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Schilling visits Sterling VA clinic Rep. Bustos still wants answers from recent VA facilities scandal BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
STERLING – Bobby Schilling, a candidate for the 17th
Congressional District seat, was in Sterling on Thursday to visit the local veterans’ clinic. In November, Schilling will try to win back the seat he lost in 2012 to Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline. Schilling, R-Colona, said he was impressed with the Department of Veterans
Affairs’ Sterling Community Based Outpatient Clinic and is a strong supporter of the CBOC facilities, which aim to reduce the distance veterans must travel for medical care. The closest VA hospital to the area is in Iowa City, Iowa. “It’s a huge piece of the puzzle, so to speak, to help the VA take a lot of the backlog off,” he
said. “One of the things I would like to see in the local facilities, like this one, is to have them have more assistance and maybe somebody in-house that can help a lot of our veterans that are coming home with [post-traumatic stress disorder].”
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KEEPING EYE ON ELECTRICITY FROM THE SKY
Jobless rate falls to 7.5 percent Unemployment rate at lowest level since 2008
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ABOVE: A helicopter hovers above Dixon on Thursday morning, drawing the interest of those downtown. ComEd will often employ helicopter crews to inspect and repair power lines. LEFT: The helicopter hovers in the background as the BBY chicken keeps an eye on the Rock River.
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CHAMPAIGN (AP) – Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in May, its lowest level since 2008, the state Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The May jobless rate is down from 7.9 percent in April. Illinois still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, but the department noted that the state jobless rate has now dropped for 3 consecutive months. Department officials called the results encouraging. “The rate falling to 7.5 percent is significant,” spokesman Greg Rivara said. He pointed out that the trend of generally falling unemployment rates in the state dates back well beyond this year, but said the decreases of the past few months have been sharp after the brutal winter slowed the economy. The state jobless rate was 8.7 percent in January. The national unemployment rate for May was 6.3 percent. While May rates are not yet available for all 50 states, Illinois’ unemployment rate was lower than only Nevada’s and Rhode Island’s in April, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The total number of unemployed people in Illinois fell 4.6 percent in May, to 492,400. That number, though, only includes the unemployed who are still actively seeking work. JOBLESS CONTINUED ON A4
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STERLING – The Sterling Main Street Car Show will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the First Avenue parking lot behind Grummert’s Hardware and Mead’s Bike Shop downtown. Admission is free for spectators. Vehicle registration is $12 in advance and $15 on-site from 8 to 11 a.m. A cruise and awards presentation will be at 2 p.m.
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MOUNT MORRIS – BerryView Orchard, 7504 W. Midtown Road, will have an Aronia Berry Field Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be an informational presentation and field tours by Jeff Warren at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A $5 lunch will be available, as will Aronia samples and products. Admission is free.
STERLING – Sterling Main Street’s annual Dog Days celebration will be Saturday at Grandon Civic Center downtown. It starts at 8 a.m. with the Happy Tails Humane Society 2K fun run for people and their dogs. From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be pet-friendly vendors, presentations, family fun, giveaways and activities.
GRAND DETOUR – Local musicians will join forces for the annual June Jam festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. Admission is $5, or free with a canned food donation for the local food bank.
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DIXON – An authentic World War II re-enactment camp, featuring daily battle simulations with U.S. and German troops, returns to Elks Page Park, 7883 S. Lowell Park Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be weapons and uniform demonstrations and a military collectibles sale. Admission is $5, or $10 per car, but free to World War II veterans.
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Train hits delivery truck stuck on track Driver, not in cab, struck by debris BY CHRISTI WARREN CWARREN SAUKVALLEYCOM EXT
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When do-it-yourself is a good idea Shop owners offer advice on when to call in reinforcements BY KATIE DAHLSTROM 3HAW -EDIA KDAHLSTROM SHAWMEDIACOM
DeKALB â€“ Before Rachel Polly starts a doit-yourself project, she thinks about what could go wrong. She advises other would-be do-it-yourselfers to do the same. â€œThey need to know the consequences if thereâ€™s a mistake,â€? Polly said. â€œAre you going to have to pay a plumber $5,000 to fix something, or are you just going to have to paint it again?â€? Painting, tiling and other cosmetic projects can be tackled by amateurs, local experts say, but when it comes to plumbing and electrical projects, avoid the do-ityourself route and find a professional to do the job. Polly and Sherrie Larkins owns Urban Grace in downtown DeKalb, a shop filled with do-ityourself, or DIY, projects such as furniture they painted or altered. DIY has been a career for both women for almost 4 years, and a hobby for much longer.
They also host classes on painting DIY projects at the shop, which they said are gaining popularity, in part because of sharing sites such as Pinterest or Instagram, or programs on HGTV or the DIY Network. Other than considering the consequences, Polly and Larkins also take into account what tools theyâ€™ll need to complete a project, if the tool is worth buying, and if they feel comfortable using it. A jigsaw, for instance, does not fit into the comfortableto-use category, they said. â€œWe try to be as independent as we can,â€? said Larkins, adding painting her kitchen cabinets is her gutsiest undertaking in her own home. A mix of comfort and skill is key, said Carolyn Tobinson, who owns Tobinsonâ€™s Ace Hardware in Genoa. She sees people who will only go as far as replacing a toilet flap, to those who are doing their own underground wiring. Although the viability of a project depends on the person, Tobinson has a pretty solid test to tell how far a customer should go.
Urban Grace co-owners Sherrie Larkins (left) and Rachel Polly talk about the chalk-based paint that Polly is using to paint a trunk in their shop Thursday at 255 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb. Urban Grace opened on May 17. Larkins and Polly construct, revive, and re-work old furniture pieces and home decor items. â€œWhen they start asking me electric questions and I canâ€™t answer them, thatâ€™s when I tell them they should see a professional,â€? Tobinson said. â€œPlumbing, you can make a mess. Electric, someone can get killed.â€? Sheâ€™s noticed a slight
influx in people becoming more repair and craft savvy because they can follow step-by-step instructions online. Tobinson is considering offering home and garden seminars because she sees the demand. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of brave
and smart people out there,â€? Tobinson said. But no amount of enthusiasm can compensate for lacking skills or know-how. Re-doing a cosmetic project a homeowner finished but didnâ€™t like is an every once
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in a while job for John Horst, who has owned Sycamore-based Horst Builders since 1988. While superficial DIY projects donâ€™t worry him, people who try to repair their own roofs, plumbing or electric do. The repercussions from botched electrical work are likely to be much more detrimental than an unfortunate paint job, he said. He couldnâ€™t pinpoint how a plumbing or electrical DIY project gone awry would hit someoneâ€™s wallet, but said it undoubtedly would. A projectâ€™s success also comes back to tools. He said professionals have higher-quality (more expensive) tools while most homeowners who attempt their own repairs often chose cheaper ones. â€œIf you want to try something yourself, thatâ€™s fine,â€? Horst said. â€œYou can do your own trim or painting, but leave the mechanicals to the professionals.â€? Besides, the personalities on HGTV canâ€™t explain it all. â€œThereâ€™s things that come with building experience that you canâ€™t learn on TV,â€? Horst said.
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