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Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 12-03-2020 to 12-04-2020

-On Thursday, December 3rd at 7:19P.M. Henry County Deputy went to a residence on Freedom Lane in Kewanee and arrested Alicia Green (age 34) of Chicago on a Henry ...

Kewanee Police Arrest and Citation Report 12-03-2020 to 12-04-2020

At approximately 5:52 Am Kewanee Police made a traffic stop in the area of ...

Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 12-02-2020

-On Tuesday, December 1st at 8:39A.M., Henry County Orion Division Deputies responded to a ...

Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 12-01-2020

-On Thursday, November 26th at 2:09A.M. Henry County Deputy investigated a suspicious person at ...

Galva Police Arrest and Citation Report 11-30-2020

November 30, 2020 November 23, 2020 through November 29, 2020 November 23 Officer was dispatched to Sentry ...

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Help The YWCA Help Others

Dec 04, 2020
Help The YWCA Help Others by Regional Media

Henry And Stark County Health Department COVID News Update

Dec 04, 2020
The Henry and Stark County Health Department made the dire announcement on Thursday that three people in Henry County and 1 person in Stark County have died from COVID-19. According to the information provided by the Health Department, a man in his 60s,  a man in his 70s and another man in his 70s are the 18th, 19th, and 20th, persons to die from COVID-19 thus far. A man in his 70s became the fourth person to die from COVID-19 in Stark County. That's 24 people who have died from COVID-19 between the two counties since the start of the pandemic. 

The Henry and Stark County Health Department released new COVID-19 numbers on Thursday afternoon, following the announcement of these four deaths. By the latest numbers, there are now 2,861 confirmed positive or probable cases of COVID-19 Henry County while Stark County has now topped 300 cases, a total of 304 confirmed positive or probable cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The latest seven-day rolling test positivity rate is 17% for Henry County and 17.1% for Stark County.

Review of 2020 at Sauk Valley Community College

Dec 03, 2020
Review of 2020 at Sauk Valley Community College by Regional Media

A Tale from Happy Tails

Dec 03, 2020
A Tale from Happy Tails by Regional Media

Cassandra Schmoll Henry County Senior Center

Dec 03, 2020
Cassandra Schmoll from the Henry County Senior Center was our guest on Tuned In on Thursday. Cassandra joined WKEI to talk about the deadline for Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. If you'd like to make sure you are getting the best deal on your prescription drug coverage, contact the Henry County Senior Center before the end of business on Monday to get a Medicare Check up. The Senior Center is also launching a cookie fundraiser. Today, you can call the Senior Center and place your order for 12 Christmas Cookies that come with a kit for decorating your cookies with icing and sprinkles. The cost for your Christmas Cookie Kit is only $10.00.

What's Happening in Morrison

Dec 03, 2020
What's Happening in Morrison by Regional Media

A Holiday Wish from a Genie

Dec 03, 2020
A Holiday Wish from a Genie by Regional Media

Jim Argo And Vanessa Hoffeditz - Princeton Lions Drive - By Parade

Dec 02, 2020
The Princeton Lions Club isn’t letting the pandemic keep them from holding their annual Christmas Parade. Only this year’s event will be slightly different with the parade being stationary and the spectators moving. The drive-by parade takes place this Saturday, December 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Princeton Moose Lodge at 1334 North Euclid Avenue.

Longtime Lion Jim Argo and Bureau County Food Pantry Director Vanessa Hoffeditzwere on Wake Up Princeton on WZOE and said the parade is free but they encourage you to bring a non-perishable food item or paper products to be collected and donated to the food pantry.

Santa will be at the parade to wish a Merry Christmas to all and kids will receive a goodie bag.

If you would like to make a donation, email [email protected].

Sarah Gelman Amazon Best Books Of 2020

Dec 02, 2020
What are the Top 10 Best Books of 2020 according to the book editors at Amazon.com? The list was released this week and on the Noon Hour show on WKEI we caught up Amazon's lead book editor, Sarah Gelman to talk about the Top 10 Books of 2020, some notable titles just outside the top 10 and having the best job in the world, reading books for a living and ranking them.

Pastor Jim Reynolds Grief Counseling And The Holidays

Dec 02, 2020
Pastor Jim Reynolds with OSF Grief Counseling the OSF Hospice joined WKEI on People to People on Wednesday to discuss grief and the holidays. Pastor Jim brought with him the Grievers Holiday Bill of Rights, a list of RIghts reserved for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one during the holidays. We go through some of these rights and cover many of the ways in which grieving occurs during the holidays, outside the holidays, any time and how there is no one way for people to grieve for the loss of a loved one.

Woodlawn Arts Academy Virtual Events

Dec 02, 2020
Woodlawn Arts Academy Virtual Events by Regional Media

Sights and Sounds

Dec 02, 2020
Sights and Sounds by Regional Media

Macy Gray MyGood

Dec 01, 2020
R & B Superstar Macy Gray was our guest on the Noon Hour on WKEi. Macy has recently formed a non-profit that offers financial and other kinds of support to families who have lost someone to police brutality. The MyGood Foundation was formed specifically to help pay for the burial fees and provide counseling services and financial aid to families devastated in the wake of police brutality incident. Much can be lost as people debate what can be done about incidents of police brutality and often lost in that debate are the needs of the families who've lost a loved one. That's what the MyGood Foundation was created for, to make sure the families are not forgotten. We also talked music, of course, with Macy having a new record coming in February and the long lasting legacy of her biggest hit, the Grammy winning "I Try."

RaeAnn Tucker Latest COVID 19 Info In Henry Stark County

Dec 01, 2020
RaeAnn Tucker from the Henry and Stark County Health Department joined WKEI on People to People on Tuesday to discuss the latest local news regarding COVID-19. The news is not improving. The rolling infection rate in both Henry and Stark County is over 17% as this weekend. And, now with Thanksgiving over, the likely expectation is we will see another spike in cases and how big that spike is will go a long way toward how Henry County looks while we wait for the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved and distributed. Currently, there is no definitive timeline for when the Vaccine will be ready to go out.

Mayor Gary Moore Kewanee City Council Meeting Nov 30

Dec 01, 2020
Kewanee Mayor Gary Moore joined WKEI on Tuned In to follow up on Monday's Kewanee City Council Meeting. Mayor Moore talked about Wood Boilers and the discussion about allowing for wood boilers in the City of Kewanee from Monday night's meeting. The City of Kewanee will be permitting and regulating Wood Burners but they will not require a Special Use permit for the burners. A final ordinance should be up at the next Kewanee City Council Meeting. Also discussed during last night's Kewanee City Council Meeting was escalated bidding when it comes to bidding on City owned property. Mayor Moore feels escalated bidding is fair and legal but the rest of council, aside from the absent Chris Colomer, appeared to oppose escalated bidding. And finally, we addressed the coming retirement of Kewanee City Engineer Scott Hinton and whether or not the City of Kewanee should continue to have a full time City Engineer.

Luke Raymond Director Of Behavioral Health At OSF

Nov 30, 2020
There is a growing crisis in the field of Behavioral Health and it is due to the continuing strain of COVID-19. More and more people need help from Behavioral Health specialists and fewer Behavioral Health Specialists than ever before are available. That said, new advances in technology are helping to bring health professionals and patients together in new ways, but the crisis still looms. With COVID-19 on everyone's mind and more people feeling cut off from the world, the need for more behavioral health continues to grow. We talked to Luke Raymond, Director of Behavioral Health at OSF Healthcare about what OSF Healthcare is doing to meet the needs of a growing number of patients.

Eddie Tolliver Kewanee Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Nov 30, 2020
Eddie Tolliver from the Kewanee Salvation Army joined WKEI on Monday, one day ahead of Giving Tuesday, the day many set aside to make a charitable donation whether in person or online. Eddie tells WKEI that the Salvation Army's plan for Giving Tuesday involves a partnership with Thrivent Financial which has the company matching every $2.00 donated with a dollar from Thrivent. On top of that matching donation, Thrivent and the Salvation Army will celebrate the day with a virtual concert by famed Christian pop star, Michael W Smith. You can see the concert via the link on the Kewanee Salvation Army Facebook page. Eddie also reminds everyone that the Red Kettle campaign is underway and bell ringers are needed to help fill the kettles in 2020.

Dr Hayley Ralph Safety And Benefits Exercising While Pregnant

Nov 30, 2020
Dr Hayley Ralph from OSF Saint Luke Medical Center talked with WKEI for our Noon hour program. In the interview, we talked about the safety and benefits of exercising during pregnancy. Young mothers have many questions when they first become pregnant, the main question being the best ways to assure their baby is safe and healthy. This can lead to the notion that vigorous activity such as exercise might be harmful to the baby. This is not the case. In fact, mother's and baby's can benefit from Mom getting plenty of exercise and eating healthy.

Geneseo Mayor Sean Johnson Shop Geneseo

Nov 27, 2020
The Mayor of Geneseo, Sean Johnson, was our guest on Tuned In this week to remind people to Shop Geneseo. The shops of Geneseo are open and while it won't be quite the same as it has been in the past, the Geneseo Christmas Walk will still take place next month. Shoppers need to wear masks and keep social distance but you're still getting the opportunity to support local businesses during the holiday shopping season.

State Representative Tony McCombie

Nov 25, 2020
State Representative Tony McCombie by Regional Media