News Headlines – September 18, 2018

September 18th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Amazon is ready to start a new academic redshirt program at the University of Illinois. Former Governor Edgar isn’t going to endorse Governor Rauner this year. Illinois State Fair managers say they lost money on their grandstand concerts this year.

>>Amazon Announces Academic Redshirt Program At U Of I

(Urbana, IL) — Amazon is looking to give some University of Illinois students time to get up to speed in science and engineering classes. The Champaign News-Gazette yesterday reported that Amazon will invest a million-dollars over the next five years to start an academic redshirt program. The idea is to give students who show promise in science and engineering fields some time to catch up with other students who took advanced courses in high school. The first redshirt class will include 25 students from both rural and urban high schools.

>>Former Governor Edgar Won’t Endorse Governor Rauner

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ last two-term Republican governor won’t be out campaigning for the current Republican in office. WCIA TV yesterday reported that former Governor Jim Edgar won’t endorse Governor Bruce Rauner. The two have had their differences during Rauner’s first term. Edgar told the station that he won’t be making any endorsements this time around.

>>Illinois Farmers Bringing In Their Crops

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois farmers are getting a jump on the harvest. The latest USDA Crop Report for the state says that, as of Sunday, farmers in Illinois had brought-in 12 percent of their corn and four percent of their beans. Given the warm start to the week, those numbers are sure to rise for next week. The report says that 76 percent of both the corn and bean crop are rated good to excellent.

>>Rock Island Opens Illinois’ Latest Milk Bank

(Rock Island, IL) — New mothers in the Quad Cities have a new place to turn for help in feeding their babies. Rock Island County this week opened a new human milk bank. The bank allows mothers to donate breast milk to other mothers or babies in need. It’s the first milk bank on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities. Before it, public health managers say Illinois moms had to travel to Peoria or Rockford to participate.

>>Illinois State Fair Concerts Lost Money This Year

(Springfield, IL) — Hard rock and 80’s hits didn’t do the Illinois State Fair any favors this year. State Fair managers released their grandstand show figures yesterday. The fair lost just over 200 thousand-dollars on concerts during the fair in Springfield. Fans bought just over one-point-three million dollars in tickets and the fair paid out almost one-point-six million to the performers. Most of the fair’s country concerts did well, but it was the hard rock show featuring Halestorm and Mastodon and the 80’s hits concert feature Boy George and Culture Club that were the biggest drains on the fair’s bottom line.

News Headlines – September 17, 2018

September 17th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is on the list of states where Bob Evans says possibly tainted sausage was sold. The flood waters along the Mississippi River are moving down river this week. One person is dead after an early Sunday shooting in Peoria.

>>Illinois Included In Bob Evans Sausage Recall

(Springfield. IL) — Illinois is on the list of states where Bob Evans says possibly tainted sausage was sold. The USDA said Bob Evans last week recalled 46 thousand pounds of pork sausage because it may be contaminated with pieces of clear, hard plastic. The recall includes Bob Evans maple pork sausage links, Bob Evans brown sugar and honey sausages, fresh from Meijer maple flavored sausage links, and Schnuck’s maple recipe breakfast sausage.

>>Mississippi River Flooding Threat Moves Downstream

(Quincy, IL) — It’s time for folks near Quincy to worry about the rising Mississippi River. The National Weather Service says the high water that swamped folks near Muscatine, Iowa last week will move down river this week. Forecasters say folks from Burlington, Iowa to Quincy will see the worst of the high water, though they say it will be moderate flooding at worst.

>>One Dead After Early Sunday Shooting In Peoria

(Peoria, IL) — Investigators in Peoria are not saying what lead to a deadly shooting on that city’s south side. Peoria Police say 25-year-old Lemont Brown Jr died from a single gunshot wound to the back. They are not saying who pulled the trigger, or why. Investigators are asking for help in finding a suspect.

>>No Cause Yet In Dixon Fire That Forced Evacuations

(Dixon, IL) — Fire investigators in Dixon say they still don’t know what caused a weekend fire at a local seed company. Flames destroyed about a third of the building at Nutrien Ag Solutions in Dixon Friday night. Firefighters were worried enough about the chemicals inside that they evacuated about 50 people Friday night. No one was hurt in the fire, though there’s no word when the business may reopen.

>>Enrico Fermi Named Illinois’ Top Scientist For Bicentennial

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ top scientist of the past 200 years is likely the only scientist on the state’s latest Top 200 list that people know. Bicentennial best-of voters last week chose Enrico Fermi as Illinois top scientist of the past two centuries. Fermi played a key role in the Manhattan Project and helped harness nuclear power. The rest of the top five scientists include James Watson, R. Buckminster Fuller, Percy Lavon Julian, and Andrew Moyer who helped discover penicillin.

High School Football Results – Week 4

September 15th, 2018

Princeton 48 – Sherrard 8
Monmouth-Roseville 36 – Bureau Valley 18
Hall 68 – Kewanee 13
Erie-Prophetstown 17 – St. Bede 16
La Salle-Peru 48 – Ottawa 0
Genoa-Kingston 42 – Mendota 7
Amboy-LaMoille 24 – Pecatonica-Durand 6
Newman 55 – Morrison 8
Orion 56 – Riverdale 0
Fulton 35 – Rockridge 6
Rochelle 28 – Geneseo 21
South Beloit 18 – River Valley 0

Bench Trial For Suspect In Murder Of Spring Valley Teen

September 14th, 2018

The man accused of killing a 16-year-old in west-central Illinois doesn’t want a jury to hear his case. Prosecutors in Putnam County say Richard Henderson wants a judge to hear the evidence against him. Investigators say Henderson stabbed and killed 16-year-old Diamond Bradley last January. Henderson’s trial is set to start in December.

Week 4 – High School Football Schedule 9-14-18

September 14th, 2018

Sherrard at Princeton
(7:15 pm on WZOE-AM 1490 with Norm Vandermoon and Curtis Odell)

Monmouth-Roseville at Bureau Valley
(7:15 pm on Z98 WZOE-FM with Charlie Waca and Dave Shephard)


Hall at Kewanee
Erie-Prophetstown at St. Bede
Ottawa at La Salle-Peru
Genoa-Kingston at Mendota
Amboy-LaMoille at Pecatonica-Durand
Morrison at Newman
Riverdale at Orion
Fulton at Rockridge
Geneseo at Rochelle
River Valley at South Beloit