Macomb Local News Archives for 2019-07

WIU Student Groups Receive Prestigious Awards from World's Largest HR Association

Macomb/Moline, IL - Western Illinois University's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapters on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses both received Superior Merit Award from the national chapter of SHRM for providing superior growth and development opportunities to student chapter members. 

 

During the 2018-19 academic year, the WIU SHRM student chapters has invited a number of human resources professionals to both campuses to make presentations and discuss HR certifications. The WIU-QC student chapter has also hosted the HR Alumni Reunion for the Student Networking event. This event  brought together alumni and current students to discuss HR internships and job opportunities and what being an HR professional entails. Many HR students have also held internships, participated in HR case competitions at Purdue University and Illinois State University and attended regional HR events.

 

"Being a student member in SHRM is an important way to begin a career in human resources, and the students at both campuses work hard to make the SHRM chapters a value-added experience for its members," said Susan Stewart who is HR Management Professor for the WIU-QC SHRM student chapter. 

 

The SHRM student chapter merit award program began in 1972, This program encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members and support of the HR profession and SHRM engagement. 

 

"SHRM is committed to engaging the future leaders of the HR profession—HR and Business students. As we work to shape better workplaces—where employers and employees can thrive together—we are energized by the work our student chapters are doing to encourage students to choose HR as a career path," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. "Awarding this Superior Merit Award designation is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps the Western Illinois University SHRM student chapters have taken this past academic year."

 

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Illinois Chamber encourages governor, legislators to resolve issues with coal ash law

“The Illinois Chamber has serious concerns that, as is, the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act will impede the state’s ability to address the cleanup of coal ash ponds in Illinois,” said Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch.”

 

“Senate Bill 9, signed today by Governor Pritzker, includes technical flaws that could delay cleaning up these ponds by complicating cleanup actions and creating a moratorium on cleanup activity. These issues must be addressed before the state program can provide meaningful environmental benefit.

 

“We appreciate the work and negotiations that went into this legislation and encourage the governor and legislators to introduce a trailer bill to resolve these issues and allow the state program to function as intended.”

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Duckworth Secures Important Illinois Priorities in Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), applauded the inclusion of several of her provisions that will help Illinois in the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 that passed the EPW Committee today. This critical legislation includes important provisions to improve safety, rebuild aging roads and bridges, reduce congestion, spur innovation and address climate change. The bill also provides a significant increase in funding to enable state and local transportation agencies to address their backlog of important transportation improvements.

 

“I’m proud to have secured provisions that will enhance the safety of Illinois roadways, save drivers time and money and create jobs across the state by strategically investing in transportation infrastructure,” Duckworth said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to advance this legislation that will help improve Department of Transportation programs, reduce congestion, promote efficient freight movement and safeguard our environment.”

 

Key Duckworth provisions included in today’s Committee-passed legislation would:

·         Provide $200 million to address roadway congestion. The $200 million in dedicated funding would help state and local governments reduce burdensome traffic in the most congested metropolitan areas of the U.S., like Chicago. This Duckworth provision will help advance innovative, integrated, and multimodal solutions to the growing challenge of urban congestion. 

 

·         Reinforce public trust in taxpayer-funded infrastructure decisions. This Duckworth provision would help ensure the prioritization of transportation projects that maximize value to local communities through increased transparency, efficient investments and expanding on the best practices of states and regions. The provision would establish a pilot program to support data-driven approaches to transportation planning by providing funds for selected States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to develop and implement a publicly accessible, transparent prioritization process to evaluate and select projects.

 

·         Require the study of autonomous vehicles’ (AVs) policy implications and challenges. Relevant federal agencies would be required to study the policy implications and challenges presented to our transportation systems by AVs, such as impacts on traffic, mobility and safety, under this Duckworth provision. The provision also pushes decision-makers to confront the opportunities and challenges Illinois communities will inevitably face as autonomous technologies continue to mature.

 

·         Extend TIFIA credit assistance to major U.S. airport projects. This Duckworth provision would improve and accelerate project delivery by providing states and municipalities with access to cheaper capital for major airport projects that extend taxpayer dollars and create more jobs and economic benefits.

 

·         Encourage states to plan for their immediate- and long-term transportation-related personnel and workforce needs. Senator Duckworth included this provision in the Committee-passed bill to ensure that states have the right people in the right transportation agency positions to negotiate complex public-private partnership agreements and stave off a loss of “institutional memory” as baby boomers continue to retire. 

 

Duckworth also supported several Committee-included provisions that would:

·         Establish a new competitive bridge investment program to enable states and cities to repair and replace their poor condition bridges with dedicated funding from the Highway Trust Fund.

 

·         Increase funding for the popular INFRA Grant program by more than $1 billion and raises the cap on multimodal freight projects to 30 percent of total program funding.

 

·         Expand the National Highway Freight Program eligibility to include lock and dam modernization on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

·         Provide discretionary grant funding to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling infrastructure and natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated corridors.

 

The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee, where Senator Duckworth is the Ranking Member on the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee and will lead the effort to include important rail, trucking and safety-focused provisions.

 

 

 

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Duckworth Secures Important Illinois Priorities in Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), applauded the inclusion of several of her provisions that will help Illinois in the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 that passed the EPW Committee today. This critical legislation includes important provisions to improve safety, rebuild aging roads and bridges, reduce congestion, spur innovation and address climate change. The bill also provides a significant increase in funding to enable state and local transportation agencies to address their backlog of important transportation improvements.

 

“I’m proud to have secured provisions that will enhance the safety of Illinois roadways, save drivers time and money and create jobs across the state by strategically investing in transportation infrastructure,” Duckworth said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to advance this legislation that will help improve Department of Transportation programs, reduce congestion, promote efficient freight movement and safeguard our environment.”

 

Key Duckworth provisions included in today’s Committee-passed legislation would:

·         Provide $200 million to address roadway congestion. The $200 million in dedicated funding would help state and local governments reduce burdensome traffic in the most congested metropolitan areas of the U.S., like Chicago. This Duckworth provision will help advance innovative, integrated, and multimodal solutions to the growing challenge of urban congestion. 

 

·         Reinforce public trust in taxpayer-funded infrastructure decisions. This Duckworth provision would help ensure the prioritization of transportation projects that maximize value to local communities through increased transparency, efficient investments and expanding on the best practices of states and regions. The provision would establish a pilot program to support data-driven approaches to transportation planning by providing funds for selected States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to develop and implement a publicly accessible, transparent prioritization process to evaluate and select projects.

 

·         Require the study of autonomous vehicles’ (AVs) policy implications and challenges. Relevant federal agencies would be required to study the policy implications and challenges presented to our transportation systems by AVs, such as impacts on traffic, mobility and safety, under this Duckworth provision. The provision also pushes decision-makers to confront the opportunities and challenges Illinois communities will inevitably face as autonomous technologies continue to mature.

 

·         Extend TIFIA credit assistance to major U.S. airport projects. This Duckworth provision would improve and accelerate project delivery by providing states and municipalities with access to cheaper capital for major airport projects that extend taxpayer dollars and create more jobs and economic benefits.

 

·         Encourage states to plan for their immediate- and long-term transportation-related personnel and workforce needs. Senator Duckworth included this provision in the Committee-passed bill to ensure that states have the right people in the right transportation agency positions to negotiate complex public-private partnership agreements and stave off a loss of “institutional memory” as baby boomers continue to retire. 

 

Duckworth also supported several Committee-included provisions that would:

·         Establish a new competitive bridge investment program to enable states and cities to repair and replace their poor condition bridges with dedicated funding from the Highway Trust Fund.

 

·         Increase funding for the popular INFRA Grant program by more than $1 billion and raises the cap on multimodal freight projects to 30 percent of total program funding.

 

·         Expand the National Highway Freight Program eligibility to include lock and dam modernization on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

·         Provide discretionary grant funding to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling infrastructure and natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated corridors.

 

The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee, where Senator Duckworth is the Ranking Member on the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee and will lead the effort to include important rail, trucking and safety-focused provisions.

 

 

 

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WIU 2019 Agronomy Field Day Aug. 8

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's School of Agriculture's 2019 Agronomy Field Day will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Agricultural Field Laboratory. This year's event will feature information on weed management in corn and soybeans. 

The program begins at noon with a complimentary lunch at the WIU Livestock Center, located at 2265 Wigwam Hollow Rd.

The keynote speaker at lunch will be Aaron Hager, associate professor of Weed Science at the University of Illinois. He will provide an update on his research on herbicide resistance in waterhemp, especially resistance to WSSA Group 15 herbicides (e.g., metolachlor [Dual], acetochlor [Harness, Warrant], dimethenamid [Outlook] and pyroxasulfone [Zidua]).  

Following his remarks, there will be a guided tour featuring weed management experiments being conducted in 2019 at WIU's Agricultural Field Laboratory.  The tour will conclude at approximately 2:45 p.m.

The 2019 Agronomy Field Day is open free to the public.

For more information, contact the WIU School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080.

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2019's States with the Best & Worse School Systems

Securing a child’s academic success has to begin with choosing the right schools. But its often hard for parents to determine where to enroll their kids? Children develop and learn at different rates/levels, the ideal answer to that question varies based on each student’s needs. Unfortunately, most parents can’t afford to place children in  private or preparatory schools that give their students greater individual attention.

 

For the majority of U.S. families, public education is the best option. But the quality of public school systems varies widely from state to state and is often a question of funding. Public elementary and secondary education money usually occurs from three sources: the federal, state and local governments. According to the U.S. Department of Education, states contribute nearly as much as local governments, while the federal government supplies the smallest share. Some researchers have found that more resources or taxes paid by residents, which typically result in a better school system performance.

 

Unlike other research that focuses primarily on academic outcomes or school finance, WalletHub’s analysis takes a more comprehensive approach. It accounts for performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials. To determine the top-performing school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 29 key metrics. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

 

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Donation to Regional Archives at WIU

Macomb, IL -- On July 24, Pam (Saunders) Schofield, of Hilton Head, SC, along with her brother Tad Saunders, of Grand Junction, CO, came to Macomb to donate some of the Saunders' family treasures to the regional archives at Western Illinois University's Malpass Library. One of the items found was a Randolph House hotel register, which  was signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1858, around the time when he stayed in town while campaigning against Stephen Douglas for the United States Senate. The second item found was  a service bell that hung on the wall in Lincoln’s room while he was in town.

 

Saunders and Schofield's great-grandfather, Louis N. Rost, a German immigrant who owned a paint and wallpaper store near that hotel. He had acquired the register and bell around 1908, when the Randolph House building was auctioned off. The register, showing Lincoln’s name during his two stays in Macomb in that famous year of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, was also passed through the family—to Rost’s son, Howell in 1926, then to his granddaughter, Luan Ross Saunders in 1951, and finally to his great-grandchildren. 

 

The register shows Lincoln stayed twice at the elegant new hotel built in 1857. The first time was from Aug. 25-26, when he came here from Augusta, IL, where he had just spoken. During that time, he stayed in room 31, on the southwest corner of the third floor. That room is now divided and no longer in good condition. In Fall 1858, on Oct. 25, Lincoln stayed at the Randolph House again, but this time in room H, on the first floor. He had come to town at the head of a huge procession from Blandinsville, IL, where he spoke the previous evening. During the visit, Lincoln spoke near the southeast corner of the old courthouse, while it was raining to a crowd of a few thousand people.

 

The old hotel register also has the signatures of other famous leaders, including Orville H. Browning, a friend of Lincoln's from Quincy, IL, who became a U.S. Senator during the Civil War and, after Lincoln’s death, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior; Lyman Trumbull, who was a long-time U.S. Senator (1855-1873); Richard Oglesby, who became a major general in the Civil War and was later a three-term Illinois governor and a U.S. Senator; and John M. Palmer, who also became a major general in the Civil War, then an Illinois governor and a U.S. senator. Aside from its value as a record of Lincoln’s visits to Macomb during a crucial period of his political career, the register shows that the Randolph House was an important local headquarters for leaders in the mid-19th century.

 

The service bell, suspended from a circular attachment, originally had a pull cord that allowed someone to easily create a loud ring. Like others who stayed in the room where it hung from the wall, Lincoln could ring the bell when he wanted to call for assistance.

 

Along with those historical treasures, a folder with newspaper articles and postcard photographs of Macomb, which dates  back more than a century was also presented to the archives. Those were compiled by Luan Saunders, the mother of Saunders and Schofield. who was born and raised in Macomb following World War I, and had later married and moved to Moline, IL, where she was a teacher. The photographic postcards will join the more than 100,000 photographs of people and places in the Macomb area, which are available to the public at the Malpass Library Archives. 

 

WIU Dean of Libraries Michael Lorenzen expressed the university's appreciation for the donated items, commenting that they are "wonderful additions to the vast collection that makes the regional archives at WIU indispensable for researchers who are looking into the people and places associated with western Illinois."

 

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Two USDA Livestock Events Announced

During the weekends of August 23rd and 24th and August 26th and 27th, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, in partnership with Understanding Ag, the IL Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, announced that it will be holding a pair of FREE events which it encourages all livestock owners to attend! 

 

The first event will be, “Grazing Cover Crops for Soil Health with Dr. Allen Williams”. The events will take place for three days and will be spread out in Vienna and Frederick, Illinois and near Kansas City, Missouri. The events will primarily feature full day workshops on crop grazing with Dr. Williams. They will consist of a classroom portion to cover the principles of cover crop grazing, and will also feature a pasture walk! Topics covered will include the five principles of soil health and Adaptive Stewardship, how to design cover crop mixes, and much more! The Frederick date will be held first on August 23rd, from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, with host Greg Rebman at 25129 Boston Lane. This will be followed by the Vienna session on August 24th at the same time, hosted by Grant Bauman at 2230 Buncombe Road. The last date will occur on August 28th, in Richmond, Missouri from the same time and will be hosted by Jon Dana at 15705 Waller Road. Registration is due by August 20th so time is running out!

 

The second of these events will be titled, “Adaptive Grazing for Soil Health with Dr. Allen Williams”. This will be a two-day training session on adaptive high stock density grazing and soil health, ran by Dr. Williams. As with the prior event, this one will also feature both a classroom portion as well as a pasture portion. Topics covered will mirror those covered in the previous event, with the additions of how to restore more vibrant ecosystems through adaptive grazing and how to make grazing highly profitable and desirable. The events will both occur in Highland, Illinois and will take place from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (registration at 8:30). The event will be hosted by Linda and Ted Krauskopf and the address is 11537 Hickory Flat Road in Highland. Registration will also take place until August 20th for this event so get registered while you can! 

 

Information on registering for the first event can be found here, and the second event, here. More information about these and other events can be found by emailing PastureProject@winrock.org or by visiting pastureproject.org/events and understandingag.com/ua-agworkshops

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Spoon River College Offering Microsoft Classes

Macomb – The Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach is offering a variety of Microsoft classes. Classes will be held at the Spoon River College Macomb Community Outreach Center and are instructed by Erin Orwig.

 

Intro to Microsoft Word

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

What is Word? How can you use it? This class will cover the basics of Word and the kind of documents you can create with the program. If you need to learn how to create a basic letter, write a paper, or create a quick flyer, this class will help you learn how to accomplish that goal.

 

Microsoft Word Level 2

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Once you know the basics of Word, go on to master more advanced options such as inserting charts, shapes and smart art; tracking changes; and the mail merge wizard. This class is designed for students who use Word on a daily basis or those who have already taken Introduction to Microsoft Word. 

 

Intro to Microsoft Excel

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Excel can help you create budgets, charts, schedules, and databases. Students in this class will learn the basics of Excel and how to apply it in everyday life. If you need to track anything in your life, Excel is the program you need!

 

Microsoft Excel Level 2

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

If you know the basics of Excel, you’ll learn more about relative and absolute values, creating formulas, using functions, and working with multiple worksheets. This class is designed for students who use Excel on a daily basis or those who have already taken Intro to Excel.

 

Using Excel & Word Together

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Word and Excel are individual programs that have many attributes on their own, but you can also utilize the programs together. The first half of this class will cover basic commands and program highlights for Word and Excel. In the second half, students will create form letters, edit documents, create budget sheets, and build databases in both programs. The class will end with how to link the database and budget sheets to Word documents to make you more efficient in making labels and reports. (It is required that students have previous knowledge of both Word and Excel for this class).

 

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

PowerPoint is used to share information with an audience in a visual manner. Learn to create professional slide shows and handouts using colorful themes, animations, graphics and text! 

 

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Publisher is a desktop publishing software. You can use Publisher to create brochures, flyers, menus, business cards, certificates, and more! In this course you will learn the basics of using Microsoft Publisher.

 

There are fees to attend and pre-registration is required. Classes will be held at the Spoon River College Macomb Outreach Center located at 2500 East Jackson Street in Macomb. For more information or to register, call Spoon River College at 309-833-6031 or sign up online at www.src.edu/outreach.

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Man, Juveniles Connected to Burglary, Arson

Macomb, IL- In the early hours of July 24th, A jogger reported a smoldering vehicle on the 400 block of West Murray. Sources say, by 6 a.m, the vehicle interior was mostly ash and the Macomb Police speculate the fire was set late Monday night. To compond the situation, Officers of MPD recieved an undisclosed amount of calls regarding buglarized vehicles around the area close to where the fire occured. Deputy Chief Dave Burnham was unwilling to provide a complete number of burglaries, or an estimate of what was stolen, stating that the investigation was ongoing. 

 

After a round of interviews, Officers were able to identify 21 year-old Patrick Erving and two 17-year-old Juveniles as prime suspects in connection with the crime scene. All three suspects were taken into custody, with Erving and the juveniles being charged with arson and auto burglary. The juveniles will not be charged as adults. The juveniles were transported to Mary Davis Detention Facility in Galesburg, and Erving was taken to McDonough County Jail. His bond has not been set yet.

 

Source credited to McDonough County Voice

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Nursing Home Violations for Second Quarter 2019

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2019 Second Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations.

The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between April-June 2019.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

The following facilities were cited with “AA” violations.

 

Claridge Healthcare Center, a 231-bed skilled and intermediate care facility, located at 700 Jenkisson in Lake Bluff, was fined $50,000 for failure to immediately initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and to ensure staff were certified in CPR, could identify a resident’s code status, verify the presence of a resident’s advance directive, and match the resident’s physician order.

Iona Glos SLC, a 100-bed intermediate care and developmental disability facility located at 50 South Fairbank Street in Addison, was fined $25,000 for failure to ensure emergent life sustaining measures were implement for a resident.

Lebanon Nursing Care, a 90-bed skilled care facility located at 1201 North Alton in Lebanon, was fined $50,000 for failure to provide continual abdominal thrusts to open an obstructed airway, initiate CPR, and activate emergency medical procedures.

Mendota Lutheran Home, a 113-bed skilled and shelter care facility located at 500 Sixth Street in Mendota, was fined $50,000 for failure to follow a resident’s code status and initiate CPR.

Presence St. Anne Center, a 179-bed skilled care facility located at 4405 Highcrest Road in Rockford, was fined $50,000 for failure to send a resident for evaluation after changes in vital signs and consciousness, which contributed to a delay in treatment and unnecessary pain.

 

The following facilities were cited for “A” violations.

 

Alden Estates of Northmoor, a 198-bed skilled care facility located at 5831 North Northwest Highway in Chicago, was fined $25,000 for failure to monitor and supervise a resident, and follow the facility fall management program.

Alden Long Grove Rehab & HCC, a 248-bed skilled care facility located at 2308 Old Hicks Road in Long Grove, was fined $25,000 for failure to ensure a door alarm was activated and to supervise a resident who was at high risk for elopement.

Aperion Care Bloomington, a 117-bed skilled care facility located at 1509 North Calhoun Street in Bloomington, was fined $25,000 for failure to respond to an exterior door alarm sounded when a resident with poor safety awareness and severe cognitive impairment left the facility.

Aperion Care Jacksonville, a 113-bed skilled care facility located at 1021 North Church Street in Jacksonville, was fined $25,000 for failure to adequately assess and identify sexual vulnerability and increased risk of resident-to-resident abuse.

Asbury Gardens Nursing & Rehab, a 75-bed skilled care facility located at 212 Airport Road in North Aurora, was fined $25,000 for failure to supervise a resident at risk for choking.

Avantara of Elgin, a 112-bed skilled care facility located at 1950 Larkin Avenue in Elgin, was fined $25,000 for failure to monitor and help a resident transfer.

Brother James Court, a 99-bed intermediate care facility for those with developmental disabilities located at 2508 St. James Road in Springfield, was fined $10,000 for failure to provide adequate and prompt medical attention for residents who were transferred to local hospital emergency departments for Sepsis treatment.

Cumberland Rehab & Health CC, a 54-bed skilled care facility located at 300 North Marietta Street in Greenup, was fined $25,000 for failure to supervise a resident, resulting in a fall.

Gilman Healthcare Center, a 99-bed skilled care facility located at 1390 South Crescent Street in Gilman, was fined $25,000 for failure to administer medications as ordered.

Golfview Developmental Center, a 135-bed intermediate care facility for those with developmental disabilities located at 9555 West Golf Road in Des Plaines, was fined $12,5000 for failure to chart and document a change in health condition, and failure to conduct a thorough investigation.

Good Samaritan Home, a 231-bed skilled, intermediate, and shelter care facility located at 2130 Harrison Street in Quincy, was fined $25,000 for failure to supervise and follow fall prevention care as instructed.

Greentree of Bradley Rehab, a 120-bed skilled and intermediate care facility located at 650 North Kinzie in Bradley, was fined $25,000 for failure to monitor the use of medication.

Grove of Berwyn, a 145-bed skilled care facility located at 3601 South Harlem Avenue in Berwyn, was fined $25,000 for failure to document an initial wound, conduct weekly wound assessment, transcribe wound care orders, and document administered treatment.

Grove of LaGrange Park, a 131-bed skilled care facility located at 701 North LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park, was fined $25,000 for failure to safely transfer a resident.

Heartland Nursing & Rehab, an 81-bed skilled care facility located at 410  Northwest Third Street in Casey, was fined $25,000 for failure to supervise residents at risk for falls.

Heartland of Galesburg, an 84-bed skilled care facility located at 280 East Losey Street in Galesburg, was fined for $25,000 for failure to safely transfer residents with a mechanical lift according to their policy.

Helia Healthcare of Belleville, a 122-bed skilled care facility located at 40 North 64th Street in Belleville, was fined $25,000 for failure to monitor, assess, and provide timely follow-up care for an individual with a newly implanted pacemaker.

Integrity Healthcare of Columbia, a 119-bed skilled care facility located at 253 Bradington Drive in Columbia, was fined $25,000 for failure to assess and identify a significant need to change medical treatment for a resident.

Lexington of Orland Park, a 275-bed skilled care facility located at 14601 South John Humphrey Drive in Orland Park, was fined $25,000 for failure to ensure a resident’s medications were available and scheduled per the physician’s order.

Lexington of Streamwood, a 214-bed skilled care facility located at 815 East Irving Park Road in Streamwood, was fined $25,000 for failure by staff to ensure a resident was safely transferred.

Manorcare of Arlington Heights, a 151-bed skilled care facility located at 715 West Central Road in Arlington Heights, was fined $25,000 for failure to provide appropriate assistance and supervision for a resident.

Meadowbrook Manor LaGrange, a 197-bed skilled care facility located at 339 9th Avenue in LaGrange, was fined $25,000 for failure to safely transfer residents with a mechanical lift according to their policy.

Moorings of Arlington Heights, a 160-bed skilled, intermediate, and shelter care facility located at 761 Old Barn Lane in Arlington Heights, was fined $50,000 for two A violations for failure to ensure discharge planning was in place for residents.

Palm Terrace of Mattoon, a 178-bed skilled care facility located at 1000 Palm Avenue in Mattoon, was fined $25,000 for failure to administer the correct medications to the correct resident.

Pearl at the Rolling Meadows, a 155-bed skilled care facility located at 4225 Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows, was fined $25,000 for failure to follow standards of practice and ensure a mechanical lift used to transfer residents was used according to manufacturer specifications and according to facility policy.

Presence at St. Anne Center, a 179-bed skilled care facility located at 4405 Highcrest Road in Rockford, was fined $25,000 for failure to notify a resident’s physician for a change in condition.

South Holland Manor Health and Rehab, a 216-bed skilled care facility located at 2145 East 170th Street in South Holland, was fined $25,000 for failure to follow a resident’s assessment and safely assist with bed mobility.

Stephenson Nursing Center, a 150-bed skilled and intermediate care facility located at 2946 South Walnut Road in Freeport, was fined $25,000 for failure to ensure a resident was not physically abused, to intervene to keep a resident safe from abuse, and ensure facility abuse policies and procedures were implemented by the administrator after the physical abuse.

Symphony at Midway, a 249-bed skilled care facility located at 4437 South Cicero in Chicago, was fined $25,000 for failure to initiate and follow a treatment plan to prevent further decrease in a range in motion for a resident.

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Henderson & Warren County 4-H Fair Horse Results

Stronghurst, IL-- On July 20th, The Henderson & Warren County 4-H Fair Horse Show took place in Stronghurst, IL and the results are in.

 

 

Grand Champion – Isaac Mohr

 

Grand Champion – Colby Trone

 

Junior Showmanship – Alexia Kane

 

Advanced Showmanship -  Rose Leary

 

Advanced Showmanship – Colby Trone

 

In addition to the winners, Here are the results for the Ribbon Events:

 

Elaina

Broadwater

05: Walk-Trot (12 & under)

Blue

Elaina

Broadwater

07: Country Pleasure (12 & under)

Blue

Lucy-Ann

Broadwater

07: Country Pleasure (12 & under)

Blue

Lucy-Ann

Broadwater

05: Walk-Trot (12 & under)

Blue

Alexia

Kane

15: Novelty: Egg & Spoon

Blue

Alexia

Kane

13: Horsemanship (12-14)

Blue

Alexia

Kane

05: Walk-Trot (12 & under)

Blue

Alexia

Kane

25: Costume Class

Blue

Alexia

Kane

16: Open Poles (12 & Under)

Blue

Alexia

Kane

20: Open Flags (12 & Under)

Blue

Alexia

Kane

24: Novelty: Bribe Your Horse

Blue

Alexia

Kane

05: 2 Year and Older Horse Western

Blue

Alexia

Kane

10: Western Pleasure (12 & under)

Blue

Alexia

Kane

18: Open Barrels (12 & Under)

Blue

Alexia

Kane

22: Plug Race (12 & Under)

Blue

Rachel

Leary

24: Novelty: Bribe Your Horse

Blue

Rachel

Leary

05: 2 Year and Older Horse Western

Blue

Rose

Leary

05: 2 Year and Older Horse Western

Blue

Rose

Leary

25: Costume Class

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

25: Costume Class

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

05: 2 Year and Older Horse Western

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

20: Open Flags (12 & Under)

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

12: Horsemanship (8-11)

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

16: Open Poles (12 & Under)

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

15: Novelty: Egg & Spoon

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

05: Walk-Trot (12 & under)

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

07: Country Pleasure (12 & under)

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

10: Western Pleasure (12 & under)

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

18: Open Barrels (12 & Under)

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

01: Bareback Pleasure

Blue

Isaac

Mohr

22: Plug Race (12 & Under)

Blue

Colby

Trone

6) 2 Year and Older Horse English

Blue

Colby

Trone

03) English Pleasure (All Ages)

Blue

Colby

Trone

08) Country Pleasure (13 - 18, Walk & Favorite Gait)

Blue

Colby

Trone

02) Hunter Hack (English Horses Only)

Blue

Colby

Trone

06) Walk - Trot ( 13-18, optional tack)

Blue

Colby

Trone

04) English Equitation (All Ages)

Blue

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City Council Meeting Cancelled

Macomb, IL-- Due to non-time sensitive issues, The City Council Committee Meeting that was scheduled for July 29th has been cancelled. If you would like more information, please contact the City Clerk's Ofrice. 

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Ribbon Cutting held for Aldi Grand Reopening

MACOMB,IL--The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on July 25, part of the grand reopening to celebrate the recent remodel of the ALDI USAstore. The store has been a fixture in Macomb for 43 years and was just one of the 1,300 ALDI stores that were updated within the company’s $1.9 million dollar expansion project. The new store layout features an updated layout, natural lighting, environmentally friendly building materials, and the introduction of addition produce and products options on the shelves. ALDI joined the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce in July 2019. Their commitment to providing affordable, high-quality groceries matched with the fresh, new look makes for an exciting retail experience for the Macomb area. 

 

For more information: visit www.aldi.us

 

Courtesy of the Macomb Chamber Of Commerce

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Press Conference Introducing the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2019

On Thursday, July 25th at 1:30 pm EST, United States Representatives Cheri Bustos and Jim McGovern will host a press conference introducing the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2019. 

Bustos and McGovern plans are to create a federal grant program established to empower states and local governments to fix social and economic issues within each state that cause health conditions among citizens and the community. Issues such as limited access to healthcare providers, stable housing, reliable transportation, and healthy foods are situations each representative looks to change. 

Their legislation is supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield program, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and many others. 

The Press Conference will be held in the Energy and Water Appropriations Hearing Room of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. as we will look to see what plans Bustos and McGovern have before we enter the next decade. 

  

 

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Application Deadline Approaching for the Governor's Hometown Awards

Springfield – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will now be accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) program.  GHTA gives formal acknowledgement to those who contributed to projects that have improved their community’s quality of life.

 

These projects, sponsored by local units of government, had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact. As a result, it helped generate a positive outcome in the community, and by extension, the state.Interested townships, villages, cities, and counties can apply now through July 25, 2019 for projects that use volunteers in their communities from January 1 through December 31, 2018. 

 

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member bipartisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Serve Illinois is excited to be able to tie GHTA to its mission to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state.

 

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Chamber Of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting for Mural

Macomb, IL---The Ambassador Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on July 23 for the new community mural located on the side of the Old Dairy building at 210 S. Lafayette Street in Downtown Macomb.

 

Made possible by a $2,000 grant awarded to Downtown Development via the Western Illinois University Performing Arts Society, the community building arts project was a collaborative effort between artists from Macomb and Western Illinois University’s Department of Art, The Old Dairy, City of Macomb Downtown Development, and the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 

The mural started with a basic black and white outline, upon which the entire community was invited to help paint in the corresponding colors to complete the vivid design.

 

Special recognition goes out to Bill Howard (Western Illinois University’s Department of Art Professor), Michael Mahoney (Professor Emeritus WIU Department of Art Professor), Ashley Derry and Andrea Kliffmiller (WIU Art Students), Emily & Marc Gamage (Owners of The Old Dairy), Kristin Terry (Downtown Development), Jock Hedblade (Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau), and the many volunteers who made this project possible.

 

For more information: Contact Kristin Terry, City of Macomb Downtown Development Director at (309) 575-3015 or email kterry@cityofmacomb.com

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Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death confirmed in Macomb

Macomb, IL-- Emerald ash borer, Japanese beetles, bush honeysuckle, purple loosestrife, chestnut blight. These listed items are all types of invasive species, which have dramatically altered our landscape. An invasive species can be a non-native insect, plant, disease, or animal that causes environmental damage, economic harm, or impacts human health in a negative way. Those pests listed above is just a highlight of a growing list of invasive species that threaten the stability of our native ecosystems and developed landscapes.

 

It may not come as a surprise that I am back, taking up valuable digital space to tell you of another potentially devastating non-native disease that attacks oak trees – Sudden Oak Death or Phytophthora ramorum. The name Phytophthora (Fie-TOF-ther-uh) means "plant destroyer" and is a family of water mold fungi that has played a major role in human history. Remember the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s? That was Phytophthora infestans, commonly known as potato late blight.

 

Phytophthora ramorum or P. ramorum is known to infect over 30 different plant species including witch hazel, viburnums, horse chestnut, lilacs, and rhododendrons. When these plants are infected the disease is called Ramorum Blight and it may not be fatal but will cause bark cankers, leaf spots, and twig dieback. When oaks are infected with P. ramorum it is termed Sudden Oak Death, because, for several oak species, this disease will quickly kill the tree.

P. ramorum has ravaged West Coast forests attacking seven different species of oak. Leaving behind barren vistas of dead trees.

 

You may be thinking, "At least this disease is way over in California and not in Illinois." Unfortunately, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has confirmed P. ramorum throughout the state on infected plant material at big box garden centers. Macomb, Illinois is one of those locations that had plants confirmed with P. ramorum.

 

How did it get here? Most of the landscape plants we purchase at garden centers are grown on the West Coast. Regulators monitor growers to make sure a disease like P. ramorum doesn't spread across the country, but often with these things, it is only a matter of time before a mistake occurs and the disease is able to spread.

 

To date in Illinois, the only infected plant material that tested positive for P. ramorum are rhododendrons and lilacs sold at Walmart, HyVee, and Rural King in 2019. If you purchased these plants and are seeing signs of Ramorum Blight (dark brown spots on leaves or branch tips) contact Illinois Department of Ag or your local Extension office for guidance. Officials do not want people to dispose of these plants in compost or landfills where the disease could spread.

 

There is no reason to panic, as this disease hasn't been found in any of our native oaks yet. We even aren't quite sure which species of oak would be more at risk or if any would be resistant. Based on the oaks infected out west, it is thought that northern red oak and pin oak may be more susceptible. Until Sudden Oak Death is confirmed in your local area, there is no reason to pursue treatment of your oak trees.

 

Some good news – Just because P. ramorum thrives on the West Coast, does not mean it will succeed in the Midwest. There are many factors of our Illinois climate that could prevent this disease from establishing. We can grow a lot here in Central Illinois. Hopefully, the disease Sudden Oak Death isn't one of them.

 

Good Growing Tip of the Week: The plant pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death has been found in 10 counties throughout Illinois. Contact your local Extension office if you purchased rhododendrons or lilacs from HyVee, Walmart, or Rural King in 2019.

 

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Registration Open for 2019 Fallen Soldiers 5K

 

 

On Saturday, September 21, WIU will host the 8th annual Fallen Soldiers 5K run, with this year’s edition paying special tribute to two of WIU’s own fallen: Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin. The proceedings will begin at 8:30 AM with a ceremony in Western Hall, and the race itself will begin at 9 AM in front of Western Hall on University Drive.

 

WIU has raised more than $112,000 for the Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund through this race, and with annual participants numbering 500 or more, it is the largest such event in McDonough County.

 

Early-bird registration is open till September 2nd, costs $25, and guarantees a t shirt and finisher medal. After this date, registration will cost $35. This year will see a new addition to the registration process, WIU students will be able to register for $10 all the way through race day.

 

Additionally, for a $50 donation, Honor A Vet sponsors may honor a friend or family member who has served or is currently serving in the military. Each honoree will have his/her name, rank and military branch listed on a sign to be placed along “Veteran’s Row”. More information on how to become an Honor A Vet sponsor, and on how to register for the actual race, can be found by visiting http://wiu.edu/fallensoldiers or by emailing mailto:fallensoldiers5k@wiu.edu. 

 

The full story, written by WIU News, can be found here.

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Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation Launches New Electronic Filing System

DES MOINES — Today, the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation launched a web-based filing system for attorneys, workers, employers, and insurers. The new Workers’ Compensation Electronic System (WCES) will allow the Division to transition from paper filing to electronic filing.

 

“WCES will bring the Iowa work comp system into the 21st century,” said Commissioner Joseph Cortese II, Iowa Workers’ Compensation. “The new system will be easier to access for Iowans. Electronic filing will also help the agency operate more efficiently.”

 

Key features of the new system include:

  • Web-based access for users
  • Individual user accounts
  • 24-hour e-filing capability
  • Email notifications of agency decisions and filings

For more information about the new system, visit www.IowaWorkComp.gov

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Stephen Julstrom Honors Late Parents with Endowed Scholarships

MACOMB, IL - - Stephen Julstrom and his wife, WIU alumna Carmen Agoyo Silva Julstrom, recently honored his late parents, Clifford A. and Rosa Julstrom, by endowing the two scholarships they established.

The Julstrom Music Scholarship and the Julstrom Foreign Language Scholarship were established in February 1987 by Clifford A. and Rosa Julstrom. 

Stephen grew up in Macomb, attending the Western Lab School K-12. Carmen, who is a Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts (currently Bachelor of Arts in General Studies) and Master of Arts in Sociology alumna, and Stephen have a close relationship to WIU and chose to honor his parents with the endowment. 

"They wanted their legacy to help students pursue their goals and dreams with less financial constraints," said Stephen. "They believed in music education for everyone. These scholarships are in line with their beliefs that music can and should enrich everyone's lives, not just those who choose it as a profession. They also believed that it was very important that we all become aware of and part of a broader world, which is part of why they created the Julstrom Foreign Language Scholarship."

Clifford came to WIU in 1936 and served as the chair of the music department from 1949-69. During his time, the music department and Western experienced rapid growth. He organized and directed the first WIU Symphony Orchestra (known then as the Western Civic Orchestra). Rosa was an independent piano teacher in Macomb for 60 years. 

Both Clifford and Rosa studied music from an early age. At age 16, Clifford left Des Moines, IA to study violin in Chicago. He came to Western in 1936. In 1943, he was drafted into Army Band Director School and directed the 65th Division Army band. After the war, he met Rosa while he was earning his Ph.D. in music composition and she was earning her master's degree in music theory, both at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. After New York, Clifford returned to Western and his wife followed shortly after. 

"I give my father credit for establishing a comprehensive music program at the lab school," Stephen said. "While he was at Western, he not only organized the first symphony orchestra, he also established a summer music camp for area high school kids, as well as a foundation and legacy for music. My mom was also very involved with the music department; she often provided accompaniment for faculty musicians and was a substitute teacher when needed.

"I credit both of my parents for giving my brother, Bryant, and me a solid foundation in music and providing many opportunities for growth. Even though neither of us went into music professionally, music has remained an important part of our lives."

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GAO to Evaluate Effectiveness of "Move Over" Laws to Protect First Responders Following Push from Duckworth, Durbin, Fischer & Bustos

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — In response to a request from U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced they will conduct a new study to review the effectiveness of our country’s “Move Over” laws, which are designed to protect first responders who are doing their duty and may be stopped alongside busy roads. The letter, sent earlier this month, asked GAO to evaluate the effectiveness of such laws in light of persistent motor accidents on highways and major roads that have taken the lives of first responders. Three Illinois State Police troopers have been killed already this year after being struck by vehicles: Troopers Gerald Ellis, Brooke Jones-Story and Christopher Lambert.

 

“According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, traffic-related incidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death among on-duty law enforcement officers,” the Members of Congress wrote in their initial letter. “Since 2009, more than 122 law enforcement officers have been struck by vehicles and killed while they were stopped along highways.”

 

“‘Move Over’ laws are designed to protect emergency responders, workers and others who are stopped on the side of the road by requiring motorists to shift lanes and/or slow down,” they continued. “However, states continue to report numerous incidents of drivers failing to move over and crashing into emergency responders and others.”

 

The Members of Congress asked GAO to review the effectiveness of current laws, the challenges states face in implementing these laws and how the federal government can help states educate the public to avoid these preventable tragedies. GAO notified Duckworth, Durbin, Fischer and Bustos that they will conduct a study in the coming months.

 

As the Ranking Member of the Senate Transportation & Safety Subcommittee, Duckworth has been a strong advocate of transportation safety across the country. Last year, she introduced the School Bus Safety Act along with Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) to keep students safe and prevent accidents involving school buses. Earlier this year, Duckworth secured commitments from top transportation officials and stakeholders to address important train safety and performance issues.

 

A full copy of the letter sent several weeks ago is available online here.

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Employers must provide important health and safety information

SPRINGFIELD -- Workers have specific rights aimed at protecting them while on the job and providing for a safe and healthy work environment. To help ensure they know those rights, all public sector employers are required to prominently post the Illinois Department of Labor’s Job Safety and Health poster.

 

“It is important that employers display this poster where their workers will see it on a regular basis,” said Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik.

Illinois OSHA, a division of the state Department of Labor, covers public-sector employers in the state. In Illinois, most private employers fall under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction, which also requires the display of a similar poster.

 

The poster provides a summary of employees’ rights, for example:

• You have the right to notify your employer or IDOL about workplace hazard. You can remain confidential upon request.


• You have the right to see IDOL citations issued to your employer.


• You have the right to request an IDOL inspection if you believe that there are unsafe or unhealthy working conditions.

 

And it also addresses employers’ responsibilities:

• You must furnish your employees a place of employment free from recognized hazards.


• You must comply with the occupational safety and health standards issued under this Act.
• You must post any citations issued by IDOL at or near the place of the violation(s).

 

The poster also notifies employers that they are required to orally report all work-related fatalities to Illinois OSHA within eight hours and report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours at the Illinois OSHA hotline – 217-782-7860.

 

Here is a link to the state safety poster: https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/safety/Documents/ILOSHASafetyHealthPosterEnglish01162019.pdf

 

Here is a link to the federal OSHA safety poster: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/poster.html

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"A Taste of Archives: The Love Letters of William and Jane Standard" Aug. 24 at WIU

MACOMB, IL - - The Western Illinois University Library Archives will offer another installment of "A Taste of Archives" at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The event is a unique opportunity to learn more about work at the University and local Civil War history, while enjoying a five-course themed meal from the sixth floor of the Leslie F. Malpass Library. 

At this year's event, the theme will be "A Taste of Archives: The Love Letters of William and Jane Standard." WIU History Professor Tim Roberts will lead a discussion celebrating local Civil War history. Beautiful views of the WIU campus will accompany the conversation based on Roberts' latest book, "This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard," with original letters written by the couple, from Lewistown, IL, who relied on their love and commitment to survive the war. 

A five-course southern hospitality meal will be served, with choices including sarsaparilla ginger BBQ pork, cherry bourbon glazed flank steak or cabbage stuffed with butternut squash as the main course options. The meal will be accompanied by General Ulysses S. Grant's drink of choice, bourbon whiskey, as well as a cash bar.

Because of the intimate setting for the event, limited seating is available. Tickets are $50 per person, and checks can be made payable to the WIU Foundation. Registration, which can be done until Friday, Aug. 16, can be completed online at wiu.edu/alumni or contact University Libraries Director of Development Suzanna Woodward at S-Woodward@wiu.edu or (309) 298-2356.

 

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Ball Fore Closed due to Extreme Heat

Macomb, IL--Due to extreme heat conditions, Ball Fore will not open today and tomorrow, Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

Moonlite Mini-golf scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2019 is also cancelled.

 

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Congresswoman Bustos Helps Pass Raise the Wage Act

ASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass the Raise the Wage Act. This legislation would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025 and give more than 33 million hardworking Americans a raise. Additionally, this bill would lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty, including 600,000 children.  

 

“All across our region, I hear from hardworking men and women who haven’t gotten a raise in years – because too often, Washington works for the wealthy few instead of the hardworking men and women who power this country,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’m proud of Gov. Pritzker’s leadership raising the minimum wage in our state and, by giving 33 million Americans a much-needed raise, this legislation would make sure this important progress isn’t limited to Illinois. In Congress, I’ll continue to stay laser-focused on growing Illinoisans’ paychecks and creating good-paying jobs that can support a family.”

 

The last federal minimum wage increase was 10 years ago – the longest stretch without an increase in U.S. history. Further, one in nine American workers are paid wages that leave them living in poverty – even while working full-time and year-round. This legislation will not only help workers but will also boost the economy. By putting money back in the pockets of workers and their families, spending in households with minimum wage workers increased, on average, at least $700 per quarter, according to economic research.

 

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Stay Cool and Safe at the Pool

Springfield, Ill- Pools are a favorite destination for many Illinoisans to cool off during the hot summer months. Extremely hot and muggy weather is forecast across Illinois to end the week into the weekend meaning many people will head to the pool. It’s important to follow all posted rules and to pay attention to your children. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In 2018 between Memorial Day and Labor Day, at least 148 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas according to the USA Swimming Foundation across the United States. In Illinois during that same time period, 6 children under the age of 15 drown.

 

A national public education campaign run by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) called Pool Safety was launched in 2010. This campaign was mandated by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and helps provide safety information that parents, caregivers and pool owners should take into consideration to ensure safety in and around pools and spas. This act was named after Virginia Graeme Baker, a seven-year-old girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by a powerful suction from a hot tube drain. Here are some simple steps to keep children safer in and around the water:

 

• Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas. Always check to make sure the gate is locked or closed when leaving the pool or spa!


• Keep the pool and deck clear of floats, balls and toys after you leave the pool.


• Always swim with a buddy.


• Designate an adult Water Watcher to supervise children at all times around the water. Stay off your phone, put your book down, and pay attention to whoever is in or around the water! 


• Never leave a child unattended in or near water.


• Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim


• Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults


• Teach children to stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments


• Ensure any pool or spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards. If you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safer drain covers.

 

Take the Pool Safety Pledge by visiting: www.poolsafety.gov/pledge.

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Chance the Snapper Bobblehead Unveiled

Milwaukee, WI – July 18, 2019 – Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a limited edition bobblehead featuring Chance the Snapper, the alligator who captivated the nation as it avoided capture in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon for over a week.

 

The bobbleheads feature Chance the Snapper partially submerged in water with a danger sign across the back of the base. They are now available for pre-order in the Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store for $25 each plus a flat rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to arrive in October. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered and come in a collector’s box. Chance’s head and tail will both bobble, and his name, Humboldt Park Lagoon, and the dates of his stay in the Lagoon will be included on the base.

 

Chance the Snapper is a five-foot-long alligator that was found swimming in the Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago on the evening of July 9, 2019. Chicago residents were mesmerized by the elusive gator who somehow avoided capture for a week. After several unsuccessful attempts from local authorities, including a volunteer from the Chicago Herpetological Society, an alligator expert was flown in from Florida. After nearly 36 sleepless hours, expert Frank Robb emerged from the lagoon with the gator. Chance the Snapper is currently looking for his forever home at a local zoo or sanctuary.

 

“Since Chance the Snapper is going to be heading to a new home soon, we wanted a way for everyone to be able to bring a mini Chance into their home, and a bobblehead is the perfect way to do that,” said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “We encourage Chance’s fans to snap up a bobblehead during the presale as production is starting now and a limited number will be produced.”

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Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled in Two Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

FULTON SCHUYLER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF CANTON AND RUSHVILLE. 

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Thunderstorm Watch Canceled

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 1 COUNTY

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

MCDONOUGH

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF MACOMB. 

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Severe Thunderstorm Cancelled in 3 Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 3 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

HANCOCK HENDERSON WARREN

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF CARTHAGE, MONMOUTH, AND OQUAWKA. 

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Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled In Two Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

ADAMS IL BROWN IL

IN MISSOURI THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

KNOX MO LEWIS MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF MOUNT STERLING AND QUINCY.SALLY 

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Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled In Two Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

ADAMS IL BROWN IL

IN MISSOURI THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

KNOX MO LEWIS MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF MOUNT STERLING AND QUINCY.SALLY 

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Thunder Storm Watch Extended (IL)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS
EVENING

IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS

MONTGOMERY IL

IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS

CALHOUN IL GREENE IL MACOUPIN IL

IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 2 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI

LINCOLN MO

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

PIKE MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF BOWLING GREEN AND LITCHFIELD.SALLY

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect

The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
Northwestern Calhoun County in southwestern Illinois...
Greene County in southwestern Illinois...
Pike County in west central Illinois...
Northwestern Macoupin County in southwestern Illinois...
Southeastern Adams County in west central Illinois...
Brown County in west central Illinois...
Northeastern Ralls County in northeastern Missouri...
Southeastern Marion County in northeastern Missouri...
Pike County in northeastern Missouri...

* Until 500 PM CDT.

* At 411 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from 6 miles east of Mount Sterling to near Griggsville
to Spaulding, moving southeast at 55 mph.

HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...
Hannibal, Bowling Green, Pittsfield, Louisiana, White Hall,
Carrollton, Mount Sterling, Roodhouse, Barry, Griggsville,
Greenfield, New London, Hardin, Pleasant Hill, Atlas, Eolia,
Clarksville, Athensville, Frankford and Pike.

This includes Interstate 72 between exits 10 and 35.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

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(IA) Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 515
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
237 PM CDT WED JUL 17 2019THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 515 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN IOWA THIS CANCELS 9 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL IOWA

GRUNDY HARDIN JASPER
MARSHALL POLK STORY

IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA

CLARKE MARION WARREN

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ACKLEY, AMES, CARLISLE, CONRAD,
DES MOINES, DIKE, ELDORA, GRUNDY CENTER, INDIANOLA, IOWA FALLS,
KNOXVILLE, MARSHALLTOWN, NEWTON, NORWALK, OSCEOLA, PELLA,
REINBECK, AND WELLSBURG.REV 

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Thunderstorm Warning In Effect Until 4:30 pm

.A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 430 PM CDT FOR EASTERN HANCOCK...SOUTHERN HENDERSON...SOUTHERN WARREN AND MCDONOUGH COUNTIES.

 

At 346 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Raritan to near Fandon to Golden, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.

 

IMPACT: Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include... Macomb, Carthage, Bushnell, Colchester, La Harpe, Stronghurst, Avon, Blandinsville, Augusta, Bowen, Industry, Good Hope, Prairie City, Carman, Terre Haute, Bardolph, West Point, Raritan, Tennessee and Sciota.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

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Thunder Storm Watch Until 4:30 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL 327 PM CDT

 

Wed Jul 17 2019

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Hancock County in west central Illinois... Southern Henderson County in west central Illinois... Southern Warren County in west central Illinois... McDonough County in west central Illinois... * Until 430 PM CDT.

 

* At 326 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Carman to near Carthage to 6 miles east of Canton, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.

 

SOURCE...Radar indicated. Trained spotters have reported 50 to 60 mph winds with these storms.

 

IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include... Macomb, Carthage, Bushnell, Hamilton, Colchester, La Harpe, Dallas City, Stronghurst, Avon, Blandinsville, Augusta, Bowen, Industry, Good Hope, Prairie City, Carman, Terre Haute, Bardolph, West Point and Ferris. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

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Stewart Named to Cecil P. McDonough Professorship at WIU

Moline/Macomb IL -- The Cecil P. McDonough Professorship in Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology  has just been awarded Marketing and Management Professor Susan Stewart for 2019-2021.

 

The Cecil P. McDonough Endowed Professorship in Business which was designed to recognize the highest level of scholarships and University instruction by providing support for faculty income, research, instruction materials, and professional development. The Cecil P. and Helen McDonough Academic Development Fund provides a long range of academic program support. As a result will  support the innovative instruction for all research projects. 

 

McDonough completed his business career in Indianapolis in 1983. He named WIU as the beneficiary of a $1.4 million charitable remainder trust to establish an academic development fund. McDonough's has a connection  to WIU through former WIU Foundation Board President Jim Garner.

 

McDonough and Garner's mother grew up in the same town, and at Garner's mother's funeral service, McDonough  introduced himself as the Foundation Board president. The two had similar stories about Garner's mother and learned that they had similar interest in the insurance business. A bond of  friendship grew and the two began exchanging letters. Garner mentioned to McDonough that him along with other WIU representatives are seeking private support for the College of Business and suggested that such a project might be worthy of McDonough's consideration. 

 

Just prior to Memorial Day in 1983, Garner received a note from McDonough indicating he was in failing health; and in a follow-up telephone conversation later, McDonough told Garner he had made some estate plans and would be willing to meet with WIU Foundation staff for possible provisions to Western. The meeting resulted in the endowed professorship -- the first for the WIU College of Business and Technology -- and the academic development fund. McDonough died in June 1983.

 

To qualify for the McDonough Professorship, faculty members must conduct outstanding research, teaching and/or public service that is widely recognized; exhibit an extraordinary level of productivity and impact in his/her field of study that goes beyond the existing expectations for full professors; have a level of productivity and impact that has been demonstrated for an extended period of time; and serve as a role model for faculty and students. 

 

Stewart has earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has been teaching human resource management (HRM) and management courses at WIU ever since. She founded the HRM Program at the Quad Cities campus, and is actively involved in placing students into internships and jobs as well as serving as an advisor to the award winning student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.  She also teaches a study abroad course titled "Business Practices and Culture of Ireland," which includes a one-week trip to Dublin, Ireland.  

 

Stewart  published many journal articles, book chapters, business cases, magazine articles and actively present papers at professional conferences. Her research showed in publications such as the books "Counterproductive Workplace Behavior" and "Human Resource Management: An Experiential Approach" as well as in journals such as the "Journal of Applied Psychology," "Journal of Organizational Behavior," "Journal of Management," "International Journal of Selection and Assessment," "Journal for Human Resources Education" and "Educational and Psychological Measurement."

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WIU to Co-Host 2019 Mississippian Conference July 27

LEWISTOWN, IL – Western Illinois University and the Illinois State Museum will co-host the 2019 Mississippian Conference from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Dickson Mounds Museum.

Admission is $5 and can be paid upon arrival at the conference. The event is open to the public. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. and presentations begin at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided and lunch options are available in Havana and Lewistown from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Presentations by archaeologists about their research and excavations related to the Mississippian culture will be given throughout the day. Excavation sites include Cahokia, Dickson Mounds, Kincaid, Star Bridge, Orendorf, Orr-Herl and Ten Mile Creek (also known as Hildemeyer). Discussion topics will include excavation updates; new views provided by LiDAR laser remote sensing, drone imagery and geophysical surveys; new analyses of artifacts from old collections; and the latest perspectives on the spread of Mississippian culture into the Late Woodland populations of the Central Illinois River Valley, based on almost nine decades of archaeological study.  

The Dickson Mounds Museum exhibits 12,000 years of human history in the Illinois River Valley, focusing on the nearby Woodland and Mississippian mounds. The Mississippian cultural tradition thrived from around AD 1000 to 1400 in the Midwest, and was characterized by large permanent agricultural settlements, often with a number of platform temple mounds arranged around plazas, and smaller moundless villages scattered around the larger sites. 

The subject matter will be of interest to the general public, students and professional archaeologists. 

The Dickson Mounds Museum, part of the Illinois State Museum system, is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. For more information, visit illinoisstatemuseum.org. 

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Bustos Raises $475,000 in Q2

MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced raising nearly $475,000 in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 – ending with more than $2.3 million cash-on-hand. Showing strong grassroots support, nearly 90 percent of contributions to Congresswoman Bustos were under $100 and the average online contribution was under $13.

 

“With nearly 90 percent of contributions coming from small-dollar donors, Cheri is demonstrating strong enthusiasm and true grassroots support across Illinois’ 17th District – setting her up for success in 2020,” said Denise Mousouris, Friends of Cheri Bustos National Finance Director. “In Congress, she’s kept a relentless focus on results, working to pass 10 bills to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. Let’s be clear – extreme politicians are working overtime to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, but Cheri will continue pushing for commonsense solutions that protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and bring down costs for Illinois families.”

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Peter Rao Named Vice President for Ambulatory Services

MACOMB, Ill. – McDonough District Hospital welcomes Peter Rao, MHA, CMPE, as Vice President for Ambulatory Services. Rao joins MDH beginning August 1.

The national search, conducted by Cjeka Executive Search, took place over the last five months.

 

“One of the major aspects that attracted me to MDH were the leadership team, physicians, and staff. I see great potential for MDH to advance its presence as a local and regional hub in its commitment to provide dependable, advanced, and comprehensive care. I look forward to being part of the mission, vision, and growth at MDH,” said Rao.

 

Rao comes to MDH from Osage Beach, Missouri, with an extensive background managing large multi-specialty medical groups and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE). Most recently he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare Leadership and Innovation Center in Osage Beach, and prior to that served as the Missouri Hospital Association’s Vice President of Quality Evaluation and Program Development.

 

From 2005-16 Rao served as the Executive Director and Corporate Compliance Officer for Lake Regional Medical Group in Osage Beach overseeing the daily operations of the multi-specialty medical group consisting of 75 providers.

 

MDH President/Chief Executive Officer Brian E. Dietz, FACHE, was impressed with Rao’s work experience and looks forward to having him join the hospital’s Senior Leadership Team.

 

“This was a collaborative effort involving members of our Board of Directors, Medical Group physicians and mid-level staff, Senior Leadership Team, and Directors. Peter brings to us a very successful background and significant experience managing physician practices, and clearly has the skill set that will provide the proper level of support to manage a successful Medical Group. We feel very fortunate he has chosen to join our team.”

 

Rao is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association, the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and the Health Care Compliance Association. Early in his tenure with Lake Regional, he received the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). This award recognizes ACHE affiliates who have contributed significantly to the advancement of health care management and the achievement of ACHE’s goals.

 

Rao’s wife Corinne currently works as a hospitalist and they have two daughters in college. In his spare time, Rao enjoys flying as he holds a private pilot license, running, and music.

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Bustos Announces $3 Million for Illinois Central College

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced a $3,000,000 grant for Illinois Central College from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. These funds will be used to help establish a new Workforce Sustainability Center on campus.

 

“Illinois Central College plays a vital role preparing Peoria-area students for success in the workforce,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, investing in our workforce is a top priority – and these federal dollars will help establish a workforce training center to further the college’s efforts. Students and educators alike will be able to leverage this funding to grow the local economy and build a stronger workforce here in Illinois.”

 

“A Workforce Sustainability Center will provide our students with an opportunity to build their skillset, prepare for the workforce and support local employers in our community,” said Illinois Central College President, Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “Illinois Central College is committed to fulfilling the needs of our students and ensuring they receive a well-rounded education. Today’s funding will only further that commitment and I thank Congresswoman Bustos for her passion for our students.”

 

The Workforce Sustainability Center will be used to help train students and prepare them for jobs in the region. The addition of this facility will improve Illinois Central College’s ability to provide students with new sets of skills both now and in the future.

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Best Big Cities to Live In

July and August are the most ranking among the popular months to move. About 80% of the U.S. population wants to live in urban areas . If people are unsure on the right moves to make they can visit WalletHub. Wallethub has the 62 largest U.S. cities in terms of 56 key metrics. The data set ranges from quality of public-school system to job opportunities to median annual property taxes.

 

Like for example they have Virginia Beach. Virginia has the highest homeownership rate, 63.85 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Miami, the city with the lowest at 30.24 percent. Also Virginia Beach has the lowest share of residents living in poverty, 8.00 percent, which is 4.7 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 37.90 percent.

 

Another example is San Francisco. San Francisco has the lowest median debt rate per median earnings, 13.97 percent, which is six times lower than in Aurora, Colorado, the city with the highest at 83.68 percent. Wichita, Kansas, has the shortest average commute time, 18.20 minutes, which is 2.2 times shorter than in New York, the city with the longest at 40.80 minutes.

 

Lastly, Virginia Beach has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 1.38, which is 15.1 times less than in St. Louis, Missouri, the city with the most at 20.82. Visiting Wallethub will show you a list of cities that are ranked best to worst. So if people are ever trying to move or vacation somewhere, visiting Wallethub is the right move to make.

 

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Vince Neil of Motley Crue to Replace Megadeth at Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Vince Neil will take to the Illinois Lottery Grandstand Stage on Friday, August 9th. He will take the place of Megadeath, who cancelled due to Dave Mustaine’s cancer diagnosis. The Mötley Crüe front man’s legendary voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of a generation including Wild Side, Home Sweet Home, Girls Girls Girls, Dr. Feelgood, Kickstart My Heart, and more.

 

Mötley Crüe’s epic 34-year run included countless multi-platinum releases, more than 22 hit singles, 100 million albums sold and dozens of global tours with sold out arenas. Despite the band’s departure from the rock world, Vince Neil shows no sign of slowing down, continuing to carry on his The Legacy Continues Tour. Fans can expect to hear all the Motley Crue hits, as well as select cuts from his three solo albums.

 

Tickets for Vince Neil will go on sale Friday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m via Ticketmaster (online and Ticketmaster mobile app) and at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand Box Office (by phone and in person sales). All tickets will be $17 for the show (General Track or Reserved Seating), no VIPit tickets will be available. Tickets for all other Illinois State Fair shows are on sale now.

 

Thursday, August 8: Montgomery Gentry 
FREE Concert

 

Friday, August 9: Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe with special guests Vixen and Autograph
All Tiers- $17

 

Saturday, August 10: Bad Company with Foghat
Tier 3 - $30 / Tier 2 - $35 / Tier 1 - $40 / Gen Track - $40 / VIP Track - $60

 

Sunday, August 11: Dan + Shay with Filmore
Tier 3 - $25 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 1 - $35 / Gen Track - $35 / VIP Track - $55

 

Monday, August 12: The Traveling Salvation Show – A Tribute to Neil Diamond
FREE Concert

 

Tuesday, August 13: Why Don’t We with MAX and EBEN
Tier 3 - $20 / Tier 2 - $25 / Tier 1 - $30 / Gen Track - $30 / VIP Track - $50

 

Wednesday, August 14: Pentatonix with Special Guest Rachel Platten
Tier 3 - $45 / Tier 2 - $50 / Tier 1 - $55 / Gen Track - $55 / VIP Track - $75

 

Thursday, August 15: Old Dominion with Restless Heart & Ryan Griffin
Tier 3 - $30 / Tier 2 - $35 / Tier 1 - $40 / Gen Track - $40 / VIP Track - $60

 

Friday, August 16: Snoop Dogg w/ Dogg Pound, Warren G, DJ Quik, Twista, and Do or Die
Tier 3 - $25 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 1 - $35 / Gen Track - $35 / VIP Track - $55

 

Saturday, August 17: Shinedown with Badflower
Tier 3 - $30 / Tier 2 - $35 / Tier 1 - $40 / Gen Track - $40 / VIP Track - $60

 

Sunday, August 18: Reba McEntire with Rachel Wammack
Tier 3 - $35 / Tier 2 - $40 / Tier 1 - $45 / Gen Track - $45 / VIP Track - $65

 

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Illinois State Fair, August 8 through 18, in Springfield. Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the Illinois State Fair by connecting with us via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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WASTE MANAGEMENT HEAT ADVISORY CHANGE IN PICK-UP TIME

 

Beginning Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Waste Management will be starting their routes one-half

hour earlier than normal, due to the severity of the heat index.  The starting time will be 5:30 a.m.  This schedule will continue until further notice.

 

Waste Management suggests residents place their carts at the curb the night before their scheduled pickup day.

 

We appreciate the cooperation of our residents during this heat advisory.

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Regional Media Names Chief Operating Officer

Illinois– (July, 16) – Regional Media, parent company of radio stations and multimedia news and sports websites in Iowa, Illinois, and Hawaii, announced today that it has chosen Rick Feltner  as the organization's Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Feltner, who recently sold his business in the area, will step into the role reporting directly to the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fletcher M. Ford this week.

 

"After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, I am pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of our world-class media organization," said company President and CEO, Fletcher M. Ford.. "Rick has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of the business realm. This combined with his deep business knowledge and strong desire to advance technology for his clients, makes Rick uniquely qualified to lead Regional Media successfully into the future. 

 

Additionally, Rick is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates. He's been a highly successful executive and local business owner in the area but more importantly, he's a great fit with each of the four 'critical leadership competencies' we evaluated as part of our selection process: strategic agility, business acumen, vision, and mission-driven orientation.”

 

"I'm honored, and I'm grateful  for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated and talented professionals," said Feltner. "Regional Media’s team produces innovative, relevant and insightful programming, every day, and their public service impacts the world far beyond where we live. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome. Working with my business mentor Fletcher is going to be such a rewarding experience for me. Leading our team to success is just going to be the icing on the cake.”

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Knox County Sheep Show results

Galesburg, IL--The Knox County 4-H Fair Sheep Show results from July 15, 2019 are: 

Grand Champion Oxford Sheep – Joe Sandoval

Grand Champion Crossbred Sheep – Annika Spring

Reserve Champion Crossbred Sheep – Hayden Beard

Grand Champion Ewe Overall – Annika Spring

Reserve Champion Ewe Overall – Hayden Beard

Grand Champion Market Lamb – Hayden Beard

Reserve Champion Market Lamb – Annika Spring

Grand Champion Market Pen of Lambs – Allison Hopkins

Reserve Champion Market Pen of Lambs – Paige Nimrick

Junior Showmanship – Drake Nimrick

Intermediate Showmanship – Allison Hopkins

Senior Showmanship – Joe Sandoval


 

Sheep Show Ribbon results will be posted soon here!

 

 

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2019's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America

With workplace-related stress alone has cost society more than $300 billion per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the 2019’s Most and Least Stressed Cities of America as well as accompany videos. In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 39 key metrics. 

 

The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates. Fayetteville, North Carolina, Shreveport, Louisiana, Augusta, Georgia and Las Cruces, New Mexico residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, 7, which is 23.4 times fewer than in Boston, the city where residents spend the most at 164. 

 

South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.70 percent, which is 5.3 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 9.00 percent. Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, 10.22 percent, which is four times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.32 percent.

 

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Corbin and Olson Halls, University Union: Cooling Centers

MACOMB, IL -- Due to the extreme summer temperatures and high humidity that will affect the region this week, two of Western Illinois University's residence halls and the University Union are designated as cooling centers for area residents. 

Corbin and Olson commons will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 through 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21 for anyone in need of a place to cool off. Drinking water refilling stations are located on the first floors of Corbin and Olson halls.

The University Union is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The Union is closed Sunday. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University Union Bookstore entrance and on the first floor near the Office of Student Activities. 

Burger King is open in the University Union 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Sodexo will also have food available for purchase in the Corbin-Olson Dining Center (hours subject to change). For dining hours, visit wiu.edu/student_services/dining/index.php.

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Republicans Facing Growing Disarray

Republicans have decided to look into fielding candidates in Iowa’s second Congressional district after a series of recruitment fails within the last few months. Iowa Politician and Republican Activist, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, has considered testing her chance at a Republican nomination once again after failing her three previous attempts. 

The conservative blog, Caffeine Thoughts, wrote about the Miller-Meeks having to overcome obstacles such as “fatigue” if she decides to run for a fourth time. 

Former Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling decided to test his luck by taking a bid in the nomination and has become the odds on favorite. Miller-Meeks former GOP political director, Austin Harris, criticized Schilling because he has not lived in the district long enough to run. He believes that Miller-Meeks would be a better candidate if she decides to run. 

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WIU Bobcat Research Program Awarded $375,000 Federal Grant

MACOMB, IL – A $375,000 federal grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), will boost ongoing research at Western Illinois University into the state's bobcat population. 

The two-year grant was awarded to WIU Biological Sciences Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology Chris Jacques to continue field research he has been conducting for several years. The work includes opportunities for WIU students to study bobcat ecology across north central Illinois and allows previous research, funded by a $100,000 IDNR grant, to continue. 

"Graduate and undergraduate students are essential for conducting the day-to-day data collection activities, data analyses and synthesis of primary study results," said Jacques. "Without support from the IDNR, ongoing bobcat research at WIU is not possible and would formally end at the end of the calendar year. Continued financial support will facilitate opportunities to expand our work into new regions of the state (i.e., northcentral Illinois) focused on new questions related to reproductive ecology and genetics, which in turn will provide a greater understanding of how fragmented landscapes may influence population structure of bobcats."  

The current IDNR grant term ends at the end of the calendar year, and Jacques said further research will benefit the state agency by helping to refine existing bobcat monitoring and management programs across the state. 

The work funded by the new grant will continue to use remote cameras to estimate bobcat population densities in north central Illinois. The phased research has previously monitored the bobcat population in west central Illinois and has fitted animals with VHF collars to track seasonal and annual survival and movement status.

Bobcats were captured in McDonough, Fulton, Schuyler and Hancock counties through the winters of 2018 and 2019 and fitted with VHF and GPS radio collars. The research also included using 220 infrared-triggered remote cameras in the winter months, when cameras were working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over 60-day intervals to photo capture and recapture bobcats for use in density estimation. 

For more information on the study, or to get involved, contact Jacques at CN-Jacques@wiu.edu or at (309) 298-2155. 

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McDonough County 4-H Fair Beef Show Results

Macomb, IL- The McDonough County 4-H Fair Beef Show results from July 11, 2019 are:
Grand Champion Angus Heifer – Gracyn Welsh
Reserve Champion Angus Heifer – Anna Curley
Grand Champion Hereford Heifer – Rachel Hood
Grand Champion Simmental Heifer – Payton McGrew
Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer – Reid Carson
Grand Champion Charolais Heifer – Carter Hoge
Grand Champion AOB Heifer – Carter Hoge
Reserve Champion AOB Heifer – Riley Smith
Grand Champion Commercial Heifer – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer – Brooklyn Welsh
Grand Champion Heifer – Carter Hoge
Reserve Champion Heifer – Gracyn Welsh
Grand Champion Pair Purebred Heifer – Erin Curley
Reserve Champion Pair Purebred Heifer – Payton McGrew
Grand Champion Pair Commercial Heifer – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Pair Commercial Heifer – Brooklyn Welsh
Grand Champion Cow/Calf – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Cow/Calf – Payton McGrew
Grand Champion Lightweight Steer – Ryan McGrew
Reserve Champion Lightweight Steer – Grant Rauch
Grand Champion Middleweight Steer – Rachel Hood
Reserve Champion Middleweight Steer – Jace Pendarvis
Grand Champion Heavyweight Steer – Brooklyn Welsh
Reserve Champion Heavyweight Steer – Anna Curley
Grand Champion Steer – Brooklyn Welsh
Reserve Champion Steer – Rachel Hood
Grand Champion Rate of Gain Steer – Masyn Riggins
Reserve Champion Rate of Gain Steer – Ethan Hoyt
Junior Showmanship – Payton McGrew

 

 

Beef Show Ribbon Results: 

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / All Other Breeds

Blue

Macyn

McMillan

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / All Other Breeds

Blue

Jace

Pendarvis

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Jace

Pendarvis

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Chianina

Blue

Grant

Rauch

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Pair of Reg Heifers / Simmental

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Shorthorn

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Heifer Calf born this year.

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Cow / Calf / Simmental

Blue

Katie

Riggins

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / Simmental

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Cow / Calf / Simmental

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Pair of X-Bred Heifers

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 2

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Masyn

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Simmental

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Sarah

Riggins

Beef

Cow / Calf / All Other Breeds

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 2

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Pair of X-Bred Heifers

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Tyler

Shannon

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Limousin

Blue

Riley

Smith

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Limousin

Blue

Riley

Smith

Beef

Pair of Reg Heifers / Limousin

Blue

Hailey

Walters

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Angus

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Steer 2

Blue

Brooklyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / Simmental

Blue

Gracyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 2 / Simmental

Blue

Gracyn

Welsh

Beef

Registered Heifer 1 / Angus

Blue

Kendrick

Welsh

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Kenlee

Welsh

Beef

Crossbred Heifer 1

Blue

Kenlee

Welsh

Beef

Steer 1

Blue

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McDonough County 4-H Fair Horse Shoe Results

Macomb, IL- The McDonough County 4-H Fair Horse Show results from July 12, 2019 are:

Grand Champion Novice Western Rider  -  Kenadie Webster

Reserve Champion Novice Western Rider – Duncan Smith

Grand Champion Advanced Western Rider – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Advanced Western Rider – Kia Davis 

Grand Champion Pony Halter – Kia Davis

Reserve Champion Pony Halter – Kalissa Watkins

Grand Champion Mare Halter – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Mare Halter – Kia Davis

Grand Champion Gelding Halter – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Gelding Halter – Ava Kilburn

Grand Champion 4-H Pony Pleasure – Kenadie Webster

Reserve Champion 4-H Pony Pleasure – Kia Davis

Grand Champion 4-H Trail – Kayla Davis

Reserve Champion 4-H Trail – Ava Kilburn

Junior 4-H Horse Showmanship – Kasen Webster

Intermediate 4-H Horse Showmanship – Kayla Davis

Senior 4-H Horse Showmanship – Kia Davis

Advanced Horse Showmanship – Kalissa Watkins

 

Horse Show Ribbon Results:

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Mare and Foal

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Trail Class - Div I In Hand

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Weanling and Yearling

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Pleasure

Blue

Kayla

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Pleasure

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Weanling and Yearling

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Trail Class - Div I In Hand

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Mare and Foal

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horsemanship

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kia

Davis

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horse Pleasure

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter- Stock Geld

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter- Stock Geld

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Duncan

Smith

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter- Stock Geld

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Walk Trot 13 years and above

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horse Pleasure

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

4 Year Old or Older Mare/Gelding or Other Equine

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Advanced Horsemanship

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Trail Class - Div I In Hand

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Weanling and Yearling

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Mare and Foal

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

Walk-Trot 8-12 yrs Old

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

4 Yr Old Halter-Stock Mare

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Horse and Pony

4 Year Old or Older Mare/Gelding or Other Equine

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Novice Horsemanship

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Egg and Spoon

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Walk-Trot 8-12 yrs Old

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Ride-A-Buck

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pony Halter

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pole Bending - all ages

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Trail Class Div II Rider

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Pony Pleasure

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Horse and Pony

Catalog Race

Blue

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Senate Week in Review

Springfield – Recent strong earthquakes that occurred in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). They also plan to focus this month on young people learning how to prepare for emergency situations.

In other words, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will remind citizens that 120 state facilities serve as cooling centers, and the Illinois State Police (ISP) is stepping up efforts to recruit new troopers through a Fast Track Program that offers job opportunities for local police officers.

 

Their was also a recent earthquake of 7.1 magnitude in California and its thousands of aftershocks led IEMA to  issue a call on its Facebook page for earthquake awareness and preparedness in Illinois:“The recent earthquakes in southern California serve as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day!  Teach your family and co-workers the importance of learning how to ``Drop, Cover and Hold On.’” The agency suggests a number of tips for earthquake preparedness, including assessing your home for safety and being prepared for self-sufficiency for 14 days.  

 

Southern Illinois is bordered by the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone on the east and the New Madrid Seismic Zone on the west and south.  The agency says over 3,000 earthquakes have been recorded in the New Madrid Seismic Zone since 1974. The New Madrid Seismic Zone is the more active of the two, according to a Northwestern University study that was published in 2010.  The largest earthquakes ever recorded in the continental United States that occurred along the New Madrid Seismic Zone during the winter of 1811-1812.  Three major quakes ranged from 6.8 to 8.8 magnitude.

 

IEMA is focusing on preparing young people for emergencies, individually and as part of the family, as a way to instill confidence at a time when panic can easily rise.Citizens who need to escape the high heat and humidity can get relief by visiting one of the 120 state facilities.  Cooling centers are located at IDHS offices throughout the state and the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in Chicago. They will be open to the public during regular business hours.

 

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Chicago Southland Occupational Safety and Health Conference Debuts July 18

CHICAGO -- The Illinois Department of Labor’s OSHA division will participate in the Chicago Southland Occupational Safety and Health Conference on Thursday, July 18, at Prairie State College.

“This all-day conference will provide excellent information on health and safety regulations as well as touch on timely topics such as active shooter preparedness and marijuana in the workplace,” said Ben Noven, director of Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The conference, presented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie State College Conference Center, Chicago Heights. The keynote will be “Best Practices and Preparedness in an Active Shooter Event.” Attendees will also choose from up to three one-hour training sessions on topics such as machine guarding, CDL yard safety, making the case for safety to senior management and top 10 OSHA citations.

This workshop is geared toward business professionals in both large and small firms, specifically those in the transportation, warehouse, distribution and manufacturing sectors. Those interested can register online at www.prairiestate.edu.safety or call 708-709-2957 for more information.

For more information on Illinois OSHA visit https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/safety/Pages/default.aspx

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BOT Meeting Cancelled

Due to a quorum not being present for the Board of Trustees meetings scheduled for today (July 11) and Friday, July 12 at the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, the meetings have been cancelled. Interim President Martin Abraham will continue to serve in this role until further notice. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Oct. 3-4 in Macomb.

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McDonough County 4-H Fair Goat Show Results

Macomb, IL-- The McDonough County 4-H Fair Goat Show results from July 9, 2019 are: 

Grand Champion Meat Doe – Leah Sargeant

Reserve Champion Meat Doe – Paige Sargeant

Grand Champion Dam & Doe – Paige Sargeant

Reserve Champion Dam & Doe - Leah Sargeant

Grand Champion Pair of Does – Anna Curley

Reserve Champion Pair of Does – Kalissa Watkins

Grand Champion Lightweight Wether – Bailey Rauch

Reserve Champion Lightweight Wether – Kasen Webster

Grand Champion Mediumweight Wether – Anna Curley

Reserve Champion Mediumweight Wether – Tessa Sargeant

Grand Champion Heavyweight Wether – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Heavyweight Wether – Kalissa Watkins

Grand Champion Wether – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Wether – Anna Curley

Grand Champion Pair of Wethers – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Pair of Wethers – Anna Curley

Grand Champion Weight of Gain – Kalissa Watkins

Reserve Champion Weight of Gain – Ryleigh Hall

Junior Showmanship – Kasen Webster

Intermediate Showmanship – Ryleigh Hall

Senior Showmanship – Kalissa Watkins

Goat Show Ribbon Results: 

Stormie

Bergman

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Stormie

Bergman

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Hannah

Brint

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Hannah

Brint

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Anna

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Anna

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Anna

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Anna

Curley

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Anna

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Anna

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Erin

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Erin

Curley

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Erin

Curley

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Erin

Curley

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Ryleigh

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Tucker

Hall

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Ava

Kilburn

Breeding Goats

Dairy Goat (dry) Doe 12-24 months NOT IN MILK

Blue

Bailey

Rauch

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Bailey

Rauch

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Leah

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Paige

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Tessa

Sargeant

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Breeding Goats

Dairy Goats Pair of Does

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Market Goats

1 Pair of Meat Wethers

Blue

Kalissa

Watkins

Market Goats

Meat Wether 2

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 12 to under 18 months

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Dam and Daughter

Blue

Kasen

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 18 to under 24 months

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 6 to under 12 months Kid

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Market Goats

Meat Wether 1

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe 24 months and over

Blue

Kenadie

Webster

Breeding Goats

Meat Goat Doe under six months

Blue


 

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Hancock County Emergency Services Releases Statement

Dallas City, IL- The Hancock County Emergency Services issued a statement today regarding the recent floodings:

 

To all who have been affected by the 2019 flooding, there will be a Multi-Agency Resource
Center (MARC) on July 11, 2019 at the Dallas City Elementary School cafeteria. The event will
start at 10:00 AM and go until 6:00 PM. No appointment necessary. If you have no way to get

there, call 309-221-0240.

 

Bring ID and a utility bill or something with your name and address on it for proof of current

residency.

 

A few of the agencies going to be present are:

American Red Cross
Salvation Army
Illinois Department of Public Heath
Illinois Department of Insurance
Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Illinois Department of Human Resources
Illinois VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
Hancock County Department of Public Heath
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Henderson County Emergency Management Agency
Hancock County Emergency Management Agency

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2019's States with the Most and Least Student Debt – WalletHub Study

With several candidates for the 2020 presidential election proposing the cancellation or refinancing of America's massive student debt load, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the states that are friendliest toward student-loan debtors, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances.   

Student Debt in Illinois (1=Most; 25=Avg.) 

24th – Avg. Student Debt

12th – Proportion of Students with Debt

33rd – Student Debt as % of Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)

20th – Unemployment Rate of Population Aged 25 to 34

36th – % of Student Loans Past Due or in Default

20th – % of Student-Loan Borrowers Aged 50+

38th – Availability of Student Jobs

18th – Availability of Paid Internships

6th – Grant Growth

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-student-debt/7520/

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Krizalido Piano Trio to Perform at WIU Scholarship Fundraiser Friday

Macomb, IL – The Krizalido Piano Trio will perform Friday at 7 p.m  in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall at Western Illinois University. 

 

The trio will have violinist Daryl Silberman, pianist Sandra Carey and cellist Cathy Kuna. This trio is sets a good example with their music in support of education, justice and healing. 

 

The concert is a fundraiser for the Laura and Lisa Kerr Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was started by Dr. Lawrence (Mel) and Judith Kerr, and is named for their daughters, who are both WIU graduates. Mel and Judith were named honorary WIU alumni in 2002. 

 

Judith will also sponsor a reception for the artists at the Macomb Country Club following the performance. The reception is open to anyone attending the concert. 

 

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Bustos Statement on Oral Arguments in Washington Republican Case to Strike Down Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Washington Republicans’ Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) highlighted the devastating impact the case could have on hardworking families in Illinois and across the country. The administration’s dangerous lawsuit would eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement – including the law’s patient protections for folks with pre-existing conditions, assistance for seniors with high drug costs, the ban on lifetime limits, bipartisan Medicaid expansion and the ability of individuals to stay on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26.

 

“Since I’ve been in Congress, I’ve worked diligently to improve the health care law and bring down costs for Illinois families,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Just this year, House Democrats have passed 10 bills to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. But this partisan, reckless lawsuit would wreak havoc on the financial security of hardworking Illinoisans – forcing them to pay even more for less coverage and fewer patient protections. The administration should drop the lawsuit immediately and instead, work with both parties to find common ground.”

 

Read more HERE about Congresswoman Bustos’ work to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs.

 

In Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, nearly 30,000 folks would lose their coverage if the Washington Republican lawsuit is successful – and across the state, more than 600,000 Illinoisans would lose health coverage altogether.

 

Additionally, by striking down the ACA in its entirety:

 

Illinoisans over the age of 50 could face a more than $4,500 “Age Tax”

 

91,000 young adults with their parents’ coverage could lose their care because, under the ACA, young adults are able to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26

 

More than 5.4 million Illinoisans with pre-existing conditions like cancer, asthma and diabetes could be charged more for health care

 

Nearly 190,000 Illinois seniors could have to pay more for prescription drugs

 

More than 4.6 million Illinoisans could once again face annual and lifetime coverage limits

 

Support for rural hospitals could vanish and threaten the livelihood of small communities, leaving

Illinois hospitals with nearly $2 billion in uncompensated care

 

More than 5.8 million Illinoisans could have to pay for preventative services like flu shots, cancer screenings and mammograms

 

Illinois women could be charged more than men for the same coverage

 

700,000 Illinoisans enrolled through bipartisan Medicaid expansion could lose coverage

 

 

 

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Child and Adult Care Program

 

Springfield – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced funding is now available for the Child and Adult Care Food Program in fiscal year 2020. The program assists child care centers, Head Start programs, before-and after-school programs, emergency shelters, and day care home providers with funding to serve healthy meals to children.

 

All participating child care centers must provide meals to enrolled children at no additional cost. Funding for the CACFP comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The Child and Adult Care Food Program supports the healthy development of our youngest learners,” said ISBE Director of Nutrition Mark Haller. “Inequities in access to healthy food can impact children’s learning at an early age. ISBE is committed to ensuring all children have the resources and supports they need to grow and be ready for school.”

 

CACFP participant Riverbend Head Start and Family Services in Alton understands that childhood hunger affects the learning process. The organization will offer classes to parents interested in improving their cooking skills and in learning about the benefits of using fresh ingredients, meal planning, and budgeting. Riverbend Head Starts Youtube channel gives parents access to easy recipes, cooking tips, and cooking strategies to make meal preparation easy and fun.

 

“Riverbend Head Start’s participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program continues our investment in healthy kids and healthy communities,” said Jon Kuanfung, a nutrition specialist at Riverbend Head Start and Family Services. “ISBE’s administration of the program helps us offer vital supports for families in need in and around the Metro-East area.”

 

Riverbend Head Start also incorporates gardening as a way to teach children classroom learning objectives outside. The garden helps to introduce children to fresh vegetables and make connections with where their food comes from. The gardening program continues to expand through the involvement of parents and community volunteers. Nearly 1.4 million people in Illinois experienced food insecurity in 2017, including more than 450,000 children, according to Feeding America.

 

Individuals in households who participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. The USDA Household Income Eligibility Guidelines determine eligibility to receive free meal benefits for families that do not receive TANF or SNAP benefits. If a household’s income falls within or below the listed guidelines, they should contact their child care center or day care home provider to learn about the benefits of the CACFP. They may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF, or SNAP information.

 

Children enrolled in Head Start or Early Head Start programs at approved Head Start facilities and foster care children who are legal responsibilities of the state or court also receive free meal benefits. Parents or guardians should contact their child care center or day care home provider to find out if they participate in the program.

 

 

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2019 Northwestern Illinois Crop Sciences Field Day Set for July 17th

University of Illinois Extension released a press report during the holiday weekend about an upcoming field day hosted by Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center that will take place on July 17th in Monmouth, IL. 

Addressing issues of this year’s growing season, expertise from University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences will be there to provide impactful knowledge throughout the tour. Presentations will be held outside as participants will board the buses touring areas of the farm. 

The following are the 2019 field day topics and presenters are as follows: 

  • Sizing up the 2019 corn and soybean crops - Emerson Nafziger 

  • Insect management in corn and soybean - Nick Seiter 

  • Updates in applied disease management in Illinois - Nathan Kleczewski 

  • 2019 weed management update - Doug Maxwell and Charlie Mitsdarfer 

  • Overview of Industrial hemp production in Illinois - Phillip Albertl 

Certified Crop Advisors many earn two continuing education units (1.0 - CM, 1.5 - IPM) 

The NIARDC agreed to host their event open to the public at no cost. It will begin at 8:00 a.m. with sandwiches and refreshments available after the conclusion of the event.

 

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Saying Goodbye To Family Video

MACOMB - This Sunday, July 7th, Macomb residents and other local customers saidgood-bye to the Macomb Family Video store as it will be the company’s last day of service. The stores closing was sudden to its customers and employees. According to The McDonough County Voice, the store was given a two weeks notice that verified the store was being removed. Desirea Stewart, employee at Family Video, explained to the MCV that the store did not seem as if it would be going out of business this year. 

 

    “We are constantly busy… We’ll get a little slow around lunch, but after people get off work, they are here shopping around,” Stewart Said. 

    The corporation informed the staff about the close down of the Family Video in Beardstown, IL, which is about an hour away. Stewart claims that she did not sense any sign of closing from Corporate for our area. 

 

    As the Family Video comes to a close, the town is preparing to see a remodeling and opening for a new Dollar General. All employees of the Macomb Family Video were granted the opportunity to work for the new Dollar General, yet there has not been any news of the store’s hiring, remodeling, and opening processes. The Family Video Corporation highly believes that those employers will be the first in line for positions. 

 

    The store had plans for the future to increase revenue with promotions and adding additional products to its collection of movies and other entertainment disc. These ideas were cut short just before they were aware of the closing. This Sunday was a sad day in Macomb for loyal customers, showing us the signs that the movie rental market is slowly on a decline.

 

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Illlinois State Police Conducting Roadside Safety Checks

Macomb, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 14 Commander, Captain Jon Dively, announces the ISP will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSCs) in Hancock County during July. The use of RSCs combine a strong sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives of the motoring public. 

 

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working the detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, and most importantly: 

 

- Driving Under the Influence (DUI); - Safety Belt and Child Restraint use; - Speeding; - Distracted Driving; and, - All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations. 

 

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

 

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 

 

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Dr. Edwin Card Named Cheif Medical Officer

MACOMB, Ill. – The McDonough District Hospital Board of Directors, Medical Staff and Senior Leadership Team are pleased to announce Dr. Edwin Card, FACS, has agreed to take on the additional responsibility of Chief Medical Officer (CMO), effective July 1.

 

During the recent June MDH Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted unanimously in support of Dr. Card serving in this capacity. He will continue in his role as Chief of Surgery providing full time surgical coverage with his partner Dr. James Gonzales in addition to accepting this added responsibility in service to the hospital and community.

 

“I’ve been involved in medical staff governance and worked with MDH administration on multiple special projects. I am looking forward to continuing in that role in an official capacity,” said Dr. Card. “I appreciate the confidence of Mr. (Brian) Dietz and the Board of Directors in entrusting this role to me.”

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Card has served on multiple state committees. A past President of the Illinois Surgical Society, he spent five years on the organization’s Board of Governors. For three years he served on the Illinois Chapter Board of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in addition to the role of the state’s Program Director for the ACS annual meeting.

 

On two different occasions Dr. Card took over as MDH Medical Staff President, and for the last 10 years he has chaired the MDH Credentials Committee.

 

Dr. Rick Iverson, Chair of the MDH Board of Directors, noted having Dr. Card step into this role is a great addition for the hospital.

 

“I am delighted with the recent appointment of Dr. Edwin Card as our new Chief Medical Officer. His appointment is a recognition of the many ways, for many years, in which he has been helpful to our staff and administration so that we might be the best organization that we can be. He has been a trusted general and vascular surgeon for many years at MDH. Along the way he has used his efforts to help us solve many organizational challenges, and he will continue that,” said Dr. Iverson. “In his new role he will fully collaborate with our current Medical Staff President Dr. Tim Biagini, who is fully supportive of this new position. Medical Staff Presidents serve for two-year terms, but a CMO is an ongoing position which assures that we maintain a continuity of clinical/medical support and oversight on behalf of the hospital and most importantly our patients.”

 

MDH President/Chief Executive Officer Brian E. Dietz, FACHE, is pleased with the Board’s decision to unanimously support this recommendation.

 

“We are very fortunate to have an internal resource with Dr. Edwin Card’s experience and familiarity with MDH and the community to serve in this capacity. In most cases hospitals and health systems have to conduct a national search to find qualified candidates to fill this very important role. In our case, because of Dr. Card’s ongoing interest and commitment in serving in various clinical and administrative capacities in support of MDH and the Medical Community in general, he has developed a valuable skill set which will be an asset to our organization in many ways.”

 

Dr. Card graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and in 1984 completed his residency at St. John’s and Memorial Hospitals in Springfield. He was honored by the SIU School of Medicine as a ’40 for 40’ alum – honoring physicians whose career best reflects the school’s mission of providing high-quality care and medical services to southern and rural Illinois.

 

Board Certified in General Surgery, he’s a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Illinois Surgical Society, and the Midwest Surgical Association. Since 1984, Dr. Card has performed over 15,000 surgical procedures at MDH.

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McDonough County Announces Real Estate Tax Sale

 

 

Having completed the tax deed proceedings on delinquent real estate properties, McDonough County, as Trustee, has announced that they will commence the selling of the properties. Five items will be made available, though a sealed bid auction sale. All bids must be in the McDonough County Courthouse no later than July 26, 2019.

 

McDonough County is hoping that by eliminating the empty properties, the look of the area will improve and it will become more attractive to prospective house owners. With the recent developments of house renters and real estate companies either going bankrupt or opting to sell properties, putting reliable people in homes has become more important than ever. 

 

The minimum bid on these items is $822 per item, and all items will go to the owner of the highest bid received on or before July 26. Complete bidder’s packages and sale catalogs are available now either at the McDonough County Courthouse or online at www.iltaxsale.com. For further info, contact the Auction Sale Department of the McDonough County Tax Agent’s office at 1 (800) 248-2850 or 1 (618) 656-5744 or visit iltaxsale.com. Office hours are 8 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday.

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The Fight for Khawi

The Fight for the Khawi 

The NBA free agency opened its bidding on Monday, July 1st, and it has everyone in a frenzy as superstar players join forces while others are still looking for a franchise to call “home”. 

As we may or may not know, Kevin Durant will not be returning to play with the Golden State Warriors; however, he will be playing alongside Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan as members of the Brooklyn Nets. Former Brooklyn Nets Point Guard, D'Angelo Russell, was traded away on a sign-and-trade clause, sending him to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors do not plan on keeping Russell as they look to trade him away before the start of the 2019-2020 season. 

With Kyrie Irving headed to Brooklyn, his former team, the Boston Celtics, were able to sign Superstar Guard, Kemba Walker in his absence. The Miami Heat were able to land superstar Guard Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade, sending Guard Josh Richardson to the Philephildephia 76ers. Other all stars decided to stay and sign max contracts with their respective teams such as Forward, Kris Middleton, re-signing with the Milakuwee Bucks. Yet, there are still some stars looking to find a unique destination. 

Khawi Leonard is coming off a remarkable season after being traded to the Toronto Raptors before the start of last season. Leonard sustained an injury in the Western Conference Finals of 2017 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs and did not play until this past season with the Raptors. With a new team, the Raptors accepted Khawi Leonard as their leader and went on a roller coaster throughout the season. Leonard guided this team through the entire playoff series to help defeat the Warriors in the NBA finals, crowning them as the “Champions from the North”. 

Furthermore, Leonard might have the best comeback season in NBA history; however, every single NBA fan is looking to see where Khawi Leonard plans to go next? Will he stay with his newly-crowned championship team, The Raptors? Will he decide to go play for one of his two hometown teams in Los Angeles? The decision is up to Leonard, but what do you think is the best option for him?

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Macomb Yoga Co-op Celebrates First Anniversary

Macomb, IL – The community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others. As a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals,  this definition is the driving force behind Macomb Yoga Co-op.
The Yoga Co-op was established in July 2018 by three friends, along with fellow yoga instructors. Thee Co-op offers classes on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall community room. They also have special classes for events every now and again. The instructors for the Co-op are Karen Hostert, Julie Murphy, Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and Chelsea Teel,. Murphy and McIlvaine-Newsad came together to form Macomb Yoga Co-op following the closure of another Macomb studio where each taught classes. The first Macomb Yoga Co-op class was held July 7, 2018.

"We were brainstorming a concept in which we can provide a new yoga experience for the community, and we came up with the idea of a co-op. Each of us brings our own style of teaching, and no class is ever the same. We wanted to provide an opportunity for people to come and go – no memberships, punch cards, and registrations. You just show up when you can and do something for yourself for an hour or so," said Hostert.

Classes are $10 per class for non-students, and $5 per class for high school and college students. For newcomers, the first class is free. All levels are welcome, all one needs to bring is a mat and any props she/he would like to use. As part of the anniversary celebration, a lottery will be held July 31 for free classes. Four people from the Co-op's July class attendees will be drawn to win a free class, and all July class attendees will be added to a raffle for a basket of yoga-related goodies. The drawing will be held Aug. 3. 

"From chair yoga to restorative to gentle flow to vinyasa (vigorous) flow, and even getting back to basics, while the classes are teacher's choice, we look to our students to determine how a class will flow," said Murphy. "We may come in with our class notes, but look around and everyone is ready to just relax and stretch, so we'll change that planned class to the needs of our community."

According to McIlvaine-Newsad, a few common misconceptions from those who may have not practiced before is they're not flexible enough or have the balance to try yoga. Not so, she said. "Our yoga practices are for all levels. From those who've never attempted a class or a pose to those who are seasoned practitioners. We'll modify poses to fit our students, and we'll be there to guide each person through the class," McIlvaine-Newsad added. "It's about joining together in a community, where you can gain more flexibility and balance and be good to yourself."

The four agreed that their philosophy regarding yoga – and teaching yoga – is it should be fun and in some cases, should include chocolate and cookies after class, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through the door. "We do this because we love yoga and we love our community," Teel added. "We appreciate the generosity of the Unitarian Fellowship for allowing us to use their lovely space to bring our version of what yoga should be to our community."

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Deadline For Illinois State Fair is Approaching

Springfield, IL –  The Illinois State Fair officials are reminding the public of the upcoming deadline for the Twilight Parade entry applications on Monday, July 8th. The annual parade will start off by showing their impressive showcase of Illinois Agriculture and unique entertainment on August 8th at 5:30 p.m. 

 

The parade committee will evaluate approximately 60 entries based upon the information provided in the applications. Failure to provide information with the rules will result in non-selection. Parade judging categories are limited to: Marching Bands, Floats, and Specialty Units.All entries must align with the 2019 the parade theme “Building Our Future” and be postmarked or hand delivered to the Special Events Office on the fairgrounds by close of business on July 8, 2019.

 

"The Illinois State Fair is a time-honored tradition that brings people together, and it all starts with The Twilight Parade,” State Fair Director Kevin Gordon said. “We look forward to this year’s procession presenting the optimistic theme, “Building Our Future.”

 

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Bustos Announces $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For "Head Start Program"

Washington – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos recently announced that a federal grant of $2,524,007 from the Department of Health and Human Services for the Rock Island-Milan School District, Inc.’s “Head Start programs”. The Head Start promotes school readiness of young children from their birth to age. The income they receive provides programming to enhance their cognitive, social and emotional development.

 

“I’m pleased to make today’s announcement and continue to invest in the education of young children in our communities,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “Head Start is a tremendous program that provides our children with the tools they need to succeed, and I’ll continue to fight for programs like this that set young students up for a bright future.”

 

“Head Start programs play a key role in meeting the developmental needs of children in the Rock Island area,” said Nicole Berry, Director of Early Childhood Programs for Rock Island-Milan School District. “Congresswoman Bustos understands the importance of early childhood education and I thank her for leadership on this important issue.” Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that will over see the Department of Health and Human Services. 

 

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WIU To Waive Application Waiver Fee Over Holiday Weekend

 

Western Illinois University has announced that over a four day period between July 4-7, they will waive the nominal waiver fee associated with filling out an application. The fee is typically $30, as WIU looks to increase enrollment in the wake of several years of declining numbers.

 

WIU also announced two more registration dates, August 1st for incoming Freshmen, and August 2nd, for incoming transfers. In addition to these announcements, WIU announced that the Western’s Commitment and Promise Plus scholarships will be applied immediately to qualified freshman and transfer students. 

 

For more information about applying, visit wiu.edu/apply. When applying during the fee revocation dates, select the fee waiver option on the payment screen. Students who have not yet attended a SOAR event can register for one through STARS. 

 

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Pathogen That Causes Sudden Oak Death Found In Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois.

 

Phytophthora ramorum, the causal agent of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) has been confirmed in ornamental plants at ten Walmart locations in Cook, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Macon, Monroe, St. Clair, Stephenson, and Will Counties, and one Hy-Vee location in McDonough County through cooperative efforts between IDOA and USDA, as well as diagnostic support from University of Illinois, Michigan State, Cornell, and Kansas State Universities, and USDA labs.

 

The issue was first uncovered by an Indiana confirmation at a Walmart in late May on rhododendrons from Parkhill Plants in Oklahoma, which sourced the plants from nurseries in Washington and British Colombia. Shipping records were provided to IL officials shortly thereafter. 18 states in total received these plants.

 

IDOA and USDA field staffs began visiting identified sites in late May inspecting the plants with a primary focus on rhododendron as the main suspected carrier of the disease, but also inspected other known host plants such as azalea, viburnum, and lilac.

 

Symptomatic plants were sampled for diagnostic testing and placed on stop sale order pending diagnostic results or destroyed or relinquished to officials on site. Collected plants are being safeguarded by IDOA for later approved disposal. Though Sudden Oak Death affects oaks and other trees and plants, it poses no threats to humans, pets, livestock, or food sources.

 

Positive confirmations have been made on the following plants and varieties in Illinois and/or other states to date:

Rhododendron - Cat Cunningham Blush, Firestorm, Holden, Minnetonka, Nova Zembla, Percy Wiseman, Purpureum Elegans, Roseum Elegans, Wojnars Purple.

Lilac - Common Purple, Persian Lime.

 

The above varieties may not be the only plants affected as the disease can infect more than 100 different species. In general, most plants will get “ramorum blight” as carriers, however oaks are considered terminal hosts as it can often be fatal.

 

Diane Plewa, diagnostician at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic, says “The pathogen can cause both a blight and sudden death, depending on the host. Because P. ramorum has only been detected on non-oak hosts, the disease Ramorum blight has been confirmed in Illinois but not the disease Sudden Oak Death. Currently, there is no evidence that any oak trees in Illinois are infected at this point”.

 

The pathogen travels well in soil and water, so escape into the environment is a concern. Blight symptoms of the disease include, but are not limited to, foliar spots, browning or wilting leaves, tip/shoot dieback, and brown or black discoloration on stems and/or trunks. For more details and photos, please visit http://www.suddenoakdeath.org/diagnosis-and-management/hosts-and-symptoms.

 

Walmart and Rural King are participating in voluntary recalls of the potentially infected plants remaining at their sites. Scott Schirmer, State Plant Regulatory Official at IDOA says “These situations are never easy, but when industry recognizes the severity of the situation and cooperates to help address the issue, it’s a tremendous asset to the overall response effort. However, it is also important to have cooperation from residents who may have purchased these plants to get an idea of what may already be planted in the Illinois landscape.”

 

Because the disease is incurable, Illinoisans are encouraged to contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture or their local University of Illinois Extension office for further guidance if they have purchased rhododendrons from Walmart, Hy-Vee, or Rural King since April, and if those plants are looking symptomatic or in poor condition. The most likely source of infection would be plants purchased this spring; older, established plants are not very likely to be infected with P. ramorum. It is not recommended to destroy or dispose of these plants without State or Federal guidance. This is an ongoing investigation, guidance and recommendations may change.

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Abraham Named Acting WIU President

Macomb/Moline, IL -Western Illinois University has a new Provost and Academic Vice President. Martin Abraham has been chosen to be Western's acting president until the Board of Trustees which will make him a long-term president. In addition, Interim Provost and College of Fine Arts and Communication, Dean Billy Clow has recently agreed to remain as acting provost throughout the recent changes. Meanwhile, Abraham has been in Macomb for only a week, and he has already begun in his new capacity on July 1.

 

The WIU Board of Trustees approved Abraham's presidential appointment at the June 14 meeting. According to Board Chair Polly Radosh, the Board will discuss next steps at next week's Board retreat to appoint a longer-term interim president.   "Dr. Abraham has a distinguished academic career and outstanding administrative credentials," said Radosh. "We are confident he will provide solid leadership to the University during this time of transition." After becoming president, Abraham noted he is "ready to do great things together with our University community and those communities which we serve."

 

"I have already had the opportunity to meet many people within the community, all of whom expressed their optimism and strong support for the future of WIU," he said.  "Nancy and I look forward to being active members of our new hometown.” Abraham added that Western is poised for outstanding progress through such initiatives as diversity and inclusion efforts, enhanced academic programs to better serve students, a new Science Building and the Center for the Performing Arts.

 

"Our students, faculty and staff, and this University as a whole, achieve incredible successes, including prestigious Goldwater and Fulbright scholarships, national awards in such programs as broadcasting, theatre, agriculture and biology, along with national recognition for student service-related programs like residence life, competitive research grants and the list goes on," he said. "This is an exciting time to begin the next chapter in Western Illinois University's history."

 

In the coming weeks, Abraham will be meeting with University and community members, as well as city and state leaders, to begin setting the direction for Western. Recruitment, enrollment, retention and building relationships are key initiatives, along with ensuring access to the academic programs offered at WIU, he added. 

 

Before joining WIU, Abraham served as a professor of civil/environmental and chemical engineering at Youngstown State University since 2007. Previously, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Youngstown from 2015-2018. Abraham has also served as the interim provost 2014-2015 and founding dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 2007-2014, at Youngstown. Which makes him more than qualified to become president.

 

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More Deer Archery Hunting Sites Added by DNR

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today announced applications are being accepted for archery deer hunting on private land this October through the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). The application deadline for IRAP archery deer hunting opportunities is Aug. 23.

 

IRAP has more than 20,600 acres of private land leased for public access. At least 200 sites are available to the public for archery deer hunting for the month of October through IRAP in 30 counties, including Adams, Bureau, Calhoun, Christian, Clay, Coles, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Jasper, Jersey, Johnson, Lee, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, McDonough, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Pope, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Wayne, Whiteside, and Williamson.

 

To participate, hunters must submit an application by Aug. 23 to be eligible for the IRAP archery deer drawing. Applicants must have passed a hunter safety course (if born in 1980 or after), have a valid hunting license, and choose whether they prefer to hunt October 1-15 or October 16-31. IRAP is open to both resident and non-resident hunters. Youth hunters are encouraged to apply and are given preference in the lottery when sites are assigned.

 

“We are grateful to the landowners who allow public access on their property through the Illinois Recreational Access Program and realize the importance of Illinois’ hunting heritage,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “IRAP is a wonderful opportunity for us to partner with private landowners to provide for much-needed access for hunting and assist with improving the habitat on these private properties.”

 

Applications for IRAP Archery Deer Hunting sites can be found online at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IRAP/Pages/Archery-Deer-Hunting.aspx

 

Successful applicants will be notified by mail approximately three weeks before their assigned hunting period. The notice will include the location of their hunting site, a site map, and an IRAP site permit.

 

The IRAP program is funded through a Voluntary Public Access Habitat Improvement Program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. IRAP provides multiple public access opportunities, such as turkey, archery deer, small game, waterfowl, and upland bird hunting; pond and riverbank fishing; boat access on public waterways; and, access for hiking, birding and outdoor photography

 

For more information, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IRAP/Pages/default.aspx or e-mail IRAP@illinois.gov.

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Bustos Announces $1.3 Million Dollar Head Start Program

WASHINGTON – On Monday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $1,374,069 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for Freeport’s Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc.’s Head Start programs. Head Start promotes school readiness of young children from birth to age five from income eligible families by providing programming to enhance their cognitive, social and emotional development.

 

“A strong early childhood education is key to setting up future success both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “I’m pleased to make today’s announcement because these federal dollars will help children in Freeport have the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a mother of three boys, I know how important it is to lay a strong foundation in our children’s earliest years.”

 

“Head Start programs help build a stronger community and provide our children with the tools they need to be successful,” said Stephanie Lewis, Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency Director. “That’s what makes this news so important and why I thank Congresswoman Bustos for her efforts to invest in our community.”

 

Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc. is a non-profit private organization that serves Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties with a focus on securing available resources like Head Start funding for families in the community. Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Aggressive Hiring in Progress for State Agencies

Springfield, Ill. – Advancing Governor Pritzker’s commitment to quality and affordable health care for all Illinoisans, key state agencies are taking aggressive action to fill vacancies and hire hundreds of frontline staff in order to continue reducing major Medicaid backlogs.

 

The focus for new staff will be primarily to drive down long-existing delays of the Medicaid application and renewal processes, according to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

 

The hiring initiative comes amidst an aggressive cross-agency effort that has already reduced the backlog by tens of thousands of applications and eliminated the backlog of newborns being added to their mothers’ Medicaid cases.

 

“These problems built up through a lack of resources and prioritization, and it is long past time for them to be resolved,” said Grace Hou, Secretary of DHS. “Working together, we are moving quickly to ensure people get the care they deserve.”

 

Backlogs of initial Medicaid applications and of re-determinations, a federally required renewal process, have increased in recent years. Backlogs are defined as delays of 45 days or more for initial applications and 60 days or more for renewals.

Training and technical experts to support the new frontline staff are included in the hiring initiative, which is focused on filling additional Human Service Caseworker and Social Service Career Trainee positions.

 

In addition to the hiring initiative, the responsible departments began reducing backlogs in the first months of Governor Pritzker’s tenure. This work includes overhauling inefficient policies, creating transparent progress reports, and collaborating on IT improvements and business process reviews. Earlier this year, HFS also hired an experienced deputy director whose initial charge is to eliminate impediments in the state’s eligibility process.

 

A recently passed bipartisan Medicaid reform bill, SB 1321, also includes provisions to advance these goals. The goal of these strategies is to have a significant reduction of backlogs in 2020.

 

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'Yee Haw' Theme of Wesley Church Bible School

Macomb, Illinois – “Yee Haw” is the theme is Wesley United Methodist Church’s annual Vacation Bible School. The two-night adventure on the ponderosa will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, and Monday, July 15, at the church. The address is 1212 W. Calhoun St., Macomb.

 

Children ages 4 through 12 are invited to participate in a free multisensory experience focusing on God’s greatest gifts. Western-theme activities include “moo-sic,” Bible adventures, sports, crafts and corral time.

 

Online registration by July 9 is preferred. Visit www.macombwesleyumc.com. Nightly check in begins at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call Wesley United Methodist Church at 309-833-2153.

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Farm and Field Day Slated for August at Horn Field

MACOMB, IL -- "Coping with Extreme Weather: Strategies for Survival and Revival” is the theme of Western Illinois University’s 2019 Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day, slated for Friday, Aug. 9. 

According to WIU School of Agriculture Associate Professor Joel Gruver, the daylong event will feature presentations in the morning and field tours and equipment demonstrations in the afternoon. Visiting with vendors and sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., and presentations will begin at 9 a.m. in the Dakin Farm shop - .7 miles south of the Allison/WIU Organic Research Farm, in southwest Warren County. A complimentary lunch, featuring local farm products, will be served at noon.
 
Seth Smith, of Nemaha IA, will share the keynote presentation at 11 a.m. Seth is a sixth-generation farmer who farms with his dad, wife and three kids. The Smith farm, SFI, Inc., is a highly-integrated grain and livestock operation (more than 200 cow-calf pairs and a less than 2,000-head feedlot) with a mix of conventional (1,300 acres) and organic (700 acres) crops that has won multiple awards, including the Iowa Cattleman Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2017.
 
In addition, Grant Curtis, president of the Illinois Land Improvement Contractor’s Association, will discuss strategies for optimizing drainage, Gary McDonald will discuss farming system strategies for weather resilience, and Gruver, director of the WIU Organic Research Program, will provide an overview of recent research at the Allison Farm and moderate a panel discussion about farming with extreme weather. Panelists will include Grant Curtis (conventional farmer and land improvement contractor), McDonald (organic farmer and consultant) and Curt Forde (organic farmer and inventor).
 
Between 1:30-3:30 p.m., Gruver will lead a walking tour of the Allison Farm's research and demonstration plots - featuring corn (yellow, blue and popcorn), soybeans, sunflowers, diverse cover crop mixes, tillage systems, fertility programs, interseeding in solar corridors and cultivation practices. There will also be equipment demonstrations, if weather permits.
 
Registration and Contact

To register or obtain more information about the Field Day, contact Andy Clayton - WIU Organic Program research technician and farm manager - at AW-Clayton@wiu.edu, (217) 322-2639 or the WIU School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080. Advance registration, by Wednesday, Aug. 7, is strongly encouraged to facilitate event planning.

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