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Macomb Local News Archives for 2015-10

Macomb Police Give Advice for a Safe Halloween

The Macomb Police Department is offering advice to parents and caregivers to ensure that kids have a fun yet safe Halloween this year. Officer Eric Lenardt offers the following tips:

 

Halloween Trick or Treating in Macomb will be held

on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, 2014.  Hours will be 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Please leave a porch light on if you wish to hand out treats. 

Please use extra caution while driving through neighborhoods during these evenings.

Halloween season means little ghouls and goblins running around the neighborhood trick or treating. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Here are some tips from safekids.org to help make your trick or treating a safe experience.

Walk Safely

 Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Corners are usually more well lit than the middle of the block.

 Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

 Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

 Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

 Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult 

 Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are   well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Macomb’s trick-or-treating hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

 

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MDH's October Adopt-A-Classroom

Each month during the school year McDonough District Hospital participates in the Adopt-A-Classroom program to educate students about the various departments at the hospital. In October, Chris Cunningham, EMS System Coordinator and Paramedic, with MDH Emergency Services, visited Mrs. Linda Poore’s 3rd grade classroom at Lincoln School. He talked with the students about the methods of 911 response and dispatch. He also taught the students briefly about first aid. To help alleviate fears, students got an up-close look inside as Cunningham showed some standard equipment used in the ambulance and ER. The students received mini frisbees as a souvenir.

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Emmet-Chalmers FireFighters to Host 13th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast November 7th

The Emmet- Chalmers Firefighters Association will host it's 13th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at the Emmet-Chalmers fire station.  The menu includes, pancakes, whole-hog sausage, coffee & orange juice. 
 
Tickets are available from any volunteer firefighter and at the door: $7 for adults. The Pancake & Sausage Breakfast is the only major fundraiser for the Emmet-Chalmers Firefighters. All proceeds will be used to buy new equipment and support firefighter training. 
 
The Emmet-Chalmers Fire Protection District is a volunteer department with 18 firefighters and five trucks. From the W.Adams Rd. station, the department covers an area west of the city of Macomb. For more, visit www.ecfdp.org 

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WIU School of Music to Present Halloween Concert; MDH Child & Infant Care Class Set for Thursday

Dress up the little ones and enjoy the always popular, Halloween Concert, presented by the WIU School of Music. The concert will be held on Thursday (10/29) from 6:30-8:30pm at the WIU COFAC Recital Hall. The kids can participate in the costume parade and candy is given out to children at the conclusion.
 

Also starting Thursday (10/29), McDonough District Hospital will offer a 4-week L.A.T.E. Childbirth & Infant care class. This class will meet one night a week for four weeks. Free. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call MDH Obstetrics Department at (309) 836-1570. Check out details on these & other events at www.macombnewsnow.com

 

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WIU Art Gallery Presents, Luke Serverson: Omaha Untitled

The Western Illinois University Art Gallery invites you to check our exhibition of works by Luke Severson, Omaha Untitled. Free admission and open to the public. Hours Tuesday-Friday, 9-12, 1-4, Saturday, 1-4.

Luke Severson is a native of Northeast Iowa, and received an undergraduate degree from The University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree from Kansas State University. Currently working in Omaha, NE as an Instructor of Ceramics at The University of Nebraska-Omaha, Luke is the owner/operator of Morelic, a small, art focused contracting and consulting company specializing in object design and production.

For more details visit: http://www.wiu.edu/cofac/artgallery/

 

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Macomb Park District to Host Halloween Extraordinaire

Prepare to share in our Halloween extraordinaire with no intent to scare just a basis for care! The event will run tonight from 6-8pm in Glenwood Park, 1400 N.Randolph in macomb.

Children through the 6th grade and their families are invited to bring out their Halloween best and participate in our annual Halloween Party with our carnival type games and prizes!

Bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local charity. Please call (309)-833-4562 with any questions you might have. Check out the Macomb Park District on Facebook or visit their website for more information, www.macombparkdistrict.com

 

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Miss Macomb Scholarship Pageant

Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Miss Macomb Scholarship Pageant to be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016. The pageant has been a Macomb tradition for 57 years and is a preliminary to the Miss Illinois and Miss America Pageants.

Scholarships are the main focus of the pageant, last year giving a total of $6450.00 in scholarships to its contestants. The primary source of the pageant’s scholarships is its annual charity auction to be held in February 2016 at the Macomb Country Club. The pageant also provides an extensive wardrobe for the new Miss Macomb for competition at the State Pageant.

In the history of the Miss Macomb Pageant, 5 winners have become Miss Illinois and many others have been runners-up.

To be eligible to compete in the pageant, you must live in the franchised area of McDonough, Hancock, Warren, Knox, or Fulton Counties or go to school or work full-time in this area. Contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 24 to compete, and if 17, must be a graduating senior in High School.

The areas of competition are: Interview, Talent, Swimsuit, Evening Wear and On-Stage Question.

There is no entry fee to become a contestant.

For more information or to obtain an entry form, contact Bob or Nancy Foote at: 2footes@macomb.com.  Or call them at 309-833-2898.

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City of Macomb Yard Waste Site Time Change Schedule

Beginning Thursday, November 5, the yard waste site will change operating hours to 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.  This will address the loss of available day light hours. 

 

For more information, contact the Public Works Department/ City of Macomb at 833-2821.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Macomb Trick or Treat Nights

According to the City of Macomb, Halloween Trick or Treating will be held

on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, 2015.  Hours will be 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Residents are asked to leave a porch light on if they wish to hand out treats. The Mayor reminds everyone to please use extra caution while driving through neighborhoods during these evenings.

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Maple Avenue Christian Church Will Host Annual GLOW Event

Halloween can be filled with frights for kids, but sometimes it can be downright scary for parents. Trick-or-treating door-to-door can make parents a bit nervous these days. Whether it’s a question of safe candy or appropriate costumes, it can make a concerned parent think twice. We would like to make stopping by Maple Avenue Christian Church on this Sunday evening a no-brainer.

You can come to MACC knowing we won’t try to scare your kids which could ruin the evening. Besides being an easy place to make a great candy haul for the kids, the plans for the evening include hot dogs, games, music and if the weather cooperates, hayrides.

This is a scare-free, peanut-free activity. GLOW will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please stop by anytime during those 2 hours, October 30th at MACC, 1300 Maple Avenue. Information about the event is available on the church’s website: www.connectgrowserveshare.com

 

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Brix-Lindahl Challenge to Benefit Humane Society Wraps Up This Month

 

Last fall Chris Brix proposed a challenge to our community to raise funds for the Humane Society of McDonough County. The Brix Challenge was met with enormous response and over $11,000.00 was raised! Through your past and continued support, the HSMC has assisted animals in need for over 30 years. We sincerely thank you for that, as it would not be possible without you. Your thoughtfulness does make a difference.

 

This year, we are excited to share the news that fellow animal lovers Tate and Sharon Lindahl are joining Chris in “doubling up” the challenge. Both Chris Brix and the Lindahls have committed to matching up to $1,000.00 each in HSMC donations received between now and October 31, 2015. We are thrilled with any $1,000.00 donations received between now and October 31st, but please understand that any amount you choose to donate is equally appreciated. All money raised will be used directly to help animals in need in McDonough County through important HSMC initiatives.

 

These include: 1. Spay-Neuter Programs; 2. Rescue/Foster/Adoption Program; and 3. Medical Needs (shelter cat vaccines, emergency medical fund, foster pet care, etc.). The HSMC is a State of Illinois Not-for-Profit organization and a qualified 501 (c) (3) Charitable organization.

 

Please send your tax-deductible donations to: The Brix-Lindahl Challenge Humane Society of McDonough County PO Box 7, Macomb, IL 61455. You may also use the PayPal option on the Humane Society website at www.hsmcil.org.

 

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt Rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather The Great Pumpkin Hunt scheduld for this evening (10/23) has been moved to tomorrow evening (Saturday, October 24) at Lakeview Nature Center in Macomb at 6:30!!!

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A Taste of Germany in Macomb

Macomb residents interested in learning more about Germany are invited to the Western Illinois University International Studies October Cultural Café.

This month’s café will feature cultural aspects from Germany on October 29th from 12:30 to 1:30pm in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

 

The event features a presentation about Germany and an authentic German lunch will be served.

 

This event is free and open to both students and the public. For more information, call 309-298-1150

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Macomb Rotary Club Works to End Polio Once and For All

Macomb Centennial Morning Rotary Club is inviting the public to join them today as they paint pinkies purple to raise awareness for the fight against Polio.
For over 20 years Rotary International has worked to eradicate Polio. Throughout the world, each time a Rotary volunteer administers a polio vaccine, a child’s pinkie is colored purple with the topical solution Gentian Violet - temporarily marking the child to prevent double dosage on National Immunization Days (NID).
You can join Rotarians from the Macomb Centennial Morning Rotary Club as they set up a pinkie painting station at The R&R Spa today from 11-1 and 4-6. They will be accepting donations (and they paint your pinkie in return to show your support). These donations will be matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also, look for Rotarians in their Give Polio The Finger shirts, as another way to help out with this great cause. 

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Free Family Fly Day in Macomb

Calling all kite lovers! You are invited to join the Sky Climbers and Macomb Park District for a FREE family fly day this Sunday from 3-5pm at Veteran's Park in Macomb. A limited amount of kites will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

You're encouraged to bring your own kites out and have fun flying the skies with other families. These are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday through the end of October. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Flights held unless: fields are wet, temp is above 95, winds are below 5mph or above 25mph or there are storms in the area.

 

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Argyle Lake State Park to Host Atkinson/McCord Cemetery Tour

Join park staff at Argyle Lake State Park in Colchester on Saturday from 10am-Noon, for a historical walking tour of the Atkinson/McCord cemetery located on the park’s property.

Participants should be able to walk ½ mile on moderate terrain to access the cemetery. Meet at the park visitor center or at the trap range.

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Bushnell Haunted House to Support Bushnell Boy Scout Troop 343

This is Bushnell Boy Scout Troop 343's only fundraiser of the year so come out and have a good time for a good cause! Bushnell Haunted House is located at The Pigg Farm, 20320 N. 1700th Rd, one mile south of Bushnell and .7 miles west)

Haunted house nights are October 23, 24, 30 and 31st. from 7-10pm. Cost is just $5. Any questions or for more info: 309-255-3492.

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Popular Zombie Pub Crawl Returns to Macomb

Zombies have been a real pop culture phenomena in recent years with hit TV shows, movies, popular books, video games and more all featuring the undead masses. In 2013, the Macomb radio stations put on their first Zombie Pub Crawl, called The Crawling Dead.  Radio staff inspired by the Walking Dead fans planned the crawl hoping to provide something fun and different for the people of Macomb to do around Halloween. Last year, the radio stations took a break from the crawl to focus on doing a fall auction but said they had many listeners express disappointment that the crawl was not being held.

This year, due to popular demand, the radio stations have brought back the Zombie Pub Crawl. It will be held October 30th starting at 5pm at The Outskirts. At 6:50pm, free bus transportation will take “The Crawling Dead” to the Café on the Square in downtown Macomb. After the Café, the crawl will visit The Change of Pace, The Ritz, The Forum and then the bus will pick the participants up on the square and take them back to The Outskirts for live music from rock band Caught in the Crypt.

Participants must buy armbands to join the Zombie Pub Crawl. Armbands are available now at the radio station, 1034 W. Jackson in Macomb, and are also available for purchase at Lincoln Tattoo Company on the Square in Macomb and at Upscale Glass and Studio in Macomb.  Armbands for the crawl are just $10 per person in advance, or just $8 per person in advance for groups of 4 or more. Armbands get you into all five bars for free, free bus transportation, free pizza on the crawl, prizes and more. Armbands will also be sold the night of the event at each bar.

More information on the crawl can be found by searching the Crawling Dead Zombie Pub Crawl on facebook.

The event is sponsored by these Macomb businesses: Yelton Auto Repair For Less, Lincoln Tattoo Company, Comfort Inn, Refreshment Services Pepsi, TJR Designs, Upscale Glass and Studio in Macomb and Dominos. 

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Budget Impasse Could Hurt Victims of Violence in Macomb

Kim Williams of Macomb News Now recently sat down with Diane Mayfield, Director of Victim Services at the Western Illinois Regional Council in Macomb. Mayfield expressed concern about funding for their program due to the State budget impasse. Mayfield mentioned other programs in Illinois that have had to limit their services or even shut their doors due to the issue. She said that many area victims of domestic abuse, including children, would greatly suffer without the services provided by her program.

 

Now State Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger is expressing the same concerns. Munger is worried about the effects the state's budget impasse is having on domestic violence providers and other nonprofits in Illinois.

 

According to a press release from Munger, without a budget in place, the state is legally not able to pay domestic service providers for work they have done since July 1. As a result, some centers have had to dig deep into their cash reserves, others have had to lay off workers and cut services, and others have closed their doors. Thousands of victims of domestic violence are going unserved.

 

"Ironically, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month," Munger said. "The best way to acknowledge and honor the efforts of our domestic violence providers this month is to pass a balanced budget so they can continue providing critical services to women and children in need."

 

The state is operating under a series of court orders, consent decrees and continuing appropriations requiring it to pay about 90 percent of its bills at last year's rates, despite projections showing a $5 billion decline in revenue. Domestic violence providers are part of the 10 percent not covered by any court orders. For those eligible for payments, Munger has prioritized nonprofits serving children, the elderly, people with disabilities and other most vulnerable residents.

 

Still, the consequences of the budget impasse are seen on a daily basis across the state, Munger added. Nonprofits are cutting services and some are closing. College students are not receiving their promised grant money. And local governments are struggling to keep 911 Emergency Call Centers operating.

 

"This is not a game, people are being hurt by the stalemate in Springfield," Munger said. "Enough is enough. It is time for the General Assembly and the Governor to come together and pass a budget so we can fund our critical services."

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Sara Nelson Named K100 & Pella Windows - Teacher of the Month

Mrs. Sara Nelson, 5th grade teacher at Edison School in Macomb, has been named the K100 and Pella Corporation Teacher of the Month for September 2015. Pella has awarded Mrs. Nelson $500 to use in her classroom.

Mrs. Nelson also receives a plaque from Lacky Monuments & Engraving by Lin and a certificate of recognition from K100.

Students and parents may nominate their favorite teachers anytime during the school year by going to www.macombnewsnow.com and then clicking on K100. 

 

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Stuff the Bus Event to Help Macomb Residents

Western Illinois University will have their 8th annual "Helping Hands Across America Stuff the Bus" event, co-sponsored by Sodexo Dining Services and Go West Transit, on November 4th. There will be donation boxes all over WIU's campus, and at Walmart, HyVee, County Market, and Jackson Street Market in Macomb. Donations of food and money are greatly apprecited and will benefit local food pantries. They've been putting on this event since 2008, and in that time they've collected upwards of 100,000 pounds of food for charities. If you're looking to help out further, the event is in great need of volunteers. You can find more information, and offer your services by contacting Anna Filson at 309-298-1982. 

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No Injuries in Jefferson House Fire

At around 1am Wednesday morning, there was a fire at the Jefferson House, 900 E Jefferson Street in Macomb. The blaze, which appears to have started in a love seat in apartment 605, has displaced 20 residents from the sixth floor of the north wing. No injuries were reported, but there was significant damage done to the property, and the relocated residents are going to be staying at the Comfort Inn while the building is repaired. Repairs are expected to be finished in one to two weeks. 

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YMCA of McDonough County - Circus Academy Registration Now Open

The YMCA of McDonough County's "Circus Academy" turns 5 years old & registration is now open! Circus class sessions will run October 23rd through December 11th, on Friday's from 4:30-6:30pm. YMCA member fee is $48 & the cost for non-members is $96. Participants must be 7 years of age and older.
 
Events: 5 Aerial Silks, 2 trapezes (high & low), 2 lyrical hoops, 2 cloud swings, tightrope, stilts, mini trampoline, 2 sets of rings, multiple unicycles, clowning, ball acro & juggling and more! For more information or to sign up, stop by the YMCA of McDonough County, 400 E.Calhoun St. in Macomb or call (309)833-2129.

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McDonough C.A.T.S. Softball to Hold Fundraisers

Dine-In or carry-out a Rocky's Bar & Grill in Macomb tonight Thursday, October, 22nd from 5-9pm and help support the McDonough County C.A.T.S. softball teams. Donations will be accepted the night of the event and a portion of all food sales will be donated to the organization.

Rocky's will offer their delicious BBQ Ribs that night (half-rack for $13.99 & full-rack for $19.99). Find Rocky's at 1420 W.Jackson St. in Macomb.

The C.A.T.S. will also have a "Whiffle Ball & Kickball" Tournament this Sunday (10/25) at Veteran's Park in Macomb starting at 1pm. Teams of up to 12 people ($12 per person), in age groups: grades 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 & Adult.

Registration forms are available at Macomb City Hall or you can stop out early Sunday & get signed up! ALL proceeds for this event benefit the C.A.T.S.

 

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Possible Local Scam

Residents of Macomb and throughout Illinois are urged to be on the lookout for calls or emails from individuals posing as debit or credit card issuers. Attorney General Lisa Madigan warns that these calls are an attempt to con consumers into providing personal information, which can lead to scammers making purchases on consumer’s cards or a larger identity theft scam.

Banks and major credit card issuers nationwide have been sending out new credit and debit chip cards that feature a small computer chip on the front that will help limit fraud and theft. The chip contains cardholder data and creates a unique code for each purchase. The new cards also still contain the magnetic strip, so that consumers can still use their credit cards to make purchases by swiping the card when the seller does not have chip readers in place. Madigan’s office says the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reporting instances of scammers taking advantage of the transition from the old cards to the chip cards to steal consumers’ personal information.

Scammers target consumers who have not yet received the new chip cards by contacting them via telephone or email claiming to represent banks and credit card lenders. The scammers tell consumers they must first confirm or update their accounts by providing personal information before they can receive a new chip card. Scammers are then able to steal consumers’ identities, monitor their online activity, and install malware on electronic devices.

“A bank or credit card lender will never contact you to request your personal information before sending you a new card,” Madigan said. “If you have questions about your account or your card, you should contact your bank directly.”

Madigan said Illinois residents can try to avoid being targets of this scam by contacting their financial institutions if they have not received new chip cards. Madigan also urged consumers who receive calls or emails from supposed banks or credit card lenders to hang up or delete the email, and report the contact to her Consumer Fraud Bureau in Springfield at 1-800-243-0618. 

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Thursday Fish Fry to Benefit VIBE of McDonough County

On Thursday, October 22, Courtyard Estates of Bushnell will be having a fish fry. Dine in, carry out or in town delivery available (Bushnell only). Delicious homemade breaded catfish & all the fixin's for a low price!

All proceeds will give donated to VIBE of McDonough County. Find the Courtyard Estates at 1201 N.Cole in Bushnell.

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Western Illinois Museum Presents "Hallo-Wine" This Saturday (10/24)

The Western Illinois Museum will host "Hallo-Wine" this Saturday (10/24) from 7-9pm at the museum. The evening featuring music from actor, vocalist & ukulele player Adam Kozlowski, with the haunting tales of women of the early 1900's, as re-enactors bring their poignant and evocative stories to life.
 
The event is sponsored by the Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau & the Sports Corner at 124, who will provide a cash bar complimented by a selection of fine cheeses. A $5 donation is suggested, and you can find the museum at 201 S. Lafayette Street, one block south of the Macomb Square. For more information, find the museum on Facebook... visit www.wimuseum.org or call (309)837-2750. 
 

 

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops

The Unemployment rate in Illinois has dropped to 5.4 percent but the state has lost nearly 7,000 jobs since September. The Illinois Department of Employment Security estimates that the state will not recover from the effects of the recession that ended in 2009 until April 2017. Director of IDES Jim Schultz says the state must jumpstart job creation and enact pro-growth, pro-jobs reforms now. 

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WIU Students Demand Budget Resolution

State-funded University representatives and students will travel to Springfield to demand the restoration of the state budget and funding of higher education before the 2016 Fiscal Year. Universities who are participating include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University. They've sent a letter to state legislators stating "the impasse casts a shadow of uncertainty over the campuses. We are on the brink of serious operational damage." They are worried that higher tuition costs and cut programs would decrease student enrollment. 

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Macomb Square Improvements Start Monday

The City of Macomb has announced they will soon begin making improvements on the downtown Square. Center medians on the Square will be removed and parking spaces will be readjusted. 

The project will begin Monday, October 19th and should be completed in 20 working days. Work will start on the southeast corner and continue in a counter clockwise pattern. 

Traffic on the outer lane and inner parking aisle will remain open. New parking stalls will be painted upon completion. 

Questions may be directed to Public Works at 833-2821.

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WIU President Addresses Budget Crisis

Earlier this week, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas addressed the campus and community amidst the state budget crisis. In his statement, President Thomas expresses his discomfort in dealing with the uncertain terms that the lack of a budget has put us in. He went on to debunk a myth going around that the University would be closing come 2016. He reassured the community that, although cuts will have to be made, and issues dealt with, Western Illinois University will continue to educate into the spring of 2016 and beyond. Thomas ended his statement by urging citizens to contact local lawmakers, and emphasize the importance of getting a budget passed, and getting it in place as fast as possible. You can read President Thomas'es entire statement at wiu.edu

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Notice of Macomb C.U.S.D. #185 Board Committee Meeting

    The MCUSD #185 BOE Facilities and Finance committees will meet together Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Service Center, 323 West Washington Street.  The meeting agenda is posted on the District website http://www.macomb185.org/ 

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Henderson County Car Accident Sends 3 to Hospital

There was an accident involving two moving vehicles yesterday at the intersection of US Route 24 and County Road 1150 East in Henderson County. According to the Illinois State Police, When a vehicle driving on Route 24 slowed, the car trailing behind it attempted to overtake it. While trying to pass, the car came into contact with another vehicle attempting to turn left unto County Road 1150 East. The turning vehicle was struck, spun out, and eventually overturned by the impact. The drivers of both vehicles, as well as the single passenger of the car that was struck were taken to Great River Medical Center in Burlington with moderate to severe injuries. Charges are currently pending, and all parties are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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LaHood Hires Staff

Still establishing a staff, Congressman Darin LaHood, is keeping it local- hiring throughout the 18th Congressional District and in Washington D.C.
For the Peoria office, Congressman LaHood hired Peoria natives Brad Stotler as the District Director and J.D. Dalfonso as the Press Secretary. For the D.C office, also from the Midwest, Steven Pfrang was hired as his Chief of Staff.
Case work positions are still being conducted for Peoria, Springfield, and Jacksonville offices.

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Regional Media Macomb Expands

Regional Media Macomb Expands

(Macomb) Regional Media (RM) Macomb (formerly Prestige Communications) announced today that additional improvements and local shows are being added.

 

On Macomb News Now 104.7The Discussion, featuring local guests, newsmakers, dignitaries, and topical information is set to hit the airwaves on October 19th with its inaugural guest Macomb Mayor Mike Inman. Other guests include Victim Services Director Diane Mayfield, WIU Horn Field Campus Program Director Mindy Pheiffer and upcoming guests include Sue Scott from the Western Illinois Museum, Rachel Lenz with the Park District, Bridget Hinchee with Argyle Lake State Park and Tim Rice President of Morning Rotary Club, with guest appearances from your Regional Media personalities.

 

The group’s explosive new interactive media news site MacombNewsNow.com has already become the area’s leading website for local news, weather, sports, and community events. To further expand the site, MacombNewsNow.com will also feature a podcast of the shows, and stream live as well.

 

Jason Chute, the stations General Sales Manager says; “it’s exciting to be a part of the forward thinking improvements to our media offerings that will benefit our local communities and keep our local radio stations alive and well.  With so much consolidation of radio markets around the country into huge corporations, I'm glad to remain owned by one individual, who is equally as dedicated to saving local radio as I am.”

 

 

On Classic 103 - WJEQ, the station will be home for a new local morning show entitled, Classic with Kat featuring local resident and longtime employee of the group Kim (Kat) Williams. The show will deliver higher energy, more classic rock favorites, and more local events than it has in years. Commenting on the changes, Kim (Kat) Williams said “for over 15 years, I've been proud to work at Classic 103 because I truly love the music we play and the listeners that we serve. I'm excited to continue to bring great classic rock to the area and will strive to keep our listeners informed about what's happening in the area in a fun, upbeat way. Macomb is my home and I am dedicated to keeping quality local radio on-the-air in Western Illinois!”

 

Recent improvements are already widely successful with Backroad Country 95.9 featuring today’s country hits with yesterday’s favorites. Backroad employs Tony Jones, a recent graduate of Western Illinois University, a local resident of Macomb, who joined the group after interning at the stations. Tony is the host of The Detour with Tony Jones a local, high energy, community oriented country show weekdays from 6AM-10AM. Some of Tony’s recent accomplishments include four grand prize awards from the National Broadcasting Society national competition making him a great addition to the Regional Media family.

 

Additional changes include the launch of Regional Media's Non-Profit We Give program. Regional Media matches donations to nonprofits greatly benefiting local businesses and charity causes as well as, promoting more local events for organizations and causes that could significantly benefit from the value of Regional Media stations and websites.

 

Regional Media President and CEO, Fletcher Ford said in a statement, “The support has been overwhelming while we work to rebuild the stations in the area! I have been welcomed by so many, and the response from listeners, advertisers, and the community has been amazing. Macomb and its surrounding areas will receive real, local, and committed communications from a dedicated local team as we continue to expand!”

 

Regional Media took over Prestige Communications WJEQ, WKAI, WLMD, WMQZ, WNLF, and WLRB on August 1, 2015. For additional information, email Corporate@regionalMedia.info 

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Ball Fore set to close for the season

The Macomb Park District has announced that Call Fore Family Entertainment Center will be closing for the season on Monday, October, 12th.

Ball Fore will remain open today through Sunday from noon until 10pm. 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as usual WIRC-CAA- Victim Services of Macomb has many activities planned this month to help shed light on the topic.

At the same time, due to the state budget impasse, financial assistance for programs for battered women and children is dwindling throughout the state. That means, now, more than ever, Victim Services needs your help with monetary and other types of donations.

Victim Services' provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic abuse, including partner battering, child abuse and neglect, and elder abuse, including emergency services, advocacy, counseling, professional training and public education in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and Warren counties in Illinois.

Victim Services advocates are available 24-hours a day as a direct link to information and support services for the survivor and the survivor’s family. Victim Services also has a 24-hour Crisis Line at (309) 837-5555.

If you would like to learn more about Victim Services or donate to them, please call 309-836-3640 or email: victimservices@wirpc.org.

Look for more stories covering this issue all month long from Macomb News Now. 

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Illinois businesses warned of scam

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are warning businesses to beware of a scam targeting Illinois corporations. 

A firm calling themselves the Illinois Council for Corporations is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporation's "Annual Minutes Records Form." The Illinois business Corporation Act does not require corporations to file a "Minutes Record Form" or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity.

Business owners who believe they have been targeted by this scam are encouraged to contact the Illinois Attorney General's office by calling 800-243-0618 or visit IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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Cannabis Smuggler Bust

Illinois State Police District 17 arrested a cannabis smuggler yesterday on I-80 near LaSalle, Illinois. 

36-year-old Thoai Minh Le of Garden Grove, California was charged with possesion of cannabis with intent to deliver and cannabis trafficking, both class X felonies. 

Le was originally stopped for speeding. However, the ISP Trooper detected a strong odor of cannabis inside the vehicle prompting him to conduct a probable cause search which revealed 4 large suitcases containing suspected cannabis weighing approximately 106.4 pounds. 

Le will appear in Bureau County bond court today.

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No Sticker Fall Waste Collection to begin Oct. 12th

According to the City of Macomb Public Works Department, the "No Sticker" Fall Yard Waste Collection will begin Monday, October 12th and run through Thursday December 3rd. 

Loose landscape waste (such as grass and leaves)  must be bagged in Kraft paper bags, landscape waste bags, or placed in trash containers labeled "yard waste" and must not weigh more than 50 pounds. 

Brush and branches not exceeding 3 inches in diameter may be bundled and tied with twine and must be no longer than 4 feet in length and 3 feet in diameter. 

No yard waste should be placed in the green Waste Management carts. 

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Medical Cannabis Outreach free educational seminar changes venue

The Medical Cannabis Outreach free educational seminar for Saturday has changed its venue from the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center to Macomb City Hall at 10 am.

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C.T. Vivian visits Macomb High School

It's homecoming week for Western Illinois University and  Macomb welcomes home one of its most inspiring residents. Rev. Dr. C.T Vivian is a civil rights activist who grew up in Macomb and attended WIU. Thursday the library at Macomb High School was dedicated in honor of Dr. Vivian. Vivian addressed the students at Fellheimer auditorium, talking about the struggles he faced growing up as a child in Macomb and how it turned him into the activist he became as an adult. Dr. Vivian said that despite all that society has accomplished, that America still faces challenges. Today at 1pm there will be ceremony naming part of N. Lafayette Street in honor of Dr. Vivian. The ceremony will take place at the recently improved intersection of N. Lafayette and Adams Street. The public is invited to attend. Dr. Vivian will also serve as Grand Marshall in the Homecoming parade on Saturday.
 

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Homecoming parade will alter traffic and parking

Western Illinois University's Homecoming Parade will be making it's way through the streets of Macomb Saturday. The Macomb Police Department reminds residents that this will alter travel ways and parking throughout the city from early Saturday morning until the afternoon. Parade participants will be lining up along west Jefferson St., so expect the street to be closed from Ward to Randolph starting around 7am. Parking will be temporarily prohibited on W. Jefferson  street until the parade has ended. Macomb police suggest that residents park in the alley or a block away if they plan on leaving during the parade. A detour of Hwy. 136/67 will start at 10am routing traffic around on West University Drive to Wigwam Hollow road until after the parade. Local traffic trying to commute across town is advised to travel east and west on Grant Street to avoid congestion. 

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WIRC energy assistance program now taking applications

The Western Illinois Regional Council is now accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP. Tina Lovejoy, the WIRC coordinator for LIHEAP said the program has been helping families in McDonough, Warren, Hancock, and Henderson counties for decades and the need for this program is greater than ever. Lovejoy said that October is the priority period for households with individuals over 60 years or older, or people on disability. In November they add children under the age of 6 and in December, any other households who are income eligible can apply. Residents who are interested in applying for LIHEAP can find more information at wirpc.org

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V.I.T. Football field to be named after coach Nelson Snowden

A great man will be honored in Table Grove Friday night. The football field at V.I.T. school will be named in honor of former coach Nelson Snowden at halftime during the South Fulton Rebels Homecoming game vs. North Fulton. Nelson Snowden was head coach of the V.I.T Hornets football team from 1961 to 1981. Snowden led the Hornets to six Conference Championships and his team went undefeated in 1965. Snowden remained assistant coach for the Hornets and later the South Fulton Rebels until he retired in 1994. Snowden was inducted into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996. He also taught Social Studies at V.I.T and employed several of his students with detasseling jobs in the summertime.
Snowden says it's a great honor and that "football, family and teaching was his life and he's thankful for it". Snowden is beloved by the generations of students he taught and players he coached. All of them are encouraged to attend the dedication Friday night.

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Farm Vehicle accident in rural Macomb

A Plymouth woman sustained minor injuries in a farm vehicle related accident. According to the McDonough County Sheriff's Office, Danielle Dennis of Plymouth crashed her 1998 Buick Century into the back of a gravity wagon being pulled my Mark Havens of Avon Monday afternoon. Dennis was treated at McDonough District Hospital for minor injuries. Havens was uninjured. One of the two gravity wagons Haven's was pulling was completely destroyed. McDonough County Sheriff Rick Van Brooker says that it's important to be extra vigilant during harvest season. He says to slow down, especially when coming over a hill or around a corner. The sheriff also said to pay attention and avoid distractions...like your cell phone.

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