Boys IHSA Basketball Regional Championships – 2/26/2016

February 26th, 2016

At Orion:
Rockridge 48 – Princeton 44
*Tigers finish season with an 18-11 record
*Rockridge advances to next week’s Princeton Sectional

At Sterling Newman Central Catholic:
Newman 49 – Oregon 39
*Newman advances to next week’s Princeton Sectional

At Monmouth:
Kewanee 62 – Monmouth-Roseville 57

At Amboy:

Marquette 62 – Indian Creek 53

Regular Season:
Ottawa 65 – LaSalle-Peru 53

Boys IHSA Basketball Regional Semifinals – 2/24/2016

February 24th, 2016


At Orion:
Princeton 66 – Orion 55
*Tigers vs. Rockridge for regional title Friday at 7 pm.  Airtime 6:45 with Paul Bomleny and Norm Vandermoon on WZOE-AM 1490 and

At Amboy:
Indian Creek 79 – DePue 60

At Roanoke-Benson:
Flanagan-Cornell 53 – Midland 33

At Sterling Newman Central Catholic:
Newman 53 – Prophetstown 38
Oregon 63 – Riverdale 46

Boys High School Basketball from Tuesday 2/16/16

February 16th, 2016

Fulton 65 – Princeton 63 (Soph: PHS 49-42) *Tigers last regular season game is Friday at home vs. Rochelle)

Newman 62 – Hall 46

St. Bede 64 – Prophetstown 51

Sycamore 57 – LaSalle-Peru 55

Putnam County 71 – Serena 61

Perry Memorial Hospital CEO Announces Retirement

February 6th, 2016

Rex Conger, President and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, is announcing his retirement, effective January 15th, 2017.  He has held his current post with the hospital for over 9 years.  After hearing from Conger of his intention in 2013, the hospital’s board of directors began putting into place a transition plan.  Annette Schnabel with hired as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 with the expectation she would eventually transition into the President/CEO position when Conger retired.  Next, the board will hire a new Chief Operating Officer, who will replace Schnabel when she becomes the new President and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital.  Conger will move into a President Emeritus role until his retirement date.  As President Emeritus, he will have an office in the hospital and will report to the hospital board of directors.  Conger will continue to be involved on various statewide boards and committees.

Illinois Briefs – 2/5/2016

February 5th, 2016

Lead Paint Could Doom Elementary School

The Midland School Board, north of Peoria, has decided to close the elementary school in Lacon after hazardous lead paint was found in several areas inside and outside the building.  For the rest of the school year, younger students will attend class in a nearby middle school, and to make room for them, fifth graders from that school will be shifted to a nearby high school.  All three Midland district schools have been closed for the past seven days for lead paint testing, and it’s still not clear if the Lacon school will be repaired or demolished.

East St. Louis High School Sends Water To Flint

(East St. Louis, IL)  —  A truck loaded with 15-thousand-bottles of water is heading to Flint, Michigan thanks to the efforts of students and East St. Louis High School.  English class discussions about the lead crisis in Flint turned into a two-week collection drive by students, teachers and school staff members.  The water from East St. Louis was taken to Decatur where that load was added to three other trucks full of water gathered in Decatur that are being transported to Flint this weekend.

Archdiocese Contemplates Cuts, Consolidation

(Chicago, IL)  —  Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese is in line for a radical reorganization over the next 15 years that could lead to the closing of many churches.  Archbishop Blase Cupich [[ SOO-pitch ]] told priests and advisers recently that a shortage of priests that’s not expected to ease could lead to the closing or consolidation of a number of the three-hundred-51 parishes now in operation.  The Archdiocese is also looking to close some dilapidated buildings to save money, though a cost-savings target hasn’t been announced.

Church Leader Accused Of Molesting Girls

(Belleville, IL)  —  In Belleville, the leader of a church youth singing group has left that post after being charged with sexually assaulting two girls in his home.  Police say 66-year-old Dennis Theurer is accused of abusing two girls, aged seven and 13 repeatedly between 2013 and this year.  Police and the church’s pastor say the alleged offenses were not connected to Theurer’s involvement with the Edgemont Bible Church, where he was an elder.

Mayor Will “Discuss” Lucas Museum Site Change

(Chicago, IL)  —  Mayor Emanuel appears open to the possibility of finding a new location for the proposed Lucas Museum, now that a legal challenge to the lakefront site is being allowed to proceed.  The Chicago “Sun Times” reports Emanuel said today he’ll discuss the project’s future with film mogul George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, a Chicago investment executive.  Emanuel said he still supports the lakefront site being opposed by the group Friends of the Parks, but the fear is that Lucas will pull his plans if faced with a lengthy and expensive legal fight.

Chinese Investors Buy Chicago Stock Exchange

(Chicago, IL)  —  A Chinese investment group has established a beachhead in the U.S. equity market with plans to acquire the Chicago Stock Exchange.  The Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group has signed an agreement to acquire the one-hundred-34-year-old Chicago exchange, which handles less than one percent of the nation’s stock trades.  No purchase price was quoted but the Chinese group is expected to use the Chicago exchange to offer shares in Chinese companies to American investors.