Local News Archives for 2016-11

Exelon Bill Seems to Be Moving Forward

The effort to save a pair of the state’s nuclear power plants looks to be moving forward. First reported in Capitol Fax, the negotiations around a number of Exelon bills have been agreed to in principal. Reports are that there will be hard caps on rate increases for both residents and commercial users and a number of other provisions have been cut from the bill. More details about the proposed compromise should come out later today. 

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End is near for mild weather

December has arrived, and when the totals are calculated for November is will continue the trend of well above normal temperatures for most of 2016. But, DTN chief meteorologist Bryce Anderson says the above normal trend is about to end.

And along with more seasonal temperatures in the week ahead, look for the first measurable snow as well.

Bryce Anderson. As far as the winter forecast, Anderson looks for near normal temperatures and precipitation in December and January, then moderation in February with a return to somewhat above normal temperatures.

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Push On For No Lame Duck Tax Votes

During lame duck sessions of government there often are times when legislation that otherwise wouldn’t get passed winds up finding enough votes. But now a few lawmakers want to pass a law to stop that from happening when it comes to tax increases. Democrat Rep. Jack Franks says that passing important tax increases shouldn’t be done at the end of someone’s time in office.

Franks is a lame duck lawmaker and his bill is filed as a constitutional amendment and would require a three-fifths majority of lawmakers to agree to pass a lame duck tax hike,

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No Automatic Voter Registration In Illinois

You won’t have the opportunity to be automatically registered to vote in Illinois. The House fell a few votes short of overriding the Governor’s veto of automatic voter registration. The bill would have signed residents up after coming in to contact with a number of state agencies, but critics were worried about possible voter fraud in the face of increasing voter participation. Republican State Rep. Tome Demmer from Dixon said too much was unknown about how the state could keep up with new names voter rolls.

The veto had already been overridden in the Senate but is now a dead issue after failing to do the same in the House. 

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No Speaker At Meetings

The Governor and 4 legislative leaders were set to meet every day this week to examine if there was middle ground on issues that could be resolved so a full budget could be voted on. Today the Speaker of the House Mike Madigan wasn’t in attendance. Republican Leaders, Christine Radogno and Jim Durkin were dismayed at his absence. 

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Kewanee City Info

Kewanee City Council on Monday night voted to execute a Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment agreement with Dan Carrington of the Carrington Building in downtown Kewanee.

The building has been shedding some of its brick work as of late and had become an issue not only from an aesthetic point of view but also from a safety point of view.

Mayor Steve Looney says the hope is that the building and the adjacent area in the downtown will be served by the upgrades…

Mayor Looney also notes that with winter coming up, the city maintenance department appears to be in good shape with road salt…

Mayor Looney also says that four demolition projects were awarded at Monday nights meeting and he also says the city has knocked down quite a number of dilapidated buildings over the last year and a half…

Mayor Looney also says that some city employees deserve a big round of thanks…

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Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers

The annual Red Kettle fundraiser through the Salvation Army is underway once again this year.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says not only are the bell ringers part of the Holiday landscape, they are an important part of helping families right here in the community…

Ms. Bolls says they need volunteers to step forward to help ring the bells and any amount of time you might have to donate is very much appreciated…

Ms. Bolls says the bell ringing effort goes right up until the final moments just before Christmas…

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Jimmie Dison Retiring Today

Today will mark the end of an era at the Stark County Sheriff’s Department in Toulon as Sheriff Jimmie Dison will put in his last day of work.

Sheriff Dison announced his retirement earlier this year in a statement to the Stark County Board in which he said, “Due to circumstances beyond my control, I reluctantly and with a heavy heart, submit to you my intent to retire, effective November 30th.

Sheriff Dison has unfortunately developed some serious problems with his back and doctors had urged him to make the decision.

That fact coupled with financial cuts to the Stark County Sheriff’s Department combined in that decision.

Jimmie Dison has been in law enforcement for 36 years with service to the Kewanee Police Dept and the Henry County Sheriff’s Dept along the way and also serving as Sheriff of Stark County for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he was Chief Deputy in Stark County for 11 years.

Sheriff Dison leaves the office with two years remaining on his term, and Wyoming Police Chief Steve Sloan, who has served in that capacity for the last 24 years has been selected as the new Stark County Sheriff.

And so, congratulations are in order to retiring Stark County Sheriff Jimmie Dison for his many years of service to the Stark County community.  

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Ameren Upgrading Services


Advanced technology will help customers manage energy usage and save


KEWANEE, Ill.– As part of a multi-year plan to build a next generation energy delivery system and create jobs in central and southern Illinois, Ameren Illinois announced today it is enhancing service reliability for more than 15,400 residential and small business customers in and around Bureau, Henry, Knox and Stark counties, including upgrading electric meters and natural gas meters.

 

Customers in the following communities will benefit from these enhancements:

·       Bureau County – Buda, Manlius, Mineral, Neponset, New Bedford, Princeton, Sheffield, Tiskilwa, Walnut and Wyanet.

·       Henry County – Andover, Annawan, Atkinson, Bishop Hill, Cambridge, Galva, Geneso, Kewanee, Lynn Center, Nekoma, Opheim, Osco and Woodhull.

·       Knox County – Altona, Oneida and Victoria.

·       Stark County – Bradford, Elmira, LaFayette and Toulon.
 

“This advanced technology will provide our customers with access to more choices for pricing options and energy efficiency tools to help them manage their energy usage and better control their costs,” said Daetta Jones, Division Director for Ameren Illinois serving Bureau, Henry, Knox and Stark counties. “This new technology will enable us to more quickly detect system disruptions, prevent outages, and restore service.”

 

Customers will receive more information about electric and natural gas meter upgrades which are scheduled to begin in December and continue throughout 2017. Benefits of these advanced, two-way communication devices include: 

 

•        More reliable energy. The advanced meter works with the other system upgrades that Ameren Illinois is making, including automated switches and sensors that will help the utility detect and isolate outages sooner so that they can restore service more promptly.

•        More energy usage control. As technology continues to advance, the new meters will provide detailed energy usage information that will make it easier for customers to take an active role in controlling their energy usage and costs.

•        More customer information. Over time, customers will have more convenient ways to view their energy usage information through mobile and web-based tools – all designed to help customers better manage their energy use.

Ameren Illinois will contact customers in advance of meter upgrades. Customers do not need to take any action or be present as long as installers have clear and safe access to the meters. The upgrades will take about 10-15 minutes and will be performed by Ameren Illinois or Apex contracting crews displaying Ameren photo-ID badges. Installers will never ask for payment of any kind. There will be a brief interruption to a customer’s electric service. If a customer is not present, a door hanger will be left to let them know if the upgrade was completed.

“We are committed to keeping our customers informed about how we are investing to upgrade their service,” Jones said. “Advanced meters contribute to greater service reliability and offer more customer benefits. Enhancing reliability and providing access to energy information is going to be an energy- and cost-saving advantage for our customers in the future.”

 

According to Jones, customers are experiencing the benefits of Ameren Illinois’s long-term approach for upgrading the state's natural gas and electric delivery infrastructure. Since 2012, Ameren Illinois has implemented hundreds of system reliability projects by adding new technology and fortifying the energy grid.  As a result, reliability has improved by an average of 17 percent, saving Ameren Illinois customers an estimated $48 million a year. The utility has added more than 800 employees, and more than 1,200 Illinois-based contract workers who are supporting Ameren Illinois projects.

 

Customers with questions can visit AmerenIllinois.com/focus or call Ameren Illinois Customer Service at 1-800-755-5000.

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New rules for specialty crops coming

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed by congress. The bill, designed to modernize and improve the nation’s food safety rules will not be fully implemented until 2020, but the phase in for food producers begins next year. The bill, which now has 500 pages of detailed regulations includes updated rules for everyone from restaurants to imports to farmers markets.
U of I extension is planning a rollout of meetings and seminars to explain the new rules to impacted producers. Leading the way for extension on the Food Safety Modernization Act is Extension Educator Laurie George from Mt Vernon. She is on track to be the first person in Illinois to be a certified trainer of other educators who will in turn lead seminars on the FSMA.
We asked George if the 500 pages of rules will be another regulatory burden on food producers, or a real improvement in food safety.

What are some examples of practices that specialty growers will have to evaluate?

Extension Educator Laurie George. The new rules will start kicking in next year for the largest commercial producers, most smaller specialty crop producers like those in Illinois will have to comply with new standards by 2020. For more information contact the U of I extension website or office.

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Imprisoned Former Speaker of House Wants A Pension Back

Disgraced and imprisoned the former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is fighting for one of his pensions. The former lawmaker is pushing to have his pension from time spent as a public school teacher back. The $17,000 yearly pension was terminated once he was sentenced to 15 months in jail over payment to a student that he sexually abused while a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School. Hastert’s lawyers are making the claim that he’s in jail for banking crimes not the abuse of students while a teacher and coach. His lawyers will get a hearing in front of a review board for the Teachers Retirement System, but no date has been set. The onetime state lawmaker and Congressman is still getting his federal pension but for now the General Assembly Retirement System has suspended payment of Hastert’s state pension

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Cullerton and Madigan Meet with Governor

All that is left is one more week of lawmakers in Springfield for the fall veto session and the path to accomplish much if anything is still as murky as ever. The leaders and Governor met on Monday and Senate President John Cullerton says that he’s ready to meet often. Cullerton says the topics discussed were varied and he had no problem with votes being put up during lame duck sessions.

The other Democrat in the Legislature, House Speaker Mike Madigan, is showing little determination in passing any of those turn around agenda items. Republicans say they will not get behind another stopgap budget without the passage of any legislative reforms.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Republicans leaders aren’t ready to budge this session on the budget. And House Minority Leader Republican Jim Durkin is left frustrated about the lack of progress on compromise or middle ground.

There is expected to be another meeting with the Governor and four tops on Tuesday.

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U of I Extension Info

Today is a big day for the University of Illinois Extension as they will celebrate a Global Day of Giving.

Jenny Garner is the County Director for the Extension service in our area and she says it’s an opportunity to stop by their office in Galva at 358 Front Street and see what they have to offer…

With continued uncertainty coming out of Springfield the Extension has had to remain flexible and creative with their funding issues and folks are invited to drop off their year-end tax deductible gift of support.

Ms. Garner adds that the Extension Service is truly a community organization…

Visitors can stop by the Galva location anytime between 8 and 4:30 today and enjoy some wonderful holiday treats…

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OSF Info

The Medical Staff Scholarship Application Deadline at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee is rapidly approaching.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF St Luke…

Ms. Boelens also notes that the hospital is once again this year offering the Snowflake Sentiments program to the public…

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ISP October Report

Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of October 2016, Troopers handled 1407 calls for service and assistance.  Of these calls, 155 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways.

 

Criminal activities during the month included 3 persons apprehended for being wanted on outstanding warrants and 17 arrested for other criminal offenses.

 

Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 192 drivers arrested for speeding and 63 cited for seat belt violations.  Driving under the influence arrests totaled 29, while 9 apprehensions for other alcohol related offenses were recorded.  Troopers issued a total of 533 traffic citations and 614 written warnings to motorists during the month.

 

Troopers and weight inspectors issued 100 citations for overweight loads and issued no written warnings for overweight violations.

 

District Seven Troopers handled 46 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There were 3 fatal crash handled by District 7 Troopers. 

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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, December 7thfrom 9:00am-12:00pm.

 

      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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ANDOVER CHRISTMAS WALK DECEMBER 3

 

          The 27th annual Andover Christmas Walk will be held on Saturday, December 3.  At 4:45  pm, there will be a tree lighting and sing-a-long at the Andover Lake Park band stand.  Events at the American Legion Building from 5 – 7 pm include a soup supper and Christmas goodies, a vocal ensemble singing Christmas carols, piano Christmas music, holiday crafts for children, Santa and Mrs. Claus in his sleigh handing out treats, a magician teaching magic tricks and making balloon animals, a silent auction featuring a variety of Christmas decorations, a snowman display, a Christmas cookie walk offering an opportunity to purchase goodies for the holidays, and a Christmas bazaar featuring various home-made items.

 

          The silent auction will include miniature trees, wreaths and centerpieces, and other holiday items.  These may include animated characters, outdoor displays or any other items that will help make the silent auction a success.  If you would like to donate items for the silent auction, please contact Mooch Gay at 309-738-6351 for further details.

 

          From 5:30 - 7 pm, there will be free tractor-pulled wagon rides for all ages to see the beautiful lighted Christmas displays in the ten-acre park .  The boarding and drop off location will be by the east pavilion of the park.  From 6 - 8 pm, you can listen to instrumental and vocal Christmas music by Tewanta & Company Trio and the Orion Chamber Choir from Orion High School at the historic candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel..  During the walk, you can stroll through the park and drive around town to see the houses participating in the light-decorating contest.  The walk is hosted by the Andover Tourism Council and Andover Village Board.  Full details can be found at the andovertourism.com web site.

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BHE Open House

The Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee will host a Learn and Earn Open House on Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

David Harris is the Coordinator at the CEC and he says this will be a great opportunity to learn about the classes being offered in January at the Community Education Center and the Welding and Skilled Trades Center

 

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St Louis considered as delivery point for Chicago grain contractsi

The CME is looking at St Louis as an additional delivery point for CBOT contracts. Right now, Pekin is the southernmost delivery point in Illinois. Jeff Adkisson of the Grain and Feed Assoc of Illinois says his board will be looking at the impact of adding St Louis. He says it looks like a positive move, but it all depends on the discount, or basis versus Chicago that is set for St Louis.

Joe Camp of Agrivisor agrees with Adkisson in that adding St Louis could be a long term positive especially for Southern Illinois once the basis rate becomes established.

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Deer Kill Down, Weather to Blame?

It was a busy weekend for the state’s deer hunters. Over all the first weekend of shotgun season saw more than 54,000 deer killed. The numbers are down from last year by about four thousand. Tim Schweizer with Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that the weather may be to blame for downward trend in harvest numbers.

Shotgun hunters have another chance to go out into the woods from December 1st to the 4th.

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Central Illinois Has Goods Jobs Picture

Jobless numbers headed into the holiday hiring season are the lowest in central Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that Springfield holds the lowest area unemployment rate at 4.5 percent. Chicago area Lake County is second in the state at 4.6 percent. The worst place to be out of work is in Danville, where local unemployment is 6.6 percent. Overall the state rate is 5.5 percent.

October 2016-2015 rates by area were:
Bloomington-Normal: 4.8; 5.0.
Carbondale-Marion: 5.4; 6.
Champaign-Urbana: 4.8; 5.3.
Chicago: 5.7; 5.3.
Danville: 6.6; 7.2.
Quad-Cities: 5.4; 5.7.
Decatur: 6.2; 7.0.
Elgin: 4.9; 5.6.
Kankakee: 5.8; 6.7.
Lake County: 4.6; 5.2.
Peoria: 5.9; 6.9.
Rockford: 6; 7.1.
Springfield: 4.5; 5.3.
Metro East St. Louis: 5.1; 6.1.

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City Council Meets Tonight

 

                                                                                                                                                                          AGENDA FOR

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Council Chambers

                                                                                                                     401 E Third Street

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Closed Session starting at 6:30 p.m.

Open Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 28, 2016

 

Posted by 6:00 p.m., November 23, 2016

1.                Call to Order

2.                Closed Session pursuant to Section 2(c)(6) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss sale or lease of real estate, 2(c)(1) to discuss personnel and 2(c)(2) to discuss collective bargaining. 

3.                Pledge of Allegiance

4.                Consent Agenda

a.      Approval of Minutes

b.      Payroll

c.      Staff Reports

5.                Presentation of Bills and Claims

6.                Citizen Participation

7.                Business:

a.      Consideration of an Ordinance providing for the issuance of not to exceed $298,000 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2016 of the City of Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, and for the levy of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on said bonds.

b.      Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment agreement with Dan Carrington for “Carrington Building” TIF Project.

c.      Consideration of an Ordinance declaring 4.4 acres of land at 850 E Division Street as excess and directing the sale of the same.

d.      Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 219 Payson St., 700 W. Fourth St., 629 O’Dea St., and 510 N. Grace Ave. to Martin Bros. of Kewanee.

e.      Discussion of a Capital Improvement Plan for the City of Kewanee.

f.       Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Insituform Technologies, LLC for the 2016 CIPP Project.

g.      Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with ADP for payroll processing.

 

8.                Council Communications:

 

9.                Announcements:  

 

10.              Adjournment

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Goodfellows Christmas Baskets

With the Thanksgiving Holiday now behind us, most people will turn their attention to the Christmas Holiday Season.

One of the many great traditions in Kewanee is the delivery of the Goodfellows Christmas Baskets which are delivered by Key Club students from Kewanee and Wethersfield High Schools to those families that are in need in Kewanee.

Amron Buchanan is the Key Club Adviser at Kewanee High School…

Mr. Buchanan stresses that correct addresses must be turned in or delivery may or may not happen…

Needless to say but a project of this size and scope does cost some money and Mr. Buchanan notes that all forms of funding are very much appreciated…

The distribution date for delivery of the baskets has been set for December 21st this year…

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE APPREHEND SUSPECT IN OLNEY CHILD DEATH INVESTIGATION


On November 27, 2016, at 2:21 a.m., the Illinois State Police arrested Glen R. Ramey, 53, of Olney, for First Degree Murder and Predatory Sexual Assault in the death of Sabrina Stauffenberg, age 8.  Stauffenberg was found deceased on the south side of Olney on the evening of November 23.

The arrest of Ramey is the result of a collaborative effort between multiple law enforcement agencies which comprise the Southern Illinois Child Death Task Force. Those agencies include: the Olney Police Department; Richland County Sheriff’s Department; Flora Police Department; Salem Police Department; Centralia Police Department; Effingham County Sheriff’s Department; Effingham County Coroner’s Office; Vandalia Police Department; and the Illinois State Police.

Ramey is currently held at the Richland County Jail pending formal arraignment. No further information is being released at this time.  Future inquiries should be directed to the Richland County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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Judge sides with IHSA in 7A Title Game Dispute

The matchup remains the same in the Illinois High School Football 7A State Championship after Judge Kathleen Kennedy sided with the IHSA in a court fight over a controversial semifinal game. Fenwick challenged Plainfield North's 18-17 playoff victory. The IHSA admitted Fenwick should have won the game in regulation 10-7 but the game went to overtime. Fenwick received a penalty for intentional grounding on 4th down but the clock ran out on the play. Untimed penalties are not supposed to be awarded when time runs out but Plainfield North was awarded an untimed down and kicked a field goal to force overtime. The IHSA offered its sincerest apologies to Fenwick but the association's bylaws did not allow a review of Fenwick's appeal.

In a statement the IHSA, they say the decision is not a victory. It is simply a resolution. The governing body says it's an opportunity for a long term self examination to look at policies and rules to ensure something similar doesn't occur in the future. The IHSA is thanking Judge Kennedy for the ruling because it allows them and similar organizations to continue to self govern.
 

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Cook Safely on Thanksgiving Day

It’s time to get that turkey ready for your Thanksgiving Day. You better have had it defrosting for the past couple of days because it’s a little too late to start now; you need about a day in fridge for every five pounds of turkey you want to thaw. Once you have that done Laura Barr with the University of Illinois Extension says that you don’t need to rinse the bird off. That increases the chance of bacteria splashing off the bird on to countertops and other surfaces where you may later set fresh food.

Once you’re done cooking and eating on Thursday the best part can be leftovers, but they should only be kept in the fridge for a few days before discarding them or freezing them to keep them safe.

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Turkey Facts and Stats

Minnesota is the top turkey producing state raising 20 percent of the nation’s 228 million birds.
The National Turkey Federation says that we will eat more than 46 million at Thanksgiving. Another 22 million are eaten at Christmas.
American’s eat more turkey than any other county.
Turkeys raised in commercial production are usually White Hollands.
Over 15 to 18 weeks a turkey will consume about 75 to 80 pounds of feed to make it to market weight.
Ben Franklin was a notable fan of the turkey – he wrote in a letter to his daughter that the turkey should be the national bird - not the eagle. Not sure I’d like to see a Turkey on the back of my money.
President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November to be a national day of Thanksgiving. President Franklin Roosevelt set Thanksgiving to always be on the 4th Thursday of the month – as not to impact holiday shopping.
There are four towns in the US with Turkey in their name including Turkey, North Carolina.
Now that Thanksgiving Dinner is over what to do with the leftovers…..
USDA says eat the leftovers in 3 or 4 days and that’s if you get them in the fridge right away and don’t leave them out on the table all afternoon.
The number one way of enjoying leftovers? A simple turkey sandwich.

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Turkey Day Costs and Down

Thanksgiving Dinner will be a little cheaper this year. The American Farm Bureau completes a survey each turkey day to take a look at the cost associated with the feast. And this year prices are lower. A meal for 10 is projected to cost $49.87, over all about twenty five cents cheaper than last year. The price works out to be less than $5 dollars a person. The big driver behind the lower costs is less expensive turkey. 

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Ken Bone is fine with his 15 minutes of fame ticking away

It's been a month and a half since a Metro-East man became an instant phenomenon at the second Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis. Shiloh resident Ken Bone and his red sweater became a hit on late night talk shows as well social media. With Election Day now in the rear view mirror, Bone's public profile is shrinking by the day and he's more than okay with that....

Looking back at seeing Trump and Clinton up close and personal, Bone won't say he thought Trump was on his way to Pennsylvania Avenue in a historic upset, but he understands what may have paved the way...

Bone says his family was targeted by a bomb threat at his residence but he credits Shiloh Police with helping protect his family during his sudden rise to fame.

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Safe Driving Habits Are Key to Safe Travel

 

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, would like to remind motorists that the ISP is gearing up for the beginning of the holiday travel period. The ISP will be stepping up enforcement patrols as the holiday driving season begins.  The goal is to make the roads safe for all motorists. 

Traditionally, the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday travel period.  Beginning on Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27, officials expect high traffic volumes on interstates and roads throughout the region. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, is expected to be the busiest.  The ISP is urging the motoring public to adhere to the rules of the road.  Statistics continue to show that fatal crashes increase on the interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday period. 

“During the holiday driving period there will be a large volume of traffic on the roadways,” stated District 7 Commander, Captain Markowski.  “We will be increasing patrols to watch for motorists who may be driving in an unsafe manner.  We will especially be watching for drivers committing any of the Fatal Four moving violations,” he continued. 

During the holiday enforcement period, officers will patrol the interstates, conduct road side safety checks and participate in other traffic enforcement details to identify the “Fatal Four” moving violations: speeding, driving under the influence (DUI), not wearing seatbelts, and distracted driving.   Special emphasis will be placed on DUI enforcement and holiday DUI patrols will be designated statewide.

“Our number one goal over the holiday weekend is to reduce the number of fatalities on Illinois roadways,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams.  “We ask that motorists think twice about safe driving habits before getting behind the wheel.  Please watch your speed, buckle up, and don’t drive distracted or while under the influence,” he continued.

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Have A Safe Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving Holiday weekend will be a time of celebration in many ways for many people.

And for those that enjoy the late night scene, the night before Thanksgiving is often times one of the busiest nights of the year.

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla says yes, by all means have a good time, but take the necessary measures to get home safely once the party is over…

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK RESULTS

 

IEast Moline – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, announces the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held in Rock Island County from late night November 19, 2016 to early morning of November 20, 2016. The RSC was conducted at Illinois 92 east bound ¼ mile west of 34th Street, Moline, IL, by District 7 Troopers.

Violations

Enforcement Activity

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests

3

Other Alcohol/Drug Citations

8

Occupant Restraint Offenses

3

Registration Offenses

1

Driver’s License Offenses

8

Insurance Violations

2

Total Citations/Arrests

23

Total Written Warnings

6

 

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving.  RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.  This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

 

 

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday will be observed this coming Saturday, November 26th with an emphasis on shopping at local small businesses as much as possible.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says shopping locally helps out the entire community…

The cities of Kewanee and Canton share many similarities and Mark says the recent explosion in Canton was tough on that community but they continue to move right along…

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Julmarknad

The Holiday Season will come alive in Bishop Hill this coming weekend as Julmarknad or the Christmas Market will be celebrated on Friday and Saturday.

Todd DeDecker is the Administrator of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and he says it’s not only a long standing traditional event, is also a wonderful event…

Todd adds that lots of other activity will also be a part of the schedule for Julmarknad…

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IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking

 

 

First things first, TAKE THE TURKEY OUT!  It may already be time to take the turkey out of the freezer so that it will be thawed in time for Thanksgiving.  Allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey when thawed in the refrigerator.  A 20 to 24 pound turkey could take 5 to 6 days to thaw. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.

 

“Every year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages, or what is commonly referred to as food poisoning,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “By adhering to what we call ‘the big four – clean, separate, cook, and chill,’ you can avoid becoming ill and ruining your holidays.”

 

1.      Clean - wash hands, cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops before and after preparing each food item.

2.     Separate - keep raw eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from foods that won’t be cooked.

3.     Cook - use a food thermometer to make sure meat, poultry, and fish are fully cooked.  Color is not a reliable indicator of doneness.  Cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F. 

4.     Chill - divide leftovers into shallow containers and refrigerate them within two hours.  Use leftovers within 3 to 4 days.

 

Whether gathering with family for holiday meals, or spending time with friends and colleagues at office parties and other celebrations, be cautious when eating certain foods.  Foods such as raw oysters, soft-boiled eggs, steak tartare, rare or medium beef, and eggnog, mousse or bread pudding (unless made with pasteurized eggs or an egg substitute), can harbor bacteria that cause foodborne illness.  Apple cider that has not been pasteurized or otherwise treated to kill bacteria can also make you sick. 

 

A good rule of thumb is, make sure hot foods are hot (above 140°F) and cold foods are cold (below 40°F).  Don’t eat food that has been sitting out for more than two hours if the food is not being kept hot or cold. 

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Health Dept Turkey Tips

Many people will enjoy a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day and getting the bird ready in a safe and healthy manner will be a key to an enjoyable Holiday.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she says thawing the bird properly is the number one place to start with food safety…

Ms. Tucker says that food safety is the main reason behind the thawing strategy…

Cooking the bird properly is just as important as the thawing process when it comes to a successful meal…

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City and the KEDC

Kewanee City Council at their last meeting voted to have the Kewanee Economic Development Corporation report to them on their various projects and accomplishments.

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley says it’s just a way of staying in tune with the KEDC and staying up on their work accomplishments…

Mr. Bradley adds that the KEDC cannot go public with their work efforts even though they might wish to…

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DACA Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin is urging President-elect Donald Trump to avoid an Apprentice style approach in dealing with younger immigrants. Durbin is calling for Trump's administration to shield the group known as Dreamers from deportation. They remain in the country thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants temporary reprieve from deportation to certain young undocumented immigrants.....

In 2010, Durbin was the first member of Congress to call for the establishment of DACA.

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New wrinkle in Schock case

There's a new wrinkle in the saga of former Congressman Aaron Schock. Federal prosecutors say he turned meet 'n' greets into a money maker, pocketing thousands of dollars from constituents who visited him. The indictment against the Peoria Republican claims he hosted Washington annual tours and meet-and-greets, assessed a fee and secretly kept some of the cash.

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KPL Thanksgiving Info

Kewanee Public Library has announced their Thanksgiving Holiday schedule.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says they, like everyone else is looking forward to a day off on Thanksgiving…

Ms. Billiet also reminds students of the ongoing 3D Printer Class at the Library…

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Kewanee Garbage Pick Up Schedule

 

 

The following schedule will take place next week for Thanksgiving holiday changes:

 

There will be no landscape waste pickup on Monday 11/21/16.  All residents’ trash will be picked up one day earlier than usual beginning on Monday.  City Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday 11/24/16 and Friday 11/25/16.

 

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

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ISP At Wrigleyville

The World Series Championship for the Chicago Cubs will no doubt bring happy memories for Cubs fans for years to come with the potential for more of those in the future.

One of the groups that may have fond memories of the celebration in Chicago is Illinois State Police who were part of the crowd control contingent.

State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline was on duty in Chicago the night the Cubs clinched the National League Pennant and also on duty during the victory parade with virtually no reports of destructive behavior…

Trooper Wilson says it was an experience top to bottom that he says he will never forget…

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Downtown Christmas Tree Moving

A long time holiday tradition in downtown Kewanee will be moving to a new location beginning with this year’s festivities.

The large Christmas tree that has been placed at the intersection of 2nd and Tremont during the holiday season will now be located on the northwest corner of Berrien Park also known as the Green Space.

Dierdre Scott with the Prairie Chicken Festival says there is one main reason for the switch in locations…

With that in mind, there will be a celebration to bring in the new location and Dianne Packee with the Prairie Chicken Festival says Sunday, November 27th will be a special day in downtown Kewanee…

Luminaries will be a part of the festivities on the 27th and the Kewanee Car Show committee will also be selling raffle tickets.

Both Ms. Scott and Ms. Packee want to stress that in no way shape or form are they trying to steal the thunder from the lighting of Windmont Park which will occur one week later…

The hope is that a permanent tree will be planted on the northwest side of Berrian Park for future holiday celebrations.

Once again that event on Sunday, November 27th from 4 til 6 at Berrien Park and the public is cordially invited to attend.        

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AFSCME and Rauner Heat Up

The Rauner administration is wasting little time reacting to the Illinois Labor Relations Board's decision that talks with AFSCME are at an impasse. As the state’s largest union held demonstrations around the state. He is moving ahead to implement a state employee merit pay plan and to extend the work week to 40 hours before overtime is paid. The first development of the merit pay plan will be bonuses for workers with infrequent absences. Workers, who missed less than five percent of their assigned work days from July of last year through June 30th of this year, will be eligible for a $1,000 bonus. Vacation, personal and sick days aren't factored into the number of assigned days. AFSCME plans a court fight. AFSCME is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to return to the bargaining table
rather than impose his contract terms.

Meanwhile, the Governor's budget director is offering more unflattering numbers when it comes to Illinois' economic fortunes. Numbers show the state will be seven billion dollars in the red by the end of the fiscal year June 30th and the state will have a $13 billion dollar backlog of unpaid bills. 

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Jobs Numbers Still Slow to Recover

Jobs numbers around the state are getting slightly better. But the numbers are still a mix bag. The unemployment rate is up but a small number of jobs have been created. The state’s unemployment rate is 5.6 percent up a tenth of percent from last month. Illinois Department of Employment Security’s Bob Gough.

The nation’s unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.

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AFSCME protests statewide

Downtown Springfield and locations across Illinois probably haven't seen this many green shirts since St. Patrick's Day. AFSCME's green shirted members raised their voices in protest against Governor Rauner's plan to impose his terms for a new labor deal for the 38,000 workers covered by the union. Local 997 President Nicole Power was among protesters who turned out at the Department of Revenue's headquarters, the Willard Ice Building.....

Workers protested at 120 sites in all. Governor Rauner plans to impose his terms for AFSCME's next contract after the Illinois Labor Relations Board declared talks between Rauner and the workers union were at an impasse. AFSCME plans to fight the impasse declaration in court. 

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Food stamps and farm aid?

The U-S House Agriculture Committee concluded a round of hearings examining the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as "SNAP." What once was known as the "food stamp" program traditionally has been bundled with crop insurance, conservation and other programs targeted at farmers. Illinois farm and commodity organizations want to know if this makes sense in the future, and the next input session is scheduled for Tuesday in Normal. Rich Guebert (hard "G" GEE-burt) farms near Ellis Grove and attended the first of three statewide farm bill sessions;

Guebert serves as president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, one of the groups sponsoring the farm bill member input sessions. Again, the next one takes place Tuesday at 10:30 a-m at the Marriott in downtown Normal. The final statewide session will occur Tuesday, November 29th in Sycamore. You can go to FarmWeekNow-dot-com for more information and to register.

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About five bucks a head gets you Thanksgiving dinner

The cost of a Thanksgiving meal for ten this year will average forty-nine dollars and 89-cents says the American Farm Bureau. The group has volunteers from around the country shop for turkey and the traditional fixings and submit prices. John Newton serves as the director of market intelligence for A-F-B-F;

The national farm organization has been conducting the Thanksgiving meal survey for more than 30 years. This year's survey showed the first drop in the cost of a Thanksgiving meal in three years.

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Extension on Tuned IN

Christmas Tree Tips from Martha Smith

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Chamber Christmas Info

The crews will be out in Kewanee early on Sunday morning to put up the Christmas Holiday decorations that will line the main drive of Kewanee.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says it’s an annual tradition that they look forward to…

For many people, the time frame from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is the Holiday Season and when those holiday street lights go up, it’s one of many signs that the Holidays are here…

Mark also reminds that one of the early Holiday deadlines is on the books for later today…

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Senator Weaver in Kewanee

State Senator Chuck Weaver from Illinois’ 37th District was in Kewanee on Thursday evening for a town hall meeting that was held at the Kewanee School District 229 Administrative Office at 1001 North Main Street.

Senator Weaver addressed the crowd on several topics and also took questions from the audience as well.

Senator Weaver pointed out that the state budget has to be priority one but like many in Illinois, he is disappointed by the continuing stalemate…

Senator Weaver notes that there has been a lot of bipartisan agreements that have been hammered out over the last several months and now is the time for lawmakers to come together but one person in particular is holding up the process…

Senator Weaver also notes that time is running short for the budget agreement with the midnight hour not all that far away…

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for September

 

   

 

 

 

John Selman of Kewanee was nominated by his peers, and then recognized by clients and staff at Abilities Pus 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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Hike The Hennepin On Sunday


 

 

The Friends of the Canal are holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, November 20.

This month’s hike will be from Bridge 23 to Bridge 28. The hike is 5 miles in length and it has been named the “Muskrat”.

Hikers will meet at 1:30 pm at Bridge 23 on Route 78 just north of Annawan, where we will be shuttled to Bridge 28 to begin our hike. Directions to Bridge 23 are to take IL Route 6 or I80 to Annawan and then go north on Route 78 to the Canal. The parking area is located on the south side of the Canal and the west side of Route 78.

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

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:

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

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

Next hike: January 15

Happy Holidays!

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Thanksgiving Schedule

Thanksgiving will be celebrated next Thursday marking the beginning of the Holiday Season and many people will have the day off and in some cases, many will enjoy a four day holiday weekend.

Most major governmental bodies will be closed on Thursday.  

In Kewanee, City Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed both Thursday and Friday and there will be several changes in the garbage pick- up schedule in Kewanee for next week.

Next week’s Tuesday route will be moved up to Monday, the Wednesday route will move to Tuesday and the Thursday route will move to Wednesday with no landscape waste pick up on Monday.    

The Henry County Court system and other county offices will be closed for the day on Thursday and also on Friday, November 27th.   

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

Thanksgiving 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 Thursday and Friday of next week in observance of the Holiday with the office re-opening on Saturday, November 26th from 7:30 am til 12 noon.    

All local schools including Black Hawk College facilities will be closed for the Holiday. Students at Wethersfield will be off on holiday break from Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th. Students in Kewanee District 229 will be dismissed one hour early on Wednesday the 23rd and will then be off also through the 27th.   

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

University of Illinois Extension Offices will also be closed on Thursday and Friday and returning on November 28th.

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La Nina' Now in Effect

The winter forecast reflects the typical La Niña winter pattern for the US with the north being cooler, the south warmer, and the jet stream parked right over Illinois. In the past, that has given us wetter conditions and more snow in the Great Lakes region.

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Power Outage Hits Kewanee

A power outage hit the southwest side of Kewanee on Thursday morning with the initial outage occurring right around 8:45 and lasting until approximately 1:30.

Ameren Illinois Spokesperson Brian Bretsch says that like in many other outages over time, a squirrel was to blame…

The outage affected the WKEI Tower site on Beach Street and while power came back on at the studio on Division Street, the station remained off the air.

Power came back on briefly around 1 o’clock and then another outage hit that affected more of the city at that time.

Bretsch adds that squirrels are one of many unpredictable things that can affect power to customers…

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Canton rocked by blast, Ameren worker killed

Daylight is exposing the damage of last evening's gas explosion in Canton. Ameren reports one of their employees was killed in the blast, which started when a third party contractor ruptured an underground gas service line. Ameren shut off the gas and workers were making repairs when the explosion occured. 38-year-old Arturo Silva Jr. of Mapleton was killed. Three other workers were injured, and two of them remain in the hospital. Several buildings in the downtown area were damaged. 12 victims were taken to the hospital. Fulton County Emergency officials have sealed off the area around the square

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Durbin staying put in Washingto

Springfield based US Senator Dick Durbin won't be swapping Capitol Hill for the Statehouse anytime soon. On Wednesday, Durbin was elected to another term as the number two Democrat in the Senate and Durbin says that's where he will stay, stating more firmly than ever he has no intention of running against Bruce Rauner for Governor in 2018. Durbin recently rejected talk of making a run for the state's chief executive job...

Durbin says the election of Republican Donald Trump as President helped him reject talk of a run for state office. 

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Davis honors fallen officer from Madison County

Congressman Rodney Davis honored a longtime Madison County resident lost in the line of duty for a St. Louis area police department. St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder, who was shot to death October 6th, was remembered Wednesday by Davis on the House Floor...

Officer Snyder was shot as he arrived at a disturbance call in St. Louis County. A suspect is in custody. 

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Technical Difficulties for Regional Media

There is a mass power outtage on the west end of kewanee near/ around windmont park.  Ameren crews are on seen curerntly fixing this issue.  Do to the outage we are experiecing technical difficluties that our beyond our control.  We hope to be back up and running as soon as possible.  Thank you for listening and for your concern.  Thank you to Ameren for their timely response and dedication to the issue. 

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Bishop Hill is looking for Tomten!

 

Every year, Bishop Hill continually looks for 4th thru 6th graders who would like to be tomten for our Christmas Market weekends in November and December. Tomten are Swedish elves.  Bishop Hill tomten walk through town shaking hands with tourists, looking through windows, peeking around corners, and looking a little mischievous.  Tourists love taking photographs of the tomten. Each shift is 2 hours.  We have outfits for them with red caps, grey sweatshirts, red sashes, and pants, which they wear over their clothes. Tomten are portrayed by both boys and girls.

 

If you are interested in having your child be a Tomten, please call Todd DeDecker at the Steeple Building Museum at (309) 927-3899 asap. The child will receive a $5 gift certificate from the Colony Store for helping us out. Light refreshments are also provided to the children.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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OSF Book Sale

 

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host a book sale on Friday.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF St Luke…

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AAA Chicago: 48.7 Million Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving

AURORA, Ill. (Nov. 15, 2016) – AAA projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.


In Illinois, 2.5 million people will be traveling for the holiday weekend, which is a 1.6 percent increase from 2015. Of those travelers, nearly 2.3 million will be driving (up 1.9 percent from 2015) and 182,000 will be flying to their destination (a 1.5 percent decrease from 2015). Gas prices across Illinois are on average $2.10, down from $2.21 in 2015.

In Indiana, nearly 1.1 million people are expected to travel, which is a 2.1 percent increase from 2015. Of those, 980,000 are expected to travel by auto (2.3 percent increase) and about 79,000 by air (.1 percent increase). In Indiana, gas prices are on average $1.96 per gallon, down from $2.07 this time last year. The average price nationally for gas is $2.17.

This year’s increase in Thanksgiving travel is spurred by improvements in the economy during the second half of the year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence. And despite recent incremental increases in the national average price of gasoline, AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $28 billion so far at the pumps this year compared to the same period last year.

“This is the most traveled holiday of the year, and as usual, there is an emphasis on road trips,” said Joseph J. Richardson Jr., President and CEO of AAA – The Auto Club Group. “If you are one of the 43.5 million people on the road, we urge you to be patient in traffic and limit distractions while behind the wheel.”

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving
The vast majority—more than 89 percent—of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving. The 43.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent, with 3.69 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase only slightly this Thanksgiving, to 1.44 million travelers.
 
Thanksgiving airfares, hotel rates and car rental prices mixed
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, airfares are projected to increase 21 percent this Thanksgiving, landing at an average of $205 for a roundtrip flight for the top 40 domestic routes. Rates for AAA Three Diamond Rated lodgings are expected to remain flat, with travelers spending an average of $155 per night. The average rate for a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel has risen four percent with an average nightly cost of $123. Daily car rental rates will average $52, 13 percent lower than last Thanksgiving.

AAA will rescue thousands of motorists this Thanksgiving

AAA expects to rescue more than 370,000 motorists this Thanksgiving, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends that motorists check the condition of their battery and tires and pack emergency kits in their vehicles before heading out on a holiday getaway. Drivers should have their vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the nearly 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.
 

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SA Customer Appreciation Day

The Kewanee Salvation Army will host a customer appreciation day on Saturday at the store.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says it is their way of saying thanks to the community…

Ms. Bolls adds that incredible prices will be in effect all throughout the store on Saturday…

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Turkey Tips


 

"HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS SOME FOOD SAFETY-TURKEY TACTICS!"

 

    It's that time of year again - Thanksgiving.  And the staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note as cooks across the country ready themselves for this annual feast day, it's important to remember that if you don't eat the skin, and if you skim the fat from the gravy, turkey makes a healthy feast.  However, preparing this bird does bring with it some special concerns.  

 

    So to better guarantee that your Thanksgiving holiday is a healthy one, the Health Department offers up some helpful "Turkey Tactics."  Most poultry now comes with a safe handling label - read it.  If the bird is frozen, defrost it in the refrigerator, if possible.  Here are refrigerator thawing times for various size turkeys:

 

* 8 to 12 pound turkey takes 1 to 2 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 12 to 16 pound turkey takes 2 to 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 16 to 20 pound turkey takes 3 to 4 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* Pieces of a turkey, such as a half or quarter will take 1 to 2 days thawing time in the refrigerator

 

     Dorothy David, Director of Environmental Health Services notes, "If the beast is huge and you're short of time, submerge it (in its plastic wrapping) in potable running water at a temperature of 70 degrees fahrenheit, with sufficient water velocity to agitate and float off loose food particles with the overflow."

 

     If you have a small bird and an large microwave, you can safely defrost it that way.  Roast the turkey as soon as it is thawed.  Any poultry can have salmonella and other bacteria.  After handling poultry, wash your hands and utensils that have come in contact with the raw meat.

 

     Do not thaw the turkey on the kitchen counter.  A frozen turkey thaws from the outside in.  As the surface warms, bacteria multiply.  While thawing, the surface bacteria could multiply to dangerously high levels. One cannot rely on cooking to destroy all bacteria.  In addition, some food poisoning bacteria produce toxins that can't be destroyed though cooking.

     

     Use a meat thermometer.  Cook to 170 to 175 degrees in the thickest part of the breast, 180-185 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh, and 160-165 degrees in the stuffing.  "Slow cooking" overnight is not safe because bacteria have time to multiply.

 

     Don't stuff a bird early.  Stuff it only when ready to put it in the oven.  If you refrigerate a large stuffed uncooked turkey, the stuffing may not chill fast enough, allowing bacteria growth.  Cooking the stuffing separately is safer.

 

     For more information on food safety, call the Health Department Environmental Health Division at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) or852-3115 (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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Sec White announces new license plate and replacement program

A newly redesigned Illinois license plate is ready to make its debut in the New Year. Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing a cost-efficient, process to replace aging license plates...Spokesman Henry Haupt.....

Haupt talks about the bold new design....

Even if plates are in good shape, they typically need to be replaced after ten years because they lose reflectivity, making it harder for law enforcement to quickly and accurately identify vehicles

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Leaders Meet - Little Accomplished

Remember the state is still operating without a full and complete budget? The issue seemed to fade into the background over the past few months but now that lawmakers are back in Springfield for a fall veto session the lack of a spending plan is again front and center. House Speaker Mike Madigan says that after a meeting between all four leaders and Governor Bruce Rauner they are going to get a new group together to talk about budgeting.

You may remember that working groups of both Democrats and Republicans have been meeting for months about the issue. The decision to put together a new group has left Republican leaders scratching their heads. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno….

Leaders on the Republican side say they will not accept another stop gap spending plan. 

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Kewanee Enterprise Zone

Kewanee City Council approved an ordinance at Monday night’s Council meeting that established an Enterprise Zone in the city of Kewanee.

The measure also includes the cities or villages of Galva, Geneseo, Atkinson, Annawan, Cambridge, Orion and Woodhull in addition to Henry County.

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley urged council to pass the measure immediately saying time was critical and the Enterprise Zone is and essential piece of the economic development picture…

Mr. Bradley adds that there is great potential and value in keeping and maintaining an enterprise zone…

Mr. Bradley also notes that time was and is very critical to the Enterprise Zone application process…

Mr. Bradley also addresses the components that go into a successful Enterprise Zone application…

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Firearm Deer Season This Weekend

The firearm deer hunting season begins this coming weekend.

Field and Stream expert Duke Frisby from Kewanee says the deer harvest to this point has been down just a bit from years gone by…

Duke says there are several factor that might figure into why the deer numbers seem to be down a bit…

Needless to say but safety is always a concern when hunting is in season and Tim Schweizer with the Illinois Dept of Natural Resources is urging hunters to make safety a priority…

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Henry County Health Dept. and Thanksgiving

 

 

    It's that time of year again - Thanksgiving.  And the staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note as cooks across the country ready themselves for this annual feast day, it's important to remember that if you don't eat the skin, and if you skim the fat from the gravy, turkey makes a healthy feast.  However, preparing this bird does bring with it some special concerns.  

 

    So to better guarantee that your Thanksgiving holiday is a healthy one, the Health Department offers up some helpful "Turkey Tactics."  Most poultry now comes with a safe handling label - read it.  If the bird is frozen, defrost it in the refrigerator, if possible.  Here are refrigerator thawing times for various size turkeys:

 

* 8 to 12 pound turkey takes 1 to 2 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 12 to 16 pound turkey takes 2 to 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* 16 to 20 pound turkey takes 3 to 4 days to thaw in the refrigerator

* Pieces of a turkey, such as a half or quarter will take 1 to 2 days thawing time in the refrigerator

 

     Dorothy David, Director of Environmental Health Services notes, "If the beast is huge and you're short of time, submerge it (in its plastic wrapping) in potable running water at a temperature of 70 degrees fahrenheit, with sufficient water velocity to agitate and float off loose food particles with the overflow."

 

     If you have a small bird and an large microwave, you can safely defrost it that way.  Roast the turkey as soon as it is thawed.  Any poultry can have salmonella and other bacteria.  After handling poultry, wash your hands and utensils that have come in contact with the raw meat.

 

     Do not thaw the turkey on the kitchen counter.  A frozen turkey thaws from the outside in.  As the surface warms, bacteria multiply.  While thawing, the surface bacteria could multiply to dangerously high levels. One cannot rely on cooking to destroy all bacteria.  In addition, some food poisoning bacteria produce toxins that can't be destroyed though cooking.

     

     Use a meat thermometer.  Cook to 170 to 175 degrees in the thickest part of the breast, 180-185 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh, and 160-165 degrees in the stuffing.  "Slow cooking" overnight is not safe because bacteria have time to multiply.

 

     Don't stuff a bird early.  Stuff it only when ready to put it in the oven.  If you refrigerate a large stuffed uncooked turkey, the stuffing may not chill fast enough, allowing bacteria growth.  Cooking the stuffing separately is safer.

 

     For more information on food safety, call the Health Department Environmental Health Division at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) or852-3115 (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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Beekeeping and troubled youth

Salem4youth, a faith based boarding school for troubled young men, located near Flanigan, Illinois has teamed up with the Bayer Bee Care program to start an Apiary, or bee hive operation to provide an educational opportunity for the young men living at Salem4youth.
Steve McNair is Salem director of development. While the bee keeping operation is fairly recent, Salem has been in Flanigan for well over a century.

McNair started the Apiary three years ago after attending a seminar at Heartland community college in Normal. The project won a Community leadership Award from Bayer. But beyond the award, Bayer decided to get involved in helping Salem grow the project, says Becky Langer, program manager of Bayer’s Bee Care program.

Langer says Bayer is helping Salem plant up to fifty acres of wildflowers for the Apiary operation. In addition to providing pollinators for the area, Salem sold 500 pounds of honey this year and plans to grow that in the future as an educational project for the troubled youth at Salem4youth. This Thursday, 11/17, a field day will be held for the public to see some of the innovative work being done at Salem. 

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ 7 p.m.

 

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

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

Visitors – 1. Representatives from Illinois National Guard

                 2. Representatives from Ameren Illinois

 

Unfinished Business

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

2.    Going Going Gone Sale & leftover chops

3.    Planning Calendars and pens

 

New Business

1.    Entertainment meeting report

2.    Schedule special meetings to discuss Food Concessions & Flea Market/Craft Show

3.    Building security

4.    Election of officers for 2016:

                    Vice chairperson position held by Mike Komnick

                    Vice chairperson position held by Bill Scott

                    Secretary position held by Robyn Resch

                    Co chairperson position held by Larry Flannery

 

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

 

Motion to adjourn

FYI: Our 1st meeting of the 2017 Hog Festival Year will be Tuesday, January 10th at 7 p.m.

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Wethersfield Comments On Consolidation

With the vote on school consolidation in Kewanee now in the rear view mirror, it becomes a time for all parties to move forward in a positive manner.

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says that is the hope on the south side…

Mr. Kazubowski does take issue with one aspect that has been prevalent during the consolidation discussions and that is the concept of Division Street…

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Senator Weaver named “Friend of Agriculture”

Citing his strong commitment to Illinois’ largest industry, State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) has been named as a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Illinois Farm Bureau.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the very men and women who work hard every day to feed the world,” said Senator Weaver. “I’ve always believed that our farms and agribusinesses are the backbone of the entire Illinois economy. If we can help our farms to succeed, Illinois will succeed.”

The “Friend of Agriculture” is awarded to lawmakers in recognition of their commitment to supporting Illinois family farms and the agriculture industry. Senator Weaver was noted by the Farm Bureau as one of only two Senators who received a 100% voting record during the current legislative session.

Senator Weaver grew up on the Peoria family farm where he and his wife raised their children as well. Weaver Angus Farm was a nationally recognized cattle operation. Weaver grew up showing Angus cattle and today spends much of his spare time involved in the farm horse operation. He also communicates regularly with an agriculture advisory committee he established, made up of both local farmers and ag professionals.

“It’s important that we have Senators who not only were raised on farms, but that remain active in agriculture, so that they understand the unique challenges faced by our families,” said Woodford County farmer Bill Christ. “During his time in the Senate, Sen. Weaver has proven that he is a true ally of the farm community.”

 

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Tamoroa soldier among those killed in Bagram suicide bomber attack

Defense Department officials confirm that one of the four Americans killed by a suicide bomber at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was a Southern Illinois soldier. 20-year-old Army Private First Class Tyler Iubelt (You-belt) of Tamaroa was killed. He was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. Pinckneyville High School Superintendent Keith Hagene reflects on the memory of Iubelt....

Iubelt suffered a major knee injury as a freshman, derailing his high school athletic career. He was able to rehab the knee in time to join the military after graduating.

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Republican General Assembly gains not all about money

State Representative Tim Butler worked for years behind the scenes with longtime Congressman Ray LaHood and knows a thing or two about a good ground game. While many attribute the GOP's ability to eliminate the Democratic supermajority in the legislature to Governor Bruce Rauner's personal spending, Butler says a little sweat factored in too....

Butler says the ground efforts were crucial to counter grass roots efforts in a number of races, especially in Central Illinois...

The Springfield Republican ran unopposed for another term in the House.

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Meeting between Rauner and legislative leaders won't happen for now

The Democratic members of the Four Tops say thanks but no thanks to Governor Rauner's request for a meeting with the legislative leaders. Rauner wanted to meet today, on the eve of the start of the fall veto session. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton both said Sunday that they would not attend the meeting, but did not rule out a future meeting with the Republican governor to talk about the ongoing budget impasse.

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Hunter finds body of missing woman

A tragic outcome in the search for a missing Central Illinois woman. A hunter found the body of Jamie Harroun in her crashed pickup along a Peoria County Road. The 40-year-old Mackinaw woman went missing two weeks ago. There's no indication why her vehicle left the road. An autopsy shows she died shortly after the crash. Harroun was last seen October 31 in Galesburg. Her mother soon began appealing to the public for information about Harroun's whereabouts and a search was conducted Wednesday.

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OSF on Tuned IN

The Great American Smokeout is discussed during the Nov 14 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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November Peak Month for Vehicle/ Deer Accidents

We are in the midst of the mating season for deer, and with hunting season kicking off this weekend more deer than ever will be on the move. That means a lot more collisions with deer on our roadways, says Tim Schweizer with the Il Dept of Natural Resources.

We average about 16,000 accidents involving deer each year in Illinois, resulting in over 600 injuries to people in those cars. And, again, November is the peak month for those accidents. With firearm deer season opening this weekend, expect even more deer on the move.

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WKEI Open House

WKEI Open Line for November 14

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Illinois Added 3,600 Private Sector Jobs in October, According to ADP Regional Employment Report®

 

 

ROSELAND, NJ--(Marketwired - Nov 9, 2016) - The State of Illinois added 3,600 private sector jobs during the month of October, according to the ADP Regional Employment Report which is produced by ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, in collaboration with Moody's Analytics, Inc. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Regional Employment Report measures the change in regional and state nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally adjusted basis.

 

October 2016 Report Highlights

Changes in Illinois State Nonfarm Private Employment: 3,600*

·         By Sector * 

·         Goods-producing -1,700 

·         Service-providing 5,300 

·         By Select Industries

·         Natural Resources/Mining and Construction -800 

·         Manufacturing -900

·         Professional and Business Services 3,600

·         Trade, Transportation and Utilities -200 

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

 

The November 2016 ADP Regional Employment Report will be released at 9:00 a.m. ETon Wednesday, December 7, 2016. A full publishing calendar can be found at www.ADPemploymentreport.com.

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

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Little Miss Snowflake & Little Mr. Jack Frost 2016

 

 

Boys & Girls age 3-7 who live or go to school in Henry, Bureau and Stark counties.  A non returnable wallet size photograph with the name of the child on the back must be accompanied by a bio sheet listing the following:

 

 

Name, address, phone number, birth date and parents name and signature.  This must be received by 4:00 p.m.  Friday November 18th, 2016.  All entries must be sent or dropped off at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce office, 113 E. 2nd St.  Kewanee IL 61443.  Questions should be directed to Jeanna Moore at 309-540-8588.

 

 

Pictures and canisters will be displayed beginning the week of November 21st, with all voting taking place at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce office, 113 E. 2nd St.  1 cent will equal 1 vote.  Voting will be available during regular business hours.  Voting will end Friday December 2nd at 3:00p.m.  Winners will be announced Saturday, December 3rd in conjunction with the Kewanee Elks Club Lunch with Santa event.   Winners should be prepared to participate in the Christmas Parade at 5:00 p.m. Sunday December 4th as part of the Lighting of Windmont Park. 

 

 

Winners will receive a $25.00 Chamber gift certificate, mementos, as well as numerous other gifts.  All participants will receive a Holiday Gift bag of goodies.

 

 

Proceeds from the Lil Miss Snowflake and Mr. Jack Frost event go towards the Kewanee Christmas decoration lighting fund.

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Windmont Update

The Lighting Crew at Windmont Park is making steady progress as they prepare for the December 4th festivities when the switch will be pulled on and this years’ Holiday display will be unveiled to the public.

Bob Neirynck with the Windmont Lighting Committee says they could use a few more volunteers to help out with the set up…

Bob says they try to make the volunteer assignments as easy as possible…

As most everyone knows, Bob makes it a point to bring something new to the display each year and he says that and more will be the case once again this year…

If anyone needs further information on the Windmont Display or to volunteer, contact Bob Neirynck at 853-7940. 

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Senior Center Info

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center will host their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday evening at the Center.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says she is looking for a big turnout on Tuesday evening…

Ms. Schmoll adds that being closed on both Thanksgiving and the day after was a tough decision, but the senior center will have some provisions on Wednesday of next week for those in the home delivered meals program…

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City Council Meeting Nov 14

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Council Chambers

                                                                                                                        401 E Third Street

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Closed Session starting at 6:00 p.m.

Open Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 14, 2016

 

 

1.              Call to Order

2.              Closed Session pursuant to Section 2(c)(6) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss sale or lease of real estate. 

3.              Pledge of Allegiance

4.              Consent Agenda

a.    Approval of Minutes

b.    Payroll

c.    Staff Reports

d.    Request from the Kewanee YMCA to use the Council Chambers to conduct their Charity auction on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, 2016.

5.              Presentation of Bills and Claims

6.              Citizen Participation

7.              Business:

a.    Public Hearing pursuant to the requirements of Sections 10 and 20 of the Bond Issuance Notification Act of the State of Illinois, as amended on the plans to issue General Obligation Bonds, Series 2016 in the amount not to exceed $298,000.

b.    Consideration of a Resolution committing funds from the Revolving Loan Fund to Broken Chimney

c.    Acceptance of Plan Commission minutes from its meeting held on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

d.    Consideration of a Ordinance approving a special use permit to Glenna Scott at Cookies 222 N Burr Blvd for a beer garden.

e.    Consideration of an Ordinance approving the rezoning of 315 West 2nd Street from B-3 Business and Wholesale to B-4 Business District.

f.      Discussion of TIF Incentives for “Carrington Building” TIF Project.

g.    Discussion of redevelopment incentives with Haven Park Capital Partners in regards to Southwind Mobile Estates.

h.    Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 118 S Burr Blvd to Kirk Dana.

i.       Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 924 N East Street to Hayes Excavating.

j.       Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 715 Willow Street to Novak’s Custom Resources.

k.    Consideration of an Ordinance declaring 4.4 acres of land at 850 E Division Street as excess and directing the sale of the same.

l.       Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Payment Service Network Inc. for processing payments with credit/debit cards.

m.  Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreements with the State Bank of Toulon and IHMVCU for banking services.

n.    Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a public services agreement with Kewanee Economic Development Corporation.

o.    Consideration of an Ordinance establishing no turn on red restrictions at Prospect and Main Street.

p.    Consideration of an Ordinance establishing an Enterprise Zone in the City of Kewanee, Illinois, the City of Galva, Illinois, the City of Geneseo, Illinois, the Village of Atkinson, Illinois, the Village of Annawan, Illinois, the Village of Cambridge, Illinois, the Village of Orion, Illinois, the Village of Woodhull, Illinois, and Henry County, Illinois

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October service calls for Rock Island, Henry, Knox and Mercer.

October kept local Troopers on their toes with 1,407 calls for their service. There was 155 calls for help when vehicals became disabled on our local high ways.There was 192 drivers arrested for speeding, 63 drivers cited with out their seat belts, 29 drivers arrested for being under the influence and 9 more related alcohol offenses were recorded. Along with 3 people arrested for having outstanding warrants against them as well as 17 arrest for other criminal offenses. There was also 533 traffic citations and 614 warnings given out in the month of October. District 7 Troopers also handled 3 mortal crashes, Thank you Troopers for your service.  

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11th Annual Windmont Christmas parade and Lighting

Christmas is on its way and to kick it off is the 11th Annual Windmont Christmas Lighting and parade. We all know what we can do to help support the annual lighting and that is to join the fun and get a spot in the parade. We would like our local area businesses, churches or any orginizations to come fill out a form to get their spot in the christmas parade. Forms will need to be in by Friday December 2nd. The event will take place December 4th @ 5 p.m please call Kewanee Chamber of Commerce at 309-852-2175 for any more information.

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The Julmarknad is here!

Bishop Hill is hosting their Julmarknad (Christmas Market) which has many events going on starting November 25, Nov 26 and Dec 3rd from 10m a.m til 5 p.m then on Nov 27th and Dec 4th the times will change to 11 a.m til 5 p.m. So much will be going on you dont want to miss it so bring the whole family to see the Tomtes wondering around to greet you. Come see the working model railroad, wood carving demonstration, Old world Santa, the cookie walk and much more. All shops, restaurants and the Swedish museum will be open to help you get into the Christmas Spirit.

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Professor: Schock Investigation Was Thorough

Illinois State University politics and government professor Tom McClure says federal investigators went through "everything" while investigating former Congressman Aaron Schock. A federal grand jury indicted Schock today on 24 counts, including wire fraud and theft of funds.

Schock resigned last year amid questions regarding his campaign spending. Being convicted on a single wire fraud count carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. McClure says it's likely Schock will at least be forced to pay restitution.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Federal investigators conducted a thorough investigation of former congressman Aaron Schock, according to a politics and government professor at Illinois State. Professor Tom McClure says in looking at the indictment filed against Schock today, you can tell the investigation was extensive.

Schock resigned last year. He was being investigated after a spending scandal surrounding his campaign spending. He's facing 24 federal counts, including theft of funds and wire fraud.

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Kewanee Park District Info

The construction and improvements at Northeast Park in Kewanee continue to move along at a brisk pace.

Kewanee Park District Director of Parks and Recreation Brian Johnson says the project is winding down but great progress has been made along the way…

Brian also notes that the annual invasion of Windmont Park is underway as the Christmas Lighting crew is hard at work preparing for the annual Holiday Season extravaganza...

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Kitterman Scholarship Winner Announced

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Kendra Clark of Kewanee was awarded the 2016-17 Debbie Kitterman Memorial Scholarship through the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

 

The scholarship recipient must be a graduate of Galva High School. 

 

A Black Hawk College East Campus student, Clark plans to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and work in the field of forensics/criminal justice.

 

The Kitterman scholarship is one of several provided to East Campus students each year by community organizations and private individuals through the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

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Kewanee Public Library Info

Kewanee Public Library is open today.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says today will be a special day to be open…

Ms. Billiet adds that with Thanksgiving now less than two weeks away, the Recipe Roundup gang will be meeting earlier this month…

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WW2 program in Bishop Hill

 

 

On Saturday November 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dairy Building, Tim Pletkovich, author of Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II, will present a program based on his book.  Civil War Fathers is the story of eight American families whose fathers fought in the Civil War and whose sons and daughters fought in World War II. Based on interviews with the surviving WWII veterans, the book views the Civil War through the eyes of children listening to their fathers’ stories, and World War II through the eyes of the same children as grown-up participants.

 

This free program is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Ericson in Bishop Hill, IL.  For more details, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, or check out our website at www.bishophillheritage.org .

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Vets Day

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will honor the nation’s military by displaying portraits of fallen soldiers, holding special ceremonies and offering free admission on Veterans Day for military personnel, both active and retired.The special events begin Nov. 10, when sketches of Illinois military personnel who have been killed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks will start running continuously on a screen in the museum’s main plaza. The “Portrait of a Soldier” display runs through Nov. 14.

At the same time, another screen will display quotes from Abraham Lincoln about the sacrifices of the military. "Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause,” was one of Lincoln’s many comments about the nation’s troops.

Artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon began producing drawings for his “Portrait of a Soldier” project in 2004. For more about his work, visit https://bit.ly/2dWUGeU.

On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the museum will offer free admission to current and past military personnel, as well as to Gold Star families – those who have lost a member in combat. They will also receive a discount on membership in the ALPLM foundation and on purchases at the museum store.

In addition, a wreath honoring military personnel will be placed in the museum plaza at 11 a.m.

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Brown says Mendoza tends to beat the odds

Comptroller-Elect Susana Mendoza cruised to victory over incumbent Leslie Munger. The spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, Steve Brown, says Mendoza has a knack for defying the odds and making a strong impression...

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Thursday Road Closure in Kewanee

 

S N S Tree Service has scheduled a tree removal at the T intersection of Beach Street South and Page Street.  Work is scheduled to begin Thursday 11/10/16 at 8:00 a.m.  Page Street will be closed from Beach Street South to Windmont Road.  Beach Street South will be closed to through traffic from Church Street to McClure Street.  The Windmont Park entrance gate will still be accessible to those using the park.

 

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

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Henry County Crop Update

The harvest has for the most part gone very well this year in Henry County and Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says that’s been the case over much of Illinois…

Ms. Laleman adds that there will be a Cover Crop Program in the very near future as well…

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IDNR Reminds Hunters to Make Safety a Priority


 

 

Hunters in Illinois are being reminded to make safety a top priority, especially during the state’s busiest hunting seasons this fall. 

 

“There is no better place to participate in and celebrate our hunting heritage than right here in Illinois during the fall,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Wayne Rosenthal.  “No matter the hunting seasons, we want hunters to enjoy their time in the field, and to be safe while doing so.”

 

The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement, which administers the state’s Hunter Safety Education Program, has investigated 10 hunting incidents so far during 2016, eight of which involved hunters falling from elevated tree stands or falling while climbing into or out of tree stands. 

In 2015, there were 25 hunting incidents reported in all hunting seasons in Illinois. Among the hunting incidents reported last year, 15 involved tree stands. 

 

The IDNR reminds hunters using tree stands to use a Fall Arrest System (FAS) safety harness. Nationally, more than 80 percent of reported tree stand incidents involve hunters who were not using a fall restraint system. 

 

Hunters should also check the harness, straps, ladder and other equipment before use to make sure they are in working order; be aware of weather conditions that could make stands and steps slippery; and, have within reach a mobile phone to call for help, if needed. Hunters can review tree stand safety online athttp://www.huntercourse.com/treestandsafety/

 
Safety educators and IDNR Conservation Police also remind everyone hunting with a firearm to:

· Treat every firearm as if it is loaded, and never assume a firearm is unloaded;

· Always point a firearm in a safe direction;

· Be sure of the target, and make sure there are no other hunters, homes, buildings, vehicles or other animals beyond the target;

· Keep their finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until they are ready to shoot.

 

Illinois’ most popular hunting season, the seven-day firearm deer season, begins on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, and will conclude on Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 1-4.

 

The Illinois Firearm Deer Season legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. 

Hunters who take a deer during the firearm season in most Illinois counties must register the deer they harvest online, or through a toll-free phone check-in system.  The online deer registration is available through this link: 
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/HarvestReporting.aspx

The toll-free phone deer registration line is 1-866-IL-CHECK (1-866-452-4325). Hunters registering deer through the online or phone systems must do so by 10 p.m. on the day they take the deer.  

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Toy Drive Benefit On Saturday In Kewanee

 

Patchy’s Red, White and Blue Christmas and the Kewanee Salvation Army are teaming up for a toy benefit this coming Saturday at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Kewanee Salvation Army and she says that Bea Clark’s famous tacos will be featured on Saturday evening…

Ms. Bolls adds that Bea’s taco’s are out of this world and that will be just the start to a very festive evening…

Ms. Bolls adds that there will be several musical entities that will be a part of the evening…

Ms. Bolls also notes that the Angel Tree program sign-ups are underway for this Christmas season…

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District #229 Special Board Meeting


The Kewanee School Board voted Wednesday to seek a judge’s ruling on whether Jon Jagers can remain as a board member.

Jagers was appointed Kewanee Township supervisor earlier this year, and according to an opinion rendered by First Assistant Henry County State’s attorney Catherine Runty, there is a conflict between the supervisor and school board positions.

Runty sent her opinion in a letter to Jagers, which said, “The Illinois State Board of Education has addressed this type of issue many times, and has determined that these positions are not compatible.”

After citing several passages in state statutes, Runty wrote, “In practical terms, as a township supervisor, the question may come before you regarding potential disbursement of township funds that are not earmarked for a specific purpose, and an allowed distribution is to a school district located within the township. It may be in the school district’s best interest to have those funds distributed to them, but it may not be in the township’s best interest to distribute them. Therefore, one person could not effectively advocate or represent the interests of both bodies.”

The letter concluded by directing Jagers to “Please contact (Henry-Bureau-Stark Regional Supt. Angie) Zarvell to acknowledge your receipt of this letter, so that the board may move forward to fill the position.”

Supt. Dr. Chris Sullens said Jagers had not contacted Zarvell, and Jagers said, “I don’t answer to Angie Zarvell.” He said he also doesn’t answer to the state’s attorney, or to anyone other than a judge.

Jagers succeeded Steve Martin, who retired. Martin told the board during a special meeting Wednesday that before asking Jagers to be his successor, he consulted attorneys with the township association in Springfield who told him there was no conflict.

The president of Township Officials of Illinois said the same thing, Martin said.

He said Jagers told him he’d accept the supervisor position only if he could serve out his school board term.

Martin said when he learned of the possible conflict, he asked former Supervisor Bob Hepner if the township had ever had any financial dealings with the school district, and Hepner said he couldn’t remember any.

“In 46 years, we’ve never written you guys a check,” Martin said.

“I would like to see you guys let Jon finish out his term and part friends,” he told the board.

Sullens said late last year Jagers asked him if there would be a conflict between the two positions, and Sullens asked him if he ever voted on financial matters. Jagers said the supervisor doesn’t vote, but only makes recommendations to the town board.

Later, Sullens said, Zarvell advised him that the Illinois State Board of Education considers the supervisor and board member positions incompatible.

Jagers maintained that the township lawyers advised him that there would only be a conflict if he was on the board of a K through eighth grade school district. There would be no conflict in the case of a unit district like Kewanee, he said.

The board voted 4-2, with Jagers and Ron Salisbury voting “no,” to ask the state’s attorney to bring the matter before a judge.

Until then, Jagers said, he won’t resign from the board.

District #229 Supt of Schools Dr Chris Sullens offered these additional comments:

As Township Supervisor, Jon Jagers is one of five voting members on the Township Board. The Opinion Letter from the Illinois State Board of Education referenced Township Law that allows the Township Board to direct monies to "school districts maintaining grades 1 through 8 which are wholly or partly located within the township" This situation has been researched multiple times by ISBE lawyers and has not changed over the past 13 years. 

The Board of Education is following the law on the legal process to seek possible removal of office. Jon has never produced any written Opinion to the Board, Regional Superintendent, or State's Attorney.

 

After a brief Closed Session last night, the Board voted to hire Cody Bulter as the Head Baseball Coach for Spring 2017. Cody will replace Eric Miner, who resigned to due conflicts created by a recent job promotion.

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Duckworth coasts to Senate win

Tammy Duckworth is moving from the US House to the Senate. She coasted past incumbent Republican Mark Kirk last night and told her supporters her message hit the right target...

Senator Mark Kirk didn't waste time in making his concession speech, and it clearly had an upbeat tone...

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National Diabetes Month

The month of November has been designated as National Diabetes Awareness Month and with more people than ever before suffering from diabetes, the designation takes on added significance.

Tammy Harker is a Family Nurse Practitioner with the OSF Medical Group in Kewanee and she says diabetes can be more of an issued than many might think…

Ms. Harker again notes that symptoms of diabetes can be hard to pinpoint but there are some things to be on the lookout for…

Ms. Harker also explains in general how an appointment might go once a patient has decided to go in for that check-up…

Diabetic conditions take on different forms beginning with those that might be pre-diabetic but Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of the disease…

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Hydrant Flushing on Wednesday

The City of Kewanee has been notified that hydrant flushing has been scheduled for Wednesday 11/9/16 at the Illinois Department of Corrections on Kentville Road.  Residents living near the facility may experience low water pressure or rusty water during and shortly after work taking place.

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Bishop Hill is looking for Tomten!

 

 

Every year, Bishop Hill continually looks for 4th thru 6th graders who would like to be tomten for our Christmas Market weekends in November and December. Tomten are Swedish elves.  Bishop Hill tomten walk through town shaking hands with tourists, looking through windows, peeking around corners, and looking a little mischievous.  Tourists love taking photographs of the tomten. Each shift is 2 hours.  We have outfits for them with red caps, grey sweatshirts, red sashes, and pants, which they wear over their clothes. Tomten are portrayed by both boys and girls.

 

If you are interested in having your child be a Tomten, please call Todd DeDecker at the Steeple Building Museum at (309) 927-3899 asap. The child will receive a $5 gift certificate from the Colony Store for helping us out. Light refreshments are also provided to the children.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Henry County Clerk Reports a Good Turnout For Tuesdays Election

Henry County Clerk and Recorder Barb Link said the election went well in Henry County with a good voter turnout…

 

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Election Results From Henry County

Voters went to the polls on Tuesday and the vote is in on the school consolidation issue in Kewanee and the two school districts will remain separate as voters on the south side voted the measure down.

The final tally north of Division Street was in favor of consolidation by a vote of 2389 to 1117 no votes but the vote on the south side of Division street was no by a final of 1364 to 614 yes.

A total of 3506 votes was cast on the north side and a total of 1978 on the south side and curious to note that the vote was more than two to one in favor of on the north side and more than two to one against on the south side.

The Henry County Public Safety Tax was voted down by a count of 12,340 to 11,547.

The State measure proposing an amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution that would keep road taxes going directly to roads only was approved in Henry County by a tally of 13,232 yes to 3988 no.

For President of the United States, Henry County voters chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by a tally of 13,962 to 8,835, with Libertarian Gary Johnson picking up 1237 votes and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein garnering 198 votes.

For United States Senator from Illinois, Henry County voters elected Mark Kirk by a margin of 13,181 to 9,459  over Tammy Duckworth.

For the position of Illinois Comptroller, Henry County voters chose Leslie Munger over Susana Mendoza 13,485 to 9,063.

Incumbent Democrat Cheri Bustos was a tight winner in Henry County for the position of U.S. Representative in the 17th Congressional District as she topped Republican Patrick Harlan 12,885 to 11,451.   

For the position of Representative in Illinois’ 74th District, Republican Daniel Swanson easily outdistanced Democrat Bill Butts 14,156 to 5,835. Swanson picked up the seat 34,450 to 18,072

Republican Tony McCombie defeated Democrat Mike Smiddy for Representative in Illinois’ 71st district in Henry County by a count of 2572 to 1374. McCombie was elected with a total of 30,586 to 18,053   

For the position of Henry County Coroner, Melissa Watkins defeated Martin Rothschild 15,457 to 8,265.

For the position of Henry County Board Member in District One, voters chose all Republican candidates with Kathy Nelson picking up 7,605 votes, Jacob Waller with 6836, Rex Kiser with 6789, Erik Brown 6699 and Lawrence Reddick with 6,097.

For the position of Henry County Board Member in District Two, Republican candidates took the top three spots with Roger Gradert getting 5424 votes, Dwayne Anderson 4926 and Shawn Kendall picking up 4838 votes.

Democratic candidates picked up the last two spots with Ted Sturtevant garnering 4537 votes and Jerry Thompson picking up 4340 votes.

There were three uncontested races logged in Henry County with Chuck Weaver picking up 16,906 votes for State Senator in the 37th Legislative District, Jackie Oberg was unopposed for the position of Henry County Circuit Clerk with 20,519 votes and Matt Shutte picking up 20,010 votes for the position of States Attorney.

With all 52 precincts counted in Henry County, there were a total of 24,917 ballots cast.        

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Madigan's office doesn't expect sweeping change in General Assembly

For months, the battle planners have looked at the legislative maps, checked out poll numbers and opened up their pocketbooks for campaign ads. Today, the planning is over in the war for legislative seats between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Governor Bruce Rauner. Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown expects the result to resemble the status quo....

Republicans are hopeful they can at least gain one seat in the House, which would end the supermajority there.

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After election, back to legislative work in DC and Springfield.

Now that the election is behind us, it’s back to work in Springfield and Washington. The upcoming annual veto session in Springfield is a lot like the lame duck session of congress in Washington, where lingering issues need to be addressed. In Springfield, the budget is the big topic, of course, but Chris Mooney, Dir of the Institute of Government and Public Policy at the U of I, says the continuing battle between Governor Rauner and Speaker Madigan likely means no real progress on resolving the States financial crisis.

Meanwhile, in Washington there is still hope for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, in the lame duck session. Jenny Hopkinson follows ag and rural issues for the website POLITICO.

Jenny Hopkinson of POLITO. Also, watch for a full change of cabinet and agency appointments with a change of administration in DC.

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Republicans hopeful in battle for General Assembly seats

There isn't much talk of a Republican takeover of the Illinois General Assembly on this Election Day, but there are prospects for the GOP to change the way lawmakers do business. Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Nick Klitzing is cautiously optimistic the GOP can make important gains today...

Governor Bruce Rauner has poured millions of dollars of his own money into various races, hoping to have a stronger hand in future budget negotiations.

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Durbin gives low marks to Wikileaks on fair play

Hacked e-mails to the Hillary Clinton Campaign have generated a fair amount of publicity. Senator Dick Durbin points to Russia and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as culprits in what he believes is a one sided information war on the Clinton camp....

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Election Day - Early Voting Through the Roof

The day is finally here. It’s Election Day around the nation. But the true impact of the day has changed dramatically because of early voting. The numbers are up around the United States and Illinois is no different. The State Board of Elections says that between all the ways you can vote early the totals are staggering. About 1.6 million have voted early. Jim Tenuto with the State Board of Elections says it’s a continuing trend.

Using figures of past elections and turnout here in Illinois it appears nearly one third of voters have already committed. 

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Election Day - Polling Places Watching Out

It’s Election Day. Millions are headed to the polls in Illinois and who knows what you might encounter but you shouldn’t see anyone asking for your vote too close to a ballot box. Jim Tenuto with the State Board of Elections says that there are clear rules about what can be done and not done around a polling place.

You may notice a bunch of signs near polling places. Tenuto says that ok as long they are more than 100 feet away from the entrance.

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WKEI Open Line

Open Line for November 8

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Secretary of State Offices Closed for General Election Day

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed Tuesday, November 8th in observance of the General Election Day. All offices and facilities will reopen on Wednesday, November 9th.

 

Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to locate the nearest Driver Services facility and the hours of operation. In addition, drivers can change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers online.

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Today Is Election Day

Today is Election Day and polls will be open until 7 o’clock this evening.

Needless to say but there are many races on the ballot all the way from the local to the national level.

On the local level, one of the big races in Kewanee will be for or against school consolidation.  Voters in both the Kewanee and Wethersfield School Districts must approve the measure independent of one another in order for the measure to pass. The vote will be a simple majority and if voters on either side vote the measure down, then the two school districts will continue to operate independent of one another.

Another local measure will be the yes or no vote on the proposed Henry County Public Safety Tax. If approved, an increase of one half percent would be levied on the sale of tangible personal property bought at retail. Proceeds would go to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

Also on the ballot will be a state measure that seeks a yes or no vote on proposed amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution that would direct funds to the categories of roads, highways and bridges directly from taxes and fees associated with those and similar amenities. The measure if passed would prohibit Illinois lawmakers from taking funds from that fund to use for other general expense.

Voters will also of course vote on other issues including for the Presidency of the United States with the candidates being Donald Trump on the Republican Ticket, Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket along with Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson and Jill Stein representing the Green Party.

Candidates for United States Senator from Illinois include Tammy Duckworth, Mark Kirk, Kenton McMillen and Scott Summers.

Candidates for the position of Illinois Comptroller include Susana Mendoza, Leslie Munger, Claire Ball and Tim Curtin.

Running for the position of Representative in the 17th Congressional District include Democrat Cheri Bustos and Republican Patrick Harlan.

For State Senator in the 37th Legislative District, Chuck Weaver is running unopposed.

For Representative in Illinois’ 71st District, the candidates are Democrat Mike Smiddy and Republican Tony McCombie.

For Representative in Illinois’ 74th District, Democrat Bill Butts is running against Republican Daniel Swanson.

For the position of Henry County Circuit Clerk, Jackie Oberg is running unopposed.

Matt Shutte is also running unopposed for the position of Henry County State’s Attorney.

For the position of Henry County Coroner, Democrat Martin Rothschild is running against Republican Melissa Watkins.

For the position of Henry County Board Member in District One, the Democratic candidates are Jo Anne Hillman, Ann DeSmith, William Womac, Don Thorsen and Paula Simosky while the Republican candidates are Kathy Nelson, Jacob Waller, Lawrence Reddick, Rex Kiser and Erik Brown.

For the position of Henry County Board Member in District Two, the candidates are Ted Sturtevant, Jerry Thompson, John Sovanski, James Findley and Adam Sovanski, while the Republican candidates are Roger Gradert, Dwayne Anderson, Shawn Kendall, Daniel Ames and Andrew Christman  

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Postal Holiday Shipping Dates

 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced the 2016 holiday  mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early.

 

To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

 

Mail-by Dates — Domestic Services

·        Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground
Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.

·        Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.

·        Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.

·        Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 2

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Grief Support During the Holidays

With Thanksgiving on the schedule for two weeks from Thursday and the Holiday Season kicking into high gear, it will be a wonderful time of the year for most people.

But for those folks that might be suffering the loss of a loved one, it may be a more difficult time.

Father Jerry Rafalko with the OSF Hospice Program and the Grief Support Group knows how difficult it can be for those that will be without their loved one during the Holidays this year…

Father Jerry is reminding that his Support Group meeting this afternoon at 5 at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will mark the beginning of a three week series dedicated to those that will be without their loved ones during this years Holiday Season…

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Specialized Illinois National Guard unit to mobilize for Afghanistan

A deployment ceremony is scheduled for 10 Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan as part of Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A18. The ceremony will be Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Illinois.

The Soldiers will train for a brief time at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying to Afghanistan. The unique mission allows Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers to train and deploy side-by-side with their Polish counterparts. The Soldiers are from various parts of Illinois and were selected for the mission based on their training and skills.

The team is expected to return to Illinois in spring 2017.

 

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Poll Watchers Need Credentials

Poll watchers are in the news surrounding Election Day on Tuesday. But they have very specific things they can and can’t do. Jim Tenuto with the State Board of Elections says that poll watchers have a process to go through before Election Day.

Election Judges are the individuals that maintain control over polling places and they would take any concerns that the poll watchers have and act accordingly.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Jim Tenuto with the State Board of Elections says that poll watchers can at the polls before they open and as they close.

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State's Economy Lags

The state’s economy isn’t doing much better this fall. The University of Illinois Flash Index hit a four year low. The index is a way of measuring economic growth in the state. The index, based on a reading of 100 showing growth in the economy but in October the number was 104.3, the lowest reading since November of 2012. Fred Giertz is the University of Illinois Economist who tracks the index says state’s economy is lagging for a few reasons.

The index takes into account growth in the economy by calculating personal incomes, along with sales and corporate taxes.

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5 Million See Cubs Parade

The party is far from over but the official festivities are now complete for the Chicago Cubs. The team had their parade today and the city of Chicago says nearly 5 million people lined the parade route and filled Grant Park to cheer one more time. Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo caught the final out and held on the ball during the celebration. Today he was on stage and found the right man to hand that ball too.

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Martin Rothschild On PTP

Democratic candidate for the position of Henry County Coroner Martin Rothschild is the guest for the November 7th edition of People to People on WKEI

  

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IDOT, IDNR urge caution on roads during fall breeding season


 

SPRINGFIELD – Fall is here and the time of year when motorists need to be especially vigilant watching for deer on roads throughout the state, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The reason: Autumn coincides with the mating season and increased deer movement, especially at dusk and dawn.

 

“Deer have other things on their minds at this time of year. They aren't looking out for motorists, so motorists need to be looking out for them,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “If you are in areas where you know deer to be active, please pay special attention to avoid putting yourself and other drivers at risk.”

 

Approximately 40 to 45 percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2015 occurred in October, November, and December – with November being the highest-risk month. Almost 80 percent happened in rural environments, with nearly 75 percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.

 

Last year, there were 15,754 vehicle-deer crashes in Illinois, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. There were 15,206 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles, up from the 14,854 in 2014. Injuries resulting from such crashes tallied 628 in 2015 versus 505 in 2014. The number of fatalities doubled, from four in 2014 to eight in 2015.

 

The top 10 Illinois counties for crashes involving deer in 2015:

 

1.    Madison          440                                          6.  Rock Island           322

2.    Cook               431                                          7.  Williamson             304

3.    Will                 408                                          8.  Peoria                    297

4.    Fulton 376                                                      9.  Lake                      290

5.    Sangamon       359                                          10. Pike                      289 

 

“Deer are a constant presence throughout the year along and near Illinois roadways, but they are particularly active during the autumn mating season,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “Motorists should be extremely cautious and stay on the lookout for deer.”

 

Motorists at this time of year are urged to be aware of their surroundings, pay attention to deer crossing signs and scan the sides of the road for eye shine – the reflection of headlights in the eyes. Deer can stop in the middle of the road or double back, so be prepared for the unexpected. Slow down if you see deer – more are likely in the area.

 

If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic. More safe driving tips can be viewed by clickinghere.

 

If you do hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder and turn on the hazard lights. Call 911 to report the accident so the appropriate law enforcement can assist. Do not get out of the vehicle to check on an injured deer or pull it from the road. You can visit the IDNR website for information on how to claim a deer that has been involved in a crash.

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Election Day On Tuesday

The election will be held on Tuesday and Henry County Clerk and Recorder Barb Link says that polls will be open on Tuesday for a total of 13 hours…

Ms. Link adds that quite a number of early voters have already cast their ballot in Henry County…

It will be a long and busy day for election staff on Tuesday and that will be followed by a long and busy evening…

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School Consolidation in Kewanee On Election Ballot

 

The election will be held on Tuesday and while there are several races of consequence there is one race that will likely be of the most interest to citizens of Kewanee and that will be the vote for or against school consolidation in the city.

Under the proposal, the Kewanee and Wethersfield School District’s would merge into one If the measure is approved.

The vote will be separate with one vote taken from electors on the north side of Division Street and another south of Division Street by voters in that area.

Both districts must approve the vote for consolidation to be approved and the measure will be defeated if voters in either district vote down the measure.

The vote will be determined on a simple majority in both school districts.

The Committee of Ten is a proponent of consolidation and Committee Member Lori Christiansen explains their position in favor of the measure…

The organization known as Geese Strong is opposed to the concept of consolidation and Kimber Rose explains their position against consolidation…

Once again, that vote on Tuesday will be by simple majority and must be approved separately on both sides of town for consolidation to pass.  

     

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IDOI Receives Grant


CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) received a $1.3M federal grant that will be used to enhance consumer and healthcare provider outreach with a particular focus on parity in mental health & substance use disorder benefits and preventative health services.  Additionally, this grant will provide more resources for DOI health plan oversight and data analysis.

 

“This is a tremendous opportunity to further our Administration’s coordinated efforts on mental health,” Acting Director of DOI Anne Melissa Dowling said.  “We are always searching for opportunities to raise awareness that our Department is here to help Illinoisans.  These funds will help extend our outreach.”

 

A portion of the grant will go to strengthening the Office of Consumer Health Insurance (OCHI) and improve data tracking and consumer complaint analysis. It will also help in increasing awareness of the internal and external appeals processes for health insurance consumers.  The grant will allow DOI to develop community-focused health insurance consumer education for Illinois residents.

 

Through this grant, DOI will work with health plans, consumers and providers to ensure that mental health parity compliance is understood and achieved.

 

Earlier this month, Governor Rauner announced the submission of a 1115 Medicaid waiver proposal to the federal government.  This waiver allows Illinois to use innovative health care strategies to build a behavioral health care system that offers integrated and comprehensive care focused on the whole person.  The waiver was developed from the collaboration between 12 state agencies and the Governor’s Office, as well as community partners and stakeholders.  

“I am committed to furthering this collaboration to achieve mental health parity in the commercial health care system by collaborating with my colleagues as well as with the provider community in Illinois,” said Dowling.

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Veteran's Day Program At Senior Center

 

On Veteran’s Day, the HCVAC, KAUW and HC Sr Center will host an afternoon to early evening social for our veterans.

Timed just after the Wethersfield Schools Veterans Day ceremonies, all veterans are invited to enjoy coffee and desserts at the Henry County Sr. Center beginning at 3PM.

The event is free for veterans and donations are appreciated from all others. All proceeds will benefit veteran’s initiatives locally.

A small program of approximately 15 minutes will begin at 3:30 PM.

A few veteran owned businesses will be present and can be visited with if desired. Any profits or prizes derived at this social will go directly to local veterans in need.

A 50/50 with a minimum purse of $50.11 will be available, as well.

Please come out and join the fun as we honor our heroes!

Be certain to check our calendar at http://www.henrycty.com/Departments/Veterans-Assistance for holidays, special events and office closures or just call us! 309-937-3450 or 3451. 

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WKEI Open Line

Open Line for November 4

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Bourne angry about lewd, fake photos

Politics is getting pretty ugly and it doesn't always require your opponent to upset the apple cart these days. State Representative Avery Bourne is offering an angry response to the shipment of lewd, fake photos of her to voters and family members..

In a statement, the Bourne camp says they take the "disgusting" threat and act of intimidation very seriously and are working with state and local law enforcement to investigate. Bourne's opponent Mike Mathis also weighed in...

Bourne's office is urging anyone with information to call 217-836-2177..

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Ag and Rural issue Election Website

In this presidential election, you probably have noticed the campaign have been heavy on personality, but light on specific policy. This is especially true with policy impacting agriculture and rural America. Except for trade and immigration, most issues have gotten little attention, but both candidates, and the political parties, have policy platforms. Cody Lyon, political affairs specialist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, has been compiling that information.

Lyon says all that information is now posted on a new blogsite.

Cody Lyon with the American Farm Bureau Federation. Election16.FB.org is the site for a little more in depth information on agricultural policy and Tuesday’s election.

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Cubs fans scramble to find World Championship gear

There are no more tickets to buy for the 2016 baseball season, now Cubs fans' attention is now directed at keepsakes from the long awaited championship season. At Dick's Sporting Goods in Springfield, a couple of dozen fans were lined up Black Friday style looking to get their hands on the first Cubs World Championship items available. Just like watching the Cubs is a family affair, Jason Dorwerth of Springfield wasn't just buying for himself....

Dick's launched an intense ad blitz to promote their large buy Cubs World Champions shirts, hats and collectibles. 

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Rauner declares Friday "World Champion Cubs Day"

Governor Bruce Rauner has announced tomorrow will be proclaimed World Champion Chicago Cubs Day across Illinois in celebration of the Cubs’ historic World Series win over the Cleveland Indians.In a statement, Rauner says “The Cubs winning the World Series is bigger than baseball. It is especially meaningful for the generations of Cubs fans who have stood by this team, through thick and thin, for the last 108 years,” Rauner noted he's a North Sider who was born a few blocks from Wrigley Field, and I remember watching the Cubs every summer on Channel 9. (WGN)

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Time Change For Saturday Playoff Football At Wethersfield High School

The following information from Wethersfield High School Athletic Director Mr. Jeremiah Johnston,

 

The start time for the Annawan-Wethersfield vs. Gibson City Melvin-Sibley 2nd Round IHSA Playoff Football game originally scheduled for 2:00PM tomorrow has been rescheduled for a 3:00PM start time. This will assist in accommodating Wethersfield's 1:00PM Super-Sectional Volleyball game at Peoria Heights. Special thanks goes out to Coach Mike Allen and the Administration at G.C.M.S. High School for demonstrating flexibility and understanding in their willingness to work with us on this change.

 

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OSF Book Fair

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host a book fair next Monday and Tuesday.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF…

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Daylight Savings Time To End on Sunday Morning

 

 
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Breakfast Focus
 
- Uncle Nolan’s Diner is the talk of the town with all of their hometown favorite dishes. Uncle Nolan’s serves up an 
amazing variety of options, and invite you to check out some of the breakfast selections! Try any of their regular 
omelets like the Denver Omelet with ham, onions, green peppers, and cheese, or try the Nolan’s special with ½ order 
of biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, 2 eggs, and choice of bacon or sausage links! Check these out and so many other 
great choices, at Uncle Nolan’s Diner 320 Main St. in Galva
 
Lunch/Burger/Melts Focus
- Uncle Nolan’s Diner is the the talk of the town with all of their hometown favorite dishes. Try their Texas Melt with 
a beef patty served on Texas toast with pepper jack cheese, grilled onion, jalapenos, and their special steak sauce or 
their southern melt with grilled chicken breast, swiss cheese, bacon, tomato and a southwest sauce on grilled rye 
bread! Check out these great choices and many more at Uncle Nolan’s Diner, 320 Main St, in Galva

Daylight Savings Time will come to an end officially at 2 o’clock on Sunday morning and in the process will add an extra hour for Sunday.

Clocks will be turned back one hour at 2 am Sunday although most folks will set their clocks back before going to bed on Saturday night.

With today’s modern digital technology, many devices will automatically make that change but some modalities will still require the human touch.

 

But again, clocks will be turned back one hour Sunday morning at 2 o’clock as Daylight Savings Time will come to an end.    

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Veterans Day Schedule

 

Veterans Day will be celebrated next Friday 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 next Friday, with no change in the garbage pick- up schedule in Kewanee for next week.

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

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

Veterans 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 Friday in observance of the Holiday and back open with their normal hours of 7:30 am til 12 noon on Saturday, November 12th.  

Some but not all local schools will be closed for Veteran’s Day. Kewanee School District #229 will be closed for the holiday, but Wethersfield School District #230 will be in normal session with a reminder of the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony to be held beginning at 1:30. All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed for the Holiday next Friday.

Henry and Stark County Health Department offices will be closed next Friday with homemaker staff still working where necessary to provide in home care. The Health Dept will also be closed on Tuesday, November 8th on Election Day. 

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United Way Campaign

The Greater Kewanee Area United Way campaign is underway for 2016 with a goal this year of $140,000.

The United Way helps support some 15 local and area agencies and one of those is the Sunshine Community Services Center which provides after school tutoring through the Step Ladder Tutoring Program.

Etta LaFlora is the Coordinator for the Step Ladder Tutoring Program…

Mrs. LaFlora says they tutor Junior High students and there is a reason in specific for that program…

Information about that program by contacting their office at 853-7751.

Another agency served by the United Way campaign is Abilities Plus in Kewanee and Julie Landwehr is the Director of Development at Abilities Plus…

Mrs. Landwehr adds that they will host their annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 4th and they are already gearing up for that event…

Further information about Abilities Plus by phoning the agency at 852-4626

  

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Statewide sessions to begin on future food and farm policy

Think you have no interest in federal farm law? Think again, because more than 75-percent of the billions spent on that legislation goes to food programs for the needy, such as the so-called SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, and school breakfast and lunch programs. Illinois Farm Bureau along with beef, corn, pork and soybean organizations have teamed up on a series of meetings next week to start the planning process for the next so-called farm bill. University of Illinois assistant professor Jonathan Coppess will help moderate the sessions, the first that will take place Tuesday in Mt. Vernon;

Federal farm bills have traditionally tied food programs to help the poor along with so-called safety net, or crop insurance programs, designed to help farmers during periods of low commodity prices. Tuesday’s session starts at 6:00 p-m at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon. Another takes place November 22nd in Normal. The final farm bill session occurs November 29th in Sycamore. For more information and to register you can go to FarmWeekNow-dot-com.

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Medical Pot Patients Numbers In

The medical marijuana program is nearing its one year anniversary in Illinois. The program continues to slowly add patients. The number of Illinoisans given the okay to purchase medical marijuana is around the 12-thousand mark. Retailers sold $4.1 million in marijuana products last month. 

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Illinois Voters Voting Early

Less than a week before the election, candidates might focus on the undecided vote in close races. IN 2016, many Illinoisans haven't just decided on their favorite candidates, they've already voted. State Board of Elections records show 12 percent of Illinois' record 8 million registered voters have already cast ballots. Early voting in person, voting by mail and voters using grace period registration are key factors. Most of the one million Illinoisans who have already cast ballots voted in person. Four years ago, nearly 16 percent of registered voters voted early. 

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CUBS WIN THE WORLD SERIES

A 108 year wait is over. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. A game that started on one day and ended on another was a fitting way to erase a century plus of pain and suffering. The 10th inning 8 to 6 win will be forever remembered. Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo caught the final out and charged a pile of teammates with the ball.

The World Series MVP was Ben Zobrist who singled in the winning run. Zobrist is a Eureka (Illinois) native and went to Eureka High School and this is his 2nd World Series title.

ADDITONAL AUDIO:

A game 7 that had everything also had a brief rain delay. During the 15 minutes or so the teams were off the field, Right Fielder Jason Heyward called a players only meeting. The words were spot on according to World Series MVP Ben Zobrist.

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October Was Warm, November Expected to Be

The state just finished up with one of the ten warmest October’s on record and now November is looking to continue that trend. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that this month is expected to warmer than normal. Some spots in the state might be a little on the dry side.

Overall October was the 7th warmest on record, sitting about 5 degrees above average. And so far this year Illinois has had 9 of the first 10 months go down as warmer than normal.

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Senior Center Event on Friday Morning

 

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will host an appreciation event on Friday morning from 8:30-10:30 for Firemen, Policemen and Dispatchers of Kewanee.

The public is also invited to attend with cinnamon rolls and coffee to be served again from 8:30-10:30 Friday morning.

For the general public, the cost is set at $1 for the cinnamon roll and coffee while those cinnamon rolls and coffee will be complimentary for the Firemen, Policemen and Dispatchers that attend the Senior Center on Friday morning.     

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Illinois home prices increase in September; Sales slow slightly

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — September brought continued annual gains in Illinois median home prices, while statewide sales declined slightly, according to Illinois REALTORS®. 

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in September 2016 totaled 13,940 homes sold, down 0.6 percent from 14,029 in September 2015.

The statewide median price in September was $180,000, up 5.0 percent from September 2015 when the median price was $171,350. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Sellers are still seeing the benefits of a market where prices have consistently risen for the past four years,” said Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR, of Mokena, president of Illinois REALTORS® and managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills. “The tight inventory of homes on the market and a decline in the average time it is taking to sell show buyers are still in the market, they just aren’t finding as much as they would like from which to select.” 

The time it took to sell a home in September averaged 58 days, down from 65 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 64,934 homes for sale, a 13.2 percent decline from September 2015 when there were 74,794 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.46 percent in September 2016, an increase from 3.44 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In September 2015 it averaged 3.90 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in September 2016 totaled 9,895 homes sold, up 0.1 percent from September 2015 sales of 9,887 homes. The median price in September 2016 was $218,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from $207,500 in September 2015.

“Annual sales growth in September was flat in Illinois and Chicago,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “Prices, though, continued to increase and this trend is expected to prevail for the next three months. Both the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index pointed to positive directions at the national level as a result of a positive outlook on the labor market. Unfortunately, job growth in Illinois has been way below the national level, dampening housing sales.”

According to the data, forty-three (43) Illinois counties reported sales gains for September 2016 over previous-year numbers, including St. Clair County, up 18.8 percent with 265 units sold; McHenry County, up 17.1 percent with 479 units sold; and DuPage County, up 3.6 percent with 1,223 units sold. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Winnebago County, up 13.5 percent to $105,000; Kane County, up 12.9 percent to $210,000; Peoria County, up 8.3 percent to $129,900; and Cook  County, up 4.7 percent to $225,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 3.2 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in September 2016 with 2,336 sales, down from 2,414 in September 2015. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in September 2016 was $261,500, up 4.6 percent compared to September 2015 when it was $250,000.

“We continue to see a vibrant Chicago real estate market with homes moving quickly and with steady median price gains,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “It is taking 42 days to sell a home, indicating buyers are eager to purchase when they find the right property.”

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Ameren Safety Tips

The Safety Division of Ameren IL is reminding the public of the dangers associated with natural gas leaks in a home or business.

Stacey Shangraw with Ameren says if the smell of natural gas develops, it’s now time for immediate action…

Ms. Shangraw says there are several factors but one in particular that can and do lead to gas leaks…

Ms. Shangraw also says that once a call is made to Ameren for assistance, they respond as quickly as possible…

Ms. Shangraw also emphasizes the need to call JULIE before any digging project, no matter how big or small that project might be…

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No Burn Day Saturday in Kewanee

 

With high school playoff football on the schedule for Saturday at Wethersfield High School, the City of Kewanee and the Kewanee Fire Department has made the decision in advance that Saturday, will be a no burn day in Kewanee.   

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Put Your Baby To Bed the Right Way

Are you putting your young kids to sleep the right way? The State Department of Children and Family Services says there are a few easy steps to take to protect your baby. For a child under the age of 1 DCFS says sleeping is the number one safety issue. At that age babies and parents need to be following the ABC’s, sleeping alone, on their back and in a safe crib, DCFS’s Jennifer Florent.

Babies all need to sleep in cribs without stuffed animals, bumper pads or pillows and they shouldn’t be put to bed on a couch where they could roll over and suffocate. 

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Cubs Fans Hold Out for Game 7

Family members and the Chicago Cubs seem to be at the top of the list for Betty Wagner of Lexington. She has a bottle of Cubs wine ready to drink when they win the World Series. That bottle is more than 30 years old. The 89 year old even has a Sammy Sosa jersey hanging on her wall.

 

Wagner says she'd like to of seen the Cubs win the World Series in Chicago, but will take it any way she can get it.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO

You may not find a more dedicated Cub fan than Betty Wagner of Lexington. In fact, Wagner has a bottle of Cubs wine from the 1980's. She's waiting for a Cubs World Series win to drink it. Wagner says she thought last year was going to be the year.


Wagner has become a local celebrity after the City of Lexington posted some pictures of her cub memorabilia on Facebook. Thousands have viewed the items.

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National Ag Teacher Shortage

Every college student is faced with finding a job in their field after graduation. While many graduates continue to struggle finding good jobs, those students who major in Agriculture often get multiple job offers. This is especially true for Ag Education Majors.
Ellen Thompson, with the National Teach Ag Campaign, says every year hundreds of Ag teaching positions go unfilled due to a shortage of qualified teachers.

Thompson was speaking recently at the national FFA convention in Indianapolis.
Nationwide, there are nearly 12,000 Ag teaching positions, and annually there are about 1,000 openings due to retirement and teachers changing careers, but Colleges with Ag Education programs only graduate about 700 new teachers per year to fill those 1,000 positions.

Ellen Thompson of the National Teach Ag Campaign. Ag teachers leave the profession for other opportunities at a higher rate than most teachers due to higher paying opportunities in agri-business for people with degrees in agriculture. 

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November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois


 

SPRINGFIELD – According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Illinois hasn’t had a winter without at least one winter storm in the past century. To help people prepare for potentially dangerous snow, cold and ice this winter, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the NWS and local emergency management agencies will highlight winter weather preparedness throughout November.

 

“Winter weather can turn dangerous rapidly, so the best time to prepare is before that first snowstorm or ice event,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Many injuries and fatalities related to winter hazards can be prevented if people take just a few minutes now to prepare.”

 

Joseph said IEMA and the NWS developed a winter weather preparedness guide to help people understand winter weather risks, along with tips for staying safe at home, in the car and at school. It also includes lists of suggested items for home and vehicle emergency supply kits. The guide is available on the Ready Illinois website atwww.Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

"The latest winter outlooks are indicating a snowy and cold winter in Illinois, particularly compared to last year," said Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist with the NWS office in Lincoln. "Now is the time to get ready for winter weather by winterizing your home and vehicle, putting a few extra survival items in your car and gathering supplies at home to be prepared in case of an extended power outage. Being ready for winter also means changing your driving habits by slowing down when roads are slick or visibility is low."

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Public Safety Tax On The Ballot

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is urging a yes vote on November 8th for the Public Safety Tax in Henry County.

If approved, there would be a small surcharge on items that are purchased for immediate consumption such as a soft drink, a stop for a meal at a restaurant or any other item that is basically consumed at the point of purchase.

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla says the extra money is badly needed in his department…

Sheriff Padilla adds that his department is already reviewing potential worst case scenarios which he hopes doesn’t happen…

Sheriff Padilla also notes that some members of the public aren’t thrilled with law enforcement in general, but he adds that citizens do have good law enforcement all across Henry County…

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Upcoming KPL Programs

Kewanee Public Library will host more of their 3D Printer programs for Junior High students this month.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says they will be busy with that program on several Tuesday’s in November…

Ms. Billiet adds that the next Family Night Program will be held next Monday and will loosely follow an election theme…

 

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Red Cross Says Turn and Test: Turn Back Clocks and Test Smoke Alarms

 

MOLINE, IL, November 1, 2016 — Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6, and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to ‘turn’ their clocks back an hour and ‘test’ the batteries in their smoke alarms. The Red Cross recommends having working smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.

 

“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “Turn and test is a reminder to set your clocks back and take a few minutes to push the test button to make sure all alarms are working.”

 

It’s also an opportunity to make sure all households are prepared for home fires and other emergencies:

· Create and practice a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Select a location outside for everyone to meet.

· Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate. A variety of emergency preparedness kits and supplies are available at redcrossstore.org

· Download the Red Cross Emergency App, which includes content on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. The Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App is a game designed for kids. Both apps are available to download free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN The Red Cross responds to 66,000 disasters across the country every year and most of these are home fires. Tragically, some people lose their lives in these fires and countless others are injured. The Red Cross has launched the Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

Since October of 2014, the Red Cross and partners have saved more than 110 lives as part of the Home Fire Campaign. The Red Cross is committing to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires, and to educate those residents about fire prevention and preparedness during the multi-year campaign.

More than 6,200 smoke alarms have been installed in homes in the Central and Southern Illinois Region and 14 lives have been saved because of the Home Fire Campaign. Anyone in need of smoke alarms, or who would like their smoke alarms checked, should contact the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region at 844-319-6560 and press 9 or visit getasmokealarm.org.

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from a fire. They can become aRed Cross volunteer. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. 

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LaHood praises FBI handling of Clinton email case

The political firestorm rages on after FBI Director James Comey reopened the bureau's investigation into Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's handling of emails. Based on his experience as a federal prosecutor, Congressman Darin LaHood thinks the bureau is on target....

LaHood also shared his thoughts about lawmakers who have a different view on Comey than earlier this year...

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Durbin applauds Iraqi forces closing in on ISIS

US trained Iraqi forces are moving closer and closer to ISIS positions in the Iraqi city of Mosul as they try to wipe out that branch of the terror network. Senator Dick Durbin is pleased with the progress but knows wiping out ISIS offers no easy answers...

One of the more disturbing aspects of the battle for Mosul is the use of child soldiers by ISIS. Nearly 300 of them have been killed so far in the battle for Mosul. 

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Game 6 is Here

The Cubs force a 6th game in the World Series and tonight they need to win to push it to a deciding game seven. The team’s starter is last years CY Young award winner Jake Arrieta. He says that the weather won’t be an issue.

Arrieta starts on full rest while the Indians bring Josh Tomlin back on short rest.


ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon says he’s glad that he can pencil in the
teams October surprise Kyle Schwarber in the lineup as the designated hitter.


 

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Navy Sub with Illinois Name Commissioned

A new Navy ship is headed towards the water bearing the name of the state. The USS Illinois is a Virginia class submarine that was commissioned with help of the First Lady and a number of Navy dignitaries. Lt. Commander Preston Gilman, the ships Executive Officer says that sub is on the cutting edge of naval technology.

The Illinois is the 13th Virginia Class sub in the Navy fleet. The sub has a crew of about 130 and is 377 feet long and can dive to depths of 800 feet. The first Navy ship named Illinois was a battleship built in 1901.

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Munger: Bonus pay complaints are bogus

Comptroller Leslie Munger is responding to criticism from opponent Susana Mendoza when it comes to Munger's office cutting paychecks that include bonuses. Governor Rauner awarded bonuses to merit comp employees who hadn't had seen raises in sometime. While Mendoza criticized her for cutting the checks with the bonuses included, Munger said her lack of options was clear....

Munger continues to avoid expressing support or opposition to Donald Trump 

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Recent City Clean Up A Success

The city wide clean up that was held in Kewanee on October 15th was for the most part a resounding success.

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley says it was a good day all the way around…

Mr. Bradley adds that a lot was accomplished in just over four hours on the 15th

Mayor Steve Looney along with Mr. Bradley both add that lots of people and organizations stepped forward to help make the day a success…

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KHS Fall Play This Weekend

The annual Kewanee High School Fall Play will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday in the Petersen Auditorium at Kewanee High School.

Mr. Marc Nelson will once again be the Director for the Fall Play and he says this year’s edition will be a classic…

Mr. Nelson adds that a great cast of students will take the stage once again this weekend…

A short film by the Central 8th grade students will be a part of the event with the play running about two hours.

Complimentary cookies and punch will also be available during the intermission…

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Mega Passes Avail Nov 1

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SPRINGFIELD IL – The countdown to the 2017 Illinois State Fair begins November 1.   Fair officials announced today that as part of its holiday promotional campaign, the fair will be offering a 2017 Mega Pass at a reduced price of $60 until the first of the year.  This holiday sale includes a free Illinois State Fair lanyard with your Mega Pass purchase.  This special holiday sale begins November 1.

“The Mega Pass is one of the best bargains at the Illinois State Fair,” said State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon.  “A Mega Pass is a ticket to unlimited rides and excitement during all eleven days of the 2017 Fair.  It really is the perfect gift for the special someone on your holiday shopping list.”

The Mega Pass can be used on rides in Adventure Village and the Carnival Midway.  In 2016, the Carnival Midway featured more than 30 thrill seeking rides, including two new rides to the Illinois State Fair.  One of which was the Mega Drop, which sends riders on a 130-foot plunge straight to the ground!   In Adventure Village, fairgoers got to experience more than 15 kid-friendly rides, including one new ride, the Charlie Chopper.

Mega Passes will be on sale from November 1 all the way through the fair.  However, it’s important to note that while the Mega Pass can be purchased throughout the year, this holiday sale will feature the lowest prices of the season.  The price will increase to $70 on January 1, then again to $90 on August 1st.

 

To purchase a Mega Pass, or Mega Pass Gift Certificate:

In Person:  State Fairground Emmerson Building
                               Monday – Friday
                                8:00am – 4:30pm

By Phone:  (217) 782-6661
                               Monday – Friday
                               8:00am – 4:30pm

Online:  www.illinoisstatefair.info
                  Click on Rides and Attractions
                  Click on Mega Pass and Carnival Info

 

Also on sale starting November 1, Admission Bargain Book gift certificates.  These make for great stocking stuffers!  One booklet provides eleven any day admissions to the 2017 Illinois State Fair.   These gift certificates will be available by phone or in person at the Emmerson Building on the state fairgrounds for just $55 per booklet. Don’t wait – the $55 price is only guaranteed in November and December!

More information regarding the 2017 Illinois State Fair will be released in the months to come.  To be among the first to receive new information about the Illinois State Fair, sign up for alerts at www.illinoisstatefair.info.  

The 2017 Illinois State Fair will take place August 10 – 20th in Springfield, Illinois.

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