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City of Rock Falls Cancels Meeting

The City of Rock Falls announces that the Industrial Development Commission Meeting slated for Thursday, June 21st at 4:00 p.m. has been cancelled. 

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Sheriff Simonton Issues "NO WAKE" Ordinance on Rock River

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton has announced that the “NO WAKE” ordinance will be in effect in Lee County for the Rock River, beginning tomorrow, June 20, 2018.   The ‘NO WAKE” ordinance will remain in effect until the river levels get below the flood stage of 13 feet.   The National Weather Service is predicting that the level will rise to above 15 feet sometime tomorrow, causing flooding in low lying areas adjacent to the river – specifically the Page Park Drive area in Dixon, Woodland Shores and possibly portions of White Oaks Road.   At this time, the river is predicted to be at or below the “action stage” late Sunday morning.  In addition, the river current is still at a dangerous speed, over twice the normal flow of the current.   

 

It is suggested that boaters refrain from using the Rock River, due to the exceptionally strong current and floating debris.     

 

Sheriff Simonton would like to thank the public for their understanding and consideration.

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Annual RRDA River Clean-up

On Saturday the Rock River Development Authority, also known as the R.R.D.A. hosted a river clean up on the Rock River.  The group worked hard removing debris from the river.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with James Marks, the President of the RRDA, about the Saturday clean up……

 

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To see some of the items the RRDA recovered from the river clean up stop by say hello to them at the Rock Falls River Chase being held this weekend at Seward’s Park in Rock Falls.  The RRDA  will be on hand to help with the event and have their garbage boat on display.

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State Sen. Neil Anderson Given the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) Legislator of the Year Award

State Sen. Neil Anderson received the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI) Legislator of the Year award June 14. Anderson is also a fire fighter for the City of Moline.   “Senator Anderson has been nothing less than spectacular as not only a supporter of legislation that helps fire fighters, but an advocate for our legislation,” said Chuck Sullivan, Legislative Representative for the AFFI. “He has the ability to explain complex issues to his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and has first-hand knowledge as a firefighter/paramedic himself. We appreciate all of his efforts.”   “Thank you to the AFFI for this honor,” Anderson said. “I am humbled to receive this recognition. Thank you to all our firefighters for their service. I will continue to advocate for firefighters at the Statehouse.”   Left to right: Dave Estes, Jim Jackson, Maro Leone, Sen. Anderson, Brandon Tomlin, Scott Houzenga, Brian Vynke (all with the Moline Fire Department)

 

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5th Annual Green Egg Fest at Prescott's BBQ

It was a grill masters paradise at the 5th annual Big Green Egg Fest held Saturday at Jim Prescott’s Barbeque in Sterling.  The Big Green Egg actually is a ceramic cooker and more.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with and Lee Webenga, with the Big Green Egg Company and Pete Prescott, owner of Jim Prescott’s Barbeque, on Saturday…….

 

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ABCs of School Nutrition Professional Standards Training

University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois State Board of Education entered into a grant partnership to provide required USDA professional standards trainings to Illinois school foodservice staff, called the ABCs of School Nutrition.   University of Illinois Extension is offering a school food service professional standards training Thursday, August 2 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Eastland High School. Eastland High School is located at 500 S School Dr Lanark, IL.  This training will provide 6 hours of USDA Professional Standards continuing education credit for the 2018-2019 school year. Training topics include Saved by the Breakfast Bell, Positive communication, Quality Standards, Portioning Food, and Customer Service, Merchandizing, and Food Presentation.  There is no charge for this training; however, preregistration is required by Monday, July 30, 2018. To learn more about the training or to register, visit us online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/ or call the Whiteside County Extension office at 815-632-3611.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Whiteside County Extension office.

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Gardening Topics presented at Carroll County Libraries in June

University of Illinois Extension will sponsor two workshops at local libraries in Carroll County in June. Edible Landscapes and Flowers will take place at 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at the Lanark Public Library, 111 S. Broad with Master Gardener Mary Lashelle. Have you ever admired the flowers blooming in your garden and thought, “those look good enough to eat”? This may be closer to reality than you may think, come find out all about edible flowers on June 21 at the Lanark Library.   Cooking with Herbs will be presented by Nancy Gmitro at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at the Mt. Carroll Public Library. Participants will enjoy learning about how to grow, harvest, and preserve bay and chives. An herbal dried bouquet will be created to enjoy at home. Interested participants are asked to call the library at 815-244-1751 for more information.   For more information on any of the Master Gardener programs or if you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener contact Susan O’Connor at the Extension Office in Mt. Carroll at 815-244-9444.

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Dixon Habitat for Humanity

Construction is well underway at Dixon Habitat for Humanity with the interior and exterior walls being erected on Saturday, June 16, 2018, by G&M Distributors of Dixon. The crew from G&M Distributors were (left to right) Jimmi Patterson, Tim Godbold, Tom Peterson, Vicki Patterson, Jared Patterson, Jordan Black, Dustin Vock and John Carrol

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Regional Media promotes Bob McKee to new sports position for LocalSportsNow.com

Regional Media has announced the promotion of longtime member of the Kewanee group, Bob McKee. Mr. McKee will be elevated to Sr. Sports Ambassador for Regional Media’s newest product, LocalSportsNow.com. LocalSportsNow.com is Regional Media’s first multimedia sports website that is planned for launch in the fall. The site will feature play by play, player videos, coach interviews, one on one discussions with fans, scores and stats, and so much more. LocalSportsNow.com will feature all sports with much more play by play, radio broadcasts, and video streamed events. In speaking about his promotion, Mr. McKee said, “This will be a new chapter in my broadcast career that I look forward to! I have heard many times how much people appreciate our coverage of local sports. It’s amazing how many people will comment on how they love to listen in general. It's certainly not something that happens at all radio stations. I look forward to expanding our coverage of and I will dedicate this next season to my long time broadcast partner, the late Steve Peart.” Mr. McKee’s new role will take him off of the 6-10a morning show on WKEI, but he will return throughout each day with expanded sports coverage from all over the Tri-counties. LocalSportsNow.com will also be broadcasting a show on radio, podcast, and web video which he will host from the new state of the art studios on Central Blvd. “I’m so excited for Bob as he is an exceptional member of the Regional Media family. Bob and I have shared a lot over the years, even birthdays! I’m truly grateful for his dedication to local sports and the communities we serve!” Commented, Regional Media President Fletcher M. Ford Regional Media is the largest locally owned media company in Illinois with 24 radio signals, 10 digital websites, serving markets from Clinton Iowa to Quincy Illinois and beyond. For more information please contact news@regionalmedia.info

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Senior Health Fair on June 26th

 State Sen. Neil Anderson and State Rep. Tony McCombie are encouraging seniors to come to their free Senior Health Fair on Tuesday, June 26 at the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA (2505 Avenue E) in Sterling. The event runs from 9:00am-Noon.   At Anderson and McCombie’s free Senior Health Fair, various vendors and health professionals will offer free health screenings including blood pressure and blood sugar tests. Information from various health professionals will be available including hearing loss, fall prevention, medication safety, energy savings, fire safety in the home, hospice care, assisted living, and more.  There will also be a Silver Sneaker Interactive Class at 10:00am in the aerobics room.

 

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Dixon Police Department's K9 Hery gets Body Amor

Dixon Police Department’s K9 Hery has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by The Marshall Family of Dixon, IL and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love - Trained to Serve - Loyal Always”.   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.   The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.  The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

 

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Whiteside County Sheriff Candidate Kris Schmidt Profile Part 3

Kristopher Schmidt is the Republican candidate for the Office of Whiteside County Sheriff.   He is currently a Sargent with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department.  Schmidt is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser on June 23rd from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Odell Public Library in Morrison.  He sat down with our Tammy Nehrkorn and Andrew Paxton to discuss his campaign.  Schmidt is 46 years old, married, and discussed his history in the community…….

 

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Schmidt is running against Democrat, Lt. John Booker, in the 2018 midterm election in November. 

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City of Sterling Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled

The City Of Sterling has announced that there will be no Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The next Plan Commission meeting is July 19, 2018.

 

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Rock Falls Meeting Cancelled

The City of Rock Falls has cancelled the Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting slated for June 14, 2018

 

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5th Annual Rock Falls River Chase

The 5th annual Rock Falls River Chase will be held on June 23rd through June 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The boat testing will be held on Friday, June 22nd from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  This event will be held at Seward’s Park in Rock Falls along the Rock Falls River front.  The public is invited to come and enjoy the boat races on the Rock River.  The River Chase will also include: bounce houses, Dunk Tank, Fire Truck Rides, and a 50-50 raffle.  There will be three food vendors at the chase: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Smokin’ BBQ & Kickin’ Ash, and Brittos Grill.  For additional information please contact Terry Hicks at 815-499-2468.

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Sterling's Tobacco Control Commission Meets on Friday

Mayor Skip Lee has announced that they City of Sterling will be holding a meeting of the city’s Tobacco Control Commission on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Sterling Council Chambers Conference Room 212.   This will be an open meeting for preliminary hearings for the following establishments: Kroger’s and County Market. 

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Dixon Police Department Make Several Drug Arrests

Within the last two months, several individuals have been arrested for selling and possessing cocaine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and cannabis in the Dixon and Lee County area by the Dixon Police Department as a result of an ongoing drug investigation. 

 

The following individuals have been arrested and charged with the following offenses:

Robert J. Aubrey age 42, of Dixon, Illinois was arrested in the 100 block of South Peoria Avenue on May 15, 2018 for a Dixon Police Department warrant.  Aubrey was taken into custody and transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Aubrey was charged with 2 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1,000 Feet of a Church, (Less than 1 gram of cocaine) a Class 1 Felony, 2 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, (Less than 1 gram of cocaine) a Class 2 Felony, and 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Less than 1 gram of cocaine) a Class 4 Felony.  Aubrey was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.

 

Justin L. Ewing age 31, of Dixon, Illinois was arrested in the 100 block of South Hennepin Avenue on May 15, 2018 for a Dixon Police Department warrant.  Ewing was taken into custody and transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Ewing was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, (Less than 1 gram of cocaine) a Class 2 Felony and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, (Less than 1 gram of cocaine) a Class 4 Felony. Ewing was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.

 

Clifford L. Holcomb age 24, of Dixon, Illinois was arrested in the 100 block of West First Street on May 21, 2018 for a Dixon Police Department warrant.  Holcomb was taken into custody and transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Holcomb was charged with 3 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, (1-15 grams of cocaine) a Class 1 Felony and 3 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, (1-15 grams of cocaine) a Class 4 Felony. Holcomb was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.

 

Robert D. Bradley age 25, of Dixon, Illinois was arrested in the 900 block of Grace Avenue on May 22, 2018 for a Dixon Police Department warrant.  Bradley was taken into custody and transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Bradley was charged with 2 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, LSD) a Class 2 Felony and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, LSD) a Class 4 Felony.

Bradley was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail. 

 

Juan L. Lugo III age 28, of Sterling, Illinois was arrested in the 200 block of South Hennepin Avenue on May 22, 2018 for a Dixon Police Department warrant.  Lugo III turned himself in at the Dixon Police Department.  Lugo III was charged with Unlawful Possession with Intent to Deliver of a Controlled Substance, (1-15 grams of cocaine) a Class 1 Felony and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Less than 15 grams of cocaine) a Class 4 Felony.  Lugo III was able to post bond and given a court date of June 18, 2018.  

 

Colten L. Ehrler age 24, of Sterling, Illinois was arrested by the Sterling Police Department on a Dixon Police Department warrant on May 27, 2018.  Ehrler was taken into custody and transported to the Lee County Jail.  Ehrler was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis (10-  30 grams) a Class 3 Felony, Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis (10-30 grams) a Class 4 Felony, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (30-100 grams) a Class A Misdemeanor and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (10-30 grams) a Class B Misdemeanor.

 

Nathaniel C. Mason age 21, of Dixon, Illinois was arrested in the 1200 block of North Galena Avenue on June 9, 2018 for a Dixon Police Department warrant.  Mason was taken into custody and transported to the Dixon Police Department.  Mason was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, LSD) a Class 4 Felony and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Less than 15 grams of cocaine) a Class 4 Felony. Mason was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.

 

Anyone with information in regards to any illegal activities is asked to contact the Dixon Police Department immediately at 815-288-4411, 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.

 

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

 

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Suicide Facts and Resources

Mary Anne Radmacher once said” “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”    Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United State for all ages.   Every 12 minutes in the United States there is a death by suicide.  Each day in the United States 105 people die by suicide.   These are some startling statistics are from the Centers for Disease Control.  There is help available and things will get better.  If you, or someone you know, is thinking or talking about suicide please seek immediate help by contacting:

 

Sinnissippi Centers on their 24 Hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-242-7642 

Call 911 

Go to your local emergency room. 

 

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Coloma Township Park Board to Vote on New Director

The Coloma Township Board of Commissioners will vote at Tuesday’s meeting on a new Executive Director for the park district.  Mike Sterba is the current director and has been in the job for 44 years.  He will be retiring in August of this year.   They will vote on the three candidates Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Coloma Township Park District Office located at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls. 

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Crystal Lake in Rock Falls is a Family Tradition

Louie Celletti first opened Crystal Lake in Rock Falls in the 1950’s.  Now his grandson, Brent Porter, owns and operates it and has expanded it to the Crystal Lake RV Park.  The beaches on Crystal Lake are groomed each and every day the park is open for swimming.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with owner, Brent Porter, on Saturdayhttp://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R21(2).mp3……

 

 

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SunKissed Music Festival Going on Until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday Evening

The Rock Falls River Front is the site for the SunKissed Music Festival.  The event is currently being held at the R.B. & W. District Park in Rock Falls.  This event is sponsored by Next Step Entertainment.   Mitchel Guzzle and Mason Ramsey organized this event.  The festival will be going on until 10:00 p.m. Saturday night (June 9, 2018).  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with one of the organizer’s Mitchel Guzzle at the festival……

 

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Visit their web page for more details at:  sunkissedfest2018.ticketleap.com

 

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Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pre-cut Melons
 
6 cases identified in Illinois
 
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of
Salmonella that match a multi-state outbreak strain. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) is reporting 60 cases from five states?Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri,
and Ohio. The CDC investigation indicates pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are a likely
source of this multistate outbreak.
“The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people not to eat pre-cut melon purchased
from any Walmart store in Illinois, or any of the other affected states, at this time,” said IDPH
Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “If you have recently purchased pre-cut melon from
Walmart, throw it out. If you have recently eaten pre-cut melon from a Walmart store and
experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.”
Illinois cases range in age from 23 to 87 years and have been reported in all regions of the state.
Therefore, it is recommended that people not eat pre-cut melon from Walmart stores anywhere
in Illinois. As the investigation continues, additional grocery stores may be added.
Most people affected by Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72
hours after eating food contaminated by the bacteria. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and
most people recover without treatment. However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe
that they need to be hospitalized. The CDC has indicated there have been more hospitalizations
with this outbreak than what is typically seen. The elderly, infants, and those with compromised
immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to identify the source of Salmonella and
there may be recalls as more information is learned. Walmart stores in Illinois have removed
pre-cut melons linked to this outbreak from their shelves.
So far only pre-cut melons have been linked, but it’s important to remember food safety
measures if you buy whole melons. Make sure to wash the melons before you start cutting. Also
make sure you’ve washed your hands and all utensils?knives and cutting boards, and don’t let
fresh fruits and vegetables come into contact with raw meat.

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Illinois State Police Report

Manuela Diaz Carrillo, 37, of Elgin, was stopped for speeding on 06/02/2018 at 11:50 a.m. on Illinois 251 at Herman Road in Lee County and charged with driving while license suspended. Carrillo was released on an I-bond. Denise A. Dennison, 49, of Sanford, Florida, was stopped for speeding on 06/04/2018 at 2:02 p.m. on US Route 30 at Miller Road in Lee County and was wanted on an Ogle County warrant for battery. Dennison was transported to the Lee County Jail. Joseph C. Romero, 29, of Prophetstown, was stopped on 06/04/2018 at 4:45 p.m. on 4 th Street at Freeport Road in Sterling after a routine registration check revealed the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. Romero was charged with driving while license suspended and no insurance. Released on an I-bond. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Regional Media Wins IBA Silver Dome Award for Station of the Year

Regional Media’s Sterling Illinois Radio station SaukValleyNow WSDR 1240AM is awarded the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Station of the Year.    In a ceremony held tonight (Wednesday, June 6, 2018) in Normal Illinois, the state's top broadcasters were awarded for outstanding achievements and dedication to the local areas they serve.  Regional Media President Fletcher M. Ford comments, “I am so proud of the crew at our Sterling operation. They truly are dedicated to our mission of localism.”   Regional Media acquired WSDR, WZZT, and WSSQ in April 2017 with the mission of rebuilding and bringing back localism to the Sterling, Rock Falls, and Dixon area radio.  Regional Media Sterling General Manager James Jones says “I could not be more proud of my team and our dedication to our local communities. Local, local, local. Keep it local and support your community.”   Regional Media’s mission of localism translates to each of its local stations throughout the state. The Sterling operation has stood out as a shinning star in our ongoing mission.  For more information please contact news@RegionalMedia.info

 

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Gardening Extravaganza July 28 in Sterling

 

Whiteside Master Gardeners will present a 3 session workshop on shade gardening, grace of gardening and a hands on session making homemade hand scrub and natural bug spray on Saturday, July 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Whiteside Extension Office in Sterling. Whiteside Extension Office is located at 12923 Lawrence Rd. Sterling, IL.  Whiteside County Master Gardeners have prepared a Demonstration Shade Garden at the University of Illinois Extension Office situated on Lawrence Road in Sterling, just south of Route 30. The Demonstration Garden is a communal project of the active Master Gardeners, as members brought plants from their personal gardens to share for the project. One Master Gardener is, and continues to be, the coordinator, designing the layout for the plants in order to maximize each plant's unique qualities and display each properly. The plants are labeled with a corresponding booklet describing the color, size, bloom time and distinguishing features of each individual plant.  At the workshop, there will be a presentation explaining the varieties of shade plants contained in the Demonstration Garden that is located at the Extension office, as well as a tour of the Demonstration Garden. Each participant will receive a booklet explaining the plants contained in the Demonstration Garden. In addition, there will be a Power Point Presentation of shade loving plants other than those which have been included in the Master Gardener Shade Demonstration Garden.  The fee for the workshop is $15 and pre-registration is required at: go.illinois.edu/GardenDay2018.   For more information, call the Whiteside County Extension office 815/632-3611

 

 

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ABCs of School Nutrition Professional Standards Training

University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois State Board of Education entered into a grant partnership to provide required USDA professional standards trainings to Illinois school foodservice staff, called the ABCs of School Nutrition.   University of Illinois Extension is offering a school food service professional standards training Thursday, August 2 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Eastland High School. Eastland High School is located at 500 S School Dr Lanark, IL.  This training will provide 6 hours of USDA Professional Standards continuing education credit for the 2018-2019 school year. Training topics include Saved by the Breakfast Bell, Positive communication, Quality Standards, Portioning Food, and Customer Service, Merchandizing, and Food Presentation.  There is no charge for this training; however, preregistration is required by Monday, July 30, 2018. To learn more about the training or to register, visit us online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw/ or call the Whiteside County Extension office at 815-632-3611.   If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Whiteside County Extension office.

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74th Anniversary of D-Day; Rela Heroes Storm the Beaches of Normandy

June 6th 1944, the Allied Forces of America, Britain, France, and Canada stormed the coastal beaches of Normandy, France.  Allied soldiers attacked and gained eventual victory over the Germans who were occupying France.  This battle was the turning point in the World War Two battles in Europe.   Although there are really no accurate numbers, it is estimated that over 2,500 American soldiers died during the D- Day Invasion and subsequent battle. 

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Kristopher Schmidt Candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff Profile 1

Kristopher Schmidt is the Republican candidate for the Office of Sheriff of Whiteside County.  He is a Sargent with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department.  Schmidt is a veteran of the United State’s Airforce where he worked in law enforcement.  He has worked in civilian law enforcement for 27 years.   He spoke with our Andrew Paxton 

and Tammy Nehrkorn…..

 

http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R20(5).MP3

 

Schmidt will face Lt. John Booker, a Democrat, in the November 2018 midterm election. 

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Stabbing in Ogle County on June 1st

On 06/01/2018 at 1:49 am Ogle County Sheriff’s Office responded to Rolling Meadows trailer park, 4989 N. IL Rt. 251, Davis Junction in reference to a female screaming. Deputies found a 37 year old female laying in the roadway. She had been stabbed multiple times. The victim was transported to Swedish American Hospital and later flown to a Madison hospital were she is listed in critical condition. Leonard Smith 44, Rockford was taken into custody at the scene. Smith is currently charged with Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery with a $1,000,000/10% bond. Additional charges are pending

 

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Bustos Welcomes Veterans from Peoria Honor Flight to Nation's Capital

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos greeted more than 70 veterans from Peoria’s Honor Flight at the World War II Memorial. The veterans she welcomed today were primarily veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Congresswoman Bustos has welcomed more than 30 Honor Flights to Washington since being sworn into office.

 “It was a true honor to thank Peoria’s veterans for their service and sacrifice to protect our nation,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Welcoming Honor Flights to our nation’s capital is one of the most meaningful parts of my job and today was truly special. Honor Flights play an important role by giving our veterans an opportunity to come out to Washington and visit the memorials that were built in their honor. It was humbling to thank all of these incredible American heroes.”    The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization committed to bringing our nation’s veterans to Washington, D.C. Veterans across the nation travel together according to region in order to have the opportunity to view our country’s memorials. In particular, senior veterans are given priority when planning visits and flights are fully paid for by donations from organizations and individuals.

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23rd Annual Relay for Life

Due to the possibility of rain, the 23rd Annual Relay for Life event was held at the Westwood Sports Complex in Sterling instead of outside at Hinder’s Field in Rock Falls.  This is a program of the American Cancer Society.  Regional Media is a sponsor of this event.    Sam Woolsey and I were on hand on Saturday night.  Sam Woolsey http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R42.mp3reports on Saturday evening from the Relay for Life…….

 

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing more people each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society. 

 

 

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Mitchel Clodfelter Wins 2018 Extension to ACES scholarship

A local graduate from Sterling will join 46 high school seniors and college transfer students headed to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign this fall with a little help from their local Extension office. The students have each been awarded a $2,500 Extension to ACES Scholarship to attend College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

 

Janice McCoy, County Director said, “Helping our brightest students have an opportunity to attend a world-class research institution is important.  University of Illinois is preparing the next generation to meet the real-world challenges facing our communities and the world.

 

The 2018 Extension to ACES scholarship winner from Whiteside County is Mitchell Clodfelter from Sterling. University of Illinois College of ACES Dean Kidwell was in the area touring on May 29 and presented Mitchell with his certificate.

 

“Mitchell has been a 4-H member of the Genessee Hillbillies club for ten years and has excelled in many areas including leadership.  He has been a member of 4-H Federation, a 4-H camp counselor, a 4-H ambassador, and represented 4-H to local funders.  His project areas include beef, swine, and woodworking.  He is currently President of Federation and his 4-H club.  Mitchell is a great example of how 4-H can make the best better.” said McCoy.

 

This fall, the scholarship recipients will join more than 2,600 other students in the college who are pursuing degrees in agricultural and biological engineering, agricultural and consumer economics, agricultural communications, agricultural leadership and science education, animal sciences, computer science + crop sciences, crop sciences, food science and human nutrition, human development and family studies, natural resources and environmental sciences, and technical systems management.

 

Dr. Shelly Nickols-Richardson, the interim director of Extension, said, “Extension is at the core of how the University of Illinois shares knowledge and innovation with communities in this state, so working with the College of ACES to bring students to campus just makes sense. We’re proud to help make this world-class education accessible.”

 

University of Illinois Extension, housed in the College of ACES, operates educational outreach programs in 27 regional units across the state, covering all 102 counties. Staff in each of the units worked with area high schools to get the word out about the scholarships and recruit for ACES. 

Area students are encouraged to learn more about College of ACES programs at academics.aces.illinois.edu.

 

See attached pictures ACES Dean Kimberly Kidwell and Mitchell Clodfelter

 

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Demmer Remarks on Budget Passage

http://saukvalleynow.com/assets/files/R41.mp3On June 4th, Gov. Bruce Rauner  signed into law a $38.5 billion bipartisan compromise budget that holds the line on taxes, increases funding for education, curbs spending, and creates a new adoption tax credit that will make it less costly for Illinois parents to adopt children. The budget legislation is the product of negotiations between the Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republican lawmakers allied with the governor.  Flanked by lawmakers of both parties, Rauner touted the legislation as the product of “a great team effort, a great bipartisan effort.”  Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer commented on the process…..

 

 

Demmer is a Republican and represents the 90th State of Illinois Congressional District. 

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Department Investigates Accident on Monday

On June 4, 2018 at approximately 6:28am the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, along with Prophetstown Fire and Rescue, and Prophetstown Ambulance and Prophetstown Police responded to a traffic crash in the area of Star Rd and Felton Rd.  The crash was reported that a bicyclist was struck.  During the investigation, deputies gathered information that a field sprayer was being driven by Logan R. Dewald, age 27 of Tampico, and was traveling eastbound on Star Road.    Toby J. Johnson, age 35 of Prophetstown, was traveling eastbound on Star Road on his bicycle, when he was struck by the field sprayer.  According to the driver of the sprayer, he was unable to see the cyclist due to the glare from the sun, and struck the cyclist.   Johnson was transported by Prophetstown Ambulance to CGH Medical center where he was subsequently airlifted to Rockford Hospital for further medical treatment.  The accident remains under investigation by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office.

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23rd Annual Relay for Life

The 23rd Annual Relay for Life event was held on Saturday evening at the Westwood Sports Complex in Sterling.  This event is to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.  Regional Media is a sponsor of this event and was on hand live.  Here is an excerpt from the coverage our coverage on Saturday night.  J.R. Kitchens and Sam Woolsey were on hand to broadcast live from this event……….

 

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From 1990 to 2014 the overall cancer death rate in the United States fell 25% according to cancer.gov

 

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Demmer Reaches Across the Isle on Budget

State Representative Tom Demmer successfully negotiated a bipartisan State Budget agreement which results in “No New Taxes” and provides stability and predictability as well as takes steps to put Illinois on a far better fiscal footing.  “This is the first bipartisan negotiated budget agreement in years,” said Rep. Demmer.  “This budget is not reflective of everyone’s desires, but it is a realistic plan that is the product of compromise and negotiating between both chambers as well as both sides of the aisle.”  The $38.5 billion spending plan offers new pension reform measures like voluntary buyouts and capping end-of-career salary increases that cause pension spiking, which should help local school district control costs.  The new school funding formula is fully funded in this budget, ensuring K-12 schools receive the funding promised to them.  State Elected Official pay raises for legislators are prohibited.  Local Governments will receive an over $120 million increase over the current budget.  A new Adoption Tax Credit is created and a new scholarship program to retain students in Illinois higher education system was created and funded with matching funds from universities.   Rep. Tom Demmer was the chief negotiator for the House Republicans in the budget negotiations along with Rep. Greg Harris negotiating on behalf of the House Democrat caucus.  Both negotiators were very complimentary of the good faith negotiations between all sides.

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Coffee And Conversation with Anderson and McCombie

State Sen. Neil Anderson will be joined by State Rep. Tony McCombie for “Coffee & Conversation,” an open conversation event for constituents Tuesday, June 12 in Rock Falls.   The free event at the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce in Rock Falls (601 W 10th St.) runs from 9:00am-11:00am, although constituents can arrive at any time.   Constituents can interact with their elected officials and local leaders, offering their thoughts, ideas, and concerns on state and local issues, and getting updates on state and local issues.

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Kelly's Market: Mobil 1 Lube Express Tennis Tournament

  

Select a partner and register for the Doubles Tennis Tournament sponsored by Kelly’s Market: Mobil 1 Lube Express in Rock Falls and the Coloma Township Park District on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  All entrants may play Men’s and Women’s Doubles at 9:00 am and Mixed Doubles at 1:00 PM.     The Tournaments are open to all persons 16 and older wishing to participate.  The registration fee is $10 per player and will be accepted at the Coloma Township Park District Administrative Office at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls, or at the Park on the day of the tournament. All participants will receive a free t-shirt as well.  You may also register by calling the Coloma Township Park District at 625-0272.  The Tournament Directors will be Carol Sue and Dick Akridge.     Matches will be played at the Tennis Court facilities located in Centennial Park in Rock Falls.  All participants are guaranteed two matches.  Early rounds will consist of 10 game Pro Sets.  If time allows, Semi Finals and Finals will consist of 2 out of 3 sets.  Each team must supply a new can of Championship balls.  Winners keep the new can; losers take the used can.  Balls must be yellow and not seconds.  All of the Tennis Courts at Centennial Park will be closed to the public on the days the Tennis Tournaments are being played.  Rain date for the tournament will be Sunday, June 12, 2018.

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4-H Fair & Jr. Show Open for Entries

The 2018 Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show is July 26-29 at the Lee Co. 4-H Center & Fairgrounds on Route 30 just north of Amboy. The four day event features events for everyone including a full grandstand line-up of tractor/truck pulls, Broken Horn Rodeo, Big M Amusements Carnival and the popular Fast Action Motorsports.   

The Lee County Fair Association is also accepting entries for the 2018 Jr. Show. The jr. show is open to youth ages 8 to 19. Project departments include all livestock and small animals, as well as visual arts, mechanical sciences and crops. Visual arts projects can be any art project created using paper, fiber, metal, mixed media, cake decorating, natural materials, etc.  Mechanical sciences projects include model rocketry, electricity projects, woodworking projects and computer work. Youth need not be 4-H members to participate.  Visit www.leecounty4hcenter.com to find the online entry form and fairbook.  Entries are due July 1st.   In addition to daily judging and livestock shows, free activities are available on the grounds daily. Kids’ Korners, Bingo, a magic show, corn boil, big wheel races and a corn husking contest ensure kids of all ages have a great time during the fair.  Fast Action Motorsports is back after its popular debut last year. The remote control car racing experience runs multiple races a day. Participants race cars around a set track, win and race again. Prizes are awarded to division winners.  There is no charge to participate.  Big M Amusements will provide carnival rides for all ages and feature ticket and wristband specials daily. Hours of operation are 6 – 10 p.m.Thursday, 1 – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday.  Back in the grandstand are tractor/truck pulls and the Broken Horn Rodeo. Riders will compete in eight rodeo events including bull riding, roping and barrel racing.  Kids, ages nine and under, can try their hand at the stick horse rode.  Local riders are also welcome.  Call in entries July 23, 2018, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST to 1-800-639-9002.  Local entries must call this number on July 23 during the listed times  Registrations will not be accepted any other time.   Returning is the 4-H Fair Marketplace featuring local crafters, artisans, farmer’s market vendors, and home-based business products. The Marketplace opens 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 29 and closes at 3 p.m.  A full list of vendors will be updated on facebook.   Finally, the fair closes with the Car & Truck Show, Sunday, July 29. Check in begins at 11 a.m. Judging occurs from 1 to 3 p.m. Trophies are awarded.   A full fair schedule and more information about other great fair activities and events is posted at www.leecounty4hcenter.com or like “Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show” on facebook for the latest information. 

 

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Summer Driving Safety

On average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside

vehicles.   Left in the sun on a 100-degree day in Arizona, it took just an hour for the

interior temperature to hit 116 degrees. Dashboards heated up to a stinging 157 degrees and seats hit 123 degrees in that time.  Our Andrew Paxton spoke with Kris Schmidt, Sargent with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department …….

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Schmidt is a candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office in the upcoming 2018 election .

 

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Kaneland Knights defeat the Sterling Golden Warriors 6 to 2...FINAL

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Balanced Budget

Springfield, IL – State Sen. Neil Anderson issued the following statement after the Senate passed a state budget May 30. Anderson voted in favor of the budget bills.

 

“This balanced budget, with no new tax increases, represents a good change for the people of Illinois.

 

“I am pleased the budget invests new dollars in K-12 education and higher education, including fully funding MAP grants. Investing in our students and our schools will set Illinois on a brighter future. We’ve had far too many students choose out-of-state universities over Illinois schools. This budget sends a message we want students here.

 

“This budget also makes our full pension payments and ensures our roads and bridges projects throughout the state will happen this upcoming fiscal year. The infrastructure needs for Illinois are plenty. Improving our roads and bridges will create jobs, help our businesses, and make travel safer for everyone.

 

“It’s also long overdue that state workers who are owed back pay – currently the state’s oldest unpaid bill – will finally receive what they are rightfully owed in this budget.”

 

Fiscal Year 2019 begins July 1.

 

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Citizens for Schmidt

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Stillman Valley Defeats Warriors 3 to 2...Final

Please join us Thursday at 4:30 p.m. on WSDR AM1240 to listen to the Sterling Warriors take on Marengo

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Sterling v. Stillman Valley tied at 2 in the bottom of the 6th inning

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Yogi Bear Park Bomb Threat

At approx. 9:51am on Monday, May 28, 2018, Lee County Sheriff’s Department responded to Yogi Bear Campground,
970 Green Wing Road, Amboy, Illinois to investigate a report of a bomb threat. The surrounding area was evacuated
and the assistance of the Rockford Bomb Squad was requested. The threat was later determined to be unfounded and
remains a pending investigation. Illinois State Police, Amboy Police Department, and Amboy Fire Department also
provided assistance.

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State Sen. Neil Anderson's 36th Senate District

Springfield, IL – State Sen. Neil Anderson’s 36th Senate District will see nearly $91 million in roads and bridges improvements the upcoming fiscal year. The projects are part of Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Improvement Program.

 

“It’s no secret, Illinois’ roads, bridges, and other infrastructure are in dire need of repair,” Anderson said. “These things are critical to the economy, commerce, and simply getting around safely. I am pleased IDOT is making infrastructure improvements a priority. These projects will create hundreds of jobs for our area and ensure our roads and bridges are safe for everyone.”

 

The major project in the area is $82 million for the new I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River. Whiteside County and Henry County are also set to see several road and bridge improvement projects.   

 

To see a list of all the projects in Sen. Anderson’s district scheduled for Fiscal Year 2019 and their costs and a list of proposed infrastructure improvements over the next several years announced May 29 by IDOT, click here.

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State Representative Stewart Sponsors Legislation to Protect DCFS Staff

As the result of the tragic death of DCFS caseworker 59-year-old Pamela Knight of Dixon, who was fatally injured while attempting to remove a child from an unsafe home in Carroll County, State Representative Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) sponsored legislation in the Illinois House seeking a change to ensure DCFS caseworkers can receive assistance from local law enforcement when requested.  SB3105 also states that if necessary, the case worker can receive such assistance from neighboring jurisdictions.   The measure was given unanimous approval (115-0) in the House and now moves on to the Governor for his signature.  Knight died as a result of injuries sustained from an attack she received while she was taking a two-year-old into protective custody at a Carroll County home in Representative Stewart’s district…….

 

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Pamela Knight died on February 8th of this year from complications of head injuries she suffered from blunt force trauma she sustained when Andrew Sucher, age 26, of Rock Falls attacked her and kicked her in the head, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.  Sucher has been charged with murder and other charges from the attack and is currently awaiting trial in the Stephenson County jail. 

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Motrocycle Hits Deer on Route 2 in Dixon on Saturday Evening

On 05/26/18 at 9:32 pm, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department responded to a motorcycle crash on Route 2 just East of River Lane, Dixon, Illinois.  A motorcycle driven by Stephen Stykel, 47 of Rochelle, IL, was eastbound on Route 2 when it struck a deer causing the motorcycle to go down. Tonya Tucker, 45 of Oregon, IL, was a passenger on the motorcycle.  

Both occupants of the motorcycle were transported to KSB for medical treatment.    The Lee County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Dixon Rural Fire Department, Dixon City Fire Department, and the Dixon Police Department.   

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Twin Farmer's City Market in Sterling

Since 2005, the Twin City Farmer’s Market has been providing a place for locally grown, raised, or made items to be sold directly to consumers.  The market is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to noon each Saturday.  The market has everything from locally grown fruits and vegetables, meat, produce, eggs, baked goods, and a wide variety of hand-made crafts items.  Myra Sargent was one of the founding member of the market and she runs the Market’s Scarecrow Café each and every Saturday.  Sargent spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn……

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Check out their facebook page at the Twin City Farmer’s Market.

 

 

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Americorps Volunteer Interview

Americorp is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering economic engagement.    Members commit their times to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, monitoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters and more.  Local Americorp volunteer Kayleen Shaw, spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn…….

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For more information about the local Americorp Program please call Lisa Peck at 815-835-6313

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Clever Clovers 4-H Club Volunteer at Local Park

The Clever Clovers 4-H Club in Lanark volunteered their time this month to help the Lanark Park Board plant hostas around the gazebo in the City Park.  Members also helped spread mulch in the area in preparation for all the summertime activities ahead.   See attached picture Front Row:  Carson Stoner, Nataleigh Todd, Jace Urish, Reid Witt, Brieann Spoerlein

Second Row:  Jonathan Spoerlein, Jenica Stoner, Nevin Erbsen, Delana Erbsen

Back Row:  Hannah Witt, Mady Frederick, Connor Erbsen, Quentin Frederick, Alyssa Miller

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U of I Extension

4-H Junior Gardener SPIN Club, Next Date May 29-4:30-6:00 p.m. - Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon

Teaching children about the wonderful world of gardening through hands-on investigation of growing their own vegetables & flowers and learning to use the harvest. A portion of the produce grown will be given to food insecure situations. The club is for youth 3-5 grades and will meet on Tuesday’s May 15-July 31. The cost is $30 for non-4-H members and $10 for 4-H members. For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525. Register online at: go.illinos.edu/LeeCoJG

 

Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Clubs-Next Date, May 29-5pm to Dark-VanBuskirk Shooting Range, Mt. Carroll This year we are going to offer two clubs at the VanBuskirk Shooting Range. Shotgun classes will be offered April 3-June 5 for ages 10-18 from 5 p.m. to dark and Air Rifle classes will be held for ages 8-18 from 6 p.m. to dark. For more information call the Extension office at 815-244-9444 and register online at go.illinois.edu/carrolloutdoorsports

 

Illinois 4-H Feeding & Growing Our Communities, May 29, 2018-5:30pm-Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy

Come out to the fairgrounds on May 29 at 5:30pm to help your local 4-Her’s and volunteers pack over 12,000 meals for local food pantries. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this meal packaging event a success. For questions contact Kathy Book at the Lee County Extension office at 815-857-3525. RSVP online by May 18 at go.illinois.edu/FeedingandGrowing

 

Kids & K-9’s, Saturday’s -Next Date June 2, 2018-9am & 10am- Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center, Dixon

This is a survey class that will introduce you to all facets of training including obedience, rally, agility, and conformation. It is also designed to help your dog become a more integral part of your family. Open to youth ages 8-18 beginning Saturday’s March 17-June 30. Advanced Classes will begin at 9am and beginners will take place at 10am. The fee will be $25 for 4-H members and $45 for non-4-H members. Register online at go.illinois.edu/kidsk9

 

Summer STEAM program, Weekly June 4-July 16- Sterling, Thomson, Mt. Carroll, Dixon and Prophetstown

STEAM up the summer with the University of Illinois Extension Super Summer STEAM program.  The six-week program is for kids 8-12 featuring all new, hands-on, interactive learning activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art, agriculture, and math is coming to a location near you!

•           University of Illinois Extension office in Sterling on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

•           Thomson Public Library on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

•           Mt. Carroll Public Library on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

•           Post House Community Center in Dixon on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

•           Prophetstown Park District in Prophetstown on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cost to register for this 6-week program is $10 per participant.  For more information or to register for Super Summer STEAM, visit go.illinois.edu/clw or contact Karla Belzer at 815-632-3611 or by email at kbelzer@illinois.edu

 

Carroll County Archery SPIN Club, Next Date June 4 & 6- 5:30-6:30 pm- York Farm, Lanark

4-H archery workshops will be held May 14,16,21, June 4,6,11,13,20,25,27 July 11,18,25 and Aug 1 from 5:30-6:30 pm and May 20 and June 3 from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Mike & Jodi York farm located at 25269 E. Locust Rd., Lanark. A parent must accompany you; if your mom or dad cannot then you need to find another adult to be responsible for you. Dress for the weather. You need to arrive at least ½ hour before ending time if you are going to be late and want to shoot. Bring what equipment you have with you. There is no cost for 4-H’ers to attend. Cost for non 4-H’ers is $20. The Archery SPIN club is open to all youth 8-18 years old. Register online at go.illinois.edu/carrollarchery

 

Plant U, Mondays starting June 4-July 23-6-7:30pm- Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling

Looking to help your child avoid the summer slide while spending time outside and learning to grow food? Send them to Plant U on Monday nights! Starting June 4 until July 23 from 6-7:30pm, The University of Illinois Extension in Sterling will be offering a summer youth gardening program for kids ages 8 – 18 to grow their favorite color. Register online at   go.illinois.edu/summergarden

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop, June 5, 2018- 9-5pm, Faith United Methodist Church, Polo

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed for adults who work with youth between the ages of 12-25.

Just like CPR and First Aid training prepares you for a physical emergency, YMHFA prepares you for a mental health challenge.  To register go.illinois.edu/youthmentalhealth

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, June 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

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, June 7-1:30-3pm-Mt. Carroll Public Library, Mt. Carroll

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 Mt. Carroll Public Library. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/MCwitsfitness

 

4-H Summer Camp at LOMC, June 11-15, 2018-Week Stay at LOMC, Oregon

Camp is open to anyone ages 8 to 14. Camp facilities are located in Oregon, Illinois at Camp LOMC. Campers enjoy a week of hiking, team building, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, enjoying nature and making new friends.  Visit

go.illinois.edu/4HCampLOMC to register online or for more information.

 

All My Money, June 12&13, 2018-8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.-Sterling Federal Bank, Sterling

All My Money: Change for the Better is a train-the-trainer financial management program for persons working with limited-resource audiences. It is designed so that agency staff, social workers, and other educators can teach financial literacy topics, even if they do not personally have expertise in financial management. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/AllMyMoney

 

HEA Monthly Lessons for Living, Monthly, June 18-10am- Lowell Park, Dixon

Join the HEA for their monthly lessons for living. Open to the public and free of charge the June lesson will be a tour of Lowell Park and Picnic.  Call the office at 815-857-3525 to register and for meeting directions at least one week prior to the event

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop Next Date June 19-10:30-noon- Rock River Center, Oregon

Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer 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. We will be offering this program at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th St, Oregon, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitnessoregon

 

A Movie in The Barn, June22, 2018-6 p.m.-Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds, Amboy

Lee county federation invites lee co 4-H’ers to a Movie in the Barn! We will be watching Charlotte’s Web and Sandlot. 6pm. Popcorn and water provided. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and excitement! For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525.

 

Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Summer Series-July 10, 31 & August 14-1:30pm- All County Offices

Four Seasons Gardening, a 12-session program presented by University of Illinois Extension, includes a wide array of gardening and landscaping topics.  Topics in the summer series will begin with Beneficial Insects: Garden Warriors on July 10.      Other topics in the summer series include Urban Soil Safety set for July 31 and At-Home Micropropagation: In Vitro Plants set for August 14. Cost per session is $5 (free for active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists). Webinars will be offered at 3 locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling; and Lee County Extension Office, Amboy at 1:30pm. Advance registration is needed one week prior to the webinar. To register, call (815) 632-3611 or register online at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonsCLW  If you wish to listen to the webinars for free from home, you can register at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonshome

 

Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date July 24-10-11:30am-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. We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness

 

Gardening Extravaganza, July 28-1:00-4:00 p.m.-Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling

Whiteside Master Gardeners will present a 3 session workshop on shade gardening, grace of gardening and a hands on session making homemade hand scrub and natural bug spray. The fee for the workshop is $15 and online registration is at go.illinois.edu/GardenDay2018. For more information contact the Whiteside Extension office at 815-632-3611.

 

Master Gardener Training, Tuesday’s, August 28-November 13-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-LOTS(210 E Progress), Dixon,

Local training classes will be held at Lee-Ogle Transportation System (210 E Progress Dr. Dixon, IL) beginning August 28, 2018.   Classes will be Tuesday's, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through November 13. Class topics include botany, soils and fertilizer, ornamental grasses and landscape design, vegetables, fruits, insects, turf grass management, disease control, woodies and vines, annuals and perrenials, and plant pathology. The cost of the manual and training will be $250. Register online at

go.illinios.edu/CLWmgtraining

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Demmer Votes Yes on House Bill 4290

State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) voted YES on House Bill 4290 on May 24 to release $63 million in back pay to state employees for money they earned under the contract negotiated with previous Governor Pat Quinn.   “This is the state’s oldest unpaid bill and a debt owed to our employees for services already provided,” said Rep. Demmer following his vote. “Governor Quinn broke his word on this agreement and it is past time to clean up the financial consequences of those dealings.”   In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) struck a deal in which union state employees would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.    However, in July 2011, Governor Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned……….

 

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The passing of HB 4290 ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now to the Senate for approval.    Demmer can be contacted at his district office located at 1221 Currency Court, Rochelle, IL 61068 or by calling the office at (815) 561-3690.

 

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Clinton Symphony Free Pops Concert June 3rd

Clinton Symphony Orchestra's annual June Pops Concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday [June 3] in the shell at Riverview Park in Clinton. The concert is free, and open to the public.  "The free concert is a thank you to the area for support during the recently completed concert season," Executive Director Robert Whipple said. The program will include light music from the stage, screen and TV, as well as patriotic music and marches.  Forty-five musicians of the orchestra and conductor Brian Dollinger will perform. The performance is partially underwritten by a grant from the Clinton County Development Association.  Clinton's Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center will have activities for the younger concert-goers starting at 5:30. Listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and maybe a picnic lunch and refreshments. Several food vendors will be near-by.  The concert marks the end of the Symphony's 64th concert season, and follows the organization's major fund-raiser, "A Symphonic Affair" on Friday [June 1], for which reservations are still open at 563-357-9656.  Rainsite for the Pops Concert is under the U. S. Bank building at 405 S. 3rd St. in Clinton.
 
 

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SVACC Awards over $8,000 in Scholarships

Each year the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to assist area students in pursuing their dream of a college education.  This year the organization is awarding eight local students scholarships to continue their education for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Funds for the scholarships come from fundraisers held throughout the year.

The Chamber’s Agri-Business committee awarded four $1500 scholarships to Connor Erbsen who attends Eastland 308 Senior High School, Faith Sandrock who attends Rock Falls High School, Kaleb McCoy who attends Morrison Community High School & Erin Stichter who attends Erie High School. In addition, two $750 scholarships were awarded to students attending Sauk Valley Community College. Those students include Shelby Judd who attends Milledgeville High School and Alyssa Gascoigne who attends Amboy High School.  All are invited to be guests at the Chamber’s Annual Steak Fry in the Country on August 2nd, which is a fundraiser for the agri-business scholarship fund.  The Chamber also awarded the Charles A. Farnham Scholarship which was established in 1968 and honors the late Mr. Farnham who was an active member of the Chamber.  Mr. Farnham’s professional background was focused in the area of industrial relations, serving in this capacity at Northwestern Steel and Wire.  This year two $1000 scholarships were awarded.  The recipients are Tyler Willman & Jacob Gebhardt of Sterling High School.  Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce President, Mike Loos said, “A number of the students who have received these scholarships in the past have returned to the area as part of our local workforce.  We are proud of the Chamber’s continued commitment to education and are excited for the future careers of these local students.”   The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce represents more than 380 area businesses in more than 20 cities in northwestern Illinois and in Clinton and Davenport, Iowa.  For more information on the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, its members or for a schedule of events please go to the website at www.saukvalleyareachamber.com or call 815-625-2400.

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Passing of HB 4290

Springfield – State Rep. Tony McCombie (IL-71) released the following statement after the passing of HB 4290 by a bipartisan vote of (90-10) which is finally giving state employees $63 million in back pay from 2011 for money they rightfully earned:

“It has been an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get our state workers the back pay that they were promised by the Quinn Administration in 2011. Today is just the first step we needed to take to make right the many years of mistrust and disservice to Illinois workers,” said Rep. McCombie. “I am hopeful that the Senate will follow our lead and pass this bill immediately next week.”

In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and AFSCME struck a deal in which AFSCME members would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted voluntary furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.

However, in July 2011, Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned. The passing of HB 4290 finally ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now to the Senate for approval. The bill should not be considered new spending, because it appropriates $63 million that was previously promised to state employees by Governor Quinn’s administration in 2011. See the chart below to for information on where the funding will go:

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CGH WOUND HEALING AND HYPERBARIC OXYGEN TREATMENT CENTER PARTICIPATES IN FIFTH ANNUAL HEALOGICS WOUND CARE AWARENESS WEEK

The CGH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The fifth annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 4 to June 8.  One of 700+ Healogics-managed Centers; CGH Wound Healing Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.  Program Directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.  It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.  If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.  “We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Provider Education and Engagement leader for Healogics. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.”  People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to CGH Wound Healing Center.  Visit www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. To schedule an appointment, please call (815) 564-4002 or visit www.cghmc.com/wound.

 

 

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Dixon Police Department

A Juvenile Male, age 16, of Byron, Illinois, was arrested in the 1200 block of Fleur Road on May 24, 2018 at 1:20 a.m., for an Retail Theft Under $300.00.  The juvenile was processed and released.   Jovana V. Danielowski, age 27, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue on May 24th, 2018 at 2:11 p.m., for two Lee County Warrants for Failure to Appear .  Danielowski was processed and taken to Lee County Jail.   The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Portion of Emerson Road Will Be Closed for Repairs

The Whiteside County Highway Department announces that Emerson Road from U.S. Route 30 to West of Hazel Road will be temporarily closed to thru traffic during day time hours. The road will remain open to two lane traffic overnight. This temporary closure is estimated to end on Friday June 1, 2018 but this could change. The closure is necessary to allow for the removal and replacement of existing Pipe Culverts under Emerson Road. Civil Constructors of Freeport IL is the contractor for the project.   The Highway Department would like to thank the traveling public for their patience during the closure,

 

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Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day is Monday.  Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and

Confederate dead.    This holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. ...it became an official federal holiday in 1971.  Never forget freedom is not free many of our brave soldiers paid the ultimate price so we can live in a free nation. 

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75th Anniversary of the Four-Freedoms Paintings

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.  75 years ago prolific American illustrator and painter, Norman Rockwell, inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union speech that was titled the “Four-Freedoms” painted the iconic 4-Freedom paintings that were reproduced in four consecutive editions of The Saturday Evening Post.  Rockwell used his Vermont neighbors as models for the inspirational painting.   The Four-Freedoms paintings toured the United States in an exhibit and through the sale of war bonds raised more than $130 million dollars for the war effort during World War Two.  In 1977, Rockwell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the nations highest civilian honor.  Rockwell died in 1978 at the age of 84.   

 

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Jim Prescott's Barbeque Shop in Sterling will be hosting another Big Green Eggfest

Jim Prescott’s Barbeque Shop in Sterling will be hosting another Big Green Eggfest at their Sterling store.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Deanna Prescott about this annual event….

 

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Montmorency School Registration

Montmorency School Registration

 

MONTMORENCY SCHOOL 2018 - 2019 Registration:

July 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

July 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Proof of residency is required by presenting two forms of legal identification. Student Fees: Kindergarten through 4th grade - $60 5 th through 8th grade - $64 (includes assignment book)

 

School Hot Lunches: $2.85

 

The P.E. equipment needed for 5th – 8th grade students is a T-shirt, shorts, tennis shoes and a towel.

 

School Hours: 8:45 a.m. First Bell-Morning Classes Begin 1

1:44 – 12:29 p.m. Lunch/Recess 12:32 p.m. Afternoon Classes Begin 3:25 p.m. Dismissal School begins Wednesday, August 15th - Morning session 11:44 a.m. dismissal. Thursday, August 16th - Full Day Hot lunch will be served.

 

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CGH Medical Center Receives an 'A' for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. CGH Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.  “Not every hospital achieves an ‘A’ rating. We are the only hospital in the Sauk Valley area to achieve an ‘A,’ and also only one in our 50-mile service area to earn that score,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “Our staff takes great personal pride in this recognition. Their efforts make CGH such a progressive facility. Receiving this high rating shows the importance of our continual efforts to ensure patient safety.”   “This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”    Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.  To see CGH’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Illinois House Honors Illinois' Fallen Soldiers

The Illinois House paused Wednesday prior to the Memorial Day weekend to honor Illinois’ fallen soldiers.   An annual event in the House chamber, the names of those men and women in uniform who have passed during the past 12 months, are read by the representative from the home district of the soldier.  Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives makes a speech on the House Floor honoring Illinois’ fallen soldiers….

 

 

 

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Tapas & Tinis - Fundraiser for Rock River Hospice & Home

"Tapas & Tinis", a fundraiser for Rock River Hospice & Home is a casual social evening featuring a variety of tapas (appetizers) created by local "Celebrity Chefs". Each chef will host their own tapas station with plenty of samples. Guests are encouraged to vote with cash for their "Top Tapas Celebrity Chef", with all the proceeds benefiting Rock River Hospice & Home. The event will be held on June 30 at The Brandywine Banquet Center in Dixon, beginning at 6 p.m., and will also feature a cash bar, including specialty martinis and entertainment. Cost is $30 per ticket and are available at Rock River Hospice & Home or any RRHH Board Member. The event is sponsored by CGH Medical Center. For more information, call Rock River Hospice & Home at 815-625-3858.

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Demmer Responds to FOIA legislation

The Department’s Division of Professional Regulation regularly receives FOIA requests from persons who are committed to facilities of the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health (examples include criminally mentally ill or sexually dangerous persons) seeking information about licensed professionals who are or have treated them or who have evaluated them for court proceedings.  Unfortunately, FOIA requires the Department to give them a lot of information that they are uncomfortable giving out. The Department is uncomfortable giving out this information because of the potential danger to the licensees (stalking, harassment, etc.).

 

Legislation sponsored in the Houses by State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and approved on Monday amends the Freedom of Information Act to add to the list of exemptions.   SB3217 adds records that relate to or affect the security of detention facilities, personnel files, and victims information when they are requested by persons who are committed to the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health.

 

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The legislation now heads to the Governor for his signature. 

 

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Regional Media Aquires New Radio Station Cluster

For Immediate Release | May 22, 2018


Regional Media Announces planned acquisition of Canton, Illinois media properties.

 

Call Letters: WBYS AM1560 - FM 93.7,  & WCDD CD Country 107.9

 

Location: Canton Illinois

 

(Canton, IL) Regional Media has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WBYS AM 1560 - FM 93.7, and and Class B CD Country 107.9 WCDD servicing Canton, Pekin, and the surrounding area in Illinois.

 

Regional Media Lead Engineer Wayne R. Miller said “I am incredibly happy about Fletcher Ford (Regional Media CEO) and Jason Gilbraith’s (Regional Media VP) acquisition of the stations. They are first class broadcasters that have brought life to a lot of stations across the state. I am proud to be a part of this operation!”

 

Longtime employee Rhianna Kees said,  "We are excited for this new chapter and look forward to continuing to provide the best in local radio."

 

Regional Media owns and operates stations in Macomb, Kewanee, Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon, and the Quad Cities with anticipation of taking over Canton operations in early June.

 

Regional Media has a long history of working diligently to improve the technology aspect of the broadcasting business, enhancing focus on local service to the community, and investing in the operation and the community it serves.

 

For more information please contact news@regionalmedia.info

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Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA's Outdoor Adventure Fest

On Saturday throngs of people turned out to attend the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA’s Outdoor Adventure Fest.  This event included something for everyone including: games, food, fishing, bounce houses, petting zoo, live critter talks, vendors and much more.   Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Pam Martinez of United Way of Whiteside County and Lt. John Booker of the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department..

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Bustos Stands With House & Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil A Better Deal for Our Democracy

Today, House and Senate Democrats held a press conference on the steps of the United States Capitol to unveil the newest plank of their bold economic agenda, A Better Deal for Our Democracy, to fix Washington’s broken political system and return to a government of, by and for the American people.  This new plank of Democrat’s A Better Deal agenda focuses on taking back the power from special interests and getting rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence embodied by the Trump Administration, which has led to political dysfunction and a raw deal for the American people.

 

“You can look no further than the hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars Washington Republicans gave to corporate special interests to see they care more about lining the pockets of donors than the people they were elected to serve,” said Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chair Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL).  “That is why we are offering A Better Deal, with stronger ethics laws, transparency and real accountability to ensure lawmakers are fighting for hardworking everyday Americans, not greedy special interests.

 

“The White House and GOP Congress’ big donor-driven agenda is sticking the American people with a raw deal,” saidDemocratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  “Republicans are putting special interests and lobbyists before hard-working families – from handing billion-dollar tax breaks to Wall Street and wealthy corporations shipping jobs overseas, to prioritizing dirty energy polluters destroying our clean air and clean water from refusing to stand up to Big Pharma’s outrageous price hikes on sick children, seniors and working families.  Democrats are committed to giving the American people A Better Deal for Our Democracy that will put the power back in the hands of the people and ensure our political system works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.”

 

“President Trump famously campaigned on ‘draining the swamp’ but he so far he has filled it up with pay-to-play schemes inside and outside his administration.  From Michael Cohen cashing in more than a million dollars promising influence of the president, to Mick Mulvaney admitting to donors that donations equal access, President Trump has made it clear that draining the swamp is yet another broken promise,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.  “Democrats are proposing a better deal for the American people – one that actually cleans up corruption and loosens the vice-grip that special interests have over Washington Republicans and the Trump administration by strengthening our nation’s ethics laws to restore integrity to government service.”

 

“Americans are tired of getting a raw deal from Washington.  They've had it with all the backroom dealing, influence peddling and special-interest policymaking that goes on in this town,” said Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force.  “Democrats hear that frustration and we’re committed to delivering real reforms that return us to a government of, by and for the people.  The bold new agenda that we’re rolling out today will clean up the chaos and corruption in Washington and put the people's interests ahead of special interests.”

 

“Once upon a time, Donald Trump said he didn’t want Koch money or anything else from them.  It turns out the Kochs and other self-interested billionaires have installed their corporate operatives throughout the Trump administration.  And when the special interests are calling the shots, that can have profound implications for public health, the environment, and the economy,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).  “This is not democracy.  This is the corruption of democracy to benefit narrow special interests at everyone else’s expense.”

 

“Americans are no longer in charge of their own democracy.  We are being drowned out by billionaires and special interests who can spend unlimited and undisclosed money to flood the airwaves and call the shots.  Now even foreign interests are getting in on the act,” said Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).  “Those big money donors have hired an administration that will betray the public trust in a heartbeat – and a Republican congressional leadership that is rewarding their donors with tax cuts while taking away health care from families.  Americans look at people like Scott Pruitt, and they see a Washington that is not just hopelessly out of touch, but fundamentally working against their interests.  Democrats are taking on this assault on the middle class and stepping up to offer A Better Deal for Our Democracy, with historic reforms to end the stranglehold of big money on our electoral system and put the American people back in charge.  American democracy shouldn’t have a price for entry.  It’s time we took back our democracy and returned it to the hands of all Americans, instead of a privileged, powerful few.”

 

“We can’t continue letting special interest money pour in and silence the voices of our communities,” saidCongresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).  “This is supposed to be a government by and for The People, not one held hostage by faceless corporations.  So long as groups like the NRA can spend billions to influence Republican legislators, we won’t see the reforms that our nation so desperately needs.  Americans don’t deserve this raw deal – we deserve a better one and we can have it.”

 

 

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Unity Hospice Donated Bicycles to Area Nursing Facilities

Northern Illinois-based Unity Hospice, a leading provider of hospice and palliative care, recently gave back to the community by donating six bicycles to area skilled nursing facilities for their springtime celebrations.

 

The bicycles were given away as prizes for children in attendance at various Easter events held at the following Whiteside County nursing facilities: Pleasant View Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Morrison, Illinois, Rock River Gardens in Sterling, Illinois,  and Sauk Valley Senior Living & Rehabilitation located in Rock Falls, Illinois.  

 

This donation is representative of Unity Hospice’s initiative to give back. It is engrained in the hospice company’s mission to offer care, support and education to patients, their families and to the communities in which they serve.   To learn more about Unity Hospice, their involvement in community activities or if you would like to learn more about hospice and palliative care, contact the local office in Rochelle, Illinois at 815-561-8866.

 

About Unity Hospice

 

Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, those who care for them and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make patients’ remaining days comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond every day to meet their needs. For more information, visit www.UnityHospice.com. More information can also be found on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

 

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Representative Demmer Salutes Mark Dallas on the State House Floor

On May 17th, State Representative Tom Demmer of Dixon asked for a moment on the Illinois State House floor to thank Dixon police officer Mark Dallas for his decisive actions Wednesday morning which prevented what could have been a tragedy on a massive scale at Dixon High School. 

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YMCA Outdoor Adventure Fest

 What a great way to enjoy a beautiful Saturday with family and friends than the YMCA Adventure Fest on Saturday in Sterling. YMCA Adventure Fest is to boost awareness of Opioid Abuse.

 

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Moose-A-Palooza 2018

A pirate ship was docked in the parking lot of the Sterling Moose Family Center for their annual Moose-A-Palooza.   This is an annual event for the community to enjoy outdoor activities and listen to bands under the stars, and enjoy some great barbeque.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn stopped by and spoke with several people at the event….

 

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This event goes on until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. 

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