Macomb Local News

Latest Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Coincides with their #keepitinmacomb Campaign

The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Macomb Park District's Patton Park to celebrate the installation of new fitness equipment. 


This outdoor facility is open free to the public during regular park hours. For more information, please visit


This latest ribbon cutting from the Chamber serves as a continuation of their #keepitinmacomb campaign. The campaign kicked off last week and encourages the community to shop locally. Spending money at businesses in Macomb benefits the city's education, transportation, health care, and public safety services. The #keepitinmacomb campaign wants to remind you that spending your money in Macomb, keeps it in Macomb. 


“I think it’s easy for people to forget that when they purchase something online or in another
city, that Macomb misses out on the sales tax revenue that funds our schools, police, parks,
roads, and so much more,” said Lauren Merritt, Executive Director of the MACC. “We wanted a
fresh and interesting way to remind Macomb residents of this.”


The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce invites the city to embrace the campaign and display the #keepitinmacomb in their businesses and online through social media. They have promotional items available for free in the MACC office, as well as larger items, like banners, for a price. Images of the logo can also be downloaded at to be put on display. 


“The more people and businesses we can get to participate, the greater impact this campaign will
have,” said Merritt. “That is why the Chamber is freely sharing the logo and hashtag with anyone
that would like to use it. We’d like to see it spread throughout the community so that everyone
remembers to keep it in Macomb.”


(This photo is from the Campaign Open House on Thursday)


Durham School Services Earns Third Consecutive ASE Blue Seal

The Durham School Services’ maintenance team was awarded the Automotive Service
Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal certification for the third year in a row. They achieved this
certification from committing to a safety and quality work environment.


“To earn the ASE Blue Seal certification means your team is among ‘the best of the best’,” said Pete
Silva, senior vice president of maintenance for Durham. “We are more than proud of our Macomb
team’s dedication to not only being the safest, but also the most skilled. Their efforts are truly

A lunch was held to commemorate the award and recognize Maintenance Supervisor Mike
Foulk and his team.


Free Arthritis Seminar Announced in Macomb - Oct. 30

A free arthritis seminar will be presented by Orthopedic Surgeon, George Crickard, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Macomb Country Club, 20 Hickory Grove, at 6 p.m. Dr. Crickard works at Quincy Medical Group as a physician and is also a member of the Blessing Hospital Medical Staff. 


People of all ages, races, and genders can be affected from the more than 100 different diseases or conditions that Arthritis consists of. People can have a hard time moving without pain and this impacts their quality of life. There are options out there which can help. Dr. Crickard will be in Macomb to discuss the basics of arthritis along with options to treat arthritis pain and improvements in total hip and knee replacement. A light meal will also be served.


If you are interested in attending this free arthritis seminar, then register by calling 1-877-411-2468 or online at and searching “arthritis” 


Sports Update 10-22-18

Sports Update 10/22/18




The Western Illinois Leathernecks picked up a massive win on Saturday, October 20, over Missouri State in Springfield. They won 34-14, and improved to 18-17 all time vs. Missouri State.


The game went much like I thought it would, with McGuire having a big bounce-back performance (19/32 305 yards 3 TDS 1 INT) and Steve McShane dominating on the ground and through the air (19 car. 143 yards 1 TD, 4 cat. 95 yards 1 TD). The Leathernecks were also bolstered by big performances by Max Norris (16 car. 87 yards), John Brunner (4 cat. 77 yards 1 TD), and Clint Ratkovich (5 cat. 77 yards 1 TD).


Defensively, it would appear that Peyton Huslig was constantly under pressure, as he was unable to get anything going through the air or on the ground (15/31 203 yards 1 TD 2 INT, 9 car. 9 yards). Justin Fitzpatrick and Eric Carrera came up with the interceptions for the Leathernecks, and they largely shut down what had been a productive passing attack all season.


WIU got right back to their momentous ways on Saturday, as it looked like they moved right on past the North Dakota State result. They will host Northern Iowa this Saturday, October 27, at 11 AM in what is an absolute must-win game. A win there would see them crawl back to .500 for the first time since the Montana win.




The Bears suffered a tough 38-31 loss on Sunday, October 21, to the New England Patriots. Special Teams and Defense was once again the issue, as the Patriots scored 14 points off the Bears’ punt team, and tackling was a major issue.


Mitchell Trubisky showed a lot of fight despite having an overall rough outing. Despite having a completion percentage just north of 50, he finished with 333 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition to 81 rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. As the season goes on, it seems like he’s getting much more comfortable with creating plays outside of the pocket when his protection breaks down or his receivers fail to get open.


The rest of the offense, excluding Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen, was pedestrian at best. The injury to Allen Robinson looks concerning, and the drops have killed the Bears of late. Dion Sims has become almost unplayable with his drop issues, and Kevin White continues to lose snaps to Josh Bellamy, who showed his own issues at receiver. They need one out of the group of Allen Robinson, Kevin White, or Anthony Miller to emerge as a true outside threat for the future.


Defensively, this was a bit of a nightmare performance. There were missed tackles all over the place, which is something that should just not be happening for any professional football team, let alone one that has a defense considered by some to be among the best in the sport. Brady and Josh Gordon were able to exploit Kyle Fuller big time yesterday as well, as Gordon went over 100 yards receiving for the first time in a Patriots uniform. One positive from the defense yesterday was the emergence of rookie fifth rounder Bilal Nichols. Nichols came by way of Delaware, an FCS school, so there was a steep learning curve expected. Early on, however, he and Eddie Goldman have formed a fierce duo in the middle of the Bears’ defensive line.


Overall, this team will have to play better if they want to have a chance at winning the division or making the playoffs. The tackling has to be better, the pass rush needs a return to what it was early, the special teams has got to be a ton better, and the offense needs to play with more consistency. The Bears draw the Jets at home this Sunday.



Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill in Illinois

Southern Illinois students received education about earthquake preparedness and its
importance thanks to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Governor Bruce Rauner declared yesterday Great U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Day in Illinois, so
every resident would participate in an earthquake drill.

Organizers and the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, Fredbird, taught kids how to ‘Drop, Cover and
Hold on’ in the event of an earthquake.


 “Whether you are at school, at work, at home or on vacation, an earthquake can happen at any
time, anywhere,” said Deputy Director Jennifer Ricker.  “This is why the Shakeout earthquake
drill is so important.  This preparedness drill helps us teach millions of people the life-saving
Drop-Cover-Hold On procedure.”


If you have any questions or need more information, you can visit 


Rep. Hammond Receives Leading Age Award

The Legislator of the Year Award from Leading Age Illinois was presented to Representative
Norine K. Hammond. She was the recipient because of her commitment toward improving the
care for older individuals in the area.

The presentation of the award was earlier this week at Wesley Village in Macomb from
Administrator/CEO of Wesley Village, Shelly Martin and Vice President of Policy at Leading Age
Illinois, Kirk Riva.


Raw Chicken Linked to Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

There is a current outbreak of the Salmonella infantis illness in the country. According to the
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), there has been five reported cases of the infection
in Illinois. The investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates
that the epidemic is linked to raw chicken.

“This outbreak is a reminder to always handle raw chicken carefully and to cook chicken to an
internal temperature of 165°F to prevent food poisoning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah,
M.D., J.D. 

Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps for a few days after the
initial intake. Most people infected do not need treatment, but some can be hospitalized.


However, the CDC says this is the most hospitalizations they’ve seen from Salmonella.

Some safety guidelines to prevent Salmonella:
- Wash your hands
- Cook raw chicken thoroughly
- Avoid spreading germs from raw chicken around food preparation areas
- Do not feed raw food to pets

Visit for more information regarding the illness.


MDH Reveals Healing Hand Award Recipient

LaDawna Roya, Hospice RN at McDonough District Hospital (MDH), received a Healing Hand
award from the Grateful Patient Program.

The program lets patients and/or their families showcase their gratefulness for a caregiver at
MDH. Royer was granted this award because of her caring personality.

The patients are welcome to donate to an area of care or cause when acknowledging the
recipient. Contact the MDH Foundation Office at 309-836-1757 with any questions or visit


Rep. Hammond Supports National Take Back Day - 10/27/18

Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond has been actively working to combat central
Illinois’s opioid epidemic. She is promoting a National Take Back Day, which is on Oct. 27.


“Disposing of old prescriptions is the best way for people to help fight the opioid
epidemic. Participants in Take Back Day have a number of drop-off locations and more are being added, so be sure to check online for your closest site," said Hammond. 


Local law enforcement will be at locations accepting old prescriptions that Saturday.

Locations participating:
- The Lodge at Manito’s parking lot, 1303 S. East Avenue, in Manito from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- IGA’s parking lot, 201 West Elm, in Mason City from 10 - 11a.m.
- Oney Food’s parking lot, 500 S. Promenade St., in Havana from 1 - 2 p.m.
- IGA, 200 Pittsfield Rd., in Mt. Sterling from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Jensen Camp "Soup in the Woods"

Jensen Woods Camp is hosting “Soup in the Woods” on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will have soup, sandwiches and desserts.

Location: 1498 275E St., Timewell, IL. For more details call 217-773-2491.


YMCA Hosting Halloween Parties in both Macomb and Bushnell

The YMCA of McDonough County is hosting two Halloween parties this year. The first event will
be Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It will be located at the YMCA Program Center, 300 Miller
Street, Bushnell. The second party takes place the following day, Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in
Macomb at the main facility.

This is a free community event. Organizers ask for families to bring snacks to share. Each party will feature games, contests and much more.

Contact Jim Harding at 309-833-2129 if you have any questions.


Ari's Entertainment Report 10-18-18



Mother Monster has officially announced her engagement to agent Christian Carino.


The two have been engaged since November 2017 but have kept it secret since.


Gaga is wearing a pink diamond ring that is estimated to be worth anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000.




After fighting at a New York City Fashion Week party with Nicki Minaj, Cardi B has decided she wants to release a diss track.


But her team feels the lyrics need to be cut due to their intensity.


They argue that the track puts too much light onto Minaj and that Cardi B should just take the high route in regards to the fight.




Rumors are flying that Thompson has cheated on Kardashian yet again.


Allegedly she has not made a decision on what to do with the relationship yet.


But it is clear that the star canceled her move to Cleveland where Thompson plays for the Cavaliers.


The Kardashian will continue staying in L.A. with daughter True Thompson.




WIU Residence Halls Trick-or-Treating 2018

Western Illinois University’s annual Residence Halls Safe Trick-or-Treating program will take
place from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 30.

This event if for children ages 2-12, so they can trick-or-treat and play Halloween games safely.
Guides are available, but all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Corbin-Olson (main entrance)
- Candy toss
- Coloring station
- Face painting
- TP mummy wrapping game
- Relay race
- Free Polaroids with a Princess or Superhero
- Free candy


Lincoln-Washington-Grote (Grote Hall entrance)
- Face painting
- Coloring
- Cake Walk
- Games


Tanner Hall (main lobby entrance)
- Trick-or-Treating

- Witch Hall Toss
- Face painting
- Crystal ball reading


Thompson Hall will also feature “Haunted Housing” during this time for kids. A scarier version
of the event for teens and adults will be Oct. 26-27 from 6-11 p.m. and requires an admission
fee. Organizers are accepting $3 or $2 with a non-perishable food item donation.

Contact Director of Residence Life Mishelle Oaks at 309-298-3328 or at for
more details.


Ameren Hitting the Macomb Streets Tomorrow to Raise Scam Awareness

Ameren Illinois employees will be out and about tomorrow warning businesses about utility
scams. Employees will visit 20-30 Macomb businesses to provide information regarding warning
signs of a scam.

The most typical scam is when a person acts like an Ameren Illinois employee over the phone
and threatens to disconnect service if the customer does not pay a fee. This year, more than
700 customers have been contacted by these scammers.


Fifth Annual Brix Challenge Returns to McDonough County

The Brix Challenge has returned to McDonough County for the fifth annual year. In 2014, Chris Brix got the idea to help the Humane Society of McDonough County by teaming up with members of the community. Thanks to their extensive support, close to $46,000 has been raised for animals in need over the past four years.


Once again this year, Chris has promised to match $1000 in donations to the McDonough County Humane Society beginning now through October 31, 2018. Every dollar donated can impact an animal’s life. All contributions made this year will support the direct initiatives of the Brix Challenge. Some of those include:


  • Promotion of adoption of cats and dogs at the McDonough County Animal Shelter
  • Rescue and fostering those animals that don’t get adopted from the Shelter
  • Reduction of the overpopulation of cats via the spay/neuter program
  • Continued enhancements for the comfort of the cats and kittens at the animal shelter
  • Provisions of medical care to Shelter and County animals in need
  • Help via the Pet Food Pantry for those struggling to afford supplies to keep their pets

No donation is too small. You can make a tax-deductible donation by sending it to:


Brix Challenge 2018

Humane Society of McDonough County

PO Box 7

Macomb, IL 61455


Donations can also be sent via PayPal on the Humane Society website at


Ari's Entertainment Report 10-16-18



The “God is a Woman” and “SNL” star have officially called off their engagement.


Grande and Davidson are reportedly taking a break but continue to have faith that they will get back together.


The break allegedly stems from Grande needing time to reevaluate things after the death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.


The couple was only together approximately 5-6 months before this split.




Bieber has reportedly been feeling emotional lately due to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez facing her health issues.


The star is now saying that he is feeling disconnected and wants Gomez to be happy.


As of now, the two have not been in contact.





Sports Report 10-15-18 (Bears, Illini West, Macomb, WIU)

Sports Update 10/15/18


Local HS Football:


There was plenty of high school football action this past weekend to talk about, but we focused on two games: Rushville-Industry vs. Illini West, and Macomb vs. Richmond-Burton.


Rushville-Industry suffered a 54-14 loss at the hands of the undefeated Chargers of Illini West. Running back Nick Vorhies had 188 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Chargers and was a fast, powerful force for them all game.


Macomb suffered a 54-9 loss against the now 7-1 Rockets of Richmond-Burton. This is just another case of Macomb being affected by their lack of a conference. This issue shows no signs of resolution, so Macomb will have to adjust to playing these larger schools. It’s unfortunate, but this is the hand they’ve been dealt.




WIU lost to FCS #1 North Dakota State, on Saturday night at Hanson Field, by a score of 34-7.


WIU took an early 7-3 lead, but even on the touchdown drive, things were not easy. McGuire had to struggle for every throw he made, and the Leathernecks had nothing going on the ground. The only thing they did seem to have working were the occasional bubble screen plays they ran. These, however, were often negated by bad offensive penalties.


As poorly as it might seem like they played, much of it was a result of North Dakota State’s strong play. The Bison came in with an extremely strong, top-ten-ranked, scoring offense and defense, and it showed. Quarterback Easton Stick looked every bit as good advertised as he bombed WIU’s defense through the air and on the ground. The Bison defense did a phenomenal job of showing McGuire different looks and bringing consistent pressure to disrupt the Leatherneck offense.


Next week is a tough one as well, as WIU heads to Springfield, Missouri to take on the 4-2 Missouri State Bears.




The Bears suffered a tough 31-28 OT loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, October 14.


It was very much a tale of two halves, as both teams got out to incredibly sluggish starts. At halftime the score was 7-0 Dolphins, and the Bears had shown little to nothing offensively that showed they would turn things around

The second half, however, saw Mitchell Trubisky spring to life, as more than 70% of his 316 passing yards on the day came in the second half. All three touchdowns came in a roughly ten minute outburst in the third quarter that saw them take a 21-10 lead with 6 minutes to go.


This is where the defensive struggles began to shine through. The Dolphins drew up what should be the blueprint on how to stop this aggressive Bears defense, as they drew up several delay-type plays to get the Bears moving downhill. As a result, once the Miami receivers and runners broke through the second level of the defense, there were only 2 or 3 men left to beat. This problem took the forefront in the fourth quarter, as Miami stormed back to take a 28-21 lead.


Trubisky proved his performance two weeks ago may not have been a fluke, when he led the team down methodically at near the end of regulation to tie the game at 28. A Tarik Cohen fumble near the end of the game nearly cost the Bears the win, but a 3-and-out by the Dolphins on the ensuing drive saw regulation end with the score 28-28.


Overtime began with the Dolphins squandering their first opportunity on a Kenyan Drake fumble at the one yard line. On the ensuing Bears drive, they drove most of the way down the field, only to see kicker Cody Parkey miss a would-be-game-winning 52-yard field goal. The Dolphins got the ball back, drove it to around the Bears 25 or 30 yard line, where rookie kicker Jason Sanders kicked the game-winning 47 yard field goal.


This was a tale of costly turnovers, (mostly) bad officiating, awful tackling, and missed opportunities as the Bears lost what should’ve been a very winnable game. The loss also means that Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler is now 4-0 against the Bears in his career. The Bears will have to move on from this game rather quickly, as they meet the Patriots at home this Sunday.




Local High School Football Scores 10-12-18

Final Scores:


Macomb lost 52 - 7 to Richmond Burton


Monmouth Roseville lost 21 - 0 to Princeton


Illini West beat Rushville-Industry 54 - 14


Lewistown beat Havana-Midwest Central COOP 49 - 33


West Prairie-Bushnell-Prairie COOP beat South Fulton 43 - 12




Ribbon Cutting for Taylor's Custom Embroidery

The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting yesterday for new business and Chamber member, Taylor’s Custom Embroidery (1200 W. Jackson St. #3, Macomb).


The business offers many services like embroidery, screen print, clothing repair, and custom apparel projects.


For more information, call (309) 313-2344.


Gubernatorial Debate in Quincy

Governor Bruce Rauner and opposing democratic candidate JB Pritzker went head to head in their final gubernatorial debate last night. The only downstate debate was an evening full of local issues, dodging questions and the blame game.


When asked about the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that led to 14 deaths of residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Rauner said the incident was heartbreaking and claimed that the state immediately went to action.


“I think much of this, so-called criminal investigation, is a political ploy to divert attention from the tax fraud that Pritzker has engaged in, and I believe that it is a shameful use of power by the attorney general,” Rauner said.


Pritzker responded by saying the governor “did virtually nothing” about the outbreak in Quincy. He said due to family members being veterans, he would commit to the job of rebuilding the facility.


Rauner went on to label his opponent as a bank robber, saying that Illinois residents “can no way trust Mr. Pritzker.” He noted that the democrat has committed perjury, tax evasion and has used racist terms.


“You just heard a desperate rant by a failed governor who is in his final hours of his campaign and his governorship,” Pritzker said in his response.

This retort prompted clapping and cheering from those in attendance.


Pritzker held firm on his stance for a fairer tax system for Illinois.


“We want to lower property taxes across the state, pay for our schools differently, because that’s causing a lot of the property tax increases that people are feeling,” Pritzker said. “We want to lower taxes on the middle class.”


He said residents should not be living paycheck to paycheck. However, Pritzker was not clarifying a rate, which the governor responded, “Mr. Pritzker dodges questions like he dodges taxes.”


Rauner stated Pritzker’s tax system would potentially “crush the middle class.”

The candidates were asked if they could commit to supporting Illinois public schools. Pritzker said having better funded higher education is critical to the economy, again highlighting on the unfair tax system. The change to the education formula, Pritzker claimed, was not Rauner’s doing. He said the formula only works if schools are funded properly.


“I believe that every child in Illinois deserves a quality education, no matter the color of their skin, the income level of their parents or the zip code that they live in,” Pritzker said. “We’ve got to invest in that education, including our community colleges too. We’ve got to bring back vocational training into our high schools, so the kids can get jobs without going to college and make college more affordable.”


He said all this can be accomplished by changing the way schools are funded and by lowering property taxes. The governor said he originally ran for the position to fix the lack of state support for education.


Other topics discussed on Thursday night’s debate included agriculture, gun violence and raising the minimum wage. You can watch the entire gubernatorial debate on WGEM’s website.




Halloween Trick or Treating in Macomb

Macomb Trick or Treating will be on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The city recommends having your porch lights on if you are handing out treats. Officials also
advise to drive carefully while driving through neighborhoods on these evenings.


SRC Offers "Candid Photography" Seminar

Spoon River College (SRC) is presenting the course “Candid Photography” by Bob Coker. The
class instructs attendees how to capture moments spontaneously, so the subject appears
unaware and relaxed.

The program will be on Wednesdays Oct. 17 and Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the SRC Outreach
Center, 2500 E. Jackson St., Macomb. A fee and pre-registration is required to attend. For more
information, call 309-833-6031.


2019 Senior Fall Festival Announced for Macomb

A community event, titled Boomers and Beyond: A festival for Active Seniors, is taking place on
Sept. 20-22 of next year. The festival is meant to showcase Macomb as a retirement

Mayor Mike Inman agrees that the city is “ideal for retirement living.” He says he considers it an
economic advantage.

However, Boomers and Beyond is not a city government effort, but he has authorized city staff
members to help plan the festival. Plans are still in the development process.

For more information, contact City Administrator Dean Torreson at 309-837-0501 or at


Sports Report 10-12-18

Sports Update 10/12/18


Rushville-Industry vs. Illini West:


Rushville-Industry has a home contest this week with undefeated Illini West. Rushville comes in at 4-3, coming off a 36-22 win over Havana/Midwest Central.


Rushville will look to use their rushing attack, largely bolstered by the “fearsome foursome” of Josh Triplett, Javen Quinn, Manny Garcia, and Kreeden Allen. These four have accounted for nearly all of Rushville’s offense this season.


Illini West will look to establish the run game, but largely through one man: Nick Vorhies. His name is reminiscent of horror movie character Jason, and he runs like it too. He’s sliced and diced defenses for over 800 yards and 14 touchdowns through just seven weeks.


I think the difference is the passing game, where Illini West has shown a desire and ability to throw the ball while Rushville has not. As a result, I think Illini West wins, and keeps their hopes of a perfect season alive.


Macomb vs. Richmond-Burton:


2-5 Macomb hosts 6-1 Richmond-Burton this week for the Bombers’ Senior Night game.


This will be a big one for Macomb, as they can really show if they’re able to rebound from the results of the last four weeks or not. It will take a strong showing early for them to compete in this one.


Richmond-Burton does not allow many points, and comes in with a strong rushing attack. Both of theses are descriptions of the teams Macomb has had problems with, and if Macomb does not come out attack early, this could be trouble once again.


I think Macomb comes out with high emotion and a ton of motivation, and is able to punch Richmond in the mouth early, before faltering late.




WIU draws FCS #1 North Dakota State this week. NDSU comes in 5-0 while WIU comes in 2-3.


Western was put on a list (STATS) of the top five FCS teams under .500, so there could be some bad luck at hand with their record. Bad luck, however, is something that you cannot afford to happen against a team like NDSU.


There is one vulnerable spot on NDSU’s team that I think WIU will be able to exploit, however. NDSU’s pass defense comes in #20 (still good, but not as good as the other areas), and I think Sean McGuire and this tall, speedy receiving corps can take advantage of it.


If Western comes out and bombs the ball early, much like they did against Montana, they have a shot to win this game. I think they go for it, but NDSU is able to snuff it out. NDSU wins 28-20.




The Bears have an interesting game this week with the Dolphins. Interesting, in that no one is quite sure what to make of the 3-1 Bears or the 3-2 Dolphins.


The Bears have surprised everyone with what now appears to be the best defense in football, and a recently potent, exciting offense. An offense that has almost completely abandoned the running attributes of Jordan Howard.


I think Nagy tries his hardest to work Howard back into the offense in creative ways, whether that be throwing him the ball more, putting him in exotic sets, or just simply giving him the ball up the middle early to establish him as a threat. This will be the biggest difference between this week and the previous 4.


The Dolphins have a potent rushing attack of their own with the ageless wonder, Frank Gore, and second-year starter Kenyan Drake. Drake has been the biggest benefactor of Jay Ajayi’s trade last season, as his youth and speed have given Miami’s offense a major boost. They also have a talented, big, and fast receiving corps with the likes of Davante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Danny Amendola. These three could give the Bears problems, but I also thought this of the Buccaneers.


Overall, I think this sets up for another big, albeit nowhere near as perfect as he was last game, game for Trubisky. I think Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, and Taylor Gabriel can dominate this secondary, and I think the Bears defense can shut down Miami’s offense. The one worry for me is that Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn play game-wreckers again and constantly force Trubisky to move in the pocket. I predict a sound Bears win, 35-14.




Rep. Hammond Awarded as the "Champion of Free Enterprise" from Chamber of Commerce

State Representative Norine K. Hammond was honored with the “2017-2018 Champion of Free
Enterprise” award at yesterday’s Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Macomb Dining Company. 

Rep. Hammond was awarded for her commitment to job creation and growth in the community.


Illinois Comptroller Candidate Senger Holding Press Conference Tomorrow in Quincy (10/12/18)

Darlene Senger is holding a press conference tomorrow in Quincy to discuss the comptroller
race. Topics to be discussed:

-Issues facing the Illinois Comptroller Office


-The state of the race

-Chicago politics


The conference will begin at 2 p.m. at Arnold, Behrens, Nesbit, Gray P.C., 901 Hampshire Street,


First Christian Church is offering free family fun on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

MACOMB -- First Christian Church is offering free family fun on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.


It is the 6th Annual Fall Festival located on the corner of Jackson and McArthur.


Activities for Friday include trunk or treat, food truck, photo booth, pumpkin sale, harvest crafts, and carnival games.


Saturday activities will include carnival food, bouncy houses, petting zoo, carnival games, and more.


Check the festival out from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.





Ari's Entertainment Report 10-11-18



It is time for Selena Gomez to be in control of her mental health once again.


The star has shared with her followers in the past she struggles with anxiety and depression.


Gomez is undergoing therapy at a treatment facility after an emotional collapse regarding her kidney transplant and Lupus.




Grande and Davidson have an adorable pet that it making its musical debut.


That is right, Piggy Smalls is featured for the entire length of Grande’s “Breathin” video.


You can see all the cuteness yourself by checking the music video out.




Will Smith broke big news on his Instagram account that he will be playing Genie in the upcoming remake.


The remake will also include brand new characters and new music.


Aladdin is set to premier on May 24, 2019.




Ari's Entertainment Report 10-10-18



Taylor Swift makes her debut in the political world with a long caption on Instagram this week.


Swift posted a photo of herself with a caption about the importance of voting. In her post she writes, “ Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”


She also discusses who she will be voting for and why she is against Marsha Blackburn.


Her social media post resulted in 65,000 people registering to vote within a couple of hours.


No matter how one feels about the topic, it is important to take away the most important message of Swift’s post -- register to vote.




Dakota Johnson is making a big impact on women and girls.


At the Global Citizen Festival she gave audience members her phone number. With it she said, “I want you to call me and tell me your story in a voicemail.”


Johnson wants to achieve a world in which women are equal and do not suffer from violence and harassment.


She also included this information on her Instagram account with a picture of her phone number written on a piece of paper.


While it is not confirmed whether it is her real phone number or a prepaid number the thought is what counts.




During the “Ellen” show, three lucky women got to meet Colton Underwood.


One of those woman, Annie Reardon won the audience’s heart after seeming to hit it off with Underwood.


But on snapchat she reveals that dumped the star and is back to normal life without “psycho people”


We will have to wait and see in January 2019 to find out what really happened.




It's Fire Prevention Week in Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed this week Fire Prevention Week in Illinois. This coincides with National Fire Prevention Week with the theme being “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”


Firefighters will be teaching students at schools across Illinois about necessary precautions and
safety measures to take in case of a fire.


“More than 100 people died as a result of fire in Illinois last year,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “We want to bring that number down by making sure people understand the dangers associated with fire. Education is key when it comes to saving lives. Teams from local fire departments across the state will be out all week to educate people on how to stay safe and be prepared in the event of a fire.”


Visit to learn about National
Fire Prevention Week.


Get Covered Illinois Event at Macomb Public Library Tomorrow - 10/11/18

The Illinois Department of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois will be at the Macomb Public
Library tomorrow to provide insight on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.


This includes information on how to sign up for health insurance and access benefits.

The informational event will take place from 4 - 6 p.m. and is open to the public.


Get Covered Illinois Event at Rushville Public Library Tomorrow - 10/11/18

The Illinois Department of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois will be at the Rushville Public
Library tomorrow to provide insight on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.


This includes information on how to sign up for health insurance and access benefits.

The informational event will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. and is open to the public.


Sports Report 10-10-18

Sports Update 10/10/18




The Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 in Game Four of their ALDS series last night, and with that win, advanced to the ALCS with a 3-1 series win.


Boston was bolstered by a 16-1 win over the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Monday, a victory so monumental, it nearly ended the series right there.


The win also means that both the ALCS and NLCS matchups are set, with the Red Sox taking on the Astros and the Dodgers taking on the Brewers. These two best-of-seven series’ will decide who plays for the World Series.


In the AL I see the Astros having a distinct pitching advantage, as few teams in baseball can match up with a top 3 of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Dallas Keuchel. I also don’t see the Red Sox offensive advantage being big enough to make up for the gap in pitching talent/depth. I think that until they lose, the Astros, the defending champions of baseball, have to be looked at as the favorite. Because of this, I say the Astros take this series in 6.


On the NL side of things, I see the Dodgers as having a distinct overall talent advantage. An advantage which they’ve had all season, and will have over most teams, yet an advantage they have not been able to use successfully all year. Whether it be injuries or just lackluster play, the Dodgers have been among the most disappointing teams in baseball.


Milwaukee, on the other hand, has been one of the more surprising teams in the sport. They have been particularly impressive of late, having won their last 11 en route to this NLCS berth. I think Christian Yelich is the hottest player in the sport right now, and the Brewers have all the momentum in the world at the moment, and it ultimately will be too much for LA to overcome. I say the Brewers bullpen gets the job done, the offense cranks home run after home run, and the Brewers take a hard-fought, exciting 7 game series.




NHL’s 2018-2019 season is in full swing, and there was a relatively full slate of games last night.


The Sharks won in blowout fashion over the Flyers last night, as Philly looks temporarily unable to recoup following James Van Reimsdyk’s injury. The Sharks were bolstered by two goals apiece from Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski.


The Calgary Flames picked up a rather surprising 3-0 win over the Predators in Nashville, in a game which saw Johnny “Johnny Hockey” Gaudreau pick up 3 assists. Sean Monahan added two goals, while goalie Mike Smith made 43 saves for the Flames.


The Jets picked up another impressive win when the took down the Kings 2-1. This one saw Mark Scheifele pick up his first goal on the season for the Jets, and Ilya Kovalchuk score his first goal as a King and first goal since returning from the KHL.


In the final marquee matchup of the night, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Dallas Stars 7-4. The Stars were competitive throughout this one, but in the end, the Leafs’ attacking prowess was too much. John Tavares and Auston Matthews each recorded two goals as their video-game-like seasons continue. Matthews brought his tally up to seven on the year, while Tavares brought his up to six. The Maple Leafs have scored 14 goals in their last two games, and what everyone thought might be the best offense in the sport is certainly living up to the expectations.




Western Illinois Museum Completes Facade Improvements

The Western Illinois Museum, 201 South Lafayette Street, Macomb, has completed a façade
improvement project to its building.

The recent improvements are part of a five-phase plan, which tackles the serious problems first.

Phases already finished:
- A new roof and renovation of the interior of the west side, 2002

- Insulation upgrade, 2014

- New windows and the stabilization of the façade, 2018


Phases in process:
- Replacement of the damaged plywood coverings

- Removing the old lighting and heating fixtures


- Donations from 60 individuals

- Three fundraising events

- Support from a family foundation

- Two grants and two bequests


One of the museum’s goals was to match the contributions and bring money into the
community. The total cost of the project was $105,500.

Museum tours are available during regular hours – Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4


10th Annual Beerfest at the Forum this Saturday - 10/13/18

The Western Illinois University Performing Arts Society is hosting the 10th annual Beerfest,
which features beer, brats and bourbon.

The event is Oct. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Forum. Attendees can purchase VIP access for
$40. This includes admission to the festival, flat rate sampling, gourmet brats and sides, and
bourbon sampling. General admission tickets are $10, and event-goers can purchase $1 beer
tickets. All beer samples require 1-3 tickets.

Must be 21 and over to attend. For more information, visit or call 309-298-1618.


Illinois Department of Revenue Launches New Website

Visit to view the Illinois Department of Revenue’s (IDOR) new mobile-friendly
website. The site aims to provide easy navigation to access needed information for businesses
and professionals.

“As times have changed, so have the ways taxpayers access and consume information,” said
IDOR Director Connie Beard. “With this website redesign, we make it easier for the public to
navigate our information, no matter what device is utilized.”

The website features encrypted security, a drop-down menu and real-time traffic-driven

Follow IDOR on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to stay up-to-date on Revenue.


New Executive Director Announced for Illinois Community College Board

Brian Durham, Ed.D., was announced as the new executive director of the Illinois
Community College Board (ICCB).

ICCB Chair Lazaro Lopez said Durham has been working on the board for the past 16
years and has successfully improved the outcomes for community college students. He
also leads baccalaureate/transfer education as the deputy director for academic affairs
at the ICCB.

Through strong relationships with several organizations and community college
students, both the board and Durham are confident he will succeed at his new role.


Sports Report 10-5-18 Bombers and Leatherneck football previews

Sports Update 10/5/18




I spoke with Offensive Coordinator Tanner Horrell yesterday ahead of Macomb’s road contest with Quincy Notre Dame, and he gave me some real insight as far as the inner workings of the Bomber Offense.


He told me that they love running the “trips” set, where three receivers line up bunched on one side of the line, and one receiver lines up alone on the other. He also mentioned that he models his play calling after a lot of different coaches, but specifically pointed out Mike Leach as one guy he has taken a lot from in his playbook.


Specifically on this week, he mentioned how he’ll be looking to establish the run game better early, and will look for VJ Lane to spread the ball out. Look for Zach Dysart, John Ogle, and Kyle Protsman as three players who could have big games tonight.


Overall, I think this is a winnable game for the Bombers, as QND comes in 1-5. I know their offense has not been clicking lately, but they have the playmakers and the potential for a big showing any given week. I think they get one of those showings, and win a close shootout game, 38-35.




Western Illinois has a massive game this Saturday vs. Illinois State, and will be looking to continue the momentum of two straight quality wins.


I spoke to running back Clint Ratkovich ahead of this game, and he gave me a sense that the team is feeling as good as they have all year. It was also interesting to hear how he feels he contributes to the team in a variety of ways, whether it be running the ball or catching it.


WIU will be looking to him, along with fellow versatile playmaker Steve McShane, to attack ISU on the ground and through the air, as they look to spread the Redbirds thin.


Their defense will be a major factor here as well, as they’ve showed a potency for taking the football away in recent weeks. They may not have the numbers as far as sacks go, but they have been creating consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks all season as well.


I think this is a very winnable game for WIU, as they picked up a win in this game last year, when it was also in Bloomington/Normal. As the week has advanced and I’ve had more of a chance to research the game better, I’ve switched my thinking on this game, and believe WIU will get the win here, 35-24.




The Blackhawks picked up a big win over Ottawa in their season opener last night, winning 4-3 in overtime on a Patrick Kane goal.


There were a lot of encouraging signs in this one, as the game saw Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook get on the scoresheet with goals. These two are among those being relied upon to bounce back, so it was very nice to see them off to such a strong start. The game also saw 20 year old Alex DeBrincat net his first of the season, which will hopefully be a sign of things to come for the former OHL MVP.


Despite all this positivity, there were things to be nervous about. They gave up three goals to what will surely be among the most goal-challenged team in the NHL this season, as the defense and goalie play (Cam Ward) looked very shaky. They will need this to turn around ahead of Saturday to avoid a bad loss against the rival Blues.




Ribbon Cutting for Remote Controlled Car Track at Veterans Park

A new 100-foot-by-65-foot remote controlled car race track was debuted in a ribbon cutting
ceremony yesterday. The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce
showcased the track at Veterans Park.

Jason and Steven Miller are the masterminds behind the new entity, along with further support
from the park district director Rachel Lenz. Benefits of the new track include drawing in RC car
racing professionals and an audience, which would provide additional income.

For more information regarding the track, visit


The Chamber has a New Executive Director

MACOMB-- The Macomb Chamber of Commerce announced that Lauren Merritt is the new Executive Director.


Merritt was previously the Membership Director before accepting the position of Executive Director.


The Chamber was in need of a new Executive Director due to Kathy Waters leaving the Chamber after accepting another job.


The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that serves as a link between businesses, organizations and the community.



Party on the Square is this Saturday!

MACOMB -- Duke and The Band on the Fly will perform with special guest The Aaron Kelly Band at the Party on the Square.


The Party on the Square takes place Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is free to attend, and will be located on the southwest corner of the square.


For more information, visit the Facebook event page just search “Duke and the Band on the Fly”.



Ari's Entertainment Report 10-4-18



Miley Cyrus’ life began to look very different in 2013 after the breakup with fiancé Liam Hemsworth.


The “Bangerz” tour was something she wanted to be memorable and that is exactly what it was.


Now that her engagement is back on, she is beginning to distance herself from the person she was then.


Cyrus explains that if people are going to focus on her, she wants to make an impact on them.




Kim Kardashian’s insurance company filed a lawsuit against her Paris bodyguard.


Pascal Duvier is being sued for $6.1 million for his recklessness and carelessness on the night of the robbery.




A “Lilo and Stitch” live-action film has officially been announced.


While not many details have been released, it is known that Mike Van Waes is writing for the film and Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich are producing.


“Lilo and Stitch” made its original debut back in 2002.




The League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters sponsored a candidate forum for the upcoming general election on Wednesday. It was held in the Macomb High School library with Rich Egger, news editor at Tri States Public Radio, as the moderator.


The main event of the evening was the debate between Norine Hammond and John Curtis, candidates for Illinois state representative for the 93rd district. There was audience interaction as they were encouraged to write out questions to give to the moderator to ask.


There was a noticeable divide in the audience of which candidate they supported.


The debate began with Curtis and Hammond in agreement – Western Illinois University is the economic engine in the area. However, Curtis noted that the lack of a budget hurt the university, claiming that people left and are leaving the state.


Next, the two were questioned about who they support as the speaker of the Illinois house. This inquiry prompted laughter from those in attendance.


“I’m not running for state representative so that I can represent some politician out of Chicago,” Curtis said. “I have been working really hard to get to know the people from the 93rd district, and I understand the problems in this area. I can tell you that whoever I vote for is going to be the person I feel we can partner with to help this district the most.”


The democratic candidate added that he would vote for someone who would work toward funding education and improving infrastructure.


“I won’t dodge the question,” Hammond said. “I will tell you that I will not vote for Mike Madigan for speaker of the house.”


The room erupted in clapping at Hammond’s response. She said her vote will go to Jim Durkin for the position.


Curtis and Hammond agreed that the region needs to improve infrastructure, especially the roads. However, neither were in favor of a mileage tax. Curtis pointed out that this would greatly affect rural Illinois residents.


The following discussion featured the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). There seemed to be a strong opposition on the topic. Hammond mentioned that she voted “no” on the amendment.


“The ERA would tell you it’s all about equal rights and equal pay for women, but it has been proven across many of states that have passed the ERA, that it is also about tax-payer funded abortions,” Hammond said.


Her answer provoked laughter and an uproar from attendees. Curtis said he disagrees with Hammond and thinks the ERA is long overdue.


They also disagreed on a progressive state income tax. Curtis said he favored the system, while Hammond opposed.


The forum concluded with the candidates’ input on the current condition of Illinois. Curtis said he does not think Illinois is on the right track and that the state needs to be passing balanced budgets annually. However, Hammond said she is proud of the budget that was passed in Illinois.


The next candidate forum was for the U.S. Congressional representative for the 18th district. Unfortunately, Darin LaHood was unable to attend, but Junius Rodriguez, the democratic candidate, still answered questions from the audience.


Rodriguez labeled himself as a centrist democrat. He said his main priority is to bring jobs to Illinois through infrastructure and transportation improvements.


The event also featured the candidates for the county board. Those who attended were Jerry Cremer, Michael Kirby, Joe Erlandsson, Trevor Toland, Robert Smith, Emiliano Vera, Chase DeWitt and Tammie Leigh Brown-Edwards. They all spoke about themselves and their stance on current issues in the area.  


The general election is Nov. 6.



October Proclaimed as Cyber Security Awareness Month for Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner declared October Cyber Security Awareness Month to showcase how
cyber security keeps people safe from online attacks and threats.

Our reliance on information systems continues to grow,” Rauner said. “Technology makes our
world increasingly open with easy access to information, so it is more important than ever to
prioritize cyber security. Protecting critical systems and the privacy of our citizens’ data is a top
priority and this month recognizes the criticality of that effort and the progress we’re making in

The state’s first cybersecurity strategy works to improve the defense against cyber attackers as
the concern for public safety increases. This resulted in Illinois’s first Chief Information Security
Officer (CISO), who launched a cyber awareness program for state employees to further protect
the state.

“This last year, we implemented Illinois’ first Cybersecurity Operations Center (SOC) to
strengthen our security monitoring capabilities cementing a proactive approach to cyber
threats,” Illinois CISO Chris Hill said. “We have continued to increase the capabilities of the SOC
including 24/7 cyber monitoring. We now have the ability to rapidly identify cyber-attacks and
provide immediate response and remediation.”


Hunters Helping the Hungry Program 2018

The Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) is asking for
donations of deer meat from local hunters. The Hunters Helping the Hungry program aims to
feed those in need. Within the last year, they dispersed 7,500 pounds of deer meat to residents
in McDonough County and in surrounding counties.

Hunters can take their deer to the following processing centers:

- Blandinsville Locker Service, Blandinsville


- Bowen Locker Service, Bowen

- Bushnell Locker Service, Bushnell

- Vancil Locker Service, Stronghurst

Make sure to tell the centers to donate the meat to the Hunters Helping the Hungry
program. Contact (WIRC-CAA) at 309-837-2997 or visit their website at for
more information.


Ribbon Cutting for new Scanning Electron Microscope at WIU

A ribbon cutting was held on October 1 to showcase the new scanning electron in Western Illinois
University’s Currens Hall. The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of
Commerce hosted the ceremony.

The microscope was funded by the $330,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to
Assistant Professor of Geology Thomas Hegna, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian Bellot and
Associate Professor of Biology Andrea Porras-Alfaro.

The new equipment was bought in April and was installed over the summer. Visit for
more details.


Festival of LIFE postponed until April

The Festival of LIFE, which was originally scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until
April 13, 2019. The change is due to logistical and weather concerns.

The registration page ( is still up, and organizers encourage
continued support from participates.


Sports Report 10-3-18

Sports Update 10/2/18




The Cubs suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in thirteen innings yesterday to the Colorado Rockies, ending their season in the Wild Card Round.


The offense once again failed to show up in the most critical moments of the season, as they only managed to muster 2 runs in 2 days in the 2 biggest games. The lack of offense summarized the entire season for this team, as the led the league in games in which they scored 0 or 1 run with 40.


The managerial decisions have been questionable the last two days as well, but do not mistake this, I still think the world of Joe Maddon as a manager, and do not think under any circumstance that he should be fired.


Specifically, the decisions to take out starters Jose Quintana and Jon Lester when both appeared to be dealing. I understand the numbers the third time through the lineup have not been great this year for both, but in one-off game situations, those numbers are irrelevant. Both were pitching well, and especially in the Brewers game, the decision likely cost them the game.


The decision to pinch run for Rizzo with Terrance Gore worked initially, as he came around to tie the game on a Javier Baez double, but came back to bite them when Gore was forced to lead off the bottom of the 13th. I probably would’ve felt differently about the decision had Maddon immediately taken Gore out to be replaced by someone who could handle the bat, but he did not.


This will sting for a while, but watching the Brewers celebrate the Division crown on Monday, and Colorado celebrate the Wild Card crown on Tuesday all at their home park should provide this team with every ounce of motivation they need for next season.


Looking towards next season, the Cubs will still have their core of Rizzo, a hopefully healthy Bryant, Baez, Jon Lester, and Willson Contreras intact. They are all still young, and let’s not forget that this team is responsible for the longest playoff streak and 90-win streak the Cubs have had in essentially all of our lifetimes.


They will also still be looking to add pitching depth, and could look to add more production to what should once again be among the most productive offenses in baseball. Bryce Harper should have the Cubs’ full attention, as should relievers like Craig Kimbrel and Kirby Yates. We could well see one or two of the group of Schwarber, Almora, or Happ traded for said pitching help.


As for what the Cubs do have at pitcher, Cole Hamels should be back, Jon Lester will be back at the top of the rotation, as will Hendricks, Quintana, and a hopefully healthier and more confident Yu Darvish. An underrated return, one that everyone seems to have forgotten about, will be that of Drew Smyly. Smyly had been a consistently solid pitcher for the Tigers and Rays throughout the first five years of his career, as he comes in with a 3.74 ERA and a 31-27 record. If he’s fully healthy, he can be a solid piece at the back of the rotation.


This team should once again be at or near the top of the NL Central and NL as a whole, should be a prime contender to win 90+ games, and should be a major factor in the NL playoff race. Let’s not forget the Blackhawks went two years between their first and second title during their run.




MDH offers AARP Driver Safety Course later this October

An AARP Driver Safety Course will be held Oct. 26 at McDonough District Hospital (MDH) in
Auditoriums A and B from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDH and Dr. Jill Brody are sponsoring the program.

Ken Cole, Macomb, will be instructing the 8-hour course. There will be guidance, a video and
discussion on various methods on how to avoid hazardous driving situations. No driving or
testing is involved.

Those 50 and older will receive an auto insurance discount if they complete the accident
prevention course. Organizers urge that age group to contact their auto insurance agent before
participating in the program.

A fee and pre-registration is required. AARP members pay $15, while nonmembers pay $20 to
attend the course. Those interested can contact MDH at 309-836-1557 or email to register.


New Trauma Support Group in Quincy Announced for Children and Caregivers

The Advocacy Network for Children,1420 Harrison Street, Quincy, IL 62301, is holding a program for children affected by trauma. The Trauma Support Group for Children and Caregivers is for ages 8-18 who have experienced abuse or have witnessed a violent crime.

The goal of the classes is to mend the pain that comes from trauma and make it easier for the
children and caregivers. The meetings will begin on November 12th and continue once a week for six weeks, but then reduce to just once a month. The parents/guardians will be in a separate meeting.

Contact Clairice Hetzler at or at 217-257-8262 to register or with any


$1.46 Million for Argyle Park

MACOMB -- A $1.4 million investment is being made for Argyle Lake in Colchester by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


The investment will be used to repair and replace many structures at Argyle Lake State Park as part of a $1.8 million project.


The announcement came from Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond who stated,” This is a long awaited project that will be a tremendous asset to the area, once it is completed. The investment in Argyle Lake’s docks, boat ramps, and dam is much needed for the safety and continued enjoyment of the park.”


The improvements made to Argyle Park through this project will help increase use for all and employment.



Ari's Entertainment Report 10-02-18



Demi Lovato has been in rehab for 60-days now.


The singer was hospitalized on July 24. for an alleged overdose.


Since then, she has met with a therapist in Chicago who specializes in mental health, sobriety, and wellness.


Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” tour is still canceled due to her health and it was reported that her Hollywood Hills Home is now listed for sale.




A remake of “West Side Story” is officially in the make with Ansel Elgort as Tony.


The film is Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway show.


“West Side Story” is set to begin filming next summer.




Ruby Rose has officially been “awarded”  as most dangerous celebrity.


McAfee, a cybersecurity firm, announced that Rose is more likely to make users click on websites that have viruses or even marry malware.


These results came from a survey the company did to show the importance of internet safety.






Sports Report 10-01-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)



The Bears won a shocking 48-10 game vs the Buccaneers on Sunday, with Mitchell Trubisky throwing for 354 yards and 6 touchdowns.


This game saw Head Coach Matt Nagy and Trubisky really open up the playbook and let the offense fly for the first time. Nagy did an excellent job of drawing up plays for Trubisky to take advantage of openings in Tampa’s defense.


Honestly, miss me with the “The Buccaneers defense was bad, this doesn’t mean anything” quotes. If Trubisky is going to develop the way we think he should, this is the type of game he needs to have. 6 touchdowns is 6 touchdowns, regardless of the defense he played.


The defense was stellar again yesterday, and once again, Khalil Mack was at the forefront. Mack recorded his fourth straight game with a sack and a fumble. The secondary impressed me as well, as Fuller and Amukamara did their jobs on the tricky Bucs’ receivers, and the duo of Kevin Tolliver Jr. and Eddie Jackson made big plays all day.


Tolliver’s performance in particular was mightily impressive, as he was an un-drafted free agent out of LSU this past year. If he can continue the season like he played Sunday, the Bears will have some much needed depth at cornerback.


The Bears have a bye week this week, before taking on Miami in week 5.




The Cubs took 2 out of 3 from St. Louis to force a game 163 tiebreaker for the Central division with the Brewers, who swept Detroit.


The Cubs will be throwing Jose Quintana, while the Brewers still to this point have not announced who will be starting today’s game.


Quintana has a 2.17 ERA with a 4-1 record vs Milwaukee this season, and for his career is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA. He seems to revel in pitching against the Brewers, and the Cubs will need another of these performance if they want a chance at winning this game and avoiding the wild card game.


Expect a packed and loud Wrigley Field for this one, and a ready, motivated Cubs team. They’ve been here before, and they know what it takes. I really don’t see any way this team loses this game.


Elsewhere, The Dodgers swept the Giants, while the Rockies took only 2 of 3 from the Nationals to force a tiebreaker today in the West. This marks the first time in MLB history that there will be two tiebreakers played on the same day.


The Dodgers will be playing at home and will be starting rookie pitcher Walker Buehler, who came into the season as their top ranked pitching prospect. The Rockies, meanwhile, will be starting German Marquez, one of the young group of Rockies starters who’s looking to break the trend of bad pitching at Coors Field.


There are a couple of things working in Colorado’s favor, one being that their pitching staff typically pitches well on the road, and the other being that they’ve won 9 of their last 10 games. The things working against them are that they already lost the season series against the Dodgers, and their offense typically does not perform well on the road.


I think the Dodgers win this one, which sets up, based on my predictions, a fun Brewers-Rockies Wild Card Game. The game would be played in Milwaukee, so it could end up being a bit of an offensive fireworks show. The winner of that game would play the Cubs (again, based on my predictions) in the the NLDS. The Dodgers would face the Braves, who everyone seems to have forgotten about since they actually clinched the NL East in the regular 162 game season.




Sports Report! 9-28-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's Interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/28/18




The MLB is in its final weekend of the season, and the only thing resolved in the National League is the East division. The Central and West Divisions, as well as both wild card spots, are still up for grabs with 5 teams competing.


The Cubs and Brewers are competing for who gets the division or the first wild card spot in the NL, while the Cardinals are competing with the Dodgers and Rockies for the second wild card spot. The Dodgers and Rockies are competing for who gets the division or the second wild card spot.


The Cubs come into this weekend with a crucial one game lead over Milwaukee, meaning they have the inside track on the division title. They picked up two huge wins the last two nights over the Pirates, and we may look back on Almora’s walk-off hit Tuesday night as the play that ultimately sent them to the division title. They also got a typically strong late season performance out of Jon Lester, who looks ready for the postseason.


The Brewers are coming off a sweep over the Cardinals, and are riding the wave of Christian Yelich, who has been as hot as anyone in the sport since the all star break. They have also been bolstered by the unheralded waiver pickups of Curtis Granderson and Gio Gonzalez, who have given the team some much needed postseason experience.


The Dodgers suffered a tough series loss against the Diamondbacks, a series loss they could not afford. Meanwhile, the Rockies took advantage and swept the Phillies to take the NL West lead.




Rams beat Vikings 38-31 on Thursday Night Football last night. This was an offensive showcase, as both quarterbacks combined for 887 passing yards.


The receiving game was, as a direct result, also on point, with 5 different receivers getting at least 100 yards and 6 different receivers scoring a touchdown.




It’s homecoming weekend in Macomb, as WIU takes on Youngstown State tomorrow.


They’ll be looking to keep the momentum of the win over Montana going after their bye last week, and this should be an interesting game.


One thing to watch for will be the coaching battle between Bo Pelini and Jared Elliott.




The Bears draw Tampa at home this weekend, and this should be an exciting and interesting game without a doubt.


This is a real opportunity for the Bears defense to expose Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers offense, who haven’t seen a defense like the Bears yet.


The back-end of the Bears defense could also be in trouble, as the Buccaneers come in with one of the most talented receiver/tight end rotations in the sport.


One underrated player to watch out for on the Buccaneers could be Peyton Barber, who beat out now injured, and talented, rookie Ronald Jones for the starting job. He hasn’t gotten a lot going quite yet, but he has the talent to really open the Buccaneers’ offense.


The Bears will likely be relying on their passing attack, as the Bucs’ pass defense is atrocious, and the run defense is outstanding.


This could be the game Trubisky breaks out for real, and if he does so, it should be a very winnable game. I see this game as being an offensive firework show, and the Bears winning by a score of 35-31.



Youngstown St-Western Illinois University Preview

Homecoming pride bleeds purple and gold as the WIU Leathernecks are set to host Youngstown St.


The Leathernecks enter this game 1-2 in the season, after coming off a tremendous win over the University of Montana. In a thrilling home opener that saw Western Illinois fight adversity and battle back from being pushed in the corner. It took until primetime in the final six minutes of the game, the Leathernecks went into overdrive down 17-27. Poetry in motion was set after Western Illinois forced a three-and out at the Montana two yard line.


Then it was Steve McShane lightning quick off a punt return took it home bringing in the first touchdown. The Leathernecks saw red and wanted the ball back. Only strength and determination could be seen resonating off the defensive line as they attacked fast and hard. The first play of Montana’s was met by a forced fumble from Defensive Back Justin Fitzpatrick and recovery by fellow teammate Zach Muniz.


The Leathernecks then eventually found the end zone with another McShane touchdown with a 11-yard reception. Western ended the game with the comeback victory at 31-27 grabbing their first win in the season in front of jubilant crowd.



The Leathernecks match up to a 2-1 Youngstown St team. This game will especially be impactful to senior Justin Fitzpatrick who walks onto the field for his last homecoming game and hangs his head high doing so.


“It feels great to walk out there again luckily we’ve got homecoming wins all three of my years, I can’t wait to try to make it 4-0. Homecoming is always an exciting time a lot of people come back The whole atmosphere of Homecoming is what I look forward to."


Fitzpatrick credits the men above him for playing a pivotal role two weeks back against the Griz with 6 solo tackles and a forced fumble.


“Honestly I’m just trying to do my job out there on the field. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since I arrived here.My coaches, our defensive coach in particular, puts us in a position to make plays. I was in the right position six or seven times last game and that helped me make the right play.”


The Western locker room atmosphere has been anything but quiet since coming off the first victory over the University of Montana. Fitzpatrick gleaming with a smile said


“ Oh man, every win is big for us, we celebrate every single time no matter who beat. Last year whenever we beat Indiana State we still celebrated just due to the fact wins comes so hard for us in our conference especially against the competition we play. The

atmosphere was great, it was Coach Elliot’s first win, our defensive coordinator’s first win, it was special and we got to celebrate it with everybody.”


A 4-year Homecoming streak is not the only thing that helps moves boulders for Fitzpatrick and drives this Leatherneck team.


“Our defensive coordinator makes us all put down some drivers, what we play for out on the field. The things I play for is obviously my family, also for my friends that I grew up with and that no longer play football anymore the chance I have, the fact that I was overlooked out of high school and for all the teams that said I wasn’t good enough and, finally for my teammates out on the field because I love them more than anything, so we can win as a collective unit.”


The Leathernecks ring in Homecoming action kicking off at 3 p.m at Hanson field


WIU Homecoming vs Youngstown State PREVIEW

Homecoming is in the air once again in Macomb, this time for Western Illinois University. College homecoming brings with it a whole new set of traditions, but ultimately ends with the same result, a football game. This year, that game comes against Bo Pelini and his Penguins of Youngstown State.


One of the leaders of this team thus far has been versatile, playmaking running back, Steve McShane. Whether catching the ball or running it, McShane has been the most consistent and explosive weapon for this team all year, as he has 127 rushing yards along with 143 receiving yards on the year, and has 4 total touchdowns through three weeks. As a coach, one can only imagine the possibilities as far as play calling goes, when one has a player like Steve, and Coach Elliott is trying to be creative as possible in his usage of him.


“Oh he’s huge,” Said Elliott of his multi-faceted star, “Having a guy like Steve who can do so many different jobs and gives us the ability and the freedom to move him around, create mismatches, which is a lot of football. Not only is he a dynamic threat out of the backfield, but he also has the ability to catch in some receiver sets to use his playmaking ability. Whenever you have a guy like Steve it’s kind of a ‘hold your breath’ type of deal whenever he has the ball in his hands.”


Elsewhere on the offense, the receiving corps has been damaged not only by the recent graduations of talents like Lance Lenoir, Jaelon Acklin, and Joey Borsellino, but a pair of impactful injuries to veterans Isaiah LeSure and George Wahee. This, however, has not stopped the group from having a productive season, as player after player has stepped up to give Sean McGuire reliable weapons downfield.


“We graduate, which is the nature of college football, it’s a revolving door,” Said Elliott of his depleted, yet motivated, receiving corps, “It’s always that next man up mentality that we have. We’ve kind of been a little injury plagued our first three weeks, so I was very impressed and proud of how John Brunner has evolved. You always challenge those next guys, whoever they might be, to step up.”


Moving to the defensive side of the ball, Justin Fitzpatrick has been a revelation in the secondary. He has emerged as one of the true leaders of this defense and team as a whole, and his move from cornerback to safety seems to have gone through without a hitch. One of the most visible benefits of the move in position has been the emergence of his playmaking ability, as he’s able to play with much more freedom at safety than at cornerback.


“I tell you, [Fitzpatrick] has been unbelievable for us,” Elliott said of his defensive playmaker, “He really captains the back end for us, he’s an elite communicator, really helps our guys get lined up. He’s got a natural feel for the game and so for us, moving him inside to safety has really given him the ability to really use his talent, his ability, his leadership, and his communication skills to our advantage. He’s a very natural, instinctive football player and he’s got a way to get around the football.”


Moving into the season, Western suffered losses in its first two games, away to Montana State and away to Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before picking up a massive win over then FCS #15 Montana in their home opener on September 15. Last week was a bye week, but Head Coach Jared Elliott and his Leathernecks will look to keep their season going in a positive direction.


“The one thing I’m encouraged by is that we’ve seen steady improvement from week to week,” said Elliott of this year, “I was very pleased with how we played two weekends ago against Montana, #15 team in the country, that was a big win for our team and I think that there’s a lot to build on there as we went into the bye week.”


Now to week 2, which saw WIU head to Champaign to face the University of Illinois of the Big Ten. There will forever be a David vs. Goliath feel to games which pit an FCS team against not just an FBS team, but a Power Five team, and it seems like most of the FCS programs relish in that. A lot of these players were overlooked by the power five schools, so there’s a major chip-on-the-shoulder mentality that comes into play for these games.


“It’s always a neat experience for our guys to get to play, not only the FBS, but those power five schools,” Said Elliott of the challenge of playing Illinois, “I think it’s good for college football, not only when you can play those power five schools, but when you can play them geographically local like we had the opportunity to do against Illinois and Champaign. We’ve got over 50 guys on our roster from the state of Illinois, and they grow up with definitely a familiarity of the big ten, so it’s always a neat opportunity for our guys to compete on that stage against those kinds of programs. I was very proud of how our team played.”


The following week saw Western’s first win of the season, and one of the bigger home wins they’ve had in recent years. FCS #15 Montana was in town and leading 27-17 heading into the fourth quarter, when Steve McShane turned the game on its head with an incredible punt return touchdown run. Justin Fitzpatrick forced a fumble on Montana’s next drive, and WIU scored to take the lead for good (31-27) on an 11 yard pass to McShane. This win was huge, and showcased Elliott and McGuire’s desire to be aggressive early


“Sean McGuire is a special player, he’s even more of a special young man, and he’s got a lot of starts under his belt,” Elliott remarked on his senior QB, “He’s a three year team captain, and we just felt like we’re the type of offense that has to generate explosive plays, and we needed to be aggressive taking some vertical shots, and we were able to do that early to kind of create some momentum and some energy early in the game. It’s just a credit to Sean and a credit to our offensive line in protection, and to the guys going out there and making the plays. What I was very pleased with was that I felt like it was the first time really this year that we really put together a complete game.

Into this week, where it will be Elliott’s first WIU Homecoming as head coach. This is a special time for him and his team, as it will be the last for several players on the team. Alumni come back for the week, and celebrations occur all week as the traditions held here at Western are put out on full display. Elliott is excited to be a part of it, and is ready for it.


“Homecoming’s a special time for any team or any program,” Said Elliott of the tradition of the week, “Whenever you can bring back all the alumni, the support, the people that have been here. College football, that’s one of the great things about it, it’s a sport that’s really built around tradition and there’s a lot of tradition here at Western. Tradition that is built from the players who have played here long before and the coaches that have coached here long before we’ve been here.”


Specifically on Youngstown State, the Penguins come in having trounced Valparaiso in their most recent matchup, and have an additional win over Butler. Their lone loss came against FBS, Big 12, and top 25 ranked West Virginia, so there is not a lot to take away from that. They have a dominant runner in Tevin McCaster, along with a seasoned head coach in Bo Pelini. This will be a tough test for WIU, and they’ll need all the firepower they have to get over the top on Saturday.


“Bo Pelini does a great job,” Said Elliott of his opponent this Saturday, “They’re fast, they’re physical, they play very hard, they’re very disciplined, you can tell they’re very well coached. Really, at the end of the day it’s all about us, and there’s no question there’s certain things they do schematically that we will try to counteract.”


The game will wrap up what has been an unbelievably successful and enjoyable homecoming week here at WIU, and should be a joy of a game to watch. Kickoff for WIU vs. YSU is set for 3 PM at Hanson Field. Come out and support your Leathernecks!





MDH Hosting upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Program

McDonough District Hospital is holding a free course to commemorate Breast Cancer
Awareness month.

Dr. Ronald Rigdon, Radiologist, and Lynn Henderson, RD, LDN, from Morrison Healthcare will be
presenting the program. They will focus on proactive measures people can take to reduce their
chance of breast cancer, possible indicators and the mammography interpretation process.
They will also touch on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The event is Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in Auditoriums A and B. MDH asks that attendees RSVP by Oct.
10. For more details contact MDH Outreach Services at 309-836-1584.


Conference for Business Professionals Announced in Macomb - 10/12/18

The Macomb Business Institute will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Macomb Spoon River
College Outreach Center. The professional event begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.
Shortly after light refreshments, a keynote speaker, Gordy Taylor, will present Motivation and
You at 8:30.

Session 1 will consist of three separate subjects. The audience can choose which one they want
to partake in. Topics:


-Lincoln on Leadership in Today’s Business World with Liz Pollack

-Sexual Harassment in the Workplace with Nick Tinsman

-Servicescapes-Shaping Your Customer’s Experiences with Susan Creasey


Session 2 of the day will begin at 11:15 a.m. Topics participants can choose from:

-HR Potpourri with Laura Maas and Mike Eddy

-Leadership Styles: Getting the Most Out of Yourself and Your Employees with Cathy


Lunch will be served following the second session. Organizers encourage attendees to network
during this time. Immediately after the soup and sandwich buffet luncheon, Nikki Cain will
present her speech, Cyber Awareness for the Small Business.

Session 3 will conclude the program. Topics in this session include:

-Leveraging a Legacy Business Succession Planning with Jim Boyd

-Publicizing Your Agency: hands on Principles with Phil Weiss

-Chamber Membership 101 with Lauren Merritt.


Pre-registration and a fee is required to participate. Contact 309-833-6031 for more
information or download the brochure at to learn more.


Macomb road construction planned for next week

MACOMB -- Ameren will have N. Lafayette St from the Downtown Square to Carroll St closed
starting Oct. 1 in order to replace an electrical line.

The project will take approximately a week to complete and Ameren apologies in advance for
any inconvenience the project may cause.


Spooktacular 5K by West Prairie Middle School (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with West Prairie Students)

COLCHESTER -- Join West Prairie Middle School in their Sixth Annual Spooktacular 5K Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 13.


Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the official start time of the run is 10:00 a.m.  


To be guaranteed a T-shirt for the event be sure to sign-up before Oct. 3. The entry fee is $25 for adults and $15 for students K-12 grade.


Halloween costumes are encouraged for all ages.


For more information, visit or email



Ari's Entertainment Report! 9-27-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)



Wicked the Musical is celebrating its 15 year anniversary in a big way -- a special on NBC.


A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway will air on Oct. 29 at 10 p.m.


The special will include the current Broadway company and even feature Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.


Menzel played Elphaba and Chenoweth played Glinda in the original cast.


Ariana Grande and Pentatonix will also perform throughout the show.




Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have rekindled their love after their split.


The two stepped out on red carpet for the first time as a couple at the 2018 Gala for the Global Ocean at the Opera of Monte-Carlo in Monaco.


At the event the two could not stop giggling and looking at each other.


Hopefully, this time works out for Perry and Bloom.




Freeform will now be hosting 31 days of Halloween instead of only 13 days of Halloween.


That means that holiday movies will play from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 this year.


You can catch your favorites such as “Hocus Pocus”, “Nightmare before Christmas”, “The Haunted Mansion”, “The Addams Family”, and “Maleficent”.


Oct. 1st is only 4 days away -- get excited!




Macomb Fall Farm Tour planned for Sunday, Oct. 7

The Macomb Food Co-op presents the Fall Farm Tour on Oct. 7 from 1-5 p.m.

The event will feature farmers within a 30-mile radius of the co-op, where attendees will get
the chance to learn about the process of producing their food. The evening will also consist of
yoga, brews, hay rides and other farm-filled activities.

Rules for the evening include leaving pets at home. Entering farmers’ houses is prohibited and
so is feeding their animals without permission. Organizers urge participants to bring a cooler,
plan their route ahead of time and make time to talk to each farmer.

Visit the Farm Tour Facebook Event page for more information.


Sports Report 9-26-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)




The Cubs took a 6-0 loss to the Pirates, while the Brewers beat the Cardinals 12-4 last night, cutting the Cubs’ NL Central Division lead to just one half of one game. The Cubs have lost the first two of this series, while the Brewers have taken the first two of theirs, making tonight’s Cubs-Pirates and Cardinals-Brewers games monumentally important.


The Rockies won again as well last night (10-3 over the Phillies), cutting their deficit in the NL West to one half of one game. The Dodgers lost again, falling 4-3 against the Diamondbacks.


These 5 teams will now be battling for NL Central and West Divisional titles, as well as the two wild card spots. Add it all up, and it’s 5 teams battling for 4 spots. Only the Braves have clinched a postseason spot in the NL.


Meanwhile, the AL playoff picture is officially set with the Astros winning their 100th game of the year and clinching the AL West title. The only thing left to be decided their is where the wild card game will be held, as the Yankees only hold a 2.5 game lead over Oakland with 5 games to go.


MLB always does a great job marketing the push for the playoffs, despite the NFL dominating much of the sports news cycle in September. This race, and especially the NL’s, will be exhilarating to watch and will not be one to miss.


Football News:


#2 Clemson is switching quarterbacks this week, going from incumbent Kelly Bryant to former 5 star recruit and “heir to Deshaun Watson’s throne”, Trevor Lawrence. Bryant isn’t taking the news too well, and he missed practice Tuesday. Turmoil like this can’t be a positive for a team looking to win their conference and make the playoff for the 4th straight year.


Alabama will be slightly updating their stadium after a Tide linebacker crashed into a security guard, and ultimately a wall, last Saturday. They will be adding additional security precautions in the areas near the end zone he fell out of.




Road closures for upcoming Western Illinois University Homecoming Parade

Some local roadways will be blocked/closed this Saturday due to the Western Illinois University
Homecoming Parade. These closings will occur from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

West Jackson Street will be closed from Ward Street to Randolph Street beginning at 7 a.m.
Those participating in the event will be lining up at that location. During the parade, parking will
be prohibited on West Jackson St.

A detour of Hwy 136/67 will begin at 9:30 a.m. on West University Drive to Wigwam Hollow
Road. There will be another closing on the intersections of Johnson and Jackson Street to
Lafayette and Calhoun Street intersection.

At 10 a.m., Wigwam Hollow, traveling east on Adams Street, will also be closed for the parade.
Traffic heading southbound from the intersection of Murray St. and Western Ave will be
restricted. Traveling east to west on Grant St. is advised to avoid the parade.

The Macomb Police Department apologizes for any trouble this causes motorists during the


Flu Shot Season is upon us

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges everyone six months and older to get the
influenza (flu) vaccine as we approach peak flu activity season.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can become serious and lead to death. IDPH
stated if more people get the shot, the least likely it will spread. This will prevent infants, who
cannot get the vaccine, from getting the flu.

The flu can spread from coughing, sneezing and by a simple touch. Symptoms include a fever,
cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, and sometimes vomiting and

IDPH encourages everyone to wash their hands, cover their cough and sneeze and stay home,
in addition to getting the flu shot.


Locally, MDH offers Flu Clinic dates throughout October. Click here for a list of dates. 


Ari's Entertainment Report! 9-25-18

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 25. Continue reading for the details on Mel B, Grey’s Anatomy, and Selena Gomez.




43-year-old Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls will be remaining in therapy for PTSD from divorce with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.


The couple was together for 10 years before deciding to split.


Brown explains that she will not be checking into rehab now or anytime in the future.




Ellen Pompeo released that season 16 of the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” might be her last.


The star hints that she feels the show is coming to the end of all the stories they have been telling for the past 15 seasons.


Pompeo also goes on to talk about being ready for change and being able to “mix it up”.


The first episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” aired in 2005.




Selena Gomez is saying goodbye to Twitter, Instagram, and other sites .


The artist has officially decided to take a break from social media in order to live in the moment.


She leaves fans and followers with a message about being grateful for both the voice social media gives you and being grateful to step back.


Gomez also gives insight about negative comments made on social media and how they can hurt anyone at any time.




Lamoine Retirement Living announces upcoming open house

MACOMB -- There will be an open house on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Lamoine
Retirement Living Building.

All are welcome to come see the newly updated and renovated Lamoine Hotel that is now the
home of assisted living and memory care.

The Lamoine Retirement Living Building is located at 203 N. Randolph Street.


For more information about the building or the open house, call (309) 575-3018.


Macomb Fire Hydrant Flushing announced for next week - 10/1/18

Beginning Oct. 1, fire hydrants throughout Macomb will be flushed. This process will be done on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the Fall season.



The City of Macomb Public Works Department warns residents that discoloration of water might occur and clothes may be stained while washing them. Public Works advises to abstain from using water right away and run cold water until it is clear. Rust remover is provided at the department building, 233 Center Street.



Public Works said water pressure will drop at the result of the flushing. A “boil order” will be put into works until water is considered satisfactory by an independent laboratory.



Flushing is necessary to provide a good, clean water supply. Contact the Water Treatment Plant at 309-836-3916 with any questions.



Macomb Mayor elected President of Illinois Municipal League

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman was elected as the president of Illinois Municipal League (IML) on
Saturday. He will serve a one-year term for the organization, which provides a voice for all
Illinois communities.
“It is an honor to be the next president of this organization,” Inman said. “I look forward to
advocating on important issues for the benefit of all municipalities in Illinois.”
Inman previously held the position as IML’s First Vice President and has also worked on their
board of directors.


WIU Homecoming Schedule (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with WIU's Amy Spelman)

WIU Homecoming Week Preview


Today marks the official beginning of WIU’s homecoming week, though events have already been going since last Thursday. 


This past weekend, September 22-23, saw two Homecoming events occur, with “Paint The Town” happening the 22nd and The annual “Rocky’s Boat Regatta” occurring on the 23rd. Sunday also saw the “Chalk The Campus” event.


There are no events on tap for Monday, September 24, but Tuesday, September 25, sees the annual “Variety Show”. This is always a campus favorite and features competitions between groups of greek life organizations, and competitions between residence halls. Throughout the show, there are performances from various dance groups on campus along with singing performances, and the candidates for Greek God and Goddess and Homecoming King and Queen ramp up their campaigns.


There are no events scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, however, Thursday, September 27, sees the occurrence of the annual “Yell Like Hell” show. This event is much like “Variety Show”, in that it features group competitions between greek life organizations and residence halls, but there are no outside performances. Additionally, “Yell Like Hell” is a more cheer-style competition, with several of the participants incorporating tumbling acts and vocal chants into their performances.


The annual “Spirit Game” happens Friday, September 28. This year, WIU has chosen Women’s Soccer as the game for this event. WIU Athletics is marketing this as a “Purple Out”, encouraging all who attend to wear purple.


Homecoming Day, Saturday, September 29, begins with the “Old Stompin’ Ground Runaround” 5K run/1.5 mile walk at 8 AM. Following this, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 10:30, and this will be followed by the ramping up of the Homecoming tailgate.


Homecoming begins its descent at 3 PM with the occurrence of the Homecoming Football Game, the final event on the calendar. This year WIU faces Youngstown State and former Nebraska Head Coach, Bo Pelini.




Moon over Macomb

Moon over Macomb will be presented on Oct. 20 in downtown Macomb. The event will feature
the Farmers Market, costume parade, Haunted Museum and other Halloween activities for all
Moon over Macomb will have the WIU Theatre students perform mini-plays of your favorite
Halloween books. Families are welcome to stay for as many interactive stories as they want.
The event will host Squeeze to Please owner, Julie Hood. She will be cooking caramel apples,
hot cider, coffee and more.
Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry said she and other organizers have been
working hard to make this year’s Moon over Macomb the best one yet.
For more details about Moon over Macomb, visit their facebook page


Sports Report 9-24-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/24/18




The bears won a difficult game with Arizona yesterday, with the final score being 16-14. They needed a late field goal from kicker Cody Parkey to take the lead, as they had trailed 14-0 almost immediately out of the gate.


The defense stepped up once again, and it was the trio of Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith (rookie), and Khalil Mack who shone on Sunday. Mack had another sack/fumble combo, becoming the first player to have a sack and a fumble in 3 straight games since he himself did it in weeks 12-14 of 2016.


Offensively, the Bears had another “just enough to win” performance, as consistency was hard to come by. Arizona’s defense played the way many thought they would coming into the season, and they caused Trubisky fits all game long. Jordan Howard had the team’s lone touchdown, and he led the team in all purpose yards with 81.


All in all, it’s great to come away from three weeks in which the offense struggled as much as they did with a 2-1 record. You’d like to see the learning process for this offense go a little more smoothly than it has so far, but it’s nice for Trubisky, Nagy, and Helfrich to be able to get through the “feeling it out” phase while winning games.


Next week, the Bears draw the surprising 2-0 (their third game comes tonight against the Steelers) Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have been led by the downright shocking play of Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick and their scary receiving core. The Bears’ secondary will be tested harder than they have been all season when they take on Desean Jackson, Mike Evans, and OJ Howard.


Rest of NFL:


The NFC North’s play could not have gone better for Bears fans yesterday, as the Packers and Vikings both suffered shockingly bad losses. The Vikings were down 27-0 at halftime against the Bills and were not able to recover, as Kirk Cousins managed one meager touchdown on 55 passing attmepts. On the Packers’ side of things, they lost in blowout fashion, 31-17, to the Redskins. The lack of talent around Aaron Rodgers becomes more and more evident by the week, as they had nothing working Sunday. With every performance like this, Mike McCarthy’s seat becomes hotter.


Elsewhere, what shaped up to be a great quarterback battle between the Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes) and 49’ers (Jimmy Garropolo) was ruined when “Jimmy G” went down with an apparent ACL injury, and was carted off the field.


The Saints won an absolute thriller of a game with the Falcons, 43-37, in Overtime. The Saints got huge plays all game out of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, who combined for 253 receiving yards. To put that in perspective, Drew Brees had 396 passing yards total.


Around the rest of the league, Matt Patricia picked up his first win over his former boss as the Lions beat the Patriots on Sunday Night Football, 26-10. Kerryon Johnson became the first Lions running back with a 100-yard game since Reggie Bush in 2013. Following this game, a report came out suggesting Rob Gronkowski may have quit football if he was traded by the Patriots last offseason. It was rumored a package was on the table but pulled back by New England.


The Dolphins got to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 with a 28-20 win over Oakland.


Carson Wentz picked up a win in his first start since last December, Sunday, throwing a touchdown pass. The Eagles beat the Colts 20-16.


Christian McCaffery had nearly 200 yards of total offense as the Panthers beat the Bengals 31-21.


Lastly, Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the Buccaneers into a Monday Night Football matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight. The Steelers, as of yesterday, are listening to offers on estranged running back Le’Veon Bell.


Tiger Woods:


Tiger Woods picked up his 80th career PGA Tour win yesterday, holding off a pack of competitors at the Tour Championship Tournament in Atlanta.


Woods finished -11 and held a 3 shot lead after 54 holes for the 24th time in 24 tries for his career.


The win strengthens his hold on second place in the all-time PGA Tour Wins list, 2 behind Sam Snead with 82.





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.