News Stories For The Week of February 18, 2019

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News Stories For Saturday February 23, 2019
  1. Wyoming will pay $75k for school with just one student. A Wyoming school district plans to re-open an isolated school to serve a single student entering kindergarten this fall.
  2. Flooding Forces Closure Of Kentucky-illinois Bridge. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says a bridge linking Kentucky and Illinois is being closed probably until late next week due to flooding.
  3. Illinois State Police seizes over 110lbs of suspected cocaine. Officials say a traffic stop made in Mclean County, IL resulted in two arrests and the seizure of suspected cocaine weighing more than 110lbs.
  4. Polar vortex didn’t wipe out state’s stink bug population. A popular report that said 95 percent of the stink bug population died due to extremely cold temperatures in Illinois and surrounding states when the polar vortex gripped much of the Midwest was misleading, according to a local expert.
  5. Iowa film ‘Saving Brinton’ falls short of Oscar nod, brings home gold in other arenas. “Saving Brinton,” the 90-minute documentary shining new light on a century-old treasure trove of early silent films discovered in Washington, Iowa, created enough industry buzz to capture 2018-19 Academy Award attention.
  6. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks ‘Make-A-Wish’ come true for 12-year-old fan. A 12-year-old Wisconsin boy is getting the opportunity to live the life of a Milwaukee Bucks player.
  7. 79-year-old woman convicted of hate crime. A 79-year-old DeKalb woman was convicted Friday afternoon of a hate crime after she yelled numerous hateful words toward a black woman in traffic and then again in the DeKalb Walmart parking lot.
  8. Newsrooms were on fire this week with terrible news: The number of hate groups in the United States has soared to record highs under President Trump. This article says however, the SPLC is not in the business of exploring and addressing racial and ethnic bigotry. It’s in the business of crushing anything to the right of the Democratic Party.
  9. Pelosi’s Chief of Staff: Speaker Will Release Tax Returns ‘If and When She Runs for President. H.R. 1, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports, would require the president and vice president to release their current tax return and their tax returns from the last 9 years. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “will gladly release her tax returns if and when she runs for president,” said her Chief of Staff Drew Hammill, apparently indicating that, in Pelosi’s current position as speaker, she will not release her tax returns.
  10. Lottery for proposed solar projects in Macon County and across Illinois set for March. Hundreds of solar farm projects across Illinois, including several in Macon County, are vying for tax credits that will be decided in a lottery scheduled for next month.
  11. 12:38 p.m. ***Shannon Route and Benson Route both have standing water on them. There are currently no signs marking this so use caution when traveling these roads***
  12. TODAY: Over 30 downtown businesses filled with LIVE music, art, activities, fun things to do and a little ale today from Noon-4:00. Come ride the trolley, meet Abe Lincoln and learn about Freeport history as you go from stop to stop, enjoying the flavor of Freeport. 1st Annual.Make downtown Freeport, Illinois your destination when it comes to purchasing your BMX products. PHK Bicycles has one of the biggest inventory selection of BMX parts and accessories in Northern Illinois.
  13. (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.
  14. Pierce Athletic Cheerleaders 10% Day.  Sunday at 10 AM – 9 PM. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave. The Pierce Athletic Cheerleaders are hosting a fundraiser at Logan’s. Logan’s will donate 10% of the entire day towards the team. The cheer team and their parents will be waiting tables from 4-8pm for tips as well.
  15. By the numbers: Wisconsin ranks 21st best on property tax studyThe state’s ranking rose five positions from its 2018 score, according to the foundation’s analysis, which is part of a wider study titled “2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.”
  16. Goin Postal Band At Best Dam Bar. Today at 8 PM – 12 AM. Best Dam Bar
    13965 Best Rd, Davis. Come party with us as we roll back into Davis!
  17. Steak Fry Benefit for the Heller Family. Today at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Warren Fire Department. 110 S Warren St, Warren. Warren FD and Warren Ambulance will be serving dinners from 4:30-7:30 PM with dine-in and take-outs available. If you do plan to attend and have a group larger than 6, please call ahead and we can have you order ready for you when you arrive. The station number is 815-745-2070. Our menu is as follows. Steak Dinner (Marinated or Non-Marinated) – $14.00 Includes 8 oz steak, baked potato, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Add another steak you your meal for $8.00. For the kids, Hot Dog meals are $2.00, includes hot dog on a bun & chips.
  18. Crazy Karaoke @ The Loose Screw. Saturday at 9 PM – 1 AM. The Loose Screw
    45 Church St, German Valley. Come join us for our monthly Karaoke at The Loose Screw! Come sing and dance the night away in a laid back, fun atmosphere! Gift drawing at midnight with drink/food specials all day long!
  19. The Ryan and Joe Trio at Wolf Hollow Chili Cookoff! Saturday at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Wolf Hollow Golf Course. 6546 N Shippee Rd, Lena. Chili Cookoff 2019! Get you a batch of chili and get in the competition! Great prizes and great times!
  20. Comedy Night at Wayside. Saturday at 8 PM – 10:30 PM. Wayside Saloon. 1802 Crossroads Lane, Freeport. Wayside Saloon is switching it up this month. For $21 per ticket we are offering Dinner and Show. Dinner will be served from 4-7pm. Dinner menu is Italian Beef sandwiches, Mac Salad and chips! Comedians, Jimmy McHugh and Carlin Hagerty will be here at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now for $13 until Feb 20th. They will go up to $16 until the 23rd. We are only offering a limited amount of Dinner tickets. Call now and get your tickets reserved! (815) 233-6292.
  21. Soccer Championship Game. Saturday at 9 AM – 10 AM. Boys & Girls Club of Freeport & Stephenson County. 511 S Liberty Ave, Freeport. Lincoln-Douglas 3rd & 4th graders will be playing for 5th place vs. Taylor Park. Come out and support our Dragons at the Boys & Girls Club.
  22. NOTICE: YMCA POOL CLOSED – Saturday, February 23, 2019 due to unexpected maintenance. Thank you for your patience as we work to get the pool back open as quickly as possible.
  23. Best Friends Painting Party. Sunday at 1 PM – 3 PM. Friends Forever Humane Society. 966 W Rudy Rd, Freeport. Join us for a fun time creating your own one of a kind masterpiece.
    Proceeds benefit the animals in the care of Friends Forever. Register online here.
  24. Mardi Gras Fundraiser. Saturday at 6 PM – 9 PM. Grand River Hall. 101 South Liberty Street, 6th Floor, Freeport. This year’s Annual YMCA fundraiser is Mardi Gras themed featuring live jazz music by Mr. Ed, a silent dessert auction and a Twisted By Time Mardis Gras Escape Room. Ticket includes the New Orleans themed dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Purchase tickets online or at the Y Welcome Center. All are welcome!
  25. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)-  Minimum wage in Illinois increased by $15 dollars. Now, Marshall schools are having to pay half a million dollars per year more to support their staff. This increase not only affects the schools but also small businesses. Superintendent Kevin Ross says keeping workers at the schools is going to be the biggest challenge.
Quote of the Day:

“We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one hundred percent of it. “

News Stories For Friday February 22, 2019
  1. Lincoln Heritage Area Expansion Measure Passes. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation on Feb. 19 that was introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, both Illinois Democrats, to honor the legacy of the 16th president of the United States – Abraham Lincoln.
  2. Monroe elementary school teacher wins national awardSarah Compton, a fifth-grade teacher at Northside Elementary School in Monroe, was one of 33 teachers selected for the $25,000 Milken Educator Award this year.
  3. Mothers and sons dance at Mom & Me Masquerade. As her sons played with balloons and jumped at the bubbles in the air, Amber Schmelzer of Freeport danced to the music as the trio took part in the annual Mom & Me Masquerade on Friday at the Masonic Temple.
  4. (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.
  5. Governor Pritzker wants to legalize sports gambling. Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to see it legalized so it can bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for the state. In May last year, the US Supreme Court made a ruling that effectively legalized sports gambling.
  6. Commentary: Gov. Pritzker’s tax-and-spend plan will drive employers out of Illinois.  A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”
  7. Charges expected against two Green Bay Correctional workers in prison sex, contraband probe.  A 36-year-old Green Bay Correctional Institution employee is accused of smuggling marijuana and having sex with an inmate following an investigation by law enforcement.
  8. Congratulations Eastland Cougars:
  9. Wienermobile: Drive a hot dog, see the country. Make no buns about it: Finding a job right out of college in this dog-eat-dog world is no easy feat. But if you relish a cross-country odyssey, love to meat new people and can mustard the courage to drive a 27-foot-long hot dog, piloting the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile might be just the travel adventure for you.
  10. Oshkosh Corporation Named One of the Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies by Barron’sOshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) today announced that it has once again been named one of Barron’s “100 Most Sustainable Companies.” First launched in February 2018, this ranking highlights U.S. companies who are leading the way in environmental, social and corporate governance factors.
  11. ‘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. All writers and artists residing in the Highland District (Stephenson, Ogle, Carroll, and Jo-Daviess counties) may submit work to be considered for publication. The annual magazine publishes in May. Submission guidelines are available at this link here. The deadline is Friday, March 8.
  12. NBA considering reducing age limit, eliminating ‘one and done’. USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt has been talking with people across the league to see if the NBA will reduce its age limit.
  13. (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
  14. 2 Illinois men among WW II airmen honored for saving kids’ lives. U.S. and Royal Air Force planes roared over the English city of Sheffield on Friday to honor 10 American airmen who sacrificed their lives to save British children playing in a park beneath their crippled bomber during World War II.
  15. Under the Dome: What’s in Gov. Pritzker’s $39 billion budget? This week’s Under the Dome discusses where Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to increase spending — and how he suggests the state should pay for it.
  16. 16th Annual Moonlight Serenade: Freeport Masonic Temple Ballroom Saturday, March 2, 2018 7:00 — 10:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun evening of fine big band music and dancing Featuring the smooth sounds of The Freeport High School Jazz Ensemble and The Highland Community College Big Band Tickets are $7.50 and are available at the Highland Community College Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., or at the door. Call (815) 990-1739 for more information. Appetizers and snacks will be provided Coffee, pop and water will be available
  17. NOTICE: YMCA POOL CLOSED – Saturday, February 23, 2019 due to unexpected maintenance. Thank you for your patience as we work to get the pool back open as quickly as possible.
  18. It’s Girl Scout cookie weekend! The first weekend you will see girls at various stores with a booth set up to sell cookies. The Girl Scouts will be at JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores. 4-7pm tonight, Friday. 1611 S West Ave
  19. Blaster Battles at Pierce Athletics. Today at 6 PM – 8 PM. Pierce Athletics. 916 S Arcade Ave, Freeport. Our NEW Blaster Battles is an evening event for all of our members, friends, and friends of friends! Open to the Public – it’s ‘Parent’s Night Out’, so no parents allowed. (815) 599-0705
  20. Keyforge Tournament – Sealed. Today at 6 PM – 9 PM. Abet Books and Games. 15 W Stephenson St, Freeport. Keyforge play! $10 tournament. This will be a sealed event, the $10 will get you an unopened deck to use in the tournament. We’ll have prizes, we just don’t know what yet.
  21. Crazy Karaoke @ The Loose Screw. Saturday at 9 PM – 1 AM. The Loose Screw
    45 Church St, German Valley. Come join us for our monthly Karaoke at The Loose Screw! Come sing and dance the night away in a laid back, fun atmosphere! Gift drawing at midnight with drink/food specials all day long!
  22. REGION: Fond du Lac dog groomer accused of abusing dogs in viral video speaks out, considers suing. A Fond du Lac dog groomer accused of abusing an animal in a viral video the allegations are misleading and might have a financial motive.
  23. (ad) Did you Know? Cimino’s Freeport offers “FREE DELIVERY” to Business ($10 min) from 11-am – 2 pm. Monday thru Friday 815 235-8700.
  24. WORLD: Powerful 7.5-magnitude quake hits eastern Ecuador. The USGS said Friday morning’s quake was near the town of Montalvo, Ecuador, at a depth of 132 kilometers (82 miles), nearly 17 kilometres (10 miles) south of the town of Montalvo.
  25. Dinner Before The Mom & Me Masquerade At Logan’s. Today at 4 PM – 7 PM. 3rd year of doing dinner before the dance! This year we will be doing a buffet as well as our regular menu, as we know the mommy’s and sons are wanting a good meal and quick! All you can eat buffet 4-7pm. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave.
  26. Comedy Night at Wayside. Saturday at 8 PM – 10:30 PM. Wayside Saloon. 1802 Crossroads Lane, Freeport. Wayside Saloon is switching it up this month. For $21 per ticket we are offering Dinner and Show. Dinner will be served from 4-7pm. Dinner menu is Italian Beef sandwiches, Mac Salad and chips! Comedians, Jimmy McHugh and Carlin Hagerty will be here at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now for $13 until Feb 20th. They will go up to $16 until the 23rd. We are only offering a limited amount of Dinner tickets. Call now and get your tickets reserved! (815) 233-6292.
  27. Will America become a socialist nation? Sheldon Smith, Iowa View contributor. I’m not in. I value my personal freedom too much to have much more of my hard-earned income taken from me to pay for it all. Even if the wealthy were stripped of all their possessions, there wouldn’t be near enough money to foot the bill. So, that means me and others like me would be drafted to pay for someone else’s health care, education, jobs and electric cars.
  28. Soccer Championship Game. Saturday at 9 AM – 10 AM. Boys & Girls Club of Freeport & Stephenson County. 511 S Liberty Ave, Freeport. Lincoln-Douglas 3rd & 4th graders will be playing for 5th place vs. Taylor Park. Come out and support our Dragons at the Boys & Girls Club.
  29. Best Friends Painting Party. Sunday at 1 PM – 3 PM. Friends Forever Humane Society. 966 W Rudy Rd, Freeport. Join us for a fun time creating your own one of a kind masterpiece.
    Proceeds benefit the animals in the care of Friends Forever. Register online here.
  30. Oshkosh’s annual Sawdust Days ends after 47 years. Oshkosh Sawdust Days, Inc. will not be held in 2019 and beyond. The Executive board has decided to fold the event due to financial short falls. We tried to relocate Sawdust Days to Winneconne, but were denied due to concerns that the event was too large for the Village. Oshkosh Sawdust Days, Inc. would like to thank all of its supporters over the past 47 years, the city of Oshkosh, and especially the volunteers that gave their time during the best weekend of the Summer to put on a Free Family Fun 4th of July Festival. All good things must come to an end.
  31. Online Snow Days? Let it snow: Online learning innovations keep Neenah schools on schedule when bad weather cancels classes. On the morning of the fifth snow day this school year, 16-year-old Davis Greene slept in, but didn’t get a pass from school. Once he was up, the Neenah High School junior walked downstairs, had some breakfast and joined peers across the school district for whom school, at least digitally, was in session.
  32. Mardi Gras Fundraiser. Saturday at 6 PM – 9 PM. Grand River Hall. 101 South Liberty Street, 6th Floor, Freeport. This year’s Annual YMCA fundraiser is Mardi Gras themed featuring live jazz music by Mr. Ed, a silent dessert auction and a Twisted By Time Mardis Gras Escape Room. Ticket includes the New Orleans themed dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Purchase tickets online or at the Y Welcome Center. All are welcome!
  33. Champaign to weigh e-scooter options. Less than a year after VeoRide’s turquoise bikes started showing up on campus, the Champaign city council is about to consider whether to renew the dockless bike-sharing program for another year — and whether electric scooters are next.
  34. Family-Friendly ‘Arctic Ale and Art Walk’ To Be Held In Downtown Freeport Feb. 23. A family-friendly event offering a variety of Ale, Art, Music and Food will take place Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 12 PM until 4 PM in downtown Freeport. The 1st Annual Arctic Ale and Art Walk will involve over a dozen businesses hosting all sorts of DIY projects, paintings, art, photography, music and more. Join downtown Freeport for a fun-filled afternoon of artistic exploration.
  35. Pierce Athletic Cheerleaders 10% Day.  Sunday at 10 AM – 9 PM. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave. The Pierce Athletic Cheerleaders are hosting a fundraiser at Logan’s. Logan’s will donate 10% of the entire day towards the team. The cheer team and their parents will be waiting tables from 4-8pm for tips as well.
  36. WATCH: Car drives into Hy-Vee convenience store. A vehicle drove into a Hy-Vee convenience store on the Avenue of the Cities on Friday.
  37. The Ryan and Joe Trio at Wolf Hollow Chili Cookoff! Saturday at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Wolf Hollow Golf Course. 6546 N Shippee Rd, Lena. Chili Cookoff 2019! Get you a batch of chili and get in the competition! Great prizes and great times!
  38. The Art of Marriage Seminar. Today at 6 PM – 8 PM. Evangelical Free Church of Lena. 720 N Freedom St, Lena. Couples, join us as we host this seminar that will encourage and enhance your marriage. It features experts such as Dennis Rainey, Voddie Baucham, Paul David Tripp and Wayne Grudem. Cost is $25, but don’t let cost keep you from attending, scholarships are available, just contact the church office at 815-366-5591..
    If your interested in childcare, please let us know. You can register by calling the number above, or email at office@lenafreechurch.org
  39. St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl – Freeport, Illinois Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 AM – 6 PM. City-wide pub crawl to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! $10 Ticket includes shuttle route to every location, St. Paddy’s Coozie, and a chance at THREE GRAND PRIZES. Irish themed specials at each pub, all extra proceeds will go to local charities. Check-in will be at Logan’s from 11am to 1pm. Shuttles will be running from 12pm to 6pm. Here is the link to purchase your tickets
  40. Environmental Film: Reinventing Power. Today at 7 PM – 9 PM. Grace Episcopal Church, Freeport, IL. 10 S Cherry Ave. There will be a free showing of the movie “Reinventing Power – America’s Renewable Energy Boom” on Friday, February 22, at 7pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 10 S. Cherry Ave., Freeport. Feel free to bring light refreshments to share.
  41. Jukebox Baby at Morts. Today at 7 PM – 11 PM. Mort’s Bar & Grill. 114 S Chicago Ave. Come down and make some requests
  42. City of Freeport Congratulated the following city employees chosen by their departments as Employee of the Year for 2018 recently. Those honored are:
    1. – Freeport Police Officers of the Year, – Officer McElmeel and Officer Oldenburger.
    2. – Freeport Police Civilian of the Year – Ashley Deutsch
    3. – Freeport Firefighter of the Year – Tom Korte
    4. – City of Freeport Employee of the Year – Connie Marney
    5. Director of the Year – Randy Bukas
    6. The individuals recognized displayed qualities that exemplify what the City of Freeport represents and sets the example of service to the community.
  43. Larry Michael & debra Kay at The Moose Lodge Freeport. Today at 7 PM – 11 PM.
    Freeport IL Moose Lodge. 601 E South St. Great dance floor. Great music and fun. Open to the public.
  44. Des Moines Public Schools to end early dismissals to make up for snow days. In January alone, five school days had to be changed (three cancellations, one early dismissal, and one late start), the most days in a single month at DMPS in over 40 years.
  45. (ad) Find out why more buyers and sellers choose NextHome First Class. Call (815) 232-4433. Residential, Commercial, Land & Farms. Browse homes here.
  46. Poppin Popcorn For A Playground – Blackhawk Elementary School is having a fundraiser to help raise money for a new playground for their students and community. They’re selling popcorn and Blackhawk can earn up to 50% of the profit from their sales. There are lots of amazing flavors. If you would like to help Blackhawk School, and order some delicious popcorn, please look at the order forms and call (815) 232-0490. Orders are due by Friday, March 1st. Popcorn will hopefully be delivered on March 19th.
  47. Tickets still available for the Mom and Me Masquerade this FridayRegister online or call the Freeport Park District at 815.235.6114. Cost per person is $12 residents/$13 nonresidents.
  48. Danny Whitson Acoustic at Logan’s Tonight. Raised in small town eastern Iowa, Danny first experienced success after performing in a local variety show, which led to an invite to join a band. Since, Whitson has opened for Jerrod Niemann, Emerson Drive, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown, John Anderson, Phil Vassar, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joe Diffie, LoCash, and Alan Jackson. Today at 7 PM – 10 PM. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave.
  49. (ad) Time is running out to save on your spring bicycle tune up. Now until the end of this month you will save $10 on our basic bicycle tune up. Take an additional 20% off any parts or accessories while the bike is in the work stand. 205 N Adams Ave in Freeport. Call (815) 616-8081. Schedule your appointment today. We are open seven days a weeks to support the community.
  50. PSA: To all my friends that work in the business that deal with cash. They are faking $100 Bill’s that pass the counterfeit pen test, and if not careful the naked eye strip and watermark test. They seem to be $10 Bill’s stripped and printed as $100 Bill’s. The strip thru the bill shows up but reads USA ten. The watermark shows up but is Hamilton instead of Franklin.
  51. (ad) Crab Rangoon pizzas available all day every day at Logan’s. Small $10, Large $14 and Extra Large $16. 1805 S West Ave in Freeport. Call 815-232-4592.
  52. Jussie Smollett’s character to be removed from ‘Empire’, producers say; actor charged with felony out on bond. The executive producers of the show, including Lee Daniels, issued a statement Friday morning that said they have decided to remove Smollett’s character, Jamal, from the final two episodes of the season.
Quote of the Day:

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

News Stories For Thursday February 21, 2019
  1. VIDEO: Snow plow catches fire in Neenah. Fire crews say the plow is owned the Winnebago County Highway Department. The cause is believed to be mechanical.
  2. Governor Pritzker in favor of legalizing sports betting. Pritzker believes that by legalizing sports betting, the state would be able to receive more than $200 million from taxes and fees. Peoria Off Track Betting believes this could bring even more customers and revenue to their business.
  3. Freeport Clergy Group “One City, One Congregation” Healing Service. The service will take place on Sunday March 3, 2019, at First Lutheran Church (ELCA), 303 S Galena Ave, Freeport, IL, beginning at 2:00 p.m., hosted by the Freeport Clergy Group.
  4. Pearl City District Board of Education Hires Dr. Mike Schiffman As New Superintendent. The Pearl City District Board of Education announced Wednesday evening that they have voted to hire Dr. Mike Schiffman as the new Superintendent of Pearl City School District.
  5. Law enforcement in a southeast Missouri town say people making false police reports is more common than you’d think. Lieutenant Jon Broom of Sikeston DPS said people call in false reports for things like insurance fraud, revenge or to seek attention. In Missouri, filing a false report is a misdemeanor and in Illinois it is a felony.
  6. German Valley Fire Dept CARE meeting Monday Feb 25 6:30 pm, if anyone interested in helping them in the community ‘without wearing’ fire gear, this is your way to help. 600 Church St, German Valley. (815) 362-2245
  7. Illinois medical cannabis growers lobby on license issue. Medical marijuana growers in Illinois have formed a political action committee and are spending money in an attempt to limit the market if recreational use of the drug is legalized in the state.
  8. Learn How to ‘Stop the Bleed’ March 7. In the first moments of an emergency situation – from a work injury to natural disasters, mass shootings, and more – ordinary people can help to save lives. The two-hour course is $25, and will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Registration is required; register online at www.fhn.org/stop-the-bleed.asp or email the FHN Center of Innovative Learning at coil@fhn.org.
  9. Super Hero Family Reading Night and Book Fair at Empire Elementary School. MARCH 18th from 4-7pm Feel free to come dressed as your favorite hero or superhero! Listen to guest readers, Mini Workshop & pick your classes! Power Pack (Dinner) will be available to take home and enjoy! Raffle: Gas Card, Movie Cards, & Gift Cards. 5 Essentials Survey Will De Available For Parents To Fill Out! Books will be available for purchase from our Bead Fair. Book Fair Schedule 3/19-3/21, 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 & 4:00-4:15
    Please RSVP by Monday March 1st, 2019.
  10. Highland Seeking Part-Time Instructors At This Local Job Fair. Do you have a master’s degree, or looking for extra spending money? Highland Community College is hosting a part-time instructor Job Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4:30 — 6:30 p.m. in the Student/Conference Center, room H-210 located at 2998 W. Pearl City Rd
  11. (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
  12. Cheers! Illinois has cheapest beer in US, study finds. According to a new national study, Illinois is the cheapest place to buy beer in the country. By averaging prices of 24-packs of Bud Light and Miller Lite from multiple national and regional retailers in each state, Simple.Thrifty.Living ranked each state in order from the cheapest to the most expensive places to purchase a case. The Illinois average cost for a case of beer is $15.20.
  13. Johnson and Johnson facing multiple investigations. Johnson and Johnson is facing multiple charges over whether its baby powders have had an asbestos element that could be linked to cancer.
  14. REGION: ‘Hearts Of Gold’ Recognizes Those Who Have Improved Lives Of Others In Arlington Heights. The 21st Arlington Heights Hearts of Gold banquet recognized residents and those working in the community who have improved the quality of life for others. The 2019 honorees were introduced at the annual awards program Saturday, Feb. 16 at Rolling Green Country Club.
  15. (ad) Make downtown Freeport, Illinois your destination when it comes to purchasing your BMX products. We have one of the biggest inventory selection of BMX parts and accessories in Northern Illinois. Before you decide to shop online, please consider PHK Bicycles. 205 N Adams Ave in Freeport. Call (815) 616-8081
    * Pay no shipping fees
    * Take 10% off for shopping local
    * All current USA BMX members will get 20% off
    * Leave the store knowing you have the right products
  16. Hungry? Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans $6.95 featured today at Logan’s. Homemade soups bean and ham, goulash and chili. 1805 S West Ave in Freeport. Call 815-232-4592.
  17. Counterfeit $100 Bills. Freeport Police investigating counterfeit $100 bills. Both cases happened on February 15th. First around 4:30 p.m. at a food establishment. Police say the suspect used a fake $100 bill to order $9.06 worth of food. The suspect took the change and left. Suspect is described as a 5’4″ tall black woman with a thin build, pink hair and pink nails. She was seen leaving a maroon Dodge Caravan with Minnesota registration, BEH977. Police say the van was rented from an Enterprise in Chicago.
  18. Danny Whitson Acoustic at Logan’s Friday. Raised in small town eastern Iowa, Danny first experienced success after performing in a local variety show, which led to an invite to join a band. Since, Whitson has opened for Jerrod Niemann, Emerson Drive, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown, John Anderson, Phil Vassar, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joe Diffie, LoCash, and Alan Jackson. Tomorrow at 7 PM – 10 PM. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave.
  19. Safe Sunscreens: FDA advances new proposed regulation to make sure that sunscreens are safe and effective. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a proposed rule that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the United States.
  20. The 2019 Greater Milwaukee Car & Truck Show races into townThe 2019 Greater Milwaukee Car & Truck Show races into town with more than 500 of the latest cars, crossovers, trucks and more from more than 30 manufacturers. Held at the Wisconsin Center over nine days, multiple show floors will feature the latest vehicles in a fun, nonselling environment. The show will be packed with the latest vehicles as well as specialty vehicles, test drives, exotics, family fun and more. FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 3, 2019
  21. (ad) Did you Know? Cimino’s Freeport offers “FREE DELIVERY” to Business ($10 min) from 11-am – 2 pm. Monday thru Friday 815 235-8700
  22. LIVE: Chicago Police update the public on the Jussie Smollett case. Jussie Smollett is back on the set of “Empire,” just hours after posting $100,000 bail for filing a false police report, sources say.
  23. Animal Art- ages 7 and up. Back by popular demand! We are doing another round of animal art. If your child enjoyed the first one, they will love this one as well! 3 new projects working with acrylic on canvas, paper mache, and watercolors. I will be limiting this class to 10 kids so let me know asap if your child would like to attend. Today at 5 PM – 6:30 PM. Jelly Art Studio. 6 East Stephenson. Cost: $45. 4 weeks
  24. Tri-County Christian School Annual Open House. Visit the classrooms, meet the staff, visit with other families, view curriculum, talk with school leadership, and learn more about TCCS’s commitment to a Christ-centered educational experience. For more information or for a personalized tour, call the school at 815-233-1876. Today at 6:30 PM – 8 PM. Tri-County Christian School 2900 W Loras Dr
  25. Free Haircuts All Day! Join Sport Clips for their anniversary celebration on Thursday February 21st and receive a free haircut all day. 2725 IL-26, Freeport
  26. Petition Started To Re-Surface Adams Avenue in Freeport, Illinois. Susan Diehl has started a petition saying approximately a quarter of mile, from the Adams Ave Fire Station, South, to the National Guard Armory, is getting so bad, you can literally damage your car by traveling on it. The black top on the road is so tore up and pot holes.literally covers the street, coming and going. She has a petition to re-surface the road.
  27. Enjoy a fun evening of fine big band music and dancing Featuring the smooth sounds of The Freeport High School Jazz Ensemble and The Highland Community College Big Band. Tickets are $7.50 and are available at the Highland Community College Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., or at the door. Call (815) 990-1739 for more information. Appetizers and snacks will be provided Coffee, pop and water will be available. Freeport Masonic Temple Ballroom Saturday, March 2, 2018 7:00 — 10:30 p.m.
  28. It’s a good day to have a good day. NextHome First Class. (815) 232-4433. Residential, Commercial, Land & Farms.
  29. Demolition Derby To Be Part Of 2019 Freeport Fireworks All Day Celebration. In conjunction with the 2019 Light the Night Freedom Fest, (Freeport, Illinois Fireworks) event planners teamed up with the Stephenson County Fair to bring a demolition derby as part of the Fireworks celebration this year.
  30. (ad) Happy Thursday to you. $1.00 domestic beers all day long at Benchwarmers East Gaming Parlor. Always free coffee tea hot cocoa and soda while you play the machines. Hope to see you soon, have a good day. 1335 E. South St., open Mon-Sat  7:00 AM – 2:00 AM and Sunday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  31. Dinner Before The Mom & Me Masquerade At Logan’s. Tomorrow at 4 PM – 7 PM. 3rd year of doing dinner before the dance! This year we will be doing a buffet as well as our regular menu, as we know the mommy’s and sons are wanting a good meal and quick! All you can eat buffet 4-7pm. Logan’s Bar & Grill. 1805 S West Ave.
  32. How will Illinois $15 minimum wage hike affect Wisconsin? Illinois’ minimum wage is going up to $15 an hour by 2025. Right now, Wisconsin is at $7.25 per hour. The Rev. Jonathan Barker believes raising the minimum wage will help the more than 100 guests they feed at Grace Lutheran Church, three times a week, along with 30 children’s families who get free diapers every Thursday. Business owner Steven Kahn, of The Inner Child, opened his collector store in Kenosha eight years ago, even though he’s an Illinois resident. “It will have another impact and will drive more business north of the border.”
  33. (ad) Celebrate President’s Day with limited-time savings from Rite-Way Furniture & Appliance on all in-store bedding items.Sleep better with a Serta iComfort mattress set. Receive a free box spring or save $500 on a Serta iComfort adjustable bed. 20 E. Stephenson Street, 815-235-4911 Monday-Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-4
  34. Jussie Smollett Turns Himself in on a felony charge of disorderly conduct in filing a false police. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted just before 5:30 a.m. Guglielmi confirmed to NBC Chicago that Smollett surrendered to police at around 5 a.m. at CPD’s Central Booking station at West 18th Street and South State Street. The “Empire” star was charged Wednesday with the class four felony, which carries a sentence ranging from probation to up to three years in prison, according to Chicago police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Quote of the Day:

“It’s always too early to quit.”

News Stories For Wednesday February 20, 2019
  1. IRS Employee Says Don’t Fall For These New Twists On IRS Email & Phone Scams During Tax Season. There are two things you should know for context. One, since I represent taxpayers, I do get voicemail from the IRS. And two, since I have a digital phone line, I often have my voicemail emailed to me. So it’s not completely unlikely that I’d receive an email with a voicemail from the IRS. This one, however, is clearly a scam.
  2. No More Cheerleading Awards At This Kenosha School. A Kenosha High school has ended an annual banquet after the American Civil Liberties Union found specific awards were given to cheerleaders based on physical attributes. A Wisconsin school district official says its high school will no longer hand out cheerleading awards that are based on a girl’s physical attributes, including largest breasts or buttocks.
  3. ‘Flesh And Blood Robots For Amazon’: They raid clearance aisles and resell it all online for a profit. Kristen and Juston Herbert, with their children, have built a business in retail arbitrage, which is the art of buying consumer goods at brick and mortar stores and selling them for a profit online.
  4. Grandma Grabs A Gun And Wards Off Would Be Robber. 79-year-old Grandmother in Georgia grabbed her gun when a man broke into her house. She confronted the robber and he was arrested.
  5. (ad) Trinity United Methodist Church. Service Times Sunday at 9:00 am and located at 2600 W. Pearl City Road in Freeport. (815) 233-0057
  6. Food Fight Against Cancer Set for April 5. Friends of the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital are bringing back their popular fundraiser, Food Fight Against Cancer, with a colorful twist for 2019.
  7. Census Bureau: 600,000+ expected not to complete survey. The Census Bureau recently told the White House that including a question about citizen ship might keep some 630,000 households from completing and returning the form.
  8. Bill signed: Illinois on track to be 1st state in Midwest with $15/hour minimum wage. Illinois is on track to be the first state in the Midwest to push its base wage to $15. The state’s pay floor, currently $8.25, increases to $9.25 on Jan. 1; it jump to $10 on July 1, 2020, and then increases $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025.
  9. In case you need it, Black Diamond Music Store offers Copying, Faxing and Notary Services in their store. 1329 E South St. (815) 233-0118
  10. Pritzker unveils ‘bridge budget’ that relies on new revenue, calls for graduated income tax. In a proposal his staff called a bridge budget until a graduated income tax can be put into place, Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave his proposal for the 2020 fiscal year spending plan, which counts on new revenues from taxing plastic bags, sports betting and legalized marijuana, among other things.
  11. First minority ever joins Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa’s newest Supreme Court justice, Christopher McDonald, was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and raised by a Vietnamese mother and Scotch-Irish father. With his appointment Wednesday, he becomes the first minority to serve as an Iowa justice in the court’s 182-year history.
  12. (ad) Freeport Health Club. A no fluff, no hype just results gym and tanning center located inside the FA read center in downtown Freeport. Located at 18 W Stephenson. Call (815) 233-0066.
  13. Rock Falls man is reunited with men who helped him after he crawled injured two blocks
  14. Unclaimed Funds – Milwaukee Co. looking for owners of $2.2M in unclaimed funds
  15. Big beer companies fight over Iowa farmers in the aftermath of Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad
  16. Jo Daviess County business owners prepare for minimum wage hike. Business owners in Jo Daviess County are preparing for an imminent spike in labor costs after lawmakers agreed to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.
  17. Senator Brian Stewart gives statement on Governor’s Budget Address. “The annual Budget Address is where we begin negotiations for the next fiscal year. Now we start the long process of considering every option and hammering out the details,” Senator Stewart said. “This year, our new Governor promised that he will work in a bipartisan manner; however, many of his early ideas, legislative actions, even this Budget Address do not reflect a spirit of compromise.
  18. Jussie Smollett officially a suspect for filing false police report: police
  19. $13M in meth hidden in frozen strawberries. Customs and Border Protection officers made a major drug discovery hidden in a shipment of frozen strawberries.
  20. (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.
  21. At a cheerleading banquet in Kenosha, some girls got ‘Big Booty’ and ‘Big Boobie’ awards. Now the ACLU is involved.
  22. Tax on store plastic bags proposed in Illinois. Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget proposal suggests an excise tax of five cents per bag. The idea is to generate money for the state and reduce the risk to wildlife caused by plastic, especially when it comes to the danger posed to fish and other water life.
  23. Dairy Queen Freeport is Hiring all shifts and all positions. 651 W South St. Freeport
  24. Best Public School In Freeport? We noticed a report today which stated of the 69 students attending Pearl City Junior High School in 2018, 42.8 percent of them scored proficient in English Language Arts and that 34.3 percent were proficient in math. The numbers were according to a report recently released by the Illinois State Board of Education. That got us thinking.
  25. Cody Canada & The Departed is a three-piece Americana roots-rock band based in New Braunfels, Texas.  Rolling Stone called Cody Canada, a poster child of the Red Dirt scene about the man who has been playing guitar and dreaming music since he was 8 years old. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Logan’s 5 PM – 10 PM – Get Tickets Here
  26. Blake Shelton brings his ‘Friends and Heroes’ tour to Peoria on Feb. 28
  27. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a revised draft guidance, “Use of Investigational Tobacco Products,” intended to assist tobacco product manufacturers, academic institutions and institutional review boards studying tobacco products.
  28. Hundreds without power in Illinois, Iowa after snow. MidAmerican Energy reported nearly 1,800 customers without power in the Illinois Quad Cities.
  29. Freeport School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Schiffman is resigning. At the end of June. Dr. Mike Schiffman’s resignation goes into effect June 30th of 2019. “I have been honored to have served as Superintendent of Freeport School District for the past four years,” said Dr. Schiffman. “Together we have implemented many new initiatives that will benefit the students of FSD. I look forward to finishing this school year strong and to following the continued success of the district in the years to come.
  30. WATCH LIVE: Governor JB Pritzker delivers state budget address. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is giving his first budget address at the State Capitol in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Here is Pritzker’s full address including transcript.
  31. Bingo at the Freeport IL Moose Lodge is canceled for Wednesday 2/21 due to the weather, again.
  32. 18-Year-Old Man Makes $35,000 in 4 Days Plowing Seattle’s Historic Snow. Seattle has been suffering through its snowiest February in 70 years, with accumulations of up to 10 inches in some places. But all that white has meant green for one young man with a snowplow, who says he made $35,000 in four days.
  33. (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
  34. Parent company of Henry Pratt to pay funeral costs of 5 victims in Aurora shooting. The parent company of Henry Pratt, Mueller Company, says they’ll pay the funeral costs of all five victims who lost their lives.
  35. FDA Caution: Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., cautioning consumers against receiving young donor plasma infusions that are promoted as unproven treatment for varying conditions.
  36. D&D at Abet Books and Games. Today at 6 PM – 8 PM. Free D&D every Wednesday from 6-8pm. All ages and experience levels welcome. Abet Books and Games. 15 W Stephenson St, Freeport.
  37. Freeport High School Student Named to State Initiative Focusing on Meeting Needs of Illinois’ Diverse Students. A Freeport High School student has been selected as one of 22 leaders from across the state to provide recommendations on increasing teacher diversity and promoting culturally responsive teaching. FHS junior Carter Shockey is one of two Illinois high school students from the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council that have been selected to participate in the Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) Network.
  38. (ad) The Presidents Day Sale Continues at Rite-Way Furniture, Mattress, and Appliance throughout February 28th with Great Savings on Mattresses and Bedroom Items. Stop into the Store to see the Huge Savings on Brand Name items! 20 E. Stephenson Street, 815-235-4911 Monday-Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-4.
  39. Man arrested Friday in Green County was the one who conned store clerks in the area out of hundreds of dollars or more in recent weeks, the Green County Sheriff’s Office says. Acting on a tip, deputies and police in Monroe arrested John H. Loresch, 51, on warrants issued by Monroe police, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Rock County, Evansville, Freeport, Illinois and Champaign County, Illinois, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
  40. Richard Branson reveals what it was like to ride out one of history’s most destructive hurricanes in his wine cellar. Hurricane Irma was one of the largest and most powerful storms in history. Irma, which struck the Caribbean and the Southeastern US in September 2017, was a Category Five hurricane that generated sustained winds of 187 mph. The storm was also massive, roughly the size of Texas. Which is why many were shocked when Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson decided to ride out the storm at his compound on Necker Island, one of the British Virgin Islands.
  41. Village Of Forreston says once again, the weather is frightful – stay HOME if you can. Road conditions are deteriorating quickly. Forrestville Valley Schools have closed for the day. Stay safe!
  42. Highland Big Band Concert is tonight. Wednesday at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM the Highland Big Band will perform with world-renowned trumpeter and alumnus of The Stan Kenton and Tonight Show Big Band Tony Scodwell.
  43. New Illinois minimum wage law concerns bi-state businesses. The new Illinois minimum wage law has businesses in the Quad Cities wondering how the change will affect business, especially those that have locations in both Illinois and Iowa. “I am going to have to pay [long term employees] the same as someone just coming in,” East Moline Country Style owner Cristina Sanchez – Lopez said. “Now, I’ll have to step up their wage just to make it fair.”
  44. Snow Emergency: Due to yet another impending winter storm including expected snow and ice, a snow emergency has been declared for the City of Freeport as of 6:00 AM, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and will be in effect until Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:00 AM. Odd and even parking is in effect. On even numbered days of the week, park on the even numbered side of the street. On odd numbered days, park on the odd numbered side.
  45. (ad) HOT BEEF. Featured today at Logan’s is a open face hot beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetable. Logan’s is out delivering. Homemade Soups broccoli cheese and chili. Located at 1805 S West Ave in Freeport. Call 815-232-4592.
  46. White House Will Study Whether Climate Change Is a National Security ThreatPresident Trump is preparing to establish a panel to examine how climate change affects national security, to include a White House adviser whose views are sharply at odds with the established scientific consensus that human-caused global warming poses a threat to the nation’s economy, health and security.
  47. The Annual Meeting of the Children’s Hands-On Museum will be held Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. Adults only, please, are welcome to attend and learn how far the museum has progressed and experience the vision for the future. The meeting will be held at the CHOM location in Lincoln Mall, Freeport. 1248 W. Galena. For further information contact SongBirdMe@aol.com with any questions.
  48. Ranchester, WY – Logan’s sold two tickets to the Cody Canada & The Departed show coming up February 27th to folks all the way from Ranchester, WY sixteen hours away. Get your tickets here.
  49. 02/20/2019 – The two hour delay has been changed to a cancellation. Eastland Schools will not be in session today, Wednesday, February 20th.
  50. Snow and freezing rain before 2pm today, then drizzle between 2pm and 5pm. High near 33. East wind around 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
  51. Throwback – Today, Monday February 19, 2018 Is Gerald McClellan Day In FreeportAn American former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 1995 Gerald Allen McClellan is a two-time middleweight world champion and a Freeport native.
  52. House to vote on Freeport’s Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area status Feb. 26. The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act, which passed the Senate as part of the Natural Resources Management Act, will increase economic opportunities for Illinoisans working to preserve the historic site and create new recreation, tourism and educational projects. U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  53. Governor JB Pritzker to unveil state budget proposal, facing $3B deficit. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is scheduled to unveil his first annual budget proposal amid an estimated $3.2 billion deficit. The Democrat will address a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday with his plans for state spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1. His administration this month estimated that without action, the state could be in a $3 billion hole in the spring of 2020.
  54. Modular Homes? Poplar Grove modular home development underway. Underneath a blanket of snow near Whiting and Poplar Grove roads a more than 200-unit modular home project has begun to percolate.
Quote of the Day:

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”

News Stories For Tuesday February 19, 2019
  1. Rock Island teacher raises money for student recovering from emergency brain surgery. It’s been about a month since Rock Island Academy third-grader Kwon Wilson has sat at his corner desk, devouring books. Instead, he’s been in and out of hospital beds after a sudden illness sent him into emergency brain surgery.
  2. The Presidents Day Sale Continues at Rite-Way Furniture, Mattress, and Appliance throughout February 28th with Great Savings on Mattresses and Bedroom Items. Stop into the Store to see the Huge Savings on Brand Name items! 20 E. Stephenson Street, 815-235-4911 Monday-Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-4
  3. Supermoon Feb. 19 and March 21 2019.  The first supermoon of 2019 was the Super Blood Wolf Moon on Jan. 20-21, and two more supermoons will follow on Feb. 19 and March 21. The term “supermoon” has only been used in the past 40 years, but it received a slew of attention in late 2016 when three supermoons occurred in a row. The supermoon of November 2016 was also the closest supermoon in 69 years, although a closer supermoon will rise in the 2030s.
  4. State Rep. John Cabello introduces House Bill 3447 requiring all elected officials in Illinois to wear body cameras. While the intent of the bill is to reduce corruption at the state and local levels, state Rep. John Cabello acknowledges his idea has virtually no chance of winning approval.“If they want to be an elected official, they should be following the law,” Cabello said. “If they don’t want to, I think they ultimately shouldn’t be an elected official. We would find ways of being able to remove them.”
  5. How a welder with a useless invention — a meat cleaver cellphone cover — became an accidental viral video star. He was an ordinary welder in a boring job. Geng Shuai was about to turn 30 and knew that if he did not find an outlet for his passion to create things, he would be trapped in mediocrity. Then came his Einstein moment, during the mundane chore of cooking.
  6. Principal of Notre Dame High School found dead at his homeThe principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School was found dead at his home Tuesday, according to the Peoria County Coroner’s office.
  7. US Dept. of Transportation cancels nearly $1B grant for California’s high-speed rail project. The US Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it is canceling $929 million in grant funds for California’s high-speed rail system, ratcheting up the Trump administration’s focus on the project after the state said it was scrapping it last week.
  8. Mileage tax proposal dropped by bill’s sponsor. The sponsor of a mileage tax bill drops his proposal. The bill would’ve created a pilot program where anyone interested could have a meter installed in their car to measure mileage. The driver would be taxed on miles driven instead of gas used. A spokesperson for the bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Marcus Evans, D-Chicago, said the proposal could be reintroduced in some form at a later date.
  9. Daughter of mother killed at Rockford home sought protection from on-and-off boyfriend. Katelynn Lindsey had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to seek an extension of an order of protection aimed at keeping Abdon Ochoa-Villaneda away from her for up to two years. But Lindsey, 25, was in the hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound.
  10. Tickets still available for the Mom and Me Masquerade this FridayRegister online or call the Freeport Park District at 815.235.6114. Cost per person is $12 residents/$13 nonresidents.
  11. In conjunction with the 2019 Light the Night Freedom Fest, (Freeport, Illinois Fireworks) event planners teamed up with the Stephenson County Fair to bring a demolition derby as part of the Fireworks.  Sponsor spots are available for the entire event as well as trophy sponsors for the demo derby. You can donate here. Kids power wheel derby starts at 1:00 pm. Open Wire beginner class $800.00 1st place paying 5 spots. Open Wire full size $1500.00 1st place paying 5 spots. Open Wire suv / Mini vans $800.00 to win paying down 5 spots. Open Wire compacts $800.00 to win paying down 5 spots. Learn more about this year’s fireworks even here.
  12. Trump Administration Says It Will Cancel California’s $929 Million High-Speed Rail Grant. The Trump administration is vowing to terminate a $929 million federal grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, according to a letter sent Tuesday from the Transportation Department.
  13. Family cited in November over home where child died. Three months before a two-year-old girl died cold and dirty, Decatur city officials cited the child’s mother and her boyfriend for a code violation at their home. See also.
  14. PTSD from Mattoon High School shooting to be covered in panel discussionIt has been more than a year since a student shooter came into Mattoon High School, but the trauma of that event is still there for some, according to organizers of an upcoming panel discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  15. Historic minimum wage increase will affect 1.4 million Illinoisans. Surrounded Tuesday by business and labor leaders, legislators and working families, Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 1, making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to phase in a $15 minimum wage over the next six years and giving workers their first raise in nearly a decade.
  16. Rock Island issues boil order. A boil order has been issued effective immediately for Rock Island water customers in the area of 30th to 46th Street between 7th Avenue and the Mississippi River (1st Avenue) because a water main repair may have reduced the water pressure below the acceptable minimum.
  17. Illinois state trooper hurt in multi-vehicle crash. An Illinois State Police trooper was injured in a five-vehicle crash Monday evening in Ogle County in the northwestern portion of the state. At 6:43 p.m., officials responded to the crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 39 near milepost 108 in Sterling, according to a statement from state police.
  18. White House moves forward with wall funding despite lawsuits. The White House is moving forward with plans to shift existing federal funds to pay for construction of a wall on the southern border, a senior administration official said.
  19. The Jazz Alliance will be back at Logan’s tonight. 6- 8pm. Come out and enjoy a great meal and Jazz!
  20. Great grandmother meets brother for first time in over 70 yearsBrianna Nelson gave her 87-year-old great grandmother an entirely new way to perceive the saying “family first.” With Nelson’s help, a sweet, long overdue reunion would allow her great grandmother to meet her baby brother for the very first time in over 70 years.
  21. Poor people not allowed in AOC’s luxury apartment complex. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently moved into a luxury apartment complex in Washington, D.C. that does not offer the affordable housing units that were a key plank in the New York congresswoman’s campaign platform.
  22. Potholes in Peoria. Peoria Cares app lets citizens address concerns about potholes and other issues. Sound familiar Freeport?
  23. City of Freeport City Council Meeting Tonight, February 19, 2019 6:00 PM. 314 W. Stephenson Street. See the agenda here.
  24. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign raises more than $1 million in less than 4 hours
  25. Illinois Village to enforce ban on litterbugs. The Oakwood Township village board is going to start enforcing an ordinance to fine businesses or people who litter. The fine is up to the discretion of police who are now going to be looking for it even more. You could get a warning, but if you really want to risk it, you could be fined from $100 – $750 each time.
  26. Highland Big Band Concert is tomorrow. Wednesday at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM the Highland Big Band will perform with world-renowned trumpeter and alumnus of The Stan Kenton and Tonight Show Big Band Tony Scodwell.
  27. WIU Faculty-Advised Youth Robot Team Qualifies for World Expo in April
  28. Local governments recoup $450,000 from state debt-collection programA debt-recovery program run through the Illinois comptroller’s office last year garnished $40 million from debtors’ state tax refunds, and sent it back to 400 units of government statewide.
  29. A New Hampshire man is alive thanks to a Dunkin’ Donuts worker who knew exactly what to do when he had a heart attack. Surveillance video shows the moment David Wood, 29, collapsed in front of his truck at a Candia rest stop after suffering a heart attack.
  30. The Presidents Day Sale Continues at Rite-Way Furniture, Mattress, and Appliance throughout February 28th with Great Savings on Mattresses and Bedroom Items. Stop into the Store to see the Huge Savings on Brand Name items! 20 E. Stephenson Street, 815-235-4911 Monday-Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-4
  31. Judge allows lawsuit challenging location of Obama Presidential Center to proceed
  32. I owe how much? Some Americans shocked by smaller refunds under new tax law.
  33. High School Spring Sports Parent Meeting. There will be a mandatory meeting for the parents of any Lena-Winslow HS athlete planning to participate in spring athletics during the 2019 season. The meeting will be held on Monday February 25th at 6:30 in the HS gym. Attendance by at least one parent is required prior to any athlete being allowed to participate. The purpose of the meeting is to create communication between parents, athletes, and the coaches of our various athletic programs. The meeting should not take longer than one hour. If you have questions feel free to contact Tom Smargiassi, Activities Director at 815-291-5362 or smargiassit@le-win.net
  34. Adidas picks Iowa man to launch new shoe after running creative patterns
  35. Scott Abbott, 53, of Rockford taken into custody by the Beloit Police Department arrested for sexual assault of a child.
  36. Schnitz & Giggles Beer Release! Feb 22 at 4 PM – Feb 24 at 5 PM. “Schnitz & Giggles” is BACK on tap starting this weekend at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery! This German Kolsch style of beer is mild-flavored & delicious! Brewed with all-Wisconsin malts, all-German hops, and a German yeast strain! Very mild, not hoppy, not bitter, incredibly smooth & easy drinking. Stop out for a glass or two.
  37. Amazon plans to produce more films each year, including ‘sexy date-night movies’
  38. Boone County Sheriff’s Office announced the sudden passing of Detective Patrick Imrie, age 43. Detective Imrie worked for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office for the past 16 years; 6 years as a patrol deputy and 10 years as a detective.
  39. Understand data collection in smart home devices. A recent Bloomberg article details how Amazon and Google are looking to continuously collect data from their respective smart home devices to improve their services.
  40. Win streak snapped as Illinois falls to Wisconsin. Illinois came into Madison, Wisconsin, red hot on the back of four-straight conference wins and got off to a promising 10-2 lead against No. 22 Wisconsin on Monday night.
  41. Dozens Of Unsolved Stranglings Might Point To Chicago Serial Killer
  42. Lena-Winslow Music Program “Solo & Ensemble Recital”.  Lena-Winslow Choir & Band students will perform a solo & ensemble recital on Monday, Feb. 25 at Lena-Winslow Elementary School.
    The event begins at 6 p.m in the Lena-Winslow Elementary School. No cost to attend.
  43. Trump Launches Effort To End Criminalization Of Homosexuality Worldwide. The Trump Administration has decided to combat discrimination against homosexuals worldwide, starting a campaign that would eradicate the criminalization of homosexuality, according to Trump administration officials who spoke with NBC News.
  44. VIDEO: Sanders announces 2020 presidential bid. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020. (Feb. 19)
  45. St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl – Freeport, Illinois Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 AM – 6 PM. City-wide pub crawl to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! $10 Ticket includes shuttle route to every location, St. Paddy’s Coozie, and a chance at THREE GRAND PRIZES!!!! Irish themed specials at each pub, all extra proceeds will go to local charities. Check-in will be at Logan’s from 11am to 1pm. Shuttles will be running from 12pm to 6pm.
  46. Super-Rare All Black Emperor Penguin Finally Caught on Camera
  47. Jury selection to start this afternoon in Kelly murder trial
  48. Spring is around the corner. Now is the time to get your bicycle to PHK Bicycles & Skateboards for your spring tune up. Take $10 off on their $49.99 Basic Tune Up. PHK Bicycles & Skateboards offers pick up and delivery in Freeport and Stephenson County area. Just call (815) 616-8081 to schedule your appointment today.
  49. Ladies, You’re Invited to Ladies Luncheon 2019. We hope see you at Cannova’s on March 8th
  50. Art, Music and Sports . . . it’s all here and all brought to you by our Big and Little DAWGS!
  51. Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to play in Rockford July 16
  52. TUESDAY is Grilled 1/2 lb. Cheeseburgers for only $5.00 add fries for only $1.00 Or choose any other of your favorite sides that we offer. Our Stuffed Burgers on Tuesdays are only $7.00…MmmMmm!!! Our Burgers are known to be Delicious!!! Dine in, Carryout, Delivery & Great Catering Too!!! CIMINO’S LITTLE ITALY FREEPORT. 815 235-8700
  53. Speaking of money. Here’s a list of 500 of the world’s richest people.
  54. Instagram’s fundraiser stickers could lure credit card numbers
  55. Payless ShoeSource Files for Bankruptcy Ahead of Liquidation and Store Closures
  56. White Sox lose out on Manny Machado? Some teams just can’t have nice things
  57. 3 teachers on leave following display of noose images labeled ‘back to school necklaces’
  58. The window for the 2018-19 Illinois Parent Survey has been extended to March 15th. We need your help! Any Pre-K to 4th grade Taylor Park parent can take this survey. We currently have had only 57 parents complete the survey, which is about 30%. Your opinion matters! Please let me or the office know when you have completed the survey so you can be entered into a drawing for a 25.00 Walmart gift card. Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
  59. Mexico is seeing record-setting violence. Here are the risks for American tourists — and how to avoid them
  60. Trivia Night Fundraiser. Today at 7 PM – 10 PM. We had so much fun the last time, we’re doing it again! Cost is $5 per person with teams of 2-8 people each. Benchwarmers 2143 W Galena Ave
  61. Bernie Sanders has made more than $1.75 million from book royalties since 2016 — here’s what we know about his wealth and assets
  62. Supreme Court refuses to hear defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by one of his accusers
  63. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Signs Minimum Wage Hike Into Law
  64. Let’s think about Spring!! Cranes Grove Cemetery Association members will be having their annual Spring fundraiser again with hanging baskets and a new planter offered this year. The baskets also make great gifts!!! They will be delivered to your house by our members free of charge. They will delivered the week of Mothers Day, just in time to give them for a gift! You can place an order from now until March 31st. Contact any member or call 815-291-4626 for more information. Thank you.
  65. Here’s How Aurora Shooter Gary Montez Martin Kept His Gun, According To The Illinois State Police
  66. Boy Scout Troop 4 Holding Pancake Supper And Bake Sale
  67. Illinois Among List of Other States Suing President Trump Over Emergency Declaration For Border Wall
  68. Illinois State Senator Brian Stewart Says Evidence Backing Wage Hike Will Not Help Working Families
  69. Park District Hiring Seasonal Summer Employees
  70. (CBS) –“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show’s studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation
  71. Enjoy full service gas at the pump where they still check your wipers, fluids and oil while you wait. Fuel, auto repair and tire sales and service. Stop by Dan’s 66 located at 1348 S Galena Ave (815) 235-2556
  72. According to a recent survey, only four in 10 Americans could pass the U.S. citizenship exam.
    The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation conducted a survey to see what percentage of U.S. states could pass the U.S. Citizenship Test.
  73. Indiana Tax Preparer Refuses to Do Married Lesbians’ Taxes. A tax preparer is defending herself from an onslaught of attacks after she refused to do a married lesbian couple’s taxes in Indiana because they planned to file their return jointly. Bailey and Samantha Brazzel spoke with NBC affiliate WTHR in Russiaville, Indiana and said the woman who has done their taxes in the past would not handle their 2018 return after the pair got married last summer.
  74. Inmates use their criminal skills to rescue baby locked in SUV
  75. Check out this listing! 3 bed | 2.5 bath | 2316 sq. ft. – Priced at $335,000
    Beautiful Horse Property on over 12 Acres – 1.5 Acre Spring Fed Pond with Island
  76. The Illinois gunman lied about his criminal history on his gun owner application
  77. Bernie Sanders would be the oldest president in US history
  78. Browse over 65,000 books, CD’s, vinyl records, magazines, puzzles and more. Open 10-4 Monday-Saturday. Open until 7 Thursday. VOICES Book Nook Freeport Lincoln Mall, 1255 W Galena Ave.(815) 821-2665
  79. Pritzker proposes his first state budget Wednesday
  80. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller Band coming to Alton June 21
  81. League of Women Voters of Freeport Hosting Public Forum On Water Resource Management
  82. Cody Canada & The Departed is a three-piece Americana roots-rock band based in New Braunfels, Texas.  Rolling Stone called Cody Canada, a poster child of the Red Dirt scene about the man who has been playing guitar and dreaming music since he was 8 years old. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Logan’s 5 PM – 10 PM – Get Tickets Here
  83. Pearl City Elevator sponsoring agriculture scholarship program
  84. FHN Northern Illinois Physical Therapy Services Transitioning to New Location
  85. Jussie Smollet Siblings Blame The Media: ‘Make The Victim Look Like He’s The Criminal’
  86. Need A Ride? Highland Now Offers Rider Cards For Student Transportation To Campus
  87. 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
  88. Texas boy sets up hot chocolate stand to raise money for border wall
  89. Measles epidemic not expected
  90. Tips for concealed carry
  91. Police officer leaves $100 tip, note ‘from the heart’ for pregnant waitress
  92. Positive Posts – Share Something Good In The World
  93. Family-Friendly ‘Arctic Ale and Art Walk’ To Be Held In Downtown Freeport Feb. 23
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