Macomb Local News

Santa Claus Returns to Macomb December 6th

MACOMB — Santa Claus is expected to come to Macomb after Quincy for his third year in a row for the annual sold-out Santa Zephyr Express. During the train ride, Amtrak's Illinois Zephyr car is transformed for a Christmas-themed experience for families in the community.

 

The Santa Zephyr Express will leave from Quincy at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and will arrive in Macomb at 6:17 p.m. The Zephyr express will arrive during the time of the Macomb's Dickens Square holiday event.

People who are on board will receive refreshments by Santa Claus and his helpers. Once Santa Claus has arrived he will go to his cabin located on the northside of the square where he will be ready to visit with kids from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

 

Dickens on the Square, Macomb's annual holiday celebration, will take place in the square from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. This will be the 25th year that Macomb had celebrated this holiday event.

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Macomb Man Charged with DUI

MACOMB — A Macomb man was found on drugs when he crashed his car into a ditch Saturday in Warren County.

 

Auston L. Wright, 24, was northbound in a blue 2018 Kia sedan about 2 p.m. on U.S. Route 67 north of 105th Avenue near Roseville when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a guardrail going off the roadway. according to an Illinois State Police news release.

 

 The Illinois State Police stated the car crashed into a ditch in the median before it stopped. Wright survived the crash but sustained serious injuries in which he was transported to OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth. 

 

State Police determined Wright was under the influence of drugs and using a cellular telephone during the time of the wreck. Police also stated he was driving on a suspended license.

 

As a result, Wright was accused of aggravated DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage, among other things. For more information visit www.pjstar.com.
 

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California High School Attacked by Fifteen-Year-Old Student

A 15-year-old student in California was recently taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment after allegedly causing school shootings that injured at least five people, two of them in critical condition. 

 

The shooting was reported at 7.45 am Pacific Time at Saugus High School on Centurion Way in Santa Clarita, which is 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Officers ask students questions on the student who let off fire in school.

 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said at least five victims were transported from the scene with gunshot wounds. After the suspect was captured, students were escorted away from the school by SWAT teams. 

 

Officers mentioned they’re searching for a male Asian in dark clothing. Officers reported that one student was shot in the torso and was immediately treated by a teacher in a classroom. Another student was found wounded in the school choir room. Doctors at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital confirmed that two victims are in critical condition.

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WIU's President Martin Abraham Takes Action for "Racial Implications"

MACOMB — President of Western Illinois Martin Abraham mentioned the university/community in an email for Tuesday’s racial incident.

 

According to President Abraham, a sign was posted in Currens computer lab that had “racist implications.” He stated that the University Technology and the Office of Public Safety will investigate the scene. The University will take serious precautions and discipline any intervals involved severely.

 

President Abraham’s email said, “Prejudice, bigotry, and harassment are not tolerated and have no place here”. The Division of Student Services and the University Counseling Center held a meeting on Tuesday in the Grand Ballroom to discuss the incident.

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Winter Weather Advisory

MACOMB — A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect until noon on Monday for McDonough and Hancock Counties. Snow accumulations are expected to be between 1-3 inches. The snow will commence during the overnight hours.

 

Temperatures are expected to stay around the freezing mark, which will cause snow to freeze to the ground. There will also be extreme wind gust that can reach up to 30 MPH. Drivers are cautioned to be careful as the roads might be slippery to start off the day. As well as pedestrians/ students walking to class or to work.

 

It is advised to be careful on roads so no accidents will happen. Storm Team Three will continue to follow this system as it moves through our area. The original story can be found on www.news3wiu.com

 

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Mosaic hosts Information Session Nov. 18th

There are contractors who work with people that have some disabilities are the key to bringing out the best in the people and who they support.

 

Every day there are independent contractors that encourage people with disabilities to live happy. Independent contractors who say alongside those people and push them to believe in themselves and their unique abilities. Providing truly personalized services, they help people push past barriers to accomplish goals.

 

Mosaic in Macomb is a whole-person healthcare organization that supports people with diverse needs. The people of Mosaic will be hosting an information session Monday, Nov. 18 at 220 North Lafayette Street at noon for anyone who is interested in working. The purpose of Mosiac is to improve our community by helping others in need. 

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Student Composers Concert Tuesday at WIU

The Western Illinois University School of Music will present a Student Composers Concert at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

WIU School of Music students and faculty will perform new works by student composition majors.

This performance is open free to the public.

PROGRAM:

Nebula - Elliot Butler, a junior music major from Arlington, IL
- Chase Dunaway, a senior music major from Peoria, IL, vibraphone
- Lydia Olson, a senior music major from Moline, IL, harp

Flux - Matthew Sulla
- Zachary Smith, double bass

Tributaries - Sean Klink, a graduate student in music composition from Viola, IL
- Associate Professor of Music Julieta Mihai, violin

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud - Joel Prescott, a senior music major from Burlington, IA
- Claire Ryterski, a senior music major from Columbia, IL, soprano
- Siyuan Chen, a music graduate student from China, piano

Piano Trio in D - Kaleb Rhea, a graduate student in music composition from Jacksonville, IL
I. Dorian
- Alice Müller,  a senior music major from Romania, violin
- Kosuke Uchikawa, cello
- Siyuan Chen, a junior music major from Japan, piano
- Rhea, conductor

For more information, call the COFAC Recital Hall office at (309) 298-1843 or visit wiu.edu/recitalhall

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WIU: Best for Vets College 2020

For the 10th consecutive year, Western Illinois University has been selected as a Military Times "Best for Vets College" by Military Times magazine. Western also ranks number one among all Illinois public and private colleges.

According to the Military Times, 130 schools - from four-year to two-year, public, private and trade schools - responded to a survey detailing programs, policies and resources for veterans. Institutions were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes/quality, and cost and financial aid.

"It is an honor for Western Illinois University to be recognized for our reputation for providing outstanding educational opportunities and support to active military personnel and veterans," said Interim President Martin Abraham. "We are proud of the continued recognition of our programs and services, as well as our longstanding tradition of serving the men and women of the armed forces."

In addition to offering a number of online degree programs, as well as flexible academic studies and support to active military personnel and veterans, Western provides the resources that service members need upon entering – or returning to – school. 

The University's Wright Residence, which serves as the Veterans Resource Center, provides streamlined services and resources in a centralized location to ensure that all veterans, guard members, reservists and active duty personnel receive individual assistance with any question or concern they may encounter. The center also sponsors a series of group seminars/workshops each year based on the current needs of its military student population.

The center has established partnerships with various campus and community organizations. Students gain direct access to a comprehensive array of services such as VA benefits, financial assistance, disability resources, health care, career development and personal wellness. The center also features computer access, a study/meeting space and student-veteran peer assistants who work with student-veterans. Western's Beu Health Center partners with the Iowa City VA Healthcare System to provide the only tele-mental health facility in the nation to be located on a college campus. The Center for Military/Academic Transition and Health (CMATH) on the WIU campus provides psychiatry, psychology and mental health counseling services through secure video conferencing; these services are available to WIU student veterans, as well as community veterans, who already have their military benefits in place. Contact the CMATH clinic at (309) 298-3697 for further information.

Western will celebrate Military Appreciation Week Monday-Saturday, Nov. 11-16. This year's theme is "Honoring Leathernecks: Past, Present and Future."

The week will include multiple events, such as a Military Tribute Ceremony to honor all veterans and service members, followed by a Family Salute to recognize the sacrifices made by spouses, dependents and other family members of veterans and service members on Veterans Day. Later this week, there will also be a Military Trivia and Sports competitions, such as All-Star Tug of War Battle of the Branches Bench Press Competition and sessions: "Honoring Our History," "Why Appreciate the Military," "In Their Own Words: Korea and Vietnam" and "In Their Own Words: Middle East and Afghanistan."

The week will conclude with an Open House and 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Veterans Resource Center to recognize the contributions of individuals who established and have contributed to the Veterans Resource Center.

For more information about the schedule, see bit.ly/WIUVeterans19.

For more information about veterans' resources at Western Illinois University, contact Ron Pettigrew at R-Pettigrew@wiu.edu or (309) 298-3505.

 

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Veteran Works with WIU Offices to Launch Gourmet Popcorn Business

This fall, you can find James Altenhein, owner of Windy Hills Farms and Gardens, hosting tours and field days educating the community about his newest venture, Catahoula Blue, gourmet popcorn.

What many may not know about the gourmet grower is he recently received status as a verified Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) through the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Altenhein was referred to the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Western Illinois University (IL PTAC @ WIU) by the VA’s Veteran Business Outreach Center. The IL PTAC @ WIU has one of the five counselors in Illinois who are trained to assist veteran owned firms with the verification process. The counselor at WIU assisted Mr. Altenhein by providing resources and troubleshooting questions about the process.

In addition to working the PTAC, Altenhein has been working with WIU’s Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC @ WIU). The SBDC has helped many other facets of the business. After Altenheim attended a business writing workshop presented by the IL SBDC at WIU, he continued to work with the center, preparing a marketing plan for his popcorn and his fall field day at the farm.  Future demos, farm tours and classes are in the works.

"Mr. Altenhein typifies a Veteran entrepreneur," said Theresa Ebeler, director of PTAC. "He is organized, strong willed and adaptive. I am thankful that he is utilizing the program and resources at Western Illinois University for business development."

The Illinois PTAC and SBDC of WIU celebrates his verification achievement and his commitment to educating the community about this beautiful, centennial family farm.   

Windy Hills Farms and Garden is located in Quincy, IL. The popcorn can be found at Popping on Main and Edgewood Orchard, with more locations to come. For more information on the farm, visit facebook.com/WindyHillsFarmQuincyIL/.

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Military Appreciation Week Celebrated Nov. 11-16 at WIU

Western Illinois University will celebrate Military Appreciation Week Monday-Saturday, Nov. 11-16.

This year's theme is "Honoring Leathernecks: Past, Present and Future."

The celebration begins with volunteers setting up the Flags of Love at 7 a.m. in Chandler Park on Veteran's Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The flags will be taken down at 5 p.m. the same day.

The schedule for the remainder of the week includes:

Monday, Nov. 11

• 11 a.m.-noon – Military Tribute Ceremony, Sherman Hall flag pole: The ceremony will honor veterans and service members. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Sherman Hall Auditorium, third floor.

At noon, the Sherman Hall Bell Tower carillon with play the anthems from the military branches.

• Noon-1 p.m. Family Salute, Sherman Hall, third floor: The Veterans Resource Center and others will host an informal reception to recognize the sacrifices made by spouses, dependents and other family members of veterans and service members. Refreshments will be provided.
Speakers:
Julie-Anne Pickett
Valencia Pettigrew
Rebecca Slater

• Noon-4 p.m.- Christmas Cards for Deployed Soldiers: All are invited to join the Rocky’s Pawsitives Student Group in the Union Concourse to fill out Christmas cards that will be sent to deployed soldiers.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

• 3:30-5 p.m. – "Honoring Our History" and All-Star Tug of War at Spencer Student Recreation Center: WIU's World War I and World War II veterans have contributed to the rich legacy of WIU, including our symbols, our traditions and our commitment to inclusion. In recognition of Col. Rock Hanson's contributions to WIU, Campus Recreation is proud to host the inaugural All-Star Tug of War, honoring Col. Rock Hanson. The event is free for student organizations and the winner will be recognized with a trophy housed at Campus Recreation. For more information, or to register a team, visit bit.ly/WIUTugofWar.

• 6-7:30 p.m. – "Why Appreciate the Military" in the University Union Heritage Room: The event will include a community discussion on what it means to appreciate the military. Panelists will address questions related to the understanding of and values civilians and military service members attribute to service. Following the panelists' comments, Veteran Resource Center liaisons and other facilitators will lead participants in discussions exploring the question of what does it mean to appreciate the military. Refreshments will be provided.
Presenters:
Sue Martinelli-Fernandez, dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Erin Taylor, professor, political science
Scott Coker, city administrator, Macomb


Wednesday, Nov. 13

• 3:30-5 p.m. - "In their own words: Korea and Vietnam" in the University Union Lamoine Room:   Local veterans who served in the military during the Korean War and the Vietnam War will share how their experiences shaped them and the Macomb community. Refreshments will be provided.
Panelists:
Ken Cole, Korea Veteran
Richard Frowein, Korea Veteran
Bill Carle, Vietnam Veteran
Lyle Payne, Vietnam Veteran
Kent Slater, Vietnam Veteran

• 6-7 p.m. - Battle of the Branches Bench Press Competition, Campus Recreation: Veterans and service members will have a bench press competition in the Spencer Student Recreation Center. The winning branch will have a trophy or plaque with the total weight lifted and the branch name displayed in the Recreation Center. The public is invited to attend and support the competitors. No registration is required.

Thursday, Nov. 14

• 3:30-5 p.m. – "In their own words: Middle East and Afghanistan," University Union Lamoine Room: Veterans of military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan will discuss how their military experiences have shaped them as individuals and students. Refreshments will be provided.
Panelists:
Nick Pettigout, sheriff, McDonough County
MAJ Michael Porter, assistant professor, military science

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Military Trivia, Macomb VFW Post #1921, 1200 E. Jefferson, St., Macomb: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1921 and WIU’s Military Science Department will host a military trivia night to raise funds for the Greater Peoria Honor Flight. Teams of eight will compete in five rounds of 10 questions on the topics of Military History, Slang Terms, Symbols, Screens and Songs and Local Military History. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary will provide snacks and teams may bring additional refreshments. A cash bar will be available. The entry fee per team is $40 and teams should register by Friday, Nov. 8 at wiu.com/alumni.

Friday, Nov. 15

• 3–5 p.m. - Veterans Resource Center 10th Anniversary - Veteran Resource Center Open House and Anniversary Celebration, 333 Ward St., Macomb: The event will recognize the contributions of individuals who established and have contributed to the Veterans Resource Center. Refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon. A program recognizing those who have contributed to the success of the Veterans Resource Center will take place at 4:30 p.m. A tree planting ceremony to commemorate WWI Veterans will immediately follow.

Saturday, Nov. 16

1 p.m. - Military Appreciation Football Game, Hanson Field: Western Illinois Athletics will pay tribute to service men and women for the military appreciation football game. The Leathernecks play host to Southern Illinois University; kick-off is set for 1 p.m. All service men and women with a military ID will receive free admission for themselves and a guest. A special halftime recognition is scheduled to honor all those that have served and are currently serving our country.

For more information about any of the activities, contact the Veterans Resource Center at (309) 298-3505.

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RAD Classes Begin Monday at Student Recreation Center

To prepare Western Illinois University female students, faculty and staff to defend themselves against potential assaults, WIU's Office of Public Safety (OPS) will offer Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) courses, beginning Monday, Nov. 11.

The courses, which run from 4-8 p.m., will also be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 at the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center on the WIU campus. The class is designed for women only and topics include avoiding victimization, patterns of date rape encounter, basic principles of defense, full-speed hands-on exercise and dynamic simulation training.

"This class teaches you the most effective methods of defending yourself. I walked away with a great sense of confidence," said a RAD graduate.

There is no cost for the 12-hour course, which is taught by RAD-certified OPS Interim Director Derek Watts, Officer Jerry Allen and Detective Sarah Worthington.

Lifetime re-training is free. Due to limited class size (20 per class), pre-registration is required. While WIU female students will be given first priority to enroll, females from the region are encouraged to participate. Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis.

The RAD courses are sponsored by OPS, Office of Student Judicial Programs, Campus Recreation and the WIU Women's Center. For more information, or to register, email Worthington at SE-Worthington@wiu.edu.

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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO HOST HEMP SUMMIT

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will host a Hemp Summit on December 17th at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Illinois Hemp Summit follows the release of USDA’s 2019 Hemp Rules that have raised questions and concerns amongst Illinois hemp farmers and their advocacy groups. 

 

“We’ve heard from the hemp farming community and understand their concerns related to the USDA rules,” said Jeff Cox, IDOA Bureau Chief for Medicinal Plants. “The summit will provide a great opportunity to provide an in-depth presentation on the USDA’s rules and the implications for Illinois’ emerging hemp industry.”

 

The Summit’s agenda is structured to optimize the distribution of information and limit repetition—there will be three separate panels, each consisting of three to four presenters.

“We’ve assembled grower, processor and university researcher panels to share their unique perspectives, contributions, lessons learned and visions for the future of the hemp industry in Illinois,” said Cox.

 

Hemp Benchmarks, a leading provider of financial, business and industry data for the North American hemp markets will be the final presenter of the day with a presentation on market dynamics. Information on the additional panels will be available in the coming weeks. 

 

Tickets for the Summit are $25 and include lunch. Those interested in attending can register online at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Plants/Pages/Hemp-Summit.aspx. Space is limited and registration will be handled on a first come first served basis.

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IDOC Revises Publication Review Policy to Increase Access to Educational Materials

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is implementing a new procedure for reviewing publications entering its correctional facilities. The revised policy is designed to ensure a review process with more oversight and consistency in order to increase access to reading and educational materials.

 

“I am pleased the Department now has a process for publication reviews that is sound and meets national standards,” said IDOC Director Rob Jeffreys. “This administration is committed to expanding opportunities for educational advancement while maintaining the safety and security of our institutions.”

The policy ensures publications cannot be disapproved solely based on social, sexual, religious, philosophical, or political content. Reading materials for educational programming are now assessed by the Educational Facility Administrator of each institution. The Department’s Central Publications Review Committee, which is comprised of individuals from IDOC’s Operations Division and Legal Services, is overseeing the new procedure and will make final determinations on reading materials. The Department also instituted a Statewide Publications Determination List to ensure consistency across all correctional facilities.

 

IDOC incorporated feedback from education experts and the National Institute of Corrections into the final policy. To view the policy in its entirety, click here.

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MDH Doctor Recognized by Grateful Patient Program

MACOMB - The McDonough District Hospital plans to recognize Tim Biagini in the Grateful Patient Program as he received numerous of compliments from patients/families. 

 

The Grateful Patient Program provides an opportunity for patients or families to show their appreciation in honor of excellent care. This event is to acknowledge Dr. Biagini for all his hard work and compassion for patients.

 

Furthermore, he is being recognized as the doctor with the Healing Hand. Patients or families can make financial contributions during the event to help support the McDonough District Hospital. To learn more about the Grateful Patient Program visit MDH.org or call (309)-836-1757.

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WIU Announces Advisor of the Month for October

 

On Thursday, November 7, Western Illinois University announced the winner of its “Advisor of the Month” award for the month of October. The winner for October was Academic Advisory, Ashley Wilkinson.

 

Wilkinson works at the Quad Cities campus and was nominated by not just one of her students, but three. She has received high praise from all those who have had the pleasure of being around her, with students remarking on her ability to help them develop a future plan, course selection and helping them stay organized.

 

Winners of this prestigious award are determined every month, with the winner receiving a certificate and a trophy. The winners are decided by a committee that takes the entire month to sift through and judge applications. 

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Old Dairy Completes Mural Project

MACOMB —  A locally owned family restaurant made a huge change over the summer. 

The Old Dairy, just off the Macomb downtown square area, just completed a mural project with the help of the community members. 

 

Owner Emily Gamage said the building needed change, so she started brainstorming ideas for projects at the beginning of the year. The building was over 15 years old and Gamage wanted to bring some new light to it.

 

Dozens of community members contributed to the mural. Gamage said bringing the community together was one of the main goals of the project. The purpose of the Mural is to represent the history of Macomb.

 

Gamage said the Performing Arts Society of Macomb donated $2,000 to help pay for supplies. The original story can be found in news3wiu.com.

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West Prairie Volleyball Makes Admirable Contribution to Great Cause

 

On Thursday, November 7, the West Prairie volleyball team finalized an effort that will be remembered for years to come. As the end of the team’s season long Defend and Dig out Cancer has come, the Cyclones presented a check worth $2,698 to Linda’s Fund.

 

Linda’s Fund provides financial support to breast cancer patients using MDH’s incredible cancer research services. The fund has received support from all over the area, from organizations such as schools and community groups and from individuals. 

 

West Prairie’s campaign to raise money for the fund began in 2011, and has been used as a sponsorship for each block and dig recorded by the team. The team has raised an awe-inspiring $9,300 to Linda’s Fund, while they have added an additional $7,345 to Cancer Education and Screening at MDH. Their efforts have been incredible, and deserve utmost admiration.

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Illinois Bill Seeks Permanent Change to "Daylight Saving Time"

MACOMB —  Sen. Andy Manar looks to make a change so that everyone in Illinois can move their clocks ahead one hour in spring, and never have to change them again.

 

Sen. Manar said in his  Twitter post-Wednesday that he plans to push for passage of Senate Bill 533 when lawmakers return next week for the fall veto session. As a result, the bill will allow people to set their clocks ahead one hour to daylight saving time. If the bill is issued then people can take action Sunday, March 8, 2020, which will leave the state on Central Daylight Time forever. 

 

Manar said the idea for the bill came to him from a High School student on Twitter. The student’s tweet linked to a recent Newsweek article that cited research that suggests the twice-yearly clock changes in most of the United States can cause health impacts.

 

Daylight saving time was used during the first half of the 20th century. The idea was to move one hour of daylight from morning to evening in order to give people more daylight after work or school. Under the current schedule, clocks are moved forward one hour, to daylight saving time, at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, then moved back one hour, to standard time, the first Sunday in November.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, daylight saving time reduces energy consumption because it reduces the need for household lighting and appliances. More benefits are it helps prevent traffic accidents and reduces crime because more people are traveling to and from work or school and conducting daily activities during daylight hours.

Manar's bill passed out of the State Government Committee on May 23 and has since been referred to another committee. Lawmakers will return to the Statehouse on Tuesday and will continue through Nov. 14. 8, 2020, then leaving the state on Central Daylight Time permanently.

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Iowa Woman Arrested on Weapon, Drug Charges

Macomb, IL—A Resident of Muscatine, IA was arrested by Macomb Police after a traffic stop turned into a drug bust.

 

According to a story posted by Emily Manley on WIU News 3, 55 year old Penny Gipson was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by Macomb Police for having a loud muffler.

 

 

 

During the stop, police found meth in the vehicle belonging to Gipson. Upon her arrest, Gipson confessed to law enforcement that she had additional meth hidden in her undergarments. Police retrieved the stash and an additional 13.2 grams. Later in the stop, police found brass knuckles in Gipson’s purse. 

 

Gipson was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, delivery of meth and possession of methamphetamine and is currently being detained in McDonough County Jail.

 

The driver was charged with driving on revoked license and not having a muffler.

 

 

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Rep. Hammond Co-Sponsors Legislation to Ban Lawmakers from Performing Paid Lobbying Work with Local Government Units

Macomb - In light of news reports that a member of the Illinois House of Representatives was arrested by Federal agents for attempted bribery of a public official, State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) is co-sponsoring legislation that would ban lawmakers from performing paid lobbying work with local government units while in office.

 

“It is a significant conflict of interest for sitting lawmakers to perform paid lobbying work while in office,” said Rep. Hammond. “It’s not possible for lawmaker-lobbyists to serve their constituents and their lobbying clients at the same time. Current law allows lawmakers to push legislation they can benefit from financially. That’s wrong. I hope my Democratic colleagues in the majority will support this bill so we can end conflicts of interest and clean up state government. Now is the time to act.”

 

The legislation, House Bill 3947 (HB 3947), would ban members of the General Assembly, their spouses, and immediate live-in family members from performing paid lobbying work with local government units. Currently, members of the Illinois General Assembly – state representatives and state senators – are prohibited from lobbying the State of Illinois, but are not prohibited from lobbying local government units, such as a counties or municipalities.

 

On Friday, October 25, Democratic State Representative Luis Arroyo of Chicago was arrested by Federal agents for attempted bribery of a public official. Arroyo works as a registered lobbyist with the City of Chicago in addition to his duties as a state representative. According to the United States Department of Justice, Arroyo attempted to bribe an unnamed state senator $2,500 per month in exchange for supporting legislation that would benefit one of Arroyo’s lobbying clients. If convicted of the corruption charges, Arroyo faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

If HB 3947 were law prior to Rep. Arroyo’s attempted bribery scheme, he would have been precluded from performing paid lobbying work on behalf of his client while serving in office.

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Wesley Village Nurse Arrested

MACOMB — A nurse at Wesley Village in Macomb was recently arrested for stealing pills from a nursing home resident on Monday.

 

Jennifer Greer, 36, of Macomb, was caught on camera entering a resident’s room while the resident was not there. Once the resident got back to her room, she noticed she had fewer pills then she had before. The resident immediately notified the staff about her missing.

 

Once staff called the police the resident said she was missing some of her Tramadol pills. Macomb Police found nurse Greer with Tramadol that matched the resident’s prescription.

 

Greer was charged with three counts of residential burglary and one count of possession of a controlled substance. She is currently in the McDonough County Jail with a $20,000 bond.

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Illini West Drama Club Gears Up For New Productions

Carthage, IL—The Illini West Drama Club is in preparation for its annual Winter Theatre on Friday, Nov. 15th at the Hancock County Extension Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m and the productions will begin at 7 p.m. 

 

Students for the Drama Club will be performing two one act comedies, both written by Werner Trieschmann. The productions are titled: “Hells Cafeteria” and “All I Really Need To Know, I Learned By Being In A Bad Murder Mystery”. Both Productions will be student directed by Anna Slater and Amanda Spangler.

 

Along with a night of laughter, there will be a silent bake sale as well on the same evening to raise funds for a future production in the Spring. 

 

Tickets can can be purchased at the door, $10 for Adults and $5 for Students. 

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'Arcadia' Comes to WIU's Hainline Theatre Nov. 6-10

MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Arcadia," by Tom Stoppard at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 6-9 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Hainline Theatre. 

The play is directed by WIU Associate Professor Carolyn Blackinton. 

"ARCADIA takes on the concepts of the meaning of life through the love of learning; the disruption of Newton’s theory by the variables of love and sex; and the sparring of Classical and Romantic perceptions," said Blackinton. "It was such a joy working with the cast, designers and crew members on this timeless play."

The performance moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at an elegant estate owned by the Coverly Family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, 13-year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron.

General admission tickets are $15; $13 for senior citizens and students and free for WIU students with valid student identification. 

For more information about the performance, visit wiu.edu/cofac/theatre.

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WIU to Hold "Sleep Out for the Homeless" Event

MACOMB - -  The Western Illinois University Marketing Club will host an event to raise money for a local homeless shelter.

 

The Marketing Club scheduled their event “Sleep Out for the Homeless” on Nov. 8-9 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. It will take place at 1545 Riverview Drive in Macomb.

 

The night will include plenty of games, activities, food, live music, and guest speakers. To participate in the event it is $25 per person and kids 10 and under are free.

 

All money will go to Macomb’s men’s and women’s homeless shelter, Samaritan Well Inc.

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WIU to Hold Parking Ticket Relief Day

MACOMB - - Western Illinois University Housing and Dining Services are now teaming up with the WIU Parking services on Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting will be to allow students to wipe away their parking tickets.

 

Parking Citation Relief Day will be from  7 - 10 a.m.  This is a golden opportunity for students. Any parking fines received up to $40 can be waived with non-perishable canned or boxed food items. The amount you pay will depend on the number of items and the list goes as follows:

 

3 items- $0 to $10

6 items- $11 to $20

9 items- $21 to $30

12 items $31 to $40

 

Bring donations to WIU Parking Services at Mowbray Hall on Murray Street. The more you bring the more parking tickets can be erased.

All proceeds will go towards organizations like Stuff the Bus, Macomb Loaves and Fishes, Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency, WIU Food Pantry, and The Salvation Army of Macomb.

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