Local News Archives for 2018-11

Tuned In Goodfellows Christmas Baskets with Ken Noles and Amron Buchanan

Ken Noles and Amron Buchanan were our guests on Friday's edition of Tuned In on WKEI. The Goodfellows Christmas Baskets are coming together but donations to buy groceries to fill the baskets are needed. Families who would like to receive a Goodfellows Christmas Basket can contact Kewanee High School and leave a name and address where the basket can be delivered to. More information in our Tuned In podcast with Ken and Amron...

 

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Governor Rauner Scared for Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner has come out of post election hibernation to meet reporters for the first time since losing to J.B. Pritzker on Election Day. The outgoing Republican had plenty to say, especially when it comes to one party control....


Rauner says there will be an agenda quite different from his Turnaround Agenda.......


Rauner also complained that the General Assembly’s votes to override two of his vetoes could cost the state millions of dollars in additional costs.

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Henry County Farm Bureau to Co-Host Winter Crop Meetings in December

The Henry County Farm Bureau will team up with the Bureau County and Marshall-Putnam County Farm Bureau's to host Winter Crop Meetings on Tuesday, December 18th at three different locations. The Henry County Farm Bureau will host a Winter Crop Meeting at 9 Am on December 18th with staff from Country Financial on hand as guest speakers including Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial Crop Agency Manager will cover Crop Insurance Updates you need to know.  Brad Clow, COUNTRY Financial Crop Operations Manager will give a drone presentation.  Finally, Joe Camp, Manager of AgriVisor, LLC will provide a Market Outlook. Marshall-Putnam County will hold the same forum at 3 Pm and then Bureau County Farm Bureau will play host at 7 Pm. 

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OSF Hospital Alcove Gift Shop Hosting After-Hours Event

The Alcove Gift Shop at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is hosting an After Hours Sale. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 4th from 4:30 Pm to 6:30 Pm. The sale will feature in-store specials on winter items, complimentary refreshments and prize giveaways. Sales at The Alcove Gift Shop go to benefit scholarship programs for students going into the medical field. “Alcove After Dark is a highlight for our volunteers who invite the community to enjoy the beautiful glow of Christmas lights while shopping for gifts, home décor and seasonal items,” said Nancy VanDeSampel, Administrative & Project Assistant. 

 

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Black Hawk College Priority Registration Ends December 12th

Priority Registration for students in the Spring Semester at Black Hawk College ends on December 12th. That from a release from Black Hawk on Thursday. According to the release, Spring credit classes begin on Monday, January 12th and thus schedules need to be set by Wednesday, December 12th. Spring Semester students are encouraged to get together with Black Hawk College advisors as soon as possible to set schedules for Spring. 

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Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report 11-29-18 to 11-30-18

At approximately 12:48 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested Sarah C. Bostic of Rock Island on a charge of Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 2:22 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the scene of an accident in the area of the 200 Block of West 1st Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found that a vehicle driven by 51 year old Daniel H. Tuttle of Kewanee had struck a parked, unattended vehicle owned by Jennifer Larabee, also of Kewanee. No one was hurt in the accident and Kewanee Police didn't issue a citation. 

 

At approximately 3:25 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street to investigate a criminal trespass to property. At the scene. Kewanee Police gave a notice to appear in court citation to 33 year old Julie Weir of Kewanee for Criminal Trespass. 

 

At approximately 4:11 Pm Kewanee Police went to the 600 Block of West 1st Street to execute a warrant. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested Candace M. Tuck on a charge of Failure to Appear in court on a charge of Disturbing the Peace. Unable to post bond, Tuck was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 10:01 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 800 Block of West Prospect Street. At the scene, Police arrested 28 year old Jonathan E. Christian on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a charge of Driving Without a Valid License. Unable to post bond, Christian was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

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Abilities Plus is Hiring

Abilities Plus is hiring. The agency is seeking a Developmental Training Instructor. The position is for 37.5 hours per week plus benefits and consists of working with Developmentally Disabled Adults in day training situations. Developmental Training Instructors help Abilities Plus clients with things such as personal care, social skills and vocational training. The right candidate must have a valid drivers license and at least a High School Diploma or a GED. If you are interested in applying for the position you can contact Deb Kubinsky at Abilities Plus at 309-852-4626.

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Treats on Tenney This Sunday from 3 Pm to 5 Pm

Treats on Tenney is going forward this weekend despite the weather conditions that caused the Lighted Christmas Parade and the Lighting of Windmont Park to be delayed by a week. Treats on Tenney is a Community Holiday Open House in which businesses all along Tenney Street will have free treats for folks who stop along the way. Businesses involved include us here at Regional Media where we will have cookies and hot chocolate for folks who drop by between 3:30 and 5 Pm. Blue Star Liquidation, Happy Joes, Mel Foster Company, 7 Sisters Esthetic, Freedom House, The State Bank of Toulon, Goodwill, The Broken Chimney, Maurices, Farm King, and Appliances Unlimited will all have treats for those who stop by on Sunday afternoon between 3:30 and 5 Pm. Along the route of Treats on Tenney you can also sign up to win drawing prizes including gift cards, gift baskets, free dinners and even a Mall of America prize package courtesy of Regional Media. 

 

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Number of Farm Bankruptcies on the Rise in Illinois

An analysis of Chapter 12 bankruptcies, which includes farm bankruptcies, shows a continued increase in Illinois and several other Midwestern states. While the numbers dropped nationally, American Farm Bureau Chief Economist John Newton says the figures show tough farm financial conditions here in the heartland;

Of the nearly 450 Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings in fiscal year 20-18, more than half took place in U-S court districts where farmers grow corn, soybeans, produce dairy products and raise livestock;

The U-S Department of Agriculture expects farm debt-to-asset-ratios to climb again this year. If that holds, they will be the highest since 2009 and the sixth consecutive year of climbing farm debt.

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Holidays At the White House

Holiday’s at the White House is now open at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. According to Museum Director Alan Lowe, the exhibit takes a special focus on the family aspect of celebrating the holidays at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

The featured Presidents include Johnson, Nixon, Ford and George H.W. Bush. The special exhibit runs through January 6th.

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IDOT Helping with Winter Driving Recommendations

Some parts of Illinois have already seen more snow in November than they had all last winter. And with an early start to the winter driving season, the Illinois Department of Transportation is launching the “Winter Weather… Get it Together” campaign. IDOT’s Jessie Decker says one thing you need to do is the give the snow plow a little more room than you would another vehicle on the road.

Getting Around Illinois is on the web to help you find out more about road conditions in the state. 

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Bohemian Rhapsody Opens in Kewanee This Weekend

The exceptionally popular Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, opens in Kewanee today at the Wanee Cinemas. The rock n'roll epic has grossed more than $155 million dollars in the U.S alone and tells the story of the famed singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury from his days as young , aspiring songwriter, to joining Queen to their rocket ride to fame and through the band's triumphant performance at Live Aid. The film has received somewhat mixed reviews with a rating of 62% positive on RottenTomatoes but an audience score of 91% who said they enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody. 

 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Department Arrest Report 11-29-18

-On Sunday, November 25, 2018, at 5:11a.m., Henry County Deputy made contact with Ebony Zachary (age 34) of Kewanee, at the Shell Gas Station on Main St. in Kewanee.  The Deputy arrested Ebony on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for the original charge of domestic battery.  Ebony posted bond and was released.

 

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Henry and Stark County Health Dept Want You to Remember to Wash Your Hands

December 2nd through the 8th is National Handwashing Week and the Henry and Stark County Health Department wants to make sure everyone remembers the importance of keeping your hands clean. 

To put this in greater perspective one should consider these startling statistics courtesy of the Henry and Stark County Health Department:

 

* 2/3 of adults in the US wash hands after using the bathroom.

* 1 in 4 adults do not wash hands after changing diapers.

* Less than 1/2 of Americans wash hands after cleaning up after pets.

* 1 in 3 wash hands after sneezing/coughing.

* Less than 1 in 5 people wash hands after touching money.

* 1 in 3 E. coli occurrences is caused by not washing hands before handling food.

 

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Kewanee Mayoral Candidate Brad Ahrens Talks to WKEI

Kewanee Mayoral Candidate Brad Ahrens came to the WKEI studios on Thursday to discuss why he decided to run for Mayor. Earlier this week Ahrens became the 5th candidate to run for Mayor of Kewanee, a filing that will trigger a primary assuming no other candidate drops out of the race for Mayor or whether anyone challenges the filing status of one of the candidates. WKEI asked Mr Ahrens what made him decide to run and what he hopes to accomplish among other questions regarding his background and experience. 

 

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Representative Bustos to Head DCCC

Representative Cheri Bustos has been elected as the new head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the DCCC. Bustos was elected by a first ballot vote demonstrating her popularity among her colleagues. It will be Bustos' task to help elect more Democrats to Congress and capitalize on the majority the party picked up in the recent midterm election. In response to her election Represenative Bustos released this statement: 

 

“I’m humbled to have earned the support of my colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Under the tremendous leadership of our new Assistant Democratic Leader, Ben Ray Luján, the entire Democratic Caucus worked together to flip 40 seats from Red to Blue. 


“Over the next two years, our charge is to build on this progress to fortify our new Democratic Majority so we can deliver bold change for the American people. We will do this by placing a new emphasis on incumbent protection while going on offense in the districts where we came up short this year – we must do both. 


“As Democrats, we are going to keep our focus on getting real results for the American people by lowering their health care costs, raising their wages and cracking down on the corruption we’ve seen from Washington Republicans. While I am hopeful that we can make some progress in this next Congress, we need to win back the White House and the Senate while defending our House Majority to completely deliver on our promise. Failure is simply not an option, we will protect this house.” 

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Open Line Podcast 11-29-18

Today on the Open Line we discussed the race for the next Mayor of Kewanee. There are now 5 candidates for Mayor and today is the last day if someone wanted to challenge the signature petitions of any candidates for Mayor or City Council. Petitions are not automatically investigated and are only examined if a citizen requests that the petition be challenged. Candidate for Kewanee City Council Tim Hamilton called into the Open Line to clear up a mistake in today's Star Courier which claimed that he had not filed his financial disclosure statement on time. Two candidates, one for Mayor and one for City Council did not get their statement of economic interests in in time and could be subject to challenges. 

 

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People to People Kewanee City Council Wrap Up

Today on People to People on WKEI Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley joined us to talk about Wednesday night's Kewanee City Council Meeting. in the interview, we discuss KEDC's council presentation, the side letter agreement with AFSCME, the tabling of a new agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police and Internal Control Policy. 

 

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AG Madigan Catholic Church Investigation Continues to Grow

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has released a new statement regarding her ongoing investigation into abuses by members of the Catholic Church in Illinois, a scandal that is unfolding all over again for many. In her statement, the Attorney General Says: 

“Our initial review has found the number of Catholic clergy in Illinois with credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors is more extensive than the Church previously has disclosed to the public,” Madigan said. “My investigation will continue in order to provide victims, parishioners and the public with a complete and accurate accounting of sexually abusive behavior with minors involving priests in Illinois.”

Madigan’s investigation has led to the Archdiocese of Rockford, Belleville and Peoria to turn over evidence of Priests with credible accusations of sexual abuse against them. 

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Is National Rhetoric Behind Rise in Uninsured Kids?

New data out today show the number of uninsured children in Illinois rose about 8 percent last year, and advocates said they're worried that federal policies could thwart future progress. Researchers with the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found for the first time in a decade, the number of children without health coverage in the U.S. has gone up, with 5 percent of kids now uninsured. In Illinois, it's almost 3 percent. Kathy Waligora, interim executive director of EverThrive Illinois, contends that with an improving economy and low unemployment, the backslide is the result of messages at the national level.

 

"The rhetoric coming from the Trump administration has left people confused about whether or not they can get insured," Waligora said. "It has left people confused about whether or not they can afford insurance for themselves or their families. And it has scared immigrants that are fearful that enrolling in benefits could have a negative impact on their ability to remain in the country."

 

Enrollment in a number of public assistance programs already is dropping, because the Trump administration has proposed changes to the "public charge" rules that make the use of certain programs count against legal immigrants when they apply for citizenship. The administration says migrants must be able to support themselves financially. Joan Alker, report co-author and Georgetown Center executive director, is also convinced that constant attacks on the Affordable Care Act, the move to cut Medicaid and the delay in reauthorizing CHIP all contributed to public unease about signing up.

 

"The fact that our nation is going backwards on kids' health coverage is very troubling," Alker stressed. "And the fact that all 50 states failed to make progress, even those with the best of intentions, means they really couldn't withstand these strong, national currents to protect their kids from losing coverage."

 

Waligora added that when children's health needs are met, their parents miss fewer days of work, kids are better able to learn in school and are better equipped to make positive contributions as adults. She implored state leaders to not wait for action at the federal level.

 

"We know that the climate at the federal level is not going to change right now," she said. "If Illinois does nothing, the uninsured rate for kids will likely continue to climb. So, it's imperative that the state take action in the coming months, in the coming year, to protect kids' health."

 

Illinois fell in the report from seventh to tenth nationally for the lowest number of uninsured children, which now stands at 89,000 in the state. 

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Thompson Center Sale Won't Happen Yet

The continued discussion about the future of the Thompson Center on Chicago's Loop will drag on a little longer. Governor Rauner is the latest chief executive to discuss selling the building and real estate, but a sale won't happen under his watch. In the new Illinois Fiscal Policy Report, the sale of the Thompson Center has been taken off of a list of potential revenue sources for the fiscal year 2019. Governor Rauner had hoped the state office building could be sold, generating 300 million dollars.

 

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EPA Recycling Guide

If you want to recycle but have a hard time finding a place to do so things should get a little easier. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has a new website to show you the items that you can recycle curbside and then the site will show you where to take the other stuff that you can’t leave there.

EPA’s James Jennings. He says go to E-P-A dot Illinois dot gov to find the new guide.

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Lawmakers Approve Bump In Ability to Sue the State

After the deaths of 14 residents at a veteran’s home in Quincy a new state law will allow people to sue the state for millions in damages. The cap on damages that can be sought in the Illinois Court of Claims was set at $100,000 but now is two million. Lawmakers approved the increase after Republican Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a previous bill. He preferred the cap to set at $300,000. Republican Rep. Peter Breen agreed and says the state may not be able to afford to settle for more money. 

The old cap was set more than 45 years ago and hadn’t been raised since.

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-27-18 to 11-28-18

On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 10:47p.m. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on 11th Ave in Orion.  The driver of the vehicle, Nathan Vietty (age 30) of Orion, was issued a citation for improper lane usage and arrested for DUI and taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 11:56p.m. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy 150 south of Orion.  The driver of the vehicle, Zachary Andresen (age 29) of Moline, was issued a citation for speeding 72mph in a 55mph speed zone and arrested for DUI and taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 4:00a.m. Henry County Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on N300 Ave in rural Galva.  The driver of the vehicle, Voshon Stevenson (age 21) of Galva, was issued a citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  No injuries were reported.

 

-On Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 6:01p.m. Henry County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 19115 E 950 St. in rural Galva.  After initial investigation Deputies arrested Darian Callear (age 25) of Geneseo for domestic battery.  Darian was taken to the Henry County Jail.

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Kewanee Chamber Windmont Park Organizers Postpone Lighted Parade and Park Lighting

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce and the organizers of the lighting in windmont park have decided to postpone the parade and the park lighting by one week, from December 2nd to December 9th. Mark Mikenas from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce called WKEI with an update on Wednesday afternoon. 

Volunteers are needed for the Lighting of Windmont Park so if you have free time between 9 Am and 4 Pm this week or next, drop by the park and volunteer. 

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Tuned In Julie Landwehr Abilities Plus Open House Sunday

Julie Landwehr from Abilities Plus was our guest today on Tuned In. Julie was on hand to talk about Christmas Wreaths! Wreaths are on sale now at Abilities Plus for just $15.00. And, of course, we talked about Sunday's big day, the 58th Annual Abilities Plus Open House from 1 Pm to 3 Pm. Drop by for a tour of Abilities Plus and the chance to meet some of the folks who are helped every day by Abilities Plus here in Kewanee. 

 

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Vote to Arm Teachers Falls Short at Illinois Association of School Boards

Should local schools have the option to arm properly trained staff members? The subject received much attention at the Illinois Association of School Board annual convention in Chicago earlier this month. A proposed resolution supporting such legislation was narrowly defeated by IASB delegate members 179-to-203 says the organization’s 


A similar proposal was brought up four years ago and then again last year and it could resurface next year with a few tweaks.

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Tempers Flaring in Springfield in Veto Session

The debate was set to boil in the Illinois House Tuesday. The House voted to override a veto on raising the cap on damage awards in lawsuits against the state from $100,000 dollars to $2 million. During the discussion on the issue, the focus shifted to victims of the Legionnaire's Disease outbreak at the Quincy Veterans' Home. That's where semantics come into play. Democratic State Representative Stefanie Kifowit of Oswego was critical of State Rep. Peter Breen on the issue on the caps issue. Was she trying to build empathy or wishing ill will? You decide...


Rep. Jeanne Ives demanded Kifowit apologize to Breen. Kifowit maintains her statement was hypothetical

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City Council Candidate Komnick Weighs in on Kewanee Snow Removal Praises City Workers

Kewanee City Council candidate Mike Komnick released a statement regarding snow removal in Kewanee. In a note sent to members of the media and posted to his social media campaign site, Komnick said

 

"I have had several people ask me to weigh in on the snow removal efforts by the city. Some of these people weren't happy with the time it took, which is something I thought should be addressed. I have heard reports of 14 inches of snow fell in Kewanee, basically overnight. No matter how well prepared you are, this will bring any city to a standstill."

 

"Combine the warmer temperatures before the storm with the wind overnight and you have a disaster in the making. I think overall they did a great job in a relatively short timeframe. The biggest issue I saw is the same issue I see with every snowstorm, cars parked on the streets. I understand some have nowhere to go, but that is probably an area we can work together to come up with a viable solution. You won't keep all cars off the streets, but we should open that up for conversation in how it is currently handled and what to do moving forward. Our city workers need a break after this one, so let's hope they can get some well-deserved rest before we get more snow!"

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Mayor Looney and City Manager Bradley on Kewanee Snow Clean Up Effort

Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley were our guests on People to People on Tuesday. The Mayor and City Manager were on hand to talk about Snow Removal and the City of Kewanee’s response to the massive weather event on Sunday: 


City Manager Gary Bradley says they understand that many people have complaints about the city plowing but they do have a plan in place that they use for specific reasons. 


You can hear our complete interview with Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley online now in our People to People Podcast at RegionalDailyNews.com. 

 

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Still Time to Enter Kewanee Lighted Christmas Parade Sunday

You can still sign up for the Kewanee Lighted Christmas Parade this Sunday at 5 Pm. The kewanee Chamber of Commerce is continuing to take entries into Sunday’s parade which leads directly to Windmont Park where fireworks will accompany the lighting of the gorgeous Christmas display at Windmont Park. Get in touch with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce at 309-852-2175 and let them know that your business, church or organization would like to take part in the Lighted Christmas Parade. 

 

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Governor-Elect Pritzker Urging People to Stay in Illinois

Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker has no hard feelings for those who didn't vote for him. Pritzker says he is working to boost the economy with his transition team, for all of Illinois and he wants Illinoisans to stay put...


Pritzker hopes to jump-start the Illinois economy, in particular beyond the Chicago region........
 

 

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IDNR Urging Tree Stand Safety for Hunters

Hunting season continues in Illinois and DNR officials want those walking into the woods or climbing tree stands to be safe, Ed Cross with the Department of Natural Resources says safely getting into a tree stand starts with wearing a harness.

Last year 10 hunters reported falling from tree stands in Illinois. 

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Farmers Mostly Done with Harvest

Is it over yet? When talking about corn and soybean harvest for the state’s farmers is all local. Some have been wrapped up for weeks while others are waiting to bring in the final acres before it actually becomes winter. USDA’s Mark Schleusener says that the numbers show harvest still lags in the northern part of the state but winter wheat fields in southern Illinois have been planted and are getting established. 

 

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Abilities Plus Open House Sunday in Kewanee

Julie Landwehr from Abilities Plus will be our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. Julie will be joining us to talk about Wreath Sales at at Abilities Plus. Christmas Wreaths are on sale now at Abilities Plus for $15 each. We will also discuss the Abilities Plus Open House this Saturday from 1 Pm to 3 Pm. It’s the 58th annual Abilities Plus Open House and anyone who would like to come and have a look around is invited to stop by for refreshments and cookies. That is this Saturday from 1 Pm to 3 Pm at Abilities Plus. Julie Landwehr will join us with even more information at 8:45 on Tuned In.

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Heated Debate Over Quincy Legionnaire's Settlement Turns Ugly in Springfield

Illinois Republicans are fighting back after Democratic State Representative Stephanie Kifowit took to the statehouse floor and talked about wanting to serve a broth of Legionella bacteria to the family of Republican State Rep Peter Breen and his family. 

Audio courtesy of Illinois Public Media. Kifowit's remarks came amid debate over the attempt to overturn Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of a cap on the damages that could be given to the families of veterans who died of Legionnaire's Disease in a Quincy nursing home. Speaking in favor of keeping the Governor's veto in place, Representative Breen had lamented that with no cap on damages the state couldn't know how much the damages would cost and he expressed concern as to how much of the payouts to victims families would end up in the pockets of personal injury lawyers. Representative Kifowit offered an apology to Representative Breen on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Illinois Republican Party issued this statement on the matter: 

 

"Today, Illinois Democrats sunk to a new low, when Democratic State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit wished death upon family members/loved ones of her Republican colleague, State Rep. Peter Breen. Kifowit should be ashamed of her remarks. Since Rep. Kifowit has refused to apologize to Rep. Breen, she should resign from office, as these remarks are unfit for someone serving  public office.

"Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker appointed Rep. Kifowit to his "Serving Illinois' Heroes Committee" earlier this month. Does the Governor-elect condone Kifowit's rhetoric? Will he keep her on his committee? 

"As leading Illinois Democrats, both Governor-elect Pritzker and Speaker Michael Madigan have a duty to speak out against Rep. Kifowit's extreme rhetoric and tone down out-of-control public discourse. They should do so immediately."

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Illinois Corn Growers Association wants new Farm Bill soon

The Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is taking time to chime in on the status of Farm Bill negotiations. The group’s lobbyist David Crow says a good sign early in talks was an effort to stop amendments that would have diluted the crop insurance program. 


Congress adjourns in mid-December and then a new session begins in January with Democrats assuming control of the U.S. House Ag Committee. 

 

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Open Line Podcast 112718

Today on the Open Line we took calls from folks looking for help with Snow Removal and talked about driving conditions around the listening area. We talked to residents around our area about the conditions on their streets and how they feel their community was responding to the conditions. Unofficially, the snow numbers vary across the listening area with between 10 and 14 inches estimated depending on where you are in the WKEI listening area. 

 

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

Today on People to People Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley joined us to talk about the snow and snow removal and the City of Kewanee response to the snow we received on Sunday. 

 

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Kewanee Salvation Army Has a New Way for You to Give on Giving Tuesday

It’s Giving Tuesday for many. Giving Tuesday is a relatively recent phenomenon that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, with a day that encourages donating to charities online or any other way to give. The Kewanee Salvation Army has many ways you can give including their contribution kettles but they now have a new, modern way to donate, just in time for Giving Tuesday. You can text “Kewanee” to 41444 and follow the instructions to make a donation to your local, Kewanee Salvation Army. It’s a great way to celebrate Giving Tuesday.

 

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OSF Health Care Reminds You to Be Careful Shoveling Snow

Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest on Tuned In on Monday. Among the topics was, of course, the snowstorm on Sunday and the digging out many of us did on Monday. As Carrie tells us, there is a name in the health industry for the kind of heavy, wet, snow we got on Sunday: Heart Attack Snow. 


Signs of a Heart Attack include Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes.. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath can occur with or without chest discomfort.
Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

 

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IDPH Encouraging Sharing Family Health History Among Family Members

When you gathered at the Thanksgiving table did you think to check up on the health and wellbeing of those family members around you? It was a good time to do says the state’s top doctor. Nirav Shah the Director of the Department of Public Health says knowing what’s impacting the health of older family members can help you address your upcoming care.

Once you know what you may be at risk for you can share that information with your doctor. 

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Top 200 List Ends with Illinois' Best Moments

More votes counted in the state’s bicentennial list making and the top moments in Illinois history have been tabulated. The biggest ones? They run the gamut from baseball to presidential assassination says Chris Wills from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. 

That is the final poll to be conducted as part of the bicentennial celebration. 

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Better Business Bureau Warning About Social Media Coupon Scam

It's a growing angle for scammers that isn't just limited to the holidays. Fake coupons on social media can be seen any time of the year, and unsuspecting people fall for these scams daily. They often then become victims of the scammers, who use the scheme to spread malware, according to the Better Business Bureau. The scam works because the coupons look real and they offer great deals. By using brands’ official logos, it's nearly impossible to tell if it’s fake or not. But BBB investigator Don O'Brien says if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

When you click on the link to get the deal or discount, there's a chance you could be exposing yourself to identity theft or malware on your computer. When you shared that link, you exposed your friends and family too. If you encounter a social media coupon scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.

 

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Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley Talking Snow Removal on WKEI Tuesday

While we’re all still digging out from Snowmageddon Sunday which dumped anywhere from 10 to 14 inches of snow on our area depending on who you ask, the question now turns to how our cities responded. Kewanee City Manager Gary Bradley will be our guest on People to People today at 9:35 to talk about the City of Kewanee’s response to the snow. 

 

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Kewanee City Council Meeting Cancelled Moved to Wednesday

Tonight's Kewanee City Council Meeting has been cancelled due to the weather. The meeting will now take place on Wednesday night at 7 Pm. The agenda for Wednesday's meeting is below. City Manager Gary Bradley will join WKEI on People to People on Tuesday to talk about snow removal and get you ready for Wednesday's meeting. Agenda is below...

 

1. Call to Order
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
b. Payroll
c. Staff Reports
5. Presentation of Bills and Claims
6. Citizen Participation
7. Business:
a. Presentation by Kewanee Economic Development Corporation
b. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a side letter of agreement to the
existing collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Council 31, Local 764.
c. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a three-year collective
bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police..
d. Consideration of a Request from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce for a fireworks display permit in
conjunction with the Windmont Park lighting on December 2, 2018.
e. Discussion of an Internal Control Policy.
8. Council Communications:
9. Announcements:
10. Adjournment

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City of Kewanee Advises Against Travel Until Late Afternoon

The City of Kewanee is advising residents who don't have to go out to please stay home. Road crews are working hard to clear the roads but road conditions are still not great. If you can stay home and stay off the roads, please do at least until late this afternoon in order to give crews more time to work on the streets. 

 

 

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Senator Durbin Calls for Action Against Saudis

Senator Dick Durbin is calling for the U.S. to take action against Saudi Arabia after the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Durbin says the country should keep Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Khalid bin Salman on the outside looking in...


Durbin also is expressing concerns about Saudi military activity...


Durbin said he doesn't support President Trump's Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia. He's also calling for the Trump Administration to nominate a U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia after a two-year wait. Durbin and some Senate Democratic colleagues are calling for President Trump and the Trump organization provide a full accounting of any financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Bureau County Coroner Identifies Driver of Tractor Killed Thanksgiving Day

The Bureau County Coroner's office has identified the 25-year-old tractor driver who was killed in an accident near Wyanet on Thanksgiving Day. 25-year-old Andrew Frese of Buda was crossing his tractor from one field to another when his tractor was hit by an Amtrak passenger train headed from Princeton to Kewanee. Several passengers and Amtrak engineer were also injured in the crash which stopped train traffic on the line for several hours. All passengers and Amtrak employees were in stable condition at local hospitals at last report on Friday. Bureau County Sheriff's were aided by Wyanet Fire and Rescue and Buda Fire and Rescue as well as Fire Departments from Annawan, Bradford, Manlius, Kewanee, Sheffield, Princeton, Tiskilwa, 10/33 Ambulance service, Walnut and Wyanet EMS, Bureau County EMA, Mabis 39 HazMat, Illinois State Police, the Wyanet Township Highway Department, the Bureau County Coroner, Hulcher Professional Service, The Red Cross and the Salvation Army. 

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Kewanee Police Blotter 11-23-18 to 11-26-18

On Saturday, at approximately 12:44 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Division and Hollis Street. In the stop, Police cited 19-year-old Julio I. Fontanez of Kewanee for Speeding, 50 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 8:02 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 400 block of Ross Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 31-year-old Mark A. Tibbs of Kewanee for Driving While License was Suspended.

 

At approximately 3:44 Pm Kewanee Police went to the 100 Block of Vine Street and executed a warrant for the arrest of 26-year-old Tyler L. Bliss of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a charge of Criminal Trespass to Land. Unable to post bond, Bliss was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 3:51 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 100 Block of West 5th Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 37-year-old Dustin D. McLean for Operating a Vehicle with an Expired Registration Sticker. 

 

At approximately 5:32 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 25-year-old Kevin G. Jones for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Driving While License was Suspended. 

 

At approximately 9:52 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of South Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 41-year-old Michael R. Chance of Florida for Using a Cellphone while Driving. 

 

At approximately 10:26 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 300 Block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 26-year old David D. Powers of Galesburg for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

At approximately 10:40 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 200 Block of West 3rd Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 22-year-old Logan Bodine of Kewanee for Open Container of Alcohol Violation. Also cited in this stop, 36-year-old Lawrence W. Lundeen of Rock Island also cited for Open Container violation. 

 

At approximately 12:06 Am Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 29-year-old Brandon R. Abbott of Kewanee on a charge of Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 12:08 Am on Sunday, Kewanee Police were called to the site of an accident in the area of the 200 Block of Tremont Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested Marissa R. Martinez of Kewanee on charges of Driving Under the Influence over .08, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. 

 

At approximately 3:50 Pm on Sunday afternoon, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a two-car accident in the area of the 600 Block of North East Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Andrew Sharkey of Chicago, Illinois had struck a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Thomas J. Trotman of Kewanee. Neither driver was injured in the damage only accident. Sharkey was cited for Failure to Yield at a Stop Intersection and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

All told on Sunday night, Kewanee Police responded to more than 50 different calls and assisted more than 20 drivers who came to be stuck during the worst of Sunday night’s weather. 

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Kewanee Police Urging You to Travel Safe in Winter Weather

Kewanee Police Chief Troy Ainley and the rest of the department are urging citizens to drive safely in this winter weather. 

 

With the possibilities of winter conditions arriving soon, the Kewanee Police Department would like to remind citizens that it is “unlawful to park any vehicle upon any public street in the City at any time within 12 hours after a snowfall of 3 or more inches has occurred or until the street has been cleared, whichever occurs first.”

Citizens should also allow more time to reach their destinations during inclement weather.  

When driving during the winter:

One should plan travel with primary and secondary routes mapped out.
Have an adequate fuel supply in your vehicle before starting out.
Let someone know the routes you intend to travel and your starting and expected arrival times.
Have your cell phone fully charged.
Monitor the radio for changing weather conditions. 
Drive carefully and defensively, all while watching for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
If the storm begins to become too much to drive in, seek refuge. 
If your car should become disabled, stay with your vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals.  Be sure to crack the window in the vehicle to avoid a buildup of carbon monoxide.
Everyone should carry a winter survival kit in their vehicle. In an emergency it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. The following are items a winter survival kit should contain.
A shovel
Windshield scraper
Extra hats, socks, and gloves or mittens
Water 
blankets or sleeping bag
Booster cables
Tow strap
Cat litter or sand for traction
Flashlight with extra batteries
First aid kit
Snack food including energy bars
Cell phone charger to plug into lighter
Matches and small candles
Any necessary medications 
A fluorescent distress flag for your vehicle antenna


Drive safely and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Pritzker Talks Labor Contracts

After four years of conflict between the largest union for state workers and Governor Bruce Rauner, members of AFSCME Local 31 threw more than their fair share of support to Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker. With Rauner declaring talks with AFSCME at an impasse, there has been no sign of two sides meeting at the bargaining table. Pritzker says the union contract issue on his radar screen and his new budget transition committee, but it will be a while before he can step up to the negotiating table...


Prtizker's budget transition committee is headed up by former Comptroller Dan Hynes.

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Still Time In Medicare Open Enrollment

There is still time in Medicare’s open enrollment season to get signed up. But the process can be a little daunting with all the different options but help is either online or around the corner. Illinois Senior Health Insurance Program Director Sandy Leith says go to Medicare dot gov for good answers or look on the Department of Aging website for one of the 350 centers where they can help with enrollment questions. 

Open enrollment ends December 7th.

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State Rep to Introduce Bill to Legalize Marijuana

A new year will bring with it a significant push to legalize marijuana in Illinois. Democratic State Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago will officially introduce the legislation in 2019. 


Cassidy says the state’s medical marijuana program has worked effectively and legalizing marijuana for recreational use is the next logical step Illinois.

 

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One Person Dead in Train Accident Near Wyanet

One person is dead following an accident involving a tractor and an Amtrak passenger train. The  accident happened on Thankigiving day, just before 10 Am on the Amtrak route from Chicago headed toward Kewanee at the time of the accident. According to the Bureau County Sheriff's Department a tractor was crossing the tracks from one field to the next when it was struck by an Amtrak passenger train. The driver of the tractor was killed instantly. A train engineer and several passengers were taken from the scene to Perry Memorial Hospital for treatment while several other passengers were taken to OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. All passengers and AmTrak employees are said to be in stable condition, some were released with minor injuries. Bureau County Sheriff's were aided by Wyanet Fire and Rescue and Buda Fire and Rescue as well as Fire Deparments from Annawan, Bradford, Manlius, Kewanee, Sheffield, Princeton, Tiskilwa, 10/33 Ambulance service, Walnut and Wyanet EMS, Bureau County EMA, Mabis 39 HazMat, Illinois State Police, the Wyanet Township Highway Department, the Bureau County Coroner, Hulcher Professional Service, The Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The name of the deceased tractor driver has not been released. 

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People to People Eddie Tolliver from the Kewanee Salvation Army

On Wednesday's edition of People to People we were joined by Eddie Tolliver from the Kewanee Salvation Army. Eddie is putting out the call for volunteers to ring bells for the Salvation Army this season. The Salvation Army also has a brand new texting donation option. You can now text your donation to the Kewanee Salvation Army by texting 'Kewanee' to 41444. Call Eddie at 309-853-4192. 

 

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Tuned In Windmont Park Lighting December 2nd

On Wednesday's edition of Tuned In we were joined by Bob Nierynck and Vi Verbout. They are part of the committee that is hanging the lights and getting things ready for the Christmas Lighting in Windmont Park. The Lighted Christmas Parade featuring Santa and Mrs Claus will begin at 5 Pm and end at Windmont Park with a Fireworks Display followed by the light of the remarkable lights in Windmont Park. Volunteers are needed to help with baking cookies and with the lights tear down on January 1st so be sure to get in touch with Bob and or Vi by calling 309-853-7940. You can also still participate in the Lighted Christmas Parade. Contact the Kewanee Chamber and let them know that your business or organization would like to be part of the Lighted Christmas Parade. 

 

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Ralph Breaks the Internet Opens Today in Kewanee

It's been six years but Wreck it Ralph is finally back on the big screen starting Wednesday afternoon at the Wanee Cinemas in Kewanee. The sequel, called Ralph Wrecks the Intenet, finds our videogame villain turned hero, Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly and his pal Vanellope, voiced by Sarah Silverman, having to go on the internet to locate a part to fix Vanellope's game, Sugar Rush. The original Wreck it Ralph earned more than $417 million dollars in America alone back in 2012 and many are predicting another huge box office draw for the film which features cameos from Disney's roster of Princesses, many with their original voices including cameos by Mandy Moore, Kristen Bell and more. Showtimes for Ralph Wrecks the Internet begin this afternoon at the Wanee Cinemas. 

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Farm King Makes Generous Donation to Kewanee Pound

It's that charitable time of the year and Farm King in Kewanee is certainly a strong example of that giving spirit. On Tuesday, Farm King dropped off a load of food and supplies to the Kewanee Pound. Farm King donated dozens of bags of dog and cat food just in time for a Thanksgiving feast for our furry friends who are still looking for a home this holiday season. If you're feeling charitable you're also welcome to donate supplies to the Kewanee Pound. But the biggest gift of all would be becoming a foster family and giving a home to one of the pets in need at the Kewanee Pound. Go to City of Kewanee Animal Control on Facebook and send a message for more information about adopting a pet from the Kewanee Pound. 

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Prior to Chicago Hospital Shooting, Durbin Pessimistic About Federal Answer to Mass Shootings

Hours before a gunman killed three people at Chicago's Mercy Hospital, Senator Dick Durbin was asked about what could be done on Capitol Hill about mass shootings. The question was in response to a nightclub mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. Durbin offered a blunt assessment...


Durbin also doesn't believe the founding fathers would be on board with the current state of affairs...


Durbin and the National Rifle Association aren't exactly a mutual admiration society. The NRA gave Durbin an F rating on gun rights issues in February. Durbin said he was proud to receive the grade. 

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Kewanee Cheerleaders in New York City for Macy's Day Parade

Members of the Kewanee High School Pom Pon Squad are in New York City for the Macy's Day Parade. Kewanee High School Principal Jamie Bryan says the school could not be more proud of these young ladies who are representing the school on a big stage. 

These incredibly talented young ladies raised funds for several months to be able to go to New York City and perform in the Macy's Day Parade. Most recently, La Gondola helped the Pom Squad get the last of their funds raised for the trip. All that's left now is the performance during the parade on Thursday. 

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Kewanee Superintendent Closely Observing Transition to New Governor

Kewanee Schools Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens was our guest on People to People on Tuesday along with Kewanee High School Principal Jamie Bryan. Among the topics we discussed was the transition from Governor Bruce Rauner to Governor-Elect J.B Pritzker. Dr Sullens tells us that he's optimistic about the transition thus far but he will be watching for action on school funding and the budget. 

The state budget remains a significant concern and Dr Sullens has been following along closely as to how the state is approaching debt accumulated during the time when Illinois was without a budget. Recently, the state moved to refinance and restructure debt, something that could have a wide-ranging effect on the state and on school funding. 

 You can hear our complete interview from Tuesday's People to People by clicking the link here.

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November Snow Doesn't Mean Harsh Winter

Even though there’s been measurable snow in most of Illinois during November, that doesn’t mean we’re in store for a severe winter across the state. That’s the assessment from meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather.


The first day of winter is Dec. 21. 

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Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Offering Unique Holiday Display

If you're looking for something to do with the kids or grand-kids over the long holiday weekend, you might want to consider a trip to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Museum director of special exhibitions, Anne Rashford, says the annual "Christmas Around the World" tradition includes a four-story Christmas tree and a lot more;

Rashford says another popular holiday tradition at the Chicago museum is its indoor rotunda snowfall...

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry also has special exhibits taking place celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 space flight and another on Disney's Pixar animated films. Museum fees and hours vary, so it's best to go online to find out at MSIChicago.Org.

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Watch Where You Park This Holiday Weekend

Watch where you park this weekend and throughout the holiday shopping season as State Police will be increasing patrols for those who are illegally parking in handicapped parking places. Secretary of State Investigator Glenn Florkow says for anyone thinking of breaking this law – you’ve been warned police are on the lookout. 

The fines begin at $350 for parking in a disability space and go up to $2500 and a loss of your driver’s license for more serious offenses.

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Stats and Facts For Turkey Day

Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state raising 20 percent of the nation’s 228 million birds.

 

The National Turkey Federation says that we will eat more than 46 million at Thanksgiving. Another 22 million are eaten at Christmas. 

 

American’s eat more turkey than any other county. 

 

Turkeys raised in commercial production are usually White Hollands.

 

Over 15 to 18 weeks a turkey will consume about 75 to 80 pounds of feed to make it to market weight. 

 

Ben Franklin was a notable fan of the turkey – he wrote in a letter to his daughter that the turkey should be the national bird - not the eagle. Not sure I’d like to see a Turkey on the back of my money.

 

President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November to be a national day of Thanksgiving. President Franklin Roosevelt set Thanksgiving to always be on the 4th Thursday of the month – as not to impact holiday shopping. 

 

There are four towns in the US with Turkey in their name including Turkey, North Carolina. 

Now that Thanksgiving Dinner is over what to do with the leftovers…..

 

USDA says to eat the leftovers in 3 or 4 days and that’s if you get them in the fridge right away and don’t leave them out on the table all afternoon. 


The number one way of enjoying leftovers? A simple turkey sandwich.

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Alpha Post Office One Step Away from Being Renamed for Fallen Hero

There is just one step left before the post office in Alpha, Illinois is renamed for a fallen hero. Yesterday, the Senate passed Congresswoman Cheri Bustos' bill which will change the name of the Alpha, Illinois Post Office to the Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office. Bustos initiated the legislation to honor the fallen hero at his hometown post office back in September when it passed unanimously through the House of Representatives. The final obstacle is the signature of President Donald Trump which could come before the President leaves for the Holidays in Florida or come when he returns early next week. 

In a statement, Representative Cheri Bustos said: “Captain Joshua Steele made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and we will never forget,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Capt. Steele was an exemplary young man who all of us should look up to. While nothing can repair the damage felt from his loss, I am hopeful that, by renaming the post office in Alpha, we’ll ensure that his legacy of courage and service carries on for future generations of Americans to reflect upon.”

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Open Line Podcast 11-20-18

Today on the Open Line on WKEI we talked Thanksgiving, specifically about Thanksgiving side dishes. Callers called in to share a recipe while our host warned everyone once again about the potential dangers of Deep Fried Turkey. It's not that Deep Fried Turkey isn't good, it's delicious,  but each year a new crop of cooks enter the fray assuming they know how to deep fry a turkey and each year many fail because they don't know to take precautions when deep frying a turkey. 

 

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People to People Dr Chris Sullens and Principal Jamie Bryan

Kewanee Schools Superintendent Dr Chris Sullens and Kewanee High School Principal Jamie Bryan were our guests today on People to People. Winter athletics seasons are underway and Thanksgiving week couldn't be busier for many kids, girls and boys, who have basketball tournaments this week. They aren't the only ones who are busy however as four of our Kewanee Cheerleaders are currently in New York City to take part in the Macy's Day Parade on Thursday. Then we shifted focus to school funding and specifically how a new statehouse with a new Governor in J.B Pritzker may effect education funding. 

 

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Tuned In Stark County Farm Bureau

Annaleah Emm from the Stark County Farm Bureau was our guest today on Tuned In. The annual statewide Farm Bureau meeting is coming up on December 1st through the 4th in Chicago. Members of Stark County Farm Bureau team will be headed to Chicago for those days for the chance to play a role in setting policies for the Illinois Farm Bureau, policies that will influence how Farm Bureau lobbies in Springfield. There will also be smaller, one on one meetings available to Farm Bureau members who will hear about new trends and best practices. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-19-18 to 11-20-18

-On Monday, 11/19/18, at 2:47p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Court St. in Cambridge.  The driver, Christopher Kidd (age 33) of Kewanee, was issued notice to appear citations for driving on a revoked license and operation of an uninsured vehicle.

 

-On Monday, 11/19/18, at 5:55p.m., Henry County Deputy went to 809 Columbus Ave. in Kewanee and arrested Tiffany Harrison (age 38) of Kewanee on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charges of retail theft and driving on a suspended license.  Tiffany posted bond and was released.

 

-On Tuesday, 11/20/18, at 12:07a.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Annawan.  The driver, Alexis Henry (age 20) of Milan, was issued a civil notice to appear citation for possession of cannabis.

 

-On Tuesday, 11/20/18, at 1:02a.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Geneseo.  The driver, Lonnie Robertson (age 55) of Calumet City, was issued notice to appear citations for speeding 83mph in a 70mph speed zone and operating vehicle with no valid drivers license.

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Interview Mark Ramsey Host of People Like Us Inside Philadelphia

The movie Philadelphia was a flashpoint in the history of the AIDS crisis in America. When the film was released in 1993 the fear and the hysteria surrounding AIDS was at its peak. Having a pair of movie stars in Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington star in a movie that confronted these fears head on and in many ways debunked those fears, changed the view of the disease for millions of people who watched the movie go all the way to Academy Award nominations. Podcaster and Broadcast Film Critic, Mark Ramsey is charting the history of the AIDS epidemic in America and the role the movie Philadelphia played in helping to ease the hysteria and pave a way forward for people to live with the disease. The podcast is also a project of the AIDS charity, RED founded by U2 singer Bono. Mark Ramsey was our guest on WKEI Tuesday morning. 

 

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Four People Dead Including Gunman in Chicago Hospital Shooting

The shock and horror are still fresh at Mercy Hospital in Chicago where four people were shot and killed including the gunman following a domestic dispute. Fox News Radio's Anita Vogel was live at the scene on Fox News Radio. 

Among those reacting to this horrible tragedy is Dr Patrick Connor, Chairman of the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. 

Among those killed was a young Chicago Police Officer named Samuel Jimenez who will be remembered as a hero says Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham. 

Jimenez' body was given a police escort to the Cook County Morgue last night in a scene captured on video and broadcast live by the Chicago Police Department. You can see that video online on our Facebook page, at RegionalDailyNews on Facebook. 

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New Docs Accepting New Patients at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Clinic

Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest on our Tuned In Program on Monday. Among the highlights is the fact that Dr Haley Ralph and her husband Dr Andy Peterson are settling in well at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center’s clinic and are ready to take on new patients. 


Don’t forget that today at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, the Alcove Gift Shop Open House is taking place with fabulous Christmas gift and decoration ideas. 


You also heard Lisa Garcia in that clip Lisa also joined us on Tuned In on Monday to talk about OSF’s innovative Swing Bed Program and you can hear more about that by listening to our Tuned In podcast online now at RegionalDailyNews.com

 

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Do Not Drink and Drive this Holiday Weekend or Any Other Time

They call it blackout Wednesday. The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the most famous drinking nights of the year and Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson says it’s no problem as long as you designate a non-blackout driver. 


Illinois State Police Officers along with City and County officers will be on duty across the state of Illinois, keeping an eye out over the holiday weekend for drunk drivers but also those foolish enough to not wear a seatbelt or those who attempt to text and drive. 

 

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Keep Turkey Fryers Under A Close Eye

Make cooking a turkey this Thanksgiving a delicious experience, not a tragic one. If you are planning on deep frying a turkey this year you’ll want to take a few steps to make sure that you’re doing it safely. State Fire Marshall Matt Perez says to do it away from the house and anything else flammable. 

Once you’ve done those things Perez says don’t turn your back on the cooker for too long. Keep checking in to make sure everything is going as it should and then get to enjoy that turkey.

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Jobs Added in October

The state added 10,000 jobs last month but did see a small uptick in the overall unemployment rate. The Illinois Department of Employment Security Bob Gough says that a few industries added more gains than others.

The state unemployment rate now stands at four point two percent.

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Freedom House Receives Ameren Donation

Ameren Illinois announced on Monday that Freedom House would be the recipient of a $2,500.00 donation. The charity which provides emergency shelter and supplies to people and families escaping from abuse, which recently opened a satellite office in Kewanee, earned the donation in order to help provide supplies, first months rent and other necessities. Upon receiving the donation, Freedom House Executive Director Michael Zemeck said “Freedom House has been very fortunate to receive donations from Ameren in the past”. “This year’s grant will again help us provide emergency assistance to more innocent victims and their dependent children rendered homeless when fleeing an abuser. We salute Ameren Illinois for supporting these families to successfully achieve an independent household.”

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Downstate Lawmaker Opposed to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Illinois lawmakers are in the middle of their annual veto session, but there are thoughts about what is to come under Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s tenure. One of the biggest questions is whether recreational marijuana will become law in the state. State Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro says while she’s a big supporter of medical marijuana, she does not support selling the drug for recreational purposes. 

Bryant says she sees recreational marijuana as a gateway drug that leads to more severe drug use and bigger crimes down the road for some users.

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BBB: Secret Sister Gift Exchange is Illegal

Have you heard of the "Secret Sister" gift exchange? Chances are if you spend any amount of time on social media, you've come across it. But the Better Business Bureau wants you to know that it, as well as similar invitations, are illegal and should be ignored. The premise goes like this: participants will receive up to 36 gifts in exchange for sending one gift valued at $10. Users are encouraged to invite others to participate in the holiday gift exchange, where they will receive information on where to mail gifts. But BBB investigator Don O'Brien says it's not to be trusted.
 



And there's also the possibility that someone in the chain will use the personal information that is required to be a part of the "secret sister" exchange to compromise your identity or sell to telemarketing list makers. For more information on scams, check out BBB Scam Tips (BBB.org/ScamTips). Report scams to BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ScamTracker).

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 11-17-18 to 11-19-18

On Friday, at approximately 2:02 Pm, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of East Street South and Green In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 21 year old Fredell Robinson of Kewanee. There is no word on what the charges were that led to Robinson’s arrest. 

 

At approximately 5:38 Pm on Friday evening in the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a retail theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Yoninhah M. Yisrael of Kewanee on a charge of Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 8:17 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding three juveniles causing problems at a local business. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 18 year old Dallas J. Theobald for Disorderly Conduct and Consumption of Alcohol by a minor. Also picked up were a 15 year old and a 16 year old male juveniles who were also charged with Consumption of Alcohol by Minors. 

 

At approximately 12:04 Am on Saturday morning, Kewanee Police were called to do a welfare check on teenagers at a residence in the 600 block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested a pair of male teenagers ages 15 and 16 years old for Consumption of Alcohol by a minor. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-17-18 to 11-19-18

Saturday, 11/17/18 at 6:08p.m., Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on E2600St. in rural Kewanee. No injuries were reported.  The driver of the vehicle, William Maglio (age 53) of Kewanee, was issued citations for driving too fast for conditions, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and failure to report accident to police authority.

 

-Saturday, 11/17/18 at 11:10a.m., Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a vehicle fire on Il. Hwy. 81 west of Cambridge. The driver of the vehicle, William Brandt(age 29) of Andover, was arrested on a Rock Island County arrest warrant for failing to appear on the original charge of driving on a suspended license.  William was transported to the Henry County Jail.

 

-Sunday, 11/18/18 at 12:34 a.m., Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on County Highway 12 in rural Colona.  No injuries were reported.  The driver, Joshua Fiers (age 23) of Orion, was issued citations for driving too fast for conditions, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, illegal transportation of alcohol, and failure to report accident to police authority, and failure to notify Secretary of State of address change.

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Regional Media's My 102 FM Goes All Christmas Music

As of midnight on Monday, November 19th and going all the way through Christmas, My 102. 102.1 FM is going all Christmas music all the time. Station Program Director Karissa Nash-Haptonstall says "I love Christmas music and I could not be more excited to oversee a playlist of nothing but Christmas songs." The station will still live up to the moniker of playing the hits of the 80's, 90's and Today's biggest hits but those hits are brand new Christmas releases from artists like David Archuleta, Michael Buble and Christmas classics from Elton John, Paul McCartney and U2. Wall to wall Christmas music on My 102 will last through Christmas night, December 25th and perhaps a day or so longer than that just to make sure Santa gets home with his favorite music playing. 

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Open Line Podcast 11-19-18

Today on the Open Line, are the Bears for real and how are their chances of staying that way with a 4 game winning streaking heading to Detroit on Thursday. Do you like pumpkin pie? Our host is not a fan and he had some harsh words for Chocolate Pie as well. Finally, there was talk of Governor-Elect J.B Pritzker taking away public funds for kids who go to private school? Do you support the Governor or do you believe that this is yet another political nod to the Illinois Teacher's Union?

 

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People to People Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson

Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson was our guest on People to People on Monday. Among the topics was Holiday driving. It's going to be extremely busy on the roads on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Be sure you are fully prepared for travelling and the possibility of your vehicle breaking down or you could be an accident. It's cold make sure you have an emergency blanket, a small amount of food or water and consider keeping an old cellphone handy as that old cellphone with a charge, regardless of having service or not, can still call 911. Texting and driving is dangerous, it can end lives and Trooper Wilson related a few stories about people getting caught texting and driving. 

 

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Tuned In 11-19-18 OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Today on Tuned In on WKEi, Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest with the latest announcements from OSF including The Alcove Gift Shop Open House tomorrow from 8 Am to 4 Pm and the Christmas lights recycling program that they are running. Carrie also brought along Brooke Charlet and Lisa Garcia to talk about OSF's innovative Swing Bed Program, aimed at helping patients who don't quite feel ready to leave the hospital.

 

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American Experience at Stake? Groups Urge Congress to Act on National Park Repairs

Time is short in this session of Congress, and conservation and tourism groups are hoping for a vote on a bill to address the massive maintenance backlog in the national parks.  The Restore Our Parks Act is a bipartisan proposal to direct up to $6.5 billion of revenue from offshore oil and gas royalties to fix crumbling roads and buildings, plus electrical and wastewater systems at the parks. 

Lisa Clemmons Stott is executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc., which is where she says more than 200,000 people come every year to visit Abraham Lincoln's original home. 

 

"The national parks and the national sites are a very important part of our national heritage," she states. "There are definitely specific needs." "The Lincoln Home site, for example, there are two major homes that need massive renovations to be open to the public, at a cost of several million dollars."

 

Illinois' national park sites generate $20 million for the state's economy, but they need about $16 million in repairs.  Committees in both the U.S. House and Senate have passed versions of the proposal, but they need a floor vote in each chamber.  Marcia Argust, project director of Pew's Restore Americas Parks Campaign, says the proposal has strong bipartisan support, but lawmakers will have to act soon, as the current Congress has a limited number of business days before it adjourns for the year.  She says the measure also has strong public support.

 

"Many park facilities and resources are over 100 years old, and over the past few years, you know, nearly 3,000 organizations across the nation have urged Congress to respond to this problem and fix our parks," she points out.

 

More than 90 percent of respondents in a recent Pew Charitable Trusts' survey said it's important to maintain trails, roads, historic buildings, campgrounds and other park infrastructure. 

More than three in four said they support using fees that oil and gas companies pay to cover these maintenance and repair costs. Support for this reporting was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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OSF Alcove Gift Shop Christmas Open House Tuesday

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is reminding everyone that their Alcove Gift Shop is shifting into Holiday mode with their Christmas open house happening tomorrow, Tuesday, November 20th, from 8 Am to 4 Pm. There will be a wide array of Christmas items for sale during the open house perfect for gifts or decorations. “The Alcove is known for a wide selection of unique home and seasonal décor-including religious items. Our volunteers are thrilled when you find the perfect gift,” said Nancy VanDeSampel, Administrative & Project Assistant. The Christmas open house at the Alcove Gift Shop is open to anyone who would like to attend and proceeds from sales at the Alcove go to support scholarships for people going into the medical field. Call OSF at 309-852-7822 if you have any questions. 

 

Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will be our guest today on Tuned In at 8:45 on WKEI. 

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Dry Needle Therapy Helping with Chronic Pain Cases at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Dry needle therapy is an innovative way to deal with pain says OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. In a release over the weekend, OSF talked about how treatments such as Dry Needle Therapy are helping turn the tide in the battle against opioid addiction by creating non-addictive ways to treat chronic pain. Michael Downs of Galesburg is an OSF patient who was living with debilitating chronic pain from Plantar Fasciitis and found relief from Dry Needle Therapy at OSF. 


So just what is Dry Needle Therapy and what does it do? Brea Cinnamon, a Physical Therapist at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee says it is not acupuncture but Dry Needle Therapy does involve using needles to stimulate trigger points in muscle groups. 


The big question you likely have about Dry Needle Therapy is ‘Does it hurt? And Brea says it does, a little but it’s nothing compared to the chronic pain that Dry Needle Therapy can help to relieve. 


If you want to know more about Dry Needle Therapy and how it can help you with certain forms of Chronic Pain, get in touch with OSF Saint Luke Medical Center and talk to Brea Cinnamon. Go online to OSFHealthcare.org for more information. 

 

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Andover Christmas Walk Scheduled for December 1st

The Village of Andover has announced that their annual Christmas Walk will be held on December 1st, beginning at 4:45 Pm. There will be a soup supper served at the American Legion building in Andover starting at 5 Pm. Santa and Mrs Claus will also be at the American Legion building on December 1st handing out gifts and taking pictures with the kids. There will be live Christmas Music in the village performed in the Jenny Lind Chapel from 6:30 Pm to 8 Pm featuring Tewanta & Good Company and the Orion High School Choir. The annual Andover Christmas Walk is being put on by the Andover Tourism Council and the Andover Village Board. 

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City of Kewanee Offices, Transfer Station, Will Be Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Kewanee City Hall and the Transfer Station, among other City buildings will be closed on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd. Landscape waste pick on Monday will not change next week. Regular trash pick up schedules will be in place for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but trash pick up and recycling scheduled for Thursday , will be moved to Saturday. 

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Ameren Installation Work On Main Street in Kewanee Tuesday

The installation of a new light pole will lead to a brief lane closure on Main Street in Kewanee on Tuesday. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, Ameren will be installing a new light pole at the corner of Loomis and Main Street on Tuesday. There is no word on when the work will begin on Tuesday or how long the resulting lane closure will last. Traffic control cones will be in use to direct drivers around the affected area until the work is completed. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-15-18 to 11-16-18

On Thursday, 11/15/18 at 9:11a.m., Henry County Courthouse Deputies arrested Sebastian Wise (age 30) of Silvis on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to report for periodic imprisonment and failure to comply with order of conditional discharge on the original charge of aggravated fleeing.  He posted bond and was released.

 

On Thursday, 11/15/18 at 10:36p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on S. State St. in Atkinson.  The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Hellmich (age 23) of Palos Park, IL., was issued a citation for speeding 83mph in a 70mph speed zone and a notice to appear in court for the charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Tuned In Author Ian King Appetite for Definition An A to Z Guide to Rock Genres

Ian King has been writing about rock n'roll for years for places like Nylon, Slice and PopMatters. Now he's applying his knowledge and experience of rock to defining how we categorize our favorite music. Appetite for Definition is one of the most unique and useful genre guides you could get. It features numerous classifications of music and suggestions for ways to get into the various genres that might interest you. I was happy to have the chance to talk with Ian King this morning on Tuned In on WKEI. 

 

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Ives Weighs in on Pritzker

Remember State Representative Jeanne Ives? The Wheaton Republican narrowly lost to Governor Bruce Rauner, despite a considerable deficit in campaign spending. If you thought just because Rauner is going away from state government, that she would be going silent, think again. Ives has some pointed words about Rauner's soon to be successor, J.B. Pritzker. While it didn't seem to motivate voters, Ives has strong words on an issue Rauner frequently raised, the removal of toilets from a Pritzker mansion to acquire a tax break...


Pritzker has since paid back the $330,000 involved in mansion tax breaks tied to lack of plumbing.

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 11-15-18 to 11-16-18

At approximately 7:31 Am on Thursday, Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 500 Block of South Main Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 47 year old Shane C. Terhune on a charge of Retail Theft

 

At approximately 7:50 Am Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of the 200 Block of South Main Street. At the scene, police found a single vehicle, driven by 46 year old Annette L. Finney of Kewanee had struck a light pole. No one was hurt in the accident and no citations were issued. 

 

At approximately 9:36 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of South Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 43 year old Johnny C. Cross of Greenwood, IL, for Driving on a Suspended License. 

 

At approximately 10:02 Am Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of Lakeview Avenue. At the scene was a single vehicle accident involving a vehicle driven by 71 year old Dennis R. Hall of Kewanee. Hall had backed his car into a parked, unattended vehicle. There is no word if anyone was injured in the crash or if a citation was issued. 

 

At approximately 2:21 Pm, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 600 Block of East Street South. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 32 year old James N. Taylor of Kewanee for Possession of Cannabis, Less than 10 Grams. 

 

At approximately 6:13 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of West 6th Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 47 year old Kelli R. Kursock for Driving with an Expired Registration. 

 

At approximately 8:10 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 8th and Tremont. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 41 year old Veronica R. Tarin for Driving Without a Driver's License. 

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Opens in Kewanee Today


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is opening in Kewanee today at the Wanee Cinemas. The film is a sequel to the smash hit 2016 movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which introduced us to the character Newt Scamander, an ingenious English wizard who came to New York City seeking magical beasts and found himself drafted into the fight against an evil wizard named Grindelwald. The sequel finds Newt once again drafted into a fight against Grindelwald with the fate of the wizarding world and the non-magical world at stake. 
Co-star Dan Fogler who plays the non-magical character of Jacob in the series was our guest yesterday on WKEI and described the sequel like this.


Fogler went on to compare the series to Star Wars and this installment to The Empire Strikes Back. Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald opens today nationwide and right here in Kewanee at the Wanee Cinemas starting this afternoon. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-14-18 to 11-15-18

Wednesday, 11/14/2018, at 5:34 p.m., Henry County Deputy went to 1028 N. Vine St. in Kewanee and arrested Kirk VanDeSampel (age 40) of Kewanee on a Henry County arrest warrant or failure to appear in court on the original charge of violation of an order of protection.  Kirk posted bond and was released.

 

Thursday, 11/15/2018, at 3:43 a.m., Henry County Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on Interstate 74 near Lynn Center. No injuries were reported.  The driver of the vehicle, Bobbie Brasmer (age 35) of Moline, was issued a notice to appear citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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IASB to Consider Arming Teachers Resolution this Weekend

Arming teachers and other staff members in Illinois schools. That’s the subject of an Illinois Association of School Boards resolution that will get attention this weekend. The measure is getting support downstate—specifically from Mercer County School Board president Julie Wagner 


Again, the resolution does not require districts to arm teachers, the measure would only give them the option to do so. The annual IASB convention is this weekend in Chicago. 

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People to People Michael Divine from the Internal Revenue Service

Michael Divine from the Internal Revenue Service was our guest on People to People Thursday on WKEi. In our interview, Michael talks about getting ready for the end of the year and making sure that your taxes are ready to be done once the new year dawns. There are a number of things you may not be aware of that have changed in the tax code this year and the IRS now has a guide to help you navigate those changes available at IRS.Gov. There is still time for you to do a paycheck check-up to make sure you're setting aside enough or even too much for your taxes using the tax calculator at IRS.Gov. Farmers and Ranchers have some good news coming from the IRS as well and Michael discusses that good news in this interview from our People to People Podcast. 

 

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Tuned In Lee Cook with Kewanee Area United Way

Lee Cook is a member of the board of the Kewanee Area United Way and he was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. The Kewanee Area United Way is on a major fundraising push and are looking for donations to help them help the increasing number of non-profit organizations they represent. Lee Cook discussed the charities involved and the many ways that you can help with your donation to the Kewanee Area United Way. 

 

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RegionalDailyNews Celebrity Interview Dan Fogler from Fantastic Beasts and The Walking Dead

Dan Fogler is having a very big pop culture moment. This weekend he co-stars in the huge franchise sequel, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald, reprising his role as Jacob from 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them where he was introduced as the sidekick and best friend of the hero, Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne. He's also about to join the cast of the biggest show on television, The Walking Dead where he will get the chance to kill some zombies and ride horses. He's also a writer and a podcaster in what little spare time he has. It was an absolute joy to welcome Dan Fogler on WKEI this morning. 

 

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RegionalDailyNews Celebrity Interview Reporter Author Matt Gutman The Boys in the Cave

Matt Gutman is ABC News Chief Correspondent and when 12 Thai soccer players and their coach became trapped in a cave, he was among the first reporters deployed to cover the story. That story is now the book The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand. This is a riveting account of how the boys ended up trapped, the mistakes that were made in the attempt to rescue them and finally, the remarkable, seemingly impossible rescue. Matt Gutman was our guest on WKEI this morning. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 11-14-18 to 11-15-18

At approximately 7:10 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a retail theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested two people, 48 year old Laura C. Gutschlag of Kewanee and 38 year old Bobby G. Sanders of Kewanee on charges of Retail Theft. 

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Bushels for Hunger Benefit Continuing Through Early 2019

Bushels for Hunger is an effort by the Henry County Farm Bureau intended to get farmers invested earlier and more frequently in the political process says Katie Laleman. 

Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guests on Wednesday’s edition of Tuned In on WKEI. 

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Kewanee Mayor Says The Station TIF Decision Did Not Come Easily

Mayor Steve Looney says that voting against TIF money for The Station restaurant was very tough. 


Mayor Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley were our guests on People to People on Wednesday and each weighed in on the difficult decision not to give TIF funds to the owners of The Station with Gary Bradley stating that many concerns of Council Members were part of the decision. 


One of the big factors in the decision was the fact that Rita and Andrew Speck, the owner’s of The Station don’t yet own the building they are improving and had stated that improvements became necessary after they had made the decision to enter into an agreement to operate at this location. 
 

In other news from yesterday’s interview on People to People, Mayor Looney gave WKEI official finalized numbers for the Kewanee Citywide Cleanup, 


You can hear our complete interview with Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley online now at RegionalDailyNews.com. 

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Capitol Briefly Evacuated Wednesday

A brief evacuation Wednesday at the Capitol after a bomb threat was called into the tour guide’s desk. Secretary of State’s police brought a K-9 unit in to sweep the building about 1:30 and an hour or so later the all clear was given. Lawmakers are in session for the fall veto session. 

 

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Madigan On Relationship With Rauner

As lawmakers continue to work through the Fall Veto session all eyes are on an incoming administration. Democrat JB Pritzker is the next Governor and what will his leadership style be? House Speaker Mike Madigan says he’s looking forward to working with Pritzker. But what will be said or remembered about his relationship with still Republican Governor Bruce Rauner? 

Madigan will again be running for Speaker of the House and says he believes the votes are there to re-elect him to the position. 

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Did You Check the Batteries in Your Smoke Detector?

Did you change those batteries your smoke detectors at the start of the month – or did you mean too but forgot? Daylight savings times works as a good reminder to switch out those batteries but anytime is a good time to make sure they are in good working order says State Fire Marshall Matt Perez. He says the earlier you’re alerted to a fire the better because newer homes fill with toxic smoke faster than before.

If you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or garage this is also a good time to check the charge on it and see if it’s still in good working order.

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Illinois State Police District 7 Release Stats and DUI Arrests for October 2108

Illinois State Police have released the names of people arrested for Driving Under the Influence by Illinois State Police Officers in District 7. Overall in October, District 7 patrols made 12 DUI related arrests. District 7 is comprised of Rock Island and Henry County. Below is the full release from the Illinois State Police. Trooper Jason Wilson will be our guest on WKEI on Monday, November 19th. 

 

 Illinois State Police District 7, announced today, Driving Under the Influence- related enforcement activity for the Month of October 2018.
Reports indicate that District 7 Troopers arrested and charged the following individuals with Driving Under the Influence (DUI).


Henry County
• David Ellis, 48,Male, South Sioux City, NE
• Melanie M. Gallagher, 47, Female, Cambridge, IL
• Elver Gutierrez, 32, Male, Monmouth, IL
• Markell J. Sierra, 18, Male, Lynn Center, IL


Rock Island County
• Ernest S. Latiker, 44, Male, Waterloo, IA
• Jessica A. Ligeno, 42, Female, East Moline, IL
• Troy Mammel, 29, Male, Cedar Rapids, IA
• Thomas A. Mills, 53, Male, Princeton, IL
• Mara Parker, 25, Female, Davenport, IA
• Erin M. Sierra, 47, Male, Hampton, IL
• Markell J. Sierra, 18 , Male, Lynn Center, IL
• Sarah Marie Strawhacker, 28, Female, Bettendorf, IA
(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.)

 

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Veto Session Sees Swanson Sponsored Lyme Disease Bill Approved

Representative Dan Swanson's bill known as the Lauren Russell Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act has been approved by the State House of Representatives, overcoming an Amendatory veto from Governor Bruce Rauner. The bill is aimed at creating awareness of the dangers of Lyme Disease will also require that Lyme Disease Treatment be covered by insurance. The Amendatory Veto by Governor Rauner intended to remove language that would have shielded doctors who used experimental means to treat Lyme Disease. Under the current language, doctors treating patients with Lyme Disease can, with the agreement of their patients, use experimental treatments without the concern of potential legal action. Speaking from the House Floor Representative Swanson talked about why this legislation is so vital. 

Representative Swanson then went on to briefly discuss the inspiration for the bill, 13 year old Lauren Russell of Mercer, County. 

 

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

Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley were our guests today on People to People. On the agenda was last night's Kewanee City Council Meeting including a discussion of the decision to grant a TIF designation to Napa Auto Parts and the difficult decision not to approve TIF funds for The Station restaurant. Also on the agenda, bonds, incentive programs and final participation numbers for the Kewanee Citywide Clean-up. 

 

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Open Line 11-14-18

Today on the Open Line our host attempted to cultivate outrage over people in government who lie or give the appearance of corruption. Obviously, this is not new information that people in government lie but has that led to complete apathy where our lack of surprise leads to a belief in the futility of action? Are we no longer capable of even trying to hold politicians accountable for their actions? We also discussed aspects of last night's Kewanee City Council meeting and other topics today on the Open Line Podcast. 

 

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Tuned In Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau

Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. Tomorrow night is the Henry County Farm Bureau Market Outlook Seminar and there is still a little room if you would like to attend but you must RSVP ASAP if you want to get in. Contact the Henry County Farm Bureau to make a reservation. Bushels for Hunger is ongoing and a great way to help the Riverbend Food Bank and the Henry County Farm Bureau is set to be honored at their Statewide Farm Bureau meeting next month.

 

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The Rumors Are Over, Mendoza is Running for Chicago Mayor

After weeks of speculation and rumors, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is making it official, she is making a run for Mayor of Chicago. A little more than a week after winning election to a second term, Mendoza revealed she hopes to take the Mayor's office for the City of Broad Shoulders in a campaign video...


The Chicago Tribune reports Mendoza began looking into a run for Mayor within days of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement he wouldn't seek another term.

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Kewanee Police Want You to Call if You See Coyotes in Town

The Kewanee Police Department has put out an information sheet with recommendations for what residents can do to keep coyotes away. Most importantly, the Kewanee Police want citizens to call the Kewanee Police if they spot a Coyote in the area. Coyotes have been known to cause property damage, turn over trash cans and most disturbingly, attack house pets. The full release from the Kewanee Police regarding Coyotes is below... 

 

Due to the recent sightings of coyotes in and around the City of Kewanee, the following are some tips and information to help prevent coyotes from coming into the local neighborhoods and what to do if approached by one. 
Never feed coyotes - Coyotes that are fed by people often lose their fear of humans and develop a territorial attitude that may lead to aggressive behavior.
Don’t allow coyotes access to garbage - Keep garbage can lids on the cans and secure them if possible. 
Prevent access to fruit and compost - Pick up fruit under trees and if you compost food scraps make sure they are covered. 
Feed dogs and cats indoors – If you must feed your pets outside do so in the morning or midday and pick up the food, water bowls, leftovers, and spilled food before dark. 
Don’t feed feral cats – Coyotes prey on these cats as well as any feed that is left out for them. 
Clean up under bird feeders – Coyotes will eat bird feed as well as the birds and small rodents that also are attracted to the feeder. 
Keep small dogs and cats indoors – This is especially true from dusk to dawn. If left outside small dogs and cats may be attacked and killed by coyotes.  
What to do if approached by a coyote - If approached by a coyote try to make yourself look as big as possible and don’t run. Yell at the coyote and wave your arms. 
If you sight a coyote in the City please contact the Kewanee Police Department at 309-853-1911 to report the location. 

 

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Kewanee Police Want You to Call if You See Coyotes in Town

The Kewanee Police Department has put out an information sheet with recommendations for what residents can do to keep coyotes away. Most importantly, the Kewanee Police want citizens to call the Kewanee Police if they spot a Coyote in the area. Coyotes have been known to cause property damage, turn over trash cans and most disturbingly, attack house pets. The full release from the Kewanee Police regarding Coyotes is below... 

 

Due to the recent sightings of coyotes in and around the City of Kewanee, the following are some tips and information to help prevent coyotes from coming into the local neighborhoods and what to do if approached by one. 
Never feed coyotes - Coyotes that are fed by people often lose their fear of humans and develop a territorial attitude that may lead to aggressive behavior.
Don’t allow coyotes access to garbage - Keep garbage can lids on the cans and secure them if possible. 
Prevent access to fruit and compost - Pick up fruit under trees and if you compost food scraps make sure they are covered. 
Feed dogs and cats indoors – If you must feed your pets outside do so in the morning or midday and pick up the food, water bowls, leftovers, and spilled food before dark. 
Don’t feed feral cats – Coyotes prey on these cats as well as any feed that is left out for them. 
Clean up under bird feeders – Coyotes will eat bird feed as well as the birds and small rodents that also are attracted to the feeder. 
Keep small dogs and cats indoors – This is especially true from dusk to dawn. If left outside small dogs and cats may be attacked and killed by coyotes.  
What to do if approached by a coyote - If approached by a coyote try to make yourself look as big as possible and don’t run. Yell at the coyote and wave your arms. 
If you sight a coyote in the City please contact the Kewanee Police Department at 309-853-1911 to report the location. 

 

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Kewanee City Council Wrap Up for November 13th 2018

At last night’s Kewanee City Council meeting the Kewanee City Council gave their unanimous approval for the YMCA of Kewanee to use City Council Chambers on November 30th and December 1st for their annual Christmas Auction. 
On the new business agenda 
The Kewanee City Council approved the issuance of a General Obligation Refunding Bond series for 2018 on a 5 to 0. We will talk more about this with Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley this morning during our People to People Program. 
The City Council unanimously agreed to a TIF Agreement with NAPA Auto Parts for their remodel and store opening project. 
The City Council then decided against a TIF Agreement with The Station Restaurant 4 votes to 1 with Council Member Chris Colomer the only holdout in favor of the agreement. Council Member Mike Yaklich made the case against the TIF Agreement by stating that he felt that this was not how TIF funds are supposed to be used. 


Andrew Speck, co-owner of The Station argued that improvements inside The Station would increase the amount of tax revenue generated by The Station. 


In the end the council decided against the TIF Agreement based on a few factors including the fact that Andrew and Rita Speck don’t yet own the property and that the issues uncovered after they entered into their agreement with the bank to buy the building fell under the auspices of buyer beware, stating that more research should have been done to know just what kind of situation they were buying into before making the agreement. Andrew Speck stated that no such inspection prior to purchase was possible and that he and his wife and co-owner Rita Speck were taking a gamble on Kewanee when they decided to move ahead with the agreement. 
In other new business, the council agreed to amend the city traffic ordinance to place a new stop sign at Mission Drive and Midland Drive intersection. The vote was 5 to 0 in favor. 
The council agreed to an agreement with Dana Construction for the demolition of a property at 117 East 7th Street. This being a fast-tracked demolition the contract states that Dana Construction must have the demolition completed by a specific date or face penalties. 
Mayor Steve Looney asked that the next agenda item be tabled. The council was set to consider a resolution to have the City Manager execute a side letter of agreement to the existing collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Council 31, Local 764. 
City Engineer Dale Noble spoke to the City Council with a report on the south water tower. 


The next item on the agenda was oversight of incentive programs. Councilman Yaklich wanted to know exactly what the process was involved in the deciding how incentive programs were managed, who made decisions regarding eligibility and other such administrative questions. City Manager Gary Bradley addressed those concerns and stated that for the most part he was in charge of these decisions but would happily be removed from the role provided there were others available to handle the oversight and keep the decisions away specifically from the council to avoid questions related to political influence. We will go into more depth on this discussion with Gary Bradley during our People to People program on Wednesday morning at 9:35 Am. 
Finally, the meeting closed on the decision to add Saturday hours during the summer at the Kewanee Transfer Station. From April through September going forward the Transfer Station will be open on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 8 Am to 12 noon.

 

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Peer to Peer Car Rentals Up For Review

Lawmakers are working on a veto override of a bill that allows for widespread renting of personal cars to others. Think of it as Air-b-nb for vehicles. The bill changed under Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto pen months ago. Now both sides are fighting to either keep the bill or add regulations that would include taxing peer to peer rentals. Greg Scott with the American Car Rental Association says his companies aren’t losing business just yet but this emerging car rental market will impact them and state revenues.

About 12,000 cars right now are up for peer to peer rentals in Illinois.

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More Kids Heading Off to College

Illinois’ school kids are heading off to college in numbers larger than a year ago. The State Board of Education is releasing data that shows more kids are choosing to continue with their education and State Superintendent Tony Smith says it's great news.


Many of the students heading off to college have a head start on college credits as more and more students are taking AP exams.

 

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EHD Back in IL Deer Population

A disease that impacts the White Tail deer population is has killed hundreds of the animals this year. According to the State Department of Natural Resources, an outbreak of E-H-D has killed more than 432 deer. The viral disease is passed to deer through insect bites. IDNR’s Doug Dufford.

The outbreak is far from the worst one in Illinois. About three thousand deer died in 2012 from EHD.

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Kewanee Police Blotter 11-13-18 to 11-14-18

At approximately 11:20 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to the 100 Block of Fairview Home in Kewanee regarding a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 22 year old Dalton A. Brewster of Kewanee on a charge of Criminal Damage to Government Property. 
 
At approximately 11:27 Pm Kewanee Police were once again called to the 100 Block of Fairview Home. At the scene this time, Kewanee Police arrested 31 year old Patrick B. Jones of Kewanee on a charge of Domestic Battery. Jones was taken to the Henry County Jail.  

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Measurable Snow for Illinois Midweek

Some parts of Illinois can expect some measurable snow mid-week. That assessment from Meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather.


For the first 12 days of November, temperatures over most of Illinois are running anywhere from 4-to-8 degrees below normal. 

 

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Thanksgiving Leading Day of the Year for Home Cooking Fires

The National Fire Protection Association states that Thanksgiving Day is the most dangerous day of the year for home cooking fires. According to a release from the NFPA, Thanksgiving far out paces Christmas, or any other Holiday or single day of the year for the number of fires that start from cooking in home kitchens. There are, however, ways to help combat the dangers of cooking fires on Thankgiving according to the NFPA.

NFPA offers the following tips and recommendations for cooking safely this Thanksgiving:

Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended, especially when frying and sautéing with oil. Stay in your home while the turkey is cooking and check on it frequently.

Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when simmering, baking, or roasting foods that require longer cook times. Check the stove or oven frequently.

Consider putting timers in different rooms so you can hear them over music and party chatter.

Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels well away (a minimum of three feet) from the cooking area.

Push up shirt sleeves and avoid wearing billowy clothing that may come in contact with open flames or other heat sources. 

Avoid cooking when drinking alcohol, using other substances, or if you’re sleepy.

Make sure children stay at least three feet away from all cooking areas, hot food, and liquids to avoid burns.

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-10-18 to 11-13-18

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 12:15a.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Il. Hwy. 78 North of Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Laman Sauer (age 19) of Kewanee, was issued a warning for improper lane usage and was arrested for DUI.  He posted bond and was released.

 

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at 2:00a.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Tenney St. in Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Seth Bainbrdge (age 19) of Galva, was issued citations for speeding 78mph in a 55mph speed zone, operating an uninsured vehicle, and transportation of alcohol.  Seth was also arrested for DUI and taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at 5:53p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on West 6th St. in Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Daniel Lewis (age 35) of Kewanee, was issued notice to appear citations for driving on a revoked license and no taillights.  Daniel was also issued a criminal notice to appear for resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

 

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at 9:31p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on South Tremont St. in Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Justin Cox (age 30) of Sheffield, was arrested on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, and possession of methamphetamine.  Justin was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at 10:24p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Il. Hwy. 81 East of Cambridge.  The driver of the vehicle, Jeffery Ince (age 64) of Cambridge, was issued citations for expired registration, unlawful use of registration, no valid registration, no valid drivers license, and operating an uninsured vehicle.  Jeffery was also arrested on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on traffic offenses.  He was taken to the Henry County Jail.

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Open Line Podcast 11-13-18

A little operator error at the start means we missed a couple minutes of Sean's opening rant about cigarettes but we got a bunch of calls and good conversation regardless, talking about raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 in Illinois and we especially got a big response to the topic of a mileage tax which callers were fiercely opposed to. 

 

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Tuned In Bob Kuntz Candidate for Mayor of Kewanee

Bob Kuntz is a former Kewanee City Council member who has decided to return to local politics. Bob decided to run for Mayor of Kewanee after hearing that Mayor Steve Looney had decided not to run for re-election. Bob was among those who staunchly supported Mayor Looney during his run for Mayor and he hopes to continue the efforts of Mayor Looney if elected in April. Bob Kuntz was our guest on Tuned In on Tuesday. 

 

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Regional Daily News Celebrity Interview St Louis Hockey Legend Bernie Federko

St Louis Blues legend and radio voice, Bernie Federko is now an author. My Blues Note is the title of Bernie's exceptionally entertaining new autobiography about his life and career and the guys he played with in 14 years in the NHL and the years since that he's spent as the voice of the Blues. Who was the greatest player Bernie ever played with? Who would Bernie say is better: Gretzky or Lemieux? And how Hockey has changed in Bernie's lifetime are just a few of things we talked about today on WKEI's People to People Podcast. 

 

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Report says IL Higher Education is Separate but Unequal

Public college students in Illinois are being split into two separate and unequal tracks, according to new research released today.  A report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce showed white students are disproportionately represented at selective public colleges, comprising 64 percent of freshman enrollment, even though they represent only about half of the college-age population. And in Illinois, report co-author Martin Van Der Werf explained, black students are severely under-represented at these schools. 

"Eighteen out of every 100 Illinois college-age young adults are black, but only about nine out of every 100 Illinois selective public college freshmen are black," Van Der Werf said. "So their representation is only about half of their distribution of the population."

Latinos fare a bit better, accounting for 18 out of 100 freshman at Illinois selective public colleges, compared to 20 out of every 100 Illinois college-age young adults generally. Illinois State University, the University of Illinois Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are considered selective public colleges.

Van Der Werf said admissions policies that rely heavily on standardized testing are problematic because they are not a reliable predictor of college graduation rates; rather, he said, they're an indicator of the quality of K-12 schooling.

"Whites do better on standardized tests. Latinos do second best and blacks, of the three groups, they do the worst," Van Der Werf said. "And so when you rely on testing as an entry measure, whites are always going to do better."

The report found Illinois is one of just eight states that provide more per-student funding to open-access public colleges than to elite public colleges. However, selective public colleges in Illinois spend almost four times as much on instructional and academic support per student. 

Van Der Werf said how this money is spent matters, and not just to the students. 

"States are funding these colleges; all taxpayers are paying for them," he said. "And so we wanted to look at who is actually being served by these colleges; because if everyone's paying for these colleges arguably they ought to be serving all members of the public."

Van Der Werf added spending differences are directly connected to a wide variation in graduation rates. At elite public colleges, students have an 85 percent chance of graduating, compared with just 51 percent at an open-access public college. And he contends it's contributing to blacks and Latinos falling farther behind white students in bachelor's degree attainment.

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Betty's Garden Kewanee Holding Hiring Event for RN's and LPN's on Wednesday

Betty’s Garden Memory Care in Kewanee will be holding a hiring event on Wednesday from 11 Am to 1 Pm and from 4 Pm to 6 Pm. Betty’s Garden is in need of full time and part time LPN’s and RN’s to help with Memory Care patients. There are opportunities for full-time employment, part-time and moonlighting opportunities. Just stop by Betty’s Garden on Wednesday between 11 Am and 1 Pm or between 4 Pm to 6 Pm to get an interview for these open positions as an LPN or RN. CNA’s are also encouraged to apply for a chance to break into the medical field. 

 

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OSF Announces Hiring of Orthopedic Specialist Dr Peter Mulhern

OSF Saint Luke Hospital has announced that Dr Peter Mulhern has joined the staff at OSF Healthcare Medical Group in Kewanee. Dr Mulhern is an expert in orthopaedics and will begin seeing patients on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month says Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center


Dr. Mulhern completed his medical education at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency and a general surgical internship at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Dr. Mulhern’s office will be located at OSF HealthCare Medical Group-Kewanee, 1051 West South Street, Kewanee and he will see patients in Kewanee the 2nd and 4th Thursdays every month. New patient appointments can be made by calling OSF HealthCare Medical Group-Galesburg Clinic at (309) 344-1000. 

 

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One Month Left to Examine Federal Health Insurance Options

Illinois residents have about a month left to examine health insurance options under the federal Affordable Care Act. Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer and other I-D-O-I officials plan to travel to all 102 Illinois counties to answer questions and provide some guidance;

Six insurance carriers - that's one more than last year - can provide health insurance to Illinois residents. Some won't have as many plans to choose from, while others could have up to 30 different choices and some subsidized by the federal government based on income;

I-D-O-I says for the first time since 20-15, the cost of most health insurance plans within the federal program will be stable or could drop for those that enroll for coverage next year. The deadline is December 15th. More information can be found online at get-covered-dot-illinois-dot-gov.

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Madigan Spokesman Reflects on Impact of Anti-Madigan Campaigning

For four years, Governor Bruce Rauner has painted House Speaker Mike Madigan as public enemy number one. Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says the anti-Madigan narrative is nothing new and he says the Speaker's skin has more than thick enough to handle it...


Brown believes the anti-Madigan message fell flat on Election Day...


Madigan released a statement after election gains for Democrats. “Voters across Illinois rejected the politics of negativity, personal destruction and blame that has permeated the Republican Party and stood together to call for a new day in Illinois. Our Democratic Party is committed to answering this call and protecting the values under which voters put a record number of Democrats into office tonight.

 

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Pritzker, Rauner to Share Stage at Illinois 200th Birthday Celebration

After a bitter 255 million dollar campaign, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Governor-elect JB Pritzker are burying the hatchet for the state's birthday. The pair has issued a joint press release, announcing they will make a joint appearance at the state’s 200th Birthday Party on December 3rd. The event has moved from the United Center to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The "more intimate" event will feature a performance by Hamilton's Miguel Cervantes, Blues legend Buddy Guy, performances by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a special acoustic performance by Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon. There will also be a Championship Parade featuring star athletes marching with Chicago team championship trophies. Stuart Layne, executive director of the Governor’s Office of the Bicentennial, acknowledged weaker than expected ticket sales. People who have purchased tickets for the United Center may use them for the party at Navy Pier or contact Ticketmaster for a refund prior to Dec. 2.

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Regional Media to Broadcast League of Women Voters Mental Health Forum on Facebook

Regional Media will broadcast Tuesday night's League of Women Voters forum on Tuesday, November 13th, live from the Kewanee Public Library. The topic of the forum is the Henry County 708 Mental Health Board and the featured speakers are Henry County Board member Jerry Thompson and former Henry and Stark County Health Department Director Gail Ripka. The forum was to be held at Kewanee City Council Chambers but had to be moved to accomodate Tuesday night's Kewanee City Council meeting. Those wishing to attend are invited to the Community Room at the Kewanee Public Library at 6:30 Pm. The forum will be broadcast via the My 102 Kewanee Facebook page which you can find at https://www.facebook.com/my102kewanee/. 

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Kewanee City Council Agenda for Tuesday November 13th

Kewanee City Council meets Tuesday, November 13th at 7 Pm in council chambers at Kewanee City Hall. The planned Kewanee League of Women Voters forum on mental health has been moved from council chambers to the Community Room at the Kewanee Library on Tuesday night. 

 

Here is this week's Kewanee City Council agenda... 


1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
b. Payroll
c. Staff Reports
d. Request from the YMCA for the use of the Council Chambers for their annual Christmas Auction on
November 30 at 5:00 pm through December 1, 2018.
4. Presentation of Bills and Claims
5. Citizen Participation
6. Business:
a. Consideration of an Ordinance providing for the issuance of General Obligation Refunding Bonds,
Series 2018 of the City of Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, and for the levy of a direct annual tax
sufficient to pay the principal and interest on said bonds.
b. Consideration of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Tax Increment Financing
Agreement with NAPA Auto Parts for their remodel and store opening project.
c. Consideration of an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a Tax Increment Financing
Agreement with The Broken Chimney Inc. d/b/a The Station for their remodel project.
d. Consideration of an Ordinance providing for a STOP sign on Mission Drive at its intersection with
Midland Drive by amending Schedule I, STOP Intersections, of Chapter 77 Traffic Schedules, of Title 7
Traffic Code of the Kewanee City Code.
e. Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 117 E Seventh Street to Dana Construction.
f. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a side letter of agreement to the
existing collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Council 31, Local 764.
g. Report from the City Engineer regarding an emergency repair at the South Water Tower.
h. Review of the Administration of the Incentive Programs.
i. Discussion of Transfer Station Summer Hours.
7. Council Communications:
8. Announcements:
9. Adjournment

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Pritzker Budget Committee has Work Cut Out for Them

Last week, Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker introduced his budget and innovation transition team. Former Comptroller Dan Hynes will quarterback that effort. He acknowledges it's no easy task.....


Hynes says when it comes to budget game planning, accuracy is everything.....


Pritzker is set to introduce a new transition team today that will focus on the needs of veterans.

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Fall Veto Session Begins Tuesday

The Fall Veto Session gets underway on Tuesday in Springfield and Northwestern Illinois state senator Neil Anderson says he doesn’t expect a lot of twists and turns.

Anderson has, however, turned his attention to what can be done in Illinois to better the economy.

The veto session is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week, they will take a couple of weeks off, and reconvene on November 27th, 28th, and 29th.

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Open Line 11-12-18

Today on the Open Line on WKEI our host talked about a High School Softball coach in Chicago who has been fired for contacting students too often outside school hours. The coach isn't accused of anything inappropriate, he simply violated a policy related to the number of times school employees are allowed to contact students outside of regular school hours. And with Veteran's Day weekend having just ended and most state and local government agencies closed in honor of Veteran's Day, we took a couple of calls from folks who told stories about the military and family of members of the military. 

 

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People to People Wethersfield Superintendent Shane Kazubowski and Elementary Principal Janeane Friedman

Wethersfield Superintendent Shane Kazubowski and Elementary Principal Janeane Friedman were our guests today on People to People. Mr Kazubowski was happy to report that Wethersfield School District performed very well in state rankings under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Meanwhile, Wethersfield Elementary has been noticed because of their innovative approach to raising student success and they will be presented an award at the next statewide schools meeting where Janeane Friedman will be presenting to other schools and demonstrating how Wethersfield has achieved so well. Wethersfield Elementary also recently applied for and received a grant from Monsanto that the school will use to further STEM education for grade schoolers. 

 

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Carrie Boelens and Tami Harker from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center were our guests today on Tuned In on WKEI. Carrie talked about a number of things happening at OSF including the arrival of Dr Mulhern, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month to fill the need for Orthopedics specialists at OSF. Dr Mulhern is now accepting appointments. Snowflake Sentiments are now available at OSF at a cost of $5.00. Snowflake Sentiments are a great way to remember a lost loved one. Finally, Carrie talked about how OSF can help you recycle your burnt out Christmas lights. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Denise Harker is a Diabetes Specialist at OSF. 

 

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Small Illinois Towns Ready for Deer Season

The first of two periods allowed by the state of Illinois for deer hunters to use firearms opens Friday, November 16th and will run through Sunday, November 18th. In some cases, hunters will double or triple the population of some small Illinois towns, such as Golconda in the Shawnee National Forest. The Pope County Deer Festival starts there Thursday, and Connie Beck - who leads its planning as president of the Golconda Rotary Club - says they’ll be ready;

Beck says Pope County, which borders Kentucky, doesn’t even have one traffic light. But she explains why some roads during peak deer hunting periods can sometimes be tricky to navigate; 

Illinois will also have a second period this year for hunting deer using firearms. That will take place from November 29th through December 2nd.

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Kewanee Police Blotter 11-09-18 to 11-12-18

At approximately 2:37 Pm on Friday, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Rose and West Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 36 year old Chad Petty on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report an Accident, Driving Under the Influence, and Domestic Battery. Petty was also cited for Driving without a Valid License and Driving the Wrong Way on a One Way Street. 

 

At approximately 3:45 Pm Kewanee were called to the scene of a traffic accident in the area of Prospect and Ridyard Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 41 year old Kelly A. Smithson of Kewanee for Failure to Yield at a Stop Intersection. Smithson's vehicle struck a vehicle driven Roxann Petty of Kewanee. Thankfully there were no injuries in the accident. 

 

At approximately 4:25 Pm Kewanee Police were called to assist other agencies in the area of the 1000 Block of South Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Joshua E. West of Kewanee on Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on charges of Criminal Trespass. Unable to post bond, West was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 6:31 Pm Kewanee Police responded to a civil complaint regarding custody in the area of the 1800 Block of Lake Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 25  year old Brittanie W. Smith-Beasley of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on a charge of Retail Theft. Bond was posted. 

 

At approximately 7:31 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 100 Block of North Burr Boulevard regarding a person attempting suicide. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 50 year old John W. Miller of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on charges of Burglary, Driving Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Driving without Insurance, and Theft. Unable to post bond, Miller was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

At approximately 12:26 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited Briana R. Kazubowski for speeding, 43 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

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Kewanee Police Release Details of Thursday Morning Chase and Arrests

The Kewanee Police Department has released the details of the arrest of two men wanted in a series of burglaries across three states. Arrested on Thursday morning following a traffic stop were 38 year old Kyle D. Schnitzler of Mount Carroll, Illinois and 37 year old Jesse R. Whaley of Freeport, Illinois. 

The arrest came after the two were pulled over by Kewanee Police and the passenger in the vehicle, Mr Whaley, attempted to flee on foot. Schnitzler was arrested at the stop. Inside the vehicle were tools used for break ins and burglaries at places such as Jo Jo's Gas Station, Sullivans Grocery Store and Precision Car Wash. And that's just what the two had done in Kewanee. The men were also suspects in burglaries at similar retail locations in Wisconsin and Iowa as well. 

As mentioned, Whaley attempted to flee the scene. While hiding from police near the 300 block of Chestnut Street, Whaley encountered Maddie Costenson-Segura whose story you read here at RegionalDailynews.com yesterday. Maddie yelled for help and alerted police to Whaley's location and after a brief chase, Whaley was captured in the 200 block of South Tremont. 

Both men now stand charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Two Counts of Possession of Stolen License Plates, 2 Counts of Theft, and 3 Counts of Criminal Damage to Property. Several of the charges are Class 2 Felonies meaning that both men could face 3 to 7 years in prison. Whaley is also being held on a valid warrant from Stephenson County. Both men are being held at the Henry County Jail on a $100,000 bond and both men are set for a November 19th preliminary hearing. 

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Wethersfield Schools Celebrates Local Veterans

Wethersfield students and faculty paid tribute to our local veterans at a gathering today at the Wethersfield Elementary School gymnasium. Students gave speeches including young Regan who spoke about why she respects the American flag. 

 

At the end of that video of course you can hear Superintendent Shane Kazubowski introducing the featured speaker of the day, Retired Navy Lt Courtney Blake Hatchel who spoke about what being a Veteran meant to her before and after her time in the military. 

 

The celebration ending with a photo montage of our local veterans, those still with us and many who had passed on. All in all, it was a lovely celebration and one that Wethersfield can most assuredly be proud of. The students and faculty, as they do each year, honored our best and bravest and did an incredible job. 

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Austin Posey Named Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month

A big congratulations goes to Austin Posey of Colona who has been named the Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month! Austin was nominated for this honor for his positive attitude, his effort to achieve his goals, and his good attendance. When he's not being named Achiever of the Month, Austin is an entrepreneur, operating his own Scentsy products business. Congratulations to Austin Posey, keep up the good work as Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month. 

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IL Department of Veterans Affairs Director Pens Veteran's Day Message

The head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affiairs Retired Brigadier General of the United States Army Stephen Curda Ph.D released a letter to statewide news editors with a message regarding Veteran's Day. 

 

"Veterans Day is a celebration of all who have served and continue to serve our great nation with honor and distinction, day in and day out! We at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs not only honor our service members past and present but also the family members who support our heroes when called to duty and returning home.

Each year, we set this day aside across the country and dedicate it to celebrate and pay tribute to America’s Veterans for their patriotism, sacrifice, selfless service and devotion.  The loyalty our veterans have to our great country along with their unsurmountable courage has made us what we are today – and what we will continue to be for many years to come:  The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

On this special day, we at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs want to honor and give special thanks to you and your families for your service and sacrifice in protecting our freedoms that we have the privilege to enjoy every day without fear.  We are honored and privileged to assist you and your dependents.

I encourage you to take some time today to reflect and pray for our Veterans. Additionally, I ask that you find ways that you can support the Veterans in your community." 

 

Stephen Curda, Ph.D.
Retired Brigadier General US Army
Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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Rep Swanson No Mileage Tax Legislation Yet But Genuine Concern for Downstate Drivers

After Democrats won a super majority in the state house along with the Governor's mansion concerns about potential legislation began popping up on social media, especially among Republicans. In an effort to parse the genuine concerns from the partisan concerns, WKEI spoke with Representative Dan Swanson who was recently returned to Springfield for a second term after running unopposed in his district. Of specific concern is the potential for a tax on mileage which some have claimed is a Democrat initiative that could come from the next legislative session. We asked Representative Dan Swanson about this legislation and he said that while a bill has not been floated recently on a mileage tax, residents of Illinois are right to be concerned about the potential for such legislation. 

 

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Tuned In Jerry Thompson American Legion Post 31 Veteran's Day Program

Local veteran Jerry Thompson is one of many in our veterans community that is helping to organize the very special celebration happening at the Kewanee American Legion Post #31 on Saturday at 10 Am. Kewanee's Veterans community will be out in force as members of the Wethersfield High School band and choir perform and folks deliver speeches honoring our remarkable veterans community. We were lucky to have a few moments to talk about Veteran's Day with Jerry Thompson today on Tuned In on WKEI. 

 

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New York Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of 82 Pounds of Cannabis in Henry County

A Schenectady, New York man is set to spend some time in the Henry County Jail. Leahcim J. Ferguson appeared in court in Cambridge on Thursday and pleaded guilty to Class 1 Felony Possession of Cannabis. Ferguson was then sentenced to 48 months conditional discharge while also receiving 180 days in jail stayed until January 6th of 2019. Ferguson was also fined more than $248,000 due to the street value of the cannabis. The charges against Ferguson stem from a traffic stop on March 10th of this year when Ferguson and co-defendant Elizabeth V. Clayton, also of Schenectady, New York, were stopped by a Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy travelling Eastbound on I-80. A drug-sniffing dog uncovered more than 82 pounds of cannabis in the car during that stop. Clayton will be in court for a pre-trial hearing on November 19th 

 

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Veteran's Day Program at Wethersfield Elementary Today

Veteran’s Day is this weekend and Wethersfield School has a special celebration set for this afternoon says Dr Shane Kazubowski, the Superintendent of Wethersfield Schools


The program at Wethersfield Elementary School today, in the Gymnasium, will begin with lunch as Dr Kazubowski said, at 12:30 and then get underway fully with a picture presentation and student speakers at 1:30. 


Jerry Thompson, one of our local veterans who will be in attendance this afternoon at Wethersfield Elementary School for this Veteran’s Day celebration will be our guest today at 8:45 Am on Tuned In on WKEI. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 11-08-18 to 11-09-18

At approximately 9:52 Am, Kewanee Police responded to the scene of a multi-vehicle accident in the area of the 700 Block of West Central Boulevard. At the scene was an accident involving vehicles driven by 24 year old Kayla P. Jewell of Kewanee and 75 year old Mary L. Meyer of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were given. 

 

At approximately 1:07 Pm, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 700 Block of East 9th Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 18 year old Mystique L. Mettler of Geneseo and 24 year old Nathan L. Savage of Kewanee, each arrested on a count of Domestic Battery. Both were taken from the scene to the Henry County Jail. 

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Pritzker Assembles Transition Committee That Will Focus on the Budget

Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker's transition to the Governor's Mansion will involve a lot of number crunching. Yesterday, he announced the creation of a budget and innovation committee, headed by former Comptroller Dan Hynes. He doesn't mince words about Illinois fiscal status...


Illinois' bill payment backlog stands at $7.5 billion, and there is an estimated $1 billion shortfall in the current state budget.

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Fleeing Suspect Frightens Kewanee Woman in Thursday Morning Police Chase

Maddie Costenson-Segura knew the morning was off to an unusual start when she noticed police cars in the area of O'Reilly Auto Parts and Save A Lot, just blocks from her home in the 300 Block of Chestnut. Things would take a frightening turn however, just before 7 Am. Maddie, speaking exclusively to RegionalDaiilyNews.com, said that around 6:40 Am as she was putting things into her car before work and just about to bring her baby to the car from her home, saw a man emerge from the area between her carport and her neighbors home. 

According to Maddie, the man claimed to have fallen asleep behind the meter next to her neighbor's house but Maddie knew better. The man then approached her and that's where Maddie picks up the story in her own words. 

 

"I slammed my car door shut. He grabbed my right shoulder and back and told me not to say anything. I elbowed him and screamed help. He looked at me in shock and slowly took off into my neighbors yard. I ran towards my front door screaming for the cops that a man attacked me and was running from my house. The man then took off actually running north on my street. The police ran to their vehicles to follow the man. About 5 or 10 minutes later two officers came to my house, looked around, asked if I was okay, and got my information."

 

Officers informed Maddie that they had captured the suspect. No other information has been released at this time. Kewanee Police have yet to respond to requests for comments regarding the name of the suspect or the nature of the arrest. More on this story as it develops. 

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Vets and Suicide Prevention

In advance of Veterans Day, the Illinois Veterans Affairs Healthcare System offering education about suicide prevention among vets. Dale Horaz (HER-AZ) is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the agency. He says the biggest hurdle for preventing suicide is simply getting vets, of all ages, invested in the care they need.

Someone is always available for veterans at 1-800-273-TALK or you can contact Horaz personally at dale.horaz@va.gov.

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A Closer Look HOOAH Deer Hunt For Heroes

Healing Of Our American Heroes, or HOOAH, is a statewide organization in Illinois that has developed a platform for disabled Veterans to pursue outdoor activities. Board Member, Tom Gaither, says the founding member Tom Huffington, got the idea to create HOOAH after seeing a disabled vet on TV.

Gaither, a Marine Corp Veteran and avid outdoorsman himself, says HOOAH is providing a service to those men and women who have sacrificed for their country.

You can visit https://www.hooahdeerhuntforheroes.com/ for more information. 

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Open Line Podcast 11-08-18

Today on the Open Line Podcast we had a caller discuss marijuana legalization. The callers opening point was cut off by our recorder but he called back to clarify the point later in the broadcast. We also discussed Governor-Elect Pritzker and his decision to have former Governor Jim Edgar as a member of his transition team. This was a controversial choice not because Edgar is a Republican but because the former Governor's company has a number of State Government contracts specifically related to purchasing medical debt. 

 

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People to People Monmouth College Professor Robin Johnson

Completing, for the most part, our election coverage for Midterm-2018, we were joined on People to People on Thursday by Monmouth College Political Science Professor Robin Johnson. Professor Johnson helped us to take a closer look at the significant changes to the political landscape nationwide with the change over in the House of Representatives and the Republicans extending their Senate Majority. And we discussed what could be called a Blue Wave in Illinois where Governor-Elect J.B Pritzker now has a super-majority of Democrats in the statehouse. 

 

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Tuned In Sara Billiet Kewanee Public Library

Sara Billiet with the Kewanee Public Library was our guest on WKEI's Tuned In on Thursday. Sara joined us to talk about the Library's Snow Village Open House on Sunday, November 25th from 2 to 4 Pm. There will be live Christmas music from The Connection and the spectacular Library display know as the Snow Village. Families will absolutely adore this remarkable Christmas presentation at Kewanee Public Library, Thanksgiving Weekend, Sunday, November 25th. 

 

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Snow's in the Forecast Get Ready for Winter Weather

Snow is in the forecast for some later this week and it comes as a reminder that you need to prepare for winter weather. Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency wants you know that means everything is possible from floods to tornadoes to blizzards over the winter. IEMA’s Rebecca Clark says start in your car prepare from there. 

Once you’re packed for the car, double your efforts and do the same for your house. So you can be ready for a possible power outage.

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October Weather Gave You A Little of Everything

October came and went and left some folks in Illinois with the first snowfall of the season. The month will go down as having something for everyone. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that by mid-month most the state had seen freezing temps. Now he says get ready for a colder and wetter November.

Northern Illinois saw wetter than normal conditions over the month of October and for farmers there it’s created challenging harvest conditions.

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Kewanee League of Women Voters Event Moved to Kewanee Library

The next public forum for the Kewanee League of Women Voters will be held in the Community Room of the Kewanee Public Library and not Council Chambers at Kewanee City Hall as originally planned. According to a release from the Kewanee League of Women Voters, due to the move of the Kewanee City Council Meeting from Monday to Tuesday to accommodate the Veteran's Day Holiday, the League of Women Voters event which was set for Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 13th will now take place on Tuesday the 13th at the Kewanee Library. The topic will be the Henry County 708 Mental Health Board and Gail Ripka, former head of the Henry and Stark County Health Department and current Henry County Board Member Jerry Thompson will be the featured speakers at the event. If you'd like more information you can contact Carla Hillman at 309-852-5215.

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Sign Up Now Open for the 37th Annual Kewanee Hardcore 5K

Sign up is now officially open for the 2018 Kewanee Hardcore 5K on New Year's Eve. According to a release from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce, you can now go to GetMeRegistered.com to sign up to participate in this annual 5K which will begin this year at the Flemish American Club located at 313 North Burr Boulevard. The entry cost is $30.00. The theme for this year's 37th Annual Kewanee Hardcore 5K is Run Your Ice Off. You can get signed up by going to GetMeRegistered.com or if you need more information you can contact the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce at 309-852-2175.

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Kewanee Police Blotter 11-07-18 to 11-08-18

At approximately 7:44 Am on Wednesday, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 200 Block of West 6th Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 20 year old Caleb A. Myers for speeding 50 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 6:11 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to assist a citizen in the area of the 100 Block of Fairview Homes. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 33-year-old Latisha D. Hurdle of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Retail Theft. Hurdle posted bond and was released. 

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Rep Bustos Calls President Trump's call for Sessions Resignation a Constitutional Crisis

President Donald Trump today requested and received the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a move that many Democrats see as an attempt by the President to affect an end to the investigation known as the Russia Probe headed by Robert Mueller. Now, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has weighed in with a statement on the matter in which she refers to the situation as a potential 'constitutional crisis.' 

 

“This is now the second time in history that a United States President has tried to fire his way out of an investigation, and it didn’t end well for Richard Nixon either. This is a clear attempt by President Trump to bury the Mueller investigation just hours after learning that Democrats won the House. By appointing Matthew Whitaker, who has publicly expressed his political opposition to the Mueller investigation, this is not only an obvious hatchet job, but also presents a constitutional crisis one day after voters across the nation rebuked the President. Democrats won on a pledge to restore accountability to government, and that is exactly what we will do.”

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Three Car Accident Near Orion Leaves Multiple Injuries

Henry County Sheriff's responded to a three car accident on U.S 150 near Orion at approximatey 7:25 Am. At the scene, investigation revealed that a 2010 Chevy Truck driven by 16 year old John Foley of Andover was struck from behind while waiting to turn left onto 1500 North in Orion by a Dodge Passenger Vehicle driven by 20 year old Addyson Hanson of Milan, Illinois. When Foley's truck was hit from behind it was pushed into the southbound traffic lane where it was struck by a 2012 Kia driven by 15 year old Lily Bergstrom of Orion. Bergstrom was life flighted from the scene to a local medical facility where her condition is currently not known. Two passengers in Bergstrom's vehicle were also taken from the scene via ambulance. Hanson was taken from the scene by ambulance though there also is no word on her condition. Foley refused medical attention at the scene. Hanson was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. 

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Governor Rauner Not Ready to Give Up on Turnaround Agenda Despite Loss

Governor Bruce Rauner is a one-term Governor.....


He has pursued his Turnaround Agenda since the moment he took the oath of office. Even though he was soundly defeated in his bid for re-election, Rauner believes it's still possible to make changes to the legislative remapping process and bring term limits, if Democrats are willing...


Rauner says successful Democratic-led efforts to enact portions of his turnaround agenda have occurred in a number of states.

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Visitation School to Host 32nd Annual A Country Christmas Village

Visitation School in Kewanee will play host to the 32nd Annual 'A Country Village Christmas' on Saturday, November 17th. This annual vendor fair will feature vendors from across the area selling holiday themed items just in time for Christmas. The event will be open from 9 Am until 3 Pm with items from local crafters as well as commercial retailers on site. And, Santa Claus will be on hand taking pictures with the kids. Proceeds from 'A Country Christmas Village' go to help out Visitation Catholic School. 

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Kewanee Schools Foundation Announces 2019 Date for Annual Auction

The Kewanee Schools Foundation has announced the date for their annual silent auction for 2019. According to a release from the Kewanee Schools Foundation, the date for the 2019 silent auction will be Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 2 Pm to 6 Pm. The event is aimed at raising funds to benefit the students of Kewanee School District 229. No other details have been announced as of yet but in the past the event has raised thousands in the past thanks to donations from local businesses and the generous folks who have turned out year after year to place bids on the donated items. The Kewanee Schools Foundation Annual Silent Auction will once again be held in the Brockman Gymnasium at Kewanee High School and it remains the biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit Kewanee School District students. 

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Wild night in 13th Congressional District ends with Davis victory

Optimism was brimming most of the night at the Downtown Springfield gathering for Democratic Congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. Returns showed her holding a massive lead early and CNN projected her as the winner of the race with Republican incumbent Rodney Davis. But in a moment reminiscent of the newspaper headline Dewey defeats Truman, it was Davis declaring victory in his hometown of Taylorville.....


Davis won by just over 3600 votes. 

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Representative Cheri Bustos Wins Re-Election and Reacts to Dem Majority in US House

Democrat Congresswoman Cheri Bustos won re-election for another term in Congress with a decisive victory over challenger Bill Fawell. After the race was won, Congresswoman Bustos watched as her party won the majority in the U.S House of Representatives and afterwards, the Congresswoman released this statement: 

 

“Today, Americans put their faith back in Democrats to bring responsibility and accountability back to Washington. Powered by a massive turnout of women and fueled by our incredible candidates, House Democrats gained several seats in the Heartland. Our new Democratic Majority will relentlessly focus on improving the lives of hardworking families across our nation. By focusing on kitchen table issues such as lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs, raising wages by investing in rebuilding America and cracking down on the rampant corruption in Washington, we are going to make government work for the people once again.”

 

Many expect Representative Bustos to rise in the leadership rankings among Democrats in the House but where she land on the chain of command behind likely returning House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi is unknown at this time beyond speculation. 

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Tuned In Roger Hawk Henry and Stark County Retired Teachers

Roger Hawk with the Henry and Stark County Retired Teachers joined WKEI today on our Tuned In podcast. The Henry and Stark County Retired Teachers have a meeting next week in Toulon with a very special guest. Jennifer Nutzhorn of Toulon is a home school teacher to her children and a teach of piano and she will be playing for the Henry and Stark County Retired Teachers on Wednesday, November 14th at 12 Noon. The meeting is being held at First Congregational Church located at 218 North Henderson in Toulon. 

 

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Barb Link Re-Elected as Henry County Clerk/Recorder

Barb Link has won re-election for a 5th term as Henry County Clerk-Recorder. Link defeated Republican challenger Jon Zahm with a reported 10,990 votes to Zahm's 8372 votes. Throughout the race, Mr Zahm made an issue of mistakes that were made in the Clerk's office... 

During the campaign, Barb Link was quick to respond to Mr Zahm's criticisms...

In the end, Barb Link's experience and familiarity in Henry County appeared to be a significant factor as she won re-election on Tuesday night in Henry County. 

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JB Pritzker Wins Illinois Governor Race

Before the clock struck 8:30 Pm on election night, less than 90 minutes before the polls had closed J.B Pritzker had already won the Governor's race in Illinois. 

Pritzker led a wave of Democratic victories in statewide elections on Tuesday night, a wave that brought wins for Kwame Raoul as Illinois Attorney General, replacing Lisa Madigan who decided not to run for re-election and handily defeating Republican challenger Erika Harold. Incumbents meanwhile won re-election behind the momentum of the new Governor as Jesse White, Mike Frerichs and Susana Mendoza soundly won re-election as Secretary of State, Illinois Treasurer and Illinois Comptroller respectively in races that were never in doubt as the night went on. 

In his victory speech JB Pritzker asked "Are you ready to fight" 

In conceding the race for Governor, Bruce Rauner stated that though the race was over the change coming to the state of Illinois were not over...

Governor Rauner will remain at the Governor's mansion in Springfield until January when the transition to the Pritzker administration will begin. 

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Republicans Take 9 of 10 Spots on Henry County Board

There were 10 seats being contested for the Henry County Board on Tuesday night and 9 of them were won by Republican candidates. Marshall Jones of Kewanee was among the winners last night, re-elected to a second term on the board. 

We asked Mr. Jones what it was in his opinion that resonated with Henry County voters and led to Republicans taking 9 of the 10 available board seats across the two districts of Henry County. 

Elected to the Henry County Board from District 1 Jeffery Orton, R, Geneseo, 6,542; Kippy Breeden, R, Geneseo, 6,120; newcomer Jill Darin, R, Phenix Township, 6,236; Loren Rathjen, R, Colona, 5,865; and Bill Preston, R, Geneseo, 5,664. Orton, Breeden, Rathjen and Preston were the incumbents.

 

In Henry County District 2 Marshall Jones, R, Kewanee, 4,550; Kelli Parsons, R, Kewanee, 4,430; Lynn Sutton, R, Kewanee, 4,250; newcomer Ned Richardson, R, Galva, 3,915; and Jan May, D, Kewanee, 3,886. Jones, Parsons, Sutton and May are incumbents.

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Governor Rauner Releases Statement After Casting Vote Today in Winnetka

Governor Bruce Rauner released a statement following casting his vote, alongside first lady Diana Rauner, this morning in Winnetka... 

 

"We just voted. One of the most important elections in Illinois history. Thanks for coming out. Everyone get out and vote, it's our duty as Americans, it's our duty as citizens to have our voices heard. We want everyone's voices heard, let's get out and vote."


"I'd like to build on the success we've had in our first term. More education funding, want to expand that. Job growth, had great success growing the economy, want to create even more jobs. Would like to bring down our property taxes by getting the mandates off from Springfield and free up our school districts and communities to run themselves as they see fit. And very importantly, I hope we can finally get term limits on our elected officials in my second term."

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Open Line 11-06-18

Today on the Open Line the topics ranged from fond remembrances of Ted Vlahos, to rides to the polling places, to the remarkable, seemingly insurmountable lead that J.B Pritzker appears to be carrying in many statewide polls as this election day gets into full swing. 

 

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People to People Dave Clark Reflects on the Kewanee Legacy of Ted Vlahos

A son of Kewanee, a member of our Veteran and Business community, Ted Vlahos passed away on Monday at the age of 91. Mr. Vlahos was well known in Kewanee for his work at People's Cleaners and for being an early investor in Sandy's which became Hardees and, of course, his pivotal role in our National Guard Armory and in bringing Black Hawk College East Campus to our area. With such a legacy, WKEI decided to reach out to Dave Clark to recall some of the life of Ted Vlahos. 

 

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Tuned In Father Jerry Rafalko from OSF Hospice

Father Jerry Rafalko was our guest today on Tuned In on WKEI. Father Jerry with the OSF Hospice joined us to talk about grief and getting by with grief. We also discussed the need for volunteers at OSF Hospice as they are down to just one regular volunteer and could really use our help to get more volunteers. There is also a need for a CNA at OSF Hospice so if you know a CNA in need of work, contact the OSF Hospice for further details. Father Jerry Rafalko today on Tuned In on WKEI. 

 

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Kewanee Fire Department to Host EMT Course

The Kewanee Fire Department will be hosting an EMT B Course in 2019. If you've ever wanted to be an Emergency Medical Technician the course hosted by the Kewanee Fire Department will be held starting January 9th at Kewanee City Hall in the City Council Chamber. The course will run from 6 Pm to 10 Pm on Thursday nights from January 9th through May 16th 2019. The cost for the EMT course is $250.00 and includes CPR Certification, a clinical uniform and shirt, though students will have to purchase their own book, "Emergency Care" 13th Edition from Limmer and O'Keefe. Class size will be limited to 16 students. Contact Kewanee Fire Department at 309-852-2115 with any questions regarding EMT-B courses beginning in January of 2019. 

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Illinoisans Urged to Do Their Homework Before Casting a Ballot

Illinoisans have some big choices to make this Election Day. Voters will decide on several statewide races, including who will be the next governor. There are also several races for seats in the U.S. House and many key municipal races.  Executive director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois Audra Wilson said she encourages voters to do their homework before heading to the polls.

 

"There's so much at stake, not just the things that you are hearing on the news most frequently but even locally," Wilson said. "So it's just very important that people really take the time to do their research and have a good idea when they're walking in how they want to cast that ballot and to make sure that they get out there and vote because every single vote does count."

 

The league has an online informational guide, where voters can find their ballot, learn about candidates and print out their choices so they are prepared when they vote. It's available at illinoisvoterguide.org. Polls are open until 7 p.m., and Wilson noted any voter in line before that time can still cast a ballot. Same-day voter registration is allowed at the polls, and provisional ballots also are available.

 

According to the Secretary of State's Office, early voting for today's midterm election has surpassed the number of early votes cast in the 2014 midterm and could reach the total cast in the 2016 election. Wilson said she's not surprised.

 

"Historically, midterms tend to be a lower turnout than the presidential year," she said. "But in light of all the rhetoric, in light of all the controversy going on, it has seemed to generate a lot more enthusiasm and interest of people to going out to the polls."

 

More than 8 million voters are registered in Illinois, which is the highest count of registered voters in the last three statewide elections.

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Former President Makes One More Campaign Stop in Illinois

In the final hours of the campaign for Governor and other key Democratic races, gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker isn't taking any chances. A hoarse Obama gained strength during his speech and closed by urging the crowd to be supporters with action, not words....


The former Illinois State Senator borrowed a page from President George H-W Bush's playbook and said voting Democrat could pave the way for a kinder, gentler America...


Today, Pritzker is traveling with US Senator Dick Durbin, running mate Juliana Stratton, Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Attorney General Nominee Kwame Raoul on the final full day of the campaign. The flyaround tour has reached Rockford, Moline, Belleville and Marion. It will close today with stops in Springfield (3:15) and Peoria (5:30). Governor Bruce Rauner will host a get out the vote rally at Lisle's Benedictine University with statewide Republicans for a get out the vote rally. Rauner made Sunday stops in Decatur, Gibson City, Morris, and St. Charles. 

 

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Early Voting at Record Numbers for Midterm, Trailing 2016

Early voting continues to be a very popular choice in Illinois. The decision to vote either by mail or in person is outpacing the mark set in the 2014 midterm elections. The latest numbers from the State Board of Elections show that 1,150,335 people have so far voted early. That’s a record for a midterm election but more than 1.6 million people voted early in 2016.

 

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First United Methodist Church Kewanee Youth Group Fundraiser Saturday

First United Methodist Church Youth Group is holding a fundraising dinner this Saturday, November 10th, at the church located at 108 East Central Boulevard. The menu includes Ham & Beans, Cornbread, Dessert and a drink. The cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids age 4 to 9 years old. Carry out is available, meaning you can drop in, pick up dinner on Saturday night and take it home. The First United Methodist Youth Group Fundraising Dinner is this Saturday, November 10th from 4:30 Pm until 7 Pm. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support Youth Group activities at the church.

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Henry County Polling Places

Henry County Polling Places

Polls are open from 6 Am to 7 Pm tonight. 

 

Alba                          

Township Hall            

21634 S Wilsey  Annawan

 

Andover

American Legion Hall

Hwy 81  Andover

 

Annawan Annawan Community Center

314 N State St  Atkinson

 

Atkinson Atkinson Fire Station

101 E Henry St  Atkinson

 

Burns Burns Township Building

23530 IL Hwy 81  Kewanee

 

Cambridge 1

Community Hall N Side

125 N East St  Cambridge

 

Cambridge 2

Community Hall S Side

125 N East St  Cambridge

 

Clover Woodhull Village/Twp Hall

150 N Division  Woodhull

 

Colona 1

Lavender Crest Winery

5401 US Hwy 6  Colona

 

Colona 2

First Southern Baptist Church

305 1st St  Colona

 

Colona 3

Colona Activity Center

617 8th St  Colona

 

Colona 4

Colona Fire Station

401 1st  Colona

 

Colona 5

Colona City Hall

100 E 9th Ave  Colona

 

Cornwall Cornwall Twp Hall

13542 E 1900 St  Atkinson

 

Edford Edford Township Building

10191 US Hwy 6  Geneseo

 

Galva 1

St. John's Catholic Church

210 NE 1st St  Galva

 

Galva 2

Lincoln House Rec Room

19 SW 4th St  Galva 

 

Galva 3

Galva Senior Citizen Center

106 Front St  Galva

 

Geneseo 1

Geneseo Public Library

805 N Chicago St  Geneseo

 

Geneseo 2

1st United Methodist Chrch Annex    

Sommers Ave  Geneseo

 

Geneseo 3

Geneseo Community Center

541 E North  Geneseo

 

Geneseo 4

Moose Lodge

1025 S. State St  Geneseo

 

Geneseo 5

FCA Building (Former Library)

218 S. State St.  Geneseo

 

Geneseo 6

Township Hall

690 S. Chicago St.  Geneseo

 

Hanna 1

Hanna Township Hall

9489 Wolf Road  Geneseo

 

Hanna 2

Hanna Township Hall

9489 Wolf Road  Geneseo

 

Kewanee 1

BHC Outreach Center

404 E. 3rd St.  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 2

Holy Trinity Polish Cath Church

712 N. Tremont St.  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 3

Holy Trinity Polish Cath Church

712 N. Tremont St.  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 4

Elks Lodge

113 1/2 N. Tremont St.  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 5

Washington Apartments

700 E. 2nd St.  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 6

Fairview Community Building

238 Community Square  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 7

Elks Lodge

113 1/2 N. Tremont St.  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 8

1st United Methodist Church

108 E. Central Blvd  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 9

Fairview Community Building

238 Community Square  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 10

1st United Methodist Church

108 E. Central Blvd  Kewanee

 

Kewanee 11

BHC Outreach Center

404 E. 3rd St.  Kewanee

 

Loraine Township Hall

2850N/2120E  Geneseo

 

Lynn Lynn Town Hall

305 East St.  Lynn Center

 

Munson Hillcrest Nursing Home

14688 IL Hwy 82  Geneseo

 

Osco Township Hall

129 N. Railroad St.  Osco

 

Oxford Alpha Town Hall

111 West D St.  Alpha

 

Phenix Phenix Township Hall

14850 N. 2550 Ave  Geneseo

 

Western 1

Orion Fire Station

501 11th Ave  Orion

 

Western 2

Mary Our Lady of Peach Church

1410 10th St.  Orion

 

Western 3

Township Hall

904 11th Ave  Orion

 

Wethersfield 1

Henry County Senior Citizen Ctr

200 E. South St.  Kewanee

 

Wethersfield 2

Hollis House

605 Hollis St.  Kewanee

 

Wethersfield 3

Township Hall

338 Tenney St.  Kewanee

 

Wethersfield 4

Courtyard Village

860 Sunset Dr.  Kewanee

 

Yorktown Hooppole Community Center

1404 Hooppole Washington St.  Prophetstown

 

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Longtime Kewanee Supporter and Businessman Ted Vlahos Has Died

A long time Kewanee resident and important member of our business and veterans communities, Ted Vlahos passed away on Monday. Mr Vlahos was 91 years old. Mr Vlahos ran People’s Cleaners in Kewanee for a number of years and was part of the group that got Sandy’s and eventually Hardees going in our area. Along with his friend Gust Lundberg, Mr Vlahos brought Black Hawk College to our area. I caught up with our friend Dave Clark who talked about Ted and his Kewanee legacy. 


As mentioned Mr Vlahos was a big part of bringing Black College East Campus to the area. 


You can hear our complete interview with Dave Clark, remembering the late Ted Vlahos, on People to People this morning on WKEI at 9:35 Am. 

 

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Bishop Hill Looking for Kid Volunteers to Play Tomten

The adorable Bishop Hill Christmas tradition of the Tomten continues in 2018 and volunteer kids are needed. The Tomten are Swedish elves who peak around corners, peer through windows and are delightfully mischievous. The Tomten are a favored tradition in Bishop Hill at Christmas for tourists who love to take pictures with them. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association are seeking volunteer Tomtens, 3rd through 5th grade kids to play Tomtens on Christmas Market Weekends in Bishop Hill. Two hour shifts come with a full Tomten costume provided. Refreshments and a $5 gift certificate to the Bishop Hill Colony Store are also provided. If your child would like to be a Tomten please contact Todd Dedecker at 309-927-3899. 

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USDA Promoting Rural Development

USDA Rural Development promoting more than 40 different programs. A special emphasis is being placed on expanding broadband in rural communities says State Director Douglas Wilson.


Many of the USDA Rural Development programs deal with housing, infrastructure, business and community facilities. You can learn more about the programs online at www.rd.usda.gov/il. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-02-18 to 11-05-18

On Friday, November 2nd, at approximately 3:00 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident in the area of East 2450th Street, near the Page Street extension in Kewanee. At the scene, Deputies cited 31 year old William Stephenson of Geneseo for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Stephenson thankfully was not injured in the crash. 

 

On Friday, November 2nd, at approximately 9:20 Pm, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop in the area of West 6th Street in Kewanee. In that stop, the Deputy cited 40 year old Devan Norris of Kewanee for Driving on a Suspended License. 

 

On Saturday, November 3rd, at approximately 9:37 Pm, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop on East 3rd Street in Kewanee. In that stop the deputy cited 45 year old Angela Mcie of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Registration and Driving on a Suspended License. 

 

On Saturday, November 3rd at approximately 11:54 Pm, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop on Tremont Street in Kewanee. In that stop, the Deputies arrested 37 year old Marvin McGill of Kewanee on charges of Possession of Cannabis and Driving Under the Influence. McGill was also cited in the stop for Failing to Signal a Turn, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Driving with No Valid Driver's License. McGill was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

On Sunday, November 4th, at approximately 8:08 Am, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a disturbance at 311 Southwind in Kewanee. At the scene, Henry County Deputies arrested 24 year old Dalton Menold of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on original charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving without a License. Dalton was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

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Open Line Podcast 11-05-18

Today on the Open Line our host talked about how amazing Betty's Garden is and is going to be in Kewanee, a place our entire community can be proud of for its unique and innovative approach to a problem that we are all concerned and care deeply about. We also talked a little Chicago Bears Football, announced that Christmas music is coming soon to Kewanee and cynicism regarding the Governor's race, the Libertarian Kash Jackson called Pritzker and Governor Rauner out of touch and our host can't shake the cynical notion of what drives billionaires to spend a small portion of their fortune to become Governor of Illinois? Is anyone really this benevolent? 

 

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center The Great American Smokeout

Today on Tuned In we were joined by our friends from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Carrie Boelens joined us to talk about the latest events at OSF including visits from the OSF Podiatrist and a closer look at knee pain. Then we were joined by Dr Andy Peterson who was on hand to discuss the Great American Smokeout, happening November 15th nationwide. The third Thursday in November has been set aside by the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smokeout and Dr Peterson says that quitting smoking is the biggest favor you can do for yourself and for your doctor. 

 

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WKEI Interview Author Jonathan Hernandez Talks About his Brother Aaron Hernandez

Jonathan Hernandez is the brother of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots All-Pro Tight end who despite all of his success and financial security committed a grisly murder. He later died in prison. Jonathan is coping with his brother's life and death in his new book The Truth About Aaron which is in stores now. 

 

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Former President Obama Spent the Weekend on the Campaign Trail

Former President Barack Obama is campaigning as if he were back on the ballot. Stumping for Democrats in Chicago on Sunday, the former President was wrapping 4 straight days of campaign stops across the Midwest including a stop in Indiana right before the Chicago stop and it's clear the effort was taking a toll on the former President's voice. 

The former President has taken an active role in campaigning since the end of his Presidency. In this election cycle, the former President has made appearances in nearly all 50 states to rally for Democratic candidates ahead of tomorrow's mid-term election. 

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Bureau County Among Those Struck by EHD in Deer Population

Bureau County is one of several Illinois Counties dealing with an outbreak of EHD, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Peoria County and Fulton County have gotten the worst of the disease which is a viral disease of white-tailed deer that can cause localized die-offs when conditions are favorable for transmission.  Infected animals develop a high fever, and dead animals often are found near water sources. Hunters may encounter deer killed by EHD when they go into the woods during the fall deer hunting seasons. EHD outbreaks typically end when freezing weather kills the insects that spread the virus.  While often fatal to deer, EHD is not hazardous to humans or pets.  EHD has been shown to affect livestock, so producers are encouraged to be vigilant. Any hunters who come across deer that appear of have died from EHD are urged to contact the Illinois DNR. Our Kim Howard has more. 


  
 

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Kewanee Elks Lodge Honoring Veterans and First Responders on Friday

The Kewanee Elks will be holding a dinner in honor of Veterans and First Responders on Friday, November 9th beginning at 5 Pm. The dinner will feature meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, green beans rolls and dessert. Honored guests, veterans and first responders eat for free. All others attending are asked for a free will donation. Everyone is invited to come and honor our veterans and first responders. The dinner honoring our veterans and first responders will be held at the Kewanee Elks Lodge located at 113 North Tremont and things get started at 5 Pm. 

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Abilities Plus Christmas Wreaths Now on Sale

Abilities Plus Christmas Wreaths are now for sale. In the latest Kewanee Chamber of Commerce newsletter, it was announced that Christmas Wreaths assembled by the folks at Abilities Plus are now available to order for $15 each. You can place your order for an Abilities Plus Christmas Wreath by calling Abilities Plus at 309-852-462. All of the proceeds from the sales of Abilities Plus Christmas Wreaths go to support programs at Abilities Plus. 

 

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Kewanee Lighted Christmas Parade Seeking Entries

The 13th Annual Kewanee Lighted Christmas Parade is right around the corner, December 2nd at 5 Pm. Entries for the parade are being accepted now at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce. Your business, school or organization are invited to take part in the parade which will begin at Tenney Bowl and proceed up McClure Street to Windmont Park where it will culminate in the lighting of the lights at Windmont Park. For more information, contact the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce at 309-852-2175. All that the Chamber asks is that your float or other types of entry be very well lit. 

 

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Great American Smokeout Coming November 15th

The annual Great American Smokeout is happening on November 15th. Each year, the American Cancer Society uses the third Thursday in November as a day to remind everyone that smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in America. Dr Andy Peterson from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will be our guest on WKEI on Monday's edition of Tuned In beginning at 8:45. Dr Peterson will discuss the benefits of quitting, cessation programs and go into detail about how much quitting smoking can benefit your day to day health. 

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Illinois VFW Commander Asks Voters to Think About Veterans when Voting

The Commander of the Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars is asking people to look at candidates’ voting records on veteran’s issues before hitting the polls next week. Cmdr. Don Boyer says the VFW is focusing on a set of Vietnam Veterans he thinks is being overlooked.

Sailors in the so-called Blue Water Navy would have been aboard ships 12-15 miles off the coast, but Boyer says they were still exposed to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is opposed to automatically giving Blue Water Navy vets benefits for Agent Orange exposure. Opponents claim that any toxins would have been totally diluted before reaching ships off the coast. A bill passed in the House of Representatives back in June to provide Blue Water Navy vets with Agent Orange benefits. The bill is currently being looked at by the Senate.

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Early Voting Numbers Grow Larger

Early voting totals are reaching levels normally seen during Presidential election years. The State Board of Elections shows that about 900,000 votes have been cast early. Board of Elections’ Matt Dietrich says much of it is because of the push made by candidates to get people to cast that ballot early on in the election process.

The state has 8 million registered voters and in 2016 more than 1.9 million votes were done either through in person early voting or through the mail.

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Libertarian Candidate for Governor Says Pritzker and Rauner Are Out of Touch

Libertarian Governor candidate Kash Jackson feels that Governor Bruce Rauner and J.B Pritzker are out of touch with the problems of everyday citizens.


Jackson is retired from the Navy, a stay at home dad, and a political activist who won the Libertarian nomination for Governor earlier this year. His name is on the ballot across Illinois on Tuesday.

 

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Kewanee Police Blotter 11-02-18 to 11-05-18

At approximate 7:15 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a suspicious person in the area of the 100 Block of West Mill Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 23 year old Dallas R. Kuykendall of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear at a status hearing for Public Service Work. Unable to post bond, Kuykendall was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 4:13 Pm on Saturday, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Mill and Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 18 year old Ashley M. Price of Galva for Speeding, 46 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 6 Pm on Saturday night 27 year old Nathan Galbraith turned himself into Kewanee Police on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on a charge of Illegal Transportation of Alcohol. Galbraith posted bond and was released. 

 

 

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Rauner pushing Through Southern Illinois in Final Campaign Weekend

This is the final weekend for campaigning in the Illinois gubernatorial race, and Governor Bruce Rauner is spending some of his weekend in deep southern Illinois. Some of the stops Rauner will make include the Metro East, Carbondale, and Saline County on his bus tour of downstate Illinois. Rauner says everyone’s voice should be heard in this election.

The governor is squaring off with J.B. Pritzker for another term in office.

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Republican Secretary of State Candidate Jason Helland on WKEI

Republican candidate for Secretary of State Jason Helland joined WKEI on Friday morning for a last minute appeal to voters ahead of the election on Tuesday night. Helland is running to unseat Jesse White who has held the office of Secretary of State since he was first elected in 1998. Helland has been accused of making White's age an issue in the election. White is 84 years old. We asked Jason Helland to address whether he believes White's age is an issue and discussed how his approach to the office would differ from Jesse White. 

 

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Jim Bohannon on the WKEI Morning Show

The Jim Bohannon Show airs weeknights from 9 Pm to Midnight on WKEI. Jim was kind enough to join us on the WKEI Morning Show on Friday to talk about issues related to the 2018 Mid-Term election. In Jimbo's honest estimation, he predicts the Democrats will likely takeover the House of Representatives and restore Nancy Pelosi as House Majority Leader. That said, Jim predicts the Senate will remain in Republican control after next Tuesday, 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-01-18 to 11-02-18

At approximately 5:36 Pm on Thursday, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies in Cambridge went to the 300 block of West Locust Street in Cambridge and arrested 27 year old Eric DeShane of Cambridge on a Henry County Warrant for Failing to Appear in Court for Original Charges of Criminal Sexual Abuse, Burglary, and Theft. DeShane was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 8:10 Pm on Thursday, November 1st, Henry County Sheriff's Deputies in Cambridge went to the 200 Block of West South Street in Cambridge and arrested 29 year old Nathan Harper of Cambridge for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. 

 

At approximately 9:01 Pm a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop in the area of U.S 150 South of Orion. In the stop, the deputy cited 34 year old Amanda Strand of Woodhull for Driving Without a Valid License. 

 

At approximately 5:33 Am Henry County Sheriff's Deputies encountered 35 year old Matthew Hammons of Kewanee while at Casey's General Store in Kewanee. Hammons was arrested on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear in Court on an original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Cannabis. Hammons posted bond and was released. 

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Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report 11-01-18 to 11-02-18

At approximately 9:58 Am Kewanee Police responded to an accident in the area of the 2000 block of Kentville Road. At the scene, it was found that 28 year old Ashlee M Mowell of Fenton had struck a parked and unattended vehicle owned by Rita M. Martinez-Bates of Galva. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued. 

 

At approximately 12:38 Pm Kewanee Police responded to the sight of an accident in the area of 1200 Block of East 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found vehicles driven by 17 year old Alexis A. Heck and 35 year old Sarah N. Milnes of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued. 

 

At approximately 1:17 Pm Kewanee Police responded to an accident in the 1200 Block of 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found that a vehicle driven by 79 year old Helen J. Minch of Kewanee had struck a parked and unattended vehicle owned by Christine A. Clapper of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were injured. 

 

At approximately 8:12 Pm Kewanee Police responded to an accident in the 1200 Block of West South Street. At the scene, police found 61 year old Jayne I. Dolieslager had struck a deer. Dolieslager was not injured in the accident. 

 

At approximately 9:26 Pm Kewanee Police were called to Windmont Park regarding disorderly conduct. At the scene, 19 year old Connor T. Otley was arrested Violating Bond Conditons and for Disorderly Conduct. Otley was taken to Jail. 

 

At approximately 12:29 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Division and Smith Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 20 year old Dexter D. Cool of Kewanee for Driving with No Valid License. 

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Senator Durbin Among Early Voters in Illinois

Early voting continues to be a popular option for voters in Illinois. So far this year about 800,000 people have voted early. That includes Senator Dick Durbin, who was voting this week in Springfield and says turnout in 2018 looks strong.

According to election officials, early voting should outpace the total of the last midterm election. 

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Mail In Voting in Illinois and In Henry County Higher in 2018

There are a few different ways to vote before Election Day and an old standby is holding its own. The mail-in ballot, it used to be called absentee voting, is proving a popular way of voting says State Board of Elections Matt Dietrich. 

The state and local election boards are expected to process and count more than 400,000 votes by mail this season. Closer to home here in Henry County, Henry County Clerk Barb Link says that Mail-In ballots are up significantly, up 230 ballots by mail as of Thursday which was the last day to mail out ballots. November 2016 the Henry County Clerk sent out 1418 ballots by mail and now in November 2018, the officer has sent out 1648 mail-in ballots. 

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State Fair Passes Up for Sale

Are you thinking about the state fair? If you’re all in for the 11 days of the fair in 2019 you can purchase tickets and passes now. The Department of Agriculture says these are the lowest prices of the season. According to Denise Albert a number of options are out there. 

Tickets and passes are ready for purchase at Illinois State Fair dot Info.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Underway

Help is out there for Senior’s who are signing up for Medicare. The process can be a little daunting and Illinois Senior Health Insurance Program Director Sandy Leith says they can help with the open enrollment period but it’s best to start at Medicare dot gov.

SHIP and the Department on Aging have 350 brick and mortar offices around the state that can help with enrollment if you’d rather have your questions answered in person. 

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Betty's Garden Open House Saturday Afternoon in Kewanee

Tomorrow afternoon from 1 until 3 Pm you can get a look at Betty’s Garden Memory Care in Kewanee as they move closer and closer to their opening day. I caught up with Maisey and Rey from the marketing team at Betty’s Garden and Courtyard Estates for a tour yesterday and a reminder that you can have a look for yourself tomorrow. 


The facility is absolutely spectacular and state of the art. What Ciscor and Betty’s Garden are creating is, and this is me editorializing here, the most advanced memory care center in the state of Illinois. Do some research for yourself, but Maisey wasn’t joking when she said that the software innovations being employed at Betty’s Garden were developed for worldwide clients. Ciscor, owned by Kewanee’s own, Sam Youngwirth, is a global leader in software innovation for memory care and healthcare clients. We caught up with Sam earlier this year and he talked about just how advanced the technology at Betty’s Garden is going to be. 


Again, you can get a preview of Betty’s Garden tomorrow afternoon from 1 pm to 3 pm at 141 South Acorn Street in Kewanee. 

 

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Halloween Finally Arrives in Kewanee

The biggest hit movie of the fall has finally arrived in Kewanee, Halloween begins a one week only engagement today at the Wanee Cinemas in downtown Kewanee. The story of Halloween 2018 posits a universe where the rest of the Halloween movie franchise never existed. The story of Michael Myers began in 1978, he remained imprisoned for 40 years and has now escaped on Halloween. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been waiting ever since the night he murdered her friends and nearly killed her, for the chance to fight back and kill him. Each will get their chance in this surprisingly well-received horror flick which has garnered good reviews from critics and earned more than $137 million dollars off of a budget of just $10 million dollars. 

 

Also opening this weekend in Kewanee is Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms which stars Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman in an ambitious, big-budget retelling of the legend of the Nutcracker. Reviews have been unkind to Disney's latest live-action adaptation with RottenTomatoes.com critics giving the film a collective 34% positive rating. The film also stars Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. 

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Kewanee Mayor, City Manager React to Uptick in Retail Sales Numbers

The Kewanee Chamber of Commerce, in the latest Chamber newsletter, announced that retail sales numbers in Kewanee for the first half of 2018 are up 2% through June 30 of this year over the same period last year.

 

When asked about the positive retail sales numbers, Mayor Steve Looney told WKEI

 

"A 2% increase over 2017 is a positive for the City of Kewanee. As the Holidays approach I hope not only the residents of Kewanee but the surrounding towns will shop local and utilize all of Kewanee’s great businesses and what they have to offer." 

 

City Manager Gary Bradley also spoke to WKEI about the 2% growth stating: 

 

"We're glad to see the totals on the rise.  With a growing economy, it was something we were expecting.  Hopefully the second half of the year will prove to be just as strong." 

 

Overall retail sales in Kewanee through the first half of 2018 stand at approximately $98 million dollars. 

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Black Hawk College Offering Help Filling Out FAFSA Documents

On Monday, November 5th, Black Hawk College Financial Aid Professionals will be available to help families of college-age students fill out FAFSA documents. FAFSA, or Free Application for Financial Student Aid, is an opportunity for eligible students to receive Federal, State or College-sponsored financial aid. The FAFSA documents can be confusing and so Black Hawk College will hold what they are calling FAFSA Completion Night on Monday, November 5th from 4 Pm to 7 Pm on the East Campus in the Testing Center in Building A, Room 239. Those who choose to attend will be aided by Black Hawk College Financial Aid professionals in filling out FAFSA documents. 

Students AND parents should bring their:

Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID - obtain at least two to three days in advance at fsaid.ed.gov.
Social Security Card, and if applicable, Permanent Resident documentation.
2017 federal tax documents, including 1040 form(s) and W-2s/1099s.
Records of 2017 untaxed income.
Current records of assets and investments.
Current bank statements.
This help is being offered for free by Black Hawk College and anyone in need of help filling out FAFSA documents is invited to attend. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 10-31-18 to 11-01-18

At approximately 8:37 Am on Wendesday, at the Henry County Courthouse, a Courthouse deputy arrested 40 year old Justin Ashby of Colona on a Rock Island County warrant for a petition to revoke probation for an original charge of Battery. Ashby was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 8:59 Am on Wednesday,  a Henry County Courthouse Deputy arrested 31 year old Steven Fawas of Buda on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on a Traffic Offense. Fawas was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 5:49 Pm on Wednesday, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop on West 3rd Street in Kewanee. In that stop, the deputy cited 22 year old Armando Rosas of Kewanee for Driving on a Suspended License. 

 

At approximately 7:02 Pm on Wednesday, a Henry County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop on Central Boulevard in Kewanee. In that stop the deputy cited 40 year old Juana Diaz-Guerrero of Kewanee for Driving Without a Valid License. 

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Kewanee Chamber Releases Sales Tax Numbers for First Half of 2018

In the latest Kewanee Chamber of Commerce newsletter it was announced that sales tax numbers in 2017 are up 2% over the first half numbers from 2017. According to numbers from the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce retail sales in Kewanee were at $98 million dollars through June 30th of this year. Total sales tax numbers from 2017 were announced at $193 million dollars for the year. The all time high for sales numbers in Kewanee came in 2008 with a total of $238 million dollars. 

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People to People Claire Ball Libertarian Candidate for Illinois Comptroller

Claire Ball is running for Comptroller as a member of the Libertarian Party. Claire was our guest on People to People on Thursday, just days after she made a campaign stop in Kewanee. We talked about how voters are taking to her as a candidate and how the Libertarian party affects her approach to the office of Comptroller. Claire Ball, Libertarian candidate for Illinois Comptroller was our guest on Tuned in On Thursday. 

 

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Open Line Podcast 11-01-18

Today on the Open Line we discussed Halloween and apparent continuing decline in participation in yearly Halloween events like Trick or Treating. Is it the lack of participation by kids or by folks handing out candy? We also discussed Sean's mom, who would have celebrated her 78th birthday today. She passed away 4 years ago and Sean shared some stories about her and about how he is still dealing with grief years later. Thank you to all the callers who shared their stories as well. 

 

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Tuned In Cassandra Schmoll Henry County Senior Center

Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Center was our guest on Tuned In on WKEI. Cassandra joined us to talk about the upcoming Defensive Driving Courses coming up at the Senior Center. It's a way to get a check up on your driving skills and taking the course can get you a break on your car insurance. The Senior Center also has their list of upcoming bus trips in 2019 posted at the Senior Center and a reminder, you can get help navigating Medicare by talking with the folks at the Senior Center. 

 

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Regional Daily News Celebrity Interview John Schneider Dancing with the Stars

John Schneider is competing for the title of hardest working man in showbiz. He's currently performing on Dancing with the Stars along with having one of the most ambitious concert schedules in country music, releasing a new music project via his John Schneider App available on your smartphone. He's also one of the stars of The Haves and Have Nots, the highest rated show on cable television. How John found time to talk with us on WKEI this morning is beyond me. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrest and Citations 10-31-18 to 11-01-18

At approximately 10:29 Am in the area of the 100 Block of East 3rd Street, Kewanee Police responded to an accident involving vehicles driven by 25 year old Jimmy A. Hollins of Kewanee and 48 year old Shannon J. Petty of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident. Hollins was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. 

 

At approximately 11:37 Am Kewanee Police were called to the 300 Block of Beach Avenue regarding a Forcible Entry Burglary at a residence. Kewanee Police are continuing to investigate. 

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Kewanee League of Women Voters Forum on Mental Health Board November 13th

The Kewanee League of Women Voters will host an informational meeting on the Henry County 708 Mental Health Board at 7 Pm on November 13th. The meeting will be held at the Kewanee City Hall Chambers and will feature Gail Ripka, a board member and the former director of the Henry/Stark Health Department.  Also, Jerry Thompson, board chair and a current member of the Henry County Board, will speak.  The mission of the Henry County708 Mental Health Board is "To provide leadership to ensure the prevention and treatment of mental illness, developmental disabilities and chemical abuse by planning, coordinating, and contracting for quality services for all citizens of Henry County, Illinois." The board is under the direction of the Illinois Community Mental Health Act. Ms Ripka and Mr Thompson will answer questions from the audience regarding the activities of the Henry County 708 Mental Health Board. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 Pm in the Kewanee City Council Chambers and refreshments will be served at the event. Anyone who would like to attend and participate in the question and answer session is invited to attend. 

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Water Main and Sewer Repair will Lead to Road Closures Thursday and Friday in Kewanee

The City of Kewanee has some work to do on Thursday. According to a pair of releases from the City, work on a water main and on a sewer line will cause a few roads to be closed today and on Friday. According to the releases: 

 

Effective Friday, November 2, 2018, the City of Kewanee Water Department has scheduled a water main repair at Central and Grove Streets.  As a result, the following road closures will also take place:  Grove Street from Rose to First and Central Boulevard from Grove to Cottage.  Work is expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. Friday, weather permitting and no other emergencies occurring.


Effective Thursday, November 1, 2018, the City of Kewanee Street Department has scheduled a sewer repair.  Vine Street will be closed at Prospect and McKinley for this repair.  Work is expected to begin at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, weather permitting and no other emergencies occurring. 

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Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather

With cooler temperatures in the forecast, a spokesman from Ameren Illinois says now is the time for you to take a look at your energy habits and identify areas where you could potentially save. Use adequate insulation in the attic, ceilings, walls, floors and crawlspaces. Seal air leaks with caulk and use weather stripping around exterior doors and windows. Installing a smart thermostat could help you save all year round. Ameren Illinois spokesman Brian Bretsch says you can take advantage of a $100 rebate on the cost of these devices.

Other tips include periodically replacing the air filters for heating systems, cleaning air vents regularly, and making sure drapes or furniture do not block any of the vents or returns. 

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More Money Coming for River Locks Repair

Congress will allow the U-S Army Corps of Engineers to spend nearly $7-billion dollars next year to repair ageing river locks and dams. While that's nearly 50-percent more than five years ago, Mike Steenhoek with the Soy Transportation Coalition believes it still doesn't match what Illinois and other farmers - who depend on waterways to ship crops - might be losing as a result of the trade war with China and some other countries;


Steenhoek represents one of many farm and commodity groups that have argued for decades that river locks, many built in the 19-30s, are badly in need of repair;


Locks on rivers allow tugs and barges to navigate more easily through changing water levels. A Texas A-and-M study shows one river barge can hold the equivalent of what's in 16 rail cars and 70 semi-tractor trailers.

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Peoria County Charges Two with Murders of Bradley University Professors

Stab wounds and blunt force trauma were the methods of death in the murder of Susan Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron. That was the finding of Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood who spoke to reporters on Wednesday afternoon and noted that both victims fought for their lives 


Peoria County Sheriff Jamie Asbell also spoke at yesterday's press conference and told reporters that 20-year-old Jason Roberts, who had initially been accused of helping conceal the murders by helping to dispose of the bodies has now been charged as an active participant in the murders. 


Roberts was in court on Wednesday afternoon and his bond was set at 3 Million dollars after he was charged with two counts of murder on top of the charges for Concealment of a Homicide and Obstruction of Justice. Both Ramirez and Roberts were assigned public defenders and both remain in the Peoria County Jail on 3 million dollar bond. Both could face life in prison if convicted. 

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