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Regional Media Takes Over the Operation of Princeton's WZOE-AM 1490, WZOE-FM 98.1, and WRVY-FM 100.5

On February 1, 2019 Regional Media took over the operation of Princeton’s WZOE-AM 1490, WZOE-FM 98.1, and WRVY-FM 100.5 awaiting the approval from the Federal Communications Division. The transition from the Samet family to Regional Media has been granted and the transaction has been consummated.


Regional Media Princeton has also extensively renewed its commitment to the area’s small business community. With today's announcement, Tom Clark, former GM of the group is no longer employed or affiliated with the group. Regional Media Vice President James Jones says, “Through immense feedback and a firm focus on rebuilding the group for the small business community, and the listeners we serve, we at Regional Media continue to push for substantial reinvention”


Changes thus far have included, WZOE-AM 1490 redeveloped as PrincetonNewsNow WZOE Newstalk 1490AM. Programming features expanded localized and agriculture programming and extensive local guest appearances. WZOE also features the top syndicated talk show hosts in the nation, all while establishing a first-class news and community operation in Princeton and the surrounding markets.  With its addition of, Regional Media Princeton is able to respond quickly to the area news and happenings, while allowing for users to immediately obtain the information.


Additionally, each noon hour is now home to Princeton’s edition of the local sports talk show. Sam Woolsey, and longtime Princeton favorite Norm Vandermoon host as they discuss the ins and outs of local sports and their take on what's happening nationally as well.


Z98 (98.1 WZOE-FM) has been completely overhauled with a completely new music lineup and morning show. Z98 is now Adult Contemporary, The At-Work Variety Format and has experienced immense growth in listenership. Additionally, WRVY has been completely overhauled as Dam Country, 100.5 WRVY serving a large area of Illinois from Princeton to Peoria. Dam Country 100.5 WRVY features all of country music’s legends mixed with agriculture news and weather. Regional Media Princeton has also used its longstanding relationship with Accuweather to provide the area’s most extensive local and severe weather coverage for Regional Media Princeton listeners and readers alike.


Regional Media Princeton’s Operations Manager Sam Woolsey said,” Since I moved to the area, the community has embraced me with open arms. I will continue to work diligently to provide a superior product for the community!’ Sam and his team continue to provide extensive coverage for the community. Some events have included, extensive local election coverage, including live interviews of all candidates, numerous events including “salute to agriculture”, and streaming of news events important to the community. Sam and his team visit regularly with mayors, emergency responders, city managers, local event managers, and community partners.


“It has been amazing seeing the commitment that our advertisers, and listeners are showing us. We will continue to deliver at a high level for them as we they are the most integral part of our operation.” says Regional Media President and CEO Fletcher M. Ford


Regional Media is completing renovations of the broadcast facility located on S. Main St in Princeton. Plans are underway that include new state of the art studios for all three stations, a completely renovated interior, and a redesign of the outside of the building.


*The leadership team of Regional Media Princeton includes Fletcher M. Ford President and CEO, Senior Vice President Jason Gilbraith, along with local Vice President James J



The Illinois State Police say there is a disturbing trend in crashes, and deadly crashes, in the state.


More drivers are distracted while behind the wheel.. 


The head of the Illinois State Police said troopers have noticed more drivers who are not paying attention while on the road.


State Police Director Brendan Kelly said distracted driving is playing a role in more crashes, including fatal ones, each year. 



Kelly told lawmakers that he has noticed a surge in the number of truckers in the state who are distracted as well. 



So far this year, 16 Illinois State Troopers have been hit while they were stopped on the side of the road. Three of them died.



Gov. J.B. Pritzker could soon be asked to sign bills that would set the minimum salary for teachers at $40,000 a year by the 2023 school year, a decision the governor said he'd make by examining the issue through the lens of "working families."


Opponents of the minimum wage idea argue that locally elected school boards should decide how much teachers get paid, not the state. They also say the added costs would eat up any new revenue the state sends to school districts. Most school districts get the majority of their funding from local property taxes.


Both the Illinois Senate and House passed versions of a bill that would make $40,000 the floor for teacher pay, signaling the idea could soon arrive on Pritzker's desk.


Senate Bill 10, sponsored by state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, passed 45-11 earlier this month. House Bill 2078, sponsored by state Rep. Katie Stuart, passed 79-31 a few days before that. The measures would over several years increase the minimum salary for an Illinois teacher to $40,000 by the 2023 school year.


Supporters of the measure say the minimum salary of $9,000 for teachers hasn’t been updated in state statute for decades. The average teacher salary in Illinois was $65,721 in 2018, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.


Consumer finance website WalletHub ranked Illinois the fourth best state in the nation for teachers overall. Among the metrics it used to rank the states was highest starting salaries. Illinois ranked No. 11 on that metric. 


The Illinois School Management Alliance, which represents school boards, administrators, business officials and principals, opposed both minimum salary bills.


“Even with the proposed phase-in of the new minimum salaries; this onerous unfunded mandate will consume a large percentage of any new [funding] provided under the new evidence-based formula, usurps the local control for local school districts, and undermines the collective bargaining process,” the alliance wrote in a post on its website.


Pritzker said his focus will remain on working families when he was asked about what local contract issues the state should decide for school districts


“Here’s what you should pay attention to: This administration has been all about standing up for working families," Pritzker said. “We’re going to review legislation with that as the lens for which we make any decisions.”


State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Louisville, opposed the idea. As a former school board member, he said it’s simple: Local economies should determine local wages.


“A lot of schools in my area are looking forward to this new evidence-based funding money that’s coming in, [but] that money is already gone,” Bailey said. “That money is gone with the minimum wage bill. That money is gone now with the teacher minimum wage bill.”


In 2017, lawmakers passed a new public school funding formula to determine how much more of an increase certain school districts would get in funds from state taxpayers. But Pritzker signed a law in February to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 without consideration for different economic realities on the ground throughout the state. Opponents of that statewide minimum wage raised concerns that it would not only increase the cost of business, but also increase the cost of government services.


“Everybody wants to pay people more, we all do, but this is the way our society works," Bailey said. "Local economy should determine local wages.”


Other opponents have said the teacher minimum wage measure will lead to higher public school costs and, in turn, higher property taxes for local residents. 


Both the House and Senate could take up measures to send to the governor when they return next week



A state audit shows that more than half of Illinois' 656 local police and firefighter pension funds haven't been examined as frequently as state law requires. The Auditor General’s office found the Illinois Department of Insurance didn’t perform required examinations of the local funds once every three years. More than half of the funds had only been audited once since 2004. Many local public safety pensions are underfunded.


Crime Prevention: Staying Safe at Home  #2

Many types of crimes can happen in the home.  Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker says it is important to make yourself and your home a tough target.  This is part two in our series on Crime Prevention: Staying Safe at Home.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Whiteside County Sheriff Booker about safety precautions citizens can take to stay safe in their homes………



This was part two of our 3-part series.  According to, when you leave your home, help create the impression it's occupied by playing a talk radio station or the TV.   Criminals might still try to break in if they think they won’t be noticed, but the sound of voices can be a deterrent.  Of course, you want that radio tuned to a Regional Media Station. 


Monarch Conservation Action Plan

 Monarch butterfly populations have been declining, but efforts by Illinois agriculture are working to reverse that trend. A diverse coalition of sixteen organizations and agencies with ties to agriculture unveiled an action plan for monarch conservation on Earth Day.


The agriculture action plan is part of a larger effort of the Illinois Monarch Project (IMP), established to bring together representatives of various sectors, including natural lands, rights-of-way, urban and agricultural sectors, as well as scientists and educators.  The mission of IMP is to identify the stressors on monarch butterfly habitat, to enhance existing habitat on the ground, and to plan additional conservation actions for monarch butterflies.


“Illinois agriculture has been working for more than two and a half years to develop a practical plan for monarch conservation,” said Rich Guebert, President of the Illinois Farm Bureau. “While there is no single solution to the decline of the monarch butterfly population, by working together, we can help increase monarch populations to sustainable levels.”


The action plan highlighted numerous successes that Illinois agriculture has had in sustaining monarchs in the recent past. These successes have centered around education, outreach, habitat work, science, and research. For example:

  • University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have established 1,740 Monarch Waystation certified gardens across Illinois, which is the second highest number in the U.S.
  • In the last five years, Illinois farmers have installed pollinator habitats to support bees and butterflies that are the equivalent to more than 93,412 football fields.
  • Illinois farmers rank second in the country for acreage of pollinator habitat through the Conservation Reserve Program.
  • In 2018, Ag in the Classroom reached 106,717 students and 4,977 teachers with pollinator educational resources.
  • Farmers have converted more than 875,000 privately-owned acres of cropland to conservation cover that improves water quality, prevents soil erosion, and creates pollinator and wildlife habitat.
  • Dr. David Zaya, with the Illinois Natural History Survey, is conducting a study to better understand milkweed density in agricultural settings.

“Illinois farmers have been installing and improving pollinator habitat on their farms for years,” said Don Duvall of Carmi, IL. Duvall is also the Illinois Corn Marketing Board Chairman. “We have added pollinator areas on our farm and the monarchs and many other pollinators are benefitting from those actions. The best part is that we get to see the difference we’re making in agricultural landscapes and that those efforts are part of a larger plan to conserve monarch and other pollinator habitat. It will take all of us doing what makes sense as individuals, whether on the farm or in a home garden, to support the monarch population.” 


The monarch’s habitat needs are specific. Monarch caterpillars can only survive if they have milkweed, and the adult butterflies need nectaring plants and wildflowers. The report also identified challenges for reaching the ambitious goal of adding 150 million stems of milkweed in Illinois over the next 20 years and the strategies needed to overcome these challenges through a variety of avenues, including:


  • Developing an effective and flexible mowing and haying strategy
  • Encouraging more native plantings of pollinator habitats and supporting farmers and rural communities with information to help them 
  • Utilizing signs to educate farmers and the general public about planting pollinator habitat or altering mowing practices
  • Improving education and outreach to pesticide applicators about stewardship of pollinators
  • Increasing confidence in seed mixes through improved labels for pollinator habitat mixes
  • Tracking pollinator research developments in agricultural settings

Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) held a ground-breaking ceremony for new pollinator habitat plots located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. “The IDOA is proud to partner with ag and conservation groups on the Illinois Monarch Project. This is the first of many pollinator plots which will be placed around the Illinois State Fairgrounds,” said John Sullivan, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “We will use the pollinator plots to educate visitors to the fairgrounds about the importance of creating monarch butterfly habitats.”

Ideas for ways to get involved and support monarchs include:


  • Plant a pollinator habitat (on your farm, in your garden, along roadsides), include milkweed and flowering plants
  • Adopt monarch-friendly mowing practices
  • Publicize your pollinator habitat with signage to educate neighbors and your community
  • Contact any of the groups listed below for assistance or more information

“As part of our leadership role in the Illinois Monarch Project and coordinating monarch butterfly conservation efforts in the state, we salute the coalition of agriculture organizations and agencies that have signed on to help expand available habitat for monarchs and other pollinators,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Colleen Callahan.  “In state government, the IDNR is pleased to join with the IDOA, IDOT, IEPA and other agencies in working closely with agriculture and conservation groups, utility and railroad companies, and interested citizens on monarch conservation.”


Groups involved in the Illinois Agriculture Monarch Action Plan include:

  • Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Illinois Corn Growers Association
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
  • Illinois Milk Producers’ Association
  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Illinois Pork Producers Association
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service – Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
  • University of Illinois Extension
  • University of Illinois Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program
  • Waterborne Environmental

“Illinois agriculture has been a leader on the monarch issue and will continue to play an important role in the future, while providing ideas for all citizens to become more involved in making a positive difference in pollinator conservation,” said Guebert.

To read the full Agriculture Action Plan go to – 



A new report says Illinoisans should expect to see nearly $500 a year extra in gas taxes if both the federal and state governments increase their motor fuel surcharges. Americans for Prosperity said drivers filling up in Illinois would see a $240 a year increase from just the proposed federal increase. Add a proposed 19-cent per gallon state gas tax increase floated at the Illinois statehouse and the total average increase a year would be $480.

Source IRN



Crime Prevention: Staying Safe at Home  #1

In the United States a burglary takes place about every 18 seconds, on average.  Make yourself a tougher target is the advice from Sheriff John Booker in our series on Crime Prevention: Staying Safe at Home.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Whiteside County Sheriff Booker about safety precautions citizens can take to stay safe in their homes...





This was part one of our 3-part series. 


Silver Alert


New Programs, Old Favorites Highlight Summer 2019 At Woodlawn Arts Academy

Registration is now open for summer programs at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling. The Academy is offering more than 100 programs for all ages this summer, including day camps, workshops, classes and events. Summer programming begins the week of June 10, and programs fill quickly, so register early!

For the second year, ages 4-11 can take part in two mixed-genre camps. Swingin’ Safari, the week of July 15, and Nautical Nonsense, the week of July 29, let participants experience visual arts, theatre, culinary, science and literature during the course of the week.

New this year for teens is Imagine Innovation Manufacturing Camp, a two-week, hands-on learning experience where students will design and manufacture a product. The Academy is excited to partner with Whiteside Area Career Center to offer this camp. To register for the manufacturing camp, call WACC at 815-626-5810.

The Academy’s culinary programs this summer will bring TV themes to the Sauk Valley, with a Nailed It! workshop based on the popular Netflix series, along with two Semi-Homemade party workshops for adults, based on the Food Network series.

Chess returns to Woodlawn this summer, with classes in June for late elementary students, middle school students, teens and adults. Additionally, private chess lessons are being offered.

The Academy’s three-week summer musical theatre intensive, open to those entering fourth grade through those exiting eighth grade, is “High School Musical Jr.” Auditions are June 8, rehearsals begin June 11 and performances are June 28 and 29. Online registration is not available for this program. Stop in to Woodlawn Arts Academy or call to register using a debit or credit card.

For adults, auditions for this summer’s Theatre in the Park, presented by Savant Capital Management, are May 4. Audition signup is available online at  

Woodlawn Dance Academy technique classes and camps are offered throughout the summer, culminating with Summer Mixed-Genre Dance Camp the week of July 22. Also during that week, auditions will be held for WDA’s award-winning competition team.

A large number of visual arts, music and woodworking camps and workshops for all ages are available, and private lessons in all three genres are offered throughout the year. Call 815-626-4278 to register for private lessons.

Woodlawn Arts Academy Academy is an agency of United Way of Whiteside & Lee Counties, and programs are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Pick up a financial assistance application in the main office at Woodlawn Arts Academy, or download one from

How to Register:
Students may register for classes online at, by phone at 815-626-4278 or in person at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling. Online registration is not available for dance technique classes, any private lessons or other select programs. Tuition for classes must be paid in full at the time of registration. Registration is not complete until payment is made or financial assistance is in place. Registrations are due one week (two weeks for Woodshop programs) prior to the start of the course.



Acclaimed Pianist, Lorraine Min, Featured with Clinton Symphony

Acclaimed Canadian pianist Lorraine Min will be the soloist for Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School. The concert closes the 65th season for the orchestra.

Lorraine Min has performed as a soloist on five continents and in some of the world’s most important concert halls. The New York Times cited her for her “impeccable phrase-shaping and crystalline sound.” She received her Bachelor degree from the Peabody Conservatory and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Julliard School. She will perform the Piano Concert No. 4 by Camille Saint-Saens with the orchestra.


A resident of Victoria, British Columbia in Canada, Ms. Min’s performance with Clinton Symphony Orchestra has been made possible by a generous gift from Clinton resident and arts enthusiast Gene Belz. Ms. Min is a Steinway Artist, and West Music Co. in Coralville, IA is supplying a Steinway concert grand piano.  The orchestra’s conductor, Brian Dollinger, has chosen the Overture to Rosemunde by Franz Schubert and the Symphony No. 7 of Antonin Dvorak to complete the program.


The Schubert Overture served several purposes for the composer. He used it in several forms and in several stage settings. It is best known today as the overture to the incidental music he wrote for the play Rosamunde, Princess of Cypress.   The Seventh Symphony by Dvorak precedes the composer’s coming journey to America, his summer in Spillville, Iowa, and his well-known “New World Symphony.” It reflects the political struggles of the time in his native Czech/Bohemian nation.


The piano concerto is the fourth of five by the French composer. Although known for his compositions for a wide-range of media, piano was Saint-Saens’ principal instrument.


Concert admission is $20 for adults, and all students are admitted free of charge. In addition, a student may sponsor an accompanying adult for a half-price ticket. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling, or on the Symphony’s website at



From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart

Have a Blessed Easter”


Easter is a time of symbols and traditions.  This weekend, families across the country will take their kids on Easter egg hunts and fill baskets with plastic grass or something like it, adding chocolate bunnies, egg-shaped candies and pieces of gum for their little (and not so little) ones to enjoy.  Worship services will be packed, while hams are roasting away at home.


The question that’s been caroming around my mind like a pinball is, “Where did our Easter symbols and traditions come from?”  Let’s start with Easter eggs.  Eggs have served as symbols of fertility, life, birth, and rebirth since ancient times, for obvious reasons.


Like the Christmas tree, some believe that eggs were adopted from pagan cultures to symbolize Easter by the early Church.  Another view is that the Church accepted the way its new converts added their old symbols to their new religion’s celebrations.  Either way, the Church found a metaphorical aspect in the Easter egg, saying it was a symbol of how Jesus “broke through” the chains of death like a chick breaks through its shell.


Eggs have also been decorated and given as gifts to celebrate the coming of spring for thousands of years.  I read an interesting legend surrounding the Christian origin of decorating Easter eggs. The story goes that Mary brought a basket of eggs and set them down at the foot of the cross where they were colored red by Jesus’ blood.


The Easter bunny is another common Easter symbol, and it started in ancient Germany.  The goddess of fertility, Eostre, was symbolized by a hare, or what we commonly think of as a bunny, and she was honored with every coming spring to celebrate new life.  As Germans converted to Christianity, the Easter bunny, or Osterhase in German, was incorporated into the celebration of Easter.  The Osterhase would come every Easter and lay eggs in people’s gardens for children to find, hence the tradition of the Easter egg hunt.  Kids began to fashion nests for the Osterhase to lay its eggs in, and over the years, those nests transitioned to Easter baskets.


Did you know that we don’t celebrate Easter on its specific anniversary date?  Easter is celebrated in early springtime because it is celebrated on the Sunday following the Passover. Passover is a Jewish festival that is set on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan that usually falls on the day of the first full moon after the northern vernal equinox.


We all know what Easter is really about – celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.  Author and theologian Clarence W. Hall has said, “If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”  Some may not agree with that, but I think in this day and age everyone can agree that it’s good to celebrate hope and an opportunity for new life.


During the Last Supper, Jesus described his coming sacrifice on the cross and resurrection as the beginning of a “new covenant.”  Covenant is a “formal, solemn and binding agreement.” Thinking about how Christ sealed the new covenant to bring us hope and new life certainly hits home.


I realize that “new covenant” isn’t just familiar because of Easter.  They permeate American history.  The Mayflower Compact describes a sacred compact in the New World saying, “Having undertaken… a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together…”


The Preamble to our Constitution reads, “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

A Constitution is “a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.”  These principles could not shape our country until they were ratified, which is “the action of signing or giving formal consent to a treaty, contract, or agreement, making it officially valid.”  In other words, our Constitution was a “new covenant.”


In his annual message to Congress, President Abraham Lincoln said, “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present.  The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise – with the occasion.  As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.  We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”  He was asking for Congress to agree that the government had the power to free slaves in the Confederate states.  One month later President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.


That’s not all.  While responding to America’s changing economy, President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The labor unions shall have a square deal, and the corporations shall have a square deal, and in addition, all private citizens shall have a square deal.”  His cousin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took it a step further when he accepted the Democratic nomination for President in 1932.  He said, “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.”

We need a new deal, a new covenant for Illinois.  We need an Illinois that is committed to fixing our spending problems instead of raising taxes.  We need an Illinois that is committed to fundamental pension reform instead of kicking the can down the road once again.  We need an Illinois whose public servants are chosen from districts people can trust were drawn fairly.


Next week, we’ll talk about the challenges we can expect to confront when the General Assembly returns to Springfield.


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



SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW: April 15-19, 2019

State lawmakers are working back in their districts until April 30, when they return to Springfield to finish the spring legislative session, which is scheduled to adjourn May 31.


So far this legislative session, several measures sponsored by Senate Republicans have advanced to the House of Representatives after receiving approval from the Senate, including a bill that increases awareness of Scott’s Law.


In other news, women older than 25 who are seeking to earn undergraduate college degrees are encouraged to apply for the Conference of Women Legislators $2,500 scholarship.


Also, as severe weather season ramps up, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is offering tips to better prepare for recovery in situations like the massive flooding in March in several northwestern Illinois communities.


Scott’s Law reminder in SOS renewal notices

To promote on-the-job safety for Illinois State Troopers, the Senate has passed legislation that would require the Secretary of State to include information about Scott’s Law with every vehicle registration notice it sends to motorists. 

Senate Bill 947 is an effort to make Illinois’ roadways safer by informing drivers about Scott’s Law, which states that drivers must move over, if possible, and slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway.

The legislation is a response to the recent tragic deaths of three Illinois State Troopers who have been hit in accidents while their cars have been stopped along the roadway. The number of Troopers hit by vehicles has drastically increased in 2019, with 16 reported incidents in the past three months. In 2018, eight troopers were hit; 12 were hit in 2017; and five in 2016.

Scott’s Law, enacted in 2002, is named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department, who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

A person who violates Scott’s Law can be fined up to $10,000.


COWL’s $2,500 scholarship program for women

The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) is encouraging Illinois women who are seeking to earn undergraduate college degrees, to apply for one of their $2,500 scholarships. Applicants must be ages 25 or older.

COWL is a bipartisan, bicameral, nonprofit organization of women legislators in the Illinois General Assembly. The group’s yearly Scholarship Award Program is a part of its mission to promote economic independence, community service, and leadership development.

Scholarship applicants are required to enroll in an Illinois accredited college or university for a minimum of six credit hours to qualify, making the scholarships available to part-time and online students.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed by April 30. Awardees will be notified by May 31.

More information and application materials can be found at


IEMA tips for disaster recovery

April is Recovery Preparedness Month, and IEMA has released a guide to help residents be prepared to quickly and efficiently recover from weather-related disasters like recent flooding at levels many northwestern Illinois communities have not seen in decades.


Here are five tips from IEMA:

  • Get Organized. Secure and organize financial and critical personal, household, and medical information. Having these items in a safe place can expedite insurance claims and other emergency expenses. 
  • Savings. Having some money saved is the best financial defense against disasters. Saving a little bit at a time can go a long way. A “rainy day” fund can help you invest in your family’s safety. 
  • Insurance. Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health, and life insurance if you do not have them.  
  • Inventory. Make an inventory of your possessions using photographs and/or videos of your belongings. 
  • Communication. Develop a Family Communication Plan that outlines how you will contact one another when a disaster strikes. 


Meet Capt. Dave from The Salvation Army

Captain Dave of The Salvation Army was at WSDR studios

on Wednesday to introduce himself to the community.


He and his wife Capt. Laura have been in the area for

about 12 weeks and are getting to know people and

needs to the area.


Listen below to that conversation.




CGH Recognizes DAISY Award Winner Lyndsey Weber, RN

Lyndsey Weber, a registered nurse in the CGH Ambulatory Surgery 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. 


“Lyndsey was very calming to me as I prepared for surgery,” said the patient’s nomination for Weber. During the preparation, Lyndsey assisted with finding a proper vein for an IV while the patient’s husband looked over her shoulder. “She interacted so nicely with him, telling him about the instrument. She was very professional throughout our experience, and her discharge instructions were thorough.”


The patient concluded, “Being an RN, and especially one that has trained CNAs, I was most impressed with Lyndsey’s personable skills as well as her work ethic and professionalism.”


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 for the DAISY award included: Brenda Pettorini, RN; Lori Cousins, RN; Amanda Kusk, LPN; Katie Johnson, RN; Laurie Davis, RN and Meagan Haan, RN


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



CGH Announces Holiday Hours for Good Friday and Easter 2019

In observance of Good Friday and Easter, please note the following CGH holiday hours:


CGH Ready Care will be open on Friday, April 19 from 8 am to 2:30 pm, have regular hours on Saturday, and will be closed on Sunday, April 21.


The CGH Main Clinic and all other off-site clinics will close at noon on Friday, April 19. 


CGH Milledgeville Medical Center, CGH Prophetstown Medical Center, and CGH Walnut Medical Center will be closed on Friday, April 19.


City of Rock Falls


The Whiteside Forum hosting Dr. Duk Kim

The Whiteside Forum will complete their 2018-2019 season by hosting Dr. Duk Kim of St. Ambrose University who will speak to us and answer questions about current relations between the U.S., North Korea and South Korea on Thursday April 25, 2019 starting at 6:30pm.


Professor Kim is a native of South Korea, emigrated to the U.S. in 1990, received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, teaches Political Science and Leadership Studies, and is an expert on Korean politics, East Asian Affairs and UN peace operations.  This event will be held at the Odell Public Library at 307 S. Madison St. Morrison, IL and is free and open to the public.



 Dr. Kim is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, but his mother still lives in South Korea and he leads his St. Ambrose students every other year to his homeland and Japan for a study abroad program.  Dr. Kim is also the current president of the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities.


 Please join us and learn more about the relationship between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and how these interactions play out in the area and around the world.  For more information about this program or The Whiteside Forum please contact Marc Adami at 815-772-4949 or email


Rock Falls Tourism Announces Food Truck Fridays

Rock Falls Tourism is announcing our second annual Food Truck Friday event series! The first Friday of every month in May, June, July, and August will offer a variety of food truck cuisine for lunch AND dinner! The event will run from 10:30am to 2pm and then again from 5pm to 9pm. Bring your coworkers for lunch, then bring your friends and family for dinner! Each night will feature a variety of live entertainment. May 3rd is the first event in this event series. Bring your favorite yard game to play with your friends and family, or play games that we will have available. Keep in mind, nothing that requires stakes into the ground is permissible. This event will feature a mobile escape room from Mobile Room Escape, from 5p-8p, with a super hero theme. Figure out the clues, answer the riddles, find the keys and restore justice to the town of Justopolous. Tickets are $15/person with teams allowed up to 12 people. There are only 6 group spots available so sign up now as tickets are going fast! Use the link for tickets online or find us on Facebook to get the link. You can also contact Tourism at 815-622-1106, or email There will also be live music for all to enjoy, provided by local favorite Robbie LeBlanc. Brought to you by ROCK FALLS TOURISM and Sauk Valley Bank, a 2019 Tourism Partner.


Relay for Life Update

Relay for Life of Whiteside County is coming up June 8th at

Westwood Fitness and Sports Center in Sterling. Many related events

are coming up quickly. A fundraiser at Papa Murphy's the 24th of April,

Trivia Night fundraiser May 4th at Parties on Pope in Nelson, and the

survivors dinner May 9th. Russel and Betty were at WSDR this morning

to remind everybody of whats ahead....listen below.




Paul's in Clinton is Closing it's Doors on July 31st

The oldest discount store in Clinton, Iowa will be closing it’s door on July 31, 2019.  Paul’s has been open since 1964.  The store will be closed April 22-24 to prepare for their close-out sale. 


City of Sterling

Due to the fact that there is no quorum for the April 18th Plan Commission Meeting, the meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.


They apologize for the Inconvenience.



Illinois is receiving more federal funds to fight opioid addiction. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is giving the state $15 million in order to expand addiction treatment services. In 2017, there were more than 2,200 drug overdose deaths involving opioids in Illinois.


Snow last Sunday??

Illinois’ Sunday snowfall was far outside the norm for mid-April weather, but the total amount of snow didn't set any new records.


Meteorologist Chris Geelhart with the National Weather Service in Lincoln said the large weather system that dipped down from Canada dropped snow from Galesburg all the way to Chicago and beyond.


“It was a pretty large area that had in excess of four inches of snow, especially from about Galesburg northeast through the Chicago area into southeast Wisconsin,” he said.


Chicago’s O’Hare Airport recorded 5.3 inches Sunday, coming in second to April 16, 1961, when the city saw 5.4 inches of total accumulation.


The highest total came from northeastern Illinois.


“The highest report we saw in Illinois so far is 8.5 inches in Woodstock and 8 inches in Sycamore,” he said.


In central Illinois, the ground wasn’t cold enough to allow for significant accumulation in many areas, leaving roads slick overnight once the temperature dropped.


Geerhart said the snow totals came in second in a number of towns to snowfall records set in 1961 and 1980.


Twin City Market Easter Meal

The Twin City Market in Sterling is a year-round market that has local people selling locally produced food items and other goods each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  This coming Saturday the Twin City Market will be serving an Easter Dinner with all the trimmings.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Paula Trancoso Jackley who is now cooking at market each Saturday abou the Easter meal they will be selling on April 20th…..



On Saturday, April 27th the Twin City Market will be celebrating Earth Day with lost of fun activities for the entire family from 8:00 a.m. until noon.