Local News Archives for 2016-10

Safe Roads Amendment gets broad support

When you vote next Tuesday, the first item on the ballot will be the so called ‘Safe Roads Amendment’. The amendment will appear in lengthy legal language. If approved, it will stop the practice in Springfield of sweeping dedicated road construction funds for other uses. Over the past 13 years, over 6.5 Billion dollars, 500 million a year, have been taken from the road fund and put into the general fund.
Todd Maisch (M-eye-sch) is President of the Illinois Chamber of commerce.


The road funds come from dedicated taxes on gasoline and diesel, plus registration and license fees on vehicles. It is a regressive tax in that everyone pays the same, regardless of income, so diverting the money hurts those can afford it the least.
Because of the fund diversion, the USDOT says nearly three fourths of Illinois roads are substandard, the worst in the nation.
Maisch says a broad coalition of business, labor, agriculture and groups from both sides of the aisle support a ‘YES’ vote on the safe roads amendment.


Todd Maisch of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Again, the ‘Safe Roads Amendment’ will be the first item on your ballot next Tuesday

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Safe Roads Amendment gets broad support

When you vote next Tuesday, the first item on the ballot will be the so called ‘Safe Roads Amendment’. The amendment will appear in lengthy legal language. If approved, it will stop the practice in Springfield of sweeping dedicated road construction funds for other uses. Over the past 13 years, over 6.5 Billion dollars, 500 million a year, have been taken from the road fund and put into the general fund.
Todd Maisch (M-eye-sch) is President of the Illinois Chamber of commerce.


The road funds come from dedicated taxes on gasoline and diesel, plus registration and license fees on vehicles. It is a regressive tax in that everyone pays the same, regardless of income, so diverting the money hurts those can afford it the least.
Because of the fund diversion, the USDOT says nearly three fourths of Illinois roads are substandard, the worst in the nation.
Maisch says a broad coalition of business, labor, agriculture and groups from both sides of the aisle support a ‘YES’ vote on the safe roads amendment.


Todd Maisch of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Again, the ‘Safe Roads Amendment’ will be the first item on your ballot next Tuesday

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Warm But Not A Record Setter for Halloween

Halloween weather is on the warm side around the state but it’s far from a record setting night of Trick or Treating. The National Weather Service is predicting pretty balmy weather for kids to go door to door but it pales in comparison to October 31 in 1950. Weather records around the state were set as kids in costumes might have needed the legs cut off of them. Most cities in Illinois saw high temps in the mid 80’s that year.

((Local Records and Averages Below))

Quincy:
Warmest: 88 in 1950
Coldest: 20 in 1925
Normal High: 60

Moline:
Warmest: 85 in 1950
Coldest: 21 in 1913
Normal High: 57

Springfield:
Warmest: 86 in 1950
Coldest: 38 in 1951
Normal High: 60

Peoria:
Warmest: 85 in 1950
Coldest: 14 in 1925
Normal High: 59

Champaign-Urbana
Warmest: 83 degrees in 1950
Coldest: 20 degrees in 1925
Normal High: 59 degrees

Bloomington-Normal
Warmest: 84 degrees in 1950
Coldest: 14 degrees in 1925
Normal High: 58 degrees

Decatur
Warmest: 85 degrees in 1950
Coldest: 17 degrees in 1925
Normal High: 61 degrees

Carbondale
Warmest: 86 degrees in 1950
Coldest: 20 degrees in 1925
Normal High: 65 degrees

Chicago:
Warmest: 84 in 1950
Coldest: 23 in 1873
Normal High: 56

Rockford:
Warmest: 84 in 1950
Coldest: 14 in 1925
Normal High: 56

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Madigan Hears About Absentee Ballots

You’re going to hear plenty about voting and possible fraud over the next week and half and the Illinois Attorney General wants to make sure that voting authorities are doing what they are obligated to do. Lisa Madigan says her office is hearing from people who have requested absentee ballots but have yet to receive one.

Madigan reminds people that you can vote early now throughout the state and you can also wait and vote on Election Day – November 8th.

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Melissa Watkins on PTP

Republican candidate for the position of Henry County Coroner Melissa Watkins is the guest for the October 31 edition of People to People on WKEI

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Cubs Force WS Back to Cleveland

The Chicago Cubs win a World Series Game at Wrigley field for the first time since 1945 and push the series back to Cleveland. The Cubs 3-2 victory last night had their closer Aroldis Chapman pitching a career long 2 and 2/3 innings to get the save. Manager Joe Maddon says that he’d planned for this exact situation before the game.

Cubs and Indians have an off day on Monday with Game 6 Tuesday night from Cleveland.


ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Maddon pulled starting pitcher John Lester after pitching just 6 innings. Lester says he understood Maddon’s decision to get him out of the game early because of the pressure of pitching in the playoffs.

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Halloween in Kewanee

Today is Halloween and the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins and trick or treaters of all stripes later this evening with trick or treat hours of 5-7pm in Kewanee.

Police Chief Jim Dison urges the motoring public to exercise caution when driving the streets later tonight…

As many people know, East Prospect Street in Kewanee is a major hot bed for trick or treaters and Chief Dison says that street will be closed to through traffic from 5-7…

Chief Dison is also hoping that children will get their treats home before digging into them just in case…

Chief Dison also notes that Halloween has become a party night for many adults and again urges caution for the party crowd…

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Geese Strong

The general election of November 8th will include several races and while many are focused nationally on the presidential election, the vote for school consolidation will likely be one of the most important that voters in Kewanee will face.

The position for many on the south side of the Kewanee is to vote against consolidation with the Kewanee School District and the organization known as Geese Strong is strongly urging a no vote.

Larry Schmidt is one of the members of Geese Strong and he says that tax rates are one of the issues that voters will consider and he also says that not all parties are on the same page when it comes to figuring those tax rates…

Mr. Schmidt adds that what voters see on the ballot will not fully represent the entire measure…

Kimber Rose is another member of Geese Strong and she says higher taxes are likely and she also says that both school districts already have good curriculums in place…

  

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Nursing Home Violations for 2016 Third Quarter


 

 

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act recorded during the third quarter of 2016.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

 

The Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.

 

July

Calumet City Terrace, a six-bed intermediate care facility for the developmental disabled located at 1380 River Drive, Calumet City, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $6,250 for failure to conduct a thorough investigation and quality assurance review for an unexpected death, and to ensure any needed corrective action is implemented following the review.  The facility had a preconference hearing October 4, 2016. 

 

Lydia Healthcare, a 412-bed intermediate care facility located at 13901 South Lydia, Robbins, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to identify, supervise, and monitor a resident who was outside during extreme high temperatures, resulting in the resident being hospitalized for heat stroke and acute respiratory failure. The facility waived its right to a hearing and paid $16,250.

 

Manorcare of Oak Lawn East, a 122-bed skilled care facility located at 9401 South Kostner Avenue, Oak Lawn, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide a resident with an ordered medication and failure to identify a resident receiving the wrong medication, resulting in the hospitalization of a resident.  The facility is scheduled for a status conference on October 25, 2016.

 

Metropolis Health Care Center, a 101-bed skilled care facility located at 2299 Metropolis Street, Metropolis, has been cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000 for failure to notify the physician, guardian, and family of a change in the condition of a patient and to provide nursing services for that resident who later died, and failure to get a pharmacy consult for a drug interaction for another resident.  The facility is scheduled for a status conference on October 19, 2016.

 

The Mosaic of Springfield, a 251-bed skilled care facility located at 555 West Carpenter, Springfield, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to assess and monitor a change in a resident’s condition resulting in hospitalization, as well as failure to assess fall risk and implement prevention measures.  The facility waived its right to a hearing and paid $16,250.

 

Salem Village Nursing and Rehab, a 266-bed skilled and intermediate care facility located at 1314 Rowell Avenue, Joliet, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to implement individualized safety/fall prevention measures, to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of those prevention measures, and follow the plan of care, resulting in one resident falling and being taken to the hospital.  The facility had a status conference on October 5, 2016.

 

South Elgin Rehab & HHC, a 90-bed skilled and intermediate care facility located at 746 West Spring Street, Elgin, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise a resident who choked while eating and died. The facility is scheduled for a status conference on October 11, 2016.

 

West Chicago Terrace NH, a 120-bed intermediate care facility located at 928 Joliet Road, West Chicago, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to prevent resident to resident sexual abuse.  The facility waived its right to a hearing and paid $16,250.

 

August

Franklin Grove Living and Rehab, a 132-bed skilled care facility located at 502 North State Street, Franklin Grove, has been cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000 for failure to ensure proper working mechanical equipment was being used to appropriately lift residents, and failure to record the problem so it would not happen again.  The failure resulted in a fall that contributed to a resident’s death.  The facility had a prehearing conference on October 4, 2016.

 

Manor Court of Clinton, a 134-bed skilled care facility located at 1 Park Lane West, Clinton, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to safely transfer a resident resulting in a head injury.  The facility is scheduled for a prehearing conference on October 19, 2016.

 

Paris Health Care Center, a 128-bed skilled care facility located at 1011 North Main Street, Paris, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide supervision for a resident who fell and suffered a fracture to the spine.  The facility paid the $25,000 fine.

 

St. Paul’s Home, a 134-bed intermediate, skilled, and shelter care facility located at 1021 West E Street, Belleville, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise a resident who fell and suffered a hip fracture. The facility is scheduled for a prehearing conference on October 18, 2016.

 

Warren Barr North Shore, a 215-bed skilled care facility located at 2773 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park,  has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to provide cardio pulmonary resuscitation for a resident who had indicated it was to be performed.  The facility is scheduled for a status conference on November 1, 2016.

 

September

 

Cahokia Nursing and Rehab Center, a 150-bed skilled care facility located at 2 Annable Court, Cahokia, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to follow its fire evacuation policy and ensure that all personnel were adequately trained, resulting in 14 residents being taken to the hospital.  The facility is scheduled for a prehearing on October 19, 2016.

 

Way-Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 104-bed skilled care facility located at 305 Northwest 11th Street, Fairfield, has been cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000 for failure to report a change in a condition for two residents requiring tube feeding, leading to aspiration.  The facility is scheduled for a prehearing on November 2, 2016.

 

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E. Prospect in Kewanee To Be Closed For Trick or Treat

The City of Kewanee will be scheduling road closures during the hours of trick or treating on Halloween night, Monday 10/31/16 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

 

For trick or treating safety, East Prospect Street will be closed from Prospect Place (CVS entrance) to South East Street.  Elm Street will be closed between East Oak Street and East Prospect Street.  Drivers can still drive north and south on Vine Street and Ridyard Avenue.  Drivers crossing East Prospect should drive with caution due to the high numbers of trick or treaters.

 

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

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Jobs Being Added In Chicago, Not Downstate

Jobs figures in the state have been stagnant and some downstate communities are losing jobs. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that seven of the states 14 metro areas lost jobs in year over year numbers. IDES Spokesperson Bob Gough says that 42,000 jobs were added in the state but most were in the Chicago area.

Manufacturing continues to see little job growth. The state added jobs in education and the health care fields.

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Kirk's Questionable Comment During Debate with Duckworth

The candidate for US Senate squared off in a televised debate in Springfield on Thursday. Incumbent Republican Mark Kirk is taking heat for a comment made towards Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. She said that she was daughter of the American Revolution and proud her history serving the nation and would want to part of any decision to send troops into battle. Kirk quipped back…

Duckworth’s mother is from Thailand but her she traces her father’s family ancestors back to the earliest days of the country.

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Easy Going to Hendricks To Start Game 3

The Cubs are just hours away from hosting the first World Series game at Wrigley since 1945. They will turn to Kyle Hendricks on the mound. Hendricks lead the National League in ERA this year but his calm and cool demeanor on the mound has attracted plenty of attention. Cubs Manager Joe Maddon says that the easy going nature of Hendricks might carry over to more than just baseball

The Cubs and Indians start game 3 tonight with a 7:08 first pitch. 

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Schwarber Ruled Out of Field for Cubs

The story of the World Series has been a player that hadn’t played in a Major League game since April. Kyle Schwarber game back from a devastating injury to be the team’s designated hitter in games one and two. But will he be able to play the outfield at Wrigley? Theo Epstein, Cubs President of Baseball Operations says he won’t.

Schwarber says even being back is huge achievement and he can contribute as a pinch hitter or in games six or seven if needed.

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Kirk stirs controversy at Senate debate

Last night's debate between U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth at University of Illinois- Springfield went off track at one point. Democrats are lashing out against Kirk for a comment they called offensive, wrong and racist". During a discussion on foreign policy, Duckworth talked about her own military service and how she can trace her family’s military service back to the Revolutionary War, then Kirk responded.....

Duckworth stated that members of her family on her father’s side have served in the U.S. military since the Revolutionary War.

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No Burn Day Saturday in Kewanee

With the Annawan-Wethersfield Titans playoff football game on Saturday, the City of Kewanee has made the decision in advance that Saturday will be a no burn day in Kewanee. 

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Bureau County Road Closure Planned


Please be advised that IDOT notified us of their plan for a culvert replacement at the intersection of CH 27 with Route 6 which will result in an all-day closure on November 1st  for CH 27, aka 2400 East Street.  It is anticipated that it should only take one day to complete this replacement.  If that should change, we will pass the information along to you as soon as we are notified.

 

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KPL Halloween Saturday

Kewanee Public Library will host their annual Halloween Open House on Saturday.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says it’s always a good time for kids of all ages…

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Illinois State Police Continue to Use Aircraft as a Tool to Curb Speeders

 

 

 

East Moline, IL – Illinois State Police District 7 Troopers hit the road and sky last Friday (October 14) to ensure motorists are observing posted speed limits.

 

An Illinois State Police plane and crew visited the area and remained on station for two hours flying above Interstate 80 in the area of mile marker 17 (2 miles west of Geneseo). While on station, the crew called out speed violations to awaiting troopers on the ground. Once a violator was called out, the Trooper acting as the “catch car” would be directed by the air-crew to the speeding vehicle.

 

The spotter in the plane uses an old but proven technique to catch speeders. It is the time/distance equation. Everyone has seen two white hash marks across the lanes in different areas of the interstates and local roads. Those marks are a specific distance apart and allow the spotter to observe a suspected speeder cross the first mark at which time the spotter will start a timer, the spotter will then observe the suspected speeder cross the second hash mark and stop the timer. The spotter plugs that time into a chart to calculate the speed of the vehicle below. It may seem complicated, but a trained Illinois State Trooper can come up with the speed in an instant. He or she will then relay that information to the Troopers below. The advantage to this is there is not an electronic speed detection device used (radar/lidar) making “radar detectors” useless.

 

“Measuring the success of details like this is difficult,” stated Captain Victor Markowski, District 7 Commander,” It is easy to measure the major impact Troopers had on the fourteen individuals issued citations (13 for speed, 1 for child restraint violation), what is immeasurable are the thousands of passing drivers who modified their speed from observing this unique detail.”

 

Utilizing air-speed is just one of many tools available to the Illinois State Police for speed enforcement. Captain Markowski finished, “When we are talking about the deadliest yet most common illegal driving behavior, Speeding, we will continue to use all tools available within our department to keep Illinois roads safe.”

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Halloween Safety Info

Halloween will take place next Monday and that will be an exciting time for kids of all ages.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she says that Halloween has become a big deal for many people…

Ms. Tucker adds that while Halloween can be a fun time, but there are some tips to remember…

Ms. Tucker says that despite all of that, there is even more in the way of safety to keep in mind…

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Local Trick Or Treat Times

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Times

 

Kewanee, Galva, Bishop Hill and Oneida 5-7 Monday, Oct 31

Alpha: 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31

Annawan: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

Colona: 5-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31

Geneseo: 4-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31

New Windsor: 5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31

Orion: 5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31

Toulon, Bradford, LaFayette and Wyoming Monday, Oct 31 5-7 pm  

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Gas prices not an issue in this election

Gasoline prices don’t seem to be much of a topic in this year’s election.
We have seen periodic volatility in oil, and gasoline prices, since the early 1970’s. For the past decade or so, we have seen gas prices occasionally peak above four dollars a gallon. Remember the 2008 election, and all the chants of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’, a call to increase production and drive down oil prices?
Well, since 2008 we have done exactly that. New extraction technology has made the U.S. virtually self-sufficient in energy production. Harry Cooney, energy expert with GrowMark says that has brought us back down to todays two dollar a gallon gas.

Cooney says this doesn’t mean we won’t see some volatility, but OPEC no longer drives the price of oil in the U.S.
So, should farmers looking to book their spring diesel supplies jump on current low prices? Cooney says maybe not, prices could go even lower by the end of the year.

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ISP Wants you Safe on Halloween

The Illinois State Police want everyone to have fun this Halloween weekend but they also need people to obey the law and be safe. That starts with keeping the costume to a minimum when behind the wheel according to ISP Master Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle.

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Cubs and Schwarber Even Series at 1

The Cubs even up the World Series at a game each after a 5-1 victory in Cleveland on Wednesday night. The story of the playoffs has quickly become Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs second year man had last played on April 5th had two runs batted in last night and hit a double in game one. Maddon says that in all his years he’s never seen anything like it.

The Cubs and Indians are off today and both reset and will be ready for game 3 on Friday. It’s the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945.

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Upcoming Chamber Events

The Holiday Season is really not all that far away and with Christmas now less than two months away, seasonal activity will start to pick up.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says that the Chamber is now planning for the Holiday Season…

There is a need for some C9 holiday lights for this year at Windmont and the Chamber is also looking for the annual Christmas Tree for the downtown area which usually measures somewhere in the 25-30 foot high range and approximately 15 feet wide…

The Chamber will also be a host site for the state of Illinois’ Cash Dash Program in early December…

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Ribbon Cutting at BHE This Afternoon

There is a new building at Black Hawk College’s East Campus that is known as the Vet Tech Center.

David Harris is the Coordinator of the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee and he says there will be a ribbon cutting at that building  this afternoon at 4 o’clock…

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Abilities Plus Announces Annual Award Winners

 

 

Over 200 supporters of Abilities Plus gathered October 20, 2016 at the Annawan Banquet Center for the agency’s annual awards dinner.  The evening provided an opportunity to recognize those individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities and delays in Henry and Stark Counties.  The 2016 award winners are:

 

Special Recognition Award – Steve Looney of Kewanee, for 10 years of dedicated service as a volunteer on the agency’s Board of Directors, including a term as President.

 

Civic/Community Award – The Zion United Methodist Church of Hooppole, for consistently providing monthly support to the organization since 2010.  The award was accepted by Rev. Dan Wright.

 

Business Award – Sauk Trail Harley Owners Group serving Kewanee & the surrounding area, for contracting their chapter newsletter to Abilities Plus for many years.  Clients learn skills such as copying, folding, labeling and stamping the newsletters, which provides individuals a chance to complete paid work.  Accepting the award on behalf of the group were Denny & Dianne Packee of Kewanee.

 

Achiever of the Year Award – This year’s recipient is Aaron Frank of rural Annawan.  Aaron works regularly on subcontract jobs and janitorial crews.  When completing these tasks he works hard, is friendly, and has a great sense of humor.

 

Volunteer Award – Donna Rapp of Cambridge, for her diligent efforts as a Resale Shop Volunteer two days per week for the past four years. 

 

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Posthumous Award – Esther DeSplinter, formerly of Geneseo.  Esther was one of four Geneseo Women who founded the Abilities Plus Resale Shop in 1982, and she continued to volunteer at the shop on a regular basis for over 20 years.  Accepting the award was Esther’s grandson, Garett Plumley of Prophetstown.

 

Directors Award – State Representative Don Moffitt of Gilson.  Representative Moffitt has been a staunch supporter of Abilities Plus since entering public office, attending most agency functions and securing a $25,000 state grant for the agency in 2006.

 

 

 

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Planning Commission Meets Tonight

The Planning Commission will meet in Kewanee City Hall, Council Chambers at 401 E. Third Street at 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 27, 2016.    There are two petitions upon which hearings will be conducted.  They are discussed below. 

1:  315 W Second St, Richard Lewis, requesting rezoning from B-3 Business and Wholesale District to B-4 Business District.

2:  222 N. Burr Blvd, Glenna Scott, requesting a special use permit for a beer garden at the South end of the building.

 

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KPD On The Firing Range Tonight

Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison is announcing that the Kewanee Police Department will be conducting a night shoot on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 7 pm until 9 pm.  Residents near the department’s range on the City’s east side will likely hear gunshots during this time frame.  

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Farmers improve environemt and control fertilizer loss

The voluntary Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is helping farmers keep expensive nutrients, especially nitrogen, on the field where it can be used by the crop. But another huge benefit is keeping nitrogen out of our waterways. Jean Payne is president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Assoc.

And if farmers do not limit nitrogen runoff, we may be facing mandatory rules on application in the future. Payne says we will never limit all nitrogen loss, we just need to get it down to tolerable levels.


The best way to limit nitrogen loss is making sure you wait until the soil temperatures are low enough, and likely to stay low enough, using a nitrogen inhibitor like N-Serve and following best management practices for applicant method and rates.

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Long term trend to warmer, wetter weather in Illinois

2016 has been a warm year, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel, and October may be the warmest month of all, compared to historic averages

This trend toward warmer weather is not new. Angel says the trend over the years has been toward warmer weather, especially in the fall, winter and spring. Summer high temperatures have actually declined slightly as summer lows at night have risen. That trend is likely due to higher humidity, says Angel.

The long term trend toward warmer, wetter weather may be due to global warming, ot maybe a long term climate trend that could reverse in the future. But the fact is that 2016 may the new ‘normal’, for now.

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Schock fined for efforts to boost Kinzinger's campaign

Former Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock will pay a $10,000 penalty to the Federal Election Commission. In the 2012 campaign, Schock sought a $25,000 contribution from former Congressman Eric Cantor for a political action committee supporting Congressman Adam Kinzinger. The maximum contribution allowed was $5,000.

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Durbin High Court

Senator Dick Durbin continues to promote the candidacy of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. While the issue has seemingly been moved to the back burner, the approaching election could be a game changer. Durbin says it's possible Senate Republicans could take action on the Garland nomination if Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency but he isn't holding his breath....

Garland is no stranger to the Clintons. He was a deputy assistant attorney general in Bill Clinton's administration before the president appointed him to the DC Circuit.

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Registered Voters Hit 7.9 million

The state hits a recent high in the number of registered voters. Illinois State Board of Elections reports that there 7.9 million registered and active voters in the state. The number is about 100,000 higher than in 2008 and the highest total since 1970, 

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Enrolling Now For Medicare

Seniors have the opportunity to enroll in or review their Medicare coverage. Open enrollment is underway. The Illinois Department on Aging says they have Senior Health Insurance Program specialists throughout the state that can help make difficult or confusing decisions easier. Sandy Leith (leeth) notes you have plenty to consider when planning for next year.

During open enrollment seniors can adjust Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage, switch plans, join a prescription drug plan or alter other decisions.

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KHS Fan Bus For Saturday


 There will be a fan bus going to the Kewanee High School playoff game at Chicago Phillips Academy High School, on Saturday, Oct. 29th. The bus/es will leave Kewanee High School at 3:30pm. You can sign up by calling the high school office at 853-3328 or coming out to the office. Students are $2.00, Adults are $3.00, and senior citizens are free.

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BHE Fall Ag Visit

 – Join Black Hawk College on Friday, Nov. 4 for a day focused on agriculture at Fall Ag Visit Day at the college’s East Campus.

 

The event will showcase the East Campus’ agriculture, animal science, auto mechanics, equine, veterinary assisting/technology and welding programs.

 

Prospective students and their parents are invited to take a campus tour, meet faculty, students and alumni, and participate in breakout sessions and hands-on activities. Lunch will be provided.

 

Black Hawk College East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee.

 

RSVP by Friday, Oct. 28 at www.bhc.edu/go. For more information, call 309-854-1724.

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Applications Being Accepted For Kewanee Prison

Applications for employment with the next opening of the Kewanee prison are currently being accepted.

Mayor Steve Looney says those apps can be picked up at City Hall…

Mayor Looney observes that there has been quite a span relative to the prison over the last several months…

City Manager Gary Bradley notes that applying for those positions is fairly easy and he also notes that training for those guard positions will be provided…

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NAM, Illinois Manufacturers' Association and Caterpillar Inc. Award Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) for Supporting Manufacturing


 

Washington, D.C., October 24, 2016 - Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Caterpillar Inc. presented Rep. Darin LaHood the  NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event hosted by Illinois Manufacturers' Association in Springfield, IL.

"Representative LaHood hit the ground running to support manufacturing in the United States. He's been a staunch supporter of expanding exports and trade, reforming our broken tax code and many more job creating policies. Representative LaHood possesses a deep understanding of how important manufacturing is to his district, to the state of Illinois, and to our entire nation. His commitment goes beyond just words to both action and leadership and Caterpillar is proud to present him this award," said Kathryn Karol, vice president with responsibility for Global Government and Corporate Affairs for Caterpillar Inc.

"Darin LaHood is a strong champion for Illinois manufacturing companies that employ 570,000 workers in our state," said Greg Baise, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association. "Darin understands that American manufacturing ingenuity and innovation helped build our great nation and he is committed to ensuring that we have a strong business climate to encourage growth and job creation in the future."

"I am honored to accept the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence," said United States Representative Darin LaHood, (R-IL-18). "The role played by manufacturers in our backyard, like Caterpillar, is critical to the economic viability of our state. Central and West Central Illinois is home to some of the most innovative and successful manufacturers in the nation. However, for far too long the policies coming out of Washington have continued to over tax and over regulate these manufacturers, which have had severe impacts on small communities throughout the 18th District. I am proud to receive this award and I will continue to be the strong advocate for common-sense bi-partisan solutions that will put our manufacturers on a path towards continued growth and job creation."

"Manufacturing in Illinois and across the country is changing lives for the better-through the jobs we create and the products we make. Manufacturing is about improving the human condition, one innovation at a time," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "Rep. LaHood is helping to make our success possible by standing with manufacturers when it matters and casting the right votes.

"Manufacturers employ over 12 million men and women in the U.S., who are making everything from lifesaving medicines to the most cutting edge technology," Timmons continued. "The strength of manufacturing in America is responsible for the success of America in the world. When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds, so Rep. LaHood's consistent support for manufacturing means is supporting a better future for all Americans."      
        

Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM's Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here.

          

 

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Meet The Candidates

Bill Butts

Democratic Candidate for 74th District State Representative                                      Illinois General Assembly

Martin Rothschild, Henry County Candidate for Coroner

Cordially invite you to a

Meet and Greet

CANDIDATES FOR HENRY COUNTY BOARD

DISTRICT 1                                                                DISTRICT 2

JoAnne Hillman                                          Jerry Thompson

Asa DeSmith                                                            Ted Sturtevant

Bill Womac                                                  John Sovanski

Don Thorsen                                                James Findley

Paula Simosky                                             Adam Sovanski

 

GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY

THURSDAY   OCTOBER 27, 2016

5 -  7  P.M.

KEWANEE AMERICAN LEGION

1509 Railroad Avenue,

 Kewanee, Illinois

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Comptroller candidates face off in lone tv debate

The spirited race for Illinois Comptroller reaches a key moment tonight as the two major candidates will face off in their lone televised debate. GOP incumbent Leslie Munger and Democrat Susana Mendoza will go toe to toe this evening on Chicago's WTTW-TV. The comptroller's office has drawn extra attention this election cycle because of the state's budget impasse.

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Mendoza talks money in Comptroller's race

When it comes to fundraising for a statewide constitutional office, it's usually a story of go big or go home. Democratic Comptroller candidate Susana Mendoza believes some lines have been crossed though in her race with incumbent Leslie Munger.....

Mendoza went on to call Comptroller Munger a wholly owned subsidiary of the Governor's office. Munger has maintained that Mendoza is beholden to House Speaker Mike Madigan.

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Durbin discusses early voting

Senator Dick Durbin isn't just a spectator when you talk about early voting, he's a participant. Durbin believes the surge in early voting may have a lot to do with the ongoing Presidential race, but he also believes practicality is a big factor as well...

Now, some voters can cast their ballot at permanent polling places other than your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners office. https://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/earlyvotinglocations.aspx

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Trick Or Treat Trail On Wednesday

Black Hawk College’s East Campus will be the site once again this year for the annual Trick or Treat Trail. The Halloween fun will be held at the East Campus on Wednesday evening with no admission fee involved.

David Harris is the Outreach Coordinator at the College’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee and he says it’s an annual event that attracts large numbers of area children for Halloween Treats…

No doubt the kids and their parents have a lot of fun but the staff at the college also has a great deal of fun with the event.

So the next question has to be, “just who has the most fun?” …

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Self Driving Vehicles

The world of self-driving cars and trucks continues to move forward and when they become a reality on area roadways is anyone’s best guess.

Safety expert Doug Sommer from Pekin is like many of us when he expresses doubts about that technology…

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Barack Obama Endorses U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos

 

 

MOLINE, IL - Today, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, running for reelection in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, announced the endorsement of Barack Obama.

 

Obama called Cheri Bustos “a fighter for the middle class,” and cited her work to “keep our country safe, protect Social Security and Medicare, and make college more affordable” for working families.

 

“I’m proud to endorse Cheri Bustos for the United States House of Representatives,” said Obama. “In Congress, Cheri has had my back as we’ve worked to make the country stronger, safer, and fairer for Illinois families - and now I have her back. Cheri Bustos is a fighter for the middle class, and knows we need to build on the economic progress that workers and businesses have made in recent years. Cheri has stood with me as we’ve worked to keep our country safe, protect Social Security and Medicare, and make college more affordable. I’ve counted on Cheri Bustos, and Illinoisans can, too.”

 

“Throughout the last eight years, Barack Obama has always been a fighter for middle class families, and I am honored to accept his endorsement,” said Cheri Bustos. “As your Congresswoman, I’ll continue working to protect Social Security and Medicare, invest in our schools and grow our manufacturing economy so we can create more good-paying jobs for Illinois’ hardworking families.”

 

Congresswoman Bustos has also been endorsed by Joe Biden. She has also earned the endorsement of several organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Sierra Club and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Last Tuesday, she received the first newspaper endorsement in the 17th Congressional District from the Peoria Journal Star.

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Retired Teachers to Meet

The Henry/Stark Counties Retired Teachers  will meet Wednesday November 9, 2016 at the First Congregational Church  218 North Henderson Toulon, Il  61483.  The afternoon will begin with a noon luncheon.  Reservations are due to Margaret Blakey at P.O. Box 253 Toulon, Il 61483 or 309.286.3142 on or before November 2, 2016.  The cost of the luncheon is $10.

Toulon resident and Vietnam Veteran Sam Rice will present the program.

All Henry/Stark County retired teachers are invited to attend.  First time attendees, with reservation, are luncheon guests

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Drug Take Back A Success

Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison is extending a round of thanks to  everyone who took time from one of their past two Saturdays to participate in the drug takeback initiative.  On October 15th during the city wide cleanup event, 84.5 lbs of unwanted drugs were turned in the the Police Department.  On October 22nd, another 50 lbs was collected for a total of 134.5 lbs. 

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Elevators trying to keep up with rapid harvest

As this years big harvest comes in, grain elevators are, as usual using temporary and emergency storage to hold all that grain.

Jeff Adkisson is exec V.P. of the Grain and Feed Assoc. of Illinois, representing grain elevators across the state. The volume of grain handled this time of year is enormous, with a farmer filling a semi with corn every four or five acres.
In addition, modern, larger, harvesting equipment means the crop comes in faster every year and that puts a strain on elevators to handle that much grain, more rapidly, every year.

Jeff Adkisson of the Grain and Feed Assoc of Illinois.

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No Change in Prep for Cubs

Cubs fans spent the weekend celebrating the teams win that sends them to the World Series and the Cubs are trying to dry off after a Champagne soaked party in the clubhouse on Saturday night. As game one looms just a day away for the North Siders, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon says he wants his team to remain on the same path they have been all season.

Cubs and Indians will start the World Series on Tuesday in Cleveland. The American League won the All Star game this year so they have home field advantage.

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon says as the team absorbs the win they have so many different people to think about.

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White Wants Kids To Be Safe Behind the Wheel During Police Stops

Attention is being spent on teen driving safety this month and now the Secretary of State Jesse White wants kids to think about more than just what they do when the car is moving. White is also spreading the message of how to react when being pulled over by police. White, an African American, says teens need to listen to instruction and take things slow when cops are giving directions.

Traffic stops aren’t the only thing White wants kids to be prepared for. He also wants them to stop texting while driving and obeying the speed limit.

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Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals


    The Henry County Health Department staff reminds area residents 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. 

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Recent Car Burglaries

A recent rash of car burglaries in Henry County has authorities scrambling to find out who is responsible.

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla says in the meantime, simply locking your car doors at night will go a long way toward alleviating further thefts…

Sheriff Padilla notes that thieves typically move quickly in a hit and run fashion and a locked door throws the thieves off and keeps them moving to the next destination…

With colder weather and winter on the way many people will leave their vehicle running while they go into a store for a quick purchase.

Sheriff Padilla says that’s another invitation to trouble…

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Mental Health Walk

Approximately 300 people gathered on a beautiful autumn afternoon Sunday at Windmont Park in Kewanee for the 2nd annual Mental Health Walk.

The event was held to help bring awareness to the issues of mental health and suicide and was spearheaded by Beth Smith from the Henry and Stark County Health Departments along with Deann Schweitzer and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance.

And while the topic at hand is a serious issue, not only locally but across the nation, the mood on Sunday, while at times very somber, was generally speaking very light hearted and festive.

Several speakers who have suffered from depression issues in one manner or another over their lifetimes addressed the audience with heart felt and touching stories to highlight the difficulties they have faced yet with an overtone that said, yes you can find ways to overcome these problems.

While not making light of those things that have happened in their lives, they all wanted to share their stories and let the audience know that there are people that are suffering everyday, with statistics indicating that as many as 25% of the general population suffer from issues of depression.

One of the highlights of the day was a guest appearance by former NFL player Devin Wyman who lit up the crowd with a motivational talk and also led the way with the lap around the lagoon at Windmont for the Mental Health Walk.

Mr. Wyman will be at various schools in the area this week to offer his motivational perspective.

Another interesting facet occurred when Devin, along with 74th District Congressional candidate Dan Swanson both did 11 push-ups each along-side of one another echoing a national effort to remember the fact that on average, 22 military veterans are committing suicide on a daily basis.

A live auction and a silent auction were also held and quite a number of refreshments and food items were also served.

As the event began to wind down around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, event organizers termed the outing a great success and were already sketching early plans for another event next year.

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Red Cross Training

 

The American Red Cross is recruiting new volunteers and offering a special fast-track training option for individuals interested in deploying to help with the Hurricane Matthew response efforts.

 

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will be hosting a second “HotShot” training event for new volunteers on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Moline. Registration is required for the “HotShot” training. To register, contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

“We have an ongoing need for disaster volunteers locally and nationally and this gives new volunteers the opportunity to be ready to respond much more quickly,” said Amber Wood, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. “Volunteering with the Red Cross is such an incredible experience—the feeling you get from helping others is just hard to put into words.”

 

“HotShot” is a one-day training that will provide new volunteers with the skills needed to be a part of the Hurricane Matthew response. Upon completion of the “HotShot” training, new volunteers will be eligible to deploy to help with the Hurricane Matthew response.

 

“HotShot” attendees will complete two online courses that will introduce information pertaining to disaster services and care of those who have experienced a natural disaster. The first online course is the Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, which discusses how disaster services helps individuals, families and communities prepare for disasters, as well as help them to respond to and recover from disasters. The second online course is Mass Care: An Overview and it will educate new volunteers on the multiple services that are provided to those who have been affected by disaster. 

 

At the training, new volunteers will complete Shelter Fundamentals, which introduces the guidelines and procedures that are necessary for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. “Hot Shot” attendees will also complete Psychological First Aid, which will provide insight necessary to understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the people they serve. 

 

If you have ever thought about becoming a Red Cross Volunteer, now is the time—the need is great. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, or to register for the “HotShot” training, please contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

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Spooky Contacts Can Create Problems

If you’re into dressing up for Halloween the desire is there to push your costume to the next level. And that may include wearing contacts that change the look of your eyes. But it’s illegal to buy or sell those non prescription lenses. Eye doctors say that wearing them can result in an infection or worse. The Illinois Optometric Association President Christine Allison says if you need contacts you should see an eye doctor.

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Rizzo Uses Different Bat to Hit Home

As the Cubs prep for game 5 of the NLCS they are feeling a little better. Scoring 10 runs last night certainly helps. They also saw one of their best players start hitting. Anthony Rizzo hit a homer and had three runs knocked in. Rizzo says though after two early strikeouts he wanted to change something up. So he grabbed Matt Szczur’s bat from the rack

Cubs and Dodgers game 5 tonight. John Lester starts for the Cubs. 

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Senators Try to Put Limits on Agency Directors

A bipartisan effort is underway to keep top officials in state government from politicking for a candidate. A pair of Senators, Democrat Andy Manar and Republican Sam McCann want to reign in the ways agency directors can campaign for political candidates. Manar calls it an ethics loophole.

McCann says the new law would allow for the individual to support a candidate with money or other support but they could not appear in paid advertising.

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Hike The Hennepin On Sunday


 

The Friends of the Canal are holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, October 23.

This month's hike will be from Bridge 47 to Lock 33 (Guard Lock) on the Feeder Canal. This portion of the "Hike the Hennepin" is 4.9 miles in length and it has been named the "Indigo Bunting".

We will meet at Bridge 45 access at 1:30 pm, where we will follow the leader to Lock 33; from there we will be shuttled to Bridge 47 to begin our hike. Bridge 45 is located on Route 40 across from the Days Inn in Rock Falls.

The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs. You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress weather appropriately.

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:

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

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

Next hike: November 20

Hike route: Bridge 23 to Bridge 28 Length: 5.0 miles Meet at: Br. 23(IL Rt. 78)

Hike name: Muskrat

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Election Info

The November 8th general election will be here before we know it and several races from the Presidential Election down to the local level will appear on the ballot.

Henry County Clerk and Recorder Barb Link says early voting is already underway at various points around the County…

Ms. Link adds that grace period voting is also one of the options currently on the table…

Recent statistics indicate that many voters stay home and do not cast a vote at election time.

Ms. Link says that in addition to the consolidation issue in Kewanee, there are several other key local races to consider…

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Upcoming Candidates Forums


The League of Women Voters of the Kewanee Area will host two candidates forums on November 1 and 2 at Kewanee City Hall, 300 E. Third Street, at 7 p.m.  This event will be televised live on Comcast Cable TV on channel 13. 

  

For the Tuesday, November 1 forum, the League has invited the candidates for the office of Henry County Board District II.  Also, a representative of the Henry County Board will present information on the Henry County Public Safety Sales Tax referendum.  

 

For the Wednesday, November 2 forum, candidates have been invited for the offices of Henry County Circuit Clerk, Coroner, State's Attorney, 37th District State Senator, and 74th District State Representative.  

 

The forum will follow a strict format. For the competitive races of County Board, Coroner, and State Representative, the candidates will make opening statements.  Then the candidates will answer questions from the audience and the LWV moderator.  Closing statements are then presented. 

 

For the other races which are noncompetitive, the candidates will only give a statement.  

 

People who cannot attend the forum in person may participate by mailing questions for only the competitive races to Sharon Deahl, at 16 NW 3rd ST, Galva, IL 61434.  The name of the candidate or candidates who are to answer the question must be listed.  If the names of candidates are not listed, all the candidates will answer.  This submission must be signed by the questioner.  The League reserves the right to determine if a question is appropriate.  

 

The candidates are invited to stay afterwards to mingle with the audience and refreshments will be provided.  

 

Please take time and vote this November 8!   Indeed, every vote does count.  For a list of candidates in all races in Henry County go to www.henrycty.com and go to the elections department.  


 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose main purpose is to help the public become better informed.

 

CONTACT

Carla Hillman, president 

League of Women Voters of the Kewanee Area 

852-5215, hillmanc@bhc.edu

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Wethersfield Class Lunch

The Wethersfield High School Class of 1952 will meet Tuesday, October 25th a 11:30 at P.L. Damrons

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Unemployment rate holds at 5.5% Manufacturing Jobs Continue Multi-Year Decline


                                                             

CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate in September held at 5.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by 7,400 jobs over the month, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES. Job growth is still below the national average, with Illinois -38,800 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000. 

“Job growth has been uneven over the past several months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Even with net job growth this year, Illinois still lags the nation in its recovery from the recession.” 

“While we are seeing growth for some in the service sector, Illinois continues to lose middle class manufacturing jobs,” Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Acting Director Sean McCarthy said. “In the last year, Illinois has lost 12,000 manufacturing jobs. That’s an average of 1,000 families losing vital income every month, while manufacturing grew nationally. We need reforms to make sure these families aren’t left behind.”

In September, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Professional and Business Services (+5,100); Educational and Health Services (+1,500); and Other Services (+1,200). The three industry sectors with the largest declines in employment were: Financial Activities (-1,300); Manufacturing (-800); and Leisure and Hospitality (-500).

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +43,400 jobs with the largest gains in two industry sectors: Professional and Business Services (+23,500); and Leisure and Hospitality (+21,600). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines in September include: Manufacturing (-12,700) and Information Services (-4,000). The +0.7 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is less than the +1.7 percent gain posted by the nation in September.

The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for September 2016, which inched up to 5.0 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.4 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.9 percent.  The unemployment rate stands at its lowest (for the second straight month) since January 2008. The number of unemployed and the labor force edged down over-the-month, the fifth consecutive drop this year.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -0.9 percent from the prior month to 360,500, down -5.4 percent over the same month for the prior year. The number of unemployed persons stands at its lowest level since September 2007. The labor force grew by +0.8 percent in September over the prior year, but decreased -0.1 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 63,057 resumes were posted and 175,741 help wanted ads were available.

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Keeping Massages On the Up and Up

A number of people think it’s a relaxing way to spend an hour or so but the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation wants to make sure it’s also legal. If you get a massage in the state the individual giving it is supposed to be a licensed therapist. It ensures proper training and a fingerprint background check. The effort says Terry Horstman with IDPFR is to cut down on possible criminal activity.

Newly issued licenses now contain a QR code so you can check the legitimacy of the license with your smart phone.

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Senators Try to Put Limits on Agency Directors

A bipartisan effort is underway to keep top officials in state government from politicking for a candidate. A pair of Senators, Democrat Andy Manar and Republican Sam McCann want to reign in the ways agency directors can campaign for political candidates. Manar calls it an ethics loophole.

McCann says the new law would allow for the individual to support a candidate with money or other support but they could not appear in paid advertising.

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Historic Coliseum Closed on State Fairgrounds

The Illinois State Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds has been closed after engineers inspected the building and found structural deficiencies. The Coliseum was set to hold a horse show this weekend. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says for safety reasons they have decided to close the building until repairs can be made. The IDOA says that they are waiting on final engineering reports to determine the extent of the damage and how long the building will be closed. Republican State Rep. Tim Butler, whose district includes the fairgrounds says a long await fair foundation will help improve structures on the grounds but more money is needed.

The Coliseum was built in 1901 and was last refurbished in 1958.

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Debate Producer Says They Don't Move Voters As Much

A visiting Monmouth College professor is serving as a good resource for the presidential debate season. Joe Angotti helped produce three of them for NBC. He says unfortunately, debates don’t have the same pull with voters like they used to….

Angotti is a former executive producer for NBC Nightly News and worked on the 1976, 1980 and 1988 presidential debates.

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LaHood Recives IFB Friend of Ag Award

Congressman Darren LaHood of Peoria stopped by our studios this week where the IFB Board of Directors awarded LaHood the ‘Friend of Agriculture’ award.

LaHood, son of longtime congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, was elected last year in a special election.
LaHood said one big accomplishment in his first year in Congress was passage of the WRDA bill.

LaHood hopes to see a vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership after the election, but admits it is a tough sell with the current political climate.
Congressman Darren LaHood…recipient of the IFB ‘Friend of Agriculture’ award.

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Radio Station WKEI (FM) Kewanee changes to 100.1 and gets a significant power increase.

WKEI has expended its coverage on the FM Dial. Regional Media Virden Broadcasting, owners of WKEI announced the changes to the WKEI listening experience.

 

WKEI FM formally at 104.3 on the dial will move to 100.1FM by the end of the day on October 19, 2016. The move also comes with a significant power increase equal to 16 times its current level. The move is to enhance the WKEI listening experience over its multiple county coverage 24 hours a day.

 

Regional Media President and CEO Fletcher Ford said, “WKEI has been a longtime staple in the community, and we are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to improve the station.” Mr. Ford also thanks the engineering staff, and attorneys for working to make the changes possible.

 

WKEI was the first AM station in Illinois to simulcast on the FM dial, paving the way for many stations.

 

“We have replaced the aging WKEI antenna, audio processing, cabling, transmitter, and various other components to provide a higher quality and more robust listening experience” according to Wayne R. Miller, Regional Media Virden Broadcasting's Chief Engineer.

 

WKEI also unveiled a new station logo for WKEI talkradio, spotlighting the 100.1FM frequency. (attached)

 

Regional Media Virden Broadcasting has made significant investments into equipment following its purchase by Mr. Ford in 2013. Hog Country 102.5 WJRE has been updated to high efficiency High Definition, Kewanee’s own MY102! was launched, WKEI’s AM transmitter was updated, along with all new audio processing, and other components for each station as well.

 

Additional improvements scheduled before the end of 2016 include a complete remodel of the WKEI and WJRE broadcast studios on Division Street in Kewanee.

 

Regional Media Virden Broadcasting owns and operates multiple broadcast properties in various parts of Iowa and Illinois. For more information on Regional visit www.regionalmedia.info

 

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Governor Rauner Looking to Cut Red Tape

Governor Bruce Rauner held a press conference on Monday during which he called for an ease on restrictions across the state of Illinois. The Governor says he wants to cut red tape in hopes of creating a more friendly business climate across the state. Reporter Kim Howard files this report. 

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Cubs Tied 1-1 But Not Hitting

The Chicago Cubs enter tonight’s game in Los Angles tied 1-1 in the NLCS. So far a number of Cubs have yet to hit very much in the playoffs. First baseman Anthony Rizzo has just one hit in the postseason. What are they going to do to try and fix the problem? Cubs Manager Joe Maddon says it won’t be wholesale changes.

The Cubs and Dodgers have a 7:10 first pitch tonight. Cubs throw Jake Arrieta and the Dodgers send Rich Hill to the mound. 

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Frerichs Says State is Missing Out on Millions

The State of Illinois is missing out on investment dollars. That's the view of Treasurer Michael Frerichs, who is saddened by the lack of a full term state budget.....

Frerichs estimates the state missed out on 5.5 million dollars more in investment income in the most recently completed quarter. 

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Update On Saturdays City Wide Clean Up For Kewanee

A quick update on how the cleanup efforts went.  There was a great showing, with more than 300 vehicles taking part in the event.  They collected more than 13,500 pounds of scrap metal and in excess of 60,000 pounds of other junk and debris.  The event could not have happened without the help of OSF Healthcare, which allowed use of the site, Murphy’s Container Service, which donated the use of containers and hauled them, and Cernovich’s Salvage for facilitating the quick removal of the scrap metal.  The city would like to thank Boss Gloves for donating work gloves, Culligan for their donation of bottled water, and of course the volunteers who gave their time to help make the event such a success.

Work will soon begin on a spring-cleanup event that will hopefully be bigger and better.

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October 17th Tuned In Visited with the Ladies of OSF

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October 17th Open Line

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October 17th People 2 People

Today on people to people Wethersfield Superintendent Shane Kazubowski 

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LGBT Community Wants Candidates to Address Criminal-Justice Issues

With just over three weeks to go before the November 8 election, advocates backing a variety of issues are urging people to get out and vote. 

One issue that hasn't gotten much coverage in the presidential campaign, according to Isaiah Wilson external affairs manager with the National Black Justice Coalition, is the high number of people in the LGBT community - especially people of color - who are ending up in the country's jails and prisons. He said it's important to support candidates who will back legislation to improve people's lives. 

"We need to vote and use the powers that democracy gives us in this nation to really hold those in authority accountable," Wilson said. "So, that looks like electing folks who have committed to criminal justice reform, specifically addressing the issues that show up time and time again for our community."

Wilson cited a report from early 2016 called, "Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People of Color." It found that that population faced greater challenges in accessing legal counsel, obtaining pretrial release, and getting a fair sentence.

Some strides have been made to protect the LGBT community, Wilson said, but there's still a long way to go. Whichever candidate wins the White House, he said, they need to make sure more protections are in place. 

"The Obama Administration has done more for LGBT equality than all of the former administrations combined," Wilson said. "So, it's important - whoever does get into office - that they are able to build on that when it comes to marriage equality, when it comes to even expounding upon the robust hate crime legislation that President Obama signed as soon as he got into office."

LGBT young people who are black reported that they are frequently singled out by police, Wilson said. And transgender women of color complain that officers frequently assume they are engaged in prostitution. 

Wilson said that it is important for LGBT people of color to be included in conversations about necessary changes in police culture and establishing trust between communities and law enforcement. 

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Henry County Sheriff's Make Arrests

The Henry County Sheriff's Office announced three arrests over the weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, 28 year old Teresa Johnson of Kewanee was arrested on Sunday at 511 South Main Street on a Henry County warrant. No word what the arrest was for. Johnson was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

Three people were arrested and a juvenile remanded to the custody of parents following a traffic stop on Fisher Avenue and 3rd Street on Saturday. According to the Henry County Sherriff's Office, 47 year Matthew Copple of Toulon was stopped for speeding, 41 in in a 30 mile per hour zone. The stop led to Copple's arrest on a Stark County Warrant for failure to appear. 22 year old passenger Chelsie Shawn of Bradford was also arrested on a Failure to Appear charge, as well as Possession of Meth, Retail Theft, and Trespassing charges. 33 year old John Hufnagel of Kewanee, also a passenger, was also arrested on a Possession of Controlled Substance charge while an unnamed 17 year old passenger was also charged with Possession before being turned over to their mother. Bond has been set for the three adults at the Henry County Jail. 

 

On Friday night Henry County Sheriff's Deputies were called to 114 W. F Street in Alpha to investigate a Domestic Disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputies arrested 34 year old Daniel Bubon of Alpha on a Rock Island County warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and was cited for driving without a valid license. Bubon posted $1500 bond and was released. 

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Open Line

WKEI Open Line for October 14

 

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ISP Dist 7 August Activity

Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of August 2016, Troopers handled 1279 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 167 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

          Criminal activities during the month included no persons apprehended for being wanted on outstanding warrants and 24 arrested for other criminal offenses.

 

          Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 170 drivers arrested for speeding and 32 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 11, while 5 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 351 traffic citations and 424 written warnings to motorists during the month.

 

          Troopers and weight inspectors issued 78 citations for overweight loads and issued zero written warnings for overweight violations.

 

          District Seven Troopers handled 35 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There was one fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers. 

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New Kewanee Restaurant Provides Job Opportunities

A new restaurant will be opening soon in Kewanee and that will also provide some job opportunities for area residents.

The new restaurant will be known as the Broken Chimney and located on the south side of the city in the building that housed R.J. Boars at 618 Tenney Street.

Andrew Speck is the General Manager of the new eatery and he outlines some of the items that will be on the menu…

The Broken Chimney is expected to open to the public right around Thanksgiving and will be open seven days a week. Tentative hours for the operation will be 11 am til 9 pm Monday through Thursday and 11 am til 10 or 11 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The new restaurant will also provide some job opportunities and Mr. Speck says they will holding a job fair on Saturday at their Tenney Street location…

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Wethersfield Schedules Veterans Day Program

 

To recognize the achievements, courage and dedication of the Veterans from our community, Wethersfield School District will be hosting a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday, November 11 beginning at 1:30pm in our Elementary Gym.  The assembly will feature guest speaker Major Alison Tomlinson Anders- U.S. Air Force.  Major Anders is a 1998 graduate of Wethersfield High School, and will be speaking on “Service to Country” and “What it Means to Be a Veteran”.  Community members are invited to attend the assembly, but must RSVP to the Wethersfield Unit Office at 853-4860 or with Jerry Thompson at the Kewanee American Legion.

As a special “Thank You” to all of our Veterans, Wethersfield will be hosting a Veteran’s Reception, just prior to the assembly, at 1:00pm in the Elementary Library.  Snacks, coffee and soft drinks will be provided.

Veterans in attendance at the assembly will be introduced by name and military branch by Representative Don Moffitt.  Veterans wishing to be recognized during our assembly should 1) attend the Veteran’s Reception at 1:00pm in the Elementary Library 2) phone the Wethersfield Unit Office at 853-4860 and provide their name and military branch or 3) See Jerry Thompson at the Kewanee American Legion.

Lastly, we are putting together a digital slideshow of our local military men and women and would like our community’s assistance.  If you have military pictures of you; or of your sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, etc. who are currently serving or who have served in the past, we would like to include the pictures in our slideshow. By NOVEMBER 4, we ask that you e-mail an electronic copy of the picture(s) to cdana@geese230.com or drop copies of the pictures off to the Wethersfield Unit Office. In submitting the picture(s) please include name and military branch.

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Abilities Plus Achiever Of The Month

John Selman of Kewanee was nominated by his peers, and then recognized by clients and staff at Abilities Plus as Achiever of the Month for September. John has been involved with Abilities Plus during most of the agency’s history, and received this distinction because of his helpfulness with others, along with good progress on individual goals.

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Upcoming Disaster Training

The Kewanee Salvation Army is offering a disaster training seminar to interested individuals later this month.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says recent events around the country illustrate the need for advance preparation…

Ms. Bolls adds that there is a very minimal cost for those attending the program…

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State Regulator Warns Halloween Colored Contacts Could Permanently Damage Your Eyes


 

 

CHICAGO — With the Halloween season upon us, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous. In recent years, illegally-purchased colored contacts have flooded the retail market during Halloween and are most often found at malls, beauty supply stores and via online websites. These lenses are often made overseas in non-FDA approved facilities with tinting materials that may be toxic to the eye.  Without a proper examination and fitting, colored contacts can cause damage to the eye, including blindness.

 

IDFPR licenses an estimated 2,300 optometrists and hundreds of ophthalmologists in Illinois.  Many have reported seeing patients who have suffered from infections or corneal scratches as a result of contact lens problems.  Because contact lenses sit directly on the cornea and could potentially limit the amount of oxygen reaching the eye, all contact lenses pose some risk to wearers.  By requiring lenses to be fitted and sold by professionals, that risk is limited and managed.

 

In addition to scratches from ill fitting lenses, bacteria build within the eye very rapidly and can cause infections.  Some types of bacteria can cause permanent scarring within twenty hours of the outbreak, if left untreated.  While the infection may look like pinkeye,an easily treated eye infection, contact lenses can cause eye ulcers which must be treated with strong antibiotic medicine.  If left untreated, ulcers can cause partial or total irreversible blindness.

 

 

Because the health risk is serious and most of the customers seeking cosmetic contact lenses are teens and young adults, IDFPR is partnering with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Public Health to alert teachers, administrators and health care professionals in every school district and county in the state about the serious health and vision problems facing young people and warning signs to look for in their students and patients. 

 

Sales of contact lenses to consumers without a valid prescription are considered the unlicensed practice of optometry and subject to cease and desist orders and civil fines of up to $10,000. Illinois residents are encouraged to notify state officials if they see lenses for sale at retail outlets that do not require a prescription from a licensed eye-care professional.  Consumers can file complaints atwww.idfpr.com or by calling our consumer hotline number at 1-888-4REGUL8 (1-888-473-4858).

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Trout Season Starts Soon

Anglers in Illinois can warm up over the next few days before the official start of trout season. Until October 15th anyone fishing can catch and release trout and starting Saturday they can keep what they catch. If you want to go fly fishing for trout you will need a valid fishing license and trout stamp says Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Tim Schweizer.

IDNR has stocked more than 80,000 trout in state waterways to prepare for the fishing season.

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Illinois Football Not Too Lax Under Smith

The Illinois football team rolled up a 125 yards in penalties last week against Purdue. It might have been the difference in a game that was decided by 3 points. Head Coach Lovie Smith says that the team needs to be better disciplined, but he bristled at the question that he’s been too lax with the team and hasn’t been tough enough on them.

Illinois is preparing now for trip to New Jersey to play Rutgers.

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Illinois Will Remain Warmer Than Normal

Weather in Illinois has been warmer and dryer than normal this fall and that looks to continue. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that looking forward the state in general will be holding on to early fall temperatures.

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Former Central Illinois Fire Chief helps Florida town through Matthew

Retirement just didn't suit former Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin. Fustin returned to the firefighting business, taking the top job for the Port Orange, Florida Fire Department. His previous firefighting experience could only prepare him so much for the dangers of a powerful hurricane. Despite the fact hurricanes are massive storms that can be seen prominently from space, Fustin says the distance of an average commute made all the difference in the world when it came to the location of Matthew....

Fustin said the continued onslaught of Matthew's hurricane winds reminded him of dealing with twin tornadoes that hammered the Capital City in 2006, but the winds continued over an extended period.

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Drug Take Back Effort

The Kewanee Police Department will once again conduct a prescription drug take back effort this coming Saturday in the rotunda at City Hall.

Police Chief Jim Dison says the focus of the event is on unwanted prescription drugs…

Some members of the community might say, we never use to have a program like this, why now…

Chief Dison also acknowledges that some people might have some questions about the program and what some of the parameters might be…

Chief Dison also notes that if you cannot make the drug take back effort this coming Saturday, there will be a follow up program on Saturday, October 22nd also at the Police Station…

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Galva Craft Show On Saturday

The annual Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show will be held this coming Saturday, October 15th at Galva High School.

Kay Down is one of the committee members for this year’s show and she says they are looking forward to Saturday in Galva…

Ms. Down outlines some of the many items that will be available at the craft show…

There will be lots of parking available on Saturday at Galva High School with the reminder that no strollers or pets will be allowed inside.

The craft show is also well known for the great food that is available each year and this year will be no different…

Ms. Down says that once again this year, proceeds will be headed toward several local entities…

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BHC, Goodwill Industries Offering Free Computer Classes For Job Hunters

 

 

Black Hawk College and Goodwill Industries are offering six FREE job skills workshops to help residents land the jobs they are seeking.

 

The first workshop, “Computers. Just the Basics,” will be Thursday, Oct. 13 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

“We have job seekers use our computer lab daily. They need help with everything from finding a job to developing their résumé then printing it,” said David Harris, Community Education Center coordinator.

 

The first workshop will focus on the basics of using a computer because the computer has become critical to all job search activities.

 

“We will cover simple things like using the mouse, saving and retrieving files, and even turning the computer on and off,” said Jodee Werkheiser, Black Hawk College professor and workshop presenter.

 

“If you are lost when it comes to computers or just want a refresher, this class is for you,” she said.

 

Each workshop stands alone so participants can just attend whatever workshop interests them. The second workshop, “Computer Skills for Discovering the Internet,” will be Thursday, Oct. 20.

 

Advance registration is appreciated but not required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 309-854-1875 and ask for Deb or stop by the Community Education Center at 404 E. Third St., Kewanee.

 

The workshops are sponsored by a grant from Goodwill Industries.

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Check Smoke Alarms for Fire Prevention Week (October 9 - 15)

 

 

 

          The nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) is asking Illinois residents to practice fire safety and prevention by “looking up” and checking their smoke alarms during national Fire Prevention Week (FPW) occurring from October 9 – 15.

 

The theme for 2016 FPW is “Don’t Wait, Check The Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” According to the National Fire Protection Association, which sponsors FPW, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. The campaign encourages residents to find the “date of manufacture” on each smoke alarm and make sure they replace each smoke alarm 10 years from its respective date to ensure proper operation in the event of a fire. Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of dying in a fire by half.

 

“In addition to replacing any smoke alarms older than 10 years old, it is also important to test the others in the house once a month. Make sure one is installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of a home,” says IFSA Executive Director Philip Zaleski.

 

A few weeks after FPW, when residents change their clocks to “fall back” an hour at the end of Daylight Saving Time on November 6 serves as a reminder for residents to change smoke alarm batteries. The same should be done when clocks “spring forward” an hour in the spring.

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Food Handlers Course


 

       The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announces that they will be holding a Food Handler's Certification Course that will meet on Wednesday, October 26th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

 

      The class will be held at the Henry and Stark County Health Department, 4424 US Hwy 34, Kewanee.  The cost of the 3 hours course is $15.

 

      Through the course, valuable information is given which will help food handlers improve their skills and operations.  The food handler's certification course is designed to help area food servers in the county meet the requirements of the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code. 

 

     The course will cover the following topics of discussion:  1) The relationship between time and temperature with respect to foodborne illness. 2) The relationship between personal hygiene and food safety.  3) The methods of preventing contamination in all stages of food handling.  4) The procedures for cleaning and sanitizing. 5) The problems and potential solutions associated with temperature control, cross contamination, housekeeping and maintenance. 

    

     Registrations are limited. Those interested in registering, or for more information, should contact the Department at 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter. 

 

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Whose sure a pound is a pound?

Ever buy a pound of meat at the grocery store, or pick up a gallon of milk or a gallon of gas? Who makes sure that you’re getting a full gallon or a pound?
The folks at the Illinois Department of Agriculture make sure that everything sold is accurately weighed and measured.

Doug Rathbun is Bureau Chief of weights and measures at IDOA. The state constitution mandates the IDOA perform this function for everything from a gram of exotic spice to railcar loaded with grain. This protects the consumer as well as the seller.

Doug Rathbun, head of weights and measures at IDOA.

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Cubs Advance After A Thriller

The Cubs win a thriller last night to advance to their second consecutive National League Championship Series. Tuesday night the team scores 4 runs in the top of the ninth to come back and beat the Giants 6 to 5. Cubs Manager Joe Maddon says the comeback wasn’t complicated.

The Cubs now wait to see who they will play in the NLCS, it will be either Washington or the LA Dodgers. No matter who they play the series opens on Saturday.

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Rauner Slams Trump Without Using His Name

He’s not saying anyone’s name but Governor Bruce Rauner says after Chicago’s Columbus Day parade that comments made in a video were “disgusting, appalling, outrageous, beyond any reasonable bounds of decency." Rauner skips using Donald Trump’s name as he has all campaign season but it was clear that Rauner was addressing the latest controversy surrounding the Republican nominee for President

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Gov Continues to Avoid Trump's Name

Governor Bruce Rauner always goes out of his way not to say the name of the Republican Presidential nomomiee Donald Trump. And he has stood by his decision to not endorse a candidate in the race for President. Rauner says that Trump’s recently reveled hot mic comments were appalling.

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WKEI Open Line

The Chicago Cubs are one of many items discussed during the October 12 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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Henry County Farm Bureau on Tuned IN

Katie Laleman gives a crop update during the October 12 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Mental Health Walk

The Henry County Mental Health Alliance is announcing plans for the 2016 Mental Health Walk which will be held on Sunday, October 23rd at Windmont Park in Kewanee.

Several free family activities are planned including a cookout, face painting, children’s games and music in addition to the walk.

A fee of $20 will include a T-Shirt, but if you don’t wish to have a T-Shirt, there is no fee.

Beth Smith is the Community Health Educator for the Henry and Stark County Health Depts and she says the day is being set aside to help bring awareness to the issues of mental illness in our community…

Retired NFL player Devin Wyman will be on hand as part of the festivities and online registration is underway at getmeregistered.com

Ms. Smith adds that the results of a recent Illinois Youth Survey were very sobering…

Ms. Smith add that the bad news unfortunately doesn’t end there…

For those that need help, there is a suicide hotline at 1-800-273-talk

Further information on the Mental Health Walk is available by contacting Beth Smith at the Henry and Stark County Health Departments at 852-7255          

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Tax Info

The filing season for income earned in the 2015 calendar year will soon hit the absolute rock bottom deadline.

Michael Devine with the IRS office in St Louis says time is running short…

Needless to say, but those who do not meet the deadline will likely be facing penalties…

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American Red Cross Hosts “Hot Shot” Training for New Volunteers


 

 

MOLINE, IL, October 11, 2016 — In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the American Red Cross is recruiting new volunteers to assist with the response efforts. More than 3,000 Red Cross workers are currently in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia helping with the response efforts and the recovery will be a long process.

 

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will be hosting a “Hot Shot” training event for new volunteers on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Moline. Registration is required for the “Hot Shot” training. To register, contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

“Hot Shot” is a one-day training that will provide new volunteers with the skills needed to be a part of the Hurricane Matthew response. Upon completion of the “Hot Shot” training, new volunteers will be eligible to deploy to help with the Hurricane Matthew response.

 

“Hot Shot” attendees will complete two online courses that will introduce information pertaining to disaster services and care of those who have experienced a natural disaster. The first online course is the Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview, which discusses how disaster services helps individuals, families and communities prepare for disasters, as well as help them to respond to and recover from disasters. The second online course is Mass Care: An Overview and it will educate new volunteers on the multiple services that are provided to those who have been affected by disaster. 

 

At the training, new volunteers will complete Shelter Fundamentals, which introduces the guidelines and procedures that are necessary for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. “Hot Shot” attendees will also completePsychological First Aid, which will provide insight necessary to understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the people they serve. 

 

If you have ever thought about becoming a Red Cross Volunteer, now is the time—the need is great. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, or to register for the “Hot Shot” training, please contact Samuel Evans at (217) 222-2477, ext. 7304 or at Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.

 

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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Bustos In Rock Island Today


On Wednesday at 5:30 PM in Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will visit the Thurgood Marshall Learning Center to speak with local students who are participating in the Metro Youth Program’s regular band practice. Metro’s mission is to educate children at risk by offering them the expanded advantages of full participation in our society, which can only be achieved after elevating their self-esteem and their scholastic levels. What started in 1985 with 17 members that were mostly close friends and family, continues to grow at astonishing rates. Today Metro has more than 60 members and about 40 kids, age 6-18, participate in each practice. During the course of a year, Metro will perform on average 70 times during half-time shows, parades, and competitions.

 

Congresswoman Bustos to meet with students participating in the Metro Youth Program’s band practice.

 

Who: Congresswoman Bustos, Metro Youth leaders and students

What: Congresswoman Bustos to speak with Metro Youth students participating in their regular band practice

When: Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30 PM

Where: Thurgood Marshall Learning Center, 600, 11th Ave, Rock Island

 

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City Council Meeting

Kewanee City Council met on Tuesday night and Council Members accepted the Fiscal Year 2015 and 16 Municipal Audit.

Mayor Steve Looney said the Audit report went well and the city is in relatively good shape moving forward…

Mayor Looney also notes that the city wide street program is going strong with lots of work taking place at various points around the city…

  

Just about everyone in Kewanee has received their newsletter from the city and Mayor Looney says that is in an effort to keep communications open between City Hall and the public…

Mayor Looney also reminds Kewanee residents of the city wide clean-up on Saturday and adds they could use some volunteers for that clean-up effort…

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Road Work Continues in Kewanee

 

Road program work continues in the City of Kewanee, with several areas scheduled to be worked on this week (weather permitting).  Residents will need to avoid street parking and sections of roads and intersections will be periodically closed while work is being done.

 

Areas planned to have work done on Wednesday 10/12/16 include:

 

Beach Street South from Church Street to Mill Street

Page Street from Beach Street to Windmont Road

Page Street and Windmont Road intersection

College Street from Edwards Street to Andrews Avenue

East Street South from Mill Street to Division Street

East Street from 5th Street to 6th Street

 

Garfield Street from Hollis Street to Tenney Street

McClure Street from Tenney Street to Hollis Street

McClure Street from Tenney Street to Willard

Page Street and Birch Place intersection

Windmont Road from Birch Place to Parkview Drive

 

 

Work is also planned for the following areas on Friday 10/14/16:

 

Grace Avenue from Willow Street/alley to the dead end

West 1st Street from Main Street to Tremont Street

Pleasant Street from East Street to Ridyard Avenue

Lake Street from East Street to Lakeview Avenue

Lake Street from Lakeview Avenue to Wilbur Street

Lake Street from Wilbur Street to May Street

3rd Street from Kewanee High School to May Street

Vine Street from Prospect Street to McKinley Avenue

Loomis Street from Main Street to Tremont Street

Commercial Avenue from Park Street to Cottage Street

Commercial Avenue from Cottage Street to Grove Street

Central Boulevard from Main Street to Tremont Street

Central Boulevard from Tremont Street to Chestnut Street

Central Boulevard from Chestnut Street to Lexington Avenue

Central Boulevard from Lexington Avenue to Elliott Street

Central Boulevard from Elliott Street to Park Street

Central Boulevard from Park Street to Cottage Street

McClure Street from Tenney Street to Hollis Street

McClure Street from Hollis Street to Advel Court

McClure Street from Advel Court to Payson Street

McClure Street from Payson Street to Whitney Avenue

McClure Street from Whitney Avenue to Beach Street

East Street South from Garfield Street to McClure Street

Edwards Street from Green Street to College Street

 

 

Residents are asked to avoid these areas while driving, and to take caution if near the work zone areas.  If any questions, please contact City Hall at 852-2611.

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Durbin concerned about current nature of politics in America

Senator Dick Durbin has compared GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump to a leader of a banana republic after his threat to put Hillary Clinton in jail if elected President. Durbin is concerned in general about the nature of political debate across America...

Durbin was also critical of Trump's decision to bring Clinton accusers to the debate. He called it a new low in presidential debates. It really has reached a point now where it is all entertainment and theater.”

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Cubs Look To Lackey in Game 4

The Cubs lose a deciding game three in the early morning hours and are right back to trying to close out the NLDS tonight against the Giants. John Lackey gets the start tonight for the Cubs. He’s started 20 postseason games in his career and says pitching in the playoffs can be different.

Lackey says he’s ready and doesn’t think anyone is around from the last time he faced the Giants in the playoffs – that was the 2002 World Series when Lackey was 23 years old. The Cubs lead the series 2 games to 1.

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Bustos Challenger Strongly Committed

The Republican challenger to Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says he’ll continue to support Donald Trump. Patrick Harlan making his comments at an event at the Reynolds American Legion this week….

Harlan also called out GOP lawmakers that have pulled their support for Trump and he says local Republicans should do the same. Harlan says he was a delegate for Ted Cruz, but now strongly supports Trump since he won the nomination. 

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Same Day Voting A Go Again

For weeks there has been an uncertain outcome around the fate of same day voter registration in Illinois. The matter isn’t settled but Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that the issue won’t be back in court until after Election Day so voters will be able to sign up on November 8th and vote.

On Election Day you will want to make sure you’re headed to the right spot, in some places you will have to register and vote at specific place, in others you can sign up at your polling place. 

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Davis moves on from Trump

Sunday night's debate came too late for Donald Trump to maintain the support of Congressman Rodney Davis. Davis announced he was no longer backing Trump after the release of a 2005 tape where Trump made comments about women he has referred to since as locker room talk. Davis says as the father of a teenage girl and teen twin boys, he didn't turn to political consultants or party leaders.....


Davis says the lack of support for Trump doesn't mean he's passive about the fate of Trump's opponent.....

House Speaker Paul Ryan has shifted his focus from supporting Trump's run for President to helping Republicans win Congressional races. 

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Mild weather to continue

For the past year, nearly every month has brought above normal temperatures in Illinois. Dan Hicks of Freeze/Notis weather expects that trend to continue.

We have yet to see a first frost in Illinois this year, but some northern counties could hit that 32 degree mark by the end of this week.

Dan Hicks of Freeze Notis weather. Rainfall, says Hicks, should be near normal into November with no big weather systems currently in the forcast.

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WKEI Open Line

The renovations at the Kewanee Wal Mart are discussed during the October 11 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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Salvation Army on Tuned IN

Linda Bolls talks about an upcoming disaster training session during the October 11 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Freedom House Celebrates October As National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Freedom House, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, invites the community to attend our Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, October 22nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Soldiers & Sailors Park in Princeton.  This fun event for all ages will promote healthy families while giving the community an opportunity to learn about Freedom House and our services – and to meet many of our Staff.

The afternoon will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, including carnival games, a scavenger hunt, and face painting, as well as refreshments. Freedom House is thrilled to have event partnerships with area groups, including BACA (Bikers against Child Abuse), MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and the Princeton Junior Woman’s Club.

Freedom House is a domestic and sexual violence agency offering support for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties. With offices in Princeton, Kewanee, Cambridge, and Atkinson, Freedom House employs compassionate and skilled professionals to provide free, confidential, quality services to those in need, including a 24-hour crisis line (800-474-6031), emergency and transitional shelter, medical and legal advocacy, adult and child counseling, awareness and prevention education, and training for volunteers and professionals. Freedom House staff provided over 5,000 hours of direct service to more than 500 domestic violence victims and their families during the past fiscal year.

Freedom House is a non-profit 501c3 corporation.  Our Domestic Violence Program is supported by generous grantors, including the Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence, Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, as well as numerous foundations, corporations, and community donations.

For more information on our services or to make a donation, call 815-872-0087 or visit our website: http://www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

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Tree Planting Info

With autumn really beginning to settle in, now becomes a good time of the year to plant trees.

Tom Hudson is the Vice President of Steve’s Nursery in Geneseo and he says you can plant most any time of the year with the obvious exception of winter, but fall really is the best time to plant new trees…

Steve’s Nursery has been in business for 50 years so that would suggest quite a history…

Mr. Hudson also notes that they are very busy at this time of the year with their annual fall sale…

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 7 p.m.

 

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

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

       (Also some miscellaneous notes on bills paid so far in October)

Visitors – Representative from Ameren Illinois

 

Unfinished Business

1.    Building electrical update report

2.    Roof replacement update report (and tax/energy saving options paperwork)

2.    Nominating committee report (open: 2 vice chairs (held by Mike Komnick and Bill Scott), Secretary (held by Robyn Resch) & Co-chair position (held by Larry Flannery)

3.    November 15th end of year dinner report

 

New Business

1.    Update on carnival contracts

2.    Last Chance Clearance Sale of leftover butterfly pork chops

3.    Entertainment report

4.    Discussion of possible special meetings (or not) for Entertainment, Food Concessions & Flea Market/Craft Show

5.    Painting of picnic table standards

6.    Planning Commission Special Use hearing

7.    Fuel reimbursement money & building security

 

 

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

 

Motion to adjourn

 

FYI: *Next and final regular meeting for 2016 is Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 7 p.m.

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GED Classes To Resume At BHE


GED classes will resume Monday, Oct. 17 at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

“Students come for their GED because they know it will help them get a job or they need it for more advanced training, like welding or automotive repair,” said David Harris, Community Education Center coordinator.

 

“We teach them how to get their GED and how to study so they graduate sooner,” he added.

 

GED classes are from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday at the Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee. Adult Education classes are provided at no cost to learners who qualify.

 

To register or for more information, call the Community Education Center at 309-854-1875.

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Free Flu Immunizations For Kewanee School Children

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee is offering free flu immunizations for children attending Kewanee, Neponset, Visitation and Wethersfield schools.

Susan Moore is the Clinic Practice Team Lead at the OSF Medical Group in Kewanee and she says the free flu clinics will begin next week…

The schedule indicates that the clinics will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at Central School and also at Kewanee High School, on Wednesday, October 19 at Irving School, Thursday, October 20 at Belle School, Tuesday, October 25th in the Wethersfield School District, Wednesday, October 26th at Neponset School, Thursday, October 27th at Visitation Catholic School and Friday, October 28th at Lyle School.

The children’s free flu immunization project is partially funded by the generous players and sponsors of the OSF St Luke Medical Center Annual Charity Golf Classic and Ms. Moore adds that parents need to get those consent forms signed and turned back in as soon as possible…

Further information is available by contacting Susan Moore at the OSF Medical Group in Kewanee at 852-7733

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Efforts to ‘Raise the Grade’ Focus of 9th Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference


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.

 

“As a drinking water source for over 20 million people and a revenue generator of more than $400 billion annually, making possible our nation’s only trade surplus, the Mississippi River is an essential resource. Its infrastructure and ecology must be maintained, especially in the face of worsening disasters – and it is cities that are occupying the front lines as we look to find solutions to these challenges,” said Mayor Bob Gallagher of Bettendorf, Iowa.

 

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.”

 

Please see http://www.riveraction.org/umrc/ for a link to the conference white paper with background info on all the river sectors.

 

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Galva Beta Sigma Phi On PTP

Kay Down talks about the upcoming annual Craft Show during the October 10 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

The presidential debates are discussed during the October 10 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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OSF On Tuned IN

The upcoming free flu clinics for Kewanee area children is discussed during the October 10 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Illini Football Fall to 1-4

The University of Illinois lost a tight football game on Saturday to Purdue 34-31. It was one of the games on the schedule that looked winnable for the U of I but Lovie Smith says a long list, 125 yards in fact, of penalties hurt the orange and blue.

The 1-4 Illini head to New Jersey to play 2-4 Rutgers on Saturday. Rutgers lost 78-0 last week against Michigan.

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Arrieta Ready to Take Ball in Game 3

The pitching matchup for the Cubs and Giants in a possible deciding game three of the National League Division Series should be a good one. The Cubs starter Jake Arrieta is the reigning CY Young winner and the Giants Madison Bumgarner has a postseason ERA under 2. Arrieta pitched in last year’s playoff run for the Cubs says he understands the extra pressure associated with the postseason

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Pension Shortfall Tops a Trillion

The latest numbers from Moodys on the state's pension shortfall shows that the pension systems for public workers are underfunded by $1.2 trillion. Moody's believes the gap will expand in coming years, as the funds' annual investment returns are running well below expectations.

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Cubs Ready For Game 3 of NLDS

The Chicago Cubs are off to a fast start in the National League Division Series. Over the weekend they swept the first two games against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Now the series heads out to San Francisco. Cubs Manager Joe Maddon says he won’t let his team take it easy against a team that has won three World Series in the last 6 years,

Game three between Cubs and Giants tonight, first pitch is scheduled for 8:38.

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Oak Ridge Walk Keeps it in the Family

Reenactors are keeping it in the family this weekend at Springfield's historic Oak Ridge Cemetery. The revived Sangamon County Historical Society Cemetery Walk is set for Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Mary Alice Davis with the society says participants will follow in the footsteps of their ancestors...

The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. The event is free to the public. 

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Congressman Rodney Davis continues to fight for mass transit in smaller cities

Congressman Rodney Davis is a believer in mass transit and he put his money and his posterior where his mouth is, taking a seat in buses across the 13th Congressional District this week. Davis says mass transit is an underrated resource in area much smaller than the nation's largest cities like Chicago....

Davis acknowledges some Republican colleagues may have a different view of things...

He is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. .Davis and his colleagues recently crafted a five-year surface transportation bill. The bill included provisions pushed by Davis to provide greater local control over federal transportation dollars awarded to states and an increase in state transit dollars

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Duckworth Leads in Early Polls

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is pulling away in the polls and fundraising for the moment in her race against incumbent GOP Senator Mark Kirk. She raised $4.1 million in the most recent quarter for her . She now has $4.3 million cash on hand heading into the final weeks of the race. Kirk has not yet released his fundraising for the three-month period that ended last week. 

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Winning Lotto Ticket Won't Be Cashed In

A Decatur woman will lose out on the proceeds of a $50,000 lottery ticket after a state appeals court ruled the government should keep the money because the ticket was purchased with drug money. The Fourth District Appeals Court ruling overturns a Macon County judge who previously awarded the winnings to Tykisha Lofton.

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Family Planning Program


 

 

   The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents of their Family Planning clinic program.

 

    Through the family planning clinic program, the Health Department hopes to give women the information and means they need to plan pregnancies and make responsible decisions.  The program also hopes to detect other health problems early in their development so that clients can be referred to other health care providers for treatment.

 

    Clinics are held in Kewanee at the Health Department offices, Route 78 South.  Appointments, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department.

   

    The family planning program provides annual physical exams to area women, including a breast exam and pap smear.

 

    The clinic accepts medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, had been established to assist low-income families to obtain services.  In addition, grant funds are available for those who meet certain eligibility requirements.

 

    In addition to contraceptive services, the clinic also offers pregnancy testing.  

 

    For more information or to schedule an appointment call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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CNA Program Begins Oct. 17 in Downtown Kewanee

 

 

Interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA)? Or are you interested in exploring the health care field?

 

A new CNA class begins Monday, Oct. 17 at Black Hawk College’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

Black Hawk College’s program is accredited by the state of Illinois and will prepare students for Illinois Nurse Aide Test required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 

“Many students are surprised to learn that they can take the CNA class and walk into a new career,” said Jodie Robinson, assistant professor. “We see that CNAs are in high demand across the nation.”

 

Taking the CNA class gives students the chance to explore the whole health care field. Anyone interested in CNA or other health care programs can come to the center for an individual consultation and visit the health care classrooms. 

 

The Community Education Center is located at 404 E. Third St., Kewanee. For more information, contact Deb Rhoades or Jodie Robinson at 309-854-1875.

 

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Bustos Accepting Applications


MOLINE, IL - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she is accepting applications from high school students from across Illinois’ 17th District for nominations to the United States armed services academies for the class entering in the fall of 2017. 

“Our military academies provide our nation’s young people with not only a first-class education, but the tools to become the next generation of leaders in our country,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I strongly encourage all students across the 17th district to submit their application packets to my office.  I look forward to reviewing all of the applications and nominating qualified students across our region for this high honor.”

Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating up to ten qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.  

 

Students interested in applying should visit Bustos’ website to learn more about the process and download an application. The website features specific instructions on the accompanying forms and required documents, including an application form, an essay, high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, and letters of recommendation.  Since these materials take time to compile, interested students are encouraged to start obtaining the materials needed for the packet as soon as possible.

 

The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet to Bustos’ office is Friday, November 18th.

 

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

 

· Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday

· Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen

· Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents

· Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 17th Congressional District of Illinois.

· Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.

 

For further information, answers to frequently asked questions as well as an application packet, please visit: http://bustos.house.gov/helping-you/military-academy-nominations.

 

Contact Bustos’ Rock Island office at (309) 786-3406 with any further questions about the application process.

 

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Windmont Lighting Volunteers Needed

It’s hard to believe with fall just at our door, that winter is right around the corner. The date is set for this year’s Lighted Parade and Windmont Park Lighting. That date is December 4, 2016. Beginning on November 1, Volunteers begin their transformation of our usually beautiful park into a winter wonderland. Volunteers are badly needed to help. They work from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. Inside and Outside help is needed. All help is welcome and you do not have to help every day. Stop by the Shelter house and lend a hand. Also on that day is the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Lighted Parade. Start thinking now on your design and the Chamber will give you help with how to light it. Call the Chamber to get involved. 

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Glass Factory Expands Adds Jobs in Central Illinois

Chinese investment in a central Illinois town is paying off with more jobs at a glass factory. Fuyao Glass cut the ribbon on $200 million in improvements to the former PPG Glass plant in Decatur. The Fuyao workforce is growing from 50 jobs to 300. Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolf says that this makes it clear downstate Illinois can be a center of global manufacturing.

The plant manufacturers glass for the automobile industry. The Macon County plant can produce enough glass for about 4 million cars a year.

 

President of the Decatur and Macon County Economic Development Corporation Ryan McCrady says that the arrival of a foreign business in central Illinois showcases the global nature of trade.

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Deere economist on trade agreements

J.B.Penn has spent his career shaping U.S. agricultural policy. Starting on President Carter’s Council of Economic Affairs, he stayed on to run USDA’s Economic Research Bureau under the Reagan Administration, then entered the private sector with Informa Economics, retuning to USDA as Undersecretary during the George W Bush administration. For the past decade, Penn has been the chief economist for Deere and Company.
Deere exports agricultural, construction and forestry equipment to 130 countries around the world, so they are very concerned about international trade.
Penn points out that modern agriculture, and agribusiness, depends on trade for its viability.

Penn credits international trade agreements for opening markets to U.S. business and agriculture and says the Trans Pacific Partnership will add to the prosperity that exports bring to the ag sector.
While past agreements, like NAFTA have been good, Penn says the TPP is much better as it will not only boost exports, but protect American business and labor from unfair economic and labor practices.
Trade agreements, including the TPP, have been blamed for job losses during the current presidential campaign. Penn says this accusation doesn’t hold water as trade agreements have created far more jobs than they have cost. As far as ‘tearing up all those agreements’, as we have heard during the election campaign, Penn says that would be economic suicide for the nation, and Ag in particular.

JBPenn, chief economist at Deere and Co. 

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WKEI Open Line

Hurricane Matthew is discussed during the October 7 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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Another Facebook LIve for the Governor

It was another Facebook Live event for the Governor. Bruce Rauner was joined by Jim Schultz the head of the state’s new public private business support group Intersect Illinois. Rauner focused on creating jobs and retaining business to build the state’s economy.
Rauner didn’t read any questions that would be deemed tough as his staff selected the ones that he would answer. Rauner says that Intersect Illinois is being funded by private donations.

Intersect Illinois currently has 7 employees, with a hope to have 25 people working by next year to bring business to Illinois and assist one’s that are already here.

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Intersect Illinois Aims to Help Businesses

The state’s recent attempts at a public private partnership to help attract businesses is called Intersect Illinois. The new group is expected to partner with the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity to expand and attract new businesses to the state.

The CEO is Jim Schultz and he recently joined the Governor on Facebook Live. Schultz says that he see’s Intersect Illinois as the go to place to help businesses expand and thrive.

Intersect Illinois will be financed with private funds and donations.

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Railroad Crossing Closings in Kewanee


The City of Kewanee has received notice that Burlington Northern Railroad will be closing railroad crossings at Commercial and Park Streets and at Rose Street and Red Adams Road today 10/7/16.  The crossings will be closed over the weekend and are planned to be opened by Tuesday 10/11/16.  

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ILGOP Launches Voter Fraud Hotline


 

“Nothing is more important than voters having confidence in our democratic system. That’s why the allegations of vote fraud in Kankakee are deeply disturbing and threaten to undermine this year’s elections. Today, the Illinois Republican Party is launching a statewide voter fraud hotline. If you see suspicious election activity, please call 1-844-4-ILFRAUD and help preserve the integrity of our elections.” – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider

 
Yesterday, the Kankakee County State’s attorney announced an unprecedented investigation into voter fraud following reports of individuals from Chicago offering gifts in exchange for votes for Rep. Kate Cloonen and Hillary Clinton.
 
These reports of voter fraud are concerning, especially since the complaints come from one of the most competitive state house districts in the state.
 
We encourage anyone who sees suspicious election activity to call 1-844-4-ILFRAUD.
 
Background:

· The State’s Attorney’s office began the investigation after the clerk’s office “reported three complaints from people who said they were offered bribes for votes.”

· Several applications filed with the election authority appear to be fraudulently executed.  

· Kate Cloonen and Mike Madigan’s political team have lashed out at the Republican Party and personally attacked the State’s Attorney himself in order to distract from the allegations that Democratic candidates are benefiting from election fraud.

 

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Columbus Day Schedule

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

In short, most governmental bodies will be closed.

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.

Kewanee City Council, which would normally meet on the second Monday of the month will instead meet next Tuesday evening.

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.

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Homecoming At Wethersfield

It’s homecoming week at Wethersfield this week with several activities already in the books.

District 230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says they will hold an early dismissal this afternoon with the Homecoming Parade also this afternoon…

Mr. Kazubowski adds that tonight’s football game and tomorrow’s dance will be a great way to wrap up the homecoming week…

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Busy Weekend at Starved Rock State Park


UTICA, IL – The Columbus Day weekend is traditionally the single busiest weekend of the year at Starved Rock State Park, and visitors should expect traffic delays near the park and possible temporary park closures on Saturday, October 8 through Monday, Oct. 10 

Motorists heading to Starved Rock State Park for a Columbus Day weekend visit are encouraged to arrive early, and to follow directions of park officials and law enforcement officers when they arrive.

 

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

 

Hikers at Starved Rock and nearby Matthiessen State Park should always observe park safety rules and pack out their trash. 

Visitors heading to Starved Rock can check for information on park crowds and possible temporary closures as they near the park by tuning to the Starved Rock information radio station on 1610 AM.  Visitors can also check for updates on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Facebook page and the IDNR Twitter feed @IllinoisDNR.

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

For more information about Illinois State Parks, visit the IDNR website: 
 http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/parks/Pages/default.aspx.

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KHS Homecoming

It’s homecoming week at Kewanee High School with several activities already in the books.

Kewanee High School Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan says there’s still lots more on the schedule for today…

Mr. Bryan adds that another highlight of the week is the homecoming dance set for Saturday evening at H.F. Brockman gymnasium…

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As Illinois prepares for bicentennial, Indiana offers advice

Governor Bruce Rauner recently hit the reset switch on the state's upcoming bicentennial in 2018. He scrapped a previous bicentennial commission and named brand new members last month. Indiana Executive Director Perry Hammock notes his team had five years to prepare for 200th state birthday events around Indiana, but he thinks Illinois should have no problem putting together a first class event in less than two years...

Hammocks says it's not all about about direct economic impact either....

Indiana's bicentennial day is set for December 11th.

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Close the Books on a Warm September

We are in the early stages of fall but it was hard to tell at times last month. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that we saw one of the warmer September’s ever. Across much of Illinois it was 90 degrees on the first day of fall. Angel says we lived through the 6th warmest fall but didn’t get close to the all time record.

Our monthly average temp was about 71 degrees. Angel says it looks good that we could have above normal temps for the rest of the year. 

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Pot Sales Top $20 Million

More and more people are buying medical marijuana in Illinois. The state says that sales for September passed $3.8 million. That brings the total to more than $20 million for the life of the program. Licensed dispensaries now have 11,000 patients they can sell too. The number of locations to buy medical pot is also on the rise, there are now 44 dispensaries in Illinois. 

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Duckworth Pushes Kirk To Debate More

As election season amps up it’s also debate season, but they have been hard to come by in the US Senate race in Illinois between the incumbent Republican Mark Kirk and Democratic Challenger and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Last week the two sat together for a joint appearance at the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board. Duckworth took to pushing Kirk for more debates while they sat in front of the Tribune.

Kirk said he should do another televised debate in Chicago but that he was tied to the voting schedule in the Senate. And he gave far from a solid commitment to do so

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Senior Center on Tuned IN

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll talks about the new fiscal year during the October 6 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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WKEI Open Line

The October 15 city wide clean-up in Kewanee is discussed during the October 6 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

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Illinois Banking Regulators, Federal Reserve Release 2016 National Survey on Community Banking

 

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ST. LOUIS - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Banking, in conjunction with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the Federal Reserve, published this week Community Banking in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives, an annual report that features the findings of a nationwide survey on community banking and state-by-state banker interviews.

 

The report was released in conjunction with the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference, hosted by the Fed and CSBS at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on Sept. 28-29, 2016.

 

Illinois highlights from the state-by-state banker interviews include:

 

· Illinois bankers are concerned about the state’s overall economic growth

· Financial literacy is a significant concern among Illinois bankers

· The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule was cited the most time-consuming and burdensome regulation to which Illinois bankers must comply

· Illinois bankers are seeing increased competition from nonbank entities, credit unions and the Farm Credit System

· Illinois bankers in rural areas are facing challenges with recruiting millennials

 

Highlights from the national survey include:

 

· Bankers are seeing an active merger and acquisition market as 20 percent of banks surveyed made an acquisition offer in the past year

· Regulatory burden is still a top concern among bankers, was cited the number one reason for banks exiting an activity

· The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule was cited the most costly regulation, accounting for 23 percent of all compliance expenses

· Surveyed community banks saw an increase in small business lending activity by more than seven percent

· Bankers saw a slight decrease in dollar volume of overall small business lending, totaling $340 billion

· Approximately 75 percent of surveyed banks made small business loans to customers in 2015 of which they had a previous relationship

“The findings of the survey provide a beneficial glance into the attitudes of the banking industry on a micro-macro level,” said Bryan A. Schneider, IDFPR Secretary.  “It is clear from the responses of our state bank stakeholders that meaningful structural reforms are vital to creating a regulatory environment conducive to strong economic growth and opportunity.”

 

The 2016 national survey was developed and administered with the assistance of Cornell University’s Survey Research Institute (SRI). It was distributed by state bank commissioners in 30 states. A total of 557 community bankers participated. The survey provides a comprehensive view of what bankers are thinking surrounding key issues facing their industry and how they are responding to changes in their markets. The state-by-state banker interviews were conducted by state banking commissioners from 29 states.

 

The Community Banking in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives report is available online atwww.communitybanking.org.

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IHSA Board & Legislative Commission Elections Complete: Rockridge's Katy Hasson Joins IHSA Board


 

 

Voting for seats on the Illinois High School Association Board of Directors and Legislative Commission closed at midnight on Friday, October 1, and the results were tallied and certified Tuesday morning, October 4.

Katy Hasson, Principal at Rockridge High School in Taylor Ridge, was elected as an at-large member of the Board of Directors, replacing Dr. Jeanette Nuckolls, who served for three terms.  Re-elected to the board were John Stimler of Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, representing Division 1, and Robert Nolting of Andrew High School in Tinley Park, representing Division 3.

The Board will elect its officers for the 2016-17 school term at its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 12.

IHSA member schools nominated candidates for the Board of Directors and Legislative Commission beginning on August 11. The nominations were compiled on September 16 and votes were cast from September 16 through October 1.

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Accident Claims The Life Of A Colona Man

 

WHAT:                        Pedestrian versus Semi Truck Fatal Crash

 

WHERE:              Interstate 80 west bound at Mile Marker 7 (Colona)

 

WHEN:                 October 4, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

 

WHO:                          Ken W. Phillips, 61, East Moline, IL (Driver)

                              Brandon A. Carr, 20, Colona, IL (Pedestrian)

 

VEHICLE(S):             Truck Tractor/Semi Trailer

 

PRELIMINARY:   On October 4, 2016 at approximately 9:15 pm, a semi-truck was traveling west on Interstate 80 in the construction zone. In the vicinity of mile marker 7 a pedestrian (later identified as Brandon Carr) walked into the active lane of travel. The semi-truck struck Carr causing fatal injuries to the pedestrian. Colona Police and Fire, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies and Coroner and Illinois State Police Traffic Reconstruction Unit, Investigations, Commercial Vehicle Officer, and District 7 Patrol responded to the scene. Henry County Coroner pronounced Carr deceased at the scene. The west bound lane of Interstate 80 was shut down for investigation and re-opened at 2:15 am on October 5. No charges have been filed. This incident remains under investigation.

 

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Kewanee City Wide Clean Up

Residents of the city of Kewanee are reminded of the city wide clean-up effort that will be held on Saturday, October 15th.

Keith Edwards is the Director of Community Development for the City of Kewanee and he says it will be a quick moving and hopefully productive morning on the 15th

The clean-up effort will run from 8 am til 12 noon on the 15th and Edwards outlines what will and what will not be accepted at the clean-up…

No electronics will be accepted at the clean-up but appliances will be accepted.

Keith also says that they could use some volunteer help and he also says several folks and businesses are due a big round of thanks for the clean-up effort…

That’s Keith Edwards, Director of Community Development for the City of Kewanee.

More information on the clean-up effort is available at the city of Kewanee’s website

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Upcoming BHE Computer Classes

Black Hawk College offers computer classes at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

Coming up are:

·        Windows for Beginners Workshop – Tuesday, Oct. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $48.

·        Word Level 1 (Office 2013) – Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $90.

·        Word Level 2 (Office 2013) – Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $90.

 

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.

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Dala Horse Painting Workshop in Bishop Hill, IL

 

 

On Saturday October 8, 2016, Carol Curry will be conducting a Dala horse painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois.  Participants will hand-paint a small Dala horse using a traditional Swedish pattern.  Space for the workshop will be limited to 14 adults.  To reserve your spot, call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.  The cost is $20 per person.   All supplies will be provided.   Lunch will be on your own.

 

This Swedish workshop is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.  The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of town.  

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Emotional pleas for end to statute of limitations on child sex abuse

The highest profile alleged victim of sex abuse at the hands of former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert delivers powerful testimony before state lawmakers. An emotional Scott Cross, the brother of former House Minority Leader Tom Cross, spoke in favor of ending the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases...

While Cross says Hastert's punishment is underwhelming to him, he's still happy with recent developments...

Hastert was sentenced in April to 15 months in prison for violating banking laws.

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As Illinois prepares for bicentennial, Indiana offers advice

Governor Bruce Rauner recently hit the reset switch on the state's upcoming bicentennial in 2018. He scrapped a previous bicentennial commission and named brand new members last month. Indiana Executive Director Perry Hammock notes his team had five years to prepare for 200th state birthday events around Indiana, but he thinks Illinois should have no problem putting together a first class event in less than two years...

Hammocks says it's not all about about direct economic impact either....

Indiana's bicentennial day is set for December 11th.

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School Sales Tax on ballot in some counties

When you vote on November 8th, you might find a local referendum question on the ballot, asking voters to approve a County School Facility Occupation Tax. Essentially, if enacted in your county, it would add a 1% surcharge to your local sales taxes to go for school building projects. Brenda Matherly specializes in local government issues at IFB.


First allowed by the state in 2007, Matherly says quite a few counties have already approved the sales tax for schools.

So with about 40 of our 102 counties already enacting the tax, and the question on the ballot in a number of other counties this November, is the tax a good idea? It depends on the needs of your local school district, and whether more people enter or leave the county to spend money. Check with you local school district or your County Farm Bureau to find out if it’s on the ballot in your county. Your county Farm Bureau can tell you if their research indicates it makes economic sense for your county or not.

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Illinois Part of Suit Against Drug Maker

The state has picked up on a lawsuit against a company that makes a drug to help treat opioid addiction. 35 states, including Illinois, says Indivior took part in a scheme to squash any attempts at having a generic version of suboxone. The drug is used to help patients addicted to heroin. And the AG’s Spokeswoman Eileen Boyce says the company was blocking attempts while pocketing big profits.

Madigan’s office and the other AG’s contend that standing in the way of generics from being made wound up costing patients money.

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Demand for Bobcat Hunting Outstrips Supply

The demand is high for hunters to take aim during a new hunting season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that 6,500 people applied for bobcat hunting permits when only 500 are being issued this year. DNR will hold a lottery drawing to select who will receive a permit. The permits are for the person who applied and cannot be transferred.

DNR says there are about 5,000 bobcats in Illinois, the new hunting season will run from November 10 to January 31.

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Steve's Nursery on PTP

Tom Hudson talks about their fall sale and the history of Steve's Nursery during the October 5 ediiton of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

The recent threats to area schools by clown monikers is discussed during the October 5 edition of the WKEI Open Line 

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Kewanee Director of Community Development on Tuned IN

Keith Edwards talks about the Kewanee city wide clean up schedule for October 15 during the October 5 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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Clowns Cause Panic at Bloomington Schools

Extra police patrols were present at Bloomington Junior High School this morning (Tuesday) after a parents reported a threat from social media. District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly says he hopes police find the person responsible and make an arrest.


The issue of clowns is no joking matter at Bloomington Junior High School. A parent reported a threat made on social media that a person or persons dressed as clowns were coming to shoot up the school. District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly says threats are not tolerated.

Bloomington police had an extra presence at the school as a precaution.

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Farmers outlook improves in Sept

Every month, the ag researchers at Purdue University survey a sample of 400 farmers and ranchers across the country to compile the Ag Economic Barometer. A little like the ‘consumer sentiment’ survey issued by the federal govt. each month, the ag economic barometer gives us a feel about farmers view of the ag economy. Dr. Jim Mintert, ag economist at Purdue, says sentiment dipped sharply in August, but picked up in September.

So what happened in September to make farmers feel a little better about the ag economy?

Jim Mintert of Purdue University. Just like consumer sentiment impacts the nation’s economy by predicting consumer’s willingness to spend money, the Ag Barometer influences how much farmers willing to spend on equipment, and other expenditures to improve or expand their operations. 

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No Lockdown At Kewanee Schools On Tuesday

Despite rampant rumors on facebook on Tuesday, the Kewanee School District was not on lockdown.

With recent events that have occurred all across the country, concern from parents and family members was justified. But there was no lockdown any more than normal.

As most people are aware, at Kewanee Schools and most other schools a visitor must ring in at the front door and wait for clearance.

That was the case on Tuesday at Kewanee Schools and as District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens explained, the image of a clown has become somewhat common at this time of year. That twisted craze began in the early 1980’s after the murderer John Wayne Gacy was convicted and the clown image sprouted from there.

The recent postings by Sam tha Klown threatening students was reported on Monday at the Stark County School District. The Wethersfield School District and the Bureau Valley School District also reportedly received similar threats.

On Tuesday, the message reportedly came from Tyler Klown.

As Dr. Sullens noted, the deranged clown craze is sweeping the nation and in fact the current edition of Rolling Stone magazine addresses that very subject. The magazine notes that the clown craze seems to be everywhere with some reports of clowns attempting devious behavior in several parts of the country.    

One of the ways that some students are affected on facebook, is that with the constant communication on facebook, one must simply hit like at a certain point and that person then becomes vulnerable to threats.

The Kewanee Police Dept was called in to investigate as have authorities in Stark County and Bureau County.

So once again to summarize, despite numerous reports on Tuesday, there was no lockdown in the Kewanee School District.                       

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Medical Marijuana Campaign Starts Today

A medical marijuana dispensary is highlighting the impacts they have seen and been told about by clients who are now using their product to manage pain. HCI Alternatives is placing billboards around the state to share the story of a number of clients who stopped using prescribed opiates after finding medical marijuana. HCI CEO Chris Stone says personal stories are the basis of all the billboards.

A 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that states with medical marijuana laws had a 25 percent reduction in fatal opioid overdoses.

 

Stone says Jeff Crow is a veteran who was taking prescription opiates to manage pain.

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Frerichs suspends investment activity with Wells Fargo

The Illinois state treasurer announces the state will suspend billions of dollars of investment activity with Wells Fargo. Illinois Treasurer State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced the one year suspension after recent headline making developments....

Frerichs says some of the Wells Fargo customers hurt the worst, are military personnel.....

Frerichs also ordered an audit to determine if Wells Fargo violated Illinois' unclaimed property laws.

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Home Heating Assistance Ready to Go

At the first of the month families who have young children and need help heating their homes this winter can start asking for help with the bills. Illinois’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP is now open and accepting applications.Gail Hedges says the program generally results in the state paying the utility directly. And as the program opens she urges people to sign up quickly.

You can visit Liheap Illinois.com for more info or contact a local social service agency and they will generally be able to provide you the information.

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What's With These Clowns?

Clowns are making headlines all across the United States from trying to lure small children into the woods with candy to the sketchy video of two runners discovering a knife wielding clown on a suspension bridge in the middle of the park in Ohio.  Now there has been a threat made a little too close to home for many! Apparently, A person calling themselves “Sam tha Klown” and no that’s not a typo that is how this person’s “name” reads on Facebook… I know that Facebook is not what you would call a credible news source but this post has caused quite a stir in the Stark County Community, as well as the surrounding area.  The “Sam tha Klown” post said quote

 

"I am going to go to Stark County high school and kill everybody there.”

 

This is not something to take lightly not only does it threatens the safety of children but all employees of Stark County High School. Superintendent Jerry Klooster had this to say.

 

“Although we don’t anticipate any problems at school we have enhanced police presence and have extra security measures in place until we are satisfied that the issue is resolved.”


I also had a chance to speak with Stark County Sherriff Jimmie Dison said that any threat they take serious they heightened patrol around the times the kids were going in to school and on and off the bus and they will do it again when school is out this afternoon.  Sherriff Dison said that the school is on a “Soft Lockdown” and like most schools these days they have a buzzer to get into the building.  He also said Facebook is trying to help them all they can to find out where this all generated from and if they catch whoever responsible for this they will prosecute them however they can.  No other information regarding this issue is available at this time.

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Halloween At The Salvation Army

Halloween will be celebrated at the end of this month and that will mean lots of Halloween decorations and other assorted fun along the way.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says they have many Halloween items available and it is a fun time of the year…

Ms. Bolls also notes that some fall and early winter clothing is also available and they are gearing up for some colder weather…

While winter per se’ is still a ways away, the Salvation Army is currently accepting winter coats with good working zippers…

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Road Work Continues in Kewanee This Week

 

The City of Kewanee Road Program work will be continuing, and new sections of streets will have work starting on Monday 10/3/16 at 7:00 a.m. Work will continue throughout the week in several areas of town. 

 

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

 

·        Ridyard Avenue from Prospect Street to Pleasant Street

·        Ridyard Avenue from Pleasant Street to Willow Street

·        Walnut Street from 7th Street to 8th Street

·        Bunn Avenue from See Street to Harbour Street

·        2nd Street from Adams Street to Jackson Street

·        Stokes Street from Park Street going 600 feet west

·        Western Avenue from Washington Street to Rose Street

·        Bronson Street from Page Street to Church Street

·        Valley Drive from Page Street to Hillside Drive

·        Valley Drive from both ends of Hillside Drive

·        Whitney Avenue from Mill Street to the alley

·        Holiday Lane from Dwight to the cul-de-sac

·        Holiday throughout the entire cul-de-sac

 

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

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“Results” - Cheri Bustos releases first ad of 2016 campaign

 

 

MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the first ad of her reelection campaign. The ad, entitled “Results,” highlights Bustos’ work to get real results for the families of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. In an effort to reach a younger audience at the beginning of her ad campaign, Bustos’ first spot will run on digital platforms.


 

"I’m proud of my work getting real results for the families of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District and I am asking for their support on November 8th so we can build on that progress," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. "There's still a lot of work left to be done if we want to build a 21st century economy where businesses can thrive, good paying jobs are created and working families can get ahead. I'm running for reelection because, just like the hardworking men and women across our community, I know that Illinois is worth fighting for."

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KPL Programs

Kewanee Public Library has a few programs of interest coming up in the near future.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says the first Family Night of the Fall season will be held later this evening…

Ms. Billiet also notes that the Library will host an Art Show later this month…

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Volunteer Conference


 

Moline, IL – September 8, 2016… Registration is open for the seventh  Annual Northwest Illinois/ Mississippi Valley Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (MVDOVIA). Volunteerism Conference, Oct. 14th at Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus in Moline.

Themed “Changing Times + New Challenges = Great Opportunitties,” this year’s conference will offer organizations the opportunity to embrace collaboration and discover partnerships, as well as increase effectiveness of social agendas. This conference was made possible through sponsorships from Serve Illinois Commission, Volunteer Iowa and MVDOVIA .

Keynote speaker, Vicki Clark, is the Owner  of  Building the Capacity of Organziations.  Her extensive experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors over the past thirty years to build capacity in organizations and help inspire community leaders. Her work includes numerous specialty areas; board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, volunteer resource development and effective communication have earned her national recognition. She has provided facilitation training and consilation to organizations across the nation.  Some organizations that have benefited from Vicki’s facilitation include: the Association of Junior Leagues International, Interfaith Youth Corps, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Prevent Child Abuse America, National CASA, and many more. Now the North West Volunteerism Conference has the pleasure of having her offer her expertise .

Conference participants are set to enjoy a variety of morning and afternoon breakout sessions from speakers with extensive experience in their field. Breakout sessions include topics aimed to engage participants such as Transforming  your Volunteer Job Descriptions from Instructional to Inspirational, The Power of Culture, Veteran Volunteers: Answering the Call, and Community Impact and Measuring Outcomes, as well as others. These topics are sure to intrest all no matter the skill level or experience!

Registration is simple, and all volunteer organizations are welcome to come and enjoy the conference

 “Vicki Clark’s message on the importance of collaboration between agencies and volunteer programs is especially vital in a time where staff cuts mean outside help is needed and funders place high importance on working together. Amy Rowel’s cultural competency message is crucial to any program that works with refugees and other limited English speakers. Along with other great workshops I think this may be our most valuable conference yet! – Dave Layton, Conference Chair.

Cost of the conference is $35 or $20 for students/Americorps members. For complete conference information & registration visit mvdovia.org.

or call Dave Layton 309-793-4425. Registration deadline is October 11, 2016.

 

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