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Readers Choice

2014 Readers Choice Award Winners DINING Favorite Bakery First place Folsom’s Bakery, Rock Falls Second place Aurelio’s Bakery, Sterling Third place County Market Honorable mention Air Play Sports & Espresso, Sterling

Favorite Banquet Facility First place Candlelight Inn I & II Second place Deer Valley Golf Club, Rock Falls Third place Dixon Elks Lodge, Dixon

Honorable mention Post House Ball Room, Dixon

Honorable mention Kelly’s, Sterling

Favorite Fast Food Service

Favorite Place for a Milk Shake

First place Arthur’s, all locations

First place Dairy Queen, all locations

Second place Culver’s, both locations

Second place Culver’s, both locations

Third place McDonald’s, all locations

Third place Dairy Delite, Dixon

Honorable mention Subway, all locations

Honorable mention Dairy Mart, Sterling

Favorite Place for a First Date

Favorite Place for a Steak

First place Candlelight Inn I & II

First place Prime Quarter, Princeton

Second place Angelo’s, all locations Basil Tree, Dixon

Second place Galena Steak House, Dixon

Thanks for voting us... #1 For Pizza! #1 For Salad bar! Angelo’s

815-625-5163 608 12th Ave, Rock Falls

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815-625-5451 2525 E. Lincolnway, Sterling

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One of your favorite places for lunch or a first date!

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Readers Choice

Favorite Place for Chicken First place Candlelight Inn I & II

Honorable mention Candlelight Inn I & II

Favorite Place for Breakfast First place Eggs in Paradise, Sterling

Second place BBY, Dixon

Second place Maple Pancake House, Sterling

Third place Rip’s Tavern, Ladd

Third place Town & Country Family Restaurant, Dixon

Honorable mention Don’s Chicken & Seafood, Sterling

Honorable mention Dog House, Sterling

Favorite Place for Coffee

Favorite Place for Brunch

Second place Air Play Sports & Espresso, Sterling

First place McDonald’s, all locations

First place White Pines State Park, Mount Morris

Third place Books On First, Dixon

Second place Timber Creek Golf Club, Dixon

Honorable mention Kelley Williamson-Mobil, both locations

Third place Mama Cimino’s, Dixon Deer Valley Golf Club, Rock Falls

Favorite Insurance Agent

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Second place Cobblestone Ice Cream & Deli Third place Culver’s, both locations Honorable mention Dairy Delite, Dixon

Favorite Place for French Fries First place McDonald’s, all locations

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Second place Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, both locations

Third place Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, both locations

Third place Shamrock Pub, Dixon

Honorable mention Dairy Delite, Dixon

Honorable mention Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chicken & Seafood, Sterling

Favorite Place for Lunch

Favorite Place for Hamburgers

Second place Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

First place Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, both locations

Third place Champs Sport Bar & Grill, Sterling Honorable mention Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sterling

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Honorable mention Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, both locations Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chicken & Seafood, Sterling

Favorite Place for Margaritas First place Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sterling Second place Candlelight Inn I & II

Second place Cobblestone Ice Cream & Deli

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Second place Shamrock Pub, Dixon

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Honorable mention El Tapatio, Rock Falls

Honorable mention Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza, Sterling

Favorite Place for Mexican Food

Favorite Place for Seafood

First place Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sterling Second place Willyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sterling Third place El Tapatio, Rock Falls Honorable mention Salamandra, Dixon

Favorite Place for Pizza First place Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations Second place Al & Ledaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Dixon Third place Al & Ledaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sterling

First place Red Lobster Second place Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chicken & Seafood, Sterling

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Third place Candlelight Inn I & II Honorable mention Forest Inn, Morrison

Favorite Place for Tacos

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Second place Dairy Mart, Sterling

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Favorite Restaurant

JUST FOR FUN

Favorite Golf Course

First place Candlelight Inn I & II

Favorite Church and Where

First place Timber Creek Golf Club, Dixon

First place Abiding Word, Sterling

Second place Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sterling

Second place St. Andrew Catholic, Rock Falls

Third place Forest Inn, Morrison

Second place Emerald Hill Golf Course, Sterling Third place Deer Valley Golf Club, Rock Falls

Honorable mention Touch of Thai, Dixon

Honorable mention First Church of the Nazarene, Sterling First United Methodist, Dixon St. Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic, Dixon

Honorable mention Rock River Golf and Pool, Rock Falls

Favorite Salad Bar

Favorite Community Event

Favorite Local Politician

First place Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

First place Dixon Petunia Festival

First place Joe McDonald

Second place Forest Inn, Morrison

Second place Amboy Depot Days

Second place Tim Bivins

Third place Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

Third place Rock Falls Hometown Holidays

Third place Skip Lee

Honorable mention Galena Steak House, Dixon

Honorable mention Fiesta Days

Honorable mention Tom Demmer

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Favorite Park First place Lowell Park, Dixon Second place White Pines State Park, Mount Morris Third place Sinnissippi Park, Sterling

Second place PetSmart, Sterling

Third place Kelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market-Mobil, both locations

Third place Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dog Grooming & Daycare, Dixon

Honorable mention County Market, all locations Beverage Store, Rock Falls Dixon Food Center, Dixon

Honorable mention Doggies Country Club Resort, Sterling

Honorable mention Centennial Park, Sterling

First place Shell, all locations

Favorite Pet Groomer

Second place Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

First place River Ridge Animal Hospital, Dixon

Favorite Place to Camp

Favorite Place to Buy Lotto Tickets

First place White Pines State Park, Mount Morris Second place Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yogi Bear RV Resort & Campground, Amboy

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Third place Rockwood State Park, Morrison Honorable mention Ruffit Park Campground, Rock Falls

Favorite Small Town

SHOPPING

First place Grand Detour

Favorite Antique Shop First Place Showplace Antiques, Sterling

Second place Amboy

Favorite Place to Exercise First place YMCA, Dixon

Third place Oregon

Second place Anytime Fitness, all locations

Honorable mention Tampico Morrison

Third place Westwood Fitness & Sports Center, Sterling

Second place Waterfront Gifts & Antiques, Dixon Third place Black Sheep/Selmiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rock Falls Honorable mention Dixon Floral & Antiques

Favorite Veterinary Clinic

Honorable mention YMCA, Sterling

Favorite Senior Facility First place Heritage Square, Dixon Second place Coventry Living Center, Sterling

Favorite Appliance Store

First place River Ridge Animal Hospital, Dixon

First place Knie Appliance & TV Inc., Sterling

Second place Veterinary Clinic of Prophetstown

Second place Farleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Appliances, Dixon

Third place Morrison Vet Clinic

Third place Clover Hills, Sterling

Honorable mention Millegeville Vet Clinic

Honorable mention Prescottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brandsource, Sterling

Honorable mention The Meadows of Franklin Grove Parkway Center, Sterling

Favorite Place for Dessert, Ice Cream and Milkshake

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Readers Choice

Favorite Auctioneer

Favorite Barbershop

Favorite Car Wash

First place Lyle Dirks

First place Bill & Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barber Shop, Dixon

First place Huffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Car Wash, Dixon

Second place Lenny Bryson

Second place The Loop Barber Shop, Rock Falls

Second place Octopus Car Wash, Sterling

Third place Kevin Considine

Third place Sterling Barber Shop

Third place Kelley Williamson-Mobil, all locations

Honorable mention Rob Young

Honorable mention Statik Hair Salon & Day Spa, Sterling

Honorable mention Super Wash, all locations

Favorite Beauty Salon

Favorite Auto Body Shop

First place Extreme Hair & Day Spa, Sterling

First place Slim-N-Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auto Body Shop, both locations

Second place Statik Hair Salon & Day Spa, Sterling

Second place Dixon Autobody Clinic Inc.

Third place Karma Salon, Rock Falls

Third place Williams Auto Body, Rock Falls

Honorable mention Studio 404, Dixon

Honorable mention Dixon Metal Specialties

Knie Appliance & TV, Inc./Ashley Furniture HomeStore hen Chuck & Eileen Knie opened for business in Polo in 1946, they began what today has become a mainstay in the Sauk Valley area. In 1973, the Knie family expanded into Sterling. Today, three generations of the Knie family operate the family business including the Knie Appliance & TV Sterling :\WLYZ[VYL ^OPJO VŃ&#x153;LYZ appliances, electronics and mattresses in

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Readers Choice

Favorite Cell Phone Provider

Favorite Chiropractic Clinic

First place Verizon

First place Johnson Chiropractic, Dixon

Second place US Cellular

Second place Rice Chiropractic, Dixon

Third place Straight Talk

Honorable mention Kirkland Family Chiro Center, Rock Falls Bradley R. Free, DC, Sterling

Honorable mention AT&T

Favorite Children’s Daycare First place Open Sesame, Dixon Second place Sterling Rock Falls Day Care Third place CGH Helping Hands, Sterling Honorable mention Julie’s Pre-School & Day Care, Sterling

Favorite Contractor/Carpenter First place Kevin Wolf & Sons, Galt

Second place Shell, all locations Third place Kelley’s Market-Mobil, all locations Honorable mention Schreiners Mobil, Rock Falls

Favorite Dental Clinic First place Sterling Dental Group – Dr. Anderson Second place Brokaw & German, Dixon

Second place Marv Lofgren & Son, Sterling Third place Don Conklin, Rock Falls

Honorable mention True Smiles – Dr. Krueger, Sterling Exceptional Dentistry – Dr. Hey, Dixon

Favorite Dry Cleaners

Honorable mention Jacob’s Construction, Dixon

First place Sauk Valley Cleaners Inc., Dixon

Favorite Convenience Store

Second place Mr. Nifty Cleaners, Sterling

First place Casey’s, all locations

Third place Burke Cleaners, Sterling

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Favorite Electrician First place Engel Electric, Sterling Second place Complete Electric, Rock Falls

Third place Bushman Door, Dixon

Third place Flowers Etc., Dixon

Honorable mention Dever Door, Dixon

Honorable mention Weeds, Dixon

Favorite Gas Station

Favorite Furniture Store

Favorite Financial Planner

First place Knie Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Sterling

Honorable mention Wheelock Furniture, Rock Falls

Favorite Garage Door Installer

Honorable mention Waddell & Reed, Sterling

First place Raynor Door Authority, Dixon

Favorite Flower Shop

Second place Garage Door Specialists, Sterling

First place Lundstrom Florists, Sterling

Favorite Place to Purchase Eyeglasses

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Second place Kelley Williamson-Mobil, all locations

Third place D & E Furniture, Sterling

Third place Gordon & Chad Nicklaus Financial Services, Dixon

Favorite Law Firm

First place Shell, all locations

Second place Harold’s Furniture, Rock Falls

Second place Raymond James, Sterling

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Honorable mention Dixon Commercial Electric Sauk Valley Electric

First place Edward Jones, all locations

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Readers Choice

Third place Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

Honorable mention Jamieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candle Loft, Sterling

Honorable mention Kroger, Sterling

Favorite Grocery Store

Favorite Hardware Store First place ACE Hardware, Dixon

First place Kroger, Sterling

Second place Grummertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardware, both locations

First place Golden Key Gifts, Sterling

Second place County Market, all locations

Third place Menards, all locations

Second place Pamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hallmark, Dixon

Third place Walmart, all locations

Honorable mention Frary Lumber, Sterling

Third place Accents, Sterling

Honorable mention Aldi, all locations

Favorite Heating/Cooling Contractor

Favorite Gift Store

First place Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heating & Air Conditioning, Dixon

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Readers Choice

Favorite Insurance Agent First place Chris Hammitt

Honorable mention J.C. Penney, all locations

Favorite Landscape Contractor

Second place Lynn Cassens

First place Distinctive Gardens, Dixon

Third place Jack Spencer

Second place Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Center, Dixon

First place State Farm, all locations

Honorable mention Bob Hawkins

Third place Sisson Lawn & Landscape, Sterling

Second place Hawkins-Cassens Insurance Agency, Sterling

Favorite Jewelry Store

Honorable mention Dreamscapes By Dennis, Dixon

Honorable mention Eikenberry Heating & Cooling, Sterling

Favorite Insurance Agency

Third place Country Financial, Sterling Honorable mention Schuneman Insurance, Sterling

First place Venier Jewelers, Dixon

Favorite Law Firm

Second place First Avenue Jewelry, Sterling

First place Mertes & Mertes

Third place Treinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewelry, Dixon

Second place Ehrmann, Gehlbach, Badger, Lee & Considine

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Readers Choice

Third place Ward Murray Pace & Johnson, PC Honorable mention Miller Lancaster Walker & Burall, PC

First Place Extreme Hair & Day Spa, Sterling

Favorite Lumber Company

Second place Massage Works, Sterling

First place Menards, all locations

Favorite Liquor Store First place Beverage Store, Rock Falls

Third place Skin Deep Spa & Salon, Dixon

Second place Frary Lumber, Sterling

Second place Snyders, Dixon

Honorable mention Statik Hair Salon & Day Spa, Sterling

Third Place R.P. Lumber, Dixon

Third place Walmart, all locations

Thank you for voting us a favorite for camping!

Favorite Massage/Day Spa

Honorable mention Broadway Express Liquors, Sterling Liquor â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wine Inc., Dixon

Favorite Pet Store

Honorable mention Dixon Builders Supply

First place PetSmart, Sterling

Thank you for making us Dixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favorite Antique Shop

Thank you for voting for us!

Waterfront Gifts and Antiques

An eclectic mix of Antiques, Repurposed, Primitives, Shabby Chic & Gifts

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resort 970 Green Wing Road, Amboy Illinois www.jellystoneamboy.com 815-857-3860

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Readers Choice

Honorable mention CVS, all locations Snyders, Dixon

Favorite Place for an Oil Change

Favorite Photographer First place Heather Lanell Photography, Sterling

Second place Ken Nelson Auto Group, Dixon Jiffy Lube, Dixon

Second place Persona Studio, Sterling

Honorable mention Pete Harkness Auto Group, all locations

First place Walgreens, all locations

Third place Jim Grot Photography, Dixon

Favorite Place to Buy Carpet

Second place Walmart, all locations

Honorable mention Patti Hummel Photography, Dixon

Second place Tuff Dog Bakery, Sterling Third place Pet Supplies Plus, Sterling Honorable mention Grummertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardware, both locations Petco, Rock Falls

Favorite Pharmacy

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First place Boss Carpet One Floor & Home, Dixon

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First place Schreiners Mobil, Rock Falls

Downtown Dixon Since 1945 www.venierjewelers.com

Thank you for voting us one of your favorite places to buy meat!

Thanks For Voting Us Your Favorite Place For Ice Cream, Milk Shakes & Desserts!

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Readers Choice

Second place Brothers Flooring, Rock Falls

Third place Walmart, all locations

Honorable mention Fulton Meat Market

Third place Menards, all locations

Honorable mention Distinctive Gardens, Dixon

Favorite Place to Buy Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashions

Honorable Mention Carpetland USA, all locations

Favorite Place to Buy Greeting Cards

First place Kohlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

First place Pamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hallmark, Dixon

Second place J.C. Penney, all locations

First place JoAnn Fabrics, Sterling

Second place Kirlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hallmark, Sterling

Third place Bergnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

Second place Hobby Lobby, all locations

Third place Dollar Tree, all locations

Honorable mention Blainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm & Fleet, all locations

Third place Walmart, all locations

Honorable mention Walgreens, all locations Dollar General, all locations

Favorite Place to Buy Shoes

Honorable mention Golden Key Gifts, Sterling

Favorite Place to Buy Meat

Favorite Place to Buy Garden Supplies

First place Kroger, Sterling

Second place Finish Line, all locations

Favorite Place to Buy Crafts

First place Menards, all locations Second place Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Center, Dixon

Favorite Casino

First place Bergnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

Third place Kohlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

Second place County Market, all locations

Honorable mention Payless, all locations

Third place Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner Market, Dixon

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and Dr. Michael Richards with the vision to become an entertainment leader and business committed to building casino and resort destinations that advance economic development and tourism. Wild Rose Casino & Resort employs over 300 team members and is proud to be Sauk Valley Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 casino for over 10 years. They welcome the people of the Sauk Valley area to visit. Visit www.wildroseresorts. com for complete information and hours. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a short drive to Clinton.

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antiques to quality used items, old coins, crafts, primitives, soaps, candles and glassware. Showplace Antiques & Treasures is just lucky enough to have really, great quality dealers and the greatest customers. We love to visit and KYPUR JVŃ&#x153;LL [VNL[OLY Thank you for voing us #1! Stop by and see us!


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Readers Choice

Favorite Place to Buy Sporting Goods

Second place Dixon Tire Center

Third place Bergnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

Third place Blainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm & Fleet, all locations

Honorable mention J.C. Penney, all locations

Honorable mention Tire Tracks, Sterling

Favorite Place to get a Manicure or Pedicure

Favorite Place To Buy Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashions

First place Extreme Hair & Day Spa, Sterling

First place Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sporting Goods, all locations Second place Blainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm & Fleet, all locations Third place Hibbett Sports, all locations Honorable mention Walmart, all locations

First place Kohlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all locations

Favorite Place to Buy Tires

Second place Maurices, all locations

First place Moore Tires, Rock Falls

Lee Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favorite Place For Chicken! Thank you for voting for us! ~Mike & His Chicken Crew 216 West River St., Dixon at the south end of Peoria Avenue Bridge

815-288-4991

Second place My Nail Salon, Sterling Third place Skin Deep Spa, Dixon

Thank you for voting us one of your favorite Banquet Facilities!

Dixon Elks Lodge #779

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Readers Choice

Honorable mention Star Nails, Sterling Karma Salon & Spa, Rock Falls

Favorite Tanning Salon

Favorite Travel Agency

First place L.A. Tan, Rock Falls

First place Travel Consultants, Dixon

Favorite Place to Purchase Eyeglasses

Second place Extreme Hair & Day Spa, Sterling

Second place Destinations Travel Services, Sterling

Third place Vegas Sun, Dixon

Third place Travel Network, Sterling

Honorable mention Walmart, all locations CGH Vision Center, Sterling

Honorable mention Splash of Color, Dixon

Honorable mention Arrow Travel, Shannon

Favorite Tax Preparer

ENTERTAINMENT

Favorite Plumber

First place Joel Downie, Rock Falls

Favorite Bar/Tavern

First place Discount Eyewear, Rock Falls Second place Shopko, Dixon

First place Lanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plumbing, Sterling

First Place Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Sterling

Second place Wiemken Tax Service, Dixon

Second place MOST Plumbing, Dixon

Second place The Cooler, Rock Falls

Third place H & R Block, all locations

Third place Sauk Valley Plumbing, all locations

Third place Long Shot, Rock Falls

Honorable mention Wipfli LLP, Sterling

Honorable mention Champs Sport Bar & Grill, Sterling

Honorable mention B & D Home Services, Rock Falls

Favorite Video Rental

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505 S. Galena Avenue, Dixon

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ing efforts. Their annual tradition of giving away turkeys for families in need during the holidays donated over 30,000 turkeys this year. The Dixon Family Video had a successful food drive, donating a van full of non-perishable items to the local food pantry.

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Readers Choice

Favorite Casino First Place Wild Rose Casino & Hotel, Clinton, Iowa Second place Jumerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Casino & Hotel, Rock Island Third place Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel, Bettendorf, Iowa

Second place Sterling Theater, Sterling

Third place David Giuliani

Third place Midway Drive-In Theatre, Sterling

Honorable mention Dan Woessner

Honorable mention AMC Showplace 16, Rockford

Favorite Newspaper Comic

Favorite Newspaper Columnist

First place Family Circus

Honorable mention Hollywood Casino, Aurora

First place Andrea Mills

Second place Garfield

Favorite Movie Theater

Second place Ty Reynolds

Third place Charlie Brown

First place Carmike/Sauk Valley Cinema 8, Sterling

for voting for us!

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612 W. St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rd. Sterling, IL 61081

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Sporting Goods & Eye Glasses

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4115 E. Lincolnway

1901 1st Avenue

1640 S. Galena

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and Cocktail Lounge

3210 W.4th St. Lincolnway, Sterling

INDIVIDUAL AND BUSINESS TAX RETURNS PAYROLL & BOOKKEEPING

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YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE AWESOME! THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1 AND SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES!

Garden Supplies Crafts

Honorable Mention

815-626-7200

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318 W. First St., Dixon 815-288-2888 BWiemken2@gmail.com for voting us one of your favorites!

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Honorable mention Peanuts

Second place Last Stop, Dixon

Honorable mention On Demand

Favorite Place to Bowl

Honorable mention Bullseye, Sterling Stables, Dixon

Favorite Place to Take Kids

Favorite Place to Rent a Video

Second place Brookfield Zoo, Chicago

First place Paoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blackhawk Lanes, Sterling Second place Plum Hollow Family Center, Dixon Third place Hilltop Lanes, Morrison Honorable mention Polo Bowl

Favorite Place to Play Darts or Shoot Pool First place Long Shot, Rock Falls

the city of amboy 815.857.3814

www.cityofamboy.org

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE SMALL TOWNS!

First place Family Video Second place Redbox Third place Netflix

Thank You Sauk Valley for voting us one of your favorites categories! in

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First place Fun Jump, Sterling

Third place Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley Honorable mention Lowell Park, Dixon

Thank you for voting us one of your favorite small towns!

THANK YOU

for voting us as a favorite place to buy appliances!

Thank You ...for voting us, once again, one of your favorite card & gift stores!

Pamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hallmark 1331 North Galena Ave., Dixon 815-288-6600 (OURS -ON &RI   s 3AT   s 3UN  

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Readers Choice

Favorite Radio Personality First place Sam Ramirez

Favorite Radio Station First place 101.7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; WRCV

Second place Dwyer & Michaels

Second place 107.7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; WLLT

Third place Bob & Tom

Third place 1240 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; WSDR

Honorable mention Brian Zschiesche

Honorable mention 103.7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; WLLR

Where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only a stranger once! 1401 CHICAGO AVE. DIXON, IL

815-288-4163

Thank You for voting us one of your favorites for burgers & fries!

We would like to thank all of the readers and advertisers who participated in our Readers Choice survey and this special edition. Sauk Valley Media publishers of daily Gazette & Telegraph

THANKS SAUK VALLEY For voting us one of your favorite places to purchase

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Tires, Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashions, and Sporting Goods 3913 E. Lincolnway Sterling 815-625-9028

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Thank You for making us #1 !

Chris Hammitt 630 N. Galena Dixon, IL 61021 Bus: 815-288-8050

chris@chrishammitt.com

Jack Spencer 313 First Avenue Rock Falls, IL 61071 Bus: 815-625-5100

jack.spencer.bzn3@statefarm.com

Ruth Gundlach, CPCU 619 E. Lincolnway, Morrison, IL Bus: 815-772-2101 1113 4th St., Fulton, IL Bus: 815-589-2360

ruth.gundlach.g8x8@statefarm.com

Gary Presley Ins Agency Inc. Gary Presley 221 S. Crawford Ave. Dixon, IL 61021 Bus: 815-284-6883

gary.presley.cywz@statefarm.com

Dern Insurance Agency, Inc. Roy Dern, Agent, CLU, LUTCF 2701 Woodlawn Rd. Sterling, IL 61081 Bus: 815-622-1600 roy.dern.g8yu@statefarm.com

Mike Sprague 1712 E. 4th Street Sterling, IL 61081 Bus: 815-626-0000

mike.sprague.tfsx@statefarm.com


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