Macomb Local News

Tickborne Heartland Virus

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois has reported its first case of Tickborne Heartland Virus.


A resident of Kankakee test positive for the virus that was likely spread by a Lone Star tick.


The side effects from being bitten by a tick may include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and diarrhea.


It is important to protect yourself while you are outside, some helpful tips are:


  • Wear light-colored and protective clothing

  • Apply insect repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET

  • Check yourself and those with you for ticks every two to three hours

  • Walk in the center of trails so you are not brushing against grass


For more information, visit the IDPH website.



Rail Safety Week Begins Next Week 9/23/18 - 9/29/18

Illinois is 2nd in the nation for railroad crossing fatalities. The Illinois State Police began rail safety
initiatives to prevent injuries and deaths related to trains.
District 14 Commander Jon Dively is promoting rail safety in the district with Rail Safety Week.
This will take place Sept. 23-29.
Dively will be heavily enforcing the laws that pedestrians and motorist typically disobey.
Officers will be citing motorists who stop their vehicle on railroad tracks and pedestrians that
ignore warning lights.
For more details surrounding Rail Safety Week, visit week-2017


Sports Report 9-21-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/21/18




Macomb draws Effingham this week for their homecoming game.


Coming off of a tough loss, they’ll be looking to rebound in a big way. They need a win, and cannot see themselves get blown out in back to back weeks and on homecoming night.


I think they come out physical and motivated and pull out a hard-fought win this week.




Browns picked up their first win last night since December 24, 2016, 6 weeks after Cubs’ World Series win.


Game was very drab, boring until Mayfield came in late in 2nd quarter. Mayfield provided Browns fans joy and hope that they have not seen since the Cavaliers won the championship in that same 2016 year.


Mayfield showed a little Brees in his performance last night, though to be clear, I am absolutely not making the outright comparison.


Despite his efforts and obvious talents, I think he should be on the bench again next week, though that’s not likely what will happen.


If he is on the bench, both he and Tyrod Taylor know that Taylor’s leash is incredibly much shorter, and it will not take too much for the Browns to pull the plug all together and make Mayfied their QB of the present.




It’s White Sox World Series Weekend! All jokes aside, though, the Cubs need a series victory at minimum over their crosstown rivals.


The Cubs will need their offense to keep the momentum they gained against Arizona to continue, and will need the starting pitching to keep their roll going as well. The bullpen is depleted as ever now, and they will need their starters to keep going deep into games.


The White Sox will be looking to improve following a 4-10 stretch recently that has seen Carlos Rodon revert a little and the offense tail off. They will be relying heavily on young stud Reynaldo Lopez to pull them through tonight, and they will be looking to play spoilers on the Cubs’ division title hopes.




The Bears play a very winnable game this Sunday against the 0-2 Arizona cardinals. The Cardinals have had nothing going on offense, and their defense has struggled, though it is still very capable of putting up a good performance.


This is a game Jordan Howard could easily dominate, as he is averaging 4.0 yards per carry on only 29 carries through the first two weeks. This week could also see a huge showing from their other tailback, the exciting Tarik Cohen. Cohen presents a lot of different challenges for any defense, and he should wreak havoc on this damaged Cardinals unit.


Despite the struggles, Arizona has an offense with weapons that have to be accounted for at al times in David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. They will need the middle of the defense to be strong once again, and they’ll need starting cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller to be strong again to thwart the potential of Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and Ricky Seals-Jones.


I think the Bears’ defense comes out strong once again, the run game grows in its dominance as the game goes on, and the Bears pull out a 24-13 win.





Western Illinois Museum presents "The Blind Swine Speakeasy" this Friday - 9/21/18

This Friday, the Western Illinois Museum is the letting the good times roll once again with The Blind Swine Speakeasy.
Experience the roaring 20s with the event/exhibit. It will feature the WIU Swing Club showing
attendees how to cut a rug and play Exquisite Corpse. There will also be a viewing of Mickey
Mouse’s screen debut. John Vana, Whitney Ashe and Matt Hughes will present the musical
entertainment for the evening.
The event takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can enter the speakeasy through the
backdoor of the museum. However, everyone must have the password to get in, which can be
found on the museum’s Facebook page. A $5 donation is suggested.
Contact the Western Illinois Museum at 309-837-2750 or email: regarding
information on the upcoming event.


Macomb Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting ceremony for Midwest Grass and Forage

The Ambassadors Committee of Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed an agriculture
retail shop to a new area yesterday.
Midwest Grass and Forage was relocated to 1300 E. University Drive, Macomb. This move was
celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The business provides turf, lawn and feed products.
Right now, Midwest Grass and Forage are accepting Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce gift
certificates. They are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit their website at or call them at 309-837-1870 for more information.


Macomb city street crack sealing project begins next week - 9/24/18

Cracks in multiple roads will be sealed throughout Macomb next week. The Macomb Public Works
Department will be working diligently to get the project completed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Sept. 24.
The department appreciates public cooperation during these times as traffic will be
interrupted. Contact Public Works at 309-833-2821 for more details.


MDH Offering First Aid and CPR Classes in October

Community First Aid and CPR classes will be underway shortly at McDonough District Hospital
The First Aid course will be presented Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A. The class features real-
life situations, modern techniques and injury prevention. It will cover tips on how to aid adults,
children and infants. The class will follow the American Heart Association guidelines.
The following week, on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m., the CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) will be held in
Auditoriums A & B and the Auxiliary conference room. If someone you know where to choke or
stop breathing, this program will provide you with tips on how to fix the individual’s blocked
Both courses have a $40 fee and each person must pre-register. To register contact MDH
Outreach Services at 309-836-1584. Visit the MDH website to learn more about their Community Classes.


Macomb Police officers awarded for Bravery

MACOMB --  Two Macomb Police Officers were awarded this past week for their bravery and service.


Officer Cary Carrillo received a Life Saving Award after saving jumping into a flooded storm pipe and creek to save a 5-year-old girl with autism.


Officer Troy Shoudel also received a Life Saving Award after giving crucial first aid to a motorcyclist who had crashed.


Congratulations are in order for both Officer Shoudel and Carrillo.


Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert Test set for Oct. 3

Expect to receive an emergency alert via cellphone on Oct. 3. The nationwide wireless
emergency test was originally scheduled for this week. However, Hurricane Florence has forced
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to move it to early next month.
On Oct. 3 around 1:18 pm, most wireless devices will receive the text “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The message does not cost receivers. There are three categories of alerts sent through the system: imminent threat alerts about emergencies like extreme weather, AMBER alerts, and Presidential alerts about national consequence emergencies.
For more information about the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) visit


Ari's Entertainment Report 9-20-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)



The winner of “America’s Got Talent” was announced and not many were surprised when it was magician Shin Lim.


Lim is a 26-year-old award winning magician who decided to become a magician  only after having to give up his dreams of becoming a pianist due to carpal tunnel.


He will receive 1 million dollars and the opportunity to headline in Las Vegas in November.




Tyra Banks explains that while Lindsay Lohan will NOT play the main role of “Life Size 2” she will make some sort of appearance.


Banks also explains that the producers of the movie have involved Lohan in a clever way and that you will have to see it to find out what Lohan does.


The original “Life Size” premiered 17 years ago.




Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 are set to headline Super Bowl LIII.


While the band has not made an official announcement, fans are already excited for the performance.  


Super Bowl LIII will take place on Feb 3. At Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.




WLMD 104.7fm is Down (listening to Cubs Games)

WLMD 104.7fm suffered a catastrophic loss to its transmitting system. As a result, all live sports will be heard on WMQZ 104.1fm. WLMD is streaming live at as well. Our engineering department is working diligently to restore the station. Check back here for further updates. 


Thank you,


Regional Media.


National Sports Report 9-19-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/19/18




Josh Gordon’s trade from the Cleveland Browns to the New England Patriots became official on Tuesday, with a conditional 5th round pick going back to the Browns. Gordon now gets the chance to be a number one receiver alongside the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady.


In Pittsburgh, Antonio Brown did not show up to Steelers practice on Monday. He has also been active on twitter telling smack-talking fans, “trade me”. This just adds more gasoline to the proverbial dumpster fire that has become the Steelers’ 2018 season. Being such a storied, consistent franchise, this kind of dysfunction cannot sit well with team alumni and fans.


To Philadelphia, Carson Wentz will get his first start in almost a year this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles have brought him along slowly as Nick Foles has done an admirable job subbing for him, but Foles’ magic appears to be running out and it’s time to hand to the keys to Philly’s high-powered offense back to the franchise quarterback.


Elsewhere, a group of NFL Hall-of-Famers, led by Eric Dickerson, has begun demanding health insurance for life along with a yearly salary for being a Hall-of-Famer. While I agree with the premise here and absolutely agree on the health insurance, the salary demand reeks of selfishness. Most NFL Hall-of-Famers have significant incomes whether it be as analysts for ESPN, CBS, FOX and other outlets, or as spokesmen for the league, and the folks who need the salary would be the majority of NFL retirees who are not Hall-of-Famers. If they begin to include the entire list of retired players in their demands, they will have my support, but not a minute sooner.


MLB: NL Central:


The Cubs have picked up wins in the first two games of an early week, 3 game set with Arizona, winning yesterday’s game 9-1. They’ve (typically) been backed by the performance of Javier Baez, who has hit home runs 32 and 33 over the last two days and has seen his RBI total jump to 107. Baez, in my opinion, is now the clear front-runner for NL MVP.


Elsewhere, the Cardinals opened a series against the Braves on Monday and have taken the first two, while the Brewers have split the first two in a 3 game set with the Reds. St. Louis now only sits two games back of Milwaukee for the first spot (home park) in the NL wild-card race, and it would not shock me in the least if the Cardinals leap-frog the Brewers for the right to host that game.


Rest of MLB:


After taking three of four from the Cardinals over the weekend, the Dodgers have picked up wins in each of their first two games in a three game set with Colorado that began yesterday. The Dodgers now hold a game and a half advantage over the Rockies, and their super-powered offense is finally starting to consistently look the part. They look like a scary proposition for any opponent in the NL Playoffs.


Out East, the Braves look to really have the NL East wrapped up, with a 5.5 game lead over second place Philadelphia. Much like Arizona, Philly has really fallen off the pace as the second half has developed, and now sit farther back in the wild card race than they do in the division.


In the AL, Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Blake Snell became the first pitcher in baseball to win 20 games, and the first AL pitcher since Rick Porcello had 22 in 2016. He is also the first Ray since David Price won 20 in his Cy Young-winning 2012 season. He racked up his 200th strikeout as well in this one, and he looks like the leader in the AL Cy Young race.



$2,214,738 Grant Announced for Quad City International Airport

WASHINGTON-- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced today that funds will go toward the Quad City International Airport to modernize infrastructure and guarantee safety.
A grant of $2,214,738 will be used to reconstruct lighting systems on runways and six Taxiways
to increase visibility in bad conditions.
“This is good news for travelers flying in and out of the Quad Cities. Today’s funding will help improve service, safety, and efficiency at Quad City International Airport -- which benefits the entire region,” said Durbin. “I am proud to work alongside Representative Bustos and Senator Duckworth to bring this important investment to our state and will continue working to strengthen our infrastructure.”
Bustos, Durbin and Duckworth have been supporting renovations of multiple airports across the state. They all agree that these investments will improve the local economy and safety of travelers.


Local Organizations Encouraged to Participate in U.S. Cellular Community Connections Program

U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program is launching for a 4th time in an effort to
support the local youth with expenses.
Organizations in Macomb are encouraged to participate. Their duties would include following
U.S. Cellular on social media outlets, watching videos and answering surveys to earn up to
Director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Illinois Nakeita Stewart said this is a valuable experience for
youth that will help them achieve their personal goals.
“As we enter the fourth year of this program, we realize that it is all about helping our
communities connect to the good in all of us, and we encourage Macomb area youth leaders to
visit the website and see how easy it is to earn money for their group,” Stewart said.
Each organization has 10 days to complete the online activities given to them once they sign up.
More details can be found at


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Accepting Applications Oct. 1

Heating assistance will soon be available for some households. On Oct. 1, seniors and disabled
residents of Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren counties can apply for monetary
assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Families with children 5 or under and disconnected households can start applying November 1. Beginning Dec. 1, families of low income can apply for the program. Those wanting to receive
aid for their energy bill must not exceed the 30-day income requirement.
$1,518 for a one-person household
$2,058 for a two-person household
$2,598 for a three-person household
$3,138 for a four-person household
For each additional household member add $540
Each household applying must show proof of 30-day income, a copy of their heating and
electric bills, and social security cards for everyone living in the home. The assistance may be
applied toward current or past-due bills, late charge and fees.
To apply or for more information, contact the Western Illinois Regional Council-Community
Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) at 309-837-2997 


Ari's Entertainment Report 9-18-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 18. Continue reading for the details on the 70th Annual Emmy Awards and Ariana Grande/Chrissy Teigen’s last name mispronunciation.




The 70th Annual Emmy Awards took place at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. and premiered on NBC.


The night was filled with celebrities, fashion, trophies, speeches, and even a proposal.


Scarlett Johansson was spotted wearing an elegant white gown, Heidi Klum in blush pink, and Dakota Fanning even pulled off green this year.


Other fashion news -- Kaitlyn Bristowe, Bachelorette 11, had a wardrobe disaster during the awards show.


She shared on social media that her dress ripped in the back so she couldn’t stand to applaud the winners without giving the audience a show.


Thankfully, a man next to her offered his jacket for when she needed to stand.


In case you missed it, Glenn Weiss popped the question to now wife Jan Svendsen on stage after winning Directing for a Variety Special.


Other Winners:

Drama Series - “Game of Thrones”

Actress in a Drama Series - Claire Foy ("The Crown")

Reality-Competition Program -  “Rupaul’s Drag Race”

Comedy Series - “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”


For a complete list of the winners, check out




Celebrities are finally admitting that we have been saying their names wrong for quite some time now.


In the last few weeks stars Chrissy Teigen and Ariana Grande have both admitted that their last name is not pronounced the way we think it is.


Grande admits in an interview that her grandpa always pronounced the name GRAN-DEE not GRAN-DAY.


While Teigen takes to social media saying her last name is pronounced TIE-GEN and not TEE-GEN.


Teigen goes on to say that she “gave up a long time ago” but now we know its TIE-GEN and GRAN-DEE.



MDH Announces Flu Clinic Dates in October

It’s time to get this year’s flu shot. McDonough District Hospital (MDH) Home Health Care is
sponsoring community clinics throughout October, so residents can get a flu shot easily.
Oct. 1 from 1-2 p.m. at Grand Prairie Assistant Living, 1307 Meadowlark Ln, Macomb.
Oct. 3 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Courtyard Estates, 1201 N. Cole St., Bushnell.
Oct. 3 from 2-4 p.m. at Bushnell Family Practice, 1150 N. Cole St., Bushnell.
Oct. 4 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Citizens Bank, 127 S. Side Square, Macomb.
Oct. 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Industry Senior Center, 103 N. Downen St., Industry.
Oct. 10 from 9-10 a.m. at Table Grove State Bank, 121 S. Broadway, Table Grove.
Oct. 10 from 3-4 p.m. at Macomb City Hall, 232 E. Jackson St, Macomb.
Oct. 11 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Bushnell, 484 East Main
St., Bushnell.
Oct. 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at YMCA Senior Center, 400 E. Calhoun St., Macomb.
Oct. 17 from 9-10 a.m. at Colchester Senior Center, 114 W. Depot St., Colchester.
Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Blandinsville Christian Church, 230 W. Washington St.,
Oct. 17 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Bushnell Recreation & Senior Center, 300 Miller St., Bushnell.
Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at American Legion, 221 E. Washington St., Macomb.
This year’s vaccine will cover four strains of the flu virus. On the scheduled days, all participants
must be at least 18 years old, unless authorized by their primary care provider.
The shot is $35, expect Medicare B Recipients can obtain the vaccination for free. Please bring
proof if you a recipient. Everyone must wear a short sleeve shirt to get the shot.
Contact the MDH Heath Care at 309-836-1544 for more information.


Sports Update 9/17/18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul Mellema)





WIU picked up a massive win over FCS #15 Montana 31-27 in their home-opener on Saturday, September 15. The Leathernecks were propelled to victory by a huge fourth-quarter comeback that saw Steve McShane look like the weapon we know him to be and Sean McGuire look like the quarterback we need him to be.


A big part of why this win was so big is what it does for them record was. It sounds cliché, but the difference between 0-3 and 1-2 is monumentally large. The win now gives them a shot at .500 in their next game as opposed to being at best 1-3 or at worst 0-4 had they lost this game.


The ‘Necks have a bye week next week before taking on Youngstown State and former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini in their homecoming game on Saturday, September 29, with kickoff scheduled for 3 PM.


Other CFB:


This weekend in College Football saw a number of major upsets occur. Three of them happened in the Big Ten alone, as Wisconsin fell to BYU at Camp Randall, Nebraska lost to Troy in Lincoln, and Northwestern lost to Akron at home. The other major upset was Arkansas getting swamped by the Mean Green of North Texas in Fayetteville by a score of 44-17.


Most of the top part of the top 25 remained the same, but this week’s poll saw the addition of two teams who have not been there in quite some time. BYU was ranked for the first time since 2015 and Boston College will see a number by their name for the first time since week 13 of the 2008 season. This is the first time both teams have been ranked at the same time since they were #21 and #22 in that week 13 AP Poll in 2008.




The Cubs lost the series finale against the Reds on Sunday, September 16, to tighten the division a little more. Their lead sits at 2.5 games over the Brewers and 5.5 games over St. Louis.


The loss to Cincy brings the season series against the Reds to a close, finishing 11-8 in favor of the Cubs.


The Cubs will now head to Arizona for what should be a difficult, albeit exciting 3 game set with the Diamondbacks. Milwaukee gets the Reds in their next series, and the next three days could really define how the race sets up for the last few weeks of the year.




The Bears will be playing a depleted Seahawks team tonight, as Seattle will be without starting linebackers KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner in addition to their top receiving threat in Doug Baldwin. Guard DJ Fluker is listed as doubtful, and Seattle cannot afford to lose any  more offensive lineman.


The Seahawks will, however, be bolstered by the introduction of Mychal Kendricks, who is appealing his suspension that was the result of an indictment on insider trading charges.


On the Bears’ side of things, Matt Nagy has said that Roquan Smith has earned more playing time this week, and I fully expect a much heavier workload for him, Leonard Floyd, and Khalil Mack as they look to tighten the screws on a wounded Seahawks team.


Overall, I think Trubisky has a better performance (i.e. more deep throws), and Jordan Howard gets fed like the beast he’s supposed to be. I think the defense wrecks the Seahawks’ already bloodied offensive line and the Bears win 28-14.





WIU Free Flu Shots!

MACOMB --   “Don’t let the flu stop you”.


WIU students have the opportunity to get a free flu shot on Oct. 10, 19, 22, Nov. 1, and 6 at Western Illinois University Beu Health Center flu shot clinics.


The clinic on Oct. 10 will happen during the Health and Wellness Fair at the Spencer Student Recreation Center from 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


All other flu shots clinics are open from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and will be located in the University Union Concourse.   


A valid WIU ID must be presented at the clinic.


For any questions, contact Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888


Farm 2 Fork! (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Gordan Rands)


Western Illinois University will be hosting its second annual “Farm2Fork” meal on Wednesday, September 26, from 6 PM-8 PM.


The meal will be hosted in the University Union’s Lamione Room, located near the Burger King. Registration for this event is due by September 18 and you can register at, or by calling (309) 298-1861.


General admission tickets will cost $22.50, while WIU student tickets will cost $10 with your rocky dollar account.


The menu will feature more mediterranean style cuisine and will include items like bruschetta with erice-style tomato sauce and roasted beets, chicken empanadas, ratatouille over polenta, green beans with tomatoes and baguettes, and many more.


All food served will be procured from local producers, and the meals will be prepared by Dietic Communication and Education students from Lauri Kanauss’ class.



Sports Report 9-14-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul Mellema)




The Cubs beat the Nationals 4-3 in 10 innings in a makeup game from a rainout last Sunday. Javy Baez had the go-ahead RBI in the top of the 10th on a bunt single that scored Kris Bryant.


The win came with some rather unfortunate news, however, as Pedro Strop went down with an apparent lower leg/ankle injury while running to first base in the top of the 10th. This could spell danger for the Cubs, as the bullpen is already being stretched by the ridiculous road trip the team has embarked on.


Overall, the Cubs sit at 19-13 on this crazy stretch of games that hasn’t seen them get an official off day since August 9. The Cubs are now in the final legs of this run, as they get Cincinnati at home for 3 games starting today, then go to Arizona for three before they finally get an off day September 20.




The Bengals beat the Ravens on Thursday Night Football last night, September 13, by a score of 34-23. The Bengals were powered by AJ Green’s 3 touchdown performance, all 3 of which came on his first 3 catches.


Elsewhere, the Seahawks have signed former Eagles (Super Bowl champ) and Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks was cut by the Browns following an indictment on an insider trading charge. Kendricks is expected to start for the Seahawks on Monday night in Chicago against the Bears.


Lastly, Jalen Ramsey said in an interview recently that he would tackle every member of his family, including his grandma, if they were to step out on the field. I think this kind of trash talk is phenomenal for the game, as so much of the NFL is about on-field performance and keeping it clean and professional off the field. It’s nice to see someone letting their personality shine.




MDH Offering Free Childbirth Classes

Thursday, Sept. 27 kicks off the free Childbirth and Infant Care classes at McDonough District
Hospital (MDH). The course takes place from 6 -8 p.m. in Auditorium B.
The first course focuses on breastfeeding. A certified Lactation Counselor will provide insight on
correct techniques on breastfeeding, along with other valuable information on the matter.
The following class, which is Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6- 8 p.m., emphasizes on Cesarean Section
birth and why some expecting mothers have to resort to the surgery. Dr. Tamara Smith,
OB/GYN will be providing the information on Cesarean Section births.
The Postpartum Care and Understanding Your Newborn class will be featured on Oct. 11, while
the eight-hour L.A.T.E class is offered Oct. 20. The L.A.T.E course focuses on the four stages of
labor – Latent, Active, Transition and Expulsion. Relaxation tips and a tour of the Obstetrics
Department will also be highlighted.
For more information on the Childbirth courses at MDH, visit or call the
Obstetrics Department at 309-836-1570.


Grant Announced for Quad City International Airport

The Quad City International Airport was granted $444,128 to expand the service road for safety
reasons. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth
announced today that the money serves to make operations more organized.
The three also announced that funding for the lighting systems for Runway 9/27 and Taxiway H
at the airport is secured. This will also enhance safety at the Quad City International Airport.


District 47 Community Colleges Receive Capital Funding

Carl Sandburg College, John Wood Community College and Spoon River College will get a cut of
the capital funding provided for Illinois community colleges. According to Sen. Jil Tracy, those
three institutions will receive $320,000 of the millions of dollars in funding.
Sen. Tracy said the money will go toward renovation and basic repairs each school needs. Carl
Sandburg College will use $45,000 of the funds to replace the roof, $37,000 for an exit ramp in
the library and will replace a floor due to a flood, which will cost $31,900.
John Wood Community College is building an automation system ($75,770) and a cellular
passive distributed antenna system ($30,440).
Lastly, Spoon River College will receive $100,310 to modernize the Canton campus science lab.
Gov. Bruce Rauner said this will make the state more appealing for business owners.
"The funds we’re releasing are included in the bipartisan budget we signed earlier this year,”
Rauner said. “Every dollar we’re investing in these capital projects helps our communities
deliver better service to businesses and residents. That’s how government can play a positive
role in the Illinois economy.”


Comm-UNNITY Celebration by Interfaith Alliance of Macomb

MACOMB -- The Interfaith Alliance of Macomb is sponsoring a Community Celebration in Chandler Park on Sept. 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


The goal of the event is to foster understanding and celebrate the community’s diversity.


Join the Interfaith Alliance of Macomb for music, children’s activities, brief words from members of various local religious communities, and a candlelit closing.


For more information check out the Interfaith of Alliance of Macomb Facebook page, or contact Rev. Kelly Ingersoll at or (309) 837-6473





Fish Sale!

MACOMB --  It’s time to think about stocking the pond -- with pre-ordered fish!


The McDonough County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting orders for its spring fish sale.


Fish available include grass carp, hybrid sunfish, bluegill, redear, largemouth bass, channel catfish, albino catfish, black crappie, and fathead minnows.


Orders will continue until Sept. 19 for Grass Carp and Sept. 24 for all other fish.


To obtain an order blank, call the SWCD office at (309) 833-1711, ext 3.



Ari's Entertainment report 9-13-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 13. Continue reading for the details on Dancing with the Stars, BTS, and Blake Lively’s Anniversary.




The 27th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” cast was revealed this week on “Good Morning America”.


The cast includes Joe Amabile, Alexis Ren, Bobby Bones, and more!


Watch “Dancing with the Stars” on Sept. 24




BTS is a Korean Boy Band with a big goal for the 2018 year.


The boys announced in an interview that they would like to help people with their music.


More specifically, help mend the younger generations who need music as a guide.


Check out the band’s new album Love Yourself: Answer anywhere you listen to music.




There is no doubt these two love birds are known for their social media jokes.


But when it comes to their anniversary nothing is off the table -- literally.


Lively admitted on “Good Morning America” that besides the social media fun, the two stars did nothing, and that was the best thing.


They say that less in more, and in this case it was the truth.


Congratulations on six years and many more to come!



VFW Flea Market to Open This Weekend! (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Larry Smith VFW Commander)


The Macomb VFW Post will be putting on a Flea Market this Saturday, September 15, from 8 AM-5 PM.


The Post will be serving food and drinks all day, including hot dogs, steam burgers, homemade tenderloins, soda, and water.


They have also announced the 2019 dates for the Flea Market: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12.


The VFW also announced the start of their annual Fish Fry’s. The Fry’s will occur on the first and third Fridays, beginning with Friday September 21st, and every month through April.


For more information on these and other VFW events, you can call them at

(309) 837-1921, find them on Facebook at, or email them at




Buckshots and Blossoms! (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with some of the cast!)



The Macomb Community Theatre will be showing the production “Buckshots and Blossoms” over the next few weekends. The official dates are: September 14-15 at 7:30, September 21-22 at 7:30, and September 23 at 2:00 PM. The show will feature a cast made up almost entirely of local youth.


“Buckshots and Blossoms” is a story that takes us all the way back to the old west. It features a story tied around a villainous gang of criminals and their battles with the new town sheriff.  


Tickets will be $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students aged 13+, and $6 for children aged 12 and under. Cash or check will only be accepted, and reservations can be had by calling the theater at (309) 837-1828 or emailing them at Reservations are strongly recommended by the theatre.


Come out for what is sure to be a night filled with excitement!




National Sports Report 9-12-18 (ft. Paul's interview w/Mark Hespen)





The Cubs picked up a massive 3-0 win last night over Milwaukee.


Jose Quintana pitched a 6.0 inning 3-hitter and the Cubs were able to get just enough offense to maximize the effectiveness of his outing.


The division lead now sits at 2 over Milwaukee and 3.5 over St. Louis, who kept on rolling with an 11-5 mashing of Pittsburgh last night.




Chris Sale returned to throw an inning for the Red Sox as they became the first team in baseball to clinch a postseason berth.


The team is projected to win 109 games and win the American League East.




The US Men’s National Team (soccer) picked up a big friendly win over Mexico last night, with a final score of 1-0.


Tyler Adams took advantage of the 67’ red card from Mexico by scoring the game’s only goal in the 70’.


That the team was able to win without Christian Pulisic or DeAndre Yedlin is impressive, and the young players shone last night. The future is bright for this team as they look to rebound from missing the 2018 World Cup.




Four School Districts Join Illinois' Competency-Based Education Pilot Program

Four Illinois school districts are participating in a new pilot program that requires competency-
based practices to graduate.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that Illinois Valley Central School
District 321 in Peoria County, Mattoon Community Unite School District 2, Quincy School
District 172 and Warren Community Unit School District 205 are taking on the state’s
Competency-based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program.
The program, supported by the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE),
allows students to experience real-world business and career pursuits before college.
“Competency-based education is the future of college and career preparation, and Illinois
intends to be a leader,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The
reauthorization of the CTE Act occurs as we transform college and career readiness in Illinois.
CTE creates opportunities for students to explore careers, while building academic knowledge
and transferrable skills. Competency-based systems allow all of that learning to count.”
Students will gain experience and skill through apprenticeships, internships and in-class work.
Each district gets to create their own system for teaching. The pilot program has reached 19
school districts across the state.
More information about the program is available at


MDH Offering Three L.I.F.E. Classes in October

There will be three different L.I.F.E. (Learning is ForEver) courses offered at McDonough District
Hospital (MDH) throughout October.
Jen Wagoner, MTP, CVR will lead the first course, titled “Spinning, Whirling, and Twirling – Why
am I Dizzy?” The program will focus on the causes and treatments available for dizziness,
vertigo and decreased balanced. This course will be held Oct. 4 in Auditoriums A and B from 10-
11:30 a.m. Participants are welcome to a free vestibular screening following the presentation.
“Your Medication – keeping Safe in a Changing Healthcare World” will be presented on Oct. 23
from 4- 5 p.m. in Auditoriums A and B. MDH Pharmacy Department Leader Jason Williamson
will speak to the audience about controlled substance use and misuse, proper medication
disposal and other current issues with medication.
Cardiopulmonary Department Leader Suellen Carmody-Menzer and Cardiopulmonary Nurse
Practitioner Peggy Jones will teach the third course, “Cardiovascular and Respiratory Tests and
Treatments.” The program will be presented in the same locations on Oct. 31 from 12:30- 2:30
p.m. The discussions will include prevention and treatment options for cardiac, vascular and
pulmonary problems. Attendees will also receive a tour of the treatment facilities.
Pre-registration online at and a fee of $5 is required to attend each course. Call the number 309-298-1911 for more information.


Ameren and WIRC Hosting a Community Bill Assistance Event

Ameren Illinois and the Western Illinois Regional Council are hosting a customer service event to
aid people with their bill payments.
The event takes place on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Spoon River College Outreach
Center, 2500 E. Jackson St., Macomb. Ameren Illinois customers can attend to obtain answers
about their payments and how to reduce their monthly bills.
McDonough, Hancock, Henderson and Warren County residents with low-income are eligible
for one-time grants of up to $150. The money would go toward their energy bill.
Attendees should bring a recent Ameren Illinois bill, proof of 30-day income and a photo ID.


Spoon River College's Open House

MACOMB -- Spoon River College will be holding an open house at the Macomb Campus on Sept. 12 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.


The event is open to the public and features a campus tour, classroom demonstrations, and a visit with faculty and advisors.  


Attendees ages 16-years-old and up also have the opportunity win a free laptop.


For more details, visit or call 1-800-degrees




Entertainment Report! 9-11-18

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 11. Continue reading for the details on Minaj and Cardi B’s feud, Mac Miller’s death, and Heidi Klum ignoring a text message.




Minaj and Cardi B are one in the same -- both queens in the world of rap.


The two stars got into a feud at a NYCFW event when Minaj allegedly made a comment about Cardi B’s parenting.


This alleged comment turned into Cardi B throwing her high heel towards Minaj.


Cardi B was later seen being escorted away but that didn’t stop the two from taking the feud to elsewhere.


Minaj said recently in her podcast that she was mortified at what happened and that she would never speak about someone's parenting.


No matter what happened, there is no doubt that the two stars are the matter of the moment.




Mac Miller passed away from an alleged drug overdose on Sept. 7.


Internet users are now blaming Ariana Grande for the death of the 26-year-old.


It is no surprise that Miller and Grande’s relationship came back into the spotlight after his death.


But Ariana shuts down the chatter with a heartwarming photo of Miller on her Instagram.


While the photo had no caption, it proves that actions are louder than words.   




45-year-old Heidi Klum admits to ignoring Drake via text message.


She admits on the “Ellen Show” that she is sorry she didn't text the rapper back but that she still does enjoy his music.


Klum did find love with Tom Kaulitz who is the guitarist of Tokio Hotel. However, Drake appears to be single.



WIU Curriculum Library Booksale

Today until Sept. 12, The Curriculum Library of the Western Illinois University Libraries is
holding a book sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The sale features a wide assortment of books that all cost $3 and under. Picture books, young
adult fiction and informational books are available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the
library to buy new materials.
The book sale is open to the public, and buyers must pay in cash only. Refunds or exchanges are
not permitted.
Contact Unit Coordinator David Macchi at 309-298-1101 or at for more


Sales Tax Guide Available for Out-of-State Sellers

The Illinois Department of Revenue is making it easier on remote sellers by providing them with
online resources to aide them with collecting Illinois sales tax.
Beginning on October 1, out-of-state sellers will remit Illinois Use tax on cumulative sales of
$100,000 or more, or 200 or more separate transactions, according to Illinois Public Act 100-
Sellers should visit for guidance on Illinois’s new law. The website features
an informational bulletin, FAQs, tax matrix and more.


Weekend Sports Recap, Bears, Bombers, and Leathernecks! (Mark Hespen's Interview with Paul on K100)





Macomb’s varsity football team picked up a big 34-6 victory on Friday night over Blue Ridge.


The team was led by a much more aggressive start from their offensive and defensive lines, and the play of their sophomore quarterback, VJ Lane.


The team was also bolstered by the return of running back Bryan Farkas, who led a revitalization of the Bombers run game


The Bombers play away at Mount Zion this Friday night with kickoff set for 7 PM.




The Leatherneck Football team started strong, but ultimately couldn’t hold up against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this weekend. The final score was 34-14.


This is a tough one, because as mediocre of a Big Ten (D1-A) team as the Illini are, they are still a Big Ten team and WIU is still an FCS (D1-AA) school.


The talent difference became more and more evident by the end of the game, and Western comes away 0-2.


They play host to Montana in the home-opening contest this Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 3 PM.




The Cubs dropped a strange series to the Nationals this weekend, a series that saw a 4 hour delay Friday night before a postponement, a delay before that game’s restart, and another postponement Sunday afternoon.


This was nearly a catastrophic weekend for them, as the Brewers pulled all the way to within 2 games of the division lead.


The Cubs will look to take at least a series win as they begin a 3 game set with Milwaukee at home tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.




The Bears kicked off their 2018 season in heartbreaking fashion last night, with a 24-23 loss in Lambeau Field to the Green Bay Packers.


The first half was a dream for Bears fans, as it saw Khalil Mack look to be worth every dime of the $90 million he received in guarantees on his $141 million extension. It also saw he and rookie Roquan Smith combine for a sack of Deshone Kizer on Smith’s debut snap.


Mitchell Trubisky also showed great flashes in the first half, as he drove the team up and down the field in Matt Nagy’s creative new offense. Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Anthony Miller, and Taylor Gabriel looked like a scary skill position group throughout the first half.


The key play in the first half occurred when Roy Robertson-Harris landed on Aaron Rodgers’ knee, forcing him out until the beginning of the second half.


Once Rodgers did come back, the Packers took over. Rodgers led gutsy drive after gutsy drive to lead the Packers all the way back from a 20-0 deficit, only to win the game 24-23 on a (stop me if you’ve heard this before) long touchdown catch by Randall Cobb.


All in all, there were encouraging things to take away (Trubisky’s first half, front seven performance) and discouraging things to take away (Trubisky’s second half, secondary performance, timid play calling in crucial moments), but the Bears showed glimpses of a bright future.


The Bears will look to rebound as they head to Seattle for a road matchup Monday night versus the Seahawks. This will be a matchup where the communication skills and the chemistry of Trubisky and Nagy will surely be tested, as Seattle is always a loud and difficult place to play.




Macomb City Council Meeting Agenda for Monday - 9/10/18

Macomb City Hall is holding their Committee of the Whole meeting
on Monday, September, 10, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.
The agenda includes the proclamation of National Suicide
Awareness Prevention Month. The committee will also discuss
amending Chapter 17 Division 3 of the City of Macomb Municipal
In other business, the board will converse in their executive session
about Sec. 2(c)(1), Sec. 2(c)(2). Sec.2(c)(5), Sec. 2(c)(6) and Sec.
2(c)(11) of the Open Meetings Act.


MDH Golf Tournament Postponed

The MDH Golf Tournament scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to inclement weather until Sunday, September 9. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with tee-off at 9 a.m. at Gold Hills Golf Club.


Feel free to call the MDH Foundation office at (309) 836-1757 if you have any questions.



Gazebo Art Festival Relocation

The Gazebo Art Festival originally scheduled for Chandler Park will be moved inside to the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 E Side Sq, Macomb, IL.


The festival will still be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come browse and shop works like ceramics, photography, and jewelry from local artists tomorrow, September 8, 2018. 


Illinois Department Of Public Health Launches Targeted Vaccination Effort To Help Prevent Outbreaks

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other local health departments are working
to make the hepatitis A vaccine easily accessible to people more susceptible to the infection.
Multiple states, even states bordering Illinois, have been reporting a hepatitis A epidemic. However, there has been no reported outbreaks in Illinois.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed there has been 2,500 reports of
hepatitis A within the last year. Sixty eight percent of people infected were drug users,
homeless or both.
Across Illinois, people at high-risk of the infection can get the hepatitis A vaccine at a free or
reduced cost from their local health department to help prevent an epidemic. These people
include homosexual men, drug users and the homeless.
Visit for more information about the hepatitis A infection and the vaccine.


Park N Cruise CANCELED 9-7-18

MACOMB -- The City of Macomb Downtown Development has canceled the Park N Cruise event for Sept. 7. due to inclement weather.


There are no further updates on the event, or if it will be rescheduled, but stay up-to-date on Macomb News Now.


Sports Update 9-7-18





Macomb looks to build on their impressive win over Canton last Friday as they play host to Blue Ridge tonight. The game has been moved to 6 PM at Hanson Field at WIU, with gates set to open at 5:15.


Macomb will be looking to establish their offensive and defensive lines early, as that seems to be what brought them into the game last week. Defensively, they will have to keep an eye on Blue Ridge quarterback Brady Masengale, who in their last game (loss) against the Oblong/Hutonsville/Palatine co-op team, accounted for around 87% of the team’s total yards.


College Football:


This weekend may not carry quite the number of impact games as last week, but there are still some matchups to watch out for.


Namely, #10 USC vs. #17 Stanford will be one to watch for, as Stanford running back, and Heisman hopeful, Bryce Love looks to get his campaign back on track following a rather disappointing week one.


#15 Michigan State has one of the tougher matchups of the week among top 25 teams, as they will head to the desert to take on Arizona State in a hostile environment in Tempe. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, #13 Penn State takes on Pitt in a bitter in-state rivalry.


The SEC presents a pair of intriguing matchups this weekend as #25 Florida takes on an unranked but hungry Kentucky team, while #3 Georgia gets their first real test as a top team against #24 South Carolina.




After dropping the first two games of their most recent series with the Brewers, the Cubs have righted the ship with back-to-back 6-4 wins over the Brewers on Wednesday, and the Nationals yesterday.


Daniel Murphy has kept right on slugging for this team, as he homered yet again on Wednesday. The home run brings his total to 4 with the Cubs to go along with a .306 batting average, 11 runs scored, and 7 RBIs.


Also, after months and months of injury issues, consistency questions, and all around below-average play, the Cubs seem to have found the key to good starting pitching. Cole Hamels has led the way since his arrival, as his 0.68 ERA earned him National League Pitcher of the Month honors for August. Over roughly the last month, their team ERA has been 3.16, which has brought the season mark to a much more respectable 3.68.


The Cubs play Washington tonight at 6:05 PM, finish the weekend with two more vs. Washington, and then hop right into a 3-game set with Milwaukee at home, beginning on Monday.




The NFL kicked its season off last night with Eagles-Falcons, and, to be honest, it was not the offensive firework show many expected.


The game finished 18-12 with Philadelphia picking up the win, and contained plenty of drama, but it seemed to more create anticipation for this Sunday than really create any hype for the game itself. One of the cooler moments of the game came when the Eagles recreated the “Philly Special” play, though on this occasion it was Nelson Agholor (Trey Burton signed with the Bears) throwing and Foles’ catch only resulted in a first down.


Speaking of this weekend, life springs new as we have reached the first NFL Sunday of the year. There are plenty of intriguing matchups throughout the day, though for me the highlights are Texans-Patriots among the 12 PM games, Chiefs-Chargers for the 3 PM games, and of course, Bears-Packers on Sunday Night Football.


It’s a matchup both teams’ fans have been anticipating since the schedule was announced, and it’s one that really could go either way. For the first time in a long time, the Bears don’t come into Lambeau significant underdogs (Packers 7.5 point favorites in Vegas), and they should give the Packers all they can handle.



Bridgeway Announces New Psychiatrist

Dr. Regina Le Verrier, MD is the new Board Certified Psychiatrist at Bridgeway. She joins the Psychiatry and Outpatient Services team after working for Bridgeway via telepsych over the summer.


Dr. Le Verrier graduated from the University of Miami medical school then went on to complete her residency in New York City and her fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia.



She has been practicing psychiatry for 30 years. Areas of work include juvenile detention centers, emergency departments, hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.


Dr. Le Verrier focuses on drugs/alcohol users, LGBT clients and patients with anxiety, PTSD, psychosis and mood disorders. 



WIU BBQ Competition Announced for First Home Tailgate - 9/15/18

The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture and the University Union Board are partnering to hold the inaugural Food, Family, Farming, Football BBQ Competition on Family Day.


The event takes place on Sep. 15 on the campus’s Q-lot during tailgating from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature people competing to cook the best ribs and brisket using a wood, charcoal, electric or propane smoker.


Guests can purchase tasting tickets to sample the entries. They can then vote for their favorite dish in the “People’s Choice” category. However, official judges will choose the grand prize winners.


"We feel that there is no better way to kick off the Leatherneck football season than with an event of this size", said co-event organizer and Agriculture Instructor Jana Knupp. "This will be a great day celebrating agriculture and the Leatherneck families that make Western Illinois University a place we are proud to call home."


Tasting tickets cost $3 a person or two for $5.



State Capital Funding Granted for WIU Projects

Western Illinois University was granted $9.5 million of the $57 million in capital funding awarded to statewide colleges and universities in an effort to draw in more students. These funds come from the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget, which was approved in the Spring.


Gov. Bruce Rauner said the money will go toward maintaining Western’s physical appearance.

“The investment we’re making at Western makes it possible for us to make long overdue improvements to the physical environment for learning, and that will help us attract more students as well,” said Rauner.


The total cost of renovations is $9.5 million. This will repair and replace roofing and water pipes on Western’s campus. The capital funding will also be used to repair an industrial chiller.


“These funds will ensure the WIU campus can continue operating smoothly and seamlessly,” said Sen. Jil Tracy. “Funding is always needed for the most basic repairs and updates, it’s essential that we continue to recognize such needs and budget accordingly to cover them.”


The infrastructure improvements will begin once the money is acquired. State Rep. Norine Hammond said Western President Jack Thomas worked with officials to obtain the necessary funding needed for repairs after the budget passed.



WIRC-CAA Victim Services Offering Crisis Intervention Training

MACOMB -- WIRC-CAA Victim Services is offering its Crisis Intervention Training for persons interested in volunteering to work with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.


The non-credit course will cover all information and training needed to volunteer or work at any Illinois sexual assault crisis center and/or domestic violence shelter/agency.


Classes are from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 17. and ending Nov. 14, 2018. There will also be one Saturday session on Oct. 6 that will be 7.5 hours in duration and begin at an agreed upon time.


The course costs $100 dollars for students and community members and $150 for working professionals. Registration ends Thursday, Sept. 13 at 3:00 p.m. or when class is full.


Victim Services is also seeking help for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month and planning for January’s Stalking Awareness Month and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.


For more information or to register, call (309) 836-2148 and ask for Diane or Teri.



Entertainment Report!

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 6. Continue reading for the details on Kim Kardashian at the White House, Al Roker on Broadway, and an update on Amanda Bynes.




Kim Kardashian West has always been in the public’s eye but now she is facing “trial” for another reason.


After getting now 63-year-old Alice Johnson released from her life sentence for a non-violent criminal charge Kardashian West is on a mission to make a stand against unjustified  incarceration.


This past week she was spotted at the White House speaking with officials on the matter including Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law.


She revealed on Jason Flam’s “Wrongful Conviction” podcast that she is an advocate for the cause and plans on using her voice in a big way.




NBC’s Today Show Weather Anchor Al Roker is to join the Broadway cast of “Waitress The Musical”.


Roker announced he will play “Old Joe” from Oct. 5 to Nov. 11. The show is adapted from the 2007 film in which Jenna, the main character is a pie-maker in a small-town diner. She then discovers she is pregnant by her abusive husband.


You can catch Waitress at The Fabulous Fox Saint Louis from March 26. through April 7.




Amanda Bynes might be coming back to acting a year and three months after her first interview in four years.


In her 2017 interview she talks about being ready to jump back in and start work after having a troublesome past.


This week on social media, Bynes posted a photo of her and the producer of the 2007 film “Hairspray”.


It seems very possible that Bynes will be back in the spotlight soon. All we can hope for now is a an “Amanda Show” remake




Weekend Sports Recap!

Macomb High School:


The Bombers football team won a crazy 32-28 game over Canton Friday night.


Quarterback VJ Lane fought through a tough outing to go 20-33 for 221 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.


Evis Campbell had 8 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown while Kyle Protsman had one single catch, though it was for a 50 yard touchdown.


The Bombers play Blue Ridge this Friday night at home.




The Cubs lost badly last night, 11-1, in Milwaukee.


They have lost two straight, and are in danger of getting swept by the Brewers if they drop today’s game.


The Cubs are currently in first place at 81-57, and hold a 3.0 game lead over Milwaukee and a 4.5 game lead over St. Louis.


Following their series with the Brewers, the Cubs go straight to Washington D.C. for a road series vs. the Nationals.




The Chicago Bears acquired former Defensive Player of the Year (2016) and 2-time All-Pro selection Khalil Mack on Saturday from the Oakland Raiders.


The Bears sent this year’s and next year’s 1st round picks, in addition to a 6th round pick in 2020 and a 3rd round pick in 2020, to Oakland.


Mack was then signed to a 6-year, $141 million contract that includes $90 million in total guarantees along with a guaranteed $60 million at signing.


Mack instantly puts the Bears on the shortlist of best defenses in the league, and improves their chances at a competitive season drastically.


His pass-rushing prowess should play extremely well in defense that already includes Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith (rookie), and Leonard Floyd in its front 7.


College Football:

Monday wrapped up a wild weekend in college football, as #20 Virginia Tech trounced #19 Florida State in the first major intra-conference matchup of the 2018 season.


Other big results include #10 Penn State scraping by recently-anointed-FBS-program, Appalachian State, 45-38 in overtime, #14 Michigan getting handled by #12 Notre Dame 24-17 in South Bend, #1 Alabama exerting its dominance over Louisville, 51-14 in Orlando, #9 Auburn beating #6 Washington, 24-17 in Atlanta, and #25 LSU trouncing #8 Miami 33-17 in the most shocking game of the weekend.


The most exciting game, however, was Purdue-Northwestern in the first ESPN primetime game, Thursday, August 30.


Northwestern won the game 31-27, though Purdue true freshman Londale Moore stole the show with a 313 all-purpose yard performance.


This upcoming week of college football is kind of a weak one, though it features the first major SEC game of the year, as #3 Georgia takes on #24 South Carolina. #25 Florida will take on unranked Kentucky in another premier SEC game, while #2 Clemson will take on an unranked Texas A&M in Jimbo Fisher’s first real test as head coach at A&M.


Locally, WIU will take on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign Saturday night.




Spoon River College September and October Classes

Spoon River College Community Outreach center in Macomb is offering up a whole new slate of classes to sign up for in September and October.



There are classes to teach you about; Publisher, Google Docs, and Financial Workshop to help you achieve a better future. But there are also classes for people looking to get involved in Photography (Nighttime, and Candid shots) taught by Spoon River College educators. If you work in the industrial field there is the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry class, where you will learn the major provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and updated information on regulations. 


To learn all about these classes or to sign up for these classes, visit them at 2500 East Jackson Street in Macomb, online at or call 309-833-6031





Congresswoman Bustos Wraps up Annual 21st Century Heartland Tour

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos traveled over 2,500 miles across Northwest and Central Illinois for her annual 21st Century Heartland Tour to discuss the issues rural residents are currently facing. Bustos hosted 20 events to meet with those in the agriculture business to help her prepare for the negotiations surrounding the 2018 Farm Bill.


During the tour, Bustos held roundtable discussions with local farmers and major commodity groups to discuss President Trump’s trade war. She also worked alongside workers at Gold Star, Pacific Ethanol and Consolidated Grain and Barge to obtain a perspective on Illinois’ agricultural economy.


Bustos learned about the farmers’ worries concerning crop insurance and the lack of resources in their rural communities. The congresswoman said she realized the impact President Trump’s trade war has had on Illinois farmers.



Rep. Hammond Announces Grants to Benefit Abingdon, Roseville, and Beardstown's Library

Assistant House Minority Leader Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) announced the release of three grants that will benefit the 93rd district. The Beardstown Houston Memorial Library, Beardstown, was awarded $15,166 to fund additional technology for the library.


“This is great news for the Beardstown Library,” Hammond said. “I am glad to announce they were awarded the grant. Now, local youth will have access to technology that they might not have at home. Additionally, they will be benefiting from mentoring and gaining life skills for future success.”


The Illinois Secretary of State’s Project Next Generation (PNG) Grant Program is supporting the grant. The mentoring program’s mission is for youth to gain technology and communication skills.


“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White. “I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”


Hammond also announced two grants for the Village of Roseville and the City of Abingdon. The awards are to assist with ongoing projects proposed by the 2009 Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Plan. Roseville will be using the award money of $32,000 to make improvements on their sewer system. Abingdon, on the other hand, will receive $4,363 to purchase a standby generator for their sewage plant.


Hammond said this will initially save taxpayers money.



MDH Now Accepting Applications for the McDonough County Health Career Opportunities Program

Area youth who are interested in a career in healthcare are encouraged to apply for this year’s
McDonough County Health Career Opportunities (MCHCO) program.
The second annual program allows for all sophomore, junior and senior students in McDonough
County to expand their knowledge on health careers while networking with various
professionals in the industry. According to Volunteer Services Coordinator Meagan Wohlfeil,
the selected students will experience five educational classes during the 2018-19 school year.
The MCHCO program is made possible by McDonough District Hospital, SIU School of Medicine
and the University of Illinois Extension.
Perspective students can attain an application from their high school counselor or by contacting
Wohlfeil at 309-836-1579. Applications are due by September 14 by emailing them to


Illinois Emergency Management Training Summit

SPRINGFIELD --- Emergency responders from all over Illinois will be gathering together in the state capital this week for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s Training Summit.


The 22nd annual summit provides training and education for almost 1,000 people including representatives from fire services, volunteer organizations, law enforcement, public safety organizations, emergency management, and public health.


The Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s Training Summit will start today at 1:00 p.m. and highlight the largest mass shooting in the U.S. history and the steps taken to improve that state’s strategic response. The session will also cover threats to our nation’s critical infrastructure and the federal strategic goals to coordinate.


The above presentations will feature Caleb Cage,  chief of Nevada’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory and Major General Richard Hayes of the Illinois National Guard.


To see the full conference agenda, including breakout session topics, visit



Entertainment Report

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 4. Continue reading for the details on break-ins at Bella Thorne’s, Wiz Khalifa’s parental clap back, and a Bachelor update.




Actress Bella Thorne’s home was broken into twice in one month.


While the first time was a fail due to the actress of “Shake it Up” being home, the second time was successful.


The thieves got away with about $150,000 in valuables and even stuffed the star’s items in her own designer handbags for transportation.


While it is not clear whether both crimes happened by the same thieves, it obvious however that the second time was the charm.




People nowadays like to comment on everything and rap artist Wiz Khalifa has had enough of it.


5-year-old son of Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa was spotted on Instagram getting ready to get on the bus for his first day of kindergarten.


Little did he know, his dad was getting comments from his fans about how he shouldn’t have let his son on the bus because of how rich he is.


Khalifa snaps back on his social media explaining to haters that his son wanted to ride the bus with all his friends like a kid should.


Khalifa even includes that people need to “chill”.




You’re next bachelor is -- Colton Underwood.


Underwood first stole the ladies hearts in Rebecca Kufrin’s season of the Bachelorette.


He studied and played college football at Illinois State University before moving on to play in the NFL.


Will Colton find his true love?


Find out when the Bachelor season 23 premieres on ABC in 2019.



Friend of Agriculture

MACOMB -- The annual “Friend of Agriculture” award from the Illinois Farm Bureau was presented to Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) on Tuesday at the Old Dairy in Macomb for her support of farmers, a safe food system, and a strong agricultural business environment.


“I consider it one of the highest honors as a legislator to have the respect of farmers,” Rep. Hammond said. She also added before the award was presented, "Agriculture is the state’s #1 industry and when it grows, we all benefit."


Illinois’ 72,200 farms are on average 358 acres of land, which stretch almost 27 million acres over the state and produce above $19 billion for Illinois’ economy each year.


HDSA Announces Inaugral Central Illinois Team Hope Walk

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) presents their Inaugural Central Illinois Team Hope Walk. The event is planned for Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Bloomington to advocate for those affected by Huntington’s Disease.


The genetic disorder is incurable and disrupts a person’s daily activities. HDSA’s mission is to spread the word about the disease through Hope Walk and other events.


Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the walk offers a fun-filled day of conversation and music as walkers reflect on those affected by Huntington’s Disease. The organization urges participants to bring lawn chairs and non-alcoholic beverages for the day.


Walkers must register by September 14 and pay $20 per person to participate. For more details, visit



UM Autos Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

UM Autos was honored with a ribbon cutting today by the Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce.


The new Chamber member, located on West Jackson, sells quality, used automobiles. Contact the company at 309-836-2277 or visit their website at



West McDonald's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A ribbon cutting was held yesterday for the West Jackson McDonald’s yesterday to commemorate their newly renovated facility. The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held the ceremony to reflect on the new dining area, self-ordering kiosks and additional menu items.


According to co-owners Blake and Alison Kosanovich, future plans include remodeling the East side McDonalds and hiring more employees. For more information contact 309-825-8010 or visit their website at



Entertainment Update!

Entertainment Update with Ari for Aug. 29. Continue reading for the details on Riverdale’s new season,Taylor Swift’s special tribute, and Prince Harry’s debut on Broadway. 

Even more drama than the two seasons before it -- how is that even possible?? 
The CW has officially announced that season three of the show “Riverdale” is set air on Oct. 10. 
 “Riverdale” is a modern take on the original “Archie Comics”. It features everyone’s favorite characters including Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge, and Betty Cooper. 
It is rumored that this season is juicy and drama-packed right from the beginning. 
You can watch “Riverdale” for free on the CW’s website for a limited time or watch both seasons one and two on Netflix. 
“The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now” because she’s on her Reputation Tour. 
As Swift makes a stop in Detroit this past Tuesday she pays tribute to Aretha Franklin. 
After speaking about the impact Franklin has made on the music community, women, and civil rights, she asked fans to join her in a moment of silence. 
Franklin passed away two weeks ago today on Aug. 16. 
Prince Harry makes his first ever Broadway debut last night. 
The Prince of Sussex was spotted at a London showing of “Hamilton” singing a few words of “You’ll Be Back”. 
While his stage time was short, the crowd was very pleased with his performance. Giving him applause and lots of giggling. 
Hamilton is a musical adventure through America’s past featuring Alexander Hamilton, King George III, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. 


West Nile Death in Illinois


First Human West Nile Virus Death In Illinois For 2018

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018.  A LaSalle County resident over 65 years who became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West Nile virus has died.

“Although we’re moving toward the end of summer, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”

Last year IDPH reported the first human West Nile virus death in Illinois on September 29, 2017. During 2017, there were 90 human West Nile virus cases, including eight deaths.  IDPH is currently reporting 22 human cases.  West Nile virus positive results in humans, birds, mosquitoes, and/or horses have been reported in 58 counties this year.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.  Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.  Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.  However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.  In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.  People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness.

Remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten. 

• Minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes transmitting West Nile virus are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.  
• When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.  Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
• Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flowerpots and wading pools every couple days.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.



Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 9:30 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Severe Weather Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
901 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018

Hancock IL-Henderson IL-Warren IL-McDonough IL-
901 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018


At 901 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Little York to West Point, moving east at 35 mph.

HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.

SOURCE...Trained weather spotters.

IMPACT...Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile
         homes, roofs, and outbuildings.

Locations impacted include...
Burlington, Macomb, Keokuk, Monmouth, Carthage, Oquawka, Nauvoo,
Bushnell, Hamilton, Warsaw, Colchester, La Harpe, Roseville, Dallas
City, Stronghurst, Kirkwood, Blandinsville, Augusta, Bowen and


This is a DANGEROUS SITUATION. These storms are producing widespread
wind damage. SEEK SHELTER NOW inside a sturdy structure and stay
away from windows.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to
flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.


LAT...LON 4020 9150 4035 9145 4040 9137 4049 9135
      4055 9141 4061 9134 4066 9113 4082 9109
      4093 9096 4106 9094 4106 9044 4028 9045
      4028 9091 4019 9091
TIME...MOT...LOC 0201Z 256DEG 31KT 4104 9073 4025 9117



Illinois State Police Urge Motorists to Drive Safely over the Labor Day Weekend

MACOMB-- With the holiday weekend approaching, Illinois State Police (ISP) advises travelers to drive responsibly.


The ISP will be on the lookout for the fatal four – driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, distracted driving and failure to use a seat belt – this Labor Day. Officials will be immensely trying to prevent these key causes of fatalities on the roadways.


The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign launched earlier this month. Its focus is to be proactive in stopping deaths due to impairment by putting additional patrol officers on duty.


“Our goal as a District for the weekend is zero fatalities,” said ISP District 17 Captain Jon Dively. “Troopers will be out in force targeting DUI, texting and speeding violations. We also encourage everyone to allow extra time to reach their destination due to the threat of inclement weather. We wish everyone an enjoyable weekend and safe travels.”


The ISP is expecting increased traffic this weekend. They urge motorists to allow extra time to get to their destination.



Governor Rauner Signs New Opiod Alternative Law

SPRINGFIELD-- Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill today that makes an opioid prescription not an
Senate Bill 336 allows Illinois doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients suffering from
pain. Proof from medical research and the Illinois medical cannabis pilot program indicates that
cannabis successfully replaces the dangerously additive opioids in that it does not lead to
addictions and overdoses.
The new bill will also make long wait times for the medical cannabis no longer an issue.
Senate Bill 336 was supported by Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon, Rep. Kelly
Cassidy and Gov. Rauner.


Illinois 104 Bridge Demolition set for August 29, 2018

MEREDOSIA-- A planned implosion of what is remaining of the old Illinois 104 bridge is set for Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 a.m.


If the weather and public cooperates, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and local authorities will implement a 1,500-foot perimeter bypass for traffic at 6:30 a.m.


Due to debris, Illinois 104 will be closed at 7:15 a.m. at Illinois 99 west of Meredosia, along with to the east at Casey’s General Store. The estimated time of reopening is 8 a.m. that day.


However, river traffic will be halted for the next 24 hours.


The bridge that took its place opened earlier this summer. The $86 million structure has

successfully enhanced the welfare of travelers.


Flags of Love Announced for Labor Day-September 3, 2018

MACOMB – Today, Mayor Inman and the Flags of Love Committee announced that the Flags of Love will be on display again in Chandler Park on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club members are volunteering and invite anyone else who wants to help out to join them in putting the flags on display.


In the event of inclement weather, there will be a red ribbon on a pole on the southeast corner of Chandler Park to indicate a cancellation.



Illinois becomes first and only state to change Essential Health Benefit-benchmark plan

SPRINGFIELD-- The Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) today made Illinois the first and only state in the nation to receive approval for a revised Essential Health Benefit– benchmark. The new Access to Care and Treatment Plan includes measures to decrease opioid addiction and expand access to mental health services across Illinois.


“The Access to Care and Treatment (ACT) Plan is a critical component in the state’s efforts to provide adequate and compassionate mental health treatment, and combat the opioid crisis,” said IDOI Director Jennifer Hammer. “This isn’t just about rules and regulations, it’s about not giving up on people.”


Individual and small group insurance markets in Illinois rely on the Essential Health Benefit (EHB)-benchmark plan to outline the basic benefits that health plans cover. IDOI partnered with clinicians and researchers to identify changes to the existing plan that would address mental health and substance use disorders.


The IDOI then made five revisions to the existing EHB plan based on research, expert recommendations, and feedback from two public comment periods. Beginning in 2020, private health insurance companies in Illinois offering plans on the individual and small group market will be required to:

• Cover alternative therapies for pain
• Limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain
• Remove barriers to obtaining Buprenorphine products for medically assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder
• Cover prescriptions for at least one intranasal spray opioid reversal agent when initial prescriptions of opioids are dosages of 50MME or higher
• Cover tele-psychiatry care by both a prescriber and a licensed therapist


 “The scope and ambition of these new benefits are impressive,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah. “The ACT Plan supports our mission to promote the health of the people of Illinois by providing additional resources to prevent and treat opioid use disorder.”


These changes will give the people of Illinois healthcare opportunities that other states around the country still wait upon. 


 “These changes to the benchmark are another step forward to ensuring the people of Illinois have access to comprehensive, quality mental health care,” said Dr. Kari Wolf, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the SIU School of Medicine. “These changes also build opportunities for us in the medical field to tackle the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities.”



Culbertson Memorial Hospital Announces New CEO

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital today revealed their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). John Kessler has been chosen to take over and fulfill CEO duties. Mr. Kessler has vast experience from serving over 18 years in management positions. He first started working at Mercy Hospital in Washington, MO, and then moved to Lincoln County Medical Center, now Mercy Hospital, where he was named Chief Operating Officer. During his time there he converted a 61-bed hospital into a critical access hospital. From there, Mr. Kessler went to Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL, serving as VP of General Services, and then as VP of Ancillary Services. His latest position was CEO at Salem Township Hospital.


Mr. Kessler brings years of experience to Culbertson and is looking forward to the future.


“I have always enjoyed small town healthcare and the personal level of care each patient is able to receive. It is important in my role as CEO to make sure we are connecting our community with the services they need and that our staff are providing quality, consistent care to every patient,” Kessler said. “I believe in focusing on accountability and results to ensure our employees are working towards the same goal. I look forward to working with the employees, medical staff and board of directors at Culbertson to improve the delivery of care to our patients and the communities we serve.”


Culbertson Memorial Hospital Board Chairman, Gregg Snyder said, “Mr. Kessler’s extensive experience in Critical Access Hospitals, especially in Illinois, made Mr. Kessler a very unique candidate for our position. Mr. Kessler is very familiar with a hospital of our size and all of the regulations we face.”


Mr. Kessler plans to spend the next six months reviewing the previous administration’s strategic plans to further understand where Culbertson Memorial Hospital has been and decide what the hospital’s goals will be moving forward. Mr. Kessler will begin his tenure on September 4, 2018.


Macomb Food Co-op Announces Free Local Music Concert for Saturday, Sept 1

MACOMB-- The Macomb Food Co-op is holding a second local music concert on Saturday, September 1. The event is also sponsored by Macomb Square Music, Chubby's, and the Kozmic Game Emporium.


The Co-op concert will be hosted at the Hardisty Way Parking Lot, on the 100 block of West Washington Street in Macomb, just north of the Macomb Food Co-op. The concert will begin at 6 pm and run until 10 pm. The admission is free and open to all ages.


Chubby’s will have alcoholic beverages available for purchase, while food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold from the Co-op. Yard games will also be there during the event. People are encouraged to bring along lawn chairs or blankets for seating purposes. Come out and join the Macomb Food Co-op in support of fantastic local music and businesses.


Check out their Facebook event page for lineup details and additional information:


MDH Community CPR and First Aid Classes Announced for September

MACOMB-- McDonough District Hospital will offer a Community First Aid Class on Wednesday, September 5, at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A, and a Community CPR class on Tuesday, September 11, at 6 p.m. in Auditoriums A & B and Auxiliary conference room (lower level) at MDH.


The First Aid course covers injury assessment, various medical situations, and safety and injury prevention. Emergency situations can come at any time, so learning up-to-date first aid knowledge can help you respond appropriately and effectively. The class will cover first aid techniques for adults, children, and infants which follow the American Heart Association guidelines.


CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is a technique that can save one’s life if they would choke, stop breathing or experience cardiac arrest. Adult, child, and infant techniques for CPR and solutions for an obstructed airway will be covered in the class at MDH. Instruction for the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will also be included in the cost.


Pre-registration and a $40 fee are required for each course. A minimum of six participants are necessary for each class to begin. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone having special needs should give notice in advance when pre-registering for the course.


For more information or to register, please contact MDH Outreach Services at (309) 836-1584. To learn more about MDH Community Classes, visit




MDH Board of Directors Announces Update on CEO Search

MACOMB--The McDonough District Hospital Board of Directors’ search committee assigned to hire the permanent President/CEO announced on Monday (Aug. 20) it will temporarily suspend the hiring process.


Brian E. Dietz, FACHE, will continue to serve as the current interim President/CEO after he joined the organization in late June. The national search firm, B.E. Smith, will also continue to assist MDH in the search for a new President/CEO.


Board Chairman, Dr. Rick Iverson, expressed that MDH will continue to benefit from Dietz’s vast experience and executive leadership in healthcare that has been on display during his tenure as the organization moves forward.


“Our interim CEO Brian Dietz has over 38 years of experience in nine different states, in multiple size communities and hospitals in health care administration. Health care delivery has had an exponential increase in complexity in just the last few years,” said Iverson. “For that reason we have asked Mr. Dietz to do a thorough evaluation of our organization. We have asked for his observations and recommendations. It is felt that this will give a head start for our eventual CEO so we can continue our excellent track record of providing quality care to the citizens of McDonough County and the surrounding area.”


To stay updated with the latest news from MDH, log onto or check out their Twitter (@MDH_Hospital) and Facebook (McDonough District Hospital).


Illinois State Police to Participate in Saturation Saturday

MACOMB-- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 14 Commander, Captain Jon Dively, today announced plans for Saturation Saturday enforcement. These increased patrol efforts will focus on removing impaired drivers from roadways.


The enforcement initiative will occur on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Saturation Saturday is a statewide initiative with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and hopes to raise awareness on the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, while increasing enforcement to remove and arrest individuals driving under the influence. County and local law enforcement agencies will receive the help of troopers across the state during the evening hours of August 25 and early morning hours of August 26.


As the summer season draws to an end, ISP urges you to remember some of these important tips.


-Never let family or friends drive impaired.


-Plan ahead, give your keys to a designated driver before you go out, call a taxi, take mass transit, or use your favorite ride sharing service.


-Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.


-Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears his or her seat belt. It is their best defense against a drunk/impaired driver.


Illinois Payrolls Up for the Sixth Straight Month

CHICAGO-- The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in July and nonfarm payrolls increased by +3,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES.


Job growth increased during the May to July period. An additional 9,500 jobs became available over this three-month period, higher than the 6-month average monthly gain of +8,200 jobs between February and July 2018.


“The state’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in July and stands at its lowest point in 18 years,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Illinois payroll employment also saw its largest over-the-year gain in more than two years.”


In July, the three industry sectors with the largest over-the-month gains in employment were: Manufacturing (+2,400); Leisure and Hospitality (+2,000); and Professional and Business Services (+1,900). The industry sector with the largest payroll decline was: Government (-1,700).


The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for July 2018, which fell to 3.9 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate has decreased by 0.8 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.0 percent. The last time the Illinois jobless rate stood at 4.2 percent was in February of 2000.


“The Illinois economy continues its comeback,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We are seeing what reduced red tape, a competitive economy, and investment in workforce and career pathways can do to promote growth and opportunity across the state.”


To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ invites you to explore the state’s largest job search engine, (IJL), which recently revealed 55,888 posted resumes with 204,916 jobs available.


Congresswoman Bustos to help cut the ribbon at opening of non-profit dedicated to providing clothing to kids in foster care

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at a non-profit in Rock Island called Closet2Closet this Thursday, August 16, 2018.


Rock Island High School Seniors, Amber and Amy Haskill, founded their nonprofit organization to help provide clothing for foster kids after their personal experiences with foster care. In 2017, Closet2Closet was one of 10 national finalists for the Peace First Challenge, which allowed them to attend the Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young Rally. After that, they competed with teams nationwide and won the grand prize after pitching their idea to a panel of judges.


Following the win, the Haskills were able to rent store space and provide nearly 5,000 customized clothing care packages to children in the area.


The Haskills and Congresswoman Bustos are inviting members of the community to join them for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Closet2Closet, 2613 5th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201.