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City gets first look at proposal Special meeting to accept grant for Stanley-National ownership Oct. 28 BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
STERLING – The City Council got its first look at a proposed donation agreement that could result in the city assuming ownership of the National Manufacturing site still owned
by Stanley Black & Decker. In the proposal, which was presented to the council by the city’s lawyer Greg Hummel, with Bryan Cave LLP, StanleyNational states it would be responsible for cleaning up underground contaminants of any building that’s demolished.
To attend The Sterling City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Coliseum, 212 Third Ave., to accept a $900,000 grant from Gov. Pat Quinn. The next regularly scheduled Hummel recommended that the City Council approve the proposed agreement at its next meeting, which is Nov. 4. The document has already been signed by Stanley-National, he added.
City Council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Coliseum. Go to www.sterling-il.gov or call City Hall at 815-632-6621 for an agenda or more information. There are 10 buildings listed in the proposal. The city has indicated interest in demolishing six of them. If the document remains unchanged and the city decides to demolish one of the other four, it
Two men arrested with pipe bomb
Official: Other schools would see higher costs if Sterling leaves
Sheriff doesn’t know motive; bond at $50K BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
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STERLING – The Sterling school district wants to leave a cooperative of districts that provides services for special education students. But most of its counterparts oppose the move. If Sterling leaves, the cooperative says, its remaining members will likely see their costs rise. That’s what happened in a cooperative that serves districts in Lee and Ogle counties. Over the past few months, the boards for the 10 other member districts voted on whether to allow Sterling – the largest member – to leave the Bi-County Special Education Cooperative. Six districts – ProphetstownLyndon-Tampico, Morrison, East Coloma-Nelson, Rock Falls High School, Rock Falls Elementary and Eastland – voted against the move. The Erie, River Bend, Montmorency, and Chadwick-Milledgeville districts backed Sterling.
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To attend Officials at Sterling Public Schools plan to have an informational session for parents at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sterling High School library, 1608 Fourth Ave. Officials will speak about their plans to leave the Bi-County Special Education Cooperative, which pools the resources of 11 school districts to provide services to special education students. A question-andanswer session will follow. Call the Sterling district at 815-626-5050 for more information.
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will be responsible for cleaning up any underground contaminants. Most of the buildings have about 3 feet of concrete in their base, which is enough of a barrier to make cleaning up the soil unnecessary if the buildings are left standing, Hummel said. However, the city would be responsible for above-ground contaminants – like asbestos or lead paint – during the renovation of the buildings, Hummel said.
Students in Rose Andermann’s kindergarten class at Christ Lutheran School in Sterling are taught the basic “stop, drop, and roll” fire safety technique. Members of the Sterling Fire Department came to the school Monday as part of Fire Safety Month.
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ABOVE: Sterling firefighter Cory Bianchi helps Christ Lutheran School kindergarten students through a fire safety drill in which they learn to identify a dangerous situation and climb out a window. The Sterling Fire Department used a fire safety house to help teach the students. The fire department will visit schools citywide this week in recognition of Fire Safety Month.
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DIXON – Two men were in Lee County Jail on Monday after, authorities say, they were found carrying a pipe bomb near the Dixon state prison early Sunday. Zachary W. Chaffer, 31, of Dixon, and Scott R. Williams, 32, of Sterling, were arrested about 4 a.m. Sunday near Zachary W. Chaffer Heights Road and Brinton Avenue. They were charged with unlawful use of a weapon after Lee County sheriff’s deputies received a call from the prison about two suspiScott R. cious individuals Williams walking by the prison, Lee County Sheriff John Varga said. Varga said that when officers arrived, the two men were found to be in possession of a PVC pipe bomb similar to one found in the water near Sauk Valley Community College in July. During interviews, the men claimed that they had bought the pipe bomb in Dixon near the Beanblossom parking lot, Varga said. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department called in the Winnebago County Bomb Unit, which safely detonated the device. Asked what the men’s motive was, Varga said he couldn’t be sure. Both men have bonds set at $50,000 and are set to appear in court on Oct. 30. Chaffer was also arrested on a Whiteside County warrant for theft.
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Obama: â€˜No excuseâ€™ for sign-up problems President insists all glitches will be fixed WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ President Barack Obama on Monday offered â€œno excusesâ€? â€“ and little explanation â€“ for the computer bugs still frustrating Americans who are trying to enroll online for insurance plans at the center of his health care law. But software developers tasked with building the site said they saw signs a year ago that the debut could fail. One source of the troubles appears to be the testing procedures employed before the rollout 3 weeks ago. Several developers of the HealthCare. gov website told The Associated Press they were worried for months about the systemâ€™s readiness and whether the software meant to link key computer systems was being properly put through its paces. In addition, congressional investigators raised concerns before the rollout that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had taken on the job of testing the computer systems for the new markets during the final weeks before the sign-ups opened Oct. 1. That job is often
handled by specialized software companies. Obama, who emphasized the websiteâ€™s simplicity in the weekâ€™s leading up to the insurance sign-ups, admitted there could now be â€œno sugarcoatingâ€? the problems even as he talked up the benefits of the law at a Rose Garden event that had the feel of a pep rally. â€œThe website thatâ€™s supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody,â€? he said. He insisted that the problems would be fixed and all Americans seeking insurance would be able to sign up. But it was not clear how quickly that would happen. The administration is beefing up call centers and encouraging more people to enroll over the phone while the website problems persist. The flood of computer problems since the website went online has been deeply embarrassing for the White House. The glitches have called into question whether the administration is capable of implementing the complex policy and why senior White House officials â€“ including the president â€“ appear to have been unaware of
President Barack Obama gestures while speaking on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care lawâ€™s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. the scope of the problems when guage sign-ups would remain the health insurance markets, unavailable, despite a promknown as exchanges, opened. ise to Hispanic groups that the Obama stopped short of apol- capability would start this week. ogizing for the failures, saying The White House says addiinstead that â€œnobody is more tional technology experts from frustrated than me.â€? both inside and outside the Even as he spoke, more prob- government are being brought lems came to light. The admin- in to work on the failures. istration acknowledged that a Administration officials iniplanned upgrade to the website tially blamed heavy website had been postponed indefinite- traffic for the frozen computly and that online Spanish-lan- er screens that many people
encountered when they first logged on. Since then, they have also acknowledged shortcomings with software and some elements of the systemâ€™s design, although the administration has yet to fully detail exactly what went wrong with the online system and who was responsible for the problems. It appears the problems were well-known to some of those designing the system. One developer said that in the weeks leading up to the Oct. 1 launch, he and his colleagues huddled in conference rooms trying to patch deficiencies in computer code. â€œIt was an extremely tight deadline,â€? said the developer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was told not to talk to the news media about his work. A review of internal structural diagrams obtained by AP also revealed the complexity of the system. The diagrams show that applicants must submit at least 50 pieces of personal information, including income and immigration status. That data is then connected to at least eight distinct federal computer systems, including the Social Security Administration and the Peace Corps.
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