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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SERVING DIXON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA SINCE 1851
Burke likely to run in 2015 If re-elected as mayor, it would be his fifth term BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
DIXON – Mayor Jim Burke says he expects to seek re-election next year. Burke, a real estate agent, was elected in 1999 and won a
Inside Local businessman leaning toward running against Burke, A7. fourth term for mayor in 2011 in a close race. His term expires in 2015. During an interview Tuesday with Sauk Valley Media’s editorial board, Burke said he planned to run again. “The reason I want to run again is for the same reason I ran to start
with, which is the mayor can make things happen,” Burke said. “And we have a lot of things to get done going forward with this community.” Burke said he wanted to finish developing the downtown, expand the use and reach of the airport, and put together a task force to look into growing the city. In October, Burke said he wasn’t ready to make a decision about seeking re-election.
“I’m pretty sure I’m going to run,” Burke said Tuesday. “I kind of wanted to see what the reaction of the community was with all this. This thing has been, you talk about a stressful deal for the city – people at large – and the City Council and the mayor’s job. It’s really been a deal and a half for 2 years.” BURKE CONTINUED ON A7
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Sheriff’s memo calls for end of tow fee Chairman: decision did not come from board BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
OREGON – In an internal memo dated April 1, Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said his department would no longer collect the administrative tow fee. “We will continue to tow vehicles subsequent to arrest; however we will no longer distribute the vehicle seizure paperwork, nor require owners to remit the $350 impound fee,” Harn wrote in the memo. The fee has generated much controversy in recent months. TOW CONTINUED ON A5
Rockford Peanut Days, the biggest fundraiser of the year, in full swing man charged in shooting Alex T. Paschalemail@example.com
Builders Club members run through an exercise on working together during their meeting time after school Tuesday at Challand Middle School in Sterling. The club is the middle-school arm of the Kiwanis Club.
BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5570
STERLING – Zach Woessner might wish he could weave a more altruistic tale for why he attended his first Kiwanis Key Club meeting, but the results tell the real story. “A friend in PE class said, ‘You’re coming with me, and you’re gonna like it,” Woessner said. The Sterling High School senior was a sophomore at the time, and he quickly discovered that he did like it. The Key Club is one of three student service programs sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club is for high school students, Builders Club for middle-schoolers and Kiwanis Kids for students in elementary school. Woessner and Key Club member Meghan Clodfelter were at Challand Middle School Tuesday for a Builders
Challand Middle School eighth-grader Natasha Dickerson (right) reads the Builders Club pledge to the rest of the members Tuesday afternoon in the library. Club meeting. They serve as mentors for the younger kids, taking their Kiwanis pledge of building home, school and community to another level. Clodfelter, a Sterling High junior, said she joined Key Club last year because,
although she was involved in several extracurricular programs, she wanted to do something based inside the school. A pay-it-forward mentality also factored into her decision to join. “I want to get them inspired
to contribute in their communities,” Clodfelter said. “A lot of different people did that for me, and that’s my goal here.” The charter, paid for by Kiwanis, is for 40 Builders Club members, and anywhere from 20 to 40 attend the meetings, Sterling Kiwanis President Roy Dern said. “Come to Second Street and Second Avenue this week and empty your piggybanks for me,” Dern told the club, soliciting some business for Kiwanis Peanut Days, the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, on Friday and Saturday. The Builders Club members recited their pledge, and club president Mia Knapp led the group through some agenda items. Kiwanian Stacey Harrington went over some plans for future projects and activities. FOSTERING CONTINUED ON A3
Another suspect already had been charged, jailed BY VINDE WELLS email@example.com Shaw News Service
OREGON – A Rockford man faces a number of felony charges in a shooting March 22 in rural Byron. Brandon McMahon, 20, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggraBrandon vated battery McMahon with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a gang member, and possession of a weapon by a felon, Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock said Tuesday. SHOOTING CONTINUED ON A2
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