Local News Archives for 2019-09

Chicago Farmer to Perform Two Nights in Bishop Hill

Folk singer/song-writer Chicago Farmer will perform Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL. He will be joined by Althea Grace on Friday and Edward David Anderson on Saturday.


Each show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $15 and available at Eventbrite.com.


The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.


“I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, Illinois, with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs. 


He writes music for “the kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard - many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12 hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.”


He listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend’s dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city - to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold.



For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.


To learn more about Chicago Farmer please visit chicagofarmer.com

Patel, Fassino are 21st Century Scholars

Gena Fassino of Peru and Devanshi Patel of La Salle were named co-21st Century Scholars at the 13th annual 21st Century Scholars Society dinner Thursday at Senica’s Deer Park Golf Club in Oglesby. Each will receive $3,000.


Both scholars plan to become physicians; they were 2018 graduates of La Salle Peru Township High School. Patel was the salutatorian, finishing second in a class of 253.


Other finalists for the award, Megan Brooker, Julianna Kitzmann and Gabriella Nanez, each received $1,500.


Patel, the daughter of Jitendrakumar and Geetaben Patel, emigrated to the U.S. from India when she was 5 years old. In her speech, Patel credited teachers at all levels of her education for her successful acclimation.


“They treated me as equal to the other children, supported me and cheered me on,” she said. “They taught me how to speak, write and understand English. My teachers showed me how to tackle the subjects I had difficulty with and sometimes taught me one-on-one.”


She thanked members of the 21st Century Scholars Society who contribute $500 a year.


“Thank you for your dedication, you commitment, your encouragement, your donations and most importantly, for choosing to support education,” Patel said.


Fassino, the daughter of Mike and Dena Fassino, credited her doctor and mentor Dr. Yesenia Valdez and IVCC Dean of Natural Sciences Ron Groleau for inspiring her success.

She said of Groleau, her Anatomy and Physiology I and II instructor, “You go out of your way for all students in order for them to fully understand the material. You provide the most help and dedication I have ever experienced in the classroom.”


Nanez, the daughter of Elicerio and Diana Nanez of Mendota, is a nursing student who hopes to become a nurse anesthetist.


Kitzmann, the daughter of Frank and Jennifer Kitzmann of Marseilles, plans to study mechanical engineering.


Brooker, the daughter of Jim and Sue Brooker of Granville, plans to major in actuarial science at the University of Illinois.


The Society also awarded $750 Merit scholarships to: Joannah Cisneros of Oglesby, psychology; Adrian Espinoza of Mendota, finance; Anna Holland of Manville, nursing; Kylee Mallery of Tiskilwa, education; Jack O’Connor of Princeton, social work; Jacob Ritko of Streator accounting; Garret Shan of Oglesby, education; Michael Stoens of Lostant, engineering; and Mitchell Vickers of Streator, chemical engineering.


Honorable Mention awards of $500 went to: Wilson Copeland of Streator, engineering; Brogan Dougherty of Ottawa, accounting; Valerie Gordon of Marseilles, psychology; Olivia Holmes of Hennepin, biology; Nathaniel Newman of Oglesby, accounting; and Ben Tran of Lostant, computer science.


In all, 20 students received a total of $20,250; since its founding in 2007, the Society has awarded over $180,000 to 157 students.


Currently made up of 41 members, the Society rewards IVCC’s most promising returning students. To qualify, students need a minimum 3.5 GPA as well as extensive college involvement and community service.


New Society members welcomed Thursday included alumni Larry and Gayla Johnson of Ottawa and five employees: economics instructor David Barnes; Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Bonnie Campbell and husband Al; Assistant Director of Admissions Aseret Loveland and husband David; Dean Ron Groleau and wife Kim; and criminal justice program director Kevin Hermes and wife Sherianne.


The evening included remarks by IVCC President Jerry Corcoran and Foundation President Sue Schmitt.  


For information, contact Fran Brolley, director of community relations and development, at (815) 224-0466 or fran_brolley@ivcc.edu.

Perry Memorial Hospital offering EMT-Basic Course

Are you interested in meeting the needs of our communities’ emergency care? Perry Memorial Hospital is offering the EMT-Basic (EMT-B) course beginning November 12, 2019 and ending March 12, 2020 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and one Saturday each month for eight hours. The course will cover airway management, CPR, splinting and bandaging, bandaging, emergency childbirth training, administration of life saving medications and much more. 


Training course is for those considering becoming a volunteer for their local ambulance service. The EMT-B program consists of 148 hours of classroom training followed by 20 hours of learning in the Emergency Department and 20 hours learning in the back of an ambulance. The EMT-Basic is the gateway to most paid services and paid Firefighter positions. 


All candidates must be 18 years of age or older (by the time they take the state certification exam at the end of the course), possess a valid driver’s license, a high school diploma or GED (Prior to taking the certification exam), current on immunizations, complete a criminal background check and drug screen. Those who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to take the certified licensing test to become a EMT. Members of OSF Northern Region EMS will be charged $500. Non-members of OSF Northern Region EMS taking the course will be required to pay $600. Payment by check, money order or credit card is due at the time of registration. Registration deadline is October 24, 2019. To print an application visit www.perrymemorial/events.org or call Deb Wood, RN, at 815-876-4498 for more information.

Peru Drug Bust 9-27-2019

Shortly after 6:00 am Friday September 27, 2019 the Peru Emergency Response Team (PERT) and the Peru Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) served a high-risk search warrant at a home at 1716 1st Street in Peru. We were assisted in this investigation by Trident Drug Task Force and the Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Unit along with the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s office.


The search warrant was obtained following a lengthy investigation into the distribution of narcotics in Peru. Over the past several months several people have been arrested, others are currently wanted on warrants and are fugitives and various search warrants have been executed at rental properties in the city.


This morning’s search warrant was considered a high-risk warrant based on information obtained during the course of the investigation. As result a team of 10 highly trained officers from Peru Police and Trident entered the home and took one individual (Travis Billups) into custody. Several others were present including children.  


Chief Bernabei stated “I am very pleased with the work of our officers during this operation. The officers exhibited professionalism, restraint and proper police tactics ensuring that no one was injured as the warrant was served.”


Arrested was Travis A. Billups DOB 7-30-88 who is currently on parole and subject to an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant with no bail. https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/Offender/pages/inmatesearch.aspx


Billups has numerous former address in the Illinois Valley area.


Additional LaSalle County charges are expected later as result of the investigation and todays search. Billups is being taken to the LaSalle County Jail and will then be delivered back to prison. A hold for LaSalle County will be placed on Billups


The charges in this case, as in all criminal cases are merely allegations and the defendants enjoy the presumption of innocence.


Princeton Public Library receives $195,000 from the Georgia Fay Estate

The Princeton Public Library received a generous donation from the Georgia Fay estate in the
amount of $195,000. Library board president. Carolyn Schafer and trustee, Lani Swinford were
on hand along with director, Julie Wayland to accept the generous donation on Wednesday,
September 25 at Perry Memorial Hospital.

As a result of Ms. Fay’s generosity, the library will be able to sustain services to the community
well in to the future and adapt to technological advances as they become relevant. According to
Board President Carolyn Schafer, “This gift will benefit the library patrons of the community for
years to come. We will always be grateful for Georgia Fay’s thoughtfulness in remembering the
library. The library is humbled to be acknowledged in such an unexpected and heartfelt manner.”

The people who worked on the distribution, particularly executor of Georgia Fay’s estate, Rex
Piper, are also appreciated by the library for all of the time and effort they contributed in seeing
to it that Ms. Fay’s legacy was fulfilled.

Peter Fletcher at the Princeton Public Library

The Princeton Public Library is proud to welcome back Peter Fletcher for an evening of classical guitar on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 in the intimate atmosphere of the Matson Room.   Peter’s solo performance will include the works of J.S. Bach, William Walton, Manuel Ponce, Francisco Tárrega, and Isaac Albéniz.   His performances are in demand at cultural venues throughout the country, and he has played at Carnegie Hall to sold-out audiences.  His CDs, from Baroque to Spanish classics, will be on sale after the performance.  This concert is FREE and all are welcome to attend.   An enjoyable evening out for the entire family.

Marshall-Putnam Master Gardener Wins 2019 University of Illinois Extension State Master Gardener Sustained Excellence Award

On Friday, September 6th, 2019, Master Gardener Volunteer Barb Dahlbach of Toluca, Illinois received a well-deserved University of Illinois Extension State Master Gardener Sustained Excellence Award. The award was given during the annual State Master Gardener Conference held this year in Moline. The State Master Gardener Sustained Excellence Award recognizes previous State Outstanding Master Gardener Award winners who have continued to develop in their Master Gardener career with new responsibilities and initiatives, and those whose breadth and depth of involvement in the program is exemplary and has continued on that level since receiving the Outstanding Master Gardener Award. Each person nominated is an exceptional example to Master Gardeners within their County and Unit, as well as to others in the state.


Ms. Dahlbach has been an Illinois Master Gardener since 1996. In that time, she has won the State Master Gardener Teamwork Award for the “Healthy Gardening” Project (2015), the State Master Gardener Teamwork Award for the “Seeds to Harvest” Project (2016), and the Outstanding Master Gardener Award (2017). In March of 2019, she was awarded a “Know More Grow More” mini-grant for the Healthy Gardening Project, a project she has chaired since 2011, and was selected in April of 2019 to be a member on the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener State Advisory Committee representing the Northwest Region. In her spare time, she loves throwing seed sorting parties and being with her grandchildren. 

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program extends its appreciation for her many years of outstanding service, and for the positive impacts she has had on her community and others across the state. Congratulations Barb!


Overwhelming Community Support Results in $25,000 State Farm® Neighborhood Assist Grant to Fight Human Trafficking

After unprecedented support in a social media voting campaign, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) has received a $25,000 State Farm® Neighborhood Assist Grant to fight human trafficking! In just 10 days in August, 163,000 people cast over 4.4 million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 40 communities, in 21 states, including GSNI, will be getting an assist from State Farm!


GSNI was one of four Illinois winners. Their cause addresses the fact that Illinois ranks 8th in the nation for human trafficking, while Rockford—in GSNI’s service area—ranks second in the state behind Chicago. This grant will assist in the development of a Healthy Relationships program to build understanding of healthy intimate relationships and awareness and prevention of human trafficking for girls ages 10–15.


GSNI will host a celebratory event with an official check presentation on Saturday, September 28, from 12:30–1:30 p.m., at their Rockford Resource Center at 1886 Daimler Road in Rockford. Every community member who voted for the grant is invited to attend, along with all supporting organizations and businesses who shared grant information and supported GSNI in this effort! GSNI would like to especially thank local State Farm Agent Brian Pinkstaff for connecting the organization to this grant opportunity and making this initiative possible!

Bureau County 4-H Open For Enrollment

Bureau County 4-H invites area youth to enroll in the new 4-H year.  4-H, a program of the University of Illinois Extension, is open to all youth ages 8-18 as of September 1st.  Individuals ages 5-7 can find their place in 4-H through a Cloverbud club.  


Illinois 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois, challenging youth to “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills for living. Learning opportunities are intentionally designed around four essential concepts necessary for positive youth development: a sense of belonging with a positive group, independence and self-determination, a spirit of generosity toward others, and a wide variety of opportunities to master life challenges. 


For more information on becoming a member please contact Danielle Saletzki, 4-H and Youth Development Program Coordinator, at 815-875-2878 or by e-mail des85@illinois.edu.


Basic Forklift Course Begins Oct. 12

Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center will offer “Basic Forklift Operations,” CEU 1200-02, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 12 through Nov. 9. 


The course helps ensure forklift operators, regardless of experience, have a uniform understanding of the safe and efficient operation of forklifts and compliance with safety rules and OSHA regulations. 


Students will learn safe driving skills while gaining concise knowledge of how a forklift works. Safety will be stressed to reduce accidents and injuries. 


For information, call the CEC at (815) 224-0427. To register, call (815) 224-0447.


As Illinois continues to face an agricultural education teacher shortage, one group is tackling the issue through a grant program for beginning ag teachers.  


This week, Caseelynn Johnston was selected as one of four new Ag Teachers in Illinois to receive recognition as a recipient of this teacher grant.  Johnston applied for the grant program and was selected based on excellent efforts in the classroom as well as strong short and long term personal and program goals.  


Representatives from Bureau County Farm Bureau and the Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) were on hand to announce the award to Johnston and a few of her students.   


Illinois agricultural education teachers completing their first year in the classroom are eligible to apply for this grant.  The amount of the grant payment will increase over the course of the teacher’s first five years in the classroom, up to $10,000 total, if they meet the re-application process confirming they remain active as an agricultural education teacher in the state of Illinois.


The Illinois Farm Bureau, through its charitable arm, the IAA Foundation, created the Illinois Agricultural Education Teacher Grant Program.  Illinois Farm Bureau provided seed money to begin the program, and the IAA Foundation is actively seeking additional funding partners to continue adding new groups of first year teachers into the grant program, with a goal of funding 32 teachers over a twelve-year timeframe.  


Over the last six years, the state of Illinois has continued to see a severe shortage of agriculture teachers. Of the 135 student teachers graduating from the four major universities, only 103 went on to pursue a career in the classroom. Additionally, over that same period, Illinois agricultural education lost an average of 30 teachers each year - not including retirements. 


More program information can be found online at www.iaafoundation.org under “What We Support”.  

CNA Courses Begin Oct. 9

 Illinois Valley Community College has several second 8-week classes beginning Wednesday, Oct.9 including CNA offerings. 


Students interested in beginning a career in healthcare can enroll in a Certified Nursing Assistant or health course. The CNA is required for admission to IVCC’s nursing program.

Eight-week welding and psychology courses also begin Oct. 9. Online and blended (face-to-face and online) options are available for health and psychology courses.


Early registration is encouraged; walk-in counseling is available on main campus and at Ottawa Center.


To register, call (815) 224-0447. For welding registration and information, call Tony Sondgeroth at (815) 224-0319.


The Bureau, Henry, and Stark County Farm Bureaus will be hosting a Defensive Driving Course on Thursday and Friday, October 17-18 at the Black Hawk College Community Education Center in Kewanee at 404 East Third Street, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Both days must be attended to receive the certification. The registration fee of $30 covers course materials and lunch for both days.


The course is open to people 55 and older who are auto policy holders.  Those completing the course are eligible for a discount on their auto insurance.  Check with your agent to clarify the amount of discount that will apply.  


This program was developed by the National Safety Council and will be taught by safety specialist, Doug Sommer, Pekin, Illinois.  The course is very informative, entertaining and relevant to today’s driving environment and standards. An examination is not required to complete the course or receive certification.


Reservations are required.  Class size is limited. Call the Bureau County Farm Bureau at (815) 875-6468 to make your reservation or for more information.

The Black Lillies to Perform in Bishop Hill

Roots rockers The Black Lillies will perform Wednesday, October 2nd at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. Tickets are $15 and available at Eventbrite.com.


Known for their captivating blend of rock &roll and country, The Black Lillies have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres. They are a mainstay on radio and album sales charts, with a sound that is as powerful in the quieter moments as it is explosive during the jubilant ones. The band’s pared down configuration has resulted in a bigger, deeper sound built on undeniable chemistry, lush three-part harmonies, and instrumental virtuosity with a funky edge. Their new album Stranger to Me was an immediate critical and fan success, debuting at #5 on the Billboard Folk/Americana chart, #9 on the Billboard Current Country chart, and #61 on the Billboard Top 200Albums chart–no small feat for a band that eschews record labels in order to remain independent and in control of their sound. And what a sound it is: built on the foundation of the familiar roots rock of some of the greatest bands of the past, but altogether fresh, modern, sharp; swirling with psychedelic overtones, torch ballad longing, and an indie rock edge


For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.


To learn more about The Black Lillies please visit theblacklillies.com.


Farm Bureau Members Receive Discount on Stroke Screenings

Everyone has risk associated with Stroke. Knowing your risk and getting a fast and painless stroke screening are your best defenses against a life threatening or life-altering event. 

Many people go through their daily routines without realizing how close they are to suffering a life-threatening stroke.  And, unfortunately, most people don’t have symptoms or signs before a stroke occurs. That’s why stroke is commonly referred to as the “silent killer,” ranking as the third leading cause of death in the United States.


But new mobile technology is available today to help individuals determine their stroke risk in advance so they can take steps to improve their health. 


Stroke Detection Plus will be screening at the Prouty Building, 435 South Main Street, Princeton, on Wednesday, October 30, from 9:00-4:00.  


A complete wellness profile (ultrasound screening for Stroke, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Osteoporosis) is only $100 for Farm Bureau members. That is a $35 savings over the $135 the general public will pay. Now, add an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation for just an additional $35.


Appointments are necessary. To set up an appointment, call toll-free 1-877-732-8258.

A two-minute virtual tour of the screenings can be found at  www.strokedetectionplus.com


People over the age of 40 are encouraged to get tested especially with one or more of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, more than 20 pounds overweight, smoke, have high cholesterol, inactive lifestyle, or have a family medical history of heart disease or stroke.


A stroke screening will help to identify these blood flow blockages. Stroke Detection Plus, a mobile vascular screening company, uses ultrasound technology to find blockages in the body’s blood vessels that could lead to a stroke.  Call today for your appointment!

IVCC Jazz Ensemble Concert Oct. 8

 The IVCC Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.


Directed by Brandon Czubachowski, the concert features many jazz standards performed by students and community members. This event is free and open to the public

UPDATE: Geneseo Bomb Threat

On September 23, 2019 at approximately 8:15 am Geneseo Officers were dispatched to a report of a suspect making threats to a local business involving a potential fire arm and a bomb. Geneseo Officers located the vehicle and the suspect fled from the officers at a high rate of speed. Upon the vehicle being stopped, the driver, Michael Allen, 44, Moline, Illinois was taken into custody. Mr. Allen then made statements to the officers about there being a bomb in the vehicle. The vehicle was secured at the scene by officers from Geneseo Police Department. Illinois State Police and the Henry County Sheriff's Office. The area around the vehicle was evacuated out of precaution.The Quad Cities Bomb Squad responded to the scene. Upon examination of the vehicle neither a gun nor explosive device was located. The Geneseo Police Department would like to thank the Illinois State Police, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Geneseo Fire Department, Geneseo Ambulance. Quad City Bomb Squad and the Geneseo School District for their efforts concerning this incident.

Geneseo Bomb Threat

On September 23, 2019 at approximately 8:15 a complaint was made on a driver who made a disturbance at a business. The vehicle was stopped by the Geneseo Police Department at the intersection of Chicago St and Ogden Avenue. During the traffic stop the suspect made a threat of a potential bomb inside the vehicle. The suspect in this incident is in custody at this time. Law Enforcement Officers have evacuated the area and the Quad Cities Area Bomb Squad is enroute to assist. At this time, we are asking the public to avoid this area.


We will update this story when more details become available. 


Tina Genslinger, a resident of Wyanet for 28 years, has always been well known for her extreme level of independence in taking care of all her own matters, whether it be previously as a single mother or now as a grandmother working multiple jobs to make ends meet and be able to provide for her family and now do things with her granddaughter – soon to be two granddaughters.


This year has been a true battle.  Diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer in February 2019, the vortex of doctor appointments and weekly chemo in Peru began on March 13 and continued until her final treatment on July 22nd.  Although she fought her way through some tough times, consequences of chemo treatments, in her true warrior style she kept pushing forward and came through better than anyone imagined.  The next phase of attack was to have a double mastectomy at Methodist in Peoria in August to reduce her chances of reoccurrence – earlier testing found she is Triple Negative, which greatly increases the likelihood for future reoccurrence.  Although it wasn’t necessary at this time, Tina pushed to have the double instead of single mastectomy because she was taking this head on and doing her best to eliminate any shot the disease has of coming back. This surgery is going to mean another 6 weeks ordered off work.  A final radiation plan was just established involving 6 weeks of daily treatments (5 days per week), meaning more time off work and more travel expenses.  But she is determined to do what she has to do to put this all behind her and never look back.


Needless to say, the expenses that have mounted up, the negative impact to income because of all the appointments and treatments and now an extended time ordered off – all of these things have combined to make for a nasty situation that would be difficult for a working family to absorb, let alone  the sole provider for a household.


A group has formed to bring the community together to hold a benefit for Tina at Rediger’s Auction Shed in Wyanet on October 19th, 2019.  


This fighter never got out of the ring, and she never gives up.  Won’t you join our community in helping her get back up on her feet and NEVER LOOK BACK?! 

Whaley conducts first IVCC Wind Ensemble Concert Oct. 3

llinois Valley Community College’s Wind Ensemble will offer a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.


The performance will include the music of John Williams, Malcolm Arnold, James Barnes, Glenn Osser, Clifton Williams, Harold Arlen and John Philip Sousa. Selections include Midway March, Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta,” and The Wizard of Oz, amongst others.


Under the direction of new conductor Phil Whaley, the ensemble includes IVCC students, local and regional music educators and community members dedicated to the promotion of quality wind and percussion music.


Whaley earned a bachelor’s in music education from Western Michigan University and a master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music. He taught general music in Port Huron, Mich., for grades K-5, was the K-8 music/choir/band director at Bureau Valley North Grade School in Walnut and is currently the grades 5-8 band director at Parkside Middle School in Peru.


He is an active trumpet player with area municipal bands and churches and serves as the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors Band Chairperson. Whaley has been recognized as a La Salle County Excellence in Education recipient and is a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu and National Association for Music Education.

CDC Awards Full Recognition to IVCH Diabetes Prevention Program

A local diabetes prevention program that helps Illinois Valley residents who have prediabetes deal more effectively with the disease has received full recognition from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Deb Redd, coordinator of the Diabetes Center for Excellence at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, said notification the center had achieved full recognition status came in a letter from Ann Albright,  director of the CDC’s division of diabetes translation.


    “The sustained success of your lifestyle change program makes an invaluable contribution to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,” said Albright. “It is programs like yours that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.”


Redd, who is also a certified lifestyle coach, said the goal of the IVCH program is to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.


An estimated one in three Americans has prediabetes, according to Redd, who added that nine out of ten people who have the disease don’t know they have it.


For more information about Diabetes Center for Excellence at IVCH, call 815-780-3576.


Weaver Appointed to Business Diversity Task Force

State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) has been appointed to serve on the Diversity Task Force on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE).


“As both a businessman and legislator, I hope I can lend my unique skill set to this important cause,” said Weaver. “I look forward to working with colleagues, stakeholders, and members of the business community to increase participation for disadvantaged, minority and women-owned business enterprises.”


The Task Force, created by Senate Resolution 259, has been tasked with identifying ways to remove impediments and create opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses to operate within Illinois.


According to the resolution, these businesses, “are often unable to compete with larger established firms because of capacity issues, lack of access, and available capital resources.”


Weaver will be one of 15 members to serve on the board, which includes legislators and members of the business community who do work with DBE, MBE, and WBEs.


The Task Force will meet throughout 2019 and 2020, submitting a final report to the Senate by July of next year. The report will detail short and long-term solutions, recommendations and suggestions for future legislative action that could increase capacity and participation for these businesses in Illinois.


IVCC hosts Ag Open House Oct. 8

Illinois Valley Community College will host its Fall Ag Open House for all prospective students and parents Tuesday, Oct. 8 in Rooms CTC124-125. Session I is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and session II is 6 to 8 p.m.


Guests will interact with current IVCC students and faculty, learn about the program and tour campus. Enrollment, financial aid and scholarship information will be provided.


 An Ag College Fair for current students is 2 to 3 p.m. featuring representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. 


“It’s an exciting time in our program as we’re continuing to grow and embarking on new learning and storage spaces. This event is a great opportunity for prospective students and their parents to learn about us,” said instructor and program coordinator Willard Mott. 


Students are asked to preregister online by Oct. 4 at www.ivcc.edu/agopenhouse. For information, contact Mott at (815) 224-0413 or willard_mott@ivcc.edu.

Premier Celtic Harp Player Performing in Bishop Hill

Patrick Ball, one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist, will perform on Friday, September 20th at 6PM at Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


In the spring of 2016 and 2018, Patrick was awarded Visiting Fellowships by the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway to study the life and works of Ireland’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats. Patrick spent a commendable amount of time in the Archives and Special Collections. But, if he were forced to be truthful, he would have to admit that he spent a great deal more time in the pubs of Galway and rambling around Yeats Country. He likes to think that this performance has the savor of all these influences. 


This concert is the story of an elderly Irish couple who had spent their entire adult lives in the states but have returned to Ireland to go on a "Yeats Country” tour. The husband had always loved Yeats’ poetry and knew much of it by heart. But, he is now suffering severe memory loss. The wife has arranged the trip in hopes that a visit to Yeats Country will help to revive some of those memories.


They visit many of the places beloved by Yeats. They hear again some of his most beautiful poems, The Lake Isle Of Innisfree, When You Are Old, The Song Of Wandering Aengus, The Host Of The Air, The Wild Swans At Coole, The White Birds. And their story unfolds…


Patrick performs the accompanying music on the legendary wire-strung Celtic harp. Made of maple with 32 brass strings, it is tuned diatonically in the key of D and played with the fingernails. It is a splendid recreation of the great harps that were played in Ireland a thousand years ago. 


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM, and is open to guests of all ages. A $10-20 donation is suggested.


To make reservations and for more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.


To learn more about Patrick Ball please visit patrickball.com.

Nearly 500 Registered for 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint!

 Nearly 500 people have registered for Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ (GSNI) 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint this Saturday, September 21, at Harlem High School, 1 Huskie Circle, in Machesney Park. The event includes an 8K Road Race, 2 Mile Run, and 2 Mile Walk through Rock Cut State Park. Both the 8K and 2 Mile Run will be chip-timed by Tri-3 Timing. The 8K race is a Rockford Road Runners Circuit Race. 


In-person registration is still available from 3–6 p.m. at GSNI’s Rockford Resource Center at 1886 Daimler Road. Onsite race day registration will also be available! 8K registration is $35 for youth and adults. 2 Mile Run is $35 adults; $15 non-Girl Scout youth; $10 for Girl Scouts. 2 Mile Walk is $15 for adults and non-Girl Scout youth; $10 for Girl Scouts, ages 18 and under. 


Proceeds from the event support GSNI in their efforts to provide amazing experiences and opportunities for girls to learn valuable life skills, try new things, all while cultivating the character to make a difference in the world!


Thank you to our Thin Mint Sprint event sponsors! Sponsors include Members Alliance Credit Union, Greenlee, SmithAmundsen, Physicians Immediate Care, Ackerman Family, Aqua Aerobic, Network Craze, Rocktown Adventures, Argent, Gummow Family Foundation

Fleet Feet, B103, and WREX-TV. 


IVCC offers Nursing Information Session Oct. 9

A nursing admission information session will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Room CTC124.


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


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

Award-winning Jazz Artist to Perform in Cambridge

Dara Tucker, a rising jazz artist, will be performing with her band on Friday, September 27th at a private residence in Cambridge, IL.


From opening for Gregory Porter, to appearing on the Tavis Smiley Show, to winning the silver medal & the Ben Tucker Jazz Award in the prestigious, “American Traditions Competition” (2017), Dara Tucker is making her mark in the world of creative, exploratory music with a blend of jazz, soul, Americana and traditional pop that is uniquely her own.

In the past few years alone, she was named a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition, and won the “Nashville Independent Music Award” for best jazz vocalist. She has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Takoma Park Jazz Fest and the iRock Jazz Fest.

Dara Tucker's 5th studio album. The Seven Colors. contains a colorful mix of the 7 genres that make up her musical mosaic – jazz, blues, gospel, Americana, musical theater, pop and soul. It features noted guitarist, Charlie Hunter, who also produced the album. Since releasing her debut album in 2009, the Nashville singer has performed with Vince Gill, opened for Gregory Porter, appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show, toured the country as a member of The Charlie Hunter Trio, and has written with acclaimed blues guitarist, Keb’ Mo’.

Having performed on many of the major jazz stages in the US, including The Blue Note (NYC), Snug Harbor (New Orleans) and Scullers (Boston) with jazz luminaries such as Peter Bernstein, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charlie Hunter and Helen Sung, Dara Tucker is poised to establish herself as one of the fresh, contemporary voices that will help to seamlessly move one of music’s greatest traditions into the 21st century.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 donation is suggested. In the event of cold temperatures or 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 email john.r.taylor@gmail.com.


To learn more about Dara Tucker please visit daratucker.net.

IVCC and Department of Veteran Affairs Create Veterans' Job Club

Illinois Valley Community College and the Department of Veteran Affairs have partnered to create the Veterans’ Job Club


VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Matthew Sprong said, “The purpose of Job Club is to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share, and learn.”


The free club is open to all veterans and meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Room A323 at IVCC, 815 N. Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby.


“Recruiters and employers are always welcomed and introduced to the veterans,” he added.


For information, contact Sprong at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (708) 202-7879 or Matthew.Sprong@va.gov.


A Bureau County volunteer was honored for their service as a 4-H volunteer. Monico Nunez of Princeton was one of 80 volunteers recognized by the Illinois 4-H Foundation as a 4-H Hall of Fame recipient during a ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.


“These volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.”


The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Each inductee receives a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion. 


“As a result of these volunteers’ years of service and leadership to Illinois 4-H,” Barnard said, “the program they love will continue to create wonderful opportunities for the young people whose lives it touches.”


Those honored include Susan Kissick, Adams County; Dennis Lingley, Bond County; Cindee Robinson, Boone County; Monico Nunez, Bureau County; Jim Ruter, Carroll County; Diana Herriott, Champaign County; Kathy Bates, Christian County; Aaron and Mary Ann Crome, Clark County; and Denise Sinclair, Clinton County;


Juli Stelle, Coles     County; Bonnie Weger, Crawford County; Connie Koester, Cumberland County; Lisa Govig, DeKalb County; Sherry Fulton, Dewitt County; Walt Wright, Douglas County; Bradley Cash, Edgar County; Neil Fearn, Edwards County; Cindy Mathis and Janet Willenborg, Effingham County; and Kimberly Rahn, Ford County;


Cathy Hewlett, Franklin County; Lee Roy Knuppel, Fulton County; Chris Delach, Grundy County; Jeff Rister, Hamilton County; Janetta Flener, Hardin County; Shellee Fecht, Hancock County; Ralph and Marilyn Torrance, Henderson County; Christina Fleming-Kidwel, Iroquois County; Sharon Swisher, Jackson County;


Louis Ochs, Jasper County; Sandra Kabat, Jefferson County; Judy Benz, Jersey, Jim Feuerborn, Kane County; Pat Farman, Kankakee County; Christina Heidrich, Kendall County; Randy Newell, Knox County; Karen Pillion, La Salle County; the late Allan Esgar, Lee County; Cathryn Frisby, Livingston County; and Pamela Tibbs, Logan County;


Kevin and Kim Albert of Macoupin County; Carleen Paul, Madison County; Kane Austin, Marion County; DiAnn Kuehn, Marshall County; Bill Bree, Mason County; Norma Korte, Massac County; Robert and Karen


Chatterton, McDonough County; Dawn Bihlmaier, McHenry County; Mark Schreiner, Menard County; and Krystal Jungmann, Mercer County;


Dorothy Schilling, Monroe County; Peggy Hampton, Montgomery County; Earl Hagemeyer, Ogle County; the late Jason Coulter, Peoria County; Agnes Thurston, Pulaski County; Amie Callahan, Rock Island County; Terry Bohn, St. Clair County; David Morrison, Sangamon County; James Sparks, Shelby County; and Ron and Karen Horsley, Stark County;


Karen Wilhelms. Stephenson County; Joe Grove, Tazewell County; Keith Ellis, Union County; Paige Brown, Vermilion County; Amy Quinn. Warren County; Angie Bowman, Washington County; Debbie Webb, Wayne County; Holly Healy, White County; Darren Mosher, Whiteside County; David and Lisa McMurtry, Will County; Donald Elliott, Williamson County; Ralph Koning, Winnebago County; and Paul and Theresa McHenry, Woodford County.


“The Foundation provides avenues to support the work of Illinois 4-H by accepting financial gifts specifically directed to the program you wish to support,” Barnard said. “Estate planning services are available to those wishing to continue their 4-H legacy.”

The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are invested in Illinois 4-H programs that provide meaningful, positive development experiences for Illinois youth to develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. To learn more, visit: 4hfoundation.illinois.edu.


It is Jordbruksdagarna Time Again in Bishop Hill

You don’t have to say “Jordbruksdagarna” to know what it means: food, music, dancing, games, crafts, and many more family fun activities at Bishop Hill. The annual 19th century style fall festival (pronounced yord-brooks-DAH-ga-na) takes place on Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29. As always, there will be a variety of traditional craft demonstrations in the village park during the 48th Jordbruksdagarna (Swedish for “earth work days”). Artisans will make rope, process flax, carve wood, forge metal, and more. Musical performances in the park include Hammer and Pick at noon and 2 p.m., and the Nordic Dancers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The Burns Boosters 4-H club will host a petting zoo both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old-fashioned children’s games will also be conducted in the park at 2 p.m. each day. 


Jordbruksdagarna is not just located in the park but all over Bishop Hill. On Christina Street, located between the Blacksmith Shop and the Carpenter Building, vendors, such as Nature’s Creations and Uncle Bud’s Apple Cider Slush, will sell farm produce, pumpkins, pioneer popcorn, and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. At the Bjorklund Hotel from noon to 4 p.m. each day, there will be demonstrations on how to press and cook sorghum and bake hard tack. Visitors, especially children, can also try their hand at shelling corn, making bricks, pressing cider, and making a cornhusk doll. Garden Thyme will be having an Artwalk Sale. Peasant Works will have a DIY Photo Booth where guests can dress up in Colony attire. Visitors can explore Henry County’s agricultural heritage at the Henry County Historical Museum, where a variety of antique tractors and implements will be on display outdoors. People movers will be available to transport people around town to experience many of the activities, museums, and stores that Bishop Hill has to offer. 


On Saturday only, there will be even more activities to visit. Historian and actor Brian “Fox” Ellis will portray Jonas Olson, one of the leaders of the Bishop Hill Colony. At 11 a.m. in the park. Mr. Ellis, as Jonas Olson, will provide unique insights about 19th century Colony life. Between the Carpenter Building and the Steeple Building from noon to 1 p.m., Swedish singer and songwriter Johan Johansson will perform songs about Swedish history. Then, at the same location from 1 to 3 p.m., Patt & Possum (Patt Plunkett and Charlie Walden) will perform a concert of traditional mid-western fiddle music that will get your feet a stomping. From 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, there will be a barn dance with the Sangamo Sternwinders and caller Martha Tyner. To end Saturday, the VASA National Archives at 7 p.m. will have a bonfire, with lemonade and smore supplies being provided. 


And, of course, food will be in abundance. The Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association will serve “Colony stew” and rice pudding between the Steeple Building and the Carpenter Building. The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will be serving Svensk Varm Korv, Swedish hotdogs, and pork burgers on the east side of the Steeple Building on Saturday and an ice cream social on Sunday. Don’t forget to check out the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, The Filling Station, the Krans Kafe, and P.L. Johnson’s for additional food choices. 


For more details, call 309 927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, or check out www.bishophillheritage.org. 


Jordbruksdagarna is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Arts Council, Old Settlers’ Association. VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department and numerous local businesses, with the assistance of many volunteers. The event is also partly funded by the, Illinois Art Council Agency, Nelson Farm Service, State Bank of Toulon, TerraForm Power, Bill and Susan Sherrard Foundation, Nature’s Creations, and the Henry County Independent Insurance Agents Association. Photographs are attached. Photos are courtesy of Lou Lourdeau. 

Galva Arts Council Celebrates 30 Years

Saturday, September 14th surviving founders and board members, current and past, joined to celebrate the 30th year of the Galva Arts Council (GAC).


Since its inception in 1989, GAC has worked to connect community members of all ages through a variety of arts opportunities. This all-volunteer organization has relied on community support for its entire existence.


The Galva Arts Council Coffeehouse Music Series, which began as a community jam session in 1992, has changed over the years. The GAC hosts a featured performer monthly from October through April. A casual open mic session, where members of the community share songs, stories, poems, and more, follows, closing the evening. The coffeehouse sessions are open to the public and free for all. A team of GAC volunteers provide light refreshments.


Since 2015, GAC has held an annual open mic memorial concert on the evening of July 3rd at Wiley Park in memory of John Sloan, a founder of GAC and a big supporter of the Coffeehouse Music Series. This concert is free to the public and typically features performances from 30 or more local artists.


In 2018, GAC launched the annual Levitt AMP Galva Music Series. This free, family-friendly concert series brings a diverse lineup of music to Wiley Park for 10 consecutive weeks.


Throughout the year GAC also offers a variety of other activities including: mixed media arts classes, make and take children’s events, art shows, a Christmas wreath festival, garden walks, bus trips to Chicago to see musical productions, photo shows and more.


The mission of the Galva Arts Council (GAC) is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts including: encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation in and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.


To learn more about the Galva Arts Council please visit galvaartscouncil.org.

Italian Bluegrass Master to Perform in Cambridge

Italian bluegrass master will be performing on Thursday, September 19th at a private residence in Cambridge, IL.


Beppe Gambetta is a guitarist, vocalist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy who developed a style that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Beppe blends energetic grooves with passionate melodies, giving new life to sources from different times, periods and places. In addition, the original music he composes gives contemporary influences to traditional roots music.


As a teenager in Italy, Beppe became fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters of the 1960s and 1970s. His passion led to a prolific career that has now taken him to venues as varied as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and to performances in all 50 US states and throughout North America, Europe, Australia and South America.


Over the course of his career, Beppe has been inspired by great artists who actively worked to make the world a better place including two he was fortunate to spend time with before they died: Pete Seeger and the late European singer-songwriter icon Fabrizio De André. He also has been grateful to have performed with some of his heroes from the folk scene including David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, Darrell Scott, and others. And, in his spare time, Beppe has produced numerous books and DVDs in different languages.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 donation is suggested.


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


To learn more about Beppe Gambetta please visit beppegambetta.com.


State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) will be hosting two free community events in October to talk with local residents about community and legislative issues.


On Oct. 17, the Weaver Team will host a Coffee and Conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Charged Coffee and Cocoa Shop, 1022 4th St. in Orion.


On Oct. 22, the Weaver Team will host a Town Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora.


For more information, call 309-693-4921.

Friday The 13th gets an Eerie Surprise

Friday the 13th is one of the more eerie days on the calendar and this year is no exception. On this Friday the 13th there will also be a full moon on display. The last time there was a full moon present on Friday the 13th was October 13th, 2000 and it won't happen on a Friday the 13th again until 2049.  Truly a weird occurrence on an eerie day.

IVCC, Mendota High Partner to Enhance Financial Aid Process

In an effort to simplify the financial aid process and increase college affordability, Mendota High School and Illinois Valley Community College are working together to provide college-aid-specific services to MHS students and families.


“Almost 30 percent of students who don’t apply for aid would have been eligible for federal grants, some over $6,000, and possibly thousands more from the state,” said MHS Director of Guidance and former Illinois State University financial aid advisor Mitch Landgraf.

“MHS and IVCC are focusing on opening doors to students by helping them apply for aid.”

The recently-enacted Illinois Public Act 101-0180, starting with the class of 2021, requires all high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or sign an opt-out form.


To provide equal and affordable access to college, Mendota counselors and IVCC’s Financial Aid office will sponsor free, bilingual, financial-aid-related services at MHS’s fall and spring student/parent/teacher conferences.


At spring conferences in March, MHS counselors will assist IVCC’s presentation of “Federal Student Aid I.D. (FSA ID) Request” labs where juniors and one parent will establish the private, secure user account needed to apply for aid in October of their senior year. 


“Establishing the student and parent FSA ID is its own detailed process,” said IVCC Financial Aid Director Eric Johnson. “This will simplify and expedite the fall application process and help students and parents get acquainted with financial aid.”


At fall conferences in October, MHS counselors will again assist IVCC at “FAFSA Application Completion” labs.  


“This IVCC/MHS collaboration is a proactive step toward making a college education and training affordable and equally accessible,” said Landgraf. “Focusing on grant aid first, in addition to exploring IVCC’s low-cost, high-quality offerings, is a way to reduce or prevent student loan debt.”


IVCC Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Quintin Overocker added, “This is not the first time Mendota High School counselors have developed exemplary initiatives or collaborated with us to empower students. It is another example of IVCC’s and MHS student services’ shared dedication to serving students.”


For information, contact MHS Student Services at (815) 539-7446, ext. 548 or Johnson at (815) 224-0440 or eric_johnson@ivcc.edu.

Optimist Club of Princeton

The Optimist Club of Princeton is planning an evening of food, fun and an opportunity to
learn more about the club. The time has come to revitalize and we are hoping that
potential members and their families will be able to join us at Zearing Park on
September 17th for hot dogs, chips, drinks and ice cream. There will be a bouncy house
and games to entertain kids of all ages.

The Princeton Optimist Club has been around for over 50 years. The members meet
once a month for a dinner meeting and program. The club does several projects
throughout the year including Pumpkin Races in October and the annual Easter Egg

The motto of the Optimist Club is “Friend of Youth” and we are always looking for
suggestions on how we can work together with the community to benefit the youth of

Lagrenzi wins Oglesby Elks Scholarship

 Illinois Valley Community College nursing student Sara Legrenzi of La Salle, right, recently earned the $1,000 Oglesby Elks Lodge #2360 Albert Delvallee Memorial Scholarship. Legrenzi was joined by Elks’ member Cindy Cadiagini at the IVCC Foundation Scholarship Reception. In total, 268 students received Foundation scholarships this year.


September Board Report

Illinois Valley Community College’s new mobile friendly website was the topic of Thursday evening’s “campus update” at the monthly board meeting.


Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Quintin Overocker and educational technologist Dawn Lockwood provided a general overview of the new website launched this summer.


Overocker said the entire site is now mobile-responsive, meaning it can be viewed on any device – smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.


“The site’s design is first and foremost to recruit and retain students,” he said. “The clean, contemporary look helps define IVCC’s brand. And the user-friendly design focuses on the needs of students and community members.”


Lockwood and Overocker also showed a student testimonial created by student trustee Matthew Klein and one- and three-minute films produced by Chicago Productions of Peru. Video will be a vital element of the new site, Overocker said.


In other business, the board approved a “letter of agreement” regarding overload pay for union faculty.


Full-time faculty overload pay will increase from $680 to $700 per credit hour this academic year and from $690 to $720 per hour in 2020-21. The change will be made to the current three-year collective bargaining agreement between the board and Union Local 1810 of the American Federation of Teachers.


Under the accord, the union voluntarily agreed to withdraw all Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges currently filed with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. 


The agreement also addresses the “the scope and processes” of IVCC’s labor-management team, the Educational Excellence Council (EEC).


The board also approved:


  • Purchase of 139 replacement PCs for Rooms E214 and E216, faculty offices and smart rooms for $82,724 from CDW and renewal of the Microsoft software maintenance and support agreement with CDW for $25,454.
  • The $13,159 bid of Midland Paper of Wheeling for multipurpose paper for copy and fax machines and printers.
  • Purchase of a 3D printer from JBH Technologies for $18,770.
  • Pepsi Beverage Company’s five-year proposal for beverage services.
  • Course schedule consulting from RSM US LLP not to exceed $50,000. “It has been several years since our Master Course Schedule has been updated,” said Vice President for Business Services Cheryl Roelfsema.

The board also learned:


  • A record 470 people attended the 23rd annual IVCC Foundation Scholarship Recognition Reception Aug. 29 in the gym. The event allows donors to meet recipients of their scholarships. Bud Matthews of Brookfield, Wis., a 1977 IVCC graduate, was the featured speaker. A total of 268 students received scholarships this year.  
  • Farm Bureau members from Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties visited campus Sept. 3 for an event hosted by the agriculture department.
  • The annual Discover Manufacturing Career Expo Oct. 29 will begin with 350 to 400 district high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors visiting local manufacturing sites. Students will then be bussed to IVCC for activities showcasing the college’s facilities, faculty, and relationships with area manufacturers.
  • IVCC is still being considered a potential site for Oglesby’s emergency call center, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said. A possible location is the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CETLA) on the third floor of E Building. CETLA would move into Building D as part of a plan to transform the Learning Commons into a “Technology Commons.”
  • There were 165 summer graduates earning 175 degrees or certificates compared to 158 graduates earning 183 degrees or certificates in summer 2018.
  • Received a written report of electronics instructor Jim Gibson’s spring semester sabbatical to Germany to learn about the industrial culture and manufacturing practices as used by Siemens Company. Gibson also visited a salt mine in Bertestgarten that has been in continuous operation for 500 years.
  • Wednesday’s annual Spirit Day celebration was a success, Corcoran said. The gathering in IVCC’s courtyard allows student clubs and organizations to recruit new members through hands-on activities and games.

Vaping Has Reached a Crisis Stage and Must Be Stopped

The issue of vaping has reached a crisis stage across the United States, and leaders in our nation’s schools must take immediate steps to stop the use of these electronic cigarette products by our nation’s youth – particularly the more than 12 million participants in high school athletics and performing arts programs.


On Tuesday, CBS News reported that Kansas health officials confirmed the first death in that state linked to vaping. The CBS News release stated that last week, officials in Indiana, California and Minnesota reported deaths in their states linked to vaping. Previous deaths had been reported in Illinois and Oregon.


Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that public health officials confirmed two people in Idaho had developed a serious lung disease linked to vaping. The outbreak of vaping-related lung disease has sickened about 450 people in at least 33 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), causing the CDC to urge people to consider stopping vaping as the number of cases of severe lung illnesses continues to rise. 


In February 2019, the CDC reported a 78 percent increase in high school students vaping from 2017 to 2018. Youth e-cigarette use has been called an epidemic by major public health officials.


Students in our nation’s schools have been sold a false bill of goods that vaping is a safe alternative to cigarette smoking – particularly by industry giant JUUL, which held a 76 percent share of the e-cigarette market at the end of 2018 and has wooed the youth market with its products that contain flavors such as cotton candy, chocolate, gummy bear, strawberry and many others.


While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving e-cigarette companies until sometime next year to demonstrate that their products can help people stop smoking cigarettes, leaders in our nation’s school activities programs must do everything possible to stop the use of these products by our nation’s youth now – not in 2020.


One educational tool that schools can use immediately is the online course “Understanding Vaping and E-Cigarettes” created by the NFHS with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The free course is available on the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.

Several articles related to vaping will appear in the September issue of High School Today,  which will be posted this week on the NFHS website (www.NFHS.org). 

IVCC hosts Parent College 101 Sept. 19

Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions Office hosts Parent College 101 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Room CTC124-125.


This free event is for parents and guardians of current high school students to provide information on the college search process, including topics such as when to start, the difference between certificates and four year degrees, and what to do when a student enrolls.


IVCC’s Director of Admissions Quintin Overocker said, “Navigating the college enrollment process can be confusing. Our goal is to help make sense of it all not just for IVCC, but any college.

“Students are also welcome to attend to help them take ownership of their college path,” he added.


For information or to RSVP, visit www.ivcc.edu/visit.

National Voter Registration Day - Princeton Public Library

On September 24, 2019, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. With local elections happening in a few weeks, every eligible American voter should exercise his
or her right to be heard at the ballot box this year and next. National Voter Registration Day is
the right place to start by getting registered.

That is why communities across the country are planning to use National Voter Registration Day to increase voter participation. Thousands of national, state, and local organizations and volunteers will be the driving force behind National Voter Registration Day 2019. Partner organizations will coordinate hundreds of National Voter Registration Day events nationwide and leverage #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on all social media platforms to drive attention to voter registration and the midterm elections.

Princeton Public Library is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. On September 24, the library will engage its constituency and community and register voters at the following event: Voter Registration, 1:00-3:00 at the Princeton Public Library, 698 E. Peru St. The effort’s website, www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org, provides a listing of National Voter Registration Day events across the country.


Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. More than two million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day. For inquiries about National Voter Registration Day, please contact: Laurie Anderson at (815) 875-1331.


Audition dates announced for fall IVCC theater production "Elf! The Musical!"

“Elf! The Musical!” is Illinois Valley Community College’s Theater Department’s holiday season production.


Playing Nov. 21 through Dec. 1, “Elf!” has been described as a “big, tuneful, fast-paced musical” based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell. The show features a large cast of singers, dancers, and actors.


Auditions are scheduled in the theater for 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 and 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Open to all community members, alumni, and students, the cast also includes a ten-year-old age range boy, who must sing, dance and act.


Some girls, nine and older will be considered, but will be auditioned on another date.

Those auditioning should prepare a song and bring accompaniment tracks via phone or CD, and be prepared to dance and read cuttings from the script.


“Elf!” is directed and choreographed by Don Grant Zellmer, director and choreographer of musical theater, produced by Dr. David A. Kuester theater and speech instructor, and music direction by Megan Zomboracz Cullinan.


Downloadable audition information is available on the “IVCC Fine Arts” Facebook page. Questions may be directed to Zellmer at dongrantzellmer1@yahoo.com.

IVCC hosts Blood Drive Sept. 19

  Illinois Valley Community College Red Cross Club and Student Nurses Association along with Illini Realtors Association are sponsoring an American Red Cross (ARC) Blood Drive and Bone Marrow registry from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the gymnasium.


IVCC instructor and ARC volunteer Steve Swett said, “Donors can save up to 15 minutes during the donation process by registering through RapidPass to select their appointment time and fill out health history questions. They can also print or email their pass.”


He added, “For those considering joining the bone marrow registry, ‘Be the Match’ will provide information about the donation process and potential donors would have a sample of tissue from the inside of the cheek taken using a swab.”


Appointment sign-ups are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11-13, 17 and 18 in the Cyber Café, by calling Swett at (815) 224-0232 or visiting redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for information.

Agenda amended for Thursday's Board Meeting

The agenda has been amended for the 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 Illinois Valley Community College board meeting to include a presentation on redesign of the college website.


The campus update will be provided by educational technologist Dawn Lockwood and Director of Admissions Quintin Overocker.

Block Party Saturday at Presbyterian Church of Princeton

The First Presbyterian Church of Princeton is hosting their first annual Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 14th.  The party will be held on the Church lawn on the corner of Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue starting at 3:30 p.m.  You don’t have to be in the neighborhood to be a guest. Everyone is invited to attend, they just ask that you bring a dish to pass for dinner.  The Church will provide the burgers, hot dogs and drinks.   


Live music will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the Broken Piano Bench band performing.  Dinner will be served around 5 p.m.   The Walnut Community Bible Church band will begin their musical performance at 5 p.m.  You can bring a lawn chair and sit and enjoy the musical entertainment throughout the evening.


There will be fun and games for all ages, popcorn, snow cones and watermelon too. Don’t miss the Chicken Bingo game – everyone gets a chance to play to win. Bring your family and enjoy a relaxing party with neighbors and friends. 

IVCC offers free events for Hispanic Heritage Month

  Illinois Valley Community College is hosting several events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.


Dr. James Cohen, Northern Illinois University Associate Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education, will present “Understanding our Biases to Understand the World” at noon Monday, Sept. 16 in CTC125.


Immigration attorney Sara Dady presents “Immigration: From Fear to Rational Policy” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 2 in CTC124.


IVCC Hispanic Student Panel presents “Sharing Struggles and Triumphs” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Room CTC125.


For the final event, “De Colores,” a Mexican Folkloric dance group, will teach traditional Mexican Folkloric dances from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Rooms C325-326.


Sponsored by IVCC’s Hispanic Leadership Team, Diversity Team and The Hispanic Partnership Council, these events are free and food and refreshments will be provided. For information, contact Sara Escatel at (815) 224-0355. 

IVCC AG Field Day Sept. 18

The Illinois Valley Community College agriculture program, in partnership with Case IH and University of Illinois Extension, will conduct a field day at the campus farm along the west side of Orlando Smith Road from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 18.


The field day is open to the public and features presentations by Kyle Dooley, Case IH Leader, Global Data Strategy and Analytics and Russ Higgins, University of Illinois Extension agronomist. IVCC ag program coordinators Willard Mott and Kathryn Lillie will provide a brief ag program overview.


“Digital agriculture has become a vital part of today’s agriculture industry and Kyle Dooley is on the frontlines of digital ag every day. His presentation will give us an idea where digital ag is headed in the near future,” said Mott.


For information, contact Mott at (815) 224-0413 or willard_mott@ivcc.edu.

U of I Extension and Bridges Senior Center Co-host Back on Track, Diabetes Support Group for Streator

If you have diabetes, getting support is very important.  Diabetes, along with physical management, also comes with a lot of pressure.  This disease may be difficult to manage alone. Throughout the United States, support groups are offered to help the diabetes community deal with challenges and give support.  According to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health, locally, up to 14% of persons have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that poses a major health problem. In the United States, nearly 30.3 million have been diagnosed with diabetes.  In Illinois, 12.5% of adults have diabetes. It’s estimated that 84 million Americans have prediabetes, of which 3.6 million live in Illinois. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death nationally and in Illinois. Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, dental disease, and lower extremity amputations. 


If you are looking for some group support, University of Illinois Extension offers our Back on Track, Diabetes Support Group, co-hosted with Bridges Senior Center.  Connect with others, gain knowledge through research-based education, enjoy food demonstrations, try samples from our website; Recipes for Diabetes, and take-home resources. 

Back on Track will meet on:


  • October 3 & December 10, 2019

  • Bruce Township, 216 N. Sterling Street, Streator.  

  • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 

  • Food Demonstration and tasting included

To register, please call University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889 by October 1 and December 6, 2019.


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889. 


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/


Sen. Rezin to host free senior health fair in Oglesby

 State Senator Sue Rezin is hosting a free Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, September 18 in Oglesby.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Illinois Valley Community College

Peter Miller Community Technology Center, Ralph Scriba Conference Center (CTC 124)

815 North Orlando Smith Avenue

Olgesby, IL 61348


All seniors are invited to learn about alternative ways to lead a happier and healthier life. A variety of vaccinations and blood pressure checks will be available. Additionally, a variety of vendors will be on hand to discuss programs that benefit seniors and legislative brochures will be available.


The event is free and open to all seniors. No RSVP is required.

I on Diabetes Class offered by University of Illinois Extension and OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center

Learn about diabetes, its complications, and how to prevent, manage or care for someone with diabetes.  I on Diabetes, presented by University of Illinois Extension and co-hosted by OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, will offer a series of classes beginning on October 4, 2019. 


Taste delicious food and sharpen your skills to read food labels, portion foods, and plan for eating out.  Discuss risks and how to plan for doctor’s appointments. Develop a plan to help get through the holidays, on track!  I on Diabetes offers research-based education, food demonstrations, information and recipes to take home.  Our classes empower participants with the knowledge to prevent, manage or care for someone with diabetes.

I on Diabetes will be held at:


OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa on:

  • October 4

  • October 18

  • November 8

  • November 15

Classes are from 9:30 to noon and include snacks and lunch.  There is no fee for this program. Advance registration is required by October 1, 2019, by calling University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889 or register online at: https://go.illinois.edu/IonDiabetesOttawa.  

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.  


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/


Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois to Host 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) will host the 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint on Saturday, September 21, at Harlem High School, 1 Huskie Circle, in Machesney Park. The event will include an 8K Road Race, 2 Mile Run, and 2 Mile Walk through Rock Cut State Park. Registration is available online until September 19 at www.runsignup.com/gsnitms. Onsite race day registration will also be available. 


8K registration is $35 for youth and adults. 2 Mile Run is $35 adults; $15 non-Girl Scout youth; $10 for Girl Scouts. 2 Mile Walk is $15 for adults and non-Girl Scout youth; $10 for Girl Scouts, ages 18 and under. Participants in the 8K and 2 Mile Run will receive a dry-fit tech shirt with registration. Participants in the 2 Mile Walk will receive a cotton t-shirt with registration. T-shirts are guaranteed if runners register by September 6. Both the 8K and 2 Mile Run will be chip-timed by Tri-3 Timing. The 8K race is a Rockford Road Runners Circuit Race, and Rockford Road Runners members will receive a discount on 8K registration fees.


New this year is the Thin Mint Sprint Wellness Challenge! GSNI is offering a free Thin Mint Sprint entry to adults who set a health or wellness goal for themselves and reach it before the Thin Mint Sprint on September 21. It’s free to participate, and adults who reach their goals will earn one free adult entry to either the 2 Mile Walk, 2 Mile Run, or 8K Run, provided by the Winnebago County Health Department! Read more at www.girlscoutsni.org/tmswellness. Dr. Sandra Martell of the Winnebago County Health Department will be participating in the 2 Mile Walk to show the organization’s support of Girl Scouts and healthy living!


GSNI is also excited to welcome teen volunteers from K-FACT back to the Thin Mint Sprint! KFACT provides services to over 250 girls and their families in its mentoring program services, especially to girls in middle and high school while ensuring completion of post-secondary education for girls in college! GSNI is grateful to these teens for giving of their time and talent to make the world a better place for other girls and young women. 


Proceeds from the event support GSNI in their efforts to provide amazing experiences and opportunities for girls to learn valuable life skills, try new things, all while cultivating the character to make a difference in the world!


Thank you to our Thin Mint Sprint event sponsors! Sponsors include Members Alliance Credit Union, Greenlee, SmithAmundsen, Physicians Immediate Care, Ackerman Family, Aqua Aerobic, Network Craze, Rocktown Adventures, Argent, Gummow Family Foundation

Fleet Feet, B103, and WREX-TV. 


GSNI 10th Anniversary: Rooted in History. Rising into the Future.


Backed by over 100 years of proven Girl Scout experience, four Girl Scout councils joined hands in 2009 and promised to propel girl leadership into the future together! In 2019, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will mark ten vibrant years of putting girls first at the center of all we do—from all-girl fun and adventure to unprecedented leadership opportunities found nowhere else. We have kept our promise to girls, and we always will!


Join us as we celebrate with lively family and girl events in local communities where it all began. Be part of our 10th Anniversary events and earn our special 10th Anniversary fun patch! GSNI’s 10th Anniversary events include the 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint and Finish Line Fun at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, on September 21, 2019, and the 2nd Annual All-Girl and Family Fishing Derby and Water Whimsy at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park on September 22. For more information, email customercare@girlscoutsni.org, call 844-GSNI-4-ME, or visit www.girlscoutsni.org


IVCC Theatre Department presents Broadway Backwards Oct. 26 and 27

A musical revue with a major twist will kick off Illinois Valley Community College Theatre’s fall season, when “Broadway Backwards” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27.


Broadway Backwards is a new type of entertainment that has recently become a popular and unique showcase for stage talent. Originating on Broadway as part of Broadway Cares, a philanthropic Actors Equity fund, it was presented as a one-night-only fundraiser featuring Broadway performers.


Director and choreographer of musical theatre at IVCC, Don Grant Zellmer explained, “We’re following the original format of Broadway Backwards, a revue in which women perform Broadway songs written and performed by men, and men perform the women’s songs.

“In putting this together, we’re already enjoying one of our men performing ‘I’m Just A Girl Who Cain’t Say No’ from ‘Oklahoma!’ or one of our women performing ‘Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man?’ from ‘My Fair Lady.’”


He added, “We’re also pretty excited to have all eight principals from ‘Mamma Mia!’ back together, so there will definitely be some tribute to our biggest show on record.”

The large cast includes many community members, IVCC alumni, as well as performing arts students. Broadway Backwards is under the direction of Zellmer, and Produced by Dr. David A. Kuester.


Members of the cast are:


Granville: Kevin Alleman;


Oglesby: Reid Tomasson;


La Salle: Karen Lesman, Nora Maier, Melanie Maskel, Kristin Mitchel, Zoe Piano, Ella Johns;


Morris: Deb Torri;


Ottawa: Alexis Trammel;


Peru: Dr. Patrice Hess, Ashley Hurst, Mark Nowakoski, Naomi Ochuba, Bob Phillip, Emily Pytel, Megan Zomboracz-Cullinan;


Princeton: Ron McCutchan, Emerson Roden, Joey Santos, Joshua Wooden;


Seneca: Kelly Johnson.


Tickets are $15 and information will be available Oct. 1 at www.ivcc.edu. Proceeds benefit SPAMO, Student of Performing Arts and Music Organization, for future and ongoing theatre projects.

First Responders Appreciation Dinner

The First Responders Appreciation Dinner will be held Wednesday September 11th at the Princeton Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner is at 6pm. This event is for all Bureau County First Responders past and present; and is sponsored by Service Master DSI of Princeton and the Princeton Moose Lodge. Location of the dinner is at 1339 N. Euclid Ave, Princeton. You can RSVP by calling 815-879-5261.

 La Salle Music and Food Festivals Feature Upscale Touches

Visit either of the festivals on First Street in La Salle in September and you will quickly realize that you are not at your average beer garden. BBQ-n-Blues and Jazz’n the Street are Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. While on back-to-back nights, you will notice a different vibe each evening. BBQ-n-Blues is about just that. You will be treated to a line-up of live blues performances, local food vendors and a handsome selection of beers and cocktails. The day begins at 7am when teams will line a block of First Street, competing in an annual barbeque rib contest. Winners will be announced that evening. The music starts at 4:30 PM and goes into the night with headliner, Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama at 8:30 PM. A selection of domestic and craft beers will be on sale. Local distillery Star Union Spirits will also be serving cocktails made from ingredients perfected in Peru, Illinois. Jazz’n Street swaps the domestic brews for wines while bringing live acts that will have you tapping your foot and singing along. The afternoon kicks off at 4pm with The Jazz Crew and goes into the night with performances by Jack Miuccio Band and Gene-n-Tonics. The night culminates with fireworks at 10 PM. Food vendors include Haze Smokehouse, Flo’s on Pulasksi, The Dog House, 9th Street Pub, Lil Mad Café Gourmet, La Salle VFW, Passini’s Wood Fired Pizza and The Zonta Club of La Salle/Peru Area. Admission and parking are free. Find the excitement at 600 First Street, La Salle. Find out more about BBQ-n-Blues and Jazz’n the Street 2019 at www.LaSalleBusiness.org.

OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois Joining Forces with West Coast Institute to Diagnose Critically Ill Infants

 OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois is now collaborating with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) on a research protocol to more effectively diagnose and treat critically ill infants with unexplained illnesses.


This commitment to clinical innovation and research collaboration will enhance patient care and further the scientific understanding of rare genetic diseases in children. The goal of genomic medicine is to personalize precise care for a child based on the root cause of their specific disorder. 


“As the only full service children’s hospital in Illinois outside Chicago, it is right for us provide this kind of care for families,” says Mike Wells, President, OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. “We have a history of being pioneers in children’s medicine, and we are pleased to be the first to bring this testing to Illinois and to collaborate with such a world-renowned institution. We believe children, and families, should have this care.”


The team at Rady’s Children’s Institute in San Diego has pioneered use of rapid whole genome sequencing (rWGS) to diagnose infants in intensive care and provide doctors with the most complete information available about the child’s condition.


RWGS is the most comprehensive and advanced genetic test available. Just a few drops of blood are needed to scan a baby’s entire genetic code for disease-causing errors. RCIGM swiftly communicates the results to attending doctors, typically in less than three days. Traditional diagnostics test just a few genes at a time and results can take weeks or months to come back. For babies with a rare disease, the wait for answers can lead to a lifelong disability or even death.

“In the past, we just looked at the big chromosome picture, but, now, with this growing technology we can detect even the slightest deviation in the genetic makeup of a baby that causes a problem,” said Susan Ramiro, MD, neonatologist and principal investigator, OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. “We always want to look for an answer why a baby is sick, and the biggest advantage for this technology is for those babies who are very sick and we don’t know why.”

“The best way to think about it is when you are standing outside of a forest and you see a bunch of trees in front of you, the chromosomes are essentially each individual tree and you’re able to identify each tree and see if there is one that’s different than another. What we’re able to do now with the technology is not only look at the trees, but we’re able to go deep into the forest and look at a single branch and what part of the branch – if it’s closer to the leaf, is it closer to the trunk – and where those defects lie within the forest themselves,” explained M. Jawad Javed, MD, Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

OSF Children’s Hospital’s participation in this initiative with RCIGM will not only help individual patients, but also help advance the science of precision medicine. With each new baby diagnosed, the pool of knowledge about rare genetic diseases and how to treat them will grow and be shared with participating institutions around the world.


“The only way we could make this available to our local children and families is because of the generosity of our donors. The impact on families cared for at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois who will benefit from this is immeasurable,” said Tom Hammerton, President, OSF HealthCare Foundation.


The first year of the program is funded, in part, by an anonymous gift of $200,000 to OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois. It is expected that more than a dozen babies will be tested during the first year of a two-year clinical trial in Peoria.


“It’s our privilege to team up with our colleagues in Illinois to make genomic medicine available to the children and families in Peoria and all of Illinois,” said Stephen Kingsmore, MD, DSc, President and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Spaghetti Supper for Young LIfe / Wyldlife

To raise money for Young Life and Wyldlife, the St. Matthews Saintly Spaghetti Supper is Saturday, September 14.  This supper is from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the St. Matthews Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.


The meal is $7 per person and $5 for children age 12 and under (children age three and under can eat for free) along with carry-outs being available.  A majority of the food costs have been covered by Thrivent.


Again this year, there are raffle tickets available to raise additional funds for the dinners recipient Young Life/Wyldlife.  This year there are five potential prizes.


First Prize is the winner’s choice of a Gents Pulsar Wrist Watch or a Ladies Pulsar Wrist Watch (each worth $135) donated by Bruce Jewelers.  Second Prize is the remaining watch.

 Third and Fourth Prizes are the same items offered twice: a combination set of a Yeti 26 oz. Bottle & two 10 oz. Lowball Tumblers (each set worth $80) which were donated by Ace Retail Support Center.  Fifth Prize is $50 Walmart Gift Card donated by Walmart.


This is the fifth year St. Matthews has provided this fund raiser.  Each year a different community ministry or outreach agency has been selected to receive the proceeds.

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

BCF Flea Market

The Homestead Festival Flea Market will be held Sunday, Sept. 8th. Hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Inside and outside spaces for selling are still available. Call Nancy at 815-303-2905 after 5 p.m. to reserve a space. Adult admission is only $1.00. The Homestead Festival Flea Market will be held at the Bureau County Fairgrounds exhibit halls - 811 W Peru St, Princeton, IL. Concession stand will be in the building and will be handicap accessible.

Matthews Speech Highlights Scholarship Reception

A crowd estimated at 470 scholarship recipients, donors, family members and college staff attended the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Community College Foundation Scholarship Recognition Reception recently in the gym. 


The event honored many of the 268 students receiving scholarships in 2019-20 and the donors who made the awards possible. 


Bud Matthews of Brookfield, Wis., who along with his wife Sandy created a scholarship for Hall High School graduates, delivered the keynote address. In 1976, Matthews was recruited by IVCC football coach Vince McMahon and played two seasons for the Apaches before earning a football scholarship to Wayne State in Nebraska.


He would go on to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and a 38-year career with Hormel and Smithfield Foods, retiring in December as a Senior Vice President.

At age 16, Matthews lost his father and did the bare minimum academically to stay eligible for football. He recalled the pivotal moment senior year he met McMahon. 


OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois Names New President

 Mike Wells has been named president of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. He has served as vice president since June 2018.

Wells will be accountable for oversight of all internal operations of OSF Children’s Hospital, while developing and implementing short-term tactics within the long-term strategies of the OSF Women & Children’s Service Line. This will ensure high quality and cost-effective health care to children and families.


“I'm honored to serve alongside our talented, compassionate team of leaders and caregivers at OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois, some of whom founded and built the hospital into the destination center it is today. We have a responsibility to provide the highest level of care for children from across Illinois and beyond,” said Wells.


“To accomplish that, we will incorporate cutting edge technology and techniques to advance inpatient care, further develop specialty and multidisciplinary clinics for complex conditions, extend our expertise to support care in communities throughout our service area, and continue developing innovative ways to provide access to care. Most importantly, we will carry on our OSF Sisters' Mission of serving with the greatest care and love. The future is exciting for Children's Hospital and it is a privilege to be part of it!” 


Wells joined OSF Children’s Hospital in 2005 as the director of the Resource Link program and has assumed roles of increasing responsibility over the years.


He received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Illinois State University and went on to earn his master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology.

Molln Selected as Perry Memorial Quarterly Daisy Recipient

 Mariellen Molln received Perry’s quarterly Daisy Award, Thursday August 29, 2019 in the Perry Memorial Hospital Park Avenue Cafe surrounded by co-workers, family and friends. 

In her youth, Mariellen observed first-hand the importance of a nurse’s care.  Her mother had health issues throughout her lifetime and often required hospitalization.  She knew from her personal experience she wanted to be a nurse.  


After high school, Mariellen began taking prerequisite nursing classes at IVCC and gaining experience at St. Mary’s Hospital in LaSalle through the LPN program.  In 1987, Mariellen took the next step towards her dream as she received her nursing degree from IVCC. Her LPN degree qualified her to work at a nursing home while she and her husband, Gary, raised three daughters.  


Pediatrics swing shift was Mariellen’s first full time position at Perry.  Working swing, her schedule was sporadic and unpredictable, and remaining flexible proved to be challenging while raising a family.  Instead, Mariellen continued PRN at Perry while working weekend shifts at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford for eight years as a Registry Nurse.  “I learned a lot. Perry was always my home for my nursing career because the care is personal, and I love playing a part in the patient’s recovery,” Mariellen said.  During this time, Mariellen would work at times four days a week at Perry. Finally in 1996 she was ready to return to Perry full time and worked a variety of departments, Peds, Med/Surg and finally ICU.


Her nomination came from a former patient.  He wrote, “I’m a 38 year old male and have been in and out of hospitals quite a few times over the years.  Mariellen has to be the most professional, respectful, yet nicest nurse I have ever had. I greatly appreciate everything she has done for me and the way she treated me and all the time she spent with me until I fully recovered.  As far as that goes, the whole ICU staff was great and I really appreciate everything that they all did for me.” 


Mariellen added, “After working here the past 32 years, the Family Acute Care and Intensive Care Units teams work closely with each other we have become a nursing family taking care of families, friends and neighbors.”  Her nursing family gave her a resounding ovation when Mariellen’s name was called for the award. 


The non-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at Perry to receive The Daisy Award.  Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and guests. To nominate a Perry Memorial Hospital nurse visit www.perrymemorial.org for more information.


7th Annual Artisan Market at Hornbaker Gardens

The event will include an art market with 36 fine artists selling their original work in mediums including jewelry, pottery, painting, fiber, gourd art, mosaics, mixed media, metalart, photography, leather, woodworking, and fused glass. Henna Designs by Katie will be painting henna tattoos. There will be August Hill wine tasting, craft beer from Tangled Roots Brewery, Kramer's Kitchen and Grandma Rosie's Wood Fired Pizza serving lunch, Cows Coffee on Wheels, fresh-picked local produce from Hungry World Farm, delicious baked goods from 

Braker's Dozen and Sisler's ice cream. 


Our local potter, Ann Crosby, will be working her pottery wheel and encourages you to give it a spin. Matt Denault, rock balancing artist, will be working throughout the day creating his fantastic rock sculptures. The live music stage will include lan Franciskovich, Dulcimer Dreams with hammered and mountain dulcimers, Al & Jeannie Brown, Jeff Manfredini, Daniel Watkins, and Kat Bloomquist. Free Admission. 


The Homestead Festival is also taking place in Princeton from September 6-8 with fun . activities for all ages. Hornbaker Gardens is located 5 miles southeast of Princeton, Illinois. -- 


Music Line-up: 

10am lan Franciskovich

11am Dulcimer Dreams Noon Al & Jeannie Brown 1pm Jeff Manfredini 

2pm Daniel Watkins 

3pm Kat Blomquist 









Freedom House to Train Salon Professionals

Freedom House has scheduled a training session in Kewanee for salon professionals on domestic and sexual violence. The course fulfills the Cosmetology/Nail Technician one-hour CEU requirement by the state of Illinois. This will be the final one given before the deadline for the salon professionals licenses, which expire on September 30th.


Training date:              Thursday, September 26, 2019           5:30- 6:45 PM


Location:                     Black Hawk College Community Education Center, 404 E 3rd St, Kewanee IL


The cost is $26.50 per person. Registration is required and deadline is Monday, Sept. 23rd, online athttps://www.freedomhouseillinois.org/salon-professionals-course/.


Interested salon workers should call Freedom House at 815-872-0087 with their questions.

My Politic Returning to Cambridge as Duo

The Appalachian-influenced Americana group My Politic will be performing on Friday, September 6th at a private residence in Cambridge.


My Politic has created a storytelling masterpiece on 12 Kinds Of Lost, exploring the human condition through empathetic narratives against a backdrop of Appalachian-influenced Americana, Country & Folk music.

12 Kinds Of Lost is an anthology record with each song telling tales through a series of characters coping with heartache, depression, anxiety, detaching from roots, dealing with cancer and fighting addiction.

Like a 1-2 punch, Guffey is a raconteur of imagination while co-writer Nick Pankey is the grounding force that accentuates the songcraft. With tight harmonies and a workshop of instruments including Dobro mandolin, upright bass, fiddle, drums and more, the songwriting duo is surrounded by a band of skilled musicians.

Guffey and Pankey met in 2003 in the small town of Ozark, Missouri while playing in other musical projects. In 2006, My Politic was formed and at the age of 16, the boys recorded their first album,A Few Words I Couldn’t Find Yesterday. A train carried them to Boston with two records under their belts, and the duo began honing their sound with living room recordings. After three years in New England, they settled into Nashville, TN.

The two set up shop, writing and picking on their front porch. The house became a staple, coined the Mad Valley Lodge, the home that would become the well where the songs of 12 Kinds Of Lost layed, honored by its image as the album’s artwork. A musician’s collective, the house is a landing spot for intimate performance showcases of fellow troubadours passing through Nashville. Pankey documents the happenings on his Mad Valley Lodge podcast.

12 Kinds Of Lost is My Politic’s first studio album, a progression from their previous bare bones and basement recordings released previously. This is a band that represents togetherness and community. Like old cowboys used to sit around a fire telling fables, My Politic shares tales of uncharted territory where great art still blossoms.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 donation is suggested. 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.


Reservations can be made at Eventbrite.com. For more information please emailjohn.r.taylor@gmail.com.


To learn more about My Politic please visit mypoliticmusic.com.