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.

James Heaton

November 25th, 2015

James D. Heaton, age 51, of Walnut, Illinois died Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Jim was born on June 22, 1964 in Princeton, Illinois, the son of Donald and Anna

(DeWaele) Heaton. He was united in marriage to Angela Cassidy on September

25, 1999. He worked at Walnut Custom Home in Walnut. Jim was a member of

the Walnut Community Bible Church, Happy Hookers Fishing Club and enjoyed

being with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Angela Heaton of Walnut, Il; one daughter Jamie Lynn

Heaton; one son James Donald Heaton both of Walnut, Il: his mother Anna

(Hubert) Fridge of Walnut, IL; one sister Michelle Lavender of Chicago, IL; one

brother Craig Heaton of Walnut, IL; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Cremation rites were accorded. A time of sharing will be held on Saturday from 3

to 5 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial service will be

conducted at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Garland Funeral Home with the Rev. Eldon

Cook, pastor of the Walnut Community Bible Church, officiating. A memorial has

been established in his memory. Condolences may be sent to:

Senator Durbin Calls For Rauner To Meet With Refugee Families – 11/24/15

November 24th, 2015

>>Rauner Accuses Government Of Refusing To Address Refugee Situation

(Springfield, IL) — Governor Rauner is accusing the federal government of refusing his requests for information related to the Syrian refugee program. The Governor’s office says he spoke with the White House Chief of Staff and the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. He wanted to address his specific security concerns with refugees coming to Illinois. Officials expressed interest in helping out but said privacy issues may prevent sharing all information.

>>Senator Durbin Calls For Rauner To Meet With Refugee Families

(Chicago, IL) — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants Governor Rauner to drop his opposition to Syrian refugees being allowed in Illinois. Durbin announced he sent a letter to the Governor, calling for him to meet with Syrian refugee families before the Thanksgiving holiday. Rauner announced last week that he is temporarily suspending the refugees from entering Illinois following the attacks in Paris.

>>U.S. Steel Temporarily Shutting Down Granite City Plant

(Granite City, IL) — U.S. Steel is temporarily shutting down its plant in Granite City. The company announced it is idling the facility as part of an on-going adjustment to match customer demand. The move is expected to lay off around two-thousand workers.

>>Candidates Begin Filing For Next Year’s Elections

(Undated) — Candidates throughout the state are submitting paperwork to run for office. Hundreds filed nomination petitions yesterday to run in next year’s elections. The process is done at each county clerk’s office and at the State Board of Elections. The filing period ends next Monday.

>>Professor Leading Search Committee To Find U Of I Chancellor

(Champaign, IL) — A University of Illinois history professor will be in charge of the search committee to help find a new chancellor. President Tim Killeen announced that Professor Antoinette Burton will chair the 15-member committee. The group will advise Killeen on who will replace former Chancellor Phyllis Wise. Barbara Wilson has served as interim chancellor since Wise resigned in August.

>>Jefferson Street Bridge To Reopen In Rockford

(Rockford, IL) — The Jefferson Street bridge in Rockford will reopen tomorrow as construction is halted for the winter. The structure has been under repair since August. The bridge will be closed again in the spring while crews finish the one-point-four-million-dollar project.

>>Illinois Beats Chicago State At The Buzzer

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois basketball are winners for only the second time this season following a buzzer beating victory over Chicago State. Jalen Coleman-Lands’ corner-three as time expired last night gave the Fighting Illini the 82-79 win in Springfield. Illinois was able to avoid their third loss in a row and the worst start to a season in over one-hundred years of the program.

Lynn Soldati

November 24th, 2015

Lynn “Noni” Soldati, 66, of Cherry, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015, peacefully at her home in Cherry, with her family by her side, following an extended illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Spring Valley, with Rev. Robert Spilman officiating. Interment will follow in the Ladd Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday in the Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the church.

Lynn was born on January 3, 1949 in Peru to Lester and Bernice (Lent) Hegland. She was a LaSalle Peru Township High School graduate. She owned and operated Towne and Kountry Salon in Cherry with her mother in law, Loretta, for 44 years. She married Joseph L. “Bluto” Soldati on October 27, 1967 in Princeton. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Cherry.

She is survived by: her sons, Joseph J. (Maribeth) Soldati and Christopher D. (Shantel) Soldati both of Cherry; 3 grandchildren, Morgan, Madison and Devin of Cherry; 2 brothers, Jim (Alice) Hegland of Chestnut and Randy (Nancy) Hegland of Texas; 2 special lifelong friends Jan Wright and Sheila Abraham; and her special K9 friend Marley .

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Joseph on May 12, 2013; 4 brothers and 1 sister.

Pallbearers will be: Joe, Chris and Devin Soldati; Mike Stuckert, Joe Wenzel and Ken Bodnum

Private online condolences may be left at

Princeton Tigers Basketball Begins New Era With Win

November 23rd, 2015

m_fredericksThe Princeton Tigers varsity boys basketball team earned a win in the debut of new head coach Michael Fredericks.  The Tigers won their opener at the 10 & 32 Orion Tip-Off Classic on Monday evening, outlasting the Erie Cardinals by a score of 52 to 40.  The Tigers look to go 2-0 on the young season when they play Fulton tonight in Orion.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00.  Airtime on WZOE-AM and is 6:45 with Paul Bomleny and Norm Vandermoon.

Four Illinois Governors Express Refugee Support – 11/23/15

November 23rd, 2015

>>Four Illinois Governors Express Refugee Support

(Washington, DC) — A letter supporting the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the United States with the signatures of several Illinois mayors is being distributed in Washington. The letter, from the United States Conference of Mayors, includes the mayors of Chicago, Evanston, Normal and Urbana among the 62 that signed it. Governor Bruce Rauner recently declared Illinois would not accept any more refugees from Syria temporarily in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

>>Paroled Inmates Increasing, According To Report

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois is seeing an increase in the number of prison inmates released on parole. According to the “Chicago Sun-Times”, parolees have increased by 14-percent in the last four years. Governor Bruce Rauner has indicated a desire to cut the state’s inmate population by 25-percent over the next ten years.

>>SEIU Files Restraining Order To Get Health Insurance Paid

(Belleville, IL) — A union is filing a temporary restraining order against Governor Bruce Rauner to force the state to pay into a workers health insurance fund. SEIU Healthcare Illinois on Friday filed the order in St. Clair County Court. SEIU says Illinois owes one-point-five-million dollars from the 2015 fiscal year and nearly 12-million dollars for the beginning of the current fiscal year. The union says workers could lose health insurance benefits by the end of the year if the state doesn’t honor its contract.

>>Mother Of Former Illinois Governor Passes Away

(Chicago, IL) — Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is mourning the loss of his mother. Eileen Quinn died Saturday morning at the age of 98. Services will be held Friday in Oak Park.

>>Pink Could Be Fashionable For 2016 Hunters In Illinois

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are considering allowing hunters to wear a new color. In addition to orange, blaze pink could be worn. Supporters of the bill say it could get more women to hunt. The legislation, House Bill 4337, was filed earlier this month.

>>Bank Announced To Handle Marijuana Purchase Revenue

(Springfield, IL) — A Springfield bank is preparing to process sales tax revenue from medical marijuana purchases. Illinois National Bank announced on Thursday it was the only bank to submit a contract bid. Bank officials say it’s part of already-provided services to the state.

>>Almost Foot Of Snow Dumped In Northern Illinois; Downstate Hit, Too

(Untitled) — Parts of Illinois are looking back at a snowy weekend. The National Weather Service says a foot of snow fell in Rockford. While cities in downstate Illinois didn’t get as much of the white stuff, Ameren Illinois reported more than 47-thousand customers were left without power in the Peoria and Galesburg areas.

Donald Andrews

November 23rd, 2015

Donald Keith “Donny” Andrews, 76, of Buda, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 20, 2015 on the farm working on the barn. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 25th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. Father Mark Miller will celebrate. Burial will follow at Hopeland Cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by Buda American Legion #261. Visitation for Donny will be 4-7pm on Tuesday at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton. Rosary services will Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hopeland Cemetery Assoc. & St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Donny was born on July 4, 1939 in Buda, IL, the son of Carl and Mildred (Law) Andrews. He graduated from Buda High School in 1957. Donny was united in marriage to Marietta Coppejans on June 14, 1958 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. He proudly served in the US Army from 1962 to 1964. He was a lifetime farmer in rural Buda and also sold seed for Great Lakes for several years.

Donny was a member of the Buda Jaycees, FFA, and 4-H. Farming wasn’t just his occupation, but a passion. He also enjoyed doing construction projects. He loved reading, solving Sudoku puzzles, and watching football alson listening to country music. He enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida. Most of all he loved his family, and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Marietta; daughter: Sandy Andrews of West DesMoines, IA; son: Steve )Becky) Andrews of Tiskilwa, IL; grandchildren: Michael Andrews, Elise (Jake Schmidtt) Andrews; step grandchildren: Justin (Tiffany) Carroll, Amy Reuter; great granddaughter: Raelyn; step great grandchildren: Makenna, Austin, Tylor, Chelsea, Shelby, Aiden, Skyler; Sister: Nancy Patterson of Galva, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Bill Patterson; and his great niece, Kaitlyn Therman.

Shotgun Deer Season Begins – 11/20/15

November 20th, 2015

>>Winter Is Coming

(Davenport, IA)  —  The snow will start this evening, and there could be as much as eight inches on the ground in some places before it all stops tomorrow.  The National Weather Service has already posted a Winter Storm Warning for the Quad Cities and northwestern Illinois.  Forecasters say the Quad Cities could see between six and eight inches of snow, and say more than eight inches could fall up near Dubuque.

>>Weather Cancels Holiday Parade

(Moline, IL)  —  You can blame the snow for the lack of a helium-inflated Rudolph in the Quad Cities this year.  Organizers of the Quad-City Arts Festival of Trees Holiday Parade are canceling the parade this year.  They say they don’t want to battle the snowstorm and temperatures that won’t get above 30-degrees.  This is the first time in the parade’s 24-year history that organizers have canceled.

>>Bustos, LaHood Vote To Pause Refugees

(Washington, DC)  —  Western Illinois’ two congressmen both want to pause the flow of Syrian refugees into the United States.  Democrat Cheri Bustos and Republican Darin LaHood both voted with the majority in Congress to halt relocation until federal officials can make sure the refugees aren’t a security threat.

>>Illinois’ Jobless Rate Steady

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois added some jobs last month, but the state’s jobless rate stayed the same.  Illinois’ Department of Employment Security says the unemployment rate held at five-point-four-percent.  That’s despite the addition of over 14-thousand jobs in October.

>>Shotgun Deer Season Begins

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois hunters are beginning their annual trek into the woods this morning, as shotgun deer season opens.  This is the first of two weekends for hunters to bag a deer.  Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources says the seven-day season is the busiest of the year.  Western Illinois is home to some of the best deer territory in the world, and hunting has a huge economic benefit.

Local News – 11/20/15

November 20th, 2015

*Princeton’s Christmas Open House is This Weekend

Princeton’s Christmas Open House event I’ll be Home for Christmas is this weekend on Main Street (11/20/15 through 11/22/15). The festivities begin this evening at 5:30 when Santa arrives on a fire truck for the lighting of the Christmas tree at Veterans Park. There will also be live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, a hot coca cottage and a candy cane hunt tonight. Saturday’s events are from 9:30 until 4 and include a bake sale, a Christmas photo booth, a visit from Santa, the mini trees festival and performances by the Bureau County Chorus, the PHS Madrigals and the Covered Bridge Chorus Barbershop. The festivities begin at noon on Sunday and will run until 4. Holiday characters will be mingling with all in attendance and there will be trolley rides all weekend long.


*Perry Memorial Opened a New Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton has opened their new and expanded Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department.  The increase in space and pieces of equipment will allow the hospital to accommodate over 30% more patients per class comfortably. The CRD is located inside the north lobby in the medical office building.


*8th Annual Train Fair and Farm Toy Show 

The 8th annual Train Fair and Farm Toy Show set for tomorrow (11/21/15) has been cancelled due to the weather.