Local News – 2/28/15

February 28th, 2015

*Workcamp is Coming to Princeton

Workcamp is coming to Princeton in the summer of 2016. St. Matthews Lutheran Church in conjunction with Evangelical Covenant Church, First Lutheran Church and St. Johns Lutheran church along with other area churches are responsible for bring the workcamp to Princeton. Workcamp provides free home repairs to the elderly, handicapped and lower-income residents.  As many as 40 or more local residents will benefit from the work of approximately 400 adult and teenage volunteers at the workcamp. The first organization meeting for workcamp will be held at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on Thursday March 6th at 6:30. St. Matthews Church is requesting help from additional churches or service organizations with the planning of this large event. If interested, contact Linda Berry at 815-872-1478.


*Targeting Autism program has been launched

A program called ‘Targeting Autism’ has been launched by the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White and the Autism Program of Illinois (or TAP). The innovative program is designed to create solutions to address the support needs of Illinois residents impacted by autism. ‘Targeting Autism’ will encourage libraries to work together with TAP. Jesse White said, “Individuals with autism are often misunderstood and challenged to find welcoming, supportive environments to alleviate social isolation and help them achieve their full potential. I look forward to working with the autism community to expand available services at our libraries. Empowering libraries to better serve those with autism requires this type of collaborative effort.”


*Mautino Pushing to Strengthen Let Them Rest in Peace Law

State Representative Frank Mautino is backing legislation to strengthen the ‘Let Them Rest in Peace Law’ in Illinois. The law currently forbids demonstrations within 300 feet of a funeral site. The new law would expand the prohibited protest area to 1,000 feet. Mautino said, “We have a responsibility to protect family members and friends from abusive demonstrations when their loved ones are laid to rest. Soldiers who die in the line of duty are heroes – they deserve to be honored, and their friends and family deserve to mourn them in peace. Their funerals and memorial services should be dignified and held in the highest regard, and not be allowed to be stomping grounds for disrespectful protestors with hate-filled agendas.”

2-27-15 Boys Postseason Basketball

February 27th, 2015


Bureau Valley 70 – Princeton 50
*Top-seed Storm advance to the Farmington Sectional. They’ll play Monday night against Winnebago, which won its own regional over Byron, 56 to 43.
Monday’s game can be heard on Z-98 beginning at 6:45 pm.
*Princeton Tigers finish their season with a record of 16 and 13.

Fieldcrest 50 – Hall 23

Rockridge 53 – Kewanee 47

Ottawa 64 – LaSalle-Peru 54

Central A&M 56 – Prophetstown 51
*The Lady Prophets play in the Third Place game Saturday. Noon tip-off versus Iroquois West, which lost 49-36 to Hardin Calhoun in Friday night’s other state semifinal.

Concerts Announced for the 160th Bureau County Fair- 2/27/15

February 27th, 2015

*Concerts Announced for the 160th Bureau County Fair

The musical artists that will be performing at the 160th Bureau County Fair in Princeton have been announced.

On Thursday August 27th the fair presents .38 Special at 8PM and on Friday August 28th Lonestar with special guest Jo Dee Messina will perform. Tickets for these concerts go on sale June 6th at 9AM and will be available through the website for the fair, at the fair box office or by phone.

Local News – 2/27/15

February 27th, 2015

*Lady Landowner Informational Seminar

The Bureau County Farm Bureau will host a free informational seminar for lady landowners on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00. Rick Morgan, senior financial securities consultant with Country Financial will discuss topics such as the difference between wills and revocable living trusts, the impact of federal and IL state tax, the need for durable powers of attorney, gift giving and consequences of gifts and long term care issues. Reservations are required for the seminar and can be made by calling 815-875-6468.


*History of Coca Cola at the Princeton Library

Dick Volker will present a program on the history of Coca Cola at the Princeton Public Library on Tuesday evening at 6:30.

Mr. Volker was a long time employee of the company that once had a plant in Peru, IL. The evening will include nostalgic details of how Coca Cola was tied in with baseball and World War II. All programs at the Princeton Library are free and open to all.

February Is Third Snowiest On Record – 2/27/15

February 27th, 2015

>>Trucker Found Guilty Following Deadly Aurora Crash

(Aurora, IL)  —  A Hanover Park truck driver is facing possible prison time following a deadly crash on Interstate-88. Renato Velasquez was found guilty of multiple charges including operating a commercial motor vehicle in a fatigued state. Velasquez was driving a semi in January of last year that crashed into two vehicles parked on I-88 in Aurora near Eola Road. The accident left Illinois Tollway worker Vincent Petrella dead and State Police Trooper Doug Balder seriously hurt. Velasquez is due back in court next month.

>>Bulls’ Rose To Have Knee Surgery Today

(Chicago, IL)  —  Injured Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is set to have knee surgery today.  The team says he will have all or part of his torn meniscus removed.  This is the second time Rose has torn the meniscus in his right knee, with the first coming in November of 2013.  Both injuries followed him tearing the ACL in his left knee back in May of 2012.  The Bulls feel there is still a chance Rose could return to play this season.

>>Former McHenry County Coroner Indicted

(Woodstock, IL)  —  A former McHenry County Coroner is facing charges of forgery and official misconduct over some gruesome accusations. “The Northwest Herald” reports Marlene Lantz is accused of not properly disposing of the remains of a baby for over 20-years after they were found recently at the coroner’s office. Lantz was indicted yesterday in McHenry County Court. She served as the coroner from 1988 until 2012.

>>Fire Breaks Out At John Hancock Center

(Chicago, IL)  —  Authorities are investigating to find out what caused a fire near the top of the John Hancock Center. The Chicago Fire Department says the blaze broke out last night on the 87th Floor. Crews put out the flames about an hour later. No injuries were reported and none of the residents were forced to evacuate the building.

>>February Is Third Snowiest On Record

(Chicago, IL)  —  People in Chicago are experiencing one of the snowiest Februarys in history. “The Chicago Sun-times” reports snow showers Wednesday into Thursday boosted this month’s total to 26-point-four-inches. According to the National Weather Service, this February has had the third most snowfall on record, only trailing 2011 and 1896.

>>Obama Foundation Finds Support For South Side Library Sites

(Chicago, IL)  —  The Barack Obama Foundation says support for using park land for a presidential library outweighs the opposition.  The foundation says a poll of south siders who live near Washington and Jackson parks shows 24-percent opposed using park land next the University of Chicago. The foundation is expected to choose a site for the library by the end of March.  UIC, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are also under consideration.

Local News – 2/26/15

February 26th, 2015

*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 31 year old Jason Ditola of Wyanet pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license. He served 90 days in the Bureau County Jail and was ordered to pay $500 in fees and court costs.

-43 year old Michael Joniak of Buda pleaded guilty to driving on a revoked license. He will pay $500 in fees and court costs and was placed on court supervision for 1 year.

-26 year old Oscar Sosa of Sterling pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. He was ordered to pay $500 in fees and court costs.

-42 year old Sonya Rosenow of Mineral pleaded guilty to battery. She will pay $402 in fees and court costs and was placed on court supervision for 1 year.

-20 year old Jesse Spandet of Ladd pleaded guilty to speeding 35 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He was ordered to pay $1000 in fees and court costs.

USDA Data Shows Historic Corn And Soybean Harvest In 2014- 2/26/15

February 26th, 2015

>>Gov. Rauner Says Deal On Budget Powers Is Close

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner says a deal is coming that would give him emergency powers to close the gaps in the state budget. According to “The State Journal-Register,” Rauner is confident that a resolution can be reached with legislative leader that will allow him to reallocate money from nonessential programs into essential ones. A spokesperson from Senate President John Cullerton office says there are still “major issues” before the Senate will hand over power to the Governor.

>>Madigan Pushing For “Millionaires Tax”

(Springfield, IL)  —  House Speaker Michael Madigan is once again pushing for a so-called “millionaires tax.” Madigan filed a proposal that would place an additional three-percent tax on anyone making a personal income of more than one-million-dollars. The money is expected to go towards education. Madigan claims the tax would generate over a billion-dollars extra revenue.

>>Chicago Company Suing Illinois Over Marijuana License

(Chicago, IL)  —  Illinois’s Department of Agriculture is facing a lawsuit from a Chicago based company that claims the state did not follow its own guidelines when it awarded the company’s competitor a medical marijuana license. The suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court by PM Rx LLC seeks an injunction in order to prevent Cresco Labs from receiving the license. The company claims the state did not follow the proper scoring system when deciding which company would be the cultivation center in District 21. The suit is also requesting that both companies’ applications be rescored.

>>Officials Report 15th Measles Case In Illinois

(Chicago, IL)  —  The number of measles cases confirmed in Illinois this year is now 15. Health officials say the latest is an adult in Suburban Cook County. All of the confirmed cases in Illinois have come from the same county. Most are related to an outbreak at a day care center in Suburban Chicago. It has not been confirmed if the latest case was linked to that outbreak.

>>USDA Data Shows Historic Corn And Soybean Harvest In 2014

(Washington, DC)  —  Illinois is coming off a historic corn and soybean harvest last fall. “The Bloomington Pantagraph” reports data released by the USDA showed yields above two-hundred-bushels per acre for corn and 50-bushels per acre for soybeans across the state in 2014. Both were increases from the previous year. John Hawkins of the Illinois Farm Bureau says these harvest numbers have never been seen and if they are not records, they are close.

>>Area Officials Show Support For Passenger Rail Service In Rockford

(Rockford, IL)  —  Supporters are letting their voices be heard about rebooting a plan to extend passenger rail service in Rockford. People gathered in a downtown auditorium yesterday to hear testimony from area officials showing their support for Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago. Last year, former Governor Quinn announced the state would provide 223-million-dollars for the upgrade. The project was put on hold to be reviewed when Governor Rauner was elected.

2-26-15 Boys Postseason Basketball

February 25th, 2015


(3) Princeton 62 – (2) Newman 44
(1) Bureau Valley vs. (2) Princeton (on WZOE-AM 1490, Z98 and streaming worldwide at

(6) Hall 53 – (2) St. Bede 47
(1) Fieldcrest vs. (6) Hall

Local News – 2/25/15

February 25th, 2015

*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 41 year old Beatrice Rodriguez of Putnam pleaded guilty to the class 4 felony offense of unlawful possession of an illegal substance. She was ordered to pay fines, fees and court costs totaling 1,392 and she was sentenced to serve one and a half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and one year mandatory supervised release. Rodriguez had a prior felony conviction of Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin.


45 year old Shari Jones of Princeton pleaded guilty to the class 2 felony offense of burglary. She was sentenced to serve 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and 2 years mandatory supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $354 in fines, fees and court costs and 1,796 in restitution. Jones was sentenced twice to the Illinois Department of Corrections for felony retail theft in 1997 and 1999.


*The Prairie Arts Center Presents “The Queen of Bingo”

Tickets are now on sale for the Prairie Arts Center fundraising production of “The Queen of Bingo”. The cast features comedic performances by Andi Marti of Princeton and Karen Rogers of Utica. Performances have been set for this Saturday night at 7:30 and this Sunday afternoon at 1:00. During the Saturday night performance there will be auctions for themed gift baskets and champaign and homemade chocolates will be served. Sponsors for the event include Fitzgeralds, American Family Insurance, Ooh-La-La, the bureau County Metro Center and Dairy Queen. Tickets are $18 for Saturday night and $12 for Sunday afternoon and can be reserved by calling 815-875-2787.



Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Warn Of Possible Data Breach 2/25/15

February 25th, 2015

>>Springfield Getting A New Mayor

(Springfield, IL)  —  Springfield will be getting a new mayor. Incumbent Mayor Mike Houston lost his re-election bid during Tuesday’s primary election. City Treasurer Jim Langfelder and Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo were voted the winners. Langfelder finished in first place with around 40-percent of the vote. A winner will be decided when both face off on April 7th.

>>Governor Appoints Two New Members To U of I Board Of Trustees

(Urbana, IL)  —  The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is getting two new members. Governor Rauner appointed Jill Smart and Ramon Cepeda, replacing Christopher Kennedy and Pamela Strobel, whose terms ended last month. Smart was an executive at Chicago-based Accenture while Cepeda is the senior vice president of Northern Trust in Chicago. Both are graduates of the University of Illinois.

>>Illinois Man Presented Check For Largest Lottery Prize

(Naperville, IL)  —  An Illinois man is the winner of the largest lottery prize in the state’s history. Lottery officials presented Naperville native Jesus Davila Jr. with a ceremonial oversized check yesterday for 265-million-dollars. The 70-year-old claimed the winnings after matching all six numbers on a five-dollar Quick Pick ticket during the January 16th Mega Millions drawing.

>>Deadly Fire at Springfield Apartment Complex

(Springfield, IL)  —  An investigation continues following a deadly fire at an apartment complex in downtown Springfield. The fire broke out early Tuesday morning at the Sangamon Towers. Fire crews discovered flames coming from the fifth floor. The Sangamon County Coroner’s office says 93-year-old Olive Cundiff was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. At least two other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the blaze has yet to be released.

>>Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Warn Of Possible Data Breach

(Chicago, IL)  —  Thousands of people are being warned about a possible data breach involving current and former members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Around 215-thousand notices are being sent out in the coming weeks. The data breached was disclosed by Anthem Inc., a large health insurer that manages Blue Cross Blue Shield in a number of states. The company confirmed that a hacker stole the personal information of about 80-million-customers.

>>Millions Could Be Set Aside For Jet Repair Hub At Rockford Airport

(Rockford, IL)  —  A new 41-million-dollar jet repair hub at Chicago Rockford International Airport keeps inching closer to reality. “The Rockford Register Star” reports the Winnebago County Board’s Finance Committee agreed that the county should pay eight-million-dollars towards the project. The money will help pay for construction costs over a 20-year period. The full board is expected to make a final vote tomorrow. Rockford alderman already approved a five-million-dollar contribution of their own on Monday.