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There will be a meeting of the Liquor Commission on Wednesday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chamber Conference Room to discuss “Special Event” permits.

 

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"Retirement Announcement Prompts Leadership Changes in Dixon:  Chief Tim Shipman to retire from Fire Department and replace retiring Building Official Paul Shiaras."

Long-time Building Official Paul Shiaras has announced his intent to retire from the City of Dixon in late August of 2019.  Shiaras joined the city in 1996. 

 

After learning of Shiaras’ intent to retire, City Manager Langloss and City of Dixon Human Resources created an internal job posting for the Building Official position to see if any current city employees were interested and qualified for the position.  Langloss said, “Paul will be deeply missed.  His infectious positive personality and extensive expertise made him an incredible asset to our city over the past 23 years.”

 

As a result of the internal hiring process, Fire Chief Tim Shipman has decided to retire from the Dixon Fire Department and has been selected to serve as the next Building Official.  Shipman will officially retire from the Dixon Fire Department in late July of 2019.  He will begin his new duties in August.  City Manager Langloss said, “Chief Shipman has been thinking about retirement over the past year, so we are very excited an opportunity like this presented itself.  Keeping Shipman’s leadership, work ethic, and proven results on our team is a huge win for our city.  He has an extensive construction background and is very well versed in building codes and inspections.” 

 

Chief Shipman joined the Dixon Fire Department in January of 1993.  In May of 2005, he was promoted to lieutenant and in June of 2008 was appointed to serve as Fire Chief.  

 

Along with the changes in positions, City Manager Langloss and his leadership team have worked closely with the City Council to restructure some duties within the City.  When Shipman takes over his new role, he will be responsible for leading the building department and add duties related to public property facility maintenance, leading all in-house city construction projects, and supervision of the custodian who services City Hall and the Public Safety Building.  Shipman will remain the Civil Defense Director, but he will no longer have duties related to the fire department.

 

City Manager Langloss has initiated an internal process to select the next Fire Chief.    Two applicants have submitted applications for the position.  Langloss has created an interview committee structure similarly to the process used to hire Police Chief Steve Howell in November of 2017.  The committee will consist of Finance Director / HR Becky Fredericks, Assistant City Manager Matt Heckman, Councilman Mike Venier, Councilman Dennis Considine, Fire Chief Tim Shipman, Firefighter Aaron Brown, Division Chief Matt Knott of the Rockford Fire Department and City Manager Danny Langloss.

 

The new chief is expected to be selected by the end of this month, but will not take over the new position until Shipman’s retirement.  Chief Shipman will mentor and train the new chief during the months leading up to the transition. 

 

Deputy Chief Mark Callison has also declared his intent to retire in June of this year.  Callison has served on the Dixon Fire Department for 23 years.  Callison began his career in September of 1996, was promoted to lieutenant in 2004, captain in 2005, and to his current role as Deputy Chief in 2013.  Callison’s replacement will be appointed by the fire chief. 

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Representative Cheri Bustos' Statement on the Release of Special Counsel Mueller's Report

WSDR News staff was in communication with a member from Representative Cheri Bustos office on Sunday evening requesting a statement from the Congresswoman on the release of Special Counsel Mueller’s report.  Here is the statement we received from Representative Cheri Bustos: 

 

 

“The American people should be able to make an objective determination of Special Counsel Mueller’s report — period. For the sake of transparency and the truth, the Attorney General should release it to the public immediately.”

 

Bustos is the Rrepresentative for the 17th Congressional District of Illinois

 

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Major Flooding Possible Along Mississippi River

Whiteside County and Whiteside County Health Department 

 

Whiteside County - Officials are advising people living along the Mississippi River to begin preparing for the possibility of a major flooding event that will threaten the flood prone areas around Fulton and Albany.

 

This flooding is currently expected to cause similar issues to those experienced in 1993 and 2001, and include impacts on Route 84. The flooding is currently anticipated to occur in the mid to late April timeframe.

 

We ask residents to begin preparing by following a few simple steps:

 

 Store 3 days worth of water planning for 1 gallon a day per person or pet. Learn more at: https://www.ready.gov/water

 

 Download the FEMA app, follow city and county government as well as the National Weather Service social media or have a NOAA weather radio:www.fema.gov/mobile-app

 

 Talk to your friends and family about where to meet and where you will stay if your home or neighborhood floods www.ready.gov/floods If you encounter flood water, it is dangerous, remember: NEVER drive or walk into flood water - Turn Around, Don’t Drown. 

 

Flood water can also contain:  Human and livestock waste Household, medical, and industrial waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)  Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris If the area around your well floods, do not drink water from it until the water recedes and you have a chance to test it.

 

For further information visit Whiteside County Sheriff on Facebook (@WhitesideCountySheriff) Whiteside County Emergency Management Agency (@EMAWhiteside) on Facebook, the Whiteside County CHC Facebook Page (@WhitesideCHC) and @Whiteside_CHC on Twitter

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CGH Medical Center is pleased to present the Spring 2019 exhibition of our healing art gallery, “Spirit of the Heart,” featuring paintings by local artist Beverly J. Garcia. The gallery is located in the north hallway between the hospital, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling and the CGH Main Clinic, 101 E. Miller Road, Sterling.

 

Beverly began painting at the age of 50 with numerous classes at the Studio in the Woods in Wauconda, IL. She has also taken classes at the American Academy of Art with Ted Smuskiewicz; at the Richard Halstead Academy; and at many workshops with nationally recognized artists such as: Joe Abbresscia, Gregg Kreutz, Paul Strisik, Ron Riddick, Harley Brown, Guido Frick, Daniel Gerhartz, Tom Nachreiner, Gerald Merfeld, Bonnie Casey and Donald Ward.

 

Beverly has won many awards and exhibited in restaurants, banks and business places. She has had several one person shows at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, IL, and at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in Nebraska. She has also held several successful fundraisers at her studio to benefit CASA, Sinnissippi Foundation, KSB Hospital and Hospice.

 

The purpose of the gallery is to host a venue for local artists to exhibit, and provide CGH patients, families and staff with the value of the creative process of art as a healing force. Select pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the CGH Auxiliary.

 

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RRDA to Host Annual Canal Clean-up in Rock Falls on April 13th

Constructed from 1892 to 1907, the Hennepin Canal played an important role in U.S. history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Hennepin was the first American canal built of concrete without stone cut facings.   The Rock River Development Authority also known as the R.R. D.A. will be hosting their Annual Canal Clean up in Rock Falls.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with James Marks, President of the RRDA, about this upcoming event……

 

 

 

The towpath provides 155 miles of hiking/biking fun from the Illinois River to the Rock River, with the feeder canal path to Rock Falls. 

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CGH Medical Center Achieves "Premier Blood Partner" Status for its Work with the Red Cross; Upcoming Drive Scheduled

CGH Medical Center has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2019, a prestigious honor, for its support of the community and national blood supply. Last year, CGH helped the Red Cross collect 668 blood donations as part of its commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in this community and across the country.

 

“CGH Medical Center is proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps ensure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients in need,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “Our organization shares the same compassion to help our neighbors, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.”

 

Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, according to the Red Cross.

 

CGH Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, April 4 from 9:30 am to 7 pm in the CGH Ryberg Auditorium, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. This month’s drive is sponsored by Eggs in Paradise, and all those who donate or attempt to donate will have their name put into a drawing for an Eggs in Paradise Gift Certificate.

 

“We encourage the community to join us in giving the gift of life. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors, and donors of all blood types are needed.”

 

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call Michelle at 815-625-4790, ext. 6879 or Connie at 815-625-0400, ext. 5425. You can also schedule online at www.redcrossblood.org. Plus, save up to 15 minutes when you donate blood by using RapidPass. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more information.

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Report

03-23-19 @ 2:20 pm

 

Whiteside County Deputies investigated a domestic battery incident that occurred in rural Morrison and after their investigation concluded, Marcus D. Brown, age 30 originally from Chicago, for the following charges:

 

  • Domestic Battery – 2 counts
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Endanger Life of Health of a Child – 2 counts
  • Aggravated Battery – Great Bodily Injury

 

Brown was remanded to the Whiteside County Jail on the felony charges pending a future bond hearing.

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Two Men Discovered Trespassing in Rock Falls Fenced Bakcyard on Friday Evening

We have a report that 2 men were trespassing inside a fenced backyard in Rock Falls about 3 feet away from the backdoor of the residence.  Luckily, a neighbor was out in his own backyard and asked the 2 men what they were doing because he knew that they did not live at the residence.  The men got mouthy but did leave.   This occurred on Friday night at about 10:00 p.m.   

 

We will not disclose the exact neighborhhod for safety reasons but this is something that everyone should be aware of and stay alert. 

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Shockingly Bold Attempted Burglary in North Sterling Early Saturday Morning

A shockingly bold attempted burglary took place at around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Sterling.  The subject propped the apartment building enteryway door and then attempted to enter various apartments in the building by trying the door and then pushing in the door.  The male subject is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall with a medium to muscular build, and red beard.  He was wearing a black hoodie and driving a black sedan.  He entered one apartment and when confronted by the resident said he must be in the wrong building.  According to the resident, the subject appeared to be very impaired by either drugs or alcohol.  The number of the building he claimed he was looking for does not exist.  He then continued to try to enter other apartments in the building.   Sterling Police were called and resonded but the subject had left the area before they arrived.  If you know anything about this or the identity of the subject please call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640.    Please see photo attached of the vehicle he was driving.   

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YWCA of The Sauk Valley Update

The YWCA of the Sauk Valley has so much going on. Coming up on

Monday April 8th Free Legal Help: Wills and Power of Attorney, starting

April 29th a Cosmetology CEU Course will begin, Friday May 3rd, The 2nd

Annual Cinco de Mayo Wellness Festival, and many other community

involvement events. Denise Garcia was in studio on Friday, March 22nd

with more information.

 

Scarves for Survivors is going to be on April 12th from 11 to Noon.

 

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CGH Medical Center and the American Red Cross

CGH Medical Center has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2019, a prestigious honor, for its support of the community and national blood supply. Last year, CGH helped the Red Cross collect 668 blood donations as part of its commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in this community and across the country.

 

“CGH Medical Center is proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps ensure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients in need,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “Our organization shares the same compassion to help our neighbors, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.”

 

Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, according to the Red Cross.

 

CGH Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, April 4 from 9:30 am to 7 pm in the CGH Ryberg Auditorium, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. This month’s drive is sponsored by Eggs in Paradise, and all those who donate or attempt to donate will have their name put into a drawing for an Eggs in Paradise Gift Certificate.

 

“We encourage the community to join us in giving the gift of life. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors, and donors of all blood types are needed.”

 

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call Michelle at 815-625-4790, ext. 6879 or Connie at 815-625-0400, ext. 5425. You can also schedule online at www.redcrossblood.org. Plus, save up to 15 minutes when you donate blood by using RapidPass. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more information.

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Rockland Road return to Bureau County Fair

The Bureau County Fair Board is excited to announce Rockland Road (formely Martin Family Circus) will be back by popular demand at the Bureau County Fair. They will perform on Wednesday August 21st following the Second Story Talent Show. 

 

Tickets go on sale Saturday March 30th at 10:00am at www.bureaucountyfair.com. This show will include both the Second Story Talent Show and the Rockland Road concert for $10 per ticket. Great family show!

 

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Follow-up on Wednesday Evening's High Speed Chase

On March 20, 2019 around 7:00 pm, the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office assisted the Prophetstown Police Department with the pursuit of a vehicle, that fled while Police were attempting to make a traffic stop. This vehicle, being a white in color 2019 Nissan pickup, had been reported stolen to Sterling Police Department on March 6, 2019. Prophetstown Police pursued the pickup northbound on Rte. 78 to Interstate 88. While traveling eastbound on Interstate 88 the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office joined in the pursuit. The pursuit continued through the cities of Rock Falls, Sterling, and then into Lee County back into Sterling, and finally ended in Rock Falls after Rock Falls police deployed stop sticks and the suspect’s pickup truck tires were punctured by the stop sticks.

 

Arrested on scene was Heather N. Stafford, a 29 year old female formerly of Morrison. Stafford was charged with 2-counts of Aggravated Fleeing or Elude, Disobeyed Traffic Control Device, Disobey Stop Sign, and Speeding 35mph over posted speed limit. Stafford was taken to Whiteside County Jail, and is being held on a $250,000.00 bond.  

No further information will be proved at this time as this incident remains under investigation.

 

Agencies involved or assisted Prophetstown Police, Whiteside County Sheriff's Office, Sterling Police, Rock Falls Police, Lee County Sheriff's Office.

 

These charges are merely an arrest and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty

 

Information and comments from Sheriff John Booker

 

 

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Cold War License Plates

State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) had his legislation approved in the Illinois House Wednesday which provides that the Secretary of State may issue Cold War license plates to Illinois residents that served in the Armed Forces between August 15, 1945 and January 1, 1992. 

 

Swanson pointed to the number of veterans who served during that time period but added “they didn’t seen any action.”   During floor debate on the bill

Swanson talked about events that occurred during that time period and explained why these service men and women should be honored.

 

 Swanson presenting the legislation.

 

 

The bill was approved by a vote of 114-0 and now heads to the Senate for their consideration.  The plates have no additional fee attached and will be designed by the Secretary of State.

 

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Photo from High Speed Chase that Ended in Rock Falls

This photo was taken by Alicia Tripp as the high speed chase ended in Rock Falls.

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Interview with Sheriff Booker About High Speed Chase

A high speed chase took place on Wednesday evening through several towns in the area ashort itme ago.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker about the chase……

 

 

                       

We will bring you more information about the chase as they become available. 

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Update on High Speed Chase

Update on high speed chase that went through the area.  One person is now in custody and no one was hurt.  We will bring you more information when it becomes available.

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Relay for Life Update

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

from 5pm to 10pm at Westwood Fitness and Sports Center

in Sterling.

 

You can register yourself or your team on

relayforlife.org/whitesideil or by calling 800-227-2345.

 

And the 20th annual WSDR-Relay for Life of Whiteside

County Pie Auction is quickly approaching, Friday April

5th, from 6am to 12 noon.

 

Betty Clementz, Cheryl Faber

and Russel Siefken were in studio to give us an update on

the relay preparations. Listen below for full details.

 

 

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Rep. Tom Demmer discusses Illinois' latest tax report

Financial website WalletHub's newest report on the 2019 tax rates by state is a reminder to Illinois residents that they are paying the highest rate in the country. 

Researchers at Wallethub compared state and local tax rates in the 50 states and the District of Columbia against national medians to find out which state gives taxpayers a bigger break.

Despite having no vehicle tax, Illinois still ranked at the bottom of the list with the highest state and local taxes in the country. In fact, the Illinois tax rate is 38.51 percent higher than the

national average of 10.76 percent. 

 

Rep. Tom Demmer  discusses Illinois' poor showing in latest tax report?.

 

 

 

Today at a statehouse press conference, State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) said as far as Illinois’ ranking there are two conversations going on….what people are talking about around the state when it

comes to taxes and what is being said under the dome in Springfield.

 

Rep. Tom Demmer

 

 

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59th Annual Hamfest was Held on Sunday in Rock Falls

ARISS stands for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. ARISS is actually a program and it enables astronauts on the space station to communicate with groups on Mother Earth. Ham operators set up their equipment and people, for example students, can communicate with astronauts in space. Astronauts also need a valid radio amateur license to communicate, so most of the members of astronaut corps are licensed amateur radio operators.  Last Sunday, the 59th Annual Hamfest was held at the Rock Falls Community Building.    This event was sponsored by the Sterling Rock Falls Amateur Radio Society.  Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Dick Abbas who is President of this organization….

 

 

 

 

People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

 

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NEW DICAMBA RULES

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration is setting new rules that go beyond federal regulations for the herbicide dicamba to try to reduce the number of complaints about misuse of the popular product.

 

The new rules set forth will ban spraying the chemical when the wind is blowing toward residential areas, establish a June 30 cutoff date for application and other requirements.

 

The affected formulations of dicamba are Engenia by BASF, XtendiMax with Vaporgrip Technology by Bayer, and FeXapan plus Vapor Grip Technology by DuPont/Corteva, according to a news release.

 

Acting Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan said the department received substantially more complaints last year, many of which were about dicamba drifting to other fields.

 

“In 2018, we had about 550 complaints,” he said. “They weren’t all dicamba-related, but certainly a significant number were.”

 

A number of lawsuits have been filed in other states from farms seeing dicamba drifting from other fields being sprayed, killing parts of the non-dicamba ready crop.

 

The June 30 cutoff date may cause issues if Illinois has a wet and windy spring planting season.

 

“That’s a very valid concern,” Sullivan said. “We’ve taken that into consideration. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to be doing this, but it’s not a perfect world so we have to make decisions based on the information that we have in front of us.”

 

A number of agriculture groups, including the Illinois Farm Bureau, have endorsed the rules.

 

“Illinois Farm Bureau supports the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) in their administration of pesticide rules that they deem necessary to limit adverse effects to the environment,” Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. said. “Dicamba-based products are useful and necessary tools in the fight against problematic weeds, helping farmers to remain productive and profitable. Illinois Farm Bureau will continue to work with IDOA and other partners into the future to find workable solutions for crop protection products.”

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Illinois students heading out of state

According to State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), figures gathered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) show a high percentage of Illinois public high school graduates are moving on to four-year institutions, but of the graduates who have progressed on to four-year colleges, 48.4% are studying at out-of-state institutions, and once they leave Illinois, Demmer says, it’s hard to get them back.

 

Representative Demmer on the subject.

 

 

 

The 48% figure is a major increase from 29.3% in 2002.  But with budget cuts and sharp increases in Illinois public-university tuition, many Illinois families no longer find the state’s public universities to be an affordable option.

 

With many out of state university systems trying to lure highly qualified high school graduates out of Illinois by offering competitive scholarships and discounted tuition packages, the IBHE is concerned that high-achieving students who leave the state won’t return and will live productive professional lives in other states.

 

 

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Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

Kris Noble from the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce was

in the WSDR studios this morning to give us an update on

important events coming up, including the Legislative Lunch

and Learn April 24th. You can listen to all the information

Kris shared below.

 

 

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46th Anniversary of John McCain's Release from a POW Camp in North Vietnam

March 14th marks the 46th anniversary of the release of John McCain from a North Vietnamese prison camp.  McCain was held prisoner for 5 1/2 years.   He was imprisoned from October 26, 1967 until his release on March 14, 1973.    McCain refused early release over other POW’s who were slated to be released before him.  He was offered an early release because his father was an Admiral but he refused.  John McCain spent 5 ½ years as a POW where he was tortured and starved.  

 

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