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Man found on I-88 identified At least one 911 call was made the night before, hours before body discovered BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
DIXON – The body of an Iowa man found Wednesday along Interstate 88 wasn’t discovered until nearly 12 hours after police first received a call about
the man from a motorist. State police on Thursday identified the man as Lee E. Catlin, 65, of Bettendorf. His body was found on I-88 just west of Dixon, next to the Hoyle Road overpass, his feet pointing toward the road.
Police said they didn’t know how the man got there or what his cause of death was. Catlin was found about 8 a.m. Wednesday, almost 12 hours after Bob Brouch, 52, made a 911 call to report a man on the shoulder of the highway.
Brouch and his wife were driving back home to Aurora from the Quad Cities. “All of a sudden, there’s this person lying on the side of the road waving his arms, and I’m shocked, startled,” Brouch said. “I pull over, and I had to
back up just maybe 10 yards so I could read a mile marker.” At 8:40 p.m., he called 911, and a woman’s voice answered. IDENTIFIED CONTINUED ON A2
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Madison Stamm, 10, watches as day care provider Joanna Kibble decorates the front porch of Toddle Tots day care Thursday in DIxon with holiday themed ribbon and ornaments. Clear skies and warmer temperatures are expected today, but rain is in the forecast for the weekend.
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State comptroller to Coloma: Pay fines BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
ROCK FALLS – Coloma Township might have to pay big fines for failing to report its finances to the state since 2009. At the Coloma board’s meeting Thursday, Township Clerk Pamela Erby passed
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Music for a cause
DIXON – Want to listen to some music and help out the Project GenNex Youth Center fund? Then go to Rosbrook Studio tonight for the second teen band night. Beginning at 7 p.m., All Settles, Love Party, Jake Woods, The Defeated Royals, and Dare I Dream will perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but cash donations will be accepted. Rosbrook Studio is at 107 S. Peoria Ave.
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out a letter from the state comptroller. It included a “delinquency invoice” stating the township owed $13,065 in fines. The invoice informed Coloma that it could avoid even more fines if it turned in the last three annual financial reports and the audits from 1995 and 1996. COLOMA CONTINUED ON A4
Blues night in the Grove
FRANKLIN GROVE – It’s the third Friday of the month. Fans of the blues and bluegrass know what that means. It’s the monthly Blues and Bluegrass night at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. Open stage acoustic gospel, folk, country, blues and bluegrass will be performed, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the historic building.
Take a drive, cheer for Comets
STERLING – One team from the Sauk Valley remains alive in the high school football playoffs. The Newman Comets play a Class 2A quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday. But you’ll have to drive to see it. The Comets are playing in Momence, which is east of Kankakee. It’s about a 3-hour drive, but more than worth it to see the Comets fight for a
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About this series Today’s story is part of a yearlong occasional series about townships in Illinois.
Get in the Festival mood
STERLING – The Festival of Trees kicks off Sunday with the opening day of The Country Store at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. The store is open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. While there, enjoy the “Let the Magic Begin” event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Watch area decorators create their holiday designs in the Winter Wonderland.
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DIXON – The Dixon school district paid Robert Campbell, who was recently arrested on sexual abuse charges, to lead four musical performances. The school board approved Campbell’s hire in December 2009 and subRobert sequently paid him Campbell $3,076 each year as the vocal director for the high school’s spring musical, Superintendent Michael Juenger said. Campbell, 31, was arrested Nov. 4 on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against one of his former students at Dixon’s VIVA! Performing Arts School, 113 E. First St., where he was employed as the vocal instructor. According to police, that also is where the student says the abuse happened. According to police, the student sent Juenger and other district administrators an email about the abuse Nov. 3. SUSPECT CONTINUED ON A2
Catch a movie
STERLING – Very few new movies are being released this weekend, but there are plenty of good ones to see at the theaters. Catch “Thor: Dark World,” “Gravity,” or “Captain Phillips,” among others at the Sauk Valley 8. The Sterling theater is showing “Thor: Dark World” and “Bad Grandpa.”
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The investigation began when Juenger contacted Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss. Campbell was approved for a fifth performance, Juenger said, but a decision to cancel that would have to come from the school board, which next meets Nov. 20. That cancellation wonâ€™t be on the agenda because there is no rush to make a decision on the March performance, and Juenger said he wants the district to operate with the mindset that Campbell is innocent until proved guilty. A decision on the approval for the fifth musical performance is expected to be made by January, Juenger said. Campbell was paid by the school district for his work with the high school musicals, but not the middle school plays, Juenger said. The school district still is working with three female VIVA! employees, one of whom is involved with the middle school performance Campbell was working on at the time of his arrest. Two others are working with students on a violin performance. Tim Boles, VIVA!â€™s director of drama who, police said, knew about Camp-
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Those volunteering or working with students are given background checks before they start, Juenger said. If thereâ€™s a chance the volunteer will be alone with students, the background check is more extensive than if the person is volunteering, for example, to be a room mom or a position in which the person will always be in the line of sight of a staff member, like a teacher or principal, Juenger said. The more extensive background check, which was given to Campbell and the other VIVA! instructors, includes fingerprints taken to the Illinois State Police and a criminal history report being compiled, Juenger explained. The less extensive background check involves online registries, he said. After the two middle school performances and a violin performance Nov. 25, school officials will meet with VIVA! to discuss possible changes, Juenger said. The school district, he said, is reviewing its policies. Juenger said such policies are regularly reviewed, but that it never hurts to make sure theyâ€™re current and being enforced.
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bellâ€™s alleged sex abuse, has had no further contact with students on school Michael grounds Juenger since Nov. 4 and will no longer work with Dixon students, Juenger said. Reagan Middle Schoolâ€™s â€œPeter Pan,â€? which has performances Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, will continue as scheduled, Juenger said, with the current female instructor from VIVA! and additional help from school parents. Calls to VIVA! for comment Thursday were not returned. Campbell, like the three other VIVA! employees who work with the school district, was given a background check before being allowed to work with students, Juenger said. â€œThere was no history,â€? Juenger said. â€œThere wasnâ€™t anything that would alert anyone. There was no reason not to hire him from the info that was reported.â€? The other VIVA! employees working with Dixon students are not being paid by the school district, Juenger said, adding that there have been no allegations or complaints against them.
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STERLING â€“ Sterling Township recently reported on the possibility of problems with a sewer project that it completed 2 years ago, an official says. At a township meeting in September, Road Commissioner Dana Stutzke, who was elected in April, told the board of trustees about problems with the project, according to meeting minutes.
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He said he had met with former Commissioner Jim Lopez about the situation. Legal counsel would be sought, the minutes state. In an interview after Thursdayâ€™s board meeting, Stutzke declined to comment on the issues. He said he was trying to verify some facts from things he had heard. In 2011, the township completed a sewer project that connected about a dozen houses
STERLING â€“ Earlier this year, Sterling Township closed its thrift store, which was intended to raise money for its youth center. The township shut the storeâ€™s doors BECAUSE OF !MERICANS 7ITH $ISABILITIES !CT ISSUES Last year, the township paid $190,000 FOR THE FORMER !BIDING 7ORD #HURCH BUILD ING AT % &OURTH 3T FOR THE #ENTER for Youth. The township set up the thrift on McCue Road near West LeFevre Road with Sterlingâ€™s city sewer system. So far, none of the residents has started using
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Marcia Twaddell ROCK FALLS â€“ Marcia Lu Ludens Twaddell, 57, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at her home, after a courageous battle with a long-term illness. She was a registered nurse for many years for CGH Medical Center in Sterling and KSB Homecare in Dixon. Marcia was born Aug. 4, 1956, in Dixon, the daughter of Robert E. and Cleora S. (Wadsworth) Walters. She married Bruce Twaddell on April 16, 2011, in New Bern, N.C. She enjoyed scrapbooking, going on cruises with Bruce, and playing any sort of card and board game. Marciaâ€™s grandkids meant everything to her. Survivors include her husband of Rock Falls; one son, Matthew Ludens of Stillman Valley; one daughter, Angela (Rob) Smith, and one stepson, Mark Twaddell, both of Maryland; one stepdaughter, Jessica (Jeremy) Weimer of Okinawa, Japan; five sisters, Cynthia Quick of Clermont, Fla., Patricia Walters of Dixon,
Suzanne (Ron) Nunn of Stony Brook, N.Y., Mary (Mark) McWethy of Oregon, and Jackie (Art) Schmidt of Dixon; nine grandchildren, Peyton Ludens, Emily Ludens, Preston Ludens, and Paxxon Ludens, all of Stillman Valley, and Jessica Hassard, Arianne Smith, Madelyn Smith, Drake Smith, and Bethany Smith, all of Maryland; and five stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Steven Walters. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bunyan Cocar, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dixon, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome. com to send condolences.
Harry Mosher Jr. MORRISON â€“ Harry Mosher Jr., 92, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Four Seasons Living Center in Morrison. He worked at Hustler Conveyor in Peoria and St. Louis, retiring in 1986. Harry was born Oct. 29, 1921, in rural Whiteside County, the son of Harry and Anna (Hayen) Mosher. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946 in the Pacific theater and with the occupation forces in Yokohama, Japan. He married Elizabeth E. â€œBettyâ€? Bodkin on Nov. 23, 1946. Survivors include his wife; his son, Richard L. (Connie) Mosher of Mor-
rison; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Elmer, Leonard, and Glen. Per Harryâ€™s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private graveside service with military honors was at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison, with the Rev. Robert Burton of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison officiating. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison is handling arrangements. Visit www.bosmarenkes. com to send condolences.
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Michael R. Zuck SHANNON â€“ Michael R. Zuck, 52, of Shannon, began his eternal life with Christ on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at his home. Mike was a carpenter who worked in the construction industry for more than 25 years, building many homes in Lake Carroll. He also spent countless hours in his shop building and repairing furniture. He took great pride in his workmanship. Mike was an active member of Lanark Church of the Brethren for many years, the past few years attending Crossroads Community Church, White Pines Campus. In recent years he taught himself to play the guitar, and shared that talent with the church. Michael was born Sept. 10, 1961, in Sterling, the son of Richard and Evelyn (Piesen) Zuck. He was united in marriage to Connie Ellinor on June 11, 1983, at the Lanark Church of the Brethren. Together, they enjoyed their time spent volunteering at Way of Christ. Mike always was eager to help others. He greatly enjoyed volunteering with Adopt-A-Block on Saturday mornings in Freeport, building relationships with any-
one God brought his way. Many people were touched by Mikeâ€™s love for the Lord and how it was shown in all he did and to all he met. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved dog, Kloe. Survivors include his wife, Connie; daughter, Heather (Brian Montalbano) Zuck of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; son, Adam Zuck of Shannon; sisters, Susan (Charlie) Winterton of Leaf River and Karen (Mike) Bushman of Lanark; and brothers, Robert (Connie) Zuck of Lanark, Jim (Vicki) Zuck of Chadwick, and David (Carolyn) Zuck of Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, Wayne Ellinor. A memorial visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Crossroads Community Church in Polo. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Polo Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials have been established to Freeport Dream Center/Adopta-Block and the Way of Christ. Visit www.polofamilyfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
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Township Supervisor Matt Howze told her, â€œWhatever you need, weâ€™d be glad to help out.â€? Coloma also has acknowledged numerous errors in its annual financial reports published in the newspaper. Many expense and revenue items listed the same amounts year after year, which would be a highly unlikely occurrence. Burke told the board that Coloma didnâ€™t have financial problems, only financial reporting issues. â€œI want to emphasize that no taxpayersâ€™ money is at risk,â€? she said. â€œWe know there is a problem. We will work to correct it.â€? Burke said she discovered that internal computer printouts contained errors. The bank statements, she said, were more reliable. Burke said she had done new reports. â€œIâ€™ll have someone check my math,â€? she said. â€œThat seems to be my issue. Sorry about that one.â€? Trustee Mary Ann Richardson presented a list of township checks that hadnâ€™t cleared. Burke, who has served as treasurer since 1981, said that was because they were repeats of electronic checks. The hard copy versions were created so that there was a paper trail. For much of the meeting, the trustees went line by line through the finances to check on Burkeâ€™s work.
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In an interview last week, Coloma Supervisor Debra Burke took the blame in a tearful interview, saying she wasnâ€™t good at math. â€œIf there is a fine, Iâ€™ll take the responsibility, so it wonâ€™t fall on the township,â€? Burke told the board Thursday. Erby told the board that a comptrollerâ€™s employee called her, saying that he was looking for a response. â€œHe wanted you to be aware of the daily penalties,â€? Erby said. Trustee Gene Jacoby asked that Burke keep the board updated on her dealings with the comptroller. The township meeting was after hours, so it wasnâ€™t immediately clear how willing the state would be to reduce or eliminate the penalties. Every other public entity in Whiteside County is updated with its financial reports at the comptrollerâ€™s office, including the other 21 townships, all but one of which are smaller than Coloma. Burke told the board that she is in talks with another township about an intergovernmental agreement for bookkeeping. When trustees asked her which township, she wouldnâ€™t say at first, but later acknowledged it was Sterling Township. She said Sterling
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According to a news release, state police were dispatched to a call reporting a man on the shoulder, but they were unable to find anyone or any activity in the area. â€œI moved on because I was assured that my call was consistent with other information and that I had been assured a response was being made,â€? Brouch said. An autopsy Thursday by the Lee County coronerâ€™s office did determine foul play was not a factor. Anyone with information is asked to call the Illinois State Police at 815-632-4010, ext. 220.
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â€œI told her, â€˜Thereâ€™s a person lying on the side of 88 waving his arms toward traffic,â€™â€? Brouch said. He relayed his location and the mile marker to the woman on the phone â€“ twice, even, he thinks. â€œShe said that information is consistent with â€“ I donâ€™t know if she said plural â€“ other information that she received, or something to that effect, and that there was a response underway,â€? Brouch said. â€œThey said someone was on the way.â€?
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the case: two Navy commanders, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent, the owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia and one of his employees. On Friday, two Navy admirals were put on leave and their access to classified material suspended during an investigation into unspecified allegations involving the case. Cmdr. Michael Van-
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Senate hopeful urges pension solution But Anderson offers no specifics on how to fix state problem BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com EXT
Neil Anderson, a Republican state Senate candidate, says Illinois needs to fix its pension systems, but he hasnâ€™t given specifics on how to do that. He is running for the Republican nomination in the 36th Senate District, which includes Whiteside County. He is the only candidate so far in the March primary. The Democratic incumbent is Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline. In a telephone inter-
view Thursday, Anderson declined to say how he would handle pension issues such as raising employeesâ€™ contributions, increasing the retirement age and cutting cost-of-living increases. But he said he wanted to avoid violating the state constitutionâ€™s ban on diminishing earned pension benefits. â€œThe constitution has very strong language,â€? said Anderson, a Moline firefighter. â€œThere is only one other state with such strong language â€“ New York. Its pension system is on the path to fiscal solvency. Weâ€™re the only state that has not passed comprehensive reform.â€? The Chicago-based Illi-
nois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, rec ommends converting Neil employeesâ€™ Anderson benefits to 401(k)-style plans, following what much of the private sector already does. Anderson said he would be open to 401(k) plans for future employees, but not current ones, noting the constitutional ban. He would not say whether he would support the plan by House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, which many House Republicans supported. That plan would have required
workers to contribute more, cut benefits and raised the retirement age. He also would not comment on the plan by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, which would have given workers and retirees choices for their benefits. Jacobs voted for it. The Madigan plan would be much more aggressive in reducing the stateâ€™s $100 billion in pension liability. Anderson noted that the stateâ€™s pension debt has caused repeated credit downgrades for the state. â€œThe pension system needs to be fixed,â€? he said. â€œAs the race progresses, I will give clear and precise ideas [on pensions].â€?
On the issue of samesex marriage, Anderson declined to state his view. â€œIâ€™m not interested in talking about that,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s the last thing Iâ€™m thinking about.â€? Last year, the campaigns for Jacobs and his Republican opponent, Bill Albracht, raised more than $1 million combined. Jacobs handily defeated Albracht. Despite the defeat, the GOP is targeting the 36th District this year. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno showed up for Andersonâ€™s campaign event in Rock Falls last weekend. â€œWe are the No. 1 race in the Senate this year,â€? Anderson said. Most Republicans
oppose same-sex marriage, which the Legislature recently voted to allow. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign the bill into law Wednesday. Anderson makes $53,000 a year as a firefighter. He plans to take a leave of absence from his position if elected, and promised not to accept the health-care and pension benefits available to legislators. Anderson said he is limiting himself to three terms. â€œThe first thing people in office worry about is getting re-elected,â€? he said. â€œWe have a lot of career politicians who donâ€™t want to make tough decisions. They want to ride the fence.â€?
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Start seeing golf carts? Morrison might allow them
any area motorists are familiar with the motorcycle safety campaign that features large banners with the slogan â€œStart seeing motorcycles.â€? If the Morrison City Council approves a proposed ordinance at its Nov. 25 meeting, a new version of the slogan will apply: â€œStart seeing golf carts.â€? This week, council members discussed the ordinance that would allow people, under certain circumstances, conditions and restrictions, to drive street-legal golf carts and off-road recreational vehicles on city streets where the speed
limit is 25 miles an hour or less. To be legally driven on a city street, a golf cart would have to have such equipment as headlights, tail lamps, brake lights, turn signals, rearview mirrors, and a slow-moving emblem. Operators would have to possess driverâ€™s licenses. Child restraint laws would have to be followed. Carts could be driven only during daylight hours. The maximum speed would be 20 mph. Operators could not drive on state highways and county roads but could cross them. To our knowledge, Morrison would be the
What we think If the Morrison City Council allows golf carts to be driven legally on city streets, safety issues must be adequately addressed. first municipality in the Sauk Valley to permit golf carts and off-road recreational vehicles on its streets. Mayor Everett Pannier has said he does not see a problem with the proposal. Other Illinois communities have granted such access, after a 2009 law enacted by the General Assembly gave municipalities the authority to do so. Proponents say nonhighway vehicles provide
a cheaper and more convenient means of transportation around town. They say communities should provide residents with the option to use them. Detractors are concerned about safety. For example, golf carts were designed, obviously, to transport golfers and their clubs around a grassy golf course, not adults and children on traffic-filled streets made of concrete and asphalt.
While the proposed ordinance attempts to deal with the safety issues, the community wonâ€™t really know how allowing off-road vehicles on city streets will work until the ordinance is approved. Safety is our chief concern here. Heavy motor vehicles already must share city streets with walkers, runners, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Adding golf carts and offroad recreational vehicles to the mix doesnâ€™t sound wise to us. The proposal comes as Morrison prepares to observe the first anniversary of the enactment of its citywide speed limit of 25 miles per hour. The
city lowered its speed limit from 30 to 25 mph on Dec. 1, 2012, in an effort to make its streets safer for residents. That was a courageous step forward. We fear that, by allowing vehicles not designed for street use to traverse city streets, Morrison might make its streets less safe for all, which would be an unfortunate step backward. We could be wrong. Perhaps the benefits outweigh the risks. If the ordinance is approved, we encourage a well-publicized campaign to alert motorists â€“ and motorcyclists â€“ that they will need to â€œstart seeing golf carts.â€?
Prognosis for Obamacare isnâ€™t improving People losing coverage; some must pay more
most important Obamacare unknowns: Will young people sign up for coverage? If not, massively increased costs will outstrip pumped-up revenues, exerting tremendous financial pressure on the whole scheme.
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Fewer than 50,000 people had signed up for Obamacare by late last week in the 36 states that use the federal health care exchange, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to release national numbers this week, and they are expected to be underwhelming, too. [The nationwide sign-up was 106,000 in October, according to the Associated Press.] The administration expected 800,000 would sign up for Obamacare by the end of November. That huge gap is not surprising, considering the website is less accessible than Antarctica. The problems may not be resolved by the administrationâ€™s promised deadline at the end of the month. â€œWhere we are is not where we want to be,â€? Obamacare fix-it guru Jeff Zients said last week. LOSING OCTOBER AND November to the computer meltdown means that millions of people will have, at best, days to cram through the insurance enrollment system by Dec. 15 if they want cov-
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erage that begins on Jan. 1, writes James Capretta of the American Enterprise Institute. If they canâ€™t, â€œit will be nearly impossible to process the enrollments fast enough to prevent breaks in insurance coverage at the beginning of 2014.â€? Caprettaâ€™s prediction: â€œsome very large number of Americans â€“ probably in the millions â€“ will experience a break in insurance coverage at the beginning of 2014.â€?
Most of the chaos has focused on the individual consumer market, in which millions of people have received cancellation notices or face higher premiums. President Barack Obama has apologized for his oft-repeated promise that people who liked their doctors and policies could keep them. Many people are learning that they canâ€™t. People who are covered through employer-sponsored
insurance plans may believe they are shielded from the Obamacare surprises, but that might not be the case. Some 23 million to 41 million Americans have employer-sponsored plans that have or will change under the law, according to an analysis by McClatchyâ€™s Washington Bureau. That could usher in higher premiums and other cost hikes for those who are covered. One of the biggest and
MANY YOUNG PEOPLE will pay more for coverage than they do now. Carl Schramm, professor of entrepreneurship at Syracuse University, wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that â€œa Manhattan Institute analysis of Health and Human Services numbers notes that a 27-year-old male will pay 99 percent higher premiums under Obamacare than he would under previously prevailing market rates. â€œOne reason is the law now limits insurers to charging the sickest seniors no more than three times the amount they charge their youngest customers. Given that 64-year-olds use on average six times as much health care as 19-year-olds, the Affordable Care Act forces young people to pay considerably more than the cost of their own care.â€? The reality of Obamacare comes into sharper focus every day. More Americans lose coverage or learn theyâ€™ll have to pay much more. A Silicon Valley SWAT team may rescue the website, but the only way to rescue the Affordable Care Act will be a complete congressional reimagining of the law.
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Humanitarian needs should be served first DAVID SHEETS Rochelle
Recently, I was asked about the $40 million that the city of Dixon will receive and what should be done with it. First of all, I gave the glory to God; it was an answer to intercessory prayer during a 21-day fast of reading the Holy Bible, and that others were praying for. What should be done with the money? I said 10 percent, or $4 million, should be set aside in a separate
account, for the Lordâ€™s will, meeting such humanitarian needs as the food pantry, PADS shelter, Volunteer Care Center health needs, and the Red Cross, to name a few ideas. After all, all is his anyway. Then repair the breach of the city wall, otherwise known as the Old Lee County Courthouse lawn, where a nativity scene and military cemetery honoring our beloved dead have been for many years, for the sacrifices they made to fight for freedom, to defend the Constitution against foreign and domestic enemies, and our way of life, with their sacred honor. I would focus on paying
down, if not eliminating, as much debt as possible in the city budget, instead of going on a reckless spending spree, as some are in a habit of doing. One last thing I would mention, as a community project that should bring a positive unity result, is the restoration of the Memorial Pool that Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, dedicated so long ago. When the arrest made local, national, and international news, all eyes were focused on Dixon because who and what Ronald Reagan had accomplished by saying, â€œMr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.â€? That is the power of working with the glory of God.
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Earth Angel correspondents, bakers wanted LINDA STRAITH Mount Morris
Each year at this time, Granny and her Earth Angels begin getting ready for the holiday season by gathering names and toys for children of families in need. In addition, a few years ago, Grannyâ€™s Mailbags were established to gather cards and letters filled with loving thoughts, prayers, and holiday wishes for our deployed soldiers abroad, along with our hopes of their safe return. So this year, when you
are writing to friends and family, please take an extra moment and write a card or letter for a soldier this Christmas, and then deposit it into one of Grannyâ€™s Mailbags at any drop site location. No postage is required. With your contribution, military personnel will know that we, here at home, havenâ€™t forgotten them after all. Deadline for all correspondence is Dec. 1. I am also looking for some bakers. Santa, Rudolph and Earth Angel volunteers will need some cookies or baked goods for energy food for the days of Dec. 21-25. When making your holiday goodies, kindly remember us by
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Holiday theme makes settlement warm Stepping back in time has never been easier in Naperville BY ANDREA MILLS firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 575
APERVILLE – The sights and sounds of the December holidays already can be seen in the modern world. They also can be seen as they were in the 19th century by taking a journey to Naper Settlement. Events are planned at this living history site to shed light on how it used to be. At this time of year, the buildings are open only for special occasions, such as the Holiday Mansion Tours. On Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15, guided tours are offered of the Martin Mitchell Mansion and its carriage house. The mansion will be filled with Victorian holiday decorations. Also open will be the Daniels House, which will be the place to go for gift ideas. The shopping hours are 11 a.m to 2 p.m. on the two Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. on the Sundays. If visiting on Dec. 8, an additional choice for entertainment is the lecture, “Stories Behind Our Most Loved Christmas Hymns and Carols.” Rochelle Pennington, an author, will talk in the late afternoon about the history behind the Christmas carols. Another treat will take visitors into Victorian holiday traditions on Dec. 14. Again, a guided tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion, still in its holiday garb, is in store. After that tour, the guests will move on to the 1834 tavern for a presentation on the holiday traditions topic. There is walking outdoors; be sure to dress accordingly. As the old year goes out and the new one arrives, Naper Settlement will seem to be at Downton Abbey. Three programs are planned from Jan. 4 to Feb. 2 at the meeting house. They are suitable for teens and adults. Tea and Talk Kick Off
If you go What: Holiday Mansion Tour When: 11 a.m., noon and 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15 Where: Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville Note: Reservations recommended; tickets can be purchased in advance Cost: $7 What: “Stories Behind Our Most Loved Christmas Hymns and Carols,” a lecture When: 4-5 p.m. Dec. 8 Note: Reservations recommended; tickets can be purchased in advance Cost: $7 adults and $6 for students and youth, the day of the event. In advance, $6 for adults and $5 for students and youth What: Victorian Holiday Traditions When: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 14 Cost: $15 Note: Reservations required Information: Visit www. napersettlement.com or call 630-420-6010 Party: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4, sweets and tea will be served. Those attending are welcome to dress in modern or historic clothing or just wear a hat and gloves. A trivia contest will be part of the day. Tea and Talk Servant Tour: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 28, a tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion from the perspective of servants. Treats and tea will be served after the group has learned how to set the table properly. There is no seating during the talk. Tea and Talk Wrap Up: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22, more tea, more treats, and some trivia; dressing in 1920s style clothing is acceptable.
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The icicle tree at the Martin Mitchell Mansion is just one example of the holiday decorations at Naper Settlement in Naperville. The cost for individual programs is $15; or $40 for all three. Reservations
are required; call 630-420- warmer, the entire settle6010. ment will be open for When the seasons get touring again. In the
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Arlo & Janis by Jimmy Johnson Garfield by Jim Davis
Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
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Hideous hog keeps winning
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Victor Mollo wrote humorous stories featuring his “menagerie” of bridge players. When he died in 1987, everyone assumed that would be that. However, many unpublished articles have been found among his papers. These are being put into four books. “The Hog Takes to Precision” came out in 2011, “Diamonds Are the Hog’s Best Friend”appeared this year, and stay tuned for the other two. All are published by Master Point Press. The Rueful Rabbit is a poor player who always lands on his feet. This deal is a typical example. North has a problem over two no-trump. He might pass; or he could respond three clubs, Stayman, planning on either bid-
ding four hearts if a 4-4 fit is disclosed, or settling for three no-trump and hoping the diamonds run. In this auction, North-South had agreed to use transfer
bids, but North forgot. So he assumed South’s three-heart rebid indicated length in that suit. Against four hearts, West led the spade king (luckily not a trump). The Rueful Rabbit ruffed in the dummy, played a diamond to his ace, trumped another spade, returned to the diamond king, ruffed a third spade, and took two club tricks ending on the board. After a brief pause, R.R. trumped a diamond with his heart jack. West had to discard a spade. Then a fourth spade ruff was followed by another diamond. With this coup en passant, East could not stop South from scoring his heart king. Four hearts bid and made. If you have never read any of these stories, start with the original book, “Bridge in the Menagerie.” © 2013 UFS
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Wifeâ€™s wild past puts marriage in jeopardy Dear Abby: This is my wifeâ€™s second marriage. When we were dating, she led me to believe that I was the second sexual partner she had ever had. Shortly after our wedding, I found out through some mutual acquaintances she had attended college with that she had been very promiscuous during her college years and that the number of men she has been with is far greater than two. I feel lied to and trapped in my marriage. (If I had known this, I
ters to ME. I canâ€™t help but wonder if she has lied to me about something this important, what else will she lie to me about? I love her and want to stay with her, but I feel betrayed and, frankly, embarrassed by her now. What do I do? â€“ Confounded in the South
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would not have married her.) She knows I know. She dismissed it by saying the past doesnâ€™t matter, but what she fails to recognize is that it mat-
Dear Confounded: People lie when they feel threatened, when they want to impress someone or when theyâ€™re ashamed of something.
The lie your wife told you may fall into the latter category. She wasnâ€™t honest about the number of men she had been with because she knew you would react the way you have. You say you love her, but if you truly feel embarrassed by the fact that youâ€™re not the second man she has slept with, then you either need to change your attitude or do her a favor and think about ending your marriage. From my perspective, the number of lovers she has had
since the wedding is far more important than the number she had before. Please be aware that many women in our society have had multiple partners, so if youâ€™re looking to replace your wife anytime soon, you may be hard pressed to find a woman with no experience. If you want to salvage your marriage, I strongly recommend you talk to a therapist, but donâ€™t spend your money unless you can forgive your wife for being afraid to tell you the truth.
Dear Abby: What do you do with a husband who is loud and rude, who curses constantly and argues with you and the TV, and is a bully to you and your daughter? â€“ Thatâ€™s It in a Nutshell Dear Thatâ€™s It: As little as possible! Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
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