Local News Archives for 2017-06

Regional Media of Sterling-Rock Falls Continues major improvements to Freeport Road facility in Sterling.


Following a complete overhaul of the WSDR, WZZT, and WSSQ studios, Regional Media is continuing work this weekend on improving satellite transmission for programming on it's stations.

Work on the Freeport Road facilities, related to nationwide radio station migration to the AMC-8 satellite, details of which can be found here www.amc8migration.com/docs/RNUG_FAQ.pdf, are part of an expansion of efforts to improve aging and neglected equipment at the Freeport Road facility.

The costly repairs are already beginning to bear fruit with new studios for each station, a significant improvement in sound quality, and coverage, along with newly improved transmission equipment. Additional improvements will include an expanded sales and operations department, and a completely renovated facility from inside out.

Regional Media has selected local contractors Brothers Flooring to assist in the design and layout of the construction.

“We are sticking to our commitment to local radio by investing into the communities we serve. I have said numerous times that an aging facility is a direct reflection of leadership and management, and the lack there of. That is precisely the case in these stations. Years of employees neglecting thier responsibilities as broadcasters, stewards of local businesses, being all but absent is what has brought us here. We are committed to the local economy, local content for our listeners, and providing the area with professionalism and energy, what has been lacking for years."  Said Fletcher M. Ford President of Regional Media

Work on the satellite equipment this weekend, will lead to temporary programming interruptions beginning at 11AM on Sunday for a period not to extend more than a few hours.

You can visit SaukValleyNow.com for updates.

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Boil Order In Kewanee Has Been LIfted

Effective Friday 6/30/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department boil order has been lifted for residents whose water was shut off this week in the following areas:

 

·         139 East St South to 321 East Street South

·         400 block of East Mill, including Mill Creek Station,

·         North side of the 400 to 600 blocks of East Church Street

·         200 block of Mosher Avenue.

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Galva Arts Council Art Jam and Photo Show

 

The Galva Arts Council invites you to show off your artistic skills and have creative fun at Galva's Freedom Fest on July 4. You can rent and decorate a square on the asphalt basketball court at Wiley Park between 9am-noon for a small $5 fee. Your work and others' will be displayed for almost a whole year! Paint and brushes will be supplied. Your choice of design or theme: patriotic theme, self-portrait, landscapes, etc.

 

The Galva Art Council’s July 4th activities continue at the Art Council’s building with the Annual Photo Show. The Photo Show is open to all photographers. Competitive categories include children, beginner, advanced, professional, and a theme category. The theme category this year is Pure Joy.

 

Awards and/or ribbons for each category of photographers will be presented at the arts council building at approximately 11 a.m. on July 4. Photographs may be viewed from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 4. Refreshments will be served. Photographers should pick up their entries between 3- 4 p.m. on July 4. If this isn’t possible, please make arrangements for another time. If you have questions, please call Melissa Fox at 309-337-3412. 

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Fireworks Safety Tips

With the Fourth of July weekend at hand many people will celebrate with fireworks.

That’s understandable, but as RaeAnn Tucker with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments says, best to leave the fireworks to the pro’s if at all possible…

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Ms. Tucker adds that if you will be doing fireworks on your own, pay attention to safety at all times…

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Radogno Resigns From The Illinois Senate


The leadership of the Republican Party at the state house is turning over. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno  from the 41st district, is going to resign on July 1. She says in a statement that she “leaves political office with a sense of sadness and some disappointment, I leave with no regrets. I did my best – that’s all I could do.”
Radogno says the Republican Caucus has already begun planning for a transition. Published reports have Senators Bill Brady, Karen McConnaughey and Michael Connelly as the likely replacements to take over her leadership role. 

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3rd Annual John's July Coffeehouse

    

 

The Galva Arts Council will host their 3rd Annual John's July Coffee House on July 3 from 6:30 – 9:30 in Wiley Park. This is a family friendly event featuring talented local musicians and light refreshments.

 

This event honors GAC founder John Sloan, who loved the Fourth of July, music and people. This is a night of heartfelt tunes and rowdy singalongs inspired by the late Galva native. Refreshments will be provided and Messiah Lutheran Church will hold their 26th Annual Pork Chop/Ice Cream Social from 5pm to 7pm.

Two dozen area musicians will take part in helping kick off Galva's Freedom Fest. The first two John's July Coffeehouses have been so much fun, we've got to keep this ball rolling!" said Tom Campbell, GAC Board Member. "Everybody involved has such a great time." Anyone interested in performing can contact Tom at (309)644-2542, tomcampbell@mymctc.net or through the Galva Arts Council Facebook page. "All are welcome to share their talents, no resume required," says Campbell.

 

The line-up contains Patrick Sloan, Tyler Glaser, Matthew Marchand, Greg Percifield, Ben Thomas, Erich Thomas, Michael Berry, Steve Martin, Lauren Cisna, Jennalynn Cisna, Laural Almquist, Megan Nordstrom, Sami Lindberg, Tom Campbell, Scott Caravello, Annie Campbell, Amos Campbell, James Campbell, Simeon Campbell, Incognito Souls, Brian Fox Ellis, Adam Jaquet, Tom Wallenfeldt, King Jeremy, and John Taylor.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, instruments, and be ready to enjoy locally talent! “It’s free and you get a cookie!” John Sloan.

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July Fourth Schedule in Kewanee

 

The Fourth of July will be observed next Tuesday and while some retailers and other businesses will be open, and those that work in the emergency services field will still be at work, it will be a holiday for many people.

There will also be some schedule changes along the way as well.

Mayor Steve Looney says that in Kewanee, there will be a change in the garbage pick up schedule for next week for some, but not all residents and he is hoping that everyone enjoys their July 4th holiday…

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A reminder that City Hall in Kewanee will be closed on Tuesday and will be back open once again on Wednesday.   

The Fourth of July is a federal holiday and the United States Post Office will be closed with no mail delivery or window service on Tuesday.

The Fourth of July is a federal reserve banking holiday and most banks will be closed on Tuesday but best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule.

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

Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed on Tuesday and will re-open on Wednesday.

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

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

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will be open on Monday,  closed on Tuesday for the Fourth and will re-open next Wednesday, July 5th.  

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Mendoza worries about lack of budget

Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner are now less than two days away from worst case scenarios if they don’t reach a budget agreement. Illinois State Comptroller Susana (Sue-zawna) Mendoza says cash strapped schools may have to make difficult decisions....
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Mendoza is also concerned about social service agencies hitting a new low...
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Mendoza says even the court ordered autopilot state government will fall nearly $200 million short in August without a state budget. 

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Illinois universities watching budget talks closely

Illinois' state universities could get new salt in their wounds. The Higher Learning Commission warns lawmakers that a continued lack of funding could lead to public colleges and universities being stripped of their accreditation. Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn talks about the consequences...
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Dunn says universities don't just need cash, they need answers...
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The commission is concerned because the lack of a budget has sparked increased tuition, delays in state grants, layoffs and canceled capital projects.

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BHE 2020

The Black Hawk College East Campus in Kewanee is in the midst of a 2020 campaign.

David Harris is the Outreach Coordinator at the College’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee and he says despite some of the rhetoric in the community over the last couple of years or so, the college is here for the long run…

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Harris adds that the college is geared toward the future and he says the community should be proud to have the college right here in Henry County…

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David Tabler To Leave Wethersfield

The Wethersfield School District, like all school districts needs to constantly fill teaching positions as needed depending on the situation.

District 230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says they hate to lose any of their staff, and Flying Geese and Titan fans are going to miss the voice of Mr. Dave Tabler…

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McCombie Concerned Over Lack Of a State Budget

If the crumbling roads across Illinois frustrate drivers now, just imagine what it would be like if the Illinois Department of Transportation stopped all its roadwork projects.  For the first time, IDOT said it could be a reality, if there isn't a new state budget very soon.  IDOT released a statement recently, which said officials hope they don't have to take drastic measures. But IDOT will lose its ability to pay contractors starting July 1.

 

The Illinois House of Representatives held a recent Committee of the Whole session to discuss with various entities around the state what the ramifications would be if IDOT had to stop road construction.  

71st District State Representative Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) questioned Marc Poulos, Executive Director of the Foundation for Fair Contracting how much it would cost per day if projects were shut down.  His response was $20 million per week…

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Event Food Vendors Must Register With Health Dept


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health Division notes that most local community calendars from the Memorial Day holiday to the Labor Day observance will feature many community events.  Summertime is outdoor activity time. It's the season for community activities, festivals, and events, family reunions, backyard barbecues and other friendly get-togethers.

 

    Therefore, the Health Department would like to remind area residents that if you are preparing to serve food to the Public through an event that is serves food on less than three consecutive days and/or no more than 12 intermittent days in any calendar year that you are required to register with the Health Department so that we can better assist you in the sanitation standards of food preparation.

 

    Dorothy David, Environmental Health Services Director with the Henry and Stark County Health Department, states, "The aim of this registration is not to dictate but to educate.  We really want local food handlers to have the latest and most up-to-date information on food safety.  By registering with the Health Department local food vendors can have the Health Departments staff's expertise and guidance at their disposal."

 

    David adds, "Offering this education to local event food vendors really is a win-win for everyone.  Food vendors can be confident in the food they prepare and serve, and local residents can rest assured that food purchased at local events is safe."

 

    The staff of the Health Department urges everyone to practice good food handling habits before, during and after warm weather meals.  Please remember to send your completed food registration forms if you are serving to the public.  Help make summertime fun, delicious and safe.  For more information on the Health Department's Food Program 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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Rauner reform bills could be called for vote today

A series of reform bills that Governor Bruce Rauner has pushed could be called for votes in the Illinois House today as lawmakers creep toward Friday's budget deadline. State Representative Dan Brady says House Speaker Mike Madigan has undermined progress negotiators have made toward a budget solution, by unveiling his own demands in the final days of the session. Brady has a message for the speaker and governor.

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Madigan says the Democrat’s proposed spending plan is balanced. Minority Leader Jim Durkin says that has yet to be seen because House Democrats have yet to introduce a tax increase.

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Illinois telecommunications official: Broadband remains a top priority for rural areas

A rural telecommunications expect wants to see more broadband expansion in under-served areas of Illinois. Matt Johnson of Shawnee Communications in southeast Illinois says reliability is key in today’s digital world.
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And that’s where certain rural areas are not keeping pace.
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An Illinois project was awarded a $3.3 million loan from USDA earlier this month to construct 104 miles of fiber cable and provide supporting equipment to deliver enhanced telecommunications services to rural subscribers. The money is going to Viola Home Telephone Company in western Illinois. 

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HSHS and SIU team up for new women and children's medical center

HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield has been dealing with delayed state reimbursement and a shortfall of state insurance payments for state worker healthcare. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is battling reduced state funding for healthcare providers as well as cuts to the SIU system. Despite those obstacles, both are teaming up to build a new womens' and childrens' out patient clinic. St. John's President and CEO Dr. Charles Lucore (Lou-core) says the facility will meet a pressing need for a large portion of Central Illinois....
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The $48.4 million facility is expected to open in August of 2018. The construction work is seen as crucial for the region's economy, especially with the potential for work on Illinois roadways threatened by the lack of a budget. 

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Legislation approved aimed at tracking down those delinquent in child support cases

A child support bill has won approval in the Illinois General Assembly. The measure requires cellular phone companies to disclose location information on delinquent non-custodial parents. The legislation was sponsored by State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb.
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The companies in the past have requested the Department of Family Services provide subpoenas in order to disclose location information. 

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U-of-I Extension offering advice when purchasing Dwarf trees

The University of Illinois Extension offering advice when purchasing a Dwarf tree. One of the aspects that advertisers promote is quick growth with almost instantaneous results. Horticulture Educator Martha Smith says those claims need to be taken with the appropriate grain of salt…
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Smith notes there are several varieties of Dwarf trees and she says it’s best to do some homework before making a purchase.

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SIU dental school legislation wins approval

Legislation on its way to the Governor's desk will in theory make the Alton-based SIU Dental School an even stronger school. The bill would allow the school to create a faculty practice that would allow them to form a partnership to treat and charge patients, allowing faculty to maintain their clinical skills while continuing to teach students. That's similar to the plan already in place for the SIU School of Medicine. The bill was sponsored by State Representative Katie Stuart OF Edwardsville.

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She says the new practice plan would also generate much-needed revenue for the school to help offset reduced state appropriations. SIU is one of only three dental schools in Illinois.

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Abilities Plus Receives Donation

The Teens with a GIFT of Foresight organization from Geneseo recently presented Kim Walker, Abilities Plus Executive Director with a check for $750.00 from recent fundraising efforts.  The money will be used to purchase needed items at the three group home residences.

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Hydrant Work In Kewanee Today

Effective Wednesday 6/28/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department is scheduling fire hydrant repairs, with a water shut off and boil order to follow.

 

The Water Department will be working in the 200 block of Mosher Avenue, and the intersection of Mosher and East Mill beginning at 7:00 a.m.  Residents affected will include:

·       139 East St South to 321 East Street South

·       400 block of East Mill, including Mill Creek Station,

·       North side of the 400 to 600 blocks of East Church Street

·       200 block of Mosher Avenue.

 

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

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

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City Of Kewanee Info

The City of Kewanee receives a franchise fee of $85,000 from Comcast for the ability to provide cable, telephone and other technological services to city residents.

Mayor Steve Looney says they do receive that franchise fee but the city also assumes certain responsibilities in that arrangement…

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Mayor Looney adds that the new C-Click system is now operational and available for city residents to use…

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Mayor Looney also notes that the city is making some progress at the intersection of Oak and Park Streets...

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School Registration At Stark County

The registration deadline for students in the Stark County School District is this coming Friday, June 30th.

District 100 Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster says they are using a method of registration similar to last year which proved to be a huge success…

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Durkin talks about GOP demands that are not negotiable

What will it take to get 30 GOP votes to pass a budget plan in the Illinois House? Minority Leader Jim Durkin talks about demands that could be described as immovable objects...
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On budget issues, Durkin says he will accept a four-year freeze on property taxes in exchange for a four-year, temporary income tax increase. 

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WIU students monitoring Asian carp

Students at Western Illinois University monitoring Asian carp in Illinois. They caught a big one last week just south of the Quad Cities—at Sturgeon Bay near New Boston. A 76-pounder says Dr. Jim Lamer—the site manager for Western Illinois University’s Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Research Station.
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The research station—based in Warsaw, Illinois-- promotes teaching and research in field biology and ecology. They are monitoring Asian carp at various sites throughout Illinois this summer. 

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Dems reveal property tax freeze plan

A major concession from House Democrats but it may be too soon to use the word optimism in the final days of the special session. House Democrats have signed on to the four-year property freeze that Gov. Bruce Rauner has been demanding, but there’s a big catch. The concession comes with a number of exemptions, something Rauner has objected to. Two exemptions include Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago The House version exempts taxes needed by school districts and local governments to pay debt service and pensions. School districts that have been certified by the state as being in financial distress will also qualify for the exemption. Only 18 districts qualify at this point. Many democrats say they don’t’ like the freeze but say there is little choice to wrap up a budget deal. Later today, the four legislative leaders are scheduled to meet again and possibly review the House Democrats’ spending proposal. Republican critics say the deal doesn’t provide tax relief for everyone.

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Canadian ag official promoting merits of NAFTA during visit in Illinois

A Canadian agriculture official calling NAFTA “the most remarkable nation to nation relationship that mankind has ever witnessed”. Jeff Leal serves as Ontario’s Minister of Ag and is visiting Illinois this week promoting the merits of the trade agreement

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And Leal is delivering that message across the U.S.
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In addition to meeting with the Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe this week, Leal also lobbied for support of NAFTA earlier this month in a meeting with new U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Jim Morrissey on the Celebrity Charity Golf Outing and the '85 Bears

I had a chance to day to chat with Frankie Wolsfeld about ServiceMaster DSI’s upcoming Celebrity Charity Golf Outing on Saturday, July 29th at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton.  The outing is to benefit first responders such as the Princeton Fire and Police Departments, and the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department.   The day starts at 11am with registration and lunch, followed by the celerity auction at 11:30 and a shotgun start at noon, and dinner to follow. 
What Celebrities you may ask? There is a whole list of great athletes for you to bid on such as Pro Wrestler: Dick the Bruiser, Jr., WWE Rosebud Girl: KaDance Kelli, Former Pro Golfer Scott Phegley and Former Chicago Bears: Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Emery Moorehead, Mike “L.A. Mike” Richardson, Dan Hampton, Kurt Becker and Jim Morrissey.
Frankie was kind enough to get us in touch with Former NFL Linebacker Jim Morrissey who played nine seasons with the Chicago Bears which include being part of the 1985 Championship Season!  Jim let us know how much he enjoyed playing the Golf outing and how much he and the other guys look forward to doing it again this year. 
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Jim talks about what it was like to be drafted and how special of a team the ’85 Bears really were.
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Most people know that Jim wore the number 51 which a few years before belonged to the great Dick Butkus.  Jim had the opportunity to meet with Butkus before his very first game as a Chicago Bear and how he really felt about Jim donning his famous number.
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Jim again assured us what a great time it is to participate in the outing and how busy his “off season” has been with different Golf outings and that ”Da Bears” still stay in pretty close contact with each other.
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Be sure to check out the Celebrity Golf Outing Presented by ServiceMaster DSI on Saturday, July 29th at Chapel Hill Golf Course.  Chapel Hill is located at 12927 County Road 26 in Princeton, IL. The Format is four players per team scramble.  For more information on how you can sponsor or participate in the outing you can give Frankie “The Chi-Town Hitman” Wolsfeld a call at (708)514-5135 or email him at frank.wolsfeld@smdsi.com

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Mayor Looney on PTP

Mayor Steve Looney gives an update on city happenings

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Servicemaster DSI On Tuned IN

Frankie Wolsfeld talks about the upcoming Charity Golf Outing in Princeton

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I-74 Bridge Groundbreaking

Governor Bruce Rauner was joined by Illinois and Iowa officials on Monday in a ceremonial groundbreaking to launch a three-and-a-half year bi-state construction project to build a new Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge to improve travel and safety through the I-74 corridor.

 “Working together, our states and communities will build a modern, state-of-the-art project that showcases the quality of our workforce and creates economic opportunity for generations to come,” Governor Rauner said. “We are building more than just a bridge, but a vital piece of the country’s transportation network that will promote commerce throughout the Midwest.”

 Iowa and Illinois share jurisdiction of the I-74 corridor. The Iowa Department of Transportation is the lead agency for the bridge construction project and corresponding projects within Iowa, while the Illinois Department of Transportation is a partner in the bridge project and the lead agency for the related projects within Illinois. Both agencies are working closely to coordinate construction activities with the cities of Bettendorf, Moline, Davenport and Rock Island.

 “The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation, along with their design partners, have come up with a plan for a safe, modern and visually spectacular structure that will replace two aging bridges that date back 82 years,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said. “This new bridge will serve as a vital east-west link for the Midwest and help both states improve their regional and global options for moving goods.”

 Construction will begin later this summer and is expected to be complete in 2021. In addition to the bridge reconstruction, the estimated $1.2 billion project will improve travel along I-74 between 53rd Street in Davenport, Iowa, and Avenue of the Cities in Moline, Ill., better connecting the growing communities on both sides of the Mississppi River. A new pedestrian and bike path that connects to existing local paths also is included in the project.

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Henry/Stark Retired Teachers To Meet

The Henry/Stark Counties Retired Teachers will meet MONDAY July 10, 2017 at Saint Luke Medical Center located at 1051 West South Street, Kewanee, IL.  The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a brunch.  NOTE TIME AND DAY OF THE WEEK CHANGE.   Reservations are due to Sue Busenbark    1330 West Prospect St.  Kewanee, Il 61443 or 309.856.5836 on or before July 5, 2017.  The cost is $10.

The Membership brunch will feature speakers from IRTA and TRS.

All Henry and Stark Counties retired teachers are invited to attend.   With a reservation, first time attendees will be brunch guests.

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BHE Releases Spring Honors List

 

 

All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

 

High Honors – GPA 3.75 to 4.00 for the semester

 

Aledo -- David Brooks

 

Alpha -- Jake Johnson, Marcie Shannon, Mollie Shannon

 

Annawan -- Meghan Curran, Kameran Hege, Samantha Johnson, Mikeila Sanders, Shannon Smith

 

Bradford -- Jared Code, Jenna Ehnle, Brody Elliott, Bailey Longman, Laura Rouse, Blake Ryan, Taylor VanWassenhove

 

Buda -- Mirai Kaneshi

 

Cambridge -- Hannah Akers, Lexi Boberg, Adam Brooks, Jamie Franck, Jacob Jeffries, Amy Johnson, Travis Kane, Alexis Michael, Katie Miller, Hunter Nelson, Brockton Reed, David Stinson, Emily Sullivan, Evan Sullivan, Lauren Vincent

 

Camp Grove -- Brianna Endress

 

Coal Valley -- Courtney Wiedenmann

 

Colona -- Cynthia Venneberg

 

Erie -- Nicholas Wildt

 

Galesburg -- Abbey Myers

 

Galva -- Kamryn Aylesworth, Shelby Brenner, Stetson Bryson, Grace Clucas, Emma Deppen, Phillip Durdan, Taylor Emigh, Jaela Gudeman, Caleb Gunning, Blake Hall, Rachel Heck, Justin Hoben, Dalton Humphrey, Kayla Icenogle, Caleb Kauffman, Katie Larson, Kimberly Larson, Aaliyah Maze, Trenton Niemeyer, Jay Norden, Erika Olson, Ryan Russell, Samantha Schmidt, Elizabeth Seely, Alan Stamberger, Kyle Streeter, Sherry Zappa

 

Geneseo -- Joshua Maciejewski, Callie Miller, Jennifer Rosenboom, Paul Schraeder

 

Hillsdale -- Joshua Lohman

 

Joy -- Cheyenne Prowant

 

Kewanee -- Kaylee Addis, David Alepra, Mary Baker, Racheal Barnett, Tammy Bitting, Nathan Blighton, Lindsey Bluhm, Devon Boyer, Mindy Brewer, Rhaelynn Brody, Alex Bryan, Breanne Busboom, Blake Cheesman, Hanna Clayes, Courtney Coffman, Grayson Cottrell, Alizjah Crockett, Samantha Culver, Cody Dawson, Caleb Dowell, Olivia Draminski, Brittany Endress, Kayla Garms, Brittany Gascoigne, Christopher Gillespie, Amairani Guerrero Nevarez, Frey Guerrero Vizcarra, Erin Henkel, Blake Hennenfent, Katelin Herr, Matthew Hoel, Heather Hughes, Jaxon Ince, Alyssa Johnson, Morgan Kaufmann, DeAnn Kendall, Olivia King, Kamryn Kruchten, Hannah Lauffenburger, Jami Lee, John Lee, Angelena Lensmith, Alec Lester, CeCe Liichow, Shang Lin, Haley Mcwhorter, Kaleigh Nimrick, Stephanie Nimrick, Noelle Pearson, Katie Perez, Mariana Ponce Cuiriz, Sarah Powers, Amin Rahhal, Jessie Rasmussen, Genie Ray, Diana Satkauskas, Lauren Schmidt, Nicholas Sheets, Eleanor Siedel, Keenan Skudlarek, Trent Steinke, Lucas Stumpf, Logan Torrance, Clayton Vandevoorde, Angel Wassell

 

La Fayette -- Hannah Rumbold, Haley Smith, Matthew Stahl

 

Ladd -- Julia King

 

Lynn Center -- Emily Kenney

 

Manhattan, KS -- Amanda Clawson

 

Milan -- Ethan Coyne, Christopher Nevin

 

New Windsor -- Malerie Ericson

 

Ophiem -- Dylan Brooks

 

Pekin -- Sara Scheeler

 

Princeton -- Jessica Ongalo

 

Princeville -- Sarah Reay

 

Prophetstown -- Michaela Dietz, Matthew Wagenecht

 

Rapids City -- Micki DeWitt

 

Rock Island -- Cody Sherbeyn

 

Rockford -- Samantha Grams

 

Sheffield -- Alex Landwehr

 

Sherrard -- Isaac Goldner

 

Toulon -- Brady Blasher, Colyn Dailey, Sidney Ehret, Kendra Hockett, Payton Hufnagel, Jessica Loudenburg, McKinna Molln, Courtney Ouart, James Plotner, Tryphena Purdy, Kaley Rouse, Griffin Tuftie

 

Williamsfield -- Mark Chandlee

 

Woodhull -- Andrew Johnson

 

Woodstock -- Kendall Mcneese

 

Wyoming -- Madelyn Cozad, Dalton Hancher, Grace Klooster, Maranda Magnussen, Briana Meinders, Brock Stotler, Paige Tracy, Lucas Wisnefski

 

 

Honors – GPA 3.50 to 3.75 for the semester

 

Aledo -- Brandi Welch

 

Alpha -- Joseph Nicolaysen, Jacob White

 

Annawan -- Kassandra Conner

 

Cambridge -- Mackenzie Coziahr, Kristofer Lookingbill, Mason Piggott, Jack Wagher

 

Carbon Cliff -- Tracy Golden

 

Castleton -- Jamie Woodlief

 

Coal Valley -- Ali Dennison

 

East Moline -- Kathleen Lohse

 

Ellisville -- Trenton Martin

 

Galva -- Nicholas Anderson, Kinsey Ayres, Kiovante Buckner, Hannah Campbell, Morgan Carrick, Shelby Dibling, Kaylin Duke, Kaci Gibbs, Kaylyn Hall, Laurin Hopping, Ryan Isaacsen, Onreanna Jonas, Trey Kazubowski, Dalton Kiselewski, Katherine Koenig, Makaila Moore, Brock O'Haver, Allison Olinger, Austin Steward

 

Geneseo -- Kyle VanDerLeest, Kiah VanWynsberghe

 

Kewanee -- Nickalaus Argyilan, Spencer Bailleu, Andrew Carlson, Emily Clark, Wyatt Deck, Caisey DeOrnellas, Haley Eble, Sarah Gomez, Allison Gossett, Michael Haptonstall, Brooke Hicks, Curtis Howerton, Sean Johnson, Quentin Konie, Aja Luciani, Evelin Martinez, Ryan Matuszyk, Patricia McClure, John Mott, Mikayla Puskar, Clayton Ruter, Jacob Schweppe, Jacob Schwerbrock, Brent Siemers, Layne Walter, Mason Wentworth

 

La Fayette -- Abbigale Worsfold

 

Lanark -- Kiley Carroll

 

Lockport -- John Donovan

 

Mineral -- Jessie Segura

 

Moline -- Jordyn Carter

 

Orion -- Chelsea Vyncke

 

Peoria -- Morgan Kromphardt

 

Princeton -- Jacob Mitchell

 

Prophetstown -- Craig Medema

 

Silvis -- Alyssa Totedo

 

Toulon -- Lillian Bottorff, Carlee Critchelow, Heidi Mueller, Brooke Parrish, Olivia Quinton, Marshall Shimmin, Andrew Smith

 

Walnut -- Dana Kepner

 

Wataga -- Kyron Stone

 

Wyanet -- Victoria DeWaele

 

Wyoming -- Samantha Adams, Katie Davis, Anna Steelman

 

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July Fourth Ice Cream Social In Geneseo


Maple City Band (MCB) is marking its 111th concert season during the 2017 Summer Concert Season. Composed entirely of volunteers, MCB's musicians range from high school students, college students, working adults, and retirees. MCB finances its operation through free-will offerings made during its July 4th ice cream social and sales of advertising in the concert programs. July 4th is the one concert that benefits MCB. The other four concerts performed by MCB during the Summer are in support of other community organizations.This concert and ice cream social are straight from a Norman Rockwell painting of a small-town Independence Day celebration. The scene is surrounded by over 700 US Military Service Memorial Flags flying around and through Geneseo's City Park (140 W Pearl St.); known as The Aisle of Flags.The ice cream social starts at 11:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM. The concert begins at 1:00 PM.

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Small schools exploring dual participation to increase extra-curricular numbers

As small schools struggle with participation numbers in extra-curricular activities, one co-op in western Illinois is offering dual participation—meaning students can play two-sports during the same season. Annawan-Wethersfield in Henry County allowed students to play baseball and softball and also run track this past spring. The arrangement worked well says baseball coach Logan Willits.
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Willits says they had seven kids play baseball and also run track this past spring. He says the co-op is also considering dual participation for fall sports.

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Duckworth expresses concerns about Senate GOP health care plan

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth continues to describe the Senate GOP's health care overhaul plan one with devastating effects....
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Much of Duckworth's concern is centered on medicaid....
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During a Duckworth teleconference on the health care debate, Citizen Action Illinois Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue warned of a double whammy, saying the American Health Care Act combined with the continued lack of a budget in Illinois could lead to deep cuts in federal health care funding in Illinois.

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More county fairs relying on alternative sources of revenue

Although the state has been offering less premium reimbursement for county fairs, the impact hasn’t been that significant in many parts of Illinois. That’s because corporate sponsors have stepped up says Roger Grundstrom, who president of the Mercer County Fair Board.
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Grundstrom says they received reimbursement for last year’s fair through a stop-gap budget. He’s unsure about premium reimbursement for this year’s fair because of the current budget stalemate in Springfield.

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Fireworks On The Fourth In Kewanee

The annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Kewanee will be bigger and better than ever before.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says the schedule will be full of activity on the Fourth…

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Needless to say but the cost to put on the fireworks show is ever increasing and any contributions to the Chamber of Commerce would be greatly appreciated.

Just earmark those to attention,,fireworks donations…

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Leave The Fireworks To The Pro's

 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) prior to their fireworks show.

 

The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate issued by the IDNR.  Licensing and storage requirements administered by the IDNR do not apply to Consumer Fireworks (classified as 1.4 explosives).  Approved Consumer Fireworks are regulated by the OSFM and are permitted only in villages, counties and municipalities that have passed ordinances allowing such displays. Consumer fireworks may be purchased and displayed only by adults who have obtained permits from their local jurisdiction.  Hand held fireworks, including fire crackers, roman candles, and bottle rockets are not approved for sale or use in Illinois.

 

The Illinois Explosives Act is administered by the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals’ Explosives and Aggregate Division.  This Division is staffed by trained and experienced blasting specialists located throughout Illinois.  In addition to requiring comprehensive licensing, training and examination for individuals, the law requires that unattended display fireworks and explosives must be stored in an explosives magazine, storage facility or container that is inspected and certified by IDNR.

 

IDNR currently has 2,192 individuals licensed for the use of explosives in Illinois, of which approximately 1,033 are specifically for the use of display fireworks.  There are 786 certified explosives storage magazines in Illinois, which contain nearly 45 million pounds of explosives.  Of those storage magazines, 139 are certified specifically for the storage of display fireworks.

 

Anyone possessing, using, transferring or purchasing display fireworks without a valid IDNR individual explosives license or storage certificate is violating Illinois law and could incur penalties.  A violation of the Illinois Explosives Act can be a Class 3 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, the IDNR can assess administrative fines for violations involving display fireworks and other explosives.

 

Emergency responders are reminded to contact IDNR and the OSFM immediately with reports of personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of explosives, including display fireworks.

 

For more information on the IDNR explosives regulatory program, log on tohttp://www.dnr.illinois.gov/mines/EAD/Pages/ExplosivesHandlingStorage.aspx.  In addition, for more information concerning the OSFM fireworks regulatory program, log on to http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/Public/Consumer-Fireworks.

 

To report an explosives incident or accident concerning display fireworks, the public should contact the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals, Explosives and Aggregate Division at 217-782-9976 and the OSFM at 217-785-0969.

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Back To School Physicals

It’s been just a little over a month since most schools dismissed for the season and the next school year won’t begin for roughly another month and a half or so.

But that doesn’t mean that now is not a good time for families to prepare for the upcoming school year.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she says time has a tendency to get away from all of us…

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Ms. Tucker says the early bird gets not only the worm, but a savings when it comes to those student physicals…

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Black Hawk College President Announces Retirement


 

 

Black Hawk College president, Dr. Bettie Truitt has announced plans to retire at the end of 2017. Dr. Truitt began her career at the College in 1989 as an instructor in the Mathematics Department and served the College in numerous instructional and administrative roles over her 29 year career. In addition to serving as president since 2014, Dr. Truitt has held the positions of academic dean, Vice President for Instruction and Student Services and Executive Vice President.

 

In her letter of resignation, Truitt stated, “It has been a true privilege to have spent my entire professional career at the College.  It is a rare luxury to be allowed to work at an institution where you believe, unequivocally, in the good work done every day by our dedicated faculty and staff in order to improve the lives of our students.”  She continued, “I am very grateful for all the opportunities and education the College has provided me over the past 29 years.”

 

Board of Trustees Chair Rick Fiems said, “While I am excited for Dr. Truitt and her husband, this will be a big loss to the institution. Dr. Truitt has steered the College through some very rough waters during her time as president and her efforts are greatly appreciated.”

 

The College said Dr. Truitt has offered to work with the Board of Trustees and Administration to ensure a smooth transition.

 

Dr. Truitt cited the completion of the Health Sciences Center at the Quad-Cities Campus and the Veterinary Sciences Center at the East Campus and navigating through the financial challenges resulting from the state of Illinois budget impasse as significant accomplishments during her tenure. She added, “However, I am most proud of having been able to positively impact the lives of our students for nearly three decades. It has been an honor to have been a part of the Black Hawk College team.”

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Sports Physicals On Tuesday

OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host their first round of sports physicals this next Tuesday for all area athletes heading into the 2017-2018 school year.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF…

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Bustos Works To Get Commitment For Rail

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) secured a continued commitment from officials at the Federal Rail Administration to work with the State of Illinois to finish the long-awaited Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail project. Associate Administrator Paul Nissenbaum committed to working with Congresswoman Bustos, the Illinois Department of Transportation, railroads and local officials to get this project to completion. This pledge comes despite President Trump’s proposed cuts to Amtrak.

 

“Securing passenger rail for the Quad-Cities has always been among my top priorities, and I’m pleased the Federal Rail Administration is committed to bringing this project across the finish line,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Despite the obstacles put in place by the state budget crisis in Springfield, I’m fighting to finish this project that will grow our local economy and create good-paying jobs in our region.”

 

Last year, after months of pressuring the Rauner administration to accept a $177 million job-creating federal investment in our state, Congresswoman Bustos announced an agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration to move forward on Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail, which was previously put on hold. 

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ISP Receives Honors

 The Illinois State Police (ISP) were recognized for outstanding contributions in law enforcement at the 21st Annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference,” awards ceremony hosted by the Illinois State Crime Commission.  Eight ISP Troopers and an ISP canine were honored at the banquet at the Drury Lane Hotel in Oak Brook, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

One ISP Canine team was recognized as the Illinois State Police canine team of the year. The ISP canine team made a positive impact on the citizens of Illinois by seizing significant amounts of illegal contraband, apprehending dangerous felons, and tracking missing persons. Over the past year, the canine team has had numerous successful operations including tracking an 88-year-old female with dementia who wandered from her residence, and three no-bite apprehensions, including one on a suspect wanted in a pending murder investigation. The canine team also seized the following amounts of contraband during 2016:

• 32,430 grams methamphetamine
• 10,576 grams cocaine
• 5,372 grams heroin
• 7,364 grams cannabis

The total street value of the amount of illegal drugs seized is estimated at nearly 17 million dollars.

The ISP District 15 Criminal Patrol team (CRIMPAT) received the contraband interdiction team of the year award. The team is comprised of eight highly skilled troopers and four canines that specialize in contraband interdiction.  The overall goal of the criminal patrol team is to seize illegal contraband being transported to, and through the state of Illinois.  The team also assists federal and local law enforcement.  

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Energy expert says now is good time to evaluate fall propane needs

It’s never too early to lock in prices for fall and winter propane needs. That’s what GROWMARK’s Harry Cooney is telling farmers as they think about the grain drying season.
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Cooney says fortunately for farmers, grain drying hasn’t been a big issue the last several years.
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Cooney says now is the time for end users to secure some prices for the fall and he recommends producers talk with their local FS member cooperative about meeting future needs.

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World livestock auctioneer champ and runner-up both from Illinois

The 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion hails from west-central Illinois. Brian Curless of Pittsfield won the competition last weekend in Billings, Montana.
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With the win, Curless now has a key voice for the Livestock Marketing Association.
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Curless is a Black Hawk East product and Oklahoma State grad.
The runner-up in the competition was also from Illinois--Cody Lowderman of Macomb. 

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Hydrant Work Continues In Kewanee On Thursday

The next section of Fire Department hydrant testing originally scheduled to begin Tuesday , will now start on Thursday.  This will extend the length of time for work in that area. 

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants as the Fire Department will be working to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up. 

 Areas within or nearby testing areas may experience periods of lower than normal water pressure or discolored/rusty water.  The Fire Department will alert the public through local media which areas they will be working in a few days prior to beginning work.

 The next area planned to begin work will be on Thursday 6/22/17 and will include blocks in between Willard Street to East Street South, and East McClure to East Mill (as well as some residents north of Mill towards East Division.  This also includes residents within these areas on Grier, Mosher, Emmons, Smith, and Poplar. 

Dates of work being done are pending, and could possibly be postponed for any unforeseen weather or emergencies in between.

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Kewanee Planning Commission Meets Tonight

The Planning Commission of Kewanee will meet in Council Chambers at City Hall this evening beginning 7:00 op’clock.

The petitions scheduled for tonight include

 

1:  212 N. Burr Blvd, Robert Robinson, requesting rezoning from B-1 Business District – Limited Retail to B-3 Business Service & Wholesale District.

2:  202 N Tremont St, Bill Cox owner of Bir River Gaming LLC2 dba Lacey’s Place, requesting a special use permit to serve alcohol by the drink.

3:  618 Teney St, 626 Tenney St and 150 E South St, The City of Kewanee is requesting rezoning of these properties from M-1 Manufacturing District – Limited & B-2 Business District – General Retail to B-3 Business Service & Wholesale District.

 

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Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals


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

 

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

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

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

· You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

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

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

· Check your pulse and blood pressure

· Perform a vision test

· Observe your general appearance

· Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

· Listen to your heart and lungs

· Check for spine deformities

· Perform a neurological exam

· Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

· Perform a hernia check

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

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

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Il Housing Market Remains Strong

Homes sold faster and prices rose, but home sales slowed in April with seasonally low inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 13,958 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from 14,453 in April 2016.

The statewide median price in April was $200,000, up 7.5 percent from April 2016, when the median price was $186,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Sellers flooded the market in March, and as a result inventories were struggling to keep pace with demand in April," said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "It's clear from the relatively short average time to sell that buyers really do want to find a home. The problem is they are having to work much harder to find one that meets their criteria due to a shortage of options."

The time it took to sell a home in April averaged 61 days, down from 68 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 54,666 homes for sale, a 15.3 percent decline from April 2016 when there were 64,554 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.05 percent in April 2017, a decrease from 4.20 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In April 2016 it averaged 3.60 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 10,157 homes sold, down 2.3 percent from April 2016 sales of 10,397 homes. The median price in April 2017 was $242,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.2 percent from $230,000 in April 2016.

“While sales will continue the usual early summer upward growth, there are some sharp differences in the forecasts for median prices” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois.  “The forecasts for median price indicate continued positive changes, but the REAL Housing Price Index (HPI), which compares specific housing characteristics, suggests declines and may also be reflecting the employment losses in the state over the past two months.”

According to the data, thirty-four (34) Illinois counties reported sales gains for April 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Madison County, up 11.0 percent with 353 units sold; Rock Island County, up 1.3 percent with 153 units sold; and Kane County, up 0.2 percent with 662 units sold. Fifty-four (54) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Will County, up 12.2 percent to $218,700; Winnebago County, up 8.5 percent to $108,450; and Cook County, up 5.5 percent to $253,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.4 percent year-over-year home sales decline in April 2017 with 2,586 sales, down from 2,706 in April 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in April 2017 was $297,150, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2016 when it was $286,000.  

“With the spring market underway, buyer demand has not abated in the least,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “Rather, increased competition for homes that are priced well and move-in ready will continue to drive prices upward. Both motivated sellers and buyers should be prepared for these conditions to continue in the coming months.”

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 May 7, 2017 for the period April 1 through April 30, 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.

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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Durbin, Duckworth warn of dangers of lack of state budget

Illinois’ US Senators are expressing their concerns about the state’s stalled efforts to land a budget and the impact on transportation. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are pressing Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislative leaders to reach a budget agreement in order to avoid what they call an unnecessary transportation shut down that could cost tens of thousands of jobs across the state. Without a state budget, Illinois transportation officials will no longer have the authority to spend federal dollars. 700 construction projects around the state, worth an estimated 2.3 billion dollars, would have to be shut down. The Senators say stopping work on the road and transportation projects would trigger the loss of an estimated 25,000 jobs.

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Weather key driver in commodity markets ahead of June 30th acreage report

Weather will be the key driver over the next few weeks at farmers follow the numbers on the Chicago Board of Trade. July contracts for corn were on a path to 4-dollars just a few weeks ago, but that has stalled says Jim Bower with Bower Trading.
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Bower says another key measuring stick for farmers is coming out at the end of the month—the June 30th USDA acreage report. 

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State Facilities Work To Save Money

State-owned facilities across Illinois are upgrading their building lighting thanks to a program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy & Recycling, in partnership with Illinois Central Management Services (CMS) and Grainger Industrial Supply. The facilities have received $6.4 million in lighting upgrades through the Free Lights Program, and it is estimated to save taxpayers $16 million over the life of the initiative. In addition, the modernization of these facilities will result in nearly 13 million kWh of electricity saved.

 

“Programs like Free Lights show that with a little creativity and collaboration, state agencies can work together to quickly reduce the cost of government for taxpayers and increase efficiency,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy.  “These energy cost savings are dollars that can be reinvested back into Illinois communities to help grow our economy and create a better quality of life for Illinoisans.”

 

Agencies participating in this initiative include: CMS, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway Authority, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.  Facilities are located throughout the state ensuring a geographic distribution that provides benefits across Illinois. 

 

“CMS operates with the mission of serving as responsible stewards of the state’s limited capital and resources,” said CMS Acting Director Michael Hoffman. “Certainly, the Free Lights program is a testament to the collaboration of the Rauner administration, through DCEO and other Illinois state agencies, aimed at delivering real dollars-and-cents results for taxpayers.”

 

Preliminary estimates show that the projects will save taxpayers approximately $16 million in reduced energy bills over the life of the products.  In addition, Illinois will be able to defer the maintenance costs of not needing to pay for new lights.  These projects were completed by leveraging ratepayer dollars from the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) Fund.

 

Due to the success of the program, Commonwealth Edison, which will be administering a portion of the EEPS funds starting June 1, will continue to offer the program to Illinois facilities in their utility territory through the end of the calendar year.

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BHC Congratulates 2017 GED, High School Completion Grads

 

Black Hawk College celebrated the accomplishments of 81 students June 8 at the annual GED and High School Completion Graduation Celebration.

 

The event recognized Adult Education and Optional Education students from across the college district who completed all GED or high school completion graduation requirements during the 2016-17 school year.

 

High school completion graduates Evan Goswick and Ebony Meyer, both of Rock Island, were the featured student speakers.

 

After losing his father, Evan Goswick found traditional high school difficult. It was not long before he found himself enrolling in Black Hawk College’s High School Completion program.

 

“I was met with support, and my teacher cared so deeply for her students and just wanted to see them achieve their dreams,” Goswick said. “Words cannot express how thankful I am to them!”

 

After earning his diploma, Goswick began working at Black Hawk College through a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth grant, where he now performs yard and custodial work.

 

“Black Hawk has made it possible for me to follow my dreams and I am now college-bound,” he said. Goswick plans to begin studying business and accounting at Black Hawk College in the fall.

 

After losing motivation in her schooling, Ebony Meyer’s grades began to deteriorate quickly. She remembers falling into a state of depression and completely withdrawing from life. After a few difficult months, she took back control of her life and asked her family and friends for help.

 

“We made the decision to take a trip to Black Hawk to see what my chances were with continuing my education, Meyer said. “That day I met the most supportive, caring and motivational people I have ever met in my life.”

 

Meyer entered the program thinking it was going to take her months to finish, but with determination and the support of her family and faculty, she finished quickly.

 

“I am so appreciative because now there are so many opportunities open to me,” she said.

 

In her speech at the graduation ceremony, Meyer urged her follow graduates to “always believe in your worth and always follow your dreams because we all have the power to change the world.”

 

GED and high school completion classes at Black Hawk College are offered at no cost to students and are conducted in a variety of locations. A new session will begin Tuesday, Aug. 8.

 

For more information, call or visit one of these learning sites:

 

Black Hawk College Outreach Center

301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline

309-796-8216

 

Black Hawk College Adult Learning Center

4610 Black Hawk Commons Drive, Rock Island

309-794-1072

 

Black Hawk College Community Education Center

404 E. Third St., Kewanee

309-854-1875

 

High Roads Advantage

2004 SE. Third St., Aledo

309-582-8181

 

 

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Wethersfield Announces Registration Dates For 2017-208

 

The first day of attendance for Wethersfield students will be on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 with classes meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  The District will also conduct 1:45 PM early dismissals through Friday, August 25.  This takes into account the likelihood of there being excessive heat and assists students with transitioning from summer to the regular school schedule. 

 

Registration for all grade levels will take place in the Moss Gym which can be accessed through the elementary entrance.  Registration hours are 8:00am-7:00pm on Wednesday, July 26.  A week prior to registration, a mailing containing a majority of the required registration forms will be sent home to all families who were enrolled during the 2016-2017 school year.  Parents are asked to fill paperwork out ahead of time and bring to registration on July 26.  The registration forms can also be downloaded from our website: www.geese230.com under the link PARENTS.

 

STUDENT PHYSICAL, DENTAL, AND VISION EXAMINATIONS

 

Parents and Students are reminded that physical examinations are required for all kindergarten students, 6th grade students, 9th grade students and out of state students transferring to or enrolling for the first time at Wethersfield. 

 

Students entering kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade are required to have a dental examination completed. 

 

Kindergarten students are required to have an eye examination completed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches or a licensed optometrist.   

 

Sports Physicals: All students (grades 5-12) desiring to participate in athletics/cheerleading/pompons are required to have a physical, concussion form, and a Co-curricular Compliance Form on file prior to their first day of sports practice.

 

SPORTS PHYSICALS

 

Saint Luke Medical Center will be providing sports physicals for $10 per student payable at time of physical.  The sports physicals will take place from 3:00pm-5:30pm on Tuesday, June 27, Tuesday, July 11, and Tuesday, August 1 on a first come, first served basis.  Note: Parents/Guardians must complete and sign the designated section of the IHSA/IESA Sports Physical Form and bring the form to the physical.  The IHSA/IESA Sports Physical Forms are available in the Wethersfield Unit Office or on the district website at www.geese230.com under the link PARENTS and then HEALTH AND ATHLETICS.

 

SCHOOL START AND END TIMES FOR 2017-2018

 

·       Breakfast will begin in the cafeteria at 7:30 AM

·       Students not eating breakfast may be dropped off beginning at 7:45 AM

·       The first warning bell will be at 7:50 AM

·       Grades K-6 will run from 8:00 AM through 2:59 PM

·       Grades 7-12 will run from 7:55 AM through 3:04 PM

·       AM Preschool will run from 8:00 AM through 10:30 AM

·       PM Preschool will run from 12:15 PM through 2:45 PM

 

ASBESTOS

 

Parents, students, patrons and others visiting the district are once again reminded that Wethersfield School District is not totally asbestos free.  However, all asbestos containing materials continue to be monitored and managed through the provisions and requirements of AHERA and the Illinois Department of Health.  Anyone desiring to inspect the asbestos management plan for the district may do so by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at (309) 853-4860. 

 

 

FEES FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Book Rental & Consumable Fees[1]                  Other Fees and Purchases

Full-day kindergarten... $ 75.00                     Instrument rental[2]...... $60/year

Grades 1 through 6.......... 85.00                     Percussion2................... 35/year

Grades 9 through 12 ....... 88.00                     Driver's Education............ 50.00

Grades 7-8..................... $45.00                     Courtesy Bus Rider..... $1.50 per day per family

Grades 7-8 Lease to Own Tech Fee                $60.00

Grades 7-8 Tech Insurance $25.00

Introductory Woodworking lab fee7….45.00..............................                     

Advanced Woodworking lab fee7...…..45.00

 

 

School Lunch[3]

Student lunches (K-5)........ 2.30                     Breakfast........................... .2.00

Student lunches (6-8)....... .2.45                     Adult lunches..................... 3.10

Student lunches (9-12)...... 2.55                     Ala Carte milk (students).... 0.65

Special milk (K-4) 2....... 85/year                     Ala Carte milk (adults)........ 0.85

 

Activity Tickets2 (Optional)

Wethersfield student............................ 45.00                     Family............................... 90.00

Adult................................ 50.00                     (family members residing in home)

PEST MANAGEMENT/LAWN CARE

 

In the interest of maintaining a healthy and pest-free environment, the Wethersfield School District contracts pest management and lawn care services for both in-house and grounds control of pests and weeds.  All materials used in the district's pest management and lawn care program are appropriate for school application.  Nonetheless, any student and/or parent desiring notification of the dates and materials to be used may request such notification by contacting the Superintendent's Office at (309) 853-4860.



[1] Waiver of fees applications are available in principals' offices.

[2] Special milk, Activity Tickets, Band Rental, Quill, and insurance options are not included in the

   waiver of fees provision. 

[3] Applications for Free and Reduced Lunches are available in any district office.

 

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Health Dept Offers Food Managers 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, June 28th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

 

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Wear and tear of lock and dam system on display in Quad Cities

The aging lock and dam system continues to show its wear and tear. A prime example is on display in the Quad Cities at Mississippi River Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island where an emergency repair had to be completed a few weeks ago says Aaron Dunlop with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Dunlop says without the temporary fix, barge traffic could have been shut down.
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Dunlop says the permanent repair will cost $15-million, which they’re hoping to receive in next year’s budget. Lock and Dam 15 was constructed in 1931. 

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WKEI Open Line

Bob McKee talks about health care

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Kewanee Supt of Schools On PTP

District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens talks about the state budget

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Annawan Supt of Schools On Tuned IN

Supt Mr. Joe Buresh talks about his June 30 retirement and reflects back on 17 years as Supt at Annawan

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Senior Living Series On Thursday

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments will present another edition of their Senior Living Series on Thursday in Bradford.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Health Dept and she stresses that you don’t have to be a Stark County Resident in order to attend…

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Ms. Tucker adds that reservations are not necessary for the Thursday event…

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BHC East Foundation Offering Two CNA Scholarships

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 11.

 

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

 

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

 

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for May

 

Melissa Johnson of Cambridge was recognized by her peers as Achiever of the Month for May at Abilities Plus.  Melissa received recognition because of her 12 year employment with Taco Bell, as well as her positive work on janitorial contracts.

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OSF Blood Drive On Thursday

OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will host a blood drive on Thursday.

St Luke Community Relations Specialist Carrie Boelens says that walk-ins are welcome but reservations would also be appreciated…

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Ms. Boelens adds that if you have never donated before, don’t worry, it’s a fairly painless process that can be critical to patients in need…

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Gaming bird business paying off for Petersburg brothers

The Illinois poultry industry is more than just chickens. For brothers Cavan and Steele Sullivan it’s pheasants too. They have quite an operation in Petersburg in Menard County. Cavan says there’s a market for gaming birds.
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Their idea started in their 4H and FFA days simply as a way to pay for college. Cavan says it’s grown from there.
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Gaming birds are just a small part of the Sullivan’s business. Petersburg Poultry Processing processes two to three days per week with each shift slaughtering upwards of 2,000 chickens. They employ 22 people. 

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Illinois convenience stores concerned about potential loss of Powerball and Mega Millions

Unless lawmakers and Governor Rauner hammer out a budget agreement, it will take a drive out of state to buy tickets for those massive multi-state lottery jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball games. Bill Fleischli with The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores is hopeful a budget deal can be struck by month's end....
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The state reported nearly $100 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales last budget year. It's not clear how much revenue the state gets from multi-state lottery sales.

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#cornstars ready for another season

The corn is growing in Illinois and that means the “#cornstars” are ready for another season. Jim Taylor reports on a summer jobs project in Western Illinois.
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Galva School Board Of Education Meets Tonight

Galva CUSD #224

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

June 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Galva Jr/Sr High School Library

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

1.                ROLL CALL

 

2.                PARENT, VISITOR, AND UNION COMMENT

            Note:  Individuals wishing to place an item on the agenda should contact the Superintendent or the Board President seven days prior to the Board Meeting

 

4.        CLOSED SESSION

            The Board will move into Executive Session for the purpose of an Expulsion Hearing

 

5.        EXPULSION DETERMINATION (ACTION)

 

6.        ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

Galva CUSD #224

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

June 19, 2017 at 6:55 PM

Galva Jr/Sr High School Library

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

1.        ROLL CALL

 

2.        PARENT, VISITOR, AND UNION COMMENT

            Note:  Individuals wishing to place an item on the agenda should contact the Superintendent or the Board President seven days prior to the Board Meeting

 

3.        BUDGET HEARING FOR AMENDED BUDGET

            Note: Individuals wishing to speak or written correspondence received on the Proposed Amended Budget should be shared now

 

4.        ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galva CUSD #224

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

June 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Galva Jr/Sr High School Library

 

 

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

1.        ROLL CALL

 

2.        COMMENDATION

 

3.        PARENT, VISITOR, AND UNION COMMENT

            Note:  Individuals wishing to place an item on the agenda should contact the Superintendent or the Board President seven days prior to the Board Meeting

 

4.        CONSENT AGENDA (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.3, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7)

 

5.        APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

            5.1      Regular Meeting Minutes of May 15, 2017 (Action)

            5.2      Executive Session Minutes of May 15, 2017 (Action)

            5.3      Review and Seal of Executive Session Minutes (Action)

 

6.        FINANCIAL REPORT

            6.1      Approval of the Treasurer’s Report May 2017 (Action)

            6.2      Approval of the Bills for June 2017 (Action)

            6.3      Activity Accounts Balance Sheet (Action)

           

7.        FINANCE/BUSINESS

            7.1      Approve the Amended Budget for 2016-2017 (Action)

            7.2      Approve the GEA & Galva CUSD #224 Contract (Action)

7.3      School Fees (Action)

7.4      Prevailing Wage Resolution (Action)

7.5      Approve the Addition of the following Activity Accounts: Class of 2021, JH Baseball, JH

Softball, JH Girls Basketball, JH Boys Basketball, and JH Track (Action)        

 

8.        QUALITY EDUCATION

            8.1      Branding the District (Information)

8.2      Committee Reports (Information)

8.3      School Board Policy Updates - First Reading (Action)

8.4      School Board Policy Updates – Second and Final Reading: 4:80 Accounting and Audits; 4:150 Facility Management and Building Programs; 5:100 Staff Development Program; 6:60 Curriculum Content; 6:310 High School Credit for Non-District Experiences; Course Substitutions; Re-Entering Students; 7:70 Attendance and Truancy; 7:250 Student Support Services; 7:260 Exemption from Physical Education; 7:270 Administering Medicines to Students; 7:270-AP1 Admin Procedure – Dispensing Medication; 7:340 Student Records; 8:30 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property; 8:70 Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities; and 8:100 Relations with Other Organizations and Agencies.

8.5      Pest Control Calendar for 2017-2018 (Action)

8.6      Board of Education Calendar for 2017-2018 (Action)

8.7      Approve Final Calendar for the 2016-2017 School Year (Action)

8.8      Changes to the Extra-Curricular Handbook for 2017-18 (Information Item)

8.9      State Budget Update, Potential Impact for the 2017-2018 School Year (Information)

 

9.        CLOSED SESSION

            9.1      The Board will discuss the employment and compensation of school employees.

           

10.      PERSONNEL

            10.1    Approve the Employment of Ryan Main as JH Baseball Coach (Action)

            10.2    Approve the Employment of Anna Olson as JH Softball Coach (Action)

            10.3    Approve the Employment of Anna Olson as JH Volleyball Coach (Action)

            10.4    Approve Lacey Rosenberg as a Volunteer for Volleyball (Action)

            10.5    Approve Laura Morris as Volunteer for Dance Drill (Action)

            10.6    Approve Compensation Increases for Non-certified Support Staff for FY18 (Action)

            10.7    Approve Compensation Increases and Extensions for Administrative Staff for FY18

(Action)

10.8    Acknowledge the Resignation of Meredith Crawley as 7-12 P.E.Teacher (Action)

10.9    Acknowledge the Resignation of Meredith Crawley as JH Girls’ Track Coach (Action)

                       

10.      FUTURE BOARD MEETING AGENDA ITEMS

 

11.      ADJOURNMENT

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Bureau County Road Work Continues Today


The Bureau County Highway Department is announcing that a bridge replacement on CH 12 (2200 North Avenue) is resulting in closure of the section of CH 12 from 1750 East Street to 1850 East Street in Bureau Township. 

The closure begins today and is anticipated to remain in effect for approximately 8 weeks.

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Music From Dalarna With The Oskar Stenmark Trio

 

 

On Tuesday June 20th, the Oskar Stenmark Trio will be performing at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, IL at 7 p.m.  Founded by Swedish musician Oskar Stenmark, the trio explores the music of Stenmark’s ancestors.  Their repertoire consists of polkas, walking tunes, and waltzes, music that has been played in Dalarna for several hundred years, but with a modern day jazz interpretation using the flugelhorn, double bass, and keyboard.  This concert is free and open to the public, due to funding from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street.  Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details.

 

The Oskar Stenmark Trio was formed in 2012 with the goal of exploring the music of Gärdebyn, Rättvik, and Dalarna. Oskar Stenmark plays the flugelhorn; Lars Ekman plays the double bass; Alex Pryrodny plays the piano.  Oskar’s great-grandfather, Hans, and his brother Olle Börjes, were both highly regarded fiddlers who played during dances, weddings, and other celebrations. Oskar’s father recorded the fiddle music with his tape recorder in the 1960’s. These recordings provide the inspiration for the group.  The Oskar Stenmark Trio brings this music from past to present and into the future.

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Fire Hydrant Work In Kewanee This Week

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 6/20/17.  The Fire Department will be working on the project Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up.  This project is expected to extend into the fall for this year.

 

Areas within or nearby testing areas may experience periods of lower than normal water pressure or discolored/rusty water.  The Fire Department will alert the public through local media which areas they will be working in a few days prior to beginning work.

 

The next area planned to begin Tuesday 6/20/17 will be the blocks in between Willard Street to East Street South, and East McClure to East Mill (as well as some residents north of Mill towards East Division.  This also includes residents within the areas on Grier, Mosher, Emmons, Smith, and Poplar.  This area will be worked on as well Thursday 6/22/17.

 

Dates of work being done are pending, and could possibly be postponed for any unforeseen weather or emergencies in between.

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Traffic Crash â€" Bicycle Fatal

 

 

Friday 16 June at 6:22 AM Moline Police were called to I-74 as it overpasses I-280 for a bicyclist struck by a vehicle.

 

Responding Patrol Officers found a bicycle crashed into the sidewall and remaining on I-74. The bicycle rider had gone over the rail and sidewall landing onto I-280 and traffic.     

 

Moline Police Traffic Investigators and Moline Detectives immediately began their investigation. It became apparent the bicyclist had been crashed off the bridge by a vehicle.

 

ALL parties involved in the crash have been identified and the investigation is taking place.

 

Assisting Moline Police in the traffic snarl was Coal Valley Police, the Rock Island Sherriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, Milan Police, and IDOT.

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Jobs Lag In Illinois

The state’s unemployment numbers are falling but the Department of Employment Security isn’t willing celebrate. Illinois’ jobless rate is four point six percent, but IDES’s Bob Gough says we are lacking in total job
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Nationwide unemployment is four point three percent.

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Special Session Starts Wednesday

Governor Rauner in the past has said he sees little value in calling special sessions for lawmakers but now he’s changed his mind. The Governor will have the legislature back in Springfield starting next week. Rauner will have them reconvene on June 21. He’s now standing behind a package of Republican budget and reform bills.

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Republicans have filed a number of bills for consideration but they did not put their weight behind a tax increase or revenue bill to balance the budget they want passed. Instead they are relying on the Democrat sponsored tax bill to stand alone.

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Alaska seafood company's investment in Illinois paying off

An Alaska seafood company's investment in Illinois is paying off. Jim Taylor reports.
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May Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

 

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. April job growth was revised little to show a decrease of -7,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -7,200 jobs.

May’s modest monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Payroll growth has been sluggish thus far this year.

 Illinois remains -23,300 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “If Illinois had grown at the National average over that time, the State would have an additional 650,000 jobs.”

"We hear from companies every week that are concerned by the current business climate in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “We need to implement common sense reforms that would lead to booming job growth and expansion of opportunities across our state.”

In May, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Construction (+4,000); Education and Health Services (+3,700); and Information Services (+900). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,700); Government (-2,500); and Professional and Business Services (-700).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +34,700 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in May: Education and Health Services (+19,200); Professional and Business Services (+13,400); Financial Activities (+9,500). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-7,700); Manufacturing (-1,800); and Construction (-1,700). The +0.6 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is less than one-half as strong as the +1.6 percent gain posted by the nation in May.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May 2017, which decreased to 4.3 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.3 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.9 percent. At 4.6 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands at its lowest level since February 2007, after having decreased for four consecutive months and is down -1.1 percentage points since January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.9 percent from the prior month to 298,100, down -23.0 percent over the same month for the prior year. This brings the number of unemployed workers to its lowest level since December 2006. The labor force decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month and declined by -0.9 percent in May over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed 65,472 posted resumes with 181,939 jobs available.

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City Info

Kewanee City Council passed a resolution at Monday night’s Council meeting that designated Speer Financial as a financial advisor for the City of Kewanee.

Mayor Steve Looney says the agreement will provide the City with financial help only in the event that it is needed…

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Mayor Looney also comments about some of the dilapidated houses in Kewanee that in some cases, really need to be torn down…

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BHC Hosting Job Fair June 20 in Downtown Kewanee

 

 

The Opportunities Job Fair is a new monthly event linking area job seekers with area employers.

 

Partners in Job Training and Placement (an American Job Center) is leading a coalition of local organizations that wanted to find an easier way for the two sides of the job-seeking equation to meet up.

 

“Whether someone is hoping to make a fresh start, find a better job, or start on a new career, they will find many exciting openings at this local job fair,” said career advisor Lynn Murphey.

 

“We have a variety of employers from both the public and private sectors who will be ready to hire for immediate openings.”

 

The next job fair will be Tuesday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center at 404 E. Third St., Kewanee.

 

“Events like the Opportunities Job Fair, which connect talented workers with employers looking to hire, are a critical part of an innovation economy and support a strong middle class,” Murphey said.

 

Partners, Job Service and Black Hawk College provide free services, resources and tools to assist both job seekers and employers with the entire job search process, hiring and employment needs.

 

For more information or for employers who would like to attend, contact the Black Hawk College Community Education Center at 309-854-1875.

 

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Kewanee Park District Info

With the storm that hit Kewanee on Wednesday afternoon, it seems timely to remind the public that the Kewanee Park District does have a plan in place when strong and or severe weather hits.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Park District and he says they try to get as many games as possible completed, but if there is any question, they will err on the side of caution…

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Johnson also notes that the Friends of the Pool continue to make great contributions to the Park District…

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Brian adds that is just the beginning of the contributions from the Friends of the Pool…

 

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Mega Millions and Powerball appear headed out of state

Unless lawmakers and Governor Rauner agree to a budget by month’s end, you’ll have to head to other states to play Mega Millions or Powerball. The Multi-State Lottery Association voted to remove Illinois from the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries due to the extended budget crisis

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Five dead in Christian County car-train crash

Five people are dead after a car entered the path of a train in Christian County, near Pana. State Police investigators say a 79-year-old Pana man entered the tracks on a county road near Illinois Route 16. The impact killed three of the victims at the scene. The remaining victims died later after being airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals. The victims were in their upper 70's and upper 80's and all resided in Pana. They are:
Herbert Castle
Mary Pugsley
John. Castle
Nell Castle
Mary Castle

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SC Supt On PTP

District 100 Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster gives the summer update

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Contaminated seed helping spread invasive weed in Midwest

The USDA alerting farmers to be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth in conservation plantings. Palmer amaranth is a giant pigweed and is spreading across the Midwest through contaminated Conservation Reserve Program seed mixes says NRCS State Resource Conservationist Gene Barickman.
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Barickman says a good prevention method is mowing CRP ground early in the game, with hopes of keeping invasive weeds away from corn and soybean fields
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Palmer amaranth can grow two-to-three inches per day and it primarily emerges in the Midwest May through September forcing farmers to manage the weed for much of the growing season. 

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Congressman Rodney Davis wants better political tone after escaping shooter

For Congressman Rodney Davis, making it home after a morning "at bat" was a matter of life and death. He escaped injury in Alexandria, Virginia where police say a Belleville man targeted a practice for the Republican Congressional baseball team, firing dozens of shots, wounding five, including Congressman Steve Scalise. Davis ran to the safety of a dugout then a nearby apartment. Davis credits Capitol Police with saving the day and he has no words of forgiveness for suspected gunman James Hodgkinson of Belleville, who was later pronounced dead....
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An emotional Davis thought the worst when a bullet struck the hip of Congressman Scalise...
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He repeatedly called for an end to political hatefulness and he says rhetoric needs to change on all sides. . Davis is happy that this week's Congressional baseball game will go on as scheduled. 

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ISP On PTP

Trooper Jason Wilson talks about the move over law

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WKEI Open Line

Storms and happenings in the United States are the main topics

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Concerts In The Park Begin June 22

The 2017 Concert in the Park Series at Veteran’s Park in Kewanee will begin one week from tonight on Thursday, June 22nd.

The Concert Series will extend all the way through August 24th and as always, the concerts are free of charge and open to the general public.

The Concerts are presented by the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce along with the support of Petersen Health Care, the State Bank of Toulon, the Lincoln School Veterinary Clinic and the Schueneman and Tumbleson Funeral Home of Kewanee along with Kewanee Real Estate.

Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Mikenas says they are looking forward to the beginning of the concert season next Thursday night…

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Senior Living Series Continues On June 22


 

    The Stark County Citizens' Mental Health Task Force, Petersen Health Care, and the Stark County Health Department remind area residents they are once again sponsoring a special Senior Living Series.  The Senior Living Series is a schedule of informational programs aimed to give the latest, up-to-date information, that matters, to our area senior population.

 

    The June program will be a presentation of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” by the Elsenpeter Marionettes.  This classic adventure will be presented on Thursday, June 22nd at 2:00pm at the Courtyard Estates, 100 Courtyard Estates, Bradford, IL. 

 

     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion, with the Stark County Health Department states, “We so excited about our June “Kick-Off” to the program series.  This a cooperative effort between the Bradford Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and the agencies that bring local residents the Stark County Senior Living Series of programs. 

 

     The special event is FREE-OF CHARGE and open to all local residents of any age, 1-100.  Grandparents and Parents are encouraged to come with their grandchildren and children and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of fun, adventure and imagination courtesy of and funded by the Bradford Public Library.  

 

    Free giveaways and a door prize will be given out at each Senior Living Series session.

 

    For more information about the upcoming Stark County Senior Living Series you may contact RaeAnn Tucker at the Stark County Health Department at (309) 852-3115 or Cinda Scott at the Bradford Library at 897-8400.

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ISP: Save Camping for the Lake, Not the Left Lane

 

Illinois State Police District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, would like to remind drivers that the left lane on all controlled access roadways (interstates and highways with on/off ramps) is for passing only.

This has been an Illinois law since January 1, 2004 (625 ILCS 5/11-701 d). The law states that a motorist cannot drive in the furthest left lane, on a roadway with multiple lanes dedicated to the same direction, unless actively passing. If a motorist is driving in the left lane and refuses to move to the right, when a faster traveling vehicle comes up behind, that motorist can receive a citation. This law is designed to reduce lane changes, keep traffic flowing smoothly, and above all else, ensure the safety of all motorists.

Those drivers that choose to stay in the left lane, no matter what, have traditionally been called “campers”.  Just like at a camp ground, these drivers set up in the left lane and claim it as their own. “No one can claim any part of the roadway. We must all share the roadway,” states Captain Markowski.

One consequence of left lane “campers” is the increased possibility of triggering a road rage incident.  With temperatures on the rise, tempers go up and patience declines. Faster drivers tend to be more aggressive drivers and as their aggression builds, it can turn to rage. Their positive decision making ability deteriorates. This is a recipe for disaster. Some drivers think they are making the roads safer by driving in the left lane, slowing traffic down. Studies show this is not the case. A driver has one job behind the wheel, get their vehicle and the occupants to their destination safely. If someone is driving recklessly, call 911 and provide the relevant information to the police (location, vehicle, and driving behavior information.)

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Bustos, Graves Introduce Bipartisan FLIGHT Act

 

 

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) introduced the bipartisan Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars and Tarmacs (FLIGHT) Act. A companion bill was also introduced in the U.S. Senate last week by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). The FLIGHT Act will give General Aviation (GA) airports more flexibility to facilitate infrastructure investment by using existing sources of funding.

 

From the 17th Congressional District, several General Aviation airports could potentially benefit from this legislation, including Ingersoll Airport in Canton, Kewanee Municipal Airport, Mercer County Airport in Aledo, Albertus Airport in Freeport, Galesburg Municipal Airport, Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Monmouth Municipal Airport and Tri-Township Airport in Savanna.

 

“So many of the small towns and rural areas in our region depend on general aviation airports, and we need to ensure that they have the tools and resources necessary to succeed,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The FLIGHT Act will give general aviation airports more flexibility with federal funding to complete improvement projects and support local jobs and economic development. I’m proud to work across the aisle with Congressman Graves on this important issue, and I’ll continue fighting to make job-creating investments in all our airports, big and small.”

 

“General aviation is an essential form of transportation in this country, but that is especially true in rural America. As the small airports supporting GA age, our facilities need to be modernized to continue providing reliable service to these communities,”Congressman Graves said. “The FLIGHT Act will give GA airports investment flexibility by opening up existing funding sources, presenting a much-needed, commonsense solution to the problems facing our nation’s small airports. I thank Senators Inhofe and Duckworth for their work on this in the Senate, and I look forward to partnering with Congresswoman Bustos to see this bill through the House.”

 

“The FLIGHT Act addresses the growing needs of our nation’s system of airports by providing the FAA with long overdue flexibility it needs to fund important projects,”said Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. “Maintaining and upgrading runways, taxiways, and aprons and meeting the need for new hangars, helps keep airports and communities vibrant and competitive. This bill also takes a critically important step in recognizing the vital role that reliever airports play in natural disaster relief efforts. We’d like to thank Congresswoman Bustos for her leadership and hard work to help airports prepare for the future in thousands of communities across the country.”

 

“Airports across the country have $100 billion in infrastructure needs over the next five years,” said Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO of Airports Council International – North America.  “We appreciate Reps. Graves and Bustos for introducing the FLIGHT Act to help general aviation airports better serve their communities, and we look forward to working with Congress to provide airports of all sizes with the resources they need to build much-needed infrastructure projects and improve aviation safety.”

 

“We appreciate the efforts of Representatives Graves and Bustos to enhance investments in general aviation airports through the FLIGHT Act and look forward to working with Congress in the months ahead to ensure that airports of all sizes have the resources they need to upgrade aging facilities and meet growing demands across the aviation system,” said Todd Hauptli, President and CEO of the American Association of Airport Executives.

 

“We commend Representatives Graves and Bustos for their commitment to general aviation as the FLIGHT Act—among other things—will reinvest much-needed funding into non-primary airports across the country,” said Mark Kimberling, President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. “We look forward to continuing our work together throughout the legislative process and beyond to ensure that our national network of general aviation airports remains the envy of the world.”

 

The bipartisan FLIGHT Act:

 

· Reforms Non-Primary Entitlement (NPE) funding by giving general aviation (GA) airports more time to accumulate FAA funding for projects and ensures available discretionary funding originally set aside for GA airports remains available for projects at GA airports through a nationally competitive process.

 

· Improves Project Delivery by extending to GA airport projects the same expedited and coordinated environmental review process used for projects at large congested airports. These reforms would empower GA airports with flexibility to devote needed resources to improving their infrastructure.

 

· Establishes a pilot program for Public Private Partnerships at GA airports to attract private sector investment for the construction of private hangars, business hangars or investments in other facilities so general aviation airports can grow as hubs of economic activity and job growth.

 

· Designates certain airports across the country as “Disaster Relief Airports” and provides access to funding set aside for airports to use for required emergency planning activities, equipment, or facilities. This provision would help designated airports that lack the resources and personnel to adequately prepare for responding to disasters.

 

· Clarifies Aeronautical Activity at Airports by ensuring that the construction of recreational aircraft is an aeronautical activity at airports.

 

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Latest Illinois pork tour leads to $3-million in international sales

The numbers are in for the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s latest pork tour. The event brings in international buyers says the agency’s Bobby Dowson.
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The tour was last week and Dowson says some nice business was generated for the Illinois pork industry.
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Among the tour stops are breeding farms, the Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange along with the University of Illinois. 

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Illinois congressman Bost reacts to Virginia shooting

Five people, including Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, have been shot by a lone gunman near a Y.M.C.A. baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. That is the site where the Republican baseball team has been practicing for the annual Democrats versus Republican baseball game. Illinois Republican Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro says two of his colleagues had a strange interaction with a man about five minutes before the shooting.

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Bost says the country is at odds politically, but reminds "we can disagree, but we don't have to take it to violence." He also cautions that at this point, the motive for the shooting is unknown.
The shooter is being identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.

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Regional competitions underway for Illinois State Fair Karaoke Contest

Regional competitions are underway for the Illinois State Fair Karaoke Contest. Jim Taylor reports.
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Outgoing Illinois FFA prez enjoyed his term

Illinois FFA elects a new president this week in Springfield. The organization’s outgoing president—J.C. Campbell of Little York says he had a great year.
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Campbell will attend the University of Illinois in the fall. Among his most memorable experience the past year was participating in an international agriculture trip to South Africa. The new Illinois FFA president is elected Thursday morning.

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Durbin lashes out at Trump budget cuts to humanitarian and development assistance

Senator Dick Durbin grilled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on proposed cuts to the international affairs budget, namely humanitarian and development assistance....
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Durbin argued that the proposed cuts would make the world less safe and undermine U.S. global leadership on refugees, global education, emergency food aid, and the fight against poverty. Durbin noted more than 20 million people face famine and starvation in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Somalia. Meanwhile, a record-breaking 65 million people – including 11 million Syrians – are displaced. 

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Prairie Chicken Car Show On Tuned IN

Rich Lewis has the details for the July 15 Car Show in Kewanee

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Kewanee Salvation Army Store Is A Cooling Center

The hot weather has everyone trying to find a way to cool down and for those people that do not have air conditioning, it can be a tough time.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army Store in Kewanee and she says their building can also be considered as a cooling center…

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Ms. Bolls acknowledges that the last couple of days have been difficult with the likelihood that more days like this will be with us over the course of the summer…

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Health Dept Offers School Physicals


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff announces that their Clinical services program is offering Sports and School Physical Exam clinics throughout the summer.

 

    Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

    The clinic will offer area Junior High and Senior High School Athletes, Freshmen, Sixth Graders, Kindergartners, and Preschoolers school or sports physicals. 

 

    In order to encourage parents to call early for their appointments; and thereby avoid the end of the summer rush, the Health Department will offer the exams at a cost of $20 per person in May and June; $25 per person in July; $30 per person in August; and $50 per person in September and October.

 

    Also, the Department reminds area parents to be sure your children are up-to-date on their required immunizations before school begins this fall.  Immunizations, TB checks; blood lead screenings, and other needed lab tests are also available to participants at additional charges. The Health Department has all immunizations that are required for school entry as private pay vaccines. Please call for eligibility, costs, and for vaccine availability.

 

    Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office. 

 

     For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitte

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Geneseo Doo Dah Parade On Friday

The Geneseo Kiwanis will once again host the annual Kiwanis Doo Dah parade in Geneseo on Friday, June 16th as part of the Geneseo Music Festival Weekend. The parade begins at 6 pm and starts just south of the railroad tracks on State Street in Geneseo and travels down State Street to the City Park. The four block route is ideal for younger participants. The Doo Dah parade is open to any participants that want to march, roll, ride or otherwise travel the parade route. The Geneseo Kiwanis Marching Spatula's will once again be performing their crowd favorite maneuvers in the parade.All participants are ask to gather in the Wells Fargo Parking Lot on North Center Street just behind the bank at 5:30 to get organized for the event. Ribbons will be presented to ALL participants. Participation is free to the entrants. 

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Fire Marshal: Deadline to Apply for Pyrotechnic License is June 15

 

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today reminds all qualified cities, towns and villages that the deadline to apply for Limited Pyrotechnic Distributor licenses is June 15, 2017. Pyrotechnic Distributor Licensees are required to employ licensed pyrotechnic operators for Fourth of July firework celebrations.

 

Municipalities of the State of Illinois may apply for a Limited Pyrotechnic Distributor license as provided by 41 Ill. Adm. Code Part 230.60. The license allows qualified municipalities to directly employ qualified Pyrotechnic Operators who currently possess a valid BATFE Federal Explosives license and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Individual Explosives license.

 

Completed applications must be received by the OSFM by June 15, 2017 to be processed prior to July 4, 2017.

 

Any additional questions may be directed to the OSFM Pyrotechnic Licensing division at (217) 558-0328.

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Dry warm air rules over much of Illinois this month

Dry warm air has been the rule over much of Illinois this month. And it’s starting to have an impact says meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.
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He says the weather pattern was much different in many parts of the state during April and May.
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Hicks says dew points are picking up and the atmosphere is becoming more humid. He adds that rain chances increase for much of the state later this week into the weekend

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Soy transportation group pleased with Trump's infrastructure plan

Agricultural groups reacting favorably to President Trump’s massive infrastructure plan. He made the announcement last week in Cincinnati with the executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition—Mike Steenhoek—in attendance.
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And Steenhoek says the President made key three points very important to his group.
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Trump has indicated he wants to accomplish the $1-trillion plan to repair aging levees, dams, locks and ports through public-private partnerships. The Soy Transportation Coalition includes representation from thirteen state soybean boards, including Illinois.

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Duckworth takes stand against privatizing air traffic control

Senator Tammy Duckworth says the nation's air traffic control system should remain a public enterprise. She expressed her opposition to President Trump's proposed privatizing of air traffic control towers while questioning Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao....
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Moving governance of air traffic control from the FAA to a private corporation would increase the nation's budget deficit by 46 billion dollars over the next decade. 

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Bustos gives Trump budget plan a thumbs down review, especially for ag

Don't count Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos among those impressed by President Trump's budget blueprint. Bustos is expressing concerns about funding for the Department of Agriculture....
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She says the budget plan will also mean fewer jobs in already struggling small towns. Bustos also is expressing concerns about proposed deep cuts in the crop insurance program. 

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Mayor Looney On PTP

Mayor Steve Looney talks about the downtown area during the June 13 edition of People to People on WKEI

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Salvation Army On Tuned IN

Linda Bolls talks about summer camp

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High Temps Could Buckle Pavement

 The Illinois Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the extreme heat in the forecast.

 

Very high temperatures can lead to pavement expanding and ultimately buckling or blowing out, causing uneven driving surfaces in some areas. As long as the heat persists, IDOT will be monitoring the situation, with crews available to make repairs as quickly as possible if they are needed.

 

Motorists should be aware of slowing traffic and be prepared to move over for maintenance

workers and other emergency personnel.

 

In addition, motorists are encouraged to carry drinking water when traveling during extreme heat conditions. Should you experience vehicle trouble, dehydration can happen quickly without proper hydration available.

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More Hydrant Work In Kewanee This Week

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 6/13/17.  The Fire Department will be working on the project Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon (weather permitting) to update hydrant capacity and flow pressure data, in addition to flushing the water mains of sediment built up.  This project is expected to extend into the fall for this year.

 

Areas within or nearby testing areas may experience periods of lower than normal water pressure or discolored/rusty water.  The Fire Department will alert the public through local media which areas they will be working in a few days prior to beginning work.

 

The Fire Department expects to continue work again Tuesday 6/13/17 for hydrants in the area of Burlington Avenue and West South Street.

 

The next area planned to begin Tuesday 6/13/17 will be the blocks in between Beach Street South and Tenney Street, and East McClure and East Mill, including all streets between these blocks of Whitney, Payson, Hollis, and Wiley.  This area will be worked on as well Thursday 6/15/17 and Tuesday 6/20/17.

 

Dates of work being done are pending, and could possibly be postponed for any unforeseen weather or emergencies in between.

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Can you possibly believe we are only 80 days away from this year's Kewanee Hog Days celebration.

Hog Capital Barbecue, Inc. Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 13, 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 – Mayor Steve Looney – to address questions & concerns regarding possible electrical changes

                  Downtown and their impact on Hog Days 

Unfinished Business

1        Charcoal purchase update

2        2017 printed Schedule of Events – in office and ready for delivery

           3        Donation from Ameren 
 

New Business

1.    Announce date for pre-sale carnival tickets to go out to banks and the Chamber of Commerce

2.    Review meat bid letter specifications from last year for this year’s bidding next month

3.    Contact City of Kewanee Police Dept regarding security for this year’s Kewanee Hog Days

4.    Time to schedule more work days and/or nights…

      Paint barricades

      Ticket trailer improvements

      Begin packaging spice powder

      Freezer door seal replacement

      Front of building landscaping (including painting/placing of concrete pigs)     

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

Motion to adjourn 

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Road Work In Bureau County

Notification of complete road closure beginning today for re-alignment of the first curve on CH 14 (Ottville Road) beginning ¼ mile southeast of Village limits of Seatonville and will extend approximately ¼ mile. Access to all homes along Ottville Road for emergency services and respective residents must be from the east.  All Township roads – 3150 East and 3175 East – will be open to traffic. This closure is anticipated to remain in effect approximately 1 month.  

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Wethersfield Supt on PTP

Dist 230 Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski talks about summer projects

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WKEI Open Line

Political leaders are discussed

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Tractor-trailer length bill wins approval in Springfield

The trucking industry picked up a win during the spring legislative session in Springfield. House Bill 683 dealt with tractor-trailer length on secondary roads and was supported by Don Schaefer with the Midwest Truckers Association.
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And Schaeffer says the ten foot differential created problems for truckers in certain jurisdictions.
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The bill was approved in both the House and Senate and the governor is expected to sign the measure. 

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OSF On Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens and Gail Ripka talk about the upcoming suicide prevention workshop

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Law enforcement: Be cautious of door to door home repair contractors

Law enforcement urging caution when dealing with door to door home repair contractors. In a recent incident in Madison County, an elderly woman was approached by two men claiming they were there to do repair work authorized by a family member. Scammers will commonly use the scheme in which they say they need entry to the house for one reason or another. While one is talking to the victim, the other disappears and begins stealing items from the home. Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon says this is becoming a more common scheme.

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Police recommend never letting anyone into your home you are not expecting ahead of time, and to report any suspicious visits to proper authorities.

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ILFB Approves Trump Infrastructure Plan


The following is a statement Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan.

“Farm Bureau and other waterway transportation advocates met with White House officials this spring and urged the president’s infrastructure team to propose overdue, needed investments in modern, efficient waterway transportation. Clearly, that message was received.

“Illinois Farm Bureau greatly appreciates President Trump’s statements Wednesday in Ohio and his recognition that a 21st century lock and dam system will create jobs and make farmers more internationally competitive.

“We look forward to working with the president and our congressional delegation to pass an infrastructure bill that invests in new 1,200-foot locks on the Illinois and Upper Mississippi River system.”

 

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Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

Team Entries Due!!

Deadline Tuesday 4:00 p.m. 

 

The 65th annual Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing will be held next Thursday June 15th at beautiful Baker Park Golf Course.  Golf begins at 1:00 p.m. with a shotgun start and post play activities and steak dinner following on the patio.  There is still time to get your team together and enjoy a great day of golf, fun and food.

 

Hole sponsorships and door prizes are now being accepted.

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Upcoming CPR Class


    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, June 20th).  The classes will run from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  The cost of the Class is $45.  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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BBQ Challenge This Coming Weekend

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce will host the 2nd annual Hog Capital BBQ Challenge this coming Friday and Saturday June 16 and 17.

Some 30 professional teams will be vying for the title of Grand Champion.

BBQ Challenge Committee Member Dan Kuffel says that last year’s inaugural event went over pretty well…

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While the professionals will take center stage with their competitions, the committee is looking for local, back yard grillers and Mark Mikenas with the committee says the competition for the amateurs will be somewhat similar to the pro’s…

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Dan Kuffel says that he and Shane Kazubowski have become ordained as judges after going through the program and he says it was a very interesting training class…

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While the pro’s will not be selling their samples, there will be other vendors on hand that will.

The event this year will be held in downtown Kewanee in the 200 block of West Third Street.

Mark Mikenas says that now is the time for the local, back yard grillers to get signed up…

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Further information on the Hog Capital BBQ Challenge by contacting the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce.       

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Law enforcement: Be cautious of door to door home repair contractors

Law enforcement urging caution when dealing with door to door home repair contractors. In a recent incident in Madison County, an elderly woman was approached by two men claiming they were there to do repair work authorized by a family member. Scammers will commonly use the scheme in which they say they need entry to the house for one reason or another. While one is talking to the victim, the other disappears and begins stealing items from the home. Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon says this is becoming a more common scheme.

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Police recommend never letting anyone into yourUNS: 30 CUE: to your home home you are not expecting ahead of time, and to report any suspicious visits to proper authorities.

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Durbin takes on pharmaceutical companies

Senator Dick Durbin continues to attack the health care plan from Congressional Republicans. Much of his ire during a Senate floor speech was directed toward at pharmaceutical companies. He says the new health care proposal does nothing to end runaway drug prices.

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Durbin says growing pharmaceutical costs are taking up a bigger share of the nation's health care bills.
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Earlier this week, Durbin revealed the Illinois Hospital Association expects . 60,000 jobs would be lost in Illinois if the health care repeal bill goes through.

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Boil Order In Kewanee Rescinded

Effective Friday 6/9/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department boil orders issued the week of 6/5/17 have all been lifted.

 

Boil orders were issued for residents in the following areas:

 

·         Between the blocks of Rose to West Prospect Streets and Adams to South West Streets

·         Golden and Irvin Avenue, as well as 935, 1001, 1005, 1013, and 1019 Cambridge Road

·         1300, 1302, 1307 and 1309 N Main Street

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Warm Neighbors Cool Friends

The Warm Neighbors Cool Friends Program through Ameren IL continues to provide financial relief on utility bills for qualified customers.

Susan Sams is the Executive Director with the Energy Assistance Foundation and she says the program is intended to help as many people as possible…

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Ms. Sams describes the application process and also how the program works in general…

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Ms. Sams adds that there are a lot of people who likely qualify for the program but often times they do not take advantage of the opportunity…

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Hike The Hennepin on Sunday

 

The Friends of the Canal are holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, June 11.

 

This month's hike will be from Lock 17 to Bridge 6. The hike is 3.2 miles in length and it has been named the "Wood Duck”.

 

We will meet at Lock 17 at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Bridge 6 to begin our hike. The turnoff for Lock 17 is located approximately a mile east of Wyanet on Routes 6 & 34. Turn south off of Rt 6/34 onto 1600E, then west onto 1410N, and south onto 1550E.

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:

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

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

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Honor Flight Benefit Sunday In Bishop Hill

The annual Honor Flight Benefit will be held Sunday afternoon in Bishop Hill from 3-6 with the community raising funds to send area veterans to Washington D.C.

Those fortunate veterans who are chosen will visit memorials dedicated to honoring their sacrifices.

Sunday’s benefit is organized by the Filling Station Restaurant in Bishop Hill and Diane Nelson with the Filling Station says this will be the tenth year they have hosted the event…

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The schedule begins at 3 with the rib dinner and food will be served until they run out and as Ms. Nelson says, the rib dinner is a great way to start the event…

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Seating is a bit limited in the park and folks should also bring their own lawn chairs to sit on.

Representatives from the Honor Flight will be on hand and veterans can sign up in person or another person can nominate a veteran and fill out the application process…

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The entire event will last approximately 3 hours and shuttle service will be available provided by Cambridge Cart.

Further information by contacting the Filling Station Restaurant in Bishop Hill at 927-3355.

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Durbin: Smaller Communities Would Be Hard Hit By Trump Care

As Congressional Republicans continue to advance an agenda to recklessly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut Medicaid, a new report published this week finds a disproportionate share of children and families living in rural areas rely on these programs for their healthcare coverage.

 

Released Wednesday, Medicaid in Small Town America: A Lifeline for Children, Families and Communities sheds light on the vital role that Medicaid and the ACA play in rural communities and small towns all throughout the state of Illinois. Among the findings:

· 42% of Illinois children in rural areas and small towns receive health coverage through Medicaid and All Kids, the state’s health insurance program for children.

· 19% of adults in non-metro areas are covered by Medicaid.

· In some counties, the numbers are even higher. In Alexander County, for example, 63% of children are covered by Medicaid.

At a press event on Thursday, Senator Dick Durbin, researchers, advocates, healthcare providers, and consumers decried federal attempts to decimate these programs.

 

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than one million Illinoisans have gained health insurance and our state’s uninsured rate has fallen by 49%. People are getting needed care, and providers are being compensated for their services,” said Senator Durbin. “TrumpCare would spell disaster for Illinois’ rural communities—for the families and children who live there as well as the hospitals and community health centers who provide care there.”

  

“Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act have served as crucial lifelines in small towns and rural communities all around the state of Illinois,” said Larry McCulley, CEO of SIHF Healthcare. “These programs not only help connect children and adults to the care they need to lead healthy, productive lives—but they also support community hospitals and local jobs.”

 

While rural areas and small towns in Illinois have benefited disproportionately from Medicaid and the ACA, both programs have been a boon for the entire state, driving the uninsured rate to a historic low, bringing in tens of thousands of jobs, and improving the quality of care for millions. The GOP’s health agenda threatens to destroy that progress—all in service of tax cuts for the rich.

 

Senator Durbin continued, “TrumpCare—in order to provide huge tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthiest among us—would slash funding for Illinois’ Medicaid program, threatening health care for children in rural communities and imposing a serious financial burden on the institutions who serve them. This report sheds light on the grave and far-reaching ramifications of Republicans’ ill-hatched plan, and Illinoisans should pay close attention.”

 

The threat of the GOP’s health plan comes as Illinois enters its third straight year without a state budget—a fiscal disaster in its own right that has deprivedover 1 million at-risk Illinoisans of vital services. As Illinois faces a fiscal crisis of its own, the GOP’s health plan would make things much worse by slashing billions in federal funding, blowing a hole in the state’s already-ailing budget, and jeopardizing the care of millions. Many of those who have already lost services due to the budget crisis could soon see their healthcare stripped away.  

 

“At a time when Illinois is struggling with creating and passing an adequate state budget that funds critical services to vulnerable populations, the repeal of the ACA and structural changes to the federally funded Medicaid program would further devastate Illinois families in the short- and long-term. This is especially true for rural women and children who rely on Medicaid as their primary path to physical and behavioral health services,” said Sessy Nyman, Executive Director of EverThrive Illinois.

 

“This report makes clear: TrumpCare is a bad deal for the entire state of Illinois,” said Stephani Becker, Senior Healthcare Policy Specialist at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. “This report underscores the need of Illinois lawmakers, including Governor Rauner, to strongly speak out against the GOP’s disastrous healthcare plan. The physical and financial well-being of millions is at stake.”

 

The full report, issued by researchers from Georgetown University Center on Children and Families and the University of North Carolina NC Rural Health Research Program, is available at: https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2017/06/06/rural-health-report/

 

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Corn rootworm continues to be one of top corn pests in Illinois

Lightning bugs are a sure sign of summer, but they also serve as an important indicator for farmers. If you see them, it’s time to scout your fields says Kelly Estes with the Illinois Natural History Survey.
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Even though populations have been low the past couple of years, Estes says corn rootworm still remains one of the top corn pests in Illinois.
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Estes says she’s also been receiving scattered reports around the state of army worm in both wheat and corn

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Rauner warns of special session

Governor Bruce Rauner says lawmakers may be returning to Springfield sooner, rather than later and not by choice as the state's budget disaster rolls on.....
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Despite the threat, Rauner says there is some work going on in the General Assembly toward a budget deal...
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Despite his claims the school finance restructuring bill is a bailout for Chicago schools, Rauner told a reporter in Peoria when it comes to a possible delayed start to the school year because of the budget impasse "we won't let that happen".

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Rauner shifts property tax freeze conversation from businesses to homes

Earlier this week, Governor Rauner linked property tax relief to job creation during a tour of a Southside Chicago neighborhood where a number of steel mills have closed and storefronts remain empty. On Wednesday, Rauner visited homes in Poplar Grove, Peoria and Moline to link property taxes to the continued exodus of residents from the state. During a visit to Andrea Anderson's family in the Quad Cities, Rauner expressed fears she'd be seeking a change of address....
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Rauner continues to insist that a long term property tax freeze will be needed before he approves any budget deal. Lawmakers approved a 2-year freeze.

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Efforts to roll back regulations roll on

Illinois and other farmers from around the country submitted thousands of comments to the Environmental Protection Agency last month as a result of a promise by its administrator, Scott Pruitt, to review the validity of federal E-P-A regulations. Don Parrish with the American Farm Bureau Federation says the effort could not only benefit farmers, but other sectors of the economy as well;

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The Illinois Farm Bureau rallied its members to submit suggestions to the federal E-P-A. The A-F-B-F's Parish also expects progress on legislation to reform the way the federal government creates rules and regulations in the first place;

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Critics of the process say some federal agencies go beyond the original intent of laws passed by Congress.

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Local extension units eating into cash reserves

Just like school districts, local extension units in Illinois are eating into their cash reserves. The culprit remains the state's ongoing budget stalemate. Jim Taylor reports.
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Pritzker endorsed by AFL-CIO

JB Pritzker can count on some union support in his run for Governor. The AFL-CIO has jumped in early and endorsed Pritzker for the Democratic nomination. His Democratic opponent, State Senator Daniel Biss had a pointed response. "The working people of Illinois deserve better than being told they have to support a billionaire whose family fortune was enriched by anti-union behavior. AFL-CIO has nearly 90,000 members statewide.

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Former Illinois Farm Bureau president praises work of Illinois Ag Roundtable

Former Illinois Farm Bureau president Ron Warfield reflecting on his ten year run holding a key ag leadership post. Ron Warfield of Gibson City served in the position from 1993 to 2003.
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Warfield says one of the things he’s most proud is helping launch an Illinois Ag Roundtable—featuring a number of key players in the industry working for a common cause.
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The Ford County native says the ag roundtable was key in winning support from former Illinois Senator Carol Mosely-Braun in passing the 1996 Farm Bill. She was the 60th vote needed for passage of the legislation. 

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Watchdog urges landline legislation veto

Even though the Illinois General Assembly resoundingly supported legislation that would kill traditional home phone service in Illinois, the Citizen's Utility Board is hoping to convince Governor Bruce Rauner to veto the bill. The deregulation bill would allow AT&T to stop offering traditional landline service once the FCC gives final approval. Jim Chilsen of the Citizens Utility Board says he is hopeful the Governor will step in.

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The legislation would also allow AT&T to eliminate the low-cost "Consumer Choice" local calling plans. Chilsen says this legislation does nothing to mandate AT&T make telecom-related improvements.

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Info On The Monarch Butterfly

 Most Illinois gardeners believe that monarch butterfly populations are declining due to the lack of milkweed in the summer breeding areas of our state. However, researchers Greg Spyreas and David Zaya with the Illinois Natural History Survey are proving there may be more to the monarch story than milkweed.

 

Illinois is home to 19 native milkweeds. In the last 20 years, milkweed has decreased by 95 percent in agricultural fields, Zaya says. “However, natural areas are buffering that loss, enabling the monarchs to build up their normal population numbers throughout the summer.”

 

Plant ecologists like Spyreas and Zaya now believe the decline in the monarch population may also be due to a lack of floral resources during the butterflies’ journey back to Mexico. To provide resources to monarchs on their long voyage, scientists are urging gardeners to create a monarch corridor, also known as a floral highway.

 

Creating floral highways requires planting fall-blooming perennials in gardens in addition to milkweed. “Keep planting milkweed, of course. It’s a larval food source for caterpillars and a highly sought-after nectar resource for adult monarchs,” Zaya says..

 

If you plan to add new plants to your garden or to begin building a new landscape, Spyreas has several plant recommendations. “Fall-blooming perennials like liatris, joe pye weed, blackeyed Susan, bee balm, aster, coneflower, and helianthus would be excellent additions to your gardens for the late feeding of monarch butterflies,” he says.

 

Liatris pycnostachya (prairie blazingstar) blooms in mid to late summer on large upright spikes in pink or purple. This plant requires full sun, and is not drought tolerant when young.

 

Eutrochium purpureum (joe pye weed) blooms in mid-summer to early fall with a pink or purplish-pink panicle of compound flowers. It requires light shade to partial sun.

 

Rudbeckia hirta (blackeyed Susan) blooms in early to mid-summer with a dark brown central cone and yellow petal-like rays. It requires full sun and is an easy-to-grow but short-lived biennial.

 

Monarda spp. (bee balm) blooms in summer for up to two months with a 3 to 4 inch ring of tubular flowers ranging from pink to red. This plant requires partial sun and moist conditions.

 

Symphyotrichum shortii (smooth blue aster) blooms in late summer to fall with flowers featuring blue-violet petal-like rays and a yellow center which last one to two months. It requires partial to full sun and regular pinching to keep compact.

 

Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower) blooms mid to late summer with a central brown cone with purple or pink petal-like ray flowers. The plant requires full to partial sun and prefers well-drained soil and is drought tolerant once established.

 

Helianthus mollis (downy sunflower) blooms in late summer to early fall with a large bright yellow composite flower. It requires full sun, tolerates drought, and forms dense colonies.

 

Additional gardening practices like adding a water source, planting multiples of one plant type in groups, avoiding pesticide use, allowing herbs to flower, and planting annuals like Mexican sunflower, zinnias, and cosmos can be of great benefit to the traveling monarchs.

 

University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Kelly Allsup says, “By creating a floral highway to help the monarchs, you will also help a host of other pollinators and wildlife by creating habitat they need to survive.”

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Senior Living Series Continues On June 22


 

    The Stark County Citizens' Mental Health Task Force, Petersen Health Care, and the Stark County Health Department announce they are once again sponsoring a special Senior Living Series.  The Senior Living Series is a schedule of informational programs aimed to give the latest, up-to-date information, that matters, to our area senior population.

 

    The June program will be a presentation of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” by the Elsenpeter Marionettes.  This classic adventure will be presented on Thursday, June 22nd at 2:00pm at the Courtyard Estates, 100 Courtyard Estates, Bradford, IL. 

 

     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion, with the Stark County Health Department states, “We so excited about our June “Kick-Off” to the program series.  This a cooperative effort between the Bradford Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and the agencies that bring local residents the Stark County Senior Living Series of programs. 

 

     The special event is FREE-OF CHARGE and open to all local residents of any age, 1-100.  Grandparents and Parents are encouraged to come with their grandchildren and children and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of fun, adventure and imagination courtesy of and funded by the Bradford Public Library.  

 

    Free giveaways and a door prize will be given out at each Senior Living Series session.

 

    For more information about the upcoming Stark County Senior Living Series you may contact RaeAnn Tucker at the Stark County Health Department at (309) 852-3115 or Cinda Scott at the Bradford Library at 897-8400.

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Family Preparedness Plans Must Include Pets

 

Pets are cherished family members in many Illinois homes, so it’s important for pet owners to have plans to keep their pets safe during and after emergencies. Throughout National Pet Preparedness Month in June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will provide tips and information on pet emergency preparedness.

 

“More than half of homes in Illinois have at least one pet,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Emergency situations can be very stressful, particularly for pets who don’t understand what is happening. If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster or other furry, feathered or scaly friends, don’t forget to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans.”

 

Joseph said home emergency supply kits for people should include a three-day supply of such items as food, water, first aid kit, weather alert radio, flashlights, spare batteries and other items. Pet owners should also have a pet preparedness kit stocked with items such as:

 

· At least a three-day supply of food and water

· Extra supplies of pet medicines

· Copies of pet registration, vaccinations and other important documents

· Photo of your pet in case you are separated during an emergency

· Collar with ID tag, harness or leash

· Crate or other pet carrier in case of evacuation

· Pet litter and box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for sanitation

· Toys, treats or other familiar items to reduce your pet’s stress during the emergency

 

 

A disaster may require you to evacuate your home, sometimes with little notice. It’s important to take pets with you, as an evacuation could last several days, even weeks, and your pets likely cannot survive without care. Plan now for places you and your pets can stay following an evacuation, as many public shelters do not allow animals inside.

 

It’s also important to have a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for or evacuate your animals yourself. Talk to neighbors, friends and family to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. 

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S.O. S. Group Meets Tonight

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

The group is comprised of compassionate, committed individuals who have lost a loved on to suicide or at least know someone who has.

Michelle Roesner is the Lead Coordinator for the Group and she encourages anyone who is suffering after a loss by suicide to attend a meeting…

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WKEI Open Line

Several topics hit the June 7 WKEI Open Line 

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Honor Flight On Tuned IN

Diane Nelson talks about Sunday's Honor Flight 

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Durbin warns of job and economic consequences with new health care bill

Senator Dick Durbin continues to blast the health care repeat bill from Congressional Republicans. He told colleagues on the Senate Floor that the bill would would jeopardize medical services in rural communities across the country. Durbin says they are often a main economic engine in smaller, rural areas...
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Durbin says the House passed health care plan would cut funding for Illinois' Medicaid program by $40 billion. He believes pink slips and closures wouldn't be far behind...
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Durbin notes in rural Illinois communities, half of all children get their health care through Medicaid. 

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Could the IHSA change its "no play on Sunday" policy?

The IHSA has held a long standing position to not play games on Sundays. Could that change? Jim Taylor reports…..
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Applicator training center opens for fertilizer and chemical industry in Illinois

A new training resource will soon be available for those ag businesses that apply fertilizer and chemicals in Illinois. Jim Taylor reports.
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Water Shut Off In Kewanee Today

Effective Wednesday 6/7/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a water shut off to repair a broken fire hydrant at Rose and Adams Streets.  Work is scheduled to being at 8:00 a.m.  Residents in the area between the blocks of Rose to West Prospect Streets and Adams to South West Streets will have water shut off while repairs are made.

 

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

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

Residents are asked to avoid the work area if possible, and take caution if driving near the work zone.

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

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Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before –  as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer.

 

While the need for blood is constant during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors. Nationwide, about 32 percent fewer new blood donors, and more than 41 percent in Illinois and more than 56 percent in Iowa, came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year. Additionally, many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans.

 

While about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, less than 10 percent of those eligible actually do. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes. Whether new to donating blood or a lifelong donor, the Red Cross offers helpful tips for an enjoyable donation experience:
 

1.    As much as possible, eat iron-rich foods leading up to your donation.

2.    Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after the donation.

3.    Have a healthy meal before the donation.

4.    Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.

5.    Complete a RapidPass on the day of donation, prior to arriving, to save time.

6.    Remember to bring a picture ID, blood donor card or two other forms of identification.

 

“Every day, we have thousands of lives to help save, but blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months,” said, Celena Roldan, chief executive officer, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “In less time than it can take to go out to eat, you can make a lifesaving difference for cancer patients, accident victims and others in need.”

 

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

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Henry

 

Hooppole

6/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hooppole Community Center, 1404 Washington St.

 

Kewanee

6/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

6/22/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

6/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

 

Orion

6/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1001 9th Street

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Knox

 

Galesburg

6/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd.

6/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd.

 

Yates City

6/27/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Faith United Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Bishop

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Mercer

 

Aledo

6/20/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.

 

New Windsor

6/15/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Windsor Presbyterian Church, 4TH and Walnut Box 245

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Warren

 

Monmouth

6/14/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., American Legion, 1110 N. 11th St

 

How to donate blood

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. Those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross June 7 through World Blood Donor Day on June 14 will receive a limited-edition Nexcare Give bandage with the theme “Roll up a sleeve and give where you live,” featuring vibrant city-inspired designs reflecting landmarks and locales from around the globe. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

 

About the American Red Cross:

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

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BHC Student-Athletes Win Academic Awards


 

Black Hawk College student-athletes recently earned awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their academic achievements in 2016-17.

 

All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

 

NJCAA Academic All-American individual awards – Thirteen student-athletes were honored for GPAs they earned during the 2016-17 school year. Previously the most BHC student-athletes honored in one year was 11.

 

NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.0 GPA)

· Dennis Bell of Davenport, IA – 4.0 (men’s golf)

· Megan Groves of Port Byron – 4.0 (women’s volleyball)

· Keil Huber of Bettendorf, IA – 4.0 (men’s golf)

 

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80-3.99 GPA)

· Madison Garchinski of Fairy Glen, Saskatchewan, Canada – 3.90 (women’s softball)

· Lake Koenig of Davenport, IA – 3.90 (men’s golf)

· Hannah Terrill of Durant – 3.87 (women’s volleyball)

· Roger Wilson of Orland Park – 3.85 (men’s baseball)

· Abby Young of Dunlap– 3.87 (women’s softball)

 

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60-3.79 GPA)

· Alec Capshaw of Davenport, IA– 3.60 (men’s baseball)

· Larry Dixon of Rock Island – 3.61 (men’s basketball)

· Shelby Thede of Davenport, IA – 3.62 (women’s softball)

· Caylla Townsley of Davenport, IA – 3.71 (women’s softball)

· Anastasia Veloz of Colona – 3.67 (women’s softball)

 

NJCAA Team Academic Awards – Nominations include all grades (excluding remedial) for all players. Teams must earn a 3.0 GPA or higher to be eligible. This award is for the 2016-17 school year.

·        Women’s softball – 3.34 GPA

·        Women’s volleyball –3.22 GPA

·        Men’s golf – 3.08 GPA

 

Carrie Calderon GPA Award – The BHC Athletic Department gives this award for the highest team grade point average for the semester. Women’s softball has won the award 24 of the last 28 semesters.

· Spring 2017 – 3.46 GPA

· Fall 2016 – 3.37 GPA

 

Arrowhead Academic All-Conference awards – GPA 3.0 or higher for 2016-17 school year.

 

Women’s volleyball

·        Lakin Brau of Annawan

·        Megan Groves of Port Byron

·        Kayleigh Kruger of Geneseo

·        Chloe Lasek of Moline

·        Hannah Terrill of Joy       

·        Emily Tunis of Davenport, IA

 

Women’s volleyball and basketball

·        Hannah Libby of Oneida

 

Women’s softball

·        Taylor Altemeier of Bettendorf, IA

·        Madison Garchinski of Fairy Glen, Saskatchewan, Canada

·        Cassandra Osborne of Joliet

·        Shelby Thede of Davenport, IA

·        Caylla Townsley of Davenport, IA

·        Anastasia Veloz of East Moline

·        Abigail Young of Dunlap

 

Women’s basketball

·        Mikaylin Bent of Oneida

 

Men’s golf

·        Dennis Bell of Davenport, IA

·        Keil Huber of Bettendorf, IA

·        Austin Jump of Geneseo

·        Lake Koenig of Durant, IA

·        Nathan Lauritzen of Geneseo

 

Men’s basketball

·        Larry Dixon of Rock Island

·        Tyler Houston of Knoxville

 

Men’s baseball

·        Pedro Alfanseco of Kansas City, MO

·        Nicholas Balandran of St. Pius, TX

·        Alec Capshaw of Davenport, IA

·        Matthew Cox of Bettendorf, IA

·        Harrison Jestel of Davenport, IA

·        Ryan Lorber of Davenport, IA

·        Payton McFate of Davenport, IA

·        Quest Mock of Westbrook, TX

·        Theodore Papousek of New Lenox

·        Derek Schumann of Cypress Woods, TX

·        Anthony Smith of Oak Ridge, TX

·        Roger Wilson of St. Laurence

 

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RR Crossing Work In Kewanee On Thursday Morning

The City of Kewanee has been notified from Burlington Northern that a railroad crossing closure has been re-scheduled.  The Park Street crossing is now scheduled to be closed for repair beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday 6/8/17.

 

Residents are asked to avoid this area while work is taking place.

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LaHood: Proposed cuts to USDA too deep

Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood says a 20-percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget runs too deep. And one of the casualties in President Trump’s budget plan is the Peoria ag lab. LaHood says a joint effort is already underway in Illinois to keep the facility open.
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And LaHood says the Peoria ag lab is more than just a central Illinois issue.
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LaHood says Illinois’ entire congressional delegation has signed a letter sent to the President pushing to keep the lab open. 

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Executive Mansion groundbreaking

Work on the Illinois Executive Mansion continues to move forward. First Lady Diana Rauner took part in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Springfield landmark. She says all indications are the mansion will be restored in time for next year's Illinois Bicentennial Celebration....
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So far, more than $13 million of the $15 million repair cost for the ailing mansion has been raised through private donations.

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Blagojevich makes no traction with appeals court

Another legal defeat for former Governor Rod Blagojevich. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his request for another resentencing. He has exhausted virtually all of his legal options. One of the last options would be to ask his former TV boss, former Apprentice host and President Donald Trump for clemency.

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Alton area bridge work will cause traffic delays starting next week

Motorists are being asked to allow more time to cross the northern most Mississippi River bridge in the St. Louis region starting next week. The lane restrictions are necessary in order to seal the surface on the Clark Bridge at Alton, and is expected to be completed by the end of the month. IDOT Engineer John Adcock says work is scheduled to begin on June 12th.

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All southbound lanes will be open Monday through Friday, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., while all northbound lanes will be open Monday through Friday, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The closures ware planned in an attempt to have minimal impact on rush-hour traffic. IDOT asks that all motorists be patient, reduce speed, and use additional caution when traveling near this work zone.

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701 days without a state budget

701 days without a budget. 14-and-half-billion dollars in unpaid bills. Those are the numbers in Springfield as state lawmakers move past another adjournment date. The next key day on the calendar is July 1. That’s the start of the state’s new fiscal year says Mark Gebhards—Illinois Farm Bureau’s Director of Governmental Affairs and Commodities.
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Former State Senator Darin LaHood of Dunlap now serves in the U.S. House, representing Illinois’ 18th Congressional District. He places much of the blame in Springfield on what he calls “a legislature dominated by Chicago.”
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Because the May 31st adjournment date has passed, it will now take a two-thirds majority vote in the Illinois House and State Senate for a state budget to be approved.

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WKEI Open Line

War remembrances are discussed

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OSF Hospice on Tuned IN

Father Jerry Rafalko talks about the grief of losing someone suddenly

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City Wide Clean Up Day Is A Success

City Wide Clean-Up Day

June 3, 2017 8am – 2pm

 

17 – 30 yard containers of trash for a total of 90,380 lbs (45.19 tons).

13,920 lbs (6.96 tons) of scrap metal processed.

Total:  104300 lbs (52.15 tons) of materal.

 

Donations:

Murphy’s Container Service – container service, transportation & breakfast

Cernovich’s – processing of scrap metal

Boss – gloves and rain ponchos

Culligan – 5 cases of water

OSF St. Lukes – use of the old hospital property

 

Thanks to the Star Courier and WKEI for helping to get the word out.

 

Thanks to the volunteers:

Ray Jacobs

Gary Miller

Pat Dooley

Melodee Yaklich

Mike Yaklich

Steve Faber

Steve Looney

Melinda Edwards

Gary Bradley

Kevin Shook

Troy Ainley

Kevin Newton

Beth Kelly

Keith Edwards

 

Public Works:

Steve Swearingen

Scott Logsdon

Justin Peterson

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BHC Holding Orientations For Highway Construction Training

 

Black Hawk College will conduct orientations June 27-29 and July 11-12 for the next session of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP).

 

The 13-week class aims to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on Illinois Department of Transportation highway construction projects. There is no cost to participants who are accepted into the program.

 

The 450-hour program meets 36-40 hours a week and covers math, job/life skills, blueprint reading, OSHA, stick welding, construction equipment operation, shop time and hands-on projects.

 

The next HCCTP begins Monday, Aug. 14 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

 

Interested students must attend one of these orientation sessions:

· Tuesday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

· Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m.

· Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m.

· Tuesday, July 11 at 10 a.m.

· Wednesday, July 12 at 2 p.m.

 

To register for an orientation session, contact Paul Fessler at 309-796-5729 or fesslerp@bhc.edu or register online at www.bhc.edu/hcctp.

 

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Gypsy Coeds Program in Bishop Hill

 

 

On Saturday June 10th, author John Butte will present a program about his book, Darlene’s Silver Streak and the Bradford Model T Girls.  The book is about the travels of the Gypsy Coeds in their Model T.   The Silver Streak Model T automobile used by the Gypsies will be on display at the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., with the program and book signing to follow.  The program is free and open to the public.  It is hosted by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.  For more details, call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.

 

The Gypsy Coeds made eight major trips between 1936 and 1942.  Led by Darlene Dorgan, whose family ran the Dorgan Café in Bradford for nearly 50 years, a rotating group of 20 young Bradford-area women traveled to 44 states, Mexico, and Canada in a 1926 Ford Model T, nicknamed the Silver Streak.  The Gypsy Coeds even had a long correspondence with Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford.  Ford called the Gypsies his “Model T Girls.”

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Water Main Repair In Kewanee On Tuesday

 

Effective Tuesday 6/6/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department is planning a water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. to replace a water main on Golden Avenue.  All residents on Golden and Irvin Avenue, as well as 935, 1001, 1005, 1013, and 1019 Cambridge Road will have their water shut off during the time of this repair.

 

Cambridge Road will be closed to through traffic from Lexington Avenue to Baker Park Golf Course.  Residents on Cambridge, Golden, and Irvin will still have access to their homes.

 

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

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

Residents are asked to avoid the work zone area if possible, and to take caution if driving near the area.

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

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Bob Seger To Play The iWireless Center

- Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will launch their 2017 North American Tour onAugust 24. Arena and amphitheater dates are scheduled in Boston, Detroit, Columbus, Atlanta and Dallas. Additional dates and venues to be announced include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and more.

 

The tour announcement comes on the heels of the highly-anticipated show at Pine Knob selling out in 9 minutesduring the pre-sale.

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 9 (full on sale schedule provided below). Bob Seger fan club members will have special access to purchase tickets in advance on the Tuesday before each scheduled on-sale. To become a Bullet Club member, visit BobSeger.com. Tickets can be purchased at BobSeger.com and LiveNation.com.

Special guest includes Nancy Wilson of Heart on select dates.

 

Just this week Seger's GREATEST HITS album was certified diamond by the RIAA for achieving 10 million units sold in the U.S.

 

In 2015, Seger was honored with Billboard's "Legend of Live" award at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards for his significant and lasting impact on the touring industry.

Ticket prices are $$48.00, $78.00, and $98.00 and go on sale Friday, June 9 at Noon.  Tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and www.ticketmaster.com.  

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Kewanee Public Works Summer Schedule Begins Today

The City of Kewanee Public Works Department will begin summer work hours beginning Monday 6/5/17.  Working hours will be from 6:00 am – 2:30 pm. 

 

Residents are asked to have their trash, recycling, and landscape out before 6:00 am on their regularly scheduled days in order to ensure pickup.

 

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

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Storm Drainage Project Begins This Week In Kewanee

The City of Kewanee Public Works Department will be beginning a storm drainage project that is scheduled to start the week of 6/5/17 in the West Oak/Elliott, West Oak/South Park, and South Park/West Prospect Street areas.

 

The project will start at the Oak and Elliott intersection and will extend west on Oak to Park Street, then south on Park Street to Prospect and then west on Prospect for about 300 feet. 

 

Streets in these areas will be closed from time to time during construction and the traveling public is requested to avoid these areas. Every effort will be made to accommodate the local residents’ access to their houses. Through traffic will not be allowed on most days while work is taking place. The project is anticipated to last 6 weeks.

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Senior Center Info

The continuing budget stalemate in Springfield means that among other things, the Henry County Senior Citizen Center remains somewhat in limbo with some of their budgetary issues.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says that not only is the state budget a concern, but the federal budget may also be problematic for the Senior Center…

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Ms. Schmoll adds that she remains optimistic in spite of all of these developments and she says that area golfers can help out…

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Ms. Schmoll says that the beautiful Baker Park Golf Course will be the location for golfers in late July…

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IDNR offers $100 bounty for black carp caught in Illinois waterways

Illinois and several other states want to rid waterways of a fish that threatens others and could be on the verge of entering the Great Lakes. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources seeks help from the state’s commercial fishermen. The agency wants black carp out of Illinois waterways—a species of the invasive Asian carp says IDNR’s Kevin Irons.
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Irons says there are several different species of the Asian carp.
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Those that catch a black carp, can contact Irons at 217-557-0719 or kevin.irons@illinois.gov to collect the $100 bounty. Groups such as Illinois Farm Bureau are watching control efforts closely, since efforts to control black and other Asian carp have the potential to disrupt the river navigation system.

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Boil Order In Kewanee Lifted


Effective Friday 6/2/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department boil order has been lifted for residents whose water was shut off on Willard and East Garfield, south to East College and East Kellogg, Dwight between Garfield and Holiday Lane, 605 Andrews, and the 300 block of East College.

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Last Day On The Job Today For Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison

Today marks the end of an era at the Kewanee Police Department as Jim Dison will log his final day as Chief of Police.

In visiting with Chief Dison recently, he said he had some mixed feelings about leaving the job and what might lie ahead in his future…

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Well today, is the final day on the job for Chief Dison who has logged a long and distinguished career with the Kewanee Police Department.

As Chief Dison points out, the Department will also be losing some other personnel in the next several days as well…

 

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Today’s events at the Police Department will include a cookout with retired officers invited to join in for one final round with Chief Dison amongst other activities.

As for the future, Chief Dison admits that once a siren sounds or something occurs, his inner antenna will still be going up for a while to come…

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ISP Warns Of Phone Scams

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state.  An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP.  The caller will state that they are asking for donations for officers who have died in the line of duty.  

The phone number most often associated with the call is (312) 789-5176; however, phone scammers have the ability to quickly change the phone number that is displayed on caller ID.  Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of what number is displayed, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.  

The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money to us for any reason.  The ISP encourages those who believe they have been the victim of a phone scam to call (800) 243-0618, and report it to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.  

For information on the different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams, please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at the following addresses:
http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.html
 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

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U of I report shows middle class shrinking in Illinois

Any way you slice it, the middle class continues to shrink in Illinois. That’s the finding in a report finished by a University of Illinois expert in urban development and local economies. Robert Habans (hay-bins) says defining the middle class can be a moving target.
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Habans research found that middle income households made up nearly 60-percent of Illinois in the 1970s to just under 50-percent in 2015.
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And Habans says although there has been some growth in the percentage of upper income households, it hasn’t outpaced growth in the lower income demographic.
Habans says the complexion of the middle class is also changing because of the declining manufacturing base. Those jobs in middle income households are being replaced by service sector jobs—like health care, professional services and retail. 

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DCFS leader departs

There is a change in command at the Department of Children and Family Services. Director George Sheldon is leaving the agency and returning to Florida. Scrutiny of Sheldon mushroomed when 17-month-old Semaj (Suh-Maw-Jay) Crosby died in Joliet after ten investigations of possible mistreatment of children at the residence.

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Only in Illinois can you celebrate horseradish and rhubarb on the same weekend

You just may be in Illinois when one part of the state celebrates horseradish and the other celebrates rhubarb…..on the same weekend. Aledo in western Illinois, will usher in its 26th year of the Rhubarb Festival this Friday and Saturday says organizer Pam Ricke.
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Collinsville—just outside of St. Louis, is celebrating 30 years of the International Horseradish Festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

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Bustos has issues with cuts to ag & transportation in Trump budget plan

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has two main problems with President Trump’s budget proposal—cuts to transportation funding and funding for agriculture.
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Bustos says she’s especially surprised by the cuts in ag spending because small rural areas are where President Trump had much success in his November victory.


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Bustos pleased to be part of a bi-partisan effort to keep Peoria ag lab open:
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Downstate lawmaker speaks out against amended education funding reform bill

An education funding bill wins approval in the Illinois General Assembly, but a downstate lawmaker speaks out against the plan. State Rep. Dan Swanson of Alpha was backing an evidence based approach, but says an amendment to the bill bailed out Chicago Public School pensions and that was the deal breaker for him.
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The evidence based approach that Swanson supported was the result of Governor Rauner’s Education Funding Task Force.
Rauner will now have final say on the amended bi

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Senate Dem's Stand Up for Taking Tough Votes

Senate Democrats are done taking the heat for the state’s budget crisis. Democrats in the chamber took tough votes this spring on a budget that cut billions in spending and a tax increase. They did so with no Republican support and Senator Heather Steans (Stains) says they more than anyone did their job.

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The Governor called it a dereliction of duty. Speaker of the House Mike Madigan says Bruce Rauner won’t negotiate with them. Both chambers are planning working days throughout June.

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No budget movement at deadline

Morale is sagging in Illinois as the state enters its third year without a state budget. House Speaker Michael Madigan didn't call for a budget vote and pledged to work with his rival,Governor Bruce Rauner....
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Rauner wasn't so diplomatic....
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A budget vote now need a three-fifths majority to pass.

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City Water Info

The City of Kewanee has made great strides in shoring up water leaks that have occurred for many years at various points around the city.

The improvements are saving the city substantially each month in regard to less water lost and also less electricity costs to the city.

But just exactly how does the city go about finding those leaks and then making the necessary repairs.

Kewanee City Engineer Dale Nobel says there is a methodology at work to track down those underground water leaks…

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Mr. Nobel says there is more progress to be made in shoring up the leaks and he advises anyone that might come across standing water to contact City Hall to let them know of the situation.

He also acknowledges that keeping water running effectively on a daily basis to homes and businesses is generally a pretty good chore in and of itself…

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One might also wonder just how and by what methods water is available each time we turn on the faucet.

Mr. Nobel says that gravity, and water towers are the key elements in that chain…

 

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Changes At Arrowhead Ranch

Arrowhead Youth and Family Services (AYFS a.k.a. Arrowhead Ranch) is pleased to announce exciting changes that will benefit youth at risk and the community.   Renovations and long overdue updates will be made at the Coal Valley campus starting in July 2017. Since 1945, AYFS has been working with youth from Illinois that are experiencing problems at home, in the community or at school. The agency will continue to serve the local counties and the state of Illinois as it has done for several decades. Arrowhead will also market to youth and their families nationwide. Expanding the market reach by opening its doors to youth and their families around the country will qualify Arrowhead for national foundation and corporate support and offer a boost to local economy.  These changes will allow Arrowhead the opportunity to help troubled youth find their way back into the mainstream of society for many more years.

 

The program at Arrowhead encourages youth to realize that the way they are doing things is not always working. Businesses need to do the same. Plans need to be modified to stay current and competitive within their industry. It is time to look at AYFS’s business plan and make necessary changes. The current residential facility was built in 1970, and needs attention to deferred maintenance as well as several other updates. While the focus is on the future of Arrowhead, concentration will remain on the core program of working with traditional or moderate level clients. Intensive clients will no longer be a part of the programming at Arrowhead.

 

By expanding the market reach to a national level, AYFS will be able to serve a larger demographic of youth at risk. “The Quad City Airport and hotels are close to our campus, allowing families to easily visit their children and also take advantage of what the community has to offer while they are here” said Mary Davidson, Development and Marketing Director at AYFS. “Our facility has been around for 47 years, it requires repair as we move forward. Once the renovations are complete, the facility will match the high quality services we provide” Davidson added. Arrowhead will continue to be in operation through the renovations with a target date of completion set for the fall of 2018.

 

Arrowhead Academy is the on campus school component of AYFS. According to Dr. Chester Lien, CEO of AYFS and Principal of Arrowhead Academy, this transition period presents a logical opportunity to upgrade the academic offerings. “Arrowhead is blessed to have excellent facilities for vocational classes such as woodworking, horticulture, and automobile mechanics” noted Dr. Lien. The combination of high quality, rigorous classes with vocational offerings will make Arrowhead unique in the private residential world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Change can be frightening, but the leadership team and board of directors have invested a lot of time, research and planning into the future of Arrowhead.  Our new vision will be exciting and beneficial to youth at risk in our community and have a positive effect on our local economy” said Scott VanDeWoestyne, President of the Board of Directors at Arrowhead. “We are confident that we will be here for many more years motivating youth at risk to become responsible young men and women by providing quality counseling, education and social services to youth and their families” VanDeWoestyne continued. For more information regarding this exciting time at Arrowhead and how you can get involved, please call Mary Davidson at 309.799.7044 x270 or email mdavidson@arrowheadyouth.org

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BHHA Announces Major Fund Raising Campaign

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is conducting a fundraiser to raise money for the 1851 Carpenter Shop Exterior Restoration Project.  Furniture, wagons, plow frames, cultivators, and farm accessories were once built in this historic structure.  The BHHA is planning to restore the exterior of the Carpenter Shop to the way it was in 1851, by removing the plaster that was later applied to the lower level bricks.  In addition, many windows need extensive repair or even replacement, and the entire structure needs to be tuck-pointed.

To raise funding for all these expensive repairs, the BHHA has been seeking grants from foundations.  But, with this fundraiser, we are also asking for help from the general public.  By sponsoring a hod of bricks for $200 or sponsoring a window for $500, you can help us preserve one of the oldest remaining Bishop Hill Colony brick buildings.  Besides helping us to preserve a part of U.S. and Swedish history, the BHHA is a 501c3 so your donation is tax deductible.  For more information about this fundraiser and how you can help save the Carpenter Shop, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.

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