uncommitted.

Many in the Libertarian Party are hoping to cash in on Republican frustrations with Trump this election. But Kinzinger says that’s not an option for him, because he believes in a foreign policy in which America is involved in other countries. The Libertarian Party would keep the military at home and end foreign aid.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Congressman Adam Kinzinger is proposing a way Donald Trump could earn his support as a presidential candidate. Kinzinger says he can’t support someone who puts other people down and has foreign policy plans like Trump’s. But if the Republican Party nominee is going to be Trump, Trump will have to change.

If he doesn’t support Trump, Kinzinger says he’ll support Republicans farther down the ticket. But he’ll look at the third party and write-in options for president.

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Senate Comes Back to Pass Smoking Age Bill

After falling a few votes short last week the Senate has passed legislation that would raise the legal smoking age to 21. Supporters of the bill say that it makes it more likely that fewer people will start smoking. Senator Dan McConchie, a Lake Zurich Republican thinks this is just another step at limiting freedom of choice.


The bill passed 32-22, it still needs to be approved in the House. 

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WKEI Open Line

High utility costs and political polls are discussed during the May 19 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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Illinois Congressman Not Ready to Back Trump

Cong. Adam Kinzinger says he was never in the “never Trump” crowd, but for now he’s saying probably not. Channahon Republican says the man who appears to have the party’s presidential nomination locked is mean and has nonsensical foreign policy proposals. Unless that changes, Kinzinger says he’ll remain uncommitted.

Many in the Libertarian Party are hoping to cash in on Republican frustrations with Trump this election. But Kinzinger says that’s not an option for him, because he believes in a foreign policy in which America is involved in other countries. The Libertarian Party would keep the military at home and end foreign aid.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Congressman Adam Kinzinger is proposing a way Donald Trump could earn his support as a presidential candidate. Kinzinger says he can’t support someone who puts other people down and has foreign policy plans like Trump’s. But if the Republican Party nominee is going to be Trump, Trump will have to change.

If he doesn’t support Trump, Kinzinger says he’ll support Republicans farther down the ticket. But he’ll look at the third party and write-in options for president.

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KHS Key Club on Tuned IN

Kewanee High School Key Club Adviser Amron Buchanan and Statistical Secretary Jessica Hogeboom discuss Alex's Lemonade Days during the May 19 edition ot Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Bustos leads Effort For Galesburg

SHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has given preliminary approval for the City of Galesburg to receive up to $4 million in forgivable loans from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which receives its source funding from the Federal Government.

 

When Bustos first spoke with City officials, she urged them to begin the process of applying for these funds. Many officials expressed legitimate concerns about the potential impact a loan could have on the City’s budget, so Bustos reached out to the IEPA to discuss the possibility of providing forgivable loans. In response to her request, IEPA officials agreed to conduct a financial analysis of the City of Galesburg to determine whether these loans could be forgiven. Two weeks ago, in a conference call between Bustos and Galesburg City officials, Mayor John Pritchard confirmed that the city would move ahead with the IEPA’s financial analysis to determine loan forgivability.

 

And by working in partnership toward this shared goal, today the city of Galesburg has the opportunity to secure $4 million in funding to replace lead service lines in the community. Once the city completes their application and receives formal approval from the IEPA, they will receive these funds so we can get to work on a long-term solution to reduce lead content levels in the affected homes.

 

“All communities face challenges, but what makes a community great is whether its leaders are willing to work together to solve problems,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “That’s why I’m so proud to have helped the City of Galesburg receive preliminary approval for up to $4 million in federally funded assistance to replace lead service lines. Since the start, my focus has been on reducing lead exposure from all sources, including lead service lines. Once the city receives final approval, these funds will go a long way toward addressing this challenge. Our work isn't finished, but I'm very pleased that the City was open to our suggestion to do a financial analysis with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency so we can deliver these federal dollars to Galesburg. I look forward to the City completing their formal application so that we can start breaking ground to replace lead service lines across the community.”

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MAP Amendment Signatures Now in Springfield

The petitions bearing the names of those Illinois citizens that signed up for the redistricting process or the change in the way political maps in the state are drawn up are now in Springfield.    

Stark County Farm Bureau Manager Thomas Marten says it was quite a display that was dropped off in the state capital…

Marten says that no sooner than the signatures were dropped off, the legal challenges began…

Marten also says that what might appear to be a slam dunk in terms of getting this measure on the ballot, may not make it to the ballot after all…

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Vintage Baseball This Weekend in Bishop Hill

 

A special weekend of vintage baseball will take place in Bishop Hill on Saturday and Sunday.

Todd DeDecker is the Administrator of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and he says they will take a trip back in time on Saturday…

That Bill is former Wethersfield Supt of Schools and current author Mr. Bill Owens who has released a book entitled, “The Scorecard: A Glimpse into Vintage Baseball Through a Bishop Hill Lens…

Mr. Owens says there were other unique discoveries along the way…

As for the process of putting together the book, that was also a time consuming and fact finding challenge…

The Henry County Historical Society Museum will offer a program featuring Bill’s book on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 and copies of the book will be available for purchase.   

The weekend’s events are free of charge with the exception of the dinner theatre and again those reservations can be made by phoning 927-3899.   

       

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IL Air National Guard Info


SPRINGFIELD, IL (05/18/2016)(readMedia)-- The Illinois Air National Guard hosted Polish Air Force representatives from the Air Operations Center – Air Component Command (AOC-ACC), Warsaw, Poland, during a five-day visit to units in the state that wrapped up May 16.

Poland is the partner country of Illinois under the National Guard's State Partnership Program. The Springfield-based 183rd Fighter Wing and the Peoria-based 182nd Airlift Wing held separate events for the delegation.

The Warsaw AOC-ACC is responsible for Poland's air defense on a daily basis. The center is also integrated with NATO's air defense network to provide a picture of Eastern Europe. The Deputy Commander of the AOC-ACC, Brig. Gen. Slawomir Zakowski, led the four-person delegation visiting Illinois.

Over the past three years, Springfield's 183rd Air Operations Group has collaborated on the center's effort to become a NATO certified AOC.

"We are here to obtain our American colleagues' assistance in this goal," said Zakowski.

"We were honored to host our friends and partners from the Warsaw AOC-ACC and we're committed to supporting their ongoing efforts towards NATO certification," said Col. Dan McSeveney, commander of the 183rd Combat Operations Squadron. "We held a local operational exercise during this visit to demonstrate our techniques for turning strategy into tactics. It gave them the opportunity to explore processes that might enhance their own operations."

The two units will collaborate again in June during the 10-day Polish military exercise Ankonda 2016. More than 30,000 troops from NATO and partner countries will participate. The Warsaw AOC-ACC will have command and control of approximately 100 aircraft.

"We are very glad that during this exercise our capability will be supported by our colleagues from the 183rd AOC," said Zakowski.

"Anakonda 2016 is an outstanding training opportunity for the 183rd AOC members. It's important that we develop the ability to integrate into a multinational command and control environment," said Col. Rick Yoder, commander of the 183rd Air Operations Group. "We have a long and successful history with Poland through the State Partnership Program and this exercise is just one more opportunity to train, exercise and integrate our efforts."

While in Peoria, the 182nd Air Support Operations Group demonstrated a combat simulator for tactical air controllers. The simulator allows Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) to practice coordinating airstrikes in support of ground forces.

The Polish delegation also received detailed briefings on the unit's Air Support Operations Center (ASOC), which is a part of the Theater Air Control System used to integrate close air support on the battlefield. The ASOC works closely with the AOC, which made the pairing of the Peoria and Springfield units ideal for the Polish Air Force visit.

The State Partnership Program is designed to foster enduring civil-military relationships that improve long-term international security while building partnership capacity.

PHOTO:Col. Dan McSeveney, left, commander of the 183d Combat Operations Squadron,discusses air operations with Brig. Gen. Slawomir Zakowski, center, and Col. Robert Weissgerber, right, from the Air Operations Center-Air Component Command, Warsaw, Poland, during a simulated battle exercise as part of an information and training exchange visit May 12 - 16, 2016, in Springfield, Illinois. Units of the Illinois National Guard are paired with Poland through the National Guard State Partnership Program (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Laura Fogerty/Released)

View Online: http://readme.readmedia.com/Illinois-Air-National-Guard-Hosts-Visit-From-Warsaw-Air-Operations-Center/13066530

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Kewanee Food Pantry Special Hours For Today Only

The Kewanee Food Pantry is announcing special hours of operation today. The Pantry will open at 3:30 this afternoon and will remain open until the normal closing time of 6 o’clock.

This schedule will be in effect for today only and the Pantry is also announcing that they have a new website which is kewaneefoodpantry.com      

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Small Business Day 2017

Small business day 2016  -  May 17, 2016  

 

GALESBURG, IL, May 17, 2016: Small Business Day at Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg was a huge success celebrating Entrepreneurship in West Central Illinois encompassing Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mercer and Warren Counties. Congratulations to the following winners of the Eagle Award for Entrepreneurship:

 

·       Woman-Owned Enterprise: Sue Sagmoen, “Heartfelt Gifts, Inc.”, Kewanee, IL.

·       Small Bus. Start-Up of the Year:  Justin Lipes, “The Tac Shack”, Monmouth, IL.

·       Small Bus. Success over 5 years: Grace and Alberto Alfano, “Alfano’s Pizza & Italian Cuisine”, Monmouth, IL.

·       Small Bus. Success over 10 years: Tom Campbell, “Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery”, Bishop Hill, IL.

·       Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Kevin Prow, “Baked”, Galesburg, IL.

·       Small Bus. Advocate of the Year:  Fletcher Ford, “Regional Media – Virden Broadcasting”, Kewanee, IL.

·       Small Bus. Financing Project of the Year:  Brett and Stephanie Paxton, “Paxton’s Corner Coop, Inc.”, Annawan, IL.

·       Small Bus. Exporter of the Year: Michael Fenneman, “LMT,Inc.”, Galva, IL.

·       Entrepreneur of the Year:  Ray and Ruth Whitehead, “Pegasus Manufacturing,Inc.”, Galesburg, IL.

·       Entrepreneurial Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dennis and Dianne Packee, “Reiman’s Harley Davidson”, Kewanee, IL.

For more information about next year’s Small Business Day’s Entrepreneurial Eagle Award Celebration, contact Carrie McKillip, Community Development, University of Illinois Extension, Galesburg, IL at 309-342-5108.

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ISP on PTP

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson talks about highway safety during the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend during the May 18 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

The San Andreas Fault is discussed during the May 18 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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Bishop Hill on Tuned IN

BHHA Administrator Todd DeDecker and author Bill Owens talk about the Vintage Baseball Weekend in Bishop Hill during the May 18 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Another Union Agrees to Labor Deal

Another union has agreed to a contract with the Rauner administration. The Illinois Federation of Teachers has committed to a four year labor agreement. The teachers work at the Illinois School for the Deaf. It’s a contract that follows what the administration has brokered with 17 other unions that cover 5,000 employees. In it teachers agree to a four year wage freeze, changes in health care selections and premiums and an incentive based bonus for teachers. Even with this win for the administration the state’s largest union, AFSCME, has not agreed to a new deal. AFSCME and the Governor have been talking for nearly a year and recently took their negations to the labor relations board. 

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Long Lines at TSA Draw Attention From Durbin

If you’ve traveled by air lately you may have been caught in long lines passing through security. If you haven’t been in the air yet but a summertime trip is coming up you may be surprised how long the lines can get. Those lengthy waits have even been fodder for social media. The lines are receiving attention from elected officials. US Senator Dick Durbin says that he recently spoke to the Secretary of Homeland Security and was told more help is on the way to airports in Chicago.

Durbin is going to meet again with security and airline officials this week to see if there is more that can be done to address long waits at security before the summer travel season really heats up.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Durbin says that he thinks the airlines can help in the situation too. If they make it easier for people to decide to check bags rather than carry them on.

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Lots of Opposition to New Rail Line

It will look ugly, it’ll be inconvenient, it’ll pollute, and it’ll take farm land. Those complaints were voiced at a meeting towards the Federal Surface Transportation Board during a hearing on a proposed freight train bypass around the busy Chicago rail system.
Other concerns included having to wait for trains going through 100 or more times per day and a private company getting eminent domain--the power to force people to sell land.

The Great Lakes Basin railroad would go through northeast LaSalle County from an area near Earlville to the Sheridan area and north of Seneca. The Surface Transportation Board is considering the environmental impact in its part of the regulatory process.

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Gov and Four Tops Agree to Form Another Committee

A sit down between the Governor and legislative leaders provided only clarity on who will be looking for common ground on the turnaround agenda. The get together lasted about 30 minutes today and resulted in forming a group of rank and file lawmakers that will try and find compromise on issues including workers compensation, collective bargaining and pensions. House Speaker Mike Madigan said afterwards that he will place members in the group but maintains that the Governor’s proposals will hurt the middle class. 

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School Funding Not Good Enough

Superintendents from multiple counties, along with multiple state lawmakers met at Illinois Valley Community College Monday to discuss education funding for the next school year.

LaSalle Elementary Supt. Dan Marenda says that the current state of affairs in Springfield is causing many people to worry about the future of education in Illinois.

He says that the current school funding formula is too reliant on property taxes, and that the discontinuation of some grant programs coupled with the proration of general state aid has been causing the problem to grow for several years.

St. Sen. Sue Rezin says lawmakers have come up with a short-term solution, SB 3234, which would provide temporary relief to the schools in her district.

She says in order to do that, superintendents need to advocate their case to House Speaker Michael Madigan, the person she claims is responsible for the roadblock. 

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Illinois prepares to roll out new driver's license process

In recent months, there have been jitters about Illinois driver's licenses not being in compliance with federal standards. After a temporary reprieve from federal Homeland Security officials that allowed residents to still board flights and use federal facilities, Secretary of State Jesse White has unveiled his plan to comply with the federal Real ID act. Secretary White reveals there will be historic change in the way driver's license facilities do business next month...

White says you won't have to worry about lack of airline access with that temporary license...
Federal officials recently gave Illinois until January 2018 to become Real ID Act compliant.

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Wake n Shake 2


Wake up, wake up, wake up...it's the 1st of the month...so get up, get up, get up for a morning you won't forget!  MasterPeace Production and University of Illinois Extension Present...WAKE 'N SHAKE vol. 2.  All ages are invited to this morning meetup in celebration of Men's Health Month (ladies we want you there, too) on Wednesday June 1st at Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island.  The event will feature local musicians, yoga, disc golf putting contest, and more!  The event begins with Ashtanga yoga led by Mystic Ben from 6:30 – 7:00 a.m.  Music will start at 7 and features a morning mix by local djs: Radent (7-7:50am) and MacSauce (7:50-8:40)!  You can take a spin to mix your own fresh smoothie on the University of Illinois Extension’s blender bicycle.  Relax with a chair massage from Mr. Chakra.  Test your skill at the Disc Golf putting contest sponsored by Iron Lion with a great door prize going to the morning’s winner.  Enjoy delicious coffee and breakfast foods for purchase from the Rozz-Tox menu.  Bring your own coffee mug for $1 off Intelligentsia house coffee and take advantage of Rozz-Tox being open early!  There is a $5 donation at the door to help cover event expenses.  All ages are welcome to attend. 


So come before work, before school, before whatever it is you are going to do on Wednesday June 1st anytime between 6:30-9:00 am. Get more information at University of Illinois Extension’s website:  web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or www.masterpeaceproduction.com. See you there!

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Zoning Board of Appeals Meets Tonight


The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet in Kewanee City Hall, Council Chambers at 401 E. Third Street this evening at 7:00 o’clock.

There is one variance petition upon which a hearing will be conducted. 

826 Rollins St, Jaira Ibarra Delgado, front yard setback for overhang variance.

 

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Upcoming Babysitting Clinic


 

Kids age 11-16 can get trained to be a babysitter in a one-day clinic at Black Hawk College.

 

The new Babysitting Clinic will be Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Outreach Center in East Moline.

 

A second session will be offered Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

The clinic will cover what parents expect, how to handle emergencies, caring for and handling infants and young children, feeding techniques and diapering, age-appropriate toys and activities, tips for bedtime issues, basic first aid and how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

 

Cost is $55 for either session. To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.

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Scammers Claiming to be with the IRS

Scams and attempted scams continue to be a problem in this area and often times, scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are on the other end of the line.

Michael Devine with the IRS Office in St Louis says beware that type of call because it does not originate with the IRS…

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Kewanee Business Honnored

Today, The West Central Illinois Small Business Awards took place at a pavilion at Lake Story in Galesburg.  Three Kewanee Business and owners were recipients of awards.  Dennis and Diane Packee and Reimen’s Harley Davidson were the recipients of the ESN (Entrepreneurial Support Network) Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our own Sean Patrick has more.
Also Sue Sagmoen of Heartfelt Gifts, INC. won the Award for Woman Owned Business Of The Year.  
Also, Winning an Award to day was our very Own Fletcher Ford receiving the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.  Sean Patrick was there to accept the award on Fletchers behalf.  
 

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Mass at Springfield Cathedral To Focus on Elected Officials

Surely it’s been done in private at the Illinois State House but Wednesday will be a public setting for prayer. The Springfield Diocese of the Catholic Church will hold a Red Mass on Wednesday at Cathedral. It’s a traditional mass that welcomes elected officials, judges, lawyers, government workers or anyone who is involved in setting pubic policy. The public is also invited to attend. According to Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Pap’Rock’ee) of the Diocese the homily will hearken back to historic words of a former President.

Following the mass and a dinner afterward, a keynote address will be given by Supreme Court Justice Ann Burke.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese notes that the event has no political boundaries.

 

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Union Bill Gets Veto From Rauner

As was expected the Governor vetoed a bill that would have taken the final opportunity to decide a union labor contract out of his hands. House bill 580 sought to, after and impasse, remove the Gov. as the final step an send both sides final proposals to binding arbitration. This marks the second time that Rauner has vetoed the bill. It comes as the administration and the state’s largest employee union, ASFCME is in a stalemate in talks. Rauner blasted the legislation last week before deciding to veto the bill again.

House Democrats could push for a veto override but previously an effort to fell flat in the House when Democrat Ken Dunkin failed to show up for a vote. 

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Gov and Leaders Meet for a Sit Down

For a group of people that all work in the same building they don’t often wind up in the same room, but it’s happening today. Governor Bruce Rauner along with the four legislative leaders will meet for just the second time all year. That means that Rauner will sit with House Speaker Michael Madigan, Minority leader Jim Durkin, Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno. Details on the meeting are scarce but the sit down has been confirmed by the Governor’s staff. The state is closing in on a full year without a budget and the deadline to approve one without a super majority is the end of the month. 

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Kewanee Supt of Schools on PTP

Dist #229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens and KHS Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan discuss end of school year issues during the May 17 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Rising gas prices are discussed during the May 17 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

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SCFB On Tuned IN

Stark County Farm Bureau Manager talks about the Map Amendment signatures during the May 17 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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ISP Roadside Safety Check Results

East Moline, IL (05-16-2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Friday, May 13, 2016 and early morning hours of Saturday, May 14, 2016.  The detail was conducted at Illinois 92 east ¼ mile west of 34th Street, Moline, IL by ISP District 7 troopers.

            Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers, however, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.  The following citations were issued at the safety check:

            Violations

Enforcement Activity

Registration offenses

1

Driver’s license offenses

5

Occupant restraint offenses

3

Driving under the influence arrests

4

Other alcohol/drug arrests

7

Total citations/arrests

22

Total written warnings

3

                                                                                

This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.                                                                        

Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality.

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Kewanee Salvation Army Store Ready for Summer

The Salvation Army Store is ready for summer with quite a number of seasonal items available to the public.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army Store in Kewanee they are ready for the season…

Ms. Bolls says they have many other summertime items available as well…

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Educators Push Budget for Students

 

OGLESBY – The time is now for legislators and the governor to come together and approve a budget for the next budget year, school officials in north-central Illinois urged on Monday.

 

Local school superintendents conducted a news conference at Illinois Valley Community College to outline the impact on local districts if a Fiscal Year 2017 education budget is not in place prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

 

With just a couple of weeks left in the scheduled spring legislative session in Springfield, the superintendents from DeKalb, Bureau, Marshall, Putnam and LaSalle counties used the news conference to outline for media, legislators and the communities they serve what is at stake if the ongoing state budget stalemate holds up a K-12 state education budget for the new budget year that starts July 1. Their points included:

 

· Despite overwhelming public support for education as a top priority and language in the Illinois Constitution giving the state the primary responsibility to fund education, the current system for funding public system is widely decried as both unfair and inadequate.

· State leaders approved a K-12 budget last summer despite the budget impasse, but discussions out of Springfield have suggested the education budget could be held up until there is school funding reform.

· Waiting until the scheduled May 31 end of the spring legislative session to approve a state budget puts schools in a very difficult spot of having to make financial decisions months before they know what state resources they will have for the following fall.

· Schools in these counties have small cash reserves of only a handful of months on hand to deal with any state education funding shortfall.

· Without state funding, schools here and elsewhere will close their doors.

 

The local educators said they need to raise these important policy questions in hopes of pushing legislators and the governor for a new education budget before any crisis can develop.

 

“Time is running out for the governor and Legislature to agree on a budget for the new year, and the future of K-12 education in Illinois rests on their decisions,” said Chris Dvorak, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Regional Office of Education No. 35. “We urge them to quickly approve an education budget for next year that values our children and the people who teach and care for them so we can be sure our schools can move ahead next fall.”

 

“Our school leadership here and around the state are grappling with so many difficult issues from a possible state budget impasse: how quickly local reserves would be exhausted, how programs could be prioritized, when schools might close,” said Angie Zarvell, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Regional Office of Education No. 28. “Our hope is by publicly discussing our concerns, we will build the awareness needed for our elected leaders in Springfield to work together on a new budget and provide the certainty schools need to focus on providing the best education possible for our children.”

 

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ISF Grandstand Tix Go On Sale Saturday

 

Springfield, IL – Tickets for the highly anticipated 2016 Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts will go on sale on Saturday, May 21st at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. 

 

This year the fair will once again offer a discount ticket package, Country Concert Blowout This offer includes one track ticket to each of the all-star country performances.  “This package results in a 20% savings to the fairgoer,” said State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon.  “What’s great about this package is it can be split among friends, family members, and co-workers for additional savings.”  Only 500 tickets will be available for this package and this special offer ends July 31st.

 

Country Concert Blowout: $114                                                                  
Jake Owen
                                                                              
Dierks Bentley
                                                                        
Cole Swindell
                                                                         
Little Big Town

 

It’s important to note, this discount ticket package is only available for purchase by phone or in person at the Emmerson Building on the state fairgrounds.                        

 

Also available for purchase this year will be the StageSide Party ticket.  For an additional $30, fairgoers can attend a special StageSide party.  The party begins each night 2.5 hours before showtime.  Your ticket includes: all you can eat buffet, beer & wine for purchase, entertainment, early entry into the concert, and giveaways including a chance to win two (2) backstage meet and greet passes for that evening’s headlining artist(s).  This exclusive party is only available to 120 people each night. 

 

This year the StageSide party ticket will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster and in person at the Emmerson Building.

 

 

Illinois State Fair Ticket Office Hours:

 

May 23 – 31:                          Illinois State Fair office (Emmerson Building)
                                    In Person:  Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm

                                    By Phone: (217) 782-1979

 

Beginning June 1:      Grandstand Box Office
                                    
Monday – Friday
                                    8:00am – 5:00pm

 

Individual ticket prices for each of the shows at the 2016 Illinois State Fair are listed below:
 

Friday, August 12:  Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

Tier 3 – $20 / Tier 2 - $25 / Tier 1 - $30 / Track - $30 / VIP - $42

 

Saturday, August 13:  Meghan Trainor / Hailee Steinfeld / Common Kings
Tier 3 - $28 / Tier 2 - $33 / Tier 1 - $38 / Track $38 / VIP - $50

 

Sunday, August 14:  Jake Owen / Old Dominion

Tier 3 - $15 / Tier 2 - $20 / Tier 1 - $25 / Track $25 / VIP - $37 
 

Monday, August 15: New Odyssey
General Admission - $5

 

Tuesday, August 16:  Dierks Bentley / Tucker Beathard

Tier 3 - $42 / Tier 2 - $47 / Tier 1 - $52 / Track $52 / VIP - $64 
 

Wednesday, August 17:  KISS / The Dead Daisies
Tier 3 - $49   / Tier 2 - $54   / Tier 1 - $59   / Track - $59 / VIP - $74

 

Thursday, August 18:  TBA


Friday, August 19:  Cole Swindell / Kane Brown / LANco / Jon Langston

Tier 3 - $18 / Tier 2 - $23 / Tier 1 - $28 / Track $28 / VIP - $40

 

Saturday, August 20:  Little Big Town / David Nail
Tier 3 - $27 / Tier 2 - $32 / Tier 1 - $37 / Track $37 / VIP - $49

 

Sunday, August 21:  ZZ Top / Gregg Allman
Tier 3 - $34 / Tier 2 - $39 / Tier 1 - $44 / Track $44 / VIP - $54

 

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BHE Info

Black Hawk College’s East Campus has come under fire recently and more succinctly the Black Hawk College administration in Moline has come under fire for program and staff reductions at the East Campus over the last year or so.

David Harris is the Coordinator of the College’s Community Education Center in downtown and at a recent college career night he made mention of how many offerings the college still has and he also says it’s time to squelch the rumors that the East Campus will be shutting down as some point in the near future…

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Soccer Club Murder Mystery on Saturday in Kewanee

The Kewanee Soccer Club will host a dinner theatre fundraiser on Saturday evening, May 21st at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee.

The evening begins at 6 o’clock Saturday when the doors will open at the Flemish Club with the dinner theatre beginning at 6:30 and the title of the play is simply, Murder Mystery which is actually a comedy.

A silent auction will also be a part of the evening’s events and the dinner will feature chicken breasts, roast beef, several different salads and rolls at a cost of $25 per person which includes the meal and the play.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Office and can also be purchased at the door on Saturday night.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Kewanee Soccer Club which is for children ages 8-18 in both the Kewanee and Wethersfield school districts.

The Soccer Club is a non-profit entity and further information is available by contacting Duane Johnston in Kewanee at 525-0507.

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Illinois State Fair Grandstand tickets set to get on sale

Illinois State Fair grandstand tickets will go on sale soon, but if you want first dibs, you'll have to point and click or use your smartphone. Illinois Agriculture spokeswoman Rebecca Clark says tickets will be available online this weekend before opening up to the walkup crowd next week...

The online ticket sales will kick off at ten a.m. Saturday. This year's grandstand lineup features big names like Kiss, Little Big Town, Meghan Trainor, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. 

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Union Contract Bill Sitting on Governor's Desk

A bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk that would shift union negotiations that are at an impasse to binding arbitration. House Bill 580 will become law at the end of today (Monday) if the Governor chooses not to act. The bill changes what happens now after a labor agreement can’t be reached. Currently the Governor is able to force his plan on a union after contract talks break down. Bruce Rauner hasn’t directly said what he’s planning on doing but he’s critical of the potential law.

Rauner’s office says the bill would allow unelected officials to decide about labor agreements. Currently AFSCME and the Governor are at an impasse on a new labor deal. The Governor’s office says a move to decide contracts under the bill could result in a $3 billion dollar tax hike, based on additional increases in union salaries.

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Macoupin County investigators confirm identity of remains as man missing since 2012

Children playing near a Macoupin County Creek Bed have done something investigators couldn't, they found the remains of a man missing from Royal Lakes, a tiny town in Southern Macoupin County. County authorities have now confirmed human remains discovered back in February near Bunker Hill are those off Joseph Wilson, who vanished four years ago. Police believed foul play was a likelihood because someone cashed disability checks intended for the then 24-year-old Wilson. Wilson was described as developmentally disabled with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. Authorities also recovered evidence that pointed toward a homicide. Wilson's last known residence was the home of a cousin in Royal Lakes who is a registered sex offender. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been working the case. Anyone with information is urged to call (618) 585-3214.

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Teen Smokers Can Continue to Buy Tobacco

Teen smokers will still be able to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in Illinois. Lawmakers failed to get the votes to push the legal age to purchase those products to 21. But the bill was crafted in such a way to only prohibit the sale of products to individuals under 21, not possession. Bill sponsors didn’t want the new law to adversely impact newly underage smokers with burdensome fines. Senator John Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat, says the bill was a way to keep more teenagers from smoking.

The votes to support the bill weren’t there, so it was pulled and put on hold. Paving a path towards it possibily coming around for another vote.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Senator Dan McConchie, a Lake Zurich Republican, thinks this is a step too far in governmental control of personal decisions.

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Solar Event In 2017 Gaining Attention

If you want to see a total solar eclipse in Illinois in 2017, you might want to start making plans now.

Bob Baer is co-chairing an eclipse committee at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for the August 21st event, starting just before noon.

Baer says in the Midwest, the southern part of Illinois is the closest distance to a swath of the country that is in line to see the total eclipse.

This is the first total eclipse in the United States since 1979.

SIU-C plans on opening up its football stadium for eclipse viewing activities, and Baer says the region’s population could double. The school alone is expecting 30-to-50-thousand visitors.

The total eclipse is predicted to last less than three minutes, although the entire eclipse event will last around three hours.

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Manhunt Ends in Deadly Shootout

The search for a man suspected of shooting a police officer came to an end with a shootout near the Shawnee National Forest. Illinois State Police say that Clint Pendleton was shot and killed in an abandoned house. Pendleton was wanted in connection with a shooting of an officer in Mahomet. An FBI agent was wounded in the second gun fight Sunday. Pendleton had been on the run for over a week, his manhunt is also to blame for a fatal wreck when a responding ISP officer and 26 year old woman collided. The Decatur woman was killed in the accident. 

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Franks leaving legislature

A political maverick is leaving the Illinois House. Democratic State Representative Jack Franks has decided to run for McHenry County board chairman instead of seeking re-election. Franks has clashed with county officials in recent years. Democratic officials in Franks district have until August to pick a replacement for Franks' spot on the ballot in the Illinois House race. Franks believes he can have a greater impact in McHenry County where the population has been declining. He says the county is overtaxed and too reliant on tax hikes.

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Regional Media Spotlight Actor Freddie Highmore from A & E's Bates Motel

A & E's Bates Motel reaches it's season 4 finale tonight with a lot of major intrigue. Will this be the last episode for Vera Farmiga's Norma Bates? Will this begin the final lap for the series as the story begins to intersect with Hitchcock's iconic film Psycho? How many seasons are left for the series? Our Sean Patrick caught up with Freddie for a RegionalDailyNews.com exclusive. 

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Wethersfield Supt of Schools on PTP

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski discusses year end activities during the May 16 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

The abuse of fentanyl is discussed during the May 16 edition of the Open Line 

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OSF on Tuned In

Better Hearing and Speech Month is discussed during the May 16 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Illinois Adds Jobs


 

ROSELAND, NJ--(Marketwired - May 11, 2016) -  The State of Illinois added 5,200 private sector jobs during the month of April, according to the ADP Regional Employment Report which is produced by ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, in collaboration with Moody's Analytics, Inc. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Regional Employment Report measures the change in regional and state nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally adjusted basis.

 

April 2016 Report Highlights

 

Changes in Illinois State Nonfarm Private Employment: 5,200*

·         By Sector * 

o    Goods-producing -600 

o    Service-providing 5,800

·         By Select Industries

o    Natural Resources/Mining and Construction -200 

o    Manufacturing -400 

o    Professional and Business Services 2,200 

o    Trade, Transportation and Utilities 1,300 

 

* Sum of components may not equal total, due to rounding.

 

The May 2016 ADP Regional Employment Report will be released at 9:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. A full publishing calendar can be found at www.ADPemploymentreport.com.

 

Additional data on other states, including jobs data by sector and select industries is available at www.ADPemploymentreport.com.

 

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The ADP logo, ADP, ADP Regional Employment Report and the ADP Research Institute are registered trademarks of ADP, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2016, ADP, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Ameren Remediation Project Update

The Ameren Remediation project in Kewanee continues to move forward and will be in effect for some time to come.

Just about everyone in town has noticed the various forms of construction work and large tents on the north side of Main Street not to mention the trucks that have been moving materials in and out of that site.

Don Richardson is a Consulting Engineer with the Environmental Services Group working with Ameren and he says phase one of the project is now in the books… 

 

Richardson says the remediation work is necessary to remove long standing materials in that area that are now considered hazardous if left without treatment…

With the project completion date set for the end of 2017, some might think that means if must be a pretty serious situation.

Richardson says not necessarily so, it’s just a time consuming project…

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May is High Blood Pressure Month


"MAY-NATIONAL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AWARENESS MONTH - HOW TOs"

 

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month.  The truth is you can have high blood pressure and not know it. That is why it is called the silent killer. It is also why it is so important to have your blood pressure checked. If you know family or friends who haven't had their blood pressure checked recently, make it a point to ask them to do it in May.

     In addition, the Health Department Clinical Services staff note, if you have high blood pressure, there are steps you can take to get it under control, including:

·         Ask your provider what your blood pressure should be. Set a goal to lower your pressure with your doctor and then discuss how you can reach your goal. Work with your health care team to make sure you meet that goal.

·         Take your blood pressure medication as directed. If you are having trouble, ask your doctor what you can do to make it easier. For example, you may want to discuss your medication schedule with your doctor if you are taking multiple drugs at different times of the day. Or you may want to discuss side effects you are feeling, or the cost of your medicine.

·         Quit smoking—and if you don't smoke, don't start.

·         Reduce sodium. Most Americans consume too much sodium, and it raises blood pressure in most people. Learn about tips to reduce your sodium.

     RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion states, “There are other healthy habits, that can help keep your blood pressure under control such as:”

·         Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

·         Participate in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.

·         Eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated fats, trans fat, and cholesterol.

·         Manage stress.

·         Limit the amount of alcohol you drink (no more than one drink each day for women and two for men).

·         If you have high blood pressure and are prescribed medication, take it as directed.

·         If you have a family member who has high blood pressure, you can help by taking many of the steps listed above with them. Go for walks together or cook meals with lower sodium. Make it a family affair!

·         And, of course, check your blood pressure regularly.

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New Location For Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Office


We have some exciting news to share . . . the Chamber office needs to find a new home!

Why is this exciting? Because Central Bank, the Chamber’s current landlord, needs to make room for its ever-growing business. We lovewatching businesses grow!

 

Last week the Chamber formed a Relocation Committee which explored several rental options throughout Geneseo. Most of these options did not align with the Chamber’s financial goals. In addition, many of the facilities explored need to be filled by retail businesses, not by offices.

 

Through discussions with City of Geneseo officials, the Relocation Committee agreed it’s in the best interest of the Chamber at this time to lease space at the south end of City Hall. Last night, Geneseo City Council voted unanimously to approve this endeavor. Geneseo Chamber Board will meet later this month to vote on this as well.

 

We want to thank Central Bank for its unending commitment to Geneseo Chamber of Commerce. Their courtesies have been numerous!

 

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KPL Summer Reading Program

The summer reading program at Kewanee Public Library will get underway in the very near future.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says it can be a very effective program for students…

Ms. Billiet adds that the program is not limited to a specific age group…

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Kewanee Park District on PTP

KPD Director of Parks and Recreation Brian Johnson talks about the construction at Northeast Park during the May 13 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Transgender issues are part of the discussion during the May 13 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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Kewanee Salvation Army on Tuned IN

Salvation Army Director LInda Bolls talks about summer camp during the May 13 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Shuttered Plant Has Buyer in BLONO

Even though the Mitsubishi plant in Normal has a new buyer, the future is still uncertain. President of Maynards Industries of Detroit Taso Safokitis (Toss-oh Saw-fo-Kite-us) says there are too many variables to know what a strategic buyer would want out of the plant. He tells us, the size of the plant is much larger than what many manufacturers are looking for.

The building is 28 years old. Safokitis (Saw-fo-Kite-us) says if they do find a buyer, the public may not know until it's a done deal.

ADDITONAL AUDIO:

The President of Maynards Industries of Detroit is talking about his company's latest purchase - the Mitsubishi plant in Normal. Taso Safokitis (Toss-oh Saw-fo-Kite-us) says there are too many variables to know exactly what will happen to the former Mitsubishi Plant, but hopes they can find a strategic buyer. Safokitis (Saw-fo-Kite-us) says the 28 year old building is huge.



Safokitis (Saw-fo-Kite-us) says if they do find a buyer, the public may not know until it's a done deal. He says if there is an auction it will be advertised nationally. Maynards takes over June 1st when the final Mitsubishi employees walk off the job site.

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Rauner Taking Time to Examine Budget Proposals

A new budget proposal has been submitted at the state house. Negotiators, a group that does not include the leaders or Governor has been meeting for months and they now have something to show for it. The balanced budget contains cuts and tax increases, but increases in revenue outpace cuts by about 2 to 1. Governor Bruce Rauner says that he wants to take a long look at it before saying if it’s the right thing to do.

The bill would borrow $5 billion to pay down a backlog of bills, with the borrowing set to be paid down over 5 years. In total the revenue hike is $5.4 billion to go along with $2.4 billion in cuts.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Governor Bruce Rauner says time is running out for lawmakers to carve an easier path to passing what he’s sees as a potential grand bargain.

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Report Indicates Illinois River is Getting Cleaner

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Results of a study show the Illinois River is getting cleaner. Scientists at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois say the reduction in the amount of nitrogen released into the river from Chicago and runoff from some farm fields represents a new milestone.
Illinois adopted a statewide Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy last year. Its ultimate goal is to help reduce the so-called dead-zone in the Gulf of Mexico caused by wastewater, excess fertilizer and other chemicals.


 

 

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May Mental Health Support Group Meeting


     The Henry and Stark County Health Department and the Stark County Citizen's Mental Health Task Force asks, "Does someone you love suffer from mental illness?  Do you feel alone as you struggle to provide care and support for someone with mental illness? You're not alone."

 

    The Health Department and the Stark County Citizen's Mental Health Task Force invites you to attend the April Support Group for friends and family of people with mental illness.

 

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00-7:30pm at the Henry and Stark County Health Departments, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee.

 

     Beth Smith adds, "We encourage interested individuals to join with others dealing with the same struggles to share stories, offer encouragement and lend support"

   

    For more information about the upcoming mental health support group meeting, you may contact the Health Department at (309) 852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com, or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments, or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Hike the Hennepin on Sunday

The Friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on

Sunday, May 15.

This month’s hike will be from Lock 6 to Bridge 6 (Lock 11). This portion of the “Hike the

Hennepin” is 4.6 miles in length and it has been named the “Snapping Turtle”.

We will meet at Lock 11, just north of Tiskilwa at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Lock

6 to begin our hike. Directions to Lock 11 are to take Main Street south out of Princeton and

continue on that road until you cross the canal. The lock will then be on your left.

The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an

opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois

River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs.

You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no

fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress

weather appropriately.

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:

hikes@friends-hennepin-canal.org (email) or call 815-664-2403 (home)

or log on to our website at: www.friends-hennepin-canal.org

 

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ISP District 7 Report For April

 

          EAST MOLINE, IL (05-10-16) – Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of April 2016, Troopers handled 1575 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 153 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

          Criminal activities during the month included 5 persons apprehended for being wanted on outstanding warrants and 31 arrested for other criminal offenses.

 

          Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 264 drivers arrested for speeding and 82 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 41, while 22 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 718 traffic citations and 555 written warnings to motorists during the month.

 

          Troopers and weight inspectors issued 85 citations for overweight loads and issued 171 written warnings for overweight violations.

 

          District Seven Troopers handled 37 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There was one fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers. 

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Graduation Weekend in Kewanee

It’s High School Graduation weekend in Kewanee as seniors will graduate from both Kewanee and Wethersfield on Sunday afternoon.

Kewanee High School Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan says 100 students will graduate on Sunday afternoon…

Mr. Bryan advises an early arrival for those that will be attending the ceremonies on Sunday afternoon…

Mr. Bryan also acknowledges that it is a happy time for graduates and their families but it’s also a bit sad to see them go…

Graduation will also be held Sunday afternoon at Wethersfield in the high school gym and District 230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says 45 students will graduate on Sunday afternoon…

Mr. Kazubowski also advises an early arrival if possible on Sunday afternoon at Wethersfield…

Mr. Kazubowski also notes that it can be a bit bittersweet watching those students graduate…

Well once graduation is wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, it will be a quick final week at both schools.

At Kewanee District 229, regular schedules through Wednesday and then no school on Thursday with a teachers institute day and then the final day for students on Friday with a one hour early dismissal.

At Wethersfield, it will be a regular schedule through Thursday, with the final day on Friday and an early dismissal of 2:30.      

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Durbin continues push for POTUS funding request for Zika

The US Senate seems to agree something significant needs to be done about the mosquito delivered Zika virus. One thing that continues to separate them is the pricetag. Senator Dick Durbin continues to call for the President's request for $1.9 billion in emergency funding and he says time is of the essence...

Republican leaders Illinois is among the states that can be reached by the mosquitos that carry Zika.

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Congressman Rodney Davis speaks out on opioid addiction

Congressman Rodney Davis wouldn't settle for mere statistics in studying the issue of opioid addiction. He took his research to the streets with ridealongs with the K9 unit for the McClean County Sheriff's office. That department has seen an increase in opioid overdose deaths and 70 percent increase in controlled substance arrests. Davis says it's part of a downstate trend...

Davis stresses the face of opioid addiction has changed considerably....

The House has passed legislation aimed at curbin opioid addiciton, but it had no funding attached. A proposal to help the cause through millions in grants is now under consideration. 

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Gov Critical of Senate Ed Bill

After speaking to students at New Berlin High School in Sangamon County this morning, Governor Bruce Rauner criticized Democratic State Senator Andy Manar’s Senate Bill 231, which is his latest school funding proposal, a day after it passed in the Senate.

New Berlin Superintendent Adam Ehrman stressed that Manar’s funding reform bill would negatively impact his school district.

The bill now moves to the Illinois House.

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Rauner calls Manar plan unworkable

Governor Bruce Rauner isn't attacking House Speaker Mike Madigan by name these days but in the debate over school funding reform, he's taking the direct approach in his critique of State Senator Andy Manar's vision on the issue...

Speaking at New Berlin High School near Springfield, Rauner notes it's not exactly an issue that can be solved with soundbites....

Rauner is pitching a school funding plan that he says will fully fund schools for the first time in seven years.

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Senate Republicans Shy Away from Education Reform

Education funding reform passed the Illinois Senate this week. It’s been a two year push by Andy Manar, a Democrat from Blue Mound. But the bill came up with just one Republican vote, Sam McCann. The partisan nature of the debate bothered Manar; he says that failing to do anything to change the system will cause it to further erode. And simply moving ahead with the Governor’s plan of restoring foundation level spending continues to make sure poorer district stay that way.

Governor’s plan will spend $55 million more but opponents to it say it will send it more cash into a broken system where the wealthiest districts continue to start even further ahead of the poorest.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Opponents to the bill note that some districts will lose out on funding. Manar says some of those districts already have huge cash reserves and in a few years when those schools do see less state funding they will be able to adjust.

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Rodeo shifts to Springfield

There will be lots of horsin' around in Springfield next month. The Illinois High School Rodeo State Finals is moving from Effingham County to Springfield after a 23 year run in Southeastern Illinois. The competition comes to the Illnois State Fairgrounds from June 9th through 12th. The sudden change is the result of two longtime organizers leaving the Altamont area. Effingham County officials are hopeful the rodeo competition can return next year. The state fairgrounds is tentatively set to host the national high school rodeo finals in 2020 and 2021.

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FBI Wants to Find Illinois Man

A reward is on the table for information leading towards finding a man wanted for shooting a police officer in the east central Illinois town of Mahomet. The FBI is offering $10,000 to help find Clint Pendleton of Bellflower. Reports have Pendleton spotted around Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. Pendleton is considered armed and dangerous. 

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Stark County Supt of Schools on PTP

Stark County Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster and Elementary Principal Mrs. Jenna Bibb discuss year end activities during the May 12 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

The Kentucky Derby and one room school houses are discussed during the May 12 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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KPL on Tuned IN

Kewanee Public LIbrary Children's Librarian Sara Billiet talks about the summer reading program during the May 12 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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ISP Warn of Phone Scams


Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state.  An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP or the “Illinois Police.”  The caller will then ask for a donation or advise you there is a warrant out for your arrest and you need to send money.  

The caller ID may say “Illinois Police” or “Illinois State Police.” The phone number associated with the call is usually (618) 855-0185 but phone scammers have the ability to quickly change the phone number that is displayed on caller ID.  Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of what number is displayed, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.  

The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money to us for any reason.  The ISP encourages those that believe they have been the victim of a phone scam to call (800)243-0618and report it to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.  

For information on the different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at:
http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.html

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OSF St Luke Medical Staff Scholarship Winners

 

(Kewanee, IL / May 5, 2016) – OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Medical Staff is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2015 Medical Staff Healthcare Scholarships. 

 

● Amy Sternes of Kewanee. Sternes attends Western Governors University, working towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a graduate of Prophetstown High School, earned a Certified Nursing Assistant license at Black Hawk College and her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Sauk Valley College. She is an RN at OSF Saint Luke where she has served in a preceptor role, teaching, supporting and evaluating new nursing employees and currently serves on the Unit Practice Council for the emergency department. She is also the Relay for Life Mission/Advocacy Chair for the American Cancer Society.

 

● Jennifer Wallgren of Kewanee. Wallgren attends Western Governors University, where she will graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May, and will then work toward earning her Masters of Science in Nursing this fall, focusing on Leadership and Management. Wallgren is a graduate of Annawan High School and Black Hawk College. She has worked in a variety of positions at OSF Saint Luke including in the emergency department. She currently works as the Patient Safety Specialist in the Quality Department and is an active member of the Nursing Quality Council, Professional Practice Council, and the Quality Council and is a member of the OSF Ministry-wide Risk Management group.

 

● Seth Kelly of Galva. Kelly attends the Saint Francis College of Nursing in Peoria, working toward his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He is a graduate of Black Hawk College and Carl Sandburg College, where he earned an Associates of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology.  He works as a CT/Radiologic Technologist at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center.

 


To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Advanced Practice Nursing. Eligible applicants include students enrolled in an undergraduate program in Nursing, Radiology Technician or Respiratory Therapy. Students enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic Medical School are also eligible. Three (3) one-year, $1,000 scholarships are awarded per year. Each scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four (4) years, contingent upon the applicant filing a formal request for renewal and furnishing proof of academic achievement. A one page summary of the previous year’s activities will also be required.

 

 

Photo Caption (L-R):
Jackie Kernan, Chief Nursing Officer, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center; Amy Sternes, scholarship recipient; Jennifer Wallgren, scholarship recipient; Seth Kelly, scholarship recipient; Dr. Troy Cutler, Chief of Staff.

 

 

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is a rural Critical Access Hospital in West Central Illinois with a Mission of “Serving with the Greatest Care and Love.”  Serving the greater Kewanee community since 1919, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center sets the standard for local health care with a team of compassionate professionals who are focused on clinical excellence and customer service.  

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Braveheart Golf Outing May 21st

 

The Braveheart Children’s Advocacy Center in Cambridge continues to be a major asset in the prosecution of abuse and sexual abuse of children.

Constance King is the Case Manager for Braveheart…

Ms. King adds that the testimony of abused children is video-taped and later presented as evidence in court and in that manner, children only have to testify just the one time.

Ms. King says that testimony is accepted as evidence in nearly all cases by court room officials…

Needless to say, but Braveheart, like all agencies in Illinois is constantly working to stay afloat financially and Ms. King says their annual golf outing fund raiser is on the schedule for Saturday, May 21st at the Kewanee Dunes…

A silent auction will also be held that evening and attendees can sign up for the entire package of golf, dinner and dancing to the band that evening, or they can also pick ala carte the events they wish to attend…

To make a donation for the silent auction, or to sign up for your tickets to the event, phone Braveheart at 937-5663 or e-mail jackie@braveheartcac.org     

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Older Americans Month

Springfield – What does it mean to blaze a trail? To the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), blazing a trail means evolving to better meet the needs of our growing older adult population and creating a sustainable path for older adults in Illinois – today and for many more years to come. As we celebrate Older Americans Month, IDoA is embracing this year’s theme – Blaze a Trail – and using it as our call to action.

“Older Americans Month is an important month for us to celebrate the contributions of older adults and raise awareness about the issues facing our community,” remarked IDoA Director, Jean Bohnhoff. “We’re being challenged to keep pace with technology and a growing aging population; the Department is meeting that challenge head on and, working with the Rauner Administration, we believe we’ve found the right solution to avoiding premature institutionalization while maintaining the sustainability of critical programs,” she continued.

Director Bohnhoff is a trailblazer in her own right, coming from the provider community and joining IDoA earlier this year. She encourages IDoA staff to think outside the box and develop innovative and creative new ways to interact with providers and advocates across the network and improve service delivery for our clients.

IDoA recognizes the contributions of local trailblazers year-round through awards programs such as the Senior Hall of Fame and our Caregiver Awards.

“Blazing a trail means taking action, moving forward and paving a way for others to follow. We’re doing that at IDoA and we’re optimistic about what that means for our state and our older adult population,” said Bohnhoff.

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HCFB Info

Farmers are making steady progress with the spring planting in Henry County and the surrounding area.

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says farmers are also dodging rain drops over the last several days…

Ms. Laleman also reminds listeners of the free farmland assessments meeting on the schedule for May 25th

  

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Downstate lawmakers fight for coal

A group of downstate lawmakers is rallying around the state's beleaguered coal industry. The group, including Republican State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeier of Jacksonville want to make sure Illinois coal is a part of the energy discussion........

Legislation would get coal in the discussion by creating an incentive program within the Illinois Commerce Commission to put scrubbers on the existing coal fired facilities the state already has, many of which are in jeopardy of closing.

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Allegiant Airlines concerns grow

Some nervous airport officials are watching developments at Allegiant Airlines throughout Illinois. Las Vegas based KTNV television reports hundreds of pilots are looking to leave the airline. Pilots tell KTNV they are overworked, underpaid and they accuse Allegiant of operating with a bare minimum approach to maintenance and safety. Teamsters Local 1224 officials say the incredible skill of Allegiant pilots has been a last line of defense in avoiding disaster. There has been some turbulence in leadership for Allegiant. Earlier this year, Chief Operations Officer Steve Harfst suddenly resigned. Director of Maintenance Jesse Peek is retiring this month.

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Looking at Universities Impact Locally

A recent study released by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs indicates that Western Illinois University’s economic impact within a 16-county region in west central Illinois is approximately $473 million.

During Fiscal Year 2015, the University's employment and operations, capital improvement expenditures and student expenditures created or supported 3,904 full- and part-time employment positions, generating nearly $225.5 million in labor income. Counties included are Adams, Brown, Carroll, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jo Davies, Knox, Mason, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island, Schuyler, Warren and Whiteside.

The total annual economic impact of WIU is determined by several components including $89.6 million in operational expenditures; $172.3 million in employment compensation; $40.8 million in student expenditures; and $8.2 million in capital improvement and construction expenditures. 

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IDOA Soon to Address Gypsy Moth

You’ve heard of the emerald ash borer, but there’s another invasive insect causing problems in the area that you might not know about.
Scott Schirmer, Plant and Pesticide Specialist Supervisor with the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture, says that gypsy moths are a big threat to trees, especially oaks.

So, the dept. will be applying pheromone flakes to about 25,000 acres of land in LaSalle and Putnam counties to help prevent an increase in the population of these pests.

The flakes are not harmful to humans, animals, plants, or other insects, and merely prevent the adult male moths from seeking out females to breed with. The flakes will be applied aerially on June 25th and 27th, depending on weather conditions.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

They were originally brought to the area in the 1800’s to help create a more lucrative silk industry, but now gypsy moths have become a real problem. Like the emerald ash borer, they’re an invasive species that feeds on trees, making them weak and more susceptible to drought and other pests that they could normally fend off on their own.

So, the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture will soon be spreading pheromone flakes over the trees in some areas of LaSalle and Putnam Counties.
Scott Schirmer, Plant and Pesticide Specialist Supervisor, says that the flakes are not like the regular pesticides that are sometimes sprayed on crops – they’re about the size of cupcake sprinkles.

Flakes will be aerially applied to around 25,000 acres in LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby, Utica, Starved Rock, and Matthiessen State Park on June 25th and 27th, weather permitting.

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OT Change Could Raise Prices Paid

McDonalds franchisee owner Bob Dobski is in agreement with Congressman Darin LaHood over a proposed labor department rule. The rule would raise the threshold for overtime eligibility from about 24-thousand dollars per year to nearly 50-thousand. Dobski says in the end it would also raise the price of a Big Mac.

Dobski says if passed workers will lose overtime hours. Congressman Darin LaHood says all business owners are looking at higher costs.

LaHood says setting wages is a local issue.

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Education Funding Passes the Senate

Partisan or not the Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will revamp the way school districts are funded. The change comes to a decade’s old funding formula based on needs and local ability to pay for higher per-pupil costs based on current property tax rates. The proposal has been pushed for two years by Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill. Manar says failure to follow through and change the way schools are funded will simply allow the system to fail even more.

The bill faces an unknown future in the House. Democrats there have been more hesitant to support changes that in some cases will slowly take state funding away from their local schools.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Pat McGuire, a Democrat from Joliet, says that he recognizes that students in downstate or rust belt schools need more help to acquire the skills needed to land a 21st century job. 

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Fallen Firefighters Honored

It was a day of honors on Tuesday at the state capitol for firefighters. They arrived from all over Illinois to honor the fallen and support the bravest that received awards for acts of selflessness on the job. This past year four firefighters lost their live in the line of duty. Governor Bruce Rauner noted that the very nature of the job requires that they be ready to put aside personal well being to help the lives of others.

Nearly 30 firefighters were honored in a medal ceremony for their brave actions on the job and service to the community.

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Duke Frisby on PTP

Duke Frisby wraps up the Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival during the May 11 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

The prison closure and open burning are discussed during the May 11 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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HCFB on Tuned IN

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman talks about an upcoming Farmland Assessment Values Meeting during the May 11 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Letter Carriers Food Drive On Saturday

The annual Letter Carriers Food Drive will be held this coming Saturday, May 14th in Kewanee with donations headed to the Kewanee Food Pantry.

Lisa Janey is the Director of the Food Pantry and she says the need for help with food in the community remains as strong as ever…

Barb Gross is the President of the Food Pantry Board and she says that with approximately one third of Kewanee residents using the resources of the Pantry, the challenge is to help out best they can…

Ms. Gross says the Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday is a major factor in their operation and she says those postal carriers deserve a big round of thanks, not to mention the generosity of the general public…

In short, donations of non-perishable food items should be left out at your mailbox, both in town and in the country early on Saturday morning…

Ms. Janey says they can always use volunteers back at the pantry to help unload all of the donations that will be coming in…

Once again, the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive on the schedule for this coming Saturday, May 14th.   

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Upcoming Extension Meeting


On Tuesday, May 17, University of Illinois Extension – Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties will be holding an Extension Council meeting at 6 p.m. at Woodhull Town Hall, 150 North Division Street, Woodhull, Illinois.   The meetings are open to the public. The Extension Council is made up volunteers from a large cross-section of the community who cooperate with Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating, and financing Extension programs designed to meet the needs, interests, and resources of the local communities they serve.  If you have any questions about Extension or the meeting, contact Jenny Garner, county director at (309) 756-9978

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IL Airport of the Year


SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn congratulated the 2016 Airport of the Year award recipients for their accomplishments and their partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to provide outstanding service to their customers.

“We are proud of our aviation community’s dedication to support the state’s economy by offering an invaluable public service,” Secretary Blankenhorn said. “These airports set the bar for excellence. We are happy to partner with them to provide safe, efficient air travel throughout the state.”

The criteria for the award selections include: coordination with IDOT by airport management, facility safety record, maintenance, and the promotion of seminars and aviation events. This year’s award recipients were announced earlier this month at IDOT’s annual Illinois Aviation Conference at Southern Illinois University:

 

· Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago) “Primary Airport of the Year”

· St. Louis Regional Airport (East Alton/Bethalto) “Reliever Airport of the Year”

· Whiteside County Airport (Sterling/Rock Falls) “General Aviation Airport of the Year”

· Centralia Municipal Airport (Centralia) “General Aviation Airport of the Year”

· Zelmer Memorial Airport (Palmyra) “Private – Open to the Public Airport of the Year”

· Clay County Hospital (Flora) “Heliport of the Year”

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·        Airport Steak House (Coles County Memorial Airport) “Restaurant of the Year”

 

The Illinois aviation system is one of the largest in the nation, composed of more than 830 landing facilities. Previous IDOT studies have shown that aviation contributes nearly $41 billion to the state economy every year.

IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics assists with the creation, improvement and continued operations of public and private airports, while providing aviation safety and education programs to pilots, aircraft owners, mechanics, and industry professionals.

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S.O.S. Support Group Meeting on Thursday

The next meeting of the Survivors of Suicide Support Group will be held on Thursday evening from 6:30-8 in the West Conference Room at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

The guest speaker for the evening, Mr. Steve Terry will speak on the topic of handling special events and anniversaries following a suicide.

Michele Roesner is the coordinator for the Support Group and she says their first meeting went better than expected…

Father Jerry Rafalko is also a part of the group and he says the grieving and healing process evolves differently for different people…

Ms. Roesner adds that attendees at Thursday night’s meeting will be greeted at the door and ushered into a welcoming environment…

Once again that Survivors of Suicide Support Group will meet on Thursday evening from 6:30-8 at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.   

   

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La Leche League to Meet Wednesday Evening in Kewanee


 

    The La Leche League of Henry and Stark Counties' reminds area residents that their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm at OSF St. Luke Medical Center, Kewanee.  "Avoiding Difficulties" will be the evening's program.

 

    Are you a new or expectant mother planning to breastfeed?  Then you will want the information and encouragement that La Leche League provides. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International.  Whether you are pregnant or already nursing, La Leche has something for you - tips and techniques shared by mothers who have enjoyed a successful breastfeeding relationship.

 

    Malissa Campbell, La Leche Counselor, notes "We welcome new mothers, pregnant women and babies and children at our meetings."

 

    Services available through La Leche include monthly informational meetings, lending library, and phone help for breastfeeding problems or questions. 

 

    Please join La Leche on Wednesday, May 11th for "Avoiding Difficulties."  Remember all mothers and their babies are welcome.  For more information call Malissa at (309) 927-3027.

 

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ISP Issue Arrest Warrant

 

On May 7, 2016 at approximately 10:45 p.m., a Mahomet Police Officer was involved in a shooting with Dracy “Clint” Pendleton, 35. The Officer and Pendleton exchanged gunfire and Pendleton fled the scene. The officer was shot in the arm and it is believed Pendleton received wounds (possibly a gunshot) during the confrontation, but it is unknown to what degree. Pendleton may seek treatment for his injuries at a medical facility. Pendleton is believed to be armed with an AK- 47.

 

The Champaign County State's Attorney’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for Pendleton for the charge of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. Pendleton is described as a White, male, 35 years old, 5’10”, 155 lbs, with blue eyes and blonde hair. Pendleton's bond is set at $5 million dollars.

 

Pendleton has possibly stolen a 2007 white GMC pick-up truck bearing Illinois registration number 165533B.

 

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call the Illinois State Police, at 618-542-1483, or dial 911.

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Rauner Decides to Close IYC at Kewanee

Some bad news to report for the city of Kewanee today as Governor Bruce Rauner has decide to close the Illinois Youth Center in Kewanee.

That action despite a recent vote from the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to leave the facility open.

Illinois Dept of Juvenile Justice Director Candice Jones says the state has nearly 700 beds to house youth offenders in other locations and claims that would be enough to meet the state’s needs.  

That statement also flying in the face of the commission’s vote to leave the facility open citing lack of a clear transition plan in addition to also pointing out that the facility was very cost effective for the state.

The closure means the loss of over 250 jobs and at this time there appears to be no real effort to use the facility in another capacity such as an adult facility or any other use and if that action holds, it means another all but brand new facility in Illinois will stand vacant.

The closure will officially occur somewhere in the vicinity of July 1st.     

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Feature on New Philadelphia Illinois

Illinois, and Illinois agriculture share an interesting history. In Pike County, in Western Illinois between the Illinois and Mississippi river the Town of New Philadelphia has been excavated. The town was formed in 1830, and finally disappeared when it was bypassed by the railroads in the late 1800’s.
New Philadelphia is significant because it was plotted, and settled by Frank McWharter, a former slave from Kentucky who earned enough money in meager his spare time to purchase his freedom and freedom for his family.
He left Kentucky and moved to the virtual wilderness of Pike County in 1830, purchased land, plotted it into a town and used the income from the sale of lots to purchase freedom for other members of his extended family. It is believed to be the only town in the US created by a former slave.
Area farmer. Phillip Bradshaw, president of the New Philadelphia association says you can visit the site today, and with a virtual reality app for your phone see what the town was like at it’s heyday.

Much of the excavation has been done by universities and the Illinois State Museum. Over the years, the land has been purchased by volunteer donations from the area. At it’s peak, new Philadelphia was a fully integrated community of about 100 people, filled with shops, churches and schools serving area farmers.

The New Philadelphia site is located off Interstate 72. Take the Barry exit and travel about two miles east. This week, at the Pike County Farm Bureau, meetings are being held with the National Park Service to see if the site can be further funded as a park service site. Legislation promoted by the Illinois congressional delegation, and signed by President Obama has approved the National Park Service to consider the Creation of New Philadelphia national park. 

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Kewanee City Council on PTP

Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley discuss city issues during the May 10 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

Tomatoe's and gardening are discussed during the May 10 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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Food Pantry on Tuned IN

Lisa Janey and Barb Gross from the Kewanee Food Pantry talk about Saturday's Letter Carrier Food Drive during the May 10 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Kewanee High School A.D. Receives Honor

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA) recognized Kewanee High School Athletic Director Tim Atwell as the Division Class 1A/2A Athletic Director of the Year in an awards ceremony held at the IADA state conference in Peoria on Saturday, April 30th.

Tim Atwell

Kewanee

Tim has served as Athletic Director at Kewanee High School for the past six years. He has served in a variety of coaching and teaching capacities at Kewanee as well since 1998. The duties have included Driver’s Education Instructor, Head Wrestling Coach, Head Girls Track Coach, Head Boys Track Coach and Assistant Football Coach. Prior to arriving at Kewanee, Tim taught and coaches at Cahokia High School and Paw Paw High School.

As a retired IHSA Official, Tim previously served as a wrestling official, baseball official and softball official. Tim has presented at the IHAARP Convention and published articles in the Illinois High School and College Driver Education Association. Dr. Christopher Sullens, Superintendent Kewanee Community Unit School District 229, states “In addition to promoting athletics at Kewanee High School, Tim is always willing to support all students within our school district. Each year, he takes photos of our elementary students for promotional brochures/ads published by our Foundation. He take and submits photos to the newspaper of students who receive academic honors and awards. After Homecoming, he ensures that all members of the Court receive a CD with group and individual photos. Tim is an outstanding individual who commands respect among his teaching peers, coaches, support staff, and administration. He continually assumes leadership roles that will benefit students, staff and administration. I admire and trust his efforts on behalf of our district. He is an outstanding role model for any teacher, coach, or administrator. Tim has clearly demonstrated that his talents and character attributes are worthy of this award.”

Tim earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois Unversity-Edwardsville and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He earned a second master’s degree from Western Illinois University. 

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Consolidation Statutory Hearing in Kewanee on Wednesday

The Regional Office of Education for Henry, Stark and Bureau Counties will host a Statutory Hearing on the school consolidation issue in Kewanee on Wednesday evening beginning at 6 o’clock in the Visitation Catholic School Gymnasium in Kewanee.

At the hearing, testimony will be received by any member of the community that resides in either the Kewanee or Wethersfield School District relative to not only the merits one way or the other for consolidation and also in general, whether or not the matter should even appear on the November ballot.

There is as such no time limits that will be placed on those presenting testimony and no advance registration is required.

Once the evening is over and the testimony has been gathered, the Regional Supt of Schools for Henry, Stark and Bureau Counties will have 14 days to make a recommendation to the State Supt of Schools.

The State Supt will then assess that information and make a decision later this year as to whether or not the proposal will be on the November ballot to be presented to the voting public.          

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National Hospital Week

National Hospital Week is being observed this week and at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee, Marketing Director Carrie Boelens says it will be a busy week for them…

Lynn Fulton is the President of St Luke Medical Center and she says a recent  Community Health Needs Assessment turned up some disturbing results…

Ms. Fulton adds that some troubling trends were discovered as they dove deeper into the report…

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Hog Festival Committee Meeting Tonight


Listed below is the tentative agenda (subject to last minute changes) for this month's Hog Festival Committee meeting scheduled for this Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm at the Hog Days building, 306 North Main Street in downtown Kewanee. If you would like something added to the agenda, please let me know asap. Otherwise, there is no need to respond to this email. If you can make it, your attendance and any input is always appreciated.  If you cannot, we understand. If you can come and only stay for part of the meeting, that's cool too! We have 115 days to go until we welcome everyone to the Pig Time!

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

Acceptance of and place on file pending audit Treasurer’s Report

Visitors –

Unfinished Business

1.    Entertainment update.

a)      Discussion w/Cerno’s.

b)      Contract w/Custom Light & Sound

c)      Mariachi Band? Kiddie Tractor Pull?

2.    U.S. Army appearance at Hog Days.

a) New discussion on space for Army downtown

3. Gustafson quilt (left on agenda as a reminder for later in year)

4.    Stampede’s 40th year this year (left on agenda as a reminder for later in year)

5.    Downtown barbecue tickets

a)      Update from Anne re: stamping & fraud tickets found

6.    Porta potty question

7.    Ice for Hog Days weekend. Anything new to report?

8.    Food Vendor update?

9.    Craft Show/Flea Market update?

10.             Spice powder update?

11.             Time to send printed schedule to B&B Printers

 

New Business

1.    Discussion of permission letters to City of Kewanee and People’s National Bank

a)   Working with City re: Hog Days billboard

2.    Building improvements.

a)      Shrub removal/improvements in front of building.

b)      Discussion of front door improvement.

c)      Weed spraying & use of/disposal of patio blocks behind building

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On hand in back building:

132 bags @ 15.4 LBS per bag = 2033 LBS

  78 bags @ 16.6 LBS per bag = 1295 LBS

210 bags                                      3328 LBS

4.     Charcoal purchases for 2016

a)      Charcoal for Rick Matuszyk

b)      Bid letter update

4.    The haunted house attraction across the street

5.    Auxiliary police support for Hog Days weekend

6.    Set dates/times for upcoming work nights

 

 

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

Motion to adjourn

*Next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, June 14, 2016 @ 7 p.m.

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Geese Strong Meeting on Wednesday

The Geese Strong Committee of the Wethersfield School District will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday (May 11) in the Wethersfield High School gymnasium.

The stated purpose of the meeting is to present and discuss facts from a feasibility study conducted last summer on the proposed consolidation of the Kewanee and Wethersfield school districts as well as from the Illinois School Report Card.

As a Wethersfield resident it is important to be informed of what is happening in this process and how it affects our school and our children.

All Wethersfield residents are encouraged to attend.

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Kewanee City Council Meeting

Kewanee City Council met on Monday evening and faced several resolutions during the regular business phase of the meeting.

Before they go to that phase, several citizens stepped forward to voice their concerns about the condition of the Costin Machine and Parts property on West 6th street.

City Manager Gary Bradley indicated that the city had filed legal papers in Henry County Circuit Court on Monday to address the situation. Mr. Bradley said it was his hope that the owners of the property would take action before any legal component might be implemented.  

Council approved a resolution that authorizes the various City streets, parking lots and green spaces for the Hog Capital Barbecue for the 2016 Hog Capital of the World Festival which will be held this year from Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5th.   

After much debate, Council voted down a resolution to award the city’s ambulance billing collections to the Henry County Health Department. The no vote came in a 3-2 against with Mayor Steve Looney and Councilman Mike Yaklich casting the two votes in favor of.  

Council also approved separate resolutions to Cerno’s Bar and Grill of Kewanee for use of the public alley in the 200 block of West Second street for a beer garden for Motorcycle Mayhem and also for the Hog Festival weekend.

Council also approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Wethersfield School District for the disbursement of the Tax Increment Financing Revenues. That agreement came as a result of the negative impact of real estate tax base of the Mill Creek Station as it affects the school district.

Council also addressed a resolution that establishes premiums for eligible participants in the City’s self-insured health care program. The City’s Fund 74 balance has been reduced by $200,000 over the last 16 months due to increased utilization by members of the health care plan and the City requires a minimum balance in that fund equal to or in excess of thirty percent of the average of expenses in that fund.   

Proclamations at Monday night’s meeting included May 8 as Hunger Awareness Week in Kewanee, May 9-13 as National Hospital Week in Kewanee, the month of May as Mental Health Month, May 15-21 as Police Officer Week in Kewanee and May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15-21 as National Public Works Week.  

Announcements at Monday night’s meeting included the fact that City Hall is now open from 7 am til 5 pm. Also, residents are reminded to not blow grass or other landscape clippings onto the streets as that action may clog city storm sewers.      

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New Life For Old Hospital as Vet's Home?

Republican St. Sen. Sue Rezin says there’s a chance that the old St. Mary’s Hospital building in Streator will be used again. She met with Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Director, Erica Jeffries and Streator Mayor, Jimmy Lansfordnto discuss the possibility of turning it into a veteran’s home.

Rezin says the idea came after several people reached out about using the building to help veterans. The potential project hasn’t been started yet due to the state budget impasse, but Rezin says she plans to meet with Jeffries and Lansford again.

She says that the building is in good shape, and the available work force would make it easier to provide services at a lower cost. St. Mary’s has been closed since January, after OSF Healthcare took ownership of the building from Hospital Sisters Health System.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Republican St. Sen. Sue Rezin wants to help refurbish the old St. Mary’s hospital building in Streator. She met with Mayor Jimmie Lansford and Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Director, Erica Jeffries to discuss turning it into a veteran’s home.

Rezin says that the city could provide services at a lower cost because the building is in good shape, and there is already a present workforce of people who used to be employed at St. Mary’s. 

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Map Effort Drops Off Half Million Signatures

What lawmakers couldn’t accomplish a group is hoping that more than 550,000 people can. The leaders of the Independent Map coalition delivered more than half a million signatures Friday to the State Board of Elections. The effort’s behind adding a question to the fall ballot for voters to approve a change to the way legislative maps are drawn. A previous effort was blocked in the courts. The signatures need to be verified and the group needs 290,216 approved signatures.

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School Choice Being Swayed By State Budget

Illinois school officials say the college choices for high school students in the state may be getting swayed by the state budget impasse.

President of the Illinois School Counseling Association Sherri McLaughlin says as students statewide face a deadline in several weeks to pick a school, they’re picking outside the Land of Lincoln for a variety of reasons.

McLaughlin says a number of high school seniors are choosing schools with the best financial aid packet.

McLaughlin says states that are, in particular, working to attract Illinois students with a better financial aid packet include Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri.

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S.O.S. on PTP

Michele Roesner, Beth Smith and Father Jerry Rafalko talk about the May 12 meeting of the Survivors of Suicide Support Group during the May 10 edition of People to People on WKEI

  

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WKEI Open Line

School consolidation in Kewanee is discussed during the May 9 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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State Police and IDOT urge motorists to start seeing motorcycles

It's Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month and IDOT and the Illinois State Police are teaming up with other organizations to boost motorcycle safety among motorcyclists and non motorcyclists alike. There were 146 motorcyclists killed on Illinois roads last year. State Police Lieutenant Rich Kozik offers key tips on avoiding being a part of that number in 2016.


Kozik has tips that fit the theme of "Start Seeing Motorcycles"....

You can find out more about motorcycle safety at www.startseeingmotorcycles.org. 

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Officer Shot, Suspect on Loose, Another Driver Dead after Crash with Police

A police officer is recovering after being shot in eastern Illinois town of Mahomet and a manhunt is underway for the shooter. At the same time a woman is dead after colliding with an Illinois State Police car that was joining the pursuit of the suspected gunman.
Police say during a traffic stop, Dracy Pendleton of Bellflower shot Officer Jeremy Scharlow in the arm. Scharlow is recovering and is out of the hospital. Police believe Pendleton was also shot during the incident; he is being sought on charges of attempted murder of a police officer.
The story has another tragic twist. State Police say that an officer responding to the incident stuck a minivan in an intersection in Decatur and the driver of the van was killed. ISP says the trooper’s lights and sirens were activated.
The search remains underway for Pendleton. Authorities say he fled in a white pickup truck and is armed with an AK-47. 

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Lecture on Racial Equality in Galesburg, May 11

 Historian Matthew Norman will give a lecture, "The
Struggle for Equality in an Abolition City," at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday,
May 11 in the Sanderson Room on the second floor of the Galesburg
Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Norman will discuss Galesburg’s African-American community and the
abolitionist legacies of Galesburg and Knox College through the early
20th century. The lecture is sponsored by Knox College's Seymour
Library, through a grant from the National Endowment for the
Humanities.

The grant is supporting an initiative by Knox's library, "Struggle and
Progress: Documenting African American History in Galesburg,
Illinois." The three-year initiative aims digitize and catalog
personal papers, photographs and other items relating to the history
of Galesburg's African American community.

A 1993 Knox graduate, Norman is assistant professor of history at the
University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash campus.  He has taught at
Gettysburg College and at Knox College. He also served as project
director and historian for the Lincoln Papers Project at the Knox
College Lincoln Studies Center.

Founded in 1837, Knox College is a national liberal arts college in
Galesburg, Illinois. Knox enrolls students from 48 states and U.S.
territories and 51 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic
Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas
debates.

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Will Mark Kirk Meet With Trump When He Visits Congress?

As presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump makes plans to visit the Hill this week, he knows he’s walking into a Senate where he has the “support” of most of the Republican Senators on the ballot with him this election. But the big question facing Senator Mark Kirk this week is: will you meet with your party’s presidential nominee whom you’ve pledged to support?

“We all remember how Mark Kirk made a big deal about meeting with Judge Merrick Garland,” said Lauren Passalacqua, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Will he afford the same courtesy to Donald Trump, the man he’s agreed to support for President of the United States? Given the Republican-led Senate has its lightest work load in the past 60 years, we know Kirk certainly has time available.” 

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GOODWILL’S KEWANEE STORE TO HOLD GRAND RE-OPENING

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois’ Kewanee store will hold a
grand re-opening and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The ribbon cutting
will take place at 5:00 PM with a Business After Hours event directly following. Shoppers
will be treated to sales throughout the day and a prize drawing for gift certificates from
area businesses.
“We want to say thank you to our customers and donors,” said Scott Jenkins, Goodwill
Director of Retail. “This is such a great community and they were so patient while we
remodeled. The first 100 customers through the door on May 18th will receive a scratchoff
card worth up to 50% off their total purchase. Plus prize drawings for gift certificates
from area businesses. This is our way of saying thank you.”
Goodwill’s Kewanee store is located at 137 W. South Street.
Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career
and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better
their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17,
as well as youth services focusing on post high school goals. For more information,
visit our website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call (309) 682-1113.

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OSF on Tuned IN

OSF St Luke Medical Center President Lynn Fulton and Marketing Director Carrie Boelens talk about National Hospital Week during the May 9 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Health Dept Offers School and Sports Physicals


"HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS "READY FOR SCHOOL" SERVICES TO AREA STUDENTS"

 

    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff announces that their Clinical services program is offering Sports and School Physical Exam clinics throughout the summer.

 

    Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

    The clinic will offer area Junior High and Senior High School Athletes, Freshmen, Sixth Graders, Kindergartners, and Preschoolers school or sports physicals. 

 

    In order to encourage parents to call early for their appointments; and thereby avoid the end of the summer rush, the Health Department will offer the exams at a cost of $20 per person in May and June; $25 per person in July; $30 per person in August; and $50 per person in September and October.

 

    Also, the Department reminds area parents to be sure your children are up-to-date on their required immunizations before school begins this fall.  Immunizations, TB checks; blood lead screenings, and other needed lab tests are also available to participants at additional charges. The Health Department has all immunizations that are required for school entry as private pay vaccines. Please call for eligibility, costs, and for vaccine availability.

 

    Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office. 

 

     For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month

 

Morgan Thorp of Kewanee was nominated by her peers for recognition as Achiever of the Month for April at Abilities Plus. Morgan received this honor as she has good attendance, has worked well on goals, learned new tasks, and continues to perform well with assignments on janitorial crews.

 

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Gardening Webinar This Week

The University of Illinois Extension periodically offers a variety of programs through their webinar series.

Martha Smith is a Horticulture Educator with the Extension and she says the next webinar will be held this week dealing with gardening practices…

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Sheriff's Scholarship Winner



Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla is pleased to announce that Kewanee High School senior Cole Vickrey is this years recipient of the Illinois Sheriff's Association scholarship.  Cole will continue his education at Illinois State University and plans to major in accounting.

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Council Agenda

 AGENDA FOR

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Council Chambers

 

A City of Choice

401 E Third Street

 

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Open Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Closed Meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Posted by 6:30 p.m., May 6, 2016

1.              Call to Order

2.              Closed Session pursuant to Section 2(c)(1) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss personnel and Section 2(c)(2) to discuss collective bargaining

3.              Pledge of Allegiance

4.              Consent Agenda

a.    Approval of Minutes

b.    Payroll

c.    Staff Reports

Police Department, Fire Department, Code Enforcement, ESDA, Building & Zoning, Public Works

d.    Chamber of Commerce Requests for use of City parks and streets for:

Concerts in the Park, Thursdays beginning June 23 thru August 25

Hog Day Stampede and Hog Days Parade September 3, 2016

Windmont Lighted Parade December 4, 2016

Hardcore Run December 31, 2016

5.              Presentation of Bills and Claims

6.              Citizen Participation

7.              Business:

a.    Consideration of a Resolution to authorize use of various City streets, parking lots, and green spaces for the Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc for the 2016 Hog Capital of the World Festival.

b.    Consideration of a Resolution awarding the Ambulance Billing collection to Henry County Health Department.

c.    Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the use of the Public Alley in the 200 block of West Second Street by Cerno’s Bar & Grill for a beer garden on specific dates in conjunction with events known as Motorcycle Mayhem.

d.    Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the use of the Public Alley in the 200 block of West Second Street by Cerno’s Bar & Grill for a beer garden in conjunction with the Hog Capital of the World Festival.

e.    Consideration of a Resolution to authorize an intergovernmental agreement with Wethersfield Community Unit School District #230 for the Disbursement and use of TIF Revenues.

f.      Consideration of a Resolution establishing premiums for eligible participants in the City of Kewanee self-insured health care program.

g.    Proclamation declaring May 8 as Hunger Awareness Week.

h.    Proclamation declaring May 9-13, 2016 as National Hospital Week in Kewanee.

i.      Proclamation declaring May 2016 as Mental Health Month

j.      Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2016 as Police Officer Week in Kewanee and May 15, 2016 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.

k.    Proclamation declaring May 15-21, 2016 as National Public Works Week.

8.          Council Communications

9.               Announcements:        

10.            Adjournment

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Boss Special Concert

The Boss Community Center in Kewanee will be the host site for a special event this coming Saturday, May 14th.

Steve Martin of Kewanee is part of a group that has been holding coffeehouse style concerts at the Boss one Sunday per month since last fall.

He explains how things got underway and how they have developed to this point…

The special concert this coming Saturday is free of charge and it will also be broadcast live on AM 1450 WKEI…

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Actor Hal Holbrook to address Lincoln College grads

He's a legend for portraying Mark Twain, but many forget that actor Hal Holbrook previously mastered an even more important historical figure, one Abraham Lincoln. He portrayed Lincoln in a 1974 NBC miniseries. Holbrook never lost his love or fascination with Lincoln, so he's visiting the college that was named after Lincoln while he was still alive, Logan County's Lincoln College. School President David Gerlach is thrilled to have a Hollywood icon with substance address his students...

Gerlach says Holbrook wouldn't do a commencement address for just anyone....

Holbrook will deliver the commencement address Saturday at 2pm and is also hosting an event similar to Bravo's Inside the Actor's Studio with students.

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Democrat on the Ballot in the 18th

It’s a two way race now in the Illinois 18th Congressional District. After winning a seat a special election and then going through a primary a short time later, Congressman Darin LaHood now has an opponent. Democrats in the 18th have selected Junius Rodriguez to fill out the other side of the ballot. Rodriguez is a history professor at Eureka College. The district, which has been held by a republican for more than five decades, spreads over parts of Quincy, Bloomington, Peoria and Springfield. 

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Braveheart on PTP

Braveheart Case Manager Constance King talks about her agency's mission and an upcoming golf playday during the May 6 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Illegal immigrants are discussed during the May 6 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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University of Illinois Extenion on Tuned IN

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Adviser Martha Smith talks about the gardening season during the May 6 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Democrats Kill Term Limits Amendment

In recent weeks the General Assembly has debated constitutional amendments that would have allowed for billion-dollar tax hikes, but adjourned today without even considering the reform demanded most by voters: term limits.

A recent poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found that 78 percent of Illinois voters favor term limits. In spite of broad public support, Illinois voters will not be able to vote for term limits on the ballot in November.

It is unsurprising that Democrats would be opposed to term limits, given that their leader, Speaker Mike Madigan, has been a career politician for 45 years. To defeat the term limits constitutional amendment, Madigan and his allies simply ignored it.

By adjourning today without passing the term limits legislation, Speaker Madigan and his Senate allies killed the term limits amendment. For a constitutional amendment to be on the general election ballot in November, legislation had to be passed by both the House and Senate this week.

Neither the House nor Senate Democrats allowed any term limits legislation out of committee. The Senate Republicans and House Republicans introduced SJRCA 14 and HJRCA 39, respectively, on May 22, 2015. Both proposals would have implemented 10-year term limits for state legislators and 8-year term limits for executive branch offices. Since the bills were introduced last May, they have remained stuck in the House and Senate Rules Committees, committees controlled by Democrats.

“Make no mistake, Madigan and his Democrat allies killed term limits,” said Nick Klitzing, Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party. “Democrats in Springfield ignored the will of the voters by not bringing term limits for a vote today. Now voters can’t vote for term limits directly on the ballot in November. When you cast your vote, remember this – Mike Madigan and his allies chose tax hikes over term limits.”

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OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Medical Staff Awards Scholarships

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Medical Staff is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2015 Medical Staff Healthcare Scholarships. 

● Amy Sternes of Kewanee. Sternes attends Western Governors University, working towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is a graduate of Prophetstown High School, earned a Certified Nursing Assistant license at Black Hawk College and her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Sauk Valley College. She is an RN at OSF Saint Luke where she has served in a preceptor role, teaching, supporting and evaluating new nursing employees and currently serves on the Unit Practice Council for the emergency department. She is also the Relay for Life Mission/Advocacy Chair for the American Cancer Society.

● Jennifer Wallgren of Kewanee. Wallgren attends Western Governors University, where she will graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May, and will then work toward earning her Masters of Science in Nursing this fall, focusing on Leadership and Management. Wallgren is a graduate of Annawan High School and Black Hawk College. She has worked in a variety of positions at OSF Saint Luke including in the emergency department. She currently works as the Patient Safety Specialist in the Quality Department and is an active member of the Nursing Quality Council, Professional Practice Council, and the Quality Council and is a member of the OSF Ministry-wide Risk Management group.

● Seth Kelly of Galva. Kelly attends the Saint Francis College of Nursing in Peoria, working toward his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He is a graduate of Black Hawk College and Carl Sandburg College, where he earned an Associates of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology.  He works as a CT/Radiologic Technologist at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center.


To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Advanced Practice Nursing. Eligible applicants include students enrolled in an undergraduate program in Nursing, Radiology Technician or Respiratory Therapy. Students enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic Medical School are also eligible. Three (3) one-year, $1,000 scholarships are awarded per year. Each scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four (4) years, contingent upon the applicant filing a formal request for renewal and furnishing proof of academic achievement. A one page summary of the previous year’s activities will also be required.


Photo Caption (L-R):
Jackie Kernan, Chief Nursing Officer, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center; Amy Sternes, scholarship recipient; Jennifer Wallgren, scholarship recipient; Seth Kelly, scholarship recipient; Dr. Troy Cutler, Chief of Staff.


OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is a rural Critical Access Hospital in West Central Illinois with a Mission of “Serving with the Greatest Care and Love.”  Serving the greater Kewanee community since 1919, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center sets the standard for local health care with a team of compassionate professionals who are focused on clinical excellence and customer service. 

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Lawmakers Send One Amendment to Ballot

So much for a ballot chocked full of constitutional amendments this fall, Thursday the Senate approved just one. All lawmakers could agree upon was asking voters if revenue’s from the Road Fund should be held in a “lock box” and away from the power of fund sweeps. In the past, lawmakers or the Governor would take money out of the the road fund or any fund to pay for other state services or bills.

All the amendment talk proved much ado about nothing. No one’s legislative map proposals went very far, the press for a graduated income tax evaporated and House Speaker Michael Madigan never got a vote on his proposal to made education a “fundmental right”.

All amendments needed to be voted and passed this week by both chambers.

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Senate Approves More Stopgap Funding

The Illinois Senate agrees to give the states’ colleges and universities more money as another day drags by without a state budget. A $454 million stopgap was approved by near unanimous consent and moved to the House. The bill is a far cry from perfect legislation; once again it raids other funds with money in them to pay for something else. But higher ed supporters have been clamoring for funding for months and Chicago State has laid off 300 people. Senator Dale Righter a Republican from Mattoon says this legislation is evidence lawmakers can work together.

Including the $600 million approved and appropriated from the last education rescue plan passed in April, the total amount would get schools to just 60 percent of what they were counting on at the start of the FY 16 budget year.

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Mautino Feels the Heat

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He may have sailed to confirmation as Auditor General but now former Illinois state lawmaker Frank Mautino is starting to feel some heat. A group of Republican lawmakers is demanding Mautino (maw-TEE'-noh) answer questions about his campaign spending as a legislator. .
The Illinois Times reported Mautino spent more than $200,000 for gas and vehicle repairs over a decade and the Better Government Association learned he repaid bank loans in an amount far in excess of the amount he borrowed.

 

 

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Kewanee High School Prom on Saturday

Kewanee High School will host their annual Junior Senior Prom on Saturday night at the Brockman Gymnasium.

KHS Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan says it is one of many activities as the school season winds down…

Mr. Bryan adds that Kewanee High School will also host some after prom activities as well…

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Stark County Farm Bureau Info

The Stark County Farm Bureau recently handed out scholarships to some Stark County High School students.

Stark County Farm Bureau Manager Thomas Marten says that all of the candidates were very deserving…

Teachers in Stark, Henry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson and Knox counties will have the opportunity this summer to learn more about agriculture with the Summer Ag Institute…

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National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is being observed this week from May the 6th through the 12th.

Jackie Kernan is the Chief Nursing Officer at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee…

Ms. Kernan adds that recognition of nurses at St Luke over the last year has led to five separate awards for the staff…

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National park may be coming to western Illinois

The National Park Service wants your input on whether it should recommend to Congress that a historic section of land in western Illinois be added to the national park system. Frank McWhorter (mick-WART-or), an enslaved man from Kentucky, bought his freedom in the 1830s, ventured to Illinois, and established New Philadelphia in Pike County. The N-P-S says it’s the first town known to be platted and officially registered by an African American – before the Civil War. Griggsville farmer Philip Bradshaw serves as president of the local New Philadelphia Association that has been working to preserve the site;

Not far off of Interstate 72 near the town of Barry, the historic site surrounded by farmland now has augmented reality guideposts. Visitors can download a free, custom smartphone or tablet app that helps bring New Philadelphia back to life. The Pike County Farm Bureau in Pittsfield hosts the Park Service open house next Wednesday, May 11th, from six-to-eight in the evening.

Extra SOT runs :10 Jon Amakawa (AH-mah-cow-ah) of Boston designed the augmented reality mobile app and helped launch the guideposts for visitors.

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Secretary of State Jesse White joins chorus for ending statue of limitations on child sex abuse

Secretary of State Jesse White is adding his voice to the push to end the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes. In the wake of the scandal surrounding former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert, he is applauding Attorney General Lisa Madigan's efforts on that front. White released a statement saying "As a former school teacher and administrator in the Chicago public school system for 33 years, and as the founder of the Jesse White Tumbling Team in 1959, I know firsthand the importance of establishing trust in a mentoring relationship with children. To violate that trust in such a despicable and depraved manner is against all laws of human decency. An offender should not be able to get away with such a heinous crime just because a certain amount of time has passed."

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Anonymous donor picks up tab for electric bills that closed two state parks

An anonymous donor couldn't stand the thought of two lakes and state parks being closed because of unpaid trash and electric bills. They picked up the state's unpaid tab for Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area in Fayette County and Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County. That paved the way for both parks to reopen. Claude Willis is Mayor of Ramsey, He says the lake and state park are a key economic engine for his town of just over a thousand....

Willis also knows it's no time to relax.....

The parks were closed for about two weeks due to the budget impasse. 

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WKEI Open Line

Illegal immigrants and the presidential race are discussed during the May 5 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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Henry County Senior Citizens Center on Tuned IN

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll talks about new funding for the home delivered meals program during the May 5 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Income Tax Plan Scrapped

The push for Illinois to join 33 other states with a graduated income tax rate died midweek at the Illinois Capitol. The bill’s sponsor in the House, Rep. Christian Mitchell decided not to call the bill for a vote. Citing a lack of votes needed to pass it, just days after claiming that the idea had bipartisan support. Mitchell claims the Governor got involved. And Rep. Lou Lang a supporter of the bill says that this shouldn’t be tied up over debates about spending plans.

The bill would have gone on the ballot as a constitutional amendment and needed a three fifths vote to pass.

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State Being Sued Over Year Without Pay

Dozens of social service agencies are suing Governor Bruce Rauner because they have worked without pay for nearly a year because of the budget impasse. 64 social service agencies have teamed up to form Pay Now Illinois. The group has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court, seeking 100 million dollars for work that has been performed since July first. .

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Fantasy Sports Rules Not Strong Enough

A law enforcement advocacy group in Chicago says safeguards in proposed Illinois legislation on fantasy sports betting aren't good enough and could open the door to organize-crime activity. The Chicago Crime Commission says in a statement that background-check provisions in the bill working its way through the legislature provide too many loopholes and could lead to underworld infiltration.

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Ground broke on UIS Student Union, despite state funding crunch

Despite an absence of state funding, University of Illinois at Springfield officials have managed to move forward toward a student union building. Groundbreaking took place Wednesday for the $21.7 million dollar project. Chancellor Susan Koch (pronounced Cook) says a mix of determination and generosity helped pave the way for bringing shovels to the future student union site...

Construction will take about a year and a half. Campus funds and student fees will cover nearly 14 million dollars of the tab. 

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Wethersfield Seniors Last Day of Attendance on Friday

Not that most students need to be reminded of the fact, but the school year is rapidly coming to a close.

At Wethersfield School District #230, Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says that seniors will put in their final day of attendance on Friday…

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New Mortgage Originator Test

Illinois Regulator to Adopt New SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator Test

UST Adopted; No Additional Continuing Education

 

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Division of Banking today announced that it will adopt the new SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) National Test Component with Uniform State Content on June 1, 2016.  IDFPR is one of 52 state agencies that have adopted the test. Additional states are eventually expected to adopt the new SAFE MLO National Test Component with Uniform State Content.

 

The Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (the SAFE Act) requires MLOs to pass the SAFE MLO test before they can be licensed through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (NMLS).  The new National Test Component with Uniform State Content replaces two test components – the National and a State Component – which applicants had been required to pass.  This new test will allow MLOs seeking a license with IDFPR to take a single test component and satisfy the SAFE Act and Illinois testing requirements.   

 

“With our adoption of the new SAFE MLO test, MLOs seeking to hold licenses in multiple states will no longer be required to pass the state-specific component for each state in which they wish to do business”, said Kerri A. Doll, Division of Banking Director.  “This change makes the license process more efficient for MLOs seeking a license in the state of Illinois”. 

 

Under the new National Test Component with Uniform State Content, a license applicant who passes the test will not need to take any additional state-specific tests to seek a license with the 52 state agencies that have adopted the test.  IDFPR has withdrawn the proposed rule to require pre-licensure and continuing education.  MLOs are still required to comply with Illinois state law.  

 

“This is just one more way IDFPR is seeking to streamline supervisory processes, while continuing to ensure the safety and soundness of entities operating within our state and protecting our citizens”, said Bryan A. Schneider. “By providing a more effective regulatory experience, we foster the creation of a regulatory environment conducive to strong economic growth and opportunity.”

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Morel Mushroom Festival on Saturday

The annual Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival will be held on Saturday at Thomas Park in Wyoming.

Duke Frisby of Kewanee is one of the main coordinators for the event and he says morel mushrooms will be the feature for the day…

The festival actively seeks out mushroom vendors for the event but there are some rules to keep in mind…

There will be lots of food items available for sale on Saturday and there will be several other activities as well and as Duke says, it truly is an event for the whole family…

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IMA Opposes Graduated Income Tax

SPRINGFIELD- Speaking on behalf of thousands of manufacturing companies across the state, the Illinois Manufacturers' Association expressed strong opposition to the graduated income tax proposals pushed by Democrat Rep. Christian Mitchell and Democrat Leader Lou Lang that will make Illinois' top tax rate the 2nd highest in the United States.

"This is a $2 billion tax hike on successful job creators including many small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that pay taxes under the individual rate. This is exactly the wrong message to send to job creators when we need to grow our economy and create jobs for hard working men and women in Illinois," said Greg Baise, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association. "Illinois already has the highest property tax rates in the United States and now Democrats want to make our income taxes among the highest in the nation as well."

Illinois manufacturers lost 15,000 good, high-paying jobs last year that averaged more than $70,000 in wages and benefits.

Baise added, "The IMA does support comprehensive tax reform and passage of pro-growth policies such as workers' compensation reform that will stimulate job growth and capital investment in the state." The IMA notes that these policies will also generate revenue for Illinois in both the short and long term.

The current flat tax is one of few economic advantages that Illinois enjoys.

The top tax rate under the Democrat plan is 9.75 percent

Businesses filing under the individual income tax rate also pay a 1.5 percent corporate personal property tax replacement tax

In total, the top rate on businesses and individuals will be 11.25 percent.

Illinois' top tax rate will be the 2nd highest in the country trailing only California at 13.3 percent.

This is a tax increase contrary to claims by the sponsors who pretend that this is a tax cut. Under Illinois law, the individual income tax rate will be reduced to 3.25 percent in the future so their lowest rate of 3.5 percent on the graduated scale means that every single Illinois taxpayer will see an INCREASE on their tax bills.

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Maguire Inducted Into BHE Foundation Wall of Fame


 

Maguire inducted into BHC East Foundation Wall of Fame

 

Professor emeritus Ken Maguire recently was inducted into the Black Hawk College East Foundation Wall of Fame in a ceremony at the college’s East Campus south of Kewanee.

 

The Wall of Fame represents individuals and organizations that have made Black Hawk College East Campus the quality higher education institution it is today.

 

As one of six original East Campus faculty members hired in 1967, Maguire devoted 36 years as a professor of liberal arts and science, teaching U.S. government, sociology, anthropology and other history courses to thousands of students.

 

Students and faculty peers describe him as one of the best lecturers at the college. Maguire also served as chair of the Liberal Arts and Science Department for 13 years, interim dean of instruction, and chaired two North Central Association Accreditation studies.

 

He was a major influence on the athletic programs at the East Campus as co-coach of the first women’s basketball team and founder of the Black Hawk East Booster Club in 1973. He also was co-founder and first president of the Arrowhead Athletic Conference.

 

Maguire is a longtime member of the Kewanee Elks Club and served as chairman of the Kewanee Human Relations Committee.

 

At the April 22 Wall of Fame induction ceremony, Maguire received tributes from professor emeritus Steve Sams who retired in 2003 with Maguire; BHC alumnus Brock Tumbleson of Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home; BHC alumna RaeAnn Tucker, director of health promotion for the Henry & Stark County Health Departments; and Dr. Dennis Gerleman of Gerleman Chiropractic Clinic and president of the Illinois Elks Association.

 

Through his dedication and leadership, Maguire was instrumental in the growth and development of the Black Hawk College East Campus. He and his wife Cathy have generously supported the college through the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

 

To honor Maguire for his outstanding career and contributions to higher education, the foundation established the Ken Maguire Liberal Arts & Sciences Scholarship. It will provide financial assistance to East Campus liberal arts and science transfer students for many years to come.

 

More than $22,000 has been raised for the scholarship in cash and pledges, including a generous donation from Ken and Cathy Maguire.

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Swedish Ambassador Will Visit Bishop Hill on Thursday


 

The Swedish Ambassador to the U.S., Björn Lyrvall, will be visiting Bishop Hill on Thursday morning.  The BHHA is hosting a private coffee for him and then he will tour Bishop Hill from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. before returning to the Quad Cities and then to Washington D.C.  

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Lucas Museum suffers another blow

There are more signs that the museum honoring Star Wars creator George Lucas could wind up in a city "far, far away" from Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to shift the museum proposal to the lakefront near Soldier Field has quickly generated opposition from the group "Friends of the Parks". The group has threatened a lawsuit if the city proceeds with the effort to bring the Lucas Museum to the lakefront. Lucas' wife Mellody Hobson, a Chicago native, says they are seriously considering locations outside of Chicago and blames Friends of the Parks for that development. She said in a statement that by rejecting the benefits of the museum, Friends of the Parks "are to Chicago".

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Fletcher Ford Is Nominated For The Eagle Award By EAS

Fletcher Ford of Regional Media Virden Broadcasting has been nominated to receive a Prestigious Eagle Award for Entrepreneurship at the 7th annual Small Business Day celebration on Tuesday May 17th at 11:30am to 1:30pm at Lake Story Pavilion.  Mr. Ford was nominated because he truly emulates the entrepreneurial spirit and has a positive impact on the economic landscape of our region.  Small Businesses’ drive innovation, create twenty-first Century jobs and increase competitiveness.  The Entrepreneurial Support Network or ESN recognizes the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and determination that makes small businesses like what Fletcher For brings to the table.  

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Kewanee Coffeehouse on PTP

Steve Martin with the Boss Community Center Coffeehouse talks about a very special event for May 14th during the May 4th edition of People to People on WKEI.

 

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WKEI Open Line

The IYC in Kewanee and Donald Trump are discussed during the May 4 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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Map Makers Might Be More Independent

A move by the Illinois House makes a proposal for a new way to draw legislative maps closer to being on the November ballot. The House voted overwhelmingly to advance a constitutional amendment to alter the path districts take across towns, neighborhoods and farmland. The House approved an independent commission draw those boundary lines. The bill now must pass the Senate. Before, the Senate voted to support a method that kept lawmakers as a critical part of the map making process. Governor Bruce Rauner has touted “fair maps” as part of his turnaround agenda. 

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Star Night Tonight at BHE

 

Join the Black Hawk College Physical Science class and Science Club for a night of star viewing Wednesday, May 4.

 

Jupiter should be the main event. Try your hand at using several small telescopes or just look into the eyepiece of the college’s 12-inch reflector trained on different objects throughout the night. You also are invited to bring your own telescope.

 

Setup will be from 8-9 p.m. Viewing will be from 9 p.m. to midnight in the field below the East Campus Ag Arena. All community members are welcome.  If cloudy, the event will be canceled.

Join the Black Hawk College Physical Science class and Science Club for a night of star viewing Wednesday, May 4.

 

Jupiter should be the main event. Try your hand at using several small telescopes or just look into the eyepiece of the college’s 12-inch reflector trained on different objects throughout the night. You also are invited to bring your own telescope.

 

Setup will be from 8-9 p.m. Viewing will be from 9 p.m. to midnight in the field below the East Campus Ag Arena. All community members are welcome.  If cloudy, the event will be canceled.

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Kewanee Street Info

 

The city of Kewanee’s Public Works Department is advising that the Street Department is finished working on the 700 block of N Elm and the road is back open.  Work is also finished in the 600 block of W 1st St and is re-opened as well.  

Kirk Dana will be doing work today on Fisher Ave.  He will begin work around 9:00 a.m. and is planning to be finished around 3:30.  Fisher Ave will be closed between E Division and the Humane Society.  The Transfer Station can still be accessed from the north ends. 

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Gold Township Road Closure

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Per notification from the Gold Township Road Commissioner:

2250 North Avenue in Gold Township from 15 East Street to the County line remains closed. 

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IEMA Preparedness for Those With Disabilties

 

SPRINGFIELD – The minutes and hours following a disaster can be scary and stressful for anyone. Emergency preparedness, such as a home emergency supply kit and a plan for how family members will communicate in a disaster, can ease post-disaster stress. For households with members who have disabilities, functional needs or may need assistance during an emergency, disaster preparedness can be a matter of life or death. 

 

Throughout May, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of disaster preparedness for people with functional and access needs.

 

“Illinois is susceptible to many types of hazards, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, and ice storms, that can create dangerous situations, particularly for those who may need some type of assistance,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We have information that can help people and their caregivers take actions to help them stay safe during and after a disaster.”

 

Joseph said the Ready Illinois website offers a guidebook with preparedness tips for people with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments; people who are deaf or hard of hearing; those who utilize service animals or life support systems; and senior citizens. The guide, Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs, is available atwww.Ready.Illinois.gov

 

For each functional need, the guidebook provides a list of supplemental items for a disaster kit, tips on developing an emergency plan, suggestions on how to be better informed about community emergency planning and a checklist of preparedness activities. 

 

The Ready Illinois website also offers more than two dozen preparedness videos in American Sign Language on such topics as what to do before, during and after tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding, how to build an emergency supply kit, and what to do if you’re instructed to evacuate.

The videos were developed in collaboration with the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.

 

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SPRINGFIELD – The minutes and hours following a disaster can be scary and stressful for anyone. Emergency preparedness, such as a home emergency supply kit and a plan for how family members will communicate in a disaster, can ease post-disaster stress. For households with members who have disabilities, functional needs or may need assistance during an emergency, disaster preparedness can be a matter of life or death. 

 

Throughout May, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of disaster preparedness for people with functional and access needs.

 

“Illinois is susceptible to many types of hazards, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, and ice storms, that can create dangerous situations, particularly for those who may need some type of assistance,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We have information that can help people and their caregivers take actions to help them stay safe during and after a disaster.”

 

Joseph said the Ready Illinois website offers a guidebook with preparedness tips for people with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments; people who are deaf or hard of hearing; those who utilize service animals or life support systems; and senior citizens. The guide, Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs, is available atwww.Ready.Illinois.gov

 

For each functional need, the guidebook provides a list of supplemental items for a disaster kit, tips on developing an emergency plan, suggestions on how to be better informed about community emergency planning and a checklist of preparedness activities. 

 

The Ready Illinois website also offers more than two dozen preparedness videos in American Sign Language on such topics as what to do before, during and after tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding, how to build an emergency supply kit, and what to do if you’re instructed to evacuate.

The videos were developed in collaboration with the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.

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Senior Center Info

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center continues to move forward despite budgetary concerns largely due to lack of promised funding from the State of Illinois.

Senior Center Directro Cassandra Schmoll says they’re doing the best they can…

One small way that citizens can help out is by eating lunch and the Tuesday evening meal at the Center.

Ms. Schmoll says every little bit helps…

Ms. Schmoll says the numbers are down a bit at mealtime and she hopes that trend will reverse itself…

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Bishop Hill Quilt Show

 

Quilt Show, Wheat Weavers, Wedding Dresses, and much more in Bishop Hill

The 2016 Bishop Hill Quilt Show will be from May 13 to May 15.  This year’s theme is “Lattice, Leaves, and Landscapes.”  At the Colony School, a bedazzling display of color will fill the building.  Over 100 quilts will be on display:  antique, miniature, patchwork, applique, and much more.  Admission fee for the Colony School is $5.  Proceeds from the show will be used for various charity quilts distributed to local hospitals, homes for the elderly, veterans, and children in need. 

Throughout the rest of Bishop Hill, there will be additional quilt exhibits in a variety of shops and museums, including a special display in the Steeple Building Museum.  The Prairie Queen Quilt Club Theme Challenge and the Row-by-Row Quilting Adventure quilts will be on display in the Welcome Center.  For more details about the quilt show, please call 309 927-3851.  The quilt show is sponsored by the Prairie Queen Quilt Club and the Bishop Hill Arts Council.  Show hours for May 13 and 14 are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Show hours for May 15 are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

A special Wheat Weaving Demonstration and Sale will be held in the Steeple Building Museum, May 13 and 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and May 15, 10 a.m.- 4p.m.  Representatives of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers (IAWW) will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the plaiting methods used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art for free.  Walk-ins are welcome to try a variety of wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW.   A large selection of this beautiful art work will be on display and available to purchase.  Call 271-732-1957 for more information.

On Saturday, May 14, Sweet Annie Primitives will have “A Day in the Garden” open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy the refreshments while exploring Sweet Annie, filled with primitives for your home and garden.  Call 309 927-3072 or go to www.sweetannieprimitives.net for more details about their open house.

In addition, the Henry County Historical Museum will have a vintage wedding attire display, with programs, from May 13 to May 15.  Guests will enjoy viewing wedding dresses dating back to 1883.  On Friday, May 13, Grace Abel of Woodhull will present a program on her vintage hat collection at 2 p.m.  On Saturday May 14, Donna Klavon-Hajek of Galva will speak about vintage women’s clothing and wedding dress traditions at 2 p.m.  Also that Saturday afternoon at the Henry County Historical Museum, Nicole Tisdell will be available to discuss her custom designed wedding planning business “Bishop Hill Weddings.”

For more information about these activities or future events in Bishop Hill, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net or check out www.bishophill.com.

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Bustos Applauds IYC Decision

 

MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) applauded the 6-5 vote by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to recommend keeping the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee open. With their formal recommendation, the decision now falls to Governor Rauner. If the Governor decides to close the Kewanee Center, it would cost nearly 200 hardworking men and women in Henry County their jobs.

 

“I want to thank the Commission for listening to the community and voting to recommend keeping the Kewanee Center open,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “The nearly 200 hardworking men and women at the Kewanee Center deserve our full support and today’s vote is a step in the right direction to protect their jobs and make sure that the children receiving treatment get the highest quality care possible. I strongly urge Governor Rauner to follow the recommendation of the Commission and work with us to protect these jobs and ensure a successful Kewanee Center.”

 

On April 18, Bustos wrote to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to recommend keeping the facility open while working to bring it up to the highest standards possible.

MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) applauded the 6-5 vote by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to recommend keeping the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee open. With their formal recommendation, the decision now falls to Governor Rauner. If the Governor decides to close the Kewanee Center, it would cost nearly 200 hardworking men and women in Henry County their jobs.

 

“I want to thank the Commission for listening to the community and voting to recommend keeping the Kewanee Center open,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “The nearly 200 hardworking men and women at the Kewanee Center deserve our full support and today’s vote is a step in the right direction to protect their jobs and make sure that the children receiving treatment get the highest quality care possible. I strongly urge Governor Rauner to follow the recommendation of the Commission and work with us to protect these jobs and ensure a successful Kewanee Center.”

 

On April 18, Bustos wrote to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to recommend keeping the facility open while working to bring it up to the highest standards possible.

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New tone continues in budget discussion

Typically rank and file lawmakers are bystanders in the budget process. Now it appears they are quietly in control as Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan appear to be in an unannounced cease fire. Rauner continued to offer an optimistic tone on the budget front...

Rauner isn't offering a timetable for a possible budget deal...for the moment he says that's in the hands of lawmakers meeting in low profile discussions....

Rauner visited the Old State Capitol to spread the message of motorcycle safety.

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Farmers Off to A Good Start

Cooler than normal and wetter than normal, that would be a good way to describe last week around Illinois. It’s a combination of weather that keeps farmers out of the fields. But farmers aren’t worried too much right now about being late planting this year’s corn crop, according to state crop statistician Mark Schleusener they were able to get off to a fast start during warm and dry stretches in April.

Soybean planting has started in some areas of Illinois. And with a warmer and dryer trend ahead in the forecast, planting will pick back up later this week. 

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Durbin not pleased as Senate enters recess with no Zika funding deal

Members of Congress are mostly back in their districts without a funding deal to battle the Zika virus threat. Senator Dick Durbin was among those making impassioned pleas before adjournment for President Obama's emergency funding request....

Lawmakers remain divided on the best approach for funding the fight against the mosquito-borne virus, which has become a growing concern for expectant mothers across the globe.

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Medical Marijuana Condition List May Expand

It’s another recommendation to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, but will it be another effort snuffed out by the Governor’s administration. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on Monday added two recommended illness or conditions to a previous list of 10 conditions that should make a patient eligible for a medical marijuana card. This week the panel acted by adding type 1 diabetes and panic disorder. That’s in addition to the previous recommendations including post traumatic stress disorder and autism. The board and others aren’t hopeful any changes will come to the pilot program – the board’s suggestions are routinely turned down in the final approval process. The Illinois Department of Public Health has the final say so over what conditions are added. Right now the program recognizes fewer than 40 ailments.

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Hastert Out of Wrestling Hall of Fame

Another honor has been taken away from Dennis Hastert. The National Wresting Hall of Fame has revoked all honors for the former Speaker of the House. Hastert was accused of and admitted to sexual abuse of minors while a wrestling coach and teacher at Yorkville High School. During Hastert’s sentencing for breaking federal banking rules in a hush money case, the judge called Hastert a serial child molester.

The Hall of Fame based in Oklahoma notes that this is the first time that it has had to revoke the award. 

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Despite budget woes, Illinois tourism still going strong

It's National Travel and Tourism Week and that means a whirlwind tour of the state for Illinois Tourism Chief Cory Jobe. Despite cash flow issues tied to the budget stalemate, Jobe says Illinois remains a strong tourism destination......

Local tourism organizations across Illinois have even pitched in to help the state tourism department put out key publications.

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Vote in Springfield Goes Against Closing Illinois Youth Facility in Kewanee

It would appear that the city of Kewanee has received some good news at least for now as a vote in Springfield went 6-5 against closing the Illinois Youth Correctional Facility in Kewanee.

Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley were present when the vote was taken in Springfield Tuesday morning…

Should one then assume that the prison will remain open without interruption and that employees will maintain their present employment status unabated…

In addressing the next step, Mr. Bradley says that Governor Bruce Rauner will have a limited time frame to work with and city officials in Kewanee will remain on top of that situation…

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Morel Mushroom Festival on PTP

Duke Frisby talks about the May 7 Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival during the May 3 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

Havana and the Jersey Boys are discussed during the May 3 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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OSF Hospice on Tuned IN

Father Jerry Rafalko talks about the Grief Support Group during the May 3 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Kewanee Public Library Events

Kewanee Public Library has a couple of fun programs on the schedule over the next several days.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says there will be a special program for 5th through 8th graders on Thursday…

Ms. Billiet also says that the Bubble Guy will be back by popular demand next Tuesday, May the 10th

 

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Farm Bureau Golf Outing

The annual Henry and Stark County Farm Bureau golf play day will be held once again this summer.

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says it’s time to mark your calendar for Friday, June 10th

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Grant for Impaired Driving Surveillance

 

SPRINGFIELD-The Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has awarded the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) a special grant to conduct ten Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes statewide. Illinois is one of only four states, along with Texas, Florida and Nevada, to receive such funding.

 

The ARIDE program trains law enforcement officers to detect impairment caused by more than just alcohol. The advanced training will help officers identify drug-impaired drivers that otherwise could have been pulled over but not arrested because warning signs were missed.

 

“We are thankful for the opportunity to expand this crucial training throughout our state,” said Priscilla Tobias, director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative from Illinois. “This funding will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to spot drug-impaired driving and, in turn, reduce instances of crashes and fatalities caused by impaired driving on our roads.”

 

The total grant amount received by each state is $20,000. In a cost-saving effort, IDOT has partnered with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to establish mobile classrooms to teach the ten classes throughout the state that will train up to 25 officers per class.

 

The ARIDE curriculum was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with input from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

 

Since 2009, the ARIDE program in Illinois has trained almost 900 local law enforcement officers and Illinois State Police troopers to better detect drug-impaired drivers and keep them off the road.

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OSF Info

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host a Lunch and Learn session on Monday, May the 9th beginning with a free lunch at 11:30.

Carrie Boelens is the Marketing Director at St Luke…

Ms. Boelens reminds listeners that even though the current school is still in session, plans are already being made for next year’s sports season…

Ms. Boelens also says that there will be lots of opportunities for school physicals over the next few months and she urges parents to not wait until the last minute…

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ISP Safety Check Results

 

Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

 

East Moline, IL (05-02-2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Saturday, April 30, 2016 and early morning hours of Sunday, May 01, 2016.  The detail was conducted at Illinois 92 east ¼ mile west of 34th Street, Moline, IL by ISP District 7 troopers.

            Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers, however, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.  The following citations were issued at the safety check:

            Violations

Enforcement Activity

Registration offenses

1

Driver’s license offenses

4

Occupant restraint offenses

2

Driving under the influence arrests

6

Other alcohol/drug arrests

14

Total citations

36

Total written warnings

6

                                                                                

This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.                                                                   

Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality.

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Kewanee Drug Take Back Results

The Kewanee Police Department would like to thank area residents who took the time to clear their homes and businesses of unwanted or expired prescription drugs, vitamins, other-the-counter drugs and pet medications this past Saturday, April 30, 2016.  During the four hour event, 179 pounds of those substances were turned in at the Kewanee City Hall to be destroyed.  Thank you again and we look forward to continued Federal funding through the DEA for another event in the fall.  Chief Dison

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Alzheimer's Association Hosts Workshop At Perry Memorial

The Alzheimer’s Association of Central Illinois is presenting “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease,”  a free workshop meant to provide information on diagnosis, risk factors, disease stages, treatment options and much more on Alzheimer’s disease.  The Workshop will be held on Thursday, May 19th from 10am to 11:30am at the Perry Memorial Hospital, White Oak classroom, Located at 530 Park Avenue East in Princeton.
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease is a Workshop, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, for anyone who would like to know more about the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The workshop’s information includes symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors, the benefit of early detection, how to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, stages of the disease treatment and ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help
For further information or to register contact the Central Illinois Office at 800-272-3900

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Home health care overtime ban now in effect

On Sunday, Governor Rauner's administration's ban on most overtime for home health care workers took effect. Illinois social service advocates and the Service Employees International Union have been expressing their concerns. The SEIU's Robert Taylor joined protesting home health care workers outside the Department of Human Services headquarters in Springfield. He says bringing in different workers during what would previously be overtime hours will be a shock to the system....

While the Rauner administration says the state can't afford to pay overtime under a federal government ruling, Taylor counters that home health care workers provide a big cost savings for the state...

Home health care workers say they'll struggle to find backups to work for 13 dollars an hour. 

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WKEI Open Line

Scam artists phone calls and poor customer service at a Kewanee storre highlight the May 2 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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OSF St Luke Medical Center on Tuned IN

St Luke Marketing Director Carrie Boelens and Chief Nursing Officer Jackie Kernan talk about the role that nurses play during the May 2 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Richards Museum Opens on Saturday

The Kewanee Historical Society will open for the Robert and Marcella Richards  Museum for the season this coming Saturday, May 7th.

Larry Lock of Kewanee is the President and Curator of the museum and he says it will be a special event in more ways than one…

Mr. Lock reminds the public of the Open House and the opportunity to come by and salute Mrs. Herrick on her many years of service to the Historical Society…

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Mayor's Appintments

Kewanee City Council approved several recommendations from Mayor Steve Looney to various boards and commissions at last week’s Council meeting.

Mayor Looney says several people have stepped forward to volunteer…

Mayor Looney adds that the city is always on the lookout for citizens that would like to volunteer for those various assignments which is an ongoing situation in Kewanee…

Mayor Looney also comments about the recent newsletter that was sent from city hall to resident’s mail boxes…

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Health Dept Offers Food Service Course


The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announces that they will be holding a Food Service Manager's Certification Course that will meet on Monday, May 16th and Wednesday, May 18th from 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

The classes will be held at the Henry and Stark County Health Department, 4424 US Hwy 34, Kewanee.  The cost of the course is $140.  Please note, after you take the exam and pass it, an additional $35 will be required from the State to receive your 5 year certificate. 

 

Through the course, valuable information is given which will help food managers improve their operations.  The food manager's certification course is designed to help area food service establishments in the county meet the requirements of the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code.

 

Those who participate in the course receive intensive training in such areas as foodborne disease, food protection, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, personal hygiene, building construction, public health codes, insect and rodent control and personnel training