Local News Archives for 2018-07

Redneck Fishin' Tourney this weekend in Bath, Illinois

An Illinois River community continuing its tradition of taking on the flying Asian carp. It’s The Original Redneck Fishin’ Tournament in Bath, Illinois this Thursday through Saturday. The event brings attention to the issue, helps rid the waterway of the invasive species and also lets participants have fun. But no fishing poles are allowed, the fishing is done with handheld dip nets says organizer Betty DeFord.

This marks the 13th year for the competition and it costs $50 per boat to register. The top year for the tournament removed 10,600 Asian Carp from the Illinois River. Complete details on the weekend are available at www.originalredneckfishin.com. 

Kewanee Church Choir Invited to Perform at Carnegie Hall

It started with a YouTube video and now, a group of singers from Kewanee has the chance to go to Carnegie Hall. Steve Martin with the First Baptist Church Choir in Kewanee was our guest this morning on our Tuned In program and he told WKEI that the group needs to raise more than $53 thousand dollars to make the trip happen for the full choir. Thus far, around $12,000 has been raised from local fundraising, including selling hot dogs and baked goods outside of Save A Lot in Kewanee. You can help make this once in a lifetime trip happen by donating to the "Choir to Carnegie Hall" GoFundMe campaign at GoFundMe.com, follow the link here. Steve Martin told the story today on Tuned In on Tuesday on WKEI. 

The YouTube Clip that started it all...

Teens Busted with Alcohol on Galva Farm

A pair of Galva teens have notices to appear after being caught with alcohol on a farm in Galva. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Department, the incident began with Deputies receiving a call about suspicious activity on a farm property north-west of Galva. On the scene Deputies found 18 year old Levi Shores of Neponset and 19 year old Shady Bodine of Kewanee in possession of alcohol. Each was given a notice to appear in Henry County court for Possession or Consumption of Alcohol. 

Innocence Project Takes Issue with Rauner Veto

The Illinois Innocence Project is taking issue with Gov. Bruce Rauner's use of his veto pen. Rauner rejected legislation designed to combat false testimony from jailhouse informants. The legislation added new safeguards, including requiring a hearing be held to determine whether an informant is reliable. Prosecutors would also have to inform defense attorneys if deals were cut to obtain the information. Jailhouse informants often testify in hopes of gaining leniency for their own crimes. The Innocence Project says that incentive to testify often leads to unreliable witnesses offering false testimony.

State Climatologist Says Early August to Bring Heat and Humidity Back

Early August weather should be normal. That means a return of hot and humid conditions says State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey.

Angel says rain has been spotty throughout most parts of Illinois over the last seven days with the exception of a couple areas in central and southern Illinois over the weekend.

State Representative Rita to Hold Sub-Committee Hearings on Gambling Expansion in Illinois

Representative Bob Rita is set to hold a pair of hearing on Gaming Expansion in Illinois in the next three months. According to a release from Representative Rita, the Blue Island Democrat will bring together hearings of the House Sub-Committee on Gaming and the Sub-Committee on Sales and Other Taxes to discuss how expanding gambling in Illinois can help the economy. Representative Rita will lead the sub-committees in discussions about gambling expansion that will include fantasy sports, sports gambling, and internet gaming. The first Sub-Committee hearing will be held on August 22nd in Chicago and the second hearing will be in October in Springfield. 

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center on Tuned In

Carrie Boelens and Sara Umphleet joined Sean Kernan on Monday's edition of Tuned In. Carrie talked about the OSF Saint Luke 5K coming up on Thursday and discussed opportunities available for people to work at the many OSF locations across the area including OSF Saint Luke in Kewanee. Sara Umphleet also joined Tuned In alongside Carrie to talk about Diabetes management and dietary questions that can be addressed on Thursday during the OSF Saint Luke Lunch and Learn at the Henry County Senior Center. Carrie and Sara were our guests on the Tuned In podcast on Monday.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 30th and 31st

At approximately 10:15 Am on Monday, in the area of the 500 Block of North East Street,  Kewanee Police arrested 51 year old Jimmy Andamo Hollins of Kewanee for failure to register as a sex offender. According to sources, Hollins moved to Kewanee from Indianapolis where he’d been arrested and convicted years earlier on sexual assault charges. Hollins was arrested on Monday for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender, and on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Charges of Domestic Battery and for Speeding. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.


Two people were injured in a traffic accident in the area of 800 Block of Tenney Street on Monday. At approximately 1:07 Pm, 79 year old W.L Hagy of Galva was exiting a private drive on Tenney Street when he failed to yield the right of way and struck a vehicle driven by 59 year old Donald E. Lockwood of Knoxville, Illinois. Both drivers were injured in the crash and taken to OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Nagy was cited by Police for Failure to Yield the Right of Way Exiting a Private Drive. There is no word on the extent of either man’s injuries.

Controlled Pheasant Hunt at Johnson Sauk Trail Recreation Area

Registration for the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Season in Henry County will begin on August 6th. According to a release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, hunters that would like to participate in the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Season at the Johnson Sauk Trail Recreation Area in Henry County will need to register online sometime between August 6th and August 13th in order to participate. The cost of a Controlled Pheasant Hunting permit is $30 unless you are coming from outside Henry County, then the cost is $35. Registration is at DNR.Illinois.gov and then follow the prompts to get to the application by clicking the Hunt/Trap button on the toolbar and continue following instructions from there. Applications are only being accepted online for this hunt so those who wish to participate but do not have a computer are urged to seek out family or friends who do have access to a computer in order to secure their license. 

Irish Sensation JigJam to Perform in Cambridge on August 6th

You can enjoy Irish Bluegrass music in Cambridge on Monday, August 6th. The award winning, Irish born Bluegrass sensations, JigJam will be performing at a private residence in Cambridge on Monday night, August 6th. Tickets are $20 to attend with a potluck dinner beginning at 6 Pm and the concert outside under the stars beginning at 7 Pm. JigJam is a unique and fascinating blend of Irish Folk Music, Bluegrass and Americana style music, a blend some have called I-Grass or Celt-grass, depending on who you ask. Whatever you call it, it’s set to be a spectacular show, Monday, August 6th. If there is rain the show will move to the Creative Commons in Bishop. If you’d like to attend the concert at this private residence, the only way to attend is contact John R. Taylor via email, John.R.Taylor@gmail.com.

Bishop Hill Arts Festival August 11th and 12th

The Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts will take place August 11th and 12th in Bishop Hill. This will be the second year of what will hopefully become an annual event in Bishop Hill celebrating art and family. The Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts will feature live music, Plein-Air Painting Competition (Art created in the open air), Arts and Crafts and Kids Activities. Events run from 10 Am to 5 Pm on the 11th and from 10 Am to 4 Pm on the 12th. Also, as part of The Bishop Hill Arts Festival, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will hold their annual Pie in the Steeple fundraiser, serving up pie beginning at 11 Am on August 11th and going on until they run out of pie. Then on Sunday, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will turn to Swedish Meatballs for yet another food based fundraiser. That fundraiser, once again in the Bishop Hill Steeple, will run from 11 Am to 3 Pm.

Photos from last year's Bishop Hill Arts Festival...

Governor Rauner Signs Legislation Launching Lottery Game for Fallen Officers

Gov. Bruce Rauner is feeling a little blue, meaning he has sacrifices of Illinois law enforcement officers on his mind. He has signed legislation creating a new Illinois Lottery scratch-off game honoring fallen and wounded officers. Rauner says proceeds will impact three causes in the law enforcement community...

The new law goes into effect New Years Day.

Two Men Cited in Single Vehicle Accident Sunday Near Kewanee

A Michigan was unharmed but was cited following accident on Highway 91 south of Kewanee on Sunday. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, 21 year old Grayson Spiegel of Romulus, Michigan was driving a 2018 GMC Sierra truck when he lost control and left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Henry County Sheriff's arrived on the scene and after assessing the accident, issued Spiegel a citation for Improper Lane Usage. Also cited at the scene was 22 year old Chad Stocking who had stopped at the accident scene. Stocking was cited and issued a notice to appear for Driving While Suspended. 

Motorcyclist Injured in Henry County Accident

 A motorcyclist suffered non-life threatening injuries in a crash in Henry County on Friday. According to the Henry County Sheriff's office release, The motorcyclist was making a turn on to the I-74 on-ramp from Highway 17 in Woodhull when it was struck by a vehicle driven by 61 year old Emma Jordan of Clinton, Iowa who was leaving the I-74 on-ramp and turning on to Highway 17. Jordan was cited at the scene for failing to yield when turning left. Jordan was not hurt in the accident. There is no word on the extent of the injuries to the motorcyclist. 

Motor City Kewanee Expands with Purchase of D & D Motors

Motor City in Kewanee is expanding. Owner Eric Ellenberger has announced that he’s purchased the now former D&D Chevrolet Buick GMC and is adding the location to his growing space in the Kewanee car market. Eric tells WKEI that the response to the purchase by the customers has been overwhelmingly positive...

I asked Eric if the decision to expand was a difficult one…

I also asked Eric what the biggest challenge when it came to this expansion…

The name change at 1511 Railroad Avenue is now official as Motor City Buick GMC in Kewanee and also at their original location of 505 Tenney Street.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 28th and 29th

At approximately 4:05 Pm on Saturday, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding an accident in the area of Windmont Park. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 25 year old Nicole K. Hill of Kewanee for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and was given a Notice to Appear. Hill’s vehicle struck an unattended vehicle in the area.


At approximately 9 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the area of Fairview Homes in Kewanee where they arrested 25 year old, Joshua E. West of Kewanee and charged him with Trespassing on State Supported Land.

Durbin Pleased with Trump Postponed Invite to Putin

After meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump planned to host the Russian leader sometime this fall at the White House. 
Trump has since decided to postpone that second summit meaning. Senator Dick Durbin expressed relief with the news...

Durbin appeared on CNN.

University of Illinois Extension Hosting Farm in the Park on Tuesday in Galva

The University of Illinois Extension will host Farm in the Park on Tuesday, July 31st in Galva. Farm in the Park will feature kids activities, food and interactive displays that will teach kids about healthy ways to eat and stay active. For mom and dad, the Extension will have their Eat, Move, Save nutrition program on hand with recipes and giveaways to promote healthy eating and activities among adults as well. The Extension Master Gardener Program and Watershed Experts will also be on hand for more interesting and interactive events. Farm in the Park will take place from 11 Am to 1 Pm at Veterans Park in Galva and at the Henry and Stark Extension at 358 Front Street in Galva. Walking Tacos will be on sale at the event with the proceeds from the food sales going to the Henry County 4-H Foundation. 

OSF Saint Luke to Host Lunch and Learn on Thursday

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will host Lunch and Learn on Thursday, August 2nd. The theme of this month's event is Diabetes Awareness: Simple Steps to Effectively Manage Diabetes. Sara Umphleet, a Registered Dietician and LDN will lead the presentation which will take place starting at 11:30 Am at the Henry County Senior City Citizen Center located at 200 East South Street in Kewanee. There is no cost to attend this informative event. Call OSF Saint Luke Medical Center at 309-852-7822 for more information. 

Reimans Harley Davidson and The Boiler Room Honoring First Responders Tonight

Reiman's Harley Davidson and The Boiler Room are teaming up to honor first responders tonight in Kewanee. According to a release from The Boiler Room, all first responders can get a free medium pizza, any way you'd like it, from 4 Pm until 9 Pm. Police, Fire and EMS personnel are all invited to The Boiler Room tonight courtesy of The Boiler Room and Reiman's Harley Davidson. On duty personnel are welcome to call The Boiler Room to arrange for carry-out. 

Pharmacy Technician Classes in August at Black Hawk College

Black Hawk College Continuing Education is launching a Pharmacy Technician course in August. According to a release from Black Hawk College, the Pharmacy Technician program is aimed at setting students on an entry-level path to a career as a pharmacy technician at a pharmacy, hospital or retail outlet. The course is set to begin on August 20th and will go on for 15 weeks. The cost to attend all 15 classes needed for completion is $725.00. Classes will be held at the Community Education Center. Interested potential students should contact Black Hawk College Continuing Education at 309-796-8223. 

Illinois Legislators Calling for Back Pay for State Workers

Senator Andy Manar and State Representative Jerry Costello are teaming up to call on Governor Rauner to move ahead with payments to nearly 24,000 state workers who are owed back wages by the state. The Democrats sent a letter to Rauner this week, urging him to expedite the 63.25 million dollars payment for back wages, as ordered by the Illinois Supreme Court. So far, state agencies under the governor’s control have not submitted vouchers to the comptroller's office. The money has been owed since 2011.

$10 Sports Physicals at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Football season kicks off in late August across the area, including Kewanee and Annawan-Wethersfield, among many others, and that means that it is sports physicals season as well. The Illinois High School Sports Association requires athletes participating in all High School sports to have a sports physical before they can take the field. Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center says that OSF can help with those in need of a sports physical and for only $10.00. 

$10 Sports Physicals are available on the OSF campus on August 8th from 3 Pm to 6 Pm. 

Kewanee Police Citations and Arrests July 28th and 28th

Three separate instances of theft reported in Kewanee on Friday. The first came, a theft of under $300 in the 600 Block of Midland Drive at approximately 2:27 Pm. Then another incident of Theft under $500 came at 6:49 Pm in the area of the 400 Block of Ross. The last reported Theft, under $500, came at approximately 10:27 Pm, in the area of the 700 Block of Henry Streetl.


There is a report of a residential burglary with forcible entry on Friday at approximately 10:02 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of Willard. No word on the status of the investigation. 


Another hit and run accident in Kewanee. A rash of people hitting empty cars and driving away has hit Kewanee in recent days. This time it was just after midnight in the area of 2nd and Chestnut. 


Four separate calls regarding Illegal Burning in Kewanee on Saturday. According to the police blotter, police and fire department officials were called to scenes in the areas of Grove and Ross at approximately 7:32 Pm, the area of Dwight and Garfield at approximately 7:51 Pm, the 400 Block of East 8th Street at 7:54 Pm, the area of 2nd and Boss at approximately 9:20 Pm. A reminder to Kewanee residents that burn days in Kewanee are over until September per the City of Kewanee. 


A Kewanee resident was cited for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device at approximately 5:12 Pm in the area of the 600 Block of Tenney Street. According to Kewanee Police, 33 year Ritesh Patel failed to stop causing his vehicle to collide with a vehicle driven by 36 year old Leon M. Morris of Kewanee. Neither driver was injured in the accident. 

Durbin Pleased with Trump Postponed Invite to Putin

After meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump planned to host the Russian leader sometime this fall at the White House.
Trump has since decided to postpone that second summit meaning. Senator Dick Durbin expressed relief with the news...

Durbin appeared on CNN.

Illinois State Board of Elections Prepping Voter Outreach

Unregistered voters will be the target of a new push from the Illinois State Board of Elections. According to a report by the Illinois News Network, the State Board of Elections is set to spend some $240,000 on election outreach as part of their partnership with the Electronic Registration Information Center or ERIC. Part of the outreach plan is sending letters to eligible voters who are not currently registered to vote. That means, in Henry County, several thousand residents of voting age can expect a letter from the State Board of Elections urging them to register and to vote in the 2018 election. According to numbers provided by the Henry County Clerks Office and the most recent US Census numbers, there are 50,486 residents in Henry County and 35,607 registered voters. Total turnout in the 2016 general election topped out at 24,986. 

Kewanee Fire Department Will Continue Hydrant Testing on Tuesday

The City of Kewanee has annouced that hydrant testing will continue on Tuesday, July 31st, weather permitting. The Kewanee Fire Department will be testing hydrants on Tuesday and again on Thursday in areas of Northeast Kewanee. 


The first section will include several hydrants from See Street to Manchester Drive, including Fisher Avenue, two hydrants at Lakeland Terrace, and the areas from June to East 4th Streets.


The next section will include hydrants from North Main Street to North Grace Avenue, and north of the railroad tracks to East 7th Street.


Dates of work being done are pending, and could possibly be postponed for any unforeseen weather or emergencies in between.

Henry County Board Chairman Roger Gradert on Tuned In

In the wake of news coming out that Henry County failed to get the ordinance filed in time to collect the Public Safety Sales Tax that passed as a referendum on March 20th, thus costing the county an estimated $750,000, many have been asking how this could have happened. Roger Gradert is the Chairman of the Henry County Board and he joined WKEI on our Tuned In program to talk about how the mistake was made and how much it will impact the county, 

Kewanee High School Competitive Dancers Headed to Macy's Parade

Seniors from the KHS Pom Pon Squad and Competitive Dance Team are headed to the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City this Thanksgiving and they need your help to get there. The team is holding a raffle with the winner getting a meat bundle from Wyanet Meat Locker. I spoke with Elise, Molly and Lindsey, seniors who are going to New York for this event and they talked about how you can help and what you get for helping.

If you'd like to buy a raffle ticket you can get in touch with the KHS Pom Pon and Competitive Dance team on Facebook here


Rep Cheri Bustos in Woodhull Friday Morning

Representative Cheri Bustos will be in Woodhull this morning. Representative Bustos will be delivering books to the Clover Public Library. It’s part of a Library of Congress initiative to get excess books from the Library of Congress collection, into libraries across the country. Representative Bustos will deliver the books and meet with constituents this morning at the Clover Public Library in Woodhull.


Rauner Ends Donations to Chicago Mayoral Candidate Wilson

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he has stopped providing money to the charitable foundation of Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. Rauner has given $200,000 in the last year alone to the Willie Wilson Foundation, a charity intended to help Chicagoans pay property taxes. Wilson and the governor have been criticized since Wilson on Sunday doled more than $200,000 in cash to people at a Chicago church to help them with their property tax bills. Rauner said he was at the church with Wilson to speak at the pastor’s request. Democratic Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker questioned Rauner's claims.....

State Board of Elections officials have said Wilson didn't break any campaign finance laws if the money came from his foundation, and not from his campaign. Pritzker wouldn't discuss whether he made similar donations to Chicago area pastors.

Barbara Love Director of the Kewanee Public Library on Tuned In

Barbara Love, director of the Kewanee Public Library was our guest on our Tuned in Program on Thursday. Barbara dropped by talk about some unique interesting projects coming up at the library including something called Bizarre Illinois, on Friday, August 10th. This unique talk will feature a speaker talking about some of the more unusual and downright weird stories in Illinois history. Bizarre Illinois is part of the Kewanee Library's celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial. Listen to my complete interview with Barbara Love from the Kewanee Public Library here...

President Trump Defends Tariffs and Talks Trade in Granite City

President Donald Trump stopped in Granite City Thursday and stood at the US Steel plant where a blast furnace has reopened because of the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

President Trump says that it hasn’t been easy to restart the start the steel industry but his tariffs have had the intended effect and put people back to work

The President then announced a new deal with the European Union which he called reciprocal

The President continued talking about the E.U and intellectual property

The President’s stop in Granite City followed a stop in Dubuque, Iowa where the President reassured farmers that his administration would continue to work toward and equitable trade with China and other important trade partners.

Wanee Cinemas Showing Two Big New Movies

The Wanee Cinemas is playing host to two of the biggest movies of the moment, the latest in two popular franchises. Mission Impossible Fallout is the latest in the Mission franchise starring Tom Cruise and his usual back-up of Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg as well as Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson. New to the team this time is Man of Steel star Henry Cavill, playing a rogue C.I.A Agent opposite Cruise's always kind of rogue I.M.F Agent, Ethan Hunt.


Also opening at the Wanee Cinemas is a movie that will make you want to sing, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again. This sequel to the popular 2008 musical comedy tells the back story of Meryl Streep's Donna, digging deep into how in one summer she met and fell and in love with the three men who would go on to be co-dads to Donna's daughter, played by Amanda Seyfried. I gave Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, a surprisingly positive review just last week, read it here. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Dominic Cooper and Stellan Skarsgard are all back for the sequel along with radiant newcomer Lily James playing the young Donna. 


Mission Impossible Fallout is expected to be the number one movie in America this weekend with a gross of around $60 million dollars for the opening weekend. Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again is tracking somewhere in the teens for its second weekend in theaters but expect it to be packed for its opening weekend here in Kewanee. 

RegionalDailyNews.com Celebrity Interview Shark Week Star

Joe Romeiro has two passions, cinematography and sharks. These twin passions make Joe the perfect guy to be part of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Joe is behind a pair of specials in this week's Shark Week spectacular. First up, Tiger Shark Invasion, which airs tonight, Thursday, at 9 Pm and takes Tony and two other experts to the Galapagos Islands to learn about the invasion of the Tiger Shark into the island eco-system. The second special takes its cue from the legend of Steven Speilberg's Jaws. Bloodline: The Spawn of Jaws tracks the slow but steady return of the Great White Shark to the American east coast, and specifically to the area where the movie made the shark famous. Bloodline: The Spawn of Jaws airs Friday night at 8 Pm on the Discovery Channel. Listen to my complete interview with Joe Romeiro below. 

Henry County Sheriff Special Operations Squad Fundraiser Friday in Geneseo

The Henry County Sheriff’s Special Operations Squad will be holding a fundraiser in Geneseo on Friday. Members of the Henry County Special Operation Squad will be at Fareway, 540 Pritchard Drive, Geneseo, accepting donations to support the Special Operation Squad. WKEI spoke with Detective Joe Bedford with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office says that the money raised goes towards equipment purchases…

Detective Bedford noted some important items the Department is able to purchase with the funds raised with this annual event…

For those not familiar with the Henry County Special Operations Squad, Detective Bedford explained to WKEI the agencies involved in the multi-agency squad…

The Henry County Special Operations Squad annual fundraiser has been a success each of the 4 years they have run it and Detective Bedford says that is a testament to the supportive residents of Henry County and their strong relationship with local law enforcement.

You can donate to help the Henry County Special Operations Squad on Friday from 11 Am to 1 Pm at Fareway in Geneseo.

Geneseo Man Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge

A Geneseo man was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of Domestic Battery and Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Battery. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, 38 year old Jeremy Nemeth of Geneseo was arrested on Wednesday night at approximately 10:47 Pm in the Hidden Hills area of Atkinson. Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the call and arrested Nemeth and transported him to the Henry County Jail. 

Black Hawk College Offering Firefighting Scholarship

Black Hawk College is teaming up with the Moline Fire Department to create a scholarship opportunity for future firefighters. According to Black Hawk College, the Black Hawk College Quad Cities Foundation has allocated $5000 for scholarship opportunities in the college’s paramedic and EMT programs, both of which are pathways to the fire science program. Students enrolled in the paramedic or EMT programs at Black Hawk College who are considering becoming fire fighters can apply for the Foundation Scholarship now by contacting the Black Hawk College Quad Cities Foundation at 309-796-5052.

Illinois Honor 200 Seeking Nominations for Illinois Veterans

The state of Illinois looking for more nominations for the Honor 200 effort, honoring veterans as part of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration. The goal is to have people around the state nominate veterans to be listed among the Illinois Honor 200 Veterans list. If you’d like to nominate a Veteran to be on the Honor 200 list you can search for Illinois Honor 200 or click here for the Illinois.gov website. Fill out the form online and nominate a veteran you feel has been of service to his or her fellow veterans. Our Kim Howard has more on the Illinois Honor 200 Program.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 25th and 26th

At approximately 9:23 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of South Main Street. There, Kewanee Police arrested 19-year-old John G. Mott of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Having No Valid Registration.


In all, there were 7 police initiated traffic stops on yesterday’s Police Blotter in Kewanee with written warnings issued. Yesterday was Speed Awareness Day in Illinois and while can’t definitively say that these were speeding-related stops, there was an increase in police watching for speeding yesterday as part of the statewide initiative.

Tera Mosley Kewanee to Peoria St Jude Run on Tuned In

The St. Jude Kewanee to Peoria Run is set for Saturday, August 4th beginning at 5:15 Am at the Kewanee YMCA and running all the way to Peoria. 37 runners on several teams will be running to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tera Mosley is one of the originators of this incredible fundraiser and she told us how the run got started… 

Each team has to raise a minimum of $1000 to participate in the and Tera talked about the various ways runners are helping to raise funds for St. Jude…

You can help out the St. Jude Kewanee to Peoria Run by making a donation any time via the website fundraising.stjude.org and search for the Kewanee to Peoria Run or you can get up early on August 4th and fill up one of the cans that will be lining the run from Kewanee through Galva and all the way to Peoria. Tera Mosley was our guest on Tuned in on Wednesday...

Full-length interview here. 

Bustos Says Farmers Need Stability Not a Government Handout

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is not impressed with President Trump’s $12 billion proposal for federal agricultural programs. The money serves as a response to damage from an ongoing trade war with China. Bustos says hardworking farmers don’t want a government handout, they want stability with trading partners.

Bustos is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the only Midwesterner in Democratic Elected House Leadership.

ISP Puts Focus Back on Speeding

Slow Down! That’s the message from the Illinois State Police. They are again alerting drivers to the risk associated with driving too fast. Master Sergeant Matt Boerwinkle says the faster you go the closer you are to losing control.

Boerwinkle says it’s not worth what little time you wind up saving in the car by speeding down the road.

Former First Lady Blagojevich Delivers Op Ed on "Obama Era" Justice Department

Patti Blagojevich rips President Trump's enemies on Capitol Hill in a bid to win freedom for her husband, former Governor Rod Blagojevich. In an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner, the former first First Lady called the Obama era Justice Department and FBI corrupt. She even mentioned some targets of Trump criticism by name, special counsel Robert Mueller, who was FBI director when Rod Blagojevich was arrested, and former FBI Director James Comey. The op-ed may have one key flaw, Rod Blagojevich was arrested one month before former President Obama's inauguration. President Trump mentioned the possibility of commuting Rod Blagojevich's sentence in May but hasn't discussed the issue since.

Fight With Hannah Benefit Saturday in Colona

A benefit will happen on Saturday in Colona for Hannah Clementz of Prophetstown. The benefit being organized by family and friends aims to help Hannah and her family, including fiancee Ryan Webster, pay for treatment of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Ryan Webster of Geneseo is Hannah's fiancee and he tells WKEI how people can help Hannah this weekend at the benefit. 

There will food, an auction and a bags tournament among other things as part of the benefit. Fight With Hannah will take place Saturday at Scott Family Park, 5775 Poppy Garden Road in Colona from 11 Am to 4 Pm. 

Sheffield Man Arrested in Kewanee on Outstanding Warrants and Drug Charges

A Sheffield man was arrested in Kewanee on Tuesday following a traffic stop in which he was a passenger. 29 year old Dustin Miller of Sheffield was the passenger in a vehicle driven by 29 year old Desirae Dunn of Kewanee when the vehicle was pulled over for speeding by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy in the area of North East Street in Kewanee. Miller was then identified and arrested on a pair of warrants, one from Henry County and one from Bureau County. Miller was also arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacture or Deliver of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Cannabis, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Miller was taken from the scene to the Henry County Jail. 

State Senator Chuck Weaver in Woodhull Friday

State Senator Chuck Weaver will be in Woodhull on Friday to meet with constituents. Senator Weaver is set to hold a Coffee and Conversation event on Friday, July 27th, at 8 Am at the Woodhull Travel Plaza, located at 536 Oxford Avenue. According to a release from Senator Weaver's office, the Senator will be listening to constituents concerns regarding the upcoming and future legislative agenda. No RSVP is necessary for the event and coffee is provided at no taxpayer expense. 

Atkinson Woman Injured in Accident on I-80 Near Geneseo

An Atkinson woman was lucky to have only suffered non-life threatening injuries when her vehicle was struck from behind by a semi on Interstate 80 near Geneseo on Monday night. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Toni Townsend of Atkinson was driving under the minimum speed limit for Interstate 80 in the left hand lane when her vehicle was struck from behind by a semi-truck. The truck driver was uninjured in the accident. Townsend was taken from the scene to a local medical facility and was subsequently cited for violating the minimum speed limit regulation on an interstate and driving without a valid license. 

Knox County State's Attorney Re-Files Murder Charge in Xavier Hartman Case

The Knox County State's Attorney has decided to once again file murder charges against James Love in the death of Xavier Hartman, June 19th in Galva. Earlier this month a Knox County Grand Jury had decided not to charge Love with murder and instead indicting Love for Involuntary Manslaughter which indicates that the grand jury felt he'd acted in a restless manner. However, charges related to the class X Felony Aggravated Battery with a Firearm and Felony Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm seem to contradict the Grand Jury finding of Manslaughter. That is what led Knox County prosecutors to take the Murder charge directly to a judge to determine whether Love will be charged with Murder and potentially face life in prison. On June 19th of this year, Love responded to a vehicle accident on his property in Galva and in an altercation with 19-year-old Xavier Hartman, fired a gun that struck Hartman in the leg, severing his femoral artery leading to his death.  Knox County State's Attorney's believe Love went with the intent to shoot when he encountered Xavier Hartman on his property. Love is next set to be in court on August 6th. Whether the refiling of the murder charge will change that and bring Love back to court prior to August 6th is currently unknown. 

Bird Species at New Risk if Endangered Species Act is Changed

Bird enthusiasts and conservation groups say the Trump administration's plans to change the Endangered Species Act would make it more difficult to recover threatened or endangered birds.

The proposal, announced last week by the Interior and Commerce departments, would end the practice of extending similar protections to species regardless of whether they are listed as "endangered" or "threatened."


Steve Holmer, vice president for policy at the American Bird Conservancy, said those distinctions matter, especially in the case of the piping plover, which is considered endangered around the Great Lakes and threatened in other areas of the country. "It's a very charismatic bird that nests on beaches," he said, "but now, under this rule, it could be easier to remove some of that habitat because they wouldn't look at it one project at a time. They would try to bury it within the whole entire habitat."


Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt described the proposal as an effort to fulfill President Donald Trump's executive order to scale back government regulation. Holmer said he'll make his concerns known during the 60-day public comment period through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and another government website.


Holmer said the proposed change to list species as "threatened" instead of "endangered" would cause delays in providing protection, and also would affect other birds including the marbled murrelet in the Pacific Northwest, which has had its habitat threatened by logging.

"Under this proposal, it would be easier to remove some of the murrelet's habitat," he said, "and our concern is that if we just keep chipping away at it, drip by drip, eventually there won't be enough left for the species to survive and recover."


Holmer said a 2016 report by the American Bird Conservancy shows 78 percent of mainland birds listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act have populations that are now stable, increasing, or have recovered enough to be de-listed. Public comments can be made online at regulations.gov and the proposal from U.S. Fish and Wildlife is at fws.gov.

Illinois Senator Minority Brady Talks Term Limits

Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady is weighing in on the issue of term limits. He doesn't have a problem with what political attack ads call career politicians, he just has a problem with them staying in one spot...

The Bloomington Republican once opposed the concept of term limits. He thought Election day served as its own form of term limits.

Canadian Dry Air Keeping Illinois July Temps Below Average

State Climatologist Jim Angel says the late July weather pattern in Illinois is more like Wisconsin. He says cool Canadian dry air is keeping temperatures below average and that will likely continue well into August.

Angel says areas of southeastern Illinois and the western part of the state are short of moisture and could use a good soaking.

Henry County Public Safety Sales Tax Paperwork Not Filed in Time Will Not Be Implemented Until 2019

Update: Henry County Board Chairman Roger Gradert spoke to WKEI and expressed disappointment that the ordinance intended to collect the Public Safety Sales Tax will not be implemented until January of 2019. Mr. Gradert was quick to say however that the lack of the sales tax money will not effect the 2018 budget for the Henry County Sheriff's Office. According to Mr. Gradert, the extra money would have been helpful but the Sheriff's Department was already fully budgeted for 2018. We've asked Mr. Gradert to join us on WKEI for our Tuned In program and hope to have him on the air later this week for further information. 


In March voters in Henry County overwhelmingly voted in favor of a Public Safety Sales Tax. Today, we know that the sales tax will not be going into effect until January of 2019. Multiple sources have told WKEI that the Henry County Board failed to submit paperwork by July 1st with the state of Illinois to implement the new tax. This means that the county will miss out on an estimated $750,000 worth of revenue from the tax, money that was to be dedicated to public safety and specifically to the budget of the Henry County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Loncka on WKEI's People to People program earlier this year, prior to the March vote, spoke of the need for the Public Safety Sales Tax.



On March 20th, voters went to the polls and voted 4483 to 2860 in favor of the half-cent Public Safety Sales Tax. 


One Henry County Board member speaking with WKEI stated that the failure was due to miscommunication between the Board and the state of Illinois. We’ve reached out to Henry County Board Chairman Roger Gradert for further comment. WKEI will bring you more on this story as it develops. 



Illinois Farm Bureau Responds to President Trump Aid Plan for Farmers

The Illinois Farm Bureau has released a statement regarding President Trump's plan for a $13 billion dollar USDA Aid Package for American farmers affected by retaliatory tariffs in the wake of President Trump's escalating trade negotiations. 


“We appreciate the administration’s recognition of the damage these retaliatory tariffs have caused for Illinois farmers – and farmers across the nation. However, while we are grateful for the support from the administration, we must stress that this aid package will not make farmers whole in the face of continued trade tensions."


“The economic and marketing damage caused by these tariffs will continue as long as they’re in effect, and likely, far longer. That’s why we urge the president and the administration to continue to negotiate trade deals with our global partners, including Mexico, Canada, Japan and the European Union, and get back to the table with China, to work on resolving unfair trade practices that are the underlying issue.”


Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley on Tuned In July 24th

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley was our guest on Tuned In on Tuesday, July 24th. On Monday evening, the Kewanee City Council approved of a pair of runs set for early August, the Kewanee to Peoria St. Jude Run and the OSF Saint Luke Medical Center 5K. Both races will have city permission to use road routes for their races. The city council also unanimously approved of allowing the Kewanee Police Department to dispose of excess bicycles that they have collected from around the area. And the council approved of the purchase of a new pump for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. We discussed these topics and more in the Tuned In Podcast. 

Rep Bustos Critical of President Trump $12 Billion Dollar Ag Proposal

As part of an ongoing war of words over trade and tariffs, President Donald Trump has proposed a $12 Billion Dollar program to aid farmers affected by higher tariffs and the inability to trade with certain former partners. Representative Cheri Bustos was quick to criticise the President's approach in a statement released this afternoon. 


“Hardworking farmers across the heartland don’t want a government handout, they want the President to stop undermining their business with his trade war.


“While I’m glad to see at least some effort to reduce the damage of President Trump’s trade war on our agricultural producers, for the President to claim credit for this is kind of like a Boy Scout saying he deserves a fire safety merit badge for throwing a cup of water on a fire he lit.


“When I talk to soybean farmers, corn growers and pork producers across my district, they’re asking for a coherent and strategic trade policy that creates new export opportunities. During the last campaign, President Trump stood at the podium and said he'd ‘end this war on the American farmer’ - that’s the exact opposite of what he's actually doing.”


For his part, President Trump told members of the National VFW Conference that what is needed is a little patience when it comes to his trade proposals. 

Audio courtesy of Fox News Radio. The United State Department of Agriculture will be in charge of the administration of the $13 billion dollar aid package. 

Illinois Lottery Mega Millions Jackpot Tops $500 Million

The Illinois Lottery Mega Millions Jackpot is now over $522 million dollars. The current jackpot is the 5th largest in Illinois Lottery history. The cash option now tops out at $308 million dollars while your odds of winning the Mega Millions Jackpot have soared to 1 chance in 302,575,350. Winning numbers will be announced tonight at 10 Pm. 

Henry County Sheriff's Seeking Help Identifying Fraud Suspects

The Henry County Sheriff's Office is seeking your help in identifying a suspect. According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff Office, the woman in this photo below is suspected to be part of a duo involved in Fraudulant Activities at local banks in the Illinois Quad Cities and Henry County. 

If you recognize this suspect please contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500. Your tip will be anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of a suspect you could receive a cash reward. Another photo of the suspect is below. 

Advocates Seek Change on Proposed Lead Water-Testing Rules in Child Care Facilities

Even in small doses, lead is a harmful element to consume. The effects can be drastic for children still developing, which is why Illinois has proposed rules for childcare facilities on testing for lead in water. But some environmental advocates believe that the rules need to be adjusted before finalization this fall, starting with the removal of the lead's main source.


Lindsay McCormick, project manager for the Environmental Defense Fund, says lead service lines are to blame for much of the water contamination. "They contribute the most lead in drinking water, and that they're present in up to 50 to 75 percent of the lead in drinking water is coming from those lead service lines," she notes.


Lead service lines connect the main sources of water from the streets to connecting buildings and businesses, and many are located in Chicago, where they were used until 1986. The rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services require licensed child care facilities to test for lead and have a mitigation plan in place if it's found. The Environmental Defense Fund is asking for a lowering of the action level, which is currently at 20 parts-per-billion, down to 5 parts-per-billion, and the usage of an accredited lab to conduct tests.


Most importantly, McCormick says childcare facilities should first identify lead service lines for removal. "Before doing any testing, [they] would look through historical records, they would do a physical inspection to identify whether or not they have a lead service line and replace it, before going through the process of testing to see if there are other sources of lead," she explains.

Continued consumption of lead can contribute to more effects than just brain development in kids, as the chronic toxicity allows it to distribute throughout the body, causing harm wherever it settles.

Living History Flies into Central Illinois

Living history arrived in Springfield on Monday. Four historic aircraft from World War Two landed in central Illinois, three bombers and a P-51 Mustang flew in. Rick Sharp flies the B-24 in the group. It’s the last airworthy one in the world. He says if you come out this week it’s well worth it to be that close to planes that changed the course of the world.

The planes are on display at Springfield’s airport but do require an admission price to see them.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 23rd and 24th

Kewanee Police responded to a call about illegal burning in the area of 5th Street and Park at approximately 9:13 Am on Monday. There is no word on whether the people engaged in the illegal burning were cited. Burn days in Kewanee have ended until September.


Kewanee Police are investigating a hit and run accident in the area of the 500 Block of West Central Boulevard. According to police, an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle owned by Seana Silvaggio of Kewanee and fled the scene. The accident took place at approximately 5:54 Pm and if you were in the area of the 500 Block of West Central Boulevard close to 6 pm yesterday and believe you saw anything, contact Kewanee Police.


At approximately 10:41 Pm in the area of the 900 Block of Tenney Street, Kewanee Police engaged in a traffic stop of 28-year-old Jaclyn K. Petty of Wyoming, Illinois. Kewanee Police cited Petty for Speeding.

Plenty of Good News in the Latest State of Illinois Weekly Crop Report

The latest weekly crop report from State of Illinois Crop Statistician Mark Schluesener has plenty of good news for farmers. Numbers from the previous week are on the rise with a good deal more good then bad in both the corn harvest and the soybeans. Our Kim Howard has more on the latest State of Illinois Weekly Crop Report. 

City Council Approves Runs for St Judes and OSF and Fireworks for Relay for Life

In a mostly uneventful Kewanee City Council meeting on Monday evening, the unanimous council approved road use for both the Kewanee to Peoria St. Jude’s Run on August 6th and the OSF Saint Luke Medical Center 5K on August 4th at 6 Pm. Also approved in unanimous council vote was permission for fireworks for this year’s Relay for Life on August 25th in Windmont Park.


The council also voted unanimously to allow the Kewanee Police Department to dispose of an excess of found bikes in Kewanee. Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley was asked if owners for the found bikes were sought and he said that they had been. 75 bikes in all are being held by the Kewanee Police Department and those will now dispersed via auction or by disposal if they are not sold. Residents who believe they may have lost a bike that may be in possession of the Kewanee Police Department to get in touch with Kewanee Police soon. There was no announced timetable for when the current crop of bikes will be sold or disposed of.


The largest item on the night’s agenda was the authorization to purchase a new stormwater pump for the Kewanee Wastewater treatment plant. Council member Steve Faber asked if the pump being replaced was worth attempting to fix and City Engineer Dale Nobel explained that rehabbing or rebuilding the pump was not as cost-effective as simply buying a new pump. Two more new pumps will likely be purchased over the next two years.


In council communications Council Member Mike Yaklich asked Kewanee Director of Community Development Keith Edwards about a property owned by Hodges that he referred to as a junk yard and asked if it was to be cleaned up. Mr. Edwards reported that the property was going to be cleaned up and that the owners had experienced setbacks but would work to clear the property as soon as possible.


Council Member Faber took time praise the work of volunteers at the Prairie Chicken Festival, singling out City Manager Gary Bradley for making sure Barrien Park was ready in time for the event and Fire Chief Kevin Shook for the successful use of the Fire Department Smokehouse which hosted more than 70 kids over the Prairie Chicken Festival weekend.


Council member Andy Koehler in his council communication called upon City Engineer Dale Nobel to ask whether the new north exit from the parking lot across the street from Kewanee High School would be ready for the start of the home football season on August 31st. Mr. Nobel stated that he spoke with Kewanee Schools Superintendent Chris Sullens and was told that work on the exit was progressing but there was no word how long the work would take to complete. Council member Koehler stated that traffic jams related to the Kewanee High School graduation at the end of the last school year had raised the concerns of many that traffic conditions would remain difficult if the new exit was not completed in time for the start of the new season.


Council member Mike Yaklich took the opportunity at this time to ask the City Engineer and City Manager Gary Bradley when work on Tenney Street would be getting underway. Sewer work on Tenney Street is set to take place in the near future. The City Manager stated that bids were being sought and that he and the City Engineer were exploring options that will be the least disruptive to traffic on Tenney Street.


Council Member Chris Colomer was not in attendance at tonight’s meeting.


City Manager Gary Bradley will be my guest on our Tuned In program to follow up on tonight’s meeting at 8:45 Am on Tuesday on WKEI. 

REO Speedwagon Named Illinois' Favorite Band in Latest Illinois 200 Poll

Champaign, Illinois’ very own REO Speedwagon has been voted the number one band in Illinois in the latest Illinois 200 Poll. Fans across the state of Illinois were asked to cast their vote for the best known musical acts in Illinois history and while many might have thought that Rockford’s own Cheap Trick or perhaps the legendary Miles Davis might have come out on top, REO Speedwagon you might say, rode out the voting storm to come in number 1. Our Kim Howard has more. 

Anthony Rashid of Kewanee Dead in Fall Near Mount Rushmore Monument

Anthony Rashid of Kewanee died in a fall near the Mt. Rushmore monument on Friday, July 20th. According to a report from local media in Pennington County, South Dakota, hikers found the body of a man who'd apparently fallen while climbing at a popular rock climbing spot in the area. The National Park Service and FBI are investigating the case and no other details are being released at this time officially. Rashid, along with his wife Lisa, is the co-owner of the La Gondola restaurant in Kewanee.  

Registration This Week for the New School Year in Kewanee

Registration for the new school year at Kewanee Schools is this week. Though online registration began on July 18th with a strong response from district parents, expect good crowds on July 25th, 26th and 27th for the in-person rounds of registration for the 2018-2019 school year. Get signed up for the new school year from 4 Pm to 8 Pm on July 25th, 4 Pm to 8 Pm on July 26th and 7 Am to 12 Noon on July 27th. The new school year in Kewanee begins on August, 16th. 

Illinois Senators Back Stop Shackling Act

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is among senators introducing the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act which would prohibit Homeland Security personnel from shackling pregnant women in its custody. Senator Dick Durbin agrees with the cause...

In May, the Illinois legislature passed a similar bill to keep pregnant women out of jail while awaiting trial for nonviolent offenses. 

Galva Man Arrested on DUI Charges, Multiple Citations

A Galva man was arrested on a DUI charge on Sunday. According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff's Department, 20 year old Datin Newman of Galva was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy in the area of Illinois Highway 81, east of Cambridge, for speeding. Upon examination, it was determined that Newman was intoxicated and arrested on a DUI charge. Newman was also cited for Speeding 69 miles per hour in a 55 miler per hour zone, Improper Lane Usage, Having No Valid Insurance, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a minor. Newman was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

Misleading Social Media Ads

One of the biggest scam trends is tied to the rise in shopping via social media. With the increasing use of the various platforms, scammers have found new ways to trick you into their traps, and the Better Business Bureau wants you to be aware of some red flags. When shopping online, and now especially on social media, the agency advises you to be wary of anything proclaiming to be a "limited time offer" as these often are tied to scams that enroll you in monthly billing agreements without the customer's knowledge. Better Business Bureau Investigator Don O'Brien says you should be wary of apps of unknown origin.

He says before making any purchase or downloading any app, Google the website or app name with the words “complaints”, “reviews”, and “scam” to see what other customers are saying.

Kewanee Woman Questioned by Henry County Sheriff's on Theft Charge

A Kewanee woman was questioned by Henry County Sheriff's last Thursday regarding an ongoing Theft investigation. 37 year old Jacyncth Currie was interviewed at the Kewanee Police Department last week. Currie was not arrested but was given a notice to appear in court on a misdemeanor theft charge. No other details about the investigation are being released at this time. 

Total Home Sales Down but Prices Up According to Latest Illinois Home Sales Info

June was mixed month of news for Illinois home buyers. According to numbers released this week by Illinois Realtors, overall home sales were down year to year but the price of homes on average is up over June of 2017's average price. Some 18,310 homes were purchased in the state of Illinois in June and that number is down 6.2% from 19,514 homes sold in June of 2017. That's not good news for realtors but, it's not all bad news either as the average price paid for a home in Illinois rose in June of 2018 to over $225,000, that's up from $215, 517 average price at this time in June of 2017. On average currently, it takes at least 44 days to sell a home in Illinois. 

Next Kewanee Hog Days Committee Meeting Set for Tuesday, July 24th

There will be another Hog Days Committee Meeting on Tuesday. According to organizer Larry Flannery, the focus of Tuesday night's meeting will be getting volunteers on board to help with this year’s Hog Days. If you would like to volunteer to help at this year’s Hog Days, contact Larry Flannery at 309-852-4644 or email larry@kewaneehogdays.com. The Hog Days Committee Meeting will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday night. Contact Larry Flannery for further details about the meeting as well.

Abilities Plus Announces Scholarship Recipients

College students from Kewanee and Bradford are the recipients of scholarship money courtesy of Abilities Plus. Sarah Gomez of Kewanee and Taylor VanWassenhover of Bradford were announced as Abilities Plus scholarship recipients over the weekend. Both Gomez and VanWassenhove are currently attending Western Illinois University where Sarah is a Junior majoring in Special Education and Taylor is a Senior majoring in Social Work. The scholarships were made possible by the Abilities Plus endowment fund and named for the longtime founder and ambassador for the scholarship program, Jean German. 

Barrien Park Electrical Work to Be Finished Next Week

Electrical work at Barrien Park will be completed next week. According to tonight's City Council agenda, the electrical work at Barrien Park will be completed once the contractors return from a scheduled vacation. Work on the electrical at Barrien Park was halted on the Friday prior to the Prairie Chicken Festival to allow for the arrival of the many vendors who set up shop that night for the flea market on Saturday. Prior to the Festival work on the park electrical system was slowed by boring which ran into sub-surface concrete that was not known to engineers prior to the start of work in the park. 

Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology Established

There is a new state agency in Illinois. On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner officially declared the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology open for business. The agency will seek to bring state government fully into the modern age with more digitized records and the implementation of new technology to help make government agencies more efficient and modern. Kim Howard has more…

Kewanee City Council Agenda 7-23-18

1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
b. Payroll
c. Staff Reports
d. Request from the Kewanee to Peoria St Jude Run for the use of City streets during the 7th Annual
Kewanee to Peoria St. Jude Run to be held on August 4, 2018.
e. Request from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center for the use of City Streets during the annual Saint Luke
Medical Center 5K to be held on August 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
4. Presentation of Bills and Claims
5. Citizen Participation
6. Business:
a. Consideration of a Request from the Relay 4 Life committee for a fireworks permit to be used in
conjunction with their event to be held on August 25, 2018.
b. Consideration of an Ordinance declaring certain bicycles excess and allowing for the disposal of the
c. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the purchase of a storm water pump for the Wastewater
Treatment Plant.
7. Council Communica

Illinois Department of Public Health Continuing Cyclospora Investigation

The Illinois Department of Public Health is continuing its investigation into a recent outbreak of cyclospora, a foodborne illness-causing bacteria. In a release over the weekend, the IDPH stated that the agency is still looking into areas where the outbreak may have begun including links to more than 90 cases of cyclospora in McDonalds' salads. Kim Howard has more...

Bill Would Add Landowners to Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board

Environmental groups are opposing a piece of legislation that allows landowners from the Illinois Farm Bureau two spots on the nine-member Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board. The board decides what animals are considered endangered, and protected, in Illinois. Jim Herkert is President of the Illinois Audubon Society:

The bill also says that anyone with a federal permit for a project that could harm a protected species does not need one from Illinois. Herkert says that’s problematic because federal regulations aren’t always specific to endangered Illinois species. LaSalle County Farm Bureau President David Isermann says his group is for the bill. The Illinois Farm Bureau is interested in whether the Monarch Butterfly will be named endangered by the board.

There are 480 endangered or threatened plants and animals in Illinois right now. The legislation has been referred to the Illinois House rules committee.

U of I Extension Ewing Demonstration Center Celebrating 50 Years of Continuous No-Till Research

The University of Illinois Extension is celebrating a special milestone this year in Southern Illinois. The Ewing Demonstration Center has reached 50 years of continuous no-till research. Marc Lamczyk is an Agriculture Program Coordinator with the Extension. He says the variety of research conducted at the facility has made a big impact on southern Illinois farming.

Lamczyk says the Extension will celebrate the 50 year anniversary as part of its Agronomy Field Day at the Ewing Center on Thursday, July 26th.

Will Illinois Join National "Raise the Age" Wave?

Some advocates and policymakers are hopeful Illinois will become part of a wave of national juvenile justice reform. Vermont recently passed a law expanding juvenile jurisdiction to include youths up to age 20, and Massachusetts lawmakers are studying a similar measure as part of a new criminal justice reform law.


Here in Illinois, raising the age is an issue state Rep. Laura Fine has been working on for a few years. The Glenview Democrat says brain science shows the brain doesn't fully mature until age 26.

"Somebody under the age of 26 might do something that they would never consider doing once their brain is fully developed," she states. "Based on this, we really feel like the age of a misdemeanor should be increased so that child in many ways who may commit a misdemeanor doesn't have to pay for that for the rest of their life."


Fine introduced House Bill 4541 earlier this year. If passed, it would allow 18, 19 and 20-year-olds charged with misdemeanors have their cases heard in juvenile court. The bill passed out of committee, and Fine hopes it will get a hearing in the full House.Because young adults can vote and serve their country, some argue they should have to face the consequences of breaking the law as an adult.


But Garien Gatewood, director of public policy for the Juvenile Justice Initiative, counters there's a flip side to that, considering Illinois just raised the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

"It's the same kid that you're talking about that you want to protect from tobacco, or you want to protect from moving out on your own at 18, 19 and 20 if you're a ward of the foster system," he states. "We should look at protecting their mental well-being, their physical well-being and emotional well-being."


Fine says the legislation calls for an incremental process to raising the age that includes yearly reporting from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. "It says that we could increase it to at first 19 or 20 and examine, how is it working," she explains. "Is it working well and we should go on, or it's not working and we should go back. So, we're really trying to do this carefully."


Illinois is among several states that in the past decade enacted laws raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18.

Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Scholarships

The Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District has announced three local recipients of scholarships. Jan Powelson with the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District joined WKEI on Friday on the Tuned In program to talk about the exceptional kids who received scholarships for 2018. 

The Harvey and Sue Jackson Memorial Scholarship and the Jay Dale and Hester White Memorial Scholarship are administered by the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District and are handed out each year though the amount of each scholarship can fluctuate from year to year says Jan. 

Congratulations to these three deserving young people.

Wanee Cinemas Inviting You to Book Club for One Week Only

The Wanee Cinema is inviting you to Book Club for one week only. According to a post on the Wanee Cinemas Facebook page, Book Club the PG-13 comedy starring leading lady legends Candace Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton opens today at the Wanee Cinemas and tells the story of four long time female friends who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey for their monthly book club get together and find the spicy story affecting each their moribund love lives. Again, you have only one week for Book Club at the Wanee Cinemas beginning today and playing alongside the popular animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation which remains one of the top movies at the box office.

Kewanee Salvation Army School Supply Giveaway August 2nd and 3rd

The Kewanee Salvation Army will be giving away school supplies on Thursday, August 2nd and Friday, August 3rd. Linda Bohls from the Kewanee Salvation Army joined us on our Tuned In Program to let everyone know that IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union among other had helped with backpack and supplies donations. More donations are being accepted before August 2nd and if you would like to make a donation go to your choice of local retailer and ask for a list of needed items.

Henry County Board Won't Have New Econ Development Director Until 2019

The Henry County Board of Directors last night announced that no new Economic Development Director will be named until next year. The plan had been to name a new Economic Development Director at last night’s meeting but during the meeting it was revealed that the candidate who was apparently offered the position had backed out. Interviews with candidates had taken place as recently as Monday before the final candidate backed out on taking the job.

Henry County Board Honors Deputies for Helping Pregnant Woman

The Henry County Board meeting honored three of Henry County’s finest for their exceptional work in helping a pregnant woman. Deputy Dave Smutzer, Deputy Chris Wrigley acted as a team when Deputy Smutzer responded to a call about a woman in labor and was on hand to help a woman give birth. With Deputy Wrigley on the line to coach him through it, Smutzer helped the woman give birth to a healthy baby boy. The two were honored with certificates at last night’s Henry County Board meeting.

Gun-Control Advocates: Rauner's Veto Chooses Profit Over Safety

Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest announcement of his plans to veto a gun-dealer certification bill is causing some to accuse him of siding with the gun industry. In the wake of several mass shootings, lawmakers sent Rauner the Gun Dealer Licensing Act in March to help crack down on illegal gun sales, but he vetoed the bill over concerns it would burden smaller gun stores. And even before the revised bill reached his desk, Rauner announced Monday he'll veto it, too - because he believes it doesn't enhance public safety.


Kathleen Sances, president and CEO of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC of Illinois, disagrees. She says Chicago police recover 7,000 illegal guns a year - and 4,000 from in-state dealers.

"He should want to be saving our children," says Sances. "And he looks like he's choosing to secure the profits of the gun industry rather than keep our communities safe.


Just before announcing his veto plans for the licensing bill, Rauner signed two other gun-related measures. One allows confiscation of guns from people if a court deems them dangerous to themselves or others; another imposes a 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases in Illinois.

Sances says while she is pleased that Rauner approved the other two gun-safety bills, she is perplexed over his decision not to want to track illegal gun sales.


"I mean, I think these are easy bills for him to sign," says Sances. "I don't understand, though, why he wouldn't sign a bill that would have helped stopped the shootings in our city. I mean, our children are dying. There are shootings every two hours here - and that's because there's too many illegal guns."


Senator Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, reworked the gun-dealer licensing measure and got a different bill, House Bill 337, through both chambers. He also praised the governor for signing the other bills, but accused him of playing politics with the licensing bill.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 18th and 19th

At approximately 3:40 Pm in the area of the 300 block of 2nd Street Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop that led to a citation for 72 year old Ronald L. Vanwaes of Kewanee. Vanwaes was cited for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and was given a notice to appear in court.


At approximately 8:49 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of Fairview in Kewanee. There Kewanee Police arrested 20 year old Dexter D. Cool of Kewanee for Aggravated Battery. 

Kewanee Concert in the Park Moved to The Flemish Tonight

Due to the potential for rain and thunderstorms this evening, the Kewanee Concert in the park has been moved indoors to the Flemish American Club. Mark Mikenas made the announcement in a call to WKEI on Thursday afternoon. Doors will open at 5 Pm and there will be dessert available. The Original Skazz Band will be performing and you can check out their work and get an idea of what's in store tonight at the Flemish below. The Flemish American Club is located at 313 North Burr Boulevard. 

Illinois Lottery Mega-Millions Jackpot Now Over $400 Million Dollars

The Illinois Lottery Mega-Millions Jackpot is continuing to rise. With no winner on Tuesday, the Jackpot for Friday's Mega-Millions drawing has ballooned to $422 million dollars. That is the 6th largest Lottery jackpot in Illinois history and the 19th largest jackpot in Lottery history. Winners who take the cash option if they win the Mega-Millions would take home approximately, $254 million dollars. 

Geneseo Teen Dead in Trespassing Incident at Cleveland Quarry

A Geneseo teenager died when he fell at the Cleveland Quarry in the Village of Cleveland, not far from Colona. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Alex Williams died when he fell while trespassing in the Cleveland Quarry with 5 other people. The incident occurred at approximately 1:19 Am Thursday morning. Five other people were cited for trespassing at the Quarry along with Williams including 20-year-old Loren Clark-Hoak of Coal Valley, 19-year-old Samuel Murray of Geneseo, 19-year-old Travis Robertson of Geneseo, 19-year-old Brandon Ramos of Geneseo and 19-year-old Logan Ricketts of Geneseo. There is no word whether alcohol contributed to what happened. Henry County Sheriff's are continuing to investigate the death of Alex Williams.  

Henry County Deputies Arrest Sex Offender for Failure to Report Address Change

On Wednesday, July 18th, at approximately 9:27 Am, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Matherville, Illinois man for failure to report his new address. 31 year old Richard Harper-Layman is a registed sex offender and when he failed to report a change of address, he was arrested by Henry County Sheriff's Deputies on a Mercer County warrant. Harper-Layman was arrested at the Henry County Courthouse  and taken to the Henry County Jail where he posted bond and was released. 

Sara Carmichael Named Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month

Congratulations to Sara Carmichael on being named the Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for the month of June. Sara earned the honor with her positive attitude, her willingness to help others and her hard work toward achieving goals. Sara also earned a Silver Medal in the Tennis Ball Throw at last week's Illinois Special Olympics competitiion. Congratulations Sara and keep up the good work. 

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Blasts McCann Conservative Party Gubernatorial Candidacy

When GOP State Senator Sam McCann leaves office this winter, don't expect any parting gifts from Minority Leader Bill Brady. Brady thinks McCann's Conservative Party run for Governor offers little promise...

Brady didn't exactly offer rave reviews of McCann's work in the legislature...

McCann took legal action against Republican officials after they booted him from the caucus.

Governor Rauner Supports Term Limits in Visit to Ottawa

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois needs term limits and a new House Speaker; his People’s Pledge calls for both. Rauner promoted it during a campaign stop in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon.

Streator Republican Jerry Long was with him. He says House Speaker Michael Madigan has been in charge, blocking bills in Springfield, for too long.

The longtime House Speaker has gotten in the way of term limits. When more than 600,000 people signed petitions for a statewide referendum on it, Madigan opposed it in court and won.
Rauner disagrees with critics of term limits who say good officeholders have to leave just when they start getting good at their job. Also, staffers or others behind the scenes who aren't term-limited might run the show. Rauner says they won't. And he says it takes just six months to a year to learn the job.

Breaking: Emergency Responders at Cleveland Quarry Just Outside Colona

KWQC TV 6 is reporting that emergency responders are on the scene at the Cleveland Quarry in the village of Cleveland, just outside of Colona this morning. Multiple emergency vehicles, including ambulances and the Colona Fire and Rescue were spotted on the scene. No other details regarding the nature of the emergency have been released at this time. WKEI has requested comment from the Colona Fire Department and the Henry County Sheriff's Office and will keep you posted when more information is released. 

City of Kewanee Planning and Zoning Commission Announces Hearing for Next Week

The City of Kewanee planning and zoning committee will meet next week for a pair of hearings at Kewanee City Hall. On Wednesday, July 25th, the Zoning Board of Appeals will meet in council chambers at 7 Pm. On the docket is a single petition from James Wiggin to build a garage larger than 25 feet at 311 5th Avenue. Then on Thursday evening at 7 Pm also in the council chamber, a pair of petitions will be heard. The first is a petition is from Chelsea O'Connor requesting a special use permit for an in-home spray tanning salon. 


The second petition to be heard on Thursday night is a hearing to revoke a special use permit for Jon Willie that was previously granted for an automobile storage yard at 525 North Main Street. 

Illinois Farm Bureau Releases Statement in Support of Conferencing Farm Bill

The Illinois Farm Bureau is speaking out regarding the congressional decision to move the Farm Bill to Congressional conference. Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. authored the statement of approval. 


“Illinois Farm Bureau is pleased that the House has taken another step toward passing the next farm bill by naming U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis, Cheri Bustos and John Shimkus to serve on the farm bill conference committee."


“Farm Bureau is confident that Reps. Davis, Bustos and Shimkus will work constructively with their House and Senate counterparts to bridge key policy differences and quickly produce a farm bill that will provide Illinois farmers certainty for the next five years.” 

Rep Bustos Named to Select Group Finalizing Farm Bill

Representative Cheri Bustos has been selected as one of a select group of Representatives and Senators who will attempt to unite the House and Senate versions of the farm bill before the bill is sent to President Donald Trump to be signed into law or perhaps vetoed. Representative Bustos released the statement below regarding the importance of the bill. 


“At this pivotal moment for our agricultural economy, I am honored to have the opportunity to negotiate a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports our family farmers, strengthens rural communities and puts food on the plates of families across our nation,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While I was disappointed by the partisan Farm Bill that passed the House, we have a real chance at a fresh start. My hope is that, through this conference committee process, we can all come to the table and restore the historically bipartisan nature of the Farm Bill. Only by working together will we be able to develop a Farm Bill that provides our farmers with the support and certainty they need as they work through a challenging agricultural economy that's only getting tougher because of President Trump’s trade war. Northwest and Central Illinois have some of the hardest working farmers who are responsible for feeding not only our country, but the world, and I am proud to fight for them in this effort.”

State Senator Weaver Leading Youth Employment Task Force on Thursday

State Senator Chuck Weaver will be in Peoria on Thursday to take part in panel discussions on youth employment. Weaver along with business leaders and interested citizens will be part of discussions aimed at determining whether legislation can be created to help young people find jobs. I spoke to Senator Weaver about the task force on Wednesday and the many issues created in the wake of every-spreading innovations that while convenient, have rocked the lower end of the economic ladder. 

The public is welcome to attend the panels regarding the Youth Employment Task Force. The event co-chaired by Senator Weaver will be held at the Gateway Building in Peoria, beginning at 10:00 Am.

Stark County Farm Bureau on WKEI

Anna Emm from the Stark County Farm Bureau joined me on WKEI on Wednesday on our Tuned In program. Ann tells us that this Friday, the Stark County Farm Bureau will be holding an event on the campus of Black Hawk College. The Bioreactor Field Day will give farmers a look at new technology that could be very useful on the farm. Anna also talks about the unique and kid-farmer-friendly plans that the Stark County Farm Bureau has in store for Saturday night. 

Aledo Nursing Home Facing Heavy Fine From Illinois Department of Public Health

Aledo Rehab and Health Care Center may have conditions that led to the death of a patient. That from an affidavit released by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The state of Illinois assessed the Aledo nursing home a $50,000 fine for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act. Aledo Rehab and Health Care Center was rated AA by the Illinois Department of Public Health. “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death. The citation, which you can read here, refers specifically to an incident in May of 2018 when staff members misunderstood a colour-coded system regarding advance directives and failed to perform CPR on a patient who then died. Also facing a fine for violating the Nursing Home Care Act is Rosewood Care Center in Moline which received an A violation and a $25,000 fine. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted. Rosewood was also assessed a B violation and an additional $2200.00 fine. 

You can read the citation issued to Rosewood Care Center Here


Governor Rauner Says He's Troubled By Trump-Putin Press Conference

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was "deeply troubled" by President Donald Trump's handling of a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Trump says he misspoke when said he didn't believe Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. election.

Kewanee Residents Treated to Christmas in July at Kewanee High School

Christmas in July took place today at Kewanee High School in the Goods Auditorium teachers, staff and student volunteers oversaw the event and helped gather the hundreds of items that were given to the folks who showed up and lined up well into the parking lot for the chance to get hold of much needed items including free, clothing, furniture and even electronics. Goodwill donations were accepted and any items that end up not chosen today will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Below, lines around the corner outside the Goods Gymnasium before the start of the Christmas in July event today, July 18th.  

The items inside before the they disappeared.

Mobile Vets Center at Kewanee American Legion Today

The Department of Veterans Affairs has 50 Mobile Veterans Care vehicles and one of these remarkable vehicles was in Kewanee today at the Kewanee American Legion Post. Shane Kern a Veteran and Counselor was on hand to talk with vets, offer counselling options and help direct Kewanee Veterans to needed and available services. I spoke with Shane Kern outside the Kewanee American Legion this morning as the Mobile Vets Center was getting set up and asked him on average how many vets can a Mobile Veterans Care Center handle? 


Henry County Sheriff Arrests Cambridge Man on Domestic Abuse Charge

The Henry County Sheriff's Department have announced the arrest of a Cambridge man on a domestic abuse charge. According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff's Department, 21 year old Wyatt Irish of Cambridge was arrested on Tuesday at approximately 10:40 Pm after a 911 call brought  authorities to 109 North Pleasant Street in Cambridge. At the scene Irish was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery and Interference with 911 Communication. Wyatt was taken from the scene to the Henry County Jail. 

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 17th and 18th

At approximately 10:16 Am in the area of the 100 Block of Fairview Homes in Kewanee, Kewanee Police arrested 21 year old Noah M. Hess of Kewanee on a charge of Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. 


At approximately 9:58 Pm in the area of 8th and Burr in Kewanee, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop that led to the arrest of 23 year old Patricia L. Adams of Kewanee on multiple charges including Operating an Uninsured Vehicle and Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs. 


At approximately 11:34 Pm in the area of the 1800 Block of Lake Street, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop that led to the arrest of 23 year old Courtney L. Witte of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Cannabis. Witte posted bond and was released. 


At approximately 11:37 Pm Kewanee Police in the area of Fairview Homes Apartments arrested 25 year old Joshua E. West of Kewanee on a charge of Trespass to State Supported Property. 

Governor Rauner Vetoes Bill to End Crosscheck Program

On Tuesday Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have removed the state of Illinois from the national voter Crosscheck program. Crosscheck is a system that is intended to keep voters from casting votes in more than one state or area. Our Kim Howard has more... 

The veto was the first of the week for Governor Rauner who has signed 5 other bills in this week including bills regarding the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and a pair of new gun laws. 

Woodhull FunFest This Saturday

Woodhull Fun Fest is set for this Saturday, July 21st, in Woodhull. Illinois. The day-long celebration will feature kids events, food and a strongman competition. Alice Barnett is one of the organizers of Woodhull Fun Fest and she talked to WKEI on Tuesday about what you can expect if you come to Woodhull on Saturday. 

One of the big attractions at this year's Woodhull Fun Fest is the strongman competition. Willie Wessels, a native of Woodhull, is the President of United States Strongman and Alice tells us that he decided to bring US Strongman to Woodhull this year for Fun Fest. 

Woodhull Fun Fest gets underway at 8 Am on Saturday morning and will go on all day long. 


Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Two Bills Regarding Quincy Veterans Home

Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday signed a pair of bills that will ease the way for the state to repair and refurbish a Quincy Veterans care home. The bills signed by the Governor on Tuesday allow the state of Illinois to take control of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy in order to refurbish it while making sure that residents are cared for while the home is brought up to code. The Illinois Veterans Home came to national attention in 2015 when an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease killed 12 people. Several more cases were reported in Quincy in 2017 and two more cases reported in February of this year. Kim Howard has more on the two bills signed...

OSF 5K Set for August 2nd

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will hold their very own 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, August 2nd at 5 Pm. The Wellness Edge 5K is a perfect training run for people getting ready for the Hog Days Stampede or similar runs according to Carrie Boelens from OSF... 

You can get signed up for the OSF Saint Luke Wellness Edge 5K Run/Walk by going to GetMeRegistered.com. $25.00 is the cost of registration. 

Temperatures Expected to Remain Below Average for Remainder of July

Atmospheric conditions should keep temperatures below average for the remainder of July in Illinois. That assessment from agriculture meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather in Newton.

Schmidt anticipates temperatures to trend toward normal for much of August in Illinois.

Road Work to Close Portion of South East Street in Kewanee Thursday

The City of Kewanee has announced that a portion of South East Street will be closed to traffic on Thursday. According to the release from the City of Kewanee, South East Street will be closed to traffic from Roosevelt to McKinley Avenue. Crews will be working to fix a sewer line in the area and repair the road. Work will begin at 7 Am on Thursday morning. 

Kewanee Fire Protection District Receives State Grant

The Kewanee Fire Protection District is among nearly 100 Firefighting organizations in Illinois to receve a grant from the state of Illinois. Illinois Fire Marshall Matt Perez announced the dispersement of $2.2 million dollars worth of grants statewide including the more than $24,000 going to Kewanee. District Fire Chief Tim Vigor found out last month that the grant money would be coming through for the Fire District after he'd put in the grant application earlier this year for the purchase of small equipment. 


Henry County Sheriff Deputy Cites Driver on IL 78 for Driving Nearly 100 MPH

A Saint David, Illinois, man is facing a significant fine for speeding on Illinois 78. According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, 51 year old Lonnie Coulter of Saint David was stopped by a Henry Countuy deputy for speeding on Sunday July 15th on Illinois 78, south of Kewanee. Coulter's 1999 Buick Century was clocked at 98 miles per hour in a 55 miler per hour zone. On top of the speeding ticket, Coulter was cited for Operating a Vehicle when a Breath Analyzer Ignition Interlocking Device is required. 

Governor Rauner Signs Bill for 72 Hour Waiting Period for All Gun Purchases

Goverrnor Bruce Rauner has signed a bill that calls for a 72 hour waiting period for the purchase of a gun in the state of Illinois. Previously, there had been a 72 hour waiting period only for handguns but the new law encompasses any gun purchased in Illinois. Our Kim Howard has more... 


City of Kewanee Schedules Another Water Shut Off and Boil Order

The City of Kewanee has announced another water shut-off and boil order, schedule for this Friday. The shut off and boil order will affect areas of Wilbur Street in Kewanee. Once again, Hydrant repair is the reason for the shut off and boil order. Work will begin at 7 Am on Friday with the shut off beginning at 8 Am. Any home where water is shut off will be subject to the boil order for 48 to 72 hours after water service is restored. A list of affected areas is below. 


600 – 700 blocks of Wilbur Street
701 and 702 N East Street
800 – 900 blocks of Railroad Avenue


If you have any questions about the shut off and boil order you may contact Kewanee City Hall at 309-852-2611. 


Illinois Lottery Mega Millions Jackpot Rises Again

It's now the 10th largest prize in Illinois Lottery history as another drawing passed on Friday without a winner in the Illinois Lottery Mega Millions drawing. The Mega-Millions Jackpot rose to $375 million dollars for tonight's drawing. Winners who choose the cash option, if they were to winner the Mega-Millions prize, would receive $226 million dollars. Overall odds for winning the Mega-Millions Jackpot are now 1 in 302,575,350. 

Abilities Plus Celebrating Special Olympics Athletes

Abilities Plus is celebrating participants in the Special Olympics. The State of Illinois Track and Field Special Olympics were held July 14th to the 16th in Normal, Illinois and several Abilities Plus athletes came away with medals, including a pair of Gold Medals. In all, Abilities Plus athletes brought home seven medals and several more ribbons for their hard work. Pictured below is Andrew Yarger who posed with members of Law Enforcement after winning a gold medal in the 30 Meter Motorized Wheelchair Race.

The attached photo features each of the Abilities Plus athletes including PHOTO 1:  Shown front (l to r) Sara Carmichael received a Silver Medal in the Tennis Ball Throw, Coach Tammy Hand, and Kelly Mulcahy, who earned a Silver Medal in the 50M Run.  Back (l to r) Craig Smith who earned a 5th place in the Softball Thrown, Coach Terry Hand, John Mueller, who received a Gold Medal in the 100M Walk, Rick Palmer who earned a Silver Medal in the Softball Throw, Jeff Mueller who received a Bronze Medal in the 100M Walk, Cindy Hansen who earned a 4th place ribbon in the 50M Run, and Erick Sierra, who received 8th place in the 800M Run. Missing from the photo is Jerry Vervynck who earned a Silver Medal in the Softball Throw, Andrew Yarger, who earned a Gold Medal in the 30M Motorized Wheelchair Slalom, and volunteer Brittany Lewis.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 16th and 17th

At approximately 1:56 Pm in the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street, Kewanee Police made a pair of arrests on Retail Theft charges. 18 year old Jorge J. Alvarado-Ramirez and 20 year old Eddie Aguilera, both of Kewanee, were arrested for the retail theft while Alvarado-Ramirez was also arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.


At approximately 10:31 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Mill and Tenney Street. In the stop, Police cited 32 year old Miranda L. Spindel of Colona on a charge of having no valid registration.


At approximately 11:30 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of Dwight Street. In the stop, Kewanee Police Cited 29 year old Zackary A. Wirth of Kewanee for operating a vehicle with an expired registration.

State Representative Dan Swanson to Host Veterans Resources Fair

State Representative Dan Swanson will hold a Veterans Resources Fair in Geneseo on July 23rd. The Veterans and Seniors Resources Fair at the Geneseo Community Center on July 23rd from 4 Pm to 6 Pm is the first of four such resource fairs that Representative Swanson will host over a four day period. Swanson also host similar resource fairs in Aledo on July 24th at 11 Am at the Aledo VFW, on July 25th in Knoxville, at 11 Am at the Knoxville American Legion Post, and July 26th in Princeton at 11 Am at the Bureau County Metro Center. Admission is free. Representative Swanson will discuss the upcoming resource fairs on the Tuesday edition of Tuned In on WKEI at 8:45 Am. 

Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center on Tuned In

Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center joined us for her weekly visit on the Tuned In Podcast. This week Carrie was on hand to discuss the latest Community Health Needs Assessment, a survey of the health needs of residents of Henry County. The survey helps OSF with resource planning and better meeting the needs of residents who use the resources of OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Carrie also talked sports physicals and the upcoming OSF Wellness Edge 5K. 

Kewanee Police Touting Speed Awareness Day

The Kewanee Police Department is touting Speed Awareness Day, July 25th. In a release from the Kewanee Police Department, it is noted that in 2016 34.2% of all fatal crashes in Illinois were related to speeding. That is 369 deaths in total in 2016, or one life lost every 23.7 hours. Other notable facts regarding speeding according to Kewanee Police include...


When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 20 MPH there is a 10% likelihood of being killed while at a speed of 30 MPH the percentage increases to a 50% likelihood of being killed.


The higher the speed at impact, the more severe the injuries sustained.

37% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.

When speeding there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast you are travelling.

Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.

Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.

Governor Rauner in Dixon Pushes for School Resource Officer Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner was in Dixon, Illinois on Monday to honor School Resource Officer Mark Dallas. Officer Dallas was the school resource officer at Dixon High School who, back in May, shot 19-year-old Mark Milby after Milby entered the school and began shooting at students and teachers. At the event, the Governor praised Dallas for his courageous work. 

Governor Rauner took the opportunity to push for legislation in the next session at the Illinois statehouse that would allow for each school to have a school resource officer. 

Average US Gas Prices Rise Again

The average price of a gallon of gas has risen to $2.87 per gallon. That is up eight-tenths of a penny from last week according to the weekly assessment of the United State Department of Energy. Reporter Amerine Woodyard has more from Washington. 

Dr Clifford Martin New Chief Medical Officer at OSF

Dr Clifford Martin has been elevated to the position of Regional Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Regional Medical Director of Specialty Services for OSF in Galesburg, Monmouth and Kewanee. I spoke to Dr. Martin on Monday afternoon about his background, his new position with OSF and how his approach to medicine has changed in his time at OSF. 

Durbin Says Trump Unprepared for Putin Meeting

President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today. And after the meeting Trump says after a strong denial from the Putin over any potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election that he believes Putin over United States intelligence officials. US Senator Dick Durbin said that it’s clear that Trump was unprepared to go it alone in a meeting with Putin.

Top Republican’s are breaking with the President over his comments. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says there is no question that Russia interfered with our elections and continues to try and undermine democracy around the world.

Illinois Better Business Bureau Warns of Birth Certificate Scam

The Better Business Bureau wants to let you know about a scam involving birth certificates. Some sites purport to provide copies of your birth certificate for a fee. The only problem is they do not actually follow through with giving you one. Not all sites offering copies of the records are scams, but the BBB’s Dan O’Brien says your best bet is using a government website like your County Clerk's site.

You can find out more about the scam by going to the Better Business Bureau website.

Rep Bustos Releases Statement Regarding President Trump Meeting with Putin

Representative Cheri Bustos has released a statement regarding President Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin. In the state Representative Bustos says that there is ample evidence that Russia carried out a coordinated attack on the 2016 election and that President Trump has given Vladimir Putin a 'free pass' to do whatever he wants in the future. You can read Representative Bustos' statement below. 


“President Trump should be holding Russia accountable for its attack on our nation, instead he stood at a podium and essentially gave Vladimir Putin a pass to do whatever he wants. There is unanimous consensus among our law enforcement leaders, intelligence community and foreign affairs experts that Russia carried out a coordinated strike on our last election – the only person who refuses to accept the truth is the one person who benefitted the most from it, President Trump. We must allow the Mueller investigation to follow the facts wherever they lead, without any political interference, because the American people demand accountability.


“As the President continues his attack on our media, our intelligence community and our core democratic principles, it’s the American people who pay the price every day - through a trade war that's hurting hardworking farmers across the heartland to rising prescription drug prices that undermine families across our nation. There is a very real cost to this never-ending dysfunction coming out of the White House.”

Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival Winners Announced

Organizers of the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival have announced the winners in this years amateur, youth and professional chalk art competitions. 


Youth 11 to 13 year old winner Tessa Mitchell 


Youth Category 14 to 18 Year old winner Layla Dev 


2018 Amateur Chalk Art Champion Dean Wicklund


Third Place Professional Entry Kurt Loncka 


2nd Place Professional Entry Tim Bryner 


1st Place Professional Entry Heather Hoadley 


Congratulations to Heather and all of this year's incredible chalk artists. 

Representative Bustos Releases Statement Praising Walter T. Bailey Mural

Representative Cheri Bustos was unable to attend the dedication of the Walter T. Bailey mural in Kewanee on Sunday but she did send a representative to read a statement which you can now read below... 


Dear Friends,

Thank you for inviting me to attend the Walter T. Bailey mural dedication ceremony in Kewanee, IL, the birthplace of an extraordinary trailblazer. I regret that I am unable to join you; however, I want to take this time to give you all my best in celebrating the legacy of the state of Illinois' first African-American architect. Mr. Bailey triumphed the limitations for success during a time when African-Americans were not treated as equals. And today, we honor a man that thrived in innovation and made significant contributions to the field of architecture.

Mr. Bailey lent his talent to several national historical landmarks and churches throughout Illinois and southern states. Some of his most notable works include: Chicago's "Black Metropolis," a center for African-American culture, business, and innovation. He also designed many campus buildings and was later appointed by Booker T. Washington to be the head of the architectural department at the Tuskegee Normal & Industrial Institute. Additionally, during the civil rights era, Bailey drew plans for the Ripley Street Baptist Church which stood as a refuge for the Freedom Fighters in Montgomery, Alabama.

I cannot express how proud I am to be a resident of Illinois, and to celebrate Mr. Bailey's contributions to our state's history with you today. I want to thank all the individuals who contributed to the creation of this beautiful piece of art. I also want to recognize Joy HernandezButler for her organization of this noteworthy project and for gathering community support to make this possible. This mural will serve as a constant reminder that when a community comes together anything is possible. You all are a shining example of why I am honored to represent the hard-working people of Illinois' 17th Congressional District.

Cheri Bustos

Governor Rauner Signs Red Flag Order of Protection Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner today signed the Red Flag Order of Protection Bill into law. Under the Red Flag law, families or the police could petition the courts to have guns taken away from a family member if there is sufficient evidence that this person intended to harm themselves or others. Our Kim Howard was live in Springfield and spoke with State Police Director Leo Schmitz. 

Water Shut-Off and Boil Order Planned for Wednesday in Kewanee

The City of Kewanee has announced a water shut-off and Boil Order for Wednesday, July 17th. According to a release from the City of Kewanee hydrant repairs will necessitate the water shut-off and subsequent boil order for areas in the southwest corner of Wethersfield. Work will begin at 7 Am with the water shut-off scheduled for 8 Am. The following areas will be effected by the shut-off and boil order: 

The following areas will be shut off during these repairs:
East College Street addresses east of Andrews Avenue
548 Edwards Street and the 600 block of Edwards
All of Green Street
300 – 400 blocks of East South Street
500 – 600 blocks of East Street South
Andrews Avenue (except 605 Andrews)
Shadycrest Drive

Any resident whose water is shut-off during this repair will be under a boil order for 48 to 72 hours immediately after the work is finished. 

Kewanee Continuing Hydrant Flushing Tuesday and Thursday

The City of Kewanee will continue hydrant flushing and testing on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Residents in the area of May Street and See Street to the Railroad and residents of Railroad Avenue to Lake Street may experience lower than normal water pressure or possibly rusty or discoloured water during the hydrant flushing. If you have any questions feel free to contact Kewanee City Hall at 309-852-2611. 

Indiana Man Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges in Geneseo on Sunday

If you are going to attempt to transport illegal drugs, and you realy should not do that, you should probably make sure your car is in proper working order. A Michigan City, Indiana man learned this lesson on Sunday courtesy of the Henry County Sheriff's Department. 30 year old Bryce Guenther of Michigan City, Indiana was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy on Sunday, July 15th, because his vehicle had no tailights. A subsequent search of the man's vehicle turned up Methamphetamine. Guenther was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, and Possession of Drug Paraphenalia. Guenther was taken to the Henry County Jail where he remains in custody. 

Kewanee Woman Arrested Giving False Name to Henry County Sheriff

A Kewanee woman is likely regretting giving a false name during a July 4th traffic stop. According to the Henry County Sheriff's office, 20 year old Anastazia Vogt of Kewanee was arrested on Friday after a follow-up investigation revealed that she'd given false identifcation to a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy during a traffic stop on July 4th. Vogt has now been charged with Obstruction of Justice and was arrested on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Driving While Suspended. Vogt was also cited for Driving without a Seatbelt. She was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

Pennsylvania Woman Killed in Accident on US 6 Near Colona

One person is dead following accident on US Highway 6 near Colona. According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff's Department, 79 year old Bonnie Carll of Tionesta, Pennsylvania was killed when the vehicle she was in failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck on the passenger side by another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle 80 year old William Carll was injured in the accident and was taken from the scene with what were described as non-life threatening inuries. The driver of the other vehicle, a Ford F150, was also injured in the accident and taken from the scene by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. William Carll was cited for Disobeying a Stop Sign. The accident remains under investigation. 

Regional Daily News Celebrity Interview Alan Alda

Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Alan Alda is moving into the world of Podcasting. Clear and Vivid is the title and the show is all about communicating and how we communicate with each other and how we can improve our communication. This has been a passion of Alan Alda since the end of his time on the hit TV series MASH when he moved to PBS to host conversations with scientists and engineers and helped the communicate complex ideas to a mass audience. It was an honor to talk with Alan Alda for the WKEI Morning Show. 

Walter T Bailey Mural Dedication Wrap-Up

Sunday brought the dedication of the incredible Walter T. Bailey mural on the side of the B & B Printing building. Joy Hernandez, organizer and fundraiser for the event was the MC of the event and started the day by talking about who Walter T. Bailey was.

And Joy went on to discuss some of Walter’s architectural legacy

The Brickaday Church is the building that is depicted in the mural. Arguably the most emotional and heartfelt moment of the dedication came when Tara Bailey, Walter’s great, great grand-niece got up and talked about the moment that meant the most to her this weekend…

Before the mural dedication I had the chance to talk to Scott Cornbred Lindley about leading the team of artists that created the Walter T. Bailey Mural and what went into the initial design

I asked Cornbred about capturing Walter Bailey’s face.

The Walter T. Bailey mural is now on display on the side of the B & B Printing building where Walter Bailey’s legacy will continue to make some noise for years to come. If you want more on Walter T. Bailey, the Kewanee Historical Society is where the research done by Joy Hernandez and her team will live on for years to come.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 15th and 16th

On Sunday at approximately 2:43 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Acorn and Division Street. In this stop, 18 year old Carlos D. Vargas of Kewanee was cited for driving without a valid registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.


At approximately 4:14 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street. In this stop, Kewanee Police Cited 74 Anita P. Manary for using her cellphone while driving, Distracted Driving.


At approximately 5:45 Pm Kewanee Police responded to call in the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Police arrested 26 year old Hope M. Leverette of Kewanee on a charge of Retail Theft.

Renovation of Illlinois Governor's Mansion Complete

The multi-million dollar renovation of the Illinois Governor's mansion is now complete. Diana Rauner announced the $15 million dollar renovation project in July of 2016 with money donated by Governor Rauner and his wife along with funds raised privately. The Rauner family would be the first family to live in the mansion since 2014 when then Governor Pat Quinn and his wife lived at the mansion part-time before storm damage to the home led extensive renovations. Kim Howard has more on the newly re-opened mansion. 

State Board of Elections Now Believes Russian Hackers Did Target 2016 Election in Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Elections now believes that Russian hackers did target the 2016 election in Illinois. Federal indictments handed down in Washington D. C on Friday targeted more than a dozen suspected Russian hackers and while Illinois isn't officially named as a state that was targeted there is enough evidence that the Illinois Board of Elections is willing to state that they believe Illinois was among the states that were targeted. Kim Howard has more... 

Illinois Board of Elections officials are speaking out to let voters know that new cyber-security protections are now in place to prevent such tampering in the future. 

Scott Cornbread Lindley Talks About the Walter T Bailey Mural

Scott 'Cornbread' Lindley led the team that created the amazing Walter T. Bailey mural on the side of the B & B Printing building. The remarkable mural that took several days to create is now up for the world to see and I was lucky to catch a few minutes with Cornbread to ask how he feels about the mural, his approach to helping create it along with his amazing team and what he's been up to this weekend along with his work on the Walter T. Bailey Mural. 


Mobile Veterans Care Center Coming to Kewanee

The Kewanee American Legion will play host to a Mobile Veterans Center on Wednesday, July 18th. According to a release from Henry County Veterans Advocacy the Mobile Vets Center, one of 50 vehicles deployed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will offer aid to veterans making the difficult transition back into civilan life. The vehicle will carry specialists who can discuss options for veterans in need of mental and physical health care. The Mobile Vets Center will be at the Kewanee American Legion beginning at 10 Am on Wednesday. 


SHANE KERN - Veteran and Counselor *Kewanee's own: Retired Command Master Chief 

AUGUST VANDEVOORDE, President VTAP (Veterans Transition Assistance Programs)

Marine Corps Corporal Daniel Hutchison, VP and Executive Director, VTAP 

Megan Sundeen - Founder and Equine Specialist for S.O.S., FREE Equine therapy for Vets and dependents


Kewanee Arrests and Citations July 13th and 14th

At approximately 10:37 Am in the 100 Block of Lakeland in Kewanee, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Mark K. Kates of Kewanee on charges of Domestic Battery, Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence and Criminal Damage to State Property. Kates was arrested and transported from the scene to the Henry County Jail. 


At approximately 5 Pm on Friday evening, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of North Main Street. In the stop, police cited 23 year old Dana C. Mannon of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Vehicle. 


At approximately 5:30 Pm on Friday evening Kewanee Police responded to a damage only accident in the area of the 1200 Block of 3rd Street. At the scene police found 17 year old Chloe C. Sullens of Kewanee who had struck a pole in the area. No one was hurt in the accident. 


At approximately 8:42 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the area of 1100 Block of Cambridge Road in Kewanee. At the scene, Kewanee Police found 48 year old Joan C. Becker whose vehicle had struck a deer. Becker was uninjured in the accident. 


At approximate 10:09 Pm Kewanee Police arrested 64 year old Jeffrey L. Ince of Cambridge in the area of Burlington and Page in Kewanee. Ince was the subject of a traffic stop and was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle without Registration, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Driving without a License, and Improper Use of Registration. 


At approximately 1:37 Pm on Saturday Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of North Main Street. At the scene, police cited and arrested 61 year old Michael B. Frederick of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. 


At approximately 4:08 Pm in the area of the 100 Block of South Main Street Police responded to a Damage Only Accident involving vehicles driven by 61 year old Manuel Palafox of Kewanee and 20 year old David W. Ensley of Kewanee. No one was hurt or cited in the accident. 


Kewanee Police are investigating a Hit and Run accident in the area of Fairview Home in Kewanee. The incident took place at approximately 4:19 Pm when an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle owned by Jason Young of Kewanee. The vehicle was unattended when struck. 


At approximately 4:19 Pm on Saturday Kewanee Police responded to a damage only accident involving vehicles driven by 26 year old Elizabeth M. Hahn of Kewanee and 60 year old Martin L. Chayer, also of Kewanee, in the area of Edwards and Mill Street. No one was hurt in the accident and no one was cited. 


At approximately 4:52 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene Kewanee Police arrested 18 year old Mariah J. Garcia of Galva on a charge of Criminal Trespass to Property. 


 At approximately 7:19 Pm in the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street Kewanee Police arrested 39 year old Shannon M. Yelm of Annawan. Yelm was charged with Retail Theft. 


At approximately 9:51 Pm on Saturday night, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area the of 900 Block of North East Street. At the scene Kewanee Police arrested 28 year old Francis E. Iles cited for Driving without a License and taken into custory on an outstanding warrant from Stark County. 


At approximately 10:44 Pm Kewanee Police arrested 36 year old John F. Carrick of Kewanee in the 200 Block of Wiley Avenue. Carrick was arrested on a Stark County Warrant for Failure to Appear  and Retail Theft. 

Governor Rauner Welcomes Vice President Pence at Tax Event

Governor Bruce Rauner welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to the capital on Friday. The event, a fundraiser for Governor Rauner, was a rare show of solidarity from Rauner to the Trump administration which in the past he's attempted to create some separation. At the event, the Governor went as far as calling Vice President Pence 'One of the greatest public servants of all time.' Full audio of Governor Rauner and Vice President Pence is below. 

Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Hosting Business After Hours

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours on Tuesday, July 24th. Food and drinks will be served as members of the Kewanee Chamber mingle and discuss the business of Kewanee. Members of the Chamber are encouraged to attend and bring a guest and door prizes will be handed out as well. Business After Hours with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce will be held at Courtyard Village, 860 Sunset Drive in Kewanee, at 5 Pm on Tuesday, July 24th. 

Registration is Now Open for Hog Days Stampede

The 42nd Annual Hog Days Stampede is now accepting registrations. The annual run, part of Kewanee Hog Days, will take place on September 1st, beginning at 8 Am in front of the Kewanee YMCA. Registration for the 4 mile run is $25.00, the 1 mile run/fitness walk starts at 9:45 and costs $15.00. The quarter mile kids fun run is free but you do need to register. Go to GetMeRegistered.com to register and pay your fee to take part in the Hog Days Stampede. 

OSF Names Dr Cliff Martin New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Clifford Martin has accepted a new position at OSF Healthcare. In a release from OSF, it was announced that Dr. Martin has accepted the position of Regional Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and Regional Medical Director for OSF in Galesburg, Monmouth, and Kewanee.


“I am very excited to take on the Chief Medical Officer and Specialty Directory roles, and I look forward to helping to maintain and grow the healthcare services that OSF provides to the Galesburg, Monmouth and Kewanee communities,” said Dr. Martin. “My wife Kathy and I will be moving into our new home in Galesburg in August and look forward to being involved in many of the wonderful community growth, development and support activities which make these three communities such vibrant places to live.”


Dr. Martin had held the role of Vice President of OSF Medical Group in Alton since 2016. WKEI RegionalDailynews.com has reached out for an interview with Dr. Martin in the near future. 

Illinois Governor's Mansion Ready to Re-Open

The First Family is ready for a big housewarming party. The official reopening of the Illinois Governor's Mansion is set for tomorrow (Saturday) after a more than two-year renovation and 15 million dollar fundraising effort. First Lady Diana Rauner played a lead role in the restoration and fundraising effort. She says the renovation effort took care of some major issues....

Rauner says they aren't satisfied with the status quo either....

The mansion will reopen with a ceremony tomorrow/Saturday at 10:30 am. Tickets will be available in person starting at 9:00 am on the Mansion grounds.

Representative Cheri Bustos Back From South Korea Trip

Representative Cheri Bustos is back from her overseas fact-finding mission in South Korea and is sharing what it was like to witness the historic changes on the Korean peninsula firsthand. Bustos visited with American soldiers and learned about how much work at the Rock Island Arsenal affects all corners of American military including South Korea. Representative Bustos was in South Korea in the wake of President Trump's visit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un and while Bustos continues to have issues with the President she does give the President credit for his willingness to have a dialogue with North Korea. I was lucky to talk with Representative Bustos this afternoon. 

Illinois Department of Health Warns of Issues with McDonalds Salads

90 cases of food poisoning in Illinois are linked to eating a salad from McDonalds. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the parasite cyclospora is to blame for illnesses ranging from explosive bowel movements, cramps, fatigue and loss of appetite, symptoms many simply refer to as food poisoning. Our Kim Howard has more from Springfield. 

Wanee Cinemas Playing Host to Animated Franchise Hotel Transylvania 3 This Weekend

Things are getting batty this weekend at the Wanee Cinemas in Kewanee as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation starts today. The animated flick is the 3rd movie in the Hotel Transylvania franchise starring Adam Sandler as Drac, Selena Gomez as his daughter, Andy Samberg as his son in law and a veritable comedy all-star team in supporting roles, including Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi. This time around, Drac is leaving the Hotel for a high seas vacation that takes a turn for the worse when the daughter of Drac's nemesis, Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), Erica Van Helsing (Kathryn Hahn) attempts to use Drac's vacation as the opportunity to kill Drac. 


Currently, Hotel Transylvania is earning mixed reviews from critics at RottenTomatoes.com where the film is mildly rotten 59% positive. That's not slowing the box office for the film however, as it raced to 2.3 Million dollars in limited release on Thursday Juiy 12th. Deadline.com predicts that Hotel Transylvania 3 will take in nearly $40 million dollars this weekend despite stiff competition from Ant Man and the Wasp and the new action movie Skyscraper. 


Hotel Transylvania 3 will be our movie of the day at RegionalDailyNews.com on Saturday. You can see Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation beginning today at the Wanee Cinemas. 

Martha Smith from U of I Extension on the Troublesome Japanese Beetle

The Japanese Beetle isn't exactly a scourge but it's becoming a real pain for gardeners and farmers alike. But what can be done about this pest? Martha Smith from the University of Illinois Extension joined me on our Tuned in Podcast today with a few ways to try and beat the beetle. 

If you have questions about Japanese Beetles don't hesitate to call the University of Illinois Extension at 309-756-9978. 


Henry County Farm Bureau Busy August Ahead

The Henry County Farm Bureau has a busy August ahead. This August, the Henry County Farm Bureau is hosting a pair of programs that spokesperson Katie Laleman hopes will bring people closer together with influential and knowledgeable people in the farming industry. I caught up with Katie earlier this week on our Tuned In podcast. 

For details about the Henry County Farm Bureau's upcoming events contact the Henry County Farm Bureau at 309-937-2411. 

New Warning About Bats from State Veterinarian

Illinois State Veterinarian Connie Austin is telling Illinois residents to be on the lookout for bats the rest of this summer. The Illinois Department of Public Health has identified 17 rabid bats across the state thus far in 2018, mostly in the northern part of the state. Nevertheless, play it safe and if you see a bat acting strangely contact your local animal control agency. Kim Howard has more...

Amber Patch Troxell and Linda Bohls Talk Schuyler's Last Ride

Amber Patch Troxell and Linda Bohls joined us on the Tuned In podcast to talk about Schuyler's Last Ride. This year marks the final time there will be a Patriot Guard ride in honor of Shuyler Patch who was killed in action in while serving in Afghanistan in 2009. That year, the Patriot Guard rode alongside as Schuyler was brought home to Kewanee. Since then it's been a tradition to pay tribute to Schuyler Patch with various celebrations including several more rides and his most lasting legacy, Patchy's Toy Drive. Amber Patch Troxell reflected on the remarkable legacy of her late brother and the incredible support given to her and to the tributes from the people and businesses of Kewanee.

Staging for Schuyler's Last Ride will take place at the Quad City Airport and the ride will begin at 2 Pm. The ride will end at the cemetary in Kewanee at 3:15 before everyone heads to the Flemish to finish the celebration. 

Volunteers Needed to Place Flags for Schuyler's Last Ride

100 Volunteers are needed to help place flags along the route of Schuyler's Last Ride. Volunteers can meet at 3 Pm at Kewanee City Hall on Friday with the goal of placing 2500 flags along the route of Schuyler's Last Ride, the very last Schuyler Patch memorial ride, commemorating the ride that brought Schuyler Patch back home. Amber Patch Troxell will be on hand to coordinate and volunteers are needed to make this happen. 100 People, 25 Flags per person, 2500 flags along the route. Be at Kewanee City Hall at 3 Pm on Friday afternoon to help out. 

Progress on Walter F. Bailey Mural and Future Murals

Joy Hernandez is back in Kewanee and hard at work on the Walter F. Bailey mural alongside the team of painters lead by Scott 'Cornbread' Lindley of the Walldogs. As if the work on this mural isn't enough to take care of, Joy is already raising funds for maintaining our murals and ideas for the next Kewanee mural project. 

Along with the mural maintenance you can suggest the next Kewanee Mural Project... 

So what makes a topic or person worthy of a mural? 

If you would like to make a donation and suggest one of the next Kewanee murals stop by the Walter F. Bailey mural location any time this weekend or attend the mural dedication on Sunday. 

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 11th and 12th

At approximately 3:02 Am in the area of the 1000 Block of Rockwell Street Kewanee Police arrested 33 year old Dale Vahl of Kewanee for Violation of Bond Conditions. Also arrested at the same time was 32 year old Deanna Ortega of Kewanee, arrested on charges of Obstructing Justice. Vahl was taken to the Henry County Jail while Ortega was cited and given a notice to appear in court.


24 year old Charles A. Foster of Kewanee was arrested at approximately 8:28 Am on Wednesday morning on charges that he violated a protective order. Foster was taken from the scene in the area of Railroad Avenue to the Henry County Jail.


48 Year old Mark S. Frampton of Kewanee was arrested at approximately 2:58 Pm in the area of the 400 Block of South Park Street. Frampton was cited by police after firefighters were called regarding a potential structure fire. At the scene, Frampton was placed under arrest, cited for Illegal Burning and given a Notice to Appear in court.


A traffic stop at 4:02 Pm in the 900 Block of Tenney street led to a citation for 25-year-old Anais A. Cunningham of Kewanee. Cunningham was cited for Driving While Suspended.


Kewanee Police are investigating a hit and run accident that took place on Wednesday in the area of Division and East Street South. According to Kewanee Police, at approximately 5:01 Pm an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Aubrey Williams of Kewanee and then fled the scene. Williams meanwhile was cited at the scene for Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.


Kewanee Police arrested 22 year old Tyler K. Daniel of Kewanee following a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of Tenney Street at approximately 7 Pm. Daniel was arrested and cited for Driving While Suspended and Operating a Vehicle with an Expired Registration Sticker.


25-year-old Gabriel Rosas of Kewanee was cited by Kewanee Police following a traffic stop at East and Prospect Street at approximately 7:36 Pm Wednesday night. Rojas was cited for Speeding, 45 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.


At approximately 12:06 Am Thursday morning in the area of the 100 Block of Fairview in Kewanee, Kewanee Police made a pair of arrests. 38 year old Mandy L. Pratt of Kewanee was arrested on charges of Obstructing Justice and Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer. She was given a notice to appear in court. Also arrested was 21 year old Noah M. Hess of Kewanee, charged with Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property.

Dianne Packee and Steve Faber Talk Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival on People to People

Dianne Packee and Steve Faber were our guests on People to People to talk about the remarkable number of events happening this weekend at the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival here in Kewanee. Among the most talked about parts of the weekend is the mural dedication for Walter F. Bailey that will take place on Sunday. The mural work gets underway today with the artists hard at work. Work on the mural will be part of the mural tour that will be a major highlight this weekend along with, of course, the remarkable chalk art, both amateur and pro level with competitions and prizes. The dirt pile is back along with plenty of other kids activities and the art of some of our local schools is already lining downtown businesses and showing off our kids' unique talents. Steve and Diane talk about all this and more in our People to People Podcast. 

I will be broadcasting live twice from the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival this weekend, Friday night from 5 Pm to 7 Pm featuring interviews with the chalk artists and from 8 Am to 11 Am on Saturday morning on WJRE. 

Lyle Beaver and the Brass Notes Tonight in Veterans Park in Kewanee

The music above is the music of Lyle Beaver and the Brass Notes. They will be performing tonight in Veterans Park as part of the 2018 Concert in the Park series here in Kewanee. I caught up Lyle himself and asked him to describe the music of Lyle Beaver and the Brass Notes

Lyle and his band have been at it for 10 years while Lyle himself has been going on in the music business for 50 years with his accordion.

Food vendors get things started in Veterans Park tonight at 5 Pm and the concert begins at 6:30. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs.

Geneseo Teens Organizing Zero Climate Change March in Geneseo

A pair of Geneseo teens are leading the way locally as part of a nationwide climate change protest. Emily and Elizabeth Yost of Geneseo are organizing a sister march to the nationwide Zero Hour Climate March set for July 21st in Washington D.C with sister marches around the country including one in Geneseo.

The march is aimed at teenagers who are demanding an end to Washington D.C's business as usual approach to climate change. For their part. the march being organized by Emily and Elizabeth will feature multiple speakers and be attended by teens from across Henry County. Elizabeth Yost tells us that several speakers at the march have been lined up...

What inspired Emily and Elizabeth to get involved with the Zero Hour Climate Watch?

Anyone who is interested is welcomed to attend the Zero Hour Climate March in Geneseo though the event is aimed at teenagers. If you'd like to attend and show your support the Zero Hour Climate Change March in Geneseo will be July 21st at 10 Am in Geneseo City Park on Pearl Street.


Safe Summer Tips from Illinois Fire Marshall

The Illinois State Fire Marshall wants you to have a safe rest of your summer. State Fire Mashall Matt Perez is offering tips for safety for the rest of this summer and he tells our Kim Howard that one of the main things to keep in mind is safety around the grill... 

Keep your grilling safely away from your home and your garage and if you're grilling on the deck, don't set the grill to close to the railing. 

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Logan County

A plane makes an emergency landing on I-55 in Logan County, north of Lincoln. District 9 State Trooper Sean Ramsey describes the events....

The FAA will play a role in the aircraft being removed from the interstate.

Illinois Top 200 Reveals Illinois Most Heartbreaking Moments

The assassination of President Lincoln is the most heartbreaking moment in Illinois history according to the latest Illinois Top 200 poll. Though President Lincoln was assassinated in Washington D. C, the President is an Illinois native and thus the assassination still rings true as a devastating moment in Illinois and national history. Our Kim Howard has more on the Most Heartbreaking Top 200... 

Cast your vote in future Illinois Top 200 lists at IllinoisTop200.com. 

Illinois Treasurer I-Cash Program Bigger Than Ever

The Illinois Treasurer's Office reports that the I-Cash Program is now more successful than ever. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs is touting having returned more than $180 million dollars in previously unclaimed assets to Illinois residents. Kim Howard has more from Springfield... 

Boil Order in the Area of Wilbur Road, Lake Street and Railroad Avenue in Kewanee

The City of Kewanee has issued a boil order due to an emergency fire hydrant repair and water shut off Tuesday.  The boil order is in effect for residents on Wilbur Street from Railroad Avenue to Lake Street, and on Railroad Avenue from Wilbur to the corner at 702 North East Street.


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.

Don't Go Bacon My Heart Sign Up for Hog Days Parade Now Open

The Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival is this weekend and while we don’t want to look past how much fun this weekend is going to be. Hog Days is looming in the near future as well and applications to take part in the Hog Capital of the World Parade are now being accepted. The theme for this year’s Hog Days is Don’t Go Bacon My Heart and the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is urging parade entries to try to stick to that theme. Other things to remember when taking part in the parade:


1.  Please do not throw candy or other materials from moving vehicles, items must be handed out.


2.  No stopping along the parade route nobody likes gaps in the parade.


3.  Political entries will be limited to 1 party vehicle and 1 vehicle per candidate.


4.  All entries should follow the general theme of the parade, please decorate all entries some way to promote the theme.  Fleet vehicles only will not be allowed.


5.  Parade officials have the authority to remove entries from the parade line up at any time for behavior unbecoming of a parade entry or for not following parade entries.


Soliciting or selling items from parade entries is not allowed.  You are welcome to pass out information and give items away like candy, water, freeze pops but no items should be sold from parade participants.  Vendors need to obtain a permit from the Hog Festival committee prior to the parade.  Soliciting of funds from parade watchers by parade participants is prohibited.

You can sign up for the Hog Capital of the World Parade: Don’t Go Bacon My Heart 2018 by going to http://www.kewanee-il.com/parade.php

Senator Durbin Critical of President Trump Foreign Relations

Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ahead of President Trump’s upcoming meetings with NATO allies and Russian President Putin. ...

Durbin is concerned about President Trump's mindset and rhetoric when it comes to Nato..

In June, Durbin introduced a resolution that would reaffirm America’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

State Senator Chuck Weaver Town Hall in Geneseo Tonight

State Senator Chuck Weaver is coming to Geneseo tonight. The State Senator who serves Henry County and nine surrounding counties will be talking with residents tonight about education funding and the need for more teachers in Illinois. Senator Weaver will also discuss concerns about the next session at the Illinois Statehouse, the Illinois budget and will take questions from constituents. The Town Hall will take place at Geneseo City Hall tonight at 6 Pm and anyone is welcome to attend. I spoke with State Senator Chuck Weaver on Tuesday afternoon about what people attending the town hall can expect. 

Illinois Attorney General Investigating No Poaching Agreements in Fast Food Businesses

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 10 fellow state attorneys general in investigating 'No Poaching agreements in the Fast Food industry. The investigation aims to know if employees are being made to sign agreements that prevent them from working at other stores in the food chain. Our  Kim Howard has more... 

Investigators are aiming to determine if so-called No Poaching agreements prevent wages from going up in the industry by barring employees from moving between stores within a chain whether they are seeking a promotion or simply asking for higher wages. 

Kewanee Farmers Market on Tuned In

Diane Demay and Marianne Dybdal are with the committee behind the Kewanee Farmer's Market. Diane and Mariane joined me on Tuned In on Tuesday talk about the Farmer's Market, whether changes in Barrian Park have had an effect on the market and how the market will integrate this weekend with the Prairie Chicken Festival. 

Abilities Plus is Paying Tribute to Plus One Legacy Members

Abilities Plus is paying tribute to supporters who've pledged support beyond their lifetime. The Abilities Plus Plus One Legacy Society is made up of donors who've pledged a portion of money to go to Abilities Plus as a donation after they pass on. New members of Plus One Legacy Society include Julie and Merv Landwehr of Sheffield and Darlene Kaiser of Kewanee who passed away in January of this year and included a donation to Abilities Plus in her wishes for her estate. There are currently 33 members of the Plus One Legacy Society. If you'd like to be a member you can contact Abilities Plus at 309-852-4626. 

Governor Bruce Rauner Supports President Trump Supreme Court Nominee

On Monday night President Donald Trump announced that he was nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United State Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, a former clerk to retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court if approved by the U.S Senate. On Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner announced that he supports President Trump's nominee. Our Kim Howard has the story from Springfield...

The Governor's Democrat opponent J.B Pritzker attacked Governor Rauner's support of Justice Kavanaugh accusing the Governor of reneging on his Pro-Choice stance. Many Democrats believe that if Judge Kavanaugh is elevated to the Supreme Court it could lead to a challenge to and defeat of the legendary Roe V. Wade decision which legalized abortion. 

Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley on People to People

Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley joined me for today's People to People follow-up to Monday night's City Council meeting. On the agenda, a brief conversation about an event at the Bolier Room in Kewanee on Wednesday night that one called to the Open Line program express concern about. Also there was talk of private streets and whether the City of Kewanee would be willing to take on maintenance of these private roads. 

OSF Saint Luke to Host Wellness Edge 5K Run/Walk in August

Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was my guest on our Tuned In program on Monday and she tried to get me to take part in the upcoming OSF Saint Luke Wellness Edge 5K Run/Walk…

The Wellness Edge 5K Run/Walk will be held at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center on August 2nd at 6 Pm.

Illinois Corn Crop is Looking Good

The corn crop is racing along in Illinois. Farmers are seeing tassels and silks – indicating that that all of those ears are filling with kernels. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says the crop is way ahead of normal and it looks to be in good shape too.

The state’s soybean crop is also doing very well. More than 70 percent of soybean fields look to be in either good or excellent shape.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations July 9th and 10th

A traffic accident with no injuries occurred at 2:10 Pm in the 700 block of Tenney Street involving vehicles driven by Mary E. Trimmer of Kewanee and Beatriz Mendoza-Bravo of Kewanee. No citations were issued in the damage only accident.

At approximately 5:15 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of North East Street, Kewanee Police responded to a damage only accident involving vehicles driven by Dana C. Mannon of Kewanee and Tara N. Cravens of Neponset. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued.

At approximately 7:27 Pm on Monday night, Kewanee Police in the area of 1 mile west on the Page Street Extension cited 25 year old Wade I. Herman for Speeding 46 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.

At approximately 9:09 Pm Kewanee Police arrested 43 year old Mark V. Porter of Kewanee on a Stark County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Aggravated DUI. Porter posted bond and was released.

At approximately 1:44 Am Kewanee Police in the area of 5th and Columbus Streets arrested 27 year old Nicholas J. Swearingen of Kewanee. Swearingen was cited by police for Driving While License was revoked.


Shortage of Ag Teachers in Illinois Continues

There's still a shortage in ag teachers around the state, but gains are being made according to Megan Coy... 

That's former ag teacher Megan Coy of Champaign. She now serves as a program adviser for Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education or FCAE.

Kewanee City Council Meeting July 9th 2018

The Kewanee City Council met on Monday night at Kewanee City Hall. Among the items on the agenda was the approval of use of the streets around the Boiler Room in Kewanee and the public sidewalk in front of the building. The approval passed 5 votes to 0.
There was a lengthy discussion regarding City maintenance of streets that have traditionally been considered private. Councilman Mike Yaklich expressed concern about tax payers having to pay for repairs to streets that are privately owned. City Engineer Dale Nobel clarified that the question was not whether the City would simply take over maintenance of a particular private street and pay for repairs. Rather, the idea would be for residents on private streets to pay for the repairs first and if the street is repaired to the satisfaction of the city then the question would be for the City Council if the city would then be willing to take over the maintenance of the formerly private street. Councilman Yaklich then called for a three tier process of making sure that existing agreements regarding the maintenance of these streets be accounted for, maintenance to bring the streets up to standard then undertaken by the residents on the private streets and finally a council discussion of whether the city would take over the maintenance on these streets. Still to be determined is the status of three unnamed streets thought to be private streets that may in fact be city streets.
The council approved amending a section of City code to allow salons as an allowable special use in private one family dwellings in residential neighborhoods. The vote was unanimous in favor, 5 to 0.
The council voted to approve a deal with Missman Inc. to work on the East Street Project. Councilman Steve Faber asked if the project would include improvements to make safer the area of East Street and Division where accidents during hazardous weather have been a concern, including a fairly recent fatal accident. City Manager Gary Bradley stated that the vote was to approve Missman Inc. to begin planning the work to be done on the East Street project but that the concerns about safety could be brought up with Missman engineers as the planning for the project moved forward. The vote was unanimous in favor of approving Missman.
The council voted to approve an ordinance allowing Electrical Charging stations to be built in Kewanee. A citizen question regarding the cost of using and maintaining Electrical Charging Stations led to the clarification that any electrical charging station built in the city would be privately owned, operated and maintained. The ordinance simply allows for businesses to operate Electrical Charging Stations in Kewanee. The ordinance passed unanimously.
In City Council member comments after the main business was completed, Councilman Mike Yaklich took City Manager Gary Bradley to task for comments he made in an interview on our People to People program on June 26th. Councilman Yaklich took issue with Mr. Bradley telling listeners to contact City Hall rather than speaking to individual council members when making complaints about residences that are not up to code.

Councilman Yaklich then mentioned a home on Division Street where a garage is being built that is a concern to residents in the area. He asked that it be investigated to make sure it is structurally sound.
Councilman Yaklich closed his remarks asking about why public funds went into work at a private residence on Division Street in Kewanee. City Manager Gary Bradley informed the council that the work on and around this residence was being billed to the resident to be repaid.

Councilman Koehler asked about progress on Barrien Park in Kewanee. City Engineer Dale Nobel addressed the council and stated that there would be progress on Tuesday. There was a delay regarding the boring being done as part of the work and how the crew had run into several issues. Those issues appear to be resolved and progress on Barrien Park will continue beginning Tuesday.

Council Member Steve Faber passed along praise from a citizen for the work of emergency workers who had aided her husband following a call about a heart attack. Councilman Faber also apologized for comments he made at the most recent city council meeting regarding an issue with Keith Edwards of the Kewanee Building and Zoning Department. Mr. Edwards was not in attendance at the meeting.

Finally Councilman Chris Colomer praised the work of Joy Hernandez whose tireless efforts helped to bring the latest Kewanee mural, being dedicated this weekend to Walter F. Bailey, to life. Colomer praised Joy’s efforts in fundraising for the mural project among many other positive comments.

Breaking: President Trump Selects Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Nominee

President Trump has announced that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy as the next Supreme Court Justice. Fox News Radio's Jared Halperin has more. 

Tuned In Podcast Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Carrie Boelens joined us for a conversation about the latest goings on at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Among the items up for conversation, $10 Sports Physicals at OSF in August and the upcoming OSF Healthcare OSF Wellness Edge Annual 5K Run/Walk coming up on Thursday, August 2nd beginning at 6 Pm. 

People to People Podcast Becky McCray

Becky McCray is an author and motivational speaker who specializes in small town business, branding and innovation. Becky is coming to Hall High School in Spring Valley, Illinois on July 12th from 7:30 Am to 1:30 Pm for the North-Central Illinois Council of Goverments 2018 Economic Development Summit. Becky's book, Small Town Rules: How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Economy lays out ideas and innovations that small towns can you use to grow and thrive. 

Illinois Better Business Bureau Advises Caution When Buying a Car Online

The Better Business Bureau wants you to use caution if buying a vehicle online. At least a half-dozen people have lost between $2,800 and $9,500 by wiring money to purchase vehicles through fraudulent vehicle shipping companies. At least 18 claim to be based in Springfield, Missouri. Most seem to have at least some connection to a business called Springfield Shippers, according to BBB investigator Don O'Brien, who says when purchasing any vehicle, it's wise to take it for a test drive.

Red flags that you might be dealing with a scammer include: The seller shares a sad story and can’t meet face-to-face or let you inspect the vehicle. A third party handles the money and/or shipping. In an effort to appear legitimate, the seller tells you that the third party, whether eBay or an escrow service, will refund your money if you don't like the vehicle. And a big one is if the payment is by wire transfer. Scammers avoid payment by personal or cashier’s check, PayPal, credit card or any other traceable method.

Construction Season for Illinois Livestock Industry

It’s construction season on the roads and it’s also construction season for the livestock industry. The numbers from Nic Anderson with the Illinois Livestock Development Group.

Anderson says the numbers are trending just a bit lower compared to last year at this time.

Pritzker Campaign Continuing Push for Graduated Income Tax

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Prizker has called for a graduated income tax in Illinois. His running mate, State Representative Juliana Stratton is carrying the torch for the Prizker on that issue...

Stratton notes there are no sacred cows that will be spared of the graduated tax.....

Agenda for Kewanee City Council Meeting Monday July 9th at 5:30 Pm

1. Call to Order
2. Closed meeting pursuant to Section 2 (c) (1) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss personnel
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
b. Payroll
c. Staff Reports
d. Request from the Kewanee Area Church Fellowship to conduct Tag Days on Saturday, September 15
5. Presentation of Bills and Claims
6. Citizen Participation
7. Business:
a. Acceptance of the Plan Commission minutes from its meeting held on June 28, 2018
b. Consideration of an Ordinance granting a special use permit to Armando Rosas and Rosas LLC D/B/A
Belico for the sale of alcohol by the glass at 202 N Tremont Street.
c. Consideration of a Resolution to authorize the use of the public sidewalk and a portion of the public
street in the 200 block of North Chestnut Street and 200 block of West Second Streets by A Segura LLC
d/b/a Boiler Room for the extension of their beer garden during an entertainment event on July 12th, 2018.
d. Discussion regarding City maintenance of streets that have traditionally been considered as private
e. Consideration of an Ordinance amending Section 155.003 Definitions & 155.060 R-1 One-Family
Dwelling Districts be including salon as an allowable special use.
f. Consideration of a Resolution to authorize an agreement with Missman, Inc., now a part of IMEG Co,
for engineering services related to Phase II Final Design and submittal to IDOT for the East Street
g. Consideration of an Ordinance allowing for Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations within specific zoning
8. Council Communications:
9. Announcements:
10. Adjournment

Governor's Office Accepting Applications for Governor's Hometown Awards

The state is now accepting applications for the Governor's Hometown Awards. The Hometown Awards recognize communities that take on service projects and enhance the quality of life for residents says Serve Illinois Executive Director Scot McFarland...

And McFarland encourages any community to apply for the Hometown Awards...

Interested townships, Cities, Villages and Counties can apply immediately at serve.illinois.gov. Deadline for entries is August 1st. 

EPA Transparency Rule Could Block New Science

The departure of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt comes as the agency is trying to implement a controversial rule that opponents say could reduce the amount of scientific data considered when drafting environmental regulations. The Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule purports to ensure the regulation process is accessible to all. But Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky with the group Medical Advocates for Healthy Air said although data transparency is a good idea, there are implications if it's required as part of a regulation. "If it is enacted as a rule from EPA, it can cause EPA to eliminate scientific studies," McIntosh-Kastrinsky said. "And therefore, potentially, enacting this rule would eliminate the use of certain science, and therefore impede environmental regulation." Her group is joining others to oppose the rule, which is open for public comment until August 16. In late June, the 44-member Scientific Advisory Board to the EPA asked the agency not to revise or finalize the rule until the board can analyze it and offer comments. If enacted, the rule could exclude clinical studies derived from human databases, impede the development of new science and exclude historical studies. While the departure of Pruitt may have come as a surprise late last week, McIntosh-Kastrinsky said the agency is expected to continue its efforts to enact this rule. "Looking at Andrew Wheeler, who is the now-acting administrator, and his background, I imagine they will probably proceed with trying to implement this rule," she said. "However, with all rules that are proposed at the EPA and on the federal level, they have a comment period." The EPA already has an external review body, known as the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee. Its mission is to provide a diverse and independent peer review of the science considered by the agency when establishing policies.

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations for Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th

On Saturday in the area of 2nd and Vine in Kewanee, police cites 25 year old Erica S. Smith of Kewanee for a hit and run accident. Smith is alleged to have struck the vehicle of an Ohio, Illinois man at approximately 9:31 Am and then left the scene of the accident before police arrived. Once Smith was located, she was also cited for Driving While Suspended, Operating an Uninsured Vehicle, and Leaving the scene of an accident. No one was injured in the accident.


On Saturday at 12:40 Pm, Kewanee Police arrested 20 year old Cole Carson of Kewanee in the area of the 600 Block of Florence. Carson was arrest on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Driving While Suspended.


Illegal Burning on Saturday in Kewanee in the area of 7th and Cole Street. On the scene. Kewanee Police cited 40 year old Elva Quintero of Kewanee for the illegal burning.


6:26 Pm Saturday night, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Jessica L. Workheiser of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Driving without Insurance, Driving While Suspended, No Proof of Insurance and Expired Registration. Bond was posted.


At 8:58 Pm on Saturday night, Kewanee Police arrested 41 year old Raul Quiroga of Kewanee for Driving While Suspended, and Operating an Uninsured Vehicle.


At approximately 11:16 Pm on Saturday night, Kewanee Police arrested Joshua West of Kewanee for Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property


On Sunday, at approximately 2:26 Pm Kewanee Police arrested 28 year old Darrell D. Kilgore of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Charges of Driving without Insurance.

ComEd Phone Scam Going Around Kewanee

Regional Media studios received a call from a presumed scam artist on Saturday, July 7th. A caller to the Business number of Regional Media at 133 East Division Street in Kewanee informed station personnel that he had a work order for our address. This raised suspicion as Regional Media does not have an account with ComEd for our Kewanee studio. When pressed for details regarding the work order and the identity of the caller, the caller abruptly ended the call. If you receive a call from a man claiming to have a work order and knows your address be sure you actually have service with ComEd and have arranged to have work done before you go any further. Scams like this often lead to an attempt to get the resident pay money or face the loss of electric service. The money is asked for in cash or through payments using gift cards. Remember, your electric companies will not solicit you for cash payments in person and certainly not in gift card form. If you receive a scam call like the one we received, ComEd urges you to contact the Illinois Attorney General's Office at 1-800-386-3013.

More Information on the Victim in I-74 Crash Friday Morning

More information is coming out regarding the victim in an accident on I-74 early Friday morning. Elijah L. Stickley of Urban, Ohio died in the rollover accident that happened near the Andover exit of 1-74. Stickley was driving the vehicle which investigators believe drifted off the road toward a ditch on the right side of the road before over-correcting causing the vehicle to roll over and come to a rest on its side. Stickley was a member of the Wisconsin Badgers wrestling team who had finished 6th at the annual Big 10 Conference Wrestling Championship Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Championship Tournament. Wisconsin Badgers Wrestling Coach Chris Bono said of Stickley in the Wisconsin State Journal: "The world lost a really good kid."

Kewanee Police Citations and Arrests for June 6th and 7th

At approximately 9:11 Am Kewanee Police cited 33 year old Rachel Shrum of Kewanee following a damage only accident. According to Kewanee Police, Shrum's vehicle struck unattended vehicles owned by three Kewanee residents, in the 300 Block of South Chestnut Street. Shrum was cited by Kewanee Police for Improper Lane Usage and given a Notice to Appear. 


At approximately 9:51 in the 400 Block of South Main Street Kewanee Police arrested 19 year old Victoria M. Ramont of Kewanee on a charge of Use of Intoxicating Compounds. Ramont was given a Notice to Appear. 


At approximately 2:13 Pm in the 100 Block of South Main Street, Kewanee Police arrested 38 year old Jennifer M. Wykle of Kewanee and 36 year old Chad M. Petty of Kewanee on In-State Warrants. 


At approximately 6:45 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police arrested Shelby J. Garrigan of Kewanee on a charge of Retail Theft. Garrigan was also wanted on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Participating in Meth Manufacturing, Aggravated Meth Manufacturing, and Child Endangerment. 


At approximately 10:08 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of North Chestnut, Kewanee Police cited 36 year old Stephanie L. Mitchell-Davis of Kewanee for Driving While License Suspended. 


At approximately 11:36 Pm in the area of the 300 Block of Burr Boulevard Kewanee Police cited 25 year old Jordan K. Womack of Venedy after his vehicle struck a vehicle driven by a Neponset, Woman. Womack was cited for DUI, DUI Over .08, and Failure to Yield at Stop Intersection. 



James Jones Named Regional Sales Director for Regional Media

Over the past few months, Regional Media has been interviewing candidates to fill several newly created positions for Regional Sales Director inside the Regional Media sales organization. 

Regional Media President and CEO Fletcher Ford said, “It was incredibly exciting to award this promotion from within the ranks of our current staff. James is a phenomenal individual with true character and passion for local service. He is a tremendous asset to our organization.”

Under his leadership, Mr. Jones has seen immense success in Sterling, leading a group that Regional Media acquired in distress, turning it around to win the prestigious Station of the Year award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Mr. Jones commented on the news of the elevation. “I could not be more pleased to accept the position of Regional Sales Director for the northern territories for Regional Media, Virden Broadcasting. Building on the growth and success of the Sterling, Dixon and Rock Falls market, it will be a joy to bring the same energy, passion, and expertise for local business back to the Kewanee market where I attended High School and have many great relationships. Being a part of the largest regional cluster of radio stations in the state is exciting, and the best is yet to come for our local communities.”

He will be directly responsible for the sales efforts within the northern territory for Regional Media. Stations include, Quad Cities based Jack 93.9 KQCJ, Kewanee based RegionalDailyNews-100.1 -1450 WKEI, Hog Country 102.5 WJRE HD, My102! Hits of 80’s, 90’s, and Today, 104.7 Rock 2.0, Sterling Illinois based Q105-5 #1 Hits WSSQ, SaukValleyNow-1240-93.1WSDR, Big Country 102.7 WZZT, and various other digital properties.

Mr. Jones will report directly to the Vice President of Regional Media, Jason Gilbraith who says, “I’m absolutely very happy about this promotion. We brought James into this company because we knew his capabilities. I am proud to have him on our team and look forward to having James involved, building relationships and helping all of our area businesses succeed. Congratulations James.”

Regional Media is the largest locally owned media company in Illinois with radio serving markets from Clinton Iowa to Quincy Illinois and beyond.

For more information please contact news@regionalmedia.info

Update: Ohio Man Killed in I-74 Crash Near Andover

Update: Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson has released the name of the victim in last night’s deadly crash on I-74 near Andover. 21 year old Elijah L. Stickley of Urban, Ohio was the driver who, it appears, lost control of his vehicle leading to a rollover crash that ended in tragedy. A passenger in the vehicle remains unnamed but was taken to Illini Hospital in Silvis.


One person is dead following a rollover accident on I-74 near Andover. According to the Illinois State Police, a 2004 Nissan Frontier was travelling Westbound on I-74, near mile post 24, just south of the Andover exit. The driver first drifted off the road and into a ditch on the right hand side. Unfortunately the driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to rollover and cross both westbound lanes of traffic before the vehicle came to a rest on its side. The driver, was killed in the accident while a passenger in the vehicle was taken to Illini Hospital where their condition is currently unknown. The names of the victims are being withheld at this time.

Tick Borne Illnesses on the Rise

University of Illinois Entymology Professor Brian Allan has some advice for dealing with ticks. A recent study shows that Tickborne illnesses. such as Lyme Disease, are on the rise in Illinois and with that rise is the need to know more about what to do if you are bitten by a tick. First, don't panic, if you get bitten, it could be several hours before the tick could transmit an infection... 

Ticks generally don't merely bite, they latch on. So what is the best way to remove a tick? 

According to the CDC, more than 300,000 people per year are bitten by a tick. 

Illinois Lottery Jackpot Continues to Rise

Another Illinois Lottery Mega Millions drawing passed on Tuesday without a winner. This means that the prize for the Mega Millions Jackpot drawing tonight, Friday, July 6th, will rise once again. The new Jackpot for those lucky enough to guess the winning numbers is $283 million dollars. That makes the cash option for winners $170 million million dollars. More than 28,000 people won prizes playing the lottery last week but no one guessed the big prize. 

Jared Klapp from Yemm Auto Group on What You May Not Know About Leasing

Jared Klapp from Yemm Auto Group made his weekly appearance on the WKEI Morning Show on Friday. This week, Jared talked about the enduring popularity of the Jeep and discussed some things you may not know about leasing vehicles. 

Jim Bohannon on the WKEI Morning Show

Radio legend and WKEI's very own, Jim Bohannon joined me on the WKEI Morning Show on Friday to talk about the latest national headlines. On Jim's agenda this morning, President Trump's Monday announcement of his choice for the next Supreme Court nominee. The Secretary of State is back from North Korea but is North Korea still a nuclear threat despite what the President has said? And finally, what does Jim hope to see from President Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin... 

Henry County Sheriff's Arrest Suspect in Alpha Pharmacy Burglary

Henry County Sheriff’s arrested a suspect in the burglary of a pharmacy in Alpha, Illinois. According to the Henry County Sheriff’s office release, 31-year-old Roman T. Lloyd of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested following a two-state police chase wherein he was followed by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies across the I-80 Bridge to LeClaire, Iowa where he was captured after leaving his vehicle and beginning a foot pursuit. Lloyd was taken from the scene to the Scott County Iowa jail on the Henry County warrant for 2 counts of Burglary, Theft, Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police. Henry County Sheriff’s were aided in the case by the Colona Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the LeClaire, Iowa Police Department.


Government Watchdog Groups: Pruitt's EPA Exit "Long Overdue"

After allegedly overspending on everything from pens to lavish trips and accepting questionable deals from lobbyists, government ethics and watchdog groups say Scott Pruitt's resignation as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is long overdue. During his one-year tenure, Pruitt was seen by conservatives as one of President Donald Trump's most effective Cabinet members, working relentlessly to dismantle Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution.

Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy for the group Common Cause, said Pruitt's questionable past was widely known. His group had urged Congress to delay the confirmation when Pruitt withheld documents revealing corporate influence in his decisions as Oklahoma attorney general.

"He was clearly unfit for the position of public trust that he was in as administrator of the EPA," said Spaulding. "I think we were extremely troubled that the majority in Congress really refused to hold him accountable and, in our view, were complicit."

Spaulding shared similar reservations about Andrew Wheeler, a former coal-company lobbyist and now EPA deputy administrator, who will take Pruitt's place as acting administrator on Monday. Pruitt expressed no regrets in a letter submitted to media outlets on Thursday.

Environmental groups predict the Trump administration will continue its pattern of appointing the least likely candidate to head the agency. Kara Cook-Schultz, director of U.S. PIRG's (Public Interest Research Group) toxics program, thinks the president should take time to really understand the purpose of the EPA. "Scott Pruitt has failed in the EPA mission to protect human health and the environment, and Americans are less safe today than they should be, due to his poor decisions and leadership," Cook-Schultz said. Like President Trump, Pruitt voiced skepticism about mainstream climate science. Andrew Wheeler also doubts that humans are a primary cause of climate change. 

Priority Registration at Black Hawk College Ends July 25th

Priority registration for the fall school year at Black Hawk College ends July 25th. According to Black Hawk College reps, the priority registration period for new students ends on July 25th for the school year beginning August 20th. New students are encouraged to get in touch with an advisor as soon as possible to get through the registration process, including the choosing of classes. Students can beat the priority registration deadline by registering online at www.bhc.edu/register and look at the class schedule at www.bhc.edu/schedules

City of Kewanee Sewer and Alley Work Beginning Monday

The City of Kewanee will be working on Sewer and Alley repairs on Monday and Tuesday next week. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, work will be going on in the area of the North/South Alley between Gilbert and George Street and the 300 Blocks of East Division and Roosevelt. All will be closed to traffic in these areas due to the roadwork. Work is expected to begin Monday morning at 7 Am.

One Person Killed in Henry County Rollover Accident

One person is dead following a rollover accident on I-74 near Andover. According to the Illinois State Police, a 2004 Nissan Frontier was travelling Westbound on I-74, near milepost 24, just south of the Andover exit. The driver first drifted off the road and into a ditch on the right-hand side. Unfortunately, the driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to rollover and cross both westbound lanes of traffic before the vehicle came to a rest on its side. The driver was killed in the accident while a passenger in the vehicle was taken to Illini Hospital where their condition is currently unknown. The names of the victims are being withheld at this time.

Wanee Cinema to Play Host to Marvel's Latest Spectacle Ant-Man and The Wasp This Weekend

Ant-Man and The Wasp are crawling into the Wanee Cinema this weekend. The sequel to the hit 2015 action comedy picks up the story of Scott Lang played by Paul Rudd 2 years after the events of Captain America Civil War, events that left Scott in jail alongside a few of his fellow heroes. We know that Ant-Man was not involved in the action of Avengers Infinity War and we get a sense of why that is though the film leaves as many questions as it answers. I wrote about Ant-Man and The Wasp for my Movie of the Day column on our movies page and I absolutely adored the movie. Funny, excited and classically Marvel. The Hollywood Reporter is predicting that Ant-Man and The Wasp will take in around $80 million dollars this weekend and you can expect sell-out crowds all weekend here in Kewanee. 

People to People Podcast Diane Demay and Wanda Kieft Prairie Chicken Festival 07-05-18

Our guest on today's People to People program were the delightful duo of Wanda Kieft and Diane Demay. They are a pair of the many people helping to organize the Kewanee Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival on July 13th and 14th. On the show, Wanda tells us about the free bus tours of all the murals in Kewanee. including a stop at the site of the latest mural, the tribute to Walter F. Bailey, which is being painted at the Prairie Chicken Festival and dedicated at a ceremony on the 14th. 

Open Line Podcast 07-05-18

A move to the Central Steamers gymnasium for tonight's Concert in the Park, plus Open Line listeners react to a man arrested for Indecent Solicitation of a Child, and more thoughts on cyber-security and your kids online. 

IH to Host Movie in the Park at Windmont Park July 21st

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union will be sponsoring a movie in the park on July 21st. The movie feature is the Pixar classic Brave. Which park you’re wondering? Windmont Park is the answer on July 21st. The Movie in the Park: Brave is free to anyone who would like to attend. The movie should get underway at dusk. IH will provide the popcorn and the glowsticks.

Governor Rauner Weighing Hike of Minimum Teacher Salaries

Governor Bruce Rauner is weighing the impact of legislation that would require higher minimum teacher salaries. When it comes to the impact of legislation that would eventually require a starting salary of 40-thousand dollars, Rauner says size matters...

Rauner believes the state can help school districts fund the higher salaries without spending a dime...

The legislation was sent to the Governor last week.

Representative Bustos Supports Senate Version of Farm Bill

Representative Cheri Bustos is supporting the Farm Bill version coming out of the U.S. Senate, but she says there are some items in the House version worth keeping...

Bustos serves on the U.S. House Ag Committee. Her district includes 14, mostly rural counties.

Geneseo Teen Dies in Lake of the Ozarks Drowning

A 13 year old boy from Geneseo drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks on the 4th of July. According to information from the Missouri Highway Patrol, 13-year old Eric Dietrich of Geneseo was seen jumping from a 2017 Cobalt Runabout at around 4 Pm for a swim and disappearing into the water. Indications are that Eric may have suffered a medical condition that prevented him from coming up for air after jumping in. Eric’s body was recovered by search and rescue personnel at around 8 Pm last night. Investigators state that Eric was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident and that the boat was not moving when Eric jumped off. No other information has been released at this time.

Illinois to Receive $13.2 Million to Improve Voter Security

A spokesman for Illinois elections officials has referred to the state as a "poster child for how to handle cybersecurity" since the state election system was targeted by Russian-connected hackers in 2016. Illinois is expected to receive more than $13 million to prevent hackers from tampering with future elections. It's one of 22 states that will share $380 million to secure its elections process, and experts have said the federal funding is long overdue. Glen Sagers, a professor of cybersecurity at Illinois State University, said he was worried about this issue well before the 2016 elections.

"Oh, I think there is definitely a cause for concern, but that cause for concern has been around longer than the funding has," he said. "I think it's a case of finally fixing a problem that has likely existed for quite some time. " In 2005, a test of machines made by election equipment company Diebold showed they could be hacked. This week, county clerks and other election managers from across Illinois will be in Bloomington for a training session on protecting the state's election-information technology.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, half of the $13 million must be spent on a new "cyber navigator" program to defend against data breaches. Sagers said he has some thoughts on what other priorities should be for the money. "The funds should probably be used to do code reviews," he said. "In other words, go through and look at the actual software that powers election machines of various kinds, from all the different vendors."

Officials are in the process of creating the program, working together with police and state technology and terrorism agencies. In February, President Donald Trump's top intelligence adviser told a Senate committee that Russia is moving to build on its earlier efforts to interfere with U.S. elections.

Manar says school funding reform is working

State Senator Andy Manar pushed hard for school funding reform before it became a reality. Now, with many schools seeing additional revenue, Manar says improvements can be seen in the classroom...

The Bunker Hill Democrat was also a driving force behind boosting teacher minimum salaries.

Rural connections to state bicentennial exhibit

We may have celebrated our nation's birthday, but it's the state's too. 20-18 represents Illinois' bicentennial and a new exhibit that recently opened in Springfield recognizes the state's rural history. Erika Holst serves as curator of decorative arts at the Illinois State Museum;

Holst acknowledges many Illinoisans didn't even know Illinois had a state museum until a budget standoff between the governor and General Assembly forced its shutdown for a period of time in recent years;

The bicentennial exhibit at the Illinois State Museum will be on display through next February.

Kewanee Police Release Photo and Information on Iowa Man Arrested for Solicitation

Kewanee Police have released the arrest photo of James M. Caldwell of Davenport, Iowa. Caldwell was arrested on Tuesday, July 3rd, in the 100 Block of East Central Boulevard at approximately 10:03 Pm. Caldwell was arrested without incident and was charged with preliminary charges of Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Solicitation to Meet a Child, Grooming and Traveling to Meet a Minor. He remains in the Henry County Jail as of this writing. 

Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations for July 3rd and 4th

Kewanee Police responded to 6 different complaints regarding fireworks on Tuesday night, the day before the July 4th Holiday, according to complaints noted in the Kewanee Police Blotter. Residents in the areas of Maple and Willow in Kewanee, the 1400 Block of North East Street, the 400 Block of North Park Avenue, the 1800 Block of Lake Street, and also Division Street wound up calling Kewanee Police on Tuesday for illegal fireworks.

Other items on the Kewanee Police Blotter from Tuesday

Kewanee Police arrested 61 year old Gerald L. Bumphrey of Kewanee in the area of the 300 block of Tenney Street at approximately 2:04 Am, Wednesday, July 4th. Bumphrey was charged with DUI, DUI over .08, and Improper Lane Usage. Bumphrey was released after bond was posted.

Iowa Man Arrested for Soliciting Kewanee Minor

Kewanee Police arrested an Iowa man for soliciting a minor. According to the Kewanee Police Blotter, 57 year old James M. Caldwell of Iowa was arrested at 10:03 Pm on Tuesday night, in the area of the 100 Block of East Central Boulevard. Caldwell was arrested on a charge of Solicitation of a Minor and was transferred to the Henry County Jail where he is currently being held. 

Illinois State Police District 7 Enforcement Report

Illinois State Police District 7 have released patrol numbers for the month of May. According to the release from the Illinois State Police, State Police Officers in District 7 responded to 1153 calls, 180 of which were regarding stalled vehicles on the side of the highway. Illinois State Police Officers made 126 arrests in the month of May on speeding charges. 57 people in the month of Mau alone were cited for driving without a seatbelt and issued a total 354 citations and more than 400 warnings to District 7 drivers. ISP was called to the site of 47 crashes in the month of May with only 1 fatality. 

Conservative Party Candidate for Governor Will be on November Ballot

It looks like Republican State Senator Sam McCann's third party run for Governor is a go. No one challenged his nominating petitions by the deadline, meaning he's a near lock for the November ballot. Last month, McCann supplied more than double the number of petitions needed to get on the ballot as a representative of the Conservative Party. Poll watchers are saying this is great news for Democrat challenger J.B Pritzker as McCann's conservative party run will likely cut into support for incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. 

Illinois Mega-Millions Jackpot at $256 Million

The Illinois Lottery Megamillions Jackpot has risen to $256 million dollars for tonight’s drawing. Despite more than 27,000 winners last week in the Illinois Lottery taking home prizes anywhere from $2 to $10,000, no one was able to guess all the numbers in order to claim the big prize on Friday. That means $256 million dollars are up for grabs in tonight’s drawing at 10 Pm with a cash option for the winner of $154 million. 

Galva Freedom Fest Gets Underway Tonight

Galva Freedom Fest will begin tonight at 5 Pm with Pork Chop sandwiches in Wiley Park courtesy of Messiah Lutheran Church. The John Sloan Memorial Coffeehouse concert will begin at 6:30 Pm hosted by the Galva Arts Council. The Galva Freedom Fest Street Dance will happen from 8 Pm until Midnight in front of Crescent City Tap. $5 cover charge and you must be 21 to attend. The band King Jeremy will perform.

Then on July 4th events for Galva Freedom Fest begin at 8 Am with the Burns Boosters Petting Zoo in Wiley Park. The Aaron Glaser Memorial Volleyball Tournament begins with registration of teams at 9:30 Am. Entry fee is $100 per team. The Art Jam Blacktop Painting will start at 9 Am in Wiley Park hosted by the Galva Arts Council. $5 buys you a square to draw on. FFA Cow Bingo will take place at 9 Am in Wiley Park, $2 per ticket to participate. The Galva Lions Club Pancake Breakfast will take place from 7 Am to 9 Am. The Galva Freedom Fest 5K Run/Walk will begin at 7 Am with registration in Wiley Park. And, the Galva Freedom Fest Parade gets underway at 10 Am in the parking lot of Galva Jr and Sr High School.

Black Hawk College to Host Food Handling and Food Service Manager Courses

Black Hawk College will host Food Handling and Food Service Sanitation Manager courses in July and August. According to Black Hawk College, the two separate courses are required for jobs in the food service industry in Illinois and the courses each meet the standards of both Iowa and Illinois Food Safety standards. The Food Handling course is intended for anyone who works in the area of food handling in the state of Illinois. People who work in food service in Illinois must have this certification within 30 days of employment in the food service industry in Illinois. That course will take place at the BHC Community Community Education Center in Kewanee on July 31st from 3 Pm to 5:30 Pm at a cost of $29.00 to attend. The more extensive course of Food Service Sanitation Manager goes on for two days, July 31st and August 2nd at a cost of $147.00. Classes begin at 8:30 Am and run until 2:30 Pm with a half hour break each day. For more information contact Black Hawk College at 309-796-8223.

Kewanee's Little Log Cabin Open July 4rth

The Little Log Cabin will be open on the 4th of July. The Kewanee Preservation Society has announced that the cabin built by Abner Little in the fall of 1837, prior to the existence of the City of Kewanee, will be open for visitors from 1 Pm to 3 Pm on the 4th of July. Located at 401 West South Street, the building is among the oldest still standing buildings of its kind in the state of Illinois.

4th of July in Francis Park

Plans are ready for tomorrow in Francis Park for Kewanee’s 4th of July celebration. Events get underway with the pancake breakfast in the park at 6 Am. Food booths open in Francis Park at 10 Am. Entertainment in the park will go on from 10 Am until 3 Pm when things will turn to preparations for fireworks in the park beginning at dusk. The Antique Tractor Show will begin at Burger King in Kewanee and move down main street on the way to Francis Park. The kiddie tractor pull starts at 1 Pm in the park. There will be face painting, a petting zoo, and live music from Delbert Calhoun at 10 Am and Inside Out will perform 1 Pm.

The Kewanee Veterans Council will present the colors in Northeast Park Park at 7:30 followed by a performance by Jokers Wild leading up to fireworks at dusk, planned for 9:45 Pm.

Princeton Receives Community Development Grant to Fix Sewers

The City of Princeton has received a $500,000 community block grant from the state of Illinois to fix crumbling sewers. The NCICG reports that Princeton was given the money as part of a nearly million dollar overhaul of the city sewer system with the money dedicated to repairs in the areas of to replace sanitary sewer lines in the alleys between the streets of Main and Pleasant from Putnam to Warren, and between Pleasant and First from Putnam to E Clark. The sewers in these areas of Princeton are crumbling and must be replaced. The $500,000 grant from the state is being matched with nearly $350,000 from the City of Princeton to get the repairs underway. Total cost for the project is $837,548.

USDA State Statistician with USDA Crop Progress Report

USDA State Statistician Mark Schleusener reports on crop progress in the state of Illinois for the week ending Sunday, July 1st.

Senator Duckworth Weighing in on Possible Supreme Court Pick

Senator Tammy Duckworth is back at work full time after giving birth to a daughter earlier this year. Just because she was away from the job, doesn't mean she doesn't have a lot to say about the process of finding a successor for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. She believes that President Trump should wait to pick a nominee until after the mid term elections. She told CNN's Jake Tapper she isn't ready to believe Justice John Roberts will stick with the precedent of Roe v Wade...

Duckworth says Roe V Wade will also impact those seeking fertility treatments....


Hammond Henry Hospital Has Openings in Hospital Kitchen

Marcia Wirth from Hammond Henry Hospital was my guest on our Tuned in Program last Friday. Marcia joined us to talk about openings in the kitchen at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo.

If you don’t have food handling certification don’t fret, Hammond Henry Hospital will help take care of your training.

For more information contact Clinical Dietician Marcia Wirth at Hammond Henry Hospital, 309-944-6431

Henry County Farm Bureau Hosting Farm to Fork Conversation on August 3rd in Geneseo

The Henry County Farm Bureau Education committee is holding Farm to Fork, on Friday, August 3rd. According to the Henry County Farm Bureau, Farm to Fork: Cultivating Conversation is an event intended to connect consumers to the places where their food comes from. There will be a chef prepared meal at the event which will be held at the barn on the grounds of the Antique Engines and Tractor Show on highway 92 in Geneseo. The event will begin with a social hour at 5:30 Pm followed by the three course dinner beginning at 6 Pm. Tickets are $15 for a single ticket or $25 for a pair of tickets. Contact the Henry County Farm Bureau at 309-937-2411 to reserve your tickets. Space is limited.

OSF Offering Sports Physicals Wednesday July 11th

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is offering sports physicals at their facilities for just $10.00. Nancy Van DeSample from OSF tells us that the Sports Physicals will be conducted on Wednesday, July 11th at OSF Healthcare Medical Group in Kewanee.

Nancy went on to say that the $10 Sports Physicals are on a first come, first served basis between 3 Pm to 6 Pm on the 11th and again on August 8th.

Be sure you have your iHSA forms signed by a parent with you at the time of your physical. Call 309-852-7700 for more information about Sports Physicals.

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Swing Bed Program on Tuned In on WKEI

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center made their weekly appearance on WKEI Monday mornin and the topic was their Swing Bed Facility. The Swing Bed Facility is place for patients who are attempting to make the move from the hospital back to home but recognize that they aren’t quite ready to be at home just yet. Nancy Vandesample, Brook Charlett, Lisa Garcia were my guests on Tuned In on Monday.

Mercer County Considering Gun Sanctuary Status

Another Illinois county to consider gun sanctuary status this week. This time it's the Mercer County Board in western Illinois. It's the idea of Brian Anseeuw of New Windsor.

The resolution is on Thursday's agenda. The idea of a 'Gun Sanctuary' actually originated as a take-off of Sanctuary Cities such as Chicago which used the phrase to exempt law enforcement from having to enforce certain immigration laws. The rhetoric is meant as a message to lawmakers regarding potential new gun laws in Illinois, laws that these counties would attempt to claim exemption from enforcing. 

Kewanee Police Weekend Arrests and Citations

On Friday at approximately 9:28 Am, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a car accident in the area of Burr and Central Streets. At the scene, Kewanee Police found 25 year old Alissa Sturtewagon of Kewanee and 68 year old Marie Vigelletti of Atkinson having had an accident. Neither driver was harmed in the accident and Kewanee Police cited neither driver in the damage only accident.


On Friday, at approximately 9:45 Am in the area of the 100 Block of South Burr BLVD, Kewanee Police arrested 38 year old Marcus F. Hoover of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Retail Theft.


At approximately 12:28 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the 300 Block of 1st Street. According to Kewanee Police 17 year old Brian C. Ponce was driving a vehicle that struck an attended parked car belonging to 68 year old Ronald E. Wallace of Galva. No one was hurt in the accident and Kewanee Police did not cite Ponce in the damage only accident.


On Saturday, at approximately 8:42 Am Kewanee Police cited 51 year old Douglas A. Wyman of Kewanee for failure to adhere to a stop sign in the area of Cottage and Prospect Street.


On Saturday at approximately 4:01 Pm in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street responded to a call regarding an accident involving vehicles driven by 34 year old Hargus L. Southerland of Kewanee and 47 year old Benito Favela of Kewanee. No one was hurt in the accident. Kewanee Police at the scene cited Southerland for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.


At Approximately 8:33 Pm in the area of Elm and Lyle Street, Kewanee Police arrested 18 year old Julio I. Fontanez on charges that he was Operating a Vehicle Without Insurance.


At approximately 10:54 Pm, Kewanee Police in the area of Garfield and Tenney Street, Kewanee Police cited 28 year old Johnathan E. Christian of Kewanee on charges of Driving an Uninsured Vehicle and Driving While Suspended.


At approximately 1 Am on Sunday morning in the area of 78 and Salebarn Road. Kewanee Police gave a written warning to 18 year old Owen Landwehr of Sheffield for Speeding. Landwehr was clocked at 52 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.


On Sunday at approximately 5:52 Pm, Kewanee Police responded to a call in the 1000 Block of Rockwell Street. At the scene police arrested 33 year old Dale J. Vahl of Kewanee on a charge of Aggravated Domestic Battery. Vahl was taken from the scene to the Henry County Jail.


At approximately 9:51 Pm on Sunday night in the area of Ridyard and Willow, Kewanee Police arrested 41 year Brian L. Ensley of Kewanee on multiple charges. According to Kewanee Police, Ensley was the subject of traffic stop and was found to be illegally transporting alcohol, driving while suspended, driving without insurance, driving without registration, improper operation of an off-highway motorcycle, and failure to register as a violent offender against youth. Ensley was taken from the scene to the Henry County Jail.

Back Road Music Festival Announces Side Stage Performers

It was a tight vote but the final tally brings a familiar face back to the Back Road Music Festival. Toulon, Illinois' own Tasji Bachman is once again headed to the side stage at the Back Road Music Festival in Galva. Tasji along with Chuggs & Austin earned the most votes in a poll sponsored by Reimans Harley Davidson on the Back Road Music Festival website. Tasji has been a staple of the Festival, performing on the side stage each year as her country music career continues to grow. Chuggs and Austin meanwhile are local favourites. Josh Turner, Chase Bryant, High Valley and Ashley McBryde are the main stage performers for the 4th annual Back Road Music Festival in Galva on August, 11th. 

Kewanee YMCA Offering Kiddie Kollege Pre-School

The Kewanee YMCA has a great way to help kids 3 to 5 years old get ready for school. Kiddie Kollege Pre-School is a service the YMCA offers for potty trained kids aged 3 to 5 during the school year. The curriculum runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 Am to 11 Am and includes hands-on experiences tailored to further your child's emotional development. There is also swimming for the kids each Wednesday as part of Kiddie Kollege. If you'd like more information or to register your child for the next school year, contact Sue Christakos at the Kewanee YMCA by calling 309-853-4431. 

Kewanee Park District Summer Community Theater Next Weekend

Following up from last year's successful run of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Kewanee Park District Summer Community Theater is back with not one, but two shows at Kewanee High School next weekend. According to a release from the Kewanee Park District, Theater Director Ellen Johnson, Technical Director Johnny Williams III and Musical Director Karleigh Moon are back in town to bring a touch of the holidays to your summer. Junie B. Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, (P.S So Does May), is a Christmas themed piece to be brought to life by students across Henry and Stark County. Meanwhile, the featured musical is a Tony Award-winning classic. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning comedy-musical. Both shows will play as a double feature next weekend, July 6th, 7th and 8th in the Peterson Auditorium. Showtimes are 5:30 and 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and Noon and 2:30 Pm on Sunday. Tickets are $6 for one show or both shows for $10. 

State Senator Chuck Weaver Town Hall in Geneseo

State Senator Chuck Weaver is coming to Geneseo to meet constituents. In a release from Senator Weaver's office, it was announced that Mr Weaver will be in Geneseo for a town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 11th from 6 pm to 7 pm at Geneseo City Hall. State Senator Weaver will update constituents on the latest goings-on in Springfield in the current legislative session and will answer constituent questions. The event is open to any resident who would like to attend. 

Concern for Pets Around Fireworks

Although Independence Day can be a fun and festive time for humans, your pets may not feel the same way. While some may do fine, others may get spooked with the sound of explosions and the random flash of lights. One expert advises you to make plans ahead of time to avoid the potential for incidents in the coming days. Ric Jun is the Executive Director of the Alton Area Animal Aid Association. He says some pets will run and hide, or maybe disappear altogether.

The board president has a dog that had been abused before it came to the shelter, and says even after nearly a decade in her home, the sounds of fireworks still cause the dog to “freak out.”

Fourth of July Food Safety Tips from IDPH

While summer brings warmer weather that also means there is an increase in food-borne illness or food poisoning. Illinois Department of Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold says there is something called the "Danger Zone," when food sits between 40 and 140 degrees, which is when bacteria grow most rapidly...

The same precautions hold true for the handling of cold foods...

It's also advised that food not sit out longer than two hours and less than one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees.