Local News Archives for 2017-10

More talk of Carbondale to Metro East 4-lane highway

A proposed regional, 4-lane, state highway from Carbondale to southwestern Illinois has been a discussion item for decades. State Senator Paul Schimpf of Waterloo supports the idea and recently spoke with the Illinois Department of Transportation about the prospects of connecting Carbondale with the Metro East.
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Schmipf says the highway would require expansion of current 2-lane highways to 4 lanes and is important for the future economic vitality of southern and southwestern Illinois.
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IDOT has indicated support for the idea, but at this time the proposal is just a discussion item. 

Central Illinois Lawmaker Calls Gun Debate Aversion Diversion From Larger Issues

New gun laws were on the agenda last week as a part of the fall veto session and a central Illinois lawmaker believes the debate is a distraction from bigger issues in the state. The banning of bump stocks in Illinois is the hot topic surrounding the gun debate but Senator Chapin Rose says when someone is insane, they will get what they need for the destruction they intend. He feels efforts would be better served to address mental health.

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Rose feels the discussion is just an effort to divert the public's attention from the bigger issues in Illinois.

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One measure for bump stocks failed last week with another measure being discussed in Springfield. 

Are You Prepared for A Zombie Attack?

Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse? The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants you to be. On Halloween Patti Thompson with IEMA says they are using the light hearted approach to get people thinking about how they would survive a natural disaster or even zombies.

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Another thing to remember is to have enough food and water for a pet and keep back-up copies of important documents. With critical paperwork experts say leave a second copy away from home, storing it at work or with a relative in a different area.

Today's 4-H not just about cows and plows

4-H is not just cows and plows. That’s what Larry Haigh (hay) says when he describes 4-H. He’s the 4-H program coordinator for Ford/Iroquois County.
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In addition, 4-H continues to stress leadership development, which Haigh says was key when he was a young 4-H member and that experience played an important role in his career path. 

WKEI Open LIne

Unemployment Down In September

Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in September in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and in all 102 counties, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in six of the metropolitan areas and decreased in eight.


“Seeing the rates drop across the board in all 102 counties is certainly encouraging.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “But the job growth in the Chicago Metro Area, while it has carried the state during this past year, still lags behind the growth in neighboring states.”


Illinois businesses added jobs in six metro areas, with the largest increases in: Kankakee (+2.3 percent, +1,000), Carbondale-Marion (+2.0 percent, +1,200), and Bloomington (+1.5 percent, +1,400). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.3 percent or +11,100). Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas, with the largest losses in: Danville (-1.1 percent, -300), Elgin (-0.7 percent, -1,900), Rockford (-0.5 percent, -700), and Champaign (-0.5 percent, -500).


The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Mining and Construction (10 of 14), Education and Health Services (8 of 14), and Leisure and Hospitality (8 of 14).


Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2017 with September 2016. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.6 percent in September 2017 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September 2017 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

Say Boo To The Flu

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that it’s the season to say “Boo to the Flu;” and offers some suggestions on how to help keep germs away during the Halloween season.


     Trick or treat time is a prime time to reinforce the importance of clean hands.  It’s a season filled with tempting treats like candy apples, cupcakes, popcorn balls and lots of candy.  Take a few moments to talk to your children about the ways that they can scare away germs with good hygiene before trick or treating begins.


     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion states, “This year celebrate Hallow-CLEAN.  Remind your children, family members, and co-workers to wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.  When there’s no soap or water - reach for a hand sanitizer or wipe. 


     When should you wash your hands?

* When preparing food;

* Before snacks and meals;

* After using the restroom;

* After touching animals;

* When hands are dirty;

* and, When you or someone around you is ill.


      Tucker adds, "Keeping hands clean by washing them with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs that cause diarrheal and respiratory illness.  In addition, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.”


      For more information on how to get through the cold and flu season; call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272(Kewanee) or 792-4011 (Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com.  You may also find us on Facebook or Follow Us On Twitter.


Drive Sober on Halloween

Halloween parties now are as much for adult s as kids and those older ghosts and ghouls sometimes mix dress up with drinking. If those are your plans this weekend the Illinois State Police and the Department of Transportation wants you to beware that you better find a sober driver to bring you home.

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That’s IDOT’s Kelsea Gurski. Special enforcement activities will be going through the early morning hours of November 1st.

Gov Dodges Bump Stocks Question

The legislature is still working on a possible ban on bump stocks. That’s the gun trigger modification that allows a semi automatic gun to act and fire more like a fully automatic one. They were used by the Las Vegas shooter. The original bill in the House banned more than just bump stocks, but a leaner bill just focused on that one item is being worked on. Where is the Governor on this? When simply asked if he supports a bump stock ban – Bruce Rauner says..

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A slimmed down bump stocks bill could come back up during the second half of the veto session.

Opioid crisis not slowing down in Illinois, rural areas hit hard

The state’s opioid epidemic showing no signs of slowing down. There were nearly 2,000 people who died from opioid related deaths in Illinois in 2016 and those numbers could reach close to 3,000 in the coming years, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The agency’s Nirav Shah says they're focusing on prevention efforts.
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IDPH has received a federal grant to help combat the epidemic. The $2-million in funding is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will be utilized in 18 south-central Illinois rural counties for prevention and education efforts. 

Halloween Church Activities

Kewanee area children will have several opportunities for Halloween fun over the next couple of days.

Brock Tumbleson of Kewanee representing the First Baptist Church of Kewanee says that several churches will also offer Halloween fun for the youngsters…

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"Bushels for Hunger" Kicks Off 8th Year




This fall, farmers throughout the area will donate bushels of grain as a fundraiser for the River Bend Food Bank through the program “Bushels for Hunger”.  Farmers often bring harvested corn and soybeans to nearby grain elevators to be sold or for storage. When they unload the crop, the elevator clerk will ask if the farmer would like to donate bushels of grain to fight hunger. All of the grain donated will be sold and the money earned will be donated to the River Bend foodbank.


Mike Miller, President & CEO of River Bend Foodbank, stated, “There are 120,000 people who don’t have enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. That’s 1 in 8 people, and it’s 1 in 5 children. River Bend Foodbank distributes over 12 million meals annually to these people, and Bushels for Hunger has been an important supporter of these efforts, providing what we hope will reach 1 million meals this year. The program is an excellent example of how by working together we can solve hunger.”


“As a farmer, it’s hard for me to see people in our community wonder how they are going to get their next meal, it’s especially hard to see children and the elderly go hungry,” said Jeff Kirwan, Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director. “Every day, I work to grow healthy, safe food. Today, I’m donating part of my harvest to make sure that food gets to people in need.”


“Bushels for Hunger is an important program because there are many families in need of help in the local area. With support from area farmers, this program can provide many meals to those within our communities who need help the most,” notes Chad Bell, Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Representative. 


According to Gary Hoff, University of Illinois Extension Taxation Specialist, the tax advantages of donating commodities far outweigh those for a contribution of cash.   A cash donation is made from the sale proceeds of the grain.  Therefore, the sale is reported on Schedule F and is included in both taxable income and self-employment income.”


The elevators participating in Bushels for Hunger are:  ADM Grain, Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, Michlig Grain, River Gulf Grain, River Valley Cooperative, and Rumbold & Kuhn.


The Bushels for Hunger program will continue until January 31st. To learn more about the donation, contact the Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Stark or Whiteside County Farm Bureau®.   

Central School Observes National Bully Month

Central Junior High School in Kewanee celebrated Bully Prevention Month with several activities last week.

Central Principal Jason Anderson says they see positive results as a result of programs such as this…

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Illinois State Senator Chuck Weaver visits Kewanee

On Friday, Illinois State Senator Chuck Weaver had a meet and greet at Kewanee Care. Senator Weaver discussed the financial and political issues with the state of Illinois. The positive part is the state is starting to pay some of the back debt owed to the health care industry. Senator Weaver said the pensions and Medicaid are some of the highest of money being paid out. Below is a video of his speech without the questions from the crowd.



Wethersfield Elementary Volunteer Program


The Wethersfield Elementary School has a neat volunteer program for parents and grandparents to consider.

Wethersfield Elementary Principal Janean Friedman says it’s a great fit for not only the volunteers, but also for the students…

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Ms. Friedman says that to becoming a volunteer involves a pretty simple process…

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Congresswoman Bustos Comments About Tax Proposal

 As Washington continues moving ahead on a debate over tax reform, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos today issued a statement outlining what she would like to see in a tax reform package. However, this Thursday, Washington Republicans are expected to vote on a budget which would lay the groundwork for a billionaires-first agenda.


“Tax reform is long overdue, however it needs to be done in a way that puts hardworking families first,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While Paul Ryan is saying a lot of these same things in public, in private he wrote a budget that will hurt millions of hardworking families, seniors and small town Americans. I strongly disagree with the Washington Republicans' budget proposal that will give massive tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy while raising taxes on the middle-class and cutting a trillion dollars from Medicare and Medicaid. Because Speaker Ryan's budget adds more than a trillion dollars to the deficit, this plan intentionally sets Congress up for a budget shortfall which will inevitably lead to Washington Republicans demanding more cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, workforce training and job-creating infrastructure programs.


“Instead, we should be working across the aisle to cut taxes for the middle-class, bring down the cost of health care, help small businesses grow and expand workforce training programs to get more Americans into good-paying jobs. As Democrats, we have proposed a Better Deal to the American people that is built on a foundation of delivering better jobs, better wages and a better future for all. While I have deep concerns about the direction this Congress is moving in, I will continue reaching out to my colleagues in the Republican Majority to urge a bipartisan path forward that puts hardworking families ahead of the ultra-wealthy.”

PNB Trick or Treat This Afternoon


The Peoples National Bank of Kewanee is announcing that they will have their  annual trick or treat through the downtown lobby for kids today.

The Trick or Treat event will be held this afternoon from 3 – 4:30 and the kids will get candy, a photo, and small giveaways.

While not a requirement, the kids are encouraged to wear their costumes!

Streicher and Wolf Honored At State Capitol

The Illinois passed Senate Joint Resolution 36 Wednesday (Oct. 25) designating Illinois Route 78 overpass over Interstate 80 as the "Deputy Sheriff Adam Streicher (Striker) and Trooper Chad Wolf Memorial Overpass".


Sen. Chuck Weaver read the resolution honoring the two fallen police officers who graduated from Annawan High School in 1997 and 1995.

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 The resolution (approved 58 – 0) now moves to the Illinois House for consideration. 

Black Hawk College hosting Fall Ag Visit Day Nov. 3



Join Black Hawk College on Friday, Nov. 3 for a day focused on agriculture at Fall Ag Visit Day at the college’s East Campus.


The event will showcase the East Campus’ agriculture, animal science, auto mechanics, equine, veterinary assisting/technology and welding programs.


Prospective students and their parents are invited to take a campus tour, meet faculty, students and alumni, and participate in breakout sessions and hands-on activities. Lunch will be provided.


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


RSVP by Friday, Oct. 2at www.bhc.edu/go. For more information, call 309-854-1724.

The BHHA Celebrates the Gift of the Bishop Hill Tapestry



On Saturday October 28, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will celebrate the gift of the Bishop Hill Tapestry.  Newly installed at the Steeple Building Museum, the 12’ 3” by 6’7” tapestry was designed by Swedish artist Åsa Bengtson of Stockholm and woven by weaver Lija Rage of Riga, Latvia.  This work of art depicts the Bishop Hill Colony in the mid-19th century and is part of a series of nine tapestries telling the story of Swedish immigration to the USA. 


The American Daughters of Sweden made this gift possible thru a generous donation.  Organized in 1926 in Chicago by a group of women of Swedish heritage, the American Daughters of Sweden has worked for over ninety years to promote and maintain an interest in Sweden and Swedish culture.  When the American Daughters of Sweden became aware that the tapestry depicting Bishop Hill’s history was available for purchase, their membership decided that this would be a most worthy use of funds and arranged for the purchase as a gift to the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.


The Bishop Hill Tapestry Celebration will be in the Steeple Building Museum, located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street.  It will be an open house format from 2:30 to 5 p.m., with a formal ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m.  At the formal ceremony, the following individuals will be speaking:  Dan Swanson, Illinois state representative; Gerd Sjögren, Chicago’s Honorary Consul General for Sweden; Mattias Hallendorff, president of the Carl Axel Valen Foundation; and Janet Nelson, president of the American Daughters of Sweden.  Music will be provide by hammered dulcimer performer Jon Wagner.  Light refreshments, provided by BHHA volunteers, will be served immediately after the formal ceremony.  This program is free and open to the public.  Please help the BHHA celebrate the arrival of the Bishop Hill Tapestry.  For more details, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.

Holiday Lights At Northeast Park

The city of Kewanee will have an added feature during the holiday season this year as plans are underway to place Christmas lights and Holiday displays at Northeast Park.

Brock Tumbleson is one of the committee members for the new display and he recounts how the whole idea got started…

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Brock says that from that point, plans began to develop…

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Needless to say but it will take a bit of time to set up the display and Brock says November 11th is the target date for set up…

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As for the time that the switch will be flipped for the new display at Northeast Park, well let’s just say that December 3rd will be a very busy and festive day in Kewanee…

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Henry County Democrats To Meet On Thursday Evening

Our October meeting is Thursday October 26th starting at 6:30 pm.

at Bella’s Pizza in Cambridge, come early and enjoy some great food.

We are busy getting signatures for the petitions and finding a few more

people that would like to run for a County Office. We are also looking

to fill the vacancy’s for precinct committeemen in a few precincts.

We will also be planning our annual Christmas party. Hope to see you

all there as we need to start working on next years election.

Any questions call John Sovanski 309-854-2902

U of Il Extension Offers Scholarships

University of Illinois Extension unit 7 has two $2,500 ACES Scholarships to incoming freshman or transfer students to attend University of Illinois College of ACES. They will be awarded to students from the counties Unit 7 serves which are Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark. The deadline is December 1, 2017. Students can apply online at the web site: academics.aces.illinois.edu/scholarships/new-students . Click on "Incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students scholarship application." In Step #2, select "Extension to ACES" scholarship.  If you have questions about the ACES scholarship program, contact the ACES Academic Programs Office at 217-333-3380.

Stay Safe This Halloween With NFPA's Fire Safety Tips


Halloween is creeping up on us. The rush is on to find the perfect pumpkin, the spookiest costume, and the best candy for trick-or-treaters. However, along with all this excitement comes potential fire hazards related to seasonal decor and costumes. Fortunately, fire risks can be avoided by following the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Halloween safety precautions.

“Halloween brings out creativity in people of all ages. Children enjoy dressing up and going door-to-door collecting candy, and adults go all out decorating their homes with spooky accents,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The festivities, however, can be dampened if the proper safety measures are not put in place ahead of time and while out canvassing the neighborhood for treats.”

From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 840 home structure fires per year that began with decorations. These fires caused an average of 2 civilian deaths, 36 civilian injuries, and $11.4 million in direct property damage, per year. Fire can start when candles are too close to decorations or when long, trailing costumes come into contact with candles.

To safely enjoy the Halloween holiday, NFPA has created a Halloween safety video that emphasizes preparedness and the importance of flame-resistant costumes and decorations. NFPA also offers parents and teachers tip sheets, kids’ activities, a pumpkin-carving template and more at the Sparky the Fire Dog® website. NFPA’s simple Halloween fire safety tip graphic is also great for sharing on social media so that people can enjoy a spooky and safe Halloween.

To ensure that your loved ones and home are free of fire this Halloween season, follow these safety guidelines:


· Refrain from having an open flame.

· Use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in your jack-o-lanterns.


· Choose the right costume. Try to stay away from long or flowing fabric, and remain vigilant of extraneous costume pieces.


· Avoid flammable decorations including dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper that are highly flammable.

· Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.


· Remember to keep all decorations away from doors so that they are not blocking any exits or escape routes.

Smoke Alarms:

· Make sure all of your smoke alarms are working and up to date.


· Provide flashlights to children or have children carry glow sticks as part of their costumes.

· Make sure if a child is wearing a mask that the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out of them.

Kewanee Mayor On People to People

Special Hog Days Meeting This Evening

A special Hog Days meeting scheduled for this evening beginning at 6:30 pm at our building, 306 North Main Street. The time limit for the meeting is 90 minutes. We'll have a crock pot full of barbecue, buns and chips in case you don't have time for supper before you arrive. As usual, we always have coffee, water, soda and a homemade dessert item or two from Janie and/or Kaye on hand as well.

We have three critical items to consider and semi carve into stone at this meeting. 

First item...as you know, the carnival has two or three rides they could bring to Hog Days if they had more street space available. The City is willing to work with us for additional space BUT the City is also in the process of carving into stone their agreement with Ameren on how and most importantly WHERE power is going to be available starting in 2018. I met with City officials on October 17th and at this time it is still possible for changes downtown if they would benefit the success of the festival overall. They have not yet finalized an agreement with Ameren. As you know, our problem is whatever space the carnival gets must be contiguous for them. In other words, we can't have an additional block 2 blocks away from the carnival for additional rides. Which means, if we'd like more carnival and potentially more income, something has to give. Either move the carnival or move some of our stuff. Because of the importance of this, representatives from the City will be at our special meeting to listen, as we talk, and let us know what is and is not possible if we want to move anything. The City will be providing maps of the downtown area that we can draw on so we can see exactly what parking spaces, businesses, etc would be impacted by any potential moves on our part.

Second item...there are now several (4 - 5) committee members who are wondering out loud if we should move the flea market/craft show closer to the main action downtown. Several locations have been mentioned, none of which have been checked out yet because there is no reason to start checking yet. Janie, current chairperson of the fm/cs, says she can see advantages either way although at this time she is still leaning toward keeping it where it is.

Third item...whether the flea market/craft show would move or not, there are now committee members who wonder out loud if we should go back to 1 barbecue. With the current West Park trailer near the end of its life, is it worth the investment in a different trailer to continue an event that is now a two day event, roughly 16 hours total.

So, you need to bring your best arguments for and/or against these three items Tuesday night. By the end of this special meeting, we should at least carve into stone...

1. Are we going for more space downtown? Yes or no.

2. Are we going to pursue moving the flea market/craft show? Yes or no. If yes, then we can start in January seeking its new home or not if the answer is no.

3. Irregardless of the outcome of item 2, Are we going to continue 2 barbecues or go back to 1? Yes or no. Again, details either way can be worked out starting in January.

City Wide Clean Up Results


City Wide Clean-Up Day

October 21, 2017 7am – 12pm


270 Vehicles came through the event.

12 – (30 yard) containers of trash for a total of 61,000 lbs (30.5 tons).

7820 lbs (3.91 tons) of scrap metal processed.

Total:  68820 lbs (34.41 tons) of material.



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

Cernovich’s – processing of scrap metal

Boss – gloves and rain ponchos

Culligan – 6 cases of water

OSF St. Lukes – use of the old hospital property


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


Thanks to the volunteers:

Gary Miller

Melodee Yaklich

Mike Yaklich

Steve Faber

Steve Looney

Melinda Edwards

Gary Bradley

Kevin Shook

Troy Ainley

Kevin Newton

Bill Leaf

Ken Desmit

Lindsey Edwards - KHS

Katie Perez - WHS

Shang Lin - WHS

Kaylee Addis - WHS

Paige Horrie - WHS

Rodney Kendall

Keith Edwards

Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center (5 Inmates)


Public Works:

Steve Swearingen

Scott Logsdon

Charlie Mannon

Patrick Henry Club Meets On Saturday


The October gathering of the Patrick Henry Club will be on Saturday, October 28 at the Cambridge Community and Youth Center, 407 N West Street.

Henry County residents at invited to come for coffee and refreshments at 9 am and stay for conversation with State Senator Neil Anderson on the fall veto session. Also speaking will be 17th district Congressional candidates Mark Kleine  of Galesburg and Bill Fawell of Galena. 

Roger Gradert, chairman of the Henry County Board will give an update on recent county board actions.  Republican candidates for Henry County board and other county wide offices will be in attendance as well.  There will be an opportunity to sign petitions for all Republicans seeking office in 2018. 

There will be time for questions and interaction.

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

For additional information call 944-6463. 

AW Releases Post Season Information






1ST RND GAME  AT  Wethersfield High School

                                          439 Willard St.

                                          Kewanee, IL 61443

  ON SATURDAY, October 28th @ 2 PM (Gates open 12:00PM)

•  Annawan-Wethersfield (8-1) vs. Orangeville (5-4)











Girls Team:    2nd Place advances to Oregon Sectional

Whitney Johnson (Jr.)



Rachel Gomez (Jr.)



Rachel Cook (Jr.)



Cora Rusk (Fr.)



Kaleigh Nimrick (Sr.)



Emily McClelland (Jr.)










National Weather Service in Davenport, IA

Have you ever wondered how we get the weather? I recently attended the open house at the National Weather Service in Davenport, IA.  The Quad City Forecast Office covers 36 counties in the Iowa and Illinois area. There are 24 employees at the Forecast Office with 13 being meteorologists and the rest made up of support staff. This facility looks small from the outside, but there is a huge office area for all the meteorologists. There almost a dozen work stations with four to five monitors per station. This office doesn’t just cover rain and snow. They also cover fire and river forecasts. If there is an alert for severe weather in the area, the Quad City Office will issue the alert.


Technology is essential for the weather forecast. The meteorologists rely on the data obtained from satellite information, visual information, storm spotters, and weather balloons. The satellite information is updated every five minutes. The visual information is gathering from the meteorologists. The storm spotters are essential when covering tornado’s and other severe weather. The weather balloons send radio signals from 100,000 feet in the air.


The weather balloons are extremely interesting to me. You would think they would send drones instead, but drones cannot reach 100,000 feet in the air. Years ago, meteorologists had to rely on kites and a form of hot-air balloons for their data. Now for around $800, the meteorologists can send two weather balloons to receive accurate data. The weather balloons are launched at 0:00 GMT (6:00pm CST) and 12:00 GMT (6:00am CST). It is interesting to see the balloon fly off into the sky. Within 3 minutes, you could not see the balloon. It takes 2 hours to get to 100,000 feet.


The weather information you receive from most places is directly from the National Weather Service. Their website is weather.gov. They are not allowed to create an app for iOS or Android, because Congress does not allow it. If you want to use their information, they do have a mobile like app by going to mobile.weather.gov. Their mobile site is very user friendly.


One thing I learned by going to the open house is that there are a lot of people who REALLY enjoy the weather. When talking weather technology with these guys, the meteorologists were into it, like how a sports fan is into their favorite team. They are very passionate about their work. Some of the attendees were also into weather too. Attendees from the age of 13 were asking which school they need to go to, because they want to become a meteorologist.


Overall, this was a great open house to check out. If they ever have another open house, I highly recommend going. It was entertaining and informative too. 


Below are some of the pictures I took as well as a video too.




IFB roundtable addresses energy creation on the farm

Generating energy from the farm will be a topic of conversation in Bloomington next week as the Illinois Farm Bureau hosts a roundtable on the subject. Eric Rund with Green Flame Energy in Pesotum will participate in the session. He grows a large warm-season Asian grass on his farm that has been studied in the European Union and is now used commercially there for bedding, heat, and electricity generation.
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The IFB Roundtable on Renewable Energy is Tuesday, October 31st from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the IAA Board Room at the IFB headquarters in Bloomington. The event is free and includes a German-style harvest-themed lunch. Other topics to be addressed at the roundtable include bio-digesters from manure along with wind and solar power. 

City Council Meets Tonight

          AGENDA FOR


Council Chambers

                                                                                                                     401 E Third Street

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Open Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Posted by 6:00 p.m., October 20, 2017



1.              Call to Order

2.              Pledge of Allegiance

3.              Consent Agenda

a.     Approval of Minutes

b.    Payroll

c.     Staff Reports

4.              Presentation of Bills and Claims

5.              Citizen Participation

6.              Business:


a.     Consideration of an Ordinance granting an easement to Mark and Kathleen Slavens at 561 E Mill St.

b.    Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Azavar for a tax and fee revenue audit.

c.     Consideration of a Resolution to appoint Kathy Erdmann to the Civil Service Commission.

d.    Consideration of an Ordinance declaring two ambulances as excess.

e.    Acceptance of the Resignation of Council Member Deann Schweitzer effective October 31, 2017.





7.              Council Communications:


8.              Announcements:   


9.              Adjournment

Hydrant Flushing On Kentville Road Today

Effective Monday 10/23/17, the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center at 2021 Kentville Road will be flushing hydrants on their property.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m.


Residents near this area may experience low pressure, rusty water, or no water.  Residents should take precautions when using water until the water runs clean.  Only flush the system by running cold water, running hot water may draw rust into the water heater. 

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

BHC Pumpkin Auction Raises $6,250 For United Way


There are pumpkin auctions around the country this time of the year, but, on a per-pumpkin-basis, probably none can compare to the 15th Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins at Black Hawk College East Campus.

 On Oct. 16, auctioneer and East Campus alum Bill LeSage persuaded the audience of generous students, faculty, staff and friends to spend a grand total $6,250 on 11 pumpkins, all to benefit the Kewanee Area United Way.

 Pumpkins were evaluated and “talked” by members of the Sophomore Livestock Judging Team. Other team members were bid spotters.

 For the first time, the pumpkin auction was livestreamed worldwide from the East Campus Facebook page thanks to ag ambassadors and BHC recruiter Samantha Rux.

 This year’s top bid was $2,000 from the BHC Livestock Judging Team.

 Other winning bids were:

·         Transfer faculty and staff

·         CNN Livestock (Dan Hoge)

·         Community Education Center

·         Black Hawk College East Foundation Board

·         BHE Livestock Judging Alumni

·         Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging Team

·         Western Illinois University Livestock Judging Alumni


Pumpkins for the sale were donated by Natures Creations of Galva, Janel Smith and Phi Theta Kappa student honor society.

List of 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A Playoff Pairings

A big congratulations goes out to all the area playoff teams!  Once they are announced, we will update Date, Time, and Locations for all the area teams. I included 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A pairings. 
1A - First Round
Conference #1
#16 Stark County (5-4) at #1 Lena [Lena-Winslow] (9-0)
#9 Abingdon [Abingdon-Avon] (7-2) at #8 Milledgeville (7-2)
#13 Cuba [North Fulton Coop] (6-3) at #4 Stockton (7-2)
#12 Fisher (6-3) at #5 Freeport [Aquin] (7-2)
#15 Orangeville (5-4) at #2 Wethersfield [Annawan-Wethersfield Coop] (8-1)
#10 Princeville (7-2) at #7 Dakota (7-2)
#14 Catlin [Salt Fork] (5-4) at #3 Forreston (8-1)
#11 Fulton High School (6-3) at #6 Ottawa [Marquette] (7-2)
Conference #2
#16 Chester (5-4) at #1 Tuscola (9-0)
#9 Mt. Sterling [Brown County] (7-2) at #8 Arcola (7-2)
#13 Madison (6-3) at #4 Carrollton (8-1)
#12 Hardin [Calhoun Coop] (6-3) at #5 Camp Point [Central] (7-2)
#15 Pleasant Hill [Coop] (5-4) at #2 Bridgeport [Red Hill] (9-0)
#10 Toledo [Cumberland] (7-2) at #7 Decatur [Decatur Lutheran Coop] (7-2)
#14 Moweaqua [Central A & M] (5-4) at #3 Argenta [Argenta-Oreana Coop] (8-1)
#11 Warrensburg [Warrensburg-Latham Coop] (6-3) at #6 Athens (7-2)
2A - First Round
Conference #1
#16 Aurora Christian (5-4) at #1 Sterling [Newman Central Catholic] (9-0)
#9 Chicago [Orr] (7-2) at #8 Chicago Hope Academy (7-2)
#13 Rockford Christian (5-4) at #4 Orion (7-2)
#12 Mercer County (5-4) at #5 Clifton [Central] (7-2)
#15 Lanark [Eastland-Pearl City Coop] (5-4) at #2 Gibson City [Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley] (9-0)
#10 Savanna [West Carroll] (6-3) at #7 Minonk [Fieldcrest] (7-2)
#14 El Paso (El Paso-Gridley) (5-4) at #3 Taylor Ridge [Rockridge] (8-1)
#11 Chicago [Marshall] (6-3) at #6 Knoxville (7-2)
Conference #2
#16 Auburn (5-4) at #1 Hamilton [West Hancock Coop] (9-0)
#9 Carmi (Carmi-White County) (6-3) at #8 Bismarck [Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin] (6-3)
#13 Carthage [Illini West] (6-3) at #4 Maroa (Maroa-Forsyth) (8-1)
#12 Red Bud (6-3) at #5 Eldorado (7-2)
#15 Mackinaw [Deer Creek-Mackinaw] (5-4) at #2 Westville (9-0)
#10 Carlyle (6-3) at #7 West Prairie [Bushnell-West Prairie Coop] (7-2)
#14 Bunker Hill [Coop] (5-4) at #3 Downs [Tri-Valley] (8-1)
#11 Villa Grove [Villa Grove-Heritage Coop] (6-3) at #6 Shelbyville (7-2)
3A - First Round
Conference #1
#16 Winnebago (6-3) at #1 Farmington (9-0)
#9 Elmwood [Elmwood-Brimfield Coop] (7-2) at #8 Wilmington (8-1)
#13 Paxton [Paxton-Buckley-Loda] (6-3) at #4 Peotone (8-1)
#12 Watseka [Coop] (7-2) at #5 Elmhurst [IC Catholic] (8-1)
#15 Spring Valley [Hall] (6-3) at #2 Williamsville (9-0)
#10 Beardstown [7-2] at #7 Bloomington [Central Catholic] (8-1)
#14 Eureka (6-3) at #3 Byron (9-0)
#11 Poplar Grove [North Boone] (7-2) at #6 Monticello (8-1)
Conference #2
#16 Pleasant Plains (6-3) at #1 Trenton [Wesclin] (9-0)
#9 Alton [Marquette] (8-1) at #8 Newton (8-1)
#13 Marshall (6-3) at #4 Decatur [St. Teresa] (8-1)
#12 Wood River [East Alton-Wood River] (7-2) at #5 Carlinville (8-1)
#15 Vandalia (6-3) at #2 Fairfield (9-0)
#10 Greenville (7-2) at #7 Sesser [Sesser-Valier Coop] (8-1)
#14 Hillsboro (6-3) at #3 Anna [Anna-Jonesboro] (9-0)
#11 DuQuoin High School (7-2) at #6 Pana High School (8-1)
4A - First Round
Conference #1
#16 Chicago [Urban Prep-Englewood] (5-4) at #1 Johnsburg (9-0)
#9 Chicago [Agricultural Science] (6-3) at #8 Rochelle (6-3)
#13 Norridge [Ridgewood) (6-3) vs. #4 Chicago [Sullivan] (8-1) TBA
#12 Kewanee High School (6-3) at #5 Morris (7-2)
#15 Rock Island [Alleman] (5-4) vs. #2 Chicago [Raby] (8-1)
#10 Richmond [Richmond-Burton] (6-3) vs. #7 Chicago [Urban Prep-Bronzeville] (7-2) TBA
#14 Geneseo (5-4) at #3 Dixon High School (8-1)
#11 Elmwood Park (6-3) at #6 Genoa [Genoa-Kingston] (7-2)
Conference #2
#16 Fairbury [Prairie Central] (5-4) at #1 Rochester (9-0)
#9 Carterville (7-2) at #8 Belleville [Althoff Catholic] (8-1)
#13 Paris (6-3) at #4 Herrin High School (8-1)
#12 Pontiac (6-3) at #5 Tolono [Unity] (8-1)
#15 Quincy [Notre Dame] (5-4) at #2 Highland (9-0)
#10 Manteno (6-3) at #7 Effingham High School (8-1)
#14 Columbia (5-4) at #3 Herscher (8-1)
#11 Coal City (6-3) at #6 Taylorville (8-1)

Class 3A/4A seeds have been announced!

#12 Kewanee (6-3) at #5 Morris (7-2) Game date and time will be announced later. 


#14 Geneseo (5-4) at #3 Dixon (8-1) Game date and time will be announced later. 

Class 1A seeds have been announced!

The #2 Annawan Wethersfield Titans (8-1) are playing #15 Orangeville (5-4) at home. Game date and time will be announced later. 


The #16 Stark County (5-4) will will be traveling to Lena to play #1 Winslow (9-0). Game date and time will be announced later. 


More information will be posted as the news comes into us.

Annawan Wethersfield Titans are the LTC Conference Champions

Annawan/Wethersfield Titans are the 2017 LTC Conference Champions! Congratulations Titans!

Local Sports Finals

Annawan/Wethersfield Titans* (8-1) 49 vs Biggsville West Central Heat (4-4) 24
Bettendorf Bulldogs** (8-1) 35 vs Davenport Central Blue Devils (6-3) 0
Kewanee Boilermakers (6-3) 42 vs Monmouth-Roseville Titans 31 (3-6)
Stark County Rebels (5-4) 28 vs Mid-County Cougars (4-5) 21
Geneseo Maple Leafs (5-4) 21 vs Morris Redskins (7-2) 17
Mercer County Golden Eagles (5-4) 26 vs Princeville Princes (7-2) 13
Bureau Valley Storm (4-5) 32 vs Morrison Mustangs (4-5) 36
Monmouth-United Red Storm (0-9) 32 vs Ridgewood Spartans (1-8) 36
*LTC Conference Champions (7-0  in Conference)
**IAHSSA Class 4A District 7 Champions

Local Sports Scores at Half

Some of the Area Scores at the Half


AW Titans 28 to West Central 16

Kewanee Boilers  29 to Monmouth 13

Stark County 28 to Mid County 14

State Loses 10k Jobs in September

The jobless rate in Illinois is holding steady. But the number of jobs in Illinois fell by more than 10,000. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reveals the unemployment last month stayed put at 5 percent. That mark is still lower than September of 2016, when the rate was 5.8 percent. IDES’s Bob Gough says that numbers were down in a few sectors.
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The state’s unemployment rate is 0.8 percent higher than the national average.

Duckworth puts holds on EPA nominees

This week, Senator Tammy Duckworth placed a hold on two of President Trump’s nominees to lead offices at the EPA – Bill Wehrum and Dr. Michael Dourson – claiming they each have a track record of putting corporate profits ahead of public safety. Wehrum has been nominated to lead the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Dourson, the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Duckworth is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. She released an op-ed piece claiming Wehrum has opposed the Renewable Fuel Standard, something she says it crucial to Midwestern economies. She says that standard supports more than 4-thousand jobs through biofuels usage and generates more than 5 billion dollars in economic impact. Duckworth, went on the offense with her voice instead of her pen when it came to Dourson. She pressed Dourson for answers about his past research that Duckworth says claimed petroleum coke (petcoke) is safe.....
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Duckworth says Dourson’s research on petcoke was used to justify not cleaning up petcoke storage facilities on Chicago's Southeast side, leading to the presence of black dust which has been tied to high asthma rates and respiratory problems.

White Reacts to Decreased Teen Fatalities

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says the Graduated Driver's License has been a proven lifesaver for first time drivers. White believes stricter standards for younger drivers has played a lead role in cutting the number of teenage driver deaths by 51 percent in the past ten years. Illinois Transportation Department figures show 76 drivers ages 16 to 19 were killed in traffic crashes last year. That compares to 155 lives lost in that age group in 2007, the year before the graduated license program took effect. However, Secretary White isn't resting on his laurels. He has continued concerns about the driving practices of too many young people...
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Secretary White believes a big success of the graduated licenses has been restrictions on nighttime driving and requiring training from an adult in driving after dark...
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Cell phone use is prohibited in the graduated system, even with a hands free device, unless there is an emergency.

IHSA football playoff pairings released Saturday

The IHSA’s biggest night of the year coming up this weekend and a game’s not even being played. The association’s release of the high school football playoff pairings on Saturday is a highly anticipated event says the IHSA’s Scott Johnson.
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The pairings are released shortly after 8 Saturday night. It’s the heaviest traffic night on the IHSA’s website. Johnson estimates more than 200,000 individual users with up to 1-million hits. 

Rural energy development as an income source

Illinois landowners might not have oil fields beneath corn and soybean fields. Still, many opportunities exist to earn some additional cash by generating energy on farms throughout the state. Some officials from Illinois and Minnesota ventured to Germany earlier this year to see the role on-farm power plays in that country's effort to become energy self sufficient, including Minnesota Director of Agriculture Dave Frederickson;

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Illinois Farm Bureau plans to host a Renewable Energy Roundtable on Tuesday, October 31st in Bloomington. Frederickson says his state will host the same two days later and worth the time for farmers and others to explore energy-generating opportunities;

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The Farm Bureau energy seminar will feature farmers from Germany and Illinois who are generating energy and income on their farms. Contact your county Farm Bureau to find out how to attend the Renewable Energy Roundtable. It will run from 11:30 a-m to 4:30 p-m on the 31st and include an Octoberfest-style lunch.

Taco Benefit On Saturday

The 3rd annual Patchy’s and Salvation Army Taco benefit night will be held this coming Saturday, October 21st from 5-11 at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says it will be a festive evening…

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The band Inside Out will perform from 7-11 on Saturday night at the Flemish and Ms. Bolls says the purpose of the benefit is quite simple…

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In a sure sign that the holiday season is not too far away, Ms. Bolls says that the Angel Tree notices will be going out later this month…

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for September


Chuck Nelson, formerly of Geneseo, and now a Kewanee resident was honored as Achiever of the Month for September at Abilities Plus.  Chuck received this award because of good attendance, progress on goal work, his friendly and helpful nature, and his long term part time job in the community.

Safe Sleep Awareness Month

October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is giving parents and caregivers a few reminders that can help prevent tragic accidents. Sleep suffocation and SIDS are leading causes of death for children one year old or younger but DCFS Acting Director B.J. Walker says following these simple tips could help save the lives of Illinois’ precious infants.

• DCFS advises against co-sleeping. It is especially dangerous when a parent or caregiver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or is particularly tired.
• A child sleeps safest in a crib with a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheet. Be sure to remove pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed animals and toys.
• Never let infants sleep on an adult bed or couch.

“It is vital for caregivers to learn and use the ABCs of Safe Sleep,” Walker said. “A baby should sleep Alone, on its Back, and in a safe Crib – every time.”

Duckworth Says She's Seen Obama Meeting Gold Star Families

Senator Tammy Duckworth is firing back at the President for his comments about what other Presidents haven’t done when it come to contacting family members of fallen soldiers. President Trump has said that then President Obama didn’t contact gold star family members. Duckworth told MSNBC the statement is false and she personally witnessed Obama meeting and consoling family members.

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The President is also fighting back against claims that he told one gold star family that the solider “must have known what he was signing up for.” Trump says on Twitter that part of the conversation was “fabricated”. That solider and 3 others were recently killed in Africa. 

Forbes List of Billionaires Includes Pritzker

Illinois has a very rich man as Governor but he’s not nearly as wealthy as a person that’s trying to run against him next November. Forbes magazine ranks Democrat gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker as 219th richest American, saying he’s worth $3.4 billion. Pritzker is among the richest people in Illinois, but hedge fund manager Ken Griffin is atop the state list. His personal wealth is pegged at $8.5 billion. 

Senator Durbin Pans GOP Tax Plan

Senator Dick Durbin is giving the Republican tax plan a thumbs down review. He told the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago that the GOP proposal would benefit the wealthiest of Americans and leave the paycheck to paycheck crowd picking up the tab...
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Durbin offered hard numbers for the impact of the tax changes.....
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Durbin says there will be 2.6 trillion dollars in tax cuts for corporations over the first decade of the new tax system. Durbin says those tax cuts are made possible by hiking taxes on middle-income families.

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Salvation Army On Tuned IN

SA Director LInda Bolls is the guest

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Mating Season Is Here, Don't Veer For Deer

 Autumn brings shorter days, cooler temperatures and a new set of driving habits for Illinois motorists. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources warn drivers to be vigilant during mating season as deer will be more active and visible throughout the state. The risk for deer vs. vehicle crashes greatly increases in October, November and December, especially at dusk and dawn. 

“Deer can dart in front of a vehicle in the blink of an eye,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “It’s instinctual to swerve out of the way, but in doing so, drivers could lose control of the vehicle and cause a more severe crash. If you’re attentive and watchful for deer encounters, these safety tips could make all the difference.”

Motorists are urged to follow these safe driving tips during mating season:

• Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to deer crossing signs.

• Scan the sides of the road for eye shine – the reflection of headlights in the eyes.

• Slow down if you see deer.  They travel in groups, so more are likely in the area.

• Prepare for the unexpected. Deer can stop in the middle of the road or double back.

• If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic.

More safe driving tips can be viewed by clicking here.

Approximately 40 to 45 (actually 41%) percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2016 occurred in October, November, and December – with November being the highest-risk month. 75 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involving deer happened in rural environments, with over 70 (actually 72%) percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.
In 2016, there were 14,759 motor vehicle crashes involving deer in Illinois, over one thousand crashes less than the 2015 total. There were 14,248 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles only, down from the 15,431 in 2015. Personal injuries tallied 581 in 2016 versus 628 in 2015 and 569 in 2014. The number of fatalities dropped, from eight in 2015 to five in 2016.

The top 10 Illinois counties for crashes involving deer in 2016:

1. Cook   439                                                            7.  Williamson  287
2. Madison  415                                                        8.  Rock Island  278
3. Will   389                                                               9.  Bureau    277
4. Sangamon  344                                                         Pike   277
5. Fulton  328                                                                 Lake   277  
6.   Peoria   311                                                       10.  Jackson  273      

“Deer-vehicle accidents can occur any time of year, but deer are especially active in the fall during their mating season,” said Wayne Rosenthal, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  “Motorists should be on the alert for deer near roadways during early morning and evening hours, especially near wooded areas, field edges and waterways.”

If you do hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder and turn on the hazard lights. Call 911 to report the accident so the appropriate law enforcement can assist. Do not get out of the vehicle to check on an injured deer or pull it from the road. You can visit the IDNR website for information on how to claim a deer that has been involved in a crash.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department is pleased to announce that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 


     Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.  About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. 


     The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2016 are:


·         About 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

·         About 61,000 new cases of carcinoma situ (CIS) will be diagnosed.

·         About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer.


    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion, notes, “When considering facts such as these it's obvious that we, in the public health field, must emphasize the importance of early detection and screening.   Indeed, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Therefore, we would like to encourage women to partner with a friend or family member to remind each other to practice monthly breast self-exam and make annual clinical exam and mammogram appointments."


    The Health Department reminds area residents that their clinical services program provides annual physical exams to area women, including a breast exam and pap smear.


    The clinic accepts medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, has been established to assist residents to obtain services.


    In addition the Health Department is always available for breast cancer prevention educational presentations for your group or organization.


     For more information on Department's Women's Health services call (309)

852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com. or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

GDL Program Saves Teen Lives

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says the Graduated Driver's License has been a proven lifesaver for first time drivers. White believes stricter standards for younger drivers has played a lead role in cutting the number of teenage driver deaths by 51 percent in the past ten years. Illinois Transportation Department figures show that compared to 155 lives lost in that age group in 2007. That was the year before the graduated license program took effect. The graduated license program features nighttime driving restrictions, an increased required practice driving time with an adult before a teen can get a license and limits starting drivers to one passenger in the front seat. Cell phone use is prohibited, even with a hands free device, unless there is an emergency. 

Jesse White Calls Graduated Licenses a Success

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says the Graduated Driver's License has been a proven lifesaver for first time drivers. White believes stricter standards for younger drivers has played a lead role in cutting the number of teenage driver deaths by 51 percent in the past ten years. Illinois Transportation Department figures show That compared to 155 lives lost in that age group in 2007. That was the year before the graduated license program took effect. The graduated license program features nighttime driving restrictions, an increased required practice driving time with an adult before a teen can get a license and limits starting drivers to one passenger in the front seat. Cell phone use is prohibited, even with a hands free device, unless there is an emergency. 

AFSCME questions recent Illinois Corrections decisions

AFSCME officials say safety at Illinois Correctional facilities needs some serious correcting. AFSCME, which represents corrections officers, reports inmate attacks on state employees have surged 51 percent since 2015. Two years ago, there were 541 assaults. AFSCME projects that number will hit 819 based on assaults so far this year. AFSCME Council 31's Anders Lindall believes the expansion of inmates eligible for minimum security accommodations has played a major role...
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Lindall says the state had previously maintained strict standards for inmates who were held in minimum security lockups like the facility in the Quad Cities....
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Corrections officials say inmates are only transferred to lower-level security prisons when their progress and behavior warrants.

Archery Deer Season Underway in Illinois

The deer hunting season is here and conservation authorities are reminding hunters of some basic things to keep themselves safe. DNR Conservation Police Sargent John Williamson notes the archery season is underway in Illinois. If you haven’t been out to hunt yet, Williamson says it is best to get out and check those tree stands.

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Cross-bows are now legal for the archery season. The busy shotgun season opens before the Thanksgiving weekend.

KSD On People to People

KHS Principal Mr. Jamie Bryan and Central Jr High Principal Mr. Jason Anderson are the guests

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Upcoming Extension Webinar

An age-friendly community enables people of all ages to actively participate in activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. More communities are making commitments to become age-friendly - adapting their structures and services to the needs of their ageing populations. During this October 26th Age Friendly Community webinar, Wendy Bartlo, Center for Health, Aging, and Disability (CHAD) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the process they are using to help her community prepare for upcoming demographic shifts with regard to older adults.  Wendy completed her doctorate in anthropology and a pre-doctoral fellowship in gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she spent two years researching the lives of older adults in Detroit neighborhoods. This webinar will explore her research and the work she is doing to help move Champaign-Urbana into the AARP and World Health Organization's network of age friendly communities, as well as present her suggestions on what makes a community livable for residents of all ages.  This webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. Register online at University of Illinois Extension’s website: web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call your local Extension office Rock Island County (309) 756-9978, Mercer County (309) 582-5106 or Henry/Stark County (309) 932-3447.

Ten Years Brings Fewer Teen Driving Fatalities in Illinois and Iowa


This week marks the tenth anniversary of National Teen Driver Safety Week, And things look much different than they did ten years ago. Though it is tragic to lose even one young person in a car crash, in the United States the numbers have decreased nearly 43 percent in the past decade. In 2015, 4,308 teens were involved in fatal crashes compared to 7,500 in 2005*.

That information according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


In Illinois, the number of teens involved in fatal car crashes has gone down by 45%, 239 in 2005 compared to 132 in 2015. In Iowa, crashes are down 42%, 86 in 2005 compared to 50 in 2015.


Studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) attribute reductions in crash deaths to strong Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs. Nearly all states have substantially strengthened their GDL laws over the past twenty years. Strong GDL laws consist of: minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit, a six-month holding period, supervised driving requirement, nighttime driving restriction, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and a minimum age of 18 for an unrestricted license.


Kaley Rouse of Toulon Receives Several Awards

University of Illinois Extension, Stark County 4-H is pleased to announce that Kaley Rouse, an 11 year 4-H member in the Stark County Century Clovers received three 4-H state awards and was recognized most recently at a ceremony October 7th in Champaign, IL. 


The Illinois 4-H Key Award emphasizes community service and mentorship by 4-H members throughout their 4-H career. Kaley was one of eight people selected across the state to receive the award. From the very beginning of her 4-H experience, Kaley has been involved in club and individual community service activities. She helps at fall festivals, works on a variety of benefits, collects food, and created her own charity to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Illinois and St. Jude. “Helmets & Heels” has been her own special project for the past seven years, collecting new toys, stuffed animals, and various other items to deliver to St. Jude right before the holidays. Since starting the toy drive, Kaley has collected over 4,000 items. Her service will continue as she has chosen to become a nurse practitioner, specializing in pediatrics.  Kaley is a past recipient of a State 4-H Award Scholarship.


Kaley also received the LCP Award – It stands for Leadership, Citizenship & Professionalism.  This award is sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois Farm Bureau.  A total of 10 people are chosen to receive this award and attend the Premier 20 Youth Leadership Conference.  Kaley attended the conference in Bloomington last April.


And finally, Kaley received the Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Award. This award has an arduous application process that involves a written application and references.  People who make it through the application process are asked to create a video answering a series of questions in a unique way.  This video takes the place of the interview process and requires applicants to be both visually and verbally creative.  The top eight videos were selected to receive the award.  Kaley received a $1,000 scholarship for being one of the eight selected.  Her award was sponsored by Ann Armstrong of Oswego, IL. 

Multi Agency Man Hunt for Armed Suspect - Final



Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 announced the events of the manhunt that occurred Sunday night into Monday morning.


On Sunday night at approximately 9:30 pm an Illinois State Police Trooper stopped a red SUV for a traffic offense. The driver was identified as Shaun Nicholas Taylor (Male, White, 36 years old, East Falmouth, MA). During the stop Taylor fled the scene. Troopers and Henry County Deputies responded to the Atkinson area and located the suspect SUV abandon. As the vehicle was located, the responding Trooper’s squad received multiple firearm rounds. Taylor then reportedly fled the area.


A perimeter was established, Henry County Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Illinois State Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) responded to the area and began searching the area for Taylor. An ISP Air Operations plane was dispatched with FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) to help with the search. At approximately 5:15 am Taylor approached an ISP Trooper at the Command Post (Van OpDorp Trucking) and turned his self in.


Responding Agencies: Henry County Sheriff’s Department and Communications, Henry County ERT, Geneseo PD, Galva PD, Atkinson PD, Annawan PD, Kewanee PD, Colona PD, Atkinson Fire and Medical, ISP Air Operations, ISP SWAT, ISP Zone II Investigations, ISP Districts 1, 7 and 17.


Taylor is currently held at the Henry County Jail on Two Million Dollars Bond for: Aggrivated Discharge of a Firearm and Attempted Murder First Degree. 

Central Illinois college hosting drone conference in November

s it a toy or is it going to impact the bottom line of your operation? Farmers need to answer that question before moving forward with drone technology says GROWMARK’S Agronomy Information Services Sales Manager Brian Henze.
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Henze is participating in a drone conference next month, hosted by Heartland Community College and Scott Smigel.
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The conference is November 10th at Heartland’s Astroth Community Education Center in Normal. Advance registration is $69. You can register at “heartland.edu”. 

Lotto Ticket Back for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Illinois Lottery is recognizing breast cancer awareness month with the re-launch of a scratch off ticket. The Illinois Lottery’s Acting Director Greg Smith says since the Ticket for the Cure’s creation more than 12 million dollars has been raised to support breast cancer programs.

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The three dollar scratcher is now for sale at your favorite lotto retailer.

Rauner Ready to Meet With Leaders Before Veto Session

Lawmakers are preparing to return to Springfield next week. The fall veto session will be underway then and there are a host of issues to address. The state budget will still be one of them and perhaps a capital bill to fund road and other infrastructure projects. Governor Bruce Rauner says before everyone returns to Springfield he’s happy the four legislative leaders have been meeting to perhaps set an agenda for the end of October.

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The House and Senate return on Tuesday October 24 and will continue the veto session through the second week of November. 

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OSF Health Care on Tuned IN

Community Relations Specialist Carrie Boelens is the guest

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City Wide Clean Up Set For Next Saturday

The next Kewanee city wide clean up will be held this coming Saturday, October 21st at 716 Elliott Street in Kewanee.

Keith Edwards is the Director of Community Development for the City of Kewanee and he says they are looking forward to Saturday’s clean up event…

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There is a list of items that will and will not be accepted and Edwards starts out by addressing those items that will not be accepted…

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Keith now addresses those items that will be accepted at the clean up…

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There is also a need for anyone that might have a truck to volunteer their time to help residents pick up some of the larger items.

If you have that availability, contact Edwards at City Hall.

Keith also notes that several groups and organizations have stepped up and deserve a big round of thanks…

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Water Shut Off In Kewanee Set For Tuesday

Effective Tuesday 10/17/17 the City of Kewanee Water Department will be doing work in the 200 block of Acorn Street South to tie in water lines for the new Petersen Memory Care building.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m.  200 and 210 Acorn Street South will be the only two addresses shut off of during this work.


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

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

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

Multi Agency Man Hunt for Armed Suspect In The Atkinson Area



East Moline – Illinois State Police District is currently engaged in a man hunt in the Atkinson, IL area.


At this time it is advised that all residents in the area lock all doors and vehicles. Do not pick up any pedestrians and call 911 for anything out of the ordinary.

Suspect: Shaun Nicholas Taylor



 36 years old

Curly Brown Hair

Green Eyes

6’ 02”


Taylor was last seen on foot, wearing glasses and a black T-shirt. He is armed and considered extremely dangerous.

SWAT has secured and removed the suspect vehicle. All residents are reminded to remove keys and lock all vehicles.

Residents are also reminded to lock all out buildings and use caution when approaching and entering them.

The Galva-Atkinson blacktop south of I-80 has been closed due to the incident.

The suspect is now in custody.



Illinois livestock idnustry seeing young people return to farm

The Illinois Beef Association happy with a trend they are seeing. Young people are actually coming back to the farm says the organization’s Jill Johnson.
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Johnson is a native of Henry County and grew up on a Galva farm that included Hereford cattle, corn and soybeans. 

IDOT Seeks Input On Rest Areas

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help in developing a plan that will determine the best use of the state’s rest areas. An online survey, accessible at idot.illinois.gov, is available through Sunday, Oct. 29.

“Many of our rest areas have reached a point where it’s time to evaluate their future,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The feedback this survey provides us will be incredibly valuable. We hope as many people as possible participate so our rest areas can better reflect the changing needs of today’s travelers.”

Paper copies of the online survey are available at select rest areas throughout the state. They also can be mailed upon request by calling (402) 399-1405.

The 20-question survey seeks feedback on how travelers currently use Illinois rest areas, their level of satisfaction with the rest areas they visit, the location of the rest areas and how important certain features are to them.

IDOT maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout the state, serving more than 36 million visitors annually. They are open 24 hours a day and feature restroom facilities, picnic areas, lighted walkways, maps, security cameras, parking for recreational vehicles and commercial trucks, among other services.

For more information on Illinois’ rest locations, visit IDOT’s Rest Areas and Welcome Centers webpage here.

Special Service Sunday in Andover

      Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), the agency that evolved from the Andover Children's Home, will celebrate its 150th anniversary by participating in the 10:30 am worship service at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover on Sunday, October 15.  David Novak, LSSI's Vice President for Advancement, will give the message.  Following the service, a catered lunch will be served in Luther Hall.  LSSI traces its roots back to 1867, when an orphanage opened for children whose parents were victims of a devastating cholera epidemic in the Andover area.  The Andover Children's Home was the first Lutheran charitable institution in Illinois, and one of the earliest in the nation.   At the time the home closed in 1970, more than 1,000 children had been cared for over a period of 103 years. 

S.O.S. Meeting On Monday


Regular Meeting

Sundance for Our Soldiers

Monday, October 16, 2017

5:30 pm

American Legion

Cambridge, IL




I.                Call to order


II.              Roll Call


III.            No minutes to record – not enough directors present for a meeting


IV.            Meeting Agenda

a.     Advertising

b.    BHE Public Demonstration

c.     United Way Grant

d.    Workshops



V.              New Business

a.     2018 Budget

b.    Funding Sources

c.     Fundraiser

d.    SOS Marketing/Advertising

e.    United Way Volunteering

f.      Campaign for more directors


VI.            Set Next Meeting


VII.          Adjourn

The Little Log Cabin Dedication Ceremony Location For Saturday in Kewanee Has Been Moved

The location for the dedication of the Lou Little family cabin on Saturday has been moved.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and he says the dedication event will be moved to Wethersfield High School…

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The event begins Saturday morning at 11 and Mark says this long standing historical project will also have a great future…

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Once again, the ceremony will be held at the Wethersfield High School cafeteria beginning at 11 o’clock Saturday morning and the public is cordially invited to attend.    

Illinois FFA president not a 'farm kid'

Illinois' FFA president enjoying his time in office. Joseph Birrittier (beer-uh-tear) was elected to the position last June and now represents 17,000 FFA members statewide. He doesn't live on a farm.
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After his one year term is up in June of 2018, he plans to enroll at the University of Illinois to study agriculture science education. 

New Democratic Attorney General candidate emerges

There's a new entry in the Democratic race for Attorney General. Former federal prosecutor Sharon Fairley has left her post leading Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability to run for the Democratic nomination. Fairley says the A-G's office is no stepping stone for her.....
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While the Attorney General's office has drawn notice in recent years for tackling consumer driven matters, Fairley says she brings a lot of law and order experience to the table....
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Fairley says she'll push back against President Trump's administration on a number of civil rights issues.

Illinois Catfish Tourney Sets Records

The recent River Rat Catfish Tournament in Grafton was a record-setter. The winning three-man team set a State and National Record for total weight of the fish caught. The biggest fish weighed in at more than 80 pounds. Grafton Mayor Rick Eberlin is also the chairman of the tournament. He says after a wash-out on Saturday, Sunday started out with a promising phone call.

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Pool 26, where the event was held, encompasses the area from the Winfield Dam to the Mel Price Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River, and up to the Joe Page Bridge in Hardin. The winning team was made up of Jason Jackson of Godfrey, Justin Wolfe of Alton, and Frank Kastl of South County, Missouri.

Black Hawk College hosting Fall Ag Visit Day Nov. 3



Join Black Hawk College on Friday, Nov. 3 for a day focused on agriculture at Fall Ag Visit Day at the college’s East Campus.


The event will showcase the East Campus’ agriculture, animal science, auto mechanics, equine, veterinary assisting/technology and welding programs.


Prospective students and their parents are invited to take a campus tour, meet faculty, students and alumni, and participate in breakout sessions and hands-on activities. Lunch will be provided.


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


RSVP by Friday, Oct. 2at www.bhc.edu/go. For more information, call 309-854-1724.

Fire Prevention Week

– The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today kicks off National Fire Prevention Week 2017. Governor Rauner proclaimed October 8 through October 14 as Fire Prevention Week in Illinois to encourage residents to learn and prepare for emergency situations.

This year the theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Firefighters across the state will be visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety. In fire emergencies, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. It is crucial to have an escape plan in place for your home. Each occupant should know multiple exits and paths to safety.

“Fire is everyone’s fight and can occur in any building,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Al-ways be aware of your surroundings whether you are at home or at work. Have a plan A and plan B in case of emergency. This October, please take the time to prepare and protect your-self and your family.”

The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following:

• Draw a map of your home that clearly identifies pathways to two exits.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year – one at night and one during the day – with everyone in the family.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Clearly mark your home so fire departments and first responders can find it easily.
• Close doors behind you as you leave to slow the spread of smoke and fire. 
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

In 2016, fires occurred in more than 15,000 homes in Illinois. Additionally, Illinois fire de-partments reported over 500 civilian fire-related injuries and 121 civilian fatalities.

For additional information about National Fire Prevention Week, please go to the NFPA website.

BC Rail Crossing Closure

Please be advised that we have been notified that Thursday and Friday of this week, minimally, the Railroad will be closing the crossing located on 1600 East Street ¾ of a mile North of Route 6 (this crossing is approximately 1.5 miles east of Wyanet and North of Route 6).   The notification indicated that they were hoping necessary work at this crossing would be completed by the end of this week, but that is not guaranteed.  

Blue Eyed Blondes Performing In Bishop Hill Tonight



Folk and country music duo Blue Eyed Blondes has performed at a variety of different locations and venues since 2008.  Lina Lönnberg sings and plays the guitar and melodica.  Kristoffer Emanuelsson also sings and plays the guitar and banjo.  Blue Eyed Blondes perform stripped down acoustic music, influenced by old time, folk, gospel and bluegrass combined with Swedish folk songs.  At the center of their music is good stories and the soulful sound of two voices in beautiful harmony. 


The concert will start at 7 p.m. on October 12 in the Dairy Building, located at 410 North Erickson Street.  It is free and open to the public.  The Bishop Hill Heritage Association, with the assistance of the Twinflower Inn, sponsors this musical performance.  For more details, please call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net .

Decision By Blue Cross Blue Shield Affects Patients

OSF HealthCare is still part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO plans through December 31, 2017. At the beginning of this month, while still engaged in active negotiations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois announced plans to drop three hospitals from its PPO network: OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria); OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center (Rockford); and OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center (Galesburg). The termination was issued unilaterally by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, and is set to occur January 1, 2018


By removing these hospitals from its network, BCBSIL eliminates important referral centers and reduces patient access to advanced, critical services within our system. Without patient access to our terminated hospitals, OSF HealthCare was forced to terminate most of its remaining Blue Cross and Blue Shield hospital agreements. As of the first of the year, Illinoisans with BCBS PPO health insurance plans will only be able to access care at hospitals owned by OSF HealthCare using out-of-network benefits. The one exception will be OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, which will remain in the BCBSIL PPO network.


“OSF HealthCare is an accountable care organization committed to population health, which is achieved through ensuring patients have access to the full resources of its integrated health care delivery system,” said Randy Billings, OSF HealthCare senior vice president of population health. “By eliminating three of our hospitals from its network, Blue Cross and Blue Shield eliminates important referral centers and patient access to nearby specialty care - including our children’s hospital.”


OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois was recently ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric urology and neonatology. Blue Cross and Blue Shield has several quality programs recognizing hospitals and their performance to help members determine the best place for care, including Blue Distinction Specialty Care and Blue Distinction Total Care. OSF HealthCare hospitals are consistently high-performing in most of these programs.  For a detailed listing, go to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield website.


Patients with Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO plans living in rural communities served by OSF HealthCare hospitals will only be able to seek care in their own town, or access nearby tertiary and quaternary care in Peoria and Rockford, using out-of-network benefits. 


“We are deeply disappointed and concerned by recent actions taken by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois,” said Billings. “It is our hope that Blue Cross and Blue Shield will realize the value of having OSF HealthCare hospitals in its network for its members. OSF is open to continuing discussions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield to avoid a disruption to patients.”


BCBSIL members can contact their employer regarding other insurance company choices or may direct concerns or benefit plan inquiries to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Customer Service phone number at (800) 538-8833.


In the meantime, OSF HealthCare encourages employers and community members who rely on us for their health care needs to choose an insurance product that ensures access to the full breadth of services that OSF HealthCare provides.  OSF HealthCare participates in most national and local managed care plans. A complete list can be found at osfhealthcare.org.


Additional resources for this story, including downloadable, high def, soundbites are available on the OSF HealthCare newsroom.


Tax filing deadline Oct. 16

If you filed for an extension on your income taxes for 2016, the next deadline is rapidly approaching. Michael Devine says that penalties will begin after October 16…

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Further information available at irs.gov

Rauner hoping to see computer upgrade cash freed up soon

Illinois Governor Bruce Raner says Comptroller Susana Mendoza's refusal to pay for information technology upgrades does not compute. As Mendoza continues to address a backlog of billions of dollars in bills, millions for the Governor's computer technology iniative remain on ice.... Rauner is calling for Mendoza to end the wait....
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Rauner says recent spending decisions by lawmakers make it more important to release the I-T funds....
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In the spring, Mendoza suspended 27 million dollars in payments for Rauner's Enterprise Resource Program.

Bureau County farmer gets NASCAR prize for agronomy week

A farmer from Bureau County named the “National Agronomy Week” sweepstakes grand prize winner. Jason Jaggers of Wyanet and his Dekalb, Asgrow and Deltapine agronomy team of Chad Taylor, Jim Donnelly and Kyle Anderson were treated to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chicagoland 400 race in Joliet.
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The race was on September 17th.

Cyber Security Month

Most people spend several hours each day online for work, pleasure or both. The widespread usage of computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets offers countless opportunities to connect with information and people around the world. It also provides myriad opportunities for cyber criminals.

Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to highlight the importance of understanding and avoiding cyber risks. During October, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with county and municipal emergency management agencies to increase awareness of online risks and provide tips on what people can do to prevent problems.

“Computers and mobile devices give us access to a wealth of information and help us connect with people near and far,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Unfortunately, there are people out there who continuously seek ways to cause harm and create havoc through these devices. The best way to defend against cyber attacks is by arming yourself with information about the risks and learning steps you can take to reduce the chance of being a victim of cybercrime.”

Joseph said the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov provides links to information and tips to help people minimize the risk of being a cybercrime victim. Some of those tips include the following:

• Configure your computer securely Use privacy and security settings in your software, email system and web browsers. Regularly update your anti-virus software to identify and thwart new strains of malicious software.
 Keep software and operating systems updated Install all software updates as soon as they are offered; using the “auto update” setting is the best way to ensure timely updates.
Use strong passwords Cybercriminals use automated programs that will try every word in the dictionary in a few minutes. When creating a password, use at least 10 characters, with a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Be cautious about links and attachments Even communications you receive that appear to be from friends and family may contain links to malicious sites, so be careful when clicking on links in those messages. When in doubt, delete it.

“Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue – it is a public safety issue,” stated Kirk Lonbom, Interim Secretary at Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology. “The month of October provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks and promote online safety.

Senator Weaver Encourages Families To Share Veterans' Stories at Capitol



To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.

“It’s so important that we honor and remember the sacrifice of those who stood up to protect us and defend our way of life,” said Weaver. “This is a great opportunity to share the important stories of our veterans and their service.”

Families are to submit a photo and written story (max: 250 words) along with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, other). Military photos are preferred but not necessary.

Please email submissions to veteransday@sgop.ilga.gov by Oct. 30. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For questions, call 217-782-1650.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is also partnering with Sen. Weaver on this tribute to veterans. 

“This Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our Illinois Heroes and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free every day of our lives,” said Erica Jeffries, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Celebrate new 'Brink' sculpture Oct. 16 at BHC East Campus


Black Hawk College invites the community to a celebration of the new Brink sculpture at the East Campus.


The e4e Brink Sculpture Dedication will be Monday, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Brink.


The sculpture was installed Aug. 18 by the Building A atrium near the main entrance to campus. After the dedication ceremony, light refreshments will be served in the atrium.


The stainless steel sculpture includes nearly 100 icons representing past and present East Campus academic programs and extracurricular activities. Sculptor Duke Oursler, an assistant professor of art at Western Illinois University, designed and created the massive artwork.


“Upon physically entering the campus and passing by the sculpture, students and faculty are crossing a metaphorical threshold to the future,” Oursler said. “They are stepping beyond the ‘brink’ of their current knowledge and exploring new ideas and possibilities.”


At night, the sculpture is illuminated with colored lights that project the icons onto the ground.


The 2014-16 e4e (Employees for Education) Employee Giving Campaign committees raised more than $21,000 for the sculpture. Donors included BHC employees, retirees and trustees and East Foundation Board members.


Rauner Still Mum on Gun Control Talk

Gun control is again a topic up for debate in Washington after the Las Vegas mass shooting. But that conversation will be one that does not include the voice of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. He says his focus includes issues important to the state of Illinois.
Rauner so far will not say if he approves of changing the law that makes bump stocks legal in Illinois.

Opioid Deaths Continue to Rise in Southern Illinois

Opioid use continues to take lives in the Southern Illinois region, and Madison County is on pace for another record year for heroin deaths. In 2009, Madison County reported 9 heroin deaths, in 2010 the number doubled. So far in 2017 there are 10 confirmed heroin deaths, another 10 attributed to a combination of heroin and Fentanyl, and 15 solely blamed on Fentanyl.

When prescription overdoses and other drugs are factored in, there are 60 drug-related deaths in Madison County so far in 2017. Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn says the emergence of Fentanyl is disturbing.

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He says education efforts appear to be starting to have an impact, as age groups that have heard the message of the dangers of the drug are accounting for fewer deaths.

Trees need water

Parts of Illinois still recovering from the 2012 drought and trees in those areas likely need water. That’s the message from University of Illinois Extension small farms educator, Doug Gucker, who indicates your tree could be showing signs of stress.

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Gucker says it is a good time to try and get your tree some water and there's a few easy, practical methods to do that.

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When using a sprinkler to water the trees, Gucker says a good way to measure how much water you've used is to put a soup can down and let it reach two inches. 

Tag Days For Good Fellows

Tag Days for the Good Fellows Christmas Basket Program in Kewanee will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st.

The Good Fellows Program is spearheaded by the Kewanee Kiwanis Club through the Kewanee High School Key Club.

Amron Buchanan is with the Kiwanis Club and also a long time coordinator of the Good Fellows Program and he says that plans are underway for this year’s Christmas Basket Program…

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Ken Knowles is another Kiwanis Member who has also been involved with the Christmas Basket Program for many years and he points out that it does cost a fair amount of money to make the program work and Tag Days will be an opportunity for the public to help out…

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The Good Fellows Christmas Basket Program is a long standing tradition and Mr. Buchanan adds that the program is truly a local program…

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Once again Tag Days will take place in Kewanee on October 20th and 21st.         

ITEP Applications Now Accepted

 The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.


Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2017. Approximately $40 million will be awarded this cycle, and each awardee may receive up to $2 million per project.


The ITEP is a federally funded, competitive grant program that promotes alternate modes of transportation such as bike trails and streetscapes. Local matching funds are required, and eligible project sponsors or local entities with taxing authority may apply. All ITEP funds must be fully obligated within four years of award notification.


For more information, please visit the ITEP website or email  DOT.ITEP@Illinois.gov.

Kewanee City Council Meets Tonight


Council Chambers

                                                                                                                     401 E Third Street

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Closed Meeting starting at 6:15 p.m.

Open Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11, 2017



1.              Call to Order

2.              Closed Session pursuant to Section 2(c)(2) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss collective bargaining and Section 2(c)(6) to discuss the sale of real estate.

3.              Pledge of Allegiance

4.              Consent Agenda

a.     Approval of Minutes

b.    Payroll

c.     Staff Reports

d.    Request from Goodfellows to conduct tag days on Friday and Saturday, October 20 & 21 from 9 am to 5 pm.

5.              Presentation of Bills and Claims

6.              Citizen Participation

7.              Business:


a.     Public Hearing pursuant to the requirements of Sections 10 and 20 of the Bond Issuance Notification Act of the State of Illinois, as amended on the plans to issue General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017 in the amount not to exceed $300,000.

b.    Acceptance of the Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes from its meeting on September 20, 2017.

c.     Consideration of an Ordinance granting a request for variance to Arnie Cordrey, 211 Tenney Street, Kewanee IL to allow an increase in size of the existing billboard.

d.    Acceptance of the Plan Commission Meeting Minutes from its meeting on September 28, 2017.

e.    Consideration of an Ordinance granting an expansion of use/change in floor plan to the existing special use permit for a beer garden/outdoor eating area to Anthony Segura dba The Boiler Room for property located at 206 N. Chestnut Street in the City of Kewanee.

f.      Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Azavar for a tax and fee revenue audit.

g.     Proclamation declaring October 8-14, 2017 as National Fire Safety Week.





8.              Council Communications:


9.              Announcements:


10.          Adjournment

Duckworth wants to give bump stocks the bump

Bump stocks have gone from a term familiar to gun collectors and owners to a household name after the tragedy in Las Vegas. Senator Tammy Duckworth is expressing her concerns about the device essentially allows a gun to operate like an automatic weapon while remaining legal. Duckworth wants to see bump stocks off limits and she wants action not words....
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Duckworth is teaming up with Senators Dick Durbin and Diane Feinstein to draft legislation closing the bump stocks loophole. 

Renewable fuels industry expressing concern with EPA administrator

The renewable fuels industry expressing some reservations with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. The issue is lowering the renewable fuel standard or RFS. Bob Dinneen with the Renewable Fuels Association believes President Trump is supportive of ethanol and other bio-fuels, but that may not be swaying the EPA chief.
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Pruitt was confirmed as EPA administrator last February. He formerly served as Oklahoma Attorney General. 

WKEI Open Line

Harvest Season And Driving Challenges

The harvest season can create some driving challenges for motorists and keeping a sharp eye peeled to the road is especially critical at this time of the year.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says some drivers see things differently than others…

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Senior Center Trips For 2018

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center continues to host several trips to a variety of locations each year.

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll says they are already looking forward to 2018…

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Plans For Veteran's Day Announced At Wethersfield



To recognize the achievements, courage and dedication of the Veterans from our community, Wethersfield School District will be hosting a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday, November 10 beginning at 1:30pm in our Elementary Gym.  The assembly will feature guest speaker Lieutenant Commander Kevin Martin- U.S. Navy (Ret.).  Lieutenant Commander Martin is a 1969 graduate of Wethersfield High School, and will be speaking on “Service to Country” and “What it Means to Be a Veteran”.  Community members are invited to attend the assembly, but must RSVP to the Wethersfield Unit Office at 853-4860.

As a special “Thank You” to all of our Veterans, Wethersfield will be hosting a Veteran’s Day Reception, just prior to the assembly, at 12:45pm in the Elementary Gym.  Snacks, coffee and soft drinks will be provided.

Veterans in attendance at the assembly will be introduced by name and military branch by Wethersfield Student Council President, CeCe LiiChow.  Veterans wishing to be recognized during our assembly should attend the Veteran’s Reception at 12:45pm in the Elementary Gym so we can gather your name and military branch for introductions.

Lastly, we will have a digital slideshow of our local military men and women and would like our community’s assistance.  If you have submitted military pictures for the slideshow in past years, unless you want to update the pictures, we will use the pictures that have already been submitted.  If you have not submitted military pictures in the past, we ask you to please submit pictures of you; or of your sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, parents, neighbors, etc. who are currently serving or who have served so we can include the pictures in our slideshow. By NOVEMBER 3, we ask that you e-mail an electronic copy of the picture(s) to cdana@geese230.com or drop copies of the pictures off to the Wethersfield Unit Office. In submitting the picture(s) please include name and military branch.  Please phone the Unit Office at 853-4860 with questions.

Kewanee Cemetery Clean Up



The annual fall clean-up by cemetery staff in the Kewanee Cemeteries is scheduled to begin October 20, 2017 and end on October 31, 2017.

·       During this period all decorations will be picked up and discarded.

·       Anyone wishing to save their decorations must pick them up before October 20, 2017. 

·       The Cemetery Department asks that no new decorations be put out until after the clean-up period has ended.

·       This clean-up applies to Pleasant View, South Pleasant View, Mount Olivet, St. Mary’s, Kewanee, Russian, and Wethersfield Cemeteries.


If there are any questions, please contact the Sexton's office at 853-4649.

Variability the "buzz" word with harvest season underway in Illinois

Early harvest returns showing great variability in Illinois. That’s what GROWMARK’s Tim Laatsch is seeing and hearing.
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GROWMARK’s David Powell says crop specialists all over the state are telling him the same thing—even narrowed down to individual combine passes.

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21-percent of the Illinois corn crop had been harvested as of earlier this week with 30-percent of the soybean crop out of the field. 

BHE 50th Anniversary Celebration Schedule Update


Due to expected rain and high winds, the committee for the Black Hawk College 50th anniversary celebration set for Saturday afternoon decided that they will be moving all activities into the arena. They will provide a shuttle service to and from the parking area (all guests are requested to park in Parking Lot A). Everything will be going on as planned, but we will be inside.

Activities on Saturday afternoon at the East Campus will include…


Equine Activities: Roping, Skeleton Painted on a Horse, Coloring, Barrel Racing, Saddle & Grooming, Nutrition, Farrier, Photo Booth


Complimentary cookout featuring hot dogs, BHC-grown sweet corn, chips, and cupcakes


Tractor Zone: Kiddie Tractors, Face Painting, Coin and Mini Pumpkin Scramble in the Hay


Once again, the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Public Urged To Get Their Flu Shot

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments are pleased to announce that they have received their supply of "Seasonal" flu vaccine.  Seasonal influenza "flu" is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May.


     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion states, "This year's flu shot is now available through the Department's two clinic office locations in Kewanee (Route 78 South) and Colona (103 1st St.).  In addition, our staff will be going out to offer an extensive schedule of area community and worksite flu clinics beginning 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 community 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. 


      Flu vaccination is recommended every year.  Flu viruses are always changing.  Each year's vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause disease that year.  Flu vaccine cannot prevent all cases of the flu but it is the best defense against the disease.


      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. The 2017-2018 flu vaccine will protect against influenza A/Michigan (H1N1 -like virus), A/Hong Kong (H3N2-like virus), and influenza B/Brisbane (B/Victoria lineage) virus, and influenza B/Phuket (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.


    Tucker adds notes, "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."


     For children 6mos-18 years of age, please contact the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 for 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 obtaining the Seasonal Flu Shot or the date and time of the Community Flu Shot Clinic nearest you, 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.



Columbus Day Schedule In Kewanee

Columbus Day will be observed on Monday and that will be a holiday for some people, but not for many others.

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.  

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

Columbus 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 with the reminder that they are always closed on Monday. They will re-open next Tuesday, October 10th.  

Most if not all area schools will be closed on Monday in observance of Columbus  Day.

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 open on Monday per their normal schedule. 

Bustos Votes Against Budget Plan

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) voted against Speaker Ryan’s Republican budget plan which would give massive tax breaks to billionaires at the expense of hardworking families.


“Instead of presenting a budget that will strengthen working families, Washington Republicans voted to give massive tax breaks to billionaires,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “This budget lays the groundwork for deep cuts to programs our seniors depend on such as Medicaid, Social Security - it even raises the Medicare eligibility age. At a time when so many across the heartland are struggling, their budget even raises taxes on working families. It's deeply disappointing to see such a partisan agenda moving forward when we should be working on bipartisan solutions to put hardworking families first again.”

The Republican budget calls for:


·         A $1.1 trillion dollar cut to Medicaid over ten years.

·         $487 billion in Medicare cuts over ten years.

·         An increase in Medicare eligibility age to 67.

·         Replacing Medicare’s guaranteed benefits for future retirees with vouchers toward the purchase of a private health plan or traditional Medicare. 

·         A cut in Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, which it describes as “a first step” to Social Security reform.

·         $50 billion in mandatory cuts to veterans’ benefits over the next ten years.

·         An average of $230,000 in annual tax cuts to millionaires.

·         Less than 10 percent of its benefits will go to households earning less than $100,000.


BHC Pumpkin Auction Oct. 16 to benefit Kewanee Area United Way


For the 15th straight year, the Black Hawk College East Campus United Way Team is sponsoring what they claim is the highest-grossing pumpkin auction in the nation.


Everyone is invited to the Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins at high noon Monday, Oct. 16 in the East Campus cafeteria.


Money raised will go to the Kewanee Area United Way. Last year’s auction raised $4,500, all of which was donated to United Way.


This long-running fundraising event is part of the ag tradition at the East Campus. It started when BHC ag student Chris Sommers stepped forward to help the United Way by donating a semi-load of monster pumpkins from his family farm in Indiana. Unable to sell the full load, the idea of an auction was hatched.


Every year since then, BHC ag students, their families and businesses from across the Midwest buy most of the pumpkins. Students, faculty, staff, friends and community members form syndicates to pool their funds to pay as much as $1,000 per pumpkin.


The BHC Sophomore Livestock Judging Team – specially trained in the qualities of champion pumpkins by ag professor Dan Hoge – will “talk” this year’s crop of champion pumpkins. Long-time pumpkin auctioneer and BHC alum Bill LeSage is again stepping forward to do this charity event.


For more information or to get in on the fundraising fun, contact David Harris at 309-854-1862.


Davis Says Middle Class Wins Under New Tax Reform Plan

After another failed healthcare push, the U.S. House is now turning their focus to tax reform, and GOP members have unveiled their framework for how the new tax code may look. Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says the goal is to make the tax code simpler, and put more money into the pockets of middle income families.

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Davis says the proposed tax code would also reduce the corporate tax rate, as well as reducing taxes on small businesses.

Fertilzer and chemical spokesperson: It's never okay to drift

Agriculture departments from at least 16-states, including Illinois, have been inundated with spray-drift complaints involving dicamba use this past summer. The herbicide has caused the cupping of leaves in some soybean fields. A word of advice from Jean Payne from the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association.
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Two states, Missouri and Arkansas, banned the use of the weed killer this past July. 

Drought Having Minimal Impacts on Markets

Central Illinois is in a moderate drought but Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension small farms educator, notes the drought is very limited in a section that spans from Missouri to Illinois and Iowa.
Gucker says the localized drought is not impacting the markets because it isn't widespread.

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Gucker says this is going to leave a lot of Illinois farmers wondering why prices aren't reflecting their yield numbers this harvest season. 

ISP Offers Fitness Training

 The Illinois State Police (ISP) announces a Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) seminar will be held on October 14, 2017, at the ISP Training Academy in Springfield.  The primary purpose of the seminar is to provide hands-on instruction on how to successfully pass the ISP PFIT.  

The PFIT is a tool that is designed to measure fitness activities that are related to law enforcement tasks.  It assesses the fitness level of individuals based on four dimensions: flexibility, dynamic strength, absolute strength and cardiovascular respiratory fitness.  Passing the PFIT is one of the requirements for becoming an ISP Trooper.  

Certified ISP Physical Fitness Monitors will provide hands-on instruction and demonstrations on how to successfully complete the PFIT.  This is an opportunity for individuals interested in becoming ISP Troopers to become educated and proficient in the PFIT.  Those attending the seminar should wear proper workout attire and bring a bottle of water.

Those interested in attending the seminar should RSVP to Special Agent Melissa Uhles by October 10, 2017.  Special Agent Uhles can be reached by telephone at (217) 785-4370 or email at Melissa_Uhles@isp.state.il.us.

The seminars are not affiliated with the ISP Merit Board or the ISP hiring process. There are no fees associated with the seminar.  

ISP Investigate Shooting Death In Peoria

Illinois State Police (ISP) Zone 4 Investigations is continuing to investigate the death of Eddie Russel Jr., who died on September 20, 2017, after an encounter with Peoria Police. The ISP is aggressively pursuing all leads in an effort to obtain information regarding the incident. ISP Investigators conducted a neighborhood canvass, interviewed numerous potential witnesses and family members, and collected numerous evidence exhibits.

Investigators are reviewing police reports, and are in constant contact with Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady, since the incident. Investigators will meet with firearms experts and crime scene investigators at the ISP Crime Lab to prioritize the analysis of evidence. ISP Investigators will also continue to follow up on any and all leads that are received.

The ISP asks that anyone who witnessed or has knowledge of the incident please contact the ISP at (309) 693-5015.  Callers can remain anonymous.

This case remains an open and ongoing investigation. No further information is being released by the ISP at this time. All media inquiries should be directed to the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

Collectors Weekend plus Dinner and Drama at the Dairy



The BHHA is sponsoring the 4th annual Collectors Weekend on Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15, 2017.  For one weekend only at the Steeple Building Museum in Bishop Hill, antique and vintage items of all shapes, sizes, and topics will be displayed by local residents.  Objects on display will be foxes, Swedish province napkin dolls, and much more.  These items are not for sale but for display only. The Steeple Building Museum will be open Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.  The museum is located at 103 North Bishop Hill Street.  Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.  Call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net for more details.


Besides Collectors Weekend, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association is hosting a fundraising event called Dinner and Drama at the Dairy. On the evening of Saturday October 14, 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. 

Senator Dick Durbin reflects on Vegas tragedy

Senator Dick Durbin has weighed in on the tragic events in Las Vegas. After his colleague Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy called for an end to what he called legislative indifference, Durbin isn't outlining any specific gun legislation but he believes its a time for action...
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Durbin also saluted first responders in his remarks on the Senate Floor...
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On Twitter, Durbin said "The notion that there’s no way to prevent gun violence is false—and without action to stop gun attacks, Congress is complicit in them. There’s a tendency in Congress to debate how the latest attack could have been prevented. But what are we doing to prevent the next attack??

Ag census mailed in December

The 2017 census of agriculture will soon be mailed to farmers across the country. The census is compiled every five years and provides valuable data for the industry says USDA statistician Mark Schleusner.
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The census will be mailed in December and should be completed by February 5th. The data will be be released by February 2019 in both electronic and printed format. 

Grief Over Las Vegas

The nation continues to mourn the tragic loss of life that has occurred in Las Vegas and we also struggle to find out why this happened.

Father Jerry Rafalko with the OSF Hospice Program in Kewanee, like the rest of us, is searching for meaningful answers…

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While that tragedy occurred far from Kewanee, the reality is that in today’s world, anything can happen at any time and at any location…

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Hennepin Hundred This Weekend

The Hennepin Hundred will be ran this coming Saturday and Sunday with teams of runners travelling from the Sterling/Rock Falls area to the 100 mile finish line near Colona.

Michele Hartwig is the Race Director with Ornery Mule Racing and she says that runners can cover either 50 or 100 miles in total…

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The event is co-sponsored by Trails for Illinois and their Executive Director Steve Buchtel points out that because the state of Illinois starves all of its parks and trails for funding, many runners and walkers will choose to leave the state to find other great trails.

In part, it’s the awareness of that situation that prompts the need for the Hennepin Hundred…

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The event is at capacity for runners and those runners already involved are raising funds that will be used for improvements on the Hennepin Canal Trail….

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Further information on the event at hennepinhundred.com 

Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for August


Emily Jo Smith of rural Lynn Center was honored as Achiever of the Month for August at Abilities Plus.  Emily received recognition because of good attendance and meeting all of her set goals for the month.

Keeping stored grain from spoiling

Harvest season means it’s once again time to store grain. GROWMARK’s Randy Houltaus says it’s important to keep the crop from spoiling and then also making sure the product comes out of the bin when it’s time. Among the tips he’s promoting is knowing the proper airflow rate.
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Holthaus says once you know the airflow rate, that will help you determine how long to run the fans. And he adds when to run the fans is determined by following Equilibrium Moisture Content charts. 

Lincoln Presidential Library captures memories of high school sports/extracurricular activities

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has devoted much of its time and space this year to sports role in Illinois history. After launching the Cubs and Cardinals Rivalry exhibit, the Presidential Library is focusing on sports at the grass roots level. The Library's oral history program has teamed up with the Illinois High School Association to capture decades of memories of high school sports and activities like chess, debate and journalism. 54 interviews have been produced so far. Longtime school administrator volunteer Philip Pogue, who served with Fairbury Prairie Central and Greenville/Bond County among other stops, says local sports is truly local history...
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For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov .

Healthcare for Kids At Risk

Federal funding for some healthcare programs has expired, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. It covers around 180,000 kids in the state and Congress missed a deadline for reauthorization. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin says the problem can be fixed but CHIP is at risk of running out of funding in about 6 months.

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Meetings are underway on Capitol Hill to work on the problem according to Durbin and he wants to see reauthorization done by the end of the week. 

Cost of Trump tax reform plan remains key question

How much will the Trump tax reform plan cost? That’s one of the key questions says Mark Gebhards, the Executive Director of Governmental Affairs for the Illinois Farm Bureau.
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Trump’s plan calls for three federal income tax brackets—12 percent, 25-percent and 35-percent, but it’s unclear at this time which incomes will fall into each tax bracket. As for the corporate tax rate, the Trump plan calls for a 15-percent reduction—from 35-percent to 20-percent.

Taylorville's Annual Chillifest is This Weekend

If you love chili, Taylorville the place to be this weekend. The community’s annual “Chillifest” takes place Saturday and Sunday. Patty Hornbuckle is one of the event’s organizers. She says there will be plenty of happenings throughout the weekend.

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Hornbuckle says she expects more than 15,000 people to attend this year’s “Chillifest.”

Illinois Lawmakers Team Up To Keep Students at Illinois Universities

Keeping the top students in Illinois is the theme of a piece of legislation put out by a pair of Illinois Senators.State Senator Chapin Rose teamed up with Senate Minority Leader Dan Brady to keep Illinois' top high school students in the state, going to Illinois universities. Outmigration of students is not a new problem according to the two....

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Sen. Rose hopes to keep students in Illinois through a variety of means including reforming the marketplace for education among Illinois universities.

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The two leaders are also looking at streamlining the application processes for students in Illinois to universities in the state. Sen. Rose indicates that part of the legislation has been well received by both families of their districts and the universities they have spoken with.

September Closes Out With Plenty of Heat Records

Hot and dry is a good way of describing the weather in Illinois over the month of September. State Climatologist Jim Angel says it was the fourth driest August through September on record. Now about 80 percent of the state in listed as abnormally dry according to the US Drought Monitor. On top of the dryness, Angel says it’s was also remarkably warm.

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Angel says early warm weather this week will break and bring more seasonable temps to Illinois by the midweek.

IL Trout Season Opens October 21

The 2017 Illinois Trout Fishing Season will open on Saturday, October 21st at 54 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will stock 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 now until October 21st at 5 am.

The daily catch limit for each angler will be five trout and all anglers 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.

Several locations in our area might be considered by area fishermen and women including the Illinois and Michigan Canal, Lock 14 in LaSalle County, Prospect https://regionaldailynews.com/assets/files/oct%203%20trout.mp3Park in Rock Island, Citizen’s Lake in Warren County and the Centennial Park Pond in Rock Falls.

Field and stream expert Duke Frisby of Kewanee says fishing for the fall season should be good and he adds that the Hennepin Canal Parkway in Bureau County will also be a great spot for trout fishing on October 21st….

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Tax Filing Deadline Rapidly Approaching

The absolute drop dead deadline to file taxes if you owe money is rapidly approaching.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service says if you filed for an extension, there are few exceptions to avoid penalty after October 16…

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Devine clarifies that if you are due a refund, there is not penalty or deadline at this point…

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Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives



The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.


Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.


Patients who need repeated transfusions, like 11-year-old Tymia McCullough who has sickle cell disease, must have blood that is matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.


Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help

patients fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 1-15







10/26/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Patrick's Church, 201 First Street



10/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 N. W.  Second Ave



10/9/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hooppole Community Center, 1404 Washington St.



10/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

10/18/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

10/18/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.



10/26/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Orion High School, 1100 13th



10/13/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Woodhull Alwood High School, 301 East 5th






10/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd.

10/25/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Rd.







10/17/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.






10/11/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., American Legion, 1110 N. 11th St


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.




IHSA tracking e-gaming as emerging sport

What are the chances of an IHSA state title in video gaming? It’s now a discussion item, but Mercer County High School athletic director Andrew Hofer says it will be a tough sell for districts that are lacking in financial resources.
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Last month, the IHSA Board of Directors heard a presentation from IlliniCloud on sports/e-gaming and the involvement of high school students in the activity. The IHSA is now officially tracking member schools with e-sports programs via its Emerging Sport/Activity tracker.

Durbin on Puerto Rico Storm Response

Senator Dick Durbin says the discussion about Puerto Rico needs to shift from President Trump’s war of words or tweets with the Mayor of San Juan to recovery efforts. Durbin says it’s clear the nation was busy with recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey and Irma on the mainland.

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Durbin says now is not the time for the blame game of politics surrounding emergency responses. 

WKEI Open Line

OSF Health Care on Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens and Emily Costenson are the guests

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Chamber Raffle Tix Available

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is reminding the public that they still have raffle tickets available for the garden shed that was built during the Hog Festival Parade by Greiner Buildings.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Director of the Chamber and he says there is still time to get your ticket purchased…

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Mark adds that the building will be available to winner after October 11 and if necessary, the Chamber can provide delivery within a reasonable distance…

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Wag n Walk Fundraiser

The annual Wag n' Walk fundraiser sponsored by the Kewanee Animal Shelter will be held this coming Saturday, October 7th at Windmont Park in Kewanee. The Wag n' Walk is a dog walk created by the shelter for man’s best friend.

The registration fee is $20 and is payable the day of the event. Participants can choose the time they'd like to walk, with check-in for the event any time between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Walkers and their 4-legged buddies can choose the 1 mile walk, which is 3 laps around the park's lake, or a shorter walk of one lap which is 1/3 of a mile and a perfect distance for senior dogs.

There will also be opportunities have pictures taken with your furever friends.You can also become a 2017 Walk n' Wag Sponsor. This is great way for individuals, businesses, or organizations to become a part of this special event. There are two sponsorship levels, silver is a $50 pledge and gold is a $75 pledge. For sponsorship information please contact the shelter director at (309) 852-0040.

The funds raised will help pay for medical expenses, for food, and for the care and comfort of the animals while they are at the shelter. You don't even need a dog to take part, just a desire to help animals in need. 

Volunteers Needed For Kewanee Clean Up Day

The city wide clean up day for Kewanee residents will be held on October 21st from 7 am til 12 noon at 716 Elliott Street in Kewanee.

Items that will be accepted include mattresses, furniture, yard furniture, water heaters, appliances, metal junk items, scrap wood, carpet, toilets and other miscellaneous junk.

Paint with the lids removed and dried out will be accepted as well.

This will be the third city wide clean up day and the first two have gone over very well with the public.

Keith Edwards is the City of Kewanee’s Community Director and he says they still have a need for volunteers to help out at the drop off site on the 21st

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Strategies For Senior Caregivers Covered in BHC Classes



The number of people age 65 and older is growing, significantly increasing the need for professional, volunteer or family caregivers.


If you work with aging adults or are preparing to care for an aging family member, learn strategies to help you with two Black Hawk College classes.


Safety Skills and Safe Environments - Fall Prevention will be Wednesday, Oct. 11.


Caring for the Aging Adult with Special Needs will be Wednesday, Oct. 18.


Both classes will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the college’s Outreach Center in East Moline. Cost is $45 per class.


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