Local News Archives for 2018-03

Exhibit opening at the Vasa National Archives

The Vasa National Archives will debut a new exhibit on the Vasa Order during WWI and WWII on April 4. The new exhibit will feature rarely seen collection pieces, excerpts from lodges in the US and Canada, and info on Sweden and Canada during each World War. The Grand Opening for the exhibit will be April 7 from 10 – 5 and will have light refreshments available throughout the day. This exhibit will be up for 2 years. The Vasa National Archives is located at 109 S. Bishop Hill St.

 

The exhibit opening coincides with the beginning of the 2018 tourist season including the Heritage Association’s Toy Tractor Weekend, the Colony Store will offer a children’s craft station (April 7), Entwined’s Spring Fashion Show at P.L. Johnson’s (April 7, 11:30-1). Local restaurants, shops, historic sites, and galleries will be open and offering activities for visitors of all ages. For information about other Bishop Hill and events contact 309-927-3899 or visit www.bishophill.com

 

For its final year, the Swedish and Swedish-American arts and crafts exhibit will also be on display. The exhibit showcases a variety of Swedish arts and crafts from wood working to textile arts and painting to glass making.  Items on display come from Sweden and across the US showing a wide variety of artistic styles and mediums. Local artists, Ted Myhre and Erick Lindberg have pieces in the exhibit. A couple of quilts from Bishop Hill’s post-colonial era are on loan for this exhibit. Visitors are invited to vote on what exhibit should replace the arts and craft exhibit next year.

 

The Vasa Order of America is a Swedish fraternal organization that began in 1896. Originally offering Sick, Old Age, and Funeral Benefits, the Vasa Order now focuses on keeping Scandinavian traditions alive in America and Canada by celebrating Nordic and Scandinavian history, culture, and other topics. The Vasa Order is open to anyone at least 14 years old and of Nordic ancestry or interested in Swedish and/or Nordic heritage and culture. For information about the Vasa National Archives or the Vasa Order contact us at 309-927-3898 or VasaArchivist@gmail.com.
 

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Easter Egg Hunts On Saturday

There will be several Easter Egg Hunts and related activities on Saturday, some of which were postponed by last Saturday’s snow storm.

The Kewanee Park District Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday morning at Windmont Park beginning at 10 o’clock for children up to the age of 10.

In Annawan, the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Howe’s Park beginning at 10 o’clock on Saturday morning.

The Toulon Community Easter Carnival and Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday from 2-4 at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

The Wyoming Lions Club will host an Easter Egg Hunt beginning at noon on Saturday at the Stark County Football Field known as Gary Johnson stadium.

The Bradford Beta’s will host their Easter Egg Hunt and a breakfast on Saturday. The breakfast will be held beginning at 8:30 on Saturday morning at the Bradford Grade School cafeteria with the Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10:30 at the old football field in Bradford.

Now, back to Kewanee where a neat event will be held at the Farm King Store.

Roger Huggins of Kewanee has been an employee at Farm King for just shy of twenty years and he says children and their families are invited to stop by on Saturday beginning at noon and once in the front door, there will live bunnies to start things off with lots of fun from there…

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Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 7

Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 7

The 2018 Illinois Spring Trout fishing season opens on Saturday.Anglers will need both a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp to participate, unless they are under the age of 16, blind, disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces.

Licenses and trout stamps will be available for purchase on the Illinois Department of Resources (IDNR) website and at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets, starting Thursday, March 1.

The Spring Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing season opened at nine sites on March 24.  Anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch trout at that time, but they cannot keep the fish. All trout must be released until after the opening of the regular spring trout season, which begins at 5 a.m. on April 7. Anyone attempting to take trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.  
 
The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year, with 54 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state being stocked for the spring season, and an additional 80,000 trout stocked for the fall season.

For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website at www.ifishillinois.org.

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

The 54 locations that will be open for spring trout season are listed below:

2018 Illinois Spring Trout Locations
(** Denotes Sites Open for Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-Only Early Season)

 North --- Boone County --- Mill Race Ponds, Belvidere 
 North --- Bureau County --- Hennepin Canal Parkway 
 North --- Cook County --- Wolf Lake at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago
 North --- Cook County --- Green Lake in Calumet City, Cook County Forest Preserve District
 North --- Cook County --- Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
 North --- Cook County --- Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
 North --- Cook County --- Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
North --- Cook County --- Horsetail Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District 
North --- DuPage County --- Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
North --- DuPage County --- Pickerel Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
North --- DuPage County--- Grove Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District 
 North --- Jo Daviess County --- Apple River, Apple River State Park ** 
 North --- Kankakee County --- Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee 
 North --- Kankakee County --- Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park **
 North --- Kendall County --- Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area 
 North --- Lake County --- Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve District
 North --- Lake County --- Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park
 North --- LaSalle County --- Illinois and Michigan Canal, LaSalle
 North --- LaSalle County --- Lake Mendota, Village of Mendota
 North --- McHenry County --- Lake Atwood, McHenry County Conservation District
 North --- McHenry County --- Piscasaw Creek, McHenry County Conservation District  
 North --- Ogle County --- Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park **
 North--- Rock Island County--- Prospect Park, Moline
 North --- Stephenson --- Waddams Creek, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area 
 North --- Stephenson --- Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport
 North --- Whiteside County --- Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls 
 North --- Will County --- Lake Milliken, Des Plaines Conservation Area
 North --- Winnebago County --- Four Lakes, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

 Central --- Adams County --- Siloam Springs State Park Lake **
 Central --- Cass County --- Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA **
 Central --- Champaign County --- Lake of the Woods, Champaign Co. Forest Preserve Dist.
 Central --- Christian County --- Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District 
 Central --- Coles County --- Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston
 Central --- Hancock County --- Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park ** 
 Central --- Macon County --- Sportsman’s Club Pond, Macon County Conservation District 
 Central --- McLean County --- Miller Park Lake, Bloomington 
 Central --- Morgan County --- Morgan Lake at Nichols Park, Jacksonville **
 Central --- Moultrie County --- Wyman Lake, Sullivan
 Central --- Pike County --- Kings Park Pond, Pittsfield
 Central --- Sangamon County --- Southwind Park, Springfield 
 Central --- Sangamon County --- IDOT Lake, Springfield **
 Central --- Sangamon County --- Washington Park Pond, Springfield 
 Central --- Shelby County --- Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville 
 Central --- Vermilion County --- Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area

 South --- Jefferson County --- Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond 
 South --- Johnson County --- Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake
 South --- Marion County --- Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area 
 South --- Massac County --- Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park 
 South --- Randolph County --- Derby Lake, Sparta (World Shooting and Recreational   Complex) 
 South --- St. Clair County --- Frank Holten State Park Main Lake 
 South --- St. Clair County --- Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis
 South --- St. Claire County --- Willow Lake at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area **
 South --- Wabash County --- Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park 
 South --- Wayne County --- Sam Dale Trout Pond, Sam Dale Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Rauner Says TRUST ACT is Pathway to a Sanctuary State

Did Governor Bruce Rauner turn the state into a sanctuary state? Rauner signed the TRUST Act this year that stops law enforcement from detaining someone based only on their on immigration status. Critics say it’s a bill to put Illinois on the list of sanctuary states. Rauner says it didn’t do anything of the sort, rather it just clarified what law enforcement should be doing.

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Signing that bill and HB 40 led to strong showing by Rauner’s opponent in the Republican primary election and now Rauner says it’s time to welcome all Republican voters into the tent.

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SIU reorganizing College of Agricultural Sciences

The College of Agricultural Sciences set for expansion at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It even includes a new name—the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences says SIU chancellor Carlo Montemagno.
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As for the timeline, Montemagno is hopeful everything can be completed with the reorganization by mid-summer. 

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Freedom House Welcomes Two Board Members

 

 

Freedom House is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of its Board of Directors.

 

Joining the Board are Sheriff Kevin Doyle and Sheila Rumbold. “Both of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise, and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them join us as we continue to provide confidential, free services to victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said Michael Zerneck, Executive Director.

 

Kevin Doyle has been the Sheriff of Putnam County for 20 years. He is a member of the Putnam County ETSB (Emergency Telephone System Board), serving as chairman for 17 years, and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association for 10 years, where he serves as the Chairman/Training Commissioner. With his more than 25 years of law-enforcement experience, Sheriff Doyle brings an insight to law enforcement perspective to the Board.

  

Sheila Rumbold lives in Wyoming and represents Stark County on the Board. She owns and operates a boutique and other small businesses, is an active volunteer/member of the Chamber of Commerce for 17 years, and PEO for 8 years. Ms. Rumbold has also volunteered as an EMT for the Wyoming Ambulance Service. Her experience and business knowledge are valuable assets for the Board, as well as her dedication to the agency’s mission.

 

The Freedom House mission is to provide compassionate, confidential, free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as awareness and prevention education to the community.

 

For more information about Freedom House call 800.474.6031 or visit www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

 

The full slate of the Freedom House Board of Directors is listed below.

 

Marshall Jones, President

Diana Whitney, Vice President

Shelley Giesen, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Sheriff Kevin Doyle

Paula Evans

Christian Cyr

Rev. Mark Harkness

Sheriff (Ret.) Jim Padilla

Sheila Rumbold

Janice Verbeke

 

Nedda Simon, Founder/ Board Member Emeritus

 

Michael Zerneck, Executive Director

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Bushels for Hunger Makes Donation to River Bend Foodbank

 

Quad City Illinois farmers are helping local families with a donation to the River Bend Foodbank through the Bushels for Hunger program for the eighth straight year!  After the 8th year, total contributions by the Bushels for Hunger program will exceed $ 200,000 with this year's $19,243 contribution.  Mercer County Farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director Jeff Kirwan presented the donation of to Mike Miller of the River Bend Foodbank in Davenport.

"Thanks to the generous donations of  thousands of bushels of grain to the Bushels for Hunger campaign, local farmers worked together to fight hunger in the Quad City community with these funds" Kirwan said.

Alongside Kirwan, fellow farmer and Grain Merchandiser for Gold Star FS, Mike Secymore added, "Local neighbors and farmers in the five county area of Illinois were anxious to pitch in and help fight hunger in their community - this money will help provide countless meals in the River Bend Foodbank area."

The Bushels for Hunger program is a joint program coordinated by the following five Illinois County Farm Bureaus: Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Whiteside and Stark in conjunction with the following area grain elevators and ethanol plants: ADM, Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, Michlig Grain, River Gulf Grain, River Valley Cooperative and Rumbold & Kuhn.

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Andover Tourism Event Touted By Illinois Bicentennial

 Andover's June 2 & 3 festival has been chosen as an official endorsed event of the Illinois Bicentennial by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.  The highlight of the festival will be a pageant of actors portraying famous persons from Illinois, Henry County and Andover.  Two of western Illinois and eastern Iowa's top amateur photographers, husband and wife team Woody Perkins and Joyce Paustian, will display their award-wining photos.  All events will be held at the Andover Lake Park and nearby sites, with free admission.  Saturday activities include a 5K race, games and contests for adults and children, antique lawn and farm tractor show (also on Sunday), open houses at all historic buildings, homemade pie and sandwiches, pork chop supper, ice cream social, concerts.and a drawing for Cubs/Cardinals tickets.  Sunday activities include breakfast in the park,.outdoor community worship service and a Salute to Veterans.  For a complete listing of events and times, visitandovertourism.com/junefestival.

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LaHood expresses concerns about NAFTA's future when it comes to farmers

Peoria area Congressman Darin LaHood is expressing concerns about talk from the Trump Administration of potentially pulling out of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. During a House Ways and Means conversation with U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lightizer, expressed concerns about a potential end to the trade deal with Mexico and Canada on farmers...
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LaHood says he's hearing from a number of farm organizations about fears that ending NAFTA would both hurt them and raise prices for families...
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Lightizer told LaHood the Administration's objective isn't to leave NAFTA, but negotiate a better agreement.

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Illinois Treasurer seeks transparency with new website

A new interactive website launched by the Illinois Treasurer’s office hopes to increase transparency and accountability with state finances. ‘The Vault’ is a new online data portal that Treasurer Michael Frerichs says, details how Illinois invests taxpayer money, manages state debt and tracks bond ratings.

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The website is iltreasurervault.com Frerichs says the portal is user friendly

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Research firms, investment houses, and companies that wish to do business with the treasury are expected to be early users of the data, as well as taxpayers interested in state investment and banking
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IRS Encourages 'Paycheck Checkup'

 

 

Launching a special week of activities, the Internal Revenue Service today continued its effort to encourage taxpayers to do a “paycheck checkup” to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks for their personal situation.

 

To help taxpayers understand the implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS unveiled several new features to help people navigate the issues affecting withholding in their paychecks. The effort includes a new series of plain language Tax Tips, a YouTube video series and other special efforts to help people understand the importance of checking their withholding as soon as possible.

 

“The IRS is taking special steps to help taxpayers understand these tax law changes,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “We encourage people to do a paycheck checkup to help make sure they’re having the right amount of tax withheld for their unique personal situation. To help with this, the IRS has added and updated a variety of tools and information to help taxpayers.”

 

The new tax law could affect how much tax someone should have their employer withhold from their paycheck. To help with this, the IRS urged taxpayers to visit the Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov. The Withholding Calculator can help prevent employees from having too little or too much tax withheld from their paycheck. Having too little tax withheld can mean an unexpected tax bill or potentially a penalty at tax time in 2019. And with the average refund topping $2,800, some taxpayers might prefer to have less tax withheld up front and receive more in their paychecks.

 

Taxpayers can use the Withholding Calculator to estimate their 2018 income tax. The Withholding Calculator compares that estimate to the taxpayer’s current tax withholding and can help them decide if they need to change their withholding with their employer.  When using the calculator, it’s helpful to have a completed 2017 tax return available. 

 

Taxpayers who need to adjust their withholding will need to submit a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, to their employer. If an employee needs to adjust their withholding, doing so as quickly as possible means there’s more time for tax withholding to take place evenly during the rest of the year. But waiting until later in the year means there are fewer pay periods to make the tax changes – which could have a bigger impact on each paycheck.

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Health Dept Health Clinics Set For Early April


     The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents they will be showcasing their ongoing efforts "to protect and improve the health of the community," during National Public Health Week, April 2-8, 2018.

 

     In keeping with National Public Health Week's mission of promoting healthier living and achieving the goal of “healthiest nation by 2030,” the Health Department will conduct Health Check Clinics featuring a combination General Health & Lipid Panel Blood Test for only $50.  This test includes a Complete Blood Count (CBC), a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Panel (TSH) and a full Lipid “Cholesterol” panel.  Please note, fasting is recommended for this test for optimum results. 

 

     Also during Public Health Week, the Department will offer a $5 basic Lipid “Cholesterol” Panel. 

   

     The Health Department Public Health Week Clinics will be held for one week only, Monday, April 2nd - Friday, April 8th and are as follows:

 

    KEWANEE:  7:00am-11:00am at the Health Department's Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee (Enter at Clinic).

 

    COLONA:  8:00am-11:00am at the Department's Colona Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

    The clinics are open to all area residents and appointments are necessary and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Please note, these lab specials are available on a “Cash Only” basis.

 

    To schedule an appointment or for more information on the Department's upcoming Public Health Week Health Check Clinics call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) or 792-4011 (Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or Find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments, or Follow Us on Twitter.

 

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Lincoln Day Dinner Plans Announced

The annual Lincoln Day Dinner sponsored by the Henry County Republicans will be held on Sunday, April 8 at Oakwood Country Club, Coal Valley. Social hour begins at 4 pm with the dinner and program beginning at 5 pm. 

 

Republican Chairman Jan Weber announced The Honorable Darin LaHood, member of Congress, representing the Illinois 18th district will be the keynote speaker. Prior to his election to Congress Mr. LaHood represented Henry County in the Illinois Senate. Earlier this year he was appointed to the powerful house Ways and Means Committee. 

 

Also scheduled on the program on April 8th will be the Illinois legislators who represent Henry County in Springfield - Senators Neil Anderson and Chuck Weaver and Representatives Dan Swanson and Tony McCombie. Some of the statewide candidates recently nominated are also planning to attend. 17th district congressional candidate Bill Fawell will also speak. 

 

Advance reservations are requested for the dinner which is often a sell out event. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased from GOP precinct Committeeman or by contacting Jan Weber at 309-944-2808

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Freedom House Welcomes Two Board Members

Freedom House is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of its Board of Directors.

 

Joining the Board are Sheriff Kevin Doyle and Sheila Rumbold. “Both of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise, and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them join us as we continue to provide confidential, free services to victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said Michael Zerneck, Executive Director.

 

Kevin Doyle has been the Sheriff of Putnam County for 20 years. He is a member of the Putnam County ETSB (Emergency Telephone System Board), serving as chairman for 17 years, and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association for 10 years, where he serves as the Chairman/Training Commissioner. With his more than 25 years of law-enforcement experience, Sheriff Doyle brings an insight to law enforcement perspective to the Board.

 

Sheila Rumbold lives in Wyoming and represents Stark County on the Board. She owns and operates a boutique and other small businesses, is an active volunteer/member of the Chamber of Commerce for 17 years, and PEO for 8 years. Ms. Rumbold has also volunteered as an EMT for the Wyoming Ambulance Service. Her experience and business knowledge are valuable assets for the Board, as well as her dedication to the agency’s mission.

 

The Freedom House mission is to provide compassionate, confidential, free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as awareness and prevention education to the community.

 

For more information about Freedom House call 800.474.6031 or visit www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

 

The full slate of the Freedom House Board of Directors is listed below.

 

Marshall Jones, President

Diana Whitney, Vice President

Shelley Giesen, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Sheriff Kevin Doyle

Paula Evans

Christian Cyr

Rev. Mark Harkness

Sheriff (Ret.) Jim Padilla

Sheila Rumbold

Janice Verbeke

 

Nedda Simon, Founder/ Board Member Emeritus

 

Michael Zerneck, Executive Director

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Spring warm-up not likely in near term

A spring warm-up in the near term not likely. So says meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather in Newton, Illinois.
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Schmidt says we’re in a very active weather pattern for much of Illinois. A system will likely impact the state for part of the Easter weekend, which could include a rain/snow mix in northern Illinois on Saturday. 

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Hammond Henry Hospital on Tuned IN

HHH CEO Mark Kuhn and Physician Assistant Janelle Olson are the guests

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National Service Recognition Day Will Be Held on April 3, 2018

 

 

On National Service Recognition Day, thousands of local leaders honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. The sixth-annual National Service Recognition Day will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center at 5:00 p.m.  This initiative is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

This program is to spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve. Mayors across the country will participate in this annual event.  The nation’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost effective strategy to address city challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities better places to live.

CNCS, America’s leader in volunteering and service efforts, engages over 325,000 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers in national service at more than 50,000 locations each year. We are asking the leaders, business and agency leaders and the community to join us in the celebration of this national event.

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Food Managers Course Set For April 11

       The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announces they will be holding a Food Handler's Certification Course that will meet on Wednesday, April 11th from 9:00am-12:00pm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

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

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Health Dept Closed For Good Friday

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments would like to inform area residents that our office will be closed Friday, March 30th in observance of the Good Friday Holiday.

 

    However, limited home health and homemaker staff will be working on those days to provide necessary in-home care.

 

    For more information, call the Health Department at 852-0197 or 792-4011

(Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

 

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Over 11,000 farmers/applicators receive dicamba training heading into planting season

The Illinois soybean industry getting set for another planting season in which there will be much attention on those farmers planning to use dicamba to protect their 2018 crop.
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Illinois Farm Bureau’s Lyndsey Ramsey says some common sense also applies, which includes being very aware of your neighbors.Over 11,000 Illinois farmers and applicators have received the required dicamba training heading into the spring planting season and on-line training is still available through the Illinois Dicamba Training website at ifca.com. 

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Ag Companies Top List of State Top Businesses

As the state celebrates its 200th anniversary, companies with ties to agriculture lead the way as being voted in as the state’s top three businesses. State spokesman Chris Wills says the top three have big ties to the state’s biggest businesses.

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The rest of the top ten include stalwart businesses McDonalds, Walgreens and another ag company DeKalb Asgrow.

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Red Cross Asks Public to Sound the Alarm

The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in the Quad City area and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

 

The Red Cross in collaboration with local fire departments and other community partners, will host a Sound the Alarm Installation Appointment Blitz on Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30am to 7:00pm.

 

Anyone who does not have working smoke alarms, is unable to check their smoke alarms, or whose smoke alarms were installed more than five years ago, is urged to call 309-743-2166 on Wednesday, March 28 to make an appointment to have free smoke alarms installed. Volunteers will install the free smoke alarms on Saturday, April 28 in Scott, Muscatine, Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties.

 

“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Amber Wood, Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. “The Red Cross has responded to 110 home fires so far this year in the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois area and have assisted 218 people. If you need smoke alarms, please call for an appointment so we can help your family be better prepared in case of a home fire.”

 

The Home Fire Campaign is making a difference. As of February 28, 2018, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 381 through the Home Fire Campaign; made 487,210 households safer, and installed 1,173,150 free smoke alarms. The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region and our partners have saved at least 14 lives, made more than 4,996 households safer, created more than 3,975 home fire escae plans and installed more than 11,993 free smoke alarms.

 

Nationwide, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm through a series of smoke alarm installation and fire safety events in more than 100-high-risk communities. From April 28 through May 13, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms. These events are related to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which since 2014 has helped save lives through smoke alarm installations and home fire safety education in thousands of communities.

 

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities, which is why the Red Cross launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign and rallied an army of volunteers, donors, and partners to canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.

 

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

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OSF On Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens and Dr. James Lindbom are the guests

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Health Dept To Celebrate National Public Health Week

     The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents they will be showcasing their ongoing efforts "to protect and improve the health of the community," during National Public Health Week, April 2-8, 2018.

 

     In keeping with National Public Health Week's mission of promoting healthier living and achieving the goal of “healthiest nation by 2030,” the Health Department will conduct Health Check Clinics featuring a combination General Health & Lipid Panel Blood Test for only $50.  This test includes a Complete Blood Count (CBC), a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Panel (TSH) and a full Lipid “Cholesterol” panel.  Please note, fasting is recommended for this test for optimum results. 

 

     Also during Public Health Week, the Department will offer a $5 basic Lipid “Cholesterol” Panel. 

   

     The Health Department Public Health Week Clinics will be held for one week only, Monday, April 2nd - Friday, April 8th and are as follows:

 

    KEWANEE:  7:00am-11:00am at the Health Department's Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee (Enter at Clinic).

 

    COLONA:  8:00am-11:00am at the Department's Colona Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

    The clinics are open to all area residents and appointments are necessary and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Please note, these lab specials are available on a “Cash Only” basis.

 

    To schedule an appointment or for more information on the Department's upcoming Public Health Week Health Check Clinics call the Department at (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) or 792-4011 (Colona) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or Find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments, or Follow Us on Twitter.

 

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Ameren Payment Options

 Ameren Illinois residential customers who have fallen behind on their utility bill may benefit from programs and assistance being offered by the energy company.

 For a limited time through March 31, eligible Ameren Illinois customers with past due balances can establish a repayment plan through a 10 percent down payment. Starting April 1, most customers with outstanding balances will be required to pay 25 percent of the amount owed before they can establish a monthly payment plan.

 “We understand some of our customers are facing tough economic times, particularly during the winter months. We're offering this payment plan because we want to help our customers to get back on track,” said Shirley Stennis, director of Customer Service for Ameren Illinois.

 To establish a payment plan or discuss a utility bill, customers can call Ameren Illinois Customer Service at 1-800-755-5000, select 'billing and payment' from the menu, and follow the voice prompts. Customers may also set up an agreement online by visiting AmerenIllinois.com and logging in to their account.

 Residential customers with past due amounts who do not establish a payment plan or break an exi

“I hope to see customers take advantage of this 10 percent down offer so they can avoid service disconnection,” Stennis said. “Disconnection is a last resort. We want to work with our customers to pay their bills. Payment agreements are one of the best ways to do just that.”

 In 2018, Ameren Illinois has allocated $750,000 to area agencies providing low-income energy assistance grants for qualified Ameren Illinois customers. In addition, the energy company will provide $1 million in grants to assist non-profit organizations, seniors and military customers with their utility bills.

 Some customers may also be eligible to receive payment assistance through programs such as Warm Neighbors Cool Friends, an Energy Assistance Foundation program, which is funded primarily through the contributions of Ameren employees and customers. The program is designed to provide assistance to those who generally do not qualify for federal or state heating assistance. Detailed information is available on the program website (WarmNeighborsCoolFriends.org).

 Funds are still available from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help with utility bill payment or disconnection status as well. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2018 for those who have not applied since October 2017. Customers can visit liheapillinois.com or call 1.800.755.5000 for more information and to find out where they can apply.

 Ameren Illinois also offers rebates and incentives to customers to make their homes more energy efficient. Through Ameren Illinois’ programs, customers can gain greater control over their energy bills. The program provides free advice, as well as rebates and financial incentives. For more information on residential energy efficiency, visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com or call 1-866-838-6918.

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Rock Legends added to the State Fair

The latest acts to be announced for the Illinois State Fair Grandstand Concert lineup are Foreigner and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Sunday, August 12th says Fair Spokesperson Rebecca Clark.

 

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Other acts announced for the fair include Halestorm, Mastodon, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert with more to come. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but prices are listed online at: https://www.Illinoisstatefair.info.

 

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State Climatologist Jim Angel talks about last weeks weather and more

Let’s check in with State Climatologist Jim Angel for his review on last weeks weather for March and more.

 

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Illinois Unemployment Down and Jobs Up last month

The Illinois jobless rate came in at four point seven percent in February. A slight decrease from the four point eight percent posted in January. And more than fifth-teen thousand jobs were added last month says Department Spokesperson Bob Gough.

 

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The National Unemployment rate for February was four point one percent.

 

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Go Further with Food

National Nutrition Month is a good reminder to make sure you add fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks says University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Laura Barr. She says you should also make sure you include low-fat dairy or other sources of calcium in your diet.

 

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Barr recommends getting kids started early on fruits and vegetables and says an easy way to sneak them in is to make smoothies.

 

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I-DOT is ready for heavy snow and rain this weekend

The Illinois Department of Transportation is gearing up for heavy snow and rain this weekend.

 

Much of Illinois will see rain but there’s a good chance for heavy, wet snow north of I-74. I-DOT spokesperson Gianna Urgo says they are ready.

 

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Visit: https://www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest road conditions.

 

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Agriculture companies lead the list of the top businesses in Illinois

Every couple of weeks the public can choose their favorites in a variety of categories as part of the Illinois Top 200 project. Abraham Lincoln presidential Library and Museum spokesperson Chris Wills says the top three in the business category, Archer Daniels Midland, Deere and Company and Caterpillar, have deep roots in Illinois.

 

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The next category is innovations and inventions and you can vote online now at IllinoisTop200.com. The project is part of the State’s bicentennial celebration.

 

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3 Major Drug Seizures in 3 Days

Illinois State Police District 7 announced the arrests of several individuals for drug trafficking resulting from traffic stops during March 10th through March 12th. 

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The March 12th seizure was from a 17-year-old male juvenile.  Trooper Wilson points out that unfortunately, that is something we are dealing with in the world today.  Trooper Willson also says that 5 kilograms of Fentanyl on the March 11th bust is one of the most deadly drugs on the market today.  He notes that 15 grams of Fentanyl can kill up to 40 people.   There is light at the end of the tunnel however, there is a new drug on the market that can help addicts overcome their addiction.

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Trooper Wilson notes that the drug has just been approved by the FDA and now faces the challenge of the hospitals allowing the drug to come into their facilities.  Trooper Wilson also notes that he does not know how expensive the drug will be. 

 

 

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Spring Break for Wethersfield and Kewanee School Districts

Both the Wethersfield and Kewanee School Districts will have no school from Monday March 26th until Monday April 2nd with students returning to their school district on Tuesday April 3rd

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Early Voters turned out for this years Gubernatorial Primary

While overall voter turnout numbers won’t be available until next month, the State Board of Elections says more people took advantage of early voting for the primary.

 

Board of Elections spokesperson Matt Dietrich says more than twice as many voters cast a ballot before election day as they did in the last Gubernatorial Primary in 2014.

 

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Dietrich says 75 percent of the early votes cast for this year’s primary were for Democrats and 25 percent were for Republicans.

 

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A new exhibit opening Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield

“From Illinois to the White House” celebrates the accomplishments of presidents Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama…and includes some interesting artifacts says museum spokesperson Chris Wills.

 

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The exhibit also gives visitors a chance to answer presidential trivia questions and pose for pictures behind a lectern as they deliver the Gettysburg address from a teleprompter. It runs through the end of the year.

 

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Registration Begins April 3rd for BHC

Registration opens Tuesday, April 3 for summer and fall college-credit classes and summer Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) classes at Black Hawk College.

 

Summer college-credit classes start Monday, June 4 and Monday, July 2. Fall college-credit classes begin Monday, Aug. 20.

 

The summer and fall college-credit schedules are available at www.bhc.edu/schedules. Summer PaCE classes are available at www.bhc.edu/pace.

 

Because some classes fill quickly, students are encouraged to register early. New college-credit students are encouraged to work in person with a Black Hawk College advisor.

 

For more information about college-credit classes, call the Enrollment Services Office at the East Campus at 309-854-1703, or 800-233-5671, ext. 1703, or at the Quad-Cities Campus at 309-796-5300 or 800-334-1311, ext. 5300.

 

The summer Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) schedule is available at www.bhc.edu/pace. It includes youth camps and classes, short-term career programs, professional development, community education and online learning. PaCE has summer classes in East Moline, Geneseo, Kewanee, Moline and Rock Island.

 

For more information about Professional and Continuing Education programs, call 309-796-8223.

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Quarter Madness On Friday

The 7th annual Quarter Madness will be held on Friday night at the Elks Club in Kewanee.

Deirdre Scott is one of the committee members for the event and she outlines how the event has evolved over time…

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Dianne Packee is another committee member for the event and she describes how the game is played…

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Both Deirdre and Dianne join forces to describe some of the various prizes that will be given out at Quarter Madness…

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Rockin' the Runway Event Planned for Flags of Freedom in Princeton.

The 2nd annual Rockin’ the Runaway event will be held March 23 at Wiseguys in Princeton.  This event is to benefit The Flags of Freedom. 
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Vernon Sondgeroth tells us that it takes quite a bit of manpower and maintenance to care for these flags.
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The Rockin’ the Runway event is being held in Princeton on Friday, March 23 doors open at 5 entertainment begins at 8 pm.  Visit flagsoffreedomi80.org. The Flags are in place to honour those who have served, are serving, and will serve. 

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Easter Egg Hunt Postponed

The Kewanee Park District has made the decision to postpone the Easter Egg Hunt that had been scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 24th at Windmont Park.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Park District and he says with a forecast of rain and possibly snow for Saturday, simply best to make that decision in advance…

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Local Organizations Support Bishop Hill Events

 

 

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the gift of $250.00 from the Galesburg Community Foundation for our Civil War Day on May 26, 2018.  This educational event teaches young and old about life during the Civil War. Open to all ages, this Memorial Weekend event will have a Civil War encampment in the village park and free programming throughout the day.  Meet General Blackjack Logan, witness a battle, observe a surgery, and much more.  The Galesburg Community Foundation (GCF) develops resources to equip and empower residents and nonprofit organizations to create a healthy community by building endowed and non-endowed funds, granting to nonprofit organizations, promoting collaboration, and addressing community priorities through the investment of resources. The BHHA thanks the Galesburg Community Foundation for generously supporting our Civil War Day event!

 

In addition, the State Bank of Toulon has agreed to be one of the sponsors for this year’s Jordbruksdagarna, which is occurring on September 29 and 30, 2018.  Bishop Hill’s largest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, hands-on stations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew, and much, much more. The BHHA thanks the State Bank of Toulon for its continued support of this unique harvest festival!

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AFP_IL Opposes Graduated Income Tax

 

When politicians in Illinois have an opportunity to raise taxes, they take it.

 

Like last summer, when the General Assembly permanently raised our state income tax by a staggering 32 percent, squeezing taxpayers who also grapple with some of the highest property taxes in the nation.

 

Now they're angling for more. Some lawmakers in Springfield want to scrap our state's constitutionally protected flat income tax and replace it with a graduated, or progressive, one. And distressingly, the idea is gaining traction. The top three gubernatorial candidates on the Democratic side are selling the proposal as a solution for our state's tax woes.

 

But a progressive levy would essentially be a blank check, signed by the taxpayer and handed over to the state legislature—a dangerous proposition anywhere, but especially in a state in which three-quarters of residents say they don't have confidence in the state government.

 

The candidates and others pushing for this change have offered platitudes about the rich paying their fair share but most have given no specifics on what that might look like, including a suggested rate schedule. This should be troubling to folks.

 

Under a graduated tax scheme, the legislature would have carte blanche to add brackets, increase rates, and lower the thresholds at which higher rates apply—many Illinoisans could quickly find themselves paying rates that were supposed to apply only to "the rich."

 

The last time lawmakers considered amending our constitution to allow graduated income tax, the Daily Herald called it a "blatant money grab" and said, "it simply represents an effort to find more money to spend." This remains the case. Does anyone believe legislators want to enact a graduated income tax to lower taxes?

 

New Jersey has similar spending habits and a crippling pension debt. A graduated income tax hasn't helped that state's fiscal woes but it has resulted in one of the highest state and local tax burdens in the country.

 

So, for the past several years, taxpayers have been fleeing the Garden State in droves.

 

And the same thing is happening in Illinois. Springfield's chronic fiscal irresponsibility is crushing taxpayers and putting our state at a competitive disadvantage. We recently passed New Jersey to claim the top spot on United Van Line's list of states with the highest outbound migration. And, for the fourth consecutive year, U.S. Census Bureau figures place us atop its list of states with the largest population loss.

 

Our flat income tax is one of the few bright spots on the Illinois tax horizon. If lawmakers scrap it, uncertainty will increase tremendously and the burden will increase on those who do not join the mass exodus from our great state.

 

If our lawmakers and those hoping to lead our state put the same amount of energy into making Illinois an affordable place to do business and raise a family as they put into contriving new ways to extract more money out of taxpayers, Illinois would surely be the economic engine of the Midwest once again.

 

 

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Illinois Primary Results

US House 16th Dist. 

Kinzinger (R)

 

IL Democratic Canidate for Gov.

J.B. Pritzker 

 

IL Republican Attorney General Canidate

Erika Harrold  

 

Henry County Public Safety Tax

Yes 

 

Bureau County Schools

Yes

 

Bureau County Safety Tax

Yes

 

Regional Superintendent 

Robert Sondgeroth

 

 

 

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS EASTER EGG FOOD SAFETY SUGGESTIONS

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments recognize that many groups, organizations, and families may be planning festivities to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday.  Those planning Easter egg hunt should be aware that hard-boiled eggs require some special attention.

 

     In years past, various instances of food borne illnesses have been associated with the consumption of improperly prepared Easter eggs; therefore, HSHD recommend the following guidelines to help insure a safe and enjoyable holiday.

 

      * Use only fresh, clean, unbroken eggs that have been obtained from a reliable source and kept refrigerated.

      * Eggs should be prepared by healthy persons who observe good hygienic practices such as frequent hand washing and proper cleaning of cooking utensils.

      * Eggs should not be allowed to cool in standing water.  They should be placed into the refrigerator immediately after cooking.

      * Hard-boiled eggs must remain refrigerated after preparation and coloring, and used within seven days.

      * It's safe to keep the eggs outside for an hour or two during an Easter egg hunt, but any eggs that are not consumed right away must be returned to the refrigerator.  Also, hide eggs so they stay clear of pets, dirt and other sources of bacteria.  To be extra cautious, cook two sets of eggs: one for hiding and decorating with, and another for eating.

     * Remember, hard-boiled eggs-in the shell or peeled-do not keep as well as raw eggs, so discard any leftover eggs after one week.

     Whether preparing, serving, hunting or decorating with eggs, it's easy for everyone to have a splendid Easter celebration while still staying safe from any "food borne unpleasantness."

 

     For more information on food safety, call the Health Department at 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark).  You can also visit their website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow them on Twitter.

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Jobs Up in Manufacturing

Job gains are being seen in Illinois. Eleven of the twelve metro areas picked up jobs over last year. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that the unemployment rate is lower in all metro areas. That marks the 8th consecutive month of improvement.

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That’s IDES’s Bob Gough. Areas with a heavy reliance on manufacturing saw solid job bumps including Rockford and Peoria.

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Primary Election Today

The Primary Elections are taking place today and polls are open until 7 this evening.

It’s considered an off year in terms of general elections but there are a couple of races worth watching.

As Henry County Clerk and Recorder Barb Link points out, the big issue in Henry County will be the Public Safety Sales Tax…

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Illinois Surpasses Old Peak Employment Level

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent in January and nonfarm payrolls increased by +200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. December jobs were revised down to show a slight drop (-700 jobs) rather than a slight gain as initially reported (+1,500 jobs).

Today’s report incorporates annual benchmark revisions for nonfarm payrolls as well as labor force statistics. Nonfarm payrolls were revised slightly higher for 2016 and 2017. The revised December 2015-2016 growth is now +0.6% and the revised December 2016-2017 growth is now +0.7% (pre-benchmark these were +0.3% and +0.5%, respectively). Revisions to labor force statistics resulted in a slightly higher labor force participation rate, employment participation rate and unemployment rate for calendar year 2017.

The revised nonfarm payroll figures revealed that Illinois surpassed its prior business cycle peak from September 2000 level in June 2017. In January 2018, Illinois nonfarm payrolls are at a new high; 0.4% above the prior peak.

“Illinois job growth over the past year has been spurred by a resurgence in manufacturing.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Over the year, manufacturing payrolls accounted for close to half of the total increase of jobs in Illinois.”

“This new peak employment milestone is a testament to the work that has been done by the Rauner Administration to encourage competition, create jobs and reduce burdensome bureaucracy,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “Just last week, our state was named in the top three for site selection and our strengths within identified industries, like manufacturing, are elevating our efforts to attract investment to Illinois. It has never been more clear to employers across the world that Illinois is open for business.”

In January, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Leisure and Hospitality (+4,000); Education and Health Services (+1,700); and Financial Activities (+1,300). The three industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-2,100); Professional & Business Services (-1,800); and Construction (-1,100).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +47,100 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in January: Manufacturing (+20,200); Leisure and Hospitality (+13,900); and Education and Health Services (+6,200). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Information Services (-3,400); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,300); and Other Services (-400). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.8 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.5 percent over-the-year gain in January.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.7 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for January 2018, which held at 4.1 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.4 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.2 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.8 percent in May 2007.

The number of unemployed workers dipped -2.1 percent from the prior month to 311,500, down -8.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force decreased -0.1 percent over-the-month and also over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment.

An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine,  IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL), which recently showed 63,832 posted resumes with 185,983 jobs available. 

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Mental Health Support Group Meets Tonight


     The Henry and Stark County Health Department, the Stark County Citizen's Mental Health Task Force, and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance ask, “Are you or someone you love experiencing mental illness?  You are not alone. Experience the power of giving and receiving support.”

 

    The Henry County Mental Health Alliance invites you to attend the one of the two support group meetings they will be holding each month:

 

     FAMILY & FRIENDS MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP-

For friends and family of people with mental illness.

 

     And, PEER MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP-

          For those personally struggling with mental illness.

 

    Both groups will meet on Tuesday, March 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 come to an evening of sharing, support, new knowledge and new skills.  Join others living with similar obstacles to share your stories, offer encouragement, and lend your support.”

 

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

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Early Morning Fire in Kewanee

At 1:38 this morning Kewanee dispatch received a call from a person passing by of a fully involved house fire in the 600 block of Wilbur Street in Kewanee. Fire and Police were dispatched. On arrival crews reported extensive fire involvement on the first floor with extension to the second floor of the home. On entry crews located a 58 year-old male victim. The patient was removed from the home but pronounced dead at scene. State and local authorities are on scene investigating. Cause is undetermined at this time as the investigation is ongoing. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. Fire crews were on scene until 630 this morning.

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ISP Announces Results of ACE

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 07 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrol in Henry County during March. These ACE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to Violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs.

 

Violations Enforcement Activity
Driving Under the Influence(DUI) Citation 0
Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 3
Occupant Restaraint Offences 1
Registartion Offences 2
Driver's License Offences 2
Insurance Violations 0
Total Citations/Arrests 11
Total Written Warnings 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in
Illinois. There is one alcohol-related traffic fatality every 53 minutes in the United States. The ACE
program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous DUI offenders from the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Moline Foundation Has New Board

 

 

Moline, Illinois - The Moline Foundation announces the appointment of new officers of its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2018.

 

“Our Board of Directors embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise, and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen community in the Quad Cities area,” Joy Boruff, President and CEO.

 

Stephen Kruse has renewed his role as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Dave Markward is Vice Chairman, Larry Meeske is Treasurer and Jonathon Fox is Secretary.

 

The Moline Foundation 2018 Board of Directors includes:

Stephen Kruse, Chairman

Dr. Dave Markward, Vice Chairman

Larry Meeske, Treasurer

Jonathon Fox, Secretary

Debi Becht

Natalie Linville-Mass

Craig Mack

Jeff Nelson

Amy Nimmer

Alfred Ramirez

Joy Boruff, President and CEO

 

Shown at right from top to bottom: Stephen Kruse, Dr. Dave Markward, Larry Meeske, and Jonathon Fox.

About The Moline Foundation

 

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts, and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts for all citizens in a seven-county region including Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson and McDonough Counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. 

 

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Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for February

 

John Selman of Kewanee was recognized by his peers as Achiever of the Month for February at Abilities Plus. He received this honor because of his positive attitude, great sense of humor, and efforts on goal completion.

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KSBE Meets Tonight

AGENDA

 

KEWANEE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT #229

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 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; (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 and (11) Litigation  * 5ILCS 120/2 Open Meetings    The School Code of Illinois/2017

 

7:30 PM

 

III.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            SINE DIE

 

IV.       Conduct of Public Hearing Concerning the Intent of the Board of Education to Sell $2,700,000 General Obligation Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source)

 

            A.        ROLL CALL BY THE SECRETARY

            B.        DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS BY THE SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD

            C.        PUBLIC COMMENTS

            D.        ADJOURNMENT

            SINE DIE

V.        INVITED GUESTS ADDRESS THE BOARD

            A.        Dylan Wolfe – All-State Choir

 

VI.       CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

A.              District #229 Open Meeting – February 20, 2018

B.              District #229 Closed Meeting – February 20, 2018

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

VII.      CONSIDERATION OF FINANCIAL AND TREASURER'S REPORTS

A.        Kewanee District #229

 

VIII.    CONSIDERATION OF BILLS AND PAYROLL

A.        Kewanee District #229

IX.       COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

X.        REPORT OF ADMINISTRATION

A.              Superintendent

1.        State of Illinois FY18 GSA & Categorical Payments & FY19 Budget

2.        Kiwanis Pancake Day – Methodist Church – Saturday, April 7, 2018

3.        Kewanee Schools Foundation Auction – Saturday, April 28, 2018

4.        Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Summary

            B.        Mr. Bryan – KHS Principal

                        1.        KHS Testing Schedule

            C.        Mr. Atwell – KHS Athletic Director

                        1.        Spring Sports Participation

                        2.        Moline Dispatch Area Athletes/Special Honors

XI.       SUPERINTENDENT COMMITTEE REPORTS

XII.      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

            A.        KHS Soccer Field/Parking Lot Update

            B.        Additions to Belle Alexander School

XIII.     NEW BUSINESS

            A.        Consideration and Approval of Kewanee Personnel for 2018-2019 School             Year

                        1.        Vote #1: Consideration and Approval of Kewanee 2018-2019 Probation and Tenure                                List

                        2.        Vote #2: Consideration and Approval of Partial Year Probationary Teacher to 1st Year                                   Probationary Teacher and From 3rd Year Probationary Teacher to 4th Year                                                            Probationary Teacher

                        3.        Vote #3: Consideration and Approval of Resolution Authorizing Notice of Non-                                             Renewal and Dismissal of Probationary Teacher

                        4.        Vote #4: Other – Additional individual names as requested by Board Members

            B.        Consideration and Approval of Jr. High Promotion Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 in Brockman               Gym at 7:00 pm

            C.        1st Reading of New & Revised Policies

 

XIV.    ACTION FROM CLOSED SESSION

A.              Resignations

1.              Jessica Shipley – KHS Assistant Girls Basketball Coach – Effective Immediately

2.              Eva Duarte Corral – KHS Cafeteria Substitute – Effective 1/1/18

B.              Retirements

C.              Hires *

1.        Substitute Playground/Cafeteria Supervisor at Central

2.        Substitute Paraprofessional

3.        Substitute Bilingual Interpreter at Central

4.        P/T KHS Cafeteria Worker

D.             Leaves

1.        Alexandria Philhower – Maternity Leave – Approximate Due Date of 5/24/18

E.               Long Term Sub

F.               Transfers

G.             Volunteers

1.              KHS Track Coach(s)

2.              KHS Baseball Coach

3.              Elementary Volleyball Coach(s)

4.              KHS & Central Piano Accompanist(s)

H.             Renewal/Non-Renewal of Stipend Positions

I.                Other Action Arising From Closed Session

1.        To Be Determined

XV.     COMMENTS FROM VISITORS AND BOARD MEMBERS

            A.        Moment of Silence for Catherine Chmielowski – (retired KHS Cafeteria Worker)

B.        Other

XVI.    ADJOURNMENT

* All hires are contingent upon hirees obtaining appropriate certification and qualifications prior to beginning job.

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Kewanee Lyle School Pre-K Screenings this week

Lyle School will be holding free screenings for both Lyle and Neponset Pre-K later this week. The goal of Lyle’s Pre-K Program is to create, in each child, a sense of self-worth and a love for learning, through the educational experiences we offer in a warm and nurturing environment.  Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s official birth certificate and latest immunization (shot) record.  

 

The screenings will be held at Lyle School on North Burr Street on Wednesday March 21st from 3:30pm until 6:30pm, Thursday March 22nd from 8:00am until 7:00pm, and Friday March 23rd from 7:30am until 11:00am. There will be a Bilingual Interpreter Available.

 

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan is tackling thousands of Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Act

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office continues to tackle thousands of Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Act issued each year. More than 3500 requests for review came into the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor. Spokesperson Maura Possley

 

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Other requests came from reporters having trouble getting public information and government bodies with questions. If you need assistance visit the website: Illinoisattorneygeneral.gov and click on “public access counselor.”

 

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Illinois Family Connects pilot program needs to be expanded

First Lady Diana Rauner says the state’s “Illinois Family Connects” pilot program has been a success and needs to be expanded.

 

Illinois Family Connects sends a nurse to the home of new parents to check on mom and baby, answer questions, and offer referrals to other services if needed. It’s been running in Peoria and Stephenson County for the past year as a pilot project and has worked well says Mrs. Rauner.

 

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The First Lady would like to see more counties adopt the program and eventually have it offered statewide.

 

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

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

 

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The I-DOT is reminding the public to be safe this Weekend

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public to party safely this St. Patrick’s Day.

I-DOT spokesperson Kelsea Gurski says you can expect to see more cops out on the roads this weekend as well as roadside safety checks and seat belt enforcement zones. They will especially be looking for drunk drivers.

 

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15 people died in crashes around St. Patrick’s Day last year in Illinois. Drunk driving was a factor in at least four of those deaths.

 

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Illinois' Official Bicentennial Beer is now available statewide

The 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse ale is being sold in cans at most Binny’s beverage depots, Jewel-Osco’s, HyVee’s and other stores and on tap at many bars and restaurants. Hand of fate brewing company out of Petersburg created the special Bicentennial Beer and Governor Rauner says it’s all homegrown.

 

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There has been a 350 percent increase in the number of craft breweries in Illinois over the last five years…with 240 currently open.

 

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Illinois Lottery and MS Research team up

The new game costs just $3 to play and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer, urges everyone to go out and buy a ticket. She notes that 100% of the proceeds goes towards the fight against the disease.

 

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The new Multiple Sclerosis instant game offers a top prize of $50,000.

 

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Illinois lawmakers are advancing new gun measures

Legislation requiring a 72-hour cooling off period for buying an assault weapon is headed to the governor’s desk. A ban on bump stocks and raising the age to purchase an assault rifle go to the house. Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park says he’s hopeful this is the year to change gun laws.

 

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Harmon says he is also preparing to override the Governor’s Veto of a bill requiring gun dealers to be licensed by the state.

 

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Freezing your credit would be free under new legislation

After last year’s massive Equifax data breach, many people reached out to credit reporting agencies to freeze their credit and hopefully protect themselves from identity theft. Senator Bill Cunningham of Chicago says his bill removes the 10-dollar fee companies are charging for the freeze.

 

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It’s now up to Governor Bruce Rauner to sign the bill into law.

 

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KEWANEE ROTARY CLUB TO HOST QUARTER MADNESS

The Rotary Club of Kewanee will be hosting the 7th Annual Quarter Madness event on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Kewanee Elks Lodge, 113 ½ Tremont Street Kewanee.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with Quarter Madness beginning at 7:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks, but no outside beverages. There will be no food available at the event.


Quarter Madness is similar to a fast paced raffle where participants can enter to win items valued from $25 to $100 and more for just quarters. Prizes include lottery tickets, gift certificates from local businesses, designer handbags such as Coach, Vera Bradley, Kate Spade and Michael Kors as well as specialty gift baskets.


The popular “Golden Paddle” is available for $30 and will be entered in the drawing for every item of the night. Attendees purchasing a “Golden Paddle” may increase their chances of winning an item by purchasing two additional auction paddles for $3 each. The additional auction paddles will require quarters to enter to win items. “Golden Paddles” are only eligible for purchase for attendees of the event. A regular auction paddle will be available for $5 and two additional paddles to increase chances of winning. Quarters are required to bid and enter your number to win.
A “Platinum Paddle” will also be available for $35. When you purchase a “Platinum Paddle,” attendance is not required and the auction paddle is entered in the drawing for every item. When your number is drawn, you are notified after the event of the items you won.
In 2017, over $12,000 worth of items were raffled off at the event in less than two hours.
“This fun, exciting event would not be possible without the generous support of the Rotary Club of Kewanee, Prairie Chicken Festival, Kewanee area businesses and supporters. We are grateful for their enthusiastic support to maintain the beautiful murals of downtown Kewanee and the Rotary Club of Kewanee community projects,” said Carrie Boelens, Quarter Madness Co-Chair.
Proceeds from this annual fundraiser sponsored by the Kewanee Rotary Club supports the Prairie Chicken Festival and Rotary Club of Kewanee community projects.


To obtain a “Platinum Paddle” or make a donation for the event, contact Dianne Packee at 309-312-0168.

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Moles Why We Have Them and How to Get Rid of Them

Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extention has received many calls about moles and although her education is on the plant side of things she offers some interesting insight as to why these pesky critters are popping up in yards across the area.  

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There are several factors that could determine why these little visitors chose to be guests in your yard and not your neighbours.

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Martha says there are a few ways to let your little yard guests know when they have overstayed their welcome. 

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Many Illinois Metro Areas posted job gains in January

Mostly good news for January as eleven of the state’s fourteen Metro Areas added jobs compared to one year ago says State Department of Employment Security spokesperson Bob Gough.

 

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The unemployment rate decreased over the year in all 14 metro areas for the eighth month in a row. The biggest improvements from January of 2017 were in Rockford and Peoria areas.

 

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Governor Bruce Rauner details latest Quincy remediation efforts

After following all the safety recommendations from the CDC and taking additional precautions, the focus now turns to the future. Governor Rauner’s senior advisor Mike Hoffman says they are seeking a master planner to design a new veterans facility with updated amenities.

 

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For now if the disease continues to spread, Governor Rauner says they are discussing interim options such as brand new modular housing and purchasing a nearby nursing home.

 

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Henry County Farm Bureau

The Bushels For Hunger Program was a success once again this year as farmers from Henry, Stark, Mercer, Rock Island, and Whiteside Counties all made extra donations of grain at harvest with proceeds headed to the River Bend Food Bank.

 

Henry County Farm Bureau Manager Katie Laleman says some $19,000 in donations was made by those farmers...

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Ms. Laleman also reminds that the Woman in Ag Conference will be held on Friday and some last minute reservations could still be made.

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OSF Drug Drop Off

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee is now a drug drop off site for unused and unwanted prescriptions.

 

Carrie Boelens is the Community Relations Specialist at OSF Saint Luke.

 

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Manar, McCann Co-Sponsoring Bill to Provide High-Speed Internet to All Illinois Schools

Downstate State Senators Andy Manar and Sam McCann are pushing legislation that would bring broadband internet access to all schools in Illinois. Manar says small town kids face a road block in their education due to a lack of internet access.

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The bill would make state funds available and utilize federal funds to make Illinois one of the first states to make high-speed internet access available in every school.

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Illinois had the 2nd most Hail claims in 2017

As the state of Illinois hopes for warmer temps and sunnier days in the near future, homeowners insurance claims due to hail were certainly an issue across the state last year.

 

According to 2017 data, State Farm® paid just over $500,000,000 in total hail loss claims in Illinois alone for the year. This was the second highest total among the 50 states for homeowners insurance claims, with Texas topping the list at just over $610,000,000 in total paid hail losses in 2017. Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri rounded out the top five.

 

Hail is one of the most common and costly weather hazards in the United States. Here are some tips for staying safe in a hailstorm:


Make a plan:
A hailstorm can disrupt electrical service and is often accompanied by other severe weather events, such as tornadoes. Prepare your family for the hazards and inconveniences of a hailstorm by creating a disaster preparedness plan, including a disaster survival kit and an emergency evacuation plan.


Stay informed:
Hail often occurs during severe weather patterns, such as strong thunderstorms. When severe weather threatens, tune in to a battery-powered radio or a hand-crank NOAA weather radio for updates. A severe thunderstorm watch means that a storm poses an immediate threat to the people and property in its path. This warning may be accompanied by a siren or other community alert system.


Move inside, stay inside:
Hailstones vary greatly in size, but even small ones pose a danger to anything or anyone caught in a storm. As a storm approaches, put vehicles in the garage, bring pets inside and head indoors. Once indoors, close all drapes, blinds, or shades to prevent broken window glass and hailstones from entering your home. Stay indoors until the storm has passed. If you're on the road during a hailstorm, stay in your vehicle and slow down or stop, as roads may become slippery. Once you have pulled over safely, turn your back to windows or cover yourself with a blanket to protect yourself from broken glass.


Protect your roof:
Roof damage is a common consequence of hailstorms. Following a strong storm, you should evaluate the condition of your roof to identify any damage and prevent further deterioration. The Federal Alliance of Safe Homes (FLASH) has information about strengthening your home's roof decking and shingles against hail and other severe weather. Even if your roof is not currently damaged, you may want to discuss making these changes with a reputable roofing contractor. You may qualify for discounts on your homeowners insurance premiums if you use certain impact-resistant roofing products.

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City of Kewanee Info

The City of Kewanee came out of the winter season fairly well in terms of overtimes costs and extra expense to deal with the various snowfall and other winter storms.

Mayor Steve Looney says yes, it did put a bit of a hit on the budget, but that’s to be expected…

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Mayor Looney adds that the city continues to push for an earlier than normal start to the road maintenance season in Kewanee and he points out that it would take something north of $8 million to treat all the streets and roads in the city…

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The city is also making process on the water loss situation and given the high cost of infrastructure projects any and all savings are a good thing…

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Mayor Looney adds that landscape waste pick up for citizens returns on Monday, March 19th

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Kewanee Hydrant Work Re-Scheduled For Wednesday

Effective Wednesday 3/14/18, 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 a hydrant at the corner of East Church and Dwight Streets.  Residents in the 100 and 200 blocks of Dwight Street will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Halestorm and Mastodon Added To IL State Fair Lineup

 Fairgoers should get ready to rock on Saturday, August 11 at the Illinois State Fair.  Halestorm and Mastodon will be co-headlining on the Grandstand stage.

Halestorm, one of the most iconic bands in modern rock, released their self-titled album in 2009, which led to their second album The Strange Case Of… released in 2012 that featured the Grammy award-winning single for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, “Love Bites (So Do I).” Halestorm’s acclaimed third album Into The Wild Life debuted top 5 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 chart upon its release and topped Billboard’s “Top Hard Rock Albums” chart at #1 and featured record breaking tracks “Apocalyptic” and “Amen,” both which ascended to #1 at rock radio. Having sold over 1.6 million albums worldwide so far, Halestorm is currently working on their highly anticipated fourth studio album. Halestorm is known for their everlasting tours, performing as many as 250 shows a year around the world.

Mastodon has been taking the world by storm since their formation in 2000.  Emperor of Sand, the bands eighth album, features hits such as “Sultan’s Cruise” and “Show Yourself.”  Their music has been featured in “The Big Short” and “Monsters University,” and three band members have even made an appearance on “Game of Thrones” Season 5.  At the 2018 GRAMMY Awards, Mastodon took home the award for Best Metal Performance for “Sultan’s Curse”.

An opening act will be announced at a later date.

Tickets will go on sale later this spring, but prices have been released for already announced shows.

Saturday, August 11:  Halestorm & Mastodon
Tier 3 - $28 / Tier 2 - $33 / Tier 1 - $38 / Track $38 / VIP - $48

SaturdayAugust 18:  Brett Eldredge
Tier 3 - $29 / Tier 2 - $34 / Tier 1 - $39 / Track $39 / VIP - $49

SundayAugust 19:  Brantley Gilbert
Tier 3 - $35 / Tier 2 - $40 / Tier 1 - $45 / Track $45 / VIP - $55

Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the Illinois State Fair by connecting with us via FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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

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KHS Donates to Mutti

Kewanee High School Key Club members recently held a midwinter dance to raise money for local charities and families in need. Members of Key Club presented a check for $500.00 to MOMENTS by Mutti.

 

Presenting the check to Kelli Rashid is- (from left to right) Maggie Corbin , Kelli Rashid, Tia Oliver and Griffin Tondreau. 

 

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IEMA continues to stress importance of weather radio's

The first day of spring isn’t until March 20, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tornado season. Twisters are a year round thing in Illinois, according to Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Patti Thompson. In fact the National Weather Service reports there were 16 tornadoes that swept across the state on Feb. 28, 2017 and that’s why you should always have access to a weather.
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Further information on weather related tips are available on the state’s emergency preparedness website at "ready.illinois.gov".The site is also giving away 100 weather radios as part of a contest that features a severe weather quiz. The contest runs through March 31. 

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Freedom House Welcomes Two Board Members

Freedom House is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of its Board of Directors.

 

Joining the Board are Sheriff Kevin Doyle and Sheila Rumbold. “Both of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise, and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them join us as we continue to provide confidential, free services to victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said Michael Zerneck, Executive Director.

 

Kevin Doyle has been the Sheriff of Putnam County for 20 years. He is a member of the Putnam County ETSB (Emergency Telephone System Board), serving as chairman for 17 years, and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association for 10 years, where he serves as the Chairman/Training Commissioner. With his more than 25 years of law-enforcement experience, Sheriff Doyle brings an insight to law enforcement perspective to the Board.

 

Sheila Rumbold lives in Wyoming and represents Stark County on the Board. She owns and operates a boutique and other small businesses, is an active volunteer/member of the Chamber of Commerce for 17 years, and PEO for 8 years. Ms. Rumbold has also volunteered as an EMT for the Wyoming Ambulance Service. Her experience and business knowledge are valuable assets for the Board, as well as her dedication to the agency’s mission.

 

The Freedom House mission is to provide compassionate, confidential, free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as awareness and prevention education to the community.

 

For more information about Freedom House call 800.474.6031 or visit www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

 

The full slate of the Freedom House Board of Directors is listed below.

 

Marshall Jones, President

Diana Whitney, Vice President

Shelley Giesen, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Sheriff Kevin Doyle

Paula Evans

Christian Cyr

Rev. Mark Harkness

Sheriff (Ret.) Jim Padilla

Sheila Rumbold

Janice Verbeke

 

Nedda Simon, Founder/ Board Member Emeritus

 

Michael Zerneck, Executive Director

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Hydrant Repair and Water Shut Off In Kewanee

UPDATE** Per the water Department the work scheduled for today has been rescheduled for tomorrow morning Wednesday, March 14th

 

Effective Tuesday 3/13/18, 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 a hydrant at the corner of East Church and Dwight Streets.  Residents in the 100 and 200 blocks of Dwight Street will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.

 

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

 

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

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

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Wethersfield Plan For Gun Violence

The issue of gun violence at schools continues to dominate headlines all across the country and for good reason.

One proposal to deal with the situation is to have teachers or at least some teachers armed with guns in order to deal with a potential gunman.

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says that he doesn’t feel that is the answer…

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Mr. Kazubowski does say that there is a plan in place at Wethersfield to deal with a potential situation that involves local authorities…

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Mr. Kazubowski also notes that the response time from local personnel would be minimal in the event of an emergency…

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Kewanee Cemetery Spring Clean-up

 

The annual spring clean-up by cemetery staff in the Kewanee Cemeteries is scheduled to begin March 20, 2018 and end on March 31, 2018

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

Anyone wishing to save their decorations must pick them up before March 20, 2018.

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

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

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

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Illinois School Leaders Discuss Arming Teachers

To arm teachers or not to arm teachers is among the numerous debates being had in light of recent school violence and further threats to school kids across the country. Illinois school leaders are weighing in on the debate and Bob Bagby, Superintendent of Lincoln High School in Logan County, says it’s disappointing that school leaders cannot guarantee the safety of their kids when they come to school but allowing teachers to carry guns in school is something he is not sure about.

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Lisa Taylor is the Superintendent of Heyworth Schools in McLean County and she feels teachers carrying a firearm is not something they are trained for but feels there could be circumstances to allow a teacher to conceal a firearm in the school.

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Illinois lawmakers are discussing a number of gun bills, however, none so far, have been discussed allowing teachers to carry firearms in a school building. 

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Annual Motorsports Conference Training Session

Speedway Fire-Rescue (SFR), a volunteer organization, is holding its annual Motorsports Conference, a two-day training session, this weekend. The training takes place this Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, at the Keppy 4-H Building at Davenport’s Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St.

Chief Gil Short, 80, founded SFR, a non-profit 501C3 organization based in Davenport, five decades ago. Volunteers, who are trained in firefighting, vehicle extrication and emergency medical service, serve each year from April through October at more than half a dozen auto race tracks in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

 

They also have worked at the Quad City Air Show.The SFR volunteers will receive training this weekend in the latest firefighting and rescue techniques and will receive a refresher as to what they have learned in the past.The SFR volunteers will take part in classes and roundtable presentations plus hands-on training outside.

 

A tentative agenda listing course content and class times, a copy of this advisory, a jpg of the SFR logo and a photo of Chief Short are attached to this email. As always, the media are invited to cover one or both days of this potential life-saving event. For more information, contact: Assistant Chief Karri Coyne, SFR secretary and training coordinator at (563) 370-6446, karri.coyne@yahoo.com or speedwayfirerescue@yahoo.com.

 

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City Transfer Station To Close Early On Wednesday

The City of Kewanee Transfer Station will be closing early on Wednesday 3/14/18.  They will be open at the normal hour of 7:00 a.m. that day, but will be closing early at 1:00 p.m.  The early closure is due to a garage door repair scheduled for the afternoon.  They will be back open for regular business hours on Thursday morning.

 

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

 

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Black Hawk College Receives Notice of Intent to Strike from IFT Union Local 1836

 

IFT union local 1836, which represents full-time faculty and professional staff at Black Hawk College, has filed a formal letter to strike notice with the College today.

 

If the strike takes place, College officials stated classes will continue to meet as scheduled. All employees not represented by the IFT 1836 local union will report to work at their normal work times and locations.

 

Unaffected by the IFT Local 1836 actions are part-time faculty, police, UAW members and non-represented professional staff members.

 

Negotiations continue between the IFT Local 1836 and the College.

 

“Hopefully these negotiations will result in an agreement in the very near future,” said Dr. John Erwin, Interim President.

 

 

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City Council Meets Tonight

                                                                                                                                                            AGENDA FOR

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Council Chambers

                                                                                                                     401 E Third Street

Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Open Meeting starting at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12, 2018

 

Posted by 6:30 p.m., March 9, 2018

 

 

1.              Call to Order

2.              Pledge of Allegiance

3.              Consent Agenda

a.     Approval of Minutes

b.    Payroll

c.     Staff Reports

d.    Request from Sunshine Community Center to conduct tag days on March 30, 2018 from 10 am – 2pm and 4pm to 6pm and on March 31, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm.

e.    Request from Veterans Council to hold Poppy Day Sales on May 18, 2018 from 9 am to 9 pm and May 19 from 9 am to 5 pm and declaring May 13-19 as Poppy Week in the City of Kewanee.

4.              Presentation of Bills and Claims

5.              Citizen Participation

6.              Business:

a.     Acceptance of the minutes of the Zoning Board of Appeals for its meeting held on February 28, 2018.

b.    Consideration of an Ordinance granting a request for variance to George & Lois Gibson, 518 W Mill St, to allow construction of a 12 feet by 40 feet light steel construction building upon a floating slab foundation.

c.     Consideration of a Resolution to authorize an amendment to an existing agreement between the City of Kewanee and Saint John Paul II Parish for care of burial grounds.

d.    Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 813 W Fourth Street to Dana Construciton.

e.    Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 128 E Sixth Street to Ratliff Bros.

f.      Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 721 N. Vine Street to Dana Construction   

g.     Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a temporary lease agreement with Townsedge Properties LLC for the provision of an animal pound.

h.    Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Friends of the Animals for the interim operation of the animal pound.

i.      Discussion of dual purpose liquor license for the purpose of sale of liquor by the drink and packaged services.

 

7.              Council Communications:

 

8.              Announcements:   

 

9.              Adjournment

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Hydrant Repair Monday

Effective Monday 3/12/18, 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 a hydrant at the SE corner of East Mill and Dwight Streets.  Residents in the 100 and 200 blocks of Dwight Street will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, weather permitting.  If work is not able to be done on Monday, the Water Department will continue to have this scheduled for work done by the end of the same week.

 

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

 

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

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

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Possible Changes for Suspended Drivers

Criminal justice reform has been on the mind of lawmakers and the Governor for a few years now. That even trickles down to what can be seen as fairly minor violation including driving on a suspended license. But it’s one that can get you tossed in jail. So the House approved a measure to change that. Republican Rep. Peter Breen says that throwing someone in jail for failure to pay off parking tickets or other minor violations isn’t a proper punishment.

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If caught, individuals would face another citation but they would not be jailed. The Senate gets a say on the matter next. 

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Gov Plans Another Trade Mission

Trade is on many minds right now, between new tariffs enacted by President Trump to the renegotiations of NAFTA. With that as a backdrop Governor Rauner says he’s headed on another trade mission. Rauner is going to Europe in April and will begin in Poland.

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Rauner’s trip also includes stops in Germany and the UK.

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Swanson Legislation Passes IL House

State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) is sponsoring legislation in the Illinois General Assembly which amends the Missing Persons Identification Act to add veterans suffering a physical or mental health condition that is related to their service to the definition of a “high-risk missing person” for the purposes of an immediate search. 

 

Swanson’s initiative is inspired by similar legislation introduced in Wisconsin to clarify that missing veterans suffering from mental or physical health issues may be in particular danger when they have gone missing.

 

HB4212 was approved in the House this week on a vote of 107-0 and heads to the Senate for their consideration.    

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BHC Offices Closed March 16, Bookstore Closings During Spring Break

 

All Black Hawk College offices will be closed Friday, March 16 during spring break for Staff Development Day.

 

This closure does not affect noncredit classes scheduled for March 16. These classes will be held as scheduled.

 

The East Campus Bookstore will be closed the entire week of spring break, March 12-16.

 

The Hawk’s Hub – the Quad-Cities Campus bookstore – will close at 5 p.m. (one hour early) on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13.

 

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Change Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments' Emergency Services Division and the American Public Health Association (APHA) are encouraging the public to remember to make sure that their emergency preparedness stockpiles are up to date when they change their clocks next week.

 

    This is all a part of the APHA's Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign.  RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion, states "The effort is designed to remind Americans to make sure their emergency preparedness stockpiles have adequate food, water and supplies and ensure that nothing is missing or has expired.  The biannual campaign is also designed to encourage Americans who don't have an emergency stockpile to create one."

 

    The next clock change for daylight savings time is Sunday, March 11th, but the campaign will also be used in the Autumn, when Americans change their clocks once again.  The Health Department and the APHA is also reminding people that they should check their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clocks.

 

    Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks is part of APHA's overall Get Ready campaign, which is working to help Americans prepare themselves, their families, and communities for pandemic flu, other emerging infectious diseases, and natural disasters like tornadoes and ice storms.

 

    For a list of what should be in an emergency stockpile, information on rotating stored food and water, and other materials, visit www.getreadyforflu.org/clocksstocks.

 

    For more information on the Health Department's emergency preparedness program visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments. Funding for this program was provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 

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Acclaimed documentary to be shown throughout Illinois

A documentary about the hot-button topic of genetically modified food could be coming to a theater near you. It's called 'Food Evolution' and its director, the Academy Award-nominated Scott Hamilton Kennedy, says it opened his eyes to fact versus fiction on the G-M-O issue;

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Already shown on some college campuses such as Illinois State and Southern Illinois University, Linda Olson with the Illinois Farm Bureau explains why the group is working with collegiate and county Farm Bureaus to bring the film to other schools and Illinois communities;

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'Food Evolution' comes to Galesburg's Orpheum Theater this Sunday at 2 p-m, and at Freeport's Lindo Theater on Monday at 6-30 p-m. The St. Louis Science Center hosts the film on March 16th at 7-30, and the Sterling Theater will host it March 21st at 6-30. More venues in and near Illinois will host the film April through June.

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The Prophetstown/Lyndon/Tampico Preschools will offer a free screening

The Prophetstown/Lyndon/Tampico Preschools will offer a free screening for Prophetstown, Lyndon, &Tampico Pre-school/Kindergarten children ages 3-5. The purpose of the screening is to provide parents with a measure of their child's development in areas important to learning. This screening is for children three to five years of age. This screening is also for children who are going into Kindergarten and have never been in a Pre-school class setting. Please remember that to be screened by the Preschool staff; your child MUST be three on or before April 11th, 2018. If your child turns three after April 11th, 2018 another screening will take place in May of 2018. A speech evaluation and a hearing and vision screening will be conducted as well. All screenings will be held at the Unit Office in Prophetstown from 8:15 to 2:30 on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. Appointments are recommend but walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments will be scheduled for the next available time slot. Starting on March 12th please call the Prophetstown Elementary at 815-537-2345 to schedule a screening appointment for either the April screening or May screening. Please note that your child DOES NOT have to be toilet trained to attend the Pre-K screening in April or May. 

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RME Taking Apps For Summer Kidstock

The River Music Experience is proud to announce the return of Kidstock summer music camp in 2018! RME's Kidstock lets kid be rock stars at one of three sessions available.


Students ages 8-18 take part in workshops and lessons taught by professional musicians, form a band with fellow campers, and finish the camp with a performance for their friends and families in the Redstone Room.

 

Two of the sessions are two week programs with locations in both Iowa and Illinois. One of the sessions is a special weeklong overnight camp at the YMCA's Camp Abe Lincoln.


At the YMCA camp, students ages 8-17 get to take part in an in-depth special music & high adventure camp. The day starts off with 3 hours of music workshops and lessons, and then the campers take full advantage of all the offerings of Camp Abe Lincoln! Some of those high adventure activities include: zip lining, swimming, archery, fishing, canoeing, and so much more. This week ends with a special performance for fellow campers and families at Camp Abe Lincoln.

 

More information can be found at rivermusicexperience.org. Financial assistance is available to those with documented need.

 

Kidstock is sponsored by HAVlife, John Deere, Mediacom, Quad City Arts, and West Music.

 

Session 1: June 18 - 29
Session 2: July 23 - August 3 
KIDSTOCK at Camp Abe Lincoln: July 8-13 
Tuition: $440 ($449 for YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln)

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Swanson Legislation Moves Forward In The IL House

More and more high school students are entering the military while still in school and are taking basic training between their junior and senior years.  There are also students who graduate early, say at the end of the 1stsemester of their senior year and then go to basic training in the spring and then come back to participate in their high school graduation ceremonies.   Many of these students choose to wear their military uniforms to those ceremonies. 

 

According to State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) there have been a number of cases across the nation banning dress military uniforms from the graduation ceremonies due to local school board rules. In 2016, officials at McHenry West High School would not let a graduate, who was also a U.S. Marine, walk across the stage in her dress blues. Representative Swanson believes that any Illinois student in good standing with their military unit should be allowed to wear their dress uniform if they choose.

 

HB5561, filed by Swanson, provides that a public school student receiving a high school diploma shall have the right to wear a military uniform at the student's high school graduation ceremony if the student has completed basic training for and is an active member of a branch of the United States Armed Forces and is in good standing with his or her branch of the United States Armed Forces. 

 

The legislation was approved in committee Wednesday morning and now moves on to the full House for their consideration.

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Wethersfield Board of Education Meets This Evening

 

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

WETHERSFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION

Wethersfield Community Unit School District No. 230

Superintendent’s Office Blish Building

439 Willard Street, Kewanee, Illinois 61443

AGENDA

March 8, 2018

6:30 PM

I.                CALL TO ORDER

 

II.        REGULAR BUSINESS

a.     Student Recognition

b.    Consent Agenda

a.     Approve Minutes of February 7, 2018 Regular and Executive Session

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

c.     Approve Suspensions

d.    Approve IHSA and IESA Memberships

e.    Approve 2018-2019 School Calendar

c.     Correspondence

d.    Comments From Visitors

e.    Board Member Reports

 

III.       OLD BUSINESS

a.     Co-op Joint Board Meeting

b.    Approve District Expense Reimbursement Resolution

c.     PARCC and Science Testing Update

d.    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Summary

e.    Youth Football Sub-Committee Update

f.      Other Old Business

 

IV.       NEW BUSINESS

a.     2018-2019 School Registration

b.    Employment of Personnel (Action after Executive Session)

c.     Principal Reports

g.     Comments From Visitors

h.    Other New Business

     

V.              CLOSED SESSION (Employment and Evaluation of Personnel/Student Discipline/Individual Student Matter/Contract Negotiations)

 

 VI.      ANNOUNCEMENTS

a.     PATT Spring Craft Show in Moss Gym: Saturday, March 10 from 9:00am-2:00pm

b.    1:45 Dismissal for Teacher In-service Training: Monday, March 12

c.     State Science Testing Begins (Grades 5, 8 and Biology 1): Tuesday, March 13

d.    Joint Co-op Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00pm in Annawan

e.    FFA Petting Zoo: Friday, March 23

f.      Spring Break – Saturday, March 24 – Monday, April 2 (School Resumes Tuesday, April 3)

g.     PARCC State Testing Begins: Wednesday, April 4

h.    IESA Music Solo and Ensemble Contest for grades 5-8@ Wethersfield: Saturday, March 24

i.      Wethersfield Academic Foundation Music Trivia: Saturday, April 7 at The Kewanee Dunes

j.      Next Board Meeting – Thursday, April 12, 2018

 

VII.      ADJOURN

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Steelworkers To Be Recalled at Granite City plant

About 500 steelworkers will be heading back to work this month. U.S. Steel has announced it will be restarting one of two blast furnaces and the steel-making facilities at it's plant in Granite City in anticipation of increased demand as a result of President Donald Trump's announcement of pending tariffs on steel imports. Congressman Mike Bost says he got the news Tuesday night.

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About a year ago, the company called a little more than 200 workers back as it restarted its hot strip mill. About 2,300 men and women at the Granite City plant were put out of work with the facility's idling in December 2015. The restart of the "B" blast furnace could take up to four months. The "A" blast furnace remains idled. 

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ISP Announces Results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols For Henry County

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 07 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Henry County during March. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

 

Violations Enforcement Activities
Safety Belt Citations 20
Child Restraint Violations 3
Total Citations 29
Total Written Warnings 21

 

Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by
neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Freedom House Calls for Volunteers

 

 

Freedom House is seeking Direct-Service Volunteers to help families who have been impacted by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  Are you passionate, helpful, kind, and dedicated? Do you want to have a positive impact, be fulfilled, and learn all while providing an important service to your community? Plan to attend Freedom House’s Volunteer Training Course! For more information, or to obtain an application, call (815) 872-0087 or visit our website,www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

 

Freedom House will hold its Volunteer Training Course, April 3 to April 24.  Classes are held at Freedom House on Tuesday evenings (6:00–9:00 pm), and three Saturdays (9:00 am–3:00 pm).  Participants must commit to attending every class.  New for our classes, Freedom House’s Training will be 30 hours in the classroom and 30 hours of online independent study, which must be completed before the first classroom day. There is no cost to attend, and Freedom House will supply the syllabus and all training materials.  Applications must be turned in by March 20th.

 

Freedom House provides services to victims and their children in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties of Illinois.  In the past year, Freedom House served hundreds of victims of domestic and sexual violence – women, men, teens, and children.  The 60-hour Volunteer Training Class is required by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act. Those completing the course will be able to serve as medical on-call advocates, work individually or with a group of adult and child clients, or answer the crisis hotline. 

 

“All we ask is that volunteers sincerely want to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children by sharing some of their time with Freedom House,” said Trisha Schafer, Freedom House Manager of Community Relations and Volunteer Services. “If you have room in your heart to help, please call.”

 

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Baker Park Open For The Season

Golfers can now hit the links at the Baker Park Golf Course on a weather permitting basis.

Brian Johnson is the Director of Parks and Recreation with the Kewanee Park District and he says it’s not unusual to have an early start to the season…

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Johnson adds that the 19th Hole Restaurant will open for the season on Monday, March 12th

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While the swimming pool season is not yet here, the Park District is accepting applications for lifeguards and a variety of other jobs…

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Too Early To Tell If Planting Will be On Time in Central Illinois

t's too early to tell if planting could take place early in central Illinois. National Weather Service Meteorologist James Auten indicates soil content has no frost depth as it has already melted but it is still too soon to indicate if planting could take place early.

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Auten indicates March is calling to be above normal in precipitation amounts and average temperatures.

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Kewanee Police to Conduct Distracted Driver Awareness

The Kewanee Police Department will be conducting a Distracted Driving Awareness Traffic Detail beginning on Wednesday March 7th, 2018 and concluding on Sunday March 11th, 2018. They have received multiple complaints of numerous citizens driving while texting or talking on a cellular phone.

 

Distracted driving laws were implemented in Illinois to help make the roadways safer for our state’s passengers. The Kewanee Police Department want to inform the citizens of Kewanee that on Wednesday, they will only be issuing written warnings for violations of the distracted driving laws. Beginning on Thursday and concluding on Sunday, Kewanee police officers will have a zero tolerance policy and will be issuing citations for observed violations of the distracted driving laws.

 

Several of the received complaints or observed violations have been of high school students driving to and from school. Their goal with this campaign is to bring better awareness and compliance of the Illinois distracted driving laws. KPD wants to remind everyone that if you must answer a phone call or text, please pull your vehicle over to use your phone. Also, holding your phone in one hand with your phone on speaker is still a violation of the distracted driving laws. KPD also encourage everyone to utilize Bluetooth hands free devices in your vehicle if you must use your phone in the car.

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Tips for Tornado Safety

While tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, tornado season starts in March, and May is considered to be the most active month for tornadoes. The United States averages more than 1,000 recorded tornadoes each year.


Indoors
Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level, closet, or interior hallway.
Stay away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
Make sure to put on shoes.
Do not open windows.

Outside
Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Leave vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

In a Manufactured Home or Office
Get out immediately, go to a pre-determined building or storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

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IEMA Urges Severe Weather Preparedness

 As recent widespread flooding demonstrates, severe weather can happen any time of the year. To help people prepare for weather emergencies, IEMA and local emergency management agencies will be promoting Severe Weather Preparedness Month throughout March.

“We want to make sure families have a plan in advance, just in case they’re ever impacted by severe weather,” said IEMA Acting Director Jennifer Ricker. “Throughout the month of March, we’ll help people understand where they should take shelter, the importance of having a family communications plan, and what should be included in their preparedness kit.”

IEMA and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) are also sponsoring an online contest that offers Illinois residents a chance to win a weather alert radio. The “Weather Alert Radios Save Lives” contest will be available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov through March 31.

A total of 100 weather alert radios will be awarded to randomly selected participants who register after reading information about the radios and successfully completing a five-question quiz. Winners will be notified in April. The radios were purchased by IESMA to increase the use of the devices throughout Illinois.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radios can be programmed to sound an alarm and provide information when a weather warning has been issued for your county. Other ways to receive severe weather warnings include Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), weather alert apps, TV and radio broadcasts, the Internet, outdoor warning sirens and more.

“Standing among the ruins of their Saline County home, a man, woman and their infant child told me they were thankful for the precious time their NOAA weather alert radio gave them to take shelter,” said McHenry County Emergency Management Director and IESMA Board Member David Christensen, referring to the Feb. 29, 2012, pre-dawn tornado that struck Saline County. “Those three lives saved convinced me of the value of these radios.”

Severe Weather Preparedness Guide, which provides tips on how to prepare for weather emergencies is available on the Ready Illinois website. Additional tips and information are 
Available on the Ready Illinois Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter Page (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois).   

"Please keep in mind, if there are flooded roads it is very simple, don't drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don't Drown,” said Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist with the NWS office in Lincoln. “Nearly all of the people who have died in floods across Illinois were in vehicles."

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National Nutrition Month

The month of March is noted as National Nutrition Month and while that applies to people of all ages, there is a program with the Henry and Stark County Health Departments that applies more to children.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Health Department and she says the Women’s Infant Children or WIC Program is a valuable asset that young families might need to consider…

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Ms. Tucker adds that the WIC Program has evolved over the course of the years…

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Tuesday Hydrant Repair In Kewanee

Effective Tuesday 3/5/18, 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 300 block of Whitney Avenue.  Work is expected to begin at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, weather permitting.  If work is not able to be done on Tuesday, the Water Department will continue to have this scheduled for work done by the end of the same week.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kewanee Lyle School Pre-K Screenings Notice

Lyle School will be holding free screenings for both Lyle and Neponset Pre-K later this month. The goal of Lyle’s Pre-K Program is to create, in each child, a sense of self-worth and a love for learning, through the educational experiences we offer in a warm and nurturing environment.  Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s official birth certificate and latest immunization (shot) record.  The screenings will be held at Lyle School on North Burr Street on Wednesday March 21st from 3:30pm until 6:30pm, Thursday March 22nd from 8:00am until 7:00pm, and Friday March 23rd from 7:30am until 11:00am. There will be a Bilingual Interpreter Available.

 

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Illinoisans chose their favorite Illinois Movie

The results are in and Illinoisans are choosing the Blues Brothers as their favorite movie in the new Illinois Top 200 Project.

 

The project is part of the Illinois bicentennial celebration with a new contest every two weeks. Spokesperson Chris Wills says the first category was best movie in state history.

 

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The blues brothers took the number one spot. Other films in the top 10 include the Fugitive, the Untouchables and Ordinary People. Vote now for your favorite Illinois business at www.illinoistop200.com.

 

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Galva Arts Council Passes Their Fundraising Goal

 

 

The Galva Arts Council has exceeded their $25,000 goal for the Levitt Amp Galva Concert Series as of Friday, March 2. A few donations are pending, but are expected to be delivered soon.

 

Special thanks to our sponsors:  Quad City Arts, Galesburg Community Foundation Capacity Grant, City of Galva, State Bank of Toulon, Community Foundation of Central Illinois Opportunity Grant, Galva Pharmacy, Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery, Fallengrund Alpacas, Michael and Lynne Grant Faller, Wiley Park Production, Brian “Fox” Ellis, Mel Foster Co. of Kewanee, John H. Best and Sons, Inc., Megan Sloan, Trademark Vacations by Shawn Kendall, Geneseo Chamber of Commerce, Marge Dickinson, Dixline,Casey’s, Galesburg Community Foundation Discretionary Grant,  Crescent City Tap and Delta on the Square and their staff, Hathaway’s, Jeff Hatch, Tri-County Eye Care, 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 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, we 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 our webpage http://www.galvaartscouncil.org/.

 

 

Upcoming Levitt Amp Galva Fundraisers

 

March 3 – Dinner and a Movie, POSTPONED

 

March 3 – Life’s a Beach Party at Crescent City, 9pm-1am - The festivities begin at 7 PM. $10 Rum Buckets served in a summer Beach Pail will be served all day! Event will include many other drink specials. The Surf Zombies take the stage at 9:15 PM. (For more information on this incredible Des Moines band with 4 albums to their credit, visit https://www.facebook.com/surfzombiesband/

Enter the Bikini Contest or the Hawaiian Shirt Contest and win valuable prizes! Beach party favors will be given out and the bar will be setup to make it hot and comfortable for your beach attire!

Cover charge will be $7.00 with $5.00 being donated to the Music Festival Grant for the Levitt Foundation. This will help bring other great music to Galva all summer long! Have an epic evening and support a great local cause!

 

March 3 and 10 – Levitt Amp Galva Logo Contest – Since the snow and bad weather kept so many people from seeing Sarah and the Underground on Feb. 10, the Galva Arts Council has decided to  extend the logo contest voting. Voting continues during the Soup Supper and Exorna events. The logo that raises the most money wins!

 

March 10 - Soup Supper and Exorna, 4-9 – Our fabulous volunteers will host a soup supper at the Galva Arts Council with live harp music from 4-6. The soup supper will cost $5 a person. Take out available if you bring your own dish.  A quick clean-up will follow as the Galva Arts Council prepares for the Irish band Exorna to take the stage at 7pm.

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Kewanee Five Year Plan

The city of Kewanee is moving forward with a five year project plan.

Mayor Steve Looney says the plan is the result of hard work by several city officials including City Engineer Mr. Dale Nobel…

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Mr. Nobel adds that several projects are in the hopper all of which carry a fairly hefty price tag…

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Mr. Nobel also describes the changes relative to the downtown electrical project…

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Teacher Shortages In Illinois

A shortage of teachers in Illinois and at other points across the nation is starting to have a major impact on school districts.

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says it’s a growing problem with in some cases, positions going unfilled…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that public schools in general are not getting a fair shake from the various governmental entities that oversee education…

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Fire in Galva On Friday Night

A Galva family escaped injury on Friday night after a fire destroyed their garage and also a neighbor’s garage.

The Galva and Bishop Hill Fire Departments responded to a fire call at 9:30 pm Friday at the home of Derek and Karissa Nash-Haptonstall at 111 NW 4th street in Galva.

The blaze began in the Haptonstall garage and spread to a neighbor’s garage and destroyed both buildings in the process. A next door neighbor, Drew Olander alerted his mother Jennifer Olander who came to the Haptonstall residence and pounded on the door and woke up Karissa and the couple’s daughter Ivie who were sleeping at the time and again they were able to escape the home which also suffered some damage.

Derek Haptonstall was not home at the time of the blaze but as a member of the Galva and Bishop Hill Fire Department’s, he and Karissa’s brother, Clayton Nash both were part of the firefighting team that arrived to handle the blaze.

The heat of the blaze shattered some of the windows on the south side of the home and also buckled some of the vinyl siding.

The couple’s young daughter Ivie commented that that part of the house now looked like bubble gum.

In addition to no injuries to the family, there were no injuries to the firefighters who were on the scene for nearly two and a half hours.

It is believed that the cause of the fire was electrical in nature. The fire remains under investigation.

Of course many of our listeners recognize that Karissa Nash-Haptonstall is the morning host on Hogg Country, 102.5 WJRE.

        

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Potholes raise new worker safety issues

Wild temperature swings have created a bumper crop of potholes across the state's highways. For IDOT workers, who attack the problem like a light infantry unit, there are clear dangers patching those potholes. Kelsea Gurski with the transportation agency, says motorists should look out for patching crews, noting that you won't have the benefit of the kind of barricades and other warnings tied to construction work zones...
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Gurski says the rules are the same as any work zone....
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Last week in Jacksonville, three IDOT workers were injured when a wayward driver struck an IDOT worker and an IDOT vehicle with two employees inside. The worker struck outside the vehicle was in critical condition but has since been upgraded to fair. 

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Last Week's Rain Should Help Alleviate Drought Conditions

Rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds are all up across Illinois after several days of torrential rains and National Weather Service officials are indicating the farming community is likely going to feel the impacts of the rain as well. James Auten with the National Weather Service in Lincoln indicates concerns of drought may not be as high heading into the spring thanks to all the rain from last week.
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Central Illinois received between 2-4 inches over about a week but Auten indicates northern and southern Illinois got most of the heavy rain.
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Auten says if there are any lingering drought concerns, those could be alleviated in March as forecasts are right now, calling for above normal precipitation in March. 

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LaHood talks trade with President Trump

Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood gets an audience with President Trump this week. Among the talking points--the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations.
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LaHood cited 98-percent of corn that Mexico presently imports comes from the U.S., with much of that from the Midwest and Illinois. He also discussed getting a new Farm Bill completed this year and maintaining a strong crop insurance program. 

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44 Percent of Illinois Travelers Will Take a Spring Break Vacation



Spring Break is this month for many Illinoisans, and warm weather destinations top the list for travelers looking to escape the cold. Three Florida cities are among AAA’s 10 Most Popular Destinations for the month of March – based on air and tour bookings made with the travel agency. Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale top the list, while Miami is 8th. Other popular destinations include Honolulu, Cancun, Maui, and Montego Bay.
 

AAA’s Top 10 Spring Break Destinations

 

1.    Orlando, FL

2.    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

3.    Honolulu, HI

4.    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

5.    Cancun, Mexico

6.    Anaheim, California

7.    Kahului, HI (Maui)

8.    Miami, FL

9.    Phoenix, AZ

10.Montego Bay, Jamaica

“Florida is a perfect spring break destination for people traveling with family or friends,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Illinois Travelers love Florida for its warm weather, drivable distance, world-famous attractions, beautiful beaches, and its array of AAA Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants that fit any budget.

“Hawaii and Mexico, which are also favorite hot spots for spring breakers, are even more popular this year,” Evans continued. “After last year’s hurricanes struck the Eastern Caribbean, travelers turned to Hawaii and Mexico, as alternatives. Fortunately, the Eastern Caribbean has recovered and travel providers are offering incentives to get people back into the region.”
 
Spring Break Travel – By the Numbers 
A recent 
AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey of Illinoisans, who are planning a vacation in 2018, revealed the following:

· 44% of Illinois travelers will take a spring break vacation of 3 days or more

o   36% will travel with family

o   8% will travel with friends
 

· 55% of Illinois millennials will take a spring break vacation of 3 days or more

o   42% of millennials will travel with family

o   13% will travel with their friends

“Spring break is not just for college kids who want to party on the beach,” Evans continued. “This is often the first chance of the year when the entire family can take a break and go somewhere together. The popularity of this time of year leads to reduced availability and higher prices, but using a trusted travel advisor can be beneficial in finding options to meet your needs.”

Tips for Planning your Next Vacation

· Book Early – Booking early gives you both the luxury of selecting the best cruise cabin or preferred seat on your flight, at a more competitive rate. As hotels, cruises, and flights fill-up, prices usually rise due to lower availability.

· Use a Travel Agent – Not only can they advise you on where to go and what to do when you get there, but also hook you up with exclusive upgrades, find competitive pricing, and help you find what you need to know about your destination. Visit AAA.com/TravelAgent to find a travel advisor near you.

· Consider Travel Insurance – When the unexpected happens, travel insurance can be your safety net. Hurricanes, flight cancellations, even illness while overseas could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. While travel insurance can vary in both coverage and price, you can find policies that reimburse you for health emergencies and/or out-of- pocket expenses due to a delayed/cancelled flight or other situations that prevent you from going. Interestingly, half of all claims are based on things that occur before the trip.

· Know Your Destination – Are you traveling abroad? Can you bring your pet? Refer to the U.S. Department of State to find information regarding visa requirements, what you can bring, and detailed travel alerts and warnings.

· Know Your Benefits – Take advantage of benefits provided by credit cards and membership programs. For example, AAA members can save money on dining, shopping, hotels, rental cars, and attraction tickets. Click here to learn more.

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Applications Available For Abilities Plus Endowment Scholarships and Projects

 

 

Abilities Plus announces the availability of scholarship and project funds from their endowment.  This year, two $1,000 Jean German Academic scholarships, named after former founder and long-time volunteer and supporter, Jean German will be awarded. Additionally, $7,000 in project funds will be available. 

 

To be considered for the scholarships, applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited college or university, are pursuing a certificate or degree in the human service field of study, and hold a primary residence in Henry, Stark, or western Bureau County. 

 

Additional qualifications include a career goal of working with adults or children with disabilities or developmental delays.  Eligibility is open to recent or upcoming high school graduates, as well as current college students and adult learners.

 

The Endowment will also fund projects that offer individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain independence or experiences they may not otherwise obtain.  Community organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.  Endowment project money will not be granted for day-to-day operation expenses. 

 

Interested applicants for scholarships or projects may contact Julie Landwehr at (309) 852-4626 or julie@abilitiesplus.org to receive the necessary paperwork.  All applications must be received by March 30, 2018 to be considered.  Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2018 of the committee’s decision.

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Henry/Stark 4-H Shooting Sports Clubs Starts in April

 

 

The shooting sports program instills a love of outdoor sportsmanship while it teaches safe and responsible handling and use of firearms. Here’s what’s coming up:

Juniors Shotgun (ages 10—13) Orientation April 3, club meets Tues, April 10—May 22 at Izaak Walton League Trap Range on Baker’s Park in Kewanee

Senior Shotgun (ages 14 plus) Orientation April 5, Club meets Thurs, Apr 12—May 24 at Izaak Walton League Trap Range on Baker’s Park in Kewanee.

Stark County 4-H Archery Club, will meet Thursdays, Apr 15 - June 10 at the Fairgrounds in Wyoming, IL

Register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs. For more information call Henry/Stark 4-H at (309) 932-3447.

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ISP February Report

 Illinois State Police District Seven announced that during the month of February 2018, Troopers handled 1170 calls for service and assistance. Of these calls, 227 were to help motorists whose vehicles were disabled on area highways. Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 123 drivers arrested for speeding and 45 cited for seat belt violations. Driving under the influence arrests totaled 15. Troopers issued a total of 344 traffic citations and 348 written warnings to motorists during the month.
District Seven Troopers handled 39 traffic crashes within the four county area of Rock Island, Henry, Knox, and Mercer. There were no fatal crashes handled by District 7 Troopers.

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WKEI Open Line

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Henry County Senior Citizen Center on Tuned IN

Senior Center Director Cassandra Schmoll is the guest

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Health Dept Hosts Operation Trigger Point

Key emergency preparedness staff from the Henry County Health Department, the Henry County Office of Emergency Management, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and from several county, regional and state agencies participated in and audited “Operation Trigger Point” recently at the offices of the Henry and Stark County Health Department.  This was a functional exercise which included the setup of an alternate EOC (Emergency Operations Center) for use during an emergency; and the ability to activate key staff and operate an EOC.  Following the drill, Henry County hosted a Regional Web EOC workshop for area emergency preparedness officials. 

Those in attendance included Duane Stevens, Administrator of the Henry & Stark County Health Departments; Mat Schnepple, Henry County Emergency Management Director; Aaron Harlan with the Henry County OEM; Kelli Humphrey, Health Department Fiscal Coordinator; and Naomi Stahl, Health Department Human Resources Director. Funding for this program was provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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City Wide Clean Up Info

The next city wide clean up for Kewanee will be held sometime in the month of May.

Keith Edwards is the Director of Community Development for the City of Kewanee and he says they’re still trying to tie down the exact date…

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Edwards also notes that he will be involved in a meeting in the near future that will address the possibility of a catastrophic storm that might hit Kewanee…

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