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Balancing budget big part of job All three candidates have experience – but it varies BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 535
Managing a budget might have nothing to do directly with catching bad guys, but it’s still a major part of a sheriff’s duties. Voters in Tuesday’s primary would do well to consider a candidate’s skill and experience managing money. Incumbent Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn, 52, has been in office 3 years; as sheriff, he supervises 84
employees and oversees three budgets: the Sheriff’s Department, Corrections, and Buildings & Grounds. This year, budgeted expenditures for the three total close to $7 million. “It’s extremely important that we’re fiscally responsible. I’m the person who can do that,” Harn said in October 2009, when announcing his candidacy. He took office Dec. 1, 2010. As chief of police of the Rock Valley College Police Department for the last 17 years, challenger Joe Drought, 50,
also has plenty of budgeting experience. “I’ve gained an awful lot of experience with running a police department at Rock Valley, with developing and managing budgets in an appropriate manner,” Drought said. The other GOP candidate, 37-yearold Rochelle Police officer Brian VanVickle, comes from a private sector business background; his family owns an auto dealership. BUDGET CONTINUED ON A4
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ABOVE: Mike Lahey, 50, of Dixon, high-fives members of the crowd as the Lahey’s Irish Luck Dynasty float passes through downtown Dixon on Saturday during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. RIGHT: Duane Dickison, from Amboy, plays the bagpipes while lining up for the parade at Dixon High School. BELOW: Cookie the dog was one of many four-legged friends to strut their stuff through downtown Dixon. See more pictures of the festivities on A10.
AMBOY – Nothing looks out of the ordinary on tonight’s agenda for the Amboy City Council – approval of bills, discussion of street projects, consideration of the city’s investment policy, among other topics. But the meeting might veer far from the routine. Last week, Alderwoman Deanne Hoy said she would talk at the City Council meeting about a confrontation she had this month with Mayor Tom Nauman outside The Beef Amboy Mayor Hut restaurant, Tom Nauman which had no water service for Declined to about a month, comment on alderwoman’s a situation claim they blamed on a frorecently had a zen city line. confrontation According to that became the Lee County physical Sheriff’s Department, Hoy told deputies that the mayor got physical with her in the argument. They apparently were discussing the city’s water problems. The mayor declined to comment. In recent weeks, residents and business owners have gone to Hoy about how the city’s frozen lines have affected them. ACCUSATION CONTINUED ON A10
To attend The Amboy City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Amboy Community Building, 280 W. Wasson Road. Call 815-857-3814 for more information.
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To all Ogle County residents: I would appreciate folks joining me in voting for Joe Drought for the Sheriffâ€™s position in Ogle County. His experience with the Rock Valley College security management and his dedication to any task he undertakes has given him the qualifications needed at the office of Ogle County Sheriff. He is honest, hard working and dedicated to all tasks he undertakes. He has worked at the Ogle County sheriffs office, so is familiar with the local aspects of the work - is honest, hard working, thoughtful and considerate of others. He dedicates himself to his work, has a good work ethic, and shows his dedication to the Lord and others every day. He is an excellent example of the type of person we all admire. Thank you, Veda May Cole
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driven by people suspected of crimes such as DUI. It is levied even when the car owner isnâ€™t the one being arrested, with some exceptions, such as when a car is stolen. Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton is proposing a fee of $200. As with other places, that would be on top of the tow companyâ€™s bill. â€œThis is a user fee for those we arrest,â€? Melton said. Morrisonâ€™s proposal would be similar to those in other towns: Even if the driver is later found innocent, the tow fee would stand. In 2011, the Ogle County
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MORRISON â€“ Morrison is considering an administrative tow fee, which is levied to the owners of cars seized during arrests. Such a fee has been in the news lately in Ogle County, where the county board diminished the sheriffâ€™s control over what is known there as the â€œadministrative tow fund.â€? Tow fees, which are assessed in many towns, are separate from criminal penalties, including fines. The fee is assessed when police arrange to tow cars
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Board gave Sheriff Michael Harn wide discretion over how to spend the newly created administrative tow fund. He spent it on things such as flowers for Secretaries Day, a tent at the county fair and $4,000 for management of the Sheriffâ€™s Departmentâ€™s Facebook page. After Sauk Valley Media reported on the tow fund in December, a county board member called for a forensic audit of the fund.
Later, the board limited the fundâ€™s expenditures to purchases of police cars, their maintenance and equipment, and fuel. Ogle Countyâ€™s tow fund expenditures are now required to go through the county treasurerâ€™s office. Before, the off-budget fund had no checks and balances. In Morrison, the tow fund would have oversight, Melton said. â€œAll the money would go directly into the city administration, and they would deposit it,â€? he said. â€œThe city will collect the fee and put the money in the police vehicle fund. The police chief wonâ€™t have the checkbook.â€? Melton said he plans to present the fee proposal soon to the City Council.
Cometsâ€™ streak continues to state Newman wins round-robin sectional, reaches championship scores the most points, advances to state. In the first match of the day, Newman beat three-time Sectional champion Keith Country Day in a tie-breaker, 180-160. Newman was down by 70 points with three of the 24 questions to go when Ken Ellorando and Elliott Frankfother answered two of the last three toss ups correctly to give the team the opportunity to answer six 10-point bonus questions, Newman Coach Ann Propheter reported. The team correctly answered five of the six questions to force the tie-breaker.
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STERLING - The intellectual powerhouse that is Newman Central Catholic High Schoolâ€™s Scholastic Bowl team is on its way to Fridayâ€™s IHSA state competition in Peoria. The 11-member team won the Illinois High School Association sectional held Saturday at Keith Country Day School in Rockford. The sectional uses a round-robin format, with the winners of the four feed-in regionals all playing each other. The team that wins the most matches, or, in the case of a three-way tie,
Senior Todd Nelson answered the tie-break question and one part of the bonus, which gave the Comets their 20-point advantage to win the match, Propheter said. Newman then faced its Three Rivers Conference rival and past state qualifier, Morrison, and won 330-100. The teamâ€™s last match was against Galena; it won handily, 350-150. At state, the eight Class A sectional winners will be divided into two pools (as will the the AA winners). Each team will play three matches, and the winners and runnersup in the two pools
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times, I asked where the company was based. Both times, I was told Colorado Springs. When I asked for the address, I couldnâ€™t understand one womanâ€™s answer, and the other gave me an address on a street that doesnâ€™t exist in Colorado Springs. The third time I called, a man said the company has offices all over the world. When I asked him about the U.S. office, he said it was in Texas. The fourth time, a man answering the phone asked me why I had called several times. I asked for the firmâ€™s website. â€œI donâ€™t want to give you my website,â€? he said. Yet the company very much wanted to get inside Johnâ€™s computer. Interesting how that works. David Giuliani is a news editor for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at dgiuliani@saukvalley. com or 800-798-4085, ext. 525. Follow him on Twitter: @DGiuliani_ SVM.
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eaders call us from time to time about scams. They want us to alert the public. Hereâ€™s a rule of thumb: If someone calls you unsolicited and starts seeking personal information, you would be wise to hang up, even if itâ€™s from someone who claims to be working for a company with which you do business. A few weeks ago, a woman called me saying she was from Verizon, my cellphone provider, and asked me for my address. Why would Verizon need information it already has? I hung up and immediately called Verizon. A customer service rep said the company had had no contacts with me that day, other than the call I had just made. Recently, Dixon resident John Laschinski told me that a woman called him asking him to turn on his computer and make changes in his system, which he believes was a way for her to get personal information such as a bank account number. â€œI didnâ€™t buy that for a minute,â€? he said. I repeatedly called the Colorado number that appeared on Johnâ€™s caller ID. (Donâ€™t trust that a call from a U.S. area code is actually coming from inside the country.) The first two
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OBITUARIES Richard B. Hubbard STERLING â€“ Richard B. â€œDickâ€? Hubbard, 61, of Sterling died Friday, March 14, 2014, at his home. He was born on Oct. 30, 1952, in Sterling, the son of Keith Garwick and Tommie Jean (Hood) Hubbard. He attended Sterling schools. He was employed as a welder/ fabricator at Sterling Rail Inc. until his illness. He was a past member of the Brotherâ€™s Motorcycle club. He enjoyed working on his cars and going to the race track. Surviving is his significant other, Cynthia â€œTuttieâ€? Rodriguez of Sterling;
a son, Allan Richard Hubbard; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Miller of Seaside, Ore.; his siblings, Scott Hubbard (Nelda Hubbard) of Sterling, Lori Hubbard (Bill Parker) of Rock Falls, Kristi Myers of Sterling and Jim (Tracy) Hubbard of Sterling; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A gathering of friends and family will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave. in Sterling. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m., with the Rev. Scott Porter officiating.
V. Marietha Lenear STERLING â€“ V. Marietha Lenear, 94, beloved mother and grandmother, of Heritage Woods of Sterling, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mrs. Lenear was born Jan. 31, 1920, in Princeton, Ind., the daughter of Jerry and Ruth (Crowder) Wilkins. She married Howard Lenear on Sept. 12, 1936, in Mount Carroll. He preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 1989. Marietha was a member of Foursquare Church in Dixon. Survivors include four sons, Donald (Linda) Lenear of Dixon, John Lenear of Dixon, Steve (Connie) Lenear of Rock Falls, and Jack (Stepha-
nie) Lenear of Dewey, Ariz.; one daughter, Paula Lenear of Sterling; a special niece, Bonnie (Jerry) Miller of Bowling Green, Ky.; and numerous grandchildren. Marietha was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gary Wilson, pastor of Foursquare Church in Dixon, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. A memorial has been established. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
George J. Bass ROCK FALLS â€“ George J. Bass, 78, of Rock Falls died Friday, March 14, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on Dec. 18, 1935, in Centralia, the son of Archie M. and Opal (Case) Bass. He married Virginia VanHorn on Aug. 8, 1954, in Rock Falls. George worked for 18 years and retired from Laborers Union Local 727. Surviving is his wife, Virginia; two daughters, Cindy (Wes) Henson of Sterling and Tammy (Gary) Payne of Geneseo; four sons, Jeff (Diane) Bass of Carthage, Mo., Brian Bass of Sterling, and Todd Bass and Brad Bass, both of Rock Falls;
three sisters, Marietta (Ralph) Simmons of Mason, Beverly (Paul) Schrader of Lake George, Minn. and Linda (Jerry) Babb of Freeport; two brothers, Murrell Bass of Sterling and Raymond (Martha) Bass of Tampico; 16 grandchildren and 30 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave. in Rock Falls. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery.
Keith M. Beveroth MORRISON â€“ Keith M. Beveroth, 55, of Morrison, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis. Arrangements are pending at Bosma-Renkes Funeral home in Morrison.
Kathleen Jo Hummel DIXON â€“ The funeral service for Kathleen Jo Hummel, 62, of Dixon, who died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, has been moved. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., with family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., today at PrestonSchilling Funeral Home in Dixon, but the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dixon Church of the Brethren. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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Harn, who cites among his major accomplishments his ability to run his department efficiently despite being underfunded, has come under fire recently over his use of the sheriffâ€™s department tow fund, revenues for which are supposed to come from the administrative fees charged to people when their vehicles are towed. The fund was established in 2011; the fee is $350 per incident. About $70,000 â€“ nearly a third of the $210,000 deposited into the tow fund account â€“ came from other sources, however, and expenditures have included purchasing a new vehicle, flowers for Secretaries Day, a tent at the county fair, and $4,000 to manage the departmentâ€™s Facebook page. Harn also has been criticized for the departmentâ€™s credit card use, which included paying for thousands of dollars in â€œtrainingâ€? meals at local restaurants, alterations to credit card bills, and personal purchases on county cards reimbursed directly to the credit card company. Harn blames the timing of the brouhaha, which arose in December, on VanVickle, Drought and their supporters. He said the boardâ€™s revision of the ordinance came at his request that members â€œbetter define the guidelines for the tow fund due to the recent uproar initiated during a campaign cycle by both of my opponents.â€? Harn describes himself as â€œa true fiscal conservative.â€? He touts his cost-cutting measures as one of his biggest accomplishments as sheriff, noting that he is operating on a budget rolled back
to near-2007 levels and that he has spent $1.3 million less than he was budgeted over the last 3 years â€“ without laying off a single worker. According to the county treasurerâ€™s office, in the past 2 years, Harn has left unspent more than $1 million â€“ $766,000 in his budget last fiscal year and $572,000 the previous year. Last fiscal year, the county board allocated $6.7 million for Harnâ€™s departments, and he spent $5.8 million. The year before, $6.4 million was budgeted, with $5.8 million spent. In the 2013 budget, the unspent money included $350,000 for repairs and maintenance of buildings, including redoing the heating and cooling system for a county building. Still, â€œour buildings and grounds have never looked better, with the beautification we have accomplished, and weâ€™ve done this for less money than the previous sheriff spent,â€? Harn said. Board member Ron Colson agrees that Harn has saved the county some money, although maybe not as much as he is claiming, since a lot of it simply has come from putting off projects such as tuck-pointing at the courthouse and HVAC work at the judicial center. â€œThereâ€™s a little bit of smoke and mirrors there,â€? Colson said, noting that eventually, the money will be spent, not saved. Heâ€™s also not happy with Harnâ€™s handling of the tow fund. Given the wording of the ordinance, none of Harnâ€™s actions were illegal, but he should have known better, Colson said. There was â€œenough stupid and enough unethical to go around,â€? he said.
In a guest editorial for Sauk Valley Media, Harn also noted that over his tenure, he has â€œcut an unfunded liability of approximately $950,000 from comp time and vacation time ... to approximately $230,000 today.â€? Gouker noted that Harn also has saved money for the county by working to get favorable contracts for natural gas and electricity for county buildings and by having patrol cars fill up at countyowned gas pumps. As RVCâ€™s chief of police, Drought develops and manages budgets; negotiates union contracts; directs daily patrol operations; manages and directs criminal investigations; develops and implements emergency preparedness plans; works cooperatively with a board of trustees; all while managing a staff of 25 in a 24-7 police operation. Because of that, heâ€™s got plenty of budgeting experience under his belt, and he, too, is used to â€œdoing more with less.â€? He said he finds Harnâ€™s use of the tow fund and county credit card unacceptable. â€œThe credit card expenses were out of control,â€? Drought said, adding that â€œyou shouldnâ€™t have to have a policy to say thatâ€™s wrong or not allowed; thatâ€™s common sense.â€? In any event, the state constitution requires that all funds collected by the sheriffâ€™s office be deposited with the county treasurer, a practice he said he will employ immediately. Heâ€™s also not impressed with the budget savings Harn is claiming. â€œIf heâ€™s turning back money to the county board, I think thatâ€™s improper. If you can turn back over $700,000 in a
year, you didnâ€™t do what you said you were going to do,â€? Drought said. â€œHeâ€™s not using the overtime budget, which is there for when deputies are taking vacation, personal or sick time. I see that as mismanagement in many respects. â€œIâ€™m not saying you have to spend every dime in the budget every year, but you should be on track with what you said you were going to do during the year.â€? VanVickleâ€™s administrative qualifications include a degree in business, and a soon-to-beobtained second degree in public administration, with a minor in emergency management. He cites 13 years of management experience in the private sector, with his familyâ€™s business, Krahenbuhl Chrysler Jeep, where his responsibilities included budgeting, inventory controls, scheduling, personnel and training. Heâ€™s also a member of the Rochelle High School Board of Education, where he helps oversee a budget of more than $14 million. He said Harnâ€™s handling of â€œdiscretionaryâ€? expenditures â€œis of significant concern to me, and to the taxpayers in general.â€? â€œI do not believe the taxpayers are being served in an efficient and effective manner by spending our tax dollars on â€˜businessâ€™ lunches ... with the limited resources the county has, I believe the focus should be using those resources to provide better safety for our citizens,â€? VanVickle said. He said he plans â€œto apply principles any business would use to stay in business ... I will also bring a level of transparency to the office not provided by the current administration.â€?
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ELECTION 2014 | GOVERNORâ€™S RACE
Working holiday: Hopefuls make pre-primary push Even Quinn sheds low profile over weekend CHICAGO (AP) â€“ From St. Patrickâ€™s Day parades to statewide tours by plane, the candidates running for Illinois governor made their final appeals to voters ahead of this weekâ€™s primary election. Three of the four Republicans â€“ businessman Bruce Rauner and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady â€“ were making last-minute rounds by plane and bus Sunday to drum up participation for whatâ€™s traditionally a low-turnout election. The primary is Tuesday. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago, Democrat is seeking re-election. Dillard kicked off his 2-day fly-around Sunday in Chicago with his onetime boss: Former Gov. Jim Edgar. Dillard was once Edgarâ€™s chief of staff. â€œWe canâ€™t afford a governor who has to learn on the job,â€? Edgar said. The comments were a reference to Rauner. The Winnetka venture capitalist, leading in the polls and fundraising, is seeking public office for the first time. Dillard, of Hinsdale, called on voters to â€œsave the stateâ€? by pulling a GOP ballot on Tuesday. He had stops planned Sunday in Rockford, Peoria, Quincy and Springfield. Rauner â€“ in the midst of a similar statewide tour â€“ had plans to â€œcrisscross the stateâ€? through today. He had visits scheduled by plane and bus on Sunday to Quincy, Decatur and Champaign. â€œTo beat Pat Quinn, you have to do well in every corner of the state,â€? Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington made an appearance Sunday at Chicagoâ€™s South Side Irish Parade on Sunday
before embarking on his own tour with stops Sunday in Moline and Rockford, along with a town hall meeting on Facebook. Quinn, seeking a second full term, also appeared at Sundayâ€™s parade, as did his lesser-known Democratic challenger Tio Hardiman. The governor, a Chicago Democrat, hasnâ€™t been campaigning much and has also kept a low public profile on official business. His challenger hasnâ€™t raised much money and doesnâ€™t have statewide name recognition. Hardiman of Hillside said he met more than 1,000 people at Sundayâ€™s event, which comes a day after a downtown parade where the Chicago River is dyed green. Quinn, who has refused to debate his challenger, said last week that his approach to the campaign has just been to do his job. Meanwhile, Republican state Treasurer Dan Rutherford took a lower key approach by hitting the phones. â€œHeâ€™s doing a series of targeted personal phone calls and personal calls with the top supporters,â€? spokesman Brian Sterling said. Rutherford has recently avoided the spotlight, a change for the Chenoa Republican whoâ€™s had an active social media presence and not been camera-shy. He announced last week that reporters wonâ€™t be allowed to his Election night party, saying heâ€™ll instead deliver a statement at a different location in Pontiac just after the polls close. Last week, during the final televised GOP candidate debate, Rutherford said the last 6 weeks of his campaign have been â€œpretty rough.â€? A former employee filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and political coercion. Rutherford has denied wrongdoing.
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ELECTION 2014 | OGLE COUNTY SHERIFFâ€™S RACE
How candidates plan to fight crime Revenue generationâ€™s rank on priority list among contested issues BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ email@example.com EXT
Incumbent Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn and challengers Joe Drought and Brian VanVickle face off in Tuesdayâ€™s GOP primary. Hereâ€™s a look at how they see the role of the countyâ€™s top crime fighter: All three candidates have battlefield experience; in fact, Harn and Drought have been in law enforcement for three decades. Specifically, Harn, 52, of Forreston, has nearly 30 years with the Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the past 3 as sheriff. Drought, 50, of Rochelle, has been chief of police at Rock Valley College in Rockford for 17 years; he has been in law enforcement the past 32 years. VanVickle, 37, also of Rochelle, has been an officer with the Rochelle Police Department since 2009. As is the case in most other counties, burglaries and thefts are far and away the most oftcommitted crimes in Ogle County, according to data reported to and compiled by the Illinois State Police. Meanwhile, countywide, drug arrests by all agencies dropped dramatically, from 2008 to 2011, from 301 to 153. Harn cites his ability to make arrests while managing a greatly reduced
budget and bringing in revenue; his opponents say too much emphasis is placed on making money and not enough on fighting actual crimes. Thereâ€™s no arguing that managing the sheriffâ€™s budget has been uppermost on the sheriffâ€™s mind, but Harn says his main focus â€œwas, is, and always will be public safety first.â€? â€œFollowing a reorganization of the entire sheriffâ€™s office I initiated on Day 1, we have reduced major crimes by being proactive in enforcement, and aggressive with arresting criminals,â€? Harn said. He also cites his decision to redeploy deputies to create â€œa high-profile road presenceâ€? and make aggressive traffic stops, an approach he calls â€œproactive policing.â€? (Deputies patrol 757 square miles, which include Interstate 39 on the east side of the county.) â€œOverall, arrests are up by over four times, which is a major deterrent to criminals, and major crimes have decreased,â€? Harn said, adding that deputies might be on the road, but they still assist detectives with a cases that include drug deals and burglaries. â€œProactive policing has led to an annual increase of four times in our arrests, with warrant
Drug arrests in Ogle County Year 2010 2009
Total 169 294
arrests increased annually by over 50 percent,â€? Harn said. â€œBurglaries in the last 3 years have been cleared at a rate of 72 percent versus a national average of just 12 percent.â€? The jail holds 30 percent more detainees than when Harn took over as sheriff, including federal prisoners who bring nearly $1 million a year into the county through fees charged for their room and board, he said. When it comes to crime fighting, though, both of his opponents say Harn is too focused on raising money, and does not pay enough attention to boots-on-the-ground community policing. Deputies, they say, spend too much time issuing tickets and not enough time patrolling neighborhoods. Both also cite a need to form or strengthen cooperative relationships with other agencies. As Rock Valleyâ€™s chief of police, Drought says heâ€™s handled all kinds of crime, most commonly theft, but also domestic violence, auto theft,
vehicle burglaries, even kidnappings. He says heâ€™s suspicious of Harnâ€™s numbers, especially the claim that the sheriffâ€™s department clears 72 percent of the countyâ€™s burglaries. â€œAn increase in warrant arrests? Thereâ€™s a game thatâ€™s being played there, as well. If other agencies make the arrest, he counts it as his, because they were processed at the jail by his officers,â€? Drought said. Drought wants to refocus uniform patrols on â€œcrime prevention in the areas where our people live.â€? â€œIf you have three units in I-39 running traffic enforcement, whoâ€™s responding to calls?â€? Drought said. â€œThe number one crime prevention tool is having those deputies in the community. I want officers out and visible and moving around all the time. â€œIâ€™m not opposed to generating revenue, but not at the expense of having those uniformed officers in our community.â€? Part of that effort is getting deputies out from behind the desk, he said. â€œWe need to straighten out the command structure,â€? Drought said. â€œThere are too many people getting commandlevel pay who arenâ€™t doing command-level work.â€? Ogle County Board
member Ron Colson agrees. Heâ€™s said heâ€™s not sure how the department can justify having 60 or 70 deputies, but only three or four on the road at any given time. â€œThey [Drought and VanVickle] have a vaild point in calling for more community policing and less emphasis on I-39,â€? a process Colson said started with Sheriff Mel Messer and was perpetuated by Sheriff Greg Beitel, and now Harn. â€œI think itâ€™s a bad thing thatâ€™s just been perpetuated.â€? VanVickle has said that he doesnâ€™t think Harnâ€™s crime-fighting methods â€œare anything but reactionary.â€? He, too, says the sheriff is too focused on raising money through traffic tickets and the like. â€œI believe the taxpayers would better served to have deputies in our community, as opposed to sitting on I-39. â€œWhile enforcing traffic laws and generating revenue is one of the important jobs of the office, it should not be the primary focus of the deputies,â€? VanVickle said. â€œCombatting and preventing drug use and sales, burglaries and thefts should be the primary focus.â€? To that end, he promises to form a drug-taskforce-plus: The â€œCountywide Street Crimes Unitâ€? would be used to develop working relationships with all county
and regional law enforcement agencies â€“ which VanVickle says has not been a concern of Harnâ€™s â€“ as well as battle street crime. â€œThis group of highly motivated deputies and officers will be our front line in combating drug use, drug sales, gang crimes and property crimes related to these issues,â€? VanVickle said. He also wants to create a school liaison officer program. Drought also pledges to strengthen the departmentâ€™s relationships with emergency response and management agencies, and to work more closely with the State Police. Harn makes no apologies for his methods. â€œWe will continue to be proactive on patrol, and aggressively pursue criminals who make the mistake of preying on our citizens,â€? he said. â€œWe have elements from outside the county who come here to deal drugs. We have formed interagency alliances with municipal police and the State Police to combat this problem aggressively. Drugs lead to other problems, such as theft, burglary and so on. â€œThe way to stop criminals from preying on our residents is by making a statement: Not in our county.â€?
Crimes that have occurred in Ogle County Year
Aggravated Battery/ Assault
Motor Vehicle Theft