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Businessman sees ‘potential’ Building will house Crescendo Hair after renovations BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – There could be a new business development on the western edge of downtown Dixon. Matt Appleman, owner of Crescendo Hair, said he will purchase the building at 105 Madison Ave. next week, and start to renovate the building in the hope of having it operational in a few months. The building is on the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and First Street. It includes three addresses, Appleman said, two on Madison Avenue and one on First Street. The storefront on the corner
will likely house his salon, in addition to a skin care and massage business and a manicure and pedicure business, Appleman said. He also said that he has some ideas for the other storefront space. “The motivation [for buying the building] ... has been primarily to turn it into a viable building on that end of the business district,” he said. “I definitely see the potential in it.” The building needs a new roof, windows and tuck pointing, Appleman said, but “the structure is sound.” His said he wants the building to be viable but remain as “authentic a possible.” He’d like
to be able to move into the building immediately, but there’s a lot of work to do, and it will take a few months, he said. Appleman said the area around the building has a lot of potential, and could be a new growth area for Dixon’s downtown and business community. “I would love to see something come down that way,” he said. “... Revitalizing that end will, I think, help bring some more business down there.” Appleman said he will work with Lee County to get the property in an enterprise zone, which would eliminate sales taxes on building materials for renovations.
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Matt Appleman, owner of Crescendo Hair, plans to buy and renovate this building at 105 Madison Ave. in Dixon to house his salon and other businesses. “I definitely see the potential in it,” said Appleman, who said revitalizing the building could help bring more businesses to the downtown’s west edge.
IDNR STOCKS POND IN ROCK FALLS WITH RAINBOW TROUT
Tow fund receipts not yet getting to treasurer Board chairman says sheriff ‘working on it’ BY VINDE WELLS firstname.lastname@example.org Shaw News Service
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The Illinois Deparment of Natural Resources filled the pond at Centennial Park with 3,800 rainbow trout Tuesday morning. The IDNR will open the spring trout fishing season at 5 a.m. April 5.
Cody Herrell (above) of Crystal Lake Fisheries works on transferring 3,800 rainbow trout from the truck to the pond at Centennial Park in Rock Falls on Tuesday morning.
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OREGON – Expenditures from the Sheriff’s Department’s administrative tow fund are not yet going through the treasurer’s office, something the Ogle County Board now requires. Treasurer John Coffman told the board last week that he had Sheriff so far received Michael Harn no records from Sheriff Michael Harn. “The sheriff is working on it,” board Chairman Kim Gouker said. “He’s been busy. His fatherin-law has been Kim in the hospital.” Gouker In 2011, the board gave 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 Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page. The board in February limited the fund’s expenditures to purchases of police cars, their maintenance and equipment, and fuel. Tow fund expenditures are now required to go through the county treasurer’s office. Before, the offbudget fund had no checks and balances. Harn did not attend last week’s meeting, which was held the day after he lost the Republican Party primary election for sheriff to Brian VanVickle, of Rochelle.
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City still aims for balanced budget Several wild cards in early draft BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 570
STERLING â€“ The cityâ€™s budget is still a work in progress, but the first draft has city officials hopeful about developing a balanced version before a public hearing on April 21. â€œWe should be within $10,000, if we donâ€™t balance,â€? City Manager Scott Shumard said. In the working draft, the general fund shows revenue of $10,478,491 and expenses of $10,560,692, resulting in a projected deficit of $82,201. The early draft has several moving parts, however. It includes more than the minimum contribution
to the capital fund and a cushion for health insurance contributions. Part of the projected deficit already has been closed, Shumard said, because â€œthe health insurance numbers just came in, and those are better than expected.â€? Another big variable is expiring labor contracts with both the fire and police departments. The police union contract expired April 30, 2013. Negotiations broke down early in the process, and a federal arbitrator is scheduled to come in May 14. Because those are public safety jobs, the existing contract is automatically extended until a new
Big budget challenges Some of the challenges the city of Sterling faces to balancing its fiscal year 2014-15 budget: s $ECLINING ASSESSED valuation for downstate Illinois means less property tax revenue. Whiteside County expects a 2.18 agreement is reached. The fire union pact will expire April 30. The first negotiating meeting was Feb. 13, with no others scheduled. Police and fire contracts have been renegotiated every 3 years. Personnel costs make up a majority of the general fund, and the uncertainty created by the police and fire labor situation is substantial.
percent decline in SterLINGS %!6 FOR s 3LOWING SALES TAX growth: Projections up ONLY PERCENT IN 14 and 2014-15 budgets s %XPIRED AND EXPIRING union labor contracts s 2ISING PENSION COSTS â€œThatâ€™s one-third of our full-time staff with contract question marks,â€? Shumard said. Then there is the domino effect created by a change in wages. Higher wages means increased contributions for Social Security, pensions and workersâ€™ compensation insurance. Since 2008, police wages have increased 11 percent, and fire is up 10.25
percent, plus incentives for EMT and other certifications, Shumard said. Projected police pension costs for 2014-15 are $628,847, compared to $601,394 in 2013-2014. Fire pension contributions are projected at $609,446, compared to $499,578 in the last budget. â€œThe fire department was hit with a large number of retirements,â€? Shumard said. â€œThat also played into the overtime situation.â€? The amended budget from 2013-2014 shows that the fire departmentâ€™s overtime went more than $175,000 over projections. The last budget period saw a perfect storm for overtime develop, Twin City Joint Fire Command Gary Cook said. â€œWe had retirements,
injuries, and illness in that budget â€“ it was highly unusual,â€? Cook said. â€œThere was one captain on disability, one captain on nonduty injury, a firefighter injured on duty, and two retirements.â€? Cook doesnâ€™t anticipate a repeat of that scenario. â€œWe are projecting one to three retirements in the next budget period,â€? Cook said. â€œWe are working one short now and testing for our waiting list on April 19.â€? Applications are being accepted for the fire department tests. Applications are available at City Hall or at ci.sterling.il.us. A mandatory orientation session will be on April 14. The budget will be put on display April 7 at City Hall.
â€˜American Greedâ€™ to feature Budget projects small surplus Crundwell, will air in April Blackert makes presentation at finance meeting
omer Comptroller Rita Crundwellâ€™s theft of nearly $54 million will again be on display to a nationwide audience. CNBC will air an episode of â€œAmerican Greedâ€? that features Crundwell on April 2. The episodeâ€™s title is, â€œThe Cunning Cowgirl Crook.â€? Crundwell stole nearly $54 million from the city during 2 decades before she was arrested at City Hall in April 2012. Sheâ€™s serving a sentence of 19 years, 7 months in a federal prison in Waseca, Minn. The city has received about $39.4 million from a settlement with its former auditors and a bank and the sale of Crundwellâ€™s assets. Crundwell will share the episode with Joe Mazella, who stole about $14 million in a real estate development scam, according to CNBCâ€™s website. Video from the auction of Crundwellâ€™s horses in 2012 is included in a new 15-minute recruitment video for the U.S. Marshalâ€™s Service.
Gauging interest in boat docks The Riverfront Commission might approach the city during its coming
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strategic planning about helping to fund, in some way, its boat dock project. The strategic planning, for how to spend the remaining money from the settlement and sale of Crundwellâ€™s assets, is expected to begin after the cityâ€™s 2014-15 fiscal year budget has been finalized. The commissionâ€™s boat dock subcommittee meet on March 22 to discuss funding for the estimated $174,000 project, said Larry Reed, the commissionâ€™s chairman. The Riverfront Commission had tried to get some funding, for a kayak or canoe launch, through a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, but was unsuccessful. It was the same grant program, Reed said, that awarded the Dixon Park District $18,375 for a boat
Reporter at Books on First today 3AUK 6ALLEY -EDIA reporter Matt Mencarini will have â€œoffice hoursâ€? from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Books on First, 202 W. First St. Feel free to stop by and let him know whatâ€™s on your mind. Is there a story IN $IXON YOU THINK SHOULD be reported? Stop by to share or just to say hi. ramp extension in Page Park. The subcommittee wants to gauge public interest for the boat docks, which could be installed along the south side of the Rock River near downtown Dixon, Reed said, adding that a fundraising committee could be formed. The Riverfront Committee recently received interest from two additional boat dock companies, Reed said, and will start to research the companies and their proposals. Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at mmencarini@saukvalley. com or at 815-625-3600, ext. 529. Follow him on twitter: @MattMencarini.
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ROCK FALLS â€“ City Administrator Robbin Blackert presented a surplus budget during Tuesdayâ€™s special Finance Committee meeting. The fiscal year 2014-15 budget projected revenue of $21,726,459 and expenses of $21,725.062, putting the city in the black by $1,397. Last yearâ€™s budget projected slightly higher revenue and expenses, and showed a surplus of $3,705. The budget now moves on to the council for approval at its April 1 meeting. Blackert presented the general fund and enterprise funds portions of the budget Tuesday. She noted that the utility or enterprise funds are now the fourth-largest contributor to the general fund revenue, after sales, property and income taxes. â€œWe would not be able to operate as well as we do for a city our size
without the income our utilities bring,â€? Blackert said. â€œThis council, the mayor and I strongly believe that we need to keep our reserves built up, and the enterprise funds help us do that.â€? City offiRobbin cials believe Blackert that playing it conservatively on income projections is key to balancing the budget, Blackert said. â€œHistorically, we have been especially conservative on revenue with the sewer department,â€? Blackert said. One of the reasons is the department has 18 years left on its EPA loan. The streets department took a hit from the brutal winter weather. The department had budgeted about $30,000 in overtime for this year and ended up spending $57,000, department head Ted Padilla said. â€œThis winter was not something you could
really budget for,â€? Padilla said. The video gaming income is projected at $52,000 a year and pays for the lease of a new police vehicle, The city still has $160,000 of its Single Family Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation program from last year and this yearâ€™s allocation of $240,000 to use for home improvements. The police budget came in at about $2.2 million. Salaries were down, thanks to some retirements, but overtime cost the department $48,000 last year. â€œWeâ€™re going to try to hit $40,000 this year,â€? Police Chief Mike Kuelper said. The fire budget came in at just under $1.1 million. The R&M building is projected to eat up $90,000 of Chief Gary Cookâ€™s money. â€œThat building is old, and we will be replacing windows and frames, fixing water damage in walls from the old roof, and doing a total rebuild of offices,â€? Cook said.
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Lorraine T. Owens FRANKLIN GROVE â€“ Lorraine T. Owens, 86, of Franklin Grove, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at Franklin Grove Health Center. She worked for many years at Mapleside Manor in Amboy before retiring. She was born Nov. 24, 1927, in West Allis, Wis., the daughter of Leo and Corinne (Betz) Alshouse. Lorraine was united in marriage to Floyd Owens on Sept. 3, 1950, in La Moille. She was a member of Community United Methodist Church in La Moille. Survivors include her children, Deb (Brian) Harris and Larry (Dina) Owens, both of Amboy; three grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; one sister, Marla Jean (Bob) Shedlosky of Geneseo; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 23, 1995; grandson, Shawn Owens; stepson, William Owens; and brother, Merrill Alshouse. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. and the funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mihm-Jones Funer al Home in Amboy, with the Rev. Jack Briggs officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in La Moille. A memorial has been established. Visit www.thejonesfh. com to send condolences.
Karla C. Beattie STERLING â€“ Karla C. Beattie, 85, of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She was a nurse at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Karla was born May 12, 1928, in Sterling, to Emerson and Mary (Weber) Fike. She married Robert Beattie on March 15, 1952, in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Robert; three daughters, Cindy (Larry) McWilliams of Cuba City, Wis., Sally (Rick) Renner and Jo (Russ Yeager) Bryson, both of Sterling; one sister, Leatice Raver of Wabash, Ind.; one brother, John (Carol) Fike of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and seven
grandchildren, Christine McWilliams and Maggie McWilliams, Amy (David ) Refeinberger, Cory Renner, Nicole Renner, Suzanne Bryson, and Lance Bryson. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Wendell Fike. Services will be private. Cremation rites have been accorded. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling arrangements. A memorial has been established to Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling. Visit www.schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Alan R. Naftzger SAN FRANCISCO â€“ Alan R. Naftzger, 41, of San Francisco, formerly of Erie, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton is handling arrangements.
Elmer J. Vogel FULTON â€“ Elmer J. Vogel, 80, of Fulton, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his home. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton is handling arrangements.
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Lucille G. Grennan STERLING â€“ Lucille G. Grennan, 95, of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at her home. Lucille was born April 17, 1918, in Tampico, to Leslie and Carla (Olsen) Whaley. She married Edward Grennan on July 10, 1937. He preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1989. Survivors include seven daughters, Carlene Jenner of Tempe, Ariz., Veronica (Edward) Tschosik of Rock Falls, Suzanne (Chuck) McCormick of Geneva, Joan Goncalves of Canada, Kathleen (Charlie) Hurches of Michigan, Bernadette (Matt) Hermes of Dixon, and Rosemary (Bruce) Buckert of Sterling; three sons, Eugene (Peggy) Grennan of Rock Falls, John Grennan of Gamaliel, Ark., and Terry (Rosemary) Grennan of Rock Falls; four sisters, Ethel (Jake) Barkdoll of Sterling, Dorothy (Merrit) Laubenheimer of Colorado, Bette (Dick) Weaver of Florida, and Helen Flucke of Missouri;
one brother, Bill (Karen) Whaley of Rockford; 44 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; 13 step-greatgrandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. She also was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, three brothers, one grandson, and one greatgrandson. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 3:30 p.m., Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Paul White officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
STERLING â€“ Lillian C. Parker, 87, of Sterling, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at Sterling Pavilion. She worked at Mr. Nifty Cleaners in Rock Falls for several years. Lillian was born May 10, 1926, in Morrison, the daughter of Charles and Carrie (Rosenow) Jacobs. She married Howard Parker on Feb. 19, 1948, in Morrison. He died Oct. 17, 1992. Lillian was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling, where she was involved in the Ladies Circle. She also was a volunteer for many years at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, as a Pink Lady. Survivors include one daughter, Sharon (Ken) Halverson of Sterling; two sons, Don (Paulette) Parker of Freeport and Bill (Lori Hubbard) Parker of Rock Falls; one brother, Ralph (Joyce) Jacobs of Sterling; 10 grandchildren, Julie (CJ) Jackson, Tim (Dorie) Parker, Monica Parker, Tammy (Jason) Bor-
man, Tonya (Jeremy) Parker, Richard (Carrie) Halverson, Linda Halverson, Brian (Laci) Halverson, Jason (Jenny) Parker, and Jillian Parker; and 18 great-grandchildren, Tim Jr., Rebecca, Jalynn, Eddie, Dakota, Dalton, Kyle, Lillian, Jacoby, Maximus, Blake, Chloe, Isaac, Noah, Elias, Cooper, Spencer, and Harper. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dave Parker; three brothers, Virgil Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, and William Jacobs; and one daughter-in-law, Jan Parker. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling, with the Rev. Nancy Weingartner officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. A memorial has been established. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Roland O. Becker MENDOTA â€“ Roland O. Becker, 94, of Mendota, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. He was a farmer, a nutritionist for 25 years at Fasco, and a real estate broker. He was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Sublette, the son of George and Malinda Stephenitch Becker. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Edith Smith on May 20, 1944, in Philadelphia. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in Mendota. Survivors include his wife of Mendota; three sons, Craig Becker of Savanna, Stephen (Debo-
rah) Becker of Peru, and Kevin (Sherrie) Becker of Quincy; sister, LaVerne (Cecil) Byrd of Michigan; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Vernon; and his sister, Irene. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Holy Cross Church in Mendota, with the Rev. Fredi Gomez-Torres officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials have been established to Holy Cross Church.
Phyllis M. Halfman
MOUNT CARROLL â€“ Phyllis M. Halfman, 79, of Mount Carroll, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at FHN Joy M. Maupin Hospital in Freeport. AMBOY â€“ Frieda Searls, 76, of Amboy, died Thursday, Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. SAVANNA â€“ Joy M. Maupin, 42, of Savanna, died March 6, 2014, at her home. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the University of Iowa Thursday at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m Saturday at Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Law-Jones Funeral Home is handling arrangements. home. Further arrangements are being completed.
EPA: Oil spill affected half-mile of Lake Michigan Spill seems to have been contained by absorbent booms WHITING, Ind. (AP) â€“ Crews for oil giant BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected about a half-mile section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BPâ€™s northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said. The spill reported Monday afternoon by BP appears to have been contained by company crew members who deployed absorbent booms around the spill site, said Mike Beslow, on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s Region 5. BP spokesman Scott Dean said the area affected by the spill was a cove along the Lake Michigan at the companyâ€™s sprawling Whiting refinery, which covers about 1,400 acres. The spill is about 20 miles southeast of downtown Chi-
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BPâ€™s Whiting Refinery is seen along the shore of Lake Michigan on Tuesday in Whiting, Ind. BP says it is assessing how much crude oil entered Lake Michigan following a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. cago but was not expected to pose any threat to municipal water supplies that draw on the lakeâ€™s water, Beslow said. A Coast Guard flyover of the area Tuesday did not reveal any oil outside the containment booms, Beslow said during a Tuesday afternoon media
briefing, â€œbut there is oil on the beach that is being addressed.â€? Beslow said BP crews were using vacuum trucks to suck up the corralled oil and were cleaning up oil along 2,700 feet of private shoreline the company owns at the Whiting site, he said.
The EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard were supervising that work, Beslow said. Beslow said the Coast Guard was working with BP officials to determine how much oil had been discharged into the lake. Dean said northerly winds were helping contain the oil by pushing it toward the shoreline. â€œItâ€™s in the lake, yes, but itâ€™s not moving around freely. Itâ€™s been kind of contained because of the weather and of the geography of the lakefront there,â€? Dean said. BP said in a statement Tuesday evening that it believes that â€œan upset at a crude distillation unit may have sent crude oil into the refineryâ€™s cooling water outfall and then into the lake.â€? The company said it has taken steps to prevent another discharge and might have an estimate today on how much oil was spilled. BP initially reported to the EPA that when its workers discovered the spill they observed an oily sheen that covered
Man accused of manslaughter in Quincy death QUINCY (AP) â€“ A man is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a weekend shooting death near the Mississippi River city of Quincy.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Adam County prosecutors also accused 21-year-old Zachary Ballinger of Quincy of possessing marijuana with plans to sell it.
Authorities say 21-yearold Austin Hermann was shot and killed shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday at a home just outside of Quincy. His body was found on a porch, and
Ballinger was arrested at the scene. Sheriff Brent Fischer and the countyâ€™s stateâ€™s attorney, Jon Barnard, have not discussed what might have led to the shooting.
about 5,000 square yards, said Susan Hedman, the EPAâ€™s regional administrator. Dan Goldblatt, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, said an agency official who was at the scene around 2 a.m. Tuesday had reported â€œa large sheen on the lake.â€? Hedman said the EPA is not aware of any previous oil spills at the site, but the agency is just beginning its assessment of this weekâ€™s spill. â€œEPAâ€™s lawyers will be looking into this matter and determining whether or not enforcement action is appropriate,â€? she said. U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who co-chairs the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, said in a statement that the incident â€œunderscores the importance of vigilance in protecting our Great Lakes from oil spills.â€? â€œWe are fortunate that the spill appears to have been quickly contained, but I will continue to monitor developments to ensure that the cleanup is rapid and complete,â€? Levin said.
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Driverâ€™s ed spikes $125
Member: Not enough members could attend BY VINDE WELLS firstname.lastname@example.org Shaw News Service
OREGON â€“ Ogle County Board member Ron Colson announced last week that the board would have a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the location of the proposed sheriffâ€™s administration building. But there was no meeting. Colson said Monday it never was scheduled because not enough board members could attend. Colson has opposed the new building being at the present site at 103 Jefferson St. Instead, he thinks it should be built on the county-owned property on Sixth
Street across from the judicial center. At a Jan. 21 board meeting, Colson said the Jefferson Street property was within the area designated for a riverfront district in the city of Oregonâ€™s comprehensive plan. He said the property was a key part of planned development to promote city tourism, which also would financially benefit the county. His request to have the meeting on the Feb. 18 meeting agenda was unanimously rejected by the Executive Committee. Colson, of Mount Morris, called for the meeting under Rule 13, which allows for eight board members to call for a special meeting. He declined to identify the eight members he said had agreed to the meeting, saying their names would be listed on the meeting agenda.
Board Chairman Kim Gouker, also a member of the Executive Committee, reminded Colson last week that a special meeting could cost as much as $1,200 â€“ board members are paid $50 each to attend special meetings. Colson acknowledged the cost, but said he called the special meeting after the matter had been â€œblockedâ€? from getting on the regular meeting agenda. â€œIt wasnâ€™t blocked,â€? Gouker said in reply. â€œItâ€™s been discussed in committee. Weâ€™re moving forward [with that building].â€? Colson said â€œthere were too many schedule conflictsâ€? for board members, and on Monday evening sent out an email to board members, county officials and media to notify them that this weekâ€™s meeting would not occur.
TAKING FLIGHT AT PARK IN ROCK FALLS
School imposing first fee hike in more than 20 years BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ email@example.com EXT
ROCK FALLS â€“ Gas isnâ€™t the only thing going up in price these days. The cost to take driverâ€™s education at Rock Falls High School is taking a jump, from the $50 it has cost for more than two decades to $175 next school year. Thatâ€™s still less than the $250 Sterling High School charges, but more than the $75 it costs at Morrison High School. Amboy High charges its students $180; at Prophetstown, itâ€™s $100; and at Dixon, $150. The private business Drive Safe School of Driving in Dixon, which gets no state subsidies or other public assistance, charges $350 per student. As required by the state, Rock Falls High held a
public hearing on the proposed hike on March 19; one person spoke against it. The district then sent a request to the state for a waiver to impose the hike; the board will finalize the hike once the waiver is granted, Superintendent Ron McCord said. Eventually, the fee will reach $250, McCord said. The state raised the cap from $50 to $250 in July 2011. Even with the increase, the school loses money on the course: Considering salaries, benefits and other related costs, driverâ€™s ed costs the district about $1,000 a student, McCord said. By state law, driverâ€™s ed fees must be put back into the program; they cannot be used for any other purpose. The fee can be waived for lowincome students. Rock Falls has four teachers certified to teach the course, and about 138 students expected to enroll in it next year, McCord said.
Passengers hurried to get off train after crash
Adam Meenen, 12, of Rock Falls jumps off a ramp Monday afternoon at Nims Park, as his brother, Aaron, 8, and Andrew Schmaker, 14, look on.
Rockford man charged in weekend shooting Man shot in shoulder during fight at party at rural Byron home BY VINDE WELLS firstname.lastname@example.org Shaw News Service
OREGON â€“ A Rockford man remained in jail Tuesday in connection with a shooting during a fight at a rural Byron home over the weekend. Brandon McMahon, 20, is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, said Rock-
ford Police Department D e p u t y Chief Dave Hopkins. McMahon, a parolee, Brandon was in Winn e b a g o McMahon County Jail on a hold for the Illinois Department of Corrections, Hopkins said. The shooting occured early Saturday at a home on North Hoisington Road, northwest of Byron.
IN BRIEF Prosecutors: Man dies after trying to stop drunk driver #()#!'/ !0 ! SUBURBAN #HICAGO MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER PROSECUtors say another man died trying to stop him FROM DRIVING BECAUSE he thought he was too INTOXICATED The Chicago SunTimes reports 42-yearold Timothy McShane was ordered held on BAIL 4UESDAY on reckless homicide, drunken driving and other charges. The CHARGES STEM FROM AN INCIDENT 3ATURDAY THAT LEFT
Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn told a Rockford TV station that the shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. after two people got into a fight during a party. The victim, whose name was not released, was hospitalized in serious condition with a shoulder wound, according to the TV report. McMahon was taken into custody by Rockford police after the shooting.
YEAR OLD 3HANE 3TOkowski dead. 0ROSECUTORS SAY 3TOkowski thought McShane WAS TOO INTOXICATED TO DRIVE AFTER LEAVING A BAR 0ROSECUTORS SAY Stokowski leaned into McShaneâ€™s SUV window TO TRY TO STOP HIM FROM driving. But they say McShane drove away with Stokowski still hanging on !UTHORITIES SAY 3TOKOWSKI DIED OF BLUNT trauma to the head and ABRASIOns. 0ROSECUTORS SAY -C3HANES BLOOD ALCOHOL level was twice the legal limit. McShane doesnâ€™t have a LISTED TELEPHONE NUMBER
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CHICAGO (AP) â€“ Passengers on a Chicago Transit Authority train that plowed into an escalator at Oâ€™Hare International Airport say they screamed and were shaken by a strong jolt during the collision. Twenty-one-year-old Dion Stokes tells the Chicago Sun-Times he was standing in a car when the train ran past a barrier, over a platform and up the escalator at the underground station. He says he saw a fellow
passenger â€œon the floor being thrown back and forth.â€? Stokes sprained his ankle and was one of more than 30 people who were hurt during Mondayâ€™s derailment. Sixty-year-old James Winfield says passengers were â€œhollering.â€? He adds: â€œpeople were scrambling, trying to get off the train.â€? The union representing the train operator says fatigue might have played a role in the crash.
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THE CARTOONISTâ€™S VOICE
Speaker wrong to offer tax money for Obama library He wants state to pledge $100M for construction
Joe Heller, Heller Syndication
Where voters finally got it right
he strange legislative odyssey of state Rep. Derrick Smith has taken another turn. In August 2012, Smith, a Chicago Democrat, became one of the few Illinois House members to ever be expelled by his fellow members. Their complaint against him? Earlier that year, Smith was indicted by federal authorities on corruption charges. Specifically, he was charged with taking a $7,000 bribe in exchange for recommending a state grant to help a daycare center. Smith maintained his innocence. He pleaded not guilty in federal court. His lawyer said his client was entrapped. Smith said he wanted to continue serving in the House. But his fellow House members voted him out anyway. Trouble was, the November 2012 election was coming up, and
What we think Mr. Smith went to Springfield not once, but twice. Corruption charges caused legislators to boot him out the first time, and voters have done so the second time, helping to erase a stain on the Legislatureâ€™s reputation. Smith remained on the ballot. Voters can be a fickle lot, and they didnâ€™t cotton to the entire Illinois House of Representatives ganging up on their guy. Smith won the 2012 election, the House had to seat him in January 2013, and he proceeded to again represent the 10th House District. Smithâ€™s presence was seen as an embarrassment by some. For example, Secretary of State Jesse White had recommended Smithâ€™s appointment in March 2011, well before the indictment. And Speaker Michael Madigan, who
presided over the House action that booted Smith, found himself with the disgraced Smith back in Springfield. That was then. By last weekâ€™s primary, things had changed. Madigan threw his weight behind Smithâ€™s renomination against four other candidates. According to the Chicago Tribune, Madigan sent campaign staff to help Smith, and allocated more than $70,000 for Smithâ€™s re-election campaign. But then it came time for those fickle voters to weigh in, and it appears they had had enough of their troubled lawmaker.
Smith, with 37 percent of the vote, came in second behind Pamela Reaves-Harris, who won the Democratic nomination with 43 percent. Three other candidates split the remaining 20 percent. So, Smithâ€™s days in the Illinois House will end in January, at the latest. His term could end even sooner, if federal prosecutors have their way. Smithâ€™s corruption trial is scheduled to start May 28 â€“ right at the tail end of the spring House session. Heâ€™ll not be available to vote on the budget or key end-of-session bills that always crop up just before the May 31 adjournment date. It took them two tries, but District 10 voters finally did their part to bring Rep. Smithâ€™s strange odyssey toward its inevitable end and help erase a blot on the Legislatureâ€™s reputation. Congratulations to them.
THE READERâ€™S VOICE
Everyone is responsible for better schools RYAN MARSHALL Dixon
Reading about the future of our schools in the March 21 Telegraph article by SVM reporter David Giuliani restarted the conversation about our schools in Dixon. And though Iâ€™m betting most of you disagree with me â€“ 72 percent of you didnâ€™t [support the county sales tax] the last time [April 9, 2013, election] â€“ we have to do something with the taxes in order to just catch up at this point to, never mind the rest of the country, but the rest of northern Illinois. Sterling, Rochelle and Mendota, to name just a few, are school districts that recognized the problems they had and didnâ€™t worry about nostalgia when looking at their students and the future. They made the necessary changes that were needed to enhance
their current and future students within their districts. As a proud Dixon alum, I received what I believe to be is a great education here. But while receiving my degree in education and working in schools that serve the 21st-century student, I learned how far behind Dixon schools really are. A beautiful faĂ§ade does not make for wonderful infrastructure. Dixon needs a new high school for our students. The cost for building a new DHS is almost half of what it would cost to update the current Dixon High School to standards that the state requires. Dixon needs to not be afraid to think outside the box. This is not just on the school board to come up with a solution; this is on all of us to help, be it through the 1 percent sales tax, fundraising, or worst-case scenario, higher property taxes. We canâ€™t be afraid to invest in our future, because if we donâ€™t, why would any family want to stay around?
Opposes new definitions for marriage words TONY VALENTINO Rock Falls
March 19 would have been my 48th wedding anniversary. It wasnâ€™t, because my wife passed away 18 months ago. While I miss her greatly, it is OK because the time we had together was good. I never regretted our marriage, and I was fortunate to have known her. I suppose that we will meet again. I hope so. The words that I feel are ours, are â€œmarriage,â€? â€œhusbandâ€? and â€œwife.â€? My wife was a woman. I am a man. We entered into both a religious and legal partnership that was a marriage. The husband in this relationship is a man, and the wife is a woman. Recently, there is much going on about same-sex individuals becoming married. Bless their hearts, I am all for it. They have
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every right to join into a binding legal and religious union. No one should die alone. What I am against is using the words that have always connoted an opposite-sex relationship. A union between same sex individuals should not be called a marriage. Call it something else. A man should not call another man his wife or husband. A woman should not call another woman her wife or husband. Those words are ours. They were my wifeâ€™s, and they were mine. Let them be.
Seeks advice on eye problem CAROL STINGLEY Sterling
I have a floater on my left eye. If anyone has had one, can you help me? I was told it will go away, but how long did it take? I have been to an eye doctor. You may call me at 815625-8805. Thank you.
SPRINGFIELD â€“ This month, House Speaker Mike Madigan announced legislation to offer money for the construction of a Barack Obama Presidential Library somewhere in Chicago. Illinois, New York and Hawaii are vying to be the home of the library. Illinois is the presidentâ€™s adoptive state, Hawaii his home state, and New York City is where he did his undergraduate studies. Every president since Herbert Hoover has been the beneficiary of one of these taxpayer-supported institutions run by the National Archives. But as the decades have marched on, presidential libraries have progressively become more grandiose. For example, George W. Bush opened his presidential library last year in Dallas at a cost of $300 million. Frankly, these â€œlibrariesâ€? are becoming costly, selfaggrandizing monuments to already inflated egos. While they purport to be about â€œhistoryâ€? and are run by the National Archives, they are really about burnishing the image of someone who has already been honored with the most powerful job in the world. And Madigan wants Illinois to pledge $100 million toward the construction of Obamaâ€™s library. The state canâ€™t pay its bills on time, pensions are grossly underfunded, basic state services are being cut, and he wants to spend $100 million to build a shrine to a politician? Come on, Mike. YEARS AGO, I VISITED Lyndon Baines Johnsonâ€™s library in Austin, Texas. The exhibits said little about the manâ€™s flawed foreign policy decisions in Vietnam or the societal problems that have come from his expansion of the welfare state. Richard Nixonâ€™s library has been criticized for downplaying Watergate. Bill Clintonâ€™s library barely mentions Monica Lewinsky. We shouldnâ€™t be surprised. These facilities have increasingly become tabernacles glorifying
scottREEDER Scott Reeder is a reporter in residence for the Illinois Policy Institute. Contact him at sreeder@ illinoispolicy. org.
presidencies rather than merely places of scholarship. Originally, Dwight Eisenhower envisioned these facilities as mere repositories for the paperwork that accumulates during a presidency. But they have morphed into something quite different. The Chicago Tribune reported recently that the Obama Library could cost $500 million. Yes, you read that right â€“ half a billion dollars. PLANS ARE ALREADY underway to build it â€“ and heâ€™s not even out of office. By comparison â€“ Abraham Lincoln had been dead about 140 years before House a presidenSpeaker tial library Michael Madigan was opened in his honor. Chicago Democrat Richard wants cashNixon built strapped state his library to pony up in 1990 for $100 million for a proposed $25 million Barack â€“ entirely Obama with private Presidential Library. dollars. That would be the equivalent of $44 million today. That should be the model for how all of these libraries are built. After all, we know anyone who has been elected president has an aptitude for raising money. Thatâ€™s a necessary part of any successful campaign for the White House. So, why not leave it up to retiring politicians to raise the money for their own libraries and leave taxpayers out of the mix? And letâ€™s close the book on this idea of our cashstrapped state spending $100 million toward burnishing a contemporary politicianâ€™s legacy. Thatâ€™s a task politicians can do well enough on their own. Note to readers: Scott Reederâ€™s column is underwritten by the Illinois Policy Institute.
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Murray Energy files suit against EPA Company says agency has failed to comply with Clean Air Act requirement CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) â€“ An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the agency has failed to comply with the Clean Air Actâ€™s requirement to evaluate the potential impact of its regulatory actions on employment. â€œThe Administrator has no discretion to avoid or limit its obligation to continuously evaluate the employment impacts of EPAâ€™s administration and enforcement of the
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Clean Air Act,â€? Murray Energyâ€™s lawsuit states. St. Clairsville, Ohiobased Murray Energy and several subsidiaries filed the lawsuit against EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling. The companies employ a total of more than 7,200 workers in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Utah. The lawsuit alleges that the EPAâ€™s regulatory actions have pressured industries that
traditionally burn coal, including electric utilities, to reduce their consumption. It claims that proposed regulations developed by the agency to curtail the release of greenhouse gases would discourage building new coal-fired power plants. The EPA said it a statement that it will review the complaint when the agency receives it. Citing federal data, the lawsuit said the electric power sectorâ€™s consumption of coal fell 21
percent between 2008 and 2012, although it remains the largest consumer of coal produced in the U.S. â€œThe continued pressure on placed on the coal industry by EPAâ€™s administration and enforcement of the Clean Air Act, combined with the Administratorâ€™s refusal to evaluate the impact her actions are having on the American coal industry and the hundreds of thousands of people it directly or indirectly employs, will
irreparably harm Plaintiffs if allowed to continue unchecked,â€? the lawsuit states. The lawsuit asks the court to order McCarthy to evaluate whether the EPAâ€™s regulatory actions have resulted in coal industry job losses or shifts in employment over the past 6 years. It also seeks an injunction barring the EPA from approving further regulations affecting coal employment until the evaluation is completed.
Walgreen 2Q profit slips on tough comparison Company: Generic drug introductions peaked last year MCT News Service
Walgreenâ€™s fiscal second quarter earnings slipped from a year ago as the nationâ€™s largest drugstore chain reaped a smaller benefit from generic drugs and took a $60 million hit because of rough winter weather. But the Deerfield companyâ€™s underlying performance impressed investors, and its shares rose, approaching the all-time high that they reached last month. Walgreen executives said Tuesday that a wave of new generic drug introductions peaked in last yearâ€™s quarter, which helped the companyâ€™s bottom line then, but made comparisons difficult for this yearâ€™s quarter. Generic drugs, which are cheaper alternatives to branded medicines, squeeze drugstore sales but improve profitability because they come with a wider margin between the cost for the pharmacy to purchase the drugs and the reimbursement it receives. The company said Tuesday that the tough comparison between this yearâ€™s quarters and last
Customers leave a Walgreens pharmacy in Jackson, Miss. Walgreen Co. reported its quarterly financial results Tuesday. The companyâ€™s fiscal second quarter earnings slipped from a year ago as the nationâ€™s largest drugstore chain reaped a smaller benefit from generic drugs and took a $60 million hit because of rough winter weather. year will ease later this year. Walgreen expects generics to start helping its year-over-year performance again by the end of the fiscal year. Walgreen said a tough winter also affected its performance in the quarter by keeping customers away from its stores, forcing it to temporarily close some locations and adding about $23 million in snow removal costs. Overall, Walgreen Co.
earned $754 million, or 78 cents per share, in the quarter that ended Feb. 28. Thatâ€™s down from $756 million, or 79 cents per share, a year ago. Adjusted earnings were 91 cents per share. Analysts expected 93 cents per share, according to FactSet. Its revenue rose to about 5 percent to $19.61 billion and matched Wall Street expectations. Walgreen competi-
tor CVS Caremark Corp. made a big splash nationally last month when it said it planned to phase out tobacco product sales from its stores by October. Walgreen stores still sell tobacco, and an analyst asked CEO Greg Wasson during a Tuesday morning conference call whether the company would stick with it, unless such sales are banned by a local government. Wasson didnâ€™t address
the future of tobacco sales. Instead, he emphasized that the chain has pharmacists who can help people quit, as well as smoking cessation products. â€œWe think weâ€™re wellpositioned to help folks change their behavior,â€? he said. Gabelli Funds portfolio manager Jeff Jonas said Walgreen stores might gain some business from smokers once CVS quits selling tobacco.
ACLU wins settlement for sixth-graderâ€™s Facebook posting MCT News Service
Riley Stratton remembers all too well the day her Minnewaska, Minn., school counselor brought her into a room, with a police officer present, and demanded she cough up access to her Facebook account. â€œI was in was in tears; I was embarrassed when they made me give over
my password,â€? Riley, 15, said Tuesday. That action was at the center of a $70,000 settlement that the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota announced Tuesday between Rileyâ€™s family and the Minnewaska schools in central Minnesota. The school district agreed to enhance student privacy as part of the settlement in the social
media lawsuit. Riley was in sixth grade when she posted on Facebook 2 years ago that she hated a school hall monitor because she was mean. After school officials called her in and threatened in-school suspension for what she said on social media, she went back on Facebook and asked who snitched. â€œI was a little mad at who-
ever turned me in, because it was outside school when it happened,â€? Riley said in an interview. After another parent complained about a Facebook chat with their son that was of a sexual nature, the school called her in and demanded her password. When she complied, they navigated her Facebook page in front of her.
â€œA lot of schools, like the folks at Minnewaska Area Schools, think that just because itâ€™s easier to know what kids are saying off campus through social media, doesnâ€™t mean the rules have somehow changed and you can punish them for what they say off campus,â€? said attorney Wallace Hilke, who helped lead the ACLUâ€™s case.
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Husband canâ€™t erase wifeâ€™s journal writing Dear Abby: I have been married almost 20 years. Eight years ago, my wife began an emotional affair with a co-worker. It lasted a year, until he left the company. Although they never had sex, they did have some physical contact that most people would consider inappropriate, and my wife considered ending our marriage because of the feelings she had for him. She now says the episode was a huge mistake and she loves me more than ever. The problem is, she wrote many entries about him in a journal. I know she kept writing about him several years after they lost contact, includ-
Should she get rid of the journal? â€“ Considering Counseling
47-year-old man who was single until 7 years dearABBY ago. Then I met â€œMagAbigail Van gie,â€? the most wonderBurenâ€™s ful woman I had ever (Jeanne Dear Considering known. She wasnâ€™t the Phillips) column Counseling: Because you hotsy-totsy one-nighter appears are still hurting 7 years type I was used to. She during the after the fact, stop â€œconwas a real woman who week through sideringâ€? counseling and fulfilled everything I had Universal Press get it NOW. ever dreamed of (includSyndicate. If your wife is a serious ing bringing a wonderful journal writer â€“ and many 4-year-old little girl into people are â€“ that she my life). The biological ing saying that she loved would want her writings father is out of the pichim more than a year to remain intact, in spite ture. after heâ€™d left. of the fact they reflect her Maggie had wrestled I want my wife to emotional affair, is not with some health issues â€“ remove the portions of unusual. If thatâ€™s the case, nothing serious until last the journal pertaining to instead of insisting she April, when she had surthis guy. She doesnâ€™t want edit or destroy her jourgery. Complications set to. Iâ€™m still hurting from nal, my advice is to stop in, and I lost the only perthis and am considerreading it. son who ever mattered, ing counseling, but for aside from our little girl. now, what do you think? Dear Abby: Iâ€™m a My question is, since
we were never married, how do I refer to Maggie when relating what happened? I am in the process of adopting her daughter and explanations to strangers are tough. (â€œWow, youâ€™re taking on a child when you donâ€™t HAVE to?â€?) How do I respond to these remarks? I know this is a multi-part question, but I have so many unanswered questions lately, I figured Iâ€™d ask you for an opinion. â€“ Grieving in Missouri
to refer to her as your late significant other, your partner or longtime girlfriend. I would like to compliment you for stepping up to care for the girl when her biological father did not. And I do have suggestions for how to respond to anyone insensitive enough to ask why you would â€œtake onâ€? a child you didnâ€™t â€œhave to.â€? The first would be to ignore the question. The second would be to avoid such a person in Dear Grieving: Although the future, and the third you and Maggie werenâ€™t would be to reply, â€œI love legally married, you were her like a daughter, want a couple for some time. to make sure sheâ€™s secure Iâ€™m very sorry for your and provided for, and loss. It would be accurate THATâ€™S why Iâ€™m doing it.â€?
COMMUNITY EVENTS Wednesday, March 26 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 St., 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. 313 card game and Wii Bowling, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. 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. 500 card game, noon, Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Pinochle, noon, Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. 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. Wii Bowling party, 12:30 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. 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, 815-732-3253. Community cards, 2 p.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815456-3000. 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 27 Valâ€™s Vittles, 7 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. 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, 815-562-5050.
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. â€œHand and Footâ€? card game, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Bingo, 1 p.m. Sterling Women
of the Moose, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. 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. Euchre, 1 p.m., Sterling Moose Club, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8220. Euchre, 1-3 p.m., 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. Friday, March 28 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. Bridge, 8:45 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Bingo, 9 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Bingo, 9:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Wii Bowling, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Line dancing, 11 a.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. 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.
SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Thursday, March 27 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. TOPS IL 1426, 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, meeting at 9 a.m., Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St., Rock Falls. TOPS IL 825, 9-10 a.m. weighin, meeting at 10 a.m., Coventry Activity Center, 612 St. Maryâ€™s Road, Sterling, 815-626-0034. Foot screenings, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-5625050. Senior Computer Intermediates, 9 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle. Sign up: 815-562-5050. Golden K Kiwanis, 9:30 a.m., YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling. Free blood pressure checks, 10-11:30 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St.
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Senior Advanced Plus computer classes, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle. Sign up: 815-562-5050. Whiteside County Senior Center Outreach caseworker, 10-11 a.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 Fourth St., Fulton. Caregiver Support and Education Group, noon, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling, 815-6267333, ext. 317. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, 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, back door, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls. Alcoholics Anonymous, 2:30 p.m., clearance required, BAAbble on for Life Prison Group,
Saturday, March 29th 4:30 p.m. Centennial Auditorium Sterling High School Sterling, Illinois Ticket Prices:
815-973-6150. Facebook computer class, 3-4:30 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Register: 815-288-2936. Narcotics Anonymous, 4-5 p.m., Sinnissippi Centers, 2611 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013. 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. TOPS, 6:30 p.m., Rock Falls United Methodist Church, 210 Fourth Ave., 815-625-0431. Sterling Optimist Club, 7 p.m., Candlelight Inn, 2907 N. Locust St., Sterling. Al-Anon, 7 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, and Al-Anon, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 709 Fourth Ave., Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling.
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Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Big Book, Rolling Hills Center, 201 state Route 64, Lanark. Amateur Radio Club, 7:30 p.m., 1409 Eighth Ave., Rock Falls, 815-946-4340. 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 28 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 Prophetstown and Lyndon, 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 218 E. Third St., Prophetstown. Appointments: 815-537-2345. Bi-County Special Education Cooperative preschool screenings for Tampico, 8:30-11:30 a.m and 12:30-3 p.m., Tampico Elementary School, 304 E. Kimball St. Appointments: 815-4382255. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 9:3011:30 a.m., Oliverâ€™s Corner Market, 748 N. Brinton Ave., Dixon. Bible study, 10 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St. Blood pressure checks, 11 a.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., open; 10:30 p.m., open, candlelight, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Mercy Nursing free blood pressure clinic, noon-1:30 p.m., County Market, 1380 N. Galena Ave., Dixon 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. Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, noon, closed, Itâ€™s Your Meeting; 8 p.m., open, grapevine, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls, back door. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. 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.
Food Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Reporter puts kitchen to test Milwaukee health inspector visits health inspection reporter’s home for lunch
ignore several rules – the one against keeping an open beverage nearby while prepping food first among them. But I will make changes, too. I’ll get a thermometer, and I might start counting to 20 while washing my hands. In the end, they slapped me with eight “critical” violations, infractions that are more likely than others to cause a foodborne illness. On the upside, Hasler and Hagy ate the pasta and salad, and neither of them got food poisoning later. (Yes, I checked.) “We wouldn’t shut you down, but there were definitely some critical things that we’d come back and check on,” Hasler said. Next time, I’ll get home a little earlier.
WHEN SHOPPING: At the grocery store, shop for paper products, boxed and canned items first, then frozen items and refrigerated items last. Wrap raw meats in a plastic bag, and place on a shelf beneath the cart. TEST THE FRIDGE: Take your refrigerator’s temperature. It should be 41 degrees or lower. And make sure food in your freezer is frozen. THAWING: Don’t thaw frozen food on the countertop. Thaw it in the refrigerator, under cold running water or in the microwave. RAW MEAT: Don’t let raw meat, seafood or eggs come into contact with other food. That’s called cross-contamination – don’t do it! WASH, WASH, WASH: Wash hands and surfaces often. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, then dry with disposable towels in these situations, among others: before handling food, after using the bathroom, between tasks like handling raw meat and preparing other foods. NO HANDS: Use tongs or other utensils to handle food whenever possible. SANITIZE: Clean and sanitize all surfaces, including the sink, before preparing food and between tasks that contaminate cutting boards, knives and other surfaces. Use bleach to sanitize, with a solution of one teaspoon of bleach per quart of water. COOK TO PROPER TEMPERATURE: Poultry and stuffed meats to 165 degrees, ground meats to 155 degrees, pork and fish to 145 degrees and vegetables to 135 degrees. They should reach those temperatures for at least 15 seconds. KEEP AT PROPER TEMPERATURE: Keep hot food at 135 degrees or higher. Once leftovers fall below that temperature, they have 6 hours to cool to a safe 41 degrees, and they should cool to 71 degrees in the first 2 hours. Otherwise, throw them away. BIG BATCHES OF LEFTOVERS: Don’t put that huge pot of steaming chili in the refrigerator – it won’t cool fast enough, which means your dinner tomorrow will have been in the temperature “danger zone” where bacteria was fruitful and multiplied. Instead, fill your sink with ice, place the pot in there and stir until cooled. Or, divide the leftovers into smaller, shallower containers.
Food safety tips
BY LYDIA MULVANY MCT News Service
’m not a germaphobe. But for a few hours, I tried to become one. A City of Milwaukee health inspector came to my apartment to conduct an inspection of my kitchen, and as if that wasn’t intimidating enough, the director of Milwaukee’s Health Department came along, too. Both were staying for lunch. I’d invited them over, because as a reporter covering restaurant inspections, it was becoming clear my own kitchen would likely fail under similar scrutiny. Sanitation regulations can be esoteric. Obviously, moldy cutting boards and mouse droppings are disgusting, but restaurants get docked for holding beef with broccoli at 116 degrees instead of 135, or putting dishes in a hand sink. I don’t even have a socalled hand sink, and I don’t take the temperature of my food. So what other rules was I breaking in my kitchen, and how serious were they? The restaurants I write about get inspected at least once a year, and can face fines or – worst case – closure, for serious or repeated violations. The day of my inspection, I headed back home from work before they were supposed to arrive, in order to have a few minutes to clear away remnants of my breakfast and do some last-minute tasks. But the Milwaukee Health Department was one step ahead of me. As I walked in, the phone rang. Angie Hagy, the health director, was already downstairs. I greeted Hagy at the door, but the inspector, Carly Hasler, was still outside parking her car. To buy a few minutes, I asked Hagy if she wouldn’t mind letting Hasler in. She was onto me. “Are you going to go frantically clean?” she said. When they came in, we got right down to business and washed our hands the approved way, for 20 seconds. “I’ve never washed my hands for 20 seconds before,” I admitted. Then the violations started piling up.
Violations, violations Hasler asked for paper towels to dry her hands. I had some under the sink. As for the hand towel hanging on the oven door that I actually use for hand drying? Violation. I hadn’t been able to stash away the breakfast evidence, so I picked up a violation there, too. I’d sliced cheese on counter space next to my sink, but food preparation has to be done away from the potential spray of dirty dishwater. I was honest about
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ABOVE: Milwaukee health inspector Carly Hasler (left) talks with reporter Lydia Mulvany during a visit to Mulvany’s kitchen. The goal is to apply standards used in a restaurant to a home kitchen in Milwaukee. LEFT: The biggest concern of the inspector was the lack of counter space and several sinks to keep washing hands separate from food preparation. Most apartments only have two sinks with no separation or splash pads to keep contamination from spreading. some of my sins upfront. I don’t have a trash can, for example. I just hang up a plastic bag that I throw out every day. “You should get a garbage can,” Hasler said. I also got dinged for how I stored my wooden spoons and ladles. The handles should be sticking up out of the utensil holder, not the other way around. As Hasler continued her walk-through, poking around in my refrigerator and opening drawers, it became clear that home kitchens aren’t really designed with food safety in mind. For example, my refrigerator, like most, has crisper drawers for fresh foods on the bottom, which means raw meat and eggs go on the shelves above. That’s the opposite of what’s required of restaurants, since any leaks would contaminate everything below. Hasler took the temperature of my refrigerator to make sure it was below 41 degrees and tested the air inside of an applesauce jar to make sure it was cold enough. The thermometer registered 35 degrees on
both. Although I passed, I’d never have known if there was a problem. “Temping” is a habit Hasler picked up after becoming an inspector, and she now does it whenever she cooks meat. She also has become a disciple of “OCD” hand washing. This is not uncommon – inspectors, chefs, restaurant workers often say they find themselves following the Wisconsin Food Code at home. Thomas Hauck, owner and chef at c.1880, told me a while back that he even takes the restaurant gloves home. “I’ll wear restaurant gloves while preparing certain things, like when I’m stuffing a chicken or marinating ribeyes,” he said. “It makes cleanup easier and makes life better.”
Sausage causes trouble After the walk-through, I began preparing lunch: fettuccine with sausages and cream sauce, and a simple salad. I grabbed some onions and raw sausage and carried them as far away as I could
from the sinks. It was inevitable something would go awry with the raw sausage. When I finished cutting it, I washed my hands, but turned on the faucet with my contaminated fingers. Technically, I should have used my clean wrist, Hasler said. The hardest thing about having the health director to lunch is resisting the urge to continually nibble away at the creamy pasta sauce. Like many people, I love to eat as I cook. “I can’t use this to taste the sauce, right?” I asked. Hagy’s reply was stern. I’d have to use a new spoon each time I took a bite. I only got one spoonful in before lunch was served. One of my final violations was handling the salad with my bare hands. In a restaurant, I would have worn gloves; even at home, Hasler said, I should use tongs to wash and toss the salad. In many ways, it’s almost impossible for a home kitchen to live up to the Wisconsin Food Code, and I’ll continue to
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