Local News Archives for 2019-02

Princeton Rotary's Annual Auction Coming April 6th

The Princeton Rotary Club is holding their annual auction April 6th at The Galleria. Doors open at 5:30pm and the festivities start at 6:30pm. The cost is $25 per ticket and will have complinmentary hors d' oeuvres and cocktails. There will be over 25 charitable recipients and the PHS scholarship raffle winner will be announced. For tickets call Steve at 815-915-8646 or Julia at 815-875-3819

IVCC's Crimminal Justice Association Donates to Safe Journeys of Streator

Illinois Valley Community College’s Criminal Justice Association purchased $300 in essential living items from Walmart and donated the items to Safe Journeys of Streator, a shelter and support center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Criminal Justice program coordinator Kevin Hermes said, “Serving our community is the
primary goal of the Criminal Justice Association. Our students passionately understand the
importance of such a shelter and continue to advocate for its continued presence in our
community.”

Lunch In The Park Lotto

It's time to decide who will be hosting Lunch in the Park for 2019! The Lunch in the Park Lottery will be held February 27th at 5:30pm at the Prouty Building. Someone from your organization MUST BE PRESENT to sign up for your desired date.

 

Lunch in the Park is intended to raise money for non-profit organizations. Profitable organizations may also sign up as long as they designate their profit for a specific non-profit organization.

 

There will be a set-up fee to offset advertising cost per lunch and bake sale opportunity. Payment is required prior to your specific date.

Salute to Agriculture

The Salute to Agriculture event will be held Friday March 15th, 2019 at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens from 7:00-8:30am. Tickets will be $20 which includes breakfast and a scholarship fund donation.

 

At this event the presentation of the annual Princeton area Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Scholarship. Also, there will be recognition of the 5th annual "Illinois Agricultural Past, Present and Future" art contest winners which will be presented by the Bureau County FFA members. Chief Operations Officer Jason Marquis of Marquis Energy will be a guest speaker.

 

To RSVP for tickets call 815-875-2616

IVCC Offers Student Shadow Program for Spring

Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions office is now offering prospective students a chance to be an IVCC student for a day with the Student Shadow Program on Thursdays and Fridays in March and April. Participants will select a class in their potential major and multiple shadow days can be scheduled for each participant.

 

“Participants can see first-hand the differences between college and high school classes and get insight into their potential major by talking with current students and faculty,” said Assistant director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Aseret Loveland.

 

“Choosing a college is a huge decision. We want to give prospective students this experience to see if IVCC is the right fit for them.”

 

Reserve a spot at www.ivcc.edu/events. For information, call (815) 224-0439.

Princeton Chief Of Police Takes The Plunge

Princeton Chief of Police Tom Kammerer and three other members of the Princeton Police department took a dip in frigid Lake Mendota for the Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics. The Polar Plunge is a yearly event that raises funds for 23,000 traditional and 20,000 young athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. If you haven't donated yet but would like to, they will be accepting donations until March 12th.

 

Click this link if you wish to donate- https://soill.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=46218

 

 

Illinois Government Week In Review

Illinois’ new Governor outlined his spending plan for the coming year during the week, after signing a controversial minimum-wage measure into law. In other action, Senate committees continued their work of hearing public debate of bills to determine if they will advance to the full Senate for a vote.

 

Budget Address
Governor J. B. Pritzker delivered his first Budget Address February 20 to a joint session of legislators in the House of Representatives Chamber.
The Governor’s proposed budget references more spending and more tax increases. The Constitution requires the budget to be balanced, using current-year revenues as the starting point to balance the budget. The Governor’s budget relies on taxes on recreational marijuana, sports betting, and eight other new taxes – none of which have been approved.

 

Another option? As the legislative budget process gets under way, lawmakers should instead work together in a bipartisan way to make the tough decisions necessary to pass a balanced budget with structural reforms that will boost the economy and create jobs.

Fiscal Year 2020 runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

 

Governor signs controversial minimum wage hike

My starting point in opposition to an increase in minimum wage is based on an article I saw in the Wall Street Journal a few years back, saying $12.80 an hour is the average wage where it pays to replace a person with a robot or other equipment. I have confirmed that number to be high in some cases. One employer told me of a piece of equipment he decided to buy last week that cost $40,000 and replaces $30,000 worth of annual labor. I am very concerned about job losses for unskilled workers.

 

With those facts in mind, I fought as hard as I could, but to no vail as the Democrat legislative leaders forced through a minimum wage hike, which Governor Pritzker signed into law on February 19.  The controversial legislation was advanced by the Senate and House on party-line votes, despite economic concerns from employers and public groups.

The plan will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over six years, and to $13 per hour during the same period for those employees younger than 18.

My greatest frustration is the impact that a $15 wage will have on downstate workers. One size does not fit all. There’s no reason to increase minimum wage downstate to the same level as Chicago where the cost of living is much higher.

One person noted that he could not hire high school kids at that rate, and he would have to pass the costs along to customers or cut services offered. We are already under-employing high school kids. Only 30 percent have a job between ages 16 and 19, compared to 45 percent in 1980.

With so many people owning or working for a small business, this mandated increase will have far-reaching effects. We should instead work to empower small businesses and help them expand. Instead of mandating a higher minimum wage, we should pass laws that make sense and help businesses create jobs.

Opponents of the plan also raised concerns that the incremental increase could have far-reaching implications for employers across the board, including an increase in annual costs for state agencies, local school districts, human service providers and hospitals.

 

Protecting Mahomet Aquifer

Also during the week, a legislative package was introduced to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, the primary water source for Central Illinois.

Based on recommendations from the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force, the legislation is supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 2073 would create the Mahomet Aquifer Council to serve as a watchdog and to provide oversight for the Mahomet Aquifer.

 

Senate Bill 2071 would provide $1 million in funding for equipment for the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute (PRI) so that the organization can continue to research and study the Aquifer.  Senate Bill 2072 would provide $2.3 million in funding for ongoing PRI operations.

Senate Bill 2070 would appropriate $4 million for the utilization of helicopter-based time-domain electromagnetics technology for the purpose of mapping and studying of an area of the Aquifer known as Zone 2, where a recent leak of natural gas occurred.

Senate Bill 2074 would allow the State Treasurer to accept restitution payment from Peoples Gas, if a court finds the company liable for a recent leak of natural gas into the Aquifer.

 

Helping children

The Children’s Health Caucus Panel met February 20 in Springfield to address the increasing rates of anxiety and depression in children. The Panel talked with Elizabeth deGruy, Director of Special Education, Champaign Public Schools; Alicia Urven, LPC, Enos Elementary School; Colleen Cicchetti, Executive Director, Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience; Alexa James, Executive Director, NAMI Chicago; Anna and Susan Fintzen, of Geneva, Illinois. Co-chaired by Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria), Representative Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) and Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), the Children’s Health Caucus was formed in February 2018 to review early childhood development; the physical, social and emotional health and well-being of Illinois children and adolescents; and evidence-based policies and programs to achieve health equity for children, families and communities throughout the state.

IN THE DISTRICT

I was honored to join Senator Neil Anderson, Representative Dan Swanson and Representative Tony McCombie February 18 at the Henry County Farm Bureau and County Board legislative update meeting.

 

The discussion was honest, informed and challenging as we updated attendees on the devastating impact downstate of the minimum wage increase, as well as other business-killing measures we see ahead.

 

Our residents are the salt of the earth and deserve more help – and fewer mandates – from Springfield, where so many of our colleagues do not understand the different challenges facing downstate. They must realize that one size does not fit all in our state.

Listen in!

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My radio podcasts can be found at http://senatorweaver.com/Media/podcasts/.

Our members’ podcasts can be found at http://senategop.state.il.us/Media/podcasts/.

The IVCC Announces The Winner Of The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest

The winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. writing contest was announced this Friday morning. Jacob McGeorge of Marseilles won the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest at Illinois Valley Community College recently for his poem “Alabaster Antibodies.”John Delaney of Spring Valley took second for his short story “Autumn Leaves.” Marlee Theisinger of Tonica was third with her biographical essay “Civil Rights Activist: Ruby Nell Bridges.” The annual event was sponsored by IVCC’s Diversity Team and Student Activities. Entries addressed aspects of civil rights, historical or modern, in any writing style.

 

Congratulations Jacob!

Princeton Public Library Calender

Here is the updated events coming in the month of March to the Princeton Public Library:

Mon. Mar. 4, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Monday Night Movie: The FBI pursues a young man who forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Tues. Mar. 5, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – Dr. Seuss

Wed. Mar. 6, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Chicks with Sticks

Thurs. Mar. 7, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: The Wonders of Peru with Experience Travel

Fri. Mar. 8, 2019

4:00 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: K – 3rd Grade Storytime

Sat. Mar. 9, 2019

12:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Wellness Workshop – “Gluten, your brain and gut on fire”

Mon. Mar. 11, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Monday Night Movie - A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Tues. Mar. 12, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – St. Patrick’s Day/Pot of Gold

 

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Women’s Suffrage Movement in Illinois

Wed. Mar. 13, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Widmark Wednesday: Drama dealing with the hazardous work of the U. S. Forest Service's paratroop fire-fighters in Montana.

Thurs. Mar. 14, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: An Alaskan Cruise with Experience Travel

Mon. Mar. 18, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

Tues. Mar. 19, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – Turtle

Wed. Mar. 20, 2019

7:00 p.m. Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Thurs. Mar. 21, 2019

4 - 7 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive

Mon. Mar. 25, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: In 1981, A man with a box of chocolates recounts his amazing life story to strangers at a bus stop in Savannah, Georgia.

Tues. Mar. 26, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – Messy Day – Styrofoam plate prints

 

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Music Jam

Thurs. Mar. 28, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Princeton Rock Painters

Princeton Public Library Calender

Here is the updated events coming in the month of March to the Princeton Public Library:

Mon. Mar. 4, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Monday Night Movie: The FBI pursues a young man who forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Tues. Mar. 5, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – Dr. Seuss

Wed. Mar. 6, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Chicks with Sticks

Thurs. Mar. 7, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: The Wonders of Peru with Experience Travel

Fri. Mar. 8, 2019

4:00 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: K – 3rd Grade Storytime

Sat. Mar. 9, 2019

12:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Wellness Workshop – “Gluten, your brain and gut on fire”

Mon. Mar. 11, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Monday Night Movie - A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Tues. Mar. 12, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – St. Patrick’s Day/Pot of Gold

 

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Women’s Suffrage Movement in Illinois

Wed. Mar. 13, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Widmark Wednesday: Drama dealing with the hazardous work of the U. S. Forest Service's paratroop fire-fighters in Montana.

Thurs. Mar. 14, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: An Alaskan Cruise with Experience Travel

Mon. Mar. 18, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

Tues. Mar. 19, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – Turtle

Wed. Mar. 20, 2019

7:00 p.m. Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Thurs. Mar. 21, 2019

4 - 7 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive

Mon. Mar. 25, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: In 1981, A man with a box of chocolates recounts his amazing life story to strangers at a bus stop in Savannah, Georgia.

Tues. Mar. 26, 2019

10:30 a.m. PPL PROGRAM: Preschool Storytime and Crafts – Messy Day – Styrofoam plate prints

 

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Music Jam

Thurs. Mar. 28, 2019

6:30 p.m. PPL PROGRAM: Princeton Rock Painters

The Princeton Public Library Program: The Wonders of Peru March 7th

The Princeton Public Library program The Wonders of Peru has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. This program is free and all are welcome to attend. A representative from Experience Travel of Princeton will present the following highlights:

 

  • LIMA - Guided sightseeing, visit San Francisco Monastery

 

  • SACRED VALLEY - Guided sightseeing of Awanakancha and Pisac Indian Market; Visit Ollantaytambo, a local home, Seminario Ceramics Workshop, and a chicheria

 

  • MACHU PICCHU - Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; Guided sightseeing of the Machu Picchu ruins; stay overnight in Machu Picchu region

 

  • CUSCO - Guided sightseeing, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and Sacsayhuaman, see Kenko and Puca Pucara

 

  • LAKE TITICACA - Guided sightseeing of Taquile Island and the Uros Floating Islands; farewell dinner

 

  • SILLUSTANI - Guided sightseeing, visit a local home

Princeton Chamber of Commerce's Lunch in The Park Sign-Up

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, February 27 th , 2019 the Princeton Chamber of Commerce will be holding the sign up for Lunch in the Park.  This will take place at 5:30pm at the Prouty Building.  All non-profit organizations interested in having an opportunity to host Lunch in the Park will need to be present to participate. The names of the organization and those representing the organization will be placed on a ticket and into a hat. We will then hold a lottery drawing to fill the 19 spots available. The 2019 Lunch in the Park season will run every Friday from May 24 th to September 27 th except for Friday, September 6th. Each drawn organization will have the date of their choice from those available plus the opportunity to serve lunch or provide the bake sale. Lunch in the park is intended to raise money for non-profit organizations. Profitable organizations may also sign up as long as they designate their profit for a specific non-profit organization. If you are unable to attend, any spots remaining will be filled on a first come, first serve basis the following morning. There will be a set-up fee per opening on the calendar to offset advertising cost. Payment is required prior to your specified date.  Advertising will be provided all summer long which, in turn, will assist you! Any questions, please call Kim Frey at the Princeton Area Chamber of  Commerce, 815-875-2616.

Sen. Rezin Gives Reaction to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Budget Address

Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave his first State Budget Address yesterday afternoon and introduced a roadmap that counts on a multiyear graduated income tax.

 

State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) released the following statement regarding Governor J.B. Pritzker’s State Budget Address:

 

“The budget proposal laid out today represents a starting point, but now the real work begins. I remain optimistic that the Governor will hold true to his promise of working together in a bipartisan manner.

 

“While I recognize that the Governor’s plan solely provides the General Assembly with a framework, I am apprehensive of some of the ideas he has proposed. Most concerning to me is the potential for increased taxes. Our residents cannot afford Springfield taking more of their hard earned money.

 

“As we move forward drafting a budget, it is my hope we can come together and work in a bipartisan manner. Together, we have the opportunity to do what’s right for the people of this state.”

 

Pritzker also said he would push for new revenue through legalizing marijuana and sports betting and by implementing a tax on insurance companies to help cover state Medicaid costs.

Cycling 101 For Women Workshop Hosted by Princeton Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission

Please join the Princeton Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 in the lower level of the Downtown Pub for an evening of bicycling information and instruction to improve your cycling pleasure and performance.

 

Representatives from Mead’s Bicycle Shop (Sterling) will present on topics that have been tailored to address specific issues that women have in bicycling. Regardless whether you’re a causal rider, a long distance touring rider, or a new to bicycling, there will be information of value to everyone.

 

There will be a cash bar and free appetizers available during the event. Time will be allowed after the presentation to network and ask further questions. While there is no charge to attend, please RSVP by March 6 to Rachel Skaggs at rskaggs@pirnceton-il.com.

 

The topics will include:


HAVE A FIT... BICYCLE FIT FOR WOMEN
Proper fit on your bicycle is very important for comfort and performance. Women have more fit issues than men since the industry has traditionally designed for men. There are more bicycle designs and equipment which are women specific, but more needs to be done. Particularly when it comes to the equipment you already have. Learn what proper fit is, how it can improve your cycling experience, and how to optimize your bike.

CLOTHING AND SADDLES FOR COMFORT, FASHION, AND PERFORMANCE
Women's specific design is important in bicycles and it is just as important in clothing. From head to toe we will explain the value of bicycling specific clothing and how it can address problems that you may be experiencing so you can get the most out of cycling. Cycling clothing is fashion and function. Understand how it works and how you benefit from properly designed clothing.

THE ABCs OF CYCLING - AIR, BRAKES, CHAIN

Since flats are most riders biggest worry, and the most common mechanical problem, we will show you how easy it really is to overcome this common hurdle. This is a hands-on experience where you will actually change a tube. Additionally, you will learn how to check tire pressure and properly lubricate a bike chain.

Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Please join University of Illinois Extension for the Ribbon Cutting and Open House at the new
University of Illinois Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen on Tuesday,
February 26, 2019, from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at 944 First Street, LaSalle. The Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen:

 

• Provides unbiased, research-based educational programs.
• Engages audiences with hands-on cooking and baking programs.
• Encourages healthy lifestyle activities and serves youth, adults, seniors, agencies, schools,
and communities.


University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at the
Urbana-Champaign campus. Extension provides practical education you can trust to help
people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.
Extension’s programs are aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for
individuals and their communities.


Extension welcome everyone to visit us on February 26, 2019, Noon – 2:00 p.m. at 944 First
Street, LaSalle. Please RSVP by February 25 by calling the Extension Education Center and

Community Teaching Kitchen at 815-250-0372 or register online at:
https://go.illinois.edu/openhousersvp

Bishop Hill Heritage Association Receive Grants For 2019

The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is pleased to announce the gift of $1,000 from the
Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation for educational programming. Wells Fargo Bank
administers this local foundation. This grant will be used to help fund a variety of Bishop
Hill events in 2019.


The BHHA is also receiving a $250 contribution from the Galesburg Community
Foundation for the 2019 Bishop Hill Chautauqua. A Chautauqua is an event in which
professional storytellers and historians present first person portrayals of historical figures.
This year’s festival is Saturday, August 24. The theme will be Exploring Boundaries.
Finally, the Heritage received generous contributions of $600 from SWEA Chicago and
$200 from the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Inc. SWEA (Swedish
Women's Educational Association Inc,) is a global non-profit association for Swedes and
Swedish-speaking women who have or have been resident abroad. These contributions
will go towards Jordbruksdagarna (Agricultural Days), which will be occurring on
September 28 and 29, 2019


The Bishop Hill Heritage Association thanks the Galesburg Community Foundation,
Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Inc., SWEA Chicago, and the Bill and
Susan Sherrard Foundation for generously supporting the BHHA and its activities for
preserving the history of Bishop Hill. To learn about these activities, please contact the
Heritage at www.bishophillheritage.org , bhha@mymctc.net or 309 927-3899.

Illinois State Fair Entertainment Update

In the not-so-distant-future the Illinois State Fair will hit the state capital. Over the weekend music fans got a huge update on who will be performing in August. Grammy-winning country duo Dan & Shay are set to perform on August 11th in the state capital. Also, acapella group Pentatonix has joined the lineup and will take the stage August 14th. The Illinois State Fair will run from August 8th-18th.

Illinois Extension Soil Health Seminar

University of Illinois Extension - Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit invites you to a Soil
Health Seminar taking place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon at
Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, IL in Room CTC 124.

 

The cooperative program, “A Day in Conservation and Soil Health”, includes: USDA/NRCS,
Soil Health Partnership, Nutrient Management Specialists and University of Illinois Extension.
The program speakers include: Jim Isermann – Soil Health Partnership; Pete Fandel – Illinois
Central College, Agricultural and Industrial Technologies; Larry Tombaugh – Nutrient
Management Specialists; Jill Kostel – Senior Environmental Engineer, the Wetland Initiative;
Lori Younker – USDA-NRCS Engineer; Gregg Pearson – CCA Sales Representative, Holland &
Sons Inc., Nutrient Stewardship of Northern Illinois; Vicki Heath – Resource Conservationist,
LaSalle SWCD; Mitch Jarman – Soil Conservationist, USDA-NRCS; and a Farmer Panel: Carl
Zimmerman, Gary Small and Larry Tombaugh.

 

Topics to be covered are: soil fertility and nutrient loss, cover cropping, disease management,
composting, farm production and conservation programs. For more information, call Daryle
Wragge, University of Illinois Extension Agriculture Program Coordinator, at 309-364-2356.

Advance registration is requested by February 26. Please call University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889. There is no cost to participate.

 

If you need a reasonable accommodation, call the Extension office at 815-224-0889. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.


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/

Extension's Soil Fertility Seminar Offers Continuing Education for Certified Crop Advisors

Certified Crop Advisors and others interested are encouraged to sign up for the upcoming
program sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 28, 2019. The seminar will be held at University of Illinois Extension on the IVCC campus. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The
webinar qualifies for 2 CEU credits in Soil & Water Management, and 2.5 CEU credits in
Nutrient Management.

 

"Those in attendance will hear about the latest University of Illinois research on the long termeffects of crop rotation and tillage, as well as the relationship between cover crops and soil nitrogen availability. Other presenters from the University of Wisconsin, Western Illinois University, and the Illinois SWCD will discuss nutrient loss on tile drained land, nutrient management in organic systems, and a farmer-led program to improve soil health," says Jesse
Soule, U of I Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator.

 

The seminar will be held in Room CTC 124, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included in the
registration fee of $45 along with program materials or the cost is $15 per person without CEU
Credit. Advance registration is required by February 25.
Register online at: https://go.illinois.edu/soilfertility2019 or by calling University of Illinois
Extension - Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at 815-224-0889. If you need a reasonable
accommodation, please indicate when registering.

 

Topics and speakers include:

 

  • Managing Phosphorus Loss in Tile Systems: Aaron Pape, University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms, Tile Drainage Education Coordinator.

 

  • Cover Crops and Soil N Availability in Corn & Soybean Systems: Lowell Gentry, University of Illinois, Principal Research Specialist in Agriculture.

 

  • Long Term Crop Rotation and Tillage Effects on Soil GHG Emissions and Crop Production in Illinois: Gevan Behnke, University of Illinois, Senior Research Specialist.

 

  • S.T.A.R. A Farmer-Led Program to Reduce Nutrient and Soil Losses and Improve Soil Health: Bruce Henrikson, Champaign SWCD, Special Projects Coordinator.

 

  • Understanding and Extending Organic Nutrient Management Concepts:Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University, Associate Professor of Soil Science & Sustainable Agriculture.

 

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/

University of Illinois Extension Offering PSEP Testing Session

University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit is offering the
following Testing-Only session and certification program for private pesticide applicators. Pre-
registration is required. Certification is required to apply restricted use pesticides. The session
is in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture:

 

Testing Only – Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, to be held at the
University of Illinois Extension – Bureau County Office, 850 Thompson Street,
Princeton.  To register please call the University of Illinois Extension-Bureau County
Office by February 25 th at 815-875-2878. There is no charge for this program. If you need
a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering.


Private Applicator Manuals and workbooks can be purchased online or at local Extension
offices. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC
campus. Questions may be directed to Daryle Wragge, Ag Program Coordinator, 309-364-2356.
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/

Dr. Bonucci Now Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine

The medical director of the Illinois Valley Community Hospital emergency department is now board-certified in addiction medicine. Dr. Paul Bonucci received the certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine in January.  He is also certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

 

The ABPM says addiction medicine is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of persons with the disease of addiction, of those with substance-related health conditions, and of people who show unhealthy use of substances including nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications and other licit and illicit drugs.

 

 A resident of Princeton, Dr. Bonucci has been medical director of the IVCH emergency department since 2008.

 

 

 

 

SAT Prep Course Available at IVCC

Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education office offers “SAT Test Prep” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Ottawa Center, 321 W. Main St.

 

Instructors Tricia Haynes and Bernie Moore will teach students test-taking skills, strategies for answering each type of question, time restraints and the SAT scoring system. Practice questions for the English, reading and math portions of the exam will also be reviewed.

 

“This class is designed to coach you to do your best on the SAT and demystify college admission testing,” Haynes said. “Preparing for the SAT will not produce perfect scores, but it will improve your performance by reducing ‘test anxiety’ that can hinder performance.”

 

Cost is $99 and the textbook “Accelprep for the SAT Test” is included. Students should bring a pen or pencil and notepaper to class. Seating is limited. Call (815) 224-0447 to register by Friday, Feb. 22.

 

Illinois Valley Community College Has Openings For Healthcare Courses

Illinois Valley Community College has openings in healthcare courses for the second 8-
week session beginning Monday, March 18.


Introduction to Nutrition is now being offered online in an 8-week session and acquaints the student with recent scientific findings in the nutrition field as well as methods used to evaluate information found in the media. Phlebotomy is offered 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Oglesby campus and focuses on proper collection of laboratory specimens. Prerequisites for this course apply.

 

Industrial First Aid is offered 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays on the main campus and prepares students to recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions regarding care of people who are ill or injured. Students passing the course will receive American Red Cross certification in Adult CPR and Standard First Aid.


A Certified Nursing Assistant Refresher course is offered beginning Monday, April 15 at Ottawa Center. The course provides the opportunity for a Nursing Assistant, who has not provided nursing assistant related services for a consecutive 24-month period to review and demonstrate the 21 manual performance skills. Upon successful completion of the
course the student will be eligible to sit for the Illinois state licensure exam. For information, call nursing at (815) 224-0485. To register, call (815) 224-0447.

WZOE- AM Adding Programming

(Princeton) Regional Media Princeton’s WZOE-AM 1490 will undergo some exciting changes in the coming weeks. Regional Media has been working behind the scenes to bring back local radio to the Illinois Valley for WZOE-AM 1490 listeners.

 

Regional Media took over operations on February 1, 2019 with the immediate goal to save the local radio stations for the area.

 

Since February 1, Regional Media engineering staff has been installing and updating significantly aged equipment to improve the overall broadcast quality of the stations. To date, most computer systems, wiring, and transmitting equipment has been updated and repaired to ensure that WZOE-AM, WZOE-FM, and WRVY-FM stay in the community for years to come.

 

“Unfortunately it is quite painful as we work through modernizing the stations that have been neglected for so many years, but because the community is ready to stand with us to bring back local radio, we are determined. I believe God has opened a door for us to be in Princeton, and my team and I plan to do everything in our power to deliver to the community.” says Regional Media President and CEO Fletcher M. Ford

 

Beginning next week, the all new, Wake up Princeton Morning Show will  be heard on WZOE-AM 1490 and live at PrincetonNewsNow.com from 6:30a - 10:00a. Major features on the Wake up Princeton Morning Show will start with extended local programming to include local area news, events, obituaries, local sports and community insight and commentary.  

 

A longtime staple in local radio, the People to People Program will air just after 8a each weekday where host Sam Woolsey will speak with local dignitaries, charitable organizations, and many local area contributors.

 

Weekdays at 9:30 Princeton will be home to  a new local addition to the area, Mid-Morning in Princeton. A show that will invite callers in to talk about a range of topics and how they affect the lives of the residents of Princeton. Expanded local news, local weather, national news, and stimulating local and national talk will be heard throughout the day.

 

Regional Vice President of Sales James Jones says, “I’m pleased and proud to represent Princeton, and I’m incredibly excited for the future. The local business community has been incredible thus far”.

 

Also recently launched, is the are most informative local news site, PrincetonNewsNow.com. (PNN) will feature live streaming of WZOE 1490, live video from around the county, local news, local weather, local sports, closing and cancellations, obituaries, police reports, and so much more.

 

Regional Media has already started making significant investments in equipment, staffing, and community involvement. Sam Woolsey was recently named Operations Director and will be relocating to Princeton within a few weeks. James Jones, Regional Vice President of Sales is heading up the sales and marketing channel. Additional positions throughout the operation are still available.

 

Operations Manager Sam Woolsey: “I’m excited to integrate myself into the Princeton community and look forward to entertain and inform the people of Princeton for years to come.”

Additional improvements already completed have been a complete revamp and overhaul of WZOE-FM Z98, and WRVY-FM 100.5. Z98 “Illinois Valley Hit Music” plays 80’s, 90’s, and today. WRVY - FM has been rebuilt as DAM Country 100.5, playing country hits from the 60’s to the 90’s.

 

Regional Media anticipates complete renovation of the broadcast facility located on S. Main St in Princeton. The initial plans include  new state of the art studios for all three stations, a completely renovated interior, and a redesign of the outside of the building. More details will be release at a later date.

State of the City, County & State Luncheon Live on WZOE-AM

The Princeton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the State of the City, County & State Luncheon Friday, February 15th at the Plantation Grill. Doors will open at 11:30 A.M. and will cost $20.00 to attend. Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram, Bureau County Board Chair Marshann Entwhistle, Bureau County Board Vice Chair Keith Cain and Illinois State Senator Chuck Weaver will all be speaking about the future, goals, and vision of for the area. 

 

Tune into WZOE-AM 1490 or head over to our Princeton News Now WZOE 1490 Facebook page at noon to hear the address LIVE!

Cops for Cancer Fundraiser at the Peru Mall this Weekend

M & K Parties, the Peru Mall and the Princeton Police Department are teaming up for Cops for Cancer Fundraiser on February 16th. According to a release from the Peru Mall, Cops for Cancer is a fundraiser that will feature inflatables for the kids courtesy of M & K Parties. Kids can come to the Peru Mall and play inside the inflatables or take a ride on the mini-train courtesy of Mike's Little Train. The cost to take part is $10 dollars and all of the proceeds go to Cops for Cancer, a charity aiming to help cancer patients in the Illinois Valley. The Cops for Cancer fundraiser at the Peru Mall will be held on Sunday, February 16th from 1 Pm to 4 Pm in an area near the food court. 

Princeton Public Library to Host Understanding Medicare Programs

The Princeton Public Library will host a pair of Understanding Medicare meetings on February 21st. According to a release from the Princeton Public Library, the two Medicare programs will be hosted by Physicians Mutual and provide education and answer questions regarding Medicare Parts A,B,C and D. The first program will take place at 3:30 Pm and the second meeting at 5:30 Pm. There is no cost to attend and no pre-registration required though signing up would help. Sign up sheets for each meeting are at the information desk at the Princeton Public Library. 

 

 

Illinois Lottery Jackpot on the Rise Again

The latest Illinois Lottery Powerball jackpot is on the rise again. According to a release from the Illinois Lottery, with no winners in Saturday's Powerball drawing, the new jackpot stands at $224 million dollars. That means that the cash option for winners of the Illinois Powerball Jackpot is $136.4 million dollars. The next Illinois Powerball Jackpot drawing is set for Wednesday night. 

Illinois Valley Community College Parent 101 Next Week

Illinois Valley Community College will host what they are calling Parent 101 on February 19th. Parent 101 is an informational meeting for parents of students considering attending Illinois Valley Community College. The event is free and will provide parents with information on the college search process, the differences between the types of degrees available and when to start the process of choosing the right place to attend college. If you would like more information on Parent 101 you can contact Illinois Valley Community College at at ivcc.edu. 

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce to Host IVAC Connect Event

The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the next IVAC Connect event on February 21st in Peru. Peru City Hall, located at 1901 4th Street, will play host to the event which brings together Illinois Valley Area Chamber members to meet, network and hear from a local speaker. The February 21st IVAC Connect will feature Cici Chalus from CASA for Children, a LaSalle County based advocacy organization for abused and neglected children. Cici Chalus will discuss what CASA does and how it thrives in the  Illinois Valley Area. If you would like to attend IVAC Connect the event will get underway at 11:30 Am and continue until 1 Pm and you can reserve space for you and a guest by contact the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-223-0227. Lunch will be served. 

Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs wins Google Impact Challenge

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs based at Western Illinois University bringing attention to the issue of grocery stores in small towns. Their work on the subject landed them recognition from the Google Impact Challenge says IIRA economic development specialist John Gruidl.


As one of the Google winners, the IIRA will receive $75,000 and training from the Google team to jump start it’s ideas. IIRA and WIU now has the opportunity to receive an additional $250,000 from Google for the People’s Choice Award.