Local News Archives for 2017-02

NWS Says The Night Ahead Holds Bad Weather

The National Weather Service is expecting severe weather throughout much of Illinois later today and early very Wednesday morning. An unseasonably warm and moist air mass for February is setting the state up for mix a nasty weather says NWS Metrologist Matt Barnes.

Barnes says the worst of the weather is expected to reach the state after midnight tonight and will stretch from the St. Louis area to north of Bloomington.

 

NWS Metrologist Matt Barnes says that it’s not normally this warm in February and those conditions are contributing to the threat for a rough night of weather.

0
comments


Apps to Aid in Visiting State Historic Sites

There’s an app for that now applies to learning about state historical sites. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has a new experience history app. Chris Wills says the app will help you plan a trip and give you tips for what to do when you get to where you are going.

To find and download the app, find “historic sites of Illinois” on I Tunes or “IHPA” on Google Play. The app will also let you donate money to be used to help improve the site that you are visiting.

0
comments


Products Expo This Weekend

Illinois grows and processes a lot of food. And this weekend is a showcase for all of it and more at the state fairgrounds. The Department of Agriculture’s 19th annual Illinois Products Expo gives attendees the chance to talk to food makers, graze their offerings and buy what you like. Morgan Booth with the IDOA says Illinois products rum the gamut from edibles to smellables.

If you want to go, head to the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Its five bucks to get in, kids are free and so are the food samples.

0
comments


Rauner seeks to expand reach of medicaid

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is seeking to tweak the Illinois Medicaid program. The administration will seek a vendor that will provide managed-care services to a greater number of Illinoisans...

The new vendor will provide managed-care services to 80 percent of Medicaid clients, up from the current 65%. .Nearly two-thirds of the state's 3 million Medicaid clients are on managed-care plans.

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

President Abraham Lincoln is discussed during the Feb 28 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

0
comments


Upcoming FB Marketing Seminar

Mike McClellan, President of Mobile Weather Team, Inc. will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, March 8 at the Lavender Crest Winery, 5401 US Highway 6, Colona.  The evening will begin with a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by an update from Gold Star FS Grain Merchandiser, Mike Schaver. Reservations must made by March 1 to guarantee a meal.

Mike McClellan, is owner/president of Mobile Weather Team, Inc., a Washington, IL-based company specializing in on-site weather forecasting, advance storm warning, lightning prediction and detection, plus long-range AG weather forecasting.

McClellan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University in 1983. McClellan has been the chief meteorologist at KTTC-TV in Rochester, MN, WICS-TV in Springfield, IL, WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, NC and at WMBD-TV, the CBS affiliate in Peoria, IL. In 1995, he earned the award for Best Weathercast in the state of Illinois from the Illinois Broadcasters Association. As a broadcast meteorologist, McClellan holds the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval and was the 2001 National Chairman of the Board of Broadcast Meteorology of the American Meteorological Society.

Register with the Henry County Farm Bureau at 937-2411 or the Rock Island County Farm Bureau at 736-7432  

0
comments


Abilities Plus Scholarships Available

Abilities Plus announces the availability of scholarship and project funds from its endowment.  This year, two $500 Jean German Academic scholarships, named after former founder and long-time volunteer and supporter, Jean German will be awarded. Additionally, $4,500 in project funds will be available. 

 

To be considered for the scholarships, applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited college or university, are pursuing a certificate or degree in the human service field of study, and hold a primary residence in Henry, Stark, or western Bureau County. 

 

Additional qualifications include a career goal of working with adults or children with disabilities or developmental delays.  Eligibility is open to recent or upcoming high school graduates, as well as current college students and adult learners.

 

The Endowment will also fund projects that offer individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain independence or experiences they may not otherwise obtain.  Community organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.  Endowment project money will not be granted for day-to-day operation expenses.  

0
comments


ISP Nightime Patrols

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, announces the results of a Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrol in Henry County during February. These NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Violations

Enforcement Activity

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations

1

Other Alcohol/Drug Citations

2

Occupant Restraint Offenses

5

Registration Offenses

2

Driver’s License Offenses

6

Insurance Violations

3

Total Citations/Arrests

17

Total Written Warnings

37

 

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night.  The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up.  This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation

0
comments


KHS Sectional Tickets and Fan Bus

Kewanee will be offering limited number of pre sale tickets for the Byron Semi Final Sectional  Championship game  that will be played on Tuesday Feb 28 at Byron High School. Pre Sale Tickets are limited to the first 400 people. 

 

Tickets prices are set by the IHSA at  $5.00

 

Tickets will be on sale in the High School office Tuesday from  8:00AM to 4:00 pm.

 

Kewanee High School will be taking a fan bus to Byron on Tuesday. It will leave at 4:30pm from behind the school. Cost is $3 for Adults, $2 for Students and Senior Citizens will ride for free

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

0
comments


Rauner Spends Weekend In DC

The Governor spent the weekend in Washington D.C. Republican state leaders gathered in the nation’s capitol for their winter meeting. Rauner says the conversations he’d have would be focused on the possible changes to laws that would impact states.

0
comments


HCHD on PTP

Heart Health and Dental Health are discussed during the Feb 27 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

The Annawan Bravettes state championship is discussed during the Feb 27 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

0
comments


OSF on Tuned IN

Heart Health is the topic for the Feb 27 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

0
comments


Wethersfield Spaghetti Supper

The Wethersfield Music Boosters will host a Spaghetti Supper with a Band and Chorus Concert on Friday night.

Wethersfield High School Principal Mr. Jeremiah Johnston says it should be a fun event and the public is cordially invited to attend…

0
comments


SA Basement Bargain Sale

The Salvation Army in Kewanee will hold a Basement Bargain Sale on Saturdays in the month of March.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says it will be a great opportunity for the public to pick up some great bargains…

Ms. Bolls says there will be lots of great bargains for shoppers…

0
comments


Saturated Buffers

Saturated Buffers is a relatively new term that conservationists and farmers will likely be hearing more about in the future.

Jan Powelson is a Resource Conservationist with the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District and she says there are several potential aspects to this new program…

0
comments


Kewanee Park District Info

The new skateboard park at Northeast Park in Kewanee has so far been nothing short of an overwhelming success.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Kewanee Park District and he says that like many of us, he has noticed lots of kids using the skate park…

The Baker Park Golf Course is now open for the season and Johnson says that different golfer will pick different times to begin their golfing season…

0
comments


Kewanee Public LIbrary Events

Kewanee Public Library will host a genealogy program on Monday afternoon.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says if you are a baseball fan, this will be of special interest to you…

Ms. Billiet adds that the Library’s 3-D printing program will really take off this next week…

0
comments


Rauner Reacts to AFSCME Vote

It’s not a decision to strike but the choice is now on the table for ASFCME members as they voted in strong numbers to support authorizing one. However, the state’s largest employee union says they are prepared to do everything they can to find an alternative path. Governor Bruce Rauner says that his administration has made their last and best final offer and it’s time to accept the contract and keep the state working.

More than 80 percent of AFSCME members voted to authorize a first-time strike against the state.

0
comments


An All Illinois Beer

Next Friday, Tangled Roots Brewing Company will debut an all local beer. Spokesman and brewer Mike Billy says the hops and barley were grown locally. And the company brews its own beer in downtown Ottawa. He says it’ll have a local flavor.

Billy says there’s a melon-like taste in the local hops. The beer is named 41-88 after Ottawa’s latitude and longitude. Next Friday, local beer won’t just mean locally brewed anymore. Spokesman Mike Billy says Tangled Roots Brewing Company will sell a brew made with locally grown barley and hops.

The brew is named 41-88, because Ottawa is at 41 degrees north latitude and 88 degrees west longitude. Billy says just like grapes used in wine, hops take on a local flavor depending on the soil and water where they’re grown. The beer will debut at the company’s one year anniversary party next Friday.

0
comments


Duckworth wants Trump to get back to basics

It's been an eventful first month in office for President Donald Trump, but with key cabinet choices confirmed, Senator Tammy Duckworth hopes Trump shifts his focus to a topic he raised on the campaign trail....

Duckworth says it's time for more action, and less words....

Senate Democrats began promoting a $1 Trillion infrastructure plan last month.

0
comments


Henry County Democrats to Meet Tonight

Henry County Democrats will meet this evening. The meeting will be held at Bella’s Pizza in Cambridge beginning at 6:30 and attendees are invited to come early and enjoy some of their great food with the business session to follow.

John Sovanski with the Henry County Democratic Party reports that there is some serious business to work on with township and city elections coming up in April.

Party officials will also be taking a look ahead at other issues they will face in 2017.

The committee is also announcing that they are looking for people that would like to be a precinct committeeman or woman.

The meeting is open to the general public and new people in particular are invited to come and get involved.

Further information is available by contacting John Sovanski at 854-2902.

0
comments


KHS Regional Championship Tickets Available

Kewanee will be offering limited number of pre sale tickets for the Kewanee  Regional  Championship game  that will be played on Friday Feb 24th. Pre Sale Tickets are limited to the first 300 people. 

 

Tickets prices are set by the IHSA at  $5.00

 

Tickets will be on sale starting on Thursday in the High School office from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM and from Friday  8:00AM to Noon.

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

0
comments


KHS Speech Team Honors

The Kewanee High School Speech Team had a nice post season run.

District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says those students work very hard but often times, the public is not aware of their efforts…

0
comments


Murder Victimes Identified

 

The two residents of 1040 N. Grace Ave. found deceased in their home Tuesday have been identified as Jason M. Rohrig, 43, and Rebecca L. Rohrig, 49. 
A pistol recovered from the crime scene as well as other firearm evidence and will be examined at a state police crime lab. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Kewanee Police Department at 853- 1911 or Henry County Crime Stoppers at (309) 937-2324.

0
comments


Plans Being Pushed To Help Ease the Strain of Losing a Doctor

Health insurance plans can be expensive and confusing to sign up for. And even when you keep the same plan from year to year your plan may change without you knowing. That has the potential to leave patients breaking long relationships with doctors. And Representative Chad Hays of Danville in favor of a bill that would set up a grace period to allow patients to work with existing doctors while they look for a new one.

The bill would also make sure that health insurance providers have up to date information on in-network doctors on their websites.

0
comments


Run for political office and farm at the same time

An Illinois farmer proved you can run for a seat in the General Assembly and grow a record-sized crop all at the same time -- and live to tell. Marengo farmer John Bartman did it last year and thinks more farmers belong in the Illinois statehouse;

Bartman entered the race late after the McHenry County Democratic Party slated him to run due to former Representative Jack Franks' decision to run for a county office. Bartman came up short, but hasn't ruled out another run. He plans to share his experience next week at an Illinois Farm Bureau conference in Springfield. You can still attend. Contact your county Farm Bureau.

0
comments


Fire in Kewanee Tuesday Night

The Kewanee Fire Dept responded to a fire on Tuesday night at Prairie Green Apartments in the 1800 block of Lake Street.

Kewanee Fire Department Captain Duane Gillespie reports that fire crews were called out around 10:15 Tuesday night to battle the blaze. 16 apartments were affected by the fire with the main blaze all but destroying the central unit with two other adjacent units also suffering extensive damage.

Approximately 60 people were displaced by the fire with all receiving overnight accommodations.   

The other apartments might be salvaged but that determination will come from the property owners.

The good news is that there were no injuries to any of the inhabitants or fire crews. Firefighters were on the scene til approximately 1:15 ( this ) Wednesday morning.

The state Fire Marshalls office has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire with that report probably out in the next few days.   

0
comments


Death Investigation in Kewanee

The two residents of 1040 North Grace Avenue, Kewanee were found deceased in their home Tuesday morning around 11:13 am when Kewanee Police were dispatched to conduct a welfare check.  Police Chief James Dison activated the Henry Mercer Investigative Task Force to conduct a death investigation.

 

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services processed the crime scene and Agents and Investigators are actively furthering the investigation.  Preliminary evidence and information indicates this may be murder-suicide however there are a lot of leads underway. 

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Kewanee Police Department at (309)853-1911 or Henry County Crime Stoppers at (309)937-2324.

 

0
comments


KHS Wrestler 2nd at State

Lewis Robinson of Kewanee High School finished second in the state in the 145 lb weight class in wrestling this last weekend.

Kewanee Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says it was a gritty performance by Lewis…

Dr. Sullens notes that Robinson’s opponent had a straight on I’m coming right at you style, but he also notes that Lewis did very well, again finishing second in the state…

0
comments


Upcoming Food Managers Course


 

The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments reminds area residents they will be holding a Food Service Manager's Certification Course that will meet on Monday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 8th from 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

The classes will be held at the Henry and Stark County Health Department, 4424 US Hwy 34, Kewanee.  The cost of the course is $140.  Please note, after you take the exam and pass it, an additional $35 will be required from the State to receive your 5 year certificate. An optional text book can be purchased in advance through our office or in class for $30.00. 

 

Through the course, valuable information is given which will help food managers improve their operations.  The food manager's certification course is designed to help area food service establishments in the county meet the requirements of the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code.

 

Those who participate in the course receive intensive training in such areas as foodborne disease, food protection, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, personal hygiene, building construction, public health codes, insect and rodent control and personnel training.

 

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. 

0
comments


Extension College Club

University of Illinois Extension’s 4-H program invites teens to join a new career and college explorations club.  It starts Friday, February 24, 6:45 - 8:15 pm with an orientation meeting at UI Extension, located at 321 W 2nd Ave. in Milan, IL. During the first meeting members will get a glimpse into ACT/Scholarship and College Search-Career and interest survey-Dual Credit/Clep.  The club meets again on Fridays, March 10, April 7 and May 12 to explore local colleges, hear speakers and learn about careers.  The cost is $20 for new 4-H members and free for those already enrolled. 
 

0
comments


SCFB to Host Workshop

The Stark County Farm Bureau will host a workshop in Wyoming on March 3rd.

Farm Bureau Manager Thomas Marten says quite a number of guest speakers have been lined up for the program…

Marten adds that registration is due by next Monday…

0
comments


Possible Murder-Suicide In Kewanee

On Tuesday February 21st Kewanee Police responded to what they thought was a welfare check for a woman not coming to work.  What they found when they arrived were two bodies who have only been identified as husband and wife.  At the time of press, signs are pointing to a murder-suicide.  In addition to the Kewanee police and the Illinois State Police, The Henry Mercer County Task Force is assisting in the investigation.  We will have more on this story as it develops.

0
comments


Possible Murder-Suicide In Kewanee

On Tuesday February 21st Kewanee Police responded to what they thought was a welfare check for a woman not coming to work.  What they found when they arrived were two bodies who have only been identified as husband and wife.  At the time of press, signs are pointing to a murder-suicide.  In addition to the Kewanee police and the Illinois State Police, The Henry Mercer County Task Force is assisting in the investigation.  We will have more on this story as it develops.

0
comments


Friday, Feb. 24th. Tropical Trivia. 7-10pm

Calling all trivia junkies! Transport yourself to the warm tropics at the Quad City Botanical Centers tropical themed trivia night.  Participants will compete in rounds of questions delivered by WHBF's local weather expert Ashley Simpson for bragging rights and cash prizes. Bonus points for their Tropical" category! *Guests are invited to tour their Sun Garden after or during trivia Intermissions. *The top 2 teams will take home cash prizes. $80 for a table of 6-10. Mulligans and double-point rounds will be available for purchase. *Guests are encouraged to bring their own appetizers and snacks. Cash bar featuring beer, wine, soda and water will also be available. *All proceeds will go directly to fund their educational programming.

0
comments


Illinois State Fair reveals grandstand acts

The Illinois State Fair is going public with its first Grandstand concerts. Half of the lineup is finalized and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon reveals an act that should be familiar to any country fan who hasn't slept under a rock the last few decades...

Other big names include classic rock legend John Mellencamp on the final day of the fair, August 20th. Country star Chase Rice has been tabbed to perform August 11th. Pop star Jason DeRulo takes the stage August 17th and it could be a sleepless evening for any livestock left at the Fairgrounds on August 19th as metal act Five Finger Death Punch turns up the volume. A ticket sales date has not been set. 

0
comments


Special Olympics Benefit From Lotto

Special Olympics will continue to benefit from another lotto game. Proceeds from an existing scratch off ticket have already generated more than a million and half dollars. Now a limited edition three dollar ticket will add to the jackpot of funds donated to Special Olympians says Karen Atwood, the Special Olympics Board of Directors.

0
comments


House Will Hear Plan to Sell Thompson Center

The Governor has long sought to sell the hub of state government in Chicago. Bruce Rauner wants to sell the Thompson Center and get the state out of the business of owning expensive real estate and trying to keep up what is now seen as a crumbing building.

House Speaker Mike Madigan says a house committee will take up the proposal. The Governor says after selling the building that existing state workers would move to less expensive real estate in Chicago. 

0
comments


Cubs vs Cards rivalry centerpiece of new exhibit at Lincoln Library/Museum

Four scores and seven innings ago. On President's Day, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum shifted its focus to a Civil War with much smaller stakes, the the rivalry between Cubs and Cardinals fans in Illinois. State Historian Samuel Wheeler says the exhibit will debut March 24th. He says the new exhibit will feature interactive fun that will allow rival fans to make their mark....

Wheeler says baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and both organizations are giving the exhibit a boost..

The exhibit will remain open through the rest of the year. Items featured will include a cap worn by Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, the second-base bag stolen by Lou Brock to break the modern record for steals in a season, gear worn by Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Rogers Hornsby, Fergie Jenkins, and much more.

0
comments


AFSCME vote totals out soon

The votes have been cast, and all eyes are on AFSCME Council 31, as they prepare to release totals on a state worker strike authorization vote. The largest state employee union will reveal their results before the week is out. AFSCME officials say thousands upon thousands of members voted during the three week period. 28-thousand of the union's 38-thousand members are eligible to take part in a walkout while Corrections personnel are forbidden from striking. The Rauner Administration insists a strike would be illegal for all state workers based on an agreement signed last fall. A strike authorization vote doesn't necessecarily mean the union will strike. The union is currently challenging Governor Rauner's attempts to implement contract terms in court. AFSCME officials recently announced they would accept a four-year wage freeze and higher health insurance costs but the Rauner Administration rejected the proposal. 

0
comments


Bustos to Remain in Congress

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she will continue serving in the House of Representatives and run for reelection in 2018. Bustos, who publicly explored the possibility of running for Governor, was recently elected to Democratic House Leadership as the co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. In this new role, as the only Midwesterner in Democratic House Leadership, Bustos has been tasked with strengthening the connection between Democrats and working families across our heartland.


 

Because of this new responsibility, and in light of how high the stakes really are for our country after a month of Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Bustos determined that she needs to devote her entire focus to her work in Congress.

0
comments


Heart Health Month

The month of February has been designated as American Heart Month in an effort to bring awareness to the values of a healthy heart.

Meghan Weber is a Family Nurse Practitioner with the OSF Medical Group in Kewanee and she says that heart disease is a major problem in the United States…

Ms. Weber says there are some other factors and tips to keep in mind…

0
comments


Kewanee City Info

Kewanee City Council decided not to pursue a suggestion that would potentially allow golf carts on City streets at their most recent meeting.

Mayor Steve Looney says the suggestion had originated with a member of the public…

City Manager Gary Bradley says that as such, golf carts are not legally allowed even on city sidewalks…

Mr. Bradley also says that Council will re-visit the issue of swimming pool fencing and regulations in the near future…

0
comments


Hope for State Budget resolution

Following Governor Rauner’s budget address this week, some experts following the state’s budget impasse are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Rauner agreed to sign off on an income tax increase, and expand the sales tax to include some services if the legislature would accept some of his ‘turn-around’ agenda, especially reforms to workmen’s compensation. His budget outline, which would include cuts along with the tax hikes would come close to closing the gaping budget hole the state now faces, and sounds similar to the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ proposed earlier by senate leadership. Jak Tichener, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy institute at SIU says if there is a deal, it will have to be based on the ‘Grand Bargain’ coming out of the senate.

Tichener says he is more optimistic of a breakthrough than at any time in the past two years.

Jak Tichener of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Each day the state continues without a budget, bond ratings plummet, bills go unpaid and interest and service charges grow by millions of dollars a day.

0
comments


Longtime House Minority Leader Bob Michel passes away at 93

His style played well in Peoria and Washington. Now a political legend who was known for making life in Washington less political has passed. Longtime House Minority Leader Bob Michel has died at the age of 93. Second generation Congressman Darin LaHood of Peoria witnessed Michel up close and personal with his father, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, serving on Michel's staff before succeeding him in Congress.... LaHood notes long before his public service in a three piece suit, Michel served this country with his own blood on the battlefield....

LaHood says Michel's style was special whether on Capitol Hill or Main Street...

Congressman Rodney Davis also released a statement. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a good friend and mentor this morning,” said Davis. “Bob Michel was a war hero and one of the most respected members of Congress of all time. His 38 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives and the incredible footprint he has left on Central Illinois and this country will never be forgotten. Bob’s ability to reach across the aisle to make a divided government work for the people he represented was second to none – a trait we should all strive to emulate each day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family this morning. He will truly be missed.”

0
comments


OSF on Tuned IN

Heart health is discussed during the Feb 20 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

0
comments


Derick Carlock Wins Gold at Special Olympics

 

Derick Carlock of Kewanee competed in the Illinois Special Olympic Winter Games at Chestnut Mountain near Galena, bringing home a gold medal in the Giant Slalom and a 5th place ribbon in the Downhill event.  Patrick Peach was his coach at this event which ran from February 7 – 9, 2017.  Derick has won gold multiple times at Special Olympic state competitions through the years.

0
comments


Henry County Sheriff Info

A pair of recent events in the area have been quite sobering and while authorities cannot say much at this time, Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla does say that citizens need to remain alert and aware…

Sheriff Padilla stresses to the public that if anything seems out of order, by all means contact the authorities to let them know so that they can investigate…

The unfortunate reality is that other kidnappings are likely occurring right now with the unfortunate reality that there will be more to come…

0
comments


BHE To Host Scholastic Bowl


Black Hawk College East Campus is proud to host the 2017 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

 

This will be the sixth year Black Hawk College has hosted the event, which pits students from different high schools against each other to answer questions from a variety of categories, such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science.

 

More than 100 high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference will be competing. The participating schools are AlWood, Annawan, Cambridge, Galva, Mercer County, Princeville, ROWVA, Stark County, West Central and Wethersfield.

 

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. There will be nine, 45-minute rounds starting at 8:30 a.m. with awards at 5 p.m.

 

Black Hawk College East Campus is located at 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee). Visitors should park in the lot next to Building A. The event will be in Building B.

 

For more information, contact Kirk Watson at 309-854-1811 or watsonk@bhc.edu.

 

0
comments


Another Democrat in the Running for Gov

Madison County Regional Schools Superintendent Bob Daiber has launched a bid for the Democrat party nomination for Illinois Governor in Edwardsville. In the event Monday afternoon, Daiber says jobs and education will be his campaigns key focus:

Daiber plans to remain on the job as regional schools chief for the time being. He says that could change sometime down the road. Primary balloting for the Governors race is more that a year away, March 20th, 2018. So far Daiber and Chris Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy, are the only announced Democratic candidates. 

0
comments


Kewanee Boil Order Lifted


 

Effective Friday 2/17/17, the boil order has been lifted for residents in the areas of the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Cambridge Road, Golden and Irwin Avenues, whose water was shut off during hydrant work earlier in the week.  

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

Several topics hit the WKEI Open LIne for Friday, Feb 17

 

0
comments


Cubs to air on Newstalk 100.1FM and 1450AM WKEI

Regional Media Kewanee along with Newstalk 100.1FM and 1450AM WKEI changes it’s longtime Major League Baseball affiliation to the World Champion Chicago Cubs. As part of the continuing effort to serve the community with the best possible programming in all aspects of radio, Regional Media in Kewanee is proud to announce a brand new multi-year partnership with the World Champion Chicago Cubs.

 

Beginning Sunday, April 2, 2017, the opening of the 2017 Major League Baseball season,
every scheduled game of the season Chicago Cubs season will be broadcast live on Newstalk
100.1FM and 1450AM WKEI. Newly named Program Director Karissa Nash says, “As a Cubs fan I could not be more excited about this partnership with the Cubs. Last season was miraculous and we look forward to listening as the Cubs build a winning tradition in 2017 on WKEI, what a way to kick of the year with my new position as Program Director with Regional Media!”

Longtime Sports and News Director Bob Mckee went on the record with immense excitement

saying, “The 2016 World Series Champions the Chicago Cubs, will they repeat? Let’s hope so,
tune in to find out!”

 

The Tri-County Area has awaken to Cub’s fever, and it is all thanks to the local area sponsors.
The World Championship era of Chicago Cubs baseball begins April 2nd at 7:30 PM against
long time Cubs rival the St. Louis Cardinals, live from St. Louis, on Newstalk 100.1FM and
1450AM WKEI!

 

Broadcast Team:

 

Pat Hughes
• Play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs since 1996.
• Prior to joining the Cubs broadcast booth, Hughes spent 12 years calling games for the
Milwaukee Brewers, with legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker.
• Spent 17 years as a radio television play-by-play man for Marquette University basketball.
• Ten-time recipient of the Sportscaster of the Year award by the National Sportscasters and
Sportswriters Association (1990-1992, 1996, 1999, 2006-2007, 2009, 2014-2015).
• One of eight finalists for the 2017 Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in
baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

 

Ron Coomer
• Color Analyst for the Chicago Cubs since 2014.
• Born south of Chicago in Crest Hill, IL.
• Played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles
Dodgers from 1995-2003. He was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1999
with the Twins.

 

Mark Grote
• Host of the Pre- and Post-Game Shows on the Chicago Cubs Radio Network.
• Sports reporter and weekend sports anchor for WBBM Newsradio from 2002-2010.
• Morning anchor for the Mully & Hanley Show and co-host of the Rosenbloom & Grote
Show, both heard on WSCR 670 The Score.

 

Regional Media is a multi-state broadcasting and media company specializing in small to
medium size business, local community activism, and overall economic growth through the
use of it’s wide range of products and services. For more information on Regional Media,
Please visit RegionalMedia.info 

0
comments


President's Day Schedule in Kewanee

Presidents Day will be observed on Monday and while that will be a holiday for some, it will not be a national holiday per se’.

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

President’s Day is a federal holiday and the United States Post Office will be closed with no mail delivery or window service on Monday.

President’s Day is a federal reserve banking holiday and most banks will be closed on Monday but banks may have different schedules and best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule.

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

Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed tomorrow on Saturday and will re-open on Tuesday, February 21st.      

Most area schools including Kewanee and Wethersfield will be closed next Monday with the reminder that students at Wethersfield will enjoy an early dismissal today of 11:15 for staff development.

Black Hawk College facilities will be closed on Monday and will resume classes next Tuesday.     

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

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will be closed on Monday for President’s Day and will re-open next Tuesday, February 21.  

0
comments


ISP Report on Driving Behaviors

Triple A has released a report about driving behaviors on roadways throughout the country.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says that unfortunately, fatalities are up and that’s a very sobering thought…

Tropper Wilson says there are probably several reason but one in particular sticks out…

When it comes to cell phones and driving, some truck drivers are guilty of this and often times it’s the local driver who is the biggest violator…

0
comments


KHS Advance Regional Ticket Sales

Kewanee will be offering limited number of pre sale tickets for the Kewanee Semi Final Regional game  that will be played on Tuesday Feb 21st. Pre Sale Tickets are limited to the first 300 people. People may only buy a max of 4 per person.

 

Tickets are prices are set by the IHSA at  $5.00

 

Tickets will be on sale starting on Monday in the High School office from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM and from Tuesday 8:00AM to Noon.

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

0
comments


Duckworth weighs in on Gorsuch

Senator Tammy Duckworth won't have to spend much time in her new chamber before weighing in on a Supreme Court nominee. Duckworth isn't committing yes or not to Judge Neil Gorsuch, but his expression of displeasure with President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on federal judge James Robart made an impression....

The President called Judge a “so-called judge” after a ruling against Trump's travel ban.

0
comments


Durbin meets with Gorsuch

Senator Dick Durbin met with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for some 40 minutes Tuesday. While Durbin has expressed opposition to multiple nominees for President Trump's cabinet, for him the jury is still out on his vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee...

Durbin says he wants to ensure that Gorsuch would be an independent check on the Executive Branch.

0
comments


Democratic response to budget address

Democrats are responding to Governor Rauner's latest budget address. State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, the budget negotiator for the House Democratic caucus, says the Governor is going down a wrong, familiar path....

Harris maintains Democrats have done their part to compromise...

Harris maintains Democrats are offering a plan to boost the economy with economic reforms that will boost the middle class while providing good jobs for working families and helping businesses grow.

0
comments


Prompter Gives Rauner Trouble - Madigan Cracks Wise

The Governor gave his budget address yesterday and all was going well for about 30 minutes until his Tele-PrompTer went out. The Governor was left to fill about 2 minutes without his script and at one point had a good laugh with his arch political rival Mike Madigan.

Rauner covered tax hikes, property tax freezes, workers comp reform and increases in both funding for education and more state police in his address.

0
comments


Gov Won't Support BIgger Tax on Groceries

In his annual budget address at the state capitol Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says that he can support much of what the state senate wants to do with their grand bargain . But he wants to see changes to their plans for adding revenue or increasing taxes.

He wants the legislature to pass a permanent property tax freeze and change the workers compensation system to resemble what another “blue” state did, Massachusetts.

0
comments


Rauner Says He's Willing to Sign A Good Budget

Governor Bruce Rauner addressed the state budget today. The Republican says that he is considering the merits of many parts of the senate’s grand bargain plan. Rauner wants the state to spend more on MAP grants for college students, upping the earned income tax credit and creating a another pension plan for new state employees. Now he says it’s up to lawmakers to send him a complete budget that he’d be willing to sign.

The Governor also continued his push for other items not tied to state spending like term limits and a worker’s compensation system that is similar to one in Massachusetts. 

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

A Russian spy ship off the East Coast is discussed during the Feb 16 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

0
comments


ISP on PTP

Trooper Jason Wilson talks about a Triple A report on driving behaviours during the Feb 16 edition of People to People on WKEI

0
comments


Bushels for Hunger Totals

The totals are in as announced on Wednesday for the annual Bushels For Hunger Program.

Under that program, area farmers donate extra grain at the elevator with those donations forwarded to the River Bend Food Bank.

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says that Mercer County Farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director Jeff Kirwan presented the donation to Mike Miller of the River Bend Food Bank in Davenport…

The Bushels for Hunger program is a joint program coordinated by five Illinois County Farm Bureaus including Henry, Stark, Rock Island, Mercer and Whiteside.

The program runs in conjunction with several area grain elevators and ethanol plants including ADM, Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Gold Star FS, the Hillsdale Elevator, Michlig Grain, River Gulf Grain, the River Valley Cooperative and the Rumbold and Kuhn Grain Elevators.  

Ms. Laleman also reminds area students about several scholarship opportunities…

0
comments


Upcoming LWV Meeting


The League of Women Voters of the Kewanee Area will host Roger Gradert, the Henry County Board chair on Thursday, February 23.  The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center (CEC) in Kewanee at 404 E 3rd Street, north of city hall.  

 

He will explain the mission of the board and its subcommittees.  In light of the state of Illinois budget situation, he will outline the challenges this brings in carrying out the board's duties.  

 

Also, find out the difference in the duties and funding of township government versus county government.  There will be time for questions from the audience.  

 

Find out how we as citizens can assist the board in serving its constituents whether it is keeping informed, being a member of a subcommittee, running for office, or talking to your legislators?  

 

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

0
comments


BHE Nursing Scholarships


 

The Black Hawk College East Foundation has two $500 scholarships available for students enrolling in the March 21 Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program at the BHC Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

The eight-week program trains students to work as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to assist nurses in direct patient care. The program includes 80 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical training.

 

Because the CNA program does not quality for traditional financial aid, the BHC East Foundation uses private support to make the program more affordable and accessible.

 

The scholarships available are the BHC East Foundation CNA Scholarship and the Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship. Golby was a nurse in the Kewanee area for nearly 50 years and spent the last 10 years of her career teaching CNA students at the college’s East Campus.

 

Prospective students may pick up the scholarship application at the BHC Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee, or at the BHC East Foundation Office in Building A, Room 103 at the college’s East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee).

 

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 7.

 

For more information about the CNA scholarships, contact Liz Breedlove at 309-854-1715 orbreedlovel@bhc.edu.

 

For more information about the CNA program, contact David Harris at 309-854-1875 or harrisd@bhc.edu.

 

 

0
comments


Area Red Cross Volunteers Headed to California

The American Red Cross has launched a massive disaster response in northern California, where nearly 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate due to the potentially catastrophic failure of a spillway which is part of the Oroville Dam system.

                                 

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region deployed nine volunteers to Butte County in northern California to assist with the Red Cross disaster response. The volunteers will be working together in a unique situation as an entire “shelter team” to set up and staff a shelter to provide a safe place to stay and comfort and care for the evacuated residents in the Oroville Spillway area.

 

“Red Cross volunteers from our region are always eager to deploy to help with disasters across the country,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “It is inspiring to work with volunteers who are willing, on very short notice, to take time away from their lives and their loved ones to help others in need.”

 

Volunteers deployed from the Central and Southern Illinois Region include Kerri Becker (Springfield, IL), Chuck Bullard (Morrisonville, IL),  Holly Hall (Monroe City, MO), Kathi Knope (Taylorville, IL), Sylvia Martinez (Davenport, IA), Connie Roberts (Hannibal, MO), Paul Sierra (Moline, IL), Robert West (Davenport, IA) and Robin Wilson (McLeansboro, IL).

 

As many as 2,200 residents were in Red Cross and community shelters as of Mondaymorning, and the Red Cross is preparing to shelter and feed thousands more in the upcoming days. The evacuation orders came Sunday night in Butte and Yuba counties, Yuba City and Marysville, as damage was discovered to the Oroville spillway. The Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the United States, and is a critical piece of the state’s water system. The dam currently remains intact, but the emergency spillway is compromised. The governor of California has declared a state of emergency and substantial search and rescue help is being deployed, including the California National Guard and Highway Patrol, along with swift water rescue teams.

 

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APPEveryone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, safety information and open shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

MAKE A DONATION We are thankful to those who would like to donate items for people evacuated in California – but the Red Cross is not equipped to manage, support, and distribute donated items. Instead, our priority is to get those affected settled at emergency shelters, and to provide supplies to meet immediate needs. Right now, the best way to help is through a financial donation.

Help people affected by disasters like floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

0
comments


Day Before Budget Address Rauner on Facebook Live

Governor Bruce Rauner will give his third budget address today but before standing before lawmakers he took to Facebook for another live event where he took questions from citizens. Rauner’s position on the aforementioned budget was a common topic. He says that for years he’s been saying for years the state needs to do something different but he won’t stand in the way of others ideas to fix the state.

Critics of the Governor say he’s constitutionally responsible to submit a budget for review. Rauner said he did that once and the House ignored his reconditions and moved to pass an unbalanced budget. The Governor addresses the state today at noon.

0
comments


Time for Seat Belts in School Buses

Millions ride on roadways and highways everyday without being buckled into their seats. And in spite of seat belt laws around the nation no one is breaking the law. Now that might change in Illinois. Secretary of State Jesse White now says he supports a law requiring seat belts on school buses. SOS Spokesperson Dave Druker says they want to see a standard three point belt in bus seats to keep kids safer.

This is far from a new issue in Illinois or other states, but cost has often been cited as a reason to keep seatbelts off of buses. 

0
comments


Monsanto continues ag research and development while merger holds

Monsanto recently broke ground on a nearly one billion-dollar plant upgrade as the company plans to provide farmers tools to fight the broadleaf weeds that have become more prevalent in recent years. Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley says even though the company awaits approval for its merger with Bayer, research and development remain top priorities.

Fraley says Monsanto will invest about one-point-five billion dollars this year in research and development. That’s impressive in ag circles, but he says pharmaceutical companies will invest more than eight billion. He adds the pending merger will allow them to grow their commitment to innovation.

Fraley will speak Thursday at the Illinois Soybean Summit in Peoria. For more information on the summit visit ilsoy-dot-com, slash, summit.

0
comments


Munger talks about duties of Deputy Governor

Leslie Munger is back in state government. The former Comptroller was named Deputy Governor by Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this month. She'll once again talk numbers, as the budget will be a primary focus but she'll also call upon other aspects of her experience in the new post....

Munger says it's crucial that a budget is passed soon, especially with overdue bills gobbling up much of Illinois' revenue.

0
comments


Water Shut Off in Kewanee Today

Effective Wednesday 2/15/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department is scheduling a water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work will be done to replace a fire hydrant.  Residents in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Cambridge Road, as well as residents on Golden and Irwin Avenues will have water shut off while work is taking place.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m.

 

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

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

Cambridge Road is expected to remain open to traffic as much as possible.  Residents are asked to take caution if driving near the work zone areas.

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

0
comments


Salvation Army Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday

The annual Kewanee Salvation Army appreciation breakfast will be held this coming Saturday, February 18th.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says she always looks forward to this event…

Ms. Bolls says the breakfast is basically for anyone that has helped the Salvation Army over the last year and a call ahead would be appreciated…

Ms. Bolls says there are some other entities that have stepped forward in a big manner over the last year …

The public is also reminded of the Winter Mark Down Sale at the Salvation Army store in Kewanee…

0
comments


City of Kewanee Info

Kewanee City Council held discussions at Monday night’s Council meeting on economic and community development incentives.

Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Mr. Gary Bradley both say it’s all part of a continuing effort to spruce up the city…

The home rebuilding program takes on two different fronts as the city is now developing a rebuilding program in addition to the Henry County program Rebuilding Together.

Mr. Bradley explains the city’s involvement in that program and addresses some of the funding mechanisms…

Mr. Bradley further says that some applications are still being accepted for Rebuilding Together for this year and the city’s program will likely begin accepting applications sometime this spring…

0
comments


Duckworth takes on massive price spikes on anti-overdose medication

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, along with colleague Dick Durbin, is seeing red after another pharmaceutical company dramatically increased the price of a life saving medication. The two Senators from Illinois teamed up with 29 other Senators to demand answers from Kaléo Pharmaceuticals for massive price hikes for an easy to use injector device that contains opioid overdose drug Naloxone and the injector device Evzio The price has surged from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 now. Duckworth says in many price gouging cases, the companies are pharmaceutical in name only...

You may not have to worry about opioid addiciton, but Duckworth says you're impacted by the price surges regardless...

The 31 Senators say the price hike threatens to price-out families and communities that depend on Naloxone to save lives.

0
comments


Gov Gives Little Preview of Budget Address

The Governor is getting set to give another budget address but every year he has done so the state has gone without a comprehensive state spending plan. The state Senate is still working on a broad compromise that would strive to balance the state budget. Bruce Rauner says as he prepares for Wednesday he is appreciative of the work the Senate has done.

Rauner has said little about what his message will be on the during his budget address.

0
comments


Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meets tonight @ 7

 

The meeting will be preceded by Soup Supper at 6 p.m. with informal conversations to be held regarding possible changes in set-up and rates for both the Flea Market/Craft Show and downtown food concessions. Any possible changes will be openly discussed and voted on by the full committee at the 7 p.m. meeting before any changes can take place.

 

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

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

Review by full committee and acceptance of the fiscal year 2017 Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. operating budget

Unfinished Business

1.    Front door overhang and front of building sign

2.    Bank loan update and payment schedule for new roof

 

New Business

1.    Entertainment report

2.    Any action resulting from Flea Market/Craft Show and Food Concessions talks held at 6 p.m.tonight

3.    Thoughts on insurance for this year? Insurance to be acted on at the March 2017 meeting

4.    2017 Henry County Tourism Bureau Map

 

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

 

Motion to adjourn

 

0
comments


KPL Needle Art Program

For those people that like to knit or crotchet, Kewanee Public Library has a Needle Art Program on the schedule.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says the program will be held on Thursday evening…

0
comments


Wethersfield Info

Two students at Wethersfield High School have received recognition for their talents and skills.

Mr. Jeremiah Johnston is the Principal at Wethersfield High School and he says it is an honor to recognize those students…

Mr. Johnston also notes that it’s that mid-term time of the year when things can lag just a bit but he also says there will be a change in the normal schedule later this week and also next Monday…

0
comments


U of I AgTech Summit

Agriculture, from agribusiness to the individual farmer, has always been a leader in technology innovation, and to be competitive in today’s world, farmers have to be near the cutting edge. The University of Illinois is one of the nation’s leaders in both technology and agricultural research, and the U of I Research Park is holding an AgTech Innovation Summit next week, February 23rd to unveil the latest developments in technology of equipment, data management, genetics and other leading edge technologies that will be impacting agriculture in the near future. Laura Bleill (Bl-eye-ill) is associate director of the Research Park.

The tech summit on the 23rd is free to anyone interesting in the latest ag technology, but you do need to preregister for the daylong event.

Laura Bleill of the U of I research park. Again, the AgTech summit is free to all interested farmers and agri-business people.

0
comments


Gov Touts Auto Industry

The biggest car show in the United States is underway in Illinois this week. The Chicago Auto Show is open at McCormick Place along Lake Michigan. Governor Bruce Rauner was at the ribbon cutting of the show and highlighted how many manufacturers build cars and parts in Illinois.

The auto show is open now through the 20th.

0
comments


Get Ready For Zombies - You'll Be Ready for Anything

These are strange and uncharted times at the State Capitol and as Illinois heads further into a year without a comprehensive spending plan lawmakers are encouraging citizens to be ready for a zombie attack. Representative Chris Welch of suburban Westchester wants to use a gag to get families better prepared to weather a disaster.

Even though the message of having 3 days of food and water in your house may be the right one, some lawmakers aren’t amused. Representative Will Davis.


Supporting lawmakers want October 2017 to be Zombie preparedness month

0
comments


IRS Info

The income tax filing season is moving right along and Michael Devine with the IRS office in St Louis says that quite a number of returns have already been processed…

Occasionally, the wrong information will show up on w-2’s or 1099’s and that information must be resolved in order for the return to move forward…

Devine adds that if contacting the employer doesn’t work, there are other options available…

0
comments


Council Agenda For Feb 13

1.              Call to Order

2.              Closed session pursuant to the Illinois Open Meetings Act Section 2(c)(1) to discuss personnel, Section 2(c)(2) to discuss collective bargaining, and Section (2)(c)(11) to discuss pending, probable or imminent litigation.

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.     Acceptance of the Plan Commission Minutes from its meeting held on January 26, 2017.

b.    Consideration of an Ordinance granting a Special Use Permit to sell alcohol by the individual serving in the proposed wine bistro to Hardeep Bhalla, Elite Restaurant Group III, Inc.

c.     Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition contract for 1119 Rose Street, 638 N. Walnut Street, 614 S. West Street, and 607 N. Tremont Street to Martin Bros. Co. Inc.

d.    Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to renew a lease agreement with Henry County Tourism Bureau to occupy space in the City Depot Building at 224 West Third Street.

e.     Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the purchase of a computer server and related software from Office Specialists Inc.

f.      Discussion of proposed amendments to the fencing and swimming pool regulations.

g.     Discussion of Economic and Community Development Incentives.

h.    Discussion and approval of anticipated Well #4 rehab work.

i.       Discussion of allowing low speed vehicles (golf carts) on City streets.

j.      Consideration of a request from the Veterans Council of Kewanee to hold “Poppy Day Sales” on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and proclaiming the Week of May 14, 2017 as Poppy Week in the City of Kewanee.

8.              Council Communications:

 

9.              Announcements:   

 

10.          Adjournment

0
comments


February Is Children's Dental Health Month


 

    Throughout the month of February, which is designated National Children's Dental Health Month, staff from the Henry and Stark County Health Departments have been visiting area elementary and preschools to offer instruction to students regarding the importance of good dental care.

 

    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion notes, “We have presented to students from preschool to sixth grade.  We demonstrate proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques; as well as, explain how nutrition affects teeth, and how to prevent tooth decay.”

 

   Tucker adds, “We also stress the importance of regular checkups and display a few items used to clean and inspect teeth.”

 

    Youngsters are allowed to take part in a short question and answer session regarding the importance of proper dental care for their teeth. Also, everyone in the class receives a special toothbrush, and teachers receive dental information packets containing suggestions for further classroom activities.

 

    This dental education program is just one of a number of health education programs available to area schools through the Health Department.

 

     For more information on the Department's education programs, contact the Health

Department by calling (309) 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.

0
comments


Grand Compromise will take more grand effort

The Illinois Senate returned to work Thursday after a disappointing stall in efforts to reach a budget deal. Efforts to strike a compromise deal fell apart as Senators voted down a pension reform plan. Three other budget bills that passed did so without Republican support. Republicans say they want to vote on a full agreement. Both sides say they'll continue to work toward a deal.... Democratic State Senator Andy Manar recapped the struggles of the compromise effort....

Governor Rauner is set to lay out his latest budget plan next Wednesday.

0
comments


Oak Ridge Boys Coming to Bureau County Fair

One of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry is coming to the 162nd Bureau County Fair in Princeton on Thursday Augsut 24th.  It’s the four-part harmonies of the Oak Ridge Boys.
  The Oaks have spawned 17 number one songs, sold over 41 million records,  sport 5 grammies, 11 dove awards and 4 CMA awards.   They  were inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame in 2015.
The line up is the same since 1973—William Lee Golden, lead singer Duane Allen, Richard Sterban,  and Joe Bonsall deliver over 50 years of tradition in every show.  
The Oak’s roots date back to Knoxville, Tennesee and were one of the top drawing gospel groups in the nation according to Time Magazine.  In the early 70’s, another Bureau County Fair alumni performer  Johnny Cash booked them on his show in Vegas.  He told them “there’s magic in the four of you.”  He believed in them.  Then in 1975, Roy Clark’s manager Jim Halsey asked them to open for Roy. 
The outcome of that was Jim becoming their manager, and  1977’s  “Y’all Come Back Saloon”, their first country album and “I’ll be true to you”, the Oak’s first number one song.  Thirty One studio albums later, the Oaks continue to be one of Country music’s truly legendary acts.   They still perform some 150 dates each year through out the U.S. and Canada.
Tickets for the Oak Ridge Boys will go on sale Saturday, February 18th  at 9am.  All tickets will be sold on line at www.bureaucountyfair.com
For complete ticket information including ticket prices, see www.bureaucountyfair.com.  The 162nd Bureau County Fair runs August 23-27th in Princeton. 

0
comments


Abilities Plus Scholarships

 

Kewanee, IL – Abilities Plus announces the availability of scholarship and project funds from its endowment.  This year, two $500 Jean German Academic scholarships, named after former founder and long-time volunteer and supporter, Jean German will be awarded. Additionally, $4,500 in project funds will be available. 

 

To be considered for the scholarships, applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited college or university, are pursuing a certificate or degree in the human service field of study, and hold a primary residence in Henry, Stark, or western Bureau County. 

 

Additional qualifications include a career goal of working with adults or children with disabilities or developmental delays.  Eligibility is open to recent or upcoming high school graduates, as well as current college students and adult learners.

 

The Endowment will also fund projects that offer individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain independence or experiences they may not otherwise obtain.  Community organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.  Endowment project money will not be granted for day-to-day operation expenses. 

 

Interested applicants for scholarships or projects may contact Julie Landwehr at (309) 852-4626 or julie@abilitiesplus.org to receive the necessary paperwork.  All applications must be received by March 31, 2017 to be considered.  Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2017 of the committee’s decision.

    

0
comments


Valentine's At The Senior Center

The annual Valentine’s Day dinner and supper at the Henry County Senior Citizen Center is on the schedule for next Tuesday, February 14.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says it’s always a wonderful event for our area seniors…

Ms. Schmoll adds that it’s not necessary to dress up for the event unless you wish and outside of that, she just hopes that seniors will show up ready to enjoy themselves…

0
comments


BHE Offers Dual Enrollment Classes


Students that are thinking about taking a Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment class and their parents can find out more at Explore Dual Credit at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Black Hawk College East Campus.

 

Dual Credit allows students to take courses at their high school to simultaneously earn high school and college credit.

 

Current and prospective dual-credit students and their parents are encouraged to come and learn more about the program.

 

The evening will include:

· Overview of Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment – What is it? How does it work? What will it cost? Who is eligible?

· Meet with faculty members who teach Dual Credit.

· Tour the campus.

 

Register online at www.bhc.edu/go by Friday, Feb. 24.

 

For more information, contact Jeanine Peterson, Dual Credit coordinator, at 309-854-1712 orpetersonj@bhc.edu.

 

 

0
comments


Sen Weaver/IL Budget

The state of Illinois continues along with no budget resolution in sight.

State Senator Chuck Weaver from the 37th Senate District says it’s hard for most of us to understand just how big the budget deficit really is…

Sen Weaver also says that there are some aspects of a new budget that he will support and some that he will not…

Sen Weaver also notes that the pension system needs to be overhauled moving forward…

0
comments


John Block advises new USDA appointee

Former Illinois Ag Director and USDA Secretary John Block will turn 82 next week. He is still involved on his family’s Knox County farm, and he also still has a presence in Washington. He is optimistic that appointed USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will do a good job after his confirmation.

Block says he advised Perdue to build allies within the cabinet, which he quickly learned as he tried to lift the Russian grain embargo. The embargo dramatically hurt US grain prices while Russia found new sources throughout the world.

Block believes farmers will benefit from regulatory relief and hopes the estate tax can be fully repealed. He says the tax code, in general, needs to be simplified.

0
comments


Mendoza Says Gov Not Doing His Responsibility

As pressure continues to mount at the state house to pass a budget that lawmakers and the governor can agree to another elected official is being dragged into the fight. Comptroller Susana Mendoza says she will follow what a court case in St. Clair County tells her to do when it comes to authorizing payments to state workers. But Governor Bruce Rauner has encouraged Mendoza to ignore what the court may decide and continue to pay them.

She says she won’t and notes if they are up to talking about what each other should be doing… it’s up to Rauner to submit the budget.

The Attorney General will argue the case next week and the court’s decision on state worker pay is expected by the end of the month.

0
comments


Kewanee Hospital History

The history of the original Kewanee Hospital go back over one hundred years.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist with OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee and she says the fundraising campaign for the original hospital began 100 years ago this year…

Ms. Boelens adds that several sources stepped forward to help make the project a reality…

0
comments


Drug Take Back in April

The Kewanee Police Dept will host another prescription drug take back effort this spring.

Police Chief Jim Dison says the event will be held on April 29 in the City Hall Rotunda…

Chief Dison notes that the abuse of prescription drugs is now just about at the same level as the abuse of street narcotics…

Opioid abuse is also a major problem in many places in the country and that is a problem that needs as much attention as possible…

0
comments


Il Home Sales Take a Dip In December

 Despite a dip in home sales in December, both sales and median prices finished in positive territory in 2016, closing out a year marked by tight housing inventories and continued strong consumer demand, according to Illinois REALTORS®.  

Statewide home sales including single-family homes and condominiums in December 2016 totaled 11,629 homes sold, down 2.8 percent from 11,969 in December 2015. Year-end 2016 home sales totaled 162,380, up 3.9 percent from 156,239 in 2015.

The statewide median price in December was $174,900, up 6.0 percent from December 2015 when the median price was $165,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less. The year-end 2016 median price reached $184,000, up 6.4 percent from $173,000 in 2015.

The time it took to sell a home in December averaged 66 days, down from 74 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 50,213 homes for sale, a 15.7 percent decline from December 2015 when there were 59,559 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.20 percent in December 2016, an increase from 3.77 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In December 2015 it averaged 3.95 percent.

0
comments


Freedom House Call for Volunteers

 

 

Freedom House is seeking direct-service volunteers to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Are you passionate, helpful, kind, dedicated? Do you want to have a positive impact, be fulfilled, and learn while providing an important service to your community? Please enroll in Freedom House’s Volunteer Training Course! For more information or to obtain an application, call (815) 872-0087 or visit our website, www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

 

Freedom House will hold its Volunteer Training Course, March 20th – March 30th.

It is a two-week course held Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Participants must commit to attending every class. There is no cost to attend, and Freedom House will supply the printed syllabus and all training materials.

 

Freedom House provides services to victims and their children in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties.  In the past year, Freedom House served over 550 victims of domestic and sexual violence – women, men, teens, and children.  The 60-hour Training Class is required by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act. Those completing the course will be able to serve as medical on-call advocates, work one-on-one or with a group of adult and child clients, or answer the crisis hotline.  

0
comments


Durbin and Duckworth troubled by price spikes from pharmaceutical giant

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are up in arms over the latest case of a pharmaceutical company's dramatic price hikes of a life saving medication. They're teaming up with 29 other Senators to demand answers from Kaléo Pharmaceuticals for massive price hikes for an easy to use injector device that contians opioid overdose drug naloxone. The price has surged from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 now. Senators say the price spikes have occured while Congress has been working to help states and local communities acquire Naloxone and the Evzio device. They say the price hike threatens to price-out families and communities that depend on naloxone to save lives.

0
comments


Durbin says no to Sessions

The showdown over Senator Jeff Sessions nomination to become Attorney General comes to a close with an expected vote this evening. Senator Dick Durbin will vote no. He rejects the notion that Senate Democrats should get out of the way of Cabinet nominees based on the outcome of the election...

Durbin continues to question Sessions independence...

Durbin says voting against Sessions and speaking out against his nomination is difficult because of a long working relationship with him in the Senate.

Senate floor about why he cannot support Sessions becoming the country’s chief law enforcement officer. Durbin stressed the need for an independent Attorney General and questioned Sessions’ ability to stand up to President Trump if his actions are unlawful.

In light of the Attorney General’s vast authority and discretion over how the law is enforced, Senator Durbin also expressed deep concern over Sessions’ checkered record on civil rights and immigration as well as his unwillingness to commit Justice Department resources to address gun violence in Chicago.

“This is not a decision I’ve come to lightly. Senator Sessions is a colleague of over 20 years. But the question we now face is whether he’s the right person to be the number one law enforcement official in the United States of America. He comes to this new opportunity in a sharply divided nation. We have a controversial new president who already has seen an executive order blocked by the courts in what appears to be record time… In this context, the need for an independent Attorney General has never been greater,” said Senator Durbin.
“We need an Attorney General who will not just serve as the President’s lawyer and cheerleader but who will defend the constitutional rights of everyone – including protecting those rights from an overreaching Executive Branch, if necessary. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I have carefully considered this nomination, and I am not persuaded that Senator Sessions will serve with that level of independence.”
 

0
comments


Rural Econ Development Conference March 8 and 9

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs is hosting their 28th annual Economic Development Conference March 8 and 9 at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The Institute for Rural Affairs, based at Western Illinois University is directed by Dr Chris Merritt

Who should attend the Economic Development Conference on March 8 and 9th?

Chris Merrett of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. If you have an interest in economic development in your community, information on the conference is available at the institute website, WWW.iira.org, of search for the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs. Again still time to register for the annual Economic Development Conference March 8 and 9th in Springfield.

0
comments


Kennedy Joins in Race For Governor

Voters in Illinois won’t be electing a Governor for two more years but the race may have unofficially started today. Democrat Chris Kennedy announced via email this morning that he is a candidate and a video posted to YouTube.

Kennedy has been a Chicago resident for 30 years and has been a businessman, non-profit leader and the Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. 

0
comments


January: Warm with No Snow

The year started off warmer. The State Climatologist says that the first month of the year was on average five degrees warmer than normal. With temps setting higher each day, Jim Angel says the effect is fewer chances for snow.

You can close the books on this January as being the 14th warmest one we had in Illinois and now February has started out warmer than average. 

0
comments


Duckworth urges Senate to vote against DeVos in vain

The U.S. Senate vote on Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos went down as expected with a 50-50 tie and Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Senator Tammy Duckworth was among Democrats who said the confirmation process confirmed their concerns about DeVos views and experience...

Duckworth said her concerns about DeVos would impact the nation for an extended period...

Duckworth and Senator Richard Durbin both voted against the DeVos nomination.

0
comments


After DeVos confirmation, Congressman Rodney Davis weighs in

There have been close confirmation votes as President Trump's Cabinet continues to take shape. The biggest nailbiter may have come today as Senators decided the fate of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Congressman Rodney Davis has his own thoughts on the confirmation process for the Trump Cabinet....

DeVos was voted in by a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. 

0
comments


Early Spring?

Illinois, along with the entire Midwest, has gone through a string of months, starting last fall of above to much above normal temperatures. February looks to be another month where temps will end up well above normal, with little to no snow. After a mild first week of the month, DTN chief meteorologist Bryce Anderson says the long range forecast looks more like March than February.

Anderson expects above normal precipitation for the rest of the month, but generally in the form of rain, not snow. While the mild temps might be good for people and heating bills, there is some downside, says Anderson. Earlier draw on soil moisture, earlier weed and insect activity and winter wheat coming out of dormancy before it should.

Bryce Anderson, DTN Chief meteorologist.

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

Electric meters, snowfall and Illinois politics are all discussed during the Feb 8 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

0
comments


Cold and Flu Season Hangs On

While winter has not been too bad in our area this year, the cold and flu season has been on the rough side.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she says the cold and flu season remain in effect for the next several months…

Ms. Tucker adds that the Health Dept provides clinic services that are available to any member of the community…

0
comments


Tax Info

With the income tax filing season underway, many people have already lined up their plans to preparing that return.

For those that still haven’t, a professional tax preparer might be in order.

For those that aren’t sure what to look for, Michael Devine with the offers some great advice…

Devine adds that there are some other options to consider…

0
comments


Survivors of Suicide Support Group Meeting

The Survivors of Suicide Support Group will meet on Thursday evening at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Father Jerry Rafalko is one of the facilitators for the program and he says it is a great support group for those in need…

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

The Russians and Illinois winters are discussed during the Feb 7 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

0
comments


OSF Hospice on Tuned IN

Father Jerry Rafalko talks about grieving during the Valentines Holiday during the Feb 7 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

0
comments


New Skills To Be Taught to Prisoners

Prisoners who have made good choices behind bars are going to be possibly rewarded with time spent at a new life skills reentry center in Kewanee. Warden Tony Williams says that they will teach individuals how to operate in the free world after being locked up for years.

The Department of Corrections is hopeful inmates who go through the program will have lower rates of committing crimes again and winding back in prison. 

0
comments


Time To Act on State Budget Proposals

Action at the State House is picking back up this week and the leader of the Senate says it’s time for the state to move forward. The original package of bills has been reworked and is still designed to give a little and compromise a little for a state budget. Senate President John Cullerton says a hike to the minimum wage won’t be part of the grand bargain. But enough is enough and state government has to start working again.

The Senate will hold hearings on the bills and expects votes by the end of the week.

0
comments


Lunt thinking pros again

Rochester High School turned Illini quarterback Wes Lunt isn't ready to give up on pro football dreams after all. Lunt's college career has had its share of disappointments and injuries, not only at the University of Illinois, but at Oklahoma State University, where he started for a time as a true freshman. He thought his football playing days were drawing to a close last fall but that all changed when a college football all star game came calling....

Lunt is in San Diego training for the NFL Draft or free agent opportunities. Some sportswriters say he helped his stock the most at the East West Shrine Game

0
comments


Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for January

 

Alex Boelens of Geneseo was recognized as Achiever of the Month for January at Abilities Plus.  Alex received recognition from his peers because of his good attendance, friendly & helpful attitude, and his efforts assisting customers at the agency snack bar during breaks and lunch.

0
comments


Update on Edd Bickers Jr.

As many people in the community are aware, Mr. Edd Bickers Jr of Kewanee was seriously burned and injured in a fire and explosion at his home on January 11th.

Needless to say but Mr. Bickers suffered serious burns as a result and was taken to a Springfield hospital for treatment and rehab.

The good news is the fact that Eddie is now back in Kewanee staying with relatives as he continues therapy and treatment as he begins to rebuild his life.

Edd called in to the WKEI Open Line program on Monday morning to extend his gratitude to the community for their outpouring of support….

Like most of us who subscribe to a higher calling as the main reason that Eddie is still with us, he too acknowledges that it was by the grace of God that he survived…

Mr. Bickers continues his rehab and while he has made some very nice progress, there is still more work to do.

He also recognizes the fact that some neighbors aided him at the scene at the time of the explosion and he says that not only to those guardian Angels, but to everyone in the community, he just wishes to let everyone know how grateful he is to everyone for their kind thoughts and gestures…

A reminder that there will be a benefit and fundraiser for Mr. Bickers on Saturday, April 1st at the Boiler Room in downtown Kewanee.

The benefit will begin at 3 pm and will feature a live and silent auction, food and entertainment and a bake sale among many other items.

Proceed will go to Mr. Bickers as he continues his recovery efforts.  

      

0
comments


IDOC to Open Kewanee Life Skills Reentry Center

 

 

The Illinois Department of Corrections today announced the launch of its first Life Skills Reentry Center in Kewanee, where offenders who are nearing the end of their sentences will learn skills that are critical to their success in the community.  Kewanee is one of three Life Skills Reentry Centers slated to open in Illinois, as part of Governor Rauner’s plan to safely reduce the prison population and restructure the state’s criminal justice system. Kewanee will begin receiving offenders as early as February 16th

“People deserve a second chance to get their lives back on track,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “The courses offered at the Life Skills Reentry Center will provide these men with a stronger foundation and set them up for success when they leave prison. This is a tremendous step in the right direction in our criminal justice reform efforts.”

“Nearly half of the people who leave our custody come back to us within three years,” said IDOC Director John Baldwin. “This creates a revolving door to prison which continually breaks men and women down, tears families apart, and hits taxpayers’ pockets for much more than what the state can afford. It is clear that what we’ve been doing as an agency is not working and the Life Skills Reentry Centers give us an opportunity to reverse that trend and get it right.”

The facility will offer educational, job readiness, and cognitive behavior therapy courses to offenders who have one to four years left on their sentence and qualify for placement at Kewanee. They will also learn skills that help them readjust to society, like how to manage a bank account, use the latest technology, and schedule medical appointments.

One very unique aspect of the facility is that it will also house a small number of offenders who have more than four years left on their sentences. These offenders will be allowed to complete the coursework then return to medium and maximum security facilities to serve as peer educators, teaching the life skills concepts to offenders who wouldn’t have an opportunity to participate in the program otherwise.

The Department first announced the Life Skills Reentry initiative in June of 2016, after learning that the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice would be shuttering the Kewanee facility. Since that time, staff has been working to build the concept and prepare the facility for launch. From an operational perspective, the Department needed to assess the property, make sure appropriate security mechanisms were in place, build a commissary and, since the Department absorbed staff from the juvenile system, it was imperative that they receive mental health training and learn how to communicate with adult offenders. When it comes to programming, staff has been working to build an evidence-based curriculum that changes the offender’s cognitive behavior and prepares them for the workforce.

“We have to deinstitutionalize these men and help them see themselves as productive citizens, not as convicts or inmates,” says Tony Williams, who has been named warden at the Kewanee Life Skills Reentry Center. “They are eventually going back to our communities. They will be living with us and working with us and I want to give them the best opportunity to stay out of our facilities.”

The Department is working to launch another Life Skills Reentry Center for males at the former Illinois Youth Center in Murphsyboro and a female Life Skills Reentry Center at Logan Correctional Center.

0
comments


Possible State Budget progress this week

The state legislature is back in session after taking last week off. The action will be in the senate where Senate president Cullerton and the minority leader have been piecing together a budget. Mark Gebhards, Farm Bureau’s Exec. Dir. Of Governmental Affairs and Commodities says the hope is a budget bill can be wrapped up and sent to the house in short order.

While the House has some concerns over changes to some state union rules and workmen’s compensation, a suit filed by the State Attorney General’s office saying the state lacks authority to pay state workers in the continued absence of budget is putting additional pressure on the statehouse. A hearing on the lawsuit is scheduled for February 16th.
Meanwhile, Gebhards says the governor has yet to weigh in the pending senate budget plan.

Mark Gebhards. Meanwhile, Farm Bureau members can get an update on the situation in Springfield, as well as Washington at the Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference March first and second at the Abraham Lincoln hotel, and Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield. For details on the GALC conference, check out ILFB.ORG or your county Farm Bureau.

0
comments


Davis fights for coverage of pre-existing conditions

Congressman Rodney Davis is introducing a health care bill designed to protect people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination by insurance companies. Davis wants the legislation to be a part of the package of bills that will replace Obamacare. For Davis it's a matter of common sense but it's also personal....

Davis and other House Republicans are working on what they're calling the Better Way Agenda, a 37 page healthcare plan designed to replace Obamacare.

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

A call from burn victim Edd Bickers Jr. highlights the Feb 6 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

0
comments


OSF on Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens talks about the fundraising effort for the original Kewanee Public Hospital which began 100 years ago this year 

0
comments


Senior Center Info

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center continues to plug along without funding from the state of Illinois.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says the state is just not coming through…

Ms. Schmoll does says the senior center has a new walking program in place for seniors…

The Senior Center will also host another Trivia Night once again this year…

0
comments


Rep Swanson Comments On Madigan

That Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has a lock hold on Springfield is a bit of an understatement and that power shows no signs of breaking.

State Rep Dan Swanson from Illinois’ 74th Congressional District outlines one of many ways that Madigan retains his grip in the Capital…

    

0
comments


4-H Archery Club to Start in Cambridge February 13th

 

 

Youth, ages 8 and older who are interested in learning skills and safety procedures for archery are invited to participate in a 4-H Archery Special Interest Club in Cambridge at 407 N West Street, Cambridge Youth Center.  Sessions will be held on Mondays at5:30 p.m.  and the second session at 6:30 p.m. for eight weeks starting on February 13.  Bows, targets, and equipment are provided by the NRA Foundation and the Illinois 4-H Foundation.  There is a $20 program fee for those not currently in 4-H. There will be a $2 range fee each week for the usage of the facility. Please try to bring the $16 range fee to the first session.  The sessions will be taught by our certified instructors, Dan Meyer and Ryan Cooper. 

To sign up please go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs and go to register online and look for Cambridge Archery Club.  Class size is limited.  This is the first step in getting registering.  After this step, instructions will be given on how to actually enroll in the club with 4-H Online.  For more information, please contact Cheryl Geitner, at (309) 932-3447

0
comments


Tenney Street Closure on Tuesday

The City of Kewanee Water Department is planning a lane closure on Tuesday 2/7/17 in the 500 block of Tenney Street.  The west lane going southbound on Tenney will be closed between Kellogg Avenue and College Street.  The east lane going south will remain open.  The Water Department will be investigating a water leak in the area.  Work is expected to start at 8:00 a.m.

 

Water service is not expected to be disrupted at the beginning of work time, pending the discovery of issues that may need repaired.

 

Residents are asked to avoid this area if possible, and take caution if driving in the open lane near the closure.

 

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

0
comments


Lincoln College continues to expand four year programs

Central Illinois' Lincoln College continues its transition from a two year school back to its roots as a four year school. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gigi Fansler, says the school is offering students more career and academic avenues....

Lincoln College has expanded its campus footprint. The school recently acquired apartments at the north end of campus earlier this month. College officials expect one hundred additional students this fall. 

0
comments


Dozens of Elvis's To Preform This Weekend

One of the Midwest’s largest Elvis tribute artist competitions is this weekend in Springfield. The 21st annual Midwest Tribute to the King will bring in more than a dozen Elvis impersonators from around the United States. Perry Groves from Lincoln says that he started his love affair with Elvis at a young age.

The Midwest Tribute to the King is at the Route 66 Hotel in Springfield Friday and Saturday night.

0
comments


Education Commission Returns Only Framework

Reform is needed but just how to do it is going to be left to later debates. The Governor’s School Funding Reform Commission released a report that lists a number of things to consider when it comes to improving public grade schools, but the group calls it only a framework. Commission member and Republican State Senator Jason Barickman says he’s comfortable with the fact that there aren’t a series of bills that are coming on the heals of the commission.

The report says the state does need to spend $3.5 billion over the next 10 years, so every school district can be at or above adequate funding.

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

Buddy Holly and the Super Bowl are among the many topics discussed during the Feb 3 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

 

0
comments


Kewanee Chamber Events

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce has several events on the upcoming schedule.

Chamber Executive Vice President Mark Mikenas says they are currently in the process of accepting nominations for the annual Outstanding Citizen Award…

The Chamber is also announcing plans for the 2nd K-Town Comedy Night on the schedule for March 18th.

Dinner will be served that evening at 6:30 with the Comedy Show set to begin right around 8:30…

Most of us are already looking ahead to warmer weather and Mark says another event is on the schedule for the month of June…

0
comments


IEMA Urges Earthquake Awareness

 

 

In recognition of the earthquake risk in southern Illinois from the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will promote earthquake preparedness throughout February.

 

“While we don’t experience major earthquakes with the same frequency as the western U.S., some of the most powerful earthquakes to ever occur in the continental U.S. happened along the New Madrid seismic zone about 200 years ago,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We can’t predict when the next major earthquake will occur, but we can help people learn how to stay safe and reduce damage to their homes.”

 

Joseph noted that the actual movement of the ground in an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most casualties result from falling objects and debris caused by the earth shaking.

 

Learning how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” can help people prevent injury during an earthquake. The phrase reminds people to drop down to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture, and hold on to that object and be prepared to move with it until the shaking ends.

 

There are several steps people can take to help prevent injuries and property damage at home, such as anchoring bookshelves, overhead light fixtures, wall hanging and large appliances, learning how to shut off gas, water and electricity and placing heavy objects on lower shelves.

 

0
comments


Farm Safety Seminars


Agriculture is a dangerous industry.  Each year unnecessary deaths and injuries affect farmers and their families, farm employees and rescuers.  For this reason County Farm Bureaus have teamed up to offer a series of seminars pertaining to Farm Labor Liability and Safety Measures.  These seminars will take place Thursday, February 16th in two separate locations.  The morning seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Birkey’s Farm Store, 1350 Western Ave, Henry, IL.  The afternoon session will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Annawan Community Center at Howe’s Park, 314 N State Street, Annawan.

 

Featured speakers include Sheri Saskowski, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at Gold Star FS.  She will speak about properties of anhydrous ammonia and how to stay safe while handling and transporting the valuable agricultural input.  Tony Stirling and Roberta Boarman, from FBFM will focus on farm labor rates and tax liability which come with hiring on farm labor.  Garrett Thalgott, attorney with Illinois Farm Bureau will speak on employment liability. 

Finally, Mike May and Wes Kieser, both Field District Underwriters for COUNTRY Financial.  They will speak on risk and exposures you place on yourself and your farm when hiring farm employees and the steps you should take to be covered.  There will be time at the end of the presentations for questions.

 

If you have any questions regarding the seminar, or would like to attend please register at www.starkcfb.com/events or contact the Henry County Farm Bureau at (309) 937-2411.  Registration should be completed before February 10th in order to assure adequate seating. 

0
comments


SCSWCD Annual Meeting

The Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold their annual meeting on Friday, February 10th.

Resource Conservationist Jan Powelson says the meeting is free of charge but reservations would be appreciated for an accurate count…

0
comments


Black Hawk East Campus Closed on Friday

The Black Hawk College East Campus will be closed Friday February 3rd due to issues with the East Campus well system. Classes will resume Monday, Feb. 6th
Please refer to myBHC for any updates.

0
comments


Lincoln College continues to expand four year programs

Central Illinois' Lincoln College continues its transition from a two year school back to its roots as a four year school. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gigi Fansler, says the school is offering students more career and academic avenues....

Lincoln College has expanded its campus footprint. The school recently acquired apartments at the north end of campus earlier this month. College officials expect one hundred additional students this fall. 

0
comments


Bipartisan commission makes progress toward school funding formula

Governor Bruce Rauner’s bipartisan School Funding Reform Commission makes headway toward a new school funding formula. The 25 member commission wrapped up six months of work with a new framework that could pave the way for a new mindset in funding schools. State Senator Andy Manar (Bunker Hill-Democrat) is pleased the framework sets the stage for schools with bigger poverty issues to get more help. Manar is pleased with talk of a level playing field for school funding, but he wants action not words...

The framework would lead to funding targets for each district based on student population needs. It's estimated to cost an additional $3.5 billion to $6 billion

0
comments


Bourne legislation would keep state worker pay going

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has joined colleagues in filing legislation designed to keep the paychecks rolling for state workers, regardless of what Attorney General Lisa Madigan does in court.....

Madigan is seeking to have a court order that called for continued worker checks thrown out. The legislation would make state worker pay a continuing appropriation, guaranteeing payment during a budget impasse, and prevent a government shutdown.

0
comments


Successful Pork Expo - Plenty of Bacon

Illinois Pork Expo wrapped up earlier this week at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield. Morgan Booth of the Illinois Pork Producers says they had a great turnout and a successful show. Even Illinois Pork Expo wrapped up earlier this week at the Prairie Capitol though the legislature was not in session, a lot of state legislators came down to meet with pork producers and learn more about the industry. Booth says the reception was one of the highlights.

Meanwhile, there was rumor circulating this week that made national news… You may have heard about a bacon shortage. Morgan Booth says not so, the story is one of those ‘fake news’ items that often show up on social media and the real story is a lot of pigs and great prices at the grocery store.

Morgan Booth with the Illinois Pork Producers

0
comments


WKEI Open Line

Corrupt Illinois Governors, Himalayan Sea Salt Lamps and baseball are all discussed during the Feb 2 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

0
comments


Henry County Senior Center on Tuned IN

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll talks about a new walking program during the Feb 2 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

0
comments


Kewanee City Streets

The condition of streets in the city of Kewanee remains an active topic and the reality is that only so many streets can receive upgrades each year due to budgetary restraints.

For many of us, our street is the most important one and that’s understandable but city staff makes assessments each year as to the roads that need the most attention.

Mayor Steve Looney says that yes, if you would like to recommend a street for treatment, contact City Hall and let them know of your concerns…

0
comments


Prep, Freeze and Cook in Annawan Feb 12

 

The Annawan Parks & Recreation and the Henry County Farm Bureau Foundation will hold a Prep, Freeze, Cook event on Sunday, February 12.  The program will begin at2:00 p.m. at the Annawan Howes Park Community Center.  Cost is $160 and includes 10 freezer meals and all materials and instruction.  Pre-registration is due by February 8.  Forms can be printed from annawanil.org or picked up at the Henry County Farm Bureau or the Annawan-Alba Library.  For more information contact the Farm Bureau at (309) 937-2411 or Annawan Parks & Recreation at (309) 935-6264.

0
comments


Wethersfield Tax Levy Decreasing

The county wide sales tax that was approved by taxpayers a couple of years or so ago continues to pay dividends.

Wethersfield Supt of schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says that action has translated to good news for taxpayers…

Mr. Kazubowski says the tax levy is going down in the Wethersfield School District and he also notes that this was a promise from the Wethersfield School Board to the community that has been kept…

0
comments


Stromg demand for locally grown food

Locally grown has become a buzzword in Agriculture as more farmers look for ways to market their products directly to local consumers, and consumers are looking for those locally produced items. While we often think of locally grown items as coming from smaller fruit and vegetable operations, that is not always the case. The Ropp family in McLean County has been in the diary business for six generations, milking Jersey cows. About a decade ago, Ken Ropp, on a whim, decided to try his hand at cheese making. Using his own milk, he produced small batches of cheese and sold it directly from the farm a couple of days a week. Demand quickly grew so they moved to farmers markets, and later to retail grocery stores. Today, Ropp Jersey Cheese is produced seven days a week and sold in over 200 outlets in a 200 mile radius of McLean county. Ropp says the cheese business adds value to their milk, and eliminated the ups and downs of the market for raw milk.

Ropp says the consumer is looking for locally grown products, as evidenced by the growth of farmers markets around the state.

As Ropp works with retailers who sell his cheese, he discovers a strong demand from grocery chains for more locally produced items, whether it is fruits and vegetables, value added items like cheese and meat or nearly anything edible that can produced in Illinois. Grocers are also feeling the demand for locally produced food and are finding demand often outstrips available supplies.

0
comments


Durbin says no to Sessions

Senator Dick Durbin was among Democrats voting against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to become the next Attorney General in the Judiciary Committee this morning. Sessions' nomination was approved in an 11-9 partisan vote. While Sessions is not a part of the Trump Administration yet, Durbin believes he's already acting in an unofficial capacity as a loyal advisor on immigration. Durbin believes Washington Post reports that Session is tied to executive orders on immigration that limited travel from certain nations with a mostly Muslim population......

Durbin also says he doesn't believe Sessions will pursue the investigation into reports of Russian interference in the November election.

0
comments


Policy Group - Cut State Spending By Billions

A budget proposal from a conservative action group in Illinois proposes freezing property taxes for five years, making schools and universities pay the full price of their pension benefits and cutting Medicaid spending by $415 million a year. John Tillman the CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute also wants to see the Local Government Distributive Fund cut to any community over 5,000 residents, that’s a share of the state income tax that’s shared with communities. It would save an alleged $1.75 billion a year but Tillman says cities would easily be able to absorb the cut in support from the state.

Tillman says the communities impacted would be able to save more than what had been given to them when prevailing wage laws and collective bargaining rules would be rolled back as part of a broader spending plan. 

0
comments


Where's My Refund

The income tax filing season is underway and many people are looking forward to receiving their tax refund.

But for many of us, once we file, we immediately want to know when that refund will be in our bank account.

Michael Devine with the IRS office in St Louis says there is an easy way to track that refund…

0
comments


BHHA Annual Meeting on Saturday

On Saturday February 4, the BHHA will be having its annual meeting at the Steeple Building Museum, located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street.  A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting to follow at approximately 12:30 p.m.  The lunch and meeting is open to Bishop Hill Heritage Association members only.  Some of the items that will be covered at the annual meeting are the election of officers, a review of 2016 accomplishments, and a preview of 2017 events.  Heritage members, please attend and learn more about the BHHA and Bishop Hill.

 

In addition, the Heritage is pleased to announced donations from several organizations.  The Verdandi Lodge #3, I.O.S. of Chicago, Illinois recently contributed $3,600.  The American Daughters of Sweden of Northfield, Illinois has donated $200.  Finally, the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association has once again agreed to be one of the sponsors for this year’s Jordbruksdagarna (Agricultural Days).  The BHHA would like to thank all these organizations for generously supporting Bishop Hill’s educational events and historic preservation efforts this year.  

0
comments


Rep Dan Swanson

State Rep Dan Swanson has taken over the reins from Don Moffitt in the 74th Congressional District.

Rep Swanson says he will do his best to continue the tradition laid down by Rep Moffitt…

Rep Swanson acknowledges that right now he is in a bit of a honeymoon phase but he also realizes that business gets underway very quickly…

Despite what many of us see as a bit of gloom and doom in Springfield, Rep Swanson says there are some reasons to be optimistic…

0
comments