This week, we're talking with Leigh Ann Brown and Rachel Berchtold about the Fourth Friday Tazewell Art Loop. Like First Fridays, these monthly events are intended to showcase local artists and musicians; however, the Tazewell County effort also includes a partnership with local small businesses. Berchtold and Brown talk about the value of building partnerships between the business and arts sectors, and about some of the special events on tap for tonight. There's also a scavenger hunt that runs all summer.

Leigh Ann Brown and Kelly Scarfe are in the studio this week to talk about the Tazewell Art Loop, held the fourth Friday of every month. Similar to First Fridays, the event offers opportunities to meet local artists, tour their studios and see works in progress. The Tazewell event also highlights locally-owned businesses. The organizers have developed walking tours for four participating communities: Morton, Tremont, Delavan, and Pekin.

Tanya Koonce

The Tremont and Tazewell County community turned out today for the highway dedication ceremony that now honors Deputy Craig Whisenand. Whisenand died en route to a call last August 11th. The road dedication ceremony included Whisenand’s family, state and local representatives as well as other police agencies from around the state and riders with Concerns of Police Survivors - Cycle Across Illinois.

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DELAVAN, Ill. (AP) - Officials say the fate of an Illinois Army National Guard armory in Tazewell County won't be decided until this summer.

Officials met Monday in Delavan and decided to delay a decision on the building's future until June, when they will have more information on various options.

Mayor Liz Skinner says she plans to meet again with Illinois Adjutant Gen. Richard J. Hayes once he knows whether additional soldiers will be coming to Illinois.

Hayes advises Gov. Bruce Rauner on military issues.

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Revolution Enterprises

BARRY, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois medical marijuana cultivation center plans a weekend ribbon-cutting ceremony and job fair amid what its owners call heavy interest from prospective workers. Revolution Enterprises is holding the Saturday event at its Barry location. Company officials say that more than 1,000 people have applied for jobs at its cultivation center there and at a second site in Delavan. 

Medical marijuana cultivation center opens in Delavan

Jul 24, 2015
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A medical marijuana cultivation center officially opened its doors for business in Delevan Friday.  Revolution Enterprises held a ribbon cutting in front of the 75,000 square foot facility.  Company CEO Tim McGraw says the facility will focus on innovation along with making medical cannabis products:

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning residents affected by last week’s severe weather to watch for home repair scams.  Tornadoes moved through Delavan in Tazewell County and south of Galesburg through Cameron.  Madigan says these home repair con-artists will move into recently-damaged areas and pressure residents to make impulsive decisions about cleanup.  She says residents should call her office’s consumer fraud hotline or law enforcement to report suspicious behavior.  

  DELAVAN, Ill. (AP) - The mayor of a tornado-damaged city in central Illinois says a medical marijuana company executive is paying for hotel rooms for people who lost homes. Delavan Mayor Liz Skinner says displaced residents are grateful for the offer from Revolution Enterprises CEO Tim McGraw.

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Tornadoes tore through two rural communities in Central Illinois Thurs. night. Gov. Bruce Rauner, emergency management officials and local politicians are saying it's a "miracle" no one was seriously hurt or killed. 

Residents and volunteers in Tazewell County were outside clearing debris on Friday afternoon. More than 50 properties in Delavan were impacted by the storm. Gavin Sturch got into his pickup truck and sped over from Lincoln this morning when he heard the tornado blew through his grandmother’s front yard.