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Market Alley Wines Reopens With Guidelines

Moving into Phase 3 in Illinois, restaurants and bars were able to open for outdoor seating today, but still follow guidelines in place and maintain social distancing. Sarah Walters, owner of Market Alley Wines, shares their plan in place to ensure the safety of customers and employees: “You can sit at the tables and we…
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Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau Update

Fields in our area are in better shape than this time last year, but across the state there is still a lot of planting to go and some areas keep getting pounded with rain, says Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau President Jared Kunkle: “Fortunately some of the crop went in earlier and it was tall enough it…
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Warren County Courthouse to Reopen for Court Business June 1st

On June 1st the Warren County Courthouse will be open for court business.  For all other courthouse offices,  such as Assessor, Treasurer and County Clerk , the public is requested to continue doing business by phone or mail, or by appointment.  All persons entering the courthouse will be required to wear a mask.  Entry to the courthouse is limited to…
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Galesburg Parks & Rec Transitioning to In Person Activities Again

Slowly but surely different programs and outdoor recreational sites are opening back up with the Galesburg Parks and Rec. Recreation Supervisor Chelsea Moberg reports the Allison Campground will be opening back up as well as Bunker Links golf course will be switching over to offer foursomes. Moberg also shares they are transitioning to in person…
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OSF HealthCare Reminds Everyone to Remember Primary Health Care Needs

As OSF HealthCare continues to open services that had been temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it wants to remind community members to continue proactive measures for their health. OSF HealthCare primary care and specialty practices have added a number of options, including telephone and video visits, to ensure everyone can access care even…
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COVID Creates Shortage of PPE for Pesticide Applicators

The shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) extends beyond medical staff and first responders. Pesticide applicators are struggling to find the equipment required by law. Sales of respirators, face shields, and N95 face masks are being directed to health care and front-line workers, creating a shortage for the agriculture industry. Any increased PPE production may come too…
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City of Monmouth Issuing Special Permits for Businesses to Temporarily Use Outdoor Seating

As Illinois moves into Phase 3 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, restaurants and bars are able to reopen with outdoor seating. In the City of Monmouth, special permits have been issued to allow businesses to temporarily use outdoor seating. Community Engagement Director Ken Helms has more: “What we did is we established an administrative…
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Rep. Hammond Votes No on Democrats’ Partisan, Unbalanced Budget

State Representative Norine Hammond of Macomb voted against the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget package. Representative Hammond highlighted the budget’s multi-billion dollar deficit and reliance on massive borrowing from the Federal government. Hammond also noted the Democrats’ giving of enormous budget powers to Governor J.B. Pritzker and prioritizing their projects in their districts while ignoring…
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Rep. Dan Swanson Breaks Down the Illinois Budget

Following a Memorial Day Service to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, State Representative Dan Swanson shared the details of the General Assembly’s whirlwind weekend and passing the budget at 12:27 a.m. Sunday morning.   State Representative Dan Swanson (74th District- Alpha) joined bipartisan opposition to the State Budget passed late in the night on…
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Memorial Day Service Honors Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

State Representative Dan Swanson, Monmouth American Legion Commander Martin Edwards and Co-Auxiliary President Cheri Stanton held a Memorial Day Service on AM 1330 WRAM/FM 94.1
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Call 4 Calm Text Line Provides Free Emotional Support with a Mental Health Professional

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Stacy Brown, Vice President of Behavior Health Services at Bridgeway, reports since this pandemic began, the biggest concern being faced is uncertainty. Back in March when the stay at home order first began, the State of Illinois developed a Call for Calm text line. Brown has more: “It is…
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Sen. Tracy — Borrow-and-spend budget forced through Senate

Western Illinois State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) said the Illinois Senate Democrat leaders forced through a Fiscal Year 2021 budget over the weekend, ignoring recommendations from Senate Republicans and their requests to allow more time to analyze the $43 billion spending plan that relies on $5 billion in borrowed revenues. Tracy says she did not…
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