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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN | POLITICS
Congress pay, D.C. trip continue Kinzinger refuses salary until funding resumes Honor Flight still happening er she would take her paycheck during the shutdown, but she wouldn’t give a yes-or-no answer. She kept referring to her support of the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would mean no pay for representatives if Congress fails to enact a budget. Rep. Adam Rep. Cheri But she noted that the ConKinzinger Bustos stitution bars any measures Whiteside County, apparently from affecting members’ pay during their current terms in will take her pay. During a telephone news con- office. ference Tuesday, a reporter REFUSES CONTINUED ON A2 repeatedly asked Bustos wheth-
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Most federal employees won’t get paychecks during the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday. Congressmen are among the exceptions. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, who represents Lee County, won’t accept his paycheck until the government is funded again, his spokesman said Tuesday. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, whose district includes
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Check back Saturday’s SV Weekend edition will have photos and features from Thursday’s Honor Flight leaving the Quad Cities, as well as profiles of local veterans who are making the trip.
ROCK FALLS – Veterans have waited too long to cancel their once-in-a-lifetime trip planned to the nation’s capital. Despite the federal government shutdown, which has closed memorials in Washington, an Honor Flight sched- director for the flight. “We talked about [canceling], uled for Thursday from the Quad Cities, including about but we felt it would affect too 60 veterans from the Sauk Val- many people,” Morrison said. ley, will continue as schedHAPPENING CONTINUED ON A2 uled, said Bob Morrison, hub
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Number of certified instructors on the rise Classes could start as early as this month BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
A farmer is busy harvesting soybeans in a field near the Oppold Marina south of Sterling Tuesday afternoon. The weather has soybeans behind schedule this season, so area farmers expect to do most of the harvesting work in October. Early USDA yield reports indicate that corn has held up well through the dry summer, but it’s still too early to tell how soybeans have fared.
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Demmer confirms plans to seek second term Freshman says priority is controlling spending BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
DIXON – At age 27 and in his first year in the Legislature, state Rep. Tom Demmer confirmed on Tuesday what was largely expected: He plans to run for a second term in 2014. Recently, the Dixon Republican told the Lee County Board that as a freshman in a “very minority” party, he gets much of his information
about state politics from the media. At the same time, Demmer has shown understanding with the Democraticcontrolled Legislature. For instance, he said this week that while he is hopeful a conference committee can find a pension reform compromise, he is realistic about the “significant challenges” it faces. “We’ve been debating pension reform proposals for months, if not years,” Demmer said in an update to constituents. “Honest disagree-
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ments stem from honest differences in beliefs and policies. The gridlock isn’t because we’ve ignored reform; it’s Rep. Tom b e c a u s e Demmer reform isn’t easy.” On Tuesday, he sent out a news release on his plan to run for a second 2-year term representing the 90th district, which is largely Republican. In 2012, Demmer won the
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general election with 62 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Thomas Boken Jr., of DeKalb, got most of his support in DeKalb County. Boken said Tuesday he would not be running for any office in 2014. The 90th district includes parts of Lee, Ogle, DeKalb and LaSalle counties. In his news release, Demmer said he had held town hall meetings across the district. DEMMER CONTINUED ON A2
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DIXON – A week ago, just one person in the Sauk Valley was a certified concealed-carry instructor. That number has since increased to 15. Charlie Thomas of Dixon is among them. He plans to teach classes for the concealed carry of weapons at the local VFW post. He signed up after state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, informed the public about the state police’s process for issuing permits allowing concealed carry. “I didn’t realize they were doing it right away,” said Thomas, who is an Army retiree. He said he had nearly 50 names of people who want to take his course – about a quarter of whom are women. “The state police are moving as quickly as they can,” he said. “Once we get the rest of the story from the state police, we can start setting dates and putting the word out.” Eddie Branch, who works at Rigler’s Shooting & Sports Supply in Rock Falls, hopes to start offering classes before the end of the month. He is conducting the classes along with Howard Melchi, John Anzelmo, and Dakota Hagerman. Melchi and Anzelmo have applied for permits, but are not yet approved, Branch said. “We have to get insurance. You can’t just be an instructor and do these classes and not have insurance. You have a high risk of liability. We hope everything falls in place this month,” Branch said. Last week, the state police’s list of certified instructors consisted of 54 people, most of whom were from the Chicago area. INSTRUCTORS CONTINUED ON A4
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SYCAMORE â€“ William â€œBillyâ€? Curl is appealing a judgeâ€™s decision refusing to give him more time to try to renege on his plea deal in Toni Kellerâ€™s death. DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert ruled Sept. 16 that she didnâ€™t have the authority to give Curl, 37, of DeKalb, more time to ask to withdraw his plea agreement. On April 3, Curl entered a special plea agreement in which he maintained his innocence but acknowledged prosecutors could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he murdered Northern Illinois University student Antinette â€œToniâ€? Keller. He is serving a 37-year prison sentence in Menard Correctional Center.
Curl had 30 days to try to withdraw the plea agreement, but he did not file the paperwork until July 22, more than three months later. DeKalb County Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorney Stephanie Klein argued that Stuckert didnâ€™t have the authority to toss out the agreement or to extend the deadline once it had passed. Defense attorney Daniel Transier argued that the 30-day deadline should be extended because it wasnâ€™t Curlâ€™s fault he missed it. Curl was unable to contact his lawyer or to gather necessary materials because he was placed in an isolation room at Stateville Correctional Center 5 days after formalizing the plea agreement, Transier said in court documents.
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The majority House Republicans passed a budget that would delay by a year the individual mandate under President Barack Obamaâ€™s Affordable Care Act, which requires everyone to get health insurance or pay a fine. That law went into effect Tuesday. Obama and the Dem-
ocratic Senate have refused to go along. With no agreement by Monday, the government shut down Tuesday, the first day of the fiscal year. â€œ[Kinzinger] was never in favor of a government shutdown,â€? his spokesman, Zach Hunter, said. â€œNow that we are in this situation, letâ€™s make the best of it and tackle the tough problems.â€? Both sides are talking
with each other about how they can resolve their disagreements, Hunter said. â€œItâ€™s a chance to have an adult conversation,â€? he said. In her news conference, Bustos, a freshman lawmaker, urged her colleagues to â€œdrop their political grandstanding.â€? â€œWe do have reasonable lawmakers on both sides of the aisle,â€? she said. In July, Bustos joined 21
other Democrats in voting to delay the individual mandate by a year. Asked whether she could be described as a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, Bustos wouldnâ€™t say yes or no. â€œIt passed before I was out here. The Supreme Court has upheld it,â€? Bustos said. â€œI believe in doing [the Affordable Care Act] right, not doing it fast.â€?
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â€œSo many of these men [many of them older than 80 years old] have waited so long for this day, that we donâ€™t feel it would be fair to make them wait any longer,â€? Morrison added. An Honor Flight from the Mississippi Gulf Coast region made headlines Tuesday when its members were initially fenced off from the World War II Memorial. The gates were eventually opened in an informal arrangement, and the veterans were allowed to see the memorials erected in their honor. Barriers will close off the World War II, Korean and Vietnam memorials during the shutdown, Morrison said. The Honor Flight of the Quad Cities organization is communicating with
World War II Veteran George Bloss, from Gulfport, Miss., looks out over the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Tuesday. Veterans who had traveled from across the country were allowed to visit the memorial after it had been closed because of the partial government shutdown. Some uncertainty remains about which monuments will be open to Thursdayâ€™s Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, to determine which monuments in the itinerary are accessible. That task has been difficult, said Jeff Giertz, a
spokesman for Braleyâ€™s office. â€œNational Park Service employees who oversee these memorials already have started furloughs,â€?
Giertz said. â€œWeâ€™re working to get answers.â€? As for whether veterans leaving from the Quad Cities will be allowed to sidestep barriers, Giertz would not say for sure. â€œMy understanding is that the park police did not stop them, and that was an inspiring moment,â€? Giertz said. â€œThere wasnâ€™t a formal arrangement made. I wonâ€™t comment on if an informal arrangement can be made.â€? With that said, the bus drivers in Washington and the Honor Flight organizers are prepared to make any last-minute additions or changes, Morrison said. Memorials for Iwo Jima, the Unknown Soldier and the Air Force should be open, he said. â€œWe should be able to do just about everything, and if we have to add something, we can,â€? Morrison said. â€œWeâ€™ll be fine, and it will be another great, successful trip.â€?
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â€œMy priorities are controlling government spending, promoting transparency, and supporting job creation across Illinois,â€? he said.
He said he was the chief House sponsor of bills that were signed into law that strengthened protection against uninsured drivers and established a review of security for schools. â€œAs the state of Illinois faces serious
issues, I know we wonâ€™t all agree on every proposed solution,â€? Demmer said in the release. â€œBut Iâ€™ll always listen to new opinions and explain the reasons for my votes.â€?
Over the weekend, Rep. Donald Moffitt, R-Gilson, whose 74th district includes southwestern Lee County, announced that he would run for his 12th term.
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