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Defense: Texts led to fatal fight Court to decide whether messages can be used as evidence in Sigler trial BY CHRISTI WARREN cwarren@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 521

DIXON – Defense attorneys for a Dixon man accused of murdering his wife say that the couple’s Jan. 12 confrontation occurred because of sexual text messages the

man found on his wife’s cell phone. Defense attorney James Mertes said that discovery sparked a fight between Brian Sigler, 35, and his wife, Yolanda, that led to her death. Those text messages – sexual conversations that, the defense

says, occurred between Yolanda Sigler and another man – have been sealed by the court. Whether they can be used as eviBrian dence was the Sigler subject of a hearing Monday in Lee County Court. During the hearing, Brian

Sigler sat next to his attorneys – his handcuffs removed – and watched as they argued that the text messages sent and received by his wife should be admitted as evidence in his upcoming trial. “This is a case of a defendant actually walking in on an adulterous relationship,” Mertes said. Court documents submitted by the defense cite those texts as qualification for a charge of second-degree murder. The defense argues that evidence

of Sigler’s state of mind is absolutely necessary for a jury to decide whether this is a case of first- or second-degree murder. Someone commits the offense of second-degree murder, the defense argues, if “at the time of the killing ... [the defendant] is acting under a sudden and intense passion resulting from serious provocation by the individual killed.” TEXTS CONTINUED ON A4

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Murder charged in shaken-baby case Second grand jury adds charges against father BY CHRISTI WARREN cwarren@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 521

DIXON – Three new charges – including first-degree murder – have been filed against a

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Dixon man who is charged with killing his daughter by shaking her. In a new bill of indictment filed by the state, Charles T. George, 36, is charged with first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated battery of a child, and one count of aggravated domestic battery of a child.

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Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said a second grand jury was called after new information was obtained from doctors while she prepared for trial. She also cited a court decision made recently in a similar case. MURDER CONTINUED ON A4

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DIXON – To make it easier for developers to survey what properties are available in Dixon, the city launched a new database. The database was among the priorities that new City Administrator David Nord mentioned before he officially started the job. It launched last week, he said, and contains 21 vacant commercial properties for sale or lease and six undeveloped lots. It can be difficult to get developers to Dixon for a “cold visit,” if they David don’t have a specific Nord property in mind or an idea of what’s available, Nord said. Photos and information on the database could make it easier to let developers see what’s available from Chicago, Rockford and the Quad Cities. Those 27 local properties will also be listed on the state database, which is run by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Nord said, The Dixon database was among the first things Nord wanted to accomplish with the city, he said, because he saw the value in it while he was village administrator in Cherry Valley, a suburb of Rockford. “If you can make it easier for the people looking for sites, it’s all the better,” Nord said. DATABASE CONTINUED ON A2

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Charles T. George charged with first-degree murder

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The database can be found by going to www.DiscoverDixon.org and clicking on the “Business Development” link, then clicking the link to “Available Commercial Buildings and Sites in Dixon” on the left. To get a property or vacant lot listed in the database, call City Hall at 815288-1485.

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Calvin Breseman, Tanishq Dubey and Gustavo Farias are seniors at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. They created the Android-based Snow Day Calculator. “Everybody loves a snow day, so we decided to come up with a formula that would predict it,� Breseman told The DeKalb Daily Chronicle. “We came up with a

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Dixon has yet to advertise its new database to developers in Rockford, the Quad Cities and elsewhere, something that will likely happen after Jan. 1, Nord said. When

the database launched in Cherry Valley, he said, developers were calling within a month. The Dixon database lists properties at no cost to the property owners, Nord said, and a property “not listed� can be added within a few days after an owner contacts the city.

Demographic reports are available with each listing to show, for example, the population, median household size, median age, and median income for three radiuses. The listing also includes the building size, location from the

airport or interstate, and the asking sale or lease price, if it is provided by an owner or real estate agent. The entire downtown area has been surveyed and put into the database, Nord said, mostly from his walking or driving around the city.

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onday’s newspaper included an article I wrote about Mayor Jim Burke exploring the idea of a bicycle-sharing program in Dixon. It’s a way, he said, to make the city more bikefriendly for residents and tourists. In addition to the bikesharing, Burke and the city will look into getting a national distinction for being bike-friendly, which is given by the League of American Bicyclists. According to the organization, Illinois is No. 9 in the country for being bike-friendly. Among the criteria the organization uses to designate a city as bike friendly are safe and convenient places to ride; fostering bike education; creating strong bike culture; ensuring safe roads for bikers; and making bicycles a viable transportation option. Ed Barsotti, the executive director of League of Illinois Bicyclists, said the city, even without a bikesharing program, is “on the right track� for the nation designation.

Lost on the cutting room floor – An envelope arrived Dec. 23 in the mail at Dixon’s City Hall. And in it was a check for $9.2 million, restitution to the city from the sale of property and assets of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell. I spoke with Burke about the check that day, just as I had done the Friday before, after I found out the check was on its way. The check arrived at City Hall just days before Christmas, and that timing wasn’t lost on Burke. “We thought it’d be a nice Christmas present for the people,� he said. That quote didn’t make it into the story, but I thought I’d give it a life here. – In the Dec. 28 weekend edition of the paper, I wrote a story about changes to credit card statements in the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department. I spoke with Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock about the bills. Rock declined to give much information, citing his role as attorney for the Sheriff’s Department and County Board, but he did say something early in our conversation that didn’t make it to print. “I don’t know if the records were altered,� he said. Attorneys are careful with their words, especially when speaking with

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a reporter on the record. I know Rock had spoken with the County Clerk Rebecca Huntley about her concerns that bills were being altered; he confirmed as much to me. And I saw for myself three instances of alterations when I went to the clerk’s office a few weeks ago. For one reason or another, I couldn’t find a way to include Rock’s quote in the article so that it accurately represented what he said. However, I think it’s an important quote. There’s no reason to believe Rock was covering or trying to hide anything. But I feel what he said reinforced his role as the attorney for the Sheriff’s Department. There’s nothing wrong about that. That’s why, if there was an investigation needed, it would go to an outside agency. Office is closed: This year, Christmas and New Year’s Day happen to be on a Wednesday, the day I hold my “office hours� at Books on First. So, I’ll make my return to the book store from 1 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 8, a week from tomorrow. Stop by and say hi, or let me know what I should be covering in Dixon.

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aribeth Johnson, 18, a senior at Dixon High School, is the November Student of the Month. She lives with her parents, Ruth and Dave Johnson, and brother, Patrick, 15. Favorite class: Choir is my favorite, because I love to sing, and I like being involved in our choir department. Top teacher: Dave Stanley, because he really challenged us to do our best. Extracurriculars: I’m involved in tennis, madrigals, jazz choir, jazz band, drama and Key Club. After graduation: I am going to college to study pre-med.

Favorite singer or musical group: Ricky Nelson. Favorite actor: David Tennant. TV show: “Doctor Who�. Hobbies: R e a d i n g , playing piano and listening to music. Favorite game or outdoor activity: Tennis. Favorite food: Mashed potatoes and peas. Biggest fear: Being stuck in a crowded area where I didn’t know anyone. Least favorite class: Physics. What makes your blood boil? People who don’t finish their sentences.

What kind of music makes your skin crawl? Country. Where are some of the places you like to hang out? I hang out at my friends’ houses, because we have fun watching movies and eating food together. Survival guide: Keeping a positive attitude and staying focused on your goals. Useless knowledge: Everything I learned in psychology. I’m in the dictionary next to: Musical; I’m involved in every musical activity offered at school. Secret twin: I’ve had people tell me I look like Anne Hathaway, but I

don’t really see it. Personal trivia: I enjoy tap dancing. Dream job: I’d like to try being a window washer on a skyscraper. Trading places: I’d love to be a Time Lord from “Doctor Who� and travel through space and time. Trading spaces: I’ve been to London before, and I would love to go back, because it is such a beautiful and historic city. Read this: “Devil in the White City� by Eric Larson. It’s a crime novel about the Chicago World’s Fair Shout out: Thanks to all my friends and family who support me all the way!

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OBITUARIES Eugene D. Gallentine DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Eugene Donald Gallentine, 80, of Dixon, died at 12:02 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. He owned and operated Geneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service Inc. in Dixon for more than 30 years. He was born Jan. 13, 1933, in Dixon, to Leonard and Esther (Spigler) Gallentine. He married the former Gwen Brooks on Aug. 3, 1952, at the Brethren church in Dixon. She survives. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dixon. Eugene was proud of his yard, having won the Lawn of the Month several times. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father. Also surviving are two sons, Douglas (Mary) Gallentine of Morris and Kyle (Donna) Gallentine

of Dixon; four grandchildren, Beth Simpkin of Roscoe, Nikki Greffin of South Beloit, Christie Horrie of Diamond, and Rustin Galletine of Dixon; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Flossie Nelson and Phyllis Kerley. Private visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, followed by private family services at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. John Kalebaugh officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to End Polio Now or the American Heart Association. Go to www.chapelhilldixon.com to send condolences.

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Diana G. Miller DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Diana G. Miller, 68, of Dixon, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. She was born Dec. 16, 1948, in Pocahontas, Ark., the daughter of Jesse and Sadie (Strange) Miller. Survivors include two brothers, Kenny and Vendall Miller, both of Arkansas; one sister, Peggy Law of Rockford; and many friends at Kreider Center in Dixon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of her life will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at Kreider Services, 500 Anchor Road, Dixon. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements. Visit www.thejonesfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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Patrick James-Jude McCullough DIXON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Patrick James-Jude McCullough, 44, of Dixon, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. He wa s b orn Sept. 2, 1969, in Dixon, the son of John and Beverly (Smith) McCullough. He had worked as a highway maintainer for the Illinois Department of Transportation for the past 12 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, the Knights of Columbus Council 690, and a Boy Scout leader. Patrick was a veteran of the Marine Corps. He married Stacie Wolford on Oct. 15, 1994, at St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; children, Samuel, Abigail, and Elizabeth McCullough, all at home; two brothers, John McCullough of Dixon and Edward

(McCullough) McNamara of Palm Springs, Calif.; two sisters, Lori (Rex) Meyer of Harmon and Michele (Lori Dorathy) Sulski of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rachel Rhae, and a brother, Thadeus. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bernard Sehr, pastor, officiating. A memorial has been established for his childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education. Visit www.thejonesfh. com to send condolences.

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MOUNT CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joanna Lee Rogers, 61, of Fort PRINCETON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Phyllis A. Ross, 97, of Princeton, died Lauderdale, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at her LAKE CARROLL â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Diane Kay Vallone, 72, of Lake CarFriday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Liberty Village in Princeton. roll, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at FHN Memorial Hoshome. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is handling Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll is pital in Freeport. arrangements. Law-Jones Funeral Homes is handling arrangements. handling arrangements.

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Death toll hits 13 in railway station explosion No one claims responsibility for suicide bombing MOSCOW (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; At least 13 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia,

officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the explosion at the central railway station in the city of Volgograd was set off by a suicide bomber. Vladimir Markin, a

spokesman for the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said that at least 13 people died in the blast. Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Ministry said about 50 people were injured. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attack, but it came several months

after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games. Suicide bombings and other attacks linked to Islamic rebels have rocked Russia for years. In October, a female suicide bomber blew herself

up on a city bus in Volgograd, killing six people and injuring about 30. Officials said the attacker came from the province of Dagestan, which has become the center of an Islamist insurgency that has spread across the region after two separatist wars in Chechnya. Russian state television

reported that Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explosion occurred at the security gate at the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrance. Footage from a security camera facing the station that was broadcast by Rossiya 24 television showed the moment of explosion: a bright orange flash inside the station behind the main gate followed by plumes of smoke.

Judge will announce Home electricity use falling to 2001 levels decision on Jan. 15 ENERGY USE

Gadgets, homes becoming much more efficient

NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher. Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row, to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, according to the Energy Information Administration. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lowest level since 2001, when households averaged 10,535 kwh. And the drop has occurred, even though our lives are more electrified. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at what has changed since the last time consumption was so low.

Better homes In the early 2000s, as energy prices rose, more states adopted or toughened building codes to force builders to better seal homes so heat or air-conditioned

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In this combination of file photos, a man (top) looks at the back of a Sonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4K XBR LED television in Las Vegas, on Jan. 7, 2013. and a man (bottom) looks at a CRT television in Redwood City, Calif., on Oct. 18, 2006. Some 40-inch LED televisions bought in 2013 use 80 percent less power than the cathode ray tube televisions of the past. air doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seep out so directed toward homefast. That means newer efficiency programs. homes waste less energy. Better gadgets Also, insulated windows and other building techBig appliances such nologies have dropped as refrigerators and air in price, making retrofits conditioners have gotten of existing homes more more efficient thanks to affordable. In the wake federal energy standards of the financial crisis, bil- that get stricter ever lions of dollars in Recov- few years as technology ery Act funding was evolves.

A typical room air conditioner â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of the biggest power hogs in the home â&#x20AC;&#x201C; uses 20 percent less electricity per hour of full operation than it did in 2001, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Central air conditioners, refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines and dryers also have gotten more efficient. Other devices are using less juice, too. Some 40-inch LED televisions bought today use 80 percent less power than the cathode ray tube televisions of the past. Some use just $8 worth of electricity over a year when used 5 hours a day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; less than a 60-watt incandescent bulb would use. Those incandescent light bulbs are being replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs that use 70 to 80 percent less power. According to the Energy Department, widespread use of LED bulbs could save output equivalent to that of 44 large power plants by 2027. The move to mobile also is helping. Desktop computers with big CRT monitors are being replaced with laptops, tablet computers and smart phones, and these mobile devices are specifically designed to sip power to prolong battery life.

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Lee County Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attorney Anna SaccoMiller cited a state law that says any statement made by a deceased witness can be used as evidence, only if it was made under oath â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such as in a trial or other court proceeding â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so that the statement might have been challenged under cross-examination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not here to tell us that those were her [text messages],â&#x20AC;? Sacco-Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not here to

deny or admit, because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no proof of reliability of those out-ofcourt statements.â&#x20AC;? Judge Ron Jacobson will announce Jan. 15 whether he will allow the text messages as evidence. Police say that Brian Sigler admitted killing his wife in their home before stabbing himself repeatedly with a knife. He was found bleeding in their upstairs bathroom after their son called 911. He was being held on $2 million bond Monday at the Lee County Jail.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a brand new case that came out on abusive head trauma that was, in my opinion, less overt than this was,â&#x20AC;? Sacco-Miller said. The defendant in that case, she said, was convicted of first-degree murder. The new indictment states that in September 2010, George committed first-degree murder

when he â&#x20AC;&#x153;knowingly, without lawful justification ... slammed T.O.G. on to the floor causing skull fractures and shook T.O.G. causing severe brain injury, rib fractures and retinal detachments which ultimately caused the death of T.O.G.â&#x20AC;? His daughter, 3-monthold Tamari, died 5 days later at a Rockford hospital. George remained in Lee County Jail on Monday on $1 million bond.


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Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past-due bills fall to $7.6 billion Next year doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t promise to bring state much relief SPRINGFIELD (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Illinois will end 2013 with $7.6 billion in unpaid bills, a 15 percent reduction from a year earlier, officials said Monday. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had estimat-

ed the backlog would be closer to the $9 billion owed at the end of 2012. But an unexpected $1.3 billion infusion of tax receipts last spring helped, The Rockford Register-Star reported. The newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is part of GateHouse newspapersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series on Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; backlog of unpaid bills. Still, 2014 doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t promise to bring much relief.

For years, not-for-profits and other state contractors have come to count on faster payment in the spring when tax revenues are strong, but they expect to wait longer in the winter months when revenues have slowed and money has been spent for other budget matters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the discernible pattern now for

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several years, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not changing this year,â&#x20AC;? said Steven Langley, chief executive officer of Stepping Stones, a housing and treatment center for clients with severe behavior and mental health issues. Some might expect relief now that lawmakers finally adopted a plan for reforming the way government employees

are provided retirement pensions. The package approved this month would cut benefits and ensure government pays its fair share to save $160 million over 30 years. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take effect until next year, and any savings wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be realized for several years down the road. And before it can even take effect, retired teachers

and other educators have filed a lawsuit challenging the measureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constitutionality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are simply too many unknowns right now,â&#x20AC;? Topinka spokesman Brad Hahn said. Organizations such as Stepping Stones in the meantime are preparing for a switch to managedcare programs for Medicaid clients.

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Citizens may apply on website Sunday CHICAGO (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Illinois State Police next week will begin taking applications from residents who want to carry concealed weapons, and as many as 400,000 are expected to be submitted in the first year, officials said Monday. Citizens may apply through the ISP website beginning Sunday, 6 months after Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of a concealed firearm. A federal judge ordered the state to enact the law, and state police had 180 days to begin accepting applications. Col. Marc Maton, who has overseen the process of building the system â&#x20AC;&#x153;from the ground up,â&#x20AC;? said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident it will be ready to go Jan. 5 but expects the agency will find ways to improve it. State police have been testing the website by allowing certified firearm instructors to apply for concealed-carry permits, and have received 900 applications so far from among the 2,100 instructors. On Thursday, citizens who have completed the required 16-hour training and have submitted electronic fingerprints will be permitted to begin applying to help test the websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capacity, Maton said. The application process will require some

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Illinois State Police Colonel Matt Maton speaks at a news conference Monday in Chicago. Maton said that State Police are ready to begin processing applications from residents who want to carry concealed weapons, and expect up to 400,000 applications in the first year. preparation. Applicants must obtain a digital â&#x20AC;&#x153;identification,â&#x20AC;? a unique password of sorts that will allow them to digitally sign their application. They also will be asked for a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license or state identification number, a firearm ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identification card, a digital photo, addresses of every place theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived for 10 years and proof theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve undergone firearms training with a licensed instructor. They also must answer criminal history questions and undergo a background check that will include records relating to crimes and mental health. Fingerprints may be submitted electronically to expedite the process, though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not required. Officials said that 10,000 people have already

obtained digital IDs. Maton said state police expected to process 300,000 to 400,000 applications next year, based on the almost 330,000 applications the agency has received for firearm owner identification cards. Local law enforcement officials have been gearing up, too, with some offering electronic fingerprinting or technical help with the application process. They also will be able to object to individual applications. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worried that his office does not have the resources to adequately investigate thousands of applications to prevent permits from being issued to people with arrests for crimes such as domestic abuse or to those with gang ties.

available online. In a statement, Topinka says there shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a mystery when it comes to public dollars in the state. The tax return inserts will show what state agencies spend each year. It

also gives a picture of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unpaid bills over time. Topinka says that Cook County Treasurer Maria 0APPASSTARTEDASIMILAR insert in the previous tax season.

DeKalb County officials are warning residents about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors after two members of a Sycamore family passed out from carbon monoxide exposure before help arrived. Four family members in the 1700 block of Brower Place, Sycamore, were transported to Kishwaukee Hospital for treatment of high carbon monoxide exposure this month, said Art Zern, assistant fire chief for the Sycamore Fire Department. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s furnace was not draining the exhaust properly, causing the exhaust to go back into the house. The family did not have a

 

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s 2013 draws to a close, we offer a sampling of the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorials that appeared on this page during the past year. Happy new year, one and all! Graduation conflict ends; thanks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Public high schools in Rock Falls and Sterling have agreed to no longer conduct their graduation ceremonies at the same time. We thank school officials for making this common-sense change. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 2 Zemkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice is worth taking: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vote every timeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Former Sterling Alderwoman Mae Zemke, who died this week, was passionate about local government and voting. Her legacy would be honored if more people took her advice and voted regularly. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 11 Salute to a caring educator â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A former leader at Sterling Public Schools, who died over the weekend, will be remembered for his lifelong passion for education. We salute former Superintendent Wil Booker. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 22 Effective use of grant Wil Booker money helps residents â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sterling city leaders deserve credit for winning a federal housing grant and using it effectively. Many neighborhoods, and lives, have been improved. Well done. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 25 Pilot project proves camerasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; value; make them permanent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pilot project to allow news cameras and video recordings in Illinois trial courtrooms. The experiment has proved camerasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; value. Their presence in courtrooms should be made permanent. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 26 Turning pain into a purpose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A police chief and two legislators from the Sauk Valley helped win approval of Erinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law. Children will be better protected against sexual abusers because of it. Congratulations to them and to the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake, Erin Merryn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 29 Horse-and-buggy government needs greater public scrutiny â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Townships have been around since Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; horse-and-buggy days, when transportation was difficult and hyperlocal government was a necessity. Transportation has long since improved. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to scrutinize townships to consider whether counties could take over their duties. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Feb. 2 Sentence fits the crime; bravo! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A major milestone in the prosecution of Dixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former comptroller has been reached. Rita Crundwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 20-year prison sentence fits the crime. However, other prosecution, restitution, and prevention Rita Crundwell milestones lie ahead. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Feb. 15 Government pays its debts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Three cheers to the Ogle County Board for paying off its Judicial Center debt 10 years ahead of time, thus saving taxpayers $2.7 million in interest. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 7 Release contract details before approval, not after â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Negotiators for Dixon teachers and school officials eventually will reach a tentative contract agreement. At that point, the tentative contract should be released to the taxpaying public. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obligation, after all, to pay for it. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 12 100 new jobs? Bring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; We welcome SGS Refrigeration, and its 100 or more new jobs, to the Sauk Valley. May this cooling equipment manufacturer grow and prosper. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 15 Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal: Improve the city through better neighborhoods â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A yearlong project to encourage better neighborhoods in Sterling has great potential to improve the community. We encourage churches and the general public to become involved. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 16 Pry open those contracts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; We oppose the hide-and-seek approach of public bodies toward newly negotiated employee contracts. We support a bill to guarantee contract transparency. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 21

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Voters should opt for savings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Municipal electrical aggregation appears on the ballot in Dixon and other communities. We see no downside. Other area communities already reap the benefits. Vote yes. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 6 Time to hire interim city manager â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After using a city credit card for thousands of dollars in personal purchases, Dixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of public works, personnel and engineering, Shawn Ortgiesen, should resign. An interim Dixon city manager should Shawn be hired. Then, the city Ortgiesen should focus strongly on what form of government to adopt after its latest scandal. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 10 Help a river help our region â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The designation of the Rock River Trail as part of the National Water Trail System is no small achievement. We encourage local leaders and entrepreneurs to take full advantage of the benefits. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 13 Credit-card scandal exposes cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flaws â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flawed commission form of government has allowed a second city employee to use tax dollars for personal purchases. The lack of accountability is shocking. A new form of government must be recommended soon. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 17 Admiration for official; frustration with system â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A local drainage district that has only one functioning board member is an extreme example of what can happen when government units established many years ago are not reassessed, updated, or consolidated. The question must be asked, Is there a better way? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 7 Better feedback, better city â&#x20AC;&#x201C; One goal of the new Rock Falls mayor is to seek more feedback from the public. With that greater sense of public opinion, Mayor Bill Wescott hopes to be more responsive. We applaud Wescottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal, and we Bill hope he is successful in Wescott achieving it. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 11 Integrity, honesty lacking in music program scandal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The IHSA has punished the Oregon High School music program for violating music contest rules. The episode is a learning opportunity for students and adults alike. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 14 A contract worth inspecting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dixon residents have been given the opportunity to review a public employee union contract well before the city council takes final action. We applaud such transparency. We encourage the public to inspect and comment upon the document. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; June 22 A donation to remember â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The estate of a late Morrison businesswoman donated more than $100,000 to the Whiteside County government. Such generosity doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen every day. The county should publicly and permanently honor Margaret Haines. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; June 27 The rehabilitation of George Ryan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Free at last to come and go as he pleases, former Gov. George Ryan faces the legacy of a corrupt politician who

served time in prison. In his remaining years, Ryan ought to take up the cause of political and governmental reform. He certainly would speak from experience. Perhaps fellow Illinoisans would listen to him. And he could partially repair his tarnished George reputation. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 10 Ryan Hearts go out to Prophetstown over ruinous fire â&#x20AC;&#x201C; As Prophetstown residents adjust to life after eight downtown buildings were destroyed by fire, the hearts of many area residents go out to them. Area firefighters deserve praise for their effective response. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 18 Sandy survival of 6-year-old was miraculous â&#x20AC;&#x201C; After the earth swallowed 6-yearold Nathan Woessner, an amazing sequence of events saved his life. Could it be just luck? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 19 No mistake about it; system broke â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Does Nathan anyone in Dixon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; except Woessner for a couple of council members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; think that the municipal government overhaul should be anything short of a major shakeup? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 20 Community gets fine addition, and a lesson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Heritage Crossing was envisioned with a clear â&#x20AC;&#x153;understandingâ&#x20AC;? that Dixon taxpayers would not be on the hook for construction costs that grant funding couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn out that way. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 3 Voters will judge whether officials budgeted wisely â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rock Falls city officials defended their travel and convention costs, which are higher than in larger municipalities in the Sauk Valley. Is such spending appropriate, or excessive? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we have elections. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whiteside 16â&#x20AC;? taught a lesson; compliance left up to the voters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sixteen Whiteside County Board members broke the Illinois Open Meetings Act last year, as determined by a Public Access Bureau attorney. Whiteside voters must ensure that County Board members learned their lesson. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 15 Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney conflict defeats public interest â&#x20AC;&#x201C; When public interest consistently loses to political expediency, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to reform the system. Re-writing the job description of stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney could help. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 17 Wind farm lawsuit can stall project â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Opponents of Green River Wind Farm have, predictably, exercised their right to seek judicial review of the Lee County Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of the project. Even if their arguments are not strong, the plaintiffs could have time on their side. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 27 Simple change could clarify meetings law â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Should members-elect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; those who were voted into office but have yet to be sworn in â&#x20AC;&#x201C; count in determining whether the public should be allowed into a meeting? We think the Open Meetings Act needs to make clear that they should be counted. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 30 Twin City Joint Fire Command an excellent idea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rock Falls and Sterling

city councils are on the verge of combining the administrative functions of their fire departments. We praise city officials for their efforts to work together, save money, and improve efficiency. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept. 6 Another year, another finalist for top teacher â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Oregon School District has put together an amazing string of nominees for Illinois Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to the latest statewide Aaron Sitze finalist, Aaron Sitze. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept. 11 Leaving job early breaks trust with voters â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The 89th District state representative will resign after serving 9 months of a 2-year term to pursue a new political opportuJim nity. Jim Saciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision Sacia deprives constituents of his experience and breaks faith with them. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sept. 14 Needs vs. wants: The $40 million dilemma â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The city of Dixon has serious financial needs, which the nearly $40 million recovered in the Crundwell scandal can help alleviate. But some of the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wants should receive careful consideration. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Oct. 12 Display policy a wise move â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lee County is considering a policy that sets forth guidelines to govern displays on the courthouse grounds. Allowing a longstanding Nativity scene to continue, as well as opening the door to other displays in an unbiased manner, is a wise approach. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Oct. 17 Salute to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;full, vibrant lifeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; In the passing of Raymond H. Neisewander Jr., the Sauk Valley lost an influential and active business and community leader. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and Ray Raynor colleagues. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nov. Niesewander 1 Crundwell questions remain; letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have answers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dixon residents need to learn everything possible from the sad, difficult, and expensive lesson that is the Rita Crundwell scandal. Mayor Jim Jim Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to Burke cease answering questions about Crundwell does not serve the public interest. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nov. 2 Retired, but not retired â&#x20AC;&#x201C; When public school superintendents can retire, draw inflated pensions, and then rejoin the public school work force, somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right. The entire system needs an overhaul to promote fairness, responsibility, and sustainability. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nov. 12 Twistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; impact spreads beyond disaster zones â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sons and daughters of the Sauk Valley were in harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way when tornadoes struck Illinois on Sunday. Let area residents continue to show heart-warming generosity toward the victims. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nov. 21 Distressed Coloma Township needs intervention â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Who will intervene in Coloma Township, a distressed government that has lost its way? Elected township officials must shoulder the responsibility, or resign and be replaced. An awakened public must hold them accountable. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nov. 23 Delays make justice elusive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; By the time Nicholas Sheley is tried for the killings of four people in Rock Falls, nearly 6 years will have passed. That is not our idea of justice. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fiscal responsibilityâ&#x20AC;? and the Ogle sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Michael Harn promised â&#x20AC;&#x153;fiscal responsibilityâ&#x20AC;? while campaigning for Ogle County Sheriff in 2010. Some of his spending decisions since taking office seem Michael out of step with that Harn pledge. The Ogle County Board must exert more stringent oversight. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 21

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Commuting, email traffic bring out womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst Dear Abby, Have you any advice for how a person can handle mornings better? No matter what I do, I start off every work day irritated and grumpy. I love the mornings, and even get up early so I can enjoy sitting with my coffee and relax before heading out the door. But as soon as I get out into traffic, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m immediately in a bad mood. Then, sitting down at work and facing all the emails that come in from my global associates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; usually about some emergency that is plopped in my lap â&#x20AC;&#x201C; puts me in more of a foul mood. I actually like my job, despite what it sounds like. I just hate starting off every day like this. Telecommuting is not an

another form of transportation thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less stressful. And when you arrive at work, take a little time to decompress before turning on your computer, whether it is with meditation or deep-breathing exercises for the first 10 or 15 minutes. Both can do wonders for a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outlook.

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Dear Abby, A cute little girl lives up the street from my husband and me and attends the same church we do. A few years ago we taught her in a Sunday school class. At the time, she developed a crush on my husband. We both laughed about it then and thought it was sweet. Fast-forward 3 years, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so sweet anymore. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downright awkward. She runs up to my

husband multiple times while weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at church, while ignoring me. Last Sunday, she turned to me as she did it and announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mine!â&#x20AC;? I stood there thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uh, no â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mine.â&#x20AC;? I know this jealous reaction may seem silly and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying hard not to feel this way, but it felt like I was fighting over my husband with an 8-year-old. He is aware of her crush and how I feel about it, but he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hurt her feelings. Her mother knows about the crush, and we shared a laugh early on. What can I do? Would speaking to the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother help? What should I say? Or would it make things more awkward? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; No Longer Amused in Ogden, Utah

Dear No Longer Amused, The cute little neighbor girl is no longer 5. Three years is a long time for a child to hang on to a crush. Because her behavior bothers you, tell her mother you find it excessive at this point and ask her to tell her daughter sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting too old to act that way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the truth, and your husband should back you up.

Dear Wayne, I consider it a refreshingly positive way to start a day, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure others will agree and add it to their list of New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions. Thank you for sharing it.

Confidential To My Readers: A word to the wise: If you plan to toast the New Year tonight, please appoint a designated driver. And on this night especially, designatDear Abby, ed drivers should rememI thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d share my ber to drive defensively. own New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resoluTo one and all, a happy, tion with you. For the healthy New Year! past 25 years I have made â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Love, Abby the following resolution: Dear Abby is written by Each day I will ask myself, Abigail Van Buren, also â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is the kindest, known as Jeanne Phillips, most loving thing I can and was founded by her say or do at this particular mother, Pauline Phillips. moment?â&#x20AC;? I invite your Write Dear Abby at www. readers to consider this. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wayne 69440, Los Angeles, CA in Puyallup, Wash. 90069.

SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Wednesday, Jan. 1 New Year Holiday SVM has not received cancelation notices on these events. Dixon Kiwanis Club meeting, 7 a.m., private dining room, KSB Hospital, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Dixon Correctional retiree breakfast, 8 a.m., Rivers Edge Inn, 2303 W. First St., Dixon. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 9-11 a.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Church of the Brethren, 215 North Court St., Dixon. Nurturing Program, 9:15 a.m., Sinnissippi Centers Inc., 2611 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013. Narcotics Anonymous, 10 a.m., open, 403 13th Ave., Sterling. Senior Information Services, 10 a.m.-noon, Community United Church of Christ, 346 Chicago Ave., Savanna, 800-541-5479. Whiteside County Health Department free blood pressure clinic, 10-11 a.m., Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Bank, 112 Main St., Tampico. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.noon, Dixon Food Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Red Fox, 500 Chicago Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, grapevine; 3:30 p.m., closed; 6 p.m., closed, Spanish; 7 p.m., closed, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave.,

Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, Big Book; 6 p.m., closed, Big Book, tradition, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Sauk Valley Group Alcoholics Anonymous, noon and 8 p.m., open, Big Book; back door, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls. Free blood pressure check, 1-3 p.m., Amboy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 15 W. Wasson Road, Amboy, 815-8572550. Alcoholics Anonymous, 1:30 p.m., closed, Rochelle Community Hospital, 900 N. Second St. Low Vision Group, 1:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. American Red Cross blood drive, 2-6 p.m., 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls. Appointment: 815-625-0382. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group, 5-6:30 p.m., Choices Domestic Violence Program office, 203 W. Market St., Mount Carroll. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., closed, steps, tradition, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chicago Ave., Davis Junction. YWCA sexual abuse survivors womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group, 5:30-7 p.m., second floor, 115 W. First St., Dixon, bbraid@ywsauk.or or 815625-0333. Pearl, a self-esteem support group of the YWCA Domestic Violence Program, 6 p.m., 815625-0333.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Group, 6 p.m., Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815-288-4673. AWANA, 6:30-8 p.m., 3 years through sixth grade, Northside Baptist Church, 598 River Lane, Dixon, 815-288-5212. Carroll County Fair Board, 7 p.m., Milledgeville Bank basement, 451 N. Main Ave., 815244-9444. Touched By Suicide ... Survivors Gather, 7 p.m., Hospice of the Rock River Valley, 264 state Route 2, Dixon, 815-4382345. Dixon Sports Boosters Club Board meeting, 7 p.m., Dixon High School, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive. Wednesday worship at the barn, 7 p.m., Chaplin Creek Village, 1715 Whitney Road, Franklin Grove. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 560 U.S. Route 52, Amboy. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous 8 p.m., closed, Polo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave. Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District Board meeting, 8 p.m., United States Department of Agriculture Building, 16255 Liberty St., Morrison.

COMMUNITY EVENTS Wednesday, Jan. 1 New Year Holiday Holiday: SVM has not received cancelation notices on these events. Bingo, 1 p.m., Rock Falls American Legion Hall, 712 Fourth Ave. Community cards, 2 p.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815-4563000. Kings Kids Club, 6 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2002 Ninth Ave., Rock Falls, 815-579-1209 or 815625-4101. Sauk Valley Chess Club, 7-9 p.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8838. Thursday, Jan. 2 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-2889236. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St.., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bingo and popcorn, 9-10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Line dancing, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St.., Oregon, 815-732-3252. 313 card game and Wii Bowling, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Community coffee, 10-11 a.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815-4563000. Friendly Needles, 10:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252.

Zumba class, 10:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Mexican Train Dominoes, noon, Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Card players, 12:15 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hand and Footâ&#x20AC;? card game, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Euchre/500 games, 1-2 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Bingo, 1 p.m., Sterling Women of the Moose, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Euchre, 1-3 p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Chair massage, 1:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. There is a cost; registration necessary. Exercise group, 4 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815589-3925 Mexican food, 5-8 p.m., Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars, 217 First Ave. Mexican Train dominoes, 6 p.m., Tampico Area Community Building, 106 W. Market St., Tampico, 815-535-3665. Bingo, 7 p.m., Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Fourth St., Sterling, 815-625-8290.

Thursday, Jan. 2 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and Family Planning Services, all by appointment only, Suite 100, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Dixon, 815-284-3371. Abuse Changing team, 815625-0338. Twin City Sunrise Rotary, 7 a.m., Ryberg Auditorium, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. TOPS IL 1426, 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, meeting at 9 a.m., Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St., Rock Falls. TOPS IL 825, 9-10 a.m. weighin, meeting at 10 a.m., Coventry Activity Center, 612 St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road, Sterling, 815-626-0034. Exercise with Cher, 9-10 a.m., Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Golden K Kiwanis, 9:30 a.m., YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling. Free blood pressure check, 10-11:30 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed; 5:30 p.m., open, beginners; 7 p.m., closed, step, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling.

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Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Covered Bridge Quilters Guild, 7 p.m., Harkrader Hall, St. Louis Catholic School, 631 Park Ave. West, Princeton, 815-8752430. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed; Al-Anon, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 709 Fourth Ave., Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Big Book, Rolling Hills Center, 201 state Route 64, Lanark. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., closed, St. Anne Church, 401 N. Cherry St., Morrison. Lee County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deputy Reserves, 7:30 p.m., Law Enforcement Center, 306 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. AMVETS Post 167 Auxiliary, 7:30 p.m., Sterling American Legion, 601 First Ave. Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus practice, 7:30 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 603 W. 10th St., 815284-7569. Self Help Parents Association, 7:30 p.m., Self Help Enterprises, 2300 W. LeFevre Road, Sterling. Sterling-Rock River Masonic Lodge 612, 7:30 p.m., 113 1/2 W. Third St., Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., closed, United Steelworkers, 502 Woodburn Ave., Sterling. Volunteer Care Center of Lee County, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Appointment, 815-284-9555.

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So many options are available, yet really there is only one TV choice when ringing in the new year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dick Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mouthful of a show title, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only fitting because this show, airing on ABC, is also the biggest by far of the countdown-tomidnight shows. Other networks will do many of the same things, such as broadcasting the famous ball drop from Times Square in New York City, where an estimated 1 million people will gather to see it in person. But Clark, who died in 2012, staked a claim on televising this party back in 1972 and turned the musicbased Times Square countdown into a national tradition. Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care for the ubiqui-

tous Seacrest, Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handpicked successor, and the caliber and quantity of the musical guests still make the bicoastal â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eveâ&#x20AC;? party the best one on TV. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blondie, Icona Pop and Miley Cyrus are among those performing live from Times Square. The West Coast lineup includes Capital Cities, Daughtry, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke and the Fray. And Billy Joel will perform after midnight from Brooklyn. It all begins at 7 p.m. with a 2-hour â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Greatest Women in Musicâ&#x20AC;? show thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just filler. But be sure to switch over at 9 p.m., when prime-time festivities begin. Here are some additional New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve TV highlights:

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ST. LOUIS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; It takes a little courage the first time you saute onions with Indian spices and mix them into your oatmeal, but the queasy feeling passes. I promise. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit that I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an instant convert. It felt like sacrilege. Violating your childhood treat with veggies and soy sauce still feels a bit â&#x20AC;Ś well, unsavory, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to change that. At a recent dinner, I served a curried steel-cut oatmeal dish with chicken and mixed peppers, but I waited until everyone applauded the texture and flavors before I confessed that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, by the way â&#x20AC;Ś thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not quinoa.â&#x20AC;? No one complained, but there was a momentary look of dread in which you could see them pondering the question of whether to feel sick. Suggesting roasted meat, red peppers and oatmeal to the uninitiated can seem as farfetched as recommending spinach on a PB&J. However, despite its distinct breakfast connotation, oatmeal is just a grain. Correction: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the least expensive whole grain options you can buy. And now you can buy bulk because you can use it sweet or savory. Oatmeal pancakes today, oatmeal jambalaya the next. Once you wrap your head and your tastebuds around the alternatives, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll discover that oatmeal just might be the most versatile grain around. Brown rice is higher in calories and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compete with the sweet side of oatmeal; besides it lacks that coldweather comfort appeal. Barley, bulgar and quinoa would be the most likely next tier of rivals, but they are typically harder to come by and much more expensive. Not to mention that these savory menu items just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much sweet breakfast cachet. Oatmeal is a chameleon, especially steel cut, which has more nutritional value. But any variety of oatmeal is vaguely sweet, a great quality for curries and an added dimension in traditional savory dishes and stir-frys. Cook it a little longer and slower and the texture can be an alternative to creamy mashes like potatoes and other root vegetables. Oatmeal Au Gratin, anyone? How about Broccoli-Cheddar Oatmeal Risotto? I know, I know, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not convinced. The Whole Grains Council describes oats like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the U.S., most oats are steamed and flattened to

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The secret savory side of oatmeal will enhance this recipe for broccoli-cheddar oven risotto. produce â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;old-fashionedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or regular oats, quick oats and instant oats. The more oats are flattened and steamed, the quicker they cook â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the softer they become. If you prefer a chewier, nuttier texture, consider steel-cut oats, also sometimes called Irish or Scottish oats. Steel-cut oats consist of the entire oat kernel (similar in look to a grain of rice), sliced once or twice into smaller pieces to help water penetrate and cook the grain. Cooked for about 20 minutes: steel-cut oats create a breakfast porridge ...â&#x20AC;? Et tu, Whole Grain Council. No matter, I am not deterred. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m winning converts by the day who now pause at the kitchen cabinet when the oatmeal water is boiling to wonder soy sauce or the honey? Cranberries and cinnamon or spinach and minced garlic? Heart-healthy, low-calorie, cholesterol-lowering (typically gluten-free) oatmeal has always been so simple and uncomplicated. It was most definitely one of the first foods I learned to cook, though my preparation has evolved. My first meals were rolled oats stewed to a yummy sweet mush in whole milk and sugar with a pinch of salt. I still crave it just like that sometimes. But my typical oats today are steel cut and slow cooked in a mix of almond milk and water flavored with pumpkin pie spice, agave syrup and a dash of salt thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s served with pecans, coconut, dried fruit and other toppings. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve dedicated a shelf of my refrigerator as a DIY oatmeal bar. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some recipe suggestions here, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you that you can easily swap oatmeal for grits, rice and most other grains. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sug-

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Broccoli-Cheddar Oven Risotto Yield: 4 servings 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 3â &#x201E;4 cups steel-cut oats Âź cup dry white wine Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces) 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bring the chicken broth to a low simmer in a saucepan. Toss the broccoli with olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven or ovenproof pot over mediumHIGHHEAT!DDTHE onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about MINUTES!DDTHEOATS and stir to coat. Pour in the wine and cook until evaporated, about MINUTE!DDTHEHOT broth, 3â &#x201E;4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; bring to a boil. 3. Cover and set on the bottom oven rack. Place the broccoli on the upper rack. Bake, stirring the oatmeal and broccoli once halfway through cooking until most of the liquid has been absorbed into the oatmeal and the broccoli is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. 4. Remove the oatmeal and broccoli from THEOVEN!DD3â &#x201E;4 cup hot water, the remaining 1 tablespoon butter

and the cheese to the oatmeal and stir until creamy (add a little more hot water to loosen, if necessary). 5. Stir in broccoli and serve. Per serving: 570 calories; 28g fat; 13g saturated fat; 50mg cholesterol; 26g protein; 62g carbohydrate; 3g sugar; 11g fiber; 305mg sodium; 320mg calcium. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Adapted from BroccoliCheddar Oven Risotto dish with arborio rice from Food Network Magazine (November 2013)

Savory Oatmeal and Soft-Cooked Egg Yield: 1 serving 1 cup water or chicken broth ½ cup quick-cooking rolled oats Coarse salt and ground pepper Nonstick cooking spray 1 large egg

2 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions 2 slices of cooked bacon (optional) 1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water (or chicken broth) to a boil. !DDOATSANDPINCHOF salt; stir, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, heat a small nonstick pan over medium. Coat lightly WITHCOOKINGSPRAY!DD egg and cook until white is set and yolk is still runny, about 3 minutes. Season egg to taste with salt and pepper. Serve oatmeal in a bowl topped with cheese, egg, scallions and bacon (if using). Per serving: 295 calories; 12g fat; 4.5g saturated fat; 200mg cholesterol; 16g protein; 30g carbohydrate; 2g sugar; 5g fiber; 170mg sodium; 170mg calcium. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;From Martha Stewart Living

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You always said,â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love you more.â&#x20AC;? Now you shout from Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door. Forever in our heart, Memories wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t depart, God is our comfort forevermore.

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This week we are looking at the 2013 International Bridge Press Association awards. The Yeh Bros. Best Bid of the Year was given to Peter Bertheau from Sweden. The journalist prize went to Micke Melander from Sweden. Bertheau had the North hand, playing in the 2012 World Mind Sports Games (formerly World Team Olympiad) final against Poland in Lille, France. (This event took place too late for inclusion in that year’s awards.) South opened two hearts, which showed a six-card suit and 10-13 high-card points. West overcalled four diamonds, Leaping Michaels, indicating at least 5-5 in spades and diamonds.

Bertheau now set out to try to buy the contract at any level. He responded only four hearts. East jumped to five spades to invite a slam, but West

was not interested, having a weaker hand in high-card terms than normal for Leaping Michaels. Bertheau continued his plan with six hearts. And when East took a safety-bid with six spades (it seemed that both sides had a double fit), Bertheau moved on to seven hearts. Certain that this was a sacrifice, East doubled. But the contract was laydown for plus 2,470. At the other table, NorthSouth had a misunderstanding, eventually stopping in six hearts. East sacrificed in six spades, doubled and down one. This gave Sweden 20 international match points en route to the title. The Swedish Bridge Federation website called this Bertheauvenly, © 2013 UFS


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Review: New camera phones notable in 2013 ly in 2014, so stay tuned.

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NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a few gadgets and services deserve a second look. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why coming up with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;best ofâ&#x20AC;? list for 2013 proved difficult. So instead of a comprehensive list, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m highlighting big trends. These are also areas where further innovations are like-

Better camera phones This was the first year I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind leaving my point-and-shoot and fullbodied, SLR cameras at home. Camera phones have gotten good enough to stand in for those stand-alone cameras in many situations. Of the ones I tried, Appleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPhone 5S proved to be the best as an allaround camera. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good at getting the auto-focus right, even for moving objects. A larger sensor and an improved flash compared with previous models means better

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Serkan Ozsarac uses his cellphone camera with girlfriend Beyza Buyuker in Chicago. Competition is more intense than ever in the camera phone market, which means consumers have more choices than ever. shots in low light. Given how frequently people use their phones to take photos, expect even more improvements in the coming year.

MONEY & MARKETS The following stock quotations, as of 5 p.m., are provided as a community service by Chad Weigle of Edward Jones, Dixon and Raymond James and Associates, Sterling. Abbott...................................38.41 Alcoa.....................................10.53 AltriaCorp.............................38.35 Autonation...........................49.84 American Express................89.59 Arris-Group..........................24.11 Apple..................................654.52 ADM.....................................43.69 AT&T.....................................35.19 Bank of America...................15.54 Boeing.................................135.91 BorgWarner..........................55.96 BP..........................................48.19 Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s..................................70.53 Caterpillar.............................90.87 CenturyLink.........................31.94 Chevron..............................124.21 Cisco.....................................22.25 Citigroup...............................51.93 CNW.....................................39.46 CocaCola..............................41.09

ConAgra................................33.60 Dean.....................................17.27 Deere & Co...........................90.81 Disney...................................76.22 Donaldson............................43.46 DuPont..................................64.64 Exxon..................................100.35 Ford......................................15.28 Exelon...................................27.48 GE.........................................27.88 FifthThird.............................20.92 HawaiianElectric.................26.03 Hewlett Packard...................28.07 HomeDepot.........................81.94 Intel Corp.............................25.86 IBM.....................................186.36 IntlPaper...............................49.00 JCPenney................................8.99 JohnsonControls..................50.91 Johnson&Johnson...............92.29 JPMorgan Chase..................57.95 Kraft......................................53.94 Kroger...................................39.65 Leggett&Platt........................31.09 Manpower............................86.54 McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s..........................97.01 Merck&Co............................49.94

Microsoft..............................37.29 3M.......................................139.41 Monsanto...........................115.00 Newell...................................32.35 AGL.......................................47.12 Nike......................................78.73 Parker-Han.........................128.81 Pfizer.....................................30.69 Pepsico..................................82.92 Procter&Gamble..................82.00 RaymondJames....................51.63 Republic................................33.27 Sears Hldg............................47.70 SensientTech........................48.30 Sprint....................................10.58 Staples..................................15.97 TheTravelers........................90.29 UnitedContinental..............37.29 UnitedTech........................112.73 USBancorp...........................40.27 USSteel.................................29.52 Verizon..................................49.16 Walgreen...............................57.84 WalMartStores.....................78.63 WalMartMexico...................26.14 WasteMgt..............................44.90 Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s..................................8.73

Commodities The following quotations are provided as a community service by Sterling Futures: Corn: March 4.241â &#x201E;2; July 4.311â &#x201E;2; Dec. 4.51 Soybeans: Jan. 13.281â &#x201E;4; May 12.92; July 12.783â &#x201E;4 Soybean oil: March 38.96; July 39.73

Soybean meal: March Lean hogs: Feb. 84.97; 427.10; July 408.10 April 90.45; June 99.97 Wheat: March 6.00 1 â &#x201E; 2 ; Sugar: March 16.38 Cotton: March 84.66 July 6.12 T-Bonds: March 1287â &#x201E;8 Oats: March 3.533â &#x201E;4; July 1 Silver: March 19.61 3.21 â &#x201E;4 Gold: Feb. 1199.00 Live cattle: Dec. 134.40; Copper: March 3.3840 Feb. 135.10; April 135.75 Crude: Feb. 99.23 Feeder cattle: Jan. Dollar Index: March 80.13 167.27; May 169.17

Personalized technical support It used to be when you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t figure out how a product worked, you

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Shackle-free phone plans The traditional way of buying phones: Pay $100 or $200 for a phone, and stay locked to your wireless carrier for 2 more years. The new way: Buy or bring your own phone. Leave any time. T-Mobile introduced that concept in March when it split the monthly phone bill into two parts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one for the device, and the other for the voice, text and data services. If you already have a device or have finished paying for it, your overall bill goes down. If you need a phone, you pay full retail price, spread out into monthly installments.

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Polo’s Matthew Handel (left) and Brian Cavanaugh celebrate after the Marcos beat Eastland 67-65 for the championship of the Eastland tournament in Lanark. Cavanaugh hit the game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left.

GRAND FINALE Cavanaugh’s game-winner caps Marcos’ 12-0 run BY BRIAN WEIDMAN bweidman@saukvalley.com 800-798-4085, ext. 555

Star of the game: Brian Cavanaugh, Polo, 28 points Key performers: Dalton Shaner, Eastland, 29 points; Skylar Paulson, Eastland, 17 points, 13 rebounds

LANARK – Eastland learned there’s nothing free about free throws, and Polo was there to take advantage. The Marcos closed with a 12-0 run over the last 2-plus minutes, during which time the Cougars struggled mightily at the freethrow line, and Polo was able to steal a 67-65 victory on Monday night in the championship

game of the Eastland Holiday Tournament. Senior guard Brian Cavanaugh provided the game-winner with 1.3 seconds remaining when he dropped in a 10-footer from the right wing. “This is amazing,” Cavanaugh said. “This is our first championship win we’ve had at the varsity so far. It’s just great. You should hear our locker room.” Eastland (9-2) used a 13-0 run to seize a 50-37 lead with 3:05

remaining in the third quarter, and the lead was still at 10 points (65-55) when Blake Janssen dropped in a pair of free throws with 3:17 to go in the fourth. As it turned out, those were the last points scored by the Cougars. Eastland went 0-for-7 from the line in the final 1:33, and with each miss by the Cougars, the Marcos made them pay. The final four of those misses were by senior guard Devin Hartman. FINALE CONTINUED ON B5

arc Trestman scored well in many areas in his first season as Bears head coach, specifically in overseeing the dramatic improvement of one of the league’s weakest offenses and a significant thawing of the icy relationship Lovie Smith had with the Bears’ faithful. An objective look at the Bears’ 2013 season, however, shows the team also took some steps backward. Smith was fired for going 10-6 and failing to make the playoffs in his ninth year as the head coach. Is it reasonable to laud Trestman for going 8-8 and also failing to make the playoffs, after getting blown out in Week 16 by the Eagles and then losing at home on the last day of the season to the Packers, when one win would have clinched the division title? While Trestman should be applauded for the almost surreal growth of Josh McCown, upgrades to Jay Cutler and significant gains on offense, as the boss, he also has to shoulder the weight for the descent of one of the league’s better defenses under Smith to one of the worst in the NFL. Where does general manager Phil Emery fit in all of this? Irrespective of what Brian Urlacher may have had left, the decision to not bring him back doesn’t look good. ARKUSH CONTINUED ON B4

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LOS ANGELES – Stanford’s David Shaw and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio have built powerhouse teams over the last few years, and so far they’ve both stuck around when bigger football powers with deeper pockets came calling. When the Spartans and Cardinal clash in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, Dantonio and Shaw will demonstrate the power of persistence in building a winner. Shaw usually just chuckles when he’s connected with head coaching vacancies in the NFL or at the nation’s top college programs. “To be honest, it’s unbelievably flattering,” he said Monday. “I think it’s really cool.” In his own understated way, Dantonio takes the same approach to their unpredictable profession. “When we came here 7 years ago, we made a

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Michigan State vs. Stanford When: 4 p.m. Wednesday Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. TV: ESPN statement this is where we wanted to come,” Dantonio said. “We’re here now. We’ve accomplished that goal. Now we need to figure out, do we belong? That’s another opportunity, statement, challenge.” Both coaches have turned themselves into valuable properties by building formidable programs – and then staying at two schools sometimes considered stepping stones. COACHES CONTINUED ON B4

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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio takes questions on Monday during a news conference for the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Michigan State plays Stanford on Wednesday.

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Antti Raanta spent the last 10 games proving to the Blackhawks and their opponents that he has what it takes to be a starting NHL goaltender â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some day. The Finnish goaltender repeatedly bailed out the defending Stanley Cup champions when Corey Crawford went down with an injury, including a sparkling effort when Raanta blanked the Kings 1-0 on Monday night at the United Center. With Crawford recovered and set to reclaim the No. 1 job in the next few days, Raanta is headed to a backup role, but not before capping his run as starter with a 26-save effort, including a sparkling stop on a Dustin Brown penalty shot. It was Raantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first career shutout, but with the way the 24-yearold has played since Crawford went down Dec. 8, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be his last. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew that I can play at this level but of course everybody was making questions about it,â&#x20AC;? said

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Bickell, gathered a pass from his teammate and ripped a forehand past the glove of Jones while falling down. A fine defensive play by Jonathan Toews followed by a save from Raanta kept the Kings off the scoreboard. While short-handed following a hooking penalty by Kris Versteeg, Toews locked up the stick of Jeff Carter in front and altered the Kings centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot that Raanta then handled by dropping to the ice. In the second, Toews narrowly missed giving the Hawks a twogoal advantage when the captain broke loose and raced in on Jones while short-handed. The captain couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish as the puck rolled wide of the mark. Raanta kept L.A. off the board when he stoned Brown on a penalty shot awarded to the Kings winger after he had been hooked by Brent Seabrook on a breakaway. Brown skated in and tried to go five-hole on Raanta, but the rookie was fast enough with his pads to deny the chance.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Bulls are in no position to judge victories. Winning ugly is still winning, which they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done much of since Derrick Rose went down and even less against Western Conference teams. The Grizzlies arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a typical Western Conference team, almost as offensively-challenged as the Bulls and without Marc Gasol. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like the Bulls still didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t throw away their gift receipt on their way out of FedEx Forum Monday night, triumphant over the Western Conference for just the second time in 10 games. The Bulls overcame 14 first-half turnovers and 21 overall in their 95-91 victory, their third in four games. And they displayed actual offensive firepower in the third quarter while doing so, paced by Jimmy Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 26 points that featured 14 trips to the line and 21 points and 10 rebounds from Carlos Boozer. D.J. Augustin added 10 points and nine assists, including two huge fourth-quarter

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The Grizzliesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ed Davis (32) and James Johnson and the Bullsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nazr Mohammed watch the ball go out of bounds after the three battled during Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game in Memphis. The Bulls won 95-91. 3-pointers after the Bulls coughed up almost all of an 18-point lead. The second, from well beyond the line after he recovered from having the ball stripped, just beat the shot clock for a five-point lead with just under 6 minutes left. The Grizzlies missed all five 3-point attempts in an active Bullsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defensive effort that featured 10 blocks and 13 steals. The game began about as expected in a battle of the 25th- and 30thranked offenses. Neither team scored for 2 minutes, 21 seconds and the Bulls began 0-for-5 with

three turnovers while taking 3:06 to score. In the first quarter, the Bulls had nine turnovers to seven field goals. But Augustin jumpstarted the offense in the second quarter with seven assists. Augustin repeatedly made quick decisions, including a gorgeous behind-theback fake and eventual dish to Taj Gibson for a dunk following Augustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very bright guy so he can handle whatever is thrown his way,â&#x20AC;? coach Tom Thibodeau said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken advantage, and obviously to

be playing like he is says that he must have been doing a lot when he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing because he came in and hit the ground running.â&#x20AC;? In the third, Butler knocked down back-toback 3-pointers, including a deep one from out front that just beat the shot clock. Butler finished two points off his career-high. When Kirk Hinrich made a steal and fed Butler for an alley-oop dunk in transition, the Bullsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead had swelled to 16 en route to an eventual 18-point bulge. But the Grizzlies clawed to within seven by quarterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, aided by a series of calls that incensed Thibodeau. The fiery coach finally drew a technical from official Tony Brothers in the fourth quarter. By then, the Bulls were en route to bagging their first victory against a Western Conference team since beating Utah at home on Nov. 8.

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Newman senior forward scored 29 of his 33 points in the first half of Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 86-43 win over AFC at the KSB/ Newman Christmas Classic. He followed that with seven 3-pointers in Saturday championship win over Aquin.

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Eastland senior forward hit game-winning 10-foot jumper on Thursday against Pekin in the first round of the Dixon Holiday Tournament. Hake had 21 points as the Cougars won 59-57.


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Julius Peppers had his worst year as a pro and appears to have lost something, and countWould it be differing on Briggs to stay ent if D.J. Williams and healthy in his mid-30s is Lance Briggs had stayed a crapshoot. healthy? There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a single Perhaps, but the fact player to rebuild the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dâ&#x20AC;? is the last really good around. game the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense Remember that as had was against Seattle impressive as the offenin 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; until the final sive turnaround and the minutes when Urlachrebuilding of the offenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season ended with a sive line were, Cutler, hamstring injury. McCown, Matt Forte Urlacher is irrelevant, and Brandon Marshall though, because his tank were in place for Trestwas near empty, and the man to build around. real problem is where Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also impossible does the defense go from to ignore that while here? Trestmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earned our Opening day starters trust as a man who Corey Wootton, Henry knows offense, Cutler, Melton, Williams, James McCown, Matt Slauson Anderson, Tim Jenand Roberto Garza are nings, Major Wright and free agents, and Emery Charles Tillman are free has a tough call to make agents, as is recent addi- on Cutler. tion Jeremiah Ratliff. Lost in the tremendous Youngsters Chris upward and downward Conte, Shea McClellin, mobility of the offense Jonathan Bostic and and defense has been Khaseem Greene have the fact that Joe DeCabeen disappointing, and millisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; special teams thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably too kind suffered a precipitous to Conte and McClellin. drop from where they CONTINUED FROM B1

were under Dave Toub, and Devin Hester also is a free agent after 8 years with the Bears. Here is one more disturbing truth about these 2013 Bears: The winning percentage of their 16 opponents was .465, giving them the softest schedule of the six teams that finished 8-8. The only good news is that earns them the 14th pick in the first round of the 2014 draft, when they could have picked as low as 19th, where the Dolphins (8-8) stand. A bit more alarming is the fact that of the 13 teams with worse records than them, only the Lions played an easier schedule. Once the balance sheet is laid bare in front of us, it is hard to call this season a success or these Bears anything more than below average. The trip into this offseason is as paved with uncertainty as any weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in a number of years.

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Shaw is 34-6 in three seasons in charge at Stanford, banking two Pac-12 titles during the remarkable renaissance created alongside departed coach Jim Harbaugh. Dantonio is 63-29 at Michigan State since 2007, winning at least 11 games in three of his last four seasons. Such success quickly leads to higher-profile opportunities, and other winning coaches at both schools have used these jobs as springboards to big money and power. Tyrone Willingham turned a moderately successful tenure at Stanford into the Notre Dame job in late 2001, while Nick Saban infamously left Michigan State for LSU shortly before the Spartansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bowl game in late 1999. But when Shaw and Dantonio are asked about their own desirability, both coaches play it off with a combination of amusement and outspoken loyalty to the schools that put them in this position.

Shaw has been a part of four straight trips to BCS bowls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an unthinkable standard just a few years earlier at the academic dynamo better known for Nobel Prizes than football trophies. Shaw isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offended by the attention he receives from other schools, but he also has never sounded terribly interested in leaving his alma mater. He appeared at the top of many Southern California fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wish lists earlier this month, but openly laughed at the notion of moving south. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind it, [but] I have no desires to pursue another job,â&#x20AC;? said Shaw, who has 9 years of NFL coaching experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have not and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan on interviewing with anybody. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nice that my name gets batted around ... but honestly, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to playing this game and getting into the offseason and starting to put together another winning season next year.â&#x20AC;? Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis already has discussed a raise with Dantonio, who has appeared on

speculative lists of candidates for Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vacancy. Hollis also plans to bump the pay of Dantonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant coaches. Although he claims to be flattered by the idea of his candidacy elsewhere, Dantonio said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy with the impressive program he has built in East Lansing. The coaches share more than loyalty. Stanford and Michigan State both embrace hard-nosed, run-first football with suffocating defenses led by coordinators Derek Mason and Pat Narduzzi â&#x20AC;&#x201C; two rising coaches who might be better candidates for new jobs than their bosses. Shaw respects Dantonio for his handling of starting middle linebacker Max Bullough, who wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play in the Rose Bowl after a rules violation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I applaud Coach Dantonio for that, because it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen everywhere,â&#x20AC;? Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of places where you get a slap on the wrist and they bench you for a practice, and then play you in the game.â&#x20AC;?

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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MONDAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SCOREBOARD

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Storm survive scare

Boys basketball Northern Illinois Big 12 West Conf. 2-0 2-0   1-1 0-2 0-2

Dixon Ottawa ,A3ALLE 0ERU Sterling Geneseo Streator

All 12-2 11-1   3-7 4-7 4-7

BV, Fulton boys earn third place, as do Erie girls

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Plano tournament s+ANELAND $IXON s3TREATOR 3ANDWICH s/TTAWA -ORRIS Romeoville tournament s0LAINFIELD#ENTRAL ,A3ALLE 0ERU

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The Bureau Valley boys basketball team led by 13 heading to the fourth quarter before Knoxville fought back to send the game to overtime. The Storm (9-7) bounced back, outscoring the Blue Bullets 9-7 in overtime to win the third-place game Monday at the Erie tournament, 58-56. Parker Neuhalfen (18 points) and Tommy Johnston (14) led the Storm. Tyler Houston poured in 33 points for Knoxville.

Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s3TERLINGAT2OCHELLE  s'ENESEOAT2OCK&ALLS 

Big Northern West 2OCKFORD,UTHERAN Winnebago "YRON -ENDOTA Stillman Valley 2OCK&ALLS Oregon

Conf.   2-0     0-1   0-2

All   11-2     0-2   4-10

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Plano tournament s-ENDOTA 2OCKFORD#HRISTIAN State Farm Classic s,UTHERAN "LOOMINGTON## Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s"YRONAT-ENDOTA  s3TILLMAN6ALLEYAT,UTHERAN  Rock Falls Shootout s7INNEBAGOVS0ROVIDENCE3T-EL  s'ENESEOAT2OCK&ALLS 

Three Rivers North Newman &ULTON "UREAU6ALLEY -ORRISON 2IVERDALE 0ROPHETSTOWN Amboy Erie

Conf. 1-0           0-1 0-1

All 12-0           2-10 0-13

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Eastland tournament s7ARREN !MBOY s&ULTON 0ROPHETSTOWN Erie tournament s/RION -ORRISON s-ERCER#OUNTY %RIE s"UREAU6ALLEY +NOXVILLE /4

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Poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brad Cavanaugh (left) and Eastlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marshall Fink fight for a rebound during the Marcosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 67-65 win over the Cougars in Lanark.

Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s!MBOYAT-ORRISON  s"UREAU6ALLEYAT%RIE  s.EWMANAT0ROPHETSTOWN  s2IVERDALEAT&ULTON 

MERCER COUNTY 69, ERIE 37

NUIC East Milledgeville Polo Aquin &ORRESTON 0ECATONICA !SHTON &RANKLIN#ENTER Dakota $URAND 3OUTH"ELOIT /RANGEVILLE

Conf. 3-0 2-0 2-0       0-1      

All 11-1 14-1 10-3       3-3      

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Eastland tournament s0OLO %ASTLAND Plano tournament s3OMONAUK &ORRESTON

Conf. 2-0       1-1   1-2 0-1    

POLO 67, EASTLAND 65

All 7-0       4-7   3-6 3-6    

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Eastland tournament s7ARREN !MBOY s!NNAWAN 0EARL#ITY s0OLO %ASTLAND Erie tournament s,ENA 7INSLOW 2IVERDALE s7ETHERSFIELD 3TOCKTON Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s'ALENAAT0OTOSI  s0EARL#ITYAT!QUIN  Winter tournament schedules Plano tournament Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results s 'AME  RD PLACE 0RINCETON  7ILMINGTON s'AME STPLACE 3T"EDE ,ISLE s'AME THPLACE )NDIAN#REEK (INCKLEY "IG2OCK s 'AME  TH PLACE 3OMONAUK  &ORRESTON s'AME THPLACE 0LANO 'ENOA +INGSTON s 'AME  TH PLACE -ENDOTA  2OCKFORD#HRISTIAN s'AME THPLACE +ANELAND $IXON s 'AME  TH PLACE CONSOLATION 3TREATOR 3ANDWICH s 'AME  TH PLACE .EWARK  #OAL #ITY s'AME THPLACE 3ENECA 9ORKVILLE s'AME RDPLACE !URORA#HRISTIAN "URLINGTON#ENTRAL s 'AME  #HAMPIONSHIP /TTAWA  -ORRIS State Farm Classic Small School Boys Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results s'AME RDPLACE )6# 3T*OSEPH Ogden 40 s 'AME  #HAMPIONSHIP 2OCKFORD ,UTHERAN "LOOMINGTON## Eastland tournament Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results sTHPLACE 7ARREN !MBOY sTHPLACE !NNAWAN 0EARL#ITY sRDPLACE &ULTON 0ROPHETSTOWN s#HAMPIONSHIP 0OLO %ASTLAND Erie tournament Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results sTHPLACE /RION -ORRISON sTHPLACE -ERCER#OUNTY %RIE sTHPLACE ,ENA 7INSLOW 2IVERDALE s TH PLACE 0EORIA (EIGHTS  3TARK #OUNTY sRDPLACE "UREAU6ALLEY +NOXVILLE s #HAMPIONSHIP 7ETHERSFIELD  3TOCKTON

POLO (14-1) "RAD#AVANAUGH   "RIAN#AVANAUGH   -AX3IMMONS    7YATT0ATTERSON   !*$OLLMEYER   -ATTHEW(ANDEL    )VAN 'ROGAN      3AWYER &RANO 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-55 19-28 67. EASTLAND (9-2) $ALTON3HANER   3KYLAR0AULSON   $EVIN(ARTMAN   -ARSHALL&INK   "LAKE*ANSSEN    "RIGHTON(AVERLAND   %RIC 3CHANEY   6ALDET3EFERI   Totals: 25-47 14-26 65. 0OLO     Â&#x2C6;  %ASTLAND     Â&#x2C6;  3s n 0OLO  "RIAN #AVANAUGH  (ANDEL  %ASTLAND3HANER Reboundsn0OLO 3IMMONS %ASTLAND0AULSON  Turnoversn0OLO %ASTLANDSteals n0OLO"RIAN#AVANAUGH %ASTLAND 0AULSON (ARTMAN Blocked shotsn 0OLO0ATTERSON %ASTLAND Third-place game

FULTON 64, PROPHETSTOWN 40 PROPHETSTOWN (3-8) /WEN#ASSON  !USTIN-EADOWS   %THAN(OWARD  3ETH#ADY   $ANIEL3HIRLEY  #HRIS"AUER   *OSH0AUL  4YLER6AN$E7OSTINE  -ATT*ONES  *AY 5FKIN  *USTIN3TEES  !USTIN 'ERLACH Totals: 13 6-9 40. FULTON (12-3) -ATT$AIL  #ODY#ROSTHWAITE   3ETH3ANDERSON  *ASON/SBORN     "REVIN -ASON     $EVIN +UEHL  :ACH"ARBER  #ODY (UFF  +YLE(UEBNER  0AUL 6ELASCO  *AKE7ILLGING  #OLLIN0UCKETT  #OREY7IERSEMA   +YLE-ATTHEWS  ,UCAS7IEBENGA 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 10-14 64. 0ROPHETSTOWN     n  &ULTON     n  3s n 0ROPHETSTOWN  (OWARD  -EADOWS "AUER #ADY &ULTON$AIL : "ARBER (UEBNER #ROSTHWAITE 3ANDERSON  Seventh-place game

WARREN 50, AMBOY 34 AMBOY (2-10) 3KYLAR7HEELER  4RISTAN$ICKEY   3AM+LEIN  ,OGAN4HAKE  *ORDAN%RNST  $AMON1UEST   ,IAM/HLENDORF  %THAN3HAW   +YLE+EMMERER  !USTIN(ENkel 0 0-0 0, Aaron Hubbell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 0-0 34. WARREN (7-8) $0AX  (ARRIS  #OX   *ANSSEN  (ELLER  ,EVERTON  #RUM  (ARWICK  +ENT Totals: 20 7-9 50. !MBOY     n  7ARREN     n  3sn!MBOY1UEST %RNST 7ARREN (ELLER (ARWICK 

Girls basketball Northern Illinois Big 12 West

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box scores

Plano tournament Ninth-place game

KANELAND 47, DIXON 42 DIXON (12-2) .ATE'ASCOIGNE   !*-URDOCK    )SAIAH2OBY   *$'IESON      2ILEY -EHRENS      ,ARON#ARR   -ATT#OFFEY    +YLE,E"LANC   #AL*ARRETT  0-1 11. Totals: 17-36 1-3 42. KANELAND 2 $AVID      &EDDERLY      "ARNES   4#ARLSON   ##ARLSON   0RUETT   $$AVID   6AN"OGAERT   Totals: 16-39 14-19 47. $IXON     n  +ANELAND     n  3sn$IXON 2OBY  #ARR  *ARRETT   #OFFEY  +ANELAND 4#ARLSON   "ARNES   $ $AVID   2 $AVID   &EDDERLY  0RUETT  

Erie tournament ORION 47, MORRISON 44 MORRISON (6-9) 4RISTON (OUZENGA     .OAH (OGUE   !NTHONY4ENBOER  +ALEB #HURCH  *OEY"RACKEMYER  +YLE6ANDERLEEST  (UNTER(AMSTRA   3COTT&ERRY Totals: 18 8-13 44. ORION 4HORNBURG  6ANDERHEIDEN  !LLEN  .#LARKE  ,AWSON   3TROPES  '#LARKE  $HABALT Totals: 16 11-21 47. -ORRISON     Â&#x2C6;  /RION     Â&#x2C6;  3s n -ORRISON  /RION  .#LARKE  4HORNBURG !LLEN 

/TTAWA $IXON Sterling ,A3ALLE 0ERU 'ENESEO Streator

Conf.     1-1     0-2

All     10-7     0-12

Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s-ORRISAT/TTAWA 

Mendota "YRON Oregon 2OCKFORD,UTHERAN 2OCK&ALLS Stillman Valley Winnebago

All 14-1   11-6     4-7 2-11

Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s"YRONAT,UTHERAN 

Three Rivers North 0ROPHETSTOWN !MBOY .EWMAN 2IVERDALE %RIE -ORRISON "UREAU6ALLEY &ULTON

Conf.                

!QUIN !SHTON &RANKLIN#ENTER Dakota $URAND &ORRESTON Orangeville Milledgeville Polo 3OUTH"ELOIT Pecatonica

Conf.     2-1     2-2 1-3 1-3   0-3

All     7-3     3-10 3-11 1-12   2-10

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Alden Hebron tournament s$URANDVS.! Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s$AKOTAAT,ENA 7INSLOW  s7ARRENAT/RANGEVILLE  Conf. Eastland 3-0 2IVER2IDGE 3CALES-OUND   'ALENA   East Dubuque 3-1 0EARL#ITY   ,ENA 7INSLOW   3TOCKTON   7EST#ARROLL   Warren 0-4

All 13-3     6-3         1-11

All                

Modayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Erie tournament s-ORRISON -ERCER#OUNTY s2IDGEWOOD &ULTON s'ALVA "UREAU6ALLEY s%RIE -ONMOUTH 2OSEVILLE Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s!MBOYAT&ULTON  s0ROPHETSTOWNAT"UREAU6ALLEY  s%RIEAT.EWMAN 

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stars Lakin Goodman, Morrison girls, 21 points Kaleb Church, MorriSONBOYS POINTS Parker Neuhalfen, "UREAU6ALLEYBOYS  points Averi Leitzen &ULTON girls, 17 points

13 rebounds. John Pruett added 17 points.

Girls Erie tournament

Erie 42, MonmouthRoseville 27: Rachel

Cobert scored 13 points to lead the Cardinals (9-5) to the win in the third-place game of their own tournament. Laykin Miner added eight points for Erie, which led 14-9 after one quarter, 28-14 at the half and 37-20 after three quarters.

with 16 points. Teammates Zach Barber and Jason Osborn added 13 apiece. Ethan Howard led Prophetstown, which hit eight 3-pointers, with Galva 37, Bureau Val15 points. Chris Bauer ley 36: The Storm (7-8) Orion 47, Morrison 44: added 12. got outscored 11-7 in the Kaleb Church scored 18 Warren 50, Amboy 34: fourth quarter to fall by points and Hunter Ham- Damon Quest scored a point in the fifth-place stra added 14 for the 15 points for the Clip- game. Mustangs (6-9) in a loss pers, but it was far from Helena Osk Arnadottir to the Chargers. enough as they dropped scored 11 points to pace Christian Allen paced the seventh-place game BV, which also got eight Orion with 19 points. at the Eastland tourney. from Carlie Bickett. Katie Mercer County 69, Liam Ohlendorf added Klein led Galva with 10. Erie 37: Kenneth Cole eight points for Amboy Ridgewood 63, Fulton scored 13 points and (2-10). Warren (7-8) led 45: The Steamers (3-13) Sean Maloney added 10 14-12 after one quarter led 24-23 at the half but for the Cardinals in a loss before outscoring the were outscored 40-21 to the Golden Eagles at Clippers 26-10 in the sec- in the second half of the Erie. ond and third quarters. seventh-place game. Tyson Nylin paced a Averi Leitzen led FulPlano tournament balanced Mercer County Kaneland 47, Dixon 42: ton with 17 points. Jorattack with 21 points. The Dukes (12-2) made dan Price added 14. Katie Austin Jackson finished seven 3-pointers to the Miller (16 points) and with 16, Trenton Hig- Knightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; one, but Kane- Jasmine Jefko (15) led gins had 13 and Brandon land was 14-for-19 from Ridgewood. Butcher added 10. Morrison 60, Mercer the free-throw line, while Eastland tournament Dixon was just 1-for-3. County 40: Lakin GoodFulton 64, ProphetIsaiah Roby scored 14 man tossed in 21 points stown 40: The Steamers points for the Dukes and to lead the Fillies past (12-3) knocked down 10 was 4-for-4 from 3-point the Golden Eagles in the 3-pointers en route to range. Teammates Laron ninth-place game at Erie. winning the third-place Carr and Cal Jarrett Also for Morrison (9-9), game over the Prophets added 11 points apiece. Ashley Greul had 14 (3-8). Tyler Carlson led Kane- points, and Chelsea Eads Matt Dail led Fulton land with 19 points and added 13.

Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results Erie tournament s3TOCKTON 7ETHERSFIELD Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s"ENTONAT'ALENA  s$AKOTAAT,ENA 7INSLOW  s7ARRENAT/RANGEVILLE  Winter tournament schedules State Farm Classic Small School Girls Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results s 'AME  RD PLACE 2OCHESTER  Annawan 36 s 'AME  #HAMPIONSHIP 3T 4HOMAS -ORE +ANKAKEE-C.AMARA Erie tournament Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results sTHPLACE 3TOCKTON 7ETHERSFIELD sTHPLACE -ORRISON -ERCER#OUNTY sTHPLACE 2IDGEWOOD &ULTON sTHPLACE 'ALVA "UREAU6ALLEY sRDPLACE %RIE -ONMOUTH 2OSEVILLE s#HAMPIONSHIP +NOXVILLE 2OCKRIDGE Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box scores

at Erie tournament MORRISON 60, MERCER COUNTY 40 MERCER COUNTY (EATH  3WANSON  !NDERSON  -C"AKER  ,OWER 1-2 1, Weeks 0 0-0 0, Stineman 0 0-0 0, 7EEKS  -I"AKER  #HALLAHAN Totals: 15 5-14 40. MORRISON (9-9) "RANDI(OSFORD  !LYSSA#ANALES    ,AKIN 'OODMAN     2ACHEL $AVIS     #HELSEA %ADS     !SHLEY'REUL  !LLIE+UEHL  #HURCH  %MMA3ITZMORE  Totals: 24 8-12 60. -ERCER#OUNTY     Â&#x2C6;  -ORRISON     Â&#x2C6;  3s n-ERCER#OUNTY-I"AKER !NDERSON -ORRISON'OODMAN %ADS 

RIDGEWOOD 63, FULTON 45 RIDGEWOOD -EDLEY  3HANNON  'REEN     #OLLINS     0OPPY     -C$ONOUGH  -ILLER  *EFKO  Totals: 24 13-22 63. FULTON (3-13) !VERI,EITZEN  2ACHAEL"EIERMANN   "ETSY,EONARD  !UTUMN (UTTON     +ERRIGAN %NLOE     #AMERIN(UIZENGA  *ORDAN0RICE 6-7 14. Totals: 14 14-23 45. 2IDGEWOOD     n  &ULTON     n  3sn2IDGEWOOD#OLLINS -ILLER &ULTON ,EITZEN 

GALVA 37, BUREAU VALLEY 36 BUREAU VALLEY (7-8) #ARLIE"ICKETT  (ELENA/SK!RNADOTTIR     .ICOLE "ORNSHEUER     $ARCY+EPNER  )RINI0ETROS  Totals: 12 12-22 36. GALVA 'IBBS  *EFFRIES  6AN$E6ELDE     /2ILEY     +LEIN     Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 5-11 37. "UREAU6ALLEY     n  'ALVA     n 

ERIE 42, MONMOUTH-ROSEVILLE 27

Big Northern West Conf. 3-0   3-1     0-2 0-3

NUIC East

NUIC West

Championship game

NUIC West East Dubuque %ASTLAND 2IVER2IDGE 7ARREN Lena-Winslow 3TOCKTON Galena Scales Mound 0EARL#ITY 7EST#ARROLL

MERCER COUNTY .ICHOLS  "OWEN  7OOD   "UTCHER  !LDINGER  *ACKSON  .YLIN  (IGGINS 0-0 13. Totals: 25 13-21 69. ERIE (0-13) !NDREW9OUNG  +OBY+UHNEN   .ICH7ILDT  !NDREW0YSE   +ALLEN*EPSON  3EAN-ALONEY   #OLTEN+LOCKENGA  +ENNETH #OLE  /WEN-C#ONNELL  Totals: 11 14-19 37. -ERCER#OUNTY     Â&#x2C6;  %RIE     Â&#x2C6;  3s n-ERCER#OUNTY.YLIN (IGGINS %RIE7ILDT 

Eastland tournament

Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games s0EARL#ITYAT!QUIN 

3AUK6ALLEY-EDIAs"

ERIE (9-5) #AITLIN-ALONEY  "AILEE#LASSEN   #OURTNEY#OBERT  ,EELA0ARRISH   ,EXI&LOMING  2ACHEL#OBERT   "RYCE-C#ORMICK  ,AYKIN -INER     %MILY #OX     +ATLYN Weber 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 12-21 42. MONMOUTH-ROSEVILLE "ABER  4AYLOR  #*ENSEN   3TALEY  3MITH  *OHNSTON  *OHNSON  +*ENSEN 0-1 2. Totals: 8 10-25 27. %RIE     n  -ONMOUTH 2OSEVILLE     n  3sn-2*OHNSTON 

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Poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Max Simmons searches to make a pass during Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against Eastland in the championship game of the Eastland tournament. Polo won 67-65, after going on a 12-0 run to close the game.

Marcos stun Eastland in Lanark FINALE

CONTINUED FROM B1

With 44.1 seconds to go and Eastland up 65-62, Hartman missed a pair. Polo (14-1) responded with a 3-pointer from junior guard Matthew Handel from deep in the corner, after Cavanaugh had driven into the lane and passed to his wideopen teammate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our best 3-point shooter by far,â&#x20AC;? Cavanaugh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I was actually trying to get it to him. I was really happy he shot.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew Brian was either going to drive and shoot, or he was going to get it to me,â&#x20AC;? Handel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biggest shot Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever taken. It was crazy.â&#x20AC;? With the score now at 65-65, Hartman again went to the line, this time with 11.2 seconds to play. He missed both, giving Polo a chance at the win. Cavanaugh delivered, but the Marcos still had to avoid a miracle finish by Eastland. The Cougars ended up with a half-court shot by senior star Dalton Shaner, but it was wide left, setting off a wild celebration by the Marcos.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eastland just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up leads like that, but we never gave up,â&#x20AC;? Polo coach Matt Messer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed to make some plays at the end, and it just seemed like a lot of things went our way.â&#x20AC;? AJ Dollmeyer, Poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6-foot-7 senior center, was a virtual non-factor due to foul trouble. He finished with two points and no rebounds, and he was out of the game with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter. The slack was made up by the Cavanaugh brothers, Brian (28 points) and Brad (15 points), Max Simmons (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Wyatt Patterson (6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots). Patterson got the start due to a broken foot suffered by Zach Quaco on Saturday against Prophetstown. Ivan Grogan and Sawyer Frano also contributed key plays at the end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have kids come in there and step up, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very gratifying win that way,â&#x20AC;? Messer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a deep team, and we were able to prove that tonight when we needed it.â&#x20AC;? Shaner hit 13 of 17

shots and led all scorers with 29 points, while Skylar Paulson finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter. The Cougars were an efficient 25-for-47 from the field and outrebounded the Marcos 32-22, but came up short in other key areas. They committed 20 turnovers to Poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12, but missing their final seven at the line sealed their fate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It comes down to they executed better than us down the stretch,â&#x20AC;? Shaner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They fouled us, and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make free throws. We turned it over, and they made shots. They just executed better than us in the fourth quarter.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I give Polo full credit,â&#x20AC;? Eastland coach Tony Dunlap said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They played hard the entire game. We played hard for 4 minutes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my job to make us play harder, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my job to make them tougher at the freethrow line.â&#x20AC;? Eastland and Polo do not have a regular-season game scheduled this season, but will likely be the top two seeds at the Class 1A Forreston Regional.


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Yesterday, I gave the deal for which Peter Bertheau from Sweden won the International Bridge Press Association Yeh Bros. Best Bid of the Year award. That was excellent, but I particularly admired this action by Peter Fredin, also from Sweden. The deal was originally described by Shane Blanchard of New York City. Look at the South hand and the auction. Partner’s redouble shows 10 or more points and fewer than four hearts. Doubler’s one no-trump indicates equal length in the minors. And partner’s jump to four hearts promises threecard support and opening count. What would you do now, if anything?

Fredin paused to work out who had what. East would surely have bid one spade over the redouble with four, and West probably had three spades because he would

have rescued via one spade with four. So North rated to have five spades. (Not six, because he would have called one spade instead of redouble.) If West had equal length in the minors, his hand’s distribution was surely 3-2-4-4. Ergo, hearts were breaking 3-2. North also had three or four diamonds, but had not doubled two diamonds for penalty. So he was probably weak there. Fredin deduced that his partner’s 12-plus points were mostly in the majors. And with both of those suits lying well, Fredin bid four no-trump, Roman Key-Card Blackwood, followed by six hearts. As you can see, this was laydown; South taking five spades, five hearts and two clubs. © 2014 UFS


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CASA 15th Judicial Circuit (Lee/ Carroll/Ogle Counties) is seeking volunteers to advocate for children in the court system involved in abuse and neglect cases. Your involvement can impact a child’s future. Contact Vanessa White, Director of Advocate Services (815) 288-1901 www.casalee carroll.com Kreider Services is looking for volunteers in several programs. 1) Early Intervention (children under 3 yrs old)- entails preparation for play group sessions and assisting with outings. M & W 8am – noon 2) Recreation program looking for people to help with outings or Special Olympics 3) Arts and Crafts helpers. If interested, please call Becky at 288-6691 ext 280 or stop into Kreider front desk for an application. Kreider mission: People reaching their fullest potential. LOVELAND MUSEUM... Are you interested in Dixon and local history, Civil War, Blackhawk War? Are you a people person? We are looking for people like you to help host our Museum one or more days a month. The Museum is open Thurs. & Fri. 9-2, Sat. 103. Interested? Please stop at the main office at the Loveland Community House between 8-4 Mon. thru Fri. to pick up an application and learn more. 513 W. Second St. 815-284 2741 lovelandcommunity house.org.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT LEE COUNTY - DIXON, ILLINOIS

NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLP PLAINTIFF VS TAMARA DELISLE A/K/A TAMARA A. DELISLE A/K/A TAMARA A. WINSTEAD; TRACE DELISLE; RYAN DELISLE; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF RONALD DELISLE A/K/A RONALD L. DELISLE, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; DEFENDANTS 13 CH 93 204 HUBBARD STREET AMBOY, IL 61310 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION NOTICE IS GIVEN YOU, TAMARA DELISLE A/K/A TAMARA A. DELISLE A/K/A TAMARA A. WINSTEAD; TRACE DELISLE; RYAN DELISLE; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF RONALD DELISLE A/K/A RONALD L. DELISLE, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; defendants, that this case has been commenced in this Court against you and other defendants, asking for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to wit: THE SOUTH HALF (S1/2) OF LOTS TWENTY-SIX (26) AND TWENTY-SEVEN (27) IN THE SUBDIVISION OF THE EAST HALF (E1/2) OF LOT ELEVEN (11) IN BLOCK NINE (9) IN FARWELL'S SECOND ADDITION TO THE TOWN (NOW CITY) OF AMBOY, REFERENCE BEING HAD TO THE RECORDED PLAT OF SAID SUBDIVISION RECORDED IN BOOK "Y" OF DEEDS ON PAGE 496, SITUATED IN LEE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Commonly known as: 204 HUBBARD STREET AMBOY, IL 61310 and which said Mortgage was made by, RONALD DELISLE A/K/A RONALD L. DELISLE *DECEASED*; TAMARA DELISLE A/K/A TAMARA A. DELISLE A/K/A TAMARA A. WINSTEAD; Mortgagor (s), to CENTEX HOME EQUITY CORPORATION Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of LEE County, Illinois, as Document No. 1999-08515; and for other relief. UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise file your appearance in this case in the Office of the Clerk of this County, Denise McCaffrey Circuit Clerk 309 S. GALENA AVE STE 320 Dixon, Illinois 61021 on or before January 16, 2014, A JUDGMENT OR DECREE BY DEFAULT MAY BE TAKEN AGAINST YOU FOR THE RELIEF ASKED IN THE COMPLAINT. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES Attorneys for Plaintiff Thirteenth Floor 1 North Dearborn Chicago, Illinois 60602 Tel. (312) 346-9088 Fax (312) 346-1557 PA 1316507

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WHITESIDE COUNTY -MORRISON, ILLINOIS

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WHITESIDE COUNTY -MORRISON, ILLINOIS

M&T BANK PLAINTIFF VS BARBARA L. GRAHAM; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 13 CH 93 219 1/2 WEST 2ND STREET ROCK FALLS, IL 61071

M&T BANK PLAINTIFF VS BARBARA L. GRAHAM; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; DEFENDANTS 13 CH 93 219 1/2 WEST 2ND STREET ROCK FALLS, IL 61071

NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on July 17, 2013, WHITESIDE COUNTY SHERIFF in WHITESIDE County, Illinois, will on February 6, 2014, in Whiteside County Courthouse, Third Floor Lobby 200 E. Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270, at 10:00AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of WHITESIDE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: LOTS 10 AND 11 IN BLOCK 9 IN THE CITY OF ROCK FALLS, SITUATED IN THE COUNTY OF WHITESIDE, IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 11-21-281-002 11-21-281-003 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 219 1/2 WEST 2ND STREET ROCK FALLS, IL 61071 Description of Improvements: RED, BRICK, TWO STORY BUILDING, UNIT UPSTAIRS AND TAVERN ON FIRST LEVEL, NO GARAGE The Judgment amount was $102,280.21. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g) (4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA1223890 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. December 24th, 31st & January 7th 2013

NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT ***THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE*** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on July 17, 2013, WHITESIDE COUNTY SHERIFF in WHITESIDE County, Illinois, will on February 6, 2014, in Whiteside County Courthouse, Third Floor Lobby 200 E. Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270, at 10:00AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of WHITESIDE, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: TAX NO. 11-21-281-002 11-21-281-003 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 219 1/2 WEST 2ND STREET ROCK FALLS, IL 61071 Description of Improvements: RED, BRICK, TWO STORY BUILDING, UNIT UPSTAIRS AND TAVERN ON FIRST LEVEL, NO GARAGE The Judgment amount was $102,280.21. Sale Terms: This is an "AS IS" sale for "CASH". The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA1223890 Plaintiff's attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. December 24th, 31st & January 7th 2013

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NO INDIVIDUAL, unless licensed or holding a permit as a childcare facility, may cause to be published any advertisement soliciting a child care service.* A childcare facility that is licensed or operating under a permit issued by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services may publish advertisements of the services for which it is specifically licensed or issued a permit. Sauk Valley Media strongly urges any parent or guardian to verify the validity of the license of any facility before placing a child in it's care. *Family homes that care for no more than three (3) children under the age of twelve or which receive only children from a single household, for less than 24 hours per day, are exempt from licensure as day care homes. The three children to whom this exemption applies includes the family's natural or adopted children and any other persons under the age of 12 whether related or unrelated to the operator of the day care home. (DCFS Rule, Part 377.3 (c))

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PETS & PET SUPPLIES 775 3 Male Puppies Free! Mixed breed. $50 815-590-9635 Lab/G. Shep mix Free to loving home, 8 yr. old, M, fixed Great w/kids, Indoor dog but loves outdoors. 815-677-8827 Male cat, young, neutered. Free to good INDOOR homes only. 815499-9923. Puppies for Sale! We have 1 tri color female, 2 tri color males, 3 sable females and 1 sable male available for sale. This is Kujo and Kiwi's third litter and many people are saying this one is the best yet. Our dogs are registered UKC, healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations and heartworm/flea treatments. The ESD is a versatile breed. They can be used for herding, agility, protection and so much more. Our dogs are working farm dogs. Their previous pups are living on farms and in towns and cities. Some are with adults and some with families with young children. They are a wonderful breed. Come and see for yourself. Check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/know horseplay and give us a call at 815-590-6219 or 815-266-9774. Thanks for looking!

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REWARD! We lost our beloved "Shadow" on 12/20/13 near Elks Page Campground. She is a 9 yr old female black lab. "Shadow" is the sweetest dog ever, and if you found her and decided to keep her, please take good care of her and give her a lot of loving. She is an inside dog that loves to be around people. If you have any information on "Shadow", please call (815)4404096...Thank you Three kittens FREE to good homes. ★★Call ★★ 815-713-5894 or see at 601 14th Ave. Sterling

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