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The Apple n' Pork Festival returns to its full capacity next Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Friday, Director Joey Woolridge told Regional Radio News this will be the 53rd edition of the festival and she is very excited to be back and have everyone out 

 

 

The Apple n' Pork Festival is next Saturday and Sunday. We'll hear more from Woolridge next week on the festival and all the happenings as Clinton's largest yearly event return in 2021.


Hysterical at some level is how a central Illinois Republican describes the Illinois Attorney General's task force to combat retail theft.

 

State Sen. Chapin Rose on the WHOW Morning Show Thursday blasted the former Democratic lawmaker for his interest in the problem of retail theft because Kwame Raoul spent most of his time as a lawmaker "dismantling" criminal justice in Illinois.

 

 

In his district, the Mahomet Republican says most of the gun crimes are people that are out on bond for other felonies. He says that is the first thing that needs to end in Illinois. He points out though, the community needs to take ownership in any sort of turnaround. 

 

 

Sen. Rose anticipates having pro-police anti-crime bills ready to introduce next week. He says police should be trained to execute their power responsibly to protect our communities.


Fall enrollment numbers are out, and Illinois Wesleyan University's incoming class includes the most diverse class in school history. The incoming class includes 163 students, who identify as students of color, equally about 34% of the entire class. According to Greg Harris, Dean of Admissions for IWU, the incoming class comprises 15 countries and 25 different states.

 

 

IWU's fall enrollment was up to 1,653 from 1,636 in 2020.


Lincoln Desk Restored

A trove of artifacts are newly on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield.

 

Lincolns’ Life in Letters… The most impressive artifact is the desk that the then president-elect wrote his inaugural address from. A comprehensive restoration and preservation of the desk were undertaken to return it to its historical shape. ALPLM Director Christina Shutt says the desk, with its humble beginnings is a symbol of unity for anyone who sees it.

 

 

Another portion of the exhibit is letters written by not only Lincoln but also his wife Mary and his son Willie. The oldest piece is perhaps the “sum book” that Lincoln kept as a boy to teach himself mathematics. It even includes his first known signature.


Around 80-some superintendents have penned what is to date perhaps the most scathing rebuke of Governor JB Pritzker's mandates on Illinois schools and insistence on restoring local control to Illinois school boards.

 

Clinton Schools Superintendent Curt Nettles is among the dozens of Illinois school leaders who have signed the op-ed, circulating in publications around the state. The op-ed at one point reads, quote "Gov. Pritzker himself once subscribed to that view. As recently as July, he stated that “families should be involved in making decisions for their own families. And, school districts and school boards will make decisions for the schools within their districts.”

 

Evidently, the Governor and ISBE really don’t believe this.

 

Meanwhile, those of us who took the governor at his word are now dismissed and derided as an extreme minority, the enemies of science and compassion."

 

Nettles says the letter reads like someone sat down and spelled out their feelings and hits on things that have needed to be said. 

 

 

Nettles points out Clinton is funded by roughly 80-percent local dollars and the state and federal government supplements the remaining 20-percent but their locally elected school board only makes about 20-percent of their decisions. He condemned the Governor for not having a pulse for the entire state.

 

 

As far as ongoing efforts to restore local control for Illinois schools to make their own decisions regarding COVID mitigations, Nettles continues to be in front of decision-makers calling it the most effective method of making concerns heard.

 

 

Another criticism of Nettles and others is the fact mandates are handed with zero guidance. He is calling on mandates to at least be thought out and offer a plan.

 

 

Nettles is growing tired of trying to balance the COVID mandates and manage the school district separate from COVID. He says many of his colleagues feel the same way, in fact, many have expressed frustration to Regional Radio they are more COVID managers than school district leaders.

 

You can read the op-ed signed by several local district leaders today at dewittdailynews.com and find the 'Letters' tab. 


The Vault youth center in Clinton is seeing a record number of kids coming in this year for programming.

 

On the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, Executive Director Tammy Wilson told Regional Radio they are getting around 200 students out per week. Last year they averaged around 150 teens per week.

 

 

Wilson believes the word about the good things happening at The Vault is getting around the community and parents and kids are realizing it's a place where everyone of any socioeconomic background is welcome.

 

 

Wilson says getting kids registered for The Vault is easy, it's free and she says there are some things the kids need to keep in mind.

 

 

Wilson points to many positive things happening at The Vault like their comfort dog, Daisy, and recently started grief support groups.


Central Illinois to Remain Warm

Warm weather should last through the end of the month and into October.

 

That's according to Ed Shimon at the National Weather Service in Lincoln. On the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, he told Regional Radio News a brief cool down Wednesday will be followed by warm and humid conditions heading into the weekend.

 

 

Ahead through the rest of September and into October, Shimon says things will stay warm and in fact, ground temperatures are going to remain warm which should help transition to the harvest season.

 

 

According to Shimon, the three-month outlooks are predicting warmer than average temperatures and October is looking at equal chances of average rainfall.

 

 

Like last year, we could start to see what a typical winter looks like later than normal but Shimon says the La Nina weather pattern developing is going to make things wet. 


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