Millions Hitting Road For Holiday – 11/26/14

November 26th, 2014

>>Ferguson Unrest Leads To East St. Louis Curfew

(East St. Louis, IL)  –  There won’t be many late nights for teenagers in East St. Louis during the Thanksgiving break.  City leaders have put a curfew in place for everyone 17 and under.  They have to be inside between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day, unless they’re at work or participating in a school or church event that has adult supervision.  The idea is to make sure the teens are safe from harm during any potential fallout from the Ferguson grand jury decision.  East St. Louis is less than 15 miles from Ferguson.

>>ICC Approves Rock Island Clean Line Project

(Rock Island, IL)  –  The Illinois Commerce Commission is granting Rock Island Clean Line LLC’s request to construct, operate, and maintain a 121-mile-long electric transmission line.  It would be the first direct current line in Illinois eastward to ComEd’s Collins substation in Grundy County.  The line will originate in O’Brien County, Iowa, and ultimately extend about 500 miles, connecting potential wind generation resources in northwest Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota with electricity markets.  The commission also directed Rock Island Clean Line to address landowners’ concerns on things like irrigation, soil erosion, and timber land.

>>No More Ebola Hotline

(Chicago, IL)  –  The state is getting rid of its Ebola hotline.  Officials say there really isn’t much need for the line anymore since fewer people are calling in.  The line was opened in October to give people a way to get answers about the disease.  Quite a few people across the state have been quarantined but so far no one has tested positive for Ebola.

>>Harvest Just About Done

(Springfield, IL)  –  The harvest season is wrapping up.  State crop statistician Mark Schleusener says freezing conditions have pretty much put an end to fieldwork for the season.  Corn harvest reached 97-percent on Sunday, compared to 98-percent one year ago.  Ninety-five-percent of sorghum has been harvested and 76-percent of winter wheat has now emerged.  Eighty-seven-percent of the wheat crop is rated in fair to good condition.

>>Millions Hitting Road For Holiday

(Springfield, IL)  –  Millions of people are hitting the roads for the holiday, but they aren’t the only ones.  State troopers are boosting patrol and conducting more roadside safety checks.  The troopers will be looking for people are drunk, not strapped in, or using their cell phones.  Seven people died on Illinois roads during the Thanksgiving holiday last year.  Three of those fatalities involved a drunk driver.

Princeton and Bureau Valley win again

November 25th, 2014

Boys Varsity High School Basketball from Tuesday night


At Orion Tipoff Classic
Princeton 66 – Fulton 58
Tigers next play Friday night against host Orion at the tourney – Airtime 8:20 with Paul Bomleny and Norm Vandermoon on WZOE


At Wally Keller Invitational at Wethersfield High School
Bureau Valley 66 – Elmwood 63
Storm next face Midland at the Invite tonight on Z98.  Airtime 5:20 with Charlie Waca


Marengo 55 – Ottawa 45

Former Illinois Congressman Honored – 11/25/14

November 25th, 2014

>>Madigan To Appeal Pension Decision

(Springfield, IL)  –  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is planning to appeal a judge’s decision regarding a pension overhaul passed last year by the Legislature.  Madigan says the State Supreme Court could take up the case by the end of January.  A Springfield judge ruled the overhaul aimed at fixing the state’s 100-billion-dollar pension crisis was unconstitutional on Friday.  The state will seek an expedited hearing from the Supreme Court.

>>MetroLink Stations Back Open

(East St. Louis, IL)  –  A MetroLink station was closed for several hours on Monday after an early-morning accident. The light rail service re-opened in both directions around 12:30 between Fairview Heights and Emerson Park. Passengers were shuttled to stations by bus for several hours.  A car crash was initially blamed but authorities later said it possibly was from strong winds.

>>Three Accused Of Making Meth In Car

(Granite City, IL)  –  Three men are charged for allegedly making meth in a car in Glen Carbon.  Forty-four-year-old George Holliday, 27-year-old Bobby Harper, and 30-year-old James Bailey Jr., all of Granite City, were charged Monday, facing aggravated participation in meth manufacturing and several other felony charges.  Police say the vehicle they were in was stopped Saturday because of an expired registration.

>>Former Illinois Congressman Honored

(Washington, DC)  –  A former Illinois congressman who represented suburban Chicago has been given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Eighty-eight-year-old Abner Mikva is a former Democratic representative and federal judge who served in the Clinton administration.  Mikva was a chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.

>>Rochester Superintendent Wins Top Honor

(Rochester, IL)  –  Rochester Superintendent Thomas Bertrand has been named Superintendent of the Year in Illinois.  The award came during an Illinois Association of School Administrators conference on Sunday.  Bertrand has worked as an educator for nearly three decades, becoming superintendent in Rochester in 2002

Princeton and Bureau Valley Get Season-Opening Wins

November 24th, 2014

Boys Varsity High School Basketball from  Monday night

At Orion Tipoff Classic
Princeton 53 – Erie 49

At Walley Keller Invitational at Wethersfield High School
Bureau Valley 68 – Putnam County 58

Reed Custer 79 – Hall 55
Byron 58 – St. Bede 43
LaSalle-Peru 51 – Polo 38

Ameren Schedules Power Outage Overnight

November 24th, 2014

Ameren has a scheduled power outage planned for Tuesday, November 25th from 1am to 4am to replace or repair a utility pole.

Proposal To Sell Decatur Public Library – 11/24/14

November 24th, 2014

>>Two People Hurt In I-57 Crash

(Savoy, IL)  –  A Chicago man has been ticketed after a Sunday night crash that left two people injured in Savoy.  Illinois State Police say Jamon Barnette was driving on I-57 while trying to pass a semitrailer when he lost control of his car on the wet pavement.  The vehicle left the road into a ditch and overturned.  Police ticketed Barnette for driving too fast for conditions.

>>Woman Attacks Murphysboro McDonalds Manager

(Murphysboro, IL)  –  A Murphysboro woman is locked up after she was accused of attacking a McDonalds manager.  Cops arrested 30-year-old Jami Boyer Friday morning.  Witnesses say she started a shouting match with an employee of the fast food restaurant.   Police say Boyer then tossed her soft drink on the floor and her food back on the counter before attacking the manager.  She’s charged with battery and is being held in Jackson County Jail.

>>Garage In Rural Green Valley Destroyed By Fire

(Green Valley, IL)  –  Fire officials in Green Valley are investigating a Sunday afternoon house fire that destroyed a garage.  There were no vehicles in the structure at the time.  The blaze caused a total loss to the garage of up to 12 thousand dollars in damages.

>>Proposal To Sell Decatur Public Library

(Decatur, IL)  –  The Decatur Public Library officials are in talks to sell its building to the Decatur Public Building Commission. This is a combined effort involving the library and the Macon County Administration Building.  Officials say both buildings have too much space and want to converge.  There’s a private firm interested in buying the eight floor administration building.  So the county wants to sell it to them, and then move into the unused space in the library.  The Macon County Board will hold a couple of public meetings  before signing a deal.

>>Fighting Illini Host Brown In College Hoops

(Champaign, IL)  –  The University of Illinois men’s basketball team will play Brown University tonight for the very first time.  The three and zero Fighting Illini are 25 and two all-time against Ivy League members.  The start time for the game at the State Farm Center is 7 p.m.

The WZOE AG EXPO is TODAY! – 11/22/14

November 22nd, 2014

The WZOE AG EXPO is TODAY from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Bureau County Fairgrounds!

FREE ADMISSION- Enter to win prizes to be spent at any booth vendor.

Come hungry….Kramer’s Kitchen will be serving breakfast and lunch!

No Vote On Minimum Wage – 11/21/14

November 21st, 2014

>>Pension Ruling Coming Today

(Springfield, IL)  –  Lawmakers will know if they need to go back to the drawing board on pension reform later this afternoon.  A judge is set to rule on whether the new pension law is constitutional.  Unions say it is not because it will reduce cost of living raises for retirees and it makes current workers stay on the job longer.  They say that clearly cuts into their pension benefits which are explicitly protected by the Illinoisconstitution.  But attorneys for the state say the constitution leaves room for lawmakers to make changes in emergency situations – and having a 100-billion-dollar shortfall in the pension systems is an emergency.

>>No Vote On Minimum Wage

(Springfield, IL)  –  Lawmakers won’t be voting to increase the minimum wage for at least another two weeks.  They wrapped up their first week of veto session without passing the bill, but Democrats aren’t giving up on it.  They’re hoping to raise the wage to 10-dollars-an-hour before the end of the year for workers who are over the age of 18.  That rate wouldn’t go into effect until July of next year.  The proposal apparently has enough support clear the Senate but not quite enough in the House yet.

>>Jobless Rate Holds Steady

(Springfield, IL)  –  The state’s unemployment rate is holding steady at six-point-six-percent. Officials say the rate didn’t change from September to October, even though the state lost about two-thousand-jobs.  Most of the losses were in the public sector.  The state saw gains in the private sector though, particularly in the education, health care, and manufacturing industries.

>>City Council Votes Alderman Out

(Murphysboro, IL)  –  An alderman who pled guilty to sexual assault is being taken off the job.  The Murphysboro city council voted to remove Ronald Nolan from his post last night.  The move comes just days after Nolan admitted to assaulting a woman last year.  He reportedly pulled up next to her while she was walking on the street and offered her a ride, but when she got in the car, Nolan locked the door and wouldn’t let her out. He’ll spend the next nine-years behind bars.

>>Metropolis Plant Shutting Down For Maintenance

(Metropolis, IL)  –  People who work for the Honeywell plant in Metropolis will be out of a job, at least temporarily, at the start of the new year.  Company officials say they’re closing down for routine maintenance in early January.  The whole process will take about three months.  Workers were handed letters about the shutdown yesterday but it doesn’t say whether they’ll still have a job once the maintenance is complete.  Union leaders won’t comment on the shutdown.

Finally A Winner In State Treasurer’s Race – 11/20/14

November 20th, 2014

>>Finally A Winner In State Treasurer’s Race

(Springfield, IL)  –  Democratic state senator Mike Frerichs [[ Fray-er-ricks ]] is accepting victory in the state treasurer’s race.  He’d been trailing Republican Tom Cross by a very narrow margin since election night, but a final count of absentee and provisional ballots put him over the top.  Frerichs says he’s looking forward to getting to work and helping get the state’s economy back on track. He’ll be sworn in in January.

>>Senate Moves On Minimum Wage Hike Despite GOP Pushback

(Springfield, IL)  –  Lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to raise the minimum wage, despite Republican push back.  The latest proposal would boost the wage to ten-bucks-an-hour next July for workers over the age of 18.  They’d get a 50-cent raise in 2016, and another in 2017 if the proposal clears the House and Senate.  The measure passed a senate committee yesterday and is headed to the floor for a vote but key Republican leaders say they won’t support it.  They’re asking that the measure be part of a package that includes pro-business reforms.

>>Former Cop Behind Matteson Bank Heist

(Matteson, IL)  –  A former cop in Atlanta, Georgia is apparently behind a bank heist in Matteson, Illinois.  Police say 44-year-old Maurice Dodd robbed the BMO Harris bank last Friday.  He displayed a weapon during the robbery and made off with more than four-thousand-dollars.  Police chased Dodd in his vehicle once he left the bank but he reportedly put a gun to his head and killed himself.  Dodd was a 12-year-vet of the Atlanta police force but was fired a few months ago after a DUI arrest.

>>Beardstown Man Allegedly Kills Baby

(Beardstown, IL)  –  A Beardstown man is facing first-degree murder charges after allegedly killing his girlfriend’s baby.  Police say the eight-month-old boy suffered from blunt force trauma and had third-degree burns on most of his body when he was taken to a hospital last month.  Jose Nieto-Roman reportedly caused the injuries while his girlfriend was away.  Police say Nieto-Roman started stabbing himself when cops showed up to the home.  He’s been in the hospital since October 31st but was officially charged yesterday.

>>Illinoisan Lands Gig At White House Correspondents Dinner

(Washington, DC)  –  An Oak Park native will be the featured comedienne at the White House Correspondent’s dinner next spring.  Cecily Strong landed the highly coveted gig.  The 30-year-old got her start in the Chicago comedy circuit and joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2012.  Conan O’Brian, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert have all provided the laughs in recent years but Strong is the first woman to get the job since 2009, when Comedienne Wanda Sykes was the featured guest.

Food Drive at WZOE Ag Expo – 11/19/14

November 19th, 2014

*Food Drive at WZOE Ag Expo*

The Bureau County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee will be hosting a food drive at the WZOE Ag Expo, Saturday Nov. 22nd. The committee will be collecting non-perishable food items or monetary donations at the Farm Bureau booth that will be located just inside the entry door. All items collected will be donated to surrounding area food pantries. For more details about the food drive contact the Bureau County Farm Bureau at (815) 875-6468.

*Details of the Princeton Park District Board Meeting *

-Rates are going up at the Metro Center. As of January 1st 2015,  all single memberships will increase $3 and all multiple memberships will increase $5.  Monthly and 6-month membership will not receive an increase.  Daily fees for adults will increase to $6 from $5.25 and Student/Senior memberships will go from $4.50 to $5.  Family memberships will remain the same at $12.

-A new location for the annual Relay for Life was discussed. The board is hoping it will be at Zearing Park in 2015 with the Metro Center as the rainout location.

-Alexander Skate Park will be closed for the winter so that the board can address concerns over the deterioration of the park’s structure and equipment.

*PHS Tech Club get award*

The Princeton High School Tech Club was awarded the Aviation Merit Award for Innovation at the Real World Design Challenge in Washington DC. The award is dedicated to the team that provided the most thought provoking and innovative solution. Princeton High finished 4th out of 312 schools across the country that were competing in the challenge.

*Local Warming Centers*

The local Department of Human Services offices will also serve as warming centers to those in need of a warm spot to beat the cold. The Bureau County Human Service office is located at 225 Backbone Road in Princeton and the LaSalle County Human Services offices are located at 905 2nd St. in LaSalle and at 1560 1st Ave. in Ottawa.