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Annawan Tops The Storm At Bureau Valley

The Bureau Valley Storm fell at home in boys varsity basketball action 45-36 Friday night in Manlius.


The Storm jumped out to a quick 7-5 edge but the Braves recovered to lead 10-7 after one quarter.  Annawan held BV to just 3 points in the second to go up 18-10 at halftime. 


Bureau Valley's offense came to life after the intermission.  After scoring a total of 10 first half points, the Storm tallied 13 in the third quarter.  BV was down by 9 at 26-17 before a 9-3 run pulled them to within 29-26 going into the fourth.


Fouls caught up with the Storm in the fourth quarter as Annawan was went into the bonus midway through the final period and the double-bonus with 2 minutes left in the game.  BV drew to within 38-36 with 1:12 left on a bucket by Adam Johnson, but free throws helped the Braves pull away down the stretch for the win.  Conversely, the Storm went just 2 of 6 from the charity stripe.


Annawan's Julian Samuels led all scorers with 22 points, including 4 big free throws in the final 16 seconds of the game.  BV was topped by Dalton Dean's 12 points and Adam Johnson's 10.  It was a rematch of the Storm's season opening 57-44 loss to the Braves on November 26th at the Wally Keller Invitational in Kewanee.


The sophomore matchup went to Bureau Valley 48-40.


Bureau Valley is next in action at the Colmone Classic at Hall High School.


Our next basketball broadcast is a girls matchup Monday night as Bureau Valley visits Princeton at Prouty Gymnasium.  Norm Vandermoon will have the call.


Tiffany Gonigam spoke with BV girls basketball player Lauren Wirth at halftime...


St. Matthews Lutheran Church presents check to Young Life

St. Matthews Lutheran Church recently gave a check to Young Life in the amount of $1,686.55.  These were the proceeds from the Spaghetti Supper held in September. Pictured (left to right) are members of the Spaghetti Supper Planning Committee: Terry Rapp, Pam Clementz, Buc Grey (of Young Life) , Sandy Rose, Barb Miller, Kathy Waca, and Kathryn Freiburg-Nesbitt.  Not picture from the committee are Pam Castner, Chris Nesbitt, Teri Schlindwein and Pr. Scott Schmidt.

Public invited to take IDOT Traveler Survey

 The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the state's transportation system through its annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey, available today through Dec. 31. The survey is available online by clicking here or visiting idot.illinois.gov.


“The public’s input is vital for the health of our transportation system. We look forward to learning about your travel preferences, what you think we are doing well and how you’d like us to improve,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Illinois is the heart of this country’s transportation network, its importance to national commerce as well as safe travel for the motoring public can’t be understated. We want to hear from you.”


The annual survey, conducted in partnership with the University of Illinois Springfield, seeks feedback on topics ranging from road conditions and ice-and-snow removal to commuting habits and driving behaviors. Questions also ask travelers for feedback about the IDOT website, the state's rest areas and passenger rail use.


The Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey has been conducted annually since 2001. A copy of the 2018 survey and results, as well as data collected from past years, can be viewed here.

For IDOT updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOT_Illinois or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.

Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Names Jeff Hettrick as Executive Director

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it has named Jeff Hettrick as Executive Director. He will succeed current Executive Director Boyd Palmer, who announced his retirement after 15 years in the role. Jeff will assume leadership of the Chamber on January 13.


“I am very excited to work with the Chamber Of Commerce Board of Directors as we create a vision for the Chamber’s future, while remaining focused on executing a comprehensive and vibrant membership program. Working hand in hand with member businesses to create a vibrant Ottawa business community and build strong relationships is what I see as the true definition of a Chamber,” said Hettrick. “I want to thank the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for their vote of confidence and enthusiasm as I transition to the Executive Director role.”


Hettrick currently serves as External Affairs Manager for ComEd, where he has excelled in building relationships with community leaders and has held a variety of positions, including energy efficiency engineer, marketing, sales and government affairs.  He stood out from more than 100 applications evaluated by the Chamber search team. From the initial pool of applications, 10 candidates were selected for telephone and in-person interviews conducted by a committee of  9 chamber members. Three final candidates were interviewed by the full Board of Directors.  


“We are thrilled to have Jeff join the Chamber team,” said Angie Stevenson, Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors. “Jeff's years of experience in community relations working with chambers of commerce and county-wide economic development organizations, combined with leadership experience, business cultivation, and comprehensive knowledge of the Ottawa area make him a perfect fit. He is a natural leader with a proven track record of success," Stevenson said.


“He understands the dynamics of leveraging benefits with the membership — how to identify companies who will be a good fit for non-profits and for chambers,” she said. “We feel his talent will be key to the Chamber's growth and success.”


Hettrick and his wife Lisa have called Ottawa home for over 22 years. They have three children. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and an Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. He has been active in multiple local communities, where he has served on the executive boards of several chambers of commerce, in executive positions with county-wide economic development organizations and as the Chair of the local United Way. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, kayaking and reading.


Hettrick said he is excited and eager to bring his passion for getting involved with communities to the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. He is looking forward to meeting with the area businesses, seeking out their ideas, listening to their challenges and working to improve the overall success for all Ottawa businesses. “I look forward to supporting the mission of strengthening the social and economic environment of the community. We are going to shine a spotlight on what a great place the Ottawa area is, working together to help shape the future and to grow Ottawa."


The Chamber will be hosting a casual open house meet and greet with Jeff Hettrick on January 28th at Jeremiah Joe's Coffee from 8:00-10:00 AM. Those unable to attend the 28th, will have an additional opportunity to meet Jeff on January 29th at the Lone Buffalo from 4:00-6:00 PM.

IVCC men's basketball Dec. 7 moved to 2 p.m.

The Illinois Valley Community College men’s basketball game against Daley Saturday, Dec. 7 has been moved up to 2 p.m.


The women’s game scheduled for this date has been cancelled.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2 for students and free for IVCC students with ID.

Putnam County Docket

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 Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced a fall cover crop discount program for acreage in Illinois planted to cover crops in the fall of 2019 that will be planted to an insurable crop in 2020. The program will allow eligible applicants to receive a $5 per acre premium discount on the following year’s crop insurance invoice for every acre of cover crop enrolled and verified in the program. The program was developed by IDOA and backed by legislative leadership from Senators Andy Manar and Scott Bennet.


“Cover crops are an important part of preserving agriculture,” State Senator Scott Bennet said. “As Senate Agriculture chair, I am encouraged by this program and that it represents another resource to farmers to help ensure the success of Illinois’ agriculture economy.”

“Farmers who utilize cover crops are making an investment in the overall quality of our soil, food and water, as well as their own future yields,” said Senator Andy Manar. “This program will help expand the ecological benefits of cover crops while supporting our local farmers’ bottom line. Prioritizing these best practices is why Illinois remains at the forefront of agricultural production and quality.”


The discount program was designed to promote additional acres of cover crops that are not covered by other state or federal incentives. IDOA will use a combination of tools to verify acres applied for through this pilot program are planted in cover crops. The program is only applicable for those with coverage through the United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) crop insurance program. Confirmed applications will be forwarded to the USDA-RMA for processing and applying premium discounts to 2020 crop insurance invoices.


“Implementation of best management practices such as cover crop application continues to be a priority of the Department,” said John Sullivan, IDOA Director. “Adopters of cover cropping methods may have incurred additional risk and expenses and this program serves as an incentive for their work.”


Applications are available at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Pages/default.aspx. Funding of eligible acreage will be on a first come, first serve basis capped at 50,000 acres. It is recommended that those applying for the program reference their Federal FSA-578 form. The closing date to apply for the premium discount is January 15, 2020. Further information can be obtained by contacting the IDOA at (217) 782-6297.

Closed session committee meets Dec. 12

The Illinois Valley Community College board’s closed session minutes committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in the board room, C-307, to review minutes of meetings lawfully closed under the Open Meetings Act.

The Marshall-Putnam County Fair Release Concert Details

The Marshall-Putnam County Fair is proud to announce that the country music legend Tracy Byrd will be at the Marshall-Putnam County Fair on Thursday July 16, 2020 with Craig Gerdes opening the show. The concert takes place in Henry, Illinois at the Marshall-Putnam County Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 5:30P and the show will start at 7:00P. Tickets will go on sale Friday December 6, 2019 at 10:00AM. 


About Tracy Byrd – “Holdin’ Heaven,” was Byrd's first hit in 1993, after which he went on to release a lineup of hits that included “Watermelon Crawl,” “Big Love,” “I’m From the Country,” “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,” “Drinkin’ Bone,” and “The Keeper of the Stars,” which earned him the Song of the Year title at the 1996 ACM Awards. Byrd has released 34 singles and 10 studio albums, four of which have been certified gold, one platinum and one double platinum by the RIAA.


About Craig Gerdes – Craig Gerdes is Part of the burgeoning, modern, underground, outlaw, country music field, Craig Gerdes is makin’ tracks and on the move. His last release, Smokin’, Drinkin’ & Gamblin’, has quickly gathered attention for a real honky-tonk, old-school, classic-country sound that embraces the heart and soul of contemporary outlaw country. Gerdes hails from rural central Illinois and is now on the journey of constant touring through a club circuit that’s growing from this populist form of rebellion against the current crop of pop country music, while searching for real ties to real things through heartfelt songs.


About Marshall-Putnam Fair – The Marshall-Putnam County Fair will be celebrating it’s 99th Annual Fair July 15-19, 2020. The fair offers not only great musical entertainment but also a kick-off dinner, wine tasting, harness racing, demolition derby, tractor pull, family fun night, car show, karaoke contest, imagination acres, livestock shows, senior citizen program and so much more!


Find out more about the fair and the concert by visiting www.marshallputnamfair.org or by following them on Facebook @marshallputnamfair


About Grandstand Concerts - “From Start to Finish.” Grandstand Concerts is a one-stop shop for all your concert needs. We are a full-service talent buying and entertainment consulting agency. Based in the central Illinois area, we are here to help you grow your event to what you want it to be. With over 20 years of combined experience in the entertainment industry, Grandstand Concerts knows what it takes to put on a successful event. 


Find out more about Grandstand Concerts and other events in your area by visiting www.grandstandconcerts.com or by following them on Facebook @grandstandconcerts.

Illinois DNR Newsbits – December 2019

Firearm Deer Season:  The 2019 Illinois Firearm Deer Season concludes Dec. 5-8. A limited number of county permits for firearm deer hunting remain available and can be purchased over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. For more information on Illinois deer hunting, visit https://bit.ly/2P4TuHY.


Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits:  Illinois Archery Deer and Illinois Archery Fall Turkey seasons are open through Jan. 19, 2020 (archery seasons are closed during the final weekend of Firearm Deer Season, Dec. 5-8, in counties open to firearm deer hunting). Permits are available over-the-counter at DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor near you at  https://bit.ly/2sBAKIl.
Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloader, and Late-Winter/CWD Seasons CWD Sampling: Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken from adult deer they harvest for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling. Check the IDNR website at this link for locations that are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads through Jan. 19, 2020: https://bit.ly/2Rjt87w.


Late-Winter/CWD Season Information:  For details on the upcoming 2019-20 Late-Winter Antlerless-only and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer seasons, visit https://bit.ly/34ILQcO. For a map of Late-Winter season and Special CWD season open counties, visit https://bit.ly/35WcM97.


Holiday Tours at Jarrot Mansion:  Check out a special holiday season treat with a chance to learn the story of St. Nicholas and tour the beautiful Jarrot Mansion in Cahokia. St. Nicholas – or Père Noël, as he became known to the French – will visit the Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site in Cahokia Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to greet families and share treats with children amid candlelight and traditional holiday decorations. The Jarrot Mansion, one of the oldest brick homes in Illinois, was built around 1810 by merchant Nicholas Jarrot, one of many French settlers who prospered in early Illinois. It will be open for free tours during the event, with St. Nicholas scheduled to stay frin 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site is located at 124 East First Street in Cahokia. For more information, call 618-332-1782.


Davis Mansion Christmas Event:  The 2019 “Christmas At the Mansions” event in Bloomington Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will feature holiday festivities at two of Illinois’ most beautiful historic homes. The event will include special holiday tours of the historic David Davis Mansion, home of Judge David Davis, his wife Sarah and their family as they celebrate “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.”  Holiday revelers also will be invited to tour the stately Ewing Manor as part of the event in which both homes will be elegantly decorated for Christmas. Tour tickets may be purchased in advance for $15.00 at the David Davis Mansion Visitors Center, Casey’s Garden Center, The Garlic Press, HyVee, or either Schnucks location in Bloomington-Normal. Tickets also may be purchased for $16.00 online at www.christmasatthemansions.com.  Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $18.00 and will only be available at the David Davis Mansion.


Old-Fashioned Christmas at Lincoln Log Cabin:  Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site presents an Old-Fashioned Christmas holiday event Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with music and treats for the entire family. The cabin’s historic interpreters will discuss the ever-changing Christmas traditions during Abraham Lincoln’s time and how the Greek bishop St. Nicholas came to be known as Santa Claus. The Visitor’s Center will feature music, snacks and family-friendly activities. Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. It re-creates the 19th century home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of the president. The site is eight miles south of Charleston and is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours.


Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum:  Children and their families are invited to learn more about how animals adapt to Illinois’ cold winter months during the Winter Wonderland Super Saturday event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants will learn how animals and people alike adapt to the winter cold, create winter crafts that can be given as gifts, and build a snowman. Super Saturday activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up and their caregivers. For more information, contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or call 217-782-6044.


Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House:  The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14 for candlelight tours as part of the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments. Visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will find the building illuminated by more than 150 candles and trimmed with holiday decorations. Visitors also can bring non-perishable or canned food items that will be donated to the local food pantry. The free festivities are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Vandalia Historical Society will provide cookies and hot apple cider. For more information, call 618-283-1161. 


Youth Goose Hunt:  Youth interested in participating in the annual Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, sponsored by the IDNR, may register now for the hunt scheduled for Jan. 19-20, 2020. To register for a drawing to participate in the hunt, youth hunters must phone in to the IDNR at 217-785-8060 by the registration deadline of Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The youth goose hunt will be held at private waterfowl hunting clubs in the Canton area in Fulton County. A lottery drawing involving all youth who phone in to register will be conducted Jan. 6, 2020, and youth hunters selected will be notified by mail. First-time applicants will be given a priority over previous participants in the drawing. The hunt is open to youth ages 10-17 at the time of the hunt.
Spring Turkey Applications:  Hunters may apply from Dec. 3, 2019 through Jan. 13, 2020 for the second lottery for 2020 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits. Visit https://bit.ly/37T5oxb for more information.


IRAP Spring Turkey Hunting:  Youth and adult hunters can apply now for 2020 spring turkey hunting sites through the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). IDNR has leased more than 16,000 acres of private land for the upcoming 2020 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season through IRAP, and sites are available free of charge to successful applicants during the spring youth turkey hunt and during the third and fourth segments of the spring turkey season. To participate as a youth hunter (age 17 and under), hunters and their supervisors must fill out an IRAP application and send it in by Feb. 22, 2020 to be eligible for the IRAP youth drawing. A total of 180 sites are available in 38 counties for the two-weekend youth season (March 28-29 and April 4-5, 2020). More IRAP sites are available for spring turkey season segments 3 and 4 to youth and adult turkey hunters. These sites are open on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible, a hunter must first apply for his or her spring turkey permit through the IDNR lottery for an IRAP-eligible county (see the map on the IRAP webpage). Once a hunter receives his or her spring turkey permit, he or she may apply for an IRAP turkey site in the county for which he or she received their turkey permit. Preference is given to youth hunters and first-time adult hunters. IDNR spring turkey hunting information can be found at https://bit.ly/35PD390. Applications for IRAP Turkey Hunting sites can be found online at  https://bit.ly/34JShfA.


Music at the Museum:  Ted Yoder’s passionate playing style and easy-going personality make him a natural online star, and he brings his talents to Springfield and the Illinois State Museum’s Music at the Museum concert series Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m. Yoder’s talent and showmanship are steeped in an Appalachian musical tradition. He has played the dulcimer for decades, winning the America’s National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2010. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit https://www.chrisvallillo.com/museumconcerts


Arrival at Winter Camp Event at Lewis and Clark Site: The anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s arrival at their Illinois winter camp will be celebrated during the annual Arrival at Winter Camp River Dubois weekend, scheduled for Dec. 14-15 at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site. Activities will be held both days inside the Interpretive Center and the replica of Camp River Dubois. The event is free and open to the public. The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for free public tours and is located along Illinois Route 3 north of I-270 in Hartford, Ill. 

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Adult Use Cannabis License in Sixth Round of Announcements

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced one more “Same Site” adult use cannabis licenses, which will allow an existing medical cannabis dispensary to obtain an adult use dispensing license. This license will permit the dispensary to begin adult use cannabis sales at that location starting January 1, 2020, provided the dispensary complies with local zoning rules or other local laws. These recent approvals raise the total number of approved “Same Site” licenses to thirty. The list of dispensaries approved for adult use cannabis sales can be found here.


In addition to opening adult use dispensaries at the same site of their medical cannabis dispensaries, existing medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted under the law to open a second site for adult use sales at a different location. In the coming months, new applicants, including social equity applicants, will have the opportunity to apply for an additional seventy-five adult use cannabis licenses. Social equity applicants are eligible for additional points on their application and for technical assistance, low-interest loans and fee reductions. More information about applying as a social equity applicant can be found here.


The medical dispensary that received an early approval adult use license is:


The Herbal Care Center
1301 S Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608


The Department anticipates receiving additional applications for early approval adult use licenses as municipalities adopt relevant zoning ordinances regarding adult use cannabis.

Starting January 1, 2020, the law permits Illinois residents who are at least 21 years old to legally possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate.

Vendor & Craft sale Saturday & Sunday

You can do your holiday shopping at Bureau County Fairgrounds two days - Saturday and Sunday, December 7th & 8th during the Holiday Vendor & Craft Sale. Admission is Free. Doors open at 8 a.m. both days. Saturday afternoon stop at the Fairgrounds after the Santa parade at 1:30 and bring the kids to the Lions Club kids party in building #3. You can shop while they play games. Be sure to come back on Sunday because there will be new vendors coming in for just that day.

The buildings will be full of items suitable for Christmas presents and for decorating your home. There will also be flea market holiday antique and collectible items for sale. A concession stand will be in the building both days with breakfast and lunch items.

For information call Nancy Monier after 5 p.m. at 815-303-2905 or see www.bureaucountyfair.com

Tigers Varsity Boys Hoops Squad Wins Home Opener

The Princeton Tigers earned their second win of the season in boys varsity basketball action 76 to 36 Tuesday night at Prouty Gymnasium.  It was also the home opener for PHS.


The Tigers led 26 to 15 after one quarter and stretched the advantage to 48 to 25 at halftime.  Princeton really pulled away in the second half and led as many as 41 points on several occasions.  PHS led 70 to 32 going into the fourth quarter, so the final period went by quickly as it was played under the "running clock" rule.  Princeton had four players score in double figures, led by Jamie Reinhardt's 16, Isaac Legner's 14 and 11 points each from Brandon Haring and Kale Davis.  A total of 12 Tigers dented the scoring column.  Gavin Glazebrook led the Trojans with 12 points.  The sophomore matchup went to Mendota 54 to 53.


Tiffany Gonigam spoke with Isaac Legner during the postgame broadcast...


The win helped get the Tigers back on track after starting the season by going 1-4 in the Geneseo Thanksgiving Shootout.  PHS had a win over Rock Falls and losses to Rockridge, United Township and the host Maple Leafs.  Princeton's Jamie Reinhardt was named to the all-tournament team.  


The Tigers are next in action Friday night at St. Bede.


Our next basketball broadcast is Friday night as the Bureau Valley Storm host the Annawan Braves.  Norm Vandermoon and Tiffany Gonigam will have the call on Z-98 beginning at 6:30 pm.

Dahl's support single parents and GED students

Gary and Deborah Dahl of Peru recently made a $20,000 donation to the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation for scholarships for single parents and an additional $5,000 to support students in the GED program.


The scholarship will provide four $1,000 awards annually to single parents seeking a better life through a college education. The $5,000 gift will assist individuals pursuing their High School Equivalency (HSE) or GED through IVCC’s Adult Education department.


The Dahl’s already provide five nursing scholarships and have been major donors to college fundraising campaigns and Foundation initiatives. Mr. Dahl, a former State Senator, was instrumental in IVCC receiving 75 percent state funding for construction of the Peter Miller Community Technology Center that opened five years ago.


“Gary and Deb are among our college’s most generous friends, often seeking ways to assist industrious students who need a little help in financing their education,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “They’ve been critically important to many of the major milestones we’ve achieved for students over the past decade and more.”

Red Cross Volunteers Respond to 22 Fires in the Past Week

Volunteer disaster responders with the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois responded to 22 fires from Monday, November 25 through today in the Chicago & Northern Illinois area including fires in Aurora, Harvey, Lake Barrington, Libertyville, Naperville, Villa Park, St. Charles and more, with 12 of these fires taking place in Chicago.


Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, volunteers with the Red Cross responded to 14 fires across the region and assisted 72 people including 17 children.


The Red Cross provided assistance with temporary housing, food, clothing and comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services and health and mental health services to 139 individuals, including 95 adults and 44 children in total.


The American Red Cross responds to 3 to 4 home fires every day in Chicago and Northern Illinois. The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan. The Red Cross installs FREE smoke alarms year-round. To schedule an appointment to get a free installation in your home, visit www.getasmokealarm.org.


On November 27, volunteers with the Red Cross also assisted a Streator family after their home sustained storm damages after a tree collapsed on the property. Volunteer disaster responders helped the family of four with temporary housing.


In addition, our volunteers helped five adults from Sauk Village, Illinois who were displaced from their home due to a gas leak on Thanksgiving. The Red Cross provided assistance with temporary housing.                                 


This December 3 is Giving Tuesday and the American Red Cross asks everyone to “give something that means something” by donating at redcross.org/gift.


On this day of giving, the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is teaming up with CBS Chicago for the annual CBS Chicago Cares Telethon. People can donate online at  cbschicago.com/redcross to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross and help those affected by disasters, including home fires, military members, veterans and their families, and more.


You can also help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.?Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. To donate by check or to a specific cause, please complete? this? donation form? by printing and mailing to your local Red Cross chapter.

IVCC offers Nursing Information Session Dec. 11

A nursing admission information session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Room CTC123.


Sponsored by the nursing department, counseling center and admissions and records, the session will cover admission requirements and courses students should take before applying to either the associate degree (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs.


Due to space limitations, students are encouraged to RSVP through the web form at https://www.ivcc.edu/admissions/nursingadmissions.php or contact Kathy Sramek at (815) 224-0439 or kathy_sramek@ivcc.edu.

Meridian delays and denials cost OSF HealthCare millions

As announced yesterday, after months of discussions with Meridian, OSF HealthCare issued a notice of termination to Meridian effective December 15, 2019.


“We are unfortunately at a standstill with Meridian because for years they have failed to honor the most basic components of our agreement and will not come forward to resolve outstanding accounts,” said Randy Billings, OSF HealthCare senior vice president of population health. “We are concerned for Meridian members, which is why we contacted the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and Meridian members to make them aware of the situation.”


Meridian owes OSF millions of dollars for outstanding claims for services provided over the past five years. 


“Meridian’s inability to pay claims per industry standards within the contractually required amount of time has created an unmanageable administrative burden for OSF in billing for services it provides,” said Billings. “Meridian’s demand that OSF resubmit claims that were properly submitted is completely unreasonable. It is our Mission to serve persons with the greatest care and love. Receiving the contractual reimbursement that OSF has earned for services provided is important to ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of those we are called to serve.” 


Meridian members who want to remain with OSF providers can choose a different managed Medicaid plan during the open enrollment period, which is now under way. OSF HealthCare participates in IlliniCare and Molina Medicaid plans.


Additionally, OSF will work collaboratively with Meridian and its members, especially those currently receiving treatment at OSF, to ensure a safe and clinically appropriate transition of care as needed.

Winter Crop Update Meetings Scheduled

On Wednesday, January 8th, County Farm Bureaus in the area will team up with COUNTRY Financial to offer Farm Bill and Crop Insurance Update seminars.   Two locations will host identical seminars for your convenience. Feel free to choose the best location for your schedule.


9:00 a.m. Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Avenue West, Princeton

2:00 p.m. Henry County Farm Bureau, 128 N Prospect Street, Cambridge


Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial Crop Agency Manager will cover Crop Insurance Updates you need to know for the 2020 growing season.  Krista Swanson from FarmDoc will present updated information on the Farm Bill. Finally, Justina Chlum, Bureau County FSA Director, and Erika Luft, NRCS District Conservationist will be on hand in Princeton to share the most local updates on Farm and Conservation Programs. 


Reservations are appreciated by January 2nd in order to accommodate seating.  Call the Bureau County Farm Bureau at (815) 875-6468 or the Henry County Farm Bureau at (309) 937-2411 reserve your seat today.  


Local Girl Scouts Receive $800 Boone County Community Foundation Grant!

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) received a generous $800 grant from the Boone County Community Foundation on November 14, 2019. Funds from this grant will be used to provide financial assistance for Girl Scout memberships, materials, curriculum, and uniforms for current and potential Girl Scouts in Boone County would not otherwise have access to these benefits through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. 


GSNI would like to thank the Boone County Community Foundation for speaking up on behalf of girls, for joining in the Girl Scout Mission where girls have a space all their own, where their interests, their experience, and their leadership—today and tomorrow—is the top priority!


OSF HealthCare Seeks Agreement with Meridian

OSF HealthCare has accepted Meridian Medicaid and Medicare plans at its facilities, physician offices, and Home Care for many years. To avoid having its contract automatically renew with provisions that do not align with the Ministry’s current strategy, OSF HealthCare, after months of discussions with Meridian, has issued a notice of termination to Meridian effective December 15, 2019.


“We have worked for months in good faith with Meridian to renegotiate contract language that includes acceptable provisions,” said Randy Billings, OSF HealthCare senior vice president of population health. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to reach agreement with Meridian. Therefore, the OSF agreements with Meridian will terminate as of December 15, 2019.”


Meridian members who want to remain with OSF providers can choose a different managed Medicaid plan during the open enrollment period, which is now under way. OSF HealthCare participates in numerous insurance plans across multiple locations, including other Medicaid managed care products.

A complete listing of insurance plans accepted at OSF facilities can be found online at www.osfhealthcare.org/billing/insurance-plans/insurance-by-plan


Additionally, OSF will work collaboratively with Meridian and its members, especially those currently receiving treatment at OSF, to ensure a safe and clinically appropriate transition of care as needed.


Grant Writing Workshop Offered in Bishop Hill

Join host John Taylor for a workshop on grant writing,  December 11th, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.



In this workshop participants will learn how to make the connections necessary to turn your project dreams into reality. Some of the topics covered include:
* How to find grant opportunities
* How to plan and develop winning grant proposals
* How to use grants in conjunction with other funding sources and resources to achieve your goals



A $20 donation is suggested. All experience levels and ages are welcome.


To learn more please contact John Taylor at john.r.taylor@gmail.com or (309) 299-4999

Cambridge Elementary School Contributes to Park Projects

Each year during Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, students and staff at Cambridge Elementary School hold a spare change drive and choose a cause to donate the funds to. This year it was decided the funds would go towards village park projects, of which includes the construction of a permanent stage at College Square Park. Thursday, November 21st, 2019 Cambridge Elementary School students presented a check for $720 to the Village of Cambridge.


Construction of the stage is underway, with the concrete footings already in place. It is expected to be completed during the spring of 2020.


For more information visit cambridgeil.org or district227.org.  

Advent Services at St. Matthews

St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Princeton invites all to attend Advent and Christmas Eve Services. All services will progressively light the Advent Wreath.


Wednesday Midweek Advent Services are December 4, 11 and 18 at 7 pm.  The half hour service uses Holden Evening Prayer with a brief devotional message.


Sunday Advent Services are 9 am on December 1, 8, 15 and 22 with Holy Communion.  December 1, is a contemporary service.


Sunday, December 8, is a traditional service with organ accompaniment. It also will feature Monarch Brass.


December 15 incorporates a Christmas Program. December 22 is a traditional organ service that includes the Bureau County Chorus and St. Matthews Hand Bell Choir. 

 On Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve Services are at 7 pm and 10 pm. Each service is distinctively different.


The 7 pm Christmas Eve service is a Traditional Candlelight Worship using Christmas Carols throughout the service with the St. Matthews Choir and pipe organ used to lead worship. Communion is by intinction (dipping the wafer into the cup). 


At 7 pm the sermon (based on Luke 2:1-20) is entitled Away in the Manger, legend and Gospel truth behind this Cradle Hymn. A Children’s Sermon is also part of this service. 

The 10 pm informal service is a half hour in length, and the sanctuary will be lit entirely by candlelight and Christmas Tree lights.  The sermon (based on John 1:1-14) is entitled The Light of All People..


The 10 pm service includes more favorite Carols (accompanied by piano) not included at 7 pm. Holy Communion is at the communion rail (with individual cups).

 Both the 7 pm and 10 pm Christmas Eve services conclude with singing Silent Night by candlelight. 


An additional opportunity for worship is Sunday, December 29, at 9 am with Lessons & Carols offering a selection of scripture readings and more Christmas Carols not included on Christmas Eve. 


St. Matthews is located at 416 E. Dover Road in Princeton.  For more information go to www.StMatthewsPrinceton.org or email at StMatthewsPrinceton@gmail.com or call at 815-879-6491. 


Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general

to file an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in support of transgender rights in an antidiscrimination lawsuit, Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. Grimm, a former student at Gloucester High School in Virginia, sued the Gloucester County School Board in 2015 — when he was still a student — for discrimination that banned him from using the common male restrooms at his high school.


“Transgender teens face many challenges at a vulnerable time in their lives. Experiencing discrimination at school or anywhere else should not be one of those challenges,” Raoul said. “I have devoted much of my public service to fighting against discrimination in any form, and my office will continue to fight these unjust, discriminatory laws and policies.”


Grimm sued to challenge the Gloucester County School Board’s policy prohibiting him from using the common male restrooms at his high school and the board’s refusal to update his educational records to correspond with his updated birth certificate that reflects his male gender. The federal district court in Virginia ruled in Grimm’s favor in August 2019, finding that the school board’s actions discriminated against Grimm on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.


Raoul and the coalition argue that transgender individuals have the right “to live with dignity, be free from discrimination, and have equal access to education, employment, housing, public accommodations, and other necessities of life.” Policies that prevent transgender individuals from using gender-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity cause stigma, isolation and exclusion, while those that allow students and members of the public to use gender-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity promote safe and inclusive communities, workplaces, and schools, without harming personal privacy or safety interests, or incurring any substantial costs.


Raoul and the coalition argue that the school board’s restroom policy preventing transgender people from using common restrooms consistent with their gender identity and its refusal to update Grimm’s school records do not further legitimate governmental interests and only serve to stigmatize transgender persons in violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.


Nearly 1.5 million people in the United States — including approximately 150,000 teenagers —identify as transgender.


In March 2017, the Illinois Attorney General’s office joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Grimm, before the court remanded the case for further proceedings in which Grimm prevailed.


Joining Raoul in filing the brief are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Shooting Investigation

At 11:25 pm Tuesday evening 11-26-19 Peru Police responded to Illinois Valley Community Hospital after it was reported a female entered the hospital having been taken there by private vehicle and she had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body area.


An overnight investigation has been ongoing by the PPD patrol division, detective division and the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s office.


It appears that the shooting took place at a gathering of several individuals at the location on Peru’s west side where a 20-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound. Her injuries are not life threating.


The potential crime scene is currently under police guard pending the execution of a search warrant expected to be served this morning.


No offender is in custody and all people at the gathering were no longer on scene when officers determined the apparent location. Some individual believed to be there at the time of the shooting have been identified but cooperation is less than forthcoming.


Anyone with information is asked to call Commander Sarah Raymond or Detective Sergeant Dennis Hocking at PPD 223.2151 ext. 0 or can call in anonymously at the Peru Police tip line at 222.1432.