Local News Archives for 2018-02

Looking for answers to ag and industrial arts teacher shortages

Looking for solutions to the shortage of vocational agriculture and industrial arts teachers around Illinois? Rob Werden has a few ideas. He’s the director of the Madison County Career and Technical Education System.
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Teacher shortages are also impacting core subject areas such as math, science and English. 


Hydrant Repair & Water Shut Off in Kewanee

UPDATE**

This project has been postponed to later in the week due to an emergency service line repair that needs to be repaired today.  

 

Effective Wednesday 2/28/18, the City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a hydrant repair and water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work is scheduled for the 100 block of Edwards Street.  Work is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m., weather permitting. Any residents, whose water has been shut off during this repair, will be under a boil order for 48 – 72 hours following the restoration of water service. Residents in these areas may experience low pressure, rusty water, or no water.  If the water has been turned off, take precautions when using water until the water runs clean.  Only flush the system by running cold water, running hot water may draw rust into the water heater. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.

 


La Leche League Sets March Meeting Date

he La Leche League of Henry and Stark Counties' reminds area residents that their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00pm (please note the new earlier meeting time) at OSF St. Luke Medical Center, Kewanee.  "Advantages of Breastfeeding" will be the evening's program.

 

    Are you a new or expectant mother planning to breastfeed?  Then you will want the information and encouragement that La Leche League provides. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International.  Whether you are pregnant or already nursing, La Leche has something for you - tips and techniques shared by mothers who have enjoyed a successful breastfeeding relationship.

 

    Malissa Campbell, La Leche Counselor, notes "We welcome new mothers, pregnant women and babies and children at our meetings."

 

    Services available through La Leche include monthly informational meetings, lending library, and phone help for breastfeeding problems or questions. 

 

    Please join La Leche on Wednesday, March 14th  at 6:00pm for "Advantages of Breastfeeding.”  Remember all mothers and their babies are welcome.  For more information call Malissa at (309) 927-3027.

 


Zoning Board of Appeals Meets Tonight

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet in Kewanee City Hall, Council Chambers at 401 E. Third Street at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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

518 W Mill St., George & Lois Gibson, Variance to allow the construction of a 12 feet by 40 feet building upon a floating concrete slab foundation.

 


Hydrant Repair In Kewanee Today

Effective Wednesday 2/28/18, the City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a hydrant repair and water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work is scheduled for the 100 block of Edwards Street.  Work is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m., weather permitting.

 

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

 

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

 

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


Kewanee Street Program For 2018

The City of Kewanee will spend approximately a half million dollars on this year’s roads and street program for city residents.

City Engineer Mr. Dale Nobel says they will do the best they can with the money that is available…

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Mr. Nobel says that when it comes to road work that involves various asphalt companies, projects get addressed either early or late in the season…

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Mr. Nobel adds that some work has taken place on the East Street repaving project, but it’s not likely that project will be finished this year…

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Mayor Steve Looney adds that yes it is disappointing that the East Street improvements will not be finished this year, but best to do the job right the first time…

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Illinois Governor's Mansion set to reopen this summer

The Illinois Bicentennial is getting a boost. After two years of an extensive privately-funded renovation, the Illinois Governor’s Mansion will reopen to the public on July 14. First Lady Diana Rauner, head of the Illinois Governor's Mansion Association, says donors of time and money paved the way for restoration of the Downtown Springfield landmark...
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The mansion renovation is being paid exclusively by private donors. Rauner is thrilled to see the building get with the times when it comes to disabled access...
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There is space to showcase Illinois fine and decorative arts along with a visitor’s center and there will be guided tours 7 days a week


This Week's Warm Weather Likely Isn't A Sign of Things to Come

We're getting a break from the cold and rain this week with some mild weather in Illinois bringing temperatures in the 50's and 60's most of the week. National Weather Service Meteorologist James Auten says this is not a sign of things to come, rather it is a nice break.

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For the next few weeks, there isn't necessarily signs of winter breaking but that doesn't mean this weather won't return. Auten predicts normal conditions for March.

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Long-term, Auten indicates things are looking to be normal with a chance for above normal precipitation.


Boil Order In Kewanee Has Been Lifted


Effective Tuesday 2/27/18, The City of Kewanee Water Department boil order has been lifted for residents in the 600 block of Willard Street whose water was shut off for a hydrant repair earlier in the week.

 


KPD Handles Disturbance

On 02/25/18, officers of the Kewanee Police Department were handling a disturbance in the 900blk of N. Vine St. As officers were finishing th.e call they observed a subject, Jason L. Clung (38) at his residence at 429 E. 9th St The officers were aware that Mr. Clang was wanted on a valid Henry County warrant for Armed Violence and Aggravated Battery. An officer made contact with Mr. Clang and attempted to place him under arrest. The officer with the assistance of other officers was able to place Mr. Clang under arrest. One officer sustained a minor injury to his hand during the arrest. During the time the officers made entry to the residence a dog exited the residence and was aggressive towards an officer. The officer in an attempt to stop the dog discharged his firearm striking the dog. 'The officer that fired his sidearm is a former K-9 officer and is fainiliar with aggressive behavior involving dogs. The dog ran off and was later located by family members and was transported to a local veterinarian clinic. The dog was euthanized due to the injuries sustained, Jason. Clang was charged with possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams, and resisting a police officer with injury in addition to th.e charges related to the warrant. He was transported to the Henry County Jail.
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USDA's Predictions For Spring Planting

USDA’s first estimate of plantings this year predicts parity will occur nationwide between corn and soybean acres.

The Ag Department’s baseline projection, released at USDA’s 94th annual Ag Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., calls for 90 million acres of corn to be complemented by 90 million acres of soybeans this season.

If realized, it would be a slight decline from 2017 when farmers planted 90.2 million acres of corn and 90.1 million acres of beans. It would also mark the first time soybean plantings match corn.

Many analysts believe soybean plantings actually could exceed corn acres this season, as the corn/soybean ratio still favors beans at 2.6.

Another surprise from the acreage estimates is USDA’s prediction of lower plantings for both corn and beans compared to last year.

Where will that acreage go? USDA predicts farmers this season will plant 5.6 percent more cotton and 1.1 percent more wheat, which would reverse a four-year trend of declining wheat acreage.

Long term, USDA predicts the trend of growing soybean acres will continue as it expects demand will increase worldwide.

The Ag Department estimates average crop prices this year will increase a dime, to $3.40 per bushel for corn and $4.70 for wheat. Prices will slip by a nickel for beans to $9.25, according to the estimates.

But a possible return to trendline yields could drop 2018 farm income to its lowest level since 2009 at $59.5 billion (down $4.3 billion, or 6.7 percent from last year).

Working capital plunged 60 percent since 2012. The debt-to-asset ratio, as a result, has been slowly rising from around 11 percent to 13 percent in recent years. Overall, USDA predicts farm debt could increase $3.8 billion this year, led by a 1.2 percent increase in real estate debt.

And rising input costs won’t help matters. Production expenses are forecast to increase $3.5 billion this year to $359.2 billion.

USDA doesn’t foresee a major farm crisis at this point, though – at least not compared to the 1980s. Farm bankruptcies this year could average 2.4 per 10,000 farms compared to an average of 23 per 10,000 farms back in 1985.

 


2018 Mental Health Conference

The 2018 Mental Health Conference will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 8am til 4pm at the Best Western Banquet and Meeting Center in Annawan.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF Healthcare St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee and she says reservations are currently being accepted for that conference…

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IL Native To Headline IL State Fair Grandstand

–A native of Paris, Illinois, Brett Eldredge, will headline the Illinois State Fair Grandstand on Friday, August 17.  His Illinois roots run deep as his second album is titled Illinois and he has videos set in his hometown and Wrigley Field.  This powerhouse country star is sure to entertain concertgoers with his fun-loving, hilarious, yet sensitive personality.

“The Illinois State Fair is eager to host Brett Eldredge,” says Luke Sailer, Acting State Fair Manager. “We are proud to have an Illinois native on the grandstand stage, especially in 2018, Illinois’ bicentennial year.”

His current album, aptly self-titled, Brett Eldredge shows the different sides of Eldredge and reflects where he is in life right now.  The album includes upbeat songs such as “Somethin’ I’m Good At,” and “Superhero,” to meaningful ballads including, “The Long Way,” and “Brother,” all of which Eldredge is a co-writer.

This album is sure to follow the success of his first two albums, Bring You Back and Illinois, which combined to give him six #1 singles in row. Those include “Don’t Ya,” Lose My Mind,” and “Wanna Be That Song.” Building on the success of his 2014 win for CMA New Artist of the Year, Eldredge has been nominated for various other awards and co-hosted ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock and was featured on “Forever Country,” a medley performed by a group of 30 different country artists.

An opening act for Brett Eldredge will be announced at a later date.  Tickets will go on sale later this spring.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, August 9th – 19th, in Springfield, IL.

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Farm Bureau pleased with results from "Adopt a Legislator" program

The Illinois Farm Bureau continues to promote the merits of the organization’s “Adopt a Legislator” program. The initiative pairs an urban lawmaker with a rural county.
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Illinois Farm Bureau’s Ryan Whitehouse says the program was started in 2001.


Illinois State Fair adds Paris native Brett Eldredge to grandstand lineup

Eastern Illinois' own Brett Eldrege will turn this year's Illinois State Fair into a homecoming. Eldredge will be the headliner at the Grandstand stage on August 17th. Acting State Fair Manager Luke Sailer says Eldrege is a great fit, especially because he remains true to his Illinois roots...
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Sailer says Eldredge also gets high marks for fan friendliness...
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An opening act has not been announced. Fair officials say tickets will go on sale later this spring.


Henry County IL Coroner's Office Busy in 2017

 

The Henry County Coroner’s Office investigated 237 cases in 2017.  Of this number 187 cases were deaths that were turned over to the medical profession for physician’s finalizations with 50 cases being signed off by Coroner’s office in Cambridge according to Henry County Coroner, Melissa A. Watkins, RN.

 

Of 237 reported deaths in 2017, 221 were attributed to natural causes with ten accidentals, four suicides and two homicides.

 

Of the ten accidental deaths; three were single vehicle mishaps, three were multiple vehicle mishaps, one pedestrian vs vehicle mishap, one hydrocodone-oxycodone intoxication, one multiple drug toxicity and one was a fall.  Alcohol was a contributing factor in two case; drugs was a contributing factor in four cases.  Both alcohol and drugs were not a contributing factor in any of these cases.

 

Of the four suicides; all four were gunshot wound to the head.  Both alcohol and drugs were a contributing factor in one of these cases.

 

Of the two homicides, both and drugs were a contributing factor in one of these cases

 

The most deaths in 2017 occurred in the month of December with a total each of 32.  The least number of deaths in 2017 occurred in the month of July with a total of 7.

 

Of the 237 deaths investigated autopsies were performed on ten cases and there were no Coroner Inquests held in 2017.

 

Coroner Watkins states that the 237 deaths recorded by her office in 2017 does not represent all of the deaths in Henry County, just the cases that she is required by law to investigate.


Illinois Home Prices Increase in January

 

Illinois median home prices showed strong gains in January compared to previous-year levels while statewide home sales decreased during the same period, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in January 2018 totaled 8,156 homes sold, down 6.1 percent from 8,683 in January 2017.

The statewide median price in January was $185,000, up 8.2 percent from January 2017, when the median price was $171,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less. 

"January homebuyers faced a daunting combination of dwindling inventories and severe winter weather," said Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "Those buyers who were successful in finding a home had to move quickly to make an offer and were definitely willing to pay more."

 The time it took to sell a home in January averaged 65 days, down from 69 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 45,726 homes for sale, a 12.0 percent decline from January 2017 when there were 51,978 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.03 percent in January 2018, an increase from 3.95 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In January 2017, it averaged 4.15 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in January 2018 totaled 5,777 homes sold, down 8.0 percent from January 2017 sales of 6,277 homes. The median price in January 2018 was $224,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 7.2 percent from $209,000 in January 2017.

“While prices and month-over-month sales are forecast to increase over the next three months, there is some concern about the continuing inventory challenge,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois. “However, the pending sales index in January found more homes under contract than a year ago.”

According to the data, thirty-two (32) Illinois counties reported sales gains for January 2018 over previous-year numbers, including Peoria County, up 20.0 percent with 144 units sold; Madison County, up 17.8 percent with 212 units sold; and Sangamon County, up 6.7 percent with 143 units sold. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Will County, up 13.5 percent to $210,000; Cook County, up 7.1 percent to $225,000; and Champaign County, up 1.8 percent to $141,000.

The city of Chicago saw year-over-year home sales decline in January 2018 with 1,414 sales, compared to 1,574 in January 2017. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in January 2018 was $265,000, up 3.9 percent compared to January 2017 when it was $255,000.
         

 


Sewer Work In Kewanee Begins Today

The City of Kewanee Street Department has scheduled sewer repairs on North East Street between East 3rd and East 5th Streets.  Work by the City and Laverdiere Construction is scheduled to begin on North East Street on Monday 2/26/18.  Work is expected to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday and will continue in this area throughout the week.

 

No water or sewer services should be affected by these repairs; however there will be some traffic delays and areas of road closures while work is taking place.  Residents commuting to work and Kewanee High School may want to use other streets such as Lake Street or East 2nd Street.

 

Flaggers will be routing traffic while work is being done.  Residents are asked to take caution if driving near the work zone, or avoid this area if possible.

 

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


Rauner visits Veterans Home after new case of Legionnaire's

After a fourth case of Legionnaire's Disease was discovered at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Governor Bruce Rauner paid a return visit to the facility. Rauner says he isn't ready to proceed with calls to move veterans out of the home.....
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There's a difference of opinion on what it will cost to fix the situation in Quincy. A state report on the veterans home indicated it would take $8 million to eliminate the Legionnaire's threat. Meanwhile, the Rauner Administration has talked of a $25 million price tag. The Governor isn't ready to name a final price....
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Rauner's GOP opponent, West Point grad and State Rep. Jeannie Ives said during a Wednesday press conference "“Get them out of that home NOW,” 


House Resolution introduced to stop pension shift

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to shift the cost of teacher pensions to local school districts.  The plan was presented in his budget address last week, but there’s been some push back at the local level and a House Resolution has been introduced on the issue says State Representative Dan Swanson of Alpha.
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Rauner says the pension shift would save the state at least a billion-dollars, but critics of the plan say the change would result in a property tax spike at the local level.


Illinois Soybean Association keeps transportation issues at forefront

Transportation issues continue to get much attention from the Illinois Soybean Association.
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The soybean association’s John Longley says two projects in Illinois are of immediate concern.
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Longley farms in Aledo in western Illinois. 


BHHA Receives Funding For 2018

 

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to be receiving an operating grant of $10,400 from the Illinois Arts Council Agency for 2018.  This grant will be used to help pay for various educational events that the BHHA sponsors or assists with throughout the year, such as the Midsommar Music Festival, Jordbruksdagarna, Julmarknad, Lucia Nights, workshops, music performances, and so much more.  

 

The Heritage is also pleased to announce the award of $1,000 from Leaders Change Illinois.  The mission of this foundation, based in Peoria, is to provide strategic planning for not for profits, and provide financial support and mentorship to Illinois’ Dynamic Leaders as they launch new projects to impact kids and neighborhoods.  The BHHA will use this funding to improve awareness of Bishop Hill as a tourist destination through social media.

 

Finally, the BHHA is happy to announce that the Community State Bank has agreed to help sponsor our Civil War Day event on May 26, 2018.  We thank the CSB for continuing their generous support for the BHHA’s educational programming in Bishop Hill.

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association thanks the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Leaders Change Illinois, and the Community State Bank for generously supporting the BHHA and its activities for preserving the history of Bishop Hill.  To learn about these activities, please contact the Heritage at www.bishophillheritage.org, bhha@mymctc.net or 309 927-3899.


Food Managers Course Set For March 20,22

The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents they will be holding a Food Service Manager's Certification Course that will meet on Tuesday, March  20th and Thursday, March  22nd from 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

The classes will be held at the Henry and Stark County Health Department, 4424 US Hwy 34, Kewanee.  The cost of the course is $140. An optional text book can be purchased in advance through our office or in class for $30.00. 

 

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

 

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

 

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


ISP And Gun Violence

The following story is a bit long but as we all struggle with the issue of gun violence in this country, perspectives are necessary as we try to find solutions to the problem.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says that while some action from politicians would be a good thing, the problem as such cannot be legislated out of existence…

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Trooper Wilson also says he is not trying to downplay the issue of gun violence, he does offer some perspective from other issues that are causing tragedy in the country…

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Conceal carry by citizens is certainly a personal decision but is more conceal carry the answer…

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Specialty growers concerned about U of I extension staff

The state’s specialty growers are expressing concern about future staffing within the University of Illinois Extension system. The latest issue is the retirement of entomologist Rick Weinzierl says Randy Graham, chairman of the Illinois Specialty Growers Association.
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Graham owns Curtis Orchard in Champaign


Stark County Schools Announce Raffle Winner

The Stark County School District recently held a raffle for a Polaris Ranger and District 100 Supt of Schools Mr. Jerry Klooster says the winning ticket belonged to a Kewanee man…

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Needless to say, but it certainly had to be a great pleasure for Mr. Klooster to make the announcement to Mr. Bickers…

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Mr. Klooster says the raffle and other fund raising efforts are going to a good cause at Gary Johnson Field in Wyoming…

 

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Market Seminar Set For March 8

The Henry and Rock Island County Farm Bureaus will host a Market Outlook Seminar on Thursday, March 8th at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona.

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says one of the main topics for the evening will be weather…

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City Council Workshop Session Tonight

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Council Chambers

                                                                                                                  401 E Third Street

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Special Meeting – Workshop.

Open Meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

 

1.    Work session only to review Strategic Goals.  There will be no final action taken.

 

2.    Adjournment


Treasurer Unveils Rural Initiatives

The Illinois State Treasurer is announcing a trio of programs designed to free up money for predominantly rural parts of the state. The Community Uplift Program is designed to support communities that struggle with unemployment, poverty and business closings; Ag Invest partners with family farming operations; and Finally Home will help individuals purchase a home or help refinance in cases of hardship.


Treasurer Mike Frerichs announced these programs at the National Great Rivers Museum Tuesday morning. He says the treasurer’s office has partnered with lending institutions to provide below-market loans to start, expand or add value to family farming operations for more than 35 years.

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The Community Uplift Program provides capital to lending institutions at below-market rates so they can increase lending activities, fund local development efforts, and assist local communities and their residents. Qualified applicants for Finally Home typically have marginal credit scores. The program also helps to stabilize neighborhoods through increased home ownership. For more information on these programs, go to www.InvestinRuralIllinois.com


Still Plenty of Time to Register to Vote

You can still get ready to vote in the March primary even if you haven’t registered. The State Board of Elections says start online at elections dot il dot gov. Matt Dietrich says registrations there will be taken through early March.

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Or you can go in person and register and vote early – that’s called grace period registration. 


Thursday Water Shut Off In Kewanee

The City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a water shut off for a hydrant repair in the 600 block of Willard Street on Thursday 2/22/18.  Work is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting.  Residents on Willard Street from East South to College Streets will have water off during this repair.

 

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

 

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

 

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


American Heart Month

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that February kicks off the observance of American Heart Month.  The Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) note during the month of February we tend view the human heart as the symbol of love, admiration and affection.  But this February show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.

RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion with the Health Departments states, “Cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.”

Truth is many CVD deaths could have been prevented through healthier habits, healthier living spaces, and better management of conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.  The staff of the Health Department reminds area residents to take control of a number of risk factors for Heart disease:

·         Diet

·         Physical activity

·         Tobacco use

·         Obesity

·         High blood pressure

·         High blood cholesterol

·         Diabetes

Tucker adds, “It helps if you have a plan and carry out some strategies for better heart health:

Work with your health care team. Get a checkup at least once each year, even if you feel healthy. A doctor, nurse, or other health care professional can check for conditions that put you at risk for CVD, such as high blood pressure and diabetes—conditions that can go unnoticed for too long. 

 

Monitor your blood pressure & get your cholesterol checked. The Department reminds area residents that our Family Nurse Practitioners in Kewanee and Colona can help with the management of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If you don't know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers; we have services that can help you see where you stand.

Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid CVD and its complications. Limiting sodium in your diet can lower your blood pressure. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—adults should have at least five servings each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for CVD.

Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. .

Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for CVD. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible.

Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure.

Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your health care team about treatment options.

Take your medicine. If you're taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or another condition, follow the instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don't understand something.

So remember, this February show yourself some love, and lower your risk of heart disease.  For more information on the “Heart Healthy” services available through the Henry and Stark County Health Department call (309) 852-5272  Kewanee or (309) 792-4011 (Colona)  or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us of Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.  Together, we all can prevent and manage heart disease, one step at a time.


Henry County Democrats Meet Tonight

Henry County Democratic Chairman John Sovanski is calling a special meeting to be held this Wednesday, February 21st at Bella’s Pizza in Cambridge starting at 6:30 pm.

A couple of subjects will be discussed including the upcoming County tax referendum and the primary Election.

Any other topics of discussion will also be addressed at the meeting.

Further information by contacting Henry County Democratic Chairman John Sovanski   


Illinois FFA boasting numbers during National FFA Week

llinois FFA boasting numbers during National FFA week. There are 17,000 members in Illinois with 321 chapters says Illinois FFA’s Katie Burns…
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Burns grew up in the FFA, served as a section president and also earned her American FFA Degree. She attended Sparta High School. 


Scheduled water shut off for Willard St in Kewanee

The City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a water shut off for a hydrant repair in the 600 block of Willard Street on Thursday 2/22/18.  Work is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting.  Residents on Willard Street from East South to College Streets will have water off during this repair.

 

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

 

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

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


Info On Turn On Red Law

The turn on red law at intersections has been in effect for quite some time now and generally speaking it has been a good law.

But as safety expert Doug Sommer from Pekin points out, that law is also at times being abused by the motoring public…

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Sommer also points out that a left turn on red is also permissible in one scenario only…

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LTC Scholastic Bowl Feb 24

Black Hawk College East Campus is proud to host the 2018 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

 

This will be the eighth year Black Hawk College has hosted the event, which pits students from different high schools against each other to answer questions from a variety of categories, such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science.

 

More than 100 high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference will be competing. The participating schools are AlWood, Annawan, Cambridge, Galva, Mercer County, Princeville, ROWVA, Stark County, West Central and Wethersfield.

 

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. There will be nine, 45-minute rounds starting at 8 a.m. with awards at 5 p.m.

 

Black Hawk College East Campus is located at 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee). Visitors should park in the lot next to Building A. The event will be in Building B.


Kewanee School Board of Education Meets Tonight

 

 

KEWANEE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #229

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018

KEWANEE SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

1001 NORTH MAIN STREET

KEWANEE, IL   61443

 

6:15 PM

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER BY THE PRESIDENT

A.        Roll call by the Secretary

 

II.        CLOSED SESSION: * (C) (1) to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the District and (C) (2) to consider collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representatives, or deliberations concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees (C) (5) the purchase or lease of real property for the use of the public body (C) (8) Security Procedures (C) (9) Student Disciplinary Cases  (C) (11) Litigation  * 5ILCS 120/2 Open Meetings    The School Code of Illinois/2017

 

7:30 PM

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

IV.       INVITED GUESTS ADDRESS THE BOARD

            A.        Matthew Kauffman – Cypress Creek Renewables

 

V.        CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

A.        District #229 Open Meeting – January 16, 2018

B.        District #229 Closed Meeting – January 16, 2018

 

VI.       CONSIDERATION OF FINANCIAL AND TREASURER'S REPORTS

A.        District #229

 

VII.      CONSIDERATION OF BILLS AND PAYROLL

A.        District #229

 

VIII.    COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE 

 

IX.       REPORT OF ADMINISTRATION

A.              Superintendent

1.        Foundation Auction is Saturday, April 28th

2.        Community Black History Extravaganza – KHS Choir Performed

3.        SB1947 & SB444 (20 fixes left) and Enrollment Data

4.        Professional Development for FY19 will include Ruby Payne

5.        National School Lunch Program Grants

B.              Mr. Bryan – KHS Principal

1.              Speech/Debate – Sectional & State Qualifiers

C.        Mr. Anderson – Central Principal

            1.        PARCC Testing – Preparation

            D.        Mr. Atwell – KHS Athletic Director

                        1.        Sectional & State Wrestling

                        2.        Girls Basketball Regionals

                        3.        Boys Basketball Regionals

                        4.        Girls Bowling Regionals/Sectionals

                        5.        Boys Swimming Sectionals

                       

X.        SUPERINTENDENT COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

XI.       UNFINISHED BUSINESS

            A.        KHS Soccer Field/Parking Lot Update

 

XII.      NEW BUSINESS

            A.        Consideration and Approval of 2018-2019 School Calendar

            B.        Consideration and Approval of Resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation alternate bonds                    in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $2,700,000 for the purpose of improving the sites of,              building and equipping additions to, and altering, repairing and equipping school buildings and facilities                  of the District

 

XIII.     ACTION FROM CLOSED SESSION

A.              Resignations

1.              Brandon Ince – KHS Assistant Boys Basketball Coach – Effective 1/22/18

2.              Susan Colgan – Central Playground/Cafeteria Supervisor – Verbal Resignation Effective 2/5/18

B.              Retirements

C.              Hires

1.              KHS Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

2.              Competitive Theater Assistant

3.              Substitute Custodian

4.              Substitute Playground Supervisor

5.              Substitute Cafeteria

6.              Belle 21st Century Student Assistant

7.              KHS Substitute Cheerleading Advisor

D.             Leaves

1.        Sarah Milnes – Maternity Leave – Began 2/8/18

E.               Long Term Sub

1.        Penney Grabbe – Maternity Leave for Sarah Milnes – ISS Supervisor at KHS

F.               Transfers

G.             Volunteers

1.              Lyle School

2.              KHS Group Interp

H.             Renewal/Non-Renewal of Stipend Positions

I.                Other Action

1.        To Be Determined

 

XIV.    COMMENTS FROM VISITORS AND BOARD MEMBERS

            A.        Moment of Silence for Linus “Lynn” Bruning (father of Laura Nolan, father-in-law of Dan Nolan)

            B.        Other

 

XV.     ADJOURNMENT


Pension shift and health insurance tough sell in governor budget plan

The center piece of Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget blueprint is a cost shift for pensions. The move would involve Chicago and downstate schools as well as state universities and would save the state a billion dollars, but critics say it will result in a spike in local property taxes. The other big piece of the governor’s budget plan calls for removing health insurance from collective bargaining discussions with state employee unions and making some cuts in retiree health insurance premiums. Rauner estimates the move would save another half-a-billion dollars, but it’s a tough sell says Jack Tichenor, host of Public Media’s Illinois Lawmakers.
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Tichenor says another issue presented in the Governor’s budget plan is rolling back part of last year’s income tax increase. 


Rauner reacts to school shootings

Governor Bruce Rauner is responding to last week's school shootings in Florida....
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Rauner says he will continue to focus on the mental health issue as a part of criminal justice reform...
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Durbin Addresses Gun Violence

 

United States Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois had plenty to say after the school shooting in Broward County, Florida that has left 17 dead so far. Durbin gave Congress a poor grade for its handling of the issue of gun violence....
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While Durbin said there has been inaction on gun violence concerns, he takes issue with one area where action was taken...

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Durbin also remembered the victims of the Northern Illinois University shooting ten years ago.

 


Illinois Department of Human Rights Announces Sexual Harassment Hotline

 

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) today announced the creation of a toll-free sexual harassment hotline to provide resources to the public, including referrals to counseling and legal services. The hotline, and accompanying website, will also allow for the reporting of sexual harassment allegations in both private and public places of employment.

In establishing and maintaining the hotline, IDHR enlisted the support of The Chicago Lighthouse, which provides employment opportunities to the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and Veteran communities. Staff at The Chicago Lighthouse were trained by IDHR management on legal definitions of sexual harassment and resources available for reporting it, including filing of a charge of discrimination.

“This hotline will allow for a more centralized process for the public to find necessary resources and assistance in the filing of sexual harassment complaints,” said IDHR Acting Director Janice Glenn. “I am proud to establish this partnership with The Chicago Lighthouse to provide essential information to those who are facing sexual harassment. Through this service, our agency can better enforce laws that protect Illinois residents and prevent acts of sexual harassment.”

The Sexual Harassment Hotline Call Center can be reached Monday through Friday with the exception of state holidays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 877-236-7703. By statute, all communications received by the Department via the hotline or accompanying website are confidential and exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

For more information, please visit https://www.illinois.gov/sexualharassment.


Donors Urged to Help the Red Cross Maintain Blood Supply

 

Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.

 

In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.

 

Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Donors can help even more patients when they invite a loved one, friend or co-worker to give with them.

 

Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

Henry

 

Galva

3/6/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 N. W.  Second Ave

 

Geneseo

3/1/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church South Campus Building, 302 N. State Street

 

Kewanee

3/2/2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kewanee High School, 1211 East 3rd Street

 

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.


The Patrick Henry Club and the Public Safety Sales Tax

The Patrick Henry Club met on Saturday to discuss a few topics, including the Public Safety Sales Tax. The event was hosted by Republican Chairman Jan Weber. Jan had this to say about the Patrick Henry Club.

 

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I spoke with Sheriff Kerry Loncka about the Public Safety Tax. Public Safety Sales Tax would be fifty cents ($0.50) for every one hundred dollars ($100) spent on fuel, restaurant food, and hotel stays. In other words, the tax is for a half of a percent. The county has laid off officers and the jail has aged. Recently, the Henry County Jail had a motherboard go out. The motherboard cost is $175,000. Sheriff Loncka also discussed the lack of officers and the aging of their vehicles.  The interesting note about the tax is most counties already have this tax in place besides Whiteside County. If someone gets gas in these areas, they are already paying this tax. Sheriff Kerry Loncka explained with the tax is so important.

 

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Roger Gradert (Chairman of the Henry County Board) also spoke about the tax and why it is important.

 

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State Representative Dan Swanson then spoke about the other options the crowd asked about money saving options. Representative Swanson then discussed what is going on in Springfield and fielded questions from the audience.

 

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The Patrick Henry meets four times a year at the Cambridge Community and Youth Center and is open for everyone to attend.

 

If you would like to listen to the entire meeting, LISTEN HERE for all the speakers.

 


President's Day Schedule In Kewanee

 

President’s Day will be observed on Monday and while a holiday for some people, more on the national or governmental level, it will not be a holiday for all workers.

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

The United States Post Office will be closed on Monday and most banks will be closed but best to check with your financial institution to get their particular schedule. 

The Henry County Court System and other county offices will be closed on Monday and back open once again on Tuesday.      

Secretary of State Division of Motor Vehicles in Kewanee will be closed tomorrow on Saturday, February 16 and will re-open on Tuesday, February 20th.       Most schools, including Kewanee and Wethersfield will be closed on Monday.  

Black Hawk College facilities will also be closed on Monday.

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

The Henry County Senior Citizen Center in Kewanee will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day. 


Outstanding Citizen Nominations Sought

 

 

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club is seeking nominations for the 43rd Annual Outstanding Citizen Award.  The Ambassadors serve as the Public Relations arm of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and are responsible for activities such as ribbon cuttings at new businesses, coordinating the Hog Festival parade, acting as official hosts at Chamber events and have had the responsibility of selecting the Kewanee Outstanding Citizen.

 

Nominations this year will be open to the entire community with nomination forms available at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce office.  Nominations will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

 

            1.        Resident or former resident of the Kewanee area.

 

            2.        Areas of service should be well known to the community.

 

            3.        Personal community service in areas such as:

                                    Education, charitable, business, government, chamber of                                            commerce, senior citizens, youth, disabled, environmental,                                           economic development, community relations and heroic acts.

 

            4.        How service may have been demonstrated?

                                    By solving a significant problem.

                                    Longevity of excellent service to the community.

                                    Helping others... youth, seniors, disabled etc.

                                    Improving understanding of community concerns.

                                    Exceptional efforts in community service.

 

All nominations must be on the official nomination form and prior nominees MUST be resubmitted for consideration.

 

Deadline for nominations will be Friday February 23, 2018.  Announcement of Outstanding Citizen will follow the regular meeting of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors March 1st , 2018.  A community Outstanding Citizen banquet will be held at a later date. 


SA Appreciation Breakfast On Saturday

The public is reminded of the annual Salvation Army appreciation breakfast that will be held on Saturday morning.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says if you helped the Salvation Army in any way during the last year or so, you are invited to attend…

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BHC Offering iPad Classes in Downtown Kewanee

 

 

Black Hawk College offers computer classes at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

 

Coming up are:

·       iPad: Beginner – Monday, Feb. 26 from 3-5 p.m. Cost is $25.

·       iPad: Intermediate – Monday, March 5 from 3-5 p.m. Cost is $25.

 

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

 

To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223 or visit www.bhc.edu/pace.

 


Romance Scam Warnings

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but the Better Business Bureau has tips so you don't fall for online romance scams. Whether you are searching for a partner at a dating site, or are contacted randomly through the various messaging services, you need to keep your guard up for some warning signs, according to an investigator with the agency. Scammers often use these scams to steal large sums of money from their victims. Even if targets realize they have been victims of a scam, BBB Investigator Don O'Brien says the fraud may continue with a new scam pretending to help them get their money back, or the tried-and-true blackmail angle.


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The spread of online dating sites and apps has made this fraud even easier to commit. Victims in the US and Canada have reported losing nearly $1 billion over the last three years, and BBB estimates there may be more than a million victims in the U.S. alone. Because most people do not file complaints about romance scams with BBB or law enforcement, this may just be the tip of the iceberg.


Galva Arts Council Passes Half-Way Point on their Fundraising

The Galva Arts Council has raised $14,000 in cash of their $25,000 goal for the Levitt Amp Galva Concert Series as of Friday February 16. More donations and grants are pending and will be added as the money comes.

 

Special thanks to sponsors: City of Galva, State Bank of Toulon, Community Foundation of Central Illinois Opportunity Grant, Galva Pharmacy, Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery, Wiley Park Production, Mel Foster Co. of Kewanee, John H. Best and Sons, Inc., Megan Sloan, Shawn Kendall, Geneseo Chamber of Commerce, Marge Dickinson, Station House Restaurant, Crescent City Tap and Delta on the Square and their staff,  Brian “Fox” Ellis Porter Hay Insurance, and Gustafson Ford. Without their help and the help of numerous community members making donations of various sizes, we would not have been able to reach 56% of our goal!

 

Fundraising for the Levitt Amp Galva Concert Series continues throughout the concerts. But for your donation to be matched by the Levitt Foundation, They need it by March 18. If you’d like to make a donation, mail a check or money order to Galva Arts Council, PO Box 29, Galva, Illinois. Please put “Levitt Grant” in the memo line. You can also donate through Facebook (Galva Arts Council – Galva, Illinois) or through their webpage http://www.galvaartscouncil.org/.


Senator Weaver Statement on the Governor's Budget Address

 

State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) released the following statement after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his 2018 budget address:

“The Governor provided us exactly what we needed, a proposal for a truly balanced budget and a glimpse at the choices that will have to be made to get the state spending within its means.

“I thank the Governor for proposing what I believe is a realistic path forward. Not everyone will be happy with the plan. We can’t keep piling up unpaid bills and we can’t ask the struggling families of this state to give us any more of their hard-earned money.

“The Governor has also continued his commitment to funding our schools which is absolutely vital to the future of this state. We can’t expect families to remain here nor for our students to have successful careers if our schools don’t have the necessary resources to provide an adequate education.

“I think this budget offers us the opportunity to get our state back on a solid financial footing. I am optimistic that the General Assembly can work together in good faith to pass a balanced budget as soon as possible.”


Bureau County Road Postings In Effect on Sunday


The Bureau County Highway Department is announcing that Spring Road Postings will continue to be lifted until and including Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Road postings will go back into effect on Sunday, February 18th, and shall remain in effect until further notice thereafter.


On The Road Seminar On Friday

The Henry County Farm Bureau is putting out the reminder of the On the Road seminar that will be held on Friday in Annawan.

Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says it’s a free program that will provide great information about farming and trucking…

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Ms. Laleman also reminds students that application deadlines are rapidly approaching for several ag related scholarships…

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Money for QVH and Chicago Vets Home

Two more cases of Legionnaire’s disease were announced this week at the Quincy Veteran’s Home. Today in his budget address Governor Bruce Rauner is asking for millions to improve the home in Quincy and completion of a vet’s home in Chicago.

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Construction of the veteran’s home in Chicago was delayed in part due to the lack of a state budget for the first two years of Rauner’s term as Governor. 


Street Closure In Kewanee

Effective Wednesday 2/14/18, the City of Kewanee will have the 800 block of North Elm Street closed for a sewer repair.  The road will be closed to through traffic Wednesday and Thursday.  Residents in this area will have access to their driveways Wednesday, with limited access on Thursday while work is taking place.  Work is expected to begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday 2/15/18 by the City of Kewanee and Ratliff Brothers.

 

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

 

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


Sewer Repair in Kewanee

Effective Wednesday 2/14/18, the City of Kewanee will have the 800 block of North Elm Street closed for a sewer repair.  The road will be closed to through traffic Wednesday and Thursday.  Residents in this area will have access to their driveways Wednesday, with limited access on Thursday while work is taking place.  Work is expected to begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday 2/15/18 by the City of Kewanee and Ratliff Brothers. Residents are asked to avoid this area if possible, and to take caution if driving near the work zone area. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.


Heart Health Info

The month of February is noted as American Heart Month by the American Heart Association.

Statistics indicate that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for a significant segment of the populations.

Combating heart disease is a challenge that many people can take on in their everyday lives.

Brea Cinnamon is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at OSF Healthcare St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee and she says that diet is a good place to start along with a program of physical activity…

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Ms. Cinnamon adds that walking is one of the most basic and easily attainable forms of exercise that people can add to their routine…

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Many people work in a physical job on a daily basis such as factory workers, farmers, construction workers and many others.

Do those folks also need a good aerobic based plan….

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Bustos Blasts Trump Budget

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, denounced President Trump’s proposed budget which undermines farmers, infrastructure, law enforcement, education and hardworking families across the heartland.

 

Included in the proposed cuts, President Trump proposed for a second year in a row to kill nearly 200 good-paying jobs in Peoria by closing the Ag Lab.

 

He also wants to cut the COPS Hiring Program that helped the City of Rockford hire five new police officers and eliminate the Economic Development Agency which provided $2 million to redevelop the Barber-Colman Factory Campus in Rockford.

 

The budget also cuts infrastructure investments in TIGER grants, which provided $10 million for the Q Multimodal Station in Moline.

 

And by slashing the USDA’s budget by 16 percent, including taking away $26 billion from the federal crop insurance program, Trump’s budget hurts farmers across the heartland, many of whom helped elect him.

 

“President Trump’s budget is a disaster for hardworking families across the heartland and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to stop it. If his goal was to punch middle America in the gut, then this budget hits the mark with one broken promise after another. Whether it’s undermining Peoria’s economy by closing the Ag Lab, defunding a program that supported Rockford in creating a skills pipeline to help create jobs or eliminating another program that is largely responsible for funding the Q Multimodal station in Moline – the Trump budget would hurt the hardworking families I serve. And by ripping $26 billion out of the crop insurance program, President Trump is signaling to farmers across the heartland that they’re on their own if disaster strikes.

 

“They often say that a budget is a statement of one’s values. As Midwesterners, we pride ourselves on values like hard work, community and lending a helping hand to our neighbors in their time of need. No matter what he says or what he tweets, President Trump’s budget proves that he sees us as nothing more than flyover country.”

 

Background on how the Trump budget hurts hardworking families across the heartland:

 

CUTS TO RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS

 

· Guts discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture by 16 percent.

· Leaves farmers behind with more than $26 billion in cuts to federal crop insurance program.

· Eliminates $509 million in funding for rural water systems that help more than two million additional people annually. As part of the Rural Utilities Service, the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides direct loans, guaranteed loans, and grants that rural communities use to finance new or improved water treatment and waste disposal systems.

· Eliminates USDA’s Rural-Business-Cooperative Service discretionary programs which support job training, energy, and business development programs, including cooperative and business development, community economic development, and regional planning and financing. Since 2009, USDA has helped over 112,000 rural businesses start or expand operations with nearly $11 billion in investments.

· Eliminates the Community Development Block Grant program, one of the largest community and economic development programs across the country, cutting $3 billion, including funding for meals on wheels.

· Cuts the Agricultural Research Service budget including proposing closure of the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria.

o   The Peoria Ag Lab has supported new innovations that help all Americans while creating new markets for our farmers.  Historically, the Peoria Ag Lab was instrumental in supporting our troops, ensuring adequate supplies of penicillin at the invasion of Normandy. Products developed here also saved lives during the Korean War. They also developed the technology that allows fabric to absorb up to 2,000 times its weight which is used in napkins, baby diapers and bandages.

o   The Peoria Ag Lab generates more than $600 million in annual economic impact, and is home to 179 employees.

 

CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT REBUILD COMMUNITIES AND PROTECT FAMILIES

 

· Cuts $255 million from and eliminates the Economic Development Agency, the only agency exclusively focused on economic development, which plays a key role in helping communities plan and construct projects to drive economic development.

o   Earlier this year, EDA provided a more than $2 million federal investment in Rockford to redevelop the 22-acre Barber-Colman Factory Campus.  The project will create new economic opportunities in the community and include a job training partnership with Rock Valley Technical Training Institute.

· Slashes spending to help small manufacturers grow and thrive by 95%, even while more than 70 manufacturers in Illinois 17th District have benefited from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

· Compromises the EPA’s ability to protect children from lead poisoning by cutting funding for the Lead Risk Reduction Program, which helps educate Americans about ways to reduce lead exposure, and eliminates grants to states to help address lead-based paint.

· Eliminates the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which annually helps roughly six million American households afford their energy bills when times are difficult.

· Slashes funding for Brownfield grants by more than 30%, reducing the EPA’s ability to help communities bounce back and redevelop hazardous sites.

· Cuts the Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Program; this grant helped the City of Rockford hire five new police officers.

 

CUTS TO OUR AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

 

· Slashes overall discretionary transportation funding by 19 percent.

· Cuts infrastructure investment by eliminating funding for the popular TIGER grant program, which competitively awards funding for infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area. TIGER grants have been awarded in all 50 states since 2009.

o   The Q Multimodal Station in downtown Moline is funded in part by a $10 million TIGER grant.

· Slashes funding for the Essential Air Service, which supports small towns and rural areas by ensuring they have continued commercial air service.

· Cuts 22% from the Army Corps of Engineers including blocking any new construction projects in 2019 to upgrade our locks and dams and help get goods to market.

 

CUTS TO EDUCATION AND OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE

 

· Eliminates subsidized student loans, which will make college less affordable for middle-class students and those with financial need.

· Eliminates over $2 billion in funding for programs to recruit and train teachers at a time when 48 states have reported teacher shortages in math and 46 states have reported teacher shortages in special education.

· Slashes funding for Federal Work Study by $490 million compared to FY17 levels, reducing the number of students able to receive this type of aid by over 300,000.

 

CUTS TO HEALTH CARE

 

· Eliminates programs to train doctors and health care providers. The President’s budget slashes $451 million in HHS programs that help train and sustain primary care providers, which are scarce in so many small towns.

· Lays the groundwork to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slashes Medicaid, turning the program into a block grant and pushing out needy families by allowing states to restrict eligibility and increase co-pays.

 


City of Kewanee To Spend $500,000 On Street Program This Year

The City of Kewanee will spend roughly a half million dollars on the 2018 street program.

Mayor Steve Looney says that as always, they will not be able to address all of the city’s street problems…

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Mayor Looney adds that city staff has pretty well set the schedule for those streets that will receive attention this year…

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Mayor Looney also says that council is moving forward on recommendations for downtown electrical service…

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May Looney also notes that the city is in search of a new city pound…

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Finding new uses for vacant downtown storefronts

Finding new and different uses for vacant downtown storefronts continues to be a challenge in rural Illinois. It’s something that will be addressed at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs 29th Annual Rural Community and Economic Development Conference next month.
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This year’s conference is March 6-8 at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. You can register at “iira.gov”. 


HHH on Tuned IN

Janelle Trapkus and Courtney Mighell talk about the Hammond Henry Hospital Pediatrics program

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WKEI Open Line

Open Line for Feb 13

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Chamber of Commerce Semi Annual Report

Kewanee City Council heard the semi annual report from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce at last night’s Council meeting.

Mark Mikenas is the Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and he says the focus of the Chamber is evolving…

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Mikenas adds that the Chamber has worked with the KEDC and others to provide the business community with additional resources…

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GAC Raises Funds For Concert Series

The Mortimer Levitt Foundation is dedicated to the purpose of helping communities across America establish their own Levitt venues and as the Levitt program evolves, Grant Awards are community-driven and focus on transforming neglected public spaces into thriving community destinations where all feel welcome. Since 2003, grants from the Levitt Foundation have brought permanent Levitt venues to six cities, with three more in development. In its first year in 2015, the Levitt AMP Music Series took place in 10 towns and cities, coast to coast. In 2016 and 2017, Levitt AMP grants have been awarded to 15 towns and cities, due to demonstrated need and a robust applicant pool.

 

A  matching grant of $25,000 was recently awarded to the Galva Arts Council for a series of musical acts to be presented this year.

 

Recently, Galva Arts Council board members Tom Campbell and Kathy Cuff attended the Levitt Foundation convening in Los Angeles. The convening provides education, contacts and resources to help make the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series be the best it can be!

 

Upcoming fundraisers for the Levitt Amp Galva Grant

Feb. 25 – Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery Pizza Night - Let Galva Arts Council and friends deliver you fresh-baked homemade pizza made by Bishop Hill baker Tom Campbell. Place your order for either a delicious 9" Double Cheese or Sausage Focaccia Pizza ($15 or more donation per pizza.) Deliveries will be made to the towns of Bishop Hill, Galva, Cambridge and Kewanee starting at 4pm on Sunday, February 25th. All proceeds go toward the Levitt AMP Galva Concert Series this summer!

 

Orders for up to 60 pizzas will be taken until noon, Wednesday, February 21 by calling Tom at (309)644-2542, emailing T.Campbell315@comcast.net, through Facebook or in person at Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery during business hours. A call or text message will be sent before delivery. Please specify upon ordering your preferred method of payment: Facebook, the Galva Arts Council website or upon delivery (delivery drivers will carry no change.)

 

Whiskey Tasting - Join the Galva Art Council as we tour the Whiskeys of the World March 1st at 6:30 pm. Local whiskey historian Brian “Fox” Ellis will guide us through the nuanced flavors of fine Irish, Scotch, and Bourbon Whiskeys in a fund raiser for the Levitt Amp Galva Concert series. Tickets are just $30 and we are limited to just 30 seats, so make your reservations now by email at foxtales@foxtalesint.com or by calling 563-293-6986.

 

If you’d like to make a donation, mail a check or money order to Galva Arts Council, PO Box 29, Galva, Illinois. Please put “Levitt Grant” in the memo line. You can also donate through Facebook (Galva Arts Council – Galva, Illinois) or through our webpage http://www.galvaartscouncil.org/.


Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for January

 

 

Morgan Thorp of rural Kewanee was honored as Achiever of the Month for January at Abilities Plus. She was nominated by her peers and received recognition because of good attendance, improvement with janitorial duties, and volunteering for extra jobs whenever possible.  In her free time, Morgan also assists with activities at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church U.C.C. in Kewanee.


State Police Fight Drug Trade

The interstate highway system is heavily used by business interests, shipping goods around the nation. But drug traffickers also utilize the highways to move their goods. The Illinois State Police continually monitors the interstates in search of those transporting the illegal products. Illinois State Police Trooper Heath Bryan says they are seeing a lot more methamphetamine.

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He says the increase in meth is likely due to the law of supply and demand - heroin is popular right now, so it's drawing a higher price. That means meth is cheaper, and is starting to gain momentum again.


Davis Optimistic that Farm Bill is Coming Along

Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis hoping the upcoming Farm Bill will be good for agriculture. He serves on the U.S. House Ag Committee.

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Davis believes discussion on the bill will start at the committee level in the next month.


Southern Illinois state lawmaker reacts to SIU tuition increase

The Southern Illinois University of Carbondale Board of Trustees has approved a 2-percent tuition increase to $9,637.50 for full-time undergraduate students and $11,268 for graduate students. State Representative Terri Bryant says the tuition hike can be attributed to the budget issues in Illinois.

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The tuition spike will only affect incoming students as previous classes, by law, must lock in their first year rates.


Illinois Extension offers Meals for a Healthy Heart Programs to help Manage Heart Disease

 

February is National Heart Month and a great time to learn more about lifestyle behaviors that promote well-being and heart health in addition to the latest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines. Did you know, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year? That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Let’s build a culture of health where the healthy choice is the easy choice because Life matters!

 

University of Illinois Extension’s Meals for a Healthy Heart is a series of two 2 ½ hour sessions designed for anyone interested in preventing or managing heart disease.  In each session participants receive recipes, watch cooking demonstrations, taste foods to meet their dietary needs, and learn about proper diet and exercise to better care for their health.

 

Led by Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator, Meals for a Healthy Heart aims to improve your overall wellbeing.  The program is meant to complement the recommendations of your health care provider and to help you and/or your loved one manage heart disease. 

 

Meals for a Healthy Heart will meet on the following dates and locations

All classes will be held from 1-3:30pm:

Rock Island County Extension in Milan, IL on Wednesdays, February 21st & March 7th

Aledo Fire Station in Aledo, IL on Thursdays, February 22nd & March 8th

Henry County Extension in Galva, IL on Mondays, February 26 & March 12th

 

There is a $15 fee which will cover both sessions ($25/couple).  This fee is for the purchase of food and supplies.  No products will be sold at the classes.  Space is limited, so enroll now. Register online atweb.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call your county Extension office: Rock Island County is (309) 756-9978; Henry/Stark County is (309) 932-3447 and Mercer County is (309) 582-5106.  

 


Bishop Hill Heritage Association Receives Several Grants For 2018

 

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the donation of 200,000 krona (about $24,886 ) by the King Gustaf VI Adolf's Foundation for Swedish Culture .  This foundation provides funding for Swedish humanitarian research and cultural heritage care. The grant will be used for the 1851 Carpenter Shop Exterior Restoration Project.

 

The BHHA is also pleased to announce the gift of $1,000 from the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation for educational programming. Wells Fargo Bank administers this local foundation. The grant will be used to help fund a variety of Bishop Hill events in 2018.

 

Finally, the Heritage received a generous contribution of $1,000 from SWEA Chicago.  SWEA, Swedish Women's Educational Association Inc,, is a global non-profit association for Swedes and Swedish-speaking women who have or have been resident abroad.  This donation will go towards the 2018 Midsommar Music Festival. 

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association thanks the King Gustaf VI Adolf's Foundation for Swedish Culture, SWEA Chicago, and the Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation for generously supporting the BHHA and its activities for preserving the history of Bishop Hill.  To learn about these activities, please contact the Heritage at www.bishophillheritage.org, bhha@mymctc.net or 309 927-3899.


Prep for SAT exam with BHC class in Kewanee or Moline

 

High school students can prepare for the SAT exam by taking the SAT Exam Preparation course at Black Hawk College.

 

The course will cover test-taking tips, calculator usage and content for the writing and language, reading and math sections.

 

Classes will be Saturdays, March 3-24. Choose from two times:

·       8:30-11:30 a.m. at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

·       1-4 p.m. at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

 

Cost is $119, which includes the official prep book and practice exams.

 

To register, call BHC Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223 or visit www.bhc.edu/pace.

 


A State Committee is advancing a bill raising the age for buying cigarettes.

The legislation requires Illinoisans to be 21 instead of 18 in order to buy tobacco products including e-cigs. Supporters say this will reduce the number of people who pick up the habit, but senator Sam McCann of Jacksonville questions if it goes too far.

 

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Critics also point out that the bill only applies to the sale of tobacco products not the possession of them by anyone under 21.

 


New legislation provides an alternative for opioid addiction

The bill is sponsored by senator Don Harmon of Oak Park and lets those prescribed opioids for pain relief to get a temporary card to use medical marijuana instead. He says they want to reduce the number of people who become addicted and potentially overdose.

 

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The legislation has passed a senate committee and now awaits a vote on the senate floor.

 


The Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield now has two new items

One of the items recently donated is an angry letter from Lincoln to a fellow member of “the Long Nine”; a group of legislators from Sangamon County says State Historian Sam Wheeler.

 

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The second item is a large oil painting from the late 1800’s depicting a young Lincoln who had just cut down a tree and was taking a lunch break and reading a book.

 


OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Hosts Free Heart Dinner Event

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. February is American Heart Month. OSF HealthCare and the OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute are marking the occasion by encouraging you to be your own Heart Hero. Heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing health conditions. You can fight heart disease villains like high blood pressure and inactivity and lessen your risk. Take action and take better care of your heart today!


OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center is hosting a free heart health event on Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. at PL Damron’s Café located at 206 North Tremont Street, Kewanee. A dinner presentation on Congestive Heart Failure will be presented by Dr. Chetan Bhardwaj, OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute cardiologist. This event is open to anyone to attend and includes a complimentary dinner. To register, please call (309) 852-7822 or visit osfhealthcare.org/loveyourheart. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.


To find additional American Heart Month activities near you, please visit osfhealthcare.org/heartmonth.
To learn more about OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute, visit osfhealthcare.org/heart.


SA Appreciation Breakfast Postponed

The Salvation Army appreciation breakfast has been postponed  from this Sat Feb 10 till next Sat Feb 17.  It will be held at the 1st Baptist Church.  Breakfast will be served from 8-9.   All who have donated to the Salvation Army, filled camp buckets, rang the bell, bought angel tree gifts, or supported our mission is invited to attend so Linda can personally thank you.  Please call Linda by Feb 15 to make reservations.   
 


I-80 Equipment Fire

On February 7, 2018, the Colona Fire Department responded to a large warehouse style structure fire located at 20490 E 550th St. in rural Henry County. A large number of firefighting personnel and equipment were deployed to take suppression efforts on the fire.The fire department located the fire in the attic of the building. The building was built with metal sheets inside and outside the structure. The building had an office on the 1st and 2nd floors in the north side of the building. Two attack lines were deployed on the east and west side entering the building. The interior teams found a heavy fire load in the attic of the main structure. The ceiling and roof were caving in within the walls quickly. Due to the presence of potentially dangerous items, and for the safety of firefighting personnel, firefighting action in the immediate area of the fire location was changed to aerial suppression only. There were several LP tanks, Oxygen tanks, and Acetylene tanks in the shop area of the building. The tanks had BLEVE'd (boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion) and an interior attack was not safe to pursue. The Colona Fire Department used the MABAS Box Alarm system to call in other department for assistance. The following fire departments assisted Colona Fire Department yesterday. They are: Sherrard, Andover, Atkinson, Cambridge, Village of Cleveland, Osco, Moline Air 2nd Alarmers, Eldridge, Greene Twp, Bishop Hill, Galva, Bettendorf, Rapids City, Andalusia, City of Rock Island, Hampton, Albany, Genesis Ambulance, Annawan, Geneseo, Black Hawk Fire, Coal Valley, Riverdale, Leclaire, Orion, Cordova, Hillsdale, Silvis, Carbon CliffBarstow, Erie and Woodhull. 

Colona Fire Dept. would also like to thank MetoLINK bus for assisting the rehab of the firefighters on the cold day and the Salvation Army for bringing drinks and food. The Illinois State Fire Marshal will be conducting a fire investigation, any inquiries on the investigation may contact the Illinois State Fire Marshal at (217) 785-0969.


Date Set For Feb Mental Health Meeting

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

 

    The Health Department and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance invite you to attend the February Support Group for friends and family of people with mental illness.

 

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00-7:30pm at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E. 3rd St., Kewanee.

 

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

 

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


Salvation Army Appreciation Breakfast Set For Saturda

The annual Kewanee Salvation Army appreciation breakfast will be held on Saturday morning.

Salvation Army Director Linda Bolls says even if you did not get a reservation in, you are still invited to stop by and of course, bring your appetite…

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Ms. Bolls also outlines their schedule policy when wintry weather becomes an issue…

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Davis Happy to See Military, Opiod Crisis are Priorities in Senate Budget Agreement

Leaders in the United States Senate have announced a bipartisan budget bill that would fund the government for the next two years if passed. The announcement came late Wednesday morning. Some of the highlights of the bill include more funding for the military and for fighting the opioid crisis. Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says troops have suffered greatly from past funding cuts.

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Davis says it looks like billions of dollars will be invested across the country to fight the ongoing opioid crisis as well.

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The Taylorville Republican says he has not read through the full bill yet, but that he hopes many of the House’s budget priorities were included in this budget agreement.


Legionella found at the Capitol Complex

It's official. Test results show potentially lethal Legionella bacteria has been found in the 14 building State Capitol Complex. 300 water tests showed four confirmed readings of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Two positive results came from the cooling tower in the Central Management Services’ computer center, another was found in the women's restroom in the basement of the Howlett Bulding. That's the building next to the Capitol that serves as the headquarters for the Secretary of State's office. The fourth positive test was uncovered at an industrial humidifier in the Capitol Building's south wing. State officials say efforts are underway to drain and disinfect those areas and a water flushing program is underway throughout the Capitol Complex to maximize fresh water running through the pipes and fixtures. Aerators have been removed and showers disabled to prevent Legionella issues. There are no reports of illness from the Capitol and this week's email to state workers calls the spread of the bacteria unlikely. 


OSF Will Host Parkinson's Support Group

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center Rehabilitation Services Department is pleased to invite those affected by Parkinson’s Disease to the Parkinson’s Support Group. The monthly support group will meet on Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. in the East Conference Room at OSF Saint Luke. The meeting will be hosted by Brea Cinnamon, DPT and Lisa Salisbury, MS CCC-SLP.

 

Sara Umphfleet, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian will present on “Nutrition’s Impact on Parkinson’s Disease.” In her presentation, Umphfleet will address a variety of nutrition related concerns regarding Parkinson’s
Disease including inadequate energy and fluid intake, unintended weight loss, difficulty chewing or
swallowing and drug nutrient interactions. Parkinson’s Disease currently affects 1 million people in the United States, with approximately 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Patients with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers are often faced with physical, medical and emotional challenges throughout the management of their healthcare needs.


If you are interested in participating, but unable to attend the Parkinson’s Support Group, please call 309-852-7931 to obtain future meeting information.


Patrick Henry Club Meeting

The first Patrick Henry Club gathering for 2018 will be on Saturday February 17 at the Cambridge Community and Youth Center. Area residents are invited to join their conservative friends for coffee and conversation beginning at 9 am.

 

Scheduled speakers are State Representative Dan Swanson, Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka and Henry County Board Chairman Roger Gradert. Information regarding the March 20th election will also be available including early voting and vote by mail applications.

 

All conservative voters are invited to attend the free event.

 

Anyone with questions should contact Republican chairman Jan Weber at 309-944-2808.  


La Leche Announces February Meeting

    The La Leche League of Henry and Stark Counties' reminds area residents that their next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th at 7:00pm at OSF St. Luke Medical Center, Kewanee.  "Nutrition and Weaning" will be the evening's program.

 

    Are you a new or expectant mother planning to breastfeed?  Then you will want the information and encouragement that La Leche League provides. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International.  Whether you are pregnant or already nursing, La Leche has something for you - tips and techniques shared by mothers who have enjoyed a successful breastfeeding relationship.

 

    Malissa Campbell, La Leche Counselor, notes "We welcome new mothers, pregnant women and babies and children at our meetings."

 

    Services available through La Leche include monthly informational meetings, lending library, and phone help for breastfeeding problems or questions.

 

    Please join La Leche on Thursday, February 15th for "Nutrition and Weaning.”  Remember all mothers and their babies are welcome.  For more information call Malissa at (309) 927-3027.


On-the-Road Seminar

 

 

 

Trucking regulations can be complicated, and farm exemptions compound that complexity.  Seems everyone has a different answer to your question.  Come join us at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16 at the Annawan Community Center, 314 N State Street, Annawan, IL to find out what you need to know.

 

We’re hosting a two-hour seminar that focuses on trucking laws—old and new—specifically for farmers.  We’ll use a new format this year to remind you of rules that apply and help you identify means of relief.  And a new segment will use your real-life examples to illustrate how regulations affect farmers.

 

Throughout it all, you'll have the chance to ask those farm trucking questions that everyone seems to have an opinion about, but no one can agree on an answer.

 

Trucking laws have been reshaped in recent years with more changes scheduled for 2018.  Rules affected include:  farmer exemptions, Harvest Season Emergency permit, longer trucks on local roads, Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), UCR filing deadline, anhydrous ammonia nurse tank movements, and proof of citizenship requirements.

 

Presenting the seminar will be Kevin Rund and Kirby Wagner who specialize in farm transportation issues for the Illinois Farm Bureau®.  And you’ll receive take-home materials covering these topics.

 

The seminar is free courtesy of your county and state Farm Bureaus®, but advance registration is requested.  Please call Henry County Farm Bureau (309) 937-2411 or Bureau County Farm Bureau at (815) 875-6568 to reserve your place at the On-the-Road Seminar.

 

Come join us and get your farm trucking questions answered.

 


Solar farms to get attention during 2018 Illinois legislative session

The 2018 legislative session underway in Springfield. What’s at stake for Illinois agriculture?
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Illinois Farm Bureau’s Mark Gebhards says that IFB staff have been out and about discussing landowner rights with farmers.
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He estimates 80-percent of Illinois counties have had some type of contact from companies representing the solar farm industry. 


Wethersfield BOE Meets This Afternoon

 

Wethersfield Community Unit School District No. 230

Superintendent’s Office – Blish Building

439 Willard Street – Kewanee, Illinois 61443

 

AGENDA



WEDNESDAY, February 7, 2018 — 4:30pm

I.                CALL TO ORDER

II.        REGULAR BUSINESS

a.     Consent Agenda

a.     Approve Minutes of January 11, 2018 Regular Meeting and Executive Session

b.    Approve Financial Reports, Investment Reports, Budget Summary, Bills, and Activity Fund Report

c.     Approve Suspensions

d.    Acknowledge Receipt and Response to FOIA Requests

b.    Correspondence

c.     Comments From Visitors

d.    Board Member Reports

III.       OLD BUSINESS

a.     Moss Gym Roof Update

b.    2018-2019 Technology Lease and Desktop Demonstration

c.     Evidenced Based Funding Model Overview

d.    Youth Football Sub-Committee

e.    Approve Joint Co-op Board Meeting

f.      Other Old Business

IV.       NEW BUSINESS

a.     Tentative Calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year

b.    Approve  Board Policy 7-710

c.     Employment of Personnel (After Executive Session)

d.    Principal Reports

e.    Other New Business

 

  V.      CLOSED SESSION (Student Discipline, Individual Student Matter, Employment and Evaluation of Personnel)

 

VI.      ANNOUNCEMENTS

a.     PATT Family Fun Night: Saturday, February 10, 2018 4:00pm-7:00pm

b.    Mid-Winter Dance at The Elks: Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00pm-11:00pm

c.     11:15 Dismissal for Staff Training: Monday, February 12, 2018

d.    NO SCHOOL: President’s Day; Monday, February 19, 2018

e.    LTC Scholastic Bowl hosted by BHC: Saturday, February 24, 2018

f.      Grade 5-12 Band/Chorus Spaghetti Dinner/Concert in HS Gym: Friday, March 2, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm

g.     WAF Music Trivia Night at The Dunes; Saturday, March 3, 2018 6:00pm

h.    3rd 9 Week Grading Period Ends: Friday, March 9, 2018

i.      Next Board Meeting – March 8, 2018

 

VII.      ADJOURN


Farmland remains good investment

Farmland values aren’t what they were during the 2003 to 2013 run-up, but farmland still remains a solid investment. So says Randy Dickhut, who serves as senior vice president with Omaha, Nebraska based Farmers National Company.
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Dickhut says recently adopted tax reforms could help with the farmland market, but uncertainty over trade could be a detriment. 


The HCHD On Flu

With so many people getting the flu this season, and so many getting the flu despite having a flu shot, some might begin to get a bit cynical about the value of the flu shot.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments and she says even if you have had the flu more than once this year even though you had a flu shot, it’s still the best recommendation to the general public…

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Ms. Tucker says there are some age old fundamentals that still apply when addressing the flu season…

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OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Hosts Book Fair

 OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center will hold a Collective Goods (Books are Fun) book and gift fair Thursday, February 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday, February 16 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the East & West Conference Rooms. The book and gift fair is open to the public. This bi-annual shopping event will feature discounted fiction and nonfiction books for all ages including those for children and youth. Books will be available on a wide range of subjects including gardening, cooking, sports, home decorating and inspirational themes. Gifts, toys, stationary, games as well as home décor including Easter will also be available.  A percentage of all sales from the two day event support OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center Foundation to benefit the capital and Technological improvements at OSF Saint Luke. All major credit and debit cards, cash and personal checks with proper identification will be accepted. For more information call (309) 852-7822.


Winter Storm Driving Tips

With another winter storm to deal with, and the potential for more over the next few days, snow plows will no doubt be everywhere on area roads.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says motorists need to be careful when driving around those big orange trucks…

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Trooper Wilson adds that being stranded on the roadway in wintry weather can also be a tough thing for motorists to deal with…

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And as far as dressing appropriately for the winter conditions, Trooper Wilson says he has seen just about everything…

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OSF Blood Drive on Thursday

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

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Coordinator at St Luke and she says blood supplies are running low at this time of the year…

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Many people have had the flu recently and they might wonder whether or not they should donate blood.

Ms. Boelens says don’t worry, they will take the necessary precautions…

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Regional Media Blow Out

Has Auction Left overs! we have a lot of great deals that people have forgetting to pick up! We don;t want these great deals just sitting aroudn collecting dust we want you to have them. Saturday February 10th at 10am We are selling everything! It's got to go Tune in At 10am on WKEI and WJRE for some great deals on your favorite Local Bussiness.  Sign up to become and E-club memebr so that you are able to see the full list of Items and Bundles. We will have Mall of America give aways as well so tune in February 10 at 10am to get the deal of the year on all your favoite local bussiness. Click here to become and e-club member.

 


Dicamba training continues for farmers and applicators throughout Illinois

The Illinois Chemical and Fertilizer Association continues to promote training and education sessions for soybean farmers planning to use crop protection products containing dicamba in 2018. Over 100 dates are planned says the association’s Jean Payne.
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The dicamba training website is “ifca.com/IllinoisDicambaTraining”. Training in the Tri COunty Ares will take place February 2nd in Wyoming.


Water Main Break and Boil Order For Kewanee**UPDATED**

Update :Effective Tuesday 2/6/18, the City of Kewanee Water Department boil order for residents in the 600 and 700 blocks of North Burr Street has been lifted.  If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.

 

Original Story:

Effective Monday 2/5/18, the City of Kewanee Water Department is repairing a water main break in the 600 and 700 blocks of North Burr Street.  Water in this area has been shut off while repairs are made.

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


Residents in these areas may experience low pressure, rusty water, or no water.  If the water has been turned off, take precautions when using water until the water runs clean.  Only flush the system by running cold water, running hot water may draw rust into the water heater. 
If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.
 


"Health Department Announces Area Food Handlers Certification Course"


 

       The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments reminds area residents they will be holding a Food Handler's Certification Course that will meet on Wednesday, February 7th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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


IEMA Promotes Earthquake Awareness

 Some of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in North America rocked the mostly rural central U.S. between December 1811 and February 1812, including parts of southern Illinois. The strongest earthquakes in this series were estimated to be around magnitude 8.0, and were felt as far away as the East Coast.

Today, this multi-state region is heavily populated and highly developed. A similar earthquake now would cause widespread devastation to buildings, utilities, roads, bridges and other infrastructure, as well as result in many injuries and deaths. While damage would be less severe in other parts of Illinois, utility outages, road closures and disruptions to deliveries of essential supplies would significantly impact the lives of most Illinoisans.  

Recognizing the earthquake risk in Illinois, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will promote earthquake preparedness throughout February.

“In addition to the New Madrid Seismic Zone, where the 1811-12 quakes occurred, southern Illinois is also adjacent to the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone,” said IEMA Interim Director Jennifer Ricker. “We can’t predict when the next devastating earthquake in this region will happen, but we can help people learn how to protect themselves and reduce damage to their homes.”

Ricker said people need to remember to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” when they feel the ground shaking: “Drop” down to the floor, take “Cover” under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture, and “Hold On” to the furniture item and be prepared to move with it until the shaking ends.

There are several steps people can take to help prevent injuries and property damage at home, such as strapping water heaters and large appliances to wall studs, anchoring overhead fans and light fixtures, and securing cabinet doors with latches. IEMA offers several short videos on do-it-yourself earthquake home mitigation projects at https://www.illinois.gov/iema/Mitigation/Pages/EarthquakeMitigationVideos.aspx.

For additional earthquake preparedness information, visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov or follow IEMA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois).


Income Tax Season Underway

The income tax filing season is now underway and if you are due a refund, the earlier you file the better.

Michael Devine with the IRS in St Louis says there are several advantages to an early file…

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For those families that take the earned income tax credit or the child tax credit, refunds will not be available until later this month.

Devine says that scam artists can be thanked for that…

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Looking past the deluge and ahead to spring

Some parts of Illinois experienced up to nine inches of rain over the last week. The recent deluge caused flooding in parts of southern and northern Illinois. Brian Duncan farms near Polo and shares what he experienced in Ogle County;

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Still, Duncan, who serves as vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, says he and other Illinois farmers look forward to tilling fields and sowing seed this spring;

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The late February rains pushed the statewide average three inches above normal to a record five inches of precipitation, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel. Spring officially arrives on March 20th.


The Office of the State Fire Marshal is promoting its new "Be Alarmed!" Program

Fire Marshal Matt Perez says his office distributes smoke detectors with 10 year sealed batteries to fire departments around the state. Firefighters then install them in homes that don’t have any and try to teach residents about fire safety.

 

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According to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, six out of ten residential fire deaths occur in homes that either don’t have a smoke alarm or the smoke alarm isn’t working.


The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants you to learn about earthquake safety

Illinois is home to two seismic zones in southern Illinois and a quake in those areas could be felt statewide. IEMA spokesperson Patti Thompson has this advice if the ground starts to shake.

 

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For additional tips including how to prepare your home for an earthquake…visit ready.Illinois.gov.

 

Please check tomorrow, because we will have more information from Bob on this subject matter.


State Climatologist Jim Angel reviews on the weather for January and more

Let’s check in with State Climatologist Jim Angel for his reviews on the weather for January and more.

 

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IDOT reminds "fans don't let fans drive drunk" this Super Bowl weekend.

There are many options for getting home after partying during the Super Bowl…and it’s important to figure that out ahead of time says Illinois Department of Transportation Spokesperson Gianna Urgo.

 

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Urgo says nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in Illinois can be attributed to drunk driving.


The Illinois Department of Human Rights is celebrating Black History month.

The Department of Human Rights and other officials kicked off the month with a presentation and a Harriet Tubman reenactor at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. Acting director Janice Glenn announced a new fairness and equality campaign during the celebration.

 

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Glenn also says she looks forward to marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act in April.


If you collected unemployment insurance last year

If you collected unemployment insurance last year, you need a certain form before you can file your tax returns. 

 

You must report unemployment benefits as taxable income on your state and federal returns; as listed on the 1099-G form.

 

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Illinois department of employment security spokesperson Bob Gough says if you haven’t received your 1099-g form yet…visit the agency’s website at: ides.Illinois.gov.

 


A renewed push to raise the legal smoking age in Illinois

A renewed push to raise the legal smoking age in Illinois is underway at the state capitol. 

 

Kathy Drea with the American Lung Association of Illinois says a recent poll found that two-thirds of voters support the tobacco 21 initiative. It raises the legal age for people to buy and possess tobacco products from 18 to 21. She hopes this is the year the legislation passes.

 

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The legislation includes the sale of e-cigarettes, which have become popular with teens.

 


Governor Bruce Rauner will be giving his budget address in a few weeks

Governor Bruce Rauner will be giving his budget address in two weeks…and says it will include plans to ease off last year’s income tax increase. 

 

On Wednesday, February 14th, the governor will present a budget outline to lawmakers. He says that will include plans to put more money in your pocket.

 

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The governor says his budget proposal will also include reforms and some cuts.

 


OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Blood Drive

– OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, February 8 from 7am-5pm in the East and West Conference Rooms at OSF HealthCare Saint Luke, 1051 West South Street, Kewanee. All presenting donors are eligible to receive a complimentary t-shirt in appreciation for their blood donation.Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and Rapid Pass. With the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, donors can conveniently schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the
blood drive by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions
online at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass before coming to their appointments. 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.
For the optimum blood donation experience, be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day before donating. It is best to give blood on a full stomach. Donors are encouraged to eat iron-rich foods such as meats, eggs, dark green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, raisins, tomato juice and whole grain 
breads/noodles. For more information or to make an appointment,

 

Call OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Lab at 309-852-7810.
Walk-ins are welcome.


HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS WELL CHILD CLINIC PROGRAM

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Morse Named as President of Porter-Hay Insurance

Chris Gavin, President and CEO of Midwest Bank, is pleased to announce Chad Morse as the new President of Porter-Hay Insurance. “We look forward to Chad bringing his experience and knowledge to drive our team and deliver outstanding customer service for our clients,” stated Gavin.
Chad joined Chuck Hay Agency in 1997 after attending Western Illinois University and serving in the National Guard from 1990-1996. He currently resides in Galva with his wife Amy and two teenage children, Lexi and Cayden. He has served as Secretary of the Planning Commission for the City of Galva, Finance Officer for American Legion Post #45, and Board Member for the Economic Development Council, City of Galva, West Central Illinois QDMA, and the OSF Health Insurance Advisory Board. In his spare time, Chad enjoys the outdoors and watching his kids play sports.
Chad has over 20 years of experience and played an integral part of the successful merger of Porter Insurance and Chuck Hay Insurance in 2016. He currently works out of both the Galesburg and Galva office locations. “I look forward to working with our team and continuing to provide our clients with relationships they can count on and trust,” stated Morse.
Porter-Hay Insurance is a subsidiary of Midwest Bank that offers personal, farm, business, life & health insurance services. Their agents utilize a network of companies which allows them to provide you with competitive pricing, various coverage options and the reassurance that your insurance coverage needs are met. Become a client and friend of Porter-Hay Insurance and you will quickly see the difference superior protection provides.
Stop by any of their locations in Galesburg, Galva, Monmouth or Alexis or visit www.porterhayinsurance.com for more information.


OSF Heart Health Presentation

OSF Healthcare St Luke Medical Center in Kewanee will present a free Heart Health presentation on Feb 27 at PL Damrons in Kewanee.

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Coordinator at St Luke and she advises early reservations as the program is usually very well attended…

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Henry County 4-H Shooting Sports Receives Donation

 

The Henry County 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Club received a $1,250 donation from the Honest Woods chapter of White Tails Unlimited.  Members of the Archery group were on hand to receive the money from members of the Honest Woods chapter at the Archery SPIN meeting on Monday, January 22.  Honest Woods officers Tom Vanhoutte and Jim Cardinal were instrumental in making this donation possible. The Henry County Archery SPIN Club has been growing steadily in the last couple years.  Each year, they instruct about 80 youth in the use of bows, equipment safety, and safe bow hunting practices.  This donation will be put to good use in the purchasing and upgrading of equipment as well as offering members opportunities to compete in local, regional and state 4-H archery contests.  For more information on the shooting sports program, contact the Henry County Extension Office at (309) 932-3447.


December Home Sales In Illinois Fluctuate

 

Illinois ended the year in positive territory for both sales and median prices, but the data showed the housing market continued to be affected by a lack of available inventory, according to data released by Illinois REALTORS®.

December showed a slight decrease in home sales statewide, but median prices continued what has been a 64-month long overall statewide gain in median prices.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in December 2017 totaled 11,488 homes sold, down 2.7 percent from 11,803 in December 2016. Year-end 2017 home sales totaled 164,528, up 1.2 percent from 162,636 in 2016.

The statewide median price in December was $185,000, up 6.3 percent from December 2016 when the median price was $174,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less. The year-end 2017 median price reached $195,000, up 6.0 percent from $184,000 in 2016.

“The Illinois housing market posted a solid performance in 2017,” said Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. “We finished the year with sales and median prices in positive territory, and we likely would have had an even stronger sales year in many markets if available inventory was able to keep pace with demand.”

The time it took to sell a home in December averaged 60 days, down from 67 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 45,825 homes for sale, a 12.3 percent decline from December 2016 when there were 52,253 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.95 percent in December 2017, an increase from 3.90 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In December 2016 it averaged 4.20 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in December 2017 totaled 8,067 homes sold, down 2.1 percent from December 2016 sales of 8,244 homes. Year-end 2017 home sales totaled 118,131, up 1.2 percent from 116,686 homes sold in the region in 2016.

The median price in December 2017 was $225,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from $214,000 in December 2016. The year-end 2017 median price reached $235,000, up 5.6 percent from $222,500 in 2016.

“The forecasts for prices and sales for the first quarter of 2018 remain positive. After adjusting for inflation, prices are now 7 percent higher than pre-recession levels statewide and 9 percent higher in the Chicago PMSA.” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “A major uncertainty in 2018 is the net impact limitations on state and local tax deductibility and the mortgage interest will have on on one hand, with the reduction in tax rates that should increase consumer disposable income on the other. "

According to the data, thirty-eight (38) Illinois counties reported sales gains for December 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Peoria County, up 30.4 percent with 210 units sold; Sangamon County, up 13.4 percent with 212 units sold; and Kane County, up 7.5 percent with 548 units sold. Forty-seven (47) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Rock Island County, up 28.6 percent to $117,000; Lake County, up 8.2 percent to $230,000; and Cook County, up 6.5 percent to $229,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 1.7 percent year-over-year home sales increase in December 2017 with 2,008 sales, up from 1,974 in December 2016. Year-end home sales totaled 28,621, a 1.8 percent increase compared to 28,104 in 2016.

The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in December 2017 was $267,500, up 2.9 percent compared to December 2016 when it was $260,000. The year-end 2017 median price reached $285,000, up 4.8 percent from $272,000 in 2016.

"Overall, we saw an active and healthy market in 2017, and are positioned well for the forthcoming spring market,” said Rebecca Thomson, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and vice president of agent development at @properties. “Buyers should expect to see expanded options on the market in the months ahead, but competition will also remain strong as demand outpaces supply and rates remain low.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 27 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Jan. 7, 2018 for the period Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.