Macomb Local News Archives for 2017-08

Macomb Police Searching for the Owner of a Wedding Ring

The Macomb Police Department is looking for the owner of a lost wedding ring. According to a post on the Macomb Police Department Facebook page, the Police have found the ring and are now soliciting citizens to find out who the ring belongs to. No details about the ring are being released as police are encouraging the potential owner to come to the Macomb Police Department and describe what the ring looks like in order to avoid any conflicts over the ring's ownership. If you are missing a wedding ring and can describe it accurately go to the Macomb Police Department. 

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MacombNewsNow Podcast Vicki Duba Volunteer Coordinator for the Advocacy Network for Children in McDonough County.

CASA of McDonough County has announced that it is now seeking volunteers for upcoming training sessions. CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who work on behalf of abused or neglected children. CASA is operated by the Advocacy Network for Children and they work within the juvenile court system to make sure that abused and neglected children are properly cared for. Vicki Duba is the Volunteer coordinator for the Advocacy Network for Children and she joined MacombNewsNow to talk about what CASA is all about and to put out a call for new volunteers to work on behalf of abused and neglected children in McDonough County. Be sure to visit AdvoNet.org for more information. 

Click here to listen to our MacombNewsNow Podcast interview with Vicki Duba. 

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Quincy Man Arrested in Adams County Meth Bust

The Illinois State Police announced the arrest of a Quincy man on Methamphetimine charges. 23 year old Fredrick A. Rouse of Quincy was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in the 100 Block of South 4th Street, charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetimine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetimine with Intent to Deliver. Undercover Officers went to Rouse's apartment and made a purchase of Methamphetimine from Rouse and then returned to serve a search warrant. Obtained in the search were 5 Grams of Methamphetimine ICE, Scales, Drug Paraphenalia, and U.S Currency. Rouse was transported from the scene to the Adams County Jail where he remains awaiting a court appearance. 

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Pike County Arrests Quincy Woman on Meth Possession Charge

The Pike County Sheriff announced the arrest of a Quincy woman on charges of Methamphetimine Possession and Intent to Deliver. According the Pike County Sheriff's Office, 21 year old Taylor M. Hicks of Quincy was stopped for speeding on Tuesday on Interstate 72 near milepost 33. A canine unit was on hand and detected the scent that indicated Narcotics. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up one pound of packaged Methamphetimine and drug paraphenalia. Hick was arrested and taken to the Pike County Jail on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetimine where she remains awaiting a court appearance.

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Western Illinois Investigating Sexual Assault in Residence Hall

Western Illinois University is reporting that they are actively investigating a sexual assaul that took place in an unnamed residence hall on campus. According to the WIU Office of Public Safety Report the assault occurred in the evening hours of August 25th but was not reported until the afternoon of August 28th. The student reported having been sexually assaulted by a male who was known to her. No other details are being released at this time. 

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State releases report on water pollution reduction

State officials released a report Tuesday on progress toward reducing urban and rural runoff contributing to the so-called 'hypoxia' or dead-zone in the U-S Gulf of Mexico. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Alec Messina says the state has made progress since introduction of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy required by the federal E-P-A two years ago;

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The state's plan asks cities and rural towns to consider ways to reduce polluted runoff as well those who live and work in rural areas. Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Warren Goetsch (GOAT-sch) cited several, specifc examples at the Farm Progress Show underway in Decatur of what farmers are doing to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from cropland;

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Illinois and 30 other states make up the Mississippi River basin. The federal government has required plans intended to improve the nation's water quality.

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Harvest 2017 just weeks away in Illinois

Combines should be rolling in certain parts of Illinois within the next few weeks. That’s what Jeff Adkisson is hearing from the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois.

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Adkisson says farmers should be communicating with their local grain elevator manager right now finding out how much space they have available heading into the harvest season.

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Be Aware of Harvey Scammers

Scammers are expected to use Hurricane Harvey as a way of tricking people out of their money. These crooks pay close attention to natural disasters and current events, and experts at the Better Business Bureau want you to be generous if you are so inclined, but keep your guard up for those who are looking at this disaster as a way to make a buck. People who want to help victims are being urged to donate to the Red Cross or another legitimate agency. The BBB's Don O'Brien says every natural disaster is followed by crooks and scammers.

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O'Brien says you should be cautious when giving online to unfamiliar charities. Be wary of spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. 

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Flags of Love Back in Chandler Park for Labor Day Monday

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman has announced that Flags of Love will return to Chandler Park this Labor Day. In a release from the Mayor's office, city employees, members of the Macomb Chamber of Commerce, Macomb Rotary and other volunteers will set up the flags on Monday morning and the flags will remain up all day on Monday in celebration of Labor Day. If you would like to volunteer, show up at Chandler Park on Monday morning before 7 Am. 

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MacombNewsNow Podcast Amber Wood Local Red Cross Executive Director on Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has ravaged southeast Texas leaving cities under water and at a standstill. At times like these it's important to remember that we can all do our part to pitch in. The American Red Cross is among the first line of defense when it comes to responding to a disaster in America. Amber Wood with the American Red Cross of Western Illinois, Eastern Iowa and the Quad Cities,  joined us on the MacombNewsNow.com Podcast to talk about how the Red Cross is fast-tracking training for volunteers who would like to travel to Texas to help on the ground and to discuss the various ways people in our area can donate to the cause. Click here to go to our MacombNewsNow Podcast page. Be sure to text Harvery to 90999 to make an immediate $10 donation to the Red Cross efforts to help Southeast Texas. 

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Preview Ken Burns New Documentary on Vietnam Tonight in Quincy

Documentarian Ken Burns best known for his remarkably detailed documentaries on Baseball and The Civil War is back with an exhaustive look back at the Vietnam War. Tonight at the Quincy Museum of Art you can preview the first hour of The Vietnam War, Burns' 18 hour epic documentary, which will debut over three weeks of programming on WMEC here in Macomb beginning September 17th. Dr. Gerald Gruebel joined me for a conversation about Ken Burns's documentary and the challenges facing PBS affiliates when it comes to funding. Click Here to visit our MacombNewsNow.com podcast page for this and other MacombNewsNow podcast interviews. 

 

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Illinois Farm Progress Show Update from Decatur Illinois

The annual Illinois Farm Progress Show is underway in Decatur, Illinois this week and our Jared White is on hand talking to farm leaders about the latest in Ag technology and best practices. 

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2 Illinois Lawmakers Part of Climate Solutions Caucus

A panel made up of members of Congress who are seeking solutions to climate change is growing by leaps and bounds.

The Climate Solutions Caucus, part of the Climate Solutions Lobby, started with just a handful of members a few years ago, but now has 50 members. It's bipartisan, and for every Democratic member added, there must also be a new Republican.

Steve Valk is with the Lobby, and says the goal is to have discussions about climate change with no acrimony. The Lobby has 370 chapters across the country, and volunteers work to recruit new congressional members by telling them it's a "safe place" to have conversations and to come up with possible solutions.

"We don't go in and tell people what we don't like about what they've said or done," he says. "We actually go in and tell them what we actually like about things they have done. And then from there, we actually have a conversation with them to find the common ground."

Valk says the goal is to have the panel come together and draft major legislation to preserve the environment for many generations. Illinois Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and Democrat Dan Lipinski both are members of the caucus.

Valk says lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are responding to the increasing number of Americans who want something done about climate change.

"Their constituents are concerned about this and they want their representatives to be proactive on this, and this is a way for them to demonstrate that they're willing to start the wheels in motion to get something done," he adds.

Valk thinks despite climate-change deniers in the Trump administration, many Republicans understand the science and know carbon pollution is a big problem, but aren't always admitting it in public.

"They want to do something but they also want to keep their seats in Congress, and so they're a little hesitant to step up until it's demonstrated to them that they have support in their districts," he explains.

This summer, with the help of 46 Republicans, the U.S. House defeated an amendment to a Defense Department authorization bill that would have blocked a study on the impact climate change is having on national security. Valk gives credit to the members of the Climate Solutions Caucus who voted in favor of the study.

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Governor Rauner Praises Compromise on Education Funding Bill

The Illinois House of Representatives tonight passed education reform that actually met with bi-partisan support, something that had seemed unheard of in Springfield. Governor Bruce Rauner released a statement praisng the agreement and even offering praise for House Speaker Mike Madigan. 

"Today, members of the Illinois House of Representatives voted to bring historic education reform to Illinois children and their families. I want to thank Speaker Madigan, Leader Durkin and their staff members for finding common ground that will reverse the inequities of our current school funding system.

"Aligned with the framework provided by the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission – a bipartisan, bicameral working group chaired by the Secretary of Education – this bill has much to celebrate. First, every district in Illinois will have an adequacy target based on 27 elements brought forth through an “evidence-based model” of school funding. Second, new state funds will be distributed to ensure that those districts with the largest gap between current spending and adequacy will be funded first. Third, no district will lose state funding as compared to last year. 

"The compromise includes the much-needed flexibility for school districts through mandate relief, while providing avenues for property tax relief. It increases transparency related to how districts are funded through local, state and federal resources.

"It protects the rights of parents to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children – providing more school choice for children from low-income families. By setting yearly minimum funding targets, this bill also ensures that Illinois will continue to invest in our most important resource – our children’s education.

"I encourage members of the Senate to also pass this bill, which I will sign quickly in order to ensure that our schools – many of which have already opened for the 2017-2018 school year – receive their much-needed resources."  

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Illinois Immigrants to Benefit from Bill Being Signed Monday

While some Illinois Republicans are unhappy, the immigrant community is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promised signature on a couple of pieces of legislation.

Especially under fire is Senate Bill 31, the Illinois Trust Act. It limits the role of local law enforcement in federal efforts to crack down on people living in this country illegally. Another is an automatic voter registration bill.

Democratic state Rep. Chris Welch says both give immigrants basic rights that they should already have, and makes Illinois a safe state in which to work, live and pay taxes, without the fear of being arrested.

Welch adds Rauner's signature on the Trust Act flies in the face of what President Donald Trump is pushing.

"With all this information put out there before this governor, he has taken a look at the Trust Act and he sees - and admits himself - that this is very good, reasonable legislation, and I think this is going to do wonders for the state of Illinois and the business climate," Welch states.

There's been backlash from conservative Republicans in Illinois, with some saying on social media that this is the beginning of the end for the governor and, if he wants Republican support, this is not the way to get it.

Other opponents say the bill is a bad idea because there are often reasons to detain immigrants for reasons of national security.

Welch says the governor's move is not only a good thing for people, it's a good thing for business as well.

"What he's also saying to those who are looking at Illinois and wanting to come here and make Illinois home and be contributors to our economy, 'come on, you're welcome in Illinois,' so this is huge and that's why the business community is so much in favor of the Trust Act," Welch explains.

This isn't the first time Rauner has steered away from Trump. He didn't publicly endorse him for president during the campaign, and early this year he boycotted the first formal White House dinner for Trump attended by governors from across the nation.

After the fallout from the president's comments seemingly supporting white nationalists following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, Rauner said Trump's comments were damaging to America.

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Hold on, school funding reform could have new wrinkle

Governor Rauner offered a positive statement in written word form after legislative leaders reached a deal on school funding reform, but upon further review the Governor's words may throw a monkey wrench into the compromise deal. In a visit to the Marion Chamber of Commerce, the Governor mentioned parts of the compromise that he approved of....
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Then the Governor offered a scathing critique and he talked of tweaking the compromise agreement.....
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The legislative leaders will gather on Sunday and the Illinois House is scheduled to vote on the school funding reform compromise on Monday.

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No more War Chant songs at U of I games

The times they are still a changing for University of Illinois sports. War Chant music is now off limits at all sporting events. The decision was made at the end of last football season but it wasn't revealed until yesterday. Athletic department officials asked members of the Illini Pride student group to stop playing the war chant song on a drum Thursday at a soccer game. School officials say the move is part of an effort to be more inclusive and students are responding to it less in the post Chief Illiniwek era.

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Congressman Face Health Care Protests

A pair of Congressman were met with shouts today when they arrived at a senior center in Springfield. The protesters were angry about possible changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Republicans Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood were there to speak to seniors about staying safe on the internet but were quickly drug into a conversation about changing eligibility for government programs. LaHood says changes are needed to keep benefits for those who need them but he wants to see those in retirement or closest to it to stay on the same path.

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Protester Don Todd from Springfield says Davis didn’t give him any time to hear his concerns but that LaHood did listen. Todd says programs and eligibility need to remain the same so everyone can have the help they need.

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Farm Bill Programs Aiding Birds in Illinois

The 2018 Farm Bill soon will be debated in Congress, and advocates say not only is it crucial for agriculture, it's also key for birds in this nation.

The State of the Birds 2017 report from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative says conservation programs have been helping farmers and ranchers keep their land productive, and at the same time has led to some species rebounding.

Steve Holmer, vice president for policy for the American Bird Conservancy says that's been very evident in the Midwest.

"The bobolink and the bobwhite quail are some of the birds that have been benefiting from Farm Bill conservation programs, and these are species that have seen long-term declines," he explains.

According to the report, grassland birds suffered a nearly 50-percent drop in the population before easements were introduced back in 2003.

Two-thirds of the land in the lower 48 states is privately owned, and Holmer says even with conservation programs in place, habitat for birds is constantly under threat.

"Because of the renewable fuel standard we continue to see native prairie get plowed under to produce corn and that's because farmers are responding to the prices and the demand and the market," he says.

The report recommends more funding for voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs for farmers and ranchers, and also suggests working with states so they can prioritize certain wildlife species.

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Macomb Police Explorers Accepting Applications

The Macomb Police Explorers program announced on their Facebook page that they are now accepting applications. The program aimed at people aged 14 to 20 with an interest in Law Enforcement is accepting applications at the Macomb Police Department 120 S. McArthur Street in Macomb. The program is designed as a hands on learning experience for the young people selected for the program intended to enhance leadership skills for those looking to enter the field of law enforcement. High School kids and college students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to be part of the Macomb Police Explorers. If you would like more information about the Macomb Police Explorers Program call 309-833-4505. 

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Macomb Park District to Host Movie in the Park Friday Night

The Macomb Park District is hosting a movie in the park on Friday, August 25th, beginning at 7:45 Pm. The movie for this edition of Movies in the Park is the Academy Award winning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne, Colin Ferrell, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler. The film, a spin-off of J.K Rowling's Harry Potter book and film series, was a smash hit which earned over $800 million dollars at the box office was honored with a pair of Academy Awards nominations and won the Award for its incredible costume design. The movie in the park will be in Veteran's Park in Macomb and put together by the Macomb Park District. Check out the Park District Facebook page for more information. 

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Bishop Hill historic site celebrates roots of agriculture this weekend

The roots of agriculture will be celebrated in story and song this weekend in Western Illinois. The Bishop Hill Chautauqua is Saturday at the Bishop Hill historic site in Henry County says Todd DeDecker with the Bishop Hill Heritage Association…
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All programs will be held in the Bishop Hill Village Park.

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Illinois highway named in honor of fallen police officer

A portion of the Great River Road will be dedicated Saturday morning in the name of a fallen police officer. The road through the Godfrey portion will be renamed in honor of Blake Snyder, the St. Louis County Police Officer originally from Godfrey who was killed in the line of duty in October.
State Representative Dan Beiser says the measure passed with full support.

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The decision to seek the renaming of The Great River Road was favored in part, according to Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick, because that is the route the funeral procession took, and the likely route many will take when they come to visit his grave. Saturday’s dedication will take place at 10am at Lars Hoffman Park.

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Macomb Hy-Vee to Hold its Own Bluesfest Event Saturday

The Macomb Hy-Vee is holding its first ever Bluesfest event Saturday, August 26, from noon-6 p.m. The happenings will take place out back between Hy-Vee and Farm King. Admission is $5 for the day, with re entry allowed.

 

Patrons can check out the lineup of local blues acts Hy-Vee has lined up, including Charlie Hayes of Galesburg. The event will feature a lineup of barbecue favorites for low prices, including $2 hot dogs. A beer truck will also be on hand throughout the day. Bluesfest will be set up in a similar fashion to Flatland Summer Jam, which took place last week in Macomb. 

 

For more information on the Hy-Vee Bluesfest, check out my interview with Matt Garlick, who runs the catering department at the Macomb Hy-Vee. 

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Regional Media Movie Review Leap!

It’s bizarre to me at times the things we feel are alright simply because they are animated. Take for instance the new animated family movie Leap which, while it tells a lovely story of an aspiring ballerina, spends a portion of its third act following a crazy woman as she attempts to murder two orphan children. Now, I get it, they’re animated but the choice made here is so incredibly forced and horrible that it doesn’t feel like Elmer Fudd’s failed attempts to murder Bug Bunny but something far more grim, ugly and worst of all, unnecessary.

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NAFTA talks underway in Washington

North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA re-negotiations currently underway in Washington. Talks began last week and Bloomberg’s Alan Bjerga is covering the beat.
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He says the talks haven’t been contentious to this point as more meetings are planned for next month. The key question is whether the negotiations will wrap up quickly or drag on for several years. 

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No override vote today on SB1

House Speaker Michael Madigan has canceled today's session of the Illinois House, including an override vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill. Madigan says he remains committed to seeing the school funding reform package through....
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The news came after one of the longest leaders meetings in recent memory. Legislative leaders met for five hours before Madigan made the cancellation as a show of good faith in negotiations. More talks will now proceed between the leaders.

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Senator Durbin Critical of President Trump Afghanistan Plans

Senator Dick Durbin has weighed in on President Trump's announcement he plans to give the Pentagon the power to ramp up troop levels in Afghanistan. Durbin tweeted "This Administration has taken America’s longest war and continued it indefinitely. That’s a recipe for another military quagmire. We needed to hear from the President a justification for risking more American lives and spending countless more dollars. We didn’t. "

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Missing Decatur Sailor Aboard USS McCain Remains Unaccounted For

There is no progress to report in the search for a missing Decatur sailor. Petty Officer Logan Palmer is one of ten missing sailors after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia. Some bodies have been recovered but so far, Navy officials haven't identified those victims.

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New Illinois Law Targets Gender-Based Price Discrepancies

It soon will no longer be OK in Illinois to charge women more than men for services such as dry cleaning and salon appointments. Legislation that increases transparency in pricing among some service providers and exposes gender-based price discrimination has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, said most folks assume that this type of discrimination would have disappeared by now - but it hasn't. She said women have long been charged more for certain services - which doesn't make it right.

"Women pay more for dry cleaning, and you'll also see it in some hair salons, where women will pay more for the same services, and tailors," she said. "So, it's just trying to make sure that women do know what the prices are, so that they can ask, 'Is there a reason for a price difference?' "

Bush sponsored Senate Bill 298, which requires hair salons, barbers, dry cleaners and tailors to provide customers with a price list for services upon request. The law takes effect Jan. 1.

Last year, the same senator's "pink tax" legislation repealed state sales tax on feminine hygiene products. She said it's another part of the effort to remove economic barriers for Illinois women.

"My hope is that the law will make service providers take a second look at what they charge women," she said, "because what women pay, you know, these are dollars that are coming out of our family."

Bush said gender inequity is a problem across the country. In a study published in late 2015, New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs compared nearly 800 products of more than 90 brands and found, on average, products for women and girls cost seven-percent more than similar products for men and boys.

Information on the bill is online at senatormelindabush.com, and its text is at ilga.gov. The New York study is at nyc.gov.

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Illinois and federal authorities continue to seek information in 1992 kidnapping and murder case

Illinois State Police officials and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance for information regarding the kidnapping and murder of Tammy J. Zywicki. August 23rd marks the 25th anniversary of Tammy’s death, and her case remains active as the FBI and ISP continue exploring new leads, examining 200 items of evidence, and retesting items with modern DNA technology. Some of Tammy's personal property are known to be missing, including a Cannon 35mm camera and a Lorus brand musical wrist watch which played the tune “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” with a green umbrella on its face and a green band. Also taken from Tammy was a red and white soccer patch monogrammed with “St. Giles Soccer Club, Greenville, South Carolina.” Tammy was reportedly last seen with her car on Interstate 80 at mile marker 83 in LaSalle County, Illinois, between 3:10 and 4:00 p.m. on August 23, 1992. She departed Evanston, Illinois for college in Grinnell, Iowa, where she was expected to arrive that evening. Later that day, Tammy’s car, a 1985 White Pontiac T1000, was found by an ISP Trooper and marked as being abandoned. On September 1, 1992, Tammy’s body was located along Interstate 44 in rural Lawrence County, Missouri, which is located between Joplin and Springfield, Missouri. She had been stabbed to death. It was also reported that a truck tractor semi-trailer was seen near Tammy’s vehicle during this time period. The truck driver was described as a white male between 35 and 40 years-of-age, over six feet tall, with dark, bushy hair. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification of the individual or individuals responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the ISP at (815) 726-6377, or the FBI Chicago Field Division at (312) 421-6700. Callers can remain anonymous.

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MacombNewsNow Podcast WIU Professor Vincent Auger on America's Relationship with North Korea

While talk turned towards home with the events of Charlottesville, Virginia and yesterday's Eclipse, there are still significant concerns regarding America's relationship with North Korea. Recently, I caught up with Political Science Professor, Dr. Vincent Auger to discuss the situation with the U.S and North Korea, China's ever looming role in that relationship and the potentially even more dangerous conflict growing between China and India that could be the most significant conflict for the world in the near future. Listen to or download my interview with Professor Auger below. 

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MacombNewsNow and Your Hometown Radio Team for Live Farm Progress Show Coverage

MacombNewsNow.com is going to partner with Your Hometown Radio Network for live coverage of the annual Farm Progress Show in Decatur beginning August 28th. MacombNewsNow.com, MacombNewsNow 104.7 WLMD and BackRoad Country 95.9 WNLF will each be airing live reports from the Farm Progress Show each weekday at approximately 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 for each day of the show. The annual Farm Progress Show draws farmers from across the state to Decatur, Illinois to discuss the latest issues in American farming, look at new equipment and discuss best practices. If you can't attend this year's meeting you can keep up with live reports daily on WLMD and WNLF.

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High school football numbers continue downward spiral in Illinois

High school football numbers continue a downward trend in Illinois. There were just over 51-thousand participants in 2007. That number was down under 43-thousand last season. Rockridge head football coach Sam Graves says the concern over concussions is an issue, but there are other factors as well. 
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Graves has only 40 freshman through seniors on his roster this season. 

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Farm Progress Show advance

The nation’s largest outdoor farm event returns to Decatur next week. Farm Progress Show 2017 will feature some new equipment says show manager Matt Jungmann.
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And Jungmann says exhibitor space is at capacity.
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This marks the 64th Farm Progress Show. The schedule is Tuesday through Thursday August 29th to August 31st.

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Missed solar eclipse, another one in 2024

For some Illinois residents, the solar eclipse came and went without a good view. If you are disappointed you missed it, the National Weather Service has some encouraging news. Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln says we can expect to see another eclipse across the US in 2024.

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Southern Illinois, where totality was expected, was clear most of the afternoon Monday according to National Weather Service officials. 

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Two Adair Residents Injured in Morning Crash

Two Adair residents were injured in a crash this morning in McDonough County. According to the McDonough County Sheriff's Department 63 year old Sandra Ortega of Adair was traveling Westbound on N1050 Street heading toward the intersection with East 2250th Street when she failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a vehicle driven by 65 year old Allan Edwards of Adair. Both drivers were taken from the scene to McDonough District Hospital where their condition is unknown at this time. Ortega has been cited for disobeying a stop sign and the crash remains under investigation. 

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Macomb Hy-Vee Dietitian Andrea Thompson Discusses Back to School Healthy Eating

Andrea Thompson, Dietitian at Macomb Hy-Vee, came on Koop on K100 on Friday to discuss some healthy eating tips. Specifically, she focused on the importance of meal prep, especially when it comes to back-to-school time.

 

Thompson keyed in on filling snacks that will help you avoid skipping meals and ultimately overeating when it is time to chow down. She offers a variety of ideas to help you make sure the abrupt change of schedule does not negatively impact your diet. You can listen to my full interview with Andrea here

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Regional Media Movie Review Logan Lucky

Being a fan of the American history podcast The Dollop allows me to watch a movie like Logan Lucky and never for a moment find the story implausible. Take a listen to them tell the remarkable true story titled Jet-Pack Madness and you will find within it a story every bit as brilliant as a Coen Brothers comedy. Everything in Logan Lucky feels completely plausible when you compare it to such historic silliness as what transpired with the Jet-Pack or the L.A Freeway Shootout or The Human Taco.

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QC area state lawmaker introduces call center legislation

A Quad City area lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at cracking down on corporate outsourcing. State Representative Mike Halpin’s measure requires companies that move call centers out of Illinois to provide advance notice and repay all grants, loans and tax benefits.
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Halpin’s House Bill 4081 would create the Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. 

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Many Syrian Children Lacking Educational Opportunities

While many children are now heading back to school in Illinois and around the country, many other children who are victims of the crisis in Syria are suffering and not able to attend class.

According to the United Nations, many children who have fled their war-torn countries with their families are not getting an education.

Lina Sergie Attar, co-founder of the Karam Foundation, says there are so many other issues capturing our attention that the plight of Syrian refugees has been pushed out of the spotlight, but she says they are suffering.

"There are hundreds of thousands of kids that are not able to access proper schooling, thousands of kids in child labor, and this is a problem ongoing from elementary aged kids all the way up through university," she states.

Sergie Attar says refugee children allowed into the United States are falling behind in school. She says fewer than 6 percent of those who are of college age are enrolled in universities.

Sergie Attar also says refugee children are struggling because they don't understand the language and many need tutoring. She says education helps refugees to be able to stand on their own feet.

"They're not being given the opportunities, and that's the key word here for helping Syrian refugees in the U.S. is to go beyond the basics, and to give families and kids opportunities," she stresses.

The Karam Foundation has back-to-school programs, including one that focuses on getting children out of child labor.

Another provides college scholarships, and there's one that gathers back-to-school items and winter coats for children who need them.

Sergie Attar maintains the United States could do much more to help refugees.

"In Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, they're in the millions," she points out. "We've accepted only 15,000 out of over 5 million Syrian refugees, so the U.S. really has not taken on its fair share."

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IRS warns of another scam

Scammers posing as representatives with the Internal Revenue Service are getting wise to the fact that the public is now wise to their act and they are seeking other avenues to try and steal taxpayer’s money. Michael Devine with the IRS says that scammers are now targeting payroll departments and accounting firms and as a result, some folks might consider changing their withholding status…
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Devine adds that changes to withholding status can be made at any time of the year.

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Macomb Downtown Roadwork to be Completed by Thursday, August 24th

The City of Macomb Downtown Development has announced that roadwork in the downtown area being done United Contractors Midwest will be completed by Thursday, August 24th. Downtown Develoment Director Kristin Terry says that workers will be working through Saturday, August 17th, to complete the final surface on the East Side of the square meaning that a portion of the East side will be closed on Saturday. The final surface of the west side of the Square will be laid on Monday, August 21st. This will be followed by the striping of the road surfaces which is set for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Macomb Among Recommended Destinations for Eclipse Tourists

Tourists are expected to flood into areas along the Carl Sandburg Amtrak route and Macomb is among the destinations being recommended for those who wish to visit areas of the state with the most eclipse coverage. While Carbondale, Illnois will have the longest sustained view of the full eclipse, Macomb will see 95.2% of the Moon covering the sun between 12 Pm and 2 Pm on Monday afternoon. People from all over northern Illinois especially are being urged to travel the Carl Sandburg line and watch the eclipse from places like Macomb. The City of Macomb has put out a release letting tourists know that the downtown shops and restaurants will be waiting for travelers coming to see the eclipse while Western Illinois Univerisity's College of Fine Arts is hosting an eclipse viewing party complete with live music. The eclipse will be at its height at approximately 1 Pm on Monday. 

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Corn is now state's official grain

Illinois lawmakers and Governor Rauner are showing their support of corn. Rauner has signed legislation making corn the state grain of Illinois. The legislation was authored by Jacksonville Republican State Rep. CD Davidsmeier. It was inspired by Pittsfield High School agriculture students. The Pike County teens were on hand for a bill signing ceremony at the state fairgrounds.

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Rauner says talks are ongoing on school funding reform

Next week, the Illinois House will take an override vote, seeking to eliminate the amendatory veto changes Governor Rauner made to Senate Bill One, the school funding reform package. Rauner says negotiations are in play.....
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The House is scheduled to take an override vote on Wednesday.

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Inside Out Looks to Start Off Flatland Summer Jam on a High Note

The Kewanee-based band Inside Out, will be the first to take the stage at Flatland Summer Jam on Saturday. The group has a history of performing at local biker bars, weddings, parties and other private events. The six-person band will take its talents to the main stage in Macomb at 1 p.m. for a 90-minute set. 

 

Larry Hampton, lead singer of the band, discussed the upcoming performance with me this morning on K100. You can listen to our full conversation here

 

The gates open up for Flatland Summer Jam at noon Saturday at Veterans Park. The event is free, while parking on-site is $5. Go West will be providing shuttles to and from the event via the City Center between the following times: 12:30-1:30, 2:45-3:45, 5:00-6:00, 7:15-8:15 and 9:15-10:00. 

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One Injured in Pike County Crash Wednesday

One person was injured in a car accident in Pike County on Wednesday. According to a release from the Illinois State Police, 80 year old Catherine Haynes of St. Louis, Missouri, was traveling Eastbound on I-72 when her car crossed the medium in the area of Milepost 26. Haynes' vehicle crossed the median and the westbound lanes of traffic before crashing into a ditch and then catching fire. With the assistance of Police, Haynes escaped the vehicle with only minor injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the crash. 

 

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Madigan Says He Doubts' Rauner Wants Education Compromise

The Illinois House took a vote on the details of the Governors recent amendatory veto of education funding reform and not one member, Republican or Democrat, voted for the plan. In the meantime House Speaker Mike Madigan says lawmakers are not walking away from Senate Bill 1. Madigan notes it’s the work of many groups for more than a decade. So as Madigan prepares an override vote next week he has his doubts that Rauner even wants a compromise.

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Madigan says that he’s still been willing to negotiate compromises inside education funding reform but that the Governor has no desire to find middle ground.

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Applications being accepted for firefighter grant program

Illinois American Water has announced they are accepting applications for the 2017 Firefighter Grant Program. The grants provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities within the Illinois American Water service area. Since 2010 American Water's Grant Program has awarded over $342,000. Karen Cotton, a spokesperson for Illinois American Water says the grant money can be used for a variety of things.

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Applications for the grants should be emailed to "karen.cotton@amwater.com" no later than September 8. She says most if not all local departments are aware of the opportunity to seek this grant. 

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The Cheeseburgers Look Forward to First Macomb Performance at Flatland Summer Jam

The Quincy-based band The Cheeseburgers, will take the stage Saturday at Flatland Summer Jam in Macomb at 3:10 p.m. The band's music encompasses a multitude of genres. Per the Flatland Summer Jam webpage, The Cheeseburgers play Classic Rock, Modern Rock, 80's, Pop, Country, Blues and Disco.

 

Founded in 2005, the band has played all over the area, but never in Macomb. They've done everything from the bar scene to the county fair circuit, but have not played in Macomb and do not typically play in a music festival setting. The band is used to longer shows, typically in the four hour range, so the 90 minute set time should enable The Cheeseburgers to rock even harder. 

 

"We're going all out, they'll be nothing left in the tank," said lead singer and guitarist Rodney Hart. "I don't care if it's 3 in the afternoon to us that's irrelevant."

 

Hart, who's daughter Emily is an instructor of oboe at the WIU School of Music, has always wanted to perform in Macomb, and seems to relish the opportunity to perform in this environment. 

 

"I've been going up to Macomb now for years," Hart said. "For us to now actually go up there and play, it's a dream."

 

As for what to expect from The Cheeseburgers musically, they've been known to play just about everything. Hart cites classic rock as a main influence of his, but the band has played everything from a disco medley to a Johnny Cash medley during its sets. The bottomline is that they want the audience to have a good time. 

 

"When you come to see us play, show up and take your seatbelts off baby because we're into it to have a good time" Hart said. 

 

My full conversation with Rodney Hart can be heard here. 

 

The gates open up for Flatland Summer Jam at noon Saturday at Veterans Park. The event is free, while parking on-site is $5. Go West will be providing shuttles to and from the event via the City Center between the following times: 12:30-1:30, 2:45-3:45, 5:00-6:00, 7:15-8:15 and 9:15-10:00. 

 

 

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New Law Allows EMS to Take Police Dogs to the Vet in an Emergency

A new law will now allow emergency medical service providers transport canine officers to emergency veterinary care. Our Kim Howard has more on this story. 

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Members of the Law Enforcement Canine Association have announced they will be holding clinics aimed specifically at other first responders with the goal of training them to care for Police Canine's in emergency situations. The first such clinic is set for later this month in Dolton, Illinois. You can find out more on their Facebook page linked here

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Davis and Bustos talk locks and dams at State Fair Ag Day

Even on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield the aging Lock and Dam system getting attention. The topic was addressed during State Fair Ag Day by two members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation. Democrat Cheri Bustos of Rock Island says investment is long overdue.
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And Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville is on board with significant federal dollars going to locks and dams and other infrastructure.
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Both Davis and Bustos serve on the House Ag Committee.

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Former Miss America Erika Harold making a run for AG

Former Miss America Erika Harold is taking another shot in the political arena. After facing off against Congressman Rodney Davis in the 2014 GOP primary, Harold is now making a run for Illinois Attorney General. Barring a challenger, she will face four term A-G Lisa Madigan next year.

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Get The Right Glasses For Eclipse Viewing on the WIU Campus Monday

In one week, the community of Carbondale will become the focus of the astronomical world with the first total solar eclipse to be seen in the St. Louis area since 1442. While there are other cities and towns along the path of the eclipse that will see totality that day, Carbondale will experience the longest duration. Local Astronomer Eddie Agha says if you plan to fully enjoy the phenomena, no matter if you are in the path of totality or not, you need to have the proper eyewear for the event.

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Legitimate glasses will have a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard. Agha says only a #14 welding shield would provide adequate eye protection if you are not wearing the proper eclipse glasses. If you aren't making the trip to Carbondale you can watch the sun be be eclipsed 95.2% of the Moon on Monday, August 21st, right here in Macomb. The Western Illinois University Center for Fine Arts is hosting Eclipse Party Monday afternoon from 12:30 Pm until 2 Pm with music and snacks on the lawn between Brown and Memorial Halls. There will also be on campus lectures and you can purchase certified safe eclipse viewing glasses at the WIU Chemistry Department in Currens Hall #214. The cost for the glasses is only $1.50 and proceeds go to help the chemistry department. 

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Governor Rauner Signs Bill Preventing Preschoolers from Being Kicked out of Pre-School Programs

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Tuesday aimed at keeping unruly kids from being kicked out of pre-school programs. The bill would allow teachers to remove unruly kids from the classroom for a period of time that would allow the school to find ways to help the child but not expel the child from the program. Our Kim Howard has more from the Governor on the new bill. 

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IDES Opening Online Portal for Tax Appeals and Employment Security Payments

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is now offering online services. This means that business that would prefer to file tax appeals or pay unemployment insurance taxes online instead of sending a check can now simply set up an online portal with IDES. Our Kim Howard has more on this story. 

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Flatland Headliner Dexter O'Neal Wants You to Have a Good Time

Ahead of Saturday's headline performance at the Macomb Park District's Flatland Summer Jam, Dexter O'Neal and the Funkyard preaches musical experience. Lead vocalist Dexter O'Neal, says that "we want you to take away that you had a good time."

 

O'Neal, who has opened up for the likes of Ashford and Simpson, The Temptations, Average White Band, Boosty Collins and Reggie Calloway, is big on the live musical experience above anything else. O'Neal and his band play a jazz and funk fusion brand of music that was on full display at last year's Flatland Summer Jam. The crowd and band were both into the performance so much that the Executive Director of the Park District, Rachel Lenz, had to tell the band to wrap up the performance to ultimately get to the next act. This year the band will be the closing act, taking the stage at 7:45 p.m., so that dilemna will not present itself this time around. 

 

O'Neal mentions The Dave Matthews Band as a major influence of The Funkyard. "Dave was one of my key models for how I wanted to build The Funkyard," O'Neal said. 

 

Both DMB and Dexter O'Neal and the Funkyard place a high premium on the overall crowd experience, and that is sure to please the Macomb audience again Saturday night. You can listen to my interview with Dexter O'Neal, that aired live on K100 this morning, here

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Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation hopes to have naming rights deal in place for several buildings next year

The price tag is just shy of $200-million. That’s the kind of “tender-lovin” care both the Illinois State and Du Quoin Fairgrounds need and the not-for-profit Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation was created last year to lead fundraising efforts for the long overdue repairs says the group’s John Slayton.
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The foundation has created a website and information on making donations is available at “ilfairfoundation.com”
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The foundation hopes to have a naming rights deal in place for next year’s state fair involving the Coliseum, Grandstand, Livestock Center and Swine Building.

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Husband and Hog Calling Contest

The legendary Husband and Hog Calling Contest returned to the Illinois State Fair Sunday. A new approach paid big dividends for the winner in the Husband Calling Contest, Lisa McLaughlin of Petersburg. She turned to song to the get the victory...
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Andrew Matheny of Georgetown went back to back collecting the win in the hog calling contest....
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Matheny edged out ten time champ Chris Karr.

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McCann doesn't mince words in lone Republican override vote

State Senator McCann has been known to go his own way on issues and the political maverick made waves again Sunday when he was the only Republican in the Senate who voted to override Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of the school funding reform bill. He didn't just make a splash with his vote either, as he expressed his views on Governor Rauner's handling of the issue....
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The House will meet on Wednesday.,

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Macomb Park District and McDonough County YMCA Team Up For Flatland Summer Jam

The Third Annual Flatland Summer Jam in Macomb is set for Saturday, August 19 at Veterans Park. The all day affair begins at noon, with live music getting started at 1:00 p.m. In addition to music, the free live event features food vendors, a bags tournament and other fun family-friendly activities. 

 

As the Macomb Park District prepares for this event, it will be working with the YMCA of McDonough County. The Y is holding a fun run that morning starting at 9:00 a.m. The event will conclude at the Flatland Summer Jam, where free parking will be given to people who participated in the fun run.

 

For more information on Saturday's happenings, listen to my interview with Rachel Lenz of the Macomb Park District and Carla Teslicka of the McDonough County YMCA.  

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Governor Rauner Urges Compromise as Senate Veto Override Passes

While lawmakers were busy overriding Governor Rauner's changes to the SB1 Education Funding Bill, Governor Rauner was once again asking lawmakers to compromise instead of simply overriding him. In a speech in Springfield the Governor once again reiterated his call to stop sending so much money to Chicago schools while other schools in the state are also struggling. Our Kim Howard has more on the Governor's position... 

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While Governor Rauner was imploring lawmakers not to override his amendatory veto, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose been highly critical of the Governor's education plan, applauded the Senate override vote calling it "a bipartisan rejection of the Governor's divisive politics." 

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Senator Duckworth Blast President Trump on North Korea Comments

Senator Tammy Duckworth paid a visit to NBC's Seth Myers Show Thursday. She offered an unflattering critique of President Trump's threats of bringing fire and fury to North Korea.....
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Duckworth offered another theory on why she believes Trump's tweets and comments could backfire....
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Duckworth also lashed out against Trump for his military transgender ban.

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Illinois Senators Override Governor's School Funding Veto

As kids are getting ready to start the school year in Illinois, there's still no funding plan in place to run the school districts across the state.

In a 38-19 vote on Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's partial veto of Senate Bill 1. Rauner said the bill favors Chicago Public Schools over other districts.

The bill would keep legacy pension payments in place for Chicago schools, money the governor thinks should instead be redirected to classrooms around the state.

"The short summary is, we need to treat all our low-income children equitably and fairly," Rauner said. "We have low-income, disadvantaged children in Chicago, and in Waukegan, and in Maywood."

The House reconvenes on Wednesday and is expected to take up the school funding bill immediately. Opponents of Senate Bill 1 say the bulk of the nearly $5 billion set aside for schools used to go to districts in need, but instead, special subsidies now flow to Chicago and districts in Cook County and its collar counties.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, called Rauner's veto of SB 1 an attack on public education. He said the governor's priority is a controversial $100 million school voucher program.

"My concern is that we're going to continue to make promises that sound great, that people can run around the state and talk about, without a dollar to pay for it," Manar said. "Absent of some type of different approach this year to the budget, that's exactly the path we're going down today."

Gov. Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been in a war of words over school funding. Rauner says Chicago schools have been mismanaged; Emanuel says Illinois residents shouldn't have to face new taxes to cover for the state's financial failure.

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Maple Avenue Christian Church Chooses Luau Theme for Tuesday's Annual Back to School Bash

The Maple Avenue Christian Church will hold its third annual Back to School Bash on Tuesday, August 15. The event will run from 6-8 p.m. on the front lawn of the church at 1300 Maple Ave. in Macomb. The event is for students entering grades 6-12, and is free. 

 

The church has chosen a Luau theme for this year's event. The inflatable 40-foot slip n' slide will be on hand, along with food, games, a photo booth and other activities. For more information about the event, listen to my interview with Maple Avenue Christian Church Student Minister Alex Foltz. 

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A Look at the Macomb City Council Committee of the Whole Agenda for Monday's Meeting

The City of Macomb will hold its weekly meeting on Monday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. The main topics include the Flags of Love Committee’s proposal to place memorial bricks around the fountain in Chandler Park, as well as a new proposed contract with Spring Lake Management inc. They’ll also touch on fiscal year 2017 and 2018 street projects for Macomb. The full agenda can be viewed below. 

 

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Final Elements of Macomb Downtown Revitalization Project Set to Begin

Below is the latest press release on the Macomb Downtown Revitalization Project. The project, which first officially began May 15, will be completed on August 25. 

 

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Western Avenue in Macomb Completely Open

The summer-long construction on Macomb's Western Avenue is officially complete. This comes via a public service announcement from Macomb Public Works Director Scott Coker. Parts of the main drag through Western Illinois University have been closed throughout the summer. 

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New Report Shows Illinois Among Highest National Postsecondary Attainment Rate

In the annual A Stronger Nation report from The Lumina Foundation, Illinois finished in the top ten states in postsecondary education attainment level at 50.1%. This is almost 5 percentage points higher than the national average of 45.8%. The national average has increased by 7.9 percentage points.

 

Locally, McDonough County comes in with a 46% postsecondary attainment level. This is above the national average and towards the upper end of counties in Illinois. A big reason for that is the presence of Western Illinois University. When you look a little further away from Macomb, the statistics do not look the same. Other local rural counties that do not feature a large university, such as Schuyler (29%) and Adams (34%), have differing statistics there. 

 

The most glaring element of this report is the variation in attainment rates across different race and ethnicity groups. At the national level Hispanics recorded the lowest attainment rate at 21.3 %;

Asian and Pacific Islanders posted a rate of 61.2 %; and The African American rate of attainment was 29.3 %. While all of those rates are higher than they have been in recent years, there is still clearly work to be done. 
 
For a deeper dive into these numbers and what they all mean, I spoke with Lumina Vice President of Strategic Impact Courtney Brown. You can listen to our conversation here
 

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Itinerary for Upcoming Macomb City Council General Government Committee Meeting

As the General Government Committee meets in the Macomb City Hall Monday August 13, there will be three main items to discuss.

 

Aldermen Koch, Wynn and Moon, along with Mayor Mike Inman, will sit down Monday morning for the meeting. The three main topics on the agenda are a Flags of Love proposal from the Macomb Veterans Committee, a Budget Defecit Reduction Plan and a proposal for a Macomb Municipal Flag. The meeting time is set for 9:30 a.m.

 

The full agenda is outlined below. 

 

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Madigan Officially Clocks in as Longest-Serving State House Speaker in U.S. History

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is officially the longest-serving state house speaker in American history. On Saturday, August 5, Madigan surpassed former South Carolina Speaker Solomon Blatt's 11,893 days in office. Madigan, 75, has held the title as Illinois House Speaker since 1983. 

 

Per the Chicago Tribune, Madigan is not celebrating the milestone. Says Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown, any note of the record "didn't come up — I haven't discussed it with him."

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Illinois Department of Labor to Inspect all Rides at State Fair

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) announced today that it will conduct its routine inspection of all amusment park rides and attractions at the 2017 Illinois State Fair. This comes less than a month after a ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned, killing one person and injured seven. 

 

IDOL’s Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division is tasked with inspecting and permitting rides at the fair. This year's Illinois State Fair will feature more than 65 rides. 

 

“We hope that everyone has a safe and fun time on the many different carnival rides at this year’s State Fair,” said IDOL Acting Director Joe Beyer. “To help accomplish that, our inspectors are onsite to examine all rides and to perform additional, unannounced safety checks.”

 

The Illinois Department of Labor has a handy set of safety tips for any fairgoers.  

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Closure of Farnham Street in Galesburg Moved to August 21

According to Brian Williamsen of the Illinois Department of Transportation Communications Office, "The closure of Farnham Street/Knox Road 500 E. at U.S. 34 in Galesburg has been rescheduled and will now begin Monday, Aug. 21."

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Glenwood Pool Closed Today

The Macomb Park District has announced that the Glenwood Pool is closed today due to "chemical imbalances that pose a safety issue." This of course is one of many pool closures throughout the summer due to a mix of mechanical, chemical and other issues. This evening's swin lessons are canceled. 

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Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas Announces Budget Update

This morning Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas provided an update on the university's budget situation. The full letter can be found here.

 

Thomas said the following regarding the important financial figures for the upcoming academic year. 

 

"I am pleased that, to date, we have received approximately $21.5 million from the state, which includes an estimated $3.6 million in FY18 appropriated funds, $6.8 million for FY17 and an $11 million reimbursement for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 MAP funding. As you are aware, the University covered MAP grants for approximately 2,700 students each semester, totaling approximately $5.5 million per semester, in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017," Thomas said. 

 

President Thomas also remarked on where the university goes from here in terms of managing its budget. 

 

"The last decade has set a precedent for the institution. We must continue to be fiscally conservative and plan accordingly for the coming years so Western remains a viable and successful institution of higher learning. We are taking steps to reduce costs and increase revenue should an impasse occur yet again and state support continues to wane. By expanding and enhancing partnerships with businesses, industries, and corporations, we are working to move WIU forward. However, even with these initiatives underway, it will take time to rectify the damage that has been done to public universities and to restore confidence in Illinois higher education." said Thomas. 

 

 

 

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Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash in Henderson County

Illinois State Police District 14 released preliminary information on a single vehicle motorcycle crash that left two people in serious condition. The report is below. 

 

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

 
The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 14
 
WHAT: SINGLE VEHICLE MOTORCYCLE CRASH
 
WHERE: US 34 EAST BOUND GULFPORT EXIT RAMP
 
WHEN: 08-08-17  1:45 P.M.
 
VEHICLES: 2002 KAWASAKI VULCAN 750
 
DRIVERS: THOMAS LLOYD BUCKALLEW (47 Years Old):  Burlington, Iowa
 
PASSENGERS: MICHELE L BUCKALLEW (45 Years Old):  Burlington, Iowa
 
SEATBELTS: NO HELMETS WORN
 
CAUSE: DRIVER WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON U.S. ROUTE 34 AND WAS EXITING INTO GULFPORT.  DRIVER FAILED TO NEGOTIATE THE CURVE AND RAN OFF THE ROAD ONTO THE RIGHT SHOULDER AND LOST CONTROL OF THE MOTORCYCLE. BOTH OCCUPANTS WERE EJECTED AND SUSTAINED MAJOR INJURIES.  DRIVER WAS LIFEFLIGHTED TO IOWA CITY.  PASSENGER TAKEN TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER.
 
CONDITIONS:  CLEAR DRY DAYLIGHT 
 
ASSISTING
AGENCIES: BURLINGTON FIRE AND HENDERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
 
CHARGES: FAILURE TO REDUCE SPEED TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT

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Western Illinois University Receives Over $350,000 in Serve Illinois Federal Grants

The following is a press release from Serve Illinois. The organization announced that $17.5 Million has been allotted in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants for AmeriCorps programs. The number includes over $350,000 for Western Illinois University, with $142,506 going to the Macomb campus for capacity building and disaster services. The Quad Cities campus will get $211,791 for education. 
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The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties.  These awards include $6.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.9 million in local funding.
 
AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year to help communities meet unmet economic, education, health, public safety, disaster preparedness, veteran services, and environmental needs.  Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, health insurance, childcare, and professional development.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,815 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.
 
 “This is the largest AmeriCorps award that Illinois has seen in the 24 year history of the program,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “Last year, AmeriCorps Illinois served nearly 300,000 Illinoisans, including more than 180,000 disadvantaged youth; nearly 40,000 veterans, active military, and military family members; and more than 13,000 people impacted by disasters.”
 
These federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, providing legal support services, assisting incarcerated individuals re-enter into their communities, promoting environmental stewardship, supporting veterans, and improving youth and adult literacy.  Serve Illinois, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.
 
“The growth of this program in Illinois is a testament to the hard work our AmeriCorps Members perform each day in their communities throughout Illinois,” said Scott McFarland. “When you see the AmeriCorps “A”, you know things are getting done.”
 
 
Since 1994, 39,000 people have served 55 million hours in Illinois through AmeriCorps.  Those hours equal more than $1.4 billion in community impact.  AmeriCorps Members have also earned $131.7 million in education awards.
 
Serve Illinois is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor and administered by IDPH.  Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs.  Serve Illinois supports local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program. For more information on the Serve Illinois and AmeriCorps, visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

Serve Illinois’ AmeriCorps Programs:

 

Program

Focus Areas

Counties Served

Funding

Members

American Red Cross

Disaster Services

Jo Davies, Stephenson, Carroll, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Vermillion, Champaign, Douglas, Moultrie, Piatt, De Witt, Macon, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Brown, Pike, Logan, Menard, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Christian, Monroe, St. Clair, Clinton, Washington, Marion, Jefferson

$372,482 

27

Asian Human Services

Economic Opportunity, Education, Healthy Futures

Cook

$195,825 

14

Beyond Sports
*New program

Education, Healthy Futures, Economic Opportunity

Lake, Cook, Will, DuPage, Kendall

$112,677 

21

Chicago HOPES for Kids
*New program

Education

Cook

$142,300 

20

City of Peoria
*New program

Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity

Peoria

$138,285 

20

City Year Chicago

Education

Cook

$2,274,799 

188

College Possible
*New program

Education

Cook

$260,000 

20

East St. Louis School District #189

Education, Economic Opportunity

St. Clair

$457,477 

75

First Defense Legal Aid

Other Community Priorities

Cook

$127,500 

9

Gardeneers
*New program

Healthy Futures

Cook

$114,637 

8

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Education

Boone, DeKalb, Kane, McHenry, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

$167,711 

19

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families

Cook

$158,482 

15

Housing Forward

Economic Opportunity, Capacity Building

Cook

$166,898 

12

Illinois Bar Foundation

Veteran and Military Families, Other Community Priorities

McLean, Champaign, Cook, Madison, Knox, Will, DuPage, Kankakee, Lake, Winnebago

$280,641 

68

Illinois Public Health Association

Disaster Services, Healthy Futures

Lake, Cook, Ogle, Lee, Kane, McLean, Sangamon, Adams, Schuyler, Macoupin, St. Clair, Douglas

$264,622 

22

Leave No Veteran Behind
*New program

Veteran and Military Families, Disaster Services

Cook

$240,380 

18

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House

Education, Healthy Futures, Capacity Building, Veteran and Military Families, Economic Opportunity

St. Clair

$861,570 

190

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Economic Opportunity, Education

Cook, Bureau, DuPage, Henry, Jersey, Kane, Saline, Scott

$355,808 

42

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Economic Opportunity, Capacity Building

Franklin, Williamson, Jackson, Madison, St. Clair

$131,935 

20

Northwestern University Settlement Association

Education, Capacity Building

Cook

$508,728 

75

Public Allies

Education

Cook

$649,627 

50

Rend Lake College

Education, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity

Alexander, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pulaski, Washington, Williamson, Union

$445,500 

60

Relay Graduate School of Education
*New program

Education

Cook

$20,140 

30

Rincon
*New program

Healthy Futures 

Lake, Cook

$114,640 

8

Sauk Valley Community College

Education, Capacity Building, Economic Opportunity

Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, Carroll, Bureau, Henry

$195,132 

45

Schuler Family Foundation
*Program only requests education awards

Education 

Cook

$0 

40

Southwestern Illinois College

Education, Capacity Building

St. Clair

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Meth Arrest in Industry

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker reports the arrest of Montana V. Strader, age 26, of Industry.
 
On August 7th at 5:30 p.m. a McDonough County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on 600th Road in the area of 2150 East.  The Deputy observed indications of criminal behavior and obtained a consent to search the vehicle.  Strader, a passenger in the vehicle, had a small amount of Cannabis and a pipe on his person.  The deputy also seized Methamphetamine (Ice) that had been hidden in a cup of coffee during the traffic stop.  Investigation indicated that the Methamphetamine belonged to Strader and that it was going to be distributed in McDonough County.
 
Strader was lodged in the McDonough County Jail charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) Under 5 Grams and Possession With the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine Under 5 Grams.
 

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MDH Volunteens Log Over 650 Hours

Local area teens have helped out in a big way at McDonough District Hospital this summer. The MDH Volunteen Program gives student volunteers ages 13-18 the chance to learn about health careers in a real-time environment. This summer, the thirty-four Volunteens at MDH logged a total of 688 hours between the months of June and July.

 

The Volunteens spent time in the following departments: Acute Care/ICU, Food Services, Foundation, Inventory Control-Storeroom, Obstetrics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services, Pain Management Clinic, Patient Financial Services, Plant Engineering and Public Relations.

 

MDH will be taking applications for the 2018 Volunteen program in April 2018. 

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Macomb Assembly of God to Hold Annual Back to School Picnic Saturday

The Macomb Assembly of God Church will hold its annual Back to School Picnic Saturday, August 12. The event, features free school supplies, backbacks, haircuts and lunch. It runs from 11 AM-2 PM at the church on 112 Robin Road in Macomb. For more details on the event listen to my interview with Stephanie Puccini, who was tasked with organizing this year's event. 

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Attorney General Madigan to Speak at Macomb VFW Wednesday

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will be the featured speaker at the annual McDonough County Democratic Central Committee’s Fish and Chicken Fry Dinner. The event takes place Wednesday night from 5-8 PM at VFW Post 1291, 1200 E. Jefferson St in Macomb. Madigan, who has been Attorney General since 2003, is up for re-election in November. 

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Rauner Signs Bill to Protect Illinois from Cyberthreats

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2371 on Monday, requiring all State of Illinois employees to undergo annual cybersecurity training to understand the risks of cyber threats and learn the best practices to defend against these attacks. The program will help safeguard the information systems that support the delivery of critical state services and contain the personal information of taxpayers by facilitating a more cyber-aware state workforce.
 
Hackers and cyber criminals continually grow more sophisticated in their attempts to steal sensitive data and infect state computer systems. It is crucial that state employees have knowledge to protect themselves and the state from the impact of cyber-attacks. This legislation is another advancement in the governor’s vision for a cyber-secure Illinois to better protect the personal information of state residents and ensure critical state services are not interrupted.
 
“Employees are our first line of defense,” Gov. Rauner said. “Ensuring that our staff is properly trained against cyber threats is vital to protect Illinois’ services and information. Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue. It is a public safety issue, and we will do all we can to protect the residents and infrastructure of our state.”
 
The Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is charged with implementing the training program and recently released the State of Illinois Cybersecurity Strategy. Key objectives include protecting state of Illinois information and systems, reducing cyber risk, providing best-in-class cybersecurity capabilities and ensuring an enterprise approach to cybersecurity. Cyber-awareness training is a key component of the strategy.
 
Hardik Bhatt, DoIT secretary designate and chief digital officer said, “The State of Illinois’ digital transformation is placing Illinois in a leadership role across the nation in areas such as the use of mobile technologies, capturing the value of data and becoming the first state to establish itself as a Smart State. Along with our impressive technological progress comes a responsibility to simultaneously increase our cybersecurity efforts to defend our state from cyber-attacks.”
 
Doug Robinson, Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers supports the efforts of states to increase cybersecurity. “State employees are on the firing-line of protecting digital assets of the state. NASCIO has repeatedly advocated that states make cybersecurity training and awareness for employees a priority. By mandating cybersecurity training, the leadership in the State of Illinois is making a serious statement about their commitment to reducing risks.”
 
With this legislation, Illinois becomes the 15th state to adopt a mandatory cybersecurity awareness training for state employees. States are increasingly the targets of attacks, and security threats pose a daily risk in the state’s ability to serve taxpayers and protect critical and confidential information.
 
According to a study by the Ponemon Institute and IBM Security, the average total cost of a data breach amongst the 419 companies they surveyed was $3.62 million. Cybersecurity awareness training and re-enforcement programs cost less than $5 per person and offer a cost avoidance of around $184 per user. Additionally, these training programs are believed to significantly reduce the risk of cyberattacks, offering a significant preventative cost savings to the taxpayers of Illinois.

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Illinois & Iowa corn growers highlight aging lock and dam system on barge tour

The Illinois Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Growers Association bringing attention to the aging lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi River. They hosted a barge tour last Friday with the featured stop--Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island--built in 1934—it’s suffering from a crumbling guide wall. Paul Rohde of the Midwest Waterways Council moderated the tour. He says funds for both operation and maintenance and construction are crucial for inland waterways.
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If you think Lock and Dam 15 is in poor shape, you should see the La Grange Lock and Dam on the Illinois River near Meredosia. Not pretty says Marty Hettle—chairman of the Inland Waterways Users Board.
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Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and Iowa Congressmen Rod Blum and Dave Loebsack participated in Friday’s barge tour.

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Davis continues to call for kinder, gentler politics

Weeks after a baseball practice Congressman Rodney Davis will never forget, his quest for a less hostile political climate continues. Davis continues to be haunted by the actions of a shooter from Belleville who opened fire on a GOP Congressional baseball practice in Northern Virginia. He was disturbed to learn of negative social media posts remarking on the drug overdose death of the son of Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Megan Barry.....
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Davis says enough is enough with social media posters who go over the line....
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Davis notes his biggest concern is about the impact of extreme comments on families. 

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Climate Change Robbing Food of Nutrients

A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies.

Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 2014 that found higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are likely to reduce the protein, iron and zinc content of rice, wheat, peas and other foods. Myers has now taken that a step further, calculating through the year 2050 the number of people within each country that won't be getting enough nutrients.

He said the impact will be felt mostly by the poor.

"It's the wealthier people around the world who have the largest carbon footprints and the poorest people who are the most vulnerable top their effects," Myers said. "And so there really is a social justice or equity element to this."

According to the report, more than 350 million children aged 1 to 5, and about 1 billion women of child bearing age live in countries where the amount of dietary iron is projected to fall by about 4 percent.

Myers said human activity is changing the structure and the function of many of our natural systems.

"Not just the climate system but fisheries, and oceans and land cover and fresh water systems, and as those changes become more and more profound around the world they're having very significant human health implications," he said.

Myers called nutrient deficiencies deadly, and said this is something policy makers can't ignore.

"Deficiencies of iron and zinc and protein are already affecting almost 2 billion people around the world with very very large burdens of disease," he said. "So this is a big public health problem today. It will be an even bigger problem in the future."

Myers said developing crop varieties with higher nutrient contents is one solution, but said there's no silver bullet to the issue. He said the most obvious answer is to drastically cut carbon pollution.

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Two Golden Residents Arrested on Oxycodone Charges

The Adams County Sheriff and Quincy Police Deparmtent have announced the arrests of a pair of Golden, Illinois residents on charges related to Oxycodone. According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, 25 year old Hannah Estelle Miller and 25 year Lance C. Kelly were arrested on Thursday after a drug purchase was made outside the Adams County Courthouse. After witnessing the purchase Quincy Police and Adams County Sheriff's Deputies followed the suspects to the area of 18th and Main Street in Quincy where the pair was arrested. After receiving consent to search the suspects' home officers recovered Oxycodone and Fentanyl leading to both Miller and Kelly being arrested on charges of Unlawful Delivery of Oxycodone and Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone. Both are being held at the Adams County Jail as of this report. 

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Illinois State Fair May Have Freakout Ride Back In Carnival

The State Fair is underway next week and this year comes with challenges for fair officials. The Ohio State Fair recently had a death after a carnival ride malfunctioned. The initial reaction from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the ride inspectors at the Department of Labor was to ban a ride similar to the one that killed a person in Ohio. That ride, the “Freakout”, and the decision to keep it off the Midway has been changed.

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Gordon says the other thing the fair wants to avoid is another 100 year flood on the grounds. Last year 7 inches of rain in a few hours submerged parts of the Happy Hollow area leaving campers flooded and fair goers looking for higher ground.

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Senator Durbin wants to boost trade with Cuba

Senator Dick Durbin is seeking better trade opportunities with Cuba. He's joining Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden in introducing the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2017, which would repeal sanctions that Durbin calls outdated and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. International Trade Commission figures show easing U.S. restrictions on trade and business with Cuba could increase U.S. exports by $1.4 billion annually in the next five years.

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Senate Bill 1 discussions

Democrats and Republicans are negotiating to find a compromise for Senate Bill 1, the highly-publicized school funding reform bill. Negotiations between lawmakers of both parties started Wednesday morning and continued into Thursday. 48th District State Senator Andy Manar was a part of those discussions. He says he’s hopeful something will get done out of these bi-partisan talks.
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Manar says the group will continue to meet, and they aren’t giving up on reaching a compromise.
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Manar and his counterparts are on the clock for getting an evidence-based funding model like Senate Bill 1 into law. School districts are supposed to receive their first state aid payment for the new fiscal year on August 10th.

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Regional Media Movie Review The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower is a sequel to the Stephen King book series which picks up the story of The Gunslinger, Roland the Eld (Idris Elba) as he is sought out by a young boy who has visions of a coming apocalypse at the hands of The Man in Black, Walter (Matthew McConaughey). The boy and the Gunslinger must work together to protect the Dark Tower at the center of the universe from Walter's evil plans. Here's my review of The Dark Tower. 

Click here for the written review. Below for the radio review. 

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E-10 tax credit expires in Illinois

A casualty of the state budget talks earlier this summer was the sales tax credit for gasoline containing 10-percent ethanol or E-10. But the impact at the pump will be minimal. The Illinois Corn Grower Association’s Tricia Braid says there’s a myth the move will cause a 10-to-11 cent increase in a gallon of gasoline. She says that’s just not true.
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With the E-10 sales tax credit gone, the state anticipates a $95-to-$100-million added bump in revenue. Braid says the tax credit served its purpose as 95-percent of all gasoline sold in Illinois is now E-10. 

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Ameren trucks equipped with AED's

Ameren Illinois has installed automatic external defibrillators or AEDs on nearly 240 trucks across its territory. Karen Boulanger is the Safety Director for Ameren and she says the AEDs can mean the difference between life and death…
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While Ameren crews can use the equipment and training to help the general public if necessary, citizens are still advised to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

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Durbin applauds President Trump

Man Bites Dog, Peace in the Middle East and Durbin praises Trump. All seem like unlikely headlines but the last of the three scenarios is not fake news. Senator Dick Durbin thanks the President for keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place...
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DACA grants temporary reprieve from deportation to certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. So far 790,000 young people have benefited from the program and Durbin says they've gone on to careers like nursing and engineering while others have become small business owners.

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Kudos for Illinois Recidivism Laws

A publication that takes a look every year at legislation debated across the nation is highlighting Illinois as an example of good laws put on the books.

The state took steps to reduce recidivism by enacting laws that help former inmates reintegrate into society, including finding jobs and a place to live. Scott Greenberger, executive director of Stateline, said other states have followed Illinois' lead in enacting the so-called ban the box law. It means in many cases offenders aren't asked to check the box on an employment application indicating they've served time in jail or prison.

"Two of the new Illinois laws eliminate general bans that prevent people with drug convictions from working at schools or park districts," Greenberger said; "and another bill that lifts the ban preventing people convicted of forcible felonies from obtaining health-care licenses."

There are 28 states with "ban the box" laws on the books, but only nine have extended them to cover private businesses.

In neighboring Indiana this year, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a law barring local governments from passing "ban the box" ordinances that would apply to private businesses. Legislation in Kentucky, meanwhile, targeted occupational licensing boards that were preventing people with criminal records from getting licensed to cut hair or work in health care.

The latest Stateline report looks at medical marijuana laws, reproductive health care and state legislatures that pushed back against citizen-approved ballot measures. Greenberger said one example is South Dakota, where residents approved campaign finance and lobbying restrictions, but lawmakers repealed the measure.

"Just because people approve something at the ballot box doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be implemented the way they envisioned or, in that case, implemented at all," Greenberger said.

Maine lawmakers repealed a new tax on the wealthy, and in Florida residents voted in favor of medicinal marijuana, but lawmakers tweaked the law. It now says pot can't be smoked, but must be ingested in other ways. A lawsuit by one of the backers of that legislation has been filed.

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MacombNewsNow Podcast with WIU President Jack Thomas

On the latest edition of the MacombNewsNow.com podcast we talk with Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas about dealing with the budget impasse the past three years, where WIU stands now that a new budget is in place and what he plans to do for the immediate future of Western Illinois Unversity. Click below to listen to or download this week;s MacombNewsNow podcast with WIU President Jack Thomas. 

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Even if state misses state aid payments Aug. 10th, all schools will still open

Even if the state misses the August 10th deadline for the first general state aid payments this fiscal year, all schools should still open on-time. That’s what Kevin Semlow is hearing. He’s the Director of State Legislation at the Illinois Farm Bureau.
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Money for state aid payments won’t be released until final agreement is reached on school funding reform. On Tuesday, Governor Rauner issued an amendatory veto for Senate Bill 1 because of money going to Chicago teacher pensions. Lawmakers can either agree with the Governor or override him in each chamber. If neither action is taken, the bill dies and the legislature will have to start over again.

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Illinois farmers responding to WOTUS petition drive

Farmers weren’t happy with the “waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS definition in the 1980’s, but they say it’s better than the 2015 update, which gave the federal government broader over-site regarding water and land issues.
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That’s Illinois Farm Bureau’s Lauren Lurkins. She’s says the plan is to have a rewrite of the rule by the end of the year.
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Lurkins says a petition drive supporting a federal rule to repeal the 2015 “WOTUS” definition already has 1,200 signatures from Illinois farmers in just two days with the goal of reaching 2,500 by August 21st. 

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WIU President Jack Thomas on the MacombNewsNow Podcast Wednesday Afternoon

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas will join our Sean Patrick on our MacombNewsNow.com podcast Wednesday afternoon. Among the topics President Thomas will address are his vision of the University's future and the continuing battle over school funding in the state of Illinois which reached yet another party based impasse on Tuesday. Listen and or download the MacombNewsNow.com podcast today after 2 Pm at MacombNewsNow.com. 

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Tax Reform Talk Starting From DC

Tax reform is the next big item up for debate in Washington DC and Congressman Rodney Davis is talking about some proposed changes. The Taylorville Republican says that he wants an easier to understand tax code for all, but especially middle income families. Davis says 75 percent of all fliers do not itemize - so streamline the process and find tax savings for the middle class.

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Davis says the House Republican plan could make it so middle class tax payers could file on the back of a post card. 

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28th Annual Purple and Gold Auction Coming Up August 12th

Tuesday morning Michael Jones and Jerry Kramer joined Sean Patrick on the K100 Morning Show to talk about the upcoming 28th Annual Purple & Gold Auction to benefit WIU Athletics. $40.00 per person is the cost to attend beginning at 5 Pm at Western Hall on the WIU campus. Among the items up for auction include a VIP Trips with the WIU Mens and Women's Basketball teams, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant signed and framed jerseys, and a golf cart. Donations are still being accepted through August 4th at 309-298-1190. Michael and Jerry talked about even more items up for grabs and how your money will aid WIU athletics.

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12U Cats Headed to Eau Claire for National Softball Tournament Wednesday Morning

On Tuesday's edition of the K100 Morning Show with Sean Patrick, Allison and Shelby joined Sean to talk about their trip to Wisconsin, what they love about softball and take a few moments to thank everyone who has helped them raise money for their trip. You can give the CATS a proper send-off on Wednesday morning at 6:15 Am at Chandler Park.

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Rauner Veto's Bill - Unaware of Process Moving Forward

As promised Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1. But the Republican may be confused about the process for the bill. Rauner told reporters today that all lawmakers need to do, in order to uphold his wishes on changes to school funding is pass them with a simple majority ….

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Rauner’s staff later admitted that it would take more than a simple majority to support the Governor’s changes. Legislation passed after May 31st that takes immediate effect needs a three fifths vote.

The Senate is scheduled to read the amendatory veto into record today, starting the 15 day clock for action the bill.
 

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Two Bushnell Residents Arrested on Meth Related Charges

Bushnell Police and the McDonough County Sheriff have announced the arrest of two people for Unlawful Procurement of Methamphatimine Precursors and Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials. 18 Year old Ezra B. Cook and 37 year old William P. Hyde, both of Bushnell were reportedly having a heated argument in the area of the Bushnell Library Park when police arrived. Upon investigation Police noted that Hyde had an outstanding warrant from Mason County and that both Cook and Hyde were carrying ingredients and materials used in the production of Methamphetimine. Each was arrested and taken to the McDonough County Jail where Hyde was found to have been concealing a bottle of Pseudoephedrine. Later, Cook was found to have stashed a bottle of Lye in a book at the Bushnell Library which was thankfully recovered by Police. 

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Governor Rauner Veto's Parts of Education Funding Plan

The Governor has used his veto pen on the school funding reform plan that was sent to his desk yesterday...
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As promised Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1. Rauner’s veto among other things removed a minimum funding requirement, the Chicago block grant and takes the pension considerations from Chicago schools and removes them from the funding formula. The bill now needs to be read back into the Senate record and then acted upon in the next 15 days. The Senate can approve the changes or try to override the changes and pass the bill that originally was sent to Rauner.

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SB 1 On Governor's Desk

Two months after passage of a plan to change the way schools in Illinois are funded the bill that does just that is waiting for the Governor’s signature. But that’s an outcome that no one thinks possible. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto Senate Bill 1 once he gets it on his desk. The Governor got the bill yesterday but didn’t act immediately to veto it. There was last minute hope at the state house that Republicans and Democrats could find a compromise on sticky issues surrounding funding for the Chicago Public Schools. But Republican Senator Jason Barickman says Democrats were not looking for true compromise.

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Once the Governor veto’s the bill the Senate has 15 days to act or the bill dies and the process would have to start all over again.

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