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Traffic along U.S. Route 30 outside of Morrison moves slowly through the falling snow during a storm that hit the Sauk Valley on March 5, 2013. Plans have long been in the works to widen 24 miles of Route 30 between Rock Falls and Fulton, from two to four lanes.
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Dixon, Morrison prepare for increased traffic BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 535
When you think of increased traffic loads in The Sauk Valley in the not-too-distant future, two primary areas come to mind: the eastern edge of Dixon in Lee County, where the city plans economic and residential growth, and the U.S. Route 30 corridor in Whiteside County, where longstanding plans to accommodate growth might finally be coming to fruition.
In Dixon In 2007, the city commissioned a traffic study that looked at the Interstate 88 interchange area, in anticipation of major economic
While regionalism is becoming a bigger factor in running smalltown governments, it could be the key component in determining whether the Sauk Valley’s largest cities grow and thrive or become bedroom communities. To better assess and plan for future regional development, Whiteside and Lee were among five northwest Illinois counties to seek the help of the Cen-
ter for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. The other counties were Ogle, Carroll and Stephenson. The result was the April 2013 “Promoting Prosperity in Northwest Illinois,” a comprehensive study of what the regional economy looks like now, and the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges economic development leaders will need to consider in working toward growth. RURAL CONTINUED ON A9
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development in that part of town. Among its conclusions: By 2030, traffic on nearby state Route 26 (Galena Avenue) will reach an average of 52,500 vehicles a day, which would require widening it to three lanes in each direction. Bloody Gulch Road, which intersects with 26, will carry about 40,000 vehicles a day, which means it will need two lanes in each direction. The study looked at the area known as the I-88 and Galena Avenue Planned Development District, which is bounded by Keul Road on the north, College Avenue on the west, Progress Drive and Lievan Road on the south, and U.S. Route 52 on the east. TRAFFIC CONTINUED ON A10
It’s going to be a very busy week for Rebecca Engelbarts. She is the Lee County Health Department’s sole part-timer, hired to help residents either choose a federally approved health plan or sign up for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It’s not going to be any quieter for the five Whiteside County Health Department workers charged with doing the same. Both departments are open for extended hours and having off-site sign-ups this week and weekend for residents who need to choose health care coverage ahead of Monday’s deadline. Sign-up in Illinois ends at 10:59 p.m. Monday. Coverage will begin May 1 for those who enroll this week.
Today’s Telegraph includes a 52-page special section, “Vision 2030,” that examines what the Sauk Valley might look like in 2030 Section C looks at Commerce in the Sauk Valley in 2030: Employment, The Workplace, Agriculture, Banking & Finance, Housing, Transportation, and Infrastructure. Section D examines Community in the Sauk Valley in 2030: Education, Health Care, Culture, Religion, Cities & Towns, Consolidating Government Services, and Riverfront Development and Recreation. Also throughout the sections, SVM staff members share their visions for the future.
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No one is arguing to get rid of cities, or villages, or counties. Townships are another story. Page A3 In need of a job but not willing to leave your home town? There is a solution, if you’re willing to learn new skills. Page A5. Local county health department administrators Beth Fiorini and Cathy Ferguson share their opinions about future health care issues. Pages A13-14
Amboy High teacher, P.A. announcer dies unexpectedly at 47 BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 535
AMBOY – Monday was a sad, somber day for the Amboy High School family. Mike “Paz” Pasley, 47, a popular social studies teacher for the past 10 years, died unexpectedly Sunday at KSB Hospital in Dixon. The school had Mike Pasley a brief meeting Full obit on A4 with students Monday morning to let them know, and had counselors and clergy members on hand all day for any who wished to use them, Principal Joshua Nichols said. GONE CONTINUED ON A2
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The school also brought in a substitute teacher, to be used if any of Amboyâ€™s teachers felt the need to step out at any time, he said. Neighboring school districts also sent counselors to assist, for which â€œweâ€™re very appreciative,â€? Nichols said, adding that the students were â€œdoing fine.â€? Pasley was a well-liked teacher, Nichols said. â€œA number of students are going to be missing him,â€? he said. His fellow teachers, too. â€œHe was a guy who was just all in there for the kids,â€? said Janet Nehring, the schoolâ€™s dean of students and a math teacher. â€œEverything he did, it was all about the kids, ... academics, athletics, ... every athlete in the building knew he was there for them,â€? said Nehring, who worked with Pasley for 8 years. He was constantly asking everybody how they were, she said, and always wanting to start a conversation with them. Athletics were his passion, in part because of the kids, but he also had been a local sports correspondent for several newspapers, including Sauk Valley Media. â€œHe was the guy in the crowd who got the kids going; he started all the cheers,â€? Nehring said. He paid attention to all their plays, big and small, and commented on everything they did, always letting them know what they did right, and offering
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Shown are the front (left) and back of the T-shirts designed by Amboy High School senior Amanda Pankhurst that will be sold to raise money for a memorial for social studies teacher Mike Pasley at the high school. Orders are being taken on Facebook (search for Amboy Clippers), and at the school, 815-857-3632. advice on how to fix what coached basketball and they might have done baseball, and was a senior wrong, she said. class adviser. He also â€œHe was totally there for coached girls fast-pitch the students, constantly,â€? softball in Dixon, and volNehring said. unteered with the Dixon He was, in fact, the YMCA swim team. favorite teacher of former An autopsy was conductAmboy High student Bryce ed Monday morning; natErbes. In Erbesâ€™ Student ural causes are the likely of the Month profile in cause of death, Lee County December 2012, he named Coroner Jesse Partington Pasley his top teacher said. because â€œhe helps me He is survived by his wife understand and explains of 17 years, Sarah (Hartl) things in a way that I never Pasley, and daughters Erin, thought before.â€? Elise, Erica, and Emeri. â€œHe is a wonderful teachVisitation will be from 4 er,â€? Erbes wrote. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Pasley, of Dixon, also had the Holloway Center at St. been a sports correspon- Patrick Catholic Church in dent for the Quincy Herald Dixon, and a funeral will Whig and The (Moline) begin at 10:30 a.m. ThursDispatch and Rock Island day at the church. Services Argus. also will be held Friday in He was the public his hometown of Quincy. address announcer at Jones Funeral Home in Amboy Highâ€™s football Dixon is handling arrangeand basketball games, had ments.
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Harold Fredericks of Dixon donates blood Monday afternoon at the Knights of Columbus hall in Dixon. The hall was at high capacity with donors of much-needed blood. The Red Cross had scheduled 36 donors and got another 14 walk-ins just over halfway through the scheduled time.
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