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Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 05-25-2020

-On Thursday, May 21st at 9:14P.M. Henry County Deputy made a traffic stop on S. State St. in Atkinson. The driver of the vehicle, Jessica Miller (age 22) of ...

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Henry County Sheriff Arrest and Citation Report 05-21-2020

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J.D. Orwig - Named Next Princeton Elementary Superintendent

May 22, 2020
Jefferson Elementary School Principal J.D. Orwig recently visited Wake Up Princeton on WZOE 1490-AM to discuss being chosen as the next Princeton Elementary School Superintendent. Orwig will take over for the retiring Tim Smith in July 2021. He says he'll work closely with Smith over the next year to prepare for his new role. He calls Smith a "great mentor" and a "great leader for our community". He cites Tim Smith and retired Logan Junior High Principal Bob Jesse as mentors and credits his fifth grade teacher Brent Kopp as his main inspiration for getting into the education field in the first place. He also credits his parents Les and Becky for instilling him with good work ethic while growing up on their family farm. He says the community has been "overwhelmingly supportive" of the school district as it copes with "unprecedented times" during the COVID-19 situation. When asked what advice he'd give to someone just starting their career in education, Orwig says they need to be a "people person". His favorite part of his job is the students. He says the kids keep him young. Orwig and his wife Shelly met while they were both working at Logan Junior High. They have three children and will be celebrating their 21st anniversary this summer.

Maddie Wilson Stark County Sports

May 22, 2020
Maddie Wilson played Volleyball and Softball during her four years at Stark County High School but Softball is her passion. On top of playing High School Softball, Maddie played travel softball and has dedicated herself to playing the game in college as well. Maddie is set to play college Softball at Monmouth College next year. Maddie tells LocalSportsNow.com that by attending Monmouth College and playing Softball, she is continuing a Stark County legacy at the college which has been a haven for Stark County athletes of the past.

Whiteside County Update with Cory Law

May 22, 2020
Whiteside County Update with Cory Law by Regional Media

Kathy Dinger, Bushnell School Superintendent, May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020
Kathy Dinger, Superintendent of the Bushnell School District, called WLMD's Mid-Morning in Macomb to discuss the upcoming Drive-In Graduation at Bushnell High School, set for May 31.

Marshall Jones Henry County Board Meeting

May 22, 2020
The Chairman of the Henry County Board wants businesses to know that they are supported. The Henry County Board has sent a letter to Governor J.B Pritzker as well as members of the legislature calling for the easing of restrictions on local businesses. That said, the Henry County Board will not go against the current phased re-opening plan and will follow the legal guidelines set forth by the Governor for as long as those guidelines are in place. Mr Jones also clarified a rumor regarding a City in Henry County that was rumored to be opening in defiance of the Governor's orders. This is not the case. The City of Geneseo will comply with the current orders regarding the phased re-opening but they are making sure that businesses in Geneseo will have resources and guidance in place that will allow local businesses to take full advantage of all available resources for re-opening. Also during Thursday night's meeting it was made official that a member of the Henry County Board has resigned and will be replaced in the next 60 days.

Princeton Mayor - Change To Phase 3 Of Reopening Plan

May 21, 2020
Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram recently visited Wake Up Princeton on WZOE 1490-AM to discuss, among other items, Governor Pritzker's change to Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan
He said restaurants will be able to serve outdoors, but away from sidewalks, basically becoming outdoor cafes. He calls it a "good step forward". He also said that many Princeton businesses have been creative in utilizing curbside service.
Mayor Quiram this week wrote a letter to the governor, saying smaller rural communities, especially south of Interstate 80, are not experiencing COVID-19 at anywhere near the rate of larger areas like Chicago. He said he believes our area restaurants could open for indoor dining, initially at fifty percent capacity and build from there. Quiram called the re-opening with restrictions of hair salons and health clubs at the end of the month "exciting news". He closed by saying "we are making progress" and he's very hopeful to get the remainder of the street concerts in.

RaeAnn Tucker HealthDepartment COVID19

May 21, 2020
RaeAnn Tucker from the Henry and Stark County Health Department joined WKEI to discuss the latest recovery data from the Health Department. Of the 69 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Henry County how many have had their symptoms resolved? How many are symptomatic and sheltered at home and how many are hospitalized? Those numbers were announced by the Health Department on Wednesday for both Henry and Stark County where only 2 cases have been confirmed thus far.

Jacque Komnick Kewanee Girl Scouts

May 21, 2020
The Kewanee Girl Scout Troop is staying busy amid the shelter at home and concerns about COVID-19. With large gatherings continuing to be a danger, the Girl Scouts have begun planning a virtual Girl Scout camp. Jacque Komnick with the Girl Scouts joined WKEI to talk about what a virtual Girl Scout Camp might look like. It involves a lot of Zoom Meetings and special guests sharing their passionate expertise in various areas of the world and teaching the Girl Scouts about their areas of expertise.

Dr Jon Baugh Fox News COVID In The Air

May 21, 2020
Dr Jon Baugh is an emergency Room Physician and a Fox News contributor. Dr Baugh joined WKEI to talk about COVID-19 and a new study in Scientific American that indicates that the virus lingers in the air anywhere from 8 to 14 minutes in an enclosed space. This study demonstrates the importance of wearing a mask. As has been known for some time, the virus can be spread when an infected person speaks and droplets from their mouth go into the air and on to other people. Masks keep those droplets from being spread.

Galva Mayor Rich Volkert Galva City Council

May 20, 2020
The Mayor of Galva, Rich Volkert was our guest on People to People on Wednesday. The Galva City Council met this week via the Zoom App and we talked about what was on the agenda including help for small businesses in Galva. We also talked about the state of the Governor's plan to re-open the state. Mayor Volkert stated that he hopes people can follow guidelines for wearing masks and keep social distancing for the time being. He's looking forward to the end of the Governor's Stay at Home order but he's a little pessimistic about how soon the state will return to normal even as the phases of the Governor's plan creep closer.

Allegra Edwards Upload

May 20, 2020
Actress Allegra Edwards has her first full time TV gig and she's loving every minute of it. Upload is the latest streaming hit for Amazon Prime. On the show, Allegra portrays Ingrid, the spoiled, rich and clueless girlfriend of the main character played by Robbie Amell. Ingrid earns some of the biggest laughs on Upload with her wonderful performance but it's not a lot of dumb blonde schtick, Ingrid also has one of the most interesting arcs of the series as well. You don't know where the character is heading throughout and it's a fun ride. We talked to Allegra Edwards today on WKEI. All 10 episodes of Upload are available now to binge on Amazon Prime.

RaeAnn Tucker Health Dept COVID19

May 20, 2020
RaeAnn Tucker from the Henry and Stark County Health Department was our guest on Tuesday to discuss the latest numbers in our area related to COVID-19. When we spoke to RaeAnn on Tuesday, there were 68 cases of COVID-19 in Henry County, as of Wednesday morning, there are now 69 cases of COVID-19. There are two cases of COVID-19 thus far in Stark County. Henry County has added one case each day since the first recovery data was published one week ago. This is a result of increased testing across the area, testing that is now available to anyone who would like to get tested. Hammond Henry Hospital is one place offering testing opportunities to anyone who would like to be tested.

Dr Chris Sullens Kewanee School Board Meeting

May 20, 2020
Kewanee Schools are holding a socially distanced graduation. With the guidance and permission of the Illinois Board of Education, and having consulted with local officials, Kewanee Schools were allowed to have select students and their families, no more than 10 people at 1 time, come into the Good's Gymnasium and collect their diploma and awards while wearing caps and gowns and getting the chance to walk across the stage as past classes have done. It's not the same as a traditional graduation, but it's as close the class of 2020 can get and Dr Chris Sullens joined WKEI on Tuesday morning to talk about how it came together and how it will take three days to get through the whole of the Kewanee High School Senior Class.

Dave Clark Kewanee Back When Kewanee Fire Of 1963

May 20, 2020
The City of Kewanee has a tragic history of fires in the downtown area, specifically around the area of 2nd street. Recently, a significant blaze burned down the place formerly known as The Bat Cave. Thankfully no one was hurt. This fire however, reminded our resident WKEI historian Dave Clark of a fire that happened in almost the exact same spot in Kewanee, on 2nd street, back in 1963. The Kewanee Fire of 1963 was even bigger and received an even more overwhelming response than that of the fire recently on 2nd street. Fire crews as far away as Galesburg and in numbers more than 10 came to help with the Great Kewanee Fire of 1963, known as the Pierce Restaurant Fire.

Deb Janssen from Heritage Woods in Sterling

May 20, 2020
Deb Janssen from Heritage Woods in Sterling by Regional Media

Willie Terry Kewanee WiffleBall Fundraiser

May 20, 2020
Willie Terry wants to create a moment of normalcy amid the hardship of COVID-19. For Willie and his friends, that means the Kewanee Wiffle Ball League is back in action. On Friday afternoon at 5 Pm, the first pitch will be thrown and 8 players, 4 on each team, will be ready to play some wiffle ball. But, before you think they are defying stay at home orders or going out of their way to make a point, they are not. They plan on adhering to social distancing, they will be sanitizing the bats and balls between innings and they will each be wearing masks. Most importantly, this is a charity effort. The teams will be at McKinley Park from 4 Pm to 7 Pm on Friday, May 22nd to accept donations that will be given to the Kewanee Food Pantry. Kewanee residents are encouraged to drive up and drop off donations and, as long as you are masked up and adhering to social distance, you can stay and watch the game. It's a chance to do something fun as long as people are willing to do it safely.

Melanie Sharpe and Heather Ross, The Evergreen Center

May 19, 2020
Melanie Sharpe and Heather Ross from The Evergreen Center called Mid-Morning in Macomb on WLMD Tuesday to discuss telehealth options for seniors.

Sterling Mayor Skip Lee and Scott Schumard

May 19, 2020
Sterling Mayor Skip Lee and Scott Schumard by Regional Media

Sauk Valley Area Chamber Update with Kris Noble

May 19, 2020
Sauk Valley Area Chamber Update with Kris Noble by Regional Media

Michael Law Fox News Heroes Act

May 18, 2020
Political Analyst and author Michael Law joined WKEI on People to People on Monday. Michael joined us to discuss the Heroes Act, the latest attempt at a new stimulus package. The package put together by the House of Representatives, led by Nancy Pelosi, is seen as the start of negotiations on a new aid package. The President and the Senate have stated that the bill as written has no chance of passage and would be vetoed by the President if it were. What is in the Heroes Act and what might survive from the current version to a compromise version acceptable to the Senate and the President? We asked Michael Law to break it down.