Local News Archives for 2016-06

WKEI Open Line

Fireworks are discussed during the June 30 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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Abilities Plus Info

It’s the end of one era today and the beginning of another as Kim Walker is officially taking the reigns as Executive Director at Abilities Plus in Kewanee.

Current Director Mike Zerull has decided it’s time for greener pastures such as in spending more time on the golf course after many years of dedicated service to the organization.

Ms. Walker has been with the Agency for many years and she says she is excited about the new assignment…

Ms. Walker notes that she has had some great mentors along the way and she also outlines some other staffing changes at the agency…

That’s Kim Walker, the new Executive Director at Abilities Plus in Kewanee, and congratulations to outgoing Director Mike Zerull on a job well done.  

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Blighted Properties in Kewanee

The issue of blighted properties in Kewanee remains on the front burner as City Officials and other concerned citizens continue their efforts to clean up the city.

Mayor Steve Looney cautions that there are only so many properties that can be addressed in a year but he also says the City has devoted more of its budget for the next fiscal year to this ongoing problem…

Mayor Looney adds that the folks at Costin Machine and Parts on West 6th Street have done a nice job of cleaning up that area…

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I Plan Survey

 The Henry and Stark County Health Departments are currently conducting an I Plan Survey in Stark County.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Health Dept and she says they are attempting to find out more about health care needs in the community…

Ms. Tucker adds that the Stark County Farm Bureau is also lending a helping had to the effort…

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AAA Predicts Record Holiday Travel

If you’re planning on traveling for the upcoming fourth of July weekend, you’ll be joining the estimated 43 million other Americans doing the same.

The number of travelers this holiday weekend (what the AAA defines as Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4) will be the highest on record, with 5 million more travelers compared to Memorial Day weekend.

What’s the cause for the spike in numbers? According to the AAA, gas prices are at the lowest they’ve been since 2005, meaning 84% of holiday travelers—more than 36 million people–will drive to their July 4 destinations, representing a 1.2% increase from last year.

Lower gas prices have also saved U.S. drivers about $20 billion on gas so far this year, compared to the same period in 2015, according to the AAA. This decrease in gas prices and increase in savings has made travel more affordable in recent

Aside from the roads, an estimated 3.3 million Americans are taking to the skies this Independence Day, meaning air travel is expected to increase 2.2% from last year, according to the AAA. The top 40 domestic flight routes will be 9% less this fourth of July, with an average roundtrip ticket only costing $207.

However, despite low gas prices and cheaper airlines fares, the AAA is expecting to see more than 370,000 motorists to be in need of rescue this weekend, the primary reasons being dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires.

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Senior Center Trips

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee has a couple of out of town trips on the upcoming schedule.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says Branson at Christmas time will be a highlight…

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Illinois budget fiasco the source of punchlines on Daily Show

Comedy Central's The Daily Show took a detour from the Presidential race and devoted six minutes to generating laughs at the expense of Illinois. Correspondent Jordan Klepper's happy ending segment featured a conversation with Trevor Noah" featured Illinois' messed-up budget situation in a six-minute segment aired on Tuesday night's show.
"Daily Show" correspondent Jordan Klepper returned to Oglesby to visit lottery winner Danny Chasteen for a second time. Klepper previously interviewed Chasteen when he won $250,000 and went unpaid for an extended period because of the budget stalemate. Klepper was set to call it a happy ending because Chasteen was paid, but his girlfriend Susan Rick told Klepper about Illinois' continued budget woes. That led Klepper to visit the Capitol for a conversation with Democratic State Senator Daniel Biss and Republican State Reprentative Don Sandack. In the name of comedy, Sandack refused to take blame....

Senator Biss unintentionally summed up the budget situation...

Klepper compared Biss and Sandack to "bickering muppets".

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Judge orders state to grant medical marijuana access for PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder victims now have access to medical marijuana in Illinois. That's the result of a Cook County judge's ruling. PTSD is now on the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment. The case was filed by a military veteran. The Department of Public Health has 30 days to make the change. 

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Illinois newspapers take to the front page in calling for a budget deal

For one day, the editorial page moved up to the cover for 65 Illinois newspapers today. They teamed up for an editorial entitled "Enough" which calls for lawmakers and Governor Rauner to reach a budget deal. The effort was spearheaded by the Springfield based State Journal Register. SJ-R editor Angie Muhs (Muse).....

Muhs says the editorial is drawing a positive response but readers don't seem to be changing sides when it comes to who they blame for a year long budget stalemate....

the State Journal Register has led a group of a dozen Illinois newspapers in taking an extaordinary step to call for an end to the budget stalemate. The edition of the SJR and a number of other Illinois dailys are using the front page for an editorial entitled enough. The interim publisher of the SJ-R, Rosanne Cheeseman coordinated the effort. She says papers are taking the unusual step because lawmakers appear to have stopped listening to constituents. 

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Gov Asks Lawmakers to Do Their Jobs

Lawmakers are back in Springfield today. The House and Senate are expected to take up state budget proposals. But will any of them pass the muster of Governor Bruce Rauner. He says as lawmakers return to Springfield he wants them to do what they need to keep state services like prisons operating and give families the peace of mind that schools will open.

This is the first time that both sets of lawmakers will be in the capitol since the end of May,

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No Bailout for CPS

July 1 is coming and it’s another deadline to pass a state budget. Governor Bruce Rauner has sounded optimistic at times that something can get done. That would even include a stop gap funding plan. But according to Rauner a budget he’s willing to sign won’t include what he calls a bailout of the Chicago Public Schools. He’s kept up the pressure on CPS and says he won’t take on the responsibility of fixing their financial mess.

The House and Senate are due back in session today. 

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Benefit Seekers Will Have to Have Resume

Collecting unemployment won’t be as easy anymore but the changes are designed to benefit the individual looking for work. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is going to require anyone filing a new claim for benefits to fully register for the state’s employment services and send along a resume that can be shared electronically. IDES Director Jeff Mays says that the change is to get more people connected to a data base of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

If you’re looking for work or want a new job – anyone can use the job bank. Find it at Illinois job link DOT com.

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Durbin critical of Cruz hearing on POTUS handling of "radical Islam"

Senator Ted Cruz may have left the Presidential race but he is still making waves on Capitol Hill. He presided over a Senate hearing where he accused the Obama administration of under-emphasizing the "threat of radical Islam". Senator Dick Durbin says the hearing boosted anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry in the United States and he questioned the logic of the hearing after the Senate defeated legislation designed to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists....

Durbin credited former President George W Bush with stating that the religion of Islam wasn't the enemy as the nation witnessed the horrors of 9/11. 

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VW Settles, Drivers To Get Thousands

Volkswagen has been dealing with a scandal surrounding some of their diesel driven cars. And now they have settled the case with regulators, in Illinois that means a possible big payout to owners. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says collectively it’s a $275 million settlement. Volkswagen sold the cars as a clean environmental choice. The settlement will cover nearly 30,000 cars sold or leased in Illinois that were designed to flout rules covering car emissions.

Owners will receive a payment of at least $5100 and they will also be able to get their cars fixed to reduce emissions or bought back by the company. Drivers of the cars will want to go to Volkswagen’s web page for complete information.

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Abilities Plus on PTP

Kim Walker and Julie Landwehr discuss Abilities Plus programs during the June 29 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

Radio is discussed during the June 29 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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U of Il Extension on Tuned IN

Extension Adviser Angie Peltier talks about an upcoming Field Day during the June 29 editiion of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Fatal Crash Updated

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     Contact:                           Tpr. Jason Wilson

309-236-1443

wilsonj@isp.state.il.us

June 28, 2016

ISP TRAFFIC ALERT

 

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District Seven

 

 

WHAT:                 Single Vehicle Double Fatality crash                         

WHERE:               I- 74 Westbound Milepost 17

WHEN:                 06/27/2016 2:26 PM

VEHICLE:             2004 Buick four-door

DRIVER:               VEVA A. HERSCHBERGER, 78, Kalona, IA.

PASSENGER:      MELVIN J. HERSCHBERGER, 81, Kalona, IA.

 

PRELIMINARY:    At approximately 2:226 PM on June 27, 2016,  a single vehicle double fatality crash happened in the construction zone I 74 WB MP 17. The vehicle left the roadway and struck an overpass culvert.  The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Leave The Fireworks to the Pro's

                 

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) are reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the OSFM prior to their fireworks show.

 

The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate issued by the IDNR.  

 

Licensing and storage requirements administered by the IDNR do not apply to Consumer Fireworks (classified as 1.4 explosives).  Approved Consumer Fireworks are regulated by the OSFM and are permitted only in villages, counties and municipalities that have passed ordinances allowing such displays. Consumer fireworks may be purchased and displayed only by adults who have obtained permits from their local jurisdiction.  Hand held fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, and bottle rockets are not approved for sale or use in Illinois.

 

The Illinois Explosives Act is administered by the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals’ Explosives and Aggregate Division. The Division is staffed by trained and experienced blasting specialists located throughout Illinois.  In addition to requiring comprehensive licensing, training and examination for individuals, the law requires that unattended display fireworks and explosives must be stored in an explosives magazine, storage facility or container that is inspected and certified by IDNR.

 

IDNR currently has approximately 1,000 individuals licensed for the use of display fireworks.  In addition, IDNR has certified nearly 150 explosive storage magazines specifically for the storage of display fireworks.

 

Anyone possessing, using, transferring or purchasing display fireworks without a valid IDNR individual explosives license or storage certificate is violating Illinois law and could incur penalties.  

 

A violation of the Illinois Explosives Act can be a Class 3 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, the IDNR can assess administrative fines for violations involving display fireworks and other explosives.

 

Emergency responders are reminded to contact IDNR and the OSFM immediately with reports of personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of explosives, including display fireworks.

 

For more information on the IDNR explosives regulatory program, log on to http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/mines/EAD/Pages/ExplosivesHandlingStorage.aspx.  In addition, for more information concerning the OSFM fireworks regulatory program, log on to http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/Public/Consumer-Fireworks.

 

To report an explosives incident or accident concerning display fireworks, the public should contact the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals Explosives and Aggregate Division at 217-782-9976 and the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 217-785-0969.

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Robbery Follow-Up

Kewanee Police and other authorities are continuing their investigation into a robbery that occurred on Monday morning in the 400 block of Tenney Street.

In that robbery, a customer set to enter into the Community State Bank was knocked to the ground by an assailant that took an undisclosed amount of money and then fled the scene.

Witnesses noticed a tan or gold colored Pontiac Grand Prix that matched a description of a similar robbery that occurred about a month ago on Kewanee’s east side.

Police Chief Jim Dison is urging the business community in specific and the community in general to be on the lookout when it comes to taking money to the bank or even when removing it from the place of business enroute to a deposit…

The Kewanee Police Dept is seeking the public’s help in locating the vehicle or the suspect in Monday’s robbery who was described as a tall, black male dressed in a safety vest, white shirt, white hardhat and grey pants.

Chief Dison stresses that anyone with any information should contact local authorities as opposed to trying to take on the suspects on their own…

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Rep Bustos in Peoria on Wednesday


On Wednesday in Peoria, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will welcome Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-5) for a tour of the visitors center at Caterpillar’s world headquarters. As the leader of the “Make It in America” agenda in Congress, Hoyer is a strong advocate for policies that will help America’s manufacturing sector grow and succeed. Last summer, the House Majority allowed the federal authorization for the job-creating Export-Import Bank to expire for the first time in its more than 80 year history. Because this program allows our manufacturers to export high quality American products, Hoyer and Bustos fought hard to cut through the red tape to make its passage a priority. In December they were successful at reauthorizing this vital program. According to the Ex-Im Bank, it financed $112 million in exports of Caterpillar equipment for ongoing projects in the first six months of 2016

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Public Workshop

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley gave a power point presentation Tuesday night in City Hall Council Chambers outlining plans for Community and Economic Development in the City.

Mr. Bradley said the meeting was informational in scope with recommendations to be discussed at the July 25th City Council Meeting…

Mr. Bradley says it is a positive note that many in the community feel strongly about economic development…

Mayor Steve Looney adds that the revitalization plans are another positive and he says as the budget allows, more improvements will be made moving forward…

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No race in 96th House District after all

There's one less potential Illinois House seat up for grabs. Decatur Democrat Sue Scherer will now run unopposed for re-election after Republican Cindy Deadrick Wolfer suspended her campaign in the 96th District. Deadrick Wolfer said it was a "Difficult Decision". She thanked volunteers, family and friends but said "the effort is just not enough in this politically challenging time.''

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Mayor Looney on PTP

Mayor Steve Looney talks about a property issue during the June 28 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

Recent robberies in Kewanee are discussed during the June 28 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

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Mayflies invade Havana follow up

Havana is typically a quiet and peaceful river town but last (Sunday) night that town was struck by something that locals will talk about for decades, a swarm of mayflies. Police Chief Kevin Noble says they took over the bridge over the Illinois River.  Noble says the mayflies don't give police any special treatment

Noble hopes history doesn't repeat itself tonight...

 

 
 

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Senate Dems ready to offer school funding plan

Senate Democrats are ready to share their school funding plan. They say the plan will bring $500 million more than Governor Rauner's plan. Rauner told the media Monday a compromise is a good possibility with Democratic lawmakers when it comes to a partial-year budget plan

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Budget Deal Is Needed or State Services Stop

Things sure look bleak for the state but they have been for the past year. But a new set of dire warnings are out from the Governor when it comes to the ramifications of no state budget. Bruce Rauner notes that if lawmakers don’t pass a budget, stop gap or a full term one, many state services and projects will go away.

Rauner says that he won’t support a budget that results in what he calls a bailout of the Chicago Public School system.

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Change at the top of the medical marijuana program

There is a changing of the guard at Illinois' medical marijuana program after the resignation of Joseph Wright. Jack Campbell, the program's bureau chief in the Department of Agriculture since, is moving up to the to the Director's post. Wright had served in the director's role for more than a year before stepping aside. Governor Rauner is considering signing a bill to extend the pilot program by two and a half years, and adding post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illness to the list of qualifying conditions.

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OSF Info

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee recently hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive.

St Luke Marketing Director Carrie Boelens says it was a great turnout in general and in specific for one local donor…

The first wave of sports physicals will also begin this week at St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee…

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Consolidation Issue in Kewanee

The long standing issue of one school district or two will be decided on this fall with the November elections.

Kewanee District #229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says it’s now official as the issue will be on the ballot…

Dr. Sullens says that voters in each district will vote on the measure and voters in both school districts must give their approval independent of one another for the matter to pass.

He cites the Bureau Valley School district and what voters had to go through there several years ago…

Dr. Sullens acknowledges that the matter is an emotional one for many and he also agrees that most people in the community are curious to see just which way that vote will go…

Wethersfield District #230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says that he has done his best to remain neutral as the process moves forward…

Supt Kazubowski adds that if voters approve the move to one school district, then all pertinent players will be in scramble mode as the new district would likely begin for the 2017 and 2018 school year…

Some people in the community fear that if consolidation is not passed, then the state of Illinois will step in and force the issue.

Mr. Kazubowski notes that there are some members in the Wethersfield District that prefer the State to step in and make the decision…

Voters in the city will ultimately make the decision via the ballot box during the November 8 elections.      

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Red Cross Volunteers in CA and W VA

 

MOLINE, IL, June 27, 2016 — Five volunteers from the American Red Cross Serving Central and Southern Illinois Region are among the hundreds of disaster workers responding to the devastating flooding in West Virginia and the wildfires in California. Red Cross workers in both states are opening shelters and providing meals, relief supplies, and other assistance.

 

Jerry Olden a volunteer from Tolono, IL is in California to assist with sheltering for the wildfire victims. Shelter volunteers provide a safe place for residents to sleep, hot meals, comfort kits with personal hygiene items, bottled water and comfort to those displaced from their homes.

 

Dave Stoner from Princeville, IL is in California as part of the logistics team, helping to coordinate transporting supplies such as cots, blankets, and comfort and clean-up kits.

 

Kathi Knope, a volunteer caseworker, from Taylorville, IL is also in California. Red Cross caseworkers meet one-on-one with families to provide comfort and assist them through the recovery process.

 

Pamela Hastings a Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteer from Springfield, IL is in West Virginia helping with disaster assessment. Once waters recede and areas are safe to enter, volunteers go home-by-home assessing damage.

 

Mary Atkins, a volunteer from Davenport, IA is assisting virtually as a caseworker for the West Virginia response. Using technology, virtual caseworkers assist disaster victims through the recovery process.

 

Additional deployments are expected in the coming days and weeks as both disaster responses will continue for some time.

 

HOW TO HELP 
These are large relief responses and the Red Cross needs the public’s support now. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding, wildfires and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations 
enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

 

ABOUT THE RED CROSS DISASTER RESPONSE EFFORTS

CALIFORNIA - The Erskine Fire in Kern County started Friday and already destroyed 150 homes, burned 35,000 acres and forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate. Red Cross workers are staffing shelters and providing food and relief supplies, along with health services and helping people cope with a very difficult situation.

 

WEST VIRGINIA - Thousands of people are without power and gas service. As many as 60 roads are closed due to flooding and flood damage. There are almost 20 Red Cross and community shelters open across the affected counties where hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding. Red Cross workers are providing meals, relief supplies and other assistance to those affected as well as meals for first responders. Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope. Health workers are helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials and partners to help ensure people get the help they need.

 

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Info For Vistitors to Starved Rock


UTICA, IL – Travelers planning a trip to Starved Rock State Park near Utica over the Fourth of July weekend are asked to stay informed on park crowds by monitoring Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Facebook and Twitter feeds. During the Memorial Day weekend, the park received 94,000 visitors, pushing the park to capacity and causing a temporary closure when parking lots overflowed.

 

For regular updates, visit the IDNR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Illinois-Department-of-Natural-Resources-101691346567146/ or Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/IllinoisDNR or follow @IllinoisDNR.

 

“We want the public to enjoy their experience at the park, while following the rules,” said Rafael Gutierrez, Chief of the IDNR Office of Law Enforcement.  “Illinois Conservation Police Officers will be patrolling the park, and will issue tickets to anyone violating park rules. We also ask hikers not to litter, and to pack out everything they bring into the park.”

 

“Starved Rock is not only a gem for our district, but for the state and the Midwest,” said State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Peru), whose district includes Starved Rock. “It’s important we keep it that way through cleanliness, conservation, and responsible behavior to ensure public safety. July 4 weekend is always a busy weekend. I encourage visitors to please take it easy, be respectful of each other and the site itself, and be prepared for crowds. If you are thinking about visiting Starved Rock July 4weekend, I would encourage you to check out IDNR’s Facebook and Twitter pages as they will provide real time updates of attendance, parking, and weather.”

 

Conservation Police will strictly enforce the following safety rules:

 

  • Possession of alcohol on trails
  • Entering restricted areas
  • Hiking off trails
  • Climbing rock walls and cliffs
  • No Swimming
  • Defacing sandstone walls with paint or etchings
  • Littering
  • Being on trails after dark  

 

 

St. Peter Sandstone in Starved Rock can crumble and be slippery when wet. Every year, several park visitors are severely injured in falls. Conservation Police ask hikers to please stay on trails.

 

If the park reaches maximum capacity (meaning no parking spaces remain), the park may be closed for safety reasons until parking becomes available. People are reminded not to park along park roads or public highways. This may prevent emergency vehicles from getting through. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed at the owner’s expense.

 

Lodge and wedding guests, as well as people with brunch reservations, will be allowed to enter the park. Lodge parking will be restricted to lodge patrons with reservations.

 

Visitors arriving from the east on Interstate 80 should consider taking an alternate route to the park. Travelers can exit prior to Utica at Ottawa, cross the Illinois River and approach the park from the east on Illinois 71. Motorists also can exit southbound on Interstate 39 and take the Illinois 71 exit at Oglesby. Visitors should have alternate plans in the event that the park has been closed temporarily when they arrive.  For more information about Illinois State Parks in your area, visit:http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/parks/Pages/default.aspx.

 

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BHC Sets Meeting Dates

The Black Hawk College Board of Trustees has approved the following meeting schedule for July 2016 through June 2017:

 

· Thursday, July 28 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

· Thursday, Aug. 25 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

· Thursday, Sept. 22 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

· Thursday, Oct. 27 – Community Education Center, Dr. Charles O. Warthen Conference Room

· MONDAY, Nov. 28 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

· Thursday, Dec. 15 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

 

· Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

· Thursday, Feb. 23 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

· Thursday, March 23 – Community Education Center, Dr. Charles O. Warthen Conference Room

· Thursday, April 27 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

· Friday, May 19 – 5:30 p.m. – prior to East Campus Commencement for lodging the budget – National Guard Armory, 111 N. East St., Kewanee

· Thursday, June 22 – Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Black Hawk Room

 

The Quad-Cities Campus is located at 6600 34th Ave., Moline.

The Community Education Center is located at 404 E. 3rd St., Kewanee.

 

Meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

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Robbery in Kewanee On Monday

 

 

At 11:05 a.m., June 27, 2016, the Kewanee Police Department received a 911 report of a robbery that had taken place in a parking lot in the 400 Blk Tenney Street.  Upon arrival Officers learned that a customer was about to enter the Community State Bank when a tall, black male subject dressed in a safety vest, white shirt, white hardhat and grey pants suddenly struck the patron, knocking him to the ground.  The suspect took the patron’s money bag and was last seen fleeing on foot to the West through the parking lots.  Taken was an undisclosed amount of currency.

  

Additional witnesses in the area described a tan or gold colored Pontiac Grand Prix, with dark tinted windows and a missing driver’s side door molding that had been loitering in the area and was later seen leaving the area after the robbery.

 

The injured patron was transported to OSF St. Luke by the Kewanee Fire Rescue for treatment of his injuries where he remains at the time of this release. 

 

Kewanee Police are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle or suspect.  Information can be called into the Kewanee Police Department at (309) 853-1911 or Crimestoppers of Henry County at 1-800-227-2324.  The Kewanee Police Department was assisted by the Kewanee Fire Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s office.  The incident remains under investigation. 

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Stay Alert For Repair Scams

Summer brings storms with high winds and the potential to damage houses and businesses. That also can bring about scammers that are looking to prey on individuals who need repairs done on buildings. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants you to think things through and check out anyone who you are considering working on your home. Madigan says there are warning signs that someone might be trying to rip you off.

Low prices and anything that seems too good to be true are all things to think about when evaluating the situation. She also says don’t pay in cash and never pay the entire amount until the job is done. 

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Gov Liked Idea of Lucas Museum

The city of Chicago can’t land a new multi-billion dollar museum. The Lucas Museum of Narrative of Art won’t be locating along Chicago’s lake front or anywhere in the state. George Lucas, the director of the first Star Wars movies had sought to build a museum along Lake Michigan but an advocacy group for Chicago’s parks tied the planned location up in court and eventually drove 

The museum might land in San Francisco, it was expected to contain some Star Wars memorabilia but Lucas never committed to the exact contents of it. 

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Chicago Bears legends coming to State Fair

Fans of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champs and classic rock get the best of both worlds on the opening night of the Illinois State Fair. Three iconic members of Buddy Ryan's legendary 46 defense that claimed the Bears only Super Bowl trophy will be on hand for the opening night of the fair August 11th. But don't look for them to sign footballs. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says you'll find them on a stage....

The show will be free. The Chicago Six will also perform at Taste of Chicago July 11th.

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Rauner signs act related to Illinois IDs

Governor Rauner lends his signature to legislation designed to bring Illinois in line with tougher federal standards for state-issued identification cards. The bill was crafted to ensure Illinois complies with the REAL ID Act and it will help residents avoid security problems at airports and federal buildings. Federal officials recently gave Illinois a two year extension to comply with the Real ID act. Secretary of State Jesse White also recently revealed residents would no longer receive a license instantly at driver's license facilities. The licenses are now produced at a central location with additional background checks.

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WKEI Open Line

Blighted properties in Kewanee are discussed during the June 27 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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OSF on Tuned IN

Marketing Director Carrie Boelens talks about the Family Planning Program on July 11 during the June 27 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Mayflies invade Havana

Havana is typically a quiet and peaceful river town but last (Sunday) night that town was struck by something that locals will talk about for decades, a swarm of mayflies. Police Chief Kevin Noble says they took over the bridge over the Illinois River...

Noble is a native....and nothing has prepared him for the swarm...

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Mosquito Awareness Week


 

    How's the song go?  "Summer time and the living is easy."  That is until you're bothered by that old seasonal nemesis the mosquito.  The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that June 26-July 2 has been designated National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.  In honor of this national observance the Health Department staff offers the following information on the summer mosquito season and the potential health risks associated with mosquito bites.

 

     Over the last few years, the U.S. has had increased cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as the West Nile Virus and other exotic diseases such as Zika virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya threaten our shores.  While Zika virus is also primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the main type of mosquito that carries Zika virus, Aedes aegypti, is different and is rarely found in Illinois.  However, taking some simple precautions can help you avoid mosquito bites, regardless of the type of mosquito or the diseases they carry. 

 

Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.

 

      REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Try to keep doors and windows shut.

 

Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.

 

      REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.  Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

 

      REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.  The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

 

     The Culex mosquito is the most common vector of West Nile Virus and other viral illnesses.  The Culex mosquito relies mostly on artificial containers for breeding sites.  Adds David, "An artificial container is anything that will hold water more than 4 to 5 days.  Enormous numbers of mosquitoes are produced day after day in such containers."

 

    Therefore, the Health Department urges area residents to take the following steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sites:

 

* Discard all useless containers such as tin cans, tires, and stack buckets upside down when empty.

* Turn boats and canoes down when not in use.

* Don't allow water to stand in low areas for more than one week, add small amounts of fuel oil each week to standing pools of water that can't be drained.

* Empty and clean wading pools and bird baths once a week.

* Drain all livestock tanks once a week.

* Cover rain barrels and cisterns with mesh wire screening.

* Puncture holes in the bottom of tire swings to drain accumulated water.

* Clean out gutters and spouts of accumulated debris.

* Repair or replace screening on doors and windows with appropriate mesh.

 

    For more information on West Nile Virus or Mosquito Control Measures call the Health Department at (309) 852-0197(Henry) or (309) 852-3115 (Stark) 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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Quails Forever

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Springfield, Ill. – June 24, 2016  Quail Forever and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have entered into a partnership agreement to create a joint Habitat Strike Team – a crew of specialized habitat management biologists – to improve wildlife habitat within the state’s quail range on public and private lands.

Funded by a federal grant from the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, the Habitat Strike Team will focus on habitat upgrades for lands enrolled in the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) – more than 13,000 acres of private property leased by the Illinois DNR for public recreation and access. By utilizing pollinator habitat enhancements, timber stand improvement, and grassland restoration techniques, the crew hopes to improve wildlife habitat throughout the quail range for the benefit of upland hunters, bobwhite quail, and an entire host of other wildlife species.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with the leading upland habitat organization in the country,” stated Tammy Miller, IRAP manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “This partnership addresses the two largest limiting factors for sportsmen and women in Illinois, habitat and access. Together, the Illinois DNR and Quail Forever will put a lot of quality habitat on the landscape while providing many new access opportunities for the public.”

The Habitat Strike Team itself, consisting of a coordinator and habitat technician, has already begun mapping out habitat projects on public access areas enrolled in IRAP that have the most potential for wildlife, and will begin management efforts in the coming weeks. “Quail Forever, the Illinois DNR, the state’s sporting community and most of all, wildlife, will all benefit from this partnership,” said Tim Caughran, eastern regional field manager for Quail Forever. “We’ve hired some very talented biologists to move our quail population in a positive direction, and we’re excited to see the partnership grow in the future.”https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/HEXi3Ng3Lrw1y2aUQGbl6nEXwh01FjDSHQKoOZ3kILTJldXKYTzbJ_tuq5pzGNy3olO6Tt1bZhYYxddmtlX0ke4R8skT6Sg=s0-d-e1-ft#http://pf.informz.net/PF/data/images/Branson.jpeg

Tom Branson - Habitat Strike Team Coordinator

A native and lifelong resident of Ipava, Illinois, Tom Branson has been hired as the coordinator for the Habitat Strike Team in Illinois. An avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing throughout the year, Branson pursued his outdoor passion in college by earning a B.S. in Forestry at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Previous experience in the field of natural resources includes working as a forester in a recent position with Illinois Forest Products, and as a hired laborer with Timber Creek Land Company. For more information about the Illinois Habitat Strike Team, contact Branson at (309) 224-1684 or tbranson@pheasantsforever.org.

Tony Kloppenborg – Habitat Strike Team Technician

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About IRAP

The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) leases private property throughout Illinois for semi-controlled public access for a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Landowners are able to choose which outdoor recreational activities they agree to let the public to access while also retaining time for their personal outdoor activities on their property. All IRAP participants must have an IRAP permit/ID number and reserve location/date online prior to using sites. Since the program’s inception in 2011, over 13,000 acres have been enrolled. 

About Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 149,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $634 million on 502,000 habitat projects benefiting 14.1 million acres nationwi

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Cancer Registry Receives Certification

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced today the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. This marks the 18th consecutive year Illinois has received this honor. Only those registries meeting the highest standards are awarded gold certification.

"This speaks to the great work being done at the Illinois Department of Public Health," said Gov. Bruce Rauner. "I want to congratulate IDPH on its efforts to provide complete and accurate data that allows us to make informed prevention decisions to improve the health of all Illinois residents."

"Illinois is nationally recognized to have one of the best systems in the country for collecting cancer data and I would like to thank the cancer registrars from hospitals throughout the state as well as the Illinois State Cancer Registry staff for their contributions toward achieving gold certification," said Director Shah. "Illinois residents should be confident in the accuracy and completeness of cancer data that can help us understand the burden of cancer in Illinois and target our prevention and treatment efforts."

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries annually reviews all state cancer registries in North America for their performance in collecting complete, accurate, and timely cancer data. No other state with as high a case load has achieved the gold standard registry designation for as many consecutive years.

In addition to the gold certification, the Illinois State Cancer Registry has recently been recognized as a Registry of Excellence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Program of Cancer Registries. The recognition is also based on the registry’s performance in collecting complete, timely, and high-quality data.

The Illinois State Cancer Registry, maintained by IDPH, is the only source for population-based cancer incidence for the state. The information collected by the registry is important for cancer surveillance and research efforts both statewide and nationally. The registry provides information about population-based cancer incidence, cancer by site numbers, morbidity and mortality data, and statistics broken down into cancer type, sex, race, age, and geographical area.  According to CDC, one of four deaths in the United States is attributable to cancer. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in Illinois and the United States, and the leading cause of death for Illinois citizens aged 45-64. Cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and kills more Illinoisans annually than AIDS, injuries, and homicides combined. It is projected more than 67,990 people in Illinois will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 25,540 people with cancer will die from the disease.

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Salvation Army Info

Even though we have a fairly pleasant weather regime in place for much of this week, the heat of summer will continue to build as we move forward.

For those folks that might need to escape the heat, another place to keep in mind would be the Salvation Army Store in Kewanee.

Director Linda Bolls says yes, you can use the Salvation Army as a cooling center when temps are hot and the air is humid…

Ms. Bolls adds that any donations of fans or air conditioners would be most appreciated…

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BHE Career Discovery Day

The Black Hawk College Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee will host a Career Discovery Day on Thursday at the Center located at 404 East Third Street in Kewanee.

David Harris is the Coordinator at the CEC and he says there will be lots of great information available all day long…

Harris adds that there will be short presentations on featured areas, building tours, and financial aid and application assistance information as well…

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Former Congressional candidate Flynn passes away

Former Western Illinois Congressional candidate Mike Flynn has passed away. The Quincy based Flynn, an editor at Breitbart News, died Thursday night at the age of 48. He was one of the three Republican candidates seeking to replace Aaron Schock in a special election last year. His candidacy got a boost with an endorsement from former Presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Flynn later landed on the ballot as a delegate candidate for presidential candidate Cruz in the Illinois Primary. Last year, Flynn talked about his motivation for making a run for Congress....

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IL Congressman Reacts to Sit In

llinois' 13th District U-S Congressman is bashing Democrats who took part in a sit in that lasted until this morning (Thursday). Rodney Davis says the Democrats broke house rules as they protested a lack of action on gun control bills. Davis says existing gun laws need to be enforced as terrorists, including the Orlando shooter, don't have respect for the law.

Davis says terrorists don't care about laws that only affect law abiding citizens.

-ADDITIONAL AUDIO:-

A long night for Democrats in the house as they pulled a sit in to protest the lack of approval on gun control bills. Illinois' 13th District U-S Congressman Rodney Davis says the sit in was against house rules and should not have happened. Davis says law enforcement needs to enforce the current laws on the books regarding guns. However, he says the Orlando shooter and other terrorists don't care about our laws.


Davis says terrorists will lie on applications and use stolen weapons to carry out acts of violence.

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Davis weighs in on Sit In

Meanwhile, Congressman Rodney Davis is offering less than rave reviews for this week's Sit In by House Democrats. He agreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to adjourn until July 5th.....

The sit in has reportedly strained relations between Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois Delegation. 

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IRS on PTP

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service gives tax tips during the June 24 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Events throughout time are discussed during the June 24 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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Chalk Art Festival on Tuned IN

Dianne Packee and Deirdre Scott provide the very latest on the upcoming Chalk Art Festival during the June 24 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Zion Lutheran Church Rummage Sale

A large rummage sale will be held today and tomorrow at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee.

The rummage sale will be held this afternoon from 3-6 and on Saturday from 8-11 and the sale will be held at Zion Hall located in the lower level of the Zion Lutheran Church.

There will be a wide assortment of items available for sale and the public is cordially invited to stop by either today or on Saturday to take advantage of those bargains.

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ISP: Driving Misconceptions

East Moline – Illinois State Police District 7 Troopers have noticed some disturbing trends of driving behavior over the past few months. When observed, the troopers have attempted to address and will continue to address traffic law violations, but would like be proactive and help you prevent an unplanned visit from a trooper along the roadside.

Speeding – There is no grace given for the speed LIMIT. The speed posted is the maximum speed allowed to travel. This also holds true in constructions zones with or without workers present. Any amount over the speed limit is subject to a traffic stop and enforcement action. Many have tried to escape a ticket by providing a well-crafted reason (some would say excuse) for traveling above the limit. The unfortunate fact is this violation is one of the most common causes of fatal crashes. So as important as: needing a restroom, almost running out of gas, running late for work, or picking up a child might be….none of them are worth another’s or your life.

Hands-free device – When using a communication device while operating a vehicle, the driver CAN NOT have the device in their hand. If the driver has the speaker function on the phone activated and holds the phone in their hand, that action is still a violation of the ‘hands-free’ law.

Driving in the Left Lane - When on a controlled access highway or interstate, you may only occupy the left lane while actively passing (there are other special exemptions, but let’s keep things simple). Those who choose to ignore this law may be subject to traffic stops and enforcement action not to mention the disdain of their fellow motorists.

Seatbelt Required – Everyone has heard Click-it-or-Ticket. It is Illinois law that ALL occupants must remain in a properly adjusted restraint system while the vehicle is traveling forward on public roadways. Properly adjusted refers to either a well fitted child restraint system when applicable or a shoulder belt placed between the neck and shoulder and lap belt crossing both hips. Any other variation (shoulder belt under arm or behind the back) could contradict the purpose of the seatbelt and cause serious injury in the event of a crash.

Texting – Using a wireless device to text, update your profile or send out another precious thought nugget on Twitter is remarkably dangerous. Every one of us can recall another driver’s horrible actions while selfishly looking at and typing on a phone. How could we expect to be any different when we do it? Just like the driver you are thinking about who was dangerous but did not crash, what makes you think others don’t think the same of you? No matter your driving or texting skill level, the two combined continuously lead to extremely dangerous and deadly situations.

Turn Signals – They are required to be used by law. Some have considered their use a courtesy, but this small piece of equipment is an invaluable communication to other drivers. By law a driver must signal their intention to turn or change lanes by continuous directional signal the last 100 feet of travel in a residential or business district (IN TOWN) or 200 feet anywhere other than a residential/business district (OUT OF TOWN). Remember waiting for that small break in traffic, but you had one more car to wait for? Then that car turned on their signal at the last moment before turning just before they reached you! Now you get to wait for another fifteen minutes before you get another chance. What did you want to do to that driver? Imagine that’s what someone would want to do to you if you were the one who didn’t use a signal.

Driving on the Shoulder – Construction and slow traffic breed impatient drivers. When these self-appointed important people see a fully paved shoulder, they see a passing lane. This is common on the interstates just before exit ramps. So the driver takes the shoulder shaving three minutes off their commute. Looking back, what did that three minutes do for you? You get the jelly doughnut versus the glazed at the office? There are many drivers throughout the country that would happily sit in traffic every day for any amount of extra time if it would allow them to wipe the memory of hurting an innocent passenger because of their selfish impatience.

The above mentioned violations when observed by a law enforcement officer are enforceable by warning or citation. More importantly, the public’s adherence to, or lack of, lead to crashes, injuries, possible fatalities, and incidents of road rage.  Each of these violations take less than a second to commit and the same time to correct. Every driver has shouldered a remarkable responsibility to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle. Many choices must be made to ensure safe travels. Please make safe choices behind the wheel where simple mistakes can lead to tragic consequences. The worst thing a police officer can do to a compliant motorist who has broken a law is take them to jail. If the violation has led to the death or injury of another, the jail made out of bricks and bars is temporary, but the jail the at-fault driver makes in their mind is permanent.

 

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Chamber of Commerce Info

The first ever Hog Capital BBQ Challenge that was held last weekend in Kewanee was a huge success.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says the event went better than expected…

With that event in the books it’s now time to look forward to the Fourth of July and MIkenas says it will be lots of activity in Kewanee on the Fourth…

There is no charge for any of the activities at Northeast Park on the Fourth and the Chamber has made a pledge to not hound anyone in the park for donations.

That said, there are lots of expenses and Mark says that donations would be greatly appreciated…

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KPL Info

Kewanee Public Library has a couple of neat programs on the schedule for next week.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says the Girl Scouts will stop by on Tuesday as part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program…

Ms. Billiet also notes that the Facilitator of Fun, Mr. Steve will be at the Library next Wednesday afternoon…

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Foundation Grants Available

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the following programs: Capacity Building, Planning for Land Acquisition, and Land Acquisition.

 

Capacity Building: Grants are awarded to help increase the organizational capacity of non-for-profit organizations that work to protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in Illinois. Eligible applicants may apply for up to $40,000 for 2-year grant project.

 

Planning for Land Acquisition: Grants are awarded to map acquisition priorities, divide responsibilities, and to develop strategies that will protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in Illinois.

 

Land Acquisition:Grants are provided to 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organizations and local government agencies to purchase wildlife habitat and natural areas in Illinois. Eligible applicants may apply for up to 80% of direct costs of the land and up to $10,000 for restoration activities to be completed within the first year.

For more information visit:  

http://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/natural-areas-program

Deadline: July 1, 2016

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Bustos on "SIt-In's"

Representative Cheri Bustos Discusses the Democratica SIt-In

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United Way Survey shows service cuts are growing worse and things could get more dire

A United Way of Illinois survey of state human service providers offers a blunt assessment of the impact of the state budget standoff. The survey of 429 member agencies with contracts with the state shows nearly two-thirds have cut programs, leaving almost one million people without services. Illinois owes an average of $525,000 to those recipients. Over . half of agencies surveyed report they'll have to stop serving clients if the stalemate continues another six months. The areas hardest hit were substance abuse services, childhood education and mental health treatment.

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Biggest Loser Finalist calls on her friends to help Illinois get fit and trim

Sonya Jones of Sherman nearly took home the $250,000 top prize from NBC's The Biggest Loser, but her lovely parting gift as a runner up was better health and a better waistline. Jones, who works as an outreach representative for HSHS Medical Group, was reunited with Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince in O'Fallon and Springfield for the launch of the Biggest Loser Community Challenge, a web based weight loss effort.....

You can find out more at www.HSHSChallenge.com. Jones is visiting a number of communities across Illinois served by HSHS this summer for
Community Challenge forums.

All events Noon and Six pm
Greenville June 30th Holy Family
Belleville July 7th St. Elizabeths
Springfield July 11th St. Johns
Litchfield July 18th St. Francis
Breese July 25th St. Joseph's
Decatur July 26th St. Mary's
Effingham July 28th St. Anthony's

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Rauner reacts to tornadoes in Northern Illinois

Mother Nature pounced and pounced hard on Northern Illinois last night, leaving behind four confirmed tornadoes and additional storm damage. Governor Rauner responded to the aftermath in a statement this morning.

“Given the reports of tornado touchdowns across north-central Illinois last night, we are fortunate things are not worse and are thankful there were no fatalities. Diana and I are thinking of those who were injured or suffered property damage in the storms and send our prayers to you.

“I continue to receive regular updates from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency on damage assessment and cleanup today, and the Illinois State Police are on patrol offering assistance to local law enforcement. A special thanks to our first responders and volunteers who have been working tirelessly throughout the night to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

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Redfield: Best Case Scenario is Temporary Budget

The best case scenario for the State of Illinois to end the budget stalemate is a short term budget that Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed.

That's according to Dr. Kent Redfield who says a short-term budget would include a spending plan for Illinois schools and get the state to the end of the year and through the November election.

Dr. Redfield warns the longer this budget stalemate goes, the farther in debt Illinois gets.

The state is paying salaries of state employees and other payments are being made through consent decrees but Dr. Redfield points out, the state is without money to buy every day items like paper or ink for printers.

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Eentire Dewitt County Center Shutting Down

As state lawmakers take another Wednesday off from work, Hundreds of Dewitt County residents are learning the Dewitt County Human Resource Center is closing June 30th. Director Lynn Scoville says the lack of a state budget is to blame.

The closure means the end to outpatient services for mental health clients, no services for those with developmental disabilities, and no counseling offered for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The center will lose all licenses and accreditation and if they re-open will have to reapply.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Incredibly cruel. That's how Dewitt County Human Resource Center Director Lynn Scoville says no budget and no payments from Springfield means the center is closing June 30th.

The center offers outpatient services for mental health clients, those with developmental disabilities, and counseling offered for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The center will lose all licenses and accreditation. Staff started being thinned out at the facility last August.

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Congressman Rodney Davis blasts attempts to redact Orlando 911 calls

Congressman Rodney Davis is still seeing red over the Obama Administration's handling of 911 transcripts from the Orlando mass shooting that left 49 dead. The Taylorville Republican says omitting information about the shooter's motives did not make America safer....

Davis says the initial effort to redact part of the 911 calls referring to radical Islam shows the White House is out of touch when it comes to battling homegrown terror.

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Henry County Sheriff on PTP Henry

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla talks about summer scams during the June 23 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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KPL on Tuned IN

Children's Librarian Sara Billiet talks about upcoming Library programs during the June 23 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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From Speaker to Inmate: Hastert reports to lockup

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's fall from grace is complete. He arrived via wheelchair at a Rochester, Minnesota prison to start serving a 15 month sentence for his role in a hush-money case. Hastert, who once was a VIP guest on many occasions during his time in Washington, made a humble entry into the prison with a plastic bag and brown box.

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Durbin joins House Democrats sit-in

Senator Dick Durbin is paying a return trip to his old stomping grounds, the US House. Durbin (D-IL) today joined Congressman John Lewis of Georgia in support of a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to protest Congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to proceed with gun violence/control legislation:

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Memorial Prairie Walk on Sunday

 

The Robert “Bob” Rishel Memorial Prairie Walk will be held Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 1:30pm at the Munson Township Cemetery, two miles North of Cambridge, located at the intersection of 1300 N. and 1300 E. (watch for signs).  This beautiful, guided prairie walk will feature guest speaker Tim Keller. Refreshments will be served and sponsored by the Henry County Natural Area Guardians, a subcommittee of the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Transfer Station to Close Early on Monday

 

The City of Kewanee Transfer Station will be closing two hours early at 1:00 p.m. on Monday 6/27/16.  Work will begin at that time for scale maintenance and repair.  Regular hours are expected to resume on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. 

 

Please contact City Hall at 852-2611 with any questions.

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Driving in Wet Weather

The recent heavy rains have been a challenge for drivers in the area.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says there are several things that drivers need to keep in mind when driving in heavy rains…

Trooper Wilson says turning the cruise control off and slowing down are essential moves when driving in wet weather…

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Planning Commission Meets Tonight

The Planning Commission will meet in Kewanee City Hall, Council Chambers at 401 E. Third Street at 7:00 PM, Thursday, June 23, 2016.    There are four petitions upon which hearings will be conducted.  They are discussed below.

1:  206 N Chestnut St, Anthony and Abigail Segura, requesting a special use permit for a beer garden at the South side of the building.

2:  200 S Boss St, James Liichow, requesting a special use permit for a beer garden at the Southeast corner of the building.

3:  Parcel located at the Northwest corner of Rt 81 and N Union St, parcel number 20-29-300-012, Kim Cernovich, requesting rezoning from R-2 One Family Dwelling District to M-2 Manufacturing District General AND a special use permit to allow the extraction and sell of raw materials.

4:  Parcel located at the Northwest corner of Rt 81 and N Union St directly West of the above mentioned parcel, parcel number 20-29-300-011, Kim Cernovich, requesting conditional rezoning from R-2 One Family Dwelling District to M-2 Manufacturing District General AND conditional special use permit to allow the extraction and sell of raw materials provided that the parcel is annexed into the city limits of the City of Kewanee. 

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Fireworks Donations Needed in Kewanee

The Kewanee Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Finish Line Auto Sales Company will take place on Mondayy, July 4th. at Northeast Park in Kewanee.   The Kewanee Park District will provide a free swim at the Oasis Aquatic Center.  The evening festivities will begin at 7:30pm with posting of the colors by the Kewanee Veterans Council.

 

 

Immediately following the posting of colors and National Anthem, entertainment will be provided by Missy Vail-Frakes and local band Inside Out.  Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:45pm.

 

 

Mark Mikenas Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director stated, "This is always a costly endeavor and more and more towns are discontinuing the practice of having a local fireworks show.  We are in need of donations to be able to fund the show.  We are under contract for 2016 to put on the show but we will have to really look over the event and the associated costs for next year.  There is no charge for any of the activities at Northeast Park and we have vowed not to hound people who actually come into the park to enjoy the music and fireworks like many communities do.  We continue to have an aluminum can recycling station in the Star Courier parking lot with hauling and processing donated by Murphy’s Container but the cost of aluminum has been down. All revenue from this site goes towards the fireworks display. We welcome any donations large or small at the Chamber Office.  Please mark these donations fireworks funds." 

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USDA works with home buyers on guaranteed loan program

June is home ownership month and the USDA wants every American to have access to safe and affordable housing. USDA Rural Development housing director Lindsey Keyes says the department’s guaranteed loans help home buyers secure mortgages. Rural areas with a population under 35,000 qualify for these loans.

Mike Booher (boo-er) from the State Bank of Lincoln says the program is not full of paperwork either. The USDA guaranteed loans are very approachable for the borrower and lender.

You can contact any local lender or check out the USDA Rural Development website for more information on the guaranteed loan program and home ownership. 

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Citing lack of state budget, DeWitt County shuts down mental health program

Mental health advocates have been nervous for a while now when it comes to the state's budget crisis and many have talked about having to make cuts. In DeWitt County, it's now a matter of action, not words. Dewitt County is shutting down its primary provider of outpatient mental health services July 1st because of the lack of a state budget. The center serves about 500 people. Two-thirds of the center's funding comes from state and federal dollars. 

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Springfield baseball team will trudge on with gun giveaway

Springfield Sliders owner Todd Miller is sticking to his guns, when it comes to a planned gun giveaway at tonight's in the collegiate Prospect League. One raffle winner at tonight's game will win either a semiautomatic pistol or twelve gauge shotgun. The winner will have to be 21 and pass a background check and the gun will not be awarded at the ballpark. In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, some called for the Sliders to cancel the promotion.

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Rauner Still Not Ready for A Special Session

Another week goes by with the Illinois House cancelling a session and skipping a day that could have been used to take a vote on proposed budgets or a new one. Governor Bruce Rauner could make those lawmakers return to Springfield by calling a special session. It’s something he says that he’d rather not have to do.

This marks the third week in a row that House Speaker Mike Madigan has cancelled a session of the Illinois House. The Speaker says he keeps cancelling the sessions so bipartisan working groups can continue the effort designed to find compromise on the budget and turn around agenda items.


ADDITIONAL AUDIO:


Governor Bruce Rauner could force lawmakers back with a special session but he’s been hesitant to do so, saying they never seem to accomplish much. But there are just 9 days left to pass a budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.

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Durbin vows to fight on for tougher gun regulations

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin spoke on the Senate floor about the failed bid to advance legislation regarding background checks and efforts to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. Durbin says he's not going anywhere on the issue...

Durbin says he received lots of positive feedback for his role in a filibuster designed to raise the issue. 

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Mt. Sterling Administrator says town was told prison could be lost if water was cut off

The Western Illinois town of Mount Sterling has opted not to cut off water service to the town's state correctional facility. But the city administrator isn't shy about her opinions on the matter. Vada Yingling says they were told that the fate of the prison could lie in the balance if a disconnect order took effect...

The state owes roughly $320,000 to Mt. Sterling with the prison taking up half of the village's water supply. Yingling says the city had to cut off seven customers Tuesday while leaving the state's water on. She says other cities in the same situation should join forces....

The medium security lockup in Mt. Sterling employs 400 people. 

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Political analyst says base of Democratic and Republican parties out of touch

In the third part of a series of reports on election 2016, a Washington D-C political analyst says this year's presidential primaries proved the base of the Democratic and Republican parties are out of touch with most of America. Charlie Cook, editor of The Cook Political Report and columnist with National Journal, says a lack of action in Washington proves such as well;

The election handicapper says President Obama can take some of the blame for Washington gridlock too. Cook says he has, quote "huge problems with the guy," because of the president's indifference toward dealing with the U-S Congress;

Political analyst Charlie Cook, who the New York Times says both political parties find authoritative on all things Washington, spoke recently at a conference held by the American Farm Bureau.

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Durbin adds to the case for Garland

Senator Dick Durbin is sharing new information that he believes makes the case for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to get a hearing before the Senate. The American Bar Association Standing Committee gave Garland its highest rating in a recent evaluation.

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Corn Lawsuit Meeting in Kewanee

Corn producers and other interested individuals are reminded of the meeting scheduled for Thursday evening at Happy Joe’s in Kewanee that will provide information about the Midwest Corn Lawsuit.

Jessica Dodd is an attorney representing the Midwest Corn Lawsuit and she outlines what will be discussed during Thursday’s meeting…

The lawsuit alleges that falling corn prices resulted and that affected a wide consortium of players both directly and in-directly involved with the Syngenta seed and Ms. Dodd says three production years in particular will be the focal point…

That meeting once again will be held in the Conference Room at Happy Joe’s in Kewanee beginning at 5:30 on Thursday evening. Reservations are not required and light refreshments will be served. 

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Cafe and Latte Club to Meet


    The WIC Staff of the Henry and Stark Counties' announces the June meeting of the Breastfeeding Support Group, the "Cafe' and Latte Club."  The group's meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28th from 10:00am-11:00am in the Boardroom of the Geneseo Public Library, 805 N. Chicago Street, Geneseo.

 

    Ina Kuster, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor with the Henry and Stark County Health Department notes, "All new or expectant mothers are invited and encouraged to attend.  Meetings will feature the latest Breastfeeding information and techniques and insight and support from experienced leaders. Whether you are pregnant or already nursing, the Cafe' and Latte Club can help you to a successful breastfeeding relationship with your infant.

 

     In addition, each meeting will feature a meet and greet session, and door prizes will be given away at each monthly meeting.

 

    Kuster notes "We welcome new mothers, pregnant women, fathers and other support or family members, babies and children at our meetings."

  

     Please join the Cafe' and Latte Club on Tuesday, June 28th from 10:00am-11:00am at the Geneseo Public Library.  Remember all mothers and their babies are welcome and attendance is free.  For more information call the Health Department at (309 852-5272 or 792-4011 or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com or you can always find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

 

     The Cafe' and Latte Club is brought to you by the Henry and Stark County Health Department, Hammond-Henry Hospital, and the La Leche League of Henry County

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Roadside Safety Check Results

 

East Moline, IL (06-21-2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Saturday, June 18, 2016 and early morning hours of Sunday, June 19, 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

0

Driver’s license offenses

3

Occupant restraint offenses

1

Driving under the influence arrests

2

Other alcohol/drug arrests

17

Total citations/arrests

27

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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IL Children's Hospital Receives High Ranking

(Peoria, IL / June 21, 2016) -  U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Hospital of Illinois Pediatric Urology in the new 2016-17Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Children’s Hospital of Illinois Pediatric Urology, led by Dr. Churphena Reid and Dr. Benjamin Rhee, tied for 36th nationally, improving five spots from its previous ranking in 2014. An increased emphasis on clinical and surgical outcomes and implementation of new processes and procedures were major contributing factors to the ranking.

“We at Children’s Hospital of Illinois have a commitment to providing excellent care for children and families,” said Divya Joshi, M.D., OSF HealthCare Children’s Service Line CEO. “We are proud of our dedicated faculty and clinical staff, who play a major role in achieving the good outcomes we are being recognized for. This truly is a team effort that wouldn’t be possible without the energy, support and collaboration between the pediatric urology, nephrology, anesthesia, neonatology, hospitalist, and radiology teams. Their compassion and devotion to our patients, along with a focus on the best clinical practices, led to this honor.”

Introduced in 2007, the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings help parents determine where to get the best medical care for their children. The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties, from cancer to urology. 78 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. More information can be found online in the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available in August.

 

ABOUT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ILLINOIS

Children's Hospital of Illinois, located in Peoria, IL, is the third largest pediatric hospital in Illinois and the only full service tertiary hospital for kids downstate.  With 136 beds and more than 115 pediatric subspecialists, Children's Hospital of Illinois cares for more children in Illinois than any hospital outside of Chicago. Formally established as a pediatric hospital within the walls of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in 1990, Children's Hospital has over 7,000 admissions; 2,500 newborn deliveries, and 18,000 emergency department visits each year. More at www.childrenshospitalofillinois.org

 

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SCFB Info

The recent heat has been beneficial for the corn crop in the Stark County area.

Thomas Marten is the Manager of the Stark County Farm Bureau and he says timing is everything, and so far, so good in that regard…

The Farm Bureau will co-host an Illinois River tour on Saturday and there are a few seats left available on that bus…

 

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Independent Map Amendment update

It’s looking like the Independent Map Amendment will be on the November ballot in Illinois. Supporters gathered about double the number of required signatures, and next up is a court challenge by opponents, followed by a voter information campaign, according to independent map amendment chair Dennis Fitzsimons;

Legal precedent indicates the court will approve putting the amendment on the ballot. If approved in November, it will form an independent commission to draw state legislative districts with the goal of making as many as possible competitive. Right now, the districts are drawn by the legislature, putting as many incumbents as possible in ‘safe’ districts.
FitzSimons says a similar initiative in California in 2008 has brought big changes to that state;

A decade ago, California was facing similar gridlock and budget problems that we are facing now in Illinois. Since the passage of a fair map amendment, California has turned things around and now runs budget surpluses. For more information on the Independant Map Amendment you can go online to Map-Amendment-dot-org.

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Continuous Sessions on hold in Illinois House

House Speaker Michael Madigan calls off another session of the House so that the bipartisan working groups of legislators can meet. Madigan's office reports the groups will meet three times this week, as they hope to pave the way to a long awaited state budget. Madigan said "Governor Rauner has been supportive of these groups’ efforts, and I agree with his recent comments that until there is a compromise budget, lawmakers should not be brought back to Springfield."

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Gov Returns to Support of Ag Ed Line

The FFA wrapped up their state convention last week and during the final nighttime session Governor Bruce Rauner announced the he was back on the side of reinstating the ag education line item. The $1.8 million budget line had been zeroed out in past by the Governor. The money did make it back into the final K-12 spending plan last year but it was again in doubt for the coming school year. However Rauner told the crowd that he had gone back to the budget and decided to keep it intact.

That line item and other funding still depends on lawmakers and the Governor agreeing on a budget. 

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The tap remains on at Mt. Sterling correctional facility

The western Illinois town of Mount Sterling is keeping the water on for the state's medium security prison there, despite a lack of payment for nearly a third of a million dollars worth of water service. The city council voted unanimously to keep the water running for now to Western Illinois Correctional Center.

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D.C. prognosticator with record of accuracy makes November election predictions

Charlie Cook has been called one of the best political forecasters in the nation. He's predicting Illinois native Hillary Rodham Clinton of Park Ridge to win the November presidential election. Cook says Republican Donald Trump's negatives amount to more than Clinton's, which could mean her coattails resulting in a new U-S Senate evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. As far as the makeup of the new U-S House of Representatives, Cook predicts it will be even more dysfunctional than it already is;

Charlie Cook with The Cook Political Report speaking to a recent American Farm Bureau conference says even if Clinton gets elected, look out; 12 years of one party in the White House will be hard to continue beyond 2020. And he says more than 25 Democratic U.S. Senate seats will be up for reelection just two years from now, versus about eight for the Republicans.

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Rauner tells Tribune Editorial Board he isn't a one term wonder

Governor Bruce Rauner is putting an early end to speculation about his political future. In a meeting with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, he told them he will run again. Tribune columnist Rick Pearson reports on Twitter that Rauner maintained he said that before, but Pearson doesn't recall any previous announcement. Rauner never held a political office until he was elected Governor in 2014. 

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WKEI Open Line

JFK and marijuana legislation are two of the topics during the June 21 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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SCFB on Tuned IN

Stark County Farm Bureau Manager Thomas Marten talks about Saturday's river tour during the June 21 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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911 Service Down in Kewanee, Elmira and Galva

A fiber optic cut has left Kewanee, Galva and Elmira without landline 911 service for the time being. A release from the Henry County Sheriff's Department indicates that residents of Kewanee, Galva and Elmira for the time being can only reach 911 via cellphone. Frontier Communications is working to restore 911 access for landlines and we will keep you posted here when access is restored. 

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Tax Info

With the income tax season now behind us for the most part and the next filing season about half a year away, most people simply check out when it comes to those issues, basically out of sight out of mind.

But as Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis reminds us, now might not be a bad time to do a review and get some things in order while time is still on our side…

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IL Unclaimed Property Auction

 

SPRINGFIELD – Collectible coins, gold jewelry and sterling dinnerware are some of the 11,600 unclaimed property items worth $45,000 to be auctioned online now through June 24.

"Our unclaimed property team works hard to return valuables to their rightful owners," Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. "If the property goes unclaimed for 10 years, the items are auctioned to make room for incoming unclaimed items."

Items include a 1911 Indian Head 2½ dollar gold coin; a 22KT gold necklace; a 1918 Illinois Centennial half dollar coin; and vintage Hohner harmonicas. All 130 lots are available for viewing here. Auction items have been appraised by an outside vendor.

Auction participants can register by clicking the auction link under the Resource Center at www.illinoistreasurer.gov. For questions, call 217-557-8567.

The treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, unpaid rebate cards, and safe deposit boxes. Items are surrendered to the treasurer’s office after private entities have tried for at least five years to locate the owner.

Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check I-Cash every six months. Visit www.illinoistreasurer.gov or call217.785.6998. Treasurer Frerichs’ office never charges money to search or return unclaimed property.

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Success for Abilities Plus Athletes at State Competition

 

Headline: Success for Abilities Plus Athletes at State Competition

 

Thirteen Abilities Plus athletes from Henry and Stark Counties participated June 10th – 12th at state Special Olympic track and field competition in Normal, IL.  Medal winners include:

 

Jeff Mueller, Gold Medal in the 100M Race Walk

Andrew Yarger received a Silver Medal in the Tennis Ball Throw

Kelly Mulcahy, Silver in the 100M Race Walk

The Women’s Relay Team, with members Cindy Hansen, Kelly Mulcahy, Abby

          Thorp, and Morgan Thorp brought home a Silver Medal, and

Sara Carmichael received a Bronze Medal in the Softball Throw

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BHE Welding Program

The Black Hawk College Welding and Skilled Trades Center in downtown Kewanee continues to offer area residents a great training program for a career in the field of welding.

David Harris is the Coordinator of the college’s Community Education Center in Kewanee…

Those individuals that are interested in welding are reminded of the weekend welding classes at the Welding and Skilled Trades Center that will be held on Saturdays beginning this coming Saturday, June 25th

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Fire Hydrant Work on Wednesday in Kewanee

 

The Illinois Youth Center will be doing fire hydrant maintenance on Kentville Road on Wednesday 6/22/16 at 9:30 a.m.  Areas in the northeast section of Kewanee could be affected with low water pressure or rusty water.

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Bureau County Road Work


 

Please be advised that the railroad crossing located approximately 2 miles west of Route 89 on CH 33 (Angling Road) will be closed on Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25.

 

As always, thank you for your cooperation, and best wishes for a wonderful day and safe travels!

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Political handicapper notes lessons already learned from 2016 elections

Politico calls him "one of the best political handicappers in the business." Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report and National Journal columnist says the 2016 election cycle has been, in his words, "one of the weirdest damn years ever." Cook provides some rationale behind the phenomenon that has catapulted Donald Trump toward the Republican nomination for U-S President. He says present and past Republican congressional leaders can take most of the credit -- or blame;

Cook spoke late last week at a conference held by the American Farm Bureau. In our next report, Cook offers his prediction on who will win the presidential sweepstakes in November -- and what that might mean for Illinois.

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Mt. Sterling could pull the plug on prison

One Western Illinois town has seen enough. They are considering cutting off water to a state facility that might think of disconnection as something more than an inconvenience. Tonight, Mt. Sterling City Council members will consider cutting off water service to the state prison there as the state's overdue bill has approached 370-thousand dollars. The Mount Sterling medium-security prison houses 1,800 inmates.

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Illinois State Fair Wine Competition is in the books

In the business of wine, patience is a virtue with the importance of aging the product, but the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association isn't waiting for the State Fair to honor the state's top wine producers. This week, winemakers from across Illinois competed at the 2016 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Association Executive Director Cynthia Fleischli says with the help of the state's only full time Enologist Bradley Beam, the wine business is booming....

The winners include:
Best of Show – Commercial Division:Winners (2)
Willow Ridge Vineyards & Winery, Chambourcin 2014

Governor’s Cup for Illinois-Grown Fruit:
Red Table Wine: Blue Sky Vineyard, Cabernet Franc 2014
White Table Wine: Alto Vineyards, Vignoles 2015
Blush/Rosé Wine: Illinois Sparkling Co., Dollface Rosé
Fruit Wine: Galena Cellars, Mead/Honey Wine 2015
Dessert Wine: Pomona Winery, Strawberry Dessert Wine 2015

Top Awards for Wines from any Appellation:
Red Table Wine: Vigneto del Bino, Sweet Frontenac
White Table Wine: Prairie State Winery, Kishwaukee Blue 2015
Fruit Wine: Galena Cellars, Peach Wine 2015

Amateur Division:
Best of Show – Grape Wine: Gerald Podraza, An Affair to Remember 2013
Best of Show – Non-Grape Wine: Ryan Zeigler, Sassafrass 2015

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HCHD on PTP

Henry County Health Department Director of Health Promotions RaeAnn Tucker discusses the recent disaster drill during the June 20 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Guns and high health care costs are discussed during the June 20 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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OSF on Tuned IN

OSF St Luke Medical Center Marketing Director Carrie Boelens talks about school and sports physicals during the June 20 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Lightning Safety Week

SPRINGFIELD – "When thunder roars, go indoors" is more than a catchy phrase about lightning safety. It’s a reminder that you’re at risk of being struck by lightning if you’re outdoors and can hear thunder. That’s the message the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies will promote during Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 19-22.

"We all enjoy being outdoors on beautiful summer days," said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. "But don’t push your luck when thunderstorms are in the area. There’s absolutely no picnic, golf game or other outdoor activity that’s worth risking your life."

Joseph added it’s important to remain inside a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle for 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.

According to the NWS, there were no lightning-related fatalities in Illinois in 2015. Nationwide, 27 people were killed by lightning. The fatalities occurred while people were fishing, working, walking, camping, riding motorcycles, under or near trees, or participating in other outdoor activities.

"To date, all of the lightning fatalities in the U.S. have occurred outdoors," said Heather Stanley, meteorologist with the NWS office in Lincoln. "Checking the weather forecast should be a step in planning any outdoor activity. But most importantly, don’t hesitate to act if you hear thunder. No place is safe outside in a thunderstorm."

While fewer than 10 percent of people who are struck by lightning are killed, many lightning strike survivors suffer various degrees of disability. Only a few lightning strike victims actually suffer burns, and these are usually minor. However, many lightning strike survivors are left with debilitating life-long effects, including memory loss, personality changes, fatigue, irreparable nerve damage, chronic pain and/or headaches, difficulty sleeping and dizziness.

People shouldn’t hesitate to help someone who has been struck by lightning since victims do not carry an electrical charge. The surge of electricity through a lightning victim’s body causes cardiac arrest in most fatalities, so immediate medical attention is critical. If the victim doesn’t have a pulse and isn’t breathing, CPR should be administered immediately.

For additional tips on lightning safety visit the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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Freedom House Info

 

Freedom House continues to provide shelter and respite services for women and children that are living in an abusive situation in the listening area. 

Tricia Schafer is the Community Relations Coordinator for Freedom House and she says their caseload remains pretty constant…

Ms. Schafer agrees that for many victims of abuse, the first call for help might be the hardest one to make…

For those that feel they might need some assistance, the Freedom House hotline is 800-474-6031. The main number for Freedom House is 815-872-0087

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IRS Info

The income tax filing season for the most part went pretty well this year.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service in St. Louis says most people have filed for the year but some still have not…

Devine adds that there are many people that need to file an extension and most are pretty honest but if someone is trying to dodge the situation, the problem will only get worse with time…

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City Water Main Issues

Residents in the city of Kewanee in need of a new water meter often times will receive a letter from the City saying that they need access to the home in order for city crews to get in to change out the old meter and install a new one.

The letter from the city infers that if citizens don’t comply within a certain time frame, then that resident’s water bill will be tripled until the call is made to set the appointment time.

Needless to say, but many in the community find that tactic a bit heavy handed and one of those that feel that way is Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley…

Mr. Bradley says that ultimately the installation of the new meter is a fairly easy and short process…

Some residents might be a bit skeptical of a new meter fearing that it might mean their water bills will automatically be going up.

Mr. Bradley says that is not true…

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U of I studying climate change in Illinois

The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the Univ. of Illinois is a non-partisan think tank that evaluates policy recommendations. One area they have looked at is preparing for climate change in the state. Dr Don Fullerton says they take the predictions made by climate scientists and evaluate the cost/benefit impact of mitigation proposals.

We already know our climate is changing. Since 1950 average precipitation is up by 20%., mostly during heavier rainfall events from March through June. Hot and dry weather is becoming more common in July and August. Fullerton says part of the job of the institute is to inform the public about current and future climate impact so an informed public can weigh in on policy initiatives.

Everything from improved, heat tolerant crops to flood control, water storage for future irrigation and alternative energy sources are evaluated.
For information on policy analysis regarding climate change, the institute publishes their research online. Just do a web search for Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

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Jobs Picture Still Lags Nation

The state still can’t get caught up to the rest of the nation when it comes to job growth. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that the state’s jobless rate dropped from last month but it still trails the nation. Employment Security Analyst Evelina Loescher says that the state found job growth in just a few sectors.

The states unemployment rate is 6.4 percent, two tenths of a percent better than last month but the nation’s rate is 4.7 percent. 

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Golf cart parade coming to Manteno

There has been an explosion of Illinois cities in recent years that have allowed golf carts on city streets. One Northern Illinois city is celebrating the trend with a parade. Manteno's first ever golf cart parade kicks off tomorrow night (Friday) at 6:45 in Heritage Park. Village Event Planner Sarah Marion says expect the parade entries to show their creativity in a big way...

Marion says golf cart owners from outside the community have asked to join the parade as well. You can find out more at www.villageofmanteno.com

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Marion is hopeful out of town visitors will check out the inaugural event. She talks about the town's charm...

 

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Troopers shot to death to be remembered

Two state troopers shot to death in the line of duty decades ago will be receive permanent honors next week. Trooper Layton Davis was shot to death during an I-57 traffic stop in 1976. Trooper Frank Doris was shot to death on US 45 near Flora in 1967. Both will be honored Monday with the dedication of signs in their honor on Interstate 57 in a ceremony in Downtown Effingham.

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State's jobless rate falls for first time in 2016

There's some good economic news from the Department of Employment Security. The jobless rate fell from 6.6 percent in April to 6.4 percent last month, the first decline since late 2015. Employment security officials aren't exactly breaking out the party hats though. They say the jobless rate fell for the first time in seven months because the size of the state's workforce declined. Job gains were seen in both the professional and business services and financial activities sectors. Meanwhile jobs in the education realm, health services arena and government cut the most jobs.

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State's jobless rate falls for first time in 2016

There's some good economic news from the Department of Employment Security. The jobless rate fell from 6.6 percent in April to 6.4 percent last month, the first decline since late 2015. Employment security officials aren't exactly breaking out the party hats though. They say the jobless rate fell for the first time in seven months because the size of the state's workforce declined. Job gains were seen in both the professional and business services and financial activities sectors. Meanwhile jobs in the education realm, health services arena and government cut the most jobs.

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Craft beer business could grow under legislation

The craft beer business could soon get even bigger in Illinois....literally. Legislation that passed in the House and Senate would allow Illinois distillers to nearly triple production with a single state license. Under the measure, craft distillers could make up to 100,000 gallons a year, up from the previous ceiling of 35,000 gallons a year per license. The state currently has 28 craft distiller licenses across the state.

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Water Shut Off In Kewanee on Monday

 

 

Effective Monday 6/20/16 the City of Kewanee Water Department is planning a water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work is scheduled to replace a valve for the Wethersfield School District.  Residents will be affected in the 100 block of East McClure, as well as 207, 220, 223, 224 and 225 East McClure.

 

Any residents, whose water has been shut off during this repair, will be under a boil order for 48 – 72 hours following the restoration of water service.

Residents in these areas may experience low pressure, rusty water, or no water.  If the water has been turned off, take precautions when using water until the water runs clean.  Only flush the system by running cold water, running hot water may draw rust into the water heater. 

If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.

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BHE CEC on PTP

CEC Coordinator David Harris talks about the upcoming Welding Programs and Career Day during the June 17 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Orlando and guns are discussed during the June 17 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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U of I Extension on Tuned IN

Horticulture Educator Martha Smith talks about proper watering methods during the June 17 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Consolidation Issue on the Ballot

It’s now official, as the issue of school consolidation in Kewanee will appear on the November ballot giving voters in the city the opportunity to vote whether to keep the Kewanee and Wethersfield school districts separate or to unite into one school district.

The decision from the State Supt of Schools came after various meetings where the public weighed in on the matter and those findings then forwarded on to the state for the final determination to place on the ballot or not.

Angie Zarvell is the Supt for the Regional Office of Education for Henry, Bureau and Stark Counties…

The measure will appear on the November ballot and will be voted on by voters in the Kewanee School District and also in the Wethersfield School District.

Voters must approve the measure separately in both districts in order to pass.

If voters in either district vote the measure down, then the school districts will move forward independent of each other as they do now.     

     

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IL State Museum to Reopen

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield could reopen in just over two weeks, but with a big change. A state legislative panel has agreed to allow the museum to charge admission and reopen July 2nd. The bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to allow the Department of Natural Resources to go ahead with the admission fee that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said is necessary for the museum to reopen. The panel did not discuss the issue before voting on it. Adults will be charged five dollars once the formerly free museum reopens. Half of the museum's staff has left despite continued paychecks under a court order. Museum officials now hope to prevent the loss of its accreditation. Currently the facility is on probation.

 
 

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Midsommar Music Festival

The Honor Flight event that was held last Sunday in Bishop Hill was a resounding success once again this year.

Todd DeDecker is the Administrator of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association…

That event now in the books and now Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return on Saturday as they will celebrate the High Noon of summer…

After the music has wrapped up it will be time to dress the Maypole and a barn dance will be featured later on Saturday evening…

A reminder to bring your own lawn chair with you for the events in the park as the seating is somewhat limited.  

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Corn Price Lawsuit Meeting

Area corn farmers and other interested individuals are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, June 23rd at Happy Joe’s in Kewanee that will address the potential of a lawsuit relative to depressed corn prices after a grain deal with China went south.

In the Midwest Corn Lawsuit, challengers are alleging that certain tracts of corn from Syngenta that originally were approved for sale to China later were deemed not acceptable and in that process, corn prices fell and farmers had to assume the loss.

The affected planting years were 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Since all corn producers were affected by the falling market, it is not a requirement that those producers used the Syngenta seed.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm on June 23rd in the conference room at Happy Joe’s in Kewanee with no reservations necessary.

It’s anticipated that the meeting will last about an hour and light refreshments will be served.   

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Chamber of Commerce Info

The annual Concert in the Park Series at Veterans Park in downtown Kewanee will begin on Thursday, June 23rd. 

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says they will be celebrating the 20th season for the Concerts in the Park this year…

A couple of Kewanee favorites will take the stage in late July and early August on consecutive Thursdays…

Once again, the Concert in the Park Series will begin next Thursday night at Veteran’s park in downtown Kewanee. 

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WKEI Open Line

Outer space and gas prices are discussed during the June 16 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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KHS Key Club on Tuned IN

The annual Key Club Calendar is discussed during the June 16 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Shuttered State Facilities To Reopen

The Illinois State Museum is going to reopen. A state board had to approve the addition of a five dollar admission fee and now that its been approve the doors will reopen on July 2. Most of the museum staff stayed on the job during the shutdown, and the Tim Schweizer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that they put the down
time to good use.

It will be $5 to get in for adults and anyone under 18 will be free. Other shuttered state facilities are going to reopen as well, including Dixon Mounds. 

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Senator Dick Durbin leads Senate filibuster

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has teamed up with Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy for a filibuster of the Senate. The stall tactic is part of Durbin's push for immediate action on legislation to stop the rising tide of gun violence.....

Durbin is also concerned about the high murder rate in urban areas of Chicago and other cities. He notes 40% of the crime guns that were confiscated after these homicides and killings in the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago came from gun shows in northern Indiana

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Update on West Nile and Zika

Sharks, crocodiles and even grizzly bears can be a threat in some places, but worldwide the lowly mosquito is the real threat to humans. Mosquitos, or more accurately the diseases carried by mosquitos, are the leading cause of death worldwide, and can be a problem here in Illinois…. Where we have plenty of mosquito’s.
One disease we hear a lot about is the Zika virus, but fortunately the type of mosquito that carries Zika is not present in Illinois, according to state epidemiologist Dr Connie Austin.

And is you have travelled to those areas, you can be tested for Zika if you are concerned. Meanwhile the major Mosquito borne disease to worry about in Illinois is West Nile virus, which is still around and showing up early this year.

Veterinarian Dr Connie Austin is state Epidemiologist. West Nile can be threat to anyone who spends time outdoors, which this time of year is most of us. 

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State Costing Itself Millions

The state budget impasse is causing businesses and non profits to lose money and the state is losing out too. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says Illinois stands to lose tens of millions in investment income if lawmakers and the governor can’t come to terms on a spending plan. The trouble is his office has to robotize shorter term investments now because the state often needs its money so quickly to pay bills.

Frerichs says that the state is missing out on about $3 million a month while the impasse continues. 

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State Museum set to reopen

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield could reopen in just over two weeks, but with a big change. A state legislative panel has agreed to allow the museum to charge admission and reopen July 2nd. The bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to allow the Department of Natural Resources to go ahead with the admission fee that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said is necessary for the museum to reopen. The panel did not discuss the issue before voting on it. Adults will be charged five dollars once the formerly free museum reopens. Half of the museum's staff has left despite continued paychecks under a court order. Museum officials now hope to prevent the loss of its accreditation. Currently the facility is on probation.

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LaHood celebrates passage of his computing/information tech legislation

Legislation penned by Peoria Congressman Darin LaHood to modernize and streamline federal investment in high-end computing and information technology coasted to passage in the house. LaHood's legislation updates the 25-year-old High Performance Computing Act of 1991, including updates to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. LaHood says changes that represent a post 9/11 world will help the nation's security and job market...

LaHood is hopeful the legislation will lead to more breakthroughs in advanced information technologies such as computing, networking, software, and cybersecurity. 

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2nd Annual Beards and Brews Brings Bikes and Bands To Galesburg Saturday

The Second annual Beards and Brews Festival Will be going on this Saturday, June 18. This event is being put on by Shave for the Brave.  I had the oppertunity to chat with Crystal Wilson and James Purl.  They are going to kick things off With a Beard Contest at the Orpheum Theater.  The Contest starts at 1pm and you have till 12:45 to register.  Diane Packee of Reimen’s Harley Davidson of Kewanee is helping Judge. There is a $15 participation fee.

After the Beard contest is through they will be kicking off there Motorcycle show from 3pm -6pm in front the Corner Connection in Downtown Galesburg

Also starting at 3 the actual shave event will be happening 3-11:30pm in the parking lot in front of the Corner Connection.  There will be alcohol for Purchase and Food and merchandise. Also, great music for your listening pleasure.  Bands include Nashville recording  artist Ty Bates, Staggard, Dirt Road Drifters.  Stark Counties Very Own Tasji Bachman, the Hypotheticals.  Also, Galva Native Kerry Cortes’ Band 3 Mile High and Dry will also be performing. 


If you’re not ready to go home when they call it quits at 11:30 you can head over to the After Party at Iron Spike Brewery.  They will have free entertainment from the Hypotheticals until 2am.

This event is put on by Shave for the Brave All of their proceeds are for the Honor Flight of The Quad Cities.

Shave for the Brave is a wonderful organization that does everything they can to help pur veterans.

 

they couldn't do it with out the help of their sponsors

Shave for the Brave was at the Back Road Music Festival last year and plan to return this year!

be sure to check them out on their facebook page at facebook.com/shaveforthebrave


 

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Irving Lemonade Stand

All of the 1st Grade students in the summer program at Irving Elementary have been working hard hosting a weekly lemonade stand.  The profits from their stand are being donated to “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation” which helps fight childhood cancer.  The students are close to their goal of raising $1000, with $600 earned so far.  The proceeds will be donated in memory of their classmate, Ty Sanford, who passed away from cancer last summer. 

Students and staff are so grateful for the community support during their lemonade stand project.  They will be hosting their FINAL lemonade stand of the summer, FRIDAY June 17th.  Located at Irving Elementary School, the stand is open from 9:30am-1pm, with student shifts at 9:30-10am, 10:30-11, and 12:30-1pm. 

This opportunity is part of a social-emotional learning project made possible by the 21st CCLC grant obtained through the Bureau, Henry, Stark Regional Office of Education.  

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BHE Offers Welding Classes


Want to weld? Take a Weekend Welding class at Black Hawk College in downtown Kewanee.

 

Classes will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Welding and Skilled Trades Center at 530 E. 3rd St.

 

Choose from:

·        June 25 – Introduction to Stick Welding

·        July 2 – Introduction to MIG Welding

·        July 9 – Introduction to TIG Welding

·        July 16 – Intermediate Stick Welding

·        July 23 – Intermediate MIG Welding

·        July 30 – Intermediate TIG Welding

 

Cost is $75 per class. Register no later than the Tuesday before the date of the class.

 

Register online at www.bhc.edu/btcreg or call 309-796-5718 or stop by one of these Black Hawk College locations:

·        Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee

·        Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Balcony, Business Training Center, 6600 34th Ave., Moline

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is REQUIRED – steel-toed boots, safety glasses and jeans with no holes. Welding hoods, jackets and gloves will be provided.

 

For more information, contact Toni Sierer at the BHC Business Training Center at 309-796-5718 or sierert@bhc.edu.

 

 

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WKEI Open Line

Recent tragedies in Florida are discussed during the June 15 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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BHHA On Tuned IN

The Midsommar Music Festival is discussed during the June 15 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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IL Adds Jobs in May


Illinois Added 6,300 Private Sector Jobs in May, According to ADP Regional Employment Report®

 

ROSELAND, NJ--(Marketwired - Jun 8, 2016) -  The State of Illinois added 6,300 private sector jobs during the month of May, according to theADP 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 Reportmeasures the change in regional and state nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally adjusted basis.

 

May 2016 Report Highlights

Changes in Illinois State Nonfarm Private Employment: 6,300*

·         By Sector * 

o    Goods-producing 300 

o    Service-providing 6,000  

·         By Select Industries

o    Natural Resources/Mining and Construction 200 

o    Manufacturing 0 

o    Professional and Business Services 1,400 

o    Trade, Transportation and Utilities 1,000 

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

 

The June 2016 ADP Regional Employment Report will be released at 9:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 13, 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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Zoning Board of Appeals Meets Tonight

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

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

531 E Division St, Kurt Gustafson, front yard setback for garage & house variance.

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Health Dept Employee Receives Award

 

     The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that each year the Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers (IACCPHP) recognizes "Mary I. Hill Homecare Assistant of the Year" recipients for their outstanding ability and dedication in providing in-home service to frail elderly.

 

     Glen Story, employed by the Health Department as a homecare assistant, recently received the honor of "Homecare Assistant of the Year" by the Association and was recognized at a luncheon held in Springfield on May 18th. 

 

     "Glen was honored because of his excellent care and service of over 5 ½ years with the Health Department," says Janell Steffen, Homecare Services Supervisor with the Health Department.

 

     Steffen adds, "He is a self-starter and has a reputation for treating all people with the respect and consideration they deserve.  He has a good sense of humor and a low key manner that is really an asset to the clients and our agency.  No matter the weather, just like the postman, Glen is there for his clients, helping them with both their physical and emotional needs as he confronts difficult situations. He is dedicated to following the plan of care for each of his clients to a successful conclusion."

 

     As a trained and certified homecare assistant, Glen visits area residents in their homes and helps them with such activities as light housekeeping; cooking; laundry; shopping and personal care.  Steffen notes, "People like Glen are so vital to our Homecare program.  Due to the great growth of home services we are always in need of more caring and conscientious people like him."

 

     Glen adds, “This job allowed me to continue to do something that I had found rewarding in the past; helping people work through the difficulties they are met with day to day.  It is much more rewarding than many other jobs, because you see the results of what you do immediately.  A client will tell you how important your help is to them.  That is satisfying.  But the job can be difficult, and it can be heartbreaking.  What keeps one going is the knowledge that it is important; and, of course, recognition of your work, when it comes."

 

     For more information on either becoming a homecare assistant or setting up home services call the Health Department at (309) 852-0492 or 1-800-868-9454. You can also 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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Exhibit To Open In Bishop Hill

 

 

Hälsingland Exhibition opens at the Steeple Building Museum this week

 

In 1846, the Bishop Hill Colonists came from five provinces north of Stockholm. The province of Hälsingland provided the largest population that left their homeland for the Bishop Hill Colony.  This new exhibition, entitled Hälsingland:  Today and Yesterday, describes the history and culture of this province.   Life size images of a few of those brave Hälsingland Colonists will greet visitors as they enter the Steeple Building Museum.  In the Yesterday room, Life from the early Bishop Hill Colony days is exhibited, as well as the Gold Rush participation.  A reproduction of the Hälsingland Regiment flag is on display with the names of the Hälsingland men who were in the military in Sweden. 

 

The Today room of the exhibition shows guests what crafts are still active in Hälsingland.  Linens from the village of Vaxbo, jewelry from a silversmith in Segersta, wood working, metal items, and pottery are all on display.  Swedish royalty is touched upon, as well as Hälsingland entertainers and artists.  In addition, the villages of Delsbo and Mo have antique folk dresses on display, on loan from the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. 

 

This is an exhibit that everyone will enjoy, Swedish or not!  The official exhibit opening is on Bishop Hill's Midsommar Music Festival, June 18th, 2016.  This exhibition was created for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association by Cheryl Dowel and Kerstin Lane.  The exhibit will close on October 1, 2016.  For more details, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.

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City Council Establishes Fiscal Year 2017 Budget For Kewanee

Kewanee City Council adopted a city budget for fiscal year 2016 and 17 at Monday night’s council meeting.

City Manager Gary Bradley says it’s a workable, realistic budget…

Mayor Steve Looney says council worked to keep expenses down and they tailored their visit to citizen’s desires as stated by the recent city survey…

Mr. Bradley adds that because of citizen’s input, increased budgeting went to dilapidated housing demolition, sidewalks and streets…

Mr. Bradley also notes that the city is trying to catch up with some of these projects and in addition to money, time will also be required…

Mayor Looney says that situation is not really anyone’s fault, it’s just the reality the current Council is facing…

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Heat to continue

Over the past week or so, we have the start of a weather market as hot weather has been the rule, and most areas have seen normal to a little below normal precipitation. Dan Hicks of Freese-Notis weather has the statistics.

Some areas have seen some good rainfall totals, for example Monday night areas around Streator Illinois reported four inches in a single downpour… but for the most part showers have been light and intermittent which is causing some concern in the grain trade. Dan Hicks says the current hot pattern will hold in place at least through the rest of June and possibly through the entire summer.

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Farmers Catch Up on Bean Planting

Farmers in Illinois made up for any lost time with planting last week and continued with other work in the field under warm and dry conditions. USDA Statistician Mark Schleusener says that farmers found temperatures around the state above normal, those warm temps dried fields and allowed for the final stretch of soybean planting to occur.

Farmers were also busy with in season fertilizer treatments and cutting
hay and alfalfa for animal feed.

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State Board of Elections not ready to suspend Mautino probe just yet

The State Board of Elections is holding off on a final decision on whether they will put off their review into the campaign spending of Auditor General Frank Mautino. The State Board considered suspending the review to accommodate a federal probe seeing answers to many of the same questions from Mautino's time as a state representative. Among the issues drawing state and federal scrutiny, more than $200,000 spent at an alderman-owned service station. Mautino is said to be cooperating with the federal probe. The state board will revisit the issue July 11th.

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House won't meet in Springfield tomorrow

The Illinois House won't be meeting tomorrow in Springfield. For the second straight week, House Speaker Michael Madigan has canceled a planned session for Wednesday. A Madigan statement indicates legislative "working groups" are still meeting to discuss a solution to the yearlong budget stalemate. Madigan says both House and Senate members will meet again today for bipartisan talks on business friendly reforms sought by Governor Bruce Rauner. Democrats say a multibillion-dollar deficit is most important and should be controlled first with spending cuts and a tax increase.

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Durbin calls for closing loopholes that allow dangerous gun buyers to buy

Senator Dick Durbin wasted little time in taking his views on the weekend mass shooting in Orlando, Florida to the Senate floor. He called on the Senate to take immediate action to close loopholes in law that allow dangerous people to purchase guns and explosives....

Durbin is also concerned about continued gun sales at gun shows and through the internet that allow buyers to avoid background checks.

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New Supt for the Henry County Veterans Commission

On Monday, May 18th, the Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission elected Dorothy “Dot” Meindok as Superintendent for the Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission.  Dan Swanson, formerly held the position but resigned to spend more time campaigning for State Representative, 74th District. 

Dot is a Persian Gulf War veteran of the United States Navy.

Meindok has served veterans for 20 years in the private sector and is a Certified V.A. lawyer.  She served as a representative of veterans at the regional office and the appellate level before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans claims. 

Her grandfather was a Filipino veteran who served under General MacArthur and was awarded the Purple Heart for his actions in Pearl Harbor when his ship was attacked. 

Dot lives in Kewanee, IL with her husband, retired Command Master Chief August M. VanDeVoorde, Jr., originally from Kewanee.   When she is not serving Henry County veterans you can find her at the helm of the Kewanee Area United Way.  She is also a member of the Rotary of Kewanee and Kewanee Kiwanis.  She belongs to the Kewanee American Legion, V.F.W. Posts 69 & 1470.

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Elections board officially approves reform initiative for ballot

The Illinois State Board of Elections voted Monday to move an effort to reform legislative redistricting one more step closer to Illinois voters. The board officially validated hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions for the so-called Independent Map Amendment. It would take legislative redistricting out of the hands of the Illinois General Assembly and into the those of an independent, non-partisan commission. Illinois Farm Bureau Vice President David Erickson serves on the board of the Independent Maps Amendment coalition;

Opponents have filed a lawsuit claiming the measure is unconstitutional. The Farm Bureau's Erickson says he and other Independent Maps board members believe it stands a good chance of holding up in court. 

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City Council on PTP

Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley discuss city business during the June 14 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

World history is discussed during the June 14 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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Salvation Army on Tuned IN

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says their store is a cooling center during the June 14 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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More On 34

 

The annual More on 34 event will be held this coming Friday and Saturday on Route 34 from Galesburg to Aurora.

Cathy Foes is the Director of the Henry County Tourism Bureau…

Ms. Foes adds that there will be lots of other vendors up and down Route 34…

Ms. Foes also notes that the website moreon34.com is a great resource for not only those in search of bargains, but also those vendors that would like to list their bargains…

 

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OSF Golf Outing a Success

The recent OSF St Luke Medical Center golf play day was a huge success.

Carrie Boelens is the Marketing Director for OSF St Luke…

Proceeds from the event will toward free flu immunizations later this year for school children in the three school districts in Kewanee…

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ISP Roadside Safety Check Results

 

East Moline, IL (06-13-2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Friday, June 10, 2016 and early morning hours of Saturday, June 11, 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

3

Driver’s license offenses

3

Occupant restraint offenses

2

Driving under the influence arrests

5

Other alcohol/drug arrests

5

Total citations/arrests

24

Total written warnings

1

                                                                                

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

Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality.

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BHHA Purchases Buildings

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association Purchases the

1851 Colony Carpenter and Paint Shop

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce that it completed the purchase of the Colony Carpenter and Paint Shop on May 31, 2016.  This latest historic building addition is located at 109 Bishop Hill Road and sits directly next to the Steeple Building. The Colony Carpenter and Paint Shop houses the Bishop Hill Post Office in the south end, and Garden Thyme garden inspired art studio and gallery in the north end. is building was originally built by the Bishop Hill Colonists in 1851, and its original uses were for Colony furniture making, wagon building, and other various carpentry and repair works. The building was built as a vernacular two and a half story brick building, with six over six windows.  Since the Civil War, it has been used for a variety of other purposes, such as apartments and gift shops.

The BHHA is planning to continue the restoration work, started by its previous owners. To help be a part in the restoration and preservation of this pre-Civil War Bishop Hill Colony building, please call the BHHA at (309) 927-3899, or email bhha@mymctc.net, or visit www.bishophillherritage.org to find out how you can help. 

 

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Hog Days Committee Meets Tonight


The Hog Days Committee will meet this evening at 7 o’clock at the Main Street building, 306 North Main, Kewanee.

All meetings are always open to the general public and anyone/everyone is welcome to attend and participate in any/all discussions.

Tentative Agenda Kewanee Hog Days Meeting - 6/14/2016

 

Acceptance of and place on file the Secretary’s Report

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

Visitors –

Unfinished Business

1.    Entertainment update…

a)      Mariachi Band?

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

a) Discussion on space for U.S. Army exhibit 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

6.    Ice for Hog Days weekend.

7.    Food concessions.

8.    Flea Market/Craft Show.

9.    Spice powder update.

10.             Front door & front of building improvement project update.

 

New Business

1.    Charcoal purchase

2.    2 Equipment loans to Jim DeBord & to the VFW

3.    Upcoming Happy Pig Collector Club meeting in Bishop Hill

4.    Miss World Festival $$

5.    Carnival pre-sale tickets

6.    Facebook update

7.    New souvenir item - keychains

8.    Set times/dates for upcoming work nights

 

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

Motion to adjourn

FYI: *Next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 7 p.m.

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Davis votes to make Capitol more family friendly

Congressman Rodney Davis believes the nation's Capitol needs to be a more welcome place for families. Davis, a Taylorville Republican, voted Friday for changes to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which call for family friendly changes like more changing stations...

Davis is a member of the Committee on House Administration. ,

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Moody's to take a closer look at credit ratings of Illinois universities

As if Illinois public universities didn't have enough stress these days, they will face added scrutiny from Moody's Investors Service. After downgrading the state's credit rating to two levels above junk status, Moody's will revisit the credit scores for seven Illinois universities. In the mix are the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Governors State University and Northeastern Illinois University. The reviews will examine the schools' vulnerability to the state budget stalemate and the ability of each to operate with no state funding or reduced assistance. 

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Think of Pets During A Disaster

 How prepared are you to deal with a disaster?The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants you to think about everyone in the household – those on two feet or four. IEMA says that you should be prepared to go three days surviving on your own stored food and water. That needs to include pet food and their medications too. Patti Thompson with IEMA says keep copies of records around and make sure you have a photo so you can help others to find a pet if one is lost.

Health records should be kept in a secure place too, you may need them if the animal has to be boarded or taken to a vet.

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Durbin reflects on Orlando mass shooting

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has weighed in on the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, releasing a statement over the weekend.

“This morning’s mass shooting was the worst in American history. 50 people were massacred and dozens more injured when a heavily armed man opened fire on innocent people. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with the victims and their loved ones, and I stand in solidarity with the LGBT community in Orlando and across America. These mass shootings follow an increasingly tragic script: the public is heartbroken and outraged, first responders and law enforcement do their grim duty, and Congress proposes a slew of policy proposals and argues over whether any of them could have prevented the last tragedy. But when the debates end and nothing has changed, Congress makes itself complicit in the next killing. We have the power to act, and we must. The bottom line is that we allow dangerous people to buy guns in America and that has got to change. In the coming days, Congress must take a stand against hate, terrorism, and this horrific gun violence.”
 

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Forner Governor Quinn Back in View

Former Governor Pat Quinn has been making enough public noise that some wonder if he wants to run for Governor again? This weekend he went back to his history of calling for reform of public bodies. Quinn is pushing petitions to pass a referendum in Chicago to keep the Mayor limited to two-terms. Quinn is also seeking the creating of a city wide elected consumer advocate. The if the measure would make it onto the November ballot that could keep Rahm Emanuel from running for a third term in 2019. The former Governor needs 53,000 valid signatures. Chicago has a history of long serving mayors; the Daley’s served for 21 and 22 years. 

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Wethersfield Supt of Schools on PTP

District #230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski discusses the school consolidaiton issue during the June 13 edition of People to People on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

The shootings in Orlando are discussed during the June 13 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

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OSF On Tuned IN

OSF Marketing Director Carrie Boelens wraps up last weeks golf playday and FNP Melinda Shimmin talks about sunburn issues during the June 14 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Chamber of Commerce Events

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce will host their annual golf play day this coming Thursday, June 16 at the Baker Park Golf Course.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Chamber and he says there are still a few tee times available…

The Chamber is also hosting the first Hog Capital BBQ Challenge on Friday and Saturday as part of a busy week of activity…

The event will then shift into high gear on Saturday as the competitors will get down to serious business…

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Wethersfield Announces Registration Dates

 

The first day of attendance for Wethersfield students will be on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 with classes meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  The District will also conduct 1:45 PM early dismissals through Friday, August 26.  This takes into account the likelihood of there being excessive heat and assists students with transitioning from summer to the regular school schedule. 

 

Registration for all grade levels will take place in the Moss Gym which can be accessed through the elementary entrance.  Registration hours are 8:00am-7:00pm on Wednesday, July 27.  A week prior to registration, a mailing containing a majority of the required registration forms will be sent home to all families who were enrolled during the 2015-2016 school year.  Parents are asked to fill paperwork out ahead of time and bring to registration on July 27.  The registration forms can also be downloaded from our website: www.geese230.com under the link REGISTRATION.

 

STUDENT PHYSICAL, DENTAL, AND VISION EXAMINATIONS

 

Parents and Students are reminded that physical examinations are required for all kindergarten students, 6th grade students, 9th grade students and out of state students transferring to or enrolling for the first time at Wethersfield. 

 

Students entering kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade are required to have a dental examination completed. 

 

Kindergarten students are required to have an eye examination completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a licensed optometrist.   

 

Sports Physicals: All students (grades 5-12) desiring to participate in athletics/cheerleading/pompons are required to have a physical, concussion form, and a Co-curricular Compliance Form on file prior to their first day of sports practice.

 

SPORTS PHYSICALS

 

Saint Luke Medical Center will be providing sports physicals for $10 per student payable at time of physical.  The sports physicals will take place from 3:00pm-5:30pm on Wednesday, June 29, Wednesday, July 13, and Wednesday, August 10 on a first come, first served basis.  Note: Parents/Guardians must complete and sign the designated section of the IHSA/IESA Sports Physical Form and bring the form to the physical .  The IHSA/IESA Sports Physical Forms are available in the Wethersfield Unit Office or on the district website at www.geese230.com under the link REGISTRATION.

SCHOOL START AND END TIMES FOR 2016-2017

 

·       Breakfast will begin in the cafeteria at 7:30 AM

·       Students not eating breakfast may be dropped off beginning at 7:45 AM

·       The first warning bell will be at 7:50 AM

·       Grades K-6 will run from 8:00 AM through 2:59 PM

·       Grades 7-12 will run from 7:55 AM through 3:04 PM

·       AM Preschool will run from 8:00 AM through 10:30 AM

·       PM Preschool will run from 12:15 PM through 2:45 PM

 

FEES FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Book Rental & Consumable Fees             Other Fees and Purchases

Kindergarten.................. 70.00                  Instrument rental...... $60/year

Grades 1 through 6........ 80.00                  Percussion.................... 35/year

Grades 9 through 12 ..... 83.00                  Driver's Education......... 50.00

Grades 7-8...................... 40.00                  Courtesy Bus Rider. $1.50 per day per family

Grades 7-8 Lease to Own Tech Fee          60.00

Grades 7-8 Tech Insurance 25.00

Introductory Woodworking Lab Fee       45.00 Advanced Woodworking Lab Fee........................... 45.00

 

School Lunch

Student lunches (K-5)...... 2.20                  Breakfast......................... .1.95

Student lunches (6-8)...... .2.35                  Ala Carte milk (students) 0.65

Student lunches (9-12).... .2.40                  Special milk (K-4) ....... 85/year

                                                                   

Activity Tickets (Optional)

Wethersfield student............................ 45.00                  Family.............................. 90.00

Adult............................... 50.00                  (family members residing in home)

 

PEST MANAGEMENT/LAWN CARE

 

In the interest of maintaining a healthy and pest-free environment, the Wethersfield School District contracts pest management and lawn care services for both in-house and grounds control of pests and weeds.  All materials used in the district's pest management and lawn care program are appropriate for school application.  Nonetheless, any student and/or parent desiring notification of the dates and materials to be used may request such notification by contacting the Superintendent's Office at (309) 853-4860.

 

ASBESTOS

 

Parents, students, patrons and others visiting the district are once again reminded that Wethersfield School District is not totally asbestos free.  However, all asbestos containing materials continue to be monitored and managed through the provisions and requirements of AHERA and the Illinois Department of Health.  Anyone desiring to inspect the asbestos management plan for the district may do so by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at (309) 853-4860.  

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OSF Offers Physicals

 

Sports Physicals & School Physicals-Plan Ahead!

As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, OSF Saint Luke Medical Group – Kewanee located in OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will be offering sports physicals for all area athletes in grades 5-12 for just $10 on Wednesday, June 29, Wednesday, July 13, Wednesday, August 10 from 3-5:30pm. No appointment is necessary, first come, first served. Please complete and sign the form, release forms from specialists prior to coming in for the physical, also if you wear contacts or glasses be sure to bring them with you that day. The $10 can be paid in cash or checks made payable to OSF Medical Group –Kewanee.

Appointments are being accepted for School Physicals.  Call 309-852-7700 to make your appointment today..don’t delay!

Looking for Your Next Career?

OSF HealthCare not only offers excellent employee benefits, compensation and a supportive work environment, but also access to progressive technology and on-going career opportunities.  Searching for a career with OSF HealthCare is easy with our online search and application tools.  Set up your personal employment profile to save job searches and receive notifications about new opportunities by visiting OSFcareers.org.  Wherever your talents lie, you will find rewarding careers in a caring environment at OSF HealthCare.

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Tax Info

With the income tax season now behind us for the most part and the next filing season about half a year away, most people simply check out when it comes to those issues, basically out of sight out of mind.

But as Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis reminds us, now might not be a bad time to do a review and get some things in order while time is still on our side…

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Kewanee City Council Meets Tonight

 

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Open Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Closed Meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, June 13, 2016

 

1.                Call to Order

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

3.                Pledge of Allegiance

4.                Consent Agenda

a.      Approval of Minutes

b.      Payroll

c.      Staff Reports

5.                Presentation of Bills and Claims

6.                Citizen Participation

7.                Business:

  1. Consideration of an Ordinance providing for STOP signs on Mill Street at its intersection at Edwards Street.
  2. Consideration of an Ordinance providing for YIELD signs on Mill Street at its intersection with Dwight Street.
  3. Consideration of an Ordinance directing the sale of excess real estate at 517 Roosevelt Avenue.      
  4. Consideration of an Ordinance directing the sale of excess real estate at 603 East Third Street.
  5. Consideration of an Ordinance ascertaining the prevailing rate of wages for Laborers, Workmen and Mechanics employed on Public Works for the City of Kewanee.
  6. Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the temporary closure of Second & Main Streets, US Route 34 and State Hwy 78 for the annual Hog Days Parade.
  7. Consideration of a Resolution setting a municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.
  8. Discussion only concerning section 50.09-(A) Rates and Rules for Solid Waste Pickup of Chapter 50 Solid Waste Management as it pertains to the bi-monthly rate.

8.            Council Communications

9.               Announcements:          

10.            Adjournment

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Kewanee Park District

The Oasis Family Aquatic Center in Kewanee opened for the season one week ago today.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Kewanee Park District and he says with 90 degree plus temperatures in the forecast, the timing couldn’t be better…

Many people have noticed the new walking trail at Northeast Park is basically all but ready for use.

Johnson says the renovations are happening quickly at the Park…

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Emergency Water Shut Off on East Division Street in Kewanee


 

There has been an emergency water shut off this morning in the 500 block of East Division Street.  A private contractor hit a water line, causing an emergency shut off and repair.  Residents in the 500 block of East Division to 27335 N 600 Ave will temporarily have water off until the issue is repaired.  Any residents whose water was shut off this morning will be under a boil order for the next 48 hours.  Other residents in this area may also have low water pressure or rusty water.  

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No state Capital budget means no road project funding

While the state of Illinois continues to limp along without an operating budget, July first looms near. July first is the start of the new state fiscal year and not only will we be without an operating budget, but we have not passed a capital budget. That means that road construction projects, and other infrastructure projects that have been planned, and contracts approved cannot move forward, according to Don Scheafer, of the Midwest Truckers Assoc.

Construction firms are waiting to begin work on July first, but lack of a budget means everything grinds to a halt. Contractors lose income, workers get laid off and downward economic spiral continues without a capitol budget.

Don Schaefer. Delays in construction and repair projects mean the cost goes up as infrastructure further deteriorates.

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Cautionary tale about fireworks dangers in Champaign

Champaign Fire Department investigators have found the "smoking gun" in a Memorial Day apartment building blaze. They have determined kids playing with fireworks sparked the fire at the Town Center Apartments. Investigators say the blaze wasn't set intentionally but was an accident involving two 7-year-olds playing with pyrotechnics. 

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IHSA tries to beat the heat with this weekend's baseball/softball state tourneys

Temperatures are expected to soar to the 100 mark in Joliet and East Peoria this weekend at the home of the 3A/4A state baseball and softball finals. The Illinois High School Association is scrambling to adjust, moving start times for games this weekend to help teams and fans beat the heat. Friday's first pitch times for the opening semifinal games in both tournaments have been moved from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m. The next 3A semifinal will be played immediately after. The 4A Semifinals will be moved back from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day. The second 4A semifinal contests will be played immediately after. 

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Pitch Count For High School Baseball?

The Illinois High School Baseball State Finals are this weekend. Right now pitchers in those games are allowed to throw as many pitches as their coaches find appropriate. But that could be changing.

The IHSA is evaluating implementing a pitch count rule.
A number being considered is 105 pitches per game. Mercer County head baseball coach Nick Basala says he could support that….

Basala says he would also like to see a certain number of days rest required after a pitcher throws 105 pitches. 

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Munger warns of dire consequences if state doesn't reach budget deal by July 1st

Comptroller Leslie Munger has no comforting words to offer as Illinois remains firmly entrenched in a budget quagmire. Munger says without some spending agreements in the next three weeks, her office will soon be issuing a lot fewer checks, if any......

If a budget deal or partial deal isn't reached by July 1st, the state will once again halt paying lottery winners, college MAP grants and stop funding for 911 call centers.  Munger says the strain is growing on many who are dependent on state funds.....

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Rauner Won't Name Crumbling Schools

An invitation to the Governor to tour a Chicago Public School after he referred to some of them as crumbling prisons is being decried as a political stunt by the Illinois Republican Party. This a day after the Governor dodged a direct question about what schools he was talking about. Rauner says that he’s been in dozens of CPS schools and they often bring tears to his eyes. But recently pressed to name just one school that resembled a crumbling prison he didn’t name a single school.

Rauner went on to say that some are fine while others are not.

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One man dead in Greene County crash

A 23-year-old man is killed in a Greene County two vehicle crash. Devan Antrobus was traveling on Route 267 just south of Greenfield last night when his Chevy SUV crossed the center line and entered the path of a semi. The SUV sideswiped the big rig, exited the roadway and caught fire. Antrobus was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries. The crash remains under investigation. 

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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, June 12.

This month’s hike will be from Lock 25 to Bridge 37. This portion of the “Hike the Hennepin” is 4.4 miles in length and it has been named the “Cardinal”.

We will meet at Bridge 37 (Geneseo Campgrounds) at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Lock 25 to begin our hike. The Geneseo Campgrounds are located on Route 82 north of Geneseo and on the north side of the canal.

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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Friday Morning Program for Children at Kewanee Public Library

Kewanee Public Library will host a program this morning that is aimed at children up to about the 4th grade or so.

Sara Billiet is the Children’s Librarian at Kewanee Public Library…

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Honor Flight Sunday in Bishop Hill

 

The public is reminded of the Honor Flight program that will be held in Bishop Hill on Sunday afternoon.

The schedule begins with the Barbecue Rib dinner at 3 in the village park and a full program begins right around 4 o’clock once the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders and other motorcyclists arrive in Bishop Hill.

Those bikers will gather at the Galva American Legion Hall around 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon as they prepare to bring the Flag to the event in Bishop Hill.

Cathy Foes is the Director of the Henry County Tourism Bureau and she says it is an experience not to be missed…

Those that will be attending are advised to bring their own lawn chairs with them and all proceeds will go to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 

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Food Vendor Permits Required


 

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health Division notes that most local community calendars from the Memorial Day holiday to the Labor Day observance will feature many community events.  Summertime is outdoor activity time. It's the season for community activities, festivals, and events, family reunions, backyard barbecues and other friendly get-togethers.

 

    Therefore, the Health Department would like to remind area residents that if you are preparing to serve food to the Public through an event that is serves food on less than three consecutive days and/or no more than 12 intermittent days in any calendar year that you are required to register with the Health Department so that we can better assist you in the sanitation standards of food preparation.

 

    Dorothy David, Environmental Health Services Director with the Henry and Stark County Health Department, states, "The aim of this registration is not to dictate but to educate.  We really want local food handlers to have the latest and most up-to-date information on food safety.  By registering with the Health Department local food vendors can have the Health Departments staff's expertise and guidance at their disposal."

 

    David adds, "Offering this education to local event food vendors really is a win-win for everyone.  Food vendors can be confident in the food they prepare and serve, and local residents can rest assured that food purchased at local events is safe."

 

    The staff of the Health Department urges everyone to practice good food handling habits before, during and after warm weather meals.  Please remember to send your completed food registration forms if you are serving to the public.  Help make summertime fun, delicious and safe.  For more information on the Health Department's Food Program 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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Flag Disposal Ceremony on June 14

The annual Flag Burning Ceremony will be held next Tuesday, June 14th at the American Legion Hall located on Railroad Avenue  in Kewanee.

Jerry Thompson is the Finance Officer for the American Legion and he says they already have some 300-400 flags in their disposal that will be retired during the ceremony…

Some might wonder why the flag is disposed of in such a manner and Mr. Thompson says it all comes down to a matter of respect for the flag…

There is no fee involved and any member of the community can just show up with any flag they have that might need to be disposed…

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Schock pays a return visit to Capitol Hill

A fallen star made a return trip to Capitol Hill Wednesday. Former Congressman Aaron Schock paid a visit to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since leaving office in March of last year. Schock was on hand for an address by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was heavily invested in issues tied to India when he was in Congress. A Springfield based federal grand jury continues to investigate Schock's spending from government funds and his political money.

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LaHood critical of Trump but not dropping support

Congressman Darin LaHood is offering a harsh critique of likely GOP nominee Donald Trump. LaHood is disappointed in Trump's comments questioning the objectivity of a judge of Mexican descent who is ruling on a case involving Trump University. However, he isn't dropping his support for Trump at the moment. LaHood says he also disagrees with Trump's comments on Muslims, women and Americans with disabilities. He wants Trump to act more Presidential, refocus on the economy.

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State Gets Credit Downgrade

Another credit downgrade for the state as Moody’s Investor Services cut the state’s rating. The new rating is Baa2 and Moody’s, to no one’s surprise, added a negative outlook for the state. Moody’s notes a factor in the decision is the on-going budget stalemate.

The Governor’s office released a statement saying “This report underscores the need for real structural changes to repair the years of unbalanced budgets and deficit spending by the majority party on Illinois’ finances. Every rank-and-file Democrat who blindly followed the Speaker down this path is directly responsible for the downgrade.”

The downgrade leaves the state just a few rungs above junk bond status.

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Henry County Tourism Bureau on PTP

HCTB Director Cathy Foes talks about More on 34 and the Honor Flight during the June 9 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Kewanee water meters are discussed during the June 9 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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KPL on Tuned IN

Kewanee Public Library Childrens Librarian Sara Billiet talks about a Friday morning program for the younger ones during the June 9 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Cullerton urges Rauner to get out of campaign mode

Senate President John Cullerton says Governor Rauner is in campaign mode and needs to focus on the business of crafting a budget....

Cullerton expressed suspicion about the Governor's role in a lack of a budget deal...

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Rauner "no special session"

Gov. Bruce Rauner will not call lawmakers into special session, despite more criticism of House Speaker Mike Madigan. Rauner made that announcement in a midday press conference on Wednesday, a day when the House cancelled a plan session....

Rauner says a special session would be a waste of time as he says Madigan has made it clear he does not want to vote on any bills now.
Rauner went on to accuse Madigan of undermining budget negotiations involving rank and file lawmakers....

Meanwhile, Madigan released a statement. "While Governor Rauner continues his campaign-style tour, laden with personal attacks against those with whom he says he wants to work cooperatively, we remain committed to finding a solution to the state budget crisis, including a temporary budget to ensure schools open on time."

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Durbin wins battle over medical research at Pentagon

The Senate handily approves Senator Dick Durbin's amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that is designed to protect the Pentagon's medical research program. Durbin moved against changes sought by Arizona Senator John McCain that Durbin says would lead to red tape. He says the funding for medical research is crucial with veterans suffering many life threatening or altering ailments at a much greater rate than the civillian population.......

Durbin says Senator McCain’s proposal would have blocked Defense Department officials from researching the medical needs of military families and veterans and subjected doctors and scientists to the level of scrutiny currently reserved for complex weapons systems.

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The Bishop Hill Heritage Association Purchases the 1851 Colony Carpenter and Paint Shop

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce that it completed the purchase of the Colony Carpenter and Paint Shop on May 31, 2016.  This latest historic building addition is located at 109 Bishop Hill Road and sits directly next to the Steeple Building. The Colony Carpenter and Paint Shop houses the Bishop Hill Post Office in the south end, and Garden Thyme garden inspired art studio and gallery in the north end.
This building was originally built by the Bishop Hill Colonists in 1851, and its original uses were for Colony furniture making, wagon building, and other various carpentry and repair works. The building was built as a vernacular two and a half story brick building, with six over six windows.  Since the Civil War, it has been used for a variety of other purposes, such as apartments and gift shops.
The BHHA is planning to continue the restoration work, started by its previous owners. To help be a part in the restoration and preservation of this pre-Civil War Bishop Hill Colony building, please call the BHHA at (309) 927-3899, or email bhha@mymctc.net, or visit www.bishophillherritage.org to find out how you can help.

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The Heat Is On

The hottest temperatures of the young summer season are in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

RaeAnn Tucker with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments says that heat and humidity are nothing new in the summer, but after several recent days of fairly pleasant weather, the leap in weather conditions will be somewhat dramatic…

Ms. Tucker reminds parents of small children and also pet owners to make sure and not leave them in enclosed vehicles unattended…

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PNB Customer Appreciation Days



PNB of Kewanee is having their annual customer appreciation day this Friday, June 10th from 11AM-1PM in their downtown parking lot. They will be serving hot dogs and brats and will also have door prizes.

PNB’s other locations will also be hosting events as well. https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

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Preparedness Plan Must Include Pets

 

IEMA, local emergency management agencies to focus on pet preparedness throughout June

 

SPRINGFIELD – According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 65 percent of U.S. households include at least one pet. If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster or other furry, feathered or scaly friends, don’t forget to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans.

 

Throughout the month of June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of emergency preparedness for pets.

 

“Pets are beloved members of many families these days,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “That’s why it’s so important to include your pet’s needs when developing your family emergency plan and stocking your emergency supply kit.”

 

Joseph said home emergency supply kits for people should include a three-day supply of such items as food, water, first aid kit, weather alert radio, flashlights, spare batteries and other items. Pet owners should also have a pet preparedness kit stocked with items such as:

 

· At least a three-day supply of food and water

· Extra supplies of pet medicines

· Copies of pet registration, vaccinations and other important documents

· Photo of your pet in case you are separated during an emergency

· Collar with ID tag, harness or leash

· Crate or other pet carrier in case of evacuation

· Pet litter and box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for sanitation

· Toys, treats or other familiar items to reduce your pet’s stress during the emergency

 

A disaster may require you to evacuate your home, sometimes with little notice. It’s important to take pets with you, as an evacuation could last several days, even weeks, and your pets likely cannot survive without care. Plan now for places you and your pets can stay following an evacuation, as many public shelters do not allow animals inside.

 

It’s also important to have a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for or evacuate your animals yourself. Talk to neighbors, friends and family to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. 

 

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Farm Bureau Golf Playday On Friday

The annual Henry and Stark County Farm Bureau’s golf play day will be held on Friday at Baker Park in Kewanee.

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says there are still some afternoon tee times available…

Registrations will be taken until close of business today and can be made by contacting either Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman or Stark County Farm Bureau Manager Thomas Marten. 

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ISP Roadside Safety Check Results

 

East Moline, IL (06-07-2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Saturday, June 04, 2016 and early morning hours of Sunday, June 05, 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

3

Driver’s license offenses

8

Occupant restraint offenses

7

Driving under the influence arrests

2

Other alcohol/drug arrests

6

Total citations/arrests

23

Total written warnings

7

                                                                                

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

Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality.

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Hot Summer Predicted

It looks to be hot this weekend with some locations in Illinois getting close to 100 degrees. Alan Jarand talked to DTN meteorologist Bryce Anderson about the prospect for a hot summer this year.

 

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WKEI Open Line

The Illinois Constitution and driver-less vehicles are discussed during the June 8 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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HCFB on Tuned IN

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman talks about the Farm Bureau's golf playday during the June 8 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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IDPH Prepoares for Emergencies

 Stockpile training exercise June 14-16, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Next week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will test the ability of the state public health system to receive and distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency. In the event of an emergency severe enough to cause local medical supplies to run out (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake, etc.), the State can request what is called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items. The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency.

“The anthrax attacks in 2001 and the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic highlight the importance of being prepared for various health threats,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “And that preparation requires continual and coordinated efforts between all levels of government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. This exercise will allow us to identify any gaps we have in our plan to quickly distribute medicines during an emergency.”

Next week’s exercise will simulate an anthrax release. It will require the State to request the SNS from the federal government, receive packages of supplies within 12 hours of the request, break down the packages, and distribute them across the state to locations where medicine is needed. Numerous local health departments and hospitals across the state will simulate receiving the SNS supplies and dispensing medicine to people who have volunteered to act as the public coming to pick up medicine.

The State regularly conducts training and SNS deployment exercises to evaluate the strength of the SNS plan and improve various aspects as needed.

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First Case of Human West Nile For 2016


First 2016 Human Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2016. An adolescent in west-central Illinois became severely ill in late May.

“We typically don’t start to see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois until the end of July or beginning of August,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “This first human case is much earlier this year, reminding us that it’s important to protect ourselves against mosquito bites now and not wait until the hotter months of summer.”

Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which can determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called a house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. However, in rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

The first bird to test positive for West Nile virus this year was collected in Arcola Township in Douglas County on May 20, 2016. The first mosquito batch to test positive for West Nile virus was collected on May 23, 2016, in Glenview.

IDPH reported the first human case of West Nile virus last year on August 19, 2015. Last year, 64 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. For the 2015 season, IDPH reported 77 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including nine deaths.

While Zika virus is also primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the main type of mosquito that carries Zika virus, Aedes aegypti, is different and is rarely found in Illinois. However, taking some simple precautions can help you avoid mosquito bites, regardless of the type of mosquito or the diseases they carry.

Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.

· REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut.

Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.

· REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

· REPORT – report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.

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Survivors of Suicide Group Support Meeting

The next Survivors of Suicide Support Group meeting will take place on Thursday evening at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Father Jerry Rafalko is one of the facilitators for the program…

Father Jerry says the public for the most part has responded well to the new support group…

 

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Youth Empowerment Program

Freedom House has extended the registration deadline for their Youth Empowerment Program that will be held June 13th-17th at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee each day from nine until noon.

Stephanie Morris is a Prevention Specialist with Freedom House and she says the program is for boys and girls entering the 4th-6th grades…

Ms. Morris says the idea is to help head off problems before they occur by helping the children to develop healthy self-esteem…

Tricia Schafer is the Community Relations Coordinator with Freedom House and she says the registration deadline for this free program has been extended until basically just about the time the program begins…

Further information about the program by contacting Freedom House in Princeton at 815-872-0087

  

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Extension Program In Milan


On Tuesday, June 14th, University of Illinois Extension’s nutrition and wellness educator, Kristin Bogdonas and Nina Struss, dietitian from Milan Hy-Vee will lead a program on nutrition for sports and fitness (all levels).  It will take place at Rock Island County Extension, 321 W 2nd Ave. Milan, IL from 5:30 – 7 p.m. A common myth is that you have to consume a lot of meat to build muscle. The proper balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat is actually more beneficial to protein synthesis and repair. This month, we will explore what you need to enhance your workout including: protein and fluid needs, supplements, recovery snacks and the ideal ratio of carbs-protein-fat. You will also sample several products on the market to boost your energy and keep you fueled throughout the day. Our guest speaker, Jenny Ehrhardt from Turning Pointe Dance & Fitness, will discuss and demo a great new workout that will get your heart pumping. Discover why strong is the new skinny with PiYo LIVE!  Inspired by Pilates and yoga, PiYo cranks up the pace and fun - for a pulse-pounding, calorie crushing workout that defines every inch of your body.  It’s low-impact, yet high-intensity.  No weights.  No jumps.  Just hardcore results. Don’t miss the last class of the Healthy Lifestyles that Last series! The next series won’t start again until September. Register for the program at University of Illinois Extension’s Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties website http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call (309) 756-9978.  The cost is $5 per person.  University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact (309) 756-9978.

 

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Edgar worries about future of Illinois horseracing

Former Governor and racehorse owner Jim Edgar says Illinois' horse racing industry is struggling down the stretch. ....

Edgar believes bringing slot machines to race tracks would help....

Low payouts in recent years forced Edgar to begin entering his race horses in races at Indiana tracks. Edgar cited bigger payouts there because Indiana has slot machines at its tracks. 

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Peoria's shuttered Madison Theater damaged in fire.

The Peoria Fire Department estimates fire damage at the shuttered Madison Theater at a half million dollars. Fire investigators are still looking for the cause of the Saturday night blaze. The building remains structurally sound. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three years ago, Landmarks Illinois listed it as one of the state's most endangered historic places. Ten years earlier it was closed when city inspectors determined it needed safety upgrades.

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USDA Notes Corn Planting Nearly Done In Illinois

Farmers around the state are wrapping up with planting but there are a few pockets where more work needs to be done. The National Agriculture Statistics Service says that 97 percent of the state’s corn crop has been planted and nearly as much has sprouted up and out of the ground. But is been very wet in the southern third of the state and crop statistician Mark Schleusener says that has held back soybean planting progress.


81 percent of beans have been planted. Top soil moisture is seen adequate or surplus over 90 percent of the state. 

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Hundreds protest Gov. Rauner in Ottawa

Members of state and local unions had a message to send to Gov. Bruce Rauner during his visit to Ottawa Monday afternoon.

Hundreds gathered in front of Jeremiah Joe’s and City Hall to voice their opinions on Rauner’s supposed anti-union reforms. They were joined by teachers from local school districts, who came to express their concerns about a lack of school funding.

Rauner spoke to the crowd at the downtown courthouse following the rally. He and the democrat controlled legislature have been at an impasse over the state budget for over a year. 

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Gov Faces Protest in Ottawa

Governor Rauner says he’s not anti-union. In Ottawa Monday, Rauner said that’s the spin from the other side. He denied being in favor of so-called “right to work” status. Rauner also called on people who want schools to open in the fall to put pressure right back on the legislature to pass a school funding bill and partial state budget that would be good for six months.

The event with Rauner was supposed to be at City Hall. But the large crowd of protesters prompted him to move it to the downtown courthouse. Rauner says he respects protesters, but he wanted to have an uninterrupted conversation about the state’s troubles.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Many Democrats say it’s Governor Rauner’s job to present a balanced budget. They say he shouldn’t just expect the legislature to pass one.
In Ottawa Monday, the governor says he’s tried.

Rauner is trying to build pressure on the legislature to pass a school funding bill that will let schools open in the fall without any cuts. He didn’t mention Andy Skoog by name, but he told people to tell their local state representative to vote for this area and not the Chicago political machine. Rauner says Democrats are trying to keep schools closed as a way of leveraging support for a tax hike and Chicago schools bailout.

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WKEI Open Line

Politics is the main topic of discussion during the June 7 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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OSF Hospice on Tuned IN

Father Jerry Rafalko talks about the Survivors of Suicide Grief Support Group Meeting during the June 7 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Robbery in Kewanee on Monday

At 12:03 p.m., June 6, 2016, the Kewanee Police Department received a report of a robbery that had taken place in a parking lot in the 600 Blk East Church Street.  Upon arrival Officers learned that an employee had exited her vehicle carrying a money bag when an unknown black male approached her from the rear and forcibly took the money bag containing U.S currency from her possession.  The suspect, described as a black male in his 20’s was dressed in a white shirt and blue shorts.  The suspect then fled on foot westbound toward East Street South where he was last seen.  Witnesses described an “older Bronze colored vehicle” that had been seen dropping the suspect off on East Church prior to the incident.  Kewanee Police are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle or suspect.  Information can be called into the Kewanee Police Department at (309) 853-1911 or Crimestoppers of Henry County at 1-800-227-2324.  The Kewanee Police Department was assisted by the Henry County Sheriff’s office.  The incident remains under investigation. 

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IRS Info

The income tax filing season for the most part went pretty well this year.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service in St. Louis says most people have filed for the year but some still have not…

Devine adds that there are many people that need to file an extension and most are pretty honest but if someone is trying to dodge the situation, the problem will only get worse with time…

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Upcoming Mental Health 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 June Support Group for friends and family of people with mental illness.

 

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14th 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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Kewanee Budget Work Session

AGENDA FOR

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Council Chambers

401 E Third Street

 

A City of Choice

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

 

 

Special Meeting – Budget Workshop

Open Meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.

on Tuesday June 7, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

     

1.       Budget work session only with no final action being taken.

 

2.       Adjournment

 

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Honor Flight Returns to Bishop Hill

 

Honor Flight returns to Bishop Hill Sunday, June 12th, 3-7 p.m. with the community raising funds to send area veterans to Washington, D.C.  Fortunate veterans who are chosen will visit memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices.

 

In the last five years, the community has raised more than $70,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network.  Area veterans will be provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness.  Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals.  Representatives from the Honor Flight organization will be there to answer questions and to accept applications.    

 

The schedule begins with the Barbecue Rib dinner at 3 p.m. in the village park.  Also, at 3 p.m., motorcycle riders can join up with the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders at the Galva American Legion and help them escort the flag to Bishop Hill.  At 3:30 pm, the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders and other motorcyclists will arrive; at 4 pm, there will be an Invocation and then the Presentation of Colors by area VFW and American Legion groups.  There will be several speakers, including Representative Donald L. Moffitt from the 74th District and an Honor Flight representative.  Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music.  Local Bishop Hill story teller Brian “Fox” Ellis will also perform.  Live auction provided by Stenzel Auction Service.  Auction items include an official Chicago Cubs umbrella, toy tractors from local dealers, gift baskets as well as locally made quilts, pottery, pies, and other items.  There will be a military retreat at 1800 hours exactly (6 pm) with a 21-gun salute and taps.  Golf cart shuttle services, provided by Cambridge Cart, are provided from the edge of the park.  For more information, call 927-3355.

 

The Honor Flight Benefit will feature a Barbcue Rib dinner with potato salad and all the fixins prepared by the Filling Station Restaurant and the Bishop Hill Community Club. Serving will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held in the village park. Seating is available but be sure to bring lawn chairs.

 

Planned activities also include a live auction. Auction items still are needed! Call Linda Spring at (309) 927-3355.

 

The benefit is being organized by the Filling Station Restaurant. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. If anyone wishes to make a donation, volunteer, or need more information call the above number.       

          

 

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OSF St Luke on Tuned IN

OSF Clinic Lead Susan Moore talks about the OSF golf outing during the June 6 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Watch Out for Rabid Bats and Animals


        Watch Out For Rabid Bats And Animals 

 

SPRINGFIELD - Bats are starting to become more active, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has already had 10 bats test positive for rabies this year.

"Never try to approach or catch a bat, or any wild animal, you find outside. Bats and wild animals that let people approach them are often not healthy," said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. "Instead, call your local animal control agency for its recommendations on how to handle the animal."

In 2015, 97 bats tested positive for rabies in Illinois. Any wild mammal, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes and bats, can have rabies and transmit it to humans.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system. People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into a person’s eyes, nose, mouth or a wound. People usually know when they have been bitten by a bat, but bats have very small teeth and the bite mark may not be easy to see. If you find yourself in close proximity to a bat and are not sure if you were exposed, for example – you wake up and find a bat in your room, do not kill or release the bat before calling your doctor or local health department to help determine if you could have been exposed to rabies and need preventive treatment. If the bat is available for testing and test results are negative, preventive treatment is not needed.

Without preventive treatment, rabies is typically fatal. If you have been bitten or have had direct contact with a bat, seek immediate medical attention. Treatment with rabies immune globulin and a vaccine series must begin quickly.

An animal does not have to be aggressive or exhibit other symptoms to have rabies. Changes in any animal’s normal behavior can be early signs of rabies. A bat that is active during the day, found on the ground or is unable to fly is more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often easily approached, but should never be handled.

The following tips can help prevent the spread of rabies:

? Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats, ferrets, and other animals you own.

? Do not touch, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.

? Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick, wild animals to health. Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.

? Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own, leave other animals alone" is a good principle for children to learn to reduce the risk of exposures to rabid animals.

? Maintain homes and other buildings so bats cannot get inside.

? If a bat is in your home, do not release the bat outdoors until after speaking with animal control or public health officials. If you can do it without putting yourself at risk for physical contact or being bitten, try to cover the bat with a large can or bucket, and close the door to the room.

For more information about keeping bats out of your home, check out the Bats and Bat Exclusion page on our website.

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Relay for LIfe Roast Beef Sundae

 

 

EAGLES TEAM ROAST BEEF SUNDAE DINNER

Proceeds to benefit the Henry / Stark Relay For Life

 

What:           Roast Beef Sundae Dinner

 

Where:        Wyoming Masonic Lodge in Wyoming, IL

 

Time:           4pm – 7pm

 

Cost:            $7

 

The meal will consist of mashed potatoes, roast beef with gravy sauce and a tomato to top of your sundae.  You will also have a roll, dessert and drink offered to you with the meal.

 

This evening a grill will be raffled off.  Tickets are $5 each and the ticket will be pulled on June 11 following the dinner.

 

Please contact Amanda Bickett for any questions.  309-695-4192

 

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Upcoming Abilities Plus 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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BHC Hosting Budget Forums

Black Hawk College will host two community forums on the college’s fiscal year 2017 budget.

 

The forums will be:

·        Wednesday, June 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the BHC Quad-Cities Campus, Sustainable Technologies Building, Room 113, 6600 34th Ave., Moline

·        Thursday, June 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the BHC Community Education Center, Room 102, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee

 

Dr. Bettie Truitt, college president, and Steven Frommelt, vice president for finance and administration, will present an overview of the budget and answer questions from the community.

 

The college’s new budget year begins July 1.

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La Leche League to Meet


    The La Leche League of Henry and Stark Counties' reminds area residents that their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00pm at OSF St. Luke Medical Center, Kewanee.  "Weaning & Nutrition" 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, June 8th for "Weaning & Nutrition."  Remember all mothers and their babies are welcome.  For more information call Malissa at (309) 927-3027.

 

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Women's Money Conference Coming Up

Sally Rutledge-Ott, the regional director of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, wants women who own businesses and those who want to start businesses to get it together. She’s arranged the Central Illinois Women’s Economic Summit.

The summit is at Celebrations 150 north of Utica on Friday, June 10. She’s asking people to register by June 7. Rutledge-Ott says women often have different priorities than men and they need to build their business plans around those priorities. She says more online with this story at Ottawa Radio dot net.


ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Women are a majority of the workforce and almost a third of all business owners. The regional director of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce thinks women ought to be more assertive in business.
Sally Rutledge-Ott has put together a summit to be held in LaSalle County next month to talk about

She’s asking people to register by June 7 for the event Friday, June 10 at Celebrations 150 north of Utica. 

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No Hard Working People in Chicago Public Schools?

Governor Bruce Rauner is out and about just days after the legislature and himself failed to find compromise on budget for the coming fiscal year. Rauner has been extremely pointed in criticism of Democrats and the Speaker of the House. But did he cross a line when speaking to a group in Vienna? Rauner took issue with efforts in the Senate and House to pass education reforms that would have sent more money to school districts around the state including the Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after hearing the comments “schools across Illinois need a leader, and instead Bruce Rauner is following the Donald Trump playbook of demonizing one group of people for his political advantage.”

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Rhubarb Fest Marks 25 Years

This weekend marks the 25th year for the Aledo Rhubarb Festival. The event started with very humble beginnings says founder Darlene Johnson…..

Now there are more than 3,000 baked pies and more than 10,000 people expected to attend the festival. Nashville recording artist and Aledo native Suzy Bogguss will perform at the event Saturday night. 

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Mautino asked to step aside during investigation

Longtime State Representative Frank Mautino coasted to confirmation as Auditor General with bipartisan support. Now he faces a bipartisan backlash. Democratic State Senator Laura Murphy of Des Plaines is asking Mautino to take a leave of absence while federal officials look into his campaign expenses from his time in the General Assembly. She believes a leave of absence is in the best interest of the state's government and taxpayers.There's no comment so far from Mautino.

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Hastert honors continue to vanish

In his rise from high school wrestling coach to US Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert racked up a trophy case or two worth of honors. Now some of those honors literally aren't worth the paper they're printed on. Naperville's North Central College has stripped the disgraced former Congressman of his honorary degree as a result of his conviction in a hush-money case. Hastert received an honorary doctor of laws degree when he delivered the school's commencement address in 2004. Northern Illinois University also recently voted to strip Hastert of an honorary doctorate and they removed his name from the school's Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy.

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Exelon plans to pull plugs on two nuclear plants

Exelon Corporation is pulling the plug on two nuclear power plants in the months to come. The company will close its plant in Clinton in June of next year. Then in June 2018, they will close the Quad Cities nuclear plant. The company pushed hard during the spring legislative session
for legislation that would have helped keep both facilities open. That push gained little ground as lawmakers and Governor Rauner were stuck in the mud in efforts to reach a budget deal. Exelon reports the plants have lost $800 million over the past seven years.

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Wednesday's Not Enough For Rauner

On his downstate tour of state facilities and schools Governor Bruce Rauner never held back his disgust on how the final days of May wound down. Without a state budget approved, Rauner says he not happy with Speaker Mike Madigan’s plan to work just one day a week in Springfield for the month of June.

Rauner once suggested the special sessions never really accomplished much and even floated the idea of paying for one himself. Madigan notes the House has been in continuous session since the last budget bill didn’t get done in 2015.

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Steps Eased to Allow for Sexual Assault Reporting

Lawmakers moved to ease the burden or fears of reporting of sexual assault in Illinois. An approved bill will require first responders and 911 operators to go through victim sensitivity training. In addition, victims’ will also be allowed to wait up to 5 years to give consent to have police test any evidence collected during a sex assault investigation. Rep. Emily McCasey, a Democrat from Lockport, says this may allow for more of them to be reported.

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Duckworth Could Get Boost From Trump on Ticket

Donald Trump could be good for Tammy Duckworth. That’s what Democratic Senator Dick Durbin thinks as Duckworth campaigns against Republican Mark Kirk to join Durbin in the Senate. The idea in that campaign strategy is that Republicans not happy about Trump getting their presidential nomination won’t show up to vote for Republicans farther down the ticket either.

But Democrats aren’t immune to internal divisions. Their party’s messaging is often urging Bernie Sanders fans not to bail out on the party just because Hillary Clinton gets the presidential nomination.

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Real Estate Remains Strong in Kewanee

The real estate market remains strong in Kewanee and Henry County.

Mary Jo Gibson is the President of the Mid-Valley Board of Realtors…

Ms. Gibson adds that forecasts indicate a strong real estate market in Kewanee through the end of the year at minimum and she remains optimistic while looking ahead…

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Hog Capital BBQ Challenge

The Hog Capital BBQ Challenge will be held the weekend of June 17th and 18th at the Sullivan Foods Parking lot in Kewanee.

The BBQ Challenge is the brainchild of Mark Mikenas from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of the event, Mr. Dan Kuffel from Kewanee who describes how the whole project came to be…

Mr. Kuffel adds that the competitions will happen on three different levels…

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says it should be a great attraction for Kewanee and visitors…

There are several rules to keep in mind especially for the local talent that will be performing…

For further information or to register your team, go to the web at www.hogcapitalbbq.com or phone the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce office at 852-2175. 

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More Fun on 81

 

 

Andover, Cambridge, Kewanee &

Lynn Center Set For

 "More Fun on 81" Festival June 4 & 5, 2016

 

This year, Cambridge, Kewanee and Lynn Center are joining Andover for a "More Fun on 81" Festival June 4 and 5.  The name comes from the highway that runs through all four towns - IL Route 81. 

 

 

ANDOVER EVENTS:

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

BARN QUILT TOUR – DAWN-DUSK – Flyers available at American Woman’s League Bldg. &    Post Office

COFFEE & BAKE SALE -8AM-11AM - American Legion Bldg.-lower level

ANTIQUE LAWN & FARM TRACTOR SHOW – 8AM-4PM - West of park

ARTS & CRAFTS - 9AM-3PM - W side

FISHING DERBY for ages 4-15 – 9AM-11AM – Lakeside shelter

SCAVENGER HUNT – 10AM-2PM – Start at American Woman’s League Bldg.

    Completed forms entered in drawing

ARTIST IN ACTION/INFORMATION CENTER – 10AM-3PM - Woman’s League Bldg.

MODEL RAILROAD DISPLAY – 10AM-3PM - American Legion Bldg.-upper level

PICKLE BALL TOURNAMENT – 10AM – W side tennis court

ANDOVER HISTORICAL MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE – 10AM-3PM

JENNY LIND CHAPEL OPEN HOUSE – 10AM-3PM

HORSESHOEING DEMONSTRATIONS - 10:30AM -1PM - W side

HOMEMADE PIE/SANDWICH STAND - 11AM – W shelter

PROFESSOR DUM DUM, THE CLOWN - 11AM-1PM

BALLOON BOUNCE HOUSE  - 11AM-4PM – W side

TALENT SHOW - 4PM – Lakeside shelter

PORK CHOP SUPPER - 4PM-7PM – E shelter

ICE CREAM SOCIAL - 4PM-7PM – E side

“SONS & DAUGHTERS OF THUNDER” PRESENTATION – 5PM - Lakeside shelter

ORION COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT - 6PM –Lakeside shelter

DRAWING - 7PM - Lakeside shelter

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 – WELCOME ALL VETS

BARN QUILT TOUR – DAWN-DUSK – Flyers available at E shelter

BREAKFAST - 7AM-12PM – E shelter

ANTIQUE LAWN & FARM TRACTOR SHOW 8AM-4PM – West of park

COMMUNITY WORSHIP SERVICE - 9AM – E side (Augustana Church if rain)

SALUTE TO VETERANS - 10:30AM – E side

 

CAMBRIDGE EVENTS:

           SATURDAY, JUNE 4

                 BREAKFAST - 7AM-9AM - College Square Park by the Community & Youth Center

                 SALES IN THE PARK - 8AM-3PM - Direct sales, crafts, yard sales, etc.

                 COURTHOUSE TOURS - 10AM-2PM

                 HISTORICAL BUILDINGS OPEN FOR DISPLAY - 10AM-4PM

                 TOY MUSEUM OPEN FOR TOURING - 10AM-4PM

                 PICNIC LUNCH WITH MEALS TO PURCHASE - 11AM-2PM - College Square

                 MUSIC IN THE PARK - 11AM-2PM - College Square

                  SCAVENGER HUNT ABOUT CAMBRIDGE 10AM-2PM- Forms pickup up & returned at College Square Pavilion

                          Completed forms entered in drawing   

                  "CHAIR"ITY SILENT AUCTION - CHAIRS DISPLAYED - 10AM-4PM - College Square

                        Money going to charity that submitted the chair

                  OLD PHOTO DISPLAY  - 11AM-1PM - Village Office

                  INFLATABLES  - 1PM-4PM - College Square

                  KID OLYMPICS - 2PM - Free activities for the kids - just come & play

                  MOVIE IN THE PARK - DUSK - The Peanuts Movie

 

                   SUNDAY, JUNE 5

                   CAMBRIDGE UNITED METHODIST PRAISE BAND - 10:30AM - College Square

                    **Look for the Information Station under the College Square Pavilion with a map, information about

                    local businesses, menus, etc.**

 

KEWANEE EVENTS

             SATURDAY, JUNE 4 

                    GEOCASCH

                     HISTORY IN THE PAINT

                     (public art tour)                   

 

 

LYNN CENTER EVENTS

             SATURDAY, JUNE 4

              FLEA MARKET & CRAFTS -  8AM-3PM

                

                

 

Andover's 180th Anniversary Festival

 

Was Celebrated June 6-7, 2015

 

Theme:  Looking to the future; remembering the past

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More on 34 Fathers Day Weekend

 

List Your Sale with More on 34

Kewanee, IL- On Father’s Day Weekend, June 17 and 18, 2016, vendors will set up shop between Galesburg and Aurora for the tenth annual More on 34, a yard sale extravaganza expected to attract over 15,000 shoppers!

Organizers are calling all vendors to list their sale on More on 34’s website at www.moreon34.com. Shoppers will pull this website up before they hit the road, or while traveling Highway 34 in search of your sale or fundraiser; and listing yourself on the website offers a unique opportunity to easily reach an extremely vast audience. Listings will be made by community, address, and items for sale so that everyone can find exactly what they’re looking for. Last year, over 150 people registered on More on 34’s website and it was a huge success!

Come Father’s Day weekend, scores of shoppers will hit the pavement to find out if one man’s junk is really another man’s treasure. More on 34 offers individuals and groups a chance to showcase their “junk” to thousands of shoppers and to pocket some “treasure.” Make sure everyone knows where to find your sale by listing it at www.moreon34.com. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity! Check out www.moreon34.com today!

Henry County is in western Illinois, next door to the Quad Cities.  The fertile farmland is bisected by the Hennepin Canal and dotted with charming small towns replete with antique shops, bakeries, farm markets and country cafés.  For information on everything you need to plan a getaway, including lodging, dining, historic sites and recreation, contact the Henry County Tourism Bureau toll-free at 877-436-7926 or visit www.VisitHenryCounty.com.

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IL State Museum Will Re-Launch on July 2

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that the Illinois State Museum will re-launch Saturday, July 2, 2016 pending approval of the administrative rule that will allow the Department to charge an admission fee at the main museum campus.

 

The administrative rule is on the agenda for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) meeting to be held June 14. With approval, the museum will be able to open about two weeks later. Initially, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield will officially open July 2. The IDNR continues to work with stakeholders in communities where other Illinois State Museum branches are located in hopes of securing partnerships that would allow those branches to open.

 

“IDNR has been working steadily through the JCAR process to establish the administrative rule to set an admission fee,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “By setting the admission fee, working closely with the Illinois State Museum Board and Illinois State Museum Society, we feel we are setting the Museum on a more sustainable path for the future.”

 

The administrative rule authorizes the Department to establish an admission fee for the Springfield campus of $5 for adults. Children under 18, seniors and veterans will be admitted free. The admission fee is part of a greater effort to diversify the sources of funding for the museum.

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Upcoming Health Dept Board Meetings


“HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STARK COUNTY HEALTH BOARD MEETING”

 

The Stark County Health Department would like to announce the quarterly meeting of

the Stark County Health Board will be held at  6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7,

20162nd floor, Stark County Courthouse, Toulon, Illinois.

 

                                                                                           

“HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES HENRY COUNTY HEALTH BOARD MEETING”

 

     The Henry County Health Department would like to announce the quarterly 

 meeting of the Henry County Health Board will be held at   6:30 p.m. on

Wednesday, June 8, 2016  at the Henry County Health Department office,

Kewanee, Illinois.

 

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Galva Man Stabbed On Memorial Day

On Monday, May 30th at Approximately 9:06 pm.  The Galva Police Department and Stark County Ambulance responded to the 100 block of Northwest Second Street for a report of a stabbing victim.  A male Subject suffering from a single stab wound to the chest was located and transported to by ambulance to Saint Luke’s in Kewanee and later transferred to Saint Francis in Peoria.   Witnesses describe the two Galva Men as being responsible; however, they were not on scene when police arrived.  
A Short while later, Officers from the Kewanee Police Department and Henry County Sherriff’s Office received information and located the suspect vehicle in the 600 block of North East Street.  Both Men were later at an apartment at Fairview Homes.  They Were Arrested and transported to the Henry County Jail.
Clair E. Whiteside, 44 of Galva was arrested on attempted first degree Murder, Aggravated Battery (Causing great Bodily harm), and Aggravated Battery (using a deadly weapon).  His Father, Steven D. Whiteside, 66, of Galva was arrested for concealing or aiding a fugitive.  Clair’s Bond was set at $1, 500, 00.00 10% and Steven’s bond was set at $250,000.00 10% by Judge McReynolds in henry County Court on Tuesday Morning.  Their Next Court Hearing is scheduled for Monday June 6th at 1pm in Cambridge.   
 
 

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Watch Out For Rabid Bats And Animals

Bats are starting to become more active, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has already had 10 bats test positive for rabies this year.

"Never try to approach or catch a bat, or any wild animal, you find outside. Bats and wild animals that let people approach them are often not healthy," said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. "Instead, call your local animal control agency for its recommendations on how to handle the animal."

In 2015, 97 bats tested positive for rabies in Illinois. Any wild mammal, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes and bats, can have rabies and transmit it to humans.

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system. People can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into a person’s eyes, nose, mouth or a wound. People usually know when they have been bitten by a bat, but bats have very small teeth and the bite mark may not be easy to see. If you find yourself in close proximity to a bat and are not sure if you were exposed, for example – you wake up and find a bat in your room, do not kill or release the bat before calling your doctor or local health department to help determine if you could have been exposed to rabies and need preventive treatment. If the bat is available for testing and test results are negative, preventive treatment is not needed.

Without preventive treatment, rabies is typically fatal. If you have been bitten or have had direct contact with a bat, seek immediate medical attention. Treatment with rabies immune globulin and a vaccine series must begin quickly.

An animal does not have to be aggressive or exhibit other symptoms to have rabies. Changes in any animal’s normal behavior can be early signs of rabies. A bat that is active during the day, found on the ground or is unable to fly is more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often easily approached, but should never be handled.

The following tips can help prevent the spread of rabies:


? Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats, ferrets, and other animals you own.


? Do not touch, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.


? Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick, wild animals to health. Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.


? Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own, leave other animals alone" is a good principle for children to learn to reduce the risk of exposures to rabid animals.


? Maintain homes and other buildings so bats cannot get inside.


? If a bat is in your home, do not release the bat outdoors until after speaking with animal control or public health officials. If you can do it without putting yourself at risk for physical contact or being bitten, try to cover the bat with a large can or bucket, and close the door to the room.


For more information about keeping bats out of your home, check out the Bats and Bat Exclusion page on our website.

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Governor Rauner tours state to promote stopgap budget

Governor Bruce Rauner isn't sulking in Springfield over yesterday's failed bid to pass a stopgap budget. He is on a whirlwind five city tour, trying to build support for a six month spending plan. He says his rivals aren't in touch with the needs of the state's southern sector...


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He was joined by outspoken Vienna High School Superintendent/Principal Josh Stafford....

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State infrastucture needs 18 billion dollars

The state legislature wrapped up its spring session on Tuesday without coming to a budget agreement with Governor Rauner. Since it takes a supermajority to pass a budget after June first, it now appears unlikely an agreement will be reached until after the November elections.
It is not only the annual operating budget that is in limbo, but the plan to fund the pension deficit, and the infrastructure deficit, which Dr. Martin Luby, infrastructure funding expert at DePaul Univ. and a visiting consultant with Univ. of Illinois Institute of Govt. and Public affairs, says is short by about 18 billion dollars.

That’s a lot of new revenue the state needs to fund infrastructure, but Dr Luby says every day we wait, the cost goes up sharply.

Luby says any new taxes to fund infrastructure should be dedicated funds the state cannot divert for other uses. Failure to fund infrastructure, says Luby, will hurt business growth and retention, eating into the state’s tax base and, in the long run, cost more in lost tax revenue than properly maintain our infrastructure in the first place. 

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Rauner calls legislative session stunning failure

In the past year, many Illinoisans were shielded from the impact of failed efforts to craft a budget. That could change after last night's marathon close of the spring session failed to generate a budget plan despite continued efforts right up through the midnight deadline. Gov. Bruce Rauner gave the session a failing grade and resumed attacks on House Speaker Michael Madigan.....

The biggest worry with this budget year as compared to last is education funding. The state senate voted for a K through 12 education spending bill that would have ensured schools open on time but the House defeated it before last night's deadline. 

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Manar Wants Museum Open Now

The Illinois State Museum is set to reopen but one State Senator wants to see it open now rather than wait till July 2. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat wants the doors open now and he says that can happen with one action by the Governor. Steps are being taken to approve an admission fee to be instituted by July. Waiting for a month has left Manar scratching his head and notes the museum is up and running – so open the doors.

The administration is waiting for approval of a $5 adult admission fee, kids will be free. Manar says that’s fine, but forgo one month of fees and start charging in July. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will also reopen Dickson Mounds, and the Research and Collections Center. 

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Rauner Calls Lack of Budget Stunning Failure

Déjà vu at the Illinois capitol. Another budget deadline and another year without a spending plan. They didn’t even hold the clocks back or wait till midnight to declare they had failed again. Lawmakers couldn’t find a path towards a balanced budget or turn around agenda items. That leaves the state headed towards another summer of waiting. Governor Bruce Rauner says the blame rests on the ruling party in the House and Senate.

The House says they will remain in continuous session until a budget is approved. Rauner and his budget team released a stop gap spending plan early on Tuesday. It was a reversal for the Republicans who had balked at such an idea after the same thing was floated by Democrats earlier this week.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Governor Bruce Rauner has moved ahead a stop gap spending plan. Something Republicans balked at just days ago when Democrats suggested just such a measure.

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Madigan: Send Stop Gap Plan to Working Groups

Democrats want the latest budget proposal floated by the Governor and Republicans to have some time under review. On Tuesday when any chance at a real budget fell through again, Republicans proposed a stop gap spending plan. House Speaker Mike Madigan says that he certainly wants to know more about it and thinks the Governor’s path to compromise should be set into motion.

The stop gap plan funds schools, higher education, social services and what Republican call other critical parts of state spending. But it doesn’t include turn around agenda items. 

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State Museum, Dickson Mounds tentatively set to reopen

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield could reopen its doors in about a month. Illinois Natural Resources officials confirmed today the museum is set to reopen July 2nd if a state committee agrees. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will meet June 14th and members will decide if the museum can begin to charge an admission fee. The admission fee would be $5 for adults while children under 18, seniors and veterans would be admitted for free. Approval would mean the Downtown Springfield museum, the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield would all be open again on July 2nd. Natural Resources officials are working on partnerships that would allow other Illinois State Museum sites to reopen. 

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Courtyard Village on Tuned IN

Community Relations Coordinator Taurean Bond talks about upcoming programs during the June 1 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Swedish Music in Bishop Hill

Swedish Music at the Vasa National Archives in Bishop Hill

 

On June 7th  at 7pm, musicians and actors Hans William and Birgitta Löwgren will be performing in Bishop Hill at the Vasa National Archives located at 109 S. Bishop Hill Street. These Swedish performers use music to explore Swedish history from the 18th century to the 20th century, including their own compositions. They will be explaining the songs in English and performing songs in Swedish and English. The public is welcome to this free event.

 

Hans has been engaged in traditional Swedish folk music, the music of Swedish court composer Carl Michael Bellman, and the more lyrical, balladic side of Swedish popular music of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This music is more lyrical than American pop music in the 60s and 70s. He is an accomplished singer, guitarist, lutenist (lute player), folk fiddler, and singer-songwriter.

 

Birgitta is an actress and accompanies  Hans on Vietnamese mouth harp, percussion and she also sings along with him sometimes. She animates the performances with anecdotes and histories.

 

They will be performing songs by Bellman, Taube, Dan Anderson, Thory Bernhards and others. More information and videos on Hans and Birgitta are available online at barokoko.se and wilhelmochbirgitta.n.nu

 

They will also be preforming at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago on June 3, Scandinavian Park in South Elgin on June 5, Red Cup Café in Chesterton, IN on June 10, and at the Westchester Township History Museum on June 12.

 

For more information, contact the Vasa National Archives at 309-927-3898  or VasaArchives@gmail.com.

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Honor Flight to Return to Bishop Hill

 

Honor Flight returns to Bishop Hill Sunday, June 12th, 3-7 p.m. with the community raising funds to send area veterans to Washington, D.C.  Fortunate veterans who are chosen will visit memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices.

 

In the last five years, the community has raised more than $70,000 for the Quad Cities Chapter of the Honor Flight Network.  Area veterans will be provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness.  Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals.  Representatives from the Honor Flight organization will be there to answer questions and to accept applications.  

 

The schedule begins with the Barbecue Rib dinner at 3 p.m. in the village park.  Also, at 3 p.m., motorcycle riders can join up with the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders at the Galva American Legion and help them escort the flag to Bishop Hill.  At 3:30 pm, the Illinois Patriot Guard and Legion Riders and other motorcyclists will arrive; at 4 pm, there will be an Invocation and then the Presentation of Colors by area VFW and American Legion groups.  There will be several speakers, including Representative Donald L. Moffitt from the 74th District and an Honor Flight representative.  Shelley Kinzer of Bishop Hill will be providing patriotic music.  Local Bishop Hill story teller Brian “Fox” Ellis will also perform.  Live auction provided by Stenzel Auction Service.  Auction items include an official Chicago Cubs umbrella, toy tractors from local dealers, gift baskets as well as locally made quilts, pottery, pies, and other items.  There will be a military retreat at 1800 hours exactly (6 pm) with a 21-gun salute and taps.  Golf cart shuttle services, provided by Cambridge Cart, are provided from the edge of the park.  For more information, call 927-3355.

 

The Honor Flight Benefit will feature a Barbcue Rib dinner with potato salad and all the fixins prepared by the Filling Station Restaurant and the Bishop Hill Community Club. Serving will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held in the village park. Seating is available but be sure to bring lawn chairs.

 

Planned activities also include a live auction. Auction items still are needed! Call Linda Spring at (309) 927-3355.

 

The benefit is being organized by the Filling Station Restaurant. All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. If anyone wishes to make a donation, volunteer, or need more information call the above number.  

 

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IL Moms Want Cleaner Air

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality.

May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As the climate gets hotter, concerned parents say, local air pollution and other irritants will trigger more asthma attacks in children.

Kelly Nichols, a field organizer for the group Moms Clean Air Force Illinois, said enacting the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, which would limit carbon pollution, is one way to also benefit asthma sufferers.

"The reduction in carbon emissions, I feel, has a huge impact on climate change," she said, "and the worse climate change gets, the more erratic the weather gets and the worse asthma and allergy gets."

Last month, 16 Illinois counties got failing grades for high ozone pollution from the American Lung Association. While carbon emissions and ground-level ozone are not known to cause asthma, health experts have said, they are triggers for asthma attacks.

Nationally, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation ranks Chicago among the top 10 most challenging places to live with asthma. Nichols argued that more state investments in renewable energy sources now can mean a greater chance of changing that down the line.

"You can't buy clean air, even if you live in a great neighborhood," she said. "So, it's something that everyone in Illinois needs to be aware of. Just because it seems OK, doesn't necessarily mean that it is."

Senate Bill 1485, the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, was introduced last year and currently is being considered by state lawmakers. 

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Salvation Army Donation Update

The Salvation Army Store in Kewanee experienced a recurring problem over the holiday weekend relative to donations.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says someone’s good intentions didn’t pan out…

Ms. Bolls adds that they appreciate the donations the community brings but they need to be made in a manner that is constructive and useful…

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