Budget Meeting Set For Today – 12/1/15

December 1st, 2015

>>220 Layoffs At Deere Announced

(Moline, IL)  —  John Deere is cutting more jobs.  The Quad Cities’ big green tractor maker says 220 people are being laid off from the seeding plant in Moline.  The layoffs come after a round of job cuts in August that also saw about 200 people lose their jobs.  Deere says it’s trying to “adjust” its workforce.

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>>Testimony In Sherrard School Trial

(Rock Island, IL)  —  The first day of the trial for a Quad Cities’ area teacher facing misdemeanor battery charges focused on his relationship with two students.  The young women say they felt threatened by teacher Corey Terwilliger.  They also say he was inappropriate with gifts or signs of affection.  But Terwilliger’s lawyers say at least one of the girls thought of him as a second father.  Terwilliger has been on leave from Sherrard schools since the misdemeanor charges were filed.

>>Rock Island City Councilwoman Jumps Into Quad Cities House Race

(Rock Island, IL)  —  From the city council to the statehouse.  Rock Island City Councilwoman Kate Hotle is jumping into the race to replace Pat Verschoore in Springfield.  Hotle is the latest Democrat to get into the race.  She says she wants to focus on jobs and infrastructure.  There’ll now be a Democratic primary for the seat in March.

>>Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Hannibal Tied To Death

(Hannibal, MO)  —  Health officials on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River says the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak tied to a local hotel is believed to be responsible for at least one death.  KHQA TV reports investigators say three people came down with Legionnaires’ disease following their stays at the Best Western in downtown Hannibal.  One of those people later died.

>>Budget Meeting Set For Today

(Springfield, IL)  —  There’ll be an hour of open, public talks about Illinois’ budget woes.  Then Governor Rauner and legislative leaders will close the doors and get down to the real work.  Statehouse leaders are set for their first meeting in months about the state budget later today.  Illinois was supposed to have a budget at the end of May.  Few people think Illinois will get a budget by the end of the year.

Local News – 12/1/15

December 1st, 2015

*Project Success Raised Money For Freedom House

Illinois Valley Community College’s Project Success leadership team promoted awareness about domestic violence in October at a fundraiser at Rips in Ladd. Project Success raised over $2,000 for the Bureau County Freedom House in Princeton during the event.


*Princeton Lions Club Christmas Parade

The Celebrate Christmas with the elves parade in Princeton will be this Saturday (12/5/15). Entries for floats are still being accepted at the Chamber Office at the Prouty Building in Princeton. The parade is being sponsored by the Princeton Lion’s Club and will begin at 1:30 on Saturday at the corner 918 North Main Street and Elm in Princeton.

Lawmakers: Don’t Get Hopes Up For Budget – 11/30/15

November 30th, 2015

>>Flood Worries Linger, Even As Water Recedes

(Davenport, IA)  —  The good new is that forecasters say the rivers in and around northwestern Illinois are slipping below flood stages.  But the bad new is it’ll still be waterlogged for awhile.  A number of flood warnings are expiring today as river levels in seven northwestern Illinois counties, including Rock Island and Henry, fall.  But the National Weather Service says there will still be some minor flooding for a few days.

>>Arsenal Locality Pay To Bump Some Salaries

(Rock Island, IL)  —  Some white-collar workers at the Rock Island Arsenal are in line for a raise.  The federal government is adding the Quad Cities to the new list of areas to receive locality pay.  The new term is supposed to put government workers closer to the same pay level as private-sector workers.  About 25-hundred workers at the Arsenal could see a pay bump of about one percent.

>>Lawmakers:  Don’t Get Hopes Up For Budget

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois’ legislative leaders will meet for the first time in months with Governor Bruce Rauner, but they’re warning not to get hopes up for a budget. The meeting, set for Tuesday, is the first sit-down conversation about Illinois’ long-overdue state budget between the leaders in seven months.  Lawmakers say it’s good to see everyone talking, but they don’t expect a solution this week.

>>Galesburg To Look At Five-Year Plan

(Galesburg, IL)  —  Galesburg city leaders could decide later tonight how to spend nearly eleven-million-dollars for roads and building projects.  The City Council is expected to listen to suggestions for a five-year plan.  Galesburg has a long list of streets that need to be resurfaced, but the city is also looking at a nearly three-and-a-half-million-dollar rehab for the National Guard Armory building.

>>Police Seek Christmas Light Grinch

(Colona, IL)  —  Someone is destroying Christmas decorations in one northern Illinois town, and police say whoever it is is surely on the “naughty list.”  The vandalism is happening in Colona, and police say they’ve handled a number of calls about snipped wires or busted decorations.  KWQC-TV talked with some neighbors who pulled their decorations, but others who aren’t giving in to the Grinch.  Police say it’s not funny, and are looking to make an arrest.

James Wright

November 30th, 2015

James Richard “Rick” Wright
Age: 46
City: Princeton, IL
Time of Death: 12:07 p.m.
Date of Death: November 26, 2015
Place of Death: Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria

Services: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 / Bureau County Christian Center, Princeton at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating: Rev. Ray Lail
Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Princeton
Visitation: 6-8 Tuesday, December 1, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Military Rite: Princeton American Legion #125

Date of Birth: October 15, 1969 / Princeton, Illinois / James Russell & Sue A. (Wright) Wright

Married: Tanya L. Lingenfelser / Princeton, IL / December 12, 2009
she survives: Tanya L. Wright – Princeton, IL

Survivors: Mother – Sue A. Wright – Spring Valley, IL
Brother – Mark N. Wright – Spring Valley, IL
2 Sisters – Kris (Cole) Huetteman – Seatonville, IL / Melody (Jeremy) Wrotny – LaSalle, IL
16 nieces & nephews
3 great-nieces & nephews

Preceded in death: father – James Russell Wright

Education: Grad LaSalle-Peru High School in 1987

Employment: U.S. Army

Memberships: Member Bureau Christian Church, Princeton

Military Service: E-5 Army

Memorials: the family of James Richard Wright

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

High School Basketball – Saturday 11/28/15

November 28th, 2015

High School Basketball – Saturday 11/28/15

10 & 32 Orion Tip-Off Classic
Alleman 46, Princeton 33 (Tigers finish 2-2 in the tourney – Jake Reinhardt was named to the All-Tournament Team)
Monmouth-Roseville won the tournament, finishing 4-0 with a 64-50 win over host Orion in the Championship Game

*PHS won the Sophomore tournament with a victory Saturday afternoon in Orion

2015 Wally Keller Invitational
Putnam County 56 – Bureau Valley 41 (Storm finish 1-3 in the tourney held at Wethersfield High School)



Local News – 11/27/15

November 27th, 2015

*Small Business Saturday in Princeton

The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce is participating in this year’s Small Business Saturday. The Princeton Chamber recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses in Princeton, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities. Lucy Local, the elf will be begin shopping locally in Princeton tonight (11/27/15) and will shop locally until Christmas Eve at many of the local businesses. To see where she has been and where she will be shopping next, visit the Princeton Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.


*Fatal Thanksgiving Day Accident

There was a fatal car accident in Marshall County yesterday. 19 year old Jacob Schlosser of Henry ran a stop sign at the intersection of RT. 40 and RT. 17 near Tanner’s Orchard and struck a sedan carrying 4 passengers. 47 year old Linda Stahl of Bradford was fatally injured in the accident. The 3 other passengers of the vehicle that was hit were transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital and are listed in stable condition. The accident is still under investigation by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Marshall County Coroner’s Office.


*Mautino Promotes Small Business Saturday

To help promote local entrepreneurs and area small businesses, state Rep. Frank Mautino is encouraging residents to participate in the sixth annual Small Business tomorrow (11/28/15). Small Business Saturday occurs during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year and is designed to help small businesses compete with larger chains. Maution said, “Holiday shoppers can avoid crowded big-box stores and know their money is directly benefitting our community by shopping locally this Saturday. Our local small businesses employ many residents and provide a tremendous boost to the region’s economy.”


*Jessica Scraggs Benefit

A benefit for Jessica Scraggs of Princeton will be held tomorrow night (11/28/15). The event will take place at the Elks Lodge in Princeton beginning at 6:00. There will be live and silent auctions, all you can eat tacos and live music by Gray Wolf. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased ahead of time by calling the Elks Lodge at 815-875-2185.




Illinois Gas Prices Still Dipping – 11/26/15

November 26th, 2015

>>Officials Closures Come With Thanksgiving Holiday

(Undated)  —  Today’s Thanksgiving holiday is bringing a series of official closures with it across Illinois.  All government offices at every level will be closed today, banks are shut down for the holiday and the U.S. postal service won’t be delivering your mail.  Trash collection for those with Thursday or Friday pickup will have their collections pushed back a day in most areas.

>>Illinois Retailers Hope To Capitalize On Small Business Saturday

(Undated)  —  Illinois retailers are hoping to get a big boost in sales this weekend with Small Business Saturday.  The annual shopping day is now part of the annual holiday shopping experience across the Prairie State and the rest of the nation.  It appears many deals can be found on a Facebook page called “Small Business Saturday Central Illinois.”

>>Illinois Gas Prices Still Dipping

(Undated)  —  Gas prices are still dipping across Illinois, and nationally they’re at their lowest level on Thanksgiving since 2008.  Triple-A’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows the average price of a gallon of regular gas across Illinois is a-dollar-99 this morning.  That’s about a 90-cents less than this time last year.  The national average is on its way down as well, to two-oh-five this morning.

>>No Illnesses In Illinois From Costco E. Coli Outbreak

(Undated)  —  An outbreak of E. coli in Costco chicken salad has been linked to 19 illnesses in seven states, but so far Illinois hasn’t been affected.  Costco officials say testing shows a vegetable mix from a California food wholesaler is the source of the E. coli.  All of the illnesses have been contained to people in the western part of the U.S.

>>No Jackpot Winner In Powerball Drawing

(Undated)  —  The jackpot is growing to nine figures in the Powerball for Illinois lottery players.  Nobody won last night’s drawing, and that’s pushed the jackpot up to an estimated 100-million-dollars for this Saturday’s drawing.  The numbers in last night’s drawing were 16-29-53-58-69 with a Powerball of 21.

Local News – 11/26/15

November 26th, 2015

*Holiday Garbage Schedule and Closed Offices *run 11/26/15

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday garbage and recycling routes in Princeton will be picked up this Monday and Tuesday instead of today and tomorrow. Garbage in Spring Valley will be picked up one day later. Princeton City Hall and Spring Valley City Hall offices and the Bureau County Court House will all be closed today and tomorrow. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


*Jesse White Receives Award from MADD

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National President Colleen Sheehey-Church as the 2015 Legislative Champion. White said, “I am honored to receive this prestigious recognition. I want to applaud and commend MADD and the MADD National President for all that they do to help combat drunk driving, not only in Illinois, but across the nation. MADD’s tireless efforts have saved thousands of lives, and made roads in Illinois and around the country much safer.”


*DeSutter Delivers Petitions to the State Board of Elections

On Monday Mike DeSutter, who is running for the 74th district’s State Representative Seat, arrived in Springfield to deliver his petitions to the State Board of Elections. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, DeSutter voiced his appreciation for his supporters by saying, “I am thankful for many things.  I am very thankful for the voters who signed my petition and I am especially thankful for the family and friends who donated their time, effort and energy collecting petitions to get my name on the ballot for the March 15th, 2016 Primary Election.”



Local News – 11/25/15

November 25th, 2015

Holiday Garbage Schedule and Closed Offices

Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday garbage and recycling routes in Princeton will be picked up this Monday and Tuesday (11/30/15 and 12/1/15) instead of on Thanksgiving and the day after. Garbage in Spring Valley will be picked up one day later. Princeton City Hall and Spring Valley City Hall offices will both be closed for Thanksgiving tomorrow and Friday and the Bureau County Court House will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after as well.

Hunting Totals Up For First Weekend Of Firearm Deer Season – 11/25/15

November 25th, 2015

>>People Show Support For Mitsubishi Workers

(Normal, IL)  —  People are showing their support for a group of workers at a Mitsubishi plant set for closure.  Hundreds gathered yesterday in Normal to say thank you to the employees as they left their shift.  Production at the plant is scheduled to cease by the end of the month.  A task force was formed to find a buyer for the plant.

>>Bibles Removed From NIU’s Campus Hotel

(Dekalb, IL)  —  It will be more difficult to find a bible at Northern Illinois University’s campus hotel.  “The Chicago Tribune” reports bibles have been removed from the rooms following a complaint from the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  School officials say guests will still have access to them on the premises.

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>>Springfield Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Woman

(Springfield, IL)  —  A Springfield man is heading to prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman.  Christopher Westfall was sentenced to 16-years in prison.  He was accused of assaulting the victim inside her home in July of 2012.  Westfall wasn’t charged until eight months later.

>>Hunting Totals Up For First Weekend Of Firearm Deer Season

(Undated)  —  Hunting totals are up for the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season.  The state Department of Natural Resources says hunters harvested nearly 58-thousand deer from November 20th through the 22nd.  Those numbers are more than the almost 52-thousand harvested last year.

>>Woman Recovering Following Champaign Fire

(Champaign, IL)  —  A woman is recovering following a fire in Champaign.  Officials say the blaze broke out yesterday morning at a home in the 14-hundred-block of Winding Lane.  The woman was pulled from the house and taken to the hospital.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

>>Landlord Agrees To Remove Lead From Properties

(Rockford, IL)  —  A landlord will be spending over 300-thousand-dollars to remove lead-based paint from 50-rental properties in the Rockford area.  Dennis Hardesty agreed to the work to settle a federal complaint that he failed to inform tenants that their homes contain potentially dangerous lead.  The Winnebago County Health Department identified at least seven children living in the properties with elevated levels of lead in their blood.

>>Memorial Medical Center Hosting Free Seminar On Aging Spines

(Springfield, IL)  —  Memorial Medical Center in Springfield is hosting a free seminar on aging spines.  The event will be held December 3rd in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.  The one-hour program will discuss options for evaluating common problems in the adult spine.