Local News Archives for 2017-04

WKEI Open Line

Jim Croce and Kim Jong Un are discussed during the April 28 Open LIne

 

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Bustos Comments About Trump Tax Proposal

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has made the following comments about President Donald Trump’s tax cut proposal…

 

“I strongly believe that we need to reform the nation’s tax code to make it simpler and fairer for hardworking families across the country. But rather than working with both Republicans and Democrats to give middle-class families relief, President Trump is trying to give himself and other billionaires a massive tax break with absolutely no way to pay for it. While I’m ready to work across the aisle to reform our tax code for the families I serve, I cannot support a plan that explodes the national deficit and gives windfall tax cuts to Wall Street and the ultra-wealthy.”

 

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Wethersfield Prom On Saturday

The Wethersfield High School Prom will be held on Saturday evening in Rock Island.

The Prom itself will be held at the Botanical Gardens in Rock Island but District #230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says the event will begin on Saturday afternoon in the Wethersfield High School Gymnasium…

Mr. Kazubowski also notes that with Prom on the schedule, it’s a sure sign for all students but in particular seniors that the end of the school year can’t be all that far away…

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KHS Students Compete

Seven students were selected from Kewanee High School to attend the annual Midwest Technical Institute's high school welding competition on Friday, April 21st in Moline.  The students competed against approximately 50 other students from area schools.  Kyle Bradley and Bobby Ince tied for the top score in the written exam and Kyle Bradley also placed 6th in the welding competition.  Other top finishers included Nathan Thumma, 7th, and Rafael Favela Guerrero, 9th.  The top 10 spots were recognized with students receiving medals and the top honors in the written exam received prize packages of new welding equipment. 

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Afternoon At The Races

The Kewanee Kiwanis Club will host a unique event on Sunday afternoon at the Elks Lodge in downtown Kewanee.

Jolene Barnes is a Board Member with the Kiwanis Club and she says they will present an Afternoon at the Races…

The event will run on Sunday afternoon from 2-6 and Ms. Barnes clarifies that as such, the horses will not be running through the Elks Lodge…

Ms. Barnes says that proceeds from the event will go the Satellite Club which will in turn use those for a variety of children’s programs in the Kewanee area…

The doors will open at the Elks Lodge at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Participants must be at least 21 years of age in order to participate and the public is cordially invited to attend.

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Energy prices in a good spot for producers

Agriculture producers have some opportunities with energy prices this spring. And if you need to fill up tanks on the farm, now may be the perfect time to do it says Growmark’s energy expert Harry Cooney.

And crude oil is now trading under $50 a barrel.

Cooney says some charts have suggested that the energy market can fall even more.

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Kewanee Public LIbrary on Tuned IN

Sara Billiet talks about various library programs

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HHH Volunteer Program on PTP

Julie West talks about the Hammond Henry Hospital Volunteer Program

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IDPH Urges Childhood Vaccinations

 Several mumps outbreaks around the state over the past couple years and a measles outbreak in 2015 in northern Illinois that affected mainly children too young to be fully immunized, are stark reminders of the importance of immunizations.  During National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29, 2017, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is asking all parents to talk with a health care provider and make sure their children are fully immunized.

 

“Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” said Director Shah.  “Because of the success of vaccines, parents may not have heard of or seen the serious health effects caused by vaccine-preventable diseases, like polio.  That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.”

 

In the 1950's, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease.  Today, many practicing physicians have never seen a case of measles due to the effectiveness of the vaccine.  However, even when diseases are rare in the U.S., they can still be commonly transmitted in many parts of the world and brought into the country by unvaccinated individuals, putting other unvaccinated people at risk.

 

Vaccines not only help protect people who are vaccinated, but they also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.

 

Currently, the U.S. has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history.

 

The Vaccines For Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost for children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.  The VCF program helps children get their vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule.  More information about the VFC program andimmunizations can be found on the IDPH website.

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Henry-Stark Retired Teachers To Meet

The Henry/Stark Counties Retired Teachers will meet Wednesday May 10, 2017 at the Annawan Howes Park Community Center located at 314 N. State St.  Annawan, Il.  The afternoon will begin with a noon luncheon.  Reservations are due to Julie DeSplinter at P.O. Box 105 Annawan, Il 61234 or 309.935.6326. The cost of the luncheon is $10.

The program to be presented that afternoon will be titled Potpourri  by Carrie Boelens.

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

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Galva Arts Council Offers Art Classes

 

The Galva Arts Council is pleased to announce two upcoming art classes. An adult wine and paint art class will be offered on May 5 at 6 pm with a decorative barn wood piece for the home. A children’s art class will be offered on May 6 with a project on time for Mother’s Day.

 

The adult class will be painting a welcome sign on recycled barn wood on Saturday, May 5, at 6 pm. The class will be led by Lisa Kimberling from Kewanee. This is a Wine and Paint class and participants can bring their beverage of choice to class. The cost is $25 per person.

 

Lisa will also be leading a Mother’s Day children’s art class on Saturday, May 6 beginning at 10 am. Participants will be painting a springtime image on canvas. The class is ideal for children ages 5 and up.  The price is $7 per child.

Reservations for both programs is due by April 30.

 

For more information or to make reservations, call Deb Johnson at 618-977-3255 or 309-932-4042.

 

The Galva Arts Council is dedicated to bringing people together to promote and participate in the arts. The Center is home to many activities throughout the year: monthly coffeehouses, seasonal luncheons, arts & crafts workshops, yoga classes and more. If you would like to join the Galva Arts Council or see our coming events, visit http://www.galvaartscouncil.org/ or visit our Facebook page. “It’s free, and you get a cookie”, John Sloan.

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City Info

Kewanee City Council passed a resolution at this week’s Council meeting to authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with See Click Fix and authorizing payment for that service.

City Manager Gary Bradley explains what See Click Fix is all about…

Council also held discussion on City Well #4 and that situation.

City Engineer Mr. Dale Nobel reported to Council that his department has made substantial progress in halting water leaks with losses dropping from 60% to 30% over the last couple of years.

The improvements have caused a reduction in loss of 800,000 gallons of water per day and in the process, saving the city over $15,000  a month most of which is the cost of electricity.

Mr. Bradley says all of this is good news for both the city and its residents…

Mr. Nobel also reported to Council that there is a ways to go to hit the target of no more than a maximum water loss of 15%.

Mr. Bradley says the progress report is not only positive, but if the project is successful, it will save Kewanee residents quite a bit of money as well…

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Kewanee Park District on PTP

Park District Director of Parks and Recreation Brian Johnson has the latest updates

 

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WKEI Open Line

Bill O'Reilly and the news of the day are discussed 

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Insurance Legislation Passes Illinois House

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White commended the Illinois House for passing legislation his office initiated which will modernize the state’s mandatory insurance verification program while adhering to national standards designed to streamline the process.

 

“My office has led the effort to establish and implement an electronic vehicle insurance policy verification program,” said White. “This program will better ensure that registered motorists have and maintain automobile insurance policies.”

 

House Bill 2610, sponsored by state Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago), establishes an electronic motor vehicle liability insurance policy verification program that follows national standards established by the Insurance Industry Committee on Motor Vehicle Administration. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 

Beginning in 2019, vehicle owners’ automobile insurance will be verified at least twice a calendar year at random intervals in order to ensure that vehicle owners are complying with the state’s mandatory auto liability insurance laws.

 

Insurance companies will work in conjunction with the Secretary of State’s office to electronically verify that motorists in question have insurance. If electronic verification is unsuccessful, the Secretary of State’s office will follow up with a written request to the vehicle owner giving them the opportunity to prove they have insurance before suspending the vehicle owner’s registration.

 

White’s office chaired the Uninsured Motorist Verification Advisory Committee that worked in concert with insurance companies, traffic safety advocates and members of the General Assembly. The task force reviewed best practices and helped provide the guidelines used to establish legislation and program requirements.

 

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Road Closure Postponed

Bureau County Highway Dept is announcing that they have received notification from the railroad that the closure of the crossing near Zearing on CH 33, Angling Road, that was previously scheduled for Tuesday has been moved to Thursday, April 27th.  Again, this closure will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will remain in effect for one day.

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Distracted Driving

The week of April 24th through the 28th has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Week in Illinois and Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison says with the summer driving season at hand, the timing for this proclamation is very good…

Chief Dison says that distracted driving takes on many forms, but texting and using the cell phone while driving tops the list…

Chief Dison acknowledges that distracted driving can manifest in other ways as well…

Chief Dison is also reminding the public that the next prescription drug take back effort will take place this coming Saturday, April 29 at Kewanee City Hall…

Some folks will wonder why prescription drugs with an effort like this and not other substances…

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Human Trafficking

The issue of human and sex trafficking tends to fly under public radar but that makes it no less of a problem.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says that predators are abundant and citizens need to be aware and on the lookout.

He also says there is a trend in particular by young girls that leaves them vulnerable. Trooper Wilson says they likely are unaware of the dangers they are facing…

Trooper Wilson says that once this scenario has developed, the trap is now set…

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Rural Illinois school wins third IHSA state music title in a row

Not only does the Illinois High School Association recognize state champs in football, basketball and baseball; but they also award state titles in music. And a rural Illinois school has won three in a row. Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger is the vocal director at Rockridge High School in lower Rock Island, just south of the Quad Cities.

The IHSA state music sweepstakes includes a solo and ensemble contest followed by an organization contest. There are 109 students involved in the Rockridge music program. 

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There are 271 high school bass fishing teams in Illinois

There are now 271 high school bass fishing teams in Illinois and the IHSA will crown its ninth state champion in the sport next month.

The IHSA’s Kurt Gibson says the first state tournament series in bass fishing was offered in 2009 with 199 member schools participating.

Sectionals take place throughout the state on May 5th with the state bass fishing championship decided on May 20th at Carlyle Lake. 

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Much of Illinois will get plenty of rain rest of the week

Rain gauges throughout Illinois will be getting a good workout over the next several days. A system will be moving through the state Wednesday with another one behind it for the weekend says State Climatologist Jim Angel.

As far as temperatures are concerned, Angel says Illinois is about five-and-half degrees above normal for the month of April. 

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City Council on PTP

Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley are the guests

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WKEI Open Line

Issues with the airlines hit the April 25 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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ISP And Child Abuse

The month of April is noted as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and unfortunately, child abuse takes on many forms.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says he was recently called on to deliver an address about human and sex trafficking and he was taken by surprise by what he found…

Trooper Wilson says from there, it was one unbelievable story after the next…

Trooper Wilson also found that unknowing victims are snapped up off the street often times before they know what has happened…

Trooper Wilson advises the general public to find out more about this subject on their own and become more aware of the problem…

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Alzheimers Program In Geneseo

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering free a community education class on Legal and Financial matters Thursday, April 27thth at from 4 to 5:30pm at the Geneseo Public Library, 805 North Chicago Street, Geneseo, IL. 

Attorney Curt Ford from the lawfirm Nash Nash Bean and Ford will present at the class.  He will focus on important legal and financial issues that those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their caregivers face.

Jerry Schroeder, Senior Program Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association will also be available during the class, for other Alzheimer’s disease and dementia related questions. 

This class is free and open to the public. 

Advanced registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900. Or, to register online visit www.alz.org, browse to Caregiver Center, Community Resource Finder, Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events. For more information contact Jerry Schroeder at 563-293-8056, or at jschroeder@alz.org

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City Council Meeting

Kewanee City Council met on Monday evening at 7 o’clock after a 6 o’clock closed budget session.

Early on in the proceedings on Monday night, the Oath of Office was given to incoming Council Member Steve Faber and incumbent Mike Yaklich.

Also early on, a resolution was passed naming as excess the nameplate of former Councilwoman Kellie Wallace McKenna and thanking her for her years of service to the City of Kewanee.

Among the many items of business last night, Council passed a resolution awarding demolition of 920 North East Street to Martin Brothers which had submitted a bid of $5,890.00. That bid was $109 lower than a bid from Ratliff Brothers which had submitted a proposal of $5,999.00.

The City had also sought bids for demolition work at 811 North Walnut Street and 807 West Fourth Street and while bids came in separate for both projects, the City had solicited for lump sum bids for that work.

While Martin Brothers bid for 811 North Walnut was $460 less that the bid from Ratliff Brothers, the Ratliff bid was over $700 less than the Martin bid for 807 West Fourth Street and the bundled bid from Ratliff Brothers $390 less than the Martin bid and Ratliff Brothers received that contract.

Council also approved Mayor Steve Looney’s recommendation for several appointments to various Boards and Commissions.

Those appointments include Kevin Zimmerman and Mark Strandberg to the Fire and Police Commission with both terms expiring on April 30th of 2020, Gene DeValkenaere to the Police Pension Board with a term expiring in April 30th of 2019, John Sayers, Clara Hemphill and Larry Minella to the Planning Commission each with a term that expires on April 30 of 2020 and the appointment of Zachary Rux to the Cemetery Board of Managers with that term expiring on April 30th of 2021. 

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Wrigley Field's rural Illinois roots

A local history lesson shows that one of the state’s most noted sports landmarks has roots in rural Illinois. Bricks used in the construction of Wrigley Field in 1914 were produced at the shuttered Shale City Brickyards—located in an unincorporated area of Mercer County—south of the Quad Cities. That’s a pretty neat connection to Clark and Addison says the Mercer County Historical Society’s Stephanie Braucht (brought).

The Shale City Brickyards were open from 1912 through 1969. They were a big employer and a major player in brick production.

Braucht says bricks used in the construction of New York’s Empire State Building also came from Shale City. The brickyards closed in 1969 when the parent company—Hydraulic Press Brick Company of St. Louis—decided upgrades were too expensive and moved production elsewhere. 

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Farmers should have conversations about crop still in the bin as spring planting moves forward

As farmers push forward with spring planting, what should they be doing about crop still in the bin? That’s one of the questions producers should be thinking about while on the planter.

And Jeff Adkisson with the Grain & Feed Association of Illinois says now is a good time as any to have those discussions with the merchandiser at the local elevator.

Corn is already starting to emerge in areas south of Springfield. 

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WKEI Open Line

Child sexual abuse is discussed

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Distracted Driving Week

 

Kewanee, IL – In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked the Governor of the State of Illinois to declare April 24th through 28th  as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week in an effort to bring attention to the dangers and consequences associated with driving distracted.  Governor Rauner issued the proclamation and both houses passed resolutions identifying April 24th through the 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week.  

 

The ILACP, in  partnership with AAA, and supported by the Illinois State Police, SafetyServe.com, the National Safety Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, almost 300 law enforcement/fire agencies and supporters from the private sector throughout Illinois, will work together during this week to educate motorists on all aspects of distracted driving.  This campaign will also include the enforcement of applicable State distracted driving laws.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

 

●      3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.

 

●      10 percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.

 

●      Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.

It’s time to drop the double standard on distracted driving - the dangers are real.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: 

 

●      In analyzing 2009-2012 data, that even while more than 8 in 10 drivers believed it completely unacceptable for a motorist to text or e-mail behind the wheel, more than a third of those same respondents admitted to reading text messages while driving.

 

●      Just as disturbing, even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, significantly fewer motorists (77%) believed texting while driving is a problem, down from 96 percent in 2013, a 19-point drop in just two years.

 

●      Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you. 

 

         SafetyServe.com is offering a short Distracted Driving Online Course, at no cost, during Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week to those who visit the ILACP Traffic Safety Website, www.iddaw.org.

 

These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Kewanee Police Department to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.

                                               

AUTHORITY: Chief James Dison

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Infant Immunization Week


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that April 22-29, 2017 has been designated National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW).  This is a special week put aside to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger.  For 23 years, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, health care professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.

 

    The Health Department staff notes that recently, several important milestones have been reached in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases among infants and adults worldwide.  Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States.  In addition:

 

*  Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.

 

*  In the 1950's, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Today, many practicing physicians have never seen a case of measles.

 

*  Routine childhood immunization in one birth cohort prevents about 20 million cases of disease and about 42,000 deaths.  It also saves about $13.6 billion in direct costs.

 

*  The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels.

 

    Sandy Sommer, RN Health Department Director of Clinical Services, notes, "It's easy to think of these diseases as a thing of the past.  But the truth is they still exist.  Children in the United States can, and do, still get some of these diseases.  One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is the increase in measles cases and outbreaks that were reported in recent years. In 2014, 644 people in the U.S. were reported as having measles. This is the largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000."

 

    The Health Department Clinical services staff reminds area residents that immunizations can be obtained through the Health Departments' clinic offices in Kewanee and Colona by appointment.  For more information on the Health Departments' Immunization program call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) 852-3115 (Stark) or 792-4011(Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments and Follow Us on Twitter @HenryStarkHD.

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Garden Prep Tips

It’s that time of the year when many gardeners are beginning to stir after a long winters nap.

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Martha Smith says now is a good time to get ready for the gardening season…

Ms. Smith cautions against tilling or turning the garden if the soil is too wet…

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Senior Center Issues

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee continues to face some recurring issues.

One of those of course is lack of funding from the state of Illinois even though it has been promised repeatedly.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says to date, the promises have amounted to no more than a nod and a wink to a blind horse…

Ms. Schmoll says another issue they face is the lack of a good crowd at lunch time.

Ms. Schmoll says the other meal times are well attended, but for some reason, lunch time is not…

Ms. Schmoll emphasizes to seniors that just because you eat at noon does not mean you are taking food away from someone else…

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Ameren reminding small businesses to take advantage of energy efficiency incentive programs

Ameren Illinois reminding small businesses to take advantage of the utility’s energy efficiency incentive programs. Businesses spend on average each year 30-percent of their total expenses on energy says Ameren’s Michelle Hibbard—and there are savings to be had.

She says an easy way to pick up initial savings is through lighting.

More information on energy efficiency incentives for both business and residential customers is available at “actonenergy.com”. 

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ISP And Distracted Driving

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month the Moline Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked the Governor of the State of Illinois to declare April 24th through 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week in an effort to bring attention to the dangers and consequences associated with driving distracted.  Governor Rauner issued the proclamation and both houses passed resolutions identifying April 24th through the 28th as Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week. 

 

The ILACP, in  partnership with the Moline Police Department, AAA, and supported by the Illinois State Police, SafetyServe.com, the National Safety Council, the Illinois Insurance Association, almost 300 law enforcement/fire agencies and supporters from the private sector throughout Illinois, will work together during this week to educate motorists on all aspects of distracted driving.  This campaign will also include the enforcement of applicable State distracted driving laws.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

 

●      3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.

●      10 percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.

●      Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.

It’s time to drop the double standard on distracted driving - the dangers are real.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: 

●      In analyzing 2009-2012 data, that even while more than 8 in 10 drivers believed it completely unacceptable for a motorist to text or e-mail behind the wheel, more than a third of those same respondents admitted to reading text messages while driving.

●      Just as disturbing, even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, significantly fewer motorists (77%) believed texting while driving is a problem, down from 96 percent in 2013, a 19-point drop in just two years.

●      Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you. 

These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Moline Police Department, to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.

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Canning Refresher Course

The University of Illinois Extension will present a program on Monday in Galva that will provide a refresher on how to preserve food.

Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Kristin Bogdonas will lead that workshop beginning at 4:30 Monday afternoon at the Extension Office in Galva…

The cost for the program is $5 pre-registration would be ideal.

Ms. Bogdonas adds that interest in canning at home remains high for many people…

For further information, contact the University of Illinois Extension Office in Galva at 932-3447

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Hike The Hennepin On Sunday

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

 

This month’s hike will be from Lock 21 to Bridge 15. This portion of the hike is 5.4 miles in length and has been named the "Raccoon".

 

We will meet at Bridge 15 (Visitor's Center - Sheffield) at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Lock 21 to begin our hike. The Hennepin Canal Parkway Visitor Center is located just west off of Route 40, south of interstate 80 (exit 54) and north of the Routes 6/34 and Route 40 intersection.

 

The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs.

 

You need not be a member of the Friends to join us on any of the hikes.  There is no fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend.  We ask that you dress weather appropriately.

 

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:

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

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OSF Observes Lab Week

National Lab Week will be observed beginning April 23rd and OSF St Luke Medical Center Lab Director Chris Downs says that they have a strong Lab Dept at the Hospital…

Ms. Downs describes how the testing process works once they have their sample in hand…

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Rural schools expressing concern over delayed transportation payments from state

Area superintendents from northwest Illinois are gathering this week to provide a common voice. All are in the same boat, expressing concern about delayed payments—mainly from categorical funds like transportation—which really impact rural school districts that have large geographic areas to cover. Scott Petrie is superintendent of the Mercer County School District and they’re currently owed $800,000 from the state.

Petrie along with other superintendents throughout northwest Illinois participated in a joint press conference on Thursday with first year State Representative Tony McCombie of Savanna. 

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Mendoza attacks Rauner on balanced budget claims

The odds of Comptroller Susana Mendoza making the cut on the Rauner family greeting card list shrink by the day. Mendoza continues to call for Governor Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to reach a budget agreement before the state gets hit with additional credit downgrades. She continues to make hay out of analysis from a political website on Rauner's claims he he has delivered a balanced budget proposal....

Some analysts maintain the Governor provided a budget that would be balanced if certain conditions were met. 

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Moments by Mutti

The annual Moments by Mutti event will be held this Saturday, April 22nd at the Flemish American Club in downtown Kewanee.

Family and committee member Mr. Jamie Bryan of Kewanee explains how Moments came into being…

With that in mind, Moments by Mutti will be held on Saturday evening at the Flemish American Club…

There will lots of entertainment including dueling pianos featuring Felix and Fingers.

Mr. Bryan also extends thanks to the many organizations and individuals for their contributions to the event.

Mr. Bryan also describes the process for other families or friends that might have a friend or family member that might benefit from the program…

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Well Child Clinics


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents of their Well-Child Clinic program.   Clinics services are offered in our Kewanee Offices, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and our Colona location at 103 1st St. Colona, IL.

 

    Through their Well-Child clinic the Department hopes that by offering comprehensive health services to area children today; health problems will be prevented in the future.

 

    Clinic services include: periodic "head to toe" well-child exams for children from birth to age 20; hemoglobin tests, blood lead screenings, immunizations, developmental screenings, and counseling and referral.

 

    The services of the well-child clinics are available to all area residents.  The clinic will accept medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, has been established to assist low-income families to obtain services.

 

    For more information or to make an appointment for the Health Department's Well-Child clinic, call the Department at (309) 852-5272 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com, find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments, or Follow Us On Twitter. 

 

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IL Women To March on Springfield

 

Almost 100 organizations and dozens of politicians have endorsed the Illinois Women March on Springfield event Tuesday, April 25. Coming the first day that legislators are back to work for the final weeks of the Spring session, the march is focused on dozens of progressive bills, and the passing of a responsible budget in Illinois.

The day begins at Noon with a rally at the Lincoln Statue outside the Capitol Building. Among the scheduled speakers are elected officials and constituents impacted by legislation being proposed. Speakers include State Comptroller Susana Mendoza; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.; state Sens. Mattie Hunter and Heather Steans; state Reps. Sara Feigenholtz, Litesa Wallace, Kelly Cassidy and Will Guzzardi; Khadine Bennett of the ACLU; Planned Parenthood’s Brigid Leahy; William McNary of Citizen Action Illinois; Maaria Mozaffar from CAIR-Chicago; and Alice Johnson of the Illinois Nurses Association.

Following the rally there will be a march around the Capitol Complex, and then lobbying inside. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a final rally in the rotunda, with speakers including gubernatorial candidates Sen. Daniel Biss, Ald. Ameya Pawar and J.B. Pritzker.

Deborah Lane, a union leader with Amalgamated Transit Unit 241/308, will be the featured singer at both events.

The list of bills people can choose to lobby state reps and senators on include women’s health and choice, labor issues including the Fight for $15, protecting childcare and homecare programs, immigration, homelessness, criminal legal reform, the environment, LGBTQ, gun safety efforts, healthcare, economics, education, the ERA and passing a responsible budget in Illinois.

The complete agenda, with more bills expected, is available on the March website:
 http://www.illinoiswomenmarchonspringfield.org

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IL Home Prices Up In Feb

Median home prices in Illinois rose 6.3 percent in February over previous-year levels while statewide home sales decreased 2.8 percent for the same period, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in February 2017 totaled 8,461 homes sold, down 2.8 percent from 8,704 in February 2016.

The statewide median price in February was $170,000, up 6.3 percent from February 2016, when the median price was $160,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Inventories plummeted in February, no doubt frustrating some potential buyers but creating opportunities for the sellers who did have properties on the market,” said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills. “As we move into the spring, more properties should come on the market, but it will take some time for supply and demand to find equilibrium.”

The time it took to sell a home in February averaged 74 days, down from 81 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 51,227 homes for sale, a 14.9 percent decline from February 2016 when there were 60,168 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.17 percent in February 2017, an increase from 4.15 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In February 2016 it averaged 3.66 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in February 2017 totaled 5,891 homes sold, down 5.2 percent from February 2016 sales of 6,214 homes. The median price in February 2017 was $210,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 12.0 percent from $187,500 in February 2016.

“Prices continue to move in a positive direction,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “While consumer confidence reflects optimism about the economy, the housing inventory continues to shrink suggesting that while more optimistic, many homeowners are not yet tempted enough to consider moving to a larger or more expensive home.”

According to the data, forty-six (46) Illinois counties reported sales gains for February 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Rock Island County, up 74.3 percent with 122 units sold; Peoria County, up 13.0 percent with 148 units sold; and Kane County, up 0.3 percent with 385 units sold. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Lake County, up 28.0 percent to $215,000; Cook County, up 10.5 percent to $210,000; and McLean County, up 6.0 percent to $158,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.0 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in February 2017 with 1,505 sales, down from 1,567 in February 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in February 2017 was $246,000, up 4.2 percent compared to February 2016 when it was $236,000.            

“We’re in an active home sales environment,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “We are seeing listings offered in advance of the spring market, with condos, in particular, benefitting from increased consumer confidence. The recent announcement of a rate hike, plus the hot stock market and higher wages, heralds an increase in home prices and a rapid decline in market time in the months to come.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of March 13, 2017 for the period Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

(Note: Due to technical difficulties the housing reports were compiled on March 13 instead of March 7).

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

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

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Location Change For This Afternoon's Titan Baseball and Softball

Change of plans for Baseball and Softball for today. The fields in Annawan are unplayable. We are moving all games to Brimfield. However, Brimfield only has two fields. Therefore, we'll have to play Varsity followed by JV for both Baseball and Softball. Varsity games will start at 4:30PM and F/S will start at around 6:15-6:30PM

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Galva Attempted Murder Update

 

ThThree suspects were charged in Henry County today in connection to the April 17th attempted mumurder in Galva, llinois. Quenton D. Whiteside, Jamar t. Whiteside, and Caine D. Ingram have all been charged with the following; attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery with a knife, aggravated battery with an axe handle, aggravated battery /use of deadly weapon, and aggravated battery, bond set at 2 million dollars each.

 

TheThe victim, Michael W. Palmer, age 20, of Burlington, Iowa suffered significant injuries niinincluding multiple skull fractures and multiple stab wounds puncturing his lung and lacrating his liver.  Palmer is still in critical condition in a Peoria hospital.

 

TheThe suspect vehicle, a gold 2000 Lincoln was located and recovered in Kewanee.

 

TheThe public is reminded that all suspects are innocent until proven guiltyin a court of law. 

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WKEI Open Line

The April 19 edition of the WKEI Open Line is both miscellaneous and rambling

 

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Hopes For Budget Compromise Remain Slim

State lawmakers have a little over a month to put together a budget deal. But the prospects for a compromise aren’t too promising says Kevin Semlow—Director of State Legislation for the Illinois Farm Bureau.

And Semlow says the debate continues to be “make cuts” or “raise taxes”.

State lawmakers return from a two-week break next Monday and will be in session through the end of May. 

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Peoria Area State Lawmaker Forms Ag Advisory Committee

A Peoria area state lawmaker has formed an Agriculture Advisory Committee. State Senator Chuck Weaver’s 37th District includes ten counties—and each county has one representative on the committee…..

Livestock farmer Becky King represents Knox County on the committee….

The committee also includes representatives from Henry, Mercer, Bureau, Marshall, Stark, Peoria, LaSalle, Woodford and Lee Counties. 

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Moments on Tuned IN

Jamie Bryan discussed Moments by Mutti

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Wal-Mart Seeking Illinois Entrepreneurs

 Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is looking for Illinois entrepreneurs to pitch their made in the USA products to the company’s buyers in a daylong event at Walmart’s global headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 28, 2017.

 

Registration is open at walmart-jump.com until May 18.

 

Walmart buyers are looking to make deals of varying sizes, from supplying products to a handful of local stores to supplying hundreds or thousands of stores, Sam’s Club locations and Walmart.com.

 

Businesses across the country have products featured in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com as a result of presentations of their products. One of these businesses is Illinois-based Bullibone Products, a small business that creates long-lasting nylon dog chews available in-store and on Walmart.com.

 

“I go into a Walmart store just so I can see our product hanging up there and it just gives you chills,” said LeeBob Willingham, Founder of Bullibone Products. “I got an invitation to present to Walmart. A couple months later, I get an email that says, ‘Congratulations! You’re going in 3,880 stores.’ It’s no feeling like I’ve ever had.”

 

“We are excited to once again invite businesses from all 50 states to meet with Walmart buyers who have one goal in mind: to buy more American products for our stores, clubs and Walmart.com,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president of U.S. Manufacturing. “By investing in products that support American jobs, we are able to bring new products to our shelves that our customers want and new jobs to our communities. Increasing domestic manufacturing will help create additional jobs in the U.S., and that's good for American businesses.”

 

In January 2013, Walmart committed to American renewal by announcing it intends to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs over 10 years. Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative.

 

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Bishop Hill Program About Abraham Lincoln

 

Dr. Bill Hampes, psychology professor at Black Hawk College, will be presenting a scholarly program about the humor of President Abraham Lincoln at the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill.  This free program is on April 22 at 1:30 p.m. The 40-minute presentation will discuss the ways that President Abraham Lincoln used humor and will also utilize what psychologists and others have learned about humor to show how it reflected his complex personality.  Teaching since 1989, Dr. Hampes has done extensive research about the psychology of humor and has published eight articles in various psychology journals about humor.  This program is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau.  For more details, please call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, or visit www.bishophillheritage.org.

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School Budget Issues

That the state of Illinois has no budget in place is hardly a bulletin anymore but that doesn’t lessen the impact it has on those that depend on their allocations.

School districts continue to be affected by not only the lack of a budget but state lawmakers continue to issue mandates for school districts in various means but are not providing any extra funds to make those projects a go.

Kewanee School District Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says that creates another unfair situation for schools in Illinois…

Dr. Sullens says it’s one thing to issue a mandate but lawmakers are not doing anyone any favors when they don’t follow through with the necessary funding, the overall budget not withstanding…

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Arrest Made In Galva Incident

Authorities have made an arrest after an incident in Galva on Monday morning.

25 year old Quenton Whiteside of Prophetstown has been arrested after police responded to a 911 call early Monday morning from a residence on SE 5th Avenue in Galva.

Police discovered a severely injured man inside the home and that victim ultimately taken by Life Flight to a trauma center in Peoria after treatment at OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. The man suffered what is considered to  be life threatening injuries.

The incident remains under investigation by the Henry-Mercer Investigative Task Force, the Henry County Sheriffs Department, the Galva Police Department and other authorities.   

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Action On Amending Livestock Management Facilities Act On Hold For Now

Action on amending the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act is on hold for now. Although the legislation was announced earlier this year, movement has stalled at this time says Bill Bodine the associate director of state legislation for the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Bodine says the legislation is not dead it’s just likely being fine-tuned by Koehler before being brought back to committee. The Illinois General Assembly returns to session next week. 

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Warm Up, Than Cool Down For Much Of Illinois This Week

Some warm temperatures for much of Illinois in the middle portion of this week with readings in the 70’s and 80’, but that will change moving toward the weekend. Meteorologist Eric Schmidt is with EJS Weather in Newton.

Schmidt anticipates more wet weather for Saturday for much of central and southern Illinois.

detailing early next week and late April.

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BHE Celebrates New Art Gallery

Black Hawk College celebrated its new Science Art Gallery at the East Campus with an April 11 reception and dedication.

 

The gallery – located in the Student Science Center in Building B – features eight pieces of art.

 

All of the paintings and photographs are science-themed, including an abstract portrait of rusted steel and images of rhinoviruses, streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, a vitamin C crystal and an X-ray of a cactus.

 

The purchase of the artwork was made possible by employees and friends of the BHC East Campus through thee4e (Employees for Education) Employee Giving Campaign.

 

The event was hosted by the e4e Committee and the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

 

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IL DCEO Issues Grants

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the recipients of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Public Infrastructure. Forty communities across the state will receive federal funds totaling $15.3 million. These grants will help Illinois’ low-income communities undertake much needed public infrastructure projects such as water, sanitary system and sewer enhancements that become the backbone of future growth and economic development.

CDBG recipients:

Bureau County

Village of Cherry  - $450,000 - Replacement of water mains

Village of Granville - $400,132 – Water treatment plant improvements

Village of Neponset - $341,865 - Water tower rehabilitation

Carroll County

City of Mount Carroll - $110,125 - Sanitary sewer system improvements

Christian County

Village of Kincaid - $304,066 - Target areas sewer main replacements

Cumberland County

City of Neoga - $450,000 - Phase I Water Distribution improvements

Douglas County

City of Arcola - $450,000 - Water distribution improvements

Edgar County

City of Chrisman - $450,000 - Excess flow treatment improvement

Stratton Township - $322,688 - Rural water extension

Edwards County

Village of West Salem - $398,842 - Sewer treatment system improvements

Fayette County and Shelby County

Oconee Township - $450,000 - Water distribution improvements

Franklin County

City of Orient - $237,540 - Rehabilitate 10 municipal sewer pump stations

City of Sesser - $450,000 - Rehabilitation of sanitary sewer trunk line

City of Christopher - $388,493 - Target area sewer main replacements

Fulton County

Village of London Mills - $441,535 - Village-wide water main replacement

Gallatin County

Shawnee Township - $450,000 - Water main extension

Grundy County

Village of South Wilmington - $450,000 - Water tower replacement

Hancock County

City of Warsaw - $417,044 - Sanitary sewer system extension

City of Carthage - $450,000 - New water treatment facility

Hancock County and Henderson County

City of Dallas City - $450,000 – Target repair and replacement of sanitary sewer

Hardin County

City of Rosiclare - $450,000 - Replacement of water main

Johnson County

County of Johnson - $152,333 - East Crossroads water main extension

LaSalle County

City of Streator - $450,000 - Build sanitary and storm sewers

Lawrence County

City of Lawrenceville - $395,820 - Water line replacement along 8th Street

Macoupin County

City of Carlinville - $450,000 - Replace water mains in a target area

Village of Palmyra - $428,000 - Construct 75,000 gallon water storage tank

Village of Modesto - $57,500 - Stormwater drainage improvements

Marshall County

Village of Sparland - $61,521 - Replace sanitary sewer force main

McDonough County

City of Macomb - $450,000 - Water distribution system improvements

Mercer County

Village of New Windsor - $450,000 - LMI Sewer Hook-ups to sewer collection system

Montgomery County

Village of Butler - $446,640 - Target water main replacements

Ogle County

City of Rochelle - $284,652 - Construct sewer lining

Peoria County

Village of Glasford - $450,000 - Sewer system improvements

Perry County

City of Pinckneyville - $364,647 - Sanitary sewer transmission main replacement

Randolph County

Village of Percy - $359,000 - Water main replacement

Shelby County

Village of Findlay - $450,000 - Construct new water tower

Village of Strasburg - $450,000 - Phase II Water Distribution Improvements

Tazewell County

Village of Creve Coeur - $444,500 - South Creve Couer Avenue water main replacement

Williamson County

City of Herrin - $450,000 - Replace lift station, manhole and corresponding pipe

City of Johnston City - $385,547 - Target area sewer main replacements

The CDBG program was established by the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Act).  Administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DCEO administers the State of Illinois CDBG – Small Cities Program.  State-administered funds are only available to units of general local government (i.e., cities, villages, townships and counties). Municipalities must be 50,000 or less in population and must not be located in an urban county that receives entitlement program funds (there are 42 entitlement communities in Illinois that receive their own allocation of CDBG funds).

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Salvation Army Info

The Kewanee Salvation Army continues to prepare for events that might need an immediate response.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says they are prepared for action in the local area…

Ms. Bolls adds that there will be further disaster training coming up later this year…

Ms. Bolls is also reminding area youngsters that information on this year’s summer camps will soon be available…

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Springfield native's company scores on Shark Tank

A Springfield native swims with the sharks on ABC and walks away with a boost to his company. Springfield High Grad Adam Havey's company was successful in getting an investment from Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank to help boost his Guard Llama personal security app and device. It allows a user to contact police without having to call 911. Havey and his co-founder partner were hoping to get 100-thousand dollars in exchange for a 5 percent stake in the company, but Corcoran gave Guard Llama a 100-thousand dollar loan in exchange for an 18 percent stake in the company. Havey did not appear on the episode. Corcoran saw potential in the product with her work in real estate, an area where workers often are concerned about personal safety. Havey explains that the mass shooting at Northern Illinois University in 2008 and a brutal kidnapping, rape and murder of a woman near campus two years later during his time at NIU inspired his invention..

Havey says the fledgling company is taking in about 500-thousand dollars a year in revenue and selling about 100 units a week

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Welcome change possible for IL truckers

Illinois law requires truck lengths on local roads to be no longer than 55 feet. Don Schaefer (SHAY-fer), Executive Vice President of Midwest Truckers Association, says today’s equipment is longer than the legal length. He adds that for years they have tried to change Illinois law to reflect today’s equipment.

Both House Bill 683 and Senate Bill 51 would increase truck lengths on local roads to 65 feet. Schaefer says since existing equipment is already of that length, changing the law will not lead to safety concerns.

Schaefer says both bills have advanced through their respective chambers. He hopes final legislation will be approved within a couple of weeks.

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Regional Media Names James Jones as General Market Manager Sterling

(Sterling-Rock Falls, IL) – Regional Media, also known as Virden Broadcasting Corp. announced that James Jones has been named General Market Manager of WSDR-AM 1240, WSSQ-FM 94.3, and WZZT-FM 102.7 in the Sterling - Rock Falls market.

In making the announcement, President of Regional Media Mr. Ford said, “We are pleased to tap James to the General Market Manager position in Sterling. In his previous career James was successful in enhancing operational efficiencies and profitability while creating and leading a focused and engaged team.”

“I am very excited about this opportunity at Regional Media and look forward to leading an excellent team while continuing to serve our listeners, clients and the Sterling - Rock Falls and greater Sauk Valley communities as we have done over the past many years,” commented Mr. Jones. “With Regional Media’s reach and scale, I believe that we will be able to offer the best in programming and news for our listeners and enhanced advertising strategies in radio, digital and mobile for our advertising customers.”

Mr. Jones is a dynamic leader with over 20 years of experience bringing a strong business acumen and a passion to succeed to Regional Media. As a lifelong native of Western Illinois he understands many of the unique challenges and opportunities local business face in an ever-changing, dynamic business environment.

Mr. Gilbraith, Vice President of Regional Media says,“With the mission of flawless local radio and service to the Sterling-Rock Falls area, adding James to our Executive Team was an absolute must. His energetic and positive personality is paramount to our mission. With the experience of our existing team and expansion in staff, our dynamic, client focused, forward thinking, and passionate people will be key to our success.

Regional Media, is one of the largest and one of the most diversified broadcasting companies in Illinois and Iowa with affiliations with many local communities. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.RegionalMedia.info 

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OSF on Tuned IN

Lab Week is discussed 

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Ameren Illinois Files For Electric Rate Decrease

 

 

 Ameren Illinois residential customers will pay less for electric delivery service in 2018 under a plan filed today with the Illinois Commerce Commission. The proposal would lower monthly bills for the typical residential customer by approximately $1.70 per month.

 It's the second consecutive rate decrease the company has filed for, and the fifth overall rate decrease proposal since the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) – or Smart Grid Bill – was passed in 2011.

 “Prudent cost management, solid project execution and reduced energy supply costs have enabled us to continue modernizing the electric grid with minimal impact on customer rates,” said Craig Nelson, senior vice president, Regulatory Affairs and Financial Services for Ameren Illinois. “We're pleased to report to the ICC and to our customers that Ameren Illinois electric delivery service rates will go down next year and our combined delivery and supply rates will remain well below the national average.”

 Ameren Illinois expects to invest an additional $128.4 million on electric grid enhancements in 2017. Those project costs, along with other capital improvements of more than $300 million to maintain distribution equipment and install new technology to detect and reduce the frequency of power outages, will be recovered in 2018.

 To date, Ameren Illinois' grid modernization initiatives have resulted in an overall 17% increase in reliability and saved customers an estimated $45 million each year. The company has installed 450,000 electric smart meters at customer premises and plans to add 540,000 more of the two-way devices through the end of 2018. Smart meters provide Ameren Illinois customers with enhanced energy usage data and access to programs to help them save on their energy bills.

 

The Ameren Illinois plan follows the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act, legislation to keep two nuclear facilities in operation, preserve more than 4,000 jobs, and ensure the availability of lower-cost clean energy for consumers. Ameren Illinois projects that stable energy supply, along with stronger energy efficiency programs included in the legislation, will result in a further decrease in customer bills beginning in June of this year.

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Dist 229 Board Meets Tonight

 

KEWANEE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #229

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

1001 NORTH MAIN STREET

KEWANEE, IL   61443

 

6:15 PM

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER BY THE PRESIDENT

A.        Roll call by the Secretary

 

II.        CLOSED SESSION: * (C) (1) to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the District and (C) (2) to consider collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees and (C) (5) the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body and (C) (9) Student Disciplinary Cases and (C) (11) Litigation  * 5ILCS 120/2 Open Meetings    The School Code of Illinois/2017

 

7:30 PM

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

IV.       INVITED GUESTS ADDRESS THE BOARD

            A.        Visitation Parents – IESA Softball

 

V.        CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

A.              District #229 Open Meeting – March 20, 2017

B.              District #229 Closed Meeting – March 20, 2017

 

VI.       CONSIDERATION OF FINANCIAL AND TREASURER'S REPORTS

 

VII.      CONSIDERATION OF BILLS AND PAYROLL

 

VIII.    COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE 

 

IX.       REPORT OF ADMINISTRATION

A.              Superintendent

1.              State of Illinois/ISBE F/17 & F/18 Budgets

2.              Senator Manaur

3.              Federal TRS: 44.61% - 38%

4.              State Categorical Payments

a.         Transportation

b.        Special Education

5.        Spring Fling Volleyball (Kelli Jackson)

6.        Replacement of the Main Electrical Panel at Central (1967)

7.        Mandates: 50 New Mandates in the Last 5 Years

8.        Additional Pre-K Funding ($27,003.00)

B.              Mr. Bryan – Kewanee High School Principal

                        1.        National Honor Society

                        2.        Key Club Banquet

                        3.        Group Interpretation – Participation at State

            C.        Mr. Anderson – Central Principal

                        1.        Track Participation

            D.        Mr. Atwell – Athletic Director

                        1.        Track/Baseball/Softball

 

X.        SUPERINTENDENT COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

XI.       UNFINISHED BUSINESS

            A.        KHS North Lot

                        1.        Proposed Parking Area (74)

                        2.        Proposed Practice Soccer Field

 

XII.      NEW BUSINESS

A.              1st Reading of New & Revised Policies

B.              Consideration and Approval of Administrative Contract Addendum

 

XIII.     ACTION FROM CLOSED SESSION

A.              Resignations

1.              Casey Miller – KHS Asst. Wrestling Coach – Effective Immediately

2.              Rebecca Baney – KHS So-Scholastic Bowl Advisor – Effective Immediately

3.              Robert Holmes – Central School 2nd Shift Custodian – Effective 4/14/17

4.              Patrick Smith – KHS Social Studies Teacher & Asst. Football Coach – Effective End of 2016-2017 School Year

5.              Cody Butler – Central 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach – Effective Immediately

B.              Retirements

C.              Hires

1.              Summer Maintenance Workers

2.              KHS Summer Office Worker

3.              Summer School Administrator

4.              Summer School Teachers

5.              Summer School Nurse

6.              Summer School Aides

7.              Summer School Secretaries

8.              Summer School Bus Drivers

9.              Summer School Bus Aides

10.          Summer School Cafeteria Workers

11.          Substitute Aide

12.          Substitute Aide at Lyle

13.          Substitute Aide at Neponset

14.          21st Century Assistant at Central

15.          Neponset Elementary Teacher (Grade to be determined) for 2017-2018 School Year

16.          KHS Varsity Asst. Girls Basketball Coach – Effective 2017-2018 School Year

17.          KHS Sophomore Girls Basketball Coach – Effective 2017-2018 School Year

18.          KHS Freshman Girls Basketball Coach – Effective 2017-2018 School Year

19.          Central 7th Grade English Teacher for 2017-2018 School Year

D.             Leaves

E.               Long Term Sub

F.               Transfers

1.        To Be Determined

G.             Volunteers

1.        Belle Alexander School

2.        KHS Girls Basketball Coaches

H.             Renewal/Non-Renewal of Stipend Positions

I.                Other Action Arising From Closed Session

1.              To Be Determined

 

XIV.    COMMENTS FROM VISITORS AND BOARD MEMBERS

            A.        Thank you to our retiring Board Members

                        1.        Kim Sellers (2005 – 2017)

                        2.        Lynette Lempke (2009 – 2017)

                        3.        Jon Jagers (2005 – 2017)

 

XV.     ADJOURNMENT

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IRS Tax Info

The income tax filing deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18th and if you haven’t filed yet, the heat is on.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service Office in St Louis says stay cool and just get it done…

Devine says it’s just a matter of following the steps and everything should fall into place…

Devine adds that while many people have not filed yet, there are many that have filed already…

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Achiever Of The Month At Abilities Plus

Christian Laingen of Geneseo was recognized as Achiever of the Month for March at Abilities Plus.  He received this award because of good attendance, positive attitude and relationships with others, and his efforts teaching those at Abilities Plus sign language.

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Drug Arrest In Kewanee

 

On April 07, 2017, The Kewanee Police Department Street Crimes Unit with the assistance of the Blackhawk Area Task Force, and Henry County SOS executed a search warrant at 313 South West St.

 

As a result of the search warrant, 16.8 grams of crack cocaine was seized.

 

Arrested and remanded to the Henry County Jail, was Lavetta E. Washington, 41, Kewanee. Washington is being held on preliminary charges of manufacture and delivery of 15-100 grams of cocaine, a class x felony, manufacture and delivery of 1-15 grams of cocaine, a class 1 felony, possession of 15-100 grams of cocaine, a class 1 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony. Washington’s bond was set at $200.000.00, 10 % applies.

 

 

No additional information will be released at this time as the incident remains under investigation.

 

 

James Dison

Chief of Police

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Telecommunicators Week

The week of April 9th through the 15th is observed as National Telecommunicator’s week in an effort to shine the spotlight on those dedicated employees.

Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison says those employees play a major role in law enforcement…

Chief Dison also notes that the telecommunications industry is constantly changing…

Chief Dison also describes some of the attributes that are necessary to be a successful telecommunicator…

Chief Dison also notes that he has an outstanding group of individuals at the Kewanee Police Department that often times fly under the radar with their contributions…

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Two State Senators push against tax increase

Two Republican State Senators, Kyle McCarter of Lebanon and Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, are teaming up for an alternative to talk of the stalled grand bargain in the Senate. The pair are promoting the multi-point "Taxpayer Bargain" plan for a balanced state budget. McCarter says they stand alone when it comes to offering a budget without a tax hike....

McCarter was referring to Bloomington State Senator Bill Brady's cut oriented budget plan. McCarter may remind you of Han Solo in Star Wars, who was known to say "don't tell me the odds"....

The budget plan maintains 100% of General State Aid for elemenetary and secondary education. Medicaid spending for the most vulnerable would also be shielded. State agencies and departments would make 10% across the board cuts. Medicaid and pension reform are other highlights. More details can be found on www.taxpayerbargain.com. McCarter says a similar effort is ready 

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Getting around Illinois gets major reboot

IDOT's Getting Around Illinois road conditions website has received a major upgrade. The new Getting Around Illinois site is versatile to function with smartphones, tablets and the traditional desktops and laptops. IDOT's Kelsea Gurski says information on road closures, construction and winter driving conditions will come much faster....

Gurski notes the information available to motorists has greatly expanded...

The new Getting Around Illinois site also features a number of cameras and weather stations across the state.

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Barickman tees up school funding reform plan

State Senator Jason Barickman is offering his concept for school funding reform. The pending bill calls for the state to look at each district and their resources separately without a blanket funding formula. Barickman hopes to get legislation moving sooner rather than later....

Barickman calls his K through 12 funding plan an evidence based model, with 27 separate points figuring into each school district's funding formula. . 

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Hearings Next Week on Legal Weed

The effort to legalize marijuana is getting a more official push next week. Supportive lawmakers are going to hold committee hearings next week on how laws are working in other states. But State Rep. Kelly Cassidy says they aren’t in a big rush make Illinois the next state with legal recreational marijuana.

Lawmakers say selling and then taxing pot could bring in more than $350 million in taxes each year for the state. The proposed law would make it legal to posses no more than 28 grams of the drug.

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Davis says polls numbers can't hide flaws he sees in Obamacare

Congressman Rodney Davis is unfazed by poll numbers that show growing support for keeping Obamacare. In a recent appearance on CNN, the Taylorville Republican said the GOP must proceed with addressing a key issue on the healthcare front....

President Trump plans to tackle the health care issue sooner rather than later, saying he wants to resolve the debate before moving on to tax reform.

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Gov Not Campaigning But Using Campaign Funds To Cover Trip

The Governor has been touring the state, spending campaign fund cash to do so, but he says he’s not campaigning.Bruce Rauner finished his first day of stops around the state in Springfield on Tuesday and said the tour is to get his message directly out to citizens and voters. And that message is, the failure to get a budget done in Illinois is not his fault.

Rauner has yet to formally announce a reelection bid in the Governor’s race but has already donated $50 million of his own money to his campaign fund. And he was using that fund to pay for tour stops. 

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WKEI Open Line

Soda pop is discussed during the April 13 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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KPL On Tuned IN

Sara Billiet talks about upcoming programs at Kewanee Public Library

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Easter Egg Safety

With Easter on Sunday and the fact that many people will enjoy Easter Eggs comes the reminder to prepare the eggs as safely as possible.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she stresses safety and precaution when preparing those eggs…

Ms. Tucker says it is not her goal to make people sick with this information but rather to help people to avoid being sick during the holiday…

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Officials Worried About Opioids

The opioid epidemic continues to run wild throughout the United States and some areas of the country and some have been hit particularly hard,

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says the problem exists right here in our area…

Trooper Wilson adds that he unfortunately has first hand experience in this matter…

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Public Health Week Continues

   As National Public Health Week, April 3-9, is celebrated throughout the country, officials at the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that communicable disease control is one of the oldest public health programs in existence. 

      Jessica Hand, LPN Communicable Disease Nurse with the Health Department notes, “The fact is deaths from infectious/communicable diseases have declined markedly in the United States during the 20th century. This decline is contributed to a sharp drop in infant and child mortality and to the 29.2-year increase in life expectancy. For example, in 1900, 30% of all deaths occurred among children aged less than 5 years; in 1997, that percentage was only 1.4%. In 1900, the three leading causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB), and diarrhea and enteritis, which caused one third of all deaths.   In 1997, heart disease and cancers accounted for 54.7% of all deaths, with only 4.5% attributable to pneumonia, influenza, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.”

     Despite this overall progress, one of the most devastating epidemics in human history occurred during the 20th century: the 1918 influenza pandemic that resulted in 20 million deaths, including 500,000 in the United States, in less than 1 year--more than have died in as short a time during any war or famine in the world. HIV infection, first recognized in 1981, has caused a pandemic that is still in progress, affecting 33 million people and causing an estimated 13.9 million deaths. These episodes illustrate the volatility of infectious disease death rates and the unpredictability of disease emergence.

     Health Department Communicable Disease program services include: local communicable disease surveillance; TB testing, control and treatment; sexually transmitted disease testing, contact tracing and treatment; and immunization promotion and administration.

    For more information, or to schedule an appointment at either of their office locations call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 Kewanee or(309) 792-4011 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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WKEI Open Line

A variety of topics hit the WKEI Open line for April 12

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Ameren Illinois Ten Year, $3.5-Billion Improvement Plan

Ameren Illinois moving forward with a significant upgrade throughout the state. The improvements will occur over several years says the utility’s Kenny Blum.

Improvements will be made to substations, transformers, poles and switches. 

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Hate Crime Education for Police

Law enforcement in Illinois are receiving more training on how to handle hate crimes. The Illinois State Police are working hand in hand with the Anti-Defamation League to incorporate training to help police identify and investigate hate crimes. The League’s Jessica Gall…

There are also ongoing efforts to help teach tolerance and wipe out hate with education programs in school.

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Tax Day is April 18 This Year

Tax day is normally April 15 but this year you have a few more days to file. The deadline is April 18. And if your waiting to file you aren’t alone says Terry Horstman with the Department of Revenue.

The state continues to see folks who do file do so electronically. Almost 9 in 10 are sent in that way. And the wait to get your refund is running about month.

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HCFB On Tuned IN

FB Manager Katie Laleman talks about various programs

 

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Wyoming Fire Dept Receives Donation

 

           

 First Responders with Wyoming Community Fire Protection District are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. That’s because Invisible Fence of Peoria / Bloomington has donated four pet oxygen mask kits to the department. Dr. Justin Fehr and Macon Nalepka of Wyoming Community Fire Protection District provided additional pet saving tips to the group such as pet first aid and CPR.

 

This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

 

Invisible Fence® Brand has donated a total of more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 150+ pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, two family dogs by the Grant’s Pass Fire Department in Oregon in early October of this year.

 

“When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Ed Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence® Brand. “Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.”

 

“We realize that humans are the first priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment,” said Hoyt. “Project Breatheprogram is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets’ lives.”

 

Wyoming, IL and surrounding areas are now joining the ranks of cities like Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and Salt Lake City who have all received donated pet oxygen masks from Project Breathe program.

"Thank God they had the masks. They (the dogs) are just like family. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Things can be replaced. Lives can’t, whether they’re animals or people," said a pet owner whose dogs were recently rescued using donated masks.

Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry web sites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In most states, emergency responders are unequipped to deal with the crisis. The loss is terrible for the family, heart wrenching for firefighters.

The company has set up a website, www.invisiblefence.com/O2, where local fire personnel can make a request for their own departments.

 

About Invisible Fence® Brand

Invisible Fence® Brand is the original electronic pet containment system and offers a comprehensive family of containment, avoidance, and access products to keep pets out of harm's way and prevent unwanted behaviors throughout both the home and yard. Owned by Radio Systems Corporation in Knoxville, Tenn., Invisible Fence® Brand solutions are sold nationwide by professional, authorized dealers who provide Perfect StartPet training and custom installation that have safely contained over 2 million pets.   Invisible Fence® Brand has taken pet care beyond the home and started the Project Breathe program, which has donated more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire departments and first responders. For more information on Invisible Fence® Brand or to find a local dealer, visit www.invisiblefence.com

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Income Tax Filing Deadline Aproaching

With less than a week left to file federal and state income tax returns, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers to file as soon as they can.  More than 4 million taxpayers have already filed their 2016 Illinois individual income tax returns and have received refunds totaling over $760 million.  Approximately 87% of the tax returns that IDOR has received were filed electronically.  An estimated 2 million Illinois tax returns have yet to be filed before the April 18th deadline. 

 

Due to streamlined processing improvements, IDOR has reduced average refund wait times to just four weeks, while building upon 2016 anti-fraud efforts that prevented over $20 million from being issued to fraudsters.

 

“Balancing the demand for a speedy refund with protecting Illinois taxpayers against the threat of tax fraud and identity theft has been an ongoing challenge,” said Connie Beard, IDOR Director.  “Thanks to an extensive review by our Account Processing staff during the tax offseason, we have dramatically improved processing operations for the 2017 tax season, allowing us to return tax refund processing times to their historical average, while continuing to fortify security protocols.”

 

In October 2016, IDOR’s Account Processing Administration identified over 68 initiatives to improve and streamline operations in 2017.  Improvements included over 11,000 hours in labor time saved, elimination of non-value processing steps, and over $77,000 in cost savings related to the initiative.  With only 50% currently implemented, efficiencies and savings will continue through calendar year 2017. 

 

For individuals who have yet to file their 2016 tax return, MyTax Illinois, IDOR’s free online account management program, is now accepting Individual Income Tax returns.  Taxpayers can file their Form IL-1040 using MyTax Illinois.  Individuals may also utilize MyTax Illinois to make payments; check the status of their Illinois Individual Income Tax refund using Where’s My Refund?; and look up their IL-PIN, estimated tax payments, and 1099-G amounts.  Filing Illinois income taxes electronically and electing direct deposit is still the fastest way to receive a refund. 

 

For the most up-to-date information, forms, schedules, and instructions for the 2017 Illinois Income Tax season, please visit IDOR’s website at: tax.illinois.gov Individuals needing assistance by phone may call IDOR’s telephone assistance hotline at 1-800-732-8866 (Mon – Fri, 8:00 am-5:00 pm).  Extended hotline hours for the 2016 tax filing season are as follows:April 15 (Saturday) 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 17 (Monday) 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, and April 18(Tuesday) 7:30 am to 7:00 pm. 

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Senior Center Board of Directors

HENRY COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.

 

ANNOUNCING 2017 BOARD of DIRECTORS with NEW PRESIDENT

 

      The Henry County Senior Citizens, Inc. is the parent organization that funds and supports 7 (seven) local, Henry County Senior Centers. The Main office is located in Kewanee, Illinois.

      The Board of Directors for the 2017 year are Robert Collier, Mike Gawrysiak, President Dorothy Meindok executive Director Cassandra Schmoll,  Doris Boehle, Linda Denison, Treasurer Beth Dolieslager, Mary Jugenheimer,  Administrator of Geneseo branch Kathy Minder. Vice President Bob Orsi,  Darlene Moors and Ron Hamilton.

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Health Dept Offers CPR Classes

    The Henry and Stark County Health would like to take the opportunity to remind area residents they are once again offering CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Certification Classes.

 

    Sandy Sommer, RN Director of Clinical Services, states, "CPR training will teach participants to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants, children, and adults.  Instruction will also be given on how to recognize emergencies and take action, and  understanding the role of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in the Cardiac Chain of Survival."

 

   CPR Classes are held monthly (this month Tuesday, April 18th).  The classes will run from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  The cost of the Class is $35.  These rates are per participant.

 

    There is a set participant "minimum" and "maximum" for classes; so anyone interested should contact the Department at 852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com for more information or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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Henry County Patrick Henry Club Meeting

The April gathering of the Patrick Henry Club will be on Saturday, April 22 at the Atkinson Township Hall, 400 N State Street, Atkinson. 

 

Henry County residents at invited to come for coffee and refreshments at 9 am and stay for conversation with State Representative Dan Swanson of Alpha and Henry County Treasurer Tim Wells of Geneseo.  The elected officials will share their insights on happenings on the elected offices they hold. 

There will be time for questions and interaction. 

 

All area residents are invited to attend the free event. The Henry County Patrick Henry Club offers residents an opportunity to gather and hear speakers and exchange ideas. 

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Help In Fight Against Child Abuse

You can help in the fight against child abuse. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says if you see something, say something. Veronica Reza says that you should report any concerns about child abuse to the child abuse hotline. From there in about 24 hours a social worker will reach out for help. And often the first step isn’t to take a child out of a home.

To help call 1-800-25- ABUSE.

The call is anonymous.

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Gov Not Using Failed Social Services and Universities as Leverage

Two years ago Governor Bruce Rauner told the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board that quote "Crisis. Crisis creates leverage.” But now he’s denying that he’s using inadequate funding for state universities and social service agencies as a leverage point for his turn around agenda items.

Rauner continues to say the state needs term limits, fair maps, property tax freezes and other structural reforms to fix the state for the long haul.

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Gorsuch Supreme Court Reax

Some farmers and other landowners welcome a full U-S Supreme Court now that Neil Gorsuch has been sworn in to take the late Antonin Scalia's seat. Ellen Steen serves as general counsel and secretary of the American Farm Bureau Federation;

The U-S Senate confirmed Gorsuch after a bruising confirmation battle late last week. The American Farm Bureau's Steen expects the high court to continue to hear cases on land use, the power of federal government agencies and property rights.

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WKEI Open Line

Things we don't use anymore is discussed during the April 11 edition of the Open LIne on WKEI

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Salvation Army On Tuned IN

Linda Bolls talks about upcoming programs during the April 11 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

 

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IRS Info

The filing deadline for most individuals this year is April 18 so if you haven’t filed yet, you have one more week to do so.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service in St Louis reminds taxpayers that if you received unemployment benefits in 2016, those benefits may be taxable…

Devine also reminds taxpayers that certain cancelled debt may also be taxable…

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

 

 

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s Report

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

 

Visitors –

 

Unfinished Business

1.    Insurance

2.    Front of building improvement project and big pig restoration

2.    Entertainment report update – current grid of acts on back of this page

3.    Charcoal purchase update

4.    2017 Schedule of Events

 

 

New Business

1.    Freezer repair

2.    The Big Tent

3.    Porta Potties

4.    ATM Machines

5.    Permission letter to City of Kewanee and People’s National Bank

 

 

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

 

Motion to adjourn

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BHE Spring Ag Visit Day


GALVA, Ill. – Join Black Hawk College on Friday, April 21 for a day focused on agriculture at Spring Ag Visit Day at the college’s East Campus.

 

Prospective students will:

·        Learn about steps to enroll, scholarships and financial aid.

·        Meet BHC’s outstanding faculty members and students.

·        Tour the campus, Agriculture Center, Mechanics Lab, NEW Veterinary Sciences Center and Prairie Pointe Apartments.

·        Hear about student clubs and organizations and meet ag alumni.

·        Take the placement test and meet with an advisor to register for Fall 2017 courses.

 

Lunch will be provided.

 

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

 

RSVP by Friday, April 14 at www.bhc.edu/go. For more information, call 309-854-1724.

 

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Bureau County Road Work Begins On Tuesday

 

The Bureau County Highway Dept is announcing that culvert replacements on CH 9 (Thomas Blacktop) will result in multiple closures over the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday, April 11th 

Culvert replacements will begin near north edge of New Bedford and proceed west in small sections of the County Line over the next couple of weeks.

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IDPH Announces Violations

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the first quarter of 2017.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
 
January
 
Sharon Health Care Elms, a 98-bed skilled care facility located at 3611 North Rochelle, Peoria, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to properly move a resident, resulting in the resident sustaining multiple injuries.  The facility paid $12,500.
 
Timbercreek Rehab, a 202-bed skilled care facility located at 2220 State Street, Pekin, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to safely transfer a resident from the bed to a wheelchair, resulting in the resident sustaining broken fingers.  The facility also failed to thoroughly investigate and report the incident to IDPH, and assess the risk of entrapment for residents due to bed rails.  The facility has not yet paid the $25,000 fine.
 
February
  
Kanthak House, a 16-bed intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled located at 724 Second Avenue, Ottawa, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $6,250 for failure to follow its own policies and procedures for preparation of meals and supervision of residents with known special eating needs, resulting in one resident choking.  The facility paid $6,250.

Winning Wheels, an 88-bed skilled care facility located at 701 East 3rd Street, Prophetstown, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to protect a resident who was hit by a staff member.  The facility is paying $16,250. 
 
 
March
Aperion Care Jacksonville, a 113-bed skilled care facility located at 1021 North Church Street, Jacksonville, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to follow its policies and procedures, which resulted in a mentally ill resident hitting another resident and staff member, being arrested by police, and allowed to leave the facilities without treatment and against medical advice.  The facility has requested a hearing.
 
Heartland of Galesburg, a 84-bed skilled care facility located at 280 East Losey Street, Galesburg, has been cited with an “AA” violation and fined $50,000 for failure to ensure staff know when to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and provide a change in status assessment, resulting in a resident not receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation when suffering respiratory arrest.  The facility has requested a hearing.
  
Sharon Health Care Pines, a 116-bed skilled care facility located at 3614 North Rochelle, Peoria, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to follow its policy to ensure correct diets for residents, resulting in a resident choking and requiring hospitalization. 

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Kewanee Woman Killed In Sunday Morning Accident

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident that   occurred around 3:15 Sunday morning on Route 78 north of Kewanee

A 2011 Kia Sorento driven by 46 year old Lorenzo Quintero of Kewanee was southbound on Rt 78 when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle travelled off the east side of the roadway and rolled coming to rest on its top in the east side ditch.

A passenger in the vehicle, 27 year old Gabina Garcia of Kewanee was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another passenger in the vehicle, 37 year old Yolanda Quintero of Kewanee and the driver, Lorenzo Quintero were both taken to OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee for treatment of injuries.

Lorenzo Quintero was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and D.U.I.

The accident remains under investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Coroner’s Office and the Henry County States Attorney Office.  

   

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Farmers Look To Calendar To Plant And Not Weather

Even with a record warm winter, a Western Illinois producer says it’s still about the calendar and not the weather when determining to plant corn.

Chad Bell farms near Viola, just south of the Quad Cities in Western Illinois.

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Weaver's Time In Office Has Included No Full State Budget

The state of Illinois still doesn’t have a budget. A temporary spending plan took Illinois to December 31st, but nothing has been accomplished for January through June says State Senator Chuck Weaver of Dunlap.

Weaver has been in office since October of 2015, a period in which the state has not had a full operating budget.

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WKEI Open Line

Girl living with monkeys discussed during the April 10 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

 

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OSF On Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens reviews this weeks schedule

 

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Suicide Talk Program

OSF St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will be the host site for a program on Tuesday evening entitled Suicide Talk.

The program will be presented by Cheryl Robinson who is a Living Works Trainer.

The program is sponsored by the Henry County Mental Health Alliance and Beth Smith, Behavioral Health Navigator with OSF St Luke says the workshop will discuss the stigma surrounding the topic and will also pose the question, should we talk about suicide…

The Tuesday evening program will run from 6-9 and is free of charge with a complimentary light dinner and resource materials provided and registrations are being taken for the program…

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Info Technology Month

Governor Bruce Rauner declared April 2017 as Information Technology Month in Illinois to celebrate the important work being done by IT professionals statewide and to encourage Illinois students to understand the growing opportunities in IT and the workforce.

The IT industry continues to grow at a rapid rate in Illinois, contributing an estimated 5.3 percent to the state’s economy, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The technology industry employs more than 234,000 in Illinois, with an average yearly salary of more than $95,000. Illinois expects to add another 30,000 tech jobs by 2025, making it necessary to continue to develop a pipeline of IT talent in the state.

Technology is a key aspect of Governor Rauner’s administration and was demonstrated by the establishment of the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) on January 25, 2016 through Executive Order 2016-01. DoIT provides an enterprise approach to IT services for the state and is focused on providing Illinois residents with improved interaction points for state information and services.

“We are committed to improving technology for the State of Illinois and have made great strides during our first year as an agency,” said Hardik Bhatt, DoIT Secretary Designate & Chief Digital Officer. “The most recent Digital States Survey from the Center for Digital Government recognized our progress by moving Illinois from the bottom fourth to the top third of all states for technology effectiveness and utilization in government.”

Illinois is commemorating Information Technology Month by hosting a month of activities, events and announcements. More specifics on the agency and events can be found at DoIT.illinois.gov.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The month of April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and that is a topic that many people don’t want to acknowledge or talk about.

That is understandable but Stacey Rosalez, Sexual Violence Program Manager with Freedom House in Princeton says that bringing this subject out into the open might be one of the first steps in trying to get this problem under control…

Ms. Rosalez adds that victims need to realise that the crime is not their fault and she says that Freedom House offers several services to those in need…

Ms. Rosalez adds that funding from the state of Illinois continues to lag way behind and any help from the community to keep the services in place would be most appreciated….

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Kewanee Fire Dept Training On Saturday


Per Chief Shook, the Kewanee Fire Department will be doing training Saturday morning 4/8/17.  Hydrants will be used on the west edge of town near Red Adams Road and Page Street.  Residents in these areas may have rusty water or low water pressure while training is taking place.  Residents are advised to flush systems using cold water.  

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Home Fire Preparation

 The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is encouraging all Illinois households to take steps to prepare themselves in the case of a home fire incident. The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends having a working smoke alarm and a specific plan for your family in case of emergency.

 

“Planning and prevention are essential to saving lives in a fire incident,” says Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Because of the speed with which fire becomes uncontrollable, families should practice their response plan in advance and be prepared to implement it.”

 

Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and to have at least one on each floor of the home.

 

Because most house fires occur at night while residents are sleeping, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) suggests placing smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and on every level of the home. They also suggest keeping bedroom doors shut to prevent the spread of smoke and give residents just a few extra moments to escape a fire.

 

Other tips OSFM suggests:

· Fire alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced twice year at Daylight Savings.

· Families should discuss and practice escape plans in case of a fire.

· Include a meet-up place that is a safe distance away from the fire.

· Practice your plan at least twice a year both during the day and at night.

· Help young children become familiar with fire safety and prevention steps.

 

For more fire prevention tips, visit the USFA website. Materials for escape planning are available through NFPA.

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Good Friday Kewanee Schedule

The Good Friday Holiday will be observed next Friday, April 14th and that will be a holiday for some people but not for all.

In Kewanee, City Hall and the Landscape Station will be closed for the day however there will be no change in the Monday, April 10th landscape waste pick-up and no change in the garbage pick-up schedule next week for Kewanee residents.

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

Most schools will be out of session next Friday including Black Hawk College which will also be closed on Saturday, the 15th.

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center will also be closed on Good Friday and the Henry and Stark County Health Departments will be closed with homemaker staff working where necessary to provide in home service.

Also to note, Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be open per their normal schedule on Friday and also open on Saturday, April 15. 

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Baby Sitting Clinic In Kewanee

Kids age 11-16 can get trained to be a babysitter in a one-day clinic at Black Hawk College.

 

The Babysitting Clinic will be Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee. Cost is $55.

 

The clinic will cover what parents expect, how to handle emergencies, caring for and handling infants and young children, feeding techniques and diapering, age-appropriate toys and activities, tips for bedtime issues, basic first aid and how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

 

As babysitting can be first job for many students, interviewing also will be reviewed.

 

A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

 

Preregistration is required. To register, call BHC Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.

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Bishop Hill Receives Funding

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the gift of $2,500 from the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund for the 1851 Carpenter and Paint Shop Exterior Restoration Project.  When completed, this project will help preserve the oldest brick structure remaining in Bishop Hill.  Landmarks Illinois is a non-profit organization who seeks to protect and preserve historically significant structures in the state of Illinois.  We would like to thank Landmarks Illinois for their assistance and look forward to working with them to preserve this Bishop Hill Colony building for future generations. However, more funding is required for this project.  If you would like to contribute, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.

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Crossbows Get First Step Towards Hunting Approval

Hunters may soon be able to use a crossbow during archery season. The change was approved today (Wednesday) by the Illinois House today. Red Bud Republican Jerry Costello says that allowing their use may get a diversity of hunters out for archery season.

The measure needs to be taken up by the Senate. 

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17 Schools Sue the State and Governor Rauner

Downstate schools are newest group to file a lawsuit against the state. 17 school districts say Governor Bruce Rauner and his administration are failing to provide the money required to deliver the high standards set by the state. The lawsuit, naming both Rauner and the Illinois State Board of Education, say the current system of funding is unsustainable and state’s reliance on property taxes is outdated and inadequate. Art Ryan, Superintendent of Cahokia Schools, says the state needs to start paying its bills in full.

Ryan notes his district received last school year’s final payment in January of this year. And he’s expecting to see even less money in the future.
The end goal of the lawsuit is for the state to change the model on how funding gets to schools. And then develop a formula that can put a price on learning standards the state is asking schools to achieve. But Dan Cox, superintendent of the Staunton School District, stress they don’t want the standards lowered, they just want the state to pay for what they are asking schools to accomplish.

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SC Supt On PTP

Stark County Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster talks about Stark County programs during the April 6 edition of People to People on WKEI

 

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WKEI Open Line

Bob McKee rambles on aimlessly during the April 6 edition of the Open Line on WKEI

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Senior Center On Tuned IN

The Senior Lunch program is discussed during the April 6 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Extension Trip To Indiana


Join University of Illinois Extension on a bus trip to Fair Oaks Farms, Indiana, Saturday, April 22 (Depart from Milan, IL or Annawan, IL)
Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning! Explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.

A great place to CELEBRATE Earth Day! 
Fair Oaks Farms brings Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to a whole new light. Their entire facility runs on cow & pig manure. They transform farm waste into energy by way of anaerobic digesters and reduce dependency upon natural gas and electricity during the milk and manufacturing process.

The Dairy & WinField Crop Adventures  Upon arrival, we’ll hop on their “cow bus” to visit the freestall barns. Watch a "Day in the Life of Diva Mooreau" during a  3D/4D movie.  Witness the miracle of life in the Birthing Barn. Learn about the sustainability aspects of the farm, cow nutrition and the safety & nutrition of milk. For lunch, enjoy a delicious buffet at the Farmhouse Restaurant with its beautiful country views. At the WinField Crop Adventure, meet the farmers who grow your food and learn about high-tech farming tools. Find out how weather affects crop growth and catch virtual raindrops by witnessing a state-of-the-art thunderstorm from beneath the ground. We'll end the day at the Cowfé where you can purchase souvenirs, chocolates, cheese and ice cream!

What's included: Deluxe motorcoach transportation from UI Extension in Milan, IL (7 am) or Best Western, Annawan, IL (7:40 am), Group Tour Package, Lunch buffet in the Farmhouse. Cost for this tour is $75 person. Seating is limited, register early to guarantee a spot on this unique tour.  Register online at University of Illinois Extension’s website: web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs.  Call Extension for more information at (309) 756-9978.   

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Microsoft Word At BHE


 

Learn how to use Microsoft Word at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

Word Level 1 (Office 2013) will be Tuesday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $90.

 

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

 

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

 

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Election Wrap Up

The consolidated election is now over and officials continue to take a look at the way thing went.

Roughly 18% of registered voters cast their vote in the election and that figure sounds a little bit low.

But Henry County Clerk Barb Link says that’s actually about the average amount of voters in a consolidated election…

Ms. Link also reminds citizens that they have a continual need for election judges as we look ahead to the next election season…

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Durbin on Filibuster of Gorsuch

Democrats in the US Senate have enough votes now to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin says that a life time appointment should be done by getting broad bipartisan support. He notes it’s the way it’s been done in the past and should be done now.

Republicans in the Senate are prepared to change the rules surrounding the vote, the so called nuclear option. That would require just a simple majority to make the appointment. Durbin says it’s the nominee that might need to be changed, not the process to appoint them.

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State Aims to Help Exiting Prisoners

A detention center in the western Illinois town of Kewanee is working to get prisoners better prepared for the world that awaits them upon release. Governor Bruce Rauner was at the Life Skills Re-entry center and says it’s important to get people ready to get their lives back on the right path.

The Rauner Administration has been pushing strongly to reform the criminal justice system and has a goal of lowering the state inmate numbers 25 percent by 2025

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WKEI Open Line

Foul language and disrespectful youth lead the conversation

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Kewanee Garden Club On Tuned IN

Wanda Kieft talks about the 59 years of the Garden Club in Kewanee

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Gov Rauner Tours Kewanee Prison

 

Governor Bruce Rauner joined Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin on a tour of the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center on Tuesday . The governor saw firsthand how the Department of Corrections is giving offenders a second chance at a prosperous life upon re-entering their communities.

 

"These men are not the same people they were when they came to the Department of Corrections," Governor Rauner said. "They have grown up behind prison walls. They have learned from their mistakes and now they are dreaming of a better life for themselves. They are putting in the work to make that dream a reality. They deserve a second chance."

 

The governor has worked to transform Illinois' criminal justice system and is committed to reducing the prison population by 25 percent by 2025.  The governor toured a housing unit and stopped in a classroom, encouraging the men to keep believing in themselves

 

"The men who are housed here at Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center are striving to become better people than they were when they came into the Illinois Department of Corrections," DOC Director Baldwin said. "They are hungry for change and with each new day, each new class, they realize they have an abundance of potential. We are building confident men here and when they leave this facility, they will walk out with the hope of being successful husbands, brothers, fathers, and tax paying citizens in the state of Illinois."

 

There are currently 59 offenders housed at Kewanee LSRC, and they work and attend school. They are responsible for getting to class on time, and getting to work on time. They are responsible for making their own doctor’s appointments and talking to their doctors or teachers when they have a concern. They are learning skills needed to get them back on their feet, including how to manage a bank account, how to manage their time, how to communicate with the people they live and work with, how to write a resume and how to present themselves in a job interview.

 

Kewanee first opened as a juvenile detention center in 2001 and it is one of the newest facilities in the state. The facility closed in June 2016 and received its first adult offenders in February 2017. 

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Health Department Offers Immunizations

     Officials at the Henry and Stark County Health Departments are showcasing their many accomplishments in protecting our area citizens' health as a part of this year's National Public Health Week, April 3-9, 2017.  During National Public Health Week 2017, the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030.  Today the Health Department salutes the Department's Immunization Program services.

 

     Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a child, a family, or community. While these diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, mumps, and measles can and do occur in this country.

 

     Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases.  Vaccine-preventable disease can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children.

 

     Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases.  By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.

 

     The Health Department Clinical services staff reminds area residents that immunizations can be obtained through the Health Departments' clinic offices in Kewanee and Colona by appointment.  For more information on the Health Departments' Immunization program call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) 792-4011(Colona) or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com .  You can also Find us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter.

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IRS Says Beware Of Scam Artists

With the income tax season in full swing, many scam artists are posing as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service in an attempt to bilk you out of your hard earned money.

Unless you have an agreement in place with the IRS and have had ongoing correspondence, they will not call you in an attempt to make you pay money and instead, they will initiate correspondence through the U.S. Mail.

Michael Devine is with the IRS office in St Louis and he agrees that the scam artists will simply not give up…

Devine urges people to use caution if they get a call and says calm down and think the situation through because scam artists try to confuse people with intimidation and other tactics…

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Consolidated Election Results

Voters in Kewanee and across the listening area went to the polls on Tuesday for the Consolidated Election.

6,378 votes were cast out of 36,256 registered voters or just 18% of possible votes.

In Kewanee two City Council seats were on the ballot with four candidates running for those positions. The winning candidates include incumbent Mike Yaklich with 738 votes, while Steve Faber picked up the other seat with 687 votes. Finishing out of the voting was Tim Hamilton with 656 votes and incumbent Kellie Wallace McKenna with 615 votes.  

For the position of Kewanee Park District Commissioner, longtime member Al Salisbury was voted out. Andrew Verstraete picked up the most votes with 1007 while Jacque Verscha picked up the other seat with 845 votes while Salisbury tallied 659 votes.

There were four positions for School Board Member on the Kewanee School District #229 Board of Education.

The winning candidates are Lori Christiansen with 743 votes, Jan Padilla with 725 votes, Jeffrey Johnson with 706 votes and Scott Steffen with 541. Not elected was Michael Komnick with 471 votes.

There was also four positions for School Board Member on the Wethersfield School District #230 Board of Education.

The winning candidates are Steve Newman with 480 votes, Sue Brody with 470, Angela Ryan with 460, and Allyson Schiltz with 430. Missing the cut was Jeff White with 224 votes and Jesus Ponce with 180.

Board terms in both the Kewanee and Wethersfield Districts are for four years.

For the positions of Black Hawk College Board Trustee there were two seats up for grabs with three candidates. The winning candidates are Steve Spivey with 17,363 and Jon Looney with 14,283. David Emerick was left out with 9,742 votes.

For Kewanee Township Trustee, there were seven candidates running for four spots. The winning candidates include Mark Ouart, John Sovanski, Ted Sturtevant and Tom Kazabouski.  

Voters in the Alwood and Cambridge School Districts voted for consolidation of those two districts. The vote went no in both districts. Voters in Cambridge voted the measure down 538-385 while voters in the Alwood district voted no 527-328.     

   

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Mendoza Keeps Heat On Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner has had a number of battles with Comptroller Susana Mendoza and there is another one brewing. Last week Rauner was a guest on a radio show in Chicago when the host laughed that Mendoza should have her mouth taped shut to keep her quiet. Mendoza says Rauner laughed along. According to her it’s a pattern of behavior that shows Rauner has had the wrong priorities from day one.

Mendoza says the fact there is no budget shows specific groups that they don’t matter.

ADDITIONAL AUDIO:

She says that no matter what may be joked about on the radio she won’t stop being heard.

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AFSCME vs Rauner

A win for AFSCME in the battle between the union for state workers and Governor Rauner. The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected Rauner's request to hear a direct appeal to a decision regarding stalled contract talks between the parties. Anders Lindall with AFSCME is celebrating news that Fourth District Appellate Court will get to determine whether talks between the Governor and Union should be considered to be at an impasse...

The state’s high court offered no legal opinion and simply issued a one sentence ruling that the Rauner administration’s request had been denied. It could take months for the appellate court to rule. The Rauner Administration has released the following statement from General Counsel Dennis Murashko:
“We have gone as far as we can go in negotiations - and our last, best and final offer is all that our taxpayers can afford. It is therefore regrettable that AFSCME is continuously resisting every attempt for a quick resolution and wants to continue dragging this out in the courts. Every day of delay costs taxpayers over $2 million.”

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Hospitals Watching Closely Case Involving Tax Exempt Status And Charity Care

Local hospitals closely following a case involving tax exempt status and charity care. Ted Roglaski with Genesis Medical Center Aledo says the legal matter carries significant ramifications statewide.

The dispute is between the City of Urbana and Carle Foundation. The issue has traveled all the way to the state supreme court, but was returned to Champaign Country County Circuit last month.

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Food Handler's Course


       The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announces they will be holding a Food Handler's Certification Course that will meet on Wednesday, April 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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Bureau County Highway Dept Announces Road Closure


Please be advised that a bridge replacement in Neponset is resulting in closure of  00 East Street from CH 16 (Kentville Road) to 600 North in Stark County,  beginning Tuesday, April 4th.  The contractor has approximately ten weeks to complete this project, depending on weather and extenuating circumstances. 

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Park District Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Kewanee Park District Easter Egg Hunt will be held this coming Saturday, April 8 at Windmont Park in Kewanee.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Park District and he says they are looking forward to Saturday…

Brian says the Easter Egg Hunt is a very festive occasion for one and all…

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Registration Begins Today At BHC


Registration begins today for summer and fall college-credit classes and summer Professional and Continuing Education classes at Black Hawk College.

 

Summer college-credit classes start Monday, June 5 and Monday, July 3 with fall classes beginning Monday, Aug. 21.

 

The summer and fall college-credit schedules are available at www.bhc.edu/schedules.

 

Because some classes fill quickly, students are encouraged to register early. New students are encouraged to work in person with a Black Hawk College advisor.

 

For more information about college-credit classes, call the Enrollment Services Office at the East Campus at 309-854-1703, or 800-233-5671, ext. 1703, or at the Quad-Cities Campus at 309-796-5300 or 800-334-1311, ext. 5300.

 

The summer Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) schedule is available at www.bhc.edu/pace. It includes youth camps and classes, short-term career programs, professional development, community education and online learning. PaCE has summer classes in East Moline, Geneseo, Kewanee, Moline and Rock Island.

 

For more information about Professional and Continuing Education programs, call 309-796-8223.

 

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Mendoza calls for apologies from Rauner, WGN host and Quad Cities paper

If you think Women's History Month would go out with a wimper in Illinois, think again. On Friday, Comptroller Susana Mendoza wasn't handing out awareness ribbons when she took on what she called "rape culture" language and other actions directed at her last week....

Mendoza is seeking an apology but she says that apology won't just be about one person...

Cochran has since apologized for the comment. 

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WKEI Open Line

Vandalism at Northeast Park is discussed during the April 3 edition of the Open

LIne on WKEI

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OSF On Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens and Beth Smith talk about the program, Suicide Talks during the April 3 edition of Tuned IN on WKEI

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Henry County Clerk Election Details

Henry County Clerk Barb Link says the election on Tuesday will encompass quite a number of races all across the listening area.

Ms. Link says that Tuesday will be a busy day for her department…

Ms. Link adds that for most voters, it will be a fairly normal routine at the booth.

But for those voters with a change of address, they should consider bringing some identification with them…

Voters in the Alwood and Cambridge school districts will be facing a yes or no vote on school consolidation. It’s an interesting scenario given that voters will choose school board members in the Alwood School District and also in the Cambridge School District. They will also choose board members in the event the consolidation issue passes.

In the Alwood District, Scott Francis, Davis Althaus, Jake Johnson and Brian Kenney will run for three seats there.

In Cambridge, there are two seats up for grabs and those candidates are Chad Humphrey, Kim Moriarity and Dianne Jeffries.

There are twelve candidates for seven positions in a potential school consolidation.

Ms. Link says it is a just a little different that way this year…

 

A reminder that early voting is also taking place at the Courthouse today from 8-4:30.

Those wishing to vote early should bring their identification with them in order to vote early.

   

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Consolildated Election On Tuesday

The Consolidated Election will be held on Tuesday, April 4th with polls open from 6 am til 7 pm.

For the sake of this report, we will focus on the races that are contested.

There are several races that have just the bare minimum of candidates, in some cases less than that and in some other cases, no candidates at all.

In Kewanee, there are two City Council seats on the ballot with four candidates running for those positions. Those candidates include incumbents Kellie Wallace-McKenna and Mike Yaklich, and also Tim “Hammy” Hamilton and Steve Faber.

For the position of Kewanee Park District Commissioner, there are three candidates running for two positions including incumbent Al Salisbury along with Jacque Verscha and Andrew Verstraete.

For Kewanee School District #229 Board of Education there are five candidates for four positions. Those candidates are Lori Christiansen, Michael Komnick, Scott Steffen, Jeffrey Johnson and Jan Padilla.

For Wethersfield School District #230 Board of Education there are six candidates for four positions. Those candidates are Jeff White, Sue Brody, Steve Newman, Allyson Schiltz, Angela Ryan and Jesus Ponce.

Board terms in both the Kewanee and Wethersfield Districts are for four years.

For the positions of Black Hawk College Board Trustee there are two seats up for grabs with three candidates. Those candidates are Jon Looney, David Emerick Jr. and Steve Spivey.

For Kewanee Township Trustee, there are seven candidates running for four spots. Those candidates include Mark Ouart, Charles Russell, Eric Wolf, John Sovanski, Tom Kazubouski, James Findley and Ted Sturtevant.

For the Galva School Board of Education, there are three seats available for four year terms and four candidates have filed for those positions.

Those candidates are Andrew Larson, Darcy Jeffries, Gary Edmonds and Kyle Streeter.

For the position of school board member in the Annawan School District, there are five candidates running for the three spots that are open. Those candidates include Dwaine Shaw Jr., Jason DeSplinter, Teddy Lawrence VanHyfte, Sheldon Miller and Brian Childs.  

For the positon of Annawan Township Highway Commissioner, Maurus Chapman will run against Chad Koning.

For Annawan Township Trustee there are five candidates running for four positions. Those Candidates are Dean Verbeck, James Blair, Tom Wells, Dwayne Thurston and Jay Wilson.

For the position of Cambridge Township Highway Commissioner, Donald Dobbels is running against John Witter.

In Colona, the candidates for Township Highway Commissioner are Joe Ballegeer and Kyle Meier.

There are three candidates running for the position of Cornwall Township Highway Commissioner and those candidates are Matthew Dynes, Nicholas Frank and Chase Vincent.

And in Hooppole, five candidates are running for the three Village Trustee positions and those candidates are Warren Smith, Kim Turner, Lisa Brants, Craig Drinkall and Robert Hartman.    

    

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Sewer Work In Kewanee This Week

 

Sewer maintenance will continue in several areas of town during Monday 4/3/17 through Thursday 4/6/17.  Contractors will be working on installing sewer liners in sewer mains the following areas:

 

Monday 4/3/17 – East Church Street from Tenney to Willard

 

Tuesday 4/4/17 – East Church Street from Dwight to Edwards

                             McKinley Avenue from Morton to Vine

 

Wednesday 4/5/17 – West 1st Street from Cottage to Grove

                                 Madison Avenue from 922 Madison through the 1000 block

                                 East Central Boulevard from Main to Burr

                                 

Thursday 4/6/17 – East Church Street from Willard to Dwight

                              Lakeview Avenue from East 4th to Rollins

 

Residents in these areas will not be able to use any sewer or household drains while work is taking place. Residents will not be able to wash clothes or dishes, take showers or baths, flush toilets, and should turn off sump pumps connected to sewer service. 

 

While work is being done, residents may detect an odor from drains inside their homes.  This odor is not harmful, but it is helpful to pour a gallon of hot water down any drains, sinks, tubs, and toilets in order to create a water barrier that will prevent odors from coming up the drains.

 

Door hangers will be issued by the contractor to every resident affected by the work 24 hours in advance of liner work being done and when drains cannot be used.

 

Because the equipment in this procedure requires use of water from neighborhood hydrants, residents in these areas may experience low water pressure or rusty water.  Residents are advised to use only cold water to flush out water inside their homes.

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