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A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office vehicle is shown parked at the sheriff’s department in Hennepin. Villages in Putnam County have been asked to help pay for dispatching and other law enforcement services provided by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office by entering into an agreement that is similar to many others in the region. According to Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle, only Granville has disputed the proposal. SEE STORIES ON PAGES 4-5.


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It’s a busy summer for projects Electric, water, sewer and street issues addressed at meeting BY DAVE COOK GRANVILLE — Several aspects of the community’s infrastructure were addressed in some way during the June 5 Granville Village Board meeting. Village engineer Mike Richetta called it the “$25,000 question,” but perhaps it would be more accurate to call the still-unstarted McCoy Street project the “$505,000 question.” Expected to begin on approximately May 16, the contractor, LaSalle’s Universal Asphalt & Excavating, is officially “on the clock.” “The contractor was awarded 45 working days. That’s a normal Jared Baker weekday that’s workGranville vil- able, meaning if it lage president rains, it’s not workable. The working days started on May 16, so they have nine days used up. They’re not worried about it yet and are expecting to be on site June 18. They still have plenty of time to do it and will probably only need 25 to 30 working days if they hit it really hard,” Richetta said. He also said the change order for the extra work that was added would probably give the contractor an additional 15 days to complete the project. It’s still expected to be completed in time for the annual Granville Cruise on Aug. 3. If project delays, such as bad weather, begin to threaten that timeline, Richetta said the contractor could focus on ensuring the street portion of the project is completed before the cruise. “I’m not going to sweat it yet, and if they go over the contract days, I

“I’m not going to sweat it yet, and if they go over the contract days, I think it’s $1,050 a day.” Mike Richett

Village engineer, said the McCoy Street project is expected to be completed in time for the annual Granville Cruise on Aug. 3. think it’s $1,050 a day,” he added.

Smoke testing

Richetta presented the board with information regarding the continued smoke testing of the village’s sanitary sewers. The tests are being done to identify problematic areas where ground or surface water may be entering the sewers and aggravating the widespread flooding, such as which occurred during last year’s heavy rains. Testing was scheduled to start on June 11 and will be done between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.. The smoke is non-toxic and odor free. Areas of testing were to include portions of Silverspoon Avenue, South Street, Harrison Court, Archie Avenue, Colby Street and Elm Street. Residents should contact the village if any of the testing smoke entered their homes through a drain or vent pipe because dangerous sewer gases may also be entering the building.

Sewer plant monitoring

Richetta said the village’s new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the EPA will require a water quality monitoring plan for the water entering, inside of, and coming out of the waste water treatment plant and other testing sites. The additional testing will be done by TEST Inc. of Peru. The first round of regular testing that will take place over two months will provide a baseline against which tests after heavy rains will be judged. Richetta said he expects the tests to show the village isn’t harming the creek with the plant’s discharge water. However, there was some concern that some of the pollutant

limits set in the new permit, such as ammonia and nitrogen levels, could be exceeded because of agricultural runoff before the creek’s water even reaches the plant. The other areas that will be inspected will be the plant’s lagoon. If that area was identified as a source of exceeded limits, Richetta said aeration could be added to help the bacteria within to consume the pollutants. The village will also be evaluating its waste water polymer and related procedures after reports of it not fully drying. Polymers are used to coagulate suspended solids into a sludge before being dehydrated and disposed of. A new polymer may be ordered if needed, and the storage areas for the drying polymer will also be under review.

Electric rates

Charles Dana of Rock River Energy presented the board with a bid comparison of the electric aggregation rates of a number of local energy providers. The board approved a three-year contract with Constellation Energy, the lowest bid. Dana said the cost of energy has decreased and that the power is generated through a combination of natural gas, coal and nuclear-powered sources. The new rates for the village will range from approximately 4.7 to 4.9 cents per kilowatt hour over the term of the contract. The village’s current rates were thought to be approximately 5.8 cents per kwh, and Granville Village President Jared Baker was eager to help residents reduce their expenses. There will also be no termination fees, and customers can opt out if they desire, but Dana said they have a 98 percent customer retention rate.

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In the June 6 issue of the Putnam County Record, the story “A devotion to duty for 45 years” contained an error. It stated PCEMS Chief Andrew Jackson has been serving Putnam County for the past 45 years. While Jackson has been involved in EMS work for that amount of time, he’s only been working in Putnam County for 12 years. The Putnam County Record regrets this error.

Tax bills are due June 18 HENNEPIN — The first installment of real estate taxes for Putnam County are due Monday, June 18. If mailed, they must be postmarked by the June 18 date to be

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They disagree on a fee after getting it free Granville village officials vexed with county’s law enforcement proposal and taxation error BY DAVE COOK GRANVILLE — Putnam County’s financial woes didn’t escape the attention of the Granville Village Board as members discussed the county’s proposal to enter into a contract for dispatching and other law enforcement services. During the June 5 meeting the board, village attorney Brad Popurella and Police Chief Kevin Moore discussed the proposal and the funds already provided to the county. The proposal would charge increasing amounts over five years, beginning with approximately $5,500 this year and ending with roughly $8,300 the final year. Included are dispatching; fingerprint and booking services, intoxilyzer, radio frequency, radio tower, records management data,

and access to the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS). Moore said the village already has access to LEADS in the village’s police cars. Entering into a similar agreement with the Illinois Valley Regional Dispatching Center was discussed, but board member Jim Petit said it was off the table and would never happen. That agreement would have cost roughly the same as the final year of the county’s proposal with an additional upfront equipment cost of up to $15,000. Moore and Petit both said the village provides 12.9 percent of its property tax revenues to the county, a figure that Moore said amounts to approximately $130,000 a year. Additionally, he said residents are already paying a tax for 911 services. “We’ve already helped pay for the 911 center and the equipment in it, and we also help pay for their dis-

patcher and deputy salaries. How much more of Granville’s tax dollars need to go down to support that courthouse and the services coming out of it? I don’t agree with this contract,” Moore told the board. Moore continued, saying although the county has seen a decrease in both population and revenue, the county has not only increased its amount of deputies, but given them and the dispatchers pay raises. “The county knew for some time they were depleting their financial reserves, but when a deputy left during that time, they chose to hire another officer instead of saving the money,” Moore said. However, information provided afterward by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office regarding the staffing levels and officer and dispatcher salaries of other area departments shows the sheriff’s department is well below the average for both. The Putnam County Board has previously approved an interfund loan because of the state’s change to the amount of the expected Personal Property Replacement Tax revenue

after the county’s budget had already been passed. Additionally, the county’s financial reserves were largely depleted over the past several years because of a lengthy lawsuit, major projects at the courthouse, and the loss of industrial revenue. At the time of the interfund loan, the courthouse hours were reduced, and board members waived their mileage reimbursements to help reduce costs. Petit acknowledged those changes, but said he knew of no other steps that had been taken. “Before I would agree to anything given to them, I’d like to see some sort of guidelines of what they’re going to do to cut costs, not just to say, ‘We need more money.’ Cut some costs. We did that here for how many years because we didn’t have the money. Now, we’re not great, but we’re doing good,” he said. Board member Jeff Greathouse asked whether this proposal was raised before the county announced its financial difficulties, or afterward in an attempt to recoup lost revenue.

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BY DAVE COOK HENNEPIN — The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has responded to claims and statements made by Granville Village Board members and Police Chief Kevin Moore during the June 5 village board meeting in regard to a contract request to help shoulder the costs of dispatching and other services. Other area towns, such as Princeton, Spring Valley, LaSalle, Peru, Mendota and Oglesby, pay dispatching fees through similar agreements that include nothing else. The county’s proposal includes a variety of other valuable services that, Sheriff Kevin Doyle said, Granville has been using free of charge for several years. “Granville currently provides police service to the village of Standard and is compensated financially. The PCSO has provided coverage of Granville when there are no Granville officers on duty or available. This includes from 4 to 7 a.m. during weekdays and varying times of the weekend. In 2017, this equaled approximately 20 percent of the time, all at no cost to the village,” Doyle said. Doyle added that when the PCSO purchased a $6,000 Intoxilyzer, Granville was asked to help contribute. The village declined to help, but the Granville Police Department still uses the equipment when needed. In addition, there are many other pieces of vital equipment and services which, when totaled, cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars

to purchase and maintain and that Granville also regularly uses. The proposal would charge increasing amounts over five years, beginning with approximately $5,500 this year and ending with roughly $8,300 the final year. “When Moore said, ‘We get LEADS in our cars,’ it’s important to note that while Granville is paying for the service, they’re doing it redundantly because they’re running most of their traffic stops through county dispatch for that information,” Doyle said. During the meeting, Moore inaccurately stated the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has eight deputies. According to Doyle, there are seven deputies, one of whom is assigned solely to Tri-DENT. Of the remaining six, the chief deputy’s responsibilities include being the primary investigator. This leaves only five deputies to patrol county roads and respond to domestic situations, emergency calls, accidents and other needs. Moore also said the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office should need only three to five deputies. “Spring Valley has a population of 5,600 with 7.4 square miles of coverage, and they have 10 full-time and six part-time officers. We have 172 square miles to cover, and we also maintain a jail,” Doyle said. According to Doyle, the National City/County Government Association recommends approximately two officers per 1,000 people. Putnam County is home to roughly 5,700 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, so using the staffing rates

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A Putnam County Sheriff’s squad car is shown parked at the sheriff’s department in Hennepin. According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, several years ago the village of Hennepin took advantage of an offer from the county to provide full police services for $1,100 a month, and Granville declined a similar offer. The village of Granville is now disputing the county’s request to enter into an agreement that would charge for the dispatching and other law enforcement services that the Granville Police Department has been using free for years. provided by Doyle, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office should have about four additional deputies on the payroll. In addition, the salaries of both Putnam County deputies and dispatchers are well below the average of other Illinois Valley departments. Doyle also said the 911 surcharges that residents pay are remitted to the state, which in turn distributes the funds accordingly to each Public Service Answering Point. He added the County’s Emergency Management Agency is a separate entity from the

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sheriff’s department, and also noted his office is careful in its spending and works to use only about 58 percent of its budgeted funds. “Approaching the village for payment of services wasn’t meant to be controversial or to cause a disturbance. Approaching Granville, as well as the other villages throughout the county, is strictly a long-overdue intergovernmental contract,” Doyle said. The village of Mark has agreed to the proposal, and McNabb is expected to agree to it in the coming weeks.

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Quakers plan yearly meeting near McNabb ‘Witness and Renewal’ theme of week’s events The Clear Creek Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) will host its yearly meeting from June 20-24 at the historic meeting house south of McNabb. There is no charge to attend the workshops or talks by the featured speakers, which are open to the public. This year’s theme is “Witness and Renewal,” in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign. The Plummer lecture at 10 a.m. on June 24 will feature Bonni McKeown, a.k.a. “Barrelhouse Bonni,” a piano player, blues educator, activist, film producer and writer. McKeown’s motto is “Pray for Peace, Work for Justice, Boogie for Survival.” She is a member of the Oak Park

meeting. The Yearly Meeting (ILYM) is a retreat for approximately 200 Quakers who attend from local meetings throughout Illinois and parts of Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. ILYM offers workshops, featured speakers, recreational programs, business meetings, camping facilities, programs for children and meals prepared on site. Evening programs are from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. beginning June 20 with a panel discussion “ILYM Friends Called to Witness on Social Justice in the 1960s and Today,” which will feature Dan Stevens, Freedom Rider of 1961; David Finke, Nancy Finke and Judy Jager, participants in Martin Luther King’s Open Housing

campaign in Chicago in 1966; and Jason Shenk, organizer for the New Poor People’s Campaign of direct action in 2018. On June 21, Betsey Means Wills, of Lake Forest Friends, will perform “The March of the Mill Children: A Speech by Mother Jones,” about a march of child laborers in 1903 to President Theodore Roosevelt’s home in an effort to stop labor abuses. The evening presentation on June 23 will be a discussion focused on “American Friends Service Committee and the Call to Racial Justice and Justice for the Poor” with Brant Rosen, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Midwest regional director and rabbi for a new social-justice focused congregation, Tzedek Chicago, and Joshua Saleem, the Peace Education Pro-

gram director for AFSC’s St. Louis office. The afternoon workshops on June 21-23 will be held 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and will address the experiences of the Poor People’s Campaign; a bicycling trip along the Hennepin Canal sponsored by the ILYM Environmental Concerns Committee; other branches of Quakers; a holistic children’s religious education program on lifetime sexuality concerns; solar energy; personal ministry; sanctuary, blues music, and yoga and meditation. The Clear Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends is the oldest continuous monthly meeting in the Illinois Yearly Meeting. The meeting house at 14365 N. 350th Ave. (“Quaker Lane”) was built in 1875, although Quakers had worshipped at the site since 1843.

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POLICE REPORTS LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 will conduct Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrols in LaSalle County during June. NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The number of unrestrained drivers killed in traffic crashes is significantly higher at nighttime and combined with impaired driving means even more traffic deaths during these criti-

• PROPOSAL Continued from Page 4 “They called us after,” Village President Jared Baker said. Board member Bob Bruch said if the county wants to charge for dispatching services, they should attempt to pass a referendum that would spread the costs evenly throughout the county rather than just impacting villages. After tabling the issue, the board agreed to invite Putnam County Board Chairman Steve Malavolti and any other interested parties to speak about the proposal during the village’s next meeting, which will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 19. According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the village of Mark

cal hours. Officers will strictly enforce violations including, driving under the influence (DUI); safety belt and child restraint use; speeding; distracted driving and all Illinois vehicle code and criminal violations. Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up. This project is funded through the

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agreed to the contract, and McNabb and other villages are expected to approve it within the coming weeks. Granville, along with other villages in the county, had a consolidation opportunity approximately 10 years ago to enter into an agreement in which the county would provide police services with costs based on population. Hennepin took advantage of the offer and pays $1,100 a month for full police services. For that $13,200 a year, the village is no longer responsible for the costs of salaries, vehicles, training, building expenses, pensions or other associated costs. Hennepin is home to about 700 residents, and Granville’s population is about 1,300. According to the Granville Village

Hall, the Granville Police Department is comprised of three full-time officers, including the chief, and five part-time officers. Moore said at the meeting it’s a low-crime area and added there are days when he doesn’t handle a single call.

ISP announces roadside safety checks LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSCs) in LaSalle County during June. The use of RSCs combine a strong sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives of the motoring public. The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working the detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driv-

The county’s taxation error

The other county issue that rankled the village board was Popurella’s announcement of a tax levy error made by the Putnam County Clerk’s Office. “The county’s tax bills are out, but they were sent without our bond levy on them. This means we aren’t going to get the approximately $55,000 we’re supposed to get, and this was due to computation issues by the county clerk. We have a debt obligation later this year, and we

er’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, and most important, driving under the influence (DUI); safety belt and child restraint use; speeding; distracted driving, and all Illinois vehicle code and criminal violations. Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and throughout the U.S. Nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving. RSCs are designed to keep roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. have to make our payments,” he said. The county is taking responsibility for any costs, and although the problem originated in the clerk’s office, Popurella said the Putnam County Treasurer’s Office will be the entity helping to resolve the issue. A revised second installment bill will be sent to Granville residents that will include the entire levy amount. Popurella added that the issue is still being dealt with, and as long as it’s resolved through the revised bills, the money will be there for the village’s financial obligations. “Hopefully this will be resolved, but if not, we could take the money out of our General Fund, but I’d rather not have to do that,” Petit said.

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HENNEPIN — Ila M. Wilt, 95, of Hennepin passed away Monday, June 4, 2018, at Cabin Livin in Hennepin. She was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Avon, S.D., to Joseph and Katherine W. (Sattler) Weddell. She was born and raised in South Dakota until she was a teenager, then they moved to Missouri, where she graduated from Clever High School in 1941. The family moved to Illinois in 1942, where Ila worked as a weaver at Lacon Woolen Mill for 26 years and then worked at Kurrles Department store in Lacon for nine years. She married Louis A. White in Lacon on May 5, 1945. He passed away Feb. 5, 1976, and Ila moved to Hennepin the following year. She worked at the Hennepin Park District for 10 years and Hennepin Elementary School. She was a member of the Lacon Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer and on the board of trustees. She later joined the Hennepin United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer of the WAP Class. She was also a member of Hennepin American Legion Auxiliary Post 1044 for 63 years and she was a member of Hennepin Lions Club.

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ISP District 17 announces results of May Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols

ISP District 17 announces results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols

LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 has announced the results of Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) in LaSalle County during May. These sTEPs allowed the ISP to provide increased enforcement for impaired driving, occupant restraint, speeding, and distracted driving violations during the National “Click It or Ticket” Campaign. There were a total of 132 citations and 77 warnings issued during the sTEP patrols. There were 18 citations issued for occupant restraint violations, six citations issued for driving under the influence and other drug and alcohol-related cases, 91 citations and 44 warnings issued for speeding and two citations and five warnings issued for distracted driving. Driving the posted speed limit, sober, not distracted, and buckled up will save lives. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

LASALLE — Illinois State Police (ISP) District 17 announced the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in LaSalle County during May. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up. There were a total of 78 citations and 21 warnings issued during the patrols. Police gave 73 citations and four warnings for safety belt violations. There were no citations or warnings issued for child restraint citations. Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

POLICE REPORT ISP conducts ACE surveillance LASALLE — Illinois State Police Zone 3 agents conducted Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) surveillance at various establishments during the evening hours of Wednesday, May 16, in LaSalle County. The purpose of the ACE details are to determine which businesses may be selling alcoholic beverages to minors. Of 24 locations surveyed in Ottawa

and Streator, six businesses sold alcohol to a minor. Listed are the business locations in violation and persons arrested for unlawful sale of alcohol to a minor: 1. Heidi E. Brown, 48, of Ottawa was arrested at Casey’s General Store, located at 400 W. Norris Drive in Ottawa. 2. John K. Purcell, 58, of Ottawa was arrested at Express Lane Inc. Gas and

Food Mart, located at 1441 N. Columbus Drive in Ottawa. 3. Dylan A. Coney, 21, of Wedron, Ill., was arrested at Express Lane Inc. Gas and Food Mart, located at 3074 N. Route 71 in Ottawa. 4. Deon L. Clemens, 49, of Ottawa was arrested at Aldi, located at 1725 N. Bloomington St. in Streator. 5. Angelyn M. Petre, 27, of Streator was arrested at Kroger LP, located at

2399 N. Bloomington St. in Streator. 6. Luanne J. Young, 62, of Streator was arrested at Orr’s Westgate Liquors, located at 103 Armory Court in Streator. The Illinois State Police commends establishments which do not sell alcohol to minors. This project was funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety.

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Members of the Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (IAMIC) traveled to Capitol Hill recently to be the voice for members and join the national association to discuss important issues within the insurance industry. Angie Dallam from Peru Waltham Mutual Insurance met with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger. One important issue discussed is the guidelines for the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) that could take authority away from state departments of insurance. “We focused on the need to keep authority within our state so consumers, as well as companies, have contacts that are familiar with Illinois,” Dallam said. “In addition, we discussed the regulations behind unmanned air-

crafts (drones). While many consumers have purchased the drone for personal entertainment, insurance companies utilize them in daily operations,” she said. To provide a safer work environment, drones are used to view high roofs, and they are invaluable in disaster areas where road access is impassable. The commercial use of drones is also being used by emergency management services where lives can be saved because the drones can locate victims faster. The discussion with Congress is related to the FAA rules of private air space versus public air space, and the need for clarity is vital. Dallam shared knowledge and resources with several Illinois representatives, as well as both senators.

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POLICE REPORT PUTNAM COUNTY SHERIFF Disorderly conduct At 6:12 p.m. on June 5, Robert Bennett, 51, of Mark was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident with a neighbor. Bennett was released on a notice to appear and given a Putnam County court date.

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Illinois budget: Business as usual is back Crafted behind closed doors, 1,245 pages of spending backed by both parties


nstead of “shaking up” Springfield as he promised 4 years ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner took the final step Monday to acclimating to the Illinois political culture. He went along to get along. On Monday, flanked by a bipartisan assortment of lawmakers, Rauner signed a budget that is likely somewhere between $600 million and $1.5 billion out of balance. Nothing unusual there. That’s the way Illinois has been doing business for decades – except for that awful two-and-one-half years when it went without a budget. And business as usual is why the state is broke. The legislative process is supposed to be transparent. But when it comes to the state budget, it rarely is.

During the waning days of the legislative session, caucus leaders filed into a closed room and negotiated with the governor. Once a budget agreement was reached behind those locked doors, senators found themselves voting on the 1,245-page measure a few hours later. Think any of them knew exactly what they were voting on? No way. Is this unusual in Springfield? No. But it has never served the public well. And Bruce Rauner has done little to reform the process. Taxpayers and bondholders deserve to know how our money is being spent. But the budget document is so opaque, it is often hard to discern whether major new spending initiatives have been slipped into the spending plan. For example, back in 2005, the General Assembly rejected

spending state money on stem-cell research. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who favored the measure, snuck $10 million in stem-cell research spending into the budget by labeling it “scientific research.” Lawmakers were understandably angry when they figured out they had been tricked into voting for something they had opposed. This year, Springfield is rife with rumors about what may or may not have been snuck into the budget. Adam Schuster, director of budget and tax research for the libertarian-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, says $100 million has been slipped into the budget to help fund the construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago. Schuster declined to disclose a source for this information. So, we have no way to evaluate its veracity. But it’s telling that someone knowledgeable about the budget process thinks a $100 million item could be slipped into the spending plan without rank-and-file legislators – or the public – finding out. Once again, Rauner did little to

make the process more transparent. He’s patting his own back, for just getting a budget passed. Governor, that’s a minimal expectation for a state chief executive. Should we be impressed? Last year, the General Assembly passed a $5 billion tax hike over Rauner’s veto. Despite that, the state is expected to finish the fiscal year with between $6 billion and $7 billion in unpaid bills. Why? Because it’s much more fun to spend money on new programs and pretend the bills will just go away. The state’s credit rating is the worst among the states. And the unfunded pension liabilities are hovering around $130 billion. Illinois is in sorry fiscal shape. Has Rauner “shaken up” Springfield? Well, besides a jiggle here and there, not much has changed. We deserve better.

erinary Medical Association states that “The welfare of free-roaming) cats may be significantly diminished. Their life expectancy is radically reduced due to death from trauma, disease, starvation, and weather extremes. These same factors may also contribute to an overall poor quality of life.” Second, free-roaming cats present clear dangers to native birds and small mammals. Organizations like the Wildlife Society, the Society for Conservation Biology, and the American Bird Conservancy agree that cats pose a serious threat to wildlife. The American Veterinary Medical Association states that “Feline abandonment and feral cat populations adversely affect wildlife, ecosystems, and public health.” In my involvement with animal rescue, both wild and domestic, I’ve seen many instances of cat attacks, including on my own birds who were in their cage in my fenced-in yard.

When wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, and opossums, make use of TNR feeding stations, interactions can result in injuries as well as the spread of diseases. These stations also artificially increase the carrying capacity of the environment for both wild and domesticated species. Australia’s rampant cat problems should be a sobering lesson to U.S. communities, lest our wildlife also be decimated by free-roaming cats. Third, free-roaming cats present a health threat and nuisance for residents. As I’ve experienced, they leave droppings in flower beds and gardens and urinate on buildings. Free-roaming cat feces can carry diseases including roundworm and toxoplasmosis. Bacteria in their claws can lead to infections in people, pets, or wildlife. Their saliva can transmit rabies, and a rabid cat may act friendly before attacking. In one study, 80

percent of people treated for possible rabies cases had been in contact with free-roaming cats. The cats themselves can also carry fleas and other external parasites. Community members here complain of their dogs getting fleas and other parasites from free-roaming cats. For public health reasons, it is best to remove free-roaming cats from the environment. Two humane, non-lethal solutions that adequately address the issues above include placing the animals in either a Catio ( or in a fenced-in area that uses a system similar to the Oscillot ( For a compilation of information on why TNR is not an effective solution, go to tnrrealitycheck. com. I applaud Hennepin for your stand on this divisive issue.


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Trap-neuter-release has its own set of problems To the editor: Hello, and thank you for your coverage of the cat issues in Hennepin. I’m an Illinois resident who is very concerned about free-roaming cats and the trap-neuter-release (TNR) movement that is being touted as a solution. Allowing cats to roam free, even when TNR’d offed in “colonies,” presents a number of issues for cats, wildlife, and residents, many of which I’ve experienced firsthand in my community here in Broadview. First, the health and welfare of the cats are at risk. I’ve seen several cats killed on the street, including a tiny kitten. According to many animal-welfare organizations, leaving cats out to roam is a danger to their health and well-being. The American Vet-

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friend recently asked: What ever happened to Aaron Schock? The ex-wunderkind congressman from Peoria, Schock, 36, resigned in March 2015 amid media allegations of possible misuse of government and campaign funds. He was indicted by the U.S. attorney in Springfield in November 2016 on 24 counts of alleged wrongdoing. I talked with lawyers, felons, reporters and former judges who are all knowledgeable about prosecutions by the federal government, including in the Schock case. Aaron I have come away Schock with a strong sense of the awesome power of the federal government in prosecuting its citizens. Putting aside guilt or innocence of those indicted, I conclude it isn’t a fair fight. If I am correct, are there ways to level the playing field somehow between the resources of the government and defendants? At age 19, Aaron defeated the president of the Peoria School Board in a write-in campaign. From 2005-08, he served in the Illinois House and then in the U.S. House from 2009 until his resignation, serving districts that include my


residence in central Illinois. In Congress, the handsome Schock rapidly became a high-flying darling of the GOP and was frequently on the magazine covers found at supermarket checkout lines. He traveled the country, campaigning for and raising prodigious sums of money for fellow House candidates. In March 2015, Politico magazine questioned Schock’s mileage reimbursements and spending from his several campaign funds. He resigned from Congress two weeks later. Obviously, like Icarus, Schock flew too close to the sun (power and celebrity), too quickly. His bookkeeping of travel and office expenditures was sloppy, at best. The day after his resignation, the FBI swarmed his home, the beginning of an aggressive investigation into possible criminal actions. Since then, the U.S. attorney in Springfield has convened two grand juries and brought maybe a hundred witnesses to appear before them. On Nov. 1, 2016, the U.S. attorney indicted Schock on 24 counts of alleged wrongdoing, totaling 80-100 years of possible prison time. There is an old saying among lawyers who practice in federal

courts: A U.S. attorney can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. And once indicted, defendants face a nationwide conviction rate of 98 percent in federal courts. A U.S. attorney has a phalanx of lawyers, plus the investigative resources of the FBI, IRS, Postal Service and more — and time. When they come after you, it’s like the army coming over the hill, a former prosecutor noted. Being investigated by the feds is really a nightmare, says one who had gone through the process: “When they got me in a room full of lawyers and investigators, they laid out a series of crimes like tax evasion, mail fraud, lying to FBI agents (which couldn’t be true because I refused to speak to them without an attorney). And how they will have to investigate my family. Then they added up all the charges, and it came out to 32 years in jail. “This, before any evidence is presented or a single question asked of me.” By dragging out investigations, the feds can bankrupt even wealthy defendants, who must keep highpriced lawyers engaged throughout. Out of money, many defendants finally cry, “Uncle,” and plead guilty before trial. The feds, in their zeal, don’t always get it right. In 2008, the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of public corruption. Days later, he narrowly lost his re-election bid — following which the conviction was thrown out for the gross prosecutorial misconduct of intentionally hiding evidence that would have

benefited Stevens. Arrogance can develop in prosecutors’ offices: We are the good guys, so we can do no wrong in our quest to convict the bad guys. But justice, not convictions, is the obligation and high standard of the U.S. attorney, as Justice Sutherland declared in Berger v. United States (1935). The Schock case is complicated by the embarrassing admission, following emphatic denials, of possible obstruction of justice. The acting U.S. attorney finally admitted that on 11 occasions, his attorney told the grand jury that Schock “had failed to appear” before the grand jury (a defendant is not required to appear before a grand jury). This rookie error by a veteran attorney eager to make a name for himself could well have biased the grand jury. Both the government and Schock have apparently spent millions thus far. Government resources appear unlimited; Schock’s are not. I suggest the U.S. Department of Justice create an advisory panel of legal and ethics experts to review investigations at the request of defendants. The panel could determine when prosecutors might be using financial muscle and leverage rather than evidence and argument to win their cases. Whether Schock is guilty or innocent, it isn’t a fair fight.

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Putnam County hosts girls basketball shootout GRANVILLE — Putnam County High School hosted the seventh annual Putnam County Shootout girls basketball tournament. Varsity teams playing were Kewanee, Ridgeview, Seneca, Princeton, Bureau Valley and Pecatonica. Junior varsity teams were Kewanee, Putnam County, Hall, LaSalle-Peru, Henry, Saint Bede and Ridgeview.

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Five Putnam County Panthers and five Putnam County Lady Panthers were named to the Tri-County Conference baseball and softball teams for 2018. Caleb Dzierzynski (unanimous) and Max Huffstodt were named to the first-team baseball squad. Logan Kreiser, Luke Olson and Luke Carl-

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OGLESBY — The IVCC volleyball program will have youth and high school camps for players ages 8-17 from June 22-24. Beginner camp will meet June 22-24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 8-12 or for players from basic middle school programs. The high school prep camp is geared for players with a higher level of experience with multiple years of

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Seniors Day at M-P Fair will feature Henry Torpedo Boy’s musical revue HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam Fair will host its “Salute to Seniors” at the fairgrounds in Henry on Thursday, July 12, hosted by Marshall County Circuit Judge Mike McCuskey and Retired Putnam County Circuit Judge Scott Shore. The annual program is sponsored by the two hosts, their wives, and the Rotary Clubs of Marshall and Putnam Counties. The doors to the Hunt Building will open at 8 a.m., when guests will be greeted by local and state officeholders from the two counties. The program will begin at 9 a.m., with music provided again this year by the Henry Torpedo Boys, welcomed back by popular demand and known for their fun as well as their great musical talent. In addition to free entertainment lasting until 11 a.m., there will also be free refreshments and many door prizes donated by local residents and businesses. In keeping with this year’s fair theme, “SURFIN’-A-Fair,” seniors planning to attend are welcome to dress for the beach. The morning program is free to all citizens age 65 and over, and their guests. Seniors are encouraged to come early and stay into the afternoon, to enjoy more events throughout the day and all the displays and activities available to the public throughout the weekend. The Marshall-Putnam Fair runs from Wednesday, July 11, to Sunday, July 15, at the M-P Fairgrounds on Route 29 in Henry.

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Dzierzynski will attend Girls State HENNEPIN — The Hennepin American Legion Auxiliary has selected Madelyn Dzierzynski to attend Girls State, set for June 17-23 at Easter Illinois University. Girls State is a week-long program dedicated to providing training for young women in city, county and state government. They are placed into a two-party system and will run for office, campaign, vote and write legislation pertinent to American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State, as well as the state and nation. Along with forming their own government of these three levels, they will also hear from guest speakers in the political arena (present and past), veterans and/or active servicemen and women, American Legion Auxiliary members and motivational speakers. Americanism and flag etiquette are taught this week as well. Along with the educational ben-

Retired teachers will meet June 19 HENRY — The Marshall-Putnam Retired Teachers will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Marshall-Putnam Extension Office. Aaron Lindstrom will present “Power of STEAM education.” STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Lunch, catered by The Meeting Place, will be available. Lunch will consist of chicken salad on a croissant, salad, cookie and water for $8. Anyone interested in attending this educational program is welcome. RSVP to by Thursday, June 14.


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HENNEPIN — The Hennepin Park District held its monthly senior citizen card party on May 30. Winners playing euchre were Miles Crook, Mary Crook, Nancy Bejster, Jerry Bejster, Betty Fay-Delicath, Linda Demien and Janice Dzierzynski.

The next card party will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the Hennepin Park District Community Room. All area senior citizens are invited. Cookies and coffee will be served. For more information, contact the Hennepin Pool at 815-925-7319.



LASALLE — Summer brings a blast from the past as Stage 212 continues their 50th anniversary season with a revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the popular musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Joseph” tells the familiar Old Testament tale against a musical backdrop as varied as the coat itself — from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock and roll. Featured in the cast are Megan Cullinan and Mary Rose Prosinski as co-narrators, Tony Christopherson as Joseph, Jon Graham as Jacob, Don Myers as Reuben, Jim Struck as Simeon, Matthew Peddicord as Levi, Brian Davis as Naphtali, Adam Paden as Issachar, Trenton Mckinnie as Asher, Thomas Bickel as Dan, Tim Campbell as Zebulon, Isaac Alvarado as Gad, Zackary Kimball as Judah, Ryan Edwall as Benjamin, Deb Torri and other 212 alums as Mrs. Potiphar, Bernie Torri, Rob Malerk and other 212 alums as Potiphar, Reid Tomasson as Pharaoh, Rob Tyne as the Butler and Doug Bartelt as the Baker. Members of the men’s ensemble are Doug Bartelt, Jordan Christopherson, Jon Graham, Robert Malerk, Reid Tomasson and Rob Tyne. Featured as wives are Sarah Arter, Maryhelen Bidasio, Emily Boes, Sylvia Bowman, Caryn Brown, Becky Christopherson, Sara Goetsch, Téa Lamboley, Zoe Piano, Karly Swords, Aliyah Thorson, Debbi Torri, Jennifer Walk, Allesyn Wilke and Sydnee Wright. Featured dancers include Caryn Brown, Becky

Christopherson, Aliyah Thomson, Karly Swords, Allesyn Wilke and Sydnee Wright. Members of the children’s choir are Lainey Johns, Lydia Dornik, Adrian Silva, Kiely Domyancich, Ella Johns, Sarah Huettemann, Christine Huetteman, Zoe Kidd, Max Wertz, Ursi Hauger, Ava Stone, Molly Ewen, Anna Walk and Catherine Znaniecki. The production staff includes director Cindy Myers, producers Lori Christopherson and Becky Christopherson, choreographer Deana Brown, music directors Pat Doctor and Alex Dittmer, set and lighting designer Glen Gerrard, lighting designer and light technician Yvette Lucas, spotlight operator Austin Hernandez, stage manager Shelly Gruenwald, sound technicians Andrew Paden and Megan Cain, and costumers Tyler Reviglio, Melanie Maskel, Pam Haughawout and Kelly Johnson. Performances have been set for July 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 (two performances), 22, 27, 28, 29 at Stage 212, 700 First St., LaSalle. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available to the general public for $20 each beginning June 25, and may be purchased by visiting the box office Monday between 4 and 6 p.m. and Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, or by calling 815-224-3025 during the same hours. Tickets may also be purchased online by visiting “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is presented by special arrangement with The Musical Company.

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Kristyn Dooley and Jimbo Harmon of DePue are the parents of a daughter, Macey Jayde, born May 29 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20 inches in length. She was welcomed home by one sister, Madilyn, 10. Maternal grandparent is Becky Dooley of Spring Valley. Paternal grandparents are Jim and Lisa Harmon of DePue. Great-grandparents are Jim and Hope Harmon of DePue.

Reed Jim and Maria (Borri) Reed of Arlington are the parents of a son, Jonathan Michael, born June 3 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Bob and Nancy Borri of Granville. Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Linda Reed of Naples, Fla.

Zemanek Marty and Megan (Johnson) Zemanek of Utica are the parents of a daughter, Olive Ann, born May 30 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches in length. Birth announcements can be emailed to

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Scotty McCreery concert tickets selling fast Country artist to perform at fair BY GOLDIE RAPP PRINCETON — Tickets are selling fast for this summer’s Bureau County Fair concert, featuring young country artist Scotty McCreery on Thursday, Aug 23. Those who haven’t yet purchased tickets are encouraged to act fast. The fair’s entertainment committee is excited to bring in McCreery, who was the winner of American Idol’s 2011 season. McCreery, now 24, made history when he became the youngest male artist of any genre, and the first country music artist ever to have his debut album enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. “The younger folks are hearing him on the radio, and everybody else probably followed him on American Idol. Scotty McCreery is really, truly that household name that we were looking for. It was really a perfect match when we booked him,� said Fair Concert Director Kyle Burrows. Burrows said McCreery continues to climb the chart with his singles, “This Is It� and “Five More Minutes.� He added that since the entertainment committee made the decision to book McCreery, they’ve watched him grow as an artist, and continue to keep an eye on his hit singles. “We think it’s exciting. By the time fair gets here, we’re looking forward to seeing how much his show has grown and how much he’s grown (as a performer),� Burrows said. “I think we will see a high energy show and it will be exciting to see

someone from television right here in Princeton.� Burrows said McCreery’s show will be family-friendly. He urges those who haven’t been to a fair concert in long time, or haven’t ever been to purchase a ticket and come out and see what the concert has to offer. “From what I have experienced, (McCreery) is a genuinely nice guy. I think he enjoys playing county fairs and interacting with his crowds. I think we are in for a really fun night, one where we can just sit back, relax and watch a high energy show, that quite honestly, I don’t think will be played around here after our date,� Burrows said. “I encourage people to take the opportunity and come spend an evening with us.� McCreery’s debut album, “Clear As Day,� was certified Platinum in 2011 and sold 1 million units in just 13 weeks, becoming the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The singles, “I Love You This Big� and “The Trouble with Girls� were also certified platinum. McCreery won the New Artist of the Year Award at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Awards, and also received the CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Yard for “The Trouble with Girls.� In 2012, Christmas with Scotty McCreery debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and was certified Gold. His album from 2013, “See You Tonight,� debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and “See You Tonight� and “Feelin’ It� both reached the Top 10 and were certified Platinum and Gold, respectively. “See You Tonight� earned McCreery his first BMI Award for writing one of the Top 50 Country Songs of 2015.


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IN BRIEF Pasulka will speak in Magnolia MAGNOLIA — Melanie Pasulka will present a program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the library in Magnolia. She will talk about the history of fairies and participants will learn the secrets of a successful fairy garden.

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PRINCETON — The Friends of Extension and 4-H, who help to support outreach educational programs for University of Illinois Extension – Bureau County and its 4-H/Youth Development Program, invite individuals to participate in a cash raffle fundraiser. Four cash prizes will be awarded — $2,500, $1,000, $500 and $250 — on Friday, June 15. Tickets are $50 for one, or three for $100. All monies raised from the event will be used to support the 4-H and Extension

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educational programs in Bureau County. The winning tickets will be drawn at 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Becker Professional Building, 850 Thompson St. in Princeton. For more information, or to request tickets, contact the Extension office at 815-875-2878. The fundraiser is sponsored by Bureau County Friends of Extension & 4-H and the Bureau County Home and Community Education Association.

PRINCETON — Michael John Neill will return to the Bureau County Genealogical Society on Thursday, June 28, as the featured speaker. The Society always enjoys a presentation by this popular professional speaker and noted genealogist. He is the author of the blog “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” as well as being a keynote speaker at many workshops and conventions across the country. For the program, Neill will be speaking on the topic “Organizing Online Research” and the public is encouraged to attend this free program beginning at 7 p.m. in the Society library at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton. He will show the audience how to be more effective in researching online and how to


Rep. Jerry Long announces staff traveling office hours HENNEPIN — State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) has announced his staff will be traveling around the district this summer to better service areas of his district. His legislative aide, Laura Robinson, will be in Hennepin at the Putnam County Public Library, 214 N. Fourth St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 20.

use good analytical processes. He is an engaging speaker who delivers his message in a comprehensible manner. BCGS is also currently offering to the public a free copy of “The Complete Name Index to the Voters and Taxpayers of Bureau County, Illinois — 1877,” which was compiled and published by the Society. This index will be helpful to those who have a copy of the book which did not have an index and will be given away as long as copies remain. For further information about the program or the index, stop by the library or call 815-879-3133 during the regular hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


“Everyone in the area is welcome to visit us and speak with my staff about constituent services, questions about state programs or just to chat,” said Rep. Long. “Our district is very large, so I hope those who cannot normally make the trip out to Streator, take advantage of us being in their area.”

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Airport will host annual Father’s Day fly-in/drive-in breakfast LACON — The Marshall County Airport will host its annual Father’s Day fly-in/drive-in breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 17, at the airport on Route 17, just one-half mile east of Lacon. A hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs will be served for donations of $6 for adults and $4 for children. Airplane rides will be offered by KILO Aviation LLC. Helicopter rides will be available too. There will be a static aircraft display and Peoria RC Modelers will have a

display of radio controlled model aircraft. Marshall County Flyers Inc. will announce an aviation scholarship that will honor the legacy of the late Charlie Allen, longtime president of the Marshall County Airport Board. Details about the scholarship will be made available at the breakfast. Allen and his mother worked at the very first breakfast and he continued to participate at every breakfast. Breakfast proceeds will help fund the scholarship and also we will be accepting public donations

to help fund the scholarships. Jim Fassino, president of Marshall County Flyers Inc., Board said, “We are excited to have a number of fun items, including face painting for children and a large radio controlled model aircraft display.” Face painting for children by the Zoo Lady will be available from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Marshall County Flyers Inc, a not for profit corporation, was formed in 2015 to organize the annual breakfast. Last year more than 1,500 visitors turned out for the

breakfast with aircraft of all types flying in from all over the Midwest. The breakfast and festivities will take place rain or shine. The Marshall County Airport will host its annual aviations safety seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23, at the airport. Everyone interested in aviation is welcome to attend. For additional information contact Barry Logan, airport manager, at 309-246-2870 or Jim Fassino, president of Marshall County Flyers Inc., at 309-361-6828.

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Attention First Installment of Real-estate Taxes for Putnam County are due June 18th. If mailed they must be postmarked by the 18th, to be on time. They may be mailed, paid in person at Courthouse, or at any of the Banks in the County. On line at [ ] Go to Treasurer Page and click GovTech Services. Thank you, Kevin Kunkel Putnam County Treasurer June 13, 2018


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN PROBATE ESTATE OF DAVID C. HOLLY Deceased NO. 2018-P-11 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of David C. Holly. Letters of Office were issued on May 17, 2018, to Barbara E. Holly, 15066 N 1100th Avenue, Granville, Illinois 61326 as Independent Executor, whose attorneys are Russell, English, Scoma & Beneke, P.C., Ten Park Avenue West, Princeton, Illinois 61356. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the office of the Circuit Clerk, Putnam County Courthouse, Hennepin, Illinois 61327, or with the representative, or both, on or before December 21, 2018, or if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by Section 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed by that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk are to be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated this 5th day of June, 2018.

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To the Village of Granville Taxpayers: In the near future, you will be receiving a corrected tax bill which reflects an increase resulting from an error which omitted a Tax Levy amount of $55,499 for a Series 2018A Bond for Tax Year 2017. The amount of Tax Levy was not included in the tax rate calculation resulting in less tax dollars extended to the Village of Granville. The amount of increase will be reflected in the second installment of your property tax payment and not the first installment.



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‘Architectural and Historical Scavenger Hunt of Ottawa’ on June 23 Reddick Mansion will host second annual event OTTAWA — The Reddick Mansion Association will presents its second “Architectural and Historical Scavenger Hunt of Ottawa” on Saturday, June 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mansion. “People really enjoy trivia nights during the winter,” said Lorraine McCallister, president of the Reddick Mansion Association. “An outdoor photo scavenger hunt

through Ottawa is a great summer version of those trivia nights. We had a great time last year — we’re hoping last year’s players will be back and that many new ‘scavengers’ join the hunt, too!” Hosted by RMA board member and trivia expert, Steve Novarrio, the scavenger hunt will begin at the Mansion where participants will receive a packet of photos of architectural and historical highlights located throughout the west side and downtown Ottawa. People will have approximately 1.5 hours

to walk or drive around Ottawa and identify as many photos as possible. According to Novarrio, “We have new categories this year, including ‘Down on the Corner,’ ‘Alphabet Soup’ and ‘It’s Monumental.’ Some of the photos are easily recognized, but, others will require people to look at local landmarks from new and different perspectives.” At 8:15 p.m., the teams will check back in at the Mansion and enjoy refreshments while the winners are

determined and prizes awarded. The cost is $10 per person and teams are welcome. For more information, and to reserve a spot, contact the Reddick Mansion at 815-433-6100 or visit The Reddick Mansion, built in 1858, is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. The Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette St. in Ottawa, is open to the public for tours and also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.





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