Local News Archives for 2018-04

Regional Media is Moving and Expanding!

Regional Media, who operates Newstalk 1450AM-100.1 FM WKEI, Hog Country 102.5 WJRE, My102! Kewanee, 104.7 Rock 2.0, Jack FM 93.9 KQCJ, RegionalDailyNews.com, in Kewanee announced plans to locate its expanded corporate headquarters at its recently acquired property at 101 W. Central Blvd in Kewanee.

The property acquired, that once housed First Federal Savings and Loan will undergo a dramatic interior and exterior remodel to accommodate the growing Regional Media operation. The new location, situated on one of the most recognizable corners in the county, will boast improvements that include upgraded state of the art broadcast studios, digital and video editing rooms, a complete training center for statewide Regional Media digital and media employees, and a complete recording studio for local musicians.

In a statement on the announcement of the headquarters building, Regional Media President & CEO Fletcher Ford said:
"I am extremely anxious to see the completion of our Kewanee headquarters. The new facility will enable us to gather all staff in one headquarters campus that is consistent with our drive to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of Regional Media’s internal operations."

Regional Media has outgrown the space on East Division street and continues to expand across the state. Most recently, Regional Media joined fellow broadcasters to build a new radio and digital center on Kaua’i, Hawaii. Regional Media currently covers 12k square miles of Illinois towns, with more media acquisitions planned in 2018.

Kathy Albert, Executive Director of Kewanee Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) said; “This is a very exciting development for downtown Kewanee! Not only is Regional Media a growing company, it is also a very community-minded  company. I wish Regional Media continued growth and great success in this endeavor!”


OSF On Tuned IN

Jackie Kernan, LIsa Garcia and Carrie Boelens are the guests

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HHH $5 Jewelry Sale On Tuesday

The Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary $5 Jewelry Sale will be held on Tuesday, May 1st.

Darcy Hepner is the Foundation Manager at the Geneseo hospital and she says there will be some great bargains available at that sale…

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Kewanee Officials Visit Springfield

Officials from Kewanee and Henry County recently made a trip to Springfield to meet with lawmakers that represent this area.

Mayor Steve Looney says it was a quick moving and enlightening day at the state Capitol…

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KPL Events This Week

Kewanee Public Library has a couple of neat events on the schedule for the younger crowd this week.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says the first program will be held this coming Thursday, May 3rd

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Ms. Billiet says the library will also have a special program for the younger children and their families on Saturday, May the 5th

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Lottery Winners to receive help with anonymity

Lottery winners’ identities would not automatically be disclosed under legislation sponsored by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines).

“Illinoisans should have a right to their privacy,” Murphy said. “The government should not force Lottery winners to disclose their identities just because they were lucky enough to win. Though this legislation affects a small portion of the population, I think the right to privacy is an important principle.”

Currently, Lottery winners’ names, city of residence, date the prize is won and amount of winnings are matters of public record and are therefore subject to public disclosure laws. Under this amended legislation, winners’ identities would only be available through a FOIA request.

Senate Bill 211 now advances to the House for further consideration.

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Unemployment Rate Falls in All Metros

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

 

Not seasonally adjusted data compares March 2018 with March 2017. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.4 percent in March 2018 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in March 2018 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

 

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IDPH received a huge donation for treatment of synthetic cannabinoid problems

150 people in Illinois have gotten sick from synthetic cannabinoids laced with rat poison, including four  who died. Public Health Director Doctor Nirav Shah says Valeant Pharmaceuticals is donating nearly 800 thousand tablets of vitamin k, which is used to treat the bleeding.

 

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The treatment will be free but can be rigorous as patients may have to take up to 30 tablets of vitamin k a day for as long as six months.

 

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Wethersfield Prom On Saturday

It’s prom weekend at Wethersfield High School.

Wethersfield Supt of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says the prom will get underway on Saturday night at 8 o’clock…

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Mr. Kazubowski adds that the prom preview on Saturday afternoon at the high school is a big deal for many families…

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AAA Says Hit And Run Accidents On The Rise

 More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These crashes resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 - the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009. With the number of hit-and-run crashes on the rise, AAA is calling for drivers to be alert on the road in order to avoid a deadly crash and always remain on the scene if a crash occurs.
 
AAA researchers examined common characteristics of hit-and-run crashes and found that:

· An average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred each year since 2006.

· Nearly 65 percent of people killed in hit-and-run crashes were pedestrians or bicyclists.

· Hit-and-run deaths in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009.

· Per capita, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes while New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota have the lowest rates.

· In 2016 in Illinois, there were 69 hit-and-run crashes that involved at least one fatality; in Indiana in 2016, there were 45

“Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our analysis shows that hit-and-run crashes are a growing traffic safety challenge and the AAA Foundation would like to work with all stakeholders to help curtail this problem.”
 
The report found that most victims of fatal hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians or bicyclists. Over the past 10 years, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths were caused by hit-and-run crashes, meanwhile just one percent of all driver fatalities in that same time period. To decrease the chances of being involved in a crash with a pedestrian or bicyclist, drivers should:

· Be aware: Pedestrians may act unpredictably and can walk into the path of travel at any point.

· Be cautious: Look out for small children and be alert to areas where there are likely to be more pedestrians. These include school zones, playgrounds, bus stops and intersections.

· Be patient: When trying to pass a pedestrian or cyclist, give plenty of space and keep them in your line of sight.

· Be vigilant: Drivers should always yield to pedestrians, even if they walk into the road from an area other than a crosswalk. 

“It is every driver’s legal and moral responsibility to take necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or another vehicle,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. “While no one likes being involved in a crash, leaving the scene will significantly increase the penalties for drivers- whether they caused the crash or not.”
 
Currently, every state has laws that make it illegal for a driver involved in a crash to flee the scene. State penalties vary depending on the type of crash (i.e. property damage, injury, serious injury or a fatality). If found guilty, drivers can face large fines, lose their license or spend time in prison. AAA encourages drivers to educate themselves about specific 
hit-and-run laws in their state and remain alert on the road to prevent crashes from occurring.
 
If a driver is involved in a crash, they should never leave the scene and follow the steps below:

1.    Assist the injured- Check for injured people and call 911.

2.    Be visible- Make sure that the scene is visible to approaching drivers. If possible, move vehicles out of the path of traffic, and use hazard flashers, flares, and reflective triangles. Find a safe place to remain until emergency services arrive, if needed.

3.    Communicate- Call the police and file a report. If the police do not come to the scene, you can file a report by visiting a local police department or your automobile insurance agency.

 
“By working together, we can bring awareness and identify potential solutions to reduce hit-and-run fatalities,” continued Mosher. “We can’t forget that cars can be deadly when they come into contact with pedestrians, cyclists or other cars. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to stay alert, be aware of our surroundings and always stay on the scene if involved in a crash.”
 
About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit
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Health Dept Looks Ahead To Next School Year


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff announces that their Clinical services program is offering Sports and School Physical Exam clinics throughout the summer.

 

    Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

    The clinic will offer area Junior High and Senior High School Athletes, Freshmen, Sixth Graders, Kindergartners, and Preschoolers school or sports physicals. 

 

    In order to encourage parents to call early for their appointments; and thereby avoid the end of the summer rush, the Health Department will offer the exams at a cost of $20 per person in May and June; $25 per person in July; $30 per person in August; and $50 per person in September and October.

 

    Also, the Department reminds area parents to be sure your children are up-to-date on their required immunizations before school begins this fall.  Immunizations, TB checks; blood lead screenings, and other needed lab tests are also available to participants at additional charges. The Health Department has all immunizations that are required for school entry as private pay vaccines. Please call for eligibility, costs, and for vaccine availability.

 

    Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office. 

 

     For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

 


Kewanee Schools Foundation Auction On Saturday

The Kewanee Schools Foundation will host their 13th annual school auction on Saturday at H.F. Brockman Gymnasium at Kewanee High School.

Mindi Goard is the Schools Foundation Assistant and she says the doors open Saturday afternoon at 1:30…

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Ms. Goard adds that there will be many other features for the day as well…

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There will be lots of auction items and arrangements can be made to haul away some of the bigger items…

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Congressman Davis Talks Partisan Politics of Farm Bill Proposal

Democrats involved in the Farm Bill process have been blasting Republicans for excluding them from the process of crafting the next farm bill and a central Illinois congressman responds to that criticism.
Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis says Democrats were opposed to what he calls, the common sense reforms they want to see aimed at families on benefit programs.
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Davis called out Democrats he's worked with in the past for not participating when given the opportunity.
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Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has been among the Democrats critical of farm bill negotiations. 


BHC sweeps NACTA Judging Conference for third straight year

Congratulations to Black Hawk College East Campus students and coaches for winning the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference Sweepstakes Award!

 

This marks the 10th time Black Hawk College has garnered the top prize at the national judging conference. BHC students brought home the Sweepstakes Award in 1981-85, 1989, 2009, 2016 and 2017.

 

The 2018 conference attracted more than 700 students and faculty members from colleges and universities across the United States. Students competed in 13 agriculture-related competitions.

 

Black Hawk College won by having the highest combined team score for two-year schools, scoring 6,895 points. The total was 266 points more than the second place team, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture from Curtis, NE. Iowa State University won for the four-year-schools.

 

“The highlight of the NACTA Judging Conference is seeing students compete in many difficult disciplines to accumulate points toward the sweepstakes award,” said Drew Cotton, coach and associate professor of horse science.

 

“The interdisciplinary approach toward a common goal is great preparation for their careers in agriculture.”

 

Black Hawk College competed in 11 of the 13 competitions and won five – Ag Sales & Communications, Computer Applications, Equine Judging, Livestock Management and Soils. BHC teams also took third place in three competitions – Agribusiness, Crops and Precision Agriculture.

 

Thanks and congratulations to the Black Hawk College coaches:

  • Aaron Callahan, coach of the Equine Judging Team
  • Drew Cotton, coach of the Ag Communications/Ag Sales Team and Agribusiness Team
  • Dr. Jeffry Hawes, coach of the Crops Team, Horticulture Team and Knowledge Bowl Team
  • Dan Hoge and Tyler Gradert, coaches of the Livestock Judging Team and Livestock Management Team
  • Andrew Larson, coach of the Soils Team
  • Jodee Werkheiser, coach of the Computer Applications Team and Knowledge Bowl Team
  • Gary Werkheiser, coach of the Precision Agriculture Team

The 2018 NACTA Judging Conference was hosted by Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE. 


ISP on People to People

Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 is the guest

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KPL On Tuned IN

KPL Children's Librarian Sara Billiet is the guest

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Emergency Hydrant Repair

Effective Thursday 4/26/18, the City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled an emergency hydrant repair and water shut off with a boil order to follow.  Work is scheduled for a leaking hydrant at 837 Beach Street.  Residents in the 800 block of Beach Street between West Division and Rockwell Streets will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

 

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 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.  


Henry-Stark Retired Teachers To Meet

The Henry-Stark counties retired teachers will meet Tuesday May 15, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center located at 1051 West South Street Kewanee, IL.  The meeting will begin with a luncheon at noon. Reservations are due to Alice Webster 2241 Township Rd 200 N Toulon, IL 61483 or by calling 309.995.3542 on or before May 8, 2018.   Cost of the meal is $10 payable to HSCRTA.

The program for the afternoon will be Out of Africa...Travelogue by Gary and Lynda DeMoss.  With a reservation, first time attendees will be luncheon guests 


Lobsterfest Set For June 9

 This year, as every year, the 12th Annual Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest will offer the community an evening of quality dining, friendship and support. But according to Tim Lane, President of the Bettendorf Rotary Club, the event has a unique aspect that is rarely discussed. “What many people do not realize about Lobsterfest’s proceeds,” Lane said, “is that 100 percent goes back to the community.”

Lane added that expenses for staging the event do not come out of the proceeds. “Lobsterfest expenses are offset by our generous corporate sponsors,” he said. In addition to ticket sales, event funds are also raised through cash donations, a raffle, live and silent auctions, a Wine Pull, and a ‘Grab for Grub’ competition.

Lobsterfest will be held 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., June 9, 2018at Tanglewood Hills Pavilion,4250 Middle Rd., Bettendorf, IA. Tickets to the event are now available at $75 per person, or $520 for a table of eight. Presenting sponsors are Abbey Carpet Gallery and Triumph Community Bank. The event is open to the public. To buy tickets, call (563) 445?4264 or visit bettendorfrotary.com/tickets

“Triumph Community Bank congratulates Bettendorf Rotary on its twelfth edition of Lobsterfest,” said John DeDoncker, Executive Vice President, Triumph Community Bank. “We’re very proud to have been a major sponsor at every Lobsterfest. We support our community and appreciate the great benefits that Lobsterfest bestows upon many worthwhile charities each year.”

“Abbey Carpet Gallery is delighted and honored  to partner with Triumph Community Bank as co-sponsors of this great Rotary event,” said Bill Daley, President/CEO of Abbey Carpet Gallery. “The Bettendorf Rotary Lobsterfest has become a great summer tradition that benefits so many of our local charitable organizations, as well as funding many scholarships for students in Bettendorf. This is a great opportunity for all in attendance to stretch their charitable dollars to benefit so many every year.”

In 2017, Chef James Preszler took the helm as the event’s head lobster chef, and in 2018, he will again oversee the preparation of a delicious Maine lobster dinner – this time, for more than 400 people. In addition to the lobsters and melted butter, the menu will also include corn on the cob, potatoes and fixings. 
  
“This year, our goal is to raise $100,000,’” said Lane. “100 percent of the proceeds from this signature event support the programs, grants, and scholarships of the Bettendorf Rotary Club. With the community’s support, we are also planting trees, providing leadership opportunities to our youth, feeding the hungry, and providing for those most in need.” Bettendorf Rotary Co-Chairs of the event this year are Ann Kappeler and Johanna Blevins. 
  
“Lobsterfest is more than a party with a purpose,” said Kappeler. “We are over 100 Rotarians planning an evening of food, fun and fellowship to raise $100,000, with a commitment to return 100% to the Bettendorf community and beyond.”
   
Last year’s Lobsterfest raised $80,000, and as always, 100 percent of those funds are supporting community efforts. $25,000 of the proceeds went to grants for 15 not-for-profit organizations serving the Quad Cities. Grant recipients included:
    

– 41st Iowa Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol: Youth cyber-security and public affairs project ($500).
– Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley: New Vans for Transportation of At-Risk Youth ($2,000).
– Center for Active Seniors, Inc.: Reception Improvement ($2,000).
– Child Abuse Council: Shaken Baby Simulator Doll for Basic Training for New Dads Classes ($1,100). 
– Christian Care: Caring for Our Community Project ($1,200).
– Dress for Success Quad Cities: Professional Attire and Shoes for Low-Income Women ($2,000).
– From Cover to Cover: Snuggle Up and Read Campaign ($2,000).
– Great Bettendorf Community Foundation: The Agape Center ($2,000).
– Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities: Technology Upgrades for Classroom ($2,000).
– Hope at the BRICK House: Expansion of HBH After School Program Space ($1,500).
– Junior Achievement of the Heartland: JA BizTown: Developing Our Future Workforce ($1,500).
– River Music Experience: Laptops for Outreach ($1,500).
– St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation: Family Burn Group ($2,000).
– Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program: Emergency Assistance to clients of member agencies ($2,500).
– The Sparkle Effect: Providing training to three local Sparkle Effect Teams ($1,200).  
   
Chartered in 1957, the Bettendorf Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon. For more information, visit 
www.bettendorfrotary.com. Also, you can ‘Like’ the Bettendorf Rotary Club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bettendorfrotary.


Weaver Legislation For High School Students Passes IL Senate

 High school students could soon be developing career skills designed by potential future employers, thanks to legislation filed by State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) that passed the Illinois Senate on April 24th.

This program is designed to allow high school students to develop the skills they will need for actual careers here in Illinois,” said State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria). “The idea is to offer our students a head start toward successful good-paying jobs.” 

Senate Bill 3226 directs the Illinois State Board of Education to set up guidelines that would allow high school students over the age of 16 to take part in registered vocational apprenticeship programs focused on industry-based occupational training. The programs would be reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Labor.

Students would be able to substitute successful completion of the registered apprenticeship program for certain high school courses or graduation requirements.

“This is especially important for students who will pursue careers that require further education after high school, but not necessarily a degree,” said Senator Weaver. “Right now most high school students can earn college credit toward their degrees, but that ignores a large number of specialized, technical careers. This program will offer the types of specific training and education that employers are looking for.”

This legislation passed the Senate unanimously and is now headed to the Illinois House for approval in that chamber.

SB3226 is one of a number of bills sponsored or cosponsored by Senator Weaver to improve educational opportunities for Illinois students. Some of the bills cover topics such as dual credit programs and legislation to help alleviate the current shortage of qualified teachers faced by many Illinois schools.

“We know that we need to give our students every opportunity possible to help them compete in an increasingly competitive global workforce,” said Senator Weaver. “I’m thankful that we’ve been able to find strong bipartisan support and cooperation for many of these ideas.”


Drug Take Back On Saturday In Kewanee

The Kewanee Police Department will host a prescription drug take back effort on Saturday at City Hall.

Police Chief Troy Ainley says there is no fee involved and it’s really a very simple process…

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Chief Ainley adds that he will be on hand to receive those unwanted prescriptions no questions asked…

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Citizens can take the labels off of their prescription bottles or they can leave them on and either way will work just fine…

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Safe Digging Month in Illinois

Safe Digging Month winding down across Illinois, and Marianne Manko (Man-co) with the Illinois Commerce Commission says there’s a simple way to prevent serious accidents and that’s by locating underground utilities. You can do that through the JULIE system.
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The Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators or JULIE is available by dialing 811. This toll-free number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Locate requests have a 28-day life, so it is recommended the digging project begins within 14 calendar days from the call. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.


It's morel mushroom season in Illinois

A stretch of warm sunny weather has many in the state thinking about the morel mushroom season. It’s been a slow start due to unseasonably chilly April temperatures, but picking conditions should be getting good and soon says Tim Schweizer with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. .
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Schweizer reminds that mushroom hunting is permitted at state parks and you don’t need a license or have to pay for a permit, but turkey hunters have dibs on those sites until 1 p.m. each day during turkey season. The spring turkey hunting season runs through May 10th in the southern zone of Illinois and May 17th in the northern zone. 


Narrowing opioid epidemic down to county and zip code level

Narrowing the opioid epidemic down to the county or even zip code level. That’s what the Illinois Department of Public Health is doing with the Opioid Data Dashboard. It’s an interactive tool says IDPH Director Dr. Nirav Shah.
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The dashboard is located at “idph.illinois.gov/OpioidDataDashboard”. State data shows there were 2,054 heroin or other opioid related deaths in 2017. 


Boil Order Lifted In Kewanee


 

Effective Wednesday 4/25/18, the City of Kewanee Water Department boil order has been lifted for residents on West 3rd Street west of Jackson Street and at Waunee Estates.  Water was shut off in this area for a hydrant repair at West 3rd and Union Streets on 4/23/18.


Henry County Convention Results

Henry County Democrats recently held their County Convention

The results from County Convention include the election of

 

Chairman- Alan Wendt 308 N. Yates St. Alpha, Il. 61413  309-373-2699

Treasurer- Paula Simosky 137 S. State St. suite 101 Geneseo, Il. 61254

Secretary- JoAnne Hillman 1440 Cleveland Rd. Colona, Il. 61241

Dist. 1 Chairman- Bill Womac 16308 W. County Rd. Orion, Il. 61273

Dist. 2 Chairman- Martin Ryan 213 S. East St. Kewanee, Il.61443


A Night At The Races

The Kewanee Kiwanis Satellite Committee will present a Night at the Races this coming Saturday, April 28 at the Elks Lodge in downtown Kewanee.

Emily Costenson is one of the Satellite Committee members and she recounts how the tradition got started…

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Jolene Barnes is a member of the Kiwanis Club and she says there will be a great selection of food and beverages at the event…

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The best dressed contest will be for both the women and the men and Ms. Costenson describes how the horse racing will work…

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Tickets for the event cost $20 and that includes the dinner and admission to the event…

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Volunteers Recognized at Abilities Plus

 

 

Abilities Plus volunteers were recognized at an appreciation luncheon held on April 17, 2018 at PL Damron’s in Kewanee.  Volunteers assist in many program areas, including serving as Board or Committee Members, helping in Day Programs, Special Olympics, and at the Hazel Pettit Abilities Plus Resale Shop.  Success of the organization through the years is dependent on the efforts of a large number of volunteers in many program areas, and their service is greatly appreciated.

 

Special recognition was given to Resale Shop Volunteers, Judy Pettis for 35 years of service, Becky Heaton for 15 years of volunteer efforts, and Donna Rapp, Julie Shafer, and Jerry Scott for 5 years of service.

 

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(Front left to right) Justin Raver, Randy Carton, Karen Bennett, Peggy Hand, Bonnie Verschage.

 

(Back left to right) Karen Neumann, Marilyn Carpenter, Roberta Cinnamon, Jill DeKeyser, Gail Ripka, Judy Anderson, Sherry Yarger, Mary Saylor, Linda Trostle, Sue Herridge, Donna Rapp, Sharron Bess and Steve Johnson.

 


High Speed Chase In Kewanee on April 21

Authorities continue to investigate a high speed chase that occurred last Friday that led authorities through several counties before ending in Kewanee.

40 year old Jon Warner of East Peoria was the driver of a vehicle that was travelling at a high rate of speed through Wyoming and ultimately ended up on the south side of Kewanee.

Information indicates that Warner was travelling northbound in a southbound lane on Tenney Street in Kewanee when a Stark County deputy rammed the Warner vehicle with his squad car and in the process prevented what likely would have been further injuries.

Warner was initially taken to the Stark County Jail facing multiple charges.

As it turns out, Stark County was not able to find a judge to hear the case within 48 hours and Warner was released with only misdemeanor traffic charges.   


Donation Comes to Help Fake Weed Patients Get Better

State health officials are still dealing with the fallout from a tainted synthetic cannabis epidemic that sickened hundreds and killed 3. Individuals who have taken the drugs and are in recovery have lengthily ongoing treatments to do and those efforts have been given a boost by a big donation. Valeant Pharmaceuticals is giving the state 800,000 tablets of vitamin K. IDPH Director Nirav Shah says the users of laced drugs are in need of help

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Those who have been impacted by using the drug could have a long road to recovery. Patients may have to take 30 vitamin K tablets a day for six months. The donated tablets will make the treatment free for those in need.


IDOT, ISP to Motorists: Drop it and Drive

 

As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Illinois Department of Transportation is making $500,000 in federal highway safety dollars available to nearly 100 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to step up distracted driving enforcement through April 30. 

“Too many drivers in Illinois engage in the deadly and illegal habit of using a mobile device while driving,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “These reckless drivers are not only putting themselves at danger but also their passengers, other motorists or pedestrians. Put down the phone until you get to where you’re going. It’s simply not worth the risk.”

As fatalities on Illinois roads continue to increase, distracted driving is a growing concern for IDOT and other highway safety advocates. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it takes your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road. It distracts the driver visually, manually and cognitively, putting everyone on the road at risk. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of a football field.

It is against the law in Illinois to use a handheld mobile device while driving. Penalties for violating this law include a fine of up to $75 for a first offense.

“We want to remind motorists that Illinois is a hands-free state,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “Please be mindful that motorists are putting their life and the lives of others at risk when they are driving distracted. Remember, a text can wait. Please keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. your life and the lives of others depend on it.”

The Illinois State Police and AAA are joining IDOT in its effort cut down on distracted driving, along with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and Illinois High School and College Driver Education Association.


Patrick Henry Club event announced

The next Patrick Henry Club gathering will be on Saturday April 28 at the Cambridge Community and Youth Center. Area residents are invited to join their conservative friends for coffee and conversation beginning at 9 am.


Scheduled speakers are State Senator Neil Anderson will give an update on the spring legislative session; County Board member Loren Rathjen, Colona will give county board highlights and Jon Zahm, GOP candidate for County Clerk/Recorder will share his plans for that office.


All conservative voters are invited to attend the free event. The Patrick Henry Club meets four times each year to offer area residents the opportunity to learn more about their elected officials and current issues.


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


WKEI Open Line

Open Line for April 23

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OSF On Tuned IN

OSF Healthcare St Luke Medical Center Community Relations Specialist Carrie Boelens is the guest

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Bureau County Culvert Work This Week

Please be advised that contractors for the Walnut Ridge wind farm are going to begin the process of culvert replacements next week.  It is anticipated that there will be a one-week advance notice for future culvert replacements so that we can keep everyone updated so proper arrangements can be made for necessary travel in that area.  Please be advised that next week’s closing schedule is listed below, and these daytime closures will be from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.:

 

Install Date

Road Closure

4/23/18

2600 N. Ave between 1600 and 1700 E (Local traffic allowed from 1700)

4/23/18

2600 N. Ave between 1600 and 1700 E (Local traffic allowed from 1700)

4/24/18

2600 N. Ave between 1500 and 1600 E (Local traffic allowed from 1500 and 1600)

4/24/18

2600 N. Ave between 1700 and 1800 E (Local traffic allowed from 1800)

4/25/18

1900 N. Ave between 2600 and 2500 E (Local traffic allowed from 2500)

 

 

We will keep you posted on future culvert replacement schedules as the information is made available, until all necessary culvert replacements have been completed.


Hydrant Work In Kewanee Today

Effective Monday 4/23/18, 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 West 3rd and Union Streets.  Residents on West 3rd Street west of Jackson Street and at Waunee Estates will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at Monday at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting.  If work is not able to be done that day, the Water Department will continue to have this scheduled for the work to be done as soon as possible within 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 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.


Fishing Derby Set For May 5th In Davenport

The Twisted Cat Outdoors Fishing Series will host a Fishing Derby on Saturday May 5th in Davenport.

Brandan Schadt is the Tournament Angler and he says there will be a fee involved and fishermen will be out on the Mississippi…

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Schadt also describes how the tournament will work and he also says depending on the amount of entries, there should be a pretty good payout…

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For further information, phone 217-242-5305      


Hydrant Repair and Water Shut Off

Effective Monday 4/23/18, 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 West 3rd and Union Streets.  Residents on West 3rd Street west of Jackson Street and at Waunee Estates will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at Monday at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting.  If work is not able to be done that day, the Water Department will continue to have this scheduled for the work to be done as soon as possible within 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 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.
 


ISP Urges FOID Card Holders to Renew Early as June 1 Expiration Approaches

 As the first wave of the 10-year Firearm Owners Identification card come due for renewal, Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz is urging FOID card holders to apply early to remain active. 
“We expect tens of thousands of renewal applications to come in over the next few months,” Schmitz said. “We recommend gun owners get their renewal applications in at least one to two months in advance so we have adequate time to process them and get a new card out before expiration.”

More than 50,000 FOID cards are due for renewal between June 1 and August 1. The General Assembly amended the state’s law that requires gun owners to carry a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card in 2008, allowing the cards to be valid for ten years.

 

The Illinois State Police (ISP) oversees the FOID card system and issues the cards. They’ve already sent renewal notices to people whose cards will expire June 1.

 

Applicants can visit the ISP’s Firearm Services Bureau website at www.ispfsb.com to renew online. Anyone who needs assistance with FOID card renewal, and those who prefer paper applications, can call 217-782-7980 and select menu option 0.

 

Applicants should make sure the name and address on FOID applications match the records on file for them at the Secretary of State’s Office, otherwise the renewal process will be delayed.


Jobs Numbers Reach 11 Year Lows

Workers are finding more jobs in Illinois. The state’s unemployment rate continues to fall. The Illinois Department of Economic Security says that joblessness now stands at four point six percent. Bob Goff with IDES says the number is significant.

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Goff says that manufacturing and financial services all picked up more jobs
than they lost last month.


People With Special Circumstances Get Extra Time To File 2017 Taxes


 

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that they may request an extension of time to file their tax return, but certain taxpayers get extra time without asking. The IRS said nearly 14 million taxpayers are expected to get an extension this filing season. 

 

Anyone can receive a six-month extension to file their tax return by using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Even with an extension, taxpayers should remember that the extension does not affect any tax they owe. Tax payments are due on or before the April 17 tax deadline.

 

Taxpayers who are victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, members of the military serving in a combat zone and Americans living and working abroad get extra time to both file their tax returns and pay any taxes due. Here are details on each of these special tax-relief provisions.

 

Victims of natural disasters

Victims of Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have until June 29, 2018, qualify for more time to file their tax returns and pay any taxes due. The June 29 due date also applies to taxpayers who are victims of Tropical Storm Gita in American Samoa.

 

Taxpayers affected by the California wild-fires, flooding, mudflows and debris flows in parts of southern California have untilApril 30, 2018, to file and pay. This relief also includes additional time for making a 2017 IRA contribution, making estimated tax payments, and filing payroll and excise tax returns and corporate income tax returns originally due or on extension during the relief period. It also applies to tax-exempt organizations required to file Form 990 series returns with a deadline falling during this period.

 

For details on available tax relief and information on how to take advantage of it, visit the Around the Nation page on IRS.gov or see IRS Publication 976, Disaster Relief.

 

Combat zone taxpayers

Military service members and eligible support personnel serving in a combat zone have at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file their tax returns and pay any taxes due. This includes those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones. A complete list of designated combat zone localities can be found in Publication 3, Armed Forces’ Tax Guide, available on IRS.gov.

 

Combat zone extensions give affected taxpayers more time for a variety of other tax-related actions, including contributing to an IRA. Various circumstances affect the exact length of the extension available to any given taxpayer. Details, including examples illustrating how these extensions are calculated, can be found in the Extensions of Deadlines section in Publication 3.

 

Taxpayers outside the United States

U.S. citizens and resident aliens who live and work outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico have until June 15, 2018, to file their 2017 tax returns and pay any taxes due. The special June 15 deadline also applies to members of the military on duty outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who do not qualify for the longer combat zone extension. Attach a statement to the tax return explaining which of these situations applies.

 

Though taxpayers abroad get more time to pay, keep in mind that interest, currently at the rate of five percent per year,compounded daily, applies to any payment received after April 17. For more information about the special tax rules for U.S. taxpayers abroad, see Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad, on IRS.gov.

 

Everyone else

Taxpayers who don’t qualify for any of these three special situations can still get more time to file, but need to ask for it. Automatic extensions give people until Oct. 15, 2018, to file; tax payments, however, are still due on or before April 17, 2018.

 

An easy way to get the extra time to file is through Free File on IRS.gov. In a matter of minutes, anyone, regardless of income, can use this free service to electronically request an extension on Form 4868. To get the extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on this form and pay any amount due.

 

Another option for taxpayers is to pay electronically and get an extension of time to file. The IRS will automatically process an extension when taxpayers select Form 4868 and they are making a full or partial federal tax payment using Direct Pay, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System or a debit or credit card by the April due date. There is no need to file a separate Form 4868 when making an electronic payment and indicating it is for an extension. Electronic payment options are available at IRS.gov/payments.


Salvation Army Info

The recent basement sale at the Salvation Army Store in Kewanee was a resounding success.

Linda Bolls is the Director of the Salvation Army in Kewanee and she says that customers displayed great patience during that sale…

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Ms. Bolls also notes that she will observe her 20th anniversary with the Salvation Army on Sunday and she will offer some refreshments beginning next Monday at the Salvation Army store…

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Ms. Bolls adds that the month of April is volunteer appreciation month and she says she has several volunteers that are essential to the Kewanee operation…

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IL Unemployment Down In March

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.6 percent in March and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -2,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The February job gain was virtually unchanged from its initial report. (+15,300 jobs versus +15,200 jobs).

Job growth improved in the January to March period posting average monthly gains of +4,000 jobs, an increase over the prior three-month period (October to December 2017) with average monthly gains of +2,200 jobs.

“The number of unemployed in Illinois is at its lowest level since December 2006 and the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level since March 2007,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The stabilization of the labor force is also an encouraging sign.”

“Professional and Business Services have produced the largest recovery in Illinois, albeit at a lesser rate than the national average,” said DCEO Director Sean McCarthy. “The difference between Illinois and the nation is partly due to significantly slower growth in management of companies and enterprises in the state. This is why the governor and I are on this trade mission to Poland and Germany as we work to improve that standing.” 

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +39,200 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in March: Manufacturing (+18,200); Financial Activities (+7,800); and Government (+6,800). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Information Services (-4,600); Professional and Business Services (-2,700); and Other Services (-1,200). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.6 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.5 percent over-the-year gain in March.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for March 2018, which held at 4.1 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.4 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.0 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.6 percent in March 2007.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.5 percent from the prior month to 297,700, down -7.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was unchanged over-the-month, but it was up +0.1 percentage points 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 59,539 posted resumes with 184,089 jobs available. 


Humane Society Met On Thursday Night

There was a full house at the Elks Club for the Henry County Humane Society election on Thursday, April 19th.

The meeting was called to order at 6:50p by President Lee Eisnebarth. There was a brief welcome and an explanation was given as to the nomination process. Debbie Johnson, Humane Society secretary, took nominations from the floor for the eight spots on the board. Mary Bergren’s term has not expired on the nine member board. Sixteen people were nominated.

185 ballots were cast. Elected were: Christine Gustafson, Breanne Busboom, Sue Sagmoen, Angie Pronschinske, Michelle Welgat, Brenda Weston, Maggie Steen, and Louise Harrison.

After the election there was no further business. At the May meeting, officers will be elected to the Henry County Humane Society board.

After the election a conversation was held with Lee Eisenbarth, outgoing president, with the reporter from WKEI and the Star Courier. A number of concerns regarding the Humane Society functioning were brought up in a Facebook post. The majority of concerns expressed in the posting would likely not have been questioned if an audit had been conducted each year.

There was concern about the mileage expenses. The mileage was not just for the director but all workers at the shelter. However there were still some questions that remained and both media outlets have asked for mileage information. This week alone, six cats were either spade or neutered in the Quad Cities because it was less expensive to be done there.  In addition, there are financial records that are available to the public at the H&R Block office in Kewanee.


Illinois State Police District 7 to Participate in Second Annual Distracted Driving Week

Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes - contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To help bring attention to the dangers associated with driving distracted, the Illinois State Police District 7, announced today it will again participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week (DDAW) and conduct an enforcement campaign of Illinois’ distracted driving laws.


“All too often, when a distracted driving citation is issued, the recipient argues the call or text can’t
wait and is too important to ignore. No distraction- whether texting or talking on the phone - is ever
worth the loss of life on the roadway,” said Captain Jason Dickey. “We all ‘believe’ that call or text is
too important: No conversation is worth a life.”

 

The second annual Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week is a coordinated effort between the
Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), AAA, The Illinois State Police, The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois High School High School and College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) and nearly 300 local law enforcement throughout Illinois to educate motorists about the dangers of driving while distracted and enforcing the laws on Illinois’ roadways. Last year’s DDAW efforts resulted in over 18,000 warnings and citations for distracted driving offenses. Contrary to what some drivers may think, hands-free, handheld and in-vehicle technologies are not distraction-free, even if a driver’s eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that:


?Drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a
crash;
?Drivers who use in-vehicle technologies, like voice-based and touch screen features, can be
distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or
sending a text message.
?Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash

Violating Illinois’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Know before you go. In Illinois:
?Law prohibits all drivers from texting and driving {FINE}
?Law prohibits all drivers from using a hand-held phone while driving {FINE]
?Law prohibits all teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving [FINE]


For more information on Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week visit www.iddaw.org. These
partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic
fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving. Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Illinois State Police, to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.


New Candidate For Governor

The Governor’s race has another possible candidate this fall. State Senator Sam McCann from Plainview announced today that he will run as a Conservative Party candidate.

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McCann turned in his resignation from the Senate Republican Caucus today. He and his running mate still need to collect 25,000 signatures to get on the November ballot. The Rauner campaign issued the following statement about McCann. “Sam McCann is the worst kind of political opportunist who is only running for Governor to line his own pockets.”


McCann picked Veterans’ Rights Activist Aaron Merreighn (Marine) from Riverton as his running mate. 


Salvation Army On Tuned IN

Kewanee SA Director LInda Bolls is the guest

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WKEI Open Line

Discussion about the Henry County Humane Society

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LWV Annual Meeting Set For May 3

Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley will be the speaker at the 72nd annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Kewanee Area on Thursday, May 3, at Kewanee Dunes.  The public is invited to attend the dinner and program.

Chief Ainley will discuss the challenges facing the Kewanee Police Department in keeping our community safe.  He will also cover the various methods and programs used by the police in enforcing laws and outreaching to community members.

The social hour including cash bar starts at 6:00 p.m. The LWV members will conduct their annual meeting from 6:30  -  7:00 p.m. The meal starts at 7:00 p.m., and the program follows after the meal.

The cost for the meal is $20. Meals for those with dietary restrictions available upon request by notifying Patty Varner when responding to the invitation.

You must RSVP with the number attending to Patty Varner (852-9793 or pattyvarner@gmail.com) by Friday, April 27. You may pay at the door.  For any questions, please contact Patty Varner or Carla Hillman.

Troy Ainley has been a member of the Police Department since November 1997. He started in the Patrol Division which included being the DARE Officer for two years. Then, he was assigned to the Blackhawk Area Taskforce for four years and then returned to the Patrol Division before being assigned to the Investigations Division.

He was named Chief of Police in June 2017. Chief Ainley has lived in the Kewanee area all his life, and attended Wethersfield School and Black Hawk College.

League of Women Voters, a non-partisan, political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase the understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Anyone interested in joining the LWV of the Kewanee Area may contact president Carla Hillman at hillmanc@bhc.edu or 852-5215.


Food Managers Course Set For Early May


The Environmental Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce they will be holding a Food Service Manager's Certification Course that will meet on Monday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 9th from 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Combat Zone Tax Benefits Now Available To Some Military Members

 

U.S. Armed Forces members who served in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt may qualify for combat zone tax benefits retroactive to June 2015, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted in December 2017, members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard who performed services in the Sinai Peninsula can now claim combat zone tax benefits. Eligible service members should review Publication 3, Armed Forces’ Tax Guide, available on IRS.gov.

Among other benefits, eligible service members may be able to exclude part or all of their combat pay from their income for federal income tax purposes. Excluding combat pay from a taxpayer’s income can result in lower tax.

 

How Armed Services members can claim a refund

Service members who previously paid tax on this income may be due a refund. They may file an amended tax return, Form 1040X, if they already filed a tax return for tax years 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

 

Combat pay received on or after Jan. 1, 2018, will be correctly reported on any W-2 forms issued to any service member who serves in the Sinai Peninsula. Service members who served in the Sinai Peninsula in 2015, 2016, or 2017 can provide documentation of their service to their finance officer and ask for a Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement.

 

However, an eligible service member who is unable to secure a corrected Form W-2c may still claim the combat pay exclusion by attaching to their Form 1040X copies of official documents showing they served or worked in the Sinai Peninsula. These documents should indicate the area, theater or military operation and the approximate entry date. Acceptable documents include military orders, letters of authorization (civilians), hospital discharge papers, discharge from active duty, official letterhead memorandum from a military department or civilian employer, or a request and authorization for temporary duty travel of Department of Defense personnel (civilians and military).

Amended returns can only be filed on paper (electronic filing is not available) and can take up to 16 weeks to process. Within about three weeks after mailing an amended return, taxpayers can track the status online usingWhere’s My Amended Return?

For more information about requesting a refund based on service in the Sinai Peninsula, see the Form 1040X instructions, available on IRS.gov.


Structure Fire Causes Road Closing in Orion

Henry County Emergency Services are on the scene of a structure fire next to US 150 at 1300 North (on the south end of Orion). US 150 is shut down to traffic at this time. Please avoid this area if possible. Any vehicles approaching this area will be rerouted. There is no estimate at this time when the road will reopen. Any questions for this incident, please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

 

This is all the information being released at this time we will keep you posted with more information as it becomes avalible. 


Efforts Continue to Increase the Penalties of Attacking A DCFS Worker

Efforts continue to increase the penalties for assaulting DCFS workers. One attempt has already been made to do just that but it failed. So the bill’s sponsor is renewing her call to make assaulting a DCFS worker in the line of duty the same as attacking a police officer. Republican Representative Tony McCobmie of Savanna is behind the bill.

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Committee Democrats didn’t support the bill because it was a mandatory increase to a prison sentence. But McCobmie has support from both sides of the isle. 


Kewanee Hydrant Repair and Water Shut Off

Effective Thursday 4/19/18, 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 525 West First Street.  Residents in the 500 – 600 blocks of West First Street, as well as 107 and 108 South Cottage Street will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, weather permitting.  If work is not able to be done that day, 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.
 


Moments By Mutti On Saturday In Kewanee

The annual Moments by Mutti benefit will be held this coming Saturday, April 21st at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee.

Dinner will be served from 5-7, there will be a silent auction from 5-9 and live music from 8-11.

Jamie Bryan of Kewanee is one of the family members of the late Lynn Saey of Kewanee who lost her life to cancer and he says it was his wife Tami and other family members who decided to make this event a memorial to their mother as a means to help others…

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Mr. Bryan says as always there will be great food and entertainment on Saturday night and carry outs will be available…

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Mr. Bryan also says that tickets are priced at $20 in advance and $25 at the door…

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Hydrant Flushing Thursday On Kentville Road

Effective Thursday 4/19/18, the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center at 2021 Kentville Road will be flushing hydrants on their property.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m.

 

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

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


One Extra Day To File Taxes


The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

 

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. Throughout the system outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers and Free File. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

 

“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”

 

The IRS advised taxpayers to continue to file their taxes as normal Tuesday evening – whether electronically or on paper. Automatic six-month extensions are available to taxpayers who need additional time to file can visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/extension-of-time-to-file-your-tax-return.


Best Buildings In Illinois History Picked

The lists keep on coming from the state’s bicentennial commission and it’s Top 200 Project. Voting has just wrapped up on selection of the best buildings in Illinois. And baseball fans had their voice heard says Chris Wills, as Wrigley Field was selected as the state’s best building. Then a famous architect was recognized twice in the top five.

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One of the world’s tallest buildings the Willis Tower made the top ten.


Hydrant Repair and Water Shut Off

Effective Thursday 4/19/18, the City of Kewanee Water Department boil order has been lifted for residents in the 400, 500, and 600 blocks of West Prospect, 500 block of South Cottage, 600 block of South Grove, and 510 South Grove.  These areas were shut off during a hydrant repair 4/18/18.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Effective Wednesday 4/18/18, 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 south side of the intersection of South Park and West Prospect Streets.  Residents in the 400, 500, and 600 blocks of West Prospect, 500 block of South Cottage, 600 block of South Grove, as well as 510 South Grove will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, 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.

 


Ag Safety Day Set For May 5th in Cambridge

The Henry County Farm Bureau and Gold Star FS in Cambridge will join up with several other organizations to present their free, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day on Saturday, May 5th at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Cambridge.

Sheri Saskowski is the Enviromental Health and Safety Specialist at Gold Star FS and she says there will be interactive and hands on activities for the whole family…

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Ms. Saskowski says there is no cost to attend but they are looking for pre-registration for those planning to attend…

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Ms. Saskowski adds that safety on the farm is close to her heart and she hopes that the community will take advantage of this valuable program…

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If anyone might have some extra time and would like to volunteer to help out on May 5th, this will not hurt Ms. Saskowski’s feelings…

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Further information on the day’s events for May 5th by contacting Sheri Saskowski at Gold Star FS  in Cambridge at 937-3399 


Tax Filing Deadline Is Today

The deadline for filing income taxes for the 2017 calendar year is today.

If you have a refund coming, you can go beyond today’s date to file, but why leave that money behind any longer than necessary.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service in St Louis says the filing season so far has gone pretty well…

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With the filing deadline at hand, many people will feel a sense of being rushed at the last minute and that can lead to errors and miscalculations…

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Many folks that are due a refund for this year have already filed and received their money back, but if you have yet to file or are waiting for your refund, there is a very convenient tool to help you keep track of that situation…

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Alley Closure Set For Wednesday In Kewanee

UPDATE:This project is being rescheduled from Tuesday 4/17/18 to Wednesday 4/18/18. 


Effective Wednesday 4/18/18 at 8:00 a.m. Ameren will be scheduling an alley closure.  The alley between the 100 blocks of North Tremont and Chestnut Streets, going north off of West 1st will be closed for a gas repair.  This is a one way alley and residents will not have access behind Breedlove’s, Johnson Appliance and the Salvation Army.  Work is expected to take place through the afternoon.

 

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


Understanding Weather Terms.

Now is a good time for a refresher on weather terms as we roll into the spring storm season. Chris Miller is with the National Weather Service.
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Miller says flash flooding remains a big danger and has killed more people in Illinois in recent years than any other weather phenomenon. 


Sen Weaver welcomes FFA students to Capitol

 On April 11, State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) met with a group of FFA students from the Galva, Kewanee, and Cambridge chapters. The FFA members came to Springfield for Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day (IALD), which brings together farm, agricultural commodity organizations and other diverse agriculture interest groups at the state Capitol.  FFA members delivered baskets filled with agricultural products and specialty lunches for the legislators. The purpose of these baskets is to remind lawmakers about the multiple facets agriculture has in the lives of their constituents and the impacts their choices make on the world of agriculture.


KPL Programs For This Week

Kewanee Public Library has a couple of programs of interest this week.

KPL Children’s Librarian Sara Billiet says there will be an afterschool program for Junior High students on Wednesday and there will also be a Family Fun Night on Tuesday evening…

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SCSWCD Spring Sales

The Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District has a couple of spring time sales going on.

Resource Conservationist Jan Powelson says their fish sale order deadline is set for Tuesday…

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Ms. Powelson adds that a tree sale deadline was set for last Monday but they are still taking a last minute order or two.

She also says that their native plant sale is also underway…

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Vet Sciences Open House April 18 at BHC East Campus

Learn more about becoming a veterinary technician or a veterinary assistant at the Black Hawk College Veterinary Sciences Open House on Wednesday, April 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the college’s East Campus.

 

Attendees will:

  • Tour the Veterinary Sciences Center.
  • Meet the staff and our resident animals.
  • Attend a short info session detailing the programs at 6 p.m.
  • Enjoy refreshments.

 

For more information, contact Samantha Rux at ruxs@bhc.edu or 309-854-1724.


Water Shut Off & Boil Order Scheduled

Effective Monday 4/16/18, 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 420 East McClure Street.  Residents in the 400 block of East McClure, as well as 333 East Street South will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 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.
 


Largest dry mill ethanol plant in Illinois

Illinois is home to the largest dry mill ethanol plant in the U.S. It’s Marquis Energy located in Hennepin in Putnam County. They now produce 360-million gallons per year. Company CEO Mark Marquis says Illinois River access has been key to their success.
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The first truckload of corn was delivered to Marquis Energy in April of 2008. Most of their corn comes from a 70-mile radius.


Galva Arts Council presents Daniel Watkins

The Galva Arts Council will host Daniel Watkins on April 14 at 7 PM. Daniel Watkins is a talented bluegrass, old-time, and acoustic  musician. This is the last Coffee House for the 2017-18 season!

Growing up next to the Illinois River, Daniel Watkins has always found inspiration in the river valley area. Influenced by John Harford, Norman Blake and Jerry Garcia, Daniel was just a teenager when he began sneaking into bars to play in various string bands. Since then he has shared the stage with the likes of Chicago Farmer and Henhouse Prowlers. Combining his flat picking and songwriting, Daniel weaves tales of life in the Illinois River Valley.

 

The Arts Council will also be taking some time to thank the volunteers that dedicate so much of their time, energy and money to make the GAC so successful. We invite everyone to come and show their appreciation to our wonderful volunteers.

 

An open mic will follow at 8:30 p.m. All area musicians, storytellers and other artists are invited to participate. A delicious dessert and snack bar with coffee will also be included.

Admission and refreshments are free of charge, but donations are suggested and appreciated.


Applications Are Still Available for the 2018 Henry County Fair Queen Pageant

All this month Young woman from across the area will be able to enter into the 2018 Miss Henry County Fair Queen Pageant.  The 2017 reigning Miss Henry County Fair Queen Becca Fisher was in this morning to give us some details on the pageant.  Miss Fisher said that the Little Miss Pageant is already reached capacity however; the Junior Miss Pageant and Miss Pageant are still taking applications until May 7th. 


While we had Becca in the Studio we asked her to share some of the great things she as learned and experienced while holding her title.

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Miss Fisher also explained all the truly amazing things you can take away from the Henry County Fair Queen pageant Crown or Not.
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To obtain an application for the 2018 Miss and Junior Miss Henry County Fair Queen Pageants you can go to www.henrycountyfairil.com. The Junior Miss Pageant is open to ages 11-14 and the Miss pageant is open to young ladies ages 16-21 that reside in Henry County. For More information you can contact the pageant director Kelli Patton at 309.944.7743.


Hydrant Repair Monday In Kewanee

Effective Monday 4/16/18, 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 420 East McClure Street.  Residents in the 400 block of East McClure, as well as 333 East Street South will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 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.


Grain Dust Explosions Up In 2017

The number of reported grain dust explosions increased nationwide last year, but remain below the 10-year average, according to an annual report by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

In 2017, seven explosions resulted in five fatalities and 12 injuries at a pet food plant, a grain mill and five grain elevators. This compares to five explosions and three fatalities in 2016. The 10-year average is 9.3 explosions annually.

“Even with a 40 percent increase in the volume of grains handled and processed since the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) grain handling standard was promulgated in 1988, the number of incidents has steadily declined over the past 10 years,” said Kingsly Ambrose, lead report author and assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

Wisconsin reported two explosions, while Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon and Minnesota each reported one. One Wisconsin explosion resulted in all the 2017 fatalities and 11 injuries. The Oregon explosion resulted in an injury.

In two cases, an explosion was caused by an overheated bearing and electric spark. The remaining five cases were attributed to unknown ignition sources. Ambrose reported explosions frequently destroy evidence that could confirm the source.

Most 2017 explosions occurred in the latter half of the year, when grain handling occurs more frequently. “Though explosion suppression systems provide some protection, we must keep in mind that grain dust explosions can only be controlled through preventive measures,” he said.


Hike The Hennepin On Sunday


The Friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on

Sunday, April 15.

This month’s hike will be from Bridge 47 to Bridge 50 on the Feeder Canal. This portion of the "Hike the Hennepin" is 4.0 miles in length and it has been named the "White Tail Deer".

We will meet at Bridge 50 on the northwest side at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Bridge 47 to begin our hike. Directions to Bridge 50 are to take Route 40 north from Route 6 (orI80) to Route 172. Then west on Route 172 to where it crosses the Feeder Canal.

The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an

opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois

River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs.

You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no

fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress

weather appropriately and bring bottled water for hot weather hikes.

For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:

hikes@friends-hennepin-canal.org (email) or call 815-664-2403 (home)

or log on to our website at: www.friends-hennepin-canal.org

Next hike:

May 20 Hike route: Lock 6 to Br. 6 (Lock11) Length: 4.6 miles Meet at: Lock 11 (Tiskilwa)

Hike name: Snapping Turtle


Stories Of The History Of The Local League Of Women Voters

 

The public is invited to the kickoff event to "Celebrate the League of Women Voters and the 19th Amendment".  In just two years, the League of of Women Voters of the United States and Illinois will be celebrating their 100th anniversaries.  

 

The first event will be a program about the history of the League of Women Voters of the Kewanee Area which was formed in 1946.  It will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center (north of Kewanee city hall).  Refreshments will be served.

 

One speaker will be Grace Good, a member for over 60 years and a former board member.  She joined as a young mother interested in getting grade A milk in Kewanee.  One of her projects was getting a $2000 grant from the national League to hold a seminar at Black Hawk College on the topic of sustainable farming.  Over 150 agriculture students and public attended.  

 

Betty Pillen will be the other speaker.  She was a former board member and local president from 1969 to 1971.  Around 1970, she testified against strip mining to a subcommittee of the state legislature for the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

 

Both will tell about their times in the League. They will enlighten us with stories about the impact the League has had on members and the community alike. Some examples of this impact are hosting candidate forums; getting grade A inspected milk sold in Kewanee; and advocating for the city-manager form of government, truck routes, and less burning outside in Kewanee.  

 

The 19th Amendment allowing women to vote officially became a part of the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920, after the U.S. Congress passed the amendment on June 4, 1919, and Illinois ratified on June 10, 1919.  

 

The League of Women Voters of the United States was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920, at Chicago's Congress Hotel.  

 

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase the understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  

 

Those interested in joining or want more information may contact President Carla Hillman at 852-5215 or hillmanc@bhc.edu, or go to the websites www.lwv.org for the national league and www.lwvil.org for the state league.  


Illinois Department of Human Rights Launches New Website

 

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) is launching a new website, featuring a more modern and user-friendly design.

IDHR Director Janice Glenn says the new website offers the same valuable tools as before, but now, users will be able to access popular services more easily and get access to information about the sexual harassment hotline.

"I encourage everyone to visit the new IDHR website,” Glenn said. “The new layout allows for quick access to any information you may need -  such as filing a charge, understanding the charge process, and get details about the latest news and happenings at the agency. Our staffs at the IDHR and DoIt worked hard to rollout this new design and I’m proud of the product they have built.”

The website is a resource for Illinois citizens who need information on discrimination, harassment and the charge process. It will aid in carrying out IDHRs mission to protect individuals from unlawful discrimination and promote equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The sites design efforts focused on aesthetics, simplifying content, and increasing the visibility of the resources IDHR offers and allows for streamlined menus, clear navigation, and a responsive layout for all platforms. The site can be accessed at www2.illinois.gov/dhr.

The completion of this project would not have been possible without the support and aid of The Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT).


Congressman Davis Wants To Focus on Workforce Development in Upcoming Farm Bill

Recent reforms to the farm bill saved taxpayers over $100-billion and Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis hopes to continue those reforms with the upcoming farm bill negotiations. The Taylorville Republican says the last farm bill flipped the emphasis from SNAP benefits to agriculture. Now he hopes to focus on getting those on food and nutrition benefits into the workforce.

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Congressman Davis sees this problem in his district and wants to invest money into workforce training for those on benefit programs to meet the demand of employers.

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Davis is hoping his colleagues on the House Ag Committee will work with him to help get those on the benefit programs into good paying jobs. 


Levitt AMP Galva Music Series Lineup Announced

Grab some lawn chairs and get ready for a summer full of music in Galva. The Galva Arts Council is excited to announce a very talented lineup for its 10-week Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media. Held at Wiley Park in Galva, these Sunday concerts are an opportunity for community members of all ages to enjoy free live music in a picnic-style setting. Special activities and dinners put on by a variety of local organizations in Wiley Park will precede the concerts. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during concerts. Admission to the concerts is free and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family, and neighbors for an opportunity to meet new friends and celebrate the summer season.

 

The 2018 lineup includes the following acts:

 

  • May 27 – The Giving Tree Band (New Age Outlaw) with John Till (Folk)
  • June 3 – Vandoliers (Alt. Country) with The Right Now (Soul)
  • June 10 – Mike and the Moonpies (Country) with Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes (Alt. Country)
  • June 17 – Stars Go Dim (Pop rock) with Emily Hope (Singer-songwriter)
  • June 24 – Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Mexican Folk) with Bone Jugs (Variety)
  • July 8 – Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (Zydeco) with Seasaw (pop rock)
  • July 15 – Sweet Crude (French Rock) with Upstate Rubdown (Acoustic septet)
  • July 22 – Sophistafunk (Hip Hop) with High Up (Soul)
  • July 29 – Samantha Fish (Blues) with Luke Winslow-King (Vintage blues)
  • August 5 – Kris Lager (Rock) with Calliope Musicals (Rock)

 

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support, including the following major sponsors: Mediacom, City of Galva, Quad City Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Galesburg Community Foundation, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, Twinflower Inn, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Fallengrund Alpacas, Galva Pharmacy, Michael and Lynne Grant Faller, State Bank of Toulon, Brian "Fox" Ellis, In Memory of Bill Martin Jr., The Back Road Music Festival, Big River Resources, Casey's General Store, Crescent City Tap, Delta on the Square, Dixline, Galva Chamber of Commerce, Hand Taylored Massage, Hathaway's, John H. Best & Sons, Inc., Marge Dickinson, Megan Sloan, Mel Foster Co Kewanee, Sweet Annie Primitives, The Station House, Trademark Vacations, Galva CUSD #224, Country Financial, Galva Florist, Galva Masonic Lodge #243, Gustafson Ford, Jeff Hatch, Mike Kirley, Porter Hay Insurance, and Tri-County Eye Care. The logo was created by Andrew Carlson.

 

About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.

 

About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its support of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform underused public spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life. The Foundation's primary funding areas include permanent Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, an annual grants competition. During the past decade, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to support access to free, high-caliber live music experiences while bringing new life to public spaces.

 

Learn more at http://galvaartscouncil.org and http://levittamp.org.

 


Wethersfield School Board Meets Tonight

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

April 12, 2018 — 6:30pm

 

 

I.                REGULAR BUSINESS

a.     Consent Agenda

                                                   i.     Approve Minutes of March 8, 2019 Regular and Executive Session Meeting, Minutes of the March 14, 2018 Joint Board Meeting with the Annawan Board, Minutes of the April 4, 2018 Special Board Meeting

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

                                               iii.     Approve Suspensions

                                                iv.     Approve Final 2017-2018 School Calendar

b.    Correspondence

c.     Comments From Visitors

d.    Board Member Reports

 

II.              OLD BUSINESS

a.     IHSA Swim Team

b.    FY 18 Budget Amendment

c.     PARCC Testing Update

d.    Youth Football Subcommittee Update

e.    Summer, 2018 Technology Lease

f.      FFA Trap Shooting Competition

g.     Other Old Business           

 

III.            NEW BUSINESS

a.     June 14, 2018 and July 12, 2018 Board Meeting

b.    District Bullying Policy Updates

c.     Discipline Codes, Co-curricular Codes, and Athletic Codes for 2018-2019

d.    Student Printing Program and Printer Lease

e.    Security Camera System Upgrades

f.      2018-2019 High School Graduation and Junior High Promotion Dates

g.     Approve Board Policies 2-171, 10-200, 11-110

h.    Principals’ Reports

i.      Employment of Personnel (Action After Executive Session)

j.      Other New Business

k.     Comments From Visitors  

 

IV.            EXECUTIVE SESSION (Employment of Personnel/Student Discipline/Individual Student Matter/Contract Negotiations)

 

V.              ANNOUNCEMENTS

a.     High School Play: Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7:00pm in HS Gym

b.    Midterm for 4th Nine Weeks: Friday, April 20

c.     Junior/Senior Prom: Saturday, April 28 from 8:00-10:00 at The Kewanee Dunes

d.    High School Honors Breakfast/Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 2 at 8:30am

e.    Spring Band Concert: Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30pm

f.      Spring Choral Concert: Thursday, May 3 at 6:30pm

g.     Next Board Meeting: Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm

 

VI.            ADJOURN


Congresswoman Bustos Statement on the Retirement of Speaker Ryan

 

 

“I wish Speaker Ryan well, but I really wish I could offer congratulations to him on a job well done. However, on his watch the deficit exploded to more than $1 trillion, endangering Social Security and Medicare. He also gave billionaires and corporate special interests massive windfall tax breaks while increasing health care costs for millions of hardworking Americans.

 

“America is headed in the wrong direction, and we need a major course correction if we’re going to put hardworking families first once again. People are sick of getting a raw deal from Washington - they deserve a Better Deal rooted in creating better jobs, better wages and a better future for all Americans.”

 


SC Morel Mushroom Festival Set For May 12

The 10th annual Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival will be held on Saturday, May 5th in the Toulon City Park.

Event Chairman Duke Frisby says it will be another great mushroom festival with as always, some wrinkles in the festival…

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Frisby adds that they are still accepting applications for general vendors for this year’s event…

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Duke also outlines the protocol for the mushroom vendors for this years mushroom festival…

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Past Volunteers Honored by the Galva Fire Department

Several Members of the Galva Fire Department were honored on Tuesday night for their Service to the City of Galva.  The Members were honored with plaques that had their names and years of service, it also had a very special memento, the badge they wore on their helmet during their time on the Department.  Unfortunately, there were a few honorees that could not attend.  Attendees included:

 

  • Lucas Wigant 8 years of service
  • Donnie Collinson 9 years of service
  • Dwayne Clevenger 9 years of service
  • Dane Anderson 14 years of service
  • Jim Smith 15 years of service
  • Dave Robinson 16 years of service
  • Dave Johnson 22 years of service
  • Larry Collinson 23 years of service
  • Greg Thompson 33 years of service
  • Sherm Raley 55 years of service

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke to host blood drive on Thursday

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, April 12 from 7am-5pm in the East and West Conference Rooms at OSF HealthCare Saint Luke, 1051 West South Street, Kewanee.


Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and Rapid Pass. With the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, donors can conveniently schedule and manage donation appointments, access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass before coming to their appointments.


All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in moststates (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


For the optimum blood donation experience, be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day before donating. It is best to give blood on a full stomach. Donors are encouraged to eat iron-rich foods such as meats, eggs, dark green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, raisins, tomato juice and whole grain breads/noodles.


For more information or to make an appointment, call OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Lab at 309-852-7810. Walk-in’s are welcome.


IRS Tax Filing Info

The filing deadline for 2017 income taxes is rapidly approaching and while many people have filed and even received their returns, many others have yet to file.

Michael Devine with the IRS Office in St Louis says that April 17 will be this year’s filing deadline…

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Devine adds that April 17 is also the statute deadline for refunds not filed from 2014…

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Sound The Alarm

Sound the Alarm and save a life is a program through the American Red Cross and others that will provide free smoke alarms to those that sign up for the program.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 28 as the Kewanee Fire Dept and other volunteers will be installing free smoke alarms by appointment in the Kewanee area.

Keith Edwards is the Director of Community Development for the City of Kewanee and he says there is a number to call to get registered and they are also looking for volunteers to help install the smoke alarms…

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AG Sues Electric Provider

The state is suing an electric company for aggressive and deceptive tactics. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that Major Energy Electric Services has been making confusing claims to new customers.

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Madgian’s suit says the customers in Com-Ed regions are the one’s affected. And she says in almost every instance the bills for people who signed up with Major Energy were higher than they would have been if they would have stayed with Com-Ed.


Thinking grain bin safety

Not a lot of field work is being done in Illinois as winter weather has creeped into spring for much of the state. But now is a good time for farmers to pause and think about grain bin safety says Eric Vanasdale, Senior Loss Control Representative with Country Financial.
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Nobody has died in an Illinois commercial grain storage facility since 2013, according to the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, which conducts several training sessions every year.


WKEI Open Line

Open LIne for April 10

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City of Kewanee On Tuned IN

Keith Edwards talks about the upcoming city wide clean up

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Hog Festival Committee Meets Tonight

Time for the April Hog Festival Meeting. This month we are doing a light meal for everyone beginning at 6 pm. Nothing fancy: sloppy joes, chips, salads, drinks and a couple of desserts. Game plan is to get food over by 6:40, do a quick clear-off of food and then begin the formal meeting at 7 pm SHARP. If you are receiving this email, you are encouraged to join us at 6 pm for some food. But if you would prefer just to attend the 7 pm meeting, that's ok too. We are expecting representatives from the City of Kewanee and the carnival to be present as we tackle what's become a tough item: downtown power. At this time, it is looking like no matter what we do, it's going to be expensive and possibly put our organization into debt for a few years. So it's very important, if you have an interest and/or fondness in Hog Days, that you attend this meeting and get your two cents worth in! 


Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for March

 

Abby Thorp of rural Kewanee was nominated by her peers to received recognition as Achiever of the Month for March at Abilities Plus. She received this honor because of her good attendance and work on goals, a willingness to complete new jobs, and her friendly, positive attitude.  Abby also volunteers at Kewanee Public Library and assists with events at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church.


Rare 1846 Men's Shirt Donated to the Illinois State Museum

 

The Illinois State Museum is thrilled to announce the recent donation of a man’s dress shirt dating back to 1846, with a documented history of who made it, who wore it, and the specific day on which it was worn.

Springfield native Zimri Enos wore the short on his wedding day on June 10, 1846.  The high-collared, ruffled shirt is made of linen, fastens to the throat, and is embroidered with Zimri’s initials.  Its triangular-shaped gussets under the sleeves would have allowed him to have a wider range of motion.

Ruffled shirts were considered fancy at the time, and were typically worn by urban gentlemen.  They even had some political implications.  Politicians of the day who wished to paint their rivals as elitist and out-of-touch often accused each other of wearing “ruffled shirts.”

Zimri’s mother, Salome Enos, made the shirt.  She’s considered one of the “founding mothers” of Springfield because she and her husband were one of the first families to own land in the city.  The shirt was passed down through several generations before being donated to the Illinois State Museum by the O.M. Hatch family, descendants of the Enos family.  The shirt came with a handwritten note reading, “Wedding shirt of Father’s made by Grandma Enos.”

While a shirt like this would have been common in the 19th century, they’re quite a rare find today.  Most of them were cut down for children’s clothing, cut up for bandages, or turned into rags somewhere along the way.

The Illinois State Museum is grateful to the Enos-Hatch family descendants for donating the shirt to the Museum.  It will be on display at the “Illinois Bicentennial and Beyond:  The Illinois Legacy Collection” exhibition, which will open on June 30.


The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage.  The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people and art of Illinois.

The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield.


Friends April Hike

The Friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on
Sunday, April 15.


This month’s hike will be from Bridge 47 to Bridge 50 on the Feeder Canal. This portion of the "Hike the Hennepin" is 4.0 miles in length and it has been named the "White Tail Deer".
We will meet at Bridge 50 on the northwest side at 1:30 pm, where we will be shuttled to Bridge 47 to begin our hike. Directions to Bridge 50 are to take Route 40 north from Route 6 (orI80) to Route 172. Then west on Route 172 to where it crosses the Feeder Canal.


The monthly hikes were developed by the Friends of the Hennepin Canal as an
opportunity for everyone to get to know the Canal personally by hiking it from the Illinois
River to the Mississippi (including the Feeder Canal) in small legs.


You need not be a member of the Friends to join us in any of the hikes. There is no

fee for the hikes. Come and join in the fun and bring a friend. We ask that you dress
weather appropriately and bring bottled water for hot weather hikes.
For more information, contact Ed Herrmann at:


hikes@friends-hennepin-canal.org (email) or call 815-664-2403 (home)
or log on to our website at: www.friends-hennepin-canal.org
Next hike:


May 20 Hike route: Lock 6 to Br. 6 (Lock11) Length: 4.6 miles Meet at: Lock 11 (Tiskilwa)
Hike name: Snapping Turtle


Free Tax Preparation Services Available Nationwide For Those Who Qualify

 

 

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers today that they may qualify for free tax help at over 11,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationwide. VITA sites are located at community and neighborhood centers and provide tax assistance to taxpayers whose incomes qualify for the program.

 

The VITA program offers free tax help to individuals who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and individuals with limited English proficiency who need assistance in preparing their taxes. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those ages 60 and older. The IRS certified VITA and TCE volunteers are trained to help with many tax questions, including credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

 

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a significant tax credit for workers who earned $53,930 or less in 2017. Last year, almost 27 million eligible workers and families received over $65 billion in EITC, with an average EITC amount of $2,445. The maximum EITC amount for 2017 is $6,318 for qualifying families with three or more children. To receive the credit, eligible taxpayers must file a tax return, even if they do not have a filing requirement. The VITA and TCE programs can help answer many EITC questions and help taxpayers claim the credit if they qualify. Taxpayers may also use the IRS.gov EITC Assistant to help them determine their eligibility. 

 

Before visiting a VITA or TCE site, taxpayers should review Publication 3676-B to be aware of the services provided and what to bring to a site. To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, taxpayers can use the VITA and TCE locator tools available on IRS.gov, download the IRS mobile app IRS2Go or call 800-906-9887.

 

For assistance preparing a tax return at a VITA or TCE site, taxpayers must bring all required documents and information including:

· Proof of identification (photo ID) for taxpayer and spouse

· Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents

·      An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for those who do not have a Social Security number

· Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN

· Birth dates for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents

· Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers and other payers

· Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

· Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received

· A copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns, if available

· Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit, such as a blank check

· To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

· Total amount paid for daycare services and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number

· Forms 1095-A, B and C, Health Coverage Statements

· Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable

 

In addition, the military and the IRS join together to provide free tax assistance to military personnel and their families. The Armed Forces Tax Council (AFTC) consists of tax program coordinators for the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The AFTC oversees the operation of the military tax programs worldwide, and serves as the main conduit for outreach by the IRS to military personnel and their families. Volunteers can also address military specific tax issues, such as combat zone tax benefits and the impact of the EITC guidelines.

 

In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, each site will file returns electronically for free. Combining e-file with direct deposit is the fastest and most accurate way to file. The IRS issues nine out of 10 refunds in 21 days or less. Paper returns take longer to process. Taxpayers who chose to file electronically and owe can make a payment by the April 17, 2018, deadline using Direct Pay. This IRS free service allows taxpayers to make secure payments from a checking or savings account. It also allows the taxpayer to get an automatic extension of time to file when Direct Pay is used to make a payment.

 

Taxpayers that prefer to file their tax returns electronically have the option of using IRS Free File. IRS Free File offers brand-name tax software to taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less in 2017 to file their tax returns free. Taxpayers who earned more can use Free Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms. IRS Free File is only available through the IRS website by visiting IRS.gov/freefile.

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Hydrant Work In Kewanee On Monday

 

 

Effective Monday, April 9, 2018, the City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a hydrant replacement and water shut-off with a boil order to follow.  Work is scheduled for a hydrant at the northwest corner of West Prospect and South Chestnut Streets.  The First Congregational Church and the Villa Apartments (314 West Prospect Street) will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday.

 

Any resident whose water has been shut off during this repair will be under a boil order for 48 to 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.


Nominate a BHC Alum For Hall of Fame

 

 

The Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation is accepting nominations for its Alumni Hall of Fame through Friday, April 20.

 

The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes Black Hawk College alumni for their outstanding achievements.

 

Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

· Outstanding distinction and success in chosen field.

· Humanitarian service which has proven beneficial to society.

· Completed at least 30 college credit hours at Black Hawk College.

 

If you know a Black Hawk College alum worthy of recognition who meets the criteria, please complete a nomination form and return it to the Black Hawk College Foundation Office before 5 p.m. Friday, April 20. Forms are available from the Foundation Office at 309-796-5061.

 

For more information, contact Maureen Dickinson at dickinsonm@bhc.edu.

 

The 2018 inductees will join a celebrated list of Black Hawk College alumni whose combined contributions represent a breadth of experience and distinguished impact throughout the college district and beyond. For a complete listing of Alumni Hall of Fame members, visit foundation.bhc.edu.

 


Hydrant Repair and Water Shut Off in Kewanee

Effective Monday, April 9, 2018, the City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a hydrant replacement and water shut-off with a boil order to follow.  Work is scheduled for a hydrant at the northwest corner of West Prospect and South Chestnut Streets.  The First Congregational Church and the Villa Apartments (314 West Prospect Street) will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Monday.

 

Any resident whose water has been shut off during this repair will be under a boil order for 48 to 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.
 


Attorney General Madigan wants hospitals to take a lead role in dealing with sexual assault

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is promoting legislation that calls for the medical community to provide personnel who can provide comprehensive help and treatment of sexual assault victims.....
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Madigan acknowledges the legislation is facing some resistance...
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Currently, there are roughly 150 of the specially trained nurses on the payrolls of Illinois emergency rooms.


National Weather Services Discusses Cold, Wet Spring

It's been a cold, wet spring and the National Weather Service says we have been stuck in northwest weather patterns so far this spring. Chris Miller with the National Weather Service says we're about a month behind in the traditional weather patterns, which are normal for late February and early March.

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He also notes, drought concerns that lingered in the early part of the year have been eliminated thanks to all the rain and snow this spring. 


Sports Wagering Coming to Illinois?

Lawmakers in the state are keenly watching the Supreme Court and a pending decision that may pave the way to legal sports betting in Illinois along with the rest of the United States. The High Court is considering a case that is calling for the federal ban on sports wagering to be overturned. As it stands now full scale sports betting is only legal in Nevada. But what would wide spread gaming look like in Illinois? Supporters of the plan want more than betting windows at casinos and racetracks. Chris Grove is a gaming analyst and he told an Illinois Senate panel that to get people to stop betting illegally there should be widespread access to wagering.

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Plenty needs to happen to get betting windows and sports books around Illinois and strong opposition exists from staunch anti gambling groups.


ISP To Provide Drop Off Receptacles

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is teaming up with the Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation to help decrease prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

 

Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that five ISP District headquarters across the state will house receptacles for people to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications.

 

“Many people experiment with prescription drugs before turning to more dangerous, illegal drugs,” Rauner said. “These receptacles offer people a smart and safe way to get potentially addictive drugs out of their homes and off the streets.”

 

Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation provided the receptacles for initiative. The foundation was created by David and Gail Katz, whose son died in 2007 from an overdose of prescription medication.

 

“Each day, about 2,500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time. Prescription pills are now killing more of our youth than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined,” David Katz said. “Save A Star is pleased to partner with the Illinois State Police to help avoid future tragedies.”

 

ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz says the receptacles will be placed at their District headquarters in Des Plaines, Elgin, Joliet, Collinsville, and LaSalle.

 

“Prescription drug abuse is a real issue and unfortunately, it’s all too often the gateway to opioid drug addiction.” Schmitz said. “These receptacles will help us keep drugs out of the wrong hands and will reduce the odds for accidental overdoses and future drug dependency.”

 

People will be able to drop over-the-counter and prescription medications into the receptacles, including controlled substances, pet medications, drug samples, vitamins, liquids and creams. For safety reasons, needles, thermometers, IV Bags, bloody waste and hydrogen peroxide cannot be accepted and should not be deposited into the receptacles.

 

The initiative is another step in the state’s effort to reduce opioid-related deaths in Illinois by 33-percent in three years.

 

“Our teams are working hard to combat the opioid crisis and get people the help they need,” said Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti who co-chairs the Governor's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. “Members of our Opioid Task Force have toured this state and listened to people who are impacted by these dangerous drugs. More than 2,200 people have called our Opioid Helpline since its launch in December, and our Prescription Monitoring Program is limiting peoples’ ability to get access to more prescription medicine than they need.”

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use disorder, call Illinois’ Opioid Helpline at 1-833-


Abilities Plus Receives Donation

Knights of Columbus members from St. John’s Catholic Churches of Galva, Woodhull and Cambridge visited Abilities Plus last week and presented a check for $1,201.00, proceeds from their annual fall Tootsie Roll Drive.  A. J. Bresnahan and James Baulch with the Knights of Columbus, Kim Walker, Abilities Plus Executive Director, and John Holevoet and Gale Clark, also with the Knights of Columbus.


Health Dept Highlights WIC Program


 

    National Public Health Week, April 2-8 is an opportune time for Henry and Stark County Health Department staff to show how we are “Changing Our Future Together” and promoting the health of our local children and mothers.

 

     The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff reminds area residents that they offer the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Food Supplemental program.  The WIC program promotes the health of our local children and mothers, by providing free groceries to participants; and creating healthier families by encouraging healthy eating and lifestyles.

 

      Sandy Sommer, Director of Clinical Services with the Health Department, states, “We are thrilled to announce that WIC Services are now available to local families ‘without borders.’  Which means, if you reside in a neighboring county; but actually live closer to one of our WIC locations in Kewanee or Colona, we can serve your WIC needs!” 

 

    In addition, the Health Department has expanded WIC hours in order to be more convenient to working families and school children participating in the program.

 

     Sommer adds, “We also want to stress that WIC benefits area available to eligible children up to the age of 5, pregnant women, infants, postpartum and breastfeeding women.”

 

    The Health Department WIC and Casemanagement staff encourages healthy pregnancies, babies, children and families through their services. The WIC Supplemental Food Program offers supplemental foods and nutrition education to residents who meet certain nutrition and economic guidelines.  In addition, clients may receive healthy food items such as milk, formula, eggs, and cereal; fruits, vegetables, juices, whole grain breads and tortillas.

 

    For more information on the Department's WIC and Casemanagement services 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. For more information you can also visit www.fns.usda.gov/wic.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


The Illinois Vision Clinic Outgrows Walmart Location

Thursday morning Dr. Kerry Head and his Lead Technician Stacy Wetzel stopped into discuss how The Illinois Vision Clinic’s out grew it’s previous location at Walmart Supercenter and moved to their new home at  205 Tenny Street in Kewanee
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The Illinois Vision Clinic had a big day they celebrated their grand opening and ribbon cutting today with an open house. However, Dr. Head said they are an “open house” anytime one of their patients has a question or concern.
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The Illinois Vision Clinic has locations in Kewanee and Peoria. 


Babysitting Clinic For Tweens, Teens April 28 in Kewanee

 

 

Kids age 11-16 can get trained to be a babysitter in a one-day clinic at Black Hawk College.

 

The Babysitting Clinic will be Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee. Cost is $55.

 

The clinic will cover what parents expect, how to handle emergencies, caring for and handling infants and young children, feeding techniques and diapering, age-appropriate toys and activities, tips for bedtime issues, basic first aid and how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

 

As babysitting can be first job for many students, interviewing also will be reviewed.

 

A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

 

Preregistration is required. To register, call BHC Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223 or register online atwww.bhc.edu/pace.


National Public Health Week Focus Today on Narcan

    Your Henry and Stark County Health Departments are noting the week-long celebration of National Public Health Week,April 2-8, 2018 . Today the Health Department reminds area residents they are working toward the goal of “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together " by noting their Emergency Services NARCAN Program.

   

     Mat Schnepple, Health Department Emergency Preparedness and Henry County OEM Director notes, “Opioid abuse is a major public health epidemic in the United States and Canada as the number of deaths related to opioid toxicity continues to rise. In 2013, there were 16,325 prescription opioid related deaths in the U.S., quadruple the number of deaths that occurred in 1999, and an additional 8,257 deaths from heroin.” 

 

     Schnepple adds, “First responders such as EMTs and Law Enforcement officials are often called to situations involving opioid-related emergencies. These calls may involve a variety of patient conditions including chronic pain management for musculoskeletal pain or cancer-related pain, illicit drug use and intentional overdose.”

 

     Due to this opioid epidemic, the Illinois Public Act 096-0361, approved in January 2010,  enables strategies to reduce deaths attributed to opioid overdose.  The order allows:  authorized responders to maintain and possess and administer supplies of nasal naloxone (Narcan) kits to person experiencing a drug overdose.

 

     The Health Department notes that they have received a special grant that provides for special Narcan administration training for area law enforcement officials.  Through supplying and training area first responders on the use of Narcan in possible overdose situations; the Health Department is conducting efforts to save those struggling with addiction from fatal overdoses and preventable injuries and death.

 

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


Roadwork Thursday On The Kewanee 'S' Curve

 

The City of Kewanee has scheduled an inlet repair along the “S” curve of Main/Tenney Streets near the median at East Division Street.  Work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday 4/5/18. 

 

The following areas will be re-routed while work is taking place:

·       Lane restriction will be for the inside Northbound lane of Main/Tenney Streets

·       Drivers will not be able to turn left from Main Street going east onto East Division Street.

·       Drivers will not be able to turn left from East Division Street going south onto Main/Tenney Streets.

·       Access to New Horizon Day Care Center may be congested on the East Division Street side.  Drivers are asked to enter the facility off of Houle Avenue and exit onto Willard Street.

 

Residents are asked to avoid these areas if possible and to take caution if driving near the work zone areas.  If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.


Soybean Farmers Caught In Trade War

Farmers took a big hit this morning when China reacted to proposed tariffs from the US. The Chinese government slapped a proposed 25 percent tariff on soybeans. The market reacted quickly and the 2018 crop lost more than a billion and half dollars of expected value. Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville and Chairman of the American Soybean Association says that he’s been left frustrated by the escalating trade tensions between the US and China. According to Moore the US farmer needs the world’s consumers to grow their business.

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China buys 61 percent of US soybean exports and that amounts to 30 percent of all US soybean production. 


Inlet Repair Will Re-route Traffic on the 4 Lanes in Kewanee

The City of Kewanee has scheduled an inlet repair along the “S” curve of Main/Tenney Streets near the median at East Division Street.  Work is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday 4/5/18. 

The following areas will be re-routed while work is taking place:


• Lane restriction will be for the inside Northbound lane of Main/Tenney Streets
• Drivers will not be able to turn left from Main Street going east onto East Division Street.
• Drivers will not be able to turn left from East Division Street going south onto Main/Tenney Streets.
• Access to New Horizon Day Care Center may be congested on the East Division Street side.  Drivers are asked to enter the facility off of Houle Avenue and exit onto Willard Street.

 

The City of Kewanee's Rod Johnson explains

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Residents are asked to avoid these areas if possible and to take caution if driving near the work zone areas.  If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 852-2611.


Hydrant Work In Kewanee Today

Effective Wednesday 4/4/18, 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 624 S Chestnut.  Residents in the 600 block of South Chestnut Street will have water shut off during this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting.  If work is not able to be done on Wednesday, 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.


Chinese Tariff on Pork Products Could Have Wide Ranging Impacts on Illinois

With China’s announcement to impose a tariff on U.S. pork products, the impact could be far reaching and hit especially close to home for some Illinois farmers. Chinese officials have imposed a 25 percent tariff on incoming U.S. pork products. Jim Monroe with the National Pork Producers Association says U.S. pork is a highly competitive product in a free global market, and this tariff makes access to a large Chinese market more difficult.

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Monroe says about 550-thousand jobs tie directly to the pork industry across rural America, and the tariffs open the door for other pork-producing countries, like Germany and Denmark, to get business the U.S. could lose because of the tariff.


La Nina impacting Illinois spring weather

Water temps in the Pacific Ocean impacting spring weather in Illinois. And those water temps are cooler—creating a La Nina effect or cooler and wetter weather says DTN Chief Agriculture Meteorologist Bryce Anderson.
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The central portion of Illinois experienced snow last weekend and the northern and western portions of the state the weekend before.


Black Hawk College and Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) Local 1836 Contract

Black Hawk College and Union Local 1836, representing the faculty and some professional staff approved a four-year labor agreement April 2, 2018. Union members approved the contract in a vote during the day and the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees approved it by unanimous vote in a special board meeting that evening. The complete contract will be available later today, Tuesday, April 3.

 

Key Points of the contract include the following:

 

·         The contract is four years.

·         The overall pay scale increase is:

o   FY 2018:  $750 flat increase year one

o   FY 2019:  $1150 flat increase year two

o   FY 2019: 2.9% increase

o   FY 2020:  3.0% increase

To be consistent with other employee groups:

·         The insurance cost share match per month is:

o   CY 2018:  Single $90, Family $300

o   CY 2019:  Single $90, Family $300

o   CY 2020:  Single $100, Family $340 or 12.5% Single, 17.5% Family, whichever is less

o   CY 2021:  Single 12.5%, Family 17.5%

 

·         Union members will move to a bi-weekly pay schedule in January 2019.


WKEI Open Line

Open Line for April 3

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OSF Hospice On Tuned IN

Father Jerry Rafalko is the guest

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City Wide Clean Up Set For May 12

The next city wide clean up in Kewanee has been set for Saturday, May 12th once again to be held at the old Kewanee Hospital site on Elliott Street.

Keith Edwards is the Director of Community Development for the City of Kewanee and he says there are a couple of key points to keep in mind…

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Edwards stresses that there is a limit of items that will and will not be accepted and he says best to call ahead to City Hall if there is any question in your mind…

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New this year to the clean up effort will be the fact that tires will be accepted.

Again, there are some stipulations…

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Keith also stresses that the tires will be accepted at Moore’s Tire Company which many will recall is the old Keister’s Tire and Battery…

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ISP Offers Tips In The Event Of An Accident

 Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are reminding motorists of the dangers of getting out of your car after you have been involved in a crash or stranded on the roadway.  Three pedestrian fatalities have occurred on Illinois roadways within the last week.  The Governors Highway Safety Association reported the number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017 was at a 25-year high.

The ISP suggests the following if you are involved in a crash or find yourself stranded on the roadway.


· You should resist the urge to immediately exit the vehicle.  Generally, the safest place is in your vehicle with the seatbelt on.

· If your vehicle is in a lane of traffic and you can safely move it, please do so.

· Call 911 to report the crash before you call home or your insurance company.  

· If you must exit the vehicle, move off the roadway and keep your eyes on traffic.   Do not try to direct traffic nor step in front of traffic to try to wave down help.  


Motorists can help prevent pedestrian related crashes by reducing speed, moving to an alternate lane, and being aware of their surroundings.  Please remember, effective January 1, 2017, Scott’s Law, also known as the Move Over Law, was expanded to require motorists to Mover Over for all stationery vehicles. The Move Over Law is intended to protect all of us.  Drivers must always remain alert and remember that stranded motorists and pedestrians may be on the roads.  

Three out of four interstate pedestrian fatalities occur after dark.  In many cases, drivers do not see the pedestrian until it is too late, and there is no time to react or apply the brakes.  Most pedestrian related fatal crashes involve a pedestrian running in front of a vehicle or crossing the roadway.  

Motorists should also consider calling 911 when they see what could be a crashed vehicle alongside the roadway.  Do not assume that the vehicle has been reported and checked.  


Health Dept Offers Advice On Communicable Diseases

     As National Public Health Week, April 2-8, is celebrated throughout the country, officials at the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that communicable disease control is one of the oldest public health programs in existence. 

     Jessica Hand, LPN Communicable Disease Nurse with the Health Department notes, “The fact is deaths from infectious/communicable diseases have declined markedly in the United States during the 20th century. This decline is contributed to a sharp drop in infant and child mortality and to the 29.2-year increase in life expectancy. For example, in 1900, 30% of all deaths occurred among children aged less than 5 years; in 1997, that percentage was only 1.4%. In 1900, the three leading causes of death were pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB), and diarrhea and enteritis, which caused one third of all deaths.   In 1997, heart disease and cancers accounted for 54.7% of all deaths, with only 4.5% attributable to pneumonia, influenza, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.”

     Despite this overall progress, one of the most devastating epidemics in human history occurred during the 20th century: the 1918 influenza pandemic that resulted in 20 million deaths, including 500,000 in the United States, in less than 1 year--more than have died in as short a time during any war or famine in the world. HIV infection, first recognized in 1981, has caused a pandemic that is still in progress, affecting 33 million people and causing an estimated 13.9 million deaths. These episodes illustrate the volatility of infectious disease death rates and the unpredictability of disease emergence.

     Health Department Communicable Disease program services include: local communicable disease surveillance; TB testing, control and treatment; sexually transmitted disease testing, contact tracing and treatment; and immunization promotion and administration.

    For more information, or to schedule an appointment at either of their office locations call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 Kewanee or (309) 792-4011 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

 


Vote For Galva

For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help fund local park improvement projects across the country through the national “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month campaign. The city that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park. To vote:  Go to meetmeatthepark.org, register to vote, enter "Galva, IL USA" in the nomination box, and hit Submit.  Voters can vote once per day April 1st through April 30th.

 

John Taylor, who has partnered with the Galva Arts Council to put on the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series which will take place at Wiley Park in Galva, said of the grant, “This grant is a great opportunity to directly make a positive impact in the community that will be felt by the entire area. We are planning to make the summer concerts in the park an annual series that we expect thousands of people will attend. Winning this grant would give the City of Galva extra funding to make improvements to its parks and, eventually, it would be great to see a permanent pavilion erected!”

 

Local parks make the area a better place to live and shape so many lives. Parks are essential to a city’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature—and they help preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 Galva residents will have the opportunity to nominate their city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements local parks.

 

“At NRPA we believe everyone deserves a great park. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on this campaign,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Everyone is encouraged to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by participating in this year’s campaign. A nomination for your favorite park is all it takes.”

 

This Earth Month, Galva citizens can show what parks mean to their community by nominating their great city. Encourage your friends to nominate your city by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth.

 

For more information and to nominate your city, visit www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark.

 

About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.

 

About The National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.


Fake Weed Turns Deadly

A death is now being linked to fake weed or a spice. The Illinois Department of Public Health warned last week about the drug causing a rash of gruesome symptoms including bleeding from the eyes. But using has turned fatal according the IDPH. The death joins 38 reported cases of bleeding from the eyes after people use the drug also known as K2. Melaney Arnold with IDPH says they battle a belief that using the drug has little to no side effects.

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Details on the deceased person have yet to be released but people who have wound up in the hospital have tested positive for an anticoagulant found in rat poison.


March Ends Cold and Wet

A good portion of the state suffered through a big snow fall in mid March before this weekend’s snow cut a narrower path through central Illinois. Those weather patterns were indicative of a cool and damp start to spring that impacted much of Illinois says State Climatologist Jim Angel.

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That March snow left as much as 8 to 9 inches from the Quad Cities to Champaign and this weekend April began with 5 to 6 inches of snow in areas south of Peoria.


HCHD On People to People

Health Dept Director of Health Promotions RaeAnn Tucker is the guest

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WKEI Open Line

Open Line for April 2

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OSF On Tuned IN

Carrie Boelens and Dr. Jeff Ruskusky are the guests

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Health Dept Notes The Value of Mental Health Support Groups


 

 

     As National Public Health Week, April 2-8, is celebrated throughout the country, officials at the Henry and Stark County Health Departments note that behavioral/mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States—that is nearly 60 million Americans.

 

      A mental disorder or mental illness is a diagnosable illness that affects a person’s thinking, emotional state and behavior and disrupts the person’s ability to work, carry out daily activities and engage in satisfying relationships.  Studies show the 3 most common mental disorders are:  anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

     So this Public Health Week - 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 the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00-7:30pm at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E. 3rd St., Kewanee.

 

     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 call (309) 738-2146.


Jobless Rate Down In IL In Feb

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.7 percent in February and nonfarm payrolls increased by +15,200 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. January jobs were revised down to show a slight drop (-1,300 jobs) rather than a slight gain as initially reported (+200 jobs).

Job growth improved in the December to February period posting average monthly gains of +4,400 jobs, an increase over the prior three-month period (September to November 2017) with average monthly gains of +3,100 jobs.

“Illinois job growth is starting the year off with stronger momentum as average growth has picked up in early 2018,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, the unemployment rate has declined to an 11-year low.”

“The work of the administration is paying off as employers around the world look to Illinois to expand their business,” said Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce Sean McCarthy. “Our goal is to continue to build upon these positive results by attracting investment and creating good paying jobs for all Illinoisans.”

In February, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Government (+7,300); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+5,900); and Professional and Business Services (+5,500). The three industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Leisure and Hospitality (-2,900); Education and Health Services (-1,800); and Other Services (-900).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +48,700 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in February: Manufacturing (+18,100); Leisure and Hospitality (+8,200); and Government (+8,000). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Information Services (-4,600); Other Services (-1,100); and Mining (-400). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.8 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.6 percent over-the-year gain in February.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.6 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for February 2018, which held at 4.1 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.4 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.1 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.7 percent in April 2007.

The number of unemployed workers dipped -2.0 percent from the prior month to 305,300, down -7.4 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was unchanged 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 63,180 posted resumes with 190,226 jobs available. 


IL Home Prices Up In February

 Lower housing inventory and strong buyer demand drove median home prices higher even as statewide home sales decreased in February, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in February 2018 totaled 8,151 homes sold, down 5.1 percent from 8,585 in February 2017.

The statewide median price in February was $185,000, up 8.8 percent from February 2017, when the median price was $170,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"A chronic shortage in the number of available homes on the market is setting this spring market up to be one where buyers are going to have to move quickly and decisively," said Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI, president of Illinois REALTORS® and broker-owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign. "We saw an increase in the number of properties which came onto the market in February, but we're still a long way from having enough inventory to satisfy consumer demand."

The time it took to sell a home in February averaged 71 days, down from 74 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 47,108 homes for sale, a 12.0 percent decline from February 2017 when there were 53,522 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.33 percent in February 2018, an increase from 4.03 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In February 2017, it averaged 4.17 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Metro Area (formerly identified as the Chicago PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in February 2018 totaled 5,722 homes sold, down 4.2 percent from February 2017 sales of 5,971 homes. The median price in February 2018 was $227,500 in the Chicago Mero Area, an increase of 8.3 percent from $210,000 in February 2017.

“With the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index decreasing, consumers seem to be apprehensive about future increases in interest rates and some uncertainties about the impact of the tax reform legislation,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “In combination with shrinking inventory and concerns about affordability at the lower end of the price scale, year-over-year sales numbers are forecast to be lower than in 2017.”

According to the data, twenty-three (23) Illinois counties reported sales gains for February 2018 over previous-year numbers, including Sangamon County, up 6.2 percent with 137 units sold; and Kane County, up 2.6 percent with 396 units sold. Fifty-two (52) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Rock Island County, up 57.4 percent to $106,000; McHenry County, up 13.9 percent to $205,000; and Cook County, up 10.6 percent to $232,250


Chocolate Bunnies are an Easter Necessity in Illinois

With Easter hopping around the corner, TopCashback.com is sharing the results of its egg-citing spring holiday survey. It found nearly half of the country (49%) believes the classic chocolate bunny is an Easter basket essential and 73% of Americans aim to spend between $1 and $50 on Easter gifts, including the egg hunt!

 

The survey polled a cross section of 1,310 adults, aged 18 and over and eggs-posed American traditions and spending habits for the popular spring holiday. Below, please find some additional insight from the survey:

 

Favorite Easter Basket Item:

Chocolate bunny (49%)
Plastic eggs with candy (19%)
Money (13%)
Peeps (10%)
Toys (9%)

Most Popular Easter Tradition:

·       Spending time with family (39%)

·       Religious aspects (14%)

·       Hunting for Easter eggs (13%)

·       Dyeing Easter eggs (13%)

·       Eating Easter candy (8%)

·       Enjoying food (6%)

 

TopCashback.com also found 63% of Americans will purchase Easter basket and egg hunt contents at Walmart, two in five (40%) at the local dollar store and 39% at Target. In addition to the most popular places to purchase Easter items, 74% put money in their Easter eggs, including dollar bills and coins.

 

Top 3 Ways To Fill An Easter Basket Without Cracking Your Budget:

 

Shop sales and deals (75%)
Utilize coupons (52%)
Shop via a cashback site (30%)