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Closure wasnâ€™t issue in talks But superintendent says teachers were â€˜awareâ€™ of Lincoln possibility Superintendent Michael Juenger asked Director of Buildings and Grounds Kevin Schultz to look into the feasibility of closing a school, and the decision to propose the closure of Lincoln Elementary, in an effort to reduce the districtâ€™s budget deficit, was â€œcementedâ€?
BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON â€“ Publicly, talks about closing Lincoln Elementary School werenâ€™t known until Oct. 16, but the idea had been discussed within the school district for more than a year.
after all schools were visited earlier this year, Juenger said. During a school board meeting Feb. 20, Dixon Education AssociaMichael tion President Juenger Sandra Sodergren-Baar asked Juenger, during the public comments portion of the meeting, whether
rumors of Lincolnâ€™s potential closing were true. Juenger said they werenâ€™t and that â€œweâ€™ve had no talks about that.â€? On Monday, he said he was referring to rumors about Lincoln closing for this current academic year, and he said the board had not had formal talks about it closing in the future. â€œI had asked him that publicly because I had really wanted to know,â€? Sodergren-Baar said
Monday. â€œI had heard that was a possibility.â€? That question came just 8 days before the start of the teachers union strike, which lasted 9 days before it ended March 13. Among the results of the strike is a contract with nearly $290,000 in raises for next school year: about $246,000 for certified staff and $40,000 for support staff, Juenger said. CLOSURE CONTINUED ON A2
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Nord contract revealed Deal with administrator would run through May 2015; public meeting set BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
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As Mother Nature fires up her fall colors, two men and a dog try their luck fishing on the Rock River on Monday afternoon in Dixon. It likely was a good day to get out, as rain is in the forecast for today and Wednesday.
LEE COUNTY | POLITICS
Fiscal conservative leaving county board Most members poised to seek re-election
Candidates collect signatures People have been picking up petition forms at the Lee County clerkâ€™s office to run for county offices, including County Board, sheriff, treasurer and clerk. For County Board, candidates are required to have a certain number of signatures, depending on a formula based on past elections. No board candidate needs more than 20, according to the clerkâ€™s office.
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fund. And he has called for more consistency in approving the filling of county jobs, persuading his colleagues to vote for a resolution to that effect. At the end of his current term, he will have served 14 years on the board. Another member, Ryan Marshall, R-Dixon, also said he wouldnâ€™t seek a full 4-year term on the County Board, which appointed him earlier this year to replace Dave
Chandler, R-Dixon, who had resigned. Marshall said he was leaving because he needs to focus on his business. â€œWhen they asked me to fill the seat, I was interested and gave it a shot,â€? he said. â€œI have learned a lot, but it is such a large time commitment. A year and a half I can do, but after that, I canâ€™t.â€? Board Chairman Rick Ketchum, D-Amboy, said he had heard that all but a few board
members had picked up their petition forms from the county clerkâ€™s office. Candidates have from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2 to file their forms. Of the boardâ€™s 24 members, only four are Democrats. But the Republican majority looked past that last year when it elected Ketchum, a staunch Democrat with a union background, as its chairman. â€œOur party is trying to encourage people to run,â€? Ketchum said.
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DIXON â€“ Nearly all Lee County Board members up for election next year appear to be seeking re-election. But at least one key member is not. Dick Binder, R-Compton, said Monday he wants to leave, in part, for personal reasons. The 74-yearold joked he wouldnâ€™t be Dick able to vote Binder for himself if he did run because he doesnâ€™t support anyone 75 or older. Binder has been one of a small band of fiscal conservatives on the 24-member board. He has routinely warned his colleagues of shortfalls in the countyâ€™s main
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DIXON â€“ The public will have about 7 days to review David Nordâ€™s contract before the Dixon City Council votes on whether to hire him as city administrator. The contract was placed on file during the City Council meeting Monday night. Nord, the former Cherry Valley village administrator, is the finalist for Dixonâ€™s city administrator position. There will be a special council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 to vote on his hiring. Police Chief Danny Langloss led a 10-person hiring committee that included Commissioners Dennis Considine and Jeff Kuhn. They reviewed the rĂŠsumĂŠs of 40 applicants before reaching a consensus on Nord. A verbal agreement was reached Oct. 25, Langloss said. Nord would be the cityâ€™s first administrator. CONTRACT CONTINUED ON A4
To attend The public meet-and-greet for David Nord, the finalist to be Dixonâ€™s city administrator, will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St. The Dixon City Council next meets in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the council chambers. 'O TO WWW$ISCOVER$IXON org or call City Hall at 815288-1485 for an agenda or more information.
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City moves to take control of riverfront Council gives OK to sign Stanley donation agreement BY PAM EGGEMEIER PEGGEMEIER SAUKVALLEYCOM EXT
STERLING â€“ The city moved closer Monday to its goal of controlling all 35 acres of land along its riverfront. The City Council voted 5-1 to approve a donation agreement with Stanley Black & Decker in which the manufacturer of tools and hardware would relinquish ownership of the National Manufacturing site on the north and south sides of the railroad tracks along the river. Council members had received a draft of the proposal during a closed session in August. The biggest concern for the city throughout the negotiating process had been limiting its liability for environmental costs, City Manager Scott Shumard said last week. â€œThe top priorities in this process have been to acquire ownership of all the riverfront property, while not being saddled with a huge amount of the environ-
mental costs,â€? Shumard said. The agreement calls for Stanley to assume responsibility for cleaning up any underground contaminants associated with the planned demolition of buildings. The city would be liable for above-ground contaminants such as asbestos and lead paint that would likely have to be dealt with during the renovation process. The city has said it plans to take down 6 of the 10 buildings included in the agreement. Shumard said the estimated demolition cost would be $1.5 million to $1.7 million. Second Ward Alderman Barry Cox cast the lone dissenting vote. He said his decision was based on the potential cost of the redevelopment project. â€œThe cost of this could affect not just me, but my kids and grandkids,â€? Cox said. â€œI would rather see a private developer come to the area and throw some money at it.â€? The agreement is the culmination of negotiations that began when the city was notified of
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Stanleyâ€™s plans to end its manufacturing operations in Sterling and Rock Falls. The company announced the National closure on May 26, 2010. â€œThe city had some contact with Stanley, but with not as much success as we would have liked,â€? Shumard said. That was when Greg Hummel was hired by the city to lead the negotiations. Hummel, an attorney with Bryan Cave LLP, specializes in environmental law. At the Oct 21 City Council meeting, Hummel had recommended that the donation agreement be approved at Mondayâ€™s meeting. The document had already been signed by Stanley. Architects from Gary W. Anderson of Rockford were brought into the process early on. â€œArchitects came to us with whatâ€™s best suited for redevelopment, with parking and greenspace at a premium,â€? Shumard said. Although the agreement has been approved by both sides, the city must now wait for Stanley and the Illinois EPA to complete the remediation planning process.
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The raises for certified staff includes teachers and school district staff members who have a teaching certificate, Juenger said. But he said the total amount could change if some teachers move to a new pay grade, by receiving a masterâ€™s degree, for example. In the new contract, teachers will pay $60 a month more for insurance, Juenger said, adding that there hadnâ€™t been an increase in 2 years. Closing Lincoln and reconfiguring the grade levels in different buildings would save at least $246,000 a year in the education fund and $70,000 in the operations and maintenance fund, according to Juengerâ€™s proposal. The proposal comes in response to a projected $1.47 million deficit in the education fund for the 2013-14 school year, leaving a fund balance of $1.44 million.
The education fund includes teacher salaries and educational programs, among other things.
Not a bargaining chip Both Juenger and Sodergren-Baar said the possibility of closing Lincoln was never discussed during contract negotiations. However, Juenger said teachers, because they had heard the rumors and Sodergren-Baar had asked, were at least somewhat aware that it could happen. â€œWere they aware of that possibility? I would have to say, yes,â€? he said. â€œWas it discussed during negotiations? No. To say it was something known among the negotiation team, I would have to say yes.â€? Because Juenger denied the rumors in February, SodergrenBaar said the possibility of Lincoln closing wasnâ€™t something on the minds of the negotiators. â€œI donâ€™t think it would have changed our strat-
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egy, but it certainly would have enhanced it,â€? she said. When the proposal to close Lincoln school was made public last month, Sodergren-Baar said, she wasnâ€™t shocked. â€œI was disheartened because I think that, you know, we want to do whatâ€™s best for kids,â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t know that this isnâ€™t best for kids. ... I donâ€™t know if I was surprised, given the climate of the state [with reduced education funding].â€? While the salary increases next year add to the districtâ€™s budget problem, Juenger points to the reduced level of funding from the state and federal governments as the major contributor to having to discuss closing Lincoln. The Dixon school board will meet Nov. 20 at Lincoln Elementary for its regularly scheduled meeting. Closing Lincoln wonâ€™t be on the meetingâ€™s agenda as an action item, Juenger said after a public meeting last week.
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Arduini ending 60-year career Veteran official announces he wonâ€™t run again BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
STERLING â€“ Tony Arduini, whose Whiteside County political career started even before Elvis Presley became a household name, said he will leave public office next year. On Monday, Arduini, 92, revealed he would not run for County Board in 2014. â€œItâ€™ll be the first time in 60 years that I havenâ€™t been on the ballot,â€? he said. Arduini, a Democrat who joined the board in 1965, was its chairman for two decades until he stepped down last year. Before he was a board member, he spent a dozen years as a justice of the peace, a now-eliminated position in which he heard traffic cases and minor civil matters. â€œI think itâ€™s time that I quit,â€? Arduini said in a telephone interview. â€œThe people have been really good to me. Last year, I was 91 and was surprised that I still got a lot of votes.â€?
Left chairmanship A few weeks after the November election, he announced he wouldnâ€™t seek the chairmanship for another term. The previous year, he suffered health problems, having spent 10 days in the hospital. In Arduiniâ€™s place, the board elected retired teacher Jim Duffy, D-Sterling, though it designated Arduini as vice chairman. Since then, Arduini has continued to have health issues. He hasnâ€™t attended a board meeting since February, though he has shown up for some committee meetings. â€œItâ€™ll be sad to see him leave,â€? said Sue Britt, D-Morrison, a longtime board member. â€œHeâ€™s had a good run and earned the respect of a lot of people. I just hate to see him go, but I know his health has not been the best.â€? At a board meeting last September, Arduini was honored for his service. Officials said he was the
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