Local News Archives for 2017-09

Severe Drought Possible in Illinois

Severe drought is a term Illinois hasn't heard in a long time but the National Weather Service in Lincoln says by the later fall days, we might be hearing a lot more of it. Meteorologist Chris Miller indicates there could be areas of Illinois that reach severe drought status later this fall if we don't see rain.

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With tropical storms popping up frequently this year, Miller says those have held off rain. He notes Tropical Storm Maria has kept precip out of Illinois before the recent cool down.

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Miller says the recent hot spell was good for the farmers to get their fields dried out and the continued dry stretch will allow for a smooth harvest but long term it could be troublesome. 

Capturing memories of high school sports

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program is proud to release a new collection of interviews telling the story of high school sports in Illinois through the words of students, coaches, referees, broadcasters and administrators.

The project, “Sports Stories: IHSA,” features 54 interviews about activities sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association. Listeners will meet people like:

Football warriorsDorothy Gaters, winner of more than 1,000 basketball games as a coach, explaining the values instilled by participating in sports
Bruce Firchau, a basketball coach for 40 years, describing a breakthrough game for a team with a long history of losing
Peg Kopec, who coached her volleyball teams to 12 state championships, reflecting on the growth of volleyball after the 1972 passage of Title IX legislation
Spalding “Lanny” Slevin sharing stories from a 40-year broadcast career, including an amazing moment between a never-give-up player and an opposing coach
Dan Klett, an athlete who went on to coach and serve as IHSA president, discussing concerns about student safety.

The Illinois High School Association was founded in 1900 and today administers nearly 30 sports, plus student activities such as chess, debate and journalism.

“High school sports play a huge role in the lives of individual students and entire communities. The people involved in sports have fascinating, important stories to share, and our Oral History Program has captured them for generations to come,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Dr. Mark DePue, head of the presidential library’s Oral History Program, praised volunteer Philip Pogue for conducting the interviews. “Phil has done an amazing job organizing the project and finding the right people to interview. His hard work preserves voices and details that would otherwise be lost to time,” DePue said.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program can be found at www.oralhistory.illinois.gov. The IHSA interviews are listed under “Sports Stories.”

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, at 212 N. Sixth St. in Springfield, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. It also serves as the state historical library.

The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to other aspects of Illinois history. Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.

Health Dept Flu Clinics


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents we are once again sponsoring Fall Flu Clinics at various sites throughout the area in early October.  According to the CDC, flu activity most commonly peaks in the US in January or February; so this is a great time to get your seasonal flu shot.  These clinics are for adults 18 years of age and older only. 


    The Health Department is pleased to be offering this year's flu shot at a reduced rate of $27.  In addition, flu shots may be administered at no-charge to those who have Medicare Part-B and some insurance plans are accepted.  You must, however, bring your Medicare and/or Insurance card with you in order to receive the shots. 


    RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion notes, "This year the Health Department is pleased to announce that we will be administering the 4-component Quadrivalent Seasonal Flu shot at all our upcoming community flu clinics and through our clinic locations in Kewanee and Colona. We believe this vaccine is going to give our area residents the most comprehensive protection from the Influenza this year.”


     Tucker adds, “As usual, we are encouraging everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu this year.  People at high risk of serious flu complications are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated.  These "at-risk" persons include small children, pregnant women, people with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, smokers, heart and lung disease, health care workers, and people 65 years and older."


    The Health Department will be giving Seasonal Flu vaccinations at these times and locations:


Cambridge:      Monday, October 2nd from 9:00-10:00am, United Methodist Church,

120 W. Exchange


Annawan:         Monday, October 2nd from 1:00-2:00pm, Sacred Heart Church Hall,

108 N. Main St.


Orion:                          Tuesday, October 3rd from 9:00-10:00am, United Methodist Church,

407 12th Ave.


Wyoming:        Tuesday, October 3rd from 1:00-2:00pm, Church of the Nazarene,

517 N Madison Ave.


Kewanee:         Wednesday, October 4th from 9-10am, Black Hawk College-Community Education

Center, 404 E. 3rd St.


Thursday, October 12th from 9-10:00am, Kewanee Public Library,

102 S. Tremont


Geneseo:         Thursday, October 5th from 9:00-10:00am, Moose Lodge, S. State St.


Friday, October 13th 9:30-10:30am, Geneseo Public Library District,

805 N. Chicago St.


Woodhull:        Thursday, October 5th from 1:00m-2:00pm, United Church of Woodhull,

105 W. 3rd Ave


Galva:              Friday, October 6th from 9am-10am, 1st United Methodist Church,

214 NW 2nd Ave.


Toulon:            Tuesday, October 10th from 9:00-10:00am, State Bank of Toulon,

102 W. Main


Andover:          Wednesday, October 11th from 9:00-10:00am, Augustana Lutheran Church,

628 6th


Atkinson:         Wednesday, October 11th from 1:00-2:00pm, Township Hall,

N. State St.


Bradford:         Thursday, October 12th from 1:00-2:00pm, Carmody Center,

                        218 1st St.


    For Children's Flu Vaccine, call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 for pricing and availability information.


    The Health Department reminds individuals to practice flu preventative measures; Clean hands frequently, Cover your nose and mouth when coughing, and Contain spread of the flu virus by staying home when you are ill.


    For more information on the Health Department's Fall Flu Clinics call the Department at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) and 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments, or Follow Us On Twitter.


IDOT Winter Operations Positions Still Available


The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking workers for temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal this winter in several northwestern Illinois counties in IDOT District 2. These seasonal positions are available for both full-time and on-call work schedules. The deadline to apply is Oct. 10.

The department's annual “snowbird” program requires employees to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays and nights. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required.

Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information, including details on pay and the potential for benefits, please visit www.idot.illinois.gov.

New Bobcat Hunting Rules In IL

 A new state law will allow hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats during the 2017-18 Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season which opens on Nov. 10.  The legislation making changes in the bobcat season, House Bill 3399, was signed into law on Sept. 22.  


Additionally, the new law also changed the list of counties in which it is unlawful to hunt or trap bobcats in the state.  The following counties are prohibited from hunting or trapping bobcats:  Boone, Bureau, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Piatt, Putnam, Stark, Stephenson, Vermilion, Will, Winnebago, Woodford, and the area north of U.S. Route 36 in Edgar and Douglas counties and north of U.S. Route 36 to the junction with Illinois Route 121 and north or east of Illinois Route 121 in Macon County.


Bobcat hunting and trapping season dates are Nov. 10, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018.


Illinois resumed bobcat hunting and trapping during the 2016-17 season.  During the 2016-17 season, the taking of bobcats was prohibited in a northeast quadrant of the state bounded by Interstate 39/U.S. Route 51 on the west and U.S. Route 36 on the south, and was allowed in the remainder of the state.


Hunters and trappers may apply for 2017-18 bobcat permits through Sept. 30.  A total of 1,000 permits have been allocated, and a lottery drawing will be conducted as more than 1,000 permit applications have been received.  During last year’s bobcat season, Illinois issued 500 permits and hunters and trappers harvested 141 bobcats, a 28 percent success rate.


Applications can be made through the DNR Direct online license and permit system ($5.00 non-refundable application fee) at https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

Rail Safety Week

Illinois State Police District 7 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, September 24 through September 30.


To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State Police District 7 has planned enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings.  Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.


When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings.  Please remember, it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks and anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing.  Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.


According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all rail-related collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). 


During 2016 there were 120 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles.  These collisions resulted in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities.  In addition, there were 39 trespassing incidents on railroad property which resulted in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities.  Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.

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KPL Children's Librarian Sara Billiet is the guest

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Mendoza endorses Pritzker

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has a tenacious ally in his corner. Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced her endorsement Wednesday morning at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 193 Headquarters in Springfield. Pritzker loves having Mendoza on his side, especially after seeing the video where Mendoza repeatedly confronts an ex con hit and run driver...
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Mendoza says Pritzker can help undo the damage left behind by the state's two year long budget drought that ended this summer....
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Mendoza also joined Pritzker in Chicago to announce the endorsement there Wednesday afternoon.

ACA backers at State Capitol rally believe push will resume to repeal Obamacare

Tuesday's decision by Senate Republicans to scrap a vote on a healthcare plan to replace Obamacare may have reduced interest in scheduled protests. However, Organizing for Action decided to go forward with a rally outside the State Capitol. Katie Lancaster believes some of the issues could resurface sooner rather than later, under a "new umbrella"....
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President Trump has launched a new tax reform discussion with a pledge to simplify the tax code. .

September Finishing Warm, Dry

It's been an odd stretch in September as the month comes to a close this week.Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln says we started September cooler than normal but the last week to ten days has been well above average.

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According to Miller, the month of September is averaging out to be normal in terms of temperatures. He adds the last 30 days have been dominated by the tropical storms.

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Miller indicates most of central Illinois has seen only a few days of measurable rain in the last 30 days, leaving most of the area below normal for average rainfall. He indicates around 90-percent of the state is abnormally dry or in a moderate drought. 

Crop production yields being outpaced by cash rent costs in central Illinois

A group of central Illinois farmers expressing concern that crop production yields are being outpaced by the cost of cash rent for farmland. Logan County farmer Blair Bruns authored a letter to his local paper on the issue and received support from fellow farmer Eli Klokkenga.
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According to the latest data from USDA, cash rent in Logan County averages $289 per acre with the state average at $218. USDA data also shows Logan County corn yields averaging 207.7 bushels per acre from 2014 through 2016.

Kewanee Sidewalks To Get Upgrades

Kewanee City Council voted to approve funding for the City’s sidewalk program at this week’s council meeting.

City Manager Gary Bradley says it’s part of an overall program and that in part is in response to the questionnaire that was sent to citizens asking for their input on needed areas of improvement for the city…

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Mr. Bradley also says the city’s streets continue to get needed attention as well…

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Kewanee Planning Commission Meets Tonight

The Planning Commission will meet in Kewanee City Hall, Council Chambers at 401 E. Third Street at 7:00 o’clock this evening.


1:  206 N Chestnut St, Anthony and Abigail Segura, requesting approval from the Plan Commission for an expansion of use / change in floor plan to the special use permit for a beer garden already in use.


August Real Estate Sales Strong In Illinois

 The summer’s competitive housing market extended through August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher, but tempering total home sales, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2017 totaled 16,196 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from 16,771 in August 2016.

The statewide median price in August was $200,456, up 5.0 percent from August 2016, when the median price was $191,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"The summer selling season was marked by high demand and lower-than-ideal inventories, 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 data show homes are selling at a lightning-fast pace, which speaks to how quickly consumers are prepared to move to get the home they want."

The time it took to sell a home in August averaged 48 days, down from 55 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 60,462 homes for sale, an 11.4 percent decline from August 2016 when there were 68,240 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.88 percent in August 2017, a decrease from 3.97 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In August 2016, it averaged 3.44 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in August 2017 totaled 11,660 homes sold, down 3.9 percent from August 2016 sales of 12,139 homes. The median price in August 2017 was $239,900 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 4.3 percent from $230,000 in August 2016.

“The uncertainty in the Illinois economy over the last two years has contributed to a dampening of housing demand in contrast to the generally positive outlook in the rest of the country,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois.  “At the same time, declines in inventory are still exerting upward pressure on housing prices and thus reducing affordability.”

According to the data, forty-two (42) Illinois counties reported sales gains for August 2017 over previous-year numbers, including LaSalle County, up 26.5 percent with 148 units sold; Will County, up 5.5 percent with 1,149 units sold; and Sangamon County, up 4.4 percent with 286 units sold. Fifty-two (52) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Peoria County, up 12.6 percent to $128,000; Lake County, up 11.8 percent to $255,000; and Kane County, up 10.2 percent to $234,950.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.5 percent year-over-year home sales decline in August 2017 with 2,716 sales, down from 2,844 in August 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in August 2017 was $285,000, up 5.2 percent compared to August 2016 when it was $271,000. 

“With the improvement in the economy, people decided to enjoy their summer and the disposable income in their pockets,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “While this contributed to a slight slowdown in year-over-year sales, the market is on track and poised for a strong autumn; days on market continue to decline, and our year-to-date sales are higher than last year’s. Energy and attention is shifting to the housing market and the opportunities therein.”

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 Sept. 7, 2017 for the period Aug. 1 through Aug. 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.        

Rural development also part of new Farm Bill discussions

While crop insurance has received most of the attention in discussion on a new Farm Bill, there are other important issues at stake. One of those is the Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program says Kim Leftwich of the Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative in Mattoon, Illinois.
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The current Farm Bill expires in 2018. 

The Heat is Gone But Dry Here to Stay

The hot weather has broken in most of Illinois. The daily highs of the 90’s have been put in the rearview mirror with many in the state feeling high temps in the 70’s today. But the very dry weather isn’t going anywhere. The extended forecast has no sign of significant rain and State Climatologist Jim Angel says a developing weather pattern in the Pacific may keep it dry here through October.

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The flip side is after October there is an increased chance of wetter than normal conditions.

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Mental Health Walk on Tuned IN

Behavioral Health Navigator Beth Smith is the guest

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Wyffels Hybrids Expands Their Atkinson Operation

Wyffels Hybrids is expanding their production facility in Atkinson.

Jacob Wyffels is the Production Manager for the company and he outlines some of the recent work to the Atkinson operation…

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Mr. Wyffels adds that substantial growth for their company has created the need and the opportunity to expand the operation…

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Wyffels Hybrids is investing $23 million over three years to its production facility and as Mr. Wyffels agrees, that’s another sign of the company’s commitment to the area…

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Ameren Soon To Wrap Up Project In Kewanee

Ameren Illinois is nearing completion of its remediation work on North Main Street in Kewanee.  The company hopes to have the work completed by the end of the year.

Ameren Illinois began remediating the site of impacted soil from the former Kewanee Gas, Light and Coke Company, May 2015. More than 7,600 semi-truck loads, or approximately 112,000 cubic yards, of soil containing manufactured gas plant residues has been removed.

Don Richardson, Ameren Illinois, who has been overseeing the project since the start, says roughly 1,800 semi-truck loads of soil still needs to be removed.  All soil and building debris has been hauled away to landfills in Rock Island.

When an area has been excavated soil samples are submitted to a certified laboratory and analyzed as confirmation samples prior to backfilling.  Once the remedial activities have been completed, Ameren will then submit a remedial action completion report to the Illinois EPA for review.

If the Illinois EPA determines that the site meets the appropriate cleanup objectives, they will issue a NFR (no further remediation) letter for the affected properties. The NFR letter means no additional actions are necessary to remediate a specific problem and it releases responsible parties from any need to do more remediation, as long as the terms of the NFR letter are met. The NFR letter will be recorded with the county recorder of deeds so that future purchasers will be aware of the properties’ history.

In addition to the remediation, Ameren Illinois placed a portable, temporary substation on the property so crews could decommission and raze the substation at the southwest corner of 5th Street and Burr.  It sat on ground that needed to be remediated.

During phase two of the remediation, which began, May 2016, Ameren Illinois started constructing a new multi-million substation with the latest smart grid sensors and switches to detect and isolate outages faster.  Part of the substation was placed into service, last service.  The final part was placed into service in early 2017.  The entire substation serve approximately 3,900 customers.

City Wide Clean Up Set For October 21

The city of Kewanee will hold another city wide clean up day on Saturday, October 21st from 7 am til 12 noon.

Keith Edwards is the City’s Director of Commercial Development and he says the first two similar efforts have gone very well…

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Edwards now takes a look at the list of items that will be accepted during the October 21st clean up…

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Keith stresses that entry to the site will once again be off of Prospect Street onto Elliott…

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Duckworth weighs in on healthcare vote

Senate Republicans are again tackling a health care bill designed to replace Obamacare. Senator Tammy Duckworth took part in a morning rally in Washington. She expressed her fears Cassidy-Graham proposal would eliminate health care for millions, directly and indirectly....
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Duckworth says the legislation would also create problems with Americans like her who deal with disabilities...
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Duckworth says at least 32 million Americans will lose health care and the Medicaid program that supports people with disabilities would be devastated.

State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Biss: Political Division in Illinois Needs To End

Several members of the Democratic Party in Illinois have announced their candidacy for governor. State Senator Daniel Biss of Skokie is among those in the race. He says division between upstate and downstate voters in Illinois needs to change if the state hopes to move forward.

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Biss also believes Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is holding the state back as well, saying he has been in office for too long and has become too powerful.

Davis Expects Hearings on Data Breach

The massive data breach of the Equifax has impacted millions of people across the nation, and a Central Illinois congressman expects hearings on the matter. The hack happened earlier this year, with hackers gaining access to names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville says Equifax, and the other credit reporting bureaus get sensitive information, and they must do a better job of protecting it.

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If you see suspicious activity, you are advised to report it to your financial institutions immediately. Some financial experts have also suggested putting a freeze on your credit reports as a way to protect yourself.

Woodchip Bioreactor Field Day on Wednesday

Last minute reservations are being taken for the Woodchip Bioreactor Field Day that will be held on Wednesday near Geneseo.

Ryan Arch is the Executive Director of the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association and he says the presentation is the result of several organizations and their efforts…

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Arch adds that attendees will be able to view a bioreactor during construction and see how this practice works in the field…

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A free lunch will be served at noon on Wednesday and again, last minute reservations can be made by contacting the Henry County Farm Bureau at 937-2411.       

BHC Celebrates 48 Years of Providing Adult Ed Classes


Black Hawk College is celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Sept. 24-30.


Each year, approximately 1,300 students enroll in GED completion and non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Black Hawk College.


Approximately 30 million Americans age 25 and older have not earned a high school diploma or equivalent, and 93 million function below the high school level.


Adult Education programs serve individuals age 16 and older who need to improve their basic skills with an emphasis on literacy, mathematics and English language proficiency.


Black Hawk College provides Adult Education classes at no cost to students who qualify. Classes are held in Aledo, East Moline, Kewanee and Rock Island.


Instructors work with each student to design an individual learning plan that aligns to his/her goals, such as to:

· Get, retain or advance in a job.

· Get off public assistance and earn a family-sustaining income.

· Complete high school or obtain a GED certificate.

· Transfer to a community college or training program.

· Help their children succeed in school.

· Manage their family’s health care.

· Learn English, understand U.S. culture and be an informed citizen.


Black Hawk College began serving adult learners on July 1, 1969.


Today, the Black Hawk College Adult Education program provides instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), high school credit and English as a Second Language (ESL).


For more information, call 309-796-8216.



Roadwork Continues Today In Kewanee

Tuesday 9/26/17 (Roads will be primed and oiled)
Wednesday 9/27/17 (Roads will be oiled and chipped)


· Burr from 9th to 10th

· Cole starting at 1288’ north of 7th to south of Railroad Ave

· E 7th from Florence to Harbour

· See from Lake to 7th

· E 3rd starting east of Kewanee High School to Lyle

· W 4th from Boss to West St

· Golden from Cambridge Rd to AA St

· Irwin from Cambridge Rd to the dead end

· W 3rd from Grove to Ross

· New from Union to High

· Payson from College to Garfield

· West St from Dewey to Division

· Red Adams Rd from Rose to Division

· Adams from Prospect to Rose

· Rose from Washington to Adams


Residents are asked to avoid street parking on these days for work to take place.  Residents are asked to avoid this area during work times.


Tuesday Sports

The Wethersfield Lady Geese continued their winning ways on the volleyball court Monday night winning at Williamsfield 25-10 and 25-11.

Statistical leaders for the Lady Geese included Brittney Litton, Charlotte Pillen, Mackenzie Lindstrom and Tess Anderson

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ABATE calls for prosecutors and police to punish those who lend vehicles to revoked drivers

ABATE typically focuses on preventing Illinois from adopting motorcycle helmet requirements, but they have other safety issues in mind too. They are expressing concerns about drivers who lose their licenses yet continue to get behind the wheel. 29-year-old Justin Heath of Springfield was killed and his girlfriend 23-year-old Samantha Clardy was seriously injured when their motorcycle was struck in May by Doris Fisher. Fisher has been unable to drive legally for 14 years, but ABATE says she was behind the wheel thanks to the help of her daughter. Witkowski is calling for Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr to arrest Fisher's daughter....... ..
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Witkowski believes charging Fischer's daughter will send a message to others...
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Clardy has undergone extensive surgeries and faces at least three more as her recovery continues. 

ICC promotes finding "blue sign" during Rail Safety Week

What to do should a tractor or other farm implement breaks down at a rail crossing? Find the “blue sign” says Chip Pew, Coordinator of Illinois Operation Lifesaver for the Illinois Commerce Commission.
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If you can’t find the “blue sign” Pew recommends calling 9-1-1. This is National Rail Safety Week. 

Henry County Health Dept on People to People

RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotions is the guest

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OSF On Tuned IN

Community Relations Specialist Carrie Boelens is the guest

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Senior Center Funding Finally Coming In

The state of Illinois is finally doling out checks to the various groups and organizations that count on that money that has been budgeted in to the state’s fiscal year budget.

Henry County Senior Citizens Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says things at the Center are going much better as a result…

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A solid bottom line budget and help from the community has kept the Senior Center going and even though the state has not met their obligations for the last year or two, there will be no back pay coming in…

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IEMA Awards Grants

 The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 32 county emergency management agencies to enhance their emergency operations centers.


“Emergency Operations Centers are the nerve center for coordinating emergency response efforts,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We focused these grant awards on counties that most needed basic technology and other equipment to help them serve their residents during emergencies.”


To be considered for a grant, an emergency management agency was required to be compliant with National Incident Management System requirements, have a current, approved emergency operations plan, and have a functional emergency operations center.


Forty-seven emergency management agencies submitted grant applications, which were competitively evaluated by state and local public safety representatives with priority given to counties with the greatest need. Representatives of county and municipal emergency management also provided input on the eligible items list in order to best benefit county emergency management agencies.


Items eligible for purchase with the grant funds include PCs, laptops, projectors, printers, phones, radio base stations, portable projectors, screens, white boards and furniture for the emergency operations center.


Grants were awarded to the following county emergency management agencies:



Alexander County       $21,734.30

Brown County            $24,995.70

Carroll County            $  6,744.00

Christian County         $  5,520.00

Clay County                $  5,990.64

Coles County              $17,838.47

Cumberland County   $12,352.91

Edgar County              $18,670.00

Effingham County      $12,400.00

Fayette County           $  9,422.97

Fulton County             $14,000.00

Henry County             $24,995.28

Iroquois County          $17,850.00

Jefferson County         $  6,176.77

Jo Daviess County      $24,900.00

Logan County             $12,050.00

Marshall County         $  9,575.00

Mason County            $21,462.98

Massac County           $  8,200.00

Menard County           $  8,294.00

Mercer County            $25,000.00

Monroe County           $24,964.45

Montgomery County  $16,223.00

Perry County               $24,982.00

Pike County                $20,879.40

Putnam County           $24,998.00

Shelby County            $13,322.00

Stephenson County     $22,168.47

Wabash County          $12,500.00

Wayne County            $11,770.00

White County             $13,580.00

Woodford County       $  6,439.66

District 229 Needs Bus Drivers

The Kewanee School District like most others in the state is in need of qualified bus drivers.

District 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says it’s an ongoing challenge…

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Dr. Sullens says it’s hard to find good bus drivers that are committed to the school’s schedule…

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Dr. Sullens also says that they have an almost always open application policy as they have a steady need for bus drivers.   

He also outlines some of the requirements to become a bus driver…

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Kewanee Park District Info

The season at the Kewanee Park District is winding down but as Director of Parks and Recreation Brian Johnson points out, they do remain busy with many school related athletic events…

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Northeast Park will also be a busy place on September 30th with another school related activity…


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It's Not Too Early To Get A Flu Shot



As soon as the influenza (flu) vaccine is available in your community, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated.  Because of concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine worked during the past two flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending people get a flu shot and not the nasal spray.  Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

“We recommend people get a flu shot by the end of October, if possible.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Therefore, it’s better to be vaccinated before flu viruses start circulating.”

The flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December and March.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness.  Serious cases of flu can result in hospitalization or death. 

Getting a flu shot can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.  The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, especially those who may not be able to be vaccinated, such as babies under six months.  Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people.  Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.  People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

On average, it’s about two days after being exposed to the flu before symptoms begin.  However, you can pass the flu to someone roughly a day before you start experiencing those symptoms, and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.

• Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.
• Cover – cover your cough and sneeze. 
• Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu.  Many observational studies have found that in addition to lessening the duration and severity of symptoms, antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications.  Because it is important to start antiviral medication quickly, high-risk patients should contact a health care professional at the first signs of influenza symptoms, which include sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, and tiredness.

To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your health care provider or local health department.  You can also use the online Vaccine Finder.

Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals


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

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

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

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

You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

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

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

Check your pulse and blood pressure

Perform a vision test

Observe your general appearance

Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

Listen to your heart and lungs

Check for spine deformities

Perform a neurological exam

Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

Perform a hernia check

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

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

Fill The Boot Drive Today

The Kewanee Fire Department is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

             Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, dedicated fire fighters from Kewanee will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, and other passersby to make a donation to MDA today from 3-6pm at 3rd and Main St. and McClure and Tenney St.   

            In 2016, Kewanee Firefighters raised $4,060 for MDA because of the generosity of the Kewanee community. This year they have set a goal of surpassing their 2016 total. You can help them reach their goal by dropping a donation into their boots when you see firefighters out and about.

            “We are thrilled to be working with Kewanee for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Jillian Harper, Executive Director. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours Filling the Boot to care for kids and adults in the Kewanee area. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

            Funds raised through Kewanee’ Fill the Boot event in 2017 empower families who inspire everyday Americans to help kids and adults with Muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger, displaying how we all can truly live unlimited no matter what limits we may face.

Contributions also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. They also help send more than 70 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp Courageous in Monticello, IA – all at no cost to their families.

In addition to Fill the Boot drives, fire fighter contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.

About MDA
            MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.

Booster Seat Safety Efforts This Weekend

Illinois Transportation officials and Triple-A are marking Naitonal Child Passenger Safety Week with nearly 100 free car-seat safety checks throughout the state. Most of them will take place on National Seat Check Saturday. IDOT's Rich Brauer.....
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The focus of the car-seat safety checks is eight car seat mistakes. IDOT Occupant protection coordinator Jessi Hopkins talks about the issue that tops the list...
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You can find out about car safety seat checks near you at BuckleupIllinois.org.
IDOT says other mistakes include: Not adjusting the harness snugly against the child. Not securing the car seat in the vehicle properly. Forgetting to register the car seat for recall notifications. Having toys or other items unsecured in the vehicle. Not using the lower anchors/LATCH system as approved. Not using the top tether on a forward-facing car seat. Moving to the next car seat or booster seat too soon.

ISP on People to People

State Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline is the guest

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BHE On Tuned IN

Sam Rux and Drew Cotton talk about the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration at Black Hawk East

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Roadwork Continues On Friday In Kewanee


The City of Kewanee will continue its summer Road Program work.  Roads will be closed to through traffic only while work is taking place.  Residents in the work zone areas are asked to avoid street parking on mornings when work is planned.  The following areas are scheduled for the upcoming days:


Friday, 9/22/17 (Roads will be oiled)


·       Burr from 9th to 10th

·       Cole starting at 1288’ north of 7th to south of Railroad Ave

·       E 7th from Florence to Harbour

·       See from Lake to 7th

·       E 3rd starting east of Kewanee High School to Lyle

·       W 4th from Boss to West St

·       Golden from Cambridge Rd to AA St

·       Irwin from Cambridge Rd to the dead end

·       W 3rd from Grove to Ross

·       New from Union to High

·       Payson from College to Garfield

·       West St from Dewey to Division

·       Red Adams Rd from Rose to Division

·       Adams from Prospect to Rose

·       Rose from Washington to Adams

Wethersfield Homecoming Activities

Wethersfield High School is celebrating homecoming this week with several activities.

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says that skit night will be held later this evening…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that another neat event will also be held on Friday…

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The homecoming week will wrap up on Saturday night with the annual homecoming dance from 8-11 in the Wethersfield High School gymnasium…

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Kewanee Homecoming Activities

Homecoming is being celebrated at Kewanee High School this week.

KHS Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan says several activities are on the schedule for today…

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Mr. Bryan adds that Friday of course, will be a very busy and fun filled day…

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The homecoming week will wrap up on Saturday night with the homecoming dance from 8-11 at H.F. Brockman Gymnasium…

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Davis Sponsoring Bill to Fight Growing Student Loan Debt Crisis

Central Illinois Congresman Rodney Davis sponsoring legislation aimed at encouraging private businesses to help their employees pay off student loan debt.
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Davis says it’s not just an important issue for the country’s younger generation, it’s an issue for the financial stability of the country.
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Davis says student loan debt will be a key issue as lawmakers look at federal tax reform in the coming weeks.

China demand should help boost corn prices

A change in China’s ethanol blend policy could provide a boost to corn prices. It’s all about demand says trading expert Doug Werling
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Werling says bottom line is that demand for corn will increase with stocks peaking and as those stocks draw down, that should help push price. 

Illinois Farm Bureau promoting local government resource called 'LINK"

The words “local government” are big words in Illinois. That’s because there are nearly 7,000 units in the Land of Lincoln, most of any state in the nation. The Illinois Farm Bureau offers a resource for the local taxpayer—to help them understand or get involved in the local government process. It’s called LINK—Local Information, News and Know-How says Kevin Rund, Senior Director of Local Government for IFB.
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LINK is distributed electronically at the county farm bureau level or the latest edition can be accessed by going to “ilfb.org” and type the word “LINK” in the search box. Topics addressed in the last release included such issues as local government accountability, landowner rights, rural development and strategic planning. 

Kewanee Park District on People to People

Brian Johnson, Director of Parks and Recreation is the guest

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BHHA On Tuned IN

BHHA Administrator Todd DeDecker talks about Jordbruksdagarna

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Funding Announced For QC Airport

 U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and TammyDuckworth today announced $3,294,751 in federal funding for the Quad City International Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation.


$2,974,751 of the funding will pay for the rehabilitation of the lighting systems for Runway 9/27 and Taxiway H that have both reached the end of their useful lives and require rehabilitation to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. The additional $320,000 will fund an update to the existing airport master plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.


“By making investments in the Quad City International Airport, we’re helping generate a stronger economic environment in our community,” said Bustos. “For any business to succeed, it needs access to quality and reliable transportation options. That's why it's so important to continue fighting to deliver these job-creating federal dollars to improve the Quad City International Airport. I want to thank Senators Durbin and Duckworth for working with us to make the Quad-Cities a great place to live, work and raise a family.”


“Quad City International Airport is a critical transportation link for central Illinois, and this funding will help the airport continue to serve residents and visitors safely, securely, and efficiently,” said Durbin. “I will continue working with Senator Duckworth and Congresswoman Bustos to invest in the growth of the airport and the Quad Cities region.”


“As a pilot, I know how important all airports are to communities across the state of Illinois,” said Duckworth. “This funding will help ensure the Quad City International Airport has the resources it needs to make necessary improvements and support local job growth. I look forward to continuing my work with Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Bustos to improve Illinois’s airports and support economic development throughout the region.”

School Funding Bill Good For District 229

The Illinois legislature recently agreed to a new education bill that has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Kewanee Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says the new funding formula encompasses several different components…

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Dr. Sullens adds that the new funding method is potentially good for District 229…

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Kewanee Zoning Board Meets Tonight

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet in Kewanee City Hall, Council Chambers at 401 E. Third Street beginning at 7:00 o’clock this evening.

There is one variance petition upon which a hearing will be conducted. 

That petition from Arnie Cordrey at 211 Tenney St.

The variance would allow the placement of the existing billboard sign to continue to exist and to allow an increase in size.

Ameren Illinois Wants to Keep Farmers Safe During National Farm Safety Week

Ameren Illinois working to keep all farmers safe out on the fields. The utility’s George Justice says some power lines can contain so much energy that you don’t have to touch it to feel the effects of the electricity in the line.
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Justice says all farmers or anyone looking to dig should always call 8-1-1 because it could save lives.
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Calling the Julie 8-1-1 system is free. This is National Farm Safety Week. 

Mendoza Leaps To Action During Hit and Run Accident

A hit and run traffic accident might not be big news in Chicago, but one has turned into just that with involvement of a nearby witness. Comptroller Susana Mendoza was out for a family bike ride in July when she and her husband saw a truck barrel through an intersection. That truck, police say, eventually plowed through another intersection and hit a car. Mendoza rode her bike up to the accident and then started taking video of the scene, even following the driver of the truck into a convenience store. Mendoza didn’t know it, but the driver was an infamous two time felon from Chicago, John “Quarters” Boyle.

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The driver in question did flee the scene but two days later turned himself in. “Quarters” Boyle was convicted for stealing $4 million in mostly quarters from the Illinois Tollway, and then was convicted in connection with the Hire Truck scandal in the city of Chicago. Boyle’s first court appearance was
this past week. Mendoza says once she rode up to the scene that she did all she could to stop the man from leaving.


Rauner To Support Both Ends of State in Amazon Bid

Internet retail giant Amazon is looking for a location to build a second headquarters. It’s seen as a huge opportunity to land thousands of high paying white collar and technical jobs. Governor Bruce Rauner and others from Chicago are working on a bid to bring them to the city. But Rauner says he will also be working to see that other parts of the state are being supported.

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Rauner says a group of industry and state leaders are in Seattle today laying groundwork to support bids made on behalf of Illinois.

Alleged Racial Incidents at SIUE

A pair of alleged racial incidents at SIU Edwardsville are being investigated by campus police. A note containing a racial slur was left on a student's on-campus apartment door last week. The weekend before, a boulder in the SIUE quad was discovered with the Confederate flag painted on it. SIUE Spokesman Doug McIlhagga (MAC-ill-HAY-guh) says these two incidents are being taken very seriously.

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He says the university "will not tolerate that kind of activity and behavior on this campus."

Northwestern Illinois Flood victims get help from SBA

Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in northwestern Illinois recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in July. People and businesses in Stephenson and the contiguous Illinois counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago who were impacted by the flooding are now eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans. More information is available by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

Durbin attacks latest "Trumpcare" plan

Senator Dick Durbin is speaking out against the latest version of what he calls Trumpcare. Durbin accused his Republican colleagues of trying to ram through the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare without sufficient analysis.....
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Durbin says there is opposition from the medical community to the latest concept, Cassidy-Graham....
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Durbin is also calling for extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides health insurance coverage for more than nine million children and pregnant women nationwide. 

Democratic race for AG could be wide open

The sudden pending opening in the Attorney General's office has set off a flurry of activity. Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Pearson reports one of Chicago Alderman Ed Burke's two lawyer daughters is circulating petitions to run for the Democratic nomination for A-G now that Lisa Madigan has announced she won't seek another term. Burke informed the Cook County Democrats his daughter was circulating petititions but wouldn't identify which one. State Representative Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, who recently announced she was leaving the General Assembly, is also circulating petititons. There is also word State Rep. Scott Drury could leave the race for Governor and run for Attorney General instead. Reports out of Chicago also indicate former Comptroller and one time Democratic rising star Dan Hynes could rise from the political ashes and make a run for A-G.

KHS Supt of Schools On PTP

Dist 229 Supt of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens is the guest

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Art DeCabooter to be honored by BHC East Foundation


 Former Black Hawk College East Campus vice president Dr. Arthur Decabooter will be honored September 22 for his leadership during the 1970s in creating the permanent campus between Kewanee and Galva and for initiating the highly regarded horse sciences as well as ag and auto mechanics programs.

Decabooter will be inducted onto the Black Hawk College East Foundation Wall of Fame at a reception and program beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, September 22 at the East Campus.

“Art is a wonderful person who provided remarkable leadership for the East Campus during a period of strong growth,” said retired East business professor Carolyn Anderson of Cambridge, who worked closely with Dr. Decabooter during his tenure at East Campus from 1971-78.

In honoring Dr. Decabooter, the East Foundation seeks to raise enough financial support to create an endowed scholarship in his name. Registration for the reception is $30, and sponsorships are available and encouraged.

 “Dr. DeCabooter jump-started the careers of many successful young people from our area,” observed Foundation executive director Liz Breedlove, “and we plan to keep Art’s legacy alive through an enduring scholarship for future students.”

 Arthur DeCabooter served as acting provost of the East Campus from 1971-73 and as vice president from 1974-78. While at East, DeCabooter also served as president of the Kewanee Rotary, the YMCA, and Pilot House (now Abilities Plus).

DeCabooter later served for 30 years as the president of the 15,000-student Scottsdale (AZ) Community College, from which he retired in 2008.

 For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Liz Breedlove at breedlovel@bhc.edu or 309-854-1715.

 To register for the reception, contact Kaylyn Peterson at petersonk@bhc.edu or 309-854-1718.

Celebrating 500 Years Of The Reformation

On Sunday, September 24, 4 pm, an area-wide service celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover.  The message will be given by Sister Sandra Brunenn OSB Prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Rock Island.  Prior to becoming Prioress in 2012, she served as the Pastoral Associate at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Coal Valley, IL for 15 years.  Sister Sandra is a native of central Illinois and has experience in grade and high school education, campus and parish ministry as well as leadership in her religious community.  She holds M.A. degrees from Ohio State and Seattle Universities.  The presiders will be Pastor Michel Clark from Knoxville, Assistant to the Bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Father James P. DeBisschop, who serves St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Coal Valley and Mary, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Orion.     


The service will include portions of the Common Prayer Service, which was compiled by the Liturgical Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity.  The ecumenical commemoration of the 500 years of the Reformation reflects in its basic liturgical structure this theme of thanksgiving, repentance, and common witness and communion. 


A 60-voice ecumenical choir will be led by Ben Holmes, director of choirs at Moline's Wilson Middle School and director of the Ascension Ringers bell choir at Augustana College.  The organist will be Chris Nelson, organist and director of music at St Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.  The five-member praise band from Geneseo First United Methodist Church will play during the gathering time prior to the service, starting at 3:30 o'clock.  The offering will go to Hurricane Harvey Relief.  Golf cart transportation will be provided for persons needing rides to and from their autos.  Light refreshments will be served following the service, which is planned by the Jenny Lind Chapel Board.  

Bishop Hill Looking for Collectors and Diners


The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is organizing the 4th annual Collectors Weekend on Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15, 2017.  What is Collectors Weekend?  It is the opportunity for local collectors to show off their treasures to the public. For one weekend only at the Steeple Building Museum, display your collections, whether they are cap pistols, porcelain dolls, or other antique/vintage items. The BHHA will provide the site and the promotion; you will provide the display. If you are interested in participating in this year’s Collectors Weekend and would like to show off your treasurers, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net  for more details.   Items are for display only, not for sale.


In addition, the BHHA is hosting the premiere of Dinner and Drama at the Dairy on the evening of Saturday, October 14.  For this fundraising event, a Swedish Meatball Dinner will be provided by the Filling Station.   The dinner will be at the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street.  Following the meal, attendees will drive around Bishop Hill in people movers, provided by the Galva American Legion.  As you tour Bishop Hill, historical figures from our past will step out and take you back to their time with stories from Colony days.  The cost of the dinner and the historical drama is $25 per ticket.  Dinner times are 5:30 and 7 p.m.  Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to order your ticket today, while supplies last.  Proceeds from this event benefit BHHA activities.


Rauner Returns From Trade Trip

The Governor returned from an overseas trip that took him to Japan and China to reinforce trade relationships and to build new ones. Bruce Rauner says today that he didn’t want to travel overseas until the state had a budget. Rauner says though he heard plenty about Illinois troubles but there are companies that are looking to the bright spots that Illinois has to offer.

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Rauner says he touted the benefits of the state’s transportation network. 

Ag haulers seek flexibility with hours of service trucking regulations

The agriculture industry seeking flexibility when it comes to hours of service trucking regulations, especially when it comes to hauling grain and livestock. Don Schaefer is with the Midwest Truckers Association.
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The Midwest Truckers Association represents truckers in 15 states, including Illinois. 

Youth ag safety expert: No extra riders on tractor during harvest season

National Farm Safety and Health Week underway and the message from a youth ag safety specialist is to not have extra-riders on the tractor. Marsha Salzwedel is with the National Farm Medicine Center in Wisconsin.
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Salzwedal says there are many ways to nurture a young child’s interest in farming—including Lego’s, barn sets, toy tractors, gardening and even video game simulators.

Kewanee Public LIbrary Info

The Friends of the Library at Kewanee Public Library are sponsoring a bus trip to Galena on September 27th.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says there are still seats available for that trip…

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Ms. Billiet also reminds families with little ones that the pre-school story time program continues each Tuesday morning at 11:30 at the library…

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Visit Dozens of Schools Sept. 28 at College Night at BHC


 Black Hawk College will host the 46th Annual College Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, in the gym in Building 3.

 In one evening, students can visit with representatives from dozens of colleges and universities. Admission is free!

 High school students, college students, parents and grandparents can get information on:

·        Admission requirements

·        How to apply

·        Tuition costs

·        Financial aid

·        Housing options

·        Majors

·        Transfer options


For a list of participating schools, go to www.bhc.edu/collegenight.

For more information, call 309-796-5341 or email info@bhc.edu.

HCS Fall Driving Tips

The autumn season is upon us and that often times will translate to a little different driving conditions as the season unfolds.

As Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka points out, a variety of weather conditions, the fall harvest and the fact that the deer will soon be running in increasing numbers can lead to some challenges out on the road…

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Chamber of Commerce Info

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is offering raffle tickets for the Garden Utility Shed that was built by Greiner Buildings during the Hog Festival Parade.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Chamber and on Thursday, he commented that the raffle tickets are now ready for sale…

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Mark also extends an update on the Lou Little Cabin on the south side of Kewanee…

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Extra Trash Bags Allowed For Kewanee Residents Week of September 18

Residents in Kewanee are reminded that the City will allow six extra bags of trash with no extra stickers during the normal pick up during the week of September 18.

Trash is picked up for residents on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week for Kewanee residents.

But again, six extra bags of trash with no extra stickers during your normal pickup on the week of September 18 in Kewanee.     

Roadwork In Kewanee Continues Next Week

The City of Kewanee will continue it’s summer Road Program work.  Roads will be closed to through traffic only while work is taking place.  Residents in the work zone areas are asked to avoid street parking on mornings when work is planned.  The following areas are scheduled for the upcoming days:


Monday 9/18/17 and Tuesday 9/19/17


·       Central from Main to Elm (staff and parents at Central School are asked to not park on the street on Central Blvd that morning)

·       Rice from 4th to 6th

·       Rice from 2nd to 3 ½

·       Midland from Beach to Crescent

·       McKinley from Main to Vine

·       Vine from McKinley to Williams

·       Lake starting east of Lakeland Terrace


Wednesday 9/20/17 (Roads will be oiled)


·       Burr from 9th to 10th

·       Cole starting at 1288’ north of 7th to south of Railroad Ave

·       E 7th from Florence to Harbour

·       See from Lake to 7th

·       E 3rd starting east of Kewanee High School to Lyle

·       W 4th from Boss to West St

·       Golden from Cambridge Rd to AA St

·       Irwin from Cambridge Rd to the dead end

·       W 3rd from Grove to Ross

·       New from Union to High

·       Payson from College to Garfield

·       West St from Dewey to Division

·       Red Adams Rd from Rose to Division

·       Adams from Prospect to Rose

·       Rose from Washington to Adams

Statewide group examines food transparency

Many surveys show consumers want to know more about where food comes from, how it’s produced, and who produced it. The Food and Agricultural Road Map – or FARM Illinois – held an event this week in Chicago to explore what it called, “From seed to shelf,” and how Illinois food companies and farmers can improve transparency. Tyler Strom serves as the managing director for FARM Illinois;

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FARM Illinois aims to keep the state - and Chicago in particular - as a major regional, national and global food hub. You can find more information online at farmIllinois - that's one word - farmillinois-dot-org.

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Duckworth disappointed with failure to update authorization of military force

Wounded combat veteran and Senator Tammy Duckworth believes her successors in the battlefield in the war on terror deserve a new gameplan. She is expressing disappointment over her colleagues failure to plan a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. She says the current plan, which was enacted with the start of the nation's war in Afghanistan, the longest war in the country's history, is outdated....
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Duckworth says it's crucial that the nation's current leaders send a message to today's troops...
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Critics say the authorization is too broad and paved the way for the Iraq War as well as the battle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria without sufficient Congressional input. 

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Kewanee Public Library on Tuned IN

KPL Children's Librarian Sara Billiet is the guest

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Henry County Republicans Meet On Monday

The Henry County Republican Central Committee will meet on Monday, September  18 at the Cambridge Community and Youth Center, 407 N West Street in Cambridge.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.  


The meeting will be kick off for petitions for the March 2018 Elections.  Those interested in getting involved either as a candidate or to volunteer to help Republican candidates are encouraged to attend.  The March primary will include candidates for Illinois Governor and all statewide office, member of Congress for the 17th district, Illinois Senate 36th district, Illinois House in districts 71 and 74 as well as ten members of the Henry County Board, Regional Superintendent of Schools, County Treasurer, Sheriff and County Clerk/Recorder.  Precinct committeeman in all of the Henry County's 52 voting precincts are elected as the March Primary.  Other agenda items include final plans for the Annual Fall Draw Down fundraiser which is planned for November 12, 2017 in Kewanee.  


Meetings are open to all interested Republicans and those wanting to get more involved with the Republican Party locally are encouraged to attend.  Those desiring more information prior to the meeting should call 309-944-6463 or email hcgopsecretary@gmail.com

Stark County Fall Festival Drive This Weekend

The annual Stark County Fall Festival Drive will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17.

The event always features food, antiques, crafts, scenic views, refreshments and much more.

There will be several stops along the route all through Stark County and there will be many features in Toulon, Wyoming, Bradford, West Jersey and LaFayette.

Peggy Gray is the chairperson for the Wyoming segment of the Fall Festival and she gives a thumbnail sketch of the weekend with the schedule for Toulon…

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The Wyoming Masonic Lodge will sponsor a free Illinois child identity program registration under the new pavilion at Thomas Park in Wyoming on Saturday only from 10-3.

Ms. Gray also says that there will be several free activities for kids and their families on Saturday in Wyoming…

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The annual rumble in the park bike show featuring the Spoon River Riders ABATE of Il will also be held on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Park…

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A reminder that flyers outlining the route and destinations is currently available at many locations throughout Stark County


September Is Food Safety Month

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Environmental Health Division announces that September has been designated National Food Safety Month.  This year’s theme for National Food Safety Month is “The Culture of Food Safety”!  Join us as we explore how to protect your family, guests, and community from foodborne illness.


     Dorothy David, Environmental Health Director with the Health Department states, “This year we will focus on a food safety activity conducted by everyone.  Whether it's off to school or work, millions of Americans carry "bag" lunches.”

     David notes, “Food brought from home can be kept safe if it is first handled and cooked properly. Always remember, perishable food must be kept cold while commuting via bus, bicycle, on foot, or in a car. After arriving at school or work, perishable food must be kept cold until lunchtime.”

     Why keep food cold?  Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly in the "Danger Zone" — the temperatures between 40 and 140 °F (4.4 °C and 60 °C). So, perishable food transported without an ice source won't stay safe long. Here are safe handling recommendations to prevent foodborne illness from "bag" lunches.

     Begin with Safe Food - Perishable food (refrigerated), including meat, poultry and eggs, must be kept cold at all times. Eggs should be purchased cold at the store and kept cold at home. In between store and home, transport perishable food as fast as possible when no ice source is available. At home, refrigerate perishables promptly. Food should not be left out at room temperature more than 2 hours — 1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F (32.2 °C).  Prepackaged combos are sometimes packed for lunch. These combos often contain perishable foods such as luncheon meats, cheese, and cut fruit that must be kept refrigerated, even though they may be cured or contain preservatives.

     Keep Everything Clean - Before beginning to pack lunches, make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next item. A solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water may be used to sanitize surfaces and utensils. Keep family pets away from kitchen counters.

     Don't Cross-Contaminate - Harmful bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils, and countertops. Always use a clean cutting board. When using a cutting board for food that will not be cooked, such as bread, lettuce, and tomatoes, be sure to wash the board after using it to cut raw meat and poultry. Consider using one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for meat and poultry.

     Packing Lunches - Pack just the amount of perishable food that can be eaten at lunchtime. That way, there won't be a problem about the storage or safety of leftovers. After lunch, discard all leftover food, used food packaging, and paper bags. Do not reuse packaging because it could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.  It's fine to prepare the food the night before, but pack lunch bags right before leaving home. Freezing sandwiches helps them stay cold. However, for best quality, don't freeze sandwiches containing mayonnaise, lettuce, or tomatoes. Add these later.  Insulated, soft-sided lunch boxes or bags are best for keeping food cold, but pack at least two ice sources with perishable food in any type of lunch bag or box you use.

     Keeping Cold Lunches Cold - Prepare cooked food, such as turkey, ham, chicken, and vegetable or pasta salads, ahead of time to allow for thorough chilling in the refrigerator [40 °F (4.4 °C) or below]. Divide large amounts of food into shallow containers for fast chilling. Keep cooked food refrigerated until time to leave home.

     To keep lunches cold away from home, include at least two cold sources. You can use two frozen gel packs (not smaller than 5x3-inches each) or combine a frozen gel pack with a frozen juice box or frozen bottle of water. Freeze gel packs overnight. When packing your bag lunch, place them on top and bottom of the perishable food items to keep them cold. Of course, if there's a refrigerator available at work or school, store perishable items there upon arrival. If you place your insulated bag in the refrigerator, leave the lid or bag open so that cold air can keep the food cold.

     Some food is safe without a cold source. Items that don't require refrigeration include whole fruits and vegetables, hard cheese, canned meat and fish, chips, breads, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, mustard, and pickles.

     Keeping Hot Lunches Hot - Use an insulated container to keep food like soup, chili, and stew hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food hot — 140 °F (73.9 °C) or above.

     Microwave Cooking/Reheating - When using the microwave oven to reheat lunches, cover food to hold in moisture and promote safe, even heating. Reheat leftovers to at least 165 °F (73.9 °C), making sure to use a food thermometer to be sure a safe temperature has been reached before consuming the food. Cook frozen convenience meals according to package instructions.

     For more information on food safety contact the Health Department at (309) 852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.


Traffic Fatalities Drop Over Labor Day

 Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Leo P. Schmitz announces fatal traffic crashes dropped from 19 in 2016, to 5 in 2017; and fatalities dropped from 23 in 2016, to 5 in 2017.

Over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the ISP issued 6,127 total citations and 3,979 total warnings.  Speeding citations totaled 3,188, and 765 citations were issued for not wearing seatbelts.  The ISP also handled 196 crashes during the holiday weekend.    

“This was one of the safest Labor Day travel weekends we’ve experienced in Illinois in the last six years,” stated Director Schmitz.  “Five fatalities is still five too many.  There were people who had their life torn apart because they lost a loved one due to a fatal traffic crash.  The ISP will continue working to reduce fatalities to zero and to keep our citizens safe on Illinois roadways,” continued Director Schmitz.

Here are Labor Day fatal traffic crash statistics for the last six years in Illinois.

Year Fatal Crashes Fatalities
2017* 5 5
2016 19 23
2015 12 13
2014 15 16
2013 10 10
2012 14 15

* 2017 data is provisional based on reports received by the Illinois Department of Transportation through September 7, 2017, and are subject to change as more information is received.

State Police report decline in Labor Day Weekend Fatalities

Illinois State Police say there was a steep drop in fatal traffic crashes over the Labor Day weekend this year compared with last year. State police released figures Tuesday showing five fatal traffic crashes this year, compared with 19 last year, and five fatalities this year compared with 23 in 2016. State police handled nearly 200 crashes during the holiday weekend. Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz says it was one of the safest Labor Day travel weekends in the last six years.

U-of-I makes revisions to farmland management

The University of Illinois moving forward with revisions to its farmland management policy. The school has acquired around 10,000 acres of farmland through various gifts over the years, but moved to an open bid format for cash leases back in 2004. U-of-I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Kimberlee Kidwell wanted to see that changed—using a “best candidate” approach instead.
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Illinois Farm Bureau president Rich Guebert Jr expressed support for the revisions earlier this summer.
Kidwell says the policy change also means the most qualified applicants for U-of-I farmland will be offered operating contracts at a predetermined rate based on local market conditions.

IL Fall Trout Season Opens In October

The 2017 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season will open onSaturday, Oct. 21 at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.  

Two weeks prior to the fall trout opener, the Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season will open at nine sites (locations marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below) on Saturday, Oct. 7.  Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning Oct. 7 at those nine sites. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season beginning Oct. 21

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. For the fall season, the IDNR stocks approximately 80,000 rainbow trout into bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted. 

No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5:00 a.m. on Oct.21 (not all sites are open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day). Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations. 

All anglers – including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 21 – must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout. 

Illinois fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. For a location near you, check the IDNR website at this link:


Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). 

NOTE: Not all fall trout sites open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season. For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. 

The 54 locations that will be open for Fall Trout Fishing Season are listed below.

2017 Illinois Fall Trout Locations
(*) Denotes Sites Open for Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Early Season 

Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway 
Cook County: Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
Cook County: Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
Cook County: Busse Woods North, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
Cook County: Green Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

Cook County: Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Cook County: Wolf Lake, Wm. Powers Conservation Area 
DuPage County: Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest preserve District 
Jo Daviess County: Apple River, Apple River State Park (*) 
Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee 
Kankakee County: Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park (*) 
Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area 
Lake County: Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve District 
Lake County: Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park 
LaSalle County: Illinois and Michigan Canal, Lock 14 
McHenry County: Spring Grove Hatchery Pond 
Ogle County: Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park (*) 
Rock Island County: Prospect Park

Warren County: Citizen’s Lake 
Whiteside County: Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls 
Will County: Lake Strini 
Will County: Van Horn Woods 

Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park Lake (*) 
Cass County: Gridley Lake at Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA (*) 
Christian County: Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District 
Coles County: Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston 
Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake 
Hancock County: Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park (*) 
Macon County: Rock Springs Pond 
Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake 
McDonough County: Argyle Lake 
Morgan County: Morgan Lake, Nichols Park, Jacksonville (*) 
Sangamon County: IDOT Lake, Springfield (*) 
Sangamon County: Southwind Park Pond, Springfield 
Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond, Springfield 
Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville 
Tazewell County: Mineral Springs Park Lagoon 
Vermilion County: Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area 

Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake 
Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond #6 
Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond 
Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake 
Madison County: Highland Old City Lake 
Marion County: Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Park 
Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis 
Randolph County: Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta 
Randolph County: Randolph County Lake 
Saline County: Jones State Lake Pond 
St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Recreation Area main lake 
St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis 
St. Clair County: Willow Lake, Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area (*) 
Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park 
Wayne County: Sam Dale State Fish and Wildlife Area Trout Pond 
Williamson County:  Devil’s Kitchen Lake


SA Hurricane Relief Effort

The Salvation Army continues to provide help for victims of Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says help is necessary but in an organized fashion…

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Ms. Bolls adds that right now, cash is probably the best donation of all…

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Ms. Bolls adds that other issues will also come into play from time to time…

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September CPR Class

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


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


   CPR Classes are held monthly (this month Tuesday, September 19th).  The classes will run from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  The cost of the Class is $45.  These rates are per participant.


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


Just like Illinois farmers, Texas farmers also want strong crop insurance program in new Farm Bill

Just like Illinois farmers, Texas farmers also want a strong crop insurance program in a new Farm Bill. And Texas Farm Bureau’s Gene Hall says they want special attention paid to cotton.
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Hall told the RFD Radio Network today that the cotton crop was going to be one of the strongest ever in Texas, but damage from Hurricane Harvey lowered the crop estimate from 2-million bales down to 1.6 million bales.

Salvation Army On Tuned IN

Kewanee Salvation Army Director LInda Bolls is the guest

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Ameren Crews Headed To Florida

Crews from Ameren IL are on the way to Florida to help restore power to that storm ravaged area.

Brian Bretsch with Ameren says they are sending quite a contingent to help out…

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Bretsch adds that those crews will likely be in the southeastern part of the country for at least the next couple of weeks or so…

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

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

We'll start formulating our "to do" list at this meeting.  Anything you wish to contribute will be heard and included.

Acceptance of and place on file Secretary’s report

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

Review of Hog Days weekend income September 1 thru September 11 

Visitors – 

Unfinished Business

1.    Leftover chops 

New Business

1.    Auditing committee for end of year verification of finances (3 people needed)

2.    Nominating committee (2 people needed) positions up for election in November: Ruth Neuleib and Niles Reamer as vice chairpersons; Larry Flannery as treasurer; Janie Metscaviz as co chairperson

3.    Name badges

4.    Phones

5.    Anticipated changes in Hog Days 2018. This item will dovetail into general discussion of what went right and what didn’t at this year’s festival. We can compile a “to do” list for 2018 from this discussion.     


Reports/Questions/Comments/Other Business from Anyone 

Motion to adjourn 

FYI:  *Next Hog Days meeting will be Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Grief Support Group Meets Tonight At St Luke Medical Center

A reminder of the Grief Support Group meeting that convenes at 5 o’clock this afternoon at OSF Health Care St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Father Jerry Rafalko says he will be waiting to offer support and help for those dealing with the loss of a loved one…

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American Red Cross Offers Expedited Training for New Volunteers

The American Red Cross continues to provide critical services to residents in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia as thousands of people remain in shelters in need of a safe place to stay, food, health services and emotional support. Red Cross volunteers are on the ground across the affected areas and more volunteers will be needed to deploy in the coming days and weeks.
The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region is recruiting new volunteers to assist with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. To expedite the process, the Red Cross is offering Just In Time—a special fast track training for those interested in deploying to help with the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts. The training session will be offered in several locations over the coming weeks. Just In Time participants will be eligible to deploy following the successful completion of the required training and a background check.
Saturday, September 16 – County EMA Office Building, 311 Miracle Ave., Effingham, IL
Saturday, September 16 – Red Cross Office, 311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr., Ave., Peoria, IL
Saturday, September 23 – Red Cross Office, 3000 N. 23rd St., Quincy, IL
Saturday, September 23 – Children’s Safety Village, Univ. of IL Springfield, 4521 S. 11th St., Springfield, IL                                                   
Saturday, September 23 – I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 S. 1st St., Champaign, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Red Cross Office, One Westport Court, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Red Cross Office, 2674 North Main St., Decatur, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Red Cross Office, 1100 River Drive, Moline, IL
Saturday, September 30 – Community of Christ Church, 100 W. Deyoung St. Marion, IL
Saturday, October 7 – Red Cross Office, 311 W. John H. Gwynn Jr., Ave., Peoria, IL
Saturday, October 7 - Children’s Safety Village, Univ. of IL Springfield, 4521 S. 11th St., Springfield, IL
The training session is free, but registration is requested. All sessions are from 8:00am to 5:00pm. To register, contact Laura.Streid@redcross.org or 309-662-0500 ext. 7428. Please specify which location when you register.     
How to Help
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Irma by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Look Out For Flooded Used Cars

As another hurricane made landfall this weekend in the United States the threat of once flooded cars making their way back to the marketplace is growing. Experts say that flooded cars can hide mechanical issues and be an expensive problem for the future buyers of those cars. Secretary of State Jesse White is urging buyers to be aware of what the condition of the
car is that they are buying.

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White says his office will be monitoring the incoming titles of used cars from hurricane states and have the sellers of those cars sign additional forms.

Illinois farmers push for continued support of Korean trade agreement

Trade continues to have the attention of Illinois farmers. They responded to a call to action last week concerning “KORUS” (chorus)—the Korean-U.S. Trade Agreement, according to Mark Gebhards, the director of Governmental Affairs for the Illinois Farm Bureau.
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Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert also authored a letter to the Illinois congressional delegation last week lobbying for continued support of the five-year-old agreement with South Korea. 

Senior Center Info

The Labor Day Weekend breakfast at the Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee was a resounding success once again this year.

Cassandra Schmoll is the Director of the Senior Center and she says the annual Saturday morning breakfast during the Hog Days weekend drew one of the highest attendance figures to date…

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Ms. Schmoll also reminds the public of the Potluck Dinner and Dance that will be held this coming Saturday, September 16 at the Senior Center…

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Roadwork In Kewanee This Week

The City of Kewanee has several areas of roadwork beginning today and continuing this week. Residents are asked to avoid these areas if possible, and to take caution when driving near the work zone areas. 

A number areas will be worked on over the next several days:


·       Green Street will have pavement repairs done while the street remains open.

·       The 200 block of Maple Avenue will be closed between Nelson and Willow to through traffic for road repair.

·       The 400 block of Lakeview Avenue will be closed between East 4th and Rollins to through traffic for road repair.

·       Lake Street east of Lakeland Terrace will have road repairs done while the street remains open.

·       Cambridge Road will have pavement repairs done on the curb by Golden Avenue while the street remains open.


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

AETA Farm Show This Coming Weekend

The 56th annual Antique Engine and Tractor Association Working Farm Show will be held this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 15-17 at the showgrounds north and slightly west of Geneseo.

Phil Jordan is the President of the Association and he says this year’s show will feature the Oliver Tractors…


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As always, there will be a parade each day at one o’clock and Mr. Jordan says admission is very reasonably priced…

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Further information on the website at www.ae-ta.com

Net farm income revised upwards, but impact minimal in Illinois

The USDA has revised net farm income figures upward for the 2017 marketing year, but the impact will be minimal in Illinois—because most of the gains were made in livestock sector.
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That’s Illinois Farm Bureau senior economist Mike Doherty. He says those farmers that cash rent have basically had a breakeven year.
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The 2017 USDA farm income forecast also predicts real estate debt to reach a historic high in 2017 driven by continued demand for cropland combined with anticipated low interest rates and strong crop yields.

Info On Head Lice

    It's that time of year again.  When yellow school buses, cross guards and children carrying book bags abound.  Therefore the Henry and Stark County Health Departments would like to remind area residents of the facts pertaining to head lice and how to treat it.


    Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1-2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.


    The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:


     * Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).


     *Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.


     *Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for

5-10 minutes.


      *Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.


      *Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.


     *Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.


    Although head lice are difficult to see, they are easy to recognize.  One sign is a persistent itch of the scalp, often accompanied by infected scratch marks.  Closer inspection, aided by a hand lens will reveal small silvery eggs attached to the hair shaft.


    Head lice infestations among children and adults are common.  Lice are unbearably itchy and highly contagious; they require immediate, thorough treatment.  Alas, there are no non-toxic products for killing lice, but there are effective over-the-counter products such as Nix and Rid.  But if you do use one of these preparations, follow the instructions exactly.  Delouse clothing, bedding and combs according to directions; as well as, head and body. 


   Remember to take all possible steps to protect other members of your household, and to notify people who might have been exposed through direct bodily or household contact, and to prevent re-infestation.


    To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.  For more information, contact your family health care provider, school nurse or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

Gov Rauner Takes Budget Action

After conducting a thorough review of the out-of-balance fiscal year 2018 budget passed by the General Assembly in July, Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced he intends to exercise borrowing authority to issue $6 billion in bonds to pay down a portion of the state’s bill backlog.


“Illinois has been deficit spending for many years, resulting in a huge unpaid bill backlog. The state has been, in effect, borrowing from local service providers, including nonprofits and small businesses, because it takes months for them to get paid,” Gov. Rauner said. “My preferred solution has always been for state government to reform its spending, and for a strong, competitive economy to grow family incomes faster than the cost of government.


“Unfortunately, the General Assembly passed a tax hike and an out-of-balance budget over my veto. Even with a permanent income tax increase costing the average Illinois household more than $1,000 a year, the budget is more than $1 billion out of balance and is still growing the unpaid backlog. We’re choosing to exercise borrowing authority because it’s better to have Wall Street carry our debt than Main Street Illinois.”


A significant portion of the bill backlog is currently subject to late-payment interest penalties at rates of up to 12 percent annually. The governor directed his staff to initiate a bond issuance to refinance this high-cost debt by borrowing from banks at a much lower interest rate, which will result in considerable savings to the state.


The General Obligation Bond Act was amended by the legislature as part of the fiscal year 2018 budget package. It grants the state the authority to issue up to $6 billion in general obligation bonds as Income Tax Proceed Bonds.  The Income Tax Proceed Bonds must be issued before Dec. 31, 2017, and must be used to pay for expenses vouchered from general funds or state employees’ group health insurance costs that were incurred before July 1, 2017.


Bonds issued under this authority must be paid within 12 years from the date of the sale and require level principal payments each year. For example, a $6 billion issuance would require 12 annual principal payments of $500 million, plus interest payments depending on the interest rate.


The legislature-passed budget did not account for the increase in debt service costs to cover the bill backlog bond issuance. The governor’s office is identifying several hundred million dollars in possible spending reductions to address this budgetary shortfall. The governor also would like the General Assembly to return to Springfield this fall to work with him to balance the budget and enact structural reforms that could save much more.


“Illinois cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past,” Gov. Rauner said. “We have to work together to truly balance the budget. We must protect residents from further tax hikes while ensuring the most vulnerable receive the services they need. Building upon the success of the recent bipartisan education funding law, we can find common ground for real solutions.”

Henry County 4-H Shotgun Club starts September 19 in Kewanee


Youth ages 10 and up interested in building skills in Shotgun can sign up for this 4-H Special Interest Club where they’ll learn marksmanship, safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of shooting, conservation ethics and more. The 4-H Shotgun SPIN club will meet at Baker’s Park in Kewanee on Tuesdays, from 6 – 7 pm onSeptember 19, 26, October 2, 10, 17 and 24 and November 7 and 14.  There is a $20 4-H enrollment fee for those who are not currently members.  There is also a fee for the clays and the shotgun shells.  Those prices will vary depending on how many clays you choose to shoot at each session.  Prices will range anywhere from $10-$25 per session (there is some financial assistance for supplies, if needed). Shotguns will be provided if needed. You can register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call U of IL Extension in Galva, IL at (309) 932-3447.

Governor creates task force on opioids

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. Task force members will focus on strategies that lean on prevention and treatment. In the Dixon area, residents and authorities felt shock waves when three residents died from heroin overdoses in a matter of days. After three heroin deaths in a matter of days, Dixon started a so called safe passage program. Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss says the results have been dramatic.....
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That task force will be headed up by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah.

Illinois farmers encouraged to use nitrogen rate calculator

Illinois farmers being encouraged to utilize a resource called the nitrogen rate calculator. Jean Payne is president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association. She says the calculator aims to find the “maximum return to N” or MRTN
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Payne says the calculator is a good way for farmers to verify if they are over applying or even under applying nitrogen. The easiest way to access the calculator is to type in “nitrogen rate calculator” in any search engine. 

Senior Center On Tuned IN

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll is the guest

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Health Dept Warns of Poison Ivy


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents that as many of us take advantage of the summer months to increase outdoor activities; exposure to local flora may result in an increased risk of encountering one of nature's less desirables, poison ivy.


    The most common consequence of poison ivy exposure is the development of poison ivy rash.  Poison ivy rash is easily distinguished.  The skin is red and blisters are formed in a linear pattern.  Swelling may occur, and there may be acute itching.


    Allergy to the plant develops after one or repeated contacts with the plant.  The first attack may not begin for 7-10 days after the first contact.  The rash then appears and continues to spread for a week or more.  Subsequent attacks develop within 2-3 days and run a faster course.


    Direct contact with the plant, or contact with something which has contacted the plant is usually necessary to produce an attack.  In smoke the allergen travels but a few feet, if at all.  Following contact or suspected contact, thorough bathing with plenty of soap may remove the plant juices and prevent an attack, but only if the bathing is done within hours or so after exposure.


    The blister fluid does not contain any of the allergen, nor does it promote any spread of the rash.  Cool, wet dressings along with anti-itching medication control the symptoms fairly well and give the quickest recovery.  Skin undergoing an allergic reaction and skin which is inflamed and oozing is easily sensitized to other contact allergens.


    As one grows older, sensitivity usually decreases very markedly.  Also, after several attacks, the person himself may learn to recognize and avoid the plant.  As sensitivity to poison ivy and its close relatives is the most common form of contact dermatitis, learning to recognize these plants may prevent an uncomfortable and agonizing, although preventable, condition.


    So keep tips in mind and enjoy all the great fun this time of year has to offer.  For more information on outdoor safety visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or Find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Department or Follow Us on Twitter.

Hog Festival Analysis

The Hog Festival Committee continues the task of putting this year’s festival to bed and also the process of analysis as they look ahead to next year.

Larry Flannery is a Co-Chairperson for the Festival Committee and he notes that the total amount of pork chops and patties sold over the weekend remains roughly the same for the past several years.

But he also notes the rising popularity of the pork patty…

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As Flannery agrees, it’s somewhat interesting the way the trend has changed over the course of time…

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Along a similar line of thought, some people wonder why the Festival Committee doesn’t bring in a top line entertainer such as Garth Brooks or some other act similar in stature.

Larry says that again, time has shown what seems to work in this particular setting…

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Senator Chuck Weaver to Host Town Hall in Annawan



WHO:             State Senator Chuck Weaver (R–Peoria) – District 37

WHAT:           Town Hall

WHEN:          Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

                        6:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE:        Howes Community Center
314 North State St.
Annawan, Il.

Senator Weaver’s town hall is a chance for constituents to learn about what is happening in state government as well as to ask questions and offer suggestions. The event is free and open to the public.


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Old Settler's Day Saturday In Bishop Hill

The 171st anniversary of the founding Bishop Hill will be celebrated on Saturday, September 9. The day’s activities include the traditional chicken dinner, band concert, and program. From 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. the traditional Old Settlers’ Day Chicken Dinner will be served at the Colony School. The $10/person cost includes beverage and dessert. Children under 8 years are $5. At 12:30 in the Park, the Bishop Hill High Society Band will present a concert. The annual program will follow at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Ulla Voss, Sweden. Paul Collinson will perform musical selections. The rain location for the High Society Band Concert and Program is the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. Weekend activities continue on Sunday, September 10 with the Colony School Reunion, 2-4 p.m. at the Colony School. For additional information call 309-927-3044. 

IEMA Joins Nationwide Campaign to Encourage Disaster Preparedness


September is National Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with emergency management agencies throughout the state and across the U.S. to encourage people to spend a few moments during the month on disaster preparedness.


The campaign’s theme Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. urges people to set aside time to discuss emergency plans with family members and develop a plan to stay safe when disaster strikes. The goal of this annual preparedness push is to increase personal and community disaster preparedness throughout the U.S.


“We never know when the next disaster will strike, but there are actions we can take to be better prepared for the unexpected,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “As we are seeing with Hurricane Harvey, even an expected weather event can have unexpected devastating consequences.” 


Throughout September, IEMA will offer tips and information on how to develop a family emergency communication plan, assemble an emergency supply kit, as well as ways to receive critical emergency warnings.


IEMA offers disaster preparedness information on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov), a one-stop resource for detailed information about what to do before, during and after disasters. 


In addition, throughout September IEMA will post daily preparedness tips on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (@ReadyIllinois).


During disasters, IEMA uses the Ready Illinois website, Facebook and Twitter pages to provide critical information about the incident, including shelter locations, road closures, safety information, photos and more.

Health Board Meeting On Thursday



     The Henry County Health Department would like to announce the quarterly 


meeting of the Henry County Health Board will be held at   6:30 p.m. on


Thursday, September 7th, 2017  at the Henry County Health Department office,


Kewanee, Illinois.

Durbin hopeful on DACA front

As the White House prepares a major announcement on DACA-the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Senator Dick Durbin says DACA's "Dreamers" should be allowed to remain on American soil...
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Durbin is hopeful President Trump won't end the DACA program when he makes a major announcement on the issue today... Durbin discussed the issue with the President on Inauguration Day....
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Durbin took part in Belleville's Labor Day Parade.

American Soybean Association prez and Roseville farms wants lock and dam upgrades

A Western Illinois farmer in a key ag leadership role wants to see upgrades to the lock and dam system. Ron Moore of Roseville serves as president of the American Soybean Association.
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Moore will finish up his term as ASA president in December. 

Decatur Project Threatens Popular Attractions of Farm Progress Show

A project under consideration by officials in Decatur and Macon County threatens some popular events of the Decatur edition of the Farm Progress Show.

The Beltway Project of Macon County is a proposal that is a western bi-pass in Decatur and the proposal runs through parts of the demo fields on Progress City. Events Manager for Farm Progress, Matt Jungmann says it's just something they're going to have to get figured out together.

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Jungmann hopes to get all the players at a table to work things out. He says the impacts of the show, which comes to Decatur every two years, would be detrimental to the field demonstrations, which is a huge attraction.

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Additionally, the economic impact of losing those demonstrations and attendees could be huge. He predicts there's a 45 mile radius of communities and cities impacted by those that come to Decatur every other year.

Jungmann indicates officials have been willing to meet however some unexpected things changed plans to meet. He is targeting the middle of the month hoping to get the conversation going with local leaders. 

Stearman Airplanes In Kewanee On Wednesday

No sooner than one annual tradition has been completed and another one will take place on Wednesday.

Mark Mikenas with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce says the Stearman Airplanes will be at the Kewanee Municipal Airport starting around mid morning or so tomorrow…

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Mark adds that the public is invited to come out and view those vintage airplanes with no admission fee…

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Mark also notes that the pilots that will be in Kewanee and Galesburg fly in from all locations across the country…   

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IDOT Hiring Help for Winter Operations


In preparation for winter, the Illinois Department of Transportation is filling temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this winter. These seasonal employees will be hired for both full-time and on-call work schedules. The deadline to apply is Sept. 13.


The department's annual “snowbird” program requires employees to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays and nights. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required.


Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information, including details on pay and the potential for benefits, please visitwww.idot.illinois.gov.

Hog Days Is A Success Once Again This Year

The 64th annual Kewanee Hog Days celebration concluded late yesterday and festival co-chairperson Larry Flannery says it was cool!

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Flannery says one of the highlights of the weekend turned out to be the absence of the United States Marine Corp band:

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Beyond that, Larry says most of the reviews from the public so far are positive:

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Now there’s just one more thing the public needs to do and that’s by some pork chops and pork patties:

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The rest of this week will be spent in putting all the equipment away.  The next meeting of the Hog Festival Committee will be Tuesday, September 12th at which time planning will get underway for next year:

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The next Kewanee Hog Days, celebration number 65, is scheduled for August 31st thru September 3, 2018.

Rauner, top Dems and Repubs on hand for school funding reform signing

It was one of the greatest visual displays of bipartisanship in recent Illinois political memory as top Republicans and Democrats gathered in Chicago and Governor Rauner signed school funding reform legislation...
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State Senator Andy Manar, who had pushed for school funding reform with all of his legislative might in recent years, left no room for understatement...
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The new law eases state mandates on physical education and driver's education. It also creates a tax credit for those donating to private school scholarship funds.

Parts of Illinois Had Zero 90-Degree Days in August

It is unprecedented for Illinois, but in the month of August, there were no 90-degree days in parts of the state. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Miller says it is hard to believe as August is typically a very warm month.

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Additionally, Illinois remains very dry. Miller says they saw a lot of the weather patterns out of the northwest which brought in cooler temperatures and below average rainfall.

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Miller also predicts September remaining cooler for much of Illinois.

Farm Progress Show Leaves Economic Impact

The Farm Progress show has wrapped up in Decatur but the impact of more than a hundred thousand visitors and exhibitors is felt much further than just around Macon County. Show Manager Matt Jungmann says all those visitors each night needed a place to stay and eat and that takes a lot of hotel rooms.

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The show heads to Boone Iowa next year before returning to its home back at Progress City USA in Decatur for 2019.

U.S. Marine Corp Band Redirected to Higher Priority



Life is not all about fun and entertainment but about saving lives and survival.  Marines and the National Command Authority respond to the highest priority.  The highest priority is to save lives and to protect our citizens.  Right now, Harvey, a category 4 hurricane,  has taken over 38 lives in the United States. Our highest priority is to save lives and mitigate our damage.   



Literally thousands of people in Texas are displaced and are in need of humanitarian aid. Our National Command assets have been called upon to provide basic life needs.



Military air support that was scheduled to bring 45 Marines to our Kewanee community this Saturday to perform and entertain our citizens have been redirected to provide life saving needs to the people of Texas. 



Unfortunately, the US Marine Corp Band will be unable to participate in our previously announced events in Kewanee.



Please understand this vital decision as it has been reprioritized for life saving needs for humanitarian efforts. Saving lives and protecting our citizens is essential and vital to what our Marines and what our nation responds too.



Salvation Army Responds To Hurricane Harvey


In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. To date, The Salvation Army has deployed 71 mobile feeding units to Texas.  Twenty-nine additional units are on standby to support the state of Louisiana if Harvey's rains cause severe flooding there and additional feeding units are on standby across the country to help if needed. As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals; 17,204 snacks, and 16, 640 drinks have been provided.   



Four Salvation Army shelters have opened their doors to those evacuating their homes – Harbor Light Center for men, Sally’s House for women, Family Residence and Conroe Red Shield Lodge. Salvation Army units are ready to move in and serve those in need. Other locations remain on standby to serve.



The Salvation Army is helping with rescue efforts in Galveston County and the Center of Hope  chapel and classrooms have been made available to shelter people on Galveston Island. In Texas City, Captains Patrick and Jennifer Jones continue to support sheltering operations at the Vincent Community Center that already is housing more than 100 people.



Service continues in the Corpus Christi area where an Incident Command Team from Oklahoma and Arkansas began service on Monday. Seven mobile kitchens from that team, in addition to units from Laredo, McAllen, Corpus Christi and Dallas Fort Worth are serving.  The Salvation Army McAllen mobile kitchen continues to serve meals, snacks and hydration to residents seeking assistance and to first responders.


The cities of Rockport and Aransas Pass found themselves directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey and sustained significant damage. A Salvation Army team from Oklahoma has established service in Rockport while a second unit will continue to provide support in Aransas Pass.



The City of Dallas is preparing a shelter at the Dallas Convention Center and The Salvation Army will assume the responsibility of feeding those who stay there.



Additional units remain staged in San Antonio preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.



Kerrville team serving meals at two local shelters. Temple Corps has opened an emergency shelter. Two mobile kitchens from Austin serving at a shelter in Seadrift, Texas. Lubbock mobile kitchen served in Belton, outside Temple.


To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.


We are currently Not accepting Gifts In Kind Donations at this time.  

Trash Rates Increase In Kewanee Today


With the passage of City Ordinance #3886, the City Council voted on July 24, 2017, to increase the rates for garbage pickup, Excess Bag stickers, and the Transfer Station minimum charges.  All rate increases will take effect September 1, 2017.


Residential waste fees, which cover curbside trash, recycling, yard waste, and bulk brush pickup will have a service rate increase to $13.50 per month ($27.00 total on a regular two month water bill).


Stickers sold to authorize collection of extra trash bags will increase in price from $0.50 to $1.00 for each extra bag.  At this time, the yellow Excess Bags stickers are still in circulation at a cost of $0.50 each.  Beginning September 1, 2017, any extra trash bags or brown paper lawn bags put out for pickup will require two yellow stickers.  Once the supply of yellow stickers have been sold out, new pink Excess Bags stickers will be sold at $1.00 each, and one pink sticker will be needed for each extra bag.


Transfer Station standard rate fees will remain at $52.62 per ton (2000 pounds); however the minimum charge fees will increase.  Effective September 1, 2017, charges will change from 200 pounds or less at a minimum fee of $5.00 to a minimum fee of $10.00 for anything 380 pounds or less.


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

Hog Days Weekend Is Here!

It’s finally here, the 64th annual Hog Festival Celebration takes place this weekend in the Hog Capital of the World.

Larry Flannery with the Hog Festival Committee says it’s time for the party to roll on…

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Labor Day Schedule

Labor Day will be observed on Monday and that will mark the final three day holiday weekend for the summer. While some retailers and other businesses will be open, and those that work in the emergency services field will still be at work, it will be a holiday for many people.

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

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

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

Labor Day is a federal reserve banking holiday and most banks will be closed on Monday but best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule.

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

Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed tomorrow on Saturday and will re-open on Tuesday, September 5th.

All area schools will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day and all     

Black Hawk College facilities will be closed on Monday with classes resuming  next Tuesday.     

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

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will be closed on Monday for Labor Day and will re-open next Tuesday, September 5th.