Macomb Local News Archives for 2018-10

IDoA Assisting Seniors with Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment is occurring now until Dec. 7. During this time, the Illinois
Department on Aging (IDoA) offers free counseling to Medicare-eligible individuals through the
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

Open enrollment allows eligible adults to:

- Adjust Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage

- Move to a Medicare Advantage plan
- Switch between Medicare Advantage plans
- Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
- Switch or drop existing drug plans without penalty


The IDoA realizes these processes can be overwhelming, so they have more than 350 SHIP
offices in Illinois.

“I encourage seniors to make an appointment at their earliest convenience, because as during
every open enrollment season, we anticipate it’ll be very busy with people seeking help,” said
Director of IDoA Jean Bohnhoff. “Our SHIP counselors are ready to help you make sense of the
complicated Medicare system and to make the best choices for your healthcare as we prioritize
respecting yesterday, supporting today, and hoping for tomorrow.”

If you need more details about the program, contact SHIP at 1-800-252-8966, weekdays 8:30
a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Sports Update 10/31/18

NFL Trade Deadline:


Another year, another busy NFL trading deadline. Teams had until 4 PM Eastern Time to make trades, and several contenders made moves.


Demaryius Thomas to Houston:


The Texans acquired former Bronco receiver Demaryius Thomas yesterday, along with a 2019 seventh round pick in exchange for a 2019 4th round pick and their own 2019 seventh round pick.


This is a massive move for the Texans, who now have a legitimate second option at receiver to help DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins will now see far fewer double teams, and should be able to produce like the All Pro-caliber receiver he is.


This also helps Deshaun Watson, who now has another quality receiver to throw to. It also now gives him his best receiving corps since his days of throwing to Mike Williams, Deon Cain, and Charone Peak at Clemson. This should open things up for Lamar Miller as well, as he becomes the third or fourth (depending on how you feel about KeKe Coutee).


From a Broncos perspective, getting a 4th round pick for a player they made it clear they did not want back, has to be considered a win. Really, any compensation for Thomas would’ve been considered a win.


The time has now come for rookie second rounder Courtland Sutton to step up. He will become the number two option, and top outside threat, behind Emmanuel Sanders. The former SMU star will be given every opportunity to prove his worth as he learns the ropes of being a top wideout in the NFL.


Golden Tate to Philadelphia:


The Eagles acquired former Lions receiver Golden Tate yesterday in exchange for a 2019 third round pick.


This brings Carson Wentz much needed help at receiver, as Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz (TE) have been his only two consistent options. He brings a different threat at receiver than does Jeffery, as Tate is more of a short route, inside receiver who will rack up catches, while Jeffery looks to dominate on the outside. This also likely means a decrease in targets and snaps for Nelson Agholor, who many had pegged for a breakout season.


On the Lions side, this has been a curious trading deadline. After trading for Damon Harrison prior to the deadline, it looked as though Detroit was going all-in and trying for a playoff spot. Now with the Tate trade, it looks as though they are looking towards next season. This does mean, however, that Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay should see their targets increase, and could see Stafford air the ball out more, as he no longer has the short-medium route running prowess of Tate.


Packers Trade Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and Ty Montgomery:


The Packers made two moves yesterday, trading Ty Montgomery to the Ravens in a spite move that saw them get a 2020 7th rounder in return, and sending Pro Football Focus’ 3rd highest graded safety, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins for a 2019 4th round pick.


Obviously the Packers were going to do something with Montgomery following the way he acted on Sunday. That kind of behavior is not often tolerated by front office personnel. What we did not expect, however, was for Green Bay to take an absolute lowball offer for one of their most versatile offensive weapons. This one is a head-scratcher, and makes the Packers demonstrably worse on offense and special teams.


The other surprise came when the Packers sent Ha-Ha (Hasean) Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a fourth rounder. I understand that they may not have felt it was in the cards to resign Clinton-Dix in the offseason, but in a year where the Packers are competitive in the North, and facing several teams with talented receiving corps/tight end rotations, trading the 3rd highest graded safety in the NFL feels like a strange move. This likely signals a look towards next season, and the end of another season in which the Packers have unable to surround the most talented quarterback of our generation with a competent team.


Dante Fowler Jr. to Rams:


The Rams acquired former number 2 overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. from the Jaguars yesterday, in a deal that saw a 2019 3rd rounder and a 2020 5th rounder go back to Jacksonville.


Fowler had largely been disappointing for Jacksonville, as injuries and off-field issues have marred what looked like a promising career following an 8-sack-2017. This trade makes sense for them, as Yannick Ngakoue had overtaken him in snaps anyways. To also be able to recoup 2 picks has to be looked at as a win as well.


This was one of a few win-win trades completed yesterday, as the Rams were able to add edge depth to a defensive line that badly needed it. They really have not found consistent edge production since the departures of Chris Long and Robert Quinn, so this could see their pass rush jump to a new level (very scary thought).




The Bulls and their horrendous defense take on the Denver Nuggets and their high-powered offense at home tonight. Those two factors could spell for another ugly night for the bulls, as this game comes directly on the heels of the Bulls allowing a 92-point-first half (149 total) against the Warriors Monday night.


Shooting teams have killed the Bulls all season, and Denver comes in with a plethora of shooting threats. Jamal Murray looks on the verge of a breakout year, and Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic, Juan Hernangomez, Will Barton, Monte Morris, and Malik Beasley have formed a deadly brigade of 3 point snipers.


The aforementioned Jokic, is on the verge of a truly special season, the likes of which we may have never seen before from a player as tall and large as he is. His movement is surprisingly fluid, and his passing ability as a big man is unmatched by any other in the NBA. The thing that sets him apart, is his ability to shoot, or to get you thinking about his shot, and beat you off the dribble. Nikola Jokic is defining what future big men will look like in the NBA, and that should be a terrifying thought for the few remaining post-based big men in the league.


The Bulls, despite the defensive struggles, are scoring at an elite rate (which nearly everyone is this season), averaging 119 points per game (good for 18th). Zach LaVine has been a revelation in the early going, as he scored at least 30 points in each of his first six games, a mark matched by only one man in Bulls history: Michael Jordan.


As injuries to Bobby Portis, Denzel Valentine, Lauri Markkanen, and Kris Dunn have marred the early part of the Bulls’ season, younger players have begun stepping up. Antonio Blakeney showcased his scoring prowess against the Warriors, putting up 21, while rookie lottery pick Wendell Carter Jr. set a career high with 18 points in that game. Chandler Hutchison, the Bulls’ other first round pick this year, has provided a wing game so badly needed by this team. His shooting, defense, and athleticism will be a tantalizing combination to watch as he develops.


If they play any semblance of defense tonight (unlikely), they may have a chance at the end of this game. If they don’t, and the effort stays the same as it was against Golden State, we could see another 30+ point loss.




The Blackhawks head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks in the only game on today’s slate for the NHL.


The ‘Hawks are coming off of a bad loss last Saturday to the Blues, one which saw their below-average defense exposed by an explosive offense. Now, the ‘Hawks D will have to contend with the young, speedy trio of Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, and Elias Pettersson.


The hope here is that the ‘Hawks offense is simply able to keep pace, and that Crawford is able to keep his strong play thus far going. If Kane, DeBrincat, and Toews are able to affect this game the way they have been able to affect so many this season, they should have a great chance to win this one.




Knox College Choir Fall Concert This Sunday, Nov. 4

The Knox College Choir will hold its Fall Concert this Sunday at 3 p.m. It will take place in Kresge
Recital Hall on the Knox campus in Galesburg and is open to the public.

The concert is directed by Professor of Music Laura Lane. The performance will showcase music from
famous composers from around the world.


Some of the featured works include:


"Autumn Landscapes," by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis


"Hymne au Soleil," by French composer Lili Boulanger


"Super flumina Babylonis," by Palestrina





Upcoming Grant Workshop Hosted by Western Illinois Museum

Bucky Halker, the Executive Director for Company of Folk, will be hosting a workshop at the
Western Illinois Museum. Halker will present grant guidelines and application information on
funding options granted by the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA).

The workshop will take place on Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at 201 S. Lafayette St. No fee or
registration is required.

Contact Bucky Halker at or at 773-275-2959 with any questions or


Final MDH "Keeping You Healthy" Program on Tuesday - 11/6/18

The McDonough Medical Group Outreach Services will have its final “Keeping You Healthy”
program on Nov. 6. The course is titled “Annual Wellness Visit and Advance Care Planning,” and
it will feature Stacie Mynatt providing information on how to decrease costs, while increasing
quality of care.

The class will begin at 10 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose room of Health Services Building 2. A brunch
will be served to attendees, but no fee is required. Call MDH Outreach Service at 309-836-1584
to pre-register.


Funds Awarded to Illinois Department of Agriculture for use on Local Projects

$691,000 will be awarded to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The monetary funds will be
distributed to 12 local projects to increase fresh products.

Agriculture Director Raymond Poe said the goal is to boost specialty crop industry. Fruits,
vegetables, tree nuts and other unique products are considered specialty crops.

List of grant recipients:


1) Partner with D.K. Lee at the University of Illinois – Project Title: Development of
Butterfly Milkweed Varietieswith Low Seed Dormancy and High Seed Yield. 
2) Partner with Linda Williams at the University of Illinois – Project Title: Pest Degree-
Day Tools for Specialty Crop Producers.


3) Partner with the Wertheim Enterprises – Project Title: Expanding Small-scale Hops in
Farming in Illinois.


4) Partner with Shannon Sutton at Western Illinois University – Project Title: Variety
Selection and Integrated Pest Management for Production in High-Value Crops in High-
Tunnels in Illinois.
5) Partner with Nathan Johanning of the University of Illinois – Project Title: Evaluation
of Cover Crops and No-till Production Practices for Fresh Market Tomatoes and Peppers.


6) Partner with Hao Feng at the University of Illinois – Project Title: Social Computing for
Enhancing Food Safety and Quality of Fresh Produce in Illinois Farmers’ Markets.


7) Partner with Dr. Ruplal Choudhry at Southern Illinois University – Project Title:
Improving Food Safety and Shelf-life of Strawberries Using a Mobile UV Cooling
8) Partner with Mette Soendergaard from Western Illinois University – Project Title:
Grafting to Increase Yield, Fruit Quality and Antioxidant Capacity of Heirloom Tomatoes in
Hydroponic Culture.
9) Partner with Taidghin O’Brien at The Land Connection – Project Title: Building an
Online Resource Portal to Increase Sales and Consumer Knowledge of Illinois Specialty


10) Partner with Jennifer Miller at Liberty Prairie Foundation – Project Title:
Demonstration of Apprentice Farmer Program Viability and Working Model of Farm
Diversification through Organic Permaculture. 
11) Partner with Bronwyn Aly at University of Illinois – Project Title: Utilizing High
Tunnels to Maximize Winter Vegetable Production. 

12) Partner with Illinois Specialty Growers Association – Project Title: Educational
Support, Outreach and Marketing for Illinois Specialty Crops.


Ari's Entertainment Report 10-30-18



After a dramatic and dragged out fight that started at New York Fashion Week, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B are waving the white flag.


The two queens decided to end their “beef” over social media recently.


It began when Minaj tweeted that she will not be talking about the drama anymore and thanked her followers for all their support. Cardi B then posted a screenshot of the tweet on her Instagram saying, “alright then! Let’s keep it positive and keep it pushing!”


That was the end of the Nicki Minaj and Cardi B drama...for now.




Bob Saget marries Kelly Rizzo who is the star behind Eat Travel Rock.


Eat Travel Rock is a platform in which Rizzo uses her style and personality to host a show, a radio segment, and make guest appearances.


The two had a beautiful wedding with many guest appearances from Saget’s “Full House” family.


This is Saget’s second marriage, originally he was married to Sherri Kramer but the two split in 1997.




Taron Egerton may have just come out to the world on his brand new social media account.


Egerton just recently made an Instagram account and posted as one of his first photos a young man with the caption “Cutie. My boy”.


The internet went crazy wondering if this gentleman was his boyfriend. While Egerton did not confirm or deny the questions he did like peoples comments who asked if the man was his boyfriend.


For more updates follow Egerton on his brand new Instagram.




West Prairie Volleyball Donates to Lisa's Fund

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the West Prairie High School volleyball
team raised $3,608.13 for Linda’s Fund at the annual Pink Night game. Linda’s Fund at
McDonough District Hospital provides financial support for breast cancer patients at the


Sports Update 10/29/18 (Local and National)

Sports Update 10/29/18


Local High School Football:

Monmouth Roseville picked up its first playoff win in 6 years on Saturday, defeating
Wilmington by a score of 14-10. This is their second playoff win in school history as well.

They took out perennial powerhouse Wilmington with strong performances from
quarterback Addison Fletcher (5-9 145 yards 1 TD), running back CJ Daniel (16 car. 94
yards, 1 TD), and wide receiver Jamonny Skinner (4 catches 123 yards 1 TD).
Additionally, defensive stalwart Jakob Thomas racked up an impressive 5.0 tackles for

Elsewhere, Illini West took out Mercer County with a 50-26 final score on Saturday. The
playoff win brings the Chargers to a 10-0 record.

The Chargers got it done the way they have all season: running the football. Nick
Vorhies had 157 yards and 2 TDs on 23 carries, Colton Sargent had 147 yards and
another 2 TDs on just 12 carries, and Michael Lord stepped up and added an 85-yard
kick return TD to go along with 2 TDs on the ground.

This week, Monmouth-Roseville draws 9-1 Eureka, who beat Chicago’s Urban Prep-
South Shore this past Saturday by a score of 54-6. This will be a road game for
Monmouth, and will be a much tougher matchup. A time has not been announced for
this game, but it will take place on Saturday, November 3.

Illini West draws 9-1 Newman Central Catholic this week, who defeated Rockford
Christian this past Saturday by a score of 54-14. This will be another home game for
Illini West, and will possibly represent the biggest challenge they have faced all season.
This game will also take place on Saturday, November 3, though no time has been



Western Illinois played host to the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon,
and picked up a shocking, dominant 37-17 victory.

WIU got it done in all facets of the game, as Sean calmly decimated this UNI pass
defense to the tune of 300 yards, 2 TDs, and 25 completions on 32 attempts(78%).
Steve McShane didn’t have a huge game, but was able to carry the rushing attack
consistently throughout the game, and did rack up one rushing touchdown.

The rushing attack was something Western established as a weapon early on, and the
constant threat of the run kept UNI’s defense on their heels. This opened up the passing
game, and Isaiah “Zeke” LeSure was the biggest beneficiary of it. He racked up a

mightily impressive 164 yards and 2 TDs on only 7 catches, and once again showed his
ability to make the incredible catch. His leaping ability may be unmatched in this

Defensively, WIU swarmed to the ball, forcing 3 fumbles. They were also able to get
consistent pressure on UNI QB Eli Dunne, and forced him into bad situation after bad
situation. Dunne was sacked 3 times and intercepted twice, and was unable to get
anything going in the face of such intense pressure.

The win pushes WIU to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference,
and drops Northern Iowa to the same record in both. The win also brings WIU into a
three-way tie for second place with South Dakota State (who they do not play this
season) and Northern Iowa. They sit 2 games back of 1st place, FCS #1 ranked, and
undefeated North Dakota State.

WIU hits the road next week to take on Southern Illinois-Carbondale. SIU comes in at 2-
6, coming off of a shocking 49-35 win over Missouri State. Should Western win, a spot
in the rankings would be all but assured. Kickoff for this game is scheduled for 1 PM on
Saturday, November 3.


World Series:

The Red Sox were able to wrap up the World Series yesterday, October 28, and brought
an end to the 2018 MLB season. They won the series in 5 games, 4-1.

This was an utterly dominant performance by perhaps the most utterly dominant team
we’ve seen in quite some time. The performance saw David Price and Chris Sale re-
write narratives about their postseason performance, Alex Cora win a title in his first
year as manager, and Steve Pearce insert himself into baseball folklore.

Pearce won World Series MVP on the back of his 3 home run performance this series.
Pearce also slugged a ridiculous 1.167 in the World Series, solidifying his place in
baseball history.



The Bears were able to pick up another win on Sunday, October 28, this time over the
Jets. They won by a final score of 24-10.

The Jets’ offense never really looked much like scoring, outside of their one touchdown
drive. The Bears’ front proved it could still effectively pressure an opposing quarterback
without Khalil Mack, and the linebackers and secondary improved their tackling in a big


Offensively, this game was finally the game that saw Jordan Howard re-emerge as a
threat. He was able to rack up over 80 rushing yards and a touchdown, and he played a
huge role in closing the game out late. Elsewhere, Trubisky had a very efficient day
passing, going 16/29 for 220 yards and 2 TDs. In addition, he racked up 51 yards on the
ground on 6 carries.

Due to the absence of top wideout Allen Robinson, the Bears had to get creative with
their usage of smaller targets in Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller. This
was a game that showcased Matt Nagy and Vic Fangio’s ability to put out creative
schemes and sets without two of their best players.

Next week, the Bears hit the road to play the Bills in Buffalo at 12 on Sunday. This sets
up for the Bears to be on a two win streak heading into week 10.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Buccaneers’ quarterback woes came to bear fruit once again,
as Jameis Winston threw another 4 interceptions to bring his total to 10 in just thirteen
quarters, not games, of play this season.

The NFC North has switched hands again, as the Bears, who began the day in last
place, have jumped up to first. They did this with the Lions losing to the Seahawks, the
Packers losing to the Rams, and the Vikings losing to the Saints.

The Packers and Vikings losses stand out in particular, as they were seen as stalwarts
that the Bears would struggle to stay with this season. Kirk Cousins has had huge
statistical performances, but they’ve only resulted in, essentially, a .500 record, and the
Vikings’ defense has way underperformed. The Packers have, once again, proven an
inability to put any kind of talent around the most talented quarterback of our generation
in Aaron Rodgers. At some point, the finger has to start pointing towards Mike
McCarthy, who has seen his GM and essentially every coach and coordinator fired
around him. When everyone around you is getting in trouble (in this case fired) and
you’re the only one left, it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself in the same
situation. That time has come for Mike McCarthy.


Public Informational Meeting for Safe Routes to School Grant

Next Monday, October 29, there will be a public informational meeting regarding the Safe Route to School Grant. The City of Macomb is applying for the grant that would help fund the construction of
new sidewalks, a new crosswalk and more.

The meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. IMEG Corp.
engineers will be present to answer any questions.


Flu Clinics in the area still offering Vaccines

Although the McDonough District Hospital (MDH) flu clinic dates have passed, the McDonough
Medical Group has flu vaccinations available.

Julie Bartlow will have a flu clinic on Nov. 3 at the Pediatric Clinic from 8 a.m. until noon. Those
with kids between the ages of 6 months and 18 years old may call Pediatrics at 309-833-1929.
Parents must call in advance.

The Family Clinic, Internal Medicine, Convenient Care clinic and Bushnell Family Practice is also
offering flu shots. Check with each clinic for insurance requirements and availability.

It is recommended to get a flu shot to avoid serve symptoms or even death from the illness.
Washing your hands or using alcohol based hand sanitizer can help prevent the flu.
For more information or questions, contact MDH at 309-833-4101.


Sports Update 10/26/18 (Local and National)


Local Volleyball:


Macomb Regional Championship Game:

Quincy Notre Dame 2-0 Macomb (25-14 25-14)


Sydney Hummert (QND): 10 Kills

Taylor Keck (QND): 4 Service Aces

Lauren Roberts (QND): 23 Assists

Avery Rexroat (MHS): 15 Assists


Warsaw Regional Championship Game:

Biggsville West Central 2-0 Illini West (25-16 25-22)


Local Football:


Monmouth-Roseville gets a home football game tomorrow night vs. Wilmington in the first round of the 3A IHSA State Football Playoffs.


Monmouth will be looking to heavily use CJ Daniel in the run game, but has weapons, like Jamonny Skinner and JC Sells, who can break a defense open. Addison Fletcher has proven his competence over this season, and he is fully capable of burning a defense if given the opportunity.


On the other side, Wilmington’s offense is all about the run game. In Monmouth Coach Jeremy Adolphson’s description of their running game, it sounded, to me, very similar to Rushville-Industry’s running game. That is to say one that typically utilizes the QB as a runner along with one tailback behind him, and two wingbacks. They utilize a lot of misdirection, so Monmouth’s defense will have to stay disciplined and on their toes.


Bottom line. If Monmouth can run and stop the run, they have a great chance to win this game. A win would represent the first playoff win since 2012, and second in program history.


Elsewhere, the undefeated Chargers of Illini West will host Mercer County in their first round 2A IHSA State Playoff game.


The focus here will obviously be on the monster that is Nick Vorhies. Vorhies ran in 20 touchdowns this season and averaged 8.3 yards per carry, and with his size, he and Illini West will be a force to be reckoned with for the entirety of the playoffs.




WIU plays host to Northern Iowa this weekend, in a matchup of the 3-4 Leathernecks and the 4-3 Panthers.


Last year, Western won in the UNIDome, 39-28, so they will be looking to take the momentum of that win into this year’s matchup.


There will also be a very interesting family dynamic here, as Steve McShane’s brother Deion is a Freshman wide receiver for UNI.


I think WIU’s backfield has a big day catching the ball, which will open things up further downfield for McGuire. He should have a big day as well, as WIU should be able to take advantage of what is the 76th ranked pass defense in FCS.


I think WIU wins, 34-28.




The Bears play the Jets this week. The Bears come in at 3-3, losers of their last two, while the Jets come in 3-4, and are coming off of a 37-17 loss to the Vikings.


The Jets will be banged up, as WR Quincy Enunwa has already been ruled out. Another WR, Robby Anderson, missed practice Wednesday, and may be unavailable come Sunday. In the backfield, Bilal Powell suffered a devastating neck injury in last week’s loss, and Isaiah Crowell may still be dealing with a foot injury he picked up last week.


This could mean more carries for rookie Trenton Cannon, and more targets for recent signee, Rishard Matthews (former Charger), and former Clemson receiver, Charone Peak.


The Bears have to hope the tackling improves this week, and I think it will. I see the pair of Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan having a huge impact in this one, as both are very adept at rushing the passer from the middle linebacker position, in addition to being skilled cover-men.


The Bears will also be hoping Mitchell Trubisky’s Red Zone decision making improves as well, as he has seen a rash of interceptions and bad throws inside the 20 in recent weeks.


I think he comes out and gets the job done, the Bears defense rebounds, and the Bears get a 31-17 win.




MDH Linda's Fund Receives $6,500 in Donations from Bushnell's Pink Warriors

$6,500 was presented to Linda’s Fund at McDonough District Hospital by the Pink Warriors of
Bushnell. The “Cancer’s A Drag” event helped raise funds for the organization. The group has
raised an impressive $19,500 for the foundation over the course of five years.


Western Illinois Region to Receive over $200,000 for Home Rehabilitation

$202,576 in federal funding is going toward the Western Illinois Regional Council Community
Action Agency to help low income homeowners. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick
Durbin said the funds will aid 30 homes in the region in making their living space safer and
more accessible.


“I will continue to work with Senator Durbin to make sure that hardworking Illinoisans throughout the state receive the federal investments they deserve," Duckworth said. 

The funds were granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Housing Preservation Program,
which aims to repair homes for low-income households.


Ari's Entertainment Report 10-25-18



After meeting with Zac Brown Band it may be time for Mendes to switch music genres.


While nothing is confirmed or denied the singer said he would consider switching to country music down the line.


Mendes says he “loves country music” and has “always been a Hunter Hayes fan”.


Now only time will tell what his next move will be. We will see if he picks pop or country.




Meghan Markle gave a speech about the importance of girls education recently where she shares that she paid for her own college.


The speech was lovely but half-sister Samantha Markle is not having it.


Samantha Markle claims that her sister is lying in the speech and that their father paid for her college.


It is unclear who is right in this situation but what is clear is that this family drama is very dramatic.




Halsey is on the rise with her music career but on the down with her boyfriend G-Eazy.


The two of them have decided to call it quits once again after allegedly G-Eazy was spotted at a Halloween party “all over” other girls.


Their relationship only lasted a few months after their last break-up.


We will have to wait and see if they get back together or not.





Road Closures for Fallen Soldiers 5K This Saturday - Oct. 27

Below is a map of street closures for the Fallen Soldiers 5k on this Saturday, Oct. 27. The
closures will begin at 8:55 a.m. until the race is over and EMS has passed. Officials said a ticket
will be issued to those that violate the closures.



Illinois Secretary of State Services Visiting WIU Tomorrow

Mobile services will be offered from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office in the University
Union at Western Illinois University on Thursday. The services will be available from 9:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m. and include:

- Driver’s license (renewal, replacement, corrections)
- State ID card (renewal, replacement, corrections)
- Vehicle sticker sales
- WIU collegiate license plates
- Passenger/B-truck license plates
- Organ/tissue donor registration
- Vehicle title and registration
- Parking placards for persons with disabilities


Other visits to WIU will occur Nov. 29, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28 and April 25.
A list of acceptable forms of identification is available at


(Original Story came from WIU News. You can visit their post here:


Horn Field Campus' Haunted Trail Returns this Weekend on Oct. 28

Horn Field Campus is holding their annual Haunted Trail this Sunday, Oct. 28. The family
friendly trail for younger kids is from 6 to 8 p.m. Following that, the scary trail will be open from
8 to 10 p.m.

Admission is $5. Children under 16 must be with a parent or guardian for the event.

Horn Field Campus is located at 985 China Road in Macomb. If you have any questions, please
call 309-298-HORN or visit their website at 


Macomb High School Volleyball Donates to Linda's Fund

$1,177 was donated to Linda’s Fund by the Macomb High School volleyball team. The money
was raised at the Pink Night game on Oct. 9.

Linda’s Fund is in honor of the late Linda Bainter, who passed away in 1996 from breast cancer.
All proceeds benefit breast cancer patients at McDonough District Hospital (MDH).

You can get more information on Linda’s Fund by contacting the MDH Foundation office at 309-


Macomb Food Co-op Fall Farmers Market - Oct. 27

Get the chance to meet the farmer that produces your favorite food at the Macomb Food Co-
op Fall Farmers Market. The event will be held Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at 211 S. McArthur

Area farmers will be on hand with pumpkins and gourds, mushroom, chutneys and jams. Attendees can sample as much as they please!


The store will also be open and serving free coffee and hot cocoa. No membership is required to attend.


Ari's Entertainment Report 10-23-18



Amy Schumer has been making headlines in many ways recently.


Schumer is not only boycotting doing Super Bowl commercials this year but also decided to make her pregnant announcement in a political post.


She had her journalist friend posted on her Instagram story a list of all the candidates Amy would recommend voting for along with a short line on the bottom that reads, “I’m pregnant -Amy Schumer”.


Leave it to Amy Schumer to announce her pregnancy in such a unique way reminding us all to vote.




Emmy Rossum who plays the character Fiona will leave the show once the season finale has aired.


After Rossum’s leave from the show another character announced that he too would be leaving.


The character is Ian Gallagher played by Cameron Monaghan.


Monaghan was only 15-years-old when the pilot for the show aired and has now decided it is time for something new.


As far as what will happen to the rest of the Gallagher family we will just have to stay tuned.




Taylor Swift made a huge impact on a fan whose mom is in a coma.


Swift donated $15,500 dollars to the fan’s GoFundMe page.


The donation came after Swift read the fan’s tweet which thanked the singer for “keeping her afloat”.


Taylor Swift is a constant supporter of those who support her and this story is further proof of it.




Latest Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Coincides with their #keepitinmacomb Campaign

The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Macomb Park District's Patton Park to celebrate the installation of new fitness equipment. 


This outdoor facility is open free to the public during regular park hours. For more information, please visit


This latest ribbon cutting from the Chamber serves as a continuation of their #keepitinmacomb campaign. The campaign kicked off last week and encourages the community to shop locally. Spending money at businesses in Macomb benefits the city's education, transportation, health care, and public safety services. The #keepitinmacomb campaign wants to remind you that spending your money in Macomb, keeps it in Macomb. 


“I think it’s easy for people to forget that when they purchase something online or in another
city, that Macomb misses out on the sales tax revenue that funds our schools, police, parks,
roads, and so much more,” said Lauren Merritt, Executive Director of the MACC. “We wanted a
fresh and interesting way to remind Macomb residents of this.”


The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce invites the city to embrace the campaign and display the #keepitinmacomb in their businesses and online through social media. They have promotional items available for free in the MACC office, as well as larger items, like banners, for a price. Images of the logo can also be downloaded at to be put on display. 


“The more people and businesses we can get to participate, the greater impact this campaign will
have,” said Merritt. “That is why the Chamber is freely sharing the logo and hashtag with anyone
that would like to use it. We’d like to see it spread throughout the community so that everyone
remembers to keep it in Macomb.”


(This photo is from the Campaign Open House on Thursday)


Durham School Services Earns Third Consecutive ASE Blue Seal

The Durham School Services’ maintenance team was awarded the Automotive Service
Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal certification for the third year in a row. They achieved this
certification from committing to a safety and quality work environment.


“To earn the ASE Blue Seal certification means your team is among ‘the best of the best’,” said Pete
Silva, senior vice president of maintenance for Durham. “We are more than proud of our Macomb
team’s dedication to not only being the safest, but also the most skilled. Their efforts are truly

A lunch was held to commemorate the award and recognize Maintenance Supervisor Mike
Foulk and his team.


Free Arthritis Seminar Announced in Macomb - Oct. 30

A free arthritis seminar will be presented by Orthopedic Surgeon, George Crickard, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Macomb Country Club, 20 Hickory Grove, at 6 p.m. Dr. Crickard works at Quincy Medical Group as a physician and is also a member of the Blessing Hospital Medical Staff. 


People of all ages, races, and genders can be affected from the more than 100 different diseases or conditions that Arthritis consists of. People can have a hard time moving without pain and this impacts their quality of life. There are options out there which can help. Dr. Crickard will be in Macomb to discuss the basics of arthritis along with options to treat arthritis pain and improvements in total hip and knee replacement. A light meal will also be served.


If you are interested in attending this free arthritis seminar, then register by calling 1-877-411-2468 or online at and searching “arthritis” 


Sports Update 10-22-18

Sports Update 10/22/18




The Western Illinois Leathernecks picked up a massive win on Saturday, October 20, over Missouri State in Springfield. They won 34-14, and improved to 18-17 all time vs. Missouri State.


The game went much like I thought it would, with McGuire having a big bounce-back performance (19/32 305 yards 3 TDS 1 INT) and Steve McShane dominating on the ground and through the air (19 car. 143 yards 1 TD, 4 cat. 95 yards 1 TD). The Leathernecks were also bolstered by big performances by Max Norris (16 car. 87 yards), John Brunner (4 cat. 77 yards 1 TD), and Clint Ratkovich (5 cat. 77 yards 1 TD).


Defensively, it would appear that Peyton Huslig was constantly under pressure, as he was unable to get anything going through the air or on the ground (15/31 203 yards 1 TD 2 INT, 9 car. 9 yards). Justin Fitzpatrick and Eric Carrera came up with the interceptions for the Leathernecks, and they largely shut down what had been a productive passing attack all season.


WIU got right back to their momentous ways on Saturday, as it looked like they moved right on past the North Dakota State result. They will host Northern Iowa this Saturday, October 27, at 11 AM in what is an absolute must-win game. A win there would see them crawl back to .500 for the first time since the Montana win.




The Bears suffered a tough 38-31 loss on Sunday, October 21, to the New England Patriots. Special Teams and Defense was once again the issue, as the Patriots scored 14 points off the Bears’ punt team, and tackling was a major issue.


Mitchell Trubisky showed a lot of fight despite having an overall rough outing. Despite having a completion percentage just north of 50, he finished with 333 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition to 81 rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. As the season goes on, it seems like he’s getting much more comfortable with creating plays outside of the pocket when his protection breaks down or his receivers fail to get open.


The rest of the offense, excluding Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen, was pedestrian at best. The injury to Allen Robinson looks concerning, and the drops have killed the Bears of late. Dion Sims has become almost unplayable with his drop issues, and Kevin White continues to lose snaps to Josh Bellamy, who showed his own issues at receiver. They need one out of the group of Allen Robinson, Kevin White, or Anthony Miller to emerge as a true outside threat for the future.


Defensively, this was a bit of a nightmare performance. There were missed tackles all over the place, which is something that should just not be happening for any professional football team, let alone one that has a defense considered by some to be among the best in the sport. Brady and Josh Gordon were able to exploit Kyle Fuller big time yesterday as well, as Gordon went over 100 yards receiving for the first time in a Patriots uniform. One positive from the defense yesterday was the emergence of rookie fifth rounder Bilal Nichols. Nichols came by way of Delaware, an FCS school, so there was a steep learning curve expected. Early on, however, he and Eddie Goldman have formed a fierce duo in the middle of the Bears’ defensive line.


Overall, this team will have to play better if they want to have a chance at winning the division or making the playoffs. The tackling has to be better, the pass rush needs a return to what it was early, the special teams has got to be a ton better, and the offense needs to play with more consistency. The Bears draw the Jets at home this Sunday.



Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill in Illinois

Southern Illinois students received education about earthquake preparedness and its
importance thanks to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Governor Bruce Rauner declared yesterday Great U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Day in Illinois, so
every resident would participate in an earthquake drill.

Organizers and the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, Fredbird, taught kids how to ‘Drop, Cover and
Hold on’ in the event of an earthquake.


 “Whether you are at school, at work, at home or on vacation, an earthquake can happen at any
time, anywhere,” said Deputy Director Jennifer Ricker.  “This is why the Shakeout earthquake
drill is so important.  This preparedness drill helps us teach millions of people the life-saving
Drop-Cover-Hold On procedure.”


If you have any questions or need more information, you can visit 


Rep. Hammond Receives Leading Age Award

The Legislator of the Year Award from Leading Age Illinois was presented to Representative
Norine K. Hammond. She was the recipient because of her commitment toward improving the
care for older individuals in the area.

The presentation of the award was earlier this week at Wesley Village in Macomb from
Administrator/CEO of Wesley Village, Shelly Martin and Vice President of Policy at Leading Age
Illinois, Kirk Riva.


Raw Chicken Linked to Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

There is a current outbreak of the Salmonella infantis illness in the country. According to the
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), there has been five reported cases of the infection
in Illinois. The investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates
that the epidemic is linked to raw chicken.

“This outbreak is a reminder to always handle raw chicken carefully and to cook chicken to an
internal temperature of 165°F to prevent food poisoning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah,
M.D., J.D. 

Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps for a few days after the
initial intake. Most people infected do not need treatment, but some can be hospitalized.


However, the CDC says this is the most hospitalizations they’ve seen from Salmonella.

Some safety guidelines to prevent Salmonella:
- Wash your hands
- Cook raw chicken thoroughly
- Avoid spreading germs from raw chicken around food preparation areas
- Do not feed raw food to pets

Visit for more information regarding the illness.


MDH Reveals Healing Hand Award Recipient

LaDawna Roya, Hospice RN at McDonough District Hospital (MDH), received a Healing Hand
award from the Grateful Patient Program.

The program lets patients and/or their families showcase their gratefulness for a caregiver at
MDH. Royer was granted this award because of her caring personality.

The patients are welcome to donate to an area of care or cause when acknowledging the
recipient. Contact the MDH Foundation Office at 309-836-1757 with any questions or visit


Rep. Hammond Supports National Take Back Day - 10/27/18

Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond has been actively working to combat central
Illinois’s opioid epidemic. She is promoting a National Take Back Day, which is on Oct. 27.


“Disposing of old prescriptions is the best way for people to help fight the opioid
epidemic. Participants in Take Back Day have a number of drop-off locations and more are being added, so be sure to check online for your closest site," said Hammond. 


Local law enforcement will be at locations accepting old prescriptions that Saturday.

Locations participating:
- The Lodge at Manito’s parking lot, 1303 S. East Avenue, in Manito from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- IGA’s parking lot, 201 West Elm, in Mason City from 10 - 11a.m.
- Oney Food’s parking lot, 500 S. Promenade St., in Havana from 1 - 2 p.m.
- IGA, 200 Pittsfield Rd., in Mt. Sterling from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Jensen Camp "Soup in the Woods"

Jensen Woods Camp is hosting “Soup in the Woods” on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will have soup, sandwiches and desserts.

Location: 1498 275E St., Timewell, IL. For more details call 217-773-2491.


YMCA Hosting Halloween Parties in both Macomb and Bushnell

The YMCA of McDonough County is hosting two Halloween parties this year. The first event will
be Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will be located at the YMCA Program Center, 300 Miller
Street, Bushnell. The second party takes place the following day, Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in
Macomb at the main facility.

This is a free community event. Organizers ask for families to bring snacks to share. Each party will feature games, contests and much more.

Contact Jim Harding at 309-833-2129 if you have any questions.


Ari's Entertainment Report 10-18-18



Mother Monster has officially announced her engagement to agent Christian Carino.


The two have been engaged since November 2017 but have kept it secret since.


Gaga is wearing a pink diamond ring that is estimated to be worth anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000.




After fighting at a New York City Fashion Week party with Nicki Minaj, Cardi B has decided she wants to release a diss track.


But her team feels the lyrics need to be cut due to their intensity.


They argue that the track puts too much light onto Minaj and that Cardi B should just take the high route in regards to the fight.




Rumors are flying that Thompson has cheated on Kardashian yet again.


Allegedly she has not made a decision on what to do with the relationship yet.


But it is clear that the star canceled her move to Cleveland where Thompson plays for the Cavaliers.


The Kardashian will continue staying in L.A. with daughter True Thompson.




WIU Residence Halls Trick-or-Treating 2018

Western Illinois University’s annual Residence Halls Safe Trick-or-Treating program will take
place from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 30.

This event if for children ages 2-12, so they can trick-or-treat and play Halloween games safely.
Guides are available, but all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Corbin-Olson (main entrance)
- Candy toss
- Coloring station
- Face painting
- TP mummy wrapping game
- Relay race
- Free Polaroids with a Princess or Superhero
- Free candy


Lincoln-Washington-Grote (Grote Hall entrance)
- Face painting
- Coloring
- Cake Walk
- Games


Tanner Hall (main lobby entrance)
- Trick-or-Treating

- Witch Hall Toss
- Face painting
- Crystal ball reading


Thompson Hall will also feature “Haunted Housing” during this time for kids. A scarier version
of the event for teens and adults will be Oct. 26-27 from 6-11 p.m. and requires an admission
fee. Organizers are accepting $3 or $2 with a non-perishable food item donation.

Contact Director of Residence Life Mishelle Oaks at 309-298-3328 or at for
more details.


Ameren Hitting the Macomb Streets Tomorrow to Raise Scam Awareness

Ameren Illinois employees will be out and about tomorrow warning businesses about utility
scams. Employees will visit 20-30 Macomb businesses to provide information regarding warning
signs of a scam.

The most typical scam is when a person acts like an Ameren Illinois employee over the phone
and threatens to disconnect service if the customer does not pay a fee. This year, more than
700 customers have been contacted by these scammers.


Fifth Annual Brix Challenge Returns to McDonough County

The Brix Challenge has returned to McDonough County for the fifth annual year. In 2014, Chris Brix got the idea to help the Humane Society of McDonough County by teaming up with members of the community. Thanks to their extensive support, close to $46,000 has been raised for animals in need over the past four years.


Once again this year, Chris has promised to match $1000 in donations to the McDonough County Humane Society beginning now through October 31, 2018. Every dollar donated can impact an animal’s life. All contributions made this year will support the direct initiatives of the Brix Challenge. Some of those include:


  • Promotion of adoption of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter
  • Rescue and fostering those animals that don’t get adopted from the Shelter
  • Reduction of the overpopulation of cats via the spay/neuter program
  • Continued enhancements for the comfort of the cats and kittens at the animal shelter
  • Provisions of medical care to Shelter and County animals in need
  • Help via the Pet Food Pantry for those struggling to afford supplies to keep their pets

No donation is too small. You can make a tax-deductible donation by sending it to:


Brix Challenge 2018

Humane Society of McDonough County

PO Box 7

Macomb, IL 61455


Donations can also be sent via PayPal on the Humane Society website at


Ari's Entertainment Report 10-16-18



The “God is a Woman” and “SNL” star have officially called off their engagement.


Grande and Davidson are reportedly taking a break but continue to have faith that they will get back together.


The break allegedly stems from Grande needing time to reevaluate things after the death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.


The couple was only together approximately 5-6 months before this split.




Bieber has reportedly been feeling emotional lately due to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez facing her health issues.


The star is now saying that he is feeling disconnected and wants Gomez to be happy.


As of now, the two have not been in contact.





Sports Report 10-15-18 (Bears, Illini West, Macomb, WIU)

Sports Update 10/15/18


Local HS Football:


There was plenty of high school football action this past weekend to talk about, but we focused on two games: Rushville-Industry vs. Illini West, and Macomb vs. Richmond-Burton.


Rushville-Industry suffered a 54-14 loss at the hands of the undefeated Chargers of Illini West. Running back Nick Vorhies had 188 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Chargers and was a fast, powerful force for them all game.


Macomb suffered a 54-9 loss against the now 7-1 Rockets of Richmond-Burton. This is just another case of Macomb being affected by their lack of a conference. This issue shows no signs of resolution, so Macomb will have to adjust to playing these larger schools. It’s unfortunate, but this is the hand they’ve been dealt.




WIU lost to FCS #1 North Dakota State, on Saturday night at Hanson Field, by a score of 34-7.


WIU took an early 7-3 lead, but even on the touchdown drive, things were not easy. McGuire had to struggle for every throw he made, and the Leathernecks had nothing going on the ground. The only thing they did seem to have working were the occasional bubble screen plays they ran. These, however, were often negated by bad offensive penalties.


As poorly as it might seem like they played, much of it was a result of North Dakota State’s strong play. The Bison came in with an extremely strong, top-ten-ranked, scoring offense and defense, and it showed. Quarterback Easton Stick looked every bit as good advertised as he bombed WIU’s defense through the air and on the ground. The Bison defense did a phenomenal job of showing McGuire different looks and bringing consistent pressure to disrupt the Leatherneck offense.


Next week is a tough one as well, as WIU heads to Springfield, Missouri to take on the 4-2 Missouri State Bears.




The Bears suffered a tough 31-28 OT loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, October 14.


It was very much a tale of two halves, as both teams got out to incredibly sluggish starts. At halftime the score was 7-0 Dolphins, and the Bears had shown little to nothing offensively that showed they would turn things around

The second half, however, saw Mitchell Trubisky spring to life, as more than 70% of his 316 passing yards on the day came in the second half. All three touchdowns came in a roughly ten minute outburst in the third quarter that saw them take a 21-10 lead with 6 minutes to go.


This is where the defensive struggles began to shine through. The Dolphins drew up what should be the blueprint on how to stop this aggressive Bears defense, as they drew up several delay-type plays to get the Bears moving downhill. As a result, once the Miami receivers and runners broke through the second level of the defense, there were only 2 or 3 men left to beat. This problem took the forefront in the fourth quarter, as Miami stormed back to take a 28-21 lead.


Trubisky proved his performance two weeks ago may not have been a fluke, when he led the team down methodically at near the end of regulation to tie the game at 28. A Tarik Cohen fumble near the end of the game nearly cost the Bears the win, but a 3-and-out by the Dolphins on the ensuing drive saw regulation end with the score 28-28.


Overtime began with the Dolphins squandering their first opportunity on a Kenyan Drake fumble at the one yard line. On the ensuing Bears drive, they drove most of the way down the field, only to see kicker Cody Parkey miss a would-be-game-winning 52-yard field goal. The Dolphins got the ball back, drove it to around the Bears 25 or 30 yard line, where rookie kicker Jason Sanders kicked the game-winning 47 yard field goal.


This was a tale of costly turnovers, (mostly) bad officiating, awful tackling, and missed opportunities as the Bears lost what should’ve been a very winnable game. The loss also means that Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler is now 4-0 against the Bears in his career. The Bears will have to move on from this game rather quickly, as they meet the Patriots at home this Sunday.




Local High School Football Scores 10-12-18

Final Scores:


Macomb lost 52 - 7 to Richmond Burton


Monmouth Roseville lost 21 - 0 to Princeton


Illini West beat Rushville-Industry 54 - 14


Lewistown beat Havana-Midwest Central COOP 49 - 33


West Prairie-Bushnell-Prairie COOP beat South Fulton 43 - 12




Ribbon Cutting for Taylor's Custom Embroidery

The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting yesterday for new business and Chamber member, Taylor’s Custom Embroidery (1200 W. Jackson St. #3, Macomb).


The business offers many services like embroidery, screen print, clothing repair, and custom apparel projects.


For more information, call (309) 313-2344.


Gubernatorial Debate in Quincy

Governor Bruce Rauner and opposing democratic candidate JB Pritzker went head to head in their final gubernatorial debate last night. The only downstate debate was an evening full of local issues, dodging questions and the blame game.


When asked about the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that led to 14 deaths of residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Rauner said the incident was heartbreaking and claimed that the state immediately went to action.


“I think much of this, so-called criminal investigation, is a political ploy to divert attention from the tax fraud that Pritzker has engaged in, and I believe that it is a shameful use of power by the attorney general,” Rauner said.


Pritzker responded by saying the governor “did virtually nothing” about the outbreak in Quincy. He said due to family members being veterans, he would commit to the job of rebuilding the facility.


Rauner went on to label his opponent as a bank robber, saying that Illinois residents “can no way trust Mr. Pritzker.” He noted that the democrat has committed perjury, tax evasion and has used racist terms.


“You just heard a desperate rant by a failed governor who is in his final hours of his campaign and his governorship,” Pritzker said in his response.

This retort prompted clapping and cheering from those in attendance.


Pritzker held firm on his stance for a fairer tax system for Illinois.


“We want to lower property taxes across the state, pay for our schools differently, because that’s causing a lot of the property tax increases that people are feeling,” Pritzker said. “We want to lower taxes on the middle class.”


He said residents should not be living paycheck to paycheck. However, Pritzker was not clarifying a rate, which the governor responded, “Mr. Pritzker dodges questions like he dodges taxes.”


Rauner stated Pritzker’s tax system would potentially “crush the middle class.”

The candidates were asked if they could commit to supporting Illinois public schools. Pritzker said having better funded higher education is critical to the economy, again highlighting on the unfair tax system. The change to the education formula, Pritzker claimed, was not Rauner’s doing. He said the formula only works if schools are funded properly.


“I believe that every child in Illinois deserves a quality education, no matter the color of their skin, the income level of their parents or the zip code that they live in,” Pritzker said. “We’ve got to invest in that education, including our community colleges too. We’ve got to bring back vocational training into our high schools, so the kids can get jobs without going to college and make college more affordable.”


He said all this can be accomplished by changing the way schools are funded and by lowering property taxes. The governor said he originally ran for the position to fix the lack of state support for education.


Other topics discussed on Thursday night’s debate included agriculture, gun violence and raising the minimum wage. You can watch the entire gubernatorial debate on WGEM’s website.




Halloween Trick or Treating in Macomb

Macomb Trick or Treating will be on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The city recommends having your porch lights on if you are handing out treats. Officials also
advise to drive carefully while driving through neighborhoods on these evenings.


SRC Offers "Candid Photography" Seminar

Spoon River College (SRC) is presenting the course “Candid Photography” by Bob Coker. The
class instructs attendees how to capture moments spontaneously, so the subject appears
unaware and relaxed.

The program will be on Wednesdays Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the SRC Outreach
Center, 2500 E. Jackson St., Macomb. A fee and pre-registration is required to attend. For more
information, call 309-833-6031.


2019 Senior Fall Festival Announced for Macomb

A community event, titled Boomers and Beyond: A festival for Active Seniors, is taking place on
Sept. 20-22 of next year. The festival is meant to showcase Macomb as a retirement

Mayor Mike Inman agrees that the city is “ideal for retirement living.” He says he considers it an
economic advantage.

However, Boomers and Beyond is not a city government effort, but he has authorized city staff
members to help plan the festival. Plans are still in the development process.

For more information, contact City Administrator Dean Torreson at 309-837-0501 or at


Sports Report 10-12-18

Sports Update 10/12/18


Rushville-Industry vs. Illini West:


Rushville-Industry has a home contest this week with undefeated Illini West. Rushville comes in at 4-3, coming off a 36-22 win over Havana/Midwest Central.


Rushville will look to use their rushing attack, largely bolstered by the “fearsome foursome” of Josh Triplett, Javen Quinn, Manny Garcia, and Kreeden Allen. These four have accounted for nearly all of Rushville’s offense this season.


Illini West will look to establish the run game, but largely through one man: Nick Vorhies. His name is reminiscent of horror movie character Jason, and he runs like it too. He’s sliced and diced defenses for over 800 yards and 14 touchdowns through just seven weeks.


I think the difference is the passing game, where Illini West has shown a desire and ability to throw the ball while Rushville has not. As a result, I think Illini West wins, and keeps their hopes of a perfect season alive.


Macomb vs. Richmond-Burton:


2-5 Macomb hosts 6-1 Richmond-Burton this week for the Bombers’ Senior Night game.


This will be a big one for Macomb, as they can really show if they’re able to rebound from the results of the last four weeks or not. It will take a strong showing early for them to compete in this one.


Richmond-Burton does not allow many points, and comes in with a strong rushing attack. Both of theses are descriptions of the teams Macomb has had problems with, and if Macomb does not come out attack early, this could be trouble once again.


I think Macomb comes out with high emotion and a ton of motivation, and is able to punch Richmond in the mouth early, before faltering late.




WIU draws FCS #1 North Dakota State this week. NDSU comes in 5-0 while WIU comes in 2-3.


Western was put on a list (STATS) of the top five FCS teams under .500, so there could be some bad luck at hand with their record. Bad luck, however, is something that you cannot afford to happen against a team like NDSU.


There is one vulnerable spot on NDSU’s team that I think WIU will be able to exploit, however. NDSU’s pass defense comes in #20 (still good, but not as good as the other areas), and I think Sean McGuire and this tall, speedy receiving corps can take advantage of it.


If Western comes out and bombs the ball early, much like they did against Montana, they have a shot to win this game. I think they go for it, but NDSU is able to snuff it out. NDSU wins 28-20.




The Bears have an interesting game this week with the Dolphins. Interesting, in that no one is quite sure what to make of the 3-1 Bears or the 3-2 Dolphins.


The Bears have surprised everyone with what now appears to be the best defense in football, and a recently potent, exciting offense. An offense that has almost completely abandoned the running attributes of Jordan Howard.


I think Nagy tries his hardest to work Howard back into the offense in creative ways, whether that be throwing him the ball more, putting him in exotic sets, or just simply giving him the ball up the middle early to establish him as a threat. This will be the biggest difference between this week and the previous 4.


The Dolphins have a potent rushing attack of their own with the ageless wonder, Frank Gore, and second-year starter Kenyan Drake. Drake has been the biggest benefactor of Jay Ajayi’s trade last season, as his youth and speed have given Miami’s offense a major boost. They also have a talented, big, and fast receiving corps with the likes of Davante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Danny Amendola. These three could give the Bears problems, but I also thought this of the Buccaneers.


Overall, I think this sets up for another big, albeit nowhere near as perfect as he was last game, game for Trubisky. I think Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, and Taylor Gabriel can dominate this secondary, and I think the Bears defense can shut down Miami’s offense. The one worry for me is that Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn play game-wreckers again and constantly force Trubisky to move in the pocket. I predict a sound Bears win, 35-14.




Rep. Hammond Awarded as the "Champion of Free Enterprise" from Chamber of Commerce

State Representative Norine K. Hammond was honored with the “2017-2018 Champion of Free
Enterprise” award at yesterday’s Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Macomb Dining Company. 

Rep. Hammond was awarded for her commitment to job creation and growth in the community.


Illinois Comptroller Candidate Senger Holding Press Conference Tomorrow in Quincy (10/12/18)

Darlene Senger is holding a press conference tomorrow in Quincy to discuss the comptroller
race. Topics to be discussed:

-Issues facing the Illinois Comptroller Office


-The state of the race

-Chicago politics


The conference will begin at 2 p.m. at Arnold, Behrens, Nesbit, Gray P.C., 901 Hampshire Street,


First Christian Church is offering free family fun on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

MACOMB -- First Christian Church is offering free family fun on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.


It is the 6th Annual Fall Festival located on the corner of Jackson and McArthur.


Activities for Friday include trunk or treat, food truck, photo booth, pumpkin sale, harvest crafts, and carnival games.


Saturday activities will include carnival food, bouncy houses, petting zoo, carnival games, and more.


Check the festival out from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.





Ari's Entertainment Report 10-11-18



It is time for Selena Gomez to be in control of her mental health once again.


The star has shared with her followers in the past she struggles with anxiety and depression.


Gomez is undergoing therapy at a treatment facility after an emotional collapse regarding her kidney transplant and Lupus.




Grande and Davidson have an adorable pet that it making its musical debut.


That is right, Piggy Smalls is featured for the entire length of Grande’s “Breathin” video.


You can see all the cuteness yourself by checking the music video out.




Will Smith broke big news on his Instagram account that he will be playing Genie in the upcoming remake.


The remake will also include brand new characters and new music.


Aladdin is set to premier on May 24, 2019.




Ari's Entertainment Report 10-10-18



Taylor Swift makes her debut in the political world with a long caption on Instagram this week.


Swift posted a photo of herself with a caption about the importance of voting. In her post she writes, “ Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”


She also discusses who she will be voting for and why she is against Marsha Blackburn.


Her social media post resulted in 65,000 people registering to vote within a couple of hours.


No matter how one feels about the topic, it is important to take away the most important message of Swift’s post -- register to vote.




Dakota Johnson is making a big impact on women and girls.


At the Global Citizen Festival she gave audience members her phone number. With it she said, “I want you to call me and tell me your story in a voicemail.”


Johnson wants to achieve a world in which women are equal and do not suffer from violence and harassment.


She also included this information on her Instagram account with a picture of her phone number written on a piece of paper.


While it is not confirmed whether it is her real phone number or a prepaid number the thought is what counts.




During the “Ellen” show, three lucky women got to meet Colton Underwood.


One of those woman, Annie Reardon won the audience’s heart after seeming to hit it off with Underwood.


But on snapchat she reveals that dumped the star and is back to normal life without “psycho people”


We will have to wait and see in January 2019 to find out what really happened.




It's Fire Prevention Week in Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed this week Fire Prevention Week in Illinois. This coincides with National Fire Prevention Week with the theme being “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”


Firefighters will be teaching students at schools across Illinois about necessary precautions and
safety measures to take in case of a fire.


“More than 100 people died as a result of fire in Illinois last year,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “We want to bring that number down by making sure people understand the dangers associated with fire. Education is key when it comes to saving lives. Teams from local fire departments across the state will be out all week to educate people on how to stay safe and be prepared in the event of a fire.”


Visit to learn about National
Fire Prevention Week.


Get Covered Illinois Event at Macomb Public Library Tomorrow - 10/11/18

The Illinois Department of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois will be at the Macomb Public
Library tomorrow to provide insight on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.


This includes information on how to sign up for health insurance and access benefits.

The informational event will take place from 4 - 6 p.m. and is open to the public.


Get Covered Illinois Event at Rushville Public Library Tomorrow - 10/11/18

The Illinois Department of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois will be at the Rushville Public
Library tomorrow to provide insight on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.


This includes information on how to sign up for health insurance and access benefits.

The informational event will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. and is open to the public.


Sports Report 10-10-18

Sports Update 10/10/18




The Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 in Game Four of their ALDS series last night, and with that win, advanced to the ALCS with a 3-1 series win.


Boston was bolstered by a 16-1 win over the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Monday, a victory so monumental, it nearly ended the series right there.


The win also means that both the ALCS and NLCS matchups are set, with the Red Sox taking on the Astros and the Dodgers taking on the Brewers. These two best-of-seven series’ will decide who plays for the World Series.


In the AL I see the Astros having a distinct pitching advantage, as few teams in baseball can match up with a top 3 of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Dallas Keuchel. I also don’t see the Red Sox offensive advantage being big enough to make up for the gap in pitching talent/depth. I think that until they lose, the Astros, the defending champions of baseball, have to be looked at as the favorite. Because of this, I say the Astros take this series in 6.


On the NL side of things, I see the Dodgers as having a distinct overall talent advantage. An advantage which they’ve had all season, and will have over most teams, yet an advantage they have not been able to use successfully all year. Whether it be injuries or just lackluster play, the Dodgers have been among the most disappointing teams in baseball.


Milwaukee, on the other hand, has been one of the more surprising teams in the sport. They have been particularly impressive of late, having won their last 11 en route to this NLCS berth. I think Christian Yelich is the hottest player in the sport right now, and the Brewers have all the momentum in the world at the moment, and it ultimately will be too much for LA to overcome. I say the Brewers bullpen gets the job done, the offense cranks home run after home run, and the Brewers take a hard-fought, exciting 7 game series.




NHL’s 2018-2019 season is in full swing, and there was a relatively full slate of games last night.


The Sharks won in blowout fashion over the Flyers last night, as Philly looks temporarily unable to recoup following James Van Reimsdyk’s injury. The Sharks were bolstered by two goals apiece from Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski.


The Calgary Flames picked up a rather surprising 3-0 win over the Predators in Nashville, in a game which saw Johnny “Johnny Hockey” Gaudreau pick up 3 assists. Sean Monahan added two goals, while goalie Mike Smith made 43 saves for the Flames.


The Jets picked up another impressive win when the took down the Kings 2-1. This one saw Mark Scheifele pick up his first goal on the season for the Jets, and Ilya Kovalchuk score his first goal as a King and first goal since returning from the KHL.


In the final marquee matchup of the night, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Dallas Stars 7-4. The Stars were competitive throughout this one, but in the end, the Leafs’ attacking prowess was too much. John Tavares and Auston Matthews each recorded two goals as their video-game-like seasons continue. Matthews brought his tally up to seven on the year, while Tavares brought his up to six. The Maple Leafs have scored 14 goals in their last two games, and what everyone thought might be the best offense in the sport is certainly living up to the expectations.




Western Illinois Museum Completes Facade Improvements

The Western Illinois Museum, 201 South Lafayette Street, Macomb, has completed a façade
improvement project to its building.

The recent improvements are part of a five-phase plan, which tackles the serious problems first.

Phases already finished:
- A new roof and renovation of the interior of the west side, 2002

- Insulation upgrade, 2014

- New windows and the stabilization of the façade, 2018


Phases in process:
- Replacement of the damaged plywood coverings

- Removing the old lighting and heating fixtures


- Donations from 60 individuals

- Three fundraising events

- Support from a family foundation

- Two grants and two bequests


One of the museum’s goals was to match the contributions and bring money into the
community. The total cost of the project was $105,500.

Museum tours are available during regular hours – Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4


10th Annual Beerfest at the Forum this Saturday - 10/13/18

The Western Illinois University Performing Arts Society is hosting the 10th annual Beerfest,
which features beer, brats and bourbon.

The event is Oct. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Forum. Attendees can purchase VIP access for
$40. This includes admission to the festival, flat rate sampling, gourmet brats and sides, and
bourbon sampling. General admission tickets are $10, and event-goers can purchase $1 beer
tickets. All beer samples require 1-3 tickets.

Must be 21 and over to attend. For more information, visit or call 309-298-1618.


Illinois Department of Revenue Launches New Website

Visit to view the Illinois Department of Revenue’s (IDOR) new mobile-friendly
website. The site aims to provide easy navigation to access needed information for businesses
and professionals.

“As times have changed, so have the ways taxpayers access and consume information,” said
IDOR Director Connie Beard. “With this website redesign, we make it easier for the public to
navigate our information, no matter what device is utilized.”

The website features encrypted security, a drop-down menu and real-time traffic-driven

Follow IDOR on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to stay up-to-date on Revenue.


New Executive Director Announced for Illinois Community College Board

Brian Durham, Ed.D., was announced as the new executive director of the Illinois
Community College Board (ICCB).

ICCB Chair Lazaro Lopez said Durham has been working on the board for the past 16
years and has successfully improved the outcomes for community college students. He
also leads baccalaureate/transfer education as the deputy director for academic affairs
at the ICCB.

Through strong relationships with several organizations and community college
students, both the board and Durham are confident he will succeed at his new role.


Sports Report 10-5-18 Bombers and Leatherneck football previews

Sports Update 10/5/18




I spoke with Offensive Coordinator Tanner Horrell yesterday ahead of Macomb’s road contest with Quincy Notre Dame, and he gave me some real insight as far as the inner workings of the Bomber Offense.


He told me that they love running the “trips” set, where three receivers line up bunched on one side of the line, and one receiver lines up alone on the other. He also mentioned that he models his play calling after a lot of different coaches, but specifically pointed out Mike Leach as one guy he has taken a lot from in his playbook.


Specifically on this week, he mentioned how he’ll be looking to establish the run game better early, and will look for VJ Lane to spread the ball out. Look for Zach Dysart, John Ogle, and Kyle Protsman as three players who could have big games tonight.


Overall, I think this is a winnable game for the Bombers, as QND comes in 1-5. I know their offense has not been clicking lately, but they have the playmakers and the potential for a big showing any given week. I think they get one of those showings, and win a close shootout game, 38-35.




Western Illinois has a massive game this Saturday vs. Illinois State, and will be looking to continue the momentum of two straight quality wins.


I spoke to running back Clint Ratkovich ahead of this game, and he gave me a sense that the team is feeling as good as they have all year. It was also interesting to hear how he feels he contributes to the team in a variety of ways, whether it be running the ball or catching it.


WIU will be looking to him, along with fellow versatile playmaker Steve McShane, to attack ISU on the ground and through the air, as they look to spread the Redbirds thin.


Their defense will be a major factor here as well, as they’ve showed a potency for taking the football away in recent weeks. They may not have the numbers as far as sacks go, but they have been creating consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks all season as well.


I think this is a very winnable game for WIU, as they picked up a win in this game last year, when it was also in Bloomington/Normal. As the week has advanced and I’ve had more of a chance to research the game better, I’ve switched my thinking on this game, and believe WIU will get the win here, 35-24.




The Blackhawks picked up a big win over Ottawa in their season opener last night, winning 4-3 in overtime on a Patrick Kane goal.


There were a lot of encouraging signs in this one, as the game saw Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook get on the scoresheet with goals. These two are among those being relied upon to bounce back, so it was very nice to see them off to such a strong start. The game also saw 20 year old Alex DeBrincat net his first of the season, which will hopefully be a sign of things to come for the former OHL MVP.


Despite all this positivity, there were things to be nervous about. They gave up three goals to what will surely be among the most goal-challenged team in the NHL this season, as the defense and goalie play (Cam Ward) looked very shaky. They will need this to turn around ahead of Saturday to avoid a bad loss against the rival Blues.




Ribbon Cutting for Remote Controlled Car Track at Veterans Park

A new 100-foot-by-65-foot remote controlled car race track was debuted in a ribbon cutting
ceremony yesterday. The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce
showcased the track at Veterans Park.

Jason and Steven Miller are the masterminds behind the new entity, along with further support
from the park district director Rachel Lenz. Benefits of the new track include drawing in RC car
racing professionals and an audience, which would provide additional income.

For more information regarding the track, visit


The Chamber has a New Executive Director

MACOMB-- The Macomb Chamber of Commerce announced that Lauren Merritt is the new Executive Director.


Merritt was previously the Membership Director before accepting the position of Executive Director.


The Chamber was in need of a new Executive Director due to Kathy Waters leaving the Chamber after accepting another job.


The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that serves as a link between businesses, organizations and the community.



Party on the Square is this Saturday!

MACOMB -- Duke and The Band on the Fly will perform with special guest The Aaron Kelly Band at the Party on the Square.


The Party on the Square takes place Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is free to attend, and will be located on the southwest corner of the square.


For more information, visit the Facebook event page just search “Duke and the Band on the Fly”.



Ari's Entertainment Report 10-4-18



Miley Cyrus’ life began to look very different in 2013 after the breakup with fiancé Liam Hemsworth.


The “Bangerz” tour was something she wanted to be memorable and that is exactly what it was.


Now that her engagement is back on, she is beginning to distance herself from the person she was then.


Cyrus explains that if people are going to focus on her, she wants to make an impact on them.




Kim Kardashian’s insurance company filed a lawsuit against her Paris bodyguard.


Pascal Duvier is being sued for $6.1 million for his recklessness and carelessness on the night of the robbery.




A “Lilo and Stitch” live-action film has officially been announced.


While not many details have been released, it is known that Mike Van Waes is writing for the film and Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich are producing.


“Lilo and Stitch” made its original debut back in 2002.




The League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters sponsored a candidate forum for the upcoming general election on Wednesday. It was held in the Macomb High School library with Rich Egger, news editor at Tri States Public Radio, as the moderator.


The main event of the evening was the debate between Norine Hammond and John Curtis, candidates for Illinois state representative for the 93rd district. There was audience interaction as they were encouraged to write out questions to give to the moderator to ask.


There was a noticeable divide in the audience of which candidate they supported.


The debate began with Curtis and Hammond in agreement – Western Illinois University is the economic engine in the area. However, Curtis noted that the lack of a budget hurt the university, claiming that people left and are leaving the state.


Next, the two were questioned about who they support as the speaker of the Illinois house. This inquiry prompted laughter from those in attendance.


“I’m not running for state representative so that I can represent some politician out of Chicago,” Curtis said. “I have been working really hard to get to know the people from the 93rd district, and I understand the problems in this area. I can tell you that whoever I vote for is going to be the person I feel we can partner with to help this district the most.”


The democratic candidate added that he would vote for someone who would work toward funding education and improving infrastructure.


“I won’t dodge the question,” Hammond said. “I will tell you that I will not vote for Mike Madigan for speaker of the house.”


The room erupted in clapping at Hammond’s response. She said her vote will go to Jim Durkin for the position.


Curtis and Hammond agreed that the region needs to improve infrastructure, especially the roads. However, neither were in favor of a mileage tax. Curtis pointed out that this would greatly affect rural Illinois residents.


The following discussion featured the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). There seemed to be a strong opposition on the topic. Hammond mentioned that she voted “no” on the amendment.


“The ERA would tell you it’s all about equal rights and equal pay for women, but it has been proven across many of states that have passed the ERA, that it is also about tax-payer funded abortions,” Hammond said.


Her answer provoked laughter and an uproar from attendees. Curtis said he disagrees with Hammond and thinks the ERA is long overdue.


They also disagreed on a progressive state income tax. Curtis said he favored the system, while Hammond opposed.


The forum concluded with the candidates’ input on the current condition of Illinois. Curtis said he does not think Illinois is on the right track and that the state needs to be passing balanced budgets annually. However, Hammond said she is proud of the budget that was passed in Illinois.


The next candidate forum was for the U.S. Congressional representative for the 18th district. Unfortunately, Darin LaHood was unable to attend, but Junius Rodriguez, the democratic candidate, still answered questions from the audience.


Rodriguez labeled himself as a centrist democrat. He said his main priority is to bring jobs to Illinois through infrastructure and transportation improvements.


The event also featured the candidates for the county board. Those who attended were Jerry Cremer, Michael Kirby, Joe Erlandsson, Trevor Toland, Robert Smith, Emiliano Vera, Chase DeWitt and Tammie Leigh Brown-Edwards. They all spoke about themselves and their stance on current issues in the area.  


The general election is Nov. 6.



October Proclaimed as Cyber Security Awareness Month for Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner declared October Cyber Security Awareness Month to showcase how
cyber security keeps people safe from online attacks and threats.

Our reliance on information systems continues to grow,” Rauner said. “Technology makes our
world increasingly open with easy access to information, so it is more important than ever to
prioritize cyber security. Protecting critical systems and the privacy of our citizens’ data is a top
priority and this month recognizes the criticality of that effort and the progress we’re making in

The state’s first cybersecurity strategy works to improve the defense against cyber attackers as
the concern for public safety increases. This resulted in Illinois’s first Chief Information Security
Officer (CISO), who launched a cyber awareness program for state employees to further protect
the state.

“This last year, we implemented Illinois’ first Cybersecurity Operations Center (SOC) to
strengthen our security monitoring capabilities cementing a proactive approach to cyber
threats,” Illinois CISO Chris Hill said. “We have continued to increase the capabilities of the SOC
including 24/7 cyber monitoring. We now have the ability to rapidly identify cyber-attacks and
provide immediate response and remediation.”


Hunters Helping the Hungry Program 2018

The Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) is asking for
donations of deer meat from local hunters. The Hunters Helping the Hungry program aims to
feed those in need. Within the last year, they dispersed 7,500 pounds of deer meat to residents
in McDonough County and in surrounding counties.

Hunters can take their deer to the following processing centers:

- Blandinsville Locker Service, Blandinsville


- Bowen Locker Service, Bowen

- Bushnell Locker Service, Bushnell

- Vancil Locker Service, Stronghurst

Make sure to tell the centers to donate the meat to the Hunters Helping the Hungry
program. Contact (WIRC-CAA) at 309-837-2997 or visit their website at for
more information.


Ribbon Cutting for new Scanning Electron Microscope at WIU

A ribbon cutting was held on October 1 to showcase the new scanning electron in Western Illinois
University’s Currens Hall. The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of
Commerce hosted the ceremony.

The microscope was funded by the $330,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to
Assistant Professor of Geology Thomas Hegna, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian Bellot and
Associate Professor of Biology Andrea Porras-Alfaro.

The new equipment was bought in April and was installed over the summer. Visit for
more details.


Festival of LIFE postponed until April

The Festival of LIFE, which was originally scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until
April 13, 2019. The change is due to logistical and weather concerns.

The registration page ( is still up, and organizers encourage
continued support from participates.


Sports Report 10-3-18

Sports Update 10/2/18




The Cubs suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in thirteen innings yesterday to the Colorado Rockies, ending their season in the Wild Card Round.


The offense once again failed to show up in the most critical moments of the season, as they only managed to muster 2 runs in 2 days in the 2 biggest games. The lack of offense summarized the entire season for this team, as the led the league in games in which they scored 0 or 1 run with 40.


The managerial decisions have been questionable the last two days as well, but do not mistake this, I still think the world of Joe Maddon as a manager, and do not think under any circumstance that he should be fired.


Specifically, the decisions to take out starters Jose Quintana and Jon Lester when both appeared to be dealing. I understand the numbers the third time through the lineup have not been great this year for both, but in one-off game situations, those numbers are irrelevant. Both were pitching well, and especially in the Brewers game, the decision likely cost them the game.


The decision to pinch run for Rizzo with Terrance Gore worked initially, as he came around to tie the game on a Javier Baez double, but came back to bite them when Gore was forced to lead off the bottom of the 13th. I probably would’ve felt differently about the decision had Maddon immediately taken Gore out to be replaced by someone who could handle the bat, but he did not.


This will sting for a while, but watching the Brewers celebrate the Division crown on Monday, and Colorado celebrate the Wild Card crown on Tuesday all at their home park should provide this team with every ounce of motivation they need for next season.


Looking towards next season, the Cubs will still have their core of Rizzo, a hopefully healthy Bryant, Baez, Jon Lester, and Willson Contreras intact. They are all still young, and let’s not forget that this team is responsible for the longest playoff streak and 90-win streak the Cubs have had in essentially all of our lifetimes.


They will also still be looking to add pitching depth, and could look to add more production to what should once again be among the most productive offenses in baseball. Bryce Harper should have the Cubs’ full attention, as should relievers like Craig Kimbrel and Kirby Yates. We could well see one or two of the group of Schwarber, Almora, or Happ traded for said pitching help.


As for what the Cubs do have at pitcher, Cole Hamels should be back, Jon Lester will be back at the top of the rotation, as will Hendricks, Quintana, and a hopefully healthier and more confident Yu Darvish. An underrated return, one that everyone seems to have forgotten about, will be that of Drew Smyly. Smyly had been a consistently solid pitcher for the Tigers and Rays throughout the first five years of his career, as he comes in with a 3.74 ERA and a 31-27 record. If he’s fully healthy, he can be a solid piece at the back of the rotation.


This team should once again be at or near the top of the NL Central and NL as a whole, should be a prime contender to win 90+ games, and should be a major factor in the NL playoff race. Let’s not forget the Blackhawks went two years between their first and second title during their run.




MDH offers AARP Driver Safety Course later this October

An AARP Driver Safety Course will be held Oct. 26 at McDonough District Hospital (MDH) in
Auditoriums A and B from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDH and Dr. Jill Brody are sponsoring the program.

Ken Cole, Macomb, will be instructing the 8-hour course. There will be guidance, a video and
discussion on various methods on how to avoid hazardous driving situations. No driving or
testing is involved.

Those 50 and older will receive an auto insurance discount if they complete the accident
prevention course. Organizers urge that age group to contact their auto insurance agent before
participating in the program.

A fee and pre-registration is required. AARP members pay $15, while nonmembers pay $20 to
attend the course. Those interested can contact MDH at 309-836-1557 or email to register.


New Trauma Support Group in Quincy Announced for Children and Caregivers

The Advocacy Network for Children,1420 Harrison Street, Quincy, IL 62301, is holding a program for children affected by trauma. The Trauma Support Group for Children and Caregivers is for ages 8-18 who have experienced abuse or have witnessed a violent crime.

The goal of the classes is to mend the pain that comes from trauma and make it easier for the
children and caregivers. The meetings will begin on November 12th and continue once a week for six weeks, but then reduce to just once a month. The parents/guardians will be in a separate meeting.

Contact Clairice Hetzler at or at 217-257-8262 to register or with any


$1.46 Million for Argyle Park

MACOMB -- A $1.4 million investment is being made for Argyle Lake in Colchester by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


The investment will be used to repair and replace many structures at Argyle Lake State Park as part of a $1.8 million project.


The announcement came from Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond who stated,” This is a long awaited project that will be a tremendous asset to the area, once it is completed. The investment in Argyle Lake’s docks, boat ramps, and dam is much needed for the safety and continued enjoyment of the park.”


The improvements made to Argyle Park through this project will help increase use for all and employment.



Ari's Entertainment Report 10-02-18



Demi Lovato has been in rehab for 60-days now.


The singer was hospitalized on July 24. for an alleged overdose.


Since then, she has met with a therapist in Chicago who specializes in mental health, sobriety, and wellness.


Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” tour is still canceled due to her health and it was reported that her Hollywood Hills Home is now listed for sale.




A remake of “West Side Story” is officially in the make with Ansel Elgort as Tony.


The film is Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway show.


“West Side Story” is set to begin filming next summer.




Ruby Rose has officially been “awarded”  as most dangerous celebrity.


McAfee, a cybersecurity firm, announced that Rose is more likely to make users click on websites that have viruses or even marry malware.


These results came from a survey the company did to show the importance of internet safety.






Sports Report 10-01-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)



The Bears won a shocking 48-10 game vs the Buccaneers on Sunday, with Mitchell Trubisky throwing for 354 yards and 6 touchdowns.


This game saw Head Coach Matt Nagy and Trubisky really open up the playbook and let the offense fly for the first time. Nagy did an excellent job of drawing up plays for Trubisky to take advantage of openings in Tampa’s defense.


Honestly, miss me with the “The Buccaneers defense was bad, this doesn’t mean anything” quotes. If Trubisky is going to develop the way we think he should, this is the type of game he needs to have. 6 touchdowns is 6 touchdowns, regardless of the defense he played.


The defense was stellar again yesterday, and once again, Khalil Mack was at the forefront. Mack recorded his fourth straight game with a sack and a fumble. The secondary impressed me as well, as Fuller and Amukamara did their jobs on the tricky Bucs’ receivers, and the duo of Kevin Tolliver Jr. and Eddie Jackson made big plays all day.


Tolliver’s performance in particular was mightily impressive, as he was an un-drafted free agent out of LSU this past year. If he can continue the season like he played Sunday, the Bears will have some much needed depth at cornerback.


The Bears have a bye week this week, before taking on Miami in week 5.




The Cubs took 2 out of 3 from St. Louis to force a game 163 tiebreaker for the Central division with the Brewers, who swept Detroit.


The Cubs will be throwing Jose Quintana, while the Brewers still to this point have not announced who will be starting today’s game.


Quintana has a 2.17 ERA with a 4-1 record vs Milwaukee this season, and for his career is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA. He seems to revel in pitching against the Brewers, and the Cubs will need another of these performance if they want a chance at winning this game and avoiding the wild card game.


Expect a packed and loud Wrigley Field for this one, and a ready, motivated Cubs team. They’ve been here before, and they know what it takes. I really don’t see any way this team loses this game.


Elsewhere, The Dodgers swept the Giants, while the Rockies took only 2 of 3 from the Nationals to force a tiebreaker today in the West. This marks the first time in MLB history that there will be two tiebreakers played on the same day.


The Dodgers will be playing at home and will be starting rookie pitcher Walker Buehler, who came into the season as their top ranked pitching prospect. The Rockies, meanwhile, will be starting German Marquez, one of the young group of Rockies starters who’s looking to break the trend of bad pitching at Coors Field.


There are a couple of things working in Colorado’s favor, one being that their pitching staff typically pitches well on the road, and the other being that they’ve won 9 of their last 10 games. The things working against them are that they already lost the season series against the Dodgers, and their offense typically does not perform well on the road.


I think the Dodgers win this one, which sets up, based on my predictions, a fun Brewers-Rockies Wild Card Game. The game would be played in Milwaukee, so it could end up being a bit of an offensive fireworks show. The winner of that game would play the Cubs (again, based on my predictions) in the the NLDS. The Dodgers would face the Braves, who everyone seems to have forgotten about since they actually clinched the NL East in the regular 162 game season.