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Toys for Tots

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Christmas at Twin City Market

Tune into SaukValleyNow WSDR AM1240 on Monday to listen to our story about Christmas at the Twin City Market!

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Illinois State Police Investigate Fatal Crash

The Illinois State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on 12/15/2017 at 2:07 a.m. on Illinois Route 251 just south of Twombly Road in Rochelle. A 2014 Ford passenger car was southbound on Illinois 251 when the vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a tree. The vehicle caught fire with the driver and lone occupant inside. The drive was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle County Coroner. Rochelle Fire, Rochelle Police and Ogle County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. The name of the driver is not being released pending authorization from the Ogle County Coroner. Update: Deceased driver is Benjamin R. Koelper, 31, of Marengo, Illinois.

 

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TOMORROW IN DEER GROVE: Congresswoman Bustos Will Deliver the Keynote Address at the 28th Annual Farmer Update Meeting

 

Friday at 1:00 PM in Deer Grove, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) will deliver the keynote address at the 28th annual Farmer Update Meeting. Hosted by The Cornerstone Agency, this event brings together a wide range of industry leaders to discuss important issues facing Illinois’ agricultural communities, including the 2018 Farm Bill. Following the keynote address, Congresswoman Bustos will hold a Q&A session.

 

The event will conclude at 2:00 PM.

 

Last August, Congresswoman Bustos toured farms across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District as part of her “Better Deal for the Heartland Tour” to hear directly from local farmers as Congress prepares for the 2018 Farm Bill.  The Tour included a visit to Jon Kophamer’s Farm in Whiteside County for a meeting with area farmers.

 

Congresswoman Bustos Delivers Keynote Address at Farmer Update Meeting

Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

What: Keynote address at the Farmer Update Meeting

When: Friday, December 15th at 1:00PM

Where: Deer Valley Golf Club and Banquets--3298 Hoover Rd, Deer Grove, IL 61243

 

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U of I Extension Winter Programing

Lee County 4-H Beginner Sewing SPIN Club, Next Date December 19 & 21-6-8:30pm-Sewing By Deb, Dixon 

 

 

If you are new to sewing or have a limited skill base when it comes to sewing, this workshop is for you! During this SPIN Club you will learn the art of sewing, using techniques needed for every sewing project. You will make a pillow with pockets and a hooded cape to wear or give as a gift! Register online at: go.illinois.edu/LeeSew

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date January 4-10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2

 

4-H Quilting SPIN Club, Next Date January 14, 2017- 2-4 pm, Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mt. Carroll

 

A Quilting SPIN Club will meet monthly starting in October for ages 8-18 and run through April on Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll.  Three levels of quilting will be available and class size is limited to 12 participants. Register by calling the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444. Check out the flier for cost information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/downloads/69407.pdf

 

Private Pesticide Applicator Test Only Site, January 18, 2018-10am– Loveland Community Building, Dixon

 

To become certified, you must pass a closed-book, 50 question examination administered by representatives of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Once passed, a three-year certification license will be issued by the IDA upon receipt of a licensing fee.  University of Illinois Extension Unit 4 will be hosting a TEST ONLY site on January 18, 2018 at 10:00am at the following location:  Loveland Community Building, 513 West 2nd St, Dixon IL. To register: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17448

 

Small Farm Webinar Series, Thursday’s starting January 18, 2018-Noon-1pm, Webinar Series at Home

 

This year's series includes new topics such as High Tunnel Concepts, Intro to Certified Organic Production, Native Pollinators on Your Land, and much more. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. Register online at: go.aces.illinois.edu/WinterWebinars

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date January 23-10-11:30am-Sterling Public Library

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness

 

Private Pesticide Applicator Test Only Site, January 25, 2018-10am– Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mount Carroll

 

To become certified, you must pass a closed-book, 50 question examination administered by representatives of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Once passed, a three-year certification license will be issued by the IDA upon receipt of a licensing fee.  University of Illinois Extension Unit 4 will be hosting a TEST ONLY site on January 25 at 10:00am at the following location:  Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S Clay St., Mount Carroll, IL.  To Register:

https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17447

Climate Reality Presentation, January 31, 2018- 6-7pm- Lee County Extension Office, Amboy

Climate Reality will be presented by Master Naturalist Mark Jordan. This presentation will focus on the current affects, impacts, and actions that can be taken to alleviate the consequences of a warming plant. Mark will show what others (people, governments at different levels and businesses) are doing to give reason to hope that we can successfully tackle this crisis. Register by January 29 at go.illinois.edu/climatereality

 

Soil and Water Management Webinar, February 20, 2018- 9am-2:30pm-Lee County Extension Office, Amboy

 

Carroll, Lee, Whiteside Unit will host the Soil & Water Management Webinar on February 20, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost of the program is $45.00 per person. It will be presented at our Lee County Office in Amboy. For other locations across the state checkout your local Extension Office.  For questions call 815-632-3611.

Register online at: go.illinois.edu/soilandwater2018

 

Certified Livestock Managers Training, February 15, 2018-8:30-12:30pm- 307 S Madison St.-Community RM, Morrison

 

The Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act of 1997 requires livestock producers to receive training through the U of I Extension CLM  Training Program. This program provides livestock producers with the best management practices for managing and handling their manure. Livestock producers with more than 300 animal units must be a certified livestock manager.  Workshops will be located throughout the state starting in February.  To register and locate a workshop in your area register online at: www.regonline.com/CLMT2018

 

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U of I Extension Program Information

Keep Your Brain Healthy With Monthly Brain Health Exercise Classes in Thomson

 

Make a resolution for 2018 to keep your brain fit and healthy! Current research indicates that challenging the brain is one of several things you can do to contribute to your own brain health as you age.   Challenging activities is one way to train your brain and keep your wits fit!

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers monthly Wits Fitness Brain Exercises Classes on the first Thursday of every month in Thomson.  Join Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory.  The monthly class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Thomson Public Library, 1005 West Main Street, Thomson, IL.  Class dates for 2018 are:  January 4, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6.  There will not be classes the months of February or July.

 

Each monthly class is free and open to the public! Registration is not required, but appreciated.  Participants are welcome to join the class at any time.  For more information, visit the University of Illinois Extension event calendar at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2 or call 815-632-3611.  To stay up-to-date with all University of Illinois Extension program offerings, like Extension on Facebook at U of I Extension Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Unit.

 

Keep Your Brain Healthy With Monthly Brain Health Exercise Classes in Sterling

 

Make a resolution for 2018 to keep your brain fit and healthy! Current research indicates that challenging the brain is one of several things you can do to contribute to your own brain health as you age.   Challenging activities is one way to train your brain and keep your wits fit!

 

The University of Illinois Extension offers monthly Wits Fitness Brain Exercises Classes in Sterling.  Join Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory.  The monthly class will be held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Sterling Public Library, 102 West Third Street in Sterling.  Class dates for 2018 are:  January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, July 24, August 28, October 23, November 27, and December 18.  There are no classes in the months of June or September.

 

Each monthly class is free and open to the public! Registration is not required, but appreciated.  Participants are welcome to join the class at any time.  For more information, visit the University of Illinois Extension event calendar at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness or call 815-632-3611.  To stay up-to-date with all University of Illinois Extension program offerings, like Extension on Facebook at U of I Extension Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Unit.

 

Soil and Water Management Seminar offers Continuing Education

 

Soil and water interactions will be the focus of a Soil and Water Management Webinar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 20, 2018. The workshop will be held at the Lee County Extension Office in Amboy. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 230 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Other locations will be held around the state so checkout your local extension office for a site near you.

 

“Those attending will hear about the latest University of Illinois research on soil erosion and how extreme weather affects nutrient transport.  Other presenters from Purdue, Georgia and Missouri will discuss cover crop selection, soil microbes, and soil health tests,” says Duane Friend, U of I Extension educator. Certified Crop Advisors will receive 4.5 continuing education units in Soil and Water Management by attending this seminar.

 

Registration is $45 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is February 13. Register online at go.illinois.edu/soilandwater2018

 

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Signup for 2018 Farm Programs with FSA

AMBOY—December 1, 2017 -- The Lee County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding the farmers
and landowners in the county they are currently taking appointments and walk-ins for the 2018 ARC-PLC
Programs.
The Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs were authorized by the
2014 Farm Bill and offer a safety net to farmers and crop-share landowners when there is a substantial
drop in prices or revenues for covered commodities.
Enrollment into the ARC and PLC Programs required a 5-year commitment but also established an annual
signup to enable county FSA Offices to process and facilitate any farm changes that may occur during the
5-year commitment. Farm changes would include any changes to leasing arrangements, land ownership,
mailing addresses, banking information, tillable acreages, entity structures like Trusts or partnerships,
estates, etc. The records at the local FSA offices are only as accurate as their customers report them.
The marketing year for the 2018 program year used to compile the possible payment rate for covered
commodities (corn, soybeans and wheat) will be September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019 and rates
for corn, soybeans and wheat will be published around September 29, 2019. Enrollment for the 2018
program year ends on August 1, 2018.
The office is encouraging you to report any changes that would impact the 2018 crop year, now instead of
waiting after the crops are planted. Delay in keeping your records current with FSA could disrupt your
efforts to file an accurate acreage report.
By calling ahead and or making an appointment, the county office can have your contracts ready upon
your visit. The goal is to have this enrollment completed before spring work begins.
For more information, please contact the Lee County FSA Office in Amboy at 815-857- 3621, extension
#2, or visit their website at www.fsa.usda.gov/.

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Dixon Knights of Columbus to Host Blood Drive

The Dixon Knights of Columbus will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 19th from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the KC Hall in Dixon.  For more information please call Don Trent at 815-288-6265

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Rauner Comments on Issue at Quincy Vet's Home

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued the following statement regarding the Quincy Veterans' Home:

 

 “My administration is deeply concerned about the veterans at the Quincy Veterans' Home. We are committed to ensuring the residents get the care and treatment they deserve in a safe living environment.   “When the first incidence of Legionella occurred in Quincy, six months into my administration, we quickly brought in the Centers for Disease Control and followed their recommendations. The state has implemented a robust and comprehensive water management plan including the construction of a new water management plant and routine testing of the water at the facility.   “The CDC in its most recent report said the remediation is 'aligned with the best practices identified in CDC’s water management toolkit.'   “Legionella is a virus that is a growing concern in the U.S., not just in Illinois. That it has arisen in a place where our bravest and most cherished defenders reside is a tragedy, and we intend to keep working with the CDC at our side to protect our residents.”

 

 

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Regional Media, also known as Virden Broadcasting Corp. announced that it will be upgrading it's Big Country 102.7 WZZT transmission and audio delivery systems.

 

(Sterling, IL) – Regional Media, also known as Virden Broadcasting Corp. announced that it will be upgrading it’s Big Country 102.7 WZZT transmission and audio delivery systems. 
 
As part of Regional Media’s ongoing commitment to the local area, Regional Media and its engineering team will be upgrading various pieces inside the audio chain including all audio processing and sound enhancing.
 
This announcement comes as Big Country 102.7 WZZT has become one of the areas most popular stations. 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 this announcement, Regional Media’s chief engineer Wayne R. Miller “It's wonderful to work with Regional Media as their commitment and willingness to invest in new technology has always been at the highest level. The new equipment we are installing will create a very robust sound on WZZT.” 
 
Core artists heard on Big Country 102.7 WZZT are the very best in your 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 Country102.7 WZZT serves hundreds of thousands of residents in Clinton Iowa, Sterling, Rock Falls, Morrison, Dixon, and surrounding communities. Regional Media purchased the stations WSDR, WZZT, And WSSQ in April of 2017 and has since completely overhauled the studio location at 3101 Freeport Road in Sterling. 
 
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 www.RegionalMedia.info 
 
(Sterling, IL) – Regional Media, also known as Virden Broadcasting Corp. announced that it will be upgrading it’s Big Country 102.7 WZZT transmission and audio delivery systems. 
 
As part of Regional Media’s ongoing commitment to the local area, Regional Media and its engineering team will be upgrading various pieces inside the audio chain including all audio processing and sound enhancing.
 
This announcement comes as Big Country 102.7 WZZT has become one of the areas most popular stations. 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 this announcement, Regional Media’s chief engineer Wayne R. Miller “It's wonderful to work with Regional Media as their commitment and willingness to invest in new technology has always been at the highest level. The new equipment we are installing will create a very robust sound on WZZT.”
 
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 Country102.7 WZZT serves hundreds of thousands of residents in Clinton Iowa, Sterling, Rock Falls, Morrison, Dixon, and surrounding communities.
 
Regional Media purchased the stations WSDR, WZZT, And WSSQ in April of 2017 and has since completely overhauled the studio location at 3101 Freeport Road in Sterling. 
 
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 www.RegionalMedia.info 
 

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Happy Hanukkah

Today at sunset the Jewish festival of Hanukkah-the Festival of Lights began at sundown on December 12th  and will run until December 20th.  The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

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Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

Doug Jones, a Democrat has won the Alabama Senate race against Republican Roy Moore.  Alabama has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in 25 years.  Jones’ win reduces the GOP’s control of the United States Senate from 52 to 51.  

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Polo Woman and Unborn Child Die in Traffic Crash

On December 11th at 3:45 p.m. Ogle County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Illinois Rt. 26 and Edgewood Road for a two vehicle crash with multiple injuries. It was learned that a 2013 Dodge sedan was traveling north on Illinois Rt. 26 when the vehicle lost control due to the snow covered roadway, it then entered the south bound lane of traffic causing a 2008 GMC pickup truck driven by Dan Ditzler age 29 of Polo, to collide with the passenger side of the Dodge. The three occupants -27 year old Daryl Johnson, 26 year old Sarah Johnson, and 3 year old Kylia Johnson- who were inside the Dodge were extricated from the vehicle and transported to KSB Hospital for serious injuries.  Sarah Johnson was pronounced dead by the Lee County Coroner.   She was pregnant and the baby died as a result of the crash.  Daryl and Kylia Johnson were both transported to Rockford Hospitals.  Dan Ditzler along with a 7 month old female, 2 year old female and 5 year old male was transported to KSB for minor injuries.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Polo Fire Department, Polo Police Department, State Police, IDOT, Dixon Rural Fire Department and CGH Ambulance. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

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Meurer Family Builds Pig Barn for the Next Generation

The Dave Meurer family recently constructed a new 2,400 head wean-to- finish
barn near Ashton, IL. The IL Livestock Development Group (ILDG) and the Illinois Pork
Producers Association (IPPA) coordinated an Open House to welcome friends, neighbors, and
community members. A ribbon cutting ceremony commenced the opening of the barn, and a pork chop lunch was
provided to attendees, prepared by the Lee County Pork Producers. The open house took place
before pigs arrive to ensure ample time for the barn to be deep cleaned and ready for their
arrival. In his welcome address, Dave Meurer emphasized the purpose of this pig barn is to provide
opportunity for the next generation of Meurers: his children. Specifically, their son Levi will be
returning to the farm after college to further pursue a career in the pork industry.
The Meurer family is a true example of the Illinois Pork Producer Association’s tagline: Generations of
Commitment. “The future of our industry lays in the hands of future generations of pig farmers. We are
proud to see the Meurer family preparing in such a way,” says Jenny Jackson, Director of
Communications for IPPA. Modern pig barns include numerous advancements in
technology. The pigs will have feed and water access all hours of the day, thanks to automatic feed systems
located in each pen. Ventilation is controlled throughout the barn keeping pigs cool and comfortable
through the warm months and, alternatively, warm in the winter. Layers of air filters and “cool cell pads” act
of air conditioning during the summer. The new barn will also add to the local tax base by contributing taxes to the county and local roads, school district and other local taxing districts. The construction and operation created
economic development for local businesses and provided job opportunities. Annually, the pigs
will consume approximately 45,000 bushels of corn and approximately 10,000 bushels of
soybeans.

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Craft and Vendor Show at Immanuel Lutheran on Saturday

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls was the site for a Craft and 
Vendor Fair hosted by the church’s youth group. The event included a 
wide variety of baked goods, hand crafted items, walking tacos, and raffles. 
The fair was held on Saturday and our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Bridget 
and Kurt Daniels about the unique name they use for their business as well 
as other vendors and organizers at this event…..
 
To hear audio click here
 
Anyone interested in donating to the group can contact the church at 
815-625- 3575

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SBM Has New President and CEO

SBM announces that they have a new President & CEO, Shannon Richter. Two of SBM’s owners, former President/CEO Wendy Johnson and General Manager Rod Johnson, sold their part of SBM to the remaining owners, Vice-President Herb Richter and new President/CEO Shannon Richter.   Herb and Shannon have been married for 23 years and have 2 children. Shannon is an active ambassador with the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and a committee member of the Chamber's Annual Golf Outing as well as Sterling's Seasonal Sights & Sounds Committee.   SBM is a privately-owned company that was established by Wendelin Richter in 1954.

 

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The Clever Clover 4-H Club in Lanark is hoping the Community will help fill the branches of their First Aid Giving Tree located at the Lanark Pharmacy Center, 102 N Broad St

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…How may we fill your Branches…

 

The Clever Clover 4-H Club in Lanark is hoping the Community will help fill the branches of their First Aid Giving Tree located at the Lanark Pharmacy Center, 102 N Broad St.  All items will be given to the Lanark/Shannon Food Pantry. 4-H members have donated items which are hanging on the tree.  If anyone in the community would like to donate items to the giving tree they may drop them off at the Lanark Pharmacy Center during their business hours: M-F 9-5:30 pm and Saturday 9-Noon. The tree will be up till the first of the year. The following items are needed: Band Aids, Ibuprofen, Antibiotic Cream, Allergy Cream, Ensure, Alcohol wipes, Toilet paper, Shampoo, Soap and Chapstick. Thank you for helping during this holiday season.

 

Pictured are Clever Clover members L to R: Front Row John & Ryan Morgan, Brianna Spoerlein. Top Row: John Spoerlein.  

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Peru Illinois Doctor Admits to Trading Pills for Cash and Sex

A northern Illinois doctor has pleaded guilty to charges he illegally gave medication including opioids to patients in exchange for sex or cash, according to Associated Press Reports. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said Monday that 66-year-old Constantino Perales of Peru, Illinois pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. The crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $ 1 million fine. Pierales admitted he dispensed opioids and other drugs to three patients in exchange for sex between 2011 and 2013. The plea agreement states Perales knew the patients were addicted to the pills. Perales also admitted he prescribed drugs to a man from Sandwich, in 2013 knowing the man would sell the pills illegally. Perales is scheduled to be sentenced March 22nd.

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Illinois Launches Opioid Hotline

The State of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction, according to the A/P. Gov. Bruce Rauner and members of the state's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced the creation of the phone line Tuesday morning. State officials say anyone affected by opioid addiction can call for confidential assistance. The helpline has trained specialists who can connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services. The statewide helpline is available at (833-234-6343). It is funded through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Governor Rauner says the goal is to "combat further drug overdose tragedies." State data show that nearly 1,950 people died from opioid overdoses last year in Illinois. Rauner signed an executive order earlier this year creating the opioid task force. 

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Lincoln Manahan Home in Sterling

We have all had someone crash on our couch from time to time, but rarely has that person become president of the United States. The late Sheriff Manahan of Sterling can lay claim to the fact that on July 18, 1856 Abraham Lincoln spent the night on his sofa. The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society worked hard to restore the Lincoln-Manahan home to replicate as it was when Lincoln slept there. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Peggy Albert about the home...

 

Click Here For Audio 

 

For more information please check out their website at:

 

srfhs.com

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Lincoln Manahan Home in Sterling

We have all had someone crash on our couch from time to time, but rarely has that person become president of the United States. The late Sheriff Manahan of Sterling can lay claim to the fact that on July 18, 1856 Abraham Lincoln spent the night on his sofa. The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society worked hard to restore the Lincoln-Manahan home to replicate as it was when Lincoln slept there. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Peggy Albert about the home...

 

Click Here For Audio 

 

For more information please check out their website at:

 

srfhs.com

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On This Day In History: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Today Marks the 76th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base located at, what was then the United State's territory, of Hawaii. The bombing killed over 2,300 Americans and began the United State's entry into World War Two. President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7th, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." Please take a moment to honor all the Veterans of World War Two. The brave Veterans of this war saved the world from tyranny. 

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Explosion in Lee County

On December 5, 2017, at approximately 9:02 a.m., Lee County Emergency Telecommunication Center received a 911 emergency call reporting an explosion with fire visible in a field northeast of the intersection of Nachusa Road and Route 38 in Lee County, Illinois. This is what was said at the press conference held yesterday at Lee County Sheriff's Office....

 

To hear audio click here

 

The victims from yesterday’s tragic accident have been identified as follows: Deceased: Rory Miller, age 59 of Amboy Ryan S. Miller, age 30 of Oregon Critical Condition at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford: Michael Koster, age 20 of Sterling Treated and Released from St. Anthony’s: Kyler Acklund, age 20 of West Brooklyn Additionally> IL. 38 was re-opened for travel late yesterday afternoon. I would like to thank the Illinois Department of Transportation for their assistance in controlling traffic at the onset of the incident. The incident remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal, Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Illinois State Police, Lee County Coroner and Lee County Sheriff’s Office. 

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29 th Annual Christmas Ceremony for POW-MIA's

The 29 th Annual POW/MIA’s Christmas Tree Vigil was held on Saturday night at
Veteran’s Memorial Park in Dixon. This ceremony was sponsored by the Rock River
Chapter of VietNow. The theme was “I’ll Be Home for Christmas, If only
in my Dreams” The group lit a bulb for each missing Illinois Veteran and
bulbs for those missing from the Korean Conflict and World War II. The tree will
remain lit as a reminder that not everyone makes it home for Christmas throughout the
Christmas Season. After reciting the names of those Illinois Soldiers who are still
either POW’s or Missing in Action. and Vietnam Veteran, Rich Saunders, led the
ceremony………
 
To hear audi click here
 
Check out our Facebook page to see photos from this touching ceremony that reminds
us the price our brave military men and women pay to protect our freedom.

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1850's Christmas At Lincoln-Manahan Home in Sterling

On July 18, 1856 Abraham Lincoln spent the night at Sheriff Manahan’s home in
Sterling. The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society worked hard to restore it as it was
when Lincoln came to Sterling to make a political speech. This past weekend the
Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society hosted an “1850’s Christmas Open House” in
the home and had activities at the Lincoln Learning Center adjacent to the home. Our
Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Peggy Albert who helped organize this event……..
 
To hear audio click here
 
For more information on the home please check out their website at:
srfhs.com

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Lincoln-Manahan Home Christmas Open House

The Lincoln-Manahan Home will have an open house from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  You can tour the home where Abrham Lincoln slept which is decorated for Christmas in 1850's style.  Go next door to the Lincoln Learning Center for: crafts, music, and Cndlelite Caroling.  This event is sponsored by the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society.

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Dixon Police Department Seeks Help in Identifying Suspect

The Dixon Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in the investigation of a burglary to a local business in Dixon.    On August 19, 2017, at approximately 4:09 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Town and Country restaurant, 1135 North Galena Avenue.  During the course of the investigation it was learned an unknown subject forced entry into the business and took an undisclosed amount of currency.  The Dixon Police Department recently was able to obtain an image of the possible suspect.   The Dixon Police Department is eliciting assistance from the public in an effort to learn the identity of the subject(s) involved.  Citizens are urged to contact the Dixon Police Department with any information concerning this burglary.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Dixon Police Department at 288-4411 or Ogle-Lee Crimestoppers at 1-888-CAUGHT U (1-888-228-4488).  Crimestoppers will give a reward of up to $1000.00 with information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for these acts. 

 

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29th Annual Christmas Ceremony for POW-MIA's Tonight in Dixon

The 29th Annual POW/MIA’s Christmas Tree Vigil will be held on Saturday night at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Dixon.  The theme is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas, If only in my Dreams”   The group will light a red bulb for each missing Illinois Veteran and bulbs for those missing from the Korean Conflict and World War II.   The tree will remain lite as a reminder that not everyone makes it home for Christmas.   The schedule is as follows:

 

7:00 p.m.  Reading of the names of MIA and POW soldiers from the Korean Conflict and World War II.  Then their bulbs will be lighted.

 

7:15 p.m.  The “Remembrance Table” which represents a family’s feelings about facing an empty chair during the holidays when their soldier is a POW or MIA.

 

7:20 p.m.  Lighting of the POW-MIA Christmas Tree, Candlelight Ceremony, and candle presentation to audience members who will sing Christmas Carols in honor of the missing soldiers. 

 

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Congresswoman Bustos Votes in Favor of Brownfield Program Reauthorization, Which Passed House Today

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted in favor of H.R. 3017, theBrownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act. The bill reauthorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) brownfields program through the 2022 Fiscal Year at its current funding level of $250 million per year. It also allows the EPA to provide additional funds to help small, rural and disadvantaged communities prepare for cleanups and access the brownfields program. The bill passed by a vote of 409-8.

 

“The brownfields program has invested millions of dollars in our communities and has some great success stories,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “There are plenty of sites ready to be cleaned up and repurposed in towns big and small. Whether it’s the waterfront civic center in Moline, the Barber-Colman factory campus in Rockford, or the riverfront in Rock Falls, we’ve seen this program’s positive results across our region. This vote was a no-brainer and will lead directly to economic opportunity for the hardworking families of northwestern and central Illinois.”

 

Brownfields are sites where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of the property may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance. Types of brownfields include inactive factories, gas stations, salvage yards, or abandoned warehouses. These sites drive down property values, provide little or no tax revenue, and contribute to community blight. There are estimated to be 450,000 to one million brownfield sites in the United States.

 

According to the EPA, the brownfields program leverages $16.11 per dollar expended from the federal brownfields program, and creates 8.5 jobs for every $100,000 of EPA brownfields funds expended.

 

More information on brownfields in Illinois is available from the Illinois EPA here.

 

Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which shares jurisdiction over the brownfields program with the Energy and Commerce Committee

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Congresswoman Bustos helps introduce legislation to end secret taxpayer funded sexual harassment settlements

Taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for members of Congress to sweep their own bad behavior under the rug”

 

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she helped introduce theCongressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act. This legislation would prevent taxpayers from paying for congressional sexual harassment claims – instead the onus would fall on the perpetrators. This bill would also prohibit non-disclosure agreements in Congressional sexual harassment cases - these agreements have prevented many of the victims in the news from making their stories public. This bipartisan legislation was introduced in light of news that the Congressional Office of Compliance has made more than $17 million in secret settlement payouts since the 1990s with virtually no transparency.

 

“Taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for members of Congress to sweep their own bad behavior under the rug,” Congresswoman Cheri Bustos said. “I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t been impacted by sexual harassment or discrimination in one way or another, but this is a moment when we are standing together to say no more. I’m proud to support this bipartisan effort to protect taxpayers, hold sexual harassers accountable and stand up for victims.

 

“In the coming days, I look forward to announcing another initiative I have been working on for months to address the problem of sexual harassment in workplaces across our nation.”

 

The Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act would overhaul the secret taxpayer-funded system that is currently used to settle harassment claims.

 

The bill would:

 

·         Prohibit the use of public funds to pay settlements or awards for sexual harassment or assault claims;

 

·         Require the Office of Compliance to disclose all previously made payments on its website; (the name of the victim is expressly prohibited from being disclosed);

 

·         Require perpetrators to reimburse the taxpayers with interest;
 

·         Prohibit nondisclosure agreements as a precondition to initiate procedures to address sexual harassment or assault claims; and
 

·         Permit victims of sexual harassment or assault to make public statements about their claim, regardless of any previously signed nondisclosure agreement.

 

 

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Lee County Health Department Well-Woman Program

The saying that “Early Detection Save Lives” is especially true in diagnosis of breast and cervical cancer. Regular mammograms in women over the age of 40 can find very early breast cancer when treatment is much easier and more effective. Although breast cancer does occur in younger women, as a woman gets older her chances of 

developing breast cancer become greater. Monthly breast self-exam, a yearly check-up from a medical provider and a yearly mammogram are all-important to saving lives from breast cancer. Regular Pap tests can find early cervical cancer when it can be completely cured. If cost is a problem, call the Well Woman Program. FREE mammograms and Pap tests for women, ages 40-64, which do not have insurance for these important tests, can be provided by well woman of Northwest Illinois (Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program). Call today for more information (815) 284-3371 or 866-590-8499.

 

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Lee County Health Department December 2017 Activities

The Lee County Health Department is sponsoring several area clinics: WIC Clinic, Lee County Health Department, Monday through Friday, by appointment only.   WIC Nutritional Education and Coupon Pick?up, Lee County Health Department, Wednesday Dec. 6th &  Wednesday Dec. 20th.   For future dates, please contact the Lee County Health Department at (815) 284-3371.

 

Immunization Clinics by appointment only at Lee County Health Department:

 

Friday Dec. 1 2017

Tuesday Dec. 5 2017

Thursday Dec. 7 2017

Tuesday Dec. 12 2017

Friday Dec. 15 2017

Tuesday Dec. 19 2017

Thursday Dec. 28 2017

Friday Dec. 29 2017

 

Blood Pressure Clinics:

 

Amboy Food Pantry Wednesday Dec. 20 2017 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

McReynolds Tower Wednesday Dec. 20 2017 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

Family Planning Services (including a variety of contraceptive methods) are provided for females and males at the Lee County Health Department. In addition to our female nurse practitioner, we also have a male physician available. Please call (815) 284-3371 for appointments Monday through Friday, 8:00 ? 4:30 pm

We are able to bill the following insurance companies for Family Planning services: Aetna, Auxiant, BCBS of Illinois, Cigna, Coventry, Health Alliance, HFN, Humana, United Health Care as well as Medicaid and Meridian.

 

STD/HIV Clinics for men and women held weekly (urine/blood test). We offer Rapid HIV testing and Rapid Hepatitis C testing with results in 30 minutes. Call for appointments at (815) 284-3371

 

 

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The Krogman Family of Shannon Starts Their Farming Career with Pigs

Chad and Julia Krogman are recently new to the Shannon area, and new to pig farming. Along with their three young sons, the Krogman Family has constructed a new 2,450 head wean-to-finish pig barn. The IL Livestock Development Group (ILDG) and the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) coordinated an Open House to welcome them to the pork industry.   When introducing himself, Chad said “We’ve been married 8 years and desire a farm lifestyle for our family where we can work together as husband and wife and build a legacy to pass on to our three sons.” In 2015, the Krogman family moved to the Shannon community and were able to find a farmstead with an existing pig barn. They began custom feeding pigs in that barn, but quickly desired to build a new barn.

 

Chad continues to say, “We enjoy raising and caring for livestock and the environment. As first-generation farmers, we see raising hogs as an opportunity to work into an agricultural realm that is very capital intense. We feel blessed to have the opportunity to pursue our goals in agriculture and desire to be good stewards of what we’ve been given.”

 

The Krogman family cuts a ribbon to signify the opening of a new 2,450 head pig barn during an open house on Wednesday. Pictured are Chad & Julia Krogman, with sons Hezekiah (4), Titus (2), Brayden (6 mo).

A ribbon cutting ceremony commenced the opening of the barn, and a pork chop lunch was provided to attendees. The open house took place before pigs arrive to ensure ample time for the barn to be deep cleaned and ready for their arrival. This barn will receive its first load of piglets in the coming week. Pigs will come in at approximately 12 pounds and live here until they reach market weight of around 280 pounds. This will take place in a 6-month period.

 

Thank you to the following sponsors: Eastland Feed & Grain, First State Bank Shannon Polo Lake Carroll, IL Livestock Development Group, IL Pork Producers Association, Precision Structures Inc., Stephenson County Farm Bureau and Stephenson Service Company.

 

 

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Clinton Symphony Holiday Concert

Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s popular “Holidays with the Symphony” concert is Saturday December 9th in Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.  The orchestra will be joined this year by the Clinton High School Choirs to perform selections with the orchestra, and to lead the annual carol sing-along.  Conductor Brian Dollinger and the 50 musicians of the orchestra will open the concert with music prepared for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Christmas Eve, Sarajevo, describing a lone cellist playing Christmas carols in the midst of the Bosnian War.  Following will be a selection of popular Christmas songs, a musical version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas read by CHS choir director Karl Wolf, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and a festive polka by Johann Strauss, Jr.

The choirs will join the orchestra for Gustav Holst’s choral work Christmas Day, followed by the spiritual Way Down in Bethlehem, Leroy Anderson’s ever-popular Sleigh Ride, and a setting of Joy to the World by contemporary English composer John Rutter.  The audience will be invited to join with the choirs and orchestra for a sing-along of some of the most well-known Christmas carols to conclude the concert.  Full program notes on the music is available on the Symphony’s website at www.clintonsymphony.org Tickets are $15 for adults, and all students are admitted free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling. 

 

 

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State of Illinois prices $750 million in bonds

Today the State of Illinois priced $750 million in new money General Obligation bonds for 2018 capital expenditures. Bond proceeds will be used to fund major capital construction projects and finance information technology projects. 

 

The General Obligation bonds were priced competitively in two separate bids:

 

  • The $655,000,000 Series of December 2017A fixed-rate bonds with a final maturity in 2042 will be used to fund major capital construction projects. The 2017A bonds received eight bids and the bonds were awarded to Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a true interest cost of 4.33 percent.

 

  • The $95,000,000 Series of December 2017B fixed rate bonds with a final maturity in 2027 will be used to finance information technology projects. The 2017B bonds received 10 bids and the bonds were awarded to Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a true interest cost of 3.71 percent.

 

Today’s bond issue has an all-in borrowing cost for the combined series of 4.29 percent. The bonds are being issued as fully tax-exempt from federal taxation and are rated “BBB” by Fitch Ratings, “Baa3” by Moody’s Investors Service and “BBB-” by S&P Global.  

 

“We are very pleased with the strong response that the State received on today’s competitive bids,” said Scott Harry, director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. “These transactions will allow the State to move forward with funding to address essential capital and infrastructure needs at an attractive interest rate.”

 

 Chapman and Cutler LLP and Hardwick Law Firm LLC are acting as co-bond counsel for the State. Chapman and Cutler LLP is the State’s disclosure counsel. The State’s financial adviser for the transaction is Sycamore Advisors LLC.

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Countdown to Illinois Bicentennial

 

Students across Illinois showcase “Something to Learn About Illinois History”

 The start of the Illinois Bicentennial is only five days away and each day leading up to the kick off, the office of the Governor will share a winning entry in the Something to Learn About Illinois History video contest.

 

Today’s video is by Will Elliott of Lake Forest High School. His video tells the incredible story of John G. Shedd, a retail clerk at Marshall Field who rose through the ranks to succeed Field himself as President of the company. The aquarium he gave Chicago and bears his name is now housing 32,000 animals and hosts more than 2 million guests each year. 

 

Will Elliott’s video submission can be found here.

 

“The Bicentennial is all about showcasing the best of what has been born, built and grown in Illinois,” said Gov. Rauner. “The work of the young people who produced these videos is a tremendous display of talent and resourcefulness – Illinois style.”

 

A panel of five selected the winners after participants submitted self-made videos highlighting a fact, event, place, person or something to learn about Illinois history. High school and college students across the state were invited to participate. One hundred winners were selected, with each receiving two tickets to the matinee performance of “Hamilton” on Sunday, Dec. 3 — one of the day’s official kickoff events for the yearlong Illinois Bicentennial celebration.

 

Events leading up to the Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party on Dec. 3, 2018, will continue throughout the year. Additional information is available at www.Illinois200.com.

 

The Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial were created through an Executive Order signed Sept. 20, 2016, to lead the planning for the celebration of the state’s 200th anniversary.

 

JOIN THE CELEBRATION

Illinois Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unite statewide partners, events, and projects to commemorate the state’s 200th birthday. Partners and event and project managers planning activities between December 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018 can apply for endorsement to become an official part of Illinois Bicentennial. Visit the PARTICIPATE page at illinois200.com for more information.

 

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ISP Report

Illinois State Police District 1 announced enforcement figures for the recent

special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) wave conducted in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties.

 

Violation Enforcement Activity Occupant restraint citations 9

Driving under the influence arrests 0

Drug/alcohol-related arrests 2

Speeding citations 69

Speeding written warnings 27

Total citations/arrests 94

Total written warnings 58

 

Slowing down and observing the speed limit not only saves lives, but also saves on gas. Additionally, safety belts are proven to be the most effective safety devices in vehicles today and are estimated to save over 12,000 lives each year. The sTEP program involves a combination of increased enforcement and community education designed to raise public awareness and compliance with all traffic laws. A special emphasis was placed on speeding, failure to wear a safety belt, DUI, and other alcohol-related offenses in areas that experience the highest level of traffic problems. This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. 

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Gov. Rauner, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti hail enhanced screening procedures to combat opioid epidemic

 

Advancements in US Customs and Border Protection technology at O'Hare more effectively identify inbound international fentanyl packages

Improved detection capabilities and increased scrutiny of incoming packages will curb the influx of fentanyl and other deadly synthetic opioids entering the U.S. through the mail, Gov. Bruce Rauner said today while touring the Chicago International Mailing Facility (IMF).

 

The governor joined Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz in applauding new practices that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees are implementing at the Chicago IMF to stop the lethal cargo.

 

“There is great urgency to curb the spread of the opioid epidemic as more Illinoisans die each year from overdoses,” Rauner said. “These enhanced screening procedures will decrease the prevalence of opioids and fentanyl entering our communities. Collaboration amongst federal, state and local government is crucial to combat the projected increases in opioid-related deaths.”

 

The governor issued an Executive Order Sept. 6, 2017, creating the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. He appointed Sanguinetti to co-chair the task force with Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 

“As our task force moves rapidly to implement our Opioid Action Plan and curb the growing opioid overdose epidemic in Illinois, we are fortunate to have strong federal partners like U.S. Customs and Border Protection who are doing everything they can to keep deadly narcotics off our shores and out of our state,” Sanguinetti said. “This epidemic knows no neighborhood, no color and no class … it will take all of us working together to curb this deadly scourge.”

 

Nearly 2,000 Illinoisans died of opioid-related overdoses last year, and the Illinois Department of Public Health projects annual deaths will reach 2,700 by 2020 if nothing more is done to address the issue. Synthetics like fentanyl are fueling the rise in overdose deaths. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. A dose equivalent to three grains of salt is lethal for an average-sized person, health officials said.

 

Customs officials seized 82 fentanyl shipments at the Chicago International Mailing Facility (IMF) last year, the second highest number of seizures in the country after the New York IMF. Eighty-nine percent of the fentanyl packages seized at the Chicago IMF were from Hong Kong and China, the primary source of fentanyl in the United States.

 

Recently launched procedures at the Chicago IMF use Advanced Electronic Data (AED) to enhance screening capabilities. AED is another layer of protection that will help CBP officers effectively target and seize drug packages based on various characteristics. The data will build on other measures such as Gemini™ Analyzer technology that uses spectroscopy for quick and effective chemical identification in fentanyl-filled packages and K-9 units that are specially trained to detect opioids.

 

“We have a highly dedicated and committed group of CBP officers disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country,” said Matthew S. Davies, Chicago Area Port Director. “We will continue collaborating with our law enforcement partners to improve the efficiency of information sharing in order to identify trafficking trends and execute operations to keep these extremely dangerous drugs off the street.”

 

Last month, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

 

“The opioid crisis has negatively affected far too many citizens of this state,” Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz said. “It has robbed people of their futures, destroyed families, and has touched all aspects of society.

 

“The Illinois State Police is committed to working with our partners in law enforcement, other state agencies and community stakeholders to fight this epidemic,” he continued. “By working together as a team, we can stem the flow of opioids to our communities, educate our children on the dangers of addiction and hold those who violate the law accountable.”

 

The State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan can be found at http://dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Illinois-Opioid-Action-Plan-Sept-6-2017-FINAL.pdf

 

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Bustos Campaign Submits 2,578 petition signatures from all 14 counties in the 17th Congressional District

 

After winning all 14 counties in the district in 2016, Bustos continues momentum heading into 2018

 

Tuesday, November 28th  Rep. Cheri Bustos' Congressional campaign submitted 2,578 petition signatures which were collected from all 14 counties of the 17th Congressional District. Bustos, who won all 14 of those counties in the last election cycle, collected these signatures with the help of more than 70 volunteers who are supporting her fight to put hardworking families first.

 

“As we head into 2018, I’m honored to have such broad support from all 14 of the counties in the 17th Congressional District,” Congresswoman Cheri Bustos said. “I want to thank all of the volunteers who spent their weekends, evenings and spare hours helping me earn a spot on the ballot so I can continue serving the hardworking families of the 17th Congressional District. I look forward to continuing to take on the tough fights and get real results for the hardworking men and women who make our community a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

 

 

 

 

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Search and Rescue Dog

Man has used dogs in search and rescue, tracking, natural disasters, mass
casualty events, and in locating missing people for well over 300 years. All
humans, alive or dead, emit human scent that is carried by the wind and
well-trained canines are able to follow and track that specific scent to try to
locate the missing human, according to Search and Rescue Assist. Karen
Davis is a dog trainer and owner of K.D.K.9’s and she spoke with our
Tammy Nehrkorn……..
 
To hear audio click here
 
For information about Lee County Volunteer Corps please call them at 
815-284- 3371.

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Shop Small Sterling

Saturday was national “Shop Small Saturday” throughout the country. Illinois has an
estimated 1.2 million small businesses that employ roughly 2.4 million people
throughout the state. Many area small business participated in this event by having
special events and sales. The Twin city Farmer’s Market is made up of small local
businesses. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Chef Myra, at the market, on
Saturday……
 
To hear audio click here
 
Small businesses — defined as everything from sole proprietorships to companies
employing up to 499 people — employ 46 percent of Illinois’ private workforce. Further,
they comprise more than 98 percent of overall Illinois businesses, according to the
2017 Illinois Small Business Profile produced by the U.S. Small Business
Administration.

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Dixon Police Report

Peter Powers, age 29, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 400 block of East First Street on November 21st, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., for a Lee County Domestic Battery Warrant.  Powers was processed and taken to Lee County Jail.

 

Benjamin Nelson, age 28, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 300 block of South Dement Avenue on November 21st, 2017, at 1:40 p.m., for a Lee County Failure to Appear Warrant. Nelson was released after posting bond with a Lee County court date.

 

Rachel Quaco, age 22, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 600 block of East Graham Street on November 26th, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., for a Lee County Failure to Appear Warrant. Quaco was released after posting bond with a Lee County court date.

 

All subject are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Carole J. Lechman Located

Whiteside County Deputies responded to the report of Carole J. Lechman, age 54 of Sterling, was missing.  Due to the circumstances, Whiteside County was assisted by the Sterling Police Department, Sterling Fire/EMS, Rock Falls Fire/EMS, Rock Falls Police Department, Illinois State Police, Tampico Search and Rescue, CGH EMS and the Morrison Fire Department.  After a collaborative search, Carole was located and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment

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United States Navy Identifies 3 Airmen Still Missing

Today the United States Navy released the names of three airmen that have been missing since a transport plane carrying them to an aircraft carrier went down in the Pacific Ocean.  The men are:

 

Lt. Steven Combs of Florida,

Airman Matthew Chialastri of Louisiana

Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso, of Florida 

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The Rock Falls Public Library will be hosting a Black Friday Drop-in "Make and Take" Craft Project on Friday,

The Rock Falls Public Library will be hosting a Black Friday Drop-in “Make and Take” Craft Project on Friday, November 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Drop in anytime between 10:00-1:00 for $1.00 craft projects. They will have Christmas tree wine corks, wine glass decorating, and more! Each project is just $1.00. These projects will make great gifts! Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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32nd Annual Prophetstown Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday

 

Prophetstown will be hosting it’s 32nd annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday November 25th.   Events begin at 3:00 p.m. with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Prophetstown Fire Department.  The Mason’s will be having their annual Chili Supper from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the fire station.  They will also have: a live Nativity scene, face painting, train rides, carriage rides, and live music.  They will light the Love Light Tree at 5:30 p.m.  The parade begins at 6:30 p.m.   

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Senator Anderson's Office to hold office hours in Sterling

District staff from the office of State Sen. Neil Anderson will host traveling office hours December 6th  and 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Sterling City Hall (212 3rd Ave.). Staff will be available to take citizen’s concerns, answer questions, and provide information on several issues. Appointments are not required.

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Six Family Members Parish in House Fire Early Tuesday Morning

 

At approximately 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21st, the Ogle County 911 Center received a 911 call from Ethan Shaw, age 17, stating he was trapped in his basement bedroom, which was filling with smoke.  Dixon Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched along with mutual aid from Dixon City, Franklin Grove, Sterling, Ashton, Oregon, Polo and Mount Morris Fire Departments along with Advance Ambulance.  When first responders arrived on scene the two story residential structure was fully engulfed.  Once the fire was extinguished, six victims were located in the residence, one on the second floor, four on the first floor and one in the basement.  Autopsies conducted today revealed Timothy Shaw age 39, Melissa Shaw age 37, Ethan Shaw age 17, LeAnne Shaw age 15, Hailey Shaw age 12, and Dylan Shaw age 11, all died from smoke inhalation.  The initial investigation conducted by the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal do not indicated any evidence of foul play; the investigation continues to determine a cause of the fire. 

 

 

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Dixon Police Investigated a Message of a Threat at Dixon High School on Monday

The Dixon Police Department and the Dixon Public School District conducted an investigation regarding a message of a threatening nature that was discovered in a boy’s bathroom at Dixon High School on on Monday, November 20, 2017.    The message was reported to school officials around 10:00 a.m., at which time the administration along with the school resource officer from the Dixon Police Department began interviewing students.  The person responsible was identified and confessed to the incident.  

 

The Dixon Police Department and Dixon Public School District are treating the matter seriously, and the threat is not credible.  The administration and school resource officer were quickly able to determine the students and staff at the Dixon High School were never in any danger.  The person responsible is a juvenile and discipline is being handled by the school district.  There is also the potential of criminal charges being lodged against the juvenile.

 

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is encouraged to contact the Dixon Police Department at 288-4411 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CAUGHT-U (1-888-228-4488).  Callers do not have to leave their names and are eligible for rewards of up to $1000.00 with information leading to an arrest.

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Seasonal Sights and Sounds

Friday night the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Sterling
Mainstreet hosted the annual Seasonal Sights and Sounds Christmas Walk
in Sterling. The event included many special open houses and activities at
businesses throughout Sterling to celebrate the holiday season. Golden
Key Gifts in Sterling was hosting an open house on Friday evening.
Penny and Terry Bright are the owners of Golden Key Gifts and
our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Terry Bright on Friday night…….
 
To hear audio click here
 
The Twin Cities Christmas parade that was slated to be held on Saturday,
had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather.

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Hometown Holidays

The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce’s 30 th annual Hometown Holidays
Events were held in Rock Falls this past weekend with some modifications
being made due to the inclement weather. Many of the activities normally
held outside throughout Rock Falls at the Christmas Walk on Friday night;
were moved to the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. The Children’s
Christmas Party with Santa was held at Merrill School in Rock Falls on
Saturday afternoon. Live reindeer stopped by the party to meet the
children before gearing up to pull Santa’s sleigh next month. Rick
Anderson helps Santa with the reindeer and he spoke with our Tammy
Nehrkorn on Saturday……
 
To hear audio click here
 
The Twin Cities Christmas parade that was slated to be held on Saturday,
had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather.

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John Booker Hosting Meet and Greet

John Booker will be hosting a Meet & Greet on Saturday, November 25 th at
the Lifetime of Caring Training Center located at 352 Washington Street in
Prophetstown, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. He is a candidate for Sheriff of
Whiteside County. The event will include Cookies, Hot Cocoa, Coffee, and
more. This event will be held during the 32 nd Annual Prophetstown
Lighted Christmas Parade.

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Phillips 27 v. Sterling 14...FINAL

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Gibson City 14 v. Newman 8...FINAL

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Holiday Parade Has Been Canceled

Due to inclement Weather, the Twin Cities Holiday Parade for Today in Sterling/Rock Falls has been Cancelled. Many of the parade entries had decided not to participate due to the weather . We apologize for any inconvenience. After discussion with the Sterling Police Department, Rock Falls Police Department, Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce and Sterling Main Street, it was decided this was the proper course of action.
 
The Childrens Party with Santa and the Reinder will STILL Be held at Merrill School in Rock Falls from 2:00pm-3:00pm.

 

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in Prophetstown Saturday Morning at 11:00 a.m.

SATURDAY IN PROPHETSTOWN: Congresswoman Bustos to deliver 1,000th Book from the Library of Congress’ Book Donation Program at the Henry C. Adams Memorial Library

 

On Saturday at 11:00 AM in Prophetstown, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will deliver donated books to the Henry C. Adams Memorial Library through the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program. The Library of Congress offers Congressional offices the ability to donate their surplus books to schools, public libraries, and qualified nonprofit institutions. This is the 20th Library of Congress book delivery Congresswoman Bustos has made across the 17thCongressional District. At this event, she will deliver the 1,000th donated book.

 

Library of Congress Book Drop at the Henry C. Adams Memorial Library in Prophetstown

 

Who: Congresswoman Bustos, Library Staff

What: Library of Congress Book Drop

When: Saturday, November 18th at 11:00 AM

Where: Henry C. Adams Memorial Library--209 W 3rd St., Prophetstown, IL

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U of I Extension Winter Programs

 

Share Your Life Story, Next Date Nov 20, 2017-Every Monday-2:00 pm- Post House Community Center, Dixon

Recording your life story, treasured memories, and special moments leaves a legacy for generations to come. This writing workshop will explore how to get started in sharing your life story and will include writing sessions and activities. Series is a continuation of the 2016 writing workshop and will continue until December 4; participation in past workshops is not required. Register online at go.illinois.edu/2017dixonwriting

 

Climate Reality Presentation, November 27, 2017- 6-7pm- Lee County Extension Office, Amboy

Climate Reality will be presented by Master Naturalist Mark Jordan. This presentation will focus on the current affects, impacts, and actions that can be taken to alleviate the consequences of a warming plant. Mark will show what others (people, governments at different levels and businesses) are doing to give reason to hope that we can successfully tackle this crisis. Register by November 24 at go.illinois.edu/climatereality

 

Wits Fitness, Next Date Nov 28-Monthly Workshop-10-11:30am-Sterling Public Library

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness

 

Whiteside 4-H Holiday STEAM Workshop, December 2, 2017-8:45am-Noon- New Life Church, Sterling

Come enjoy a day of homemade holiday crafts.  See registration and flier information at:

go.illinois.edu/HolidaySteam

 

Lee County 4-H Buddy Pizza Party, December 3, 2017- 5:30pm-Lee County Extension Office, Amboy

This is open to all 4-H’ers interested in participating in the 4-H Buddy Program. (first or second year members to be   mentored, and “seasoned” 4-H members) We will have pizza, talk about 4-H, and play some fun games. Please register online at go.illinois.edu/Lee4HBuddy

 

Let’s Live Well Series, December 5 at 10:30 am- Thomson Public Library  

Join the University of Illinois Extension for Let's Live Well, a series featuring timely, researched informed information on    

relevant topics to help you live well! The series continues with Stories From The Past-A Legacy for the Future on December 5. This workshop helps participants understand the history of storytelling and helps them explore ways to preserve individual and family stories for future generations.  Pre-registration is required by calling the library at 815-259-2480.

 

Lee County 4-H Beginner Sewing SPIN Club, Tuesday and Thursdays-December 5-21-6-8:30pm-Sewing By Deb, Dixon If you are new to sewing or have a limited skill base when it comes to sewing, this workshop is for you!

During this SPIN Club you will learn the art of sewing, using techniques needed for every sewing project. You will make a pillow with pockets and a hooded cape to wear or give as a gift! Register online at: go.illinois.edu/LeeSew

 

Holiday Evergreen Workshop, December 6- 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm- York Township Public Library, Thomson

 Join the Carroll County Master Gardeners learn which evergreens make the best decorations and last the longest.  Take home your own holiday swag, wreath, kissing ball or center piece. Ribbons supplied, but please bring any personal decorations to adorn your holiday piece. There is a $5 supply fee and limited registration is available so call the Thomson Library at 815-259-2480 to participate. Sign up for one time please.

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date December 7-10:30am- York Township Public Library,Thomson

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2

 

Health in All Policies, December 7, 2017- Noon-1PM, Online Webinar

Presented by Laura Kessel, SIU School of Medicine. According to the CDC, Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach that integrates and articulates health considerations into policymaking across sectors to improve the health of all communities and people. This presentation aims to describe the HiAP idea and give examples of ways in which local governments in Illinois could consider a HiAP approach when making decisions that impact the residents of their communities. Register online at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17213

 

LTC Webinar Series, Next Date December 13-2-3pm- At Home Webinar Series

Featuring three dynamic sessions presented by University of Illinois Extension Educators, the "LTC Webinar Series: Learning, Thinking, Caring" will provide you with helpful information and strategies to assist you in providing quality care to your clients. All sessions offered 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. No cost to participate! Participate individually or as a facility! CEU's available for a fee! Register online at: go.illinois.edu/2017LTC

 

4-H Quilting SPIN Club, Next Date December 16, 2017- 2-4 pm, Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mt. Carroll

A Quilting SPIN Club will meet monthly starting in October for ages 8-18 and run through April on Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll.  Three levels of quilting will be available and class size is limited to 12 participants. Register by calling the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444. Check out the flier for cost information: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/downloads/69407.pdf

 

Private Pesticide Applicator Test Only Site, January 18, 2018-10am– Loveland Community Building, Dixon

To become certified, you must pass a closed-book, 50 question examination administered by representatives of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Once passed, a three-year certification license will be issued by the IDA upon receipt of a licensing fee.  University of Illinois Extension Unit 4 will be hosting a TEST ONLY site on January 18, 2018 at 10:00am at the following location:  Loveland Community Building, 513 West 2nd St, Dixon IL. To register: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17448

 

Private Pesticide Applicator Test Only Site, January 25, 2018-10am– Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Mount Carroll

To become certified, you must pass a closed-book, 50 question examination administered by representatives of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Once passed, a three-year certification license will be issued by the IDA upon receipt of a licensing fee.  University of Illinois Extension Unit 4 will be hosting a TEST ONLY site on January 25 at 10:00am at the following location:  Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S Clay St., Mount Carroll, IL.  To Register:

https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=17447

 

 

 

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U of I Extension Programming in Carroll, Lee & Whiteside Counties

4-H’ers receive awards and volunteers recognized at annual recognition event

On November 11, Lee County 4-H members and volunteers gathered at the Lee County 4-H Center. After Lunch, The Lee County Extension Foundation hosted a silent dessert auction fundraiser to benefit the Lee County Extension programs. Many delicious items were auctioned off including an apple pie, cookies, a pecan pie and many more. Proceeds from the auction go towards scholarships given to outstanding 4-H’ers.

 

The Lee County 4-H Federation group hosted the Achievement portion of the event.  Throughout the year, 4-H members work hard in their clubs, communities, county and state.  Achievement night gives 4-H’ers the chance to be recognized for everything they have done.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

 

Results of Awards Ceremony:

Club Recognition of Excellence

Palmyra Hillbillies

Young Seekers

Wyoming Indians

Maytown Comets

 

Window Display (sponsored by Leffelman and Assoc.)

First place – Wyoming Indians

Second place – Sub-Let Indians

Third place – Dixon Wonder Workers

 

Jr. County Outstanding

Zac Rockwood

Hank Hickey

Sarah Zellers

Jenah Sims

Bethany Odle

Kaylin Bedford

 

Top Jr. County Outstanding

Samantha Zellers

Ethan Pratt

Rachel McCormick

Natalie Pratt

Sydney Thomas

Ben Rockwood

Addie Morley

Kelton Schwamberger

Sarah McCulloh

Lucas Odle

 

Top Jr. 4-H’er (Sponsored by the Jane Graettinger Memorial)

Samantha Zellers

 

Sr. County Outstanding

Alyssa Morley

Catherine Bloemker

Alyssa Gascoigne

Alyssa McCormick

Walter Barnickel

Samantha Rockwood

 

Top Sr. County Outstanding

Nicholas Hembrough

Lindsey Dewey

Molly Biggs

Cherith Bulfer

Madeline Prestegaard

Marie Barnickel

Amie Case

Timothy Bulfer

Addison Wetzel

Kayla McCormick

 

 

Top Sr. 4-H’er

Nicholas Hembrough

 

Communications

Natalie Pratt

 

Community Service

Alyssa McCormick

Nicholas Hembrough

 

Leadership

Kayla McCormick

Nicholas Hembrough

Jaynee Prestegaard

 

Personal Growth

Rachel McCormick

Benjamin Rockwood

 

Project Mastery

Amie Case

Ethan Pratt

Kelton Schwamberger

Samantha Rockwood

Addison Wetzel

Madeline Prestegaard

Eric Hembrough

 

I Dare You Award

Nicholas Hembrough

 

Top Secretary

Alyssa Gascoigne of Young Seekers

Honorable Mention: Thomas Koski of  Palmyra Hillbillies

 

Top Treasurer

Claire Coffman of Grove Go Getters

Honorable Mention: Marie Barnickel of Wyoming Indians

 

Top Scrapbook

Lindsey Dewey of Young Seekers

Cherith Bulfer of Palmyra Hillbillies

 

Tenured 4-H’ers

Adam Mairs

Anna Hilleson

Calista Kern-Lyons

Cassidy Koning

Eric Hembrough

Lindsey Dewey

Mackenzie Wolf

Nathan Shaddick

Walter Barnickel

 

4-H Holiday S.T.E.A.M. Workshop

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Would you like your child to experience more about these areas as they relate to the holidays?   If so, come and join the University of Illinois Extension for the 4-H Holiday STEAM Workshop for ALL youth 8 to 14 and a Cloverbud STEAM session for youth ages 5 to 7!  These workshops will be held at the New Life Lutheran Church, 702 West Lynn Boulevard, Sterling on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 8:45am – Noon. The fee for this workshop is $20.00 per child. To register for this workshop please visit go.illinois.edu/HolidaySteam or for more information call the office 815-632-3611.

Pre-registration is appreciated by November 27, 2017. Space is limited so register today.  It’s first come, first serve when registering for sessions.

 

Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener

If you are interested in attending a Master Gardener Training in 2018 please fill out the survey located at go.illinois.edu/MGtrainingsurvey and your local Extension Staff will contact you with further information.  A location, times and dates will be determined from this survey.  Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and have a passion (or interest) for plants. You can become a Master Gardener if you are 18 years or older, willing to learn about horticulture and share this knowledge with others, and volunteer your time back to educational programming coordinated through your local Extension office.  For more information contact, Susan O’Connor at the Carroll County Extension office at 815-244-9444 or Liz Sosa at the Ogle County Extension Office at 815-732-2191.

 

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John Booker will host "Meet & Greet" in Prophetstown

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Change in Location for Some Hometown Holiday Activities In Rock Falls

 

 

As the weather forecast shifts around, the Rock Falls Chamber has stepped up with new plans to help keep Rock Falls Hometown Holidays Christmas Walk attendees toasty and dry regardless of what the weather decides to do.  “While weather forecasts can fluctuate, festive fun is always in the forecast for Hometown Holidays,” says Bethany Bland, President/CEO.  “We are fortunate to have a community that cares and loves this traditional event.  As Hometown Holidays celebrates its thirtieth year of family friendly fun, volunteers, businesses, leaders, and non-profits have stepped up in big ways to ensure the event will be successful and magical.”  Due to a generous offer from Rock Falls United Methodist Church the following schedule changes have been made to the Rock Falls Christmas Walk on 11/17.  All of the following activities will be hosted inside the church.

 

 

-          5:30pm – Love Light Ceremony

-          6:10pm – Rock Falls High School Choir Performance

-          6-8pm – Unique vendor booths, carolers, and activities

-          6-7:30pm – Santa visits and festive photo booth

-          8:00pm - $1,500 Give-away by Santa himself!

 

 

All other traditional activities including live reindeer, wagon rides, and tons of unique entertainment, give-aways, and fun at open houses will take place at their regularly scheduled times (6-8pm) and locations.  Maps, schedules, give-away details, and more can be found online at www.rockfallschamber.com/hometownholidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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28th Annual Festival of Trees

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Change in Location for Some Hometown Holiday Activities In Rock Falls

 

As the weather forecast shifts around, the Rock Falls Chamber has stepped up with new plans to help keep Rock Falls Hometown Holidays Christmas Walk attendees toasty and dry regardless of what the weather decides to do.  “While weather forecasts can fluctuate, festive fun is always in the forecast for Hometown Holidays,” says Bethany Bland, President/CEO.  “We are fortunate to have a community that cares and loves this traditional event.  As Hometown Holidays celebrates its thirtieth year of family friendly fun, volunteers, businesses, leaders, and non-profits have stepped up in big ways to ensure the event will be successful and magical.”

Due to a generous offer from Rock Falls United Methodist Church the following schedule changes have been made to the Rock Falls Christmas Walk on 11/17.  All of the following activities will be hosted inside the church.

-          5:30pm – Love Light Ceremony

-          6:10pm – Rock Falls High School Choir Performance

-          6-8pm – Unique vendor booths, carolers, and activities

-          6-7:30pm – Santa visits and festive photo booth

-          8:00pm - $1,500 Give-away by Santa himself!

All other traditional activities including live reindeer, wagon rides, and tons of unique entertainment, give-aways, and fun at open houses will take place at their regularly scheduled times (6-8pm) and locations.  Maps, schedules, give-away details, and more can be found online at www.rockfallschamber.com/hometownholidays.

 

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Fibre Optics For The City Of Rock Falls

An optical fiber is a flexible, transparent fiber made by drawing glass (silica) or plastic to a diameter slightly thicker than that of a human hair. Optical fibers are used most often as a means to transmit light between the two ends of the fiber and find wide usage in fiber-optic communications, where they permit transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths (data rates) than wire cables. I talked to Rock Falls Mayor Wescott about the new fiber optics project for the city.

 

To hear audio click here

 

Mayer Wescott said it’s the employees that make it all possible.

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Garden Plain Road Will Be Closed Due to Railroad Repairs

Union Pacific Railroad will be replacing a defective rail line on one the railroad crossing located on Garden Plain Road in Morrison.   Garden Plain Road will be closed through from November 20th though November 22nd.   

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House Passes National Defense Bill that Congresswoman Bustos helped negotiate

 

Bustos served on the Conference Committee that pounded out the final version of this year’s defense bill

 

Bustos included several of her key priorities in this year’s defense bill to strengthen the Rock Island Arsenal, provide our troops with the tools they need to succeed and ensure a bright future for Illinois’ aerospace and logistics industries

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos proudly voted for the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which she helped negotiate over the last month. In October, Congresswoman Bustos was appointed to serve on the NDAA’s bipartisan Conference Committee which consisted of Members from the House and Senate. Together, they negotiated the final version of the bill which passed the House today and is headed to the Senate.

 

In this process, Bustos successfully included several provisions that will help ensure a steady supply of work for the Rock Island Arsenal, shore up our aerospace and logistics industries and reduce government waste – all while providing our brave men and women in the field with a pay raise and the tools they need to succeed.

 

“Over the last month, I proudly worked across party lines to deliver a National Defense bill that strengthens our military capabilities while ensuring that hardworking Illinoisans will continue playing a crucial role in our national security,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “In particular, I was pleased to include provisions that will make it easier for the Rock Island Arsenal to lease excess space and establish new ‘make or buy’ guidelines that will help direct more work to military facilities like the Arsenal so we can create more good-paying jobs. I also successfully included my bill to cut government waste by enforcing accountability and oversight in the use of government charge cards so we can do a better job protecting taxpayers. We also included funding for upgrades to C-130 planes, like the ones that fly out of the Peoria National Guard base, and made sure that there will continue to be real opportunities for our aerospace and logistics industries. I am especially proud that we did all of this while providing our troops with a pay raise and preventing another round of base closures in the coming year.

 

“I want to thank Illinois and Iowa’s Senators as well as Reps. Loebsack, Bordallo and Meadows for working with me along the way to make this such a strong defense bill for our troops as well as the hardworking men and women across the heartland.”

 

Below are several of the provisions Congresswoman Bustos worked to include in the NDAA:

 

  • A Requirement for the Secretary of the Army to establish guidance on the process for conducting make-or-buy analyses for Army needs, including the use of arsenals and the organic industrial base. The Government Accountability Office determined that this was a necessary step to ensure that the Department of Defense appropriately considers arsenals to manufacture the equipment our warfighters need.
  • Requirements for the Department of Defense to certify that no usable space is available on existing military installations like the Arsenal before leasing space with rent costs exceeding $750,000 annually or purchasing new space valued at more than $750,000 total.
    • This is the text of Rep. Bustos’ DOD Check Before You Rent Act.
  • Extension of the authority for the local commands at arsenals, depots and ammunition plants to approve leases for underutilized space on their own installations.
  • Rep. Bustos’ Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel CardsAct of 2017 was also included in its entirety.
    • The bill would establish federal-wide charge card analysis and oversight, help agencies share best practices and support efforts to use strategic sourcing to get better rates on purchases made across multiple agencies.

 

The NDAA also includes the following provisions:

 

  • Raises military pay by 2.4%;
  • Funding for modernization and necessary upgrades to C-130 cargo planes like those flown out of the Peoria Air National Guard base;
  • Prohibits the planning or execution of a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round in FY18;
  • Increases the size of the active Army by 7,500, the Army National Guard by 500, the Army Reserve by 500 and the Marine Corps by 1,000, fulfilling the administration’s request;
  • Requires strategies to understand Russia’s strategic objectives and to counter Russian influence;
  • Strengthens US cybersecurity posture and strengthens Congressional oversight of cyber warfare capabilities;
  • Supports critical upgrades in missile defense;
  • Specifically prohibits the nonconsensual sharing of intimate images in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a response to the Marines United scandal;
  • Expands sexual trauma counseling and treatment for members of the reserves;
  • Authorizes funding for 3,500 Special Immigration Visas for Afghan nationals aiding our military efforts in that country;
  • Requires the President to report on the legal and policy justification for military action under the existing authorizations of the use of military force (AUMFs);
  • Requires a study on safe opioid prescribing practices for the military;
  • Funds the purchase of additional F/A-18s and F-35s;
  • Extends survivor benefits for widows by permanently extending the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance.

 

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SBA approves assistance request for Lake, McHenry, Cook flood victims

Businesses, homeowners can apply for low-interest, long-term loans

 

Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in northeastern Illinois recover from severe storms and floods that occurred July 11-27.

Those impacted by the floods in Lake and the contiguous Illinois counties of Cook and McHenry are now eligible to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.

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Booker Meet and Greet

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Rock Falls Hometown Holidays Starts Thursday

Rock Falls will be celebrating the 30 th anniversary of their annual
Hometown Holidays. This year the event is kicked off by Holiday Bingo at
the Rock Falls American Legion on Thursday and continues through
Saturday the 18 th with many activities. Our Tammy Nehrkorn
spoke with Bethany Bland the C.E.O and Executive Director of the Rock
Falls Chamber of Commerce about Hometown Holidays…..
 
To hear audio click here
 
You can go to the Rock Falls Chamber at www.rockfallschamber.com
for more information on Hometown Holidays.

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