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Dixon: Police wrong to weigh in Says ‘little doubt’ criticisms of Sheriff Varga an attempt to influence outcome BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525 Former Dixon Mayor Jim Dixon
DIXON – Former Dixon Mayor Jim Dixon says there is “little doubt” that the Dixon Police Department’s leadership is trying to influence the race for Lee County sheriff.
Meanwhile, the police chief defended his department’s position. Dixon said the city’s commissioner of public safety should act to protect the department’s reputation. “I don’t think our police department should be giving the impression that it involves itself in partisan
politics, let alone the impression that it wants to take control of the sheriff’s office,” Dixon said in a letter to the editor that appeared in Saturday’s editions of Sauk Valley Media. “It has been a nonpartisan force operating without political influ-
ences and, consequently, has had the highest standing in our community,” Dixon wrote. The sheriff’s office, he said, should be independent and not “beholden” to the city police. POLICE CONTINUED ON A11
Airman helps to restore memorial
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ABOVE: The Rhythm-Quest Performance Ensemble practices Sunday afternoon in Tabor Gym at Rock Falls High School for Percussion-Palozza, which will be held at 1 p.m. March 2 at the school. Rhythm-Quest draws members from across the Sauk Valley and into eastern Iowa and Wisconsin. Percussion-Palooza is an educational and entertainment event feature a solo and ensemble competition for snare drum, melodic percussion, multi-percussion, and drum set for Middle School (grades 5-8), High School (grades 9-12) and Senior (post-secondary) level percussionists. TOP: Amboy’s Paige Setchell plays the drum set during the Rhythm-Quest Performace Ensemble’s practice.
Matt and Dawn Moore were getting ready to send their son a Christmas care package when he called them from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Their son, 20-year-old Alex Moore, is an airman first class in the Air Force, assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. He called home that day looking to get his hands on some paint. Moore and several others were working to restore a memorial for Elizabeth Jacobson, the first female airman killed in the line of duty during the Iraq war and the first Security Forces member killed in conflict since Vietnam. She was killed in 2005 when a vehicle she was in hit an improvised explosive device – or IED. The memorial to Moore was dedicated later that year. “After nearly a decade of rough, dry climate the memorial has been severely worn,” Moore said in an email. It was his unit commander who first noticed the damage to the memorial, Moore said, while conducting routine post visits. The commander sent out an email to see whether anyone was interested in restoring the memorial. MEMORIAL CONTINUED ON A2
INSIDE Stephanie Swan of Geneseo practices Sunday afternoon in the color guard of the RhythmQuest Performance Ensemble. Rhythm-Quest will be hosting Percussion-Palooza, which will place an emphasis on performance. The top three preliminary performances will in each category at each level will receive awards. Individual champions will be announced and will perform at the event’s premier showcase, with exhibitions from Rhythm-Quest and by The Knights Alumni Drum Line.
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Brian Haan of Rock Falls plays the vibraphone Sunday during the Rhythm-Quest Performance Ensemble practice. The PercusionPalooza on Sunday will feature guest percussionists Kevin Donka and Washbord Jo.
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Moore and two others were, and their work began soon after. â€œBefore volunteering to resuscitate the memorial, Iâ€™ve only seen the memorial in passing and had never really stopped to get a close look at it,â€? he said. â€œI soon realized it would take much more work to bring the painting back to the original state it once was.â€? The concrete memorial is about 8 feet wide and 5 feet tall. It has a 30-line poem and a painting of Jacobson and the American flag in the shape of Iraq in the center. To restore it, Moore and the others had to scrub off the chipped paint and the dirt that had accumulated, he said, and covered the painting to spray paint over the poem. The poem would be redone completely, Moore said, so he used Photoshop to create stencils for the letters. They also added more details to the center, including a thicker border around the image and brighter colors. The only element of the memorial that wasnâ€™t significantly restored, Moore said, was Jacobsonâ€™s face. â€œIt was probably the only thing that hadnâ€™t changed from the original painting in 2005,â€? he said. The restoration work started on Nov. 30, Moore said, and he and the others spent 8 to 10 hours each Saturday working on it. It was the
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Air Force Airman First Class Alex Moore, of Amboy, stands next to the Elizabeth Jacobson memorial he and two others worked to restore. Jacobson was the first female airman killed in the line of duty during the Iraq war. finish it in time for the only day all three had presents. â€œI thought it was pretty unveiling.â€? off, he said, and they had The paint got to Moore a Dec. 21 deadline to fin- neat that they had asked for volunteers and he first, and with the loomish. â€œBecause of the dead- volunteered for it,â€? Matt ing deadline, it worked line we were given, Moore said. â€œI was proud out better that way than ordering paint online of the fact that he was the reverse. This wasnâ€™t the first [was] not an option, as giving up some of his, I it would take way too donâ€™t know if you call it time Moore has volunlong to arrive,â€? Moore free time, his off-duty teered. When he was in said. â€œI ended up having time, to work on that high school, he helped Amboy High Schoolâ€™s my parents mail a set of project.â€? The Moores sent their library design a website, assorted paints.â€? The morning that his son two packages â€“ one his father said, and had parents were getting with his presents and also done some painting and drawing while in ready to send his Christ- one with the paint. It was taking 10 days for basic training. mas presents and a care â€œI have an extensive package, Moore called care packages to get from to see whether they had Amboy to their son, Matt background in graphic sent it yet. They hadnâ€™t, said, but the two packag- design prior to my miliso Moore added his es they sent didnâ€™t arrive tary career,â€? Alex said in at the same time. an email. â€œSo I thought request. â€œIt wasnâ€™t until a day it would be a great way Luckily, Dawn Moore is into crafts and had some before our deadline to get involved, show paints at the house â€“ a when the [paint] pack- my leadership skills, and box with 24 colors â€“ that age finally arrived,â€? Alex most of all, honor our made its way to Moore said. â€œSo we stayed out fallen brothers and sisalong with his Christmas all through the night to ters.â€?
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STERLING â€“ A longtime area ambulance salesman is breathing new life into a long-vacant eyesore on Sterlingâ€™s West End. Kevin Klocke, who for more than three decades sold ambulances for Foster Coach Sales Inc. in Sterling, has struck out on his own, opening Klockeâ€™s Emergency Vehicles in the 12,000-square-foot building at West Fourth Street and Avenue G that for years housed Glafkaâ€™s Tire City (remember that big tire-on-a-stick sign?). Glafkaâ€™s closed about 7 years ago; the building at the busy intersection had been quietly decaying since. Klocke already has remodeled the interior, redoing the front office, sprucing up most of the garage area. He also persuaded his pal, Colby Snyder, to move his Rock Falls equipment sales and auction business, Midwest Commercial Wholesale, into the east end of the building. Klocke and his fix-up man and only employee, Butch Neal of Rock Falls, plan to tackle the facade and the other half of the garage next. Klocke is a dealer for the manufacturer Life Line Emergency Vehicles, of Sumner, Iowa. He handles new and used models and trade-ins, and also sells Stryker medical cots; his sales territory is in Iowa.
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Kevin Klocke, 55, of Dixon, owner of Klockeâ€™s Emergency Vehicles, stands with some of the ambulances for sale in his new shop in the former Glafkaâ€™s Tire City Building on West Fourth Street and Avenue G in Sterling. Klocke, a Rock Falls native, has been a salesman for more than 30 years.
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a Sterling native and 2000 Sterling High grad, has been in business 2 years. Midwest Commercial Wholesale was located in
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kinds of equipment from farms or businesses that have gone out of business â€“ for instance, he is selling kitchen equipment for Wyanet Meats at the moment â€“ mostly on consignment. The items usually are available retail for a month or two, then go up for auction, mostly online, he said. He usually has a wide range of items available â€“ in addition to the butcher shop equipment, for example, Snyder has a self-playing grand piano from a Chicago restaurant on his retail roster. And if you donâ€™t see something you need on his website, just ask â€“ he has connections and clients all over the Midwest, he said.
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OBITUARIES FUNERAL SERVICES FOR THE WEEK Todayâ€™s funerals: Elizabeth L. â€œBettyâ€? Puckett OF 3TERLING AM -ASS AT 3T -ARY #ATHOLIC #HURCH IN 3TERLING Jessie Smith OF 3TERLING AM AT -ACEDONIA "APTIST #HURCH IN 3TERLING Tuesday visitations: Michael T. Reiley, OF $IXON PM AT 0RESTON 3CHILLING &UNERAL (OME IN $IXON Wilma L. Rizner, OF -OUNT -ORRIS FORMERLY OF $IXON AM AT #HAPEL (ILL &UNERAL (OME IN $IXON Tuesday funerals: Michael T. Reiley, OF $IXON
AM 7EDNESDAY AT 0RESTON 3CHILLING &UNERAL (OME IN $IXON Wilma L. Rizner, OF -OUNT -ORRIS FORMERLY OF $IXON AM AT #HAPEL (ILL &UNERAL (OME IN $IXON Friday visitations: Mary â€œMary Bethâ€? Oâ€™Brien, OF 3TERLING AM GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT -C$ONALD &UNERAL (OME IN 2OCK &ALLS Friday funerals: Mary â€œMary Bethâ€? Oâ€™Brien, OF 3TERLING AM MEMORIAL SERVICE AT -C$ONALD &UNERAL (OME IN 2OCK &ALLS
Michael T. Reiley DIXON â€“ Michael T. Reiley, 72, of Dixon, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. He was a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad for 41 years, prior to his retirement on March 1, 2002. Michael was born Sept. 25, 1941, in Sterling, the son of John C. and Cassie (Kolb) Reiley. He married Janet â€œJanâ€? Hopkins on April 22, 1994, in Dixon. Michael served in the United States National Guard and was a member of Dixon Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 779 and Dixon Moose Lodge 727. Survivors include his wife, Jan Reiley of Dixon; one son, Chad (Amber Carson) Hopkins of Dixon; two sisters-inlaw, Merrie Lou Hopkins
of Dixon, Linda (Tom) VanDeventer of Sherrard; and one brotherin-law, Stanley Hopkins of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Frank Longholf, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donorâ€™s choice. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Nelda Faye Lenhart MILLEDGEVILLE â€“ Nelda Faye Lenhart, 91, of Milledgeville, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling with family by her side. Nelda was born Aug. 21, 1922, to John and Mary Sloan in Carter. Nelda married Robert Lenhart on Dec. 24, 1944. He passed away April 8, 2006. Nelda was a homemaker who cherished raising her family and being with her grandchildren. Nelda will be dearly missed by her grandson Johnathan Lenhart; daughter Betty Lenhart of Phoenix; sons Gary
(Steven Syftestad) Lenhart of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Terry (Viola) Lenhart of Milledgeville; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by her parents, her granddaughter, Kelly Lenhart, and her brothers Donald Sloan and Johnny Sloan. Cremation rites will be accorded and graveside services will be at a later date. Arrangements are through McDonald Funeral Home in Milledgeville. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Marvin C. Kaufman FULTON â€“ Marvin C. Kaufman, 79, of Fulton, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at his home. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison is handling arrangements.
Wilma L. Rizner MOUNT MORRIS â€“ Wilma L. Rizner, 88, of Mount Morris, formerly of Dixon, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Pinecrest Manor in Mount Morris. She was born on April 27, 1925, in Carmi to Obay and Lillian (Griffin) Sanders. She married Dean Rizner on July 11, 1958, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1996. She is survived by two sons, Robert (Kathy) Pate of Fayetteville, N.C., and Clyde Pate of Dixon; two daughters, Sue Greenfield of Mount Morris and Debbie Hetrick of Dixon; grandchildren Cheryl (Tom) Murphy, Tim Pate, Jason Pate, Sarah (Shaun) Smith, Christi (Phill) Plumb, Patti (Mike) Kessel, Tammi (Todd Bishop) Pate, Billie Pate, Rebecca (Jason) Pate-Clevenger, Chris (Amanda) Pate, Brian Huber, Eric Huber, Jeremy (Terri) Greenfield, Jami Nelson, Nichole Miller and Jesse Hetrick; numerous great- and
great-great grandchildren; and a daughter-inlaw, Helga Pate of Mesa, Ariz. She also was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Yvonne Shipp and Diane Stine; and two sons, Michael Pate and Bill Pate. She retired from the Jack Mabley Center in Dixon. She was a former member of the First Nazarene Church in Dixon. She loved animals, flowers and gardening, and loved to sing and dance. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Mike Jones of First United Methodist Church in Dixon will officiate. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Visit www.chapelhilldixon.com to send condolences.
Mary â€˜Mary Bethâ€™ Oâ€™Brien STERLING â€“ Mary â€œMary Bethâ€? Oâ€™Brien, 35, of Sterling, died at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Mary was born on Dec. 13, 1978, in Sterling, the daughter of Robert â€œSmittyâ€? and Cathie (Riggs) Smith. She married Derek Oâ€™Brien on June 1, 2012, in Morrison. Mary was a homemaker and graduate of Western Illinois University. Survivors include her mother, Cathie (Lawrence â€œBudâ€?) Tompkins of Rock Falls; her husband, Derek Oâ€™Brien of Sterling; three daughters, Arabella Adams, Evangelina Adams and Aryanna Adams, all of Sterling; two sisters, Dawn (Lee) Sandrock of Long Beach, Miss. and Tammy
Smith-Albertson of Missouri; four brothers, Peter (Heather) Smith of California, David Smith of Tennessee, Bob Smith of Sterling and Danny Smith of Florida. She was preceded in death by her father; maternal and paternal grandparents; and one niece. A gathering of family and friends begins at 10 a.m. and a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The Rev. Dalmus Meeks of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a memorial to her children has been established. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Jeannette Balk FULTON â€“ Jeannette Balk, 95, of Fulton, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Harbor Crest Home in Fulton. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton is handling arrangements.
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Ill. politicians tout manufacturing labs Bustos says good-paying jobs on the way ST. LOUIS (AP) â€“ Top politicians in Illinois joined local leaders in Michigan in trumpeting as a coup news that their states have landed a part in what they consider a revolutionary effort to boost manufacturing innovation, seeded by $140 million from federal taxpayers. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin
and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the weekend announced Chicagoâ€™s selection as eventual home to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute touted last month in President Barack Obamaâ€™s State of the Union address. A second institute will be located in Canton, Mich., near Detroit. Obama, a Chicagoan, is expected to officially announce the $320 million initiative Tuesday at the White House. The Pentagon is contributing
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$70 million to each of the Illinois and Michigan sites, with the remainder being contributed U.S. Rep. b y s t a t e s , Cheri Bustos including $16 million from Illinois, and outside interests that include corporations and universities. It was not immediately clear Sunday how many jobs may be created by the initiatives or when those regional hubs could begin work.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, said in a news release Sunday that she was pleased by the development. â€œOur stateâ€™s workforce is the best in the world and with todayâ€™s announcement will now be well positioned to be home to even more of the good-paying manufacturing and research jobs of the future,â€? Bustos said. She represents the 17th congressional district, which includes Whiteside and Carroll counties.
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Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, speaks to reporters on Sept. 17, 2012, at the state Capitol in Springfield. Cross, the former House Republican leader and DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan (below) are jockeying to be the GOP candidate for state treasurer being vacated by incumbent Dan Rutherford at a time when Illinois finds itself in a continuing financial mess.
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GOP hopefuls present voters a contrast in skills SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ Both candidates seeking the Republican nomination to be Illinois treasurer say they want to help right the stateâ€™s financial ship â€” one bringing years of legislative experience to the job, the other promoting his technical expertise as a certified public accountant. Former House Republican leader Tom Cross and DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan are jockeying to be the GOP candidate for a post being vacated by incumbent Dan Rutherford at a time when Illinois finds itself in a continuing financial mess. Each is pledging to use the post as a catalyst for change, though the treasurerâ€™s role in state budget affairs is limited and recent office holders have used the position as more of a stepping stone to higher office. Cross brings a number of advantages to the race, including wider name recognition due to his years in Springfield and in party leadership, not to mention having raised more than six times as much cash as Grogan. Yet possibly complicating the Oswego Republicanâ€™s bid is his decision in November to vote for legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois. He was one of only three House Republicans to do so, and the vote held considerable risk as he was appealing to Republican primary voters who tend to be socially conservative. â€œI think people are going to say, â€˜I may not like it,â€™ but heâ€™s trying to fix the state, heâ€™s trying
to fix the budget, heâ€™s been aggressive on (pension reform), and I like what heâ€™s been doing on financial issues,â€? Cross said in an interview. While Grogan says he believes marriage is between a man and a woman, he has not made an issue of Crossâ€™ vote on the campaign trail, noting same-sex marriage is â€œnot related to the duties or the operations of the treasurerâ€™s office.â€? He has focused on promoting his experience tracking county finances and operations, arguing that it makes him the best qualified candidate to run the treasurerâ€™s office efficiently. Illinoisâ€™ treasurer is tasked with investing more than $15 billion in taxpayer dollars, helping Illinois citizens manage finances and keeping track of unclaimed property. The office also manages college savings programs for Illinoisans. Those programs have landed previous officeholders in hot water, as both Rutherford, a Republican now running for governor, and his predecessor, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, were criticized for the way they ran the Bright Start program, which lost close to $150 million in recent years. In recent years, there have been several unsuccessful attempts to merge the offices of Illinois treasurer and comptroller, another state constitutional officer whose primary function is paying the stateâ€™s bills. Both Cross and Grogan say they support the idea.
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Illinois has passed law that mandates statewide counting NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â€“ With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades. In Memphis, Tenn., alone, there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s, according to the New York-based Rape Kit Action Project, which has been tracking the backlogs nationwide. In the entire state of Texas, there are about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms. Tennessee is among at least 17 states with proposals that range from requiring law enforcement agencies to inventory their rape kits to analyzing them in a certain amount of time. Three states â€“ Colorado, Illinois and Texas â€“ have passed laws that mandate a statewide accounting of untested rape kits. Most of the other statesâ€™ proposals favor the inventory measure that would require all law enforcement agencies that store rape kits to count the number of untested kits. Rape Project spokeswoman Natasha Alexenko estimates there are about 400,000 nationwide that
fall into that category. â€œUntil we enact this kind of legislation where weâ€™re counting them, we really have no idea,â€? said Alexenko, a rape victim whose rape kit was finally tested after nearly 10 years, and her attacker arrested after a match was found. Rape victim Meaghan Ybos of Memphis has been crusading for legislation to address the backlogs for several years. The 27-year-old was 16 when she was sexually assaulted in her suburban home in 2003. She underwent a forensic rape exam, but never heard anything else about her kit. In 2012, she was watching the local news and learned police had arrested a suspected serial rapist in the same neighborhood where she lived. â€œI just knew it was the same person,â€? recalled Ybos, who called police, told them about her assault and persuaded them to reopen her case. Her rape kit was eventually examined and the suspectâ€™s DNA and that in her kit matched. The suspect pleaded guilty in her case and is currently incarcerated.
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been an emotional guy, to boot. I called him because I needed to take vacation this week in order to get my stuff together at home. Weâ€™ve been going through a lot of stuff with the girls of late, and, especially when Kayla came down ill, I felt that enough was enough. I needed to stop being at work while my mind was at home or, far worse, vice versa. I needed to stop making uncharacteristic mistakes both at the office and in my home. I hated calling Jeff, because I donâ€™t like admitting defeat. And I knew with a monster special section looming and our staff already stretched, it would be on him to shoulder that which I needed so badly to unload for a spell. But he assured me
that itâ€™s OK to admit youâ€™re not succeeding and to do what you need to do in order to change that. He also assured me to not look back on having to pull the trigger, but to instead just be Dad. Forgive me if youâ€™d do anything to have a boss as considerate as mine. I feel like Iâ€™m bragging, but what Iâ€™m really trying to do is convey why, in these turbulent times for newspapers, I couldnâ€™t feel better about where I am, and look forward to growing with the company while my kids grow up. Iâ€™d be remiss if I didnâ€™t flesh out that point. Frankly, you have it very good as a readership. Youâ€™d be hard-pressed to find a staff that works harder to cover your communities, or one that finds more creative ways to do it. So, please try not to take for granted the newspaper group that is serving you. We have editors whose game-planning is only matched by their dedication to its execution. We have a stable of intimidatingly talented reporters that features a balance of knowledgeable veterans and young, hungry go-getters. Our photog-
raphers capture emotion and art in the least likely of places. The list goes on and on. From the moment I stepped into the newsroom 28 months ago, Iâ€™ve known this company is a gem. While Iâ€™ll miss the staff, this is going to be a glorious week. Not restful, mind you. Iâ€™ve found thatâ€™s a misconception â€“ that having kids suddenly fills your life with giggles and adorable moments. Pro tip: Itâ€™s more so filled with spit-up, poop and concern. But the tender moments, incomparable rewards. and unexplainable perspective far and away trump the bad stuff. So this will be a glorious week, as I get to crush it as Dad. Iâ€™ll miss my extended family, but the overwhelming amount of talent in the newsroom assures me that the outstanding coverage wonâ€™t miss a beat. But itâ€™s the personalities throughout the office that Iâ€™ve grown to love that assure me that theyâ€™d want me to do this. So I guess this column is my way of saying thanks to my fourth- through 16th (or whatever the â€“eenth is) people in the Sauk Valley.
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eet the three most important people to me in the Sauk Valley. Thereâ€™s my lovely bride, Kayla, and the two bundles of amazing she blessed me with â€“ Anna and Elise (aka Psycho Peanut). Iâ€™ve written a lot about how much I love the people here, Kayla and I having moved to the area in October 2011. But in this weekâ€™s installment of this column on people in the Sauk Valley, I need to specifically shine the spotlight on my extended family. Iâ€™m talking about the people I work with. First and foremost, itâ€™s because of the papa bear of the office â€“ heâ€™d prefer to be called â€œCoachâ€? â€“ Jeff Rogers that Iâ€™m not going to set foot in the office this week. (This is assuming I take the whole week off.) Jeff and I worked together in Monroe, Wis., for my first 2 years out of college, and I predict that I wonâ€™t work for a better man. I called my managing editor Sunday morning in tears. Honestly, Iâ€™ve cried a lot lately. Having twins has a way of bringing all your emotions right up to the surface. And Iâ€™ve always
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EDITORIALS FROM YESTERYEAR | 1964
From our archives: No need for fables about Washington Note to readers â€“ Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Telegraph on Feb. 22 and 25, 1964.
What we thought: 50 years ago
River Valley and chose Washington to lead a small group of men on the 1,000-mile journey. Washington had adven4HE TRUTH IS tures on that journey STIRRING ENOUGH that were worthy of the eorge Washing- Daniel Boone legend. tonâ€™s birthday When the call went out anniversary for soldiers during the prompts a thought: French and Why do we make up Indian War, fables to illustrate the Washington greatness of our counmet the tryâ€™s statesmen when challenge their real lives are so and served much more impressive? bravely. Why do we have to He was George make so much out of the chosen a Washington legend that Washington delegate 1732-1799 told his father he had, to the First No cherry-tree and Second indeed, cut down the legends were cherry tree? necessary for Continental It is fine, of course, that the â€œFather of Congresses. His Country,â€? It was at the Washington was truthopined the ful, but it is a pity we second in Telegraph on must make up fables to Feb. 22, 1964. 1775 that illustrate his honesty. he was choThe truth was stirring Washington should be sen to lead enough. remembered for other, an Amerigreater deeds; for his real can army. accomplishments. The army consisted of Born in Westmoreland raw, untrained citizens. County, Va., Washington These men had come did not attend school from their farms at the until after he was 11 news of trouble. They years old. Yet, when he were without uniforms was only 16, he started a and camp equipment. career as a surveyor. Their rifles were their It was when he was a own. surveyor that Gov. DinIt was Washingtonâ€™s widdie of Virginia wished task to shape them into a to send a message to the fighting team. For seven French along the Ohio years, he fought not only
Weâ€™re doing fine in the science of communicathe British, but apathy, tions. defection and a wranWe have television. We gling Congress from 13 have telephoto. We have independent, sovereign, Telstar. And of course, jealous states. we have the telephone After the war, Washâ€“ just call anyone, anyington was asked to where. preside over the convenBut readable handwrittion which framed the ing we still havenâ€™t got. Constitution. It was this A research specialist in same Constitution which this field is so upset over provided for a presiour scribbling that he dent, and Washington calls it a â€œnational diswas asked to be the first grace.â€? president of the United Illegible penmanship, States. he asserts, means â€œcripWhich of these deeds pled communications should he be rememand lowered learnings.â€? bered for? It also means higher He was not a military blood pressure as we try genius. No one claims he to figure out what some was. There is some argu- scratchy scrawler is tryment as to whether he ing to say. was a great president. He We heard the other day was not even a polished of a fellow who has a surveyor. simple way of replying to What, then, should he writers whose signature be remembered for? resembles the heartline George Washington of a cardiograph. should be remembered He cuts out the sigas a man who so loved nature, pastes it on his country that he was the return envelope, willing to serve it in any and lets the Post Office way he could, a man who worry. spent his life in the pubLest this practice lic service. become general, perTruly it can be said haps it would be a good of him that he pledged idea for the schools his life, fortune and his to try a little harder to honor to the ideals of the teach kids how to write Declaration of Indepen- so people can read it â€“ dence, the Constitution, and to keep on writing and his country. â€“ Feb. that way all their lives. â€“ 22, 1964 Feb. 25, 1964
THE READERâ€™S VOICE
Vote Drought for Ogle sheriff LINDA McNAMES Rockford
With regard to the upcoming election for sheriff of Ogle County, my choice is firm for Joe Drought. I have known Joe since first working with him at the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Department in 1990. Joe was always an outstanding representative of the department as a
deputy, K-9 officer, and detective. He has always been an individual who cares greatly for his profession as a police officer, his family and his community. These are exactly the same character attributes he will bring to the sheriffâ€™s office. What Ogle County is in great need of is the type of individual Joe represents, one who will never place himself first and will always make those around him his priority. It would have been an
honor to work with Joe as sheriff, as I know he will restore the office of sheriff to the respectable law enforcement agency it once was. You are the person who can make this happen by choosing Joe Drought for sheriff of Ogle County on March 18, and know that as you are casting your vote, you are taking part in making an effective and greatly needed change for the betterment of our Ogle County community.
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WASHINGTON â€“ Sometimes the federal government makes us a tiny bit nervous. Actually, sometimes the government seems completely bonkers. The ever-more-powerful Department of Homeland Security, which is so huge theyâ€™d have to kill you if you knew how big it really is, has gotten into its head that it wants to hire a private company to track license plates to locate â€œwanted individuals.â€? This is so hare-brained on so many levels, we have to shudder. (Pause for some seriously significant shuddering.) First, hiring private contractors to launch President Obamaâ€™s health insurance overhaul hasnâ€™t gone all that well. Second, this government is being rebuked around the globe for violating absolutely everyoneâ€™s civil rights and collecting way too much information while letting contractors steal sacred passwords so more secrets can be leaked. This government even listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkelâ€™s cell phone, for heavenâ€™s sakes, had to apologize, and then complained bitterly when the Russians listened in on one of our diplomats. Third, the ostensible reason for such an enormous privately maintained database â€“ finding illegal immigrants and sending them back home â€“ is nonsensical for an administration that is deporting more undocumented people than ever and canâ€™t even process the ones they find in a timely fashion. AND THIS IS AN administration that says it wants to reform immigration laws so that the 11 million people already here without papers can stay, work, and eventually gain citizenship. Doesnâ€™t anyone in this administration ever read science fiction? Donâ€™t they know that huge databases full of information inevitably will result in innocent peopleâ€™s lives being irreparably destroyed? â€œI was nowhere near Indiana when that bank was robbed. I was at home in Ohio sound asleep.â€? Sure, you were. Prove it. The license plate detection police have a picture of your car outside the bank. Doesnâ€™t anyone in this administration watch TV? Every night on some cop show a commercial firm is stealing private information and using it for blackmail or terrorism or some other evil intent. According to The Washington Post, nobody in
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DHS has figured out yet how long the data would be kept, what would be a valid â€œinvestigative leadâ€? to warrant checking the database, and who exactly could check the license plate database to find someoneâ€™s whereabouts. BESIDES, IF OUR government is so broke, how can we afford to pay a commercial outfit the hundreds of millions of dollars such a database that collects information on millions of law-abiding citizens would cost? The government-is-daft argument No. 2: A new study, by the always-conscientious Congressional Budget Office, finds that if impoverished Americans who struggle to survive on $7.25 an hour get a raise in the minimum wage so they can get out of Doesnâ€™t p o v e r t y , 500,000 anyone o t h e r in this Americans adminwill lose istration their jobs. ever read J u s t l i k e science that. In other fiction? words, if Ann you have a McFeatters fast-food job and you make $7.25 an hour and you have to go on food stamps to feed your family, you canâ€™t get a nationally mandated raise to $10.10 an hour, as Obama proposes, because your friend Joe who works with you will lose his job. Employers who are making gazillions of bucks feeding people hamburgers will have to make up that $2.85 somehow, so they will fire Joe and 499,999 others, give or take. Whatever happened to The American Way of creating jobs to make items that fill the demand and putting money in the pockets of workers who can then afford to buy said items? The government-isnuts argument No. 3: The United States has warned Ukraineâ€™s government to stop its violence against its citizens â€œor else.â€? The U.S. also has warned Syriaâ€™s government to stop its violence against its citizens â€œor else.â€? Ditto Iraq and Afghanistan and North Korea and half the countries in Africa. Many people are beginning to ask, â€œOr else what?â€? And all this in just one week, folks. And this is only February. And this is only 2014.
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Moffitt wants lawmakers to be fit to serve 74th district rep takes aim at Capitol food, fitness habits BY CHACOUR KOOP Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD â€“ An Illinois lawmaker is challenging others at the state Capitol to not only talk the talk on smaller government, but also walk the walk. State Rep. Don Moffitt, a Republican from Gilson, isnâ€™t referring to trimming taxes or bureaucratic layers, but legislatorsâ€™ waistlines. Heâ€™s starting a â€œfitness caucusâ€? intended to encourage fellow lawmakers, lobbyists or anyone else at the statehouse to eat healthy and exercise. Moffitt represents the 74th district, which includes most of Bureau County and the southwest corner of Lee County. His fitness campaign will kick off with a weight-loss competition when lawmakers return next week to Springfield, a place more reputed for wining and dining than dieting.
State Reps. Donald Moffitt, R-Gilson, and Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, show off the weight scale that will be used during the â€œfitness caucusâ€? Thursday at the state Capitol in Springfield. The caucus will kick off with a weight-loss competition and run through this yearâ€™s legislative session. Chapa LaVia says this is a good example for children and she hopes to be a role model for minority groups with large rates of obesity. â€œLosing weight is a decision. Itâ€™s going to take determination,â€? said Moffitt, who has lost 100 pounds since a doctor told him 2 years ago he may have to take
diabetes medication. â€œWe need to hear from each other what has worked.â€? Lawmakers and lobbyists say staying healthy is a challenge, espe-
cially while in session. Typically, lawmakers are in Springfield 3 days a week, two of which often are filled with reception dinners. They say itâ€™s not unusual to
attend five or six dinners a night. The choices arenâ€™t always the healthiest either. Among Springfieldâ€™s most beloved foods is the Horseshoe â€“ an open-faced dish in which a burger patty is covered with french fries and dripping melted cheese. Some lawmakers are able to avoid the weightgain trap, like House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat whoâ€™s known for eating apples and leaner menu options at his favorite local Italian restaurant. State Sen. Pam Althoff, a McHenry Republican, said she has a reputation of encouraging her colleagues to meet at social events. But socializing at 10 or 12 receptions a week can come at a price. Althoff said she gained 45 pounds her first 3 years in Springfield, an experience she likened to the â€œfreshman 15â€? â€“ a term for college students who gain weight in their first year. For the past few years,
Althoff has hired a personal trainer. â€œWhen youâ€™re on the floor 10 to 12 hours, you donâ€™t exactly eat the best food,â€? Althoff said. Moffitt said in addition to the weight-loss competition, he hopes to organize walks and health programs in collaboration with other healthoriented groups. And fitness caucus leaders hope to eventually move their mission beyond colleagues at the Capitol and back to their districts. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia said sheâ€™s had physical education teachers tell her this is a good example for children. She also hopes to be a role model for minority groups with large rates of obesity. â€œEven if I could do just a little bit, (helping one child change habits) goes a long way because itâ€™s generational,â€? the Aurora Democrat said. Leaders said their other ideas include marking healthy options on Springfield restaurant menus to working with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Tuesday, Feb. 25 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointment only, Lee County Health Department, Suite 100, 309 S. Galena Ave., Dixon, 815-284-3371. Kiwanis Club of Sterling, 6:457:45 a.m., Ryberg Auditorium, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling, 815-4994866. American Red Cross blood drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton. Appointments: 800-733-2767. Sisters in Christ, 9 a.m., Congregational Church, 1602 13th Ave., Rock Falls. Golden K Kiwanis, 9 a.m., Dixon Senior Center, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Gaffey Home Nursing and Hospice blood pressure clinic, 9-11 a.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-6263467. Weight Watchers, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon. Free blood pressure clinic, 10-11:30 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St. Commodities, 10 a.m.-noon, Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Senior Information Services, 10 a.m.-noon, Mount Carroll Senior Center, 306 N. Main St., 800-541-5479. Blood pressure check, 10 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3253. Facing the Challenge Cancer Support Group, 11 a.m., Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815288-4673. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, open; 6 p.m., open, womenâ€™s; 7:30 p.m., open, 90-92 Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Rock River Human Resources Professional Association, noon, Room 2K2, Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2,
Dixon, 815-732-9613. Sterling Noon Lions, noon-1 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Sterling Rotary Club, noon, YWCA of the Sauk Valley, 412 First Ave., Sterling. Dixon Noon Lions, noon, private dining room, KSB Hospital, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Public is welcome. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, tradition; 3:30 p.m., closed; 7 p.m., closed, Big Book, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Wii and Yoga class, 1:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Carroll County Help Center Board meeting, 1:30 p.m., Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 E. Locust St., 815-493-6076. Basic Computer class, 2-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. American Red Cross blood drive, 4-7 p.m., 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls. Appointment: 815-625-0382. Dixon TOPS IL617 meeting, 5 p.m., Eells meeting room, St. Luke Episcopal Church, 221 W. Third St., Dixon, 815-284-8321. NCI Works, 5:30 p.m., Reagan Transit Center, 210 E. Progress Drive, Dixon. Caregivers Support Group, 6 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. TOPS 253, 6-7:30 p.m., Good Neighbor Care, 2705 Avenue E, Sterling, 815-622-2820. National Alliance on Mental Illness Sauk Valley, 6:30 p.m., Sinnissippi Centers, 325 state Route 2, Dixon, namisaukvalley@ gmail.com or 815-244-1405. Northeast Area Watch Group, 6:30 p.m., Dixon Police Department community room, 306 S. Hennepin Ave., email@example.com or 815-284-7197. School Of Love In Deliverance
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beyond clumsy and ineffective, I canâ€™t help but DEARABBY feel some sympathy for !BIGAIL 6AN him because it appears "URENS you have him on a starva*EANNE tion diet. 0HILLIPS COLUMN How long this can conAPPEARS tinue for either of you is DURING THE uncertain. Rather than WEEK THROUGH try to charge harassment, 5NIVERSAL 0RESS why not schedule an 3YNDICATE appointment with your gynecologist and find out WHY having sex is painful family because they see for you. It is not supposed him in a different light. to be, and your doctor What would you suggest, may be able to help you and is it harassment â€“ and resolve the problem. Marcould I press charges? riage counseling might â€“ Leave My Aura Alon also help, because itâ€™s clear you and your husDear Aura: You have band arenâ€™t communicatmentioned so many ing on any meaningful problems in your short level. letter that itâ€™s hard to If these problems are know where to begin. not resolvable, you canâ€™t While your husbandâ€™s continue living like this attempts at foreplay are and neither can he.
Because your family isnâ€™t nearby and you have no transportation, call or write them and let them know you may need their help to return. If they are unable to help you, contact a domestic abuse hotline. Unwanted sexual advances could be considered harassment, and sex without consent is rape.
a stuffed animal. When I commented on how that must be the childâ€™s favorite toy, the mother said it wasnâ€™t theirs â€“ she was just keeping the little boy quiet while she shopped. Last week I stood behind someone in the checkout line. In her childâ€™s mouth was the ribbon from a Mylar balloon. When the mother Dear Abby: It absolutely finished loading her grofrosts me when parents ceries onto the conveyor head for the toy departbelt, she said, â€œTime to ment so their children put this back now!â€? will have something to Itâ€™s my pet peeve: First play with while they shop. the germs they get from Then, after the kids have sucking on this stuff, then spent time drooling, the ones everyone else is teething, sneezing, etc., exposed to from the child. they leave the dirty toys And on top of that thereâ€™s at the end of the aisle for the stealing, because I someone else to buy. have seen children break Yesterday I saw a child toys. sucking on the paw of This is wrong, and weâ€™re
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enior Steven Chen, 18, of Rock Falls, is Rock Falls High Schoolâ€™s January Student of Month. He is the son of Runzhen Yu and Weizhen Chen. Favorite classes: Math and chemistry. I like math because it was the only class I could understand when I first came to this country, and it just seemed really simple for me. As many people might describe math as a â€œforeign language,â€? for me, math should be the greatest â€œlanguageâ€? in the world! It was not until later in high school I started favoring chemistry class as well. Just the thought of dealing with a bunch of chemicals would make me excited. Also, the chemistry class I had in Rock Falls High School was the first class that I was able to express my opinion without any fear just because the class was so relaxing. Top teachers: Mrs. Gallentine: She could just turn the most difficult math concept into the simplest form, no harder than one plus one. Mrs. Purdy, my chemistry teacher: I could say her class is the one class that I felt most comfortable to attend. Mr. Truesdell: I like his unique way to motivate students, and he could always explain the materials in the most efficient way. Extracurriculars: I am the treasurer of the Junior Optimist Club, Library Club, and Spanish Club; a member of the varsity Scholastic Bowl; and a member of the Speech Team. Also, I have participated in Big Northern Math Conference for 2 years
Senior Steven Chen, 18, is Rock Falls High Schoolâ€™s January Student of Month. A native of China, he plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study chemistry. He is treasurer of the Junior Optimist Club, Library Club, and Spanish Club; heâ€™s on the Scholastic Bowl and speech teams; and heâ€™s won several medals at the Big Northern Math Conference 2 years in a row. and have earned several medals. After graduation: I plan to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study chemistry. Best friend: I moved to this country not a long time ago. Thomas Wei was the first and only friend I had at the time. He has helped me with everything, including learning English. Whenever I have problems, I know he is the one who I am going to, and he has helped me solve most of them. And when I am with him, I have no fear to show my real self, which is also why I also consider him not just a best friend but a brother. Favorite singer: Bruno Mars, not only because he is a great singer, but also most
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Survival guide: Choose the right peers; they are the ones who have the most influence. Iâ€™m in the dictionary next to: â€œShy.â€? I am a really shy person and only talk when I feel comfortable with my surroundings. Secret twin: One time I was invited to my girlfriendâ€™s cousinâ€™s birthday party, and one of the neighbors was there, too. He asked me, â€œAre you related to Bruce Lee? Because you really look like him.â€? I was laughing so hard and explained to him that I was just a random Chinese person who had nothing to do with Bruce Lee; I would love to, but I donâ€™t â€Ś Dream job: I would like to be a forensic detector, investigating crimes. Trading spaces: I would love to travel around the world. Shout out: Although my mom might not understand what I am writing here, I still want to say thank you to her. When she comes back from work at Asian Buffet, I am usually asleep, so we do not have much time to sit down and talk. However, I know she has given me anything she could and is just hoping my life will be better. I am really grateful to have her as my mother. Thank you very much, Mom. I love you! Also, for my girlfriendâ€™s mom: Gracias por las comidas y tener la mĂĄs hermosa hija del mundo. Finally, to my lovely Pollo, who has brightened my life: Te amo mucho! Eternament y para siempre!
WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but Americaâ€™s governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care overhaul is here to stay. While governors from Connecticut to Louisiana sparred on Sunday over how best to improve the nationâ€™s economy, governors of both parties shared a far more pragmatic outlook on the controversial program known as â€œObamacareâ€? as millions of their constituents begin to be covered. â€œWeâ€™re just trying to make the best of a bad situation,â€? Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, of Iowa, who calls the health care law â€œunaffordable and unsustainable,â€? yet something he has to implement by law. As governors gathered in Washington this weekend, Democratic governors such as Marylandâ€™s Martin Oâ€™Malley and Connecticutâ€™s Dannel Malloy made pitches to raise the minimum wage, while Republican governors such as Louisianaâ€™s Bobby Jindal and Indianaâ€™s Mike Pence called for more freedom from federal regulations, particularly those related to the health insurance overhaul. But governors from both parties report that a full repeal of the law would be complicated at best, if not impossible, as states move forward with implementation and begin covering millions of people â€“ both by expanding Medicaid rolls for lowerincome resident or through state or federal exchanges that offer federal subsidies to those who qualify.
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Dixon called Varga, who was elected sheriff in 2006, an â€œexcellent public servantâ€? who is experienced, efficient and independent. Last week, Dixon police Lt. Brad Sibley, the departmentâ€™s second-incommand, wrote a letter to the editor saying that the sheriffâ€™s release of information last year in a murder case jeopardized the capture of other suspects. Sibley said he was speaking for himself, not the department. Police Chief Danny Langloss said he didnâ€™t disagree with Sibleyâ€™s letter. Both men and city police Lt. Clay WhelDixon Police an support Chief Danny John SimonLangloss ton, a Dixon police officer and retired state police lieutenant who is challenging Varga in the March 18 Republican primary election. In his letter, Sibley said any first-year officer would have known that you never release information about a case when you have multiple suspects at large. â€œ[S]heriff Varga might as well have called the other murder suspects and told them to run and hide!â€? Sibley wrote. Varga maintained that Lee County Stateâ€™s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller failed to keep his office in the loop, not informing him that the court had sealed the case. Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorney Peter Buh responded that Varga made a mistake in releasing the information to the public about the case. Varga had no comment about Dixonâ€™s letter. â€œThatâ€™s his letter. Iâ€™m running my race,â€? the sheriff said. â€œIâ€™ve been doing the job for the last 8 years. Iâ€™ll continue to do the job.â€? Public Safety Commissioner Dennis Considine couldnâ€™t be reached for comment. Langloss said Dixonâ€™s assertion that the police department was trying to control the sheriffâ€™s department was â€œunfoundedâ€? and that
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deputies and officers had long made their views known on candidates in local p o l i t i c a l Lee County Sheriff John races. Varga â€œThe real issue here is that Sheriff Varga has refused to work in a collaborative manner with law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies here and across the county,â€? Langloss wrote in an email to Sauk Valley Media. â€œTo say the sheriff and police department provide a check and balance on each other is wrong. The stateâ€™s attorney and the judges provide the check and balance on both departments.â€? Police officers, he said, are in the best position to know what is going on and how effective police agencies are. The former mayor has argued before that partisan politics should be kept out of police departments. In 2008, after Dixonâ€™s brother, Henry Dixon, won the race for stateâ€™s attorney over incumbent Paul Whitcombe, the former mayor decried law enforcementâ€™s role in elections. Whitcombe had a lot of law enforcement support. In his letter, Dixon questioned whether it was appropriate for candidates, particularly in campaigns for judge and stateâ€™s attorney, to have police officers make public endorsements. â€œIâ€™m not talking about expressing opinions as private citizens, such as signs in their yards or postcards to their friends where their status as a law enforcement officer is not used as a means of persuasion,â€? Dixon wrote. â€œI mean having candidates line up groups of active-duty police officers to make public, quasiofficial recommendations that put the police department or the sheriffâ€™s department behind their candidacy. â€œIf the stateâ€™s attorney is considering bringing charges against you based on a police officerâ€™s complaint, wouldnâ€™t it give a greater appearance of fairness if the stateâ€™s attorney didnâ€™t feel he owed his position to that officer?â€?
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ABOVE: When heavyweights such as Lex (left), an English mastiff, and Mac, a Great Dane, square off, itâ€™s best to let them play. The two got a bit rambunctious with each other as they jousted briefly at Cochranâ€™s Pub in Sterling on Saturday. The bar was hosting a fundraiser for a proposed dog park in Sterling. LEFT: Rosa Barb of Sterling is greeted by a pack of basset hounds on Saturday afternoon. BELOW: Aldo, a husky owned by Gabriel Perez of Sterling, checks out the scene Saturday afternoon at Cochranâ€™s Pub.
Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110 LONDON (AP) â€“ Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianistâ€™s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar.
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A youth draped in Ukraineâ€™s flag passes by a memorial to protesters killed in clashes with the police Sunday at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) â€“ With an ally claiming presidential powers Sunday and the whereabouts and legitimacy of the nominal president unclear, newly freed opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko may feel her chance to take Ukraineâ€™s leadership has come. But even among protesters who detest President Viktor Yanukovych, Tymoshenko sparks misgivings. The former prime minister, who was convicted of abuse of office in a case widely seen as political
revenge by her arch-foe Yanukovych, is a polarizing figure in a country staggering from political tensions that exploded into violence. Admired and even adored by many for her flair and fiery rhetoric, Tymoshenko is regarded by others as driven by intense ego and tainted with corruption. Just a day after she left the hospital where she was imprisoned, demonstrators outside the Cabinet of Ministers expressed dismay that she could be Ukraineâ€™s next president.
One of them held a placard depicting Tymoshenko taking power from Yanukovych and reading, â€œPeople didnâ€™t die for this.â€? Ukraine is in a delicate state of uncertainty since Yanukovych and protest leaders signed an agreement to end the conflict that left more than 80 people dead last week in Kiev. Soon after signing it, Yanukovychâ€™s whereabouts are unclear after he left the capital for his support base in eastern Ukraine. Allies are deserting him.
Russiaâ€™s next moves in the crisis were not immediately clear, but Washington warned Moscow not to intervene militarily. The newly emboldened parliament, now dominated by the opposition, struggled to work out who is in charge of the country and its ailing economy. Fears percolated that some regions might try to break away and seek support from neighboring Russia, particularly the Crimean peninsula where Russiaâ€™s Black Sea naval fleet is based.
Taliban says talks suspended Details emerge about arrest of on swap for held U.S. soldier legendary Mexican drug lord ISLAMABAD (AP) â€“ Afghanistanâ€™s Taliban said Sunday they had suspended â€œmediationâ€? with the United States to exchange captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, halting â€“ at least temporarily â€“ what was considered the best chance yet of securing the 27-yearold soldierâ€™s freedom since his capture in 2009. In a terse Pashto language statement emailed to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid blamed the â€œcurrent complex political situation in the countryâ€? for the suspension. A U.S. official with knowledge of the talks said the cause of the suspension was not the result of any issue between the United States and Taliban. He declined to elaborate and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists. Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was last seen in a video released in December, footage seen as â€œproof of lifeâ€? demanded by the U.S. Bergdahl is believed to be held in the border regions between
Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mujahid said the indirect talks with the U.S. h a d b e e n Pfc. Bowe R. m e d i a t e d Bergdahl by Qatar, where the Taliban established a political office last June. The video of Bergdahl was part of the negotiations which were to lead to the eventual transfer of the five Taliban leaders held since 2002 in Guantanamo Bay. â€œThe leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the process for some time due to the current complex political situation in the country,â€? the statement read. â€œThe process will remain suspended without the exchange of the prisoners until our decision to resume.â€? Mujahed did not elaborate on what â€œpolitical situationâ€? in Afghanistan led to the suspension of talks or say when they might resume. Afghanistan is in the middle of a presidential campaign ahead of an April 5 election. Two-term President Hamid Karzai cannot run
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WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ New details are emerging about the arrest of one of the worldâ€™s most wanted drug lords. A U.S. government official and a senior federal law enforcement official say cellphone intercepts and the arrests of a courier and top aide to Joaquin â€œEl Chapoâ€? Guzman led to his arrest early Saturday. The officials say U.S. and Mexican authorities found a cellphone belonging to the aide on
Feb. 16 at a house where drugs were stored. Another wiretap run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement led authorities to the beachfront condo where Guzman was taken into custody. Guzman was armed with a military-style assault rifle when he was arrested. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the investigation.
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Newmanâ€™s Jake Snow celebrates his second state title Saturday night during the Class 1A state tournament in Champaign. Snow won the 145-pound title bout 3-1, adding that first-place medal to his 113-pound championship from his freshman season.
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