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The Illinois Valley's First Human Milk Depot at Illinois Valley Community Hospital Will Help Babies throughout Illinois and Wisconsin

Illinois Valley Community Hospital is proud to be the home of the Illinois Valley’s first human milk depot. 


Pasteurized donor human milk is an important nutritional therapy for many at-risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies, as it provides numerous benefits in the absence of the mother’s milk, including infection-fighting factors, active growth and development hormones, improved digestion and ideal nutrition. While IVCH supports breastfeeding whenever possible, donor milk can be used when the mother has a low milk supply, is ill or on certain medications, or in cases of adoption or surrogacy. 


“The latest evidence and research proves that human milk plays an important role in a child’s development and overall health.  We are trying to build our breastfeeding network in the Illinois Valley and provide the best resources and support possible.  A local drop off is such a huge asset for our community. Illinois Valley Milk Depot is the closest depot within a minimum of an hour radius.” 


IVCH Lactation Specialist Melissa Lenhausen BSN, RN, IBCLC


The milk depot at Illinois Valley Community Hospital collects human milk donations from healthy, lactating women who are approved donors through Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. The donations are then sent to the milk bank, where they are pasteurized to eliminate any viruses and bacteria. After pasteurization, the milk is tested once again for safety and distributed to hospitals.


“Rigorous safety protocols ensure that pasteurized donor human milk is safe when it’s provided from a milk bank that adheres to guidelines from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. Potential donors are blood tested and thoroughly screened for communicable diseases, activities that increase the risk of blood borne diseases, and the use of tobacco, alcohol, and medications,” says Summer Kelly, Executive Director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. “Milk collected from Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s milk depot will help support the complex nutritional needs of sick and premature babies in Illinois and Wisconsin.”


“Establishing the Illinois Valley Milk Depot at IVCH is a great opportunity for women and families in this area to join in a network of breastmilk advocacy. Breastfeeding support and education takes the work of the entire community, and we are so excited that the Illinois Valley Community Hospital can be a part of that advocacy going forward.”

IVCH Nurse Midwife Brittany Lange, APN, CNM


Bill to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome signed into Law

Stricter reporting and investigative requirements will now be required by law in situations where an infant has died suddenly and unexpectedly thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) and State Representative Thomas Bennett (R-Pontiac).


According to new law’s sponsors, sudden and unexpected infant deaths are often listed as simply Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when other contributing factors, like unsafe sleeping environments, may have been a contributing factor. SB 1568 requires coroners to conduct an autopsy following the investigation as well as list any environmental factors that may have contributed to the child’s death on their report. The new law would also require the Department of Public Health to publish current data that it receives from coroner reports so that the public has access to reporting concerning SIDS.


“Too often, infant deaths are being ruled as SIDS even when there are unsafe factors present at the scene where the infant passed,” said Sen. Rezin. “By just putting SIDS on the death certificate, potentially valuable information is being left out that could help prevent infant deaths in the future.”


“This is an important bill that impacts families during an extremely sensitive time and will help provide more complete information about what happened,” said Rep. Bennett. “This bill will help promote awareness in how to take care of infants.”


The legislation was brought forward by Ashley Lamps, a constituent of Sen. Rezin and State Representative Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa), who lost her son in 2013 to SIDS. Lamps now runs a foundation that advocates for SIDS awareness and the use of safe sleep practices.


“Illinois needs to have as much information as possible at hand to help prevent these instances from happening,” said Rep. Yednock. “Families across the Illinois Valley, and throughout the entire state, will have better information going forward to take extra care for their newborns.” 


SB 1568, which was signed into law on Friday, August 9, is the product of congenial and productive discussions between Ashley, the Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association.


Bureau County 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers Wanted

The fall training for adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader will be held October 19th, 2019 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm at 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, IL. Adult volunteers are an important part of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test. 


“After the training, our 4-H volunteers understand their role in mentoring youth to become self-directed, confident members of their community,” Curt Sinclair, 4-H Shooting Sports and Environmental Education Extension Specialist said. “Yes, they’ll also teach the fundamentals of safe shooting, but their bigger role will be helping youth feel welcomed, empowered, and successful; generous in spirit; and thoughtful of their fellow club members and the communities where they live.”


Instructors are needed in Bureau County in archery, rifle, and pistol, as well as coordinator positions. University of Illinois Extension will cover the cost of registration for two individuals registered by September 27. If you are interested in volunteering for a 4-H Shooting Sports, please contact the University of Illinois Extension Office at (815)875-2878 or des85@illinois.edu for more information. 


If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering.

For more information call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Bureau County 4-H members see success at Illinois State Fair

On August 11, 2019, Bureau County 4-H state fair delegates attended the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with their qualifying projects.  The Illinois 4-H State Fair General Project Show is an opportunity for youth to be competitively judged on project work, as well as receive valuable feedback from experts, which allow them to increase their knowledge and mastery in a project area. 


Youth who scored an 80% or above received an Outstanding Award, in addition to their ribbon.  First and second place finishers in each class received champion and reserve medallions. Additionally, some projects were judged against a peer group for Inspire Award consideration.  These recipients were judged against other exhibits, not necessarily in the same project category, and awarded by the judge to highlight or acknowledge. 

University of Illinois Extension would like to congratulate the following Bureau County 4-H members:


Ryley Aukes, Woodworking 3, Champion

Reese Aukes, Woodworking 2, Outstanding

Katy Beaber, Scrapbooking – Intermediate, Participant

Cadience Bickett, 4-H Cooking 101, Outstanding

Jessica Carlson, Photography 3, Reserve

John Luke Carter, Passport to the World, Outstanding

Zack Donovan, 4-H Cooking 301, Participant

Jennifer Dunlap, Food Preservation, Participant

Natalie Edlefson, Shopping in Style: Beginner, Participant

Josie Edlefson, Photography 1, Outstanding

Kendal Forth, Food Preservation, Champion

Jyzel Garcia, Health 1, Participant

Jenessa Karvonen, Entomology 1, Participant

Jadeyn Klingenberg, Design Decisions – Beginning, Participant

Kelsea Klingenberg, Design Decisions – Intermediate, Outstanding

Jayde Lewis, Health 1, Participant

Delaney Mallery, Floriculture C, Participant

Jasmyn Martin, Health 1, Participant

Summer McCarty, Nature, Reserve

Tyler Michlig, 4-H Cooking 101, Participant

Rachelle Newberry, Photography 2, Reserve

Emma Nicoli, Fiber, Participant

JenaLee Ohda, Animal Science, Champion

Brady Peach, Wood, Reserve

Lily Pickard, Design Decisions – Intermediate, Champion

Haven Pierson, Glass/Plastic, Inspire

Riley Rauh, Heritage Arts, Participant

Karlie Schultz, STEAM Clothing 1 – Sewn Clothing, Participant

Isabella Sondgeroth, Chalk/Carbon/Pigment – Div. A, Participant

Anastasia Sondgeroth, Model Rocketry, Outstanding

Leah Stamberger, Outdoor Adventures 1-3, Outstanding

Serenity Stone, 4-H Cooking 101, Participant

Ella Thacker, Veterinary Science, Participant

Eyan Tiemann, College and Career Readiness Ready4Life, Inspire

Jayden Tiemann, Intermediate Visual Programming, Reserve

Aubrey Vogel, Chalk/Carbon/Pigment – Div. A, Participant

Katrina Wahl, Shopping in Style: Beginner, Participant

Nataleigh Wamhoff, Wildlife 1, Participant

Alaina Wasilewski, Photography 2, Reserve

Ryan Wasilewski, Model Rocketry, Participant


For more information about 4-H, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


August Board Report

The Illinois Valley Community College board honored Dr. Rose Marie Lynch Thursday night for the landmark contributions she’s made to the college since arriving in 1970.


Board chair Jane Goetz unveiled an 18 x 24 plaque topped with a photo from the 1970s of Lynch and mentor Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg.


Goetz then read the plaque text: “Illinois Valley Community College expresses its profound gratitude to two of its preeminent humanities leaders: Dr. Rose Marie Lynch and her mentor, Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg.


“Hired by Dr. Weeg in 1970, ‘Rosie’ went on to become an award-winning IVCC journalism and English instructor over a 32-year career.


“As executor of Dr. Weeg’s estate, Rosie skillfully handled the largest gift in IVCC’s history, a $1.2 million bequest. IVCC named its beautifully-refurbished auditorium the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre in 2017.


“We will always remember and cherish Rosie for her continued role in that unprecedented donation and for the countless other kindnesses she graciously performed for IVCC and its students.” The plaque will be displayed near the entrance of the Weeg Cultural Centre.


Following a public hearing, the board adopted the 2020 budget. Operating revenues and expenditures are balanced at approximately $22.3 million. Revenues increased less than 1 percent and expenditures decreased slightly less than one percent from the 2019 budget.

Total budget revenues are about $32.1 million, a 1.4 percent increase, and expenditures are $32.3 million, a decrease of 6 percent, from last year’s budget.


The $220,000 deficit is in the tort and auxiliary enterprises funds and is covered with existing fund balances in those funds.


The board also approved:

  • Purchase of Nebraska Book Company software maintenance from PrismRBS for $12,026.
  • Payment of the Continuing Education Center trip “Meet me in Missouri” for $50,770 to Are We There Yet? plus $5,150 to Green River Lines for bus service. Costs are recovered through fees charged to participants.
  • Renewal of various annual services for Jacobs Library from the University of Illinois for $27,975 and NILRC for $11,974.
  • Annual fees payment of $11,550 to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
  • Insurance renewals covering property, general liability, commercial auto, workers’ compensation, school board legal liability and more for $218,681.
  • Transfer of $225,000 to the Illinois Capital Development Board as IVCC’s match for the $675,000 appropriated by the state in May for perimeter road and parking lot repaving.
  • The appointment of mathematics instructor David Garrison to fill the vacancy of Emily Lesman. Garrison earned associates degrees from Scott Community College in Bettendorf and his bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Iowa. He expects to receive a master’s in pure mathematics from Northern Illinois University this month.

Board members also learned:

  • Alyssa Boaz has been hired as a textbook buyer, Isamar Taylor as Financial Aid and Veterans Benefit Advisor, Destiny Griffin as third shift custodian and Benjamin Simpson as second shift custodian.
  • Business Services and Finance administrative assistant Janine Full resigned effective Aug. 16, Payroll and Benefits Coordinator Jeannie Franklin resigned effective Aug. 28, part-time cashier Dava McNally will resign Oct. 11, and part-time Assessment Center assistant Lacey Meyer also resigned.
  • A total of 36 students attended the Aug. 8 Ottawa Center Express Registration while others attended a special Aug. 10 Saturday registration at the Center.  
  • Project Success hosted a successful “JumpStart” program Aug. 12. “There are four reasons why our Project Success students do so well and they are (employees) Cynthia Cardosi, Diane Scoma, Terumi Scully and Director Chris Herman,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
  • On Wednesday, a day before classes began, New Student Convocation drew 344 students. Student trustee Matthew Klein produced a YouTube video of the event. “Everything Matthew touches in the way of videos and use of social media turns to gold,” said Corcoran.
  • Trustee Jay McCracken, Interim-LaMoille School District Superintendent, has been nominated for the National LifeChanger of the Year award.

Closed session meeting Aug. 22

Illinois Valley Community College’s board will hold a special closed session meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 to select a person to fill the vacancy created by the July 11 resignation of trustee Melissa Olivero of Peru. The appointment of a trustee may follow in open session.

Bureau County Fair Happenings Aug 21 - 25th


To kick off Fair week two events have been added on Monday, August 19th. Go to Culvers in Princeton from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for dinner and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Bureau County Fair Foundation. Then take the family to a free movie Charlotte’s Web at the Apollo Theater at 7 p.m.   


The Bureau County Fairgrounds has been the family entertainment center of our county for 164 years. Many memories are made during the annual Fair and the year 2019 is no exception. Come make some memories with your family during the 164th annual Bureau County Fair, August 21st to the 25th. 



On Wednesday the Fine Arts building will be full of blue ribbon winners.  Judging will be complete at noon and you can see the ribbon winners in hobbies and collections, photography, textiles, canning, art, flowers and vegetables.  Baked goods are judged daily with cakes coming in on Wednesday. Thursday breads and rolls are shown, Friday is pies and Saturday is cookies. You can win that day’s prize winning entries at the cake walk that night at 9 p.m. in front of the fair office.  To keep fresh flowers for the public to view there are two flower shows. The second set of fresh flowers are brought in to be judged on Friday morning. 

The other exhibit halls will be lined with commercial exhibitors. Be sure to stop and visit with them and see what their business has to offer you. There is even Farmer for a Day where kids can experience apple picking and cow milking. 


The entertainment starts right away Wednesday with music in the Hospitality Building at 4:30 p.m. Grab a corn dog and a lemonade shake up and sit back and enjoy the music.   At 6 p.m. there will be a program on vegetable gardening using the Gutter Grow Garden System in the Fine Arts building. The Second Story Teen’s Talent Show will be held in front of the grandstand starting at 5:30 p.m.  You will get to see a group of the most talented teens in the county perform different kinds of music. Admission is $10 and it includes a fantastic show by Rockland Road. 


Be sure to stick around because the Rockland Road Band will take the stage at about 7:00 p.m.  Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie Martin began singing together in 2010 with their four children: March, Kell, Texas, and Tallant. Quickly realizing that the kids all showed an uncanny knack for hearing harmonies, as well as for playing instruments, they began performing shows together. “Our house has always been like a live jukebox, with an all-you-can-play selection of musical instruments,” says Jamie. “Music completely engulfs our lives, so our kids have never known a day without it. And that’s just how they want it.” You will be amazed by the music this family presents. 


The North American Midway comes from the IL State Fair and opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The wristband ride specials are $25. On Saturday there are two wristband ride sessions -from 1:00 to 5:00 and 5:00 to 11 p.m.  Sunday the last blast carnival special runs from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. for $25.



Thursday is Senior Citizens Day and also the day of the annual Country show.  Senior citizens can play bingo in the Hospitality Building starting at noon and even have some treats to eat.  Admission for seniors is only $2 at the gate. The exhibit halls open at noon. 

Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. country music fans will fill the track and grandstand to see Gary Allan. He released his first album, Used Heart for Sale, in 1996 and since then has released eight additional studio albums selling over 8 million albums.



Friday is Truck and Tractor Pull night at the Fair beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the Farm Stock Tractors. Entertainment in the Hospitality Building starts at 4:30 p.m.  and continues throughout the evening. There’s even a beer garden next to the Grandstand if you need a place to cool off. 



Saturday morning you can see speed and action in the McCutchan Arena. The horse speed show features barrel racing and pole bending with both adults and kids racing. Livestock will be shown all around the grounds most of the day.  BBQ ribs will be smoking getting ready for the contest judging in the afternoon.  

The Demolition Derby begins at 5 p.m. in front of the Grandstand but be sure to get there early. The Kids Power Wheels Demo derby begins at 4:30 p.m. and it’s one of the funniest things you will see all week. The little competitors crash and bang their Barbie cars and Power wheels just like their Dads do in the big cars. A new Truck class has been added to the Demo this year. 



Wear your red, white and blue to the Fair for our Salute to Veterans.  Veterans and a guest are admitted free to the Fair on Sunday. As one of the large Flags of Freedom waves in the infield, come to the grandstand and watch as several area veterans are awarded a beautiful Quilt of Valor.  The IL Valley Quilts of Valor organization has awarded hand sewn quilts to nearly 100 veterans. The program begins at 1 p.m. and admission is free. There will be patriotic music, a program by the Flags of Freedom spokesman, Representative Dan Swanson will speak and the veterans will be recognized.  Admission to the Veterans Salute is free Sunday. 

The open horse show is in the McCutchan arena beginning at 10 a.m. Stop by the hospitality building for free watermelon starting at noon and enjoy the music throughout the afternoon. The Queens Pie auction and Chain Saw Carving auction start at 2:30 p.m.  And the kids can ride the carnival rides from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $25. 


Special Programs

Gary Swanson has a full list of entertainers performing in the Hospitality Building starting at 4:30 on Wednesday and continuing through Sunday night. There will be gospel, Jazz, old time rock and roll, bluegrass, barbershoppers, and more. Something for everyone. Grab some food and enjoy the tunes and visit with your friends.


The Wild World of Animals will have several shows daily. Watch for cuddly, slithery and scary animals at their educational presentations. The Bear Hollow Chain Saw carvers will be taking huge logs and creating amazing carved artwork every day of the fair. 


There will be some special programs daily during the fair. On Wednesday night at 6 p.m.  Kathy Bauer will present a program on the Gutter Grow Garden System. This is a gardening system utilizing rain gutters and buckets that requires no weeding!  


On Thursday night at 6 p.m. there will be a K9 police dog demonstration. Watch out criminals! The sneak peek of Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road will begin Thursday and continue through Sat. night.  The Quilts of Valor will be on display in the Fine Arts department all week. Sunday they will be awarded to some veterans during the Salute to Veterans.


On Friday you can paint a masterpiece with a Bottle and Brush program by the Princeton Arts Academy at 6:30 p.m.  You will paint a patriotic picture with sunflowers right there at the fairgrounds. The cost is $32 and you can register at www.princetonartsacademy.com  The K9 Police dog demonstration will be held again at 6:00 pm.   Also on Friday night at 8 p.m. Tanks Pet Supply/Boek-el-Zoo will have a mini pet show. 


On Saturday follow your nose to the BBQ Rib Cook Off.  When the Ribs are submitted for judging, the rest of their ribs are there for you to taste and compare. It’s held in the building by the east gate. At 2 p.m. watch for Rex Masters, the 6 foot tall friendly dog, to make an appearance.  


At 5 p.m Patricia Anderson, an associate professor from Western IL University and a Princeton native, will present a program on Living and Working with Animals humanely. She will tell about animal behaviors and how to make life more fun and less challenging, using video examples from parrots that she has trained. She will tell about teaching her birds to do many things from walking onto a scale to be weighed and even how to play games. 


On Sunday be sure to come to the Fairgrounds for many more fun events. Free watermelon in the Hospitality Building begins at noon. The Queen’s Pie and Baked Goods Auction at 2:30 p.m. Pie sales funds are used to help with the Fair Queens state pageant expenses in January. The amazing wooden carvings that Bear Hollow Chain Saw Carvers have made will be auctioned off right after the pies. You can take home your own chain saw crafted  eagle, racoon or wooden bench. There will be another Tanks Pet Show at 3:30 p.m. 


Bureau County Fair Foundation is now a 501C3 organization. They will have 50/50 tickets for sale during the Fair with the prize being awarded at Sunday’s Chain Saw Carving auction. 



Kathy Bauer    kathybcfair@yahoo.com

815 866 3606

164th Bureau County Fair August 21 -25th. 


Irish Dance Classes Offered in Bishop Hill

Registration for the 2019-2020 season of beginner Irish dance classes offered by the Champagne Academy of Irish Dance is now open. Classes will be offered at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL, from 4:30PM to 5:15PM on Monday evenings and are open to ages 5 and up.


To register please visit sites.google.com/site/champagneirishdance/home/join-us or find Champagne Academy of Irish Dance on Facebook at facebook.com/ChampagneIrishDance.


For more information contact Tréa Champagne at iowairishdance@gmail.com.

Scottish Sensations Skerryvore to Perform in Bishop Hill

The popular contemporary Scottish traditional music group Skerryvore will perform one-night-only on Thursday, August 22nd at 7PM at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


Take two brothers, Daniel (Accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion), steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition on the Isle of Tiree, and add in friends Fraser West (drums) and Alec Dalglish (guitar and vocals), with a background in brass bands, wind bands, jazz bands, and with blues, folk and country influences, and you have the 2005, embryonic Skerryvore.


Fast forward 10 years, add Craig Espie (fiddle) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass), bring in your album producer Alan Scobie on Keyboards and mix in the Glasgow music scene – from University Applied Music courses and Traditional Music courses at the Royal Conservatoire to sell out gigs at O2 ABC – and you have a band that has already won Scottish Traditional music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ in 2011 – they were to win it again in 2016 – and who, rightly, celebrated their decade by launching their own 6000 capacity festival.


By the time the 2019 version of that festival – now christened ‘Oban Live’ – had successfully been and gone, that evolutionary development had added BBC young traditional musician of the year finalist Scott Wood (pipes and whistles), produced ‘EVO,’ their latest album, and the curtain had fallen on their EVO world tour which took their high energy, musically expansive set not just throughout UK and Europe, but also to USA, Canada and Australia.


Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a growing fanbase worldwide and with the promise of much more to come. 2020 marks the 15th Anniversary of the band.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 7PM, with music starting at 7:30PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $20 donation is suggested.


To purchase tickets please visit Eventbrite.com.


To learn more about Skerryvore please visit skerryvore.com

Bureau County Sheriff Report




Time: 08/12/2019 - 13:56 Case: BCSD:19-008722 Location: 2200 N AVE/IL HWY 26 IL TRAFFIC STOP 

ARRESTED, DRIVER - Name: LORENZEN, CODY, JACOB THOMAS Sex: M Age: 27 Residing At: 374 ROCK NATION RD DIXON IL Charge: 625 ILCS 5/11-601B ~ SPEEDING TRAFFIC Date: 08/13/2019 

Disposition Response: CITATION 


Time: 08/12/2019 - 14:19 Case: BCSD:19-008724 Location: 120 W OWEN ST TISKILWA IL BATTERY:DOMESTIC BATTERY 

ARRESTED, JUVENILE - Juvenile Sex: M Age: 15 Charge: 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2 ~ DOMESTIC BATTERY NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/12/2019 

Disposition Response: RA Status: AJV 


Time: 08/13/2019 - 06:44 Case: BCSD:19-008752 Location: E MAIN/S WALNUT WYANET IL TRAFFIC STOP 


Disposition Response: CITATION

Freedom House Needs Volunteers!!!

Freedom House right here in Princeton is in desperate need of volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Amy Brandon and Sexual Assault Councilor Ashli Fisher came into WZOE studio to talk about volunteer work and how everyone can get involved. You can check out the full interview down below. 


If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or sexual violence you can visit freedomhouseillinois.org for information to help with your recovery or you can call 800-474-6031. 

Bureau County HCE will host annual Pie Contest at Homestead Festival

The Bureau County HCE, Home and Community Education, will sponsor the annual pie contest at the Homestead Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7.  


The contest will be held in the food tent at Soldiers and Sailors Park in Princeton.  A person may enter as many pies as they wish. However, prizes are limited to one per person.


A few things to remember: pies must be two-crust fruit pies; each pie should be in a disposable pan; recipes for both the crust and the filling must be submitted with the pie; for judging purposes, entrant’s names cannot be included with the recipe.  All pies are to be brought to the park by 9 a.m. on Sept. 7.


All pies entered will be judged and all pies will be auctioned at noon.  Four cash awards will be awarded by judges to the top four pies. There will also be a junior division for those aged 18 and under who wish to enter.  The junior division will also receive cash awards. There is no advance entry requirement and no entry fee. The contest is open to everyone.


For more information, call Marilyn at 815-659-3214.  The Bureau County HCE supports the University of Illinois Extension, 4-H programs.  For more information on HCE contact the Extension office at 815-875-2878. 


Attorney General Raoul files brief with U.S. Supreme Court in support of States' Rights to enact gun safety Regulations

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a coalition of 13 attorneys general, today announced an amicus brieffiled with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting New York City’s right to enact commonsense gun safety regulations. In the brief, Raoul and the coalition argue that New York City’s independence and sovereignty must be respected as it seeks toensure the safety of its residents.


Raoul and the coalition filed the amicus brief late Monday urging the Supreme Court to uphold a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling which held that states and localities can impose certain types of firearm regulations when they are substantially related to an important government objective, such as the protection of their citizens.


“From my home in Chicago, to Peoria, Rockford, East St. Louis, Danville, and every community in between, gun violence impacts all of Illinois. As Attorney General and as a father, I am committed to advocating for policies that will protect families from gun violence,” Raoul said. “It is imperative that states maintain the right to enact laws that address the unique circumstances within their borders and keep their communities safe.” 


In 2013, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and three residents of New York City filed a lawsuit challenging the then-existing New York City regulation in the Southern District of New York (SDNY). The regulation restricted the transport of firearms held under a premises license, unless the firearms are unloaded, locked, carried separate from ammunition, and transported within city limits. The plaintiffs alleged that the regulation violated the Second Amendment, the dormant Commerce Clause, and the constitutional right to travel. After losing in the SDNY and, subsequently, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the four plaintiffs took their case to the United States Supreme Court.


In the amicus brief, Raoul and the states argue that the Supreme Court has made clear that state and local governments throughout the nation may tailor their firearm safety regulations to deal with varying circumstances in each local jurisdiction, which is what New York City did to protect public safety in the largest, densest, and most urbanized major city in the nation. Additionally, Raoul and the attorneys general make clear that the plaintiffs’ Commerce Clause and right-to-travel claims should also be rejected because states and localities have the right to impose restrictions on firearm transportation.


Joining Attorney General Raoul in filing the amicus brief are the attorneys general of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Nature Detective Camp Lets Youth Explore

Youth ages five through twelve joined University of Illinois Extension 4-H in a fun, educational Nature Detective Camp on Wednesday, August 7th, in Princeton.  This half-day camp offered hands-on activities for youth to learn about habitats, birds, monarchs, and animal tracks.  Youth created nature journals, went on a nature scavenger hunt, made butterfly life cycles, and took home milk jug birdhouses. 


The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently.      


“Nature Detective Camp was a great opportunity for youth to experience a 4-H program and be exposed to a variety of activities related to nature and wildlife,” Danielle Saletzki, University of Illinois Extension 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator shared.  “I look forward to offering more workshops for area youth to be involved and learn new things.”

For more information about 4-H, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Attorney General Raoul files lawsuit against EPA Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a coalition of 28 states and cities, today announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The ACE rule replaced the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever nationwide limit on existing fossil-fueled power plants.


“The people of Illinois and around the country cannot afford the impact of unchecked climate change,” Raoul said. “The EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule is a huge step backward in the effort to address the devastating effects of climate change. It is a misguided policy that ignores the science of climate change and will prolong the nation’s reliance on polluting, expensive coal power plants, and will reverse progress toward clean, renewable, affordable energy.”


The ACE rule barely mentions climate change or recognizes the threat it poses to the public’s health, the economy, or the environment. Additionally, the rule disregards requirements of the federal Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act requires that limits on air pollutants, such as greenhouse gases, must be based on the emissions reductions achievable through the “best system of emission reduction.” In the ACE rule, the EPA has eliminated shifting from coal-fueled energy generation to less carbon-intensive generation as a “best system.”


The “best system of emission reduction” used by the EPA in the ACE rule – equipment upgrades at coal power plants – will reduce emissions by only 0.7 percent more by 2030 than having no rule, according to EPA’s own analysis. Further, the EPA found that emissions of one or more of three pollutants – carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) – will increase in 18 states in 2030 compared to having no rule.    


The International Energy Agency estimates that climate change pollution from the U.S. power sector must be reduced by 74 percent by 2030 for the U.S. to be able to achieve the goal of limiting worldwide temperature increase to less than 2 degrees Celsius. By the EPA’s own estimates, the ACE rule falls short of hitting this target with a projected reduction of only 35 percent. 


Already, climate change is harming the well-being of Illinois’ residents, natural resources, and economy. Residents and communities throughout Illinois are continuing to recover from spring storms and record flood levels that impacted 36 counties. Violent tornadoes, extreme cold and heat, and destructive flooding have all become more frequent and life-threatening. These changes have also prevented farmers from planting crops on time, reduced crop yield, and harmed crop quality. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared an agriculture disaster in all 102 Illinois counties. By failing to adequately limit climate-change-causing carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, the ACE rule does nothing to mitigate these harms.


The Illinois Attorney General’s office has worked since 2003 to limit carbon pollution from fossil-fueled power plants. Most recently, the Attorney General’s office joined a coalition of states, counties, and cities in filing comments in opposition to the EPA’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, and filed comments in opposition to the ACE rule as proposed.


Joining Raoul in the lawsuit are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, Boulder, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and South Miami joined the lawsuit.

Bureau County Community Worship is August 25 @ 4:00pm

The 12th Annual Bureau County CommUnity Worship this year has a new location at the Princeton High School’s Sally Skinner Auditorium. The service will be at 4:00pm this year on Sunday August 25.


The speaker, Dr. Dustin Benge is a lecturer and administrative assistant at the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary as well as a visiting professor at Munster Bible College and an Associate Editor at Expositor Magazine which is a publication of One Passion Ministries.


Join the churches of Bureau County as we worship together!


Bureau County Sheriff Report




Time: 08/06/2019 - 

Case: BCSD:19-008528 Location: US HWY 6/975 E ST IL 11:46 TRAFFIC STOP 

ARRESTED, DRIVER - Name: REED, KEVIN, K Sex: M Age: 53 Residing At: 151 ANGLING RD GALESBURG IL Charge: 625 ILCS 5/11-601B ~ SPEEDING TRAFFIC Date: 08/06/2019 

Disposition Response: CITATION Cloing Remarks: 03006 CITATION FOR SPEEDING 


Time: 08/06/2019 - 

Case: BCSD:19-008529 Location: RT 34 @ MARTIN ST NEPONSET IL 12:21 TRAFFIC STOP 



Date: 08/06/2019 



Time: 08/06/2019 - 12:54 

Case: BCSD:19-008530 Location: US HWY 34/105 E ST IL 


ARRESTED, DRIVER - Name: ARTEAGA, JOSEPH, L Sex: M Age: 24 Residing At: 221 W BROADWAY MONMOUTH IL Charge: 625 ILCS 5/11-601B ~ SPEEDING TRAFFIC Date: 08/06/2019 

PSIMS Anywhere Release - - SERVER06 

Disposition Response: CITATION Cloing Remarks: CITATION 3008 FOR SPEEDING 


Time: 08/07/2019 - 23:09 

Case: BCSD:19-008572 Location: 508 W BUREAU ST NEPONSET IL 


ARRESTED, SUSPECT - Name: REYES, ASHLEY, NICOLE Sex: F Age: 32 Residing At: 820 PINE ST KEWANEE IL Charge: 720 ILCS 5/19-1 ~ BURGLARY NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/08/2019 


Sex: M Age: 26 Residing At: 1119 LAKE ST TRLR 13, KEWANEE IL Charge: 720 ILCS 5/19-1 ~ BURGLARY NON TRAFFIC 

Date: 08/08/2019 

ARRESTED, PASSENGER - Name: COSTER, JOSEPH, M Sex: M Age: 33 Residing At: 204 DUFFIELD AVE GALESBURG IL Charge: 720 ILCS 5/19-1 ~ BURGLARY NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/08/2019 Charge: 720 ILCS 5/20-1 ~ ARSON NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/08/2019 

ARRESTED, PASSENGER - Name: WILLIS, SHAWNA, M Sex: F Age: 32 Residing At: 601 E 5TH ST KEWANEE IL Charge: 720 ILCS 5/19-1 ~ BURGLARY NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/08/2019 

Disposition Response: RA Status: AA 


Time: 08/09/2019 - 20:58 

Case: BCSD:19-008637 Location: I-80 WB MM 42 IL 



Sex: F Age: 60 Residing At: 2024 N OHIO AVE DAVENPORT IA Charge: 625 ILCS 5/11-709 ~ IMPROPER LANE USAGE-LANED ROADWAYS TRAFFIC Date: 08/09/2019 Charge: 625 ILCS 5/11-501.A.2 ~ DUI - ALCOHOL TRAFFIC Date: 08/09/2019 

Time: 08/10/2019 - 15:41 

Case: BCSD:19-008658 Location: 18763 650 E ST SHEFFIELD IL 



Sex: M Age: 41 Residing At: 444 S CHURCH ST 202, PRINCETON IL Charge: 720 ILCS 5/21-3 ~ CRIMINAL TRESPASS TO REAL PROPERTY NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/10/2019 


Sex: M Age: 49 Residing At: 507 S CHESTNUT ST PRINCETON IL Charge: 720 ILCS 5/21-3 ~ CRIMINAL TRESPASS TO REAL PROPERTY NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/10/2019 


Time: 08/11/2019 - 01:05 

Case: BCSD:19-008670 Location: 210 W QUEEN ST MALDEN IL 



Sex: M Age: 61 Residing At: 7018 OLIVER SMITH DR URBANDALE IA Charge: 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2 ~ DOMESTIC BATTERY NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/11/2019 

Disposition Response: RA Status: AA 


Time: 08/11/2019 - 12:13 

Case: BCSD:19-008683 Location: US HWY 6 1 E IL HWY 40 IL 


ARRESTED, DRIVER - Name: MEISMER, PAUL, J Sex: M Age: 76 Residing At: 12580 E 1545TH ST GRANVILLE IL Charge: 625 ILCS 5/11-601B ~ SPEEDING TRAFFIC Date: 08/11/2019 

Disposition Response: CITATION 


Time: 08/11/2019 - 15:41 

Case: BCSD:19-008690 Location: 27268 US HWY 6 PRINCETON IL 


ARRESTED - Name: DELBRIDGE, JAZMINE, R Sex: F Age: 23 Residing At: 15141 1950 NORTH AVE PRINCETON IL 

Time: 08/11/2019 - 21:16 

Case: BCSD:19-008702 Location: US HWY 6/IL HWY 40 LANGLEY IL 


ARRESTED - Name: CADE, BARRY, LEON Sex: M Age: 26 Residing At: 312 N 4TH ST NEPONSET IL 

Disposition Response: RESOLVED Status: CLS 


Time: 08/11/2019 - 23:56 

Case: BCSD:19-008703 Location: 218 E SOUTH ST SHEFFIELD IL 


ARRESTED - Name: DELBRIDGE, JAZMINE, R Sex: F Age: 23 Residing At: 15141 1950 N AVE PRINCETON IL Charge: 720 ILCS 5/26-1 ~ DISORDERLY CONDUCT NON TRAFFIC Date: 08/11/2019 

Disposition Response: RA Status: AA 



Hermitage Green to Perform Intimate Concert in Cambridge

One of Ireland’s most popular bands, Hermitage Green, will be performing on Monday, August 19th at a private residence in Cambridge, IL. One glance at their tour schedule, where all other stops are in major metro areas, and you will realize how rare the opportunity to see this group in such an intimate environment really is.


Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green have made a large impact in a short period of time. After having released their first full length album via SONY Ireland and watching it climb the charts with tracks like Quicksand, Not Your Lover, and Save Your Soul, the band has been touring internationally to sold out rooms across Ireland, the UK, Middle East, Australia, and the US.


Now the band is back after having spent months in world renowned Rockfield Studios in Wales where their new recordings share company with the likes of Queen, Robert Plant and many others. 

With Grammy winning producer Matt Lawrence (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons) at the helm of this record, the band has created an EP entitled Gold & Rust consisting of 6 progressive sonic masterpieces. 2018 will see the band continuing to tour the globe.


“Gold & Rust - the title was inspired by a lyric that Darragh Griffin wrote in the song 'Bring It On Down'. I suppose as an album title it represents the many contrasts of being in a band in 2017. The ups and downs, highs and lows, whatever you want to call it... From playing the mainstage at Electric Picnic, to getting laughed out the door of a bank when looking for a mortgage. From walking out of a sold out Olympia Theatre in Dublin, to playing to 7 people in a town somewhere in the U.S. From telling your bandmates you love them and would do anything for them, to trying to kill your bandmates because they piss you off sometimes. 'Gold & Rust' is the dichotomy between the struggle and the absolute privilege of doing what you love for a living.” - Dan Murphy of Hermitage Green


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $20 donation is suggested. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.com. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


For more information please call or email john.r.taylor@gmail.com, (309) 299-4999.


To learn more about Hermitage Green please visit hermitagegreen.com.

Four Seasons Gardening Program Offers Fall Series

The fall series of the University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway the month of September. The public is invited to participate in this free webinar series. The first session of the series is titled “Fall Gardening.” Gardening does not have to end when the calendar turns to fall. Join Ken Johnson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, to learn about the crops that can be grown, as well as other garden and yard activities to do in the fall.


This program will be offered via a live webinar on Tuesday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m. at the following University of Illinois Extension Offices: Bureau County in Princeton; Marshall-Putnam Counties in Henry; and LaSalle County in Ottawa. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever you have internet access by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.  


Other topics in the fall series include “Tree Compartmentalization,” set for Tuesday, October 8th at 1:30 p.m., and “Gardening for Birds,” set for Tuesday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. 

Each session is free to the public. Advance registration is needed. Phone or email the LaSalle County University of Illinois Extension office for more details at 815-433-0707, or you may email Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker at meo@illinois.edu.  


If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. For more information call University of Illinois Extension –LaSalle County at 815-433-0707. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


1851 Carpenter Building Rededication Open to the Public

On Saturday August 24, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will rededicate the 1851 Carpenter Building during the Bishop Hill Chautauqua.  This pre-Civil War structure played an important role in the history of the Bishop Hill Colony, producing furniture and other items for Colony use and for public sale.  The Carpenter Building, as well as the Meat Storage Building, are the two oldest remaining Colony brick buildings. Today, the Carpenter Building contains the U.S. Post Office and Garden Thyme gift shop.


Over the last couple of years, the BHHA, with the support of many individuals and organizations, have conducted extensive exterior repair work to preserve this unique building for future generations.  Trillium Dell, located in Knoxville IL, did the historic restoration work. The restoration is now complete, and it is time to honor those organizations and groups that made this project possible.


The rededication ceremony will be located outdoors between the Carpenter Building and the Steeple Building.  The formal ceremony will start at 2 p.m., with the following individuals speaking: Brian David from Trillium Dell; Kate Jennings, district director for U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos; and Bruce Karstadt, President/CEO of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and Honorary Consul General of Sweden for Minnesota.  Light refreshments, provided by BHHA volunteers, will be served immediately after the formal ceremony. Hammer and Pick will be providing the music. In addition, the Colony Store will also be having a sale on all their items, 10% off for all customers or 20% off if you are a BHHA member.


The public is invited to attend the rededication ceremony.   The Carpenter Building is located at 107 North Bishop Hill Street in Bishop Hill, Illinois.  For more details about the rededication or the Chautauqua, please call the BHHA at 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.


IVCC holds free volunteer tutor training in September

The Adult Education Community Tutoring Program at Illinois Valley Community College will conduct free volunteer tutor training from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, in Room CTC125.


Volunteers must have a desire to work with adult learners and be willing to tutor two-to-three hours each week. Teaching experience is not necessary, however, 10 hours of training through the program is required. Visiting an Adult Education classroom is an additional training component.

After completing training, volunteers have the option of tutoring in an English Language Acquisition class, an Adult Basic Education class or a High School Equivalency class. These classes follow the IVCC semester schedule in fall and spring. One-to-one tutoring might be available during summer months.


Free online tutor training is another option for volunteers whose schedules do not allow them to participate in the fall training sessions. For information, go to http://www.ivcc.edu/adulteducation/campus-and-community-tutoring.php.

To register for the training sessions, contact Angela Dunlap, campus and community tutoring coordinator, at (815) 224-0479.

Road Closure

Please be advised 2200 North Avenue CH 12, between Il Route 26 and 2400 East Street CH 27, will be closed to thru traffic for construction.  This construction is set to begin next week.  An exact date of closure has not yet been determined, as it depends on contractors’ other operations.  We will keep you all posted as information becomes available to us.


Local traffic will have access to the western 1 mile and the eastern 1 mile.  Again, we will keep you all posted on contractor’s operations of this section of road.  Please keep in mind that certain areas of this road will be under total reconstruction and not safe for vehicular traffic.

IVCC Medical Assistant program set for 2020 Launch

 Next spring, Illinois Valley Community College will launch a Medical Assistant certificate program to help address healthcare industry demand.


“After consulting with district hospital leaders and researching employment trends, we are convinced demand for Certified Medical Assistants exists locally and regionally,” said IVCC Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Bonnie Campbell.


The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) expects employment of CMAs to increase more than 13 percent statewide through 2026.


IVCC’s three-semester program will prepare students for entry-level careers in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other healthcare settings. The program begins in January 2020 and will be limited to 12 students. 


CMAs differ from Certified Nursing Assistants in that CNAs work primarily in hospitals and nursing homes; CMAs work in physicians’ offices and clinics. CNAs work under a nurse’s direction, medical assistants work for a doctor. The 8-credit CNA certificate is earned in eight weeks; the 29.5-hour CMA is earned over three semesters. 


A CMA’s administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, handling phone calls, handling accounts payable and receivable, and serving as a liaison between doctors and others.


Clinical duties include preparing and maintaining medical records, taking patient histories and vitals, preparing patients for procedures, assisting doctors with examinations, collecting and processing specimens, performing diagnostic tests and preparing and administering medications as directed by a doctor.


On average, CMAs earn $13 to $17 per hour plus benefits. IVCC developed the program in partnership with Kishwaukee College in Malta and shared a consultant to ensure curriculum aligned with current standards.


The college is also partnering with the Business Employment Skills Team (BEST) and NCI Works to register the program with the U.S. Department of Labor as an apprenticeship program. NCI Works will be the sponsoring entity and will recruit healthcare providers to participate. Apprenticeship programs focus on ‘earning while learning’ and result in a nationally-recognized credential.


NCI Works and BEST Executive Director Pam Furlan said, “We are excited and pleased to be working with IVCC. Our partnership has and will continue to do remarkable things for our local workforce and businesses.”


Healthcare providers interested in participating can contact Dianna Schuler at (815) 640-9406. 

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran added, “We worked closely with BEST and NCI Works in launching the program and the critically important apprenticeship that goes with it. It’s another example of IVCC and BEST responding to community needs.”


IVCC Director of Nursing Division Julie Hogue said, “Skilled medical assistants’ help facilities provide excellent healthcare; earning the CMA increases a student’s employability and can provide a path to a rewarding and lifelong career in healthcare.”


For information, contact Hogue at (815) 224-0481 or julie_hogue@ivcc.edu.