Local News Archives for 2017-08

U.S. House Ag Committee members address NAFTA, crop insurance costs

Illinois farmers and others packed an auditorium at Richland Community College in Decatur and offered advice to a group of federal lawmakers on a new multi-year farm bill. Several talked about the importance of crop insurance. Following the meeting, ranking U-S House Agriculture Committee member Collin Peterson of Minnesota addressed conflicting studies on profit margins for companies that sell the insurance to farmers

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During a press conference held at the Farm Progress Show, U-S House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas also addressed comments made by President Trump about pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement;

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Illinois has 18 members in the U-S House, three who serve on the House Agriculture Committee. Representatives Mike Bost, Cheri Bustos and Rodney Davis all participated in Wednesday’s federal farm bill event.

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Salvation Army And Hurricane Harvey

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey in the Texas Gulf Coast is all but unimaginable but various agencies and members of the public have all stepped forward to lend a helping hand.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says there are some things that folks should be aware of…

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Ms. Bolls adds that past experience dealing with disasters of this nature are serving the process well at this time…

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Ms. Bolls also notes that for those people that would like to help out either in person or by donation, there are some aspects to keep in mind…

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

 The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local Illinois law enforcement agencies are urging motorists to celebrate Labor Day responsibly as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. Police will be out in force during the heavily traveled holiday weekend conducting roadside safety checks and impaired-driving patrols to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.

“To achieve our goal of zero fatalities on Illinois roads, alcohol- and drug-impaired driving must stop,” said Priscilla Tobias, director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development. “Please, if you are on the road over the Labor Day weekend, drive sober and buckle up, every trip you take.”

Last year’s Labor Day weekend was the deadliest in five years. Twenty-three people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois; seven of those 23 individuals died in a crash involving at least one driver who tested positive for alcohol.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Police officers and other emergency responders will be out working to keep our citizens safe. If you see an emergency vehicle, remember it’s the law to slow down and move over if you can do so safely.”

To avoid a tragic crash or an impaired driving arrest during this Labor Day weekend, remember to:

• Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys. 
• Call a taxi, use a ride-sharing service or mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely if you are impaired.
• Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt. It is your best defense in a crash.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown began Aug. 21 and runs through Sept. 5. It is supported with federal highway safety dollars made available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and supported by the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois.

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Pre Sale Carnival Tix Are Sold Out

The word is now official that the pre-sale carnival tickets for this weekend’s Hog Festival Celebration are now sold out.

Mark Mikenas is the Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says yes, they are all sold out…

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New Locomotives Serving Amtrak Riders in Illinois

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that new locomotives are now serving Amtrak customers in Illinois, a major step toward replacing the fleet that operates on passenger rail lines throughout the Midwest. As part of its commitment to providing safe, convenient, cost-effective and reliable options for the traveling public, IDOT is overseeing the production of the new locomotives, which ultimately will result in a smoother, faster and safer experience for riders in multiple states.

“We are proud to have led the effort to bring these attractive, modern locomotives to Illinois and our other state partners,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said. “Passenger rail customers will benefit the most by enjoying a ride that’s more reliable and more comfortable as they travel between our state’s great communities, institutions and attractions.”

Illinois has received 12 locomotives that are being put into revenue service on Amtrak routes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri, including the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg service between Chicago and Quincy, the Hiawatha service between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Saluki/Illini service between Chicago and Carbondale, and the Lincoln Service between Chicago and St. Louis.

A total of 33 will be delivered by January, with California and Washington receiving additional units as well. Approximately 2.6 million passengers ride Amtrak in the Midwest each year, with more than a million of those riders in the hub state of Illinois. The new fleet of locomotives, which will be owned by the states and leased to Amtrak, is branded “Amtrak Midwest.”  

“Our individual Amtrak Midwest routes are made even stronger by being a part of a network of connecting trains, stations and reservation systems, which are a product of our state partners working together under the Amtrak umbrella,” Amtrak Senior Director Michael Franke said. “These locomotives will power that Amtrak Midwest brand, bringing even better service to our customers.”

Manufactured by Siemens in Sacramento, Calif., the new fleet offers numerous advantages over the locomotives currently used by Amtrak, such as lower maintenance costs, reduced fuel consumption and quieter operation.

Powered by a Midwest-made 4,400 horsepower Cummins QSK95 diesel engine, the locomotives will be able to operate at speeds up to 125 mph, with faster acceleration and braking for better on-time reliability. They meet all of the latest safety regulations and feature better traction for improved performance.

They also are the first higher-speed passenger locomotives to meet the highest federal environmental standards, meaning a 90 percent reduction in emissions and a two-thirds reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous locomotives that are more than 20 years old.

Purchased through $216.5 million in federal funds, the locomotives are just one part of a larger effort to improve passenger rail service in Illinois and the Midwest. Foremost among these are the improvements being made on the Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor, which includes rebuilt tracks, new or upgraded stations in six communities, and crossing and signal improvements that will lead to improved safety, reliability, speed and convenience.

Visit www.idothsr.org and www.amtrak.com for more information. 

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Food Manager's Course In September


 

The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announces they will be holding a Food Service Manager's Certification Course that will meet on Monday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 27th from 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Titan Cheerleaders To Sell Krispy Kremes On Saturday


The Annawan-Wethersfield Titan football cheerleaders will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts by the dozen on Saturday, September 2nd beginning at 7 AM in the Blish building parking lot on Wethersfield's campus. Cost is $10 a dozen and quantities will be limited! 

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99 Days Till Bicentennial Kickoff

The countdown is on. The state is ready to celebrate its bicentennial. Governor Bruce Rauner was on Kaskaskia Island this weekend – the state’s first capitol and says the party will be going in just a few months all over the state.

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The countdown clock is now at 99 days, but it won’t be over quickly once it gets going. The bicentennial celebrations will last an entire year.

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Upcoming Point One K Walk

The OSF Rehabilitation Parkinson Support Group is once again sponsoring their Point One K Walk this year.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Coordinator with OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee and she says the event will be held this year on September 17th

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Upcoming Health Dept Clinics


    The Henry County Health Department – Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee announces their Clinical services program is offering an additional schedule of special “Walk In” School and Sports Physical Exam clinics in order to help area students meet school entry requirements.

 

     The “School Ready” clinics will be held from 1:00-3:00pm on Monday, September 11th, and on Wednesday, September 6 & 13.  A clinic will also be held from 8am-3pm on Wednesday, August 30.

 

   These “Walk-in” clinics will offer area Junior High and Senior High School Athletes, Freshmen, Sixth Graders, Kindergartners, and Preschoolers school or sports physicals. 

 

   We accept all payer sources.  Please bring insurance information if billing to insurance.  School & sports physicals, immunizations, TB checks; blood lead screenings, and other needed lab tests are all available to participants at various 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.

   

     For more information  you may call our Kewanee Office at (309) 852-5272, 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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Royal Neighbors Visit Abilities Plus

  

 Representatives from Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 1570 in Tampico, IL recently visited Abilities Plus.  They presented the organization with a monetary donation, along with a paper shredder and a variety of craft supplies.  Club members included Shirley Lester, Sharon Sumner, Joyce Cole and Alice Grimes. Accepting donations were Tammy Bryan and Austin Posey.

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Weather Officials Waiting To Make Prediction if Harvey Will Hit Central Illinois

While tropical storm Harvey continues to pound away at southeast Texas, Illinois weather officials say they are keeping a close eye on the remnants of the storm. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Miller says by later this week the storm should start to move north through the Ohio Valley leaving the chance of rolling through central Illinois.

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Miller says while the remnants of the storm could in fact get to central Illinois, he says there are a lot of things that must happen for the area to get the full impact.

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According to Miller, who is stationed at the National Weather Service Office in Lincoln, they anticipate knowing more mid-week about the path tropical storm Harvey will take.

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Home Care Job Fair Set For August 30


     The Home Care Division of the Henry County Health Department announces they will be holding a special Homecare Assistant Job Fair in Colona.  The Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, August 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Colona Public Library, 911 1st St., Colona, IL.     

     Janell Steffen, Referral Coordinator with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments’ Home Care Division, notes, “If you are someone who has a passion for helping others – this job fair is something you should attend. We are looking for caring individuals to work in assisting the elderly and disabled in their homes with meal preparation; housekeeping; laundry; personal care; shopping and errands.        

     Interested persons should have reliable transportation.  Full and part-time positions are available, and training is provided.  We are looking for Caregivers in Henry County.. 

      For more information on the August 30th  Homecare Assistant Job Fair you may call the Henry County Health Department Home Care Division at (309) 852-0492 or at 800-868-9454 or visit their website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or Find Us On Facebook or Follow Us On Twitter.

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Highway Use Tax Return Due August 31

 

The highway use tax return for big semi’s is due on August 31st.

Michael Devine with the IRS says this applies to the big rig’s only…

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Devine adds that penalties and fines are likely if the deadline is not met…

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Home Prices Up In July

 Illinois homes sold faster and for more money in July, but lower housing inventory drove year-over-year sales lower, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in July 2017 totaled 15,677 homes sold, down 4.3 percent from 16,375 in July 2016.

The statewide median price in July was $210,000, up 5.8 percent from July 2016, when the median price was $198,500. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"For more than two years, Illinois' housing market has seen decreases in the number of homes for sale on an annual basis," said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "This chronic lack of inventory is making the market challenging for all buyers, but particularly for those looking to purchase a more modestly-priced home."

The time it took to sell a home in July averaged 47 days, down from 53 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 60,541 homes for sale, a 12.6 percent decline from July 2016 when there were 69,262 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.97 percent in July 2017, an increase from 3.90 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In July 2016, it averaged 3.44 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in July 2017 totaled 11,322 homes sold, down 4.9 percent from July 2016 sales of 11,905 homes. The median price in July 2017 was $248,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 4.4 percent from $237,500 in July 2016.

"The concerns this month center on the continuing low inventory rates and the potential dampening of demand caused by real income growth failing to keep pace with rising house prices” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois. “Housing affordability is once again becoming a concern, especially for those seeking to enter the housing market.”

According to the data, thirty-four (34) Illinois counties reported sales gains for July 2017 over previous-year numbers, including DeKalb County, up 19.0 percent with 150 units sold; St. Clair County, up 14.4 percent with 334 units sold; and Sangamon County, up 1.4 percent with 280 units sold.  Fifty-three (53) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Madison County, up 11.9 percent to $143,750; Lake County, up 6.9 percent to $254,990; and Cook County, up 4.0 percent to $258,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 5.7 percent year-over-year home sales decline in July 2017 with 2,621 sales, down from 2,780 in July 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in July 2017 was $301,000, up 3.8 percent compared to July 2016 when it was $290,000. 

“We’re in a market where even the first-time homebuyers are sophisticated and educated, and they are willing to seek out the most appropriate home for their financial situation, rather than make a rash or imprudent decision,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “Our continued decline in the days on the market until a sale reflects the fact that properties priced appropriately are selling rapidly. In Chicago, inventory isn’t as restricted in certain price ranges; there continues to be plenty of opportunity at different price points, particularly for move-up buyers.”

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 Aug. 7, 2017 for the period July 1 through July 31, 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 47,000 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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Regional Media Names New General Manager

Regional Media, also known as Virden Broadcasting Corp. announced that it has elevated Senior Account Manager Anthony Sturtevant to the position of General Manager.

Mr. Sturtevant will oversee Hog Country 102.5 WJRE, NewsTalk 1450-100.1 WKEI, My102!, Quad Cities Jack FM KQCJ, along with multiple digital properties.

"I am very excited and honored to accept this position at Regional Media.  I look forward to serving the community and surrounding communities in the future!” Said Mr. Sturtevant.

Anthony Sturtevant is a Kewanee native that graduated from Kewanee High school in 1983.  Anthony then served 5 year in the United States Army.  He has 3 children Anthony, AJ, and Aleah.  Anthony has 15 plus years of sales management and customer service experience including he past 18 months with Regional Media. Anthony has shown strong dedication to the Regional Media brand and the communities it serves.

In making the announcement, President of Regional Media Mr. Ford said, “We are incredibly thrilled to elevate Anthony to a General Manager position. With our longstanding history and commitment in the area, we feel that the community is in great hands with Mr. Sturtevant!”

"At Regional Media, our Executive team always prefers to promote within. With strong roots in area, and over 15 years of strong sales and management experience, the best ingredients for success are there." Comments Regional Media Vice President Jason Gilbraith

Regional Media also plans to announce a new radio station coming to the Tri-County area in the next few months.

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

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Illinois Specialty Growers Association looking for new members

New members being sought for the Illinois Specialty Growers Association. The group’s president is Randy Graham. He says they can be a big help to some small-time operators who may want to expand.
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More information is available at “specialtygrowers.org”. Graham is co-owner of Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch near Champaign. Their product-line includes a wide variety of in-store and “u-pick” apples along with squash, gourds, pumpkins and honey. The operation also includes a café, bakery and country store. 

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for July

 

Andrea Millner of rural Osco received recognition as Achiever of the Month for July at Abilities Plus.  Andrea was nominated by her peers for this honor because of good attendance, positive progress on goals, and performance on various jobs including janitorial cleaning crews.

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Hog Days Update

Believe it or not but the Hog Festival Celebration in Kewanee begins one week from tonight.

Larry Flannery is a Co-Chair and the Treasurer for the Hog Festival Committee and he says for the most part, they are all but ready to go with this year’s celebration…

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Something new this year will be private label Hog Days water…

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Energy Assistance Begins October 1st

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Assistance announced today that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning October 1, 2017.

 

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting on October 1, 2017.

 

Customers must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance including:

 

· Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application.

· A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).

· A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information.

· Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.

· Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD); or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

 

A single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,508; a two-person household up to $2,030; a family of three can earn up to $2,553; and a family of four can earn up to $3,075. Benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent. These households must provide proof that their rent is more than 30% of their income in order to qualify for LIHEAP benefits. 

 

Disconnected households and families with children ages 5 or under (includes all children who are not yet 6 years old, that is, up to 5 years and 364 days old) can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance beginning November 1, 2017. Individuals not eligible for priority enrollment can apply beginning December 1, 2017.   LIHEAP applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until May 31, 2018 or until funding is exhausted.

 

The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program is a similar bill-payment assistance program and applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2017 for LIHEAP eligible households who are customers of one of the following utilities: Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, and Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas utilities. Under PIPP, eligible households pay a percentage of their income towards their utility bill, supplemented by a monthly state benefit. Participating households are eligible for a reduction in outstanding bills for every on-time payment they make.  PIPP applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until December 31, 2017 or until funding is exhausted.

 

For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go to www.liheapIllinois.com.

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Friends Of The Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual used book sale on Saturday morning at their familiar spot at the Johnson Appliance Parking Lot.

Kewanee Public Library Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says it’s a chance to pick up some great books at an even greater price…

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Ms. Billiet adds that folks can pick up some nice bargains at that sale…

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Rauner weighs in on school funding

Governor Bruce Rauner isn't taking part in meetings with legislative leaders but he's keeping a close eye on the school funding reform debate....
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There are things you can be certain of death, taxes and the Governor having less than fond words for House Speaker Michael Madigan on the subject.....
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Rauner says it's wrong to characterize him as being against Chicago Public Schools. He says they will also be better off than now with his amendatory veto.

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Never too early to think about winter heating on farm

It’s never too early to be thinking about your winter heating needs on the farm. Growmark’s energy expert Harry Cooney doesn’t expect a harsh December, January and February.
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Also on the farm, Cooney says diesel stocks are very adequate currently and present some opportunity for farmers to get their inventories on the upper-end heading into harvest. 

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Abilities Plus 26th Annual Golf Outing

 

Abilities Plus hosted its 26th annual golf outing on Aug. 7, 2017 at Kewanee Dunes.  The event fielded 33 teams.

 

The winning foursome this year was Team McMahill, shooting a 59.  Team members included Tom McMahill, Jayme Hopping, Greg Smith and Bill Ellis.  This team also won the 2016 outing.   Second place on a card back with a 60 was the AllState team of Tom Burhorn, Court Marshall, Kyle Graham and Brett Jones, and the Wahlheim Team of Brian, Derek, Michael and Gary Wahlheim also shot a 60 for third place.

 

Hole event winners included Teri Mincks with the women’s longest drive, Tim Anderson with longest putt, Ron Hartman was closest to the pin, and Kyle Graham had the men’s longest drive.

 

Because of the generosity of local businesses that sponsored the event and provided prizes, along with many dedicated volunteers and golfers, this is one of the largest fundraisers for the organization.  All proceeds fund services for children and adults with delays and disabilities in Henry, Stark and western Bureau Counties.

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Henry County Democrats Meet Tonight

 

 

The Henry County Democratic Party will meet this evening at Bella’s Pizza in Cambridge.

At tonight’s meeting, there will be discussions on the upcoming parade in Atkinson and also the Labor Day in Kewanee and Orion.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 and attendees are invited to arrive early and enjoy some great food at Bella’s Pizza in Cambridge.

For further information, contact Henry County Democratic Party Chairman John Sovanski.

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Hog Days Parade T-Shirts Are Available At The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is announcing that  

 

 

HOG CAPITAL OF THE WORLD PARADE

 

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The Official Hog Days Parade Shirt!

 

 

(shirts are blue color)

Get One Today Only $8.00

Don't Delay They Sell Out Quickly!

 

 

 

 We are also accepting donations to help defray the cost of the United States Marine Corp Band from New Orleans.  The Band will be marching in the parade and will perform  a mini concert at 5:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.  If you would like to donate please send any donations to the Chamber office marked BAND. 

 

Thank you in advance for your help on being able to host these active duty military men and women.

 

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Durbin weighs in on Afghanistan

Senator Dick Durbin has weighed in on President Trump's announcement he plans to give the Pentagon the power to ramp up troop levels in Afghanistan. Durbin tweeted "This Administration has taken America’s longest war and continued it indefinitely. That’s a recipe for another military quagmire. We needed to hear from the President a justification for risking more American lives and spending countless more dollars. We didn’t. "

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Missing Decatur sailor remains unaccounted for

There is no progress to report in the search for a missing Decatur sailor. Petty Officer Logan Palmer is one of ten missing sailors after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia. Some bodies have been recovered but so far, Navy officials haven't identified those victims.

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NAFTA talks underway in Washington

North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA re-negotiations currently underway in Washington. Talks began last week and Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga is covering the beat.
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He says the talks haven’t been contentious to this point as more meetings are planned for next month. The key question is whether the negotiations will wrap up quickly or drag on for several years.

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Bureau County Utility Work Begins On Wednesday


 

Please be advised that utility work is going to result in a one-lane closure near the intersection of CH 23 (Tiskilwa Bottom Road) with 2050 East Street (Presbyterian Road).  This lane closure is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd, and is expected to remain in effect until Wednesday, August 30th.  Traffic at all three legs of this intersection will be controlled by stop lights.

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25th Anniversary of Tammy's Death Ushers Retesting of DNA Evidence

 

 

JOLIET, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are seeking the public’s assistance for information regarding the kidnapping and murder of Tammy J. Zywicki.  August 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of Tammy’s death, and her case remains active as the FBI and ISP continue exploring new leads, examining 200 items of evidence, and retesting items with modern DNA technology.

 

Some of Tammy's personal property are known to be missing, including a Cannon 35mm camera and a Lorus brand musical wrist watch which played the tune “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” with a green umbrella on its face and a green band.  Also taken from Tammy was a red and white soccer patch monogrammed with “St. Giles Soccer Club, Greenville, South Carolina.”    

 

Tammy was reportedly last seen with her car on Interstate 80 at mile marker 83 in LaSalle County, Illinois, between 3:10 and 4:00 p.m. on August 23, 1992.  She departed Evanston, Illinois for college in Grinnell, Iowa, where she was expected to arrive that evening.  Later that day, Tammy’s car, a 1985 White Pontiac T1000, was found by an ISP Trooper and marked as being abandoned.  On August 24, 1992, the vehicle was towed by the ISP.  On that same evening, Tammy’s mother contacted the ISP and advised that her daughter had not arrived at college.  On September 1, 1992, Tammy’s body was located along Interstate 44 in rural Lawrence County, Missouri, which is located between Joplin and Springfield, Missouri.  She had been stabbed to death.  It was also reported that a truck tractor semi-trailer was seen near Tammy’s vehicle during this time period. The truck driver was described as a white male between 35 and 40 years-of-age, over six feet tall, with dark, bushy hair.

 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification of the individual or individuals responsible for this crime.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the ISP at (815) 726-6377, or the FBI Chicago Field Division at (312) 421-6700.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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American Red Cross And Sport Clips Teams Up

Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

 

“We are excited to continue the Saving Lives Never Looked So Good campaign and partnership with Sport Clips this September,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We are grateful for Sport Clips showing its support of the Red Cross and saying ‘thank you’ to those helping save lives through blood donations.”

 

Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2017, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

 

“Sport Clips is proud to support the blood collection efforts of the Red Cross on a national level,” said Amanda Palm, corporate communications manager of Sport Clips. “There is always a need to maintain the blood supply in our country, and a free haircut is a simple way we can thank donors for their lifesaving donation.”

 

Donors are urged to make an appointment to donate using the free Blood Donor App, online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross and Sport Clips encourage donors to use the hashtag #SavingLivesLooksGood to share their new looks and invite others to give.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

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Clinton

 

Clinton

9/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Skyline Center, 2600 N 4th Street

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Carroll

 

Mount Carroll

9/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 301 Clay Street

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Henry

 

Colona

8/31/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Patrick's Church, 201 First Street

 

Geneseo

9/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church South Campus Building, 302 N. State Street

 

Kewanee

8/23/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

8/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

9/13/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

9/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kewanee High School, 1211 East 3rd Street

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Lee

 

Amboy

9/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley Street

 

Ashton

9/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ashton-Franklin Center High School, 611 Western, PO Box 329

 

Dixon

8/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. 3rd Street

8/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Illinois Department of Transportation, 819 Depot

9/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Brethren, 215 North Court

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Mercer

 

Aledo

9/19/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.

 

Alexis

8/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Alexis Community Center, 204 W. Palmer Ave.

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Whiteside

 

Fulton

8/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

9/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

 

Morrison

8/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Morrison Resthave, 408 Maple Avenue

9/21/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway

 

Rock Falls

9/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

9/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

 

Sterling

9/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kune's Country-Buick Chrysler Showroom, 2502 Locust

 

Tampico

9/14/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Street, PO Box 336

 

How to donate blood

Simply 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. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. 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.

 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

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.

               

About Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 10 in its “Franchise 500.” There are more than 1,600 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2016 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “haircuts with heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that has given $5 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Furniture Row Racing’s Erik Jones, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com

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Alternating Currents Festival to Elevate Quad Cities' Arts & Culture Scene

 The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is eager to launch its new festival, Alternating Currents, featuring headliner Ben Folds. On August 25 and 26, 16 venues across downtown Davenport will host a wide variety of live music, film screenings, comedians, and visual arts. Patrons can expect 100+ performances, film-screenings, and art events; people are encouraged to travel from venue to venue and discover all downtown has to offer.  While some events are ticketed, 12 of the venues offer free programming all weekend indoors and outdoors.  Artist bios, screening info, event descriptions, schedules, tickets, and festival details can be found at www.alternatingcurrentsqc.com. 

“The incredible growth of downtown Davenport and the Quad Cities provided us the opportunity to host this diverse, exciting, and creative festival,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, DDP.  Downtown will be bursting with energy, and whether you’re familiar with this style of fest or the acts we’ve booked, just come downtown; I’m certain you’ll discover something new to love.”

The Adler Theatre is selling tickets to Ben Folds, as well as festival Weekend Passes for select venues. The $15 Weekend Pass gives the ticket holder priority access for all music performances at Daytrotter, Redstone Room at River Music Experience, and Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel. The pass can also save music fans money if planning to attend multiple shows; access to concerts at each of these select venues is $5 per show without the pass.

Free kid-friendly programming will be featured on the Genesis Family Stage on Saturday afternoon at the River Music Experience Courtyard.  Parents are also encouraged to bring kids to the Quad-City Arts Chalk Art Festival and OMG Becky Fest Handmade & Vintage Festival all weekend.  Numerous concerts and movies are also family-friendly; please see the Alternating Currents website for detailed band and movie bios, and please consider age-restrictions at certain venues.

Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is non-profit organization focused on the strategic growth and beautification of historic downtown davenport. It proudly helps drive Q2030: A Regional Action Plan, to increase talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all. Alternating Currents is a product of DDP that supports Q2030 by providing a signature event for Quad Citizens to celebrate its creative culture.  

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Brady weighs in as talks continue on school funding bill

The school funding debate continues at the Capitol. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says negotiations will continue today on the school funding reform package. Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady says the governor's presence at talks isn't crucial....
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Brady rejected claims that Governor Rauner is "moving the goalposts" in the school funding debate......
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The House will be in session tomorrow for a planned override vote of Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of Senate Bill One.

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Illinois and federal authorities continue to seek information in 1992 kidnapping and murder case

llinois State Police officials and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance for information regarding the kidnapping and murder of Tammy J. Zywicki. August 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of Tammy’s death, and her case remains active as the FBI and ISP continue exploring new leads, examining 200 items of evidence, and retesting items with modern DNA technology. Some of Tammy's personal property are known to be missing, including a Cannon 35mm camera and a Lorus brand musical wrist watch which played the tune “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” with a green umbrella on its face and a green band. Also taken from Tammy was a red and white soccer patch monogrammed with “St. Giles Soccer Club, Greenville, South Carolina.” Tammy was reportedly last seen with her car on Interstate 80 at mile marker 83 in LaSalle County, Illinois, between 3:10 and 4:00 p.m. on August 23, 1992. She departed Evanston, Illinois for college in Grinnell, Iowa, where she was expected to arrive that evening. Later that day, Tammy’s car, a 1985 White Pontiac T1000, was found by an ISP Trooper and marked as being abandoned. On September 1, 1992, Tammy’s body was located along Interstate 44 in rural Lawrence County, Missouri, which is located between Joplin and Springfield, Missouri. She had been stabbed to death. It was also reported that a truck tractor semi-trailer was seen near Tammy’s vehicle during this time period. The truck driver was described as a white male between 35 and 40 years-of-age, over six feet tall, with dark, bushy hair. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification of the individual or individuals responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the ISP at (815) 726-6377, or the FBI Chicago Field Division at (312) 421-6700. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Dry August in Illinois, cooler than normal temps over next two weeks

A dry August for much of Illinois. A small portion of the state received some help Monday says State Climatologist Jim Angel.
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Angel says a very strong cold front will keep temperatures below normal over the next 8-to-14 days for much of Illinois. 

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Sewer Maintenance Continues In Kewanee This Week

Sewer maintenance will continue in several areas of town on Wednesday 8/23/17 through Thursday 8/24/17.  Contractors will be working on installing sewer liners in sewer mains the following areas:

 

·       Wednesday 8/23/17 – Payson Street between West Church Street and 325 Payson, including the addresses of 307 and 309 W Church, and 301, 302, 305, 306, 310, 313, 319, 320, 321, and 325 Payson.

 

·       Thursday 8/24/17 – Burlington Avenue between Knox Apartments and Dewey Avenue

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Back Pack Safety

With school back in session once again that means that many students will be utilizing back packs and that will be the case for just about all grade levels.

Chad Bowcott is an Occupational Therapist at OSF Healthcare St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee and he says that getting the right back pack for the student is the starting place…

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Jennifer Oetzel is also an Occupational Therapist at OSF St Luke and she says that packing the bag is also a key when sending the children out the door…

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Ms. Oetzel also notes that how the child wears the back pack is also a key in the equation…

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IL Crews Help Fight Western Wildfires

The Illinois Wildland Fire Crew, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), assisted with wildland firefighting efforts during a recent two-week deployment, assisting with fire fights in Idaho and Montana. 

 

On July 17, 20 members of the Illinois crew joined fire crews from Pennsylvania, Vermont and West Virginia that were deployed to the Northern Rockies Dispatch Center and were immediately assigned to work the Powerline Complex fire in west-central Idaho. This lightning-caused fire involved approximately 23,000 acres of grass and open timber burning actively in very steep terrain along the Snake River, including the deepest canyon in North America, with steep slopes, loose rocks, and summer temperatures ranging from 30 degrees at night to 105 degrees during the day.  Given the hazardous terrain and conditions, firefighter safety, as always, was the crew’s top priority.

 

The Illinois crew and counterparts from one of two Pennsylvania crews worked to build and secure 1.5 miles of critical hand-hewn fire line on steep, rugged terrain.  The line tied into a previous fire line and the Snake River. The fire teams then backfired from that line to hold the advancing fire front. Using this backfiring method, along with two days of aerial ignitions, the total burn area was held to about 45,000 acres.

 

The Illinois crew was released from the Powerline Complex on July 25 and reassigned to the Meyers Fire near Phillipsburg, Montana.  This 3,300-acre lightning-caused fire was in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest south of Missoula. Illinois crew members were engaged in widening and improving a dozer trail firebreak near several Forest Service cabins and private summer homes.  The work involved removing ladder fuels (small 3-ft. to 10-ft. trees), felling 50-ft. to 90-ft. lodgepole pine and subalpine fir, as well as clearing dead and downed trees off the line. As the summer wears on, fuel drying continues to hamper fire containment. This critical line will serve again as a backfiring line to burn out around the residential area and nearby campground. 

 

Wildland fire crew deployments are planned for approximately 18 days in duration. The Illinois crew returned home safely on August 2.  The Illinois crew consists of IDNR personnel, as well as Illinois-based firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local fire department firefighters. All expenses of the deployments are covered by the U.S. Forest Service through an interagency agreement with the IDNR Division of Forest Resources. 

 

“The knowledge and leadership gained for our Illinois wildland firefighters on these types of deployments is extremely valuable, and helps to better prepare us should we need to respond elsewhere, or right here in Illinois,” said Tom Wilson, IDNR State Forester.  “We hear all the time from our federal partners and local officials at the scene of these wildland fires how much they appreciate the hard work and dedication of our Illinois crew.” 

 

Illinois Interagency Wildland Fire Crew members deployed this summer include:

 

Tom Wilson – IDNR Forestry

Tom Gargrave – IDNR Forestry

Dave Griffith – IDNR Forestry

Ben Snyder – IDNR Forestry

Chris Bickers – IDNR Fisheries

Rich Lewis – IDNR Planning

Ray Geroff – IDNR Natural Heritage

Jacob Shurpit – IDNR Land Management

Brad Semel – IDNR Natural Heritage

Bryan Eubanks – IDNR Wildlife

Phil Cox – IDNR Private Lands                                                        

Curt Timmer – Firefighter, Freeport

Curt Martin – Firefighter, Fox Lake

Alan O’Brien – Firefighter, Lake Villa

Jesse Riechman – U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Dan Reuscher – U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Jonny Walker – U.S. Forest Service

Hugo Goulet Papazian – Contract Administrator

Cody Langen – Contract Administrator

Toby Warren – Contract Administrator

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Bureau County Road Work On Tuesday


Please be advised that beginning at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the entire intersection of CH 10 (Mineral Blacktop/150 East Street) and CH 9 (2500 North Avenue) ½ mile West of Thomas will be closed for a culvert repair.  To be clear, CH 9 will be closed to both Eastbound and Westbound traffic ½ mile West of Thomas.  Also, CH 10 will be closed to both Northbound and Southbound traffic ½ mile West of Thomas.  

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Wethersfield Class Lunch on Tuesday

The Wethersfield High School Class Lunch will be held Tuesday, August 22nd at 11:30 at P.L. Damron's restaurant.

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Bustos Announces Funding For Ag Programs

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $112,365 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The Rural Energy for America Program was established to increase American energy independence and lower the cost of energy for producers through energy-efficiency improvements and the development of renewable energy systems. The grants awarded will be used for 3 energy-efficiency and renewables projects in Henry and Stephenson Counties that are projected to save more than $100,000 annually, and produce enough energy to power 44 homes per year.

 

“By investing in our rural and agricultural economy, we can create jobs, increase renewable energy use and improve the quality of life in towns across America’s heartland,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “These Rural Development dollars will allow our farmers and small business owners to take necessary steps to increase energy-efficiency and keep our producers competitive in today’s economy. Agriculture is the backbone of our nation’s economy, and with these initiatives we will continue to invest in the long term health and prosperity of our region.”

 

Specifically, the REAP funding has been awarded as follows: $72,365 for High Plains Pork, Inc. in Stephenson County; $20,000 Gary Lee Asay in Henry County; and $20,000 to the Community State Bank of Galva in Henry County.

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Boil Order In Kewanee Cancelled


Effective Friday 8/18/17, all water repairs were finished Thursday night in the area of Ridyard and Roosevelt Avenues.  It was previously expected that water would be shut off for residents on Williams and Roosevelt from South East Street to Vine, as well as some residents on Ridyard.  Per the Water Department, it was not necessary to shut off any residents' water during the repairs made, therefore no boil order was necessary or issued for any residents at this time

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Bureau County Roads Re-Opened

 

Please be advised that projects on the Ottville Road, CH 14, as well as 2200 North Avenue have been completed, and these roads are now open to traffic.

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IL Job Growth Remains Sluggish

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent in July and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. June job growth was revised down to show an increase of +6,400 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +8,600 jobs.

July’s monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. In the first seven months of 2017, payroll growth is growing twice as fast as 2016, but growing at half the pace of 2015 for the same seven-month period.

“The strong employment growth exhibited in the U.S. is not being felt in Illinois,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Nonfarm payroll growth in the state remains anemic and labor force participation continues to decline.”

“The modest gains in Illinois continue to lag behind the rest of the nation,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We need reforms to provide business owners relief and incentives to make our state not only competitive, but attractive to bring good jobs back to Illinois.”

In July, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Professional and Business Services (+6,200); Leisure and Hospitality (+4,000); and Other Services (+1,800). The largest payroll declines were in the following sectors: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,700); Education and Health Services (-3,200); and Construction (-1,800).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +33,200 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in July: Professional and Business Services (+20,700); Leisure and Hospitality (+11,600); and Financial Activities (+9,500). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-10,700); Construction (-4,300); and Government (-2,300). The +0.7 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is about one-half as strong as the +1.5 percent gain posted by the nation in July.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for July 2017, which decreased to 4.3 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.0 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 4.8 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands -0.9 percentage points lower than January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers increased +2.0 percent from the prior month to 308,200, down -18.6 percent over the same month for the prior year. This was the second consecutive over-the-month gain in the number of unemployed persons. The labor force decreased -0.4 percent over-the-month and declined by -1.2 percent in July 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 65,578 posted resumes with 177,457 jobs available.

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Wethersfield Plans Ahead For The Eclipse

The long awaited eclipse of the sun will take place on Monday and while that will be an exciting event, proper precautions must be taken in order to view the eclipse.

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski also notes that it will be an interesting event from a scientific point of view…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that Wethersfield has a plan in place for those families that wish for their student to view the eclipse on Monday…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that there will also be a plan in place for those students that will not be viewing the eclipse…

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Upgrade On Prospect Street

A long standing sewer issue on West Prospect Street in Kewanee may finally be over.

Residents in that area know all too well that heavy rains have often times led to flooded basements and homes.

Kewanee City Engineer Mr. Dale Nobel says that they feel they have that situation under control…

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Mr. Nobel also takes a look at the city street paving program and says that work probably starts sometime after Labor Day and will be wrapped up sometime in early October…

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Madigan Says He Doubts' Rauner Wants Education Compromise

The Illinois House took a vote on the details of the Governors recent amendatory veto of education funding reform and not one member, Republican or Democrat, voted for the plan. In the meantime House Speaker Mike Madigan says lawmakers are not walking away from Senate Bill 1. Madigan notes it’s the work of many groups for more than a decade. So as Madigan prepares an override vote next week he has his doubts that Rauner even wants a compromise.

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Madigan says that he’s still been willing to negotiate compromises inside education funding reform but that the Governor has no desire to find middle ground.

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August busy month for Guebert Jr. and Illinois Farm Bureau

August continues to be a big month for Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. The Ellis Grove farmer has been involved in some important discussions already this month—including a visit with USDA Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue during his RV tour through Illinois and also a number of conversations with federal and state legislators during “Ag Day” at the State Fair. Also this week in Bloomington; Guebert along with the IFB Board of Directors met with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.
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Later this month, the IFB president will be active at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, including a Farm Bill listening session on August 30th. 

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Boil Order In Kewanee

Effective Thursday 8/17/17 there is an emergency water shut off with a boil order to follow for the area of Ridyard Avenue and Roosevelt Street.  Water was shut off due to a water main being hit during a fire hydrant repair this morning.

 

Residents on Williams and Roosevelt from South East Street to Ridyard will have water shut off during this repair, as well as a some residents in this area on Ridyard.

 

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. 

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

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Last Call for Parade Entries

 

 

 

            Mark Mikenas, Chamber Executive Director, announced that there are only a handful of days left to get entries in for the Hog Festival Parade.  "We are especially looking for floats and entries that are unique and fun.  In order for us to line up the parade and get the information out to the entries in a timely manner we must have all entry forms in by 5:00 p.m. August 21st, even if you do not have all the details worked out reserving a space is the best way to get your entry in the parade.  We have many bands already signed up so we need entries to place in between the marching units"

 

The parade theme is “Kewanee Hog Days...The Party Rolls On!” entries are encouraged to utilize this theme.

 

The Ambassador Club of Kewanee for the 41st year is taking on the duties of the parade for the Hog Capitol Festival Committee.  Deadline for entries will be close of business Monday, August 21st  This years parade will kickoff at 2:00 p.m. sharp rain or shine on Saturday September 2nd.

 

Awards and cash prizes are awarded to winners in many categories.

 

Recently retired Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison and Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla will be the Parade Marshals.

 

This years parade will feature many area school Marching Bands and the United States Marine Corp band from New Orleans.  Donations are needed and still being accepted to help defray the cost of the Marine Band who will also perform a mini concert on the main stage downtown at 5:30 p.m.  Please direct any donations to the chamber office marked band.

 

Questions or possible suggestions can be directed to Mark Mikenas at the Chamber of Commerce office in Kewanee at the number listed above.

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Sheriff Loncka Faces Challenges

Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka has been in his new position for just over a month and he continues to settle into the position.   

Sheriff Loncka notes that there are several challenges in front of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department…

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Sheriff Loncka is a life-long resident of Henry County and that certainly helps with all of the challenges.

Mr. Loncka also salutes the two previous Henry County Sheriff’s for giving him the opportunity to succeed in the department…

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Applications being accepted for firefighter grant program

Illinois American Water has announced they are accepting applications for the 2017 Firefighter Grant Program. The grants provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities within the Illinois American Water service area. Since 2010 American Water's Grant Program has awarded over $342,000. Karen Cotton, a spokesperson for Illinois American Water says the grant money can be used for a variety of things.

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Applications for the grants should be emailed to "karen.cotton@amwater.com" no later than September 8. She says most if not all local departments are aware of the opportunity to seek this grant. 

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Market continues to react to weather in short term

A trading expert sees some light at the end of the tunnel for farmers as they watch the recent run of red numbers at the Chicago Board of Trade. Doug Werling at Bower Trading says the weather market continues to be a weather market.
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Soybean prices have lost 68 cents in the last two weeks. 

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Davis and Bustos talk locks and dams at State Fair Ag Day

Even on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield the aging Lock and Dam system getting attention. The topic was addressed during State Fair Ag Day by two members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation. Democrat Cheri Bustos of Rock Island says investment is long overdue.
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And Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville is on board with significant federal dollars going to locks and dams and other infrastructure.
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Both Davis and Bustos serve on the House Ag Committee. 

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SCFB on Tuned IN

SCFB Manager Anna Emm says the peach orders for this year are in.

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Bureau County Road Closure

Please be advised that, effective immediately, the section of 400 East Street from 2500 North to 2370 North Avenue in Gold and Fairfield Townships will be closed.  This closure is anticipated to remain in effect until the end of this week.

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SCSWCD Fall Sale

The annual Stark County Fall Tree, Fish and Native Plant Sale through the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District is underway once again.

Resource Conservationist Jan Powelson says that there is a great selection once again this year…

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More Hydrant Work In Kewanee

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 8/15/17.  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.  

 

Work will finish on Tuesday 8/15/17 within the blocks from Roseview to just south of West Division and from Junior Avenue to Wilson Street.  This includes all streets in between including Zang, West Prospect, Rockwell, Pine, Acorn, South West Street, Birch, and Franklin.

 

Smaller sections of hydrants are also expected to start this week and should be finished by Thursday 8/17/17.  These areas include nine hydrants within the blocks of Elliott to Grove and Rockwell to West Prospect, six hydrants on Page between Miner and Burlington, and one hydrant at the intersection of New Street and East 2480 Street.

 

The next larger section of hydrants will begin work on Thursday 8/17/17 between the blocks of South Main to South East Streets and Pleasant to East Division Streets.  This includes all areas in between of East Prospect, McKinley, Roosevelt, Williams, Henry, Morton, Gilbert, George, Vine and Ridyard.  This area will be worked on until Thursday 8/24/17.

 

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

The Hog Festival Committee meets tonight at 7 o’clock at the Hog Building at 306 North Main Street.

Here is tonight’s agenda:

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s report

Update on the Hog Days checkbook – Special Events

 

Visitors –

Unfinished Business

1        Charcoal purchase

2        Ice

3        Volunteer pictures

4        Cookers

5        Porta potty placement plan

6        Pre-sale carnival tickets

 

New Business

1.    Grease dumpster drama

2.    Buns

3.    Electrical panels

4.    Hog Days calendars

5.    Hog Days comp tickets

6.    Work days and/or nights…

      Paint barricades        DONE!

      Continue packaging spice powder       DONE!

      Freezer door seal replacement      DONE!

      Ticket trailer repairs      DONE!

      Organize/inventory/ready for sale souvenirs

      Mount flag holders on ticket booth

      Get out/sanitize barbecue utensils

      Begin checking white tables for possible cleaning/painting

   

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

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Mattoon's GE Lighting Plant Closing Its Doors

The GE Lighting Plant in Mattoon closed its doors for the final time Friday. The plant has been in Mattoon for more than 70 years, and about 130 people will be out of a job with the closure. Mattoon Mayor Tim Gover says a closure like the GE Plant closure is always felt in the community.

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Gover says although GE is shutting its Mattoon plant down, the city is not hurting economically.

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Gover says the city has been working with GE to see what will happen with the plant, but that there are no plans in the works at this time.

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City Council Meets Tonight

 

1.              Call to Order

2.              Pledge of Allegiance

3.              Consent Agenda

a.     Approval of Minutes

b.    Payroll

c.     Staff Reports

d.    Request from Sunshine Community Center to conduct tag days on Friday and Saturday, September 1 & 2, from 10 am to 2 pm.

e.    Request from Relay for Life to conduct a tag day on Saturday, August 26 from 9 am to 12 noon.

4.              Presentation of Bills and Claims

5.              Citizen Participation

6.              Business:

a.     Proclamation declaring August 21st – August 26th as Relay for Life Days.

b.    Consideration of a Resolution approving the use of incentives under the small business interest payment program by Midwest Trailer Manufacturing.

c.     Consideration of a Resolution authorizing honorary naming of the 600-1100 block of Madison Avenue “PFC Walter George Richards Way”.

d.    Consideration of a Request from Boiler Room, Friends of the Animals, and the Henry County Humane Society to use the City sidewalk and street immediately adjacent to the Boiler Room in conjunction with their Raise the Woof event on Thursday, August 17 from 4 to 11 pm.

e.    Consideration of an Ordinance vacating a portion of an alley running north and south adjacent to 918 & 930 Harbour Street.

f.      Consideration of an Ordinance amending Section 115.117(B)(2) of the City Code as it pertains to the height of screening around beer gardens/outdoor eating areas.

g.     Consideration of a Resolution to award demolition work at 511 West Fifth Street (House), 522 East Seventh Street (House), 315 Elliott Street (Garage), and 521 Cambridge Road (Garage) to Dana Construction.

h.    Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the City Manager to execute a right-of-way agreement with Geneseo Communications.

i.      Consideration of a Resolution to authorize bidding on used ambulances from the Byron Ambulance Service.

 

 

 

 

7.              Council Communications:

 

8.              Announcements:   

 

9.              Adjournment

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Senior Living Series Continues This Week


 

    The Henry & Stark County Health Department, Petersen Health Care, and the Stark County Citizens' Mental Health Task Force 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, to our area senior population.

 

    The August program will be "Stark County Family Trees” by Floyd Ham, Local Historian. This informative program will be held Wednesday, August 16th at 2:00pmat the Bradford Courtyard Estates.

 

     Ham’s program will focus on the history of the Stark County area, through some of the many families that have settled, lived, flourished, and stayed here.  Ham has researched many local families and their histories.  Ham’s study will show how our area “Family Trees” have affected the Stark County area in the past and present, and may in the future.

      Remember, refreshments will be served and a door prize will be given out at each Senior Living Series session.

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Hog Festival Update

The Hog Festival Celebration will begin two weeks from this coming Friday night and the pace of activity for the Festival Committee is really heating up.

Larry Flannery is a Co-Chair Person and also the Treasurer for the Committee and he says the 64th annual celebration will be here before we know it…

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Flannery adds that as always, there will be some new features at this year’s festival…

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The meat bids are in for this year’s celebration and sandwich prices will remain the same once again this year…

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Larry also reminds that pre-sale carnival tickets are now moving very quickly…

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Now Is The Time To Get Your GED

 

Want to earn your GED? You can get free, professional assistance at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

For the whole month of August, drop in anytime to learn about the program and how you can pass your GED.

 

“This is a new school year. Traditionally, this is a time for a new beginning. And that is our specialty here at the CEC – helping people start anew and find success,” said David Harris, Community Education Center coordinator.

 

The GED is often a big hurdle but Black Hawk College uses the Plato program to help people overcome it.

 

“We utilize this computer program because it helps students target their learning and pass the test more quickly. It works,” said Shannon Westphal, BHC career advisor.

 

The Black Hawk College GED program recently received funds to provide official GED practice tests to students enrolled in prep classes. This speeds up the time it takes students to pass the four GED tests.

 

GED preparation classes are available at no cost to students who qualify. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

To register, call 309-854-1875 or stop by the Community Education Center at 404 E. Third St. in Kewanee.

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Illinois Median Prices Climb in June While Home Sales Hold Steady

  

Illinois home sales largely held steady and the statewide median price increased in June as motivated buyers were ready to move quickly amid tighter seasonal inventory, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in June 2017 totaled 19,066 homes sold, up 0.3 percent from 19,001 in June 2016.

The statewide median price in June was $216,000, up 5.9 percent from June 2016, when the median price was $204,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"Plummeting inventories continue to pose significant challenges for buyers in many areas of the state," said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "The lack of homes for sale in the most popular price bands is making it critical for buyers to be ready to hustle when it comes time to make an offer."

The time it took to sell a home in June averaged 49 days, down from 55 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 59,088 homes for sale, a 14.0 percent decline from June 2016 when there were 68,720 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.90 percent in June 2017, a decrease from 4.01 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In June 2016, it averaged 3.57 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in June 2017 totaled 14,052 homes sold, up 1.0 percent from June 2016 sales of 13,916 homes. The median price in June 2017 was $252,500 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 4.1 percent from $242,500 in June 2016.

“While the housing market continues to record gains in prices and sales, the inventory problem remains an important issue,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “Hopefully, now that the state has a budget, a recovering state economy will encourage more investment in housing – both new construction and investment by first-time buyers”

According to the data, forty-three (43) Illinois counties reported sales gains for June 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Rock Island County, up 15.7 percent with 206 units sold; St. Clair County, up 10.7 percent with 361 units sold; and Lake County, up 3.2 percent with 1,357 units sold.  Sixty-one (61) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Champaign County, up 9.3 percent to $168,000; Kane County, up 8.6 percent to $249,800; and Cook County, up 3.1 percent to $263,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 1.7 percent year-over-year home sales decline in June 2017 with 3,266 sales, down from 3,321 in June 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in June 2017 was $308,000, up 2.7 percent compared to June 2016 when it was $299,900. 

"In June, the market exhibited a bit of a holding pattern,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “Inventory was a contributing factor, as once you sell your home, you’ll need to then buy another – so, sellers are being firm on their pricing, and while some buyers are willing to wait for their perfect home, other motivated buyers are driving down the time on market. As the weather continues to heat up, people will get down to business, provided the price is right.”

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 July 7, 2017 for the period June 1 through June 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 47,000 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.

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Windmont Lake Closed Until Further Notice

The Kewanee Park District is announcing that Windmont Park Lake is closed for fishing until further notice.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Kewanee Park District and he says something is wrong at the lagoon and it’s not good for the fish…

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Mental Health Meeting Set For August 15


     The Henry and Stark County Health Department, the Stark County Citizen's Mental Health Task Force, and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance ask, "Does someone you love suffer from mental illness?  Do you feel alone as you struggle to provide care and support for someone with mental illness? You're not alone."

 

    The Health Department, the Stark County Citizen's Mental Health Task Force, and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance invite you to attend the May Support Group for friends and family of people with mental illness.

 

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 6:00-7:30pm at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E. 3rd St., Kewanee.

 

     David Harris, of the Mental Health Alliance and Black Hawk College Community Education Center adds, “We encourage interested individuals to join with others dealing with the same struggles to share stories, offer encouragement and lend support.”

 

     For more information about the upcoming mental health support group meeting, you may contact Mr. Harris by calling (309) 738-2146.

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Governor Bruce Rauner Opens the IL State Fair

 Gov. Bruce Rauner opened the 2017 Illinois State Fair on Thursday with the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

 The State Fair’s directors, managers, grand marshals, FFA and 4-H representatives, the lieutenant governor and elected officials joined the governor as he cut the ribbon, symbolizing the beginning of the State Fair.

 “It is my honor to be here to help celebrate generations of families who have made Illinois the great state that it is,” the governor said. “Over the next 11 days, you will see these families and their hard work, be it for food they grew, the livestock they raised or the service and entertainment they bring to this state.”

 Some of the fair events include livestock competitions, harness racing, the Illinois Bicentennial Beer Competition, rides and concerts.

 Generations of families throughout the state and across the country have been coming to the fair since it began in 1853. Its original purpose was to showcase Illinois’ agricultural achievements, which it continues to do today.

 “I’ve been coming to the Illinois State Fair my entire life,” Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe said.  “This is more than just a family friendly festival with corndogs and carnival rides.  This is a showcase for some of the best and the brightest in the state of Illinois. Our youth exhibitors are here to compete on the biggest agricultural stage our state has to offer. It’s a tradition that is passed on from generation to generation, and that’s something we are extremely proud of.” 

 The State Fair runs through Aug. 20.

 

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End Of The Pool Season On Sunday

The Oasis Family Aquatic Center in Kewanee will shut down for the season this weekend.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Kewanee Park District and he says that Sunday will not only be the final day at the pool, it will also be a special day for you and your dog on Sunday…

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IRS Info

Scammers posing as representatives with the Internal Revenue Service are getting wise to the fact that the public is now wise to their act and they are seeking other avenues to try and steal taxpayer’s money.

Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis says scammers are now targeting payroll departments and accounting firms…

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Devine says that the scammers will then take their action plan to the next level…

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Devine adds that as a result of the new landscape, some folks might consider changing their withholding status…

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Scam Targets Ameren Business Customers

A heads up on a potential scam being used against Ameren business customers, with several potential targets in Central Illinois reporting the attempted scheme. Company officials say they were made aware of numerous attempts earlier this week of someone posing as an Ameren official asking for the customer to make a payment or face losing their service. Many of the reports have come from Belleville, Decatur, and Peoria. Ameren Spokesman Brian Bretsch says con men are calling Ameren customers and telling them their power is about to be shut off unless they go buy a pre-paid debit card and pay up.

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He says he is unaware of anyone who fell for the scam. Bretsch reminds customers Ameren reps will never call you asking for immediate payment over the phone. If your bill is delinquent, they'll send out a notice in the mail. He says Ameren employees will work with you to set up a payment plan. If you have any questions about your bill, call 1-800-755-5000.

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IDOl Will Inspect Rides At The Il State Fair

At the 2017 Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will conduct routine inspections of all amusement rides and attractions.  

 

On the Carnival Midway, Adventure Village, and Happy Hollows pavilions, there are more than 65 rides for fairgoers to enjoy. IDOL’s Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division inspects and permits every ride and determines if they are safe to operate. No ride is permitted to run if it does not pass inspection.

 

“We hope that everyone has a safe and fun time on the many different carnival rides at this year’s State Fair,” said IDOL Acting Director Joe Beyer. “To help accomplish that, our inspectors are onsite to examine all rides and to perform additional, unannounced safety checks.”

 

            The Department encourages riders to abide by all safety rules and ride attendant instructions including: following minimum height, weight, and health restrictions and using the required safety equipment such as seat belts, lap bars, and harnesses. Parents should also take extra precaution with their children on and around the rides. Additional safety tips are available at https://www.illinois.gov/idol/Rides/Pages/Safety-Tips.aspx.

 

Division inspectors conduct nearly 4,000 ride inspections at stationary parks, traveling carnivals, and fairs throughout the State each year.

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Raise The Woof Set For August 17

The Boiler Room  at 206 North Chestnut in downtown Kewanee will play host to a charity event in support of the Henry County Humane Society on Thursday, August 17th from 4-11 pm.

The event has been coined Raise the Woof and among other attractions, people are invited to bring their dogs out for pictures and there will be some limited opportunities for photo’s with Thor, the young puppy who is recovering from the wounds that he suffered recently.

Dave Hamilton with Hamilton Entertainment says it will be a fun event and this will be the second year in a row they have lent a helping hand…

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Other features for next Thursday’s event include a bake sale, and there will also be several vendors on hand.

DeAnn Schweitzer is also involved the event and she says there will also be a photographer on site with other forms of entertainment also on the docket…

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Once again, it will be Raise the Woof Next Thursday, August 17th from 4-11 at the Boiler Room at 206 North Chestnut Street in downtown Kewanee.

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Senior Center Info

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will host a potluck dinner and dance on Saturday, August 19th at the Center.

Another noteworthy event at the senior center is their fresh baked cinnamon rolls which are served to the general public from 8:30-10:30 every Friday morning.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says the cinnamon rolls have turned into a wonderful Friday morning tradition…

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Classic car business suffers significant damage

For gearheads and fans of muscle cars and other Detroit masterpieces over the years, a Staunton fire was enough to bring tears to their eyes. 13 fire departments turned out to battle a blaze that took out a large building and more than a hundred cars inside at Country Classic Cars on Route 66. Staunton Fire Chief Rick Haase (Haw-zee) says it was no easy firefight....
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In addition, all of the water for the firefight had to be trucked in to the site. Haase said there was help for firefighters from mother nature in avoiding the toxic strew of the fire...
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There's no word on a cause. No one was injured. The Illinois State Fire Marshall's office is leading the investigation.

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SC Supt on People to People

District 100 Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster talks about the new school year

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Henry County Farm Bureau On Tuned IN

FB Manager Katie Laleman discusses Saturday's Centennial celebration

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Hog Days Parade Marshals Named

 

 

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club has announced that retired City of Kewanee Police Chief Jim Dison and Retired Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla have been selected as the 2017 Hog Days Parade Marshals.

 

Jim Dison retired in June after 32 years with the City of Kewanee the last 13 as Chief.  Padilla  was a Kewanee Police officer for 8 years then signed on to the County and served 33 years the 7 as Sheriff.  Both have strong family ties to Kewanee and have been involved with keeping the Hog Days weekend safe for many years as well as being participants in the parade.   

 

The Parade will kick off Saturday September 2nd at 2:00 p.m. with new Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley hitting the siren signaling the start of the Parade.  The Marching Bands are sponsored once again this year by Good’s Furniture and Peoples National Bank.  

 

Also appearing this year will be the United States Marine Band from New Orleans.  Details on an after parade concert will be announced soon.

 

Anyone interested in being in the parade must obtain an entry form from by contacting the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce at 309-852-2175 or at 113 E. 2nd St.   The Ambassador Club of Kewanee which is the public relations committee of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce traditionally takes on the duties of the parade for the Hog Capital Festival Committee. 

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Back Road Music Festival On Saturday

The fourth annual Back Road Music Festival will be held on Saturday in Galva at the Galva Park District with several country music performers hitting the stage.

Nik Grafelman is one of the Co-Founders and organizers for this year’s event sponsored by Wiley Park Productions and he says that gates will open at 2 on Saturday afternoon with the music beginning at 4 o’clock…

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Nik says there will be a great lineup of country music stars featuring some newer artists with the headliner for this year’s show a country veteran, Travis Tritt…

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There will be plenty of parking for the event and there will also be full amenities including food and beverages.

All ages are welcome to attend but photo I.D.’s for those over 21 will be required in order to purchase alcoholic beverages…

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Fletcher Ford is the President and CEO of Regional Media and he notes that temperatures on Saturday may actually be on the cool side and some folks might consider a jacket, a hoodie, a sweatshirt of similar clothing for the evening performances…

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Tickets for the concert will be available at the gate, they can also be purchased in advance at www.midwestix.com, at the Galva Pharmacy or at the Hog Country studios at 133 East Division Street in Kewanee    

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Henry County GOP Busy In August

The Henry County Republicans announce plans for events in August as they kick off fundraising for the GOP TEAM for 2018.   

 

On Saturday, August 19 they will sponsor "Gals Afternoon Out - Paint a Patriotic Fall  Painting" in Geneseo.  Those attending will enjoy brunch and fun while Lisa Kemerling of Boardedup Paintings directs each one attending on creating their own masterpiece.   Cost of the event is $40 and includes all of the painting supplies and food.   Advance reservations are requested by Thursday, August 17 to 309-944-6463 or hcgopsecretary@gmail.com.  The event begins at 11 am at the home Jan Hartsock, 16665 E 1600 Street, Geneseo.

 

Trivia Night will be held on Friday, August 25 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge.  Lance Camp is organizing the Trivia Night and promises those attending a some interesting and exciting questions and fun twists.  Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the first round questions will begin at 6:30 pm.  Donation is $100 per table for up to 8 people and includes your entry into several special contests and many door prizes that will be awarded.  The door prizes are begin donated by Republican elected officials from Henry County,  Those attending are encouraged to bring snack to share with your table and other food and cash bar will be available for purchase as well.  Reservations are encouraged to 309-944-6463 or hcgopsecretary@gmail.com.  

 

The events are open to all interested Republicans and those wanting to get more involved with the Republican Party locally are encouraged to attend one of the these events or the September 18 Petition Kick Off Meeting in Cambridge.    Those desiring more information about getting involved should call 309-944-6463 or email hcgopsecretary@gmail.com or to visit Henry County IL GOP on facebook .

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Festival of the Arts Coming to Bishop Hill August 12 & 13

 

 

Mark your calendars!  On Saturday and Sunday, August 12th & 13th, the Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts is coming to historic Bishop Hill, Illinois.  This first annual event, sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, features music, plein-air painting (art created “in the open air”), hands-on activities for kids, an arts and craft show and much, much more!  

    On Saturday, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will be hosting their annual Pie at the Steeple fundraiser beginning at 12  noon, featuring a variety of homemade pies available for purchase by the piece.  During the day, an “Antique Alley” will be set up next to Sweet Annie’s, with eight different vendors selling their primitive wares.  Also on Saturday, a soup supper will be held at PL Johnson’s Restaurant at 5:30 pm.  Soup and bread are included and attendees also get to keep the handmade bowl that the soup is served in!  Tickets are limited and may be purchased in advance at The Colony Store or Hantverk Galleri (or at the information booth on Saturday). Plan to end the evening with a Backyard Concert at the Twinflower Inn, featuring Preston Jackson and Friends, with solos by vocalist Judy Page.  Concert begins at 7pm.

On both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm, an arts and crafts show will be held next to the Steeple Building and plein-air painters (including portrait painters) will be working in the park and throughout town.  During both days, VASA is sponsoring a hands-on kids’ activity, Natural Dyeing, at the Archives building.

Children of all ages can try their hand at sun prints or paper marbling in the park from10-noon and again from 1-3 pm.  After lunch, there will be music in the park as well, featuring a variety of performers.  For those attendees looking for something more physical, “A Historical Hike: A Storyteller’s Tour of Bishop Hill,” hosted by Brian “Fox” Ellis, is also scheduled both days (11am and 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday).

With so much to see and do, what better way is there to savor summer than spending the day enjoying art in beautiful Bishop Hill !  And the best part?  This event is FREE and open to the public!

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This is National Immunization Awareness Month

This is National Immunization Awareness Month. It serves as a perfect reminder for back to school shots, but adults may want to take notice also says Sue Grant with the McLean County Health Department.
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Grant also recommends adults over 60 get the shingles vaccination. Contact your local health department for more information on immunizations. 

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August brings cooler temps

The month of August has ushered in cooler temperatures for much of Illinois, but certain areas of the Midwest could use a rain shower says meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.
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Hicks expects the cooler temps to continue over the next seven days with relatively light rainfall. He says warmer temperatures and high humidity should return in the third and fourth weeks of August. 

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More Hydrant Work In Kewanee

 

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Tuesday 8/8/17.  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.

 

Work will finish on Tuesday 8/8/17 within the blocks of West Division and West Prospect Streets and South Tremont and Wilson Streets.  This includes hydrants just north of Prospect and just south of Division, as well as streets in between including Pine, Rockwell, Grove, Beach, Cottage, and Chestnut. 

 

The next section of hydrants will also start on Tuesday 8/8/17.  Work will begin on hydrants within the blocks from Roseview to just south of West Division and from Junior Avenue to Wilson Street.  This includes all streets in between including Zang, West Prospect, Rockwell, Pine, Acorn, South West Street, Birch, and Franklin.  Work is expected to be done in this area through Tuesday 8/15/17. 

 

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

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Illinois Habitat Highway

Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have forged a new partnership to manage for pollinator habitat and critical wildlife corridors throughout the state. Titled the “Illinois Habitat Highway” and a first of its kind partnership in the Prairie State, local chapters of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are working in conjunction with IDOT to make roadside habitat improvements that will benefit pheasants, quail, pollinators, and a host of other grassland wildlife.

“IDOT as an organization is working to find ways to better utilize our rights-of-way as habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. Partnering with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has provided us with people around the state who have the hands-on experience and knowledge to complete these restoration projects,” stated Stephanie Dobbs, IDOT’s roadside maintenance manager.

Focusing specifically on pollinators with a myriad of benefits for other grassland wildlife, the Illinois Habitat Highway seeks to mimic the “Monarch Highway” established in six states along I-35 to leverage transportation rights-of-way as habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. The program is designed with Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever diverse seed mixes which provide seasonal habitat for pollinating insects, particularly monarch butterflies. These sites will also provide critical nesting habitat while creating an insect-rich environment for pheasant and quail broods - an essential component of any upland habitat management plan.

“Illinois lies in the heart of the USFWS Monarch Butterfly National Conservation Priority Area. IDOT staff at the state and district levels, along with our dedicated local chapters, truly understand the importance of putting quality habitat on these vital rights-of-way corridors for monarchs and other wildlife,” stated Jason Bleich, senior Farm Bill wildlife biologist for Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever in Illinois. “The excitement, enthusiasm, and outstanding teamwork this new partnership has generated for pollinator habitat in our state has been extraordinary.”

Established projects for the new venture can already be found on state highways Route 45 and Route 54 in Ford County, as well as select areas of Illinois Route 180 in Knox County. This year, local chapters anticipate completing further projects on I-57 in Ford County, I-55 in Livingston County, Route 34 in Kendall County, Route 1 in Iroquois County, Route 150 in Vermilion County, and Route 45 in Champaign County. Illinois Habitat Highway projects include converting brome and fescue roadsides to highly-diverse pollinator habitat, protecting remnant prairie roadsides from mowing and spraying, and creating connectivity to larger wildlife complexes. Here’s how it works:

· Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever biologists provide technical assistance and project coordination

· IDOT provides chemical and herbicide applications (already built into their budget) for site prep

· Local Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever chapters provide native seed for each project

· IDOT tractors utilize native seed drills provided by Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever for planting

· Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever and IDOT partnership signs are posted at each project site

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

The Hog Festival Committee meets tonight at 7 at the Hog Building at 306 North Main

With the Labor Day weekend celebration coming quickly on the calendar, the committee will meet every Tuesday from now until Hog Days. Next meeting will be Tuesday, August 15th @ 7 pm.

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s report

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

 

Visitors –

 

Opening of and acceptance/rejection of meat bids

Establish sandwich prices for 2017

 

Unfinished Business

1        Customized private label water bottles

2        Charcoal purchase

3        Stage banner sponsorships

4        Hog Days Coloring Contest

5        Baby changing stations

 

New Business

1.    Grills

2.    Plan for moving big pig over to the green space for Hog Days

3.    Work days and/or nights…

      Paint barricades        DONE!

      Continue packaging spice powder       DONE!

      Freezer door seal replacement      DONE!

      Ticket trailer repairs      DONE!

      Organize/inventory/ready for sale souvenirs

      Mount flag holders on ticket booth

      Get out/sanitize barbecue utensils

      Begin checking white tables for possible cleaning/painting

   

Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone

Motion to adjourn

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Heat And Athletes

High School football practices began on Monday and that means the start of the new season can’t be all that far away.

One of the challenges for football players and really any athletes at this time of the year is not only getting in shape for the season, but fighting the weather conditions at this time of the year.

Ian Swindler is a Certified Athletic Trainer with OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee and he says that despite the cooler than average temperatures as of late, it’s not a reason to overlook safety on the field…

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Swindler adds that other types of ailments can also be a problem, especially heat exhaustion…

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Ian also advises athletes to speak up in practice if they feel they are struggling even just a little bit…

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U.S. Ag Secretary Perdue visits Illinois farm

An Aledo area farmer gets an audience with U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. Kate Danner says she talked Farm Bill during the visit.
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For Danner, it’s the second top ag official visiting her farm in four years. President Obama’s Deputy Ag Secretary stopped by in 2014.
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Perdue visited Danner’s farm on Sunday.

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Illinois & Iowa corn growers highlight aging lock and dam system on barge tou

The Illinois Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Growers Association bringing attention to the aging lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi River. They hosted a barge tour last Friday with the featured stop--Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island--built in 1934—it’s suffering from a crumbling guide wall. Paul Rohde of the Midwest Waterways Council moderated the tour. He says funds for both operation and maintenance and construction are crucial for inland waterways.
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If you think Lock and Dam 15 is in poor shape, you should see the La Grange Lock and Dam on the Illinois River near Meredosia. Not pretty says Marty Hettle—chairman of the Inland Waterways Users Board.
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Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and Iowa Congressmen Rod Blum and Dave Loebsack participated in Friday’s barge tour.

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2017 high school football season begins Monday in Illinois

The 2017 high school football season kicks off Monday in Illinois. It’s the first official day of practice, according to the IHSA calendar. Fulton head coach Patrick Lower says he’s ready.
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The first games can be played on Friday, August 25th. 

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WKEI Open Line

Government payments to citizens are discussed

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OSF On Tuned IN

Heat related illnesses are discussed

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Senior Center Now Receiving Funds From The State

The Henry County Senior Citizens Center in Kewanee is now receiving their promised funds from the state of Illinois.

Like it was for most other agencies in the state over the last couple of years , the promises had been long but the delivery had been short from Springfield.  

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says that the much needed funding is finally coming in…

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Ms. Schmoll also notes that the recent senior center golf outing was a tremendous success…

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Purple Heart Day Today In Illinois

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will recognize all Illinois Purple Heart Recipients on the State of Illinois’s Purple Heart Day during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol on August 7th.  August 7th has been designated by the Illinois Legislature as an annual day to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart.

            The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still awarded to members of the United States military.  It was established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782.  Initially called the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart is a decoration awarded to any member of the Armed Services who has been wounded or killed in action. 
 

            Later tonight, the Capitol Grounds in Springfield and the Daley Plaza Fountain in Chicago will be lit in purple. 

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City Adjusts Fees

Kewanee City Council recently adjusted fees to citizens for their solid waste disposal services.

City Manager Gary Bradley says those new costs will still keep Kewanee residents paying less for those services than in other similar sized cities…

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Mayor Steve Looney adds that city staff from top to bottom worked on the project to get the best deal available…

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Mr. Bradley adds that there will also be some cost modifications to ambulance fees for residents…

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Senate Bill 1 discussions

Democrats and Republicans are negotiating to find a compromise for Senate Bill 1, the highly-publicized school funding reform bill. Negotiations between lawmakers of both parties started Wednesday morning and continued into Thursday. 48th District State Senator Andy Manar was a part of those discussions. He says he’s hopeful something will get done out of these bi-partisan talks.
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Manar says the group will continue to meet, and they aren’t giving up on reaching a compromise.
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Manar and his counterparts are on the clock for getting an evidence-based funding model like Senate Bill 1 into law. School districts are supposed to receive their first state aid payment for the new fiscal year on August 10th.

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Durbin wants to boost trade with Cuba

Senator Dick Durbin is seeking better trade opportunities with Cuba. He's joining Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden in introducing the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2017, which would repeal sanctions that Durbin calls outdated and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. International Trade Commission figures show easing U.S. restrictions on trade and business with Cuba could increase U.S. exports by $1.4 billion annually in the next five years.

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Know Where to Go with the Illinois Official Highway Map

 

The new Illinois Official Highway Map, featuring Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg on the cover, is now available. The 2017-2018 maps have QR (quick response) codes for numerous transportation and travel websites, updated route information and useful links.

“It’s time to update your maps,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “These maps are great to keep on hand while traveling throughout our state and are a helpful resource in emergency situations.”

Smartphone users can scan the QR codes printed on the maps for pertinent and timely information during their travels.

• QR codes:

o Getting Around Illinois website
o Amtrak and Illinois high-speed rail websites
o Start Seeing Motorcycles website
o Chicago and St. Louis traffic websites
o Alternative fuels website
o Enjoy Illinois website

• Additional websites:

o Illinois Scenic Byways
o Illinois Amber Alert
o Illinois State Police Scott’s Law (“move over law”)

Made possible by funding from the Federal Highway Administration, the Illinois Official Highway Map is published by the Illinois Department of Transportation every two years on recycled paper with soybean oil-based inks. Contact DOT.maps@illinois.gov to request a map. Free copies also will be available soon at interstate rest areas and at the IDOT tent at the Illinois State Fair, Aug 10-20.

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Wal Mart Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

 As part of Walmart’s commitment to give back in the communities where its associates live, work and serve customers, the retailer is announcing an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to apply for a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant between $25,000 and $200,000.

 

The Foundation will begin accepting grant applications on Monday, August 7, 2017. The deadline to submit grant requests is Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

 

The Walmart Foundation is looking to support community engagement programs that focus on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations. Examples include:

· career opportunity

· disaster preparedness

· education programs

· healthcare access

· shelters

· other human service programs

 

“We see these grants as opportunities to use our size and strengths to help others,” said Irfan Badibanga, Walmart Regional General Manager and Vice President. “We want to do what we can to work with local nonprofits and, together, help strengthen our communities.”

 

To be eligible for a Walmart Foundation grant, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Grant submissions are only accepted online at http://corporate.walmart.com/_foundation_/apply-for-grants/state-giving-programApplicants will find guidelines for giving, sample applications and frequently asked questions. Applicants will be notified of their status by the Foundation by the end of the year.

 

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St Jude Run On Saturday

The annual Kewanee to Peoria run for St Judes will be held on Saturday .

Terry Shields of Galva is one of the runners in the event and he says they will get an early start on Saturday…

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Terry says it’s a great event and they always look forward to participating each year with proceeds headed to St Jude’s…

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Durbin applauds Trump

Man Bites Dog, Peace in the Middle East and Durbin praises Trump. All seem like unlikely headlines but the last of the three scenarios is not fake news. Senator Dick Durbin thanks the President for keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place...
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DACA grants temporary reprieve from deportation to certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. So far 790,000 young people have benefited from the program and Durbin says they've gone on to careers like nursing and engineering while others have become small business owners.

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Historic Gillett Farm to be sold at auction next week

There's a legendary piece of real estate available overlooking a cozy town of nearly 400 people. The historic and enormous Old Gillett Farm on Elkhart Hill outside Elkhart in Logan County will be sold at auction
August 10th in Springfield. The 785 acre farm, sitting some 800 feet high, was founded by John Dean Gillett, a man known in the mid 19th Century as the “Cattle King of the World.” He was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Michael Fine with Chicago based Fine and Company says selling off the farm has been a one of a kind experience...
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Fine says the property has a history of VIP visitors...
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Earnest Hemingway passed through on his way to Florida and Marshall Field would stop his private train car to join Gilett on trips to the Kentucky Derby. 

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles continue their annual habit of munching on trees and other plants and in the process, leaving a swath of destruction.

Martha Smith is a Horticulture Educator with the University of Illinois Extension and she says those beetles have migrated to the central part of the country from the East…

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Ms. Smith adds that there are limited methods of elimination or even containment…

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Ms. Smith does have some recommendations on how to treat the Japanese Beetles at least to some limited success….

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More Hydrant Work In Kewanee Today

The City of Kewanee will continue flow testing of fire hydrants beginning Thursday 8/3/17.  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 will be hydrants within the blocks of West Division and West Prospect Streets and South Tremont and Wilson Streets.  This includes hydrants just north of Prospect and just south of Division, as well as streets in between including Pine, Rockwell, Grove, Beach, Cottage, and Chestnut.  This section is expected to be worked on from 8/3/17 – 8/10/17.

 

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

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Illinois farmers responding to WOTUS petition drive

Farmers weren’t happy with the “waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS definition in the 1980’s, but they say it’s better than the 2015 update, which gave the federal government broader over-site regarding water and land issues. 
That’s Illinois Farm Bureau’s Lauren Lurkins. She’s says the plan is to have a rewrite of the rule by the end of the year. 
Lurkins says a petition drive supporting a federal rule to repeal the 2015 “WOTUS” definition already has 1,200 signatures from Illinois farmers in just two days with the goal of reaching 2,500 by August 21st. 

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OSF Scholarship Winners

OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee is announcing scholarship winners for the current year.

Community Relations Specialist Carrie Boelens says it’s always a pleasure to hand out those scholarships…

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Health And Safety Tips For The Eclipse

 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire U.S.  The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the U.S. was in 1918. Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. central time, people in Illinois can see the moon pass in front of the sun.  There is a 70-mile wide path across the country called the path of totality, which is when the sun will be completely blocked by the moon.  Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of totality and people there will see a total eclipse.  Totality in Carbondale and the immediate surrounding area will last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  Central and northern Illinois will see varying degrees of the partial eclipse with decreasing magnitude further north.  More information about the path of the eclipse and how long it will last can be found athttps://eclipse.aas.org/.   

 

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief phase when the moon entirely eclipses the sun.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.  

 

“Looking at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers can cause ‘eclipse blindness’ or retinal burns,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.” 

 

To date, four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.  More information about eclipse glasses and solar viewers can be found under resources on the American Astronomical Society website at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

 

If you’re planning to spend the day outside and turn the eclipse viewing into an event, keep in mind sun and heat safety.

 

 

SUN AND HEAT – while outside, guard against sunburn and heat illness.
• Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle
• Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside
• Increase fluid intake - drink more liquid than thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine
• Be aware of heat exhaustion.  Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing
o If present, be sure to move the person to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing, apply cool, wet cloths, and give cool water to slowly drink
• Be aware of heat stroke.  Symptoms include hot, dry or wet skin, hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness, and slurred speech 
o If present, call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting, or shows a decreased level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink

TICKS AND MOSQUITOES – If you’re camping or in the woods or open space to see the eclipse, watch out for insect bites.  Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus and ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, and other serious diseases.
• Wear insect repellent.  Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535, according to label instructions  
• Check for ticks, both people and pets, every 2 to 3 hours
• Remove ticks attached to the body promptly to help prevent diseases.  Use tweezers to remove the tick and call a health care provider if a rash, fever, or body aches develop during the 1 to 3 weeks following a bite. 

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Back To School Safety Tips

School will be back in session soon and the American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to help make the trip back to the classroom a safe one.

 

“Safety should be the top priority for all students, especially younger children and those heading to school for the first time,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “Whether riding, biking or walking to school, we want everyone to arrive and then return home safely.”

 

TOP TEN SAFETY TIPS

 

If children ride a bus to school, they should plan to get to their bus stop early and stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Other safety steps include:

1.   Wait to board the bus until it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has signaled to get on.

2.   Tell children they should only board their bus - never an alternate one.

3.   Always stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.

4.   Cross the street at the corner, obey traffic signals and stay in the crosswalk.

5.   Never dart out into the street, or cross between parked cars.

6.   Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”) and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.

7.   If a teenager is driving to school, parents should mandate that he or she use seat belts. Drivers should not use their cell phone to text or make calls, and should avoid eating or drinking while driving.

8.   Some students ride their bike to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right in the same direction as the traffic is going.

9.   When students are walking to school, they should only cross the street at an intersection. If possible, use a route with crossing guards.

10.                Parents should walk young children to school, along with children taking new routes or attending new schools, at least for the first week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.

 

WHAT DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW Drivers should know what the yellow and red bus signals mean and be aware that children are out walking or biking to school and slow down - especially in residential areas and school zones. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is getting ready to stop and motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off. Drivers in both directions must stop their vehicles and wait until the lights go off, the stop sign is back in place and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

 

Parents should also make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1. They should also teach children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know.

 

TAKE A FIRST AID CLASS Red Cross training can give someone the confidence and skills to help with everyday emergencies from paper cuts to school sports injuries. A variety of online and in-class courses are available at redcross.org/takeaclass. People can download the free Red Cross First Aid App (redcross.org/apps) for instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever needed.

 

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Rauner Veto's Parts of Education Funding Plan

The Governor has used his veto pen on the school funding reform plan that was sent to his desk yesterday...
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As promised Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1. Rauner’s veto among other things removed a minimum funding requirement, the Chicago block grant and takes the pension considerations from Chicago schools and removes them from the funding formula. The bill now needs to be read back into the Senate record and then acted upon in the next 15 days. The Senate can approve the changes or try to override the changes and pass the bill that originally was sent to Rauner. 

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Illinois State Fair adds competitive eating and game shows

The Illinois State Fair is adding a game show type atmosphere this year. They're also offering a competition that is literally too much for some people to stomach, competitive eating. State Agriculture spokeswoman Rebecca Clark....
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Competitive eating events will take place each full day of the fair at 3pm at on the new Rising Star Stage, near the Lincoln Stage. . Some of the foods include watermelon, corn dogs, mini doughnuts, sweet corn and funnel cake. 

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Redneck Fishin' Tourney takes aim at Asian carp population

A Mason County woman got mad about the Asian carp some twelve years ago and did something about it. Jim Taylor reports.
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WKEI Open Line

Littering and loud  music are the main topics

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OSF Hospice On Tuned IN

Father Jerry Rafalko talks about the sudden loss of a loved one or friend

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Hog Festival Committee Seeks Volunteers

The Hog Festival Committee is putting out the word that they need some help for the Labor Day Weekend extravaganza.

The committee is seeking volunteers to cook and sling pork chops during the Festival Weekend at Liberty Park during the Flea and Craft Markets.

If you can help out, contact Hog Festival Committee Secretary Robyn Resch at 883-1743 or at robynresch@yahoo.com   

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Bustos Introduces Addiction Legislation

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced theAddiction Recovery for Rural Communities (ARRC) Act, a bipartisan bill that will help rural communities bolster their efforts to fight the opioid and addiction epidemic. Joining Congresswoman Bustos to lead the legislation in the House are Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-01), Roger Marshall (KS-01) and Dwight Evans (PA-02) – all fellow members of the House Agriculture Committee. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Luther Strange (R-AL) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) also introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

 

In 2015, more than 50,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, which are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. This addiction crisis – particularly for heroin, opioids and prescription drugs – has been even more pronounced in rural America. In fact, drug-related deaths are nearly 50 percent higher in rural areas. But too often, rural communities lack the much-needed health care infrastructure to address this crisis.

 

That’s why the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act would help rural Americans better leverage United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development programs to combat opioid and heroin use. Specifically, the legislation would set aside 20 percent of the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program grant funding for substance abuse treatment. It would also prioritize USDA Community and Facilities Direct Loan and Grant applications focused on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services – which will help incentivize the establishment of new treatment centers. Finally, it will prioritize USDA Rural Health and Safety Education grant funding for applicants seeking to improve education and outreach on opioids and other substance abuse issues.

 

“Rural communities in the Heartland are facing an addiction epidemic, and Congress must give them the resources they need to fight back,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “This bipartisan legislation will ensure that folks in small towns have access to the health care, education and tools they need to combat the drug abuse and overdoses that are devastating too many of our families and communities. The heroin and opioid epidemic knows no boundaries, and I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for joining me to address this pressing issue.”

 

“The cost of opioid addiction goes beyond the heartbreaking individual loss of life: there’s also law enforcement and health care costs that weigh on all of us,”Congressman Crawford said. “But in rural America, treatment can be hard to administer, and the same tactics that work in urban areas aren’t as effective in places like the 1st District. We want to do our part at the federal level to help the folks at home who are dealing with this problem day in and day out.”

 

“We in Congress have a responsibility to provide our rural communities with the resources necessary to fight opioid abuse,” Congressman Marshall said. “Across Kansas, organizations are doing the important work of helping people escape addition and find hope – it is my goal to aid those groups in this ongoing fight."

 

“I am proud to stand with my colleagues in a bipartisan effort to combat the scourge of opioid and other harmful drug use in rural communities across the country,”Congressman Evans said. “We must approach this effort with a dedicated urgency as neighborhoods across rural Pennsylvania and nationwide have been ravaged by the use of opioids. As we look to put in action comprehensive solutions to tackle this devastating epidemic, it is critical for Congress to provide funding from other programs to immediately provide the lifesaving treatment to those most in need.”

 

“Our rural communities have been hardest hit by the opioid crisis,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association. “NRHA supports the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act because it will allow rural communities that have been devastated by opioid addiction to receive prevention and treatment programs locally.”

 

“Targeted investments in telemedicine and extension services fill a void for rural communities that lack access to health care facilities and treatment programs,” said Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union. “As the opioid crisis grips rural communities across the country, the Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act will provide increased access to vital health care services in many of these areas. NFU applauds Reps. Bustos, Crawford, Evans and Marshall for their work in ensuring rural communities can become more proactive in their response to this crisis.”

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Hydrant Work In Kewanee Re-Scheduled


 

Effective Monday 7/31/17, the City of Kewanee Water Department has re-scheduled a water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work will be done to replace a fire hydrant and valve on Cambridge Road.  Residents on Cambridge Road from Lexington to Golden Avenues will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 6:00 a.m. on either Tuesday 8/1/17 or Wednesday 8/2/17. Residents will have access to their homes, but through traffic to the golf course will be closed.

 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 this area if possible, and to take caution driving if driving near the work zone area.

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