Local News- 4/21/17

April 21st, 2017

*Weekend Events at Starved Rock
The Starved Rock Lodge and Conference center have a weekend of events planned. Tonight (4/21/17) there will be live music at the back door lounge by Timmy and the Nightcaps from 8 until 11. Tomorrow (4/22/17) the waterfall and canyon tour will take place 9 and 11 and the take a hike and lunch is also at 11. On Sunday (4/23/17) brunch is from 10:30 am until 3, the take a hike and lunch will be held at 11:00 and the historic trolley tours run at noon, 1:30 and 3:00.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 25 year old Alyssa Stroud of Princeton pleaded guilty to DUI. She was ordered to pay $2000 in fees and court costs and was placed on conditional discharge for 2 years. She will also serve 180 days in the Bureau County jail.

33 year old Heith Delacruzham of Princeton pleaded guilty to retail theft. He will pay $552 in fees and court costs and received court supervision for 1 year.

38 year old Ryan Robson of Kewanee pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing. He was ordered to pay $507 in fees and court costs and was placed on conditional discharge for 1 year.


*Monthly Hike the Canal outing announced

The friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing tomorrow (4/23/17). This month’s hike is 5.4 miles long and has been named the “Raccoon”.

The monthly hikes were developed as an opportunity for people to get to know the Canal better by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi in small sections. There is no fee for the hike and membership is not a requirement.

The group will meet at bridge 15 tomorrow at 1:30.

For more information contact Ed Herrmann at 815-664-2403.


*Princeton Public Library Schedule 
The Princeton Public Library has released its schedule of events for the week. There will be an I-Cash program today at 1:00. Monday kicks off smart money week at the library and there will be a smart money program on investing at 3:00 and movie night is at 6:30. On Tuesday the youth services story time and craft will begin at 10:30, the smart money program will begin at 3:00 and there will be a music jam at 6:30. On Wednesday the smart money programs will begin at 2 and 4:30. On Thursday the smart money program is at 6:30.


*Perry Memorial Schedule of Events for the Week

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton has a week of events scheduled. There will be a free varicose vein screening on Tuesday in suite 205 of the Perry Memorial General Surgery Clinic and registration is required. To make an appointment call 815-872-9491. On Thursday Perry Memorial will host a free senior wellness program at the Bureau County Senior Center in Princeton. The program is open to the public and registration is not required.

Illinois Lawmakers Hear Case For Legal Marijuana – 4/20/17

April 20th, 2017

>>Illinois Lawmakers Hear Case For Legal Marijuana

The woman who’s leading Illinois’ push for legal, recreation marijuana says two years ago she would’ve voted ‘No.’ But yesterday, Chicago Democrat Heather Steans told a legislative hearing in Chicago that she’s changed her mind. Steans listened as advocates made the case for legal marijuana, and supporters say three-quarters of a million people already use it. Marijuana critics will get their day before lawmakers soon.

Group Blasts Rauner Over Vow To Veto Abortion Bill – 4/20/17

April 20th, 2017

>>Group Blasts Rauner Over Vow To Veto Abortion Bill

An abortion-rights group is blasting Governor Rauner for vowing last week to veto an abortion bill. The Personal PAC released a 2014 questionnaire yesterday from Rauner in which he pledges support for the bill. The measure would ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois and also allows women to use Medicaid and state health insurance to pay for the procedure. The group’s CEO, Terry Cosgrove, said the governor betrayed them. He also accused him of lying to the voters about his position on reproductive rights.

LaHood Faces Angry Crowd In Town Hall – 4/20/17

April 20th, 2017

>>LaHood Faces Angry Crowd In Town Hall

Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood won his district with 72-percent of the vote. But very few of his supporters turned out for LaHood’s town hall meeting last night. Instead a crowd of 700 unfriendly faces shouted, jeered, booed, and heckled LaHood over Obamacare and President Trump’s taxes. LaHood says disagreements are part of American democracy.

Rock Island County Eyes Pre-School For Nursing Home – 4/19/17

April 19th, 2017

>>Rock Island County Eyes Pre-School For Nursing Home

Pre-schoolers could soon be learning alongside senior citizens in Rock Island. The county is considering a plan to add a pre-school at the Hope Creek Care Center. Rock Island County’s Regional Office of Education is pushing the idea of an “inter-generational school.” County leaders say they’re looking at the partnership as a way to bring in some more money.