Breanna L. Mekemson, age 19, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 100 block of South Hennepin Avenue on July 19th, 2018, at 2:45 p.m., for an Ogle County Warrant for failure to appear, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Theft. Mekemson was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail. Malik Lindsey, age 20, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 300 block of South Peoria Avenue on July 20th, 2018, at 4:45 p.m., for a Lee County Failure to Appear Warrant. Lindsey was released with a pending court date after posting bond. Troy Ordean, age 32, of Sterling, Illinois, was arrested in the 4000 block of West Everett Street on July 20, 2018 2:128 a.m., for two Whiteside County Failure to Appear Warrants. Ordean was taken to Lee County Jail. Garret J. Graff, age 34, of Dixon, Illinois, was issued a city ordinance in the 1000 block of Academy Street on July 20th, 2018, at 2:13 a.m., for Possession of Cannabis. The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Whiteside County Highway Department announces that Emerson Road from IIlinois Route 2 to US Route 30 is scheduled to be paved on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th, weather pending. Prior to paving, the roadway will be coated with liquid asphalt binder. Due to the use of the liquid binder and potential delays during paving, drivers may want to choose an alternate route. However, the road will remain open to one lane traffic at all times. Driveways and sideroads scheduled for paving will be completed the following week. Civil Constructors of Freeport IL is the contractor for the project. The Whiteside County Highway Department would like to thank the traveling public for their patience during this construction.
The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) today gave its prestigious Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. The award is conferred on leaders who, in NBCC’s estimation, have demonstrated an undeniable commitment to diversity in the procurement sector. The award was presented by Larry Ivory, a previous Fletcher Award winner and the CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce. “In this decade, there has been no elected official who has done more for the development of Black-owned businesses than Gov. Bruce Rauner,” said Harry Alford, NBCC co-founder and CEO. “His example is one for all elected officials to emulate,” added NBCC co-founder Kay DeBow. “His sheltered markets program and his recent executive order addressing procurement fairness for Black-owned businesses in Illinois demonstrate his dedication to diversity and the role that business plays in achieving enterprise and, ultimately, social objectives.” Rauner told attendees gathered for the 26th Annual NBCC Conference in Washington, D.C., that business development transforms people, families, neighborhoods and communities through ownership and employment. “It is a strategy we are using in Illinois to help lift quality of life as well as reduce poverty and violence,” he said. “It is a three-pronged strategy that involves education, enterprise development, and capital access. The idea is to build employment by preparing people for work in the 21st century economy and building minority businesses to hire them.” During the program, a number of Rauner’s initiatives were highlighted. His education program has pumped $1.4 billion of new funding into Illinois school systems. The increase came along with a new school funding formula that distributes state funds based on need. He created sheltered market programs in the state so that only businesses owned by women, minorities and people with disabilities could bid on contracts in sectors where minorities were grossly underrepresented. Rauner signed an executive order this year stipulating that state contracts be canceled if minority participation goals are not met. With the fairness moves, Rauner has added programs to help Black-owned businesses compete more effectively for state contracts. He’s also helped to support entrepreneurs and expand career pathways for disadvantaged youth through technical education, apprenticeships and community college and workforce training programs. Finally, the governor has moved to make capital more accessible through low-interest loan programs, investment programs to strengthen startups and small businesses, and greater participation in the state’s capital access programs for business. The governor’s programs are producing results. At the Illinois Tollway, total payments to African-American-owned professional services firms has increased by 142 percent since 2015, when he took office. At the state’s Central Management Services Department, African-American businesses have seen $32.7 million in growth under its business enterprise programs. Ivory commended the governor for his pro-Black business stance. “We have made substantial progress in Illinois,” he said. “The governor has worked with us every step of the way. He understands what we need to overcome barriers and he is helping us get the tools we need to succeed.” “We have a long way to go; our job is far from done,” Rauner said. “The levels of unemployment in Black neighborhoods are unacceptable. We need to get the Illinois economy growing faster to accomplish our minority business goals faster.”
There are 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the United States. Black businesses account for over $138 billion in revenue each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The National Black Chamber of Commerce® is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African-American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States. NBCC has approximately 151 active chapters in the United States; 40 are in the developmental stage and 50 chapters are offshore.
On July 18th, at approximately 4:00PM, the Illinois State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force culminated a methamphetamine distribution investigation with the arrest of Joseph H. Greul age 38, of Lyndon, Illinois. Greul was arrested while in his vehicle in the 600 Block of West 5th Street Rock Falls, Illinois. At the time of his arrest, Greul had a loaded .357 Smith and Wesson revolver and a Ruger semi-automatic handgun in close proximity to his person. Agents also seized 54 grams of methamphetamine, $2,640.00 United States Currency, a scale, packaging material and additional rounds of ammunition from his vehicle. Greul was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine a CLASS X Felony, Aggravated Delivery of Methamphetamine a CLASS X Felony, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, a CLASS 1 Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, a CLASS 3 Felony, and Unlawful Possession of Firearm Ammunition by a Felon, a CLASS 3 Felony. The Balckhawk Area Task Force was assisted by the Whiteside County K-9 Unit, The Dixon Street Crime Unit and the Whiteside County States Attorney's Office. Greul was transported to the Whiteside County jail in lieu of bond. The Illinois State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force is a Multi Jurisdictional Task Force comprised of the Dixon Police Department, Kewanee Police Department, Sterling Police Department, Rock Falls Police Department, Whiteside Sheriff's Office and the Illinois State Police. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. For any further information or questions please contact Sgt. Mark Thatcher at 815 716-3039
July 19, 2018
The National Weather Service has announced a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the following Illinois Counties: Whiteside Carroll, Stephenson, Lee, and Jo Daviess. This is for the following portions of Illinois and Iowa: Northwestern, Central, and East Central in Iowa. Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue overnight over east central Iowa into northwest Illinois. Severe weather is not expected, but there will continue to be a threat of locally heavy rainfall. Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue overnight over east central Iowa into northwest Illinois. Severe weather is not expected, but there will continue to be a threat of locally heavy rainfall.
July 20, 2018:
Thunderstorms are expected again on Friday. Severe weather is not
On July 18, 2018, Committee. The Conference Committee, made up of a select group of House and Senate members, will merge the House and Senate versions of the bill into a final version. After the conference completes its work, the final version of the Farm Bill will be voted on in both chambers of Congress before going to the President's desk to be signed into law.
“At this pivotal moment for our agricultural economy, I am honored to have the opportunity to negotiate a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports our family farmers, strengthens rural communities and puts food on the plates of families across our nation,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While I was disappointed by the partisan Farm Bill that passed the House, we have a real chance at a fresh start. My hope is that, through this conference committee process, we can all come to the table and restore the historically bipartisan nature of the Farm Bill. Only by working together will we be able to develop a Farm Bill that provides our farmers with the support and certainty they need as they work through a challenging agricultural economy that's only getting tougher because of President Trump’s trade war. Northwest and Central Illinois have some of the hardest working farmers who are responsible for feeding not only our country, but the world, and I am proud to fight for them in this effort.”
In June, the Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill which includes language from four bipartisan bills Bustos helped introduce to bolster small towns and rural communities across America. These provisions include The Farmers of Tomorrow Act, which modifies existing USDA farm ownership loans to make it easier for young farmers and veterans to afford farmland. As a longtime advocate for rural health, Congresswoman Bustos was also able to getThe Addiction Recovery for Rural Communities Act included in the versions passed by the House and Senate; this legislation would help rural America combat the opioid epidemic. Furthermore, Bustos’ Rural Health Liaison Actwas incorporated into the Senate’s version, which creates a designated liaison at the USDA to improve healthcare in small towns and rural communities.
Bustos also helped lead The Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Act, which seeks to close the digital divide by awarding grants for rural broadband projects. This language reflects Bustos efforts to bring high speed internet to the 23 million rural Americans without service through the Universal High-Speed Internet Better Deal proposal. Similar proposals were also included in the House Farm Bill.