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Negotiations reach impasse President says union will not make another offer after district’s counter BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – Negotiations between the Dixon school district and the union representing teachers aides and assistants reached an impasse Wednesday night. A meeting between representa-
tives of the Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association and the school district and Superintendent Michael Juenger lasted from 5 p.m. until approximately 7:30, when the school board declared an impasse, DESPA President Mindy Donoho and Juenger said.
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Juenger said “both sides are pretty much adamant about their position.” During the meeting, the district presented Donoho and the association with a counteroffer to the DESPA proposal from November, in hopes of ending a nearly 18-month contract negotiation.
Dixon teacher aides and assistants have been working without a contract since June 2012. Prior to the Wednesday night meeting, Donoho was optimistic the school district would counter with a positive offer, she said. IMPASSE CONTINUED ON A2
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ROCK FALLS – Embattled Coloma Township has turned in two of its late financial reports to the state. One remains overdue. The 2010 and 2011 reports were on the state comptroller’s website Wednesday. They arrived after the state informed Coloma that it was fining the townDebra ship more than Burke $13,000 for those late reports and two missing audits from the mid-1990s. Coloma Township Debra Burke said Wednesday she planned to turn in the 2012 report soon.
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Sauk Valley Community College students walk through the east mall at the school, where three panels of the celebrated AIDS quilt was on display Wednesday. The quilt was started in 1987 by a group in San Francisco. In its entirety, it weighs 54 tons, is more than 1.3 million square feet, and bears the names of more than 94,000 people who died from AIDS. The exhibit will be on display through today and is free and open to the public.
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Under the Radar: Many townships, little scrutiny
About this series Today’s story is part of a yearlong occasional series about townships in Illinois.
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ROCK FALLS – Friday will mark the second week since a state conservation officer shot and killed an Ohio man on Interstate 88 during a trafficstop-turned-confrontation. And officials still are withholding the name of the officer involved. State Police Capt. James Winters said his department is deferring to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the release of the name. “It’s up to the Department of [Natural Resources] if they want to release their officer’s name,” Winters said. “We’re conducting the investigation, but it’s really up to them if they want to release their officer’s name.” Robert Frazier, Region 1 commander for the IDNR’s conservation police, said his agency hasn’t released the name, because the shooting is still under investigation by state police. “I’m not authorized to release [the name] right now,” Frazier said. “But I would say, at some point in time, I probably will.” On the morning of Nov. 22, a state conservation officer assisted a man, identified later as Shane David Cataline, 30, of Toledo, Ohio, who was driving a minivan with Ohio plates at Burns and Albany roads in Whiteside County, authorities said. Later, Cataline called 911, making statements that prompted officers to check on him again. His van was spotted heading east on Interstate 88, west of Route 30, authorities said. At that point, a state trooper conducted a traffic stop that ended with him pinned between his squad car and Cataline’s minivan. With the trooper pinned, Frazier said, the conservation officer shot Cataline, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Both officers were placed on temporary administrative leave after the shooting.
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Donoho added that, if they reached an agreement, it could have been taken to DESPA members during their scheduled meeting today. Donoho wouldnâ€™t say what options DESPA would consider going forward, only that they will be discussed during todayâ€™s meeting.
She said she stills holds hope an agreement can be reached, but also said DESPA wonâ€™t be making a counteroffer. The final issue to be resolved, Donoho said, is insurance. In the past, despite low pay, the teachers aides and assistants have had good benefits, she said. Both sides reached a tentative agreement in August, but the pay wasnâ€™t enough to com-
pensate for some aides and assistants losing their benefits, Donoho said, so the union didnâ€™t accept it. DESPA and the teacher aides and assistants are aware of the financial situation the district is in, Donoho said, but cutting their benefits or pay further wouldnâ€™t do much to balance the budget. The school district is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit in its cur-
rent fiscal year. In October, Juenger presented the school board with a proposal to close Lincoln Elementary School. By closing Lincoln, cutting various school funds, and laying off some teachers and staff, the district could balance its budget by the 2017 fiscal year, according to several options Juenger presented to the school board during its November meeting.
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Under the appropriations section for both the 2011 and 2012 reports, the township listed the main fund twice, overstating the total by more than $350,000 both years. Burke said she wasnâ€™t aware of the double listing. Over the years, the township has also been late in publishing financial statements in the newspaper. Once published, they contained many errors, carrying over the same exact amounts for revenue and expenses from year to year. Trustee Peggy McFadden, who took a seat on the board just this year, said the public should
treat the numbers in the comptrollerâ€™s reports with skepticism. â€œMaybe sheâ€™s doing it right now,â€? McFadden said about Burke. â€œUntil she shows me that itâ€™s correct, I just have a hard time believing anything she tells me.â€? McFadden said that soon after she joined the township board, she found that Burke would often fail to get things done that she had promised. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the other trustees expressed frustration with Burke, who has been supervisor since 1981 and was unopposed in this past Aprilâ€™s election. The trustees unanimously decided Tuesday to have a township
employee log in all the mail and phone calls coming into Coloma. Before, McFadden said, that employee was not allowed to open any mail while Burke was out of the office. â€œWe havenâ€™t actually been able see all of that stuff, but thatâ€™s going to change,â€? McFadden said. The township has asked the state comptrollerâ€™s office to eliminate or reduce the fines. Recently, Burke sent a letter to the comptrollerâ€™s office to explain why the reports were late. Trustees have tried to seek that letter from the comptroller, but
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Ups and downs mean city needs more revenue Tax levy gets 2nd reading Dec. 17 BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 570
ROCK FALLS â€“ Pension costs are going up, and property values are going down. A likely result of both occurrences is that the Rock Falls government will increase its tax levy for 2014 by 4.99 percent. Because the increase would be less than 5 percent, no public hearing is required. But the City Council will give the proposed levy increase â€“ from
$1,052,421.67 this year to $1,102,681.85 next year â€“ a second read at its next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 17. City Administrator Robbin Blackert said the average Rock Falls homeowner will see about 17 percent of their property taxes go to the city. Blackert said the tax increase is largely the result of increased pension contributions and a substantial loss in equalized assessed valuation over the past year. â€œThe value of property as of Jan. 1, 2013, showed about a $2 million loss,â€? Blackert said. Several factors come
To attend The Rock Falls City Council next meets at PM $EC AT #ITY (ALL 7 TH 3T The agendas will be posted at www.rockfalls61071.com and at City Hall. Call 815-6221100 for more information. The City Council meeting also can be viewed live on Channel 5. into play regarding EAV, making it difficult, if not impossible, to plan for. â€œThere are abandoned and foreclosed properties, and the loss of businesses that all drive down
EAV,â€? Blackert said. Economic development is the biggest catalyst in driving valuations back up, but Blackert said a big development project takes about 3 years to make a difference. Rising pension costs account for 47 percent of the levy increase. The most significant increase in city contributions was a 32.78 percent hike in police pension funding. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, which is for city and school district employees, will see an increase of 21.74 percent in city funding in 2014. Close behind is the fire department pension, which increases by
21.73 percent. The fire pensions are fully funded, while the police department is funded at 80 percent. Blackert says the police department is in good shape, because the investments in that pension fund are getting a good rate of return. â€œOur pensions arenâ€™t in horrible shape; weâ€™re holding our own,â€? Blackert said. Rock Falls will not have a public hearing before adoption of its levy. According to Illinois Truth in Taxation law, a notice must be published in a newspaper and a public hearing held, only if the proposed aggregate tax levy is more than 5 per-
cent greater then the previous yearâ€™s tax extension. Finance Committee Chairman Glen Kuhlemier said the council and department heads always make a concerted effort to keep the levy increases under 5 percent. This year was particularly challenging, given the EAV and pension situations. â€œThe terrible EAV reduction really sharpens an increase in the levy, and the pensions we donâ€™t have control over,â€? the Second Ward alderman said. â€œBut we were able to hold the line on levies we had control over. I think itâ€™s a good levy, and weâ€™ve done our due diligence.â€?
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OREGON â€“ While Ogle County voters in the Republican Party primary election March 18 wonâ€™t have many contested races to decide, two key posts are at stake. Sheriff Michael Harn will have two Republican challengers. Stateâ€™s Attorney Michael Rock will have one. Democrats will have even less on their ballot â€“ one candidate for Ogle County Board. Hopefuls in county races had until Monday to file their candidacies. Harn, of Forreston, will seek his second 4-year term as sheriff. Heâ€™ll be
challenged in the primary by Rochelle Police Officer Brian Van Vickle and Rock Valley Police Chief Joe Drought, also a Rochelle resident. Rock, of Byron, was appointed stateâ€™s attorney in January. Heâ€™ll face Republican primary opposition from Oregon attorney Eric Morrow. County Clerk Rebecca Huntley, of Chana, and Treasurer John Coffman, of Polo, are running unopposed in the Republican primary.
Also without primary challenges are all Ogle County Board candidates. Kimberly Kirkolis, of Davis Junction, is not seeking a second term in District 1. J. Nick Bolin, of Holcomb, is seeking the Republican nomination. Incumbent Republican Patricia Nordman, Oregon, is the only candidate in District 2. The configuration of the County Board changed in 2012, when districts were reapportioned following
the the 2010 census. The candidates running in 2014 drew 2-year terms. The reapportionment
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OBITUARIES Thomas A. Denning ROCK FALLS â€“ Thomas A. Denning, 57, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in his sleep, at home. Thomas was born Sept. 15, 1956, in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Carl and Lucille (Keene) Denning. He married Sarah (Prochaska) Kiehl on Jan. 2, 2003, in Galena. Tom enjoyed meeting people at his yard sales and greeting the people of his church at Amazing Grace in Sterling. Survivors include his wife, Sarah; two sons, Tony (Kasandra) Denning of Rock Falls and Brian Denning of Burnsville, Minn.; one stepdaughter, Lindsay Kiehl of Cherry Valley; one stepson, Steven Kiehl of Los Angeles; eight
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grandchildren; five sisters, Pat (Glen) Richenberger of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Kathy (Don) Petersen of Morton Grove, Rita (Kenny) Beach of Sawyer, Iowa, Joan (Joe) Kiefer of Keswick, Iowa, and Diane (Alan) Ralston of Moville, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Amazing Grace Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Loren Schlomer officiating. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amazing Grace Church for the Fourth of July celebration fund.
MOUNT MORRIS â€“ Michael John â€œChongo Warrior/Indianâ€? Galvan, 58, of Mount Morris, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at his home. Michael was born Dec. 26, 1954, in Sterling, to Rudy and Melinda (Gonzales) Galvan. He was raised and educated in Sterling, where he resided for most of his adult life. He did relocate to the LaCrosse, Wis. area for a period of time, but had recently returned to the area. Michael was a carpenter and jack of all trades. He loved sports and participated in many over the years. Michael is survived by one son, Eric Galvan, and four grandchildren, Jesse, Austin, Bryce, and Alyviah Galvan, all of the Rockford area; his wife, Joanne of LaCrosse; stepchildren, Shelly, Joseph and Becca; his mother, Melinda (Frank) Guen-
Sandra L. Jones FULTON â€“ Sandra L. North in Clinton, Iowa. Jones, 57, of Fulton, died Bosma-Renkes Funeral Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Home in Fulton is hanMercy Medical Center dling arrangements.
tert, and his siblings, Rudy (Nikki) Galvan, Kathy (Ken) Fossett, David (Terri) Galvan, Marta (Todd) Wiggins, and Nick (Debbie) Galvan, all of the area; and numerous nieces and nephews â€“ all of whom loved their uncle dearly. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Rudy Sr.; brother, Rick, of California; and two very special nephews, Rudy III and Jaime. Cremation rights will be accorded and a memorial service and celebration of his life will be at a later date at his childhood home in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls is handling arrangements. Micheal was a very unique man. He was loved by everyone he met and will be missed by all. His family will miss him more than words can express. We love you, Michael. RIP.
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Charles â€˜Chuckâ€™ Funderberg AMBOY â€“ Charles â€œChuckâ€? Funderberg, 84, of Dixon, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Amboy Rehabilitation Center. Today we celebrate the life of Charles â€œChuckâ€? Funderberg. He went home to be with his wife, Edith â€œPollyâ€? Funderberg, on Dec. 2, 2013. He lived as a beloved son, brother, husband, uncle, father, â€œPA,â€? teacher, coach and pastor of Zion Full Gospel Church for 40 years. He loved his life, family, friends, and above all, loved Jesus. He spent many years preaching, praying and telling
people the gospel of Jesus Christ. He touched so many lives that we may never know the depth of how God used him to uplift and encourage the people in his life. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. Burial will be at Mason Grove Cemetery in Princeton. A memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. Visit www.schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Cathy L. Landis ROCK FALLS â€“ Cathy L. Landis of rural Rock Falls passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at her home, after a 4-year battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 25, 1950, in Morrison, the daughter of Bob and Ann (Warner) Higley. Cathy married Alan Landis on March 22, 1974, in Sterling. She was a member of New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling. Cathy especially enjoyed time with friends and family, sewing, gardening, painting, and house restorations, as well as making a wide variety of craft items from scratch. She was a volunteer with Northern Illinois counseling service for a number of years. She really enjoyed being a farm wife and enjoyed traveling to Wisconsin. Surviving are her husband, Alan; her sisters,
Cindy (Scott) Jacoby of Belle, Mo., and Caren (Ken) Smith of Rock Falls; her brother, Bruce Higley of Sterling; her sister-in-law, Carolyn (Bob) Spurling of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Bob, in 1958; her son, Rob, in 1995, and her daughter, Sarah, at birth, in 1977. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling, with the Rev. William Sullivan officiating. Memorials to New Life Lutheran Church and the Whiteside County Chapter of American Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Nora Glazier LYNDON â€“ Nora Glazier, 81, of Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown, formerly of Lyndon, died Tuesday,
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) â€“ As gunfire boomed over and over in the background, a janitor begged a 911 dispatcher to send help, saying, â€œThereâ€™s still shooting going on! Please!â€? A woman breathlessly reported seeing a gunman run down a hall. And a teacher said she was holed up in her classroom with her children but hadnâ€™t yet
locked the door. Recordings of 911 calls from last yearâ€™s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were released Wednesday, and they not only paint a picture of anguish and tension inside the building. They also show Newtown dispatchers mobilizing help, reassuring callers and urging them to take cover. â€œKeep everybody calm.
Keep everybody down. Get everybody away from windows, OK?â€? one dispatcher told the frightened teacher who reported hearing shots in the hall. The calls were made public under a court order after a lengthy effort by The Associated Press. Prosecutors had argued that releasing the recordings would only cause more anguish for
the victimsâ€™ families. The gunman, 20-yearold Adam Lanza, shot his way through a plateglass window at the front of the school on Dec. 14. The office staff saw the shooter, who was wearing a hat and sunglasses, as he entered the building with a rifle and began firing down a hallway. One of the first callers to Newtown police was a woman who said in a
trembling, out-of-breath voice: â€œI think thereâ€™s somebody shooting in here at Sandy Hook school.â€? Asked what made her think so, she said: â€œBecause somebodyâ€™s got a gun. I caught a glimpse of somebody. Theyâ€™re running down the hallway. Oh, theyâ€™re still running. Theyâ€™re still shooting. Sandy Hook school, please.â€?
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raising anxieties across Asia and beyond. Though Biden made clear the deep concern of the U.S. and other countries during the 5 Â˝ hours of talks â€“ themselves highly unusual for an American vice president and Chinese president â€“ Xi vigor-
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Pension fight Rehab keeps man, 99, going could create deeper hole BY MELISSA WESTPHAL Rockford Register Star
Plan could get tossed in court SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ With the fight over solving Illinoisâ€™ worst-in-thenation pension shortfall now headed to the courts, the financially troubled state faces a grim possibility: The plan could be tossed, and Illinois could wind up in an even deeper fiscal hole than the one itâ€™s in now. Legislative leaders, anticipating a legal challenge from public-employee unions once the landmark bill approved Tuesday is signed, went extra lengths to bolster the lawâ€™s odds in the courtroom â€“ including an unusual 3-page preamble to the legislation in which they lay out their case for cutting worker and retiree benefits. But legal experts say those efforts could mean little in a state that provides some of the countryâ€™s stronger constitutional protections of pension benefits. They point to Arizona as a possible warning sign. In 2012, a judge there said a law raising the employee contribution to pension benefits was illegal, and ordered the state to repay the money to work-
ers â€“ with interest. Amanda Kass, budget director and pension specialist for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago, predicted Illinois could see a similar outcome. â€œThe state could owe back a huge sum of money, possibly with interest,â€? she said. Recent rulings across the country bring even greater unpredictability to a plan supporters described as crucial to getting Illinois on better financial footing. A bankruptcy judge in Michigan ruled Tuesday that Detroit can cut its pensions despite constitutional protections like Illinoisâ€™ â€“ a blow to labor unions and their members. Illinois, Michigan and Arizona are among the seven states that have clauses in their state constitutions that protect pension benefits, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The others are Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana and New York. Illinois and New Yorkâ€™s protections are considered to the strongest, however, because the language expressly states that it applies to current and future benefits.
ROCKFORD (AP) â€“ Chellis French recited a short poem during one of his weekly pulmonary rehabilitation visits last month at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Longtime respiratory therapist Deb Balluff still can recite it by memory. â€œAsk me how Iâ€™m doing. Iâ€™ll tell you Iâ€™m doing fine. For after all, today Iâ€™m 99,â€? she recalled. The day was Oct. 23, Frenchâ€™s 99th birthday. The Rockford resident brought a cake to his appointment to thank the staff and Dr. Zaher Qassem for â€œkeeping me going until my 99th birthday,â€? he said Nov. 22 at the hospital. â€œI donâ€™t love it, but I donâ€™t hate it,â€? French said of the exercise he does three times a week in the rehab department. â€œThatâ€™s what I used to tell my daughter about where I worked. Iâ€™ve been here a couple years, and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s helping to keep me going. â€œ[But] I donâ€™t want to give them all the credit.â€? Balluff is familiar with Frenchâ€™s sharp wit, which is usually on display Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when heâ€™s pedaling a recumbent bicycle or using a weight machine in the pulmonary rehab department. Qassem, who specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine, said French is
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Chellis French, 99, works out during one of his pulmonary rehabilitation sessions at Rockford Memorial Hospital. a good patient who follows orders. â€œHeâ€™s very good. I think between the oxygen and the pulmonary rehab [itâ€™s] whatâ€™s helping him,â€? Qassem said. A bout with pneumonia landed French in the hospital a few years ago. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a damaging and scarring of the lung tissue that causes shortness of breath. Qassem told French to use oxygen during the evenings and a portable oxygen machine during
the day. And he sent French to pulmonary rehab. The rehab helps improve lung function and quality of life for patients, and it can help keep them out of the hospital, Qassem said. French joked about his secrets to living a long life. â€œI always tell people itâ€™s good, clean living, and then I smile because I havenâ€™t lived up to that all my life,â€? French said. â€œThe other thing I tell people is to think young.â€?
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inter weather already has brushed the Sauk Valley with minor snowfalls on Oct. 22 and Nov. 25. Temperatures in the 50s this week belie the fact that serious snow, ice and cold could be just around the corner. Indeed, while the region has had a general reprieve from difficult conditions, the Upper Midwest just got hit with heavy snow. Central Illinois is expecting its own band of ice and snow to move through today and Friday. The same system will usher in colder temperatures here. If people arenâ€™t ready for winterâ€™s worst, timeâ€™s a-wasting. In recent years, several agencies have banded
What we think If you are not ready for severe winter weather, get ready. The Illinois Winter Weather Preparedness Guide provides useful tips for veterans and novices alike. together to provide winter preparedness information to the public. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, and Red Cross put together useful information, which is available at ready.illinois.gov or by searching for â€œIllinois Winter Weather Preparedness Guideâ€? on the Internet. Though veterans of Illinois winters know the drill, it doesnâ€™t hurt to review the tips and suggestions for enduring the season. Newcomers have even more reason to bone up on surviving winter in
the Prairie State. In a news release, Jonathon Monken, director of the IEMA, put it this way: â€œIn Illinois, itâ€™s a question of when snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures will hit, not if they will occur. Getting caught unprepared may not be just inconvenient, it could be dangerous. Nowâ€™s the time to take a few minutes to put together your home and vehicle emergency supply kits and review the steps you should take to stay safe during hazardous winter weather.â€? It could be dangerous? Yes.
Three people died of exposure in Illinois last year. Since 1995, 134 people have lost their lives because of the cold. Winter driving conditions cause 51 fatalities a year, on average, and 4,450 injuries in 29,260 vehicle crashes. Illinois experiences, on average, five severe winter storms a year â€“ each with the potential to significantly disrupt daily activities. Cars can get stuck in blizzard conditions. People can get snowed in. The electricity can go out. Arctic cold can grip the region for days or weeks. So, is your car ready? Is your home ready? Are your family members ready? Are you ready? If not, the time is now to get ready.
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Remembering Shriverâ€™s role in JFK funeral MARGARET BRECHON Dixon
The single soul-searing event of my generation had to be the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As a 20-something college student, I joined the rest of the nation to watch 3 days of incredible events on the familyâ€™s black-and-white TV. For the past several days, as the nation relived those events, I again watched, but this time with a deeper appreciation of the tremendous effort and sacrifice of one man.
In Mark Shriverâ€™s book, â€œA Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,â€? Mark devotes the first chapter to the events that followed Mrs. Kennedyâ€™s request that his father lead the planning of the funeral. Sargent Shriver had myriad challenges to resolve in only 3 days. He met with Cardinal Cushing of Boston and Archbishop Boyle of Washington, D.C., to plan the funeral. He made arrangements for heads of state and dignitaries from all over the world to attend the funeral. A miscue was avoided when he realized that there were no military personnel at the White House to form an honor guard and act as pall-
bearers for the arrival of the presidentâ€™s coffin early Saturday morning. A Marine Silent Drill Platoon was called, and with only 20 minutesâ€™ notice, they appeared R. Sargent in full-dress Shriver uniform just 1915-2011 a few minShriver, a brother-in-law utes before the hearse of President John F. arrived. Kennedy, Here is was the first director of the Mark ShrivPeace Corps. erâ€™s assessment of how his father understood his role: â€œI am certain that Dadâ€™s central focus was not creating a majestic national funeral as much as it was instill-
What do you think? Do you agree with this letter? Do you disagree with this letter? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com ing the faithfulness and the peacefulness of an eternal homecoming for the assassinated president. He was accompanying a president to be buried but, more important, he was hastening the soul of a loved one on the way to meet his maker and know everlasting life.â€? To this I say â€œAmenâ€? and â€œThank you, Sargent Shriver.â€?
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SPRINGFIELD â€“ On Tuesday, the Illinois General Assembly passed a measure that its leaders contend will solve the stateâ€™s pension crisis. If only it would. The reality is it likely lays the groundwork for future tax hikes and does little to solve the stateâ€™s fiscal woes. Mind you, Illinois has the worst-funded state pension system in the nation, the worst credit rating in the country, and it is paying its bills months late. In short, Illinois is a fiscal basket case. Such a situation demands strong medicine. Instead, what we got was a placebo treatment â€“ a sugar pill disguised as a potent remedy. At the end of the day, the savings from this bill mainly comes in two forms: gradually raising government workersâ€™ retirement age, and lowering cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, for retirees. Thatâ€™s it, folks. Union bosses are already calling those moves onerous. The reality is, it is too little, far too late. Under the legislation that Gov. Pat Quinn says he will sign, government workers will still be retiring in their 50s for many years to come. And they will still be receiving COLAs in their retirement, while most of the rest of us can look forward to retiring in our mid-60s and not receiving a dime in COLA money from our private retirement plans. And the burden of funding government workersâ€™ early and generous retirements falls on the shoulders of those of us with private retirement plans. THREE YEARS AGO, lawmakers passed a temporary 67 percent income tax increase that is slated to partially sunset in a year and a half. The money was supposed to go toward helping the state to pay its bills and bring its pension systems back toward solvency. But the state pension systems are at their worst level of funding ever. And thatâ€™s despite the state taking in more than $7.5 billion a year as a result of the tax hike. Spending went up after the tax hike. And even with legislative leadersâ€™ optimistic projections, this pension â€œreformâ€? bill would save the state at most $1.5 billion a year, according to Crainâ€™s Chicago Business. So even if those rosy projections were to become reality, those same legislative leaders would have to
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come up with more than $3 billion a year in savings elsewhere to ensure the income tax hike partially sunsets as promised. Come 2015, I can already hear the politicians explaining away making the tax hike permanent: â€œWell, we tried pension reform, and it just wasnâ€™t enough. â€Śâ€? Thatâ€™s right, itâ€™s not nearly enough. The savings, to be blunt, are picayune in comparison to the pension systemâ€™s overall fiscal woes. And the promises this new bill makes are steps in the wrong direction. FOR EXAMPLE, it empowers the pension systems to sue the state if they arenâ€™t allocated as much money as they think they need. Thatâ€™s a risky proposition for the stateâ€™s taxpayers. Illinoisâ€™ five state-run pension systems invest in stocks, bonds, real estate, and other volatile securities. Some of those investments pan out, while others donâ€™t. But guess what: Under this plan, if those investments go south, the pension funds can just sue the state to make up the difference. Does anyone guarantee your 401(k) that way? I didnâ€™t think so. But guess what: You, the taxpayer, will be guaranteeing someone elseâ€™s pension that way. Under the bill, pension funding will take a higher priority than public safety, education, and any other government program. Only paying government bonds will take priority over making pension payments. I must have missed that day in junior high civics, where we learned that the primary purpose of government is to pay debt and provide for employee pensions. During Tuesdayâ€™s debates, lawmaker after lawmaker said, â€œThis bill isnâ€™t perfect, but â€Śâ€? They approved the measure; legislators wanted to do something, anything, to address this overwhelming problem. I wish their actions would solve the problem. But there is little doubt in my mind that future legislators will be addressing even worse pension crises because this legislation didnâ€™t do nearly enough. The people of Illinois deserve better. Note to readers: Scott Reederâ€™s column is underwritten by the Illinois Policy Institute.
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Things to do and places to go in Northwest Illinois Thursday, December 5, 2013
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DIXON â€“ The Sauk Valley Community College music departmentâ€™s annual winter concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave. Donations for theater renovations will be
accepted at the door. Mark Bressler will direct both the concert choir and the concert band. Among concert choir selections will be â€œAnd the Glory of the Lord,â€? from â€œThe Messiah,â€? by George Frederich Handel; â€œSoon-Ah Will Be Done,â€? by William L. Dawson; â€œThe Pasture (Choose Something
Like a Star),â€? by Randall Thompson; and â€œWe Come A-Caroling,â€? by Theron Kirk. Concert band pieces will include â€œOthello (A Symphonic Portrait in 5 Scenes After Shakespeare),â€? by Alfred Reed; â€œChristmas Curtain Raiser,â€? arranged by Ross Hastings; â€œChristmas Moods,â€? arranged
by Seth Markham; and â€œChristmas SingA-Long,â€? arranged by James Ployhar. The choir, band, and audience will join together for a Christmas singalong. Community members interested in joining SVCC performance ensembles can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WHATâ€™S GOING ON guests, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, at Clinton High Schoolâ€™s Vernon Cook Theater, 817 Eighth Ave. S. Symphony season tickets are $60 for adults, and $15 for students through college; individual tickets are $15 and $5; students through eighth grade are admitted free. Tickets are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ€™s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information.
ART EXHIBITS At The Next Picture Show DIXON â€“ The opening for Color Shots 8 will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St. The judge for this show will be noted photographer and educator, Carrie Kaufmann. Music will be provided by Faith and Melody Hemmer. During the Color Shots 8 show, TNPS will present the art collection of Sherry and Jim Marshall in the back gallery. TNPS will have a Trunk Show from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 of the works of jewelers Becky Cortez and Kim Clark. Enjoy the musical entertainment by Brushwood Trio. During December, Stuart Roddy shows his work on the Front Wall, Dan LeTourneau shows his work in the Lower Gallery, and Bob Balayti shows his willow creations in the gallery. Art at the Loveland DIXON â€“ The art collection at the Loveland Community House and Museum, 513 W. Second St., and its many other exhibits are available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Guided group tours can be scheduled by contacting Steve Wilson at email@example.com or 815-284-2741. Go to lovelandcommunityhouse. org for a virtual tour of the museum, and for more information.
Dec. 20 Blues and Bluegrass FRANKLIN GROVE â€“ If itâ€™s the third Friday of the month, itâ€™s Blues and Bluegrass night at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. Open stage acoustic gospel, folk, country, blues and bluegrass will be performed, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the historic building. Go to www.franklingroveil.org for more information.
Sandy Sweitzer of Pearl City captured the Christmas spirit with her Santa outfit,12-string guitar and vocal skills at the December First Fridays Show in 2012. This yearâ€™s final event will be Friday. at the bar, 3312 W. Rock Falls Road. Upcoming: Dec. 31, Small Town Hymnal and Gina Venier.
CONCERTS BANDS AND BARS Get listed! Are you in a band that would like to be listed in Plan!t Sauk Valleyâ€™s free entertainment calendar? Are you a bar that offers live entertainment? Send an email with the bandâ€™s name, booking number and website or Facebook page, and gig or event schedule, or the barâ€™s event schedule, to Lucas Pauley at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Cragelâ€™s PROPHETSTOWN â€“ D n A play Dec. 14 at the bar, 345 Washington St. Upcoming: Dec. 31, Reflex Blues. At Lambâ€™s Tap ROCK FALLS â€“ Danny Whitson will perform Friday and Mid West Mobile will play Saturday at the bar, 215 W. Second St. Upcoming: Dec. 13, Rout 38; Dec. 14, Old Dogs New Chick; Dec. 20, Kill Bill Eâ€™s; Dec. 21, Mid West Mobile; Dec. 27, 28, and 31, Mid West Mobile. At Long Shot Bar & Grill ROCK FALLS â€“ Dinner at the Kids Table will play Saturday
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Friday First Fridays in Oregon OREGON â€“ First Fridays Open Stage Music Show returns to the Oregon VFW. Each musician or band performs for 15 minutes. Instruments are all acoustic, and a professional sound system is provided. The music is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Admission is a donation. All musicians and spectators are welcome. Call 815-9730942 for more information. Upcoming: Jan. 3 Friday and Saturday Madrigal singers to perform OREGON â€“ The Oregon High School Madrigals will perform at their annual Madrigal Dinner, with dinner starting at 6 p.m. both nights, at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, 1834 S. state Route 2. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
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The evening will include performances for the madrigal singers, skits and more. Cost to attend is $15 and includes dinner. To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815732-6241, ext. 1205. Dec. 14 Holiday with the symphony CLINTON, Iowa â€“ The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its popular Holiday Concert, featuring Clintonâ€™s RiverChor as
March 8 Symphony offers student solo, ballet STERLING â€“ The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its annual Young Artist concert, featuring an area high school musician in a solo spot accompanied by the orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. in Sterling High Schoolâ€™s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave. The program will include dancers from the Gateway Contemporary Ballet in two famous story pieces from the orchestral literature, Prokofievâ€™s â€œPeter and the Wolfâ€?, and Saint-Saensâ€™ â€œCarnival of the Animalsâ€?. It will close with â€œSymphony No. 2â€? by Borodin. All students through college will be admitted free to this concert. Otherwise, tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students through college; students through the eighth grade are admitted free. They are available at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgerald Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummertâ€™s Hardware in Sterling about 2 weeks before each concert, online and at the door. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information. Also available this year is a bus ride to Centennial, with boarding points in Clinton, Fulton and Morrison. Call 563-243-5958 for prices and to make a reservation.
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Band to perform traditional pieces DIXON â€“ The Dixon High School Concert Band will present its holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive. The program will include a variety of traditional holiday favorites. The concert is free and open to the public. The annual holiday bake sale and silent auction will be from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Santa, snacks at open house event LYNDON â€“ A free holiday open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lyndon Area Historical Society, 405 W. Fourth St. Santa Claus will arrive about 2:30 p.m. on a Lyndon Fire Department truck. Refreshments will be served. Visit www.lyndonareahistoricalsociety. org or call Kris Bielema at 815-778-4801 for more information.