Macomb Local News

MDH Announces Upcoming Flu Shot Clinic Dates

MACOMB, Ill. - The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. McDonough District Hospital Home Health Care is sponsoring community flu shot clinics at various locations throughout the month of October. The schedule, in chronological order, is as follows:







October 2

10-11 a.m.

Lafayette Square

100 W. Jefferson St., Macomb

Thursday, October 3

9-11 a.m.

Citizens Bank

A Division of Morton Community Bank Member FDIC

127 S. Side Square, Macomb


October 7

10-11:30 a.m.

Courtyard Estates

1201 N. Cole St., Bushnell


October 9

9-10 a.m.


11 a.m.-12 p.m.


3-4 p.m.

Table Grove State Bank


Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Bushnell


Macomb City Hall

121 S. Broadway, Table Grove


484 East Main St., Bushnell



232 E. Jackson St., Macomb


October 11

10-11 a.m.


2-3 p.m.

YMCA Senior Center


Grand Prairie Assisted Living

400 E. Calhoun St., Macomb


1307 Meadowlark Ln., Macomb

Wednesday, October 16

9-10 a.m.


11 a.m.-12 p.m.



1:30-3 p.m.

Colchester Senior Center


Blandinsville First Christian Church


Bushnell Recreation & Senior Center

114 W. Depot St., Colchester


230 W. Washington St., Blandinsville



300 Miller St., Bushnell


October 18

9-11 a.m.

American Legion

221 E. Washington St., Macomb



The Centers for Disease Control recommends age appropriate vaccination for the flu. Two flu vaccines will be available, one for ages 18-64 and another for ages 65 and older. MDH will offer flu shots to anyone 18 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 18 should contact their primary care provider. Participants are asked to wear a short sleeve shirt as all shots are given in the upper arm.


There is no out-of-pocket charge to the Medicare Part B recipient. Persons with Medicare Part B must present their Medicare card, and MDH will bill for this service. The flu shot is $35 for those ages 18-64, and for anyone 65 and older it’s $60. Participants may pay with cash, check, or credit card, including Mastercard, Visa, and Discover.


For more information about the MDH Home Health Care sponsored community flu shot clinics, go to “Classes & Events” on the MDH website or call MDH Home Health Care at (309) 836-1544.



Park N Cruise Cancelled Due to Weather

MACOMB-Due to the forecasted inclement weather for Saturday, September 21, 2019 Park N’
Cruise in Downtown Macomb has been cancelled from 12:00pm-3:00pm. “We had a great
season and look forward to 2020,” stated Kristin Terry, Downtown Development Director.

The Party on the Square will be held regardless of weather conditions on Saturday, September
21, 2019 from 6:00pm-11:00pm and in the event of inclement weather the event will be held at
The Café located 8 West Side Square.


Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts the 2019 Legislative Luncheon

MACOMB, ILLINOIS — The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2019 Legislative Luncheon, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at The Whytehouse, 127 East Carroll Street, Macomb. Check in begins at 11 am, with a buffet lunch served at 11:30 am, the noon featured speakers will include State Senator, Jil Tracy, 47th District and State Representative Norine Hammond, 93rd District. Speakers will discuss topics directly tied to the local, regional, and state economy and climate. 

Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce members may register before September 30 for $30 per person. Member registration after September 30 is $35 per person. Non-Chamber member registration is $40 per person. The final deadline to register for this event is October 9. Refunds will not be issued after October 9. 


Registration and payment options are available online at or reservations with check can be mailed to:


Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce 

214 N. Lafayette St. Macomb, IL 61455 



All event questions can be directed to the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce by calling the office at (309) 837-4857 or via email to



Congresswoman Bustos' Request For FEMA Disaster Declaration Approved

WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Congresswoman Bustos’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Illinois, which triggers the release of federal funds to communities impacted by severe storms and flooding between February 24 and July 3, 2019. Twenty-seven counties in Illinois are now eligible to apply for Public Assistance (PA) program grants so far.


Eligible counties include: Adams, Alexander, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jackson, Jersey, Knox, Madison, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Stephenson, Union and Whiteside.


“Throughout 2019, communities have felt the devastation of severe storms and record flooding across Illinois and our Congressional District,” Congresswoman Bustos says. “I’m pleased that many counties are eligible for the funding they need. It is my hope that additional Illinois counties will be included in the declaration in the coming days and weeks in order to provide relief to all of those impacted by this unprecedented weather.”


Betz Named WIU September Employee of the Month

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Database/Marketing/Technical Program Coordinator for the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education Amy Betz has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for September 2019.


Betz began working at WIU in November 1992 as a faculty assistant in the center. Her position was transitioned to Civil Service in February 2019.

Betz's nominator said she maintains a high level of professionalism in her work, which can sometimes be difficult.

"She is compassionate while communicating the necessary rules and regulations that define the Illinois Early Learning Intervention System," said her nominator. "She goes over and above to achieve project goals and she is a friend to all of her colleagues."

In August 2010, the Goldfarbs established an endowment to permanently fund the University's Civil Service Employee of the Month award. The Goldfarb endowment is used to fund a $100 award for the recipient of the Civil Service Employee of the Month, as well as a plaque.

The WIU Foundation provides a $500 stipend for the Civil Service Employee of the Year. Western faculty, staff and administrators, as well as community members, wishing to nominate a civil service employee for the monthly recognition should contact Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) representative Christine Staley at


WIU's Yager Named Advising Administrator of the Year

MACOMB, IL – Michelle Yager, director of Western Illinois University's Advising and Academic Service Center, has been named the 2019 Illinois Academic Advising Association (ILACADA) Advising Administrator of the Year.

ILACADA believes academic advising is an integral part of the higher education mission and that it fosters a lasting appreciation of the value of a college education among students.

Yager was nominated for the award based on her leadership and leading the Advising Leadership Team on WIU's campus. The committee was created to help in the professional development of all of WIU's academic advisors.

"Without Michelle being the visionary in bringing this programming idea to our campus, and assembling a team to do it justice, WIU would not have been able to improve the services our advisors provide to all WIU students now and in the future," her nominator said.


Yager said she accepted the award on behalf of all of WIU's academic advisors.

"I was surprised and left speechless when I was told of this honor, but let me clarify, this is not a one-person award," she said. "It represents all the incredible WIU academic advisors from every college, department and program. Anything we've accomplished was done as a team by dedicated professionals."

Through the award, Yager will receive a $250 stipend to use for the next ILACADA state conference.

For more information about the WIU Advising and Academic Service Center, visit


#ForMacomb Community Project Scheduled for Sept. 28th

MACOMB, IL -- When the Rev. Ben Ellefritz of The Crossing Church in Macomb started thinking about how he could make a difference in his home community, he thought that this was something that was bigger than just himself and that other people may wish to also get involved. As a result, the community-wide effort, #ForMacomb, was born and the inaugural volunteer event will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 in Macomb.

"The City of Macomb belongs to the people of Macomb. However, due to perhaps a myriad of factors, some of our residents may wonder if they need to be elsewhere. While these personal feelings are rooted in very real experiences, we believe this is also an ideal time to help our community and share what our community is about," Ellefritz explained. "What if we could draw everyone's attention to the good things that Macomb has to offer? Instead of hearing, 'Macomb has nothing,' what if we heard, 'I love living in Macomb.' We love Macomb and the people that call this place home, so how do we get everyone to see what we see, to love what we love, to give back, improve and lend a hand in restoring faith in our great community? That's where #ForMacomb comes in."

According to Ellefritz, the goal of #ForMacomb is to change the narrative. With the community movement, Ellefritz – who established the #ForMacomb Committee, which is comprised of individuals from Western Illinois University and across Macomb – wants to highlight the great things Macomb has to offer and elevate the ideals that have brought the community this far.

Registration for the community-wide day of action – which includes projects at WIU – will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 in The Crossing parking lot (West Jackson Street, Macomb), with volunteer jobs beginning at 9 a.m. To register, visit More information is also available at

Following the projects, most running through 12:30 p.m., volunteers, community members, University members and any area resident, are invited to join together in Chandler Park for a BBQ from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Community service tables will also be a part of the picnic so that individuals can sign up for additional opportunities available throughout the city.

"#ForMacomb aims to unite different groups of people who have historically been separate: from WIU students to local children to nursing homes and businesses. A united Macomb is a thriving Macomb," he added. "#ForMacomb is not about making Macomb look better; it’s about bringing people together, united in a love for the community we all share."


Grammy Award Winning Country Artist Joe Diffie to Perform in Pekin, IL

Pekin, IL--Country Legend Joe Diffie will be performing an outdoor show on Friday September 20th with Matt Miller and Katelyn Smith with proceeds from the event will go to benefit St. Jude Runs.


This is Joe Diffie’s 4th year being involved with St. Jude Runs in Central Illinois. This will be the first year of hosting the event at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin. The gates will open at 5P and the show will start at 6P. 


Joe Diffie has earned twelve #1 Country Hits including “Home,” “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “John Deere Green.” He has earned over 20 top 10 singles, has released 13 albums and has garnered sales exceeding 6 million. Joe Diffie has won a Grammy Award, CMA Awards, and was once honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the Country Music Broadcasters.
Find out more about Avanti’s Dome and upcoming events by visiting or by following them on Facebook.


Unemployment Tax Rate Table Remains the Same for 2020

DES MOINES – Today, Iowa Workforce Development officials announced that the unemployment tax rate table will remain unchanged for 2020. Tax rates will be the second lowest allowed by law.

Iowa Law requires Iowa Workforce Development to establish the tax table, which determines the unemployment tax rate for eligible employers each year. The unemployment insurance rate table trigger formula is primarily based on the trust fund balance, unemployment benefit payment history and covered wage growth. The formula is designed to enable the trust fund to keep pace with potential liabilities as covered unemployment and wages grow. Based on this formula, the contribution rate table will remain in table 7 of 8 possible tables in 2020.


 “The unemployment insurance tax rate for Iowa's employers will remain in Table 7, the same table it has been since calendar year 2018,” said Director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development. “Remaining in Table 7 for the third year ensures unemployment taxes remain low for most Iowa employers.  This contributes to a favorable business environment as well as contributing to sustained economic and job growth around the state."


Iowa Workforce Development is the state agency charged with collecting unemployment insurance taxes from employers and operating Iowa’s unemployment insurance payment program for workers. Through a network of IowaWORKS centers, the agency also connects job seekers with opportunities and employers with workforce solutions.


Spoon River College To Hold Community Blood Drive

Macomb, IL - Spoon River College will host a community blood drive from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, October 3 at 208 S. Johnson St., inside the Student Lounge.


To donate, please contact Kristy Boggs at (309) 833-6084 or visit and use code 1113 to locate the drive.



MDH Offers Stroke Prevention L.I.F.E. Course

MACOMB, Ill. – McDonough District Hospital Cardiopulmonary staff will host a L.I.F.E. (Learning is ForEver) Course focusing on Stroke Prevention. The course is set for Wednesday, October 2 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Auditoriums A & B, located on the lower level of MDH.


The course presents guidelines for preventing a stroke as well as recognizing the signs and symptoms. Additionally, participants will learn about screening tests available and see a demonstration of the imaging used to detect the risk of stroke from carotid artery disease.


Attendees of this class will have the opportunity to learn at least one way to reduce the risk of having a stroke from Jill Foster, Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, Registered Vascular Specialist, and Certified Respiratory Therapist; and Peggy Jones, Certified Nurse Practitioner.


Pre-registration and a $5 fee are both required for each course. Online registration is available at For more information or to register by phone, please call (309) 298-1911. To learn more about the MDH Community Calendar, visit or follow on Facebook at McDonough District Hospital.


L.I.F.E. is an organization dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost, and enjoyable adult-education experiences. The Macomb L.I.F.E. program, organized by the Western Illinois University Study Abroad Department, is affiliated with the national organization Road Scholar: Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN). It is independently administered by area residents who develop the courses, select the teachers, establish the fees, and promote the curriculum.


City-Wide Hydrant Flushing Begins Oct. 1st

Macomb, IL--

The City of Macomb Public Works Department will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the City on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  We will continue to flush our entire water distribution system throughout the fall. 


Fire hydrants will be flushed on weekdays between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm.  


Please be advised that flushing may cause some discoloration of water.  This does not represent a health hazard. However, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.  If you experience discolored water, avoid using hot water until discoloration clears and run your cold water for approximately 5-10 minutes to clear your service line. 


If you do have any laundry damaged by discolored water, avoid drying the clothes. Rust remover can also be picked up at the Public Works building located at 233 Center Street between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.


Please also be advised that if the system pressure in the area of your residence drops below 20psi during flushing you will be issued a “boil order”.   This is a precautionary measure in order to assure your safety, and the “boil order’ will be lifted once water samples have satisfactorily passed analytical testing at an independent laboratory.


Please report extended discoloration, and any concerns to the Water Treatment Plant at 309-836-3916.


The Public Works Department regrets any temporary inconvenience you may experience; however, the flushing program is necessary to maintain a good water supply for both firefighting and domestic consumption.



WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra Live This Friday @ COFAC

Prairie Calling - Buennig

Incident @ Perkins - Chris Merz

Blue in a Red State - Chris Merz

Rhythm JOnes - John Mills

Jeep's Blues - Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges/trans. David Berger

Isfahan from The Far East Suite - Duke Ellington/trans. David Berger

For more information, call the COFAC Recital Hall office at (309) 298-1843 or visit


Nonviolent Communication and Community Dialogue Workshops

Macomb, IL -- Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus J. Q. Adams will facilitate two workshops for the WIU community, "Cutting Through the Clutter: Using Nonviolent, Compassionate Communication to Create and Sustain Community Dialogue," Wednesday, Sept. 25 on the Macomb campus.


Two sessions will be held, from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at the WIU Multicultural Center (MCC). Walk-in registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Members of the Macomb community are also welcome to attend. Workshops were held Aug. 1 for Chamber of Commerce and MAEDCO members and Sept. 12 for the Macomb community. 


As part of the workshop, Adams will introduce Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a workable model, process and practice based on recognizing and meeting participants' needs, as well as the needs of others encountered during everyday life. They will encourage participants to consider how understanding universal human feelings and needs can help lead to sustained dialogue among members of the Macomb community.


The NVC model Adams explores with participants was developed by psychologist Dr. Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s and has been successfully used by mediators throughout the world. It is based on Rosenberg's conviction that all humans, whatever their learned cultures and values, have the capacity to interact with compassion and empathy if they understand their own and others' needs. Adams will introduce the NVC process to workshop participants and will provide opportunities for participants to develop strategies that can serve as the basis of empathy, effective communication and cooperation.


NVC involves four clearly defined steps: making non-judgmental observations, recognizing everyone has feelings and needs, connecting individual needs with those of the people with whom we interact and making doable requests of each other so everyone's needs are met. The process includes listening without judgment and listening deeply enough to hear and accurately acknowledge each other's feelings and needs. According to Adams, this process is based on human beings with the same basic needs. Like for example, listening can lead to understanding and compassionate conversations in which each person's dignity can be respected and everyone's needs can be met. 


Adams joined Western's faculty in August 1988. A major focus in his teaching and consulting has been the changing demographics in the USA and the larger world. His ongoing commitment to education encompasses continual study of the scholarship in his field so the goal of education -- a viable, thriving society where every person's dignity is respected -- can be reached. 


The workshop is sponsored by the Moving Macomb Forward committee, which is comprised of community and University officials, including the WIU Multicultural Center, the Office of the WIU President, WIU Admissions, City of Macomb elected officials and employees, McDonough County NAACP, McDonough County Sheriff and Macomb Police departments, MAEDCO and the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce. 





Walmart Hosts Free Wellness Event in Illinois Stores on Saturday

Bentonville, Ark., Sept. 17, 2019 – Walmart has a warm heart for helping customers save money and live better/healthier lives. The retailer is now inviting customers to Walmart Wellness Day, where they can receive free health services and resources along with information on better heart health. This event will be hosted Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time at Walmart stores with pharmacies in Illinois.  


Walmart hosts quarterly wellness events in more than 4,500 stores to making health care more affordable and accessible, according to a news release.  Since 2014, Walmart has conducted more than 3 million free screenings during wellness events.


Since its first Walmart Wellness event in 2014, Walmart has provided more than 4 million free screenings to people across the country. These screenings have helped customers discover underlying issues like high blood pressure and diabetes that they now can manage – and in some cases, these screenings have saved customers’ lives.  




Organ, Piano Performance Sept. 21 at WIU

MACOMB, IL -- Keyboard music from the Baroque and 20th century will be presented by Western Illinois University Organ Instructor Linda Andrews and guest pianist Anna Wagner at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Carroll St., in Macomb. 

Their program will include Baroque partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Pachelbel. Organ music by French composer Olivier Messiaen, and Canadian composer Gerald Bales will complete the first half of the program. "Piano Sonata in A minor," by Sergie Prokofiev, will conclude the program.  Additionally, the two musicians will play an organ/piano duet. 

Andrews has been organ instructor at WIU since 2012, and is also organist for First Presbyterian Church, a position she has held for 25 years. She holds degrees from WIU and Northwestern University.  An active member of the American Guild of Organists, she currently serves as dean of the WIU chapter.

Recently, she was the instructor for Pianos, Pipes, Pedals and Pizza, in Pekin, IL, a program designed to teach children and adults about the pipe organ. Andrews has presented numerous solo organ recitals, has participated in WIU sponsored LIFE programs and has been a featured organ soloist with the McDonough Choral Society.

Wagner was professor of piano for 40 years at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria, where she taught "Basics in Song Interpretation" in the Department of Voice and Music Theater. Upon her retirement, she was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Wagner has performed concerts, presented master classes and recorded for TV, radio and CDs. In Macomb, she has also participated in WIU sponsored LIFE programs and performed as a guest recitalist. 

Wagner is also a professional photographer and the Arts Center in downtown Macomb is currently featuring her exhibit, "Discovering Macomb – The Photographs of Anna Wagner," through Oct. 19.


WIU Receives Centennial Award

MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University recently received an Illinois Centennial Award for the University's 120 years of service, and many accomplishments.

The Illinois State Historical Society annually recognizes schools, churches and corporations that have "operated in the Prairie State for 100 or more consecutive years," providing cultural and economic support to the people and communities around them. Western was founded as a normal school (or teacher training college) in 1899, and officially opened for the first day of classes Sept. 23, 1902. Western Illinois State College became known as Western Illinois University July 5, 1957.

Over the years, Western has had a multi-faceted impact –  including the 130,000 graduates it has produced, in a wide variety of fields – and has achieved distinction in ranking among the best Midwestern colleges and universities. English Professor Emeritus John Hallwas, who also serves on the Society's Board of Directors, nominated Western for the Centennial Award.

"It is an honor for our institution to be recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society, particularly as we are ready to celebrate Founders' Day," said WIU Acting President Martin Abraham. "We're proud of our long history and accomplishments over the years. Thank you to the Illinois State Historical Society for this award."

The University will celebrate Founders' Day Monday, Sept. 23 on the Macomb campus and Tuesday, Sept. 24 on the Quad Cities campus.


WIU Announces $10 Million Bio-Fuel Federal Research Grant

Macomb, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture announced today that Agriculture Professor Win Phippen is the recipient of a $10 million federal grant to investigate the use of the alternative crop, Pennycress, as a new cash cover crop in the Midwest. 


The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant will allow Phippen to further refine Pennycress as a new winter-annual cash cover crop for use by the biofuel industry. Researchers from Illinois State University, the Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and the University of Minnesota will join Phippen's team to refine this high-yield oilseed crop. Phippen, who has been with the School of Agriculture and the director of the School's Alternative Crops Program since 2000, has been growing Pennycress, and investigating its use as a biofuel alternative, for 10 years. 


"Pennycress is unique among cover crops as it can generate income, which incentivizes farmer participation. Integration of Pennycress into existing corn-soybean rotations extends the growing season on established cropland and avoids food crop displacement, all while yielding up to two billion gallons of oil annually," Phippen explained. 


The goal is to produce 50 billion gallons of biofuel in the next 25 years. The integrated Pennycress crop program will work toward commercializing the crop within five years, according to Phippen. Research will focus on improving Pennycress genetics (germplasm) for plant breeding and preservation, agronomic management, ecosystems and supply chain management for post-harvest seed control. 


"The integration of Pennycress as a cash cover crop will positively impact producers' profits, decrease soil erosion and nutrient runoff, which protects water systems, support pollinating species (bees and other pollinators), suppress weeds, diversify the nation's energy sources and contribute to rural economies," Phippen said. "We're very excited to further refine this powerhouse crop as an alternative for our Midwest farmers. I am most appreciative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's faith in my research, and I look forward to leading a team of researchers with a solid background in alternative crop research."


Phippen's integrated program optimizes off-season Pennycress oilseed production by overcoming production and supply chain bottlenecks, with the goal of commercially launching Pennycress as a cash cover crop in 2021. CoverCress, Inc., of St. Louis, MO, is working closely with Phippen and his team for some of the breeding and post-production side of the research. Trial Pennycress planting in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota will begin this month, with the first harvest anticipated in May 2020. The alternative crop is planted immediately following a corn harvest. After harvest, Pennycress storage will be tested, along with the quantity and quality of oil extracted, and the shelf life of Pennycress oil. The oil and meal will be further studied to determine uses for fuel, feed and food applications. 


"This grant is a phenomenal coup for Dr. Phippen and the School of Agriculture. We were lucky to hire Win 19 years ago to lead an alternative crops program, which at the time was still relatively new," said School of Agriculture Director Andy Baker. "His work and dedication to alternative crops is most deserving of this grant. Not only does this grant and research put our School and his program further on the map, it provides learning opportunities for our students that they will not find anywhere else."


U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins said the $77.8 million in NIFA research grants, which have been awarded to eight U.S. universities, are aimed at integrating sustainable agricultural approaches covering the entire food production system.


"Investing in high-value research that promotes sustainably intensified agricultural practices, while addressing climate adaptation and limited resources, ensures long-term agricultural productivity and profitability and provides unprecedented opportunities for American farmers and producers," said Hutchins, who leads USDA’s Research, Education and Economics (REE) mission area. "USDA continues to support our nation’s farmers through investments that help strengthen our rural communities."


This research investment is part of a new program within NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Sustainable Agricultural Systems program, the nation’s leading and largest competitive grants program for agricultural sciences.



WIU LEJA Ranked Best Criminal Justice Degree Program

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration's (LEJA) online degree is ranked sixth out of 50 schools across the U.S. as the best online criminal justice degree program by Western is the only Illinois institution included in the rankings.

Students majoring in LEJA can obtain their degree by taking classes on WIU's main campus in Macomb or the Quad Cities branch campus, online or a combination of both. WIU's School of LEJA began offering it bachelor's and master's degree programs online several years ago to accommodate working criminal justice professionals, actively deployed military students and non-traditional students.

The School of Law Enforcement was established 50 years ago, in 1979, and boasts more than 13,200 alumni around the globe, and nearly 2,000 students are currently enrolled as LEJA majors and/or minors. The School of LEJA currently offers three Bachelor of Science degrees: Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Fire Protection Services and Emergency Management, as well as a Master of Arts in Public Safety Administration.

"We're pleased to be recognized as a top online criminal justice degree program," said Jill Myers, director of the School of LEJA. "It's important to provide classes and degree opportunities for individuals who want to earn their degree, but due to job and family commitments cannot enroll as a traditional, on campus student. We have many professionals who want to obtain or complete their undergraduate degree, or earn their master's degree, to advance in their respective field.  By offering our programs in an online format, we give them the opportunity to continue their education without leaving their community or their jobs."

In addition to the online degree opportunities, WIU's School of LEJA also partners with the Illinois Department of Corrections and community colleges to offer a seamless transition toward their degree and career success.

For the online criminal justice degree ranking, analyzed such data as type of degree or degrees offered, career possibilities, available financial aid and online support services.'s online degree rankings emphasize accessibility, affordability and quality of education.

According to, WIU makes it high on the list due to the fact that it offers both an online undergraduate and an online graduate degree in law enforcement and justice administration. Western also offers an integrated BS/MA criminal justice program that allows students to apply undergraduate credits toward a graduate degree.

For more information on WIU LEJA's degree programs, visit



Electroacoustic Music Macomb 2019 Sept. 18 at WIU

MACOMB, IL - The Western Illinois University School of Music will present Electroacoustic Music Macomb 2019, curated by Hong-Da Chin, assistant professor of theory and composition, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

This performance will feature a composition by retired School of Music Professor James Caldwell, in addition to compositions by Carter John Rice, Carolyn Borcherding, Rob McClure, Jason Bolte and Mike McFerron.

This performance is open free to the public, and will be live-streamed on the School of Music’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live.


"Let Me See Your Face" for flute and live electronics (2013) - Rice (b. 1989)
- Music instructor Jeiran Hasan, flute

"Vesper" for fixed media (2017) - Borcherding (b. 1992)

"Lingering Garden" for fixed media (2015) - McClure (b. 1984)

"Change in the Summation" for fixed media (2006) - Bolte (b. 1976)

"An Interrupted Memory" for fixed media (2009/10) - McFerron (b. 1970)

"Mechanism IV" for reed trio and electro-acoustic media (2002) - Caldwell (b. 1957)
 - Assistant Professor Emily Hart, oboe
 - WIU music student Morgan Miller, clarinet
 - Assistant Professor Brisa de Paula, bassoon

For more information, call the COFAC Recital Hall office at (309) 298-1843 or visit


Illinois Is 2019's 10th Most Diverse State in America


Illinois--With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing and the leadership in Fortune 500 companies still dominated by Caucasian males, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2019’s Most & Least Diverse States in America as well as accompanying videos.

To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S. — and where the population is relatively more homogeneous — WalletHub compared the 50 states across six key categories: socio-economic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity.

Diversity in Illinois (1=Most Diverse, 25=Avg.):

  • 16th – Income Diversity
  • 11th – Educational-Attainment Diversity
  • 12th – Racial & Ethnic Diversity
  • 11th – Linguistic Diversity
  • 23rd – Industry Diversity*
  • 21st – Household-Type Diversity
  • 17th – Household-Size Diversity
  • 7th – Religious Diversity

*Includes civilian employed population aged 16 and older

For the full report, please visit:


IDHS Celebrating Recovery Month in Illinois

As declared by Governor JB Pritizker, Illinois will consider the month of September as Recovery Month for those that have substance abuse disorders and bring awareness to the situation. 

The Illinois Department of Human Services has partnered with other providers throughout the state to help recognize that #RecoveryBelongs. The campaign began on social media as the IDHS used their platform to promote the inclusion of recovery in communities and the continuum of healthcare providers during the International Overdose Awareness Day. IDHS Secretary, Grace B. Hou thanks the providers for hosting events and celebrate individuals in long term memory while acknowledging the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. 

“In 2018, over 2,000 people died from an opioid overdose in Illinois… Although we’re seeing some positive trends resulting from our prevention and recovery strategies, we need to continue to fight against this disease as aggressively as possible,” said Hou. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid use disorder or other substance use disorders, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP or visit 


Homecoming Kickoff Event: Paint the Paws, Friday, Sept. 27

Macomb, IL – Western Illinois University students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are all invited to participate in Paint the Paws Friday, Sept. 27, to kick off Homecoming week 2019 "Rocky on Broadway - The Leathernecks are a Tough Act to Follow." Homecoming activities will be held Friday, Sept. 27 – Saturday, Oct. 5.


Paint the Paws is a tradition at WIU where the University community repaints more than 200 Rocky paws along University Drive and Western Avenue. Hosted by the WIU Alumni Association, this event signifies the path leading alumni and friends back home to Western. 


On Friday, Sept. 27, the WIU Alumni Association will host two Paint the Paws shifts; the first beginning at 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m. First-shift painters should check in at Western Hall by 12:45 p.m. and second-shift painters should check in by 2:45 p.m. Supplies will be provided. 



SRC offers Microscoft Publisher Class

Macomb-The Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach is offering a class called Introduction to Microsoft Publisher on Tuesday, October 1st from 1-3pm at the Spoon River College Macomb Outreach Center. 


Publisher is a desktop publishing software. You can use Publisher to create brochures, flyers, menus, business cards, certificates, and etc! During the course, people will learn the basics of using Microsoft Publisher. Instructor is Erin Orwig.


There is a fee to attend and pre-registration is required. Classes will be held at the Spoon River College Macomb Outreach Center located at 2500 East Jackson Street in Macomb. For more information or to register, call Spoon River College at 309-833-6031 or sign up online.


International Day of Peace Celebration Sept. 19 at WIU

MACOMB, IL – A celebration of the International Day of Peace will be held at Western Illinois University from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday Sept. 19. 

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year in September. Established in 1981, by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace. 

"Every year, the WIU community comes together in September to celebrate the International Day of Peace. This year, we encourage everyone to come out and chalk their favorite message of peace on the sidewalks. We will have a table at the University Union on Thursday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where participants can pick up chalk," said WIU Political Science Professor Julia Albarracin. 

The Peace Day celebration is sponsored by the WIU Department of Political Science, the WIU College of Arts and Sciences and the Peace Corps programs at WIU.