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Rep. Norine Hammond - Hammond introduced as Chief Budgeteer for House Republicans

Rep. Norine Hammond - Hammond introduced as Chief Budgeteer for House Republicans

House Republican Leader Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) introduced the House Republican’s budget team at a capitol press conference Tuesday morning.  The new House minority leader named Deputy Leader Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) as Chief Budgeteer for the caucus for the 103rd General Assembly as well as introducing Representative Amy Elik (R-Alton) as the Deputy Budgeteer.


“I am pleased that Deputy Leader Norine Hammond has accepted my appointment as Chief Budgeteer. Her in-depth experience in appropriations and policy makes her the perfect candidate for this important role,” said Leader Tony McCombie. “I have no doubt that she will work tirelessly to ensure that the budget benefits all citizens of Illinois and I look forward to the positive impact her input will have on the state. Furthermore, her dedication to serving the people of Illinois ensures that their needs and concerns will be considered in the budgeting process.”


As a member of the Higher Education Committee, Hammond has worked for increased funding for universities and community colleges throughout Illinois. She has successfully passed legislation to tackle the teacher shortage; keep Illinois students attending Illinois colleges and universities; and fairly fund public K-12 education. She has also been a strong advocate for procurement reform and other cost-cutting measures which keep dollars focused on strategic goals instead of overhead and administrative costs.


The House Republican budget team took time to discuss caucus priorities going into this year’s budget making process.


Attached are comments from Leader Hammond.


Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that an Augusta, IL man has been charged with two counts of Child Pornography and seven counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

Sheriff Travis Duffy reports that an Augusta, IL man has been charged with two
counts of Child Pornography and seven counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual

After a lengthy investigation by sheriff’s deputies the charges were filed against
Marcus D. Hiland, age 26, of Augusta, IL on January 27, 2023. Hiland turned
himself in at the Sheriff’s Office on the related warrant and posted the required

The matter is set for a first appearance in Hancock County court.

Hiland is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Volunteers Needed for Library Video

Volunteers Needed for Library Video

Carthage Public Library District and several other libraries in this area received a video
storytelling grant from the Tracy Family Foundation to make promotional videos about our
library. The library will be working with Table Sixteen Production Company from Quincy.
They are coming to Carthage beginning at 9:00 am on Monday, February 20 (President’s Day) to
shoot videos at the library, and will probably be here most of the day. The Library Board and
staff are looking for individuals who would be willing to be interviewed or to give a testimonial
about the library on camera. Also needed are adults, teens, and children to be in background
shots and to help re-create programs and activities.
The videos will be shared on the Library’s website and social media and a segment might
air as a commercial on local television. If you are willing to help, please talk to Amy Gee at
Carthage Public Library, 217-357-3232 or email

Entries for Sandburg Poetry Contest Accepted Through March 9

Entries for Sandburg Poetry Contest Accepted Through March 9

GALESBURG — Submissions for the 34th annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Contest are being accepted through March 9.


Poems must be original, previously unpublished and no more than two pages. Contestants may enter only one poem, and teachers may submit poems on behalf of students. Writers must live within 200 miles of Carl Sandburg College District 518 or have attended Sandburg.


The contest includes four divisions: elementary (grades 1-5), junior (grades 6-8), intermediate (grades 9-12) and adult. To submit your poem, visit


For questions or more information, contact English instructor Sharon Trotter-Martin at





Wednesday, January 25, 2023  

The Fort Madison Police Department Detective Bureau announces the arrest of Nicholas Ray Bell,  age 35, of Burlington. This arrest stems from an ongoing investigation from 2021.  

Bell is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with a minor within the city limits of  Fort Madison between September and October 2021. The recent return of conclusive digital and  DNA forensic evidence from the Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory allowed investigators the  opportunity to proceed with arresting Bell.  

On January 25th,2022 detectives of the Fort Madison Police Department, with assistance from  the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Burlington Police Department  arrested Bell at his residence without incident.  

Charges against Bell are as follows: three counts of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd degree (C felony),  three counts of enticing a minor (D felony), and a charge of prostitution (D felony). Additional  charges are pending. The public is reminded that charges are an allegation of a committed crime,  and defendants are presumed to be innocent until convicted in a court of law.  

The Fort Madison Police Department thanks the following agencies for their assistance with this  investigation: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, United States Department of Homeland  Security Investigations, Cedar Rapids Police Department Criminal Investigations, Internet Crimes  Against Children Task Force, Burlington Police Department, Keokuk Police Department, And Iowa  Department of Health and Human Services.  

Mark Rohloff,  

Chief of Police 



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Keokuk Christian AcademyClosed Today
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WATER MAIN BREAK/BOIL ORDER- FOR Dallas Rural Water District

WATER MAIN BREAK/BOIL ORDER- FOR Dallas Rural Water District

Dallas Rural Water District has an identified water main break around 6 am today, Tuesday January 24th. It has been isolated and are working to fix it as quickly as possible. Some areas of the system may have no water while others have extremely reduced pressure.


A boil order is in effect for the entire system until further notice. This boil order is issued to water consumers to boil all drinking and culinary water for at least five minutes before use. Once the IEPA has notified us of acceptable water samples further notification will be sent when this is released.

Employability Skills Seminars at Sandburg Branch Campus

CARTHAGE — Carl Sandburg College’s Workforce Development & Community Education Department will host a series of seminars focusing on employability skills at Sandburg’s Branch Campus in Carthage.


These non-credit courses will take place from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13, 20, 27 and March 6 and are available in person at the Branch Campus or online. Each week will focus on a different area to help equip participants with skills that employers value.

  • Feb. 13: Basic Customer Service
  • Feb. 20: Basic Computer Skills
  • Feb. 27: Basic Grammar/Math
  • March 6: Resume Writing


The cost is $35 for the series of seminars, and the deadline to enroll is Feb. 6. To register or for more information, contact Linda Thomas, coordinator of Branch Campus Support Services, at 217.357.3129 or


Instructors Sought for Sandburg Kids on Campus Program

Instructors Sought for Sandburg Kids on Campus Program

CARTHAGE — Carl Sandburg College is seeking enthusiastic and creative instructors to teach classes for its Kids on Campus summer program June 12-16. This event attracts several students each year from across the College’s district and offers classes in a variety of subjects to children in grades K-6.


Instructors are needed in many subject areas and are encouraged to submit proposals for classes they have an interest in teaching. Teaching credentials are not required, but expertise and enthusiasm in a subject are essential.


Instructor compensation is $20 per student per class, with $3 per student per class budgeted for supplies. Instructors are asked to consider supply costs in advance and submit their supply list one week before classes start in order to have supplies on hand for the start of the program. The target class size will be 5-12 students (unless otherwise noted), with three classes taught in the morning and two in the afternoon.


Proposals may be submitted until 4 p.m. Feb. 6 and will be considered on a first-come basis. Instructors who submit proposals will receive a response on or before Feb. 13. Background checks are required for first-time KOC instructors if their course is selected. Course proposal forms are available at Sandburg’s Branch Campus in Carthage.


To send proposal forms or for more information, contact Linda Thomas, coordinator of Branch Campus Support Services, at 217.357.3129 ext. 7243 or


The National Rural Rating System Announces a 

New Rating Program for Rural and Critical Access Hospitals with Awards for 4 and 5 Star Hospitals Including the National Honor Roll 

The National Rural Rating System is proud to announce a new ratings program for rural and critical access hospitals,  called the 5-Star National Rural Rating System. The program celebrates the extraordinary patient experiences  provided by rural and critical access hospitals across the United States. 

The 5-Star Rating System ranks rural and critical access hospitals – with five stars being the top ranking and one star being the lowest. The Star Ratings are similar to the CMS Stars, which allow hospitals/clinics to promote their success  and are used as high-quality recognitions. Most small and rural hospitals (60%) do not qualify because of low number  of qualifying inpatients for the CMS Rankings, but are held to the same high patient satisfaction criteria. This new  program recognizes the hard work and dedication rural and critical access hospitals provide across the country. The  rankings will include overnight hospital stays (HCAHPS) and are based on data collected by certified CMS patient  satisfaction vendors. 

We proudly announce and recognize our 4-Star Hospitals and 5-Star Hospitals that are part of our inaugural National  Rural Honor Roll.  


5 Star Hospitals – National Rural Honor Roll Artesian Valley Health System - Meade District   Hospital, Meade KS 

Decatur County Hospital, Leon IA 

Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City IL 

Hopedale Medical Center, Hopedale IL

Memorial Hospital, Carthage IL 

Memorial Hospital, Chester IL 

Wabash General Hospital, Mt Carmel IL 

4 Star Hospitals 

Allen Parish Community Healthcare, Kinder LA Franklin General Hospital, Hampton IA 

Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, Lawrenceville IL Mason District Hospital, Havana IL 

Osceola Regional Health Center, Sibley IA Pinckneyville Community Hospital, Pinckneyville IL Providence Medical Center, Wayne NE 

Unity Medical Center, Grafton ND 

The National Rural Ratings System was created in collaboration with the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network  (ICAHN), Survey Solutions by ICAHN, Custom Learning Systems, Wyoming Department of Health, New Mexico  Department of Health, Louisiana Hospital Association and AdCo Advertising Agency. 

Visit for current information and awardees. 






Sunday, January 22, 2023 

Shortly before 4:00 AM this date, The Fort Madison Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire. Although initially given an incorrect location, a police officer located flames outside a house several blocks away in the 2800 block of Avenue O, and was able to extinguish it. No serious damage resulted, and the home remains occupied. 

Department arson-trained investigators were called in and are currently conducting interviews. An initial investigation revealed an accelerant was used at an outside corner of the residence, and that a secondary fire was located across the street to a neighbor's decorative yard ornament. Valuable trace evidence has been collected. 

This most recent event is believed possibly related to a string of fires on the city's southside in recent months and is the third on this same two block stretch of Avenue O. Previously the structures were vacant, dilapidated houses. This is the first known attempt on an occupied home. Consequently, the State Fire Marshall has been contacted and the investigation continues. 

Mark Rohloff, Chief of Police 

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Pot Roast Meals Due to Presence of Wheat Allergen

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Pot Roast Meals Due to Presence of Wheat Allergen

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Jan. 18, 2023) — Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its Hy-Vee Mealtime Beef Pot Roast Dinners due to the presence of an undeclared wheat allergen. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.


Hy-Vee was made aware that the gravy mix used in the meals, produced between Dec. 26, 2022, and Jan. 17, 2023, contains a wheat allergen that was not listed on the ingredients label.


The entrees were distributed to Hy-Vee’s grocery stores, Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh stores, and Dollar Fresh Market stores across its eight-state region of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The meals come in either a small or medium plastic container with a clear lid and were available for purchase between Dec. 27, 2022, and Jan. 17, 2023.


UPC:                                Variety and Size:


($5) Beef Pot Roast Dinner with Mashed Potatoes & Corn - 11.6 oz (327 g)


($10) Beef Pot Roast Dinner with Mashed Potatoes & Carrots - 25.5 oz (723 g)


Hy-Vee has voluntarily removed all affected Hy-Vee Mealtime Beef Pot Roast Dinner entrees from its shelves. Customers who purchased the product and have a wheat sensitivity should dispose of the product or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives at (800) 772-4098 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.




Carthage, IL – Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – The Behavioral Health Team at Memorial Medical Clinic Carthage welcomes Jake Harvey, CADC, BSW, as a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Jake has been in the substance use recovery field since 2015. Since entering the substance use field, Jake has been able to encourage change and help people achieve meaningful life goals.


Jake served as the substance use counselor and helped with the Hancock County Drug Court, where he became certified through the state and served as a counselor for nearly three years. Jake's clinical interests include helping people find community in sobriety by allowing them to feel part of something. In addition, Jake has a passion for helping those who may be struggling. He counsels individually or in a group setting to help patients achieve their substance use goals. He assists them in seeking recovery and reaching their full potential. 


In his spare time, Jake enjoys hiking, fishing, and restoring his grandfather's antique car. He also enjoys spending time with his fiancé Keela, his daughter Maxine, and his son Warren.

To learn more about Jake Harvey, CADC, BSW, or to schedule an appointment, call Memorial Medical Clinic Carthage, at (217) 357-6888 or visit

Carl Sandburg College Announces 2022 Fall Semester Graduates

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College has announced the names of students who have completed graduation requirements and graduated from the College at the end of the 2022 fall semester.




Bushnell — Gracie Havens, Sandra Simpson

Cameron — Cassiday Tierney

Carthage — Paytanne Tripp

Columbus, Ga. — Emiliano Magallanez

East Galesburg — Hailey Lawson

Galesburg — Alexandria Abbott, Pietro Alfano, Joshua Alvarado-Johnson, Maxwell Carr, Kaylyn Dane, Fernando Diaz, Cassandra Evitt, Jordan Holcomb, Mercy Jerono, Alyssa Thomas

Grimes, Iowa — Maliyah Martin

Hamilton — Taley Huffman

Key West, Fla. — Guylberson Camille

Knoxville — Ryan Hillier

Monmouth — Aiden Armstrong

Oneida — Elijah Asplund, Mia Ponce Voss, Deja Williams

Rutland — McKoy Allen

Wataga — Jase Atwater

Williamsfield — Lorin Peterson

Yates City — Cody Capitani



Abingdon — Theresa Randolph

Galesburg — Karyn Allen, Alexandra Ayala, Nicholas Inness, Emmie Kersh

Monmouth — Selina Godina

Ottumwa, Iowa — Stephanie Dudman

Peoria — Ledie Makita



Abingdon — Brian Wingo

Galesburg — Kaleb Walters

Little York — Margaret Peel

Monmouth — Margarita Meza




Carthage — Ashley Faul

Galesburg — Shanon Fonvergne


Business Administration

Milan — Drake Bevans


Criminal Justice

Monmouth — Jonathan Boyer


Medical Office Professional

New Windsor — Madison Kyser


Mortuary Science

Cuba — Courtney Taylor

Peoria — Andrea Miner




Galesburg — Meagan Nunez


Automotive Technology

Abingdon — Dylan Klingler


Cisco Network Security

Galesburg — James Cunningham, Timothy Greig, Ryan Simpson

Little York — Brandon Montooth

Monmouth — Nanette Kapesa


Computed Tomography

Galesburg — Skylar Algren


Computer Numeric Control Operator

Abingdon — Ethan Tucker


Computer Support

Alexis — Tabatha Allen-Flacco

Galesburg — Michael Christensen, Mason Fones, Devon Gavel, Nicholas Lombardi

Monmouth — Janet Pratt, David Woosley


Criminal Justice

Monmouth — Jonathan Boyer


Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Abingdon — Alexander Tiscareno


Network Security

Galesburg — James Cunningham, Timothy Greig, Ryan Simpson

Little York — Brandon Montooth

Monmouth — Alexis Clark, Nanette Kapesa

Carl Sandburg College 2022 Fall Semester Dean's, Honors Lists

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College has released the names of students who qualified for the dean’s list and honors list for the 2022 fall semester.


To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). To qualify for the honors list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49.


The College also makes dean’s and honors list designations for students who were enrolled part-time during the semester (less than 12 credit hours) and have completed a total of at least 12 credit hours overall.



Abingdon — Seth Austin, Zoe Brooks-Smice, Kylah Brown, Dylan Klingler, Bessie Snider

Alexis — Tabatha Allen-Flacco, Noah Olson

Bartonville — Elisabeth Bentley

Basco — Alexis Lucie, Sierra Lucie

Belknap — Logan Korte

Bettendorf, Iowa — Hannah Healey

Burnside — Brooklyn Walker

Bushnell — Abbey Donaldson, Myleena English, Kamryn Ervin, Gracie Havens, Kylie Norris

Cambridge — Melissa Glidden, Nicholas Janson

Canton — Erin Gosnell

Carthage — Ashley Bergheger, Holly Boyles, Mercedes Jackson, Alivia Smith, Brittany Snyder, Sarah Stinemates

Central City, Iowa — Hunter Caves

Cerceda, Spain — Cristina Heras Marcos

Chillicothe — Kayla Wolf

Clinton, Iowa — Lillian Isenhour, Erin Soesbe

Dahinda — Christine VanVelsor

Davenport, Iowa — Kimseang Dam, Camilla Nguyen, Iesha Ratzlaff, Rebecca Tague

Dunlap — Jack Barham, Ian Donaldson

East Galesburg — Jillyen Kirgan, Chevy Marsh, Hallie Price

East Moline — Griffin Ronnebeck

Edwards — Jacob Abenroth

Erie — Katie Hebeler

Farmington — Riley Embry, Dena Fleming, Abigail Simpson, Meghan Wherley

Fulton — Connor Barnett

Galesburg — Justin Ackerson, Chadrick Admire, Skylar Algren, Sarah Allen, Emily Bailey, Joshue Barrera, Josue Bashombe, Taylor Bell, Brandon Bridwell, Cheyenne Bruning, Kyle Bundza, Madelyn Burford, Michael Christensen, Paige Clark, Lillian Clark, Joshua Cole, Natalie Courtney, Samantha Cozad, Riley Creasey, Carly Crowl, James Cunningham, Alexander Dismang, Shauna Dotson, Jasmine Duke, Mackenzie Edwards, Casey Folger, Devon Gavel, Timothy Greig, Adriana Guerrero, Sophia Gugliotta, Alexis Hankins, Karen Harlan, Blayne Healey, Benjamin Hilton, Jordan Holcomb, Dieter Horten, Cajun Hulse, Daniel Hummel, Babra Jepkirui, Mercy Jerono, Kaden Johnson, Tabitha Johnson, Brock Karns, Calton Kibet, Brian Kipchemis, Faith Kiprop, Rebecca Kirk, Sarah Larsen, Amanda Linze, Jamison Littlefield, Nicholas Lombardi, Michelle Mackey, Libby Mayea, Molly McCants, Ava Morales, Emma Nelson, Lily Nelson, Bryce Nordstrom, Noah Nordstrom, Dasha Paige, Santiago Palacio, Tucker Peters, Erik Peterson, Ashley Reinstadtler, Bethanie Ricketts, Thales Rodrigues, Naomi Rosenberry, Rylie Scales, Ryan Simpson, Isaac Smith, Jordyn Smith, Alyssa Thomas, Abby Tucker, Ryan Ullrich, Adithya Vinod, Molly Warren, Allison Whitcomb, Bree Williams, Abby Wilson, Lucas Wilson, Corissa Wright, Jazmin Zavala Vega

Gifford — Anna Duden

Gilson — Tyler Nelson

Grimes, Iowa — Maliyah Martin

Groveland — Lainey Jensen

Hamilton — Olivia Boutwell, Adelyn Knowles

Henderson — Emma Smith

Hillsdale — Abbie Wingert

Hull — Kylee Schanbacher

Hutchinson, Kan. — Sarah Peterson

Kewanee — Sarah Barton, Brittany Nimrick

Key West, Fla. — Guylberson Camille

Kirkwood — Katlyn McBride

Knoxville — Vincent Conlee, Caden Ericson, David Hise, Jason Hise, Kellen McClay, Mika Osborne, Haley Strom, Bryn Wright

LeClaire, Iowa — Jaylynn Meirhaeghe

Lewistown — Johnni Baldwin

Little York — Emma Colbrese, Brandon Montooth

Lynn Center — Santana Terronez

Macomb — Emily Livermore, Griffin Skees, Ryan Thorman

Mendon — Addison Eger, David Poelvoorde

Moline — Monica Ruiz-Hernandez

Monmouth — Kaitlyn Aguilara, Jairo Albarran, Jonathan Boyer, Laney Butler, Maria Chavez, Cole Cooper, Jorge Diaz, Kathryn Douglas, Rileigh Ewing, Jennifer Garcia, Michelle Hernandez, Steven Meza, Aidan Parkins, Janet Pratt, Quinn Ramos Noel, Griselda Rico, Kadin Rogers, Carter Russell, Alejandra Salgado, George Seals, Ryan Stacker

Nauvoo — Reagan Eaves

Nora Springs, Iowa — Mikayla Heit

Oneida — Kayla Dillbeck, Mia Ponce Voss

Oquawka — Andy Lumbeck

Orlando, Fla. — Stenson Armand, Mandyson Bernard, Sebastien Bornelus

Pekin — Chelsey Catton, Natalie Righi

Pembroke, Ky. — Danielle Miller

Peoria — Lillianna Blackford, Joel Cohen, Jadyn Swan

Plainfield — Erin Wiesbrook

Quincy — Lauren Erke, Taylor Leindecker, Nayana Satheesh Kumar

Rio — Bailey Hedrick

Rock Falls — Ellie Wasson

Rock Island — Bianca Brown, Janet Lopez, Taylor Vols

Roseville — Hunter Porter

Rushville — Addison Curry

Rutland — McKoy Allen

Silvis — Yvette Caudillo, Tanner Kennedy

St. Augustine — Laney Tabb

St. David — Grace Evans, Caleb Keithley

Sterling — Olivia Schwingle

Stronghurst — Ashley Bowen, Grant Combites

Tennessee — Sage Wilde

Trivoli — Lily Sharum

Viola — Carter Demuth, Kelsey Weir

Wataga — Jase Atwater, Tanner White

Williamsfield — Cadence Manning, Graham Wight

Uberlandia, Brazil — Neemias Moreira

Yates City — Cody Capitani



Abingdon — Jennifer Ashley, Clay Slagel, Vanessa Turner

Aledo — Ava Ruggles

Alexis — Avery Leffler, Taylor Tipsword

Andover — Sarah Wisslead

Blue Grass, Iowa — Hunter Vastine

Bourbonnais — Mackenzie Delby

Bradenton, Fla. — Alison Palomino Lopez

Burnside — Allison Icenogle, Emilee Rampley

Camanche, Iowa — Seanna Lamberton

Canton — Josie Kinsel, Serena Smith

Carmel, Ind. — Jack Bruington

Carthage — Emily Bruns, Atley Caldwell

Clinton, Iowa — Samantha Jordan, Kalee Kleppe, Selena Tello

Colchester — Lucas Shirey

Colona — Hailey Dowell

Columbus, Ga. — Emiliano Magallanez

Dahinda — Jada Abraham, Kathryn Cruise, Tiara Waters

Dallas City — Tyler Courtois

Davenport, Iowa — David Thai

Dunlap — Emma Wolfe

East Galesburg — Clifford Thurman, Betsy Zuidema

East Peoria — Mitchell Ball

Edwards — Logan VanHeuklon

Eldridge, Iowa — Myah Herrington

Ellisville — Meghan Phelps

Elmwood — Charles Shissler

Farmington — Zachary Austin

Galesburg — Alexandria Abbott, Jade Albright, Caden Allen, Izabell Bartels, Dafna Boyarski, Faith Brill, Erica Brown, Natalie Cantwell, Kyle Coziahr, Taylor Deroo, Mathias Dickerson, Abigail Dolen, Eric Epperson, Emily Fought, Brandon Gallegos, Sequence Gentry, Vanessa Gibbs, Lucas Gomes, Brandy Gregory, Gabriela Gutierrez, Cecelya Haas, Kizumi Jackson, Ava Kersh, Emmanuel Kiprop, Dalton Klossing, Ivette Leon, Tabitha Miller, Alexander Morris, Jerome Mujanayi, Mary Njuguna, Alex Nunez, Brandon O’Reilly, Ivy Peed, Damon Reed, Armani Revis, Alexandra Runbom, Rodel Ryner, Abigail Sammons, Zachary Sandoval, Katherine Schoessling, Kyle Shaw, Kaitlyn Smith, Lydia Stomberg, Ryne Straker, Carlie Thompson, Collins Tome, Riley Tuthill, Tasha Wallace, Cole Warnsing, Amirah Wenstrom, Lawrence Wilborn, Kainan Woodruff

Geneseo — Dillan Bideaux, Corrie Brabson, Kimberly Depauw, Dawsyn Hartman, Kaitlyn Webster

Green Valley — Kyle Uselton

Hamilton — Taley Huffman

Henderson — Kathryne Herslow

Industry — Nicholas Seaver

Joy — Thomas Loughead

Kewanee — Aimery Jackson

Kirkwood — Paola Mora Ruiz

Knoxville — Payton Hankins, Eric Henness, Adrianna Kemp, Geoffrey Paris

Mahomet — Brett Giese

Milan — Addyson Hanson

Moaña, Spain — Brais Gonzalez

Moline — Libby Chance, Kylie Francescon, Valeria Hernandez, Emily Joy, Gracie Sims

Monmouth — Tristan Adwell, Alexandra Arellano, Aiden Armstrong, Evelyn Blackford, Logan Bratcher, Mallory Cooper, Madelynn Higbee, Addyson Trego, Adjele Wilson Bahun, David Woosley

Muscatine, Iowa — Simran Malla

Nauvoo — Bianca Hill

Ocoee, Fla. — Jean Evens Forestal

Oneida — Gavin Gerard, Bella Ponce Voss

Pekin — Tyler Picken, Jaden Rogers

Peoria — Olivia Allen, Joseph Jockisch, Brianna Johnson, Shameka Pate, Matthew Schmitt, Troy Westerdahl

Princeville — Chase Williams

Rio — Danielle Howard

Rock Island — Julian Harris, Nicole Heald, Chariema Lomax

Roseville — Heidi Davis

Rushville — Jonah Phelps

Sau Paulo, Brazil — Matteo Prado

Sherrard — Ella Bickle

Silvis — Yoliztly Flores

Sperry, Iowa — Kelsi Rowe

St. Peters, Mo. — Myles Estrada

Sutter — Noah Weeks

Toulon — Chandler Colgan

Tremont — David Smith

Vitoria, Brazil — Matheus Azevedo

Wataga — Krista Mansir, Daniel McDowell

Williamsfield — Sullivan Powers



Abingdon — Chase Allen, Alexandra Courson, Sydney Emerick, Margaret Kidd, Tanner Klockenga, Raivan Peterson, Nicholas Prescott, Willow Shoop, Ethan Tucker, Mary Tucker, Irie Woods

Aledo — Alexandra Balmer, Stevie Engle

Alexis — Cadence Brownlee, Jennifer Cornell, Nathan Switzer

Avon — Talon Hunter, Genevieve Johnston, Ronan Pompeo, Emma Rauschert, Elizabeth Suter, Haley Thorndyke

Blandinsville — Gracyn Welsh

Burlington, Iowa — Isabella Hibbs

Bushnell — Erin Jackson, Janet Lentini

Cameron — Danielle Bowling, Cassiday Tierney

Canton — Garrett Shipman

Carman — William Todd

Carthage — Katherine Biery, Ashley Faul, Alanna Gann, Aiden Moore, Drake Mudd

Colchester — Alexander Garlick, John Reynolds, Linda Thomas, Grace Vyhnanek

Dahinda — McKenna Clark, Jacob Cooper, Marin Shane, Delaney Traphagan

Dallas City — Heather Newberry

Davenport, Iowa — Kasey Cain

Donnellson, Iowa — Dharma Tripp

East Galesburg — Rachael Platt, Kendra Rogers

Elmwood — Scarlett Binder

Elvaston — Ellis Jarvis

Fulton — Ethan Rash

Galesburg — Jehnna Adkerson, Madison Aldridge, Katelin Allen, Destiny Allen, Madison Allen, William Anderson, Kristin Bland, Baylee Bramlett, Makailee Brown, Kaci Bryant, Tifany Carns, Tiffani Clark, Hannah Dillbeck, Cindy Douglas, Isabelle Esquivel, Elizabeth Flesher, Lucus Fones, Mason Fones, Shanon Fonvergne, Hunter Frymire, Madeline Gonzalez, Natalie Gonzalez, Jennifer Hamilton, Daniel Hite, Pacie Hook, Kimberly Ives Greene, Sharnae Jackson, Abigail Leclere, Courtney Livingston, Caroline Lutz, Elizabeth Lybarger, Leslye Mercado, Ian Milligan, Alyssa Mixon, Windie Moore, Alaina Mulnix, Yolanda Nanez, James Nelson, Meagan Nunez, Cassandra Osborne, Deborha Paige, William Peoples, Brianna Purcell, Nicole Raska, Grace Robbins, Kaylee Ross, Richard Schlosser, Stephen Short, Jenilee Smith, Tamia Taylor, Natalee Townsend, Rebecca Vannoy, Jaleesa Walker, Sara Wood

Galva — Kamille Justus

Gerlaw — Regan Trego

Gladstone — Jayde Henry

Good Hope — Owen Beck, Lauren Powell

Hamilton — Brenna Baker, Olivia Bell, Collin Blackwell, Evan Carel, Charles Dadant, Bailey Doyle, Audrey Geers, Bricker Grant, Olivia Kazukauskas, Alexander Peterson, Dominick Quinlan

Heath, Ohio — Kendra Wiechmann

Joliet — Amina ElMoudden

Kewanee — Shiana David, Heather Hoadley

Kirkwood — McKelvey Bugner

Knoxville — Teylar Green, Ryan Hillier, Joseph Niles, Lisa Reed

LaHarpe — Kendra Chapin, Rachel James

Little York — Maggie Peel

London Mills — Kaitlyn Pasko, Isabel Perez

Macomb — Ava Kilburn

Monmouth — Daniela Alcala-Ramirez, Alexandria Ashby, Jessica Ayala, Payton Bearden, Josephine Blake, Alexis Clark, Meredith Dulin, Koleece Gaskill, Mattison Gillen, Diamonique Hayburn, Alexandra Hofmann, Lindsey Hull, Lily Johnson, Elizabeth Kucharz, Lynette Liggett, Alexander Mendez, Margarita Meza, Jankibahen Patel, Amelia Reynolds, Addeline Smith

Montrose, Iowa — Karlee Mathena

Nauvoo — Jonathan Aitchison, Rebecca Moberly, Rayna Schafer

New Windsor — Madison Kyser, Madison Woodward

North Henderson — Jennifer McCutcheon

Oneida — Clara Asplund, Nicholas Behringer, Carson Miller

Peoria — Ledie Makita, Tamara Stormer, Allen Williams

Peoria Heights — Jonathon Shields

Prairie City — Avery Gullidge, Cora Gullidge

Rantoul — Cole Hanks

Rio — Joseph Karjala

Rock Island — Courtney Thomas

Roseville — Lily Cundiff, Summer Daniel, Janelle Walker, Demi Welsh

Seaton — Emma Unsworth

Smithshire — Kendyl Kane

Springfield, Mich. — Robert Lian

St. Augustine — Perry Serven

Tennessee — Wesley Vail

Toulon — Samantha Weir

Victoria — Emma Seiboldt

Warsaw — Alexa Gray, Kendall Nagel

Wataga — Esther Gibb, Chloie Unger

Williamsfield — Alexis Little, Chloee Secrist, Sidney Stiers



Abingdon — Tyler Condreay, Chrissie Spitzig, Brian Wingo

Alexis — Kelsei Anderson, Conner Bridgman, Brandy Walls

Alpha — Taylor VanVleet

Bettendorf, Iowa — Gurpreet Kaur

Bushnell — Baleigh Harn

Carthage — Gannon Bergmann, Drew Dooley, Jude Hopkins, Sonya Seiz, Paytanne Tripp

Colchester — Claire Nelson

Colona — Alysia Anderson

Dahinda — Avery Rigg, Lindsey Williams

Farmington — Morgan Morrison, Erica Riccioni

Galesburg — Joshua Alvarado-Johnson, Desirae Arteaga, Jordan Belville, Megan Benham, Chalen Bern, Samantha Boone, Alex Buchen, Alejandro Ceja, Gracey Chatterton, Nana Djunga, Cassandra Evitt, Nicole Hans, Donavon Henry, Melissa Howard, Jessica Ingle, Alyssa Lujan, Desire Matthews, Vanessa Morrison, Ashtyn Morrison, Caitlin Mowrer, Desiree Nicholson, Samantha Parkin, Ashleigh Plue, Desiree Purifoy, Chanda Rice, Cassandra Schmitz, Elijah Secor, Emma Smith, Jason Smith, Rachel Sotelo, Linda Walker, Katelyn Weese, Erica Williams, Haily Winick, Deion Wright

Hamilton — Trent Shoen

Kewanee — Ashley Welsh, Alissa Williams

Knoxville — Courtney Cecil, Daniel Dredge, Paige Fox, Connor Lozier, Virginia Olin-Clay, Jennifer Oliveros

LaFayette — Angelina Adame, Brittany Sherbeyn

LaHarpe — Lily Lionberger

Little York — Regan Raymond

London Mills — Brandi Vance

Maquon — Corey Morrison

Marietta — Nathan Spangler

Moline — Jarrin Turner

Monmouth — Dzemila Ahmetovic, Cheyenne Brownlee, Mollie Clark, Emily Cook, Gracie Cuni, Jessica Danes, Alexis Finnicum, Elizabeth Hart, Yoselim Hernandez, Allison Juarez, Isabella Kilgore, Brandy Lowry, Taylor Stuart, Addisyn Switzer, Dailenis Vera

Mount Pleasant, Iowa — Ryen Chrissinger

Nauvoo — Abbie Morrison, Mehra Morrison

North Henderson — Meghan McCutcheon

Prairie City — Karena Barker, Courtney Oakman

Rock Island — Kyle Bates

Roseville — Tanner Ricco

Sherrard — Elizabeth Karns

Surprise, Ariz. — Rylan Hulse

Warsaw — Oriana Casey, Jenna Gound

Wataga — Sterling Cramer, Cheyenne Malcolm

Williamsfield — Kendra Bennett, Cade Farquer, Lorin Peterson

Woodhull — Drake Meirhaeghe



The Legacy Theater in Carthage will kick off its 2023 season with a showcase to highlight the
performers of the coming year.
The Legacy Theater 2023 Showcase is Saturday, Feb. 11, a free event at the theater. Social
time begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar serving wine and beer. At
6:30 p.m. the program begins. The evening will include a combination of outstanding, live
local performers performers and video previews of many of the shows planned for the year.

These performers provide a forecast of the kinds of
shows that will be featured during the coming year at The Legacy Theater.
A series of videos, produced by Phil Weiss of Western Illinois University, will give a glimpse of
the 2023 schedule, starting with Shawn Gerhard, the Ultimate Garth Brooks, on Saturday,
March 11, at 7 p.m.
“This is something new for us,” said Amy Graham, chairman of the performance recruitment
committee. “We are so excited about the line-up we have at the theater for 2023. We just
want to give people a chance to see and hear more about these acts. They can get a head
start at ordering their tickets for the year.”
Other tribute acts planned this year honor Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Selena.
Three, new non-musical style shows will provide family fun including Puppy Pals, an
America’s Got Talent finalist act; Dry Bar Comedy with Bill Boronkay & Andy Beningo, with
good family friendly comedy; and Eric Jones, one of only a handful of magicians to have
fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show “Fool Us.”
Returning again this year are the Church Basement Ladies with their musical comedy show,
“Away in the Basement." Two rising stars who fill out The Legacy Theater season are Angie
K, country artist of Nashville, and Sal Valentinetti, whose jazz and crooning style earned him a
golden buzzer to the finals of America’s Got Talent in Season 11.
The showcase is free to anyone in the region, and reservations are not required.
Tickets to the 2023 season shows will be sold at the showcase and are now available Monday
through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Legacy Theater Box office, 1160 Buchanan (Rt.136) in Carthage. Tickets can be purchased at any time on the theater website,,or call 217-357-9479.

Illinois Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program will be open for applications until January 31, 2023

The Illinois Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate Program will be open for applications until January 31, 2023. Individuals who have purchased an all-electric vehicle since July 1, 2022 can apply for a rebate under Illinois’ EV Rebate Program online. EV purchasers must apply for a rebate within 90 days of the vehicle purchase date. To be eligible for a rebate, the vehicle must be exclusively powered and refueled by electricity, plugged in to charge, and licensed to drive on public roadways. Electric mopeds, electric off-highway vehicles, hybrid electric or extended-range electric vehicles that are also equipped with conventional fueled propulsion or auxiliary engines are not eligible under the program. See this page for a link to the rebate application, instructions on completing the application, a Frequently Asked Questions document, and other relevant information. Send questions about the EV Rebate Program to To receive updates on Illinois EPA’s EV programs, register for the EV Listserv located at the bottom of the EV Rebate Program webpage:

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