Macomb Local News

Chamber Of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting for Mural

Macomb, IL---The Ambassador Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on July 23 for the new community mural located on the side of the Old Dairy building at 210 S. Lafayette Street in Downtown Macomb.

 

Made possible by a $2,000 grant awarded to Downtown Development via the Western Illinois University Performing Arts Society, the community building arts project was a collaborative effort between artists from Macomb and Western Illinois University’s Department of Art, The Old Dairy, City of Macomb Downtown Development, and the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 

The mural started with a basic black and white outline, upon which the entire community was invited to help paint in the corresponding colors to complete the vivid design.

 

Special recognition goes out to Bill Howard (Western Illinois University’s Department of Art Professor), Michael Mahoney (Professor Emeritus WIU Department of Art Professor), Ashley Derry and Andrea Kliffmiller (WIU Art Students), Emily & Marc Gamage (Owners of The Old Dairy), Kristin Terry (Downtown Development), Jock Hedblade (Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau), and the many volunteers who made this project possible.

 

For more information: Contact Kristin Terry, City of Macomb Downtown Development Director at (309) 575-3015 or email kterry@cityofmacomb.com

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Pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death confirmed in Macomb

Macomb, IL-- Emerald ash borer, Japanese beetles, bush honeysuckle, purple loosestrife, chestnut blight. These listed items are all types of invasive species, which have dramatically altered our landscape. An invasive species can be a non-native insect, plant, disease, or animal that causes environmental damage, economic harm, or impacts human health in a negative way. Those pests listed above is just a highlight of a growing list of invasive species that threaten the stability of our native ecosystems and developed landscapes.

 

It may not come as a surprise that I am back, taking up valuable digital space to tell you of another potentially devastating non-native disease that attacks oak trees – Sudden Oak Death or Phytophthora ramorum. The name Phytophthora (Fie-TOF-ther-uh) means "plant destroyer" and is a family of water mold fungi that has played a major role in human history. Remember the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s? That was Phytophthora infestans, commonly known as potato late blight.

 

Phytophthora ramorum or P. ramorum is known to infect over 30 different plant species including witch hazel, viburnums, horse chestnut, lilacs, and rhododendrons. When these plants are infected the disease is called Ramorum Blight and it may not be fatal but will cause bark cankers, leaf spots, and twig dieback. When oaks are infected with P. ramorum it is termed Sudden Oak Death, because, for several oak species, this disease will quickly kill the tree.

P. ramorum has ravaged West Coast forests attacking seven different species of oak. Leaving behind barren vistas of dead trees.

 

You may be thinking, "At least this disease is way over in California and not in Illinois." Unfortunately, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has confirmed P. ramorum throughout the state on infected plant material at big box garden centers. Macomb, Illinois is one of those locations that had plants confirmed with P. ramorum.

 

How did it get here? Most of the landscape plants we purchase at garden centers are grown on the West Coast. Regulators monitor growers to make sure a disease like P. ramorum doesn't spread across the country, but often with these things, it is only a matter of time before a mistake occurs and the disease is able to spread.

 

To date in Illinois, the only infected plant material that tested positive for P. ramorum are rhododendrons and lilacs sold at Walmart, HyVee, and Rural King in 2019. If you purchased these plants and are seeing signs of Ramorum Blight (dark brown spots on leaves or branch tips) contact Illinois Department of Ag or your local Extension office for guidance. Officials do not want people to dispose of these plants in compost or landfills where the disease could spread.

 

There is no reason to panic, as this disease hasn't been found in any of our native oaks yet. We even aren't quite sure which species of oak would be more at risk or if any would be resistant. Based on the oaks infected out west, it is thought that northern red oak and pin oak may be more susceptible. Until Sudden Oak Death is confirmed in your local area, there is no reason to pursue treatment of your oak trees.

 

Some good news – Just because P. ramorum thrives on the West Coast, does not mean it will succeed in the Midwest. There are many factors of our Illinois climate that could prevent this disease from establishing. We can grow a lot here in Central Illinois. Hopefully, the disease Sudden Oak Death isn't one of them.

 

Good Growing Tip of the Week: The plant pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death has been found in 10 counties throughout Illinois. Contact your local Extension office if you purchased rhododendrons or lilacs from HyVee, Walmart, or Rural King in 2019.

 

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Registration Open for 2019 Fallen Soldiers 5K

 

 

On Saturday, September 21, WIU will host the 8th annual Fallen Soldiers 5K run, with this year’s edition paying special tribute to two of WIU’s own fallen: Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin. The proceedings will begin at 8:30 AM with a ceremony in Western Hall, and the race itself will begin at 9 AM in front of Western Hall on University Drive.

 

WIU has raised more than $112,000 for the Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund through this race, and with annual participants numbering 500 or more, it is the largest such event in McDonough County.

 

Early-bird registration is open till September 2nd, costs $25, and guarantees a t shirt and finisher medal. After this date, registration will cost $35. This year will see a new addition to the registration process, WIU students will be able to register for $10 all the way through race day.

 

Additionally, for a $50 donation, Honor A Vet sponsors may honor a friend or family member who has served or is currently serving in the military. Each honoree will have his/her name, rank and military branch listed on a sign to be placed along “Veteran’s Row”. More information on how to become an Honor A Vet sponsor, and on how to register for the actual race, can be found by visiting http://wiu.edu/fallensoldiers or by emailing mailto:fallensoldiers5k@wiu.edu. 

 

The full story, written by WIU News, can be found here.

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Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation Launches New Electronic Filing System

DES MOINES — Today, the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation launched a web-based filing system for attorneys, workers, employers, and insurers. The new Workers’ Compensation Electronic System (WCES) will allow the Division to transition from paper filing to electronic filing.

 

“WCES will bring the Iowa work comp system into the 21st century,” said Commissioner Joseph Cortese II, Iowa Workers’ Compensation. “The new system will be easier to access for Iowans. Electronic filing will also help the agency operate more efficiently.”

 

Key features of the new system include:

  • Web-based access for users
  • Individual user accounts
  • 24-hour e-filing capability
  • Email notifications of agency decisions and filings

For more information about the new system, visit www.IowaWorkComp.gov

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Stephen Julstrom Honors Late Parents with Endowed Scholarships

MACOMB, IL - - Stephen Julstrom and his wife, WIU alumna Carmen Agoyo Silva Julstrom, recently honored his late parents, Clifford A. and Rosa Julstrom, by endowing the two scholarships they established.

The Julstrom Music Scholarship and the Julstrom Foreign Language Scholarship were established in February 1987 by Clifford A. and Rosa Julstrom. 

Stephen grew up in Macomb, attending the Western Lab School K-12. Carmen, who is a Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts (currently Bachelor of Arts in General Studies) and Master of Arts in Sociology alumna, and Stephen have a close relationship to WIU and chose to honor his parents with the endowment. 

"They wanted their legacy to help students pursue their goals and dreams with less financial constraints," said Stephen. "They believed in music education for everyone. These scholarships are in line with their beliefs that music can and should enrich everyone's lives, not just those who choose it as a profession. They also believed that it was very important that we all become aware of and part of a broader world, which is part of why they created the Julstrom Foreign Language Scholarship."

Clifford came to WIU in 1936 and served as the chair of the music department from 1949-69. During his time, the music department and Western experienced rapid growth. He organized and directed the first WIU Symphony Orchestra (known then as the Western Civic Orchestra). Rosa was an independent piano teacher in Macomb for 60 years. 

Both Clifford and Rosa studied music from an early age. At age 16, Clifford left Des Moines, IA to study violin in Chicago. He came to Western in 1936. In 1943, he was drafted into Army Band Director School and directed the 65th Division Army band. After the war, he met Rosa while he was earning his Ph.D. in music composition and she was earning her master's degree in music theory, both at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. After New York, Clifford returned to Western and his wife followed shortly after. 

"I give my father credit for establishing a comprehensive music program at the lab school," Stephen said. "While he was at Western, he not only organized the first symphony orchestra, he also established a summer music camp for area high school kids, as well as a foundation and legacy for music. My mom was also very involved with the music department; she often provided accompaniment for faculty musicians and was a substitute teacher when needed.

"I credit both of my parents for giving my brother, Bryant, and me a solid foundation in music and providing many opportunities for growth. Even though neither of us went into music professionally, music has remained an important part of our lives."

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GAO to Evaluate Effectiveness of "Move Over" Laws to Protect First Responders Following Push from Duckworth, Durbin, Fischer & Bustos

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — In response to a request from U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced they will conduct a new study to review the effectiveness of our country’s “Move Over” laws, which are designed to protect first responders who are doing their duty and may be stopped alongside busy roads. The letter, sent earlier this month, asked GAO to evaluate the effectiveness of such laws in light of persistent motor accidents on highways and major roads that have taken the lives of first responders. Three Illinois State Police troopers have been killed already this year after being struck by vehicles: Troopers Gerald Ellis, Brooke Jones-Story and Christopher Lambert.

 

“According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, traffic-related incidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death among on-duty law enforcement officers,” the Members of Congress wrote in their initial letter. “Since 2009, more than 122 law enforcement officers have been struck by vehicles and killed while they were stopped along highways.”

 

“‘Move Over’ laws are designed to protect emergency responders, workers and others who are stopped on the side of the road by requiring motorists to shift lanes and/or slow down,” they continued. “However, states continue to report numerous incidents of drivers failing to move over and crashing into emergency responders and others.”

 

The Members of Congress asked GAO to review the effectiveness of current laws, the challenges states face in implementing these laws and how the federal government can help states educate the public to avoid these preventable tragedies. GAO notified Duckworth, Durbin, Fischer and Bustos that they will conduct a study in the coming months.

 

As the Ranking Member of the Senate Transportation & Safety Subcommittee, Duckworth has been a strong advocate of transportation safety across the country. Last year, she introduced the School Bus Safety Act along with Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) to keep students safe and prevent accidents involving school buses. Earlier this year, Duckworth secured commitments from top transportation officials and stakeholders to address important train safety and performance issues.

 

A full copy of the letter sent several weeks ago is available online here.

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Employers must provide important health and safety information

SPRINGFIELD -- Workers have specific rights aimed at protecting them while on the job and providing for a safe and healthy work environment. To help ensure they know those rights, all public sector employers are required to prominently post the Illinois Department of Labor’s Job Safety and Health poster.

 

“It is important that employers display this poster where their workers will see it on a regular basis,” said Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik.

Illinois OSHA, a division of the state Department of Labor, covers public-sector employers in the state. In Illinois, most private employers fall under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction, which also requires the display of a similar poster.

 

The poster provides a summary of employees’ rights, for example:

• You have the right to notify your employer or IDOL about workplace hazard. You can remain confidential upon request.


• You have the right to see IDOL citations issued to your employer.


• You have the right to request an IDOL inspection if you believe that there are unsafe or unhealthy working conditions.

 

And it also addresses employers’ responsibilities:

• You must furnish your employees a place of employment free from recognized hazards.


• You must comply with the occupational safety and health standards issued under this Act.
• You must post any citations issued by IDOL at or near the place of the violation(s).

 

The poster also notifies employers that they are required to orally report all work-related fatalities to Illinois OSHA within eight hours and report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours at the Illinois OSHA hotline – 217-782-7860.

 

Here is a link to the state safety poster: https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/safety/Documents/ILOSHASafetyHealthPosterEnglish01162019.pdf

 

Here is a link to the federal OSHA safety poster: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/poster.html

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"A Taste of Archives: The Love Letters of William and Jane Standard" Aug. 24 at WIU

MACOMB, IL - - The Western Illinois University Library Archives will offer another installment of "A Taste of Archives" at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The event is a unique opportunity to learn more about work at the University and local Civil War history, while enjoying a five-course themed meal from the sixth floor of the Leslie F. Malpass Library. 

At this year's event, the theme will be "A Taste of Archives: The Love Letters of William and Jane Standard." WIU History Professor Tim Roberts will lead a discussion celebrating local Civil War history. Beautiful views of the WIU campus will accompany the conversation based on Roberts' latest book, "This Infernal War: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard," with original letters written by the couple, from Lewistown, IL, who relied on their love and commitment to survive the war. 

A five-course southern hospitality meal will be served, with choices including sarsaparilla ginger BBQ pork, cherry bourbon glazed flank steak or cabbage stuffed with butternut squash as the main course options. The meal will be accompanied by General Ulysses S. Grant's drink of choice, bourbon whiskey, as well as a cash bar.

Because of the intimate setting for the event, limited seating is available. Tickets are $50 per person, and checks can be made payable to the WIU Foundation. Registration, which can be done until Friday, Aug. 16, can be completed online at wiu.edu/alumni or contact University Libraries Director of Development Suzanna Woodward at S-Woodward@wiu.edu or (309) 298-2356.

 

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Ball Fore Closed due to Extreme Heat

Macomb, IL--Due to extreme heat conditions, Ball Fore will not open today and tomorrow, Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

Moonlite Mini-golf scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2019 is also cancelled.

 

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Congresswoman Bustos Helps Pass Raise the Wage Act

ASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass the Raise the Wage Act. This legislation would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025 and give more than 33 million hardworking Americans a raise. Additionally, this bill would lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty, including 600,000 children.  

 

“All across our region, I hear from hardworking men and women who haven’t gotten a raise in years – because too often, Washington works for the wealthy few instead of the hardworking men and women who power this country,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’m proud of Gov. Pritzker’s leadership raising the minimum wage in our state and, by giving 33 million Americans a much-needed raise, this legislation would make sure this important progress isn’t limited to Illinois. In Congress, I’ll continue to stay laser-focused on growing Illinoisans’ paychecks and creating good-paying jobs that can support a family.”

 

The last federal minimum wage increase was 10 years ago – the longest stretch without an increase in U.S. history. Further, one in nine American workers are paid wages that leave them living in poverty – even while working full-time and year-round. This legislation will not only help workers but will also boost the economy. By putting money back in the pockets of workers and their families, spending in households with minimum wage workers increased, on average, at least $700 per quarter, according to economic research.

 

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Stay Cool and Safe at the Pool

Springfield, Ill- Pools are a favorite destination for many Illinoisans to cool off during the hot summer months. Extremely hot and muggy weather is forecast across Illinois to end the week into the weekend meaning many people will head to the pool. It’s important to follow all posted rules and to pay attention to your children. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In 2018 between Memorial Day and Labor Day, at least 148 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas according to the USA Swimming Foundation across the United States. In Illinois during that same time period, 6 children under the age of 15 drown.

 

A national public education campaign run by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) called Pool Safety was launched in 2010. This campaign was mandated by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and helps provide safety information that parents, caregivers and pool owners should take into consideration to ensure safety in and around pools and spas. This act was named after Virginia Graeme Baker, a seven-year-old girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by a powerful suction from a hot tube drain. Here are some simple steps to keep children safer in and around the water:

 

• Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas. Always check to make sure the gate is locked or closed when leaving the pool or spa!


• Keep the pool and deck clear of floats, balls and toys after you leave the pool.


• Always swim with a buddy.


• Designate an adult Water Watcher to supervise children at all times around the water. Stay off your phone, put your book down, and pay attention to whoever is in or around the water! 


• Never leave a child unattended in or near water.


• Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim


• Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults


• Teach children to stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments


• Ensure any pool or spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards. If you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safer drain covers.

 

Take the Pool Safety Pledge by visiting: www.poolsafety.gov/pledge.

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Chance the Snapper Bobblehead Unveiled

Milwaukee, WI – July 18, 2019 – Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a limited edition bobblehead featuring Chance the Snapper, the alligator who captivated the nation as it avoided capture in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon for over a week.

 

The bobbleheads feature Chance the Snapper partially submerged in water with a danger sign across the back of the base. They are now available for pre-order in the Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store for $25 each plus a flat rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to arrive in October. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered and come in a collector’s box. Chance’s head and tail will both bobble, and his name, Humboldt Park Lagoon, and the dates of his stay in the Lagoon will be included on the base.

 

Chance the Snapper is a five-foot-long alligator that was found swimming in the Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago on the evening of July 9, 2019. Chicago residents were mesmerized by the elusive gator who somehow avoided capture for a week. After several unsuccessful attempts from local authorities, including a volunteer from the Chicago Herpetological Society, an alligator expert was flown in from Florida. After nearly 36 sleepless hours, expert Frank Robb emerged from the lagoon with the gator. Chance the Snapper is currently looking for his forever home at a local zoo or sanctuary.

 

“Since Chance the Snapper is going to be heading to a new home soon, we wanted a way for everyone to be able to bring a mini Chance into their home, and a bobblehead is the perfect way to do that,” said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “We encourage Chance’s fans to snap up a bobblehead during the presale as production is starting now and a limited number will be produced.”

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Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled in Two Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

FULTON SCHUYLER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF CANTON AND RUSHVILLE. 

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Thunderstorm Watch Canceled

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 1 COUNTY

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

MCDONOUGH

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF MACOMB. 

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Severe Thunderstorm Cancelled in 3 Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 3 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

HANCOCK HENDERSON WARREN

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF CARTHAGE, MONMOUTH, AND OQUAWKA. 

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Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled In Two Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

ADAMS IL BROWN IL

IN MISSOURI THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

KNOX MO LEWIS MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF MOUNT STERLING AND QUINCY.SALLY 

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Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled In Two Counties

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

ADAMS IL BROWN IL

IN MISSOURI THIS CANCELS 2 COUNTIES

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

KNOX MO LEWIS MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF MOUNT STERLING AND QUINCY.SALLY 

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Thunder Storm Watch Extended (IL)

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 517 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS
EVENING

IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS

MONTGOMERY IL

IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS

CALHOUN IL GREENE IL MACOUPIN IL

IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 2 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI

LINCOLN MO

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

PIKE MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF BOWLING GREEN AND LITCHFIELD.SALLY

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect

The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
Northwestern Calhoun County in southwestern Illinois...
Greene County in southwestern Illinois...
Pike County in west central Illinois...
Northwestern Macoupin County in southwestern Illinois...
Southeastern Adams County in west central Illinois...
Brown County in west central Illinois...
Northeastern Ralls County in northeastern Missouri...
Southeastern Marion County in northeastern Missouri...
Pike County in northeastern Missouri...

* Until 500 PM CDT.

* At 411 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from 6 miles east of Mount Sterling to near Griggsville
to Spaulding, moving southeast at 55 mph.

HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...
Hannibal, Bowling Green, Pittsfield, Louisiana, White Hall,
Carrollton, Mount Sterling, Roodhouse, Barry, Griggsville,
Greenfield, New London, Hardin, Pleasant Hill, Atlas, Eolia,
Clarksville, Athensville, Frankford and Pike.

This includes Interstate 72 between exits 10 and 35.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

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(IA) Thunderstorm Watch Cancelled

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 515
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
237 PM CDT WED JUL 17 2019THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 515 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN IOWA THIS CANCELS 9 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL IOWA

GRUNDY HARDIN JASPER
MARSHALL POLK STORY

IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA

CLARKE MARION WARREN

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ACKLEY, AMES, CARLISLE, CONRAD,
DES MOINES, DIKE, ELDORA, GRUNDY CENTER, INDIANOLA, IOWA FALLS,
KNOXVILLE, MARSHALLTOWN, NEWTON, NORWALK, OSCEOLA, PELLA,
REINBECK, AND WELLSBURG.REV 

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Thunderstorm Warning In Effect Until 4:30 pm

.A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 430 PM CDT FOR EASTERN HANCOCK...SOUTHERN HENDERSON...SOUTHERN WARREN AND MCDONOUGH COUNTIES.

 

At 346 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Raritan to near Fandon to Golden, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.

 

IMPACT: Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include... Macomb, Carthage, Bushnell, Colchester, La Harpe, Stronghurst, Avon, Blandinsville, Augusta, Bowen, Industry, Good Hope, Prairie City, Carman, Terre Haute, Bardolph, West Point, Raritan, Tennessee and Sciota.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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

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Thunder Storm Watch Until 4:30 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL 327 PM CDT

 

Wed Jul 17 2019

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Hancock County in west central Illinois... Southern Henderson County in west central Illinois... Southern Warren County in west central Illinois... McDonough County in west central Illinois... * Until 430 PM CDT.

 

* At 326 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Carman to near Carthage to 6 miles east of Canton, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.

 

SOURCE...Radar indicated. Trained spotters have reported 50 to 60 mph winds with these storms.

 

IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include... Macomb, Carthage, Bushnell, Hamilton, Colchester, La Harpe, Dallas City, Stronghurst, Avon, Blandinsville, Augusta, Bowen, Industry, Good Hope, Prairie City, Carman, Terre Haute, Bardolph, West Point and Ferris. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

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Stewart Named to Cecil P. McDonough Professorship at WIU

Moline/Macomb IL -- The Cecil P. McDonough Professorship in Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology  has just been awarded Marketing and Management Professor Susan Stewart for 2019-2021.

 

The Cecil P. McDonough Endowed Professorship in Business which was designed to recognize the highest level of scholarships and University instruction by providing support for faculty income, research, instruction materials, and professional development. The Cecil P. and Helen McDonough Academic Development Fund provides a long range of academic program support. As a result will  support the innovative instruction for all research projects. 

 

McDonough completed his business career in Indianapolis in 1983. He named WIU as the beneficiary of a $1.4 million charitable remainder trust to establish an academic development fund. McDonough's has a connection  to WIU through former WIU Foundation Board President Jim Garner.

 

McDonough and Garner's mother grew up in the same town, and at Garner's mother's funeral service, McDonough  introduced himself as the Foundation Board president. The two had similar stories about Garner's mother and learned that they had similar interest in the insurance business. A bond of  friendship grew and the two began exchanging letters. Garner mentioned to McDonough that him along with other WIU representatives are seeking private support for the College of Business and suggested that such a project might be worthy of McDonough's consideration. 

 

Just prior to Memorial Day in 1983, Garner received a note from McDonough indicating he was in failing health; and in a follow-up telephone conversation later, McDonough told Garner he had made some estate plans and would be willing to meet with WIU Foundation staff for possible provisions to Western. The meeting resulted in the endowed professorship -- the first for the WIU College of Business and Technology -- and the academic development fund. McDonough died in June 1983.

 

To qualify for the McDonough Professorship, faculty members must conduct outstanding research, teaching and/or public service that is widely recognized; exhibit an extraordinary level of productivity and impact in his/her field of study that goes beyond the existing expectations for full professors; have a level of productivity and impact that has been demonstrated for an extended period of time; and serve as a role model for faculty and students. 

 

Stewart has earned a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has been teaching human resource management (HRM) and management courses at WIU ever since. She founded the HRM Program at the Quad Cities campus, and is actively involved in placing students into internships and jobs as well as serving as an advisor to the award winning student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.  She also teaches a study abroad course titled "Business Practices and Culture of Ireland," which includes a one-week trip to Dublin, Ireland.  

 

Stewart  published many journal articles, book chapters, business cases, magazine articles and actively present papers at professional conferences. Her research showed in publications such as the books "Counterproductive Workplace Behavior" and "Human Resource Management: An Experiential Approach" as well as in journals such as the "Journal of Applied Psychology," "Journal of Organizational Behavior," "Journal of Management," "International Journal of Selection and Assessment," "Journal for Human Resources Education" and "Educational and Psychological Measurement."

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WIU to Co-Host 2019 Mississippian Conference July 27

LEWISTOWN, IL – Western Illinois University and the Illinois State Museum will co-host the 2019 Mississippian Conference from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Dickson Mounds Museum.

Admission is $5 and can be paid upon arrival at the conference. The event is open to the public. Registration is from 8:30-9 a.m. and presentations begin at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided and lunch options are available in Havana and Lewistown from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Presentations by archaeologists about their research and excavations related to the Mississippian culture will be given throughout the day. Excavation sites include Cahokia, Dickson Mounds, Kincaid, Star Bridge, Orendorf, Orr-Herl and Ten Mile Creek (also known as Hildemeyer). Discussion topics will include excavation updates; new views provided by LiDAR laser remote sensing, drone imagery and geophysical surveys; new analyses of artifacts from old collections; and the latest perspectives on the spread of Mississippian culture into the Late Woodland populations of the Central Illinois River Valley, based on almost nine decades of archaeological study.  

The Dickson Mounds Museum exhibits 12,000 years of human history in the Illinois River Valley, focusing on the nearby Woodland and Mississippian mounds. The Mississippian cultural tradition thrived from around AD 1000 to 1400 in the Midwest, and was characterized by large permanent agricultural settlements, often with a number of platform temple mounds arranged around plazas, and smaller moundless villages scattered around the larger sites. 

The subject matter will be of interest to the general public, students and professional archaeologists. 

The Dickson Mounds Museum, part of the Illinois State Museum system, is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. For more information, visit illinoisstatemuseum.org. 

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Bustos Raises $475,000 in Q2

MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced raising nearly $475,000 in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019 – ending with more than $2.3 million cash-on-hand. Showing strong grassroots support, nearly 90 percent of contributions to Congresswoman Bustos were under $100 and the average online contribution was under $13.

 

“With nearly 90 percent of contributions coming from small-dollar donors, Cheri is demonstrating strong enthusiasm and true grassroots support across Illinois’ 17th District – setting her up for success in 2020,” said Denise Mousouris, Friends of Cheri Bustos National Finance Director. “In Congress, she’s kept a relentless focus on results, working to pass 10 bills to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. Let’s be clear – extreme politicians are working overtime to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, but Cheri will continue pushing for commonsense solutions that protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and bring down costs for Illinois families.”

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