Local News Archives for 2018-12

Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 12-28-18 to 12-30-18

-On Friday, December 28th at 9:00P.M. Henry County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 23621 Kings Dr. rural Colona.  After initial investigation Deputies arrested Alaina Salyars (age 29) of Oliver Springs, TN. for the charge of domestic battery.  She was also arrested on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charge of driving on a suspended drivers license.   She was also arrested on a Rock Island County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charge of driving on a suspended drivers license.  Alaina was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Saturday, December 29th at 8:28P.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on S. Tremont St. in Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Patricia Adams (age 23) of Galva, was issued a notice to appear citation for driving on a suspended drivers license.

 

-On Saturday, December 29th at 10:48P.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on W. Prospect St. in Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Fredel Robinson-Smith (age 21) of Kewanee, was issued notice to appear citations for speeding and driving on a suspended drivers license.

 

-On Sunday, December 30th at 12:20A.M. Henry County Cambridge Division Deputy went to 315 E. Court St. in Cambridge and arrested Jeffery Ince (age 65) of Cambridge on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on numerous traffic violations.  Jeffery was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Sunday, December 30th at 1:17A.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Interstate 80 at Geneseo.  The driver of the vehicle, Michael Purnell (age 28) of Chicago, was arrested for obstructing identification.  Michael was also issued citations for driving on a revoked drivers license and speeding 83/70.  He was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Sunday, December 30th at 8:43P.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Il. Hwy. 82 South of Geneseo.  The juvenile driver of the vehicle was issued a citation for speeding 72/55 and also issued a civil notice to appear citation for possession of cannabis.

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Marijuana Legalization Could Come Quickly Under New Governor

Governor-elect JB Pritzker takes office in less than a month and a central Illinois lawmaker is anticipating a big change coming soon upon his inauguration. State Senator Chapin Rose anticipates the legalization of marijuana quickly under the Governor, however, he has his reservations about the proposal.

Sen. Rose says his biggest concern is the likelihood of increased DUI arrests. He was once a DUI prosecutor and points to Colorado where traffic accidents are up since the passage of their marijuana legislation and fears injuries will increase as a result. 

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Tuesday Trash Pick Up in Kewanee Moved to Today-Monday

The City of Kewanee offices will be open today, December 31st but there are changes to the schedule you need to be aware of. Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st including City Hall and the Transfer Station. There will be no trash pick up on Tuesday. Instead, Tuesday trash pick up is set for Monday. There are no changes to the trash routes on Wednesday and Thursday. 

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Gas Prices Averaging $2.19 Per Gallon

Contracting volume is being described as 'enormous' as a result of weakening crude prices. The current state of the energy market has led to a bevvy of activity in Harry Cooney’s office. He is the Manager of Energy Customer Risk Management for GROWMARK.


AAA reporting Illinois average gas prices this week at $2.19 per gallon, down 10 cents from a week ago, 28 cents from a month ago and 40 cents lower from a year ago. Diesel in Illinois is averaging $2.90 a gallon in Illinois, which is 21 cents lower than a month ago, according to AAA. 

 

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Do You Know About the Dutch Reach

Getting a drivers license renewed next year? You’ll have a new question to answer if you have to take a written test says Secretary of State’s Dave Druker. It has to do with bicycle safety and knowing what the Dutch Reach is…

 

 

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New Year New Smoke Detector

The start of the new year might be a good time to check your smoke detectors and make sure the batteries are fresh and in good working order. And if you need a new smoke detector the State’s Fire Marshall Matt Perez says the new ones don’t need a battery every year. 

Three out of every five fire deaths in a home occur when smoke doctors aren’t present or won’t in working order.

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of 2018 for Illinois Farmers

20-18 had its share of good, bad and ugly for Illinois farmers. As far as the good, western Illinois farmer David Serven says despite some challenging weather, his crop yields proved to be about as good as they get;

With President Trump slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, China and Mexico, the three biggest U-S customers struck back with tariffs on American soybeans and other agricultural exports. North-central Illinois farmer Brad Temple says the impact was big - and bad;

As far as the ugly, like many Illinois farmers, Temple and Serven have mostly set that aside. Both look forward to another fresh start in 20-19.

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Dumped Dog Delivers Delight to OSF Patients

Life didn't start with much promise for Ivy and two of her siblings. The three were found abandoned inside a dumpster several years back. The two-month-old Chihuahua pups were taken in by Noah's Ark, a Rockford animal rescue facility and word went out seeking adoptive parents.
Jennifer Walker already had a Chihuahua and, when she saw the homeless whelps, immediately took action to adopt one. Jennifer registered Ivy in a dog training class and the teacher was impressed.

Ivy and Jennifer make quite a team as part of the Animal Assisted Therapy program at Rockford's OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center. They, along with dozens of other volunteers and their canines, visit hundreds of patient’s monthly bringing joy and comfort at a time of anxiety for those we serve. Jennifer says the program is rewarding for her and her best friend. 

Ivy's story has compelled a local video producer to share her story with others. Pablo Korona's project called "Our City, Our Story", tells unique and interesting personal perspectives about the diversity of life in Rockford. He sees Ivy's story as a good, heartwarming tale that fits perfectly with his project's mission.

Ivy's tale will lead off the third season of "Our City, Our Story" early in 2019. Visit
ourcityourstory.com to learn more. For information about or become a volunteer in the OSF Saint Anthony Animal Assisted Therapy program, go to osfhealthcare.org/saint-anthony or call 815.395-5064. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 12-28-18 to 12-30-18

At approximately 7:13 Am on Friday morning, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Page and Red Adams. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 73-year-old Audrey K Conway of Cambridge for speeding 46 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 9:00 pm on Friday night Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the are of 2nd and Vine. In that stop, Kewanee Police issued citations to 20-year-old Taylor R Hoerr Pekin and 19-year-old Tomi L Tuthill of East Peoria. Hoerr was cited for Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Improper Lane Usage. Tuthill was cited for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

At approximately 10:54 pm on Friday night Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of East and Elmwood. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 53-year-old James D Streitmatter of Kewanee for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. 

 

At approximately 10:56 pm on Friday night Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of May and Railroad Avenue. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited a 16-year-old female driver for Speeding, 44 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 10:57 pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Fairview. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 27-year-old Javonna D Lyons of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Having No Valid Driver's License. 

 

At approximately 11:18 pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Oak and Vine. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 20-year-old Elizabeth E Jamison of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Possession of Cannabis. Also cited in that stop was the passenger, 19-year-old Connor R DeVilder of Kewanee, cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

 

At approximately 12:59 Am on Saturday morning, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Chestnut and Division. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 21 year old Emily N Kyser of Morrisson for Possession of Open Alcohol and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also cited in that stop was the passenger Kaylee J Cooper 20 of Kewanee Cited for Possession of Open Alcohol. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrests and Citations 12-23-18 to 12-28-18

-On Sunday, December 23rd at 6:00A.M. Henry County Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on Co. Hwy. 5 south of Atkinson.  No injuries were reported.  The driver of the vehicle, Gunner Gaines (age 21) of Colona, was issued a traffic citation for failing to report the accident to police authority.

 

-On Thursday, December 27th at 6:46P.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on East 2nd St. in Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Michael Workheiser (age 26) of Kewanee, was issued a warning for loud exhaust and issued a citation for operating a vehicle with no insurance.  Michael was also issued a civil notice to appear citation for possession of cannabis.

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Kewanee High School Honor Roll First Semester 2018-2019

Honors 3.0 to 3.49 SENIORS Bond, Tyra DeRycke, Nathan Eddington, Montana Fernandez Palos, Frenc Rodrigo Ince, Bobby Jr, Janis, Savanna McLaurin, David JI. Nolan, Timothy Rednour, Noah Taylor, Myles Zarvell, Carter 
Kewanee High School Honor Roll First Semester 2018-2019 Highest Honors 4.0+ GPA High Honors 3.50 to 3.99 SENIORS 
SENIORS Aheam, Priscilla 
Allen, Elizabeth Brown, Courtney 
Bryner, Logan Collins, Austin 
Cader, Christian Davis, Elijah 
Cummings, Gabrielle DeBord, Lilly 
Estrella Quinonez, Eduardo Diaz, Esmeralda 
Favela Guerrero, Maximiliano Edwards, Lindsey 
Hatfield, Chloe Estrada, Soledad 
Imes, Sydney Gann, Sydnee 
Israel, Jeremiah Hamilton, Haley 
Jordan, Alexander Heck, Alexis 
Kelly, Kerrigan Hernandez, Isaac 
Robleto, Leilani Hinojosa, Chloe 
Watson, Jackson Kinsella, Keeghan 
Wauer, Avalon Martinez, Jocelyn 
Weller, Hannah Mae Martinez, Stephanie Maxon, Vanessa Morales, Jorge JT, Munoz, Deisi Murphey, Tayiah Nimsick, Kelsey Prescott, Elysse Pyle, Brendon Saucedo, Ariadna Short, Jennifer ?ilvaggio, Michael Sullens, Chloe Terry, Willie III Thomas, Ivy Tondreau, Griffin Vitermarkt, Madelynn Ullinskey, Geaorge VanStechelman, Alissa Welgat, lan Welgat, Kylie Welgat, Molly Wilson, Hannah Wilson, Hunter Witte, Kaitlyn Wolf, Dylan 
JUNIORS Bodine, Anabel Bruno, Savanna Burkhart, Samuel Damron, Gracey Fitzsimmons, Gracie Hansen, Riley Heeren, Haley Keel, Drake Lambert, April Lewis, Jessykah Peterson, Anna Pickering, Blaine 
JUNIORS Bates, Çater Brock, Kylie Camacho, Ruth Conner, Payton Contreras, Santos Lockett, Keeley McAdam, Mackenzie Moreland, Lani 
Salazar, Alexandro Salz, Shaeleigh Stout, Nolan Stuckey, Kale 
JUNIORS Bullock, Briley Coleman, Diamond Dyer, Zachary Femandez Palos, Cristofer Fitzpatrick, Noah Gonzales Tirado, Duriel Lewis, Kitana Moore, Lottie Murphy, Shelbi Orwig, Bryan Peed, Madison Russell, Kavon 
JUNIORS Skinner, Jacob Workheiser, Erica 
JUNIORS Robinson, Cydnie Sauer, Carson Shafer, Alyson Smith, Harrison Terry, Trenton VanDeSampel, Corbin Williams, Gage Zarvell, Logan 
SOPHOMORES Arrieta, Lisset Arzola, Timothy Baney, Neeva Bond, Kira Bryan, Connor Burkhart, Henry Butcher, Abigail Castillo, Ahtziri DeBord, Josephine Delgado, Bryanna Dev, Layla Diaz Lopez, Jessica Duarte, Ailynn Fitzsimmons, Cody Gruszeczka, Chloe Johnson, Gabriel Nunez, ?amatha Pratt, Hannah Rayner, Kristopher Tondreau, Isabella VanWassenhove, Kevin Yepsen, Natalie 
SOPHOMORES Brown, Jakob Contreras, Adriana Guerrero, Nancy Hall, Michael LaFollette, Emma Lopez, Natalie Peed, Walkyr Reynolds, Delanoy Salisbury, Logan Scott, Kaylin Sheets, Lauren Stach, Kole Thumma, Madison Vaughn, Laila Warner, Jersi Webster, Bryce 
SOPHOMORES Ainley, Brandon Baughman, Austin Blodgett, Emma Conover, Taber Crabtree, Carley Cummings, Morgan Dana, Gracie DeSplinter, Calvin Hall, Austin Henderson, Alexandria Hollis, Adriana Larabee, Joshua Martinez, Antonio Monroe, Jacklyn Muller Harrison, Matthew Newton, Eathan Paredes Gonzales, Alejandra Peterson, Jasmin Petty, Harmonie Riley, Bailey Rodgers, Tessa Rounds, David Jr. Witte, Katelyn 
FRESHMEN Bennison, Kendal Bond, Amarey Britt, Zoey Bruno, William Jr Clayes, Jace Coombes, Regan Davis, Maya Gustaitis, Madeline Heck, Simon Holtschult, Hailey Hood, Conner Lewis, Brendon Powe, Denniko Jr. Rednour, Kadin Sanchez, Daniel Van?techelman, Colin Wolf, Gregory Zarvell, Brady 
FRESHMEN Brown, Rachel Bryner, Karalyn Christiansen, Shawn Conley, Cameron Gardner, Madysen Getz, Joseph Goffier, Mikaela Hasbrook, Mercedes Hufford, Shayla Israel, Malachi Loibl, Christian Lundeen, Kane Monroe, Sarah Ocampo, David Paredes, Esmeralda Peed, Chaz Pratt, Jonnifer Sieler, Autumn Silvaggio, Dominic Vermudez, Rubi 
FRESHMEN Blair, Jessica Christian, Dennis III Çiosen, Talyssa Cruz Vega, Kareylie Eggiman, Emily Finney, Anna Forbis, Kathryn Gruszeczka, Xander Henderson, Zachary Hernandez Moran, Jaqueline Hewitt, Hailey Kelly, Lainey Mason, Brendon McLean Garcia, Kina Munoz, Ronaldo Peed, Addyson Porter, Paven Raes, Kennedy Randall, Devin Reed, Cavius Sanchez Sotelo, America Summy, Skylar Tiska, Noah Wamer, Jemi Weida, Preslee Young, Kennedy 

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Henry and Stark County Health Department Releases Winter Survival Tips

The Henry and Stark County Health Department has released a list of Winter Survival Tips. According to the release from the Henry and Stark County Health Department, these tips are to help keep you safe when travelling this winter, staying warm at home, or when you find yourself outdoors this season. 

 

On the road.  Use your low beam headlights when driving through fog or snowstorms.  They will actually provide better visibility than high beams.  And be prepared for breakdowns with emergency flares, warm blanket, first-aid kit, white cloth to signal distress, cat litter, flashlight, snow shovel, empty gas can, and for long trips, food and water.

 

 At home.  Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas and a by-product of combustion, is an invisible killer.  Possible sources include: wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, kerosene, gas or oil heaters and furnaces.  For your protection: Assure proper ventilation, have these devices inspected and consider installing carbon monoxide detectors.

 

Under the sun.  Sunburns aren't limited to summer.  Fact is, sunlight in winter can burn, especially when reflected off ice or snow.  So when skiing or otherwise enjoying the outdoors, wear sunglasses that protect your eyes against ultraviolet light, and spread sunscreen on exposed skin, including your lips.

 

 Overexposed.  Watch for frostbite or hypothermia, and seek help without delay if you suspect either.  Danger signs for frostbite: redness, tingling, stinging pain or small white patches on the skin.  For hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, sleepiness, shallow breathing.  Remember, alcohol increases loss of body heat, so avoid its use when you plan to be outdoors for a long time.

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 12-22-18 to 12-26-18

-On Saturday, December 22nd at 2:50A.M. Henry County Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash at the Homestead Convenience Store in Woodhull.  No injuries were reported.  A vehicle driven by Jonathan DeCrane (age 25) of Woodhull struck the building. DeCrane was arrested for DUI and transported to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Wednesday, December 26th at 12:21P.M. Henry County Cambridge Division Deputy investigated a traffic crash that occurred in the parking lot of Subway in Cambridge.  A vehicle driven by Ashley Norton (age 19) of Orion backed into a parked vehicle causing minor damage to both vehicles.  Ashley was issued warnings for improper backing and expired registration.  She was also issued citations for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to give information after accident, and failure to report accident to police authority.

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OSF Health Care Reminding People Self Care is Important as New Year Begins

Self-care is a new buzzword these days and it can be a great prescription for better overall health. Luke Raymond, LCPC, Behavioral Health Services manager for OSF HealthCare, says self-care can range from taking time to pray, exercise, meditate, write poetry or socialize with friends. He says it involves finding what personally resonates with you, even if that’s watching your favorite TV show.


However, sometimes doing something for yourself makes things worse for people with an anxiety disorder which represents about 20 percent of all adults in the U.S., making it the most common mental illness. Raymond says for people with anxiety, recommending self-care can trigger the fight or flight mechanism in the brain which can affect the way self-care is interpreted.


Raymond adds prescribing self-care can also trigger feelings of guilt or low self-worth, especially in people with anxiety who can obsess about not spending time on something perceived as more productive. For an easy, low-pressure approach to self-care, Raymond suggests looking for momentary opportunities.


For people with anxiety, it is important to work with a mental health professional to develop a toolbox for what might work best rather than looking at more traditional self-care options.
Raymond also suggests for anyone who finds self-care burdensome, consider cutting out extraneous things that aren't enjoyable or meaningful. If you want help creating a self-care plan, consider contacting an OSF HealthCare Behavioral Health professional near you. For help managing moderate anxiety, depression or stress, you can also try OSF HealthCare "Silver Cloud" app, available by phone, tablet or internet browser.

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Kids Facing New Car Seat Laws

There are some new laws to be aware of in a week including how you’re supposed to secure a child younger than two in a car. Secretary of State’s Dave Druker says the law will say you need to have those kids in a rear-facing car seat.

The new law is intended to improve the safety of kids in cars. Automobile crashes are the number one cause of death for children between one and 13.

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New IDOA Director Named - Sullivan to Take Over

The Pritzker Administration has announced who the next Director of Illinois Agriculture will be. John Sullivan will take over IDOA in the coming year. The former State Senator of the 47th District served as the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture and Conservation committee while in office. Sullivan’s ag roots include a family auction business in Rushville that specializes in farm real estate and machinery sales. 

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Springfield Hosts Abe's Rumble this Weekend

55 Illinois high school wrestling teams will be in one location this weekend---The Bank of Springfield Center. The site serves as host to Abe's Rumble--the largest dual team tournament in the nation. PORTA wrestling coach and athletic director Jeff Hill helps organize the event. 


Wrestling takes place Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

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Record Number of Registered Voters In Illinois This Year

The 2018 elections went well in Illinois and the State Board of Elections hopes to keep it that way moving forward. ISBE made news this year when reports of Russian hacking of their database was made public. But Matt Dietrich with ISBE says they have raised their security levels and registered a record number of voters in 2018.


The next statewide election will be in 2020 when the President will be on the ballot.

 

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Senate Back to Work Durbin Talks About Potential for Ending Shutdown

The U.S. Senate is back to work. For those hoping for a quick fix to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, Senator Dick Durbin didn't paint a rosy picture in a visit with NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet the Press...


Durbin says the President is negotiating with individuals on White House TVs and radios instead of lawmakers...


Democrats will have more leverage come January 3rd when they take control of the U.S. House.

 

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Grant Money For Asian Carp Products

Asian carp are still a problem in Illinois rivers and the Department of Natural Resources has grants available to help companies market fish products. The IDNR’s Market Value Program has $8,000 grants to support Illinois companies trying to do something positive with the invasive species says, Kevin Irons.

If you want more info – I Fish Illinois dot ORG.

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Peoria Police Announce December 21st Cocaine Bust

Peoria Police have announced a cocaine bust. According to a release from Peoria’s Multi-County Enforcement Group, 34-year-old Manuel E Burgos of Tazewell County was arrested on December 21st following a raid by the Illinois State Police Swat Team at a residence in East Peoria. At the scene, Burgos was found with 1.2 grams of Cocaine, 18 grams of Cannabis, and $16,000 in cash. A 2006 Dodge Charger was also seized as evidence. Burgos is charged with one count of Possession of Cocaine and 7 counts of Delivery of Cocaine. 

 

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Hydrant Flushing in Kewanee Today

The City of Kewanee will be flushing fire hydrants on Thursday morning. According to a release from the City of Kewanee, hydrants in the area of South Chestnut Street between East Central and Oak Street will be flushed beginning at 9Am on Thursday morning. Residents in this area can expect to have low water pressure, rusty water or no water at all for a time while the hydrant work is ongoing. Once full water service is restored, residents should flush their pipes with cold water as hot water could draw rusty water into your water heater. If you have any questions you may contact the City of Kewanee Public Works at 309-852-2611. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citation 12-26-18 to 12-27-18

At approximately 8:05 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 6th and Chestnut. In that stop, Police cited 55-year-old Scott B. Cocquit of Geneseo for speeding, 48 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.

 

At approximately 8:58 Am Kewanee Police followed up regarding a property damage accident in the 600 Block of Midland Drive. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 26-year-old Dakota J Hamilton of Kewanee for Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failure to Report an Accident to Police Authority, and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. The accident occurred on December 15th.

 

At approximately 9:24 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of East Garfield Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police Cited 23-year-old Tyler K Daniel of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

 

At approximately 11:46 Pm Kewanee Police went to the 700 Block of East 8th Street to follow up regarding an accident. In that follow up, Kewanee Police cited 23-year-old Thomas J Trotman of Kewanee for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Report an Accident to Police Authority. This was related to an accident that occurred on December 22nd.

 

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Senator Weaver Speaks Out Against Progressive Tax

A downstate lawmaker opposed to a progressive income tax system in Illinois, but Republican Chuck Weaver of Peoria says if that's the push by Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, voters will have the final say.


Weaver is also opposed to both increasing the state's gas tax and legalizing marijuana in Illinois.

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Henry County Sheriffs Arrest Report 12-21-18 to 12-26-18

-On Friday, December 21st at 5:48 P.M. Henry County Deputies responded to a traffic crash on Page St. extension at Co. Hwy. 5.  No injuries were reported.  Shivangi Patel (age 23) of Galva was the driver of a vehicle that ran into the rear of another vehicle stopped at a stop sign.  Shivangi has issued a citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

 

-On Friday, December 21st at 9:03 P.M. Henry County Deputy arrested Dalton Burwell (age 24) of Kewanee on a Stark County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charge of operating an uninsured vehicle.  Burwell was transported to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Saturday, December 22nd at 6:32P.M. Henry County Deputy went to 601 O'Dea St. in Kewanee and arrested Loren Smith (age 19) of Kewanee on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for the original charges of criminal trespass to vehicles, criminal trespass to railroad property, and resisting a peace officer.  Loren was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Monday, December 24th at 10:19 P.M. Henry County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 22250 N. Wilsey Rd. in rural Annawan.  After an initial investigation, Deputies issued criminal notices to appear in court to Matthew Minnaert (age 29) of Annawan, and Bo VanOpDorp (age 22) of Annawan.

 

-On Tuesday, December 25th at 6:19 P.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Il. Hwy. 81 west of Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Kayla Klapp (age 27) of Rock Island, was issued a notice to appear citation for speeding 88mph in a 55mph speed zone.

 

-On Wednesday, December 26th at 2:07 A.M. Henry County Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on Quarry Rd. in rural Colona.  The driver of the vehicle, Caleb Hastings (age 35) of Colona, was issued a citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and also arrested for DUI.  Caleb was taken to the Henry County Jail

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Kewanee Hardcore 5K December 31st Still Time to Sign Up

Coming up on December 31st at 1 pm it’s the Hardcore 5K with the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce. The cost to participate is $35.00 and the action gets underway at 1 pm on New Year's Eve at the Flemish American Club. Participants will receive their very own Hardcore 5K sweatshirt and will be eligible to win door prizes. There will be refreshments as well as prizes and awards handed out at the Flemish American club immediately after the run. Be at the Flemish American Club by 11 Am on December 31st to get fully set up and the race begins at 1 pm. Go to the Kewanee Chamber website to get a form and get signed up for the Run Your Ice Off, Hardcore 5K. 

 

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New Farm Bill one of the big ag stories of 2018

“Evolutionary changes not revolutionary changes” is how Illinois Farm Bureau Director of National Legislation and Policy Development Adam Nielsen describes one of the big agriculture stories of 2018. He’s talking about the new Farm Bill. 


Nielsen says conservation programs will also look very similar as to what they have in the past.

 

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Can't Recycle Everything

With Christmas comes a lot of extra packing material that gets tossed out. And now much of that can be recycled – cardboard boxes are easily turned into something else. But not all items connected to what shows up under the tree can be recycled says the I-E-P-A’s, James Jennings.

If you want to see what you can recycle where you live then go Illinois EPA web page and find the new guide they have posted.

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations December 20th through the 25th

Kewanee Police made a traffic stop at approximately 7:11 Am in the area of 6th and Jackson Street. In that stop, police cited 50-year-old Sarah L. Renfro of Kewanee for Speeding 46 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximate 7:19 pm on December 20th, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited a 17-year-old Female subject for Speeding 47 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone. 

Henry County Sheriffs Arrest Report for December 21st 

 

-On Thursday, December 20th at 11:17 A.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Wolf Rd. North of Geneseo.  The driver of the vehicle, Emily Jones (age 19) of Hampton, was issued a notice to appear citations for speeding 72/55 and driving on a suspended drivers license.

Kewanee Police December 21st 

 

Kewanee Police made a traffic stop at approximately 4:54 Pm in the area of Grove and Odea. In that stop, police cited 30-year-old Felicia McVicker of Kewanee for Driving without Insurance. 

Kewanee Police December 22nd 

 

At approximately 3:56 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of Elliott. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 55-year-old Terry R. Abbott of Kewanee for Driving While Revoked, No Proof of Registration and No Insurance. 

 

At approximately 6:44 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 1500 Block of Railroad Avenue. At the scene, Kewanee Police Arrested 51-year-old Anita J Jones and 52-year-old David L Jones, both of Kewanee, each for Domestic Battery along with a charge of Unlawful Use of 911. 

 

At approximately 10:38 Pm, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Dwight and South. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 19-year-old Samantha A Hallack of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Disorderly Conduct Charges. Unable to Post Bond, she was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

December 23rd 

 

At approximately 10:23 Am Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a Retail Theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police issued a Notice to Appear Citation to 26-year-old Raven M Lyons of Kewanee on a Charge of Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 4:53 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of Central Boulevard. In that stop, Kewanee Police issued citations to 26-year-old John Thurman of Kewanee for an Expired Registration and No insurance. 

 

At approximately 5:28 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of South and East Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 57-year-old Lori J McMahon for Speeding, 44 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone. 

 

At approximately 5:53 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding Retail Theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 33-year-old Ashley M. Felt of Galva and 29-year-old Jessica R. Confair, also of Galva, on charges of Retail Theft. 

December 24th 

 

Kewanee Police were called to the 770 Block of Beach Street at approximately 12:42 Am. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 33-year-old Robert C. Vowels and 28-year-old Cassandra L Bryner, both of Kewanee, for Domestic Battery. Vowels was taken to the Henry County Jail while Bryner was issued a Notice to Appear. 

 

At approximately 11:21 Am on Christmas Eve, Kewanee Police were called to remove an unwanted subject from a residence in the area of the 200 Block of 1st Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 26-year-old Carlos F. Moran of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Aggravated DUI and Driving While Revoked. Unable to post bond, Moran was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 12:52 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 34-year-old Jennifer L. Petty of Toulon on a charge of Retail Theft. She was issued a Notice to Appear. 

 

At approximately 5:47 Pm Kewanee, Kewanee Police were called to the 600 Block of Cole Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 37-year-old Alberto Davilla of Kewanee on a Charge of Domestic Battery. Davilla was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 10:54 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of 1st and East Street regarding an Intoxicated Person. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 40-year-old Harold Hurst of Kewanee for Disorderly Conduct/Drunkenness and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Christmas Day 

 

At approximately 12:49 Am, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 700 Block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 42-year-old Michael Huggins of Kewanee for Possession of Cannabis Less than 10 Grams

 

At approximately 4:39 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 21-year-old Jesse L. Williams of Kewanee for having No Insurance. 

 

At approximately 10:21 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Prospect and Washington Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 54-year-old Anthony J Sturtevant of Rock Island on charges of Driving Under the Influence, Improper Lane Usage, and Driving While Revoked. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Commit 2 Fit

It's another OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Monday with our friend Carrie Boelens. Carrie was on hand on this Christmas Eve Monday to remind everyone to recycle those broken Christmas lights by dropping them off at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Carrie was also in studio to announce the launch of Commit 2 Fit Kewanee, a new joint venture contest with OSF Saint Luke Medical Center and the YMCA of Kewanee. The first 100 people to sign up will work for seven weeks to try and lose the most weight for the chance to win prizes from OSF. You can sign up at this link, click here. Here is our complete interview with Carrie Boelens on Tuned In. 

 

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Durbin Weighs in on Mattis and Re-Election

Senator Dick Durbin paid a visit to NBC's Meet the Press Sunday and he didn't exactly get a chance to talk about his holiday shopping list. Durbin expressed disappointment that Defense Secretary James Mattis has tendered his resignation and that was before it was learned Mattis will clear out his desk by New Year's Day...


Host Chuck Todd turned his attention to Durbin's political future and based on the response, chances are you'll see more Durbin yard signs in the months to come...


In response to the upheaval in the Trump White House, Durbin told Todd “We now have reached a depth of dysfunction that I’ve never seen before in Washington,”. 

 

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Research Shows Promise in Curbing Runoff

A multi-year project examining ways to curb nutrient runoff from Illinois farm fields shows the use of cover crops on a widespread basis can have an impact. Catherine O'Reilly with Illinois State University's Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment serves on the research team and sums up some of the results;

O'Reilly's research group works with farmers in two watersheds. They had cover crop seed dropped by the air into central Illinois corn and soybean fields in late August and early September. The cover crop seed germinates and soaks up excess nutrients on farmland - and more;

O'Reilly says the large-scale cover-cropping research funded by a checkoff on fertilizer shows promise. The next step is to conduct an economic analysis to see if benefits outweigh the added costs for farmers.

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Final Kewanee City Council Meeting of 2018

Friday, December 21st at 4 Pm marked the final meeting of the Kewanee City Council for 2018. At this afternoon's meeting, the Kewanee City Council heard a proposal from Pro Champs, a company that manages foreclosure information for cities and villages across the country. Pro Champs Illinois Representative Stan Urban spoke to the Council along with Kewanee Building and Zoning Manager Keith Edwards about the potential benefits of using Pro Champs services. Pro Champs advises passing an ordinance that would place a fee on any foreclosure notice filed in the City of Kewanee. That $300.00 fee would then be split between Pro Champs which would receive $100.00 and the City which would receive $200.00. Under this agreement, the City could choose to exempt local banks from the fee and only use the ordinance as a fee for out of town banks. Pro Champs would then provide research to City personnel regarding foreclosed properties, information that while available, can be time-consuming and difficult to research. The City Council will take a look at Pro Champs boilerplate ordinance and a potential contract and discuss perhaps entering into an agreement in the next year. 

 

Also on the agenda, the City Council voted 5-0 in favor of extending a loan currently in place with the owners of The Station restaurant. And, finally, the City agreed to award a fuel supply contract to Michlig Energy. 

 

You can see the entirety of tonight's Kewanee City Council meeting on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/RegionalDailyNews

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Councilman Mike Yaklich Talks to WKEI About Decision to Run for Mayor

In what came as a surprise to many, Kewanee City Council member Mike Yaklich decided to throw his hat into the race for Kewanee Mayor as a write-in candidate. Councilman Yaklich tells WKEI that it was not an easy decision. We spoke with Councilman Yaklich after the final Kewanee City Council meeting of 2018. 

 

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Black Hawk College Vets and Military Students, Save A Lot and Regional Media Team Up for our Troops

Black Hawk College Veterans Coordinator Thomas Reagan was our guest on Friday's edition of Tuned In. On the show, Thomas talked about the latest Black Hawk College Military Student and Veterans Club Drive which raised enough donations for 50 care packages for our troops overseas. Everett Whitcher from Save A Lot Kewanee made a significant donation of grocery items while Black Hawk Military Students and Vets raised more than $1200.00 in cash to buy even more groceries, enough for local representatives of the USO to make 50 care packages for soldiers overseas over the Christmas Holiday. Regional Media was happy to volunteer as part of this effort with our own Jason Gilbraith joining his son, Air Force Veteran Chandler Gilbraith in bringing in Save A Lot as the location to get the supplies while Everett, always on top of local charity, didn't hesitate to make contributions of needed items. You can hear how this effort came together in our Tuned In podcast interview with Thomas Reagan, Veterans Coordinator for Black Hawk College from Friday's edition of Tuned In on WKEI..

 

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State Climatologist Set to Retire

Retiring Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel has plenty of weather stories to tell. 34 years worth anyway. He began his professional weather career back in 1984, but his love for weather came long before that. 


Angel finishes his career at the end of this month. 

 

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Mayoral Write In Candidates Still Raising Questions in Kewanee

Questions surround the now two candidates who have announced write-in campaigns for Mayor of Kewanee. Henry County Clerk Barb Link tells WKEI that indeed, two write-in candidates for Mayor of Kewanee have filed paperwork with her office and have filed with Kewanee City Clerk Melinda Edwards as required by election law. However, the County Clerk stated that one of the candidates, which she did not name, has been shown to be not eligible to take the oath of office if elected. Henry County Clerk Barb Link states that this candidates case has been referred to the Henry County States Attorney Matthew Schutte. We do not know which of the two write-in candidates is ineligible at this time. Both Brad Ahrens and Michael S. Yaklich have filed the paperwork to be write-in candidates for Mayor of Kewanee. With just one of them added to the ballot, there will be a primary election in Kewanee in February. WKEI is following up on this story with the State's Attorney and will update as information becomes available. 

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City of Kewanee Releases Holiday Schedule for Trash and Tree Pick Up

The City of Kewanee is reminding residents of the Holiday Schedule for the City over the Christmas holiday, Monday and Tuesday. In a release from the City of Kewanee, it was announced that City offices, including City Hall and the Transfer Station will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24th and 25th. Garbage pick up for next week will be moved back by one day, meaning that Tuesday pick-up is moved to Wednesday, Wednesday to Thursday, Thursday to Friday and Friday to Saturday. Residents will be allowed up to 5 extra bags of trash for next week only. Boxes must be broken down flat and bundled together for pickup with recycling. The City of Kewanee is reminding residents that Styrofoam is not recyclable and must be thrown out with regular trash and not with recycling. Christmas Tree pick up by the City of Kewanee is set for Friday December 28th and Friday, January 4th. Trees must be placed curbside and must be free of any and all decorations. 

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Aquaman Swims into Kewanee Today at the Wanee Cinemas

Aquaman is swimming into Kewanee today at the Wanee Cinemas. The latest D.C comics movie starring Jason Momoa as the underwater hero Aquaman, a character originated in the Justice League movie, is riding a wave of positive reviews, well, positive for a D.C Comics movie anyway with 68% of Critics at RottenTomatoes.com agreeing that the movie is decent. I gave it a positive review at RegionalDailyNews.com on our movies page and the film is projecting toward an opening weekend through Christmas take of around $120 Million dollars.

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Fraud Investigations Save Illinois Millions

Fraud prevention efforts have saved the state more than $200 million dollars. A task force assigned by the Governor has secured 39 fraud convictions connected to fraudulent Medicaid spending. The Illinois State Police helped with the investigations says, Lieutenant David Roll.

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services says they have a program established to help hospitals identify Medicaid overpayments and billing errors.

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Illinois State Police Warning About Fatal 4

Holiday drivers beware. The Illinois State Police will be on the road watching for speeders and drunk drivers. ISP Sergeant Jacqueline Cepeda says to keep the celebrations under control and be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

The fatal 4 is what law enforcement calls driving while drunk, not wearing a seatbelt, texting or speeding.

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Two Write In Candidates Likely Means a Primary in the Race for Kewanee Mayor

Kewanee City Clerk Melinda Edwards has confirmed to WKEI that two candidates have emerged as write-in candidates for Mayor of Kewanee. Brad Ahrens who was ruled off the Kewanee Mayoral ballot following a challenge to signatures on his Mayoral petition, has filed paperwork to become a write-in candidate for Mayor. Also joining the race as something of a surprise entry, Kewanee City Council member Mike Yaklich. The inclusion of Mr Ahrens and Mr Yaklich likely means there will be a Mayoral primary in Kewanee in February. WKEI is working to confirm further details related to the paperwork for the write-in candidates. 

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Open Line Podcast 12-20-18

Today on the Open Line we discussed online predators and keeping a close watch on your kids on social media. New Jersey officials have been reporting activity regarding games such as Fortnite that predators are using as a way to meet and groom potential victims. How close are you watching your child on social media and in the online gaming world? We also talked about the population decline in Illinois, callers discussed Syria and President Trump and we ended on some lighthearted chat about regifting for Christmas. 

 

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Tuned In Podcast Bryce Hill Illinois Policy Institute on Why People are Leaving Illinois

The population loss numbers in Illinois are staggering. Year over year from June 2017 to June of 2018 the state of Illinois lost more population than any other Midwest state and was second only to New York in the number of people fleeing the state. Why are people leaving Illinois and what can be done about it? Bryce Hill is a Research Analyst with the Illinois Policy Institute and he joined WKEI's Tuned In Program to discuss the drain of people from the state and what can be down to stem the tide...

 

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Bustos Pleased with Rural Development Programs in Farm Bill

Rural development may not have received as much attention as the debate over stricter work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP recipients in regards to Farm Bill discussions, but in the end, Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos happy with the finished product. She served as a Farm Bill Conferee and says rural development remains key to her district.


USDA rural development programs will also continue to provide funding for traditional infrastructure work like small town water and sewer projects. 

 

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Who Are Pro Champs and What are They Proposing at Friday's Kewanee City Council Meeting?

Who is Pro Champs and why are they on the agenda for Friday afternoon's Kewanee City Council Meeting? On Friday afternoon, at Kewanee City Hall, Stan Urban Illinois Relationship Manager from Pro Champs will be at the Kewanee City Council meeting propose a partnership with the City of Kewanee and Pro Champs for help regarding foreclosed properties, specifically in managing information regarding foreclosed properties in Kewanee. WKEI spoke with Stan Urban on Thursday to find out just what Pro Champs does and what benefit a partnership with Pro Champs might have for the City of Kewanee. 

 

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Kewanee Salvation Army Pays Tribute to Linda Bohls, Raises Over $2000

Last weekend at the annual Kewanee Salvation Army Benefit Concert, volunteers and staff at the Kewanee Salvation Army had the opportunity to pay tribute to former Kewanee Salvation Army Director Linda Bohls. Brock Tumbleson and Eddie Tolliver from the Kewanee Salvation Army joined us on People to People to People on Wednesday and talked about the tribute to Linda. 


As for the funds raised at this year's concert benefiting the Kewanee Salvation Army, Brock Tumbleson revealed the remarkable total. 


There is still time to become a Kewanee Salvation Army Bell ringer. Contact the Kewanee Salvation Army at 309-853-4192. 

 

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Push Back Begins Over Chatter to Up Gas Tax

Some Republicans are already pushing against any possible plan to raise the state’s gasoline tax. In post-election chatter ideas have been tossed around to hike the gas tax in Illinois up to 30 cents a gallon. The increased revenue would most likely be used for an infrastructure plan. Representative Allen Skillicorn of Crystal Lake says any plans need to be put on hold. 

Illinois fuel tax hasn’t been increased in almost 30 years. The state taxes fuel in two different ways… at 19 cents a gallon and with a rate of 6.25 percent sales tax.

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AG Madigan's Office Finds More Priest Abuse Cases

The Illinois Attorney General’s office is talking about their preliminary findings of an investigation into the Catholic Church. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says they have identified 500 more potential cases of child sexual assault than what was disclosed by dioceses’ around Illinois. Madigan says many had never been reported until now. 

The Catholic Church has made the names of 184 accused clergy members public. Madigan says more has to be done.

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Kewanee City Council Agenda for Friday December 21st

With Christmas on Monday, the Kewanee City Council will meet on Friday afternoon at 4:00 Pm at Kewanee City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/RegionalDailyNews. Below is the agenda for Friday's meeting. 

 

1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
b. Payroll
c. Staff Reports
4. Presentation of Bills and Claims
5. Citizen Participation
6. Business:
a. Presentation from Pro Champs
b. Consideration of a Resolution amending the terms of the Revolving Loan issued to Andrew and Rita
Speck and Broken Chimney d/b/a The Station.
c. Consideration of a Resolution awarding the fuel supply contract to Michlig Energy.
7. Council Communications:
8. Announcements:
9. Adjournment

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Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report 12-19-18 to 12-20-18

At approximately 4:38 Am, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 300 block of Tenney Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 19 year old Samuel I Gleichman for operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

At approximately 1:02 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 400 Block of East 5th Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 30 year old Jessica Currier of Kewanee for having no Valid Registration. 

 

At approximately 1:27 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of South Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 27 year old Cameron D. Shinberger of Kewanee for Driving While License was Revoked. 

 

At approximately 7:19 Pm Kewanee Police were called regarding a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 100 Block of Southwind Mobile Estates. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 28 year old LeeAlan C. Coates of Kewanee on charges of Criminal Damage to Property and Criminal Trespass to Residence. 

 

At approximately 1:37 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of East 2nd Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 19 year old Matthew J Payette for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.

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Open Line Podcast 12-19-18

Today on the Open Line we talked about driving pet peeves, specifically, a Facebook post by the Illinois State Police asking Illinois drivers what they rules of the road need more enforcement. Rear-facing car seats, increased fines for texting and driving, driving slow in the passing lane, what do other driver's do that sets you off? That was our main topic this morning. We also had a caller raise questions regarding a Chinese executive whose fate has become intertwined with the US and China trade war. 

 

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People to People Kewanee Salvation Army

Eddie Tolliver and Brock Tumbleson with the Kewanee Salvation Army were our guests on Wednesday's edition of People to People. The Kewanee Salvation Annual Concert raised over $2000.00 for the Kewanee Salvation Army and served as a terrific tribute to former Kewanee Salvation Army Director Linda Bohls. We also talked to Eddie about the incredible work the Salvation Army has done with the Angel Tree and the families who, this week, are picking up packages of toys and other gifts courtesy of the generous people who donated via the Angel Tree. 

 

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Update: Former A & W Athlete Charged with Sending Harmful Images to Wethersfield Students

Update: Wethersfield Superintendent Shane Kazubowski has released a comment to WKEI 

 

"On Friday, December 14 we became aware of an alleged incident that involved social media messages being sent to former classmates of our 7th grade boys’ basketball coach.  It was determined that the social media messages originated from the coach.  We immediately contacted the Kewanee Police Department to determine if the incident involved anything inappropriate or illegal. The individual involved in sending the social media messages is no longer serving as a coach for our school district. We encourage anyone who might have information on the incident to contact the Kewanee Police Department."

 

A Wethersfield Assistant 7th grade basketball coach has been fired after it was revealed that he had sent sexually explicit messages to students at Wethersfield High School. The Peoria Journal Star was first to report the story that Jaxon Ince, a former Wethersfield student and athlete, had been fired from his position as an assistant seventh-grade basketball coach on evidence that he'd sent sexually explicit messages to students at Wethersfield High School. Wethersfield School officials informed Kewanee Police of evidence that he'd sent sexually explicit Snapchat messages to students. Detective Michael Minx of the Kewanee Police Department spoke to WKEI on Wednesday and confirmed that Ince had been charged with Distributing Harmful Material, a Misdemeanor charge, and that the investigation into Ince's conduct was ongoing with the potential for further charges. Ince was an assistant coach on the Wethersfield 7th Grade Basketball team. 

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Little Chance of a White Christmas

Friday marks the first official day of winter and it comes just four days before Christmas. This leads many to wonder about the chances for a white Christmas in Illinois, defined as an inch or more of snow on the ground. The chances are not too promising says meteorologist Eric Schmidt with EJS Weather in Newton, IL. 


Schmidt anticipates more of an El Nino pattern developing for the coming winter months—which means less snowfall and milder temps. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 12-18-18 to 12-19-18

-On Tuesday, December 18th at 6:24 P.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on N. Main St. in Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Tara Young (age 42) of Kewanee, was issued a civil notice to appear citation for possession of cannabis.

 

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Mary Poppins Returns Opens in Kewanee Today

Mary Poppins Returns opens in Kewanee today at the Wanee Cinemas. Returns is not a remake or a reimagining of the Disney classic, it’s a direct sequel. The film stars Emily Blunt in the role of Mary Poppins alongside Lin Manuel Miranda as Jack, a lamplighter, picking up the singing and dancing from his predecessor Dick Van Dyke, though, not playing the character of Burt that Van Dyke played in the original. The story has Mary Poppins returning to help out the Banks children, now grown up with Michael Banks now having three kids of his own while Mary has taken up the kinds of causes that her mother had been a champion of in the 1960’s original. Mary Poppins Returns is getting mostly positive reviews from Critics as RottenTomatoies.com lists the movie at 76% positive among critics. I absolutely adored Mary Poppins Returns and my very positive review is on our movies page at RegionalDailyNews.com.

 

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Farmers Planning to Use Dicamba in 2019 Require Training

Those farmers planning to use crop protection products containing Dicamba in 2019 will again need Dicamba specific training this winter. So says Lyndsey Ramsey, Associate Director of Natural and Environmental Resources for Illinois Farm Bureau. 


Ramsey says you also need a certified applicator’s license to use Dicamba. 

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Net Neutrality Groups Push Dems to Get On Board

The fight in Congress to save net neutrality this year ends as the session ends on Friday - but supporters are pushing U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and 15 other Democrats to go on record in support of it.

Schneider is one of 16 Democratic holdouts who did not sign onto the petition under the Congressional Review Act that would have forced a vote to restore net neutrality.

Laila Abdelaziz, a campaigner with the nonprofit Fight for the Future, said she believes a weaker net-neutrality bill will be introduced once the next Congress is seated in January. However, she said she worries that it only will seem to address the problem - but won't go far enough.

"So, in these last few days right now," she said, "we are organizing to get as many members of the House on the record for the strong net-neutrality protections so they can't back down in the next Congress."

She said Schneider has taken about $66,000 in donations over the years from internet companies. Schneider's office did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era rule that would have forbidden internet service providers from blocking or slowing down sites they don't like, and from creating an internet "fast lane" and charging users more. 

Abdelaziz said intense public support for net neutrality has restrained internet service providers from taking advantage of the repeal - at least, so far.

"The fact that the public and advocates are following along and paying attention is preventing internet service providers from rolling out the really anti-consumer practices," she said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is one of 23 state attorneys general suing to reinstate net neutrality. A net-neutrality bill stalled in the Illinois House of Representatives earlier this year.

The lawsuit filed by the attorneys general is online at ag.ny.gov, the Illinois legislation is at ilga.gov, and the FCC repeal is at federalregister.gov.

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations for 12-18-18 to 12-19-18

At approximately 4:48 Am on Tuesday morning, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 500 Block of East Church Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 40 year Shalicia Barr of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. 

 

At approximately 8:12 Pm on Tuesday, Kewanee Police responded to a traffic complaint in the area of the 600 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 18 year old Sarah L. McVey of Oquawka and a 16 year old Female on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

 

At approximately 9:12 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Dwight and Garfield. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Douglas A Smith of Kewanee and a 16 year old female, on charges Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle for Smith and Unlawful Possession of Tobacco Products for the teen suspect. 

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Illinois Sees Average Number of Tornadoes

December started with a tornado outbreak but it didn’t add to an already large number of tornados this year. The state is on pace for an average number of twisters. Normally the state sees 54 a year this year’s total is 58. Climatologist Jim Angel says that one year stands out among all others when focusing on the number of tornadoes. 

Angel says you don’t always think about tornadoes in December but you should be reminded that they can and do occur in any month in Illinois.

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IL Attorney General Joining Battle Against Robo-Calls

Tired of picking up your cell phone after seeing a local number and then having it be a robo call? Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 38 other AG’s and states to try and do something about it.

Seeing a local number on a robo call is called neighbor spoofing and it’s done so you’re more likely to answer the call. 

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Kim Walker Celebrating 25 Years with Abilities Plus

A huge congratulations going out to Kim Walker who today, celebrates 25 years with Abilities Plus. The current Executive Director of Abilities Plus, in her time, Kim has done just about everything at AP from Respite Worker to Living Skills Specialist to Placement Specialist to Developmental Training Coordinator. Today, Kim received thanks of the Abilities Plus Board, courtesy of Board President Randy Carton, her name on the Abilities Plus Plaque and a gift card just in time for Christmas. Congratulations and great job to Kim Walker, Executive Director of Abilities Plus, celebrating 25 years of helping people. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 12-15-18 to 12-18-18

-On Saturday, December 15th at 3:31P.M. Henry County Orion Division Deputy made a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 150 South of Orion.  The driver of the vehicle, Brittany Wooten (age 24) of Orion, was issued notice to appear citations for driving on a suspended license and improper use of registration.  Brittany was also arrested on a Rock Island arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for the original charge of driving on a suspended license.  She posted bond and was released.

 

-On Sunday, December 16th at 8:18A.M. Henry County Orion Division Deputy made a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 150 North of Orion.  The driver of the vehicle, Aaron Maberry (age 26) of Lynn Center, was issued a warning for disobeying a stop sign and issued a notice to appear citation for driving on a suspended license.

 

-On Monday, December 17th at 8:58A.M. Henry County Courthouse Deputy arrested Jeffery Weir (age 39) of Kewanee on a Henry County arrest warrant for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.  Weir was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Monday, December 17th at 2:43P.M. Henry County Courthouse Deputy arrested Sara Brimhall (age 27) of Kewanee on a Stark County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for the original charge of driving on a suspended license and no valid registration.

 

-On Tuesday, December 18th at 6:48A.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Wolf Rd.  The driver of the vehicle, Robert Dawson (age 34) of Silvis,  was issued a warning for speeding and civil notice to appear citations for possession of cannabis and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Deer Season Continues Firearm Totals Were Good

Outdoorsman and women still have a few options left to get out there and continue the deer hunt if they want. The antlerless season starts on December 27. But the main shotgun season is over and hunters had a good year but not a great one says Department of Natural Resources' Ed Cross. IDNR reports that about 81,000 deer were killed over the two weekends of firearm season and the weather held down the second half number. 

About 800 more deer were harvested this year as compared to last.

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Open Line Podcast 12-18-18

When does a judge cross the line? That was the main topic on today's edition of the Open Line on WKEI. A judge has sentenced a man convicted of poaching deer to one year in prison and as a condition of his prison time, he must watch the movie, Bambi once a month for 12 months. Naturally, this story is going viral and it led to a discussion of how far are judges allowed to go and how much longer is it until a judge truly crosses a line in their attempt to go viral. There was also talk of Porch Pirates as well, those criminals who steal packages off of the doorstep of unsuspecting citizens. 

 

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People to People Kewanee Supt Dr Chris Sullens

At last night's Kewanee School Board meeting there were discussions of taxes, bonds and budgets all of which we discussed with Dr Chris Sullens today on WKEI's People to People program. The news is mostly good in terms of the finances for Kewanee Schools. We also discussed the ongoing progress of various projects at Kewanee schools including the new parking lot, the expansions going on at Kewanee High School and at Central School and so much more. 

 

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Galva Once Again Earns Levitt-Amp Matching Grant

For the second year in a row, Galva organizers have earned the Levitt-Amp Grant. This $25,000 matching grant will allow Galva to run another season of their highly successful Levitt-Amp Galva Concert Series. Last year's Levitt-Amp Galva Concert series is said to have played to more than 7000 people over the more than three months worth of concerts in Wiley Park. Organizers and volunteers believe that year two could bring even bigger success, larger crowds, and partnerships with non-profit groups to share the benefits that the concerts bring to the City of Galva. On social media, partners such as John Taylor are already putting out the call for volunteers as well as for donations. The Levitt-Amp Grant is a matching grant, meaning that the Galva Arts Council has some fundraising to do while setting their lineup for the coming year. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, contact the Galva Arts Council on their Galva Arts Council Facebook page

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Remember Military Service Members During Holiday Season

Christmas time can be stressful for many individuals here in the United States, but that goes double for soldiers who have to spend the holiday without their families. Chaplain Colonel James Boggess, the Command Chaplain with the U.S. Army Reserve Command, says that through home-baked cookies, hand-made cards, or special gift baskets, our military members do get a little extra heart-felt attention this time of year…

If you would like to learn more about the program and how to give back, you can visit www.usar.army.mil for more information.

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Kewanee Welcomes Office Dalton Kuffel to the Kewanee Police Department

The City of Kewanee welcomed a new Police Officer to the force on Monday. Kewanee’s own Dalton Kuffel was sworn in in a ceremony on Monday at Kewanee City Hall overseen by City Clerk Melinda Edwards. Kuffel will begin a 12-week field training course immediately. Kuffel is already certified as a police officer in Illinois, he comes to Kewanee after stints working for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Galva Police Department. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 12-17-18 to 12-18-18

At approximately 8:16 Am on Monday, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 3rd and Vine Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 60 year old Roxann R Price of Spring Valley for Distracted Driving Cellphone Use. 

 

At approximately 10:03 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 6th and Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 23 year old Abrienna R Weyeneth of Davenport, Iowa for Speeding 53 Miles Per Hour in a 30 Mile Per Hour Zone. 

 

At approximately 10:29 Am Kewanee Police were called to the sight of an accident in the area of Edwards and South Street. In the accident were vehicles driven by 81 year old Jewneel D Walker and 86 year old Lela J Heene, both of Kewanee. No one was injured in the accident and no citations were issued. 

 

At approximately 11:13 Am Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 64 year old Deann L Crosby of Sheffield on a charge of Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 5:02 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 300 Block of South Elm Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 55 year old Terry R Abbot of Kewanee on a charge of Violation of Bail Bond. Abbott was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail. Over the weekend, Abbot had been arrested on a charge of Domestic Battery. 

 

At approximately 6:52 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 600 Block of East 2nd Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 36 year old Peggy R Tiska of Neponset for an Expired Registration. 

 

At approximately 8:39 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 11th and East Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 33 year old Rolando A Interial of Kewanee on charges of Driving Under the Influence Over .08, Driving Left of the Center Line, No Insurance,  and Driving While On Electronic Communication Device. Bond was posted.

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OSF Dietitian Urges Alternatives to Emotional Eating

The holidays can be a very stressful time of the year and for some people that creates a desire for comfort foods. However, emotional eating is not good for your overall health and can lead to weight gain as your reliance on so-called comfort food grows. OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Clinical Dietitian Sara Umphleet is encouraging people to consider alternatives to food as a stress reliever. 


Another idea might be making an appointment with Sara Umphleet to go over healthy eating options, something that might help you find a healthier alternative to binging on comfort foods. 

 

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OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Share the Warmth Ends on Friday

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is winding down its Share the Warmth Campaign. Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest on Tuned In on Monday and put out the call for those who have yet to donate gently used blankets, hats or winter coats… 


The Share the Warmth campaign ends on Friday and at that time all donations will be taken to the Kewanee Salvation Army. 

 

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Wethersfield FCA Raises More than $2000 for Kewanee Boy Fighting Leukemia

Wethersfield FCA were our guests on Monday’s edition of People to People. Tyler Nichols, Rachel Gomez, and Brooklyn Smith are members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and we were lucky to have them in the studio on Monday. Recently, Wethersfield FCA was working on a fundraiser for a 10-year-old Kewanee boy named Caleb who is suffering from Leukemia… 


The candy-gram fundraiser was a major success, attracting the attention of Kewanee Firefighters who jumped in to help out and helped raise an incredible amount of money. Mr Shane Kazubowski was with the Wethersfield FCA on the show on Monday…


The money will go to Caleb’s family to help defray costs of his medical care and the travel expenses for the family to be close to him during treatment. The fundraiser also inspired fellow FCA members. This week the Annawan FCA is now holding their own fundraiser for Caleb and you can make a donation by getting in touch with the Annawan Fellowship of Christian Athletes by contacted Annawan High School. 

 

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U of I Ag Professor Says Illinois Should Be Excited About Farm Bill Passage

University of Illinois agricultural law professor Jonathan Coppess believes just about all parts of the state can be glad Congress recently approved a multi-year federal farm bill;

Coppess says results of recent mid-term elections broke the farm bill logjam in Congress. A U-S House and Senate Conference Committee worked out disagreements over its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP - and other provisions;

Coppess recently authored a book entitled "The Fault Lines of Farm Policy." With everything from crop insurance to school lunch programs, Coppess believes the legislation forces rural and urban lawmakers to work outside comfort zones, which he argues, is an important part of governing.

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Ameren Adopt a Family Brings Christmas Cheer to Four Kewanee Familes

Ameren Illinois is set to giveaway $30,000 this holiday season including right here in Kewanee. Brian Bretsch with Ameren spoke to WKEI on Monday about the Ameren Adopt-A-Family program wherein local Ameren employees work with local organizations like United Way and our local churches to identify four families in need of a Merry Christmas... 

Brian Bretsch, spokesperson for Ameren Illinois. Brian went on tell us that this is the first time that Ameren has done a charity event like Adopt a Family... 

So just how did Ameren choose the final four families? 

In total, Ameren employees gave $1000.00 to 4 needy families in Kewanee and overall, Ameren Illinois gave away $30,000 across the entirety of their coverage area. 

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Caring for Your Christmas Tree After Decorations

While everyone would like to believe they have a hack or an old-fashioned recipe that can keep a Christmas tree vibrant and healthy all the way through the Christmas season, horticulturalists will tell you that there is still no substitute for good, old-fashioned clean, clear water. 

That was University of Illinois Extension Horticulturalist Richard Hentschel. Remember to keep the water level at the tree's base and no lower and remember that a freshly cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours so watering regularly and keeping the base filled up is essential to having a healthy and flourishing Christmas Tree. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report

-On Saturday, December 15th at 6:19A.M., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Bonham Rd. in rural Galva.  The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Hagerty (age 19) of Dahinda, was issued a warning for parking on the roadway and also issued a civil notice to appear citation for possession of cannabis.

 

-On Saturday, December 15th at 11:59P.M., Henry County Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on Grange Rd. North of Geneseo.  After initial investigation the driver of the vehicle, James Sand (age 40) of Geneseo, was issued citations for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to notify police authority of accident,  and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  Sand was also arrested for the charges of driving while license suspended and DUI.  No injuries were reported and Sand was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Sunday, December 16th at 5:13A.M., Henry County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 3252 Il. Hwy. 81 near Lynn Center.  After initial investigation Deputies arrested James Daughenbaugh (age 61) of Lynn Center and David Carlson (age 32) of Lynn Center both for the charge of domestic battery.  Also arrested was Jaymi Pyles (age 37) on a Mercer County arrest warrant for the charge of theft.  All three were taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Sunday, December 16th at 8:18A.M., Henry County Orion Division Deputy made a traffic stop on 10th Ave. in Orion.  The driver of the vehicle, Aaron Maberry (age 27) of Lynn Center, was issued a warning for disobeying a stop sign and a notice to appear citation for driving on a suspended drivers license.

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Open Line Podcast 12-17-18

35 people are speculated to be considering a run at the Democratic nomination for President in 2020. Meanwhile, Republicans are considering unprecedented challenges to the sitting Republican President as they sense his vulnerability not just in a General Election, but in a Republican Primary. Then there is Governor Bruce Rauner who admitted over the weekend that as late as August of this year, he was looking to get out of the Governor's race if he could find a viable Republican candidate to take his place. Did the Governor admit this because he wanted to or because the Chicago Sun Times was going to report it before him and he couldn't deny it? Either way, it's a pretty big betrayal of the people who voted for Mr. Rauner in 2018. These were the topics on Today's Open Line Podcast. 

 

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People to People Wethersfield FCA

The Wethersfield Fellowship of Christian Athletes along with Superintendent Shane Kazubowski were our guests today on People to People. Wethersfield FCA is an incredible group of young athletes who take their faith in God and spread love and charity through their actions. Recently, Wethersfield FCA has been selling candy and raising money for a boy named Caleb, a Kewanee student battling leukemia. Through the efforts of FCA they raised more than $2000.00 for Caleb's family. 

 

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Monday

Our friends from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center joined us on Monday morning with the latest goings on at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Carrie Boelens updated us on the Share the Warmth Drive which has been a tremendous success in gathering needed winter items for those in need. Carrie also told us that the Christmas Lights recycling effort has been another huge success. Carrie was joined to today by Sara Umphleet, Clinical Dietician at OSF, who anticipates more than a few new visitors after the new year as resolutions come to change diets and food choices. Sara is taking appointments now for those early bird types who would like to get to the bottom of their dietary decisions. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 12-14-18 to 12-17-18

At approximately 9:38 Am on December 14th, Kewanee Police were called to the 600 Block of Tenney Street regarding a retail theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested Charlene F. Rebholz. 57 of of Kewanee, on a Retail Theft charge as well as for an outstanding Stark County warrant for Failure to Appear on an Aggravated DUI charge. 

 

At approximately 3:53 Pm on December 14th, Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 400 Block of East 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested a 14 year old and a 15 old male, both of Kewanee, on charges of Disorderly Conduct. The 15 year old was also charged for Resisting a Peace Officer. 

 

At approximately 7:07 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 300 Block of South Elm Street regarding a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 55 year old Terry R. Abbot on a charge of Domestic Battery. He was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 8:57 Pm on December 16th, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of East and McClure. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 19 year old Dnae E Jackson driving without insurance. 

 

At approximately 9:10 Pm on December 16th, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Division and East Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 18 year old Jessica D. Smith of Kewanee for Speeding, 41 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 9:53 Pm on December 16th. Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 700 Block of South Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested Kevin E. Galbraith of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of Driving Under the Influence. Unable to post bond, he was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 9:58 Pm on Sunday night, Kewanee Police cited 43 year old Jason L. Newman of Kewanee for speeding, 43 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 10:23 Pm, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Kellogg and Tenney Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 19 year old Taylin E. Ritter of Buda for speeding, 44 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

 

At approximately 10:43 Pm Kewanee Police initiated another traffic stop in the area of Kellogg and Tenney Street. This time. Police cited Ernst D Heinrich of Galva for Speeding, 45 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. 

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Today is the Last Day to Call in to Receive a Goodfellows Basket

The Goodfellows of Kewanee will soon be out distributing food across the area but Ken Knowles of Kewanee wants everyone to know that if you are someone or you know someone who could use a Goodfellows basket of food, today is the last day to call to get on the list. 

Contact Kewanee High School to get on the list by close of business this afternoon in order to get a Goodfellows Christmas Basket. 

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State Farming Organization Weighing Stance on Arming Teachers

Annaleah Emm from the Stark County Farm Bureau was our guest last Friday on WKEI. Annaleah and her team are just back from the Illinois Agricultural Association statewide meeting in Chicago. The surprise, most talked about subject on the agenda was guns in classrooms and where the Illinois Agricultural Association stands regarding this issue. 


After much discussion, the Illinois Agricultural Association refused to come out in favor of arming teachers but did state that they feel the issue should be one of choice for each of the school districts and their teachers. 

 

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A Guide to New Laws in Illinois in 2019

A number of new laws go on the books in Illinois in 2019. State Senator Neil Anderson's office has compiled a guide to the new laws after the New Year that should make it easier for everyone to know how these new laws affect those of us who live in Illinois. Among the notable new laws, a 72 hour waiting period to purchase ANY firearm, a law that could allow family members to petition courts to not allow a member of the family to own or possess a weapon, and the Rear-Facing Car Seat Law which will see any child under the age of 2 must be in a Rear-Facing Car Seat when traveling in a vehicle. You can find Senator Anderson's guide to new laws in Illinois for 2019 by clicking here

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Illinois State Police DUI Activity from November

Reports indicate that District 7 Troopers arrested and charged the following individuals with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). 
Henry County 
• Jamie S. Long, 44, Walnut, IL 
• Nicholas Sheehy, 38, Cambridge, IL 
Knox County 
• Maurice D. Campbell, 29, Galesburg, IL 
• Cheryl L. Robbins, 71, Galesburg, IL 
Rock Island County 
• Deandrew C. Abbott, 32, Rock Island 
• Angel M. Cervantes, 19, Moline, IL 
• Nicholas J. Courtade, 34, Moline, IL 
• Andrew P. Grevas, 34, Coal Valley, IL 
• Matthew J. Hanson, 23, East Moline, IL 
• Larry Holldorf, 44, Erie, IL 
• Anthony J. Lucas, 52, Moline, IL 
• Peggy S. Minteer, 50, Moline, IL 
• Maria D. Owens, 25, Bettendorf, IA 
• Justin P. Nsebo, 69, Milan, IL 
• Kelly M. Reinhart, 41, Silvis, IL 
• Russell L. Sheffler, 47, Rock Island. IL 
• Ryan R. Steele, 32, Lyndon, IL 
(The above-mentioned individuals have been charged with a crime; however, those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.) 

 

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Rauner Considered Being Replaced on Republican Ticket

Many voters were waiting for an October surprise from Governor Bruce Rauner in his re-election campaign, but it turns out he was working on the ultimate surprise in his race against J.B. Pritzker. After seeing months of tough poll numbers, he confirmed in a visit with Chicago's WLS-TV that he was looking for a candidate to replace him in what became the most expensive race for Governor in U.S. history....


Chicago Tribune sources say Rauner contacted Todd Ricketts, who is a member of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs. He serves as finance chairman for the Republican national Committee. Then Attorney General candidate Erika Harold was reportedly approached in August and former State Senator Karen McConnaughay of St. Charles was approached during the primary season. Pritzker defeated Rauner by nearly 16 percentage points after signing legislation expanding abortion, immigrant and transgender rights. Rauner said when President Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, but lost Illinois by 17 percentage points, that “changed the dynamic from good chance of re-election to very, very difficult chance for re-election.” Rauner believes a Hillary Clinton win would have boosted his re-election chances dramatically. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 12-14-18

-On Thursday, December 13th at 3:54PM, Henry County Deputies responded to a traffic crash on U.S. Hwy. 6 at Green River Rd. near Colona.  The 16 year old driver of one vehicle was issued a citation for failing to yield at an intersection.   No injuries were reported.   

 

-On Thursday, December 13th at 7:36PM, Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Osco Rd.  The driver, Jeffery Olds (age 18) of Orion, was issued a notice to appear citation for speeding 111mph in a 55mph speed zone.
 

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Semi Accident Stopped Traffic on I-80 Early Friday Morning

The Illinois State Police are investigating a Semi Truck Crash this morning on I-80. No one was hurt in the single-vehicle accident but traffic in the area was blocked for a time. Preliminary information indicates that a single semi-truck at Mile Marker 27 near accident became immobilized and was blocking traffic from around 1 Am and traffic flow on I-80 was not fully re-established until 2:45 Am. The driver of the Semi was cited though Illinois State Police have not released what the citation was for or the identity of the driver. 

 

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Does the Flu Shot Make You Sick?

Does the Flu Shot make you sick or do you just think it makes you sick? It's a debate that has been raging for years, why do I feel sick after I get a shot that's supposed to keep me from getting sick? Dr Andy Peterson from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will be our guest on Tuned In on Friday at 8:45 Am on WKEI to talk about Flu Shots and perhaps settle the idea of whether or not there is at least some truth to how we feel sick after a flu shot or whether it is all in our head. 

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Kewanee Public Library Christmas Village Still Open Until December 21st

The incredible Christmas Village at the Kewanee Public Library will remain open for visitors until December 21st. Sara Billiet with the Kewanee Public Library tells WKEI that visitors are encouraged to come upstairs and talk to staff and take a tour of the spectacular Christmas display. And, if you're worried about the kids and the elaborate display, don't worry, Sara says the library's I-Spy game has you covered. 

The Kewanee Library will be closed over the Christmas holiday, December 24th through the 26th. 

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IRS Warns of New Email Scam

The IRS warning people about a new email scam. Agent Michael Devine says the IRS will not email you about your taxes and never trust emails asking for tax information. 


More information available at 800-829-1040 or irs.gov.

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Hep A Continues To Be Found In Illinois

Illinoisans continue to deal with a Hepatitis A outbreak. The infection has already been found in 75 people but it’s a recent rash of new cases that have the Illinois Department of Public Health on alert. Director Dr Nirav Shah says they are doing more help at-risk groups.

The Hep A problem isn’t contained just to Illinois. Other Midwest states are seeing outbreaks and higher than normal numbers of infections.

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Creed 2 Arrives in Kewanee at the Wanee Cinemas

One of the biggest movies of the season, Creed 2 arrives in Kewanee today at the Wanee Cinemas. The second film in the Michael B. Jordan franchise and the 8th film in the Rocky movie universe returns the character of Adonis Creed to the boxing ring to battle the son of Rocky's legendary foe, and the man who killed Adonis' father in the ring, Ivan Drago. Recently I spoke with Creed 2 director Stephen Caple Jr and asked him what it was like to work with Sylvester Stallone in the role of Rocky...

Creed 2 is set to pass $100 million dollars at the box office this weekend and reviews have been great as well with 83% of critics on RottenTomatoes.com giving the film a positive review. RegionalDailyNews.com also reviewed the film quite positively, as you can read here, and check out our interview with director Stephen Caple Jr here

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Rauner to Issue Report About Past 4 Years as Governor

Governor Bruce Rauner is on the way out and is taking some time to comment on things that should be addressed moving forward in Illinois. Rauner has mostly avoided talking about the how and why of the election but he says that he wants to have his voice heard on how he still thinks problems in Illinois need to be fixed. 

Democrat JB Pritzker will be sworn into office on January 14th.

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Open Line Podcast 12-13-18

Thursday on the Open Line brought more talk about the potential change to automated trash collection in Kewanee. We also talked about people littering on the ice on the lake at Windmont Park which needs to stop right away. And we discussed Justin Moore as the announced headliner for the Back Road Music Festival in Galva on August 10th 2019 and finally, we talked about how South Carolina is eliminating the snow day. 

 

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People to People Michael Devine from the IRS on End of Year Tax Planning

Michael Devine from the IRS was our guest on People to People on Thursday. In our interview, Michael talks about what you need to do to be prepared to do your taxes in 2019. It's never too soon to make sure you have everything prepared for your tax returns but especially for this year. Tax forms have changed dramatically and you can get a preview of the new forms at IRS.Gov. The big change is the 1040 form, the most common of tax forms. It's going to look different in 2019 as you can see linked here at IRS.Gov. Michael says there is still time for you to do things that can change your 2019 taxes, things like making a charitable contribution, just make sure you are tracking what you donate. These and other topics are covered in today's People to People podcast with Michael Devine from the IRS. 

 

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Tuned In Kewanee Public Library

Sara Billiet with the Kewanee Public Library was our guest on Tuned In on Thursday on WKEI. Sara dropped by to remind everyone that the Christmas Village at the Kewanee Public Library is still open and ready for your visit. There is even a little game of I-Spy in the Christmas to get the kids excited to see this incredible and interactive display. The Christmas Village at the Kewanee Public Library will remain on display through December 21st. Be aware that the Kewanee Public Library will have limited hours at the end of this year due to the Holidays. The library will be closed on December 24th, 25th and 26th as well as on December 31st and January 1st. 

 

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BBB Warns of Free Trial Offers

The Better Business Bureau is warning of the pitfalls and catches of "free trial offers." These offers are often promoted through various avenues on the internet, and make wild promises. All you have to do is pay for the shipping. But in the fine print, there is often wording that will hook you for a hefty monthly fee. Agency investigator Don O'Brien says they are calling on authorities to pursue more vigorously criminal charges against these scammers.


The agency also says social media sites need to better police this trend, and also calls on international authorities to cooperate in combating this fraud. Finally, if you feel you have been victimized, contact the BBB and your local police.

 

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Justin Moore Will Headline the Back Road Music Festival

Country superstar Justin Moore will headline the 2019 Back Road Music Festival. The man whose second career single, "Small Town U.S.A" went to number 1 in 2009 will be the main attraction when the Back Road Music Festival in Galva returns on August 10th, 2019. Moore has 6 career number one hits, including "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," "Til My Last Day," and "Somebody Else Will" and has two platinum records. By the time Justin arrives to headline the Back Road Music Festival in Galva in 2019 his newest record will be on the charts as Justin is just about to drop a brand new record in time for the New Year. His current single, "The Ones Who Didn't Make It Back Home," pays tribute to soldiers who've lost their lives in the war on terror. Tickets for the 2019 Back Road Music Festival will go on sale on Friday, December 14th at the Galva Pharmacy and online at thebackroadmusicfestival.com

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 12-12-18 to 12-13-18

At approximately 11:48 Am Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 400 Block of East 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 44 year old Jason L.S Brownfield of Geneseo on a charge of Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. He was given a notice to appear. However, at approximately 1:29 Pm Kewanee Police returned to the 400 Block of East 3rd Street and once again arrested Jason L.S Brownfield for Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. This time he was taken to the Henry County County Jail. 

 

At approximately 5:32 Pm Kewanee Police responded to a traffic accident in the area of the 200 Block of East South Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police found an accident involving Diane C. Dolieslager and Healther M. Frykman, both of Kewanee. No injuries were reported in the accident and no citations were issued. 

 

At approximately 10:39 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 500 Block of 8th Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 47 year old Edward W. Lockett was arrested on a Henry County warrant for Driving While License Suspended. 

 

 

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OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Hosting Blood Drive Today

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is holding a blood drive with the American Red Cross today from 7 Am until 5 Pm at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Our friend Carrie Boelens from OSF says that giving blood is one of the best gifts you can give in the holiday season. 


There is a remarkable need for blood donations right now so if you can give please stop by OSF Saint Luke Medical Center today before 5 Pm to donate and those who do will receive a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card and free snacks. 

 

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Santa Claus Coming to Kewanee at Northeast Park on Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to Kewanee on Saturday afternoon at Northeast Park. Brock Tumbleson broke the news that Santa will be visiting Kewanee to check up on his naughty and nice list on Saturday afternoon at Northeast Park beginning at 4 Pm on Saturday. 

Santa will be at the big shelter house at Northeast Park. Folks are reminded to bundle up for the occasion as there is no heat in the big shelter. Brock Tumbleson was our guest along with Eddie Tolliver from the Kewanee Salvation Army on Wednesday's People to People Program. Brock and his buddies in the Kewanee Klassics will be performing this Sunday at 2 Pm at First United Methodist Church at the annual Salvation Army Benefit Concert. 

There is no cost to attend as Brock mentioned but there will be kettles to fill up. At Sunday's concert, Brock has promised a couple of special guests, including Pastor Dan Craig and there will be a tribute to our friend Linda Bohls, the former Director of the Kewanee Salvation Army who retired earlier this year. 

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Black Hawk College Offering Food Handling Safety Course in Kewanee

Black Hawk College will offer Food Manager Training courses in Kewanee in January. The two-day Food Protection Manager Certification course will use the ServSafe curriculum which meets Illinois and Iowa state standards for food safety certification. The course is valuable for those looking to advance in the restaurant or food industry. The course will begin on January 15th and conclude on the 17th with classes taking place from 8:30 to 2:30 Pm each day at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee. The cost to attend is $147.00 with the ServSafe textbook sold separately. 

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Bustos Celebrating Passage of Farm Bill in House and Senate

The Farm Bill is one step closer to passage after passing through the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill was passed out of conference on Monday and immediately acted upon by the Senate which passed the bipartisan bill by an overwhelming margin. The House on Wednesday delivered an equally overwhelming bipartisan vote with 389 members voting in favor of the bill. The Farm Bill now awaits the signature of President Donald Trump which could come as early as today. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House and a member of the bipartisan conference committee that helped negotiate the final bill released a statement following the vote stating: 

 

“The Farm Bill is an essential piece of legislation that provides our family farmers with the support they need to continue putting food on the plates of Americans across our nation,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Although this process was far from perfect, I am glad we were able to pass a long-term bipartisan Farm Bill that provides our growers and producers with the certainty they need during these turbulent times.”

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Henry County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Bring Home Awards

The Henry County Farm Bureau is celebrating following last week’s Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Members of the Henry County Farm Bureau came away with awards at this year’s annual meeting including Megan Dwyer of Geneseo who won an award at the Illinois Farm Bureau State Discussion meet. Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest on Tuned In on Wednesday told us all about Megan… 


Also bringing home an award from the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting was Sadie Asher, another member of the Young Leaders of the Henry County Farm Bureau who was awarded the Top Young Leader Chair Award. 

 

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Rauner Critical of Illinois Union Leadership

In just over a month, Governor Bruce Rauner will watch J.B. Pritzker take the oath and succeed him as the state's chief executive and while he's planning on a quiet few weeks that one stop him from speaking his mind. On Wednesday, Rauner was critical of the number of management types in state government who wear the union label...


Rauner says the percentage of state workers who are represented by unions has grown considerably since the Rod Blagojevich era...


AFSCME Council 31 reported this week that Rauner has run up a legal tab of more than 6 million dollars with what they call a high priced outside law firm to battle AFSCME and union workers in various court fights and legal challenges. 

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Rauner Plans Quiet Final Weeks

The transition of power is coming to Illinois. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he and his staff are working for a smooth transition as Democrat JB Pritzker takes over. He’s sworn in on January 14th and until then Rauner will be running the state but he says that the next few weeks won’t be filled with last-minute rulemaking or job filling.

Rauner will be working his way through clemency petitions and the standing backlog of requests.

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More Mental Health Workers Needed

Is the state in need of more behavioral health care workers? The Illinois Senate is hearing about that issue from the health care industry. Groups say there is a shortage of psychiatrists and counsellors that care for individuals with mental illness. Marvin Lindsey, with the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association, says the state needs to set up a recruitment center that could be run by a state university. 

Why a shortage? Low wages and low reimbursement rates were mentioned as reasons. 

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Open Line Podcast 12-12-18

Today on the Open Line on WKEI talk of Flu Shots, why do people believe that the flu shot makes them sick? We also talked about our local parks and the incredible work that has gone into lighting Windmont Park and Northeast Park. We talked briefly about NBA star Steph Curry buying into a crazy conspiracy theory and briefly about the automated trash pick up, which is potentially coming to Kewanee next year. 

 

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Joy Illinois Ready for Deluge of Mail

A small town post office becomes "The Holiday Station" during December. It's Joy, Illinois. They have a special holiday postmark each year. This year it's designed by Mercer County High School art student Gracie Olson. 


To get the Joy postmark, you can send your cards and letters, already stamped and in a package, to the Holiday Station, 202 West Main Street, Joy, IL 61260. Each year, upwards of 13,000 cards and letters are stamped with the holiday postmark during December.

 

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5G Still a Long Way Away for Rural Areas

Technology makes advancements every day and your cell phone signal is no different. 5G is becoming more of a reality in the modern world but won’t be around anytime soon according to some experts. Rob Benton owns CPR-Cell Phone Repair in Mt. Vernon and he says the idea has been in development for 2 years and just got finalized this past June.

Although the technology is advancing and the speeds will increase, Benton says if you live in a rural area, don’t count on having 5G available to you for some time.

Benton says realistically, 5G could become available everywhere in 10-20 years.

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People to People Eddie Tolliver and Brock Tumbleson with the Kewanee Salvation Army

This Sunday at 2 Pm it is the Salvation Army annual Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church featuring the Kewanee Klassics. Brock Tumbleson is one of the organizers and he along with Eddie Tolliver joined us on People to People to talk about what folks can expect from Sunday's show, including some surprise guests and a tribute to Linda Bohls, the former director of the Kewanee Salvation Army. Eddie also talked about the continuing need for Bell Ringers and the Angel Tree. All tags are now on the Angel Tree at Wal Mark in Kewanee. 

 

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Tuned In Henry County Farm Bureau

Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau was our guest on Wednesday's edition of Tuned In. Recently, at the annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau, members of the Henry County Farm Bureau were honored with rewards for their hard work and dedication. Katie talked about the numerous award winners on today's show. And we discussed the brand new Henry County Plat Book which is an incredible resource for those who want to know more about Henry County land and farming. The Henry County Plat Book is on sale now at the Farm Bureau in Cambridge for $25.00 for members of the Farm Bureau and $35.00 for non-members. 

 

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Back Road Music Festival Headliner to Be Announced Thursday on Hog Country

Hog Country 102.5 WJRE is set to announce the headliner for the Back Road Music Festival in Galva on Thursday morning. The latest big name country star to join the festival headed into its 6th year will join the likes of Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins and last year's headliner, Josh Turner as the headline act for the annual 1 day country music festival that has become a boon to the summer season in Henry County and especially to the City of Galva which welcomes thousands of visitors from around the area to the Galva Park District. Tune into Hog Country 102.5 WJRE with our gal Karissa making the big announcement at 8 Am. 

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Jason Bates Named Galva Citizen of the Year

The Galva Chamber of Commerce has announced that Jason Bates has been named Galva Citizen of the Year. Jason is being honored for his remarkable dedication to causes inside and outside of Galva. Jason has a history of volunteering and most recently has been a key figure in raising money for Honor Flight of the Quad Cities and helping out behind the scenes at the Back Road Music Festival which brings thousands of revellers to Galva each year. Jason has also pitched in on the Levitt Amp Concert series which has been a smash success for the city. Congratulations Jason and keep up the good work from your friends at Regional Media. Jason Bates will be honored at the 2019 Galva Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Night on February 2nd at Kewanee Dunes. Social hour will be from 5-6, with dinner at 6 p.m., and the Annual Meeting and Awards to follow at approximately 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, and reservations are needed. 

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Above Normal Temps Expected for Remainder of December

Above normal temps should be the rule for the remainder of December. So says meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather. It all has to do with a lack of cold Canadian air. 


Hicks says Illinois has been running about two-to-four degrees below normal so far this month with November finishing “quite a bit colder than normal.”

 

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Rick Palmer Named Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for November

A  big congratulations go out to Rick Palmer for being named the Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for the month of November. Rick was selected for this achievement for his friendly nature, good attendance and the improvement he's shown in achieving goals. Rick handles some of the recycling duties daily at Abilities Plus. This past summer, Rick was a Silver Medal Winner in the Softball Throw competition at the State Special Olympic Track and Field Competition. Again, a big congratulations to Rick Palmer on being named Abilities Plus Achiever of the Month for November. 

 

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Northeast Park Christmas Display Reflects Team Effort

While the gorgeously elaborate light display at Windmont Park gets most of our attention at this time of year, there is something to be said for Northeast Park. This past Sunday, Northeast Park got its own lighted makeover for the holidays with a little help from the Park District, volunteers, Scott Packee and his pack of Elves, Great Dane who donated plywood for the displays, and artwork from inmates at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center. One of the big highlights is the Northeast Park Pool House Light Show. If you drive by and tune your radio to 90.5 you can hear music that goes along with the incredible dancing lights. The display will be up all the way through the holidays. 

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Kewanee Firefighters Help Bring Attention to Leukemia Fundraiser

Kewanee Firefighters on Tuesday did their part to help out a Kewanee kid who is suffering from Leukemia. Caleb, a 10-year-old student at Wethersfield has leukemia and through yesterday the Wethersfield FCA was selling Candy Cane Grams as part of a fundraiser for Caleb’s family. Kewanee Firefighters went and purchased Candy Cane Grams and did a post on the Kewanee Firefighters Local 513 Facebook page to pass the word along so others can help Caleb and his family. The candy cane gram sales ended yesterday but donations to help Caleb’s family are still being accepted at the Wethersfield High School Office through Friday, December 14th. 

 

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OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Collecting Items for Share the Warmth Drive

OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is sharing the warmth this holiday season. You can now drop off new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and other winter weather clothing items at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center as part of the Share the Warmth Campaign. Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest on Monday on WKEI...

Again, the collection box for the OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Share the Warmth campaign is right inside the front door at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center and it will remain there until December 21st when all items will be donated to the Salvation Army. 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 12-11-18 to 12-12-18

At approximately 10:43 Am Kewanee Police were called to the 100 Block of Fairview Homes regarding a criminal trespass complaint. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Devonte L. Wrencher of Glendale Arizona on a charge of Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. 

 

At approximately 12:14 Pm on Tuesday, Kewanee Police stopped to aid a motorist in the area of East and McClure Street. While aiding the motorist, Kewanee Police also cited the motorist, 22 year old Dustin V. Glidden of Toulon for Driving While Suspended and for having an Expired Registration. 

 

At approximately 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, Kewanee Police went to the 400 Block of East 3rd Street to execute an In-State Warrant. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 19 year old Jorge J. Ramirez of Kewanee on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a Charge of Retail Theft. Bond was posted. 

 

At approximately 6:06 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 800 Block of West Division Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 36-year-old Jyrel Israel of Kewanee for Speeding, 42 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. Israel was also cited for having no Valid Registration. 

 

At approximately 12:27 Am Wednesday morning, Kewanee Police responded to a call about a criminal trespass complaint in the area of the 200 Block of North Burr Boulevard. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 26 year old Jimmy A. Hollins of Kewanee for Criminal Trespass to Land and Possession of Cannabis Less than 10 Grams. 

 

Disclaimer: All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

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IEMA Says Give the Gift of Preparedness

Some people are flat out hard to buy gifts for so what can you get them? How about a disaster preparedness kit? That’s the suggestion from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. You can go two routes in putting together a kit, buy a premade one from the store or put together specific items says IEMA’s, Rebecca Clark.

 

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Senator Durbin Weighs in On Border Wall and President Trump

Senator Dick Durbin responded to claims from President Donald Trump that Democrats “do not want border security.” In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Durbin maintained Democrats did tackle the issue, with a bipartisan majority of the Senate agreeing to Durbin’s bipartisan immigration and border security agreement. Durbin maintains it failed because of the Trump Administration’s opposition. Durbin also told U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, the President's border security plan doesn't properly address an ongoing crisis...


Durbin also said the Trump Administration is failing to address the root causes that drive migrants to the U.S. border. He cited cuts in security and humanitarian assistance and shutting down legal avenues to migration. 

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Galva Holiday Tour of Lights this Saturday

If you love a great Christmas lights display then Galva has something for you this weekend. From 5 Pm to 7 Pm on Saturday evening, the Galva Arts Council is hosting a Holiday Tour Lights. The tour begins at the Galva Arts Council where participants can get a map of participating homes and a ballot on which you can vote for your favorite home display. The winning homeowner will receive a sign in their yard for the best display and a $25.00 gift certificate to Hathaways. There is no charge to take part in the Holiday Tour of Lights but donations will be accepted and refreshments will be available at the Galva Arts Council. 

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Open Line Podcast 12-11-18

Today on the Open Line, more talk about automated garbage pick up. The City of Kewanee has not yet decided on whether or not automated garbage pick up is happening yet but it does appear likely to happen and citizens had many questions. There was also a brief discussion regarding the decision by the Kewanee City Council to raise property taxes for 2019 by 4.8%. Finally we recapped Monday's meeting of the election board regarding the Mayoral candidacy of Brad Ahrens on this edition of The Open Line.

Don't forget, you can be part of the Open Line Monday through Thursday from 9:05 to 9:30 on WKEI. Call 309-853-4473 and you can join the conversation. 

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Kewanee Mayoral Candidate Bob Kuntz Comments on Property Tax Increase

Kewanee Mayoral candidate Bob Kuntz weighed in on the difficult decision by the Kewanee City Council to raise property taxes at last night's Kewanee City Council meeting. 

Mr Kuntz called into the WKEI Open Line on Tuesday morning. On Monday night, the Kewanee City Council voted to amend a tax levy for 2019 to include a 4.8% increase in property taxes to address the unfunded pension liability related to firefighters and police officers. 

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Newest Henry County Plat Book Now Available the Henry County Farm Bureau

The new Henry County Plat Book is now available at the office of the Henry County Farm Bureau. According to a release from the Henry County Farm Bureau, the Plat Book is an accurate representation of parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, section lines, and recreational areas and it includes an index of Henry County Landowners. We will visit with our friend Katie Laleman from the Henry County Farm Bureau regarding the Plat Book on Wednesday's edition of Tuned In on WKEI at 8:45 Am. 

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Bishop Hill Creative Commons to Celebrate Celtic Winter Solstice on December 21st

The Bishop Hill Commons will play host to Prairie Folklore Theater as it celebrates the Celtic Solstice on December 21st beginning at 7 Pm. Creative Commons Artistic Director and Co-founder, Brian "Fox" Ellis will perform alongside his longtime friend and collaborator Barry Cloyd as they bring their famed Prairie Folklore Theater to life in Bishop Hill. The Celtic Solstice is a celebration of Celtic culture that includes poetry, music and dance into a remembrance of Celtic culture. A $10.00 donation is suggested for those who attend the show at the Creative Commons in Bishop Hill on December 21st. Doors open at 6 Pm and the performance begins at 7 Pm. 

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Rep Bustos Finishes Work on Bipartisan Farm Bill Committee

It could just be a matter of days before Farm Bill arrives on the desk of President Donald Trump. Representative Cheri Bustos was among a group of lawmakers who were part of the Farm Bill Conference committee which finished its work today. According to Representative Bustos, the bipartisan, conference passed Farm Bill hues closer to the original Senate Farm Bill that was put forward earlier this year rather than the House Farm Bill which only managed to pass the house on a party line vote. The Conference Farm Bill is set to bring the best bipartisan ideas of both bills together for the final bill. In a statement, Representative Bustos stated:

 

“I am glad that we were able to come together and negotiate a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports our family farmers and strengthens our rural economy, while stripping away partisan provisions that would have left millions of Americans hungry. While it’s by no means perfect, this five year Farm Bill will give our agricultural producers the certainty they need and protect the existing crop insurance program. I am also proud to have included several of my provisions to help young farmers and veterans launch first generation family farms. I also included language in the bill to strengthen our rural communities by giving them the resources they need to combat the opioid epidemic and grow our rural economy through expanded rural broadband,” said Congresswomen Bustos. “However, the fight for our family farmers is far from over. As our producers continue to grapple with a downturn in the agricultural economy, the impact of President Trump’s trade war and the Administration’s undermining of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a lot of work remains to be done. I am committed to fighting for our hardworking Illinois farmers.”

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 12-10-18 to12-11-18

-On Monday, December 10th at 10:32a.m., Henry County Courthouse Deputies arrested Kenneth Hellberg (age 31) of Colona on a Rock Island County arrest warrant for failing to pay or appear in court on a seat belt violation.  Hellberg was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

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People to People Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley 12-11-18

Kewanee Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley joined us on our People to People program to talk about Monday night's Kewanee City Council meeting. Among the items on the agenda was a rise in property taxes in Kewanee with the City Council voting to amend the tax levy and raise property taxes by 4.8%. We also talked about the potential for automated trash pick up in Kewanee an idea that has not yet been approved but appears likely. Those and other topics with City Manager Gary Bradley and Mayor Steve Looney in this edition of People to People. 

 

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Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging Team Wins National Title

A banner year for the Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging team. The group won the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held last month in Louisville, Kentucky. The competition actually ended in a tie, but the Illinois team won based on a tie-breaker.


That’s coach Gracia Ramp—a University of Illinois ag education grad student from Yates City. She’s a graduate of Farmington High School and also attended Lakeland College in Mattoon before transferring to Illinois. 

 

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Tuned In Kewanee City Council Candidate Chris Wheaton

Chris Wheaton is running for City Council in Kewanee and he was our guest on today's Tuned In podcast. This interview was conducted prior to yesterday afternoon's Election Board hearing where the Election Board ruled that Mr Wheaton's friend Brad Ahrens would not be on the Kewanee Mayoral ball and before last night's Kewanee City Council meeting which we mention only to explain why property taxes were not discussed in this interview. A note, if you are running for office in Kewanee or our surrounding area, we want to hear from you. If you'd like to be a guest on Tuned In, get in touch with WKEI by calling 309-853-4471. 

 

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Council Member Steve Faber Talks About Kewanee Property Taxes

Last night the Kewanee City Council made the difficult decision to raise property taxes by 4.8% in order to meet the state of Illinois mandates regarding unfunded pensions. The 4.8% increase translates to an increase of $20 for homes valued at $60,000. Had the City Council not amended the tax levy last night and not raised the Property Tax there was risk to many services the city provides as well as jobs for city workers and Steve Faber told WKEI in this interview that all of that along with budget and deficit spending played a role in the decision to vote for the increase. 

 

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Pritzker and Rauner Trading Barbs as Change in State Leadership Looms

Governor Bruce Rauner is not leaving office quietly. Recently the Governor, who was defeated by J.B Pritzker in November, stated that he is afraid for the future of Illinois. 

Asked about Governor Rauner's comments, Governor-Elect Pritzker responded while on his Thankyou Tour of the state. 

Governor Rauner however, is doubling down on his negative rhetoric with grave concern about spending and the budget in Illinois. 

As for Governor-Elect Pritzker, he did not directly respond to the current Governor's remarks stating only that voters have made up their minds. 

Governor-Elect Pritzker takes office in January. 

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Tips for Winter Driving

Driving in winter weather conditions can be a chore for even the most experienced drivers and can be even worse around the winter holidays. Laura Adams, a safety analyst for driversED.com says there are several reasons for a spike in accidents during the holiday season. 

  
Adams also notes that being in the right mindset when you're behind the wheel is only half the battle.
 


Adams says the winter weather can be bad on the battery, belts and hoses, and windshield wiper blades. She also notes that it might not be a bad idea to look into purchasing snow tires. More tips and tricks can be found at www.DriversEd.com

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 12-10-18 to 12-11-18

At approximately 8:41 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of South Main Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited Luis M. Gutierrez-Verduzco, 35 of Kewanee, for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device. 

 

At approximately 1:46 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a retail theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 54-year-old Lori A. Shambaugh of Lafayette on a charge of Retail Theft. 

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Automated Trash Pickup Likely Coming to Kewanee in 2019

Automated Trash Collection is not a done deal in Kewanee. In an interview airing today on our People to People program, City Manager Gary Bradley and Mayor Steve Looney clarified remarks that were in the City Council packet for last night's Kewanee City Council Meeting. In the packet, prepared by city workers it stated at one point that the city of Kewanee was considering automated trash pickup but then went on to state when Automated Trash Pickup would begin, in May of 2019. First of all, City Manager Gary Bradley explained the concept of Automated Trash Pickup...

The question then turned to what happens next and when the City of Kewanee will consider the measure on moving to automated trash pickup. 

It appears more than likely, due to the benefits stated by Gary and conversations with city staff, that automated trash pickup is going to be passed with the dates in the packet of April for when city-owned trash cans would be delivered to citizens and May when automated trash collection would get underway. 

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Kewanee City Council Votes to Raise Property Taxes

At last night’s Kewanee City Council meeting it was decided that Property Taxes in Kewanee will be going up by 4.8%. In a 5 to 0 vote, the City Council decided to raise the Property Tax in order to begin to meet the state of Illinois guidelines regarding the funding of pensions, specifically in Kewanee those related to Fire and Police. Councilman Mike Yaklich explained at last night’s meeting that while holding the line on property taxes is what the council would prefer, it is not feasible if the city wants to avoid deficit spending. 
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Councilman Steve Faber will join us at 8:20 this morning with his perspective on last night’s Property Tax vote and Mayor Steve Looney and City Manager Gary Bradley will weigh in at 9:35 on People to People. 

 

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Last Minute Christmas Tree Tips

Anyone who is still looking for a Christmas tree? If you are there are few tips to follow to get a good one says the University of Illinois Extension. Richard Hentschel says the freshest option is to cut your own down and also look for a few types of fir trees that will stand the strongest.

If you go the precut route you can still get a good tree according to Hentschel. He says to tap it on the ground to shake off the dead needles and then plop the tree into a bucket of water when you get home to keep it as fresh as you can before you trim it with ornaments. 

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Ahrens WIll Not Be on Mayoral Ballot Vows to Run Write-In Campaign

After continuing the Election Board Hearing on Friday so that Kewanee Mayoral candidate Brad Ahrens could bring forth evidence to combat the objection filed by Kewanee resident Jennifer Russell, the Election Board finally ruled against Mr. Ahrens in the continued meeting on Monday afternoon at Kewanee City Hall. After presenting an affidavit regarding the address of the disputed signatory to his Mayoral petition, the Election Board conferred with City Attorney Justin Raver who  determined that because the address listed both when the signatory signed the petition and the current address at which she lives are both different from the address on her voter registration, the signature was invalid. City Clerk Melinda Edwards motioned to sustain the objection and in a 3 to 0 vote, it was ruled that Mr Ahrens will not be on the Kewanee Mayoral ballot for a primary in February. After the meeting I spoke with Brad Ahrens who vowed to run as a write-in candidate. 

(Editors Note: Autobots is a reference to a 1980's cartoon series Transformers.)

 

With Mr Ahrens ruled off the ballot the City of Kewanee may still hold a Mayoral primary in February. If Mr Ahrens does file as a write-in candidate that would trigger a primary in February according to Melinda Edwards, Kewanee City Clerk. WKEI is following up to confirm this information with County Clerk Barb Link. 

 

WKEI apologizes for the error in our early reporting which stated that no primary would be held. 

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People to People Steven Caple Jr Director of Creed 2

Steven Caple Jr's first major feature film is in theaters now and it was a big task. Caple took the reigns of the Rocky/Creed franchise from Ryan Coogler and is running with it for Creed 2 which debuted two weeks ago and has become a massive hit. Steven Caple Jr talks about working with Sylvester Stallone, working within the established franchise of Rocky and the ways that he made Creed 2 his own in this People to People podcast interview. 

 

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Monday

Our friends from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center joined us for our regular Monday morning health talk. This time around, Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center joined us to talk about OSF's upcoming Blood Drive on December 13th, this coming Thursday. The blood drive at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will be happening from 7 Am to 5 Pm with the American Red Cross on hand along with treats for everyone who donates, and an Amazon $5.00 gift card as well. Appointments help out with staffing so call ahead 309-852-7810 but walk-ins are also welcome. Carrie was joined by Beth Briney Clinical Counselor at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Beth was on hand to talk about seasonal depression. This time of year can be hard on people emotionally with the holidays and the darker days, the colder temps keeping us indoors. Seasonal Affective Disorder can hit anyone at any time but there are ways to cope and Beth has some great advice in today's Tuned In Podcast. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 12-07-18 to 12-10-18

-On Friday, December 7th at 10:23a.m., Henry County Courthouse Deputies arrested Amber Summers (age 33) of Cambridge on a Mercer County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charge of operating an uninsured vehicle.  She posted bond and was released.

 

-On Friday, December 7th at 12:07p.m., Henry County Deputies responded to a traffic crash on West Court St. in Cambridge.  No injuries were reported.  A 2006 Buick Lucerne driven by Dalton Nimrick (age 22) of Cambridge failed to yield at a stop sign and struck another vehicle in the intersection.  Dalton was issued a citation for failing to yield the right-of-way.

 

-On Saturday, December 8th at 2:07a.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Prospect St. in Kewanee.  A passenger in the vehicle, Melanie Sadowski (age 23) of Wyoming, IL, was arrested on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charge of operating a vehicle with suspended registration.  Melanie was also arrested on a Stark County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of DUI.  She was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Sunday, December 9th at 6:50a.m., Henry County Deputies responded to a traffic crash on East Good St. in Cambridge.  No injuries were reported.  A 2004 Mazda RX8 driven by a 16 yr. old struck the rear of another vehicle.  The 16 yr. old driver was issued a citation for obstructed view for failing to clear frost/ice off of the vehicles windshield.

-On Sunday, December 9th at 7:55a.m.,  Henry County Deputies responded to a traffic crash on East South St. in Cambridge.  No injuries were reported.  A 2007 Ford F150 pick-up truck driven by Bennett Underwood (age 29) of Cambridge struck another vehicle at the intersection.  Underwood was issued a citation for obstructed view for failing to clear frost/ice off of the vehicles windshield.

 

-On Sunday, December 9th at 7:47p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Interstate 74 near Orion.  The driver of the vehicle, Jazmyn Florez-Ortiz (age 24) of Des Moines, IA, was issued a notice to appear citation for speeding 91/70 and driving with no valid drivers license.

 

-On Sunday, December 9th at 11:18p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Atkinson.  The driver of the vehicle, Seyma Aydogmus (age 26) of Davenport, IA, was issued notice to appear citations for speeding 86/70 and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

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Share Your Pictures from the Lighted Christmas Parade and Windmont Park Lighting to Win a Prize

Despite the cold temperatures many in Kewanee turned out for last night’s lighting of Windmont Park and the preceding lighted Christmas Parade. Despite temps in the upper 20’s the spectacular winter tradition went off without a hitch with fireworks and lighted parade displays and, of course, the spectacular lights in Windmont Park. You can share your photos from the Lighted Christmas Parade and the Lighting of Windmont Park on our Facebook page at RegionalDailyNews.com. The most liked photos from either the parade or the Lighting of Windmont Park can win a prize from our prize closet here at WKEI. 

 

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Election Board Hearing for Mayoral Candidate Brad Ahrens Continues Monday Afternoon

This afternoon at 4:30 at Kewanee City Hall, the election board hearing of the challenge to Mayoral Candidate Brad Ahrens will be continued. This meeting began on Friday afternoon at 4:30 Pm with the election board hearing from Kewanee resident Jennifer Russell who challenged to the Mayoral petition of Brad Ahrens of Kewanee. 


The Election Board was to rule on both objections on Friday and did rule that the first objection regarding the name John or Jack was overruled and the signature would stand as accurate. The second objection involving the address of one of the the people who signed Mr Ahrens petition and whether it was accurate or not was tabled until today to allow Mr Ahrens to either produce the person whose signature was being contested or provide an affidavit showing that this person moved during the timeframe from when she signed the petition to today. 
Thus, we will have a second hearing on Brad Ahrens Mayoral petition this afternoon at 4:30 Pm at Kewanee City Council at which time the board, including Mayor Steve Looney, City Clerk Melinda Edwards and Councilman Andy Koehler will rule on whether or not the signature is valid. If the signature is considered valid, Mr Ahrens would officially be allowed to become the 5th candidate for Mayor of Kewanee and trigger a Primary election in February from which two candidates would emerge and move on to the general Mayoral election in April of 2019.

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Holiday Depression, Stress Not Always "Just the Blues"

The holiday season is ramping up, and while many people look forward to festivities with friends and family, for others this time of year can worsen stress, sadness and depression. Some people have increased anxiety due to travel obligations, or the expenses of gift-giving. Others neglect self-care trying to make the holidays special for family or loved ones. 

 

There is no evidence that the suicide rate spikes at Christmas, but suicides have dramatically increased in the U.S. in recent years. And Dennis Gillan, who lost two brothers to suicide, said each person needs coping mechanisms to help maintain their holiday equilibrium. 

 

"Let's get comfortable talking about mental health so we don't have this increase," Gillan said. "And then, too, if you've been down this road, take care of yourself. Self-care is not selfish."

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is now the 10th-leading cause of death nationwide, and the second-leading cause for people ages 15-34. Since 1999, Illinois' suicide rate has increased by 23 percent. Nancy Molitor is a clinical psychologist with the Illinois Psychological Association. She explained the holidays can be especially tough for people who have experienced a recent loss or have struggled with depression. She added this is not the time to cancel therapy sessions.

 

"If they have depression and they're also not treating it, the thoughts become darker and darker, and the person starts to feel hopeless and helpless, and not able to see a light at the end of the tunnel," Molitor said. "And when they start to get that hopeless and helpless, they withdraw. This is a warning sign for loved ones to think about."

 

Because people thrive on strong friendships and family relationships, Molitor said too much solitude at any time of year can bring on feelings of despair. She encouraged people to be present for loved ones who are depressed, even if they are acting ornery. 

 

"Try not to assume that they're just a Grinch and difficult, and you don't want to be around them. But try to go that extra mile to see what might be going on, and give that person the gift of at least being there for them and caring," she said. "And that can really be one of the most important gifts we can all give somebody this year."

 

To reach the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations Report 12-08-18 to 12-10-18

At approximately 7:45 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police responded to a call regarding a traffic accident in the area of Lakeland Terrace. At the scene, Kewanee Police found a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Daisy V. Leon had struck a pole. Leon was arrested at the scene on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Excessive Speed in a School Zone. Bond was posted.

 

At approximately 8:20 Am on Saturday, Kewanee Police responded to an accident in the area of Tremont and Prospect Street. At the scene was an accident involving vehicles driven by 51-year-old Alvin W. Cole and 50-year-old Douglas Whitmer, both of Kewanee. Kewanee Police cited Cole for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Thankfully neither driver was hurt in the accident. 

 

At approximately 12:16 Pm on Saturday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Domestic Disturbance in the area of the 700 Block of McKinley Avenue. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 18-year-old Mykal G. Scott on a Charge of Domestic Battery. Scott was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 11:09 Pm On Saturday night, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 2nd and Tremont. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 20-year-old Tironica L. Watts of Kewanee for having no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Also in that stop, Kewanee Police cited 24-year-old Eric Matthew Melchert of Iowa for Allowing an Unauthorized Person to Drive. 

 

At approximately 12:41 Am on Sunday morning, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of the 1200 Block of East 3rd Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police cited 59-Year-old Marcus Taylor of Kewanee for Failing to Report an Accident to Authorities and Driving with an Obstructed Windshield. According to Police, the accident occurred when Mr Taylor ran into a snow pile. 

 

At approximately 2:03 Am on Sunday morning, Kewanee Police were called to the 300 Block of South Walnut where an Unwanted Subject was refusing to leave the area. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 18-year old David Moody of Kewanee for Consumption of Alcohol By a Minor.

 

At approximately 10:39 Am on Sunday, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of an accident in the area of 2nd and Vine Street. At the scene was an accident involving 80-year-old Nancy J. Miller of Kewanee and 51-year-old Kamleshkumar D. Kharvari also of Kewanee. Neither driver was hurt in the accident. Kewanee Police, however, did cite Miller for Failure to Failure to Yield Turning Left. 

At approximately 4:17 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the area of the 600 Block of Cambridge Road regarding a Battery call. At the scene, Kewanee Police a pair of Female Juveniles on charges of Battery. 

 

At approximately 10:18 Pm on Sunday night, Kewanee Police were called to the scene of a Fight in the area of the 300 Block of South Walnut Street. At the scene, Kewanee Police made three arrests. 44-year-old Jose L. Aviles-Ramos, 23-year-old Jose J. Ramos, and a 17-year-old Juvenile Male were arrested on charges of Mob Action and Aggravated Assault. The two adults were taken to the Henry County Jail while the minor suspect was released with a Notice to Appear in Court.

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Talking Seasonal Depression with OSF Saint Luke Medical Center on Tuned In

Nancy VanDeSampel from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center will join us this morning on Tuned In in place of our good friend Carrie Boelens. Nancy is going to be joined by Beth Briney, Clinical Counselor at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center. Beth will be on hand to discuss Seasonal Depression. Seasonal Depression takes hold in many people this time of year, just ahead of Christmas and the New Year. We will talk with Beth Briney about how to deal with Seasonal Depression today on Tuned In at 8:45 Am on WKEI. 

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Agenda for Tonight's Kewanee City Council Meeting

Posted by 6:00 p.m., December 7, 2018
1. Call to Order
2. Closed Session pursuant to Section 2(c) (2) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss collective bargaining.
3. Work Session regarding automation of trash collection.
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
b. Payroll
c. Staff Reports
6. Presentation of Bills and Claims
7. Citizen Participation
8. Business:
a. Consideration of an Ordinance abating the property tax levy for the General Obligation Bonds
(Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2012.
b. Consideration of an Ordinance abating the property tax levy for the Series 2013 General Obligation
Waterworks and Sewerage Refunding Bonds, Alternate Revenue Source.
c. Consideration of an Ordinance abating the property tax levy for General Obligation Waterworks and
Sewerage Refunding Bonds (Alternate Revenue Source), Series 2015.
d. Consideration of an Ordinance establishing 2018 property tax levy, payable in 2019.
e. Consideration of a Resolution establishing the meeting dates for City Council meetings in 2019.
f. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a three-year collective
bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police.
g. Consideration of a Resolution awarding the demolition of 730 Gilbert Street to Dana Construction

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Museum Researching Pollinators Across Illinois

Researchers from a Chicago museum have been travelling the state studying how much habitat exists to protect monarch butterflies and other plant pollinators. Alexis Winter serves as an environmental social scientist for Chicago's Field Museum;


The U-S Fish & Wildlife Service could decide to list the monarch butterfly as an endangered species next year. The state, Field Museum, farm and commodity organizations are examining conservation strategies to protect it and other pollinators;


The Field Museum official says all Illinoisans can play a part in protecting monarch caterpillars, butterflies and other pollinators. It could be as simple as planting nectar-rich flowers in gardens.

 

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Potential for Industrial Hemp in Illinois

One of the leading industrial hemp researchers in the United States says he thinks it could be a viable crop in Illinois and across the country...


University of Kentucky agronomist David Williams says industrial hemp does not contain the controversial chemical of its close cousin, marijuana. But he says it does have the potential to be used in animal feed, for its oil and as a fibre;


The Illinois legislature passed and the governor signed a law earlier this year that legalizes industrial hemp. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is currently writing rules that would govern how industrial hemp can be grown in the state.

 

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Election Board Sets Continuance of Ahrens Petition Hearing for Monday

The saga of the challenge to the Mayoral petition of Brad Ahrens will continue until Monday. After hearing from from Kewanee resident Jennifer Russell as to why she decided to contest Mr Ahrens' petition and then heard from Mr Ahrens himself, the election board, made up of Mayor Steve Looney, City Clerk Melinda Edwards and City Councilman Andy Koehler, voted to overrule the first of two objections from Ms Russell, over the signature of a man named John who goes by the name Jack. The second objection, related to an incorrect address for signatory Elizabeth Akers, was to also be voted on until Mr Ahrens requested the chance to produce evidence of Ms Akers address. Mayor Steve Looney made a motion for a continuance which was then agreed to by Ms Edwards and Mr Koehler. The continuance means that the election board will meet again on Monday, December 10th, in order for Mr Ahrens to produce an affidavit attesting to the correct address of Ms Akers. The election board will now make a final decision on whether Mr Ahrens will be on the ballot on Monday afternoon at 4:30 Pm. You can see the entirety of Friday's election board meeting on our Facebook page @RegionalDailyNews on Facebook. 

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Jim Bohannon on the WKEI Morning Show

Today on WKEI we had a visit from our good friend, radio legend, Jim Bohannon. Jim joined us to talk about the latest in the Mueller Investigation, the fates of Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, former CIA Director Comey headed back to Capitol Hill today and Jim's fond remembrances of the late former President George H.W Bush. 

 

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Illinois State Police Warn Parents to Keep Close Eye on Kids' Smartphone

The Illinois State Police are warning parents to keep a close eye on their teenagers and their phones. Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson has been talking to kids and parents about the dangers of online predators who take advantage of teens via their phones and the trooper cited some disturbing examples. 


Trooper Wilson encourages parents to get apps that give them full access to their kids' phones and that while they may trust their child, it's not hard for kids as young as 12 and 13 years old to become targets of online predators. Some of the dangers include sexting which can lead to 'sextortion' where predators request photos and videos via social media apps and then use those photos to extort more extreme activities. 

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Date Set for 2019 Back Road Music Festival in Galva

The date for the 2019 Back Road Music Festival in Galva has been announced. According to a post on the Back Road Music Festival Facebook page, the date for the 2019 country concert will be August 10th, 2019. The annual country music concert in Galva has attracted thousands of fans to Galva in previous years and featured such performers as Joe Diffie, Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols, David Lee Murphy and last year's headliner, Josh Turner. Acts for the 2019 Back Road Music Festival will be announced early next year as the concert schedule begins to come together for Summer of 2019. 

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Last Day for Prairie Chicken Festival Fudge Fundraiser

Today is the last day if you want to help raise funds for the annual Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival and get some delicious fudge courtesy of Heartfelt Gifts in Kewanee. Today is the deadline to place your order for a 6-ounce package of fudge for just $5.00. Orders need to be turned in today to Dianne Packee at Reiman's Harley Davidson with checks made out to The Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival. The Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival committee just recently announced the date for next years event it, it will be July 12th and 13th, 2019. 

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Galva Kiwanis Club Holding Boot Drive

The Kiwanis Club of Galva has launched a drive to get snow boots for kids in need. The Kiwanis Club is seeking donations of snow boots and snow pants to distribute to kids in need this winter. Patrick Sloan is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Galva and he tells WKEI where the idea for the Snow Boot donations came from and how it works, how everything will be distributed to the kids in need...

 

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Henry and Stark County Health Department Offers Low Cost Health Care Option

This time of year can be tough for those who don't have a regular health care provider. That's why the Henry and Stark County Health Department is reminding area residents about their nurse practitioner program. Health Department clinics in Kewanee and Colona are staffed with Nurse Practitioners who are able to help patients with everything from the flu to earaches, sore throats or urinary tract infections. Sandy Sommer, RN Director of Health Department services concludes, "Many people do not realize the array of Clinical Services we offer. Due to the fact that many of our programs receive Federal and State funding, savings can be passed on.  Our clinic services can offer access to low-cost healthcare to those without health insurance or those who have a high insurance deductible.  You do not have to be a resident of Henry or Stark County to access many services.  We do accept some insurances.  Call our offices to see if your insurance is one of them." Call the Henry and Stark County Health Department at 309-852-5272 for more information. 

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Normal West Players Home From Hospital Following Deadly Bus Crash

All of the students aboard a bus containing Normal West Girl's Basketball Players are now out of the hospital after last night's deadly crash between the bus and a wrong way semi on I-74 near Bloomington. Eight girls were released today. Normal Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel called that development more than fortunate.......


Normal West Principal Dave Johnson broke down when he talked about a staple of the athletic program, who made his last bus ride...


The 72-year-old Crabtree will be honored later this basketball season. The girl's basketball JV bus was returning from Champaign. The driver of the semi is identified as 34-year old Ryan Hute, of Delmar, Iowa. The bus driver is in critical condition and Coach Steve Price is being treated for multiple broken bones.

 

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Money Match Rolling Out Round 2

Who couldn’t use a little extra cash this time of year and it's even better if it comes your way with little work to get it. The Illinois Treasurer’s Money Match Program will be sending out more than 63,000 checks this month. Mike Frerichs says the program is a new spin on an old program that gets people back in contact with their forgotten bank accounts.


The checks will be from $5 to $50 bucks. 

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Stop Expecting Antibiotics

Chances are over the next few months you won’t be feeling your best. Brought down by a brush with a cold or even the flu, but when you go see your doctor you might want to adjust your expectations about what they will do for you. The Illinois Department of Public Health says antibiotics aren’t always the answer. Dr Nirav Shah, IDPH Director, says in most cases they won’t do you much good.

Antibiotics can be used to treat strep throat and whooping cough.

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State Promoting 200 Years 200 Stories

Even though the official Bicentennial celebration is over in Illinois, there’s still plenty of information to digest about the state’s 200-year footprint. The Illinois Office of Tourism is promoting its digital project--“200 Years 200 Stories” says the agency’s Cory Jobe.


The “200 Years 200 Stories” feature can be found online at “enjoyillinois.com/illinois-200”.

 

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Black Hawk College Hosting Workplace Safety Summit

Black Hawk College will host a summit on Workplace Safety in January. According to a release from Black Hawk College, the summit will take place on Wednesday, January 9th, from 8 Am until 3:30 Pm. Representatives from OSHA will be on campus for the summit which will cover topics ranging from workplace violence prevention, silica in industry and construction, safety program engagement and safety and health management. There is an $89 charge to attend the summit which includes breakfast at lunch at the event. 

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Durbin Reflects on Bush's Handling of Demise of Iron Curtain

President Ronald Reagan gets the lion's share of the credit for the fall of the Iron Curtain. In a Senate Floor tribute to President George H.W. Bush, Senator Dick Durbin says the President, who passed away Friday, played a critical role in helping the world adapt.....


Durbin says in these times of win at all costs politics, "many of us feel that deep longing for a kinder, gentler nation that President Bush promised in his inaugural address 30 years ago,” 

 

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Henry and Stark County Health Department Ready with Hep A Vaccinations

With the recent news about an uptick in cases of Hepatitis A in Illinois, the Henry and Stark County Health Department want everyone to know that they have the Hep A vaccinations available at their location in Kewanee.  Hepatitis A is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable infection in the liver. It can be passed on through contaminated food or drinks. Common symptoms include fatigue, low-appetite, jaundice, nausea and stomach pain.  

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Open Line Podcast 12-06-18

Today on the Open Line we discussed Friday's hearing of the Election Board at the Kewanee City Council chambers. The meeting of the election board is Friday afternoon at 4:30 Pm. Mayor Steve Looney, City Council Member Andy Koehler and City Clerk Melinda Edwards will oversee the hearing which will have a local citizen present the reason why she decided to challenge the nominating petition of Kewanee Mayoral candidate Brad Ahrens. 

 

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People to People Trooper Jason Wilson Illinois State Police

We'd like to believe that it couldn't happen to our kids but anyone with a phone can be the target of sex traffickers or even those who use sexual images to extort. Trooper Jason Wilson with the Illinois State Police was our guest on People to People on Thursday, a day after he spoke with kids at Orion High School about sexting and 'sextortion,' when someone uses a sexual image to extort further contact or create a blackmail scenario. Predators are using any means necessary to solicit kids for racy images that they can then use against them with ramifications that can go beyond mere embarrassment into the realm of human trafficking. It's a message all parents need to hear regarding your kids and their phones. 

 

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Tuned In Cassandra Schmoll Henry County Senior Center

Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Citizen Center was our guest on Tuned In on Thursday. Cassandra dropped by to talk about the upcoming Seniors Holiday Dance and Potluck on Friday, December 28th at 5:30 pm. The cost to attend is a $2,00 donation and everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. Cassandra also wants everyone to know how they can qualify for the Senior Center's home-delivered meal program. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 12-05-18 to 12-06-18

-On Wednesday, December 5th at 8:49 a.m., Henry County Orion Division Deputy responded to a domestic disturbance at 312 14th Ave. Orion.  After initial investigation Joseph Hartshorn (age 18) of Orion was arrested for domestic battery and transported to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Wednesday, December 5th at 4:12 p.m., Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on N300 Ave. in rural Kewanee.  The driver of the vehicle, Darrin Orr (age 26) of Galva, was issued citations for speeding 81/55, operating an uninsured vehicle, driving on a suspended drivers license, and fleeing or attempting to elude police.  Darrin was taken to the Henry County Jail.

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Rep Bustos Announces More than 2 Million in Funds for Woodhull Sewer and Water Project

Representative Cheri Bustos on Wednesday announced more than 2 million dollars in grants and loans for the Village of Woodhull. The money comes as an allotment for the village to improve its sewer system. According to a statement from Representative Bustos, $1,198,000 in grants and $1,200,000 in loans has been allocated for Woodhull for water projects aimed at ensuring the state can continue to provide the 811 residents of Woodhull with a sewer system that meets environmental guidelines. Woodhull had already received more than $3 million dollars in water and waste funds from the USDA earlier this year. “As an advocate for rural America, I understand that modern water infrastructure is a necessity, not an amenity, for our communities to thrive,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “These job-creating Rural Development dollars will go a long way in giving small towns like ours an opportunity to grow and succeed.”

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Salvation Army Angel Trees in Kewanee

Angel Trees are up across Kewanee but they will be on the move to Wal Mart this weekend. That according to Amber Patch Troxell who is working with the Salvation Army to organize this year's Angel Tree. The tags remaining on this year's Angel Trees will be moved to Kewanee Wal Mart this weekend to help make buying Christmas gifts for needy children this holiday season a little more convenient. The Angel Tree is an opportunity for you to grab a tag off of the tree, buy one of the presents on that tag and take that present to the Kewanee Salvation Army where they will get that present to the needy child attached to that tag. If you're a family that feels you could use the help to make sure your child gets a Christmas present this year, you can contact the Kewanee Salvation Army 309-852-4192 for more information. The deadline to sign up for Angel Tree passed back in November but Amber Patch Troxell and Eddie Tolliver, the new boss at the Kewanee Salvation Army tell WKEI that they will not turn away those in need. Families who've already signed up for Angel Tree gifts can pick up their gifts on December 18th and 19th at the Kewanee Salvation Army. 

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Black Hawk East Circle K Hosting Christmas Movies in Kewanee on Saturday Night

Black Hawk College Circle K is hosting a pair of holiday movie classics at the Wanee Theater on Saturday night. According to Black Hawk College Circle K on Facebook, fans of Christmas movies will have their choice of seeing Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation or Will Ferrell's Elf on Saturday night at 10 pm at the Wanee Cinemas. Doors open at 9:30 pm and tickets are $5.00 and concessions are sold separately. Black Hawk College East Circle K is part of the largest student-run community service programs in the country.

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Geneseo Christmas Walk This Weekend

The more than 30 year old tradition of the Geneseo Christmas Walk continues this weekend in Geneseo. Events get off and running, literally, on Saturday morning with the Geneseo Jingle Run 5K  beginning at 8:30 Am. Participants in the Geneseo Jingle Run will get a present for their registration. Then, in the afternoon, there will be a White Christmas Singalong courtesy of the Geneseo Park District. A singalong version of the Christmas classic movie White Christmas will be shown at the Geneseo Park District Central Theater at 2:15. There is no cost to attend the White Christmas Singalong but a free will donation will be accepted with proceeds going to the Geneseo Community Chest. Then, at 5 Pm, Geneseo will have their Lighted Christmas Parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands and much more. Regional Media's own Karissa from WJRE will be on hand broadcasting live on Saturday night from the Geneseo Christmas Walk. 

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11th Annual Kewanee Elks Club Open House This Weekend

The 11th Annual Kewanee Elks Club Open House will be held this Saturday from 9 Am until 2 Pm at the Kewanee Elks Club located at 113 North Tremont Street. The event will feature numerous at home businesses showing off their products just in time for your Christmas shopping. Jennifer Johnson is one of the organizers of the event...

We asked Jennifer Johnson about some of the vendors that folks can look forward to seeing Saturday at the Elks Club. 

The Kewanee Elks Club Open House will be held from 9 Am until 2 Pm at the Kewanee Elks Club this Saturday. 

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Still Legal to Buy Smokes at 18

No new law this year when it comes to how old you have to be to smoke. In the veto session at the statehouse, lawmakers decided not to override the Governor’s veto of making tobacco purchases legal only for those over 21. The House failed to stack enough votes up to bump the legal age from 18 to 21. State Rep. Allen Skillicorn says it might be a bad habit but 18-year-olds can decide for themselves.


Cities in Illinois can raise the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21 if they want.

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Two People Killed in Bus and Semi Crash on I-74 Near Downs, Illilnois

Illinois State Police investigators are working to determine how a semi-truck ended up driving in the wrong direction on I-74, striking a school bus from Normal West High School, killing the semi driver as well as a volunteer working with the Normal West Girls Basketball team. The accident occurred at approximately 8:32 Pm on I-74 westbound at milepost 137, just outside of Downs, Illinois, just 90 minutes away from us here in Henry County. The bus was carrying eight students, members of the Normal West High School girls basketball team, returning from playing in Champaign, Illinois. Also aboard the bus was a coach and the bus driver, both of whom were seriously injured in the crash. 73-year-old Charles Crabtree died at the scene. Crabtree was a volunteer with the girls' basketball team. The name of the driver of the semi-truck, a 2010 Kenworth Truck Tractor, has not been released pending notification of his family. 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 12-05-18

-On Tuesday, December 4th at 9:32 p.m. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on Tremont St. in Kewanee.  The driver, Samantha McGuire (age 22) of Kewanee, was issued citations for driving on a suspended drivers license and illegal transportation of alcohol.  She posted bond and was released.

 

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Santa Claus is Coming to Galva

Santa is coming to Galva, 10 days before Christmas! The Galva Fire Department will play host to Santa Claus on Saturday, December 15th from 1 Pm to 3 Pm. Kids can come from anywhere around the area to Galva to get their picture taken with Santa Claus and partake in refreshments courtesy of Courtyard Estates in Galva. The event will also feature make it and take it crafts as well. Again, Santa Claus will be in Galva on December 15th from 1 Pm until 3 Pm and anyone is invited to attend. 

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State Lags in DNA Testing Speed

The state of Illinois has a pile of D-N-A samples waiting to be tested by the Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies. Some of those samples are connected with murders that happened more than a year ago. A recent report shows that there are hundreds of samples still waiting to be tested. Colonel Sean Cormier with the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Command says some of the backlog is due to a lack of funding and staff.

At a Senate committee hearing, lawmakers wanted to know more as to how the cases are prioritized.

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Illinois Hunter Harvests 51 Point Buck

The 2018 firearm deer hunting season is over in Illinois and it includes quite the tale in the southern part of the state. Keith Szablewski of Johnston City is no trophy hunter though. He’s had some very humble success in the fields and woods, until this year anyway. He landed what appears to be a 51-point buck on private property in Williamson County during the first firearm weekend Nov. 16-to-18. 


The points will officially be scored by a panel of judges in July at the Deer and Turkey Classic trade show in Peoria. The current record, according to published reports, is held by a Tennessee hunter in 2016 scoring 47-points. You can see a photo of the 51 pointer at OutdoorNews.com

 

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State Treasurer Promoting Money Match Program

If you get a letter from the Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs' office don't throw it away. Frerichs is touring the state trying to make sure that folks who have money being held by the state of Illinois get those dollars back via the Money Match Program. 


Those who are owed less than $2000.00 from the I-Cash program in Illinois will be getting checks in the mail from the Treasurer's Office over the next few weeks. 

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Open Line Podcast 12-05-18

Today on the Open Line we had a visit from our friend Ted Canellos who talked about PETA and their unusual campaign to get people to stop using phrases that PETA has deemed discriminatory to animals. Sayings such as  'kill two birds with one stone' or 'bring home the bacon' have been deemed by PETA to be discriminatory against animals. Ted called to talk about how some animal activists in nearby counties have been buying up deer tags in order to keep the tags out of the hands of deer hunters who would be out hunting deer if they were able to get a tag. 

 

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More Details Coming to Light in Kewanee Mayoral Petition Challenge Hearing

The meeting of the Election Board on Friday, December 7th at City Hall will be open to the public to attend. Kewanee resident Jennifer Russell has challenged the nomination petition of Kewanee Mayoral candidate Brad Ahrens and the hearing regarding that challenge will be held Friday afternoon at 4:30 Pm at Kewanee City Hall. The election board consists of Mayor Steve Looney, City Council member Andy Koehler and City Clerk Melinda Edwards. The meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend. WKEI will be on hand to bring you the latest developments as they happen. If Mr Ahrens is allowed onto the ballot he would become the 5th candidate for Kewanee Mayor and trigger a primary election in February. If Mr Ahrens petition is found to be invalid, the primary would be skipped and the four remaining candidates would be on the ballot for a general election in April 2019. 

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Illinois State Police District 7 Release Statistics for the Month of November

Illinois State Police District 7, Henry, Knox, Rock Island and Mercer County, have announced enforcement statistics for the month of November. According to the ISP, officers took 1926 calls for service in November. 358 calls were to help stranded motorists across district 7. Some 338 drivers were cited for Speeding violations in November while 71 drivers were cited for Seatbelt Violations. In November, Illinois State Police Officers made 15 arrests for Driving Under the Influence and handed out 676 traffic citations and 676 written warning. ISP officers responded to 52 crashes in District 7 last month but the best statistic was 0. That's the number of fatal accidents that the Illinois State Police responded to in November. 

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Tuned In Todd Dedecker Bishop Hill Heritage

Todd Dedecker joined WKEI for our Tuned In program today and talked about this weekend's Lucia Nights celebration in Bishop Hill. Todd is with the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and is one of the organizers of this family-friendly event that is taking place in Bishop Hill this weekend, Friday and Saturday from 6 Pm to 9 Pm. 

 

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Toulon Christmas Walk This Weekend

The annual Toulon Christmas Walk is being held this weekend, Saturday, December 8th, from 5 to 8 Pm. The Toulon Civic Association is in charge of the event which will feature a visit by Santa Claus at 5:30 Pm at Connie's, a Drawing to win Toulon Bucks at 7:15 at Bistro and finally an auction to benefit Community Christmas Programs beginning at 7:30 Pm. The event will also offer an opportunity for folks in attendance to win of 100 President Abraham Lincoln inspired Christmas ornaments. 

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Lucia Nights This Weekend in Bishop Hill

Lucia Nights is this weekend in Bishop Hill. It’s a two night event beginning on Friday night at 6 Pm in Bishop Hill with the lighting of the Christmas tree and musical performances from the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers and many other musicians performing at various locations in Bishop Hill. Lucia Girls will be on hand in various locations as well, helping guide visitors. Lucia Nights is based on the Swedish legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of the Light. Events continue from 6 Pm to 9 Pm on Saturday night in Bishop Hill with even more live music and culminating with an old fashioned barn dance on Saturday night at 7 Pm at the Bishop Hill Colony School. Todd Dedecker with the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will be our guest on Tuned In this morning at 8:35 Am with even more about Lucia Nights this weekend in Bishop Hill. 

 

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Kewanee Mayoral Candidate Responds to Challenge to Nominating Petition

Following the announcement on Monday that a citizen of Kewanee had challenged the signatures on his nominating petition, Kewanee Mayoral candidate Brad Ahrens has released a recorded statement exclusively to WKEI. 

Kewanee resident Jennifer Russell was the person who challenged Mr Ahrens' petition. Russell told WKEI that questions surrounding signatures on Ahrens' petition and a late filing of his financial disclosure statement led her to enter the challenge. 

 

The next step will be a meeting this Friday of the electoral board which includes Mayor Looney, City Clerk Melinda Edwards and the longest current sitting council member, Mike Yaklich. At that meeting, Ms Russell will voice her objection. 

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Illinois Farm Bureau Reps Discussing Positions on Marijuana and Motor Vehicle Taxes

A change in Illinois leadership has resulted in Illinois Farm Bureau members discussing parts of their policy book. Some changes and some remaining the same on key issues. 

That’s Illinois Farm Bureau’s Mark Gebhards. He says another one of the issues up for discussion was whether or not to change the stance “being against the sale of marijuana for recreational use”.

Illinois Farm Bureau members discussed the issues Monday at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago. 

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Illinois Celebrates 200 Years

Illinois turned 200 yesterday and the current Governor and future Governor gathered with others to celebrate the occasion. Both Bruce Rauner and JB Pritzker noted just what Illinois and the citizens of the state have accomplished since becoming the 21st state in 1818 and the next 
Governor says it’s only going to get better.

The bicentennial party was held at Navy Pier in Chicago. 

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Meteorologist Explains Conditions Around Saturday Tornadoes

What caused a nearly two-dozen tornado outbreak in Illinois in late November? A lesson from Bryce Anderson, chief agriculture meteorologist for DTN Weather.


All of that added up to a reported 22 tornadoes throughout central Illinois this past Saturday night. 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 11-.30-18 to 12-04-18

-On Friday, November 30th at 10:02 p.m., Traffic Stop on 3rd St in Kewanee. The driver, Kayveon Dickerson(age 21) of Kewanee, issued a notice to appear citation for driving on a suspended drivers license.

 

-On Saturday, December 1st at 1:15 a.m., single vehicle traffic crash on Il. Hwy. 82 South of Geneseo.  The driver, Megan Hoefler(age 29) of Geneseo, was issued citations for improper lane usage, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to notify police authority of crash.  No injuries were reported.

 

-On Saturday, December 1st at 9:25 p.m., Traffic Stop on Main St in Kewanee. The passenger, David Frail(age 30) of Kewanee, arrested on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charge of speeding.  David posted bond and was released.

 

-On Saturday, December 1st at 10:14 p.m., single vehicle traffic crash on N1800 Ave SouthWest of Geneseo.  The driver, Tristan Printy(age 22) of Atkinson, was issued notice to appear citations for driving on a suspended drivers license, expired registration, operating an uninsured vehicle, improper lane usage, driving too fast for conditions, failure to report accident to police authority, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and leaving the scene of an accident.  No injuries were reported.

 

-On Sunday, December 2nd at 3:10 a.m., single vehicle traffic crash on Timberidge Rd South West of Cambridge.  The driver, Nicole Emerick(age 30) of Cambridge, was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  No injuries were reported.

 

-On Tuesday, December 4th at 1:12 a.m., Traffic Stop on South East St in Kewanee.  The driver, Tiffany Spiker(age 27) of Cambridge, issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  Also issued a civil notice to appear citations for the charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Open Line Podcast 12-04-18

Today on the Open Line we had several good topics going including a challenge to one of the 5 candidates for Mayor of Kewanee, a challenge that could prevent the need for a February Primary election. We also talked about a terrible substitute teacher who lied to a group of children in New Jersey and told them that there is no Santa Claus. Finally, we discussed a bill in the New Jersey legislature, what's wrong with Jersey these days(?), that would prevent businesses from going cashless. 

 

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Tuned In Father Jerry Rafalko from OSF Hospice

Today on Tuned In, Tuesday, December 4th, Father Jerry Rafalko was our guest. The holidays can be hard on anyone but for someone who has recently lost a loved one, it can be an exceptionally hard time. Father Jerry was with us today talk about processing your grief and trying to take the sadness and pain and channel it toward positive memories of the person you've lost and remembering that one day you will meet them again. Father Jerry also put out a call for volunteers at OSF Hospice. If you have some time you can donate to helping at OSF Hospice get in touch with Father Jerry and set up some time when you are available. 

 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 12-03-18 to 12-04-18

At approximately 12:15 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of Beach and Prospect Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 26 year old Benjamin R. Callicutt of Kewanee for Improper Use of Horn. 

 

At approximately 2:56 Pm Kewanee Police went to the 1000 Block of Roseview Avenue to execute a warrant for the arrest of 39 year old Myron A. Eddie of Kewanee. Eddie was arrested on a Henry County Warrant for Failure to Appear in court on a charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. 

 

At approximately 5:12 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 700 Block of Tenney Street regarding a retail theft. At the scene, Kewanee Police arrested 26 year old Matthew R. Hollis on a charge of Retail Theft. 

 

At approximately 8:25 Pm Kewanee Police were called to the 500 Block of North Main Street regarding a large dog running loose. At the scene, Kewanee Police gave the dog's owner, 32 year old, Craig Schnowski of Kewanee, notices to appear in court on charges of allowing a Dog to Run at Large and Failure to Provide Proof that his dog had had a Rabies Inoculation. 

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OSF Alcove After Dark Tonight at the Hospital Gift Shop

Tonight at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center it is Alcove After Dark. Folks are invited to shop the Alcove Gift Shop tonight from 4:30 until 6:30 Pm tonight says Nancy VanDeSampel of OSF… 

 
Nancy VanDeSampel was our guest on Tuned In on WKEI on Monday. Proceeds from sales at the Alcove go to benefit scholarships for people who are going to school to enter the field of medicine. 

 

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USDA Chief on China Cease Fire, NAFTA 2.0, Farm Bill

President Trump may have announced a tariff ceasefire between the U-S and China last weekend, but the war of words continues. Trump's Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, addressed delegates to the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting meeting Monday in Chicago;

The Farm Bureau handed Perdue a freshly-approved resolution urging Congress and the Trump Administration to seek a resolution to current trade disputes with China and other countries. Perdue expressed optimism the recently-signed U-S-Mexico-Canada Agreement can help get more U-S farm products moving across borders;

The proposed U-S-M-C-A, also known as "NAFTA 2-point-0," still needs to be considered by Congress - and that won't happen until next year. The Ag Department chief, however, told the group he is hopeful Congress will approve a new multi-year farm bill yet this year, in particular, to provide more money to develop markets in countries other than Canada, China and Mexico.

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Rauner Issues Disaster Declaration

Governor Rauner has declared Christian County a state disaster area after the mid-Illinois county was hit by three tornadoes Saturday, including a powerful EF-3 twister that rocked Taylorville and surrounding towns. The Governor's Sunday visit to Taylorville wasn't far from his mind during last night's Bicentennial gathering at Navy Pier...


The disaster declaration opens the door to state resources for affected areas to use. The state also has “mobilized personnel” to help with recovery efforts. 

 

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Taylorville Leaders Offer Advice on What Not to Do in a Disaster

Taylorville's plight after a powerful tornado is drawing lots of statewide attention and some national attention as well. With that attention, comes problems. While many are desperate to donate to storm victims, Montgomery County Emergency Management Chief Joe Gasparcih says it would be best to keep your wardrobe out of it.....


Local emergency officials say monetary donations can be directed to 
Missions for Taylorville, c/o City Hall, 115 North Main Street, Taylorville, IL 62568

 

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Candidate Signatures Challenged in Kewanee Mayor Race

There has been a challenge filed against the signatures on the nominating petition for Kewanee Mayoral candidate Brad Ahrens. Sources tell WKEI that a challenge of signatures on Mr Ahrens' nominating petition was filed yesterday with the City Clerk in Kewanee and County Clerk Barb Link. The challenge means that before Mr Ahrens name can be added to a ballot for a primary election in February, there will be a hearing in front an electoral board to determine whether or not Mr Ahrens is allowed on the ballot. There is no word at the moment on when such a hearing might take place. WKEI has reached out to Mr Ahrens for comment and will update this story if comments are offered. 

 

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Agenda Released for December 13th Wethersfield School Board Meeting

The Wethersfield School District has released the agenda for the December 13th School Board Meeting including the hearing on the December 2018 Tax Levy. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING ON DECEMBER 2018 TAX LEVY

WETHERSFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION

Wethersfield Community Unit School District No. 230

Superintendent’s Office – Blish Building

439 Willard Street – Kewanee, Illinois 61443

AGENDA

December 13, 2018 — 6:30pm

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

PUBLIC HEARING ON DECEMBER 2018 TAX LEVY

Presentation of December 2018 Tax Levy

Comments from Board Members

Comments from Visitors

 

ADJOURN

 

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

WETHERSFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION

Wethersfield Community Unit School District No. 230

Superintendent’s Office – Blish Building

439 Willard Street – Kewanee, Illinois 61443

AGENDA

December 13, 2018 — Immediately Following December 2018 Tax Levy Public Hearing

 

I. CALL TO ORDER

 

II. REGULAR BUSINESS

Consent Agenda 

Approve Minutes of November 8, 2018 Regular and Executive Session

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

Approve Student Suspensions

Correspondence

Comments From Visitors

Board Member Reports

 

III. OLD BUSINESS

Adoption of December 2018 Tax Levy

Approve District Accounting/Financial Management Software 

2018 School Board Convention 

Moss Gym Roof Update

April 2, 2019 School Board Election

Junior High Baseball and Softball Program

Other Old Business

 

IV. NEW BUSINESS

Superintendent Evaluation

School Calendar Changes for 2019-2020 School Year

Review of Executive Session Minutes (After Executive Session)

Approval To Destroy Executive Session Recordings Through May, 2016 (After Executive Session)

Employment of Personnel (After Executive Session)

Principal’s Report

Other New Business 

Comments From Visitors

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION (Student Discipline, Review of Executive Session Minutes, Employment and Evaluation of Personnel, and Individual Student Matter)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, December 13: 6:30pm- Band and Choral Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 20- 1:30pm and 6:30pm: Elementary Christmas Program

Thursday and Friday, December 20 and 21: High School Semester Exams

1:45 Dismissal: Friday, December 21

Christmas Vacation– December 22-January 7 

School resumes for students on Tuesday, January 8

Full Day Teacher’s In-service: Monday, January 7

Wednesday, January 9: 2nd nine week report cards sent

Next Board Meeting –January 10, 2019 at 6:30pm

 

VII. ADJOURN

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Interview Treasurer Mike Frerichs Money Match

If you get a letter from the Illinois Treasurer's Office, don't just put it aside, it might just be a check. Treasurer Michael Frerichs is making his way around the state talking about the Money Match Program, a new tool the state can use to return cash to Illinois residents. Under the Money Match program, Illinois residents who have less than $2000.00 in unclaimed property or cash being held by the state will now have that money sent to them without having to go through the I-Cash Program. Treasurer Michael Frerichs joined us to talk more about Money Match and encouraging you to open that letter and cash that check. 

 

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Illinois Department of Public Health Says There is Still Time for Flu Shots

December through February is the busiest time of the year for the flu and flu related symptoms. The Illinois Department of Health is reminding people that though the best time to get a flu shot is in October, you can still get an effective flu shot, even during the flu season. Folks who would still like to get a flu shot can go to any of our local pharmacies or go to the Henry and Stark Health Department in Kewanee. “Even healthy people can get the flu,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “And while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, people who have chronic illnesses, and others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia.  Before you get together with grandkids and grandparents for the holidays, make sure you not only protect yourself from the flu, but your loved ones as well.” 

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Kewanee Transfer Station Closing Early Friday

The Kewanee Transfer Station will close early this coming Friday, December 7th. The reason for the early closure is for maintenance of the ramp at the Transfer Station. Once the work is completed, which is expected to be on Friday afternoon, the Transfer Station will return to regular hours the following week. If you have any questions regarding the Kewanee Transfer station you can call Kewanee City Hall at 309-852-2611. 

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Tuned In OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Monday

Carrie Boelens from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center was our guest on Tuned In for our weekly chat about the latest happenings at OSF. Carrie was joined by Nancy VanDeSampel, who coordinates the volunteers at OSF and has specific oversight of the Alcove Gift Shop which will be having a Christmas after hours sale on Tuesday evening. The proceeds from sales at The Alcove Gift Shop go to support scholarships for students going into the medical field. 

 

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Illinois Farm Bureau Working Group Taking on Health Insurance Issue

Finding options to counter rising health insurance premiums the focus of an Illinois Farm Bureau working group. Independent health insurance agent Dara Entwistle from Logan County says having choices is key and she adds there is certain information needed when adjusting a health insurance plan.


The working group will share information at the annual Illinois Farm Bureau meeting in Chicago this week.

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Taylorville Battling Tornado Damage

The Christian County seat of Taylorville was hit hard by a long track tornado Saturday. Mayor Bruce Barry...


Barry says it could have been worse, but local officials cancelled St. Nick's Annual Christmas Parade in the nick of time...


At least 30 people were hospitalized at one point and at least a dozen people were trapped in their homes. Task force personnel are checking damaged homes to ensure more residents aren't trapped. 

 

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Taylorville Among Towns Hit Hard by Tornadoes

Taylorville based Congressman Rodney Davis didn't have to leave town to assess tornado damage in the Christian County seat..... he weighed in on the out of season tornado...

Taylorville is the home of former Kewanee broadcaster and businessman Randall Miller who operated these very radio stations and this website for a number of years. Our hearts and prayers go out to Randy and his current radio stations in Taylorville and, of course, the entire community they serve. 

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Free Trade Group Doesn't Plan to Let Up

Many Illinois farmers at the state Farm Bureau annual meeting in Chicago welcomed news of a cease-fire in the ongoing trade war between the U-S and China. Still, a national group known as Farmers for Free Trade plans to keep the pressure on for a full resolution to the tariff battle that has caused a significant drop in agricultural commodity prices. Angela Hofmann co-founded the group and serves as its deputy director;

Hoffman points out that many farmers in Illinois and in other parts of the country will be watching closely to see if President Trump’s claim that China will resume purchasing U-S agricultural commodities actually materializes;

Hundreds of Illinois farmers Sunday signed a Farmers for Free Trade banner at the Farm Bureau meeting. 

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Kewanee Police Arrests and Citations 11-30-18 to 12-03-18

At approximately 4:21 Pm, Kewanee Police were called to the 300 Block of South West Street regarding a Domestic Disturbance. At the scene, police arrested 23 year old Jordan P. Henley of Kewanee on a Henry County warrant for Failure to Appear on charges of Aggravated Reckless Driving and a charge of Attempted Domestic Battery. Henley was taken to the Henry County Jail. 

 

At approximately 10:30 Pm on Friday night, Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of the 100 Block of 2nd Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police cited 26 year old Gabriel Rosas for Driving While Suspended. 

 

At approximately 9:43 Pm Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of 3rd and Grace Street. In that stop, Kewanee Police arrested 25 year old Douglas A. Smith of Kewanee for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Also arrested in this stop was 24 year old Elizabeth Lee Derr, arrested on a Knox County Warrant for Theft. Smith was also cited for Driving without Insurance. Both Smith and Derr Posted Bond and were released. 

 

On Sunday, Kewanee Police arrested 26 year old Darrin E. Orr of Galva. arrested for driving while suspended and Possession of Methamphetamine. 

 

 

 

 

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest Report 11-29-18

On Thursday, 11/29/18 at 12:29p.m., Henry County Courthouse Deputy arrested Dustin Miller (age 29) of Sheffield, on a Bureau County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for the original charge of domestic battery and retail theft.  Dustin was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Thursday, 11/29/18 at 6:21p.m., Henry County Orion Division Deputy responded to a disturbance at Casey's in Orion.  After initial investigation Deputies issued James Daughenbaugh (age 61) of Lynn Center a notice to appear in court for the charge of criminal damage to property.  Deputies also arrested David Carlson (age 32) of Erie on a Whiteside County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charge of burglary.  Carlson was taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

-On Thursday, 11/29/18 at 8:41p.m., Henry County Deputy went to 430 E 7th St. in Kewanee and arrested Julie Reynolds (age 38) of Kewanee on a Henry County arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the original charges of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, failing to report for periodic imprisonment, and operating an uninsured vehicle.  Julie was taken to the Henry County Jail.

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