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School board races heat up
By Steve Stein
GateHouse Media Illinois
At least two new members will be elected April
7 to the Washington Community High School District 308 School Board.
Gloria McNett, who has
served on the board since
2003, is the lone incumbent running for three
open seats. Board President Jim Gerkin and Ron
Garrard are not seeking
Aaron Boyles, April
Crotts, Jennifer Essig
and Kim Flanders are the
other candidates.
McNett, 707 Yorkshire
Court, said she wants to
continue her 12-year goal
of seeing the district go
from good to great academically with standardized test scores equal to
Morton and Dunlap.
“Significant strides have
been made, but more remains to be done,” she
She said the district’s
biggest issues are related.
It must continue to provide courses and programs
that ensure graduates are
prepared for college or the
work force while making
sure there are necessary
Boyles, 39, 1506 Jadens
Way, said he would be a
voice for the community
in academics and athletics. He said issues and
obstacles connected to
Common Core are a major
challenge for the district
along with the ongoing
need for future-looking
planning, budgeting and
“A new voice with new
ideas, perspectives and
leadership experiences
and methods that can add
to our students’ and
See School page A6
Vol. 175 No. 13
Cleanup day to
honor Fischbach
we are asking the volunteers this year to come
out wearing their craziest mismatched socks
in honor of Rita,” said
Chevie Ruder, executive
director of the Washington Chamber of Commerce.
Every year volunteers
gather at Wenger Shelter in Washington Park
to receive a T-shirt and
garbage bags before fanning out across the city
to collect litter along the
By Marlo Guetersloh
Put on a colorful and
mismatched pair of
socks May 2 before coming to the annual Take
Pride in Washington
That’s the request by
one cleanup organizer
as a way to honor Rita
Fischbach, a long-time
supporter of the annual
project who died earlier
this year.
“Rita always wore
mismatched socks, so
See Cleanup page A3
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With the city’s top employers list full of retail businesses and the
school districts, Washington officials are working to recruit more commercial, light industrial
and industrial businesses
to increase employment
“That is the main focus of our economic development plans for the
this year and the future,”
said City Planning Director Jon Oliphant.
Illinois Valley Plastics,
a company that manufactures molded components, employs 96. The
company is sixth on the
list of the city’s top employers.
Oliphant said the city
needs more companies
like IVP.
One key to the city’s
efforts is its 223 acres
near Illinois Route 24
and Nofsinger Road.
The city purchased the
ground in 2013 in the
hopes of turning the area
into a mix of retail and
light industrial.
“We think that 223
acre property is going to
be integral in our push
for new businesses,” Oliphant said.
Some of the development work on that property was sidelined by the
Nov. 17, 2013, tornado
that heavily damaged or
top-5 employers
• Washington
School Districts
308, 50, 51 and
52 combined
(public schools):
• Wal-Mart Supercenter: 340
• Washington
Christian Village:
• Uftring Chevrolet: 105
• Big R: 100
leveled more than 1,000
homes in Washington.
With the rebuilding
well-underway, the city
can turn its attention
back to its economic development plans.
By purchasing the 223
acres, “it allows us to
draft a plan that will be
more attractive to developers and it gives us that
control,” Oliphant said.
The other option would
have been to let the land
develop on its own with
a possible hodge-podge
of uses.
In addition to the cityowned land, there is another 200 acres or so
that could be opened
Analyst expects
Illinois to see
steady growth
in 2015
By Marty Hobe
GateHouse Media Illinois
the recession is in the
rearview mirror are starting to pop up across the
nation, looking at unemployment numbers, but
the economic climate in
west-central Illinois has
remained somewhat stagnant.
Nationally the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
but it’s nearly one and a
half points higher in Illinois at 6.9 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment
Security. Locally numbers
are a bit more spread out,
and offer more insight to
the labor market in westcentral Illinois.
and Henderson counties
are in a region together.
The combined unemployment rate was 6.2 percent,
tied for the lowest rate in
the state.
The region including
Livingston, Peoria, Tazewell, Fulton, Woodford
and Mason counties, had
Regional numbers
IDES divides counties
into 10 economic development regions, to better analyze and compare
unemployment data. McDonough, Warren, Knox
See outlook page A9
Western Illinois unemployment rates
Counties January 2015 January 2014
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See City page A9
Editor’s Note: GateHouse
newspapers in Galesburg, Canton, Macomb, Kewanee, Monmouth, Pekin, Pontiac, Morton, East Peoria, Chillicothe
and Washington combined
to look at whether jobs are
expected to grow in 2015
as the economy improves.
We asked top employers in
each town their plans for the
year, as well as asking economic development officials what to
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Wizard of Oz, presented
by the 2014-2015 Dist.
50 Beverly Manor Drama
Club at 7 p.m. March 27
and 28. The play will be
held at Beverly Manor
School, 1014 School St. in
Washington. Tickets will
be available at the door:
Adults are $5; Students,
$3; and Seniors, $2.
Bunny Breakfast hosted
by the Washington Park
District is April 4 at Washington Middle School,
1100 N. Main St. Advanced
tickets can be purchased
at the park district office
105 S. Spruce St., or online at www.washingtonparkdistrict.com.
Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Washington
Park District starts at 11
a.m. April 4 at the Rotary
Shelter in Washington
Park. This event will be
held rain or shine.
Take Pride in Washington Day, annual litter
pick up is May 2, meet at
Wenger Shelter.
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Friday, April 3 • Proctor Center • 1-3 pm • $3
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The Washington Fine Art
Society’s monthly meeting will be April 7th, 6:30
p.m. at 300 Muller Rd. in
Washington. Beginning
in May, the meetings will
be changed to l0:00 a.m.
on the first Tuesday of the
month. Public is welcome
and also to visit our Gallery Tuesdays and Thursdays l0-2.
The Washington District
Library is at 380 N. Wilmor
Road. Call 444-2241 for
The Washington District
Library’s spring book sale
will begin with a preview
sale 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March
27. Entrance to the preview ($5 or free to FOWL
members) guarantees
first choice of all items.
The sale continues during
library hours March 28.
Items will be half price on
March 30. And items will
be sold for $3 a bag on
March 31. Beginning at 3
p.m. March 31, leftover
items will be free or by
donation. The last items
will be available free or by
donation until noon April 1.
Information about Friends
of Washington Library can
be obtained at the circulation desk or by calling
444-7621. All proceeds are
used for the main library
and branch to add to
collections, sponsor programs, and underwrite the
teen and children’s summer reading program.
AARP Tax Aide
is available Tuesday afternoons by appointment
until April 14. Appointments can be made now
and must be made in advance. AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be at the main
library on from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays. Call or stop by
the main library to make
an appointment.
Sunnyland Christian
Church is hosting a Christian Music Concert March
28 featuring Greg and
Heidi Rosecrans. Doors
open at 6 p.m., concert
starts at 6:30 p.m. The
public is welcome and
there is no charge. Sunnyland Christian Church,
2401 Washington Road,
“Southern Raised,” an
award-winning family from
the Ozarks will present a
concert at 7 p.m. April 17
at the Evangelical United
Methodist Church, 401
Walnut Street, Washington. A free-will offering will
be taken. The tickets are
$5 and are available from
Don Moushon, 1408 Calvin, Washington, IL 61571.
Send him a check made
payable to EUMC Gospel
Concert Committee, along
with a self-addressed,
stamped envelope. Tickets
also are available at the
church office MondayThursday mornings or at
the concert.
Area Events
American Cancer Society Relay For Life for
Tazewell County 4-10 p.m.
April 18 at Illinois Central
College. For more info,
visit relayforlife.org/northtazewellil. Volunteers and
teams are needed. Call
Mallory at 688-3480 or
[email protected]
American Cancer Society Relay For Life for
Tazewell County 4-10 p.m.
April 18 at Illinois Central
College. For more info,
visit relayforlife.org/northtazewellil. Volunteers and
teams are needed. Call
Mallory at 688-3480 or
[email protected]
Veterans Yard Cleanup
April 4, 11 and May 2. The
Illinois Valley Fuller Center
for Housing is offering free
spring yard cleanups for
veterans and widows of
veterans in the tri-county
area. Volunteers will provide two hours of service.
To schedule a cleanup, call
Totes for Ta-Tas is currently selling straw
brooms from Quinn
Broom Company to raise
funds for their event in November. They are offering
the three brooms — the
Fautless (standard kitchen
broom) for $15, the Toy
for $6 and the Whisk for
$6. Brooms can be purchased by calling Sharyl
at 657-0992, by E-mail at
[email protected],com
or by stopping in the Morton Tourism Office. Cash,
check, credit and debit are
accepted. Visit the website
at www.TotesForTa-Tas.
com for pictures.
Northern Illinois University Steel Band will
bring its sound to Metamora High School Maurer
Performing Arts Center
at 7 p.m. April 11. Created
in 1972, the NIU band was
the first active steel band
formed in an American
university. Liam Teague,
hailed as the “Paganini of
the Steelpan,” leads the
NIU band along with steel
pan patriarch, Cliff Alexis.
“Red Steel,” Metamora’s
own steel band will also
perform and join NIU for
the concert finale. Established in 2000, it is the only
Illinois high school steel
band that is incorporated
into the regular curriculum.
Tickets for the concert are
$10 at the door or $8 in advance by calling: 367-4151,
Ext. 574.
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Christy’s Place, 1221 Peoria St., Washington; Every
Saturday night in March
will be DJ McFly; 444-4777.
Kep’s Sports Bar & Grill,
313 Muller Road, Washington; March 28 free juke
box; all times 9 p.m. -1 a.m.
unless noted; 444-1974.
Kirk’s Korner Tap, 2359
Washington Rd, Sunnyland, Karaoke 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
every Friday, 745-5321.
Five Points Washington, 360 N. Wilmor Road,
444-8222; 7:30 p.m. April
18, Wicked Divas performed by the Heartland
Festival Orchestra, tickets
are $35 for adults and $8
for children and students;
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 23,
The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck)
Supper, tickets $25-$45.
For more information visit
Jukebox Comedy Club,
3527 W. Farmington Road,
Peoria. 673-5853. Joe DeRosa 8 p.m. March 19-21
and 10:30 p.m. March
20-21. Prices are $15 for
the 8 p.m. March 19-21
shows and $12 for the
10:30 p.m. March 20 and
21 shows. All acts are to be
considered not for general
audience unless specified
Peoria Symphony Orchestra Matinee at the Movies
3 p.m. April 19 Peoria Civic
Center Theater; Gustav
Mahler Symphony No. 7, 8
p.m. May 9 at Peoria Civic
Center Theater; For more
info, call 671-1096 or visit
Limelight Eventplex 8102
N. University St., Peoria.
693-1234. Get tickets at ticketfly.com.
The Sound Bar at Limelight
Eventplex Presents Psychostick Revenge of the Vengeance Tour Pt. 2 Shadows
Inc., Red Poet, Kaleido. A
breath of fresh air has come
for those who need a break
from the standard angry
rock or metal band. Doors at
6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. April
10. Tickets are $10-$13.
Limelight Eventplex welcomes Trippin Billies.
Born in the pubs on the
north side of Chicago,
reminiscent of Luther’s College, Trippin Billies took to
the “stages” of these small
rooms in the early ’90s as
an acoustic duo. Doors at 6
p.m. Show at 8 p.m. April 11.
Tickets: $10-$13.
Limelight Eventplex and 97.3
Nash FM welcomes
Jason Michael Carroll. Originally from Houston. Carroll
has been on a major label
since 2006, after winning a
talent show in 2004. He has
had five top 40 hits since his
career started. Doors at 6
p.m. Show at 7 p.m. April 23.
Tickets: $17.50-$22.
Kickstand Productions presents Marilyn Manson May 11.
Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m.
Central Illinois Jazz Society April 19: Illinois Central
Jazz Train at 6 p.m., and
Derel and Ellen Monteith at
7:15 p.m. May 17: Central
Illinois Jazz Society House
Band at 6 p.m. and Carl Anderson and His New Orleans
Jazz Band at 7:15 p.m., in
the Starting Gate Banquet
Room, located in Landmark
Recreation Center, 3225 N.
Dries Lane, Peoria. Members $5; non-members $7;
students are free. For more
information, call 692-5330
or visit www.cijs.org or www.
Jukebox Comedy Club,
3527 W. Farmington Road,
Peoria. 673-5853. Jeff
Caldwell, the return of the
“Funny and Smart” ( the
words of George Carlin) guy.
He’s made numerous latenight appearances on David
Letterman, Craig Ferguson
and Comedy Central. He’s
been a guest on “The Bob
and Tom Show.”
He’s toured with Jon Stewart and chatted it up with
Dennis Miller and Keith
Olberman. His CD “I’m No
Epidemiologist” can be
heard regularly on Sirius/
XM Radio. Showtimes: 8
p.m. March 26., 8 p.m. and
10:30 p.m. March 27-28.
Ticket prices for Jeff’s
shows: March 26 at 8 p.m.
and March 27-28 at 10:30
p.m. — $12; March 27-28 at
8 p.m. — $15. Rated - Very
Mild R. standupguy.com.
Tim Meadows 8 p.m. April
2-4, 10:30 p.m. April 3-4 .
Prices are $16 for the April
2 show and $21 for the April
3-4 shows. Meadows is best
known for his performances
on “Saturday Night Live” for
10 years and in “Mean Girls.”
All acts are to be considered
not for general audience unless specified otherwise.
Peoria Civic Center, 201
S.W. Jefferson Ave., Peoria.
673-8900. Jason Aldean,
7:30 p.m. March 27. Aldean
has sold over ten million
albums and has taken 13
trips to No. 1 on the Country Radio charts. Tickets
are $33.25 and $63.25
and can be purchased at
It’s Free!
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
More trees available to replace those lost in 2013
By Steve Stein and
Marlo Guetersloh
GateHouse Media Illinois
Residents whose
homes were destroyed
or damaged by the November 2013 tornado
and lost trees can have
donated replacement
trees planted on their
property April 24 by volunteers.
The application deadline for the program is
April 10.
Trees for Washington
is a combined effort of
the city of Washington,
Washington Park District and Tri-County
Long Term Recovery organization.
“Neighborhoods are
being rebuilt, but so
many trees are gone,”
said Jon Oliphant, the
city’s planning and development director. “We
want to help residents
with that part of their
This is the second
Trees for Washington
event. Unlike the inaugural planting day
in November, volunteers and donations are
Oliphant said in the
past few weeks, some
of those donations have
started coming in to
organizers and the program is growing.
Most volunteers last
year were from Caterpillar Inc., and all of the
more than 500 trees
were donated by a nursery in Washington state
and the Living Lands
and Waters not-forprofit environmental
“We did very little
recruiting of volunteers
last year, but we need to
do it this time,” Oliphant
said. “We’re anticipating a bigger demand
because more lots are
ready for trees.”
Financial and tree
donors can call the city
(444-3196) or park district (444-9413).
By Monday, Oliphant
said organizers are expecting to have a second
shift of volunteers planting trees.
Maple and ash trees
aren’t wanted.
“We have a lot of maple trees in the city and
we’re looking to diversify our stock,” Oliphant
As for ash trees,
they’re out because of
the infestation of the
emerald ash borer.
In the first round of
Trees for Washington,
donors gave a large
number of trees so the
species were varied, but
already picked. This
time, organizers will be
doing the shopping, Oliphant said.
“We have made it so
residents can put which
tree species they would
prefer and we can review
that and try to plan for
it,” Oliphant said. However, a request is not a
guarantee that is the
type of tree the homeowner will receive, he
Financial donations
would be particularly
appreciated, Oliphant
said, because event organizers should be able to
get good deals for larger
orders of trees.
Volunteers can sign
up by calling Tri-County
Long Term Recovery
at 696-6923. Bethany
Community Church will
help coordinate the volunteer effort.
The application for
residents who wish to
receive trees will be on
City Council approves fire department payment
By Steve Stein
GateHouse Media Illinois
The city will pay the
Washington Fire Department $300,000 for fire
protection, ambulance
and emergency medical
services from Nov. 1, 2014
to April 30, 2015.
The City Council approved two ordinances
March 16 for the services
and compensation.
The city normally pays
the not-for-profit department $600,000 annually
for services.
It delayed payment for
the 2014-15 fiscal year first
because of financial uncertainties caused by the Nov.
17, 2013, tornado and later
because of concerns about
the city’s contract with the
department and the department board’s contract
negotiations with thenFire Chief Mike Vaughn,
who resigned Oct. 23.
A payment of $300,000
to the department for services from May 1, 2014,
to Oct. 31, 2014, was approved Nov. 3, 2014, by
the council.
City Administrator Tim
Gleason said the city still
wants to negotiate contract
changes with the board
and the board “continues
to be aware of this.”
One change the city
wants is to make the fivemember board’s at-large
member the city’s second representative. That
would require a modification of the department’s
The board also has representatives from the Central and Pleasant View fire
protection districts and
the department.
Gleason said council’s
action March 16 is to pay
for services rendered.
Mayor Gary Manier said
he talked to fire board
President Will Gallaway
on March 16 and told him
council was considering
approval of the ordinances.
Gallaway, the city’s representative on the board,
did not attend the council
meeting nor did he return
a call asking for comment
about the ordinance approvals.
Manier said the department has added four new
volunteer firefighters to
its roster.
Also at the March 16
council meeting:
• Public Works Director
Ed Andrews announced
that residents in tornadoaffected neighborhoods
can come to a meeting
from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in meeting room D at
Five Points Washington to
learn about a nearly $6.6
million project to repair
damaged roads, curbs/
gutters and sidewalks.
Funding for the work,
which will be done from
city right-of-way to city
right-of-way and touch
1,300 properties, is being
provided by the Illinois
Department of Transportation.
Information about the
project will be available
on the city’s website, www.
ci.washington.il.us, starting Thursday.
• Manier and aldermen
thanked Gleason for all
that he’s done during his
2½ years with the city.
Gleason is stepping down
after this week to become
the city manager in Decatur.
“Tim and I clicked before and after the tornado,”
said an emotional Manier.
“I wish he wasn’t going,
but I understand that he
needs to take care of his
family. We all do.”
Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gee
said Washington wouldn’t
be where it is today without Gleason’s leadership.
Gee said Gleason has made
many positive changes for
the city.
Alderman Carol Moss
said she hopes Decatur
officials know that Gleason can handle anything
thrown at him.
“Washington is losing a
lot because you’re leaving,
Tim, but we’ve gained a
lot, too,” she said.
Gleason thanked and
praised the city’s elected officials, department
heads and city employees
and said exciting times are
ahead for Washington.
On a personal note, “I
want to thank everyone
for how welcoming they’ve
been to me and my family,”
he said.
the city’s website (www.
ci.washington.il.us) and
park district’s website
(www.washingtonparkdistrict.com) early
this month. The park
district is overseeing the
registration process.
Trees will be planted
on a first-come, firstserved basis. Oliphant
said the April 10 deadline gives two weeks for
the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators, better known
as JULIE, which will be
contacted to locate utilities before the planting
date. Homeowners must
sign a right-to-enter
agreement that allows
volunteers on their property.
Fire Hydrant
Flushing Scheduled
As part of a routine
maintenance, the City of
Washington Public Service
Department will be flushing
fire hydrants beginning at 8
a.m. April 6 and is targeted
to conclude on April 17.
As a courtesy, hydrants
in the tornado affected area
will not be flushed at this
time. Fire hydrant flushing
typically starts at those hydrants closest to the water
towers and progressively
moves away from the towers.
Flushing of hydrants may
produce low water pressure
and discoloration of water.
To eliminate the discoloration, simply open the faucets and allow them to run
until water is clear.
City officials encourage
residents to check their
washing machines before
use for discoloration. If the
water is discolored or sediment is noticeable, run an
empty cycle through the
washer before laundering
There is no need to boil
water for consumption.
easter events
in central illinois
Washington Bunny Breakfast, hosted by the Washington Park
District is April 4 at Washington Middle School, 1100 N. Main St.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at the park district office 105 S.
Spruce St., or online at www.washingtonparkdistrict.com. Annual
Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11 a.m. April 4 at the Rotary Shelter in Washington Park, rain or shine.
Morton Villa Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at
190 E. Queenwood Road. The Easter egg hunt for ages 2-5 will be at
1:30 p.m. and at 1:45 p.m., ages 6-10 will have their own hunt. The
Easter Bunny will be stopping by for photos and miniature horses
will be available to pet along with face painting, treats and more.
26th Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the
Fondulac Plaza Merchants 10 a.m. March 28 at
Bethany Missionary Church (across from Fondulac Plaza). Doughnuts and coffee provided. Kids
bring Easter baskets and find candy filled eggs. Many will
have prize numbers inside. Hunt and find matching prizes
at participating merchants in Fondulac Plaza. Four age
groups: toddlers (1-2-3 years; pre-school and kindergarten
(4-5 years); 1st-3rd grades; and 4th-5th grades. Rain date 10 a.m. April 4. East
Side Animal Hospital will provide inflatables and pet treats at the event.
“The Bunny” at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie to welcome spring
with a celebration hosted by Bethany Baptist Church and The
Shoppes at Grand Prairie from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28. Festivities
throughout the Shoppes include live music in Center Court, children’s games and activities, bouncy houses, eggs, balloon animals, prizes
from participating stores, and photos with “The Bunny.” Activities are available rain or shine in the former Coldwater Creek location near the west
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city’s streets and in the
This year will be the
10th year for the annual
cleanup day.
Typically, the cleanup
day is held on the last
Saturday in April but
it was moved this year
to the first Saturday in
May to give organizers
a chance to take on the
project after Fischbach
died Jan. 13.
Fischbach, a retired
dean from Illinois Central College, was known
for walking to most plac-
es in Washington and
taking a
plastic bag
or two with
her. She
would collect litter
along her
Mayor Gary Manier
said previously that he
noticed Fischbach’s habit
while the two served on
the Washington Community High School Board
“One would be filled
on her walk to the meeting and she’d have another one for her trip
home,” Manier said. “She
was why I decided we
needed an annual cleanup day.”
In previous years, Fischbach would put out a
call for volunteers.
In 2013 when volunteer signups were looking
low, Fischbach publicly
asked for help.
In response, volunteers
came out in droves.
“This is such a giving
community,” Fischbach
said of the 2013 cleanup
day. “If you let people
know that you need help,
the people in Washington
are so willing to come out
to lend a hand.”
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Let the scramble for Schock’s seat begin
Just before Congressman Aaron Schock detonated his own political
career on March 17, we
were working on an editorial calling for a serious
primary challenge for him
a year from now, in addition to the candidate from
McLean County who’s
running on a platform of
“Washington needs the
We’d heard enough
to know that Schock’s
constituents deserved a
choice and the chance to
take matters into their
own hands, even if the
Justice Department, the
IRS, the Federal Election
Commission, etc. weren’t
compelled to begin investigations and/or potential
prosecutions of their own.
From this vantage, wholly
independent of the scandal that has since sunk
him, Schock should have
had a primary opponent
in the spring of 2014 after
he joined the extremists
in his party in late 2013
by linking the future of
ObamaCare to raising
the debt ceiling, thereby
courting a government
shutdown and raising the
specter of default on the
nation’s debt obligations.
Alas, Schock’s resignation may now set
off a mad scramble for
the seat, with state Sen.
Darin LaHood, R-Peoria,
already announcing his
intentions to seek it.
Three-time gubernatorial
candidate and state Sen.
Bill Brady of Bloomington quickly took himself
out of the mix, but many
other Republicans from
one end of the 18th Congressional District to the
other have been mentioned as possibilities.
Even a Democrat may
have a shot in the 18th,
for a change, in a district
that, let’s face it, is drawn
not to give them much of
a prayer (and that’s another editorial).
We wouldn’t worry too
much about appearances
or political timing at this
point. A special election
must be held by the end
of July, with the date to be
set by the governor within
five days of Schock’s de-
parture. So that leaves
less than four months
to campaign, to become
known in places some of
the candidates may not
This seat has long been
held by someone from
the immediate Peoria
area, and to be honest,
we’d prefer that situation
remain, but in these cir-
cumstances that’s less important to us than getting
a competitive field and
a spirited debate about
what the residents of the
18th District deserve from
their congressman, starting with fundamental
integrity and good judgment.
We live in an era when
it’s popular to convict
before trial, and we have
tried to avoid that trap
with Schock, who has
not even been charged
with anything, despite
what some who should
know better would have
you believe. That said,
his obvious and repeated
misjudgments have been
profound enough that
no clones of Schock need
apply, in the interests of
sparing us future grief. Illinois has become so synonymous with political
corruption both prosecuted and not, and there’s so
much of it to go around,
that the 18th District, at
least, ought to refuse to
contribute further to that
reputation and to those
ranks. Familiarity with
the issues and leadership
characteristics are always
important, but character,
to the degree that can be
determined in advance,
ought to be at the top of
voters’ lists.
The only shame here
is that taxpayers have
to pony up for another
election, which in Peoria
County alone — there are
19 counties in the 18th
District — could cost
the locals upwards of
$150,000, all of it unanticipated and, therefore,
unbudgeted. Too bad
Schock’s $3.3 million
campaign war chest can’t
be tapped for it.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
If Court kills health care, millions – and GOP - lose
If the polarized U.S.
calamities and exorbiSupreme Court in June
tant medical bills for the
rules against the Afford- first time.
able Care Act, they’ll
Secretary for Health
kill subsidies for about
and Human Services
8 million Americans in
Sylvia Mathews Bur34 states that use
well, has said,
the HealthCare.
“We know of no
gov insurer maradministrative acketplace – such as
tions that could –
and therefore we
This has started
have no plans that
to occur to Conwould – undo the
gress’ Tea Partymassive damage
influenced Repub- Bill Knight
to our health care
licans, especially
system that would
in the House,
be caused by an
where Representatives
adverse decision.”
run every two years.
Even from right-wingThe issue in “King v.
ers who’ve tried to kill
Burwell” – the most sethe ACA dozens of times rious threat to the law
in the last five years, you since 2012 – focuses
can almost hear some
on four words in the
gears click into place
906-page document.
and mumbled thoughts
The law says that tax
about millions of voters
credits will be available
losing health insurance:
through exchanges “es“Uh, oh-oh.”
tablished by the state.”
On the Senate side,
As it was drafted, supa few GOP Senators
porters assumed most
reportedly have been
states would create
brainstorming for
exchanges. After it was
months, but haven’t
signed in March 2010,
come up with an idea
many states instead
of helping millions of
decided to rely on the
Americans – many of
federal government to
whom now have some
operate them, as the law
protection from health
Four words v. intent.
In 2012, the Internal
Revenue Service OK’d
rules making subsidies
available in all states.
ACA opponents said exchanges must be offered
by individual states, not
the federal government.
The marketplaces –
operating for two years
– let Americans who
don’t get health benefits
at work to shop online
among plans that must
all offer basic benefits
and can’t turn away
customers, even if they
have preexisting conditions. Americans making less than four times
the federal poverty level,
or about $94,000 for a
family of four, qualify
for subsidies to offset
the cost of their premiums.
The law’s challengers
argue that a strict reading of the statute makes
subsidies available only
in states that set up
marketplaces, rather
than having the federal
government operate
marketplaces for them.
Four words.
Without subsidies, of
course, insurance costs
would skyrocket.
During arguments
this month, Justice
Anthony Kennedy suggested the law may be
vague enough to give
the IRS deference for its
regulation allowing tax
credits in federal health
exchanges. But he added
that giving the IRS authority would be a “drastic step,” because billions
of dollars are at stake.
In Illinois – which
left about $270 million in federal funding
untouched in December
when the legislature
didn’t even vote on a bill
to create Illinois’ health
insurance exchange
– more than threefourths of consumers
who signed up for 2015
insurance as of Jan. 30
qualified for an average subsidy of $210 per
Clearly, ACA challengers care less about
language than the law
– and President Obama.
After 60-some attempts
to repeal the ACA in the
last six years, Republicans once more seem
to be intent on “Doing
Nothing,” but many are
starting to realize the
unintended consequence
of booting millions off
health insurance.
Some governors, including a few Republicans, have conceded
they don’t want to let
thousands of their constituents lose coverage.
“If the court rules,
and we find half a million Ohioans without
insurance, it’s something
we’re going to have to
deal with,” Ohio Gov.
John Kasich said.
On March 4, the Supreme Court seemed
divided, but comments
like Kennedy’s gave the
law’s defenders some
hope. At least four justices appeared skeptical
about the challenge that
could create unmanageable insurance markets,
rising premiums, and
millions uninsured.
Conservative Justices
such as Antonin Scalia
seemed sympathetic
to opponents of health
coverage, but the four
liberals, such as Ruth
Bader Ginsburg, seemed
to side with defenders’
assertion that the whole
law must be considered.
Even the conservative
Independent Women’s
Voice organization recently released a poll
saying it would be important to “do something to restore the
subsidies” if Scalia and
conservative Justices
Clarence Thomas and
Samuel Alito sway two
others to kill it.
Perhaps swing votes
by Kennedy or Chief
Justice Roberts could
note that Merriam-Webster’s dictionary’s definition of “state” is not only
“a politically organized
body of people usually
occupying a definite territory; especially: one
that is sovereign,” but
also “ the operations or
concerns of the government of a country.”
The federal government is a state, too.
And people matter as
much as words.
— Contact Bill at
[email protected]
com; his twice-weekly
columns are archived at
Statehouse Insider
Guessing continues on state of Illinois pension reform
It’s always risky to try
ing the law. Just two
and predict how an apquestions were posed to
pellate court will rule on a lawyer representing
a case after listening to
public employees and reoral arguments.
tirees trying to have the
Remember the
law declared unfirst time Obamaconstitutional.
care was before
All of the questhe U.S. Supreme
tions were posed
Court? Many court
by just three jusobservers predicted
tices: Chief Justhe law would be
tice Rita Garman
struck down based
and justices Robon questions from Doug Finke ert Thomas and
the justices and
Lloyd Karmeier.
what was perceived
They are all Reto be a weak case by the
publicans. The other
administration. It was
four, all of whom are
Democrats, didn’t ask
So keep that in mind if any questions. But then,
you want to try reading
not all of the justices ask
the tea leaves from last
questions in every case.
week’s oral arguments
Sen. Kwame Raoul,
on the pension reform
D-Chicago, was in the
case before the state
courtroom and listened
Supreme Court. Most of
to the arguments. Afterthe questions from the
ward he said he expected
justices were directed to
the legislature would
an attorney representing once again have to tackle
the state and defendthe pension reform is-
He may be correct. A
lot of people have been
saying the same thing
for some time. But at
least we’re now to where
the state’s high court is
finally at the point of
weighing in on the issue
one way or another.
Anyone want to start
the speculation of how
long it will take the court
to reach a decision?
A rally last week to
protest proposed budget
cuts was one of the largest at the Capitol in a
And while an organizer told at least one
media outlet to expect
arrests from the demonstration, none occurred, according to
the secretary of state’s
office. That was even the
case after some of the
protesters crowded into
the House visitors’ gallery and interrupted the
floor session with their
chanting. House officials
asked that the gallery be
cleared, and security led
them out peacefully.
Will the rally change
anything? Likely not.
Rallies at the Capitol go
on all of the time. This
one was bigger than
most, but it was another
in what will be a string
of them.
Moreover, positions
on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s
budget have already
been staked out. And
working through the
budget mess will take
weeks if not months.
The rally will be a distant memory by the time
it is resolved.
People around state
government quickly
learn that not everything is as it appears.
That phenomenon is
not limited just to state
Last week, the city of
Springfield secured a ton
of free publicity for an
upcoming G.I. Joe convention to be held in the
city. The city distributed
a photograph of Mayor
Mike Houson giving a
key to the city to Cobra
Commander, leader of a
terrorist organization in
the world of G.I. Joe.
Bam, thanks to the
internet, the photograph
goes viral. People near
and far expressed mock
outrage that the mayor
would give a key to the
city to such a perpetrator
of evil.
On Friday, Houston
did a short interview on
In addition, the County
Clerk’s office will be
responsible for finding
election judges for each
precinct, and consider
the idea of whether early
voting should be made
Adding further complexity is the fact that the
same day voter registration law begins on June 1,
so yet more staffing (and
costs) will need to be taken into consideration.
We have many great
people representing our
area in Springfield, and
while meetings have been
set to explore accommodations for this election,
we urge you to contact
them, too, to see how our
Election Code can be
amended permanently so
our counties are not left
with a large bill for something that is completely
outside of their control.
We would like to thank
the many members of the
local media for already
drawing attention to this
key issue, and hope the
issue remains in the spotlight.
David Zimmerman,
Tazewell County board
Christie Webb,
Tazewell County clerk
John Redlingshafter,
Tazewell County board
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Jim Taylor,
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(The year)2015 was already set to be an election
year in Illinois.
Specifically, a February
primary (where needed)
and an April 7 general,
municipal election were
on the calendar.
With recent developments in Washington,
D.C., we now face the potential of two more elections — a special election
for the 18th Congressional District and a related
primary (should multiple
candidates from the same
party remain in the race).
As we all know, vacancies in office happen, and
often-times, they are due
to very sad circumstances.
Our state Election Code
sets forth the procedure
to fill those vacancies, but
it is eerily silent on one
aspect — who is going to
pay for it?
While county boards
and county clerks had
budgeted for two elections in 2015, no one anticipated four elections in
a five month span.
In Tazewell County,
these two additional elections are estimated to cost
around $200,000!
—Doug Finke covers Springfield and the
statehouse for GateHouse
Media Illinois. Contact
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Election year
expenses could
mount for County
in race to fill
Schock’s seat
Springfield radio station
WMAY in which he confessed that all he gave to
Cobra Commander was
an empty box. It seems
that because of budget
cuts, Springfield hasn’t
had ceremonial keys to
the city to hand out for
four years.
All of that free publicity may make the convention a huge success, in
which case the city might
be able to afford one key
as a token of thanks to
Mr. Commander. It’s the
least they could do.
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a young age. Both of her
parents sang in musical
theater, and Battistelli
sang in a lot of vocal productions at the age of 10.
“I discovered songwriting in high school, and
that’s when I started playing the guitar,” she said.
When she was 17, she
said she wanted to start
writing her own lyrics
about what she believed
“That’s when I started
writing the songs I play
now. I would write songs
and sing in coffee houses
or churches, wherever
would have me,” Battistelli said.
She said her inspiration
for her music comes from
a wide range of areas,
from Christina Aguilera
to jazz and more.
“Because of my love of
theater, there’s a lot of
that in my background.
My dad was also a jazz
trumpet player, so there’s
a lot of jazz and R&B music,” she said.
In 2008, she would release her first album with
a music label, “My Paper
Two years later, she
won the Female Vocalist of the Year and Short
Form Music Video of the
Year at the Gospel Music
Association Dove awards.
For both Battistelli and
Skillet, this is their third
time being a part of Winter Jam.
“It’s such an amazing
tour. There’s nothing like
it, especially in our industry, to see so many people
come out and so many
lives change,” Battistelli
“This has been my favorite one so far,” Cooper
added. “The bands are so
good. The whole show,
from top to bottom, is
just excellent, and I think
that’s why so many people
have been coming out to
the show.”
Cooper said that the
bigger event also allows
for the group to do things
they haven’t been able
to do before productionwise.
“We’ve always been
kind of known for doing
big shows with pyrotechnics and lighting. We’re
doing those, but we’re also
doing some new effects
like incorporating video
and a few other surprises
that I probably shouldn’t
reveal,” he said.
Both Battistelli and
Skillet will be performing
various songs from their
latest albums, but Skillet
will also be pulling out
some of their greatest hits
as well.
Battistelli said that attendees may want to get
in line early to guarantee
getting a great seat.
“ There’s so many great
artists. It’s just a night full
of great music and ministry,” she said.
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One of the biggest
Christian music events
worldwide is making its
return Sunday to the Peoria Civic Center.
Winter Jam brings 10
bands this year to the
Civic Center. The event
kicks off at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are a $10 donation at the door.
This low-entry cost has
been done since Winter
Jam was formed in 1995
by NewSong to allow
more people to attend, “be
encouraged by the music,
and hear the gospel.”
This year’s groups include Grammy-award
winning Christian rock
band Skillet, Jeremy
Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, for
King & Country, Family Force 5, Tony Nolan,
Blanca, About A Mile and
“It’s kind of like the
poster concert for the
ADD generation, it’s constant bombardment with
lighting and sound and
excitement,” Skillet lead
singer John Cooper said.
Cooper, the only remaining original member
of the group, started his
love of music early on,
growing up around piano
and vocal training from
his mother. He said he
first sang in front of people with his mom at the
age of four at church.
“I just always loved music,” he said.
He also started listening to Christian rock music at a young age.
“I always thought if I
played in a band I would
write songs about my
faith and hopefully write
songs that could help
people through hard
times and share my faith
through music,” Cooper
Groups such as Bon
Jovi, Metallica, Fleetwood
Mac, Kansas and Journey
have helped influence
Cooper’s singing and music style over the years,
along with classical music
and playing orchestra.
In 1996, Cooper formed
Skillet with Ken Steorts,
who left the group three
years later. Cooper’s been
on tour ever since.
When he started out, he
said he couldn’t imagine
being on tour today.
“I kinda thought, ‘Eh,
I’ll give it five-eight years.
I can’t imagine it lasting
much longer than that.’
I’m thrilled that it has.
Typically, music careers
don’t last that long, especially Christian music for
a Christian rock act,” he
Meanwhile, Battistelli is
more recent to the music
scene. While she released
for first album as an independent artist in 2004,
she too started singing at
Two Tony Award winners will be making a
stop in Peoria Friday.
Ron Raines and Donald Pippin will be bringing Broadway hits to
the Peoria Civic Center
Theater as part of their
Legends of Broadway
tour. The singing kicks
off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Tickets start at $25
and are available at Ticketmaster.com or the PCC
Box Office.
Raines and Pippin
both have a rich history
on Broadway.
Pippin has been
Promotional photo of Ron
conducting and directRaines. submitted photo
ing music for over five
decades, including the
actually a high school peroriginal run and revival
formance of “Oklahoma.”
of “A Chorus Line.” He has
While he originally
also conducted “Mame,”
came to New York in 1975
starring Angela Lansbury
to perform in operas, he
and Bea Arthur, “Seesaw,”
said he fit best in musical
one of Tommy Tune’s eartheater.
lier performances, “Caba“At that time in history
ret,” “Oliver,” “La Cage aux
in the ‘80s, opera compaFolles” and more. He also
nies in America were startwas the Musical Director
ing to do musicals,” Raines
at New York City’s Radio
said. So, I actually went
City Music Hall for 10
back to the opera world
and did these musicals.”
Raines got his start on
After touring across
Broadway in 1983 during a
America for a while, he
revival of “Showboat,” but
said he wanted to stay in
his first production was
New York to be with his
Continued from Page A1
school’s success,” he said.
Crotts, 33, 2213 E. Linnhill Lane, said she can
serve “our students, parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers in the
negotiation and prioritization of fiscally sound, academically centered policies.
“The foundation of longterm community success is
academic excellence pursued in consideration of its
cost to taxpayers.”
The most important issue facing the district, she
said, is the “delicate balancing act of meeting growing
student needs and retaining qualified teachers as
operational costs increase
in ways that mitigate the
tax burden on families.”
Essig, 46, 600 Eldridge
St., said she wants to help
provide students with
the best academic programs and
opportunities the dis- Gloria
trict can af- McNett
“We also
need to find
a balance
and important extra- Aaron
c urric ular Boyles
she said.
The most pressing issue
the district faces, she said,
is the financial challenge
caused by a decrease in
state funding and a temporary drop in property tax
revenue in the wake of the
November 2013 tornado.
5-year-old daughter and
his wife.
However, he hadn’t expected that a soap opera
would be what kept him
in the city.
“I came back and was
doing a production of
‘South Pacific’ at the Papermill Playhouse, which
is only like 40 minutes
outside of the city,” he
said. “I had committed
to myself then that I was
going to get a job. I had
not a clue that it was going to be a soap opera
like ‘Guiding Light.’”
Raines became the villain of “Guiding Light,”
Alan Spaulding, for 15
While on the show,
though, he never stopped
his theatrical singing.
“While I was doing
that, I did tons of recordings and three or four
productions for PBS. I also
sang for 30 or 40 symphonies. So, I didn’t stop singing, I just stopped going
on the road,” he said.
“It’s been a very unorthodox career, but it’s
been my path and it’s been
fabulous,” he said.
While Raines and Pippin first worked together
in “Teddy and Alice” in
1988, Raines said his wife
knew him 15 years before
that when she was in a
show Pippin directed.
“(Don)’s a legend,”
Raines said.
They first worked together on Legends of
Broadway about five years
“We’ve performed all
over the place,” he said.
“It’s educational, it’s warm.
It has an intimacy about
The concert is divided
up into two parts.
“The first part is where
we celebrate composers
who wrote their own lyrics,
and then the second part
is about composers who
were a team,” Raines said.
Between songs, such as
“Luck be a lady tonight,”
“My defenses are down,”
“Edelweiss” and more, the
pair gives the audience a
look inside their rich history on Broadway.
“He’s got wonderful stories that he shares during
the program that the audience eats up,” Raines said.
Raines said he interviews Pippin between
songs to get stories about
his directing career that
helps give more background on the songs they
sing and perform.
“It’s really wonderful,”
Raines said. “It’s very entertaining.”
48, 1016
G r e e n brier Lane,
said academic success builds
a strong April Crotts
for students
regardless of
their career
She said
the district
is facing
funding issues and Jennifer
u n f u n d e d Essig
that require significant
change management strategies.
“The board must focus
on providing a top-quality
educational experience that
ensures our students are
competitive in a global environment while success-
fully navigating these
c h a n g e s ,”
she said.
The other
contes ted
Wa s h i n g ton races Kim
April 7 are Flanders
for seats on
the boards that oversee the
middle schools.
Washington District 50:
Leticia Padilla-Tompkins,
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Local woman hoping to appeal
to many with Needle in a Haystack
Nikki Rutledge, who recently moved to East Peoria, opened Needle in a Haystack Jan. 2 at 2438 Washington
Road. submitted photo
painted, it’s distressed,
the shabby chic, that kind
of look. It’s finding that
item and then deciding
how I want to change it
up,” Rutledge said. “I have
a lot of fun doing that.”
The name Needle in a
Haystack, Rutledge said
fits her store because it’s
where people can find
“strange, hard to find
things.” Her friend Kathy
Zehr of East Peoria came
up with the name.
“We kind of hope
people can find things
they want, things that
they can use. We’ve got
the kitchenware stuff.
People moving into a new
place might need a couple
of pots and pans, or you
know, young people that
can’t afford to go out and
buy brand new things.
We kind of have a mix of
both worlds in here,” she
Swan Creek soy candles
and handmade jewelry are also part of the
eclectic mix. Rutledge’s
10-year-old daughter,
Adrianna Rutledge,
makes jewelry, and another vendor, Michelle
Brown, has her handcrafted jewelry on display.
In the future, Rutledge
said she plans to rent
booth space to seven vendors.
“There are so many
crafty people out there
and so many people that
have great ideas,” Rutledge said.
As she proceeds with
her business, Rutledge
said she is learning what
customers want and will
change things to accommodate requests.
“Most of the guys coming in here are looking
more for collectibles and
things like that, so we
might change that up a
bit,” she said.
So far, Rutledge said
she has had customers
coming in every day;
some are repeat visitors
she is getting to know on
a first-name basis. The
people are what Rutledge
likes the most about having her own business.
“I like getting to meet
new people and help
them find new things.
If they find something
they like and they want
a different color, we can
change it up for them,”
she said.
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ledge said she changes
the items in the store to
give it a fresh look. She is
planning a grand opening sometime in April or
“This is exciting. It’s
growing little by little.
Coming up with new
ways to grow it more,
that’s the challenging part
because you have to step
outside of the box and
do what’s not normal. I
wanted to move forward
and do something not
normal I guess for me,”
Rutledge said.
The store’s hours are
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday
through Thursday, 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10
a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For
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Nikki Rutledge loves
garage sales and organizing. Now she has combined these two things
into her own business
called Needle in a Haystack.
The business, located at
2438 Washington Road,
offers an eclectic mix of
home décor, furniture,
jewelry, candles, tools and
“I’m the one crazy
person who loves to do
garage sales and I like to
organize them and stage
them and make them
look good. My family has
always gone to auctions,”
Rutledge said.
Originally, Rutledge
thought she would do a
traveling flea market with
a truck and a trailer, but
then thought otherwise
due to the weather and
the physical demands of
loading and unloading
supplies and standing on
her feet all day.
That’s when she got
the idea to open her own
business. Rutledge said
her father, Kent Schuck,
has been very supportive.
“He’s always encouraged me to do my own
thing and do my own
business. He has his own
business and has for years
and loves being self-employed,” Rutledge said.
Rutledge said her father helps her buy transporting items to her store.
“He’ll bring me a truckload. If I say I’m out of
something today, he will
bring me this,” she said.
Rutledge, 33, who recently moved to East Peoria, said she was looking
for a spot on a main road
and saw the location in
The building, which
looks like something from
the Old West, was not
for rent when Rutledge
first saw it. The very next
day a “for rent” sign was
posted and Rutledge
thought it was meant to
be, she said.
“I thought it looked like
an old saloon. It’s very
unique and I thought,
‘That place is going to
stand out,’” Rutledge said.
Before opening Jan. 2,
Rutledge said she and her
helpers did a lot of painting and cleaning. The
three-roomed business
has a main room with
a counter, a side room
where there is a dining
room table and other
kitchen-related items and
a man cave in the back
for the guys. Rutledge
said she finds items for
her store in a variety of
places, even on the side of
the road.
“We get a lot of donations and we pick it up
on the side of the road. A
lot of people don’t want
to mess with it anymore
and they set it outside. I
never thought I would be
picking up garbage but
one person’s junk is another person’s treasure,”
she said.
Rutledge said she has
found various furniture
items that people throw
out. If the piece needs
a minor repair, her dad
fixes it. What Rutledge
said she really loves doing is taking a piece and
making it look different.
“Right now the stained
look is not really in. Everybody wants something
By Jeanette Kendall
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Washington Times-Reporter
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a rate of 6.8 percent.
But compare that to the
regions worse off, such as
the Northern Stateline
region of Ogle, Boone,
Stephenson and Winnebago counties, where the
rate was 7.8 percent, and
includes the state’s third
biggest city, Rockford,
where the unemployment is 8.8 percent in
city limits.
Henry County is in
the second worst region,
which has a total unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.
Also factored into the
IDES’ numbers are the
types of jobs gained or
lost. For instance, the
Galesburg area had an
overall unemployment of
7.0 percent in January,
adding about 75 manufacturing jobs, 50 hospitality jobs and losing 125
government jobs and 125
jobs in other services.
Comparatively, in the
Pontiac area the unemployment rate dropped
to 6.2 percent, the lowest
it’s been since 2008, adding 100 manufacturing
jobs but losing 75 jobs in
hospitality and another
75 in government.
Despite falling unemployment numbers,
the actual number of
jobs created went down
in Knox County from
19,845 in January 2014,
to 19,689 in January
Christopher Merrett,
director of the Institute
for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University,
said the shrinking numbers could be a sign of
workers leaving or giving up.
“There is some evidence that there may
be some small addition
to the labor force, but
it also suggests that the
overall size of the labor
force may be shrinking,”
he said in an email. “That
is, there is a shrinking
labor force participation
rate. Hence, if the labor force is shrinking,
a lower unemployment
may not mean more
workers are being added. It means discouraged
workers are no longer
being counted. I mention this because overall,
Illinois lost jobs in areas
that are more likely to
be found in downstate
such as construction and
Another factor could
be residents traveling to
other areas for work.
The most up-to-date
IDES commuter data
show that in March of
2013, 21,401 workers
lived in Knox County,
but 3,913 of those workers commuted out of the
county for their careers.
Of those commuters, 222
went to Iowa for work.
In Tazewell County it
was just the opposite.
Just 35,170 people live
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up for development once
all the road work for
Freedom Parkway and
Lake Shore Drive are
“Defintely with those
two areas we want to
bring in more head-ofhousehold kind of jobs,”
Oliphant said.
He also admits that
Washington like other
cities will have a tough
time attracting those
kinds of businesses.
“It’s competative and
those kinds of projects
just don’t come around
that often,” he said. “But
we are hoping that we
are positioning ourselves
in a way to maximize our
resources and be as attractive as possible for
those kinds of develope-
in Tazewell, but 55,590
worked there.
Local possibilities
Though unemployment is dropping, several
small towns still feel the
lack of jobs in their communities.
One way Galesburg
could fight that feeling
could come on the back
of BNSF Railway. State
Rep. Don Moffitt said to
help boost the economy,
the city is positioning itself for expansion of the
railway with the three
grade separations to allow train and vehicle
traffic to bypass each
other and run simultaneously.
“That positions the railyard for more business,
with several tracks running in several different
directions,” Moffitt said.
With an expansion of
BNSF, supplementary
companies could arise,
like agribusiness and
other industries which
rely on the railroad.
Kim Pierce, executive
director of the Macomb
Area Economic Development Corp., said the
local manufacturers have
positioned themselves to
start hiring again, meaning new career opportunities in the new future.
However, there are not
enough skilled workers to
fill the available openings
in the Macomb area.
“What we have, especially in welding, is
a shortage of available
welders for the jobs that
are available
Adding different industries is similar to
what Peoria has done
surrounding manufacturing giant Caterpillar,
which has helped the city
spread out its commerce
Several supplementary
businesses have started
to grow around Caterpillar, and with a larger
population of Caterpillar
workers, the demand for
services has gone up.
A good example of that
demand is the major
healthcare industry in
Peoria, with two major
centers located across the
street from one another,
driving up competition
in the area.
“Take a city that has
two major hospitals,
and that is going to raise
the salaries for employees at the hospitals, so
nurses, doctors, techs,
everybody, they’re going to have to compete
for the best people,” said
William Polley, interim
associate dean at the
College of Business and
Technology at Western
Illinois University. “The
same holds true if you
have two manufacturing
companies in the same
area. The same would be
true if you had multiple
service oriented companies in the area.”
Though the companies
may dislike competition,
and try to keep it away, it
Washington Chamber
of Commerce Executive
Director Chevie Ruder
said having more headof-household jobs in the
area goes a long way to
sustaining the city’s retail
and service-related businesses.
The chamber focuses
on helping to retain local
“It’s those businesses
that bring in those headof-household jobs that
helps pay the property
taxes and keeps the city
growing,” Ruder said.
Right, the city of Washington purchased 223-acres
of property near Illinois
Route 24 and Nofsinger
Road in 2013 with the
intention of using it to attract new businesses and
employers to the area.
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helps improve the overall
economy in the area, as
workers are paid more.
That’s what Moffitt
sees BNSF turning into,
potentially overtaking
Kansas City as the central hub of the rail giant
for the Midwest.
“Because of its geographical location, I
think there is that potential,” Moffitt said.
The state rate consistently has hovered between 0.5 and 1.5 percentage points higher
than the national rate in
recent years.
Ron Payne, an IDES labor market analyst, said
it is due to the types of
jobs available in Illinois,
notably manufacturing.
“Typically, Illinois is
one of those states because we have a large
presence in manufacturing,” Payne said. “Historically we tend to go
into the recessive period
a little later and come
out of it a little later.”
Payne said partially
due to the large manufacturing business in the
state, the unemployment
rate typically tends to sit
higher than the national
average, even in the better economic times.
However, he said the
outlook for 2015 is continued job growth, at the
same steady rate as in
A new administration
in the statehouse aims
to continue these upward
trends and make Illinois
a more business-friendly
Moffitt said changing
Illinois’ business climate
is atop Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda.
“He’s acknowledged
we’ve been a state that
exports jobs and we’re
viewed as a bad business
climate, an anti-business
state,” Moffitt said.
Moffitt suggested loosening business regulations, including shortening permit and licensing
procedures for industries
like the medical field, and
keeping a close eye on
what neighboring states
are doing, to help Illinois
stay competitive.
Compared to other
states, Illinois does have
one of the highest unemployment rates around.
According to data from
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa’s rate is at
4.2 percent, Wisconsin’s
5.0, Missouri’s and Kentucky’s 5.5, and Indiana’s
Rauner, a Winnetka
Republican, defeated
former Democratic Gov.
Pat Quinn on a campaign
of changing the status
quo in Springfield, particularly in government
The new administration has maintained the
state’s income tax decrease, which dropped as
scheduled from 5 percent
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to 3.75 on Jan. 1, just before Rauner took office.
The corporate income
tax fell from 7 percent to
5.25 percent.
“I think that helps
make us competitive
with other states,” Moffitt said.
In west-central Illinois, economic leaders
are optimistic about the
new governor. Pierce
said her office is “hopeful” Rauner will bring a
friendlier business climate to the state.
“We’re a community in
the state of Illinois, so
we can only be as proactive as the state will allow us,” Pierce said.
However, she understands that business
growth won’t be a task
completed overnight.
“It’s still a work in
progress,” she said about
the governor’s plans.
“The governor is working on other things at
this time, like the budget.”
A balanced budget
and clean bill of fiscal
health for Illinois may
be needed before it can
offer any incentives to
attract businesses to the
However, Merrett said
the governor’s plans
could hurt rather than
“Some cuts may in fact
hurt the economic recovery,” Merrett said in
an email. “We have been
losing jobs in manufacturing and construction.
Cuts to transfers to local
government could slow
or halt construction projects that otherwise could
employ many workers
and spur manufacturing.
Laying off government
employees could increase
the unemployment rate,
too. So, it is not clear
to me that these specific
policies will spur economic development. The
more important issue is
to simply create a stable
economic landscape.”
unemployed turn?
Agencies like the IDES
and the Illinois Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity
work to help unemployed residents find
work through training
Payne said several
manufacturing companies often have trouble
finding qualified workers.
“We reach out to these
people to find out what
they need to do to train
this unemployed person
and dovetail them into
their shop,” Payne said.
These agencies are able
to use local community
colleges to help offer
special training for such
jobs. Also, the IDES has
a Career Informations
Services page on its website, with information
for residents as young as
middle and junior high
school students, up to
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mature workers and career changers.
Those looking for work
can find these resources
on the IDES webpage
under the Workforce
Partners tab, and click
the Career information
The IDES also has
satellite offices in Peoria
and the Quad Cities.
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This week’s big game:
The Washington girls soccer team gets the 2015 season underway Thursday with the first of four
straight home games. Princeton is the first to arrive at Babcook Field.
Panthers poised to contend
Boys seek big year in
conference, postseason
By bryan veginski
The Washington baseball
team had a banner year in
With several players back
who played a key role, the Panthers want to take their season
a step further.
Washington won its first MidIllini Conference championship
since 2009 with an 11-3 record.
It shared the top spot with East
Peoria, a team it swept.
The Panthers were 25-12
overall, but were denied their
first Class 3A regional title since
2011 when they were knocked
off by Metamora in the regional
final on the Redbirds’ home
Washington is well ahead of
where it was last year at this
time, thanks to a lot of outdoor
work on the Babcook Field
“It’s been a big asset so far
and will be from here on out,”
said WCHS seventh-year head
coach Kyle Wisher.
Except for one outfield spot,
the Panthers could field the ball
in practice at every position before moving to their normal facility, Brian Wisher Field.
Many positions were up for
grabs in the middle of last week,
with quality players looking to
assert themselves.
“This is the most competition
we’ve had in multiple spots
since I’ve been coaching,”
Wisher said. “It’s a good problem to have.”
Cole Cook, a senior, returns
after producing a first-team allleague season in which he led
the pitching staff with a 9-2 record in 68 1/3 innings with a
1.13 ERA. He was second with
51 strikeouts.
He also was a key hitter with
a .307 average, 12 extra-base
hits and 29 RBIs, tied for second on the squad.
Besides being the ace pitcher
and a line-up fixture, Cook also
will play center field when he is
Head coach: Kyle Wisher
2014 record: 25-12, 11-3 in
Mid-Illini Conference (tiefirst)
Postseason: Lost in regional
final to Metamora
Returning all-M-I players:
First team — Sr. P Cole Cook
Next game: 5 p.m. Friday at
Play the Turf Tournament in
not on the mound.
Senior Shane Semlow will be
on the infield somewhere. He is
the team’s top third baseman
and first baseman. He also is a
pitching candidate.
Semlow drove in 15 runs as a
junior and posted a 4-3 record
with a 3.06 ERA while logging
34 1/3 innings.
Seniors Christian Dominguez
and Alex Hillegonds are possible second basemen.
Domiguez hit .264 and shared
the team lead with 10 stolen
Senior Cole Cook, besides being the ace of the pitching staff,
also was a key component of the Washington baseball team’s offense in 2014. He won nine games on the mound with a 1.13 ERA
and hit .307 with 29 RBIs for the 25-12 Panthers. file photo
Hillegonds a year ago batted
.318 with a team-leading 33
Shortstop could be manned
by seniors Jarrod Watkins, a
transfer from Notre Dame, and
Jake Miller or Dominguez.
Watkins torched opposing
pitchers for a .444 average with
37 RBIs as an Irish junior on
the way to being named Journal
Star Player of the Year.
Miller also is a mound option.
In 40 innings last year, he had a
2.80 ERA while winning four of
his six decisions.
See baseBALL page B2
Top Washington players
return to circle, batter’s box
Softball team one to
watch as season begins
By bryan veginski
Dara Megyesi, a Washington senior, led the softball team last
season with 13 wins in 18 decisions, 123 strikeouts and 111 1/3
innings. The Lady Panthers, who were 24-11 in 2014, are scheduled to face Williamsville on Thursday. file photo
The Washington softball
team aims to see its potential
turn into positive results
through hard work.
The Lady Panthers have some
high-performing players back
in the mix from a 2014 team
that earned the program’s most
wins in 10 years.
Washington was 24-11 last
spring and placed third in the
Mid-Illini Conference with a
9-5 record.
“I’m super excited about this
team,” said second-year WCHS
head coach Stephanie Ramsey.
“The girls are working hard
every day.”
The team atmosphere has
been strong. Ramsey said she
hopes the “good for the team”
mantra continues the rest of
Head coach: Stephanie
2014 record: 24-11, 9-5 in
Mid-Illini Conference (third)
Postseason: Lost in regional
final to East Peoria
Returning all-M-I players:
First team — Jr. SS Madi
Second team — Sr. A-L Lexie
Next game: 4:30 p.m.
Thursday vs. Williamsville
the way.
The Lady Panthers have rotated among other spring teams
utilizing the Babcook Field artificial turf. “That’s been a big advantage for us,” said Ramsey.
Washington was scheduled to
start its season Tuesday at
Three new starters will take
over among the six infield slots.
Kickers bring
energy to field
See SOFTBALL page B2
WRA evaluations
occur this weekend
By bryan veginski
Washington had a roster
turnover, but that does not
mean this year’s girls soccer
team has lost any energy.
Twelve Lady Panthers graduated from last season’s 12-4-1
squad that placed fourth in the
Mid-Illini Conference with a
4-2-1 record.
“Every team has its own personality,” said seventh-year
WCHS head coach William
Hudson. “This team works hard
and is energetic. They’re really
happy to be playing soccer.”
Washington is one of the
spring teams that has enjoyed
the benefits of the turf at
See SOCCER page B2
Head coach: William Hudson
2014 record: 12-4-1, 4-2-1 in
Mid-Illini Conference (fourth)
Postseason: Lost in regional
semifinal to Morton
Returning all-M-I players:
Second team — Jr. Hannah
First game: 6 p.m. Thursday
vs. Princeton
Although no positions are set,
players were emerging last week
for regular duty.
Senior Zoe Wetherell is likely
to return for a third season at
first base. She batted .266 as a
junior with 10 extra-base hits,
including four home runs, and
13 RBIs.
Next to her could be senior
Jordan Guedet, who drove in
eight runs in 26 games.
Sophomores Sam Garcia and
Jordan Heinz also are possible
Lady Panthers second basemen.
Junior Madi McCoy, when
she is not pitching, generally
will play shortstop.
McCoy earned her second
consecutive first-team allleague award a year ago. She
won the team Triple Crown by
finishing with a .459 average
with six homers among 20
Washington sophomore Lauren Ely, right, is one of the girls soccer players back with big-game experience. The Lady Panthers, despite losing a dozen seniors to graduation off a 12-4-1 squad, look
to stay at a lofty level this spring through the energy they expend. file photo
The Washington Recreation
Association in-house evaluation days are from 1-4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at Washington Park.
All WRA in-house baseball
players Pinto League (kindergarten) thru TAP League
(eighth grade) are highly encouraged to participate in evaluations.
In-house baseball coaches
will perform the evaluating
and will keep their evaluation
sheets to use as reference during the in-house draft, which
will be on April 18.
In-house players only need
to attend one of the evaluation
sessions. Players should dress
appropriately for the weather
and bring their baseball glove
— and baseball bat and helmet
if they have one. Catchers
should bring catching equipment if they have it.
Evaluations on each day will
start promptly at 1 p.m., so
players should plan to arrive
by about 12:45 p.m.
Upon entering Washington
Park, a WRA representative
will be present to direct families to the correct ball diamond
based on the players’s current
school grade.
Call Lance Escue at
643-4549 with any questions.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Washington Times-Reporter
St. Jude golf
outing May 29
The St. Jude Washington Golf Outing will be at
noon May 29 at Pine
Lakes Golf Club in Washington.
The event, which is $80
per person, will benefit
the St. Jude Washingtonto-Peoria Run.
The entry fee includes:
lunch, greens fees and
cart, a T-shirt and mulligans available for purchase.
Check-in and lunch is
scheduled for 11 a.m. with
a shotgun start one hour
For more information
or to register, contact ,
Kim Barker at [email protected]
To register for the tournament, mail the entry
form, along with a check
or money order to: Kim
Barker, c/o St Jude Washington Golf Outing, 401
W. Bittersweet Rd.,
Washington, IL, 61571.
Checks should be payable to St Jude Runs.
Registration information
and fees for the entire
team should be included.
The deadline to register
is May 15, and space is
can overcome their overall lack of experience.
Forward Jana Hurdis,
a senior, is a returning
starter expected to have a
leading role.
Center midfielder Hannah Heinz, a junior, already has a pair of
second-team all-league
Hudson said he expects
the athletically gifted
Heinz to make a huge
Macy Sophanavong
and Lauren Ely, both
sophomores, were key
varsity defenders a season ago.
“They will be instrumental in what we do,”
said Hudson of the duo.
Junior Liz Foster is
back at goalkeeper after
being thrust in that role
last year as injury substitute.
“She’s grown so much
over last year as a goalkeeper,” Hudson said.
“She’s a great competitor
and has great length and
Other Washington
team members include:
seniors — Hadley-Grace
Locknar, Mary McEnroe,
Libby Volk, Ines LacroixMichavila, Abigail Higgins and Marie Coovert.
Coovert, Jessica Thornburg, Rebekah Johnson
and Monica Dentino;
sophomores Savannah
Bushman, Paige Craig,
Ashley Crum and Hayley
Crum; and freshmen
Josie Morgan and Kara
“We have a great mix of
players,” Hudson said.
“Their effort and attitude
is really going to carry
them through.”
Among the dozen players whose eligibility expired, five were invited to
represent the M-I in the
16th annual 4-KICKS/
Sport Verein Senior Girls
All-Star Soccer Classic,
including Katie Burd,
Maddie Lee, Reina Mata
and Cheyenne VanQuakebeke.
Burd was a two-time
first-team all-conference
pick. Lee was recognized
all four years, including a
first-team nod as a senior.
Mata twice was tabbed
for the second team,
while VanQuakebeke garnered a second-team post
in her lone year at Washington.
The Lady Panthers are
anxious to play games
primarily under the lights
on its first year home
field. Hudson said the
venue change gives the
program an added element of importance.
The usual suspects are
expected to be conference
title contenders.
Metamora ended Morton’s 12-year run atop the
standings last year. Dunlap was a Class 2A sectional finalist after
upending the Redbirds in
the semifinals.
Washington probably
will fly under the radar
initially with Pekin also
expected to put together
a solid side.
One big win for the
Lady Panthers would
change that perception in
a hurry.
Washington added Macomb, which is a Saturday matinee, to the
The season opener is
set for Thursday against
Princeton, which is the
first of four consecutive
home contests.
a pair of homers and 13
Morgan Osborn, a junior, or Garcia will be the
Lady Panthers’ catcher.
Junior Addie Baele is
back in left field after a
sophomore season in
which she hit .376.
Senior center fielder
Lexie Carlsten has been a
second-team all-league
choice in back-to-back
In 2014, she batted .345
with three round-trippers
and 10 doubles and she
knocked in 21 runs.
McCoy and Carlsten
both were named Illinois
Coaches Association
third-team all-state.
As of last week, Heinz,
senior Libby Lindsey and
juniors Kayla Ford and
Jess Earl all were in the
running to play right
“We have a lot of options, which is nice,” said
Ramsey. “It’s nice to have
depth at a lot of different
Senior Dara Megyesi
led Washington last season with a 13-5 pitching
mark and 123 strikeouts
in 111 1/3 innings. She
had a 2.83 ERA.
“I couldn’t be more ex-
cited about having them
back,” Ramsey said of the
tandem of McCoy and
Dividing the innings
will be based on what is
best for the team and how
the defense lines up best.
The coach said the
squad has the work ethic
and talent, the Lady Panthers just need to find the
right place for each piece
of the puzzle.
Among five seniors lost
to graduation was Hayley
Reneau, a second-team
all-league shortstop.
East Peoria is the threetime defending league
champion. Washington is
one of the teams the Raiders identified as a M-I
Metamora is almost
certain to rebound from
last year’s co-seventhplace result in the conference and play more like
the sectional finalist it became in the postseason.
The Lady Panthers
added the April 18 Antioch Tournament, consisting of three games, to
their schedule. It will be
the first overnight trip for
the program.
With a third tournament on its schedule,
Washington is at the
maximum 35 regularseason games. It is tough
to find a lightweight on
the list.
“I’m excited for it,” said
Ramsey. “We’ll see how
we react to it.”
The Lady Panthers’ season continues Thursday
with the home opener
against Williamsville.
Washington will play
home games at Central
Intermediate School until
the Jan Smith Field renovations are complete,
which may not be before
the season is over.
ughey returns to play a
corner outfield spot.
He knocked in 20 runs
and joined Hillegonds
with seven doubles. McCaughey also batted .330
a season ago.
McCaughey said the
live situations Washington began practicing in
the preseason helped the
team gear up for the first
pitch this week.
Zach Myers, a senior, is
another outfielder.
Juniors Ryan Shelabarger and Eddie Betson
increase the depth of the
pitching corps.
Others on the Panthers
roster include: juniors
Joshua Robenstein,
Brandon Bredeson, Jared
Urban and Christian Uphoff.
“We’ve got to compete
every game,” Dominguez
said. “Our defense has to
be sound.”
Two of the biggest
graduation losses were
infielder Casey Danley
and outfielder Hayden
Bodine. Both were firstteam all-M-I, with the
former receiving that accolade three times.
After playing Olympia
Tuesday, Washington was
set to travel to Jacksonville Friday for the Play
the Turf Tournament.
“We want to try to get
as many games in as we
can before conference
starts,” said Miller.
Metamora, the thirdplace finisher in the Class
3A state tournament last
year after tying for fifth
place in the conference,
has four Division-I players on a roster that has
the Redbirds in title contention.
Limestone has deep
pitching reserves from
last year’s third-place
league team. East Peoria,
despite losing two aces,
cannot be overlooked
after its surprising M-I
Morton is young, but
could be a factor if its
sophomores and juniors
mature at an accelerated
“There could be a lot of
tight baseball games,”
said Wisher. “It should
be a lot of fun to play.”
The Washington schedule includes the addition
of an April 3 home game
against Moline, a highlyrated 4A team.
With Notre Dame and
Richwoods joining the
Big Twelve Conference,
neither of them could fit
the Panthers on their
Washington is set to
play at least six games
against Illinois teams
ranked in the Prep Baseball Report preseason
top 50.
“Our non-conference
schedule helps us compete in the conference,”
said Cook.
The May 8-9 LaSallePeru Invitational will
provide more varied
teams the Panthers typically do not see.
Statistics sought: Anyone with season stats
from 1988 and earlier is
encouraged to send a
copy to Wisher at Washington Community High
He is looking to compile season and career
records for the baseball
Continued from Page B1
Babcook Field, its new
home facility.
“It’s fun to see all the
teams out here,” Hudson
said. “It’s good for us, too,
since we lost a lot of seniors. We need the extra
time on the field.”
The Lady Panthers also
are strengthened by the
presence this year of two
student-teachers — Missy
Gradl and Erik Harm —
who are volunteer
Hudson and the players carry high expectations for themselves,
thinking their work ethic
Continued from Page B1
extra-base hits and 37
In the circle, she was
9-5 with a team-best 2.14
ERA and 111 strikeouts in
101 1/3 innings.
Molly Gilles, a junior,
also can play shortstop
for Washington.
Sophomore Shelby
Summer is a candidate to
play the hot corner, moving in from right field.
In 21 varsity games as a
freshman, Summer supplied a .321 average with
Continued from Page B1
Mason Diederich, the
lone sophomore on the
Panthers varsity roster,
can play third or go behind the plate. He hit
.313 in 19 varsity games
in 2014.
Junior Austin Ulick is
a pitching wild card. If he
develops into one of the
leading hurlers, his time
at catcher will be reduced
sharply. Ulick also could
patrol right field.
Ulick had 11 RBIs in 32
games for Washington as
a sophomore.
Senior Jimmy McCa-
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IHSA boys state finals to stay in Peoria
GateHouse Media Illinois
March Madness will
continue its run in Peoria.
The Illinois High School
Association board of directors renewed a fiveyear contract on Saturday
morning to keep the boys
basketball state finals at
Carver Arena through
2020. It was approved
unanimously by an
11-member board of statewide school administrators.
“We could not be more
excited to be the continued host for the next five
years for the IHSA,” Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said.
“I could really talk for a
long time about how big of
a deal this is for our community.”
Peoria, however, missed
out on an opportunity to
host the girls basketball
state finals. Normal was
renewed as host of the
two-weekend tournament.
This year marked the
20th anniversary in Peoria. The two state finals
weekends moved to the
River City in 1996 after 77
years in Champaign.
The Civic Center has
utilized its almost
100,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall to showcase the
March Madness Experience, an interactive setup
of basketball games geared
toward people of all ages.
Thousands of volunteers
spend countless hours
The IHSA state finals continue as Belleville Althoff fans cheer during their Class 3A matchup Saturday at
Carver Arena in Peoria. The IHSA announced Saturday the Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A boys basketball tournaments will remain in Peoria for the next five years. FRED ZWICKY/GATEHOUSE MEDIA ILLINOIS
over the two weekends at
the Experience.
“One of the things that
we heard many, many
times was the Peoria folks
here and all that they do
as far as the volunteerism
that goes (into the state
finals),” said IHSA board
President Dan Klett, the
principal at Wauconda.
“And all the extra work
these folks have done to
make this a great site for
the IHSA championships
is something that we felt
was also very important.”
Peoria and the Civic
Center beat proposals
from Champaign and
Hoffman Estates. Champaign had submitted a bid
to host both weekends,
while Hoffman Estates
wanted its 11,000-seat
Sears Centre Arena to host
just the Class 3A/4A
America’s Original
March Madness had called
the University of Illinois
campus home from 1919
to 1995 at Kenney Gym,
Huff Hall and finally in
Assembly Hall, now State
Farm Center.
State Farm Center renovations are scheduled to
be completed by December and are likely to increase the capacity to
about 15,600. Carver
Arena, inside the Civic
Center, seats 11,433.
Illinois head basketball
coach John Groce was sitting courtside watching
the Class 3A session on
Saturday afternoon. He
had been a vocal proponent of bringing the tour-
Groce didn’t know any
details other than the announcement of Peoria
having its contract renewed for five more years.
“Very disappointed, and
I’m going to leave it at
that,” Groce said, “but I’m
going to give the IHSA
certainly an opportunity
to let us know why. It is
what it is.”
Westchester St. Joseph
coach Gene Pingatore
praised the decision to re-
Is it time for St. Louis Rams fans to panic?
When the Los Angeles
Rams packed up and
moved to St. Louis in
1995, it left a gaping
void in the nation’s second-largest television
After losing both the
Raiders — who returned
to Oakland — and the
Rams, Los Angeles
found itself without an
NFL team for the first
time since 1945, the
year before the Rams up
and left Cleveland.
Fast forward to 2015,
and the Rams, under a
new owner, are apparently on the verge of
taking their ball and
going back home to L.A.
due in part to the poor
condition of the Edward
Jones Dome.
Yeesh, first L.A. takes
Albert Pujols, now this.
What more do they
While many Rams
fans are certain this is
the end of football in St.
Louis — or at least until
the Gateway City lures
in another hapless franchise — it’s not as
though the final whistle
has blown on St. Louis
Joining the
Rams in
DESKTOP going to
PUNDITRY Los Angeles and
Dylan Polk
you can’t
stop us
— unless
you give us a big ole’ bag
of money,” are the San
Diego Chargers — who
played as the Los Angeles Chargers for one season in 1960 — and of
course, the Raiders, who
are figuratively drowning in literal cesspool
that is the O.co Coliseum.
Three teams are
threatening to move to
L.A., which would certainly over-saturate the
market, but stadium
plans are calling for two
teams to move in, similar to the Jets and Giants’ arrangement in
East Rutherford, New
Those threats to move
are now getting more
serious, as the Los Angeles Times reported
earlier this week.
In addition a shared
stadium plan revealed
by the Raiders and
Chargers in February,
Rams owner Stan
Kroenke announced he
would reveal his own
plans for a two-team
stadium in Inglewood,
though it’s likely the
Rams will try to get a
jump on being L.A.’s
sole franchise for at
least a season.
If you’re sweating
through your Marshall
Faulk jersey right now,
dear Rams fan, you’re
probably right to.
Here’s the brutal
truth: The Rams are
going to move back to
Los Angeles.
It may not be in 2015.
It may not even be in
2016. But sooner or
later, the Rams will once
again be L.A.’s team.
St. Louis just cannot
compete with L.A. in
terms of market size,
and the city itself
doesn’t seem that en-
thused to keep them
Had it been, the Ed
Jones Dome would have
been renovated a long
time ago. The Rams
might even be playing in
a brand new stadium
right on the banks of the
Mississippi River.
But those plans only
came forward once the
Rams began mulling
their move.
Not that the Rams
haven’t done their part
to keep the city’s attention, anyway. After taking a thrilling win in
Super Bowl XXXIV, the
Rams sank into a long
period of mediocrity
from which they’ve
never recovered.
The Rams’ last winning season was in
2003, when they went
12-4 before losing to the
Carolina Panthers in the
divisional playoffs. They
returned to the playoffs
one more time the following season after an
8-8 campaign, losing
again in the divisional
playoffs by a score of
Since then, the Rams
have never finished better than 8-8, and they’ve
never returned to the
playoffs. And with the
Cardinals and Blues
putting together one
successful season after
another, it’s understandable if St. Louis has
been hesitant to meet
the Rams’ stadium demands.
The Rams threatening
to hit the road was a
wake-up call to St.
Louis, and it forced the
city to hastily throw together a plan for a
brand new riverfront
stadium, almost to say,
“Hey, don’t be like that.
Look, we can give you
nice things!”
But it appears it’s too
late to keep Kroenke’s
Rams around. It’s no
longer a matter of if the
Rams are leaving, but
rather when they are.
Who will join them in
Hollywood is anyone’s
— Dylan Polk is the
editor of the Times-Bulletin and pities the fans
of defunct teams.
turn the state finals to
Peoria. The state’s all-time
winningest coach had just
led his team to the 3A title
— his second state championship in Peoria.
“Peoria is my favorite
place to come to,” Pingatore said. “The fact that it’s
going to be five more years
... hopefully, we can get
down one more time.”
Redbird Arena in Normal, which started hosting
the girls state finals in
1992, has reclaimed the
rights to host the girls basketball state finals for the
next five years.
The Bradley University
Renaissance Coliseum,
which is a 4,200-seat
arena, put in a bid to host,
but the board of directors
also voted unanimously to
keep it at Redbird Arena,
a 10,200 seat venue that is
home to Illinois State University.
Continued from Page B2
Camp 1, from 6-7:15
p.m., is for boys and girls
in third through seventh
Camp 2 from 7:15-8:30
p.m., is for boys and girls
in seventh through 11th
For more information,
go to the website www.
com, or contact Chuck
Westendorf at 264-0905
or Steve Doty at
Women’s golf
league on horizon
The 2015 season for
Kaufman Park Golf
Course Women’s League
will begin with a lunch at
12:30 p.m. April 28 at the
Chanticleer in Eureka.
For reservations, call
Barb Rankin 256-1207,
or Patti Jones 467-6051.
The KPGC Women’s
League gathers every
Tuesday morning at the
golf course to play different events scheduled
each week.
On the last Tuesday of
each month — May
through September —
groups prepare lunch for
the ladies after playing
A fun day is scheduled
in June, and a club tournament is held in August.
Anyone interested can
contact Rankin or Jones
for further information.
Dues to join the league
are $25 and there is no
age limit.
Scrambles are held the
last Wednesday of each
month. Tee off is at 8:30
a.m. All Ladies are welcome whether a member
of the league or not.
The course is located
on the west edge of Eureka, along U.S. Route
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POLICE arrests
East Peoria
Timothy J. Strickfaden, 42,
429 Chicago, criminal sexual
assault, March 1
Marjorie A. Wageman, 53,
224 Pershing Place, possession of controlled substance,
March 5
Lakeisha D. Stewart, 20, of
Peoria, driving with a suspended license, March 2
Earl E. Flatt, 68, of Peoria,
driving with a suspended
license, Feb. 26
Nanette L. Lebeck,
34, 350 Chicago, Fulton
County warrant, Feb. 26
Gwensheka S. Jones, 43, of
Peoria, no driver’s license,
Feb. 27
Kendra E. Ulrich, 19, of Bartonville, possession of drug
equipment, Tazewell County
warrant, Feb. 27
Joseph D. Smith, 24, of Pekin,
aggravated domestic battery,
Feb. 27
Juanita S. Smith, 38, 1334
Meadow Avenue, Tazewell
County warrant, Feb. 27
Morgan D. Kohl, 18, of Morton, failure to reduce speed to avoid accident, leaving
scene of accident, failure to
give aid or info Feb. 27
Michael A. Martin, 33, of
Washington, DUI, driving with
a suspended license, March 1
Crystal D. Wessel, 35, of
Peoria, DUI, blood alcohol
content above .08 percent,
Feb. 28
Lamont Campbell Jr., 21, of
Richton Park, driving with a
suspended license, Feb. 28
Tara Lynn M. Uphoff, 27, 101
Mooberry, retail theft, Feb. 28
Jose D. Velasquez, 23, of
Peoria, no driver’s license,
Feb. 28
Marcus J. Morris, 27, of
Peoria, DUI, driving with a revoked license, blood alcohol
above .08 percent, March 1
Ann A. Smith, 46, of Peoria,
obstructing justice, two Peoria County warrants, March 2
Juvenile, 16, of East Peoria,
disorderly conduct, March 2
Matthew E. Hofstatter, 40, of
Low Point, Tazewell County
warrant, March 3
All information is obtained from police reports at the East Peoria, Morton and Washington police
departments. We print all arrests from East Peoria, Morton and Washington and arrests pertinent to our
community from Tazewell County. “Arrested” does not necessarily mean being taken to jail in handcuffs. For
certain offenses, those arrested are issued a notice to appear in court. This is called a non-custodial arrest.
license, March 6
Jamaal Wilson, 32, of Peoria, Peoria County warrant,
March 6
Amanda N. Baum, 36, of
Washington, visitation interference, March 6
Calvin J. Evans, 26, of Peoria,
no driver’s license, March 7
Michael C. Williams, 21, 300
McKinley, Peoria County warrant, March 7
Ian M. Langley, 27, of West
Dundee, contributing to the
Micka C. Morris, 22, of Peoria, criminal delinquency of a
no driver’s license, March 3
minor, sale of liquor to minors, March 8
Zachary D. West, 24, of
Morton, no driver’s license,
Brooklyn N. Parker, 20, of
March 3
Peoria, illegal consumption
by a minor, March 8
Ryan S. Kane, 29, of Peoria,
John H. Rayyan, 19, of Chiburglary, possession of cancago, illegal consumption by
nabis, possession of drug
a minor, March 8
equipment, March 3
Randell J. McGuirk, 51, homeless, burglary, March 3
Jasmine C. Cameron, 24, of
Peoria, Tazewell County warrant, March 5
Taia Y. Rogers, 22, of Peoria,
driving with a suspended
license, March 5
Kayla M. McKenny, 18, of
Peoria, reckless driving,
street racing, March 5
Scott J. Floyd, 21, 118 Kilmar
Knoll, reckless driving, street
racing, March 5
Brenna L. Zacovic, 20, of Peoria, illegal consumption by a
minor, March 8
Jason R. Haley, 39, of Washington, criminal trespassing,
March 8
Shawn D. Gremminger, 35,
of Springbay, no driver’s license, March 8
Brandon T. Stoltzenburg, 24,
of Clinton, credit card fraud,
March 8
Stephen L. Nelson, 44, of
Lincoln, driving with a suspended license, March 8
Kayla M. Martin, 25, of Peoria,
driving with a suspended
Brian T. Ladeairous, 38, of
license, March 6
Forest Park, DUI, March 8
Demarcus D. Russell, 32, of
Peoria, driving with a suspended license, March 6
Leah Jenkins, 25, of Rantoul,
driving with a suspended
license, March 6
Debbie A. Burns, 43, of Peoria, driving with a suspended
James K. Tipton, 42, of Peoria, driving with a suspended
license, unlawful use of disability placard, March 9
ders Road, criminal damage
to property, March 9
Theresa M. Farber, 30, 108
Medina Court, driving with a
suspended license, March 10
Ronald A. Helems, 54, 3709
E. Washington, public intoxication, March 11
Todd A. Crane, 53, of Morton,
criminal trespassing, March
Brittany N. Embrey, 33, of
Peoria, burglary, March 11
Natasha A. Williams, 36, of
Peoria, burglary, March 11
Donald R. Cronin, 28, 103
Howard, driving with a suspended license, March 12
Jonathan S. Pollock, 28, of
Springfield, driving with a
suspended license, March 12
Joseph R. Sands, 28, of
Peoria, delivery of cannabis,
March 12
Jeffrey M. Walker, 23, of Peoria, possession of cannabis,
driving with a suspended
license, March 12
Cristian Rojas, 19, of Peoria,
no driver’s license, March 12
Sylvia C. Fernandez, 25, 2506
Springfield Road, domestic
battery, criminal damage to
property, criminal damage to
government property, March
Peoria, aggravated battery,
domestic battery, resisting
police, March 14
Marcus D. Drummond, 34,
of Peoria, no driver’s license,
March 19
Kelly S. Gibson, 37, 209 Harmony, DUI, blood alcohol
content above .08 percent,
March 14
Ashley M. Guy-Dane, 24, of
Peoria, possession of cannabis, possession of drug
equipment, March 15
Deidre Kessinger, 23, of
Peoria, driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s
license, in the 100 block of
East Ashland and North Morton Avenue, Feb. 27
Tyrese L. Howell, 30, of Peoria, possession of cannabis,
March 15
Richard Johnson, 35, of Elmwood, domestic battery, in
the 500 block of North Morton Avenue, March 2
Shante L. Horton, 23, of Peoria, driving with a suspended
license, Tazewell County warrant, March 15
Matthew Power, operating
Caleb W. Alexander, 18, 804
vehicle with suspended regKerfoot St., domestic battery, istration, in the 500 block of
March 15
South Main and Birchwood,
March 4
Taryn N. Lee, 24, of Chillicothe, battery, March 16
Jessica Pears, 30, 925 E. Kay,
Cody M. Wilson, 26, of Peoria,
possession of cannabis, DUI
drugs, March 16
Juvenile, 15, of East Peoria,
retail theft, March 16
Juvenile, 15, of East Peoria,
retail theft, March 16
Alvin R. Horton, 43, of Peoria,
no driver’s license, Peoria
County warrant, March 17
Murad H. Uwais, 23, of Peoria, no driver’s license, March
Chase S. Edwards, 37, of
Washington, driving with a
suspended license, March 13
Timothy A. Nyari, 31, of
Springfield, battery, DUI,
March 17
Juvenile, 15, of East Peoria,
curfew, March 14
Theresa Rogers, 23, of
Springfield, aggravated battery, March 17
Samir Assaf, 21, of Peoria,
Peoria County warrant,
March 14
St., Whiteside County warrant, March 19
operating motor vehicle with
suspended registration, in
the 300 block of North Morton Avenue and West Jackson, March 4
Phillip Hess, 39, 345 Glen
Ave., Morton, criminal trespass to residence, in the 300
block of Glen Avenue, March
Steven Atkinson, 45, 503
W. Jefferson, No. 3, Morton,
domestic battery, in the
500 block of West Jefferson,
March 7
Reginal Dearcos, 40, of Deer
Creek, driving under the
influence of alcohol, in the
1600 block of West Jefferson
and Willow Oak, March 7
Katie A. Cloud, 26, of Pekin,
retail theft, March 18
Eli R. Gaddie, 24, of Pekin,
DUI, blood alcohol content
above .08 percent, March 9
Anita Williams, 41, of Peoria,
Woodford County warrant,
March 14
Kevin M. Collins, 59, of Washington, domestic battery,
March 18
Ryan C. Higgins, 28, 112 Rein-
Maurice Woodson, 35, of
Joe V. DeJesus, 45, 126 State
Timothy Thompson, 32, of
Tremont, possession of cannabis and illegal transportation of alcohol, in the 3000
block of West Jackson and
Cedar, March 7
Justin Heiple, 33, of Denver,
See Police page B9
ride & drive
Honda Civic sedan
More Content Now
In the five-passenger,
front-wheel-drive compact
segment, few if any models
provide as many options as
the Honda Civic.
Available in sedan or
coupe body styles, there
is also a hybrid version, as
well as a natural gas option.
There is even a sporty Si
version for those wanting
a performance-oriented
Delivering a comfortable
ride with solid fuel economy, loaded with features
and with a base price starting at $18,290, the Civic is
also a great value.
Completely redesigned
for the 2014 model year,
there are not many changes
for 2015, with the exception
of a new Special Edition
trim level that’s positioned
between the LX and EX
Civic models to provide
customers with an even
higher value option by
adding more than $1,100
in telematics, audio and
style upgrades for $700
above the LX model.
This week I had the
chance to evaluate the 2015
Honda Civic EX-L with
Navigation sedan.
With so many Civic
models, for this review, I’m
going to focus exclusively
on the Civic sedan, available in LX, SE, EX and
EX-L trim levels.
Powered by 1.8-liter
I-4 engine delivering 143
horsepower and 129 lbs.-ft.
torque, consumers have the
option of a 5-speed manual
transmission (LX trim level
only) or the Continuously
Variable Transmission.
I was very impressed
with its performance
during the evaluation
period, which covered
more than 500 miles of
highway and city driving.
The Civic sedan gets up
to speed quickly and during
an extended drive to visit
one of our sister papers
four hours away, I have to
give the Civic high marks
for comfort.
I also have to give it high
marks for fuel economy.
The Civic sedan has an
EPA rating of 30 mpg city,
39 mpg highway when
equipped with the CVT.
According to the test
vehicle’s trip computer,
I averaged just shy of 33
mpg, which included a
combination of highway
and stop-and-go in town
As I mentioned earlier,
the Civic is very nicely
equipped with a number of
convenience and connectivity features. My test vehicle
included the optional navigation system, which I very
much appreciated during
my business trip.
While I know this is
petty, the only thing I didn’t
like is the controls for the
audio system. I’m very
much “old school,” meaning
I like buttons and knobs.
To adjust the volume on
the audio system, you have
to use the touch screen
monitor, which, to me
anyway, isn’t as efficient or
user friendly as a button or
Otherwise, I have only
praise and appreciation for
the Civic sedan. It is spacious, comfortable, delivers
solid performance with
exceptional fuel economy
and at a very affordable
price. For those in the
market for a compact
sedan, add the Civic to the
test-drive list.
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2015 Honda Civic
5-seat compact coupe,
sedan (hybrid, natural
gas and Si models also
Front-wheel drive
(Sedan specifications only)
Trim packages:
LX, Se, eX, eX-L
PriCe rANGe:
1.8L i4 (143 hp/129 T)
5-speed manual
ePA: 30 mpg city, 39 mpg
highway (CvT)
FUeL: regular unleaded
vehicle stability assist with
traction control
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WHeeLBASe: 105.1 inches
WidTH: 69 inches
HeiGHT: 56.5 inches
WeiGHT: 2,754-2,930
TrACK: 59/59.9
FUeL TANK: 13.2 gallons
TireS: 15-, 16-, or
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Wednesday, MMarch 25, 2015
Questions? Contact Editor Marlo Guetersloh at 686-3054 or email at [email protected]
WASHINGTON — Arthur E. “Andy”
Andrews, 89, of Washington, died at 1:54 a.m.,
Wednesday, March 4,
2015, in the emergency
room at UnityPointProctor Medical Center in
Born on Aug. 16, 1925,
in Peoria to William Arthur and Maria J. (Eiben)
Andrews, he married
Etheleen E. Brown in
Pekin on Aug. 12, 1945.
She survives.
Also surviving is one
daughter, Sharon (Gene)
Opsahl of Rockford;
five grandchildren, nine
He was preceded in
death by three sisters and
one brother.
Catherine J. Sanders, 84,
of Washington died 12:50
p.m., Saturday, March
14, 2015, at OSF Saint
Francis Medical Center in
Born on April 16, 1930,
in Crump, Tennessee to
Willy and Etta (Reeves)
Cierley, she married Shelby C. Sanders in Corinth,
Mississippi on Dec. 24,
1948. He died Jan. 20,
1983, in Peoria.
Surviving are one son,
Phillip (Rose) Sanders of Peoria; one sister,
Ava (Harry) Maloney of
Cincinnati, Ohio; three
granddaughters and eight
He worked as a railroad
engineer for almost 40
years, first starting out on
the Rock Island Railroad
and later retiring from
the Chessie System.
He was a member of the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
After high school, joined
the Marine Corps and
was trained as a sniper for
World War II.
A service was held on
March 7 at Mason-White
Funeral Home in Washington. The Rev. William McIntosh officiated.
Burial followed in Hillcrest Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Online condolences to
the family may be made
at masonfuneralhomes.
She was preceded in
death by her daughter,
Marcia Kipling and 11
She worked for many
years as a nurse’s aid at
Washington Christian
Village. Later she ran the
Family House in Peoria
for three years.
A visitation was held on
March 19 at Mason-White
Funeral Home in Washington. Graveside services
were held at Ledbetter
Cemetery in Crump, Tennessee.
Memorials may be
directed to Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network.
Online condolences may
be made at masonfuneralhomes.com.
He was a 1946 graduate
of Washington Community High School and
the Masters had been a
Richard E. Masters, 86, of recipient of the “Fan of
Washington, died at 1:45 the Year Award” by the
high school.
a.m., Wednesday, March
He was a member of
18, 2015, at his home.
Born on June 22, 1928, Evangelical United Methodist Church in Washingin Peoria to Roscoe and
Gladys (Hilgers) Masters, ton where he had served
he married Joyce Roberts as a Stephen Minister
on May 13, 1950 in Wash- for the congregation, a
former Sunday school
ington. She survives.
superintendant, youth diAlso surviving is one
rector for many years and
daughter, Susan (Darrell) Neal of Washington; various other duties.
He also had been a volone son, Richard “Rick”
unteer for many years at
Masters of Pekin; four
Peoria Rescue Mission.
grandchildren; and five
A service was held
March 22. The Rev. John
He was preceded in
Hauck officiated. Cremadeath by one daughter,
Colleen Browder and one tion rites have been accorded and Mason-White
sister, Shirley ZimmerFuneral Home is assisting
the family in arrangeHe worked for Caterments.
pillar for 38 years prior
In lieu of flowers, meto his retirement. At the
morials may be directed
time he retired, he was
to the Peoria Rescue
the Quality Control
Manager at the Mossville Ministries or Evangelical United Methodist
He also had served in
Online condolences may
the U.S. Army during the
be made at masonfuneral1950s in Germany and
Camp Atterbury, Indiana. homes.com.
With continued support from generous and
grateful Peoria community and surrounding area, the group
announced its schedule
for the 2015 Honor
Flight season. Upcoming
flights are set for May
5, June 9 and Sept. 22
as their flight dates and
plan to attend the “Welcome Home” celebration
on each of those nights
at the General Wayne A.
Downing Peoria Inter-
Mark P. Riggio, 65,
of Washington, died
at 9:09 p.m. Monday,
March 16, 2015, at his
Born April 21, 1949 in
Chicago to Ralph and
Betty Roland Riggio,
he married Mary Beth
Traylor (Windsor) in
1970. He later married
Denise Yerby Kirkham
on Sept. 23, 2000, in
Washington. They both
Also surviving are
his daughter, Michelle
Riggio of Washington;
son, Michael “Tony”
Riggio of Washington;
two step-sons, Bryan
(Jennifer) Kirkham of
Washington, Matthew
(Breana) Kirkham of
Bloomington; four
grandchildren; sister,
Suzanne (Mike) Barber; and brother, Paul
He was preceded in
death by a grandson.
He graduated from
Eastern Illinois Uni-
versity at Charleston in
He joined the Air National Guard in Chicago
in 1971, later transferring to the 182nd Air
Lift Wing in Peoria,
retiring in 2001.
After retiring he
taught at Heartland
Community College for
10 years.
He was a Republican
Precinct Committeeman
in Tazewell County for
several years.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to
the American Heart Association or to a charity
of donor’s choice.
A memorial service
was March 21 at the 1st
Presbyterian Church of
Morton, 1020 E. Jackson St.
Funeral Home and
Crematory in Washington is in charge of the
A memorial website
is available at www.
com where condolences
may also be sent to the
About obituaries
The Washington Times-Reporter publishes a free obituary for residents and former residents
of Washington. A color photo included with the obituary costs $20. Families who would like
an obituary that lists hobbies, pets, grandchildren’s names and more, may purchase a paid
obituary at a cost of $7 per column inch. Payment is required when the obituary is placed. All
major credit cards are accepted. For rates, please call Amy at 686-3022.
Greater Peoria Honor Flight
marks two-year anniversary
In just two years of
existence, the Greater
Peoria Honor Flight hub
has flown five trips to
Washington, D.C., and
provided over 350 World
War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans with their
trips of honor.
Donations from corporate sponsors, numerous
fundraisers and contributions from the general public have enabled
these heroes to visit the
memorials dedicated to
honor their service and
national Airport.
The group is still
seeking those World
War II veterans who
have yet to participate
in the Honor Flight
experience. If anyone
knows of a World War
II veteran who is willing and able to make
the trip, they encourage
people to help them apply.
Applications and
other information may
be found at www.greaterpeoriahonorflight.org.
Important questions for your pharmacist
By Melissa Erickson
More Content Now
visit to the pharmacy can be more than just a quick
stop to pick up a prescription or supplies for the
medicine cabinet. It’s also a convenient time to
have an important medical conversation with your pharmacist.
“Pharmacists are a great first resource for patients,”
said Pat Person, immediate past president of the Califor-
1. What is the name of the medication,
and what is it supposed to do?
A patient should know the names and uses of all the
medications being taken. Additionally, prescription error
does occur. “Drug X might be used to treat high blood
pressure, but a patient may say ‘I don’t have high blood
pressure.’ The pharmacist can contact the doctor and fix
the error,” Person said.
2. When and how do I take it?
nia Pharmacists Association. “Pharmacists are trained to
help patients manage their medications and hopefully will
be their first avenue of information — and not the Internet,” Person said.
In Bakersfield, California, where Person practices as a
community pharmacist in an independent pharmacy, all
pharmacies are required to hang a poster advising patients of their rights as far as their medications go. There
is mandatory patient counseling on any new prescription
or dose change of a currently prescribed medication, but
of course the patient has a right to decline, said Person.
Too often people skip the chance to have a one-on-one
conversation with a knowledgeable pharmacist.
“People are often intimidated when they look behind
the counter. They see us and we look busy. We are busy
but never too busy. Or they don’t want to bother the
pharmacist or think they know all they need to already.
Contrary to what people may think, pharmacists like to
talk. We want to make sure patients take the right medications and get the optimal results,” Person said. Here are
five questions you should be asking your pharmacist:
Taking medication correctly is important so that it can
give you the help you expect. Do you take the medication for the next week or for the rest of your life? This is
an opportunity to ask the pharmacist what to do if you
miss a dose. A good question, Person said, is “If you forgot to take the medicine in the morning, is it allowable to
double up in the evening?” Also, should the medication
be taken with food? Should it be taken at the same time
each day?
In the case of antibiotics, many people begin to feel
better after a few day of treatment and do not complete
the full prescription regiment. Instead they tuck the
bottle away for later use, which has led to antibiotic re-
sistance, Person said. The antibiotic was able to get rid of
most, but not all, of the bacteria that was causing the illness. When you stop taking the antibiotic, those leftover
bacteria eventually reproduce and multiply, which will
lead to your doctor needing to prescribe an even stronger antibiotic in the future.
3. What are the possible side effects,
and what should I do if they occur?
All medications can cause side effects that may interfere with therapy, Person said. “If the side effects make a
person feel poorly, he may want to stop taking the medication,” he said. A pharmacist can switch the medication
to a different drug class that may relieve the side effects
or to an extended-dose medication. Instead of taking a
medicine three or four times a day, you’ll just take it once
a day.
Will the new medicine work safely
with other medicines and supplements
I’m already taking?
Other prescriptions or vitamin supplements can interact with a new medication, resulting in increased or
decreased effects of the drug, Person said. Never take
a new medication without speaking to your pharmacist
about how it will react with your other medicines.
5. What foods, drink or activities
should be avoided while taking a new
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Some medications can’t be taken with certain foods
and beverages. For example, cholesterol-lowering drugs
should not be taken with grapefruit juice, and people
with high blood pressure should be careful with salt substitutes or alcohol, among other things. In some cases
the interaction can be harmful, Person said. Central
nervous system depressants, such as prescription pain
medications and some over-the-counter cold and allergy
medicines, should never be taken with alcohol.
Senior Focus
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
seniors calendar
Questions? Contact Dave Blackford at 681-3715 or email at [email protected]
Calendar items may be submitted via email to Dave Blackford at [email protected] Please put Senior Focus in the subject line. We reserve the right to edit all submissions. Items are printed on a space-available basis. Senior Focus usually publishes the last Wednesday of the month in all five TimesNewspapers. Items for our coverage areas
(Washington, East Peoria, Morton, Germantown Hills, Metamora and Chillicothe) are given preference.
Card Playing - Join other
seniors in the senior room
to play pinochle, euchre,
bridge, hand-in-foot or
whatever. Bring a snack
to pass and bring a friend.
$2 fee for non-members.
Noon-4 p.m. Thurs., 5-9:00
p.m. Fri. and 1-4 p.m. Sun.
Line Dancing - Volunteer
instructors, dance steps
and music and exercise. $2
fee for non-members. 9:00
a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Mon.,
Wed. and Fri.
Senior Potluck - fourth
Tues. of each month, seniors have a potluck meal
and enjoy a program. Bring
your own table service and
dish to share. Drinks provided. Open to all seniors.
Begins at noon.
east peoria
fondulac park
For more info on any of the
following events, call 6993923. Most programs meet
at administration building
unless otherwise noted.
Speaker - On March 31st,
at 10 AM , Snyder Village
Assisted Living is pleased
to announce that Rev. Randall Saxton retired Pastor of
United Presbyterian Church
in Peoria and frequent
Bradley University Osher
Lifelong Learning Institute history instructor will
speak about the last week
of Lincoln’s life from Palm
Sunday to Bloody Saturday.
All are welcome. If you
have any question please all
Diana at 367-2500 ext. 185.
call the park office at 2637429 or stop by the office
at 349 W. Birchwood during
office hours Monday-Friday
from 8:30am-Noon and
1:00-5pm. You may also
check us out on the web at
com or Facebook at Morton Park District.
Festival - Wednesday, April
8th, 10:00 am, at Snyder
Village Assisted Living
in Metamora, Pumpkins,
Parades & Pies: Eureka’s
Pumpkin Festival Past Take
a step back in time and
view a visual history of the
Eureka Pumpkin Festival.
The festival, which was
held between 1939 and
1961, regularly averaged
at least 50,000 attendees
from all over Illinois and the
Midwest. In 1947 film star
and Eureka College alumnus Ronald Reagan and
Illinois Governor Dwight
Green attended, drawing
national attention. This free
program will be held at the
Snyder Village Assisted
Living Facility in Metamora,
IL. For more information,
call the library at 309-4672922.
Line Dance Class - Every
Thursday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Potluck - first Wed. of each
month. Bring own table
service and a dish to pass.
Serving begins at 11:30 a.m.
Sign-up not required. Meet
new people. New attendees
need no covered dish. Park park district
For more information
at east side of building.
about any of these programs, call 263-7429 or
HI-5 - Free senior wellness
stop by the office at 349
program, chair dancing,
W. Birchwood during ofstretching, strengthening
fice hours Monday-Friday
exercises and more, 10-11
from 8:30 a.m.-noon and
a.m. every Mon. and Fri.
1-5 p.m.
Free at Fon du Lac Park
District Admin. Center.
Cards, Bingo, & Potluck
Sponsored by Fondulac
Rehabilitation & Healthcare. Lunch - Mondays 9 a.m.-1
p.m. - Freedom Hall.
TOPS- Every Thursday
Early Morning Walking 9-10:15am.-Weight loss
support group.$1 per week. Mon, Wed. & Fri. 7-9 a.m.
Rec Center, 324 S. Detroit,
Call Gina at 699-3923 for
Morton. FREE. Begins Nov.
Mexican Dominoes Yoga - This is an 8 week
Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-3
class. Please bring your
p.m. Does not meet 1st
Wednesday of each month. own mat for class. Dates:
2nd session March 11, 2015
– May 8, 2015 (no classes
Big Band Dance - once a
month on the 4th Saturday. on April 3, 6, 8, and 10) Cost
per session: $60.00 for
7-10 p.m. Cost: $5.
residents $120.00 for nonresidents Times: Mon, Wed,
& Fri 9:30 – 10:30 am Location: Recreation Center,
324 S. Detroit If you should
have any questions please
For more information
please call 309-346-5210
Cargiver Support
Group - 2nd Wed. of every
month.- 2-3:30 p.m. Free.
Sponsored by Bradley
University’s Counseling
Research & Training Clinic,
in coorperation with Central
Illinois Agency on Aging.
Please pre-register for
classes. All classes listed
are for ages 50+. Please
call 688-3667 for more
Support Group - 2nd
Thursday of the month.
Bingo- 1st Friday of every
month. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00
a.m. For everyone 65+.
FREE for all visitors. Coffee
and cinnamon rolls served.
Osher Lifelong
at bradley university
For more information about
OLLI call (309)677-3900 or
go online to www.bradley.
know your community on
these half day excursions.
Register early.
EVENTS -These occasions
are a night or a day enjoyed
— another opportunity for
us to gather and learn. Registration is required. For the
free lectures, refreshments
are served 30 minutes
Yoga - This beginning and
beyond class combines
postures, breathing practices and relaxation with
an emphasis on self-acceptance and exploration.
Wear comfortable clothing,
bring a mat and firm blanket. For more information
contact Jean at 687-8099.
Cost: $64 for 8 classes, or
$10 drop in. Monday evenings - ongoing. 5:30-6:45
Alonetogether Grief
Support Group - Mondays- 4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Located in Group Room 4
at the Couseling Center. For
more information contact
Steve at 672-5695 or steve.
[email protected]
five points
For more information
about any of these programs, call 444-8222.
Senior Room Events Bridge - 12:30-4:40 p.m.
third Mon. of month; Hearts
- 9-11 a.m. Mon; Various
card games - 12:30-4 p.m.;
Bingo - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
first Tues. of month; Hearts
- 9-11 a.m. Tues.; Pinochle 1-4 p.m. Tues.; Bridge - 1-4
p.m. first and third Wed.
of month; Eucher, 2-4
p.m. first and third Wed. of
month; Hearts - 9-11 a.m.
Wed.; card games - 12:30-4
p.m. Thurs.; Pinochle - 1-4
p.m. Thurs.; Wii bowling 1-3 p.m. Fri.
Memory Care
For more info on the following events, call 309508-7200.
park district
For more information
about any of these programs, call 444-9413.
Veteran’s Memorial Brick
Pavers - Honor a veteran
with an engraved brick
paver. Bricks will be placed
at the Veteran’s Memorial in
Washington Park. All funds
will be donated. Cost: $50.
Fee includes 3 lines of print,
15 characters per line.
Fit Over 50 - Easy cardio
combined with balance and
strength routines. Come
get comfortable with your
body in a non-competitive
environment. Tues. & Thurs.
Jan. 6-May 14, 10 - 10:45
a.m. Cost: Reserved fee
is $25, not reserved fee is
Intouch Home Care
Services of LSSI
Book Discussion GroupLast Wed of every month.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Call 681-2859 for more information.
Forest park
nature center
Connecting with you…Caring for you
Personal care • Housekeeping • Medication reminders • Meal preparation •
Companionship and supervision • Transportation • Respite caregiving services
Call 309.264.9229 or visit LSSI.org/Homecare
Services provided in Tazewell, Peoria, Fulton, Marshall, Stark and Woodford Counties
Old Time Folk & Country
Jam - Bring your acoustic
instrument and bring it to
the Nature Center for a jam
session. Meet other musicians and learn new songs.
Music lovers of all ages are
invited to come, listen &
enjoy! 2nd & 4th Sunday of
the month. 3:30-5 p.m.
Please register at least
a day in advance of the
scheduled program by
calling 800.272.3900.
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Continued from Page B5
Colorado, driving with
a suspended/revoked
driver’s license, driver and
passenger not wearing
safety belts, on the corner
of West Jackson and Jay,
March 9
Elizabeth Wood, 20, 314
N. Oklahoma Ave., Morton, possession of cannabis, possession of drug
paraphernalia, in the 100
block of West Birchwood
and Main, March 9
Micaela Solomon, 33,
of East Peoria, injury to
property, in the 300 block
of West Birchwood, March
Nathaniel A. Torres, 25,
602 Lakeshore Drive,
arrested Feb. 6 for an instate warrant, 600 block
of Lakeshore
Feb. 7 for possession
or consumption of alcohol by a minor and
possession of cannabis,
Washington Road and
Cummings Lane
Nicholas J. Carruthers,
25, 1918 Canterbury
Drive, arrested Feb. 8 for
aggravated domestic battery, 1900 block of Canterbury
Kurt A. Hoppe, 30, 600 E.
Holland, arrested Feb. 8
for unlawful use of weapons, 600 block of East
Nathaniel A. Torres, 25,
602 Lakeshore Drive,
arrested Feb. 12 for driving with a suspended or
revoked license, Washington Road and Cummings
Andrew B. Zaiser, 19,
2248 Washington Road,
arrested Feb. 14 for two
in-state warrants and
driving with a suspended
or revoked license, 2200
block of Washington Road
Sandra K. Williams, 51,
406 Peoria St., arrested
Feb. 7 for possession of
drug equipment, possession of cannabis and
an in-state warrant, 400
block of Peoria St.
Jerod E. Bodtke, 28, of
Chillicothe, arrested Feb.
17 for driving under the
influence, driving under
the influence with drugs
and related traffic violations, Cummings Lane
and Washington Road
Tiffany B. Neff, 20, 15
Cranford Drive, arrested
Constantino Martinez, 37,
of Bloomington, arrested
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Feb. 17 for driving with
a suspended or revoked
driver’s license, driving
an uninsured motor vehicle and driving a vehicle
with expired registration,
Hampton Road
Jerod E. Bodtke, 28, of
Chillicothe, arrested Feb.
17 for criminal sexual assault, Tazewell County Jail
Cameron E. Biles, 36,
2246 Washington Road,
arrested Feb. 18 for domestic battery and interfering with the reporting
of domestic battery, 2200
block of Washington Road
Dale L. Backes, 45,
2324 Washington
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for violation of order
of protection, driving
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revoked driver’s license
and possession of drug
equipment, Walnut and
Crystal H. Hodges, 42, of
Peoria, arrested Feb. 20
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warrant, possession of
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PEKIN — Whether
four young people were
truly hungry when they
visited a Court Street
fast-food restaurant
last week is in question.
They ordered only one
double cheeseburger,
Regardless, they
didn’t find the meal
happy. It likely will cost
them $600.
That breaks down to
$150 each in fines for
the disorderly conduct
citations police gave
the two women and two
men for allegedly spraying a McDonald’s driveup window cashier with
squirt guns and driving
off without paying for
the burger.
“It could be twice
that” if previous troubles with the law merit
a doubled fine under
city statutes, said Pekin
Police Public Information Officer Mike Eeten.
That would amount to
$300 apiece for each of
the meal’s two patties.
Cited for the incident
were Emily Cooper,
19, of 1403 Market St.;
Jordyn Chance, 19, of
1510 Willow St.; Trevor
Williams, 27, and Bodie
Harris, 26, both of 228
Catherine St., all of Pekin.
The women sat in
the back seat of their
car and the men in the
front as it pulled from
the ordering station to
the cashier’s window of
the restaurant at 3291
Court shortly before 6
p.m., Eeten said.
The group laughed
as they launched their
prank, he said.
They had ordered
the cheeseburger with
no toppings. As they
reached the window,
one of them grabbed the
bag with the burger.
“The girls began giggling, pulled out squirt
guns and began squirting” the cashier in the
face. Before the surprised young woman
shut her eyes for protection, she thought she
saw the man driving
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pistol, Eeten said.
The four drove away,
but not before the cashier regained her composure. She memorized
the car’s license plate
and suffered
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you may be entitled
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Call Attorney
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Nicholas J. Witmer, 34,
307 Lynn, arrested Feb.
25 for violation of an
order of protection, 300
block of Lynn
number, its color and its
direction westbound on
That was conveyed to
the police in time for an
officer to spot and stop
the car shortly after the
incident, Eeten said.
The restaurant chose
not to seek retail theft
charges against the
four “because the value
of the burger was only
$1.86,” Eeten said. The
officer let the four go
after issuing them citybased disorderly conduct citations.
Harris was sentenced
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misdemeanor possession of marijuana in
2011. It was revoked
a year later, producing a 30-day jail term,
according to court records.
Williams’ record includes 36 traffic citations and a 2010 misdemeanor conviction for
obstructing identification.
Chance was convicted
last month of misdemeanor retail theft.
Cooper’s record includes
three traffic citations
and a reported failure to
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Safe Sleep conference March 31
The Safe Sleep conference will be held on
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The Tri-County
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