Macomb Local News

A Night of Hope' Suicide Prevention Program Feb. 18 at WIU 

MACOMB, IL – "A Night of Hope," a suicide prevention program, will he held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the Western Illinois University Union Grand Ballroom. 

The event, featuring speaker Sam Eaton, is presented by the Andrew Wedekind family and the WIU School of Agriculture. Eaton is a writer, speaker and founder of Recklessly Alive Ministries who will share his story of surviving a suicide attempt. 

For more information about Eaton, or his message, visit


WIU to Host 'Who Run The World?: A Woman's Gallery' March 7

MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Women's Center and the Center for International Studies will host "Who Run The World?: A Woman's Gallery," from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the Multicultural Center. 

The program will highlight women in history who have inspired event participants or groups. The Women's Center will provide supplies, such as cardboard tri-folds, markers and glue. Pieces created can be art, information, costumes and more. 

Those interested in participating should confirm their participation by Friday, Feb. 22 by emailing Megan Counter at 


Minimum Wage Bill passes the House and now heads to the Governor

The Illinois House today approved legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Senate Bill 1 was passed despite strong objections from Illinois Republicans who called it unfair and rushed.


The vote, which came after a two-hour debate, was 69-47. The Senate approved the bill last week, which now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.


Under the plan, the state’s minimum wage would go from $8.25 to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2020, and then to $10 on July 1, 2020. It would then go up $1 more each Jan. 1 after that until it reaches $15 in 2025.


State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) called the passage of the bill a disaster. Her full comments can be heard below:



Minimum Wage, Cannabis, and Campaign Finance Reform Lead New Progressive Caucus Agenda in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – A Statehouse news conference was held today, February 14, by the Progressive Caucus to explain their new legislative plan for 2019. This includes topics such as: Minimum wage, legal use of cannabis and the use of political donors for campaigns.


Starting with minimum wage, the Caucus discussed their plan to slowly raise the minimum wage amount from $8.25 to $15 an hour over the next several years. The reason behind the raise was described by the Caucus, saying “Working families shouldn’t have to work hard and live in poverty.”


The plan is to use tax credits and protect local businesses. The Caucus believe that this plan will improve the economy. This plan has already passed through the Senate and will be voted on by the Illinois House later today.


Next, the Caucus described the idea of legalizing cannabis in Illinois. Cannabis would only be legalized for adults to use, but include strict regulations and reasonable taxation. What type of regulations and taxation was not discussed. The hope is that legalization will create economic benefits for the state, while also reducing the “trend of senseless incarceration for minor drug users.” They gave no word on if previous offenders will have the drug related charges be dropped or removed from record.


Finally, something the Caucus called, “Small donor match.” With the influence of wealthy donors and candidates to political campaigns and parties, the caucus hopes to reduce said influence in the future. The Caucus hopes to create a “donor-matching system” where tax dollars can help fund political candidates who are only able to raise small amounts for their campaigns. The system would even the odds between wealthier candidates and their less wealthier opponents.


Another initiative discussed by the Progressive Caucus was the idea to create a constitutional amendment to have wealthier tax payers pay their fair share of taxes to help fund programs like education and health care.


Progressive Caucus co-chair, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, discussed the Caucus’ plans for the future. “It’s a new day in Illinois, and we’re excited to lead on this bold agenda,” Guzzardi said. “By enacting these policies, and by organizing around our shared vision, we’ll be able to move our state forward and pass legislation that will transform the lives of the people of this state. I’m excited to be a part of this Caucus, and to stand together with so many of my colleagues in this work.”


The members of the Caucus include: Co-Chairs Reps. Guzzardi, Theresa Mah, and Carol Ammons; Treasurer Rep. Celina Villanueva; Secretary Rep. Delia Ramirez; and member Reps. Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz, Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Greg Harris, Rob Martwick, Joyce Mason, Aaron Ortiz, Lamont Robinson, Anne Stava-Murray, and Maurice West.


March SNAP benefits will be issued on March 1st for all SNAP recipients

SNAP users will not have to worry about getting their benefits to early for the month of March. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) issued on February 13, 2019 that March’s SNAP benefits will be issued to customer’s accounts on March 1st.


This push to March 1st is due to the federal shutdown earlier this year. The shutdown caused benefits to be sent to early as the February benefits, which are typically issued throughout February, were issued in January.


The Governor commented on the issue stating, “Our communities shouldn’t have to suffer because of the federal shutdown, and we’ll continue to do all we can at the state level so that Illinoisans don’t see a disruption in their SNAP benefits.” Governor Pritzker continued, “Our plan will reduce the waiting time for benefits for SNAP recipients so our vulnerable residents won’t have to worry about whether the shutdown will prevent them from accessing these services.”


To help in making sure issuance times between February and March are reduced, the IDHS will implement a new SNAP schedule for March and April. This new schedule will make all issuances sent to ALL of Illinois’ SNAP customers at the beginning of March. April’s issuances will be sent out from April 1st to April 10th, while May’s will be on schedule.


SNAP customers do NOT need to visit their local IDHS offices or contact their caseworkers during this time. IDHS states that their staff will be working to implement these schedule changes to send SNAP benefits early. SNAP customers should have their normal amount of benefits put onto their Link cards at the beginning of next month. IDHS will also beginning to communicate to SNAP customers about the new issuance dates in the next few weeks through the IDHS and Link websites, the Link phone line, various social medias and community outreaches.


WIU Chemistry Outreach Programs to Benefit Regional High School Science Students

MACOMB, IL – A new outreach program from Western Illinois University is helping local high schools learn more about chemistry and forensics using college level laboratory experiments to peak interests for students.


The WIU Chemistry Outreach Program was created by WIU Department Chair Rose McConnell and faculty members to help peak interest in not only their department, but to help WIU with outreach and recruiting new students to the university.


"Chemistry has two programs that involve high school students performing hands-on lab experiences," said McConnell. "In one program, we send out a flyer with a list of demonstrations/seminar topics we can bring to local and regional high school classes free of charge.

The flyer is sent to high school science teachers with contact information and descriptions of each activity.  When invited, our faculty travel to the high school and lead the class. The second program is an invitation for high school teachers to bring their class to WIU chemistry department where they can perform a series of hands-on activities led by our faculty."


WIU Assistant Professor of Forensic Chemistry and Director of the Forensic Program Liguo Song commented on how the Outreach Program helps get students involved, "Getting the students involved is really important," he said. "We wanted to design something the students are interested in and are having fun with, while still getting the message out and having them learn something."


The different types of experiments are quite varied. They include: Forensic Enhancement of Latent Prints in Blood, Forensic Comparison of Ballpoint Pen Inks, Synthesis of Nylon and Plexiglas, Food Flavoring Agents: You Test the Odor But Not the Taste, Cation Exchange Capacity in Environmental Chemistry, Discover the Dynamic Structure of DNA Hands-On and One Dimensional SDS-PAGE Analysis of Serum. Song also stated that he hopes to add more experiments to this wide list in the next academic year.


When asked about safety with these experiments, Song said, "Different activities have different perspectives and we help them understand the chemistry behind the experiments. Safety is the most important thing, and our laboratory manager Kay Tsai has always been on top of it."


(Original story via WIU news. Visit their website here)


WIU Alumnus Inspires Art Students to Respond to Social Justice Issues

MACOMB/KEWANEE, IL – A Western Illinois University alumnus is translating the historical lessons he learned from his grandfather and the classroom knowledge he gained on the University's campus for his middle school students at Kewanee's Central Elementary School. 

Marc Nelson, who received his art education teaching certificate from Western in 2006, has been a middle school art teacher in Kewanee, IL since 2008. Prior to that he taught for two years at a private school in Iowa City, IA. 

Through his classroom art lessons, Nelson is infusing social justice topics into his curriculum to teach students about specific cases of injustice. Students are then encouraged to incorporate and express their feelings about the lessons into the art they create. 

"As an artist, I have been inspired to respond creatively to social justice issues since I was a child," said Nelson. "My grandfather's family was forced to flee the violence in Northern Ireland in the 1920s, and he and I would often talk about the fear and sorrow of his family's displacement from their home."
As a child, Nelson paged through his grandfather's large library of books about WWI. It was those books that moved him to create drawings and paintings that were "visual screams against these humanitarian calamities."

"As an art educator, I want to show my students what artists actually do," he said. "Beyond learning techniques and materials, artists are visually responding to the world around them. In addition, art is naturally interdisciplinary, and every artist we explore in class is exploring, questioning, celebrating or challenging their internal and external experiences and passions."

Introducing the social justice topics in the classroom creates a bridge for Nelson to dig deeper into new subject matter before presenting it to his students. Through the lessons, students use painting, drawing, digital art and stop-motion animation to visualize the issues. He encourages the students to respond to issues they are passionate about and sometimes he shares their work on Twitter to gain a broader audience. 

"Creating art helps my students find their voice," he said. "When groups like Amnesty International or the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC acknowledge my young artists' work, it shows them that, though they are young, they have a right, even a civic duty, to never be silent about the things that matter to them. The world often underestimates, or even disregards the potential of our children to be lights of hope, even in the darkness."

Nelson said he recommends WIU to his students, and he calls his time at the University "one of the best educational choices I have ever made."

"My art and education instructors were passionate, talented and dedicated," he said. "They knew that art is, and should always be, an integral component of our society. My WIU instructors were, and are, inspired professionals, and they pushed me to continually learn and challenge myself."

While Nelson was at WIU, he worked as a student reporter for Tri States Public Radio (TSPR), which he said gave him access to cultural events in the region. 

"While working for TSPR, I had the chance to spend the day with Buddhist monks, explore the nation's first town platted and registered by an African American (New Philadelphia, IL) and interview the humanitarian hero, Rwandan Paul Rusesabagina (portrayed in the film 'Hotel Rwanda')."

Nelson added that he stays in regular contact with his former WIU instructors and TSPR colleagues. 

"They still encourage my work and are passionate about teaching the next generation of artists" he said. 

For more information about the WIU Department of Art, visit 


Ribbon Cutting for The Study

The Macomb Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at The Study with its new owner Blake Lowderman, on February 12th to celebrate the grand reopening of the drink shop.


The Study offers a wide range of specialty drinks, both hot and cold, while also serving their signature items, like acai bowls and waffle pops. The Study even allows patrons to play a game of chess, enjoy free Wi-Fi, or play a board game with friends as you wait for you order.


The Study is located on 116 W. Jackson St. and you can find the full menu and hours of operation on The Study’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. You can even call them at (309) 421-0210. The Study accepts Chamber gift certificates and offers their own gift cards.


Spoon River College Offers a Variety of Photography Classes

Spoon River College Outreach is offering a varied selection of photography classes for their spring semester. These classes are in a wide range of photography: Travel Photography, Bird Photography, Flash Photography and Sports Photography. The college is also offering two 101 courses for beginners and intermediates.


Travel Photography classes will be held on Mondays, February 25th and March 4th at the Spoon River College Havana Center. These classes will go from 6-8 pm.


The Taking Photos 101 classes will be held on Thursdays, February 28th and March 7th at the Spoon River College Rushville Center; or on Thursdays, March 21st and 28th. The classes will go from 6-8 pm at both campuses.


Flash Photography classes will be held on Mondays, March 18th and 25th at the Spoon River College Macomb Outreach Center from 6-8 pm.


Sports Photography will be held on Thursdays, April 4th and 11th at the Spoon River College Macomb Outreach Center from 4-6 pm; or on Wednesdays, April 17th and 24th at the Spoon River College Canton Campus from 4-6 pm.


Bird Photography will have three classes. The first on Wednesdays, April 17th and 24th at the SRC Macomb Outreach Center. The second on Tuesdays, April 23rd and 30th at the SRC Rushville Center. The last will be held on Thursdays, April 25th and May 2nd at the SRC Havana Center. All three classes will run from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. You must bring your camera for practices.


For more information, give Spoon River College a call at 309-649-6260, 309-543-4413, 217-322-6060 or 309-833-6031.There are fees to take these courses and you must pre-register for these classes.


School Closings and Delays 2-12-19


Bushnell-Prairie City Schools: Closed Today

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Illini West: Closed Today

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Schuyler-Industry Unit #5: Closed Today

West Prairie CUSD #103: Closed Today

Carl Sandburg College: All Campuses be closed today.

YMCA McDonough County: No Senior Meal Program for Macomb, Bushnell, or Industry


WIU Jazz Festival Feb. 15-16

MACOMB, IL - The Western Illinois University School of Music will present the 46th annual Western Illinois University Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

Friday’s main event will be a 7:30 p.m. performance in the COFAC Recital Hall by the WIU Jazz Band and Jazz Studio Orchestra, featuring guest Andy Martin, trombone virtuoso.  Saturday's 3 p.m. concert will feature performances by college, high school and junior high students.

Coming from a musical family, Martin launched his career while still in his teens. His technique and virtuosity quickly established him on the Los Angeles music scene. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players. He has appeared at many colleges and universities throughout the country as a guest artist and clinician.

A world-class jazz musician, Martin is featured as leader or co-leader on 12 albums. These albums showcase his collaboration with other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Martin had a long association with British bandleader and jazz promoter Vic Lewis, and was the featured soloist on many of Lewis’s CDs.

Martin is well known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in Los Angeles. Martin is the lead trombonist and featured soloist with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the lead trombonist and soloist for The Tom Kubis Band, and was a featured soloist for the Bill Holman Big Band for 15 years. He has appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams and Sammy Nestico, among others.

Admission prices are: Public $15; Senior Citizen $10; Youth $7; WIU students free with valid University ID. Tickets available at the Hainline Box Office and at the event.  

Live streamed events can be viewed on the Western Illinois University YouTube Channel.

For the general public who wish to attend, Friday night concert tickets are available at: Hainline Theatre Box Office, Browne Hall 114, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455; (309) 298-2900. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. 


State of Illinois Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment Re: OPS

MACOMB, IL -- The Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety (OPS) is seeking public comment from the University and area community members as part of the department's Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) evaluation. 

OPS is in the process of revising its policies and procedures in order to meet the standards set by ILEAP. As part of the accreditation process, the policies and procedures must reflect ILEAP standards and follow ILEAP mandates. According to OPS Director Scott Harris, accreditation demonstrates that an agency has achieved a level of professionalism among its law enforcement peers and validates the methods of service its members provide to the community in which it serves.

OPS personnel, WIU faculty, staff and students and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a public information call-in session at (309) 298-2610 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Calls, which are limited to five minutes, must address the department's ability to meet the ILEAP accreditation standards, which include administration, personnel, operations and training.

"This feedback is an important part of the accreditation process as it provides valuable information on how the department provides service to the community, and how the department may better serve the needs of the community going forward," Harris added.

Individuals who are unable to call on Feb. 21 during the designated timeframe may submit a comment ILEAP assessor Chief Tony Brown of the Rantoul Police Department at

Brown and Investigations Commander Paul Yaras of the Morton Grove Police Department will conduct an on-site assessment of the Office of Public Safety Feb. 21-22 to judge the department on the basis of ILEAP standards regarding administration, operations, personnel and training for Tier I accreditation.

Tier I accreditation requires the department to meet 69 separate ILEAP standards regarding administration, operations, personnel and training, which are designed to follow best practices in policing. 

Western's Office of Public Safety started as Campus Safety and Security in 1956, replacing the security guard era. The department, currently led by Director Harris, employs 24 fulltime officers and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from Mowbray Hall on the WIU campus. In addition to routine patrol, OPS dispatches officers to the street on foot and bicycles, as well as in the residence halls nightly. Officers also perform such duties transporting money from campus buildings to local banks; providing security to athletic events and concerts; providing traffic control; providing transportation to the hospital; conducting building safety checks; hosting educational and safety-related programming; and supervising student patrol and emergency medical services on campus.



Early Dismissal 2-11-19

-Dallas City Elementary School Dismissing at 12:00 pm All Evening Activities Cancelled


-LaHarpe Elementary will be dismissing at 12:15 today with no evening activities.


Macomb School District DELAY! 2-11-19

Due to the freezing fog the Macomb School District will be on a two hour delay today, February 11th.  Everything will run two hours later.  No Early Bird PE and MacArthur will have no morning session.


Senator Tracy urges House to reject minimum wage hike

Minimum wage was the talking point for Republican State Senator of the 47th district, Jil Tracy, after the U.S Senate passed a plan created by the Democratic party to raise the nation’s minimum wage to $15. Opponents of the plan argued that the proposed plan would aid Chicago, but neglect the rest of the state of Illinois. Senator Tracy focused on the negative effects for Western Illinois business owners and workers.


Tracy stated that, “Employers are leaving in droves seeking less regulation and fewer taxes in our neighboring states. Adding yet another budgetary and regulative layer to business will only fuel that outmigration.” She continued saying, “This legislation is a one-size-fits-all package that only suits Chicago and is completely blind to the rest of the state. Our small businesses, nonprofits, hospitals and schools can’t afford this. It will hurt their ability to retain staff, and provide services. We want working families to have jobs that pay well and a good quality of life for their families, but the plan that passed the Senate may have them facing fewer job opportunities, higher consumer costs, and other ramifications we can’t even fully understand yet.”


Yesterday, the Senate passed the plan, which now moves to the House of Representatives. The details of the plan involve the minimum wage gradually increasing to $15 over the next six years. This, however, would cause detrimental harm to small businesses and retailers, school districts, hospitals, state agencies and human services.


A study from North Carolina State University claimed that this plan would also harm agriculture throughout the country. The study reports that the increases would cause a decline in productivity by 6.5 percent.


As Senate Bill 1 is moved to the House for consideration, Senator Tracy urged members in the House to reject this plan, which could cause great harm to the state of Illinois. A full interview with Jil Tracy concerning the minimum wage increase can be found below:



Local 4-H Club Makes Donation to McDonough District Hospital

The latest community service project from a local 4-H club will benefit patients of McDonough District Hospital.


Members of the Scotland Clever Clover 4-H Club of McDonough County created several fleece tie blankets during their January meeting. Inpatients will receive these blankets as gifts during their stay at MDH. Club member, Ryan Haney, worked as lead on the project while he organized the fabric needed, took measurements, and delivered instructions.


Manufacturers push for Minimum Wage Compromise in House

The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) released the following statement today after the Senate approved legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour across the state:


"Manufacturers across Illinois are alarmed by the Senate's quick approval of legislation to raise the minimum wage across the state. This is particularly concerning for employers outside Chicago, where the cost of living is lower and it will be more difficult to absorb this 82 percent wage hike over a short five year period of time," said Mark Denzler, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association. "The IMA will continue to push compromise proposals in the House in the hope legislators recognize the detrimental impact this will have on businesses and the communities they anchor."


The Illinois Manufacturers' Association is the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing sector in Illinois. The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States, representing nearly 4,000 companies and facilities.



2018 McDonough County Final Multiplier Announced

The final property assessment equalization factor for McDonough County was released just yesterday, February 6, 2019.


This comes from the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Director, Constance Beard. The factor, often called a multiplier, is used to achieve an equal property assessment among all of Illinois’ 6,600 taxing districts. This assessment is required by law and if there is no equalization among the counties, it would result in major inequities among taxpayers with property that are comparable.


This year’s multiplier, being 0.9832, is the same number used as a tentative factor back in November 2018. Last year’s factor was 1.0000. McDonough County’s assessments are at 33.90 percent, according to property sold from 2015 to 2017.


The factor itself will be assigned to taxes from 2018, that will be payable in 2019. This factor was issued after a public hearing in 2018.


Now, a change in the equalization factor does NOT mean property taxes in McDonough will increase or decrease. Tax bills are determined by local officials when they ask for your taxes. If the taxes cost more than the previous year, the property tax will NOT increase if assessments are increased.


Macomb Recognizes MidAmerica National Bank for 148 years Downtown

Downtown Macomb Development recognizes MidAmerica National Bank, formerly  known as the Union National Bank, as a Historic Legacy Business Enterprise.


Union National Bank was founded in 1871 in downtown Macomb. On July 1, 1997 the bank was purchased by The National Bank of Canton. In January 1998, the  market expansion had greater product offerings.The name of The National Bank of Canton was changed to MidAmerica National Bank.


“As we often focus on attracting new business, the recognition of MidAmerica National Bank

and several other businesses is meant to thank the businesses for their contribution to the

community and to help preserve a thriving downtown,” said Mayor Mike Inman.


“I enjoy this project every year. Sometimes folks focus on the negative, but there is so much to be thankful for in our downtown area. There are more businesses than people think that have been around for more than 40 years here in Macomb,” stated Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry.


So far, the City of Macomb Downtown Development has awarded 11 businesses with the Historic Downtown Legacy Business Enterprise. Which includes Purdum Electric, Diamond Den, Citizens Bank, Terrill Title, Sir Lawrence’s Barbershop, Dick’s Barbershop, Nelson’s Clothing Store, Pumo Insurance, Gumbart’s, and MidAmerica National Bank.


Pentatonix Returns to the Illinois State Fair with Special Guest Rachel Platten

Get ready A Capella fans, because the Grammy award winning and Multi-Platinum group, Pentatonix, is returning to the Illinois State Fair along with special guest, Rachel Platten, on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. 


This will be the second time Pentatonix has performed on the Grandstand stage in three years, the first back in 2017. Platten, known for her hit song, “Fight Song”, is opening for the group. Tickets go on sale later in the Spring for the following prices:


Tier 3 - $45 / Tier 2 - $50 / Tier 1 - $55 / Gen Track - $55 / VIP Track - $75


The Illinois State Fair takes place this August in Springfield from the 8th to the 18th. More announcements to come on who will be performing at the Fair at a later date. To stay up to date on the announcements, follow Illinois State Fair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram


Early Dismissal! 2-7-19

-Due to the weather conditions Macomb School District will close 3 hours early today, February 7th.  Whatever time your child is normally dismissed, please move it up 3 hours.  MacArthur PM is cancelled. All after school activities and practices are cancelled.  There will be no YMCA after school program (MAP) and no Crossing program. Please contact your child's school office with updated afternoon plans


-Rushville Industry Schools will be dismissing at 12:05pm today 2-7-19


-The Crossing Preschool Macomb will be closing at 1:15 today. No afternoon classes. 



Closings and Delays 2-7-19


Abilities: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carthage Elementary: Closed Today

Central Lee: Delayed 2 hours; Buses on Main roads only

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Hancock County Gun Club: Cancelled Thursday

Illini West: Closed Today

Knox Co Health Dept-Edina: Closed Today

Knox Co. Judicial Offices: Closed Thursday

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Van Buren Community Schools: Delayed 2 hours; Buses on Main roads only; Includes Harmony

Warsaw: Closed Today


Mother Moon Service Scholarship Applications Available

McDonough County United Way is asking local High School Juniors to apply today for their Mother Moon Service Scholarship. Named after Sadie “Mother” Moon, the scholarship aims to help fund students who have used their time freely to aid their community and its people.


To be eligible for the Mother Moon Service Scholarship a student must meet the following criteria:


- Be enrolled as a Junior at one of the accredited McDonough County high schools


- Plan to attend an accredited public or private University, College, Vocational Technical school, or

other post-secondary institution upon graduation from high school


- Be a good example and role model for others


- Demonstrate an attitude of caring by giving freely of their time and talent in service to others in

their community


- Have contributed at least 100 hours of service to their community within a 12 month period


To find out more about the Mother Moon Service Scholarship and to apply, contact McDonough County United Way by calling 309-837-9180, or emailing for your application. All applications must be turned in to McDonough County United Way by March 29, 2019.


School Closings and Delays 2-6-19


Abilities: Closed Today

Brashear Schools: Closed Today

Brown County Schools: Closed Today

Bucklin School: Closed Today

Camp Point Schools Unit 3: Closed Today

Canton R-5: Closed Today

Carl Sandburg College-Carthage: Opening at 10:00 AM; Classes start at 11

Carthage Elementary: Closed TodayCentral Lee: Buses on Main roads only; Wed. AM & PM RoutesClark Co. R-1 Kahoka: Closed Today

Dallas City Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Giving Tree Childcare Ctr: Delayed 2 hours Wednesday; Open at 8:30 AM

Hamilton Schools: Closed Today

Illini West: Closed Today

Keokuk Public, Catholic: Opening at 10:00 AM; No Early Out/Hard Su

Knox Co. R-1 Edina: Closed Today

LaHarpe Elementary: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Lewis County C-1: Closed Today

Liberty Schools: Closed Today

Macomb Public: Closed Today

Macon R1: Closed Today

Marion Co. R-II-Philadelphia: Closed Today

Mendon Schools: Closed Today; Evening Activities Cancelled

Mission Hill Christian Academy: Closed Today; HisKids Pre-k closed

Monroe City Head Start: Closed Today

Monroe City R-1: Closed Today; Holy Rosary Closed

Nauvoo-Colusa Schools: Closed Today

North Shelby: Closed Today

Payson Schools: Closed Today

Perry Christian Academy: Closed Today

Scotland Co. R-1 Memphis: Delayed 2 hours

Shelby Co. R-IV So. Shelby: Closed Today

Southeastern Dist. 337: Closed Today

St.Peter & Paul-Nauvoo: Closed Today

The Crossing Preschool-Macomb: Closed Today

V-I-T: Delayed 2 hours; No Pre-k Classes Van Buren Community Schools: Closed Today; Includes Harmony

Warsaw: Closed TodayWest Prairie CUSD #103: Closed Today

Western - CU District 12: Closed Today

YMCA McDonough County NO Senior Meals


Regional Media Names New Head at WZOE-AM, WZOE-FM, and WRVY-FM

Over the past few weeks, Regional Media has been interviewing candidates to fill several open positions since its recent acquisition of WZOE-AM, WZOE-FM, WRVY-FM, and is proud to announce a promotion from within the ranks of the Regional Media organization itself.


Regional Media elevates current Sterling Illinois team member Sam Woolsey to the lead position in the programming department at its Princeton, Illinois stations.Commenting on his recent promotion, Mr. Woolsey said, "I'm grateful for this amazing opportunity in Princeton and I'm looking forward to becoming an intrical part of the Princeton community".


Mr.Woolsey has been an intrical part of the immense success in the turn around of WSSQ-FM, WSDR-AM, and WZZT-FM leading to Regional Media to winning the prestigious Small Market Station of the Year award, along with the launch of the now leading news site and, a premier sports content site within Regional Media’s holdings.


Regional Media President and CEO Fletcher Ford said, “It was incredibly exciting to award this promotion from within the ranks of our current staff. Sam is a phenomenal individual with true character and passion for local service. He is a tremendous asset to our organization.”


Some new and exciting changes are in the planning stages as Regional Media works to improve the operations of the stations almost immediately. As part of these improvements, Mr. Woolsey will host the all new Wakeup Princeton morning talk show on WZOE-AM 1490 from 6a-9a weekdays. The show is slated to start in the weeks to come.


Mr. Woolsey will work directly with Vice President Jason Gilbraith, and President & CEO Fletcher Ford to help Princeton Illinois media roar back.


Regional Media is the largest locally owned media company in Illinois with radio serving markets from Clinton Iowa to Quincy Illinois and beyond.


For more information, please contact