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6-19-17 @ 12:50 AM

Whiteside County Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the Sterling area.  Upon further investigation, Daniela L. Garza, age 26 of Sterling, was arrested for Disobeying a Traffic Control Device, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Unlawful Transportation of Alcohol.  Garza was transported to the Sterling Police Department where she was processed and released with a Notice to Appear.  The Sterling Police Department and William's Towing assisted on scene.


6-21-17 @ 8:47 PM

Whiteside County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash in rural Prophetstown.  Upon further investigation, the passenger was transported to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries and Steven L Ford, age 28 of Niles, Ohio, was arrested for Driving While License Revoked.  Ford was transported to the Whiteside County Jail where he posted bond and was released with a later court appearance.  The Prophetstown Fire/EMS, Lyndon Fire/EMS and Todd's Towing assisted on scene.


06-22-17 @ 10:05 PM

Kory L. Briggs, age 47 of Rock Falls, was arrested for DUI – Drugs following the investigation of a citizens report of a reckless semi driver eastbound on US Route 30 near Agnew Road.  Briggs was processed at the Rock Falls Police Department and released on bond pending a future court date.  Illinois State Police assisted on scene.


06-26-17 @ 1:55 PM

Whiteside County Deputy conducted a traffic stop for expired registration in Sterling near the intersection of Locust Street and West 3rd Street.  During the investigation of the stop the driver of the vehicle Gary L. Tompkins, 24 of Rock Falls was arrested for Expired Registration, Driving While License Revoked, Operating Uninsured Vehicle and an active Whiteside County Warrant for Failure to Appear on the Charge of Driving While License Suspended.  Tompkins was transported to the Whiteside County Jail and held on the warrant.  Assisting on scene were Sterling Police and Slim-N-Hank’s Towing. 


06-27-17 @ 4:25 PM

Whiteside County Deputies responded to a 2 vehicle crash on US Route 30 east of Morrison.  An eastbound vehicle driven by Daryl E. Schroeder, age 50 of Morrison, was stopped in traffic for another vehicle turning into a business driveway.  William E. Perris, age 47 of Dixon, was also traveling eastbound and failed to see the other stopped vehicles.  The Perris vehicle crashed into the rear of the Schroeder vehicle causing moderate damage to both.  Perris was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.  Hunter’s Towing assisted on scene.



White Sox 1 v. Yankees 0 middle of the 5th

Nationals beating the Cubs 6 to 1 in the top of the 7th

No score in the 2nd inning in the White Sox versus the New York Yankees Game.

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Washington Nationals lead the Cubs 4 to 1 in the bottom of the 4th inning

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Durkin talks about GOP demands that are not negotiable

What will it take to get 30 GOP votes to pass a budget plan in the Illinois House? Minority Leader Jim Durkin talks about demands that could be described as immovable objects...


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On budget issues, Durkin says he will accept a four-year freeze on property taxes in exchange for a four-year, temporary income tax increase.

Update: Route 2 crash claims Dixon woman's life

Susan E. Emmole, 48, of Dixon, has died from injuries sustained in a June 21 crash on Illinois Route 2 at 11:30 a.m., according to an Illinois State Police news released received Tuesday.


Emmole was travelling eastbound on Route 2 at a high rate of speed and ran into the back of a 2009 Mini Cooper station wagon, driven by Steven M. Moreno, 62, of Dixon, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway and roll mulitple times. Emmole was ejected from the vehicle. She was airlifted from the scene by OSF Life Flight helicopter to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. 


Moreno was taken to KSB hospital with incapacitating injuries. Updates were not available concerning his condition. More information and updates will come for this story.

Governor Rauner receives minimum wage increase bill

A bill just sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner raising Illinois' minimum wage to $15 an hour would cost Illinois more than 300,000 jobs by 2025. That's from one new study. Ben Gitis (GIT-iss) with the American Action Forum, a center-right policy non-profit, says the bill that just landed on Rauner's desk, while well-intentioned, will cost the state hundreds of thousands of jobs: Click here

That's from a report released on the matter last week. He says Illinois' lagging economy isn't the place to be forcing wage increases: Click here

Pro-wage increase organizations refute that higher minimums cost jobs, saying that the lower turnover would lead to lower costs and ultimately help a business' bottom line.

Smaller schools exploring dual participation to increase extra-curricular numbers

As small schools struggle with participation numbers in extra-curricular activities, one co-op in western Illinois is offering dual participation—meaning students can play two-sports during the same season. Annawan-Wethersfield in Henry County allowed students to play baseball and softball and also run track this past spring. The arrangement worked well says baseball coach Logan Willits: click here

Willits says they had seven kids play baseball and also run track this past spring. He says the co-op is also considering dual participation for fall sports.

Loves Park woman still missing

Emily Anderson, 25, of Loves Park was reported missing by her family on Sunday June 18, 2017. She may be driving a silver Pontiac Grand AM with Illinois plates: V414149. She is a white female, dark hair, green eyes with multiple tattoos. Anyone with information is asked to call the Loves Park Police Department at 815-654-5015.

Cubs defeat the Nationals 5 to 4.

Yankees 3 v. White Sox 4 end of 4th inning

Cubs 1 v. Washington Nationals 0 7th inning

July 1: Red Roots performing free concert in Dixon

Nicole Taylor of The Red Roots, a band of three identical triplet sisters from Missisippi, will be performing two separate free concerts in Dixon on July 1 and 2, joined me over Skype during Monday's edition of the WSDR morning show.


Taylor and her sisters Nika and Natalie form the trio, and she spoke a bit about the triplet mentality and being on the road with her two sisters: click here.


The band has opened for many star-studded performers, including Charlie Daniels, who Taylor had a fun story about: click here.


The band also has made a splash on Youtube, including a video of Nicole catching a chicken that has over 243,000 views: click here.


For the full interview with Nicole, click here.


Check out Red Roots on their website or their Facebook page.














Rebecca Munoz-Ripley of the YWCA recaps Juneteenth, talks upcoming events.

Rebecca Munoz-Ripley of the YWCA stopped in to the WSDR Morning Show and talked with host Josh Dillon on Monday about their annual Juneteenth celebration as well as other programs the organization was offering.


She began with the successes of the annual Juneteenth celebration, held on June 19: click here.


She praised the city of Sterling for its proud hosting of Juneteenth: click here.


Openings are still available for the Girls' Space Camp beginning today: click here.


For the full interview with Munoz-Ripley, click here.


Check out the YWCA website as well as follow them on Facebook.









House Speaker Mike Madigan makes non-budget demands

After months of taking issue with Governor Rauner bringing non budget issues into the state's budget discussion, House Speaker Mike Madigan has joined in: click here

During a meeting of the four legislative leaders, Madigan revealed he wants Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a school funding reform plan that the Governor has said he'll veto. Madigan also said he wants legislation passed that would regulate workers compensation insurance rates and force the Rauner Administration to abide by procurement regulations in advance of a large contract for Medicaid managed care services. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin accused Madigan of moving the goal posts and says there won't be further meetings of legislative leaders until there is a balanced budget plan from House Democrats. Madigan says that will be provided soon.

Bass Pro Shops' Big Cat Quest and Rock Falls Outdoor Show held over the weekend

The windy weather made fishing at the Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest a little bit more challenging but the fishermen were up to the task. The event was held on Saturday and Sunday and also included an outdoor show with vendors too. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Ken Freeman with Bass Pro Shops …….


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The flathead catfish, also called the mudcat, flatty, or shovelhead cat, is a large species of North American freshwater catfish.

Rock Falls Chamber hosts 2017 Summer Splash

An estimated 7,000 people turned out for the Summer Splash that was held this past Friday and Saturday. They had something for everyone from at this event sponsored that was by the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce. The Rock Falls Riverfront was the site for the Summer Splash. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke siblings Kennedy and Aiden Tate….and Executive Director and CEO of the Rock Falls Chamber Bethany Bland at the Summer Splash…….


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Summer Splash 2017 was an outdoor festival that included a wild food cookout, games for the kids, entertainment, vendors, fireworks, outdoor movie, princesses, super heroes, and a pub crawl!

Man Dies in Accident at the Byron Drag Strip Raceway on Saturday

On June 24, 2017 the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, Byron Fire Department and the Byron Ambulance responded to an accident at the Byron Drag Strip 7287 N. River Road. A drag car participating in a sanctioned event at the drag strip was making a pass down the track. The drag car lost control after crossing the finish line, crossed over the track and struck the grass embankment. The drag car rolled over several times ejecting the driver from the vehicle. The driver Bradley G. Glass, Age 60, of Mason, Ohio was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle County Coroner. This accident remains under investigation.

Oakland A's 2 v. White Sox 0 end of the 4th

Marlins 2 and Cubs 0 top of the 8th

Morrison Police Report

Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton reports the following arrests made and citations issued since Friday, June 16, 2017.


On Sunday, June 18, 2017, at approximately 9:40 pm, Morrison Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Samuel Munoz, age 28 of Sterling, at E. Lincolnway and N. Jackson Street for an equipment violation.  Morrison Police arrested Munoz pursuant to an Arrest Warrant issued by Whiteside County charging Munoz with Failure to Appear – Operating Vehicle with Suspended Registration.  Munoz was issued a written warning for the equipment violation and transported to the Whiteside County Jail.




Date                      Person                                  Age        Address       Offense                                                                              


06-17-17               Dwaine L. Schroeder      51           Morrison             Disobeyed Traffic Control Device

06-17-17               Morgan A. Spangler        27           Morrison             Improper Use of Electronic Devive

06-19-17               Drew A. Hall                      29           Morrison             Nuisance – Vehicles on Property

06-21-17               Carol L. Schroeder           83           Morrison             Failure to Yield (Accident)

06-21-17               Mitchell A. Humphrey  28               Morrison             Improper Lane Usage, Improper Use of

                                                                                                                    Electronic Device and Illegal

                               Transportation of Alcohol (Accident)

The public is reminded that these are merely charges and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott talks burning, sesquicentennial

Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott stopped into the WSDR and talked with me about the sesquicentennial celebration, Summer Splash, burning and much more.


The Mayor updated the current issue of burning in the city and the possible reasons behind lack of a motion at the last city council meeting: click here.


Mayor Wescott also weighed in on the state's budget crisis and the impact it has on municipalities and the communities throughout the state: click here.


In more fun topics, Wescott spoke on the Big Cat fishing tournament as well as the Sesquicentennial ball.


For the full interview with the Mayor, click here.









Dixon Chamber of Commerce names new CEO

The Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Board of Directors is pleased to announce Stacey Colledge as the new President/CEO, effective July 17, 2017.


Colledge, a native of the Quad Cities, brings extensive experience to her new role from having been the Executive Director for the Central City (Iowa) Main Street Program. She also has a broad background in marketing, graphic design, sales, and small business development. Colledge earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts degree from the Australian National University.


The Board of Directors appointed a hiring committee earlier this year comprised of board members, a city official, and key members of the business community. This committee conducted a national search, which generated over twenty-five applications. According to Jennifer Heintzelman, Board Co-Chair, “The committee concluded that Colledge was the best fit after an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates. Her enthusiasm, experience, and vision for our future made her the ideal choice to take the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street to the next level. Having such a deep pool of capable applicants reflects the interest that people have in Dixon and the Sauk Valley.”


Board Co-Chair, Robin Canode, added, “The board is excited to have Stacey as the head of our team. Her leadership and experience are vital to the organization as we work with our membership, helping businesses thrive and engaging the community with events.

Energy expert says now is good time to evaluate fall propane needs

It’s never too early to lock in prices for fall and winter propane needs. That’s what GROWMARK’s Harry Cooney is telling farmers as they think about the grain drying season.


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Cooney says fortunately for farmers, grain drying hasn’t been a big issue the last several years: Click here


Cooney says now is the time for end users to secure some prices for the fall and he recommends producers talk with their local FS member cooperative about meeting future needs.

Summer Splash 2017 begins Friday

The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Splash begins today in Rock Falls on the river front. There really is something for everyone Summer Splash began over 10 years ago as a Wild Game Cookout and has morphed into a two-day summer festival. Friday they will have: a wild game cook out and traditional fare too, arts & crafts, vendors, and an outdoor family movie night featuring Lego Batman at 7:30 p.m. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Bethany Bland, the Executive Director and CEO of the Rock Falls Chamber, about their Saturday events……


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For more information about Summer Splash check out the chamber’s facebook page or visit their website.

Regional Media Names Launches BIG country 102.7 WZZT

 Regional Media, also known as Virden Broadcasting Corp. announced that it has launched a new format, BIG Country 102.7 WZZT.
Big Country 102.7 WZZT emphasizes popular, current songs and mixes in top country songs from the 1990s and 2000s. Big Country 102.7 WZZT draws a diverse, active segment of the Country audience. Big Country is big, engaging, and fun, with large-scale promotions, great music, and a mission to serve the local community.
In making the announcement, President of Regional Media Mr. Ford said, “We are so excited and appreciative of the support from the communities since we have arrived in the area. It has been an incredible journey reviving the stations and returning them to the listeners. We have jumped right in and invested substantial resources into the company, expanded our staff with great local high energy people, all with a mission to excessively serve our communities”
Core artists heard on Big Country 102.7 WZZT are the very best in you country music with a 30 year span, artists include Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Florida - Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Miranda Lambert.
The primary coverage area of Big Country 102.7 WZZT serves hundreds of thousands of residents in Clinton Iowa, Sterling, Rock Falls, Morrison, Dixon, and surrounding communities.
Regional Media, is one of the largest and one of the most diversified broadcasting companies in Illinois and Iowa with affiliations with many local communities. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at 

The Chicago Cubs victorious over the Miami Marlins 11 to 1

White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9 to 0

World War II re-enactment to be held in Dixon

John Lachinski came into the new WSDR studios on Thursday morning and talked with morning show host Josh Dillon about the World War 2 Recreated event June 23-25 at Elks Page Park in Dixon.


Era-appropriate equipment will be on display as tanks from both the American and German sides will fire (blanks) upon each other during the battles: click here.


All the re-enactors will be outfitted in appropriate uniforms and weaponry for the battles: click here.


And the people involved in these re-enactments do so to preserve the historical integrity and educate the masses on World War 2: click here.


Battles will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Attendees are welcome to walk through the authentic camps as well. World War 2 veterans attend for free and admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for a car load.


For the full interview with Lachinski, click here.










CGH Medical Center's Dr. Michael Galle talks about the Wound Healing Center

Dr. Michael Galle of CGH Medical Center stopped by the WSDR studios to talk about the Wound Healing Center and it's benefits to the community, as well as Wound Care Awareness month.


One thing Dr. Galle stressed was the importance of getting a chronic wound checked out and treated, as well as the repercussions for failing to do so: click here.


Dr. Galle also explained the hyperbaric oxygen treatment process and its value to a patient: click here.


In terms of preparation for the procedure, the process seemed fairly simple: click here.


For more information on the CGH Wound Healing Center or Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments, check out or call 815-564-4002.


For the full interview with Dr. Galle, click here.





Vendetta's Motorcycle Club to host 3rd Annual Backpack Run

The Vendetta's Motorcycle Club stopped into the WSDR studios on Thursday and talked with host Josh Dillon about their 3rd annual backpack run, which collects school supplies for children.


Last year's event collected quite a bit of supplies and they're looking to break that this year: click here


This year's event will feature two local bands, Slick Trigger and Bloody Gulch, among a few other notable sights: click here


For more information concerning the backpack run, you can contact a local club member or call Keihin Ketchum at 815-440-7334


You can hear the full interview with Double D, Whiz and Deuce right here.



Broadnax arrested in felony drug charges

Seth Broadnax, age 40, of 820 West Fourth Street, Dixon, Illinois was arrested on June 19th, 2017 for charges related to a search warrant conducted on February 27th, 2017 at 820 West Fourth Street in Dixon. The Lee County Joint Operations Group executed a search warrant on that residence and located more than 15 grams but less than 100 grams of cocaine packaged for sale and over 100 grams of cannabis. Broadnax was not present during the execution of the search warrant. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for his arrest on February 28th, 2017.


On June 19th, 2017, officers were advised Broadnax was being held at the Lee County Jail. Broadnax was then processed on the charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) With Intent To Deliver Within 1,000 Feet of Public Housing, a Class X Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) With Intent to Deliver, a Class X Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (15-100 grams cocaine), a Class 1 Felony, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis With Intent to Deliver (30-500 grams), a Class 3 Felony, and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (100-500 grams), a Class 4 Felony. Broadnax is currently being held at the Lee County Jail on a $250,000 bond.


The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

First day of special session uneventful in Springfield

If you were looking for fireworks or House of Cards level drama, you didn’t find it in the Illinois General Assembly on day one of the special session. The Illinois House spent less than 20 minutes in session before moving to committees and private caucuses. The Senate was in session for about half of that time. Democrats decided that state representatives will meet in Committee of the Whole meetings. If there's one person who has no interest in such meetings, it's House Minority Leader Jim Durkin....


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With lawmakers tied up in the committee of the whole meetings, a potential budget deal likely won't happen until next week.

Whiteside County Sheriff's Office issues arrest warrant in home invasion case

Whiteside County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call at 2:28 am on June 21, 2017 originating in the 200 block of Martin Road in rural Rock Falls. A female reported her ex-boyfriend had entered her residence and was beating up a 20 year old male friend who was visiting. An Arrest Warrant has been issued for 29 year old ISAIAH REYES of Rock Falls on charges of 2-counts HOME INVASION (class X-felonies) and 1- Count Aggravated Battery, Reyes's bond has been set at $100,00.00. 


Details of the incident: A male victim was stabbed once in the thigh area and was transported by ambulance to CGH Medical Center for treatment of injuries then later released. REYES is still at large, anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office at 815-772-4044 or Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867. Whiteside County Sheriff's Office thanks Sterling and Rock Falls Police Departments and Illinois State Police for there assistance in this matter.


This is merely a charge and subject is presumed innocent until proven guilty

Route 2 Accident leaves two injured

WSDR News spoke with St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday and learned that Susan Emmole, age 48, of Dixon remains in critical condition from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle crash on Wednesday. The Illinois State Police responded to the scene of a two- vehicle crash on Wednesday, June 21st at approximately 11:30 a.m. According to police, a Nissan Maxima driven by Emmole, was traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 2 at high rate of speed. According to police, the Emmole vehicle struck the back of a Mini Cooper, driven by Steven Moreno, age 62, also of Dixon. The impact caused both vehicles to roll- over. Emmole was ejected from her vehicle and was air-lifted to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford. Moreno was taken to KSB Hospital in Dixon for treatment of injuries he received in the crash. Emmole has been charged with DUI, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Collision, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, and no seatbelt. According to police, more charges may follow. The Illinois State Police was assisted at the scene by: Dixon Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Dixon City and Rural Fire Departments. This incident remains under investigation.

Sterling Municipal Band hosts summer concerts on Wednesdays

Grandon Civic Center in Sterling is the site for the Sterling Municipal Band’s summer session. Every Wednesday during the summer the band will be performing at the outdoor venue at no charge to the public. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Jon James, Director, of the Sterling Municipal Band just before showtime: click here


You can also check out their website at

Chicago White Sox lose to the Minnesota Twin 4-2

Twins 4 v. White Sox 2 bottom of the 6th

Minnesota Twins 4 v. Chicago White Sox 2 top of the 5th

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Cubs lose to the Padres 3-2 on Wednesday

WSDR News spoke with St. Anthonys Medical Center in Rockford at 8:10 p.m. tonight and learned that Susan Emmole, age 48, of Dixon remains in critical condition from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle crash earlier today.

WSDR News spoke with St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford at 8:10 p.m. tonight and learned that Susan Emmole, age 48, of Dixon remains in critical condition from injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle crash earlier today.  The Illinois State Police responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday, June 21st at approximately 11:30 a.m.   According to police, a Nissan Maxima driven by Emmole, was traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 2 at high rate of speed.  According to police, the Emmole vehicle struck the back of a Mini Cooper, driven by Steven Moreno, age 62, also of Dixon.   The impact caused both vehicles to roll-over.   Emmole was ejected from her vehicle and was air-lifted to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.  Moreno was taken to KSB Hospital in Dixon for treatment of injuries he received in the crash.  Emmole has been charged with DUI, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Collision, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol, and no seatbelt.  According to police, more charges may follow.  The Illinois State Police was assisted at the scene by: Dixon Police, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Dixon City and Rural Fire Departments.  This incident remains under investigation. 


Whiteside County Sheriff's investigating home invasion

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a Home Invasion which took place in the early morning hours of June 21,2017.


Whiteside County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male subject had entered a residence and stabbed a male who was inside the residence.


The stabbed victim was transported to CGH Medical Center, for treatment of injuries and later released. Whiteside County Sheriff's Office is working with local Law Enforcement Agencies, continuing the investigation of Home Invasion.

Governor Rauner speaks in advance of special session

Lawmakers are back at work today at the order of Gov. Bruce Rauner. Last night at the Old State Capitol, he urged lawmakers to end what he called the "unnecessary" budget crisis...


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In an address that lasted just over three minutes,Rauner said failure to act could cause "permanent damage." to the state. Democrat lawmakers and gubernatorial candidates dismissed Rauner's speech as campaigning.

Cal Ripken Baseball clinic held in Rock Falls

Wallingford Baseball Park in Rock Falls was the site of a Cal Ripken Baseball clinic held on Tuesday evening. A large crowd showed up to attend this event and improve their baseball fundamentals. P. J. Silva is the lead facilitator for the Ripken clinics and he spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn on Tuesday evening…..


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This clinic was provided to the youth at no charge thanks to the 2017 Chevrolet Youth Baseball Clinics and Ripken Baseball.

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Cubs 4 v. Padres 0 top of the 9th

Cubs lead the Padres 3 to 0 bottom of the 8th

Twin 8 v. Sox 7 top of the 6th inning

Summer Solstice 2017 begins tonight at 11:24 p.m.

Tuesday, June 20th at 11:24 p.m. the Summer Solstice arrives in the Central Time Zone.   The actual Summer Solstice begins on June 21st.  This marks the official start of summer in the northern hemisphere.   This will be the longest day of the year with about 15 hours of daylight on June 21st   After that June 21st the hours of daylight begin to slowly diminish each day.    During the June Solstice, the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun, causing summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is winter because it's tilted away from the Sun. The Earth's distance from the Sun has very little effect over the Seasons on Earth.

Cubs lead Padres 2 -0 bottom of the 7th

Twins lead White Sox 7-6 in the bottom of the 5th

Cubs 2 Padres 0 top of the 6th

Twins 6 Sox 4 Bottom of the 4th

Chicago White Sox lead the Twins 4-2 in the top of the 3rd

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Cubs lead the Padres 1-0 in the bottom of the 4th inning

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce hosting After Hours event on Thursday

Kris Noble of the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce stopped into the WSDR studios and spoke with host Josh Dillon about the After Hours event on Thursday and other happenings within the Chamber.


After Hours is an event designed to allow businesses and chamber members to meet one another and discuss potential opportunities to collaborate: Click here.


Another major event coming up is the August 3 Steak Fry in the Country, which helps promote local agriculture scholarships: Click here.


Noble also touched on the Fiesta Parade, an event that is well-known throughout the area: Click here.


For Noble's full interview, click here.








Relay for Life of Whiteside County raises over $100,000 for cancer research

Russ Siefken, Jr. and Betty Clementz of the Whiteside County Relay for Life stopped in to the WSDR Morning Show and chatted with host Josh Dillon about the results from their event on June 7 at Hinders Field in Rock Falls.


Clementz wanted to urge the public to attend future events due to the beauty of the Luminaria Ceremony: Click here.


Siefken went over some individual team contributions as well as the overall unofficial numbers from the night was complete: Click here


For the full interview with Clementz and Siefken, click here.





Illinois convenience stores concerned about potential loss of Powerball and Mega Millions

Unless lawmakers and Governor Rauner hammer out a budget agreement, it will take a drive out of state to buy tickets for those massive multi-state lottery jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball games. Bill Fleischli with The Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores is hopeful a budget deal can be struck by month's end....


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The state reported nearly $100 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales last budget year. It's not clear how much revenue the state gets from multi-state lottery sales.

Rock Falls City Council will meet tonight

The Rock Falls City Council will meet in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Public comments are welcome concerning Ordinance 2017-2322 and the Appropriation Ordinance for the 2018 Fiscal Year. Other topics to be discussed include: Administrative hearings for private outdoor swimming pool violations, open burning and changes to electric utility rates.


The full council agenda can be viewed here.

YWCA of the Sauk Valley celebrates Juneteenth

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 declaring that all slaves in the United States were free. However, not everyone heard this news. For those kept in slavery in Texas they did not get this information until June 19, 1865 over two years after Lincoln freed the slaves. Ever since that day, June 19th, known as Juneteenth, is celebrated as Freedom Day. The Y.W.C.A, of the Sauk Valley hosted their 10th annual Juneteenth Celebration on Monday. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sterling Mayor Skip Lee: Click here


Activities included: food, activities for the kids, entertainment, and much more.

Cubs 3 v. Padres 2 top of the 8th

On eve of special session, speech to highlight need for unity on compromise balanced budget plan

Governor Rauner will delivered a live address to the people of Illinois Monday night from the Old State Capitol in Springfield. The address focused on unity and passing a balanced budget to put Illinois on a path to a brighter future.  Here is the address below:


“Illinois deserves real change, and the time to act has never been more urgent,” Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said. “As we approach one of the most important legislative sessions in Illinois history, the Governor wants to reiterate his desire to work with all members of the General Assembly to improve the quality of life for the people of Illinois. Governor Rauner supports the compromise budget proposal lawmakers introduced last week, whichdelivers a truly balanced budget, spending caps, real property tax relief, term limits and other job-creating changes to the system.”


Last week, Governor Rauner announced he was calling lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session from Wednesday, June 21 to Friday, June 30, which is the fiscal year deadline.  In calling the special session, the Governor encouraged the General Assembly to consider legislation that will reach a balanced budget and implement other structural changes.  The Governor will cancel any remaining special session days if the General Assembly enacts the compromise balanced budget plan prior to June 30th.



Padres 2 v. Cubs 1 top of the 7th inning

Sterling Main Street discusses upcoming events, including

Janna Groharing of Sterling Main Street stopped into the WSDR studios and spoke with Josh Dillon on the morning show about upcoming events in Sterling.


A big event coming up on Tuesday is the first of two pop-up markets this summer, where people can shop from 4-7 p.m. at the Grandon Civic Center in Central Memorial Park: Click here.


Every Wednesday night, the Sterling Municipal Band performs and Groharing highly recommends everyone check it out: Click here.


Five bands will come into town for the Main Street Music Fest on Saturday July 22: Click here.


For more information on upcoming events from Sterling Main Street, check out their website.






Rock Falls Chamber talks Summer Splash this Friday

Bethany Bland of the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce called in to the morning show to talk about Summer Splash 2017.


The event begins this weekend and will be admission-free, but patrons will want to partake in the delicious food being offered at Summer Splash: Click here


There will also be a family movie night on Summer Splash's opening evening: Click here


Summer Splash isn't just for the kids either, there will be plenty of fun and entertainment for adults during the festivities: Click here


For more information on Summer Splash, 2017, click here or visit the Facebook page.








Jobs lagging in Illinois

The state’s unemployment numbers are falling but the Department of Employment Security isn’t willing to celebrate. Illinois’ jobless rate is four point six percent, but IDES’s Bob Gough says we are lacking in total job creation: click here


Nationwide unemployment is four point three percent.

Gus Macker Tournament returns to the area

Northland Mall was the site for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament held this past weekend. The tournament used to be a staple in the area every summer. Gus Macker had a various brackets for players of all age. The original Gus Macker Tournament began in 1974 in Michigan. WSDR’s Tammy Nehrkorn and Andrew Paxton were at the ‘Macker and spoke: Drew Henson, Bobby Kibadew, and Rashad….. click here


Proceeds from the event will be donated to the April House Children’s Advocacy Center in Morrison.

4th annual Rock River Valley Eggfest held on Saturday

A large inflatable green egg greeted those going to the 4th Annual Rock River Valley Eggfest on Saturday at the Jim Prescott Barbeque Shop in Sterling. The “eggheads” were manning their Green Egg Cookers and preparing all types of delicious food from pears to pizza for those in attendance to enjoy. WSDR’s Tammy Nehrkorn and Andrew Paxton were at the fest and spoke with Cody Gaffee and Lee Webenga…..


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Prescott’s sponsored this event that was free and open to the public.

Four Seasons Gardening Program offering Summer Series

The summer series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month.


The first session of the series is titled, Using Essential Oils Safely. The program is offered on June 27 at 1:30 p.m. Sessions will be presented via computer at 3 locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling; and Lee County Extension Office, Amboy. Essential oils have been growing in popularity, but some people are unsure of how to use them properly. Join Nancy Kreith, Horticulture Educator, as she leads you through the history, production, and safety of using essential oils.


Other topics in the summer series include Sustainable Lawn Care set for July 11 and Grow Your Own Backyard Tree Fruit: The Science of Tree Fruits Revealed set for July 25. Cost per session is $5 (free for active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists).


Webinars will be offered at 1:30pm at three locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling; and Lee County Extension Office, Amboy. Advance registration is needed one week prior. Register online to watch at your local Extension office at


This webinar may also be viewed from home by pre-registering at

Navy Releases Names of USS Fitzgerald Deceased Sailors

The United States Navy has released the names of the seven sailors who were killed aboard the USS Fitzgerald.   The U.S. Naval Destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan on Saturday.  Those killed were:

Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, age 19, of Palmyra, Virginia.

Yoeman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, Age 25, of San Diego, California.

Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T. Truong, age 25, of Oakville, Connecticut.

Gunnar’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, age 26, of Weslaco, Texas.

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibaya, age 23 of Chula Vista, California.

Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, age 24, of Halethorpe, Maryland.

Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., age 37, of Elyria, Ohio.  


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