Local News Archives for 2019-11

Cambridge Elementary School Contributes to Park Projects

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

 

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

 

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

Advent Services at St. Matthews

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL FIGHTS TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Shooting Investigation

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Lanes Reopening where possible for Thanksgiving Travel

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Thanksgiving holiday to minimize travel disruption.

 

Non-emergency closures will be suspended from 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

 

The following lane closures will remain in place during the holiday weekend. Work zone speed limits will remain in effect where posted. Please buckle up, put your phone down and drive sober.

 

District 1

City of Chicago

• Southbound Lake Shore Drive over the Chicago River; lower level west bay closed, traffic shift continues.
• Irving Park Road (Illinois 19) over the Chicago River; lane shifts continue.
• Westbound Bryn Mawr Avenue between Harlem and Oriole avenues; lane reductions continue.
• Westbound Higgins Avenue between Oriole and Canfield avenues; lane reductions continue, detour posted for eastbound Higgins.
• The following ramps in the Jane Byrne Interchange work zone will remain closed:

o Inbound Kennedy Expressway to inbound Ida B. Wells Drive. 
o Outbound Kennedy to Taylor Street and Roosevelt Road.
o Inbound Eisenhower Expressway to Taylor Street.
o Outbound Ida B. Wells Drive from Canal Street.
o Outbound Ida B. Wells Drive to outbound Dan Ryan Expressway.
o Inbound Eisenhower; lane reductions continue.

 

Cook County

• Broadway Street at Golf Road/Wolf Road/State Street circle in Des Plaines; closed.
• Illinois 68 (Dundee Road) between Illinois 43 (Waukegan Road) and Skokie Boulevard in Northbrook; closed, detour posted.
• Winnetka Road over the North Branch Chicago River; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.
• Joliet Road over railroads in McCook; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 83 at Illinois 171 in Lemont; lane reductions continue.
• U.S. 34 (Ogden Avenue) over a railroad in La Grange; lane reductions continue.
• Willow Springs Road at Plainfield Road in Countryside; lane reductions continue.
• Cicero Avenue between 157th and 161st streets in Oak Forest; lane reductions continue.
• Southbound Torrence Avenue between 150th and 170th streets in Calumet City/Lansing; lane reductions continue.
• Torrence Avenue between 167th and 159th streets in Calumet City; lane reductions continue.
• Torrence Avenue over Interstate 80/94 in Lansing; ramp lane reductions continue.
• Harlem Avenue (Illinois 43) over the Cal-Sag Channel in Palos Heights; lane reductions continue.
• Cicero Avenue between 167th Street and 173rd Street in Oak Forest and Country Club Hills; lane reductions continue.
• U.S. 6 (162nd Street) at Van Dam Road in South Holland; lane reductions continue.
• The following streets in Bensenville are closed with detours posted:

o Southbound Addison Street between south of Main Street and Green Street.
o Northbound Center Street between Railroad Avenue and Green Street.
o Eastbound Green Street between Center Street and Addison Street.

• Oak Street and Cherry Street bridges over the Union Pacific Railroad in Winnetka; closed, detour posted.
• Northbound Walnut Lane between Schaumburg Lane and Weathersfield Way in Schaumburg; closed, detour posted.
• Southbound Locust Road between Lake and Wilmette avenues in Wilmette; closed detour posted.
• Woodfield Road between Meacham and East Frontage roads in Schaumburg; lane reductions continue.
• National Parkway between Remington and Payne roads in Schaumburg; lane reductions continue.
• Plum Grove Road between Remington Road and Higgins Road (Illinois 72) in Schaumburg; lane reductions continue.

o Plum Grove between Remington and Wiley roads; closed, detour posted.

• State Parkway between Plum Grove and Payne Road in Schaumburg; closed, detour posted.


DuPage County

• U.S. 34 (Ogden Avenue) between Arbor View Drive and Spencer Avenue in Lisle; lane reductions continue.
• 55th Street from Dunham Road to Clarendon Hills Road in Downers Grove/Westmont/Clarendon Hills; closed, detour posted.


Kane County

• Illinois 25 between Cherokee Road and Boulder Drive in Carpentersville; lane reductions continue.
• Plato Road at Illinois 47 in Elgin; closed, detour posted.
• Chicago Street from Illinois 25 to Villa Court in Elgin; lane reductions continue.
• Silver Glen road over Otter Creek in South Elgin; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.
• Washington Street at Union Pacific Railroad crossing in Oswego; closed, detour posted.
• Illinois 31 over a railroad in Oswego Township; lane reductions continue.

 

Lake County

• Illinois 132 at U.S. 41 and northbound U.S. 41 ramp to Illinois 132 in Gurnee; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 132 from Munn Road to Deerpath Drive in Lindenhurst; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 43 (Waukegan Road) over Illinois 120 in Waukegan, lane reductions continue.

McHenry County

• Harmony Road east of U.S. 20 in Coral Township; closed, detour posted.

Will County

• U.S. 30 over a railroad between Page Avenue and Walnut Street in Joliet; lane reductions continue.
• Moen Avenue from Mound Road to Larkin Avenue in Rockdale; closed, detour posted.
• Sioux Drive/Dove Drive from Sunset Drive to U.S. 6 in Channahon; lane reductions continue.
• Weber Road from 135th Street to Normantown Road in Romeoville; lane reductions continue.


District 2

Henry County

• Interstate 74 in both directions just north of the Illinois 17 interchange (exit 32); lane reductions continue.

 

Rock Island County

• Westbound Interstate 74 from Avenue of the Cities to the Mississippi River in Moline; closed, detour posted.

 

District 3

La Salle County

• Northbound Illinois 251 north of U.S. 6; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 170 at Ransom; closed, detour posted.

Livingston County

• Interstate 55 around Pontiac; lane reductions continue.

Kankakee County

• St. George Road over Interstate 57 near Bourbonnais; closed.
• Illinois 17 east of Kankakee; lane reductions continue.


District 4

Henderson County

• Illinois 164 approximately 3 miles south of Oquawka; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Henry County

• Illinois 78 south of Kewanee; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals in Henry County.

 

Mercer County

• Illinois 17 just east of New Boston; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Peoria County

• Interstate 474 between Airport Road and the Illinois River in Peoria; lane reductions continue.
• Eastbound War Memorial Drive (U.S. 150) near the Adams Street interchange in Peoria; lane reductions continue.
• Kickapoo Street at Farmington Road in Peoria; closed.

 

Tazewell County

• Interstate 474 between the Cole Street overpass west of I-74 and the Illinois River; lane reductions continue.
• Illinois 29 in Creve Coeur; lane reductions continue.
• Eastbound Interstate 74 near I-474; lane reductions continue.
• Main Street at Camp Street in East Peoria; lane reductions continue.


Warren County

• U.S. 34 from 11th Avenue to 87th Street in Monmouth; lane reductions continue.

 

District 5

Champaign County

• Bradley Avenue over Interstate 57 west of Champaign; closed.
• Prospect Avenue between Curtis Road and Windsor Road in Savoy; closed.

Piatt County

• Illinois 48 3 miles north of Interstate 72; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.


District 6

Macoupin County

• Illinois 4 north of Staunton; lane reductions continue.

 

Pike County

• Illinois 100/106 bridge at Florence; lane reductions continue.


District 7

Edwards County

• Illinois 130 at the south edge of Albion; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Effingham County

• Interstate 57 at the Interstate 70 tri-level interchange; lane reductions continue.

 

Lawrence County

• U.S. 50 from north of Lawrenceville to 2.5 miles east; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.


District 8

Calhoun County

• Illinois 96 in Kampsville; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Clinton County

• Illinois 161 over Crooked Creek west of Centralia; closed, detour posted. Expected to reopen Dec. 1.

 

St. Clair County

• Martin Luther King Bridge; closed.
• Southbound Interstate 55/64 just west of Third Street interchange (exit 2A); lane reductions continue.

o Main Street ramp to southbound Interstate 55/64 in East St. Louis; closed.
o Exit ramps to Tudor Avenue and Illinois 3; closed.


District 9

Hamilton County

• Illinois 142 6.3 miles north of Illinois 242; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Jefferson County

• Illinois 37 8 miles south of Illinois 148; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.
• Illinois 37 6.3. miles north of Illinois 154; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.
• County Highway 42 over Interstate 57 in Ina; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Johnson County

• U.S. 45 south of Illinois 146 in Vienna; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Pulaski County

• Ramp from Interstate 57 to Shawnee College Road; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Union County

• Illinois 127 just south of Alto Pass; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

White County

• Illinois 141 just east of Illinois 1 north of Omaha; lane reductions continue with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

 

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through these areas. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in any work zone, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

 

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

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL RELEASES ANNUAL HOLIDAY SAFE SHOPPING GUIDE

Attorney General Kwame Raoul today released his first Annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products and household items that have been recalled during the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season.

 

The 2019 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions and photographs of children’s products recalled in the last year – from children’s toys and clothes that pose choking hazards to children’s furniture that poses entrapment or falling risks. Since January, there have been 30 recalls of products by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that are focused on protecting children. This easy-to-use resource can help families avoid purchasing recalled products on the secondhand market and identify items that may already be in their homes.

 

“The Safe Shopping Guide is a tool that all gift-givers should consult this holiday season before shopping for the children on their lists,” Raoul said. “I encourage parents, grandparents, guardians and anyone shopping for a child to review the guide to ensure that they are not giving potentially hazardous gifts to the child in your life.”

 

This year, some of the products parents should watch out for include bath toys, toy vehicles and trains, and toddler boots with pieces that can cause choking hazards; bathrobes, sleepwear, and children’s plates that can be flammable; and bunk beds, bikes, and infant bouncers which can present fall hazards.

 

Consumers can view and download the 2019 Safe Shopping Guide at the Attorney General’s website. For more information about product recalls, contact the Attorney General’s Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678. Parents and caregivers can also receive recall alerts directly by signing up at recalls.gov.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Fifth Round of "Same-Site" Licenses for Adult Use Cannabis

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

 

In addition to opening adult use dispensaries at the same site of their medical cannabis dispensaries, existing medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted under the law to open a second site for adult use sales at a different location. In the coming months, new applicants, including social equity applicants, will have the opportunity to apply for an additional 75 adult use cannabis licenses. Social equity applicants are eligible for additional points on their application and for technical assistance, low-interest loans and fee reductions. More information about applying as a social equity applicant can be found here.

 

The medical dispensaries who received early approval adult use licenses this week are:

 

Columbia Care
4758 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630

 

EarthMed
852 S. Westgate St.
Addison, IL 60101

 

HCI Alternatives
1014 Eastport Plaza Dr.
Collinsville, IL 62234

 

HCI Alternatives
628 E. Adams
Springfield, IL 62701


Herbal Remedies
4440 Broadway Ste. 1
Quincy, IL 62305

 

Mission Illinois
8554 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617

 

Nature’s Treatment
973 Tech Drive
Milan, IL 61264
 

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

Starting January 1, 2020, the law permits Illinois residents who are at least 21 years old to legally possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, and up to 500 milligrams of THC in a cannabis-infused product.

BUREAU COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS A VICTORIAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY

The Bureau County Historical Society will host a Victorian Family Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14th from 1-3 PM at the Clark-Norris House, at 109 Park Avenue West in Princeton.  Local pianists will be playing favorite Christmas songs on the Clark-Norris piano, and there were also be a sing-along.  The house will be decorated with traditional Victorian decorations, and a Victorian Santa Claus will greet all of our guests and be available for family Christmas photos.  For the children, there will an array of Victorian Christmas activities, including making Victorian Christmas cards for their parents and decorations for their family Christmas trees. Guests will enjoy seasonal Victorian holiday refreshments, and tours of the Clark-Norris Home will also be available.  Please join us for this free memorable Victorian Christmas Party. For more information, please call BCHS Curator, David Gugerty at 815 875-2814.

 

Programs for the 1st week of December at the Princeton Public Library

Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30p.m.

FARM STEW program at the Princeton Public Library.

Joy Kauffman will present a program about FARM STEW.  This organization has trained 71,000+ people across 3 African countries addressing the root causes of hunger, disease, and poverty.  This program started right here in Bureau County.  Come and hear Joy’s latest updates on training native Africans in gardening, healthful cooking, obtaining clean water, improving sanitation, and inspiring them to live an abundant life.  This program is free and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

December 2nd-16th

Princeton Public Library is Wrapping Gifts

It’s a twofer! Leave it to Princeton Public Library to remove part of the stress of the holidays and maintain Santa’s secrecy!

 

Starting Monday, December 2nd presents can be dropped off at the library on Mondays in December and picked up wrapped on Wednesday. Library elves love to wrap gifts and will do so for free, although they never turn down a generous donation. Make holiday shopping that much more enjoyable by outsourcing the folding, measuring and taping, plus nobody will be able to recognize the wrapping paper! Note, because Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, the last Monday to drop off gifts is December, 16th.  

 

Thursday, December 5th at 6:30

Join us for Christmas Card Making Fun at the Princeton Public Library on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30.  Enjoy an evening of making Christmas Cards, Sipping Hot Chocolate, and eating Christmas Cookies.  We will supply the paper supplies.  Bring your own double sided tape if you have it.  You will get to pick 2 designs to put together and take home.  There will be 4 designs available to choose from.  This program is free and all are welcome to join the fun.

 

Friday, December 6th at 4:00p.m.

Enjoy Holiday Music at the Princeton Public Library on Fridays in December.  On Friday, December 6th at 4:00, Gayle Little will play holiday favorites on the piano in the main area of the library.  Come and enjoy this music and get in the holiday spirit.  This program is free and all are welcome to come.

Princeton Lions Club's Community Christmas Festival and Parade

The 26th annual Princeton Lions Club Community Christmas Festival & Parade will be held Saturday, December 7th at 1:30pm. Santa's helpers will collect nonperishable food items and all paper products along the parade route and at the Bureau County Fairgrounds after the parade. After the parade head over to the Bureau County Fairgrounds for activities and games for the kids! Vanessa Hoffediz, Scott Smith, and Jim Argo made a visit to the WZOE studio to talk about the event. The full interview is posted down below. 

 

 

Illinois State Fire Marshal Encourages Safe Cooking This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has arrived and that means many people will be working overtime in their kitchens. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 166,100 home fires per year involving cooking equipment. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with four times the average number occurring. Ranges and cook-tops account for almost three out of every five home fires reported involving cooking, with ovens accounting for 13% of those fires.

 

“Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. The last thing we want to see are holiday festivities ruined by a fire,” said Fire Marshal Perez. “Following a few safety tips will help to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.”

Here are some tips to keep in mind when preparing food, not just during the holiday season but all year.

 

• Never leave food that you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling unattended! If you leave the kitchen, even for a short amount of time, turn off the stove.


• Frying a Turkey has become more popular in recent years.

 

o Make sure to not overfill oil in the fryer. Fill the pot you plan to use to fry the turkey with water and place the turkey in. This will help to determine how much oil is needed without causing oil to spill out when you are ready to fry, which could lead to a fire.


o Use the turkey fryer outdoors ONLY!


o Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before frying.


o Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle the pot!

 

• Create a “Kid Free Zone” of at least three feet around the stove or anywhere you are preparing hot food or drinks.


• Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove top.


• If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you when food is ready.


• If there is a fire in the oven, keep the door shut and turn off the heat.


• Smother small flames in a pan by sliding a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the lid over the pan while it cools.


• If you have any doubt fighting a small fire, just get out! Call 9-1-1 or your emergency number from outside the home.

 

Additional Fire Safety information can be found on the NFPA website or on the Office of the State Fire Marshal website.

State Agencies Issue Holiday Travel Advisory

When traveling over the river and through the woods, whether by car, train or plane, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois State Police want you to utilize smart travel tips to help you reach your destination.

 

AAA says it is expecting the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume to date with more than 55 million travelers this year.  This Thanksgiving, 49.3 million Americans are expected to travel by automobile, which would be the most since 2005 and a 2.8% increase from last year.

Before setting out on a trip, check the latest weather conditions along your travel route and make sure tires, wipers, and lights are in good condition.  Start your trip with a full tank of gas, provide your itinerary to a friend, relative or co-worker, and if possible, travel during daylight hours on main roads.  While on the road, be prepared to turn back and seek shelter if conditions become threatening.  Keep windows clear of snow and ice and adjust speed for road conditions.

 

“Preparedness is the key component to surviving any emergency or disaster,” said Acting IEMA Director, Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Whether its winter travel or severe weather preparedness, just a few minutes of preparation today can keep you and your family safe, all year-round.”

Now is also the time to equip your car with a winter car survival kit stocked with items that can keep you safe and warm if you should become stranded alongside a road.  A car survival kit should include the following:

 

• Cell phone and charger
• First aid kit
• Water and high-calorie, non-perishable food
• Boots, hats, gloves and extra clothing to keep dry
• Blanket
• Crank radio and flashlight
• Sack of sand or cat litter
• Shovel
• Windshield scraper and brush
• Tool kit and tow rope
• Booster cables
• Compass and road maps

 

This year, the state police have issued nearly 6,000 Move Over citations, over 6,400 driving under the influence citations and 10,600 distracted driving citations.
 
As travelers prepare for the holiday, the Illinois State Police urge motorists to buckle up, put down your phone and move over for emergency vehicles. 

 

"Thanksgiving should be a time of togetherness to create lasting, happy memories. During the holiday weekend as families travel to be together, the Illinois State Police (ISP) will increase patrols in order to make the roadways safer for you and your loved ones," ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly said.

 

“This year alone, the ISP family has suffered the loss of four Troopers--the most in ISP history. Three of these tragedies were the direct result of either impaired driving, disobeying the ‘Move Over’ laws, or a combination of the two. And no one should suffer the tragedy of unnecessary and preventable loss, especially during the holidays,” he concluded.

 

An approaching storm system could bring heavy snow, mixed precipitation and rain to portions of the Midwest. All travelers are encouraged to check the forecast and road conditions before hitting the road.  Know before you go by visiting www.gettingaroundillinois.com.  Also, check your smartphone settings to ensure wireless emergency alerts (WEAs) are enabled to ensure you receive important weather information for your location, even if you are traveling outside your home county or state.

If traveling by plane for the holidays, be sure to review the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security screening tips.  When packing for your flights, consider a small emergency kit that includes a flashlight and spare USB power bank.

 

Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov

Galva Man Breaks World Record in Powerlifting

At the American Barbell Club Open, held on November 23rd, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida, Galva strongman, Daniel Bell set a new world record in powerlifting after successfully completing the following lifts:     

 

Squat: 482.5kg/1063lbs

Bench Press: 260kg/573lbs

Deadlift: 400kg/881lbs

 

Combined total: 1142.5kg/2517lbs

 

This beat the old record set by Andrey Malanichev by 2.5kg.

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL FILES BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS

Attorney General Kwame Raoul today joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of public servants who were promised federal student loan debt forgiveness in exchange for 10 years of public service, but who, after serving that time, have been denied debt relief due to the U.S. Department of Education’s mismanagement of the program.

 

According to public servant borrowers and federal government reports, the U.S. Department of Education has committed pervasive errors in administering the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. As a result, less than one percent of all applicants have received relief. In the brief, Raoul stressed the importance of the PSLF program and asked the court to closely review borrowers’ specific allegations.

 

“Thousands of students were promised relief from their loans after 10 years of public service,” Raoul said. “I am committed to ensuring that the federal government keeps its promise and forgives outstanding loan balances for those who have completed the program requirements.”

 

The PSLF program allows borrowers who pay down their loans while working for 10 years in a qualifying public service job, such as teachers, law enforcement officers, and members of the military, to have the remainder of their federal direct student loans forgiven. This program gives public servants who may not have higher salaries the opportunity to pay off their student debt. According to Department of Education reports, more than 1 million Americans intend to apply for PSLF. Nearly two-thirds of these people have annual salaries of less than $50,000. 

 

Despite the opportunity for the PLSF program to help alleviate the student loan debt of those who have committed a large portion of their career to public service, the Department of Education has denied relief to more than 99 percent of applicants. The first PSLF borrowers became eligible for forgiveness in October 2017. Since then, 90,962 people have applied for loan discharge pursuant to PSLF, but only 845 people have received it.

 

Federal government reports admit that the Department of Education made pervasive errors, including mistakes in recordkeeping, providing inaccurate information to borrowers, steering borrowers to take actions that made them ineligible, and failing to explain why applications were denied. In Weingarten v. DeVos, a lawsuit filed earlier this year by teachers, student borrowers claim that these types of errors led the department to deny their PSLF applications. In the brief, Raoul asks the court to thoroughly review these borrowers’ claims to determine whether they should have the opportunity to prove their case.

 

The Illinois Attorney General’s office long has been a national leader in investigating and enforcing consumer protection violations in the higher education field. In 2019, Raoul oversaw the rollout of the state’s first Student Loan Ombudsman, a position created by the Student Loan Servicing Rights Act, to provide resources for student borrowers who struggle to make student loan payments. The Student Loan Ombudsman is conducting a series of PSLF outreach presentations, educating student loan borrowers working in public service about the problems with the program and how to avoid them.

 

Student borrowers who have been denied for PSLF, have concerns about their progress towards PSLF forgiveness, have questions or are in need of assistance can call the Attorney General’s Student Loan Helpline at 1-800-455-2456 or can file a complaint on the Attorney General’s website.

 

Joining Raoul in filing the brief are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Walnut Christmas Home Tours 2019

Visit five lovely homes in the Walnut area, in town and countryside.  They will be showcasing traditions, family heritage, festive decor and renovations.  Refreshments will be served at each home.  Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-8pm.  Tour is on your own. A map and addresses will be on the ticket.  Please bring your ticket with you on tour.  

 

Organizer of this event is Karen Henrikson 815-883-4135 

 

The following homes will take part in this year's event:

 

The David and Karen Henrikson home is a 1920s Sears Roebuck style country home renovated a few years ago with a beautiful wrap around porch and 30x30 great room just perfect for their large family and generous entertaining. Enter into their lovely music room, followed by her Rose room Tea Parlor set up for a lavish Victorian Christmas Tea. Refreshments of her homemade scones will be served in the great room where you can enjoy the creative family traditions she Karen has designed.

 

The Larry and Kathy Anderson home will feature a newly constructed Four Season Room. The many windows allow the beauty of nature to be enjoyed. The decorations will showcase outdoor elements along with The WCBC Carolers. The Carolers invite you to join them as you walk through!

 

Rodger and Barbara Schwind retired from CA to their quaint Walnut home in 2002 to be a part of their grandchildren's lives. Rodger brought along his life long hobby of train collecting, and after downsizing, he designed a train room with all the lights and sounds that has delighted his grandkids and friends over the years. Barbara invested in into their lives with heritage and classic toys and storybooks to make learning come alive. Come see these displays in Grandma and Grandpas "magical" children's Christmas basement.

 

The Dean and Amanda Hulsing home is a 1970s house that has been newly remodeled. It has been decorated this year with a taste of our German heritage, and a table is set for a cozy Christmas dinner to welcome our family and friends.

 

James and Tracey Schoff's was built in 2009 with the theme "I'll be Home for Christmas". The Schoff's designed their country home so that their children could always come home for Christmas. They've created a homey feel where everyone is always welcome. As you walk through imagine the many large joyous Christmas gatherings this home has hosted with much laughter and reminiscing. And when the weather is right kids of all ages can be found sledding the big hill in their back yard, or ice skating in their rink.

 

Walnut Christmas Home Tours 2019 is sponsored by Walnut Community Bible Church.  Proceeds will benefit their building project of The Rock, a family outreach center.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, which will be at the Church (from 12:30 - 4 that day).  Call 815-379-2645 to reserve your ticket.   Or you can purchase and pick up tickets at Johnsons Carpet in Princeton or Walnut Acres Country Store in Walnut.

 

IVCC's Project Success Leadership Team hosts Dodgeball Tournament Nov. 25

Six teams will participate in Illinois Valley Community College Project Success Leadership Team’s Dodgeball Tournament at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in the gym.

 

A new toy per person is required for entrance and all toys will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for Christmas.

 

Project Success Leadership Team member Jordan Kraml organized the event. “We’re really looking forward to this fun event and encourage community members to come out and support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,” she said.

Blues Revue Coming to Bishop Hill

Bishop Hill Creative Commons hosts LIVE BLUES! As the Christmas season begins, experienced professional performers will provide an afternoon of upbeat Acoustic Blues music. The performers, David Berchtold, Chris Stevens and Greg Weinberg will present a show of both original and cover tunes at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, Sunday, December 1, 2019.

 

 

Located at 309 N. Bishop HiIl, the Creative Commons will welcome David Berchtold with special guests Chris Stevens & Greg Weinberg.

 

Relax and enjoy the sound of live acoustic music. Starting at 3:30 PM and running through 5:30 PM the show offers listeners the opportunity to listen to authentic Blues music performed by experienced professionals.

 

David Berchtold - 4:30 to 5:30 PM - has played the guitar for more than 40 years and covers a wide range of folk, rock and blues. His skill has brought him to shows all across the region including opening for Joe Bonamassa. His specialty? Piedmont Blues style fingerpicking with influences such as Scrapper Blackwell, Blind Blake, Curley Weaver, Leroy Carr, Pink Anderson, Brownie McGhee. Berchtold will perform a combination of well-known standards and original songs.

 

Chris Stevens - acoustic guitar / vocals & Greg Weinberg / bass - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM - perform a combination of West Side Chicago ‘Gut Bucket’ as well as Delta Blues. Chris, who counts Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Freddie King as influences, scored a #5 on WERG-FM, Erie, PA with the blues-rock cover of the Ides of March “Vehicle.” Greg, a highly skilled player, has toured the entire midwest in several popular bands. Stevens and Weinberg will perform standard Blues songs as well as brand new original songs from their latest CD - “Shades of Blue.”

 

 

For more information please visit bishophillcommons.com.

E. Coli Outbreak Possibly Linked to Romaine Lettuce

he Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as public health and regulatory officials in other states to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections possibly linked to lettuce.  A total of 40 cases have been identified in 16 states, including one case in Illinois who was hospitalized.  

 

“Tens of thousands of people get sick every year in the U.S. from foodborne illnesses, and approximately 3,000 die,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “We will continue to work with state and national health officials to investigate this ongoing outbreak in an effort to prevent additional cases and potential deaths.”

 

The CDC is recommending people not eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region in California.  When buying romaine lettuce, check the labeling to see if it says Salinas.  If it does, or there is no label, do not buy that romaine lettuce.  Similarly, if you have romaine lettuce at home that indicates it is from the Salinas growing region, or you don’t know where it is from, do not eat the lettuce and throw it out.  Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

 

Additionally, Missa Bay, LLC. has recalled ready-to-eat salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce may be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7.  The products subject to the recall can be found on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website.  These products were distributed in Illinois as well as in 21 other states.  If consumers still have these products in their refrigerators, they should throw them out.

 

The investigation is ongoing to determine other potential sources of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness.

 

Symptoms of infection vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.  Anyone with symptoms, especially if they are severe, should seek medical care and alert medical providers that you have recently eaten romaine lettuce.  More information can be found on the IDPH website, E. Coli page.

Tigers Play Byron Tough But Fall In State Semifinals

The Princeton Tigers had their season come to an end on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Bryant Field in high school football playoff action.  PHS played Byron tough but fell 7 to 3.  It was the fewest points scored in a game for both teams this season.

 

Byron got their only score of the game on a one yard quarterback sneak by Ben Carlson at the 3:19 mark of the first quarter.  The PAT kick put Byron up 7 to 0.  The Tigers pushed deep into the Byron red zone late in the first half but had to settle for a 20 yard field goal by Jaimie Reinhardt to cut Byron's lead to 7 to 3 at halftime.  The third quarter was scoreless.  The Tigers last possession ended with 2:53 left in the game on an interception by Byron at the PHS 31.  The Byron Tigers were able to run out the clock as Princeton had no timeouts remaining.

 

It was the third state semifinal appearance for PHS in school history.  The Tigers finish 11-2 while Byron advances to next week's 3A title game in DeKalb.

 

Here are the scoring plays...

 

 

During post-game comments, Tigers announcers Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell acknowledged the PHS seniors...

 

 

Princeton's Annual Christmas Walk

Princeton's annual Christmas walk will kick off tonight and will conclude on Sunday, November 24th. There will be live music, trolley rides, hot chocolate, carriage rides, tons of shopping and  family friendly activities! Bring the kids to meet Santa and ring in the holidays with this timeless Christmas experience!

Christmas Tree Lighting Event!

The Christmas Tree Lighting event is finally here! Santa will be coming to town tonight to light Princeton's Christmas Tree! There will be free hot cocoa and pictures with Santa! The event starts at 6pm tonight at Darius Miller Park, so bring the whole family for this classic family event.

Galva Advances in Levitt AMP Grant – Top 25 Finalist

Thursday, November 21, 2019 the Levitt Foundation announced Galva, Illinois is a Top 25 Finalist in the Levitt AMP Grant Awards and therefore will move on to the next phase of the application review process.

 

Reflecting the Levitt Foundation’s commitment that all Levitt projects be community-driven, the Top 25 Finalists were determined through an online public voting process. The votes have been tallied, and Galva came in at 2nd place in this national competition. Galva is now one step closer to presenting a Levitt AMP Music Series in your community next year!

 

The Levitt Foundation will soon begin the review process to select the 2020 Levitt AMP grant recipients—each will receive $25K in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series.  Winners will be announced on December 20, 2019.

 

The most competitive submissions will depend upon a variety of factors, including:

  • The characteristics of the public space where the free concert series is to be presented—preference will be given to spaces that are easily accessible to a range of socioeconomic groups.
  • A programming philosophy that is inclusive, family-friendly and represents a wide range of music genres, in keeping with the national Levitt program.
  • Comprehensive outreach strategies that are inclusive of all members of the community.
  • A proven track record of presenting professional quality concerts or community events, or partnering with an individual or organization that has done so.
  • Community support displayed, including the number of online votes received.

 

Community members interested in planning the concert series or volunteering at events should email john.r.taylor@gmail.com.

 

For more information visit levittamp.org or Levitt AMP Galva Music Series on Facebook.  

Piacenti is Perry's Daisy Award Honoree

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Jodi Piacenti was honored with Perry’s August 2019 Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing. Jodi was surprised with the award in the Perry Memorial Hospital Park Avenue Café at a gathering among her co-workers, family and friends. The Daisy Award is awarded quarterly to a Perry nurse in deep appreciation and admiration of compassionate care. Jodi said, “Growing up I had a role model in my mother, Terre Merkley. Living with a nurse you learn about a nurse’s day at the dinner table. I knew I wanted to help people heal.” Her mother influenced Jodi to become a CNA during high school with the goal to one day to provide patient care. Jodi said, “Mom said it can be a love/hate relationship and she wanted me to make an informed decision. I loved it.” 

 

She obtained an RN degree from Illinois Valley Community College right out of high school. As Jodi went through nursing school, she became intrigued with patient care from the start to finish of their treatment. 

 

Jodi began her career in the early 90’s as pediatric nurse. In 1998 she switched to Ambulatory Care and has provided skilled nursing care to thousands of patients. Jodi has always had a goal of advancing her nursing skills, so in 2017, she became a certified PICC line nurse. The PICC line makes treatment faster and less painful for patients who have to receive IV treatments on a regular basis, so they don’t have to be “stuck” over and over. 

 

Jodi recalled one of her most memorable shifts, early in her career, when she was working alongside Sharon Phillips for the first time. “I have to admit I was hesitant working with her. She had a commanding motherly presence and her expectations were high.” Eighteen patients were on the floor, which makes for a stressful night. Sharon said, “you take six and I will take the rest.” Together they worked the entire night in sync, caring for patients. Jodi said, “We rocked it. That night set the precedent for what type of nurse I wanted to be.” 

 

Jodi was nominated for the Daisy Award by one of her patients. The nomination read, “Jodi has been doing my infusion for approximately 3-4 years. She is so caring. She makes sure that I am comfortable and have everything I need. She is truly a nurse for the right reason.” 

 

Jodi shared, “I truly love being a nurse, to take a patient through their journey and helping them heal is the best feeling. Just knowing I make a difference makes my day.” 

 

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. 

 

Friends of Strays Annual Christmas Sale

Friends of Strays annual Christmas sale is Saturday, November 23 from 9am to 3pm at the Prouty Building. Homemade bake goods, pet items, Christmas and gift items. Please stop by because all proceeds go to Friends of Strays Shelter. 

 

For any questions call 815-872-7387 or 815-866-7802

Governor JB Pritzker and IDHS Celebrate One-of-a-Kind Community Partnership in Lawndale

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Grace B. Hou joined the Lawndale Christian Health Center CEO Bruce Miller today to celebrate a new, one-of-a-kind local IDHS office partnership that is making health care and traditional public benefits available in one location.

 

The IDHS office is co-located with the Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) at 3910 and 3920 W. Ogden Ave in Chicago. This innovative co-location provides traditional IDHS services like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Medicaid and cash assistance, along with a range of healthcare services including immediate care, dental services, women’s health services, a pharmacy and many other services for children, seniors and everyone in between.

 

“This innovative, unique partnership is rethinking and rebuilding the way we serve low-income families in the state of Illinois,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This framework serves Illinoisans with efficiency, dignity, and respect – and it’s a model and an approach that we intend to apply to our future endeavors as I work to advance health care as a right for everyone.”
 
IDHS is working to enhance customer service for Illinoisans who receive state assistance, prioritizing quicker response times on applications, and making more caseworkers available. In addition, IDHS was recently awarded over $650,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to develop a new, centralized case management call center so customers aren’t waiting for hours on the phone to get help.

 

“Providing equitable access to social services, supports and resources to enhance the lives of those we serve is our mission at IDHS,” said IDHS Secretary Grace B. Hou. “I want to thank Lawndale Christian Health Center for their work to enhance the customer experience for low income families served by both of our organizations.”

 

"It's really been wonderful to work with IDHS to develop this concept and see it through together,” said Lawndale Christian Health Center CEO Bruce Miller. “We're excited to be part of such a unique opportunity to provide so many important services in one place. We think a lot of people will be helped by this partnership."

 

IDHS and LCHC continue to work together to benefit both IDHS customers and LCHC patients in the Lawndale and greater Chicago communities. 

 

Lawndale Christian Health Center is dedicated to providing quality, healthcare services for low-income families. Annually, they serve over 62,000 patients in the Chicagoland area. Last year LCHC served over 20,000 uninsured people, and over 31,000 on Medicaid. 95% of their patients live 200% below the poverty line.

Putnam County Docket

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 0:002019TR000433 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000433 D 001 ERICKSON, JUSTIN M .00 Other Case ERICKSON, JUSTIN M MOORE, KEVIN (#00105) 001 001 DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE A 0625 ILCS 5.0/6-303(a) X 7507 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000434 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000434 D 001 ERICKSON, JUSTIN M .00 Other Case ERICKSON, JUSTIN M MOORE, KEVIN (#00105) 001 001 OP MTR VEH/REGIS/SUSPENDED U 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-708 X 7508 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00

 

2018TR000227 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018TR000227 D 001 FULLER, JAMES A 150.00 Unknown FULLER, JAMES A PYSZKA, TIMOTHY (#00104) 001 001 DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE A 0625 ILCS 5.0/6-303(a) X 11095 OWED: 75.00 PD: 75.00 CRED: .00 BAL: .00 DUE: 11/21/2019 LST PMT: 8/19/2019 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2018TR000228 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018TR000228 D 001 FULLER, JAMES A .00 Unknown FULLER, JAMES A PYSZKA, TIMOTHY (#00104) 001 001 CONSTR ZONE/WORK NOT PRESENT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-605.1(a-5) X 11094 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2017CM000031 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2017CM000031 Y D 001 GALAS, KAITLIN M BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER 750.00 Unknown GALAS, KAITLIN M FRUND, JACOB (#00112) 001 001 LITTERING/2ND A 0415 ILCS 105.0/4 2815 OWED: 150.00 PD: 150.00 CRED: .00 BAL: .00 DUE: 11/07/2019 LST PMT: 10/23/2019 9:00 Scheduling conf MACK A 0:00 

 

2015CF000007 TRIDENT JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2015CF000007 D 001 GAUMOND, MARC G BOLIN, ROGER C .00 Unknown GAUMOND, MARC G MARTIN, B (#00116) 001 001 POSS AMT CON SUB EXCEPT(A)/(D) 4 0720 ILCS 570.0/402(c) 7 002 001 POSS AMT CON SUB EXCEPT(A)/(D) 4 0720 ILCS 570.0/402(c) 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2015CM000024 TRIDENT JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2015CM000024 D 001 GAUMOND, MARC G BOLIN, ROGER C .00 Notice/Appear GAUMOND, MARC G MARTIN, B (#00116) 001 001 POSSESS CANNABIS/2.5-10 GRAMS B 0720 ILCS 550.0/4(b) 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2018TR000394 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018TR000394 *D 001 GONZALEZ-HERNANDEZ, BIANCA .00 Unknown GONZALEZ-HERNANDEZ, BIANCA PYSZKA, TIMOTHY (#00104) 001 001 SPEEDING 26-34 MPH OVER LIMIT B 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601.5(a) X 11323 OWED: 675.00 PD: 675.00 CRED: .00 BAL: .00 DUE: 11/21/2019 LST PMT: 11/18/2019 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000526 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000526 D 001 KASPERSKI, MICHAEL P .00 Notice/Appear KASPERSKI, MICHAEL P CALBOW, BRETT (#00106) 001 001 REGIS EXPIRATION/1ST & 2ND P 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-413(f) 12497 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000527 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000527 D 001 KASPERSKI, MICHAEL P .00 Unknown KASPERSKI, MICHAEL P CALBOW, BRETT (#00106) 001 001 OPERATE UNINSURED MTR VEHICLE P 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-707(a) X 12498 


 

2019TR000527 CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE. 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000528 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000528 D 001 KASPERSKI, MICHAEL P .00 Notice/Appear KASPERSKI, MICHAEL P CALBOW, BRETT (#00106) 001 001 DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE A 0625 ILCS 5.0/6-303(a) X 12496 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2018CM000017 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018CM000017 D 001 KERIVAN, ANTHONY M SR 50.00 Notice/Appear KERIVAN, ANTHONY M SR CALBOW, BRETT (#00106) 001 001 FIREARM W/O VALID FOID/ELIG A 0430 ILCS 65.0/2(a)(1) 002 001 ILLEG POSS AMMUNITION/FOID A 0430 ILCS 65.0/2(a)(2) 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2016CM000057 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2016CM000057 D 001 KERIVAN, SUSAN T BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) 150.00 Unknown KERIVAN, SUSAN T BUSH, JACOB (#00113) 001 001 DECEPTION/THREAT EXECUTE A 0720 ILCS 5.0/17-1(A)(1) 9:00 Plea MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000563 State Police JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000563 D 001 LEITNER, NOAH S .00 Notice/Appear LEITNER, NOAH S SMITH, MATTHEW (#06650) 001 001 OPERATE UNINSURED MTR VEHICLE P 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-707(a) X 83175005 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000564 State Police JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000564 D 001 LEITNER, NOAH S .00 Other Case LEITNER, NOAH S SMITH, MATTHEW (#06650) 001 001 DRIVING 11-14 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 83175005 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000523 McNabb JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000523 D 001 LUNN, COLTON A .00 Other Case LUNN, COLTON A NIMEE, ASHLEY (#00300) 001 001 DRIVING 11-14 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 611 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00

 

2019TR000524 McNabb JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000524 D 001 LUNN, COLTON A .00 Notice/Appear LUNN, COLTON A NIMEE, ASHLEY (#00300) 001 001 OPERATE UNINSURED MTR VEHICLE P 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-707(a) X 610 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00

 

2016CM000046 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2016CM000046 *D 001 MARROQUIN, COREY J .00 Unknown MARROQUIN, COREY J GONET, BRIAN (#00109) 001 001 BATTERY/CAUSE BODILY HARM A 0720 ILCS 5.0/12-3(a)(1) OWED: 2,841.89 PD: 1,665.00 CRED: .00 BAL: 1,176.89 DUE: 11/21/2019 LST PMT: 8/21/2019 9:00 Review MACK A 0:00 

 

2018CM000007 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018CM000007 *D 001 MARROQUIN, COREY J .00 Unknown MARROQUIN, COREY J 001 001 ESCAPE OF MISD FROM PENAL INST A 0720 ILCS 5.0/31-6(b) 002 001 ESCAPE OF MISD FROM PENAL INST A 0720 ILCS 5.0/31-6(b) 003 001 ESCAPE OF MISD FROM PENAL INST A 0720 ILCS 5.0/31-6(b) 004 001 ESCAPE OF MISD FROM PENAL INST A 0720 ILCS 5.0/31-6(b) 005 001 ESCAPE OF MISD FROM PENAL INST A 0720 ILCS 5.0/31-6(b) OWED: 2,500.00 PD: 100.00 CRED: .00 BAL: 2,400.00 DUE: 11/21/2019 LST PMT: 2/14/2019 9:00 Review MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000516 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000516 D 001 MCCLELLAN, OZ R .00 Notice/Appear MCCLELLAN, OZ R GONET, BRIAN (#00114) 001 001 SPEEDING 26-34 MPH OVER LIMIT B 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601.5(a) X 12582 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000596 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000596 D 001 MENDEZ, ANDRES .00 Notice/Appear MENDEZ, ANDRES GONET, BRIAN (#00114) 001 001 DRIVING 15-20 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 12597 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00

 

2019TR000597 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000597 D 001 MENDEZ, ANDRES .00 Notice/Appear MENDEZ, ANDRES GONET, BRIAN (#00114) 001 001 OPERATE UNINSURED MTR VEHICLE P 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-707(a) X 12598 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000105 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000105 *D 001 PANTOJA, DAMEL .00 IBond/Recog PANTOJA, DAMEL FRUND, JACOB C (#00112) 001 001 DRIVING 15-20 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 11260 OWED: 120.00 PD: .00 CRED: .00 BAL: 120.00 DUE: LST PMT: 9:00 46-day notice MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000473 McNabb JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000473 D 001 PIERSON, CLINTON W .00 Other Case PIERSON, CLINTON W LENDY, PAULA (#00030) 001 001 DRIVING 11-14 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 608 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000474 McNabb JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000474 D 001 PIERSON, CLINTON W .00 Other Case PIERSON, CLINTON W LENDY, PAULA (#00030) 001 001 REGIS EXPIRATION/1ST & 2ND P 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-413(f) 609 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00

 

2019TR000532 State Police JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000532 D 001 PYNE, JAMES L .00 IBond/Recog PYNE, JAMES L NICHOLS, JEFFREY (#05982) 001 001 OVERWEIGHT ON AXLE/1ST-3RD P 0625 ILCS 5.0/15-111(a) 65750881 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00

 

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Details of Wiley Park Stage Released, Fundraising Begins

This past July, Galva's city council approved plans for a permanent stage to be constructed at Wiley Park. Since then, some site preparation work occurred; however, inclement weather delayed breaking ground on the project. At the time the plans were approved the city also allocated funds to construct the concrete stage base, which will be the first phase of the project completed. We project completion of the base in time for the third year of the Levitt AMP Galva Music series, which will begin in the spring of 2020.

 

The second phase of the stage will involve the construction of a permanent roof structure, the cost of which is approximately $50,000. This work will begin as soon as the base is complete, and the necessary funds raised. Community members interested in contributing to the project should contact Galva City Hall. The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series volunteers will also be assisting in the fundraising efforts for the roof, hosting a concert fundraiser on December 6th at Crescent City Tap's "Swamp." The event will feature Levitt AMP Galva Music Series alum Kris Lager Band and begin at 8:00 PM. Donations will be collected at the door, and all proceeds will go towards the project. You are encouraged to bring the family to this all-ages event.

 

As the future site of live musical performances, theatrical performances, church services, talent shows, graduation and wedding ceremonies, and much more, the stage will be an enormous asset to Galva and the surrounding area, and we look forward to your generous support.

 

For more information contact Galva City Hall at (309) 932-2555.  

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Fourth Round of "Same-Site" Licenses for Adult Use Cannabis

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

 

In addition to opening adult use dispensaries at the same site of their medical cannabis dispensaries, existing medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted under the law to open a second site for adult use sales at a different location. In the coming months, new applicants, including social equity applicants, will have the opportunity to apply for an additional 75 adult use cannabis licenses. Social equity applicants are eligible for additional points on their application and for technical assistance, low-interest loans and fee reductions. More information about applying as a social equity applicant can be found here.

 

The medical dispensaries who received early approval adult use licenses this week are:

 

Verilife (North Aurora)
161 S. Lincolnway Ste. 301
North Aurora, IL 60542
 
Verilife (Arlington Heights)
1816 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
 
Verilife (Ottawa)
4104 Columbus St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
 
Verilife (Romeoville)
1335 Lakeside Dr. Unit 4
Romeoville, IL 60446
 
Verilife (Evanston)
1804 Maple Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
 
MOCA – Modern Cannabis
2847 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
 
New Age Care
2015 Euclid Ave.
Mr. Prospect, IL 60056

Harbory
8195 Express Dr.
Marion, IL 62959

 

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

Starting January 1, 2020, the law permits Illinois residents who are at least 21 years old to legally possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, and up to 500 milligrams of THC in a cannabis-infused product.

State Board of Education announces agenda for meeting Nov. 22 in Chicago

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced the following agenda for its regular business meeting at 9 a.m. Nov. 22 in Chicago. View the information packet for the meeting at https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Board_Meetings/20191122-packet.pdf.

 

The meeting will be audio cast on the internet. Click the “LISTEN IN” link that appears at the bottom of the www.isbe.net home page at the start of the meeting.

 

All State Board of Education meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Superintendent’s office no later than one day prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent's office at the State Board of Education by phone at (217) 782-2221, TTY/TDD at (217) 782-1900, or fax at (217) 785-3972.

 

The chairperson may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

 

 

AGENDA

 

  1. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance
    1. Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means
  2. Public Participation
  3. Recognitions
    1. Illinois Civic Engagement Champions
    2. Presidential Awards for Excellence Recipients
    3. National Elementary and Secondary Education Act Distinguished Schools
  4. Presentations & Updates
    1. Report Card 101
  5. Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda
    1. *Approval of Minutes

1.    Plenary Minutes:  October 15, 2019 (pp. 29-44)

2.    Plenary Minutes:  October 16, 2019 (pp. 45-52)

3.    Closed Session Minutes:  October 16, 2019

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1.    Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition, and Supervision) and Part 680 (Seal of Biliteracy) Nonpublic Schools

C. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1.    Approval of Illinois Science Assessment Administration Contract – Upward Amendment

D. *Fiscal Year 2020 Revised Board Meeting Dates

E. *Approval to Maintain Current edTPA Cut Scores at the 9.1.18-8.30.19 Levels

End of Consent Agenda

  1. Approval of Method for Distributing After-School Funding
  2. Discussion Items
    1. Strategic Plan
    2. Perkins V
    3. Every Student Succeeds Act
    4. Education Preparation, Support, and Success
    5. 2019 Veto Session
    6. 2020 Census Communications Plan
  3. Closed Session – Lunch
  4. Upcoming Board Actions
    1. Part 235 (Early Childhood Block Grant) Chronic Absenteeism
    2. Part 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools) General Cleanup
    3. Part 650 (Charter Schools) Charter Authorization and Oversight
    4. Approval of STAR NET Project (Funding Increase)
    5. Approval of Dissolution of the Proviso Township High School District 209 Financial Oversight Panel
    6. Approval of Summer Migrant Education Program Request for Proposals
    7. Approval of 2019 State Board of Education Annual Report for the General Assembly
  5. Announcements & Reports
    1. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements
    2. Chairperson’s Report

1.    National Association of State Boards of Education Annual Conference

    1. Member Reports
  1. Information Items
    1. Start Date Study
    2. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports
    3. FOIA Monthly Report
  2. Adjourn

IVCH CareToday Unit Receives Busy Bags

Thanks to the generosity of a Spring Valley woman, children brought “busy bags” to the IVCH CareToday walk-in clinic to help them pass the time while waiting for treatment.

 

Sue Manning was already putting the bags together for kids brought to the IVCH emergency department and day surgery units.  She added CareToday to her list in November.

 

Each bag contains an age-appropriate activity book, a book to read, a book mark and crayons or pencils, depending upon the age of the child.  There are different bags for children ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12.

 

Manning’s niece, Lisa Jones, works in the IVCH health information management department and helps Manning put the bags together.

 

“I know sometimes when your child is sick and they have to wait to be seen, they get pretty irritable, so we thought the bags might help,” said Jones.

 

The bags were originally a project of the local Kiwanis Club.  After the club disbanded, Manning decided to continue the program on her own in memory of her daughter, Lauren Dimond, who died in a traffic accident in 2016.  Manning pays for the materials in the bags out of her own pocket.

 

“This is a very generous and much appreciated project, especially when undertaken by one individual.  We truly appreciate all that Sue Manning has done,” said Tommy Hobbs, IVCH chief executive officer.

IVCC Guitar and Piano Recital Dec. 4

Illinois Valley Community College presents a guitar and piano student recital with performances by guitar instructor Kevin Kramer and piano instructor Brad Fritz at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

IVCC Welcomes Rotaract Club

 Illinois Valley Community College’s new Rotaract Club was chartered Monday in front of 45 guests and the club’s president announced they were already working on a project to help the homeless.

 

            The 17-member club introduced its first slate of officers: President Grace McCormick of Peru, Vice-President Nik Muzzarelli of La Salle, Treasurer Adira Lunken of Putnam, Secretary Lindsey Maggio of Lostant and PR officer Justice Petersen of Hennepin.

            McCormick announced the club’s first project would be raising money and supplies for Peru’s PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). The club will conduct a campus coat drive and work with children at the shelter.

 

“PADS has seen an increase in the number of children they serve so we hope to visit the shelter, read with them and help with homework,” McCormick said.

 

“If you are looking for a way to assist us, we encourage donations of gently used winter clothing to our bins near the college entrances,” she added.

 

Speakers at the chartering event included Rotary District Governor Roberta “Bobbi” Burke and Rotary District Youth Services Co-Chair Scott Shore. IVCC speakers included President Jerry Corcoran, IVCC board chair Jane Goetz and club advisors Mark Grzybowski, Vice President for Student Services, and Office Professional instructor Chris Jauch.

 

Local Rotary’s represented were Peru, La Salle, Illinois Valley Sunrise, Ottawa Sunrise, Ottawa Noon, Princeton, Walnut, Toluca, Putnam County, Marseilles, Mendota, Loves Park, Rockford, Rochelle, Wenona and Ottawa High School’s Interact Club.

 

Rotaract joins about 45 other IVCC student clubs and organizations.

U of I Extension offers Holiday Baking Workshop, Gingerbread Cookies for Youth by Susan Glassman, MS Ed. Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness

“Run, run, as fast as you can… You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”  Join University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Susan Glassman for our Holiday Baking Class for youth, grades 3-5.  We will make and bake gingerbread cookies and decorate them in holiday themes. If the weather permits, we will take a walk down to Santa’s house for a visit.  Holiday Baking for youth is on December 14, 2019 from 9:30 – 12:30 pm at the Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen, 944 First Street, LaSalle.  

 

Please register at University of Illinois Extension by calling 815-224-0889 or online at; https://go.illinois.edu/holiday2019 by December 10, 2019.  A $3.00 material fee is due at registration and class size is limited to 15 youth.  We hope to see you!

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 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 https://extension.illinois.edu/blmp.

 

Pritzker Administration Partners with Illinois Public Health Association on 2020 Census Outreach Efforts

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced the Illinois Public Health Association will serve the Northwest region of Illinois for the state’s 2020 census effort, including JoDaviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Lee, LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam, Henry, Mercer and Rock Island Counties. The organization joins over 20 organizations across the state who have been awarded grants to maximize Illinois’ success in the 2020 Census. These grants, totaling over $20 million dollars, represent the largest census investment made by any state in 2019.

 

The organizations serving as Regional Intermediaries for the 2020 Census Grant Program are identifying other local organizations to award additional grants within their regions. This ensures funding directly supports organizations who are best equipped to connect with Illinoisans on the front lines of urban, rural and other hard-to-reach communities.

“Ensuring that every community across the state has the opportunity to let their voices be heard is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “By partnering with local organizations who have a strong presence in their communities, we can make sure Illinoisans in hard to reach areas aren’t left behind.”
 
In June, Governor JB Pritzker signed Executive Order 19-10 to secure an accurate census count in all communities across Illinois. The Order established a new Census Office, led by Census Directors Marishonta Wilkerson and Oswaldo Alvarez and a bipartisan, bicameral Census Advisory Panel.

 

“The kind of collaboration shown through this process is groundbreaking,” said IDHS Secretary Grace Hou. “We’re encouraging participation and engagement from the front lines, and also bringing strong support from IDHS, the Census Advisory Panel, and many community partners.”

 

IDHS and the Census Office have also joined with the Illinois State Board of Education to host a Census Summit for educators, childhood providers and any other interested organizations to learn about how they can get involved in promoting the census in classrooms and child care settings across Illinois.
       

Find more about Illinois census work at census.illinois.gov.

Bishop Hill's Julmarknad (Christmas Market) is back!

Prepare for the holidays by attending Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 29, November 30, and December 7.  On December 1 and 8, the hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts for sale. All our shops, museums, and restaurants will be open to satisfy your holiday needs.  See Tomten, our Swedish elves, roam through the town, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. Guests will also enjoy the Julbock, the Christmas Goat.  This trickster from Scandinavian entertains young and old with its antics.  A working model railroad will also be in the Steeple Building Museum, with a Christmas display.  At the Peasant Works, there will be a festive Swedish Folklore DIY Photo Booth in the barnyard, featuring tomten and julbock attire.  At the Bishop Hill State Museum each day, participate in the Olof Krans Paintings Scavenger Hunt.  Starting the first week of Julmarknad, the Bishop Hill Creative Commons is collecting name suggestions for their two giant Tomten, with public voting to follow.  Please stop in at The Commons and add your ideas. 

 

In addition, on Friday, November 29, help the Vasa National Archives create a paper mache Snowman from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Guests will be adding layers of paper mache to this holiday craft. This is a community project that is open to children of all ages. A Cookie Walk will be held at the Colony School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be purchased by the pound.  At the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, join Jelena Todorovich from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Christmas Ornament Paint and Take Activity.  Participants can paint a traditional Swedish Dala Horse Ornament for a small fee.  Finally, cookie baking will be done in the historic Bjorklund Hotel kitchen from 1 to 3 p.m.

 

On Saturday, November 30, the Cookie Walk will continue at the Colony School. The paper mache Snowman project will also continue at the VASA National Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with painting and other personal touches being added.  Jannifer Powelson, author of Bee in her Bonnet, will be doing a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tim Pletkovich, author of Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame, will be doing a book signing at the Colony Store.  Cookie baking will continue at the Bjorklund Hotel kitchen.  Sample freshly baked cookies from 1 to 3 p.m. At the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, make your own Tomte tree ornament from 9 to 11 a.m.  Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, so please support your local economy and shop the small businesses of historic Bishop Hill.  

 

On Sunday December 1 only, experience a LIVE BLUES Concert at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons with Chris Stevens and Greg Weinberg performing from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and David Bechtold from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Please view the Bishop Hill Creative Commons Facebook page for more details. In addition, Cookie baking will continue at the Bjorklund Hotel kitchen.  Sample freshly baked cookies from 1 to 3 p.m.  

 

On Saturday December 7 only, Santa will be at the Colony Store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Make your own Sock Tomte at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons from 9 to 11 a.m.  Lilly Setterdahl, author of Titanic Sailing Again, will also be doing a book signing at the Steeple Building Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Make ’n Take Dala Horse workshop will be occurring at the VASA National Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where Dala horses will be available for visitors to paint, while supplies last.

 

On both Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8, children are invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Peanuts will be used. These ornaments may be taken home, or left at the Hotel to be placed on the Bishop Hill Park’s Christmas tree during the tree lighting on Lucia Nights.  A Chocolate Walk will also be held at the Dairy Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.  Purchase quality homemade chocolates by the pound. 

 

For more information about Julmarknad activities, please call 309-927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, visit us at www.bishophillheritage.org, or view the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page.  Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and by Community State Bank.

 

Express Registration at Ottawa Center Dec. 4

llinois Valley Community College Ottawa Center is hosting “Express Registration” from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 with special information sessions on IVCC’s online courses and the new cybersecurity program.

 

The spring enrollment opportunity will feature on-the-spot counseling, admissions representatives and financial aid application (FAFSA) assistance.

 

An information session on online spring class offerings is at 5 p.m. For the first time this spring, IVCC will offer an online speech course. Students can now earn an AA degree at IVCC completely online.

 

A Cybersecurity information session is at 5:30 p.m. with computer networking instructor Gina Elias. It will provide a brief presentation on the new program including the types of jobs available, employment outlook and expected salaries for professionals in the field.

The first 50 students to register for spring classes will receive a free 4G flash drive. Refreshments will be served.

 

Ottawa Center director Jeannette Frahm said, “Express Registration allows students to get all their enrollment steps taken care of well before the semester begins.”

 

RSVP at www.ivcc.edu/visit; call (815) 224-0800 for information. Classes begin Jan. 9.

Pritzker Administration Announces Community Revitalization Grant Recipients

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Board of Directors awarded over $600,000 in funds to help empower local and regional revitalization efforts through increasing land banking capacity in downstate and southern Illinois communities. Awarded under the Land Bank Capacity Program (LBCP), eligible uses for the funds include initial capital for startup costs of creating a land bank, operating costs, land acquisition and other locally managed revitalization techniques.

 

“According to the U.S. Census, Illinois is home to over 515,000 vacant housing units,” said IHDA Executive Director Kristin Faust. “These blighted properties are driving down property values, further diminishing the tax returns for struggling communities. Through the Land Bank Capacity Program, IHDA is helping provide municipalities and counties across Illinois the assistance they need to begin eliminating these properties thereby improving economic and safety conditions in their communities.”

 

A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that a home that is simply foreclosed, but not vacant, lowers neighboring property values by up to 3.9 percent. However, if a home is foreclosed, tax delinquent and vacant, it can lower neighboring property values by nearly two and a half times that amount.

 

Created in 2017, the LBCP is funded from a national settlement secured by the Illinois Attorney General, in conjunction with other state attorneys general, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with the nation’s five largest banks. Eligible applicants for the LBCP must be a municipality, county or land bank located outside the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties). A municipality, county or land bank may join with other municipalities, counties, or land banks and together submit a joint application.

IHDA has provided over $1.8 million through two rounds of the LBCP program,

The IHDA Board approved the following grantees to receive Land Bank Capacity Program funds:

 

LBCP Round Two Grantees

Applicant

Award

Northern Illinois Land Bank Authority

$250,000

Central Illinois Land Bank Authority

$100,000

Southwestern Illinois Development Authority

$100,000

City of Moline

$51,500

City of Kankakee

$52,000

Coles County Regional Planning

$75,000

 

 

Total Amount Awarded

$628,500

Youth Program at the Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library will be celebrating Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 pm with a Pajama Party and Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Families are invited to come to the library with their stuffed friends (dolls are also welcome!) for a storytime with hot chocolate, and cookies. Then the children are invited to find a bedtime storybook to read to their animal or doll before tucking them in for the night. The stuffed animals will spend the night in the library and may be picked up after 1 pm on Friday, November 22. Their families will receive a souvenir booklet with photos of the animal's overnight adventures at the Princeton Public Library. One animal per child please; be sure to bring a friend who does NOT need to spend the night with your child! Call or stop at Youth Services to register. Princeton Public Library is located at 698 E. Peru Street, Princeton, IL. Programs at Princeton Public Library are free and open to all. For more information, call 815-875-1331, ext. 220 or go to theprincetonlibrary.org.

IVCC Proposes Tuition Freeze Extension

For the second straight year, Illinois Valley Community College’s administration will recommend no increase in tuition next year.  

 

The board’s audit finance committee met Thursday prior to the board’s regular monthly meeting and reviewed a plan to keep the combined tuition and universal fee at $133 per credit hour for 2020-21. 

 

“This action is part of a plan to increase enrollments,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.  

 

The $133 figure places IVCC favorably among 10 other colleges in its “super peer group”: Black Hawk, Heartland, Highland, Kankakee, Kishwaukee, Lake Land, Lewis & Clark, John A. Logan, Richland and Sauk Valley. Average 2020 tuition and fees for the group is $150 per credit hour while the state average for all 39 community colleges is $147.

 

The full board will decide on the 2021 tuition rate Feb. 12.

 

Audit finance also reviewed recommended changes to the dual credit tuition fee structure including charging a flat $30 per course fee for classes taught at high schools by high school teachers. 

 

In addition, dual credit courses at IVCC, including online, would be charged the 75 percent tuition rate. Students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program would continue only paying a flat $5 registration fee. 

 

In a letter to Corcoran, Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson suggested the college allow dual credit students to enroll in any course they choose. “This will create opportunities for our students that currently do not exist,” she said. About 10 percent of IVCC’s enrollment is via dual credit. 

 

In other business, Sara McKenna and Heather Wrobleski of Wipfli LLP of Sterling delivered the audit report for the year ending June 30, 2019. The report was unmodified, or “clean,” with no material deficiencies or weaknesses. IVCC is one of the few community colleges in Illinois that is debt-free. 

 

“Because of Cheryl Roelfsema’s prudent fiscal management, we are on solid financial footing,” said Corcoran. 

 

In other business, the committee reviewed recommendations:

 

  • To seek proposals for banking services, an action the college takes every four years. 

  • To increase student worker wages in January to $9.25 per hour to comply with a state mandate for incremental minimum wage increases.

  • To increase the threshold for purchases requiring board approval from $10,000 to $25,000. Under the change, purchases between $2,500 and $24,999 will require two-to-three written quotes.  

University of Illinois Master Gardener Program in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties Accepting Online Applicants

For the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program, the last four decades can be measured by the millions of volunteer hours given to help bring horticultural help to communities across the state. 

 

This year marks the 44th anniversary of the Illinois Master Gardener program. With over 3,000 members today, Illinois Master Gardeners have given more than 2,309,348 volunteer hours - a value of over $46 million, to the state. 

 

Today, Master Gardener volunteers - who come from farms, small towns, suburbs, and cities - offer numerous educational opportunities related to gardening in nearly every county in the state. 

 

The mission of the Illinois Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” After 60 hours of training in topics such as vegetable and flower gardening, insect problems, and plant diseases, the volunteers participate in programs throughout their communities. Some of those opportunities may include speaking at garden clubs, civic groups, or schools; answering calls or emails at help desks; establishing demonstration gardens that serve as educational tools; and educating citizens on how to establish community gardens. 

 

You don’t have to be a gardening expert to become a Master Gardener. All you need is an interest in gardening, some time to volunteer in the community, and a desire to share your knowledge with others. The program is more about connections; connecting people with other gardeners, with their community, and with reliable resources for information. Once connections are forged, it’s time to get sowing and growing in our many meaningful community projects.

 

The University of Illinois Extension in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties is now accepting applications to participate in the Online Master Gardener Training Program. This online program allows volunteers to complete the training who may have never been able to in the past due to schedule or time conflicts. This online, self-guided course for Illinois residents can be completed any time of day or night. Set aside about 4 hours per week for videos, reading the manual and completing quizzes, and the training will be completed in 14 weeks. 

 

The 2019 winter Master Gardener Online Training includes 13 modules - an introduction and 12 subject-areas. Module topics include: Botany; Soils and Fertilizers; Plant Diseases; Entomology; Integrated Pest Management; Annuals and Perennials; Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines; Lawns; Small and Tree Fruits; Vegetables; Composting/Organic Gardening; and Living with Wildlife.

 

Each module consists of several videos and an online quiz; therefore, a strong internet connection is highly recommended. Please note this training is not being offered in local Extension offices, but must be completed through use of a personal computer or other computer access. The registration cost for the program is $300, which includes the Master Gardener manual.

 

Registration for the winter 2019 class will be open from November 18th, 2019, through January 6th, 2020 and the class will start on January 20th, 2020. You may contact the Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Extension Unit for more information or to obtain an application form at the following: 

 

Meg E. Overocker, Extension Program Coordinator                                                                           University of Illinois Extension - LaSalle County Office

1689 North 31st Road, Suite 2                                                                                                            Ottawa, IL 61350                    

815.433.0707                               

meo@illinois.edu

 

Following completion of the training, Master Gardener interns will work with Extension staff and local Master Gardeners in the Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Unit area to complete required volunteer time through approved community service projects.

 

Go to https://master-gardener.extension.illinois.edu/mgot to read more about the program.  

 

University of Illinois Extension Offers Program on Gardening For Birds

The fall series of the Four Seasons Gardening Program from the University of Illinois Extension concludes with a session titled “Gardening For Birds”.

 

If you plant it, they will come.  This program is not just a program with a plant list, but a thoughtful way to incorporate birds , and all their joy, into your garden. Join Peggy Doty, Extension Educator, to consider not only the bird’s needs, but also the needs of you, your family, children or grandchildren, pets, and of course the current plants in your garden. 

This program will be offered via a live webinar on Tuesday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the following University of Illinois Extension Offices: Bureau County in Princeton; Marshall-Putnam Counties in Henry; and LaSalle County in Ottawa. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever you have internet access by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.  This is the final session of the fall series.

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

 

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

 

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

 

November Board Report

An agriculture complex at Illinois Valley Community College took a major step forward Thursday with board approval of construction contracts totaling more than $600,000 for a storage and routine maintenance facility.

    

The 6,000-square-foot metal building will be located just south of campus on the site of the dairy barn that was demolished last December. It will house equipment leased to the ag program such as tractors, planters and implements. 

    

The board approved the bids of Vissering Construction of Streator to construct the building for $521,100 and JB Contracting Corporation of La Salle to provide the electrical work for $63,653. Total construction costs of $613,990 include a 5 percent contingency.

In a related action, the board approved transfer of $66,190 to be added to the Capital Development Board trust account at Midland States Bank for the building’s construction. 

The college has received over $300,000 in state support for the facility: $164,790 in deferred maintenance and $150,000 in Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO) funding.

 

Phase II of the agriculture complex is a 6,800-square-foot Agriculture Center complete with a soils lab, classroom/computer lab, conference room, student collaborative space and more. The college hopes to have the entire complex complete by 2022.

 

In other business, trustees approved a tentative $12.5 million tax levy request for 2019, up less than five percent over the actual 2018 levy extension of $11.9 million.

 

“The estimated tax rate is .3642, a decrease of slightly less than one percent,” said IVCC Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema. “Though our tax rate is estimated to drop, for homeowners this is less than a one percent decrease in IVCC’s portion of their tax bill and in almost all cases will be less than a $5 decrease.”

 

The estimated equalized assessed valuation (EAV) of $3.4 billion is 4.99 percent over 2018. The increase will not require a public notice or public hearing when trustees move for final approval Dec. 12. 

 

IVCC levies taxes in all or parts of eight counties: La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Lee, Livingston, Grundy and DeKalb.

 

    The board also approved:

  • Seeking bids for 10 Amatrol portable PLC Troubleshooting Learning Systems for electrical, electronics and renewable energy programs for an estimated $168,300 – a cost covered by the IVCC Foundation.  

  • Purchase of 280 tons of rock salt from Cargill for about $21,000 or nearly $75 per ton. 

  • Renewal of 21 licenses for the use of the Career Cruising website for $11,445 for 2020.

  • Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) projects totaling over $1.3 million including air handling unit replacements for the gym ($674,877) and Cultural Centre ($333,960), bleacher replacement in the gym ($314,600) and exhaust system upgrades for the automotive lab ($43,833).

  • Increasing student worker wages in January to $9.25 per hour to comply with a state mandate for incremental minimum wage increases. To cover the current 68 student workers, payroll would increase $1,350 per week.

  • The bid of German-Bliss Equipment of Princeville for a full-size 4x4 Polaris utility vehicle for $17,350.

  • Changes to two board policies.

  • Following closed session, the board approved a letter of agreement with the American Federation of Teachers Local 1810 regarding professional development. Full-time faculty are allotted $1,000 annually for professional development. If they exceed that amount in 2019-20, the letter of agreement allows them to borrow against their 2020-21 allotment.

  • Also after closed session, the board hired Kathryn “Kaity” Griswold as the first instructor for the new Medical Assistant program. Griswold has a bachelor’s in healthcare management and medical assisting diploma from Rasmussen College in Rockford; she also has completed a phlebotomy certificate and EMT-B coursework from IVCC. She has worked three years as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) among her 14 years in healthcare. 

Board members learned:

  • In a campus update on employee demographics, Director of Human Resources Leslie Hofer said only 15 percent of the full-time employees eligible to retire in fiscal 2019 actually retired. 

  • English/reading instructor Jean Forst will be eligible for tenure in January.

  • Assistant director of admissions and records Aseret Loveland was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Bureau County Republican and was among seven honorees at an Oct. 17 program in Princeton.

  • Corcoran and four other community college presidents met recently with ISU’s Dean of the College of Education Jim Wolfinger as part of a teacher-education pipeline task force. “One of our initial purposes was to address the teacher shortage, especially in rural communities. By working with ISU, our hope is to develop strategies for high school-community college-ISU pathways which could be of particular interest to returning-adult educator programs,” said Corcoran. 

  • A total of 28 graduates were honored at the Oct. 19 Results University graduation. In the three years IVCC has hosted, 135 certificates have been granted to Results Companies employees.

  • IVCC may soon be home to an office and dedicated classroom for the Central Illinois Police Training Center Mobile Training Unit #7. Corcoran credited IVCC criminal justice instructor Kevin Hermes and La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton for the work that led to the potential partnership.  

  • Nearly 400 prospective students and family members met with representatives from over 40 colleges and universities at the Oct. 22 College and Career Night in the gym. 

  • Hundreds of high school students attended the 7th Annual North Central Illinois Discover Manufacturing Career Expo Oct. 29. Students began the day at one of 11 manufacturers then visited IVCC’s manufacturing facilities.

  • About 25 former employees attended the Foundation’s 14th annual IVCC-LPO Retirees Reception Nov. 7 in the cyber café. 

  • The Nov. 13 Explore IVCC attracted approximately 250 prospective students and family members to meet with academic program coordinators and instructors. 

 

IVCC hosts 12th Annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair Dec. 4

Illinois Valley Community College hosts its 12th annual Holiday Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Peter Miller Community Technology Center.

 

Fair coordinator Gerilynn Smith said, “We have over 30 vendors with a wide variety of items for holiday shopping. Many items are handmade by local artists and crafters. Commercial products are available as well. There will be a large raffle with items donated by this year’s participants.”

Sale items include jewelry, holiday gift baskets, ink paintings, hand-painted windows, woodwork, cookies, candies, organic beauty products, florals, scarves, wreaths, swags, pillows, blown glass, infant and toddler clothing and accessories, kitchen towels, hotpads, placemats, shell and sea glass artwork, handmade greeting cards, gloves, teas and more.

 

Sponsored by the IVCC Support Staff Service Project Team, proceeds benefit the team’s Earth Day 2020 Program. For information, visit www.ivcc.edu/craftfair.

Tigers Use Strong Defense and Balanced Offense To Reach 3A Semifinals

The Princeton Tigers are heading to the Class 3A Football State Semifinals after topping Paxton-Buckley-Loda 38-12 in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Bryant Field.

 

The only scoring of the first quarter was a pair of touchdowns by the Tigers on a Ronde Worrels 80 yard run with 2:51 left and Max Taylor's 75 yard punt return at :24 to make it 14-0 after one.  Gunner Belt hit Gavin Coplea with a 39 yard TD pass for the Panthers to cut the PHS lead to 14-6 midway through the second quarter but the Tigers responded with a 15 yard Worrels score to lead 21-6 at halftime.

 

PBL got the first score of the third quarter on a 2 yard run by Drake Schrodt.  Both 2 point conversion tries in the game ended in incomplete passes for the Panthers.  Branden Haring caught an 18 yard TD pass from Tyler Gibson at the 3:24 mark of the third quarter to put the Tigers up 28-12.  PHS kicker Jaimie Reinhardt booted a 23 yard field goal early in the 4th to make it 31-12.  Reinhardt was also perfect on all five of his PAT kicks.  Gibson and Haring connected on a 35 yard pass with 5:00 left in the game to put the Tigers up 38-12.  Teegan Davis made an interception late in the game for the Big Blue.  Haring was named the Illinois Valley Container Player of the Game.

 

The #1 seed Tigers improved to 11-1 and will face the 11-1 Byron Tigers in the semifinals.  The #2 seed Byron advanced with a 32-0 win over Wilmington.  The exact day and time for the game has not yet been announced but you can hear all Tigers football playoff games on WZOE-AM 1490, streaming at princetonnewsnow.com and at Facebook Live.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell have the call.

 

Here are the PHS scoring plays...

 

 

IVCC Offers Nursing Admission Information Session

A nursing admission information session will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Room CTC125.  Sponsored by the nursing department, counseling center and admissions and records, the session will cover admission requirements and courses students should take before applying to either the associate degree (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs.  Due to space limitations, students are encouraged to RSVP through the web form  at https://www.ivcc.edu/admissions/nursingadmissions.php or contact Kathy Sramek at (815) 224-0439 or kathy_sramek@ivcc.edu.

Fourth Illinois Resident Dies After Vaping

A fourth Illinois resident has died after recently vaping and being hospitalized with a severe lung injury, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Thursday.  The IDPH is not releasing more information on the person who died, including his or her county of residence.  Illinois has had 179 cases of people who have experienced lung injury after using e-cigarettes or vaping and four have died.  Cases have been reported in 32 counties statewide, including LaSalle, McLean, Tazewell, Woodford, DeWitt and Peoria.  The agency is working with local health departments on another 41 possible cases.  Nationwide, there have been more than 2,000 cases and at least 40 people have died.  The IDPH is strongly urging people not to use e-cigarettes or vaping products that contain THC, especially those obtained through informal sources like off the street or online dealers.  Anyone who experiences chest pain or difficulty breathing after vaping should call 911.

Princeton Tiger Athletic Booster Club Opens Online Clothing Store

TIGER FANS! Want to show your spirit with some new gear? Or maybe you are looking for a Christmas gift idea? The Athletic Booster Club has opened their online clothing store for a limited time. On Facebook, search the Princeton Tiger Athletic Booster Club. You’ll find the link to the online store there. Better hurry! The store closes Wednesday, November 20. All proceeds from the online store go back to the 19 boys and girls athletic programs at Princeton High School. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Booster Club gave just over $25,000 to the PHS athletic department to be used for uniforms and equipment.

State Seeks SBA Disaster Assistance to Aid Flood Recovery Efforts

The State of Illinois is seeking additional recovery assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to aid homeowners and business owners along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers who were impacted by the historic 2019 flood.  Today, Governor JB Pritzker submitted a formal request to the SBA seeking a disaster declaration. 

 

If approved, an SBA declaration would pave the way for low-interest, long-term loans for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters would also be eligible to apply for loans to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.  Businesses and private non-profit organizations would be eligible to apply for loans to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

 

“While we are disappointed that our request for FEMA assistance was denied, we must move quickly to secure assistance for flood survivors,” said Acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “We are approaching the winter months. Residents and business owners who need repairs to their homes are running out of time. These river communities have been waiting for more than three months to receive help from the federal government. We are hopeful for an expedited approval from the SBA so that communities can begin to heal.”

 

To be eligible for an SBA declaration, at least 25 homes and/or businesses in a county must sustain major, uninsured losses of 40 percent or more.  After reviewing the results of a joint preliminary damage assessment, state officials believe that Stephenson, Rock Island, Jersey and Alexander counties would meet the SBA criteria for a disaster declaration.  If approved, this would also make the following contiguous counties eligible for disaster loans and assistance: Jo Daviess, Winnebago, Carroll, Ogle, Whiteside, Henry, Mercer, Calhoun, Greene, Macoupin, Madison, Union and Pulaski.

 

For individuals and homeowners who still need immediate assistance in the wake of these devastating floods, the State of Illinois has a comprehensive flood recovery website dedicated to assisting flood survivors. From mortgage assistance, emergency housing and debris removal, available resources can be found online at www2.illinois.gov/2019floods.

HCE Cookie Walk 2019

Let the Bureau County HCE (Home and Community Education) group help you get a head start on your holiday baked goods. Join them at the Prouty Building, 435 S. Main St., Princeton, on Friday, December 6th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. for their annual Christmas cookie walk.  Bureau County HCE helps support local youth through school supply donations and is a supporter of the University of Illinois Extension, Bureau County 4-H. 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. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/.  If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at (815) 875-2878. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. 

 

Putnam County Docket

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2019TR000481 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000481 D 001 DAUBER, FAITH C .00 IBond/Recog DAUBER, FAITH C COPELAND, ROLAND (#00106) 001 001 DRIVING 15-20 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 7538 9:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00

 

2019CM000007 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CM000007 D 001 HERNANDEZ, JONATHON T R BOLIN, ROGER C (PD) .00 Notice/Appear HERNANDEZ, JONATHON T R PYSZKA, TIMOTHY (#00104) 001 001 CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR/MINOR A 0235 ILCS 5.0/6-20(e) 2523 9:00 Plea MACK A 0:00 

 

2015CF000012 TRIDENT JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2015CF000012 *D 001 HILL, JOSHUA A .00 Unknown HILL, JOSHUA A 001 001 POSS CANNABIS/500<2,000 GRAMS 3 0720 ILCS 550.0/4(e) 12 002 001 MFG/DEL CANNABIS/500<2000 GR 2 0720 ILCS 550.0/5(e) 12 OWED: 10,200.00 PD: 9,150.00 CRED: .00 BAL: 1,050.00 DUE: 11/14/2019 LST PMT: 9/23/2019 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00

 

2019CM000016 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CM000016 D 001 SWISKOWSKI, JOHN D NOLASCO, RAYMOND R .00 Unknown SWISKOWSKI, JOHN D 001 001 POSS HYPO/SYRINGE/NEEDLES/1ST A 0720 ILCS 635.0/1 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

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2018TR000428 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018TR000428 D 001 WEISS, CARISSA M .00 Unknown WEISS, CARISSA M CALBOW, BRETT (#00106) 001 001 OPERATE UNINSURED MTR VEHICLE P 0625 ILCS 5.0/3-707(a) X 11728 9:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00

 

2019SC000046 Contract (<=$2500) 2019SC000046 P 001 CITIBANK, N A PRETET, TRACIE .00 CITIBANK, N A VS. D 001 CEBALLOS, RUFINO .00 CEBALLOS, RUFINO 9:30 Summons/subp/rtn MACK A 0:00 

 

2019SC000074 Contract (<=$2500) 2019SC000074 P 001 CAVALRY SPV I, LLC GEORGE, KRISTINE .00 CAVALRY SPV I, LLC VS. D 001 COMERFORD, ROBERT T .00 COMERFORD, ROBERT T 9:30 Complaint MACK A 0:00 

 

2017CM000001 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2017CM000001 *D 001 FLORES, MAXIE PRO SE .00 Unknown FLORES, MAXIE MOORE, KEVIN (#00105) 001 001 DOMESTIC BATTERY/BODILY HARM A 0720 ILCS 5.0/12-3.2(a)(1) OWED: 870.00 PD: 870.00 CRED: .00 BAL: .00 DUE: 11/14/2019 LST PMT: 7/26/2018 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

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2018CV000023 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018CV000023 Y D 001 GOLGIN, TRACY W BOLIN, ROGER C .00 Other Case GOLGIN, TRACY W FINN, ROBERT (#00492) 001 001 VIO WHILE UNDER REVOC/SUSP A 0515 ILCS 5.0/20-105 X 598397 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2018CV000024 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018CV000024 Y D 001 GOLGIN, TRACY W BOLIN, ROGER C .00 Other Case GOLGIN, TRACY W FINN, ROBERT (#00492) 001 001 DLY LMT/N PIKE/SAUGER/WALLEYE B 0515 ILCS 5.0/10-25(a) 598398 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CM000017 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CM000017 D 001 KIEHN, ROBERT W BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER .00 Unknown KIEHN, ROBERT W 001 001 POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA A 0720 ILCS 600.0/3.5(a) 2904 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019SC000062 Contract $2,500.01-$10,000.00 2019SC000062 P 001 CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N A RILEY, JEROME .00 CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N A VS. D 001 NANCE, SHARON M .00 NANCE, SHARON M 9:30 Complaint MACK A 0:00 

 

2019SC000075 Contract (<=$2500) 2019SC000075 P 001 CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N A GEORGE, KRISTINE .00 CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N A VS. D 001 NANCE, SHARON M .00 NANCE, SHARON M 9:30 Complaint MACK A 0:00 

 

2017CM000027 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2017CM000027 *D 001 PROKUP, STEVEN A 250.00 Unknown PROKUP, STEVEN A 001 001 BAD CHECKS/OBTAIN CONTROL PROP A 0720 ILCS 5.0/17-1(B)(1) 002 001 BAD CHECKS/OBTAIN CONTROL PROP A 0720 ILCS 5.0/17-1(B)(1) 003 001 BAD CHECKS/OBTAIN CONTROL PROP A 0720 ILCS 5.0/17-1(B)(1) OWED: 2,229.19 PD: 775.00 CRED: .00 BAL: 1,454.19 DUE: 10/17/2019 LST PMT: 10/23/2019 9:30 Bond date MACK A 0:00

 

 2017CM000005 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2017CM000005 *D 001 TILLOTSON, BILLY R BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) .00 Notice/Appear TILLOTSON, BILLY R BUSH, JACOB (#00113) 001 001 THEFT CONTROL INTENT <$500 A 0720 ILCS 5.0/16-1(a)(1)(A) 2801 OWED: 13,301.17 PD: .00 CRED: .00 BAL: 13,301.17 DUE: 11/14/2019 LST PMT: 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00

 

 2019TR000316 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000316 D 001 TILLOTSON, BILLY R BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) .00 Notice/Appear TILLOTSON, BILLY R HAAGE, CHAD W (#00102) 001 001 IMPROPER TURN SIGNAL P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-804(b) 12626 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000317 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000317 D 001 TILLOTSON, BILLY R BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) .00 Other Case TILLOTSON, BILLY R HAAGE, CHAD W (#00102) 001 001 IMPROPER TURN SIGNAL P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-804(b) 12627 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000318 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000318 D 001 TILLOTSON, BILLY R BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) .00 Other Case TILLOTSON, BILLY R HAAGE, CHAD W (#00102) 001 001 DRIVING ON REVOKED LICENSE 

 

2019TR000319 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000319 D 001 TILLOTSON, BILLY R BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) .00 Other Case TILLOTSON, BILLY R HAAGE, CHAD W (#00102) 001 001 FLEEING/ATTEMPT ELUDE OFFICER A 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-204(a) X 12629 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019LM000005 Arbitration & Awd (>$15K-$50K) 2019LM000005 P 001 DISCOVER BANK DUNN, MELISSA .00 DISCOVER BANK VS. D 001 VULCANI, FRANK M .00 VULCANI, FRANK M 9:30 Summons/subp/rtn MACK A 0:00 

2019CM000002 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CM000002 D 001 WEITZEL, CRYSTAL M BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) 200.00 Unknown WEITZEL, CRYSTAL M 001 001 DOMESTIC BATTERY/BODILY HARM A 0720 ILCS 5.0/12-3.2(a)(1) 2 9:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019TR000392 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000392 D 001 GISLER, STACY L .00 IBond/Recog GISLER, STACY L LENDY, PAULA (#00124) 001 001 DRIVING 11-14 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 7529 10:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00

 

2019TR000453 Granville JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019TR000453 D 001 GOODMAN, AMY J .00 IBond/Recog GOODMAN, AMY J LENDY, PAULA (#00124) 001 001 DRIVING 11-14 MPH ABOVE LIMIT P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-601(b) 7534 10:00 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019SC000034 Small Claims >$2500 <=$10000 2019SC000034 P 001 MIDLAND FUNDING LLC MORTELL, KEVIN W .00 MIDLAND FUNDING LLC VS. D 001 HEUSER, GINA .00 HEUSER, GINA 10:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CF000008 County Crm & Juv JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CF000008 D 001 SCOTT, DONALD E BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER (PD) .00 Unknown SCOTT, DONALD E 001 001 BURGLARY 2 0720 ILCS 5.0/19-1(a) MISSING DCN FOR THIS CASE 10:00 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019L 000003 Wrongful Death 2019L 000003 P 001 DUNBAR, JACQUELINE SCHULMAN, BRADLEY .00 DUNBAR, JACQUELINE VS. D 001 CARLSON, WADE D MD ET AL .00 CARLSON, WADE D MD ET AL D 002 OSF MULTI-SPECIALTY GROUP D/B/A OS PLACHER, JESSE 414.50 OSF MULTI-SPECIALTY GROUP D/B/A OS ABBOTT, KEVIN 10:30 Case mgt conf MACK A 0:00 

 

2019D 000010 Dissolution (w/Child) 2019D 000010 P 001 RICE, HILLARY ROSELYN GEARHART, GARY .00 RICE, HILLARY ROSELYN VS. D 001 RICE, JOSHUA J DUNN, JEFFREY M .00 RICE, JOSHUA J 10:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2018DT000005 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018DT000005 D 001 HALL, AUSTIN E 580.00 Unknown W HALL, AUSTIN E W CALBOW, BRETT (#00106) 001 001 DRVG UNDER INFLU/BAC 0.08 A 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-501(a)(1) X 10912 002 001 DRVG UNDER INFLU OF ALCOHOL A 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-501(a)(2) X 10911 OWED: 225.00 PD: 225.00 CRED: .00 BAL: .00 DUE: 10/17/2019 LST PMT: 6/14/2019 11:00 Bond forfeiture MACK A 0:00 

 

2018TR000206 County Traffic JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2018TR000206 D 001 HALL, AUSTIN E .00 Unknown W HALL, AUSTIN E W CALBOW, BRETT (#00106) 001 001 STOP/STAND/PARK/NON-BUS DIST P 0625 ILCS 5.0/11-1301 10910 

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2017LM000003 Eviction (Rent>$50K) 2017LM000003 P 001 CREW, ROBERT ET AL FROST, JACOB J .00 CREW, ROBERT ET AL * VS. D 001 LANHAM, TROY ET AL .00 LANHAM, TROY ET AL *D 002 LANHAM, TIFFANY .00 LANHAM, TIFFANY *P 002 CREW, PATRICIA FROST, JACOB J .00 CREW, PATRICIA 1:30 Rule/show cause MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CH000001 Injunction 2019CH000001 P 001 SCIUBISZ, STELLA ET AL FROST, JACOB J .00 SCIUBISZ, STELLA ET AL VS. D 001 SHEHEE, KIRSTEN ET AL .00 SHEHEE, KIRSTEN ET AL D 002 SHEHEE, JAMES ROSENTHAL, ARI .00 SHEHEE, JAMES LARSON, JAMES D 003 LAKE THUNDERBIRD ASSOCIATION ARRIGO, JAMES .00 LAKE THUNDERBIRD ASSOCIATION P 002 SCIUBISZ, MARCIN FROST, JACOB J .00 SCIUBISZ, MARCIN 1:30 Status hearing MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CV000007 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CV000007 D 001 TONELLI, JOSEPH A HERRMANN, PATRICK J .00 IBond/Recog TONELLI, JOSEPH A WILLAND, LOGAN (#00564) 001 001 FALSIFY RECORD A 0520 ILCS 5.0/2.38(2) 600443 1:30 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CV000008 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CV000008 D 001 TONELLI, JOSEPH A HERRMANN, PATRICK J .00 Other Case TONELLI, JOSEPH A WILLAND, LOGAN (#00564) 001 001 ILLEG HUNTING OF WILD TURKEY B 0520 ILCS 5.0/2.11 X 600444 1:30 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CV000009 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CV000009 D 001 TONELLI, JOSEPH A HERRMANN, PATRICK J .00 Other Case TONELLI, JOSEPH A WILLAND, LOGAN (#00564) 001 001 USE LICENSE ISSUED TO ANOTHER A 0520 ILCS 5.0/2.38(5) 600445 MISSING DCN FOR THIS CASE 1:30 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CV000010 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CV000010 D 001 TONELLI, JOSEPH A HERRMANN, PATRICK J .00 Other Case TONELLI, JOSEPH A WILLAND, LOGAN (#00564) 001 001 ILLEG HUNTING OF WILD TURKEY B 0520 ILCS 5.0/2.11 X 600446 1:30 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

 2019CV000011 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CV000011 D 001 TONELLI, JOSEPH A HERRMANN, PATRICK J .00 Other Case TONELLI, JOSEPH A WILLAND, LOGAN (#00564) 001 001 ILLEG HUNTING OF WILD TURKEY B 0520 ILCS 5.0/2.11 X 600447 1:30 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2019CV000012 State Conservation JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA 2019CV000012 D 001 TONELLI, JOSEPH A HERRMANN, PATRICK J .00 Other Case TONELLI, JOSEPH A WILLAND, LOGAN (#00564) 001 001 ILLEGAL POSSESSION/WILD TURKEY B 0520 ILCS 5.0/2.9 X 600448 1:30 First appearance MACK A 0:00 

 

2018D 000009 Dissolution 2018D 000009 P 001 WARD, CHRISTY L MURPHY, PATRICK .00 WARD, CHRISTY L VS. D 001 WARD, CHARLES R JR HARRIS, HOLLY M .00 WARD, CHARLES R JR OWED: PD: 172.00 CRED: .00 DUE: LST PMT: 9/24/2018 2:00 Pre-trial MACK A 0:00

 

 2019JD000007P 000 IN THE INTEREST OF JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA .00 2019JD000007 IN THE INTEREST OF 

M 001 SECURED BOLIN, ROGER C .00 Unknown SECURED 2:00 Adjudicatory hrg MACK A 0:00 

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2019JD000005P 000 IN THE INTEREST OF JUDD-MENNIE, CHRISTINA .00 2019JD000005 IN THE INTEREST OF 

M 001 SECURED BOLIN, ROGER PUBLIC DEFENDER .00 Unknown SECURED 2:15 Review MACK A 0:00 

 

IL Department on Aging recognizes National Caregivers Month

 As we begin National Family Caregivers Month, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) would like to highlight its supportive dementia gap filling initiative, Caregiver Support Program, and the resources available for people who are caring for older Illinoisans.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of care provided in the community is conducted by unpaid caregivers, primarily family members. In Illinois, there are over 590,000 family caregivers providing an estimated 671 million hours of unpaid care during any given year. Additionally, it is projected that the number of individuals age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease will increase to 18% by 2025.

 

Because of this, $1 million in new funding was included in IDoA’s 2020 budget to enhance the Caregiver Support Program adding additional educational programs for family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD). The 13 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) have developed specific policies for implementing service in their area.

“Caregivers also need support, or they risk putting their own health and well-being at risk,” said Paula Basta, Director of IDoA. “I would like to remind everyone to keep an eye out for friends and family who are caregivers and take a moment to support those who support others.”

 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 in 5 Illinois adults are caregivers. Of these caregivers, about 16% are 65 years of age or older themselves, and almost a third provide care for at least 20 hours per week. Support those who support others with these tips:

 

• Checking in - Isolation or feeling alone is a significant challenge when providing care for someone. A phone call to a caregiver just to check in, sending a note, or stopping by for a visit can make a significant difference and help them feel supported. Almost 1 in 10 caregivers said they had no one to talk to about private matters and 1 in 5 said they had no one to call for help.

 

• Everyone needs a break - Volunteer to spend time with the person and allow the caregiver a chance to run errands, go to their own doctor's appointment, participate in a support group or engage in an activity that helps them recharge. More than 60% of family caregivers must juggle their home lives with working a paid job and meeting the needs of the relatives or friends in their care.

 

• Holiday help - Support caregivers around the holidays by offering to help with cooking, cleaning or gift shopping. If a caregiver has traditionally hosted family celebrations, offer your home instead.

 

The use of respite assistance is not a new concept; in Illinois and across the nation, the use of respite assistance has been a successful tool to engage the community and allow families time to take care of themselves so that they can continue to care for their loved ones.

 

The Caregiver Support Program, managed by IDoA in partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging and local community-service providers, provide information to family caregivers about available services, individual counseling, support groups or caregiver training; assistance in gaining access to services; as well as supplemental services on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by family caregivers. All the resources are meant to provide respite care to a family caregiver. For more information on the Caregiver Support Program, visit www.illinois.gov/aging, and click on the Caregiver Support Program tab.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28th

The Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton along with New Hope Nazarene Church and St. Louis Catholic Church will host a Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm.  The dinner will be at the Evangelical Covenant Church located at 24 N. Main St.

 

This is our 19th year in providing a free Thanksgiving Dinner to anyone who wishes to have a meal.  No RSVP’s are needed and carry outs are available. If you need transportation to and from the church or a meal delivered to your home, please contact Dan Gerber at 815-503-0049 by Wednesday, November 27th.    

 

ISU Honors Burrows

Illinois State University College of Business honored fourteen recipients one each for the 14 degree programs with the Early Career Achievement Award, Friday, October 25 in Bloomington, Illinois. The honorees selected demonstrate a commitment of service to others, professional development and the five core principals of responsibility, honor, respect, fairness and trust. Organizational leadership recipient was Kyle Burrows, BS, FASPR, Perry Memorial Clinic Operations Coordinator, received the award for Organizational Leadership a graduate in 2012. 

 

This honor is awarded during Homecoming Celebrations at Illinois State University where the young professionals return to campus for the celebration. The young alumni share their innovative leadership ideas and advice with current College of Business students during a panel discussion. Kyle began his career at Perry Memorial Hospital in the dietary department while in high school and summers during college. He returned after college graduation as the Patient Advocate and Professional Recruiter. Kyle became Clinic Operations Coordinator in May 2018 and oversees participation in the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization as the Perry Memorial liaison.

Farm Bureau Shares the Harvest

Each year one American farmer feeds 155 people. In recognition of their hard work, the Women's Committee and the Young Leader Committee donated enough food to feed 155 people! Happy Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the farmers who feed us!

 

This donation which consisted of 13 complete Thanksgiving Meals.  13 Turkeys, 26 cans of sweet potatoes, 26 cans of cranberry sauce, 13 boxes of instant potatoes, 13 packages of stuffing, 26 cans of green beans, 13 packages of rolls, 26 jars of apple sauce, 13 boxes of cake mix and 13 cans of frosting took place on Tuesday, November 5th at the food pantry in Walnut.  

 

Letter from the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Administrator

As I travel across the state the past several weeks, I have witnessed historic sites pleading their cases to the public about their financial needs.  Historic places, such as the Ronald Reagan House in Dixon and Starved Rock Park, have been in the news describing their need for additional funding. Thus, I believe that it is time for us to speak up as well.  It is time for us to stand up for the Bishop Hill State Historic Site.  

 

Swedish immigrants led by Eric Janson started the Bishop Hill Colony as a religious communal society in 1846.  The Colony disbanded in 1861 but 18 Colony Buildings still remain and are still in use today. Because of its huge impact on immigration, Bishop Hill is a National Historic Landmark.  According to the National Park Service, there are almost 2,600 NHLs found in the U.S. today. The Secretary of the Interior designates these places as exceptional because of their abilities to illustrate U.S. heritage.  The Bishop Hill State Historic Site protects and preserves the Bishop Hill Colony NHL, which, according to the NPS, represents outstanding aspects of American history and culture.

 

The Bishop Hill State Historic Site consist of the Bishop Hill State Museum, Bjorklund Hotel, park, Boys Dormitory, Colony Church, and several other buildings.  Due to budget impasses in Springfield, much needed maintenance and repairs have been postponed again and again on these Colony buildings, especially the Colony Church.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages the state historic sites, including the Bishop Hill State Historic Site.

 

For those of us who believe strongly in preserving the heritage of the Bishop Hill Colony and its impact on local, state, and national history, it is time to let the DNR in Springfield know that we also care about our history and request that additional funding be budgeted to the Bishop Hill State Historic Site for building repairs.  Please contact the DNR by whatever medium you are most comfortable with, through their Facebook Page, their website at dnr.illinois.gov, by phone 217-782-6302 or by letter to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271 .  Please address all correspondence to the head of the DNR, Director Colleen Callahan. The more people speak up, the more likely action will be taken.  If we don’t speak up for the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, who will?

 

Walmart Announces Hiring Numbers for Illinois Veterans

During the annual Veterans Day celebration at its Home Office today, Walmart announced it has hired more than 243,000 veterans nationwide since launching the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in 2013. The Company also reported more than 39,000 veteran associates have earned promotions since joining the Walmart and Sam’s Club teams.

 

In Illinois, Walmart has hired more than 6,900 veterans since the Commitment was made six years ago.

 

On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with an initial goal of hiring 100,000 veterans. Two years later, the company expanded the original projection with the goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020 and remains ahead of schedule to meet that goal.

 

“It’s our honor to support veterans and military families,” said Retired Brig. Gen. Gary Profit, Walmart senior director of military programs. “These men and women are assets to our workforce, bringing the type of experience and work ethic we value here at Walmart. We’re proud to continue providing quality career opportunities when they return home.”

 

Walmart recognized veterans, their spouses and families across the country with dozens of in-store

ceremonies and events. Nationally, Walmart associates and local stores shared Facebook

“thank you” messages to veterans and their families.

 

More Than 14,000 Military Spouses Hired in First Year

On Veterans Day 2018, Walmart announced an additional focus related to its commitment to veterans and their families with the Military Spouse Career Connection (MSCC). Through the MSCC, Walmart provides hiring preference to military spouses, becoming the largest U.S. company to make such a commitment, and offers a program complementing its pledge to hiring returning veterans.

 

The first military spouse associates were officially hired within weeks of the company committing to MSCC, and since that time Walmart has hired more than 14,000 nationally.

 

“This company has a long history of supporting members of the military and their families,” said Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner. “Last year, we decided to address the high unemployment rate among military spouses, by launching the Military Spouse Career Connection. Military spouses are capable and qualified for a variety of jobs offered by Walmart and Sam’s Club, and we wanted many more of them to join our family.”

 

According to the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership, 77 percent of military spouses want or need work, yet they face barriers to finding and maintaining employment due to the frequent relocation of their active duty spouses.

 

The DoD Military Spouse Employment Partnership also reports that more than 36 percent of military spouses relocated within the last 12 months, and this more than doubled their odds for being unemployed.

 

“Our military spouses make daily sacrifices on behalf of their uniformed spouses and their families,” said Dale Murphy, Walmart VP and Regional General Manager. “We have tremendous respect for all they do and want to help them find work and possibly grow an amazing career. They will always have a home with us at Walmart and Sam’s Club.”

 

For more information about Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment and the Military Spouse Career Connection, visit walmartcareerswithamission.com.

Tomte Naming Contest and Workshops in Bishop Hill

The chainsaw sculptures of two giant Tomte in front of The Bishop Hill Creative Commons have become social media stars! These traditional Swedish garden gnomes were carved during the fall harvest festival, Jordbruksdagarna, by local artist Bryner Chainsaw of Kewanee. They are lighting up social media with hundreds of likes and shares. As soon as they are named they will have their own instagram account. This is where the Commons is asking for your help. The first week of Julmarknad, The Commons is collecting suggestions of names for both him and her. Please stop in at The Commons and add your ideas. Keep track on social media and like the ones you prefer. At the end of the Christmas Market they will narrow the choices down to four or five and then open it to a public vote. Again, folks can vote in person or on-line. During Lucia Nights they will reveal the names that the public chooses.

 

And for those who do not speak Swedish, a Tomte is more than just a garden gnome, these magical creatures help take care of the earth, tending both livestock and helping wild creatures, mending fences and tending crops. During the holidays it is a tradition to leave out a bowl of porridge with butter to thank them for their help. Throughout the seasons folks are encouraged to take a selfie with the Tomte. 
 

The Commons is also hosting a few make-it, take-it hands-on craft workshop so you can make your own tomte tree ornament on Saturday morning November 30 and make a Sock Tomte December 7. Many of the artists in the Commons are making Tomte themed crafts. VASA is hosting storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis for Lucia Nights December 14th when he will be telling Tomte Tales.
 

The whole town is gearing up for their annual celebration of the Scandinavian roots of Christmas. The Poppy Barn makes large Julbach. Hantverk Pottery has tomte and julbach themed bowls, mugs, and Christmas ornaments. And the Colony Store has a wide array of Tomte and julbach imported from Sweden. Bishop Hill aims to be your headquarters for all things Tomte!

 

 

Make your own Tomte Tree Ornament!

Saturday morning November 30, from 9-11 am folks can make their own Tomte Tree ornament with wool felt and faux fur. The Commons is asking for a small donation of $5 per tomte to help cover material costs. This project requires a fair amount of sewing so it is a great project for older kids and parents to do together. If handy with a needle and thread the project can be finished in 10-15 minutes. Teaching sessions will start at 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30. Sign up is encouraged to insure that there is enough material on-hand. Folks are welcome to make extra as gifts for their entire family.

 

Make your own Sock Tomte!

Saturday December 7 from 9-11 am. Bring an old sock or two, something fuzzy or blue for the body and something brightly patterned or red for the hat. A plain white footy makes the best base. We will provide extra socks if you need them, as well as the faux fur for the beard, needles and thread, and the stuffing to fill their bodies. The Commons is asking for a small donation of $5 to $10 per tomte to cover material costs, (depending on whether or not one uses their own socks.) This requires some sewing, but is easy enough for younger children with some adult assistance. Plan about 15-20 minutes for each sock Tomte. Teaching sessions will start at 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30. Sign up is encouraged so there is enough material for everyone.  If time and talent allows, someone could make a whole family of Tomte to share with their family.


 

For more information Call Brian “Fox” Ellis @ 309-696-1017 or email foxtqales@foxtalesint.com

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL ENCOURAGES VETERANS TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS

Attorney General Kwame Raoul today honored the service of Illinois’ veterans and encouraged veterans and active duty service members to contact his office to access resources and better understand their rights. Raoul also urged veterans to be vigilant for scams related to their service.

 

The Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA), which went into effect Jan. 1, was initiated by the Attorney General’s office to strengthen and simplify state laws designed to provide employment protections to service members. The law also created the position of an ISERRA Advocate within the Attorney General’s office to provide training, information to employers and service members, and to enforce the act. Raoul is encouraging veterans and active duty service members who have questions to contact his Military and Veterans Rights Helpline at 1-800-382-3000 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY).

 

“The men and women who have served in the military, along with their families, have made tremendous sacrifices to serve our nation and protect our freedom,” Raoul said. “We honor them on Veterans Day and every day. I am committed to protecting the rights of our nation’s veterans and military service members and am expanding my office’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau in order to better serve them and ensure these brave men and women receive the benefits they deserve.”

 

Raoul’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau handles a wide variety of financial and legal concerns affecting the military and veterans, such as military employment rights, housing, consumer fraud, and scams connected with benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to a 2017 AARP study, nearly 80 percent of the veterans surveyed reported being targeted by scams related to their service. Raoul cautioned veterans that it could be a scam if they are approached or contacted by someone who claims to be:

 

  • Raising funds for military charities.
  • Offering to refinance VA loans.
  • Offering cash upfront in exchange for future disability or pension payments.
  • Telling veterans they qualify for money from government programs if they pay a fee or provide personal information.
  • Attempting to charge for military records or government forms.

 

Veterans and service members are often targeted with phishing scams in which a scammer claims to be a VA official and asks for personal information such as a Social Security number or banking information, saying they need to update the veteran’s records. Beginning last week, nationwide consumer reporting agencies are required to provide free electronic credit monitoring services for active duty service members and National Guard members, which can help them spot identity theft, should they fall victim to this type of scam. In addition to signing up for those services, Attorney General Raoul encourages veterans and service members to be vigilant, monitor all financial account statements and sign up for account alerts when a transaction over a certain amount occurs.

 

Attorney General Raoul has been committed to holding individuals accountable for taking advantage of veterans and veterans’ charities in order to make a profit. In February, Raoul’s office entered a consent decree with the American Association for Wartime Veterans, Atlantis Marketing Solutions, Mary Lou Schneider, and James Cauthorn over allegations the defendants misrepresented eligibility requirements for VA pension benefit programs in order to coerce veterans into purchasing financial products they did not need to qualify for the VA pension benefit program. In August, the Attorney General’s office successfully prosecuted a lawsuit against Lombard-based charity Veterans Christian Network, Inc., that was soliciting donations for veterans returning from combat but failed to use the money for programs benefitting veterans.

 

Attorney General Raoul has also advocated for additional protections for veterans in higher education as part of a coalition of state attorneys general. In May 2019, Raoul called on the U.S. Department of Education to automatically discharge student loans for totally and permanently disabled veterans. In April 2019, Raoul and members of the coalition called on the U.S. House Education and Labor and Veterans Affairs Committees to increase protections for veterans, who are often targets of for-profit schools.

 

Military service members, veterans and their families can contact Raoul’s Military and Veterans Rights Helpline for assistance at 1-800-382-3000 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY) or through the Attorney General’s website.

ATTORNEY GENERAL URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WITHDRAW PROPOSAL DELAYING ASYLUM-SEEKERS' ACCESS TO WORK PERMITS

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a coalition of 19 attorneys general, today filed a comment letter opposing a proposal by the federal government that would significantly hinder the ability of asylum-seekers to work legally in the United States.

 

Currently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has 30 days to review and decide asylum-seekers’ work permit applications following their submission. However, under the proposed rule, USCIS would eliminate that timeframe, forcing asylum-seekers to potentially wait indefinitely to find out if they will be authorized to work. The proposal would directly harm Illinois communities, and it ignores the vital economic contributions of immigrants in Illinois and throughout the country.

 

“The federal government’s efforts to eliminate the 30-day review period are unjust and should not be implemented,” Raoul said. “This proposal will harm asylum-seekers who seek to support their families by forcing them to find alternative and exploitative ways to live and work.”

 

Delaying decisions on work permits harms asylum-seekers and their families by preventing them from working legally, making it more difficult for them to adjust to life in the United States. Under the current system, asylum-seekers can apply for a work permit or Employment Authorization Document if their asylum application has been pending for 150 days. Once they file their application for employment authorization, USCIS must act on it within 30 days.

 

Currently, 96 percent of work permit applications are handled within the regulatory timeframe. Nevertheless, USCIS is seeking to create further delays in the existing system. In fact, the proposed rule would result in a 21 percent drop in timely adjudications, which according to USCIS’ own estimates would result in up to nearly $775 million in lost compensation annually. Forcing asylum-seekers to wait even longer before being able to legally work will negatively affect Illinois’ economy. Immigrant households, including those with asylum-seekers, contribute billions of dollars in state and local taxes every year and play an integral role in ensuring the success of the state’s economy.

 

The proposed rule also threatens asylum-seekers and their families by making them more likely to seek work through exploitative employers in the underground economy. Moreover, asylum-seekers without a stable income source are less likely to be able to hire an attorney, which can disrupt their ability to successfully establish a legitimate asylum claim.

 

Joining Raoul in filing the comment letter are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

Illinois to Seek Disaster Declaration from Small Business Administration to Aid 1.4M Illinois Residents

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today denied the state’s appeal for federal assistance to help residents in 22 counties recover from 2019’s severe storms and historic flooding along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.  In light of these new developments, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency will seek a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. If approved, an SBA disaster declaration would enable residents and business owners in the approved counties, and its contiguous counties, to apply for grants as well as low-interest, long-term loans.

 

To date, the federal government has approved public assistance funding for 28 counties in Illinois.  The federal public assistance program provides grants to assist state and local governments, nonprofits and houses of worship with the response and recovery costs associated with the declared disaster.  Under the guidelines of the PA program, local jurisdictions can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of eligible costs.  Based on the $61M in losses identified during the joint preliminary damage assessment, Illinois stands to receive an estimated $45.7M. Of that, FEMA has already obligated $1.3M to launch the public assistance program in Illinois. 

 

“While we are extremely disappointed that Illinois did not qualify for Individual Assistance funding, we will not give up fighting to provide resources to the citizens of Illinois,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Acting IEMA Director.  “We are committed to working with our federal delegation to encourage FEMA to change the eligibility requirements of the Individual Assistance program that hurts states like Illinois, and in the meantime, we will work with our state and federal partners to identify any other available resources.”

 

The state will work with the federal delegation to encourage changes to FEMA’s rules for determining Individual Assistance grants.  These rules outline six factors for funding consideration: uninsured home and personal property loss; disaster impacted population profile; impact to community infrastructure; fatalities; disaster unemployment and the state’s fiscal capacity to recover from this devastating event. However, the practical effect of these rules is that state’s with large urban population centers struggle to reach FEMA thresholds, particularly when disasters are confined to rural or sparsely populated areas of the state.

Public assistance is available in the following counties: Adams, Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jersey, Knox, Lee, Madison, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union and Whiteside.

 

For individuals and homeowners who still need immediate assistance in the wake of these devastating floods, the State of Illinois has a comprehensive flood recovery website dedicated to assisting flood survivors. From mortgage assistance, emergency housing and debris removal, available resources can be found online at www.illinois.gov/2019floods.

Tigers Shutout Hall To Advance To Class 3A Quarterfinals

The Princeton Tigers football team is headed to the IHSA Class 3A State Quarterfinals after a hard-fought win Saturday afternoon over the Hall Red Devils in Spring Valley.  The Tigers defense excelled in keeping the Red Devils off the scoreboard the entire game.  After a scoreless first quarter the Tigers got the only score they would need on a 26 yard TD pass from Tyler Gibson to Noah Atkinson with 3:45 left before halftime to go up 6-0 at the break.  The third quarter was scoreless as well so the Tigers held on to a 6-0 lead going into the fourth.  Jaimie Reinhardt made a 22 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give PHS a little breathing room, up 9-0.  The final score of the game came on a 4 yard run by Jacob Starr with 4:29 left in the game.  Ean Compton made an interception for the Tigers on Hall's next possession to seal the 16-0 win.  The Tigers improved to 10-1 while the Red Devils end their season at 7-4.

 

PHS quarterback Tyler Gibson was named the Illinois Valley Container Player of the Game after going 5 of 11 passing for 85 yards and a touchdown.  He also rushed for 85 yards on 6 carries.  Ronde Worrels ran for 77 yards and Jacob Starr had 76 yards and a score.  The Tigers again played without Wyatt Davis.  The area's leading receiver is out due to health concerns.

 

In round 3 Princeton will face the winner of Saturday's Paxton-Buckley-Loda at Farmington matchup.  That game will be at Princeton High School's Bryant Field.  All Princeton football playoff games will be broadcast on WZOE 1490-AM, streamed at princetonnewsnow.com and on Facebook Live.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell will bring you all the exciting action.

 

Here are the Tigers scoring plays...

 

 

Area High School Football Playoffs - Round 2

Area High School Football Playoffs - Round 2

 

SATURDAY - 11/9/19

Princeton 16 - Hall 0

Coal City 25 - Kewanee 0

Morrison 44 - Hiawatha 12

St. Rita 32 - Sterling 0

Byron 42 - Du-Pec 14

Fieldcrest 35 - St. Edward Central Catholic 14

Freeport Aquin 27 - Stockton 18

5 pm - Paxton-Buckley-Loda at Farmington (PHS plays winner in 3A Quarterfinals)

5 pm - Annawan-Wethersfield at Forreston

6 pm - Newman vs. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley

Rezin Files Legislation combating the youth Vaping Epidemic

In light of the recent health issues related to electronic cigarettes, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) has filed legislation aimed at reducing underage individuals’ access to vapor products.

 

Senate Bill 2288 prohibits the sale of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products within 100 feet of a school. Retailers who violate this provision would be subject to penalties.

 

“The alarming trend of teenagers using vapor products should scare any parent wanting to ensure the safety of their children,” said Sen. Rezin. “While this bill alone won’t end this epidemic, the goal is to make it more difficult for children to get their hands on these products, reducing the likelihood of them getting hooked.”

 

In a 2019 study, 27.5% of high school students reported using an e-cigarette within the past 30 days, which Sen. Rezin says demands the attention of public officials.

“A quarter of our young people have self-reported that they are using a product that has unknown long-term health effects and is not only available for them to consume, but is also highly addictive,” said Sen. Rezin. “My legislation puts vapor and other tobacco products directly in line with the radius set for alcohol sales.”

 

Sen. Rezin is also working on additional legislation to combat this health crisis and is considering the following:

 

  1. Placing stricter controls on how these products can be marketed to young people, marketed near schools, or marketed as being healthy.
  2. Addressing the ongoing problem of so-called "strawman" sales.
  3. Requiring all retailers to display a notice that warns consumers that vaping unregulated THC is proven to be dangerous to their health.
  4. Requiring that all e-cigarettes be sold only from behind the counter, or displayed in an age-restricted area.
  5. Creating a statewide database to collect information regarding vaping-related illnesses in an effort to learn more about its negative health effects.

Bureau Co Fair Annual Meeting 11-18-19

The Annual Meeting of the Bureau County Agricultural Board will be held Monday, November 18th at 7 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

Fair life members are invited to attend. The election of officers and township representatives will be held at this meeting.

Bureau Co Fair Annual Meeting 11-18-19

The Annual Meeting of the Bureau County Agricultural Board will be held Monday, November 18th at 7 p.m. in the exhibit hall at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

Fair life members are invited to attend. The election of officers and township representatives will be held at this meeting.

IVCC offers additional Criminal Justice Courses Online

  Illinois Valley Community College’s Criminal Justice program has added more online courses for spring and summer semesters beginning Jan. 9.

 

Introduction to Criminal Justice online will be offered the first eight weeks in spring. The course is an overview of the criminal justice system, including police, courts, corrections and legislative control. Current events and developments in criminal justice will be emphasized.

It will continue to be offered in traditional classroom format on both the Oglesby campus and Ottawa Center.

 

Criminal Law online will be offered the second eight weeks in spring. The course examines the components, purposes, and functions of criminal law while identifying various elements of crimes as well as the criminal court process.

 

Corrections in America online will be offered Summer 2020. The course examines the American correctional system from its history, to include early correctional theory through contemporary ideologies and issues that currently plague our correctional system.

Program coordinator Kevin Hermes said, “We’re proud to offer additional online courses that provide a convenient option for students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. Online courses parallel their campus-based counterparts; nothing is left behind. Each online course also incorporates the assigned textbook.”

 

Spring registration is underway; students must also take or have taken the Distance Learning Orientation (CSP-0002) in-person or online. Call Hermes for information at (815) 224-0491. Questions regarding course registration should be directed to IVCC Admissions at (815)224-0439.

The Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton will host a contemporary Christian music concert November 17th

The Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton will host a contemporary Christian music concert featuring Cheri Keaggy on Sunday, November 17th with door opening at 6:45 pm and the concert beginning at 7:00 pm.  The church is located at 24 N. Main St. No tickets are necessary; this is a free concert.

 

Beginning as a worship leader at a small church in Southern California, veteran contemporary Christian music artist Cheri Keaggy has ministered through music and testimony for over 20 years.  Her debut album, Child of the Father (1984) released to rave reviews and earned her a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year. Nine albums and number one songs, three Dove Award nominations and a Dove Award win later, Keaggy continues to be a mainstay on Adult Contemporary and Inspirational radio, while congregations the world over sing her songs, including “There is Joy in the Lord” and “In Remembrance of Me,” during church services.  Her music incorporates pop elements into the Christian style known as praise and worship.  

 

Cheri Keaggy will be leading music during the morning worship service on Sunday, November 17th.  The community is invited to join us for worship at 9:00 AM.

For more information, contact the church office at 815-875-2124

 

IVCC Board's audit finance committee to meet Nov. 14

The Illinois Valley Community College Board’s audit finance committee will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the boardroom, C-307, to discuss the FY19 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, purchasing administrative procedure, dual credit tuition/fee structure, 2019 tax levy, FY21 tuition rates, request for proposals for banking services and the minimum wage increase.

The full board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

IMEC's Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher | Revolutionary program that will lead to a total investment of $2.5 million in R&D and technology for manufacturers

Today, IMEC, a member of the MEP National Network, launched the Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher for SMMs to accelerate technology adoption in their products and processes. Presented with $25,000 matching fund awards, Illinois manufacturers will acquire knowledge from industry experts to help resolve minor technological issues or outline possible solutions for a more complex problem. Projects are expected to be practical in nature and focus on productivity improvements and/or product development that lead to substantive results.

 

Illinois is a U.S. manufacturing powerhouse that generates $304.8 billion in annual output according to a recent Illinois Manufacturers' Association study. The manufacturing base is built on supply chains of small and mid-sized manufacturers, which represent 99% of the sector. These companies continue to be at the heart of communities across the state. Yet, many of these manufacturers are challenged to acquire the necessary expertise and funding to adopt new technologies. These same technologies are vital to transform and modernize their operations.

 

"Global trends like Industry 4.0 and the workforce skills gap are rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. This is happening while we are witnessing slower productivity growth in small and mid-sized manufacturers. The timing of this program is critical for Illinois manufacturers to respond to this changing landscape." – David Boulay, Ph.D. President - IMEC.

 

The Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher is a revolutionary program that will lead to a total investment of $2.5 million in the upcoming year with approximately 50 projects expected to be completed. Existing Illinois manufacturers that employ between 5 and 500 people are encouraged to apply for the program. Selected projects must be conducted in Illinois and will be granted up to $25,000 towards the cost of using external expertise to successfully complete and exceed project goals. Recipients are expected to pay half the project's eligible expenses.

"IMEC has been investing in the future of Illinois manufacturers by helping them break through growth barriers and sustain competitiveness. This is a great new opportunity for our small and medium-sized manufacturers to take control of their future and lead the way for Illinois to pioneer the next era of manufacturing." – Craig Zoberis, President - Fusion OEM

 

For more information about the program and to apply for the Illinois Manufacturing Innovation Voucher, visit www.imec.org/innovation/. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

IVCC Theatre Department presents "Elf - The Broadway Musical"

 Illinois Valley Community College’s Theatre Department is literally kicking off the holidays with high kicks, singing and dancing when “Elf – The Broadway Musical” opens Thursday, Nov. 21 on the IVCC stage.

 

Based on the wildly successful Will Farrell movie, “Elf,” the story has been adapted for the stage featuring a large cast and multiple production numbers that even include tap dancing. The endearing “fish out of water” musical comedy places a North Pole elf amidst a grumpy New York City.

 

Starring as Buddy is Reid Tomasson of Oglesby. Buddy, after realizing he is human after all, leaves Santa (Mark Nowakowski, Peru) and his home at the North Pole in search of his father in New York.

 

Once in the city, he finds his workaholic father, Walter Hobbs (Don Grant Zellmer, La Salle), a stepmother, Emily (Natalie Verucchi, Oglesby), and even a little brother, Michael (Tyler Kofoid, Oglesby).

 

He also finds love in the form of a department store elf, Jovie (Ashley Hurst, Peru), a friend in his father’s assistant, Deb (Megan Cullinan,  Peru), and turns the store manager (Melanie Maskel, La Salle) from a Scrooge to a true holiday fanatic.

 

“Elf – The Broadway Musical” will play evenings at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 24, 30, and Dec. 1 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

Reserved seating is available online at www.ivcc.edu/theatre and tickets are available at the door one hour prior to performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. 

 

Zellmer, director/choreographer of musical theatre, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have this powerful cast assembled of community members, students, and alumni. We’ve added some very experienced talent to our family of performers and have welcomed back many familiar faces from “Mamma Mia!’”

 

He added, “This high-spirited, funny and warm show is perfect for the beginning of the holiday season, is appropriate for all ages, and is a great show for theatre-lovers, too, with its bouncy music, dance, tap, ballads, and message.”

 

Adults appearing in “Elf – The Broadway Musical” as multiple characters and dancers are: Jake Jakielski of Marseilles, Patrick Foley of Mendota, Tracey Childers, Ottawa, Andrew  Farrell, Earlville, Ryan Mooberry, Hennepin, Bob Philip, LaSalle,  Emma Roden, Princeton, Lexi-Anna Verda, Peru, Joshua Wooden, Princeton,  Abbi Stillwell, Streator, Ella Johns, La Salle, and Nora Maier, Peru.

 

Children in the cast include: Eva Beetz, Victoria Campbell, Myracle Johnson, Andie Kerestes, Ayden Lesman and Ariana Lesman.

 

The musical comedy is directed and choreographed by Zellmer, and produced and costumed by Dr. David A. Kuester. Production staff includes Assistant Director Chad Brokaw, Princeton, Stage Manager Alyce Scott, La Salle, and set builder and lead construction, Cory Tomasson, Oglesby and costume construction Kaye Norlin, La Salle.

Sen. Weaver to host Coffee & Conversation at Tanners Orchard in Speer Nov. 8

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is hosting a free Coffee & Conversation Nov. 8 at Tanners Orchard at 740 IL-40 in Speer.

 

Scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Coffee & Conversation is open to the public.

 

“What a great opportunity to enjoy a fall morning at Tanners Orchard, one of the great landmarks in Central Illinois. I look forward to getting together with constituents to discuss our communities and our state,” Weaver said. “I would like to hear what my constituents think are the next steps we should take as a result of major legislation passed in Springfield earlier this year, such as recreational marijuana, full-term abortion, and a $15-per-hour downstate minimum wage. We also plan to discuss the impact that consolidation would have with regards to the need for major pension reform. Finally, I will answer citizens’ questions about my ‘no’ vote on the graduated tax constitutional amendment.”

 

For more information, call 309-693-4921.

Bureau County 4-H Federation hosts "Hands to Larger Service" winter accessory donation drive

In an effort to help keep those in need warm throughout the winter season, Bureau County 4-H Federation is hosting “Hands to Larger Service” winter accessory donation drive.  Visit University of Illinois Extension at 850 Thompson St., Princeton and trim the tree with new winter accessories.  

 

“Last year’s drive resulted in the distribution of nearly 200 winter accessories across Bureau County,” shared Bureau County 4-H and Youth Development Program Coordinator, Danielle Gapinski.  “We hope to top that number and have a bigger impact this year.”  

 

Donations received will be distributed to area food pantries and shelters.  Hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves will be accepted during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please have donations dropped off no later than Friday, December 6th.

 

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

 

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

 

Governor Pritzker Joins Leaders from Greater Peoria to Celebrate Peoria Innovation Hub Development Process

Governor J.B. Pritzker today joined leaders from around Greater Peoria to celebrate the Peoria Innovation Hub, a world-class innovation facility coming to downtown Peoria. The Peoria Innovation Hub, funded through a $10 million grant that is part of the larger Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), will be located at the Thomas Building, a 50,000 square foot facility that was recently vacated by Illinois Central College.

 

The Peoria Innovation Hub will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve the wellness of underserved populations and advance systems related to food, farming, and transportation – specifically autonomous mobility, and will contain spaces for startups, corporate partners, community organizations, universities and many other stakeholders. One of the stated focuses of the hub is crafting a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment, and the organization is taking steps to ensure that the Peoria Innovation Hub will look and feel like Greater Peoria from moment one.

 

The process to build the Peoria Innovation Hub, and the community supporting it, will begin in earnest in 2020. This will include a community-supported branding effort to determine a name, brand, logo and identity for the Hub.

“Today, Peoria isn’t resting on your laurels but instead taking that legacy, those strengths, and building on them to propel you forward in today’s economy,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “As Peoria becomes a leader among the community of Illinois cities advancing digital and health care innovation, I want to offer my appreciation to the amazing team committed to making this district a reality. You are helping secure Illinois’ place at the forefront of the 21st-century economy.”

 

OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council are all working together to develop the hub.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is governed by a five-member Board of Directors and will be part of the IIN, a statewide initiative led by the University of Illinois System to foster the breakthrough research, discovery, and entrepreneurship that drives progress, job creation and economic growth. The members of the Peoria Innovation Hub’s board of directors are: Robert Sehring, CEO, OSF HealthCare; Michelle Conger, Chief Strategy Officer and CEO, OSF HealthCare Saint Gabriel Digital Health; Dr. John Vozenilek, Vice President/Chief Medical Officer Innovation and Digital Health, OSF HealthCare; Christopher Setti, CEO, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council; and Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, President, Illinois Central College.

 

The cornerstone of the network is the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a world-class research and education center that will bring hundreds of top researchers and thousands of students to Chicago to work with industry and government to tackle real-world challenges. In 2018, OSF HealthCare became the first corporate partner in DPI with the creation of the OSF Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). DPI classes are already working with the OSF Innovation team to address key questions around serving the poor, rural, and elderly patient populations in Illinois.

 

Other hubs are being developed across the state, including research centers that have already been announced in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield, and DeKalb. Those centers will focus on discovery in critical and growing fields such as data science, cybersecurity, therapeutic drugs, food and water resources, and environmental change.

 

The Hub will essentially reimagine the region’s opportunities for entrepreneurs, students, innovators, creators, and residents. The hub will encompass nearly 53,000 square feet and function as a springboard for new companies and a place where members of the community can collaborate with innovators and bring creative solutions to challenges facing healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture, among other industries.

 

“OSF HealthCare recognizes the importance of innovation in improving the health of the communities we serve. It is our hope that working with the Discovery Partners Institute and the Illinois Innovation Network will lead to improvement in the health of and health care options for all Illinoisans,” said Bob Sehring.

 

“In today’s world, innovation is the key to progress, prosperity and an even better tomorrow,” said Tim Killeen, president of the U of I System. “The Illinois Innovation Network reflects our commitment to bring the world’s very best minds together and put them to work for people here in Peoria, across our state and beyond.” All three universities in the University of Illinois System are engaged in Peoria – UIC through the College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign through the College of Engineering’s work with the Jump Simulation and Education Center, and the University of Illinois at Springfield with its master’s and degree completion programs.

“Peoria provides a unique opportunity to combine academic and community resources to spur economic development,” said Dr. Meenakshy Aiyer, interim regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. ”In addition to the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP), we have important educational assets in Illinois Central College and Bradley University. Leveraging these resources with those of our health care systems, manufacturing sectors, and other components of our economy provides Peoria with wonderful opportunities.”

 

“As the workforce innovation partner, ICC would engage in agricultural research with area farmers and students in addition to integrating workforce development programs in manufacturing and healthcare. Our efforts will leverage these advances by aligning these innovations with workforce credentials providing family sustaining opportunities to our community,” added Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey.

 

“Innovation has always been the cornerstone of our region – in agriculture, manufacturing, and now health care,” said Christopher Setti. “Innovation is also our future. The hub will be a great part of that future. It would inspire entrepreneurs with problems to solve, equip them with the tools they need to solve them, and support them in turning solutions into businesses.” The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council has committed to moving its entire operation into the hub when it opens.

 

Co-working is expected to be a central feature of the proposed hub, in order to maximize productive collaboration across all disciplines within the building. There is expected to be a heavy focus on helping grow Greater Peoria’s startup culture.


 

Some elements being considered for the Hub include:

 

 

?       Makerspace with machinery: Facilities for manufacturing prototypes with equipment such as lathes, drill presses and laser cutters, plus equipment for 3D printing and modeling for artistic- and fashion-related disciplines.

 

?       Digital makerspace: Virtual reality software and simulation devices that would build on the advances within OSF HealthCare and the city’s simulation, gaming and virtual reality innovation groups.

 

?       Computing infrastructure: Cloud computing, server architecture, and data integration would allow for creation of advanced applications to fuel creative pathways including artificial intelligence (AI) to expand information management and analytics.

 

?       A rooftop greenhouse to experiment with urban farming and hydroponic techniques. A commercial kitchen for piloting a food pharmacy and restaurant concept testing, along with new and different food preparation methods. Classrooms for conventional courses for new entrepreneurs and students from higher education partners and the community.

 

?       Office space, classrooms, and conference rooms for entrepreneurs, startups, and satellite offices for larger corporations that want to access resources of the DPI and IIN.
 

“The Peoria Innovation Hub will access a wide range of exceptional resources and local industry pioneers to help companies like ours flourish,” said Steve Garrou, CEO, Enduvo, a company that develops a no-code, rapid AR/VR content authoring and delivery platform, and was born in Peoria at Jump Simulation. “The involvement of premier industry partners and leading innovators, such as Bradley University, OSF HealthCare and UICOMP, offers unparalleled opportunities for collaboration, economic advancement, and recognition of Illinois as an innovation center.”

Located within Peoria’s federally designated Opportunity Zone, the Peoria Innovation Hub will offer tax benefits allowing potential business startups to leverage incentives to attract early stage and venture capital. It is also located in the heart of the recently formed Peoria Innovation District, which is the result of an effort led by the Peoria Innovation Alliance. The Peoria Innovation District is a nine-square-block district designed to be a home for innovation and technology in Peoria.

“The Innovation Hub will serve as a focal point of activity aimed at jumpstarting entrepreneurial growth not just in Peoria, but across the entire region,” said Jake Hamann, Executive Director of the Peoria Innovation Alliance. “We are thrilled to be partnering on this initiative as it ties very closely to our mission of sharing our region’s innovation history, promoting our progress and vision for the future, and enabling and empowering the next round of innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups that call Greater Peoria home.”

“It is essential that plans for economic growth include opportunities to strengthen vulnerable communities that have been divested in. The Peoria Innovation Hub will help diverse entrepreneurs improve health care delivery and reduce food insecurity in underserved neighborhoods,” said state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria.

“A Peoria Innovation Hub of the Illinois Innovation Network will have enormous economic potential for the Peoria region. It's fulfilling to see this mission – with its own facility in Peoria – come closer to reality after so much hard work. It is exciting to know our innovators and entrepreneurs could have access to some of the greatest minds in our country,” said state Sen. Chuck Weaver, R-Peoria. “OSF, as one of our region's fundamental economic drivers, deserves high praise for stepping up to champion this initiative.”

“Peoria has a long history of groundbreaking research and development. The Innovation Hub will build on our regional strengths of healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture in order to deliver new jobs and startup companies that will strengthen the Illinois economy,” added state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria.

Model Train Fair & Farm Toy Show Sat. Nov 16th

The 12th annual Model Train Fair and Farm Toy show will be held at Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 16th. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show runs until 3 p.m.  Bring the kids out to see the large working train layouts. 

 

It’s a great time to do your Christmas shopping for the men and boys too.  Farm toys of all types will be sold, along with other new and collectible toys like Star Wars, board games and Hot Wheels.

 

All scales of model trains and accessories will be available from Thomas the Train up to HO and Lionel trains. 

 

For information call Kathy Bauer at 815-866-3606 or see www.bureaucountyfair.com  Vendor spaces are still available in the heated buildings at the Fairgrounds. There will be a concession stand in the building.  The Fairgrounds is located at 811 W Peru St in Princeton, IL. 

 

 

Flag raising ceremony Nov. 12

Oglesby American Legion veterans will conduct a flag ceremony shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Illinois Valley Community College to commemorate Veterans Day. The public is welcome to attend the event near the main entrance.

New Nurse Practitioner Joins IVCH LaSalle Medical Clinic

A board-certified family nurse practitioner is joining the clinical staff at the Illinois Valley Community Hospital LaSalle Medical Clinic.

 

Elizabeth Stuart, FNP, is coming to the Illinois Valley from Springfield, where she worked for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  Previously, she had been part of the nursing staff at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

 

Stuart received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her master’s degree from Maryville University in St. Louis.  Her board certification credentials are from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

 

Stuart will be working with Dr. Ricardo Calderon at the LaSalle Medical Clinic.  To make an appointment, call 815-220-7170.

 

Bishop Hill is looking for Tomten!

Every year, Bishop Hill continually looks for 3rd thru 5th graders who would like to be tomten for our Christmas Market weekends in November and December. Tomten are Swedish elves.  Bishop Hill tomten walk through town, looking through windows, peeking around corners, and looking a little mischievous. Tourists love taking photographs of the tomten. Each shift is 2 hours.  We have outfits for them with red caps, grey sweatshirts, tunics, and pants, which they wear over their clothes. 

 

If you are interested in having your child be a Tomte, please call Todd DeDecker at the Steeple Building Museum at (309) 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net asap.  The child will receive a $5 gift certificate from the Colony Store for helping us out. Light refreshments are also provided to the children.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Princeton HS Cross Country Results: Oregon 1A Sectional

Boys

Team Champion:  Elgin Harvest Academy   43 pts

PRINCETON finished 18th with 448 pts.     Best boys finish for PHS at Sectional since 2011

 

Individual Champion:  Dawson Smith-Rock Falls   16:24     3.1 miles

 

PHS Finishers

 68.   Luke Peacock     19:19

 88.   Mack Williams     19:49

109.  Reece Bohms     20:24

121.  Jake May            20:50

134.  Eli Crouch           21:06

147,  Graeham Rumley  22:14

152.  Christian Kinnamon  22:31

 

Girls

Team Champion:  Winnebago   35 pts.

PRINCETON finished  14th with 375 pt.   Best girls finish for PHS at Sectional since 2015

 

Individual Champion:  Lianna Surtz-Rosary   18:22   3.1 miles

 

Princeton Finishers

  35.  Lexi Bohms     21:40

  90.  Elizabeth Orwig   23:40

 101. Hannah Muehlschlegel  24:05

 106. Lauren Frost    24:28

 116. Elana Martinez  25:02

 119. Jenna Loftus     25:05

 130. Lexy Michael    25:54

 

"Both of our squads improved over their Regional performances overall.  Luke had perhaps his best race of the season   Eli and Mack were also pretty close to theirs.  For the girls, Lexi continued her series of improving performances when you figure in how slow the course was running.  Lauren had one of her better races of the season as well.  Hannah, Elana, and Lexy Michael were very solid.  So while we weren't at our absolute best, we were closer to it than we were last week."  Patrick Hodge-Princeton Coach

IVCC hosts free presentations for Native American History Month

lllinois Valley Community College’s Diversity Team sponsors two presentations in November for Native American History Month. 

 

Chief Gerald Savage of the HoChunk Nation and member of the Bear Clan presents “A History of Native Americans in the Illinois Valley” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in room CTC124.

Author and speaker Kim Sigafus of the Ojibwa Nation will discuss Native American music and dance and lead a drum circle at noon Monday, Nov. 18 in Room CTC124.

 

These events are free and open to the public. Contact Amanda Cook Fesperman at amanda_cookfesperman@ivcc.edu for information.

4-H Federation invites Bureau County youth to Annual Holiday Workshop

The 4-H Federation is hosting an annual Holiday Gift Workshop on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. til 12:00 p.m.  This workshop is open to all Bureau County youth ages 8-18 with a small fee of $5 for current 4-H members and $10 for non-members.  Those attending the workshop, held at the University of Illinois Extension office, will create and wrap five gift items for the upcoming holiday season.  Participants can enjoy light snacks and hot chocolate while working on their gifts.  

 

The deadline to register is Friday, December 6th by calling (815) 875-2878 or emailing des85@illinois.edu.  Space is limited to the first 25 registered participants.  

 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact (815) 875-2878. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

 

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. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at (815) 875-2878.  Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. 

 

Princeton High School Veterans Breakfast

The First Class organization at Princeton High School would like to invite all area veterans to their annual Veteran's Breakfast on Monday, November 11th in the high school cafeteria.  The breakfast will begin at 7:00  followed by a program. a flag raising ceremony and a 21 gun salute.  Please contact Pat Marquis at Princeton High School 815-875-3308 or email pat.marquis@phs-il.org with any additional questions.

Interview with Coach Pearson

After a big win in the first round of the IHSA playoffs against North Boone, Coach Ryan Pearson spoke about the win and their possible second round opponent! Check out the full interview below!

 

 

Tigers Roll To Victory In Playoff Opener

The Princeton Tigers are headed to the second round of the Class 3A IHSA football playoffs.  The Big Blue improved to 9-1 with a clock-running 61-26 win over the North Boone Vikings on Friday night at Bryant Field.  Tigers junior tailback Ronde Worrels was named the Illinois Valley Container Player of the Game after rushing 16 times for 253 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Max Taylor added 117 yards and 3 scores on the ground for the Tigers.  Worrels' TD runs were from 8, 85, 7, 5 and 11 yards out while Taylor's scores were from 22, 2 and 28 yards.  Princeton's other touchdown was on a 2 yard QB sneak by Tyler Gibson.  Jaimie Reinhardt made 5 PAT kicks for the Tigers.  Logan Emanuel had a pair of TD passes for the Vikings, both to Cooper Baden.  North Boone ends their season at 5-5.  The Tigers played the game without Wyatt Davis.  The area's leading receiver was out due to an injury.  In round 2 Princeton will face the winner of Saturday's Hall at Peotone matchup.  If it's Hall, the game will be played in Spring Valley.  The Tigers would host a matchup with Peotone.  All Princeton football playoff games will be broadcast on WZOE 1490-AM, streamed at princetonnewsnow.com and on Facebook Live.  Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell will bring you all the exciting action.

 

Here are the Tigers scoring plays...

 

 

At halftime Norm Vandermoon was joined by PHS Boys Basketball Coach Jason Smith and PHS Girls Basketball Coach Tiffany Gonigam.  Here's that interview...

 

 

Area High School Football Playoffs - Round 1

Area High School Football Playoffs - Round 1

 

FRIDAY - 11/1/19

Princeton 61 - North Boone 26

Fieldcrest 20 - West Carroll 8

Sterling 56 - Marian 14

 

SATURDAY - 11/2/19

Hall at Peotone - 1 pm

Chicago Agricultural Science at Kewanee - 1 pm

Orion at Newman - 1 pm

Ridgewood at Morrison - 4 pm

LaSalle/Peru at Rochester - 3 pm

Lewistown at Annawan/Wethersfield - 1 pm

Forreston at Marquette - 2 pm

Fulton at Freeport Aquin - 1 pm
Alleman at Byron - 1 pm

Dixon at Stillman Valley - 1 pm
Sacred Heart Griffin at Morris - 2 pm

Taylorville at Illinois Valley Central - 6 pm

Programs at the Princeton Public Library

Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m.  

Program: Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented by Laura Keyes

On Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. Laura Keyes will present a program about Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Princeton Public Library.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for equal rights for Women for over fifty years, and upon her death in 1902 she left behind a legacy of her crusade for female equality and a myriad of writings that would inspire feminists for over a century.  Hear from Mrs. Stanton in 1866, when the Civil War was over, but the battle for Women’s Suffrage was just beginning. 

On this Election Day, let us remember Elizabeth Cady Stanton who fought for the Women’s right to vote.  This program is free and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. 

Program: The History of Westclox

               On Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. there will be a program about the History of Westclox at the Princeton Public Library.  Ruth Spayer, Curator of the Westclox Museum in Peru, will give a talk about the history of Westclox and the manufacturing plant in Peru, IL.  She will also talk about the Westclox involvement in the World War II era.  She will bring several display items so you can see the clocks from years gone by.  This program is free and all are welcome to attend.

 

Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. 

Program: Family Reading Night with Pajama Party & Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Princeton Public Library will be celebrating Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 pm with a Pajama Party and Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Families are invited to come to the library with their stuffed friends (dolls are also welcome!) for a storytime with hot chocolate, and cookies. Then the children are invited to find a bedtime storybook to read to their animal or doll before tucking them in for the night. The stuffed animals will spend the night in the library and may be picked up after 1 pm on Friday, November 22. Their families will receive a souvenir booklet with photos of the animal's overnight adventures at the Princeton Public Library. One animal per child please; be sure to bring a friend who does NOT need to spend the night with your child! Call or stop at Youth Services to register. Princeton Public Library is located at 698 E. Peru Street, Princeton, IL. Programs at Princeton Public Library are free and open to all. For more information, call 815-875-1331, ext. 220 or go to theprincetonlibrary.org.

2019 Pearl Award Recipient Announced by OSF HealthCare

The OSF HealthCare Foundation has announced Ajay Pathak, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center, as the 2019 Pearl Award recipient. The Pearl Award recognizes contributions to philanthropic excellence, compassionate care, and visionary leadership that will transform health care.

 

Pathak has led OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton as President since November 2014. He is dedicated to developing access points to health care for all in the Riverbend community. Pathak has helped raise substantial funds for the new OSF Moeller Cancer Center at OSF Saint Anthony’s and was instrumental in bringing a new PromptCare building and services to expand OSF’s footprint into Godfrey. He has built strategic relationships with local law enforcement and first responders, schools, and community groups. Pathak also developed a partnership with Asbury Village Retirement Community to bring an onsite primary care clinic and therapy services to residents.

“I am truly honored to be nominated with such amazing and dedicated Mission Partners. The Sisters’ commitment to leading the fulfillment of our Mission is the key to helping ignite the passion of the communities we are called to serve at OSF. The Pearl Award is rooted in building and bridging the relationship between the Giver and Receiver. I feel fortunate to accept the Pearl Award on behalf of our entire team that comes together to transform healthcare for patients and families on a daily basis,” said Pathak in receiving the award.

The OSF HealthCare Foundation honored four leaders, one from each of its regions, during the Third Annual Culture of Philanthropy Celebration on October 24. The Pearl Award was presented to a recipient selected from the 2019 honorees. 

2019 Honorees:
Northern Region: Dr. Mike Glavin, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa
Western Region: Ajay Pathak, president and CEO, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, Alton
Central Region: Deb Trau, Director Emergency Services and Patient Experience, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria
Eastern Region: Nancy Kuster, Manager Cardiopulmonary Services at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington

The Pearl Award was established in recognition of Dr. Rick Pearl, former director of pediatric trauma and surgeon in-chief at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and current director of surgical simulation at Jump, in recognition of his profound demonstration of the Culture of Philanthropy and his relationships and involvement with the Foundation.

“All of our honorees are wonderful examples of servant leaders who take time for true relationship-building, the key ingredient for enhancing our Culture of Philanthropy at OSF,” said Tom Hammerton, President, OSF HealthCare Foundation.  

To learn more about the regional honorees visit https://www.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/cultureofphilanthropy/.


Additional media assets, including photos of the honorees, can be found on the OSF Newsroom.

Freedom House Seeks Christmas Gift Sponsors

Every year, Freedom House provides Christmas gifts – supplied by generous community members – to needy children who are clients or dependents of current domestic and sexual violence clients. This year, the number of families in need has increased dramatically. 

 

If you are interested in sponsoring a child or family, please contact program manager Amber Killian at 815-872-0087.

Johnson Elected to Foundation Board

 The Illinois Valley Community College Foundation recently welcomed a new board member and honored its investment manager at his final meeting.

 

Larry Johnson of Ottawa, a Foundation donor, IVCC alumnus and decorated Vietnam War veteran, was elected to the board. Johnson is President of Ottawa First, the nonprofit organization that coordinates Ottawa’s Independence Day fireworks, among other civic services.

 

He and his wife Gayla are members of the Foundation’s 21st Century Scholars Society. A former IVCC assistant to coach Vince McMahon in the 1970s and 80s, Johnson has helped organize football reunions.

 

Johnson was honored at a Chicago White Sox game in June for his service in Vietnam where he earned the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Vietnam Campaign Medal, among other decorations.

 

In other business, the Foundation recognized Hometown National Bank Vice President and Trust Officer Peter J. Corgiat who is retiring in December. Corgiat has managed the Foundation’s investment portfolio for more than 20 years.

           

In a prepared statement, Foundation President Sue Schmitt said, “A gentleman of great integrity, Peter has shepherded us through volatile markets and always kept the best interests of the Foundation in the forefront. Thank you Peter for being such a critically important part of our Foundation’s growth and success.”

 

In his report, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said the board of trustees will consider at its Nov. 14 meeting approval of bids for a 6,000-square-foot storage and routine maintenance facility, the first phase of the Ag Complex capital campaign.

 

“The plan is for the building to be constructed and ready for use in the summer of 2020. We’ve also committed to a second phase, a 6,800-square-foot Ag Center to include a soils and science lab, instructional and storage lab, classroom/computer lab, conference room, two-person faculty office, and student collaboration space,” said Corcoran.

 

Earlier this month, the college announced a $50,000 donation from Barbara Davis of Batavia for the $1 million Ag Complex campaign. Davis, who already funds eight $4,500 agriculture scholarships annually, made the donation in memory of her grandparents Walley and Fannie Davis.

 

Foundation directors also learned:

  • A record $342,888 in scholarships will be distributed in 2019-20; all 268 students who applied received at least $500. 
  • The Foundation lost a great friend with the August death of Malcolm Whipple of Waltham Township. Whipple created scholarships for music majors and single parents, was a 21st Century Scholars Society charter member, and was inducted into the IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame in 2012. “An ag leader, adult education tutor, choral singer, master gardener, conservationist, preservationist, historian, poet … Malcolm is unforgettable and irreplaceable,” said IVCC Director of Community Relations and Development Fran Brolley.
  • Students will apply for 2020-21 scholarships from Dec. 6 to Feb. 6. Requirements include filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting an essay outlining college and career aspirations, college and community involvement and special circumstances to consider.
  • The Foundation donated $300 from the Student Emergency Living Needs Fund to support IVCC Project Success’ drive for the campus mini food pantry for students in need. 
  • The Foundation’s 2019 Annual Appeal will be mailed Nov. 4 and the fourth annual Giving Day is Thursday, April 2 with activities at noon in the gymnasium.
  • The Foundation’s 14th annual IVCC-LPO Retirees Reception is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in IVCC’s Cyber Café (formerly the main lobby). All retirees, spouses, current and former employees are welcome.