Bureau County Sheriff Warns Of Scam Resurfacing

February 22nd, 2018

Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed is warning residents of another scam that has resurfaced. A county board member recently reported they received a robo-call message stating that their Microsoft software had been hacked and their services compromised. There were instructions to call a telephone number (866-978- 5727) to resolve the issue.

A call was made to this number and a man stating he was “Jes” from
Microsoft answered. After advising “Jes” that they had received a message that their computer was hacked, he instructed them to turn on their computer and ask for information from the computer.


Sherrif Reed says DO NOT contact these people and do not provide them with any information. He says these criminals are looking to obtain personal information about you and any account you may have. Report any such calls you receive to the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department.

Obituary – Gisela Hansen

February 22nd, 2018
Gisela B. Hansen, 71, of Princeton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Gisela was born Sept. 16, 1946, in Wesel, Germany, to Johann and Gertrude (Tyrann) Schnell. She married Thomas F. Hansen Sept. 3, 1966, in Wesel, Germany.
She was a loving mother, and proud Oma and Mima to her four grandchildren. Her life was her family, both at home and in Germany. Gisela enjoyed gardening, baking and crafting with her grandkids. She enjoyed working in the social field and was very passionate about helping others. She was a legal advocate for Freedom House in Princeton. Gisela worked for 14 years at North Central Behavioral Health Systems as a case manager.
She is survived by her husband; two children, Derek (Rima) Hansen of Cleveland, Ohio, and Carie (Dan) Jaeger of Princeton; four grandchildren, Kyle, Emily, Medeja and Arija; three brothers, Horst, Wolfgang and Werner; and two sisters, Doris and Edith.
Gisela was preceded in death by one brother, Walter; and her parents.
A funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton with Father Daniel Gifford officiating. Burial will follow the service at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Believe Foundation in Princeton.
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News Headlines – February 23, 2017

February 22nd, 2018

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s ‘reconsidering’ the decision to keep veterans at the state’s home in Quincy. Students in Rock Island joined the national school walk out for gun control yesterday. Illinois’ flu cases are dipping again. Investigators say they may never know the cause of a fire in Bloomington that left a dozen people homeless.

>>Governor Rauner ‘Reconsidering’ Keeping vets At Quincy Home 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is hinting that he may close the state’s veterans home in Quincy. The governor yesterday said that he is ‘reconsidering’ keeping the vets at the home after a fourth person in a little more than a week was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. The state has been fighting Legionnaires at the Quincy home since 2015.  In all 13 people have died and dozens have gotten sick. Rauner’s political opponents say he hasn’t done enough to keep the veterans in Quincy safe. 

>>Rock Island Students Join Gun Control Walk Out 

(Rock Island, IL)  —  It’s not just Florida. Students in the Quad Cities yesterday joined what became a national walk out to advocate for gun control after the latest school shooting in Florida. About 40 students at Rock Island High School joined the movement, many more added their support on social media. Dozens of other schools across the state said they also saw students walk out in solidarity. 

>>Flu Fading In Illinois 

(Springfield, IL)  —  The flu is fading in Illinois. The state’s latest report to the CDC, for the second week of February, shows another dip in the number of people showing up in intensive care units with the flu. Just 93 new cases of the flu were reported in ICUs across the state during that week. Illinois doesn’t track the number of people who get sick with the flu, just the number of people who are admitted to the ICU and the number of children who die. For the season, four children have died from the flu in Illinois. 

>>Bloomington Fire Investigators May Never Know Fire’s Cause 

(Bloomington, IL)  —  Fire investigators in Bloomington say they may never know what started a fire earlier this month that left a dozen people homeless. Bloomington Fire Department spokesman Stuart Blade said there is just too much damage at the apartment building on the city’s east side to get to the cause of the fire. Seven families lost their homes in the fire. City attorneys in Bloomington say the apartment building had a history of troubles, and the owners were cited nearly 800 times for everything from chipped paint to missing smoke detectors. 

>>Quad Cities Eagle Nest Has One Egg 

(Davenport, IA)  —  Eagle watchers in the Quad Cities are now watching an egg. Managers at the Arconic plant in Davenport, Iowa say the nest at the plant has an egg that they hope will become a hatchling. The former Alcoa plant has kept an eye on local eagles since 2010. The adult eagles at the nest, Liberty and Justice, are thought to have laid the egg last week. If you want to watch the egg’s progress, you can check out the webcam at

Obituary – Neil Lindberg

February 22nd, 2018

Name:  Neil E. Lindberg

Age:  69

City:  Princeton

Time of Death: 6:30 p.m.

Date of Death:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Place of Death: Perry Memorial Hospital


Services:  Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018 at The First Lutheran Church, Princeton.

Officiant: Pastor Bill Shields


Date/ Place of Birth: He was born December 18, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Howard T. and Eleanor (Rhode) Lindberg.

Marriage:  Deborah Rae Larson on January 30, 1971 in Bensenville, Illinois.

She Survives: In Princeton

Survivors:  One daughter: Keri (Kris) Komorn of North Aurora, Illinois; one grandson, Rece Komorn of North Aurora, Illinois; one brother, Rusty Lindberg; one sister, Karen Lee.

Preceded in death:  his parents.

Education: Graduated from East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois.

Employment: He was a resident engineer for  Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc in Aurora, Illinois.

Memberships/Hobbies: Arispe Township Trustee; he enjoyed golf and target shooting     

Memorials: American Diabetes Association.

Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Obituary – Leona Minks

February 22nd, 2018

Leona Minks, age 89, died at home, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

            Leona was born on July 30, 1928 in Joliet the daughter of Denver L. and Edith M. (Mitchell) Fowler.  She married Carl E. Minks on March 12, 1965 in Elgin.  He died on February 19, 2005.  Leona was a homemaker and was known to make the best gravy ever.  She loved her family and enjoyed talking with them on the phone.  Leona was a devout Christian, an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved her dog Misty.

            Survivors include three daughters, Violet (Robert) Martin of Fenton, Mich., Sue (Jim) Boyd of Lisle and Sandie (Larry) Parker of Elon, N.C.; two sons, Robert Summers of Springfield, Mo. and Carl (Danette) Minks of Walnut; nine grandchildren, Melissa, Russell, Samantha, Kenny, Bobby, Leanna, Nick, Mandy and Emma;  eleven great grandkids;  numerous other kids that knew her as “Grandma Sunshine”.

            She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Joey; three brothers; one sisters.

            Graveside services for family and friends at Van Orin Cemetery with Reverend Eldon Cook of Walnut Community Bible Church officiating will be announced at a later date. Arrangements will be completed by the Garland Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

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