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Landfill contract ‘shady’ County rep: Firm has not lived up to agreement BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
DIXON – The company that owns the Lee County Landfill negotiated a “shady” deal with the county government in 2008 and has not lived up to its end of the bargain, a
county representative says. Marv Van Weelden, the county’s representative in dealing with waste companies, issued a statement Monday that criticized Phoenixbased Republic Services, the nation’s second-largest trash collection company. Van
Weelden has been trying to get a second landfill in the county for more than 5 years. But Lee County government officials say Republic has essentially lived up to its agreement, and the state’s attorney’s office says it is not aware of an illegal meeting
that Van Weelden says was held. In his statement, Van Weelden took aim at a contractual provision that bars any other landfills in the county for the next 24 years. LANDFILL CONTINUED ON A7
On A3 Main Street plans to “go get” new businesses. Street department seeks reinforcements for next goround with Old Man Winter. On A5 Does parking your boat and walking up to shops in downtown Dixon sound utopian? Discussions on how to fund docks continue, writes SVM reporter Matt Mencarini in his latest Dateline Dixon column.
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Avanti fined for dumping waste AG spokesman: Dairy unloaded on gravel road, at wildlife center BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 570
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Lee County Sheriff John Varga (left) and his challenger, fellow Republican John Simonton, speak at the Lee County sheriff’s forum on Tuesday at Dixon High School. The key issues of the race dominated the forum as the March 18 primary nears.
Hot-button issues dominate event as primary nears BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
DIXON – Topics covered at Tuesday night’s Lee County sheriff candidates forum included familiar subject matter to the race: training, technology, the budget, and cooperation with other agencies. The event, hosted by the Dixon Chamber of Commerce in the Dixon High School cafeteria, drew a crowd of about 200 people. Many of them wore campaign buttons reading “Simonton for Sheriff” or “Re-Elect Sheriff John R. Varga.”
Sheriff Varga praised his administration, his officers, and the county board for helping him get to where he is today. As in the last forum, he placed his focus on “maintaining what we have.” His opponent, John Simonton, a current Dixon police officer and retired Illinois State Police commander, focused his comments on making changes within the department. As he has previously noted in the media and at the earlier forum, the main things he’d like to focus on are boosting training, increasing cooperation with other agencies, and
getting better technology to deputies. Unlike Whiteside County, Lee County sheriff’s deputies are currently without mobile computers in their squad cars. Getting them for Lee County is something Simonton considers a top priority. “If the opportunity arises, and the grant is available, I want to make sure each squad car has a mobile data computer, and the associated costs – well worth it – are taken care of through the county board,” he said. CONTENTION CONTINUED ON A2
WALNUT – Avanti Foods in Walnut has admitted to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency violations and has paid a $39,000 fine, according to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. Madigan’s office announced Tuesday that Avanti had admitted to water pollution and open dumping violations stemming from the company’s illegal disposal of dairy waste. A consent order resulting from a 2012 lawsuit against the company requires that Avanti apply to the IEPA for a permit to discharge its wastewater into the village sewer system. The order also requires the company to refrain from future regulatory violations. The complaint was filed in April 2013 in Bureau County Circuit Court after an IEPA investigation. The IEPA inspection was done in November 2011, at which time officials saw a tank truck illegally disposing the dairy waste in a field north of the village. A violation notice was issued for that incident. AVANTI CONTINUED ON A2
Man’s body found in stream near Rochelle Sheriff: No reports of missing adults in county STAFF REPORT email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 591
OREGON – The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a stream near Rochelle, Sheriff Michael Harn said Tuesday morning in a news release.
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The man, believed to be between 35 and 50 years old, appears to have been Caucasian or Hispanic, Harn said. The release did not say when the man was found. According to the news release, the man had black, mediumlength hair and a short growth of
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facial hair, and was between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He weighed about 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt, dark T-shirt and blue jeans with a woven leather belt, and blue athletic shoes. Harn said there are no reports of missing adults in Ogle County, and asked anyone with information to call sheriff’s office detectives at 815-732-6666. DEAR ABBY ......... A8 LIFESTYLE ........... A8 LOTTERY ............. A2
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About Avanti Dairy producer Walnut Cheese was founded in 1932, and Avanti Foods – based in Walnut – was formed in 1964. The latter group uses the former’s mozzarella cheese in its production of frozen pizzas under the Gino’s and Swiss Party labels. Source: avantifoods.com
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The idea of grants is something Varga takes umbrage with. As he sees it, grants donâ€™t last forever, and so the ramaining costs would then fall to the Lee County Board. With an already-tight budget, Varga is focusing on staying within it, and, as he has said numerous times, maintaining what he already has. â€œMy opponent continues to talk about grants,â€? Varga said. â€œGrants are not free money. ... The problem is that when that grant is up, the cost comes back to the county, so itâ€™s not free money; itâ€™s not something we can go ahead and just use at will in order to make that happen.â€? As at the last forum, training was another point of contention. While Varga maintains that his deputies are very well trained, Simonton continues to question that. â€œRight now, the sheriffâ€™s department isnâ€™t training as much as they should,â€? Simonton said. â€œTheyâ€™re the lowest-trained agency
in the northwest part of Illinois. They need to use the mobile training unit more. Plus, Iâ€™m an instructor in seven different disciplines. So to save money, weâ€™ll do some in-house training, and weâ€™ll also do some cross-training with other agencies in and around Lee County as well as the fire departments.â€? Varga said he prides his agency on thinking outside the box when it comes to its training and that, despite low mobile training unit hours, thatâ€™s not all that mattters. â€œThe training isnâ€™t necessarily all about the MTU,â€? Varga said. â€œWe have other trainings that weâ€™ve looked into through video, through video conferencing, through our corrections division to where we use our medical health care providers to bring in training to us so our correctional officers are better trained. Itâ€™s thinking outside the box in order to maintain what we have.â€? Simonton also questioned Vargaâ€™s policy and procedure manual, something he sees as being â€“ in its current state â€“ insufficient.
â€œRight now, thereâ€™s too few policies, and some of them are outdated,â€? Simonton said. â€œBut the most distrubing thing, when I talked to the employees, [is] they hadnâ€™t seen the policies that I had through a FOIA request, so they hadnâ€™t been trained on them. They hadnâ€™t seen them, and theyâ€™re not aware of them.â€? A question was asked, seemingly directed at Varga, in response to reports that his cooperation with smaller Lee County agencies has been less than ideal. â€œI have heard [those comments] through the entire campaign,â€? Varga said. â€œIâ€™m not really sure what the issues are with fire agencies or with other law enforcement agencies because at no time, at no time, have we ever decined anybody assistance if they needed assistance. ... We have worked with the fire agencies in reference to training, when it comes time to rapid response training we have worked with them. Iâ€™ve been to fire chiefs meetings. ... Weâ€™re certainly here to help small agenciesâ€?
Another question from the audience, directed at Simonton, asked how, if elected, he would separate himself from agencies like the Dixon Police Department, which has several members who are openly supporting his campaign. â€œThereâ€™s been several articles in the paper and comments about me being a Dixon police officer and about how Chief [Danny] Langloss is going to take over the sheriffâ€™s department,â€? he said, smiling. â€œIf anybody knows me throughout my 31-year career, they know that no one is going to take over something that I run, first of all. â€œSecondly, Iâ€™ve worked for three different agencies and worked around hundreds of others. I have worked with great leaders. ... We will share ideas. We will share in trainings. ... But, if Iâ€™m elected sheriff, I am the sheriff, and nobody else is going to run that sheriffâ€™s department.â€? Simonton and Varga are the only candidates for the Republican nomination for sheriff in the March 18 primary election. No Democrat filed for the office.
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During a follow-up visit in March 2012, inspectors found dairy waste residue covering the plantâ€™s floor drains and sewer inlets, which could have contaminated the municipal sewer system. â€œThe waste was dumped
on a gravel road northwest of the village, owned by Bureau County, and at a wildlife center, which is owned and operated by the county,â€? said Scott Mulford, an attorney generalâ€™s office spokesman. â€œThe truck was observed discharging the waste into a lake at the wildlife center.â€? The original complaint had included additional
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violations including offensive conditions and interference with the publicly owned treatment works. The food processor, at 109 Depot St., is known for its production of Ginoâ€™s pizzas. Avanti also provides products for the pizzerias and other restaurants and has a fleet of seven refrigerated delivery trucks.
The AGâ€™s office said that the company is no longer producing the cheese, instead opting to get it from another manufacturer. Some dairy producers process the waste onsite, while others haul it to other facilities in accordance with state licensing requirements. The company refused to comment.
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â€˜You have to go out and get themâ€™ Main Street to recruit businesses with postcards BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON â€“ Dixon Main Street is starting a new marketing program to recruit businesses to downtown. Main Street volunteers and board members will be given postcards with information about the city. When they visit businesses outside the area that they feel could fit
well into the downtown, they can leave the postcard and write a quick message, Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said. â€œIn this day and age, you canâ€™t sit back and wait for people to come to us,â€? he said. â€œYou have to go and get them.â€? Albrecht will then follow up with the business, he said, to recruit them. Main Street wants to attract some niche businesses to the area, like a menâ€™s clothing store or a confectionery, Albrecht said. One side of the postcard
has a picture of the riverfront and says, â€œWe have the perfect spot for your business to prosper in Dixon!â€? The other side of the postcard has information about the city, including downtown being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cityâ€™s proximity to Interstate 88 and other highways, the Rock River, and the cityâ€™s downtown atmosphere. The city will also take a more proactive approach to recruit new businesses to its two tax increment financing (TIF) districts. City Administrator
David Nord said brochures about the TIF districts will be mailed to businesses in Peoria, Rockford and the Quad Cities in about 2 weeks. â€œJust to let folks know, first off, that we have a TIF â€“ two TIFs, actually â€“ and that weâ€™re looking for projects,â€? Nord said. The city will also put together information specifically for retail businesses looking to expand, Nord said, and might even have a booth at an upcoming retail business convention in Chicago. Nord also said he thought Main Streetâ€™s postcard
program could be great for Dixon, adding that the city wasnâ€™t trying to steal businesses from other cities, but instead wants to be a place to which people expand their businesses. Residents will also be able to pick up postcards at the Main Street office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave., and can serve as â€œambassadorsâ€? for the city, Albrecht said, by dropping them off at businesses they think could be good fits for the city. The postcard program, Albrecht said, could even make some Sauk Valley businesses think about
expanding to Dixon. The success of the program can be tracked, and if nothing else, the postcards will have been distributed throughout the state and other areas, Albrecht said, which is a good way to get Dixonâ€™s name out. Store fronts are available downtown that could get filled through the postcard program, or possibly sooner, Albrecht said. Main Street and the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce will sign an agreement with Venture Advisors to bring an entrepreneurial competition to Dixon.
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Cityâ€™s final budget workshop March 31 BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON â€“ This winter has been hard on residents and the cityâ€™s infrastructure, but it has also taken a toll on the street departmentâ€™s budget. During a budget workshop Tuesday night, the Dixon City Council discussed adding a position to the street department and increasing its budget for overtime, among other items. On March 31, the council will work to cut down its budget during a final workshop. The budget will be placed on file during the April 7 council meeting and then approved before the end of the fiscal year, which is April 30. The overtime budget for the street department for the current fiscal year was set at $5,500. Earlier this month, the department had already spent $30,378 in overtime, as employees worked to clear the roads of snow. Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements Jeff Kuhn said the city has 10 routes for plowing, but there were times this
winter when there were only five or six plows running at a time. Because the street department has seven employees, Kuhn said, the department borrowed workers from the water department and wastewater treatment facility when it could. But when a water main broke, those employees had to return to their usual duties. â€œThere were times we were extremely understaffed,â€? Kuhn said. â€œPeople were having to do two routes, anything to try to get it done. So one more person in there would be very beneficial.â€? A street department employee is expected to retire at the end of June, and Kuhn requested that the city fill that position and hire an additional employee. With salary and benefits, the additional employee would cost the city about $65,000 a year. The budget proposal discussed Tuesday night increased the street departmentâ€™s overtime budget to $15,000. Kuhn didnâ€™t request a larger increase, he said, because itâ€™s too difficult to predict what the weather will be like next winter. The street department
also asked for two new dumptrucks, which cost about $125,000 each, Kuhn said, because its current fleet is getting old, and the cost of repairs is increasing. Decisions on personnel for various city departments will happen during the next budget workshop, said Commissioner of Accounts and Finance Dave Blackburn, who led Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. â€œWeâ€™re probably forced to prioritize a little bit.â€? he said. â€œI think it was wise last year to move cautiously and not add a lot of personnel until we figured out exactly what the revenue would be, and what we could afford.â€?
Public property building The City Council and department heads also
discussed the possibility of a new public property building located in the cemetery, which could cost about $2 million. Commissioner of Public Property Colleen Brechon said the department couldnâ€™t wait another 2 or 3 years for the city to make a decision. â€œNo other depart ment has such an outrageously dilapidated building and storage facility,â€? she said. â€œAbsolutely nobody else in this room right now works in conditions that those guys work in.
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That building is falling down around them.â€? Commissioner of Public Health and Safety Dennis Considine said the city might be better served to think of the big picture and the possibility of a central facility for city departments rather than investing $2 million in the cemetery. The building could be discussed during strategic planning meetings about the leftover funds from the settlement with the cityâ€™s former auditors and the sale of former comptroller Rita Crundwellâ€™s property.
Postings of vehicle weight limits will go into effect Friday on two Whiteside County roads. Cars in the westbound lane of Garden Plain Road will be limited to 5 tons per axle. On Freeport Road, vehicles will be limited to 11 tons per axle in both lanes. Township and other county road postings will go into effect Monday. For more information, contact the local township road commissioner, or call the Whiteside County Highway Department at 815-772-7651. â€“SVM staff report
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OBITUARIES Jesse L. Manus ANNA â€“ Jesse Leon Manus, 82, of Anna, died at 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home. He was born April 20, 1931, in Union County, the son of Jesse C. and Grace (Vancil) Manus. He married Leota L. Landis on Dec. 19, 2009. He was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church in Anna and Union Masonic Lodge 627. Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Leota; daughters, Deborah (Dennis) Ryan of Round Oak Park and Barbara (Michael) Ryan of West Bend, Wis.; stepchildren, Carlena (Lloyd) Thompson of Anna, Harold (Sharon) Wright of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Terry (Mickey) Wright
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of Anna, Bruce (Susan) Wright of Fallston, Md., and Phillip Wright of Algonquin; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou (Ivis) Wright of Anna; and extended family, Sharon (Charles) Taets and Rick Watson, both of Dixon, and Steven Taets of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Kevin Ryan. Services were Thursday in Anna. Memorials have been established to Big Creek Baptist Church and Trinity Cemetery in Anna. Visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com to send condolences.
AMBOY â€“ Regina M. Dempsey, 84, of Amboy, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. She was born April 17, 1929, in Amboy, the daughter of Frank and Winifred (McFadden) Finn. Regina married William Dempsey on June 20, 1951, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Walton. Regina was a devoted wife and mother. She loved her grandchildren dearly and enjoyed her life on the family farm. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Walton and the Altar and Rosary Society. Survivors include her husband; her children, Steve Dempsey of Amboy, Lisa Magnafici of Dixon, and Tosca (Rocky) Schultz of Amboy; and six grandchildren, Sean Dempsey, Paul Magnafici, Jaime (Bryan Monk)
Alberta J. Wiebenga MORRISON â€“ Alberta J. Wiebenga, 82, of Morrison, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. She farmed with her husband in the Thomson and Morrison areas. Alberta was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Paul Wesley and Helena Christine (Jurgensen) Gladhill. She married John J. Wiebenga on Jan. 1, 1954, in Clinton. He preceded her in death on April 3, 2013. She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison. Survivors include three daughters, Deb (Dave) Zink of Rock Falls, Lori (Steve) Benson of Morrison, and Vicky (L. P. â€œStuâ€?) Stewart of Mulberry, Fla.; one son, Randy (Kathie) Wiebenga of Port Byron; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eleanor Kraft and Donna (Dave) Reafsnider, both of Clinton; and one
brother, Bobby Gladhill of New York. She also was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Pauline Stratton, Marie Hudson, Wanda Begay, Janene Melvin, and Helen and Jackie; and four brothers, Kenneth Gladhill, Robert Gladhill, Paul Gladhill Jr., and George Gladhill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Ken Renkes, director of congregational care at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, officiating. Interment will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. Memorials have been established to Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison and Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Visit www.bosmarenkes.com to send condolences.
son; and one sister, Bonnie Simon, and one brother, Ken (Audrey) Balk, both of Fulton. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Calvin Balk in infancy. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, and a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Fulton Township Cemetery, with Ken Renkes, director of congregational care at the church, officiating. Memorials have been established to the Ebenezer Church Library and Susan G. Komen For the Cure Visit www.bosmarenkes. com to send condolences.
BETTENDORF, Iowa â€“ Bryan Anthony Angone, 44, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bryan was born May 30, 1969, in Hinsdale, the son of Frank and MaryLouise (Wegrzyn) Angone. He was employed by Sentry Insurance Co. in Davenport, Iowa, as a systems engineer. He was a graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School, Sauk Valley Community College, and St. Ambrose University. He received his Master of Science degree in software engineering with honors from DePaul University in Chicago. Bryan was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bettendorf. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing board games and card games, and was an everoptimistic Chicago Bears fan. Survivors include his parents of Sterling; two brothers, Kevin (Michelle) Angone of Normal and
STERLING â€“ Lucille â€œLucyâ€? Reeser, 96, of Sterling, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was a homemaker. Lucille was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Sterling, the daughter of George and Sylvia (Welker) Pulford. She married Stanley Reeser on May 9, 1939, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 2007. She was a member of Rock Falls Congregational Church. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in
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Jason (Victoria Caciopoli) Angone of Oak Brook Terrace; one nephew, Storm; and three nieces, Shayde, Seraphina, and Skye. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank Sr. and Eva Angone; and his maternal grandparents, Louis and Louise Wegrzyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m., Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Visitation also will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak and the Rev. Louis Tosto concelebrating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Sterling. A memorial has been established to St. Andrew School in Rock Falls. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
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Magnafici, Tess Magnafici, Hayli Schultz, and Whitney Schultz. She was preceded in death by her son, Mitchell Dempsey, and two brothers, Francis â€œMickâ€? Finn and John â€œJackâ€? Finn. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at MihmJones Funeral Home in Amboy. A prayer service will be at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Walton, with Monsignor Thomas Bales, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy. Memorials have been established to the American Diabetes Association and Serenity Hospice & Home. Visit www.thejonesfh. com to send condolences.
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Roberta A. Tichler FULTON â€“ Roberta Ann Tichler, 76, of Fulton, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, after a battle with cancer. She was a homemaker. Roberta was born July 24, 1937, in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Jake C. and Florence (Wiebenga) Balk. She married Warren R. Tichler on Feb. 17, 1956. She was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Gail (Steve) Moeller of Clinton, Iowa, Patty (Keith) Hughes of Mount Carroll, and Jane (Barry) Houzenga of Morrison; two sons, Scott Tichler of Homewood and Rich Tichler of Mount Carroll; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grand-
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death by her parents and two sisters. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday and the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Al Campbell, pastor of Rock Falls Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Rock Falls Congregational Church. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Floyd Daub Jr. MILLEDGEVILLE â€“ Floyd Daub Jr., 88, of Milledgeville, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home Floyd was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Rochelle, to Floyd and Corrine (Reed) Daub. He graduated from Rochelle Township High School and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He also received his masterâ€™s degree from NIU. He married Audrey Adams on Aug. 10, 1949, at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Oregon. He thoroughly enjoyed his childrenâ€™s and grandchildrenâ€™s activities, especially sports events, and his weekly tutoring at Milledgeville Elementary School. Floyd retired as superintendent of Milledgeville public schools in May 1981 after a career in education of 31 years, including with the Kings and Milledgeville school systems. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Milledgeville, where he held many positions. He was a 50-year member of Milledgeville Masonic Lodge, acting as Master in 1988. He also was a member of the Freeport Consistory and the Tebala Shrine. He served on the Carroll County Fair Board as superintendent of the education department for 17 years. He served on many other civic boards.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Audrey; one daughter, Linda (Greg) Lott of Lanark; one son, Dwight (Laurie) of Edmond, Okla.; four grandchildren, Shaun (Tracy) Lott of Roscoe, Ashley (Jason Ruble) Lott of Lanark, Gentrie (Aaron) Hineline of Edmond, and Bryce (Carlee) of Eugene, Ore.; seven great-grandchildren, Devin, Tegan, Kyleigh, and Emmerson Lott, Thomas Owens III, Peyton and Grady Hineline, and new baby Daub due in July; one brother, Darrel (Linda) Daub of Chana; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Ronald in infancy and William; and his sister-in-law, Beatrice Daub. Floydâ€™s body was donated to the NIU Science Department. A gathering of family and friends will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., Friday at Milledgeville United Methodist Church. A gathering also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Rosa Lee officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Milledgeville United Methodist Menâ€™s Organization, Mercy Care Hospice in Clinton, Iowa, and the Milledgeville Fire Department.
Florence Davis STERLING â€“ Florence Mildred â€œFloâ€? (Anderson) Davis, 96, a lifelong resident of Whiteside County, passed Saturday, March 8, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born Feb. 15, 1918, in Illinois, the daughter of Emret Lewis and Martha Elizabeth (Miller) Anderson. She was a lifetime member of the Eagleâ€™s Club Rock Falls (which is holding Life of Rite on Thursday). She worked at the Green River Ordnance Plant during World War II, and had been a housewife, restaurant cook, and bartender throughout her life. Her greatest passions were fishing, storytelling, gardening, and Bingo. Those left to honor her memory include sons, Lewis Jackson Beggs Jr. and Timothy Ivan McEvoy; daughters, Lucille Jane (Beggs) Rice and Peggy Lucinda Della (McEvoy) Beswick; sons- and daughter-inlaw, Lewis (Demp) Rice, Donald D. Beswick, and Sonja (Mitchell) McEvoy; grandsons, Lewis Jackson Beggs III, Dewey Russell Beggs, Robert Cecil McEvoy, Jeremy Stephen
McEvoy, Donovan Scot Beswick, Justin Jay McEvoy, JD Delgado, and Raymond McEvoy; granddaughter, Candy Sue (Beggs) Koester; greatgrandchildren, Andrew Beggs, Tricia (Beggs) Manning, Dominic Kenneth Russell Koester, Ashleigh Marie McEvoy, Adrianna Nicole McEvoy, Jeryn Olivia Ann McEvoy, Bennett Bishop Beswick, Violet Grace Beswick, Thomas Dewey Bulldog Beggs, Ashley Lynn Kitten Mulryan, Morgan Semester, and Drayke Dyllanger Paderson; great-great-grandchildren, Thomas Dewey Bulldog Beggs Jr., Melodie Dohogne and Sydnee Allyah Ann Semester; and many stepgrandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, sisters, brothers, and former husbands. A celebration of her life and brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of Donald and Peggy Beswick, 15016 Henry Road, Morrison. Visit www. mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
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OBITUARIES Frank G. Spencer STERLING â€“ Frank Gail Spencer concluded his adventurous earthly life Monday, March 10, 2014. Gail was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Sterling, the son of Frank Charles and Bertha Mae (Bailey) Spencer. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1946. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was discharged in 1949. Gail began his working years with Kraft Foods in Milledgeville. He also spent time selling insurance and farm equipment before working at the former Kradle Lumber Yard in Sterling. He enjoyed serving many of his customers at Grummertâ€™s Hardware in his retirement years until 2007. A musician and singer from birth, Gail played trumpet and drums with many bands. He also sang in and coached numerous barbershop quartets, and was a past member of the Rock River Barbershop Chorus. He then directed the Dixon Sweet Adelines, and took them to several competitions. Most recently, he sang with the Melody Makers at various functions. Gail also played keyboard and
piano in his leisure time. He enjoyed fishing trips to Wisconsin and staying at his sisterâ€™s cabin. Over the years, his experiences were relived with family and friends, particularly with his companion of many years, Lola Mae Wade, who preceded him in death in April 2012. Gail liked to travel the countryside finding new ways home, drinking coffee with his buddies at the Red Apple, and teasing the girls at Parkway. Surviving are his children, Linda (Tim) Vos of Morrison, Darrel Spencer of Milledgeville, and Kalah (Dave) Knutti of Chadwick; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four greatgreat-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Willis and Naaman Spencer, and his sister, Oleta DePuy. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Sheley officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. A memorial will be established.
Daniel A. Kaye ROCKFORD â€“ Daniel A. Kaye, 52, of Rockford, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis. He was employed at Curtis Metal Finishing Co. for several years. He was born June 14, 1961, in Denver, a son of Edward and Alice (Hardt) Irving. He served in the Army. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford. Survivors include his father of Morrison; his sisters, Roberta Kaye Connor of Morrison and Sandra Kaye of Chana; and his brothers, Michael Kaye of
Amarillo, Texas, and Jeff Kaye of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by a daughter, his mother, and his grandfather. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday and a memorial service at 6 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, with the Rev. Mike Thomas, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford, officiating. Full military honors will follow the service. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial has been established. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
William Wagner THOMSON â€“ William Wagner, 90, of Thomson, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, Iowa. Law-Jones Funeral Home in Thomson is handling arrangements.
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iscussions about boat docks along Dixonâ€™s riverfront are expected to continue after a meeting at City Hall on Monday. Mayor Jim Burke met with Riverfront Commission Chairman Larry Reed and Rick Curia, CEO of Ken Nelson Toyota, to discuss the docks and ways to reach potential donors for the nearly $125,000 needed. The local dealership and Toyota corporate donated a combined $5,000 to the dock program. Curia said he hoped the initial $5,000 could spark other donations, adding that he thought the docks would be popular among boaters in the Sauk Valley and be beneficial for downtown businesses. The Riverfront Commissionâ€™s boat dock subcommittee is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. March 22 at the Dixon Main Street office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave., to futher discuss fundraising and ways to get the program going.
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The proposed plan for the boat docks, which would be installed along the south side of the Rock River and just east of the Peoria Avenue bridge, includes parking for up to 10 boats, in addition to a canoe and kayak launch. Menus and phone numbers for restaurants that would deliver to the boat docks could also be included. Thereâ€™s no timeline yet for installation or fundraising, Reed said, but itâ€™s unlikely the docks will be installed by this summer. The commission and the city donâ€™t want to piecemeal the dock together.
SVM reporter at Books on First today Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini will have â€œoffice hoursâ€? from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Books on First, 202 W. First St.
Brady and Reagan State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, made a campaign stop in Dixon on Monday night for a meet-and-greet at Books on First. Brady is running for the Republican nomination for governor. The primary election is March 18. The candidate talked to residents about his stance on health care, education and taxes, among other issues. I covered most of those in Tuesdayâ€™s edition, but there was something Brady said during an interview after meeting with residents that I couldnâ€™t work into the article. Brady was saying he was the most electable of the Republican candidates because he could
Feel free to stop by and let him know whatâ€™s on your mind. Is there a story in Dixon you think should be reported? Stop by to share or just to say hi. bring the partyâ€™s base together. â€œIf youâ€™re going to win as a Republican, you got to be able to bring the party together,â€? Brady said. â€œNot unlike Ronald Reagan, as I sit here in his hometown, was able to do. You have got to be inclusive, but as the leader, you have got to be able to bring them together.â€? In the article, I explained why Brady felt he was the most electable, but given Dixonâ€™s most famous former resident, I felt I should give the quote life here. Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 815-625-3600, ext. 529. Follow him on twitter: @MattMencarini.
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ROCK FALLS â€“ The city of Rock Falls on Tuesday declared a winter snow emergency until 6 a.m. Friday. That means cars must be parked on evennumbered side streets on even-numbered days
of the month, and on odd-numbered sides on odd-numbered calendar days. All vehicles parked on posted designated snow routes throughout Rock Falls are required to be removed until the route is cleared from curb to curb or until the snow emergency parking ban is lifted.
Additional parking restrictions are in force downtown. No parking is allowed from 2 to 5 a.m. during the snow emergency period on: s 7EST 3ECOND 3TREET from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue s %AST 3ECOND 3TREET from First Avenue to Avenue B
s %AST 4HIRD 3TREET FROM First Avenue to Avenue B s BLOCKS OF 3ECOND Third and Fourth avenues s &IRST !VENUE FROM the bridge to Dixon Avenue. Vehicles left in those areas may be ticketed and towed at the ownerâ€™s expense.
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as well as through the Telegraph, and at select businesses during the week of the sale. Sales will take place regardless of the weather. To register, visit the above websites, or pick up forms at Roxieâ€™s, 302 W. First St.; Waterfront Gifts & !NTIQUES 7 &IRST 3T or Books on First, 202 W. First St. For more information, contact mainst@grics. NET OR
IN BRIEF Ogle chairman backs Dillard
Gouker joins state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, and former state Rep. Jerry OREGON â€“ Ogle County Mitchell, R-Sterling, in backing Dillard, who is Board Chairman Kim running second in pubGouker on Tuesday lic opinion polls behind endorsed state Sen. Kirk wealthy private-equity Dillard of Hinsdale in the investor Bruce Rauner. race for the Republican The other candidates for nomination for governor. He joined the county board the GOP nomination are state Treasurer Dan Ruthchairmen of Winnebago, erford and state Sen. Bill Boone and Stephenson counties in support of Dillard, Brady, R-Bloomington. who was chief of staff under The primary election is Gov. Jim Edgar. March 18.
DIXON â€“ Sellers can REGISTER UNTIL !PRIL FOR the annual Dixon citywide GARAGE SALES SET FOR !PRIL AND The cost to register a sale is $20, which includes a listing and a description of the sale. Sales will be distributed at www.dixonmainstreet. com and www.facebook. com/dixonmainstreet,
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Primary election letters deadline has passed
THE CANDIDATESâ€™ VOICES | LEE COUNTY SHERIFF SAUK VALLEY MEDIA presents a series of guest columns by candidates in contested primary races. Candidates were invited to write up to 500 words about why voters should support them. Columns are placed top to bottom in alphabetical order.
WHERE? Lee County, population 36,031 (2010 Census). ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, March 18; polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
â€˜Create a culture of collaborationâ€™ JOHN C. SIMONTON Dixon
As a way of introduction, I want to outline the training and experience I have had over my 31-year law enforcement career, which I will bring to the office of Lee County sheriff if I am elected. My passion for the field of law enforcement led me to attend two law enforcement academies and log more than 3,000 hours of intensive training. This training prepared me to hold positions with the Dixon Police Department, Boone County Sheriffâ€™s Office and Illinois State Police. Over my career, I have been certified as a law enforcement officer; commander of the Illinois State Police, Special Operations Division; and instructor in Field Training, Basic and Advanced SWAT operations, Critical Incident Management, Active Shooter Response, Physical Fitness, and Emergency Vehicle Operations. I have been engaged in more than 1,500 high-risk missions. I have also been employed as an adviser and exercise evaluator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
John C. Simonton Age: 53 Party: Republican Education: Western Illinois University, bachelorâ€™s degree Professional experience: Dixon Police Department, Boone County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Illinois State Police Community involvement: Coaching youths of all ages in a variety of sports; head coach, Dixon High School football; served on YMCA programs committee; organized the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics for many years; 30-year resident of Lee County The world we live in today requires law enforcement agencies to be ready to handle crimes that are becoming more complex and dangerous. We must have the right tools and technology for our officers to be able to quickly and effectively execute law enforcement actions that are done legally and with the correct amount of force while keeping the safety of the public always as the top priority. Throughout my 31 years of experience as a leader and supervisor, I know this can be done in a variety of ways. I will initiate collaborative training with Lee County area law enforcement agencies (which is cur-
rently not being done). Deputies will train through the Mobile Training Unit that includes intra-department training by current certified instructors. Through outreach efforts, we will form neighborhood watch communities to get the public involved with reporting suspicious activity. The sheriffâ€™s department will utilize â€œdirected patrol techniquesâ€? in areas where there are a high number of calls of criminal activity. Finally, we will participate in diversionary programs, such as the Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Court, which will
provide an alternative for defendants who hope to reform their lives. A qualified executivelevel police officer, such as a sheriff, needs to know how to make critical decisions in emergency situations. These decisions should be based upon clearly communicated policies and procedures and followed up with â€œafter actionâ€? reporting and debriefs (which is not being done now). Through this welldefined process, lessons are learned and are incorporated into officer scenario-based training. Our current sheriff does not have the training or the expertise to execute these procedures. As the Lee County sheriff, I will bring a lifetime of experience that I believe will create a culture of collaboration and cooperation among all public safety agencies across Lee County and beyond. Personal note: As previously publicized, if elected, I have decided to decline the pension normally offered to the sheriff. I believe that most people feel elected officials should not make politics a career or receive a public pension.
â€˜If they call for help, weâ€™ll be thereâ€™ JOHN R. VARGA Harmon
For me, serving as sheriff of Lee County is truly an honor. The citizens of Lee County have twice entrusted me with this solemn task. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I was hired by Sheriff Tim Bivins in 2000 as a correctional officer with the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Department. The years spent in that position were valuable in that I came to understand the day-to-day operations of the jail, but more important, the need to operate the facility in strict accordance with statute and jail standards to minimize liability problems for the county and its citizens. Across the nation, far more lawsuits are filed against county jails than are filed for anything that occurs on the streets involving deputies. In 2004, Sheriff Bivins appointed me to the position of chief bailiff. I was in charge of court-
John R. Varga Age: 47 Party: Republican Education: Dixon High School; Illinois State University, bachelorâ€™s degree in criminal justice Professional experience: 19 years in criminal justice field; private security/civil process service; Lee County Probation Department; Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Department since 2000; Lee County sheriff since 2006 Community involvement: Member, Lee County United Way board, Dixon Knights of Columbus, St. Flannenâ€™s Catholic Church, Harmon; Lee County Relay for Life; youth baseball and football coach in Dixon and Amboy for many years; Honor Flight Committee member; lifelong resident of Lee County house security, and I supervised one full-time bailiff and nine part-time court security officers. In this position, I gained valuable insight into the court system from a perspective other than that of a probation officer. I received training in security principles for keeping the courts building and employees safe, and specialized training in crisis situa-
tions and active shooter incidents. I have been blessed to have excellent employees throughout the department who have proved to be extremely capable, dedicated professionals who have risen to the occasion, time after time, in dealing with some horrific situations over the years. The people of Lee County know for a fact
that if they call for help, we will be there to assist them. I know there are those people who have not been pleased with or who have not agreed with decisions that I have made over the years, but I always try to take into consideration what the overall benefits of my decisions will be for all Lee County citizens. I have always made it a point to be accessible to anyone who wishes to speak to me and will continue to do so. I am here to serve you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For those of you who know me, it is obvious Iâ€™m not a flashy kind of guy. You wonâ€™t see me in the newspaper every day tooting our departmentâ€™s horn. Thatâ€™s not our style. Our philosophy is simple â€“ â€œjust get the job done.â€? I certainly hope that, come March 18, you all will continue to let me just get the job done.
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THE READERâ€™S VOICE
Re-elect Varga as Lee sheriff KELLY C. WILHELMI Sterling
Lee County citizens have a big decision concerning their choice for sheriff. Sheriff John Varga is the candidate with the best qualifications, integrity and experience. Todayâ€™s tough economic times and money constraints make it extremely difficult to provide quality law enforcement. Varga has proved he can handle this by increasing efficiency and manpower while maintaining a balanced budget. John is a huge asset for Lee County and the law enforcement community. I have worked with Sheriff Varga numerous times involving crimes committed in Lee and Whiteside counties that have resulted in arrests and convictions of many criminals. Elections are surrounded by a candidateâ€™s empty promises and mudslinging to direct your attention from proven experience. The media also feeds into this frenzy, creating more controversy. During this election, Varga has been a man of high moral standards. He is running a clean race on his own merit and proven past record of effectiveness. Please join me in supporting Lee County Sheriff John Varga on March 18. Note to readers: Kelly C. Wilhelmi is the Whiteside County sheriff.
Vote Simonton for Lee sheriff BERNARD RICHTER Ashton CHUCK MONTAVON Compton DOUG ERBES Sublette JEFF BRYANT SR. Amboy JOE MULCAHY Paw Paw PAT HILLIKER Franklin Grove TIM SHIPMAN Dixon
When all law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies work together, response time to emergencies is reduced, public safety improves, and the cost of delivering those services is less. We are writing this letter today to let the citizens of Lee County know we feel John Simonton has the want and skills to make this happen. We are endorsing John Simonton for Lee County
sheriff because he has demonstrated he is a leader. With more than 31 years of experience as a patrolman, trooper, instructor, commander and facilitator, he has proved he values relationships between fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies. Throughout his career, he has formed â€œpartnershipsâ€? between agencies that, in turn, make them more efficient and effective. He has worked with fire service agencies in stressful life and death events. Simonton has trained and shared knowledge with fire agencies in a cooperative effort to provide for positive outcomes. We believe John Simonton is a great choice for sheriff. Note to readers: The authors of this letter are all area fire chiefs.
Vote Varga for Lee sheriff DOUGLAS CARLSON Dixon
I have read comments about the lack of training at the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Department. I disagree. The correctional staff members are constantly going through training to improve their job skills. The sheriff has come up with alternative methods to train the correctional staff. Sheriff Varga has purchased several training videos designed especially for corrections. Varga works closely with medical staff to obtain training in areas pertaining to mental health, policy and procedures, detoxification, and suicide prevention. Leading a smaller department, Varga has worked within his budget to get the most training for the correctional staff with minimal cost to the taxpayers of Lee County. I have worked with Sheriff Varga with the budget of the Lee County jail, and every year the sheriff comes up with ways to keep the budget in line with last yearâ€™s budget; sometimes it is a struggle to maintain the same budget year after year, but Varga has succeeded. Since Varga became sheriff 7Â˝ years ago, the Lee County jail has improved in training employees, technology, and medical and mental health care. I ask you to vote March 18 for the most qualified person as your Lee County sheriff, John Varga.
THE READERâ€™S VOICE
Vote Simonton for Lee sheriff RONALD HELFRICH Dixon
John Simonton has lived in Lee County for more than 30 years,
raised his family here, and has served the residents of Lee County and northern Illinois as a Dixon police officer, county deputy (Boone County), and Illinois State Police trooper, commander and
instructor for more than 30 years. Jeff Bain, a retired captain for the Illinois State Police District 1 in Sterling, says Simonton â€œmay be the most qualified candidate to have ever run for county sheriff.â€?
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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.
Simonton is a hometown guy with the ability and experience to lead the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Department. Why would we elect anyone else as our next sheriff? I am voting for John Simonton.
Vote as you please, but please vote Tuesday. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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ELECTION 2014 | REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR U.S. SENATE SEAT
Shot at Durbin poses dilemma for GOP Party has choice between youth and experience CHICAGO (AP) – One of the biggest dilemmas Illinois Republicans face in next week’s primary is choosing a candidate for a daunting effort to unseat Dick Durbin, the U.S. Senate’s secondmost powerful Democrat. Does a West Point graduate and business owner U.S. Sen. with little Dick Durbin name recognition give them their best shot at beating the three-term senator? Or is it a dairy magnate and state senator who has run twice for the office unsuccessfully and has a history of gaffes about immigrants and abortion? At stake is not only the Senate race, in which Republicans believe they can at least give Durbin a scare, despite his hefty blue-state fundraising advantage. They also worry about which Senate candidate’s name will top their ticket, just above
LEFT: Doug Truax, a business owner from Downers Grove, who is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, is shown during a Feb. 6 interview with the editorial board at the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights. RIGHT: Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-North Aurora, speaks with reporters in March 2013 at the state Capitol in Springfield. Oberweis, who is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, is being challenged in the March 18 primary by Truax. a crucial governor’s race that Republicans believe they can win after more than a decade of Democratic control. State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove, whose family owns a chain of ice cream shops across Illinois, says he has the best chance to unseat Durbin, because the race requires someone whose name is recognizable to voters. The 67-year-old says he has learned from previous campaigns, when his remarks about “illegal aliens” and other issues got him into trouble. “Ten years ago, I was
politically inexperienced and I made some mistakes,” he said. “I think my primary opponent is a nice young man, but this is a serious race and it needs a serious, experienced candidate.” His opponent in the March 18 primary, Doug Truax of Downers Grove, argues he’s the kind of new face the GOP has been looking for, as it works to attract younger and more independent voters. The 43-year-old has the support of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, a Peoria
Republican who held a fundraiser for him last month. “The reality is, the Democrats in some form are going to wrap this gaffe-prone caricature of [Oberweis] around all of the Illinois Republican candidates, and Republicans nationally. It concerns a lot of people,” Truax said. “He’s not the greatest face for the Republican party.” Illinois GOP officials see the primary as an opportunity in their battle to remain relevant in a state in which Democrats hold almost all statewide
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Part of the negotiations for the contract occurred at a July 22, 2008, meeting in which one committee member was barred from entering and two others were kept in the dark about it, Van Weelden said. The result of the meeting, he said, was the “possibly illegal” exclusivity provision. “The 24-year exclusivity agreement with Republic was awarded under highly unusual and suspicious circumstances,” Van Weelden said. “County Board members were deceived.” Nothing in the meeting minutes for that day indicated it was closed; typically, when public bodies close their doors, they report doing so in their minutes. The meeting included five representatives from Republic and just two of the five members of the County Board’s solid waste committee, as well as two other County Board members and representatives from the county highway department and state’s attorney’s office. The circumstances surrounding the meeting, Van Weelden said, prompted the state’s attorney’s office to seek a ruling from Lee County Court on the contract. “Does this illegal meeting void the suspicious amendment?” he said. The court has yet to rule. Assistant State’s Attor-
ney Matt Klahn, who wasn’t with the state’s attorney’s office when the ruling was sought, said he understands that the office wanted only a declaratory judgment to evaluate the rights and responsibilities of the parties to the contract. He said he didn’t see anything in the record indicating that the July 2008 meeting prompted the request for a judgment. “I don’t have any evidence that there was an illegal meeting,” Klahn said.
Ketchum: Firm has lived up to deal In the summer of 2008, Van Weelden approached the county with two interested investors, he said. One of them offered to lend $5 million to the county to be used for engineering tests and other preliminary steps to establish a second landfill, with the county repaying the money over 7 years, he said. During the life of the landfill, Van Weelden said, the county would have received $4 million a year in fees. He questioned why the county would have passed up such an opportunity. Under the Republic contract, the county has been guaranteed $1.8 million a year in tipping fees. That provision expired at the end of 2013, which is expected to put the county in a financial bind. With the reduced level of trash, the county’s revenue is expected to drop
by $1 million a year. “Republic Services has not lived up to its agreement with local and county officials,” Van Weelden wrote. “Republic did not adhere to the agreement about the amount of tonnage brought to the Dixon landfill. Less tonnage than agreed to by Republic Services has been dumped.” County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum, D-Amboy, said Republic has lived up to the “black and white” of the agreement but that the company is “artificially shorting” the amount of trash that goes to the landfill. Ketchum, who wasn’t chairman until 2012, attended the solid waste committee meeting in question, but he said he didn’t remember its circumstances. He said he and other members were under the impression that the exclusivity provision would last only 5 years, like the $1.8 million-a-year guarantee. “I was wrong in thinking that,” he said. Vice Chairman John Nicholson, R-Franklin Grove, also said he thought the exclusivity provision would go away in 5 years. Whether Republic is “artificially shorting” the amount of trash is up for debate, Nicholson said. “They had contracts with other landfills. They wanted to honor those contracts,” he said. “I think we’ll lose money in the short-term, but it’ll come back to us eventually. Landfills in the Chi-
cago area are filling up. We have the capacity, and the landfill money will come back.” Ketchum said he favored a second landfill, although he conceded a certain number of members were “anti-anything.” In 2008, he said, the county received an offer from a “legitimate” investor, but the county passed it up because of the exclusivity provision.
Agent for the county On Aug. 15, 2011, thenCounty Board Chairman Jim Seeberg wrote a letter to Van Weelden that designated Van Weelden, a resident of suburban Elgin, to be the county’s agent for “preliminary arrangements and negotiations” for a second landfill. “I certainly authorize you to pursue a workable agreement on behalf of the county” with a waste management company, wrote Seeberg, who died last year. Ketchum sent a nearly identical letter on Dec. 3, 2012 – 2 days after succeeding Seeberg as chairman. The county is not paying Van Weelden. Rather, a winning landfill company would compensate him for his services. When he issued the statement on Monday, Van Weelden said he had no additional comment. Representatives of Republic Services couldn’t be reached for comment.
offices and majorities of the Legislature and congressional delegation. Of all the races on the November ballot, they see the governor’s office as their best shot at victory. Trying to defeat Durbin, or any sitting senator, is a formidable task. After 32 years in Washington, he has no primary opposition and a big war chest. He finished 2013 with $5.5 million in his campaign fund. Oberweis had about $590,000, while Truax had about $45,000. If Oberweis wins the
primary, GOP strategist Chris Robling said, there’s no doubt that Durbin will use some of that money “to say [Oberweis] is a right-wing radical and not right for Illinois.” Robling also said if millionaire businessman Bruce Rauner wins the GOP nomination for governor, Democrats could paint Republicans as “the white male millionaire party.” Rauner, a Winnetka venture capitalist considered the front-runner, is the only candidate in the four-way gubernatorial primary who hasn’t held public office. He has poured about $6 million into his own campaign. But Robling considers Oberweis to have the best chance of defeating Durbin, whom he says is vulnerable because he helped get President Barack Obama’s troubled health care program signed into law. He said Oberweis knows the importance of the race and is less likely to say whatever may cross his mind. “I believe that Jim Oberweis is 15 or 20 times the campaigner he was [in his earlier races],” Robling said.
State superintendent: cuts ‘devastating’ SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The head of the Illinois State Board of Education says proposed cuts in education funding could be “devastating” to school districts, which need more – not less – money. State Superintendent Christopher Koch’s comments were reported by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers and come as lawmakers consider a potential $1 billion funding decrease. ISBE had asked for a $1 billion increase. “That would be certainly devastating,” Koch said of the
decrease. “We have currently 22 percent of our school districts that have a hundred days’ cash or less on hand. We could have districts simply not make it through the school year.” Koch asked for another $1 billion in education funding last month. But a preliminary revenue blueprint released by lawmakers could leave schools with less money for the fiscal year that begins in July. The potential cuts come as state officials debate whether to change the school funding formula, which hasn’t been updated since the mid-1990s.
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Granny Rose Animal Shelter (Formerly Tri-County Animal Protection League)
613 River Lane, Dixon, IL 815-288-PETS(7387)
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Man’s last wish is to let his death give others life Dear Abby: I work in a palliative care unit in a local hospital, and I’m all too aware of how important it is to have one’s end-of-life wishes documented, notarized and on-hand in case of an emergency. I remember reading an essay that appeared in your column years ago; it eloquently described the desire of the writer that his body be used to allow others to live through organ donation. Is it part of your “Keepers” booklet? – Jynna in North Carolina Dear Jynna: Yes, it is included. And I’m printing it for you today,
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pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play. “Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week. “Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk. “Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that someday a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her windows. “Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes
to the winds to help the flowers grow. “If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all my prejudice against my fellow man. “Give my soul to God. If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.” Readers, “Keepers” is a collection of favorite letters, poems and essays that have appeared in this column over the years. It was assembled because so many readers said the items were meaningful to them and requested that they be compiled as a
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SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Thursday, March 13 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointment only, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Suite 100, Dixon, 815-284-3371. Abuse Changing team, 815625-0338. Twin City Sunrise Rotary, 7 a.m., Ryberg Auditorium, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. Blood pressure screenings, 8-9 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815562-5050. TOPS IL 1426, 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, meeting at 9 a.m., Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St., Rock Falls. Ogle County Educational Coop preschool screenings for Oregon School District, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 E. Brayton Road, Mount Morris. Appointments: 815-732-2911. Free blood pressure clinic, 8:30-9:30 a.m., The Eureka Inn, 110 E. Third St., Prophetstown. TOPS IL 825, 9-10 a.m. weighin, meeting at 10 a.m., Coventry Activity Center, 612 St. Mary’s Road, Sterling, 815-626-0034. Foot screenings, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-5625050. Golden K Kiwanis, 9:30 a.m., YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling. Rules of the Road review course, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Alzheimer’s 101 presentation, 10-11:30 a.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Free blood pressure check, 10-11:30 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St.
First Steps and Beyond for Survivors meeting lunch, 11:30 a.m., Sunrise II Family Restaurant, 101 W. Second St., Byron. Reservations due by 10 a.m. Thursday: 815-732-2499. Bi-County Special Education Cooperative preschool screenings for Erie School District, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Erie Elementary School annex building, 616 Sixth Ave., Appointments: 309-6592239, ext. 2512. Caregiver Support and Education Group, noon, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling, 815-6267333, ext. 317. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon and 6 p.m., closed, Big Book, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed; 5:30 p.m., open, beginners; 7 p.m., closed, step, 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. Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, noon, open, 12 and 12; 8 p.m., closed, 12 and 12, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls, back door. Windows 8 overview class, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. KSB Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., second floor, Town Square Centre, 102 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 2:30 p.m., closed, clearance required, BAAbble on for Life Prison Group, 815-973-6150. Free Naturalization/Immigration Services, 3-5 p.m., Room
1E08, Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2, Dixon, 309-736-7727. Bi-County Special Education Cooperative preschool screenings for Eastland School District, 3-6 p.m., Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 E. Locust St. Appointments: 815-493-6301. Alzheimer’s Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Terrace Conference Room, Pinecrest Manor, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mount Morris, 815734-9069. Narcotics Anonymous, 4-5 p.m., Sinnissippi Centers, 2611 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013. Alzheimer’s Support Group, 5 p.m., Whiteside Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Whiteside County Chapter 31115, 5:30 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 21491 Hazel Road, Morrison. Overeaters Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-441-4452. Speak Boldly Toastmasters, 6 p.m., Sterling Public Library, 102 W. Third St., Sterling. Breast Cancer Networking Group, 6-7 p.m., Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815-2884673. Ladies of the Elks, 6:15 p.m., Wagon Wheel, 1711 W. Fourth St., Sterling. TOPS, 6:30 p.m., Rock Falls United Methodist Church, 210 Fourth Ave., 815- 625-0431. Sons of American Legion Post 12, 6:30 p.m., Legion Post, 1120 W. First St., Dixon, 815-2842003. PEO Sisterhood Chapter KM, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Third St., Dixon. Al-Anon, 7 p.m., St. John
COMMUNITY EVENTS Wednesday, March 12 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Popcorn and quilting, 8:30 a.m., Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Ave., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Crafting, 9 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Mexican Train Dominoes, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. March birthday party, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815562-5050. Reservations were required. Pinochle, noon, Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. 500 card game, noon, Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Fellowship dinner, noon, St. John Lutheran Church, 803 Paddock Ave., Ashton. Sewing after lunch, noon, Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Bingo with the Beukemas, 12:15 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Pinochle, 12:30 p.m., Big Room, Whiteside County Senior
Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Bingo and bridge, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Book Club, 12:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bingo, 1 p.m., Rock Falls American Legion Hall, 712 Fourth Ave. Wii Bowling, 1 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Second Wind Entertainers, 1:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815732-3252. Community cards, 2 p.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815456-3000. Annual chili supper, 4:30 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-2936. Kings Kids Club, 6 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2002 Ninth Ave., Rock Falls, 815-579-1209 or 815-625-4101. Sauk Valley Chess Club, 7-9 p.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8838. Thursday, March 13 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bingo and popcorn, 9-10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-5625050. Line dancing, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Community coffee, 10-11 a.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815-456-3000. Zumba class, 10:30-11 a.m.,
Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Lifescape lunch, 11: 30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Mexican Train Dominoes, noon, Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Hand and Foot cards, 12:15 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. “Hand and Foot” card game, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Birthday party, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-2882936. Crocheting, knitting and crafts, 1 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Euchre/500 games, 1-2 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Bingo, 1 p.m. Sterling Women of the Moose, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Euchre, 1 p.m., Sterling Moose Club, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8220. Euchre, 1-3, Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Exercise group, 4 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Mexican food, 5-8 p.m., Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars, 217 First Ave. Mexican Train Dominoes, 6 p.m., Tampico Area Community Building, 106 W. Market St., Tampico, 815-535-3665. Bingo, 7 p.m., Latin American Social Club, 2708 W. Fourth St., Sterling, 815-625-8290.
Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling. Sterling Optimist Club, 7 p.m., Candlelight Inn, 2907 N. Locust St., Sterling. Whiteside County Natural Area Guardians, 7 p.m., Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison St., Morrison, 815-772-3811. 40&8 Promenade, 7 p.m., Dixon American Legion Post 12, 1120 W. First St., 815-284-2003. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, and Ala-Non, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 709 Fourth Ave., Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Big Book, Rolling Hills Center, 201 state Route 64, Lanark. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., closed, St. Anne Church, 401 N. Cherry St., Morrison. Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus practice, 7:30 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 603 W. 10th St., 815-284-7569. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., closed, United Steelworkers, 502 Woodburn Ave., Sterling. Volunteer Care Center of Lee County, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Appointment: 815-284-9555. Friday, March 14 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointment only, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Suite 100, Dixon, 815-284-3371. Bi-County Special Education Cooperative preschool screenings for Sterling School District, 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Wallace Education Center gymnasium, 506 W. Fourth St. By appointment only:
815-625-5755. Bi-County Special Education Cooperative preschool screenings for Eastland School District, 8:30 a.m.-4p.m., Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 E. Locust St. Appointments: 815493-6301. Bi-County Special Education Cooperative preschool screenings for Erie School District, 8;30 a.m.-3 p.m., Erie Elementary School annex building, 616 Sixth Ave., Appointments: 309-6592239, ext. 2512. CAFE (Coffee and Friends Etc.) bereavement support group, 9-10 a.m., Serenity Hospice & Home, 1658 S. state Route 2, Oregon. Call 815-7322499 before 4 p.m. Thursday. If no one calls, the meeting will be canceled. Sterling Hearing Aid Center representative, 9 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 9:3011:30 a.m., Oliver’s Corner Market, 748 N. Brinton Ave., Dixon. Bingo, 9:30-11 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Bible study, 10 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St. Red Cross pherisis blood drive, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls. Appointment: 815-625-0382. Bath safety presentation, 11 a.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Blood pressure checks, 11 a.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, open; 6 p.m., open; 10:30 p.m.,
open, candlelight, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, noon, closed, It’s Your Meeting; 8 p.m., open, grapevine, back door, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed; 3:30 p.m., closed; 7 p.m., closed; 10 p.m., open, candlelight, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Mercy Nursing free blood pressure clinic, noon-1:30 p.m., County Market, 1380 N. Galena Ave., Dixon. Medicare information class, 1 p.m. Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling. Register: 815-622-9230. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open; 7 p.m., Al-Anon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 960 U.S. Route 52, Amboy. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, Rochelle Community Hospital, 900 N. Second St. Reformers Unanimous Addiction Abstinence Program, 7-9 p.m., First Baptist Church, 24 N. Mason Ave., Amboy, 815-8572682. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., closed, First Congregational Church, 218 E. Third St., Prophetstown. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., closed, Church of God, 816 S. Clay St., Mount Carroll.
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Italians get to meat of the matter Hearty dish hits spot, no matter the weather BY S. IRENE VIRBILA MCT News Service
t least once every winter, I need to make the â€œmixed boiled meatsâ€? of northern Italy, one of the easiest and most festive meals I know. Iâ€™ve had it in Modena served from elaborate silver carts in a posh restaurant, at my friend Elenaâ€™s house in Milan and, most memorably, in Piedmont, land of Barbaresco and Barolo â€“ and also an extraordinary breed of cattle called razza Piemontese. Thatâ€™s the 4-year-old â€œveal,â€? used to make the regionâ€™s famous carne cruda â€“ raw meat hand-chopped and perfumed with just a thread of olive oil and maybe a drop of lemon or a shaving of white truffles. Every December, the market town of Carru is the site of the fiera di bue grasso (â€œfair of the fattened livestockâ€?). It might be snowing, it might be bitter cold, but the proud owners bring out their beasts and parade them before the judges. â€œItâ€™s like a beauty contest, almost like judging bodybuilding,â€? Emmanuella Currado Cordero, a local veterinarian, told me. Afterward, the winners, the mayor and the butchers convene at Ristorante Moderno to feast on boiled calfâ€™s head, tongue, tail and various parts of the animal. The dining room has
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Because thereâ€™s very little fat and no heavy sauces, the winter dish of bollito misto is a lighter meal than one would think â€“ regardless of the weather. travertine floors, plain wood wainscot and wooden chairs with rush seats. The sole decorations are framed menus from the 1920s and â€˜30s and a collection of antique plates from the once-famous ceramic center of Mondovi. Once you sit down, a server will propose antipasti one by one. And then sheâ€™ll list the primi, perhaps a risotto or the famous tajarin (tagliatelle) of the region.
Go easy, because soon a cart will roll up to the table laden with the bollito misto, and youâ€™ll be asked which meats you prefer â€“ a little calfâ€™s head, oxtail, short ribs, brisket, chicken, cotechino sausage â€“ or tongue? A little of each is a good idea. And maybe some potato puree. The meat comes with several sauces, including a sharp, fragrant bagnet verd (a.k.a. salsa verde), some mostardo
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taste that can be a revelation. Those piquant sauces add just enough contrast to keep things interesting. Such a plain meal, too, shows off the gorgeous wines. And because thereâ€™s very little fat and no heavy sauces, bollito misto is a lighter meal than youâ€™d think, a wonderful way to honor all the various parts of the animal. MEAT CONTINUED ON A10
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I like to think that Iâ€™m the kind of open-minded cook who loves all ingredients equally. But Iâ€™m not. There are two foods for which I have such a strong affection that we build family celebrations around them. The first is Dungeness crab, which starts the rainy season. The other is asparagus, which ends it. Iâ€™m not talking about just any asparagus but specifically the jumbo spears grown by Zuckermanâ€™s Farm up by Stockton, Calif. Theyâ€™re as big around as your thumb, available only a few weeks every year and, when cooked right, have an incomparably delicate flavor and a texture like asparagus mousse. When they first come in, I buy a pound of them per person, boil them or steam them as the mood strikes, being careful to push them just beyond the edge of culinary propriety â€“ cooking them just until they sag when lifted. Then I dress them very simply with good olive oil, lemon juice and coarse salt. That will be dinner â€“ well, some bread and butter to sop up the juices, and a glass of white wine (preferably Navarro Vineyardâ€™s rose-scented Gewurztraminer, which
(preserved fruits with mustard) and a hazelnut and wild honey sauce, a house specialty. Usually, thereâ€™s also cugna, a grape conserve made from fresh grape must and pears cooked together with a cinnamon stick and a few cloves. Of course, youâ€™re drinking Piedmontese wine â€“ maybe a velvety Barbera from Vietti, an expressive Barbaresco from Gaja or Produttori del Bar-
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Shaved asparagus with mushrooms and Parmesan crumble is a favorite aspargus-inspired dish. takes to notoriously difficult asparagus like nothing else Iâ€™ve found). Especially for the first meal of the season, you want to prepare asparagus as simply as possible to best appreciate the sublime flavor and texture. After that, though, there are no limits. How else do I prepare asparagus? It really depends on what size of spears I have. For the really thick jumbos, I stay pretty close to the essentials (one hint: prepare them by cutting off the bases where they turn from pale to green, then peel from the tip down, starting with light pressure and finishing hard; this is how you avoid tough fibers and still get the most meat). If Iâ€™ve got wiry thin spears, Iâ€™ll use them as an ingredient â€“ stir them into risotto
or pasta, maybe make a frittata with them. You donâ€™t need to peel these, just cut off the bases. The spears that fall in the middle â€“ those about as big around as your little finger â€“ will work with either of those preparations. But I like to glaze these. Peel them as you would the thick spears (but very lightly!). Lay them flat in a skillet and add just enough water to barely cover the bottom of the pan and a healthy knob of butter or glug of olive oil. Cook, covered, over medium heat until the spears are almost tender (youâ€™ll feel it when you poke them with a small, sharp knife). Remove the lid, raise the heat to high and cook until the liquid has reduced to an intensely asparagus-flavored sauce.
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