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Kewanee 70 v. Newman 64...Final

The Newman Boy's Basketball team lost to Kewanee 70 to 64.  


Bicyclist and Vehicular Accident on 1st Avenue Bridge

On Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. the Sterling Police Department responded to a call at the intersection of First Avenue Bridge and Wallace Street.  Phoenix J. Starr was traveling North on the Westside of First Avenue Bridge on a bicycle when he slide on some wet snow and entered the intersection of Wallace Street and First Avenue Bridge.   A vehicle driven by Kerry B. Grim was entering the intersection, from Wallace Street, when the bicycle slide on wet snow and struck the bumped of her car and then became stuck under the car.  Bystanders attempted, but were unable, to free the bicyclist from under the vehicle.   Sterling Police, Sterling Fire Department and CGH EMS responded very quickly to this accident and the subject was freed from under the vehicle.  He was transported to CGH Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.


We will bring you more information when it becomes available. 


Illinois Department of Transportation

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that postings to restrict the allowable gross vehicular weights will go into effect on the following roads in Whiteside County effective February 3, 2020:

Garden Plain Road--------------------------------5 tons per axle (westbound lane only)
Freeport Road--------------------------------------11 tons

Depending upon the weather, the postings will be lifted on or before May 1, 2019.

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


Sterling Mom2Mom Market

Christ Lutheran School Boosters is happy to announce that on Saturday, March 14, 2020 the event, Sterling Mom2Mom Market, will return to Christ Lutheran School’s gym at 2000 18th Avenue, Sterling, IL. 


The sale is an indoor garage sale for families who want to get rid of their gently used kids clothing, (sizes newborn through teen size, 18) maternity clothing, children’s books, games, toys, DVDs and/or children’s furniture. 


Booth registration is now open until March 11 or until booths fill up. Cost is $30. Each vendor will be provided with two tables and two chairs. Vendors are allowed to bring large items (saucers, folded play yards, etc.) and one hanging rack, as long as it does not obstruct the pathway for the shoppers. Items must fit into your booth space. Family clothing and household items may be sold too. Not to be sold: furniture, cribs or lawn equipment.   Double booths are also available for $60 unless sold out. All items must fit within your booth space. Single booths will be “L” shaped and double booths with be “U” or square shaped.


The sale is targeted to moms or families who are shopping for kids or family items.  Doors open at 8 am with a $1 suggested donation until 1 pm.  Concessions will be available.


“We are excited to bring back this event,” said Megan Shannon, Sterling Mom2Mom Market chair. “It's a win-win for the families an opportunity to sell their items as well as purchase some fabulous finds! All while supporting the school!”

Christ Lutheran School is a private school whose mission is: Christ Lutheran School guided by the Holy Spirit, aspires to nurture, educate, and witness to God's children the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in God's word.

For more information on the Sterling Mom2Mom Market event on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 8 am to 1 pm, at Christ Lutheran School, 2000 18th Avenue, Sterling, IL, please contact Christ Lutheran School at (815) 625-3800 and leave a message for the Mom2Mom chair. You can also use Facebook messenger at the Facebook page,




As lawmakers prepare to come back to the Illinois State Capitol this week, some Republicans want to address delays in renewing Firearm Owners' Identification cards.


State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, said there had been a lot of conversation at the statehouse about the Firearm Owners' Identification card process.


“The bureaucratic process, the fees, everything and I think there’s a lot of us that would like to see significant reform to that system,” Plummer said.


A measure the Senate could still take up from last year, Senate Bill 1966, would increase the FOID fees and require applicants to provide fingerprints moving forward. Supporters have said there need to be more checks in place to keep guns away from criminals.


Senate Bill 1966 would “ensure there is a background check for every gun sale in our state, and to strengthen current law so that people with violent histories are not able to purchase guns,” according to an advocacy email from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.


The measure passed the House last year, but wasn't brought up for a concurrence vote in the Senate, something that could happen this year.


A measure requiring federally-licensed gun stores to also get a state license enacted last year that was to take effect earlier this month has yet to be approved by the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules. A hearing on rules for the Firearms Dealer License Certification Act is scheduled for Feb. 18.


Because of a lack of clear rules when gun stores applied for state certification, many closed, a move gun-rights groups said hurts more rural areas of the state.


Plummer said he is opposed to more regulations for lawful gun owners.


“There are gun problems, there’s crime, there are issues out there that need to be addressed, but going after a foundational freedom of the American people is not the way to solve those problems,” Plummer said.


Illinois State Police officials said they are working through a backlog of FOID renewal requests. Last month, the agency reported a backlog of more than 60,000 applications.


“The FOID card this year is a huge issue with the renewals,” state Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, said. “Having people nervous about having their Second Amendment right taken away because we’re behind on getting their new FOID card – that’s a big issue.”


Anderson said he doesn’t blame state police.




During the legislative break, the Illinois State Rifle Association revealed millions of dollars was swept from FOID card fees over several years to be used for unr government spending. A memo from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability sent to state Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, showed more than $13 million was swept from the State Police Firearm Services Fund in fiscal years 2015 through 2019. With another fund having been raided of $15 million, lawmakers took $28.5 million in fees paid for by the state’s more than 2 million FOID cardholders.


Anderson said the sweeps have to end.


“And we see that happen in a lot of places, which is what led us to the Lockbox Amendment for the Road Fund,” he said. “Maybe that’s something we’re going to have to look at in the future to make sure that we can’t sweep those funds.”

“I would just like to see the FOID card go away in total,” he added.


Anderson has for years filed a bill to repeal the state's FOID card requirement. Illinois requires residents to obtain a FOID card to buy or possess a firearm or ammunition. A similar bill was filed in the House. Such efforts don’t have much support in the Democrat-controlled legislature.

The Illinois Supreme Court has at least two cases challenging the FOID card under review.


Lawmakers return to the capitol today.


Source/Report IRN


Illinois State Representative Tony Mccombie

Tony McCombie, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 71st district which includes Carroll, Henry, Rock Island and Whiteside counties in northwestern Illinois, in studio this morning. We talked about her recent endorsement by the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, and The Honor Flight. Also in conversation what concerns she may be hearing from contitiants when she is out at events or checking social media. We also touched on DCFS workers and law, Ethics reform, state budget and the upcoming State of The State Address by Governor Pritzker on Wednesday.


Click below for the entire broadcast from Monday morning.

Tony and Katz



Airport Terminal Main Entrance Reopened

The Whiteside County Airport has completed a concrete sidewalk project for the main entrance of the terminal building.  The project had been delayed several times due to airport events, contractor availability, and most notably, this year’s weather.  Airport Board President, Drew Wilkens, stated that Airport Manager, Darin Heffelfinger, has been working diligently to coordinate the concrete entrance sidewalk replacement. 


There was growing concern over the sidewalk, as it seemed to have sunk over the past several years, creating a two to three-inch step into the terminal and a potential tripping hazard for airport visitors.  Heffelfinger stated that during the old concrete removal, it was discovered that the original concrete wasn’t poured on to a gravel base, so underneath the concrete was pure mud.  It was also discovered that there was no footing under the transition of the concrete sidewalk and building footing.  Work was performed to prevent future sinking, including a new footing and gravel base.  During construction, airport visitors were required to walk around to the airside lobby entrance.  The main entrance was reopened Monday morning.

For more information about the Whiteside County Airport, visit or call 815-626-3750.


Morrison Police Report

Morrison Chief of Police Brian Melton reports the following arrests made and citations issued since Friday, January 17, 2020.


On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at approximately 6:20 pm, Morrison Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, driven by Brittiny M. Starr, age 28 of Morrison, after receiving a complaint of reckless driving.  The traffic stop occurred on East Lincolnway at North Jackson Street, Morrison.  As a result of the traffic stop, Morrison Police arrested and charged Starr with Improper Lane Usage, Driving While License Suspended, Operating Uninsured Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Adult Use Cannabis in a Motor Vehicle.  Starr was also held pursuant to an Arrest Warrant issued by Carroll County charging Starr with Contempt of Court.  Starr was transported to the Whiteside County Jail.


The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Illinois State Police Report

On 1/23/2020 at 10:15 a.m. the Illinois State Police investigated a single- vehicle crash on Bunker Hill Road .5 miles west of Lister Road in rural Whiteside County. The investigation revealed a 2014 GMC Terrain, driven by Alexis A. Schroth- Andrews, 19, of Morrison, was travelling westbound when it left the roadway to the right, and struck a utility pole. No injuries were reported. Schroth-Andrews was issued citations for driving too fast for conditions and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. 


On 1/25/2020 at 11:46 a.m. the Illinois State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash on West Commercial Street just west of 2nd Avenue in Lyndon. The investigation revealed a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Jason D. Roselieb, 39, of Fulton, was travelling eastbound on West Commercial Street and a 2001 Ford Explorer, driven by Caleb A. Pashon, 28, of Rock Falls, was travelling westbound on West Commercial Street when both drivers swerved towards each other, crossed the center line and collided head-on. Roselieb was charged with reckless driving, improper lane usage and was transported to the Whiteside County Jail. Pashon was charged with reckless driving, failure to provide insurance, improper lane usage and was transported to the Whiteside County Jail. Both Roselieb and Pashon refused medical treatment on scene. The Illinois State Police were assisted on scene by Lyndon/Prophetstown Fire/EMS and the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department. 


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




Geneseo 73 v. Sterling 63...Final

Sterling Warriors Boy's Basketball team defeated by Geneseo in a 73 to 63 game. 


Newman Comets 71 v. Bureau Valley 49...Final

Congrats to the Newman Comet's Boy's Basketball team on the win over Bureau Valley 71 to 49.



January 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

City Council Chambers 1st Floor

212 3rd Avenue

Sterling, IL 61081


A)    Call to Order


B)    Roll Call


C)    Approval of Minutes: January 16, 2020


  1. Report of Council Action: Ask Staff


  1. Unfinished Business:  None


  1. New Business:  


1.    PUBLIC HEARING: Annex/Zone; Property Contiguous to the City; Steelton Subdivision-Group 2, SR-8

    (a)     Recommendation of Annexation & Zoning classification to City Council


2.    PUBLIC HEARING: Annex/Zone; City Owned Oak Grove/W Lefevre Rd parcel #11-17-454-016, SR-4

    (a)     Recommendation of Annexation & Zoning classification to City Council


3.    PUBLIC HEARING: Annex/Zone; City Owned North East Corner of Lynn Blvd/16th Avenue parcel #11-15-251-017, SR-4

    (a)     Recommendation of Annexation & Zoning classification to City Council


4.    PUBLIC HEARING: Annex/Zone; Cassens E Lynn Blvd Parcel #11-15-251-011, RH

    (a)     Recommendation of Annexation & Zoning classification to City Council


  1. Items for Discussion:  None

H)    Comments: Ask Members, Staff

I)    Adjournment 


The City of Sterling, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests that persons with disabilities who require certain accommodations to allow them to observe and/or participate in this meeting or have questions about the accessibility of this meeting or facilities, contact the ADA Coordinator at 815-632-6629 to allow the City of Sterling to make reasonable accommodations for those persons.



From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart

Questions about integrity of Illinois’ Elections


A major issue with the state’s Automatic Voter Registration program made headlines during the week raising questions about the integrity of Illinois’ Elections.


According to media reports, more than 500 people who are not citizens and are not legally eligible to vote in elections were registered to vote through the state’s Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system.  The AVR system was signed into law in 2017.


The AVR system automatically registers voters when they apply for a driver’s license or state ID card, unless the individual opts out of the process.  Between July 2, 2018 and December 13, 2019, the registration information of 574 people was “improperly forwarded” to the Illinois State Board of Elections, according to a December 18, 2019 letter from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to the elections board.


The 574 individuals had all checked the “no” box on a question asking if they were U.S. citizens.  According to the Secretary of State’s office the issue was due to a “programming error” involved with the registration process.  The Illinois State Board of Elections has notified the local election authorities where the individuals reside and has sent letters to the individuals themselves.


Of the improperly registered voters, 126 live in Chicago, 135 in other parts of Cook County, 56 in DuPage County, 54 in Lake County, 1 in Christian County, and 1 in Sangamon County.


On January 21, all Republican Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of State’s office seeking further information about the issue.  The request included information on which locations erroneously registered voters, what investigatory steps would be taken, and what would be done to prevent situations like this in the future. 

“It is imperative the residents of Illinois know their elections are being managed and conducted in a lawful manner.  Ensuring our laws are being implemented correctly is a practical matter not a partisan one,” the letter stated.


Since being signed into law in August 2017, the Illinois AVR system has so far registered more than 600,000 individuals to vote.


Legislative process begins anew


And as the General Assembly gears up for the spring session, and the process of filing new legislation begins, Senate Republicans continue to push for Fair Maps.


The spring legislative session begins January 28 and State Senators and Representatives are currently finalizing their legislative agendas and filing their proposals in legislative form so their ideas can be considered in the coming months.


In the Senate, the deadline for the introduction of substantive bills, which deal with new laws and changes to existing laws, is February 14.  Those bills then have until March 27 to be heard in committees, and until April 24 to be called for a vote in the Senate.  After that, the Senate considers legislation that has passed the House of Representatives, and appropriations or spending bills that will form the state’s budget.  The session is scheduled to adjourn on May 31.


Push for Fair Maps continues


As a new legislative session begins, Senate Republicans are again calling for action to fix the current partisan practice of drawing gerrymandered maps.


Every 10 years, the state is required to reapportion legislative and Congressional districts to match the results of the most recent census.  Illinois currently has a “winner take all” system where one party has the complete power to draw the maps, which typically leads to confusing and strangely shaped or “gerrymandered” districts.  They note that the maps are typically drawn not to best represent the people of Illinois and their communities, but to offer the party in power the best chance at electoral success.  The process has often been called out for allowing politicians to pick their districts instead of the people choosing their representatives.


Numerous attempts throughout the years to fix the system have been blocked by legislative leaders and lawsuits.  Still, the General Assembly does have the power to put the question of whether to fix the current system on the ballot for voters to decide.


The concept of Fair Maps has broad bipartisan support among rank-and-file lawmakers, Governor J.B. Pritzker has expressed his support for the idea, and former President Barack Obama made the issue a key component of his speech to the General Assembly in 2016.


New law eliminates license suspension for non-payment of fines


Individuals who fail to pay tickets for most non-moving violations will no longer face the loss of their driver’s license.  The “License to Work Act” removes the penalty of suspension for a number of offenses, including parking tickets and tollway violations.


Previously, the state suspended more than 50,000 licenses per year for failure to pay tickets, fines, and fees.  Supporters of the new law hope that it will enable people to continue working and earning money to pay the fines and fees.  At the same time, opponents fear it will make it easier to ignore fines and fees, and by extension, the laws that result in those fines and fees.


January is Blood Donor Month


Because blood donations often drop off right after the holidays, January has been recognized as Blood Donor Awareness Month since 1970 to raise awareness of the need for blood and platelet donations during the winter months.


The American Red Cross is reminding people of the importance of donating blood.  In the United States, someone needs blood every two seconds, and nearly 21 million blood components are transfused every year.  Despite medical and technological advances, blood cannot be manufactured therefore donations are the only way to get blood to those in need.  The organization also notes that one donation can save three lives.

According to the Red Cross, while 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, typically only about 10 percent actually do.


Information about donating blood is available at or


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


YWCA of The Sauk Valley Update

Denise and Cylvia were in studio with important information on the census coming up April 1st, 2020.


The YWCA has numerous plans in place to assist the community with any concerns as we get closer to that date. Cylvia also brought information about international Womens Day which is Saturday, March 7th.


The YWCA is putting together final details for The Women of Achiement Luncheon at The Dixon Elks Lodge Thursday, April 2nd.


If you missed the any of that this morning, listen below and be prepared to write days and dates down as well.




Congresswoman Bustos Makes Valentines for Veterans with Erie, Illinois Elementary Students

On Thursday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) crafted Valentine’s Day cards with second and fourth grade students at Erie Elementary School. This visit is part of her seventh annual “Valentines for Veterans” program, where she encourages families from across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to show appreciation for our service members by making homemade Valentine’s Day cards.


The deadline for submission is Tuesday, February 11th, so Congresswoman Bustos can distribute Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans. Cards can be dropped off or mailed to any of Congresswoman Bustos’ Illinois offices.


Coloma Township Park District is Sponsoring a Free Throw Contest

The Coloma Township Park District is sponsoring a Free Throw Contest on Saturday, February 1st at the Rock Falls Middle School Gymnasium starting at 1:30 PM. The competition is open for boys, girls, men and women ages 8 and up. 


The Free Throw Contest will test the ability of each participant to make free throws. The most free throws made out of 30 shots will be the winner in each age division. The age divisions are: 8 & 9 years old; 10 & 11 years old; 12 & 13 years old; 14-15 years old; 16-18 years old; Adults and Seniors. There will be a $3.00 registration fee for this special event. 


Trophies will be awarded to the 1st place winners in all age divisions.  2nd & 3rd will receive placement ribbons; all others will receive a merit ribbon in each of the age divisions. All awards will be presented by the Park District at the conclusion of the Free Throw Contest.


If you have questions on this Coloma Township Park District special event or for additional information, please call the Park District Administrative Office at 1-815-625-0272 or stop by at 508 East 11th Street in Rock Falls from 8:30 am-5:00 PM Monday through Friday.



Sterling 75 v. Moline 54...Final

Congrats to the Sterling Girl's Basketball team on their victory over Moline. 


Sterling 42 v. Moline the half Girl's Basketball

Sterling is up at the half!


CGH About Your Health Radio

In studio this morning Nurse Practitioner Edita Danaiata (Don-E-atta) who recently joined the Cardiology Department at the CGH Main Clinic. She washere to talk about CGH Cardiology and Heart Month (February) at CGH Medical Center.


Heart disease is the No.1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer
combined. To help women fight back, the American Heart Association uses the acronym – GO

Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.


Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.
It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.


We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.


Make healthy food choices for you and your family.
Teach your children the importance of staying active.


Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.


The CGH Health Foundation provides free screenings on a monthly basis to provide you with your
blood sugar and blood pressure numbers. These are free and non-fasting:

February 2020
Thursday, February 6, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
CGH Main Clinic Lobby
101 E. Miller Road, Sterling

Thursday, February 13, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
CGH Medical Center Lobby

100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling

Thursday, February 20, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
County Market
210 W. 3rd St., Sterling

Friday, February 21, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Westwood Fitness and Sports Center
1900 Westwood Dr., Sterling


Another way to know your numbers is the CGH Health Foundation’s monthly Cholesterol and Glucose Screenings. These are by appointment and at low cost, $30 and do require a 12 hour fast.

February’s date is Thursday February 27.
To schedule an appointment, call 815-625-0400 x 5716
Or visit for all this information.


SVACC Professional Women's Network Committee to host Natalie Moeller at Luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce’s (SVACC) Professional Women’s Network (PWN) committee announced that Natalie Moeller, MSW, LCSW of Moeller, Myers & Associates will be presenting, “Find Your Flow” on Wednesday, March 11 at 11:45 am – 1 pm at Sterling Federal Bank, 110 E. 4th Street, Sterling, IL.


At the luncheon you will learn practical techniques to help feel calmer and bring a bit of joy to your days – even at work.  Natalie Moeller is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has counseled children, adolescents and adults for over 25 years. Her counseling services come from a client-centered and strength-based perspective.


“We are excited to host this luncheon,” said Professional Women’s Network co-chairs, Nicole Bollman (CGH Medical Center) and Charlotte Dunne (Illinois American Water). “In this fast paced, stressful world – learning how to find some calm and joy – sounds great! We hope you can join us.”


Cost for the lunch is $15 for chamber members, $20 for non-chamber members. Cost includes the presentation and lunch, provided by Large Marge Catering.


Registration is needed by Monday, March 4th. Register online at or call 815-625-2400.


Mayor Lee After Council Update







Sterling Mayor Skip Lee and City manager Scott Schumard stopped into WSDR,

following the city council meeting on Monday, January 20th. In the discussion were changes that may be coming to how you shop at a certain grocery store, update on some acquired property, and general information about what's ahead for Sterling in 2020. 




Heritage Woods is Busy

Deb Janssen, marketing director for Heritage Woods was in studio this week. Starting off the new year busy as usual, coming up February 6th, stop by for Valentine's Day community bingo at 2pm. in the dining room, free and open to the public. For that and more events, or just to find more about what Heritage Woods has to offer,

listen below.



Newman 46 v. Erie-Prophetstown 45...Final

Congrats to the Newman Comets Boy's Basketball team in their victory over Erie-Prophetstown 46 to 45.  



The Illinois State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash on 1/18/2020 at 10:08 p.m.


The investigation revealed Johnson’s Towing was stationary with their 2012 Ford tow truck working on a recovery on Interstate 88 westbound at milepost 45 in Whiteside County when a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Charles Keys, 68, of Tipton, Iowa, lost control on the icy roadway and struck the rear of the tow truck.


Keys was transported to CGH Hospital with minor injuries. His passenger, Patricia Keys, 68, was transported to CGH Hospital with serious injuries. Assisting at the scene were the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, CGH EMS, Rock Falls Fire Department, and Sterling Fire Department.

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


Sauk Valley Area Chamber Update

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner is Thursday at Deer Valley  where the  Citizen of The Year will be presented. There are many other plans in the works for the area as well. Kris Noble was in studio to talk about days and dates coming up.


Listen for all of that and more below.