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

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

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

Open Line Podcast 11-20-18

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


People to People Dr Chris Sullens and Principal Jamie Bryan

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


Tuned In Stark County Farm Bureau

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


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

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


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


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


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

Interview Mark Ramsey Host of People Like Us Inside Philadelphia

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


Four People Dead Including Gunman in Chicago Hospital Shooting

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

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

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

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

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