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Seeking Nominations for Grand Marshal of the 2019 Fiesta Parade


Special Events at The Whiteside County Senior Center

WCSC COOKOUT FOR JULY 4TH WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD We will be grilling out brats, beef hot dogs, and of course potato chips, homemade potato salad,and dessert. Then you will also get popcorn to go, which will be hot and fresh. So come and eat!


Foot Clinic at Whiteside County Senior Center Wednesday July 3, 2019 and Wednesday July 10 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Foot care will be available for all senior citizens. For appointments call Fancy Feet at 815-213-0324 Cost $25. They will soak your feet, trim your toenails, and give you a fabulous foot massage


Happy Tails Presentation Wednesday July 10 at 10:30 a.m. Come and listen and find out how to adopt a dog or cat, what the procedures are, and what it costs, and ask any questions you may have about it. Or just come and listen and see what animals they bring.


Rules of the Road Class Thursday July 11, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, Department of Senior and Community Services is offering a free Rules of the Road Class designed as a refresher course to help a person take their driving test.


Sign up is required. To register, call 815-622-9230.  


RESTHAVE ON FRIDAY 328 Legionnaires

Good Day 328 Legionnaires;


Some of us will be at Resthave on Friday at 1045 for a small ceremony announcing that Resthave has earned the ability to allow veterans in their care via the VA.


We will play the national anthem, say The Pledge of Allegiance and hear a short presentation by the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Following that, everyone in attendance will be treated to a cookout with hamburgers and all of the fixings.


I told Karla that there would be about 7 or 8 of us there.  If there is going to be a bunch more, please let me know.  So basically if you are not a normal shower-upper but will for this, let me know.  Thanks,




No Fireworks Allowed on the "Upper Miss" Refuge

The 4th of July is just around the corner. If you are heading to the Mississippi River for a boating or camping trip, just a reminder – no fireworks are allowed on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge because of their disturbance to wildlife as well as the litter they leave behind.


The Refuge includes most islands and beaches on the Mississippi River from Wabasha, MN to Princeton, IA. If you are not sure if you will be within the Refuge please contact the Refuge office at (815) 273-2732 or check the maps located at Federal law enforcement officers will be patrolling the refuge looking for fireworks as well as glass bottles, which are also banned on refuge beaches.


The fine for glass bottles is $175; $225 for fireworks possession and use. Officers also want to remind people of the importance of wearing their PFD’s while on the water. Have a safe 4th of July


Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Savanna District 7071 Riverview Road Thomson, IL 61285


"A Dance with Mary Jane Will Be Expensive"

From the Desk of

Senator Brian W. Stewart


Have you ever heard of Aesop’s Fable, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs?  For those who don’t know, it goes something like this, “A farmer had a goose, and every day the goose laid a golden egg.  The farmer became impatient, because he had to wait each day for a new golden egg.  So he cut the goose open, hoping to get all the golden eggs at once.  But, after cutting her open, he found no golden eggs and his precious goose was dead.”  The moral of the story is, “Those who have plenty want more and so lose all they have.”


Supporters of marijuana legalization have been telling us we’re missing out on tax revenue and economic growth.  We were missing out on the goose who laid the golden egg, and we needed to legalize medical marijuana to save our budget.  In 2013, Illinois legalized medical marijuana.


We’re hearing the same call today.  Medical marijuana has not solved our budget problems.  Of course, the only possible solution proposed by the Governor and Springfield leadership is to legalize recreational marijuana.  After all, according to a poll conducted by Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 2/3 of Illinois voters support marijuana legalization if “it is taxed and regulated like alcohol.”


An analysis from the Marijuana Policy Group at the University of Colorado estimates recreational marijuana could generate between $349 million and $699 million in excise and sales tax revenue annually for Illinois.  Governor Pritzker’s team estimated $170 million in licensing revenue for new marijuana growing operations and dispensaries in his budget address.  At the beginning of the session, the Chicago Machine proposed Senate Bill 7 (SB7), the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.


There was discord over SB7, and it appeared that it wouldn’t pass.  In the waning hours of the session, the Senate gutted House Bill 1438; a bill originally titled the Pawnbroker Regulation Act, and replaced it with the contents of SB7 and rammed it through.


Here is why I voted no.  First, we’ve been told that cannabis is from the earth, and that it doesn’t do any harm.  That’s not the case.  Testimony from medical experts as well as research done at King’s College in London from medical studies conducted around the world tell us that smoking marijuana every day increases the chance of psychosis as much as five times.  The Associated Press reports, “people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis were three times more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis compared with people who never used the drug.  For those who used high-potency marijuana daily, the risk jumped to nearly five times.”


A study conducted at Duke University titled, “Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife” was published in 2012.  The study found that “persistent cannabis use over 20 years was associated with neuropsychological decline and greater decline was evident for more persistent users.”  The study determined 1) that users with pre-existing psychological impairment got worse if they smoked cannabis, 2) their impairment was global, 3) their decline was not associated with their education level, 4) persistent use interfered with everyday cognitive function, and 5) impairment persists 1 year after adolescent users stop using.

The bill is 610 pages long.  Not one of those pages has a restriction on THC levels in recreational cannabis.  Dr. Karen Kendall, an emergency room physician from Colorado, has testified that she now sees patients with marijuana induced psychosis every shift.  The Netherlands, which has long been hailed by legalization advocates, is imposing a THC level cap of 15 percent.


Second, we were never told how the state plans to deal with the cost of legalizing marijuana.  The bill and its sponsors have had years to gather data and help us understand what the costs would be and how we can meet them.  The bill doesn’t explain how.  Neither did its sponsors.


A study by the Centennial Institute in Colorado leads us to believe that we can definitely expect that we will have to pay a price for legalizing marijuana.  It found that “for every dollar gained in tax revenue, Coloradans spent approximately $4.50 to mitigate the effects of legalization.” 


A heavy cannabis user costs Colorado $2,200 per year, a moderate user $1,250 per year, and a light user $650 per year.  The biggest contributors were healthcare costs, like the emergency room visits described by Dr. Kendall, and the economic and social impact from a significant increase in the high school dropout rate.

Third, the bill expunges cannabis convictions and provides low interest loans and reduced licensing fees for people who were convicted.  There’s more.  Those who have their convictions expunged go to the front of the line to apply for a growing operation or dispensary license. That’s right. Not only will convicts be forgiven by the state for the crimes they committed, they’ll be rewarded.


But wait!  There’s more.  Areas with high crime and unemployment will have priority to locate growing operations and dispensaries.  The bill does not differentiate between a person who was only arrested because of a cannabis offense, and a more hardened criminal who was arrested for multiple offenses and only served time for cannabis through a plea bargain.


We still don’t know if the reduced licenses and fees were included in the Governor’s $170 million dollar budget estimate.  We still don’t know how much money any of this will cost to set up, or how high the social costs will be.  Supporters have had months to gather this information and make a clear and comprehensive case for taxpayers to understand.  They didn’t. They want the money and either do not know what it will cost, or they don’t care.  We can do better.  We should do better.  And that’s why I voted “no.”


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


Sunday Summer Brunch at St. Mary's in Sterling

"It's a fundraiser for St. Mary Church in Sterling!  All are invited so please gather on July 28th for a Sunday Summer Brunch!  St. Mary parish hall doors open at 7:30 am and will be serving a buffet style breakfast/brunch until noon. 


Meal costs are:  Seniors - $7, Adults - $8, kids ages 5 to 12 yrs old - $5, pre-school kids - $4, HOUSEHOLD - $36.  Church parishioner and head chef, Beth Summers along with her kitchen crew will provide a delicious morning meal. 


You may pay in advance now by registering for the brunch with the Parish Secretary OR just show up on July 28th and pay at the door!  The 50/50 raffle tickets are going fast, please see parish secretary for tickets.  Raffle drawing to be held at 12 noon at the Parish hall!  There will also be "made-by-hand" items to bid on at the Silent Auction!  Please join us and help us raise funds for church building repairs. 


Thank you and God bless our Sauk Valley Community!"


City of Rock Falls to Hold Public Hearing on the Condemnation of Micro Industries

The City of Rock Falls will be holding an open meeting to hear challenge to the findings of the local Code official’s decision of condemnation in the matter of Mirco Industries, Inc. located at 200 West 2nd Street in Rock Falls.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 26th at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.  


Representative Cheri Bustos Urges Secretary of Agriculture to Issue Disaster Declaration

On Friday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) spoke with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, where she urged him to issue a disaster declaration for areas of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.


“Our region is facing unprecedented weather conditions – the likes of which our farmers and producers have never seen in their lives,”Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee said. “Flooded fields are preventing farmers from getting crops in the ground this season and it’s clear they are in need of assistance. I’ll do everything in my power to provide producers with the tools they need to overcome these difficult times. I thank Secretary Perdue for today’s conversation and will continue working with him on behalf of hardworking Illinoisans to support our farm economy.”


On the call, Congresswoman Bustos thanked Secretary Perdue for issuing a rule yesterday, implementing part of legislation the Congresswoman has cosponsored, to have the Risk Management Agency move the final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 – providing farmers with more time to benefit from cover crops. She also urged the Secretary to issue a Secretarial disaster declaration for growers to be eligible for disaster assistance, increase prevent plant crop insurance coverage guarantee and to push back the premium payment date for crop insurance to December 1.



34th Annual RRDA's Rock River Cleanup Slated for Saturday is Canceled

The weather forecast for Saturday morning is not one conducive to safely operating on and in the waters of the Rock River. Therefore, we will be rescheduling the RRDA’s 34th annual Rock River cleanup. Furthermore, we do NOT intend on using or “rain date” of the following Saturday, June 29th. The river levels and the current have not yet normalized after this year’s record rainfalls. We will bring you the more information when it becomes available.   


Summer Splash on the Beautiful Rock Falls Riverfront

The Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Summer Splash event is being held on Friday and Saturday.  The event includes something for everyone including: entertainment, vendors, a wildfood cookout, fun and free activities for the kids and much more.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Sara Cleary, a Rock Falls Chamber Ambassador and Dakota Hagerman, the owner of Carry-on Range, who had a booth at the event on Friday evening……




Summer Splash activites continue on Saturday with: princess and super hero day, arts and crafts, booth vendors, live entertainment, the wildfood Cookout, and Summer Splash ends with fireworks that can be viewed from the Rock Falls Riverfront. 


YWCA of The Sauk Valley Events

Denise and Cylvia came in this morning with some events and programs coming up at the YWCA of The Sauk 

Valley. Some of these are timely announcements, and a few are happening tonite,(Friday june 21st) and for Saturday June22nd. Plus they included information on The YWCA Block Party happening next month.


Listen below and find out more!




Whiteside County Fair Press Release



Online entries are now being accepted for the 149th Annual Whiteside County Fair, which runs August 13th – 17th. The Whiteside County Fair no longer publishes Premium Books but the pages are available online at Look for the “NEW” arrow on the home page and click on “Entries/Premiums” for all the information you need. There is over $119,000 in premiums offered in prize money to the winners in over 1,500 different classes.


The Whiteside County Fair accepts Visa and MasterCard for entries and ticket purchases. You can make your entries online by following the premiums link and use your Visa or MasterCard for payment. All the information you need to get ready for the Whiteside County Fair is at your fingertips on our website. You can also print the “Entry Blank” form and fill it out. Entries must be delivered to the Secretary’s Office the week prior to the fair in person or mail them to P.O. Box 88 Morrison, IL.


Copies of blank entry forms will be available at participating banks for your convenience. Exhibitors can then easily fill in the entry form from the information found on the website. Check out our website for more information about the fair at


Illinois Department of Transportation

Dixon, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on I-88 eastbound, from the IL 78 interchange to the US 30 Clinton interchange, will begin on Monday, June 24, 2019. Martin and Co. Excavating will be starting the $1.6 million contract to construct a bonded hot mix asphalt wearing surface on the eastbound lanes.


Eastbound lane closures will be required for approximately two months to complete the work, with all lanes open from 3 p.m. July 3 thru July 7. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered.


Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.


For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at @IDOTDistrict2 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on


Illinois State Police Annouce Results of Truck Enforcement Detail

Illinois State Police District 1, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Commerce Commission Police and Illinois Department of Revenue combined their efforts to work a truck enforcement detail on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Lee County.


During the detail 9 citations and 45 written warnings were issued. Of the 9 citations, officers issued 2 for Log Book Violations, 1 for No Valid Commercial Driver’s License, 1 for Operating without Motor Carrier Authority, 1 for Violation of International Fuel Tax Agreement, 1 for Overweight on Registration and 3 for other violations.


Additionally, there was 1 forced registration by Secretary of State Police and 3 administrative citations issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission Police.


Troopers conducted 29 Motor Carrier Safety Inspections placing 1 driver out of service and 3 vehicles out of service for safety violations. Troopers weighed 75 trucks during the detail.


This detail was a cooperative effort to provide increased enforcement of overweight truck violations, registration violations and other violations related to motor carrier safety.


Jane's Place in Rock Falls

Thursday was the 6th month anniversary of the opening of Jane’s Place a family bar and restaurant in Rock Falls.  It’s all in the family for Jane Sutton the owner of Jane’s Place in Rock Falls.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn and Andrew Paxton spoke with Jane on Thursday night…….




Jane’s is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily.  The kitchen is open 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday



Whiteside County Senior Center UPCOMING TRIPS

Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa Wednesday July 24, 2019 Cost $15 members and $20 nonmembers Cost includes transportation and free buffet lunch. Pickup at Sterling Walmart (northeast corner) at 8:30 a.m. Pay for this trip at WCSC.


The Dancing Horses Theatre Thursday August 8, 2019 Cost $95 members and $100 nonmembers The Dancing Horses Theater presents an enchanting Vegas-style performance unparalleled anywhere else. From the moment the show opens until the finale, the audience of all ages sits spellbound, applauding each equine performer and trainer, exclaiming in wonder, chuckling at the humor, and even wiping the occasional tear when a moment of connection touches a heart string. The show concludes with the Dancing Waters, which features hundreds of water jets that are choreographed to music and presented in a brilliant kaleidoscope of changing lights. Also includes an exotic bird show and a petting zoo. Will leave Sterling Walmart at 7:45 a.m. Pay for this trip at WCSC.


Colorado Springs Trip – August 18 – 24, 2019 $839 Member, $889 Nonmember, Double Occupancy 6 nights loding including 4 consecutive nights in scenic Colorado. 10 Meals: 6 breakfast and 4 dinners. Tour of the Garden of the Gods, visit to the United States Air Force Academy, visit the Royal Gorge, including Bridge and Aerial Tram, visit historic Manitou Springs at the foot of famous Pikes Peak, guided tour of Colorado Springs, visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and much more. Leave Sterling Walmart at 8:45 a.m.. Pay for this trip at WCSC.


Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa Wednesday August 28, 2019 Cost $15 members and $20 nonmembers Cost includes transportation and free buffet lunch. Pickup at Sterling Walmart (northeast corner) at 8:30 a.m. Pay for this trip at WCSC.


Update on Wanted Fugitive

Sterling Police Report


On June 19, 2019 at about 1:34 p.m. the Sterling Police Department has taken Samantha J. Sliger, into custody for outstanding warrants in Whiteside County-Driving while license revoked/suspended for DUI, Lee County- Forgery, Winnebego County-Forgery and driving on a suspended license, Rock Island County- Perjury, and Clinton County (lowa). Sliger was located at approximately 1:34 P.M. in Sterling, IL. She was transported to the Whiteside County Jail in lieu of bond.


The suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty.


CGH Health Foundation Announces CGH 30 Day Walking Challenge

CGH Health Foundation is doing a walking challenge throughout the month of July to encourage everyone to walk more by participating in a game.  Anyone can join the challenge by downloading the StepBet app on their phone and then entering the game code “CGH”. There is an entry fee of $20.00 that can be earned back (and maybe more) if the player meets their StepBet goals. The challenge runs from July 1st through July 30th.


The challenge was created by CGH Health Foundation’s Sherry DeWalt to create a fun way for the whole community to be more active.


“In the past, we had a yearly walking challenge called Women Out Walking where we would create teams, and track steps through pedometers we would give to each participant. The program was quite popular, so we have been looking at ways to recreate it but in a simple way. I recently came across StepBet. I chose StepBet because it is simple, fun, and adds a strong financial motivator in that you can earn your entry fee and more back by achieving your weekly goals throughout the challenge,” said DeWalt.


StepBet creates personalized goals for participants based on the step history that the app finds on their tracking device. Participants who meet their weekly goals earn their entry fee back at the end of the challenge, while those who fail to meet their goals lose their entry fee which is redistributed as a payout to participants who do meet their goals. It is important to note that if you have never tracked your steps before, you will need to start tracking them a week prior to July 1st, (so you will need to start tracking by June 23rd) to be given step goals for the challenge. StepBet tracks steps through Apple Watch, S Gear, Garmin, and Fitbit. Players who do not have a wearable device can track their steps through their smartphone. Those using their smartphone to track their steps must be carrying their phone with them to earn their steps.


The Walking Challenge goes along with the Health Nurse Healthy Nation’s “Move More” focus in July.


“Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation is a nationwide effort that encourages nurses and their organizations to improve their physical activity, nutrition, rest, quality of life, and safety. They have different challenges to improve these areas of health throughout the year, and this month we thought it would be fun to include the whole community,” Stated DeWalt.


For more information on Healthy Nurse Health Nation visit and for any questions regarding the CGH 30 Day Walking Challenge please email




WW2 and The Greatest Generation

June 21, 22 and 23 at Elks Page Park in Dixon, experience Battle Simulations, Armored vehicle Displays and more

in a tribute to WW2 Veterans. John Lashinski, one of the reenactors for this demonstration was in studio

to talk about His part, and shared a little history on the event, plus what's planned for this weekend.


All the conversation can be heard below.




4th of July at Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Church, located at 512 Second Ave. Sterling is having a 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy a

great day with family and friends from noon til 4pm. Everything is free except for the food! There will be

cool fun for everyone, 2 waterslides, rockwall and more!


Pastor loren came by WSDR this morning with all the details planned.


Listen here.




Sterling American Legion Post 296

Sterling, IL – June 25, 2019 – Chartered on October 30, 1919 Sterling American Legion Post 296 Celebrates their Centennial Anniversary this year. The first of many public events occurs on Tuesday, June 25th. Please join Sterling American Legion on “A Historic Journey of Post 296”.


Paul Ahrens will present the history of the Post with a program beginning at 6pm at 601 First Avenue in Sterling, IL. A reception will follow. Other public events this summer include veteran open houses on July 20th and September 21st, the Annual Chicken BBQ and Silent Auction on August 5th and an inaugural Golf Outing September 7th. Look for event details on Facebook and Twitter.


Please call the Post at 815-625-1212 to inquire about membership


34th Annual RRDA River Clean-up is Saturday June 22nd

The Rock River Development Authority, also known as the RRDA, will be hosting their 34th Annual River Clean up.  The RRDA supports the local community in many ways. The most visible is the through annual cleanup events of the area's local waterways focus on bringing families together to get outside and give back to their communities.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with James Marks of the RRDA about the Rock River Clean up ….



Their rain date is June 29, 2019 should it rain on Saturday. 



CGH Patient Satisfaction Award

CGH Home Nursing Earns SHPBest “Superior Performer” Patient Satisfaction Award


 CGH Home Nursing and Home Infusion has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all eligible SHP clients for the 2018 calendar year.


The annual SHPBest™ award program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients. The 2018 award recipients were determined by reviewing and ranking the overall satisfaction score for more than 2,500 home health providers.


“I am so proud of the commitment and dedication that our staff brings to our patients and our organization every day,” said Mary Jean Derreberry, CGH Home Nursing Director. “By receiving this award, we reaffirm our commitment to excellence in providing the highest-quality care to our patients in the comfort of their home. Whether they need the services of a registered nurse, a physical or occupational therapist, a certified home health aide, a speech pathologist or a medical social worker, CGH Home Nursing provides highly qualified, caring professionals at a level that meets and exceeds the healthcare industry’s highest standards.”


“SHP is proud to present the SHPBest awards to our top-performing customers,” said Rob Paulsson, President of SHP. “We commend these organizations for their continuous focus on delivering the highest quality of care to their patients.” With the largest HHCAHPS benchmark in the nation, SHP is in a unique position to identify and recognize organizations that have made patient satisfaction a priority and have been rewarded for their efforts with high marks on the HHCAHPS survey.


CGH Medical Center’s Home Nursing and Home Infusion serves patients in Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, Carroll and Bureau counties, providing high quality home health care that is tailored to meet individual needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For questions or more information about our Home Nursing services, visit or call (815) 622-0836 or toll-free (800) 377-2828.


Read more about the SHPBest awards program, including methodology and award recipient lists at Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) is a leader in data analytics and benchmarking that drive daily clinical and operational decisions. Their solutions bring real-time data to post-acute providers, hospitals, and ACOs to better coordinate quality care and improve patient outcomes. Since 1996, SHP has helped more than 7,000 organizations nationwide raise the bar for healthcare performance.


CGH Home Nursing and Home Infusion staff were recently recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of more than 2,500 home health providers in 2018.


The CGH Home Nursing staff includes: Front row (L-R): Judy Hentges, RN and Jacque Schroeder, RN; 2nd row (L-R): Shelly Lewis, RN, Laura Hawk, RN and Sandy Hobbs, RN; 3rd row (L-R): Anne Nehrkorn, RN and Mary Jean Derreberry, RN, CGH Home Nursing Director; and top row (L-R): Lora Clapper, HUC/CNA; Cynthia Weisel, RN; Quan Kendrick, LPN; Pam Carey, RN; Angel Moreno, PTA; Deb Knutti, PT; Darcie Bettner, RN; and Deb Devine, RN. Not pictured: Aubree Johnson OT, Kiana Aude HUC/CNA, Erin Phalen PT, Theresa Murray RN and Denise Wooden RN.



A Chat with Mayor Lee

Sterling Mayor Skip Lee and City Manager Scott Schumard were in studio at WSDR to talk about the City

Council Meeting held Monday June 17th. The Mayor and Scott shared about road updates, curbing projects

and other expected improvements. A few other items included a fire truck purchase, mutual repsonse explaination, and some new state laws starting July 1st.


Two parts to check out posted below.







Sauk Valley Area Chamber Update

Kris Noble with The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce had been busy with new member ribbon cuttings,

and committee meetings. Coming up Thursday a chamber after hours is scheduled, and The Chamber's annual steak fry is Thursday, August 1st. Kris came in with lots of information.


Listen below to all the details.