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DIXON| FIRST CITY ADMINISTRATOR HIRED
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David Nord (left) shakes hands with DIxon Mayor Jim Burke after being sworn in Tuesday evening as the new, and first, city administrator. Nord’s hiring was unanimously approved Tuesday, and he’ll begin work today.
City Council makes city administrator hire official BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – It’s official. Dixon has its first city administrator. David Nord was hired Tuesday night during a special meeting of the Dixon City Council. The council and Mayor Jim Burke voted unanimously to hire him. Just moments after the vote, Burke led Nord in the oath of office. After the meeting, with a handful of residents wait-
ing to meet him, Nord said it was “a great honor” to become Dixon’s first city administrator. “[Dixon] is a David self-contained Nord community, which I really like,” he said. “It’s just that idea of being able to be a part of hopefully bringing the community along and getting a little more recognition for the good things that are going on. I’m really looking
committee that reviewed the résumés of 40 applicants before reaching a consensus on Nord. A verbal agreement was reached Oct. 25 and Nord’s contract was placed on file for public review Nov 4. “I really feel great about the team we put together and the process and finding David,” Langloss said after Tuesday’s meeting. “I think he’s a perfect fit for the city. It’s really a win-win for everybody.”
To attend The Dixon City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers. Go to www.DiscoverDixon.org or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information. forward to that.” Police Chief Danny Langloss led a 10-person hiring
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MORRISON – In September, the Whiteside County Board allowed Prophetstown to use the county’s landfill to dispose of asbestos from the rubble of a downtown fire in July. Now, officials are considering whether to drop the asbestos ban permanently. Joel Asbestos has been Horn prohibited since the county set up the landfill in the early 1990s – a way to alleviate neighbors’ concerns. Next week, the county will have public hearings in Morrison and Sterling to get feedback on ending the ban. “The county wants to take a deliberate look at whether we should allow asbestos in general to go forward,” County Administrator Joel Horn said Tuesday. Prophetstown saved significant money by disposing of asbestos at the landfill, which is east of Morrison, rather than going somewhere farther away, he said. Horn said he had heard of no opposition to allowing asbestos at the landfill. Before the fire, he said, the county health department reported that it had heard of instances in which people had improperly disposed of asbestos because of the ban. “That’s what we don’t want,” Horn said. “We want to make it easier for people to dispose of asbestos the proper way, so it doesn’t become a health issue.” ASBESTOS CONTINUED ON A4
DIXON | THE CRUNDWELL AFTERMATH
Prized Crundwell horse euthanized by new owner Good I Will Be sold for $775,000 in 2012 auction BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – Good I Will Be, one of the prize horses sold last year in the federal auction of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s assets, had to be euthanized by its new owner Sunday. The bay stallion successfully underwent surgery for kidney stones Saturday, but never fully woke up from the anesthesia, said manager Stephen Stephens of Dry River Ranch in Weatherford, Texas. The horse started to show signs of discomfort about a week earlier and was taken to the Texas A&M University Veterinary Hospital for treatment, Stephens said. Kidney stones are rare for horses because of
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their regulated diet, Stephens said. Good I Will Be was “100 percent” healthy, he said, when purchased by Stephens for Sandra Morgan of Vancouver, British Columbia, who won $35 million in the Canadian lottery in 2011. The horse, which was purchased for $775,000 plus an additional 10 percent buyer’s premium, had already started to perform as a sire for its owners, bringing in at least $100,000 in its first year, Stephens said. “He was probably the up and coming sire of the industry,” he said. “He was the head honcho.” The horse’s offspring had been “dominating” competitions for showhorses, Stephens said. HORSE CONTINUED ON A4
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A worker with Meri-J Ranch in Beloit, Wis., walks the bay stallion Good I Will Be, also known as “Willy,” at the Rita Crundwell ranch southeast of Dixon on Sept. 21, 2012. The horse was purchased for $775,000 at auction 2 days later. On Sunday, its new owner had to euthanize Good I Will Be, which had undergone surgery for kidney stones the previous day.
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Nordâ€™s contract runs through May 31, 2015, which means itâ€™s set to expire shortly after the next municipal election. Whether to renew the contract will be one of the first items the new or reelected City Council will face. During the general election in November 2014, residents will vote on whether to adopt the city manager form of government or keep the current commission form. Nord, who served as the village administrator of Cherry Valley for 25 years, will start on the job today. Langloss described leading the hiring committee, serving as a special assistant to the City Council and â€œprofessionalizingâ€? aspects of the city government as â€œan incredible honor.â€? â€œBut Iâ€™m ready to get back to the police depart-
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several weeks or months, really, to get the lay of everything and whoâ€™s who and all the various responsibilities,â€? Burke said. â€œBut he seems to be up for the task.â€?
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DIXON â€“ With one report session remaining, the United Way of Lee County reported Tuesday that its annual campaign has collected $243,600 in pledges, or 60 percent of its goal. The 2014 goal is $406,000. â€œA lot of agencies are depending on us,â€? Executive Director Sue Hohlen said in a news release. â€œWe want all our donors to know how important they are to the success of these agencies. So if you havenâ€™t had the chance, get your donation in!â€? The final report session is slated for Friday. A campaign-ending event, The Second Annual Smarty Pants Trivia Contest, will begin at 6 p.m. that day at the Post House Ballroom. The sponsor will be the Lee County Bar Association. United Way officials said they still had several corporate campaigns that will move the campaign closer to its goal. Campaign results from Wipfli and LRB Distribu-
tors highlighted this weekâ€™s report. Wipfli employees had 100 percent participation, pledging nearly $6,300, which was 12 percent higher from last year. Pledges from from LRB Distributors totaled more than $5,000, up 15 percent from the 2012 campaign. Several businesses will offer special promotions in November and December to benefit United Way, Hohlen reported. On Saturday, First Street Pub will have guest bartenders from 7 p.m. to midnight, with a DJ starting at 9 p.m. Guest bartenders will include representatives from some agencies. All tips will be donated to United Way. McDonaldâ€™s in Dixon will donate 10 percent of all sales on Monday to United Way. On Nov. 22, Tipsyâ€™s will host guest bartenders from 6 to 8 p.m. with Sam Ramirez and Anna Sacco-Miller. All tips will be donated to United Way. United Way of Lee County, which represents 27 area agencies, uses 99 percent of each donation in Lee County. Contributions can be mailed to United Way of Lee County, P.O. Box 382, Dixon.
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Melanie Rose Wagner POLO â€“ Melanie Rose Wagner, 21, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Polo. Melanie was born Nov. 20, 1991, in Albuquerque, N.M., the daughter of Steven and Penny (Webb) Wagner. She graduated from Manzano High School, Class of 2010. Melanie was a student at Central New Mexico Community College. She acquired her EMT-I certification, and was planning to begin paramedic school next year. Melanie brought smiles to her patrons and co-workers, while working as a server at Cracker Barrel. Melanie is survived by her parents, Steve and Penny Wagner; brother, Jay Wagner, of Albuquerque; grandfather,
William Wagner; aunts and uncles, Michael (Carrie) Wagner, Greg (Jane) Wagner, and Teresa Olsen; and cousins, Eric Compton and Jason and Kelly Wagner. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Nancy (Yount) Schmidt and Robert and Shirley (Francl) Webb. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Polo Church of The Brethren, 401 S. Congress Ave. A memorial service also will be later this year in Albuquerque. Polo Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Visit www.polofamilyfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Floyd M. Haas M O R R I S O N â€“ Floyd M. Haas, 87, of Morrison, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at his home. He farmed with his wife, while serving as Clyde Township Road Commissioner and working for General Electric Co. in Morrison. Floyd was born July 20, 1926, in Massbach, the son of Elmer L. and Carrie C. (Albrecht) Haas. He married Evelyn H. Biermann on Feb. 4, 1951, in Clinton, Iowa. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Lynn Dykstra of Morrison; three sons, Dave Haas of Clinton, Iowa, Bill (Midge) Haas of Stillman Valley, and Jim (Holly) Haas
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James A. â€˜Jimmyâ€™ Zinke CHANDLER, Ariz. â€“ James A. â€œJimmyâ€? Zinke, 35, formerly of Dixon, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Phoenix. He was born Dec. 6, 1977, to James Zinke and Julie (Vandrew) Zinke. James graduated from Dixon High in 1996. He participated in sports all through his schooling years. He received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Sauk Valley Community College, moving to Arizona a short time later. At the time of his passing, he worked as an inside sales associate for Dish Network. A balloon memorial was held by the company on Nov. 4 in Phoenix. Survivors include his brothers, Jared (Denise) Zinke of Rock Falls, Eric (Paula) Zinke of Clin-
ton, Iowa, and Charles (Laura) Zinke of Dixon; former wife, Celena Acosta and stepdaughter, Celena, of Tempe, Ariz.; stepfather, Alan Dalton of Rockford; nieces, Alyssa, Erica, Kristin, Maite, Vanessa, Angel, and Damita; nephews, Austin, Trevor, Jeremy, Luis, and Jose; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and uncles, Raymond and Richard Zinke. A memorial service will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dixon American Legion. Cremation rites have been accorded. South Mountain Mortuary of Phoenix handled arrangements. A memorial fund has been established at U.S. Bank in Dixon.
of Muskego, Wis; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Lori Haas; and two brothers, Warren Lavere and Leland Haas. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Bob Burton, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison is handling arrangements. Memorials have been established to Bethesda Robert J. Brophy Lutheran Church, the DIXON â€“ Robert J. Brophy, 82, of Dixon, died TuesAmerican Stroke Association, and the American day, Nov. 12, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Cancer Society. Visit www.bosmarenkes. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangecom to send condolences. ments.
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DIXON â€“ Edward H. â€œTedâ€? Choynacki, 86, of Dixon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. He was a photo engraver for W.F. Hall in Chicago before retiring. Edward was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Henry and Ruth (Christel) Choynacki. He was a World War II Army veteran, and served with an engineering company in Italy and Germany. He married Nancy Hannigan on June 19, 1960. Ted and his family moved in 1965 to Crystal Lake. Ted was an avid skier and downhill ski racer. He was a ski instructor in Aspen and Loveland, Colo. He played semi-pro football in Chicago with the Austin Bears. Ted also enjoyed playing golf in his retirement, and played most of the golf courses in northern Illi-
nois. Besides sports, he also loved classical music â€“ Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky â€“ and contemporary music like Carmen Cavallaro, Eddice Duchin, and Peter Duchin. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nancy Choynacki; four daughters, Susan (Vince) Glowacki, Jody (Charles) Beadle, Sarah Johnson, and Gretchen (Brian Hartwig) Choynacki; many grandchildren, Kelly, Ryan, Teddy (named after Ted), Michael, Brandon, Katie, Laura, Colleen, Andrew, Evan, and Eric, and many, many, greatgrandchildren. Per his request, there will be no visitation or memorial service. Cremation rites have been accorded. PrestonSchilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome. com to send condolences.
Paul M. Brondyke MORRISON â€“ Paul M. Brondyke, 84, of Countryside Meadows in Avon, Ind., formerly of Morrison, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Countryside Meadows. He operated Brondyke Electric in Morrison for more than 30 years. Paul was born Nov. 11, 1928, in Morrison, the son of John and Nellie (Klimstra) Brondyke. He married Maxine M. Tichler on July 25, 1951, in Morrison. She preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2005. He was a veteran of the Army, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison. Survivors include two sons, Jon (Sheri) Brondyke of Rockford and Ed (Melinda) Brondyke of
Brownsburg, Ind.; four grandchildren; and one brother, Jay (Alberta) Brondyke of Fulton. He also was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Wilma Rick; and two brothers, Albert Brondyke and Rensie Brondyke. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at BosmaRenkes Funeral Home in Morrison. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, with the Rev. Gerald H. Norman, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. Memorials have been established to the Whiteside County Fair Board and Morrison-Rockwood State Park. Visit www.bosmarenkes. com to send condolences.
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minutes. That proposal also would allow only county residents to dispose of the variety of asbestos that is capable of becoming airborne, the committee said. The proposal would include a process for seeking exceptions. Horn suggested that fees for asbestos from outside the county be in line with charges from neighboring landfills to avoid providing an incentive to have waste hauled to any particular landfill.
MASSILLON, Ohio â€“ Dianne K. Heather, 70, of Massillon, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Dianne was born April 20, 1943, in Massillon. She moved to Sterling in 1962 with her parents, Richard and Marjorie Mead. She married Gerald â€œJerryâ€? Heather on Feb. 26, 1963, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Dianne graduated from Sauk Valley Community College in 1973, receiving an associate degree in nursing, and began her health care career at Community General Hospital. She had been a nurse, administrator, quality assurance coordinator, and teacher. She finished her career teaching the certified nursing assistant program at Sauk Valley Community College, retiring in 1998 due to health reasons. Dianne and Jerry moved in 1999 to Massillon, after Jerry
retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire Co., to be closer to their family. She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Heather, with whom she celebrated 50 years of marriage in February; her sons and their spouses, Scott (Stephanie) Heather of Canton, Ohio, and Tim and Sue Heather of St. Louis; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and a memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Massillon, with the Rev. Brian Kline officiating. Donations may be made to Aultman Hospice Aultman Woodlawn Compassionate Care Center, 2821 Woodlawn Ave. N.W., Canton, OH 44708. Visit www.paquelet. com to send condolences.
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Good I Will Be was one of more than 400 horses seized from Crundwellâ€™s estate and sold by the U.S. Marshals Service, said Jason Wojdylo, chief inspector of the Marshals Asset Forfeiture Division. If the horse had died before the auction in 2012, like eight of the horses did, the city wouldnâ€™t have the more than $800,000 from its sale, Wojdylo said, included in the now nearly $9.2 million â€œrestoration.â€? The horseâ€™s death wonâ€™t affect the money the city expects to
receive, he added. â€œIt will in no way impact that,â€? Wojdylo said. â€œWith the sale of this particular horse, the funds were transferred to the marshals already. The money is in the bank.â€? Wojdylo expects the estimated $9.2 million to be transferred from the U.S. Marshals to the clerk of the U.S. District Courtâ€™s Northern District of Illinois within 30 days. The clerkâ€™s office will then transfer the money to the city. The U.S. Marshals made selling the horses, located on 22 farms in 13 states, a priority because as live animals they were a â€œhigh risk asset,â€? Wojdylo said, adding that
the marshals had never had to sell so many animals. â€œIt was unprecedented,â€? he said. â€œIt had never occurred in the U.S. Marshals history.â€? The majority of the horses were sold in an online auction, in order to reduce the cost and risk of transferring them to Dixon for the live auction, Wojdylo said. Crundwell is serving a sentence of 19 years, 7 months in a federal prison in Waseca, Minn., after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $54 million in city funds over two decades. She must serve at least 85 percent â€“ about 16 1/2 years. Crundwellâ€™s release date has been set for March 5, 2030.
STERLING â€“ Evelyn L. Hemminger, 92, of Sterling, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Sterling Pavilion. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls.
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Crash victim had attended wedding Sheriff: Alcohol might have been involved BY VINDE WELLS email@example.com Shaw News Service
POLO â€“ A New Mexico woman who died in a crash near Polo on Saturday was in town for a relativeâ€™s wedding. Melanie R. Wagner, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Union Road near its intersection with Canada Road, about 2 miles north of Polo. Wagner was a frontseat passenger in a car driven by her cousin, Jason W. Wagner, 23, Polo, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn. She was thrown from the car. According to the release, the car was headed south in the 600 block of Union Road when the driver lost control, left the road, and hit a utility pole shortly after 10 p.m. Harn said alcohol
might have been a factor in the crash. The driver was taken by Dixon City ambulance to KSB Hospital in Dixon, and later transferred to a Rockford hospital before being taken to a Peoria hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A rear-seat passenger, Jay R. Wagner, 18, of Albuquerque, the womanâ€™s brother, was taken by ambulance to KSB for treatment of minor injuries. The three had attended a wedding reception for Jasonâ€™s father, Greg Wagner of Polo, before the crash occurred. The crash remains under investigation, the sheriff said. In 2010, Wagner graduated from an Albuquerque high school. She had planned to attend paramedic school next year. She was a server at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Albuquerque.
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Eric Donaldson (left) demonstrates how to level a recently fired piece of metal to Kathy Moffatt during an artistic blacksmithing class held in a barn in Freeport. Working the fire in the background is Mike King, of Dakota, who also is a student of Donaldson.
Blacksmith classes offered in old barn Course combines age-old techniques, modern equipment BY JANE LETHLEAN The (Freeport) Journal-Standard
FREEPORT (AP) â€“ Since 2008, Wes Robinson of Freeport has taken people back in time in an old barn transformed into a blacksmith shop. This is not a shop used to make horseshoes, but works of art â€“ from garden trowels to hanging ornamental pieces and jewelry. Robinson joined forces with retired art teacher Eric Donaldson to hold classes in artistic blacksmithing at the barn on Henderson Road east of Freeport. Fires from the stoves and the kiln heat the place up on cool fall days. â€œThe blacksmithing course is designed to introduce new smiths to the exciting world of artistic blacksmithing,â€? Robinson said. â€œWe combine ages-old, traditional techniques with both modern and time-honored equipment. The prospective student may hope to create some basic projects with their own individual flair.â€? Students in the class can explore projects
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such as coat hooks with decorative leaf elements, garden trowels with a twist and fireplace equipment. â€œStudents will get an idea of how to build or create functional objects with an artistic bent to them,â€? he added. Donaldson, who does a lot of the teaching for the classes, is a member of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association and the Artistic Blacksmith Association of North America. Heâ€™s practiced blacksmithing techniques for the past 12 years, getting a Masterâ€™s of Fine Arts degree in jewelry and metal working from Northern Illinois University. â€œI basically attended a workshop in blacksmith techniques and fell in love with the art,â€? Donaldson said. â€œThis is not the type of blacksmithing from back in the day, itâ€™s art. But the techniques remain the same.â€? Robinson said his love for the art form is a tribute to his father and grandfather, who used to forge in a barn. He said he remembers a time when anything could be fixed or restored through blacksmithing.
A Sterling Police vehicle blocks traffic from passing through the intersection of Griswold Avenue and West LeFevre Road on Tuesday afternoon as tow trucks remove two vehicles that crashed there about 4 p.m. Police initially reported two injuries at the scene. No further information was available at press time.
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he Dixon Riverfront Commission met Tuesday night in Dixon, and among the topics expected to be discussed were two revenue sources and a draft of a grant. I couldnâ€™t cover the meeting, because it was going on at the same time the Dixon City Council was hiring David Nord as the first city administrator. But I talked to Riverfront Commission Chairman Larry Reed before the meeting. He was set to announce that another round of selling engraved bricks â€“ also known as pavers â€“ along the riverfront was going to begin. The bricks, depending on size, go for $250, $275 and $325. Each size has a different number of lines of text and characters per line. They can be ordered now through May 16, with nearly 80 percent of the payment going directly to the Riverfront Commission, for maintenance and repairs to equipment, Reed said. The rest of the price, he said, goes to the cost of having the bricks engraved. As of Tuesday, $68,458 worth of bricks had been sold during the six pre-
TV pitchman found guilty, sent to jail CHICAGO (AP) â€“ Jurors deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before finding Kevin Trudeau guilty of criminal contempt in weeklong trial during which prosecutors accused the TV pitchman of lying in infomercials to boost sales of his diet book. In a rare move, immediately after the verdict Judge Ronald Guzman revoked the 50-year-oldâ€™s bail and ordered marshals to take him into custody. White-collar defendants are typically allowed to remain free as they await sentencing. As the federal judge read out the verdict to a crowded courtroom in Chicago earlier Tuesday, Trudeau sat on the edge of his seat â€“ but otherwise showed little emotion. One of his supporters wept as she left the courtroom minutes later.
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vious sales, Reed said, which means about $54,766 to the riverfront. Reed also planned to update the commission on the Dixon Riverfront branded wine, being sold at Crystal Cork, 219 W. First St. Profits from the moscato wine, much like the engraved bricks, will go to riverfront maintenance. â€œThis is ideal for the holidays, with wine sales,â€? Reed said. â€œItâ€™s something that we encourage people to do.â€? So far, proceeds from the $20 branded bottles have contributed about $2,313 to the riverfront, Reed said. Representatives from the commission recently met with officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Reed said, to get feedback on a grant application.
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To buy an engraved paver, go to www.DixonRiverFRONTNET OR CALL +AY -ILLER AT The Dixon Riverfront Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers. The application draft included a boat ramp that residents could potentially use to commute, via the Rock River, to Dixonâ€™s riverfront, Reed said, but that aspect will be removed before the grant is formally submitted. The grant is designated more for recreational purposes, so the commissionâ€™s application will include a proposal for a canoe and kayak launch and improvements to make the riverfront more accessible to handicapped
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Same-sex marriage fallout? Voters to render their judgment in 2014 election Going into last weekâ€™s final round of the veto session, there were no guarantees of a vote on same-sex marriage. The House sponsor, state Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, made some cryptic comments about things looking better for the bill, but would not say how many votes he had lined up or whether he would call the bill for a vote. Obviously, he did, and it was approved. N a r r o w l y , State Rep. but it was Sam Yingling approved. D-Round S o m e Lake Beach thought a vote would â€œWhat people to realize be delayed need is that LGBT until after issues are not issues that the filing d e a d l i n e people vote Yingling for legisla- on,â€?said. tive races, protecting incumbents who feared a primary challenge if they voted for the bill. So it was interesting to hear Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach, give his assessment of how a vote on same-sex marriage might affect elections. â€œWhat people need to realize is that LGBT issues are not issues that people vote on,â€? Yingling said, using the abbreviation for
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random comments. One lawmaker joked that if the money was real, he wanted to pick up some of it. Another wondered why all of the fake money was being strewn on the Republican side of the chamber. Security removed the people, and that was the end of that. OK, public corruption in Illinois is a serious and ongoing problem. Anyone who pays an iota of attention to whatâ€™s going on here knows that. And anyone concerned about the problem knows that it isnâ€™t going to be solved with high-schoollevel pranks. Apologies to high schools.
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. â€œThe fact that I was the first openly gay elected official from outside of the city of Chicago to be elected to the General Assembly sends a very strong message that voters are not interested in sexual orientation or LGBT issues as a whole. My election should put their minds at ease.â€? 3UCCESSFUL -AYBE Guess weâ€™ll know soon The Quinn administraenough whether Yinglingâ€™s assessment is cor- tion declared the veto session a success. rect. One thing it pointed to, 0RANK A DUD obviously, was approval A group called Rep- of the same-sex marriage resent Us came to the bill that Gov. Pat Quinn House last week â€œcalling supported all along. for an end to the corrup- For now, weâ€™ll ignore tion plaguing govern- that it didnâ€™t get approved ment both in Springfield until House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chiand nationally.â€? Well, about five of them cago, stepped in to put did. They stood in the the bill over the top, rathHouse gallery and tossed er than Quinn managing play money on the House to put it over the top. floor. The quote above is The administration also from their press release, crowed about how all issued in advance to of Quinnâ€™s vetoes were ensure the cameras would upheld. This is one of be on hand to record this those things that falls into the category of â€œyes, momentous event. L a w m a k e r s m o s t l y but. ...â€? There were five bills ignored them, although the House sound sys- available that Quinn totaltem picked up some ly vetoed. Three of them
Some thought a vote would be delayed until after the filing deadline for legislative races, protecting incumbents who feared a primary challenge if they voted for the bill.
were duplicates of other bills that he had signed, so there was no reason for lawmakers to try to override the governor. That leaves two total vetoes. Yes, lawmakers upheld Quinnâ€™s veto of a bill that cut the number of free days offered by museums. However, they didnâ€™t even try to override him on his veto of a bill that raised the floor on contracts that had to be put out to bid by Chicago transit agencies. Given all of the lousy public relations theyâ€™ve had over the summer, it was probably wise to steer clear of that. Quinn used his amendatory veto powers on two other bills, but probably better not to mention them. One was concealed carry, and lawmakers pretty much handed Quinn his lunch on that one last summer. That brings the average down a little bit.
Jerry Bryant: â€œAccording to Ms. Warrenâ€™s statistics, four out of the five recent victims were also age 21 years and under, which leads one to speculate that inexperience may be a contributing factor. Would the author condone more restrictions on younger riders? How about mandatory helmet use by bicyclists, roofers, or anyone engaged in behavior involving risk, including the operation of automobiles. Obviously, helmets, or any other type of body armor, give additional, personal protection. The freedom of choice lies in weighing these protections against their inconvenience.â€? Steven Humphrey: â€œItâ€™s absurd for car drivers to get seatbelt tickets if motorcyclists still want to continue the â€˜personal choiceâ€™ argument for not being mandated to wear helmets. Iâ€™d prefer to not have to pay for seatbelt tickets as a personal choice rather than being mandated to wear it, and fined. I suppose the most unsafe modes of transportation should continue to be rewarded with the option of personal choice, while the rest of us have to be told what to do to better ensure our transportation safety. Only those nostalgic of a â€˜simplerâ€™ time would continue to advocate for personal choice when it comes to wearing a motorcycle helmet.â€? Ed Croft: â€œWeâ€™ve already HAD a helmet law. I, along with others, fought for years to get rid of it. But I agree with Humphrey that itâ€™s absurd that people get seatbelt tickets. It should be left up to the person whether they want to wear them or not. Insurance companies are the only ones that care
enough to try to change laws to regulate our lives. What wonâ€™t they try next?â€? John Flowers: â€œA helmet, or even a suit of armor, wonâ€™t protect a motorcyclist from a distracted driver. As long as drivers who kill cyclists remain unpunished, these accidents will continue.â€? David Plechaty: â€œPrivate health insurance companies that issue individual policies try to avoid insuring motorcyclists at all. Iâ€™ve been there. I am not in favor of seatbelt laws or helmet laws. I must note I always wear a seatbelt, but that is my choice.â€? Laurence Brandon Sr.: â€œI think it is NOT the goal of government to protect every person as much as the goal of the government is to remove personal choice (freedom to choose).â€? Ron Erickson: â€œI do ride, and I canâ€™t imagine riding without a helmet. All one has to do is read how many times a life is saved from wearing one to get the drift! I also wear a lime green, reflective coat. I want you to see me! I have always wondered why someone buys a black bike, puts on a black jacket, rides on a black road, and then wonders why no one saw them!â€? John Scott: â€œI think helmet laws for minors would be good. Adults, I have more questions about. I think as [an] adult, you are able to decide for yourself your own safety needs. If you prefer to take risks, then I guess thatâ€™s your choice. As a motorcycle rider, I am concerned that people donâ€™t pay attention to motorcycles while driving. Wearing a helmet is simply my way of trying to protect myself from others. I prefer to try my best to live to enjoy my motorcycle riding.â€? Visit saukvalley.com to comment on current stories.
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Riders should make decision on helmet use A helmet law? Yeah, that is just what Illinois needs, more laws. The riders know the risks, and they should make the decision.
The population is already controlled to an alarming extent. It would be nice to think people could be left alone in a few areas of their lives. Unfortunately, there is never a shortage of â€œbleeding heartsâ€? who want to direct what others may or may not do. Itâ€™s really disgusting.
ing homemade apple pies as taught by my beloved late grandmother, Olive Corbett. The bake sale brought in $2,335 for the Good Samaritan Fund. The other fund dear to me is Fish and Loaves, at the Church of the Brethren. This pantry serves around 140 families a month, representing close to 500 individuals. If you would like to
contribute to Fish and Loaves, contact Nelson Miller through the Church of the Brethren office in Mount Morris. The contact for Good Samaritan Fund donations is Amy Sykita. Please support these wonderful programs with your generosity. Note to readers: Karen Clark grew up in Mount Morris. Her parents still live there.
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Get involved with giving to those in need KAREN CLARK Oakton, Va.
Distance doesnâ€™t keep me from helping the Mount Morris community. While I have lived in Northern Virginia since 1983, my roots are deep within the Mount Morris
community, and helping others has always been a priority in the lives of my family, parents and grandparents. â€œWhen you open your heart to giving, angels fly to your door,â€? according to an unknown author. The seniors at Pinecrest Community have a special place in my heart and in my memories of working with and volunteering to help the residents. The
Good Samaritan Fund helps almost half the residents pay their living costs. Because more residents will need help, I hope to inspire others who went to school in Mount Morris to help raise funds, e.g., hold a bake sale, get donations for a 5K run, or plan a golf competition to bring in money. In my many years of fundraising, Iâ€™ve support-
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ed local causes as well as those hundreds of miles away. Whatâ€™s important is that you choose a nonprofit to help and be passionate about it. I recently organized, baked for, solicited othersâ€™ baking expertise, and held a huge bake sale in Oakton, Va. Ideas on what to bake first came from my mom, Joanne Miller, and then blossomed into me bak-
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