As Republicans were learning how to handle President Trump's unique political style, Governor Bruce Rauner seemingly kept his distance. Now, the Governor is saluting the President for helping Illinois, especially when it comes to health care...
Rauner hoped to bring that message to Trump during a weekend rally in Murphysboro but wasn't able to meet with the President.
On Tuesday, October 30th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call regarding a domestic dispute in the area of the 100 Block of North East Street in Galva at approximately 3:02 Am. At the scene, the Deputies arrested 32 year old Ashley Dailey of Kewanee on an outstanding warrant from Henry County for Failure to Appear on a charge of Driving on a Suspended License. Dailey was taken to the Henry County Jail.
What Halloween costume do you remember the most from when you were a kid? For Sean, it was wanting to be a G.I Joe and having mom make a costume for him that was not a G.I Joe character. DIY costumes were the norm at our house which may be why he doesn't celebrate Halloween much anymore. We also tried to help a caller with a squirrel problem and talked a little about trick or treating in Kewanee as a caller urged trick or treaters not to skip West Prospect Street even as East Prospect appears to be the place to go for trick or treat in Kewanee.
Kash Jackson is the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Illinois and he was our guest on People to People on Wednesday. In a wide-ranging interview, we discussed the various policies that separate a libertarian from the other parties in Illinois. Kash Jackson talked about Health Care, Gambling, and what he would do differently from the Republicans and Democrats if elected as Governor of Illinois. Kash Jackson was our guest on People to People Wednesday.
The owners of The Station restaurant in Kewanee, in the former Station House location, have announced that the Station will open on November 5th. Rita and Andrew Speck are the owners of The Station and they made the announcement via The Station page on Facebook. In announcing the opening date, Rita and Andrew also announced that Meatloaf Monday's will be a regular feature of The Station along with serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
On Friday, at approximately 8:30 Pm, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident in the area of the Atkinson Slab, at Illinois Highway 92. At the scene, Deputies cited 26 year old Jared Galvan of Sterling for Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Disobeying a Stop Sign.
On Friday night at approximately 11:25 Pm a Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the area of Sporty’s Bar in Kewanee and arrest 19 year old Jacob Dearing of East Moline on a Henry County Warrant for Failing to Appear in Court on a DUI Charge. Also arrested at that time was 24 year old Jaquann Johnson of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on Possession of Cannabis Charges. Both men were taken to the Henry County Jail.
On Saturday, October 27th at approximately 6:29 Pm, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies made a traffic stop on East 4th Street in Kewanee. In that stop, Deputies gave 32 year old Martisha Bouyer of Kewanee a citation for Driving on a Suspended License.
On Saturday night at approximately 7:01 Pm, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a traffic crash in the area of County Highway 5 at Illinois Highway 81. At the scene, Deputies cited 30 year old Danielle Bloomfield of Monmouth for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Disobeying a Stop Sign. Bloomfield’s vehicle had struck another vehicle at the intersection leaving both drivers with minor, non-life threatening injuries.
On Monday night, at approximately 11:38 Pm, Correctional Officers at the Henry County Jail investigated a disturbance in one of the cellblocks. After initial investigation, Deputies charged 19 year old Tiffany Gerstal with Criminal Damage to State Supported Property. Gerstal remains at the Henry County Jail.
Yesterday on our People to people program we were joined by Sid Dev and Kewanee High School student Matthew Harrison were our guests from the Martin Motion Robotics Team. Sid Dev is the lead mentor for the Robotics Team which aims to promote STEM education locally.
The Martin Motions Robotics Team will be holding a fundraiser this Saturday at the Flemish American Club.
Proceeds from the Martin Motion Are You Smarter than a Robot trivia night will go toward helping our championship level robotics team get to competitions across the country. Also, if you attend on Saturday night, you can see the very cool robot that the team has built at the event which gets underway at 5:30 Pm with trivia starting at 7 Pm at the Flemish American Club. Click here to listen to our People to People Podcast, complete interview with Sid Dev and Matthew Harrison.
The global #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and assault, and a new report calculates the economic impacts in the workplace. Report co-author Elyse Shaw, a senior research associate with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, said harassment places a significant burden on companies, which end up with large legal bills. She said it's also a big reason women earn pennies on the dollar compared with their male counterparts.
"Their wages being decreased, if they have to change careers or change jobs due to sexual harassment that they experience, it can have a big impact on women," she said. "But it's also costly to employers. With turnover costs and all of these other factors, it's a burden on both employers and the women who are working for them."
Shaw said harassment also leads to increased absences, low morale and lost productivity. While it's estimated that just 10 percent of incidents are formally reported, Shaw said as many as eight in 10 women experience sexual harassment in their lifetimes. Victims of repeated harassment are at higher risk for clinical depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and long-term physical health problems.
The report found that undocumented workers, people who work in isolation and women who rely on tips - especially restaurant workers paid below the regular minimum wage - are at increased risk for harassment. Shaw pointed to the "Hands Off, Pants On" initiative by Chicago's hospitality workers as one-way people have organized to demand protections.
"Unions actually have a huge role to play," she said, "to institute their own policies and procedures, to kind of augment the systems that may be in place in the workplace, or to fill in the gaps that might be missing for those workers on different jobs."
The report's recommendations included surveying employees to find out if harassment is a problem and adopting comprehensive anti-harassment policies, with multiple ways for workers to report violations. Reporting systems should be tested to make sure they're working, it said, and discipline for perpetrators should be prompt and consistent.
Farmers keep making headway in harvesting of corn and soybeans. Illinois’s crop statistician says most producers were able to be in the field last week and some places harvest is all but over. USDA’s Mark Schleusener…
In the deep southern part of Illinois wheat planting continues and all over the state fall tillage and fertilizer applications are being made.
This Saturday will offer the first opportunity for folks to tour Betty’s Garden Memory Care in Kewanee. Betty’s Garden staff will host an open house on Saturday, November 3rd beginning at 1 Pm. Visitors will be able to tour the state of the art facility, take part in a raffle and enjoy cocoa and a candy apple bar. Betty’s Garden is among the most advanced Memory Care facilities in Illinois thanks to the partnership between Peterson Health Care and Ciscor, the Oklahoma company owned by former Kewanee resident Sam Youngwirth. You can see the innovative location at 141 Acorn Street South for yourself this Saturday from 1:00 Pm to 3 Pm.
At approximately 7:18 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Cole and Railroad Avenue in Kewanee. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 45 year old Verna C. Humphrey of Galesburg for Speeding, 60 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone.
At approximately 11:26 Am Kewanee Police went to the 600 Block of West 1st Street to execute a warrant. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 26 year old Austin Carpenter on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Driving While Suspended, Carpenter posted bond and was released with a new court date.
At approximately 11:34 Am Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding an accident in the area of Central and Main. At the scene, Kewanee Police found an accident involving vehicles driven by Gary D. Thompson of Moline and Kenneth L. Ptashnick of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued.
Trick or Treating is tonight in Kewanee from 5 to 7 Pm. Drivers are reminded to be extra cautious during this time and keep a close eye out for trick or treaters. The City of Kewanee will be closing East Prospect Street to through traffic from 5 to 7 Pm in response to the high volume of trick or treaters in that area. Traffic will be closed off from Main Street to East Street on Prospect Street and South Elm between Oak and Prospect Street will also be closed. Drivers can still access Vine Street but are asked to be very cautious of pedestrians in the area. Residents will still have access to get to their homes on Prospect Street.
The bodies of two missing Bradley University Professors, murdered by their son have been found in the Spoon River near Laura, Illinois, some 25 miles from Kewanee. The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that the bodies of Susan Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron, both from Princeville, were recovered on Tuesday afternoon near a bridge over the Spoon River where their son, 21 year old Jose G. Ramirez had told police he and a friend, 21 year old Matthew Roberts of Princeville, Illinois, had dumped the bodies after Ramirez himself had committed the murders. Rumors began spreading on Monday and Tuesday after Jose G. Ramirez had been arrested that he had dumped the bodies of his parents somewhere in Henry County. The Henry County Sheriff's Department confirmed to WKEI that indeed Sheriff's Department investigators did search an area in Annawan at the behest of the Peoria County Sheriff's Office but the search turned up no evidence before Jose G. Ramirez finally told police about the actual location of his parents' bodies.
The Entry Date for the Little Miss Snowflake and Little Mr Jack Frost contest has been extended from October 30th to November the 6th. That announcement from Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Mikenas. If you would like to get your child into the contest which now runs through November 6th for entries, you must have a child between the ages of 3 and 7 years old and residing in Henry, Stark or Bureau County. Then you must turn in a photo of your child for the contest. The child’s photo should be at least wallet size and not one you should expect to get back. Pictures of the kids looking to be Little Miss Snowflake and Mr Jack Frost will be on display at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce office located at 113 East 2nd Street in Kewanee beginning on November 12rth. Voting for a winner in each contest will begin on November 12th as well and will culminate with the announcement of this year’s winners on Friday, November 30th at 3 Pm at the Kewanee Elks Club Lunch with Santa event. Winners will then participate in the Kewanee Lighted Christmas Parade on December 2nd.
Responding to mental health issues on the farm continues to draw more attention. So much so that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture staffs a Rural Mental Health Counselor. Ted Matthews has that job. And over the years, he’s had some tough conversations with farmers who may be reluctant to talk about such a sensitive topic. But he says there are some signs to watch out for when things escalate to suicidal thoughts.
Matthews is in Illinois this week doing several events with local county farm bureaus.
Today on the Open Line we had still more talk regarding the dog found tied to a fire hydrant outside the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo. Callers appeared to agree with our host for the most part regarding the need for punishment for these people for illegally abandoning the dog regardless of where they left her. One caller did call in with the appearance of a defence and was given time to speak and say his peace regarding alternative ideas for abandoning dogs.
The Democrat challenger in the race for Illinois Governor, J. B Pritizker has released a statement condemning President Trump's potential executive order ending birthright citizenship.
“Donald Trump’s suggestion that he can singlehandedly invalidate the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment and end birthright citizenship is ridiculous and repugnant. It’s political pandering at its worst,” said JB Pritzker. “Immigrant families make our state and our country strong. We achieve together what we could not alone, and that is only possible by welcoming people of all backgrounds, countries, and creeds. Sowing division and fear to advance a political agenda is not who we are as Americans. Sending immigrant families — mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents and cousins — into the shadows is just wrong, and we cannot let it stand. As governor, I will use every tool at my disposal to fight these bigoted actions and make sure every Illinois family knows they can safely call our state home.”
21 year old Jose G. Ramirez of Princeville, Illinois on Monday confessed to the murder of his parents, Susan Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron. Now, the search is on for where Ramirez may have dumped the bodies of his parents who happened to have been college professors at Bradley Unversity. According to reports from witnesses in Annawan, a police presence in Village Tuesday morning was apparently linked to the search for the bodies which Ramirez allegedly disposed of with the aid of 21 year old Matthew Roberts, also of Princeville. WKEI has reached out to the Henry County Sheriff's Office for comment regarding the search for the bodies but thus far nothing has been confirmed regarding the search.
The Martin Motion Robotics team combines students from 8 local schools including Kewanee, Annawan, Wethersfield and Galva among others and encourages students in the field of engineering and STEM learning. This Saturday, the Martin Motion Robotics Team are holding a fundraiser at The Flemish American Club in Kewanee. The trivia night fundraiser will feature live music starting at 5:30 with the trivia portion getting underway at 7 Pm. The cost is $100.00 for a team of 10 players and all of the proceeds raised on Saturday will help to fund trips to future robotics competitions for this already championship winning team.
Gary Moore, candidate for Kewanee Mayor joined WKEI on Tuned In today to talk about why he decided to bypass his run for Kewanee City Council and enter the race for Mayor. Gary also discussed his relationship with local business owners, his take on issues facing Kewanee, and his thoughts on Mayor Steve Looney's decision not to run for re-election. Gary Moore was our guest on Tuned In on Tuesday morning.
Linda Blair is best known for her role as Regan in the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist. While the role came to define Blair's career her life has taken a remarkable path since The Exorcist became a phenomenon 45 years ago. Today, Linda Blair uses her Exorcist fame to allow her to follow her passion for caring for animals. Linda's fame is the calling card that helped her create the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, a charity aimed at rescuing and rehoming animals that are lost or displaced by neglect or by a natural disaster. Linda Blair was our guest today, the day before Halloween to share memories about The Exorcist and talk about her passion for saving pets.
You can donate to Linda Blair's Worldheart Foundation by clicking the picture of Linda and her wonderful group of pitbulls.
At approximately 11:58 Am Kewanee Police went to the area of the 1200 Block of East Third Street and executed a warrant for the arrest of a 16 year old Male wanted on a Henry County Warrant for Disorderly Conduct.
At approximately 7:39 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Domestic Dispute stemming from a Burglary in the area of the 1000 Block of Rockwell. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 19 year old Ethan J. Price of Kewanee on a Charge of Burglary. Price was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 9:49 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Mill and Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited a 17 year old Male for Speeding, 48 in a 35 Mile Per Hour Zone.
All told on Monday, Kewanee Police responded, on just Monday to 8 calls regarding loose or lost dogs, neglected animals or animals found from home. We mention this as a service, remember to make sure you are keeping an eye on your pets and if you can’t find them, get in touch with the Kewanee Pound as they may be holding your pup until you’re able to come take them home.
A week or so out of Election Day a reminder about possible voting scams. The State Board of Elections wants you to know any claims about being able to vote online are fake. Matt Dietrich with ISBE says beware of a website, social media site or anything else that offers a place for you to cast your ballot.
If you get a text or see a link to go vote online Dietrich says you can report the scam to the elections dot il dot gov.
This weekend marked national prescription drug take-back day and it’s a reminder that there is a safe way to get rid of unused medications. That means dropping them off at a designated spot rather than flushing them down the toilet. Melissa Silva with the Illinois EPA says that it’s easy to find a place to take all those unwanted bottles out of the medicine cabinet.
Silva says flushing or just tossing out unused medication can contaminate drinking water. If you missed out on Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday you can take your unwanted or expired medications to OSF Saint Luke Medical Center where they have a disposal box set up that employees will be happy to help you find.
Today on the Open Line we thought we would just have fun talking about a great World Series story and World Series MVP and a little about perhaps moving Halloween to the last Saturday in October because perhaps that might be more convenient. Things changed when news broke out of Geneseo that some heartless person left a dog tied to a fire hydrant outside of the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo.
Today on Tuned In on WKEI, Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest. Carrie joined us talk about Flu Shots and a Flu Shot Clinic coming up in November at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Flu shots are essential to keep the spread of the Influenza virus as limited as possible. We also discussed Dr Haley Ralph and her many appearances in the community as she begins to welcome new patients at OSF and finally, we talked about the OSF Same Day Clinic, if your sick you can contact the clinic and get treated that day.
Early Monday morning a worker at the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo arrived to work to find a dog tied to a fire hydrant in front of the Humane Society building. The dog was scared and was tied with a long lead that could have allowed the dog the room to wander into the street. Tracy Vanwinsberghe-Diehl is the Manager of the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo and she spoke with WKEI Monday morning.
The dog had fleas and its teeth were clearly not cared for by her owner. If you recognize this dog please contact Geneseo Police at 309-944-5141. It is a crime in the state of Illinois to abandon a dog, even if you abandon it at the Humane Society. If you would like to make a donation to help the humane society care for this dog, please contact the Henry County Humane Society in Geneseo at 309-944-4868. She is going to need some extra medical care so if you can help, please do. Also, if you are interested in adoption, don't hesitate to ask.
With the exception of clean drinking water, no other public health measure has been more successful than vaccines, yet there are still pockets of skepticism that have been responsible for recent outbreaks of illnesses in this country that were thought to be eradicated.
The first infant death from influenza was recorded last week in Florida and six children in New York City were diagnosed with measles Oct. 16 after one child brought back the illness from Israel, according to NBC 4 New York.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a small but growing proportion of young children are not receiving recommended vaccinations in the U.S. For the report, the CDC analyzed local, state and national trends in vaccination coverage among children ages 19 months to 35 months using data from the 2017 National Immunization Survey.
About 70 percent of children involved in the analysis received all their vaccinations. The percentage of children under age two who have not received any vaccinations jumped to 1.9 percent and that number has increased fourfold in the past 17 years.
OSF HealthCare Advanced Practice Nurse Dana Deshon hears daily concerns about whether vaccines are harmful or helpful. While some medical practices dismiss parents who won’t vaccinate their children, Deshon uses a different approach.
Deshon says there is a lot of misinformation about vaccines in general and many relate to the flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines also take two weeks to have an impact but getting a shot will certainly weaken symptoms and allow a faster recovery, even if the vaccine is not exactly for the strain that is being transmitted.
Deshon believes it’s time to leverage social media platforms to back up the education she’s trying to do every day in her office.
But, there are strong pockets of resistance to any efforts at public education. For example, Arizona officials cancelled a state wide vaccine educational program in August after it received negative feedback from parents who oppose immunizing their children. Arizona created the program in response to a rising number of Arizona children skipping immunizations required by public schools.
Results of a massive 24-country survey of over 5,000 adults published in Health Psychology this month shows social media might also not be the best tool for reversing some anti-vaccine sentiments. Researchers found in many cases, people sought out information that supports their underlying attitudes. Researchers conclude one-on-one dialogue between a provider and patient, that can examine what is behind their attitudes, would likely be more effective than a larger social media campaign.
However, the study also concluded there are no “magic bullets” to solving the anti-vaccine sentiment and that “trying to reduce people’s conspiracy beliefs is notoriously difficult.”
During the recent Kewanee League of Women Voters forum, Republican candidate Jon Zahm was asked what he would do to improve customer service in the County Clerk's Office. Mr Zahm then related a story in which he claimed to have been told that the office only accepted checks and did not accept cash payments.
On Friday, WKEI spoke with Henry County Clerk Barb Link regarding Mr Zahm's story and asked if indeed it was the case that the Clerk's office did not accept cash. Barb Link confirmed to WKEI that indeed the Clerk's office does accept cash payments for transactions in the clerk's office and in fact that records show Mr Zahm himself had actually paid in cash during his most recent transaction at the Clerk's Office.
Bottom line, you can pay cash for transactions at the Henry County Clerk's Office.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning consumers regarding flood-damaged cars. With recent hurricanes having left numerous damaged vehicles in their wake, cars are coming on the market that may have damage that sellers are not being completely honest about. The Secretary of State recommends that consumers do not simply take an out of state seller at their word and do further research on where the car has been and what work has been done on the vehicle. On the part of the state, the Secretary of State's Office will be screening out of state title's from hurricane-ravaged states to make sure the title is accurate before it can be sold in Illinois. Our Kim Howard has more...
Official numbers won’t be released until later today but Mayor Steve Looney told WKEI on Saturday that the Citywide Cleanup went very well.
22 volunteers and help from the Department of Corrections spread over two locations, the old hospital site on Elliott Street and Moore Tires worked for 5 hours taking in all sorts of disposable items with Moore Tires taking in at least a truckload of old tires.
On Friday, October 26th at 9:40 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding Criminal Trespass to Land. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 26-year-old Sarah Lynn Brimhall on a charge of Criminal Trespass.
At approximately 10:30 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 100 Block of Fairview Homes regarding a Public Disturbance or Fight. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 26-year-old Yoshawna BM Williams of Waukegan, IL for Interference with a Public Safety Officer and Resisting or Obstructing Arrest.
At approximately 11:32 Pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police went to the 200 Block of North Chestnut Drive and Greenwood #2 and executed an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Jaquann O. Johnson. Johnson was arrested for Failure to Appear on a charge of Possession of Cannabis.
On Saturday morning, at approximately 12:22 Am, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 200 Block of North East Street. In that stop, Police cited 32-year-old Harrison Trim of Kewanee on a charge of Driving While Suspended.
At approximately 12:14 Pm on Saturday, Kewanee Police Made a Traffic Stop in the 1000 Block of North Chestnut Street. In that stop, Police arrested Mark Tibbs Jr on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear in Court for a Hearing to Revoke Conditional Discharge. Tibbs was to appear in court on an original charge of Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Kewanee Police Station where he posted bond and was released with a new court date.
At approximately 2:30 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of North East Street, Kewanee Police cited 48-year-old Darryl Bethune of New York for Illegal Burning.
At approximate 4:52 Pm on Saturday in the area of the 400 Block of 3rd Street. 23-year-old Courtney L. White of Kewanee turned herself in to Kewanee Police on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Failing to Restrain a Child in a Vehicle. She posted bond.
At approximately 9:08 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Main and Loomis. In that stop, 40-year-old Kirk A Vandesample was Cited for Driving Without Insurance.
At approximately 9:36 Pm on Saturday night Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of West 3rd Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 20-year-old Karina Nunez of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.
At approximately 5:08 Pm on Sunday evening Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a Retail Theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police found 20-year-old Daniel Bermudez of Kewanee and issued a Notice to Appear on a Charge of Retail Theft.
Marshall Jones is a member of the Henry County County and now he is running for re-election in District 2. Jones is a longtime Henry County and Kewanee resident and has been a member of the Public Safety Commission on the Henry County Board for the past few years. Marshall joined us to talk about his unfinished business as a Henry County Board member, what it means to be a Henry County Board Member and what he hopes to accomplish with another term.
Full disclosure, Marshall is the father of Regional Media Sales Manager James Jones.
Kewanee Wal Mart has been chosen as one of 21 Wal Mart locations in Illinois to move toward sustainable, solar energy. Wal Mart announced on Wednesday that they had reached agreement with a California company called SunPower to provide solar energy to Wal Mart stores in Illinois. The Kewanee Wal Mart was chosen among the first 21 stores to have solar panels installed on the roof and surrounding property of the Wal Mart beginning in Spring of 2019. What does this mean for Kewanee? WKEI spoke with SunPower's Nam Nyugen about the impact on the community from Wal Mart's move to install Solar Panels.
On Saturday afternoon in front of the Kewanee Post Office, the Kewanee Historical Society and the Kewanee Preservation Society will hold an event to dedicate a brand new Lincoln Plaque. Larry Lock from the Kewanee Historical Society will speak at the event
The error was discovered as Toulon was investigating exactly when President Lincoln spoke in Toulon. Help from the Lincoln Library in Springfield and newspaper archives led to the determination that October 27th is when the future President arrived in Kewanee and travelled to Toulon to deliver a speech before returning to Kewanee where Lincoln spent the night. The following day, Lincoln is said to have delivered an impromptu address at the Kewanee Railroad before boarding a train bound for Chicago on October 28th.
Employers keep hiring people at a pretty good clip in Illinois. The unemployment rate fell in almost every metro region in Illinois and the state’s Bob Gough says that it’s not just folks retaining jobs but business creating new ones too.
The state reports that jobless claims in the month of September are at a 45 year low.
The state will be turning to the National Guard on Election Day if needed. The Board of Elections says that after Russian hackers attacked statewide voter databases in 2016 they will be ready this year. ISBE has asked a special unit from the National Guard to be on standby. Adjutant General Richard Hayes they are trained and up to the task.
The state board wants all local election authorities to get on board with a new cyber navigator program. It helps make risk assessments of networks and find vulnerable areas.
The state has an official plan when it comes to automated and connected cars, trucks and buses. Autonomous Illinois is a pathway forward to allow for testing of driverless vehicles. Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the doubters need to get with the times and realize Illinois should set the pace in automated testing of vehicles.
Blankenhorn says driverless cars and trucks are going to be safer on the road. With over 1000 roadway deaths already this year and human error as a major factor in those deaths this a way to keep more people arriving alive.
The long and winding road to Illinois choosing who will occupy the Governor's Mansion the next four years is nearly complete. If you believe the polls, Democrat J.B. Pritzker can tap cruise control and prepare for his inaugural. One poll critic says not so fast, and that critic is one J.B. Pritzker....
Meanwhile, Pritzker isn't biting on speculation that Comptroller Susana Mendoza may try to succeed Rahm Emanuel as Chicago Mayor....
Chicago Mayoral candidate William Daley is accusing Mendoza of having s petitions for Mayor out with her name on them. He also claims she has told at least a dozen potential donors that she's running for mayor. A Mendoza spokesman says she ,” “is completely focused on running for re-election as state comptroller".
Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have announced the expansion of Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks by over 2,600 acres. Rauner says the two parks are some of the most popular in the country.
The land was purchased by the IDNR from Lone Star Industries-Buzzi Unicem for $11-million. The money comes from the state's Open Lands Trust Bond Fund which is used for purchasing land. The land was used primarily for limestone mining. Most of the mines are now closed. It's situated in between Matthiessen State Park and the city of Oglesby. IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal says the next step is to survey the area to see what grows and what animals live there. After that new trails, camping areas, and parking lots can be planned.
Starved Rock Site Supervisor Kerry Novak says it'll be a few years before the new section of the park opens to the public.
The Kewanee Police Department and Police Departments around the country will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency's Drug Takeback Day on Saturday. It's opportunity for people with expired prescription drugs to safely get rid of the medicines and keep them away from local landfills. People looking to get rid of expired prescription medications can take the expired drugs to the Kewanee Police Department, inside Kewanee City Hall, between 10 Am and 2 Pm on Saturday, October 27th.
Today on the Open Line, Sean ranted on about inappropriate costumes. Specifically, he talked about the awful adults who wear inappropriate costumes in places where there are children. It's one thing to wear a sexy or controversial costume at a private party full of adults but wearing an inappropriate costume in public spaces where children may be present is what had Sean so upset today. There was also discussion of last night's Kewanee League of Women Voters forum at Kewanee City Hall and the distinct lack of young candidates running for things such as the Henry County Board. And finally, Sean and callers discussed new legislation that would prevent those found guilty of animal cruelty from owning a firearm.
President Donald Trump will be in Illinois on Saturday. The President will be in Murphysboro, Illinois on Saturday to campaign for Congressman Mike Bost who is in a tight battle with Democrat challenger Brendan Kelly. The President will hold a rally at the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Illinois at 4 pm on Saturday. Governor Bruce Rauner meanwhile, told reporters in Springfield on Wednesday that he hopes to meet with the President while he's here though whether the Governor will be attending the rally on Saturday is unknown at this time.
Governor Bruce Rauner has followed the path of some pro athletes, who avoid the sports page and sports talk radio, to avoid the criticism that comes with the job. After fielding thousands of questions from reporters in his first term in any office, the Governor turned to students from Chicago's Hope Academy for a Q&A session. When asked about how he handles the rough and tumble world of politics, he remembered some advice from a familiar figure...
Rauner visited the Hope Academy to promote the Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program.
Claudia Hommel is a library professional who, in her other life, performs at libraries in concert. Claudia will present her show "A Night in Paris" this Saturday Night as part of the Kewanee Library presentation Music @ the Carnegie. Claudia was born in Paris and raised on French music and effortlessly floats between the two languages as she performs and it is beautiful as you can see from the video below. We recently caught up with Claudia for a chat about her show and her unique life and approach to performing in English and in French.
Sara Billiet from the Kewanee Public Library was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. This weekend, Saturday, October 27th, is the Library's Music at the Carnegie event 'A Night in Paris.' Claudia Hommel, a library professional in her own right, will provide the entertainment with a mix of English and French music. Tickets are $35.00 and are on sale now at the Kewanee Public Library.
The family of Marine recruit Trenton Gromm would like to be there when he graduates from Boot Camp this December. To accomplish that, Trenton’s mom, Monica Arbuckle is putting on a fundraiser at the Kewanee American Legion Post on November 17th from 8 to 9 Pm.
The plan for the fundraiser is to raise just enough money to cover the travel cost for Trenton’s mom and his sisters. Money raised beyond that amount will then be donated to the Henry County Humane Society. I asked Monica to tell us about her son Trenton Gromm, who many may remember from the Kewanee High School wrestling team last year.
If you would like to help the family of Trenton Gromm be there when he graduates from Marine Boot Camp this December, the fundraiser, No Dog Stands Alone, will be held November 17th at the American Legion Post in Kewanee from 8 Pm to 9 Pm. Monica is also raising money on her personal Facebook page. The goal is to raise $3500.00 for the travel costs.
At approximately 9:36 Am Kewanee Police went to Fairview Homes in Kewanee and executed a warrant for the arrest of 45 year old Chad D. Hamilton of Kewanee. Mr. Hamilton was arrested for Failure to Appear in Court on an original charge of Violating an Order of Protection. Unable to post bond Mr Hamilton was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 11:27 Am Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a two-vehicle accident in the area of the 300 Block of South Main Street. At the scene were vehicles driven by 59 year old Martha J. Kelly and 27 year old Sandra P. Chaidez. No one was injured in the accident. Ms. Kelly was cited for Improper Lane Usage.
At approximately 4:24 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the scene of an accident where a moving vehicle had struck a parked, unattended vehicle. At the scene, 33 year old Teresa Sanchez of Kewanee had struck a vehicle owned by Tamara Currier of Kewanee. No one was hurt in the accident and no citations were issued.
At approximately 5:47 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a charge of Retail Theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 39 year old Jerid A. Smith of Altona for Retail Theft.
At approximately 11:21 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of 1st Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 32 year old John D. Spets of Kewanee for Driving Under the Influence, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device, and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
At approximately 11:41 Pm Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 200 Block of Ross Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Deaven D. Grant of Kewanee on a charge of Aggravated Domestic Battery.Grant was taken to the Henry County Jail.
Mike Komnick has decided to run for Kewanee City Council. Komnick, a long time Kewanee resident has launched his very first run for Kewanee City Council and he joined WKEI on our Tuned In program to talk about why he decided now was the time to run for City Council.
Mike tells WKEI that he is very engaged with what goes on currently on the City Council and I asked him what he might do differently.
You can hear our complete interview with Mike Komnick, candidate for Kewanee City Council, online now in our Tuned In Podcast at RegionalDailyNews.com. The election for Kewanee Mayor and City Council is in April of 2019.
The Kewanee League of Women Voters forum was held last night at Kewanee City Council chambers. Candidates for Henry County Clerk and Recorder and Henry County Board discussed their qualifications for the positions they are seeking, either for the first time or for re-election. And unopposed candidates such as Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka and Henry County Treasurer Tim Wells gave speeches and made sure that though are each running opposed they still want to hear from the community regarding how they are doing in their position. Both called on citizens to get in touch with their office any time.
In the race for Henry County Clerk and Recorder, Republican Jon Zahm and Democrat incumbent Barb Link are the candidates and among the talking points of their debate and their disagreements regards early voting which Mr Zahm calls essential and calls for all precincts to have access for early voting. Mr Zahm and Ms Link were each asked about their differences on the subject and Mr Zahm was asked how early voting could be done without cost to the county.
In her response, Barb Link laid out her reasoning for deciding to only allow early voting at the Clerk’s office in Cambridge.
Zahm and Link also discussed differences on the size of voting precincts something Mr Zahm called a failure of Barb Link’s office. Ms Link meanwhile stated that it is up to the County Board and cities within Henry County in some cases to set the size and placement of precincts.
You can see the entirety of Jon Zahm and Barb Link’s presentations at the League of Women Voters Forum on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/RegionalDailyNews.
As for candidates for Henry County Board, 6 candidates, three incumbents, Marshall Jones, Kelli Parsons, and Lynn Sutton were on hand along with three challengers, John Sovanski, Martin Ryan and Ned Richardson. Marshall Jones will be our guest tomorrow on Tuned In on WKEI and our interviews with John Sovanski and Ned Richardson are already online at RegionalDailyNews.com. We are making plans to have Kelli Parsons, Lynn Sutton, and Martin Ryan on the show as well. Two other candidates were unable to attend last night’s forum, Jan May and Ruth Kapacinskas. You can see the full broadcast, in two parts, of the Kewanee League of Women Voters forum online now at RegionalDailyNews on Facebook.
Research suggests that a person who abuses animals also has a high likelihood of hurting other people. And that insight has begun fueling a push at the state and federal levels to slap a no-gun penalty on anyone convicted of animal cruelty. The current federal law already bars people convicted of a felony from having a firearm, but many animal cruelty crimes - even those that involve torture and mutilation - are prosecuted as misdemeanors.
Jerry Elsner, executive director of the Illinois State Crime Commission, says that's why his agency wants to ban gun possession by convicted animal abusers. "I'm a Republican and I'm a very, very strong supporter of the Second Amendment," he states. "But I'm not a supporter of the Second Amendment for people that are violent against women or children or people that pull the wings off a parakeet."
The Illinois State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association fought state and federal bans requiring the surrender of firearms in domestic violence cases. Neither organization responded to requests for comment on calls to bar gun possession in animal cruelty convictions. At the national level, a bill (HR 6278) introduced in Congress this year would prohibit people with a misdemeanor conviction for animal cruelty from owning a gun.
U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts introduced the federal legislation. She says animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people than non-abusers.
And Clark notes that federal officials are taking notice, as several agencies recently declared animal abuse a warning sign for terrorism. "We have also seen that the FBI has started to gather data specifically on animal cruelty because of the recognition that animal cruelty is often a predictor of more violent crimes," she states.
Phil Arkow is a coordinator with the National Link Coalition, a group concerned about the connection between animal abuse and family violence. He says many mass murderers, including Jeffrey Dahmer and the Boston Strangler, tortured and killed animals. "It's not that all animal abusers grow up to become violent criminals," he states. "But a significant number of aggressive criminals do, in fact, have animal abuse in their background.
"For example as many as 43 percent of school shooters are also torturing animals." Some states are working on or have already passed laws making animal cruelty offenses a felony, or that target the gun rights of animal abusers in much the same way as domestic-violence offenders.
This story was produced with original reporting from Lynne Peeples for FairWarning.
Something a little scarier than all the horror movies out right now would be having your online world hacked. And to prevent that from happening you need a strong password to protect your online life. State officials with the Department of Innovation and Technology say you gotta have a password that’s long enough to stave off the hackers. Jennifer Rominger says it might be a pain to remember a long password but it’s for the best.
And unfortunately, once you get a good long password you can remember – you should only use it on one website.
It started on the West Coast, has popped up around Chicago, St. Louis and in some college towns. Now it's coming to rural Illinois. The "it" is goat yoga, and Illinois farm couple Nathan and Talina (tuh-LEE-nah) Ryder plan to put some of their dairy goats to additional work this weekend with two goat yoga sessions on their farm in Pope County;
Originally from Phoenix, the Ryder's had an interest in agriculture and apprenticed for several years under a farmer in southern Indiana. They found an acreage near Golconda and moved in to instead out of Illinois. The southern Illinois farmers raise dairy goats, chickens, pumpkins, mums and vegetables as part of a community-supported agriculture program;
Openings to participate in the two goat yoga sessions on the farm this weekend at 2 and 4 p-m Saturday still exist. You can find out more online at ryder - that's r-y-d-e-r, family farms-dot-com.
Today on the Open Line we discussed Kewanee Wal-Mart being named one of 19 Wal Mart's to be partnering with Sun Power to place solar panels at the Wal Mart location. We also discussed a pair of tourists facing 10 years in prison for spray painting graffiti on an ancient building in China. Sean talked about his dislike of so-called Mediums and shared a story about his mom. And we closed the show with a lengthy discussion about Clowns, specifically how attitudes toward the formerly beloved profession have changed due to popular culture and other factors.
Ask a comedian who within their industry has the best impression of Donald Trump and you will not hear the name Alec Baldwin. No, the name you will hear is one most people might not recognize, and even fewer may be able to pronounce correctly. Anthony Atamanuik, pronounced At-A-Man-uck, came to fame while on tour during the 2016 election when he began playing President Donald Trump in comedy debates with comedian James Adomian playing Bernie Sanders. Atamanuik parlayed that tour into a gig on Chris Hardwicke's late night show, @Midnight, where Comedy Central noticed his talent for President Trump and The President Show, a broad satire of President Trump hosting a late night talk show from the White House was born. We spoke with Anthony this morning on WKEI regarding his rise in prominence, the mechanics of his impression of the President and about his new satirical book on President Trump, "American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives."
Mike Komnick has announced that he is running for Kewanee City Council and while the election for City Council is still months away, in April of 2019, we thought that now was as good of a time as any to have Mike in to discuss why he wants to be a member of the Kewanee City Council, what he feels that he brings to the job, how his past experience in Kewanee shapes his view of city government and several issues that must be addressed when discussing Kewanee City Council. Mike Komnick was our guest on Tuned In on Wednesday.
Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney was our guest on People to People on Tuesday and I asked him the question that has been on the minds of many since he announced last week that he is not seeking a second term as Mayor of Kewanee and Mayor Looney stated that there wasn’t one hard reason for the decision.
Mayor Looney will remain Mayor of Kewanee through April of next year and he told WKEI yesterday that he will not be offering an endorsement of any candidate but will work closely with the next Mayor if advice or council is needed.
Tuesday was a big day for Annawan Schools. Representatives from UnityPoint Health were on hand at Annawan High School to present the school with a check for $25,000.00 as part of their Imagine the Amazing campaign. Mallory McKinney represented Unitypoint at the check presentation.
Annawan Schools Superintendent Matt Nordstrom had a lot of people to thank for making this win for Annawan Schools possible.
Mr Nordstrom went on to talk even more about the remarkable amount of support given to Annawan
One of the people many at Annawan Schools credit for making this grant happen was Rachel Childs and I caught up with Annawan’s parent-teacher representative after the check presentation.
While $25,000 is a great start toward the new playground at Annawan Schools there is still work to be done and more funds to be raised. Total cost for the new playground is somewhere over $88,000 with construction hoped to begin on the new playground in the Spring of 2019.
Governor Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign has unveiled a new ad that is ruffling some feathers. It features a mock wedding officiated by a clergyman who appears to use an unholy word while joining Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and House Speaker Michael Madigan in an “unholy alliance”.....
Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson says the ad mocks marriage equality. Johnson notes Rauner has officiated a same-sex wedding and yet chooses to raise the spectre of gay marriage to turn out the most extreme elements of his base. He said "The governor should be ashamed of using the LGBTQ community for comedic value to make a political hit. Our weddings are not a joke."
There's a lot of talk about voter turnout and early voting this election cycle, but another group of Illinoisans who might be unable to reach a polling place on Election Day is also getting to weigh in. HSHS Hospitals in Central Illinois are working with their respective county clerks’ offices to help hospitalized voters get information on how to cast their ballots in the upcoming election. Erica Johnson with HSHS...
The effort is underway at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville. According to Illinois law, a qualified voter who has been admitted to a hospital not more than 14 days before an election is entitled to delivery of a vote-by-mail ballot in the hospital by a legal family member or someone who is registered to vote in the patient’s precinct.
((((The process the hospitals will help to facilitate includes the following steps:
1. The patient, family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient and patient’s physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant must fill out a form attesting to the patient’s reason for being in the hospital and that he or she will not be able to go to the polling place on election day, November 6, 2018.
2. The family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient must take the form to the county clerk's office for review, to be notarized and to receive the patient’s ballot.
3. The family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient will bring the ballot back to the hospital to be filled out by the patient.
4. The family member or registered voter who lives in the same precinct as the patient will then return the ballot to the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on election day.)))))
How and why do pregnancy-related deaths happen? The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a report on those deaths. In a first of its kind study in Illinois, research shows that each year about 70 women die within a year of giving birth. The death rate among black women though is shocking – that group is six times more likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition than that of a white woman. First Lady Diana Rauner says the research holds recommendations to lower those numbers and a hands-on response is needed.
The report also says that Medicaid eligibility should be expanded for postpartum care and new moms should be granted services for an entire year after the birth of a child.
Today on the Open Line, callers discussed gambling in Illinois and how the state relies too much on gambling to pay the bills. Also up for discussion were last night's Kewanee City Council Meeting, a return to yesterday's topic regarding where to park semi-trucks in Kewanee and a discussion of Professional Wrestling and specifically the amazing moment last night when the cartoon world of pro wrestling became all too real with WWE Champion Roman Reigns dropping out of character to tell the world he is leaving pro wrestling to battle leukaemia.
On Monday at approximately 1:35 Am Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call regarding a loose dog in the area of the Lutheran Church in Andover. After an initial investigation, Deputies cited the owner of the dog, Tiphanie Van Wassenhove of Andover for Allowing a Dog to Run at Large.
On Monday at approximately 7:07 Pm, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies went to 601 O’Dea street in Kewanee and executed an arrest warrant for 19 year old Loren Smith of Kewanee on a charge that Smith Failed to Appear in Court on an original charge of Resisting a Peace Officer and Criminal Trespass to Railroad Property. Smith was taken to the Henry County Jail.
On Monday at approximately 8:29 Pm Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies made a traffic stop on U.S Highway 6 near Colona with a 2006 Chrysler 300 driven by Justin Kimmins of Moline. Kimmins was cited for Speeding 94 Miles Per Hour in a 55 Mile Per Hour Zone
Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney was our guest today on People to People on WKEi. We discussed last night's Kewanee City Council meeting including the results of the Fiscal Year Audit by Clifton, Larson, Allen LLC. Also up for discussion were a pair of TIF requests from The Station Restaurant and from a business owner looking to bring a NAPA Auto Parts Store to Kewanee. Last night City Engineer Dale Noble told the City Council about an issue that has come about with the south water tower in Kewanee that will need to have work done to replace a pipe and depending on the work needed for a fix will either be done immediately or patched for replacement next spring. And, of course, we did ask the question many have asked since last week, why did Mayor Looney decide not to run for a second term as Mayor of Kewanee. That's all in today's People to People podcast with Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney.
Remember, you can download the People to People podcast and listen to it whenever you'd like.
Today on Tuned In Kewanee Director of Community Development Keith Edwards was our guest to discuss this Saturday's Citywide Cleanup. The Citywide cleanup is this Saturday, October 27th, from 7 Am until 12 Noon at the old Hospital site on Elliot Street in Kewanee. Volunteers are needed to help unload vehicles dropping off items at the site and if you have time and willingness to volunteer please contact Keith directly at 309-852-2611 ext 267. You can find a list of items that will be accepted and not be accepted on the City of Kewanee website by clicking here. Remember, this event is for Kewanee residents only so if you come to drop off items, be sure to bring along your electric bill and ID to show your Kewanee residence.
For the second year in a row, a central Illinois college hosts a drone conference. The program is at Heartland Community College in Normal on November 9th. Around 200 people attended the conference last year says the school’s Steve Fast.
You can register for the “Drones in the Heartland” conference at “heartland.edu”.
A portion of North Tremont Street is closed until the end of this week for repair and installation of a new water main and water service for businesses in the area of the closure. The closure began on Monday and affects the area of the 200 Block of North Tremont to West 2nd Street. The area will be closed to through traffic but residents will still have access to the businesses in the area. No water will be shut off during this work. Work will continue at the end of the week in the 100 block of West Second Street for work to be done in the alley between Second and Third Streets. Residents are asked to take caution if driving near the work zone areas. Please call City Hall at 852-2611 with any questions.
Doctor Andy Peterson and Doctor Hayley Ralph are now accepting new patients at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center here in Kewanee, so says Carrie Boelens from OSF.
And while we welcome Doctor Peterson and Doctor Ralph to the community, there are also big congratulations in order to a group of folks at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center who have served our community for more than 5 years and in some cases over a decade, two decades or even three decades according to Carrie Boelens who talks here about OSF handing out their OSF Healthcare Service Awards.
Honorees were recognized at an OSF even on Friday, October 19th.
After thousands of Illinois voter records were hacked prior to the 2016 election, the State Board of Elections has worked to boost security. Elections Executive Director Steven Sandvoss says cutting-edge resources are being deployed as voters prepare to go to the polls next month...
Twelve Russians are charged with hacking into Illinois' election database.
Kids are bringing home first quarter report cards this month and so are the schools they go to. The State Board of Education will be adding new data on those reports. Rae Clementz says the new information will show how certain groups of students are doing across the board and how student growth is going.
The schools will begin to have their report cards out by the end of the month.
Keep an eye on what you’re investing in says the Secretary of State Jesse White. That’s good advice any time of the year but right now the warning comes amid people being scammed though marijuana-related investments. The pot business in the news right now with Canada legalizing it and White says when things get “hot” scammers take note. So if you’re going to invest check out the company or people that are going to get your money.
White says the old adage almost always works – if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
At approximately 4:02 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 500 Block of Pine Street regarding Child Abuse and a Theft of over $500.00. At the scene, a 13-year-old Male Juvenile was issued a Juvenile Referral for Theft.
At approximately 8:48 Pm, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of West Oak Street. In that stop, a 17-year-old Female was Cited for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.
At approximately 10:48 Pm on Monday night Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 5th and Tremont. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 24-year-old Katarina L. Griffin of Iowa, 29-year-old Dusty James Southard of Galva and 21-year-old Cody M. Johnson of Kewanee. Griffin was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine Less than 5 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and she was released with a Notice to Appear. Southard was arrested for Driving While Suspended, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Operating a Vehicle with Expired Registration. He was released with a Notice to Appear in Court. Cody Johnson was arrested on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Unable to post bond, he was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At Monday night’s Kewanee City Council meeting the City Council heard from Clifton, Larson, Allen LLC regarding an audit of City finances. The audit turned up issues related to bank account consolidation, one particular empty account that had not been taken care of prior to the consolidation into one pooled account. Also, issues related to City Payroll were raised by both Council Members Yaklich and Colomer. The City Manager will look into each of these issues and report back regarding solutions. We will go into detail regarding the audit with Mayor Steve Looney at 9:35 Am this morning.
In new business, the City Council chose to go against the recommendation of city staff to award demolition contracts for 807 West 4th Street and 842 Birch Place and chose to award new demolition contracts to Dana Construction who entered the lowest bid for the fast track demolition projects. This is despite city requesting that contracts with Dana Construction be suspended until the company completes demolition on the Boss Manufacturing Building at 107 North Boss Street, work that was expected to be completed in September.
The difference in the two bids was $550.00 with Dana Construction bidding $12,050.00 and Ratliff Brothers coming in at $12,600.00. Councilman Mike Yaklich summed up the decision by stating that contractors need to have language in future contracts to make it known that project dates must be met and he hoped that by putting Dana on a deadline for the Fast Track demolition projects it would get them to move faster on the previous, as yet unfinished contract. Fast Track Demolition contracts do carry language as well as penalties for failure to complete a project on time.
Also on Monday’s agenda was discussion of an application for TIF benefits for The Station and owners Rita and Andrew Speck. Before hearing from Rita Speck, Councilman Mike Yaklich spoke out against the use of TIF funds for improvements to a private business. Councilmen Faber and Koehler agreed with Councilman Yaklich with Mr. Faber questioning City Manager Gary Bradley as to whether there were other types of city refurbishment loans available other than TIF Funds to which the City Manager said yes however, he also stated that the type of improvements being done at The Station do fall under the kinds of improvements that a TIF is intended to help with, something the council members disagreed with, aside from Councilman Chris Colomer.
In his defense of the idea, Mr. Colomer cited the idea that places like The Station bring money and people to the town and he asked to hear from Rita Speck to further understand the types of improvements that were to be done. Rita Speck spoke of changes to meet requests from the Health Department and stated that not getting the TIF funds will make opening The Station as planned this month very difficult if not impossible. The discussion was tabled and set up for a full vote of the council at the next meeting.
Up next was another TIF fund request, this one for TIF Funds to aid in the renovation and rehabilitation of the former U-Haul rental facility at 221 South Main Street. Brek Looshas has purchased the building with the intent of building a Napa Auto Parts Store. He’s seeking reimbursement of a portion of the $400,000.00 in improvements and renovation of the property which does fall under the TIF guidelines. All council members appeared to agree that encouraging the renovation and rehabilitation of this area would be good for the city. A vote on the TIF allotment will be held at the next Kewanee City Council Meeting.
City Manager Gary Bradley was authorized to execute a continuing agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield to continue providing health insurance for City Employees.
City Engineer Dale Nobel addressed the City Council next to discuss a problem at the south Water Tower in Kewanee where pipe broke last week. In addressing the broken pipe, Mr. Nobel assessed that somewhere in the the pipe in the tower there is a leak that is causing rust somewhere in the covered portion of the pipe. It was recommended by Mr. Nobel that the pipe in the tower be stripped down to locate what he believes to be a bad weld and once it is found to fix the problem area, cover the pipe once more temporarily and put the tower back in service until the Spring when the City would then replace the pipe entirely. A further report will be made on this issue and we will get a further update from Mayor Steve Looney this morning on People to People.
And the council determined that it would be alright for a resident to, at no cost to the city, place a conduit from his property to Northeast Park and install J Boxes in order to provide power to the Christmas Display at Northeast Park. City Manager Gary Bradley and City Attorney Justin Raver were advised to draw up an easement but that the council agreed that since no cost will come from the work to the city, that it was alright for the conduit to be placed beneath the City owned alley between the resident’s home and Northeast Park.
WKEI Regional Daily News on Facebook will carry live coverage of tonight's Kewanee City Council Meeting beginning at 7 Pm. This is the first time the Kewanee City Council Meeting has been carried on Facebook live and WKEI could not be more proud of being able to bring you this coverage. The move came following a call by Councilman Chris Colomer to find ways other than just the Comcast cable channel to carry Council Meetings. WKEI volunteered our Facebook page as an alternative place for viewers to watch the proceedings of the Kewanee City Council. Tonight's meeting will be the first since Mayor Steve Looney announced he is not running for re-election as Kewanee Mayor and the first since councilmember Steve Faber announced his intention to run for Mayor of Kewanee. A link to watch tonight's Kewanee City Council meeting his here @RegionalDailyNews on Facebook.
Galva Ready to Grow has announced that they will be holding a Halloween Party featuring a Trunk or Treat and a costume contest in Galva on Saturday. October 27th. Shelly Hurd with Galva Ready to Grow joined WKEI with details.
Again, that Galva Ready to Grow Halloween Partyh is from 2 Pm to 5 Pm on Saturday in Galva in front of Feltner’s Fun Center located at 301 NW 4th Avenue in Galva.
Today on the Open Line we talked about Chicago Bears Football and then transitioned into the discussion of issues related to the race for Kewanee Mayor now that Steve Looney has announced he is not running for a second term. Steve Faber was our guest on People to People and callers to the Open Line had questions to pass along to him including questions regarding cost overruns in the building of the Kewanee Pound. Also up for discussion was where to park semi-trucks in Kewanee.
City Councilman Steve Faber is running for Mayor. Mr Faber made the announcement on Sunday becomes one of two announced candidates thus far, alongside former Kewanee Police officer Gary Moore. It's not the first time Steve Faber has run for Mayor and in this interview we talked about what he learned from running for Mayor in the past. We also discussed the Kewanee Pound an issue he is very familiar with having put in significant time and effort into the project. We also discussed a growing issue in Kewanee with where to safely park semi trucks in Kewanee and his vision for Kewanee's future.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was our guest on WKEI on Monday. Congresswoman Bustos is on the campaign trail talking about medicaid and medicare and readying for a fight over potential cuts to both. Congresswoman Bustos is also talk about farms and the stall Farm Bill that has been sitting since last Spring in congressional gridlock just as farmers could use the help amid the ongoing trade war with China.
Today on Tuned In, Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest along with J Lynn Snider. Carrie talked about two new docs at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center who are now accepting new patients and she discussed several OSF Saint Luke employees who were recently honored for their longevity with the hospital, including J. Lynn Snider who is a longtime OSF employee and joined WKEI today to talk about Vertigo and specifically, how treatable Vertigo is. You do not have to live with Vertigo.
On Friday, October 19th in the area of East Court Street in Cambridge, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop of a 2015 Dodge truck driven by 24 year old Austin Smith of Bishop Hill. Smith was issued a citation for Improper Lane Usage. A passenger in the vehicle, 24 year old Samantha Moore of Andover was issued a Civil Notice to Appear Citations for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On Saturday, October 20th, in the area of Poppy Garden Road near Colona, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident. At the scene, 18 year old Markell Sierra of Lynn Center suffered minor injuries in the crash and was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Reckless Driving.
On Sunday, October 21st, in the area of Oakwood Avenue at 1st Street in Geneseo, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a traffic crash involving a 2006 Ford Escape which struck another vehicle passing through an intersection. Jerome Reedy of Geneseo was cited in the crash for Failing to Yield the Right of Way. No one was harmed in the accident.
Kewanee Police Blotter for Friday, October 19th to Monday October 22nd
At approximately 10:29 Am on Friday, Kewanee Police responded to the scene of an accident. At the scene was an accident involving a 16 year old Minor and 23 year old Eusebia Quintero. No one was hurt in the crash and no citations were given.
At approximately 1 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to the 800 Block of Tenney Street regarding a retail theft. At the scene, police made pair of arrests. 22 year old Timothy L. Millard of Rock Island was arrested on a Rock Island County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of Criminal Trespass. Unable to post bond, Millard was taken to the Henry County Jail. Also arrested was 19 year old Yolanda V. Strong of Rock Island on a charge of Retail Theft.
At approximately 7:38 Pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of East Mill Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 20 year old Jaxiel Ramos of Kewanee on multiple charges including an outstanding Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of having no valid drivers license. Ramos was also charged with Driving While License was Suspended, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Unable to Post Bond, Ramos was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 9:05 Pm on Friday night, in the area of McClure and Hollis, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop of 21 year old James T. Christian of Kewanee. Christian was cited for Speeding, 49 Miles per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone.
At approximately 9:46 Pm also in the area of McClure and Hollis, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop of 18 year old Skylar R. Fesler of Kewanee. Fesler was cited for Speeding, 42 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone.
At approximately 10:13 Pm in the area of the 100 Block of First Street, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop of a 17 year old Female who was cited for having No Valid Registration.
At approximately 11:49 pm Kewanee Police in the area of the 100 Block of West First Street made a traffic stop of 20 Year Old Eliza M. Young of Kewanee. Young was cited for Expired Registration.
At approximately 4:09 Am on Saturday morning Kewanee Police were called to the 600 Block of Florence regarding a suspicious person. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 46 year old Scott A. Tate of Kewanee on a Chicago Ridge Warrant for Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 9:55 Am in the area of 3rd and Elm, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop of 49 year old Ronald F. Trimmer of Kewanee. Trimmer was cited for Driving While Suspended.
At approximately 10:43 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene was an accident involving 92 year old Elva B. Loudenberg of Bradford and 28 year old Cassandra M. Reich. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued.
At approximately 5:13 Pm on Saturday, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 4th and West Avenue. In the stop, Police cited 61 year old Stanly L. Vervynck of Kewanee for Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving, Speeding 70 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device, Improper Overtaking and Improper Lane Usage.
At approximately 9:56 Pm on Saturday night, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Dodge and Page Streets. In that stop, Police arrested 56 year old Robert T. Blanks of Kewanee on a charge of Driving Under the Influence.
At approximately 1:08 Pm on Sunday afternoon, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Retail Theft in the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Police made a pair of arrests, including 39 year old April E. Starr of Kewanee, arrested on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Henry County Warrant for Retail Theft. Also arrested was a 17 year old Juvenile arrested on a Henry County Warrant for Retail Theft as well as new charges of Obstructing, Retail Theft and Criminal Trespass to Land, he was released on a Juvenile Referral.
At approximately 2:49 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident in the area of 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Police found vehicles driving by 17 year old Lindsey C. Edwards and 48 Year Old Theresa M. Shipe, both of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued.
At approximately 4:52 Pm on Sunday, Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 1800 Block of Lake Street regarding a Neighborhood Disturbance. At the scene, Police arrested 32 year old Harrison L. Trim of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Ordinance Violation, Speeding, and Disturbing the Peace charges. Unable to Post Bond, he was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 7:30 Pm on Sunday night, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of East and South Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 40 year old Jacob A Mesecher for Speeding, 46 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone.
At approximately 10:59 Pm on Sunday night, Kewanee Police responded to a call in the area of the 800 Block of Pleasant Avenue regarding Disorderly Conduct. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 32 year old Jerry L. Peach of Kewanee for Aggravated Intimidation. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.
2. Closed Session pursuant to Section 2(c) (2) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss collective bargaining.
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
c. Staff Reports
5. Presentation of Bills and Claims
6. Citizen Participation
7. Public Hearing pursuant to the requirements of Sections 10 and 20 of the Bond Issuance Notification Act of the State of Illinois, as amended on the plans to issue General Obligation Limited Tax Bonds, Series 2018 in the amount not to exceed $315,000
a. FY 2018 Audit Presentation by representatives from CliftonLarsenAllen, LLC.
b. Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of structures at 807 West 4th St and 842 Birch Place to Ratliff Bros Construction.
c. Discussion of a TIF application for The Station.
d. Discussion of a TIF application for NAPA Auto Parts Store.
e. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute renewal documents with Blue Cross Blue Shield for the City’s Health Insurance program.
f. Report from the City Engineer regarding an emergency repair at the South Water Tower.
g. Discussion of a request from a resident regarding installation of a 1 inch conduit under a city alley for the benefit of the Northeast Park Christmas lighting.
Former Kewanee Police officer Gary Moore is also running for Mayor. A statement written by Gary’s wife Jeanna on Mr. Moore’s personal Facebook page reads :
"We are excited to announce Gary will be running for Mayor this Spring! Our family is very proud of him and all of his years of continuous service to our community. Gary continues to amaze me every day with his attitude to see the greater good in everything! Now he will help our community do the same if elected! We fully support him running and we hope the citizens of Kewanee will do the same!#GetMooreForYourVote#PleaseVote"
Councilman Steve Faber is running for Mayor of Kewanee. On Sunday, Councilman Faber released the statement below to make his run official and begin his campaign for Mayor which will run through April of 2019.
"First of all, I’d like to thank Mayor Steve Looney for his dedication to the City of Kewanee. Over these last four years, we’ve had some good things going for this town, thanks in part to his hard work and time.
I want those good things to continue. I want that hard work to continue.
For that to happen, I’m officially announcing my candidacy to become the next mayor of the City of Kewanee.
We know that this isn’t my first time running for this position. I hope that, during these last four years, I’ve proven myself to the citizens of Kewanee, that I have the time, the know-how, and the honor to serve them as their mayor. Above all, I hope that I’ve proven to them that I can keep my word. What I say I will do, I will do.
One of the best qualities of this city, of its citizens, is that we don’t go down without a fight. And as long as Kewanee keeps fighting, I will keep fighting for them.
As a citizen, I spent two years showing up, making sure I was well informed on the issues Kewanee faces. I’m honored that Kewaneeans have trusted me to serve as their city councilman for these last two years. I’ve done everything I can to make sure I’ve earned, and will continue every day to earn that trust.
On the City Council, I’ve been there. It’s a simple statement, but it’s the truth. When the people of Kewanee need me, I’ve been there. I’ve been at your happy events, I’ve been to your contentious events, and I’ve been there when something has gone wrong on a one-on-one level, where a citizen has had a problem that they needed someone from the city to fix.
I’m not so great at tooting my own horn, so I’d like to think my record, my actions, speak for themselves. I stood up for our children, along with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), during the duel-liquor license controversy, keeping our schools safe from unintended consequences. I’ve said many times, we need to protect our children as they are our future. I’ve stood up for our best friends, our pets, as we tackled issues with the city pound. I’m not above putting my own tools, resources, or even sweat into making sure a problem gets fixed in our city.
I feel that will be an asset to Kewanee as we face tough calls that will come up soon down the road. We all know the issues that Illinois faces on the state level, and Kewanee has done a decent job of holding our own in light of those issues. But our infrastructure is on its last legs. We will face tighter budgetary issues. We need to do we can to keep and attract small businesses to our city.
I will use my 37 years of experience at the Henry County Highway Department to lead us with the proper knowledge on our infrastructure. I will use my political skills and knowledge to make sure that Kewanee gets the right kind of bang for our buck, just like I did with resources during my time at the Henry County Highway Department, and just like I’ve done on the City Council. I will continue to do the necessary legwork needed to bring businesses to Kewanee, even if it means picking up trash on the streets myself, visiting other established locations of potential businesses—even if I’m not the target demographic, or being involved in the great events we have in our city, such as the Prairie Chicken Festival and Hog Days.
I want to see efforts to expand the training programs at Black Hawk. Besides the Welding Center, I’d like to see us add other trades, such as carpentry or electrical work. When someone comes to Kewanee, looking to hire a trade, I want us to be able to provide whatever they’re looking for.
I want us to continue our work with the Life Skills Re-Entry Center. We fought hard to keep that prison and those jobs, and the men there have been working to redirect their lives, and have done some wonderful work while they serve their time. Those types of opportunities, along with development opportunities and economic zones are the types of things we need to seize wholeheartedly as we do what it takes to fight for the betterment of our city.
Kewanee is a city at a crossroads. If we pick the right path, we can continue so much farther down a road towards progress, towards setting things right. We’ve started down that path, but we need to get out of our own way and succeed. Kewaneeans are smart, involved people, and are appreciative of real honest efforts to set things right. In some ways, while decisions may seem hard, it always comes down to doing the right thing.
That’s why I’m running for mayor. I want to continue to do the right thing, for this city, for my neighbors, and for our future. I want us to continue our forward motion, to fix problems we’ve overlooked, to be transparent with each other on what we face and how we fix it, and to set up a strong foundation for Kewanee.
As always, my phone number is public because I want to hear from you. I want to help you. I want to serve you. I will be your voice (and if you’ve watched our Council meetings, you know I speak my mind and stand up for what’s right). I want to do the right thing and continue to fight for Kewanee."
On Thursday, October 18th, at approximately 6:23 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies went to the 900 Block of 3rd Street in Kewanee and executed an arrest warrant for 35 year old John Hufnagel of Kewanee. Hufnagel was wanted for Failure to Appear in court on a charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Hufnagel was also given a citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On Thursday, October 18th, at approximately 8:09 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop in the area of U.S Highway 34 in Galva. In the stop, Deputies cited a juvenile driver for Driving a Vehicle with No Insurance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The driver also received a warning regarding an obstructed rear license plate.
On Friday, October 19th, at approximately 1:12 Am, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop in the area of County Highway 7 West of Orion. In that stop, Deputies arrested 22 year old Kyle McGregor of Andover on a charge of Driving Under the Influence. McGregor also received citations for Speeding 89 Miles Per Hour in a 55 Mile Per Hour Zone and Improper Lane Usage.
The Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga phenomenon, A Star is Born, arrives in Kewanee this weekend at the Wanee Cinemas. The film stars Bradley Cooper as music star Jackson Maine, an alcohol and drug addicted star who meets and falls in love with a woman named Ally (Gaga) who proves to be his musical soulmate. While he is sinking further away from stardom, Ally begins to rise and their parallel tracks begin to diverge. It's the fourth time officially that A Star is Born has been brought to the big screen but it is already the most successful having taken in more than $106 million dollars at the U.S Box Office. The film is also considered a front-runner for the Academy Awards on top of being a massive blockbuster. A Star is Born is Rated R.
The Kewanee League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum for the November 6th election on October 24th at 7 Pm at Kewanee City Hall. Carla Hillman with the Kewanee League of Women Voters spoke to WKEI on Thursday about what people can expect from Wednesday’s forum.
If you are unable to attend the forum WKEI will be broadcasting the League of Women Voters Candidate forum on our Facebook Page WKEI RegionalDailyNews on Facebook so you can see it live. If you would like to submit questions to be read to the candidates during the forum Carla tells us that the opportunity to mail in questions is open to all.
If you would like to submit questions to the League of Women Voters forum on Wednesday, October 24th at 7 Pm send your questions to Sharon Deahl at 16 NW 3rd Street, Galva, IL, 61434.
You can hear our complete interview with Carla Hillman with the Kewanee League of Women Voters below.
Reaction to Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney continues to come in from folks across Kewanee and from local leaders. Yesterday, WKEI caught up with Mark Mikenas from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce who offered a few thoughts on Mayor Looney not running for a second term.
Kathy Albert from the Kewanee Economic Development Council shared her thoughts on Mayor Looney in an email to WKEI on Thursday stating “I am sorry to learn that Mayor Looney will not be running for re-election. It has been my experience that Looney is proactive in his approach to leadership, is an asset to the Kewanee community, and I will miss working with him.”
Mayor Looney announced his decision not to run for a second term as Kewanee Mayor on Wednesday night.
Black Hawk College livestock judges and auctioneer Bill Lesage helped to sell 12 pumpkins during the annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins at the Black Hawk College East Campus on Thursday. 12 may not sound like a big number overall but with those 12 gourds, $6800.00 was raised for United Way of Kewanee. The 12 sales lots were not limited to just pumpkins, some also contained metal and glass creations intended to display the sizable pumpkins which sold to bidders from Western Illinois University to local families and even the Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging team. The top bid of the day, however, came locally from the BHC Livestock Judging Team, Ray Jacobs and Adams County Ag Producers which paid $2000.00 for their lot.
The state remains in a good spot when it comes to jobs. The September unemployment rate remains at four point one percent. That number was welcome news in August and the fact that it held steady in September was a little remarkable says the State Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough.
The sports betting landscape changed this year when the Supreme Court struck down a law that allowed widespread gaming on games only in Las Vegas. So when might sports betting parlors or sports books come to Illinois? It’s coming but lawmakers are rushing towards it.
Democrat State Rep. Lou Lang says he has a bill that is being worked on to bring sports betting to the state. But he feels no rush because the finer details of how it’s taxed, who regulates it and where its allowed all have to be answered.
Also swirling around the discussion is if more casinos are coming to Illinois and if horse racing tracks should have slot machine or not.
A number of people are sick with Legionnaires Disease in Champaign-Urbana. That’s the report from the Illinois Department of Health. Six people are confirmed to have the disease. Dr Nirav Shah with IDPH says they have begun the investigation to determine where those people may have come into contact with the bacteria that causes it.
There are about 300 cases a year in Illinois of Legionnaires.
Kewanee's annual Cemetary clean-up is set to begin on Saturday. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, crews will be cleaning up local cemeteries beginning Saturday morning. All decorations left at gravesites in Kewanee will be picked up by the clean-up crew this weekend. If you would like to keep a particular decoration currently at a gravesite in Kewanee you are asked to pick them up before the clean-up begins on Saturday. Residents are also advised not to place any new decorations at local gravesites until after the clean-up is completed on October 31st. If you have any questions regarding the City of Kewanee Cemetary Clean-Up please contact the Sexton's office at 309-853-4649.
The City of Kewanee will be flow testing fire hydrants on Friday, weather permitting, for the final time in 2018. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, Fire Hydrant Flow Testing will take place in four areas around Irving School. Those nearby the testing areas can expect to experience periods of low water pressure or discolored or rusty water during this time.
Kewanee Police were called to Dollar General at 145 West South Street in Kewanee this morning following a misunderstanding. According to witnesses at the scene, a concerned patron attempting to shop at Dollar General at around 10 Am this morning called police after finding the doors of Dollar General locked and the lights on. Store hours at the Kewanee Dollar General are 8 Am to 8 Pm. Fearing something was wrong, the citizen called Kewanee Police who arrived on the scene and managed to contact the store manager. Witnesses tell WKEI that someone from Dollar General was able to get to the store to make sure everything was alright. A sign was placed on the door indicating that Dollar General would open at 12 Noon. A call placed to Dollar General at 12:15 indicated that the store was now open and a scheduling mishap was the cause of the store not opening on time.
Reactions are coming in from city leaders around Kewanee regarding Mayor Steve Looney's decision not to run for re-election as Mayor of Kewanee. The Mayor made the announcement in a press release from the City of Kewanee on Wednesday night though he did not offer any details regarding why he's decided not to run for re-election.
City Council Member Chris Colomer said of Mayor Looney: "In the short time I have been on city council I have seen a compassionate mayor with great visions in the direction he wanted to see this city head towards. It is sad he has chosen not to re-run for mayor and whom ever chooses to run will have big shoes to fill."
City Manager Gary Bradley said of Mayor Looney: "I’ve truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with him for the past three years. We worked very closely on a number of items that were important to the community and shared a common vision for Kewanee’s future. I appreciate his service to the community and his help getting me acclimated to the community when I was new here. I hope the next Mayor can share the same level of success that Mayor Looney has had."
Kathy Albert Executive Director of the Kewanee Economic Development Corporation: "I am sorry to learn that Mayor Looney will not be running for re-election. It has been my experience that Looney is proactive in his approach to leadership, is an asset to the Kewanee community, and I will miss working with him."
Today on the Open Line on WKEI callers reacted to Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney's decision not to run for re-election. Callers responded to the Mayor's decision with thank you's and pats on the back for the well-liked and now one-term Mayor of Kewanee. There was also talk of Windmont Park and concern regarding the future of fishing at Windmont. Another big topic was the race for Governor in Illinois which takes on a new air of drama seemingly every day we get closer to November 6th.
It’s “Get to Know GMOs Month”. Genetically modified organisms continue to generate much discussion says Michael Stebbins, who runs the GMO Answers website for the Council for Biotechnology Information in Washington.
The group’s website is located at “gmoanswers.com”.
At approximately 1:49 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 1200 Block of 11th Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police investigated a Forcible Entry Burglary at a residence. No other details have been released at this time.
At approximately 2:54 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 300 Block of North Main Street. At the scene, police were informed of a theft of over $500.00 at a residence. No other details are being released at this time.
At approximately 6:22 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Elm and Prospect Street. In that stop, police cited 53 year old Jack A. Nimrick for Failing to Wear a Seatbelt.
At 6:37 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of North Main Street. In that stop, police cited 41 year old Melissa A. Monroe of Kewanee for Improper Lane Usage.
At approximately 7:13 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Prospect and West Street. In that stop, police cited Amber L. German of Kewanee for Disobeying a Stop Sign.
Representative Lou Lang was among lawmakers, policy wonks and everyday citizens who gathered in Springfield this week for a hearing of the potential impact of legalizing sports gambling in Illinois. Among the questions raised regarding the issue were how much of the betting would be taxed, which state agency would oversee sports gambling in the state, and how would vendors be licensed. Lang offered these comments regarding the meeting and his work on potential legislation and managing expectations as to how much actual revenue sports betting could generate for the state.
Spectrum Gaming Group Managing Director Michael Pollack was among those who testified at the hearing and offered a warning to lawmakers not to see sports betting as a cure-all for the state's fiscal issues.
Lawmakers are also looking into allowing more casinos in Illinois and allowing race tracks to offer slot machines.
Trooper Jason Wilson was in Chicago recently as part of a security detail surrounding the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke who was convicted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
While the verdict of Guilty likely averted any significant demonstrations or even violence in the streets, Trooper Jason Wilson says that this was not in any way a victory for either side.
You can hear more regarding the Illinois State Police detail at the Jason Van Dyke trial in my complete interview with Trooper Jason Wilson online now in our People to People Podcast linked here.
If you haven't heard, two guys with a lot of money are running for Governor of Illinois. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker have released some tax records ahead of next month's vote. Each reported income of roughly $55 million last year. Pritzker, who supports a graduated tax on wealthier Illinoisans, says he's paying more of his fair share than his opponent....
Rauner describes himself as a self made man from a middle class family and offered an unflattering take on his opponent's life.....
Rauner paid and his wife DIana paid $13.9 million in federal income taxes and $2.1 million in state income tax. Pritzker and his wife paid $17.3 million in federal taxes and about $2.4 million in state taxes..
In an announcement that surprised many, Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney has announced that he is not running for re-election to a second term as Mayor of Kewanee. The announcement was made in a memo released via City Clerk Melinda Edwards, with Mayor Looney not offering any specific reasons why he is not seeking re-election. The full memo is below.
After careful thought I have made the decision not to seek a second term as Mayor of the City of Kewanee. I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the past 3-1/2 years. I look forward to completing my term as Mayor and for these remaining 6-months serving the residents of Kewanee the best I can. I am very proud of Kewanee and I hope the citizens of Kewanee are proud of the accomplishments we have made together as a Team. I would like to thank the Council members I served with and thank them for their service. I would like to thank all of the City of Kewanee Staff for all of their hard work each and every day. I would like to thank my Supporters, Friends and most of all my Family
for all the support you provided me since I made the decision to run for Mayor. Thank you so much for the opportunity. It has truly been a great honor.
City of Kewanee
The campaign of Democrat candidate for Governor, J.B Pritzker has been hit with a $10 million dollar lawsuit by a group of minority staffers. The Chicago Tribune reports that 10 staffers, nine African Americans and one Latino staffer, are party to the lawsuit which alleges that minority staff members were 'herded' into race specific groups to interact with the public. The suit further alleges that African American and Latino staffers faced hurdles in attempting to advance in the organization, hurdles not placed in front of white staff members. One part of the lawsuit alleges that a Bloomington area staff position was set aside specifically to meet a quota for a 'black, female, leader.' The Republican Party of Illinois issued a statement regarding the lawsuit this afternoon:
"The lawsuit filed against JB Pritzker's campaign is simply the latest in a long line of incidents that prove that when it comes to the African-American community, Pritzker's actions don't back up his words. Here, we have his own staffers -- seasoned political operatives -- alleging racial discrimination and harassment. We have heard from Pritzker's own mouth referring to Black elected officials as "offensive" on an FBI wiretap with Rod Blagojevich. It's finally time for JB Pritzker to answer for his actions." - Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling
For his part, Governor Bruce Rauner called the lawsuit 'troubling' and stated that he felt it needed investigating. However, when reporters asked the Governor about minority representation on his campaign staff, the Governor declined comment only stating that his campaign was diverse.
Update: Governor Rauner has now released a full statement regarding the Pritzker campaign lawsuit:
"I think it's troubling, these allegations are serious. They need to be investigated. I think the people of Illinois deserve to know the truth about Pritzker's actions.
"...Unfortunately, this seems to be a pattern with Mr. Pritzker. I don’t think anyone should be surprised, as you all know, he was caught on the FBI wiretaps, on the phone with Blagojevich. He was trying use his inheritance to buy elected office. He used the language of racists in that phonecall. He was on tape using the language of racists. And he very specifically called African-American elected officials 'offensive.' So I am not sure that anybody should be surprised that his campaign may have engaged in discriminatory practices."
J.B Pritzker meanwhile, in a statement to the press stating that allegations in the lawsuit are "Just not true."
Ask Republican State Treasurer Candidate Jim Dodge about his travels around Illinois and a couple of conversations stand out from his visits to the rural parts of the state. One was at the Iroquois County Fair last summer.
As for consolidation of local governments, Dodge believes that should remain a local control issue and not a state mandate. He currently serves on the Orland Park Board of Trustees in suburban Chicago.
On Monday, October 15th at approximately 12:57 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash in the area of East 1500th Street, South of Geneseo. At the scene, Deputies found the driver of a 2003 Toyota Camry, 33 year old Robert Nevin of Cambridge. Nevin was not hurt in the crash. He was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.
On Tuesday, October 16th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call regarding a traffic crash in the area of US Highway 6 East of Coal Valley. At the scene were two vehicles including a 2003 Dodge Ram Truck driven by 33 year old Michael Porter of Silvis. Porter was cited after it was determined that his vehicle had struck the back end of a vehicle that was stopped to make a left turn. Porter was cited for Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Driving without Insurance.
Today on the Open Line we discuss a woman who has a condition called Monophagia which causes her to obsessively consume one specific item daily: Pepsi. If you were to obsessively consume one type of food or drink to the exclusion of all others what would it be? Sean admitted that he had something similar to Monophagia that led him into a therapists office back in college. There was also talk of a Kewanee man who is headed to jail for two because in his words he was 'Being Stupid.' And continued discussion of Governor Rauner's remarkably bad polling numbers.
Trooper Jason Wilson was our guest on People to People on Wednesday. Trooper Wilson is just returned from Chicago where members of the Illinois State Police provided security surrounding the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. In our interview, we discuss what can be learned from the trial of Jason Van Dyke and the harsh reminder of the humanity at the heart of being a law enforcement officer. The conversation also centered around Halloween safety and making sure that your child's costume is safe, allowing the child to see fully and be seen fully.
it's the 40th year for the annual Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show. Kay Downs, one of the organizers of the Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show joined WKEI for our Tuned In program on Wednesday. It's Kay's 27th year with the Craft Show and she tells us that the growth of the craft show has been remarkable in that time. The Galva Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show brings in not just local craft show fans but fans from as far away as Peoria and the Quad Cities.
Patrick Simmons is a founding member of The Doobie Brothers. Since the band's inception in motorcycle bars in California in the late 1960's, Patrick Simmons has been writing and performing with The Doobie Brothers and through changes in singers, in rotations of band members and songwriters, Patrick Simmons has been one of the constant elements that make up the unique alchemy of one of the most underrated bands in rock n'roll history. Patrick Simmons is still rocking today as he and The Doobie Brothers are on the road again, celebrating a new tour and a new 10 disc box set of The Doobie Brothers catalogue. It was our honor at WKEI to talk with the man who wrote "Black Water," Patrick Simmons.
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At approximately 2 pm on Tuesday, Kewanee Police executed a warrant in the area of the 200 Block of North Grove Street. Arrested at that time was 35-year-old Jillian Fairbrother of Kewanee, arrested on a Williamson County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Family Offense. Unable to post bond Fairbrother was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 3:21 Pm, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding retail theft in the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police made multiple arrests including, 23-year-old Braden J. Mallery of Lafayette arrested for Obstructing Identification, 45-year-old Shannon J. Galetti of Sparland Illinois arrested on a Retail Theft Charge, and 21-year-old Hailly Ziegler of Spring Valley also arrested on a retail theft charge. Each was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 4:51 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of East and Edgewood. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 37 year old Adam C. Huffman of Kewanee for having an Expired Registration.
Overnight, Kewanee Police received a pair of calls regarding vehicle thefts, one in the area of the 100 Block of Lakeland Terrace and the other in the 600 Block of 4th Street. Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate.
A Kewanee man was sentenced to 2 years in prison on Tuesday on charges that he illegally discharged a firearm. 42 year old Mario Ventura of Kewanee on Tuesday in a Henry County courtroom plead guilty to charges including Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Firearm without a FOID Card. According to Kewanee Police, on June 28th officers heard gunshots coming from an area not far from the Kewanee Police station. Officers then received a report regarding the gunshots and responded to the area of East Otley and Prospect Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested Ventura who was alleged to have been firing a gun into a tree. A subsequent search of Ventura's home turned up several weapons as well as cocaine. Ventura told officers he was showing off his gun to a friend and that he was 'being stupid.' Ventura received a sentence of 2 years in prison on each count charged but the sentences will run concurrently. He was also sentenced to a year supervised release after his prison sentence as well as court costs.
The Kewanee League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum on October 24th at Kewanee City Hall. The event will feature both hotly contested races for Henry County Clerk/Recorder and seats on the Henry County Board as well as statements from candidates running unopposed for re-election such as Henry County Sheriff Kerry Loncka, Henry County Treasurer Tim Wells and State Representative Dan Swanson. Each of the candidates will be given the chance to deliver a speech and then take questions from the audience. After the event, candidates can choose to stay and mingle with potential voters. There is no cost to attend this forum which will be held in the City Council chambers at Kewanee City Hall at 7 pm on October 24th.
The Cambridge Fire Protection District Ball is coming up on November 3rd at the Fire Protection District Offices in Cambridge. Cambridge Firefighter Rene Tubergen tells WKEI that the Fireman’s Ball dates back a couple of years and is one of the main fundraisers for the Cambridge Fire Protection District each year.
There are a number of ways in which funds are raised during the Fireman’s Ball including raffles and food and Rene tells WKEI that they have plenty of great food, music and raffle items set up for November 3rd in Cambridge.
The annual Cambridge Fireman’s Ball will take place on November 3rd at the Cambridge Fire Protection District Office in Cambridge. If you would like more information you can contact the Cambridge Fire Protection District via their Facebook page, search Cambridge Fire Protection District on Facebook or you can call the Fire Protection District office at 309-937-5572.
We have a couple weeks until Halloween but it's nevertheless time to start thinking about Christmas at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce. Planning is underway for the annual Lighted Christmas Parade and the Little Miss Snowflake and Little Mr Jack Frost competition. Mark Mikenas of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce says that parents can submit pictures and other entry qualifications for the pageants right away.
Kids aged 3 to 7 are invited to participate in the contest.
Then it is time to get ready for the annual Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade but first, you need to get signed up.
If you want more information on the Lighted Christmas Parade and how to get your business or organization involved Mark says to simply call the Chamber.
Don't forget, this Thursday, the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce will host another in their series of Business After Hours events. This time, Business After Hours will be at the Little Family Log Cabin and hosted by the Kewanee Preservation Society. Pioneer stew will be served around a campfire. To attend you must be a member of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce or the guest of a member and you can contact the Chamber office to RSVP.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker has scored heavy support from organized labor in his bid for the Governor's office. A Chicago Tribune report might ding his union-friendly reputation a little. The Trib story indicates the billionaire used non-union workers in 2007 to remodel his 20-thousand square foot mansion on Chicago's Gold Coast. Pritzker explained his role in the renovation effort...
The renovation cost an estimated 25 million dollars.
Governor Bruce Rauner has challenged his opponent J.B Pritzker to release his tax returns and as a way of upping the ante, the Governor released his own tax returns for 2017 for public scrutiny. The Governor's tactic of late has been to challenge opponent J.B Pritzker's character by referring to supposed tax loopholes that Pritzker has allegedly used his money and influence to keep open. Here's what we know regarding Governor Rauner's taxes.
Total Income on Federal Return: $52,983,842
Adjusted Gross Income on Federal Return: $52,681,342
Taxable Income on Federal Return: $40,872,748
Federal Income Taxes Paid: $13,946,017
Federal Effective Tax Rate on Adjusted Gross Income: 26.5%
Federal Effective Tax Rate on Taxable Income: 34.1%
Illinois Taxable Income on State Return: $54,162,372
Illinois Income Taxes Paid: $2,154,870
Below are links to PDF files of the Governor's actual tax returns and those of the Governor's wife.
Today on the Open Line on WKEI Sean discussed the end of Sears as we know it and how a great American brand was flushed down the toilets by Wall Street know-it-alls leaving blighted empty K-Marts and Sears locations across the country in their greedy wake. Then talk turned to Chicago where rapper Chance the Rapper is set to endorse a Mayoral candidate in what some election watchers feel could be a turning point in determining a favorite to replace Rahm Emanuel as the next Mayor of Chicago.
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Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens and Kewanee High School Principal Jamie Bryan joined WKEI for our People to People program on Tuesday to talk about how the weather is affecting things in terms of slowing down several projects at Kewanee schools. We also discussing Kewanee and Wethersfield High Schools teaming up with Kiwanis for a program featuring Doug Currier from Peterson Health Care talking the workforce and landing that first big job. Seniors will be out throughout the community at local businesses learning what they can about local industries. We also discussed another successful Homecoming week at Kewanee High School as well.
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Annaleah Emm from the Star County Farm Bureau joined WKEI for today's edition of Tuned In. It's a busy week for the Stark County Farm Bureau as they will be hosting their Primetimers for a Hot Dog Roast on Thursday and then will play host to a Chicago area state Representative who will be making his first visit to a farm so that he can be more informed regarding farm issues. Annaleah Emm talks about this visit and the other things happening with the Stark County Farm Bureau on today's edition of Tuned In.
Ned Richardson is running for a position on the Henry County Board from District 2. Mr Richardson is a former member of the board who left several years ago to attend to family and now would like the opportunity to return to the board. Mr Richardson is a candidate for Henry County Board District 2 and we discussed his history in Henry County politics, budgets, taxes and schools.
At approximately 5:30 Am Kewanee Police stopped to help a motorist in the area of Hollis and Mill Street. 24 year old Michael Gustafson of Kewanee received a Citation for improper parking on the roadway.
At approximately 8:48 Am Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Commercial and Cottage Street. In that stop, Police cited 37 year old Scott Mallary of Kewanee for Distracted Driving Using a Cellphone While Driving.
At approximately 11:07 Am Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a traffic accident in the area of the 100 Block of Elm Street. At the scene, a vehicle driven by 74 year old Judith L. McNaught of Kewanee had struck an unattended vehicle owned by 26 year old Maritza F. Pinon also of Kewanee. No injuries in the accident and no citations issued.
At approximately 12:27 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a traffic accident in the area of area of 9th and Main Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found an accident involving 64 year old Allan G. DeKoster of Kewanee and 44 year old Jerry A. Rassmussen. No injuries in the accident but Mr DeKoster was cited for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
At approximately 1:44 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the site of a hit and run accident. At the scene in the area of the 200 Block of South Vine Street, Kewanee Police found that an unknown vehicle had struck a parked and unattended vehicle owned by 49 year old Kevin H. Winslow of Colona. No one was hurt in the accident and Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate the Hit and Run.
At approximately 6:08 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 2nd at Tremont. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 30 year old Benjamin B. Konie of Cambridge for Operating a Motor Vehicle with Expired Registration Sticker.
At approximately 6:31 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 17 year old Peyton R. Orendorff of Roseville, Illinois for having No Valid Registration, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Improper Use of Registration.
The men at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center are making positive headlines again. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, offenders at the Center recently built and painted brand new flag retirement boxes for four of our local American Legion Posts in the area. The gorgeous red, white and blue themed boxes each have unique military insignias and were built and painted with remarkable attention to detail. The boxes are being placed outside of local American Legions where retired flags will be placed for traditional disposal by the American Legion. If you’d like to see one of the boxes, there is one placed already at the Galva American Legion Post 45.
Kewanee Schools are looking for nominations for the Kewanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame. If you know a Kewanee athlete or coach go to KewaneeSchoolsFoundation.org and fill out a nominating application or you can call the Kewanee Schools Foundation at 309-856-8702. The next Kewanee Schools Foundation Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 12th 2019. Kewanee Schools Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens will be our guest today on People to People at 9:35 Am on WKEI.
Fall finally arrived in most of Illinois last week and that cooler and wetter weather has kept many farmers from harvesting the remaining corn and soybean crop. Mark Schleusener with USDA says the state didn’t see many days fit for field work. But the state is ahead of last year’s harvest pace.
A dryer week should allow those farmers shutout of field work the past week or so to resume.
Governor Bruce Rauner is talking school funding reform again, but he has graduated from the K through 12 discussions after an agreement was struck on that issue. As the Governor seeks re-election, he is turning his attention to colleges and universities...
The Governor also wants to reduce year to year operating costs...
Last year, most public universities saw enrollment decreases.
The top women in Illinois’ history were selected this week at the state continues to celebrate its 200th birthday. Lydia Moss Bradley finishes first. If that last name sounds familiar – yes she was a founder of Bradley University in Peoria. More modern day selections rounded out the top five including Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Chris Wills says a lesser know woman from Knox County made the list.
Mother Jones made the list along with Mary Todd Lincoln.
On Friday, October 12th, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop on I-74 near Lynn Center. In that stop, 28 year old Ethan Swanson of Geneseo was cited for Driving on a Revoked License.
On Saturday, October 13th, Henry County Deputies responded to the site of a car accident near Highway 150 near Orion. At the scene, deputies determined that 35 year old Joseph Rogers of Lynn Center ran into the back of a pickup truck. Rogers was issued a citation for Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.
On Sunday, October 14th, a Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop of a 2011 Kia Optima, driven by 22 year old Zachary Chance of Grand Mound, Iowa. Zachary was cited for Speeding 106 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Possession of Cannabis.
Today on the Open Line, Sean talked about his bizarre belief that music attained perfection in 1971 and cited King Floyd's 1971 one hit wonder "Groove Me" as his main evidence. We also had a lovely conversation with a caller about local church that has an anniversary celebration coming up and another call upset about pitbulls running loose in a Kewanee neighborhood.
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Wethersfield Schools Superintendent Dr Shane Kazubowski was our guest on People to People on Monday and with him was the new Principal at Wethersfield High School, Carrie Griffith. Carrie was along to introduce herself to the community, discuss her background in education and talk about the first 5 months on the job at Wethersfield High School. We also discussed Wethersfield's recent homecoming celebrations, Carrie's first as Principal, and the upcomg Veteran's Day celebration at Wethersfield, one that all Veterans can be part of regardless of where they are from.
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Carrie Boelens and Deacon Marty from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center joined WKEI this morning for Tuned In. OSF will be hosting Feast Day on Thursday and while it isn't some fancy food spread, it is an opportunity for worship and reflection with the staff at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in honor of Saint Luke, the patron saint of Physicians, among others. Deacon Marty also discussed advanced directives and other end of life care issues that, at some point we will all have to wrestle with.
Medicare open enrollment is underway nationwide and it's an opportunity for seniors to get on board medicare for the first time or check and see if your current plan is the best plan for you. Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Citizens Center says, even if you are happy with your current plan it's not a bad idea just to make sure there isn't a more cost effective plan available. The Henry County Senior Citizens Center as the ability to help you with your open enrollment questions.
At approximately 2:26 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of the 1100 Block of Railroad Avenue. At the scene, Kewanee Police found vehicles driven by 20 year old Caitlin F. Freed of Kewanee and 47 year old Jason A. Anderson of Kewanee. No one was injured and no citations were issued.
At approximately 4:00 Pm were called to the 300 Block of North Main Street. At the scene, was a single vehicle accident involving 28 year old Levi A. Burcham of Kewanee. Burcham had struck a building but was not harmed in the accident. No citation was issued.
At approximately 4:11 Pm Kewanee Police were called to a disturbance in the area of the 100 block of Lakeland Terrace. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 24 year old Jessica J. Lenover of Kewanee for Obstruction of Justice and Filing a False Police Report. She was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 5:03 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 400 Block of South Tremont Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 36 year old Nicole M. Daulton of Kewanee for Unlawful Visitation Interference.
At approximately 10:00 Pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a 2 car accident in the area of the 200 Block of North Tremont Street. At the scene, a vehicle driven by 63 year old George W. Giesenhagen struck a vehicle driven by 24 year old Evelin Martinez of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and neither driver was cited.
At approximately 6:52 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police were called to the 400 Block of East 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 29 year old Zachary Doty of Kewanee on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.
At approximately 2:08 Pm, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of North Main Street. In this stop, Kewanee Police cited 20 year old Tara J, Banks of Dahlonga, Georgia for Speeding, 51 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.
At approximately 4:39 Pm, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of South Main Street. In the stop, Kewanee Police cited 37 year old Anthony J. Segura of Kewanee for operating a vehicle with Expired Registration.
At approximately 4:41 Pm in the area of the 1300 Block of Lake Street, Kewanee Police were called regarding Domestic Battery. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 32 year old Paul T. Carter of Princeton on a charge of Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. Also arrested was 28 year old Daisy Underwood of Princeton on a Charge of Battery.
On Sunday, at approximately 9:06 Am, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of the 100 Block of South Tremont Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found 65 year old Joey L. Moon had driven a vehicle that struck an unattended vehicle owned by Leora Stanard of Kewanee. No one was injured in the crash and no citations were issued.
At approximately 11:50 Am, Kewanee Police responded to a Retail Theft call in the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 70 year old Mary M. Specht of Atkinson on a charge of Retail Theft.
At approximately 3:56 Pm Kewanee Police went to the area of the 400 Block of East 3rd Street and executed an arrest warrant for 62 year old James W. Springsteen of Kewanee, arrested on a Rock Island County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Speeding.
At approximately 3:57 Pm on Sunday Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 200 Block of North Chestnut. At the scene, was a hit and run accident in which an unknown vehicle struck a vehicle owned by Briana Kazubowski of Kewanee. Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate.
At approximately 9:12 Pm in the area of the 400 Block of East 3rd Street, Kewanee Police executed a warrant for the arrest of 25 year old Sherman J. Jones of Kewanee. arrested on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Driving While Suspended. Unable to Post Bond, he was taken to the Henry County Jail.
According to the organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), in the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy – that’s roughly two in every classroom. Many of the sources of those allergies can be found in candy including nuts, soy, wheat, milk or eggs. Even “fun” size candy bars can cause a serious reaction for kids with allergies or food-related diseases.
OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee is promoting participation in The Teal Pumpkin Project. Dietician Sara Umphfleet says the effort involves providing non-food items for trick-or-treaters.
Umphfleet says there are inexpensive options for non-food items available in most retail outlets.
But, Umphfleet points out, there are some options you should avoid.
Remember, the Teal pumpkins have a specific meaning, they are for homes offering allergen-free Halloween items and not just for decoration.
Kewanee’s City-wide Clean up is coming up on October 27th. We caught up with our friend Keith Edwards, Director of Community Development with the City of Kewanee to talk about items that you can and cannot bring to the City-Wide Clean-up.
You are asked that when you come to the City-Wide cleanup to be prepared and try to make things as convenient as possible for the folks helping dispose of items.
Keith mentioned that tires are not being accepted at the City-wide cleanup but the City has made a deal with Moore Tires to take tires.
Again, Kewanee’s City-wide cleanup is taking place on October 27th beginning 7 Am until 12 Noon at the old Hospital site here in Kewanee.
The expiration of the Farm Bill is putting the brakes on conservation programs important for many Illinois farmers and ranchers. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow food and livestock also were impacted. Ryan Stockwell, director of sustainable agriculture with the National Wildlife Federation, said farmers like him currently are unable to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which helps protect natural resources while improving profitability.
"And in these economic times and the way that the commodity prices are for farmers right now, that's a really important program to have," Stockwell said. "But because of the expiration, farmers looking to sign up for that program are not able to do so. That just adds another challenge for farmers."
Stockwell added the Farm Bill gives farmers and ranchers the tools they need to protect waterways, support habitat and wildlife, and secure agricultural land for the next generation.
In Illinois, 70 percent of land is used for agriculture, and more than half of that is owned by absentee owners, those who rent or lease. Carol Hays, executive director with Prairie Rivers Network, said the Farm Bill expiration could mean farmers who are currently using conservation practices may not be able to continue. "Conservation programs become a way for farmers who rent land to cover the cost of conservation or to share the cost," Hays explained. "And these days, for many farmers, Farm Bill programs are the only way they can afford those practices."
She added that farmers and ranchers are facing too many other uncertainties and need the Farm Bill to be finalized. "While we've had gaps or extensions in current Farm Bills, we really don't know what that looks like in a regime like we have right now with tariffs, for example, or with changes in tax laws that can impact farmers and landowners," Hays said.
Congress is not expected to take up the Farm Bill again until after the midterm elections.
Kentucky State Police have confirmed that an Erie, Illinois man has died in a train accident in the area of Bonnieville, Kentucky. According to Kentucky State Police, 28 year old Zachary Graham of Erie, Illinois, died while riding on top of a moving freight train. Kentucky State Police tell WKEI that Graham was one of three men, believed to be homeless, who illegally boarded a CSX train in Nashville, Tennessee and were riding on top of the train headed north into Kentucky when Graham was struck by a low hanging electrical wire near the town of Park City, Kentucky. Graham's last known address was in Erie, Illinois. His body is being brought back to Illinois for funeral services that are pending in Geneseo.
Ken Noles and Amron Buchanan joined WKEI this morning for our Tuned In Program. Next weekend, October 18th and 19th, members of the Kewanee High School Key Club will be out around the community for a Tag Days sale to raise funds for Goodfellows Christmas Baskets. Goodfellows Baskets are dedicated to folks in need so that no one in Kewanee goes hungry over the holidays. The baskets date back to the late 1950's. Cash donations are also being accepted via the post office box, P.O Box 5 Kewanee, IL 61443.
For years Frankie Muniz was known as Malcolm on Malcolm in the Middle. Now, Frankie is stepping back into the world of television as himself. Recently, he competed on Dancing with the Stars and surprised a lot of people, himself included, by going all the way to the finals. His journey there has now led to his new gig, as co-host of Dancing with the Stars Jr edition on ABC. The series debuted last Sunday and continues this weekend with child stars dancing with Jr professional dancers for the Jr Mirror Ball Trophy. Frankie Muniz was a surprise guest this morning on WKEI.
There will be a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Henry County this weekend in Kewanee. End Zone Sports Bar in Kewanee will host the fundraiser which will feature music by the Dan Wakefield Blues Band as well as the band Blue Steel. There will also be a Kissing Booth, Trials Slow Smoked Barbecue, and a 50/50 Raffle. The fundraiser is being done in honor of Tony 'The Chieftan' Rashid. Funds raised will benefit the Kewanee Animal Shelter. The benefit kicks off at 4 Pm.
Grace period voting is now underway in Henry County. Grace Period applies to any voter who failed to register by Tuesday, October 9th but would still like the opportunity to vote in November. People who have lived at a new address in Henry County for at least 30 days is qualified to go to the Henry County Clerk's Office and register to vote. At which time, the voter would have to cast their vote at the Clerk's office. To accommodate Grace Period voters as well as meet demands for those who are choosing to vote early, the Henry County Clerk's office is now open on Saturday's between now and election day from 8 Am until 12 Noon.
OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will host an Usborne Book Fair today in the West Conference room at OSF. Hours for the Usborne Book Fair are 8 Am to 4 Pm. Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center talks about what people can expect if they come out and purchase Usborne Books.
Anyone is invited to stop by OSF Saint Luke Medical Center for the book fair with over 1800 titles available. All proceeds from the book fair will go to capital improvements at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center.
Illinois State Police are still investigating a strange accident that happened on I-80 near Port Byron on Thursday afternoon. According to the Illinois State Police, a minivan was traveling westbound on I-80 when it left the highway and entered I-80 Scale Number 19, a weigh station for Semi-Trucks. From there, the minivan, driven by 31 year old Kelsey L. Sterling of Colona, struck the back end of a Semi owned by 67 year old Ilia I. Illiev of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Kelsey Sterling and one of three juvenile passengers in the minivan became trapped in the vehicle. Port Byron Fire Department along with Rock Island County Sheriff’s, and Illinois State Police all responded to the scene. There are no other details right now. What we know is that there are multiple serious injuries from the crash and that Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate how this accident occurred.
A rare illness is striking kids in Illinois and the State Department of Public Health is tracking it. The IDPH says Acute Flaccid Myelitis has been diagnosed in nine patients – all under the age of 18. The other striking fact is that all of the kids are from Northern Illinois. The disease, also known as AFM can be brought on by a number of things, from viruses including West Nile to environmental toxins and genetic disorders. IDPH’s Nirva Shah says that parents can keep an eye on a few common
symptoms that would require immediate action.
At last count the Centers for Disease control says that there are 36 cases in the United States.
The disease sometimes draws comparisons to polio and recovery can take years.
A key figure in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's bid to reverse its recent fortunes has passed away unexpectedly. Chancellor Carlo Montemagno died early this (Thursday) morning. He was diagnosed with cancer in late June however, his official cause of death has not been released. Montemagno was hired in August of 2017 to help boost SIU-C's enrollment. He brought cutting-edge academic strengths to the table as a successful nanotechnology and biomedical engineering researcher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. SIU interim President J Kevin Dorsey released a statement saying “He created a roadmap to secure the university’s future; earned the respect and commitment of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members; and was an unwavering proponent of the university’s mission,” Montemagno was 62.
There's good news for Illinoisans who obtain health insurance through the state department of insurance's On-Exchange. Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer says many insurance rates are going in a new direction....down! ...
Average rates for the 2019 lowest cost silver plans decreased four percent and the lowest cost gold plans decreased by six percent from last year. Overall, rates for the lowest cost bronze plans modestly increased approximately six percent, far less than the 20 percent increase reported for 2018 rates. Factors helping the Exchange are the entrance of a new insurer to the on-Exchange market in 2019, and the return of all insurers from last year. You can find out more about the exchange at: https://getcovered.illinois.gov .
Heading down the home stretch in the 2018 election cycle, Republican challenger Darlene Senger is stressing she is more than qualified to oversee the state’s “checkbook” as Illinois Comptroller.
Among the ideas, Senger is touting for small town governments and townships is a plan to pool all of their public safety pension funds for investing. She says Indiana already practices a similar system and is saving money in fees and consulting costs.
Following last night's final Gubernatorial debate, Governor Bruce Rauner's election team released the following statement.
"This election is about a choice for the future on Illinois. JB Pritzker dodges questions on taxes while he is currently under investigation for a 'scheme to defraud' Illinois taxpayers out of more than $300,000 in property taxes. Governor Rauner is fighting for more jobs, lower taxes, and putting an end to the corruption that got us into this mess in the first place. He has made great progress, but we've got more work to do. We can't give up. We can create a better future." - Will Allison, Rauner campaign Communications Director
Bestselling author Shelby Yastrow packed them in at the Kewanee Library earlier this week and was kind enough to make time for WKEI before he heads back to his remarkable retirement. Well, retirement from being a successful corporate lawyer for McDonalds many years. But Mr. Yastrow is far from retired from being an author having written his third novel with PGA Hall of Famer Tony Jacklin as a co-writer on a story that combines elements of court room drama and the world of professional golf. Shelby Yastrow was our guest for a special conversation this morning on WKEi.
Larry Lock from the Kewanee Historical Society was our guest today on WKEi's People to People program. Mr. Lock will be part of the dedication of the new Abraham Lincoln plaque in Kewanee with the corrected dates for when President Lincoln, before he became President, visited and even spoke in Kewanee. The future President arrived in Kewanee by train on October 27 and was taken to Toulon where he spoke. Mr. Lincoln then returned to Kewanee where he spent the night before boarding a train for Chicago on October 28th. The new Kewanee Lincoln Plaque will be dedicated in a ceremony on October 27th at 2 Pm in front of the Kewanee Post Office.
Today on the Open Line a lot of talk about Halloween. We discussed how old is too old to dress up for Halloween, when was the last time listeners dressed up for Halloween and the last time Sean dressed for the occasion. We also discussed trick or treating on Prospect Street in Kewanee where it has become a tradition for folks who live on Prospect to take part and make sure they are handing out candy. A caller suggested we consider a candy fundraiser to give candy to folks on Prospect Street in order to thank them for years of taking part and being the most popular trick or treat spot in Kewanee. And finally, some alternatives for traditional trick or treating such as Trunk or Treat at local churches and trick or treating at local nursing homes where kids can visit residents and get candy.
Darlene Senger is the Republican candidate for Illinois Comptroller, challenging Democrat incumbent Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Ms. Senger was our guest on WKEI on Thursday to discuss why she decided to run for the office of Comptroller, what differences there are between Republican and Democrat approaches to the office of Comptroller and whether she felt that the Comptroller's office should be folded into the office of Treasurer. Darlene Senger was our guest on WKEI.
The next Kewanee Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours get together will be held October 18th at 5 Pm at the Little Log Cabin. It's an opportunity for business owners and guests as Chamber members to tour the cabin and view life from the perspect of the 19th century. Pioneer Stew will be served and Kewanee Preservation Society will play host for the event. To attend, contact the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP for yourself and a colleague or friend to attend. Call 309-852-2175.
At approximately 4:40 Pm on Wednesday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a car accident in the area of the 600 Block of West Central Boulevard. At the scene, no one was injured. 37 year old jeffrey A. Reynolds of Kewanee is believed to have struck an unattended vehicle owned by 22 year old Autumn L. Eilts. Reynolds was not cited in the accident.
On Tuesday, October 9th, Henry County Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 23 year old Chrysten Richardson of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for failing to appear in court on charge of Driving Under Suspension. Richardson posted bond and was released.
On Tuesday, October 9th, Henry County deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 26 year old Sara Brimhall of Kewanee on a Rock Island County arrest warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on Retail Theft Charges and a Stark County warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a charges of Driving While Suspended and Driving with an Expired Registration. Brimhall was taken to the Henry County Jail.
On Wednesday, October 10th, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 22 year old Shiloh Bates of Bloomington on a Knox County warrant for the charge of Aggravated Battery. Bates was taken to the Henry County Jail.
On Wednesday, October 10th, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 28 year old Bianca Shavers of Chicago on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a charge of Aggravated Battery and Domestic Battery. Shavers was taken to the Henry County Jail.
The Henry and Stark County Health Department will host a Food Handlers Certification Course in November. According to the Henry and Stark County Health Department, the Food Handlers Certification course will be held on November 5th and 7th at a cost of $140.00 with an optional text book that can be purchased for $30.00. The course is intended to teach food handlers, restaurant operators and so on, best practices to comply with local and state health codes as established by the Illnois Department of Public Health. For more information contact the Henry and Stark County Health Department at 309-852-0197.
Illinois State Police District 7 have released their DUI Arrest Report for the month of September. According to the release, across Rock Island, Henry and Knox County, 18 individuals were arrested in District 7 on Driving Under the Influence charges.
• Joseph D. Sheppard, M, 32, Lansing, IL
• Jacob M. Trujillo, M, 26, Colona, IL
• Elizabeth M. Howard, F, 55, Anderson, SC
• Collin C. Hughes, M, 25, Cedar Falls, IA
• Dana S. Kennett, F, 47, Knoxville, IL
• Jacob P. Weigand, M, 21, Knoxville, IL
Rock Island County
• Anita Y. Cogdill, F, 58, East Moline, IL
• Samuel T. Edlund, M, 24, Coal Valley, IL
• Matthew F. Escoto, M, 29, Geneseo, IL
• Narciso Garcia-Sorto, M, 35, East Moline, IL
• Jared R. Imming, M, 20, Moline, IL
• Brandon C. Maize, M, 21, Franklin Park, IL
• Kayla A.M. Martin, F, 28, Rock Island, IL
• Jaime E. Nuci, 46, Rock Island
• Brandylynn M. O’Conner, F, 39, Moline, IL
• Raychar A. Overton, F, 38, Hampton, IL
• Fidelina Salas-Reyes, F, 32, Davenport, IA
• Misty L. Scott, F, 30, Port Byron, IL
(The above mentioned individuals have been charged with a crime; however, those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)
The Galva American Legion Post Hagburg-Hamlin Post 45 will host a community breakfast this weekend, Sunday, October 14th from 7 Am to 1 Pm. Go to 45 Wallace Street in Galva to partake in the all you can eat event which has a menu featuring eggs, pancakes, waffles and Biscuits and Gravy. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 Am but doors open at 7:00 on Sunday, October 13th.
Earlier this week at an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa, President Donald Trump stated his support for lifting restrictions on ethanol use in gasoline. The Illinois Farm Bureau responded positively to the President's announcement in a statement released on Wednesday.
“For more than a decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has created jobs, boosted the rural Illinois economy, and helped clean the air. But Illinois farmers have been frustrated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent actions, which have not only undermined the RFS but also softened market demand for both ethanol and corn.
“During this time of low commodity prices and market uncertainty, Illinois Farm Bureau applauds President Trump’s timely announcement today paving the way for year-round blending of E-15.
“Allowing summer sales of E-15 gives consumers greater choice at the pump, reverses economic damage caused by EPA’s waivers and signals a strong message of support to our nation’s farmers.
“Illinois Farm Bureau would like to thank the members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation who have urged the administration to make these changes and looks forward to seeing them implemented.”
Governor Bruce Rauner this week declared a Harvest Season Emergency. The Illinois Farm Bureau has responded with a press release which you can read below...
“We appreciate Governor Rauner declaring an emergency harvest situation for the 2018 harvest season because it opens the door for increased efficiencies for farmers and truck drivers hauling agricultural commodities. Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, farmers and truck drivers may apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation to get a free permit to haul 10 percent 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.
“This consideration is especially helpful as 2018 has been a difficult year for Illinois farmers. They are facing declining incomes, market turmoil due to trade uncertainty, and what is likely to be a record-breaking crop that must be harvested and transported efficiently.
“By making this declaration, the governor is demonstrating he understands the challenges farmers are facing and the importance of an efficient fall harvest.
“The Illinois Farm Bureau thanks Governor Rauner for declaring an emergency harvest situation to help offset the uncontrollable effects of weather and commodity markets on Illinois’ farmers.”
The state has a big birthday party coming up. Illinois turns 200 this year and the bicentennial party will be December 3 at the United Center in Chicago. The bash will host famous Illinois actors, athletes and musicians. Tim Kazurlinsky with the Bicentennial Commission says it will be a night to remember.
The guest and performance list includes actors from the musical Hamilton and REO Speedwagon.
October is the month to be reminded that you need to stay safe online. Cybersecurity awareness month brings attention to phishing scams, according to experts its one of the biggest dangers that you can face online. So stay away from bogus emails and attachments that you don’t recognize. Chris Hill the state’s chief information security officer says the online crooks are getting better at disguising their efforts. And once they feel they have you they begin to work to extort you.
The best way to stay safe – delete those odd emails before you even open them.
Henry County Clerk-Recorder Barb Link is running for re-election this year. Barb Link's opponent is Republican Jon Zahm who has pointed to mistakes that were made in Barb Link's recent history as County Clerk and Recorder. In our interview, Barb Link discussed her side of those mistakes. Also up for discussion were changes to election law in Illinois that led to early voting only being available either through the mail or by stopping at the Clerk's Office in Cambridge and talk of the design of the Henry County Clerk-Recorder website.
At approximately 2:44 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the scene of a traffic accident. At the scene, vehicles operated by 58 year old Ramon Gomez and 17 year old Griffin G. Tondreau had been involved in damage only accident. No injuries were involved and neither driver was cited.
At approximately 5:23 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police Cited 26 year old David P. Meyer of Newark for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.
At approximately 5:59 Pm in the area of the 100 Block of North East Street made a traffic stop of 23 year old Orina L. Hadnott of Kewanee. Hadnott was cited for Failure to Secure a Child in a Car Seat.
At approximately 6:23 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Division and Willard Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 39 year old Angela M. Staley of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.
At approximately 6:46 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 200 Block of East South Street in regard to a suspicious person in the neighborhood. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Joseph A. Castro of Henry on charges of Possession of Cannabis More than 100 Gram and Less than 500 Grams, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, Resisting A Peace Officer with Injury, Criminal Damage to State Supported Property, and Criminal Damage to Property. The injured officer suffered minor scratches according to Kewanee Police. Also arrested at this scene was 29 Year Old Jonathan L. Hart of Georgia, arrested on a charge of Obstructing Identification.
At approximately 11:23 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of East Street, Kewanee Police arrested 18 year old Dareon M. Zachary of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Driving Without a Valid License. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.
Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney was our guest on People to People on WKEI. At last night's Kewanee City Council Meeting the issues with the Visitation School Bell monument were put to rest with a unanimous council vote in favor of allowing the easement allowing the monument to complete construction. Mayor Looney will be one of the speakers when the new Kewanee Abraham Lincoln Plaque is dedicated on October 27th and we discussed the new Kewanee-Henry County Enterprise Zone certification for which arrived at City Hall yesterday.
Annawan School has won a $25,000 Grant from UnityPoint Healthcare out of Des Moines. Annawan Elementary was one of 10 schools from across Iowa and Illinois competing for the grant and with the help of the community, won the voting by nearly 60,000 votes. WKEI spoke with Annawan School Principal Wayne Brau regarding the remarkable support Annawan Schools received from the community…
$25,000 will go a long way toward building a new playground but it is just the beginning of getting funding for the playground.
The remarkable support of the community on behalf of Annawan schools is something Mr. Brau and the students at Annawan Elementary will never forget.
You can hear our complete interview with Principal Wayne Brau below.
At last night’s Kewanee City Council Meeting the council voted 5 to 0 in favor of the easement for the Bell Monument at Visitation School.
Though Councilman Mike Yaklich did raise more questions about the safety around the monument. Councilman Yaklich addressed his safety question to Police Chief Troy Ainley who addressed the issue
This led to Councilman Yaklich eventually agreeing with the rest of the council to approve the easement and allow the completion of the Bell Monument. After the meeting, Visitation Schools officials confirmed to WKEI that construction on the monument will continue starting Today.
Other business from Tuesday night’s Kewanee City Council meeting, on the Consent Agenda and passed without comment were a pair of requests for street closings. The Kewanee Historical Society will close a portion of Tremont between 1st and Central Boulevard on October 27th for the dedication of the new Lincoln Plaque. That closure will last from 1 Pm until 2:30 Pm.
Tavern on the Beach will close an alleyway north of the Tavern for a Halloween event running from 11 Am to 11 Pm on October 27th.
In public comments, Terry Murphy of Kewanee addressed the council regarding trash strewn in front of the Welcome to Kewanee sign.
The Council agreed with Mr. Murphy and suggested that they would recommend more frequent trash pick up in the area surrounding the sign.
Also addressing the council during public comments was George Shaw, a resident of Rockwell Street who expressed concern regarding people speeding on Rockwell and requesting an additional stop sign in the area to perhaps slow down speeders.
The council agreed to study the issue and look into placing another stop sign in the area.
In new business, the Council voted unanimously in favor of granting John Beaman Sr a special use permit for a Multi-family dwelling at 309 East 3rd Street.
The council also agreed to extend the contract with Comcast for 10 years in a non-exclusive agreement meaning that no one has to use Comcast cable but the company has a license to operate within the city for 10 more years.
Kewanee City Code was amended to allow for new handicapped parking spaces in the vicinity of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church.
An agreement between the City of Kewanee and Kewanee School District will waive sewer fees for the school allowing them to use city water to irrigate the new athletic field at Kewanee High School.
Finally, the City of Kewanee and Mayor Looney declared this week, October 7th through the 13th as Fire Safety Week in Kewanee.
In council communications, Councilman Steve Faber asked if heating for the Kewanee Pound would be finished soon and he was told that it is hoped it will be completed within the next two weeks.
Councilman Faber then asked about a barrel over a manhole on East 1st Street which he says has been there for 10 months. City Engineer Dale Noble was not at last night's meeting but City Manager Gary Bradley stated that it would be looked into.
Councilman Chris Colomer stated a citizens complaint regarding speeders on Prospect Street in Kewanee and Police Chief Troy Ainley stated that patrols will be increased in the area to address the concern.
Councilman Colomer then asked if there was a way for Council meetings to be broadcast online alongside the TV broadcast on Comcast. WKEI has stepped up and will now carry Kewanee City Council Meetings live on the WKEI Facebook page beginning with the next Kewanee City Council Meeting.
Councilman Yaklich asked about the City of Kewanee Enterprise Zone Designation and Mayor Looney answered stating that the Enterprise Zone official designation had arrived on Tuesday designating the Kewanee-Henry County Enterprise Zone.
The latest debate between Governor Bruce Rauner and his Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker felt more like a Demolition Derby. The two sides sparred in a testy meeting before the Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board. Pritzker seized on recent news that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating the Rauner Administration's handling of the Legionnaire's Disease crisis at the state veterans home in Quincy...
Meanwhile, Rauner raised an issue that has been a sore spot with some conservatives. Rauner noted differences with J.B. Pritzker on the issue of illegal immigration...
The Trust Act Rauner signed prevents law enforcement from stopping someone solely on their immigration status. The last face to face meeting of the two candidates is set for Thursday night in Quincy.
At tonight’s Kewanee City Council Meeting the council voted 5 to 0 in favor of the easement for the Bell Monument at Visitation School. Though Councilman Mike Yaklich did raise more questions about the safety around the monument. Councilman Yaklich addressed his safety question to Police Chief Troy Ainley who addressed the issue and stated that he felt the monument does not affect safety regarding sight lines. This led to Councilman Yaklich eventually agreeing with the rest of the council to approve the easement and allow the completion of the Bell Monument. After the meeting Visitation Schools officials confirmed to WKEI that construction on the monument will continue starting Wednesday. Full coverage of tonight's Kewanee CIty Council Meeting tomorrow morning on WKEI and Kewane Mayor Steve Looney will join us on People to People at 9:35 Am.
At approximately 8:30 Am on Monday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Retail Theft in the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Richard S. Barnes of Kewanee on a charge of Retail Theft and on a Illinois Department of Corrections Warrant. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 1:58 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a disturbance in the area of the 500 Block of Whitney Avenue. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Kayla M. Puckett of Annawan and 55 year old Emmett E. Puckett of Kewanee on charges of Battery.
At approximately 5:36 Pm in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop involving 51 year old Thomas M. Madsen of Princeton. Madsen was cited for Driving Without a Valid Drivers License and Using a Cellphone While Driving.
At approximately 5:54 Pm, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop of 36 year old Veronica E. Pyle of Galva. Pyle was cited for Driving While Using a Cellphone.
At approximately 6:42 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 200 Block of East 1st Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited the driver, 46 year old Placido M. Cortez of Kewanee for having no Valid Drivers License. Also cited was a passenger, 26 year old Carlos F. Moran of Kewanee, cited for Failure to Wear a Seatbelt. Arrested in the stop was 68 year old Saturnino C. Moran of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on Multiple Charges including Disorderly Conduct.
At approximately 9:04 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of North Main Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 30 year old Haily C. Garcia of Neponset for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
At approximately 12:16 Am Tuesday morning Kewanee Police were called to the scene of what was reported to be a suspicious person in the area of 2nd and Tremont. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 33 year old Dustin A. Pyse of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on multiple charges including Aggravated Battery and Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.
On Friday, October 5th at approximately 2:49 Pm, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested 21 year old Jacobii Jones of Rock Island on a Rock Island County warrant for failing to appear in court on a charges of Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor and Driving on a Suspended License. Jones posted bond and was released.
On Monday, October 8th on I-74 near Orion, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop of 2004 Hyundai at approximately 10:17 Pm. The driver of the Hyundai, 18 year old Kiana Porter of Springfield, Illinois was issued a citation and notice to appear on a charge of Speeding 108 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.
On Monday, October 8th, at 11:20 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Made a traffic stop in the area of East Street in Kewanee. In that stop, the Deputy issued a citation to 18 year old Shady Bodine of Kewanee for Driving on a Suspended License and Possession of of a Controlled Substance. Also cited was the passenger in the vehicle, 18 year old Depree Waugh of Kewanee, cited for Possession of Cannabis.
Today, Tuesday, October 9th, is the last day to register to vote in Henry County. You have until 5 Pm this afternoon to go to the Henry County Clerk's Office in Cambridge or to your local City Clerk's Office to register or inform the Henry County Clerk's office of a change of address. If you need further information regarding registering to vote this afternoon you may contact the Henry County Clerk's office at 309-937-3493.
Callers to the Open Line wanted to talk Packers football following Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions. Also up for discussion, tonight's Kewanee City Council meeting, good news out of Galva with the planned grand opening for Special Kneads Bakery in November and do airlines have to care about whether you are happy with your flight? A New study says, that airlines couldn't care less whether you are happy. If you don't believe that, American Airlines will now no longer help you find another flight if your American Airlines Flight is cancelled, unless your flying first class.
Jon Zahm is running for Henry County Clerk and Recorder and Mr. Zahm was our guest today on People to People. In the interview, Mr. Zahm talked about his background and qualifications for the position and questioned errors made by the current County Clerk/Recorder Barb Link related to Orion Schools. Mr Zahm also questioned changes to Henry County's early voting policy that require early voting take place at the Clerk's Office or via mail-in ballot.
Big congratulations to the Annawan School District! Annawan School District was in the running for a $25,000 grant from Unity Point and today they announced that they have won that grant. UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa was behind the initiative called "Imagine the Amazing" which handed out $35,000 in grants in total to schools across Iowa and Illinois. In the two week campaign that ran from September 17th to September 30th, Annawan ran up nearly 200,000 votes in the online voting and beat out the next closest school by nearly 60,000 votes. The money is a gift from UnityPoint for Annawan which can do whatever the district chooses to do with the money to improve their schools.
Hammond Henry Hospital will host a Health Fair and Open House on October 17th from 4 Pm until 6 Pm. There will be dinner served and door prizes and other drawings and you can meet the new doctors and other staff members from Hammond Henry Hospital. There will also be tours available of the new areas of Hammond Henry Hospital including the Colo Aquatic Center. As part of the Health Fair, you can get blood pressure tested, pulse ox and ABI Tests. Kari DeBrock HHH Community Health Educator joined WKEI today to talk about the Health Fair and Open House on Tuned In.
If you are looking for some extra money during the holidays, there are jobs available on a seasonal basis in many industries. Retailers and shippers are planning to hire more than 700,000 seasonal employees this holiday season, so the Better Business Bureau advises job seekers to polish up their resumes and start looking now. Agency investigator Shellie Kreter says you should research potential employers and apply right away, but be wary of any that ask you for money in order to apply.
She suggests you try to work where you shop, dress neatly and be prepared for an interview when applying, and be flexible. As a seasonal employee, you can expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours, possibly including Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
The legacy of the steel plow remains an important piece of heritage for the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois, located just outside of Dixon. Kent Butterfield is with Landmarks Illinois.
The John Deere Historic Site is hosting a Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It is Fire Safety Week in Kewanee and the Kewanee Firefighters Local 513 is sharing some fire safety tips on their Facebook page. Yesterday, they shared a video from US First Responders which demonstrated what an extraordinary difference it can make if you sleep with your bedroom door closed and your home catches on fire. The experiment indicated strongly that sleeping with your door closed raises the likelihood of survival in a house fire because the door can keep the smoke at bay whereas sleeping with the bedroom door open allowed black smoke into the bedroom which could potentially asphyxiate a person asleep during a fire. You can see the video and the experiment for yourself on the Kewanee Firefighters Local 513 Facebook page.
Special Kneads Bakery, which we profiled on WKEI last month. Has announced plans for their grand opening in Galva. According to a post by owner Margaret Cortes, November 24th is the target date to launch Special Kneads Bakery which Margaret is running with the help of her son Frankie, a special needs student at Geneseo High School. The bakery has a lot of history in Galva. The former Jacobson’s Bakery was a popular spot in Galva for decades before closing last year. Since then, the building had been owned by the Oddfellows who gave Margaret a very kind deal once they heard about and met Frankie and how Frankie’s class of fellow special needs students will be involved in the business as well. Margaret talked a little about the Oddfellows in our interview back in August.
One of the unique features of Jacobson’s Bakery and one that so many people remember today was the honor system. Margaret Cortes told WKEI she hopes to be able to have something similar in order to honor the Jacobson’s legacy.
Special Kneads Bakery is set for its grand opening on Saturday, November 24th in Galva.
Black Hawk College is offering an SAT Prep Course beginning on October 27th. According to a release from Black Hawk College, the course intended to help your future college student prep for the SAT exam will get underway on October 27th and will continue through November 27th at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee. The cost for the course is $119 and that includes the official prep book and practice tests. The course will cover test-taking tips, calculator usage, and cover content for the writing and language and reading and math sections of the SAT. If you have a student who would like to attend the Black Hawk College SAT Prep Course contact Black Hawk College at 309-796-8223.
In our continuing effort to bring you election news and candidate profiles from across the area we had a chance to talk with John Sovanski recently. John is running to be a member of the Henry County Board, a position he’s held in the past. I asked John about his history in local politics.
The Henry County Board has faced a number of challenges lately and I asked John to address those challenges.
You can hear our complete conversation with John Sovanski, who is running for the Henry County Board below.
The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield received thrilling news for their fight against dementia this month. The med school's Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders program and The Memory Network have been on life support since HSHS St. John's in Springfield ended an agreement four years ago that paved the way for $1,500,000 in state grant funding. Dr. James Gilchrist, the Chair and Professor of the Department of Neurology and Executive Director of the Neuroscience Institute sums up the impact of the news...
Dr. Gilchrist says the need for the research is only going to grow...
The program operates in Springfield and network sites in Peoria, Rockford, Hillsboro, Jacksonville, Galesburg and Effingham.
Andrea Millner of Kewanee has been named Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for the month of September. Andrea was chosen for her positive attitude, her helpful manner and her approach to tasks. Andrea regularly completes a number of jobs including working on the janitorial crew, working with sending out mailings, confidential document shredding and cleaning projects. Congratulations to Andrea Millner of Kewanee, September's Abilities Plus Achieve of the Month.
The date on Kewanee's Post Office monument to President Lincoln's brief stay in Kewanee is getting re-dedicated with the correct date. According to Larry Lock from the Kewanee Historical Society, the new official date of Lincoln's stop over in Kewanee on his way from Toulon back to Chicago was actually October 27th and 28th not October 8th and 9th as the monument currently states. According to Mr. Lock the date for the monument, which was installed in 1983, was taken from the book "Lincoln: Day to Day Activities." by historian Paul Angle. Mr. Angle unfortunately was mistaken and following research conducted by Floyd Ham of the Stark County Geneological Society, the Kewanee Historical Society and the staff of the Lincoln Library in Springfield, the correct dates of October 27th and 28th were determined. According to the now official record listed at TheLincolnLog.org, the future President arrived in Kewanee on the 27th by train, traveled to Toulon to give a speech and then spent the night in Kewanee before traveling on to Chicago. The October 27th dedication of a brand new Lincoln in Kewanee plaque will take place at 2 Pm, following a celebration in Toulon which is taking place on the 27th from 10 Am to 12 Noon commemorating the future President's speech in Toulon delivered at the Virginia Hotel near the area where Casey's and Phil Albertson's Firearms are located in Toulon today. The 2 Pm event in Kewanee will take place in front of the Kewanee Post Office and feature several speakers, including Larry Lock, who will discuss both Mr. Lincoln and his Senate campaign opponent, Stephen Douglas.
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs had a harsh assessment of his Republican opponent, Jim Dodge, during our People to People interview today. According to the Treasurer, Mr. Dodge "doesn't understand" the funds currently held by the state of Illinois. Moreover, Frerichs states that Dodge 'Never cared about the office (of Treasurer) before.' Frerichs also talked about the positive growth in investments that his office has overseen, the potential to bring the office of Treasurer and Comptroller into one job and the differing philosophies that keep the State Treasurer's office in the realm of politics.
Senator Dick Durbin offered some parting words as the U.S. Senate prepared to complete the confirmation vote for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Durbin expressed dissatisfaction with the FBI investigation that led to a delay for the confirmation vote...
Carrie Boelens and Sara Umphleet from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center were our guests today on Tuned In. Among the topics, we discussed the upcoming OSF Blood Drive on October 12th, the OSF Book Sale on October 12th and with Halloween around the corner we talked about Teal Pumpkins. Sara Umphleet tells us that the Teal Pumpkin has a special purpose, it tells trick or treaters with food allergies that you are handing out things that won't affect potential allergies.
Jennifer Johnson has spent the past 9 years working with a young girl named Paige Hamer of Geneseo. Paige has Rett's Syndrome a rare disorder that most often affects female toddlers. A seemingly healthy child suddenly begins to regress, motor functions are affected and the ability to move independently and speak is lost. Jennifer is an educational aid to Paige and in her role, she's taken on the job of pushing Paige to do as much as she can and in return she's pushed herself to raise awareness and funds for Rett's Syndrome. In her efforts, a community has formed around Paige called Paige's Peeps, a group of people who run and hold fundraisers for Rett's Syndrome Awareness and Research. With their Rock N' Roll Bingo fundraiser on October 20th at Atkinson Elementary School in the gymnasium and with their latest set of Paige's Peeps apparel now for sale via the Paige's Peeps Facebook page, we thought it was a good time to talk with Jennifer Johnson on WKEI.
They call it a “Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration”. It will be held on Saturday at the Gary and Jean Dau (DOW) farm on North 42nd Road—just two miles west of Sheridan in LaSalle County. The project arranges for farmers and others in this country to financially support third world farmers trying to improve their situations says Project Leader Paul Youngstrum:
Youngstrum says it’s not about shipping food grown here overseas. He says farmers in developing countries need help buying animals and equipment and then want to sustain themselves without handouts.
State Treasurer Mike Frerichs will be our guest today on People to People on WKEI. In that interview I asked the Treasurer what his biggest challenge has been thus far as treasurer and the answer was rather obvious.
Last week, I spoke to Mr. Frerichs’ opponent for State Treasurer, Jim Dodge and Mr. Dodge spoke about the money the state of Illinois has saved up and he wondered why the state doesn’t tap that money to pay off debts. Mr. Frerichs bluntly responds that his opponent doesn’t understand how this works.
You can hear our complete interview with State Treasurer Mike Frerichs at 9:35 Am on People to People on WKEI.
Jennifer Johnson is an educational aid who, for the past 9 years has worked with a young Geneseo girl named Paige Hamer. Paige has something called Rett Syndrome, something you may have heard about recently when NBC News reporter Richard Engel revealed that his son has Rett Syndrome. Jennifer joined WKEI to talk about Paige, Rett’s Syndrome and what she and others are doing to raise awareness for Paige’s condition.
Paige’s Peeps is a small community that has come together to support Paige as the search for new treatments for Rett’s Syndrome move forward.
Paige’s Peeps is a fundraising group that raises money and awareness of Rett’s Syndrome and you can help by buying a Paige’s Peeps t-shirt, hat or other garment or by attending their upcoming fundraiser, Rock N’Roll Bingo at Atkinson Elementary School in Atkinson, Illinois on October 20th. Full details about Paige’s Peeps and their fundraiser are online at Paige’s Peeps on Facebook.
At approximately 8:45 Am on Friday morning, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 1000 Block of North Chestnut. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 28 year old Cassandra J. Barnes of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Driving Without Insurance.
At approximately 3:54 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to the of a two vehicle accident in the area of West Division and Tenney Street. No one was hurt and no citations were issued.
At approximately 8:53 Pm Kewanee Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the area of the 600 Block of North Chestnut. In the stop, Kewanee Police arrested 48 year old Luis A Lopez-Vasquez following a brief chase. Lopez-Vasquez was arrested for Driving on a Cancelled Drivers License, Expired Registration and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer.
At approximately 11:05 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 4th and Rice. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 55 year old Terry R. Abbott of Kewanee on charges of Driving While Revoked and Having No Valid Registration.
At approximately 11:57 Pm in the area of the 300 Block of Helmer Street, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 43 year old Guadalupe O. Camacho and 46 year old Luis A. Camacho were both Arrested for Domestic Battery.
At approximately 12:16 Pm on Saturday, in the area of the 800 block of Railroad Avenue, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene, Police arrested 41 year old Rusty L. Vancil of Kewanee on a charge of Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 1:49 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of South Main Street, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop. In that stop, Police cited 48 year old Kelly R. Preston of Geneseo for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.
At approximately 4:09 Pm Kewanee Police in the area of 3rd and Grace initiated a traffic stop. In the stop, Kewanee Police cited 45 year old Juan P. Castro-Chavez of Kewanee for Using an Electronic Device While Driving.
At approximately 4:48 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of North Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 20 year old Anastasia M. Crowe for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
At approximately 5:19 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a Retail Theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 24 year old Melody A. Kent of Kewanee for Retail Theft.
At approximately 10:24 Pm in the area of the 200 Block of Walnut, initiated a traffic stop. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested Mark V. Porter of Neponset on a Stark County Sheriff’s Warrant for Aggravated DUI. Porter was also arrested for Failure to Stop Before a Sidewalk While Exiting a Private Drive and Illegal Transportation of Alcohol.
At approximately 8:58 Am, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Hit and Run Accident in the 300 Block of North Grove Street. Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate to find whoever struck a vehicle owned by Cory L. Griffin of Kewanee.
At approximately 3:18 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 200 Block of South Walnut Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police 20 year old Donald J. Shaw of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Theft. Unable to Post Bond. Shaw was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 3:37 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street, regarding a Retail Theft. At the scene, Police arrested Athelda K. Jackson, 44 of Kewanee and Anita K. Jackson, 47 of Kewanee, on Retail Theft Charges. Anita K. Jackson was also arrested on a Rock Island County Warrant for Failure to Pay on a DUI. Unable to Post Bond she was taken to the Henry County Jail.
Democrat for Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker released a statement over the weekend regarding the vote that elevated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
“Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed a radical and unrestrained judge under a cloud of sexual assault allegations to our nation’s highest court,” said JB Pritzker. “I have opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination from day one because he threatens the rights of millions and could undermine everything from a woman’s right to choose, affordable healthcare, LGBTQ rights, consumer protections, fair housing, and environmental protections. Bruce Rauner, on the other hand, has given Kavanaugh his full-throated endorsement and has supported him from the beginning, siding with Donald Trump instead of believing women and protecting Illinoisans. I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and like many Americans today, I am angry and disappointed. But we can’t be deterred in this fight. We must let this energize us toward winning big in November and electing Democrats across our state and our country.”
Call to Order 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Consent Agenda a. Approval of Minutes b. Payroll c. Staff Reports d. Request from the Kewanee Historical Society to close a portion of Tremont Street between First St. and Central Blvd. between 1 and 2:30 pm on October 27, 2018 for a ceremony commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Kewanee. e. Request from Tavern on Beach for use of the alley to the North of the property from Beach Street to Franklin Street from 11 am to 11 pm on October 27, 2018 for an Halloween entertainment event. 4. Presentation of Bills and Claims 5. Citizen Participation 6. Business: a. Acceptance of the Plan Commission Minutes from its meeting held on Thursday, September 27. b. Consideration of an Ordinance authorizing a special use to John Beaman Sr. for a multiple family dwelling at 309 East Third Street. c. Acceptance of the Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes from its meeting held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. d. Consideration of a Resolution approving a variance and authorizing an encroachment licensing agreement with St. John Paul II Parish. e. Consideration of an Ordinance amending Schedule III of Chapter 78 of the Kewanee City Code regarding Handicapped Parking Spaces establishing handicap accessible on-street parking spaces in the vicinity of the St. Peter’s Evangelical Church on S. Grove St.. f. Consideration of an Ordinance authorizing a cable television franchise agreement by and between the City of Kewanee and Comcast of Illinois/Indiana/Ohio LLC g. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the execution of an 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. h. Proclamation declaring October 7-13 as Fire Safety Week.
On October 3rd, Deputies at the Henry County Courthouse arrested Daniel Whitcomb of Ophiem, Illinois on a Rock Island County warrant for a probation violation. Just last month, Whitcomb was charged in Dewitt, Iowa on 12 charges related to a break in at a Dewitt, Iowa drug store. Whitcomb was arrested again by Henry County Sheriff's in Ophiem, Illinois on August 31st also on charges related to a break in.
On Thursday, October 4th, at 11:54 Am, Henry County Sheriff's responded to a call in the area of North 1700 Avenue in Cambridge, near the Cambridge Blacktop. At the scene, Deputies charged 77 year old Roger Wildermuth of Cambridge with a misdemeanor for Open Burning and issued him a notice to appear in court.
On Friday, October 5th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop on Interstate 80, near Geneseo. In the stop, a deputy issued a pair of citations to 20 year old Amiyah Cox of Chicago, one for Speeding, 85 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone, and one for Driving on a Suspended License.
On Friday, October 5th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies in Kewanee made a traffic stop on East Mill Street in Kewanee, at approximately 1:28 Am. In that stop, deputies arrested 25 year old Steven Andris of Kewanee on a DUI charge. Andris was also cited for driving with one headlight and Improper Lane Usage.
On Friday, October 5th at 1:29 Am, Sheriff's Deputies in Orion made a traffic stop of 37 year old Allan Kaigler of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kaigler was stopped while traveling 90 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone on I-74 near Orion.
Venom is opening this weekend in Kewanee at the Wanee Cinemas. This comic book tale, a Marvel character outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stars Tom Hardy as reporter Eddie Brock. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Eddie and Venom are legendary villains in the Spider-Man universe. Here however, Venom is the hero as he bonds with crusading reporter Eddie as he investigates the shady company that brought the alien Venom to earth along with several other beings just like Venom, parasitic aliens with world domination on their minds. Reviews on Venom have been mixed thus far but tomorrow at RegionalDailyNews.com you will read a surprisingly positive review from me of this anti-hero tale. Box office expectations for Venom have the film debuting number 1 this weekend with over $60 million a possibility making the film an instant hit despite facing off against the very popular new drama, A Star is Born starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Julie Landwehr and Deb Kubinsky from Abilities Plus are going to join us on Tuned In at 8:45 Am this morning. We will talk about the latest goings on at Abilities Plus including how your business can benefit by contracting with Abilities Plus, the Abilities Plus Legacy Program, and the scholarships for the Abilities Plus One Day Program. Abilities Plus was also very recently a recipient of a generous donation from Bank Orion. Bank employees raised $500 during their Jeans Day promotion and delivered a check to Abilities Plus, the bank’s charity of choice, this week.
The Let’s Talk Mental Health Walk will be held this Sunday at Windmont Park. Beth Smith from Mental Health Services of Henry County is one of the organizers of the event and she tells WKEI what is in store for folks who turn out at 12 Noon on Sunday
Following the Let’s Talk Mental Health Walk at 3:30 Pm events shift to the Petersen Auditorium at Kewanee High School where the remarkable documentary Suicide The Ripple Effect will be shown.
Those who want to walk at Windmont Park on Sunday, the cost is $20. Because you weren’t signed up by September 23rd you will not receive your t-shirt for a couple of weeks.
As for the documentary, Suicide The Ripple Effect, the cost to attend the documentary is $5.00 at the door at the Petersen Auditorium at 3:30 Pm. Proceeds from both events benefit Mental Health Services of Henry County.
Testy moments at a debate this week between Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker and it’s all about toilets. The Cook County Inspector General is accusing Pritzker of a scheme to defraud taxpayers over taking out toilets in a mansion he owed to get a $300,000 tax break. Pritzker took exception to the decision and tried to frame his actions as what many other taxpayers have done in Cook County.
Pritzker has said he will pay the Cook County Assessor’s office the more than $300,000 he received as part of his reassessment.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced this morning that her office would conduct an investigation of how Governor Rauner's administration handled the investigation of deaths from Legionnaires Disease at a Quincy, Illinois Veteran's Home. 12 residents of the home died in the 2015 outbreak and dozens of others were affected by the illness. The probe centers on what the Rauner administration knew, when it became known and whether there was an attempt to slow or stop the flow of information to the public regarding the outbreak.
This afternoon, Governor Rauner's Democratic challenger in the race for Governor, J.B Pritzker released a statement in response to the criminal probe.
“The story of the Legionnaires’ Crisis at the Quincy Veterans’ Home is the story of a failed governor who cost people their lives,” said JB Pritzker. “Bruce Rauner cared more about headlines than heroes. We’ve seen this before. In Flint, Michigan, the Attorney General launched a criminal investigation into the contamination of the water. Now, 15 government officials have been charged and one is facing involuntary manslaughter charges. Here in Illinois, there’s now a criminal probe into the Rauner administration’s mismanagement in Quincy. When 14 Veterans and their family members die, when nearly 70 people get sick, when you wait days to tell people on the ground what’s going on, you better believe crimes were committed. This is criminal negligence that cost people their lives and it’s time we have a grand jury get to the bottom of this.”
For his part, Governor Rauner has called the investigation 'partisan' and 'politically motivated.'
Local election officials are getting the job done. That’s what the latest data is showing from the Election Data and Science Lab at MIT. Illinois ranked eighth in the nation administering the 2016 election says Matt Dietrich with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Early voting began for the 2018 election began on Sept. 27 in Illinois. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6 with polls open across the state from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find more information on registering to vote and other election issues at www.elections.il.gov.
Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Center was our guest on Tuned on Thursday. Cassandra joined us to talk about Medicare enrollment and specifically to remind older folks to get a check up their Medicare benefits. No one is saying you should change your benefits, if you're happy with them but go by the Senior Center and talk to their people and make absolutely sure you are getting the best coverage for the price. Cassandra also talked up the upcoming Halloween Dance and Potluck this month at the Henry County Senior Center.
Campus police at SIU Edwardsville are investigating vandalism in the form of racial and homophobic slurs on campus in recent days. One incident involved hair gel being used to write a slur on a student's car, another was a car-keying incident also with a racial slur. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple says both of those incidents happened on the parking lot for the Evergreen residence hall.
Last year, a racist note was found on an African American student’s apartment door. Administrators offered a free semester’s tuition for information leading to the identification of the person committing the acts, but no one was ever caught. Discussions are taking place in this incident with students and the Bias Incident Report Team.
A night of playing defense for the two men running for Governor in Illinois. Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker squared off in another debate last night and the handling of an outbreak of deadly Legionella bacteria at a veteran’s home in Quincy. A new report shows that Rauner’s administration delayed in relaying information to the public about the problems at the home. Rauner contends it was an appropriate move.
Pritzker took the opportunity to jump on Rauner.
The two also traded jabs over Pritzker’s removal of toilets from a mansion he owned in Chicago in order to get a property tax break.
The Kewanee Fire Department will host a trivia night fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on October 13th from 6 Pm to 9 Pm at Cerno's. Grant Anderson with the Kewanee Fire Department is one of the organizers of the event and he tells WKEI that the goal of the event is to help push the statewide agenda to help the MDA.
We asked Grant Anderson where the idea for a trivia night fundraiser came from.
Cerno's was instrumental in helping get this event off the ground and especially with providing food and beer.
Again the cost is $30 per person if you would like to attend trivia for the Kewanee Fire Firefighters Fill the Boot campaign on October 13th from 6 Pm to 9 Pm. You can contact the Kewanee Fire Fighters Local 513 via their Facebook page or call 309-852-2115 to purchase tickets. There is a limit of about 100 people for the event so get in touch soon.
Employees of McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and other fast food chains in Chicago will be walking the picket lines Thursday in a continued push for better pay and unions. They'll be joined by service workers at airports, child care centers, colleges and hospitals in the Fight for 15 movement.
Adriana Alvarez has worked at the same Chicago McDonald's for eight years, and says union representation and earning $15 an hour would be life changing for her and her son. "I wouldn't have to live paycheck to paycheck," she states. "If my son needs something, I can get it when he needs it. And right now I don't have sick days.
"If he gets sick, I have to miss out on those wages and I'm already barely making it if I lose a day. It's very hurtful. While just 1-in-10 workers in the U.S. belong to a union, a recent MIT survey found that if given the opportunity, nearly half of non-unionized workers would join a union.
Strikes also are expected Thursday in several other states, including Michigan and Wisconsin
With one month to go before Election Day, Alvarez says workers in Illinois will also begin a massive canvass throughout the state to talk to residents about the need for candidates who support workers' rights.
"These politicians have yet to be for the people who are actually putting them in office," she asserts. "They are so anti-worker, they are so anti-people. They need to realize that we have the power and people have to realize that they have the power and that power comes in voting."
Arguing it would hurt business and jobs, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill last year that would have made Illinois the third state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
At last night’s Kewanee Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted 7 to 0 in favor of granting an easement to St. Mary’s Church, Visitation, School, for their bell monument.
The vote did carry a stipulation that the City Engineer Dale Nobel be asked about a water main that runs underneath the area. Former City of Kewanee employee Tim Hamilton raised the concern regarding the water main during public comments prior to the vote.
After the meeting, I spoke with Councilman Steve Faber who is in favor of the monument and he responded to Mr. Hamilton’s concerns.
Marty Medley is the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals and after the meeting, I asked for his take on how the meeting went.
The fate of the monument now falls to the Kewanee City Council which will vote for or against the easement to allow construction of the monument to be completed at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 9th following the Columbus Day Holiday.
Did you sweat through the month of September? The state just lived through the 12th warmest September on record. Overall State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature was about four degrees above normal. And along with being warm, it’s was also a fairly wet month.
Angel says that the rest of October looks to have above normal temps.
The Kewanee Black Knights will be the subject of the next Kewanee mural in 2019. That announcement was made last night via the Downtown Kewanee Facebook page. Voting began back in July for the next mural, in the wake of the wildly successful Walter T. Bailey mural project. The voting consisted of three options, Kewanee's baseball history, the Kewanee Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corp and Kewanee's Boxing History. Voters were invited to drop off donations for the next mural project at Reiman's Harley Davidson in the name of their favored subject and whichever subject received the most donations would be named the next Kewanee mural project. There is no word on just how much money was raised for the Black Knights mural, only that it was the winning choice. The next step will be continued fundraising and planning for where the mural will go and when it will go on the wall here in Kewanee.
The Governor wants the state to attack the opioid epidemic on a number of sides. Bruce Rauner says help from Walgreens allows for residents to drop off unused portions of pain pill prescriptions so they can’t be stolen or used by someone who shouldn’t have access to them.
Kewanee Police and the Henry County States Attorney have decided that no charges will be filed regarding an incident at Central School on September 24th. According to reports, a mother had called police to Central School on September 25th alleging that her son had been struck in the head by a teacher with a paper. It was said that the student was struck hard enough that his glasses came off. According to Kewanee Police, an officer took statements at the scene and turned over body camera footage to the investigation team. Investigators reviewed the statements made to police, a report from the school and conducted interviews of their own before consulting with Matt Schutte, the Henry County States Attorney. After conferring, it was decided that there was no probable cause to file criminal charges in the matter.
Beth Smith with Henry County Mental Health Alliance was our guest on Tuned In on Wednesday, Beth is one of the organizers for this Sunday's Let's Talk Mental Health Awareness Walk at Windmont Park at 12 Noon this Sunday. The walk is not the only event, however, as Mental Health Awareness gets underway on Thursday evening at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee with a talk then continues with a pair of events on Friday at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center on Friday morning and an event for members of the clergy on Friday at Noon at Center City.
The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Memorial Park has been dedicated next to State Police Headquarters in Downtown Springfield. 67 fallen troopers are honored at the Memorial. Governor Bruce Rauner saluted the fallen and renewed his call for the ultimate penalty for those who take their lives...
The new memorial was fully paid for with private dollars.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announcing that, should Democrats be successful in winning back the majority in November, she plans to run for Assistant Democratic Leader. This would be the number four post in Democratic House Leadership. She made the announcement Monday on MSNBC.
Bustos currently serves as a Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
The rates you pay for electricity through Ameren Illinois is dropping. The utility's new electric supply rates for those customers who get their power from Ameren Illinois and not a third party will be 5.038/kWh. For residential customers, that is 18.3% lower than this time last year. Citizen's Utility Board spokesman Jim Chilsen says there are some out there that will use this news to try and switch you to their plan, which may be way more expensive.
Ameren Illinois does not profit from or mark-up the cost of electricity, and the decrease is due to reforms in the yearly electricity auction held by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the power grid operator for all or parts of 15 states, including Central and Southern Illinois.
At the age of 19, Kevin Hines of San Francisco, California, attempted to take his own life. Hines jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge, an American landmark that also happens to be one of the most famous places where people have been known to take their lives. Through some miracle, Kevin Hines did not die that day and now, his road to recovery and stability is a story that is inspring people like Kevin not to make the same mistake he did. Suicide The Ripple Effect is showing this Sunday at 3:30 Pm at the Petersen Auditorium at Kewanee High School. It's part of a full week of Mental Health Awareness events being put on by Mental Health Services of Henry County, which includes the Let's Talk Mental Health Awareness Walk on Sunday afternoon at 12 Noon in Windmont Park, just before the showing of the documentary. The cost to attend the showing of Suicide The Ripple Effect is $5.00 at the door and all proceeds go to benefit Mental Health Services of Henry County.
Dr. Hayley Ralph with OSF Healthcare joined WKEI to talk about Gynecological Cancer Awareness. September was officially Gynecological Cancer Awareness month but as Dr Ralph mentions, this awareness of the danger of Cervical Cancer, Uterine and Ovarian Cancer should be a year round concern. Changes are coming specifically to how Cervical Cancer is diagnosed and the days of just a regular Pap Smear are now evolving to even more effective means of diagnosis. Listen to our interview with Dr Hayley Ralph to hear how things are beginning to change in women's health care.
Jim Dodge is the Republican candidate for Treasurer in Illinois. Dodge is running against Democrat incumbent Mike Frerichs and part of his plans for the position, were he elected, is to push for the position of Treasurer and Comptroller to be combined. The positions were separated years ago to beat back accusations of corruption in the Treasurer's Office. Dodge believes the State of Illinois' finances can be saved with the right kind of investment strategy. Jim Dodge was our guest today on WKEI.
Asked to describe her two years in office as Illinois Comptroller, Susana Mendoza used the words “truth-telling fiscal watchdog”. She was elected to fill out the remaining two-year term of the late Judy Baar-Topinka in 2016 and is now seeking a four-year term in office.
Before serving as Comptroller, Mendoza spent time as a state legislator and Chicago City Clerk. She is being challenged by Republican Darlene Senger.
Petersen Health Care is teaming up with a company out of Oklahoma for an innovation in the Memory Care business that is set to save lives and change the way we care for those suffering from Alzheimers, Dementia and other Memory related issues. This Oklahoma based company, CISCOR, however, has Kewanee roots. Sam Youngwirth was born here in Kewanee and grew up knowing Doug Currier, Petersen Health Care's leader. It was that connection that brought Sam home to Kewanee and with him some of the most innovative ideas in caring for people in need of Memory care. Sam and Doug along with Maisey Postin from Petersen Health Care joined WKEI for our People to People program on Tuesday to talk about what CISCOR is bringing to Betty's Garden here in Kewanee.
Former Kewanee Police Officer Gary Moore is running for Kewanee City Council. Gary is a regular at Kewanee City Council meetings and felt the call to run for City Council for a number of reasons, not least of which is his love for this community. Gary Moore dropped by our WKEI studios in Kewanee on Monday to talk about why he is running for City Council, what he hopes to achieve and issues facing the City of Kewanee.
A big congratulations goes out to Wethersfield High School’s Introduction to Agriculture class. Led by their teacher, Kate Bennett Rashid, the Wethersfield class won the fantasy farming challenge sponsored by Monsanto. Out of 18 teams competing at the Monmouth Learning Center on Tuesday, Wethersfield placed 1st in Profitability and 2nd in Crop Yield to win the overall competition. For being the overall champion, Monsanto will make a $1,000 donation to Wethersfield FFA.
Kewanee Firefighters Local 513 is touting their MDA fundraiser Trivia Night on October 13th from 6 to 9 Pm at Cernos. Tickets are $30 per person and include a 5 course meal and a beer pairing for each course. There will also be a silent auction and all the money raised goes to support MDA. To register, contact Kewanee Firefighters Local 513 at 309-852-2115 or you can search Kewanee Firefighters 513 on Facebook and message them there.
A pair of recent car thefts are linked to people leaving their keys in their car according to Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley. In the past three days, there have been two incidents of car theft in Kewanee and they have one thing in common, both cars had keys in the ignition when they were stolen. Thankfully, both cars have been recovered but Chief Ainley has put out the message to residents, don’t leave your keys in the car.
At approximately 4:45 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 5th and Tremont. In that stop, Police cited Robert D. Behnke for a Seatbelt Violation.
At approximately 5;15 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 3rd and Chestnut. In that stop, Kewanee Police Cited Jennifer M. Coombes for an expired Registration.
At approximately 6:25 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 18 year old Trevor C. Kane of Cambridge for a Seatbelt Violation.
At approximately 6:55 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited Matthew J. Daulton of Kewanee for Improper Use of a Registration, Operating a Vehicle with an Expired Registration and Driving without Insurance. Also cited in that stop was 28 year old Brandon R. Abbott of Kewanee on a charge of Improper Use of Registration.
At approximately 1:42 Am Kewanee Police responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident in the area of 2nd and Main Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found 40 year old Eric M. Stabler of Bradford. Stabler’s vehicle had struck a curb barrier and was damaged. Stabler was not injured in the accident and was not cited.
Later this week we will be talking with the candidates for State Treasurer in Illinois. We’ve got interviews with incumbent Democrat Treasurer Mike Frerichs and his Republican opponent, Jim Dodge. Jim Dodge will be our guest tomorrow morning on WKEI and Treasurer Frerichs will join us, hopefully, on Thursday. If you can’t tune in to hear the interviews you can always stream or download the interviews at RegionalDailyNews.com
This week marks the beginning of a new partnership between Hammond Henry Hospital and Genesis Health Systems out of the Quad Cities. Three new doctors will begin accepting Gynecological patients at Hammond Henry Hospital on Wednesday’s says Darcy Hepner, Director of the Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation…
That number again for appointments for Gynecological care at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo is 309-281-2140.
The state of Illinois has a best athlete in its’200-year history and his air-ness reigns. Michael Jordan was picked as the best ever. The five-time NBA MVP and six-time champion beat out a list of other impressive players.
Mr. Cub Ernie Banks was on the list along with a pair of Olympian’s Jackie Joyner Kersee and Bonnie Blair.
Peoria area Congressman Darin LaHood is saluting President Trump after news that trade negotiators have struck a new deal that would replace NAFTA with a new trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Republican says the trade deal will give an economic boost to many Illinois industries, especially agriculture.....
LaHood will play a key role in the approval process as a member of the Ways and Means Committee.
LaHood hopes farmers recover from some of the impact tied to Chinese tariffs.....
On Friday, September 28th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies initiated a traffic stop in the area of Briar Bluff Road in Colona. In that stop, Deputies arrested 34 year old Melissa Gustafson of Coal Valley on a Henry County warrant for failing to appear on a 2012 Juvenile case. Gustafson also had a warrant from Rock Island County for failing to appear on a charge of Driving While Suspended. Gustafson was taken to the Henry County Jail.
On Friday September 28th, at 12:45 Pm in the area of North Chestnut Street in Kewanee, Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop of a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by Megan Clayes of Kewanee. Clayes was cited for Driving on a Suspended License and a Mandatory Insurance Violation. Megan posted bond and was released.
On Friday, September 28th just after 5 Pm Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop on Old Highway 82. In that stop, 20 year old Courtnie Wright of Kewanee was cited for having an expired registration and she was arrested on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of registration violation. Courtnie was taken to the Henry County Jail.
On Friday September 28th Henry County sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop at 9:40 Pm of a 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by 28 year old Luke Cunningham of Kewanee. In the stop, Cunningham was cited for driving with one headlight and failing to secure a child safety restraint.. A passenger in the vehicle, 20 year old Kayla Berg of Kewanee, was cited and given a Notice to Appear on charges of Possession of Cannabis.
On Friday, September 28th, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop on I-74 near Woodhull. In the stop, 25 year old Ryan Zelle of Long Grove, Iowa was cited for DUI and Improper Lane Usage.
On Sunday, September 30th, Henry County Sheriff's in Cambridge on Golden Avenue made a traffic stop with a truck driven by 45 year old Zacory Bailey of Victoria, Illinois. Bailey was given Notice to Appear Citations for Driving on a Revoked License and Obstructing Identification.
On Sunday, September 30th, Henry County Deputies made a traffic stop on Railroad Avenue in Kewanee just after 8 Pm. In the stop, Sheriff's arrested 23 year old Asia Lyones of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Retail Theft and Driving on a Suspended License. Lyones was also given a warning for Improper Lane Usage, and citations for Failure to Secure a Child in a Safety Restraint and Possession of Marijuana.
Sophomores from Kewanee High School held a car wash at the Railroad Avenue location of Motor City on Saturday and it was a rousing success. According to sources on hand, the Sophomores raised just over $1000 dollars from donations made after they had washed people's cars on Saturday. The funds will go to support Sophomore class projects at Kewanee High School. Principal Jamie Bryan and his wife were on hand helping out and stayed the full four hours. Motor City owner Eric Ellenberger provided the space and materials for the car wash and made sure the refreshments were ready for those who turned out in the Motor City showroom. A big congratulations to all involved in this tremendous community event.
October 9th is the last day to register to vote in the November election in Henry County. According to Henry County Recorder Barb Link, voter registration will end at close of business at her office on October 9th. Registered voters who have changed addresses since they last registered must make sure they've filed their change of address with the Clerk's office by the 9th as well. Residents can register to vote or change their address at the Henry County Clerk's Office in Cambridge or you can pick up a voter registration at your local post office.
Today on the Open Line we discussed the Las Vegas shooter and the Las Vegas Police Department's decision to close the case despite not having come to any conclusion regarding why a lone gunman shot 58 people from the MGM Grand 1 year ago. Also on the agenda, callers weighed in on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Sean explained where we are in covering an alleged case of bullying by a teacher against a student at a Kewanee School.
Approximately 1:29 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Hollis and McClure Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 25 year old Juan Carlos Rodriguez for speeding, 49 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.
At approximately 3:53 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 36 year old Mark R. Dobbels of Kewanee for Improper Display of License Plate.
At approximately 4:04 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 2nd and Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 19 year old Christon A. Lovie of Kewanee for Operating a Vehicle with Expired Registration Sticker and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
At approximately 4:36 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 10th and Simpson. In that stop, Police cited 44 year old Kurtis L. Talbot of Kewanee for Speeding, 41 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.
At approximately 5:50 Pm on Friday evening, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 500 block of Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 29 year old Ryan A. Dzekunskas of Milan, Illinois for Operating a Vehicle with a Tinted Registration Cover.
At approximately 6:09 Pm on Friday evening, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Division and Grover Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested Brandon C. Kruskop for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, and Operating a Vehicle with Expired Registration Sticker.
At approximately 6:31 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 200 Block of North Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited Hunter M. Pearson of Tampico for having no Front Registration Plate.
At approximately 9:07 Pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited a 16 year old girl for speeding, 41 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone and for having Window Tint Too Dark.
At approximately 9:20 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of Tremont. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 39 year old Eric Damm of Kewanee for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Talking on his Cellphone While Driving and Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.
At approximately 10:09 Pm on Friday night Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of Central and Elm Street in Kewanee. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested Krista V. Elgin of Kewanee on charges of Driving While License Suspended, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Registration, Failure to Secure a Child Under 8 Years Old, and Possession of a Suspended Driver’s License. Elgin also had a valid warrant from Henry County for Operating an Uninsured Vehicle. She was arrested and Posted Bond and was released.
At approximately 10:25 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a Traffic Stop in the are of McClure and Whitney. In this stop, Kewanee Police cited Kimberly A. Christian of Kewanee for Failure to Wear a Seatbelt and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
On Saturday at approximately 3:55 Pm, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 5th and East Street. In this stop, Kewanee Police arrested 33 year old Christopher J. Kidd of Kewanee for Driving While Revoked and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
At approximately 9:52 Pm on Saturday night, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 200 Block of Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited Carla Ogorzalek for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device.
At approximately 10:38 Pm Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of East and Rollins. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited Roderick A. Flagg for having an Expired Registration.
At approximately 1:26 Am on Sunday morning, Kewanee Police initiated a traffic stop in the area of 4th and Grace in that stop, Kewanee Police arrested Aaron J. Demers of Clark County, Kentucky, on a Clark County warrant for Failure to appear on a charge of Maintaining a Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Endangering Another Person. Demers was taken to the Henry County Jail.
At approximately 2:33 Am on Sunday morning, Kewanee Police were called to a scene in the 600 Block of Pleasant Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 30 year old Louis A. Vernay of Kewanee, on charges including Domestic Battery, Criminal Trespass to a Residence, and Criminal Damage to property.Vernay was taken from the scene to the Henry County Jail.
OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest on Tuned In on Monday. Carrie Boelens was joined by Emily Costenson to talk about October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's time to get a mammogram says Emily and take care with breast health this month. Meanwhile, Carrie updated us on this weekend's activities surrounding the Mental Health Walk this weekend and the upcoming OSF Blood Drive and Book Sale...
A Henry County Judge gave probation to an Iowa man arrested after attempting to solicit a Kewanee teenager for sex. 57 year old James Caldwell was arrested on July 3rd outside the Kewanee Post Office after driving from Davenport in the hope of meeting up with a Kewanee boy he believed to be a teenager. Instead, the teenager was a Kewanee Police detective and Caldwell was arrested on the spot and charged with Solicitation/Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Traveling to Meet a Minor. Caldwell was sentenced to 6 months probation and was given more than $2000 in fines. Caldwell will also have to register as a sex offender and have no unsupervised contact with minors.
Hammond Henry Hospital is launching their brand new urgent care clinic today. The new walk in clinic will give patients the chance to see physicians and not have to go to the expense of the emergency room. Darcy Hepner from the Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation was our guest on Friday’s edition of Tuned In
The Kewanee Public Library art show officially opens tonight at 6 Pm says Barbara Love from the Kewanee Library. During tonight’s gathering, they will announce the winners of judging that took place the library over the weekend.
Again, that is 6 Pm tonight at the Kewanee Public Library for the Library art show.
The state has an agreement with UBER over a 2016 data breach. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says that Illinois will get $8.5 million under the agreement. The data hack impacted drivers for the ride share service and the problem was UBER never told those affected by the breach.
If you drove for UBER at the time you can expect a $100 check for the data breach.