It was great to have Beth Fiorini back at WSDR Friday morning. She is still assiting at The Whiteside County Health Department is a n advisory capacity. Behavioral Health is always important, especially with the stress sometimes involved with this time of year.
The Whiteside Community Health Clinic has various programs and options to help, and has payment options to review as well.
Valuable information on that and more can be heard below.
On December 12 th , 2019, the Dixon Police Department completed an investigation into the sale of cocaine in the Dixon area.
Members of the Dixon Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 203 Willett Avenue in Dixon. The search warrant resulted with the arrest of Julian Guerrero, age 67, of Dixon.
During the execution of the search warrant, officers located 30 grams of cocaine and equipment used during the packaging and distribution of illegal narcotics. Guerrero was also charged for the delivery of cocaine.
Guerrero was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (15- 100 grams of cocaine), a Class X Felony, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (15-100 grams of cocaine), a Class 1 Felony, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (1-15 grams of cocaine), a Class 1 Felony, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (1-15 grams of cocaine), a Class 4 Felony. Guerrero was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.
Anyone with information in regards to any illegal activities are asked to contact the Dixon Police Department immediately at 815-288-4411, or Crimestoppers at 1-888- Caught-U (1-888-228-4488). Callers do not have to leave their names and are eligible for rewards of up to $1000.00 with information leading to an arrest.
The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven
Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker was in studio this morning. Besides keeping track of crime and courts, The Sheriff and The Deputys took some kids shopping last weekend. Hard to tell who had more fun, the kids or the the ones with badges. Listen below for some great information about keeping safe during the holidays as well.
Morrison Police would like to remind the public of a few ordinances of the City of Morrison’s Municipal Code as they relate to snow removal and parking during winter months.
SIDEWALKS – It is a violation for any person or business to obstruct sidewalks in any manner or with any material, including snow, that impedes the flow of pedestrian traffic or that creates any hazardous conditions endangering pedestrian traffic on such sidewalks.
SNOW REMOVAL INTO STREETS – It is a violation for any person to throw, place or deposit any substance, including snow, onto any street, alley or other public grounds.
PARKING – No vehicle or trailer shall be parked or otherwise allowed to remain upon any street or public way for more than 72 hours.
SNOW EMERGENCY – City officials have the authority to declare a Snow Emergency when certain conditions exist and to allow Public Works to remove snow from public streets. Public notifications of declared Snow Emergencies shall be made with the assistance of local news media and other media resources (i.e., website, social media, etc.). When a Snow Emergency is declared, the following parking regulations will also be enforced:
DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY:
- No parking on Snow Routes. Certain streets have been designated as Snow Routes and are posted as such with blue and white square signs. These routes include Lincolnway (Route 30), Jackson Street, Heaton Street, Winfield Street, Genesee Street, Genesee Avenue, Genesee Court, Illinois Route 78 (which includes parts of Wall Street, Clinton Street, and Portland Avenue), High Street and Academic Drive.
- No parking in the Central Business District (CBD). The CBD is bounded by Lincolnway (Route 30) to the north, the Railroad Tracks to the south, Clinton Street to the east, and Orange Street to the west.
The Sauk Valley Area of Chamber of Commerce was recognized by their peers recently by being awarded the Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Kris Noble is the Executive Director of the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and she gave credit to the chamber members, board members, and the community. She spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about this award…..
Chamber members are invited to register to attend the Open House to be held on December 17, 2019 to celebrate this award. Please register at:
CGH Medical Center is one step closer to providing an inpatient behavioral health/psychiatry unit after receiving Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Certificate of Need (CON) programs are aimed at controlling health care costs by restricting duplicative services, determining whether new capital expenditures meet a community need, and facilitating coordinated planning of facility construction.
“We are very pleased with the state’s endorsement of the need for this new unit,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “This moves us closer to addressing a critical need in our community to better serve behavioral health patients.”
The 10-bed unit, which will be a combination of private and semi-private rooms, will be located on the 2nd floor of the south wing of the hospital. Plans for the unit also include an inpatient detox room on the Medical floor, expansion of the Telepsychiatry program (which is already in place), as well as other area partnerships to support a full-time psychiatrist.
The unit will serve a broad range of patients, including those who suffer from chronic mental health disorders, and those who may have more acute needs such as mood or anxiety disorders, suicidal/homicidal thoughts, or psychotic episodes.
“I am thrilled that CGH Medical Center has been given the Certificate of Need for its Behavioral Health Unit,” said Skip Lee, City of Sterling mayor. “For too long those in mental health crises in the City of Sterling have had very limited options for care which would provide long term solutions and family support. I commend the Board and staff of CGH Medical Center for taking on this challenge for the betterment of our community. This unit will serve as a valuable addition to the services currently available and provide much needed support to our first responders as they continue to keep our citizens safe.”
“The Whiteside County Community Health Plan indicated that mental health admissions were the most needed service that CGH was currently unable to provide,” said Kristie Geil, VP and Chief Nursing Officer. “Following the 2012 closure of several area mental health facilities, we found that we would have to make transfer requests to 30-35 mental health facilities for each patient. Because there is little to no room in each facility, some patients would then be held in observation for 3 to 20 days while waiting for placement. Over half of these patients were then transferred to a facility that was more than 50 miles away from the area. This is obviously very hard for the patient and their family. Our goal is to get these patients the care they need, closer to home, and closer to family.”
Preliminary plans include opening the new behavioral health unit at CGH near the end of 2020.
Dixon Chamber and Main Street and the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce present:
Creating a Supportive Work Environment for LGBT staff and customers
Business owners and human resource personnel will gain valuable information about how to make their environments supportive and friendly to LGBT employees and customers in a workshop sponsored by PFLAG Sauk Valley. This workshop will be presented by Nancy Mullen and Emma Vosicky of Youth Outlook and will cover terminology, discuss current trends and regulations, identify needs, and provide resources. Youth Outlook is the first not-for-profit in Illinois solely dedicated to working with LGBT youth.
Date: Tuesday, January 14th
Location: Brandywine Banquet and Event Center, 441 Il Rt. 2
There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. Please register at http://bit.ly/pflagchamber or call the DCCMS at 815-284-3361 or the SVACC at 815-625-2400.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at approx. 10:47am an officer from the Rock Falls Police Department stopped a vehicle for a license plate violation. One of the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. That individual was identified as Jordan Kaye.
Kaye was wanted on a Whiteside County arrest warrant in relation to a stabbing investigation conducted by the Sterling Police Department. Kaye was transported to Rock FallsPD for processing and was later transferred to the Whiteside County Jail.
Sterling Police are asking for help finding a teen accused of stabbing someone.
Jordan L. Kaye, 19, is wanted for aggravated battery on a Whiteside County arrest warrant.
Police say Kaye is 5”10 in height and weighs 185 pounds. Kaye has brown hair and blue eyes. Kaye is wanted in connection to an incident that occurred on November 30, 2019, in Sterling, Illinois where a male victim was stabbed.
If you know the whereabouts of this wanted individual, please contact the Sterling Police Department or your local law enforcement authorities. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call the Whiteside County Crimestoppers at 815-625-7867.
On 12/10/19 at 1:30pm, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle collision on Route 2 at the intersection of River Lane, rural Dixon, Illinois.
A Toyota Corolla being driven by Stephanie Faley (28 yoa of Dixon, IL), was southbound on River Lane when she entered the intersection of Rt 2 and collided with a westbound Buick Park Avenue being driven by Vanessa Hernandez (18 yoa of Rock Falls, IL). Hernandez was transported to KSB Hospital by ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries. Faley was not injured.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Dixon Rural Fire Department, Dixon City Fire Department, Advanced Ambulance, Dixon Police Department and the Illinois State Police.
The crash is still under investigation.
This past weekend the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office had its first annual, Shop with a Sheriff event. Ten students from the Montmorency School District 145 were selected by school officials to participate in shopping for Christmas gifts at Walmart in Sterling. These gifts were not only for themselves, but their family members living in their households as well. Each student was paired with a Deputy from the Sheriff's Office who helped them pick the perfect gifts.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the employees of Walmart in Sterling, and Pizza Ranch. Your efforts helped make this day a special one for the children in our community.
Amboy, IL—December 10, 2019—The Lee County Farm Service Agency announces the results of the
recent County FSA Committee elections that concluded on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the USDA
Service Center in Amboy.
Jerald Quinton, County Executive Director of the Lee County FSA Office announced that Randy Faber of
Sublette Township won his re-election to the County FSA Committee for second 3-year term. Carl
Grossman of Amboy Township will continue to serve as 1 st Alternate to the Committee for Randy.
Lee County townships have been divided into three equal regions called Local Administrative Areas or
LAA. Elections are conducted in each LAA on annual basis where the elected County FSA Committee
member serves a three-year term. Elections are staggered permitting an election in each LAA each year.
The most time a Committee member may serve is three-3 year terms or 9-consecutive years.
The townships that make up LAA #2 are Amboy, Bradford, Franklin Grove, Lee Center, May, Nachusa,
and Sublette Townships.
Current members to the Lee County FSA Committee are Ray Henkel of Brooklyn Twp, Don Meyer of
Marion Twp, and Karen Henkel of Lee Center Twp and also serves as our Advisor represented
underrepresented groups in Lee County.
The County FSA Committees are elected by other farmers, farmland owners, tenants, ranchers, and
operators from the LAA conducting the election and are responsible for the overall operation of the
County FSA Office at the local level.
Federal programs that are administered by the Farm Service Agency are: a) Commodity loan & loan
deficiency programs; b) Conservation Reserve Program’s annual rental and cost-share program; c) Crop
and Livestock Disaster Programs; d) Program eligibility determinations; e) Establishment of allotments,
yields & quotas; f) Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program; g) Farm & operating loans; h) Dairy
Supports; I) Grain reserves; j) Planted acreage reports; k) and the selection of the County Executive
Members conduct hearings and reviews as requested by the state committee, ensure underserved farmers,
ranchers and foresters are fairly represented, make recommendations to the state committee on existing
programs, monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA
programs. They also assist with outreach and inform underserved producers such as beginning farmers,
ranchers and foresters, about FSA opportunities.
Lee County Farm Service Agency
319 South Mason Ave, Suite A
Amboy, Illinois 61310
For more information, visit the FSA website at fsa.usda.gov/elections or contact the Lee County FSA
Office at 815-857-3621.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police Officers are currently investigating a fatal hunting accident which occurred at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 off of Tippett Road near Galena in Jo Daviess County.
Brian Busker, 39, Scales Mound, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by Elizabeth Ambulance. Busker, along with 10 other hunters, was participating in a deer drive at the time of the accident.
Illinois Conservation Police is leading the investigation, with assistance from Illinois State Police and the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
From the Desk of
Senator Brian W. Stewart
SPRINGFIELD – Watchdog group Truth in Accounting has issued a report that ranks Illinois among the least fiscally-transparent states in the nation.
Illinois has been ranked ninth-worst, with the state’s score negatively affected by such factors as the late delivery of its annual documents, a failure to have an external auditor look at the numbers, and a distorted net financial position due to misleading and confusing information on its report.
The Truth in Accounting group measures each state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and issues scores based on eight criteria: accessibility, searchability, if the states used an outside auditor, the auditor’s opinion, timeliness of the report, percentage of off-balance sheet liabilities, pension data timing, and deferred items.
Idaho, North Dakota and Nevada were ranked at the top of the report, while Connecticut was ranked 50th.
Legislative redistricting reform must be a priority
As a new decade looms lawmakers must commit to improving the state’s system of drawing legislative boundaries to limit undue influence from politicians and special interests.
For many years, Senate Republicans have strongly advocated for creating a new, non-partisan system for drawing legislative boundaries. Earlier this year, the Caucus pledged support for the passage of a bipartisan Constitutional Amendment that would have allowed Illinois residents to have their say on the issue.
The state’s current system of drawing voting maps is geared toward protecting current officeholders. Districts are drawn to protect partisan incumbents and ensure that the majority caucus is likely to continue to hold those seats for the next 10 years (when maps are redrawn).
Redistricting reform requires the General Assembly to submit an amendment to the Illinois Constitution – providing voters the opportunity to put a new system in place. The most recent Constitutional Amendment would place the question of fair maps on the ballot for the next statewide election.
The Senate Republican Caucus has been working on this issue for many years. Still, the Democrat majority has not allowed the matter to reach the voters despite a nationwide call for fair map plans from members of both parties.
ISAC announces State Scholars
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is recognizing the academic achievements of its newest group of Illinois State Scholars – more than 17,577 high school students from 726 schools.
Illinois State Scholars, who rank in approximately the top 10 percent of graduates from Illinois high schools, are selected annually based on their ACT and SAT exams and sixth-semester class rank.
Congratulations to the students from the 45th Senate District whose hard work and scholastic abilities have earned them the Illinois State Scholar designation. An online listing of current Illinois State Scholars can be found on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s website.
IEMA releases holiday safety tips
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering holiday safety tips for shopping, travel, winter heating and more at https://www2.illinois.gov/ready/Pages/default.aspx.
Here are just a few:
Decorating – When decorating for the holidays be careful when using candles and strings of lights. Candles should never be left unattended and should be placed far away from flammable materials. Candles should always be placed on stable furniture in fire-safe holders that will catch dripping wax.
Holiday lights and electrical decorations should bear the name of an independent testing lab to prove they were safety-tested.
Winter Heating – It is important to make your fireplace ready for the winter heating season. Chimneys, fireplaces, and wood and coal stoves should be regularly inspected and cleaned. Furnaces should be checked every year by professionals to ensure mechanical parts are functioning properly and that nothing is blocking the flue. Malfunctioning furnaces increase both the fire and carbon monoxide risks.
Illinois law requires that homes should be equipped with working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors within 15 feet of each sleeping area. The detectors should be tested monthly to ensure they’re functioning properly and the batteries are still good. Never use a gas or charcoal grill inside your home or attached garage because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Shopping Online – Be smart when shopping online this holiday season. Make sure your home wireless network is password-protected and set strong passwords to deter cybercriminals. During the holidays scammers may send fake emails requiring you to click a link for a special offer. Shop online through trusted retailers to avoid these scams, and do not click on links from unknown senders.
Attorney General releases Safe Shopping Guide
The Attorney General’s office has released its annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products and household items that have been recalled during the past year.
The 2019 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions and photographs of children’s products recalled in the last year – from children’s toys and clothes that pose choking hazards to children’s furniture that poses entrapment or falling risks.
Since January there have been 30 recalls of products by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that are focused on protecting children. This easy-to-use resource can help families avoid purchasing recalled products on the secondhand market and identify items that may already be in their homes.
If you have any additional thoughts or ideas, please visit my website at www.senatorstewart.com and use the form to send me an e-mail.
Friday night the clip-clop of horse hooves could be heard throughout downtown Sterling at the 26th Annual Sterling Sights and Sounds Christmas Walk. One of the many fun events included horse-drawn wagon rides through Sterling’s downtown area. The weather was great and throngs of people were in downtown Sterling to participate in this event. Santa’ Workshop was a popular attraction and our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Amanda Moore with the Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA
on Friday evening……
This event was organized by the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Sterling Mainstreet and the City of Sterling. We will bring you more interviews from 26th Annual Sterling Sights and Sounds Christmas Walk throughout the week.
When you drive by Veteran’s Memorial Park in Dixon take a look at Christmas tree….it represents military service members from Illinois who were either P.O.W.’s or Missing in Action. They won’t be home for Christmas. Veteran’s Memorial Park in Dixon was the site of the Annual P.O.W. – M.I.A. Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday night. Vietnow began this event over 30 years ago and since that organization has been dissolved the Veteran’s Park Commission, VFW Post 540 American Legion Post 12 organize this event. Here is a portion of this ceremony……
We will bring you more from this ceremony throughout the week.
Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Holidays with the Symphony” concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14th in the Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School. Joining the orchestra this year will be the voice of RiverChor, Clinton’s premier community choral group.
On the program are holiday favorites, including many associated with Christmas, but also “music to dispel the bleak mid-winter doldrums,” according to long-time CSO program annotator William H. Driver. He notes that several of the songs and carols that we use to celebrate the Christmas season were originally composed for other occasions, but have been appropriated to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, or to cast a holiday spirit over the doldrums of the “bleak mid-winter” landscape.
Mixed in with arrangements of traditional carols of Christmas will be a selection of songs celebrating Hanukkah, choruses from Handel’s Messiah, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and the well-knownSkater’s Waltz by Emile Waldtuefel.
RiverChor will join the 50-piece orchestra for a performance of John Rutter’s How Great our Joy!, a selection entitled Christmas Memories, the choruses from Messiah, an acappella piece by Esther Scliar titled Lua, Lua, Lua, and the traditional sing-along with the audience.
Brian Dollinger is the popular conductor of the Symphony, now in his 13th season. Co-conductors of RiverChor are Karl Wolf, choral director at Clinton High School, and Chris Marple, most recently director of choirs at Dubuque Senior High School, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa.
Tickets for the concert will be available at the door. Adult admission is $20. All students are admitted free of charge, and any student can sponsor an accompanying adult for a $10 ticket – half-price.
The program and William Driver’s complete program notes for the concert may be viewed online atwww.clintonsymphony.org. This is Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s 66th concert season.
To provide more convenient access to healthcare services for our patients in western Whiteside County, CGH Medical Center is opening its newest family practice and walk-in clinic on Monday, December 9. The 2500-square foot clinic is located at 1130 17th Street, Suite B in Fulton, Illinois. Providers at the new clinic include Lynne Coffey, FNP and Kimberly Teats-Garrison, PA-C.
“Whether for sprains, shots, checkups or chronic coughs, our patients will not only have access to convenient family practice needs by appointment Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, but also have the convenience of a walk-in clinic for acute healthcare needs during those same hours, as well as on Saturday mornings from 8 am to noon,” said Teats-Garrison. Kimberly previously practiced in the Fulton area before moving to the CGH Morrison Medical Center for a short time. “It’s exciting to be back where my patients are so that I can continue to see them.”
“I think families in this area were really looking for other options in healthcare,” added Coffey, who – along with her husband – grew up in Fulton. “I am so excited that we are going to be that next option and that I will be able to treat the same people that helped me grow up and become the person I am today. It’s really important for me to be able to give back to my community.”
Both providers are able to see their own patients, take care of their own diagnoses, make their own treatment plan, prescribe medications when appropriate, and take care of the patient’s overall needs under the supervision of a physician. In addition, if referred by either provider, patients will have access to even more of the CGH services and specialists available at the main campus in Sterling.
“We are proud to open the CGH Fulton Medical Center and hope it demonstrates our dedication not only to our patients in Fulton, but also to those in the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO.
For questions, or to make an appointment, please call (815) 589-2005. CGH now has 16 clinics throughout the Sauk Valley area in Sterling, Rock Falls, Dixon, Milledgeville, Morrison, Mt. Carroll, Polo, Prophetstown and Walnut.
The April House in Morrison has been advocating for children and families since 2003. The 12 Bars of Christmas promotion has donated all proceeds to the work and representation April house conducts. A matching donation will follow from the state as well. Carrie Melton, Executive Director at April House was in studio to talk about the contributions by participants in the Saturday 12 Bars of Christmas, as well as the services and function of the house.