Local News Archives for 2018-09

Kewanee Police Arrest Report 09-27-18 to 09-28-18

At approximately 10:27 Am on Thursday, September 27th, Kewanee Police responded to call to remove an unwanted subject in the area of the 500 Block of West Central Boulevard. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 24 year old Nikki Lynn Jeanguenat of Kewanee on a Warren County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Obstructing Identification. 


At approximately 4:54 Pm in the area of the 400 Block of Main Street Kewanee Police engaged in a traffic stop. In that stop, Police arrested 29 year old Laura Marie Sparks. A citation was issued but not further information has been released. 


At approximately 6:24 Pm Kewanee Police responded to call regarding a Civil Disturbance in the area of the 100 Block of Fairview. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested Mary E. York on a charge of Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. 


At approximately 2:04 Am on Friday, September 28th, Kewanee Police engaged in a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of Fairview Homes. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 47 year old Michael T. Sanders of Kewanee for Driving While Suspended and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 09-28-18

Henry County Sheriff's Deputies at the courthouse in Cambridge on Thusday, September 27th at approximately 1:09 Pm arrested 29 year old Byron Shepherd of Blue Island, Illinois. Shepherd was arrested on a Cook County warrant for Obstructing Identification. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. 


Also on Thursday, September 28th, at approximately 11:50 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 31 year old Raven Butteris of Bernard, Iowa. Butteris was pulled to the side of Illinois Highway 78 when a deputy stopped to aid her in changing a flat. The deputy was informed over the radio that Butteris was wanted on a Henry County warrant for for Driving Without Insurance. She was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail where she was able to post bond. 

Illinois Treasurer Money Match Program to Begin

A new unclaimed property program is underway at the Treasurer’s office. Money Match has been created to take away much of the work that individuals needed to put in to get forgotten or lost money owed to them. Simply put the state is going to mail you a check. Treasurer Mike Frerichs says that there are a few guidelines to begin, one being the cash amount needs to be less than $2,000. Secondly, if you’re going to be getting a check the state will soon let you know.

In all $12 million will be going out in the first round of Money Match.

Smallfoot Stomps Into Kewanee This Weekend

The animated kids musical Smallfoot opens at the Wanee Theater this weekend. Smallfoot tells the story of Yetis, hiding high in the Himalayan mountains. Migo, played by Channing Tatum, stumbles across a smallfoot, a human, a major discovery for his insular society which has long been told that smallfoots do not exist. This leads to a story of music and adventure that features music by Zendaya, Common and talk show host James Corden, who plays the titular Smallfoot. Basketball legend Lebron James lends his voice as one of the lead Yetis, alongside Gina Rodriguez from TV's Jane the Virgin and Danny Devito. Smallfoot is expected to bring in around $20 to $25 million at the box office this weekend and compete with Kevin Hart's new comedy, Night School for the top of the box office. 


KHS Life Skills Class GoFundMe Campaign

Kim Johnson is the teacher in charge of the Kewanee High School Life Skills course. Her students are all special needs students between the ages of 14 and 22 years old and each with their own unique learning needs. That's why Kim decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign. To be clear, Kim gets resources from Henry and Stark County, she's a county employee who works from Kewanee High School. The resources provided by the counties and the school district provide the basic needs that she needs to conduct her courses. But, what you learn working with Special Needs students, is that each of them is incredibly different and has a vastly different way of learning. This campaign is about finding ways to meet some of those more unique needs that neither the Counties or the School District could meet. Listen to my interview with Kim Johnson for more specifics on her remarkable students and if you can spare a few dollars, the goal for the campaign is only $1500.00. You can make a donation at this links KHS GoFundMe.com.

The interview got cut off a little at the start so it will sound a little off at first. 


Kewanee Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse

A Kewanee man is facing multiple counts of sexual abuse charges. 31 year old Joseph N. Werderman of Kewanee was charged in Henry County court this week with having committed separate acts of Criminal Sexual Abuse against girls aged 13 and 17 year old. Werderman is currently being held at the Henry County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is set to be arraigned on the two counts of Criminal Sexual Abuse on October 1st. 


Geneseo Roadwork Extended by One Week

A road construction project in Geneseo has been extended another week due to weather. Work on Illinois 82, under the IAIS railroad in Geneseo has been hampered by recent storms and will need one more week to be completed. The work, which began on September 24th, was expected to be completed by Friday, September 28th. Now, according to a press release from the Illinois DOT, the work is now set to be completed by Friday, October 5th. Drivers are again reminded to follow detour signs and to be alert if they are in the vicinity of roadwork being done. 

Kewanee Area United Way Campaign Officially Begins Monday

The Kewanee Area United Way unofficially kicked off their campaign season last week when they hosted Business After Hours at the Kewanee Area United Way offices inside the Henry County Senior Center. The official kickoff is now set for Monday, October 1st. The goal for the Kewanee Area United Way this year is $40,000 which will go to support 19 different local organizations including the Kewanee Food Pantry, Abilities Plus, ABCD, and SOS for our Veterans. You can now mail donations to the KAUW at P.O Box 426 Kewanee, IL 61443. Volunteers are also needed to help the United Way to reach their goal. Call 309-853-5158 for details on how you can help the Kewanee Area United Way. 

Presidential Wireless EAS Test Happening Wednesday

There will be a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System next week. Some have called it a text message from the President, after President Donald Trump discussed the new alert system that would allow the federal government to alert all wireless communication devices at once in the event of an emergency. The first test of this National Wireless Emergency Alert will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd at 1:18 Pm Central time and will end at 1:20 Pm Central time. The alert is a coordinated effort between the White House, FEMA, the FCC, and state agencies across the country including, here in Illinois, the IEMA, the Illinois State Police, and the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Erika Harold Travelling the State in Campaign for Attorney General

Former Miss America Erika Harold continues her campaign for Illinois Attorney General. The Republican candidate has been travelling the state leading up to November.

Harold won the Miss America Pageant in 2003. She ran for Congress in 2014, losing to Rodney Davis in the Illinois 13th Congressional District Republican Primary.


Tuned In Podcast Barbara Love Kewanee Public Library

It is always a pleasure when we get to chat with the Director of the Kewanee Public Library Barbara Love. The Library is a constant hub of activity in Kewanee and October is set to be quite busy. It begins on October 1st through the 5th with the Kewanee Public Library Art Show. Join Barbara and the Friends of the Kewanee Public Library Monday night at 6 Pm for a reception at which they will reveal the winner in 6 different categories of art that will be on display all week at the Kewanee Public Library.

That's just the lead off of all the things happening at the library in October that we talked about today on Tuned In on WKEI. 


Open Line Podcast 09-27-18

Today on the Open Line, we opened the phones and invited calls regarding the Hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the testimony of his accuser Christine Blasey Ford. The main topic of the show was the Illinois Governor's race and a new poll that puts Democrat challenger J.B Pritzker 13 points ahead of Governor Bruce Rauner. Why is the Governor trailing so badly? Did the 2 year budget battle cost the Governor this race? Why are his pleas to voters seemingly falling on deaf ears? The closing topic on today's show was something that plastic surgeons are calling 'Snapchat Dysmorphia.' 


People to People Trooper Jason Wilson

It's Rail Safety Week in Illinois and Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson joined WKEI on Thursday to talk about staying safe at Railroad Crossings. Fines are heavy for those who are caught trying to beat a train at a crossing but more importantly, beating a train is not safe under any circumstance. Even before you consider your potential fine, consider what might happen if you fail to 'beat the train.' It's also Children's Vehicle Safety Week with new guidelines coming to the state of Illinois regarding how children can be placed in car seats. Trooper Jason Wilson was our guest on People to People Thursday. 


People to People Henry County Clerk Barb Link

Henry County Clerk Barb Link was our guest today on People to People on WKEI. Early voting begins today in Illinois and there are changes you need to be aware of, chief among them, that to vote early, you will have to go to the Henry County Clerk's office in Cambridge or you must request a mail-in ballot. We also discussed cyber-security and how Henry County is making sure that voting is secure following the hacks that affected the state of Illinois in 2016. 


New Poll Gives Pritzker 12 Point Lead in Governor Race

A new statewide survey conducted by the University of Illinois Springfield’s Center for State Policy and Leadership and NPR Illinois shows Democrat J.B. Pritzker leads Republican Governor Bruce Rauner in the race for Illinois Governor by 12 percentage points ahead of the November election. Visiting research manager Matthew Case says you might take the numbers with a grain of salt because they're a few weeks old, but one clear trend appears to be emerging in Democrat JB Pritzker's push for a graduated income tax that would demand more from wealthy Illinoisans...

The July-August telephone survey mixed responses from 717 registered voters via cell phone and landline phones. 

Attorney General Madigan Announces Uber Data Breach Settlement

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Wednesday, an agreement between the state of Illinois and Uber, the app-based car service, related to a multi-million dollar data breach. According to the Attorney General's office, the state of Illinois will receive more than 8 million dollars in the settlement with Uber after the ride share giant was hacked last year and the private information of more than 600,000 people, many of them Uber drivers who will also be compensated in the settlement. Our Kim Howard has more. 


IDOT Announces I 80 Upgrade

A major interstate is getting an upgrade to smooth the flow of traffic. Interstate 80 from I-355 to US 30 will see an additional lane each way along with an improved interchange with US 30. Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the $47 million dollar project will make the commute along the interstate safer and allow traffic to flow along a freight heavy corridor. 

The project gets going in a major way in the spring of 2019 and will take a few years to complete.

Rauner Continues Call for Death Penalty

After a ceremony to retire the badge of a fallen Chicago Police Officer Governor Bruce Rauner called for the death penalty to be reinstated in Illinois. The Republican wants convicted criminals in certain cases to be eligible for capital punishment. One crime that could result in the death penalty – killing a law enforcement officer…

The service was for Paul Bauer who was shot and killed during a foot chase near the Thompson Center in Chicago.

Representative Cheri Bustos Releases Statement on Latest Kavanaugh Allegation

Representative Cheri Bustos has released a statement addressing the latest allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh ahead of today's landmark hearing at which Judge Kavanaugh and his original accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 


“There are now at least three credible accusations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh and these women must be taken seriously. Before getting a promotion to a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land, Washington Republicans must allow a complete and customary FBI background investigation into these new claims. Seating a Supreme Court Justice might be the greatest responsibility of the United States Senate, and Washington Republicans have an obligation to demonstrate their commitment to putting the pursuit of truth and accountability in government ahead of a partisan sprint to the finish line. These courageous women, who have put their lives on the line to tell their stories, deserve nothing less.”

Jesse White Has Challenger for Secretary of State Election

It wasn’t that long ago that Jason Helland was walking the hallways of Seneca High School. That was back in 1994. Just one year shy of his 25-year reunion he has taken on the task of challenging Jesse White for Illinois Secretary of State. White has been in office since 1999. Helland is in his second term as Grundy County State’s Attorney.

Helland’s education background included a stop at Joliet Junior College before receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. He then received his law degree from the John Marshall Law School.


Abilities Plus Employee Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Congratulations to Kim Wolf of Abilities Plus who was recently recognized for having worked for Abilities Plus for 25 years. Kim started at Abilities Plus in 1993 as a health specialist and registered nurse. She was promoted in 2000 to Respite Worker and has since taken on the role of Abilities Plus lead CPR teacher. This week, Kim's name is being added to a plaque which bears the names of Abilities Plus personnel with 25 years or more experience. A big congratulatons to Kim Wolf on 25 years at Abilities Plus. 

Kewanee High School Sophomore Car Wash This Weekend

Members of the Sophomore class at Kewanee High School are raising money with a car wash this weekend. Students will be at Motor City of Kewanee, at the Railroad Avenue location, washing as many cars as they can with the help of their parents. There is no cost for the car wash but after your car is cleaned, you will be asked for a free will donation. Money raised will go toward projects overseen by the Sophomore class. Stop by Motor City of Kewanee this Saturday, from 10 Am until 2 Pm this Saturday. The day will also include refreshments which will be located inside the showroom at Motor City of Kewanee. 

People to People Podcast Henry County Treasurer Tim Wells

Henry County Treasurer Tim Wells was our guest on People to People on Wednesday. In the recent tax cycle, Henry County collected more than $81 million dollars in tax money and today more than $65 million dollars of that amount is being disbursed to taxing bodies across Henry County. In the interview we discussed how people can pay their taxes, security in a world where revenue is disbursed via ACH and what Tim has learned about his position in his first four years as Treasurer. For the record, Tim Wells is on the ballot in November but he is running unopposed for re-election. 


Open Line Podcast 09-26-18

A possible return of the Death Penalty in Illinois was the main topic of discussion on Today's Open Line. Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed bringing back the death penalty specifically in cases where an offender kills a police officer. Opinions on both sides were expressed on this issue with one of the main talking points being the cases of 13 people who were found to be innocent in Illinois while on death row in Illinois between 1977 and 2000. It was those 13 men and their stories that led Governor George Ryan in 2000 to place a moratorium on the death penalty and commute all existing death penalty sentences in the state to life sentences. 


Durbin critical of McConnell's handling of Kavanaugh hearing

The senate judiciary committee will vote Friday on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. That vote will come one day after Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are set to testify before Senators. Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident Kavanaugh would be confirmed. Senator Dick Durbin says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's quest for speed stands in contrast to his handling of President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, who was denied a confirmation vote....

Durbin says the issues involved don't call for the fast track....

Durbin said “No one, not any single American, is entitled to a seat on the Supreme Court. It’s a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. The person who fills that seat can make decisions which swing history one way or the other. 


Dogs Found in Trash Can Finding Foster and Adoptive Families

The City of Kewanee Animal Control at the Kewanee Pound now has three dogs that they are hoping to return to their families. On Monday, they recovered a pair of pitbulls, a female brindle Pit and a brown unaltered male Pit, in the area of 130 Edwards Street. You can see a picture of the dogs at WKEI-RegionalDailyNews on Facebook. On Tuesday, the Kewanee Pound took in a black and brown neutered male Chihuahua, with a camo collar. The chihuahua was found in the area 523 W. 5th Street. A photo of that pup is also at WKEI RegionalDailyNews on Facebook

Meanwhile, I spoke with Kewanee Animal Control on Tuesday via email. In that interview, I was told that the two dogs found in a trash can on Mill Street in Kewanee are doing well. The younger dog, the Poodle Maltese mix, has been fostered out and the momma dog is getting fixed and getting shots today and she will be adopted out for the cost of the vet bill, the Pound staff have a family lined up to adopt her. 


Foster policies at the Kewanee Pound, for those interested in becoming a foster pet family. are that you can take the animal home, you would be responsible for the care of the animal, if you decide you want to adopt the animal then you would pay for shots if needed and getting them spayed or neutered if the animal was not already fixed, then ownership would be turned over to you. The adoption policy at the Kewanee Pound includes conducting an interview with a potential adopter, meeting with the animal and then you would be asked to pay for the cost of shots and spaying/neutering animal before you can take your new pet home. 


Sign Up for Let's Talk Mental Health Walk in Kewanee

The annual Let's Talk Mental Health Walk is set for October 7th at 12 Noon in Windmont Park. The goal of the event is to help remove the stigma surrounding getting help for mental health issues. Beth Smith is one of the organizers of the event and Beth will be a guest on WKEI's Tuned in Program next week, October 3rd at 8:45 Am. Beth will be on hand to encourage you to sign up and participate in the Let's Talk Mental Health Walk. You can sign up by going to this link for GetMeRegistered.com. $20 is the cost to participate and with that, you get a Let's Talk Mental Health Walk t-shirt. 

Kewanee City Manager Addresses Concerns About Visitation Monument

Update: Here is a link to a packet for the October 3rd Zoning Board Meeting. It contains photos of the original base for the monument, a photo that indicates that JULIE had examined the area as well as photos of other items in Kewanee that are set on city owned sidewalks similarly placed to the Bell Monument. 


City Manager Gary Bradley once again addressed citizen concerns regarding the Bell Monument being erected in front of Visitation School. In an interview this week on WKEI, Gary Bradley addressed a rumor that Visitation School had not done appropriate testing prior to starting the construction of the monument, specifically a JULIE location check. 

Mr. Bradley then addressed criticism that the City of Kewanee, specifically he and City Engineer Dale Noble, had not made sure that the monument didn't effect sight lines for drivers in the area of Visitation School. 

Finally. Gary Bradley addressed concerns about the weight of the Bell Monument and whether or not it could sink and affect underground infrastructure. 

A photo of the concrete footing where the monument is being built will be made available some time prior to the October 3rd Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at Kewanee City Hall where Visitation School will apply for a variance for the Bell Monument. Regardless of how the Board of Appeals rules in the matter, the request will go before the Kewanee City Council on October 9th. Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley was our guest on People to People on Tuesday. You can listen to or download that interview by clicking here

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center COPD Lunch and Learn Today

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is holding the latest in their Lunch and Learn series at OSF Hospital today at 12 Noon. Dr. Shamaila Gorsi is hosting today’s event on COPD says Carrie Boelens from OSF


New Rear Seat Law Coming for Those 2 and Under

We all know to buckle up. But when transporting little kids there is a right way and wrong way. It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week and Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding parents and others of the best way to secure a small child in a safety seat – and beginning in January a 
new law will enforce it.

Kids under the age of 8 need to ride in a car seat or booster seat. And it’s recommended that anyone under the age of 13 rides in the back seat to remain the safest. 

Safe Food Prep Starts with Cleaning Up

Keeping healthy while cooking at home starts with keeping germs and bacteria at bay. Lisa Peterson with the University of Illinois Extension office says that kitchen safety starts with a simple task.

Once you’ve beat back the germs and bad bugs in meal prep. Cook meat to the right temperature. Peterson says not only will it taste better that way it will also keep you from getting sick.

Illinois Reaping Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

New research illustrates the significant impact Medicaid expansion is having in Illinois, especially in rural areas. According to the findings, among states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured rates for low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns fell more than three times more than in non-expansion states.

Stephanie Altman, director of health care justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, said the state's decision to expand Medicaid to working families has been a wise investment. "In Illinois, the uninsured rate for adults in small towns and rural areas dropped 29 percent to 12 percent between 2008 and 2016, which is the largest drop we've ever had," she said. "So it's really, really been important for Illinois."

The report, released by Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families and the University of North Carolina, said that disparities in coverage rates between metro and rural areas have largely been eliminated in Illinois. Altman added that improved coverage rates help create a more stable health-care system, which is crucial for rural communities already struggling with higher rates of unemployment and poverty.

"A lot of the hospitals in those small towns and rural areas are the largest employer," she said, "and it's really kept people employed, healthy and economically viable." The study's co-author, Georgetown Center executive director Joan Alker, said providing working adults access to the preventive care that comes with having health insurance is a smart investment of taxpayer dollars because people are less likely to use emergency rooms as their primary care provider. She said she's hopeful the research will help inform public policy debate in states that are still considering Medicaid expansion. "I think this kind of data is really important in breaking down some of the stereotypes about Medicaid and helping to really educate the public and key stakeholders about the value of Medicaid for rural communities," she said.

According to the report, one-fourth of Americans without health coverage are also parents, which Alker noted can impact the health and well-being of their children.

The report is online at georgetown.edu.

State Senator Neil Anderson to Hold Hunting and Fishing Forum in Rock Island

If you are a hunter with questions regarding state laws regarding hunting and fishing, then you may be interested in attending State Senator Neil Anderson's forum on Hunting and Fishing in Illinois this coming Saturday. This free event is being held at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island and it offers a unique opportunity for hunters and fisherman to talk with lawmakers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources about concerns they have about regulations related to hunting and fishing. State Senator Neil Anderson joined WKEI this morning for a conversation about what Hunter's can expect if they choose to attend Saturday's forum. 


State climatologist: Fall Crispness on the way for Much of Illinois

It looks like 90 degree weather has left Illinois for 2018. That assessment Tuesday from State Climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey. 

Summer officially ended on Sept. 21.


Kewanee Street Crimes Unit Makes Major Meth Bust

The Kewanee Street Crimes Unit along with the Henry County Special Operations Squad and the Blackhawk Area Task Force made a significant Methamphetamine bust on Sunday, September 23rd. According to a release from the Kewanee Police Department, 2 people were arrested in an apartment in the area of Lakewood Terrace in Kewanee.


In the arrest, police seized nearly 2 pounds of Methamphetamine along with smaller amounts of Cocaine, Ecstacy and Xanax. Arrested in this bust were 29-year-old Jewel Coulter of Kewanee and 26-year-old Brittany Rhymes of Kewanee. Both Coulter and Rhymes face charges of Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine between 400 and 900 grams, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Cocaine between 1 and 15 grams, Possession with Intent to Deliver Ecstacy between 10 and 15 Pills and two other counts of Drug Possession. Both are also charged with Conspiracy and Mr. Coulter faces a charge of Obstruction of Justice by attempting to destroy evidence.


Coulter and Rhymes face anywhere between 12 and 50 years in prison for the Class X Felonies. The nearly 2 pounds of Methamphetamine found in their apartment has a street value of $68.000 dollars. Three children were in the home at the time of the bust and this also could lead to additional charges. Coulter is currently at the Henry County Jail on $50,000 bond. He is set to face a judge at a preliminary hearing on October 1st. Rhymes was released and given a notice to appear in court where she's scheduled for a hearing on October 15th. 

Tuned In Podcast Todd Dedecker Bishop Hill Ag Days This Weekend

Bishop Hill Ag Days, known by the Swedish name "Jordbrooksdagarna," are happening this Saturday and Sunday in Bishop Hill. Ag Days in Bishop Hill are an interactive event that takes you back to life in the 19th century with the opportunity for visitors to take part in things as they may were done in the 19th Century. Bishop Hill Ag Days also feature themed games for kids, vendors with food and items for sale and live music. Todd Dedecker from Bishop Hill Heritage was our guest today on Tuned In to discuss Ag Days in Bishop Hill


Open Line Podcast 09-25-18

Today on the Open Line we talked about the likely new 10 year agreement between the City of Kewanee and Comcast for cable service in Kewanee. We also talked about a significant methamphetamine bust in Kewanee this past Sunday conducted by the Kewanee Street Crimes Unit and the Henry County Special Operations Squad. We finished off with Sean talking about being a film critic and the reaction of some to the movie Life Itself which has become a hot button after the director, Dan Fogelman, blamed specifically, white-male film critics for the bad reviews of the movie. 


People to People Podcast Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley

Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley was our guest on today's edition of People to People. Up for discussion was last night's Kewanee City Council meeting with discussion of the City of Kewanee's contract with Comcast, an agreement between the City of Kewanee and the Kewanee School District for water use and a waiving of sewer fees for irrigation for the new soccer field, regulations regarding people who illegally use campers as homes and dispelling rumors that the City may be cutting trees at Francis Park. The show closed with a conversation, once again, about Visitation School in which it was again clarified that the Bell Monument is not in any sight lines and is not considered dangerous to drivers in that area. Gary Bradley also dispelled the notion that the monument's weight could be a problem for underlying infrastructure. 


Illinois Swift Water Rescue Team Helping in NC

Flooding is a still a major problem in North Carolina as they deal with swollen rivers from the massive amounts of rain produced by Hurricane Florence. And a team of specialized first responders from Illinois are there to help. A 13 member swift water rescue group was sent to the state last week. Team leader Chuck Gros (gross) says they have made 14 rescues and have helped returned basic needs to people trapped by floodwaters.

Members of the Illinois National Guard are on hand and other state resources could be sent as needed.

Record Unemployment in Illinois

Unemployment in Illinois fell again. The rate stands at four point one percent – that’s a tie for the lowest mark ever in Illinois. Bob Gough with the Illinois Department of Employment Security says this ties the peak of low employment seen 18 years ago.

Job growth moderated in the summer months – with the creation of about four thousand jobs.

Be Careful Where You Purchase Cubs Playoffs Tickets

The Major League Baseball postseason is just around the corner, and fans looking to score tickets may become a score for counterfeiters if they aren’t careful. Fans need to be alert to scammers that could be selling bogus tickets, according to a spokesman from the Better Business Bureau. The opportunity for sports fans to be scammed by fake ticket sellers occurs most often when people buy tickets from individuals outside the stadium, on the street or through online auctions, classified ads and bulletin boards. BBB spokesman Don O'Brien says if you buy in the secondary market, seek out a source you can trust.

Tickets purchased for sports and entertainment events are the source of hundreds of BBB complaints by consumers nationwide. O'Brien says this is also prime time for merchants that peddle unlicensed team merchandise.

Rauner Tours Steel Works Facility in Southern Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner made a campaign stop in southern Illinois Monday afternoon, visiting the Magnum Steel Works plant in Mt. Vernon and talking about the importance of bringing and keeping skilled works in the state. Rauner told workers that taxes are not the answer for economic growth in the state.

Rauner says the success of small manufacturing businesses is essential for Illinois.

Bow Hunting Restrictions From Some

Bow hunters will have a few restrictions to begin the hunting season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says they will restrict the killing of antlerless deer in Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties in an effort to boost herd size. Ed Cross with IDNR says it’s a familiar restriction for many hunters.

The restriction for archery hunters in those five counties will run from October 1st to the 15th.

Flu Shot Option Includes the Mist This Year

Flu shot time! The Illinois Department of Public Health says it’s time to get that shot. The IDPH’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jen Layden says the shot won’t stop the flu every time but it will help keep you and your family healthier. This year the nasal mist is being offered again for those that don’t want to be stuck by a needle.

The shot or the mist work the same and both take about two weeks to fully protect you from the virus.

Kewanee City Council Meeting Recap 09-24-18

Monday night’s Kewanee City Council was a mostly mundane affair with two discussion only agenda items that will be voted on at the next Kewanee City Council Meeting. Discussion related to a contract with Comcast to operate a non-exclusive franchise agreement in the city. We will talk about that agreement with City Manager Gary Bradley this morning on our People to People Program.
The other discussion only item was an agreement to allow Kewanee School District 229 to use water from the City Sewer system to irrigate the new soccer field across from the High School. The school will just be using water and will not be using the sewer system itself and so they are requesting to having sewer fees waived. The item will be voted on at the next Kewanee City Council meeting on October 9th.
The most notable moment of the meeting came when Cub Scout leader Steve Harrig stepped to the microphone to speak about Francis Park. Mr. Harrig was concerned at having seen large trees in Francis Park that appeared to have been marked for removal. Mr. Harrig expressed regret and concern that large, old but still healthy trees might be cut down.

Following Mr. Harrig’s statement, City of Kewanee Grounds Maintenance Manager Kevin Newton stepped to the microphone and explained that no decision had been made regarding the cutting down of any trees in Francis Park.

Newton even went as far as inviting Mr. Harrig to consult on attempts to clean up Francis Park without doing damage to the natural beauty of the park. The conversation was civil and a wonderful example of listening and cooperation for the 10 young Cub Scouts in attendance at last night’s meeting.
In Council Communications Councilman Mike Yaklich asked if there were ordinances regarding how long a camper can be parked at a residence and whether or not there were ordinances preventing people from living in a camper on the street or at a single family dwelling. Director of Community Development Keith Edwards indicated there are rules preventing people from living in campers in Kewanee but that it can be very difficult to prove that someone was using a camper as a home. Edwards advised that residents with concerns about campers that are being improperly used should contact his department so that the complaint can be investigated.
Councilman Steve Faber raised the issue of hours at the Transfer Station and stated that he hopes that next summer the City will consider opening the transfer station every Saturday.
Councilman Chris Colomer raised questions regarding the moving of a garage and the safety and code regarding the moving of a garage and the safety of and code related issues. Keith Edwards stated that the particular case Mr. Colomer was citing was being taken care of and that the garage in question was to be torn down and that the owner of that property was working in good faith to repair the property. This led to a discussion of City grants for property improvements as well as USDA grants for people age 62 and older that can be applied for and used for property improvements. Residents were encouraged to contact Keith Edwards for more about the USDA Grants.
Councilman Colomer then continued on to praise the Kewanee Police Department for their partnering with Visitation School for their Pizza with a Police Officer initiative, an idea that came from Visitation School, that Kewanee Police and Pizza Hut agreed to be part of. The idea has a police officer sitting in for lunch with grade school kids to promote good relations between kids and cops. Mr. Colomer expressed hope that the initiative could be brought to each of Kewanee’s grade schools. Police Chief Troy Ainley expressed that have entertained the idea and would look into expanding to Kewanee’s other grade schools.
Councilman Andy Koehler closed Monday night’s meeting asking when Francis Park will be closing for the season and the answer was this coming Sunday. Mr. Koehler called on everyone to remember what happened with Walworth's leaving Kewanee and leaving behind a mess that the City still has not been able to clean up.
In the announcements, it was announced that City offices will be closed on Monday, October 8th in observance of Columbus Day and that there would be no landscape pick up that day. The City Council meeting that would normally fall on that Monday will be held on Tuesday, October 9th.

Illinois Community College Board Looks to Boost Adult Education

The Illinois Community College Board is turning to billboards to urge more adults to help more than 4 million Illinoisans with key education needs. Community College Board Deputy Director Jennifer Foster says the "Do it for You, Do it for Them” campaign will help adults who lack a high school diploma or have a language other than English as their primary language......

Foster says the change adult education offers is game-changing.....

Adult education programs not only pave the way for a G-E-D but adult literacy programs, English as a Second Language instruction, and college and career preparation.

Ameren Reminds Farmers of Power Line Safety During Harvest

Harvest in full swing and Ameren Illinois on a publicity blitz to remind farmers to be careful when driving their harvest equipment under power lines. Director of Electric and Gas Operations Daetta Jones says there was an incident in the Galesburg area last week where a farmer’s harvest equipment came into contact with power lines.

Jones says there should be a ten-foot clearance between equipment and power lines. Another thing to remember is to stay inside a vehicle that power lines have fallen on so you can avoid touching them.

This is National Rail Safety Week; 25 deaths at Illinois crossings last year

Illinois has just under 8,000 railroad crossings. And there are a few reminders with this being National Rail Safety Week says Chip Pew, coordinator of Illinois Operation Lifesaver for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 109 collisions at Illinois rail crossings in 2017, which accounted for 25 deaths and 29 injuries. Only California had more fatalities at crossings with 38. 

Bishop Hill to Dedicate Spets Stuga Children's Playhouse on Sunday

On Sunday, September 30th, Bishop Hill, Illinois will dedicate the grand opening of the Spets Stuga located at 104 Erickson Street in Bishop Hill. The Spets Stuga is a children's playhouse with a pioneer theme. Kids, for free, can play in the Spets Stuga Fridays from 10 Am to 5 Pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 Noon until 5 Pm. The dedication ceremony this Sunday will be attended by State Representative Dan Swanson, Bishop Hill Heritage Association President Kerstin Lane and Administrator Todd Dedecker. Again, there is no cost to attend the dedication and no cost for the kids to play in the brand new Spets Stuga in Bishop Hill.

Henry County Soil and Water Tree and Fish Sale Orders Due by October 3rd

The annual Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District Fish and Tree Sale has been announced. Those who wish to get fish or trees from the Conservation District can do so between now and October 3rd. To place your order contact the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 309-937-3377 extension 101. Pick up for tree purchases is Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th between 7:30 Am and 4:30 Pm at the SWCD offices located at 301 North East Street in Cambridge. Fish orders can be picked up on October 24th at 7 Am at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Orders can also be placed online at henrycountyILSWCD.com. 

Black Hawk College Offering Continuing Education Computer Courses

Do you feel you need to know more about how to use Facebook? Microsoft word? Or how to get the most out of your IPad? Black Hawk College is set to offer a series of courses in October that can help. On October 2nd and October 9th you can learn more about how to use Facebook with a two-part course from 2 Pm to 4 Pm on the 2nd and on the 9th. The cost to attend is $55.00. Then, on October 16th and October 18th you can learn how to get the most out of Microsoft Word with a pair of 3 hour lessons that you can take for $89.00. On October 22nd anyone who just bought their first IPad and are still learning how to use it effectively can take the Beginners IPad course from 3 Pm to 5 Pm for only $25.00. And finally, on October 29th from 3 Pm to 5 Pm, those with an intermediate knowledge of the IPad can continue to learn about it with an intermediate level class on the IPad. The cost is $25.00. To take any of these classes contact Black Hawk College at 309-796-8223. Classes are held at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee. 

Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Announces Next Business After Hours Event

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce on Monday announced the next date and location for the next Business After Hours event. Chamber members are invited to attend Business After Hours on Wednesday, October 3rd at 5 Pm at the State Bank of Toulon-Kewanee Banking Center, located at 635 Tenney Street in Kewanee. Members are asked to RSVP by calling 309-852-2175 and members are reminded that they can bring a guest to the event and don't forget to bring a business card for the door prize giveaways. 

Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Introduces Two New Docs

Today on Tuned In we are joined by Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center with announcements regarding their Lunch and Learn this Wednesday at Noon at OSF with COPD as the topic. Then there is the Quarter Auction in Galesburg this Saturday to benefit OSF Hospice. And then, Carrie introduced us all to the two new docs at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, the husband and wife duo of Dr. Andy Peterson and Dr. Hayley Ralph. 

Open Line Podcast 09-24-18

Today on the Open Line topics included a bust in New Jersey where Police arrested 24 men who attempted to use online videogame playing as a way of luring children. The creeps didn't know that they were being monitored by police as they attempted to lure children during games of Minecraft. The show then got a little heated at the end as a caller and our host debated Visitation School's Bell Monument. 

People to People Kwame Raoul Democrat Candidate for Illinois Attorney General

State Senator Kwame Raoul is running for Attorney General in the state of Illinois. He is the Democrat nominee to replace Lisa Madigan who is stepping aside after a long run as State Attorney General. Mr. Raoul's opponents are Republican Erika Harold and Libertarian Bubba Harsy. In our interview, Mr. Raoul discusses his choice to run for Governor, his stance on sports gambling in the state of Illinois, we discussed voting rights and the continuing battle to make sure everyone is able to exercise their right to vote and we discussed who Kwame Raoul is as a man and a candidate for Attorney General. 


Will Illinois' National Parks Get Much-Needed Attention?

National parks in Illinois and across the nation may be a step closer to getting much needed repairs.

The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (HR 6510), which would use revenue from energy production on public lands to address the $11 billion maintenance backlog at national parks.

Marcia Argust, director of the Restore America's Parks Campaign for The Pew Charitable Trusts, explains these spaces aren't just national treasures, but also the backbones of many local economies."While Illinois has only a few park units, they contribute over $20 million to the state's economy, and almost 200 local jobs are created due to those parks," she points out.

In 2017, national parks in Illinois needed about $16 million in repairs to help preserve historic assets, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Pullman National Monument.

Saturday was National Public Lands Day.

As executive director of Carbondale Main Street in southern Illinois, Meghan Cole works on historic preservation. She contends that repairing parks now is crucial to preserve them for future generations.She adds nearby communities also benefit from tourist spending.

"People stay in local hotels, they get coffee or gas in going to these places," Cole points out. "And they really do spend money in these communities as they are travelling, either nationally or internationally, into these parks."

And while Congress hasn't made a significant investment to upgrade national parks in 50 years, Argust is hopeful the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act will be passed by the House.

"This action is landmark, bipartisan legislation, in a committee that is typically at odds over public lands issues," she states. "And it shows that protecting our parks and local economies transcends politics."

The legislation calls for national parks to receive up to $1.3 billion annually for the next five years.

Rauner Fires At McCann at Debate

Governor Bruce Rauner came out firing at candidates at last night’s gubernatorial debate in Chicago. Rauner took exception to Conservative candidate Sam McCann being on stage.

The debate was the first of three that Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker have agreed to.

One Person Injured in Saturday Accident in Kewanee

One person was injured in a car accident on Saturday in Kewanee. According to the Kewanee Police blotter, a vehicle driven by a 16 year old female from Kewanee struck a vehicle driven by Jackie Carroll of Kewanee in the area of Main and Oak Street, at approximately 12:19 Pm. Carroll was taken from the scene by ambulance with unspecfied injuries. The teenage driver was cited at the scene for failing to yield. 

Walldogs Hard at Work Commemorating The Most Amazing Harvest in Galva

The Most Amazing Harvest was just three years ago in Galva and it's still something that no who witnessed it will ever forget. Now, it will especially never be forgotten thanks to the remarkable work of  The Walldogs who, this weekend, are putting the final touches on a mural commemorating The Most Amazing Harvest. We spoke with Michael Clark, the lead artist on this project who said that the whole thing came together very quickly as he was helping out on the Walter T. Bailey mural in Kewanee. 

Joy Hernandez, the irrepressible spirit and spearhead of the Kewanee Mural projects, is helping Michael along with fellow Walldog Cornbread Lindley, remembers that remarkable day in 2015 when a community of farmers rallied together for the Bates family. 

You can see the mural on the side of the Stark County Ambulance building across from Subway in Galva. 


Kewanee City Council Agenda for Monday September 24th

City Council Agenda for Monday, September 24th 2018. 

Posted by 5:00 p.m., September 19, 2018
1. Call to Order
2. Closed meeting pursuant to Section 2 (c) (1) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss personnel and Section 2(c)(2)
to discuss collective bargaining.
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
b. Payroll
c. Staff Reports
5. Presentation of Bills and Claims
6. Citizen Participation
7. Business:
a. Discussion of a proposed ordinance authorizing a cable television franchise agreement by and between
the City of Kewanee and Comcast of Illinois/Indiana/Ohio LLC
b. Discussion of a proposed Intergovernmental Agreement with Kewanee Community Unit School District
229 for waiver of sewer charges for water used solely for the irrigation of an athletic field.
8. Council Communications:
9. Announcements:
10. Adjournment


National farm leader: "we can't be patriots if we're going broke"

The president of the nation's largest farm organization says the group has urged the Trump administration to go on the offensive and negotiate successful trade deals to help bolster the farm economy. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall told Illinois and other states Farm Bureaus Thursday that deals like a new North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, and bilateral ones with Japan and countries that make up the European Union are needed to move mounting stocks of commodities such as soybeans and corn;

The A-F-B-F leader says the group continues to urge Congress to pass a new federal farm bill before the current one expires at the end of the month;

Duvall says the farm economy was reeling even before the current trade war. He says he hasn't seen the state of agriculture like it is now since the mid-1980s when several farmers exited the business.

Matt Esser Named Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for August

Congratulations to Matt Esser for being named the Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for the month of August. Matt was chosen in a vote of his peers as this months honoree at Abilities Plus. Friends say that Matt was chosen for his positive attitude and the way he offers encouragement to others. He also does a great job stocking the canteen at Abilities Plus. In his spare time, Matt loves watching Nascar. A big congratulations once again to Matt Esser on being named Abilities Plus Achiever of the month. 

Kewanee Ballhawks Bags Fundraiser Saturday

The fourth annual Kewanee Ballhawks Bags Tournament to benefit Ballhawks Softball will be held Saturday at 2 Pm at the Kewanee American Legion Post, 1509 Railroad Avenue in Kewanee. The day will feature great food, a raffle, a 50/50 drawing and baked goods. The top three teams in the bags tournament will each win prizes. All of the money raised goes to support the Ballhawks 10U Softball team for another season. 

Uncle Joes Place in Kewanee to Close

WKEI has confirmed that Uncle Joe's Place located at 314 North Tremont in Kewanee is closing this weekend. Fans of the Done Right Loose Meat Sandwich have only Saturday to enjoy their favorite sandwich. Owner Barb Robson confirmed to WKEI on Friday that Uncle Joe's Place is calling it quits for good as she is going into retirement. Next week, anyone looking to buy restaurant equipment or just about anything else left at Uncle Joe's Place can stop in to help Barb get the place cleaned out. 

Jackpot Continues to Rise in Illinois Mega-Millions Lottery

No winner in the Mega-Millions Illinois Lottery drawing on Tuesday means an even higher jackpot for tonight's drawing. According to the Illinois Lottery, though many people did win cash prizes last week, no one had the winning Mega-Millions numbers and thus the grand prize has now risen to $275 million dollars with a cash option prize of $161 million dollars. The next chance to win is tonight's drawing of the Illinois Lottery Mega-Millions grand prize. 

Road Closure Near Geneseo Next Week

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced a road closure beginning Monday, September 24th near Geneseo. According to the IDOT release, a portion of IL 82 under the IAIS Railroad will be closed from 8 Am on Monday morning through 3 Pm on Friday, September 28th. Detour signs will take drivers around the closed area vis west Exchange Street, North Center Street and West 1st Street in Geneseo. Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching the work zone and adhere to the detour signs. 

Bustos talks Farm Bill following QC area farm visit

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos believes there’s plenty on consensus on a new Farm Bill, but she says there’s one holdout—House Republicans—and the work requirement issue involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She spoke on the subject following a visit to a Quad City area farm this week and listed the items that are important to her.

Bustos, along with Illinois House colleagues John Shimkus and Rodney Davis, serve on the Farm Bill Conference Committee. The current Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30th.

State Rep. Butler calls for House investigation of Lincoln Library Foundation

State Rep. Tim Butler is calling for the Illinois House to hold hearings on the actions of the Springfield based Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, in particular it's acquisition of a stovepipe hat said to be worn by Abraham Lincoln. Chicago radio station WBEZ reports failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln's ownership of a stovepipe hat by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation were kept secret for years. Butler believes the actions of the foundation are often falsely seen as being the actions of Library and Museum officials...

The hat is the $6.5 million centerpiece of the foundation's $25 million acquisition of Lincoln-related artifacts in 2007. The foundation still owes $9.7 million on a loan used to buy the collection and has begun preparations to auction some items . Meanwhile, library and museum curator James Cornelius has been terminated after previously being on administrative leave since the spring. FBI agents reportedly went to collect DNA samples from the hat in 2015 and WBEZ reports Cornelius encouraged them to pretend to be part of the news media and kept word of the testing secret from library and museum officials.

People to People Podcast Michael Devine IRS

Michael Devine from the Internal Revenue Service was our guest on People to People on Thursday morning. On the docket was making sure that if you make a donation to a Hurricane charity it is a verifiable charity. One red flag maybe if they tell you that they cannot provide you with a receipt for your donation. You might be told that your credit card bill will act as a receipt for your donation but the IRS will not accept that. You must get a receipt for a donation you plan to claim on your taxes and if the charity cannot provide one, they may not be a legitimate charity. This topic and more valuable information from Michael Devine from the IRS on today's People to People Podcast. 

Open Line Podcast 09-20-18

Today on the Open Line topics included Visitation School Bell Monument, obstructionist thinking in local government, the need for young leaders in Kewanee. Callers were for and against the Visitation School Bell Monument in calls today making for an interesting conversation on this continuing story. Visitation School is set to go before the Zoning Appeals Board on October 3rd with a decision from the Kewanee City Council at the October 8th council meeting. 

Tuned In Eddie Toliver Kewanee Salvation Army Store Manager

Eddie Toliver is the store manager at the Salvation Army store here in Kewanee. Eddie is, for now, taking up the mantle of leadership from Linda Bohls while the search for Linda's replacement continues. Among the topics of conversation with Eddie was the talk of replacing Linda, who retired last month, a donation from 1st Baptist Church for winter coats for kids and getting people ready to make donations for the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree. 

Congressional Candidate Kelly Talks Trump Trade War

In the latest tariffs announced by the Trump administration, the U.S. will be putting 10 percent on $200 billion in Chinese imported goods. That new tariff will grow to 25 percent in 2019. China has since announced tariffs on $60 billion of American made goods, including meat, alcoholic drinks, chemicals, machinery, and auto parts. Illinois 12th district house candidate Brendan Kelly says Congress has been passing the buck, and it has hurt Illinois residents for a long time.

Kelly is looking to unseat incumbent Mike Bost in November’s election. Bost has held the 12th district house seat since 2015.

ISBE Addressing Illinois Teacher Shortage

Illinois has a teacher shortage. And the state board of education is trying to address it. They found that 90 percent of the state’s vacancies are in districts that are struggling. So State Superintendent Tony Smith says for some it comes down to money.

The pressure is also on trying to find special education teachers and ones with bilingual skills. ISBE also wants to address supporting young teachers once they start so they will keep teaching. 

Farm Safety Week Continues with More Messages Regarding Driver Safety

It’s National Farm Safety and Health week and the Illinois Department of Agriculture says that the commitment to be safe shouldn’t be just for farmers. Denise Albert says farm accidents happen between the farm and field.

The business of agriculture is the biggest in the state and the most dangerous. Over all its ranked as the 8th most dangerous in the nation

Galva Autovue Sign Stolen

Galva Police are investigating the theft of the sign outside of the Galva Autovue Drive-In. According to owner Justin West, the sign was stolen on Tuesday…

Justin WestThe sign which is stood at the entrance of the Galva Autovue Drive-In since it opened back in June of 2005 is rather large and would have taken effort, time and a sizable vehicle to haul away.

Many in Galva had come to believe the Autovue was closed because it has not operated since 2017. Justin explained that while the Autovu is closed for now, they do hope to re-open in the near future once they’ve raised the funds to convert the Drive-In equipment for digital presentation, something movie studios now require as film prints of movies are being phased out.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the Galva Autovue sign please contact Galva Police at 309-932-3900. Regardless of whether someone thought that the theater was closed or not, someone took something that wasn’t theirs to take. So, call Galva Police at 309-932-3900.

Photo of stolen sign from Galva Autovue on Facebook



Three Arrested for Arson and Attempted Robbery House Fire Used as Diversion for Robbery

Kewanee Police say that three people are now in custody after they allegedly used arson as a distraction in order to rob JoJo’s Gas Station on Tuesday. According to Kewanee Police, 19-year-old John T. Sterling, 28-year-old Shawna M. Jeanguenat, and a 16-year-old accomplice started a fire in a home in the 300 Block of 5th Street as a distraction while they robbed the gas station.


The diversionary tactic did not work as police received the call regarding the robbery and arrived on the scene in time to arrest Sterling and subsequently arrest Jeanguenat and the 16-year-old accomplice. Police later revealed that Sterling and the 16-year-old accomplice were also responsible for a rash of downtown burglaries including break-in and robberies at Patty's Barber Shop, Center City, Northeast Park, Dairy Queen, the Red Apple, the Station House, Cernovich's Scrap Yard, and JoJo's Gas Station.


The 16-year-old suspect faces 8 counts of burglary along with an arson charge, Sterling was charged with eight counts of burglary, six counts of theft, arson, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, and resisting a peace officer and he faces drug charges stemming from an August arrest. Jeungenat faces charges of burglary, arson and theft. Both Sterling and Jeungenat are in the Henry County Jail and will be in front of a judge on October 1st. They are being held on $50,000. 

Henry County Sheriff's Arrest Report 09-17-18 to 09-19-18

On Monday, September 17th Henry County Sheriff's Deputies were called to an accident in the area of Highway 17 East of Woodhull. At the scene, Deputies cited 73-year-old Ronald Anderson of Lynn Center for Failing to Yield the Right of Way. Anderson is said to have pulled out in front of another vehicle leading to the accident. No one was harmed in the accident. 


On Tuesday, September 18th at approximately 8:22 Pm, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy initiated a traffic stop on Main Street in Kewanee. In that stop, the Deputy gave a warning to 35-year-old Tate Eichelberger of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and issued a Notice to Appear in Court on a charge of Driving While Suspended. 

Henry County Sheriff Arrests Two Following Altercation in Alpha

Two men are under arrest after Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to call about an instance of battery at a residence in Alpha. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office release, 39 year old David Meirhaeghe of Woodhull was arrested at the scene in the 100 block of 4th Street in Alpha and charged with Battery as well as resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was 30 year old Zachary Blakesmith of Alpha, also on a charge of Battery. Both men were taken to the Henry County Jail. 

Emergency Water Shut Off in Portion of Kewanee

An emergency water shut off is in effect for a portion of Kewanee. The City of Kewanee made the announcement this morning after the discovery of a broken fire hydrant. Residents on Helmer Street, Prairie, Columbus and 5th Avenue are currently without water service while the hydrant is repaired. Water service will be restored by Noon today barring unforeseen circumstances. If you are subject to this water shut off you will also be subject to a boil order for 48 to 72 hours following the restoration of water service. 

The Station House Has New Owners and New Name

The Station House is now set to be called The Station under new owners Rita and Andrew Speck. Rita and Andrew had previously been part of the ownership at The Broken Chimney and their departure led to a great deal of rumor and speculation. I asked Rita Speck about the departure from The Broken Chimney

The Station House, which changed hands just a couple of weeks ago and has been closed since early this month, is now set to be called The Station. I asked Rita what her vision for The Station is

I asked Rita what the new menu at The Station will look like

As for rumors that she and her husband’s departure from The Broken Chimney was acrimonious or that The Broken Chimney will be going out of business, Rita says no, and that Dale Matthews the owner of The Broken Chimney will continue to operate The Broken Chimney and they remain great friends.

The Station is now undergoing renovations and is several weeks away from opening under its new name.

Senator Duckworth Weighs in on Kavanaugh Developments

Sen. Tammy Duckworth is weighing in on the latest developments in the Brett Kavanaugh case, in particular word that university professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will get the discuss her claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were in high school.....

Duckworth is hopeful the FBI can take a closer look at the claims...

Infant Mortality Rates in Black Communities Addressed

State lawmakers are asking questions about the death rate among African American babies and why it’s higher than that of white babies.  The mortality rate can be as much as three times higher for black infants and Rush University Medical Center Pediatrician Gina Lowell says black families bring babies into bed, and while co-sleeping presents dangers she says that some mothers have far greater concerns about keeping their children safe.

Experts are suggesting more in-home follow-up care for mothers and helping expect ones with prenatal checkups.

Illinois Farmers Growing Weary of Trade and Tariff War

Even before President Trump announced another round of tariffs on some goods imported from China,  farmer John Kiefner had seen the market for soybeans and other products shipped to China in containers come to a halt;

Kiefner says thousands of containers loaded with big box and dollar store goods from China coming into Chicago-area rail yards will likely return empty. He's not thrilled with the plan for U-S-D-A to pay him and other farmers for being victims of the tariff and trade war;

Kiefner and some other Illinois farmers want the Trump administration to get to the negotiating table with China - and complete a new North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Harvest Off to Fast Start

Harvest is underway in almost every part of Illinois. The state’s farmers are making quicker work this year than last when it comes to harvesting soybeans. USDA’s Mark Schleusener says things are coming along nicely as four percent of the crop is out of the field.

Farmers will be working for the next six to eight weeks to harvest the majority of the state’s corn and soybeans.

State Senator Chuck Weaver to Hold Coffee and Conversation in Wyoming

State Senator Chuck Weaver has announced that his latest in his series of Coffee and Conversation events will take place later this month in Wyoming, Illinois. State Senator Weaver will sit down and talk with constituents in Wyoming, on September 25th from 8 Am to 9 Am at One Eleven Coffee located at 111 North 7th Street in Wyoming. Senator Weaver will discuss his recent legislative successes and take questions on the current goings on in Springfield during the event along with plans for his next legislative agenda. There is no cost to attend. 

Illinois Lottery Jackpot on the Rise Again

The Illinois Lottery Mega-Millions Jackpot is climbing again. With no winner in Friday's drawing, tonight's winning numbers could bring one lucky player a jackpot over $252 million dollars or $148 million if you take the cash option. Players in the Illinois Lottery last week came up short of winning the big prize but did come away with prizes ranging from $1 dollar to more than $40,000 dollars. Drawing for the Mega-Million Grand Prize is tonight. 

Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours to Be Held Wednesday September 19th

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce is set to hold their next Business After Hours event on Wednesday evening, September 19th. The event will be hosted by the Kewanee Area United Way at their offices inside the Kewanee Senior Citizens Center at 200 East South Street, beginning at 5 Pm. Chamber members are encouraged to bring a friend or associate with them as their guest. Also, attendees are encouraged to bring along a donation of school supplies, crayons, pencils, pens, to contribute to the United Way Backpack campaign. There is no cost for Chamber members to attend but RSVP is requested at 309-852-2175. 

People to People Kewanee Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens and Principle Jamie Bryan

Kewanee Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens and Kewanee High School Principal Jamie Bryan were our guests today on People to People on WKEI. At last night's Kewanee School Board Meeting the board approved $1.49 Million dollars for an addition that will expand classrooms for Biology and Physics and provide new space for dance and cheerleading. That, plus the plans for Kewanee's Homecoming were up for discussion today on People to People. 

Open Line Podcast 09-18-18

The Station House has new owners and a new name, The Station. Should WKEI carry live coverage of the Hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh next Monday? The Bears are back following a win on Monday night? And continuing the call for information and for justice for the pair of dogs that were found in a trash can on Mill Street one week ago. These were the topics for today's Open Line on WKEI. 

Tuned In Anna Emm Stark County Farm Bureau

It's National Farm Safety and Health Week and Anna Emm from the Stark County Farm Bureau was our guest on Tuned In on Tuesday. The harvest is in full swing and yields, especially in Beans are struggling a little bit compared to last year. The Stark County Farm Bureau Foundation Raffle is launching soon and the Stark County Farm Bureau PrimeTimers are planning a bus trip to Dyersville, Iowa with stops that include the famed Field of Dreams. 

Plenty of Illinois-Grown Pumpkins to Pick

Illinois is the leading pumpkin-growing state in the nation, and as far as those used for jack-o-lanterns and other decorative purposes there will be plenty to pick this year. Jake Goebbert's (GO-burt) family has been growing pumpkins for decades near the northern Illinois village of Pingree Grove;

The Goebbert family grows pumpkins on 100 acres not far from the intersection of Interstate-90 and Illinois Route-47 in Kane County;

Goebbert's allow customers to pick pumpkins right out of the field. They're busy this time of year, opening their farm in Pingree Grove, and another in the Cook County Village of South Barrington seven days a week.

Kewanee School Board Approves 1.49 Million Dollar Addition

At Monday night’s School Board meeting the Kewanee School Board decided in favor of a $1.49 million dollar addition to the High School. The goal of the addition is to expand 6000 feet of new classrooms for physics and biology classes as well as new space for dance classes. The classrooms will have and handicapped accessibility and restrooms as well and be connected to the school by a new corridor. Kewanee Schools Superintendent Chris Sullens will be our guest on People to People this morning with more on the new addition coming to Kewanee High School.

Kewanee Resident Arrested for Assault and Obstruction

A Kewanee resident is under arrest for assault and resisting arrest. 50 year old Robert Heck of Kewanee was arrested on Monday after police were called to the scene of an alleged assault in the area of the 400 Block of South Elm Street. At the scene, Heck was to be placed under arrest and attempted to resist arrest and obstructed officers from arresting him. Eventually, Heck was subdued and arrested on charges of Assault and resisting/obstructing a Peace Officer.

Kentucky Woman Arrested in Kewanee on Meth Charges

A Campbellsville, Kentucky woman was arrested in Kewanee on Monday and charged with Methamphetamine Possession. According to the Kewanee Police Blotter, 35 year old Sheila A. Taylor was the subject of a traffic stop in the area of Boss and 4th Street in Kewanee at approximately 12:29 Am on Monday morning. In the course of the traffic stop, Kewanee Police found Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Taylor was arrested and given a Notice to Appear in Court on Possession charges.

National Guard Member Identified as Man Found Dead in Galesburg Saturday

Galesburg Police on Monday identified the man found dead in an area known as Cedar Fork on Saturday. According to the Galesburg Police Department release, 23 year old Tyler Smith of Concord, California and formerly of Rochelle, Illinois, was found in Cedar Fork having died from drowning. Cedar Fork is a concrete canal that serves the purpose of directing storm water away from downtown Galesburg. Smith was in Galesburg fulfilling his National Guard training obligation. Smith was last seen by a friend drinking at a bar in Galesburg at approximately 11:30 Pm on Friday night. His body was found the following day. Galesburg Police say there are no indications of foul play.

Community College Hopes to Help Prevent Spread of Asian Carp

An Illinois community college wants to help capture additional Asian carp, the fish that has rapidly spread across some Illinois waterways. Patrick Mills, a professor at Joliet Junior College and his students worked with an Alsip-based candy company to create flavored baits;

The U-S Geological Survey hopes to do additional research. Mills and his students at the Joliet school hope to work with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources this fall to see if the pineapple flavored bait attracts more of the dreaded fish into nets;

Asian carp escaped from southern fish farms where they were used to help keep commercial aquaculture ponds clean. The state wants to reduce numbers to prevent the carp from pushing native fish species out and away from entering the Great Lakes.

Be Careful With Hurricane Donations

The desire will be there for many. To find a way to help the victims of Hurricane Florence, but you’re warned to be careful where you send your money. The Illinois Emergency Management says to make sure you know where your time and money are going if you’re volunteering or giving cash.

That’s IEMA’s Rebecca Clark. She says to check out an organization online before you give anything. A good place to start is n-v-o-a-d dot org.


Illinois Top 200 Names in Science

The state’s long history with leading minds in science has come up with the number one name. Enrico Fermi is recognized as the top name in science by voters in another Top 200 list to celebrate the state’s 200th birthday. The 3rd name on the list was a professor at SIU.

Peoria has a connection to the top 10 list. Dr. Andrew Moyer worked at the USDA lab in Peoria and helped find a way to produce large batches of penicillin.

Farm Safety and Health Week

The harvest season in full swing and running at a feverish pace throughout most of Illinois, but even with a prolonged stretch of dry weather, farmers must take breaks. So says University of Illinois Extension farm safety specialist Bob Aherin.

The third week of September is National Farm Safety and Health Week. 

Thor More than One Year Later With Jamie Lee

Just over one year after he was viciously harmed and nearly killed, Thor is thriving in a new family and a loving home. On July 24th of 2017, a puppy was found in the area of the Lakeland Terrace Apartments in Kewanee with severe injuries. When the dog was located by Kewanee Police they found that he'd had his throat slashed. He was somehow still alive. Police took Thor to the vet where they performed life saving services. Thor survived and the doctors named him Thor for his remarkable strength in recovery. It was in the vets office that Thor met Jamie Lee who would go on to give him the loving family home he deserved. Over one year later Thor is healthy and growing and his past abuse is well behind him. We spoke with Jamie Lee about Thor, his recovery, the incredible more than 12 months since he was brought home and the happiness Thor is experiencing now. 

People to People Dr Shane Kazubowski Wethersfield Schools Superintendent

Dr Shane Kazubowski was our guest today on People to People on WKEI. On the docket for conversation were the hardworking volunteer corps at Wethersfield School. Students, teachers and administrators each volunteered to help out over Hog Days weekend in a planned effort to show students the value of volunteering time and investing in their community pride. We also talked about Dual Credit Classes and Senator Weaver's Apprenticeship Bill that will create new opportunities for students to learn about careers before they commit to them. And, as in the photo accompanying this story, you see the Wethersfield Volleyball team. We discussed  the big event tonight, the pink out at tonight's Wethersfield vs Princeville Volleyball game fundraiser that will raise money for the fight against cancer. 

Galesburg Police to Release Information About Body Found Saturday

Galesburg Police are expected to give a briefing today regarding the circumstances surrounding a body that was found near Cedar Fork. Cedar Fork is the area for stormwater drainage in Galesburg. It's intended to keep water out of downtown Galesburg or at least keep it to a manageable minimum based on the size of the storm. A body was discovered near Cedar Fork on Saturday night at approximately 9 Pm. Thus far this is the only information Galesburg Police have released. Members of the Galesburg Police are expected to meet with members of the media today to try to answer some questions though what information they will be releasing is unknown at this time. 

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Carrie Boelens and Charity Hess on Tuned In

Carrie Boelens and LPN Charity Hess were our guests today on Tuned In on WKEI. Carrie talked about the number of events OSF has coming up in the near future including their COPD Lunch and Learn on  September 26th, the OSF Hospice Quarter Auction Fundraiser on September 29th and the OSF and Red Cross Blood Drive on October 11th. Then it was Charity's turn to talk about Flu Shots and how it is not too early to be thinking about getting a flu shot and the upcoming kids flu shot clinics coming to a school near you. 

Illinois Republicans Withdraw Support for State Rep Accused of Harassment

The Illinois House Republican organization is withdrawing its support for Streator St. Rep. Jerry Long. A statement from House Republican Leader Jim Durkin’s spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis says since the Labor Day weekend, the House Republican Organization had a third party investigate allegations against Long. And Wednesday, the organization decided to withdraw support, restrict Long’s access to the caucus resources, and recommend he step down. The Capitol Fax is saying there were allegations of sexual harassment. Long denies that.

Long says the Republican organization pulling its support shows that he’s not a tool of the party or Gov. Rauner. Long is facing Democrat Lance Yednock in the November election.

Chicago Driver Stopped Driving Over 120 Miles Per Hour Near Geneseo

A Chicago driver was issued a notice to appear in court after being stopped for speeding near Geneseo. This would not be all that notable except that 29 year old Xaomin Jin of Chicago was stopped in his 2014 Infinity for driving 126 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. Jin is the most recent in a series of triple digit speeders following on the heels of an Iowa teenager stopped near Colona earlier this week driving more than 115 miles per hour. 

Four From Kewanee Arrested for Mob Action, Assault and Illegal Weapons Charges

Four people from rural Kewanee were arrested on Tuesday night on charges of Mob Action and other offenses. According to a release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, 20 year old Dyan Battin, 18 year old Dylan Wates, 18 year old Jesus Corral-Reyna were arrested in the area of 28188 North 600th Avenue in rural Kewanee were arrested on charges of Mob Action, the use of violence in the disturbing of the peace. Each was taken to the Henry County Jail. A fourth person, a juvenile, was also arrested on the Mob Action charge as well as on charges of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Possesion of a Handgun under the age of 18. The juvenile suspect was taken from the scene to the juvenile holding facility where he's being held while awaiting a hearing. 

Rain Fall Abundant In Most of Illinois This Summer

Summer in most of Illinois will go down as wetter than normal. But if you live in western Illinois or around north central Illinois you may disagree. State Climatologist Jim Angel says statewide rainfall totals for June, July and August came in above average.

Recent rains have helped ease drought concerns for most but a lack of rain in places left its mark on crop yields and dry pastures for cattle farmers.

USDA Continues to Bang the Drum for Broadband

Just like the telephone and electricity, broadband or fiber is being called an essential service. That assessment from Douglas Wilson. He’s the State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Wilson says rural areas also need expanded broadband to deal with health care challenges in sparsely populated areas. The USDA just released $97-million in funding last month to improve rural broadband in 11 states. In addition, the USDA is announcing a new webpage about the importance of rural e-connectivity in rural America. It’s available at “usda.gov/broadband”.

IL Campaign Contribution Limits Deemed Legal

A court says that Illinois’s campaign contribution limits are ok. The ruling comes from the 7th court of Appeals and rules that the limits set almost a decade ago do not infringe on free speech rights. The limits came under review after a lawsuit filed by Illinois Liberty PAC. They had argued that the limits on individual contributions shouldn’t be lower than those of corporations or unions. The court disagreed and now Liberty PAC is planning on an appeal to the US Supreme Court. 

Community State Bank Names New President and CEO

Change coming at Community State Bank in Kewanee. The company has announced that President and CEO Kevin Yepsen of Galva Investment Inc, the parent company of CSB is stepping back to fully focus on Galva Investment. With this change, Yepsen announced a new bank President, Tim Nimrick and CEO Luke Hawkins. Mr. Nimrick has served as Vice President at CSB since 2009 while Mr. Hawkins had been the bank’s Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Community State Bank is headquartered in Galva and operates 5 offices in the area with 46 full time employees. The changes at the top go into effect immediately.

Kewanee's Own Bob Ward Named Outstanding Master Gardener

Congratulations to local master gardener Bob Ward of Kewanee. On Thursday, the University of Illinois Extension announced that Bob was among four people who were recognized as Outstanding Master Gardeners by the University of Illinois Extension. Only about 2% of master gardeners statewide earn this distinction. It takes more than 120 hours of volunteer service to be awarded this distinction. That's 60 hours on top of the 60 hours needed to earn the title of Master Gardener from the University of Illinois Extension. 

Four Seats Up for Election in Next Year's Galva School Board Election

The Galva School Board is set to have four seats up for election in 2019. According to the Galva School District 224 four seats on the board are up for election next year and they are seats currently held by board members Laura Heinrich, Jeff Hawes, Mike Clucas and John VanDeVelde. Those wishing to run for the Galva District 224 School Board election can beginning seeking signatures for nominating petitions on September 19th and then must file paperwork with the Henry County Clerk between December 10th and December 17th. The Galva District 224 School Board Election will be held on April 2nd of 2019.


Alpha Post Office to Be Renamed in Honor of Fallen Hometown Hero

The Alpha Post Office is set to be renamed in the name of a fallen hero. Representative Cheri Bustos announced on Thursday that the House of Representatives has passed legislation intended to rename the Alpha Post Office in the name of Captain Joshua E. Steele. The Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office, currently just the Alpha Post Office, is located at 108 D. Street in Alpha. Captain Steele was killed by a roadside bomb while fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2007. He was posthumously awarded The Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his bravery and sacrifice. The bill now moves to the Senate as part of the legislative process before it can be sent to President Donald Trump to be made official. In her statement regarding the house passage of the bill, Representative Bustos stated: “I am proud to pass legislation that honors one of our own fallen heroes, whose devotion to our nation is beyond measure,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While Capt. Steele continues to live in the hearts of everyone who knew him, my hope is that this designation will serve as an enduring reminder to the hardworking families in Alpha to honor his courage and his sacrifice for generations to come.”

Open Line Podcast 09-13-18

Today on the Open Line topics included Nuns in movies, following up our conversation from a week ago regarding The Sound of Music and the new horror movie hit, The Nun. There was talk about fairness when it comes to medicare and medicaid benefits, and more discussion of the potential dangers of E-Cigarettes. Plus, are your kids taking part in the dangerous new social media trend known as swerving? 

People to People Celebrating 90 Years of the Holy Trinity Parish Polish National Catholic Church

This Saturday, September 15th, the Holy Trinity Parish Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee will be celebrating 90 years in Kewanee with a special gathering featuring church leaders, invited dignitaries and members of the congregation. Father Jerry Rafalko and Church Chairman Tom Greiner joined WKEI on Thursday to preview this incredible event and they were joined by a pair of remarkable guests on the phone for this special edition of People to People. 


Tuned In Barbara Love Kewanee Public Library

Barbara Love from the Kewanee Public Library was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. The Kewanee Public Library is always busy but the month of October appears to be truly abuzz with activities that we discussed on today's show including the upcoming Music at the Carnegie Concert, The Friends of the Library Meeting and the Annual Art Show. Up first however, we talked about the incredible success of the Friends of the Library Book Sale over Hog Days weekend and next week's Friends of the Library Bus Trip to Cantigny Park. 

Dogs Found in Trash Can on Mill Street in Kewanee Now at Kewanee Pound

A pair of dogs that were found in a trash can on Mill Street in Kewanee on Tuesday are now being cared for at the Kewanee Pound. Kewanee for the Animals first published this photo of the dogs, a mother and son, earlier this week when the dogs were discovered.

The dogs were immediately taken to the Kewanee Vet Clinic on Townsedge Road where they were treated for malnourishment and given flea treatments. The mother dog, a Poodle was given anti-biotics and there remains a $300.00 veterinary care bill to be paid. The younger dog is a Poodle/Maltese Mix. 

Both dogs are now being cared for at the Kewanee Pound where they will remain until they are healthier. Meanwhile, if you know the owner of these dogs you are asked to contact the Kewanee Police Department at 309-853-1911. 

Princeton Named One of Five Sites for Statewide Hazardous Waste Pick Up

Princeton, Illinois has been named one of five sites for statewide collection of Hazard Waste. According to the IEPA, Princeton will host hazardous waste pick up this weekend, Saturday, September 15th from 8 Am to 3:30 Pm at the Bureau County Farm Bureau located at 535 Elm Place. This is a chance for Illinois residents to get rid of any old paint, chemical cleaners, paint thinners, anti-freeze, motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, weed killers and pesticides, old or outdated medications. Fluorescent Lamps or other High Intensity Discharge Lamps may also be dropped off. Unacceptable items include Latex Paints, explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, Agricultural chemicals or business waste. 

Illinois State House Committee Investigating Infant Mortality Rates

A state house committee is investigating why the infant mortality rate among African Americans is higher than among the white population. Current numbers indicate that the infant mortality rate for African American babies is three times higher than that of white babies. The goal of the state house committee is to determine the cause for that number and perhaps develop a legislative remedy. Our Kim Howard has more... 

Getting Unclaimed Property Getting An Update

The state’s Treasure wants to give you money. The “Money Match” program aims to get $12 million back to Illinois citizens. Mike Frerichs says the new program will take the work out of trying to get unclaimed money back to the right people.

Keep a look out for a letter, once it’s received and the information verified then the Treasurer’s office can send out a check.

Cook County Raises Bar on Juvenile Detention Age

Hundreds of young children are held in juvenile detention facilities each year in Illinois.

And the county responsible for many of those admissions is changing its ways. On Wednesday, Cook County approved an ordinance that sets the minimum age of detention at 13.County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, who introduced the measure, explains that children who are in trouble need a safe space - a best practice that was not understood when the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center was constructed.


"Everything is on lockdown and people have cells," he points out. "And so in our situation, it is just not a good place for super young children to be, and because they're so impressionable we're putting roadblocks in their way of being successful in the future." Admissions in Cook County Detention account for about one-third of all admissions in Illinois. Statewide in 2016, 49 children between ages 10 and 11 were detained, and more than 500 children ages 12 to 13.


Raising the age of detention is an issue that State Rep. Robyn Gabel of Evanston has been trying to pass at the state level. She says Cook County is setting a good example for others to follow.

"For a child to spend just one day in juvenile detention changes the trajectory of that child's life," she stresses. "These are just children who need help. And it's our responsibility as a state, as a society, to figure out what they need and do our best to provide it to them."


Mental health assessments, crisis stabilization plans and foster care are alternatives to detention that will be utilized in Cook County for youths younger than age 13. Suffredin says these options can help reduce repeat offending, while protecting children and communities. "We are really putting resources and efforts in to trying to keep children from getting into patterns that lead into either greater mental health problems for them or greater criminal activity for them," he states. "And we're making progress."


Cook County is home to the first juvenile court in the world and has reduced juvenile detention rates nearly 15 percent in recent years.

What is Next for Bell Monument at Visitation School?

Council members Chris Colomer and Steve Faber were our guests on People to People on Tuesday. Council Member Colomer explained how the situation with the bell monument came about.

During our interview with the members of the Kewanee City Council, Scott Packee from Reiman's Harley Davidson called to express his opinion regarding Visitation School and what this situation says about the larger issue of the business climate in Kewanee.

So what is the next step for Visitation School? Steve Faber and Chris Colomer explain this process could push work on the bell monument well into the fall with the next Planning and Zoning Appeals Board Hearing scheduled for September 27th.

Supporters of Visitation School want to know if there is a way for the process of appeals to be expedited. I asked the council members if there was a way for this process to be moved along sooner.

You can hear my complete interview with Council Members Steve Faber and Chris Colomer Here

Kewanee Police Seeking Armed and Dangerous Suspect

Kewanee Police are on the lookout for an armed and dangerous suspect. 40 year old Jack Capps of Altona is wanted in connection with an August 24th drug bust by the Blackhawk Area Task Force and the Kewanee Police Department that led to the arrest of 48 year old Pete Dolieslager of Kewanee on charges of Delivery of Methamphetamine between 15 and 100 Grams, a Class X Felony and Possession of Methamphetamine between 15 and 100 Grams, also a Class X Felony. Capps was to be arrested as well but fled from police and managed to escape and is now wanted on Henry County warrants for Meth Conspiracy, Intent to Delivery Meth, Possession of Meth, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting a Peace Officer. Capps also has a valid warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Capps is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jack Capps please contact Henry County Crimestoppers at 1-800-227-2324 or 309-937-2324. As for Pete Dolieslager, he is awaiting trial in Henry County and is being held at the Henry County Jail on a $100,000 Bond. 

Scott Air Force Base in Southern Illinois Giving Home to C-17's Displaced by Hurricane Florence

Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois, not far from St. Louis, will play host to Air Force personnel and planes displaced by Hurricane Florence. 11 C-17's from South Carolina are going to be housed at Scott Air Force Base while the Hurricane batters the Carolina coast. Richard Hupp is the Airfield Manager at Scott Air Force Base and he says that the pilots and crew of the C-17's are well prepared. 

Major Geoff Goldsmith says that Scott Air Force Base is perfectly positioned to provide this type of support during a disaster. 

The decision to move the C-17's to Scott Air Force Base came as word that the storm was set to stall over the Carolinas, meaning a sustained and lengthy storm that could have damaged the planes were they to remain in South Carolina says Major Goldsmith. 

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall over the Carolinas on Friday morning. 

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center to Host Blood Drive in October

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center has announced that they will be hosting a Blood Drive next month. According to a release from OSF, the American Red Cross will be at OSF in Kewanee on Thursday, October 11th, from 7 Am to 5 Pm in the East and West Conference Rooms accomodating as many donors as they can. The Red Cross has recently declared a blood donation emergency do to a recent dropoff in donations so if you can help please do, you could be saving life. All donors are welcome and encouraged to donate but those with O or AB Positive are especially encouraged. 

Iowa Teen Stopped Driving Over 100 Miles Per Hour Near Colona

An Iowa teenager was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy driving over 100 miles per hour. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Department, at approximately 12:38 Am on Tuesday morning,  18 year old Brandi Spitzig of Eldridge, Iowa, was stopped by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy while driving a 2006 Hyundai at 109 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone. A passenger in the car, 18 year old Theus Randolph, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Rock Island County for numerous traffic violations. Randolph posted bail and was released. 

Open Line Podcast 09-12-18

Today on the Open Line on WKEI topics included the Predator movie opening nationwide on Friday. Also on the agenda, a $500.000 grant for the Mautino Fish and Wildlife Area in Bureau County, not far from Buda. And finally, we talked about E-Cigarettes vs Cigarretes as we asked the question of E-Cigarrette users if they've noticed a significant difference in their health or well-being since switching away from tobacco. 

Peggy Gray Stark County Fall Festival on People to People

The Stark County Fall Festival is happening this Saturday and Sunday in Wyoming, Illinois and along the way on Illinois Highway 17 with stops on the S-curves in Toulon and Bradford as well. Peggy Gray, one of the organizers of the Stark County Fall Festival was our guest on People to People today to talk about the events at the Fall Festival including the vendors, food, kids events and the Country Music Relapse Concert on Saturday night. The Stark County Fall Festival organizers are also reaching out to firefighters to participate in the Teddy Bear Trot 5K to help raise money for the fight against cancer. 

Tuned In Katie Laleman Henry County Farm Bureau

Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest today on WKEI's Tuned In. Among the topics up for discussion was the upcoming Defensive Driving Class being organized by the Henry and Stark County Farm Bureaus. We also discuss Illinois Farm Safety week which is next week across Illinois and if you need information on the permits necessary to take advantage of the new harvest load weight rules put forward by Governor Rauner in his executive order last week, contact the Henry County Farm Bureau and they can talk you through it. 

State Senator Anderson to Host Opioid Epidemic Forum

A Quad City area state lawmaker has hosted an informational forum on the opioid epidemic. And it won’t be the last for State Senator Neil Anderson of Andalusia.

Anderson also works as a firefighter and paramedic and he says he sees the effects of the problem first hand. The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse has rolled out a helpline for opioids and other substances at “1-833-2FINDHELP”.

Senator Weaver Backed Apprenticeship Program Signed Into Law

Illinois high schools will soon have the opportunity to offer on-the-job apprenticeships. Legislation sponsored by Peoria State Senator Chuck Weaver has been signed into law.

Rules about how the registered apprenticeship program will operate must still be developed and federal approval is also needed for the initiative. 

Save Back to School Receipts

It’s not quite tax season but as you wrap up back to school shopping the money you spent may be tax deductible. The Illinois Department of Revenue says a few of your purchases can be deducted on your taxes.

That’s Revenue’s Terry Hortman. He says that purchases for homeschooled kids count just the same as they do for kids going to public or private schools.

Open Line Podcast 09-11-18

Today on the Open Line on WKEI we talked about memories of September 11th 2001 and where we were when so many people lost their lives in the World Trade Towers. Also on the agenda was discussion of the Bell Monument outside of Visitation School and Councilman Mike Yaklich's opposition to that monument voiced at Monday night's meeting. 

Antique Engine and Tractor Show this Weekend

One of the longest running antique engine and tractor shows in Illinois set for later this weekend. It takes place near Geneseo in Henry County Friday through Sunday. It marks the 57th year for the Antique Engine and Tractor Association Farm Show says committee member Phil Jordan.

Further information is available at “ae-ta.com”.

Hurricane Florence Will Result in Dry Weather for Illinois

Illinois won’t feel any harsh effects from Hurricane Florence. That outlook from agriculture meteorologist Eric Schmidt at EJS Weather in Newton.

Schmidt says most parts of Illinois will also see temperatures climb into the 80’s into the weekend through early next week. 

Sarah Snyder Rebuilding Together Henry County on Tuned In on WKEI

Sarah Snyder with Rebuilding Together Henry County was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. Rebuilding Together Henry County will be working on homes in Kewanee on September 22nd helping residents improve homes who don't have the means to make improvements on their own. Rebuilding Together Henry County is in need of volunteers and while having carpentry skills would be a plus, it's not a necessity as their are many other ways you can help by clearing brush, painting and helping with other aesthetic improvements. To volunteer contact Sarah Snyder at 309-944-6442. Sarah Snyder was our guest today on Tuned In. 

People to People Council Members Steve Faber and Chris Colomer Talk About Visitation School

Kewanee City Council Members Chris Colomer and Steve Faber were our guests on People to People on Tuesday. On the agenda was a look back at Monday night's Kewanee City Council meeting and specifically a discussion of comments made by Council Member Mike Yaklich regarding the Bell Monument being erected by Visitation School at the corner of Lexington and 1st Street. The council members took calls from listeners and stated why the support the project at Visitation School but made clear that they understand Councilman Yaklich's statement regarding whether it should have gone through the process of getting approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council. 

WKEI has reached out to Councilman Yaklich to be a guest on WKEI but we have yet to receive a reply. 

Anonymous Protestor Calls Out Councilman Yaklich Over Visitation School Construction Stoppage

An anonymous protestor is making their feelings heard regarding Councilman Mike Yaklich and his comments at last night's Kewanee City Council meeting regarding the bell monument being erected at Visitation School in Kewanee. The unknown protestor has placed a sign in front of the monument at the corner of Lexington and 1st Street reading "Another Project Halted by Councilman Yaklich.' 


The protest comes after comments made by Councilman Yaklich during council communications at Monday's Kewanee City Council Meeting that led to a decision to ask Visitation School to halt construction on their Bell Monument until they are able to obtain a variance from the City via the Planning and Zoning Commission which meets next on September 27th. Councilman Yaklich said during his comments that he feels the monument should be taken down and moved to a location that is not on City owned property and would be with City Zoning Codes. Councilman Steve Faber and Councilman Chris Colomer spoke out specifically against the idea of taking the monument down and the council instead moved forward with requesting that Visitation School go through the approval process and halt construction until that process is completed. 

Visitation School Reacts to Kewanee City Council Meeting

Sources tell WKEI that staff at Visitation School were blindsided by comments by Council Member Mike Yaklich at Monday night's Kewanee City Council meeting regarding the Bell Monument being built on the Northeast corner in front of the school across from the YMCA and Durabowl. Our sources claim not to have heard from Councilman Yaklich or any other member of the City Council regarding concerns about the Bell Monument before construction began or any time prior to last night's council meeting. 


In Council Communications Councilman Yaklich stated he was angry when he'd seen that Visitation School was building the bell monument on a parking strip owned by the City of Kewanee without the school having sought permission via the Planning and Zoning Board or the Kewanee City Council. City Manager Gary Bradley stated that it was merely an aesthetic issue related to landscaping and gave his approval for it to go forward. 


WKEI went to Visitation School on Tuesday and spoke with Nate Nichols Facility Manager for St John Paul II Parish who told WKEI that Visitation School went through the process of talking with the City Manager and proceeded with his approval unaware that there was anything else that was needed for the project. 


I asked Nate Nichols what the significance of the Bell was for those who may not be familiar with its history. 

Visitation Schools intend to place Memorial Bricks as part of the project which can be purchased to commemorate family members.  As WKEI was at the scene work had been continuing on the bell monument despite what happened at the council meeting last night.

ISP Makes Thousands' of Labor Day Weekend Stops

The Illinois State Police were out in force over the Labor Day weekend and troopers report that they stopped thousands of drivers. Trooper Jacqueline Cepeda says they made plenty of arrests for risky behavior behind the wheel.

The Illinois State Police handled nearly 400 crashes on the state's highways and interstates.

Kewanee Girl Struck By Car, Teenage Driver Arrested Monday Night

According to the Kewanee Police Blotter a 13 year old girl was injured when she was struck by a car driven by a 16 year old driver in the area of 3rd and East Street at approximately 7:33 Pm last night. The girl who was riding her bike when she was struck by the car was taken from the scene to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. WKEI has reached out to the Kewanee Police Department for further details regarding this accident and will bring you more when we know more.

Alert About "Green Electricity" Plans

With the advent of electric aggregation, Illinois consumers have been almost constantly bombarded with offers from electricity suppliers trying to get you to switch to their service. The latest angle appears to be the offering of "green plans," apparently trying to appeal to the consumer that wants to take a stand against fossil fuels. But Citizen's Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen says there is no way to guarantee a "green" plan will only send you "green" power.

And that means that by buying a certificate, somewhere along the power grid, renewable energy will be added. You can get the agency's free "Guide to Renewable Energy Plans" emailed to you through at CUBHELPCenter.com

Illinois Picks Up Needed Rain in Parts of State

A soggy September has been welcome for parts of Illinois. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon dumped rain over a large portion of Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says this month statewide rainfall totals are already at three and a half inches. That’s more than some areas got for a large portion of the summer and so the soaking rains were welcome.

Area’s south of St. Louis picked up the most rain in the state this past
weekend with reports of 10 inches or more over Friday and Saturday.

City Council Halts Construction at Visitation School After Council Member Complaint

Visitation School was at the center of a contentious Kewanee City Council meeting. During council communications, Council Member Mike Yaklich talked about receiving a complaint from a citizen regarding a housing for a bell in a parking strip on the northeast corner in front of Visitation School. Council member Yaklich questioned City Manager Gary Bradley regarding whether or not he had approved the placement of the structure in the parking strip…

In his response, City Manager Gary Bradley defended the decision stating that in his opinion it was merely an aesthetic improvement.

Council Member Yaklich addressing his comments again to the City Manager then stated that he felt Visitation School should take down the structure until it could be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

After Council Members Steve Faber and Chris Colomer spoke in favor of the structure it was decided that Visitation School will have to halt the construction of the bell housing until it can be heard at the Planning and Zoning Commission and then in front of the city council. The next Planning and Zoning Appeals board hearing is September 26th. Council Members Chis Colomer and Steve Faber will be our guests on People to People at 9:35 Am to discuss this issue.


The reaction from the public meanwhile to council member Yaklich’s comments was swift and condemning. Diane Packee approached Council member Yaklich after the meeting and afterward told WKEI she was incredibly disappointed in council member Yaklich for lashing out at City Manager Gary Bradley and worried that the council member’s actions hurt the reputation of the city.


Other business from last night’s Council Meeting:


As part of the consent agenda, the council agreed to allow Kewanee High School to close a portion of 3rd street just east of the High School from 5 Pm until 9 Pm on October 4th for the annual Bonfire Pep Assembly. With that, approval was also given for the annual Kewanee High School Homecoming Parade which will proceed along the same route it always has on October 5th.


The council then voted unanimously in favor of placing a stop sign in the intersection of 1st and Park Street near Visitation School. The stop sign was suggested by residents due to the number of students who cross the street in that area. Council Member Chris Colomer also asked that Children Crossing Sign also be considered for that area as well to call further attention to the pedestrian traffic.

Road Closure and New Hours for Kewanee Public Works

Summer hours are now over for the Kewanee Public Works Department. As of Monday, September 10th, regular working hours for the Public Works Department are now 7:30 Am to 3:30 Pm. In other news from Public Works, a road closure is now scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th in the area of the 700 Block of West Prospect Street. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, Prospect Street will be closed to through traffic from Ridyard Avenue to South East Street for tree removal. The project is expected to begin on Wednesday and be completed by Thursday afternoon. 

Three Arrested After Attempting to Run from Henry County Deputies and Kewanee Police

Three teenagers in a stolen Chevy Suburban were arrested by Henry County Sheriff's Deputies with assistance from Kewanee Police officers on Saturday night. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the three teens were traveling in a stolen 2015 Chevy Suburban when they were spotted by a Sheriff's Deputy who attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Instead of stopping the driver, 18 year old Juvarreah Taylor attempted to flee and leading the deputy on a brief chase that ended in the area of Fairview Homes where Sheriff's Deputies were joined by Kewanee Police Officers in collecting the three teen suspects, Taylor along with 18 year old Trensae Ward and 19 year old Dylan Salter. Taylor faces the most charges including Aggravated Fleeing, Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Criminal Damage to Government Property, Child Endangerment, Tail Light Violation, No Rear Registration Plate, Disobeying a Stop Sign, Having No Valid Drivers License, and Driving on the Sidewalk. Taylor then was also given civil notices to appear on charges of Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both Ward and Salter also face charges for Obstruction as well as Possession charges for Cannabis and Drug Paraphernalia. The vehicle the teens had stolen was from Bolingbrook, Illinois, some three hours away from Kewanee, near Chicago. The suspects themselves are from another suburb of Chicago, Naperville. Why they came to Kewanee is unknown at this time. 

Open Line 09-10-18

Online hysteria over companies that refuse to do business with certain kinds of people , the rise in the number of amateur detectives and how their presence has created a whole new field of fake news, the Chicago Bears, and where someone can find a service to shred documents were the top topics on today's edition of The Open Line on WKEI. 

Tuned In Carrie Boelens and Meghan Weber from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

It is National Cholesterol Awareness Month and Meghan Weber from OSF along with Carrie Boelens joined WKEI to remind you to 'know your numbers.' Get checked up with your doctor and when you do make sure you find out what your good and bad cholesterol numbers are and how to manage them. It's good for the health of your heart and your health in general. 

Smithsonian exhibit on rural America opens in Illinois

The Washington D-C-based Smithsonian Institution opened an exhibit over the weekend in Illinois about change in rural America. The exhibit will be hosted in small Illinois communities over the next eight months. Matt Meacham with the Chicago-based Illinois Humanities helped coordinate the Smithsonian exhibit in Illinois, one of three states selected;

The exhibit called "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" is part of the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program to bring exhibits to communities of less than 25-thousand people. Meacham says the six Illinois communities selected had to compete and create a complimentary local exhibit on the topic;

The Smithsonian's "Change in Rural America" exhibit opened over the weekend in the Randolph County community of Chester. It moves on to Winchester in Scott County in late October, then to Shelbyville in mid-December. The communities of Atlanta in Logan County, Marshall in Clark County and Sycamore in DeKalb County will host the exhibit in 20-19.

Henry County Teen to Compete at National 4H Contest

A Henry County teenager is part of the team set to compete in the national 4H Livestock Judging Contest. Nicole Haverback of Henry County joins 4 other teenagers from around Western and Central Illinois to travel to Louisville, Kentucky for the National 4H contest. The contest is set for November.

NATIONAL 4-H LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM: Five 4-H members will represent Illinois at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, Ky. They are (left to right) Mason Engnell of McDonough County, Jake Bohnsack of Rock Island County, Nicole Haverback of Henry County, Jenna Wheeler of Morgan County, and Clay Sundberg of LaSalle County.


Kewanee Police Blotter September 7th, 8th and 9th

At approximately 9:23 Pm Kewanee Police executed an in state warrant for the arrest of Daniel C. Miller of Kewanee on a charge of Failure to Appear on charges of Driving While Suspended. Unable to post bond, Miller was taken to the Henry County Jail


At approximately 1:48 Pm on Sunday, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Chestnut and Division Street. In that stop, police arrested 21 year old Cesar Zepeda of Kewanee on charges of Driving While Suspended.


At Approximately 8:20 Pm on Saturday night, in the area of the 800 block of Washington Street, Kewanee Police cited April E. Starr of Kewanee for Allowing a Dog to Run at Large.


At approximately 9:40 Pm on Saturday night Kewanee Police were called to the 100 Block of Fairview Homes to remove an unwanted subject. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Timothy M. Phillips of Rock Falls on charges of Retail Theft.


At approximately 2:52 Am on Sunday morning, Kewanee Police were called to the 400 block of South Tremont Street. At the scene three teenagers were given Notices to Appear on Curfew Violations. Also at the same scene, Kewanee Police arrested 41 year old Angel P. Hatley of Ohio on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Burglary.

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center to Host Next Lunch and Learn September 26th

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will host another in their series of lunch and learn programs at OSF Hospital. COPD care will be the topic for the event on September 26th, beginning at 11:30 Am with lunch and the presentation featuring Hospitalist Shamaila Gorsi. Save Your Breath COPD will discuss the impact of COPD, living with COPD and goals for COPD. If you, or someone you know, is dealing with COPD this event is for you. For more information, or to RSVP, contact OSF Saint Luke Medical Center at 309-852-7822.

Illinois Receives A+ in College Transfer Report

Illinois has moved to the top of its class in a national college transfer report. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows the state is number one for bachelor's degree completion among community college students. More than half of new Illinois community college students in 2010 who transferred to a four-year college finished a bachelor's degree within six years. Eric Lichtenberger, deputy director of information management and research with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, said what makes the results even more impressive is they don't include students who were enrolled in dual credit courses while in high school.


"Illinois is a national leader in providing dual credit opportunities," Lichtenberger said. "And for the most part dual credit students are significantly more likely than students who don't participate in dual credits to complete degrees within six years." He attributes the state's success to the Illinois Articulation Initiative, a transfer agreement between more than 100 colleges and universities.

The last time the data was released, Illinois was ranked third behind Washington and Iowa, which it has now surpassed. Lichtenberger said the state is achieving fantastic results while offering a more robust system.


"We do enroll a higher proportion of traditionally under-served students than our out-of-state peer institutions," he said. "We're engaged in a noble mission and our higher education institutions are doing a good job." Illinois has a nearly 12 percentage point advantage over the national college transfer completion rate, and is well above the national average in all areas measured in the study.

Kewanee City Council Agenda for Monday, September 10th

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 Kewanee School District #229 to use city streets for their annual Homecoming Parade on
October 5 beginning at 2:15 pm and for placement of barricades on Third Street the evening of October
4th during the annual homecoming bonfire.
5. Presentation of Bills and Claims
6. Citizen Participation
7. Business:
a. Consideration of an Ordinance providing for a STOP sign on First Street at its intersection with Park
8. Council Communications:
9. Announcements:
10. Adjournment

Governor Rauner Signs Executive Order Declaring Harvest Season Emergency

Governor Bruce Rauner today signed an executive order declaring a Harvest Season Emergency. The order means that farmers and haulers can now carry 10% more weight when transporting ag products and commodities on state highways. The order also calls on local municipalities to lift similar restrictions and make available permits or waivers to allow extra weight. In an appearance on a farm in Auburn, Illinois, the Governor made his executive order official in a speech praising Illinois farmers and the strength of the Illinois farm economy. 

Governor Rauner was joined at the event by Illinois Ag leaders and lawmakers. 

Snacks and Packs Trivia Night for the Kewanee Food Pantry

Carpenter's Local Union 166 is set to host a benefit for the Kewanee Food Pantry. According to a flyer from the Carpenter's Local, the Snacks & Packs Trivia Night to benefit the Kewanee Food Pantry will be held September 15th at the Elks Lodge at 113 North Tremont in Kewanee. Doors open at 6 Pm and the trivia begins at 6:30. The cost is $80 per team to enter. Food donations are also being accepted including such needed items as Quart and Gallon Sized ziplock bags, Shelf Milk, any and all canned goods, household and hygiene products and all kinds of snacks, even healthy snacks. To RSVP contact the Carpenter's Union at 309-787-9877, 

California Man Busted for Speeding Near Geneseo

A Bloomington, California man was stopped for speeding by a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy near Geneseo early Friday morning. This would not be notable under normal circumstances but, 29 year old Selvin McKay of Bloomington, California was driving a 2010 Mini Cooper at 114 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone when he was pulled over. McKay was given a citation and a notice to appear in court on the speeding charge. In Illinois, charges for Speeding more than 30 miles over the speed limit require a court appearance. 

Tuned In Roger Hawk Henry and Stark County Retired Teachers

Roger Hawk with the Henry and Stark County Retired Teachers was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. The Henry and Stark County Retired Teachers have a board meeting today to plan for their meeting next Wednesday in Bishop Hill at the Colony School. That meeting will happen at 12 Noon on Wednesday and does require registration by those choosing to attend. 

Crazy Rich Asians Opening in Kewanee This Weekend

The most recent number 1 movie in America, Crazy Rich Asians starring Fresh off the Boat star Constance Wu is finally opening in Kewanee this weekend at the Wanee Cinemas. Crazy Rich Asians has been the number 1 movie in America for the past three weeks and while it will likely be surpassed this week by The Nun, it's nevertheless been wildly successful having recently crossed the 100 million dollar box office mark in the U.S. The film co-stars Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding. 

Governor Rauner to Declare Harvest Season Emergency Today

Governor Bruce Rauner today will declare a Harvest Season Emergency, allowing farmers to apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation to get a free permit to haul 10% over their gross vehicle weight and axle weight limits on state highways.  Local road authorities will have the ability to grant a similar permit or waive the permit requirement on roads in their jurisdictions, as well. 


“We appreciate Governor Rauner declaring an emergency situation for the 2018 harvest season, especially in light of the declining incomes and market turmoil which farmers are currently facing,” said Richard Guebert Jr., president, Illinois Farm Bureau. “This declaration opens the door for increased efficiencies for farmers and truck drivers hauling agricultural commodities and will help offset any uncontrollable effects of weather and commodity markets, allowing farmers the freedom to move what is projected to be a record-breaking crop.” 


The announcement will be made Friday, Sept. 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the Brent and Blake Ladage Farm, in Auburn, IL.

Will ACE Put the Brakes on IL Clean Energy Development?

Illinoisans can now comment on the Trump administration's proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule aimed at drastically cutting carbon emissions from coal-power plants.

The Affordable Clean Energy Rule, or ACE calls for states to develop their own reduction goals and submit their plans within three years to the Environmental Protection Agency. President and Executive director for the Environmental Law and Policy Center Howard Learner says the new proposal nixes the Clean Power Plan's state-specific goals for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.


"Illinois has been aggressively accelerating clean energy development and what that's lead to is with a surplus of power," says Learner. "A number of the older coal plants have shut down and as a result Illinois is very close to meeting its 2020 coal of reducing carbon pollution."

Illinois still ranks in the top five states for coal production.


The 2015 Clean Power Plan was put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court and has not yet taken effect. And yesterday, Illinois joined 16 other states in asking a U.S. Appeals Court to rule on the current legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan. Learner says the Affordable Clean Energy Rule would delay implementing meaningful air-quality improvements in a number of ways, including changing the way an older coal plant's remaining life is factored into how it should be handled.


"What it does is tell companies like Vistra, which owns old highly pollution coal plants in central and southern Illinois, that when it comes to carbon pollution reduction the federal government is no longer truly minding the store and is willing to accept states not moving forward in any serious ways," says Learner.


Janet McCabe, senior law fellow with the center, helped develop Clean Power Plan standards during her time at the EPA under President Barack Obama. She contends it is crucial that the public weighs in during the rule-making process. "When I was at EPA, every single rule I worked on got better between proposal and final because of comments that we got," says McCabe. "And those are important expressions from taxpayers in this country about what they feel their government should do to protect them or to stay out of the way."


Public comments on ACE will be accepted through October 30th.

State of Illinois Launches College to Career Resource Website

The state of Illinois wants to help people go from College to a Career with a new resource website. The site, ILCollege2Career.com has resources aimed at helping students choose the right college and resources to help get that student on a career track. Our Kim Howard has more on this new resource for students in Illinois... 

Planes Trains and Automobiles Are Descending Upon Geneseo This Weekend

Day one of Planes Trains and Automobiles in Geneseo was a washout with rain cancelling a fly-in at a local airfield says Geneseo Chamber of Commerce Director Rhonda Ludwig explained…

Saturday it’s the man event of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the classic car show headed up by the Maple City Cruisers…

Also happening on Saturday is the model train show which will take place near the classic car display in Geneseo making a convenient and entertaining stop on your visit.

One last bit of fun that you won’t want to miss on Saturday is the annual kids pedal car and tractor parade…

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is happening this weekend in Geneseo.

September is Disaster Preparedness Month in Illinois

September is disaster preparedness month across the state of Illinois. On Thursday, Governor Bruce Rauner addressed a group of first responders and thanked them for being on the front lines of disaster preparedness in the state of Illinois. Governor Rauner thanked the men and women for their service to the state of Illinois and reiterated the necessity for the state to be ready to respond to major disasters when they happen. Our Kim Howard has more... 

Senator Durbin Continues Questioning of Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh

Day 3 of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing of Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh The opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination remained fierce as protesters continually interrupted the proceedings and Democrats on the committee continued to call for the hearing to be delayed because of the fast nature of the event. However, Democratic lawmakers, like Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, continued to push Judge Kavanaugh for direct answers over the limits of the law against a sitting President and whether the President is above the law.

ISP DUI Effort Nabs 39

The Illinois State Police put out a special detail last month to catch drunk drivers and they say it resulted in DUI 39 arrests. On August 29th a special effort was underway to establish roadside checks and the ISP nabbed eight drivers that were more than twice the legal limit. Trooper Matt Boerwinkle says although a number of drivers were taken off the road many remain...

More than 150 other arrests were made that day. 

Movie Star Burt Reynolds Has Died at Age 82

The man best known as The Bandit from Smokey and the Bandit and later as an Academy Award nominated character actor in Boogie Nights, Burt Reynolds has died at age 82. Reynolds came to prominence in the early 1970's with his breakout role in Deliverance in 1971 and his Golden Globe nominated performance in the football comedy The Longest Yard in 1974.


But it was in 1977 that Reynolds became a global superstar with his beloved performance in Smokey and the Bandit opposite Sally Field and Jackie Gleason as Smokey. That success led to a sequel and then the Cannonball Run movies, and comedy hits such as Six Pack, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opposite Dolly Parton and Stroker Ace. Reynolds star began to cool in the mid to late 80's and he began to appear in more tabloid headlines than in feature films, becoming a cornerstone of National Enquirer front pages along with his on and off again love Loni Anderson. 


In the 90's Reynolds' star began to rise again with the television series Evening Shade becoming a modest ratings success. Then came Reynolds' big comeback, an Academy Award nomination for his work as a porn film producer Paul Thomas Anderson's epic Boogie Nights. Unfortunately, Reynolds' cantankerousness prevented him from capitalizing on his awards success as he was said to have turned down several significant supporting roles in movies that would go on to success without him. 


Reynolds was famous for turning down as many roles as he made famous. Reynolds turned down roles in Star Wars, Rocky, The Godfather, and even turned down the chance to portray James Bond. Reynolds' penchant for saying no led to the downturn of his career in the late 90's and early 2000's despite the fact that his talent never wained. That was proven just last year when Reynolds starred in the drama The last Movie Star. 


Though The Last Movie Star was not a hit and not a great movie, Reynolds is remarkable in the movie as an aging movie star who accepts an invitation to be feted at a film festival only to find that the festival is in the back room of a bar in a small Tennessee town. The film used actual footage of Reynolds' legendary roles in Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance to have the Reynolds of today talk with his younger self. The scenes are charged with realism that, sadly, the rest of the film lacks. 


That said, The Last Movie Star provides a fitting coda to Reynolds' legendary career. It was a final brilliant performance and one last reminder that when he wanted to turn on the acting chops he could and when he wanted to coast on his movie star looks and effortless charisma he could do that just as well. Burt Reynolds, leading man, movie star, icon. Dead at 82. 

Open Line Podcast 09-06-18

Nike and Colin Kaepernick were the lead topic today on the Open Line on WKEI. Are protestors who post videos burning Nike products actually doing Nike a favor? That was my argument as I said, Nike doesn't care what you do with your shoes or socks after you bought them. Filming yourself burning Nikes is basically just an advertisement for Nike. 

Tuned In Cassandra Schmoll Henry County Senior Citizens Center

Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Citizens Center was our guest today on Tuned In. The Henry County Senior Citizens Center has an Ice Cream Social happening next week with Mel Foster Company along with a bus trip to see the Cubs and Cardinals play later this month. That, along with the usual services of the Senior Center were part of our conversation today on Tuned In. 

Post Office Hiring Holiday Help

Heading into the holidays, the United States Postal Service expects they will need more help. Starting Monday and ending September 21st, you can apply for positions such as Casual Mail Handler, Holiday Clerk Assistant, or Postal Support Employee Mail Processing Clerk. All those jobs pay at least $16 an hour. USPS Field Recruiter Norma Taylor says to apply, just go to the website and search your state.

You must be at least 18 years old at the time of employment, or 16 with a high school diploma; be a U.S. citizen; be able to pass a background check and drug screening; and jobs that require driving require a clean driving record and a valid driver's license. For more information, go to www.usps.com/careers

Kewanee Police Blotter 09-05-18 to 09-06-18

Accident in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street at approximately 9:34 Am. According to Kewanee Police no citations were issued and no one was hurt in the damage only accident involving Joseph A. Minton of Kewanee and Cindy K. Kraemer of Kewanee.


At approximately 12:35 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 800 Block of Florence Street regarding a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene Kewanee Police arrested 38 year old Mandy L. Platt of Kewanee on a Battery Charge.


Kewanee Police are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred at around 5 Pm in the area of 10th and Vine Street. An unknown vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Donald J. Vanderostyne.


At approximately 5:28 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 300 Block of McKinley Avenue regarding Domestic Battery. At the scene a 15 year old male was issued a Juvenile Referral on a charge of Domestic Battery.


At approximately 8:02 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 400 Block of Tremont Street to remove an unwanted subject. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 43 year old Kerry L. Burke of Kewanee on a charge of Disturbing the Peace.


At approximately 2:48 Am this morning Kewanee Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 200 Block of East 2nd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Raul Morales of Kewanee for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Northwestern Ranks as Best College in Illinois

Niche.com has ranked the top colleges in the state of Illinois and no surprise, Northwestern University ranked number 1 overall. Colleges were ranked by aggregate ratings of current students who were polled regarding student life, the cost of attending school and academic averages including the average SAT scores of students. Northwestern was also named the best value college in the state based on an average yearly cost of over $29,000 to attend. The University of Chicago ranked as the second best college in Illinois followed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Wheaton College at number 4 and Illinois Wesleyan University at number 5. 


1. Northwestern University 

2. University of Chicago 

3. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

4. Wheaton College 

5. Illinois Wesleyan University

6. Illinois Institute of Technology 

7. Depaul University 

8. Augustana College 

9. Loyola University Chicago 

10. Bradley University. 


Other notables, Knox College in Galesburg ranked 12th, Western Illinois University ranked 18th, Monmouth College ranked 22nd. 

Galva Arts Council Receives Grant from Illinois Arts Council

The Illinois Arts Council Agency has given the Galva Arts Council a grant of $1600. Stephanie Taylor with the Galva Arts Council spoke with WKEI on Wednesday and talked about how this grant came about.

I asked Stephanie what impact the grant from the Illinois Arts Council will have on what they can do in Galva

The grant comes on the heels of the huge triumph of the Levitt Amp Concert series which Stephanie says exceeded everyone’s expectations.

So what’s next for the Galva Arts Council?

If you want more information about what’s going on in Galva with the Galva Arts Council you can search Galva Arts Council on Facebook or visit GalvaArtsCouncil.org.

State Promoting Update to IllinoisJobLink.com

A couple of state agencies are collaborating to expand mobile services for those seeking a job in Illinois and those trying to find employees. Late last month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Department of Innovation and Technology jointly announced the release of mobile functionality for the website “IllinoisJobLink.com” says Bob Gough with IDES.

Gough says job openings are populated both by IDES staff and employers in a nightly exchange of job order information with the National Labor Exchange. 

Durbin Talks Executive Power in Opening Questions in Kavanaugh Hearing

Senator Dick Durbin had lots to say about executive power in his opening remarks at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Durbin says Judge Kavanaugh's judicial views on a key issue changed when he served in the Bush White House.....

Durbin says the question of Judge Kavanaugh beliefs on executive power is especially timely...

Durbin continues to pursue the issue of seeking records from Kavanaugh's time as a White House aide. He called the lack of paperwork from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House a 35-month black hole of missing documents. from Kavanaugh’s time as White House Staff Secretary.

Kewanee Pound is Not Euthanizing Animals

In response to rumors being spread around Kewanee on Wednesday, WKEI reached out to the Kewanee Pound and Kewanee Animal Control. Rumors abounded on Wednesday that the Kewanee Pound run by Kewanee Animal Control and Kewanee for the Animals would be euthanizing some or all of the animals currently housed at the brand new Kewanee Pound. In speaking with staff at the Kewanee Pound WKEI can say with certainty that this is not true. Kewanee Animal Control at the Kewanee Pound is not euthanizing animals today or any day. Euthanization only occurs in extreme situations. Again, rumors that animals were being euthanized today en masse or in part are not true. 

Kewanee Transfer Station Closing 1 Hour for Maintenance on Thursday

The Kewanee Transfer station will close one hour on Thursday for maintenance. According to the City of Kewanee, the transfer station will close from 11 Am to 12 Noon for Scale Calibration and other maintenance. Everything should be back up and running as normal by 12 Noon on Thursday. The Transfer Station is generally open from 7 Am to 3 Pm each weekday and only recently added Saturday hours every other week from 8 Am to 12 Noon on Saturdays through the end of October. 

Hydrant Testing Continues in Kewanee

The Kewanee Fire Department will attempt to resume Fire Hydrant testing on Thursday, September 6th. Affected areas include everal hydrants south of the railroad tracks at West 3rd and Commercial Streets continuing south to Columbus Avenue, Park Row, and West Oak Streets, and streets between South Boss and Tremont Streets. This will include hydrants within West 1st through 3rd, West Central, Rose, Park Avenue, Columbus, Tremont, Chestnut, Elliott, Park Street, Cottage, Grove, Beach, 5th Avenue and Lexington. Work is weather permitting and could be delayed if rain makes the work impossible. Thursday, September 6th and Tuesday, September 11th are the next couple of planned work days for the Kewanee Fire Department. 


State Senator Weaver Named 'Champion of Free Enterprise'

State Senator Chuck Weaver has been honored by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. In an announcement made today via the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, it was announced that Senator Weaver has been given the 'Champion of Free Enterprise' award from the Illinois Chamber. The award honors Senator Weaver's work toward creating jobs and creating a thriving market for jobs in the state of Illinois. 

Henry County Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Cambridge Woman on Criminal Damages Charges

A Cambridge woman has been arrested on two counts of Criminal Damage to Property. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Department records, 48 year old Carrie Riordan of Cambridge was arrested on Tuesday just after 3 Pm and charged her with the two counts of Criminal Damage. Riordan received to notices to appear in court on the charges following her arrest. 

Kewanee Police Blotter 09-04-18 to 09-05-18

At approximately 12:25 Am Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 1800 Block of Lake Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police Cited 20 year old Kaelynn T. Logan of Chicago, Illinois for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Operating a Vehicle without Evidence of Registration and Driving without a License.


A Hit and Run Accident in the area of Division and Tremont Street just after 4 Pm on Tuesday afternoon. 17 year old Felipe Alvarado received a ticket after his vehicle struck an unattended vehicle owned by Amy Belsky of Kewanee as well as a house and a sign. Alvarado was also ticketed for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Speeding 60 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, Violation of GDL One Passenger Limit, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage, and Endangering the Life/ Health of a Child.


At approximately 1:31 Am Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Chestnut and Oak Street. In the stop Police Cited 20 year old Rebecca N. Barnes of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.

More term limit talk in Illinois

A state lawmaker from northwest Illinois says the reason term limits get so much attention during election season is because of Democrat leader Mike Madigan. That's the opinion of Tony McCombie.

McCombie is the former Mayor of the Mississippi River town of Savanna.

Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation Golf Outing September 10th

Hammond Henry Hospital will hold their annual golf outing on Monday, September 10th. Darcy Hepner with the Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation tells me they are looking forward to a great day next Monday to raise money for the Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation.

The Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Monday, September 10th at Kewanee Dunes.

Senator Durbin Speaks Out at Kavanaugh Hearing

Protestors and Democrats at the Confirmation Hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh called for the authenticity of documents regarding Kavanaugh's public career to be examined. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois spoke on identifying all information before proceeding in the process.

Durbin then called on the nominee himself to demand a delay in the hearing.

More than two dozen people have been arrested and removed for interrupting the proceedings. If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh will fill the vacancy left by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Ag Meteorologist Looks Weather for First Half of September

The first full week of September will bring with it some substantial rain chances for much of Illinois, but what about the latter part of the month. DTN Chief Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson provides his outlook

Anderson says there’s been a corridor of heavy rainfall from central Texas all the way north and northeast into the Great Lakes with amounts over the last three weeks approaching 12-inches in some parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Fallen Trooper Honored on I-74

A section of Interstate 74 in Central Illinois' DeWitt County has been dedicated to the memory of a State Trooper who died there in the line of duty last year. State Police Director Leo Schmitz says motorists who pass through the corridor will become acquainted with the sacrifice of Trooper Ryan Albin...

In the 2017 crash, Trooper Albin struck the rear of a commercial box truck. No citations were issued in that crash near Farmer City.

Henry County Sheriff Weekend Arrest Report August 31st thru September 2nd

Friday, August 31st, traffic stop on 8th Street in Kewanee. Arrested: John Jordan Jr of Kewanee on a Whiteside County Warrant for Traffic Offenses. Taken to the Henry County Jail. 


Friday, August 31st, call to 203 East Main Street in Ophiem, IL. Arrested: Daniel Whitcomb on a Henry County (IA) warrant on charges of Burglary, Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. 


Friday, August 31st, traffic stop in area of Division Street in Kewanee. Arrested: Emily Creech 21 of Kewanee on charges of Driving While Suspended and Having No Valid Registration. Ms. Creech was also given a warning regarding a broken headlight. 


Friday, August 31st. Traffic stop on Division Street in Kewanee. Citation Issued for 21 year old Cesar Zepato. Zepato was given a warning for expired drivers license and was given a Civil Notice to Appear Citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 


Friday, August 31st. Traffic Stop on Page Street West of Kewanee atn 9:40 pm. Cited: 47 year old Thomas Neal, Driving While Suspended. Also received a warning regarding a broken headlight and No Insurance. 


Saturday, September 1st. Police called to 200 Block of Chestnut Street in Kewanee. Arrested: 24 year old Manuel Pinon of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Charge of Driving While Suspended. 


Saturday, September 1st. Traffic stop in the area of North 600th Avenue, East of Kewanee. A juvenile passenger in the vehicle was given a Civil Notice to Appear for Possession of Cannibis and Drug Paraphernalia. Juvenile  was released to care of his parents. 


Saturday, September 1st. Kewanee Hog Days Patrol. :Arrested 21 year old William Kane of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Escape and a Rock Island County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Driving While Suspended. Kane was also arrested on Saturday night for Resiting or Obstruction of Police. 


Sunday September 2nd. Hog Days Patrol. Arrested: Deandre Reynolds, 21 of Kewanee, on a charge of Failure to Appear on a Henry County Warrant for Theft. Also Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 


Sunday, September 2nd. Traffic Stop on Tenney Street in Kewanee. Christopher Schweigen, 28 of Kewanee, given a warning for Speeding and a Civil Notice to Appear for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 


Sunday September 2nd. Suspicious Person call in the area of 118 Court Street in Cambridge. Arrested: 43 year old Tobin Kuster of Kewanee on a Bureau County Warrant for Domestic Battery. Kuster was taken to the Henry County Jail. 


Sunday September 3rd. Traffic Stop on Main Street in Kewanee. Cited: Kyle Schneider of Kewanee

Citations given for Illegal Window Tint, Driving without Lights on at Night, and a Civil Notice to Appear for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

State Senator Weaver Apprenticeship Plan Arriving Just in Time

According to a new report by the Institute of Supply Management, U.S. manufacturing activity in August reached its highest level since 2004. A recently-signed law creating on-the-job apprenticeships for Illinois high school students seems to have come at just the right time…

August Was Warmer and Wetter Than Normal

The month of August has come to an end and state climatologist Jim Angel says that it was a warmer and wetter month of August than we've seen in some time. 

Walt Disney Named Top Illinois Entertainer by Illinois Top 200

The legendary Walt Disney from Chicago, Illinois has been named the top entertainer in Illinois history by the Illinois 200. Disney topped a list that includes Oprah, Richard Pryor, of Peoria, Illinois, and Bob Newhart of Oak Park, Illinois. Disney, of course, founded everything Disney beginning with his stunning triumph Snow White in 1937, Disney won 22 Academy Awards and was nominated for a total of 37 Awards over his career and his legacy remains an influence on the wildly successful Disney product of today. Our Kim Howard has more... 

Top 10 Illinois Entertainers 

1. Walt Disney - Chicago, Illinois 

2. Bob Newhart - Oak Park, Illinois 

3. Jack Benny - Chicago, Illinois 

4. Richard Pryor - Peoria, Illinois 

5. Oprah Winfrey - Chicago, Illinois 

6. Quincy Jones - Chicago, Illinois 

7. John Hughes - Northbrook, Illinois 

8. Hugh Hefner - Chicago, Illinois 

9. Bill Veeck - Chicago, Illinois 

10. Shonda Rhimes Chicago, Illinois 

Henry County Sheriff Weekend Arrest Report August 31st thru September 2nd

Friday, August 31st, traffic stop on 8th Street in Kewanee. Arrested: John Jordan Jr of Kewanee on a Whiteside County Warrant for Traffic Offenses. Taken to the Henry County Jail. 


Friday, August 31st, call to 203 East Main Street in Ophiem, IL. Arrested: Daniel Whitcomb on a Henry County (IA) warrant on charges of Burglary, Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. 


Friday, August 31st, traffic stop in area of Division Street in Kewanee. Arrested: Emily Creech 21 of Kewanee on charges of Driving While Suspended and Having No Valid Registration. Ms. Creech was also given a warning regarding a broken headlight. 


Friday, August 31st. Traffic stop on Division Street in Kewanee. Citation Issued for 21 year old Cesar Zepato. Zepato was given a warning for expired drivers license and was given a Civil Notice to Appear Citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 


Friday, August 31st. Traffic Stop on Page Street West of Kewanee atn 9:40 pm. Cited: 47 year old Thomas Neal, Driving While Suspended. Also received a warning regarding a broken headlight and No Insurance. 


Saturday, September 1st. Police called to 200 Block of Chestnut Street in Kewanee. Arrested: 24 year old Manuel Pinon of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Charge of Driving While Suspended. 


Saturday, September 1st. Traffic stop in the area of North 600th Avenue, East of Kewanee. A juvenile passenger in the vehicle was given a Civil Notice to Appear for Possession of Cannibis and Drug Paraphernalia. Juvenile  was released to care of his parents. 


Saturday, September 1st. Kewanee Hog Days Patrol. :Arrested 21 year old William Kane of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Escape and a Rock Island County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Driving While Suspended. Kane was also arrested on Saturday night for Resiting or Obstruction of Police. 


Sunday September 2nd. Hog Days Patrol. Arrested: Deandre Reynolds, 21 of Kewanee, on a charge of Failure to Appear on a Henry County Warrant for Theft. Also Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 


Sunday, September 2nd. Traffic Stop on Tenney Street in Kewanee. Christopher Schweigen, 28 of Kewanee, given a warning for Speeding and a Civil Notice to Appear for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 


Sunday September 2nd. Suspicious Person call in the area of 118 Court Street in Cambridge. Arrested: 43 year old Tobin Kuster of Kewanee on a Bureau County Warrant for Domestic Battery. Kuster was taken to the Henry County Jail. 


Sunday September 3rd. Traffic Stop on Main Street in Kewanee. Cited: Kyle Schneider of Kewanee

Citations given for Illegal Window Tint, Driving without Lights on at Night, and a Civil Notice to Appear for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

WKEI Open Line Podcast

Today on the Open Line talk of jobs and the lack of respect for the average working person. The tangents here include the way innovation is leaving behind too many workers in its wake, the way that CEO pay is growing out of control while worker pay is stagnant, and how it used to be that just being good at your job was good enough and how today networking and relationship building, beyond just doing your job is the big deciding factor in whether you get ahead or get left behind in the workforce. 

Father Jerry Rafalko from OSF Hospice on Tuned In

Father Jerry Rafalko from the OSF Hospice was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. Among the topics for this interview was helping friends to grieve. Hog Days and Labor Day are special days of the year but they are also days that are filled with memories, memories, for some, of people who they are no longer able to share those memories with. Helping a friend to grieve is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a friend. We also discussed the upcoming OSF Quarter Auction to benefit the OSF Hospice, September 29th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Galesburg.

Kewanee Police Blotter Saturday September 1st and Sunday September 2nd

At approximately 10:30 Am on Saturday morning Kewanee Police responded to the report of a disturbance at a residence in the area of the 100 Block of Oak Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police made a pair of arrests on outstanding warrants. 18 year old Dalyn M. Thompson of Kewanee was arrested on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Criminal Damage to Vehicles and Resisting Arrest. Also arrested was 38 year old Erin A. Nicholson of Kewanee on a Rock Island County Warrant for Theft. Both were taken to the Henry County Jail.


An accident in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney street at approximately 1:20 Pm on Friday involving vehicles driven by a 17 year old minor and Kolette D. Haverback of Kewanee was resolved without a citation for either driver.


At approximately 3:22 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Lyle and Main Street in Kewanee. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 85 year old George W. Eastburg of Galesburg for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.


At approximately 6:30 Pm in the area of Garfield and Tenney Street Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop of a 17 year old Minor. The driver was given a citation for speeding, 44 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.


At approximately 7:49 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 1st and Main Street. In the stop Kewanee Police Cited 44 year old Nichole M. Fleming of Joliet for Using a Cellphone While Driving.


At approximately 7:56 Pm Kewanee Police responded to an accident in the area of 5th and Tremont Street. At the scene Kewanee Police found an accident involving vehicles driven by 16 year old Jorden M. Huggins of Kewanee and 56 year old Gregory E. Jackson of Monmouth. No citations were given out and no one was hurt in the accident.


At approximately 8:04 Pm on Saturday night Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 2nd and Main Street. In the stop, Police arrested a 17 year old Male driver on charges of Driving while Suspended and Using a Cellphone while Driving.


At approximately 8:44 Pm in downtown Kewanee, Police made a pair of arrests on Outstanding Warrants. 48 year old Yeashur Figgures of Kewanee was arrested on a Stark County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a DUI Charge. Also arrested was Gary A. Cummons 24 of Kewanee, Arrested on a Rock Island County Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Driving While Suspended. Each posted bond and were released.


At approximately 9:10 Pm in the area of Church and Tenney Street Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop of 16 year old Cal C. Larson of Altona. Larson was cited for Speeding 45 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone.


At approximately 1:09 Am Sunday morning, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Audriana Ramsey of Kewanee on an Outstanding Warrant from Stark County for Failure to Appear on Charges of Speeding. Bond was posted.


At approximately 1:31 Am in the area of the Kewanee Historical Society Kewanee Police arrested 51 year old Mark A. Tibbs of Chatham on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Possession of an Open Alcohol Container. Bond was posted.


At approximately 1:45 Am Kewanee Police responded to a traffic accident in the area of Main and Prospect. At the scene Kewanee Police arrested 40 year old Shannon M. Yelm of Galva on a Charge of DUI over .08 and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.


At approximately 7:24 Pm in the area of 1st and Main Street, Kewanee Police arrested 22 year old Lloyd T, Reizner of Vernon Hills on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.


At approximately 7:32 Pm in the area of Tremont and Prospect Kewanee Police initiated a Traffic stop involving 25 year old Clinton J. Kelly of Kewanee. Kelly was cited for Driving without Valid Registration.

Illinois Congressman Mike Bost Talks Trade Climate

A new trade deal with Mexico is in place, one with Canada is in the works, and the president has his sights set on doing the same with the European Union. That is the summary from Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro, who says he likes what he sees as far as levelling the economic playing field with our country's trade partners. Bost says when American goods are sent to Europe, there is anywhere from an 8-25% tariff on each product, while European products have about a 2% tariff coming into the U.S.

Bost says it is vitally important to restore free and fair trade with the E.U.

Apple Orchards Opening Across Illinois

Who's ready to pick some apples? Illinois apple orchards are opening up across the state. Like the condition of other crops, this year's crop of apples varies depending on where you go. Stephen Miller runs Liberty Apple Orchard outside of Edwardsville and says his crop has fared pretty well;

Miller says the returns growing apples is better than growing corn or soybeans. But tending to an orchard can be very labor intensive;

The Illinois Specialty Growers Association says Illinois has 460 apple farms on close to a little over 21-hundred acres.

Stark County Schools Increased Police Presence Following Threat

It's not believed to be a credible threat but Stark County Schools are taking extra precautions today after a threat was emailed to the school district. That according to a post on the Stark County Schools website by Superintendent Nick Sutton. In the post, Superintendent Sutton states that the threat came anonymously in an email but that there was no indication that the threat was credible. Nevertheless, precautions are being taken including an increased police presence at Stark County Schools today and an ongoing investigation into where the anonymous email came from. You can read the full statement below. 


Stark County Community - Tonight I learned of an anonymous email that made a threat to the schools of our district. At this time, I want everyone to rest assured that EVERY precaution will be taken to ensure everyone's safety, but there has not been any indication that this threat is credible.

There will be a police presence between now and during the day tomorrow to absolutely ensure the safety of all staff and students. I give everyone my word that if any changes, and this threat gains credibility, that I will immediately act accordingly.

Please understand this is now an on going investigation of who sent this message, so I cannot go into more detail. However, every parent and stakeholder has ownership with our district, so they deserve my transparency with this occurrence. I want everyone to truly know though that if I ever feel anyone's safety is in jeopardy at any time, I will always error on the side of caution.

Lastly, I promise I will do everything I can to assist in determining where this threat came from, and then do everything possible to hold them accountable.

Nick Sutton, Superintendent

Harvest Underway Watch for Farmers on the Road

The hot, dry weather last month resulted in corn maturing rapidly and harvest is underway in some parts of the state. That means more farmers need to share the road over the next few months to get from farm to field and back again. John Bartman farms in McHenry County, about 55 miles northwest of Chicago and says transporting harvest equipment can be a real challenge this time of year;

Michelle Aavang and her family also farm in McHenry County not far from the Wisconsin border. She says transporting farm equipment this time of year can be dangerous;

Illinois Farm Bureau developed what it calls ": rules of the country road." Some tips: drive the speed limit on country roads, especially hilly ones; be patient and pass farm equipment with caution; maintain a safe following distance behind farm equipment, and; keep the mobile phone down - it is the law. 

Illinois Farmers Want Action on Trade Agreements Soon

Some Illinois farmers have seen the price of soybeans drop by two dollars a bushel since imposition of import tariffs on some goods coming into the United States in and retaliation by China and other countries throughout the summer. They want to see the Trump administration demonstrate the ability to close on new trade deals with more countries. Megan Dwyer and her family farm near Coal Valley in Henry County;

Many Illinois farmers also want to see a successful conclusion to a new North American Free Trade Agreement that includes Mexico and Canada. And they want to see a resolution to the tariff war with China, which has bought huge amounts of Illinois soybeans in the past. Jack McCormick farms in Randolph County;

McCormick, Dwyer and some other farmers say successful negotiation of trade deals is especially important on the eve of what could be another huge Illinois harvest. In its latest crop report issued last month, U-S-D-A says Illinois farmers will harvest a record-sized Illinois soybean and corn crops.

Kewanee Hog Days Parade Winners Announced

The winners for this year's Kewanee Hog Days Parade Awards were announced this afternoon. 


The Ambassador Cup Peoples National Bank 

Sweepstakes Winner Kewanee Care Home Peterson Health Care 

Commercial Winner Union Federal Savings 

Not for Profit Winner Holy Trinity Polish National Church 

Most Original State Bank of Toulon 

Katie Johnson Spirit Award Winner 1st Baptist Church