News Stories For Wednesday March 6, 2019

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News Stories For Wednesday March 06, 2019
  1. FSD145 Administrators To Host Community Forum March 12. On Tuesday, March 12th, 2019, FSD145 administrators will host the district’s second Community Forum of the 2018-2019 school year to provide information to and gather feedback from members of the community. The event will take place at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau (201 W. Spring Street, Freeport) in the Walsh Room at 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
  2. March 5th FSD 145 Board of Education Meeting Highlights.
  3. ‘Babysitting bill’ advances in the Illinois House. A bill that allows a child over the age of 12 to babysit younger children at home alone is moving through the Illinois House. Right now, state law considers it neglect if a child is left with someone under the age of 14. House Bill 2334, nicknamed the “babysitting bill,” lowers that age to 12. It passed the House Judiciary Criminal Committee on Wednesday, 19-0.
  4. Woman faces a domestic abuse assault charge. An Atalissa woman was arrested Tuesday after police say she was in an argument with the father of her child when she slammed a car door on him multiple times and ran over his foot with the car as she drove away.
  5. 6 charged in Harvey, Il corruption investigation, feds say. Two people related to high-ranking Harvey officials are accused by the feds of shaking down a strip club owner. In all, six people were charged Wednesday as part of an ongoing federal investigation of alleged corruption in Harvey government, the Justice Department said. The FBI raided the Harvey Police Department on Wednesday.
  6. Warren Buffett calls public pension debt a ‘disaster’. Legendary investor Warren Buffett said he wouldn’t “walk into liabilities” by expanding in states like Illinois or New Jersey, which carry billions in pension debt.
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  8. Fire captain dead, 3 hurt in burning Illinois home collapse. Authorities say a fire captain has died and three other firefighters were injured following a partial collapse of a burning home in southern Illinois.
  9. Sen. Bernie Sanders returning to eastern Iowa this week. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa this week, as he starts his 2020 campaign for president. Sen. Sanders will be making stops in Iowa City, Council Bluffs and Des Moines starting Thursday. Friday night, the presidential hopeful will have an event at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.
  10. Jim Dey | State report: Illinois’ economy is strong, rife with problems. If circumstances turn sour in 2020 — as some economists predict — state government could be in deep financial trouble. Those are among the conclusions contained in a February report by the state’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. See also… 
  11. Illinois farmer starts farming next big cash crop – hemp. Andy Huston of Roseville, Illinois is a sixth generation farmer and his family always focused on corn and soybeans, but he’s the first to start farming the new crop hemp. “It’s pretty interesting because it’s kind of like a new frontier, it’s a brand new industry,” said Huston.
  12. Here’s who tops the batch of locals on Forbes’ billionaires list. 
    1. Ken Griffin is the highest-ranked Illinois resident on Forbes’ 2019 list of the world’s billionaires. Griffin, Citadel founder and CEO, ranks 117, up from last year’s 172, with an estimated net worth of 11.7 billion.
    2. Equity Group Investments Chairman Sam Zell ranks 317, with a net worth of $5.5 billion;
    3. Pritzker Group CEO Thomas Pritzker, 478, with a net worth of $4.1 billion; and
    4. Real estate tycoon Neil Bluhm, 504, with a net worth of $4 billion.
    5. Others Illinoisans on the list:
    6. Morningstar founder and CEO Joe Mansueto, 667, $3.3 billion
    7. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, 691, $3.2 billion
    8. Jean “Gigi” Pritzker, 715, $3.1 billion
    9. Guggenheim Partners CEO Mark Walter, 715, $3.1 billion
    10. AON founder and retired CEO Patrick Ryan, 745, $3 billion
    11. Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, 877, $2.6 billion
    12. Koch Foods CEO Joseph Grendys, 916, $2.5 billion
    13. Tempus co-founder and CEO Eric Lefkofsky, 916, $2.5 billion
    14. Nicholas Pritzker, 1,168, $2 billion
    15. Jennifer Pritzker, 1,227, $1.9 billion
      Jennifer Pritzker is one of 11 billionaire heirs in the Chicago-based Pritzker clan and is the world’s only known transgender billionaire
    16. Paylocity founder Steve Sarowitz, 1,717, $1.2 billion
    17. Two notable names with Chicago ties also made the list: Oprah Winfrey, 916 with $2.5 billion in estimated net worth and former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, 1281, with $1.8 billion in net worth. President Donald Trump ranks 715 with a net worth of $3.1 billion.
    18. Overall, the people on the list are worth $8.7 trillion
  13. Hundreds attend Second Amendment Town Hall to oppose proposed gun legislation in Illinois. Monday night, hundreds of people attended a forum in southern Illinois to voice their concerns over legislation being considered at the state capitol. Many believe they are paying the price here for all the violence up north.
  14. Bill Would Let Illinois Cities, Counties Ban Coal Tar Sealants. A new bill would give cities and counties throughout Illinois the authority to ban coal tar-based pavement sealants, which contain hazardous chemicals that have been shown to increase a person’s chances of developing cancer.
  15. Poll: Illinois voters give Trump higher marks than Pritzker or Madigan. A new poll — paid for by a pro-business group opposing a graduated income tax — finds President Donald Trump has a higher favorability ranking in Illinois than both Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.
  16. President Trump fulfills man’s dying wish by giving him a call. A Connecticut man suffering from cystic fibrosis received a call from his idol, President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening, thanks to his sister — a Democratic politician.
  17. State launches website to help treat gambling addiction. The Illinois Department of Human Services launched a website to help individuals struggling with gambling disorders seek treatment. The site, WeKnowtheFeeling.org, offers resources similar to the state’s 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) hotline. Individuals can also text ILGAMB to 53342 to find treatment options.
  18. Low-Income Tax Filers Targeted With False Promise of Big Refunds. Michael Anderson and his wife, Kathy, spun his tax preparer’s electronic “prize wheel” and won a promise from the company to double their refund. That never happened. Instead, the preparer charged the Andersons more than twice as much as Anderson says he was told, made mistakes on the federal return and, without Anderson’s permission, told the Illinois department of revenue that he wanted to donate his 2017 state refund to charity, according to a complaint filed last week by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
  19. NextHome First Class welcomes Brett McKillip, Realtor to NextHome First Class. Reach out to Brett for your Buying & Selling Needs. He is here to help you via Phone or Text: (815) 209-6437 email: movewithmckillip@gmail.com. Whether you’re buying a new home or selling your current home, trust experience, knowledge and results. Find out why more buyers and sellers choose NextHome First Class.
  20. Deputy Chief Matthew Summers celebrated his 25th year at the Freeport Police Department today. Freeport Police congratulate Deputy Chief Summers on his service anniversary. “At this career milestone we would like to recognize and honor Deputy Chief Summers for the part he plays in maintaining our agency’s standards and commitment to excellence.”
  21. IN THE PUBLIC: “So sitting here on the side of a busy street in Freeport Illinois with flat tire I bet you a 100 cars have gone by me and one man stops to see if I need help. What a Sad world we live in when only 1 out of 100 stops to help another human being.”
  22. Black journalists’ group places CNN on ‘special monitoring list’. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) said Tuesday that it would place CNN on a “special media monitoring list,” citing a lack of black representation among the network’s leadership ranks.
  23. Americans’ drinking habits vary by faith. Half of U.S. adults (51%) who say they attend religious services at least once a month report drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, according to the survey. That compares with roughly six-in-ten (62%) among people who attend worship services less often or not at all. Similarly, only 13% of monthly attenders engaged in recent binge drinking – defined as four or more drinks on a single occasion for women and five or more for men – compared with 21% of less frequent attenders.
  24. Women Go On Birthstrike Because Of Climate Change. BirthStrike is the newest movement in the push to advance climate change regulations. At least 60 women have joined the BirthStrike movement, which encourages women to refuse to have children because they believe the earth is in crisis due to climate change.
  25. Midwest myopia: Democratic activists fear another Wisconsin snub could fuel Trump victory in 2020. “Let’s face it, Wisconsin was neglected, forgotten by Hillary Clinton,” said Matt Rothschild, executive director of the progressive activist organization Wisconsin Democratic Campaign. He was referring to Clinton’s fateful decision not to campaign at all in the state during the 2016 general election campaign.
  26. Reimagining Capitalism: How The Greatest System Ever Conceived (And Its Billionaires) Need To Change. Microsoft founder Bill Gates finds it intriguing that people are now questioning whether there should be billionaires. “It is fascinating that for the first time in my life, people are saying, ‘Okay, should you have billionaires?’” Gates told Forbes.
  27. Iowa City fire causes daycare evacuationConstruction workers, firefighters helped staff get children to safety, parent says. Babies and toddlers were just getting up from their naps at Cadence Academy Preschool in downtown Iowa City when a fire broke out at an adjacent construction site Tuesday afternoon.
  28. Black college enrollment down sharply in Illinois. The latest annual report examined the five-year period from 2013 to 2017. During that period, enrollment among African-American students in Illinois fell 25.9 percent, to 54,370 students. Over that same period, enrollment among Hispanic students grew 6 percent, to 95,167. Asian student enrollment grew 1.9 percent, to 28,745, and enrollment among all other underrepresented groups, including Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and disabled individuals, grew 5.1 percent, to 12,439.
Quote of the Day:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

— Thomas Jefferson

News Stories For Tuesday March 05, 2019
  1. Poll: Illinois voters give Trump higher marks than Pritzker or Madigan. A new poll — paid for by a pro-business group opposing a graduated income tax — finds President Donald Trump has a higher favorability ranking in Illinois than both Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.
  2. ‘Happy thoughts’ helped lost California girls survive ordeal. Two girls who were lost in a dense Northern California forest for nearly two days say they survived frigid nights by huddling under a tree branch and a huckleberry bush and by thinking “happy thoughts.” Leia Carrico, 8, and her 5-year-old sister Caroline, said in an interview Monday they went on a hike last Friday past a marker that their parents told them not to pass because they wanted an adventure but lost their way home. “I just wanted a little more adventure, I said to go a little farther,” Caroline said.
  3. Minocqua man sent to prison for leading oxycodone ring that involved 289,000 opioid pills. Lance Bruette, 36, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute oxycodone and was sentenced Friday in federal court. An investigation found that from 2013 through 2016, Bruette and his co-conspirators traveled from Oneida and Vilas counties to Milwaukee to pick up more than 289,000 tablets of oxycodone to sell in the Northwoods, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
  4. Ex-janitor in court, accused of taking nude photos of women basketball players Contract employee had worked at Cornell College. Jeffrey Leo Pospisil, 45, of Marion, was charged Feb. 19 with invasion of privacy, an aggravated misdemeanor. He is accused of taking photos of the women, who were in the Cornell College sports complex locker room Feb. 1, while they were dressing for basketball practice, according to a criminal complaint.
  5. Walmart’s Greeter Phaseout Worries Disabled Employees, Advocates. For decades, Walmart has employed blue-vested “greeters” at its doors to welcome shoppers. In February, the big-box store announced it would phase out greeters at some 1,000 stores nationwide in favor of an expanded, more physically demanding role. In Galena, Illinois, hundreds of customers plan to attend an “appreciation parade” for Ashley Powell on her last day of work as a greeter.
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  7. Walmart Chief Responds To Furor Over Treatment Of Greeters With Disabilities. Walmart’s U.S. CEO Greg Foran is telling all store managers that they should make “every effort” to provide new job options for greeters with disabilities. Many of these front-door workers remain in limbo as the company plans to eliminate its trademark greeter position in about 1,000 stores in coming months.
  8. Jansen Heating Air Conditioning & Electric Pay It Forward To Help Local Veteran. It’s one of those local stories you just love hearing about involving a few local men and women, a veteran and a local company all paying it forward to help out one of our own.
  9. Susie Nordstrom joins Stillman Bank as a mortgage lender. Nordstrom will primarily be involved with sales and origination of residential real estate loans in the DeKalb and Sycamore area. Nordstrom relocated to DeKalb two years ago from the Freeport area. She served the Freeport Art Museum as a director and was an adult literacy tutor at Highland Community College.
  10. Police object to only one license plate on Illinois vehicles. Opposition also is coming from the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, a spokesperson for the organization said, because the front license plate is a “tool we use in our toolbox. We don’t need any more restrictions.” The Illinois Tollway Authority also remains opposed to the legislation, said Senior Communications Manager Dan Rozek.
  11. Packers increase season ticket prices by between $1 and $6 per game. The Green Bay Packers raised ticket prices for 2019, but unlike recent years, the increases are not uniform across the board. The Packers this year used a demand-based approach similar to those employed by other NFL teams. In other words, the best seats had larger increases. Tickets increased between $1 and $6 per game, with the cost of more than half of Lambeau Field’s seats increasing $1 or $2.
  12. PHK Bicycles is proud supporter of “Bikes 4 Stripes”. MISSION: To provide free bicycles to qualified Stephenson County veterans who are in need of viable transportation in an effort to promote mobility and independence. ‘BIKES 4 STRIPES’ is a program of Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Military Outreach Program, an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church · 1993 W Church Street · Freeport · IL · 61032 · (815) 235-1993.
  13. 333rd military company out of Freeport will deploy to Cuba. About 120 soldiers from the 333rd Military Police Company based out of Freeport will deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba this summer. The soldiers are being deployed in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GMTO). “While most of the 333rd’s previous deployments have been for combat operations, the mission to Cuba is different in that the soldiers will be providing security,” Jacob Beard of Roscoe said.
  14. Video shows mail carrier routinely pepper spraying dog. Just after 11 a.m. last Tuesday, surveillance video shows a postal carrier walks up to his mailbox and past the metal front gate. Behind the gate is Pupa. As the mail carrier places the mail in the mailbox, you can see a cylindrical something in his left hand. At the same time, from another camera, you can see Pupa behind the gate begin to convulse for several minutes.
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  16. NFL across the board on ticket prices, from no change to 7 percent increases. The Green Bay Packers are not alone in raising season ticket prices for the coming season. At least eight NFL teams so far have announced price hikes, ranging from 1 percent to 7 percent, overall. Several are holding the line on tickets prices for 2019.
  17. West Carroll FFA members win in Section 1 Proficiency Awards. Five members of the West Carroll FFA won Section Proficiency Awards at the Section 1 Proficiency Award Interviews held Feb. 18 at Pearl City High School.
  18. Naperville is the best city in U.S. to raise a family, has best public schools, according to annual rankings. Niche.com this week unveiled its annual rankings for 2019, with Naperville being listed the No. 1 city for best public schools and No. 1 for “Best Cities to Raise a Family in America.”
  19. (ad) Gemorifics offers a full line of jewelry, accessories and in-store services from engraving on wood, glass, plastic or metal to re-tipping, sizing, mounting or even changing your watch battery while you wait. 840 W. Meadows Drive. 815-232-0005
  20. Teen saves for 2 years to buy friend electric wheelchair. This teenage boy saved all of his money for two years to buy his classmate the electric wheelchair he was dreaming of.
  21. New HBO head Bob Greenblatt, with his Midwest roots, doesn’t plan on big changes. The New York Times detailed Greenblatt’s Midwest roots, including growing up in Rockford in northern Illinois and attending the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin.
  22. Pritzker tries to explain why people are leaving Illinois. We lose people in part because we aren’t continuing to invest in the talent that we need. We lose people because we have a property tax system that overburdens people. And we lose people because when you don’t fund universities, and when you threaten not to fund MAP grants, tens of thousands, it turns out it’s more than 72 thousand, young people choose not to go to school in Illinois and when they leave about 70 percent of them don’t come back. So those are all things that contribute to why people leave.
  23. Six Foot Sinkhole Found In Davenport. Contractors are currently working to repair a large sinkhole on East 15th Street in Davenport. It appeared last Friday. It’s about six feet across and several feet deep.
  24. Lambeau Field Gets Cheesy for U.S. Championship Cheese ContestThe best cheesemakers in the country are in Titletown this week to go head-to-head in the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.
  25. Loverboys Are Back At Logan’s. Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9 PM – 11 PM. Logan’s Bar & Grill
    1805 S West Ave, Freeport. General Admission $20.00 – VIP $30.00 – Deluxe VIP $45.00. Loverboys are back at Logan’s for a fun night of dancing! Get your tickets online! Fun begins at 9pm. Doors open at 8pm. Call and reserve a table for you and your friends! Get tickets here.
  26. Gallup Poll: Americans Deceived Regarding United States’ Image Around The World. Gallup issued on February 28th its “2019 Rating World Leaders” report, subtitled “The US vs. Germany, China and Russia,” and said that “The world still frowned on US leadership more than the leadership of any other country asked about in 2018.”
  27. Jane Addams Festival of New Plays. THU, MAR 7. 7:30 PM. FRI, MAR 8. 7:30 PM. SAT, MAR 9. 7:30 PM. Highland Community College. 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport. Join us to celebrate the life and work of Stephenson County native and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jane Addams.  Highland’s first Jane Addams Festival of New Plays received over 60 ten-minute play entries by professional playwrights from across the United States and two countries. The evening will include the selected ten-minute plays and a one-act play, Bread and Peace by Russell Vandenbroucke, former artistic director of Chicago’s Northlight Theatre. Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8.
  28. King Kong Bundy dies at 61. Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy has died at the age of 61, according to the WWE. Bundy was called the “walking condominium” due to his impressive size: 6’4”, 458 pounds. According to the WWE, he was so dominant that he demanded a five count instead of the traditional three in order to show his opponents were incapable of getting up.
  29. Spaghetti Dinner. Tuesday at 4 PM – 7 PM. St. Thomas Aquinas. 1400 Kiwanis Dr, Freeport.
    Spaghetti Dinner! Friendly community event to raise fund for pregnant women in need. All proceed support the upkeep of women challenged by the prospect of unprepared motherhood and their infants: There is Carry out too. Spaghetti, Meat Balls, desert, Salad, Gallic Bread, Special Sauce from Canovas. Please call: Colleen Fenn to arrange Carry Out 815-275-6378. Call Laurenti for tickets 815-616-9672 or Mary Julius 815-238-0695.
  30. Wisconsin police warn of ‘pretend priest’ scam targeting parishioners. According to members of Milwaukee County’s Archdiocese, scammers are trying to swindle people out of money, by appealing to their giving hearts and using the name of well-known priest, Father Timothy Kitzke.
  31. The Park Hills Pro Shop is now open. Stop in and pick up some new clubs, a season pass or you can give someone a gift certificate for some lessons – they’re all available in the Pro Shop at Park Hills Golf Courses in Freeport.
  32. Learn About Yoga And Balance At Free FHN Workshop March 13. The inner ear plays an important part in balance – the complex relationship between what the eyes see, the body feels, and the movement sensed by the semicircular canals in the inner ear. Explore the connection between yoga and balance at a free FHN workshop.
  33. Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Festival — with Phil Lesh, Avett Brothers and more — coming to Summerfest. Willie Nelson is bringing his Outlaw Music Festival back to Summerfest — and bringing along a whole lot of really talented friends. The Outlaw lineup in Milwaukee includes Phil Lesh and Friends, the Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, Dawes and Milwaukee’s own Trapper Schoepp.
  34. No more ‘fall back’? Rubio will seek permanent daylight saving time. A leading Florida lawmaker will make another push in Congress to change daylight saving time rules as most of the nation prepares to turn clocks one hour forward Sunday — losing sleep for more sunlit evenings.
  35. Women’s sports may one day soon consist entirely of men. Congratulations to Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood for sweeping all before them in the Connecticut girls’ high school track races last week. Yes, of course they are men. There were some anguished complaints from the various girls these two speedy lads defeated, but these were of course brushed aside in a country where women’s sporting events may one day soon consist entirely of men.
  36. Communities celebrate women who work in construction. Quad City Area – Women in Construction Week is being celebrated March 3rd through March 9th and in the Quad Cities, local leaders are making sure the women who are working hard on area construction projects are being recognized.
  37. Scientists Have Genetically Modified Beer Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids THC and CBD. The rise of legalized cannabis tends to be positioned as an existential threat to the beer industry, but biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, have (in a sense) found a way for the two to work together. According to results published in the February 27 issue of Nature, they’ve successfully engineered classical brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to transform sugars into a range of different cannabinoids, including THC and CBD.
  38. City Conversations at Cimino’s. Please join Mayor Jodi Miller and City Manager Lowell Crow for an open forum question and answer session. This is in response to those that asked Mayor Miller and Manager Crow to host an evening event. Join us in the Atrium at Cimino’s Little Italy.  421 N. Challenge. Tuesday, March 12, 2019. 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  39. Sunrise strip club suing Stormy Daniels for canceling appearances, report says. Goldfinger Gentlemen’s Club is suing adult star Stormy Daniels for allegedly breaching a contract after she backed out of two performances last December at the Sunrise club.
  40. Papa John is leaving Papa John’s board of directors. Papa John’s has reached a settlement agreement with founder John Schnatter that will see him step down from the pizza chain’s board once an independent director that is mutually acceptable replaces him.
  41. WORLD: Fatal stabbings in England and Wales reached their highest level since records began more than 70 years ago. The deaths of two 17-year-olds in London and Greater Manchester over the weekend have reignited the debate over knife crime in Britain. Britain’s government is under pressure to stem what has been described as a “national crisis.” Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash on Monday after rejecting claims that years of steep cuts to police forces had contributed to the rising number of knife attacks.
  42. Quebec radio stations ban Michael Jackson hits after Leaving Neverland. Radio stations in Quebec have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs after child sex abuse allegations resurfaced against the King of Pop.
  43. NATIONAL: ‘What are you doing with mommy?’ Lawyer says 4-year-old saw Chris Watts strangle her mother, Shanann. Steven Lambert, the attorney for Shanann Watts’ family, is sharing the latest chilling details in the killing of the pregnant Colorado woman and her two young daughters. In a pre-recorded interview with Dr. Phil, which was obtained by PEOPLE, Lambert said Shanann knew about her husband’s affair before he strangled her in August 2018.
  44. ENTERTAINMENT: Michael Jackson fan claims his music shouldn’t be banned in heated This Morning debate. ‘I spent a lot of time at Neverland – when you hear these ridiculous claims that Neverland was supposed to be this place that lured people in its just outrageous – I’ve seen it for myself.
  45. Video shows massive Colorado avalanche swallow vehicles. A family caught in a Colorado avalanche says they are lucky to be alive after driving through the massive snow-slide Sunday.
Quote of the Day:

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

— H. Jackson Brown Jr.

News Stories For Monday March 04, 2019
  1. Trinity United Methodist Church Holding 57th Annual Craft And Antique Show. The 57th annual Trinity United Methodist Church Craft and Antique show is coming up this March 16th in Freeport. The event includes door prizes, a craft show, numerous vendors, antique show, a lunch stand, bake sale and admission is FREE.
  2. City Conversations at Cimino’s. Please join Mayor Jodi Miller and City Manager Lowell Crow for an open forum question and answer session. This is in response to those that asked Mayor Miller and Manager Crow to host an evening event. Join us in the Atrium at Cimino’s Little Italy.  421 N. Challenge. Tuesday, March 12, 2019. 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  3. Clean Energy for All: Building Illinois’ Clean Energy Future. Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7 p.m. St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd., Freeport, IL. Speaker: Caroline Wooten. This program is free and open to the public. For information about this program contact Teresa at 815-238-3963.
  4. Proof of Bias? Poll Finds 99% of CNN Viewers Think Trump Lied About Russia. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd highlighted a stunning finding from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that 99 percent of CNN viewers believe President Trump has been lying about the Russia investigation. In other words, the cable channel’s biased coverage has been so complete that nearly all of its audience has decided that Trump has lied when denying Russian collusion.
  5. ‘Socialism,’ a Word Too Honest for 93% of Nets’ Venezuela Reports. Socialism causes “hellish” suffering and desperation for Venezuelans. But there’s been a major failure by the broadcast networks in their coverage of the South American country’s economic collapse. They’re not mentioning socialism, hardly at all.
  6. Learning to Argue. In recent years we’ve seen troubling trends in young Americans’ intellectual growth. From college students’ inability or unwillingness to tolerate disagreement to the increased partisanship of political elites, American society appears to have forgotten that a bedrock practice of liberal democracy is the hurly-burly back and forth of the intellectual arena.
  7. Former RAEDC official pleads guilty to fraud. The former Rockford Area Economic and Development Council accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from the organization, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of fraud.
  8. Illinois’ tax agency warns of tax time identity theft. You wouldn’t leave a couple of hundred dollars cash just lying around, so why would you leave your personal information just lying around for tax scammers?
  9. 23 Dead as Tornado Pummels Lee County, AL in Further Sign ‘Tornado Alley’ Is Moving East. At least 23 people have died after a tornado barreled through Lee County, Alabama on Sunday, leaving behind damage that Sheriff Jay Jones described as “catastrophic,” CBS reported.
  10. Jane Addams Festival of New Plays. THU, MAR 7. 7:30 PM. FRI, MAR 8. 7:30 PM. SAT, MAR 9. 7:30 PM. Highland Community College. 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport. Join us to celebrate the life and work of Stephenson County native and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jane Addams.  Highland’s first Jane Addams Festival of New Plays received over 60 ten-minute play entries by professional playwrights from across the United States and two countries. The evening will include the selected ten-minute plays and a one-act play, Bread and Peace by Russell Vandenbroucke, former artistic director of Chicago’s Northlight Theatre. Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8.
  11. Mother and son arrested, $24,000 seized in Kewanee drug bust. A raid last weekend at a Kewanee house resulted in three arrests and seizure of illicit drugs and about $24,000 in cash, authorities said.
  12. Google found it was underpaying more men than women for similar jobs. In an effort to address wage equity among women and members of minority groups, Google studied its own practices as it does every year. But the results showed the company was underpaying more men than women for doing similar jobs.
  13. Bernie Sanders blames climate change for Lee County tornado death toll. Climate change is responsible for the death toll of Sunday’s tornado that ripped through Lee County and killed at least 23 people, Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested in a Facebook post.
  14. Date Night for Married Couples with Child Care. Friday at 5:30 PM – 9 PM. Park Hills Evangelical ciminos monday night buffetFree Church. 2525 W Stephenson St, Freeport. MARRIED COUPLES – We would like to encourage you to plan another intentional Date Night soon! We understand Date Nights aren’t always easy for those who have children, so we would like to offer FREE childcare (nursery age – 5th grade) at Park Hills Church Friday, March 8th, from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. Please sign-up for childcare on Sunday Mornings at the Welcome Center or Children’s Check-in desk or online under “Tickets” here
  15. Freeport High School Student Carter Shockey Selected For State Initiative. Freeport High School junior Carter Shockey recently was one of two Illinois high school students from the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council selected to participate in the Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Network.
  16. The retail apocalypse will claim 4,300 stores this year. Here’s why mall giants aren’t freaking out. More than 4,300 department stores are set to close this year as the retail apocalypse rips through Payless ShoeSource, Gymboree, JCPenney, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, and Sears. But one Wall Street analyst says mall giants should easily weather these closures.
  17. Post Prom 10% Day At Logan’s. Today at 9 AM – 10 PM. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave, Freeport. The Freeport Post Prom committee is hosting a fundraiser at Logan’s to raise money. Let’s show our support and give the kids something safe to do after prom. Logan’s will donate 10% of the entire days sales towards the committee!!! Dine in, carryout and 15 mile delivery. The committee will be waiting tables from 4-8pm for tips as well. 1805 S West Ave
  18. Democrats to push to reinstate repealed ‘net neutrality’ rules. Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate “net neutrality” rules that were repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
  19. URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Walmart upgrades high tech shopping experience. The Walmart Superstore is getting a high-tech pickup tower. It’s a 16-foot tall vending machine for packages. It allows customers to order online and then pick up in stores. Once it’s at the store, you’ll get a notification. All you have to do once you get to the store is scan the barcode from your phone and the package comes out.
  20. Michael Jackson Accuser Wade Robson Is Ready for Donations with a New Non-Profit Designed to Cash In On “Leaving Neverland”. When “Leaving Neverland” airs tonight on HBO, Michael Jackson accuser Wade Robson is ready to cash in. He’s created a website and a not for profit called Robson Family Fund. There’s a nice donation page where you can send him money. Robson is not stupid. He’s made sure no one can see any filings for the Fund. He’s hidden it under the Hawaii Community Foundation. That way he and his wife, Amanda, don’t have to file a Form 990 with the IRS. They can accept money from anyone– the filmmakers, HBO, etc– and never have to reveal it.
  21. Greenpeace Founder Calls Rep. Ocasio-cortez ‘pompous Little Twit’. The co-founder of environmental activist group Greenpeace tore apart New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on Twitter Monday. Patrick Moore began his online feud with Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday, and since then, his tweets have attracted the attention of both opponents and proponents of the Green New Deal that aims to rid the United States of greenhouse gasses within a decade.
  22. Madison sets new record low temp, beating out record from 135 years ago. After standing for 135 years, the record low temperature for March 4 has fallen. Madison’s overnight low temperature reached 10 degrees below 0 early Monday morning. This was one degree colder than the previous record of minus 9 degrees set in 1884.
  23. Thursday Night Karaoke at Logan’s. THU, MAR 7 8:00 PM. THU, MAR 14 8:00 PM. THU, MAR 21 8:00 PM. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave, Freeport. Sly Fox Entertainment presents to you, free karaoke every Thursday at 8pm at Logan’s. We will be starting up karaoke again in March. We hope to get better attendance for these FREE KARAOKE events. After four weeks we will evaluate again and determine if we will be keeping karaoke or eliminating.
  24. When It’s Minus 22 Degree Wind Chill, Fuel Up Your Vehicle At Dan’s 66 in Freeport. Days like today (wind chill is -22) are why filling up your vehicle at Dan’s 66 makes life SO easy. Just stay in your warm car and they’ll come out and put fuel in your vehicle for you. Still pumping your own gas? That’s so yesterday. Step back to the future at Dan’s 66 in Freeport. 1348 S Galena Ave (815) 235-2556
  25. (ad) Gemorifics offers a full line of jewelry, accessories and in-store services from engraving on wood, glass, plastic or metal to re-tipping, sizing, mounting or even changing your watch battery while you wait. 840 W. Meadows Drive. 815-232-0005
  26. 23 Signs You’re Suffering From a Victim Mentality. Simply put, having a victim mentality means that you blame other people and circumstances for the unhappiness you feel. Playing the victim actually has a number of juicy perks. These rewards make it very difficult to break out of such a mindset, which is why most victims seem to be so emotionally invested in perpetuating this type of toxic behavior.
  27. Single License Plate For Illinois Vehicle Owners? Maybe, But Probably Not. With an estimated savings to Illinois at $800,000 in license plate production costs House Bill 1623 proposes Illinois vehicles be required to have only one license plate beginning with the next registration year after the effective date of the bill, if approved.
  28. Forceful new actions focused on retailers, manufacturers to combat youth access to e-cigarettes as part of FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan. Today, we’re taking several new actions, focused on both retailers and manufacturers, as part of our commitment to combat youth access to e-cigarettes. Because tobacco use is almost always initiated and established during adolescence, early intervention ‒ including making sure tobacco products aren’t being marketed to, sold to, or used by kids ‒ is critical.
  29. Wisconsin joins 20 other states in suing over abortion rule. California and 20 other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration’s effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.
  30. PHK Bicycles is proud supporter of “Bikes 4 Stripes”. MISSION: To provide free bicycles to qualified Stephenson County veterans who are in need of viable transportation in an effort to promote mobility and independence. ‘BIKES 4 STRIPES’ is a program of Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Military Outreach Program, an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church · 1993 W Church Street · Freeport · IL · 61032 · (815) 235-1993
  31. AOC’s chief of staff ran $1M slush fund by diverting campaign cash to his own companies. Two political action committees founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
  32. Illinois Bill Would Legalize Abortions Up to Birth, Enshrines a Constitutional Right to Abortion. Illinois is considering a series of radical new pro-abortion bills that would make abortions legal and basically unrestricted for any reason up to birth. According to the legal group’s analysis, the bill would prohibit the state from interfering in any way with abortions. It would erase criminal penalties for performing abortions and allow non-doctors to do them. The legislation also would repeal the partial-birth abortion ban and abortion clinic regulations that protect women’s health.
  33. ‘Prairie Wind’ Magazine Now Accepting Submissions For 2019 Edition. Submissions are now being accepted for the 27th annual Prairie Wind art and literary magazine. The Prairie Wind is a collection of original poetry, prose, visual art, and recorded music contributed by students, staff, alumni, and other members of the Highland Community College District.
  34. (ad) BEST PRICE ON FILTERS: Enjoy huge discounted savings on all auto, truck, ag equipment, even heavy duty equipment filters at Carqust in Freeport. Before you buy call (815) 232-6106 and compare Carquest prices. Locally owned and operated at 1791 S West Ave, Freeport, Illinois. Open M-F 7:30AM–6PM and Saturday 8AM–3PM. (815) 232-6106.
  35. Western Illinois University Lays Off 132 Employees Citing Budget, Decreased Enrollment. On Friday morning, Western Illinois University in Macomb sent layoff notices to 132 employees. The layoffs announced Friday afternoon include both faculty and staff from across the university. An additional nine employees saw their contract term lengths reduced.
  36. (ad) Browse over 65,000 books, CD’s, vinyl records, magazines, puzzles and more at Voices Book Nook inside the Freeport Lincoln Mall. Open 10-4 Monday-Saturday. Open until 7 Thursday. Freeport Lincoln Mall, 1255 W Galena Ave.(815) 821-2665.
  37. Podiatrist Syeda Roshan Joins FHN. Podiatrist Syeda Roshan, DPM, has joined FHN and is accepting new patients at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills in Freeport. She also sees patients at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Pecatonica.
  38. West Point cadet Peter Zhu’s parents lose son, but win promise of future grandsonPeter Zhu may have been declared dead on Feb. 27, 2019, but he was an organ donor, dating back to when he renewed his driver’s license in 2014. Doctors would keep his organs alive as they made arrangements for his vital organs to be transplanted, to give others hope for a future life.
  39. Luke Perry, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ star, dies at 52 after massive stroke. Luke Perry, who was best-known for his long-running role on “Beverly Hills, 90210,”has died after “suffering a massive stroke,” his representative Arnold Robinson told USA TODAY on Monday. He was 52.
Quote of the Day:

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

Seth Godin


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