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Transfer completed Sheriff turns more than $51,900 over to treasurer BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
OREGON – Ogle County’s controversial administrative tow fund is now under the oversight of the county treasurer. Sheriff Michael Harn took a check for the remaining fund balance – $51,932.07 – to the treasurer’s office
Tuesday morning, Treasurer John Coffman said. The fund was added to the county’s accounting system by midday, Coffman said, and the treasurer’s office will now track the money going in and out, as it does with other county funds. TRANSFER CONTINUED ON A4
Flip-flop on forensic audit? At Tuesday night’s Ogle County Board meeting, Chairman Kim Gouker said he would like to see a forensic audit on the sheriff’s tow fund “from beginning to end.” Story on A4
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The REACT helicopter takes off Tuesday morning from the parking lot at the Dixon Safety Building. The chopper was in the city for training, but also was toured and photographed by residents.
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Ervion Williams (left), 13, and Michael Ross, 11, take a tour of the REACT helicopter Tuesday morning. The chopper made a stop in the city for a training session.
DIXON – The Dixon Public Safety Building got a flyover Tuesday morning. A REACT helicopter from Rockford Health System was in town for training with paramedics from the Dixon Fire Department. After the training, which took place inside the Public Safety Building, the helicopter lifted off from the adjacent parking lot, flew west and then back over the lot – and nearly 2 dozen people – before heading
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northeast to Rockford, a 20-minute trip from Dixon. The fire department’s paramedics and other personnel reviewed landing zone set-up and familiarized themelves with medical helicopter procedures, Fire Chief Tim Shipman said.
DIXON – In the 2 years since former Comptroller Rita Crundwell was arrested at City Hall, lots of changes have been made – and more are to come. The city hired a new finance director, Paula Meyer, and its first city administrator, David Nord. In November, residents will vote on whether to change the Paula city’s form of govMeyer ernment. In the next few months, the city will get a review of its new accounting practices, a new employee handbook and a policies-andpractices manual. David Last week, Nord Meyer, Nord and Mayor Jim Burke met with with Sauk Valley Media’s editorial board to discuss those changes, in addition to Crundwell’s time in Dixon and the 2 years since her arrest. Sikich, a Naperville-based accounting firm, will be brought in to evaluate the city’s separation of duties in the finance department, Meyer said.
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Watch a Dixon double feature at saukvalley.com Check out a video recap of the REACT medical helicopter’s time in Dixon. Watch parts of the SVM Editorial Board’s interview with Dixon Mayor Jim Burke, Finance Director Paula Meyer, and City Administrator David Nord.
Golf course, club making the turn Mid-May opening envisioned for Sand Burr Run BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5535
THOMSON – When Buck’s Barn went out of business in fall 2011, golfers near and far shed a tear for the popular resort, and the little village absorbed another economic body blow. Things are looking up, though. Not only is the open-
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ing of Thomson prison finally in sight, but the golf landmark has been bought by local boys Ryan Eissens and Zac Vandendooren. The Thomson natives plan to restore the course to its former glory, as well as fix up the hotel and add a bar. They hope to have the hotel and bar side of Sand Burr Run Golf Course and Hotel open
What’s on tap? Get the preliminary details for the course, hotel and bar on A2. by mid-May, and to have the golf course, which they must demolish and rebuild “from scratch,” ready for play in August, said Zack Swanson, the resort’s general manager.
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Zack Swanson, general manager of Sand Burr Run Golf Course and Resort, formerly known as Buck’s Barn, describes the layout of The Sand Trap, a new bar being built where the hotel pool used to be.
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It will be a semi-private course, with some membership fees charged, but the public will be able to play golf there. Eissens, Vandendooren and a silent partner paid $323,000 for the property. The property does not include the restaurant on the parcel next door; that site still is for sale. It also didnâ€™t include all 18 holes â€“ they hope to negotiate with a Mount Carroll landowner who owns the 36-acre parcel on which five holes remain, Swanson said. The original 9-hole course, built in 1976, is theirs, though, and thatâ€™s what theyâ€™re opening with. There also is a driving range and a practice green. Swanson, 26, a Rockford native, is moving from Savanna to live onsite. Theyâ€™ve already got a staff of a half-dozen, and likely will be hiring four or five more people, he said. Growing up in Thomson, Eissens and Vandendooren have a sentimental attachment to the former Lynwood Lynks, as the course was known â€“ they cut their golfing teeth there. The name Sand Burr, in fact, hearkens back to the Sand Burr Tournament, a tradition for Buckâ€™s regulars, Swanson said. Now Eissens, 36, owns his own contracting business, Eissens Construction, and Vandendooren, 26 next month, works for Pioneer Seed in Erie. Vandendooren got his first job working at the restaurant at Buckâ€™s Barn
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Workers ready the Sand Burr Run Hotel and bar on Tuesday for the opening, now about a month away. The hotel will have 49 rooms plus the new bar, restrooms and storage. The nine-hole course will be public, with some membership opportunities that still are being worked out.
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when he was only 13. He grew up in the neighborhood, and now owns a house there. Fixing the place up is a labor of love for him. â€œI just didnâ€™t want to see it empty anymore,â€? he said, adding that heâ€™s looking forward to once again hearing people â€œoutside, having fun.â€? The partners arenâ€™t looking to get rich, either, Vandendooren said. â€œIf we can just get the place to pay the bills,â€? that will be enough, he said.
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Board rejects rezoning land for apartments â€˜Itâ€™s clear case of spot zoning,â€™ official says
son Road that they had inherited. They wanted to convert and renovate a former farmhouse into a duplex. Their plan also included building a rental house, expected to be worth $70,000 to $80,000. During Tuesdayâ€™s monthly County Board meeting, member David Gusse, R-Amboy, wanted to know whether the county had ever before approved changing agricultural property to multi-family residential. Zoning Administrator Chris Henkel, who started in his position about 20 years ago, recalled no other cases. In one example, the county allowed land near Dixon to change from single-family to multi-family, he said. Henkel said the Roesâ€™ proposal was incompatible with agricultural uses in Nelson Township or anywhere else in the county.
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John Whelan, 3, takes a comfortable seat in the REACT helicopter Tuesday morning at the Dixon Safety Building. The chopper made a stop in the city for a training session.
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The fire department usually transports patients directly to the hospital, Shipman said, but the department might have to respond to a helicopter crash or set up a helicopter rescue. The React helicopter flies about two missions a day, said Flight Nurse Tom Walsh, and covers much of northern Illinois, north to Madison, Wis., and into Iowa. It can fly to Peoria, but would need to refuel before returning. â€œThe No. 1 thing we do is rapid transport â€“ getting patients from Point A to Point B,â€? Walsh said. A 20-minute trip in a helicopter, compared to a longer trip in an ambulance, can make the difference between life and death, he said. The helicopter is equipped with advanced radar technology, Walsh said, which allows it to see cell phone towers and other elements while flying. The helicopter needs a landing zone at least 100 feet by 100 feet, making the Public Safety Buildingâ€™s parking lot just large enough, said Capt. Clark Pollard, a retired military pilot who was a co-pilot for Marine One and flew for former President George W. Bush. As the helicopter prepared to take off Tuesday morning, the gathered crowd took photos and videos on cellphones. The wind from the propeller and the sound picked up as the helicopter took off. After its flyover, the helicopter quickly disappeared into the sky on its way back to Rockford.
DIXON â€“ The Lee County Board on Tuesday rejected a proposal to rezone agricultural land to allow for a few apartments in Nelson Township. â€œItâ€™s a clear case of spot zoning,â€? member Allyn Buhrow, R-Ashton, said. One member, Wes Morrissey, D-Amboy, dissented. â€œI donâ€™t feel like itâ€™s the countyâ€™s position to tell them they canâ€™t put apartments on their land,â€? he said. Lynn and Paul Roe of Grand Detour had asked the county to rezone â€“ from agricultural use to multi-family residential â€“ property on Atkin-
Raises for elected posts approved County Board member Wes Morrissey, D-Amboy, who is campaigning for treasurer, opposed the increases. He said the three positions have salaries well above the areaâ€™s household median income, adding that a lack of raises wouldnâ€™t hurt the officials. â€œThey should set an example,â€? he said. â€œElected officials sit on a higher pedestal. Their bosses are the people.â€? Member Judy Truckenbrod, R-West Brook-
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The REACT helicopter makes a pass over Dixon City Hall on the way to its next training stop.
DIXON â€“ The Lee County Board on Tuesday approved raises for three elected offices during their next 4-year terms. The sheriff, treasurer and clerk will get a raise in each of the 4 years, a $3,500 boost for each office during the next term. The offices are on the ballot this year. The current salaries are $72,063 for the sheriff and $59,313 each for the treasurer and clerk.
lyn, said it was only fair to give elected officials a raise, given their employees have received $1,000-a-year increases. â€œItâ€™s a position of respect for these offices,â€? she said. The County Board sided with Truckenbrod. In a voice vote, only a handful opposed the raises. Four years ago, the County Board voted unanimously to give $250 annual raises to the county clerk and treasurer over 4 years, while the sheriff received $300 increases.
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Earlier this month, the zoning board recommended that the county board reject the zoning change. It said the proposal didnâ€™t comply with the countyâ€™s comprehensive land-use plan, which favors agricultural uses, unless prospective development is next to a city or village. At the zoning meeting, neighbors argued the Roesâ€™ apartments could attract low-income people, possibly bringing criminal activity. They said that could reduce their property values. The zoning board, though, had used none of those arguments in its recommendation. On Sauk Valley Mediaâ€™s Facebook page, many commenters criticized the decision, saying they opposed discrimination against low-income people. They said people shouldnâ€™t assume the poor are criminals.
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In an apparent reversal of its stand 3 months ago, the Ogle County Board authorized Chairman Kim Gouker Tuesday to proceed with getting a forensic audit of the sheriffâ€™s tow fund. â€œI would like to see a full audit of the tow fund from beginning to end,â€? Gouker said. He said the audit will determine whether or not Sheriff Michael Harn has misused money from the fund, and lay to rest the questions brought up over the last several months. Gouker said Harn is also eager to have the matter resolved. â€œI spoke to the sheriff on my way here and told him what I was going to propose,â€? Gouker said. â€œHe thinks itâ€™s a great idea. Heâ€™s fully cooperative.â€? Harn has come under fire in the last few months over expenditures from the tow fund, which included purchasing a new vehicle, flowers for Secretaries Day, a tent at
the county fair, and $4,000 for the departm e n t â€™ s Facebook page to be Kim managed. Gouker Gouker said he has an estimate for the forensic audit of $7,500 from Sikich, the firm that does the countyâ€™s regular annual audits. Because it was not on the agenda, the board will have to wait until its May meeting to vote to hire Sikich for the forensic audit. Board member Richard Petrizzo made a motion for a forensic audit of the tow fund at the boardâ€™s Jan. 21 meeting. However, Gouker said the matter could not be voted on then, because it was not on the agenda. Petrizzoâ€™s subsequent efforts to have the matter placed on the agenda were unsuccessful. In February, the board diminished the sheriffâ€™s control over the tow fund by limiting how monies could be spent and requiring the approval of expenditures by the county committee that oversees the sheriffâ€™s budget. At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, the board approved a
resolution establishing the tow fund. Gouker said that although Michael the board Harn approved implementing administrative tow fees in 2011, the ordinance governing that did not actually establish the tow fund. The new resolution also mandates that fundâ€™s deposits are limited to only administrative fees collected when a vehicle is towed, impounded, or seized during a criminal investigation. It further requires that the fee be handled by the Ogle County Treasurerâ€™s office, rather than the sheriff, as in the past. While a check for $51,932.07 was turned over to him Tuesday, Treasurer John Coffman said he did not receive any two fund revenue or expenditure records from the sheriffâ€™s department, only the check. â€œHow do you know itâ€™s correct?â€? board member Bill Welty asked. â€œI donâ€™t,â€? Coffman replied. â€œDo we have the tow fund books?â€? board member Pat Nordman asked.
Gouker said he had recently received a copy of the fund ledger. In a related matter, three tow truck owners went before the board to voice their concern over being taken off the sheriffâ€™s tow rotation list. Doug Aken of Oregon, spoke for the three, which also included Stan Ubben of Mt. Morris and Greg Wagner of Polo. Aken said all three have been on the rotation list for many years, but found themselves being called less frequently under Harnâ€™s administration. â€œSince Sheriff Harn has taken office, my tows have dwindled,â€? Aken said. On March 20, Aken said he received a letter from Harn informing him he was no longer on the list. The letter gave no reason. However, Aken said he believes it was because he supported another candidate in the March 18 Republican primary. Harn was defeated by Rochelle police officer Brian VanVickle in his bid for a second term in the three-way race. Aken said Harn removed Ubben from the tow list in May 2012, after Ubben towed an all-terrain vehicle at the request of the sheriffâ€™s department and a dispute ensued.
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In February, the Ogle County Board approved changes to the tow fund, limiting how the money could be spent and transferring the fund to the treasurer, but Harn was slow to turn it over. On April 8, Harn met
with Coffman, Ogle County Chairman Kim Gouker and Vice Chairman John Finfrock about transferring the fund. Harn told them he would have it transferred by the end of that day, Gouker and Coffman said on Monday. In December, Sauk Valley Media reported that Harn had used the tow fund, which had collected
$210,400 between October 2011 and November 2013, to pay for repairs to department vehicles, a tent at the Ogle County Fair, a $4,000 management fee for the departmentâ€™s Facebook page, and flowers for Secretaryâ€™s Day, among other expenses. The County Board restricted the fund so
it can be used only for fuel or to buy, repair, or maintain police vehicles or vehicle equipment. Vehicles can be bought with the fund at the sheriffâ€™s discretion, according to the amended ordinance, but â€œshall be done only with the advice and consent ofâ€? the County Security Committee.
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â€œWhat their intention is, or what their proposal is, is theyâ€™ll come in and look at the controls that Iâ€™ve set up and make recommendations for additional controls,â€? she explained. Like most municipalities and even small businesses, Dixon doesnâ€™t have an ideal separation of duties to eliminate the chance of theft. â€œWith that [small] size of an office, there is no way we will ever have appropriate separation of duties,â€? Meyer said. â€œIt cannot be done. We have to spend a lot more money to do that, and that doesnâ€™t make any
financial sense. That will never happen.â€? But new controls can make up for inadequate separation of duties, she said. The city has added an employee in the finance department since Meyer was hired in September 2012. Five employees now work under Meyer, Nord and City Clerk Kathe Swanson. Meyer has limited, by design, her ability to update or input information into the cityâ€™s accounting system. Each of the five employees has a different responsibility, from inputting changes, printing and mailing checks. No single employee can individu-
ally complete the entire process, Meyer said. And while the city no longer writes checks â€“ another change by design â€“ two signatures would be needed on a check if the system broke down and a written check was required.
Employee handbook Nord is working on the cityâ€™s employee handbook and policies-andpractices manual. â€œWe are looking not just to be reactive with these things,â€? Nord said. Nord wants the city to move away from the approach â€œThis is the way weâ€™ve always done
it,â€? or, â€œThis is the way I was told to do it,â€? which he has heard since he was hired in November. â€œWeâ€™re putting things in writing,â€? Nord said. â€œThings as we become aware of will be part of that. Things that we could even think might happen will be put in that, as well. â€œWe donâ€™t want to have to keep responding to things as they come to a head. We want to cut them off before they actually happen.â€? A draft of the employee handbook could be given to the City Council for review soon, Nord said, and after that is approved, he will turn his focus to the policies-andpractices manual.
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Susan K. Anderson DIXON â€“ Susan Kay Anderson, 56, of Dixon, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home. Susan was born Feb. 1, 1958, in Hillsboro, Wis., the daughter of Edmond and Leona (Malston) Anderson. Susan was very dedicated to her family and friends. She devoted her life to caring for others, and taught us all how to love just a little deeper. Survivors include four sisters, Carol Bushman of Dixon, Sandy Anderson of Rock Falls, Deb Hyde of Rochelle, and Lori Davis of Dixon; one stepbrother, Ron Smith of Dixon; three stepsisters, Pam Martinez, Deb (Chuck) Boetner, and Connie Morey, all of Michigan; numerous
nieces and nephews; and her extended family, the Witzleb and Mossholder children, Shelly, Tammy, Christopher, David, Theresa, and Joshua. She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Leroy Smith; and one brother, Ronald Anderson. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today and the funeral at 5 p.m. today at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, with her aunt, the Rev. Irene McDaniel, officiating. Burial will be at Emmanuel Cemetery in Dixon. A memorial has been established. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome. com to send condolences.
Jerry A. Fry HIGDEN, Ark. â€“ Jerry Allen Fry, 73, of Higden, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born Dec. 22, 1940, the son of John and Clara Fry. Survivors include his wife, Judith Fry; his children, Michael (Nanner) Wade, Jennette (Brian) Tarbill, Robert Jones, and Paula Baldwin, all of Rock Falls, and Shawn Fry of Higden; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Pat
Fulton, Jarrell Fry, and Jesse Fry, all of Illinois; and nieces, nephews, and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, J.T. Fry; and a sister, Glenda McCallister. There will be no services. Arrangements were completed by Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville, Ark. Visit www.arkansasfuneralcare.com to send condolences.
Elsie A. Merrill WALNUT â€“ Elsie A. Merrill, 94, of Walnut Manor Nursing Home, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at the nursing home. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is handling arrangements.
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In Loving Memory of Maureen Ann Danilson
January 20, 1957 - April 16, 2013 Gods Garden God looked around His garden and saw an empty space, He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face, He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest, Godâ€™s garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best. God knew you were in pain and a cure was not to be, So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered come to me. With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you slip away, Though we loved you dearly we knew you could not stay. It broke our hearts to lose you but you did not go alone, For part of us went with you the day God called you home. Love you forever Mom!
Also missed by, Mom, Dad, 10 Siblings and our families
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City looks into officialâ€™s residency Cox believed to have moved away last year
In an interview, the mayor said the city is researching residency law and received information from the state attorney generalâ€™s office. â€œItâ€™s not that Iâ€™m going after Barry,â€? Lee said. â€œIf Barry votes and heâ€™s not legally a member of the council, that could potentially nullify the vote. If I were clearly living out of town, I would resign.â€? Asked this week about Leeâ€™s comments, Cox said, â€œGood for Skip,â€? and then hung up the phone. For at least 7 months,
BY DAVID GIULIANI DGIULIANI SAUKVALLEYCOM EXT
STERLING â€“ Sterling Mayor Skip Lee said that if he were in Alderman Barry Coxâ€™s situation, he would leave the City Council. Cox, a 23-year member of the council, is believed to have moved outside city limits last year.
a large dumpster has taken up a good portion of the Coxesâ€™ driveway Barry at 1203 E. Cox 20th St. The split-level house is mostly empty. Cox has another house at 24269 Hillcrest Drive, 5 miles northwest of Sterling. The Coxes have owned it since 2010. In September, a Sauk Valley Media reporter visited the Hillcrest house, which overlooks a small
lake. Neighbors down the street said thatâ€™s where Cox lived. And his wife, Skip Julie, who Lee was tending the yard, said he lived there, adding they would be moving and that they still had a bed at the house on 20th Street. In an interview at the time, Cox said he complied with the requirement that an alderman maintain a residence in his ward. Coxâ€™s voter
registration and driverâ€™s license are tied to the city address, he said. Asked where he hung his hat at night, Cox said, â€œItâ€™s none of your damn business where I sleep.â€? Lee said hardly anyone has approached him about Coxâ€™s residency. He said Coxâ€™s perspective is valuable on the council, because he is the voice for those disenchanted with city government. Still, he said, the city has a duty to look into the situation, adding that he believes Cox lives outside city limits.
â€œWere he to run next year, I believe someone would challenge his residency,â€? the mayor said. â€œI havenâ€™t heard of anyone who would, but he is vulnerable.â€? In September, Cox said he wouldnâ€™t pinpoint a time frame for leaving the council, but expected at the time to finish moving within 60 days. â€œWhen I move out of the house and put a for-sale sign in the front yard, Iâ€™m really close to resigning from the council,â€? he said. No sign is on the property.
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Draft of comprehensive plan ready for public scrutiny BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ KSCHULTZ SAUKVALLEYCOM EXT
MORRISON â€“ The newest member of the Whiteside County Board will have the best of all possible mentors: her mom. Tuesday, Chairman Jim Duffy appointed Katherine Nelson, 54, to fill the position left vacant by longtime board member Tony Arduiniâ€™s death in March. Mom Karen Nelson has served on the board since 2001. Both are Rock Falls Democrats, and are among only five women on the 27-member board. They most likely also are its first mother-daughter members, and are not related to County Clerk Dana Nelson. â€œNewâ€? Nelson, a Newman Central Catholic High School graduate, is a production scheduler at Donaldson Co. Inc. in Dixon, and has been involved in politics, county or otherwise, â€œmost of my life.â€? She requested the position, she said. Her only goal is to â€œrepresent the people of Whiteside County, their concerns and wants and wishes,â€? Nelson said. Also, Rock Falls Democrat Glenn Truesdell was elected board vice chairman, the position Arduini held. The board also learned that the full draft of the countyâ€™s first comprehensive plan, a roadmap for future development, was posted online Tuesday for all to read, and that public hearings on the proposal have been set for early May. After the May hearings, in Sterling and in Morrison, the board will hold a final public hearing at its June meeting; it is expected to adopt the final version in July. The board also: s ,AID OVER UNTIL NEXT
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The state, not the county, approves cultivation center applications. s ,AID OVER UNTIL NEXT month a vote to adopt a credit card policy that calls for the board to OK each credit card request, and requires all purchasmonth a vote to adopt a es be for business purcounty concealed-carry poses only. In addition, all credit policy. In general, county card bills must be submitemployees and volun- ted to the administrative teers, except for law offi- office, and must include cers, will not be allowed documentation such as to carry or possess guns receipts and invoices that on county property, in clearly show what goods county vehicles, or while and services were purconducting business for chased. s ,OOSENED A HIRING the county on private property or using private freeze imposed in June vehicles, even if they have 2010 that prevented a concealed-carry permit. departments from replacs ,AID OVER UNTIL NEXT ing workers who retired or month a vote to adopt quit unless the Executive amendments to the Committee determined county zoning ordinance a vacancy created affectto cover the possible cul- ed public safety or was tivation and/or dispens- essential to the county. The policy was put in ing of medical marijuana, in accordance with the place to help address Compassionate Use of ongoing budget deficits, Medical Cannabis Act, but because the counwhich takes effect in June. tyâ€™s financial picture has Among other things, the improved, departments ordinance requires a cul- will be allowed to replace tivation center be at least workers up to staffing lev2,500 feet from day care els called for in the curcenters and schools; no rent budget without need one younger than 18 will of committee approval. s 3ET THE MAXIMUM MEAL be allowed on site. An inquiry has been and travel expense reimmade at his office, how- bursement at $41 in state, ever, county zoning and $50 out of state, for administrator Stuart those conducting county Richter told the board. business.
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BY PAM EGGEMEIER PEGGEMEIER SAUKVALLEYCOM EXT
ROCK FALLS â€“ The City Council approved a new 3-year contract with its firefighters Tuesday after an executive session. The deal had already been ratified by the union, Rock Falls Firefighter Association Local 3291. Firefighters received a 2 percent raise for each of the 3 years of the new contract, which runs from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2017. The captains will get a 3 percent raise for each year of the contract. There is no change in the benefits packages for the three captains and nine firefighters.
Next meeting 4HE 2OCK &ALLS #ITY #OUNCIL NEXT MEETS AT PM -AY AT #ITY (ALL 7 TH 3T 4HE AGENDAS WILL BE POSTED AT WWWROCK FALLSCOM AND AT #ITY (ALL #ALL FOR MORE INFORMATION 4HE #ITY #OUNCIL MEETING ALSO CAN BE VIEWED LIVE ON #HAN NEL The collective bargaining process went smoothly, City Administrator Robbin Blackert said. â€œWe only had a couple of 2-hour sessions and we were able to get it done,â€? Blackert said. â€œThe communication
was good before we sat down and in between; the firefighters were very cooperative.â€? Gary Cook, Twin City Joint Fire Command chief, said the firefighters were also pleased that negotiations moved along quickly. â€œThe process went very well,â€? Cook said. â€œI think it helps that there is a lot of respect on both sides.â€? As a department head, Cookâ€™s contract is renegotiated each year. He will receive a 2 percent raise for fiscal year 2015. Sterling firefighters are also working on a new 3-year contract. The first collective bargaining session was Feb. 13. The current contract expires April 30.
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THE CARTOONISTâ€™S VOICE
Rob Rogers, Newspaper Enterprise Association
Volunteer corps could generate beneficial results What we think Recruits are sought for a new group of volunteers being organized in Lee County. People who wish to help their communities during emergencies should seize this opportunity to become involved.
e believe that, when governmental units work together, good things happen. The same goes for departments within a governmental unit. We also believe that the most valuable resource a community has is an aware and engaged public. When you combine the shared goal of serving the public with a spirit of cooperation and volunteerism, the synergy can yield extremely beneficial results. Those thoughts came to mind when we heard about the creation of the Lee County Volunteer Corps. The groupâ€™s first meeting will be next week, April 24, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Dixon Public Safety Building, 220 S. Hennepin Ave. Volunteers from across the county are being asked to sign up and get involved. The corps is the brainchild of the leaders of two Lee County departments: Tim Trader, the Lee County Health Departmentâ€™s environmental health director, and Kevin Lalley, the Lee County Emergency Management director. Both departments must deal with emergency situations â€“ one, caused by health emergencies; the other, caused by weather emergencies. Both, at times, are in need of volunteers to carry out functions such as weather spotting,
medical distribution, damage assessment, sand bagging, and administrative assistance. Why not work together to recruit and train those volunteers? At the April 24 informational meeting, Lalley and Trader will give a 15-minute overview of the corps, then spend 5 to 10 minutes on each category. Prospective volunteers can fill out an application at the meeting, where dinner will be served. If you are 18 or older, you are welcome to attend. Training will occur later. Organizers anticipate having sessions several times a year. Volunteers will also be utilized during occasional disaster drills. Currently, about 60 volunteers already are involved in various ways to help the departments during disasters and health emergencies. It is hoped that they will be supplemented with new recruits. People who wish to participate must RSVP to Trader at 815-284-3371 or by email at ttrader@ lchd.com. Trader may also be contacted for additional information and applications. Two departments working together, assisted by caring, trained volunteers. Thatâ€™s the type of cooperation we like to see. We encourage people across the county to seize this opportunity to become involved.
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Legislators take spring break After 2 weeks away, itâ€™ll be crunch time in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD â€“ Itâ€™s spring break. Let the party begin. The General Assembly hit a sort of halfway point in the spring session last week. It was the deadline for bills that started in the House to get out of the House, and for Senate bills to get out of the Senate. Of course, as anyone whoâ€™s been around this place knows, it can be a kind of fuzzy deadline. If thereâ€™s something thatâ€™s deemed important and has to be done, you can get around the deadline. There arenâ€™t any finished budget bills out there yet, and obviously the state isnâ€™t going to do without a budget next year. Plus, the Senate extended the deadline for a bunch of its bills, so we donâ€™t know their fate yet. Still, for a lot of things, the deadline is the deadline, and if the issue hasnâ€™t moved yet, it probably never will. So now, lawmakers will take the next 2 weeks off before returning for the final push of the session.
Doug Finkeâ€™s column is syndicated by GateHouse News Service. Contact him at doug. finke@sj-r. com.
Itâ€™s either Passover break or Easter break if you are religiously inclined, or spring break for the secular. Enjoy it while you can. When lawmakers return in 2 weeks, itâ€™s pretty much nonstop until the end.
0OLITICS DERAILS MILLIONAIRE TAX Good news last week for millionaires, which, according to House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, excludes all but about 13,600 or so of us here in Illinois. Madigan scrubbed his proposed amendment to the state Constitution to impose a 3 percent surtax on incomes above $1 million a year. Just to be clear, you get the first $999,999.99 of income at the standard tax rate. Itâ€™s only the income from $1 million on up that would have had the surtax. A Madigan spokesman put the blame on Republicans. He said they were
more interested in protecting millionaires than helping school kids. Did we mention all the surtax money was supposed to go to schools? Thatâ€™s nice spin, but the fact is the amendment was done in by Madiganâ€™s own Democrats. Madigan could have had the amendment approved if all 71 House Democrats had voted for it. However, state Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, has never supported anything that even smelled like an income tax hike. And Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood, issued a press release saying he couldnâ€™t support a â€œpiecemealâ€? approach to dealing with the stateâ€™s budget problems. So Madigan was down at least two votes among his own members. That meant he needed Republican support. Madigan surely knew no Republican was going to vote for an amendment that imposed higher taxes on millionaires, even if it was for the children. So what we have is a campaign issue, which is what this was all about anyway. If it was on the ballot, it likely would have driven up turnout among Democrats, who tend to have fewer millionaires in their ranks.
Still, for a lot of things, the deadline is the deadline, and if the issue hasnâ€™t moved yet, it probably never will.
But Madigan still has his campaign theme that Republicans care more about protecting millionaires than helping kids. And perhaps most important of all, he has Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on record against the thing.
0REDATORS GET PROTECTION The Senate voted last week to add the American black bear, the gray wolf, and the cougar to the list of protected species under the stateâ€™s wildlife code. There were no dissenting votes. It means you canâ€™t kill one of those animals unless it poses an imminent danger to a person or his property. A number of reasons were offered to support the bill, mainly along the lines of saving rare or endangered animals.
THE READERâ€™S VOICE
Boosting organ transplants is goal of charity
What do you think?
RICK LOFGREN Greenwood, Ind.
The Childrenâ€™s Organ Transplant Association was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Ind., rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than 8 weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But the child died before an organ became available. Those community volunteers,
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Do you agree with this letter? Do you disagree with this letter? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using the funds they raised to help other transplant families. That was the beginning of COTA. Since that time, COTA has assisted more than 2,000 patients by helping to raise funds for transplant-related expenses.
COTA has built extensive volunteer networks across the nation in an attempt to ensure that no child or young adult needing an organ or tissue transplant is excluded from a transplant waiting list because of a lack of funds. COTA needs your help to make sure that tragedies, like the one that was the catalyst in founding COTA, are not repeated. Every day, 18 people die while waiting for an organ transplant here in the United States. April is National Donate Life Month. Please register today to become an organ donor. Then, encourage your friends,
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family members, neighbors, and associates to take two simple, lifesaving steps: register as an organ donor at www. donatelife.net or your stateâ€™s driverâ€™s license bureau, and express your wish to be a donor to your family members. You can do more. Find out how you can help a COTA family living nearby who needs your help by visiting www.cota.org. Please log on today to see how you can give hope and make a miracle in your community. Note to readers: Rick Lofgren is the president of COTA, a national charity based in Bloomington, Ind.