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OBITUARIES FUNERAL SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Melva M. Meridith DIXON – Melva Marie Meridith, 58, of Dixon, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014. She was a rehabilitation technician at Kreider Services in Dixon for 18 years before her retirement. Melva was born March 7, 1956, in Dixon, the daughter of Melvin and Mary (Wheatland) Sneek. She married Dennis Meridith on March 30, 2003, in Oregon. Melva attended St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, and was a volunteer at Leydig Center in Dixon. Melva was wellliked by everyone she met. Survivors include her husband of Dixon; three sons, Randall Pettenger of Dixon, Michael Pettenger of Toluca, and Melvin (Misty Cook) Pettenger of Lanark; one stepson, Wayne (Deanne) Hoy of Amboy; her parents, two brothers, Gregg (Michelle) Sneek and Gary (Debbie)

Sneek, and one sister, Marsha (Dave) Cruse, all of Dixon; and eight grandchildren, Abigail Simmons of Dixon, Morgan, Boston, and Dawson Pettenger, all of Lanark, and Lindsay, Iain, Caitlin, and Collin Hoy, all of Amboy. She was preceded in death by her sister, Melanie Pankhurst. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Antoni Kretowicz, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. A memorial has been established to Happy Tails Animal Shelter. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome. com to send condolences.

Robert W. Wolfley POLO – Robert W. Wolfley, 83, of Polo, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at his home. He was a selfemployed carpenter in Polo, and a pressman at Kable Printing in Mount Morris for 25 years until retirement. Robert was born Oct. 12, 1930, in Chadwick, the son of Floyd and Ada (Isenhart) Wolfley. He married Wilma Smith on July 30, 1949, in Mount Carroll. Survivors include his wife; his daughters, Joyce (James) Mumford of Windsor and Rita J. (Fred) Buser of Byron; his sons, Robert (Ingrid) Wolfley of Sterling and David Wolfley of Polo; 10 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Mary Mayberry; sister, Lillian Scott; brother-inlaw, Edward Scott; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday and a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Faith Discovery Church in Polo. Polo Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Faith Discovery Church in Polo and Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. Visit www.polofamilyfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

Today’s visitations: David P. Short Jr. OF$IXON FORMERLYOF0OLO GATHERINGOF FAMILYANDFRIENDS  AM AT0OLO&AMILY&UNERAL(OME Glen J. “Johnâ€? Metz, FORMERLYOF#HADWICK   PMAT2USSELL &RANK&UNERAL (OMEIN,ANARK LaMeda “Skipâ€? Boyungs OF3TERLING  PMAT -C$ONALD&UNERAL(OMEIN 2OCK&ALLS Today’s funerals: Roland L. Williams OF #HANA AMGRAVESIDE SERVICEAT4RINITY-EMORIAL 'ARDENSIN2OCHELLE Dorothy M. Gehrt OF$IXON AMAT)MMANUEL ,UTHERAN#HURCHIN$IXON David P. Short Jr. OF$IXON FORMERLYOF0OLO AM GRAVESIDESERVICEAT&AIR MOUNT#EMETERYIN0OLO Saturday visitations: Gary N, Elliott OF$IXON  PMAT0RESTON 3CHIULLING &UNERAL(OMEIN$IXON Saturday funerals: LaMeda “Skipâ€? Boyungs OF3TERLING AMAT-C$ON ALD&UNERAL(OMEIN2OCK &ALLS

Gary N. Elliott DIXON – Gary Nelson Elliott, 65, of Dixon, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. He worked for Commonwealth Edison at the Byron Nuclear Plant for 30 years before his retirement in 1999. Gary was born May 24, 1948, in Dixon, the son of George and Ada Mae (Gray) Elliott. He married Cheryl Allen on July 16, 1966, in Dixon. He was a member of Dixon Elks Lodge Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 779, Pheasants Forever, and Briar Knoll Hunting Club. Gary was an avid boater, hunter, and fisherman. Survivors include his

Glen J. “Johnâ€? Metz, FORMERLYOF#HADWICK  AMAT&REEPORT-ENNONITE #HURCH Kenneth J. Hibberd Sr. OF$IXON AMMEMORIAL SERVICEAT0RESTON 3CHILLING &UNERAL(OMEIN$IXON Sunday visitations: Melva Marie Meridith OF $IXON  PMAT0RESTON 3CHILLING&UNERAL(OMEIN $IXON Monday visitations: Robert W. WolfleyOF0OLO  AMAT&AITH$IS COVERY#HURCHIN0OLO (ERMAN$3HAWOF2OCK &ALLS  PMAT(ARVEST 4IME"IBLE#HURCHIN2OCK &ALLS Monday funerals: Melva M. MeridithOF $IXON AM-ASSAT 3T!NNE#ATHOLIC#HURCHIN $IXON Robert W. Wolfley OF0OLO AMMEMORIALSERVICE AT&AITH$ISCOVERY#HURCHIN 0OLO Tuesday funerals: Herman D. Shaw OF2OCK &ALLS AMAT(ARVEST4IME "IBLE#HURCHIN2OCK&ALLS

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Joseph C. “Savoir-Faire� Rodriguez ROCK FALLS – Joseph Celestino “Savoir-Faire� Rodriguez, 53, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights. He was born Sept. 27, 1960, in Sterling, the son of Celestino and Patricia (Steltzer) Rodriguez. Survivors include six sisters, Linda (Mario) Garcia, Ruthie (Jimmy) Walker, Susan (Herman) Walker, Shirley Farnham, Mary Rodriguez (Frank Hartz)

and Claudia (Tony) Bresley; one brother, Victor (Nikki) Jomant; 14 nieces and nephews; and 23 greatnieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

Raymond N. Purvis COLETA – Raymond N. Purvis, 81, of Coleta, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at his home. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling arrangements.

Obituary information All obituaries, including death notices, are due by 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday for the following day’s edition. They can be sent via e-mail, obituar-

wife; one daughter, Denise (Dave) North, one sister, Georgia “Diann� Frey, and two grandsons, Austin and Alex North, all of Dixon; and two nephews, Joey (Cindy) Frey of Dixon and Eric (April) Frey of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. There will be no funeral services. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial has been established. Visit www.prestonschillingfuneralhome. com to send condolences.

ies@saukvalley.com or fax, 815-625-9390. For more information, call 815-625-3600 or 815-284-2222, ext. 530 or 502.

ROCK FALLS – Herman D. Shaw, 81, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at his home. Herman was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Wayne County, the son of Vernon and Mary Edith (Rainwater) Shaw. He married Lena Fern Gammon on June 28, 1952, in Mount Vernon. He was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Herman was employed by Sandusky Garbage, the city of Rock Falls, and Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., retiring in 1995. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Barbara McCoy and Caraline (Michael) Vasquez, and one son, Richard (Christi) Shaw, all of Rock Falls; one daughter-in-law, Pam Shaw of Brownstown; one sister, Margie Wiggens of Fairfield; 13

grandchildren; 31 greatgrandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Shaw; five sisters, Dorthy Keen, Mildred Ellis, Freda Clark, Arlene Flannigan, and Gerladine Berguson; three brothers, Mervin Shaw, Donald Shaw, and Howard Shaw; and one grandson, Shani Gould. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. A memorial has been established. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

ILLINOIS

Two institutions under federal review Uof Chicago, Knox College probed for handling of sexual violence, harassment complaints CHICAGO (AP) – The University of Chicago and Knox College in western Illinois are on a list of dozens of institutions of higher education around the country under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. Investigators from U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights visited the University of Chicago earlier this year and plan a visit to Knox College in Galesburg

later this month. No details have been released about the complaints that triggered those inquiries. Both schools said they were cooperating. They are on a list of 55 colleges and universities under investigation. The U.S. Department of Education released the list Thursday, offering the first comprehensive look at which campuses are under review for possible violations. Investigators from the Office for Civil Rights visited the University of Chicago earlier this

year in connection with a complaint filed in March 2013. The university has not heard back from the OCR since the visit, spokesman Jeremy Manier said. OCR asked to review records, interview staff and meet with what the university described as “selected focus groups� of students to hear about their experiences with the university’s policies on sexual misconduct. In a statement released in February, the university said it “has made every effort to comply with the spirit and letter of this inquiry.�

It also emphasized “a particular commitment to addressing sexual misconduct and unlawful harassment and discrimination involving students� and said it has regularly updated its policies on how to handle sexual misconduct. The university said separately in February that it is considering adopting new student disciplinary procedures as well as creating a position for a specialist on sexual misconduct and discrimination under the leadership of the dean of stu-

dents. It hopes to implement the changes in July. Knox College President Teresa Amott said in a campuswide email Wednesday that the investigation there began in January. It involves a report of alleged sexual misconduct from October, though the email gave no details. College spokeswoman Megan Scott said she could not reveal specifics. OCR officials will visit the Galesburg campus the week of May 19 to interview students.

ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE

Half-million Illinois voters seek gerrymander end Group submits signatures, calls for ballot question SPRINGFIELD (AP) – With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot. A group called “Yes for Independent Maps� submitted more than half a million signatures to the state Board of Elections, proposing a ballot question that would take the job of creating legislative districts away from lawmakers and give it to an independent commission of experts. It faces powerful oppo-

sition, including a lawsuit filed Wednesday by allies of House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state Democratic Party chairman, which also seeks to stop voters from imposing term limits in Illinois. Advocates of reform say the current method of allowing politicians to draw the state’s political maps leads to the majority party in Springfield unfairly accumulating power that can last a decade, by adjusting a district’s lines to protect incumbents and limit votes for political foes. Democrats now hold supermajorities in both the state House and Senate, partly due to maps their party drew after the 2010 Census. “Democrats have done it. Republicans have done it. If they didn’t do it, we would think some-

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks at a House committee hearing April 1 at the Capitol in Springfield. thing was in the water in Springfield,� said Mike Kolenc, the campaign’s manager. “We really feel that this will actually allow voters to choose their legislators, rather than the other way around.� The initiative would

set up an 11-member commission to draw the maps, similar to recent reforms in California and Arizona. The group has 532,000 signatures, but only needs about 300,000 to get the proposal on the general election ballot. Past efforts to overhaul

the process have failed. The most recent in 2011 by The League of Women Voters, which supports the current measure, did not gather enough signatures. Opponents of reform say the current process is fair, and is a way to protect the interests of racial minorities and other constituent groups from having their influence diluted. At a hearing last week in Springfield, Madigan dismissed the proposal as an effort by “angry� Republicans to regain influence in the state. “Put the Republicans in charge of something and there’s going to be an adverse effect on minorities,� Madigan said. But other influential Democrats are lining up in support of reform, including David Axelrod, the political consultant who helped President Barack Obama get elect-

ed. Among those donating funds to the campaign are wealthy Illinois businessman and Republican donor Ken Griffin and billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. State Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, donated to the campaign. “Fundamentally, it’s to help restore faith in our political system,� Steans said. “It changes the incentive for people to work together, not to go to the extremes, which is a healthy dynamic.� Legislators now get the first shot at drawing a new map. But if a majority of lawmakers can’t agree on a plan, a bipartisan, eight-person commission is supposed to draw the map – which has occurred every year but 2011 since the process was established in the 1970 state constitution.

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