MACOMB -- The annual “Friend of Agriculture” award from the Illinois Farm Bureau was presented to Assistant House Minority Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) on Tuesday at the Old Dairy in Macomb for her support of farmers, a safe food system, and a strong agricultural business environment.
“I consider it one of the highest honors as a legislator to have the respect of farmers,” Rep. Hammond said. She also added before the award was presented, "Agriculture is the state’s #1 industry and when it grows, we all benefit."
Illinois’ 72,200 farms are on average 358 acres of land, which stretch almost 27 million acres over the state and produce above $19 billion for Illinois’ economy each year.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) presents their Inaugural Central Illinois Team Hope Walk. The event is planned for Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Bloomington to advocate for those affected by Huntington’s Disease.
The genetic disorder is incurable and disrupts a person’s daily activities. HDSA’s mission is to spread the word about the disease through Hope Walk and other events.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the walk offers a fun-filled day of conversation and music as walkers reflect on those affected by Huntington’s Disease. The organization urges participants to bring lawn chairs and non-alcoholic beverages for the day.
A ribbon cutting was held yesterday for the West Jackson McDonald’s yesterday to commemorate their newly renovated facility. The Ambassadors Committee of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce held the ceremony to reflect on the new dining area, self-ordering kiosks and additional menu items.
According to co-owners Blake and Alison Kosanovich, future plans include remodeling the East side McDonalds and hiring more employees. For more information contact 309-825-8010 or visit their website at http://www.mcdonalds.com.
First Human West Nile Virus Death In Illinois For 2018
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018. A LaSalle County resident over 65 years who became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West Nile virus has died.
“Although we’re moving toward the end of summer, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”
Last year IDPH reported the first human West Nile virus death in Illinois on September 29, 2017. During 2017, there were 90 human West Nile virus cases, including eight deaths. IDPH is currently reporting 22 human cases. West Nile virus positive results in humans, birds, mosquitoes, and/or horses have been reported in 58 counties this year.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness.
Remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten.
• Minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes transmitting West Nile virus are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
• When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
• Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flowerpots and wading pools every couple days.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the IDPH website.
Severe Weather Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
901 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018
Hancock IL-Henderson IL-Warren IL-McDonough IL-
901 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018
...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 930 PM CDT
FOR HANCOCK...HENDERSON...WARREN AND MCDONOUGH COUNTIES...
At 901 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Little York to West Point, moving east at 35 mph.
HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.
SOURCE...Trained weather spotters.
IMPACT...Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile
homes, roofs, and outbuildings.
Locations impacted include...
Burlington, Macomb, Keokuk, Monmouth, Carthage, Oquawka, Nauvoo,
Bushnell, Hamilton, Warsaw, Colchester, La Harpe, Roseville, Dallas
City, Stronghurst, Kirkwood, Blandinsville, Augusta, Bowen and
This is a DANGEROUS SITUATION. These storms are producing widespread
wind damage. SEEK SHELTER NOW inside a sturdy structure and stay
away from windows.
Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to
flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
LAT...LON 4020 9150 4035 9145 4040 9137 4049 9135
4055 9141 4061 9134 4066 9113 4082 9109
4093 9096 4106 9094 4106 9044 4028 9045
4028 9091 4019 9091
TIME...MOT...LOC 0201Z 256DEG 31KT 4104 9073 4025 9117
MACOMB-- With the holiday weekend approaching, Illinois State Police (ISP) advises travelers to drive responsibly.
The ISP will be on the lookout for the fatal four – driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, distracted driving and failure to use a seat belt – this Labor Day. Officials will be immensely trying to prevent these key causes of fatalities on the roadways.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign launched earlier this month. Its focus is to be proactive in stopping deaths due to impairment by putting additional patrol officers on duty.
“Our goal as a District for the weekend is zero fatalities,” said ISP District 17 Captain Jon Dively. “Troopers will be out in force targeting DUI, texting and speeding violations. We also encourage everyone to allow extra time to reach their destination due to the threat of inclement weather. We wish everyone an enjoyable weekend and safe travels.”
The ISP is expecting increased traffic this weekend. They urge motorists to allow extra time to get to their destination.
MACOMB – Today, Mayor Inman and the Flags of Love Committee announced that the Flags of Love will be on display again in Chandler Park on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club members are volunteering and invite anyone else who wants to help out to join them in putting the flags on display.
In the event of inclement weather, there will be a red ribbon on a pole on the southeast corner of Chandler Park to indicate a cancellation.
SPRINGFIELD-- The Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) today made Illinois the first and only state in the nation to receive approval for a revised Essential Health Benefit– benchmark. The new Access to Care and Treatment Plan includes measures to decrease opioid addiction and expand access to mental health services across Illinois.
“The Access to Care and Treatment (ACT) Plan is a critical component in the state’s efforts to provide adequate and compassionate mental health treatment, and combat the opioid crisis,” said IDOI Director Jennifer Hammer. “This isn’t just about rules and regulations, it’s about not giving up on people.”
Individual and small group insurance markets in Illinois rely on the Essential Health Benefit (EHB)-benchmark plan to outline the basic benefits that health plans cover. IDOI partnered with clinicians and researchers to identify changes to the existing plan that would address mental health and substance use disorders.
The IDOI then made five revisions to the existing EHB plan based on research, expert recommendations, and feedback from two public comment periods. Beginning in 2020, private health insurance companies in Illinois offering plans on the individual and small group market will be required to:
• Cover alternative therapies for pain
• Limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain
• Remove barriers to obtaining Buprenorphine products for medically assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder
• Cover prescriptions for at least one intranasal spray opioid reversal agent when initial prescriptions of opioids are dosages of 50MME or higher
• Cover tele-psychiatry care by both a prescriber and a licensed therapist
“The scope and ambition of these new benefits are impressive,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah. “The ACT Plan supports our mission to promote the health of the people of Illinois by providing additional resources to prevent and treat opioid use disorder.”
These changes will give the people of Illinois healthcare opportunities that other states around the country still wait upon.
“These changes to the benchmark are another step forward to ensuring the people of Illinois have access to comprehensive, quality mental health care,” said Dr. Kari Wolf, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the SIU School of Medicine. “These changes also build opportunities for us in the medical field to tackle the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities.”
Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital today revealed their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). John Kessler has been chosen to take over and fulfill CEO duties. Mr. Kessler has vast experience from serving over 18 years in management positions. He first started working at Mercy Hospital in Washington, MO, and then moved to Lincoln County Medical Center, now Mercy Hospital, where he was named Chief Operating Officer. During his time there he converted a 61-bed hospital into a critical access hospital. From there, Mr. Kessler went to Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL, serving as VP of General Services, and then as VP of Ancillary Services. His latest position was CEO at Salem Township Hospital.
Mr. Kessler brings years of experience to Culbertson and is looking forward to the future.
“I have always enjoyed small town healthcare and the personal level of care each patient is able to receive. It is important in my role as CEO to make sure we are connecting our community with the services they need and that our staff are providing quality, consistent care to every patient,” Kessler said. “I believe in focusing on accountability and results to ensure our employees are working towards the same goal. I look forward to working with the employees, medical staff and board of directors at Culbertson to improve the delivery of care to our patients and the communities we serve.”
Culbertson Memorial Hospital Board Chairman, Gregg Snyder said, “Mr. Kessler’s extensive experience in Critical Access Hospitals, especially in Illinois, made Mr. Kessler a very unique candidate for our position. Mr. Kessler is very familiar with a hospital of our size and all of the regulations we face.”
Mr. Kessler plans to spend the next six months reviewing the previous administration’s strategic plans to further understand where Culbertson Memorial Hospital has been and decide what the hospital’s goals will be moving forward. Mr. Kessler will begin his tenure on September 4, 2018.
MACOMB-- The Macomb Food Co-op is holding a second local music concert on Saturday, September 1. The event is also sponsored by Macomb Square Music, Chubby's, and the Kozmic Game Emporium.
The Co-op concert will be hosted at the Hardisty Way Parking Lot, on the 100 block of West Washington Street in Macomb, just north of the Macomb Food Co-op. The concert will begin at 6 pm and run until 10 pm. The admission is free and open to all ages.
Chubby’s will have alcoholic beverages available for purchase, while food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold from the Co-op. Yard games will also be there during the event. People are encouraged to bring along lawn chairs or blankets for seating purposes. Come out and join the Macomb Food Co-op in support of fantastic local music and businesses.
MACOMB-- McDonough District Hospital will offer a Community First Aid Class on Wednesday, September 5, at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A, and a Community CPR class on Tuesday, September 11, at 6 p.m. in Auditoriums A & B and Auxiliary conference room (lower level) at MDH.
The First Aid course covers injury assessment, various medical situations, and safety and injury prevention. Emergency situations can come at any time, so learning up-to-date first aid knowledge can help you respond appropriately and effectively. The class will cover first aid techniques for adults, children, and infants which follow the American Heart Association guidelines.
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is a technique that can save one’s life if they would choke, stop breathing or experience cardiac arrest. Adult, child, and infant techniques for CPR and solutions for an obstructed airway will be covered in the class at MDH. Instruction for the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will also be included in the cost.
Pre-registration and a $40 fee are required for each course. A minimum of six participants are necessary for each class to begin. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone having special needs should give notice in advance when pre-registering for the course.
For more information or to register, please contact MDH Outreach Services at (309) 836-1584. To learn more about MDH Community Classes, visit www.MDH.org.
MACOMB--The McDonough District Hospital Board of Directors’ search committee assigned to hire the permanent President/CEO announced on Monday (Aug. 20) it will temporarily suspend the hiring process.
Brian E. Dietz, FACHE, will continue to serve as the current interim President/CEO after he joined the organization in late June. The national search firm, B.E. Smith, will also continue to assist MDH in the search for a new President/CEO.
Board Chairman, Dr. Rick Iverson, expressed that MDH will continue to benefit from Dietz’s vast experience and executive leadership in healthcare that has been on display during his tenure as the organization moves forward.
“Our interim CEO Brian Dietz has over 38 years of experience in nine different states, in multiple size communities and hospitals in health care administration. Health care delivery has had an exponential increase in complexity in just the last few years,” said Iverson. “For that reason we have asked Mr. Dietz to do a thorough evaluation of our organization. We have asked for his observations and recommendations. It is felt that this will give a head start for our eventual CEO so we can continue our excellent track record of providing quality care to the citizens of McDonough County and the surrounding area.”
To stay updated with the latest news from MDH, log onto MDH.org or check out their Twitter (@MDH_Hospital) and Facebook (McDonough District Hospital).
MACOMB-- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 14 Commander, Captain Jon Dively, today announced plans for Saturation Saturday enforcement. These increased patrol efforts will focus on removing impaired drivers from roadways.
The enforcement initiative will occur on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Saturation Saturday is a statewide initiative with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and hopes to raise awareness on the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, while increasing enforcement to remove and arrest individuals driving under the influence. County and local law enforcement agencies will receive the help of troopers across the state during the evening hours of August 25 and early morning hours of August 26.
As the summer season draws to an end, ISP urges you to remember some of these important tips.
-Never let family or friends drive impaired.
-Plan ahead, give your keys to a designated driver before you go out, call a taxi, take mass transit, or use your favorite ride sharing service.
-Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
-Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears his or her seat belt. It is their best defense against a drunk/impaired driver.
CHICAGO-- The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in July and nonfarm payrolls increased by +3,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES.
Job growth increased during the May to July period. An additional 9,500 jobs became available over this three-month period, higher than the 6-month average monthly gain of +8,200 jobs between February and July 2018.
“The state’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in July and stands at its lowest point in 18 years,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Illinois payroll employment also saw its largest over-the-year gain in more than two years.”
In July, the three industry sectors with the largest over-the-month gains in employment were: Manufacturing (+2,400); Leisure and Hospitality (+2,000); and Professional and Business Services (+1,900). The industry sector with the largest payroll decline was: Government (-1,700).
The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for July 2018, which fell to 3.9 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate has decreased by 0.8 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.0 percent. The last time the Illinois jobless rate stood at 4.2 percent was in February of 2000.
“The Illinois economy continues its comeback,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We are seeing what reduced red tape, a competitive economy, and investment in workforce and career pathways can do to promote growth and opportunity across the state.”
To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ invites you to explore the state’s largest job search engine, IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL) https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/, which recently revealed 55,888 posted resumes with 204,916 jobs available.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at a non-profit in Rock Island called Closet2Closet this Thursday, August 16, 2018.
Rock Island High School Seniors, Amber and Amy Haskill, founded their nonprofit organization to help provide clothing for foster kids after their personal experiences with foster care. In 2017, Closet2Closet was one of 10 national finalists for the Peace First Challenge, which allowed them to attend the Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young Rally. After that, they competed with teams nationwide and won the grand prize after pitching their idea to a panel of judges.
Following the win, the Haskills were able to rent store space and provide nearly 5,000 customized clothing care packages to children in the area.
The Haskills and Congresswoman Bustos are inviting members of the community to join them for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Closet2Closet, 2613 5th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201.
Macomb Downtown Development has announced the opening of Macomb’s Lakeview Medical and Psychiatric Healthcare Center located 1601 W. Jackson Street, Suite 104, in Macomb.
Provider Ashley Martin participated in the Downtown Macomb Retail Competition and used this information to help her become the first business owner to open the doors.
“We are excited that the workshops and resources helped Ashley with going forward with the business” said Downtown Development Director, Kristin Terry.
Lakeview Medical and Psychiatric Healthcare is committed to providing families with top quality care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. They have a team that consists of Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and an Addiction Treatment Specialist.
“These services are needed in our community and surrounding communities” stated Ashley Martin.
Lakeview will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at 1601 W. Jackson Street, Suite 104.
For more information about the Macomb Lakeview Medical and Psychiatric Healthcare Center, contact (309)575-3222.
During National Immunization Awareness Month, learn what vaccines you, your kids, and other family members need.
“Vaccination is a shared responsibility,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although you may be healthy and only experience mild illnesses from a vaccine preventable disease, you could pass that disease to people around you who may become seriously ill. Babies who are too young to be vaccinated, older adults, and people with chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes are at greater risk for severe illness or complications. If you’re not willing to get vaccinated to protect yourself, do it for the loved ones around you.”
The Food and Drug Administration thoroughly test vaccines before licensing and carefully monitor them even after they are licensed to ensure that they are safe. Talk with your health care provider if you have concerns about vaccines and what vaccinations you need and when you need them.
Vaccines protect babies from 14 diseases by the time they reach two years of age. It is important that babies receive all doses of each vaccine and receive each vaccination on time. Diseases are unpredictable, so making sure your child is protected is extremely important. Vaccines are the safest and most cost-effective way to prevent several diseases and are even required to attend school.
However, the need for vaccinations does not end in childhood. Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives. Adults should get flu vaccine each year and receive a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) every 10 years. Tdap is also recommended for pregnant women during each pregnancy. Adults 50 years and older should think about receiving the shingles vaccine. Doctors also suggest that Adults 65 and older should receive both pneumococcal vaccines. Some adults younger than 65 years with certain conditions are also advised to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations. Adults may need other vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) depending on their age, if pregnant, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, or other considerations.
There are programs available to help families as well. The Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines at no cost to eligible children who do not otherwise have access to recommended childhood vaccines, can be contacted at (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 for the rest of the state.
The Macomb Assembly of God, 112 Robin Road, Macomb, IL 61455, are holding their seventh annual "Back to School Bash" at the church this Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 11AM-2PM.
Many schools have received less funding and fewer supplies, which makes it hard for students to be successful. More parents every year are finding it difficult to provide all the proper school supplies for their children.
This event hopes to change that by giving families FREE backpacks, school supplies, lunches, haircuts, actvities and games. They have given out over 250 backpacks filled with supplies, all at no costs to the families. Macomb Assembly of God's lead pastor, Carl Redding, stopped by the K100 studio for an interview this morning with Mark Hespen to discuss the upcoming event.
"Our church is excited about the people that are all involved. Everyone is just excited to share hope. We're in a culture today where sometimes people are living with a lack of hope, so we just want to connect with kids and hangout and be able to bless them in a physical way by giving them a backpack and school supplies" said Pastor Redding.
This is made possible through partnering with other local businesses and organizations. If you become a partner, then your business logo will will be included on the flyer in each student bag along with being announced during the event. There are a few ways that these businesses or organizations can help. They can make a tax-deductible financial contribution (this allows the church to get special discounts on backpacks and supplies), donate supplies, offer services and resources, or just to come out and help during the event.
If you would like to become a partner for the "Back to School Bash", please contact the Macomb Assembly of God at 309-837-5470 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Hespen's full interview with Pastor Carl Redding can be found here:
A total of 40 local teens participated in the 2018 MDH Volunteen Program, which provides working experience in 17 different departments throughout McDonough District Hospital.
The teens completed a total of 691 volunteer hours in departments such as: Acute Care/ICU, Emergency Services, Family Clinic, Food Services, Foundation, Obstetrics, Radiology, Reception Desk-Front Lobby, Service Excellence, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, Staff Development, Storeroom, Patient Financial Services, and Volunteer Services.
“Volunteering at MDH is very rewarding for teens. They serve others and have the opportunity to make new friends, network with medical professionals, develop self-esteem, and create meaningful memories. Plus, our patients’ lives are deepened through the energy and compassion of our Volunteens,” shared MDH Volunteer Coordinator Meagan Wohlfeil.
The Volunteen Program works to enhance the community youth by providing opportunities for personal growth and development. The program runs every summer throughout June and July, and looks for responsible teens, age 13 and over, to help volunteer up to 8 hours per week at MDH.
“Being a part of this program isn’t just about providing services at MDH and learning about careers in healthcare – it is also about the new skills a teen can learn from volunteering. These skills can often be used anywhere in their future endeavors, skills such as: communication, customer service, organization, time management, and the list goes on. Many Volunteens come to us without having previous work experience, but the skill sets and experiences they acquire here can help build resumes for jobs and college applications” said Meagan Wohlfeil.
Application packets are available each year starting April 1 online at www.MDH.org.
The 2018 Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 27 beginning with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the WIU Recreational Center and the race starting shortly after at 9 a.m. in front of Western Hall.
The event will pay tribute to members of the armed forces and two of WIU’s own fallen soldiers. Capt. Derek Dobogai graduated from Western in 2003, but was killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash in 2007 while in Northern Iraq. Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin graduated in 1993 from WIU and was killed in 2010 after his helicopter carrying international troops crashed in Afghanistan.
The WIU Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk has raised more than $100,000 since 2012 for the WIU Fallen Soldiers' Scholarship Fund, which honors the two alumni who were killed in the line of duty. The WIU event is the largest race in McDonough County with close to 600 participants.
Early bird race registration, which guarantees a t-shirt and a finisher medal, is $25 (student registration is $20) until Oct. 8. Registration will then be $35 after Oct. 9.
Race sponsorships are available as well. Sponsorship levels include: race route sponsor, $250; mile-marker sponsor, $1,000; and finish line sponsor, $2,500.
People will also have an opportunity to donate and honor a friend or family member who has served or is currently serving in the military by “Honoring a Vet”. For a $100 donation the honorees will have his/her name, rank, and military branch listed on an individual sign, which will then be showcased on “Veterans Row”.
Today, The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) honored approximately 5,000 Illinois heroes who’ve received a Purple Heart for their service to the country.
The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed.
“Our Purple Heart recipients are true heroes whose courage cannot be matched,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “They are the epitome of bravery and we are stronger because of their service. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
IDVA Director Stephen Curda, Ph.D. recognized the Purple Heart recipients during a ceremony in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda in Springfield today, and paid a special tribute to those who lost their lives on the battlefields.
“There is no greater honor than to recognize the men and women who have been killed or wounded while protecting our freedom,” said IDVA Director Stephen Curda, Ph.D. “We can stand proud because of the sacrifices they made. We honor them today and every day.”
In honor and tribute to all Purple Heart Recipients, the Capitol Grounds in Springfield will be lit in purple tonight, August 7, 2018.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) announced today that the application process for loans through Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Programs is now open.
The Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan Programs are designed to assist emergency personnel purchase vehicles they otherwise couldn't afford. Under the programs, zero interest and low-interest loans are provided to fire departments, fire protection districts or non-profit ambulance services for the purchase of ambulances and fire trucks.
The ambulance loans are available for amounts up to $200,000 and can be repaid over a 10-year period. Fire truck loans are available for amounts up to $350,000 and can be repaid over a 20-year period.
More than $33 million in loans for fire trucks and $2.5 million in loans for ambulances have been given out to over 200 fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services across the state because of these programs.
Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments are eligible to apply. Not-for-profit ambulance service providers are also eligible to apply.
There will be a book signing coming up in Macomb involving a coach who's story has impacted the lives of many.
Kathy Bresnahan was the women's head volleyball coach at Iowa City West High School for 26 years and produced two state titles during her tenure.
One of those titles came in 2011 after the tragic death of the team's setter, Caroline Found. Caroline was killed in a moped accident at the young age of 17, but the team somehow found a way to persevere through that season and win the state title. I spoke with Kathy earlier this morning and she was proud of the way her team responded to a challenging time.
"It kind of showed me the resiliency of youth and what we're capable of when we put others' needs before ourselves. It was an amazing, life-changing journey."
The remarkable story behind the team's success was recently made into a film starring Helen Hunt playing Kathy Bresnahan and William Hurt as Caroline's father. The film was based on Kathy's book, "The Miracle Season". The book covers the emotional journey that the team embarked on throughout the season and how they battled through adversity.
Kathy will be coming to Macomb for "The Miracle Season" book signing this Wednesday on August 9th. She will be at the Macomb High School at 3 p.m. to meet the local community.
"I'll be talking first and asking questions. Questions and answers, book signings, a lot of kids already have the book or volleyball to sign, that's all fine too... It's great to go out and empower people to say, hey there's gonna be some struggle in life but you can get through them" said Kathy Bresnahan.
Again, people are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to meet the inspiring coach and author on Wednesday.
The McDonough County Special Recreation Association (MCSRA) are hosting their upcoming Macomb Softball Play Day on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Veterans' Park.
Jessica Stephens works at the MCSRA and will help run the event. I spoke with her earlier this morning and she mentioned how they are still searching for a 4th team to play.
"We are playing a team from Jacksonville and a team from Monmouth. We are also looking for a 'celebrity' team too, so anyone from Macomb that wants to play, such as the Police or Fire Department, can put together a team and be there with us. It's just going to be a really fun day. A whole family fun day."
The MCSRA rely heavily on donations and they are asking for support from the local community to provide some donations for their silent auction during the Softball Play Day. The silent auction begins at 12:30 p.m. and some of the highlights include Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards and gift packages to the movie theater and Platinum Hair Salon. There will be more items available, but they are still looking for donations from local businesses to be auctioned off.
The proceeds from these donations will assist individuals with disabilities by giving them the opportunity to enjoy recreational experiences with the park district and surrounding areas.
If you are interested in playing or want to donate for the silent auction, contact the Park District office at 309-833-4562.
My full interview with Jessica Stephens and others from the MCSRA can be found here:
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The Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back federal fuel efficiency standards, which support more than 9,900 jobs in Illinois, and revoke the right of states to protect their residents from tailpipe emissions and carbon pollution is upsetting for some Illinois politicians. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) responded with the following statement:
“This proposal, which was drafted by disgraced former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as a gift to the largest oil companies, will force families to spend more money filling up their gas tanks. It will undermine clean car standards that support more than 9,900 jobs in Illinois, lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution and make our country more dependent on foreign oil. As someone who fought to defend this nation, I’ve seen firsthand the price we pay for our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. Our government should do everything it can to encourage the use of American-made renewable fuel and Congress should oppose the Trump Administration’s misguided proposal.”
Today, Duckworth joined U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 30 of their colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution in support of the current emission standards.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have announced today that the Greater Peoria Airport Authority received $1,500,000 in grant funding from the Department of Transportation.
“The Peoria International Airport serves as an integral transportation center, connecting Central Illinois to the rest of the country and around the world,” said Durbin. “This federal funding will help pay for much-needed upgrades, and I will continue working to ensure communities across Illinois have access to programs and funds that drive economic growth and make air travel safer and more efficient.”
This federal funding will go towards completing the rehabilitation of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport apron. Specifically, it will improve 30,920 square yards of the existing terminal apron pavement. The grant will also fund the final phase, which includes construction.
“Airport infrastructure investments are vital to the strength of our state’s transportation systems and our local economies, which is something I understand as both a pilot and a working mom,” Duckworth said. “This funding will help ensure that the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport has the necessary resources to make much-needed improvements and support local job growth. Along with Senator Durbin and Representative Bustos, I will continue to advocate for funding that results in safer, more reliable airports, as well as increased economic development in the Peoria region.”
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will recognize Illinois Purple Heart Recipients during a ceremony in the Illinois State Capitol on August 7th.
The Illinois General Assembly has designated August 7th as Purple Heart Day in Illinois. This day will honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still awarded to members of the United States military. General George Washington established the award on August 7, 1782. The Purple Heart, which was initially called the Badge of Military Merit, is a decoration awarded to any member of the Armed Services who has been wounded or killed in action.
The Capitol Grounds in Springfield will be lit in purple on the night of August 7th to honor the recipients.
This event is open to the public and begins at 12:00 Noon at the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda, 401 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL.