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&OR4HE0RAIRIE!DVOCATE.EWS MORRISON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The February 24th meeting of the Morrison City Council was followed by a special Goal Setting meeting to discuss ideas for improving the city. Alderman Harvey Zuidema and City Attorney Tim Zollinger were absent. There was no public comment. In the report of officers, Noah Carmichael reported that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had received the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information for reimbursement money on the Morrison/Rockwood Trail. City Administrator Barry Dykhuizen stated that there are some dates set in March to review the budget. Director of Public Works Gary Tresenriter distributed maps of the new lift station, water lines going in and out, and sizes. Mayor Pannier reported that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the easement approvals are in the works.â&#x20AC;? The consent agenda included: February 10, 2014 regular session council meeting minutes and bills payable in the amount of $92,769.05 were approved. Council ag reed to a new subordination agreement for the Coz-

E-Corners project. The revolving loan fund administration board has been notified that Farmers National Bank has agreed to provide an additional $47,000 in financing for cost overruns associated with the Coz-E-Corners project. A request for final payment to Max Cor, Inc. for water tower rehabilitation in the amount of $94,822.80 was approved. Items for consideration and possible action: Approval of fruit tree planting at French Creek Park, discussed at the last meeting. Ordinance #14-06-Authorizing purchase of certain real property for purposes of parking, namely, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jennings parking lotâ&#x20AC;? was approved. Mayor Pannier informed the council that two bids are coming for the lining of a sanitary sewer on Route 30 at Bartlett Street. The lower bid will be accepted. A goal setting meeting began at 6:30 pm, led by Theresa Wittenauer of the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council. The next scheduled meeting is set for March 10th, in the Whiteside County Board Room at 7:00 p.m.

&OR4HE0RAIRIE!DVOCATE.EWS MORRISON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; High School Principal Scott Vance was appointed as Assistant Superintendent of the Morrison School District at the February 24th board meeting. Vance will officially begin on May 30, 2014. School Board President Jim Prombo stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hired Scott knowing he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have his endorsement. We will be hiring him as interim Superintendent, so that some days there is a certified Superintendent in attendance. Vance will take over by the next school year. Vanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary is based on that of an Assistant Superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? Vance is originally from Rock Falls, and has been a Principal at the High School for four years, but has been employed with the District for 14. Vance stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am extremely excited for the opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Upon receiving his Superintendent Endorsement, Vance will act as sole Superintendent for the Morrison district. Vance will replace Dr. Suellen Girard, who is retiring on May 29th. During the regular meeting of the school board, board members approved minutes from previously held meetings. Mike Vegter and Brandon Shelton were absent, as "Y*/(.(5'').3 person for part time summer help was Jim Ridley, but he was present &OR4HE0RAIRIE!DVOCATE.EWS doing yard work and maintenance. via Skype.

Mt. Carroll City Council Hears Presentation About One Percent Sales Tax MOUNT CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Mount Carroll city council met for its finance committee meeting at 6:45 pm and its regular meeting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 with all aldermen present. The council approved the minutes from the February 11, 2014 meeting and the accounts payable. Cemetery committee Alderman Mike Risko reported that the Cemetery Committee discussed starting an endowment fund for the cemetery. Alderman Bob Sisler had asked what assurances were there that future councils would not tap into the fund. He was told that the funds would be under the Mount Carroll Foundation and they would handle the fund. Risko also announced that Mr. John Apple would be returning to conduct another cemetery stone repair workshop this May. He would also stay in Mount Carroll for an additional three days to help the City repair stones in the old section of the cemetery for a cost of $3,000. The council voted five to one to approve having Mr. Apple do the work. The council approved hiring a

They also approved the placement Superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report of a bench on the Doug Miller grave Girard reported on the February 14 district institute day, noting site in section four of the cemetery. that it was a great success. Teacher Proposed one percent sales tax feedback was excellent, with many Chadwick Milledgeville School teachers finding ways to increase the Superintendent Tim Schurman was utilization of technology to enhance in attendance to inform the council and improve instruction. about the proposed one percent Girard informed board members that as a result of the cold winter, sales tax that will be on the ballot utility rates for the district have for the primary elections March 18. increased, which will lead to an Schurman announced he was not increase in utility bills. there to try to persuade anyone, The second facilities grant has he was there merely to inform. He been approved, and would provide ½ noted that all three school boards in of the funds needed for the fire alarm upgrades. The district is also seeking the county are backing the proposal. a Safety Grant, that would provide He explained the pros and cons funds to re-key Northside classroom of the tax and how it would impact doors so that there can be a master the school districts. He stated that key, and so all classrooms can be the revenues from the tax would locked from the inside in the case be divided among the districts of an emergency. Board members received key cards at the meeting, according to number of students. to allow for access to the front and The revenues can only be use for rear doors of the high school. facility improvements. Girard happily reported that In other business, Jill Bess briefly the projected deficit has been cut discussed marketing of Mount in half. Currently, the deficit has been reduced from $367,489.24 to Carroll. $363,475.78.

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Scott Vance reported that chemistry teacher Shari Elfline was the recipient of a Morrison Schools Foundation mini-grant in the amount of $250.00. The grant will be used to purchase spectroscopes. High School Guidance Counselor Ms. Shute recently returned from a week long training session with the

(IGH3CHOOL0RINCIPAL3COTT6ANCEWASAPPOINTEDAS!SSISTANT 3UPERINTENDENTOFTHE-ORRISON3CHOOL$ISTRICTATTHE&EBRUARY THBOARDMEETING6ANCEWILLOFlCIALLYBEGINON-AY  U.S Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton and the Depot. The partnership with Sauk Valley Community College is continuing to develop a program to ensure students are career and college ready. Vance noted that the Three Rivers Athletic Conference principals will be meeting in early March to discuss the vote on conference realignment. The vote will be on whether to retain the divisional format currently being used for all sports or to move to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;play everyoneâ&#x20AC;? format in all sports other than football. The High School is hosting the IHSA 2A Boys Basketball Regional Tournament the week of February 24-28. Junior High Principal Hogue reported that his staff members greatly appreciated the one day technology training, with many teachers commenting on the benefits of using the Chrome books to help with instruction and engagement. Preparations are continuing for the ISAT exams. The exams have been pushed back one week, due to school snow days. Over 160 students attended the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Danceâ&#x20AC;? sponsored by the Junior High and BEST parents. A trivia night fund raiser is scheduled for Saturday March 15th at 6:00 with dinner and and a fun night of trivia, sponsored by BEST. Joe Robbins of the elementary schools informed the Board that over 35 counselors from Northern Illinois attended a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Counselors Academyâ&#x20AC;? training session during the recent Teachers Institute day, which was arranged by Mr. Braasch, and held at Super Wash. Several teachers aides attended an Autism Workshop hosted by Bi-County at no cost to the district. After school tutoring is underway, with the number of students ranging from 8-15 students in each grade level. Superintendent Girard commented on the Insurance Committee

Meeting, stating that there is a 3.25% increase in taxes that go directly to the Government for the Affordable Health Care Act. Individual premiums will increase from $374.75 to $400.87. The cost of vision insurance has gone up by about 8.15%, with individual premiums increasing from $7.36 per month to $7.96. There is no cost to the District. Information on disability insurance is being discussed. A closed session was held for contract negotiations.

Discussion items Financial report as of January 31, 2014 - Superintendent Girard stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This looks better that I thought it would. We have improved the deficit by $367,000.â&#x20AC;? RC Smith Bus Contract 2014-2015 - An increase of $800 a year on each route which equals $6400.00was presented. PreK routes increased by $525 per route. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very reasonable increase,â&#x20AC;? Girard added. Insurance renewal quotes - Girard said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really good news. The increase includes taxes for the National Healthcare Law. This is a very modest increase. I am very thrilled with the renewalâ&#x20AC;?.

Action items Keyless entry and key check-out approval form was approved. District audit for 2014-2015, with an increase of $130.00 was approved. Gorenz and Associates said the cost would be $9,730.00. Traffic pattern for Southside and Junior High was approved. Cathleen Vegter commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The community complains about the current pick up and drop off situation. They should like this.â&#x20AC;? Chief Melton will be completing the proper signage. The Junior High Swimming Cooperative agreement was also approved.


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On March 18th the voters of Carroll County have a facilities sales tax resolution on the ballot initiated by the three Carroll County School Districts. The voters are being asked to support a one cent sales tax on qualifying goods that would benefit the local schools by being able to update, remodel, construct, or purchase facilities update security measures, and provide energy upgrades. Currently, the only way to complete these tasks is through a building referendum that is paid back over time by bonds, the use of health, life safety taxes administered through the levy on local property owners, or by selling working cash bonds; again paying them back over time. The biggest advantage of not using bonds is the local taxpayer does not pay the funds back over a 20 year time period. That process results in funds equal to three to four times the actually project costs of the work due to interest paid over time. The facility sales tax would allow you to pay for local projects as you go resulting in lower costs for local taxpayers. The funds can only be spent on facilities which would result in a stimulus effect locally by working with local contractors. The tax has the ability to lower local taxes for property owners through bond and interest abatement on bonds already purchased or by not selling additional bonds in the future. The tax will not be assessed on food, titled vehicles, medicine, farm equipment and parts, or your local energy bill. It would be assessed on prepared food, gasoline, and restaurant purchases. The vote requires a simple majority in the entire county for it to be successful. In Carroll County, with tourism especially big, visitors to our area would help support your local schools. With the Bureau of Prisons starting to update the Thomson Correctional Center and moving towards hiring employees, the local traffic will increase and items purchased in Carroll County by them would go to support your local schools; more importantly the kids who are educated there. Do your sons, daughters, or grandkids not deserve the best facilities to learn? Up to date facilities would also make the local towns more attractive for new residents to move to Carroll County. New residents to Carroll County would help reverse a trend of population leaving Carroll County and provide the opportunity for new residents to help lower your taxes by increasing Equalized Assessed Value (EAV), increase local dollars on State generated funds from increased population, and help neutralize or

lower your existing taxes, and spur business growth and economic development. How will it affect you personally? The 1 cent sales tax would provide the ability to reduce property taxes and minimize future bond sales that result in district debt. On a personal note as you shop: *A $50.00 purchase of gasoline it would add 50 cents. *A $7.00 meal at a fast food restaurant it would add 7 cents. *A $30.00 meal at a restaurant it would add 30 cents. *A $250.00 washer would add $2.50. * A $30.00 oil change would add 30 cents. In the West Carroll School District it has the ability to lower your property taxes by 5-7%. On a home or property paying $1,000 in property taxes to the school you could see a $50-$70 decrease in your tax bill. More importantly, it could reduce or stop future tax increases on bond sales. West Carroll residents have already told the School Board through a survey to make three items a priority with this additional revenue; lower taxes through bond abatement, school security issues, and energy upgrades and asbestos abatement at WCHS. Your vote counts on March 18th. It is a vote to support the students who will be the future adults in your town while at the same time doing something for yourself. It just makes cents! Craig Mathers West Carroll Superintendent

By Brian Stewart State Representative 89th District

The 2014 Spring Session of the 98th General Assembly in Illinois is in full swing. One of the first items on the agenda this past week was House Joint Resolution 80 (HJR80) which sets forth the amounts of general funds estimated to be available during the State Fiscal Year of 2015. The revenue amount was set at $34.495 billion and was passed 112 to 0. Interestingly, the amount passed for last year FY2014 was $35.446 billion and the actual amount was $36.073 billion. For FY2013 it was $33.719 billion and for FY2012 it was $33.173 billion. So the amount set for the upcoming year is $1.578 billion less than last year. However, please keep in mind that this joint resolution has no force of law, and is only a guideline for the appropriations committees in their deliberations. As has been said before, Illinois does not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem and it would be best for the state to spend over a billion dollars LESS this upcoming year and begin to reduce our state debt. Speaking of spending and reducing the budget, I also wanted We started the Stephenson County to bring to your attention a brief Tea Party January 2010 after seeing how President Obama was socializing our once-great country. Thanks to old film, we can see how he has broken so many of his promises – like transparency, running things through Congress, etc. The government now controls a large percent of the economy. What has the government ever done efficiently? Now we are at the March 18th primary elections. We have tried the moderates like Bob Dole and John McCain. Mitt Romney was much better but lacked the fight to expose Obama’s dismal record. There are three main enemies of our founders’ conservative values that push the Democratic Socialist agenda. 1st – Public Unions: Even FDR, the liberal of the day, was against them; 2nd – The mainstream media; and 3rd – The NEA (education system). They are waiting for us old Dr. Anjali Parekh Reagan Conservatives to die and then Ophthalmologist replace us with Socialists. Karl Marx said that we must have Socialism first ___________________________________

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summary of a critical audit report released this week from the Illinois Auditor General that has garnered a lot of press coverage. The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative or NRI was a $54.55 million dollar program that was meant to reduce risk factors associated with violence in 23 communities in Chicago. The majority of the funds were from the Governor’s discretionary appropriations. The audit found “pervasive deficiencies” in the planning, implementation, and management of the NRI Program. I will note that I am completely supportive of programs aimed to reduce violence in our neighborhoods and make our communities a safer place for our families. However, I am not in favor of a program that according to the report is “hastily implemented,” “due diligence was not exercised,” “contracts were not timely approved,” “failed to implement financial controls,” “no documents to support community selections,” and seven of the top twenty Chicago communities for violent crimes did not even receive

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if we are to end up with Communism. The Tea Party is looking for candidates with backbones to stand up against the special interests, public unions, NEA, and over-thetop EPA. We need candidates with minds for business, as they pay all the taxes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; directly or indirectly. We need competitive corporate tax rates, but tighten the loop holes! We need candidates who are transparent. Are they using the system to advance their businesses? How many pensions are they getting and how much? Everything that involves tax dollars should be online for the public to see. FOIA requests should be quick and easy. They need to be selfless and think more about our grandchildren than themselves. This is for you kids: In 2010 the National Debt was $12 trillion. NOW it is over $17 trillion! For whom do you vote? Cutting through the muck and mire, the truths and untruths are not easy. Our team is researching the Republican Illinois State Primary candidates to educate you. We have invited all who have competition. So far, State Treasurer candidate Bob Grogan has agreed to come. Perhaps a few others will join him. Come to the Special Meeting on March 12, 2014, @ 6:30 p.m., Dietzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old School Apartments, 111 E. Mason St., Lena, IL. stepcoteaparty@aeroinc.net; 815369-4334. Bill Dietz Lena, IL

Severe Weather Preparedness Month

While the majority of Illinois tornadoes occur between April 1 and June 30, the tornado outbreaks on Nov. 17, 2013, and Feb. 20, 2014, proved that these violent storms may happen any time of the year. Tornadoes can be deadly and cause serious injuries and property damage, but there are actions people can do to protect themselves and their families. Throughout March, the Carroll County Emergency Management Agency is joining with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and other emergency management agencies across the state to promote severe weather preparedness. IEMA and the National Weather Service have prepared a Severe Weather Preparedness Guide that provides information on what you should do before, during and after a tornado, severe thunderstorm or flooding. The guidebook is available at www.Ready.Illinois.gov. (or use your agency website and link to

the guide) One of the most important preparedness actions is to have a way to receive emergency warnings 24 hours a day, especially while you sleep. A NOAA Weather Alert Radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) automatically alerts when a watch or warning is issued for your county. There are also several smartphone apps available that can alert you to imminent dangers. These warnings can provide precious time for you to seek shelter from an approaching tornado or severe storm. I encourage everyone to take time in March to learn more about how you and your family can stay safe during severe weather. Sincerely, Gregory Miller Carroll County ESDA Coordinator

COMMENTARY One Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opinion

By Jim Sacia Nobody likes taxes. We all really dislike new taxes. We all want the best for our children. Education requires taxes. As homeowners we all pay property tax and that funds our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education. None of us wants to pay more but what if we could keep our educational facilities upgraded without burdening the property owner? What if we put on the ballot on March 18 a one percent sales tax to be used solely for school facilities? Eighteen counties in Illinois have already passed it and many more have it on the ballot. Studies have shown that the one percent increase in sales tax does not affect retail sales. Large ticket items like boats, cars, trucks, mobile homes, and of course farm equipment and farm inputs are exempt. The good news is that the tax is spread to all who spend money in the county including those of us who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live here but spend money here, myself included. My $10.00 meal at a restaurant will cost me an additional dime. Sometimes I pick up the check for the four of us for a noon meal - the $50.00 cost translates to an additional fifty cents. My $50.00 gas fill adds another fifty cents. Yes, pennies add up to dollars, but keeping the burden off of our property owners is a bonus, especially when those passing through or visiting for work or play help us out. All f ive Stephenson County School Boards have approved putting the one percent sales tax on the ballot.

Sometimes a new tax spread out over many, some not even living here, makes good sense. It makes exceptional sense if it staves off a property tax increase for a building referendum or levy to repair crumbling infrastructure.

A Fair Tax: Growing Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Economy & Giving the Middle Class a Fair Shake

By Kristen Crowell As I speak with working families all over the state, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hearing an all-too-common refrain. People who work hard, pay their taxes, and play by the rules find it tougher and tougher to get by. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re upset that while ordinary Illinoisans struggle, big corporations and the very rich arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paying their fair share â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a view shared by 82% of Illinois voters. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re right. Economic data substantiates the fact that here in Illinois lower and middle-income families pay about twice the rate in taxes than what the rich pay. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply not fair. Many of these families are at the breaking point and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be asked to shoulder even more if Springfield doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changes its prioritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;fast. Middle and lower-income families will either go without essential services or face higher local taxes, probably both, unless Springfield confronts the upcoming fiscal cliff head-on. Expiring tax rates will add $2 billion to the current $6 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Critical investments in public education, infrastructure, public safety, health and human services, and more â&#x20AC;&#x201C; literally all of our most important priorities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will face cuts unlike anything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen without drastic changes. It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be that way, and it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t if the will of the people is respected. Polls show an overwhelming majority of Illinoisans believe such draconian cuts would have unacceptable consequences for vital programs and services. A Better Illinois is a large and diverse coalition committed to fundamentally altering the way Springfield does business through long-term, structural reform that creates stable and sustainable revenue. Implementation of a Fair Tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes would do just that. Our reforms represent the opposite of how Springfield governs

BE A PRAIRIE ADVOCATE Page 5 todayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with Band-Aids and budget gimmicks, kicking the can down the road until the next crisis arises. In addition to stability, an even better reason for a Fair Tax is its impact on lower- and middle-income families and their bottom lines. Implemented properly, a Fair Tax represents a tax cut â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not an increase, but a cut â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for the overwhelming "Y-)#(!%,-),,%2 majority of Illinois taxpayers over &OR4HE0RAIRIE!DVOCATE.EWS February 19, 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The River what they currently pay. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear from the Ridge School Board met at 7:00 out-of-state special interest groups PM, with members Barb Schaible, spending obscene amounts of money Merri Sevey, Raymie Diestelmeier, peddling doomsday scenarios. But Matt Wild, David Howard and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just manufacturing strawmen President Allen Crist present, with and outright lies to protect big Don McLane absent. Superintendent Brad Albrecht, High School/Middle corporations and the rich. School and Principal Mike Foltz were Contrary to the big-money fear also present. The Board heard news mongering, a Fair Tax represents a from the Administrators, including tax cut for the vast majority of Illinois congratulations to the WYSE team on families over what they currently pay. their First Place finish in the regional Perhaps most insulting about the competition. current smear campaign by out-ofRelevant and important dates state special interests is that it seeks for the district include March 3 to silence the voices of Illinois voters through 14 for ISAT testing; the â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 92% of whom believe the tax and Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Basketball Sectional at River budgeting process in Springfield is Ridge on March 4th, 5th and 7th; broken and needs to be fixed. March 6th is the Elementary Open Fair Tax legislation simply puts House; March 18-19 for Preschool the question of a Fair Tax to Illinois Screening; March 19-20 for Parent/ voters on the upcoming November Teacher Conferences; last day of ballot. It is we, the people, who school for June 4th, assuming no will ultimately decide. The big more emergency days; and June 5th money pouring in from outside for Teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institute. Illinois actually seeks to deny us the Albrecht Retirement Date opportunity to vote on a Fair Tax for Superintendent Brad Albrechtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requested retirement date of June ourselves. 34 states and the federal 16th, 2016 was approved after government have abandoned the Executive Session of the meeting, antiquated, anti-growth tax system as was the hiring of Kate Wiersema as Assistant Softball Coach. that still burdens Illinois today. Additional Action Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no coincidence neighboring Crist told the Board that a Food Midwestern states and others with a Allergy Policy form is in draft form Fair Tax are recovering more quickly and should be ready for board review from the Great Recession, with far by March. The Board approved lower unemployment and much Teacher and Classified Employee stronger job creation. Seniority Lists. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surer way to stimulate The Board next meeting will be Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; economy and create new March 17th, 2013 at 7:00 at the River jobs than a Fair Tax that puts more Ridge District attendance center. money in the hands of lower and middle-income taxpayers who will spend it in their local communities. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a recipe for both short-term stimulus and long-term economic growth. Mrs. Illinois/America Pageant (Married) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long past time to change our <RXFDQEH antiquated and unfair tax code, in 0UV ,OOLQRLV$PHULF D favor of a Fair Tax with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates 67$7( for higher incomes. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s put an end ),1$/6 to the constant budgeting-by-crisis $SULO WK in Springfield, and at the same time  give the middle class a fair shake. Kristen Crowell is the Executive 6WHSKDQLH3LOOHU Director for A Better Illinois, a 0UV ,OOLQRLV$PHULFD  statewide coalition of civic and (17(512: :LQDWULSWR1DWLRQDOV community organizations, small 0DJQLĂ&#x20AC;FHQW:DUGUREH business, labor, and faith leaders, DQG)DEXORXV3UL]HV educators, service providers, and tens &$//)25<285 $33/,&$7,2112: of thousands of ordinary taxpayers  seeking to modernize Illinois tax &ODVVLF 3DJHDQWV ,QF structure to create greater fairness (PDLO SDJHDQWV#PUVLOOLQRLVDPHULFDFRP  : WK 6WUHHW 2DN %URRN ,/  and long-term economic growth.

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&OR4HE0RAIRIE!DVOCATE.EWS Eastland Superintendent Mark Hansen gave a brief and informative presentation on the one percent sales tax proposal that the county will be voting on in March, at the February 25th, 2014 meeting of the Savanna City Council at 333 Chicago Avenue. Present at the meeting were council members Bill Robinson, Bill Sweeney, Gary Scott Law, Ray Skiles, Jeff Griswold, Lisa Robinson and Peg Haffey (subbing for the absent Mayor McCombie as Mayor Pro Tem). Also attending were City Clerk Paul Hartman, and department heads Sheryl Sipe, Michael Moon, Shawn Picolotti and John Lindeman. Retailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occupation tax Hansen began his presentation by defining the proposed tax, calling it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sales tax within the county, of one percentâ&#x20AC;?; he exampled that if you purchase something that costs a dollar, you would pay a penny tax under this purchase. This applies only to service sales, with items like groceries and titled vehicles being exempt from the tax. He said to calculate the impact of this tax on each individual, it would be helpful to think of how much one spends in one year and add one percent to that total. He said that the idea for this came from Iowa, and that at this point every county in Iowa has approved this type of sales tax for facilities. Hansen said this type of tax has worked quite well to raise funding for Iowa schools. He opined that the Illinois legislature has approved this type of tax because it has neither the funds to sufficiently support its schools, nor the will to raise taxes in order to do so. This measure gives the local counties the opportunity to decide â&#x20AC;&#x153;if they want to tax themselves.â&#x20AC;? Hansen called the vote on the tax â&#x20AC;&#x153;a simple majority voteâ&#x20AC;? for the registered voters in Carroll County on March 18th. He said that each voter has to decide how this vote would impact them individually and how it would potentially help the school facilities of the county. All three boards of the districts (West Carroll, Chadwick/ Milledgeville and Eastland) have approved putting this tax on the ballot, largely because they saw either immediate or future needs for this type of funding. Hansen said that the tax works thusly; the tax is generated, then redistributed by the county to the schools on a per student basis. Going by percentages, Eastland had about 28 percent of the students in the county, and would thus, get that percent of the full amount, whereas West Carroll had about 53 percent of the students, and would garner that amount. He said that a rough calculation would put about $280,000.00 per year in the Eastland coffers, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;signif icantly moreâ&#x20AC;? for West Carroll, each, of course, on a yearly basis. Taking each district at a glance, Hansen said that Eastland had been unable to do some facility work because of the property values of Lake Carroll, and they had also closed one facility. He talked about the need to invest in older properties

already purchased to keep them viable, such as possibly going with geothermal heating which would lower energy costs and free up more funds for other purposes. Chadwick/Milledgeville, he said, was doing well with finances but said its facilities did need some work. With West Carroll, there were both facility needs and debt to be paid off, and the revenue from such a tax could address both of these issues. If the tax doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass, Hansen said, there are ways to raise money for these needs, and in fact the law states if your buildings are not safe, you must then raise property taxes in order to repair them. If the tax passes, each district will look much different in ten years, while they will look largely the same if the tax does not pass. Ms. Robinson asked if the districts were under any obligation to pay off debt right away with the proceeds of the tax, and Sweeney, a former West Carroll Board member, said that while it did not, it did restrict the districts to certain types of expenditures, namely, those related to grounds and facilities, and could not be used for things such as salaries or books. Hansen said that while he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t emphasize a â&#x20AC;&#x153;loweringâ&#x20AC;? of property taxes as a potential benefit of the tax, he did think that it would contribute to a general overall blunting of future property tax hikes because the funds from the tax could be utilized for expenses that might otherwise have to be funded through future hikes in property taxes. West Carroll Board President Mike Highland briefly addressed the council, informing them that the board has talked about using the proceeds of the tax for reducing the bonded indebtedness, because if this is not done, the taxes on these bonds will go up anyway. He said the intent was to maintain the tax rate at the same rate rather than to allow it to increase. He added that the tax on the ballot will be called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;retailerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occupation tax,â&#x20AC;? just so that everyone can identify it when they go to vote. Frozen pipes update Public Works Superintendent Lindeman fielded some questions regarding his departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workload over the past month, informing the council that had been â&#x20AC;&#x153;probably 90 percent cold relatedâ&#x20AC;? issues. He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen a couple more frozen lines in just the last week and for the first time in his experience, had dealt with a frozen sewer main as well. He said he had seen incidents of four and a half feet of frost and thought it would be several weeks before things got better, as the frost will go deeper as the weather warms. He added that the Hot Shot unit that had been purchased had not been working very well, and that the department was working on better ways to get it to work efficiently. He added that the water meter replacement project seems to be progressing well, with 36 units being replaced in one day alone. Lindeman, in response to a question, said that he advises Savanna citizens to continue to run a small, pencil-thick stream of cold water to help guard against frozen water lines, until notified otherwise.

Reeder Report An Idea Without Fizz

SPRINGFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The latest taxation plan in Springfield is more than a bit hard to swallow. State Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, has introduced legislation for the state to start taxing soda pop at a rate of 1 cent per ounce. That would jack up the price of a case of pop by 50 percent or about $2.88. H u n t e r â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reason is straightforward: Pop makes us fat. No kidding. So do pecan pie, potato chips and just about anything eaten to excess. Should we start creating special taxes for them, too? Or, you know, a few years ago I was reporting in Cuba and found that the government there rations food. It seems to ensure no one gets fat, but it leaves plenty of folks hungry. Perhaps that is a model Hunter should consider. Back during World War II, our government rationed food. I still have some of my grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ration stamps tucked away in a drawer. Maybe that would be a scheme worthy of the good senatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adoption. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying soda is particularly good for you. Like many journalists I was once a caffeine fiend downing seven or eight diet sodas a day. But 15 months ago I gave up all pop. Now the only beverages I consume are skim milk and water. But that is a personal choice. And pardon me, but personal choices should be just that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; personal. They shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be subject to the dictates of government. Government needs to butt out of our private lives. Personal responsibility should triumph over government mandates. By the way, in case you think this is all about government wanting just the best for you, think again. This tax plan would suck $600 million a year right out of the pockets of Illinoisans, one quarter at a time. And that money would be used to further expand government. Illinois doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a revenue

By Scott Reeder, Veteran Statehouse Reporter and Journalist in Residence, Illinois Policy Institute sreeder@illinoispolicy.org

problem â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it has a spending problem. Revenues are at their highest level in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 196-year history. But our state government is still broke. There is an insatiable thirst for dollars in Springfield that no soda tax can quench. While soda may be making people overweight, new taxes are making our government fat. That in itself is a good reason for supporters of the new tax to put a cork in it.

Sticking With the Union? I remember when I was in grade school, I brought home a library book about labor leader John L. Lewis and watched my grandfather sputter. Grandpa Ralph never attended high school, worked with his hands his entire life and eventually was able to own his own farm after many years of working for other people. He believed individual initiative (hard work) is the key for working people to get ahead. And he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think much of Mr. Lewis â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or unions in particular. But I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know any of this at the time. I was just a fifth-grader looking for something interesting to read. I checked out the book from the school library because I thought it was pretty cool that Lewis and I had the same birthday. Grandpa wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so easily impressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The man set the country on a path toward ruin, Scott,â&#x20AC;? Grandpa said at a family dinner as he eyed my book. His sister in-law, my great-aunt Avonal, chimed in that John L. Lewis was a great man who cared about ordinary people. Grandpa just shook his head. It just goes to show you, when it comes to unions not everyone can agree just what their contributions are. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I find a bill introduced by state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills, perplexing. Senate Bill 2682 would require all students to learn â&#x20AC;&#x153;the history of organized labor in Americaâ&#x20AC;? before they graduate from eighth grade.

It would change the Illinois School Code to say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teaching of history also shall include a study of the history of organized labor in America, the role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the goals of a mixed free enterprise system, and the collective bargaining process.â&#x20AC;? So whose history of unions will be taught? My Grandpa Ralphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s? Or my Aunt Avonelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to remember that mythology surrounds much of the history of the labor movement. For example, when I was in high school I was taught about the Haymarket Riot in Chicago. My teacher, who belonged to a union, taught us that it was an example of how government persecuted labor organizers. The reality is much more complex. Thanks to the pioneering work of Professor Timothy Messer-Kruse, we now know that much of what we were once taught about that event is false. The defendants in the case received a fair trial, and the evidence that resulted in four being hung was substantial, MesserKruse said. Even today, much of what the men were convicted of would warrant the death penalty in many jurisdictions. But the Haymarket incident, which is marked as a seminal moment in the labor movement not only in Illinois, but the world, is portrayed much differently. The riot is the origin of international May Day celebrations by socialist and communist parties. Organized labor has played an important role in the development of this nation. And so have other groups: farmers, immigrants, Jews, Christians, small businesses, Republicans, Democrats, soldiers and pacifists. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see Sen. Hastings calling for a teaching mandate about those folks. One canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but wonder if this is serious legislation or an effort to pander to a group helpful in the last election. Hastingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign received $30,000 from labor groups.

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GOP Lawmakers Call for NRI Investigation, Freezing of Expenditures FEBRUARY 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Several Republican lawmakers are asking the Illinois Auditor General to refer findings from a February 2014 audit of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) to the Executive Inspector General for review, and potentially to the U.S. Attorney for further investigation of potential criminal activity. The lawmakers also called for freezing any unexpended dollars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which could be as much as $31 million. The Auditor General stated the $54.55 million NRI program was â&#x20AC;&#x153;hastily implementedâ&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;pervasive deficiencies in Illinois Violence Prevention Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (IVPA) planning, implementation, and management.â&#x20AC;? State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent 32 years in law enforcement and, quite frankly, if an investigator brought this document to me, I would call for a multiagency task force to immediately start a criminal investigation. This is an ongoing pattern in this state. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legalized theft, in my mind, of taxpayer dollars. They take state and federal money and it goes to various programs that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist, close the doors, nobody can figure out what happened to the money.â&#x20AC;? The audits also found Gov. Pat Quinn broke state law when he shuffled funds among various accounts in order to circumvent the Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority to annually appropriate General Fund dollars. In effect, the Governor was able to create a non-appropriated slush fund of $91 million that he could use in future fiscal years without having to request that the General Assembly re-appropriate those dollars. Approximately $45 million was eventually given to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. (IVPA Compliance Audit, for two years ended June 30, 2012; pages 10-14; Released 2/25/14. Finding 12-1.) State Rep. David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every component of this audit is barraged with questions of ethical integrity. From the very

beginning, many of us had grave reservations about the formation and implementation of this program. This audit supports these concerns. This is nothing more than Gov. Quinn using taxpayer dollars to fund precinct walkers in Chicago.â&#x20AC;? S t a t e S e n . M a t t M u r p hy (R-Palatine) said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no documentation, no monitoring, no attempt to recover funds. We need to get this information to the appropriate law enforcement authorities and freeze the spending. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shameful waste of taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dollars to bail out a failed politician.â&#x20AC;? State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Co-Chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, called the program â&#x20AC;&#x153;nothing more than a political slush fund for Gov. Quinn.â&#x20AC;? TheAuditor Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance audit included the following key findings. A troublesome timeline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beginning with Gov. Quinnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance in a Chicago neighborhood in August 2010. In less than two week, $30 million was allocated to the program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; before the IVPA staff was ever notified. In September 2010, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s officeâ&#x20AC;? tells the IVPA Board of the commitment to release some funds immediately and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rest after the election.â&#x20AC;? By Oct. 6, the program increased from $0 million to $50 million. (page 10) Subsequent funding brings NRIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totals to nearly $100 million in taxpayer funds. Of the program expenses that were reviewed, 40 percent were questioned by auditors. IVPA turned over decisionmaking to Chicago aldermen for organizations to serve as lead agencies for the NRI program. While billed as a violence prevention program, many of C h i c a g o â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s m o s t v i o l e n t neighborhoods were not included. (page 73) Quarterly reports were submitted late and were inaccurate. IVPA failed to adequately monitor spending of state NRI funds by providers (page 92) and failed to exercise due diligence in selecting the agencies.

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Carroll Volunteers Needed for HCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adult Education County Literacy Program SWCD Offers Scholarship The Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is taking applications for a $500.00 Scholarship. This will be awarded to a Carroll County youth who is or has graduated from a Carroll County school to further his or her education beyond high school in an agricultural field. Selection will be based equally on the following three criteria: Scholastic Achievement, Financial Need, and Extra Curricular Activities. All completed forms must be received by April 1, 2014 to the SWCD office at 807-C S Clay St, Mt. Carroll IL 61053. Applications may be obtained from any of the high school guidance counselors or by calling the SWCD office at 815-244-8732, extension 3.

Highland Community College Literacy Program is searching for literacy volunteers to tutor adults in Highlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s district. Volunteers tutor math, reading, writing or English as a Second Language. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend a tutor informational meeting from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10 at Freeport Public Library. The support and encouragement that tutors provide is a key influence in the lives of students. Students show greater achievement when they have individual instruction. One student who benefited by having a tutor is Cole Bergman, 18, of Stockton. Due to health issues while he was in high school, Bergman had to drop out of school. He could not keep up with his studies. Eventually, Bergman decided to attempt to complete his GED, but he tested low in math. Through tutoring, Bergman was able to excel. He received his GED in the summer of 2013. Today he is a student at Highland Community College, with aspirations to further his education at a baccalaureate school to complete his degree in Social Work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for the help I got with a tutor, I would not be in college today,â&#x20AC;? Bergman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to want something bad enough to work

.ONNIE9ANGLEFT AVOLUNTEERTUTORFOR%NGLISHASA3ECOND,ANGUAGEWORKSWITH,IDIA!LEMANYAT(IGHLAND#OMMUNITY#OLLEGEIN&REEPORT for it. I tried hard. I worked with my tutor, who became my role model.â&#x20AC;? According to Esther Mayer, volunteer literacy coordinator, the program is rewarding for the volunteers. Tutors help their communities by improving the lives of residents, one person at a time. Volunteers tutor when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convenient â&#x20AC;&#x201D; morning, afternoon or evening, and in an academic subject area they enjoy.

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and I see volunteering as a wonderful opportunity, because I understand the transition,â&#x20AC;? Yang said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have one student, and I love to see her get excited when she recognizes words in English. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very rewarding.â&#x20AC;? For more information about these meetings, please contact Esther Mayer at 815.599.3538 or e- mail her at esther.mayer@highland.edu.

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the partnership for Sunshine Acre,â&#x20AC;? said Michael Hastings, president and CEO of Jo-Carroll Energy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commitment to community is one of our key principles. We strive to make a difference in our communities, and working with youth is one way we do that. When they visit the co-op, the students will have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of cooperatives and learn about the variety of careers available at a cooperative.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is impor tant for our communities to invest in and mentor our youth. They will be the leaders and workers of tomorrow.â&#x20AC;?, said Steve Barg, Executive Director of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunshine Acre is empowering students through their work with the land and the connections they are making to the local area.â&#x20AC;? The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation is a local non-profit whose mission is to conserve and enhance natural wildlife habitat, cultural heritage, scenic vistas, and the agricultural character of Jo Daviess County and the surrounding area for future generations. JDCF owns several beautiful and unique preserves that are open to the public for hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. For more information about JDCF, please visit their office at 126 N Main Street, Elizabeth IL, or contact them at 815-858-9100, www.jdcf.org or info@jdcf.org.


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Carroll and Whiteside Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Announce ISA Scholarships T h e I l l i n o i s S h e r i f f â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran, and Sheriff Kelly C. Wilhelmi, Whiteside County, will be awarding one (1) scholarship each in the amount of $500. There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex or national origin. The only limitations are as follows: Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents ; Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois; Students must be enrolled as a full time student during the 2014-2015 school year (excluding summer session). A p p l i c a t i o n s a r e n ow available on-line at: www. ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the applications; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the County Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2015 (must be postmarked by this date). For more information, please contact your high school advising center or college financial aid office, or call the Carroll County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office at 815-244-9171, or Whiteside County Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office at 815-772-4044.

Melissa Fitzpatrick

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The Carroll County Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office at 301 N. Main St., Mt. Carroll, IL will serve as a temporary site for early voting, and will serve the following precincts in Carroll County: CHERRY GROVE/SHANNON 1 CHERRY GROVE/SHANNON 2 ELKHORN GROVE FAIRHAVEN FREEDOM MT. CARROLL 1 MT. CARROLL 2 MT. CARROLL 3 ROCK CREEK/LIMA 1 ROCK CREEK/LIMA 2 SALEM

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The site will be open Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, March 3, 2014, through Friday, March 14, 2014, with the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Also, the office will be open on Saturday, March 8, 2014 and March 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon for this purpose.

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Absentee voting will run through Monday, March 17, 2014. If you have any further questions regarding early voting or absentee voting, please call the office at 815-244-0221. BRIAN WOESSNER CARROLL COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER

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Pastorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner The Beautiful Gospel

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What a joy and honor it is to write to you again. I am always humbled to be serving such precious and wonderful people in our area. We truly live in one of the most amazing places in the world and I am excited about our future. Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Hebrews 10:1, 5 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect... Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me The Christian experience stands at complete and glaring contrast to any other religion or philosophy on our planet. The concepts that have defined our relationship with the Creator and Savior are singular in origin and Divine in authority. Many if not all of the religions of our world are guided by a code of ethics, a set of laws/rules or a required conduct and adherence to it. This is done so that the worshiper will be able to stay in good standing with the object of their worship. This is called righteousness, being in right standing with a person/ deity. If you have ever tried to live in perfection by performance, you most likely have come to the conclusion of how inferior your abilities are. The problem is, most people see themselves as â&#x20AC;&#x153;good enough,â&#x20AC;? but the standard is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;somewhatâ&#x20AC;? good. The standard is perfection. This is why most peoples religious experiences are frustrating, scarring or lifeless. The other religions require a performance and consequence for failure. All except one. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ changed the dynamics forever on how we relate to our Maker. The Bible is known world-wide as the moral standard for society. Many other religions may argue this point but will eventually fail due to the fact that our Creator existed before all religion. The Creator (God, Jehovah) personally oversaw the writing of the Holy scriptures contained in the Old and New Testaments of our bible. The are infallible and perfect in all aspects. They are actually so perfect that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wordâ&#x20AC;? is interchangeably named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesusâ&#x20AC;? in the first chapters of John and First John among other places. This is powerfully important to life. If there is not a pure and defined standard then the laws of humanity are dictated by the preferences of man. If you have been paying

STSB-We Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention at all to the decay of American laws and institutions, you must agree that our deteriorating To Be standards are affecting nearly every aspect of our former guaranteed Without You! freedoms (inalienable rights). This is potentially devastating to our nation and world - or, our greatest opportunity ever! As personal opinion tries to dominate the controlling forces of the inhabitants of earth there is a rumble of discontent that is driving unprecedented numbers of people searching for genuine and tangible love and real power. A force to live a life birthed in their consciences before birth, placed by a loving and gracious God who desires good for us in equal proportions to how good He is! If you were completely honest with your self, you would have to admit resoundingly that you know there is a level of living (physically, emotionally, socially and financially) that you have yet to attain and experience. This, my beloved friend, is the purpose for the Savior, Jesus Christ. He has come to give us the abundant life (John 10:10) that can only be defined by a standard created by the Creator of pure good. This standard cannot ever be achieved through good works, law keeping, personal conduct or any other â&#x20AC;&#x153;workâ&#x20AC;? of righteousness. This is incredibly freeing if you can grasp the enormity of that statement. I am saying that the road to the life you have always desired is not through yourself. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life - the only way to the good Father is through faith in His life, death and resurrection! We are the only belief system on earth that acknowledges a Savior, and what a Glorious Savior He is! Precious friend, this life is a fatal experience BUT we have a unique cure: die on purpose and for purpose. The only seed that grows to produce fruit and nourishment is the one that first falls to the ground and dies. Accept a new way of living and believing, revolving around the finished payment of the cross for your personal life. The greatest gift ever offered mankind, and oftentimes He is trampled underfoot by selfreliance. But the fragrance of that rare flower was released as the foot crushed it. That fragrance is His unyielding love for you. Your life can also emanate that refreshing aroma of peace, joy and genuine love. Will you give your everything to be filled with His beauty and presence. The Gospel is free but it will cost you everything. No person is a fool to give up what they cannot keep to gain what they cannot lose! Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; promise: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will never leave or forsake youâ&#x20AC;?. His life and promises are so beautiful. It is yours for the asking. In sincere love, Steve Cassell BelovedChurchIllinois.com Pearl City, Illinois

Savanna-Thomson State Bank (STSB) joined with the West Carroll High School Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) team to promote people wearing their seat belts. Buckle-Up Bear is standing watch at the Savanna facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front window with the message: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Driving Slow or Driving Quick, You safe lives with just one click.â&#x20AC;? The OTSD grant focuses on seatbelt usage, distracted driving (especially texting) and speeding. The STSB Mt. Carroll facility also participated in the OTSD grant activities with a series of messages about texting and driving on their digital sign. Other â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bearâ&#x20AC;? sightings can be seen in Savanna at The Answer, Tangles, and Blackhawk Area Credit Union. The Times Theatre used their marquee to host a message. In Mount Carroll, Buckle Up Bear is at the Mount Carroll Pharmacy and H.B. Wilkinson Title Company. In Thomson, The Station is using their marquee with a message.

BRAIN CANCER SUCKS!

Benefit for Rhonda (Howard) Schweska

Sunday, Sunda y, March 9, 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Noon to 6 p.m. p.m. Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 13464 Galt Road, Sterling

To Donate or for Questions, Call Tammy @ 815-225-5622, please leave message

BBQ Meal  Raffles  Silent Auction Items Music and Much More! Donation for the Meal will be appreciated.

All pr proceeds oceeds will go toward toward home health care care costs not covered by insurance. Monetary donations can be made out to Rhonda Schweska Schweska Benefit Monetary c/o Milledgeville State Bank 451 N. Main Ave., Milledgeville, IL 61051 Rhonda grew up in Sterling raising her children through their junior and high school years years in the Chadwick-Milledgeville Chadwick-Milledgeville School District. Distr ict. Having Ha ving man manyy family family & fr friends iends in the Sterling/Rock Sterling/Rock Falls Falls and Chadwick/Milledgeville Chadwick/Milledg k/Milledgeville eville area, Rhonda and her children appreciate appreciate all of your your love love and support support through this trying tr ying time. time. All of yyour our love, love, prayers, prayers, well well wishes & donations donations are greatly g reatly appreciated appreciated by the family. family.

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Farm Bureau "Y#HASTITY7ELCH #ARROLL#OUNTY-ANAGER Thank you to all who donated at the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committees blood drive. More importantly thank you to those who were patient with the issues we had. I will be the first to admit, when I am hosting a program and things donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flow smoothly, I get jittered! The fact that the truck with all the equipment for the drive was over two and a half hours late . . . that about put me over the edge. I am a pacer, and boy was I pacing! We did end up meeting our goal for units collected however. Once again, thank you to all who donated. Final details are being put together for our Annual Tractor Drive. We have set the date. It is Friday, July 18th and we will be leaving from the Carroll County Fairgrounds. So far those are the only details I do have in stone but I will soon have more. We are going to also sell tickets for lunch if anyone wants to come down and join us for the day.

We are having thunder, lightning, and rain right now. The temperature is just over the freezing mark so it turns the driveway into a sheet of ice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge to walk on and for daughter Loretta so much more. She fell on her way out to the bus this morning. I hope she did not hurt herself. She is so ready to see the snow go away. It makes walking on it so difficult for her. She says she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until it warms up and she can sit outside on her swing again. Our school closed on Tuesday because of the 5 - 6 inches of snow we received Monday evening. Last Friday and Monday the children didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have school either as it was their mid-winter break. I was hoping they would cancel the mid-winter break due to missing so many days already this year. The children ended up having a 5 day break. I hope they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go to school longer at the end of the year. It is more difficult for the children to sit in school when it is so nice and warm outside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much more difficult to concentrate when the days are sunny and warm. We would like to butcher hogs soon, probably one of the next Saturdays. We are running low on sausage. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also using the last of our lard. We look forward to having â&#x20AC;&#x153;pon hossâ&#x20AC;? to eat after we butcher hogs (Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: some know this dish as â&#x20AC;&#x153;scrapple). I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we will butcher a beef until one of the steers we are raising is big enough. I think the biggest one is around 600 pounds already. So it should be ready by this fall to butcher. I am always glad to get that job

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Farmers, did you know here in Mt. Carroll Napa Auto Parts offers savings for farmers and truckers? I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of it until they stopped by to talk to me. Carroll County Auto Parts in Mt. Carroll, your local Napa Auto Store, participates in the AIRA Agriculture & Independent Truckers Discount Card Program. This program is a free National Co-op Program designed to benefit our Local Farmers and Independent Truckers. The AITA program card offers you deep discounts on parts you buy every day for your trucking and agricultural needs. Up to 50% discounts on replacement parts and/or supplies at Napa and other participating suppliers. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavy duty, it if involves a truck or any type of power unit, then AITAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program can be of service to you! Many area farmers and truckers have signed up and are benefiting from this program. Please stop by

over with and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to have more meat in the freezer. After thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over we can get started on spring cleaning. We were cleaning out some cabinets and drawers this week already. With the warmer weather I hope we can give the windows a good cleaning. Today is laundry day again. We want to wash some coats since the weather is warmer and the extra coats arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t needed yet. It sounds like we will have cold weather again by the weekend. Lots of ice fishing is being done on all the nearby lakes. Those bluegills taste so much fresher when taken from ice water. My husband Joe bought an ice fishing shanty at a garage sale this summer so it has come in handy this winter. I managed to get through the basket of clothes that needed mending this week. Now I have a few more items I want to sew. I can always relax better to sew when the mending is up. Try this bacon-omelette roll: Bacon Omelet Roll 8 eggs 1 cup milk 1/3 cup flour 1 red pepper, finely chopped 8 slices bacon, crumbled 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 cup salsa Heat oven to 350. Line 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan with parchment paper with ends extending over shortest sides of pan. Spray with cooking spray. Beat eggs, milk, and flour in a large bowl with whisk until blended. Stir in the next 4 ingredients. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 14-16 minutes or until edges are almost set. Top with cheese. Bake 2 minutes or until melted. Roll up omelet immediately starting at one short end and peeling off paper as omelet is rolled. Place on platter, cut into slices. Serve with salsa.

Carroll County Auto Parts in Mt. Carroll and they will get you get you set-up for this GREAT discount program that offers HUGE savings on filters, brake drums and shoes, chemicals and many other parts!! How about something else I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of? There is currently a bill being proposed in the Illinois House on Lion Meat. Yes, you heard me! HB 5386 creates the Lion Meat Act making it unlawful for any person to slaughter a lion or for any person to possess, breed, import or export, buy, or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter. It also makes it unlawful to sell, transport, or deliver lion meat. A person in violation of any provision of the Act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. So for those of you out there who were kicking around raising lions or butchering them, I have to say I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try it if I were you. I know it never even crossed my mind to try!

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Carroll County Farm Bureau members can place up to two (2) free classified ads per week, with a limit of 250 characters per ad (not including spaces). Ads are limited to personal or farm items for sale/wanted to buy, or farm labor or services available or wanted. No ads for the sale or rental of real estate, garage sales, or commercial businesses will be accepted. To place an ad, call the Farm Bureau office at 815- 244-3001 by 4 p.m.Thursday to get your ad in the following weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper.

FS: 4 stainless steel nursery hog feeders. 2 sided. 6/side. Staco. 815-275-1157 FS: KEW 3803 VA Pressure Washer. Hot/Cold 2200 PSI 4.5 gal/min. $3300. 815-375-1135 FS: 14 knife DMI 4200 SL NH3 bar. Walking tandems on main frame and wings. Disc openers and closers. Raven cooler. $8000 obo. 815-541-9610 FS: Round bales, First cutting of alfalfa hay. Grass waterway bales 815-499-6070 FS: Round bales of alfalfa hay, stored inside. 815-243-0358

FS: Blue ox base plate for a 2000-2002 Sat- FS: Ruger single, A-1 rifle 25-06 with RedField urn L Series $350, also a tow bar $200 obo, scope, 2 boxes of shells and case. Excellent condition. $875 obo. 815-244-5429 815-441-1370 FS: One Bridgestone Radial Tire LT 225/75R16 FS: 2 dog cages-One wire puppy cage with mud and snow, load range E, $20, 815-441- open top, $10. One is a travel cage., $15. 1370 Both cages are medium sized. 815-244-5429 FS: 25 inch Huffy Santa Fe Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bicycle, FS: Nordic Track E 8.0 Elliptical. $300 obo. only rode once $50, Lifestyle 2800 model 815-590-1717 please leave a message Treadmill, auto incline $200 obo, 815-441-1370 FS: DMI 3 bar 21.3 ft coil tine harrow. Kasco 3 FS: Grace Company Hand quilting frame, queen bar 11 ft coil tine harrow. Hyland stack mover size, $100 815-441-1370 with bonnet. NH 28 blower. 815-541-1772

Travel Tips Presentation at the Lanark Public Library

The community has supported the Friends of the Lanark Public Library (FLPL) this winter through â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cabin Feverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; visits to Twice-Sold Tales. Now the FLPL is inviting you to join us in celebrating the First Day of Spring! MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! The March 20th FLPL meeting will

host a special event: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travel Tips to Help You Save Both Time and Money.â&#x20AC;? Ann Young will share some of her tips that will benefit you whether your trip is of long or short duration. An avid traveler, not a tourist, Ann will explain easy ways to help make travel more fun and less stressful. She

has traveled to over 50 countries and loves speaking about and sharing her passion. Refreshments and a question and answer session will conclude the evening. The community is invited to attend her presentation at the Lanark Public Library, Thursday, March 20, at 6 pm.

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YOUR FINANCIAL WELLBEING A PRAIRIE ADVOCATE SPECIAL SECTION HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING AHEAD, TAX PREPARATION, BUDGETING, INVESTING, RETIREMENT SAVINGS AND MORE

Beyond Retirement: What About Your Other Goals? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say that at the age of 25 you earned $35,000. If your salary increased at the average historical rate, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have earned nearly $2 million in total by the time you were 65.1 That might sound like a lot -- until you begin thinking about all the financial goals youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to juggle in a lifetime, including buying a home and paying for your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education, while funding your own retirement. If managed wisely, your money could potentially go a long way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really all about putting a plan in place and sticking to it. These tips may help get you started.

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L to R: West Carroll FFA members and agriculture students, Rachel Badtke and Kristen Houzenga are shown with an actual strand of the strawberry plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DNA. The students were testing a lab that will be done in the Ag II class (Biological Science Applications in Agriculture). Ag II is a lab-based science class that receives science credit for graduation at West Carroll High School. Also working in the background is Sabrina SeidemannBuckwalter performing the lab as well. (Photo courtesy of Don Mathey)

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SMART, Realistic Financial Goals Help Chart Your Future Have you ever looked at your checking account balance and wondered where all of your money went? Have you ever wanted to buy something, but just didn’t have the funds available to justify it? Do you feel like your finances have control over you, instead of you having control of your finances? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time to take a serious look at your money situation and set some financial goals. Financial goals should be “SMART” – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Based. Determine where you want your finances to be by a specific date. Set your sights on financial changes that are realistic and feasible. It’s ok to set your goals a bit high, but be realistic enough that you don’t set yourself up for failure. You develop some personal accountability when you actually write down your financial goals once you have identified them. Post them on the refrigerator or on your mirror. Refer back to them and recognize them as YOUR goals. Then get organized. Develop a plan on how you can achieve these goals, and include the steps that you can take toward reaching them. Monitor your progress to determine if your plan is working as you had hoped, or if you need to revise it to meet your goals. One of the best tools to assist with getting control of your finances is to create a spending plan. A spending plan tracks your spending, helps you prepare and plan for expenses, and evaluates the timing of your income in relation to your payment due dates. Having a plan should reduce the stress of not knowing how you will pay whatever bill comes in the mail tomorrow and should also make you feel more in control of your finances. If you wonder where your money goes, try keeping a journal and write down EVERY penny you spend.

This will allow you to see where you might be spending money based on impulse or habit. Are you spending $2/day for coffee? $2/day (weekdays only) is $10/week or $520/year. These little things add up quickly. A journal will also help you determine where you might be able to decrease your spending. You might be able to identify where you are “weak” in your spending decisions or where you might be able to cut some corners. Maybe it will help you make the choice to not carry much cash because you spend it if you have it. Or it might make you realize how much you spend on groceries so you develop a plan to use coupons and only buy what is on the grocery list to avoid impulse food purchases. Or maybe you can turn the temperature in the house down a couple degrees to save on heating costs. Actually being able to SEE where your money goes can be very enlightening. Of course everyone has those “fixed expenses” that you really have no control over. Rent or house payments, car payments, and things like that just NEED to be paid. It’s the “flexible expenses” where you can do some analysis and make some changes to help you meet your financial goals. Is there anything that you are willing to change to help you gain financial stability? The flip-side to decreasing your spending to be in a better financial position is to increase your income. Depending on your goals and your financial needs, you may need to find a way to get more money. Is your situation serious enough that you need to consider part time work? Do you have “stuff in the attic” that you aren’t using and might be able to sell? Are you utilizing tax credits where possible (consult your tax advisor for help with this item)? If you still have the situation of having more expenses than income,

Political Unrest in Venezuela and Ukraine you should try to prioritize your Create Uncertainty for expenses. Pay the necessary bills first – what most people “need” to live is food and shelter. Make sure Corn Trade you have these items covered when possible. Talk to your banker to see if you can work out a short term revised payment plan for loans or if a different type of account might be beneficial in reducing account fees. Most bankers really want to see their customers live successful and happy lives. Up front communication is the key to keeping a good relationship with your banker in trying times. Also, be very cautious of scams that offer quick fixes to your financial situation. If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is. If you find yourself in the position where you have a little extra money – USE IT WISELY! Pay off outstanding debts. Save it. Back to the coffee example, if you save $10 per week, that adds up to $520 per year. Build up your “emergency fund” so you don’t find yourself in a financial bind when you need to pay for an unexpected expense. Consider opening an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) – it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. There are several options you can choose that will help you achieve financial success – today and in the future. There are a wide variety of spending plans and budgeting tools available on the Internet. We also have links on our website (www. lanarkbank.com) to assist you with establishing a plan so you can meet your financial goals. If you have any questions or need any assistance in reviewing your financial goals, please stop by Exchange State Bank at 126 N. Broad Street in Lanark or call us at 815-493-2631. Our friendly employees are here to help!

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FEBRUARY 27, 2014 — Recent political unrest in Venezuela and Ukraine has the potential to disrupt trade and are being closely monitored by U.S. Grains Council representatives in Latin America and Europe. Venezuela is experiencing growing economic disruption and increased tension as result of an escalating confrontation between protestors and the government. While many demonstrations have remained peaceful, some have led to violent clashes with the police. Despite having the world’s largest oil reserves, the country suffers from the highest inflation rate in South America and chronic shortages of food and household goods. “Venezuela is a key importer of U.S. corn and, despite its difficulties, a valued market,” said Kurt Shultz, USGC regional director of the Americas. “Lack of access to U.S. dollars and spiraling inflation mean that corn imports will take a hit, when and if, the government runs out of hard currency to pay debts. This is a real problem, not only for U.S. producers but also for our loyal customers in the country.” Meanwhile, half the world away, Ukraine is experiencing similar discord. Ukraine had seen a welcome decline in violence this week but on Wednesday dozens of armed men took control of two government buildings in the pro-Russia region of Crimea and deposed President ViktorYanukovych broke a weeklong

silence, declaring himself still to be the country’s legitimate leader. Yanukovych was driven from office last Saturday following a week of bloodshed in Kiev that left more than 80 dead. Both developments posed serious challenges to the provisional government as it tries to consolidate control and stabilize the country. Ukraine has become the largest corn exporter after the United States and Brazil and will is currently projected to ship 18.5 million metric tons (728.3 million bushels) of corn in the 2013-2014 marketing year, more than triple the amount three years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “We haven’t yet seen any shutdown of exports from Odessa or any other ports on the Black Sea,” said Cary Sifferath, USGC regional director of the Middle East and Africa. “but we have seen prices firm-up as many farmers of all sizes are holding on to grain as inflation is hitting the local currency.” Vessels are still being loaded at Ukrainian ports but price increases may slow down future sales; as high and unpredictable inflation means grain is an effective hedge against a depreciating currency. “Increases in Ukrainian corn prices and political uncertainty should keep U.S. corn competitive into North African markets including Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia,” Sifferath said. “We wish the Ukrainians a peaceful solution to their political crisis, but in the meantime U.S. price, quality and especially reliability are critical factors.”

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Retirement Planning For Each Stage of Life The financial decisions you make today will directly impact your long term financial future. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to have specific financial goals for each stage of your life. You will feel more confident heading into retirement if you know you made the right financial decisions at each stage.

Am I taking advantage of the many tax breaks from employer sponsored Sign up for an automatic plans? investment plan If you answered no to any of The most important action during these or similar questions, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this stage is to take advantage of a important to make adjustments with disciplined savings program for long- your plan. term growth such as your employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 401(k) or 403(b) retirement savings Ages 55-65: plan. These types of retirement plans Match your income sources Ages 18-29: are a great way to save because the with income needs Eliminate credit card debt money is pulled straight from your Since retirement is getting closer, During this stage, your first priority paycheck before you can spend it you should have a pretty good estishould be getting out of debt. Accord- and is invested directly in a mutual mate of your income from Social ing to a recent Federal Reserve study, fund or other investment you choose. Security and any defined benefit the average family has at least three pension youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re entitled to at work. credit cards with a total credit card Ages 45-54: During this stage, you should look at debt of just under $16,000. Review your progress and make all of your sources of income to see Since credit card interest rates adjustments if they match up with your income average about 13 percent, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diffiNow is the time to evaluate your needs. Here are a few questions to cult to earn that same percentage on savings program to make sure you consider: your investments each year. Getting are on track to meet your long term Will your mortgage be paid off? a handle on your credit card debt financial goals. Here are a few quesWill consumer debt or college should give you more resources to tions to consider: loans taken on behalf of a child be invest in your retirement. Do I have a well balanced, diversi- paid off? fied portfolio? Do you want (or need) to work in Am I taking full advantage of any retirement? company-matched contributions? Where will you live?

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The War Against Work and Wealth By Dr. Mark Hendrickson

The Congressional Budget Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent analysis of the Affordable Care Act concludes that it will result in the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers leaving the work force to preserve their taxpayer-financed subsidies for health insurance. This is troubling on several levels: In terms of fiscal impact, it will exacerbate the federal budget deficit, both on the revenue side (fewer taxable hours being worked) and on the expenditure side (Obamacareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new subsidies). Economically, our country will be poorer than it otherwise would be. Work produces wealth; less work means less wealth, and also less upward mobility for those who drop out of the labor force. Politically, as the number of unproductive citizens dependent on government increases and the number of productive citizens whose taxes finance government decreases, the unproductive may achieve a permanent majorityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a political hegemonyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as happened in ancient Rome with dire consequences. News of fewer Americans working should come as no surprise with the current administration running the show. Whether it be the unproductive â&#x20AC;&#x153;stimulus plan,â&#x20AC;? increasing the minimum wage, suffocating regulation, increasing u n e m p l oy m e n t s u b s i d i e s (miscalled â&#x20AC;&#x153;compensationâ&#x20AC;?), adding record numbers to the disability rolls, etc., the Obama presidency has been a jobdestroying machine from the start, as I noted four years and two-and-a-half years ago. Even as the heroic efforts of industrious Americans manage to keep our economic nose above water, the labor participation rate has fallen. What is remarkable about the all-too-predictable loss of jobs resulting from Obamacare is the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response. Jason Furman, the chairman of the White Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council of Economic Advisers, tried to spin the projected net reduction in productive labor as a positive. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not businesses cutting back on jobs, this is people having new choices they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use to have.â&#x20AC;? Team Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitude seems to be that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad for society when businesses reduce jobs in the face of increased cost burdensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as if the primary reason businesses exist is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;giveâ&#x20AC;? somebody a job rather than to produce wealth and serve consumer needsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for society if individuals cut back their work hours and increasingly live on government support. Note the double standard: If businesses r e s p o n d t o O b a m a c a r e â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disincentives to employ people by

reducing employment, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad (and the IRS, without statutory authority, will play the grand inquisitor, and demand to know if Obamacare was the reason they cut employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jobs or workweeks) but if individuals respond to Obamacareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disincentives to work by reducing their hours of work to qualify for larger government subsidies, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good. Referring to a record number (over 100 million) of Americans not working, White House spokesman James Carney hailed this lost economic production as a wonderful development. Or, in other words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a milestone on the path toward the ultimate complete liberation of the American worker from the drudgery of work,â&#x20AC;? to quote Lewis K. Uhler and Peter Ferrara. This utopian vision of a world without work is uncomfortably close to the economic irrationality of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. At their 2012 May Day rally in Chicago, the Occupy Wall Street members prominently displayed signs saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have to work to live, is it a choice? If you have no choice, are you free?â&#x20AC;? Sorry, people, but, we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t born with a lifelong supply of sustenance accompanying us, and so we are not free from the necessity to produce what we consumeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that is, to work. Those who lament that they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t free if they have to work seem remarkably unconcerned about the freedom of their fellow citizens. To reword the slogan on the Occupy Wall Street sign: If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, and you expect your fellow citizens to work to support you, can your fellow citizens be free? This administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to make it easier for people not to work and to live at taxpayer expense makes no economic sense. It reduces the amount of wealth produced and keeps people from ascending the ladder of individual economic progress. Politically, though, it makes a lot of sense to Obama and his progressive allies. By continually increasing the number of citizens economically dependent on the political process, Obama comes that much closer to achieving the Curley Effect and securing a permanent Democratic majority over an increasingly shrinking productive sector. Should that happen, the war on producers, and therefore on wealth, will escalate, resulting in a poorer America. The longer Team Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s war against work continues, the more they cripple the wealth production upon which our standard of living depends. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

Forty-five area citizens and emergency services personnel attended a weather watcher class in Milledgeville, learning observational techniques geared at improving the National Weather Service early warning system. (PA photo/L. Forth)

Weather Spotters Keep and Eye on the Sky By LYNNETTE FORTH

For The Prairie Advocate News MILLEDGEVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With Spring just around the corner, it is important to be prepared for the weather that comes with it. The Milledgeville Fire Department hosted a Storm Spotters Class on February 24th, conducted by John Haus of the National Weather Service INTHE1UAD#ITIES Approximately forty-five persons attended the two hour class that taught the proper ways to spot severe weather. Certified spotters are asked to report vital information to the weather service, varying from torrential rain, flash flooding, lightning, funnel and wall clouds, tornadoes, hail, wind, marine hazards, environmental hazards and also winter weather conditions. This information helps meteorologists issue timely, accurate, and detailed warnings by confirming hazardous weather detected by radar.

Spotters also provide verification information that helps improve future warning services. According to Skywarn, a program developed in the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by the National Weather Service, the United States is the most severe weather prone country in the world. Each year, people in the U.S. cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,200 tornadoes, and two land-falling hurricanes. In the United States, the normal amount of tornadoes is 1,300 per year, and in 2013, there were 896. On average, after a tornado warning is issued, you have ten to fifteen minutes to get to shelter. Carroll County Emergency Services Coordinator Greg Miller stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I could get one thing across to people, it would be to plan for disasters. Practice what you will do if a storm hits when you are at home. Where in the basement would your family go? What if you are not home,

and the kids are there, would they know what to do? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does anyone know where in the home to look for you if your home is destroyed? What part of the basement you would be in? Have flashlights, blankets, snacks,water, a radio; anything to make the time in the basement more comfortable.â&#x20AC;? Miller remind residents of Northwest Illinois to know the siren signals for their specific towns. Sirens set off for three minutes means to take cover immediately. The best way to be alerted, is to purchase a weather radio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are low cost and alert you to all types of weather, amber alerts, and local emergencies,â&#x20AC;? Miller stated. Miller also urged those in attendance to get familiar with local fire personnel, so that they can work together to report severe weather. To learn more information, and find upcoming classes in your area, go to the National Weather Services website at www.weather.org.

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Legislators Bail From Pension Plan By Scott Reeder

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SPRINGFIELD – Increasingly, Illinois lawmakers are opting not to participate in the state pension system, a trend some see as a realization of the bleak outlook for the system but that others view as a political ploy. “Sure, some of them are doing it for political purposes,” said Bob Williams, president of State Budget Solutions. “But many of them view this as a leadership issue. Defined benefit pensions are not sustainable over the long haul. States need to move away from them, and some legislators are choosing to lead by example.” According to documents obtained by Illinois News Network, 24 lawmakers have opted out of the pension system. Of those, 23 did so in the last three years. While the lawmakers are paid a base salary of about $68,000, most make significantly more through extra pay granted for committee assignments and leadership responsibilities. Illinois state representative positions are considered parttime, and some lawmakers have outside employment. “I can’t think of any other parttime job that offers full pension benefits – other than that of a state lawmaker,” Williams said. State Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Oak Lawn, concurred, noting she doesn’t participate in the legislative pension plan. “This isn’t my full career,” she said. “It’s my part-time job so I just didn’t think it was something I wanted to do and to save the state a little money.” Her view was echoed by state Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon. “Sure, we work long hours and do a lot of constituent service, but we set our own hours, and the job is part-time. There is no reason this job should have a pension,” he said. Kay says the presence of the pensions creates the temptation for elected officials to think of themselves as career politicians rather than public servants. “With that pension out there, it’s easy to start thinking, ‘Maybe I should stick around another term or two and max out my pension,’” he said. State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, is among the lawmakers who have opted out of the pension system. He also has introduced two bills this year pertaining to the General Assembly Retirement System, or GARS. One measure would prohibit all future legislators from receiving GARS pensions. The second bill is more constrained, simply switching GARS to a defined contribution system similar to the

401(k)s most employers offer in the private sector. Sandack said he is encouraged that 23 other lawmakers have opted out of the pension system. “I’m really not concerned what their motives are for dropping out,” he said. “The bottom line is the more people who drop out the less sustainable the system is and the more likely it is to come to an end.” He added that GARS is already the worst funded of the state’s pension systems. “It would make perfect sense for people to be dropping out because they don’t see a need to be contributing to a system that may not be around to pay out to them,” he said. “Some of these people may be dropping out because they figure they are just better off going and investing in an (IRA) rather than in a pension.” GARS only has enough assets on hand to pay pensions for another two to three years. It is underfunded by a margin of 87 percent, according to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. Political calculation may be a factor in the growing number of legislators opting out of the pension system, state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles. “That’s always a factor here in Springfield. Some people may be opting out of the system because they think it will help them with voters. For me, I was already receiving a public pension from my last job and didn’t think it was appropriate to draw another. Also, I don’t think a part-time position such as this should receive a pension.” McConnaughay said she doubts many people are aware that she has opted out of the pension system. But some elected officials have touted their decision not to participate in GARS. For example, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, issued a press release last year with this statement: “As a candidate, I promised the people of this district that I would lead by example and say ‘no’ to this perk that legislators receive at the expense of working families.” Sandack said the movement is “snowballing,” with more legislative candidates pledging not to accept a pension and voters increasingly expecting their lawmakers to do so. McConnaughay added she believes it is a conflict for lawmakers to be called on to make tough decisions on pensions for government workers while collecting the benefits themselves. “To me this all comes down to leadership and setting a good example,” she said.


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By Craig Lang

The IHSA Class 1A third place winning Eastland Lady Cougars pose with their hardware after defeating Moweaqua Central A & M 55-50 on Saturday at Doug Collins Court. (PA photo/Craig Lang) IHSA Class 1A State Finals At Redbird Arena, Normal Carrollton 40 Moweaqua (Central !-  Annawan 71 Eastland 45 March 1 Third Place Eastland 55 Moweaqua (Central !-  Championship Annawan 59 Carrollton 23

Lady Cougars Capture Third Place After losing on Friday to the

a quick fifteen to eight first quarter lead. A rough second quarter saw the Raiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a twenty-two to nineteen lead into the locker rooms at the halftime intermission. The third quarter saw Eastland battle back to tie the contest at thirtythree points apiece going into the final quarter. Eastland hung tough, outscoring the Raiders twenty-two to seventeen to take the narrow five point win. Eastland, who finishes their fine season with a 29-6 record, brought home the first ever girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball state hardware for the Eastland High School trophy case. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a complete rundown of all the weekends game action next week (3/12) as we publish a special section dedicated to the third place Lady Cougars. Way to go Lady Cougars!! Feb. 28 Annawan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 18-24-19-10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 71 Eastland â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4-12-15-14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 45 March 1 Eastland â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15-4-14-22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 55 -OWEAQUA#ENTRAL!-n  11-17 - 50

eventual IHSA Class 1A state champion Annawan Bravettes, the Lady Cougars bounced back on Saturday afternoon to capture the third place trophy, defeating the -OQEAQUE#ENTRAL!-2AIDERS 55-50. The trip was the first ever to the IHSA Class 1A state tourney for IHSA Class 2A State Finals Eastland who made the most of their At Redbird Arena, DeKalb opportunity. The Lady Cougars jumped out to

Champaign (St. Thomas More) 63 Teutopolis 43 Prophetstown 57 Elmhurst (Immaculate Conception) 48 March 1 Third Place Te u t o p o l i s 3 2 Elmhurst (Immaculate Conception) 28 Championship Champaign (St. Thomas More) 70 Prophetstown 34 Lady Cougar Hannah Hake releases a shot during Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third place game in Normal. Hannah scored eleven points in the AP Girls Basketball All-State Eastland five point win. (PA photo/Craig Lang) Teams Class 1A First Team Allison Prestegaard, junior, AFC; McCoy, sophomore, St. Thomas Lexis Macomber, junior, Eastland; Megan Sullivan, senior, Arlington More Celina Van Hyfte, senior, Annawan; Heights Christian Liberty; Taylor Class 2A Second Team Morgan Atherton, senior, Century; Edwards, junior, Arcola; Kristen Ellie Lehne, junior Byron; Sidney Ryan Dooley, sophomore, Moweaqua Parsons, senior, Wethersfield; Kylee Smith, senior, Carterville; Lexi #ENTRAL !- !SHLEY 3CHNEIDER Knox, junior, Elgin Harvest Christian Wallen, junior, St. Thomas More; junior, Nokomis Academy; Danielle Pavlovich, Maddie Timmermann, senior, Breese Class 1A Second Team senior, Putnam County; Jeslyn Roat, Central; Rebekah Ehresman, senior, Jaycee Cleaver, junior, Dakota; senior, Springfield Lutheran; Rachel El Paso-Gridley Cierra Davis, senior, Annawan; Williams, junior, Carrollton; Alina Class 2A Honorable Mention Haley Darnell, senior, Goreville; Lance, sophomore, New Athens; C o r r i e R e i l e y, j u n i o r , G r a c e B a a l m a n , f r e s h m a n , Emma Baalman, sophomore, Prophetstown; Clare Kramer, junior, Hardin-Calhoun; Addison Stiller, Hardin-Calhoun Prophetstown; Kendra Wilken, sophomore, Cissna Park Class 2A First Team sophomore, Breese Central; Jordi Class 1A Honorable Mention Sam Lambrigtsen, senior, Oregon; Harre, junior, Nashville; Riley Dani Lee, junior, Pearl City; Tyra Buss, senior, Mt. Carmel; Devin Strandgard, senior, Sherrard; Ali Rachel Cobert, sophomore, Erie; Curry, senior, Watseka; Madeline Ringering, senior, Red Bud; Randa Megan Foes, senior, Annawan; Hartke, senior, Teutopolis; Tori Harshbarger, senior, St. Thomas

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Eastland Advances To Regional Title Game

Cougars began to take control of the game in the third as they limited Milledgeville to just five points while dropping in a dozen of their own to take seven point lead (36-29) into the final quarter. The game remained tight in the fourth as both teams battled for points. With just over a minute to play Ebersole hit a huge three pointer to pull the Missiles to within three points (44-41). A driving layup by Dalton Shaner gave the Cougars a five point lead. On their next possession Skoog was fouled while shooting a three pointer but converted just one of three free throws. A pair of free throws by Eric Schaney put Eastland back up by six and after a Missile turnover Cougar Devin Hartman hit Skylar Paulson with a nearly full court pass which was converted to an easy layup to seal the victory. The win advances Eastland to Friday evenings regional championship game to face the Freeport Aquin Bulldogs who edged the Polo Marcos 44-39 in the regionals second semifinal game. Shaner led Eastland with twenty points and teammate Paulson added fifteen points and nine rebounds. Skoog paced the Missiles with nine points and nine rebounds, Zach Herin, Kameron DawTyne and Ebersole added eight points and Jordan Harris scored seven points.

crowd at Forreston High School, the Eastland Cougars battled the Freeport Aquin Bulldogs for the regional championship. In a back and forth game with six ties and ten lead changes, the Cougars were able to pull out the thrilling 66-61 victory to advance them to the River Ridge Sectional in Hanover on Tuesday night to face the Dakota Indians. The game started with the Bulldogs on fire and enabling them to take a nineteen to sixteen first quarter lead. The game remained tight in the second quarter with Aquin holding a narrow two point (32-20) lead going into the intermission. Skylar Paulson hot shooting from outside the arc kept Eastland in the game in the first half. Paulson, who’d knocked down just thirteen three pointers on the season dropped five of seven in the game and he scored fifteen of his twenty points in the first half. The game remained tight in the third quarter with Aquin outscoring Eastland seventeen to sixteen to take a forty nine to forty six lead into the final quarter. Ton Shaner took over in the fourth dropping fifteen of his game high thirty points in the final frame. With about thirty seconds left in the contest and the score tied a sixty one, Aquin’s Anthony Townsend made a steal and was fouled. He missed both shots and Eastland had the ball, having to go the length of the court. Shaner brought the ball upcourt and with a shake and bake move got himself free to launch a three with hit nothing but net to give the Cougars a sixty four to sixty one lead. After three timeouts, the Bulldogs sent the ball inbounds. The pass was promptly stolen by

Moweaqua Central A & M’s Taylor Jordan looks for an open teammate as Eastland’s Miranda Grisham defends. The Lady Before a packed house on Cougars prevailed to take the 55-50 victory in the third place game Wednesday night in Forreston of the IHSA CLass 1A state finals at Redbird Arena in Normal. the Eastland Cougars and the (PA photo/Craig Lang) Milledgeville Missiles battled it out for the right to play in Friday More; Molly McGraw, senior, Indian Creek 61 Paw Paw 38 nights regional title game. It was Bloomington Central Catholic; the Missiles who came out strong Carlie Cuffle, senior, Riverton; Torre IHSA Class 1A Sectional to start the game but when the Kohrmann, senior, Breese Central; River Ridge Sectional smoke cleared it was the Cougars Madison Greeling, sophomore, Piasa March 4 Southwestern; Ashley Ferrell, senior, 1- River Ridge vs. Indian Creek that prevailed for the 51-42 victory. Milledgeville started the game with Harrisburg; Caitlyn Welch, senior, – 7 p.m. hot shooting from Lucas Ebersole Reed-Custer March 5 2- Eastland vs. Dakota – 7 p.m. and Caleb Skoog who both drained three pointers in the opening quarter Class 1A Boys Basketball Regionals March 7 Results Game #1 winner vs. game #2 to give Milledgeville a six point (14-8) advantage going into quarter Forreston Regional winner – 7 p.m. two. The Missiles extended that lead Feb. 24 in the opening minutes of the second Eastland 66 Forreston 49 IHSA Class 1A Super Sectional quarter as they built their lead to eight Feb. 25 At DeKalb points (21-13). The Cougars went Freeport Aquin 73 Kirkland- March 11 Hiawatha 52 Winner of River Ridge Sectional on an eleven to two run in the final Polo 61 Pearl City 45 vs. winner Serena Sectional – 6 p.m. four minutes of the second quarter and the Cougars held a twenty four Feb. 26 to twenty three lead at the half. The Eastland 51 Milledgeville 42 In front of a standing room only Freeport Aquin 44 Polo 39 Feb. 28 Eastland 66 Freeport Aquin 61 Galena Regional Feb. 24 Le-Win 47 Stockton 43 (OT) Feb. 25 River Ridge 51 Galena 45 The Eastland Cougars came Warren 45 Scales Mound 30 out on fire in their opening round Feb. 26 game of the IHSA Class 1A East Dubuque 57 Le-Win 42 Forreston Regional on Monday River Ridge 49 Warren 43 evening and rolled to the 66-49 Feb. 28 victory over Forreston to advance to River Ridge 50 East Dubuque Wednesday nights game against the 49 (OT) Milledgeville Missiles. The Cougars South Beloit Regional shot well in the opening quarter and South Beloit 43 Rockford (Keith took a commanding eighteen to eight Country Day) 40 lead into the second period. Their Feb. 25 intensity continued as they outscored Rockford (Christian Life) 61 the Cardinals fourteen to six in the Orangeville 38 second quarter to take a thirty two Durand 75 Alden-Hebron 35 to fourteen half time lead. Forreston The victorious Eastland Cougars pose with their regional championship plaque after defeating Feb. 27 clawed their way back in the third Freeport Aquin 66-61 Friday night at the Forreston Regional. The victory advance the Cougars Dakota 69 South Beloit 60 quarter, outscoring Eastland sixteen to the River Ridge Sectional. (PA photo/Craig Lang) Feb. 28 to thirteen, but Eastland still held a Dakota 42 Durand 40 (OT) sizeable fifteen point lead (45-30) Amboy Regional going into the final quarter. The  Feb. 24 Cougars outscored Forreston twenty Annawan 57 LaMoille (Coop) 34 one to nineteen in the final quarter Feb. 25 and took the seventeen point win. Paw Paw 62 Amboy 46 Eastland’s Dalton Shaner took the AFC 63 Erie 41 games high scoring honors, pouring Feb. 26 in twenty nine points. The Cougars Indian Creek 60 Annawan 51 Marshall Fink scored eleven points %URDGFDVW 6FKHGXOH Paw Paw 58 AFC 49 and teammates Skylar Paulson and Feb. 28 Blake Janssen added ten points

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The Cougars Marshall Fink lets a jumper go with Aquin’s Krisean Coffee defending during Friday nights regional championship game. Marshall scored eight of Eastland’s sixty-six points in the Cougars five point win. (PA photo/Craig Lang) freshman Brighton Haverland who was fouled. He calmly stepped to the free throw line and drained both to secure the Eastland victory. Shaner led all scorers in the game with thirty points while teammate Paulson added twenty. Aquin’s Aiden Chang led the Bulldogs with twenty. Freeport Aquin: Borgman 0 1-2 1, Chang 8 2-4 20, Coffee 4 2-5 10, Martin 5 1-2 13, Stovall 2 0-0 4, Townsend 5 1-4 13 Totals: 24 7-17 61 Eastland: Fink 3 2-4 8, Haverland 0 4-6 4, Janssen 1 0-0 2, Paulson 7 1-1 20, Shaner 10 5-6 30, Schaney 0 2-4 2 Totals: 21 14-22 66 3 Point FG’s: Freeport Aquin: 6 (Chang 2, Martin 2, Townsend 2) Eastland: 10 (Shaner 5, Paulson 5)

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Feb. 26 Morrison (13-16): Brackemyer 0 Milledgeville’s Kameron DawTyne splits the Eastland defense for a bucket during Wednesday 2-2 2, Church 7 0-0 15, Ferry 0 0-0 0, Gruel 2 0-0 4, Hamstra 9 2-2 20, evening’s game. Kameron scored eight points in the Cougars nine point win. (PA photo/Craig Lang) Houzenga 0 6-6 6, Sitzmore 8 0-2 16, Vanderleest 0 0-0 0 Totals: 26 10-12 63 Fulton (21-9): Barber 5 4-7 18, Crosthwaite 0 0-0 0, Dail 6 7-8 21, Huebner 3 1-2 10, Kuehl 0 0-2 0, Osborn 1 0-0 3, Sanderson 1 3-4 6, Velasco 0 0-0 0, Willging 6 1-2 13 North American Youth Sports announces that they still have openings in their annual spring Totals: 22 16-25 71 youth basketball tournament in the Rockford, IL area at Rockford Boylan Catholic High School 3 Point FG’s: Morrison: 1 on April 11-13, 2014. This tournament will feature twelve different brackets. They include (Church 1) Class 2A Boys Basketball Regional Fulton: 11 (Barber 4, Huebner 4th-5th grade boys, 4th-5th grade girls, 6th grade boys, 6th grade girls, 7th grade boys, 7th Results 3, Dail 2, Osborn 1, Sanderson 1) grade girls, 8th grade boys, 8th grade girls, 9th-10th grade boys, 9th-10th grade girls, 11th-12th Morrison Regional Feb. 28 grade boys and 11th-12th grade girls. All grades are based on the grade in which a student is Feb. 24 Fulton: Barber 6 2-2 15, Dail 1 West Carroll 41 Port Byron/ 0-2 2, Huebner 5 0-2 13, Kuehl 1 0-0 currently enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year. The entry fee for this tournament is $160 and Riverdale 40 2, Osborn 2 0-1 4, Sanderson 3 2-2 guarantees each team a minimum of three games. There will be awards presented in each bracket. Feb. 25 9, Velasco 1 0-0 2, Willging 3 1-2 7 The entry deadline is March 21, 2014. For additional information or an entry form, please call Sterling Newman 77 West Carroll Totals: 22 5-11 54 the toll-free NAYS spring tournament hotline at 1-866-352-5915, tournament director Mike 62 Sterling Newman: Bolin 0 2-2 Winters at 815-978-5657, or go to the NAYS website at www.northamericanyouthsports.org. Feb. 26 2, McCarty 11 1-2 23, McGinn 3 Fulton 71 Morrison 63 2-2 8, Payan 4 4-4 15, Sharp 3 2-2 &DOO DERXW RXU Feb. 28 9, Terveer 1 2-2 4, Trancoso 2 2-2 6 :,17(5 %8,/' Sterling Newman 67 Fulton 54 Totals: 25 15-16 67 ',6&2817 3 Point FG’s: Fulton: 5 (Huebner IHSA Class 2A Sectional 3, Barber 1, Sanderson 1) Bureau Valley Sectional Sterling Newman: 4 (Payan 3, 815-493-2560 March 4 Sharp 1) 815-625-3600 1- Winnebago vs. Elmhurst or 1-800-798-4085 (Immaculate Conception) – 7 p.m. Princeton Regional March 5 Feb. 25 2- Sterling Newman vs. Seneca Prophetstown 59 Princeton 56 – 7 p.m. Feb 26 March 7 Seneca 60 Prophetstown 34 Game 1 winner vs. game #2 Bureau Valley 68 Spring Valley winner – 7 p.m. Hall 60 Put our 35 years Post Frame Feb. 28 815-493-2560 IHSA Class 2A Super Sectional Seneca 59 Bureau Valley 54 Construction Experience to work for you.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first and third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lanark United Methodist Church. The LUMC Shawl Ministry invites anyone to come knit with us. We witness to Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love by knitting, blessing, and giving shawls to those in need of friendship, celebration, healing, and comfort. Knit 3, Purl Potato Bar 3 - come share Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work with us. Hope United Methodist Church, 1UESTIONS#ALLTHECHURCH  Chadwick, IL. is hosting a POTATO 6300 or Jane Smith at 815-225-7329. BAR on March 16, 2014 from 10:30 March 21, 22 & 23 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. With entry you â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;? at West Carroll will get a Baked Potato, toppings, West Carroll High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relish tray, dessert and a drink. All Spring Musical production of CinProceeds go to the Mission Choices derella. It is Friday, March 21 and of the Church. Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m., and Ready, Set, Grow Sunday the 23rd at 2 p.m. Add a â&#x20AC;&#x153;springâ&#x20AC;? to your step at the 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ready . . . Set . . . Growâ&#x20AC;? March 24 Gardening Workshop, Saturday, The Basics of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be presented at 10 a.m., March 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College Mon., March 24, at the Carroll in Dixon. Join the Master Gardeners County Senior Center, 306 N. Main of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside St., Mount Carroll, by Alexandra counties in cooperation with Sauk Madole, Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, Valley Community College for this Greater Iowa Chapter, Dubuque, one-day event offering participants Iowa. There is no charge and no information about various aspects reservation needed.

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S.O.S (Survivors Offer Support) group meeting for those who have lost a family member or a friend held on the second Friday of every month at the Polo Senior Center, 6 p.m. There will be good food and Savanna Lions Club meetings conversation available. For more Joins us on the 2nd Wed. of the information please contact Terrie month for our monthly Lions Club Wilder at 815-677-3443 or Mary meetings at Antl Hall, Savanna. For Landis at 815-946-3136. more information contact: Brian March 15 Reusch at 815-273-7757.

The Timberwolves Ball Club is hosting the 1st Annual Be an Bag Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, March 8, at 200 S. School St. in Lanark. Double elimination; 11 a.m. registration and practice, and the bags will fly at noon. Must be 21 or older. Pre-registration recom- March 13 mended. Contact Weston Burkholder Milledgeville Womens Club for more info at 815-499-4965. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;History of Grand Detourâ&#x20AC;? March 9 is the featured program at the MilledSpring Ahead! geville Womens Club meeting, 1:30 Daylight Savings Time begins at the club room. on Sunday, March 9, 2014! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t March 13 thru April 10 forget to spring ahead and set your Living Lanark: United for Change clocks ahead one hour. Join us for 5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visioning SesRhondaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Benefit sionsâ&#x20AC;? held Thursdays from 5:30 to Friends and Family of Rhonda 8:30 p.m., at the Heritage Center, (Howard) Schweska are hosting a 106 S. Broad St, in Lanark. On â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brain Cancer Sucksâ&#x20AC;? benefit on March 13, March 20, March 27, Sunday, march 9, from noon to 6 p.m. April 3, April 10, citizens will at Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 13464 Galt Rd., participate in The MAPPING 3TERLING ""1 MEAL RAFmES SILENT (Management and Planning Proauction, music, and more. Proceeds grams Involving Nonmetropolitan towards home health care costs not Groups) THE FUTURE OF YOUR covered by insurance. Monetary donation can be made to Rhonda Brookville Schweska Benefit, Milledgeville UNITED METHODIST CHURCH State Bank. For more info, please call Tammy at 815-225-5622 and leave a message.

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Larry Paul Gipe, age 76 of Milledgeville, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Morrison Community Hospital. Larry was born on October 5, 1937 in Sterling to Ellwood David and Helen May (Grim) Gipe. He married Carol Sue Miller in Chadwick on August 31, 1958. She preceded him in death on October 26, 2002. Larry was a life long farmer, who had a love for antique tractors and going on tractor rides. He enjoyed his morning rituals drinking coffee in Milledgeville. Larry was a member of the Chadwick First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Survivors include; one daughter, Susan Gipe of Polo; one son, Timothy (Karla) Gipe of Polo; one brother, Robert (Nancy) Gipe of Pearl City; two granddaughters, Shauna Gipe and Shannon (Tom Dawson) Gipe and one great grandson, Cooper Dawson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol and his parents. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in

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4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home. Cremation Rites will follow. A memorial fund has been established for the education of his children.

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Anna May Bork, age 86, died at home in Savanna, Illinois. A funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll with Pastor Vince Wilczynski of the Church of God officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Funeral Home.

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Alvina â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blondieâ&#x20AC;? Moldenhauer, age 83 of Hanover, died on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home, Elizabeth, Illinois. funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at LawJones Funeral Home, Hanover with Reverend David Vidler officiating. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover. A visitation will be held from 9:30-11:00 a.m., prior to the service at Law-Jones Funeral Dustin Pogue Home, Hanover. A memorial fund Dustin Pogue, age 25, died has been established in Alvinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suddenly February 27, 2014 at the memory. Carroll County Jail in Mt. Carroll Illinois. A funeral service will be held

Carroll County Sheriff Twenty-Five Reports Savanna Casualty Year Old Man Found Hanged in Jail Audubon Banquet On Friday, February 28th at about 8:31 a.m. the Carroll County 911 Center received a call of a person who had fallen outside of her residence. The Savanna Ambulance was dispatched to the scene. The victim, Anna M. Bork, age 86, of Savanna, died outside her home after falling on the ice. The Carroll County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office was assisted by the Carroll County Coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land of the Great Bears,â&#x20AC;? photography by David Olson, will be the featured program of the 33rd annual program and banquet of the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society on Wednesday, March 26 at Highland Community College in the Student Conference Center, Bldg. H. Newell Room 201. The silent auction will begin at 5:30, with the banquet at 6:00, and program at 7:15. The photography, with a custom sound track with 3-D effect, will highlight the Alaskan coastal brown bears. David Olson, who has degrees in photography, graphic design, and environmental studies, has his gallery and studio at the Clock Tower Inn in Rockford. HIsaward-winning images have appeared in many publications. The meal, catered by Paulsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering, will feature Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm turkey with all the trimmings, plus desserts home-baked by Audubon members. The cost for the meal and program is $20 for adults; children under 12 are free. Cost for the program only is $3. Fliers with more information and complete registration forms will be mailed to members; non-members may obtain a flier or more information by contacting Keith Blackmore(815-938-3204) Tim Smith 815-835-5109 oad timtreetsmith@gmail.com). Reservations are due by March 17 to Tim Smith, 1975 Mount Hill Rd., Dixon, IL 61021. Checks are to be made payable to Northwest Illinois Audubon Society.

MOUNT CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A 25-year old Savanna man serving a burglary sentence was found dead in his Carroll County Jail cell Thursday evening, Feb. 27. According to court records, Dustin Pogue pleaded guilty at the end of January to a felony burglary charge stemming from a December incident. An autopsy Friday morning indicated that he died of asphyxiation due to hanging. Pogue was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 13 days credit for time served, 30 months of probation, $172 in restitution to the Savanna VFW, and court fees. A coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquest is pending. A call to the Carroll County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department when unreturned Friday.

Big - Beautiful - Beguiling! Odell Public Library Friends presents an amazing opportunity to be swept away by the music, story and dance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brigadoon.â&#x20AC;? Reservations may be made at the Odell Public Library now for the Saturday, July19th matinee performance. Tickets are limited. The field trip cost is $85 including: theater ticket, transportation and pretheatre activities of shopping or tour the Chicago Cultural Center. Not included are meals. Tickets are in the Center Mezzanine area, rows HH and LL. Specific details are available in a brochure at Odell. Checks are to be made out to the Odell Public Library.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;An unforgettable Broadway musical comes alive in a bountiful new adaptation staged by the Goodman Theater,â&#x20AC;? said The Chicago Tribune. The theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Briagdoonâ&#x20AC;? centers around the idea of what one is willing to give up for love. When American tourists Tommy and Jeff become lost on vacation in the Scottish Highlands, they stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for only one day every 100 years. No outsider can remain in Brigadoon unless he or she has fallen in love. And, no resident can ever leave or the village will vanish forever. When Tommy falls for a village girl, Fiona, he is forced to

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Items belonging to the Larry Overbee, Mary L. Himbert, Nellis Cherry Estate, Eleanore Ramsey Estate & others. Viewing will be Saturday, March 8 between 9 am & 12:00 noon. Shed is FULL! Second ring (car, truck, furniture, etc) will start at 12:00 noon. +RXVHKROG  7RROV  0LVFHOODQHRXV Norge refrigerator; Maytag Bravos Quiet Series 300 washer & gas dryer (set is a 2009 but used 2 yrs) Nice!; KitchenAid portable dishwasher; microwaves; bread maker; pots, pans, sm appliances, utensils, dishware, glassware, flatware; numerous tables, chairs, hutches, buffets; lots of red tablecloths; cookbooks; few assorted Longaberger baskets; tea carts; wood TV trays; stools; fruit jars; books & magazines; pictures; sofas; recliners; coffee & end tables; wicker rocker; area rug; DVD player; stereo record players; records; futon; TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; Lester console piano; desks; file cabinets; book shelves; scanner; beds, dressers, chests, night stands; bedding & linens; fans; vacuums; shop vacs; knick knacks; craft items; kerosene lamp; Fisher Price toys; assorted toy farm machinery; doll buggy & stroller; bikes; tricycle; wood playpen; stroller; childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school desk; golf clubs; 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; pool table; sewing machines; folding chairs; alum porch glider; ladders; lawn & garden tools; fert spreaders; weed eater; few power tools; hardware; Wilton 10â&#x20AC;? Compound & McCulloch miter saws; lg vise; bench grinder; saw horses; rolling tool box; car ramps; plus lots more. &DU  7UXFN  0RWRUF\FOH  0RZHU â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;00 Lincoln Town Car Signature; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;88 Chevrolet pickup; snowmobile trailer (no title); Kawasaki ZX-6 motorcycle (not running); Cub Cadet LT 1042 riding mower. &ROOHFWLEOHV Oak library table; walnut chest w/hanky drawers; mirror top of oak dresser; secretary; oak sq table; walnut drop leaf table; pine step back cupboard; tall walnut wardrobe; sm drop frt desk; dressing mirror; wash stand; parlor tables; wood medicine cabinet; oak dressing stand (in pieces); various chairs; glass frt cabinet; cedar chest; cane rocker; childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rockers, roll top desk, jumping horse, JD 4430 w/wgn; Union Loom No 36; Formica top tables; wood ironing board; printers drawers; wire bird cage; wood bucket; pictures & frames; copper tea kettles; enamelware; rug beaters; rolling pins; butter press; horse collar; quilts; Army blankets & clothes; egg basket; 1912 Oregon High Annual; childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tea set; various Enesco Precious Moments; approx 25 Hummels; 2 - 3 footed Carnival bowls marigold; some Eggshell & Franciscan dishware; plus lots more. $XFWLRQHHUV 3ROR ,/  &OHUNV 3XEOLF $XFWLRQ 6HUYLFH Lenny Bryson (IL#440000158) 815-946-4120 Lyle & Sheryl Hopkins (IL#440000185) Mark Ebert (IL#440000341) 815-946-2809 815-946-2660 or 800-848-9519 Terms - Cash, good check, Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express credit cards. All items must be settled for day of sale. Number system will be used, have proper ID. Not responsible for accidents or merchandise after sold.

IN THE MARRIAGE OF: DEBRA L. DALRYMPLE, Petitioner, and JAY D. DALRYMPLE, Respondent. Case No.: 2014-D-8 NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION

STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; IN PROBATE IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF VIRGINIA C. SICHTA, Deceased NO. 2014 P 6

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION â&#x20AC;&#x201D; CLAIMS Notice is given of the death of Virginia C. Sichta, of Lanark, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Illinois. Letters of office were TO YOU, JAY D. DALRYMPLE, issued on February 10, 2014, to the Respondent, that a Verified David C. Shaulis, 705 E. Locust Petition For Dissolution Of Street, Lanark, IL 61046 whose Marriage was filed in the above- attorney is Edward J. Mitchell, 110 N. Broad Street, Lanark, IL entitled cause, pursuant to the 61046. Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Claims against the estate of Marriage Act at 750 ILCS may be filed in the office of the 5/101 et seq., and that said suit Clerk of the Court at Carroll is now pending in the Carroll County Courthouse, 301 N. County Court, Mount Carroll, Main, Mt. Carroll, IL 61053, or Illinois and a default may be with the representative, or both, entered against you on or after within 6 months from the date of issuance of letters and any April 7, 2014. ss SHERRI A. MILLER claim not filed within that period Copies of a claim filed Clerk of the Circuit Court isINbarred. THE CIRCUIT COURT FORor with the Clerk must be mailed by Patricia A. Hiher, Deputy THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL delivered to the representative Attorney for the Petitioner: and to theCIRCUIT attorney within 10 CARROLL Betsy L. Shaulis days after itCOUNTY, has been ILLINOIS filed. MEYER & SHAULIS, P.C. RIA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, DATED: February 10, 2014 David C.Plaintiff, Shaulis, 100 South Broad Street vs.Representative Post Office Box 114 J. BROSSARD; Edward J. Mitchell, Telephone No.: 815-493-2334 WILLIAMBY: CAPITAL ONE BANK Attorney Facsimile No.: 815-493-2425 (USA), N.A.; UNKNOWN OWNERS and NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants. No. 14 CH 5 &RQVLJQPHQW $XFWLRQ  3ROR ,/

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RIA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM J. BROSSARD; CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A.; UNKNOWN OWNERS and NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants. No. 14 CH 5 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE (FOR PUBLICATION) (Ch. 735, Sec. 5/2-206, 5/2-413, 5/15-1502, 5/15-1503) Notice is given to UNKNOWN OWNERS and NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS of the followingdescribed real estate that the above-entitled foreclosure action is now pending, and the day on or after which a default may be entered against said UNKNOWN OWNERS and NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS is the 21st day of March, 2014. The undersigned certifies that the above-entitled mortgage foreclosure action was filed on the 3rd day of February, 2014, and is now pending. (i) The name of the plaintiff and the case number are identified above. (ii) The court in which said action was brought is identified above. (iii) The name of the titleholder of record is: WILLIAM J. BROSSARD, a single person (iv) A legal description of the real estate sufficient to identify it with reasonable certainty is as follows: LOTS 8 AND 9 IN BLOCK 1 OF WILLIAM HELLERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SUBDIVISION OF A PART OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 11, TOWNSHIP 24 NORTH, RANGE 3 EAST OF THE FOURTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN; SITUATED IN THE CITY OF SAVANNA, COUNTY OF CARROLL AND STATE OF ILLINOIS. (v) A common address or description of the location olf the real estate is as follows: 522 Eaton Street Savanna, IL 61074 (vi) An identification of the mortgages sought to be foreclosed as follows: Name of Mortgagor: William J. Brossard, a single man Name of Mortgagee: RIA Federal Credit Union Date of Mortgage: June 23, 2005 Date of Recording: June 28, 2005 County where recorded: Carroll County, Illinois Recording document identification: Document No. 487397, in Book 799, Page 402 s/s. KATHLEEN E. MESICH Brooks Law Firm, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 3725 Blackhawk Road, Suite 200 Rock Island, IL 61201 Telephone: (309) 786-4900 Facsimile: (309) 786-4940

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(L to R) Mike Gunderson and Stephanie Deckro of Morrison Rotary are recognized for their significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Contributions are used support grant projects both locally and internationally. Presenting the recognition is Phil Renkes, Foundation Chair. Congratulations Mike and Stephanie! (Courtesy of Morrison Rotary)

First Beekeeping Class is Open to the Public

Congratulations to the Milledgeville Elementary Week 12 Thumbs Up Winners! From L to R are, front row: Kiyah Wolber, Bryson Wiersema, Gabriel Pauley, Dalton Adamec; and back row: Mr. Ingram has opened up the location for this class had to Marissa Sturrup, Kohle Bradley, Owen Rayhorn, and Braden Brown.

the first class of his Beginning in Beekeeping Course to the public. The beekeeping course itself is completely booked. This class introduces everyone to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fascinating World of Beekeepingâ&#x20AC;?. This class will be held at 2:00 pm March 8, in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in Apple River, located just one block north of the railroad tracks. All of the other classes will be held at Apple Creek Apiaries on Broadway. Because of the remaining snow and ice at Apple Creek Apiaries

be moved. This move will allow more people to participate in this class. Anyone interested in learning about honeybees and the important role they play in our world and beekeeping in general may attend this class. The cost is only $25 per person, which can be paid when you come in the door. The class will consist of a power point presentation on honeybees and then a demonstration of the equipment and supplies that a beekeeper uses.

PEARL CITY STUDENTS SHOWCASE ACROSPORT ROUTINES

The Pearl City 7th and 8th grade physical education students recently showcased their Acrosport routines. Acrosport is an exciting activity in which the skills of balance, tumbling, group builds, and rhythm are combined to form a routine. (Courtesy of PC School)

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