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Streetscaping could cost $5M TIF to pay for most of project BY DEREK BARICHELLO email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 526
DIXON – A 10 1/2-block downtown streetscaping project could cost about $5 million, engineers told the City Council on Monday. The council is eyeing the second phase of downtown
streetscaping with between $3.5 and $4 million of the funding coming from tax increment financing (TIF), which allows future tax gains to subsidize improvements to a specific area. The council could utilize about $900,000 in its general fund set aside for capital projects because of a surplus in its Illinois Municipal Retirement or Social Security funds that allows it to make up the difference, Finance Director Paula Meyer said.
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That is just one option, but if this money is used from the general fund for streetscaping, it could affect other plans, Meyer said. No action was taken Monday, and much more discussion is expected as engineering designs are expected to be shared at the first of the year. A final plan has not yet been determined. When the downtown TIF district was extended for 11
more years in December 2011, Mayor Jim Burke said the goal was to redo sidewalks, curbs, and streets downtown so they look similar to streetscaping on South Hennepin Avenue. The project would tackle First Street from Crawford Avenue to Madison Avenue, South Ottawa Avenue from East River Road to East Second Street, and South Peoria Avenue from West River Road to West Second Street. The city hopes to start work
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Simonton says he will not collect pension DIXON – Lee County Sheriff hopeful John Simonton said he will decline the county’s contribution toward the sheriff’s pension if he is elected. Simonton, a retired Illinois State Police lieutenant, announced in August that he is running against incumbent John Varga in the Republican primary. Simonton wrote a letter addressed to County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum declining “penJohn Simonton sion benefits that are normally afforded to those who hold [the sheriff’s] office.” The county contributes about $13,490 annually, which is equivalent to 19 percent of the sheriff’s $71,000 salary. As a retired state police officer, Simonton already collects an annual pension of $111,384, according to the Open the Books website. The sheriff candidate said he did not want his pension, or the prospect of “double-dipping,” to be an issue during the election. “I felt it would reflect negatively already receiving pension from the state police, and there are so many other issues that need to be the focus,” Simonton said. Simonton’s letter requests the county’s contribution to the sheriff’s pension be diverted into the training and technology portions of the sheriff’s budget, two areas the candidate is citing as a priority in his campaign. Those requests would need to be voted on by the county board, if Simonton were elected, Ketchum said. Varga, who worked as a probation officer prior to being elected sheriff, is not retired and does not collect a pension yet. He will receive the sheriff’s pension benefit once he retires, he said.
next summer, Burke said. The streetscaping project would include new sidewalks, new curbs and gutters, street and parking reconstruction, new street and parking lot lighting, new traffic signals on Peoria Avenue, new trees, and amenities, said Scott Brown of Wendler Engineering in a joint presentation with Willett Hofmann & Associates.
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Students in Rose Andermann’s kindergarten class at Christ Lutheran School in Sterling are taught the basic “stop, drop, and roll” fire safety technique. Members of the Sterling Fire Department came to the school Monday as part of Fire Safety Month.
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ABOVE: Sterling firefighter Cory Bianchi helps Christ Lutheran School kindergarten students through a fire safety drill in which they learn to identify a dangerous situation and climb out a window. The Sterling Fire Department used a fire safety house to help teach the students. The fire department will visit schools citywide this week in recognition of Fire Safety Month.
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DIXON – Two men were in Lee County Jail on Monday after, authorities say, they were found carrying a pipe bomb near the Dixon state prison early Sunday. Zachary W. Chaffer, 31, of Dixon, and Scott R. Williams, 32, of Sterling, were arrested about 4 a.m. Sunday near Zachary W. Chaffer Heights Road and Brinton Avenue. They were charged with unlawful use of a weapon after Lee County sheriff’s deputies received a call from the prison about two suspiScott R. cious individuals Williams walking by the prison, Lee County Sheriff John Varga said. Varga said that when officers arrived, the two men were found to be in possession of a PVC pipe bomb similar to one found in the water near Sauk Valley Community College in July. During interviews, the men claimed that they had bought the pipe bomb in Dixon near the Beanblossom parking lot, Varga said. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department called in the Winnebago County Bomb Unit, which safely detonated the device. Asked what the men’s motive was, Varga said he couldn’t be sure. Both men have bonds set at $50,000 and are set to appear in court on Oct. 30. Chaffer was also arrested on a Whiteside County warrant for theft.
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Obama: â€˜No excuseâ€™ for sign-up problems President insists all glitches will be fixed WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ President Barack Obama on Monday offered â€œno excusesâ€? â€“ and little explanation â€“ for the computer bugs still frustrating Americans who are trying to enroll online for insurance plans at the center of his health care law. But software developers tasked with building the site said they saw signs a year ago that the debut could fail. One source of the troubles appears to be the testing procedures employed before the rollout 3 weeks ago. Several developers of the HealthCare. gov website told The Associated Press they were worried for months about the systemâ€™s readiness and whether the software meant to link key computer systems was being properly put through its paces. In addition, congressional investigators raised concerns before the rollout that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services had taken on the job of testing the computer systems for the new markets during the final weeks before the sign-ups opened Oct. 1. That job is often handled by specialized software companies. Obama, who emphasized the websiteâ€™s simplicity in the weekâ€™s leading up to the insurance sign-ups, admitted there could now be â€œno sugarcoatingâ€? the problems even as he talked up the benefits of the law at a Rose Garden event that had the feel of a pep rally. â€œThe website thatâ€™s supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody,â€? he said. He insisted that the problems would be fixed and all Americans seeking insurance would be able to sign up. But it was not clear how quickly that would happen. The administration is beefing up call centers and encouraging more people to enroll over the phone while the website problems persist. The flood of computer prob-
President Barack Obama gestures while speaking on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care lawâ€™s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. lems since the website went officials â€“ including the presionline has been deeply embar- dent â€“ appear to have been rassing for the White House. unaware of the scope of the The glitches have called into problems when the health question whether the admin- insurance markets, known as istration is capable of imple- exchanges, opened. menting the complex policy Obama stopped short of apoland why senior White House ogizing for the failures, saying
instead that â€œnobody is more frustrated than me.â€? Even as he spoke, more problems came to light. The administration acknowledged that a planned upgrade to the website had been postponed indefinitely and that online Spanish-language sign-ups would remain unavailable, despite a promise to Hispanic groups that the capability would start this week. The White House says additional technology experts from both inside and outside the government are being brought in to work on the failures. Administration officials initially blamed heavy website traffic for the frozen computer screens that many people encountered when they first logged on. Since then, they have also acknowledged shortcomings with software and some elements of the systemâ€™s design, although the administration has yet to fully detail exactly what went wrong with the online system and who was responsible for the problems.
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approve the proposed agreement at its next meeting, which is Nov. 4. The document has already been signed by StanleyNational, he added. There are 10 buildings listed in the proposal. The city has indicated interest in demolishing six of them. If the document remains unchanged and the city decides to demolish one of the other four, it will be responsible for cleaning up any underground contaminants. Most of the buildings have about 3 feet of concrete in their base, which is enough of a barrier to make cleaning up the soil unnecessary if the buildings are left standing, Hummel said. However, the city would be responsible for aboveground contaminants â€“ like asbestos or lead paint â€“ during the reno-
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STERLING â€“ The City Council got its first look at a proposed donation agreement that could result in the city assuming ownership of the National Manufacturing site still owned by Stanley Black & Decker. In the proposal, which was presented to the council by the cityâ€™s lawyer Greg Hummel, with Bryan Cave LLP, StanleyNational states it would be responsible for cleaning up underground contaminants of any building thatâ€™s demolished. Hummel recommended that the City Council
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vation of the buildings, Hummel said. The donation agreement includes land and buildings west of First Avenue and north and south of Wallace Street. Sterling included the land in an adaptive reuse study that recommended a microbrewery, apartments or a restaurant among potential development options. If the proposal is signed by Sterling Nov. 4, it could take approximately 2 years for the city to gain control of the property, Hummel said, adding that more remediation planning remains
between Stanley-National and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. â€œ[Stanley-National] is a tough outfit to deal with,â€? Hummel said. â€œAnd they have agreed to what I think are pretty commercially reasonable terms. The other thing, I suppose, to think about is, you [would] control ... 35 acres, including the Lawrence [Building]. You would control your whole riverfront.â€? But despite Hummelâ€™s recommendation, there wasnâ€™t unanimous support to accept the agreement from the City Council.
Ward 3 Alderman Lou Sotelo said it was a difficult decision, weighing the cost to the community to have that property along the riverfront vacant. The proposal is scheduled to be on the City Council agenda for the Nov. 4 meeting, but Mayor Skip Lee said that could change if members of the council have questions they needed answered. The item could even be pushed back during the Nov. 4 meeting, if the City Council needs more time, he added. Ward 2 Alderman Barry Cox said the city would do its due diligence with the proposal before voting to approve it. â€œIf weâ€™re not comfortable with it, weâ€™re going to take our time,â€? he said. â€œAnd if itâ€™s December when we do it, thatâ€™s when we do it. But I think every one of us wants to be comfortable with
what weâ€™re doing here. And quite honestly, I sort of look at it like weâ€™re doing Stanley somewhat of a favor.â€? A portion of the land included in the StanleyNational donation pact was included in the grant the city received from the Illinois EPA Sept. 21, when Gov. Pat Quinn awarded the city a $1.3 million Green Infrastructure Grant and a $900,000 Mud to Parks grant to help add an environmental barrier for the riverfront development. The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 to accept the $900,000 grant. The two grants will go toward adding wetland and pond complex to the riverfront area to improve water quality, 9 acres of natural landscape restoration and 3,000 square feet of publicly accessible green roofs, among other elements.
Most area districts deny Sterling school district request Official: Other schools would see higher costs if wish granted BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
STERLING â€“ The Sterling school district wants to leave a cooperative of districts that provides services for special education students. But most of its counterparts oppose the move. If Sterling leaves, the cooperative says, its remaining members will likely see their costs rise. Thatâ€™s what happened in a cooperative that serves districts in Lee and Ogle counties. Over the past few months, the boards for
the 10 other member districts voted on whether to allow Sterling â€“ the largest member â€“ to leave the BiCounty Special Education Cooperative. Six districts â€“ Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico, Morrison, East ColomaNelson, Rock Falls High School, Rock Falls Elementary and Eastland â€“ voted against the move. The Erie, River Bend, Montmorency, and Chadwick-Milledgeville districts backed Sterling. In the 1960s and 1970s, Illinois school districts formed cooperatives to provide services for special education students. By pooling their resources, they saved money, officials say. In December, though, Sterling announced it
To attend Officials at Sterling Public Schools plan to have an informational session for parents at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sterling High School library, 1608 &OURTH !VE Officials will speak about their plans to leave the Bi-County Special Educa-
tion Cooperative, which pools the resources of 11 school districts to provide services to special educaTION STUDENTS ! QUESTION and-answer session will follow. Call the Sterling district at 815-626-5050 for more information.
wanted to leave the cooperative, saying the move could save money for the district. â€œWe can provide services as effectively as BiCounty, but we can do it more efficiently,â€? Sterling Superintendent Tad Everett said. The issue comes down to finances, he said, with the district expecting to save $190,000 a year if it leaves.
â€œWe need to make the point that weâ€™re not upset with the co-op,â€? he said. â€œWe pay roughly a third of the administrative costs. That almost equates to four of our teachers. Thatâ€™s four teachers that we donâ€™t have to reduce in force. We wonâ€™t have the administrative costs because we already have principals in the buildings.â€? In early December, the
boards for the Whiteside and Carroll-StephensonJo Daviess regional offices of education will have a hearing on Sterlingâ€™s request. If the boards deny Sterlingâ€™s request, the district can bring up the issue again, which Everett expects it would do. Next Monday, the Sterling district plans to have an informational session on its plans for special education services and to â€œdispelâ€? rumors about its plans to leave the cooperative. â€œWe have heard the rumor that we will no longer offer special education classes. Thatâ€™s absolutely not true,â€? Everett said. â€œIâ€™m not sure where those rumors surfaced. By law, we are required to offer
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ROCK FALLS â€“ A Rock Falls man was in the Whiteside County Jail on Monday after, police say, he molested a child who was at least 5 years younger than he was. After what Rock Falls
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those programs.â€? Drew Hoffman, BiCountyâ€™s director, said an analysis shows that if Sterling leaves, his group will likely have to assess the remaining members a 12 percent increase. â€œBased on what Iâ€™ve seen, Iâ€™m not 100 percent convinced that Sterling will be able to save money,â€? he said. The Sterling district has 454 students who receive special education services. Most of them are mainstreamed into conventional classrooms; they receive limited services from the cooperative, such as periodic evaluations. Eighty-eight of the students â€“ making up 40 percent of the cooperative â€“ are in Bi-Countyâ€™s programs.
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OBITUARIES Lowell Kilgus ARCADIA, Ind. â€“ Lowell Kilgus, 68, of Arcadia, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Lowell was born April 26, 1945, in Sterling, to Christian and Ruth (Schlough) Kilgus. He began his career as a high school physics and math teacher. He moved on, taking a position as an engineer, and worked his way up to become the highly respected president of Mallory Controls in Indianapolis. He was an active participant and faithful member of Christ Lutheran Church in Zionsville, Ind. He loved to play golf, especially the day he got a hole in one. He was an amazing builder, helped with Habitat for Humanity homes, and loved doing building projects with and for his grandchildren. Lowell had a great appreciation for the beauty of nature, and a true love of animals, especially dogs.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Margie Kilgus; daughter, Kirsten (Mark) Sidelnyk; son, Jeremy (Denise) Kilgus; sister, Ruth (Fred) Overdier; brother, Walter (Joann) Kilgus; grandchildren, Jaymin, Nathan, Samantha, and Shane; and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ Church â€“ The Lutheran Church of Zionsville, 600 N. Ford Road, Zionsville, Ind. Flanner and BuchananZionsville is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions in Lowellâ€™s honor may be made to Christ Church â€“ the Lutheran Church of Zionsville or the American Heart Association. Visit www.flannerbuchanan.com to send condolences.
Mary Myrle Nice MORRISON â€“ Mary Myrle Nice, 91, of Morrison, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at her home. She farmed alongside her husband in the Union Grove area, and was the Ustick Township assessor. Mary Myrle was born May 8, 1922, in Ustick Township, the daughter of George D. and Ivy L. (Beswick) Howe. She married Warren M. Nice on June 9, 1940, in Burlington, Iowa. She was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Nancy K. Stone of Morrison, Beth L. Thornburg of Clifton, Colo., Marilyn J. (Brian) Dolieslager of Lyndon, and Melissa L. (Eric) Arey of Tiffin, Iowa; one son, Merle E.
(Nancy) Nice of Sterling; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sue Pape of Morrison. She was preceded in death by one sister, Emily Sikkema. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Morrison United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ryan Sutton, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison is handling arrangements. Memorials have been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley and Morrison United Methodist Church. Visit www.bosmarenkes. com to send condolences.
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Ronald D. Shook ROCK FALLS â€“ Ronald D. Shook, 68, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born Nov. 7, 1944, in DeKalb, the son of Chester and Evelyn (Clark) Shook. Ronald was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling for 35 years, retiring as a die maker. Surviving are his three sons, Brian Shook of Chicago, Michael (Shanda) Shook of Sterling, and Kevin Shook of Rock Falls; his sister, Joyce
Shook of Houston; and seven grandchildren, Nicklaus Shook, Casey Shook, Carter Shook, Kaden Pyron, Jasmyn Woods, Kaitlyn Shook, and Shylyn Shook. He was preceded in death by his parents. A gathering of friends and family will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. Private burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Creston. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Albert G. Helfrich Jr. DIXON â€“ Albert G. Helfrich Jr., 54, of Dixon, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family, after battling a long illness. He was born Aug. 16, 1959, in Dixon, the son of Albert and Barbara (Culver) Helfrich Sr. He had worked at Dixon Web, BorgWarner, and York Refrigeration. He married Felicia Spotts on Nov. 4, 2011, in Dixon. Albert loved spending time with family and friends. He also liked to fish and garden. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. He is survived by his wife, Felicia; children, Joseph (Marilyn) Helfrich of Dixon, Cara Balsley of Iowa, Jacob Lewis of Dixon, Joshua Helfrich of Sterling, and Santana Martinez, Matthew Martinez, and Selena Martinez, all of Dixon; four grandchildren, Jonah, MacKenzie, Karissa, and Caliann; eight brothers, Michael (Rebecca) Helfrich, Charles (Kath-
leen) Helfrich, William (Laura) Helfrich, Scott (Lynn) Helfrich, Daniel (Melody) Helfrich, John (Kim) Helfrich, Donald (Sally) Helfrich, and Glenn (Rachel) Helfrich, all of Dixon; his grandmother, Olive Culver of Dixon; several aunts and uncles, including Sharon Kemp of Dixon; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Brian (Michelle) Geiger, Kenny (Lee) Mumford, and George Fichtenmuller. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Leo Patterson officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Visit www.thejonesfh. com to send condolences.
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SABULA, Iowa â€“ Ryan M. Gendreau, 35, of Sabula, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Marshall, Ark., as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Lorinda E. Nielsen Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna is handling ROCK FALLS â€“ Lorinda ters, Katalina Nielsen and arrangements. E. Nielsen, 29, of Rock Brigette Walker; and a sisSmaida Bollman Falls, died Sunday, Oct. ter, Jessie LuAnn Davis20, 2013, at CGH Medi- Holcomb of Sterling. STERLING â€“ Smaida Bollman, 75, of Sterling, died Friday, cal Center in Sterling. She She was preceded in Oct. 18, 2013, at Coventry Village Living Center in Sterling. worked at Self Help Enter- death by her maternal and Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling prises. paternal grandparents. arrangements. Lorinda was born April Visitation will be from 2, 1984, in Sterling, the 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday Raymond Hammelman daughter of Earl F. Hol- and the funeral at 2 p.m. comb and Laura Schil- Thursday at McDonald ROCKFORD â€“ Raymond Hammelman, 93, of Sterling. Funeral Home, 505 First ling, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at OSF Saint Anthony Survivors include her Ave., Sterling, with the Medical Center in Rockford. biological father, Earl F. Rev. Les Funderberg offi- Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling Holcomb of Rock Falls; ciating. Cremation rites arrangements. biological mother, Laura will be accorded. (Harold) Biekma of SterIn lieu of flowers, a Gerald M. Mance ling; adoptive mother, memorial has been estabMORRISON â€“ Gerald M. Mance, 64, of Morrison, died Linda Nielsen of Thorn- lished. ton, Colo.; adoptive Visit www.mcdonaldfu- Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at his home. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison is hanfather, Rick Honstein of neralhomes.com to send dling arrangements. Thornton; two daugh- condolences.
Convenience stores now closer to selling alcoholic beverages
Donations sought for burned security guard
Just 1 place within city is ineligible BY MATT MENCARINI MMENCARINI SAUKVALLEYCOM EXT
ROCK FALLS â€“ Five eligible Rock Falls convenience stores have been given liquor licenses recently, the mayor said. In September, the Rock Falls City Council decided to allow convenience stores to sell beer and
wine. The stores â€œvery quicklyâ€? applied for the licenses after a 10-day waiting period, Mayor Bill Wescott said. The convenience stores will also have to apply for and receive a state liquor license, he added. The two Caseyâ€™s General Store locations, the two Shell gas station locations, and the Mobil Gas Station at 1308 First Ave. have been given the cityâ€™s Class 4 liquor license.
However, the Mobil Gas Station at 201 12th Ave. was the only convenience store in Rock Falls that wasnâ€™t eligible for a liquor license, Wescott said, because it was too close to Rock Falls High School. The Mobil Gas Station is across the street from the high school. Assistant Manager Doreen Bontz said she wonâ€™t know for a while whether business will be hurt by not being
allowed to sell beer or wine. According to the cityâ€™s code, a liquor license canâ€™t be issued to an establishment within 100 feet of a school, church, nursing home, or military or naval station. Sterling has a similar provision in its city code, also prohibiting liquor licenses from being issued to businesses within 100 feet of certain establishments, including schools and churches.
Burke: Project in the plans for long time STREETSCAPING CONTINUED FROM A1
The cost is about $450,000 per block and $150,000 for parking lots. The proposed plan includes two alleys and two parking lots. The city can spend more or less, depending on its plans, Brown said. Because Dixonâ€™s downtown is listed on the National Historic Registry, all engineering will have to be done with input from Dixonâ€™s historic preservation commission, Dixon Main Street and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Brown said. The mayor is hopeful signage can be put up to recognize Dixonâ€™s listing on the registry. Meetings will be scheduled for public input from residents and merchants,
Brown said. Also, commissioners asked for consistent updates on the progress Jim of plans and Burke the opportunity to give input along the way. Commissioners Dennis Considine and David Blackburn discussed possibly getting rid of the traffic signal at Peoria Avenue and Second Street. Depending on the traffic volume discovered at the intersection, it is possible the city could do away with that signal there, or a signal may be placed at Peoria and Third Street instead. The streetscaping will be an opportunity for the city to re-address any issues it has with handicapped parking, Commissioner Jeff Kuhn said.
The mayor informed the council he is working with the governorâ€™s office Jeff to acquire Kuhn $450,000 in grant money for the construction of a parking lot along the Riverfront on the west side of the Peoria Avenue bridge. The project has nothing to do with the $40 million recovered from the recent lawsuit settlement or sale of Rita Crundwellâ€™s assets, Burke said. â€œThis project has been planned for a long time,â€? he said in response to a visitorâ€™s question about funding. â€œThis was our justification for extending the TIF district by 11 years with the Illinois legislature. This money can only be used for the downtown.â€?
Also Monday, the City Council placed on file an ordinance that would allow for a referendum asking for a change to the city manager form of government on the November 2014 ballot. A seven-person governmental task force, appointed by Burke and approved by the council, recommended this summer the city ask citizens to decide if they want to adopt the city manager form of government. November 2014 is the earliest the question can reach the ballot. In other items, commissioners authorized the special-use permit for an electrical contracting business, D&R Electric, at 1107 Eastern Ave., and gave the go-ahead to make the prohibition of drug paraphernalia part of city ordinances.
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SUBLETTE â€“ Donations are being accepted to help a security guard with medical costs after he was injured Oct. 13 in a propane tank explosion at Woodhaven Lakes. Guy Maychszak was at the scene when the tank explosion destroyed one trailer and damaged two others. His arms and hands were burned, and he
was taken to Mendota Community Hospital for treatment. Maychszak later was airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Chicago. Checks can be made out to the Guy Maychszak Benefit Fund. They can be dropped off at Farmers State Bank of Sublette, 303 S. Pennsylvania Ave., or mailed to the bank at Farmers State Bank of Sublette, Guy Maychszak Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 20, Sublette, IL 61367.
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DIXON â€“ Sauk Valley Community Collegeâ€™s College Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 in the gym at the college, 173 Illinois Route 2. More than 80 representatives from colleges, universities, vocationaltechnical schools, and the military will be on hand to answer questions about their institutions and programs.
In addition, there will be a financial aid workshop at 6 p.m. in Room 1K4. Deb Stiefel, coordinator of financial assistance, will discuss financial aid opportunities available to students, including the Free Application for Student Financial Aid. College Night is sponsored by Sauk and area high schools. For more information, call Saukâ€™s Office of Recruitment at 815-835-6421.
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Shutdown slows contract for teacher aides Talks scheduled to resume Nov. 12 BY DEREK BARICHELLO email@example.com EXT
DIXON â€“ Contract talks are expected to resume in November between the school district and its teacher aides and assistants. Both sides reached a tentative agreement in August, but it was not
accepted by the Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association, the union that represents teacher aides and assistants, known as paraprofessionals. They have been working without a contract since June 2012. Members agreed not to negotiate while Dixon Education Association talks dragged into March and spurred a strike that canceled 9 days of classes.
Talks with a federal mediator were expected to resume last month, but the federal government shutdown put that position on furlough. The union was not willing to negotiate without the mediator, said Mindy Donoho, DESPA president. Since the shutdown has passed, a mediator will be available, and talks will resume Nov. 12. The board of education is uncertain of the status of
negotiations at this point, Dixon Superintendent Michael Juenger said. The union has 48 fulland 16 part-time paraprofessionals, Donoho said. Under the former contract, paraprofessionals are paid hourly, starting at $8.50 an hour. They are given a raise of 20 cents an hour each year, and 25 cents more an hour if they gain 75-plus hours of further education or training. Paraprofessionals pay
$25 a month for individual health insurance coverage and $75 a month for family coverage, with a $500 deductible. In their recent 4-year contract, Dixon teachers received a 2 percent pay increase for this school year and a 2 percent pay increase each of the next 2 years, plus step increases, which average to about 2 percent for some teachers, based on experience and education.
How well do you think you know Whiteside County?
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t had been a while since I took a quiz, let alone a pop quiz, but that all ended Wednesday night at CGH Medical Center. I was there to cover a public meeting for the Whiteside County Comprehensive Plan project. The meeting started with a pop quiz to see just how much the meeting attendees knew about their county. It included seven multiple-choice and 12 matching questions, put together by Jason Valerius and Steve Haring of MSA Professional Services. Considering I havenâ€™t lived here for too long, I was pretty happy with my score, depending on the grading curve. But I thought Iâ€™d give you the chance to grade yourself. While we didnâ€™t reveal scores at the meeting, in the spirit of transparency, I posted mine below. The answers are also posted below. 1) According to the American Community Survey (2007-2011), what percentage of houses in Whiteside County were built in 1939 or earlier? A. 7.9 percent B. 15.1 percent C. 26.5 percent D. 52 percent 2) According to the 2012 Census, which of the following age groups make up the largest share of Whiteside Countyâ€™s population? A. Under 18 B. 25 to 34 C. 50 to 64 D. 65 and older 3) Based on the American Community Survey (2007-2011), more than 92 percent of Whiteside County residents used a motor vehicle to get to work. What percentage of those carpooled? A. 2 percent B. 5 percent C. 13 percent D. 21 percent 4) According to the American Community Survey (2007-2011), what is the largest employment sector in Whiteside County?
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A. Health care B. Manufacturing C. Agriculture and forestry D. Construction 5) The county population was 62,431 in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. What is the projected population for the county in 2030? A. 61,199 (2 percent decrease) B. 64,321 (3 percent increase) C. 68,134 (9 percent increase) D. 72,439 (16 percent increase) 6) What is the countyâ€™s median household income (based on the 2007-2011 American Community Survey)? A. $46,726 B. $56,576 C. $63,995 D. $72,534 7) According to the American Community Survey (2007-2011), what percentage of Whiteside County residents also work within the county? A. 19.4 percent B. 32.1 percent C. 51.5 percent D. 68.9 percent 8) Match each municipality with its unique characteristic: A - Deer Grove; B Sterling; C - Morrison; D - Tampico; E - Albany; F - Como; G - Rock Falls; H - Fulton; I - Lyndon; J - Prophetstown; K - Erie; L - Coleta Once named â€œThe Hardware Capital of the Worldâ€? Home of the historic Hennepin Canal Located along the nationâ€™s first transcontinental highway
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HAS A BOND SET AT 29 at Dixon City Hall, 121 and will appear in Ogle W. Second St. County Court on Friday. Demmer, who represents 2/#(%,,% n ! 2OCHELLE state House District 90, will man was in Ogle County give an update on state legLegislator plans Jail on Monday after sherislation and will hear opiniffâ€™s deputies arrested him town hall in Dixon ions from those attending. Saturday on an outstand$)8/. n ! TOWN HALL Call Demmerâ€™s Rochelle ing warrant for 13 counts meeting with state Rep. OFFICE AT of child pornography. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, for more information. Vincent R. Swope, 43, WILL BEGIN AT PM /CT -SVM staff reports
STERLING â€“ Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini will have â€œoffice hoursâ€? from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at !IR 0LAY 3PORTS % Third St. Is there a story in Sterling or Rock Falls you think should be reported? Feel free to stop by to share or just to say hi. Known for its Dutch heritage Most growth of all municipalities since 1990 Site of a recent pipeline explosion Home of the Hopewell burial mounds, once a center of Hopewell culture Birthplace of Ronald Reagan Known as the â€œCrow Capital of the Worldâ€? Highest portion of residents with graduate degrees in the county Home of Gibbs machine, producing aluminum molds for the plastics industry Least populous municipality in the county Answers: 1-C; 2-C; 3-A; 4-A; 5-C; 6-B; 7-B; 8-B-GC-H-J-K-E-D-I-F-L-A I ended the first seven with five correct answers. My two wrong moves came on Question 4, when I answered C, and Question 7, when I answered D. On the matching, I did far worse. I got half correct, but have to admit I guessed on a few that I got correct. I wasnâ€™t able to correctly match Morrison, Fulton, Prophetstown, Lyndon, Como, and Coleta with their characteristic. So how did you do?
In the final year of the contract, teachers receive a 1 percent increase, plus step increases. Also, the school board agreed to give administrators and nonunion support staff â€“ hourly employees such as custodians, clerical staff and nurses â€“ a 2 percent raise, retroactive to the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Juenger has said the district is seeking a contract inline with the other unions.
Gas Up for United Way of Lee County SHELL All Shell Stations in Lee County will be donating 5 cents per Gallon of gas sold on Tuesday, October 24, 2013.
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Campaign â€™14: Following the political money Rauner, Quinn, Rutherford are rolling in dough
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A chance for Rock Falls to become thriftier with energy T
he 19th-century inventor of the electric light bulb was a fan of thrift. So should be the 21st-century people who depend on his invention. Thomas Edison would nod in agreement with an energy-efficiency program that is now available to qualifying Rock Falls residents. â€œWaste is worse than loss,â€? Edison once said. â€œThe time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. â€œThe scope of thrift is limitless.â€? Rock Falls residents have the chance to become more thrifty with their energy dollars
What we think With winter on the horizon, Rock Falls residents owe it to themselves â€“ and their wallets â€“ to investigate an energy efficiency program announced last week for homes and apartments. at home because of the new program that was announced last week. The city joined forces with six other Illinois communities to win a combined $325,000 grant. As long as the money lasts, those who apply and are accepted can participate in the twopronged program. The first component is for managers or owners of apartment complexes or condominiums that have
more than five units. In the Multifamily Comprehesive Energy Efficient Program, all apartments and condo units would receive energy-efficient light bulbs â€“ a definite upgrade from Edisonâ€™s incandescent variety. The program also would cover energyefficient thermostats and shower heads, along with faucet aerators for the kitchen and bathroom. The second compo-
nent of the program â€“ the Complete System Replacement â€“ assists with the upgrading of furnaces and air-conditioning units for homes and small apartment buildings (three units or less) by offering rebates of $700 to $1,000. People may go to the city of Rock Falls website, www.rockfalls61071. com, for information. Of course, people who donâ€™t qualify can still take it upon themselves to improve the energy efficiency of their dwellings. The scope of thrift is limitless, eh? With autumn settling in and winter on the horizon, now is the time to put Edisonâ€™s words to the test.
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Improve paper; add column on parenting JENNY HEUSER Sterling
I write to thank our newspaper editors and staff for putting together such a nice newspaper every day. I really enjoy reading it, and I hope that tangible newspapers will always be available to us. When I lived in Nebraska several years ago, I read another good newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald. In it was a parenting column by noted child psychiatrist John Rosemond. People wrote questions to him, and he wrote answers similar to â€œDear Abby,â€? but discussing parenting issues. It was a very interesting, well-written, and helpful column dealing with everything from diapers and teething to curfews and college. I used to love
reading it even before I had children. I was wondering whether you would ever consider running such a column in our local paper? Are there any other moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, pastors, teachers, doctors, or baby sitters out there who could use some friendly, expert advice on various childhood issues? If so, let our newspaper know you are interested. It would be the perfect addition to our nearperfect newspaper, donâ€™t you think?
Public safety needs adequate court funding PAULA H. HOLDERMAN Chicago
Our federal courts are quickly finding it difficult to carry out their duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Constitution and acts of Congress
because of funding shortfalls. I join presidents of the state bar associations in Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Florida to urge members of Congress to end the devastating cuts to federal court funding. Itâ€™s no secret that our federal courts have been forced to downsize, furlough staff, and scale back programs in the governmentâ€™s attempt to balance the budget. The most troubling aspect of these cuts is that they literally imperil the judiciary, a co-equal branch of government. Cuts in staffing have resulted in slower processing of civil and bankruptcy cases in some courts. This affects individuals, small businesses and corporations, which are unable to have legal matters heard in a timely fashion. Continued cuts to the federal defenderâ€™s office directly affect a defendantâ€™s Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel and a speedy trial.
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
What do you think? Do you agree with these letters? Do you disagree with these letters? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com Funding cuts have also impacted court security, drug testing, substance use disorder, and mental health treatment programs, as well as parole and probation services, all of which could lead to an increased risk to public safety. On behalf of the 32,000 members of the Illinois State Bar Association, I ask Illinois residents to write to their congressmen, urging them to make adequate court funding a priority. Our system of justice and our citizens deserve no less. Note to readers: Paula H. Holderman is president of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Letâ€™s take a quick look at the campaign finance disclosure reports filed last week by some of the statewide candidates, shall we? Bill Brady â€“ It goes without saying that the mere $66,104 Brady reported raising during the third quarter was beyond pathetic. But hereâ€™s how bad the Republican gubernatorial candidateâ€™s performance really was: Even Sheila Simon outraised him. The notoriously poor fundraiser Simon pulled in more than $106K during the quarter. And if it wasnâ€™t for the $200K in leftover funds from his 2010 governorâ€™s race, Brady would have reported having just $73K at the end of the quarter. He also spent a bit more than he took in, which isnâ€™t very difficult, considering his paltry take. Kirk Dillard â€“ The burn rate in Dillardâ€™s GOP gubernatorial campaign fund is pretty significant. Dillard raised $263K. but he spent $290K and ended the quarter with a mere $205K in the bank â€“ the lowest of any other gubernatorial candidate. Thatâ€™s a big overhead nut to make with such a small cushion and poor fundraising. Bruce Rauner â€“ The multi-gazillionaire Republican candidate for governor spent more than $27K just on payroll taxes alone during the third quarter, which gives you an idea of the sort of organization heâ€™s built. By comparison, Gov. Pat Quinn spent $19K on payroll taxes during the quarter, Dan Rutherford reported spending $11K on payroll taxes, Bill Brady reported spending $1,609, and Kirk Dillard reported none. Rauner also reported spending $800K on advertising, including direct mail, which is slightly less than he spent in the previous quarter. None of his opponents spent more than a handful of dollars on ads â€“ and those were mainly small newspaper or online placements. Since he launched his campaign, Rauner has spent $274K on consultants, with $103K spent just last quarter. Rauner raised about $1.1 million for his gubernatorial fund, spent the same, and ended with $594K on hand. Raunerâ€™s legislative term-limits PAC, which is seeking to put a constitutional amendment proposal on the ballot next year, has already paid $114K to a California firm called Arno Petition Consultants Inc. A California petition company called Arno Political Consultants has stirred quite a bit of controversy in the past with its petition-gathering
â€œWe are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.â€? Henry David Thoreau, author, philosopher, 1854
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practices, so we should keep an eye on that. Raunerâ€™s term-limits PAC has also spent $38K in legal fees and is renting space from a group called â€œCatholic Vote.â€? The term limits PAC raised $606K, spent $152K, and had $459K in the bank. Dan Rutherford â€“ The Republican state treasurer reported raising $66K in small, â€œunitemizedâ€? contributions for his governorâ€™s race, more than any gubernatorial candidate in either party. Unlike Dillard and Brady, Rutherford has built a solid State statewide Treasurer network to Dan raise money Rutherford from, so With $1.2 Raunerâ€™s million in his campaign support by fund at the all the big end of the third quarter, money types hasnâ€™t really Rutherford had more hurt Ruthmoney than erford. He his three raised $337K other GOP gubernatorial during the opponents quarter, combined. spent $147K, and had $1.2 million in the bank at the end of the quarter. Pat Quinn â€“ The incumbent Democratic governor is sitting on the largest war chest of any gubernatorial candidate at just under $3 million. (Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who decided to take a pass on a bid, has $4.8 million in the bank after raising just $25K in the third quarter.) Quinn spent a total of $51K on consulting services and $34K on salaries during the quarter. Tom Cross â€“ The GOP state treasurer hopeful opened up a new campaign account in September. That fund pulled in $176K and reported no expenditures. Crossâ€™ state representative fund reported $155K in receipts, $195K in expenditures, and $150K in the bank. Mike Frerichs â€“ The Democratic state treasurer hopeful raised $208K and had an impressive $769K cash on hand â€“ more than three of the five gubernatorial candidates. The guy is a fundraising machine. Judy Baar Topinka â€“ The incumbent comptroller raised $105K during the quarter, about the same as her presumed Democratic rival, Sheila Simon. However, Topinka is sitting on $876,000, while Simon has $295K in the bank.
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Punkin Chuckinâ€™ festival could end Popular pumpkin-launching event struggles to find space for parking, air cannons PEKIN (AP) â€“ The future of a central Illinois festival in which participants hurl pumpkins across a field is up in the air. Crowds of spectators gathered Saturday to watch the annual Morton Punkin Chuckinâ€™ Contest where machines and people fling pumpkins in different events, but questions about the venue and the overseeing committee have organizers worried if it was the festivalâ€™s last year, according to GateHouse Media Illinois newspapers. â€œItâ€™s not a traumatic concern, but it is a concern,â€? said Susan Pyles of the Morton Tourism Association, which helps put on the event. The festival, which began in 1996, was already scaled back this year to 1 day from 2 after religious concerns about having the contest on a Sunday. Pyles said finding a new location with enough space for parking and the machines â€“ including air cannons that fling the pumpkins thousands
We love putting on Punkin Chuckinâ€™ and weâ€™re not complaining, but we need new people.
Susan Pyles, Morton Tourism Association
of feet â€“ is difficult. Also, she said the eventâ€™s organizing committee needs fresh members as some have been around since the committee was created 17 years ago. â€œWe love putting on Punkin Chuckinâ€™ and weâ€™re not complaining, but we need new people,â€? Pyles said. Itâ€™s not the first time there have been worries about the future of the festival. The event has been canceled three times in the past, once because a venue couldnâ€™t be found and twice because of weather conditions.
ABOVE: An air cannon fires a pumpkin at the Morton Punkin Chunkinâ€™ Contest on Oct. 19 near Pekin. Organizers of the annual festival, during which participants hurl pumpkins across a field, are questioning if the event will go on. LEFT: Sara Heaton, of La Porte, Ind., measures the weight of pumpkins before launching them on the throwing machine Oct. 19 at the Morton Punkin Chunkinâ€™ Contest near Pekin. Hundreds gathered for the event.
With tablet market share shrinking, much depends on event iPad refresh could give company the boost it needs MCT News Service
With just 65 shopping days left until Christmas, Apple is about to give Santa Claus more goodies to stuff into those stockings. At an event today in San Francisco, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant is expected to unveil a fifthgeneration iPad as well as a follow-up version of the iPad Mini it released a year ago. While its email invitation cryptically announces, â€œWe still have a lot to cover,â€? one thing is clear: With its stock price well below its onetime high and its share of the tablet market continuing to shrink, Apple has a lot riding on this launch. IDC analyst Tom Mainelli thinks an iPad refresh would help Apple as well as the burgeoning pack of rivals chipping away at the iPadâ€™s former dominance. â€œA new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category, and traditionally that has helped both Apple and its competitors,â€? he said. After Apple skipped its traditional iPad upgrade last
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Developers look over new apps being displayed on iPads at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference June 10 in San Francisco. Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the unveiling of its latest iPads today. spring, Mainelli added, â€œits working overtime. Most torically offered the same numbers were down, but analysts and bloggers features across different almost everyone elseâ€™s were expect the new iPad will platforms, as evidenced by down, too. So while Appleâ€™s sport the more powerful the personal assistant Siri market share may have 64-bit A7X processor and eventually showing up on dropped, they still drive the reveal a slimmer physique both iPhones and iPads, overall tablet market, and than its predecessors. KGI most observers widely consumers are still pay- Securities analyst Ming- believe the second-version ing close attention to what Chi Kuo says the tablet will iPad Mini will come with Apple is doing with its prod- be 15 percent thinner than the same Retina display ucts.â€? the iPad 4 and feature more that the larger iPad already As with past Apple events, rounded edges. features. the rumor mill has been And since Apple has his- One big question is
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for the mobile masses. IDC reports that tablet shipments in the fourth quarter are expected for the first time to surpass total PC shipments, which include desktop and laptop computers. And it forecasts tablets will do the same on an annual basis by the end of 2015. So even though Appleâ€™s piece of the global tablet pie may be smaller than it was in 2010 when the first iPad went on sale â€“ a drop from 77 then to 37 percent today â€“ IDCâ€™s Mainelli says that doesnâ€™t necessarily mean Appleâ€™s in trouble. â€œWhen the iPad first launched, nobody was really all that competitive in the tablet market, so since then Apple has only had one direction to go, and thatâ€™s downâ€? in terms of market share, he said. â€œHaving said that, Apple doesnâ€™t chase market share at the expense of profitability or a good user experience. So while there are a lot of guys out there making Android tablets, not a lot of them are making any money.â€? â€œAt the end of the day,â€? Mainelli said, â€œthe companies left standing are those who put out good products that people want and make money doing it.â€?
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Dear Fickle: Perhaps not forever, but for now, yes, until you meet someone who has more of the qualifications youâ€™re looking for. When you do, you may finally realize that in successful relationships some degree of compromise is always involved.
Dear Abby: I recently married a wonderful woman I have been friends with for years. I was always secretly in love with her. We are very happy together. The only problem is that her ex-husband, from whom she has been divorced for 4 years, was violent. If I try to brush her hair away from her face or make a sudden movement of any kind, she flinches or panics. I have never been violent with anyone, and I know she has PTSD from her past marriage. How should I sensitively broach the subject of counseling to deal with this serious issue? â€“ Concerned in the Midwest
Dear Concerned: When it happens again, tell your wife calmly that you know itâ€™s a reflex and see if you can get her to tell you why it happens. At that point you could suggest she talk to a counselor because you love her and would never hurt her, and when she flinches, it hurts you that sheâ€™s still carrying around this heavy baggage.
life insurance and estate planning are in order. But, Abby, sometimes I find myself worrying about his age. I cry when I contemplate spending a chunk of my life alone because I donâ€™t think I could ever love anyone else as strongly as I do him. My husband is my rock, my reason for living, and Iâ€™m grateful for every moment I have with him. Iâ€™m psychologically well Dear Abby: I am 25. My otherwise. These sad feelhusband is 50, and we ings donâ€™t last longer than have been married for 3 a few hours. Is this noryears. We are in a healthy mal? Should I talk with relationship, raise his someone about it? Should 12-year-old together and I just tell my husband my are trying for our own feelings and remind him children. We have plans how much he means to for the rest of our lives, me? are in good health, have â€“ Happily Married regular checkups, and our in Henderson, Nev.
Dear Happily Married: Your feelings are normal for a woman who is fully invested emotionally in her husband. However, if your anxiety over the possibility of losing him increases, by all means talk to a licensed mental health professional about it. As to your last question, whether you should confide your feelings to him, it would be a beautiful compliment to let him know you donâ€™t take his importance in your life for granted or the joy he has brought you. But donâ€™t be surprised if, when he hears you say it, he says the same thing back to you. You both are truly blessed.
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