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What’s Local: ‘A Local Holiday Market’ returns this Saturday By Jim Hagerty Reporter

ROCKFORD - A successful holiday shopping tradition makes its return to Rockford for the ninth year this weekend. Winnebago Buy Local’s “A Local Holiday Market 2019” will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rockford University’s Regents Hall. The holiday-themed market features ware from only locally owned businesses aims to help shoppers support their favorite homegrown businesses all in one location. “We feel uniquely blessed that our community looks for  new and exciting opportunities to buy locally year-round,” Winnebago Buy Local Director Lauren Davis said in a release. “But during the

holidays, I know that convenience is key, so we load up the room with dozens of local businesses, pump up the music, bring in local entertainment in the form of choirs and holiday characters, give out tote bags and coupons to area restaurants, and provide the community with a way to ‘Support-Local’ during the busiest shopping time of the year.” The first 200 families  through the doors Saturday will receive a  free reusable shopping bag to use when buying throughout the year. Because the commemorative bags are reusable, they help the environment, Davis said, and they contain several gifts from local business. Guests will also receive lunch coupons for participating local restaurants and cafes.

Live entertainment will be by The Rockford Christian School choir. “Not only is the energy high, but the day is lighthearted and magical, and it brings to light the amazing businesses we have in our community,” Davis added. Accord i ng to st at s compi led by Winnebago Buy Local, more than $.65 of every dollar spent with a local business stays in the local economy, allowing communities to retain wealth and become unique places to live, work, and visit.  The event is sponsored by PC Tech 2U, Meg’s Daily Grind, Iverson Painting, and Meemic-Redd Insurance Group.  Rockford University is at 5050 E. State St. Regents Hall can be found by following the candy cane path.

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State Rep. John Cabello joins suicide task force Staff Report

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, announced Monday that he has been appointed to serve on the newly created State of Illinois First Responders Suicide Task Force. The task force is part of the state’s renewed effort to address the emotional health needs of police, fire and all emergency response personnel.  “We need to make sure that the well-being of our first responders is taken care of, both on and off duty,” Cabello said. “First responders need more than just equipment and the technological resources to protect our community and stay safe on the job. They need to know that somebody has their back. That somebody should be their own colleagues, the leadership within each agency or department, public officials at the state and local level, and our community as a whole. Together we can make sure that every first responder knows they are supported and has access to the peer

resources they need.” Cabello said the appointment is an opportunity to build upon the progress he has led statewide along with the Greg Lindmark Foundation to address the emotional health needs of police officers in particular. In 2017, the General Assembly enacted the Officer Greg Lindmark Memorial Law, sponsored by Representative Cabello, which requires that police officers receive training in effective recognition of and responses to stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress experienced by police officers. The First Responders Suicide Task Force was created this year, facilitated by the passage of House Bill 2766, which was signed into law by Gov. Pritzker. Members include the Director of State Police or his designee; the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health or her designee; two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House; two members of the House of Representatives appointed

by the Minority Leader; two members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate; two members of the Senate appointed by the Minority Leader; two members who represent 2 different ment a l hea lt h org an i zat ions; one member who represents an organization that advocates on behalf of police; one member who represents the Chicago Police Department; two members who represent organizations that advocate on behalf of firefighters; one member who represents the Chicago Fire Department; and one member who represents an organization that advocates on behalf of sheriffs in the State of Illinois. The task force is required to submit final report on or before Dec. 31, with specific recommendations to help reduce the risk and rates of suicide among first responders in Illinois. Cabello serves Illinois’ 68th District, which includes portions of Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park and Cherry Valley.

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Trump takes bold stance at NATO as impeachment boils at home BY ZEKE MILLER AND AAMER MADHANI ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON (AP) – Thumping his chest on the world stage as he faces an impeachment inquiry at home, President Donald Trump claimed credit Tuesday for transforming NATO as the military alliance marks its 70th anniversary. But he also clashed with America’s NATO allies, especially French President Emmanuel Macron, about defense spending and the alliance’s very mission. Trump began the first of two days at the NATO conference by publicly rebuking Macron, once arguably his closest European ally, for recently saying the post-World War II alliance was experiencing “brain death” as a result of diminished U.S. leadership under Trump. “I think that’s insulting to a lot of di�erent forces,” said Trump. “It’s very disrespectful.” But the president himself has questioned whether the alliance has become “obsolete,” and he accused NATO members anew of shirking national commitments on military spending. Hours later, Macron and Trump sat side by side for a media session, and Macron said he stood by his comments about the health of the NATO alliance. He also firmly expressed his frustration that Trump withdrew hundreds of American troops from Syria in October The U.S. president bantered with reporters for more than two hours Tuesday, sitting casually in a salon of Winfield House, the manicured estate of the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, where he also met with fellow NATO leaders. He slammed the ongoing Democraticled impeachment inquiry back in the United States as a “”hoax” and professed to be unconcerned about declines in the stock market spurred by his remark that a trade deal with China might not materialize until after the 2020 election. Trump later called on Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and attended a NATO welcome reception at Buckingham Palace, before proceeding to an event at the prime minister’s residence at Number 10 Downing Street. Trump punctuated the day of diplomacy with a fundraiser for his reelection e�ort that his campaign said brought in $3 million. The gathering of NATO leaders follows Trump’s frequent criticism of alliance members as falling well short in doing their financial part through the first three years of his presidency. After a NATO summit last year, he called for members devote at least 4% of gross domestic product to military spending and took aim at German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he accused of

paying Russia ‘”billions of dollars for gas and energy” while failing to meet her nation’s commitment to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense. But at this NATO meeting, Trump – who heads toward an election year looking to showcase foreign policy wins – is o�ering a more optimistic outlook for the alliance’s future. To that end, he suggested he deserved much of the credit for progress. “I don’t think frankly before us that NATO was changing at all, and NATO is really changing right now,” Trump said as he sat down for a one-on-one talk with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. White House o�cials say that before Trump took office just four NATO members had reached the 2% benchmark set in 2014. Now there are nine, Eighteen of the 29 are projected to meet it by 2024. Stoltenberg said that Trump does deserve credit for nudging members. “The reality is that, not least because it has been so clearly conveyed from President Trump that we need fair burden sharing, allies are stepping up,” Stoltenberg said. In his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump gently ribbed the premier – whose country is spending about 1.3% of GDP on defense – as “slightly delinquent.” “Some are major delinquent,” said Trump. He added that he’s looking at the possibility of imposing unspecified trade penalties against NATO allies that perpetually fall below benchmarks. “Some are way below 1 percent and that’s unacceptable, and then if something happens we’re supposed to protect them and it’s not really fair and it never has been fair,” he said. Trump’s talks with Macron were tense at times. Before meeting with him on the sidelines of the summit, Trump laced into the French president for what he called “very, very nasty” comments in The Economist about NATO’s health with Trump leading its most important member. Macron didn’t back down when they appeared later in the day, and he renewed his own criticism of Trump for withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria. That decision by Trump, made without consulting France or other NATO allies, gave Turkey, another NATO member, a green light to launch operations against Syrian Kurdish forces who played a key role in the fight to clear a huge swath of Syria of the Islamic State. Trump and Macron have had an up-and-down relationship in the nearly three years Trump’s been in o�ce. Macron, who early in Trump’s pres-

idency had looked to cultivate a close relationship, hosted Trump in 2017 for Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Trump reciprocated by honoring Macron last year with the first state visit of a foreign leader during his time in the White House. As they answered questions from reporters, the new stress was most apparent as they discussed their concerns over Turkey’s plan to purchase an anti-aircraft missile system from Russia. Macron said there is a disconnect in allowing Turkey to buy the system from Russia and also be a NATO member. Trump said he is weighing issuing sanctions against Ankara if it moves forward with plans to buy the weapons. A head of t he me et i ng, T u rk i sh President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would oppose a NATO plan to defend the Baltic region if the alliance does not back Turkey in its fight against Kurdish groups it considers terrorists. “I’m sorry to say we don’t have the same definition of terrorism around the table,” Macron said in a swipe at Turkey. T r u mp sho we d mor e d e fe r e n c e to Erdogan, saying that Turkey was “very helpful” during the October U.S. commando raid that led to the death IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi near the Syria-Turkey border. “We flew over areas that were totally controlled by Turkey and Turkish military,” Trump said. “We didn’t tell them what we were doing or where we were going. Turkey could not have been nicer, could not have been more supportive.” At another point in their extended comments before the news media, Trump and Macron had a curt exchange about the repatriation of Islamic State fighters who are European citizens and were captured in Syria and Iraq in recent years. Trump has pressed unsuccessfully for European nations to accept fighters captured by U.S. forces. “Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you,” Trump said. “You can take every one you want.” “Let’s be serious,” Macron responded. “Your number one problem are not the foreign fighters.’’ Trump retorted, “’That’s one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard. And, that’s OK.” After such exchanges, however, Trump gave Macron, along with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a ride in his armored presidential limo from the queen’s reception at Buckingham Palace to another gathering hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at No. 10 Downing St.


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IMPEACHMENT REPORT

In 300 pages, House lays out evidence for Trump impeachment BY LISA MASCARO AND MARY CLARE JALONICK ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House released a sweeping impeachment report Tuesday outlining evidence of what it calls President Donald Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine, findings that will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from o�ce. The 300-page report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee makes the case that Trump misused the power of his o�ce and, in the course of their investigation, obstructed Congress by stonewalling the proceedings. Based on two months of investigation, the report contains evidence and testimony from current and former U.S. o�cials. “The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,” said Chairman Adam Schi� in the report’s preface. In doing so, “the President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,” the report said. The report does not render a judgment on whether Trump’s actions stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukraine president rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” warranting impeachment, leaving that to Congress to decide. I n s t e a d , “T h e T r u m p -U k r a i n e Impeachment inquiry Report” provides a detailed, if stunning, account of a shadow diplomacy run by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, resulting in layers of allegations, which can be distilled into specific acts like bribery, extortion or obstruction, and the more amorphous allegation that Trump abused his power by putting his interests above the nation. The House intelligence panel will vote later Tuesday, in what is expected to be a party-line tally, to send the document to the Judiciary Committee ahead of a landmark impeachment hearing Wednesday. “With the release of our report, the American people can review for themselves the evidence detailing President Trump’s betrayal of the public trust,’’ Schi� said in a joint statement with the chairmen of the Oversight and Foreign A�airs Committee, who drafted the report. In a statement, White House Press Secretar y Stephanie Grisham said “Chairman Schi� and the Democrats

utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump.” She said the report “reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing.” Ahead of the release, Republicans defended the president in a rebuttal claiming Trump never intended to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a “favor” – investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden. They say the military aid the White House was withholding was not being used as leverage, as Democrats claim, and besides the $400 million was ultimately released, although only after a congressional outcry. Trump at the opening of a NATO leaders’ meeting in London on Tuesday criticized the impeachment push as “unpatriotic” and “a bad thing for our country.” In prefacing the report, Schi� draws deeply from history, citing George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and other Founding Fathers, to explain grounds for impeachment. “Rather than a mechanism to overturn an election, impeachment was explicitly contemplated as a remedy of last resort for a president who fails to faithfully execute his oath of o�ce ‘to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,’” he wrote. The report will lay the foundation for the House Judiciary Committee to assess potential articles of impeachment starting Wednesday, presenting a history-making test of political judgment with a case that is dividing Congress and the country. Trump said he will not watch the judiciary panel’s hearing, saying it’s “all nonsense, they’re just wasting their time.” Democrat s once hoped to s w ay Republicans to consider Trump’s removal, but they are now facing the prospect of an ever-hardening partisan split over the swift-moving proceedings on impeaching the president. For Republicans o�ering an early rebuttal ahead of the report’s public release, the proceedings are simply a “hoax,” with Trump insisting he did nothing wrong and his GOP allies in line behind him. Trump has criticized the House for pushing forward with the proceedings while he was overseas, a breach of political decorum that traditionally leaves partisan di�erences at the water’s edge. He predicted Republicans would actually benefit from the impeachment e�ort against him. For the Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces a critical moment of her leadership as she steers the process ahead after resisting the impeachment inquiry through the summer, warning at the time

that it was too divisive for the country and required bipartisan support. Possible grounds for impeachment are focused on whether Trump abused his o�ce as he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July 25 phone call to open investigations into Trump’s political rivals. At the time, Trump was withholding $400 million in military aid, jeopardizing key support as Ukraine faces an aggressive Russia at its border. The report also accuses Trump of obstructing the House constitutional authority to conduct the impeachment inquiry, becoming the “first and only’’ president in U.S. history to “openly and indiscriminately” defy the proceedings by instructing o�cials not to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony. The next step comes when the Judiciary Committee gavels open its own hearing with legal experts to assess the findings and consider potential articles of impeachment ahead of a possible vote by the full House by Christmas. That would presumably send it to the Senate for a trial in January. For Democrats marching into what is now a largely partisan process, the political challenge if they proceed is to craft the impeachment articles in a way that will draw the most support from their ranks and not expose Pelosi’s majority to messy divisions, especially as Republicans stand lock-step with the president. While liberal Democrats are pushing the party to go further and incorporate the findings from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and other actions by Trump, more centrist and moderate Democrats prefer to stick with the Ukraine matter as a simpler narrative that Americans understand. Trump’s campaign is spending robustly to run ads against front-line freshmen lawmakers, many from districts Trump won in 2016 but that flipped in 2018 to give Democrats the majority and Pelosi will be protective of these lawmakers as the proceedings unfold. House Republicans preempted the report’s public release with their own 123-page rebuttal. In it, they claim there’s no evidence Trump pressured Zelenskiy. Instead, they say Democrats just want to undo the 2016 election. Republicans dismiss witness testimony of a shadow diplomacy being run Giuliani, and they rely on the president’s insistence that he was merely concerned about “corruption” in Ukraine – though the White House transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelenskiy never mentions

the word. “They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats chafed at an elected President’s ‘outside the beltway’ approach to diplomacy,” according to the report from Republican Reps. Devin Nunes of California, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Michael McCaul of Texas. Democrats could begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president in a matter of days, with voting in the Judiciary Committee next week. Republicans on the committee, led by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, plan to use procedural moves to stall the process and portray the inquiry as unfair to the president. The White House declined an invitation to participate in Wednesday’s hearing, with counsel Pat Cipollone denouncing the proceedings as a “baseless and highly partisan inquiry” in a letter to Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. Trump had previously suggested that he might be willing to o�er written testimony under certain conditions, though aides suggested they did not anticipate Democrats would ever agree to them. Cipollone demanded more information from Democrats before Trump would decide whether to participate in additional hearings. Nadler said Monday if the president really thought his call with Ukraine was “perfect,” as he repeatedly says, he would “provide exculpatory information that refutes the overwhelming evidence of his abuse of power.” House rules provide the president and his attorneys the right to cross-examine witnesses and review evidence before the committee, but little ability to bring forward witnesses of their own.

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Crime

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 7: Questions about a rusty gun Editor’s note: The following is the seventh installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away and it is believed she had only $10 on her when she vanished.    

By Jim Hagerty Reporter

MENDOTA - In the past 29 years, investigators have uncovered nothing to indicate 21-year-old grocery clerk Veronica Blumhorst was met with foul play when she disappeared Sept. 20, 1990. There was no signs of a struggle near her car. And while police collected DNA from some of her personal items, they’ve had nothing to compare them with. Her work smock, coat, boyfriend’s class ring,

diamond stud earrings, things she wore to work on Sept. 19, have never been found. A video she rented and planned to watch the next day is also missing. Over the years, those close to the case have speculated that anyone found with any of those items would have some serious explaining to do. Because nobody has emerged to fit such a bill, the case has remained at square one -- until last week, when an anonymous source told The Times there is reason to believe Veronica was strangled, possibly shot and dumped in a creek near Mendota. This week, there’s more, a detail the source says is certainly worth exploring: a rusty Ruger pistol he says was likely involved and a dot he’s been attempting to connect with something for four years.

On its face, a rusty handgun could simply be just another firearm, one carelessly rendered inoperable and discarded by its owner. It happens often. On the other hand, it may raise a red flag when someone gives another person a rusty Ruger-style pistol and the second person dumps it in a creek in the same town where Veronica Blumhorst went missing two years earlier. Last June, the source says he’s stumbled upon that very flag when spoke to a woman about the case. “We were talking about the case in general, about what each other remembered about it,” he said. “Then, somewhat out of nowhere, this person brought up the pistol on her own accord and how she discarded it.” The source declined to reveal the location

where the gun he says may be involved in Veronica’s disappearance was dumped, only that he believes it was discarded in 1992. He added that the spot is different from where he believes Veronica’s body was dumped. Police have been notified about the gun but could not be reached for comment. Meantime, a Blumhorst family spokesman announced Tuesday that a citizen-led search clues will take place next spring near Knox Road and Big Bureau Creek, about eight miles north of Mendota. Weather permitting, the search could happen as early as March. Anyone with information about the disappearance is urged to contact the Mendota Police Department at 815-5399331 or mendotapd@mendotapolice.com.

Disappearance Case

Family announces new search for missing Mendota woman By Jim Hagerty Reporter

ROCKFORD - A citizen-led search for Veronica Blumhorst will be conducted early next year, her family announced Tuesday. “Since 1990, we have held onto hope what we would find out what happened to Veronica so we could finally have closure of what has been a horrible chapter in our lives,” Blumhorst family spokesman Doug Truckenbrod said. “However, it’s been 29 years and investigators are no closer to finding her than they were when they completed their initial report.” Truckenbrod, who grew up on the same street as the Blumhorsts and now lives out of state, says the new search will be next spring, near the Bartlett Woods Nature Preserve, where police did minor digging in 2014 and found nothing. Tuesday’s announcement comes a week after a source contacted The Rock River Times and said had investigators continued digging west of the nature preserve, they would have likely uncovered important evidence and possibly the skeletal remains of Veronica Blumhorst. Blumhorst disappeared Sept. 20, 1990, after leaving work at a local grocery store. Her car was found in her garage less than a mile away, suggesting she left with someone she knew. Rescue teams and dozens of volunteers spent the day searching for her but found no signs of the 21-year-old.

Although police have never officially named him a suspect, Veronica’s boyfriend was questioned but stopped talking to police after hiring an attorney. Before obtaining counsel, he gave a series of odd statements, telling investigators he couldn’t remember if he was responsible for Veronica’s disappearance and that he may have harmed her during an argument. He also reportedly failed a polygraph. Police searched his property and came up empty handed.

Case reopened

The Mendota Police Department reopened the case in 2004 and spoke to several people who recalled the days surrounding Veronica’s disappearance and the relationship she had with her boyfriend but found nothing to link someone to a crime. “Although we are thankful that police reopened the investigation in 2004 and were able to gain further insight, we are still without anything concrete,” Truckenbrod said. “That is why we have continued to investigate Veronica’s disappearance using outside resources that have recently pointed us in what we believe is the right direction.” Truckenbrod said he trusts new information that suggests that in the early hours of Sept. 20, 1990, Veronica was strangled, possibly shot, wrapped in a tarp

and dumped over the west side of a metal bridge on Knox Road. Under the bridge runs Big Bureau Creek, an 73-mile Illinois River tributary that winds along private farmland, about 8 miles north of Mendota, where the new search will be focussed. Weather permitting, it could happen as early as March. “We are asking for the same support

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If you’re feeling a little moody this holiday season, you might be right at home watching Fox’s six-episode comedy series, The Moodys, starring Elizabeth Perkins (Sharp Objects) and Denis Leary (Rescue Me). They play Ann and Sean Sr., a Chicago couple whose three grown children are all home for Christmas – including Sean Jr., who still lives with them. Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon) plays Sean Jr.; Chelsea Frei (Sideswiped) plays the overachieving middle child, Bridget; and François Arnaud (The Borgias) plays the creative baby of the family, Dan. If the show sounds familiar, you might be thinking of a 2014 Australian series of the same name, which spun out of the 2012 mini-series, A Moody Christmas, upon which this incarnation of The Moodys is based. The creators of the original series, Phil Lloyd and Trent O’Donnell, also serve as executive producers of the new series. This isn’t a weekly show. Fox decided to air two back-to-back episodes on three separate nights over the course of a week. Episodes one and two premiere Wednesday, December 4, episodes three and four air Monday December 9, and the final two episodes air Tuesday the 10th. Leary and Perkins are both masters of dark comedy – you might remember Leary’s 1994 movie The Ref, where he played a burglar who takes a family hostage on Christmas Eve only to get

caught in the middle of their dysfunctional sniping – but not everyone is up for spending the holiday season with a bickering family. If you want lighter entertainment, or just need fresh ideas for handmade Christmas gifts, you might want to watch season two of NBC’s fun and crafty competition series, Making It, hosted by Nick O�erman – a skilled woodworker and longtime advocate of handcrafted items – and Amy Poehler, who is learning right along with the viewers. (The new season started Monday, but you can stream past episodes or watch them On Demand.) Instead of spreading it out as a weekly series, NBC decided to make Making It a nightly series, with new hour-long episodes airing at 9 p.m. CT MondayThursday this week, and wrapping up on Monday and Tuesday next week. Poehler and O�erman’s craft-related pun-o�s are worth tuning in alone, but it’s hard not to be inspired by the projects some of the “makers” create for each challenge. Better yet, there’s true comradery among the contestants. In this season’s first episode, one maker was running out of time to assemble her project, so several of her competitors helped her finish as much as possible before the timed challenge ended. That kind of cooperation and mutual support is a real gift to see at any time of the year, but especially during the holidays.

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Recently I drove the length of Illinois in our Volt (24 gal. used for 900 mile roundtrip). At the start of my trip I was cruising down Interstate 39 on a cloudy windless day. In the area of Mendota and Paw Paw all the giant wind turbines were still. There was precious little sunlight. These are two significant problems for solar power and wind power. Interestingly enough, these two immediate downsides to wind and solar are exactly why companies in the natural gas business are pushing wind and solar. Since at present neither energy source has any real storage capacity - their power must be used as it is made. When they can’t make power - at night - on windless days - guess what steps in to fill the void? Natural gas turbines. Wind and Solar cannot provide for base load power. That is the capacity to provide for our everyday needs. Without substantial, and I do mean SUBSTANTIAL battery storage capacity, neither can provide for our normal needs on their own. This has been proven. To take our present “thermal” (coal, gas, nuclear) powerplants out of action and depend on solar and wind at this point in time would be to make our area of the world unliveable. All you need is a cloudy, windless day in the winter when you need heat and there would be no electricity. Without your own personal generator it is going to be very cold. There will be no warm place to go to unless they have a generator. As it is right now, solar and wind only make matters worse. Their output is variable over short periods of time. The thermal plants cannot react quickly to make up for these variations and must be kept “spinning” - that is they are up and running, but ine�ciently, ready to ramp up and meet the demands as they come. Ironically, the more wind and solar there is, the more reserve capacity the powerplants need to be able to make up for when the renewables can’t do their job. The needs of thermal powerplant operation override

the need for alternative energy - on windy days the power being put out from wind turbine fields is often “dumped,” wasted. There is no place for it to go. Even with no renewables in the grid power mix we are o�ered discounted electricity at night. The powerplants cannot be throttled down much and they NEED someplace for the electricity to go. And at times of high demand, renewables cannot be turned up to meet that demand. Grid suppliers then turn on gas turbine engine peaker plants to help meet that demand. That’s why they o�er discounts if they can cycle your air conditioning o� in the summer. Saves them from firing up the peaker plants. Worldwide, it has been shone that even where there is large scale wind farms, the net result is that it does not reduce carbon dioxide emissions - that they’d be better o� with the thermal plants operating at e�cient levels with no wind power at all. Wind and solar power have some serious downsides and rather than stretch that much to say into a small space here, I’ll continue the series on evaluating what forms of energy will power our future. What is driving this series is my firm belief that to keep our planet habitable, we’ll need to dramatically curtail all use of fossil fuels and all other forms of energy that involve burning something. The future needs to be extraordinarily energy e�cient and fully electrically powered. Only through massive conversion of transportation, heating and cooling, industrial processes to purely CLEAN electric power are we going to have some chance to curtail climate change. As we’ll see in pages to come, the process is not so much technical as political. We know how to do this now, but there is no leadership in making this happen. We have to take a hard look at going with publicly owned power generation and forego letting the “market” decide what is good for us. Much like the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, we must decide that there is a need and that price be damned, we have to do it. Until then, I have little faith in the necessary changes happening in the time frame that is needed to avert a climate disaster.

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US stocks fall for 3rd straight day over more trade worries By Alex Veiga

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Stocks closed broadly lower and bond prices rose sharply on Wall Street Tuesday after President Donald Trump cast doubt over the potential for a trade deal with China this year. Technology companies, banks and industrial stocks accounted for much of the sell-off, which extended the S&P 500’s losing streak to a third day. Utilities and real estate stocks rose as traders favored less-risky assets. Trump said he has “no deadline” for a trade deal and doesn’t mind waiting until after the 2020 election to make one. Investors had been hoping for a deal this year, or at least enough progress to stave off new U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, including smartphones and laptops, scheduled to start Dec. 15. Tensions between the two nations flared anew last week after Trump signed legislation expressing U.S. support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. “We’re running out of time and the markets are finally woken up to ‘Hey, there’s a risk out there and maybe things aren’t going to be all good after all,’” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading & derivatives at Charles Schwab. The S&P 500 index fell 20.67 points,

or 0.7%, to 3,093.20. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 280.23 points, or 1%, to 27,502.81. The index was briefly down 457 points. The Nasdaq dropped 47.34 points, or 0.6%, to 8,520.64. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks gave up 4.95 points, or 0.3%, to 1,602.63. Stocks have been racking up losses this week, giving up some of the market’s solid gains from a strong November rally fueled partly by investor optimism about the prospects for a trade deal between Washington and Beijing. Pressure has been building on both sides to complete what Trump has called a limited “Phase 1” deal before the new tariffs on Chinese goods kick in Dec. 15. “We’re less than two weeks away from new tariffs that will be implemented on a bunch of consumer goods that have never had tariffs on them, and I think that’s when the consumer really starts to feel the pain,” Frederick said. Wall Street is also weighing the potential for an expanded series of trade disputes. On Tuesday, Trump proposed tariffs on $2.4 billion in French products in retaliation for a tax on global tech giants including Google, Amazon and Facebook. That follows a threat Monday to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum from Argentina and Brazil.

Utilities and real estate companies held up the best as investors shifted money to the safe-play sectors. Traders sent shares in Cleveland-Cliffs 10.7% lower after the iron-ore miner said it will pay $1.1 billion for steel maker AK Steel. U.S. steel producers have struggled since the Trump administration put a 25% steel tariff into place last year. Domestic demand has slumped as oil and gas drillers pull back on purchases of steel pipe. The price for hot rolled steel has slid almost 30% this year. AK Steel rose 4.2%. Lands’ End vaulted 21% after the clothing maker reported surprisingly good fourth-quarter earnings and raised its profit forecast for the year. Benchmark crude oil rose 14 cents to settle at $56.10 a barrel. Brent crude oil, the international standard, slipped 10 cents to close at $60.82 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline fell 1 cent to $1.56 per gallon. Heating oil declined 1 cent to $1.88 per gallon. Natural gas rose 11 cents to $2.44 per 1,000 cubic feet. Gold rose $15.90 to $1,478.20 per ounce, silver rose 29 cents to $17.13 per ounce and copper fell 2 cents to $2.61 per pound. The dollar fell to 108.57 Japanese yen from 108.98 yen on Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1082 from $1.1078. Asian and European markets closed lower.

The lack of a trade deal before the year ends could mean the market is in for a turnaround from a strong, record-setting November. The S&P 500 had its best month since June with a 3.4% gain because of cooling trade tensions and optimism that a resolution to the dispute was near. Two days of deflated hopes has already sent the S&P 500 about 1.5% lower and the tech-heavy Nasdaq has slipped 1.7%. December is a typically solid month for the stock market, with the S&P 500 making gains regularly since the last recession ended in 2009. Last year, though, fears about a recession and rising interest rates hurt the major indexes. Technology stocks led the losses Tuesday. The sector is highly sensitive to twists in the trade dispute because many of the companies rely on China for sales and supply chains. Apple slumped 1.8% and Intel fell 2.8%. Bank stocks also suffered heavy losses as investors headed for the safety of bonds and pushed yields lower. Banks rely on higher bond yields to charge more lucrative interest rates on mortgages and other loans. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell sharply to 1.72% from 1.83% late Monday. Bank of America shed 1.8% and Citigroup fell 1.6%.

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It’s official. The days of warm weather are gone, and cold weather is here to stay. In fact, Northern Illinois decided to bypass Fall and head straight into Winter in, what it seems to be, a dead sprint. Luckily, Rockford is full of local coffee shops and cafés with the perfect holiday drinks to keep you warm all winter long.

Meg’s Daily Grind

If you’re not sure where to start when looking for a new holiday favorite, head to Meg’s Daily Grind immediately! Each week, Meg’s features a different flavored

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latte that coincides with the season, like their popular Peppermint Patty Latte, during the winter season. With three convenient locations in the Rockford area, including on the Rock Valley Campus, you’ll wonder why you haven’t stopped by before!

Katie’s Cup

Katie’s Cup, located in Midtown near downtown Rockford, is the epitome of the perfect cozy coffee shop. Take a seat by the fireplace and sip on one of their seasonal drinks, including the Minty Mocha and Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate. And don’t forget to pair your warm beverage

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ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

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Growing persimmons in northern Illinois BY GRANT MCCARTY CONTRIBUTOR

As I sat down with family and friends for Thanksgiving last week, we ended our meal with desserts that included persimmons. Inevitably, a family member asked me if you could grow persimmon trees in Northern Illinois. The answer is yes but with some caution. If you have never eaten a persimmon, the flavor can be a bit di�erent. Much of it is due to their texture that is somewhat tomato-like with a fairly astringent and sweet flavor. In fact, they look like small tomatoes/pumpkins with an orange-red outer flesh that is usually peeled. Most persimmons are the size of plums. You can eat the fruit raw, cooked, or dried. If wanting to taste them before planting, you can usually find persimmons at specialty grocery stores. I do not see them often at orchards in our area nor at all grocery stores. There are both Asian and American persimmon trees with most of the persimmons at grocery stores the Asian varieties. The American varieties are native to the east coast and greater west. Most American varieties are tolerable to our winters and planting zone. The American varieties are higher in vitamin C and calcium compared to the Asian varieties. The downside with the American varieties are that they will reach a height of 35 to 50 feet. When you are planting an American persimmon tree, you

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With increasing demand for cutting carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy sources society will be faced with more controversy over appropriate sites and sources for renewable installations and supporting structures. An ongoing controversy involves a proposal to build the Cardinal-Hickory Creek high voltage power line which recently passed its first hurdle by being approved by the Wisconsin Service Commission last September. It would run 125 miles from Dubuque, Iowa, to Middleton, Wisconsin. It would bring wind power from northwestern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota and displace some coal power plants in Wisconsin. The utility project is for the American Transmission Co. ITC Midwest LLC and Dairyland Power Cooperative. Their studies indicate it will provide benefits to local communities and the Midwest region by improving electrical system reliability, delivering economic benefits to the utilities and its consumers and expanding infrastructure for greater use of renewable energy. Strong opposition to the project was led by the S.O.U.L. of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization which favors a no-wires alternatives approach as a means to move toward a clean energy future. They rallied residents, conservation groups and local units of government in the a�ected area to express their objectives to the proposed transmission line citing aesthetic, environmental and economic objections to the project and questioned the need for it as demand for electricity remains flat with little future growth over the coming decade. The power line will use 170 high towers and a 150 foot wide right of way which will intrude on the driftless area of Wisconsin. It is a landscape which di�ers dramatically from other areas of the state as the last glacier did not cover it and an older topography remains exposed. It is unique

and special, hosting fragile ecosystems of soils, plants, animals and aquifers. The S.O.U.L. of Wisconsin commissioned Bill Powers, an energy and environmental engineer, to testify on their behalf before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin last April. His testimony evaluated the expected peak load growth for Wisconsin utilities over the next decade. He also evaluated the feasibility and cost e�ectiveness of alternatives to the proposed 345 volt Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission line. He determined that load management, energy e�ciency, local solar, biogas and energy storage were viable no-wire alternatives to the proposed line. Powers concludes that relying on rooftop and community scale solar arrays, battery storage and e�ciency, will greatly reduce the number of people adversely a�ected by the environmental and visual impacts of the new transmission facilities. He adds that Wisconsin ratepayers would be provided with a more resilient and lower cost solution than that of a single transmission line while maximizing carbon reductions. According to figures provided by an earlier study from 50% to 60% of Wisconsin ratepayers’ electric bills is for payment on debt from building power plants, transmission/distribution lines and related grid costs. The additional debt to cover Wisconsin’s share of the cost of the line would include a return of 10% to 15% to the owners of the new power line. Groups involved in resisting the transmission line were disappointed at the Public Service Commission’s approval of the line and are planning to appeal the decision on both on state and federal levels. There are multiple remaining steps involved before the new transmission line gains final approval. William Powers’ complete testimony is available on the website of the S.O.U.L. of Wisconsin. Sponsors of the CardinalHickory Creek Transmission line also maintain websites.

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A&E Happenings Music & Arts

Ongoing Open Stage at Mandalay Lounge - Monday-Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. 200 North Church Street. Mary’s Place - 602 N. Madison St. Open Stage, Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 p.m.-close; Karaoke, Wed. 9:30 p.m.-close. Bruce L. Warden - For listening & dining every Friday and Saturday 5-9 p.m. at Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St. Ongoing Bold Abstrations - Rockford Art Museum’s (RAM) new art exhibition, Bold Abstractions: Paintings from the Thoma Collection, will be on display at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street through January 26, 2020, with free daily admission provided by support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation. This major exhibition explores new forms of abstract painting from the 1960s, following the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Highlighting color-based, geometric, and perceptual experiments, this selection of works from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Collection includes an international group of 33 artists associated with some of the key painting movements of the mid-20th century: Color Field, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Hard-Edge, and Op Art. Bold Abstractions at RAM marks the first time the Thoma’s significant post-war painting collection has been shown at a public institution. This exhibition is organized by Carrie Johnson. Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus - Byron Civic Theatre in Byron, Ill., continues its 25th season this month with Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, a play written by Andrew J. Fenady based on real events. The title of the play comes from an actual letter written by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. The real-life response to Virginia, written by Frank Church, is magical – particularly in the wake of Church losing his wife and baby the previous year. Production opens Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and continues Dec. 6-8, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are available at the door, online at www.bctmagic.com or by calling the box office at 815-312-3000. Shows are performed at the Byron Middle School Theatre, 850 N. Colfax, Byron.

Friday, December 6 Trinadora Rocks Band - Sock Hop and Concert featuring Blues, Rockabilly, Pop, Rock, Country, and More. Concert to benefit Crossroads Blues Society. Music from 7-10 p.m., dinners available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. at Lyran Hall, 1115 4th Ave. Free admission. For more information visit trinadora.com. Timeless Duo - Performing from 5-7:30 p.m. at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. Free admission. Saturday, December 7 Jazz After 5 - Performing from 5-7:30 p.m. at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. Free admission. Sunday, December 8 Christmas at St. Mark - Free Christmas concert at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 675 N. Mulford Rd. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of unique Christmas music featuring the Voices of St. Mark and the St. Mark Ringers. All guests are invited to a post concert reception with punch and Christmas cookies. Bring the entire family to this fun holiday event. Concert begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public; freewill offering will be accepted. Thursday, December 12-Saturday, December 14 I Heard the Bells - North Love Music Ministries presents “I Heard the Bells”. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at North Love Baptist Activity Building, 5301 E. Riverside Blvd. Free admission, any donations will go towards new choir music. The tale of a successful newspaper journalist assigned to write a Christmas article about the holiday season in her hometown. As she digs deeper into the carols and traditions she realizes her need for a meaningful relationship with Christ. For more information call 815-8776021 or visit northlove.org. Friday, December 13 Charlie Brown Christmas Live - The Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb is excited to welcome the national touring show A Charlie Brown Christmas Live. Performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd Street, in Downtown DeKalb. Tickets start at $25 and offer a $5 discounts for students and seniors 65 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office during box office hours (Tuesday/ Wednesday/Thursday 3-6 PM), online at www. egyptiantheatre.org or by calling the box office at 815-758-1225.

Saturday, December 14 Nine Lessons and Carols - 5 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St. Following the tradition of the Christmas Eve service broadcast annually from King’s College Cambridge, England featuring readers from the greater Rockford community. A freewill offering will help to support the music ministry at Emmanuel. For more information visit emmanuelrockford.org.

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Friday, December 6 Wine Tasting Fundraiser - Barbara Olson Center of Hope hosts a Wine Tasting at Artale & Co., 6876 Spring Creek Rd., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. All proceeds used to purchase programs and supports that enable individuals with developmental disabilities reach their goals, increase independence and volunteer or work in the community. Adults only, $15 per person; cash or check only. The evening will include 30 wines to sample! Bring your friends and co-workers! For more information, call 815-964-9275, or www.b-olsoncenterofhope.org/events. Jingle Bling! Jewelry Shopping Party - 5:30-9 p.m. at Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rockford Art Museum. For more information about the event contact the shop and gallery at (815) 968-0123 or go to jrkortman.com. Friday, December 6-Saturday, December 7 Rockford Nativity Display & Concert - 5-9 p.m. Friday; 3-8 p.m. Saturday. Free to the public. Takes place

at The Church of Jesus Christ of Letter-day Saints, 324 University Dr., Rockford, IL. 500+ nativities on display, free refreshments, family activities. For a full concert schedule visit rockfordnativity.org. 26th annual Holidazzle Sweet Shoppe - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 W. Grand Ave. in Beloit, invites one and all to the 26th annual Holidazzle Sweet Shoppe. Event takes place from 5-9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Our theme this year is “Christmas Villages” and there will be many to look at and enjoy! Cookies, candies, jellies, baked goods of all kinds, and craft items will be on sale. Raffle tickets for our quilt, embellished snowman hanging, “Best of St. Paul’s” basket, and a wine and cheese basket. Friday, December 13-Sunday, December 15 Hometown Holidays - J. R. Sullivan’s Hometown Holiday, one of Rockford’s favorite holiday traditions, will make its final curtain call in the Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. The seasonal variety show, featuring storytelling, comedy and holiday and popular songs, will mark its 25th anniversary with this production. In honor of its 25th anniversary, Hometown Holiday tickets will be $25 until December 10, and $30 after that date. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, and 4 p.m. Sunday, December 15. A reception with cast members will be held after the Saturday evening show. Show and reception tickets are $35. For more information, www.jrsullivanhometownholiday. com and Eventbrite.com.

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35th Annual Rockton Christmas Walk WHEN Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 8 (Friday 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. / Saturday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.) WHERE Downtown Rockton The first weekend in December is set aside for the holiday fun. The event offers unique and exclusive events, shopping experiences, and holiday festivities.

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Lucia Concert and Julmarknad

A Local Holiday Market

The Nutcracker Ballet

WHEN Lucia - Friday, December 6 (7 p.m.) / Julmarknad - Saturday, December 7 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

WHEN Saturday, December 7 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

WHEN Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8 (Saturday 7:30 p.m. / Sunday 3 p.m.)

WHERE Lucia - First Lutheran Church / Julmarknad - Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Lucia brings the holiday spirit with traditional Swedish songs and a candlelit processional. On Saturday, you can shop at the Julmarknad event with vendors of all kinds including Swedish foods and crafts.

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WHERE Coronado Performing Arts Center The beloved ballet returns to the Coronado Performing Arts Center as the Rockford Dance Company performs this holiday classic with professional lead dancers. The music of Tchaikovsky is performed by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

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Pearl Harbor

One of just three left, USS Arizona survivor recalls attack on Pearl Harbor By Phil Luciano

(Peoria) Journal Star

HONEY BEND, Illinois — Looking for a job and a future, Ken Potts saw little hope in central Illinois. Born and raised in tiny Honey Bend, Potts – like other teens on the brink of manhood – found few career opportunities as the Great Depression continued to squeeze America. So, when he turned 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The move seemed sensible: not only did the service mean steady work, but the United States seemed unwilling to poke its nose into growing political unrest in Europe. Potts found his naval assignment to his liking, as a coxswain stationed aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, amid sunny skies and a picturesque ocean. But, that serenity – as well as the Arizona – suddenly exploded the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. The Japanese sneak attack took 2,403 American lives, nearly half of them – 1,177 sailors and Marines – aboard the Arizona, which sunk after a cataclysmic bombing. Amid the greatest loss of life ever aboard a U.S. warship, just 335 from the Arizona survived, including Potts. Now 98, he is one of only three remaining survivors of the warship. When Potts thinks back to the world-shaking chaos, confusion and clamor – as well as the men he helped save and the bodies he recovered – he remains amazed at how the quickly and brutally hellfire rained down on that terrible morning. “It was unbelievable how it could happen,” Potts says. “It was turmoil.”

*** Potts was born in Honey Bend, a hamlet about 40 miles south of Springfield. The town consisted of about a dozen modest dwellings, a one-room schoolhouse, a post office and a general store. For the first 12 years of Potts’ life, his home had no electricity or indoor plumbing. But he remains wistful about a slice of yesteryear that, despite tough times, seemed a lot simpler. “It’s a different world today, buddy,” Potts says. “There are a lot of things that are nicer now. But (life back then) was more honest. It was a nicer place to live.” The schoolhouse offered classes through eighth grade. To attend high school, teens had to commute on foot to Litchfield. Potts declined. “Hell, I’d would’ve had to walk 14 miles a day,” he says. But dropping out meant he had to find a job, which were scarce not just in central Illinois but across the country. Many bread-winners went to great lengths to support a family: Potts’ father worked for a radiator company in Springfield, where he would live in a cheap apartment weekdays and hitchhike back and forth to home on weekends. Potts considered farming, but the pay was a 50 cents a day, or $9 in today’s dollars. For a while at age 17, he worked a Civilian Conservation Corps project near Congerville, more than 100 miles from home. But all the while, like many other young men, he eyed the only reliable employer: the service. A military tour or two seemed safe enough, Potts says. Though winds of war

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were blowing in Europe, America seemed intent on isolationism. Besides, foreign news and politics rarely grabbed the attention of Potts and his pals. “We weren’t concerned about the war,” he says. “Back in Honey Bend, we didn’t give a damn. No TV, no radio – we didn’t know what was going on.” He wanted to join the Coast Guard, but its ranks were full. So when Potts turned 18 in 1939, he joined the Navy. In December 1939 – three months after Germany invaded Poland, triggering war in Europe – he sailed from San Pedro, Calif., aboard the USS Arizona, bound for Pearl Harbor. By 1941 at Pearl Harbor, he had been assigned as a crane operator on the Arizona. “Anything that went onto that ship or came off, I had something to do with,” he says. Potts spent Dec. 5 and 6 on liberty in nearby Honolulu. He headed back the morning of Dec. 7 during the 7 o’clock hour, returning to the ship with a load of fruit and expecting a quiet Sunday. Instead, his world exploded. *** At 7:55 a.m., a low whine in the air perked the ears of service personnel. From Ford Island in the harbor, a radio man sent out a Morse-code bulletin: “AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The first of a swarm of Japanese warplanes – eventually more than 350, in two waves – descended on Pearl Harbor. Explosions roared as bombs and torpedoes dropped from the sky while machine-gun fire strafed ships, with U.S. air-raid sirens screeching throughout the harbor. Amid the tumult, the crew atop the Arizona scrambled to fire anti-aircraft guns. Meantime, one, two, three bombs struck and stunned the ship, rendering return fire minimal and ineffective. “We were just dead in the water,” Potts says. On Battleship Row, Japanese torpedo planes blew holes in the Nevada, Utah, California, Maryland, West Virginia and Oklahoma, the latter of which quickly listed toward one side. As warship fuel poured into the harbor, an inferno erupted. “The whole place as on fire,” Potts says. “The water was burning because the oil was on fire.” About 8:09 a.m., 14 minutes into the attack, a fourth bomb hit the Arizona, with devastating finality. Dropped from a high-altitude plane, the armor-piercing bomb blasted through the forward deck, igniting a million pounds of gunpowder and sparking a massive fireball shooting flames 500 feet high. “When it blew up, people say, it lifted up the Arizona,” Potts says.

By some accounts, the massive ship jumped up as much as 20 feet. Minutes later and mortally wounded, the Arizona began to sink. Below deck, multitudes of sailors and Marines were trapped, accounting for most of the ship’s 1,177 fatalities. Up top, Potts and others abandoned ship in transport craft. Sliding through the flaming harbor, Potts and other crewmen pulled men from the water and headed to Ford Island. There, they regrouped as the attack raged 90 hellish minutes. Later, Potts was assigned with five others with the grim task of pulling bodies from the Arizona. They looked for survivors, but found only bodies. “That,” he says with a sigh, “was a hell of a job.” *** After the clamor at Pearl Harbor subsided, Potts was assigned to the port director’s office. He delivered classified information to captains of ships, a job he held until he was discharged at the war’s end, in 1945. Back in the States, he worked for a while in Decatur as a carpenter. Eventually, seeking new surroundings, he headed West. He’d heard Utah offered plenty of jobs, so he stopped there and caught on as a car salesman. He settled in Provo, where he and wife Doris have lived in the same house for 54 years. The Arizona remains sunken in Pearl Harbor, the final resting place for more than 1,100 of its crew. The USS Arizona Memorial straddles above the sunken hull of the battleship. Reunions of shipmates have grown tiny: two survivors died in the summer, leaving Potts just one of three remaining. Though he has visited the site on previous Dec. 7 anniversaries, leg trouble will keep him home this year. He otherwise is in good health, and recently renewed his driver’s license. He muses about making a long road trip next spring to visit his hometown. Over the decades, Honey Bend has become even smaller. Though a campground there is popular, the community consists of just a few houses and no commerce. Potts has not been back there in decades, but he’d like to take a glimpse come spring. “If my legs get better by then,” he says with a chuckle, “I’m going to get back there.” Sources for this story include the Pensacola News Journal, historynet.com, military.com, the Omaha World-Herald and wikipedia.org. PHIL LUCIANO is a Journal Star columnist. He can be reached at pluciano@pjstar. com, facebook.com/philluciano and (309) 686-3155. Follow him on Twitter.com/ LucianoPhil.


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LOCAL MUSIC

Regional standouts are “Swingin’ into the Holidays” on Sunday December 8 FROM RON HOLM TRINADORA

This Sunday December 8th, two of the Stateline’s best-known and busiest bands, Trinadora Rocks and the Vince Chiarelli Band, will be performing their “Swingin’ Into The Holiday’s” show at Concerts on the Creek. The program features unique swing-styled arrangements of classic and vintage songs, in addition to seasonal favorites. A combined-band finale is sure to entertain. This family-friendly holiday music concert will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at 4500 Spring Creek Road, o�ering free

o�-street parking and excellent acoustics. The concert is part of the ongoing “Concerts on the Creek” series hosted by Spring Creek United Church of Christ, which has been revitalizing the Rockford-area music scene for six years. The venue is comfortable, accessible, and all-on-one-floor. Prairie Street Brewing Company will provide beverages and snacks. Doors open for general seating at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and may be obtained at www.trinadora.com/ events or 815.979.1949. A limited number of tickets are expected to be available at the door, but advanced purchases are encouraged.

Vince Chiarelli inherited his musical passion from his multi-talented grandfather and namesake, who is fondly- remembered as “Vince the Tailor” and founder of “Vincent Records” record label. His musical life was chronicled as the first “Our City Our Story” feature, and his musical career produced encounters with such stars as Glen Campbell and The Jackson Five during the formative days of vintage pop music. Carrying on his grandfather’s tradition, Vince performs at prominent Italian festivals across the country, showcasing his unique mix of Italian & Latin music called “Flamenco Italiano.”

Jannie Nelson and Ron Holm play over 150 annual dates as the Trinadora Duo and the Trinadora Rocks Band. Jannie is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist who has achieved jaw-dropping proficiency on keyboard, concertina, ocarina, jSax, and steel guitar. Ron’s musical roots are deep, and over the years he has shared billings with such notables as Roy Orbison, folk legend Odetta, and Americana icon Greg Brown. He was a founding member of the Emery Christiansen Band, whose “Between Planes” album on the seminal Mountain Railroad label garnered national attention.

ETHNIC HERITAGE MUSEUM

African American Holiday Traditions at Ethnic Heritage Museum FROM DAVID RUFFIN

ETHNIC HERITAGE MUSEUM

ROCKFORD. African American Holiday Traditions, a Kwanzaa Celebration and an adaptation of “Black Nativity: A Gospel Song/Play” by Langston Hughes will be performed by Rockford Reader’s Theatre on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at the Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 South Main Street at 2:00 p.m. Directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner, stories music and poetry will be shared that evolved from the traditions of enslaved African before and during the Civil War, through Emancipation on January 1, 1863. A little over one hundred years later in 1966, civil rights leader, Maulana Ron Karenga conceived the idea of a special holiday geared specifically to the African American

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community. Kwanzaa, the “Celebration of First Fruits” (our children) will be included in the performance, in addition to personal memories form Christmases past by famous actors. Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” is his most famous theatrical form; the Gospel Play. Taking advantage of gospel music’s crossover success in the 1950’s, he wrote this piece, which was not only a hit in New York, but it also toured Europe, and is still a Christmas tradition in many African American churches. The audience will be encouraged to participate by singing along to these uplifting, familiar gospel Christmas favorites. You are also invited to tour the museum and experience other cultural traditions and exhibits.

This performance is made possible by a generous donation from the Dean Alan Olson Foundation. It is FREE to the public but donations are greatly appreciated and this performance is appropriate for all ages. Light holiday refreshments will be served after the performance. The Heritage Museum Park, a historical corridor on South Main Street is comprised of the Ethnic Heritage Museum and the Graham-Ginestra House. The Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrates the accomplishments of the six nationalities that were instrumental in developing southwest Rockford: African American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, and Polish. The Graham-Ginestra House is a beautiful historic home built in the 1850’s by the Graham family and purchased in 1920’s by

the Graham family. For almost 150 years the home was only occupied by members of these two families.

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The Heritage Museum Park (Ethnic Heritage Museum and Graham-Ginestra House) is open every Sunday from 2:00 to 4 p.m. General admission to both museums is only $5 student, $7 individual, $15 per family or free to members. The Ethnic Heritage Museum is handicap accessible. There is parking available in the lot on the corner of Main and Morgan Streets next to the Graham-Ginestra House with additional parking on Loomis Street by the museum. For information call 815/9627402 or visit ethnicheritagemuseum.org.

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Death Notices Doris Gerde 94 Rockford 11/22/2019 Sommay Banumas 61 Rockford 11/22/2019 Opal Adams 91 Rockford 11/22/2019 Benjamin Sherven 102 Rockford 11/22/2019 Marjorie Murphy 99 Rockford 11/22/2019 Deborah Meiborg 64 Rockford 11/22/2019 Tara Mufich 73 Rockford 11/22/2019 Roy Gordon 85 Loves Park 11/22/2019 Brian Erickson 44 Roscoe 11/22/2019 Debra Schneider 66 Rockford 11/22/2019 Samuel Fowler 81 Rockford 11/23/2019 Martha Dauenbaugh 86 Roscoe 11/23/2019 Hans Willuhn 91 Rockford 11/23/2019 Marion Smith 86 Rockford 11/23/2019 Elizabeth Leggio 62 Rockford 11/23/2019 Betty Comins 82 South Beloit 11/23/2019 Catherine Burt 97 Rockford 11/23/2019 Robert Meiser 75 Rockford 11/23/2019 Emilie Drewanz 97 Rockford 11/24/2019 Diana O’Brien 52 Rockton 11/24/2019 Thomas Parkman 87 Loves Park 11/24/2019 Wilma Nichols 86 Rockford 11/24/2019 Dan Nguyen 94 Loves Park 11/24/2019 Diana Hendry 59 Rockford 11/24/2019 Robert Eklund 97 Rockford 11/24/2019 Donald Baker 87 Rockford 11/24/2019 Ralph Fetterly 73 Rockford 11/24/2019 Patricia Reaves 37 Rockford 11/24/2019 William Logan 62 South Beloit 11/25/2019 Richard Northrop 82 Rockford 11/25/2019 Christine Ridyard 62 Rockford 11/25/2019 Perry Wilhite 76 Rockford 11/25/2019 Catherine Jeanne Spring 91 Rockford 11/25/2019 Jerry Young 35 Rockford 11/25/2019 Freddie Walters 82 Rockford 11/25/2019 Caroline Jurasek 93 Rockford 11/25/2019 Nancy Karceski 60 Rockford 11/25/2019 Stanley Pond 94 Rockford 11/26/2019 Patricia Tennial 86 Rockford 11/26/2019 Arlene McGhee-Collins 56 Rockford 11/26/2019 Troy Nelson 48 Loves Park 11/26/2019 Joshua Penney 29 Rockford 11/26/2019 Ricky Lawrence 68 Rockford 11/26/2019 Larry Stoops Sr. 78 Rockford 11/26/2019 Jerry Fritz 75 Rockford 11/26/2019 Ray Moore 68 Rockford 11/26/2019 Evan Clapper 20 Rockford 11/27/2019 Lamont Williams 50 Rockford 11/27/2019 Leanard Leamanczyk 87 Rockford 11/27/2019 Olga Suchy 98 Rockford 11/27/2019 Remonia Armstrong 66 Rockford 11/27/2019 Rosalie Quam 76 Rockford 11/27/2019 Elizabeth Huntoon 94 Rockford 11/27/2019 Linda Krieter 59 Rockford 11/27/2019 John Bailey 83 Rockford 11/27/2019 Dorothy Taylor 98 South Beloit 11/27/2019 Lois Strait 80 Rockford 11/27/2019 Robert Tanner 38 Rockford 11/27/2019 Lee Wallace 86 Durand 11/28/2019 Elfriede Rauch 85 Rockton 11/28/2019 Carolyn Palmer 63 Rockford 11/28/2019 Kristine Frank 68 Rockford 11/28/2019 Barbara Bingeman 89 Rockford 11/28/2019 Lori Reynolds 61 Rockford 11/28/2019 Ann Brodsky 40 Rockford 11/28/2019 Shirley Olson 91 Rockford 11/28/2019 Linda Oliver 76 Pecatonica 11/28/2019 Mattie Neal 77 Rockford 11/28/2019 Mary Lou Widstrom 85 Rockford 11/28/2019 Marilyn O’Brien 93 Rockford 11/28/2019 Esperanza Chaconrosas 86 Rockford 11/29/2019 Jay Akely 77 Rockford 11/29/2019 Jerald Kline 80 Rockford 11/29/2019 Mona Landis 72 Rockford 11/29/2019 Donna Hueramo 70 Rockford 11/29/2019 Margree White 90 Rockford 11/30/2019 Clemens Hoof 92 Rockford 11/30/2019 Bonnie Spears 64 Rockford 11/30/2019 Derek Crocker 36 Rockford 11/30/2019 Beverly Henderson 92 Loves Park 11/30/2019 Richard Noble 80 Rockford 11/30/2019 Jerretta Elliott 85 Loves Park 11/30/2019 John Hughes 57 Rockford 11/30/2019 George Scheidegger 99 Rockford 11/30/2019 Richard Termaat 76 Rockford 11/30/2019 Shawn Nielsen 37 Rockford 11/30/2019 Rude Flueckiger 86 Rockford 11/30/2019 Edward Henderson 40 Rockford 11/30/2019 Maybelle Johnson 101 Rockford 11/30/2019 Diana Sanders 70 Rockford 12/1/2019 Nancy Blackburn 92 Rockford 12/1/2019 Daniel Coffman 54 Rockford 12/1/2019 Christina Morris 86 Rockford 12/1/2019 Kevin Finner 69 Rockford 12/1/2019 Elsie Morris 93 Durand 12/1/2019 Donna Gentry 88 Rockford 12/1/2019 Barbara Ohlsen 87 Rockford 12/1/2019 Dorothy Brown 92 Rockford 12/1/2019 Jeanine Hackert 63 Rockford 12/2/2019 Vivian Riley 97 Rockford 12/2/2019 Denise Martinez 39 Rockford 12/2/2019 Ronald Carey 76 Rockford 12/2/2019 Evangeline Solis 75 Winnebago 12/2/2019 Eva Crabb 87 Rockford 12/2/2019 Lloyd Keltner 90 Rockton 12/2/2019 Wyoma Harmon 79 Rockford 12/2/2019

Death notices are provided by the Winnebago County Coroner’s office.

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December 4, 2019 The Rock River Times. Government Notices n n n NOTICE OF BID FOR CEMETERY MAINTENANCE Rockton Township is taking sealed bids for mowing maintenance at Rockton Township Cemetery, 600 West Street, and Phillips Cemetery located at Bates Road, south of Freeport Road south west of Rockton. Interested parties can pick up bid packets starting December 2, 2019 at Rockton Township Offices, 1315 North Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton, IL 61072 during regular business hours. PAUL WILLIAMS, ROCKTON TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR 11072R TRRT 12/4 n n n LEGAL NOTICE The Board of Education, School District No. 205, Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois, will receive on or before 2:00 PM (CST), Tuesday, January 7, 2020 sealed submittals for RFP No. 20-09 Website Redesign Services, terms to be in accordance with specifications which may be reviewed at the Board of Education Office, 501 Seventh St., 6th floor conference room, Rockford, Illinois. All names of offerors submitting will be publicly read at that time and place. All offers submitted shall be valid for a period of at least sixty (60) days from the date of set for receipt of offers. The Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any or all offers. Package request forms are available on the District’s website, rps205.com. Vendors registered with DemandStar.com can download packages at no cost from their web-site – www. Demandstar.com. Dated this 3rd day of December 2019, Board of Education in and for the School District of Rockford, Illinois. Dane Youngblood Director of Purchasing 11073R TRRT 12/4 n n n NOTICE The Cherry Valley Public Library District has placed on file with Winnebago County and Boone County their 2018-2019 Annual Audit, prepared by Wipfli LLP. The audit will also be available at the Cherry Valley District Library, 755 E. State Street, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 for public inspection Monday through Saturday 12:00 noon through 6:00 p.m. 11074R TRRT 12/4

Public Notices n n n STATE OF ILLINOIS, CIRCUIT COURT WINNEBAGO COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of: KATHY ANN LYNCH Current Name Case Number 19-MR-928 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Kathy Ann Lynch to the new name of: Kathy Ann Hale. The court date will be held: on January 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at 400 W. State St., Rockford, IL, Winnebago County, in Courtroom #412.

/s/ Kathy A. Lynch Kathy A. Lynch Current Name 11033R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Oversize Escort Bus. business in said County and State under the name of Red Wing Pilot Services at the following post office addresses: 3310 Alta Vista Rd., Rockford, IL 61107; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: John Pierce SIGNED: John Pierce 11/14/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 14th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Pamela Johnson, DEPUTY 11035R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Salon/Boutique business in said County and State under the name of Reba’s Salon/ Boutique at the following post office addresses: 914 N. Court St., Apt. 3, Rockford, IL 61103; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Reba Rucker SIGNED: Reba Rucker 11/18/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 18th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Kayla Hilliard, DEPUTY 11044R TRRT 12/4 n n n IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF WINNEBAGOSTATE OF ILLINOIS HOSS STEEL SOLUTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, vs. RINGLAND-JOHNSON, INC., d/b/a RINGLAND-JOHNSON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY; OSF HEALTHCARE SYSTEM f/k/a THE SISTERS OF THE THIRD ORDER OF ST. FRANCIS; EXECUTIVE PAINTING, INC.; NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN OWNERS; and UNKNOWN TENANTS, Defendants. 2019 CH 681 NOTICE OF MECHANICS LIEN FORECLOSURE The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given to you: NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN OWNERS, and UNKNOWN TENANTS, Defendants in the above-entitled suit, that said suit has been commenced in the Circuit Court of Winnebago County, by the said Plaintiff, against you and other Defendants, praying for foreclosure of certain mechanics lien concerning the premises described as follows, to-wit: The Northerly 1000 feet, the Southerly 1385 feet of Lot Twenty-four (24) in Section 21, Township 44 North, Range 2 East of the Third Principal Meridian in the County of Winnebago in the State of Illinois;

Commonly known as: 5666 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108; PIN: 12-21-451-001, Property Code 165D 065; and for other relief; the summons was duly issued out of the said court against you as provided by law, and that the said suit is now pending. The mechanics sought to be foreclosed is identified as follows: Subcontractor’s Notice and Claim for Lien (770 ILCS 60/7) dated May 11, 2018, and recorded in the Office of the Winnebago County Recorder’s Office as Document No. 20181016511 by Hoss Steel Solutions, Inc., against Ringland-Johnson, Inc., d/b/a Ringland-Johnson Construction Company; OSF Healthcare System f/k/a The Sisters of the Third order of St. Francis; and Northern Illinois Wall & Ceiling, Inc. Now, therefore, unless you the said named Defendants, Unknown Owners, and Non-Record Claimants file your answer to the Complaint in the said suit or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the office of the Circuit Court of Winnebago County, located at 400 West State Street, Room 108,Rockford, Illinois 61101, on or before December 27, 2019, A DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU AT ANY TIME AFTER THAT DAY AND A JUDGMENT ENTERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRAYER OF SAID COMPLAINT. Thomas A. Klein Clerk of the Circuit Court 17th Judicial Circuit Winnebago County, Illinois PREPARED BY Craig A. Willette Yalden, Olsen & Willette 838 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103-6906 (815) 965-8635 | craigwillette@comcast.net I3138203 P11049R TRRT 12/11 n n n STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO PROBATE DIVISION In the Matter of the Estate of: Beverly Rose Wendorf, Deceased. CASE NO. 2019-P-502 CLAIM NOTICE NOTICE is given of the death of Beverly Rose Wendorf, Letters of Office were issued on November 6, 2019 to Bryan E. Wendorf who is the legal representative of the estate. The attorney for the estate is Thomas G. Ruud, Thomas G. Ruud & Associates, P.C., 318 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61107. Claims against the estate may be filed on or before May 27, 2020, that date being at least six (6) months from the date of first publication, or within three (3) months from the date of mailing or delivery of Notice to creditors, if mailing or delivery is required by 755 ILCS 5/18-3 of the Illinois Probate Act, 1975 as amended, whichever date is later. Any claim not filed by the requisite date as stated above shall be barred. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk - Probate Division at the Winnebago County Courthouse, 400 W. State Street, Rockford, IL, or with the estate’s legal representative, or both. Copies of claims filed with the Circuit Clerk’s Office - Probate Di-

vision must be mailed or delivered to the estate’s legal representative and to her attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated: November 19, 2019 /s/ Bryan E. Wendorf Administrator Prepared by: Thomas G. Ruud #6188190 Thomas G. Ruud & Associates, P.C. Attorney for the Estate 318 North First Street Rockford, IL 61107 (815) 961-9100 Tgrlaw@aol.com 11055R TRRT 12/11 n n n STATE OF ILLINOIS, CIRCUIT COURT WINNEBAGO COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of: PAUL RICHARD CYBORSKI Current Name Case Number 19-MR-1157 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Paul Richard Cyborski to the new name of: Paul John Cyborski. The court date will be held: on January 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at 400 W. State St., Rockford, IL, Winnebago County, in Courtroom #426. /s/ Paul Cyborski Paul Cyborski Current Name 11056R TRRT 12/11 n n n STATE OF ILLINOIS, CIRCUIT COURT WINNEBAGO COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of: ISABEL RAYE OVERSTREET Current Name Case Number 19-MR-1167 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Isabel Raye Overstreet to the new name of: Isabel Raye Luhman. The court date will be held: on January 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at 400 W. State St., Rockford, IL, Winnebago County, in Courtroom #426. /s/ Isabel Raye Overstreet Isabel Raye Overstreet Current Name 11057R TRRT 12/11 n n n STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO PROBATE DIVISION In the Matter of the Estate of DELORES K. LIEBGOTT, Deceased. CASE NO. 2019 P 487 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of Delores K. Liebgott of Rockford, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on November 18, 2019, to Jack C. Liebgott, who is the legal representative of the estate. The attorney for the estate is G. Michael Scheurich, Guyer & Enichen, P.C., 2601 Reid Farm Road, Rockford, IL. Claims against the estate may be filed on or before May 28, 2020, that date being at least six (6) months from the date of first publication, or within three (3) months from the date of mailing or delivery of Notice to creditors, if mailing or delivery is required by 755 ILCS 5/18-3 of the Illinois Probate Act of 1975, whichever

n n n PUBLIC NOTICE The following list of vehicles abandoned and/or unclaimed in the County of Winnebago will be sold at public auction on 12/11/2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Greater Rockford Auto Auction, 5937 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford, IL. The owners can claim said vehicle at the Greater Rockford Auto Auction by paying the towing, impound and storage fees before 8:30 a.m. the day of the auction. Only licensed re-builders, used parts dealers or scrap processors may purchase vehicles offered for sale at this auction. In addition, you must register with the Greater Rockford Auto Auction prior to the auction. Purchasers will be issued a “Certificate of Purchase”. Payment is due at the conclusion of the auction. Only cash or check made payable to the “Greater Rockford Auto Auction” will be accepted. COLOR YEAR MAKE MODEL STYLE VIN LICENSE Blue 2015 Chevy Cruz 4 Door KL7CJKSB8FB084485 BF99542 11075R TRRT 12/4

date is later. Any claim not filed by the requisite date stated above shall be barred. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Winnebago County Circuit Clerk-Probate Division at the Winnebago County Courthouse, Room 425, 400 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois, or with the estate legal representative, or both. Copies of claims filed with the Circuit Clerk’s Office--Probate Division must be mailed or delivered to the estate legal representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated: November 25, 2019. G. Michael Scheurich, Attorney G. MICHAEL SCHEURICH (#2479869) Guyer & Enichen, P.C. Attorneys for the Estate 2601 Reid Farm Road, Suite B Rockford, Illinois 61114 (815) 636-9600 11058R TRRT 12/11 n n n STATE OF ILLINOIS, CIRCUIT COURT WINNEBAGO COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of: ERIC MICHAEL GIGER Current Name Case Number 19-MR-1133 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Eric Michael Giger to the new name of: Michael James Giger. The court date will be held: on January 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at 400 W. State St., Rockford, IL, Winnebago County, in Courtroom #426. /s/ Eric M. Giger Eric M. Giger Current Name 11059R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Glass & Handyman business in said County and State under the name of Clear Glass at the following post office addresses: 5426 Hollis Ave., Loves Park, IL 61111; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: John Kelly SIGNED: John Kelly 11/20/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 20th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Ashley Try, DEPUTY 11060R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Cleaning Service business in said County and State under the name of Sunny Dee’s Cleaning at the following post office addresses: 1040 Dearborn Ave., South Beloit, IL 61080; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Deanna Johnson SIGNED: Deanna Johnson 11/18/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 18th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Ashley Try, DEPUTY 11061R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Snow Removal & Ice Control Services business in said County and State under the name

of CMS Snow Removal & Ice Control Services at the following post office addresses: 4815 Snowcap Run, Loves Park, IL 61111; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Colton Sabo SIGNED: Colton Sabo 11/14/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 14th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Maria Pinedo, DEPUTY 11066R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Car Dealership business in said County and State under the name of Soto Auto Sales at the following post office addresses: 911 Broadway, Rockford, IL 61104; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Jonathan Soto SIGNED: Jonathan Soto 11/20/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 20th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Maria Pinedo, DEPUTY 11063R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Remodeling and Repair business in said County and State under the name of Affordable Repair & Remodeling at the following post office addresses: 5262 Tenby Chase, Loves Park, IL 61111; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Allan J. Gray SIGNED: Allan J. Gray 11/21/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 21st day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Kayla Hilliard, DEPUTY 11064R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Dog Breeding Company business in said County and State under the name of Grind House Bulldogs at the following post office addresses: 1122 S. Church St., Rockford, IL 61102; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Quincy Wimbush SIGNED: Quincy Wimbush 11/22/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 22nd day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Thalia Gallardo, DEPUTY 11065R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Online business selling bicycle lights business in said County and State under the name of Gloworm Lights at the following post office addresses: 3215 Alta Vista Rd., Rockford, IL 61107; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: James R. Harger SIGNED: James R. Harger 11/20/19 Subscribed and sworn (or

affirmed to) before me, this 20th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Kayla Hilliard, DEPUTY 11067R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Mobil Automotive Repair business in said County and State under the name of Adam’s Mobil Auto Repair at the following post office addresses: 4743 Augustana Dr., Rockford, IL 61107; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Adam Steeber SIGNED: Adam Steeber 11/20/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 20th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Ashley Try, DEPUTY 11068R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Information Technology Consulting business in said County and State under the name of Women Information Technology Specialists (W.I.T.S.) Computer Services at the following post office addresses: 927 Quill Drive, Roscoe, IL 61073; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Mary Louise Caltagerone SIGNED: Mary Louise Caltagerone 11/8/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 8th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Thalia Gallardo, DEPUTY 11062R TRRT 12/11 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a catering and food truck business in said County and State under the name of Inspire Catering at the following post office addresses: 2223 Mulberry St., Rockford, IL 61101; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Renea Smith SIGNED: Renea Smith 11/14/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 14th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Maria Pinedo, DEPUTY 11037R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Machining business in said County and State under the name of Jones Precision Turning at the following post office addresses: 545 Blackhawk Park Ave., Rockford, IL 61104; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Michael L. Jones SIGNED: Michael L. Jones 11/12/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 12th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Kayla Hilliard, DEPUTY 11039R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS,

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COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Tax Service business in said County and State under the name of JNB Professional Tax Service at the following post office addresses: 3515 Constance Dr., Rockford, IL 61108; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Jacquelyn Brown SIGNED: Jacquelyn Brown 11/13/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 13th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Kayla Hilliard, DEPUTY 11040R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a owner operator truck driver business in said County and State under the name of Gregory L. Crandall DBA Gregory L. Crandall at the following post office addresses: 666 S. Bluff Rd., #308, South Beloit, IL 61080; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Gregory L. Crandall SIGNED: Gregory L. Crandall 11/18/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 18th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Ashley Try, DEPUTY 11042R TRRT 12/4 n n n STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO In the Matter of the Estate of MYRNA I. DASHNEY, deceased No. 2019-P-0000503 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of MYRNA I. DASHNEY, of Rockford, Illinois on October 2, 2019. Letters of office were issued on November 8, 2019, to JOHN R. DASHNEY, 35380 Kirkland Road, Kirkland, IL 60146, as independent executor, whose attorney is TOBIN & RAMON, 530 South State Street; Suite 200, Belvidere, IL 61008-3711. The estate will be administered without court supervision, unless under 5/28-4 of the Probate Act (755 ILCS 5/28-4), an interested person terminates independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the clerk. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the WINNEBAGO County Circuit Clerk -- Probate Division at the Winnebago County Courthouse, at 400 West State Street, Rockford, IL 61101, or with the representative, or both, on or before May 28, 2020, which date is not less than six (6) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by section 5/18-3 of the Probate Act, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of any claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. DATED: November 18, 2019. JOHN R. DASHNEY Independent Executor Tobin & Ramon Attorneys for Petitioner 530 South State Street; Suite 200 Belvidere, IL 61008-3711 (815) 544-0316 mail@tobinramon.com 11045R TRRT 12/4


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n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Vacation home, B & B, VRBO, AirB&B, etc. business in said County and State under the name of The Sedona of Rockford at the following post office addresses: 1113 30th St., Rockford, IL 61108; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Marlene G. Schoeneck SIGNED: Marlene G. Schoeneck 11/14/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 14th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Maria Pinedo, DEPUTY 11036R TRRT 12/4 n n n Bove’s Auto 1118 Ferguson Street Rockford, IL 61102 (815) 962-0412 NOTICE OF MECHANIC’S LIEN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on or after 12/23/19, a sale will be held at Bove’s Auto, 1118 Ferguson St., Rockford, IL 61102, to sell the following articles to enforce a lien existing under the laws of that State of Illinois against such articles for labor, services, skill, or material expended upon a storage furnished for such articles at the request of the following designated persons, unless such articles are redeemed within thirty days of the first publication of this notice. Inquire at above address or telephone (815) 962-0412. Name of Titleholder: Derrel Carter Description of Article: 2012 Buick LaCrosse VIN: 1G4GC5ER1CF248457 Amount of lien: $448.60 11047R TRRT 12/4 n n n IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WINNEBAGO COUNTY, ILLINOIS PACIFIC UNION FINANCIAL, LLC, PLAINTIFF, VS. EBONI FROMETA; ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, DEFENDANTS. 2018CH0000799 682 BISCAYNE PLACE ROSCOE, IL 61073 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO YOU, Eboni Frometa Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants defendants, that this case has been commenced in this Court against you and other defendants, asking for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to wit: LOT 55 AS DESIGNATED UPON PLAT NO. 1 OF DENALI HEIGHTS, BEING A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE SOUTH HALF (1/2) OF SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 45 NORTH, RANGE

2 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, THE PLAT OF WHICH IS RECORDED IN BOOK 45 OF PLATS ON PAGE 80 IN THE RECORDER’S OFFICE OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY, STATE OF ILLINOIS; SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. Commonly known as: 682 Biscayne Place Roscoe, IL 61073 and which said Mortgage was made by, Eboni Frometa Mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Pacific Union Financial, LLC Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Winnebago County, Illinois, as Document No. 20171034939; and for other relief. UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise file your appearance in this case, on or before December 20, 2019, A JUDGMENT OR DECREE BY DEFAULT MAY BE TAKEN AGAINST YOU FOR THE RELIEF ASKED IN THE COMPLAINT. E-filing is now mandatory for documents in civil cases with limited exemptions. To e-file, you must first create an account with an e-filing service provider. Visit http://efile.illinoiscourts.gov/service-providers.htm to learn more and to select a service provider. If you need additional help or have trouble e-filing, visit www. illinoiscourts.gov/FAQ/gethelp. asp, or talk to your local circuit clerk’s office. PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT, THE PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1 N. Dearborn St. Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60602 Ph. (312) 346-9088 File No. 268421-180206 I3137535 P11025R TRRT 12/4 n n n ADOPTION NOTICE STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO STATE OF ILLINOIS COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO SS. In the matter of the Petition for Adoption of SAM ESTIN HERZEL a male child, 2019-AD-156. To Biological Father and All Whom It May Concern: TAKE NOTICE that a Petition was filed in the Circuit Court of Winnebago County, Illinois, for the adoption of a minor child named SAM ESTIN HERZEL. NOW THEREFORE, unless you, and all whom it may concern, file your answer to the Petition in the action or otherwise file your appearance therein in said Circuit Court of Winnebago County, Room 108 in the City of Rockford, Illinois on or before the December 21, 2019, a default may be entered against you any time after that

n n n REAL ESTATE NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WINNEBAGO COUNTY - ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC DBA MR. COOPER; Plaintiff, vs. DONALD E. KITSEMBLE; Defendants, 19 CH 315 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty

day and a Judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition. Dated: 11/12/19 /s/ Thomas A. Klein Clerk of the Circuit Court ZIMMERMAN & WALSH, LLP Attorney Erin E. Walsh, #6279993 1707 East State Street Rockford, IL 61104 Phone: 815-399-1400 Fax: 815-399-9440 eew@zimwalsh.com 11032R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Restaurant business in said County and State under the name of Mid Town Gyro House at the following post office addresses: 226 7th St., Rockford, IL 61104; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Elizabeth Pasillas; Wilder Herrera SIGNED: Elizabeth Pasillas 11/19/19 SIGNED: Wilder Herrera 11/19/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 19th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Maria Pinedo, DEPUTY 11048R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Construction business in said County and State under the name of MM Construction at the following post office addresses: 2127 Parmele St., Rockford, IL 61104; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Miguel Munguia SIGNED: Miguel Munguia 11/13/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 13th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Thalia Gallardo, DEPUTY 11038R TRRT 12/4 n n n Notice of Sale or Disposition of Property Notice is hereby given that Rockford Storage/ 815 Storage located at 1034 Short Elm Street Rockford IL 61102 intends to auction the items in the storage units listed below for the reason of nonpayment. The sale will be held at 1034 Short Elm Street on 12/20/2019 at 9:00am CST. Certain terms and conditions shall apply. See Property Manager for details. Rockford Storage/ 815 Storage 1034 Short Elm Street Rockford, IL 61102 815-786-7243 Units contain household items and other miscellaneous goods. Unit C124 - ANGELA SMITH; Unit C174 - THERESA KETTON; Unit C140 - DENSION MOSELEY; Unit C130 - AUTUMN SPARKS; Unit B055 - GWENDOLYN

MORRIS; Unit C046 - Jarvis Gilliam; Unit C154 - DAVID COOPER; Unit A043 - BOBBI MASON; Unit A028 - Katie Mae Collins; Unit C117 - Jamar Wilder; Unit B011 - CHRISTINA HALLMAN; Unit B108 - Herman Graham; Unit A046 - MARCUS WATKINS; Unit C069 - DENISE PITTMAN; Unit B076 - Kenneth Armstrong; Unit C152 - Gale Lewis; Unit C092 - Shahkeyah Waters; Unit A011 - James Douglas; Unit C004 - SHERYL ALEXANDER; Unit B122 - FRANCINE SPEARS; Unit B037 - ANGELA POUNCY; Unit B071 - Gloria Pickett; Unit C087 - WILLIE SANDERS; Unit C058 - ANTHONETTE E BUTLER. 11076R TRRT 12/11 n n n IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO IN RE THE ADOPTION OF: T.W., A Minor. ALEXANDER JIMENEZ AND HEATHER JOHNSON, Petitioners, v. LAURA WINGFIELD, Respondent. Case No.: 2019AD153 NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION TO: ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, Laura Wingfield, Laura N. Wingfield TAKE NOTICE that a Petition for Adoption has been filed in the Circuit Court of Winnebago County, Illinois, for the adoption of a child known as TINLEY WINGFIELD. NOW THEREFORE, unless you, ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, Laura Wingfield and/or Laura N. Wingfield file your Answer to said Petition in said suit, or otherwise make your appearance herein, in said Circuit Court of Winnebago County, Illinois. Winnebago County Courthouse, in the City of Rockford, County of Winnebago and State of Illinois, on or before the 27th day of December 2019, a default may be entered against you at any time after that date and a judgment order entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition. DATED at Rockford, Illinois, this 26th day of November, 2019. PRO LEGAL CARE LLC Zachary Townsend #6307195 401 W State St Suite 201 Rockford, IL 61101 zt@prolegalcare.com (815) 200-8802 11077R TRRT 12/18 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a General Construction business in said County and State under the name of JSR Construction at the following post office addresses: 416 S. Horace Ave., Rockford, IL 61102; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Juan Santiago Garcia SIGNED: Juan Santiago Garcia

Judicial Sales Corporation will on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. Intercounty’s Winnebago County office, 7210 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 08-30-480-014. Commonly known as 8028 MILDRED RD., MACHESNEY PARK, IL 61115. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family res-

11/26/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 26th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Maria Pinedo, DEPUTY 11078R TRRT 12/18 n n n IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WINNEBAGO COUNTY, 400 WEST STATE STREET, ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF Stella Longs, DECEASED. 19 P 474 Notice is given to creditors of the death of the above named decedent. Letters of office were issued to Gladys Staten, 2227 Pendleton Parkway, Rockford, Illinois 61108, as Independent Administrator, whose attorney of record is John N Bielski II, Bielski Law Office Ltd., 123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2300, Chicago, Illinois 60606. The estate will be administered without court supervision, unless under section 5/28-4 of the Probate Act Ill. Compiled Stat. 1992, Ch. 755, par. 5/28-4) any interested person terminates independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the clerk. Claims against the estate may be filed with the clerk or with the representative, or both, on or before June 4, 2020, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by section 5/18-3 of the Probate Act, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. E-filing is now mandatory for documents in civil cases with limited exemptions. To e-file, you must first create an account with an e-filing service provider. Visit http://efile.illinoiscourts.gov/service-providers.htm to learn more and to select a service provider. If you need additional help or have trouble e-filing, visit http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/FAQ/gethelp.asp. John N Bielski II Bielski Law Office Ltd., (48028) 123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2300 Chicago, Illinois 60606 (312) 583-9430 I3138850 P11069R TRRT 12/18 n n n IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WINNEBAGO COUNTY, 400 WEST STATE STREET, ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF Margaret K. McDaniel, DECEASED. 19 P 468 Notice is given to creditors of the death of the above named decedent. Letters of office were issued to Theresa Thompson, 3213 Bildahl Street, Rockford, Illinois 61109, as Independent Administrator, whose attorney of record is John N Bielski II, Bielski Law Office

Ltd., 123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2300, Chicago, Illinois 60606. The estate will be administered without court supervision, unless under section 5/28-4 of the Probate Act Ill. Compiled Stat. 1992, Ch. 755, par. 5/28-4) any interested person terminates independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the clerk. Claims against the estate may be filed with the clerk or with the representative, or both, on or before June 4, 2020, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by section 5/18-3 of the Probate Act, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. E-filing is now mandatory for documents in civil cases with limited exemptions. To e-file, you must first create an account with an e-filing service provider. Visit http://efile.illinoiscourts.gov/service-providers.htm to learn more and to select a service provider. If you need additional help or have trouble e-filing, visit http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/FAQ/gethelp.asp. John N Bielski II Bielski Law Office Ltd., (48028) 123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2300 Chicago, Illinois 60606 (312) 583-9430 I3138849 P11070R TRRT 12/18 n n n IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 17TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WINNEBAGO COUNTY ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC DBA MR. COOPER; Plaintiff, vs. DONALD E. KITSEMBLE; Defendants, 19 CH 315 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. Intercounty’s Winnebago County office, 7210 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: LOT FIFTY SIX (56) AS DESIGNATED UPON PLAT NO. 1 OF HARLEM MEADOWS SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE EAST HALF (1/2) OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER (1/4) OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 45 NORTH, RANGE 2 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, THE PLAT OF WHICH SUBDIVISION IS RECORDED IN BOOK 26 OF PLATS ON PAGE 151 IN THE RECORDER’S OFFICE OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY, ILLINOIS; SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO AND STATE OF ILLINOIS. P.I.N. 08-30-

480-014. Commonly known as 8028 MILDRED RD., MACHESNEY PARK, IL 61115. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. For information call Mr. Ira T. Nevel at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Law Offices of Ira T. Nevel, 175 North Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois 60606. (312) 357-1125. 19-02450 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3138891 P11071R TRRT 12/18 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Landscaping business in said County and State under the name of AP Landscaping at the following post office addresses: 1120 14th St., Rockford, IL 61104; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Alfredo Perez SIGNED: Alfredo Perez 11/8/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 8th day of November, A.D. 2019. Jaime Salazar, Notary Public My Commission Expires 2/25/2020 11043R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a service and repair business in said County and State under the name of Precision Solutions at the following post office addresses: 12384 Harbor Oaks Drive, Machesney Park, IL 61115; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: James Rice SIGNED: James Rice 11/8/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 8th day of November, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Maria Pinedo, DEPUTY 11041R TRRT 12/4 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Hair & Nail Salon business in said County and State under the name of Royalty Nail & Hair Salon at the following post office addresses: 518 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103; that the true and real full names of

all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Marissa Brown; Shelia Brown SIGNED: Marissa Brown 12/3/19 SIGNED: Shelia Brown 12/3/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 3rd day of December, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Thalia Gallardo, DEPUTY 11079R TRRT 12/18 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a YouTube Channel where we eat food and review it business in said County and State under the name of Eating Exclusive at the following post office addresses: 518 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Marissa Brown; Shelia Brown SIGNED: Marissa Brown 12/3/19 SIGNED: Shelia Brown 12/3/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 3rd day of December, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Thalia Gallardo, DEPUTY 11080R TRRT 12/18 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a TV Show & Channel that covers all topics business in said County and State under the name of Let’s Chat TV at the following post office addresses: 518 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Marissa Brown; Shelia Brown SIGNED: Marissa Brown 12/3/19 SIGNED: Shelia Brown 12/3/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 3rd day of December, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Thalia Gallardo, DEPUTY 11081R TRRT 12/18 n n n ASSUMED NAME CERTIFICATE OF INTENTION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF WINNEBAGO This is to certify that the undersigned intend to conduct and transact a Radio Station where we talk about all topics business in said County and State under the name of Let’s Chat Radio at the following post office addresses: 518 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103; that the true and real full names of all persons owning, conducting or transacting such business are as follows: Marissa Brown; Shelia Brown SIGNED: Marissa Brown 12/3/19 SIGNED: Shelia Brown 12/3/19 Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed to) before me, this 3rd day of December, A.D. 2019. Lori Gummow, COUNTY CLERK Thalia Gallardo, DEPUTY 11082R TRRT 12/18

idence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common Offices of Ira T. Nevel, 175 North Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 60606. (312) 357-1125. 19-02450 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court I3138891 file to verify all information. For information call Mr. Ira T. Nevel at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Law P11071R TRRT 12/18


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Miami holds off furious comeback to beat Illinois 81-79 By Terry Towery Associated Press

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Chris Lykes scored 28 points and Miami held off a furious second-half comeback to beat Illinois 81-79 on Monday. Illinois (6-2) trailed 50-31 at the half – at one point down by 27 points – and was outplayed at every level by Miami (5-3) before making adjustments and outscoring the Hurricanes 48-31 in the second half. “In the first half, we were hitting on all cylinders,” said Miami coach Jim Larranaga. “But we started to get into foul trouble and had to make some adjustments. They also shot very well in that second half.” Dejan Vasiljevic scored 20 points, Kameron McGusty 13 and Sam Waardenburg 12 for Miami. Kofi Cockburn scored 23 points to lead Illinois. Trent Frazier scored 14, Ayo Dosunmu had 12 and Andre Feliz added 11 points for the Illini. The Hurricanes put together a series of runs in the first half and jumped out to a 25-9 lead with 12 minutes left before the break. Illinois answered late in the half with a 7-0 run that featured a 3-pointer from Alan Griffin, a layup by Dosunmu and a jumper by Da’Monte Williams. “We started slow and they were really hitting their shots,” Feliz said. “They’re a tough team, and we just weren’t with it tonight. We have to get better.”

SO CLOSE

After clawing its way back, Illinois had a chance to win it at the buzzer. Feliz hit a layup with less than a minute to play to pull the Illini to within one point, 80-79. With two seconds left and a chance to win the game, Dosunmu drove to the basket and was called for an offensive foul. That sent Lykes to the line, where he sank one free throw to ice the game. “To be down by as many as 27 points and to have the ball in our hands with a chance to win it, that’s really something,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. “I’m very proud

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of the effort we made in that second half.” But Underwood knows his team has to play better early in the game, a trend for the Illini this season. “That’s on me,” he said. “I did a very poor job of getting our guys ready. We’ll get better.”

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Larranaga was happy to come to Champaign and leave with a victory against a tough Big Ten team on the rise. “We got our second road win of the season,” he said. “Those are tough to come by.”

DOUBLING KOFI

Larranaga knew coming in his team would have problems with Cockburn, Illinois’ 7-foot freshman center. “Kofi is big and strong and he’s really hard to guard one-on-one,” Larranaga said. “So, we made some changes going in and double teamed him, what we call our 4-5 trap. It was pretty effective.” “I thought Kofi was huge tonight,” said Illinois teammate Giorgi Bezhanishvili. “He’s just dominating out there, and I am so happy for him.”

BIG PICTURE

Miami: The Hurricanes looked unbeatable in the first half and seemed fatigued as the game progressed. But overall, they got the job done and handed Larranaga his 650th career win in his 36th season. Illinois: The Illini have been slow starters all season and this time, it hurt them badly against a very good Miami team. Illinois needs to find a way to play two consistently good halves before Big Ten Conference play starts.

UP NEXT

Miami: Hosts Alabama A&M on Dec. 14. Illinois: Things get tougher when Illinois travels to #5 Maryland for an early Big Ten Conference game on Saturday.


December 4, 2019 The Rock River Times.

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FOOTBALL

Where there’s a Hicks, there’s a way BY ROBERT ZEGLINSKI CONTRIBUTOR

No one sells parity like the NFL. The idea of every team having a chance every year is what keeps a league humming for over a century. A clean slate is the equivalent of a do-over, a re-loaded level. It’s an extra life after a distressing “Game Over.” A cheat code in the face of strenuous game settings that manifest themselves in poor quarterback play and mismanagement of the salary cap. But parity is in itself pro football’s greatest myth. A sports league cannot profess equality and a level playing field when the same teams with the same players are the only ones left standing each and every December. When the same teams with the same players aren’t thinking about long-term plans for January and silver trophies, but instead are kneedeep in mock drafts, scouting visits, and thoughts of whether a top prospect drives a rickety Toyota Camry built on grit or not. There was a time when the Bears were irrelevant come every Black Friday. An organization that saw no light at the end of the tunnel, let alone any exit into a wafting breeze. A franchise playing out the string to empty, apathetic stadiums by Christmas year after year after year. For most of the 2010s, the Bears were an also-ran with nothing to play for once the weather outside was frightful. Playo� proceedings could never be on the mind of a team struggling to float around 500. A pending postseason rivalry would never manifest as long as top-10 pick after top-10 pick accumulated. The mark of a great team is proving the NFL’s main value for once hopeless fans to be false. The thing about even being a factor in late fall is it’s an impossible reality to miss until it’s gone. You can only fathom what you can’t have, what you want, until it’s withered away. Seldom experience football that has a second wind of energy flowing

underneath, and December eventually becomes a separate appetizer of whelming hors d’oeuvres to the postseason in its own right. It’s only right the Bears get to participate in this full-course meal for a change. An open bar of possibilities in jubilation (and sorrows) in liquid courage awaits. In the face of rampant adversity, the Bears’ defense has managed to excel anyway. They’ve had to carry the inanimate carcass of an o�ense, and they’ve excelled. The game-changing, highlight plays that defined the franchise’s first NFC North championship since 2010 are long gone, but a disciplined unit built on chemistry and assignment-sound football remains. This is not a great defense as constituted, but it is enough to tread water. It is enough to strategically float until the time is right to strike, the way most people who say they can “swim” actually fare in the open sea until they’re prepared to expend more energy for the swim back to shore. What’s made the Bears’ defensive platform special is how they’ve found success despite having less than a full shed of tools. Chicago is fourth in points allowed, seventh in yards allowed, and eighth in DVOA without the heart and soul of its fabric. While they’ve managed to stifle any variety of potent o�ense and mismatched quarterback, there’s been a gaping, mammoth-sized element missing. An element that makes a floating defense transcendent, and elevates it back to possessing a worthy feared reputation: Akiem Hicks. The interior destructive auteur and 2018 Pro Bowler returned to practice this week. The veteran hasn’t appeared in a game since injuring his elbow across the pond in early October, and the di�erence in his absence in the Bears’ play was noticeable. At near full strength once more, he’s the one man that makes the opposition somehow focus less on Khalil

Mack. Hicks is so proficient in his own right, he diverts attention from one of this generation’s best players. Talk about a man on a mission in his own stratosphere. Ask the Bears to describe what the 330-pound defensive end’s return in the middle of a potential postseason chase means, and they know it’s not a moment too soon. They’re on the edge of a cli�. All hands are needed on deck, on the very edge, to safely climb back up. “It would be huge,” Matt Nagy said. “He’s a dominant player. He brings attention, he brings double teams.” Everyone at Halas Hall is still slowly getting accustomed to a second straight relevant December. Having a pulse this time of year is not a normal feeling for anyone donning with a bright orange C on their helmet. The adventure into the unknown could not continue without the monster in the middle. It could not have a proper story told without everyone in the picture having their say. If the Bears want to make Hicks’s return in Week 15 eventful, they’ll have to beat the suddenly reeling Cowboys in a must-win game on Thursday night. Then, while every game will remain must-win from that point on, the floodgates will open. And

all bets are o�. Any misstep otherwise, and Hicks makes a late-season last gasp for a team playing for pride, not positioning. Anything less, and disappointment awaits. The Bears’ defense is the main reason they have even a solemn prayer of a playo� opportunity. They’ve acted as the catalyst an unstable team has leaned on again and again. As minute as their single-digit odds currently stand, the Bears have a chance thanks to their defense. A slim opening that can be broken down with reckless abandon as soon as the moment comes, or powered through by men of extraordinary size and strength. Players of Hicks’s caliber can only assist in such lofty e�orts from the ground up, from rock bottom. Hicks can level the playing field for the Bears. He can verify parity is the lie it’s always been through his own complementary brilliance. Chuck Pagano knows that his star defensive lineman can help make this a rare December to remember. Now he has to be given the chance. “We all know what a game-wrecker he is.” Robert is a writer, editor, and producer. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.

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