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Relay for Life Kickoff

The Relay for Life Kickoff event is coming

up next week, Tuesday February 26th at Arthur's

Garden Deli in Sterling. Representatives will be

on hand from 11am to 1pm and later from 5pm

to 7pm. Paper work and information will be available

all day.

 

Betty Clements contacted WSDR by phone with

more details About the Relay for Life Kickoff

Her conversation is below.

 

 

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The Snow Emergency for the City of Sterling has been lifted.

Wednesday February 20th, The Snow Emergency for the City of Sterling has been lifted.

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Former Dixon Resident a Victim of Murder

Kate Brokaw McDowell, a 40-year-old Dixon native, was killed by her husband, Thad McDowell, age 45 who then killed himself, according to Broomfield, Colorado Police and the Adams-Broomfield Office of the Coroner.   Police discovered the crime scene on February 18, 2019 and through a release indicate that this is a domestic violence situation.  Brokaw is the daughter of Dr. Kim and Mary Brokaw of Dixon. 

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Bustos, LaHood Invite Agricultural Research Service Administrator to Visit Peoria Ag Lab

Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Darin LaHood (IL-18) sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Administrator Chavonda Jacobs-Young inviting her to visit the Peoria Ag Lab. In Congress, Representatives Bustos and LaHood have been advocates for the Peoria Ag Lab and its workers – and they invited Administrator Jacobs-Young to see firsthand the value of the work done at the facility.

 

“The Peoria Ag Lab is a pillar of our community – driving innovation that for decades has helped patients, farmers and consumers across the country,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Despite their incredible discoveries, I’ve been disappointed by this administration’s continued proposals to eliminate or significantly undermine the work at the Peoria Ag Lab. That’s why it’s so important for Administrator Jacobs-Young to visit Peoria and see their critical work firsthand. I’ll continue partnering with Congressman LaHood to support and protect their work for the future.”

 

“The Peoria Ag Lab is essential to the success of Peoria and our agriculture community as a whole. That is why my colleague Rep. Bustos and I want to showcase the incredible talent and work being conducted for the greater good of American agriculture to the Agricultural Research Service Administrator Dr. Jacobs-Young,” stated Rep. LaHood. “We are glad to continue our ongoing bipartisan efforts working together to advocate here in Congress to ensure the Ag Lab receives the appropriate funding, continue advocacy directly with the Administrator and show her the ever-evolving critical research conducted at the Ag Lab. We hope this will further emphasize the Lab’s value as we enter the FY 2020 budgeting and appropriations cycle.”

 

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Demmer Wants More Transparency for Voters

Illinoisans would enjoy new levels of government transparency within the voting process through legislation recently filed by State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon).

 

HB 2726 would create the Taxpayer Advocate and Empowerment Act, and through the office of an appointed Taxpayer Advocate, Illinoisans could access an online, comprehensive, easy-to-use database to obtain complete descriptions of ballot questions that will come before them. “This platform goes well beyond what is currently provided by sites that simply show voters what races and issues will appear on their ballot,” said Demmer. “Our democracy works best when voters are informed about the initiatives they’re voting on, and this database would empower them by providing explanations of what is being asked and details of how its approval would impact taxpayers. The database would be searchable by address, so residents could pull up information about every issue down to their specific precinct.”

 

Demmer continued, “With more than 8,000 individual units of government, it is not uncommon for a taxpayer to have more than 10 different taxing districts listed on their tax bill. As an election draws near, Illinoisans are left with the almost impossible task of finding the information they need from several different web sites or publications. My legislation allows Illinois residents to take control of their democratic and legislative process by removing barriers that inhibit their ability to become fully informed voters. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate would provide Illinoisans with a comprehensive summary of information related to ballot proposals, including details that are too often purposely or inadvertently left out of the discussion.”

 

Through HB 2726, the Taxpayer Advocate would be appointed to an eight-year term through a joint resolution approved by a three-fifths majority of the House and Senate. That individual could hire two Deputy Taxpayer Advocates, and the office would establish a comprehensive web site, which includes the following:

 

·        a list of every item, either in the form of an individual candidate or question, that will be printed on the ballot for the next immediate election

·        a description of each office up for election on the ballot that contains any relevant data necessary for the taxpayer to easily identify the duties and powers of the position, for example, length of term and qualifications

·        a description of each ballot initiative or question that enables the taxpayer to easily identify what the question deals with, what the financial cost of the question will be, who will be impacted by the question, what was the genesis of the ballot initiative, how long the proposed initiative will last, and who brought forth the proposal

·        any tools or resources for taxpayers to effect change before or in response to a specific ballot question or initiative or candidate; this may include, but not be limited to, a publication and description of any and all voter-initiated measures that a voter may initiate in his or her jurisdiction

HB 2726 is awaiting assignment to a substantive House committee.

 

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Rock Falls Declares Snow Emergency

The City of Rock Falls has declared a Snow Emergency beginning tonight at

Midnight through Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:00 a.m.

 

Once a snow emergency has been issued, persons shall park on even-numbered side streets during an even-numbered day of the month, or on an odd-numbered side of the street during an odd-numbered day of the month.

All vehicles parked on posted DESIGNATED SNOW ROUTES throughout the city are required to be removed from those routes until the route is cleared from curb to curb or the Snow Emergency Parking Ban is lifted.

There is NO PARKING from 2:00 am to 5:00 am during the days of the snow emergency declaration as follows:

West 2nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

East 2nd Street from 1st Avenue to Avenue B

East 3rd Street from 1st Avenue to Avenue B

200 block of 2nd Avenue 3rd Avenue & 4th Avenue

1st Avenue from the Bridge to Dixon Avenue

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The Boone County Sheriff’s Office announced the sudden passing of Detective Patrick Imrie, age 43. Detective Imrie worked for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office for the past 16 years; 6 years as a patrol deputy and 10 years as a detective. The members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office offer our deepest condolences to the Imrie family. We ask that you keep the Imrie family and our law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

The visitation and funeral arrangements are pending.

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Illinois State Trooper Injured after Squad car was Struck During a traffic Stop

Motorist cited for “Scott’s Law” Violation in Crash that Injured Trooper


On Monday, February 18, 2019, at approximately 6:43 p.m. Illinois State Police (ISP) officials investigated a five-car personal injury traffic crash involving a District 1 ISP Trooper.

On the above date and time, an ISP Trooper was inside his squad car conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of I-39 northbound at milepost 108 in Ogle County, with his emergency lights activated. While he was stationary on the right shoulder, his squad car was sideswiped by a truck tractor semi-trailer traveling in the right lane. Preliminary reports indicate the truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling in the right lane and attempted to move into the left lane, which was occupied by another commercial motor vehicle. At this time, the truck tractor semi-trailer struck the commercial motor vehicle traveling in the left lane, before taking evasive and veering back into the right lane. When the truck tractor semi-trailer veered back into the right lane, the trailer swerved onto the right shoulder and side swiped the driver side of the Trooper’s squad car, causing extensive damage. The driver side of the passenger vehicle the Trooper had pulled over was also side swiped. A fifth vehicle sustained damage from debris in the roadway caused by the crash, but was not directly involved. Assisting Illinois State Police at the scene was Illinois Department of Transportation, Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department, Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, and Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment; the Trooper has since been released. No other injuries were reported. The driver of the truck tractor semi-trailer, who was identified as Adam Toure (58 YOA) of Chicago, was issued citations for violation of Scott’s Law and Improper Lane Usage.

The ISP would like to remind the public of the requirements of Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the “Move Over” law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and move over and change lanes if possible. This year alone, the ISP has had nine Troopers struck, one fatally, while handling on-duty incidents.

 

“We would like to ask the public to please remain aware of their surroundings while driving. If you see an emergency vehicle with their lights activated, you must first slow down, and proceed to move over, if it is safe to do so,” stated District 1 Commander, Captain Matthew Hodgdon. “Our Troopers risk their lives daily to protect the members of our communities. We ask the public to please obey all traffic laws, including Scott’s Law, to help safeguard the lives of our Troopers, and all members of the public,” concluded Captain Hodgdon.

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Monthly Chat with Kris Noble

Kris Noble from the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

stopped by the WSDR studios on Tuesday to remind listeners

about the deadlines approaching on scholarship applications

available thru the chamber. Kris also discussed the upcoming

Candidate Forum, March 12th, and a few other events ahead

on the calendar.

 

You can listen to that interview below.

 

 

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Glenbard South 49 v. Sterling 29....FINAL

This is the last game for this season for the Sterling Girl's Basketball team.

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Firefighters Repsond to House Fire on Emerson Road

The Sterling Fire Department responded to call at 12:24 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 4305 Emerson Road in Sterling.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sterling Fire Captain Jason Williamson about the fire….

 

 

 

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Demmer Votes Against the $15.00 Minimum Wage

Over the strong objections of Republicans who called it unfair and rushed, the Illinois House approved legislation Thursday that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.  The vote, which came after a two-hour debate, was 69-47. With the Senate approving the bill last week, Senate Bill 1 now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.  Representative Tom Demmer, Deputy Republican Leader from Dixon, voted against this proposal to increase the minimum wage…..……

 

 

 

 

Under the plan, the state’s minimum wage would go from $8.25 to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2020, and then to $10 on July 1, 2020. It would then go up $1 more each Jan. 1 after that until it reaches $15 in 2025.

 

 

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Snow Emergency City of Sterling

The City of Sterling has declared that a Snow Emergency will be in effect commencing as follows:

 

Sunday February 17th, 2019 at 12:00 PM After that time, all vehicles must be parked in accordance with the City of Sterling’s Snow Emergency Parking Regulations.

 

1. No parking on Snow Routes until all snow has been removed from the full width of the street.

 

2. No parking in the Central Business District and in city parking lots from 1:30 A.M. to 5:30 A.M.

 

3. Odd and even parking restrictions will be in effect on all other City Streets. On the odd days of the month, you park on the odd-numbered side of the street; and on even days of the month, you park on the even-numbered side of the street.

 

Odd and even days will be considered as beginning between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. You will not be ticketed between 6:00A.M. and 8:00 A.M. Odd and even numbered sides of the street refer to the usual residence and building address numbers.

 

These parking restrictions will terminate block by block after the snowfall stops and when all accumulated snow has been removed from the full width of the street or when the snow emergency is cancelled by the City. All other parking restrictions remain in effect.

 

No parking will be permitted on streets where parking is restricted or prohibited. Cars parked in violation of the above restrictions will be ticketed and may be towed, at the owner’s expense.

 

If you have any questions regarding these parking restrictions, please call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or the Public Works Department at 815-632-6657. If this release is received prior to a snow event it has been issued in anticipation of forecasted weather.

 

Please be a good neighbor and shovel your sidewalk after the plows have completed clearing the streets. It helps your neighbors, your postal carrier, the children who walk to school and it shows that you care about your community.

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Students Win Local Math Competition on February 16, 2019

A team of middle school Mathletes® from St. Anne School in Dixon won the local MATHCOUNTS competition hosted by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and Sauk Valley Community College.  Members of the winning team are  Claire Chrisham, Carson Palmer, Sam Neisewander, and Kyle Wolf.  The Rochelle Team is coached by Katie Queller-Zilis, Teacher and Academic Enrichment Coordinator at Rochelle Grade Schools.

 

 The team will now advance to the State Mathcounts Competition, to be held in Lisle, Illinois on March 23rd, 2019.  Also headed to State, competing as top scoring individuals are David Wanner and John Green of Rochelle Middle School coached by Katie Queller-Zilis.  

 

Here are the Chapter competition results:

 

1st Place Team            -          St. Anne School Dixon                - Coach Susan Bontjes

2nd  Place Team          -          Rochelle Middle School              - Coach Katie Queller-Zilis  

3rd Place Team            -          St. Mary School Dixon               -  Coach Kathleen Knack          

4th Place Team            -          St. Mary School Sterling            -  Coach Ryan Sotelo

 

1st Place Individual      -           David Wanner, Rochelle Middle School

2nd Place Individual     -           John Green, Rochelle Middle School

3rd Place Individual     -           Michael Murray, St. Mary School Dixon

4th Place Individual      -          Carson Palmer, St. Anne School Dixon

5th Place Individual    -            Ainsley Reed, St. Mary Sterling

6th Place Individual    -            Sam Neisewander, St. Anne School Dixon

 

There were a total of 48 students in 6th thru 8th Grades compete.  Schools were St. Mary Dixon, Ohio Community School, Rochelle Middle School, St. Anne School Dixon, St. Mary Sterling, Morrison Junior High School, and Christ Lutheran School of Sterling.

 

Quotes:   “The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) and Sauk Valley Community College invite all area schools to participate.  IPSE promotes the program to inspire excellence, confidence, and curiosity in Middle School Students with a program the provides the kinds of experiences that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom.  Once the students compete, we know the experience is meaningful and helped sharpen their problem-solving skills.  Solving difficult math problems during preparation for and competing at the event encourages them to trust their problem-solving skills.”

 

 

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Christ Lutheran School Spring Pancake Breakfast set for Saturday, March 9, 2019

Christ Lutheran School will hold its Spring Pancake Breakfast to benefit the school on Saturday, March 9 at Christ Lutheran School, 2000 18th Avenue, Sterling, Illinois. 

 

The breakfast will begin at 7 am and will continue through 11 am.  A delicious breakfast including pancakes, scrambled eggs, farm fresh pork sausage, applesauce and juice or coffee will be served.  A free will donation will be accepted for admission.

 

The breakfast is also offering delivery to your place of business.  Email your orders to cls@christlutheranschool.com.  Business orders must be submitted by 3:00 pm on Friday, March 8.

 

For more information, please contact Christ Lutheran School at 815-625-3800.

 

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Sterling 23 v. Dixon 9....at the half

Girl's Basketball

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Everything is Coming up Roses on Valentine's Day

It seems like everything was coming up roses around the Sauk Valley area for Valentine’s Day.  The National Retail Federation claims that 2018 was a banner year for Valentine's Day spending, and that includes flowers. Of a estimated $19.6 billion dollars, more than a third of that about 35.6% was spent on flowers. Love was in the air at Lundstrom’s Florist in Sterling yesterday thanks to Valentine’s Day.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with  Haley and Bentley Grell of Lundstrom’s Florist…….

 

 

 

 

The red rose is a symbol of love, yellow of friendship, orange of enthusiasm, white of purity and pink of joy

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Illinois Sheriff's Association Announces Scholarship Opportunities

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $50,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois.

 

Sheriff John F. Booker, Whiteside County, will be awarding 1 scholarship in the  amount of $500.00.

 

There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows:

 

Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents

Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois

Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2019-2020 school year (excluding summer session)

 

Applications are now available at the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2019 (must be postmarked by this date).

For more information, please contact the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center, or college financial aid office.

 

 

 

 

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State Representative Dan Swanson Voted Against the $15.00 Minimum Wage Increase

Over the strong objections of Republicans who called it unfair and rushed, the Illinois House approved legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

The vote, which came after a two-hour debate, was 69-47. With the Senate approving the bill last week, Senate Bill 1 now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

 

 

 

 

Under the plan, the state’s minimum wage would go from $8.25 to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2020, and then to $10 on July 1, 2020. It would then go up $1 more each Jan. 1 after that until it reaches $15 in 2025.

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CGH to Showcase Surgical Floor Renovations During Upcoming Open House

CGH Medical Center is proud to announce that renovations have been completed on the Surgical Floor (2nd floor) located within the hospital. A public and staff open house to celebrate its completion will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019  from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 

The 15,430 square foot renovation features the addition of one bariatric patient room, an isolation/negative pressure room, and two safe rooms, as well as the following improvements to all 20 rooms: paint, vinyl flooring, LED lighting, a new air handling unit, a new heating system, and new variable air volume boxes that will provide the patient a higher level of temperature control in his/her individual room. In addition, all patient bathrooms and shower areas in each room were increased in size and include upgrades of the lighting, ceramic tile, and plumbing fixtures.

 

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ILLINOIS SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $50,000 in
college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher
education during the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition,
books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher
learning within the State of Illinois.


Sheriff John F. Booker, Whiteside County, will be awarding 1 scholarship in the amount
of $500.00.


There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or
national origin. The only limitations are as follows:


• Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents
• Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois
• Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2019-2020 school year
(excluding summer session).


Applications are now available at the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office or on the
ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay
question and return all documentation to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, their
permanent county of residence by March 15, 2019 (must be postmarked by this date).


For more information, please contact the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois
Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center, or college financial aid office.

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Monthly Update from Sen. Anderson

 Over the next two months, the 36th District Office of State Senator Neil Anderson will be hosting Traveling Office Hours throughout the district. Office staff will be on hand at different locations to answer questions and hear constituents’ concerns.

 

“I recognize it may be difficult or inconvenient for some of my constituents to travel to my Moline office,” said Sen. Anderson. “I’ve scheduled these traveling office hours so that residents can find a more convenient location that is closer to them. It is my hope that constituents take advantage of these mobile office hours and bring their questions and concerns over state matters.”

 

A schedule of Sen. Anderson’s Traveling Office Hours is listed below:

 

 

 

Sterling City Hall

212 3rd Ave.

Sterling, IL 610814

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Erie Village Hall

740 Main Street

Erie, IL 61250

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Fulton City Hall

408 11th Ave.

Fulton, IL 61252

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Monthly Update from State Senator Neil Anderson 

Can be heard below

 

 

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Happy Valentine's Day

Give a shout out or share a photo of your Valentine!

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Gardening Conference March 23 at Sauk Valley Community College

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties will be hosting the 2019 Ready…Set…Grow… garden conference day from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm at Sauk Valley Community College.

 

This year’s keynote address: The Shockingly Beautiful Way to Improve Water Quality, will focus on how homeowners can use strategies such as nutrient loss reduction, green infrastructure, and sustainable lawn care practices to improve their lawns but also water quality in their area.

 

Horticulture experts will lead 15 workshops and participants will choose three sessions to attend. Workshops will share information everyone can use-from the beginner to the most experienced gardener. A vendor show, door prizes, and a Master Gardener Help Desk can be visited throughout the day. The fee for this program is $45, and registrations will be accepted until March 18, 2019. Fee includes a Continental breakfast & buffet lunch, a welcome bag, and handouts from educational sessions.

 

Please register by March 15, 2019. Register online or download the registration form at go.illinois.edu/ReadySetGrow

 

If you are interested in more information about Ready…Set…Grow… or becoming a Master Gardener, please contact your local Extension office.

 

Carroll County: (815) 244-9444

Lee County: (815) 857-3525

Ogle County: 815-732-2191

Whiteside County: (815) 632-3611

 

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Morrison Chamber of Commerce

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