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SERVING ROCK FALLS, STERLING AND THE SURROUNDING AREA SINCE 1854
ELECTION 2014 | SENATE RACE
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Durbin: Fourth term not a gimme Oberweis’ wealth, recognition not lost on incumbent CHICAGO (AP) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he’s taking his opponent in the November election more seriously than any challenger since he first was elected to the Senate nearly two decades ago. Durbin’s rival, dairy magnate and GOP state Sen. Jim Oberweis, is considered a long shot to unseat the Senate’s secondranking Democrat. Yet Durbin has been staffing up statewide field offices, bringing on social mediasavvy campaign veterans and banking more than $6 million. U.S. Sen. Durbin says he Dick Durbin doesn’t want to underestimate Oberweis, who enters the race with personal wealth, statewide name recognition from a chain of family dairies and ice cream Dairy magnate shops and half Jim Oberweis dozen bids for public office. He’s also facing a mid-term election climate that’s historically tough on the sitting president’s party. “I’m not going to have anybody at the end of this campaign say, ‘He didn’t take it seriously,’” said Durbin, who’s seeking his fourth U.S. Senate term. But there may be more to the decision than Durbin playing it safe.
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ABOVE: Zayley Boonstra, 5, goes to the ground to gather eggs Saturday at the Morrison Kiwanis Easter egg hunt at Kiwanis Park. RIGHT: Keagan Bruins works to open her collection of eggs after the Easter egg hunt. See photos from another egg hunt in Dixon on A3.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | ROCK RIVER TRAIL INITIATIVE
Trail of untapped potential Volunteers, cities see opportunities along Rock River BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5570
When taking inventory of the Sauk Valley’s assets, many trails lead back to the river. The Rock River is at the center of conversations about economic development, recreation, and overall quality of life. The full breadth of the river starts at Horicon Marsh in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties in Wisconsin. The marsh, a
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national wildlife refuge encompassing 33,000 acres, is the crown jewel along the Rock River Trail. The trail continues for 320 miles through 11 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois to its confluence with the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities. The Rock River Trail Initiative is the result of a group of volunteers’ desire to protect the historic areas along the Rock, while still maximizing the riv-
er’s vast potential for jumpstarting economic development, recreation and tourism. Frank Schier, The Rock River Times editor and publisher, spearheaded the launch of the Rock River Trail Initiative in 2010, and it quickly gained steam with city and Philip Marruffoemail@example.com county officials, park district People fish Sunday afternoon along the banks of the Rock River and conservation entities, and at the lower dam in Rock Falls. The lower dam is an example of politicians. the river’s untapped potential, as accessing its boat ramp can be dangerous for those unfamiliar with the area. TRAIL CONTINUED ON A2
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