The Illinois High School Football Coaches Association inducts its latest Hall of Fame class this weekend. Among the inductees is Tim Engebretson, who led United High School to a state title in 2004. He says the honor gives him a perfect time to reflect on his career.
The ceremony is Saturday at the University of Illinois. Other inductees include Ric Arrand, David Young, Scott Hamilton, Ken Joggerst, Dirk Smid, Brett Kooi, Tim Lafferty, Jerry Blew, Joe Ryan, Eric Michaelsen, Tom Vargos, Hal Chiodo and Antwyne Golliday, Sr.
Midway through the legislative session, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says the spring isn't bringing a sense of renewal to the process of hammering out a budget. He is especially disappointed with a lack of progress on pension reform.
Illinois FFA continues to honor students for their work-based learning. It’s called Supervised Agriculture Experiences and the organization recognized state proficiency winners in fifty different areas last weekend in Champaign. Nicholas Close of Aledo was tops in the state in the category of Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship.
Recently President Donald Trump announced his proposed budget. The budget has been met with a mix of praise and criticism, although many wonder what kind of impact the budget would have on things like the deficit, and the national debt.
Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannan Show heard on Newstalk WTIM thinks although President Trump got many things right with this budget, such as increasing defense spending, it also raises some questions, such as how to pay for the projects the President has stated he wants to do.
Bohannon said if you pair the budget with the proposed tax cuts by the Trump Administration, questions quickly come up as to what it would mean for things like the deficit and the national debt.
Jim Bohannon appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.
The work on Illinois Route 29 between Springfield and Taylorville has recently been completed, and with that, the speed limit was increased slightly as well. The Illinois State Police want to remind people that although the increased speeds are okay, excessive speeding is not, and can be a huge danger to yourself and to others.
Illinois State Trooper Sean Ramsey joined the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show to discuss the issue of speeding. The ISP would like to ask people to slow down, and remind that the speed limit between Rochester and Springfield is still 55.
Along with the increased dangers speeding pose, excessive speeding can also lead to misdemeanor criminal charges as well.
Along with slowing down, Ramsey wanted to remind everyone to keep an eye open for motorcycles out on the road in the warmer weather, as they can be much harder to see than cars out on the roadways.
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, person or persons unknown made entry into a residence located 532 West Vine Street. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took a tan, mid-sized refrigerator and a small pocketbook containing papers. The subject or subjects may have been in an older model, white, Dodge pick-up. There did not appear to be any damage done while making entry. The total dollar amount of the theft is unknown at this time.
Please contact Crimestoppers if you have any information on this crime or any other crimes or wanted persons. Crimestoppers will pay cash rewards of up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest and you do not have to give your name. Crimestoppers will pay double the normal reward for information that leads to an arrest for the crime of the week.
You can contact Crimestoppers at 824-9100, at our website Christiancountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting CRIMES (274632) and then your tip. As always, you will remain anonymous.
State Senator Andy Manar is promoting a school funding reform measure similar to a plan developing in the Illinois House. Manar's Senate Bill 1 would introduce an evidence-based model for funding Illinois schools, something recommended by the governor’s bipartisan school funding reform commission.
Will the drive in and out of Chicago for hundreds of thousands possibly get a little better? The Governor wants lawmakers to move forward on a plan that would build additional lanes on I-55 otherwise known as the Stevenson. The catch is they would be for paying motorists only. The future I-55 would have a toll lane each way, only drivers that were willing to pay. Bruce Rauner says the go-ahead needs to be approved this week to secure private funding needed for the project.
The Community College Board wants to make it a little easier for students looking at career and technical training. The board says students will now have better access when looking for specific classes. CCB Spokesman Matt Berry says they have pledged that all 39 community college districts will let students take classes anywhere for in district rates, as long as the class someone wants isn’t offered in their home district.
The demand for farm machinery remains strong on the secondary market. Auctioneer Dale Jones had nearly 600 registered bidders on-site last Saturday at a consignment auction in Aledo that featured a large number of ag implements.
A Seaton, Illinois teenager continues to rack up wins on the livestock show circuit. Dalton Line and “Wacky Wade” picked up their latest Grand Champion Steer honors this past weekend at the Western Illinois University Hoof & Horn Jackpot Show. Line started the year by winning the Illinois Beef Expo in February.
April 4th is fast approaching and that means that local elections are right around the corner. One of the candidates running for Taylorville Mayor is Tim Calvert. Calvert may not have experience with city government, but feels his time in management in the food industry and community involvement with Eagles makes him a good fit for the job.
Each candidate had the chance to address potential voters at the Taylorville Mayoral Forum, where Calvert gave a background on his experience in the city.
Calvert discussed his involvement with the community, and the many organizations and activities that Eagles has helped with and donated to.
Calvert said if elected, he wants to make the transition as smooth as possible, but will make changes if necessary.
The Taylorville Park Board met at the Manners Park Board Room Monday night. At the meeting the board learned of savings for the new lights the board previously approved to be installed throughout Manners Park. The project was originally expected to cost around $11,000, but diligent shopping around from Park Board Office Administrator Mary Ann Becker managed to cut that cost tremendously.
Becker told the board she decided to shop around for the project, and found comparable lights at a much lower cost. All together, the savings for the project due to the new lights will be around $5,200.
The lights are already ordered, and the board is also expecting to be partially reimbursed for the project, bringing the costs down even further.
Becker was asked how she managed to find the savings. She told the board she found the new lights in a catalog she receives at a much lower cost, and even managed to add on additional savings to the order as well.
The next meeting of the Taylorville Park Board will take place on April 24th.
Those looking for help to plan a large event such as a wedding or graduation ceremony can contact Megan Dain Weddings and Events in Taylorville. Megan Dain Megan Cole, owner of the event planning business will help you plan your event no matter how hands on or off you would like to be during the planning process.
Whether or not you have a detailed idea in mind, or just a vague idea of a theme for your event, Cole and her business can help.
Cole said she had thought about getting into event planning for some time, but planning out her own wedding was the experience she needed to make the decision to start her business.
Megan Cole appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show.
Pana Community Hospital is working to give the best experience and care it can across all departments, including their Emergency Department. The department is working to keep wait times low, and the quality of care high, and urge residents to come into the ER if they feel they need emergency care.
One concern among many when they head to the emergency room is how long it will take to be seen. Greg Hager, Manager of Pana Community Hospital Outpatient Services joined the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show and said at Pana Community Hospital, they try to keep wait times to under ten minutes, and had several methods such as a triage system to help achieve that goal.
Sometimes though wait times and frustrations can grow as patients waiting to be seen in the ER get passed up by other patients who may have arrived after they have. Hager asked those heading to the ER to be patient, as there may be others arriving after them, that have more serious issues.
Hagar also said that people experiencing certain symptoms such as stroke like symptoms should get to the ER as soon as they can, so the hospital can give them medications to help as soon as possible.
Hagar added that even if Pana Community Hospital needs to transfer you to another, larger hospital for care, they are still capable of stabilizing your conditions, and that visiting the Pana Community Hospital ER is still your best bet to get the care you need in as timely a manner as possible.
Local elections are nearly here, and one question several of the candidates have had for Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton, is for his endorsement. Mayor Brotherton has purposely declined these requests, saying he doesn't want anybody making their voting decisions based on his actions.
Mayor Brotherton said while appearing on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show that he wants voters to research the candidates and come to their own decision on who they want to vote for.
Brotherton did say he values experience for the position, partially due to the huge turnover the city government will experience this election. One position up for grabs is City Clerk, as Pam Peabody who currently holds that position has decided to retire. Mayor Brotherton praised the job Peabody has done, and says whoever is elected to the job has big shoes to fill.
Mayor Brotherton also added that he is encouraged to see that all of the candidates running for office seem to have a vested interest in the city, and that all candidates seem to be running in order to help the city continue to grow.
April 4th is fast approaching and that means that local elections are right around the corner. One of the candidates running for Taylorville Mayor is Bruce Barry. Barry feels his experience on the School Board and as President of the Taylorville Sanitary district make him the best candidate in the election.
Each candidate had the chance to address potential voters at the Taylorville Mayoral Forum, where Barry gave a background on his experience in the city.
Barry wants to change the way the city funds civic and club organization events. Barry says he’s already received pledges for the city to use for these events rather than tax dollars.
Barry also wants the city government to become more proactive in growing the city and become more transparent with city organizations about where their funding comes from.
With a vote on the April 4th Taylorville School Tax Referendum looming Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is worried about the future of youth in the community should it fail. The Sheriff is also concerned about recent developments in the state government that push towards the legalization of marijuana, saying that legalizing it sends the wrong message to our kids.
Sheriff Kettelkamp says marijuana is the second most used drug among youth today. He says he doesn’t understand why there has been a push towards legalization, due to the message that sends to teens.
Kettelkamp said he doesn’t believe that drug addicts should be in prison, and wanted to clear up the misconception that a possession charge leads to jail time.
Kettelkamp discussed his experience with drug addicts, and some of the problems drugs cause in people’s lives. He said although drug addicts shouldn’t be in prison, the people supplying the drugs should be.
Sheriff Kettelkamp appeared on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show
Ameren Illinois is working to build a smarter power grid in Taylorville and across the state to help keep customers light’s on when something goes wrong. The company recently installed new devices known as an IntelliRupter to better manage the flow of electricity in the city.
George Justice, Ameren Illinois Division Director covering Taylorville says the IntelliRupters minimize the amount of time customers are without electricity, and possibly prevent a loss of power altogether
Justice said the devices can detect where a problem has occurred, and re-route electricity to minimize the impact of that problem.
Ultimately these devices can lead to large reductions in affected customers during an outage.
Ultimately Ameren aims to build a better power grid and reduce the number of power interruptions for it’s customers.
One of college basketball’s most legendary coaches has Illinois roots. Adolph Rupp coached for over 40 years at the University of Kentucky. His job before that—teacher and coach at a small high school in Stephenson County in Northern Illinois says Sports Director Brian Reusch at WCCI radio in in Savanna, Illinois.
The Boys and Girls Club around Illinois say a critical program may be cut if President Donald Trump’s proposed budget moves forward. The budget item – the 21st Century Community Learning Centers – provides Illinois about $52 million a year in funding and a portion goes to the Boys and Girls Clubs sites that are located inside of schools. Central Illinois Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Bill Legee says if those locations go away student performance will suffer.
Governor Rauner's office reveals more than a million Illinoisans looking for work have new worries. 1.4 million job seekers may have had their personal information compromised March 14th after a state employment security department vendor was hacked. The hacker may have accessed the names, social security numbers and birthdates of job seekers in the vendor's database. Authorities say Illinois may be one of ten states impacted by the hack of America's Job Link.
The State Department has approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline, an Illinois Congressman says it’s good news for the nation and our local workers. The permit was issued Friday morning, giving the official green-light for the project that has been the center of a political tog-of-war for nearly a decade.
The only remaining holdup now appears to be in Nebraska, where the pipeline still does not have a legal route through the state. Bost believes that situation will be rectified fairly quickly.
A hot button topic in Shelbyville has been the condition of the Chautauqua building. City Commissioner of Public Property Gib Smart says money for renovations to the building have been lacking, and until a solid fund-raising effort can raise a significant amount to go towards the renovations, he doesn't see the city spending money on the project.
Smart appeared on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show Live from our Downtown Shelbyville studios, and discussed the building among other issues surrounding the city. Gib shared that fund-raising efforts have been disappointing, and haven't mustered the funds needed to repair the facility.
Shelbyville simply doesn't have the funds available to focus on the Chautauqua building over other infrastructure projects.
Gib also discussed several other projects the city is working on, including upgrades to the aquatics center, including painting the large slide at the center.
US Senator Tammy Duckworth met Tuesday with Illinois Farm Bureau members participating in the Leaders to Washington program. Duckworth was glad to hear from the group discuss a number of important ag issues.
The Leaders to Washington group is comprised of more than 30 Illinois Farm Bureau members from throughout the state. Senator Duckworth says she was pleased to receive a strong message from agriculture.
Senator Duckworth was a guest on RFD Illinois Wednesday discussing her meeting with Farm Bureau members.
The Cubs World Series Trophy is making some of its final stops before landing in its permanent home. This afternoon, the trophy will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Downtown Springfield. Some Cubs fans thought waiting a few extra hours for a picture with the trophy was no big deal after the franchise waited 108 years for a world championship. Cubs Charities Senior VP Mike Lufrano says the trophy is well traveled.
Lufrano says the early birds are getting the worm but those who aren't in line already have hope.
The trophy will be shown to the Illinois General Assembly and then will be taken to the museum from 2:30 to 4 this afternoon. Tomorrow the trophy can be seen from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Decatur Civic Center, the Peoria Civic Center from 1:30 to 3 and Sterling's Challand Middle School from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Residents of Assumption are invited to attend a free informative event on March 18th to hear about a project that’s intended to help better Assumption. The town has adopted a “mapping” project, that identifies various areas of potential improvement around town, and ways to implement those improvements. The event will have several guest speakers to help inform the public about the project.
Assumption Alderman Courtney Hiler had more information on the meeting, as well as the mapping project.
The event will be a free community dinner to allow residents the ability to learn more about the project, as well as the future of Assumption. No registration is required for the event.
Hiler said several guest speakers are scheduled to give presentations during the dinner, including State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).
Hiler said several other towns have implemented the mapping project, and has seen good results due to it. The informative event will be held at St. Marys Parrish Hall, and doors will open at 5, with speakers starting at 6.
The Taylorville Police Department have reported to Regional Radio News that on March 4th, shortly before 3pm, officers responded to a possible suicide int he 1000 block of Virginia Ave. Upon arriving, officers found a male subject with an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. The subject, identified as 43 year old Kevin W. Klee of Taylorville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner. An investigation is ongoing, and results are still pending from the autopsy and toxicology reports.
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in conjunction with the Shelbyville County Market will be holding a food drive on Tuesday, March 14th. Suggested items for the drive are canned fruits and vegetables, boxed dinners, soups, pork and beans, and other various food items.
All food collected will be donated to the local food bank at the First United Methodist Church. Last year the Methodist food pantry provided assistance to over 150 residents of Shelby County.
The hospital asks residents to join them in helping those in need, and realizing that hunger doesn’t take a day off.
Suggested Food Items for the drive are as follows:
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Corn and Beans
Spaghetti Sauce and Noodles
Fruit or Pudding Cups
Macaroni and Cheese
Various other foods that do not need refrigeration
The WMKR and People's Bank and Trust Pana students of the months for February were presented with their awards Monday. Pictured from left to right are Joani Jones from Peoples Bank and Trust Pana, Senior Abby Kuhn, Junior Brenna Dameris, Sophomore Tristan Putt and far right is Jennifer Mathis from Peoples Bank and Trust Pana. Missing from the picture was Jacob Beyers - Freshman.
People who are undecided or who want to see what their choice for Taylorville Mayor might be like in action, can join the Taylorville Mayoral Forum tomorrow night at 6:30 at the North School Gymnasium. The 6 mayoral candidates will spend the time there answering questions and sharing the ideas they have for the city in their term.
Matthew Adermann , Taylorville Fire Captain and President of the Taylorville Professional Firefighters, is in charge of the Forum and said this is an important event to make sure people stay informed and find out where the candidates stand on the local issues.
Adermann said questions have been submitted for the forum as the Professional Firefighters have teamed up with the University Women of Christian County, and while many questions have already been taken, more can be submitted tomorrow night.
NEWSTALK WTIM will be co-sponsoring the forum, and you can hear the Taylorville Mayoral Forum Wednesday by tuning into the live coverage on NEWSTALK WTIM, the WTIM stream at TaylorvilleDailyNews.com, or streamed live on the WTIM Facebook page at 6:30. Adermann appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Sense and Sensibilities Counseling Looking to Use 20 Years of Experience to Help Area Individuals and Families
Life can be difficult, and sometimes people can't do it all on their own. That's where Sense and Sensibilities Counseling in Taylorville steps in to give more support, find the root of the problem, and find collaborative ways to fix those issues. Shales Nagle, Owner of Sense and Sensibilities Counseling, has more than 2 decades of experience working with children through her years at Kemmerer Village, where she now serves as Assistant Director.
Nagle said, while she does specialize in child and family counseling, she will see anyone and use her Collaborative Problem Solving style to care for her clients.
Nagle said with the negative stigma that comes with going to counseling, people are often hesitant to go. She said she hates the stigma is still there when people are just trying to better themselves, and the benefits that come from it, for some, can be life changing.
Nagle appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
This month’s NEWSTALK WTIM Central Illinois Smiles Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” honoree is Will Perkins, who volunteers with the Taylorville Key Club, and is currently President of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club. Perkins discussed the growth the Key Club has seen, as well as it’s relationship with the Taylorville Kiwanis Club.
Perkins shared why he joined the Kiwanis Club, and said the more people who are involved with Kiwanis, the better.
To nominate someone for the NEWSTALK WITM Central Illinois Family Dentistry “Big Smile for the Community” award, send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
A strong line of thunderstorms pushed through the Mississippi Riverbend early this morning, and left some minor damage and power outages but no reports of injuries. Ameren Illinois customers that lost power are slowly being restored as work continues this afternoon.
The outages are concentrated in Madison, Jersey and Macoupin Counties. Power restoration is expected to be completed in Alton by 6 or 7pm, and during the afternoon in most other places. If you are without power, Ameren spokesman Brian Bretsch says you might want to unplug your appliances and electronics.
The wind damage reports include minor roofing or siding damage in parts of Godfrey, as well as tree limbs onto buildings or property.
Ag Safety Awareness Program Week is March 5-11, with the theme of Get Out of My Space. Each day has its own program, and Monday was about confined spaces. This includes grain bins, manure pits, and other potential dangers on the farm.
For grain bins, Dave Newcomb with the Illinois Fire Service Institute says to stay out of bins unless it’s absolutely necessary. He says if you must go in, be sure to first shut off all equipment and then use a lock-out tag-out system to alert others you’ve entered a bin.
54-percent of grain bin entrapments are fatal. Newcomb says there is a protective system that can be worn when entering a bin.
Bin safety is also important for the family member who discovers the entrapment. Newcomb says 60-percent of victims are would-be rescuers.
Newcomb adds that many rural fire departments need more volunteers to help service communities, and many departments don’t have members with farm experience, increasing the need for training.
The Taylorville City Council is working towards improving Taylorville, and it showed during Monday night’s city council meeting. The Council voted and approved motions that would reduce the blight around the city, and approve paying the contractors who have done a great job with the new sewer lines on the north side of town.
Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton spoke with WTIMTV following the meeting, and explained how the council voted to approve payment to the contractors working on the new sewer lines, however made sure to give some insurance to the city from the state.
Although the project is currently far ahead of schedule, Mayor Brotherton still wanted to thank the citizens of Taylorville for their patience with the project. He mentioned how the new sewer lines have been a huge help to the city’s storm water management.
The council also continued their push to reduce the amount of blight in the city. A new ordinance was approved that would allow the council to give homeowners who are taking their time with property renovation projects a tighter timeline on when the work needs to be finished.
Mayor Brotherton also discussed the upcoming mayoral forum on Wednesday. He said the citizens of Taylorville should be paying attention, and seeing what each candidate has to say.
You can hear the Taylorville Mayoral Forum Wednesday by tuning into the live coverage on NEWSTALK WTIM.
Sometime between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday March 4, 2017, person or persons unknown made entry into a vehicle that was parked at the University of Illinois Extension Office. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took a black bag. The bag contained a debit card, a driver’s license, and cash. The vehicle was parked on the south side of the building during the time of the incident. No damage appeared to be done while making entry. The total dollar amount of the theft is unknown at this time.
After numerous donations from local churches and organizations, The Christian County Senior Citizens Center has enough funding to once again offer transportation and lunches on Wednesday. Wednesday lunches have been canceled the past two months because of cut funding from the state to the Senior Center. The Wednesday lunches will continue throughout June, but they could be canceled again in July if the center can't generate more money.
Judy Gates, Area Supervisor for Meals on Wheels of CEFS, and Gerry Mahr, Director of the Christian County Senior Citizens Center, said they are saving the donations they have received now in case they don't have funding from the state come July.
Mahr said they are continuing to take donations to prepare for the remainder of the year. He said donating is easy, and people can choose whether their money goes to the lunch program, to transportation, or wherever else.
Mahr and Gates appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Early voting is available but the official day to vote for the school tax referendum as well as any city official positions is April 4th. Tim Calvert is running for the open position of city mayor after Mayor Brotherton steps down. Calvert thinks his experience with Eagles, writing grants to generate money, and being a part of the community for years will help his stake in running.
Calvert said some of the things he is focused on within Taylorville include drug usage, improve the city's curb appeal, and the school tax referendum.
Calvert said he wants to continue to promote the city to be a great place to live, and he thinks with what the city is beginning to set up, it will have a lot to offer incoming residents and businesses.
Calvert appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Kellie Hamell Looking to Make Budget More Accessible, And Make Water Payment Changes if Voted City Treasuruer
The official date to vote for Taylorville city officials is less than a month away and the city is going to have a major turnover in it's government positions. While there will definitely be a new city clerk and mayor, one position that may not change is city treasurer as current treasurer Jacque Nation is running for re-election. Kellie Hamell, is looking to change that as she has a lot of experience in the county treasurer’s office.
Hamell said she's heavily researched the job, asking city treasurers from similar cities about the job description, and she believes, with her experience, she'd be a good fit. Hamell said one thing she would like to change as city treasurer is to have budget information more available and accessible to the city aldermen.
Hamell said another thing she has in mind is to stabilize the water bills to payment will be made every month rather than every other month. She said this will help people budget their money more easily, especially with the rise in water rates.
Hamell said she knows double the work load will be given to the city workers, and one way to help that would be through payment using debit and credit cards.
Hamell appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
An Illinois company is recalling a nut free peanut butter substitute. The I-M Health Soy Nut Butter spread is being tied to e-coli infections across the United States. The Illinois Department of Public Health says stop eating any variety of I-M’s butter spreads.
For now the recall is voluntary.
Early voting is now open for the April city elections for Taylorville. One of the biggest issues on the ballot is the tax referendum for Taylorville schools. Many local leaders in the community have come out in support of the referendum, including Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, who says a gutted school system could mean potential businesses deciding to establish themselves elsewhere.
Hornbuckle mentioned during an appearance on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show how at the most recent LEAD meeting, the class learned about another economic organization in the city that is backing the referendum.
Hornbuckle also said she’s disappointed in the negativity she’s seen around town regarding the referendum, and invited anybody in the community to her office to discuss the pros and cons of the referendum.
She said the citizens of Taylorville need to support their town, and help to provide the best school district they can for the students.
Should the referendum fail, the Taylorville School District has planned to cut nearly all extracurricular activities, several teaching positions, and adopt a common core curriculum in an effort to keep the school’s budget balanced due to a lack of funds received from the state.
Happy Baked Goods is officially open for business in Taylorville, and had quite the grand opening. Since opening their doors last Tuesday, the business has seen a steady flow of customers, and has regularly sold out of nearly every item they offer.
Meredith Eisenbarth, owner of Happy Baked Goods said the reception the business has seen has been an incredible experience that exceeded expectations.
Eisenbarth reflected on what her most popular item has been so far, and said with the huge demand, she’s looking at hiring more help in the future so Happy Baked Goods can keep up with their customers.
Happy Baked Goods can be found off Poplar Street in Taylorville, and more information can be found online on their Facebook Page.
Citizens for Education Planning Door To Door Effort To Educate Public On Taylorville School Tax Referendum
Citizens for Education are planning a door to door effort throughout the Taylorville School District on March 11th to help inform the public about the details of the Taylorville School tax referendum on the April 4th ballot. The goal is to give the voters the most information possible before they make their decision on the referendum, and answer any questions they might have.
Melisa Livingston with Citizens for Education had information on where and when CFE members and volunteers can meet for the effort.
Citizens for Education welcomes any volunteers who may want to help with the effort. Livingston had information on how people can get involved.
Livingston said the goal with the door to door effort is to simply help the public get educated on the issue, and have the most accurate information how how the referendum affects them before they make their decision.
Citizens for Education are hoping to have enough volunteers to be able to visit households in Mt. Auburn and Stonington who are part of the Taylorville School District as well.
The Shelby County Office of Tourism has officially gotten the visitor's guides. The Office of Tourism ordered 35,000 guides and will be offered all across the state at information centers off of highways and interstates, as well as in multiple locations in Shelby County including Lake Shelbyville.
Freddie Fry from the Shelby County Office of Tourism said this year, her office partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers, and by doing so more pages have been added to the guide.
Fry said some of the new features to the guide include a bigger Lake Shelbyville map, exhibits for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage area, and more.
Fry appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM morning show from our downtown Shelbyville studios.
Brent Fogleman has been Police Commissioner of Shelbyville for two terms and he's running for another term during this election. Since Fogleman has been in office, Shelbyville's police has seen a lot of success, but Fogleman said he can't take much credit for any of that. He said he just enjoys being able to give back to the community that gave him a wonderful career, retirement, and home.
Fogleman said some reasons why he should be re-elected include his experience, his respect and duty to the community, and the common sense he shown during his tenure in the office.
Fogleman said some of the accomplishments his office has seen since he's been in office include building back their depleted reserve money, getting the city out of debt, and creating a new business district. But looking ahead, one thing he would like to see happen is the high level of efficiency for the Shelbyville Police Department continue.
Fogleman was a guest on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show from our downtown Shelbyville Studios.
Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorn Inn are There for Those in Need of Therapy, Assisted Living, and More
Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorn Inn is there for people who may need assisted living as well as therapeutic services. They offer Skilled Nursing, Bounce Back Services and private and semi private rooms for those who may need to stay there for an extended period of time.
Kristy Gorden, Director of Marketing and Sales at Shelbyville Manor and Hawthorn Inn explained in detail all of the services they provide.
Gorden said they do have dietary managers to make sure people get the meals they need that will help them with their therapy. She said they do not specialize meals for diabetics or those with heart issues, but their meals are always balanced and fulfill the requirements.
Gorden appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show from our downtown Shelbyville studios.
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Held their seventh annual Red Event on February 16th to help raise funds for the hospital. The fundraising event was a huge success, and featured attractions such as a comedian, a silent auction, and catered food.
Glenda Plunkett with HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital shared how the Red event has grown over it’s seven years.
Overall the hospital was able to raise nearly $35,000 for the hospital to help support programs, buy equipment, and continue services at the hospital. Plunkett shared how this years event was bigger than in years past.
HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital was especially thankful to the generosity of the Red Event Sponsors for helping to make another Red Event a success for the hospital.
No matter where you live in Illinois you knew it been mild winter and now we are finding out just how much warmer it was. State Climatologist Jim Angel says that it was this past February was a record smasher.
The weather wasn’t wetter though. The warmer trend brought little snow an scattered rain showers. The month goes down as the 9th driest February.
While President Trump has tried to demonize CNN, the New York Times, Politico and some other media outlets, at least one political pundit with the cable news channel says its time for Americans in the middle to stand up and be counted. Michael Smerconish, often provides commentary for CNN, and told farmers meeting in Springfield this week that most of America doesn't swing far left or far right politically;
Smerconish told a meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau in Springfield that middle America - both physically and politically, need to get active;
Governor Rauner and many members of the General Assembly also stopped by the meeting that attracted more than 400 Illinois farmers and other Farm Bureau members to the capital city.
The Governor continued his tour of storm ravaged towns. Bruce Rauner was in Jackson County on Thursday. This is the second day that he’s been out meeting with storm victims. Rauner says that he’s seen plenty of mother nature’s wrath while in office.
The death toll from the midweek storms pushed higher after a second man died from injuries suffered after a tree fell on him in Ottawa.
A group of nurses doing a little song and dance routine has caught the nation’s eye. Five pediatric nurses at HSHS St. Johns in Springfield started doing the Hokey Pokey for 4 year old Madison Austin when they found out so how much she loved the song. The video was posted to Facebook and since has been seen more than a 150,000 times and has been featured on national newscasts including the Today show. Madison celebrates her birthday today and is expecting to get out of the hospital. Her parents say they are grateful for the lengths the nurses have gone too to make their little girl happy while she stays in the hospital.
Taylorville Community Credit Union invites it’s members to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylorville on March 21st for their annual meeting. The meeting is an opportunity for TCCU members to mingle with each other and the staff, and get an idea of the direction that TCCU is heading.
Will Perkins, President of Taylorville Community Credit Union said the meeting will also have some fun activities planned, and asked that all members who wish to attend, to RSVP for the event.
This year’s meeting is being billed as one of “reflections and projections”. Perkins mentioned how the Credit Union is pleased with their recent growth, so the meeting will essentially be a celebration of TCCU’s success.
Perkins commented on the unique opportunity that the meeting gives it’s members, and how you don’t get that at many banks.
Members are encouraged to visit or call the credit union’s Taylorville office no later than March 14th to reserve a seat should they wish to attend the meeting.
The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce is holding their second biggest fundraiser this weekend with Spring Swing. The mini golf tournament will be held at 11 bars throughout the town and signups are open through the morning of March 4th. Teams, with a maximum of four players, cost $100 to register, with the grand prize being $400.
Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce said each bar is making their own hole, and people are welcome to drink while they play as transportation to each hole is offered.
Hornbuckle said there will also be a silent auction held throughout the contest with many neat and interesting items available.
Hornbuckle appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
The University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 is holding a clinic for those who are interested in raising sheep and goats for the upcoming county fair, or for those who might want to do it for business. Alicia Gullidge, 4-H Youth and Development Coordinator, will be leading the program and will be going over everything someone may need to know to raise a healthy sheep or goat.
Gary Letterly, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator said Gullidge has a history with sheep, and learning how to raise goats and sheep, for those who want to raise livestock, could work because not as much space as needed.
Letterly said the benefits of joining this program include learning about purchasing sheep and goats, their health, nutrition, and much more.
Registration is still available, but do so promptly as preparations have begun for those already registered.
Letterly appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
One of the city positions that will change with this year's local election will be the City Clerk's office. The reigning City Clerk, Pam Peabody, has been in office for more than 20 years, and is retiring this year causing one more open spot that will need to be filled that could shake up the city government. Buz Besson, is running for the open position and believes his experience in this community could bring stability for the future of the city.
Besson said he decided to run because of the lack of instability that's possible in the city government because of all of the potential new faces.
Besson has been a major part of the community and organizations that give back including Kiwanis, the Masonic Lodge and the Shiners. But his experience working and developing systems with the Taylorville Police Department is something he is most proud of.
Besson appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Trump supporters will get their chance to voice their support for the Nation’s President Saturday as Springfield will play host to one of many different rallies being planned across the country as a part of March 4 Trump. Several speakers are planned for the rally, including Senator Kyle McCarter, and State Reps Reggie Phillips and Brad Halbrook.
Jessica Wetherholt, one of the co-organizers for the rally discussed what the March 4 Trump is all about.
Wetherholt went through the current agenda for the day, and highlighted some of the guest speakers for the ralley.
Wetherholt did say that there are several other possible speakers for the event, however they haven’t yet been confirmed.
The Senate has worked both side of the isle for months to craft a grand bargain over the state’s lack of a budget and reforms that echo the turnaround agenda. But on Wednesday this week the vote was cancelled when not enough support was found from Republicans. The day started with the votes to be taken on workers compensation changes and tax hikes but votes from the R’s were disappearing and Senate President John Cullerton blames the Governor for squashing bipartisan support.
The Governor’s staff says that more work needs to be on the series of bills to assure it’s a good deal for everyone.
A lack of Republican support doomed the effort that the Illinois Senate had called their grand bargain. On Wednesday as votes were set to be taken it became apparent to Senate Democrats that they had seen a large portion, if not all, of their Republican support disappear. Senate President John Cullerton blames the Governor for getting involved. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno is on the optimistic side and thinks the effort hasn’t gone to waste.
The Governors staff says there is still more to be done to get the set of bills to be best thing moving forward for the state.
Negotiations between the Rauner Administration and the largest union for state workers have turned into a war in the court of public opinion. Anders Lindall with AFSCME Local Council 31 is hopeful the temporary stay that has prevented Governor Rauner from imposing contract terms will stick around a while longer.
While union members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike authorization vote, Lindall says picket lines are not a favored option.
81% of AFSCME members supported a strike authorization vote.
Another Illinoisan has died as the result of powerful storms that struck Illinois on Tuesday. A second person died in LaSalle County. There's no word on the identity or gender of the victim.
A drug investigation conducted by the Central Illinois Enforcement Group as well as the Morrisonville police Department has resulted in 30 cannabis plants being seized from an indoor grow operation inside a residence in Morrisonville. 33 year old Nathan E. Pinnell of Morrisonville was taken into custody and booked into the Christian County Jail on charges of possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver over 500 grams, a class 2 felony charge.
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp recapped the events that lead to the bust of the indoor grow operation.
Kettelkamp said the bust is a result of some good police work by the various agencies involved in the case.
Kettelkamp said the Central Illinois Enforcement Group has been hard at work the past few weeks, and is incredibly proud of the work that the group has been able to do here in Central Illinois.
A string of suspicious fires in Pana has lead officials worrying about a possible “firebug” in the city. The Pana Fire Department responded to a call on Monday evening of yet another suspicious fire, this time at an abandoned grocery store on Cedar Street. Arson is suspected in the blaze due to the building have no power or gas, anybody living nearby, or any storms in the vicinity that could have started the fire.
A firebug is a slang term often used for an arsonist who lights fires for the fun of it. So far the fires started in the city have been to vacant, abandoned buildings, however officials are concerned since often a firebug will gradually move to bigger or occupied structures.
The Pana Fire Department has asked residents to stay alert, and be on guard for suspicious behavior, such as people walking around vacant homes, or vehicles parked where they shouldn’t be. If you do see something suspicious, residents are asked to contact the Pana Police Department.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club got to hear from a local business fighting against Parkinson’s disease at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Lisa Tarr, owner of Rock Steady Boxing in Taylorville was this week’s guest speaker, and shared how through boxing, Rock Steady is helping people fight against the onset of Parkinson’s.
Tarr shared with the Kiwanis members what inspired her to open Rock Steady Boxing in Taylorville.
Rock Steady Boxing in Taylorville is part of a larger network of boxing gyms dedicated to helping people fight Parkinson’s. Tarr said how the company was founded, and how boxing helps many cope with the disease.
Rock Steady is funded entirely on donations, and recently held an open house to help raise funds for equipment. A membership to the Rock Steady Boxing Gym costs $65 per month, and for more information on the gym, you can call 820-1799.
The Illinois State Senate voted Tuesday on a 13 bill budget package, commonly referred to as the “Grand Bargain”. Five of those measures passed, and one failed, although the sponsor used a parliamentary maneuver that will allow the bill to be brought back to the legislation for consideration later this week.
State Senator Chapin Rose spoke with the Senate Press Office following the session, and said the package needs to be looked at in it’s entirety.
Even should this “Grand Bargain” pass through the senate, it would still need to pass through the House before the governor would have a chance to sign or veto the package. Senator Rose had questions on whether or not the bills would pass in the house.
One of the Taylorville city government positions available in this election is City Treasurer. Current Treasurer, Jacque Nation, is in the fight to retain her position. She's been in the treasurer's office for nearly a decade, five years as a deputy, the past 4 years as Taylorville City Treasurer, and she hopes that doesn't end any time soon as she still has plans for the city government offices.
Nation said one reason she thinks people should allow her to keep her position is for continuity, since there will be a new mayor and city clerk. She said the treasurers office should remain stable during this time of adjustment for the city government.
Nation said one thing she wanted to make clear was the increase in water rates. She said many people think it's her office that makes those increases, but that just isn't true.
Nation said one thing she hopes to implement by the end of March is the use of debit and credit cards to pay for water bills.
Nation appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
For National Nutrition Month, the Central Illinois Food Bank Focuses to Help Those in Need Eat Healthier
It's National Nutrition Month and the Central Illinois Food Bank wants to make sure people can be healthy with the services they provide. Some ways to do this when donating canned foods, is to try and see if there is an option with the American Heart Association seal. Other ways include visiting the Mobile Kitchen Cart to watch people prepare food in healthy ways and finding healthier recipes.
Krista Lisser, Public Relations Manager for the Central Illinois Food Bank said when looking for canned food to donate especially fruits and vegetables, try to find low sodium veggies, and fruit with 100 percent fruit juice.
Lisser said their Mobile Food Cart travels around the area, and people can watch certified dieticians cook food and prepare it in ways to give individuals and families the most amount of nutrients.
Lisser appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.
Governor Bruce Rauner, State Emergency Management Director James Joseph and State Senator Sue Rezin have been touring deadly tornado damage in LaSalle County today. A 76-year-old man was killed when a tree was uprooted in Ottawa. A second fatality occurred when a 71-year-old man was killed in the Southeast Illinois town of Crossville in White County. Governor Rauner was impressed with the team effort in LaSalle County.
Illinois Emergency Management Director James Joseph was impressed by how residents were self starters in dealing with the storm.
Joseph says Illinois is fortunate the damage wasn't worse.
President Trump inked another executive order Tuesday – this one that among other things puts a former Obama administration rule on hold that some believe allowed the federal government to regulate ditches. The order actually attempts to ditch the federal E-P-A’s infamous ‘Waters of the U-S’ rule that has riled many farmers and other landowners;
Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert welcomed the news. The Ellis Grove farmer, several other farmers in Illinois -- and around the country -- have fought the rule ever since E-P-A and the Army Corps of Engineers established it in 2015;
The federal E-P-A has maintained the rule more clearly defines which waters fall under federal jurisdiction and helps protect water. Farm Bureau and some other groups say the rule expands the agency’s jurisdiction beyond what Congress intended in the federal Clean Water Act and only adds confusion.
The push for a grand bargain in the Illinois Senate continues. The Senate spent much of the afternoon in committee meetings and Senators are getting back to the floor for more discussion on a number of budget related bills, including an income tax hike, workers comp and school funding reform.
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