Macomb Local News Archives for 2018-11

Dickens on the Square Update

Children can meet Santa at the Santa house on the north side of the downtown Macomb
square tomorrow from 6:30 – 8 p.m. In case of inclement weather, Santa will move to his
alternate location at the Western Illinois Museum, 201 S. Lafayette St.

On Saturday, Santa will definitely be at the alternate location.

Meeting Santa is part of the 24 th annual Dickens on the Square this weekend. The event
features horse-drawn trolley rides, strolling carolers and more holiday favorites.

Visit the Downtown Macomb Facebook page to learn more about Dickens on the Square.


MDH Convenient Care Update on Holiday Hours

Holiday season hours update for the MDH Convenient Care, located inside Hy-Vee.


December 5: Closing at 5 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Christmas Day: CLOSED

New Year’s Eve: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


Patients must be 18 months or older.


Ari's Entertainment Report 11-29-18



After more than 40 years of Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone has decided to retire.


The decision came after the opening weekend of “Creed 2” when Stallone took to Instagram to talk about his decision.


He explains that all good things come to an end and the spin-off is now in the hands of Michael B. Jordan.


You can see Creed 2 in theatres now.




Forbes released their list of 2018 highest-paid TV hosts and the winner was with no doubt Judge Judy.


It is said that last year she made $147 million before taxes.


She has also been named the 48th richest self-made woman in the America according to Forbes.




The Portland Crown went missing from the Welbeck Estate this month.


The crown was originally worn by Winifred, Duchess of Portland in 1902 and is estimated to be worth millions.


According to the BBC, the thieves got away in a silver Audi that was found 30 minutes outside of town completely burned.


The BBC also spoke with Auctioneer James Lewis who said that it would be awful if someone took the jewels out and sold them separately because the crown couldn't be sold whole as it is too iconic.




The La Harpe Community Platelet Drive 12/18/18

The La Harpe Community Platelet drive will be Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be inside the
Club House, 702 W. Main St.

- Must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission)
- Weigh more than 110 pounds
- Have a photo I.D.
- Gave platelets on or before 12/11/18


Call Steve Breckon at 309-255-4812 or visit (use code 3456) to


Roseville Community Blood Drive 12/19/18

Dec. 19 is the Roseville Community Blood Drive. It will be held from 2:15 to 5 p.m. in the
American Legion Meeting Room, 181 W. Penn.

- Must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission)
- Weigh more than 110 pounds
- Have a photo I.D.
- Gave blood on or before 10/24/18


Contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 ext. 1281 or visit
(use code 2557) to donate.


Sports Report 11-28-18

Sports Report 11/28/18




The Western Illinois Women’s Basketball Team took on NAIA William Woods last night in a home contest at Western Hall. WIU defeated the Owls by a score of 81-73, not as convincingly as one would’ve hoped.


WWU did get a pair of excellent performances from Peyton Greenlee (29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and Bailey Rollins (17 points, 6-8 from the field), which caused big problems for WIU’s defense all night. Overall, it seemed like WIU was unprepared to face what was clearly a very motivated team in William Woods, and they came out flat.


WIU will be hoping that the improved performances of Kyra Washington (11 points) and Grace Gilmore (17 points) will help make up for the absence of Annabel Greattinger. Her absence has had a pretty significant effect on the offense, and they’ll need the duo of Washington and Gilmore to really step up in her stead.


WIU will look to bounce back against Austin Peay at home on Sunday (Dec. 2), before heading on a road trip that will take them to Peoria (Bradley), Carbondale, and eventually Vegas and that will take almost a month of the schedule. Their next home game following this stretch is December 28.


Blackhawks & Bulls:


The Blackhawks were demolished last night by the Vegas Golden Knights, losing 8-3. Dylan Strome netted his first goal as a Blackhawk, so not all was lost, but this is a bad result no matter how you look at it.


It means a number of things, first, with where they are in the standings and given the point of the season, it likely means these ‘Hawks won’t make the playoffs. Teams out of it by now typically don’t make it. Secondly, it means the defense is still a major issue and shows little signs of improvement. Connor Murphy still being out hurts, but it’s unlikely he would be making a large enough impact to really change things. Thirdly, it means that big changes should be coming this offseason. Set up for a top 10 or potentially top 5 pick, this is a time looking towards the future. I’d expect one or two major trades, with the goal being to pick up either cost-controlled, young talent or draft picks.


With the ‘Hawks’ struggles, the UC is also home to another struggling team in the Bulls. The Bulls have lost 3 straight, and now have the worst record in the East with Atlanta’s win over Miami last night. The injuries are having a massive impact on this team, and everyday Cam Payne has to play significant minutes is another day closer to a top 5 pick.


The hope here is that Lauri Markkanen’s return allows the Bulls to play a young stud front court with him and Wendell Carter Jr. Lauri should be back in roughly a week, if you believe the reports, and he should be a major boost to this offense. His return will also mean a reduced role for Zach LaVine, which I tend to like, because it very well may be just a matter of time before LaVine’s shot totals catch up with him. He’s had to carry this offense this season, and it’s time someone else came up to help him carry the load.


Things may look bleak for both of these teams right now, but with both set up for, potentially, major regime and personnel changes in the near future, the needle could be moving upwards for both the Bulls and the Blackhawks.





The Future of Good Program Returns

The Future of Good program is back from U.S. Cellular. The program will recognize 16 young
people who are positively impacting their communities. Each individual will be rewarded
$10,000 toward their cause.

From now until Jan. 8, people are urged to nominate a young humanitarian between the ages
of 6 and 15 years old (as of 2/28/19) to be considered. Winners will be announced in February.

Visit the program’s website to learn more.


Ribbon Cutting for Palm Springs Bottled Water

A ribbon cutting was held today for Palm Springs Bottled Water by RNJ Distribution, Inc.


The Ambassador Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held the ceremony for the
distribution center that offers water cooler and bottled water delivery service, coffee service,
cleaning products, paper goods and more. Rick and Aimee Coursey moved the business to 219 S. Johnson St. Visit their website



MACOMB -- Today is giving tuesday and you can give back to Spoon River College for their 4th annual Giving Spoonday.


Giving back is made easy by going to or sending a check.


All donations made remain local and benefit Spoon River College students.


Spoon River College encourages you to spread the message of giving back and share on your social media how you give back on #GivingSPOONday.


Here is Mark Hespen's interview with SRC President Curt Olfield.




Ari's Entertainment Report 11-27-18



Twitter users are not pleased with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s recent decision to fly in a private 747.


The couple was criticized about how bad the jet was for the environment and how hypocritical it was to take after donating five hundred thousand dollars to wildfire relief.


Kardashian and West have not commented on any of the tweets being made.




Hailey Baldwin changed her Instagram named recently to ‘Hailey Bieber” and it has people going crazy.


But reports have come out that the couple is not married legally quite yet.


The two have just been enjoying the idea of being married so much that they consider each other “husband” and “wife” with no religious ceremony.


However, articles suggest the two will be having a ceremony with friends and family.


Stay tuned for more updated.




The Amanda Bynes come back is officially here and fans couldn't be more excited.


Bynes was featured on the cover of Paper magazine recently looking healthy and happy after taking a break from the entertainment world.


The Actress took a break due to mental health issues and drug abuse.




The Crossing Macomb Preschool Closed 11-27-18

The Crossing Macomb Preschool is closed today, Tuesday November 27, 2018, due to weather.


Carl Sandburg Weather Closing 11-27-18

All Carl Sandburg College campuses will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday November 27th, due to weather. Visit for more information.


La Harpe School Closed 11-27-2018

La Harpe School will be closed on Tuesday November 27th, 2018. 


Dallas City Elementary #327 Closed 11-27-2018

Dallas City Elementary #327 closed Tuesday 11-27-2018, due to extreme road conditions. 


Macomb Pella Donates to MDH Linda's Fund

There was a fundraiser selling pink bracelets held recently by Pella in Macomb as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. They raised $226 for the McDonough District Hospital Foundation, which benefits Linda’s Fund.


Breast cancer patients who are using the services at MDH receive financial support from Linda’s Fund.


Other local area schools, community groups and individuals have helped gather support for the fund raising effort.


Macomb Waste Management Announces Delay of Services

The recent winter weather has caused the City of Macomb Waste Management to delay their weekly services until tomorrow, November 27, 2018.


No services will be provided today, November 26, 2018. 


MDH Teddy Bear T Rescheduled to Tomorrow

The annual Teddy Bear T, planned for today, has been rescheduled.

The event will now take place tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, still at the same time of 5-7 p.m. at the Old Macomb Dining Company, 127 E. Carroll St.

It costs $15 per person and one new teddy bear (or stuffed animal) for admission to the event. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available, as well as a silent auction for themed gift baskets.


This weekend, the Teddy Bear Tree at the Festival of Trees will put the bears/animals on display and then donate them to MDH pediatric patients following the events.

For more information, contact the MDH Foundation office at (309) 836-1757. 


Macomb Community Theatre Meeting Cancelled

The Macomb Community Theatre meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled. 


Project Rebound Open House Postponed

Project Rebound's open house in Galesburg scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26, 2018 has been postponed due to the inclement weather. The new open house date will be announced in December.


The fifth remodeled home is at 1909 Baird Ave, Galesburg, IL 61401 and is the first house completed since the partnership with Galesburg Community Foundation.


For more information about the open house, click here




MDH Clinics closed due to weather

McDonough District Hospital Clinics – CLOSED


Due to hazardous road conditions, all McDonough District Hospital Clinics (MMG) will be closed today, Monday, November 26.


These include:

Bushnell Family Practice

Convenient Care

Ear, Nose and Throat

Family Clinic

General Surgery Clinic

Internal Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic






When you need it, the McDonough District Hospital EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS ALWAYS OPEN.


McDonough County Court Closed

The Mcdnough County Court is closed today (Monday November 26th) due to weather. 


Sheriff Petitgout Says "Stay Put"

McDonough County Sheriff Petitgout contacted Regional Media this morning advising everyone to quote "Not travel today, the County roads are absolutely impassable at this moment, and if everyone could just stay put for today that would be great."


Go West weather updates

Go West Buses fixed routes will be delayed until at least 10 am. While the demand response services will be in town only, and there will be delays. 


Culbertson Memorial Hospital-Closings

Due to hazardous road conditions and the safety of our patients and staff, the following services will be affected on Monday, November 26th.

CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation - Closed

Therapy Services Rushville & Beardstown- 11am opening


School Closings!

2 Rivers Industries: Closed Today

Abilities: Closed Today

Astoria Schools: Closed Today

Beardstown Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Bowling Green Schools: Closed Today

Brashear Schools: Closed Today

Brown County Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Bushnell-Prairie City Schools: Closed Today

Camp Point Central: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carl Sandburg College-Carthage: Closed Today

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Central Lee: Closed Today

Clark Co Senior Center: Closed Today

Clark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today

Douglass Comm Services: Closed Today

Ft. Madison Public, Trinity: Closed Today

Gem City College: Closed Today

Gene Grawe Fund Office: Closed Today

General Mills: Check emergency line

Hamilton Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal Early Head Start - Clinic: Closed Today

Hannibal Early Head Start - Johnson Street: Closed Today

Hannibal Head Start: Closed Today

Hannibal LaGrange University: Opening at 12:00 PM

Hannibal Nutrition Center: Closed Today

Hannibal OATS Buses: Not running Monday

Hannibal Public Schools: Closed Today

Hannibal Social Security: Opens at 10 a.m.

Hannibal YMCA: Opens at 8 a.m. Monday

Hannibal YMCA  : Opening at 8:00 AM

HBL St. John's Lutheran : Closed Today

Heartland Christian Academy: Delayed 2 hours; / Open Mon. at 10am

Henniges Auto Keokuk: Opening at 9:00 AM; Third Shift Cancel

Horizons Soup Kitchen : Closed Today

Illini West: Closed Today

Inertia Day Care Keokuk: Closed Today

James Healthcare Keokuk: Opening at 2:00 PM

John Wood Community College: Closed Today; All Centers

Keokuk Christian Academy: Closed Today

Keokuk Public, Catholic: Closed Today

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

LaBelle Mobile Food Bank: Closed Today; At the rodeo grounds

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; No practice Monday

Lewis County C-1: Closed Today

Liberty Schools: Closed Today

Lillian Schaper: Closed Today

MACC Hannibal : Closed Today; All locations closed

Macomb Public [WEB]: Closed Today

Macon R1: Closed Today

Marion Co. Library: Palmyra Subdistrict #1 Closed 

Marion Co. R-II-Philadelphia: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Mark Twain Behavioral : Closed Today

McDonough Co. YMCA: Opens at 10, No Senior Meals

Mendon Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Mission Hill Christian Academy: Closed Today

Mississippi Valley BSA: Closed Today

Mississippi Valley, Hannibal: Closed Today

Monroe City Head Start: Closed Today

Monroe City R-1: Closed Today; Holy Rosary closed 

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

North Shelby: Closed Today

Palmyra Headstart : Closed Today

Palmyra Public R-1: Closed Today

Paris R-2 School: Closed Today

Payson Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Perry Christian Academy: Closed Today

Quincy Catholic Charities: Opens at 12:30 p.m. Monday

Quincy Christian: Closed Today

Quincy Public/Parochial: Closed Today

Quincy University: Opening at 5:00 PM; HFC opens at 8 am

Ralls County R-2 Center: Closed Today

Riverside Dermatology-HBL: Closed Today

Schuyler-Industry Unit #5: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Scotland Co. R-1 Memphis: Closed Today

Scotland County Hospital : Clinics open at 10 a.m.

Shelby Co. R-IV So. Shelby: Closed Today

Southeastern Dist. 337: Closed Today

Spoon River College: Closed Today

St Paul - Macomb: Closed Today

St. James Lutheran-Quincy: Closed Today

St. Louis Gear Co.: 1st shift starts at 9 a.m.

St. Mary School-Mt. Sterling: Closed Today

St.Peter & Paul-Nauvoo: Closed Today

The Crossing Preschool Macomb [WEB]: Closed Today

The Crossing Preschool-Quincy: Closed Today

Trinity Academy [WEB]: Closed Today

Triopia Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

V-I-T: Closed Today

Van Buren Community Schools: Closed Today; Includes Harmony

Warsaw: Closed Today

Western - CU District 12: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Western Illinois University: Closed Today

Wonderyears Learning Ctr: Closed Today; Fort Madison, IA


Blizzard Warning!

Mcdonough, and Handcock counties are under a Blizzard Warning until 6am. Up to 8 inches of snow could be dropped on these and surrounding counties in Illinois. Avoid hitting the roadways in the overnight hours.


Ernie Hudson joined Mark Hespen on K100 this morning!

Ernie Hudson joined me this morning on "Macomb Mornings" on K100 to talk about his new show "The Family Business" on BET airing Tuesday nights at 8pm cst. Ernie talked about why he was draw to this new prjoect, he reflected on his training in Detroit, and of course talked a little about Ghostbusters!




Drive Safe During the Holidays

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police remind you to stay safe this Thanksgiving by buckling up and driving sober. Sadly, serious injuries or even death can result from an increase in crashes because of higher traffic rate during the holidays. Last year in Illinois, 15 people died instead of spending the holidays with their family and friends.


“Traffic crashes are almost entirely preventable by changing driver behavior,” said Cynthia Watters, bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering at IDOT. “Driving distracted or impaired significantly increases the likelihood of a crash, and not wearing your seat belt increases your risk of serious injury or death.”


The Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign runs now through November 26, 2018. IDOT is funding additional patrols and roadside safety checks by almost 200 local law enforcement agencies for this year’s campaign.


"Every year, millions of motorists travel our nation’s roadways during the Thanksgiving weekend. The Illinois State Police will focus on the safety of all motorists by directing our patrol efforts on the ‘Fatal Four’ violations, the most common causes of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes: DUIs, speeding, seat belts and distracted driving," said state police Director Leo P. Schmitz. "Reduce your speed, buckle up, keep your eyes on the road, and please move over or slow down for any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights activated."


Illinoisans will continue to see and hear messages about the dangers of driving impaired or without a seat belt now through the end of the year as part of the Life or Death Illinois campaign.


“Safety is our No. 1 priority at IDOT,” Watters said. “Rigorous enforcement of traffic laws and campaigns like Life or Death Illinois are intended to save lives. Getting behind the wheel is a huge responsibility. One we should be thankful for and not take for granted.”


Learn more at


IDOT reminds drivers to stay safe during the Winter Weather

The Illinois Department of Transportation is urging motorists to drive safely during these next
few months of winter weather. Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said people
need to begin preparing for snow and ice amid the early arrival of winter.

“Everyone needs to start practicing winter driving habits now,” Blankenhorn said. “Our snow-
and-ice teams are ready, as always, to make this a safe, successful winter driving season with
the public’s cooperation.” 

As part of the “Winter Weather – Get it Together” campaign, motorists are encouraged to
follow these guidelines:


• Always wear a seat belt.

• Slow down.

•  Put down the handheld devices.

• Don’t crowd the plow. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see
them, but they may not see you.

• Avoid using cruise control in snow and ice. 

• Watch out for black ice on roads.

• Be especially careful approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All are
prone to icing.

• Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make a
trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route.

• Prepare an emergency kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield

washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a
first-aid kit.

• Carry a cell phone and a car charger in case of emergency.

• Obey the Move Over Law by slowing down and changing lanes when approaching ANY
vehicle with flashing lights. 


For suggested car maintenance:


For winter driving tips:


Senators Duckworth and Durbin Introduce the Great Lakes Water Protection Act

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin are working to improve water quality in the
Great Lakes with the Great Lakes Water Protection Act.


The legislation aims to end the dumping of untreated sewage waste into the Great Lakes Basin. It would create a fund dedicated to cleaning up sewage, along with requiring the public to be notified when sewage is discharged.

It is estimated that 22 billion gallons of untreated sewage is discharged into the lakes annually.

The bill would create a uniform policy to end this practice.


Illinois EPA Launches Recycling Education and Mapping Tool

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Alec Messina announced the launch of
the online Recycle Illinois platform, which lets residents locate outlets for items that cannot be
collected anywhere else.

“While recycling is one of the easiest ways to improve our environment, we want to continue
to educate residents on the importance of recycling properly,” Messina said. “The online
education tool provides details on what can and cannot be recycled, and the online mapping
tool will direct residents to the nearest collection point for all items that may be recycled but
cannot be accepted by most curbside programs.”


You can access the platform here:


University Professionals of Illinois Request a Criminal Investigation of WIU

The University Professionals of Illinois, Local 4100 (UPI), announced today that they have contacted the McDonough County State’s Attorney’s Office and requested a criminal investigation into the WIU Board of Trustees after closed-meeting audio from June 28, 2018 was released to the Public. The UPI believes that there are possible violations of the Illinois Open Meetings Act in this audio, which warrants an investigation. 


UPI contends that the WIU Board of Trustees, President, and University Officers present at the meeting should be investigated for flagrant violations of the Act. Under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, violations can result in a Class C misdemeanor conviction which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.


John Miller, state-wide President of UPI said, “After listening to the audio recording, there appears to be a conscious practice of conducting University business in closed session, which is in clear violation of the law. What we heard in the recording is very troubling and contrary to the actions of a public board. The public and University community deserves better.”


Specifically, the UPI requests that the investigation consider, but not be limited to:

  • Scripting public meetings;
  • Conducting business/discussions in closed sessions;
  • Planning additional closed meeting sessions to conduct public business/discussions;
  • Conducting small group meetings (“2 plus 2” meetings); and
  • Potentially, the failure to release closed session meeting minutes.

UPI further requests investigations into past closed sessions that have not been released.


“The WIU Board of Trustees has not released closed meeting minutes for almost three years. When we listened to the discussion on just this one closed door recording, we are understandably concerned that the Board may have a practice of conducting public deliberations behind closed doors. The public and community have a right to know the basis for the decisions the University has made over the last several years,” Miller said. 


The UPI is also asking the State’s Attorney to additionally investigate what the board apparently calls “2 plus 2” meetings. According to Miller, the recordings suggest that two members of the Board are meeting together at one time to discuss University issues and sometimes with an administrator in what appears to be an attempt to circumvent the intent of the Open Meetings Act.


“The language of the recording indicates a desire to purposefully circumvent the Open Meetings Act.,” said Miller. “The Open Meetings Act was passed to hold state officials accountable. When violated, there is no accountability.”


Illinois State Police Increases Patrols during November

The Illinois State Police (ISP) will be increasing patrols in District 14 during November to look
out for these fatal four violations:

- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Safety belt and child restraint use
- Speeding
- Distracted driving


The ISP said impaired driving takes up 30 percent of deaths, while speeding is a factor in nearly
35 percent of fatal crashes. Almost half of vehicle occupants killed were not wearing a seat belt.


New Staff Member Introduced at MDH

Randy Buchnowski is joining McDonough District Hospital (MDH) as the Interim Vice President
for Ambulatory Services, where he will be responsible for all physician practices.

Buchnowski brings 25 years of experience and health care knowledge. According to MDH
Interim President/CEO Brian E. Dietz, he has worked in several practices, where he is
knowledgeable in health care financials and patient satisfaction.

“I was impressed with Randy’s work experiences as an interim executive and the success he has
had implementing site-specific action plans,” Dietz said. “I look forward to Randy joining our

Buchnowski said his work has purpose.

“… the capacity to strengthen the financial stability of a health care organization, improve the
quality of life for the members of the community we serve, and help create a great experience
for both patients and staff,” Buchnowski said.

Most recently he served as Interim Vice President/Primary Care Director at Regional One


Ari's Entertainment Report 11-15-18



Lots of big wins and surprises at the 2018 Country Music Awards.


Winners include:


Keith Urban: Entertainer of the Year

Carrie Underwood: Female Vocalist

Luke Combs: New Artist

Brothers Osborne: Vocal Duo

And many more!


Underwood also revealed the gender of her baby with co-host Brad Paisley during the award show. She will be having a baby boy.


For a complete list of winners check out






Things went south at Cardi B’s Fashion Nova X Cardi B launch party this week.


The drama began when Bhad Bhabie also known as “Cash me outside” girl threw her drink at Iggy Azalea.


But Iggy took to social media and explained that she was going to have security remove Bhabie from the event instead of fighting with her because she is only a 15-year-old girl.


Bhabie also took to social media to call out Azalea after the drink was thrown.


Hopefully that is the end of this feud.




Back in 2017 a photo of two men carrying out a large suitcase from Taylor Swift’s apartment caught people’s attention.


It was rumored that Swift was inside of that suitcase being carried to avoid paparazzi.


Now in 2018, Zayn Malik may have confirmed those rumors to be true.


He said in an interview that Swift was “traveling around in a suitcase”.


While Swift has not confirmed or denied these rumors, this theory is very interesting.





Open House for Project Rebound Home in Galesburg

There is a new partnership with the Galesburg Community Foundation and Project Rebound.

The non-profit corporation picks single-family Galesburg homes to be purchased, renovated
and sold for $65,000 or less with no down payment.

"We are helping local families achieve first time home ownership and move into homes they can
be proud of, beautifying our neighborhoods and helping our community improve its housing
stock,” said Chief Financial Officer of Galesburg Community Foundation Jennifer Anderson.


An open house of a completed home, located at 1909 Baird Avenue, will take place Nov. 27
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Sports Report 11-14-18

Sports Update 11/14/18




Draymond Green and Kevin Durant went at each other Monday night during the Warriors’ loss to the Clippers, Draymond got fined $120k, suspended a game (both by the team) for his role in the incident.


It’s reasons like this that Stephen Curry is still an MVP candidate, the team kind of falls apart when he’s not playing. It’s good to see some drama with this team, this may serve as the moment we all realize the Warriors aren’t this big happy family. This also proves that not every team is perfect, and chemistry matters.


Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler debuts for Philly against Orlando tonight.


I really don’t think he helps the ‘6ers that much, but it’s interesting to see how he fits. His shooting isn’t good enough to make up for the losses of Dario Saric and Robert Covington, and his skill set doesn’t mesh with a team already full of slashing players.


He’s a talented enough player that he should be able to make it work, and I must admit I am extremely intrigued to see this team play, but I don’t think he elevates them past any of the top 3 in the East (Toronto, Boston, Milwaukee).


Lastly on the NBA, Carmelo has been “out” the last few games for Houston with what they’re calling an “illness”. He’s been struggling and has been used as a scapegoat for the Rockets’ early season struggles. For me, it’s hard to call a guy who’s lucky if he gets 15 minutes any night the problem. Clearly there’s a lot more going on there, and I really feel for Melo.


Last night, Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni coughed during a postgame interview, and a reporter asked if he caught Melo’s illness. D’antoni snapped back that the joke “wasn’t funny”, and it’s obvious to everyone that this is a tense situation.




Le’Veon Bell failed to sign his franchise tender by the NFL’s 4 PM ET deadline yesterday, and as a result, will not be eligible to play the rest of the season. He will become a free agent this offseason, where he is looking for a quarterback-esque salary.


A brief moment of silence will not be observed, for those fantasy owners who took Bell with a top 5 pick, and weren’t able to scoop up James Conner or another quality insurance option. ESPN’s head Fantasy guy, Matthew Berry, called him the worst fantasy pick of all time, and I can’t say I don’t disagree with that (as a member of the “Drafted Le’Veon in 2018 Club”).


On the subject of his holdout though, while I think it’s a little crazy to just walk out on $14.5m, I don’t disagree with the way he worked this holdout. I think if he wanted to play, then he should’ve been there at the beginning of the year, if he wanted to holdout, this was the way to do it. I like that he stuck with his conviction to hold out, no matter how enticing the money may have seemed at times. Pittsburgh hasn’t really needed him much this year anyways, as James Conner (already an admirable figure) has admirably stepped in and produced huge numbers in his place.


As for his free agency, it’s hard for me to imagine anyone being willing to pay him the quarterback-like salary he wants. Running backs just don’t get that kind of money, and especially now, with teams finding quality backs in the 3rd round or later like clockwork. Depending on their view of Aaron Jones, I could see Green Bay moving for him, as well as San Francisco, Tampa, the Eagles could certainly use him as well. I think a dark horse though, is Houston. Lamar Miller hasn’t worked for them so far, and Le’Veon’s pass-catching ability would certainly be a boon to Deshaun Watson’s improvement. It will certainly be an interesting saga to watch play out, and the next installment will have to wait until December.


Thursday Night Football


Packers vs. Seahawks tomorrow night, the Packers come in 4-4-1, while the Seahawks come in and 4-5. This could be an elimination game, as both teams are already staring at difficult deficits in their divisions and in the NFC Wild Card.


We all know about the history of this series, whether it be the Fail Mary or Matt Hasslbeck saying “We want the ball and we’re gonna score”, there have been plenty of incredible moments when these two have played. I think this sets up for another.


With regards to this game, I think the Packers defense is able to get after Wilson, as Seattle’s O-Line is still a problem and Green Bay comes in #1in the league in sacks. Seattle has gotten huge production out of running backs Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis, and both are in prime position to have a big day against a Packers team that struggles with the run.


I think Seattle wins this one at home, CenturyLink is still a really tough place to play, and Seattle’s run game and defense are starting to become reminiscent of the Marshawn Lynch and Legion of Boom days. As much as I think Seattle has the advantage, a huge day for Rodgers would not be surprising in the least, nor would a long drive near the end of the fourth quarter for Rodgers. Either way, this is one Thursday Night game with plenty of intrigue, which in-and-of-itself, is nothing short of a miracle.





Final Results from Brix Challenge 2018

Supporters donated $10,825 to the Humane Society of McDonough County (HSMC) as part of
The Brix Challenge 2018. The challenge was presented by Chris Brix. He pledged to match
$1,000 in funds raised within the last couple months.

The donations will go toward caring for the animals at HSMC. Those initiatives include:
- Adoption promotions
- Rescue and foster
- Spray/neuter programs
- Medical care
- Financial support for animal caregivers


HSMC aims to help all area animals in need.


Firearm Deer Season in Illinois Opens this Weekend

The first Illinois Firearm deer season opens this weekend, beginning Nov. 16 through Nov. 18. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) urges hunters to stay safe during the

IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal said although this time of year is exciting, hunters should take
precautions to stay staff while hunting.

“Illinois’ hunting safety record is a good one, but even one hunting incident involving injuries or
fatalities is one too many,” Rosenthal said.

According to IDNR, there were three fatalities out of 19 reported hunting incidents last year.
Most involved falling from elevated tree stands. IDNR recommends using a Fall Arrest System
safety harness to prevent injuries.

IDNR urges firearm hunters to:


• Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
• Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
• Be sure of the target, and make sure there are no other hunters, homes, buildings,
vehicles or other animals beyond the target.
• Keep finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.


Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. For more
information regarding deer hunting regulations, visit


Ari's Entertainment Report 11-13-18



GQ has released their 2018 Men of the Year but the results may shock you.


The award was broken up into four categories including Leader of the Year, Star of the Year, Director of the Year, and Champion of the Year.


Michael B. Jordan was announced as Leader of the Year for 2018 while Henry Golding was nominated as Star of the Year. Director of the Year went to Jonah Hill.


The Champion of the Year went to none other than Serena Williams. A woman who is very deserving of the title.


To see each of their cover stories check out




Many celebrities are forced out of their homes as the wildfire in California continues to spread.


Locations such as “The Bachelor Mansion” where episodes are filmed has been affected by the fire.


Stars such as Miley Cyrus, Caitlyn Jenner, Lady Gaga, and Robin Thicke are posting on social media the impact the fire has had on their lives personally.


Woolsey continues to threaten California structures, making it their most destructive fire in history.




The publisher, writer, and editor of Marvel has passed away at 95.


Stan Lee was the man who made Marvel come to life, creating characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, and many more.


Many credit him for not only creating superheroes but creating characters who had depth.


His legacy will live on forever. May he rest in peace.




Sign-Up for State Cost-Share Begins Tomorrow - 11/13/18

Funds are available for all McDonough County landowners for Fiscal Year 2019 State Cost-

Projects available:
- Waterways, water & sediment control basins (wascobs)
- Structures
- Terraces
- Well sealing
- Cover crops


You can stop by the McDonough County SWCD Office, 1607 W. Jackson St., Macomb, beginning tomorrow, Nov. 13 – Nov. 30 to get an application.


Three Consecutive A Grades for MDH

McDonough District Hospital (MDH) received its third consecutive ‘A’ grade in patient safety,
according to Leapfrog Group. The hospital was one of 43 in Illinois to receive that score.


Here is a link to the grade: 

Brian E. Dietz said he’s impressed with the staff’s dedication to caring for patients in just the
short time he’s been the interim President/CEO.

“It’s impressive to earn a Leapfrog Group ‘A’ grade in patient safety,” said Dietz. “To
earn the first ‘A’ last year in MDH’s history, then repeat it for a third straight grading
period makes this honor even more prestigious. I congratulate every employee
associated with MDH on achieving this unprecedented level of success.”

Visit the MDH Facebook’s page and website for more information.


Final Election Thoughts

After one of the most expensive gubernatorial races in U.S. history, challenger JB Pritzker won the race easily after having a strong lead in the polls during his candidacy.


Pritzker beat out Incumbent Bruce Rauner, a Republican, who advocated for education funding, lasting property tax relief and was against wasteful government spending. Governor-elect Pritzker aims for a progressive tax system, higher-education funding and early childhood education.


Pritzker was up in the polls by more than 10 points throughout the race. This may be due to the number of advertisements sent to people’s television, computer and phone screens within the last year. The democrat spent more than $170 million out of his own pocket on his campaign, which is the most ever by a U.S. gubernatorial candidate.


Rauner is only the fourth governor to serve just one 4-year term. His loss was evident as he conceded very quickly, shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m.


Bruce Rauner won McDonough County, although the democratic candidate for State Representative, John Curtis, thrived in the area. However, incumbent Norine Hammond was re-elected for State Representative.




IDPH Update on Acute Flaccid Myelitis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed three Acute Flaccid Myelitis
(AFM) cases as one probable and the other two not AFM. The Illinois Department of Public
Health (IDPH) reported that 16 cases were under investigation in northern and central Illinois.

IDPH is working with health care providers to gather information for the CDC. The underlying
cause is not known for the rare neurological condition.

For information about AFM, such as symptoms and treatments, visit the IDPH and CDC


Macomb Community Theatre presents, "Murder By Natural Causes"

MACOMB -- Macomb Community Theatre presents, “Murder By Natural Causes” by Tim Kelly.


The show will take place located at Pat Crane Memorial Theatre on Nov. 9,10,16,17 at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets prices are as follows:

Adults: $10

Students and Senior Citizens: $8

Children 12 and under: $6


To make reservations, call (309) 837-1828.


Altrusa Holiday Bazaar

MACOMB -- Altrusa will be hosting their Annual Holiday Bazaar Nov. 10.


The event will take place at Macomb Senior High School from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Admission is free for all and will include crafts, gifts, food, and fun.


For more information, email or visit the Altrusa Club of Macomb’s Facebook page.


Sports Report 11-9-18

Sports Update 11/9/18




Monmouth hits the road this Saturday, November 10, to take on 7-4 Herscher in a 3A Quarterfinal game.


Herscher has been in 4A QF’s last two years, so this may be Monmouth-Roseville’s toughest matchup yet. Herscher comes in with a dominant QB and RB rushing combo, so Monmouth’s defense will have to be up to the task.


One matchup that was mentioned to me by Monmouth HC Jeremy Adolphson was the matchup of 6’7” Herscher receiver, Maxx Becker, vs. Monmouth’s 6’4” corner, JC Sells. Adolphson said Sells is a physical corner, so the battles between these two should be fun to watch.


Monmouth will need a huge game from CJ Daniel and Jamonny Skinner, along with a ton of pressure on Herscher’s offense, to win. Kickoff is set for 2 PM.




WIU heads to Vermillion this Saturday to take on the Coyotes of South Dakota. The DakotaDome is always a tough place to play, so communication will be key for Jared Elliott and this Leatherneck team.


One key for WIU will be to get Ratkovich and McShane going in the passing/running game. These two are the team’s best dual threat runner/receivers and can cause huge problems for any defense. This will also likely open up the deep passing game for McGuire to hit John Brunner and Isaiah LeSure.


If the defense keeps up the kind of consistent pressure they seem to have been getting all year, this should be a very winnable game vs. struggling USD.




The 5-3 Bears return home this week to take on the 3-5 Detroit Lions in an NFC North battle. This begins a run of 3 divisional games for the Bears in a row.


One major positive to look forward to this week is that Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson have been full participants in practice. These two are key cogs for the Bears’ offense and defense, and completely change the makeup of both units.


It’s pretty hard not to be very happy when thinking about this defense with a healthy Mack again. He wrecked games against the Packers, Seahawks, and Cardinals before suffering an injury against Tampa. His return vaults this defense from “just” top ten, to easily a top-5, if not the best defense in the NFL.


As far as Robinson goes, it forces Bellamy to the bench, which should make every Bears fan happy. It also allows Gabriel and Miller to operate in more of a slot role, which is where the two speedsters can really affect games. Miller’s recent performance could see him stay outside, however, as he seems to be fitting perfectly into a Steve Smith-esque role.

On Detroit’s side of things, the Bears will have to be careful of Damon Harrison and Darius Slay on Lions’ D, as both have proven themselves to be consistent game-wreckers. Harrison especially could bottle up the Bears’ run game, which has been tabbed by many to have a breakout performance this week. Overall, this Detroit defense may be the toughest defensive test Bears have faced all season, as the Lions are 11th in total D.


The Bears’ defense will have to constantly be aware of Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay (NIU Grad). Both are big, tall receivers who are very capable of high-pointing the ball and taking the top of off a defense. The two have kind of flown under the radar for much of their careers (Jones was AJ Green’s #2 in Cincy, Golladay is still young and came out of the MAC), but they will provide a massive challenge for Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara. The Bears defensive front will also have to make sure they keep Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount bottled up. The Bears have a tendency to allow big games from unheralded runners, so Nichols and Goldman will have to be on their game this week.


This week, I’m looking at Leonard Floyd to finally have his breakout game. The Bears will need a second pass-rushing threat regardless next to Mack, and it could easily be Aaron Lynch as well.


If Trubisky shows out against pressure, and Khalil Mack returns to form, Bears should win this won, albeit in a tight one.


Final: 24-14 Bears


Other Sports:


Elsewhere in the world of sports the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Golden State Warriors, 134-111.


This has to be one of the more shocking results of the NBA season thus far. Very few people could’ve predicted a Bucks win in Oakland, let alone a 20-piece win. The impressive thing about the Bucks is their depth. Giannis didn’t have a phenomenal game (24 pts, 9 rebounds, 10-11 FT), but he didn’t need to. Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe both chipped in 20+, and Pat Connaughton had 15 off the bench, proving Mike Budenholzer’s ability to maximize the talent he has available.


I hate to put too much into regular season NBA, but this was big. Budenholzer has this team using its length (they have a lot of it) to their advantage, and has the pace of Milwaukee’s game  higher than ever. This win definitely proved Milwaukee’s worth in the East, and solidifies the fact that the East is definitely no longer a joke.




$15,000 Federal Forestry Grant Awarded to City of Macomb

A $15,000 federal forestry grant has been awarded to the City of Macomb and the Macomb
Park District to plant about 150 trees around the City.

The grant was received from the Morton Arboretum as a part of its $170,000 program to fund
tree-planting, obtaining tree inventory and developing tree protection ordinances.

Macomb May Mike Inman said the city is very appreciative to the U.S. Forest Service and the
Morton Arboretum for awarding the grant.

The City of Macomb has a long-standing commitment to both its natural and community
environment,” Inman said. “This grant also continues the partnership with the Macomb Park
District and volunteer organizations in Macomb such at the Centennial Rotary Club.”


MCT Presents "Murder by Natural Causes"

MACOMB -- Macomb Community Theatre presents, “Murder By Natural Causes” by Tim Kelly.


The show will take place located at Pat Crane Memorial Theatre on Nov. 9,10,16,17 at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets prices are as follows:

Adults: $10

Students and Senior Citizens: $8

Children 12 and under: $6


To make reservations, call (309) 837-1828.


Ari's Entertainment Report 11-8-18


Ariana Grande will be receiving Billboard’s 2018 Woman of the Year Award on Dec. 6.  


Grande will follow in the footsteps of Selena Gomez, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift.


Her year has been filled with hit singles such as “Thank you, Next” and “Sweetener” the album.




Rumors are stirring that Selena Gomez is out of her mental health treatment and is back at home.


The original post made by E! has been taken down with no evidence whether the rumors are true or false.


But wishes Gomez the best whether she is in or out of treatment.




After a rollercoaster of a career, Abby Lee Miller is back on camera for a documentary.


Lifetime has not commented on Miller’s return but she is active on Instagram about being back to the Dance Moms Set.


To see the photos, check out Abby Lee Miller’s Instagram account.




Peaceful Protest about Robert Mueller Investigation Today in Chandler Park - Nov. 8

A Peaceful Response Protest against the firing/removal of Robert Mueller will be held today, November 8, 2018. Indivisible of West Central Illinois is holding the protest, which will be at Chandler Park in Macomb beginning at 5 p.m.


Hundreds of events will take place nationwide after fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions was replaced by Acting AG Matt Whitaker. Whitaker has publicly stated strategies to impede the Robert Mueller investigation and should promptly recuse himself. This protest will be family-friendly and peaceful.


“Violation of the public trust in our rule of law and our system of justice is corrosive to our democracy and will not be tolerated. We invite all people to stand with us in demanding that the Mueller investigation be protected from obstruction. Those representatives who fail to protect our Department of Justice public servants from interference will be held accountable in a court of law, or the voting booth,” said Heather McMeekan, a protest organizer with Indivisible of West Central Illinois.


WIU Professor and Indivisible Organizer, Merrill Cole, also voiced his thoughts, "Tonight, we gather, across the nation, to assert the rule of law and to defend our democracy against Donald Trump, who would rather be a fascist dictator than the President of the United States. We have every reason to believe he worked with Russia to subvert our election in 2016, and we demand that Robert Mueller be able to continue his investigation of #TrumpRussia without impediment. To Donald Trump and his minions, we say, '¡no pasaran!'"


This event is Co-Sponsored by the WIU College Democrats. For more information about the Peaceful Response Protest, visit their Facebook Event Page



Final Voting Results from Mcdonough County, Including ALL Local Races

McDonough County Election Day Final Results

Governor/Lt. Governor:

Rauner/Sanguinetti – 47.17% with 4790 votes

(W) Pritzker/Stratton – 41.22% with 4186 votes

Jackson/Mohip – 3.24% with 329 votes

McCann/Merreighn – 8.16% with 829 votes

Attorney General:

Erika Harold – 59.21% with 5926 votes

(W) Kwame Raoul – 37.95% with 3798 votes

Bubba Harsy – 2.84% with 284 votes

Secretary of State:

(W) Jesse White – 56.62% with 5758 votes

Jason Helland – 41.05% with 4175 votes

Steve Dutner – 2.33% with 237 votes


Darlene Senger – 50.54% with 5080 votes

(W) Susana A. Mendoza – 46.60% with 4684 votes

Claire Ball – 2.86% with 287 votes


Jim Dodge – 53.10% with 5291 votes

(W) Michael W. Frerichs – 43.43% with 4327 votes

Michael Leheney – 3.47% with 346 votes

Rep. 18th Congressional District:

(W) Darin LaHood – 60.69% with 6159 votes

Junius Rodriguez – 39.31% with 3989 votes

State Senator 47th:

Jill Tracy – 97.50% with 8001 votes

Rep 93rd District:

(W) Norine K. Hammond – 49.69% with 5069 votes

John Curtis – 50.31% with 5133 votes

County Clerk:

Gretchen DeJaynes – 100% of vote with 8418 votes

County Treasurer:

Angela Graves – 100% of vote with 8449 votes


Nick Petitgout – 100% of votes with 8388 votes

County Board District 1:

Larry Aurelio             21.60%

Wm. Digger Oster     15.53%

Tessa Pfafman         21.19%

Lee Calvert                22.82%

Craig Burns              18.85%

County Board District 1 UNX:

Jerry Cremer               24.70%

Ronald Bricker           19.13%

Jennifer Hemingway  30.73%

Michael Kirby              25.45%

County Board District 2:

Trevor Toland           16.41%

Travis Heil                 16.47%

Joe Erlandson          14.66%

David Cortelyou       16.58%

Shirley Camp            10.84%

Chase DeWitt           8.74%

Bob Smith                 7.77%

Emiliano Vera           8.53%

County Board District 3:

Terra Litchfield         22.52%

Marcia Twaddle        21.33%

George Dixon           20.35%

Tammie Brown Edwards 12.60%

J Shoemaker-Galloway 11.86%

Jarad Huffman         11.34%

Retain Shipplett:

YES    84.74%

NO      15.26%

Retain Clark:

YES    85.02%

NO      14.98%

Retain Standard:

YES    83.43%

NO      16.57%


(Information originally reported by )


New Ribbon Cutting for The Crafty Coop

The Crafty Coop, LLC celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday. The
Ambassadors of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held the event for the paint-your-
own pottery studio.

Owner Laci Todd opened the business so patrons can paint their own individual, pre-made
pottery pieces. Participants can pick up their masterpieces after the glazing and firing is

Look up The Crafty Coop’s Facebook page for more information.


Sports Report 11-7-18

Sports Update 11/7/18


WIU Women’s Basketball


WIU played #16 Missouri in a home women’s basketball matchup yesterday, and at least initially, kept pace before ultimately being routed 89-64.


WIU had no answer for the 6’1” phenom guard, Sophie Cunningham, as she looked every bit the part of a future WNBA lottery pick with her line of 31 points (12-20 2-6 3 pt), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. She dominated the game and will be a monumentally important piece for Missouri’s season.


Despite the loss, WIU looked like a team that could be a real problem in Summit League play. Their quick guard play, above-average 3-point shooting, and fast pace will be tough for other low-to-mid-major schools to keep up with, and their tenacious defense will cause those teams major issues on the offensive end.


Statistically speaking for WIU, SDSU transfer  Annabelle Graettinger (Greh-tin-jer) went for 18 and looked like she could be a problem against non-Missouri teams. She has a very high basketball IQ and her shooting stroke looked very well-developed, despite the poor shooting performance overall. It is not a stretch to look at her as a potential All-Summit type of player.


The schedule does not get any easier for WIU, as they will face traditionally good mid-major, Drake, in their next D1 home game, before heading to Purdue and Butler for road games. I love the way Head Coach JD Gravina has scheduled this team, and this team will likely be better in the long run for playing a strong non-conference schedule.


WIU Men’s Basketball


WIU’s men’s basketball team headed on the road last night, to take on the Creighton Jays. Despite keeping it close in the first half (down only two at halftime), they were beaten by a score of 78-67.


Kobe Webster’s performance has to be looked at as one positive from this game, as he went for 24 points on 10-22 shooting. Performances like these have to be hoped for from him, as he will be one of the leaders of the team this season.


Creighton did not have one standout performer, but four of their five starters reached double digits. This could be something of a rebuilding year for Creighton following the recent losses of Justin Patton and Marcus Foster.


WIU’s schedule gets a little easier here next, with 2 DIII opponents coming to Western Hall, before going on a 3 game road trip that includes games at University of Tennessee at Martin, Eastern Illinois, and Nebraska.


Coach Quenneville


The Blackhawks fired Joel Quenneville yesterday following 5 straight losses as a result of them sitting in 6th (last) in the Central, where they finished last season.


Personally I wholeheartedly disagree with the headlines stating “Blackhawks fire 3 time Stanley Cup Champ and 2nd Winningest Coach”, because it does a disservice to how badly the team has performed of late. This is far from the same team that won all those games and won those championships, the two are not synonymous.


Coach Quenneville may not share nearly as much blame as Stan Bowman, for his lack of quality judgement with the situations of Artemi Panarin, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Teuvo Teravainen, or the players on the team themselves, but he deserves some blame for this. When a team collapses the way this team has, no one is blameless. The one thing I will say in his defense, is that as a 3 time Cup winning coach, and as the 2nd winningest coach in history, he earned the right to see this season out, and I find his mid-season firing incredibly disrespectful and unbecoming of such a model franchise.


Now Jeremy Colliton steps in, and we will usher in a new era of Blackhawks hockey. Colliton spent the last two years coaching Mora IK (Swedish SHL) to a 35-4-13 record in 2016-17, and guiding the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford Icehogs, to the Western Conference Finals last year. He should have a good rapport with the younger players on the team, as many of them played for him in Rockford last season.




Illinois Treasurer Race Latest Results

MACOMB -- can report the following results from the election of Illinois State Treasurer. Incumbent, Michael Frerichs, will return for his 2nd stint as the state's treasurer, edging out Republican opponent Jim Dodge.


Frerichs is a 45 year-old democrat who previously represented Illinois in the Senate. 


Original coverage of election first reported by FOX News


For more updates during the midterms, visit


Illinois Comptroller Race Latest Results

MACOMB -- would like to report that incumbent, Susana Mendoza, will return to her position as Illinois Comptroller. She beat out the main Republican candidate, Darlene Senger, in the race. 


The 46 year-old Mendoza will return for her 2nd term as the state comptroller.


The election news was first reported by FOX News


For more updates during Midterms 2018, visit




Illinois Secretary of State Race Latest Results

MACOMB -- can now report that Jesse White will remain the Illinois
Secretary of State.

White is a 84-year-old Democrat who has been serving as Illinois Secretary of State since 1999.

Results from the race were first called by FOX News

For more updates on Election Day 2018 visit


Illinois 18th Congressional District Race Latest Results

MACOMB -- can now report that Darin LaHood is the winner of the 18th
District Congressional Race.

LaHood is a 50-year-old Republican politician who previously served as a member of the Illinois

Results from the race were first called by FOX News

For more updates on Election Day 2018 visit


Illinois Attorney General Race Latest Results

MACOMB-- would like to report the election of Kwame Raoul as the Attorney General of Illinois. This was confirmed after Erika Harold conceded in the race around 8:30 p.m. tonight. 


Kwame Raoul is a 54 year-old member of the 13th district of Illinois, representing them since 2004. 


The election results were originally reported by FOX News


Stay tuned to for additional updates throughout the night


Illinois Gubernatorial Race Latest Results

MACOMB -- can now report JB Pritzker is the new Governor of Illinois
beating incumbent Bruce Rauner.

Pritzker is a 53-year-old Illinois Democrat.

Results from the race were first called by Fox News.

For more updates on Election Day 2018, visit


WIRC Clothing Center Begins Temporary Closure Tomorrow - Nov. 7

The Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency’s Clothing Center, 223 S. Randolph Street, will be closed on Nov. 7 through Jan. 7, 2019.

The closure is due to Project Santa, as it will need the building for workspace. This means the
agency will not be accepting donations during its closing.

Project Santa serves children in the region by providing them with gifts, food and clothing
during the holiday season.

Call 309-837-2997 or visit for more information regarding the closing or Project Santa.


Flags of Love Announced for Veterans Day

The Flags of Love will be displayed in Chandler Park on Sunday for Veterans Day from 7 a.m.
until 4 p.m. Members of the VFW and the American Legion club will be volunteering with
anyone who wishes to help.

In case of inclement weather, a red ribbon will be on a pole on the southeast corner of the


Governor Rauner's Remarks after Voting

Governor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner voted in Winnetka this morning. After
voting, Rauner told the media that the election was one of the most important elections in the
state’s history. He then called voting our duty as Americans.

The governor elaborated on his primary goals for Illinois if elected.


"I'd like to build on the success we've had in our first term,” Rauner said. “More education
funding, want to expand that. Job growth, had great success growing the economy, want to
create even more jobs. Would like to bring down our property taxes by getting the mandates
off from Springfield and free up our school districts and communities to run themselves as they
see fit. And very importantly, I hope we can finally get term limits on our elected officials in my
second term."


He then went on to stress the importance of voting.


"We just voted. One of the most important elections in Illinois history. Thanks for coming out. Everyone get out and vote, it's our duty as Americans, it's our duty as citizens to have our voices heard. We want everyone's voices heard, let's get out and vote."




Ari's Entertainment Report 11-6-18 (ft. People's Sexiest Man!)



People has officially announced their “Sexiest Man Alive” and it is none other than Idris Elba.


Elba is a British actor who is well known in America for his roles in “Thor” and “Pacific Rim”.


He is the 33rd winner of this award and follows in the footsteps of Blake Shelton, Dwayne Johnson, David Beckham, Chris Hemsworth, and many others.


A complete list of other eligible candidates for this year’s honor will be available on Friday.




Celebrities from all different parts of the entertainment world are encouraging you to vote today.


Gigi Hasid, Rihanna, Kevin Bacon, and Diddy each used their Instagram account to post the importance of the election.


In the words of Hasid, “Heading to @victoriassecret show fittings is very exciting ! and SO IS THE FACT THAT WE GET TO GO VOTE TOMORROW FOR WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO US AND WHAT WE WANT OUR COUNTRY TO LOOK LIKE !!!!!!”




Kanye West tweeted out to the world that McDonald’s is his favorite restaurant and other fast food chains are not happy about it.


After the tweet was posted, Burger King took it upon themselves to post a response saying “eyes still closed I guess”.


But shortly after that Wendy’s also responded saying “I’m my favorite restaurant.”


The only thing we are missing now is what McDonald’s has to say in all of this.




Change in Hours for Macomb Yard Waste Site

Operation hours for the yard waste site in Macomb were changed to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., because
of the loss of daylight hours. The site is open Thursday through Sunday weekly.


EHD Outbreak Claims More than 400 Deer in Illinois

There has been 432 suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed
deer as of the end of October.

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Peoria County has seen 77
cases, while Fulton County has reported 71 cases. The EHD outbreak has consumed Illinois with
reports across central and southern Illinois.

The virus has been confirmed in Cass, Edwards, Macon, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island and
Sangamon counties.

IDNR urges everyone to be aware of any dead or dying deer and to report any suspected EHD
cases. Sick deer can be used to collect tissue samples to confirm the EHD virus.

Infected deer will have a high fever, while dead deer are often found near water. The viral
disease usually ceases when freezing whether kills off the insects that spread EHD.


Another Recipient of MDH Healing Hand Award Revealed

Sandy Theis was honored with a Healing Hand award at McDonough District Hospital (MDH).
Theis is an acute care RN and received the award through the Grateful Patient Program.


Any MDH patient can express their gratitude for the care they received by honoring their
caregiver with the award. Theis stood out to her patient by showing genuine concern and
explaining things thoroughly.

The donation benefits MDH’s Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center. Call the Foundation office
at 309-836-1757 to learn more.


Sports Update 11/5/18 (Local and National)

Local High School Football:

Monmouth-Roseville won their second round playoff game, 33-28, over Eureka on
Saturday. Jamonny Skinner put up another big performance with 160 yards and 1 TD on
9 catches. This marks the third straight game Skinner has crossed the 100-yard mark,
and he continues to impress down the stretch.

In a season of milestones for the Monmouth-Roseville program, Saturday marked a few
more. Their 9th win of the year breaks the record of 8 set the week prior, and their
second playoff win marks the deepest into a season Monmouth has ever played. Head
Coach Jeremy Adophson has said that his team set goals to do things that had never
been done before at this school, and every week they seem to be doing just that.

Now Monmouth-Roseville has Herscher to look ahead to for the Quarterfinal round. Herscher will come in 7-4, having beaten the Red Devils of Hall in their last game. Monmouth will once again be on the road, and a hostile environment can be expected once again. This will be another test of the team’s willingness to fight through adversity.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Illini West lost, 46-14, to Newman Central Catholic. The loss brings their perfect season to an end, and brings the Charger career of man-amongst- boys, Nick Vorhies, to a close.



WIU won their gutsiest game of the year on Saturday, as they came back from down 31-
14, to win 34-31 over SIU in Carbondale. The win marked the first time since 2000 that
Western was able to win at SIU.

Sam Crosa was the hero Saturday, as his game winning field goal saw WIU cap a
stretch of 20 unanswered points at the end of the game. That stretch saw Sean
McGuire and Isaiah LeSure burst to life in a way they had not been for much of the
game. Steve McShane was able to find the end zone twice as well, despite having very
limited production yardage-wise.

This may be the gutsiest performance I’ve seen from WIU in my time in Macomb, and
continues a 3-game win streak. That streak will be tested again this Saturday when they
head to the Dakota Dome to face the South Dakota Coyotes. South Dakota comes in
only at 3-6, but the Dome is always a tough place to play, and no Missouri Valley
opponent can be taken lightly. If WIU pulls off a win again, it sets up very nicely for them
to end the year on a five-game-winning-streak with a home game vs Indiana State the
only remaining challenge.



The Bears won in blowout fashion on Sunday, picking up a 41-9 win at Buffalo. The
defense was the leader here, as they racked up two defensive touchdowns.


The defense performed about how we thought it would, and maybe even better, as
defensive touchdowns are always hard to predict. Eddie Jackson got the ball rolling
when he picked up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, and Leonard Floyd
followed with an interception return for a touchdown on a deflected pass. They played
tenacious, aggressive football, which is such a wonderful sight to see given the absence
of Khalil Mack.

Offensively, Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t particularly good, but the Bears didn’t need him to
be. He ended up only going 12-20 for 135 yards, with a touchdown and one very poor
interception. The interception looked like Trubisky was trying to force a play that just
wasn’t there which, while discouraging, may not have happened had the game been
tight. Jordan Howard continued his Undertaker-esque revitalization Sunday, as he ran
for 2 touchdowns. The two TDs bring him to 4 in his last 3 games.

This Bears team is still not a finished product, but they’re winning games they’re
supposed to win, and winning them handily. The biggest test will come over the next 3
weeks, as they get the Lions at home, the Vikings at home, and the Lions in Detriot. A
2-1 or 3-0 stretch in those three would be huge, as it would put them squarely in the mix
for a division title. They will also likely have Khalil Mack back in the fold for that stretch,
which should be a scary thought for Minnesota and Detroit, given how the defense has
performed in his absence.

Rest of NFC North:

Elsewhere in the Bears’ division, the Packers lost 31-17 in New England, and now sit in
third place in the division (1/2 game up on Detroit) at 3-4-1.

How this team can routinely go .500 and below with a consensus top-5 QB all time is
absolutely ridiculous, and at some point, the looks have to start going towards Mike
McCarthy. His coaching style hasn’t evolved with the game, as he has openly been
extremely stubborn about changing. He has largely underachieved as a coach, with the
lone Super Bowl appearance and win marking his only significant accomplishments.

The Packers have to be careful not to let things go too bad, as they have a very tough 3
game stretch with road games coming against Seattle and Minnesota following a home
game against Miami. If they should go 1-2 or 0-3, Packers fans could see the long-
awaited end come to McCarthy’s tenure as head coach.

Additionally in the NFC North, the Vikings beat the Lions in Minnesota, 24-9. The Lions
look typically inept, unable to get anything going on offense against a Vikings defense
that finally lived up to its billing.


The Vikings picked up this win despite Adam Thielen being held under 100 yards, and
with little to no production anywhere on the offensive side of the ball. Dalvin Cook’s 70-
yard run set up a Latavius Murray touchdown, and that along with Danielle Hunter’s
fumble recovery score proved too much for Detroit.

The Lions drop to 3-5, and desperately need two wins in their next three to have a hope
in their division. It won’t be easy, as their next three includes a home-and-home against
the Bears, and a home matchup with Carolina. The Vikings move to 5-3-1, and sit only
1/2 game behind the Bears. They will be on a bye next week, and come out of it with a
massive road matchup against the Bears. This game could be an early look at the
winner of the NFC North Division.




Get-Out-The-Vote Rally in Quincy Today - Nov. 5

Attorney General candidate Erika Harold, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore, former ILGOP Chairman Pat Brady, Congressman Darin LaHood, State Sen. Jil Tracy, State Reps. Randy Frese and Norine Hammond will be in Quincy today for a Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) Rally.


The pre-election rally will be held at Quincy Regional Airport, Airport Terminal Lobby, 1645 Highway 104, Quincy, IL 62305. The event has a planned start time of 2:00 p.m. but they advise people to arrive 15 minutes early. 



MDH Healing Hand Award Presented to Jennifer Wagoner

Jennifer Wagoner was presented the Healing Hand award through the Grateful Patient Program at McDonough District Hospital (MDH).

Patients at MDH can show their appreciation for their caregiver by selecting he/she for the award.

“Jen has the perfect combination of professionalism and personal touch,” the patient said. “Her enthusiasm for treatment and recovery is contagious and encouraging.”


The patient’s donation will go toward Vestibular Rehabilitation at MDH.


Chamber Ribbon Cutting for All In Vinyl and Boutique

The Macomb Area Chamber held a ribbon cutting today for a new member and store front in Macomb. Liz Stoneking is the owner of All In Vinyl and Boutique, 3025 W. Jackson Street, which offers a full range of clothing for all ages and sizes, custom creations, accessories, vinyl decals, signs, shirts, logos and more. Gift Certificates from the Macomb Area Chamber are accepted.


For hours and information, please call (309) 331-3380 or find them on Facebook and Instagram.


Dickens on the Square: Nov. 30 - Dec. 1

Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 marks the Macomb holiday event, Dickens on the Square. The 24th
annual event includes horse-drawn trolley rides, strolling carolers and more of your favorites.


Don’t miss the chance to meet Rankin/Bass Historian Rick Goldschmidt at his book signing
taking place that weekend. The event will also feature Miss Margaret stuff-a-bear workshop
and Tea with the Queen at the Old Bailey house.

“We are so excited about the additions to this year’s event. This is our third year for Santa’s
Zephyr Express, which is a tremendous economic boost to Macomb as several out of town folks
have purchased tickets for the train. This means that there will be many out of town visitors in
Macomb that evening that will be looking for shopping and dining opportunities,” said
Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry.


State Fire Marshall Reminds Illinoisans to Change Clocks and Batteries this Sunday

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) says it’s a good time to change and test the
batteries in your smoke alarms.

“Daylight Saving Time is a great built-in reminder for us all to check that our smoke alarms are
working in case of an emergency,” said State Fire Marshal Matt Perez.

Clocks fall back an hour this Sunday.

Checking your smoke alarms’ battery life regularly is a sufficient way to prevent injuries or even
deaths related to fire. A new law requires all Illinois homes that do not have hardwired smoke
detectors to install a ten-year smoke alarm by 2022.

Perez said this law will reduce fire deaths.

“Our joint effort “Be Alarmed” program is equipped with these ten-year detectors and can aid
Illinois residents with installation and ensuring they are in compliance with this new law.”

The “Be Alarmed” program provides smoke alarms to Illinois homes, along with assistance in

Visit the OSFM website for more information regarding the program and/or fire safety and


Sports Report 11-2-18

Sports Update 11/2/18




WIU heads to Carbondale this Saturday to face the Salukis of Southern Illinois. If they’re able to force them into consistent throwing situations (primarily a running team), and if McGuire is able to really air the ball out, they should have no issues with the 2-6 Salukis.


Thursday Night Football:


What. A. Game. Not the fact that it was a particularly close one between the 49ers and Raiders (It wasn’t, 49ers won 34-3), but the fact that the 49ers won with a third string, undrafted QB from Southern Miss making his debut.


Nick Mullens (remember that name) came from obscurity to lead the 49ers to perhaps their best performance of the season. He and those close to him will never forget last night, as he put up one of the best lines of a QB making his debut ever. His official line was 16/22, 262 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INT, with a 151.9 passer rating. The passer rating is the highest by a QB making his first start since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. The 3 TDs are the most by a ‘9ers QB in his first start ever, and puts him in a list with Marc Bulger, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Marcus Mariota as QBs to throw that many in their first start.


There are several more amazing statistical achievements which Mullens reached last night, and it’s safe to say, whether he simply becomes the answer to a trivia question down the line, no one will soon forget the name: Nick Mullens.




The Celtics defeated the Bucks last night, 117-113, to hand Milwaukee its first loss of the 2017-18 campaign. The game had a very real playoff feel to it, and could prove to be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals later this year.


The Celtics were led by the all-around stellar play of point guard Kyrie Irving, who dropped 28 points (10/20, 6/12 3 pt) to go with 7 assists, 2 blocks, 3 rebounds, and a steal as he showcased his All-NBA ability. Gordon Hayward came out with the best performance we’ve seen from him since his horrific ankle injury last season. He put up 18 points on 6/11 shooting (3-5 from deep) and added 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and a block to remind us of his triple-double potential from his Utah days.


The Bucks, despite a 33 point-11 rebound performance from Giannis Antetokunmpo, were unable to get much going offensively. 113 points seems like a lot, but in this year’s NBA, when NBA teams are regularly getting into the upper 120s and above, 113 has become the new 93. The Bucks shot 31% from 3 on 29 attempts, proving that they need to drastically improve the quality of the shots they are taking if they have a hope of competing with the Celtics or Raptors in the East. The race between the Celtics, Raptors, Bucks, and 76ers will be an entertaining one to watch, and goes to show how much we should buy the narrative that the Eastern Conference is terrible.




The Bears head to Buffalo this weekend to take on the hapless Bills. The Bills, in their attempts to do any and everything in their power to not have to start Nathan Peterman, have seen Derek Anderson and Josh Allen become some combination of hurt or incompetent (what did they really expect bring Derek Anderson out of retirement?).


It may sound unrealistic to literally predict a defensive touchdown, given the typically crazy nature by which they seem to happen, but such is the case here. It’s almost a given that Peterman will make a mistake, and when he does, he will have PFF’s top graded defense right there to pounce on it.


Offensively, the Bears will have to at least aware of the Bills’ front seven, which has been really the only thing the Bills have going consistently. Defensively, the only real thing they need to watch out for is the potential, and it is still absolutely there, for LeSean McCoy to have a big day.


If Trubisky has even just a game-manager type of game again, and the defense shows it’s back to its pre-Dolphins/Patriots days, they should have zero problems with this Bills team.


Final: Bears 38-7




Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti Visits Macomb



Being that Election Week is upon us now, Bruce Rauner and JB Pritzker have begun the final legs of their campaigns. Today, that has brought Bruce Rauner’s Lieutenant Governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti, to Macomb, Illinois.


Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti said her tour of Macomb Thursday serves one purpose: to encourage community members to get out and vote. This upcoming election will effect every person in the country, so voting is of utmost importance.


“My purpose in Macomb today is a very specific purpose,” Said Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti of her reasoning behind visiting Macomb, “Which is trying to get out that vote. Election is in only 5 days, people have already early voted which is wonderful, but I just want to alert people that this is the most important election of our lifetime and we can’t sleep at the wheel on this one. We need to get our there and let our voices be heard.”


One of the main issues many Illinois voters are dealing with right now is the significant funding issues with Public Education. We are seeing enrollment prices of our public universities skyrocket as government funding has fallen through the floor. Sanguinetti believes, however, that Bruce Rauner’s funding plan can fix this grave issue.


“Governor Rauner proudly has been the Education Governor,” Said Sanguinetti of her office’s plans to fix the funding issues with public education, “Before our governor, we saw defunding in education all around. But it’s been through Governor Rauner that we now have an equitably based funding formula. All 102 counties, their children are being treated equitably and fairly because of this funding formula.”


Among the priorities with public education funding, Sanguinetti says getting the students at the pre-k level is a big one. It should be one of the major focuses of this funding plan, as pre-k aged children are the future of this country. We need to make sure that the pre-k facilities are properly equipped to prepare these children for school.


“There’s also monies that went to children that are in Pre-K,” Sanguinetti said of her office’s distribution of funding to preschool, “We need to get to [students] earlier than kindergarten.”


Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti went on to describe how her office changed the way M.A.P (Monetary Award Program) funding was distributed. She said that, as opposed to the old system where M.A.P funding required application every year, when you apply, that funding is locked in for all four years. She noted how big of an issue the old system was, and how big of a priority it was for her office to fix it. She also went on to describe a scholarship initiative in this area of the state focused on slowing down the “brain drain” (students leaving Illinois for other state schools).


In addition to the public education issue, Sanguinetti talked to me about what her office is doing to aid small businesses in this area. Small Business owners are a massive piece of the local economy, so it’s very important for policy-makers to create a positive environment for them to do engage in.


“There’s a misimpression that everyone who lives south of I-80, that all they want to do is farm,” Sanguinetti remarked on how her office is trying to fix misconceptions about small business in this area, “And that’s simply not the case. They’re saying ‘We’re entrepreneurs, we’re innovators. We may farm but we want to be able to diversify our farm’.”


She went on to point out how Governor Rauner has rolled back LLC fees in order to encourage small business owners to keep their businesses here, as many had begun leaving to neighboring states. She also would go on to describe the Emergency Harvest Fund Declaration, which was  a declaration made by Rauner allowing rural business owners to carry more cargo.


The key to her message, however, was to encourage everyone to vote. Voter Turnout was the lowest, in 2016, that it had been in quite some time, so as a result, we have seen a number of prominent politicians adopt a message supporting and encouraging voting. This encouragement will hopefully not only increase turnout this election cycle, but set up a system of encouragement for years to come.


Ari's Entertainment Report 11-1-18



Demi Lovato is allegedly deciding to change her lifestyle after overdose.


The singer has not confirmed or denied any information but reports are being made that she will be leaving her L.A. home and way of life behind.


Lovato is continuing to receive treatment and has been urged by family members to relax and spend time in Texas before returning to her music.




It has been about three years now since Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton called it quits on their marriage.


But recently, Lambert has come out with a new single with Pistol Annies that discusses the divorce in a sassy way.


In the song “Got My Name Changed Back”, Lambert talks about Shelton being unfaithful and as the title explains her getting her name changed back.


You can check out the song now and be on the lookout for the new album coming soon.




Nicki Minaj is in the spotlight again as she argues with Steve Madden on twitter.


The heated argument was about a deal that Minaj reportedly denied.


Somehow the twitter war dragged in other artist to defend Minaj including Iggy Azalea and 50cent.  


Madden did try to end the fight by tweeting from his company’s official account that Minaj was very talented and saying he did want to collaborate but the timing was not correct.


That was not good enough for Minaj though as she fired right back at Madden.


Oh twitter…





Running for State Representative John Curtis joined Mark Hespen on K100 this morning!

MACOMB -- Regional Media was honored to welcome John Curtis into the studio this morning.


Curtis is running for State Representative for the 93rd District of Illinois. He is a farmer, a teacher, and a small businessman who is looking to be a problem solver for the state of Illinois. Born and raised in District 93, John Curtis’ roots are deeply planted in rural Illinois.


Curtis during his interview discussed the importance of talking with everyone and getting to know all the people of District 93 and not only the ones who are in favor of him. He also highlighted on how their stories have impacted him. Curtis said that he listens to the problems he hears as he travels door-to-door and wants to set aside his political party to solve issues that are important to the people.


Curtis’ explains that his top priorities include lowering taxes for working people and helping schools in rural areas including Western Illinois University.


Scroll down to listen Mark Hespen’s entire interview with John Curtis.


For more information, visit and don’t forget to vote on November 6th.


This story and interview were paid for by Friends of John Curtis.