Chili cook-off to support Rushville officer with cancer

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A chili cook-off to benefit a Rushville police officer who is battling cancer will be held Sunday, January 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Lipsticked Pig, 229 N. Liberty St. in Rushville.

Rushville Police Department K-9 Officer Nathan Rauch is currently hospitalized at the University of Missouri Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, undergoing intense cancer treatment for T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The 29-year-old Rauch and his wife, Jacey, reside in Rushville. Nathan Rauch is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Spoon River Valley Lodge 427, which is co-sponsoring the chili cook-off.

The January 29 benefit will include prizes for the best chili, with the public selecting their favorites at $1 per vote. A $5 admission charge includes a meal of chili and all the fixings. Attendees can purchase “Nathan Strong” gear and participate in a 50-50 drawing. All proceeds will help to support Rauch and his family.

“Nathan has courageously faced many situations as a police officer, but this is one fight he can’t win alone,” said Spoon River Valley Lodge 427 President Donald “Ike” Hackett. “We encourage everyone in the Rushville area to ‘bring the heat’ in their support of Nathan and his family on January 29.”

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest state lodge, proudly representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers — more than 10% of all FOP members nationwide. Visit for more information.

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