Obituary – Ryan Benson

April 24th, 2018

Ryan W. Benson, 58 of Polo, IL. passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2018 in Princeton, IL.
Ryan was born in Moline, IL. on January 4, 1960 to Ronald W. and Ruth (Johnson) Benson. He graduated from Polo Community High School and also from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago.
He worked alongside his father at the family business, Benson Funeral Home in Polo until his fathers retirement. Ryan then successfully owned and operated the Benson Funeral Home for many years. Most recently, Ryan was employed at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton, Il., where he worked as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He was very dedicated, detailed and passionate about his work and was proud to serve all of the families he had the opportunity to work with.
Ryan is survived by one sister, Rhonda (Glen “Butch”) Cook of Orion, IL.; one niece, Dawn (Justin) Byars of Oak Point, Texas; one nephew, Kevin (Kelli) Cook of Orion, Il. Also surviving are many dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to his family.

News Headlines – April 23, 2018

April 23rd, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is among the states with someone who got sick after eating tainted lettuce. Illinois lawmakers will need to find 265 million-dollars if they want to fix the problems at the Quincy veterans home. Officials at the University of Illinois say #MeToo may be the reason the school is seeing more harassment reports. Illinois’ bicentennial best-of voters are picking historic sites this week.

>>Illinois Among States With Case Of Lettuce Sickness

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is on the list of states with someone who got sick after eating tainted lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control on Friday issued a warning that no one should eat Romaine lettuce after an outbreak of sicknesses across the country. The CDC says unless you are absolutely sure that your lettuce is not from Arizona, you should probably throw it away. The state’s Department of Public Health isn’t offering much information about the single case in Illinois.

>>Price Tag For Quincy Home Repairs Over 260 Million

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are going to have to find 265 million-dollars if they want to end the Legionnaires outbreak at the veterans home in Quincy. That’s the price tag included in a new report to lawmakers. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs delivered the report last week. Most of the cost, about 220 million-dollars, comes from building a new home for veterans in Quincy. The rest of the money is aimed at improving the water treatment facility. Illinois lawmakers aren’t sure yet where the money will come from.

>>Report: University Of Illinois seeing More Harassment Reports

(Urbana, IL) — University leaders in Champaign-Urbana are wondering if #MeToo is driving an uptick in sexual harassment reports. “The News-Gazette” in Champaign reported yesterday that the U of I has seen a dramatic increase in the number of harassment reports over the past two years. In 2014, the paper says the school saw 26 reports of harassment against university workers or faculty members. That jumped to 51 in both 2016 and 2017. Most reports never lead to an investigation or charges. In fact of the 102 reports, only 18 ended with the finding of a violation.

>>Quad Cities Healthcare Company To Layoff Almost 50

(Moline, IL) — One of the Quad Cities’ largest healthcare companies is getting ready to cut about 50 jobs. Genesis Health Systems on Friday announced that it is laying off 48 people in both Iowa and Illinois. A company spokesman says 12 management positions are among the cuts. There’s no word when the affected workers will see their last days on the job.

>>Illinois Historic Sites Up For A Vote This Week

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ bicentennial best-of voters have a tough decision to make this week. Which is Illinois’ best historic site? The list includes Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home, Lincoln’s home, and Lincoln’s New Salem. The list also includes Illinois’ old capitols in Springfield and Vandalia, and Route 66. Voting is open till Friday at

Obituary – Howard Miller

April 22nd, 2018

Howard Miller, age 78, of Ohio, IL died on April 19, 2018 at Liberty Village, Princeton, IL.
He was born on September 7, 1939 to Vernon and Roberta (Withrow) Miller in Geneseo, IL and was a 1957 graduate of Geneseo High School. Howard attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa for two years and graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho at both universities. On August 10, 1963, he married Janet Monier in Princeton, IL.
Howard worked as a John Deere representative, was a John Deere dealer, an A&W owner, a farmer and a flight instructor. He had a passion for flying and obtained his private pilot’s license when he was 18, ultimately achieving his commercial pilot and airport transport pilot rating and was also a member of the Air National Guard.
In addition to flying, he enjoyed motorcycling, sailing, traveling, and restoring MG cars and sailboats. He was a member of the Columbus, WI Rotary Club and the Bureau County Farm Bureau. In 1963, Howard was initiated into Stewart Lodge #92 Geneseo, IL, the same lodge as his father and maternal grandfather and was a 50+ year member. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Moline.
Survivors include his wife, Janet of Ohio, IL; a daughter, Deborah (Paul) Dittmann of London, England; a son, David Miller of Ohio, IL; also a sister, Paula (Jim) Mallory of Lexington, KY; and two nephews, Brian Mallory of Lexington, KY and Scott (Robin) Mallory of Peach Tree City, GA and their son, Robert James .
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, 30 West Mechanic Street, Princeton, IL on Tuesday April 24, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Graveside services will be private. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to Lewy Body Dementia Research at Mayo Clinic.

News Headlines – April 21, 2018

April 22nd, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Lawmakers could see the final report on the Quincy veterans home next week. Illinois lawmakers say they want to be able to track who is actually working in state government. Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, and her baby, made history on Capitol Hill. Crews in western Illinois are already cleaning-up after Wednesday’s fire at a chemical plant in Orion.

>>Final Quincy Veterans Home Report Could Come Next Week

(Springfield, IL) — Lawmakers in Springfield could soon get a look at the final recommendations to end the Legionnaires outbreak at the Quincy veterans home. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the state’s Department of Public Health promised lawmakers a plan to fix the home’s outdated plumbing by May. Mike Hoffman, who Governor Rauner tapped to oversee the report, told lawmakers yesterday that he hopes to have a report by next Friday. Hoffman said the report would be ready no later than May 1st.

>>Illinois House Okays ‘Off Shoring’ Law

(Springfield, IL) — It may soon be a bit easier to know who is working in state government. The Illinois House yesterday approved a plan to end ‘off shoring’ in the governor’s office. Comptroller Susana Mendoza, the woman who pays the state’s bills, said the new law is needed to make sure Governor Rauner is living within his budget. Mendoza said the governor is supposed to have just 44 employees and spend less than five million-dollars a year, but in reality he has over 100 people on his staff and spends over ten million-dollars a year. The plan now heads to the Illinois Senate.

>>Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth Votes With Baby In Lap

(Washington, DC) — Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is now in the Capitol Hill history books. Duckworth yesterday became the first sitting U.S. Senator to ever vote with a baby in her lap. Duckworth delivered her second daughter earlier this month, and the Senate this week changed their rules to allow her to bring the baby on the floor. Duckworth told reporters in Washington D.C. yesterday that it felt great.

>>Bloomington Leaders Detail Alleged Fraud From Former Coliseum Managers

(Bloomington, IL) — City leaders in Bloomington are painting a picture of off-book companies and short changed receipts at the city-owned coliseum. The city yesterday responded to a lawsuit from the former managers of what is now the Grossinger Motors Arena. The managers are suing the city for breach of contract. Bloomington’s response says the leaders at Central Illinois Arena Management schemed for years to pay the city less than what the arena owed for food and drinks. Four former managers are facing criminal charges for their roles in the scheme.

>>Clean-Up Already Underway At Western Illinois Chemical Plant

(Orion, IL) — Crews are already getting to work cleaning up the chemicals and what’s left of the chemical plant in western Illinois. Managers at the Helena Agri-Enterprises plant in Orion yesterday said that they’re confident that they contained the chemical runoff from Wednesday’s fire. That fire destroyed a storage facility. There’s no word yet as to what started the fire. No one was at the plant when the flames broke out, and no one was hurt.

Obituary – Francis Rich

April 22nd, 2018

Francis A. Rich, 87, of Princeton, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in his home.

A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday in the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with Fr. Daniel Gifford officiating. Military honors will follow by the Princeton Veterans Memorial Group. His family will receive friends Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with a rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Private online condolences may be left for the family at

Francis was born on May 17, 1930 in Chicago, to Charles and Ellen (Lonmor) Rich. He married Helen Haun on June 29, 1963 in Mendota. He had served in the United States Army and later in the United States Air Force and retired from the Army Reserves having attained the rank of Sergeant Major.

He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, a 50 year member of the Wyanet VFW, the Princeton Elks, the Princeton Moose Lodge, and the Bureau Valley Camping Club “Good Sams”. He had been a little league coach, a Boy Scout leader, volunteered as a driver for veterans and drove for the Share Food Program.

He is survived by: his wife, Helen Rich of Princeton; his children, David (Robin Wolf) Underwood of Brattleboro, Vermont, Joanne (Roger) Carr of Troy Grove, and Linda (Mike) Fisher of Sheffield; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; his sister, Irene (Lee) Christiansen of Oswego; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: His parents; a son, Alan Rich; 5 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton Senior Center.