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People to People Representative Cheri Bustos

Representative Cheri Bustos joined WKEI over the weekend to discuss the government shutdown. On Friday, Representative Bustos was at Hammond Henry Hospital where part of the remodel for the emergency room at Hammond Henry is shutdown due to the government shutdown. 

Representative Bustos goes on to talk about the other ways our area is being affected by the government shutdown. 

You can hear our complete interview with Representative Bustos on WKEI at 8:10 Am this morning (Monday, January 21st) or listen now at the link below. 


Black Hawk College Offering CNA Scholarships

Black Hawk College is now accepting applications for a pair of $500.00 CNA scholarships. According to Black Hawk College, the scholarships are for students enrolling in the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program beginning March 18th at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee. The eight week program will train attendees to become Certified Nursing Assistants and will include 80 hours of classroom training and 40 hours of Clinical Training. The scholarships available are the BHC East Foundation CNA Scholarship and the Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship. Golby was a nurse in the Kewanee area for nearly 50 years and spent the last 10 years of her career teaching CNA students at the college’s East Campus. Applications for these two scholarships are due by March 11th. To apply go to or follow this direct link to the application

Be Prepared When You Travel

You can never be too ready when preparing for winter weather and travel. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants you to take the dangers seriously when traveling. Rebecca Clark says make sure people are aware of your travel plans and you have a good way of being in touch.

Keep and emergency kit with you at home and on the road when weather is turning nasty.

IDES Says Many Unemployment Benefits Tax Forms Are Out

For those who received unemployment benefits this year tax forms are coming in the mail. It’s a reminder that you do have to pay taxes on those dollars and you need a 1099-G to file by April 15. Bob Gough with the State Department of Employment Security says electronic copies should already be in your inbox. 

More than 346,000 people picked up benefits last year. 2018 numbers were lower than those in 2017.

Kewanee Public Library Holding Two Events in Honor of MLK Day

The Kewanee Public Library is one of the only municipal buildings that will be open on this Martin Luther King holiday but it is for a very special purpose. The Kewanee Public Libray will be honoring Dr King with a pair of presentations in his honor. The first is an event aimed at kids and co-hosted by Americorps. Sara Billiet was our guest recently to tell us that the kids MLK Day event is happening today between 10 Am and 2 Pm. 

Then, this evening beginning at 6 Pm there will be a very special presentation of a documentary called "Alice's Ordinary People." The documentary is about Illinois civil rights hero Alice Tregay who marched with Dr King and followed in his footsteps in the fight for civil rights in Chicago. Director Craig Dudnick will be on hand tonight at the Library to introduce the feature. 

Stay after the documentary for a discussion with the director answering your questions about Alice Tregay and how she and Dr King worked together in the fight for Civil Rights. 

People to People Bob Kuntz Running for Kewanee Mayor

Bob Kuntz is one of 5 candidates for Kewanee Mayor. All last week we profiled the candidates that you can vote for and Mr Kuntz joined us on Friday to discuss his background as a former City Council member and as a businessman in Kewanee. Along with this, we discussed economic expansion in the city and his feelings about gambling in Kewanee. Early voting for the February 26th Kewanee Mayoral Primary is open now and you can cast your vote at the Henry County Clerk's office or by requesting a mail in ballot that must be returned to the Clerk's office by February 26th. 


After 24 years with Abilities Plus, Connie Nyert officially retired from the organization on January 11th. Connie began with Abilities Plus in 1994 as a Developmental Training Instructor. In 2012, Connie moved over to the Works Services Program as a Work Crew Specialist. Connie is beloved at Abilities Plus for her happy attitude and her dedication to her job and the Abilities Plus. Congratulations to Connie Nyert and thank you for 24 years of service at Abilities Plus from your friends at Regional Media. 

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