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Be Aware and Alert of Stopped School Buses, Crosswalks, And Children Walking or Riding Their Bicycles


 Illinois State Police (ISP) District 1 Commander, Captain Matthew Hodgdon, would like to remind motorists that area schools are opening their doors to begin the new school year.


The start of the school year means an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools. Motorists need to be watchful of slowed or stopped school buses, crosswalks and of children walking or riding their bike to and from school. Be mindful of children possibly darting out from between parked cars. Plan ahead and allow extra time for these school buses and the increase in traffic flow during the morning and after school hours.


A friendly reminder that loading and unloading happens twice, in the morning and after school. Please be patient and aware in order to allow students and children to get to their destination safely. Motorists are also reminded to obey the school zone speed limit and avoid distracted driving. The speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour and is in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days when children are present.


Motorists are reminded that driving while talking on a hand-held cellular device is strictly prohibited, as well as texting while driving. A first time offense and any subsequent offense is considered a moving violation. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus with lights activated and a sign extended must stop their vehicle before reaching the school bus.


Failure to do so can result in a $150 fine and a three-month driver’s license suspension. Remember, pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk.


All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


WSDR Thursday at The Whiteside County Fair

Happy Tails of Rock Falls is at The Whiteside County Fair. They are answering questions and offering pet identification tags and letting pet owners know about a clinic coming up on Thursday August 22nd. Donald Czyzyk shared all the information.....

For Clinic information call next Thursday call Happy Tails (815) 626-2994


Rock Creek Belgians- Prophetstown

Yesterday at The Whiteside County Fair was The Heavy Horse Hitch competition. Aaron Mosher, owner of Rock Creek Belgians from Prophetstown took 1st Place in the 4 horse hitch and 1st place in the sportsmanship competition as well. Aaron was busy after the event, so I was able to have a conversation with his mom, Peggy Moser. She talked aboutthe hitch outcome and a little history about Rock Creek Belgians...





NCI Works Annual Employer Conference

On Friday, October 4, 2019 NCI Works will host its Annual Employer Conference from 8:30am to 3pm at the Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Drive in Mendota, IL. This annual event offers area companies, human resource departments, upper and middle management, and front line supervisors the opportunity to gain valuable information on workforce issues including an update on the most pressing issues facing today’s workforce.  This year the conference will offer a session, presented by attorney Jeffrey Risch, on what businesses need to know about the new recreational marijuana law that will take effect January 1, 2020. In addition to Mr Risch, the afternoon keynote speaker, Mark Sander, will offer attendee insight into the  5 types of traumatic stress disorders common among employees, how to create a trauma informed company, how to minimize the impact of trauma at work, addressing critical incidents in the workplace which can reactivate trauma, reasons employees who are not military veterans or returning citizens are vulnerable to traumatic stress, the supervisor-supervisee relationship as a source of trauma and trauma relief, the role of leadership in addressing trauma, organizational wellness strategies as trauma relief including: team building, increasing job satisfaction, creating a great place to work, promotion of laughter and strategies to prevent secondary trauma.


Companies are encouraged to send anyone within their organization that has direct responsibility for the supervision and management of their incumbent workforce.  Registration material can be obtain at the NCI Works website ( and should be emailed ( or faxed to (815-433-6645) to Dianna Schuler. Registration for the event is $40 which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Inquiries can be made by calling Dianna direct (815-640-9406) or emailing her.




Dianna Schuler

1550 First Ave

Ottawa, IL 61350



Avenue G Bridge to be Closed From September 16th  through the end of November

The City of Rock Falls has announced that they have been informed by IDOT that they will tentatively begin work on the Avenue G Bridge on Monday, September 16th and the work is not expected to be completed until late November. The bridge will be closed during this time.





CGH Recognizes DAISY Award Winner Erika Adams, RN

 Erika Adams, a registered nurse and patient navigator in the CGH Diagnostic Imaging Department, was recently recognized in front of her friends, family and co-workers, as a recipient of the prestigious DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. An international program, the award is presented to nurses around the world who go above and beyond for their patients and demonstrate extraordinary compassionate care. 


“My daughter was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and from the very beginning Erika, as nurse navigator, has been there for her,” said the nomination for Erika. “It has been a trying time…made much more understandable with Erika’s guidance! She really understands what information a patient and their family members need. Erika was very careful not to overload us at the start, and gave us the positive information, as well as the not so good.”


The nominator concluded, “Erika has come through as a kind, compassionate, and informed advocate! She will hold your hand, or whatever you need, and do it with sincere determination to ease the patient’s anxiety. We know as we go through this time, we have many people to help, and Erika will also be there to help us with every step! Our thanks to CGH for employing such a wonderful nurse!”

The DAISY Award - an acronym for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” - was established by the DAISY Foundation in California in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. The DAISY Award continues to recognize and celebrate the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and their families every day.


Other CGH nurses nominated by our patients this quarter for the DAISY award included: Abby Anderson, Brittani Berge, Barbara Duffy, Elizabeth Goff, Manuel Mooney, Heather Moser, Heather Musselman, Michelle Nelsen, Kristy Pierce, Stephanie Robbins, Whitney Smith, Randi Sturtevant, Lori Vandermyde, Lisa Vos and Esther Whiles.


If you would like to submit a nomination for extraordinary nursing care that you or a family member have received at CGH Medical Center, please visit


Post 296

The U.S. Congress has passed a new Federal Charter (the Legion Act) for The American Legion and effective July 30, 2019 the President has signed same.


Under the old charter Legion membership was limited to specific service dates and this new charter expands those dates for veterans to become members of The American Legion. Any veteran who has honorably served their country from December 7, 1941 to the present can now become a full member of the American Legion.


“Members who had previously signed up socially or as Sons of the American Legion or Auxiliary now have the opportunity to join as Legion Members.” Remarked Post Commander, Jim Gordon. “This now gives us the opportunity to serve new members who served between the Korean War to Vietnam War. It’s a very positive change.”


Post 296 heartily welcomes all veterans, and especially those veterans who previously were not eligible along with associated family members, to become part of the Legion Family. Contact Sterling American Legion Post 296 at 601 First Avenue, Sterling, IL 61081 or 815-625-1211 for application. Copy of your DD-214 is required. Find Post 296 on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Inquiries can be directed to or 815-625-1212


Coverage for Tick-Borne Diseases signed into law by Governor

Rep. Dan Swanson - Swanson Bill to Require Health Insurance Coverage for Tick-Borne Diseases signed into law by Governor


Legislation sponsored by State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) mandating insurance coverage for long-term antibiotic therapy for a person with a tick-borne disease was signed into law by Governor Pritzker Tuesday afternoon.


“The ability to receive treatment when you have previously been insufficiently treated, is life changing,” Rep. Swanson said from Springfield about HB 889.  “By mandating insurance coverage of the long-term antibiotic treatment needed for some patients, we are putting another piece of the puzzle into place for these patients.”

House Bill 889 passed the Illinois House by a vote of 106-0, despite opposition from a myriad of insurance companies and underwriters.  The Senate went on to pass the bill 58-0.  With the governor’s signature, the legislation will take effect January 1, 2020.

Advocates for Lyme Disease sufferers said the current recommended treatment of the disease, 10 to 21 days of antibiotics, is insufficient for people with acute or long-term levels of the disease. 

Last year Swanson passed the “Lauryn Russell Lyme Disease Prevention & Protection Law” — named after a Mercer County Jr. High School student who has suffered from Lyme Disease since she was 7.  Her mother, Jennifer Russell is the Executive Director of the Illinois Lyme Association. 




Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Lost Mound River Road will close August 19 


The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge has announced the Lost Mound River Road Wildlife Drive will close on August 19 for a road rehabilitation project. Road closure is expected to extend for 60 days.


The 2.5 mile asphalt road is in a deteriorated condition and will be rebuilt with the addition of 3 asphalt parking areas. The road parallels the Mississippi River and is a popular shoreline drive that includes a scenic overlook located directly across from the confluence of the Maquoketa River.


The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge extends 261 miles and includes 240,000 acres within the states of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is the most visited national wildlife refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System with over 3 million visitors annually.


Opening Day at The Whiteside County Fair

Day one of the whiteside county fair got underway yesterday with the western horse show, open swine judging

and of course the carnival. Just ahead of the school year the midway was busy with many families and kids

taking advantage of the mega band for carnival rides. I spoke with Todd Mickley who handles publicity for

the fair about the first day.....

The kids tractor pull at the whiteside county fair has been popular as long as its been around.

Wheather it's the younger ones with a pedal tractor or the weighted pull with a garden tractor

for the older ones, it always has a large crowd. Sheriff John Booker can be found there to observe

this fun event...The next kids tractor pull will be this saturday, the 17th at 11 am.


Open and Jr. dairy judging get underway at the whiteside county fair at 9 this morning. I spoke

with Hanna in the dairy barn yesterday. She  showed her cows today.


Press Release from The City of Dixon

City Manager, Danny Langloss


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised the City of Dixon of its approval to expend up to $2,927,424 to conduct a time-critical removal action at the former Dixon Iron & Metal Company (DIMCO) site located at 78 Monroe Avenue, Dixon, Illinois (Site). The action is necessary to mitigate threats to public health, welfare and the environment posed by the release or threat of release of hazardous substances at the Site. The EPA has documented the presence of hazardous substances at the Site, as defined by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), such as metals (antimony, arsenic, copper, mercury and lead) and PCBs.


The time-critical removal actions proposed are to define the nature and extent of contamination in surface and subsurface soil; remove contaminated surface and subsurface soil; backfill excavated areas; restore vegetative cover; consolidate and package hazardous substances, prepare pollutants and contaminants for transportation and off-site disposal; and initiate post-removal site control measures. All removal actions will be conducted in accordance with CERCLA.


Removal actions will require approximately 60 working days to complete. The EPA has retained a contractor and removal actions began today.


The City of Dixon greatly appreciates the assistance of the EPA and that agency’s significant investment in abating the environmental concerns present at the Site. According to Mayor Liandro Arellano, “We could not be more grateful for the support of the Illinois EPA and the USEPA. Their teams have both been incredible to work with and the expertise of Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental has been vital to the success of this project. After we make the property safe, we can begin the next steps to bring Viaduct Point to life.”


City Manager Danny Langloss echoes that sentiment. “It has been incredible to see the teamwork that has brought us to this point. Environmental cleanup on the DIMCO property is essential for us to move forward on the $2.2 million ITEP grant we won. This grant will add more than 1.5 miles of new pedestrian pathway and connect the downtown to Dement Town through revitalization of the old railroad tracks above the viaducts from West 1st Street to West 7 th Street." 


The EPA has further advised the City of Dixon that additional environmental concerns exist due to the migration of surface water from the Site to the Rock River. During a Site visit earlier this year, the EPA observed surface waters from the Site breaching a protective berm separating the Site from the Rock River. Subsequent testing revealed the presence of elevated levels of PCBs in Rock River sediment located a few feet from the Site. The EPA is planning on evaluating the extent of PCB contamination in the Rock River as it relates to the Site in a future investigation that is currently being planned. The City of Dixon will advise as further information becomes available. In the meantime, the City of Dixon would like to remind its residents and visitors to check the Illinois Fish Advisory, which may be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, before consuming any fish caught in the Rock River. The Illinois Fish Advisory contains recommendations on the consumption (meal frequency) of fish from Illinois’ rivers.



The Dixon Police Department would like to announce an awards presentation that will take place on Thursday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. The awards presentation will take place at City Hall, 121 West Second Street, and last for approximately thirty minutes.


Officer Mark Dallas will be receiving the award for “National Officer of the Year.” This award is due to Officer Dallas’ heroic actions on May 16, 2018. This award is through the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, Florida. Officer Dallas will be presented a plaque by Chief/Chaplain Jack L. Rinchich, President National Association of Chiefs of Police/American Police Hall of Fame. The plaque will be a replica of the one that is now permanently affixed on the “National Officer of the Year” honor wall at the facility in Titusville, Florida.


Barry Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer with the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum stated, “The American Police Hall of Fame was established in 1960 and began a national awards program in 1972. Then in 1988, the Hall of Fame began recognizing one special officer from across the country to be known as its National Officer of the Year. This title provides that special officer with its highest award to a living officer.


The selection process is long and never an easy one as many brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way protecting their communities every day. Therefore, recipients of this prestigious award have come from all over the United States as there is never a shortage of worthy candidates, each performing above and beyond the call of duty without regard for their own personal safety.”


Get Hooked on Fishing

Get Hooked on Fishing Kids Fishing Day, September 7th


Local area youth, ages 5-12, are encouraged to pre-register now for Kids Fishing Day at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. A youth fishing clinic will be held at Frog Pond on September 7, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Children 6 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the day. The Service will provide poles (for those that do not have their own), bait, lessons and some good ‘ol fishing fun. Following an exciting day of fishing will be a “shore lunch”, hot dog cookout. Contact the District Office at (815) 273-2732, to register your child or volunteer to help. Registration ends September 5 at 4 pm. Please bring your own fishing pole if you have one.


The Office is located at 7071 Riverview Rd., Thomson Illinois. Participants will meet at the Frog Pond parking lot, which is located 1.5 miles south of Savanna on Rt. 84. Look for the banners along the road. Listen to WCCI FM 100.3 for cancellation notice.


The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, Minn. to Rock Island, Ill., protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife. This 240,000 acre refuge was established in 1924.


Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge / Savanna District 7071 Riverview Road Thomson, IL 61285 815/273-2732 Fax: 815/273-2960?


City Of God Church Helps Local Citizens

The City God Church Mission Team has been working hard during the summer to help those in our community who need help with lawn work, cleaning out their basements and other jobs that, due to age or physical disability,  they are unable to complete.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sonrisa Coranado a member of the City of God Mission Team……..





You can reach Pastor Harts at 815-716-8057 if you would like some help from the mission team.  



On Saturday, August 10th, employees of G&M Distributors volunteered at the 2019 Dixon Habitat for Humanity construction project.  Pictured above is the G&M Distributors crew including (from the left): Matt Planthaber, LeAnn Angleton, Ken Angleton, Tom Peterson, Jim Jecklin, Kevin Fenwick and David Cain. 


Salvation Army to Host Movie Night the 4th Friday of the Month Beginning in September

The Salvation Army in Sterling is hosting a movie night beginning in September.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Captain Dave Amick of the Salvation Army about this upcoming event……


Again, the Salvation Army is located at 409 Avenue F in Sterling. 





The Dixon Public Schools District 170 and the Dixon Police Department would like to announce the changing of the guard with the School Resource Officer position at the Dixon High School.


Currently, School Resource Officer Mark A. Dallas has been assigned to the Dixon High School for the past five years. During this time, Officer Dallas has developed a great rapport with the students and staff within the school. This rapport wasn’t developed over night. Officer Dallas spent a lot of time with students and staff outside of the normal school day by attending special events, sporting events, and also coaching football for the past five years. Officer Dallas has played a key role in the safety and security measures that were implemented within the school. He was also heavily involved in deploying the many surveillance cameras that the school currently has within the facility.


Once the police department and school district learned of Officer Dallas’ approaching retirement, the entities created a process to select the next school resource officer. Three Dixon Police Officers applied for the position. A committee was formed to conduct interviews with all candidates. The committee included Dr. Grady, Dixon High School Principal, Mr. Shaner, Assistant Principal/Activities & Athletic Director, Mr. Stansford, Assistant Principal, and Chief Howell. The goal was to select Officer Dallas’ replacement, so the officer could complete a Basic School Resource Officer class prior to the beginning of the new school year. This course is put on by NASRO, National Association of School Resource Officers.

The process began in late June and interviews were conducted in early July. The committee selected Officer Chris Scott to serve as the next Dixon High School Resource Officer.


Officer Chris Scott is an 11 year veteran of law enforcement who joined the Dixon Police Department in December 2017. Officer Scott holds many certifications including, Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator, and now School Resource Officer.


Officer Scott serves on the committee that hosts Clothes for Kids and Shop with a Cop. Officer Scott is also the Director of the Safety and Security Ministry at Bethel Church. In his off time, Officer Scott enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and coaching.


On July 15th through the 19th, Officer Scott completed the Basic School Resource Officer class. Officer Scott stated, “I’m very excited for this new opportunity and look forward to continuing the standard that has been set by Officer Dallas.”


Margo Empen, Superintendent with Dixon Public Schools District 170 stated, “School Resource Officers are responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools. In reality, they do that and so much more for DPS #170. District Administration and the DPS Board of Education want to thank and honor SRO Mark Dallas for his service at Dixon High School. Officer Dallas is a member of our Dixon Public Schools family. We are forever grateful for his service, especially on May 16, 2018. Our schools are a better place thanks to our partnership with the Dixon Police Department and the SRO program. We wish Officer Dallas a retirement filled with family, friends, and pride for a job well done." "We also welcome Officer Chris Scott to Dixon High School as our new SRO. Officer Scott brings qualities to the job that I believe will build on the legacy left by Officer Dallas, and will continue to move this program forward. We are confident that Officer Scott will continue to provide for the safety of our students and staff while making those lasting connections with the Dixon Public School family.”


Dr. Grady stated, “The students and staff at Dixon High School are forever indebted to Officer Mark Dallas for his service as School Resource Officer. His professionalism and dedication to making Dixon High School a better place will be missed. All of us wish him well on his retirement and look forward to the next chapter of School Resource Officer at Dixon High School under Chris Scott


Plainwell Brass acquired by Bradford Supply Company

Plainwell Brass, a supplier of plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment has been acquired by Bradford Supply Company of Robinson Illinois. Bradford Supply Company, a wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies, water well, watered an oil fields, is owned by Rocky Chamblin and Dave Chamblin.


Plainwell Brass has been in the community 66 years with David Allen as President for the past 28 years. David Allen will remain with the company as an advisor to ensure a smooth transition with the new ownership. There are no major changes planned for the business at this time; the name Plainwell Brass, Inc, the services offered, and the staff will remain the same.


Bradford Supply Company remains committed to the high standards of service and community involvement implemented by Mr. Allen. Rocky Chamblin noted that Bradford Supply Company is a 3rd generation family owned business that has been in the business since 1902. A ribbon cutting and open house will be held in the early fall. 


4-H Fair results for Carroll County

Grand Champion Female Overall, Macie Carroll, Mt Carroll, Presented with chair by Straddle Creek Show Stock, Brian Witt and ribbon Natalie Wilkinson 4-H Ambassador and Reserve Grand



4-H Ambassadors Natalie Wilkinson- Chadwick and Olivia Charles-Mt. Carroll

Bradley and Wil Johnson from Lanark getting ready for the Swine Show

Champion Crossbred Female Nicki Adolph, Mt. Carroll and Reserve Champion Alyssa Galloway, Galt

Champion and Reserve Champion Dairy Goat Hannah and Emma Foster, Chadwick

Peyton Erbsen- Lanark with 4-H Ambassador- Brianna Wilkinson getting Dwayne Harridge Memorial 4-H Dairy Showmanship Award

General Projects Fiber Judge Mary Stayner with 4-H’er Kendra Ebersole, Milledgeville

Champion Female Overall, Madyson Frederick ,Chadwick presented with ribbon by 4-H ambassador Brianna Wilkinson


From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart

“Property taxes, parks, pets and pollution prevention”


A new state task force will look for ways to provide property tax relief to homeowners and report its findings by the end of the year.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed legislation creating the bipartisan Property Tax Relief Task Force.  The panel will be made up of lawmakers appointed by the four legislative leaders, and individuals appointed by the Governor.  Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady appointed Senators Donald Dewitt, Dan McConchie, Dale Righter, Jil Tracy, and Craig Wilcox to serve on the Task Force.


The Task Force has been charged with identifying the causes of increasingly burdensome property taxes across Illinois.  Members will review successful public policy strategies from throughout the nation that create short-term and long-term property tax relief for homeowners, and make recommendations about what steps Illinois could take to provide property tax relief.


An initial report is due within 90 days and the Task Force will submit a final report by Dec. 31.

According to investment site, Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the country, with an average effective rate of nearly double the national average.


Long-term plans for two State Parks


Another state task force has presented its recommendations for the futures of two major Southern Illinois facilities.


A special task force of lawmakers, state officials and other stakeholders has released strategic plans for Pyramid State Park and the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta.  The studies were facilitated by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s Innovation and Economic Development Office and presented to the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at a ceremony at the Sparta complex on Aug. 5.


The reports focused on the current and future needs of the two facilities and how to best manage and grow them for the future.


Pyramid State Park, with a total of 19,701 acres, is the largest state park in Illinois.  It was built on reclaimed surface mine land and is popular for a number of activities, including fishing, hunting, sporting dog events, 4-H programs, and re-enactments.  The World Shooting and Recreational Complex is a 1,600 acre world-class shooting and recreational facility that welcomes thousands of people per year.

The planning reports can be viewed at


New law to protect pets, prevent pollution


New laws are on the books to protect pets that are staying in kennels and to prevent coal ash pollution.

On Aug. 6, Gov. Pritzker signed a new law aimed at making sure pets are safe from fires while staying at a kennel.  The new law requires that kennels either have to be staffed at all times or install a fire alarm or sprinkler system that notifies local fire departments.  The legislation was inspired by a fire earlier this year at a Chicago-area kennel where 31 dogs were killed.


Also signed into law are new protections from pollution caused by coal ash.  Senate Bill 9 creates new controls where coal ash sites can be located and how they are run, to prevent issues and pollution from these sites.  The new law requires permits for both the operation and closure of CCR Surface Impoundments, otherwise known as coal ash disposal sites.  It also creates fees for the operation and closure of the sites. The fees range from $15,000 to $75,000 depending on the closure status of the site.


If you have any additional thoughts or ideas, please visit my website at and use the form to send me an e-mail.


National Lemonade Day

Scarlett LeBarron, of Rock Falls, is a veteran at the lemonade stand business and she is only 6 years old.  Saturday, August 10th is National Lemonade Day.  This is a free community-wide educational initiative designed to teach children: business skills, responsibility, financial literacy, goal-setting and team work.    Scarlet had her lemonade stand on First Avenue in Rock Falls on Saturday and she spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn……



Michael Holthouse is the founder of National Lemonade Day. 


Coloma Township Park District will host the Jeffrey "Todd" McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament

The Coloma Township Park District will host the Jeffrey “Todd” McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament to benefit the Cancer Fund.  Todd was a 1983 Graduate of Rock Falls High School and played on the Varsity Tennis Team.  He went on to play tennis for 2 years under Coach Frank Palumbo on a scholarship at Sauk Valley College.  From Sauk Todd received a scholarship to play at St. Francis College in Joliet.  


While attending St. Francis College over Christmas Break in 1988 Todd received tragic news that he had cancer.  Todd began his treatment immediately.  His days consisted of a treatment everyday, Monday through Friday, attending classes and participating in Tennis practice.  Todd was a computer science major and during the whole time he kept up this grueling schedule he was able to make the "Dean’s List” for grades.   


After a valiant fight Todd passed away on March 9, 1991 at the young age of 26 years.  Todd’s many friends especially Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge began and still continue to direct the tennis tournament in Todd’s honor.  All proceeds from the tournament go to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund to be used locally to help cancer patients.  Everyone is welcome to play in the tournament and donations are welcome.  Donations can be sent to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund or to the Park District in Todd’s name.


The Todd McThenia Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament sponsored by Wheelock Furniture and the Coloma Township Park District will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  All entrants may play Mens and Womens Doubles beginning 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 Tournament Directors will be Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge.


Matches will be played at the Tennis Court facilities located in Centennial Park in Rock Falls 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, August 18, 2019. 


If you have any questions on this Special Event, please contact the staff at the Coloma Township Park District Administrative Office at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls or phone 1-815-625-0272.  



Illinois State Police continue to work out the rules for public review for the Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification Act that went into effect last month as more than 1,200 federally licensed dealers have yet to seek state licenses in Illinois.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Gun Dealer License Certification Act in January. The law requires federally licensed dealers to also register with the state. But there aren’t any rules in place.


As The Center Square Illinois first reported last month, of the more than 2,350 federally licensed dealers in Illinois, about 1,140 of those have for the state license.


“The ones who haven’t renewed their license have had to stop selling,” Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said. “So they were put out of business by the state of Illinois. There have been 1,211 dealers that we know of put out of business, which is more than half in the state. And none of these dealers have ever done anything wrong, committed any violations, or they wouldn't be dealers.”


Pritzker said the rules still haven’t been finalized.


“There’s a great deal of consideration being given to them and in fact, people are working hard on it,” Pritzker said. “It’s taking a little longer than expected.”


Pearson said the lack of rules after the law went into effect isn’t giving dealers any consideration. He said without clear rules, dealers are in the dark.


“All it says is adequate. There’s no guidance on what adequate is. So [gun dealers] may spend $20,000 on a security system and find out that it’s not adequate,” Pearson said. “So there’s no consideration been given to the firearms dealers. We’ll go to court and let the court decide.”


Pearson said even once the rules are published soon, there would be a 90-day comment period before the law could be implemented.


The Illinois Attorney General’s office said its response to the Illinois State Rifle Association's lawsuit to block the law is due by Aug. 19.


State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Brook, who spearheaded the law said last month as the law went into effect it has been “a real success.”


“I’m thrilled 1,100 gun dealers have applied,” Harmon said.


“He wanted to drive firearm dealers out of business and for him, it’s been a success,” Pearson said. “For the people who like the Second Amendment, who are some of the 2.3 million citizens who have a [Firearm Owner Identification] card here it’s been a disaster. It’s been hard for them. It’s a problem for those people, but it’s been a win for the anti-gunners.”



The state of Illinois has closed a legal requirement in certain court filings that have allowed abusers to find where abuse victims are staying.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 399 into law Wednesday. It allows victims of domestic abuse to keep their addresses off of court filings if they believe that disclosing it would endanger them or their children.


“For too long, survivors of domestic violence have feared retaliation from their abusers while seeking refuge, but this new law takes a step forward in protecting victims as they write a new chapter in their lives,” Pritzker said in a statement. “Today’s action reaffirms our state’s commitment to empowering and supporting survivors and their families.”


Rebecca Darr, CEO of the Chicago-based WINGS Program, said revealing where the person is staying could put them in danger.


“[Addresses] can be researched and people can figure out where someone’s at and it totally jeopardizes their safety,” she said.


The issue once put some of Darr’s employees in danger when an abusive man learned the location of one of the group's safe facilities.


“One of our residents went to court custody and the judge court-ordered the address, the address of our safe house in the court document ordering us to give up the child to the alleged abuser and gave him the address,” she said. “Everyone in our facility was put at grave risk.”


The change takes effect next year.



Blood Donors at Windsor Manor

$10 Gift Cards for Blood Donors at Windsor Manor Thursday, August 22


Morrison, IL – Windsor Manor will host a community blood drive from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, August 22. Windsor Manor is located at 403 Scenic St., Morrison; the drive is open to the public.


All presenting donors at this drive will receive a voucher to claim a $10 gift card from one of the following: Casey’s General Store, Dairy Queen, Dominos Pizza or Amazon. Appointments are recommended; walk in donors will be welcome.

Donors must bring Photo I.D. What: Windsor Manor Blood Drive When: Thursday, August 22, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Where: 403 Scenic St., Morrison


Appointments: To donate, please contact Stephanie Neas at (815) 772-4031 or visit and use code 3554 to locate the drive. 5500 Lakeview Parkway | Davenport, Iowa | (563) 359-5401


Donor Eligibility Criteria:


Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401.


Donors who last gave blood on or before 6/27/19 are eligible to give at this drive. About Blood Donation: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.


Whiteside County Fair Press Release

The Whiteside County Fair has an amazing line up of daily events at this year’s fair and it is sure to please all who attend! The Fair opens on Tuesday, August 13th and completes after five fun filled days on Saturday, August 17th.  The 149th annual fair, held at the fairgrounds in Morrison, IL, has something for everyone that you won’t want to miss!


Here are some of the many things going on during the day.


Cake & Pie Walk Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 4:00 pm.


Chicken Poo Bingo at 3:00 pm. Tuesday - Friday


Granpa Cratchet Stage Show throughout the day.


Bike Give Away – Sign up at the Blue Building during each day and the drawing is Tuesday – Friday 6:00 pm & Saturday 2:00 & 6:00 pm.


Wood Carving every day of the fair with the auction Saturday at 4:00 pm.


Livestock Judged Tuesday – Friday.  Check the website schedule for specific times.


Bingo Nightly 6:00 – 9:00 pm. 


Fire Department display from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. 

Thursday – Sterling, Rock Falls, and CGH EMS – Decontaminating Truck   

Friday – Morrison Fire - Grain bin rescue

Saturday – Erie, Lyndon, Tampico and P-Town – Kid’s water fights


Thank you for supporting the Whiteside County Fair. There is no doubt without your continued support, our fair would not have been successful and been able to continue for the last 149 years. We appreciate your support in keep the fair going strong, so we can continue with this important part of our county’s heritage for years to come.  


Check out our website for more information about the fair at