Local News Archives for 2016-09

Interview: Dr. Ken and Hangover Star Ken Jeong

Season 2 of the ABC series Dr. Ken begins tonight as part of the Friday night comedy block on ABC. Ken Jeong, a former real life Doctor turned comic turned actor, is the star of Dr. Ken and he was kind enough to talk with JACK939.com today about season 2, The Hangover and how a guy goes from being a real Doctor to a fictional Doctor. 


Senator Durbin pushing on for allowing Syrian refugees

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin used his seat as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration to move the discussion forward on allowing Syrian refugees. Durbin says the numbers of the bloodshed and instability of Syria just keep getting worse and it's now the largest refugee crisis in history...

Durbin says children are bearing the brunt of the suffering...

Durbin cited the analysis of former CIA Director Michael Hayden, who notes the global refugee crisis is straining the resources and infrastructures of Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey


Safe Roads Amendment

Do you ever wonder why Illinois roads are deteriorating, even though we have higher gas taxes than many neighboring states? One big reason is the money we pay in gas taxes and registration fees doesn’t always get used for road construction, instead being diverted to the general fund. There is a constitutional amendment on the ballot November 8th that would prevent state government from diverting money away from the road fund. Don Shaefer is with the Midwest Truckers Association.

How much money has the legislature diverted from the road fund over the years?

Don Shaefer. Six billion dollars could have gone a long way toward improved roads and bridges. Taking money from the motor fuel tax fund is unfair to taxpayers, especially in rural Illinois where we have to drive more and there is little or no public transportation. It is also a tax that hits lower and moderate income people the hardest. So if you want better roads, and more truth in taxation, vote YES on the safe roads amendment on Nov 8th.


WKEI Open Line

The Orphan Train is discussed during the September 30 edition of the Open Line on WKEI



Blues Traveler Performing Tonight at Limelight in Peoria

Tad Kinchla is loving life on the road with Blues Traveler. The band best known for the hit songs "Run Around" and "Hook" will be performing tonight, Friday September 30th, at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria. Kinchla, who has spent 20 years playing bass for the band, joined our Sean Patrick to reflect on the career of Blues Traveler and discuss the unique way in which the lives of musicians have changed in the era of downloads and free music everywhere. Blues Traveler will be performing live tonight at 8 Pm at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria. 



Back Up Power at Hammond Henry Hospital

Back-up power sources are an absolute necessity in the hospital setting and that is certainly the case at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo.

Mr. Dwayne Thurston is the Plant Services Manager at Hammond Henry and he says when the power goes off, patients don’t have the option to wait out the outage and he notes that they are well prepared for any outages that may occur…

Lots of paperwork for documentation is involved and constant testing and maintenance is a key to keeping the equipment functional.

As Mr. Thurston notes, it is quite impressive when that diesel fires up…


First 2016 Human West Nile Virus Deaths in Illinois

FIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the three human West Nile virus-related deaths in Illinois for 2016.  Three individuals in Cook County tested positive for West Nile virus earlier this month and have died.


“Although fall has begun and temperatures are becoming cooler, West Nile virus is still a concern,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions like wearing insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”


IDPH reported the first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois this year on June 6, 2016 and IDPH is currently reporting 64 human cases.  Last year there were 77 human cases, including nine deaths.


West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.  Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.  Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.  However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.  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.


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. 


Remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten. 

· Minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes transmitting West Nile virus are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. 

· 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.

· Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flowerpots and wading pools every couple days.

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


Visit Dozens of Schools Oct. 6 at College Night at BHC


Black Hawk College will host the 45th Annual College Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, in the gym in Building 3.


In one evening, students can visit with representatives from dozens of colleges and universities.


High school students, college students, parents and grandparents can get information on:

· Admission requirements

· How to apply

· Tuition costs

· Financial aid

· Housing options

· Majors

· Transfer options


For a list of participating schools, go to www.bhc.edu/collegenight.


Admission is free.


Health Dept Flu Clinics

The first round of flu shots through the Henry and Stark County Health Departments will begin this next week.

Flu shots will cost $25 and the pneumonia shot will be available at the clinics at a cost of $100.

The shots are free of charge for those who have Medicare Part-B but you must bring that card with you to the clinic or you will get charged full price.

Some insurance plans are also accepted.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Health Department and she says the pneumonia shot will be available at the clinics…

Ms. Tucker says the last six clinics will begin on October 7th in Orion….



Public Health officials, Governor Rauner urge Illinoisans to get flu shots

Governor Bruce Rauner and Public Health Director Dr. Nirav (Nee-riv) Shah
are urging Illinoisans to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot. Shah notes there's a big change in tactics in the war on the flu this year....

Shah hopes no one underestimates the power of influenza....

Public Health officials say everyone six months and older should get their flu shot. Governor Rauner was on hand to get his flu shot after Dr. Shah's remarks. 


Early voting window now open

Election day is a little over a month away, on November 8th. Elections always occur on Tuesdays, a day set by the U.S. constitution, but in today’s world it is sometimes a problem getting to the polls to vote. A farmer might be in a rush to wrap up harvest before the next weather system arrives, you might get called out of town for a variety of reasons, and for some, it’s tough to take off work. In the mornings before work you’re getting the kids ready for school, have to pick them up after work, get ready for dinner or a host of other activities. The hassle of getting to the polls on a Tuesday is one the reason about half of registered voters never vote.
But in recent years we have introduced early voting. The window to vote opened on Sept 29th, and is open through the day before the election. Jim Tenuto, of the state board of elections says you can locate early voting locations in your area by contacting the county clerk’s office.

Tenuto says early voting is now being used by about one in four voters.

For busy people, early voting can make sure your ballot is counted and you don’t have to worry about long lines and finding time to get to polls on November 8th.


IDOT Wants Kids To Walk To School

Illinois transportation officials are encouraging kids to go old school _ and walk to school. IDOT wants school children across the state to mark Annual International Walk to School Day by walking to school on Oct. 5, if they can.


Trump and Clinton in Illinois This Week

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are stopping in Illinois to raise money for their presidential bids. Trump was in a Chicago subburd today appearing at a fundraiser in Bolingbrook with former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and other top Republican donors. Hillary Clinton will be in Chicago on Thursday for a "Lawyers for Hillary" event.


Book Now For Eclipse Viewing

It's not too early to book a campsite to view next summer's total solar eclipse in southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that reservations can be made at select campgrounds for Aug. 14-27. A total solar eclipse will be visible in southern Illinois on Aug. 21 next year. More than 1,600 Illinois eclipse-zone campsites are available to be reserved.


Father Jerry Rafalko On PTP

The Investiture of Father Jerry Rafalko is discussed during the September 29 edition of People to People on WKEI


WKEI Open Line

The Presidential campaign is discussed during the September 29 edition of the Open Line on WKEI


Scam Info From the IRS

Scam artists continue to create new opportunities to try and basically steal money from the unsuspecting general public.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service Office in St Louis says one of the latest versions revolves around students that are back in school once again…

Devine advises that there are some steps to take from that point if at all possible…


Ben Carpenter Presentation at KHS



Kewanee High School Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan reports that on Monday, September 19th Kewanee High School hosted a unique event for four area high schools.  Kewanee High School presented retired CEO of Greenwich Capital and author of "The Bigs", Ben Carpenter, to the upper classmen of Kewanee, Wethersfield, Bureau Valley, and Erie High Schools.

Ben Carpenter presented to the students his new program and book "The Bigs." In the book Ben discusses how to be successful at the next level.  Ben spent 20 years at Greenwich Capital and helped lead the firm to one of the most respected and profitable firms on Wall Street.  He takes his experiences, both good and bad, and shares them with young people across the nation to help them learn how to get ahead when searching and applying for jobs.  Ben also shares his experience about how to excel in a position.  He wrote the book as a personal narrative for his oldest daughter, Avery, as she began her career after college.  The feedback Ben has received about the book has encouraged him to share this knowledge with high school students.

Ben was received enthusiastically by the students at KHS.  They all received a copy of the book "The Bigs."  Ben took time and signed books for all the students.  Later that evening, KHS hosted a parent night and Ben shared the same information with parents that he had shared with the students earlier in the day.  Parents who attended also received a free copy of "The Bigs."

Tuesday afternoon Ben visited Black Hawk College East Campus and was welcomed by a standing room only audience in the school's auditorium.  Again, the message was well received and beneficial for the students in attendance.


Senator Weaver invites students to take part in Youth Advisory Council


Peoria- High school students have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the lawmaking process as part of State Senator Chuck Weaver’s (R-Peoria) 2016 Youth Advisory Council.

“Our Youth Advisory Council is an exciting event that helps engage students in the process of how their government writes the laws that govern all of our daily lives,” said Senator Weaver. “It’s amazing to watch students take on the actual process of proposing legislation.”

The Youth Advisory Council consists of two immersive days, first on November 2nd on the campus of Blackhawk College East, and a second during the Spring Legislative Session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

During the fall session, students will hear from local and state leaders, learn how the lawmaking process works, then propose and vote on legislation themselves. During the students’ spring trip to the Capitol, they will have the opportunity to see the state legislature in action, and take further action on the legislation they proposed during the fall meeting.

“Senator Weaver’s Youth Advisory Council was an amazing experience,” said Isaiah Harlan, a student who took part in the 2015 Youth Advisory Council. “It was great to actually try to pass laws, and to get to see up-close how government really works. I would definitely recommend it to any other students interested in government and politics.”

Interested students, their parents, and teachers are encouraged to contact Senator Weaver’s district office in Peoria for more information, at309-693-4921.


Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for August


Chuck Nelson received recognition from staff and clients as Achiever of the Month for August. He is originally from Geneseo, but now resides in Kewanee. Chuck currently serves as President of the Client Council at Abilities Plus, and has shown positive effort working on goals and subcontract jobs.


Friends of the Hennepin Canal Annual Meeting & Potluck



            The annual meeting and fish fry/potluck will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2016, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Hennepin Canal State Park Visitor Center (located between Interstate 80 and the intersection of Illinois Routes 40 and 6/34, look for signs).  It is a family event and all are invited. (Fish is supplied, bring a dish to pass.)


            Following the meal and business meeting Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by actor David Nance) will present the program “Riding the Wilderness Circuit”.  He will entertain the audience in Lincoln character with his experiences riding the judicial circuit on horseback through the Illinois prairie sharing his thoughts on the Hennepin Canal project.


            There is no charge. We welcome new members.


For meeting/potluck information contact Phil @ (309) 238-3428.


For Information on the goals and accomplishments of the Friends of the Hennepin Canal see website: www.friends-hennepin-canal.org.




Manar continues push for automatic voter registration

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and State Senator Andy Manar used that event to prop up his push for automatic voter registration. The measure that Manar sponsored was passed by lawmakers in a bi-partisan vote, but Manar says Governor Bruce Rauner reversed a previous stance on the legislation and vetoed it. Manar continues to tout the benefits of automatic registration and he responds to those who believe the legislation paves the way toward vote fraud...

Manar's legislation would create an opt-out voter registration system instead of the current opt-in system. Under the proposal, eligible Illinois voters would be automatically registered to vote when they visited the Illinois secretary of state and other similar state agencies for services.


Brady on Judge's ruling on election day registration

Some election officials are rethinking their plans for November 8th after a federal judge scaled back Election Day voter registration for highly populated areas in Illinois. Republican forces who filed suit claimed the extension of same day registration was unconstitutional. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan's (dehr-YAY'-gehnz) move temporarily blocks wider same-day registration at individual polling places. State Senator Bill Brady weighed in....



FNP Katie Sowder talks about the flu shot and DOT physicals during the September 28 edition of People to People on WKEI



Kewanee Police Investigate Incident Involving Wethersfield Student


On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at approximately 10:36 p.m., the Kewanee Police Department was notified of threatening comments made by a 17 year-old male student against Wethersfield School.   School officials and the Henry County State Attorney were immediately notified and assisted with the investigation. 


Officers located the juvenile suspect alleged to have made the comments and took him into custody.  The suspect’s parent cooperated fully with the investigation.  As a result of the investigation, the 17 year-old male was issued a Notice to Appear on a preliminary charge of Disorderly conduct (Making False Threat to a School).  Administrative actions were taken by Wethersfield Superintendent Shane Kazubowski and High School Principal Jeremiah Johnston to ensure the continued safety of the student body and staff.   No students or staff members were present or endangered during the course of the overnight investigation.


The student was released to his parent pending an appearance in the Juvenile Division in Cambridge.


Chief Dison



The presidential candidates are discussed during the September 28 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI


Braveheart Training Program

The Braveheart Children’s Advocacy Center in Cambridge offers a training program to the general public.

Braveheart is an agency that provides legal counseling services to families with children that have been abused. Testimony from the child is videotaped and later presented in court and in that fashion, the victim does not have to face their attacker in a more intimidating court setting.

Constance King is a counselor with Braveheart and she says their training program is tailored to groups or agencies that cater to children…

Ms. King adds that they can make most any arrangements to help any agency that might be interested in that program…

The agency is also hosting a Trivia Night this coming Saturday night in Princeton.  

For further information on the Trivia Night or the training program, contact the Braveheart Children’s Advocacy Center at 937-5663   


Upper Mississippi River Conference


MOLINE, Ill., Oct. 10, 2016—Over 200 individuals who represent interests that range from agriculture, manufacturing, energy and navigation to tourism, the environment and flood control and will convene in the Quad Cities Oct. 13-14 to discuss ways to improve the health of the Upper Mississippi River region and sustain the benefits it provides.


This year’s ninth annual Upper Mississippi River Conference builds on the first-ever Report Card produced by America’s Watershed Initiative, which was released last October as one of the first steps to “Raise the Grade” for the Mississippi River watershed, which covers all or part of 31 states in the nation. The Report Card provided grades for the Upper Mississippi River and the four other major basins that make up the larger Mississippi River watershed for six key goals—the economy, flood risk reduction, transportation, ecosystem health and recreation. Of the basins measured in the Report Card, the Upper Mississippi received the highest marking—a “C.”


The conference is hosted by River Action, a non-profit organization that works to protect and restore the Upper Mississippi, foster cultural and economic activities, and raise awareness of sustainable practices that enhance the river. River Action Executive Director Kathy Wine said a part of what her organization and this conference seeks to do is help people understand just how critical the Upper Mississippi River region is to the economic, social and environmental health of the entire nation.


“A recent study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows that 133 counties along the Upper Mississippi generate more than $345 billion annually to economy and support over 1 million jobs, including nearly 422,000 related to tourism and recreation,” Wine said. “Some 52 percent of the nation’s corn and 41 percent of nation’s soybeans are shipped on the Upper Mississippi and the Illinois rivers. And 22 communities and 29 power plants draw water directly from the river here.”


Dru Buntin, executive director for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, said the conference can help raise the grade by helping shape a more collaborative, sustainable and basin-wide vision for the Upper Mississippi River. “At the conference, we’ll hear about successful efforts happening in the basin—including work that brings together strong science and a variety of partners to support progress in multiple sectors. We want to build on these successes, and draw from lessons learned elsewhere,” Buntin said.


Participants at the conference will provide input that will be reflected in a report that includes recommendations to improve the collaborative action in and management of the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Waterway System. The report is expected to be released in mid-November.


Robert Sinkler, director of water infrastructure for The Nature Conservancy, previously served as chief of environmental programs for the Army. Sinkler also once served as commander of the Corps’ Rock Island District, where he was instrumental in organizing the first Upper Mississippi River Conference in 2008.


“To raise the grade for the Upper Mississippi and its tributaries, we must find solutions that don’t pit successes in one sector against another. We must be mutually supportive of multiple uses,” Sinkler said. “We need to work in rural areas with farmers, because they are stewards of the land, 60 percent of which is used for crops or pastures in this region. We need to work with cities, because they play a vital role in maintaining economic vitality and quality of life, and we’re glad that our Mississippi River mayors will be well represented at the conference. We also need to work with nature, because clean water flows from healthy natural areas, which can also help reduce flood risks while enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.”


Sinkler added that the nation’s investments in the Upper Mississippi and the Mississippi River basin as a whole should reflect the system’s value to the nation and also account for the important role that nature can play alongside manmade infrastructure, like storm water systems, water treatment plants, locks, dams and levees.


U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois said, “With both the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, our region and our state are home to some of the largest waterway systems in the country. Improving our locks and dams is critical to our economic success. As a member of both the House Agriculture Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I know that investing in our aging locks and dams will create jobs, improve our local economy and make our farmers and businesses more competitive in today’s global economy.”





The annual Fall clean-up by cemetery staff in the Kewanee Cemeteries is scheduled to begin October 20, 2016 and end on October 31, 2016.

·       During this period all decorations will be picked up and discarded.

·       Anyone wishing to save their decorations must pick them up before October 20, 2016. 

·       The Cemetery Department asks that no new decorations be put out until after the clean-up period has ended.

·       This clean-up applies to Pleasant View, South Pleasant View, Mount Olivet, St. Mary’s, Kewanee, Russian, and Wethersfield Cemeteries.


If there are any questions, please contact the Sexton's office at 853-4649.


Road Work Continues In Kewanee



Road program work will continue this week within the areas started 9/22/16.  On Thursday 9/29/16, several areas are scheduled to be primed and oiled.  While oil is down, residents will not be able to park or drive on the streets.  Work will continue the next day, and it is expected to be finished by the weekend; however any unforeseen events or weather could continue work into the following Monday.


Residents will need to avoid driving on and street parking in the following areas:


·       Pine Street from Birch Place to West Street

·       West Street from Mill Street to Dewey Avenue

·       West Church Street from Payson Street to Whitney Avenue

·       West College Street from Whitney Avenue to Payson Street

·       Windmont Road from Parkview Drive to Birch Place

·       Reece Street from Kent Street to the dead end

·       Willow Street from Goodrich Street to the cemetery

·       North Burr Street from 9th Street to 10th Street

·       North Elm Street from 7th Street to 8th Street

·       Maple Avenue from Third Street to Pleasantview Avenue

·       West 4th Street from Park Street to Grove Street

·       Boss Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street

·       Fisher Avenue from the City limits going 205 feet north


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



IL Home Sales Surge in August

The Illinois housing market got a healthy bounce in August, with gains in both home sales and median prices, according to Illinois REALTORS®.  

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2016 totaled 16,455 homes sold, up 6.7 percent from 15,415 in August 2015.

The statewide median price in August was $192,000 up 6.7 percent from August 2015 when the median price was $180,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Houses sold briskly in August as consumers wedged in purchases in the final full month of summer,” said Mike Drews, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broker-associate with Charles B. Doss & Co. in Aurora. “What’s remarkable are the strong gains we saw statewide despite a market that has been bedeviled by a lack of inventory.”

The time it took to sell a home in August averaged 55 days, down from 64 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 64,915 homes for sale, a 14.8 percent decline from August 2015 when there were 76,156 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.44 percent in August 2016, remaining unchanged from the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.In August 2015 it averaged 3.90 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in August 2016 totaled 11,906 homes sold, up 7.6 percent from August 2015 sales of 11,066 homes. The median price in August 2016 was $230,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 4.5 percent from $220,000 in August 2015.

“Sales recovered in August and prices continue to show positive annual gains,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “However, month-to-month sales’ forecasts suggest a downward trend for the next three months, driven in part by low inventories, the poor job recovery in Illinois and uncertainties about the presidential election.”

 According to the data, fifty-five (55) Illinois counties reported sales gains for August 2016 over previous-year numbers, including DeKalb County, up 36.7 percent with 134 units sold; Champaign County, up 17.4 percent with 290 units sold; St. Clair County, up 16.7 percent with 314 units sold; and Kane County, up 11.5 percent with 767 units sold. Fifty-four (54) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including McHenry County, up 16.5 percent to $205,000; Winnebago County, up 15.8 percent to $110,000; and Sangamon  County, up 12.2 percent to $143,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 2.6 percent year-over-year home sales increase in August 2016 with 2,770 sales, up from 2,701 in August 2015. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in August 2016 was $275,000, up 1.5 percent compared to August 2015 when it was $271,000.

“We saw a strong surge of late-summer buying in August which lifted sales to positive annual gains,” said Dan Wagner, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and senior vice president for government relations at the Oakbrook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. “The downside to this is that inventories in the city of Chicago saw a notable 14.7 percent decline, making August the fifth month in a row where we’ve seen double-digit percentage decreases in the number of homes for sale.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Sept. 7, 2016 for the period August 1 through August 31, 2016. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.        


Harvest weather

With harvest moving along rapidly, farmers are hoping for a period of cool dry weather to keep the combines running, and State Climatologist Jim Angel says the next ten days will bring near perfect conditions.

That takes us through the first week of October.., The rest of the month should be mild, with normal to above normal rainfall, especially in western Illinois.

Jim Angel with our harvest weather update.


Gill appears to suffer fatal blow in bid to get on 13th District ballot

Bloomington physician David Gill's roller coaster bid to get on the November ballot in the 13th Congressional District has suffered a possible fatal blow. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is denying Gill's request to face off against incumbent Rodney Davis and Decatur Democrat Mark Wicklund. Gill appealed to the Supreme Court last week the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a lower court order to return him to the ballot. Gill is running out of options, but he has at least one more card to play. He plans to appeal to a different Supreme Court justice, which is allowed under court rules.


Congressman Rodney Davis pushes for pediatric cancer research

Congressman Rodney Davis wants Washington to expand investment in pediatric cancer. Four percent of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) budget goes toward pediatric cancer research and he says that's not enough. It's not the only number that bothers Davis who is still stirred by the memory of a Jerseyville's boy battle with cancer...

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.


Should you have earthquake insurance?

We don’t often think of earthquakes in Illinois, but they do happen. Not only is the famous New Madrid Fault close to southern Illinois, but there is a Wabash Fault that runs along the Wabash river valley. The New Madrid fault hasn’t produced a major earthquake since 1812, but every now and then someone predicts one. Is this something to worry about?
We asked Tim Larson with the State Geological Survey if earthquake insurance is a good idea in Illinois. He says it depends on where you live.

Homeowners insurance typically does not cover earthquakes, but a rider can easily be added to your policy at fairly low cost. 


WKEI Open Line

Several topics are discussed during the September 27 Open Line on WKEI


National Food Safety Month


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health Division announces that September has been designated National Food Safety Month.  This year’s theme for National Food Safety Month is “Notorious Virus”!  Join us as we explore how to protect your family, guests, and community from some of the leading causes of foodborne illness – Norovirus and Hepatitis A!


     David David, Environmental Health Director with the Health Department states notes, "So

much attention is given to the importance that food establishments, such as restaurants and grocery stores, train their staff on safe food handling practices.  However, food safety is just as important in the home kitchen.  This Food Safety Month, the Health Department wishes to provide information to help area residents and food establishments serve safe and enjoyable meals.”


     David notes, “Here are some of the basic characteristics that foodborne virus share:  1) Viruses are carried by human beings and animals.  Viruses do not grow in food, but can be transferred through food and still remain infectious in food.  2) Norovirus is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness and is usually transmitted through airborne particles.”


     It is important to practice good personal hygiene, such as correct handwashing when handling food or when touching food and food contact surfaces.  The quick removal and clean up of vomit or fecal matter are also important to prevent the spread of Norovirus.  If possible, wear gloves to avoid bare hand contact with ready-to-eat items.  You could also handle food items with spatulas, tongs, deli sheets or other utensils.


    David adds, “Avoiding cross-contamination is a key part of food safety best practices."  Therefore, the Health Department offers these easy tips for all home kitchens:


    1)  Wash Your Hands.  Always wash hands before touching food.  To wash your hands properly, wet hands/arms with water as hot as you can comfortably stand; add soap; scrub hands/arms for 10 to 15 seconds; rinse with warm/hot water; and dry hands with a single-use paper towel.

    2)  Since Norovirus is commonly linked with ready-to-eat foods and is transferred to food when infected food handlers touch food equipment with fingers that have feces on them.  Therefore, washing hands thoroughly is the key to preventing the spread of this virus.

    3)  Like Norovirus, Hepatitis is mainly associated with ready-to-eat food such as deli meat, produce, salads and ice.  In addition, it is mainly found in the feces of people infected with it.  So again, washing hands thoroughly is the best key to preventing the spread of Hepatitis A and Norovirus.

    4)  Stay home if you have been vomiting, have diarrhea or jaundice.

    5)  Purchase from approved and respectable food suppliers.

    6)  Clean up spills using a biohazard clean up kit.

    7)  Clean and sanitize food and food contact surfaces at all times.


    David notes, "In addition, we would also like to take this opportunity to inform area residents that if you are preparing to serve or sale food to the public through an event or other enterprise; you are required to either register with the Health Department or apply for a permit so that we can better assist you in the sanitation standards of food preparation.


    For more information on food safety contact the Health Department at(309) 852-0197 or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.


Beatle Tribute Band To Return To The Adler

DAVENPORT, IA (Monday, September 26, 2016) - Experience an all new show when the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, returns to the Adler Theatre on Friday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.  Presented by the Adler Theatre and 35 Concerts, ticket prices range from $32 to $56 and will go on sale Friday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at 800-745-3000.


As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2016 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!



“The audience is enraptured. They get a chance to sing along, twist and shout!” –The New York Times


“Just turn off your mind, relax and float downstream for a quick fix of nostalgic cheer!” - Entertainment Weekly


“A fun-filled family crowd-pleaser!” – Toronto Star


“ A two-hour homage to pop music’s most brilliant gem.” – Los Angeles Times


“On their feet, with arms raised high above their heads, all in the audience were swaying and singing along in blissed-out, nostalgia-powered unison! - Chicago Sun-Times


“The enraptured audience relives the soundtrack of its life!” - Chicago Tribune


RAIN creates musical nirvana…makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up!  A     thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia...Boomer Heaven!” - Fort Worth Star-Telegram     


“Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!” - The Boston Herald


“An adoring Valentine to The Beatles!” - The Washington Post


RAIN is a spectacular extravaganza…did the audience love it?  Yeah, yeah, yeah!” - The Philadelphia Inquirer.


“Parents (and grandparents) and kids were on their feet bopping like crazy!” - The Courier Post



Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right.www.raintribute.com


Become a fan of RAIN on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RainTribute, follow RAIN on Twitter @raintribute,

Instagram: @RainTribute and  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RainTribute


District 229 Retirements

The Kewanee School Board of Education accepted resignations from two long time employees at their meeting last week.

The retirement of George DeMay as bus driver was effective on September 1st and maintenance supervisor Ned Stuckey will retire officially on October 14th.

District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says both men have served the district well for a long time…


Childrens Flu Vaccine Through OSF

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee is once again offering area school children the flu vaccine free of charge.

OSF Marketing Director Carrie Boelens says parents should have received those forms from their children by now…


City Council Meeting

Kewanee City Council met on Monday night and faced three resolutions.

The first one dealt with an agreement with Mobilite LLC for a communications franchise agreement that would provide additional cell phone services. The agreement would allow for the installation of one or two poles to help facilitate coverage. The poles would be wood poles which would match other similar poles in the city and would stand approximately 50 feet tall.

The second resolution authorized Mayor Steve Looney to execute an agreement with Henry County and Economic Resources LLC for  economic development consulting services. Under the agreement, both ethanol plants in Henry County have agreed to split the cost of the agreement as they are the main benefactors at this time. With that agreement, there would be no cost to the city of Kewanee.

Council also passed a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with the Kewanee Park District relative to the use of water and sewer usage at the Oasis Family Aquatic Center.  Under that agreement, the Park District would receive some relief on their sewer bill when draining the pool. Council member Andy Koehler questioned why private pool owners are not allowed the same remedy, but City Manager Gary Bradley explained that the agreement between the City and the Park District is an intergovernmental agreement between two taxing districts which allows such agreements while private pool owners do not fit into that same category.

The vote on all resolutions went 5-0 in favor.

Council also heard information from the City’s Engineering Department about the Cured In Pipe Project that would provide for the relining of sewer lines in the city. Under that proposal, city sewer lines would be re-lined using the existing sewer lines and is considered a new technology. The relining process would be accomplished without interruption to existing service at the time of installation. The initial project is earmarked to cost between $350,000 and $400,000 and the monies have already been earmarked in the current city budget. Without an actual vote per se’, council decided to move forward with the project.

Also at last night’s meeting, Mayor Steve Looney announced that city residents would soon be seeing the city newsletter in their mailboxes.        


Suspicious package outside Illinois Supreme Court

The Secretary of State Police Hazardous Device Unit rolled into action in their own back yard over the weekend after a suspicious package was found outside the Illinois Supreme Court, across the street from the Capitol in Springfield. Henry Haupt with the Secretary of State's office talks about the process of how the elite unit determined the package was not a threat...

A number of streets around the Capitol and Supreme Court were closed while the unit. 


Harvest Update

As we head through the last days of September, the 2016 harvest is picking up steam. Right now it’s mostly corn being harvested, with some beans starting to come in.
We checked with Jeff Adkisson , VP of the Grain and Feed Assoc. of Illinois about the crop coming in to their member elevators.

Adkisson says there have been some issues with Diplodia, and some low test weights, but those problems seem to mainly in the earliest planted corn.

Jeff Adkisson of the Grain and Feed Assoc. of Illinois


Mitchell says lawmakers need to avoid "nuking" the work force

Macon County State Representative Bill Mitchell is ready to go "nuclear" when he looks at the state's employment patterns. He is concerned with an August jobs report that shows the state lost 4400 manufacturing jobs in August, the worst month in that regard since 2009. He says the state shouldn't place it's immediate focus on trying to land new jobs. He wants lawmakers to save jobs connected directly and indirectly to the Clinton nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to close without proposed state incentives....

Exelon Corporation has announced it plans to close the DeWitt County facility by June 1st, 2017. 


Rauner makes a charitable contribution from the air

Governor Bruce Rauner is taking to the sky Sunday to help Central Illinois animal rescue efforts. Springfield based Wild Canine Rescue is looking to generate funds for a new no kill shelter and Governor Rauner will help with close air support..... Wild's Jill Egizzi (Uh-gee-zee).....

The cost is $25 per bone. The bones can be aquired at the event at Sheedy Shores Winery in Loami, or by email at wildcaninerescue@gmail.com. The event runs from 3 to 5 pm Sunday with the bone drop taking place at 4:30. 


Open Line

Several topics including the school consolidation issue in Kewanee hit the September 26 WKEI Open Line


OSF on Tuned IN

Information on the OSF sleep lab during the September 26 Tuned IN on WKEI



IDOT Hiring For The Winter Season


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the process of hiring temporary help to assist with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this winter. These seasonal employees will be hired on a full-time and an on-call basis.

The department's annual "snowbird" program requires employees to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays and nights. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, drug and alcohol screening also are required.

Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.


Henry County Public Safety Tax Referendum

Voters will be facing a yes or no vote in November on the Henry County Public Safety Tax Referendum.

The vote will be a straight yes or no vote with the majority vote the deciding factor.

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla says the measure proposes a tax of sorts…

Sheriff Padilla adds that if the measure is not passed, his department will be facing some difficult circumstances in the not too distant future…

Detective Joe Bedford clarifies what would and what would not be taxed under the proposal…

Sheriff Padilla indicates that a no vote would be most detrimental to his department and if so, how soon til we hit the brick wall…

Detective Bedford adds that there are further ramifications beyond just the staffing issues…

Once again, that measure will be up to Henry County voters on November 8.


Il Dept of Insurance Urges Insurance Coverage

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is reminding Land of Lincoln Health (LLH) customers that the company’s advanced Special Enrollment Period will end September 30, 2016.  If you had LLH health coverage in 2016 you are covered through September 30, 2016.  If LLH customers do not choose a new plan and enroll by September 30, 2016, they will experience a gap in health care coverage.  Not enrolling on this date could also impact subsidies and financial assistance.


“We want to make sure Illinois families are taken care of,” DOI Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling said.  “This is a crucial date for all Land of Lincoln Health customers.  We encourage everyone to choose a new plan by September 30, 2016.”


Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company (LLH) was a federally funded, nonprofit health insurer created under the Affordable Care Act. It no longer offers health plans in Illinois. As of October 1, 2016 all customers of LLH will need to find alternative coverage for their health insurance. 


Wethersfield Class of '52 Luncheon

The Wethersfield High School Class of 1952 will meet Tuesday,  September 27th at the Z Best Restaurant in Annawan.


Illinois State Police to Conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement Patrols




East Moline, IL (September 23, 2016) – Captain Victor Markowski,  District 7 Commander, announced today that the Illinois State Police (ISP) will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols in Rock Island County during the month of October 2016.  The ACE patrols allow the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol and other drugs. 

            Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every            51 minutes.   Alcohol and drug impairment remain significant factors in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes.  Don’t risk losing your license, your car, and your freedom.  If you drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you.        This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.


Stream A & Titans Football Vs. Mercer County Here

The A and W Titans are on the road in Mercer County to battle the Golden Eagles and you can catch all the action on your radio at My 102 FM or streaming here by clicking the Titans logo. 



Stream Geneseo Vs Sterling High School Football Here

The Green Machine is on the road in Sterling tonight and if you can't make the roadie you can hear the game on the radio tonight at approximately 7 Pm on Hog Country 102.5 WJRE or streaming here at RegionalDailyNews.com. Just click the Geneseo logo to stream. 



Farm Safety for Children

We should all be aware that farming is a dangerous occupation. In fact, it rates right up there with coal mining and Alaskan commercial fishing. And young people on the farm are especially at risk. Marsha Salzwedel, with the National Farm Medicine Center reminds us that young people, age 18 and under, often lack the judgement of adults and can easily put themselves at risk.

Children are on the worksite because a farm is not an ordinary workplace; it is a home and a lifestyle for the entire family. But the fact is that children, working or playing on the farm are at risk. Salzwedel says the number of injuries, many fatal to children on the farm is surprisingly high.

That’s about 12,000 debilitating injuries per year, plus over 100 deaths on the farm. As an adult, we often overestimate our children’s abilities so it’s a good idea to think back to the time we were very young and the times we did some pretty dumb things….and you know we all did. By the way, the number one cause of death and injury to children involves being around, or riding on tractors. 


Nashville Recording Artist Rick Monroe At The Boiler Room Saturday Night

I had the opportunity to chat with Rick Monroe a Nashville recording artist that will be at boiler room on Saturday Night from 9pm to 12am. Rick and I discussed how the closest he’s been to the area is Peoria and Chicago

Rick Is a Florida Native who has always had a love for Music

Rick comes from line very successful lawyers but chose to be the outsider however he says his mom has always been supportive Dad needed a little convincing.

He also enjoys playing different types of music during his shows.  Which I believe demonstrations his complexity as an artist.

Come out and See Nashville Recording Artist Rick Monroe on Saturday, September 24th at the Boiler Room in Kewanee from 9pm to 12am.  The Boiler Room is offering no cover for this event!


You can check out the entire interview on the Hog Country Blog at regionaldailynews.com


Central Boiler on PTP

Craig Klavon talks about outdoor wood heating units during the September 23 edition of People to People on WKEI


WKEI Open Line

Humans and robots are discussed during the September 23 edition of People to People on WKEI 


Dale Earnhardt Jr pays visit to Springfield

A crowd gathered outside international agribusiness giant Brandt's Springfield headquarters Thursday to see Nascar legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Riverton native Justain Allgaier of the Xfinity Series. Earnhardt told the crowd of race fans why Justin is a great fit for his "Jr Motorsports" team and why Brandt is a great fit for him as a sponsor....

Earnhardt had a stay in school message and it was no cliche...... his father, the legendary Intimidator Dale Earnhardt  dropped out of school before high school and didn't want his son to follow in his footsteps...

Allgaier and Earnhardt were joined by two-time Brazilian Porsche series champ Miguel Paludo, whose racecar is also sponsored by Brandt. .


Annawan Glow Golf

The Village of Annawan will hold a Glow Golf Fundraiser on October 1st at the Kewanee Dunes.

Annawan Mayor Tim Wise says the event will include a silent auction, pasta dinner, cash bar, prizes and 9 holes of Glow Golf…

Mayor Wise says funds will go for the ongoing costs for the Howes Park Community Center which as he notes, does see a lot of activity…

Mayor Wise says you can register for the entire package or you can also just attend the dinner only if you wish…


Senator Weaver honored as Guardian of Small Business

Peoria- Praising his work in protecting Illinois’ entrepreneurs and small owner-operators, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) as a “Guardian of Small Business.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my work toward helping our local businesses grow jobs and expand,” said Senator Weaver. “Small businesses and farms represent the heart and soul of our state’s economy. If we want to grow our economy, we have to make sure our businesses are successful.”

NFIB is Illinois' largest small-business association with over 11,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state’s economy. The “Guardian of Small Business” is awarded to lawmakers based on their voting record. According to the association, Senator Weaver voted to help small businesses 100% of the time.

“Right now Illinois government can make it hard to grow and succeed as a business, and we’ve got to see that change for the better before it’s too late,” said Win Stoller, co-owner of Peoria-based Widmer Interiors. “It’s very important that we have legislators like Chuck who understand how we can make that happen.”

Senator Weaver grew up on a family farm near Peoria Illinois, then served as the president of his family’s restaurant business. He is still active in the private sector, focusing on investments that create jobs for Illinois residents.

“During his first term in the Illinois Senate, Senator Weaver has proven that he will stand up for the small business owners that make up the majority of the Illinois business community,” said Kim Clarke Maisch, Illinois Director for the NFIB. “We need more legislators like Senator Weaver who will fight to grow jobs and rebuild our state economy.”


Bureau County Road Closure Begins Monday


The Bureau County Highway Dept is announcing that a structure is being replaced on 00 East Street , which will result in a complete road closure of the section from 600 North Avenue to 700 North Avenue beginning Monday, September 26.  This project is anticipated to be completed in mid November.  


KHS Key Club Calendar Now Available

The annual Kewanee High School Key Club calendar is available for purchase by the general public.

Amron Buchanan is the KHS Key Club Adviser and he says that this year’s calendar is for the first time in color…


New Location For Flu Shots In Kewanee

It is that time of year when reminders are flying about the need for people to get their annual flu shot.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she says yes, there are many places you can get your flu shot, but the main advice is…

We’ll continue to keep you updated on the flu shot schedule through the Health Department, but Ms. Tucker wants the public to be aware of a new location for the Kewanee clinics…



Less aggressive' federal EPA expected

An official in the George W. Bush administration says he's expecting a 'less aggressive' federal Environmental Protection Agency under the new president -- whomever he or she may be. Bruce Knight served as an Undersecretary of Agriculture for eight years at U-S-D-A and now runs a Washington, D-C-based consulting firm;

Knight recently moderated a panel discussion in Bloomington on water quality. He believes urban and rural communities and residents can meet the challenge without a lot of additional federal regulation.

Knight talks about the need for urban and rural residents to step up and take some action to improve water quality.


Illinois Fire Crew Returns from Montana

A group of fire fighters being dispatched to a help in the case of a disaster is fairly common. But this time an Illinois group of wildfire experts was deployed to Montana to assist with wildfires out west. The Illinois Wildland Crew was gone for 2 weeks to work the fire lines. Tim Schweizer from the Department of Natural Resources says the team receives top notch training.

Big sky country isn’t the first place the team has been deployed, they have assisted in fires in Minnesota, Georgia and Arizona. 


Central/Western Illinois burglary suspects arrested

A pair of Metro-East residents have been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries across Central and Western Illinois. 18 law enforcement agencies teamed up to arrest Bradley and Jennier Seyler of Collinsville. They were identified as suspects in a series of burglaries of businesses and ATMs in Jacksonville, Taylorville, Carlinville, Pittsfield and Quincy. Jacksonville Police played a central role in identifying the suspects.



Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla and Detective Joe Bedford talk about the proposed Henry County Public Safety Tax Referendum during the September 22 edition of People to People on WKEI


WKEI Open Line

Dry ice and rats are discussed during the September 22 edition of the Open Line on WKEI


Rauner IT

Governor Rauner says creation of the new agency designed to boost state government's effectiveness online has paid off. A few months after the launch of the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, Rauner says the effort to streamline information technology has paid off...

Rauner launched the new agency, noting that some state agencies were working with 40-year-old computer technology. He said that inefficiency wasted taxpayer money


Night Time Patrols


East Moline, IL (09-20-16) – The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 7, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Rock Island County during the month of October 2016, according to Captain Victor Markowski.

            The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and are not properly buckled up. 

            Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  These nighttime patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road and ensuring all vehicle occupants are buckled up.  This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.


Additional Funding For QC Airport


Durbin and Bustos announce over $3 million in additional federal funding for Quad-Cities and Rockford Airports


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced U.S. Department of Transportation grants of $1,118,38 for the Quad City International Airport and $2,176,238 for the Chicago Rockford International Airport. In the Quad-Cities, these dollars will fund a mill and overlay of 755 feet of the existing Taxiway N pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. Funding in Rockford will go toward the reconstruction of 1,400 feet of the existing Taxiway F pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.


“With continued federal investment, we can guarantee that Illinois airports will continue creating good-paying jobs, driving economic growth, and providing travelers with safe and reliable air service,” said Senator Durbin. “I am proud to work alongside Representative Bustos to bring these investments to Rockford and the Quad Cities.”


“Infrastructure funding is critical to our local economy and I’m proud to continue working with Senator Durbin to secure these investments in our community,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “By making upgrades to our airports and infrastructure, we’re laying the ground work for a brighter economic future and job creation in Illinois.”


Earlier this month, Bustos and Durbin announced a $1.2 million grant for the Quad City International Airport to expand its existing service road system to improve the safety and efficiency of operations. At the Chicago Rockford International Airport, they also announced a $6 million grant for a terminal building expansion that will allow the airport to meet increasing passenger demands and a $455,869 grant for the construction of a 30,000 square yard cargo apron for additional aircraft parking.


Roadwork Begins Today in Kewanee



Work will begin Thursday 9/22/16 for the City of Kewanee Road Program.  Work will begin on Pine Street at 7:00 a.m. and work will continue throughout the week in several areas of town. 


Residents are asked to avoid street parking in the following areas:


·        Pine Street from Birch Place to West Street

·        West Street from Mill Street to Dewey Avenue

·        West Church Street from Payson Street to Whitney Avenue

·        West College Street from Whitney Avenue to Payson Street

·        Windmont Road from Parkview Drive to Birch Place

·        Reece Street from Kent Street to the dead end

·        Willow Street from Goodrich Street to the cemetery

·        North Burr Street from 9th Street to 10th Street

·        North Elm Street from 7th Street to 8th Street

·        Maple Avenue from Third Street to Pleasantview Avenue

·        West 4th Street from Park Street to Grove Street

·        Boss Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street

·        Fisher Avenue from the City limits going 205 feet north


Residents are asked to avoid these areas if possible and to take caution if driving near a work zone area.


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



Jordbruksdagarna on Saturday and Sunday

The annual Jordbruksdagarna will be held on Saturday and Sunday in Bishop Hill.

Jordbruksdagarna is Swedish for earth work days and Bishop Hill Heritage Association Administrator Todd DeDecker says that not only will this be the annual festival, it will be the 45th annual festival…

Needless to say, but there will be many other new features as well…

Many other activities will also be a feature for the weekend and that includes an antique tractor and implement display and a tractor parade at 12 noon each day…


Fall Starts Soon and Should Stay Warm

The late heat wave in September has continued through this week in most of Illinois and it looks to continue through the weekend and even into next month. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that right now it looks like October will be must like this month.

Angel says that a possible return of La Nina could show the bulk of winter could be cold and stormy but without it we just might dodge a nasty winter


Gov Takes to Facebook LIve

A first for the Governor today.

Bruce Rauner held a town hall style event on Facebook. The Republican appeared on a live video chat of the social media platform to take questions from the hundreds that tuned in. The questions were selected by his communications team. During the event he addressed charter schools, criminal sentencing reform and his final question was what do you like about being governor.


WKEI Open Line

Self driving vehicles and other topics hit the September 21 edition of the Open Line on WKEI



BHHA on Tuned IN

Todd DeDecker talks about Jordbruksdagarna during the September 21 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI


BHC East Campus hosting Sept. 26 dedication ceremony to commemorate Murchison family


The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at noon Monday, Sept. 26 honoring the Murchison family who in 1852 homesteaded the land that now is Black Hawk College East Campus.


A granite boulder honoring the family will be dedicated at the original home site, now called the Arboretum. The descendants of the Murchisons want to leave a lasting reminder to current and future East Campus students of the hardships encountered by those who first farmed the land on which they now stand, as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for coming generations.


The original settlers, Finlay and Catherine Murchison, immigrated from Scotland in 1851 with 10 of their 12 children. Murchison purchased 160 acres of Military Tract land five miles south of Wethersfield from the U.S. government in 1852 for $1.25 per acre. Finlay began to farm the land with his second eldest son, John, then 19, and transferred ownership to him in 1856. John married Jemima Chisholm, also a Scottish immigrant, in 1858 and built the first and only house which was later enlarged. John and Jemima had 11 children, raising 10 after their first died at two years of age.


During the early years, the Murchison children moved a large boulder from Indian Creek, which runs below the campus, to a location just southeast of the house using a team of horses and a sled-like carrier called a stone boat. Over the decades, Murchison children played and family members were photographed on or at what became known as the Murchison Rock. John’s youngest son, Hiram, took over the farm after he retired and lived there until 1947. Two others, Frank Sperry, whose son-in-law Wendell DeMoss lived on the farm from 1947-57, and Everett Simmons, owned it until the Black Hawk College East Foundation purchased the site in 1968. In 1973, Lucille Martin, wife of John and Jemima’s grandson, Marion, initiated efforts on behalf of the family to dedicate the boulder to honor the heritage of the Murchisons who had lived on the farm for nearly a century. Unfortunately, she died in 1978 without accomplishing her goal.


During construction of the campus’ first permanent classroom building the same year, the rock disappeared from the front yard of the home, which was still standing at the time.


Earlier this year, Marion and Lucille’s son, Dr. Marshall Martin, now senior associate director of agricultural research, assistant dean, and professor of agricultural economics of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., began discussions with Black Hawk College East Campus Foundation executive director Liz Breedlove about dedicating a new rock. Also involved was Dave Clarke, whose great-grandmother was Jemima Murchison’s sister, Margaret Chisholm Johnson, who lived across the road from the college where Clarke still lives today. Dr. Martin, and his brother, Dr. Marvin Martin, now an attorney in Bryan, Texas, lived their childhood years on a farm one mile east of the East Campus and both graduated from Wethersfield High School.


Donations to cover the cost of a new rock, engraved with “Site of Murchison Homestead 1852-1947, and landscaping were made by the Martin brothers and Marshall’s daughter and son, Dr. Melanie (Martin) Dodd, and Matthew Martin. The “new” Murchison Rock has been placed near the original location south of Building B and on the west side of the main entrance drive directly across from the Ag Arena.


The public is invited to attend the outdoor dedication ceremony at the original home site, now called the Arboretum, at noon onMonday, Sept. 26. A reception will follow in the Lower Lounge of Building A where a framed photo of the rock, a photo of Hiram and Jessie Murchison with their horse and buggy in front of the farm house, and the Murchison story will be displayed.


Black Hawk College East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee at 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva.



Chamber Lunch and Learn

New Department of Labor rules will go into effect on December 1st and the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce will hold a Lunch and Learn session in early October that will provide valuable information about the new format.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Chamber and he says the October 4th program will address those new overtime rules…

Mark adds that reservations are due to the Chamber Office by October 4th for an accurate count…


Controlled Burn In Kewanee On Wednesday


The City of Kewanee Fire Department is planning a controlled burn for Wednesday 9/21/16, weather permitting.  They are planning to work along mowed areas of Mill Creek between Beach Street and East Mill, as well as the Mill Creek Subdivision.  They are planning to begin in the morning at 8:00 a.m.


If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 852-2611 or the Fire Department at 852-2115.


ISP and Self Driving Vehicles

Self-driving vehicles are getting closer to becoming a reality at least in some part but lots of questions remain.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says it’s too early to tell how these vehicles will progress…

Trooper Wilson cites a recent trip to Kewanee and an encounter on the road that highlights his concerns over self-driving vehicles…


Open Line

Scams are discussed during the September 20 edition of the WKEI Open Line


SCFB on Tuned IN

 SCFB Manager Thomas he Marten gives an update on the harvest in Stark County  


One to One at Wethersfield

The Wethersfield School District is utilizing their One to One Tech Rollout in some of the grade levels in District #230.

Janean Friedman is the Wethersfield Grade School Principal and Tech Coordinator and she says that the program is now underway after preparations were finalized…

For some of us, the question becomes, what is a chrome book?...

As for the why of this program, Ms. Friedman says it’s simply an effort to keep up with today’s technology and to offer students a chance to keep abreast of the technology protocol as they move forward…


Lawmakers Band Together For The RI Arsenal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) along with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the bipartisan Arsenal Installation Reutilization Authority to reauthorize the leasing authority at Department of Defense arsenals for unused office space to outside tenants. This legislation would allow the Rock Island Arsenal to resume their leasing authority, which expired in 2012, and would authorize the Arsenal to approve 25 year leases until September of 2019 – generating jobs and income for the Arsenal until 2044.


“Authorizing the continuation of this leasing authority allows otherwise unused space to generate income for the arsenal and reduces cost of government ownership,” said Ernst. “In addition, permitting tenants to lease at the arsenal brings businesses and job opportunities to the Quad Cities communities. We have seen its success over the years, and it’s a common-sense solution to prevent government waste and promote local economies. I’m pleased my colleagues are joining me to call for continued sustainability at these arsenals and military instillations both in Iowa and across the country.”


“Our legislation will provide a workable authority for the Rock Island Arsenal to continue leasing unused office space to tenants that bring value to the arsenal while offsetting costs,” said Grassley. “It reflects a lot of discussion between our bi-state congressional delegation, the Rock Island Arsenal Development Group and the Senate Armed Services Committee to achieve a solution that works for everybody, and I look forward to seeing it become law. This is just one piece of our ongoing work to ensure the long-term viability of the arsenal, along with our efforts to increase workload for the factory and build on the impressive logistics capabilities of commands like Army Sustainment Command and Joint Munitions Command.”


“Lease revenue is an important piece of Rock Island Arsenal’s long-term economic sustainability. This legislation builds on our ongoing efforts to help the Arsenal adapt to a changing workload and remain competitive,” said Durbin. “I will continue working alongside my colleagues in the Illinois and Iowa Congressional Delegations to bring federal investment to Rock Island and provide the Arsenal with the necessary tools to unlock its own economic potential.”


"This legislation will eliminate bureaucratic red tape allowing the Arsenal the flexibility it needs to bring more jobs to the Quad Cities, encourage private investment and will help maintain the viability of our defense industrial base,” said Kirk.


“The Arsenal Partnership plays a unique role in connecting the community and Watervliet Arsenal and this leading authority will ensure that the Partnership has the necessary tools to succeed,” said Gillibrand.


Harvest Info

With the harvest season underway, many producers will spend a fair amount of time up in the combine.

Angie Peltier is an Ag Educator with the University of Illinois Extension and she says the view from the combine offers a different perspective…

Unfortunately, there is a relatively new weed affecting area fields that must be taken into account at harvest…

Ms. Peltier offers some very specific advice on what to do when producers encounter palmer amaranth…


Illinois Makes Dramatic Improvement in Technology Rating


SPRINGFIELD, IL – In an announcement today at the 2016 National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Conference in Orlando, Florida, the Center for Digital Government named Illinois as one of the most improved states in the country for technology and innovation. In just 18 months, Illinois has moved from the bottom quarter to the top third of all 50 states.

“The rise in Illinois’ technology rating is a direct outcome of the dedication we have to modernizing and transforming technology for our citizens,” Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner commented.  “Our staff at the newly formed Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) works to improve efficiencies and simplify the ways our citizens can access the services and information they need.”

DoIT was formed through Executive Order 16-01, which created a new state agency with responsibility for the information technology functions of agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor. Led by Hardik Bhatt, State CIO and Secretary Designate, DoIT was officially launched on July 1, 2016.

“Our team is elated by NASCIO’s national recognition of our efforts. The Digital States Survey rating increase is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our DoIT staff,” said Bhatt. “Our organization works tirelessly to update legacy systems, find opportunities for enterprise solutions and improve citizen interactions through mobile technology. This is an opportunity to innovate and leapfrog to new technology and management practices, and we continue to take advantage of it. There is much more progress to come as we work toward our goal of an A+ rating.”

The Center for Digital Government Digital States Survey provides a common reference for all 50 states by providing benchmarks to assess state governments’ use of digital technologies. It also examines and scores how states are finding better ways to conduct the public’s business through innovative solutions. The next biennial survey will be released in 2018.


WKEI Open Line

Cars that are re-sold after flood damage is discussed during the September 19 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI


Enterprise Zone Info

Kewanee City Council along with other Henry County entities will work together to discuss the Enterprise Zone issue.

City Manager Gary Bradley says all parties involved want to make sure the agreement is right for everyone…

Mr. Bradley says the matter is not only time sensitive, but it’s also a complex issue…

That’s Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley   


BHC Board Petitions Available

Nominating petitions and other election materials for the 2017 Black Hawk College Board of Trustees election may be picked up at the college beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20.


In April 2017, there will be two (2) six-year terms up for election.


Election materials are available in the office of the vice president for finance and administration in Building 1 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, and in the office of the executive dean at East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee).


The Black Hawk College district includes all or part of nine counties in west central Illinois, consisting of more than 280 individual precincts.


Nominating petitions may not be circulated until Tuesday, Sept. 20. Completed petitions may be filed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in the office of the vice president for finance and administration at the Quad-Cities Campus.


For more information, call 309-796-5933.



Kewanee City Wide Clean Up

The City of Kewanee will hold a city wide clean up on Saturday, October 15th.

Keith Edwards is the Director of Community Development in Kewanee…

Edwards explains how the program will work with the emphasis on the fact that the program is for Kewanee residents only…

Keith also outlines how the process will unfold on October 15th

There will be a specific list of what and what will not be accepted during the clean up effort…


iPad Classes in Kewanee

Black Hawk College is offering two iPad classes at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.


iPad: Beginner will be Tuesday, Oct. 4 and iPad: Intermediate will be Tuesday, Oct. 11. Both classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20 per class.


The instructor is Jodee Werkheiser, computer science applications professor at the Black Hawk College East Campus.


To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.


Bureau County Bridge Closure

Please be advised that a bridge replacement project is scheduled to start on September 19, 2016.  This project will result in complete road closure of 1225 East from 500 North Avenue to 600 North Avenue.  Again, this is scheduled to begin on September 19th and has an anticipated completion date of November 4, 2016. 


As always, thank you for your continued cooperation.  Should the parameters of this project change, we will send out notifications as soon as possible.



Michael Devine talks about back to school scams and home energy credits during the September 16 edition of People to People on WKEI


Open Line

Several topics hit the September 16 edition of the Open Line on WKEI


Braveheart CAC on Tuned IN

Constance King talks about their services to the public during the September 16 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI


Durbin, Bustos Acquire Funds For QC Airport


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced $1,200,000 in federal funding for the Quad City International Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation. These funds will pay for the expansion of the airport's existing service road system to improve the safety and efficiency of operations. The grant will provide funding for phase 2 of 3 and includes construction of 5,389 feet of the Northwest portion of the perimeter road.


“This is good news for travelers flying in and out of the Quad Cities. Today’s funding will help pay for necessary safety upgrades to Quad City International Airport,” said Durbin. “With continued federal investment, we can guarantee that this airport will continue to provide safe and reliable air service. I am proud to work alongside Representative Bustos to bring this important investment to our state.”


“The Quad City International Airport is a critical part of our local economy which is why Senator Durbin and I are committed to ensuring its continued success,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “By making investments in our infrastructure, we're laying the ground work for new economic development opportunities and job creation in our community. I’m proud to continue fighting to make sure the Quad-Cities remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.”



Driving Issues

Defensive driving is more important than ever as most motorists will agree but unfortunately, traffic fatalities are up all across the nation.

Doug Sommer is a Safety Expert from Bloomington and he says that unfortunate statistic is true…

Faster, larger vehicles are a big part of the problem but the matter runs much deeper than that…

Sommer also notes that the use of cell phones along with texting, which is illegal is also a big part of the problem…


Unemployment Rates Drop

CHICAGO– The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in August decreased -0.3 percentage points to 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls decreased, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. The decrease in Illinois' unemployment rate is largely due to a decline in the labor force. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -46,400 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000.

"In this 30-day snapshot, manufacturing losses were heavy, which contributed to more than half of the month's decrease in nonfarm payroll jobs," said IDES Director Jeff Mays. "The surveys have shown a great deal of fluctuation over the past year; seeing how the numbers develop over the long-term should make the trend clear."

"Illinois residents continue to drop out of the workforce at a concerning rate, driven out by the steady loss of jobs and anemic growth," DCEO Acting Director Sean McCarthy said. "If our state enacted the structural reforms necessary to get Illinois growing at the national rate, we could create 200 new jobs every day and put Illinois back to work. Instead, the state lost 8,200 jobs and nearly 20,000 people gave up looking for work."

In August, the two industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Leisure and Hospitality (+3,400); and Professional and Business Services (+2,000). The three industry sectors with the largest declines in employment were: Manufacturing (-4,400); Financial Activities (-2,600); and Education and Health Services (-1,900).

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +40,100 jobs with the largest gains in Leisure and Hospitality (+23,000); and Professional and Business Services (+17,000). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines in August include: Manufacturing (-11,800) and Information Services (-3,600). The +0.7 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is less than the +1.7 percent gain posted by the nation in August.

The state's unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for August 2016, which held at 4.9 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.3 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. The unemployment rate declined for the fourth consecutive month in August, as did the labor force and the number of people unemployed.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -5.1 percent from the prior month to 363,700, down -3.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force grew by +1.0 percent in August over the prior year, but decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES' maintains the state's largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed that 61,572 resumes were posted and 176,638 help wanted ads were available.


Parent/Community Night On Monday at KHS

Kewanee High School is hosting a parent and community night with a former CEO of Greenwich Capital and author of the book, The Bigs.  

 Kewanee High School Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan has sent out the following invitation to not only local high school students, but to the community at large.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us Monday night, Sept. 19th at 7:00 pm in the KHS Petersen Auditorium to spend an evening with a former CEO of Greenwich Capital and author of a new book "The Bigs." 

Ben Carpenter has spent most of his professional life in finance.  While Ben was working on his career, he and his wife, Leigh, started a family and raised 3 successful young women.  In "The Bigs" Ben relates his professional experiences into a personal text for his daughter Avery.  Ben published the book as guide for his daughters as they began to pursue their educations and careers.  Ben has expanded upon his experiences, both personally and professionally, to write "The Bigs" and share his practical advice with students to achieving success in life. 

All juniors and seniors from Kewanee High School and Wethersfield High School will be receiving a copy of "The Bigs" free while attending an assembly with Ben on Monday morning.   Students from Erie High and Bureau Valley High will also be attending and receiving a copy of the book as well. 

This is a truly unique opportunity for our students, school, and community to experience. 

So again, please come out Monday night, Sept. 19th at 7:00 pm in the KHS Petersen Auditorium and enjoy Ben and his valuable advice to our students.


Mr. Jamie Bryan


Extra Trash Allowed Next Week in Kewanee

The City of Kewanee is announcing that residents will be allowed 6 extra bags of trash without stickers for the residents regular pickup during the week of September 19-23.


Farm Safety Week September 18-24

National Farm Safety & Health Week is September 18-24, and with that comes an important message along with this year’s theme: Farm Safety… a Legacy to be Proud of.” 


Illinois Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus in Illinois are joining the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety to bring the subject to light.


“The theme serves as a reminder that it’s up to us to teach our children and grandchildren to use good safety sense on the farm,” Peggy Romba, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Program Manager, reminds us. “This is one of the most important things we can do for them. From generation to generation, farmers learn from those who have gone before them,” she adds.


Romba also points out that if safety starts in the home, then educating agricultural families can have a huge impact on the community and its business. “Entire families are often active in farming, especially on smaller farms that aren't bound by federal and state OSHA regulations. This puts more children, women and seniors at risk than in any other field of work.”

Dr. Robert Aherin, Professor, Ag Safety & Health Program Leader at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said, “In 2015, we had the lowest number of farm deaths in Illinois than we have had for some time, with 11. Our average for the past 20 years has been about 31 deaths per year.” He also pointed out that there were no farm-related grain bin deaths. “Farmers should give themselves a pat on the back, and continue to do what they are doing in taking farm safety seriously. This is proof it is making a difference.”

Do you have a safety plan? Do you do safety checks on your farm regularly?  Do your tractors have seat belts and rollover protection? Do you use them? 


Please take the time to review safety steps with your family and employees. Don’t leave farm safety to chance. Teaching by example is the safest way to work.


Contact your county Farm Bureau for more information on farm safety.


Senior Center Funding

The state of Illinois has slowly begun the process of distributing money back to the various agencies around the state including the Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee.

The catching point however is that the amount of money being sent is just a fraction of what was promised and as Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll agrees that is kind of hard to figure…


Stark County Fall Festival Drive

The annual Stark County Fall Festival Drive will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday all throughout Stark County.

Peggy Gray is one of the Committee members in charge of the event and she says there are numerous stops to consider on the route this weekend…

There are many highlights to this year’s event almost too many to mention…

Several other events in Wyoming and other points are also a part of the festival weekend…

With the early days of the harvest underway, it will be an idyllic setting for great family fun this weekend in Stark County…


Geneseo Chamber Issues Advisory

The Geneseo Chamber of Commerce is advising the public that they have  been made aware of an email being sent to certain members from suzy.tech@outlook.com –

The email states in part that, quote,

I was going through your profile and I understood that your company is amember of “Geneseo Chamber of Commerce". Would you be interested in reaching marketing list for your marketing purpose and to expand your business?


Our List Includes:- Company Name, Web Address, Contact Name, Verified Email, Job Title, Application Type, Complete Mailing Address, Phone Number, FAX Number, Total Employees, SIC Code, and Industry details.


If you interested please fill your target audience so that we can send information of total amount of contacts broken down into each area.


The Geneseo Chamber of Commerce is emphasizing that

“Suzy” is in NO way affiliated with Geneseo Chamber of Commerce. Her email is NOT sanctioned by the Chamber.

Geneseo Chamber does not sell or distribute its members emails to outside entities.

This clarification comes from Rhonda Ludwig, the Director of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce.  



ISP Search For Missing Woman Becomes a Death Investigation


STANDARD, IL- Deborah K. Dewey, female, age 62, was last seen on August 22, 2016, in Spring Valley, Illinois. On August 29, 2016, Dewey’s gray 2007 Buick LaCrosse, was found unlocked at the TA Truck Stop on Illinois Route 47, just north of I-80.

On September, 12, 2016, Illinois State Police (ISP) Zone 3 Investigations and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office searched a residence located at 5th Street and Illinois Route 71 in Standard, Illinois. During the search of the residence and surrounding property, Investigators exhumed a body from a shallow grave located in the yard of the residence. The body was transported by the Putnam County Coroner to Bloomington, Illinois, for an autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The preliminary results of the autopsy indicated the body to be that of Deborah K. Dewey, verified through dental records.

The search for the whereabouts of Dewey has ended and is now considered a homicide investigation. Assisting agencies include the ISP Intelligence Support Unit, ISP Digital Crimes Unit, STIC, ISP Crime Scene Services, ISP District 17, Illinois Conservation Police, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ladd Police Department, and Kane County Sheriff's bloodhound unit.

This remains an open and ongoing investigation. No further information will be released at this time. An update will be posted when additional information becomes available. Media staging area will be located at the Standard Fire Department.  

Anyone with information on the death of Deborah K. Dewey is encouraged to contact ISP District 17 Headquarters at (815) 224-1171.


WKEI Open Line

Star Trek and outer space is discussed during the September 14 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI


Wethersfield School Board Election 2017


Nominating petitions for the April 4, 2017 Wethersfield Community Unit School District No. 230’s Board of Education election will be available in the Wethersfield Unit Office at 439 Willard Street (located in the Blish Building) beginning September 20, 2016.  Forms are available Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


Four seats (those currently held by Sue Brody, Mark Fargher, Dennis Kenney and Steve Newman) of the seven-member Board of Education will be filled at the April 4th election. The four open seats are for four year terms, expiring in April 2021. 


To be eligible to serve as a school board member, one must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age on the date of election, a resident of the State of Illinois and the Wethersfield School District for at least one year prior to the election, and a registered voter.  The school board election is nonpartisan and, as such, board candidates do not run under a political party affiliation.  


Illinois law requires that any candidate seeking election to a board of education must file:

•   A nominating petition bearing the signature of at least 50 citizens who are registered to vote in the school district, with a notarized signature of the petition circulator on each page; and

•   A statement of candidacy; and

•   A receipt from the Henry County Clerk showing that you have filed a Statement of Economic Interests for the calendar year 2016. 


The above documents must be filed with the Henry County Clerk’s office in Cambridge, Illinois during the specified filing period. The filing period begins in the County Clerk’s office located at 307 West Center Street, Cambridge (the Henry County Courthouse) at 8:00am on Monday, December 12, 2016 and closes at 5:00pm on Monday, December 19, 2016.  The documents can be filed anytime during the Court House business hours which are Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm and 8:00am-5:00pm on December 19.    The documents cannot be accepted at any other times.


Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which the nominating documents are received in the County Clerk’s office.  Moreover, any candidates in line when the County Clerk’s Office opens on December 12, 2016, and any nominations received in the first mail that day, are to be regarded as filed simultaneously.  In the event that two or more candidates qualify for this "simultaneous filing," the County Clerk will hold a lottery to determine the order of their names on the ballot.


Candidates successfully elected to the school board will be required to participate in approximately 4 hours of State Mandated School Board Leadership Training which consists of education and labor law, financial oversight and accountability, fiduciary responsibilities, and open meetings act.


If you have any questions about becoming a candidate for the Wethersfield School Board, please feel free to call the Superintendent’s Office at 853-4860.


TSO Returns to the i-Wireless Center

QUAD CITIES - SEPTEMBER 12 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced the dates of its 2016 Winter Tour, once again featuring one of the group's beloved stories performed in its own renowned audio visual manner. In its Platinum anniversary year, TSO is bringing back its treasured tale,"The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,"to 61 cities across North America, concluding, after 105 shows, with special New Year's Eve performances in Seattle and Cleveland.

iWireless Center is proud to welcome TSO when they return to the Quad Cities for their 2016 North American tour! iWireless Center will host one spectacular show onDecember 8, 2016. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 16, 10am with a portion of the proceeds benefitting a local charity TBD courtesy of TSO and regional media partners.


TSO is pleased to announce that each concert ticket purchased online will include a digital audio copy of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. This is the first time these songs have been released in an audio package, and the album features a bonus track titled "Music Box Blues (Daryl Pediford Tribute New York 2004)."


Debuted last year to rave critical and fan reviews, and based on TSO's multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," follows the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater on December 24th. While seeking shelter from the cold, the teen is discovered by the theater's caretaker who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building's past to turn her life around. The rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "O' Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day." 2016's tour will see an all new second set containing some of TSO's greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O'Neill said, "This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator, and full rock band was something TSO has never done. It brought back so many memories to see Ossie Davis and everyone else who helped make that TV special into the annual tradition that it has become. The overwhelming response from the fans during the 2015 Winter Tour drove the band's decision to take it back out on the road this year.  As always we have new artists, new special effects and lots of surprises in store. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the road."

2015 was another landmark year for TSO, with their hit tour and the release of the chart-topping new album, Letters from the Labyrinth (TSO's third Top 10 album debut in a row, it spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Chart). 2015's tour hit 60 cities across North America and played to more than 850,000 people. The run grossed more than $41 million in just 45 days which resulted in it being ranked No. 15 on the "Top 200 North American Tours" chart and No. 30 on the "Top 100 Worldwide Tours" chart by concert industry trade Pollstar magazine. The tour was also featured on CBSSunday Morning and inacover story for the Wall Street Journal.In the summer of 2015, at the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany, TSO produced an industry first when the group performed a coordinated set across the festival's massive two main stages, to a crowd of over 80,000 fans.


TSO has cemented itself as one of the world's biggest rock acts, by playing approximately 2,000 shows for nearly 13 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $580 million, and selling in excess of 10 million albums and DVDs. In 2009, Billboard magazine placed TSO at No. 25 on its "Top Touring Artists of the Decade."


As in all previous years, $1 to $2 of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, in excess of $13 million has been distributed to worthy charities all across North America.


Visit www.trans-siberian.com for more details.


Tickets prices are $35.00, $45.00, $56.00, $66.00 and go on sale THIS FRIDAY 9/16 at 10am online at LiveNation.com, the venue box office, or charge by phone!



Illinois home prices increase in July; Sales lower amid tight inventory


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Homes sold faster and prices were stronger in July, but lower inventory continues to act as a drag on the market, according to Illinois REALTORS®. 

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2016 totaled 16,108 homes sold, down 6.8 percent from 17,291 in July 2015.

The statewide median price in July was $199,000 up 4.7 percent from July 2015 when the median price was $190,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“The drop-off in home sales in July underscores the fact that a continued lack of inventory is plaguing those who are in the market for a new home,”said Mike Drews, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broker-associate with Charles B. Doss & Co. in Aurora. “These homebuyers face limited choices and higher prices as a result." 

The time it took to sell a home in July averaged 53 days, down from 59 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 65,998 homes for sale, a 14.4 percent decline from July 2015 when there were 77,069 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.44 percent in July 2016, a decline from 3.57 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In July 2015 it averaged 4.04 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in July 2016 totaled 11,716 homes sold, down 7.3 percent from July 2015 sales of 12,645 homes. The median price in July 2016 was $238,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.8 percent from $225,000 in July 2015.

“In July, median prices continued to experience positive growth while sales recorded their first negative annual change in 2016,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “However, median prices are forecast to have positive annual growth over the next three months.  In addition, the percentage of foreclosed sales among total sales was 9.7 percent, the lowest July reading since 2009.”

 According to the data, thirty-three (33) Illinois counties reported sales gains for July 2016 over previous-year numbers, including Grundy County, up 15.4 percent with 75 units sold; McHenry County, up 7.2 percent with 599 units sold; and Madison County, up 4.0 percent with 334 units sold. Forty-four (44) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Will County, up 11.8 percent to $212,500; Cook County, up 5.3 percent to $249,000; and Winnebago County, up 2.3 percent to $101,250.

The city of Chicago saw an 11.9 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in July 2016 with 2,714 sales, down from 3,082 in July 2015. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in July 2016 was $290,000, up 1.8 percent compared to July 2015 when it was $285,000.

“If you have a home on the market, it's selling at an incredible pace,”said Dan Wagner, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and senior vice president for government relations at the Oakbrook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. "In Chicago, the time to sell was just 38 days, and when you pair that number with double-digit annual decreases in inventory, it's a market where sellers are reaping a premium." 

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of August 8, 2016 for the period July 1 through July 31, 2016. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. (Note: Due to a recent switch to a new multiple listing service, data for the Livingston County Board of REALTORS® is not included in the July report).

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.        


911 in Illinois

The state of Illinois is mandating changes to the 911 system in the state.

The changes primarily revolve around 911 center closings and that will be the case in the Henry County area as well as other points around the state.  

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley says some tough decisions lie ahead…

The state is mandating that one of those centers will have to close and that’s where the tough decisions will come in…

Mr. Bradley acknowledges that any combination or number of employees are possible under the re-organization, but again the state has their recommendations…

Mayor Steve Looney adds that officials at the local level will do their best to partner with area lawmakers to make things work as best they can…


Governor Rauner talks about beneficial economic relationship with Japan

Governor Bruce Rauner had Japan on his mind this week. He gathered with officials from across the region and the island nation at the the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in St. Louis. He says the relationship has offered a lot more than cultural understanding....

Illinois is the fourth largest exporter to Japan. 


Durbin offers political advice to the other side on immigration

Senator Dick Durbin offers unsolicited advice to Republicans in this year's race for President and future elections. In a speech on immigration at the Georgetown University School of Law,, he said Donald Trump's ongoing dialogue on immigration issues is behind the times....

Durbin continues to promote the Dream Act, which would provide conditional residency and if all goes well permanent residency. 


Kewanee Mayor and City Manager on PTP

City and County issues are discussed during the September 13 edition of People to People on WKEI


WKEI Open Line

WKEI Open Line for September 13


Salvation Army on Tuned IN

Linda Bolls talks about the Salvation Army Canteen during the September 13 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI



IL Rail Safety Week

Illinois Rail Safety Week is currently underway all across the state in an effort to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains.

In Kewanee, Police Chief Jim Dison says it’s a time to remind the public of the laws surrounding railroad crossing issues…

Statistics indicate that in Illinois during 2015, there were 140 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles which resulted in 79 injuries and 24 fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespass incidents that resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities.

Also in 2015, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in vehicle collision fatalities and 5th in the nation in trespass fatalities.

Chief Dison adds that in Kewanee, officers will be monitoring drivers and walkers and how they manage at the various rail crossings in the city…

As most people in the community are aware, crossing problems are somewhat of a common occurrence and Chief Dison says best to contact his department when that happens…


National Preparedness Month

MOLINE, IL, September 12, 2016 — September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois encourages people to create a fire escape plan so everyone in the household knows what to do if a fire occurs.


“Large-scale disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes and floods always make the news, but the most common disaster threat people face across the country is a fire in their home,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “In the Central and Southern Illinois Region, we have responded to more than 140 home fires sinceJuly 1, and helped more than 500 people at the scene of fires. We urge residents to develop a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone in their household.”


CREATE A PLAN Steps for people to create a fire escape plan include:

· Walking through the home and looking at all exits and possible escape routes, including windows;

· Listing two ways to get out of every room in case fire blocks one of the paths;

· Picking a place to meet outside, a safe distance away from the home;

· Conducting drills. Practice until every member of the household, including children, can escape the home in less than two minutes;

· Making sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1; and

· Teaching everyone to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.


People should also install smoke alarms on every level of their home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. They should test the alarms monthly, install new batteries at least once a year or according to the alarm manufacturer’s instructions, and replace alarms every ten years.


DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross Emergency App contains information on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. Children can learn about fire prevention and safety through gaming with the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App. Designed for 7 to 11-year-olds, the app teaches them safety tips for a variety of disasters by having them role-play as different monster characters. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.


Additional fire safety tips and resources are available at redcross.org/homefires.


HELP WITH HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, now in its second year, aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires in the United States by as much as 25 percent over a five-year span.


People can become a Red Cross volunteer at redcross.org/volunteer or help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visitingredcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.



Learn the Basics of Canning

Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension will go over the basics of boiling water bath canning, pressure canning and steam canning at this free workshop on September 15.  Participants will be able to get hands-on practice using the water bath canning method to make and then can apple butter and will also go home with resources and recipes to do more canning activities at home. The cost of this workshop is free but you must be registered in advance. It will take place from 1 – 3 pm at the Aledo Senior Center, 137 W. Main St.  Register online at web.extension.illinios.edu/hmrs or call University of Illinois Extension -Mercer County at (309) 582-5106.



Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight


Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 7 p.m.


Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

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


Visitors –


Unfinished Business

1.    Discussion (good, bad, indifferent) on the 2016 Hog Days event and formulation of the 2017 “Talk

       about/To do list” to make Hog Days better/different from this year.

       2017 Calendar books have been ordered. “Deliver to” list needed

2.    Thank you notes and envelopes available in office if you need them

3.    Congratulations to quilt raffle winner Joanne Petty of Kewanee

4.    Comp Sandwich tickets report

5.    Roof replacement update


New Business

1.    Second hog phone line – keep or drop?

2.    Appointment of auditing committee

3.    Appointment of nominating committee (open: 2 vice chairpersons (held by Mike Komnick and Bill Scott), Secretary (held by Robyn Resch) & Co-chair position (held by Larry Flannery)

4.    Opening of sealed bids/quotes for movement of electrical service to front of Hog Building


Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone


Motion to adjourn


FYI: *Next regularly scheduled meeting is Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 7 p.m.


City Council Meeting

Kewanee City Council met on Monday night and faced several resolutions and ordinances.

The first resolution revolved around various liens filed by the City against property sold by Henry County to registered tax buyers.

The measure basically closed any loopholes and paved the way for in some cases, a more expedient process for those property tax buyers and the associated entities that would then be paid their share of the proceedings.  

Another resolution authorized Mayor Steve Looney to execute a Tax Increment Financing agreement with Johnson Theaters for the Wanee Theater renovation project.

Another resolution authorized City Manager Gary Bradley to execute an agreement with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce for Economic Development Services. This resolution basically formalizes the working relationship in terms of economic development activity and brings the Chamber into the City in terms of keeping everyone on the same page with that activity.   

An ordinance amending Chapter 37 of the City code regarding Economic Development Incentive Policies was also passed by Council. That measure addresses previous agreements that might have been deemed very broad and tightens up language and parameters.

Council members also passed a resolution establishing economic and community incentive guidelines.

Council also passed an ordinance that addressed travel policy for City employees and officials. City Manager Gary Bradley noted the state of Illinois has made some changes in state statute and the local measure in some part is fashioned after that statute. Mr. Bradley says it doesn’t change a lot but for example sets certain guidelines as to when a travelled distance is enough to warrant an overnight hotel stay and also covers the fact that entertainment and other such items would not be covered by the city in the event of a travel event.  

Council also addressed an ordinance that sets standards for declaring weeds and tall grass a nuisance relative to right of way maintenance. That measure developed after research into other similar agreements in other area municipalities by Code Enforcement Officer Keith Edwards. The emphasis is that property owners must bear responsibility even though the City maintains right of way privileges and also holding the City harmless for the landscape maintenance issue.  

Council tabled a resolution authorizing Mayor Looney to execute an agreement with Henry County and Economic Development Resources for economic development consulting services.  The prevailing thought was that an agreement that involved other area towns in the Enterprise Zone needed to be studied in further detail and would be addressed in the very near future as Zone applications needed to be completed by the end of this year.    

The vote on all other matters discussed during the meeting went 5-0 in favor.   



Harvest Safety Issues

Harvest season is beginning, and that means farmers and everyone who travels in farm country needs to be extra alert as this is the most dangerous time of year. The number one safety issue for farmers remains tractor roll-overs, but collisions on the road with automobiles is a close second, according to Dave Newcomb with the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

The Fire Service Institute, based at the U of I in Champaign, trains full time and volunteer firemen across the state. Newcomb says actual firefighting has become a small part of the job… as most of the work involves being first responders for emergencies. Newcomb says a big part of the training for first responders in rural areas involves issues related to farming.

Dave Newcomb is with the Illinois Fire Service Institute. 


Clinton Heath Not A Concern to Durbin

Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looked shaky on her feet following her early departure from a September 11th memorial over the weekend. The episode for some continues to raise the question of how good her health is as Clinton fought back a coughing fit last week in Cleveland. Her doctor on Sunday reports that she has pneumonia and needs to modify her schedule to aid in her recovery. US Senator Dick Durbin says that her health is not a concern.

The Clinton campaign says that she has scrubbed a plan campaign trip to California to start the week.


Durbin Remembers 911 and Need to Security

The United States marked the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on Sunday. The reminders were everywhere from football stadiums to flags flying at half mast. The memories are still rich for anyone old enough to have lived through that day and the preceding weeks. US Senator Dick Durbin says he remembers being in the Capitol that day and hearing the sonic booms of fighter jets that scrambled to protect the airspace around Washington D.C. He says those attacks show us that the nations security is never to be taken for granted. 


Wethersfield Tech on PTP

Janean Friedman and Julie O' Riley discuss the Wethersfield One to One Tech Rollout during the September 12 edition of People to People on WKEI



WKEI Open Line

Pneumonia is discussed during the September 12 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI


OSF on Tuned IN

Andrea Tenley offers advice on cholesterol during the September 12 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI


BHC Mental Health Wellness Conference

Black Hawk College is hosting Mind, Body and Spirit Unite! Mental Health Wellness Conference on Friday, Sept. 23 to examine wellness options in mental health.


Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, addictions and compulsive behaviors are real, common and treatable.


Join seven engaging presenters – some courageous enough to share their personal journeys – to explore depression, healthy eating, meditation, happiness, hypnotherapy and suicide prevention.


The conference will be from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline. Registration and continental breakfast will be 7:45-8:25 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. For conference details, visit www.bhc.edu/mindbodyconference2016.


Cost is $40 for the public and $20 for students (student ID required). The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 19.


To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.



Father Jerry Rafalko to be Honored on October 29

The Holy Trinity Parish of the Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee is inviting the public to attend the investiture of Father Jerry Rafalko on Saturday, October 29 with the Holy Mass at the church beginning at 1 pm.

It is indeed quite an honor and an increase in responsibilities and the Investiture is by the hand of the Reverend Stanley Bilinski, the Bishop Ordinary of the Western Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church.

And so, congratulations are in order for the Reverend Jaroslaw Rafalko…

Father Jerry will also be feted following the Mass with a complimentary dinner reception to be held on October 29th beginning at 3 pm at the American Legion Hall in Kewanee…

Reservations for the dinner need to be made by October 15th and Father Jerry adds that the community is invited to attend the Mass at the Church but acknowledges that the Legion Hall will provide a setting for a wider number of people to attend…


Funds For MetroLink

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Senator Dick Durbin announced $391,000 in federal funding for the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK). This funding will be used to replace diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which are more sustainable and energy efficient. In March, Congresswoman Bustos toured MetroLINK to learn more about their self-sufficient maintenance facility and to discuss future federal grant and funding opportunities.


“As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I know how important it is to invest in our infrastructure to create good-paying jobs and grow our local economy,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Senator Durbin and I are proud to announce this federal investment in MetroLINK that will allow them to use high quality, energy efficient buses while improving the experiences for people here in the Quad-Cities.”


This infusion of federal funds is a win for residents of the Quad-Cities. New buses will not only improve fuel economy, creating significant cost savings for MetroLINK, but they will also improve air quality,” said Senator Durbin. “I will continue working alongside Representative Bustos to bring greater federal investment in our state’s transportation systems.


Veteran's Affairs Offers Assistance

(Springfield, IL)…. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)-Veterans Education and Training Section (State Approving Agency) took immediate action to assist Illinois Veterans impacted in their educational endeavors due to the closing of the ITT Technical Institute.

"Our number one priority is the welfare of our Illinois Heroes and their families. When we received word of the closing of ITT Technical Institute, we contacted all veterans enrolled in that school to assist them to continue their education," said Erica Jeffries, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

78 Illinois Veterans were enrolled with ITT Technical Institute, 13 were scheduled to graduate on September 4, 2016 and two veterans were to start classes on September 6, 2016. The additional 63 student veterans had their studies disrupted. Dan Wellman, Administrator for the IDVA Veterans Education and Training Section, contacted all the student veterans to answer questions, offer additional information about continuing their education, retrieving student records and more. "As fellow veterans, we encourage all veterans impacted to call us with any questions. We’re standing by to assist," said Wellman.

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is also working to help all displaced students across Illinois impacted by the closure of ITT Tech continue their education though their local community college.

Student Veterans can contact the IDVA at (Within Illinois): 800-437-9824; Phone (Out-of-State): 217-782-6641 or TDD: 217-524-4645. More contact information may be found on our website – www.illinois.gov/veterans


Feds looking to limit truck speeds

While the technology isn’t quite ready for driverless trucks, Don Schaefer of the Midwest Truckers Assoc. says the federal transportation folks are looking at ways to use technology in order to limit truck speeds.

With GPS technology, a speed control system could know where any truck is, and limit it’s speed to just under the posted limit. Schaefer says limiting speed only for trucks can be safety hazard if cars are travelling faster.

Don Schaefer with the Midwest Truckers assoc. If you would like to comment on the proposal during the 60 day comment period, contact your County Farm Bureau for information, or visit the Midwest Truckers Assoc website


LaHood honors Held in House Chambers

Congressman Darin LaHood is joining the chorus of Central Illinois leaders praising Springfield swimmer Ryan Held after his gold medal performance in last summer's Rio Olympics...

Last Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner declared it Ryan Held Day in Illinois.


Durbin continues push for Zika funding boost

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is blasting Republican leaders on the issue of Zika. He is asking Congressional Republicans to follow up on President Obama's request for 1.9 billion dollars in emergency funding to help fight Zika. Durbin says Zika discussions may center on Florida for the moment, but Illinois is not immune to Zika worries...

Durbin says the Zika situation represents a new precedent...

President Obama made the request for 1.9 billion dollars in funding to fight Zika seven months ago.


Hog Days Pork Chops Left Over

The Kewanee Hog Days Commitee has butterfly pork chops left from Hog Days.  They are packaged up in one pound packs for $3.50.  You can pick up them up at the Hog Days Festival Building on Main st, from 9-3 Friday, Saturday and Monday.  After that you can call Anne Merchinson at (309)525-2537


Stark County Schools Superintendent Jerry Klooster on People to People Thursday

Stark County School's Superintendent Jerry Klooster was our guest on the Thursday edition of People to People. The School District is launching a fundraising effort to defray the cost of new bleachers, a scoreboard and visitors locker room at the Football field in Wyoming as well as a new gym floor at the gym in Toulon. Jerry Klooster on People to People Thursday, September 8th...



OSF St. Luke Medical Center Releases Community Health Needs Assessment

OSF St. Luke Medical Center has released the results of it's Community Health Needs Assessment for 2016. Some 786 people were polled regarding the assessment with an emphasis on reaching out to low income residents. Results of the assessment can be read at OSFHealthCare.org or by clicking the link below... 


Community Health Needs Assessment 2016. 


Tuned in Sara Billiet Kewanee Public Library

Kewanee Public Library is reminding residents about ongoing programs for pre-school, Junior High and High School students and new programs aimed at adults including the hip new trend in Adult Coloring Books. Sara Billiet from the Kewanee Public Library was our guest on Thursday's Tuned In program. 



Legal Experts Helping IL Students Avoid Distracted Driving

With classes now in full swing, legal experts this month will be helping high school students in Illinois understand the dangers of distracted driving. According to a new report from the National Safety Council (NSC), Illinois saw a 24-percent increase in traffic deaths over the past two years, one of the biggest jumps in the country. 

Trial lawyers will be visiting schools in several states, including Illinois lawyer Jessica Hoerman, to help young students understand the dangers of not paying attention while behind the wheel.

"As a lawyer, we see a bunch of cases that come in usually after the tragedy happens," she said. "It's good to be on the other side of it to help prevent any kind of tragedy before they happen. And getting out to speak to the kids is the best way I know how."

Hoerman will be giving an "End Distracted Driving" presentation in Granite City at the end of the month. In all, lawyers working with the American Association for Justice will be giving talks in about 20 schools.

Association president Julie Braman Kane said the distracted-driving campaign is part of her group's Trial Lawyers Care program, which was started in the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11 in 2001. The idea was to help victims' families get access to free legal advice. 

Kane said 15 years later, they want to continue that type of community service.

"Trial lawyers donated in 2001 and thereafter a hundred years worth of free service," she explained. "What we're trying to do today is commemorate that volunteerism."

According to the Illinois State Police, distractions such as cell phones and GPS systems are now some of the top causes of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 10 percent teen drivers involved in fatal crashes nationally were distracted while driving.

Hoerman said educating teen drivers can help them make better decisions when they get into a car, whether they're the driver or a passenger.

"They have the power to make this socially unacceptable, and that's why I think it's so important that we get to the kids and that we have these conversations," Hoerman added.


Rauner not budging on Presidential race

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to pledge to stay on the sidelines as the race for President moves toward its final weeks. He is shooting down speculation that he's ready to throw his support to Republican nominee Donald Trump.......

Rauner meanwhile continues to offer his enthusiastic support to US Senator Mark Kirk in his race for re-election.


Student Numbers Down at SIU up at ISU

State universities are reporting mixed numbers on fall enrollment. The University of Illinois was near a record incoming freshman class this year and Illinois State is doing quite well. ISU in Bloomington Normal reports they have their largest fall signup in 27 years. More than 3,600 freshmen are enrolled as Redbirds. That’s not the case at Southern Illinois. Saluki enrollment is down 7.5 percent, to just under 16,000 students.


Dick Durbin was a longtime critic of ITT

Senator Dick Durbin has long been a critic of for profit colleges and the financial aid they've received from the federal government. Some of his more pointed comments have been directed at ITT Technical Institute, which announced Tuesday it was closing all of its campuses, including Springfield and three in Suburban Chicago (Arlington Heights, Oak Brook and Orland Park) In a March speech on the Senate floor, Durbin talked about the massive debt racked up from ITT Technical Institute and the not so massive repayment...

Durbin says the Department of Education clearly saw the storm clouds coming months ago....

The Education Department declared new students would not receive federal financial aid. ITT first stopped accepting new students, then decided to close their campuses. 


Still Time To Protect From Bites

Late summer or early fall depending on how you look at it right now is still a prime time for bug and mosquito bites. But you can still do plenty to avoid them. Applying products with DEET in the them are always a good idea but for those looking for a less chemical alternative new studies show that you can use products with the oil of lemon eucalyptus, that’s according to U of I Extension’s Kelly Allsup.

If you going with the trusted DEET spray, Allsup says make sure that your using a product with at least 10 percent of the bug repellent in it.


Rauner Pushes For No CPS Strike

School just started this week for kids in Chicago and there are rumors of the Chicago Teachers Union and their members being upset about the direction of education policy. Governor Bruce Rauner says that right now the last thing students in Chicago need would be a possible strike that would keep them out of the classroom.

For now CPS schools are open and running but the teachers union could call for a strike starting in October. 


OSF Shoe Sale

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host a Shoe Fair on Friday, September 9th.

Emily Costenson is the Director of the Radiology and Cardio Pulmonary Departments at the Hospital and she says as always, it will be a great shoe fair…


Help Coming To Fight Opioid Abuse

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has received two federal grants funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to combat the heroin and other opioid crisis facing the state of Illinois. 


“Heroin and other opioid drug use is at crisis levels in Illinois. Substance use is ripping apart families and severely impacting our communities,” said IDHS Secretary James Dimas. “The $8 million in grants will enhance our efforts for individuals dependent on heroin and other opioids. We continue to work diligently to secure additional federal funding that will help support community-based prevention and treatment efforts. IDHS is committed to working with schools, community-based organizations and the recovery community, to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders and ensure access to treatment.”


The Medication-Assisted Treatment Prescription Opioid Addiction grant was awarded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to the IDHS Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. This three year, $3 million grant will support an expansion of outpatient methadone treatment services and will reduce the waiting lists for heroin and other opioid dependent individuals seeking these services in Illinois. This grant will also support medication assisted treatment for offenders released from Sheridan Correctional Center who are at high risk for returning to heroin use (and high risk for overdose) upon release.


IDHS’ Division of Family and Community Services received the Prescription Drug Opioid Overdose Prevention Grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. This five year, $5 million grant is expected to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the following six high need counties: Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, St. Clair, and Madison. A key component to this program will be the purchase and distribution of Naloxone kits to first responders.  Naloxone is the opioid overdose reversal drug that is critical to saving lives so people can get the treatment they need. 


“Illinois, like the rest of the country, is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic and we must act now,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “According to the CDC, prescribing and sales of opioids have quadrupled since 1999 and more than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve an opioid.  This epidemic is devastating families and communities. To stop this trend of opioid overdose, we must provide support and treatment to those suffering from opioid use disorders.  And to save lives, we must provide first responders with the resources needed for an individual who has overdosed.  It will take all of us, substance abuse and mental health providers, law enforcement, public health, first responders, communities, and others, to put an end to this epidemic.” 


ISP Nightime Enforcement


East Moline, IL (September 06, 2016) – The Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 announced the results of Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) held during the late evening hours of September 02, 2016.  The patrols were conducted in Rock Island County by ISP District 7 troopers. 

            Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.  NITE patrols are designed to keep our roads safe by removing 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 during the patrols:


Enforcement Activity

Registration offenses


Driver’s license offenses


Occupant restraint offenses


Driving under the influence arrests


Other alcohol/drug arrests


Total citations/arrests


Total written warnings



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



Train To Be A Phlebotomist

Learn basic blood-drawing procedures for a job in the health-care industry with Phlebotomy Technician training beginning Sept. 20 at Black Hawk College.


Topics will include:

· Handling, processing and documentation of samples

· OSHA guidelines and safety rules

· Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system

· Basic phlebotomy techniques

· Quality assurance and methods of quality control


The National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) exam can be taken after successfully completing the class.


Classes will be from 3:45-7:45 p.m.  5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Nov. 22, at the college’s East Campus south of Kewanee.



KPD Facilities

The Kewanee Park District has now moved beyond the point of the busiest phase of the summer season but that doesn’t mean they are no longer busy at all.

Park District Director of Parks and Recreation Brian Johnson says their schedule does remain busy for the next couple of months…

Another area of enjoyment for many people is the Pleasure Drive at Baker Park…


Regional Media Hog Days Coverage

This past Labor Day weekend we at Regional Media celebrated Hog Days with the city of Kewanee. Karissa Nash kicked things off Friday night hanging out with everyone on the midway playing some great music for all of the carnival goers.  Saturday Bob McKee kicked things off on the midway before he traveled over to Schueneman- Tumbleson Funeral Home to Broadcast the Hog Days Parade Live on WKEI for those that could not be in attendance.  It was an absolutely perfect day for a parade and all other Hog Days festivities going on Saturday with temps reaching 76 degrees.  We continued our Hog Days Coverage with Karissa returning to the carnival to continue live coverage of Hog Days.  Sean Patrick Continued live coverage of Hog days on Sunday as broadcast live on Hog Country 102.5 WJRE from the Midway.  Sunday was another beautiful day for coverage of all the Hog days activities that went on.  We at Regional Media had a wonderful time at Hog Days this year as reported it was most definitely one for the books! 


Starting Planning Now

As we start the month of September the Illinois Department of Emergency Management wants you to know that this is National Preparedness Month. IEMA is pressing for “Don’t Wait Communicate” The idea is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money or much time to set how you will get in touch with family members if disaster strikes. IEMA’s Patti Thompson says that unpredictable weather is just that and it’s always a good plan to have one.

Maybe you’ve heard the Steve Harvey public service announcements on this radio station. IEMA wants you to follow up on those... go to ready dot Illinois dot gov.


First bobcat hunting season in decades

Five-hundred Illinois hunters will literally get a shot this year at bobcats roaming the state. For the first time in four decades, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has opened applications to hunt and trap bobcats. I-D-N-R spokesman Tim Schweizer (SCHWITE-zur) says those lucky enough to receive a permit can hunt and trap bobcats in early November;

Schweizer says the return of hunting bobcats in the state represents a "conservation success story." I-D-N-R estimates as many as five-thousand of the predators now roam Illinois.


Online Auction

An online sale to sell a seized vehicle declared excess by a past City Council action is now going public.

The Harley has been listed on Ebay. It starts tonight at 8PM CST and run for 7 days.

The auction ID is 262612272829

The link to the auction is: http://www.ebay.com/itm/262612272829

Note: The link will go live at 8PM, until then, the link will not work.



WKEI Open Line

Open Line For September 6


Hog Days Wrap

The 2016 Kewanee Hog Days celebration is now a wrap and in the history books.  And Co-Chairperson Larry Flannery says it was something else:


Flannery says even with the record breaking sandwich sales, there are still some chops left to sell:


We asked Larry “when does work on the 2017 Kewanee Hog Days begin?”


Flannery says the next week or so will be spent, cleaning and packing away everything. Other than a short break around the holidays, the Hog Festival Committee will be working on next year’s event scheduled for September 1st thru the 4th, 2017.


Retired Teachers To Meet

The Henry/Stark Counties Retired Teachers will meet Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Bishop Hill Colony 
School, Bishop Hill, Illinois.  The afternoon will begin with a noon luncheon.  Reservations are due to Jocelyn Saline  1504 Old Wagon Road  Dahinda, Il.  61428 or 309.289.4994 on or before September 7, 2016. The cost of the luncheon is $10.

Ladies of Bishop Hill will return with a skit about marriage in the community.

All teachers in Henry/Stark Counties are invited to attend.  First time attendees, with a reservation, are invited as luncheon guests.  


Bishop Hill Seeks Parade Entries for Old Settlers Day Parade


Every five years Bishop Hill celebrates its founding with a parade.  This year marks the 170thanniversary of the Bishop Hill Colony and the 120th anniversary of The Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association.


This year’s parade is Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 am. The annual Old Settlers day begins with a parade through Bishop Hill. At 11:30 there is a chicken dinner served at the Colony School on the southwest corner of town.  At 12:15 the Bishop Hill High Society Band will perform at the Gazebo in the town square. The formal program begins at 1:30. The public is welcome to attend.


Marian and Louis Nelson will lead the parade. Knowing both of them were born within a mile of where they currently live, are direct descendants of the original Swedish immigrants, and have lived in Bishop Hill since they were married in 1947, the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association has chosen Marian and Louis Nelson as the Grand Marshalls for the quadrennial Old Settler’s Day parade. Louis Nelson has done a lot of the physical labor to preserve a number of the buildings in Bishop Hill and Marion has had a hand in almost every meal served at the various fund raisers for more than 50 years. 


The Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association is also accepting applications for parade entries. They are looking for large floats and small floats, floats pulled by horses and donkeys and floats pulled by tractors and trucks. There will even be small wagons pulled by average sized people! They are also looking for marching bands, antique cars, and antique tractors. As always, the parade will include the Old Settlers’ original 1929 Chevy firetruck.


There are no entry fees. If you wish to participate please contact the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association President Cinda Anderson 309-927-3044 for an application.



State Begins Accepting Nominations for 2017 Governor’s Export Awards


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Trade and Investment announced today that it will begin accepting nominations for the Governor’s Export Awards. The Governor’s Export Awards are the State’s highest recognition of export achievement, honoring Illinois companies that have achieved excellence in exporting, as well as organizations that provide substantial export assistance.


Illinois companies and organizations may submit an export award application in the following categories:


· Exporter of the Year: awarded to Illinois companies that have grown exports and made exporting a cornerstone of their business;

· New Exporter: awarded to Illinois companies that have begun exporting products or services within the last three years;

· Service Exporter: awarded to Illinois companies that are successfully exporting services;

· Agricultural Exporter: award for outstanding export achievement in the field of agricultural products, services and technology;

· Export Awareness and Development: awarded to Illinois-based not-for-profit organizations involved in promoting Illinois;


The deadline for sub?mitting applications is Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 4pm.


Exports represent a significant opportunity for Illinois businesses. Over 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, however currently less than one percent of U.S. companies currently export. Exports by Illinois companies totaled over $63.4 billion in 2015, and accounted for over eight percent of the Gross State Product. Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest, and the fifth largest exporting state in the country.


The Office of Trade and Investment provides technical assistance for Illinois companies interested in exploring export opportunities. The Illinois State Trade and Export Promotion (ISTEP) program helps small and medium-size businesses grow their export sales through group and individual trade and sales missions, assistance with product compliance, and international marketing support. Additionally, Illinois’ International Trade Centers offer information, counseling and training to existing and new-to-export companies interested in pursuing international trade opportunities.


BHC QC students join Phi Theta Kappa honor society

Black Hawk College welcomed 67 students into the Quad-Cities Campus’ chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society during the Spring 2016 semester.


Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges.


To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.


The inductees by hometown are:

•       Aledo -- Kale Moreland

•       Alpha -- Evan Curry

•       Atkinson -- Josh Desmith

•       Bettendorf -- Miguel Rodriguez

•       Blue Grass, IA -- Kayla Jones

•       Cambridge -- Laura Beuseling

•       Colona -- Jean Clark, Jeremy Harper, Katelyn Powell

•       Cordova -- Tonya Brown, Rachel Stagg

•       Davenport, IA -- Ho Jean Chang, Keil Huber, Rachel Simon

•       Donahue, IA -- Adysen Kling

•       East Moline -- Kossi Egla, Brian Garcia, Grace Logan, Marisa Lopez, Dayana Martinez, Rachel Massa, Chaimaa Mhalli, Lamiaa Nadif, Jasmine Singleton, Shelly Snyder, Christopher Timmons

•       Eldridge, IA -- Reagan Adkisson

•       Fulton -- Catherine Johnson

•       Galva -- Cheryl Egbert

•       Geneseo -- Hailey Cox, Jan Franks, Evan Kotter

•       Hampton -- Baylee Burklund

•       Milan -- Carol Axline, Sydney Bush, Kerry Shuh

•       Moline -- Peng Chen, Elois Hughes, Abigael Kelly, Kristin Kronfeld, Kodjo Kuwuamenu, Hope Luther, Yecenia Martinez, Jonah Maynard, Kaitlyn McGough, Lydia Olson, Christina Schulte, Sierra Smathers, Jenna Wilson

•       Port Byron -- Kara Keppy, Shelly McCauley

•       Rock Falls -- Shawn Beebe

•       Rock Island -- Shelbee Bradley, Thomas Bustard, Tommy Davies, Gary Fogle, Elizabeth Kuhnle, Emmanuel Lloyd, Victoria Nash, Taylor Neyens, Gabriela Perez

•       Sherrard -- Poul Dybro, Nicholas Henne

•       Silvis -- Robert Apple, Kayla Beall, Nicholas Leibovitz

•       Woodhull -- Jennifer Simmering



Head Lice

    It's that time of year again.  When yellow school buses, cross guards and children carrying book bags abound.  Therefore the Henry and Stark County Health Departments would like to remind area residents of the facts pertaining to head lice and how to treat it.


    Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1-2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.


    The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:


     * Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).


     *Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.


     *Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for

5-10 minutes.


      *Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.


      *Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.


     *Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.


    Although head lice are difficult to see, they are easy to recognize.  One sign is a persistent itch of the scalp, often accompanied by infected scratch marks.  Closer inspection, aided by a hand lens will reveal small silvery eggs attached to the hair shaft.


    Head lice infestations among children and adults are common.  Lice are unbearably itchy and highly contagious; they require immediate, thorough treatment.  Alas, there are no non-toxic products for killing lice, but there are effective over-the-counter products such as Nix and Rid.  But if you do use one of these preparations, follow the instructions exactly.  Delouse clothing, bedding and combs according to directions; as well as, head and body. 


    Remember to take all possible steps to protect other members of your household, and to notify people who might have been exposed through direct bodily or household contact, and to prevent re-infestation.


    To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.  For more information, contact your family health care provider, school nurse or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.


Taylorville and Springfield spar over chili capital bragging rights

It's no cold war. Taylorville and Springfield chili enthusiasts are offering different opinions on bragging rights when it comes to producing chili. The cities are just 30 miles apart on Route 29 and that only seems to be fueling the rivalry. A crowd gathered in Taylorville to hear State Rep. Avery Bourne's resolution recommending the Christian County town be named the “Chilli Capital of Illinois.” Former Governor Jim Edgar signed a resolution previously naming Springfield the ‘Chilli Capital of the Civilized World.’” Bourne knows it won't be easy taking on the Capitol City in the Capitol....

Taylorville officials say their 5 chili cookoffs bring 10,000 visitors a year to the Christian County Seat.


Rauner takes fair foundation talk to DuQuoin

The DuQuoin State Fair approaches its final turn this weekend. When visitors pass worn out buildings and facilities, Governor Bruce Rauner says it's a clear reminder of the benefits of the brand new Illinois State fair foundation that will serve both state fairgrounds facilities....

The launch of the fair foundation is expected early next year.


Trade has become polical hot potato

The current presidential campaign has been filled with a lot of anti-trade talk, which most economic experts agree is not a good sign for future economic growth. The public does seem to have a lot of misconceptions about the Trans Pacific Partnership in particular which will make it politically difficult for congress to approve the agreement. International trade expert Paul Drazek says failure to approve the TPP could have some international repercussions.

Drazek has a long career in trade issues with USDA, US Trade Representative’s office, American Farm Bureau Federation and other government and private agencies.
A common complaint about the TPP is the myth that it was negotiated in secret by big business, and we don’t really know what’s in it. However, Tamara Nelson, Illinois Farm Bureau’s point person on trade the agreement is totally transparent, and the entire proposed agreement is right there on the internet.

Trade agreements, like the TPP as well as the decades old NAFTA agreement are taking the blame for a soft job market when most trade experts say the job market would be even softer without them. The major selling point of these agreements is lowering of import tariffs by our trading partners, making their markets more accessible to US exports, thus creating more jobs here at home.


Police agencies team up to boost Labor Day Weekend Safety

You will notice that law enforcement types are less likely to have much time off during the holiday weekend. The Illinois State Police will team up with more than 200 other local departments to enforce the DUI and seat belt law. Sangamon (Sang-uh-mun) County Sheriff Wes Barr warns late nights add extra danger, so police will respond with added personnel in the overnight hours........

13 people died in Labor Day wrecks last year. 


Rauner Thinks Guard Isn't the Answer for Chicago

The level of gun violence in Chicago hasn’t slowed down this summer. But Governor Bruce Rauner isn’t ready to call in the National Guard to help stamp down crime. This week some community leaders made the call again to have the National Guard deployed but Rauner says that even though Father Michael Pfleger is looking for that to be the next step it’s not the right one.

Rauner says that he’s already doing what he can by helping increase State Police patrols on Chicago expressways and giving Chicago Police more surveillance tools.


WKEI Open Line

A variety of topics hit the September 2 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI


Doug Sommer on Tuned IN

Safety Expert Doug Sommer discusses defensive driving during the September 2 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI



Senior Center Breakfast on Saturday

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will host their annual Hog Festival Breakfast on Saturday morning.

The Center is located at 200 East South Street and Director Cassandra Schmoll says it will be a great way to get Saturday morning off and rolling…

Ms. Schmoll adds that the new location has provided the opportunity for more people to take advantage of the breakfast than the previous downtown location…


Labor Day Schedule


Labor Day will be celebrated on Monday and that will be a holiday for many people and will create some schedule changes along the way.

In short, most governmental bodies and many business establishments will be closed. Convenience stores and some retailers will be open and best to check with the various stores to get their holiday schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

All local schools including Black Hawk College facilities will be closed for the Holiday.

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

University of Illinois Extension Offices will also be closed on Monday and Kewanee Public Library will also be closed on Monday. 


Mayor Looney and Hog Days

Mayor Steve Looney will be busy during the Hog Festival Weekend.

Mayor Looney says Saturday in particular will be a busy day…


Chamber of Commerce and Hog Festival on Saturday

The Hog Festival Celebration is upon us and arguably, Saturday is the biggest day of the Holiday Weekend.

One of the biggest events on Saturday of course is the Hog Festival Parade and Mark MIkenas, Executive Director with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce says the weather and all other factors are looking good for Saturday…


Retiring 74th District State Representative Don Moffitt has been selected as this year’s Parade Marshal.

As many people know, the city swells with visitors on Saturday, and just how many is anyone’s best guess.

Mark says they have an unofficial count that is subject to vary from one year to the next…

That’s Mark Mikenas with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce.

A reminder to our listening audience that we will broadcast the parade live on Saturday afternoon beginning at two o’clock.

We will be stationed right on the front lawn of the Schueneman and Tumbleson Funeral Home and we will broadcast the parade on News Talk 1450 WKEI



Kewanee Police Will Start Saturday's Parade

The Kewanee Police Department will start the Hog Festival Parade on Saturday afternoon.

Police Chief Jim Dison will be back in his familiar perch and will sound the bell at two o’clock sharp on Saturday afternoon…

Chief Dison also hopes that everyone will have a great and fun weekend, and he also advises that police will be on the lookout for any offenders over the Holiday…


Illinois-based Growmark releases financial report

The Bloomington-based Growmark cooperative has released its end-of-fiscal year financial reports. The co-op announced estimated fiscal year sales of $7.1 billion, down from $8.7 billion last year. It estimated pretax income at $103 million, down from $134 million in its fiscal year 2016, which ended yesterday. At its annual meeting underway in Chicago, Growmark C-E-O Jim Spradlin attributed the numbers to the current rocky farm economy;

Still, the co-op, which not only operates in Illinois but 39 other states and Ontario, plans to return $52-million in patronage refunds to its member cooperatives and farmer-owners.


Chicago Keeps Adding TV Productions

The Chicago skyline is known the world over and it’s being showcased even more on national television. The number of productions is increasing around the state. Familiar names like Chicago Fire aren’t going anywhere and now new shows are being added. Christine Dudley with the Chicago Film office says the state’s tax credit helps adding productions and the bottom line is Chicago is a great place to film.

The film office can’t provide exact numbers on the jobs create by the productions but says the number is in the thousands. 



Brian Johnson, Director of Parks and Recreation with the Kewanee Park District talks about the Labor Day Golf Tournament during the September 1 edition of People to People on WKEI


WKEI Open Line

Retirement at 65 is one of the topics of discussion during the September 1 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI



Senior Citizens Center on Tuned IN

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll talks about Saturday morning's Hog Festival Breakfast during the September 1 edition of Tuned IN on WKei



Monarch Butterflies

The Monarch butterfly is a fascinating part of Mother Nature and a summer staple in Illinois but there numbers are down this year.

Martha Smith is a Horticulture Educator with the University of Illinois Extension and she says a winter storm is the root cause for that…

Ms. Smith adds that amazingly, those butterflies make the trip on an annual basis…

Ms. Smith says their research was verified and since those butterflies travel a long distance, they need a source of food…


KPL Schedule Update

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

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says they will be open Saturday with an abbreviated schedule…

Ms. Billiet adds that their fall and winter schedule will kick in beginning next week…

The Friends of the Library will also host their annual Book Sale on Saturday morning in downtown Kewanee…


IDOT: Don't Spend Labor Day Weekend In Jail

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and nearly 200 local Illinois law enforcement agencies are urging motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this Labor Day weekend. Police will be out in force in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries during the heavily-traveled holiday. They will be conducting roadside safety checks, impaired-driving patrols and seat-belt enforcement zones.


“A high number of fatal traffic crashes on Illinois roads occur late at night, with an unacceptable amount involving drinking and motorists failing to buckle up, especially during the busy holiday travel periods,” said Priscilla Tobias, director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development. “Please, if you are on the road over the Labor Day weekend, drive sober and buckle up.”


Statistics show during last year’s Labor Day weekend (from 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7) 13 people lost their lives in crashes. Three of those fatalities involved a driver who tested positive for alcohol in their system.


“State police will be out in force with local law enforcement to get drunk drivers off the road during the Labor Day weekend,” said ISP Col. Tad Williams. “Troopers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving and seat belt law violators. Designate a driver before going out, and always buckle up,”


Here are some important safety tips:


· Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

· Use your community’s designated driver program.

· If you are with someone who is impaired, do not let them drive.

· If you are impaired: Call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

· Promptly report impaired drivers, pull over to a safe location and dial 911.

· Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt.


The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day crackdown began Monday, Aug. 22, and continues through the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 6. It is administered by IDOT and supported by ISP local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois.


National Guard Commissions Officers

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/30/2016)(readMedia)-- The Illinois National Guard's 129th Regiment's Regional Training Institute (RTI) Officer Candidate School (OCS) commissioned nine second lieutenants Sunday, Aug. 28.

"I am exceptionally proud," said Maj. Douglas Coop, commander of Illinois' OCS, and a Jacksonville, Illinois, resident. "We produce high-quality lieutenants out of this program. We need units across the state to send us their best enlisted so we can train them to be exceptional lieutenants."

Class 60-15 is the 60th class to graduate from the 129's officer candidate program, which transforms enlisted noncommissioned officers and qualified civilians into Army officers. The OCS program is academic focused and requires candidates to hold a four-year degree. Upon completion of the 18-month school, candidates receive their commissions and are assigned leadership positions in units across Illinois.

"We are ready to go on to the next challenge. I am very excited to see us graduate," said newly-commissioned 2nd Lt. Jaclyn Musgrove, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 766th Brigade Engineering Battalion, and an Auburn, Illinois, resident. "One of the biggest challenges we encountered was trying to maintain motivation amongst our class. Personally, my biggest motivator is my father. We couldn't have done this without friends and family, it means so much to have them here."

Musgrove earned the Erickson Trophy, an award given to the Honor Graduate of each OCS class. The criteria included physical fitness, grades in coursework and leadership ability. Her advice for the next class was to "stay humbled and remember, it's all a learning process designed to get you to that next level."

Brig. Gen. Michael Zerbonia, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, commander of the Illinois Army National Guard and resident of Chatham, Illinois, spoke to the graduates about perseverance.

All leaders will make mistakes, but it's how they handle themselves after that determines a good leader, he said.

Zerbonia administered the Oath of Office and the Oath of Federal Recognition. The pinning ceremony followed, where the Soldier's friends and family pinned the second lieutenant gold bar rank on their shoulders. Once pinned, each lieutenant rendered their first salute to an enlisted service member of their choosing. The Army Song and benediction closed out the graduation.

"This class is full of talented individuals who will one day serve as our replacements," said Zerbonia. "They want to go out and lead Soldiers. They want to excel in the Guard. They want to be the best of the best."

Also receiving a commission during the ceremony were 2nd Lt. Marcus Dunn of Jerome, Illinois, assigned to the 709th Area Support Medical Company in Peoria, Illinois; 2nd Lt. Jody Erickson of Springfield, Illinois, assigned to Joint Force Headquarters in Springfield, Illinois; 2nd Lt. Tom Phetchareune of Urbana, Illinois, assigned to Company D, 766th Brigade Engineer Battalion in Bloomington, Illinois; 2nd Lt. Megan Pool of Chicago, assigned to the 710th ASMC in North Riverside, Illinois; 2nd Lt. Garret Reveal of Tolono, Illinois, assigned to 631st Engineer Company in Sparta, Illinois; 2nd Lt. Alexander Sepanski of Springfield, Illinois, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment in Litchfield, Illinois; 2nd Lt. Timothy Sullivan of Glenarm, Illinois, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment in Litchfield, Illinois; and 2nd Lt. Johnny Vasquez of Loves Park, Illinois, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 123rd Engineer Battalion in Milan, Illinois.


Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals

    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff announces that their Clinical services program is offering area drivers low cost DOT Physicals.  Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and by special arrangement and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.


     The Health Department notes that the Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

· You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

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

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

· Check your pulse and blood pressure

· Perform a vision test

· Observe your general appearance

· Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

· Listen to your heart and lungs

· Check for spine deformities

· Perform a neurological exam

· Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

· Perform a hernia check

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

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