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Guilty plea in George case Dixon man sentenced to 18 years in prison BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5521
DIXON – A Dixon man who once faced a murder charge has received an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of
aggravated battery of a child in the death of his infant daughter. Charles T. George, 36, was arrested in September 2010. Police said he had slammed his daughter, Tamari, onto the floor, fracturing her skull and causing severe brain injury, rib fractures and retinal detachments. She died later at a Rockford hospital. Three counts of aggravated battery to a child and one count of
aggravated domestic battery were dismissed in exchange for his plea, and he was given credit for time served, which is 3 years, 8 months and 4 days. He will have 3 years of mandatory supervision and must register as a violent offender against youth for 10 years after his release. George entered his plea just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller
said. He had been scheduled to go to trial June 16. Until recently, George also faced a charge of first-degree murder, but it was dropped because of “speedy trial” rules. Because the murder charge was added more than 120 days after his original demand for a speedy trial, the state wasn’t allowed to prosecute that more serious charge.
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Charges dropped against Williams
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Disbarred in 2012 after admitting to financially exploiting a client BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5521
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Lincoln Elementary School second-grade teacher Candace Buikema had to rent a storage unit to keep her classroom materials safe while transferring to Jefferson School next school year. Wednesday marked the last day for students at the closing Dixon school.
Dixon students attend classes at building for final time BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
DIXON – Midday Wednesday, there were cars lining the street outside Lincoln Elementary School, much like any other day during the school year. But this was for the last time. In December, the Dixon School Board voted to close the building, in an effort to address a budget deficit. Next year, second- and third-grade students will attend Jefferson Elementary School, part of the district’s reshuffling to account for the closed building. Fourth- and fifth-grade students will be housed at the reopened Madison Elementary School, which is connected to Reagan Middle School; and pre-kindergarten and early childhood programs at Reagan will transfer to Washington Elementary School, which will still house kindergarteners and first-graders. RESHUFFLE CONTINUED ON A2
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Ethan Hays, a third-grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Dixon, is one of the last students to exit the school Wednesday. Lincoln will be closed next school year.
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DIXON – Two felony charges have been dropped against a former Dixon attorney who in 2012 pleaded guilty to stealing money from a former client. A grand jury in November had indicted Al Henry Williams, 66, on two felony counts of theft. He was accused of not paying the funeral bills for Arthur Elmer Black, a retired blacksmith, after the administrator for Black’s estate gave him $6,591 to do so. The charges Al Henry were dropped Williams Tuesday. Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller was unavailable for comment. Williams previously pleaded guilty to financially exploiting a former client, Dorothy Gaul, and was sentenced to 6 months of conditional discharge and ordered to pay $15,992 in restitution to her estate. Gaul, then 97 and living in a nursing home, hired Williams in August 2008 to handle her financial assets, which included her home in Dixon and more than $113,000 in checking and savings accounts. Williams then opened a joint checking account with Gaul, which he used to pay her expenses. Between December 2008 and August 2009, he wrote 25 checks to himself, totaling $95,000. He deposited 19 of them, totaling $92,800, into three bank accounts, then used the money for his own business and personal expenses. After pleading guilty, Williams agreed to let the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission disbar him. He can no longer practice law in Illinois.
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School children line up for the buses Wednesday at Lincoln Elementary School in Dixon.
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Trista Pitman, of Dixon, was among the parents waiting outside the school for dismissal on Wednesday. She said she trusts the districtâ€™s administration and teachers to make the reorganization work. â€œItâ€™s sad,â€? Pitman said of the buildingâ€™s closure. â€œI went to Lincoln School when I was a kid. I understand why theyâ€™re doing it, though.â€? Teachers and staff at Lincoln have done what they could these last few weeks to start packing, while also keeping activity as normal as possible for the students, Principal Dan Rick said. By Wednesday afternoon, the inside of the school looked more like the house of a family packing up to move. There were boxes stacked in the hallways and in classrooms, piles of books on tables, and empty boxes waiting to be filled with more supplies. Candace Buikema, a second-grade teacher, was packing up her firstfloor classroom and had a pile of boxes to be left for the district to move, as well as piles to take herself. Sheâ€™s already taken photos of her new classroom in Jefferson and is planning how she will arrange the room, trying to find a place for all of her supplies and the additional items â€“ extra books, a stereo and a
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A statue of Abraham Lincoln working on his studies as a child sits surrounded by moving boxes, as the last schoolday at Lincoln Elementary School comes to an end. Dixon is closing the south-side school and will be busing students to Jefferson next school year. bookshelf â€“ that sheâ€™s accumulated as a teacher. â€œWeâ€™re hoarders by nature,â€? she said. â€œWe have a lot of good stuff.â€? No decision has been made about what to do with the building once the district is finished with it. Open Sesame Child Care Center will be moving into Lincoln for its summer program, Superintendent Michael Juenger said, because of work being done at Reagan. â€œThe board is committed to making sure the building doesnâ€™t become an eyesore to the city and the neighborhood and the district,â€? he said, adding that the school board doesnâ€™t have any firm plans at this point. In addition to the reshuffling of grades, there is regular maintenance work that needs to be done to all the
One last message on the whiteboard bids farewell to the Dixon school. buildings, Juenger said, and as buildings and classrooms become available, teachers will begin to move into their new classrooms. When asked how long she will wait to get started on unpacking, Buikemaâ€™s answer was simple: â€œAs soon as I get the key.â€?
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In celebration, an afternoon of jazz Woman diagnosed with terminal cancer holding event to mark her 77th birthday BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5521
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Jack Mulnix of Rock Falls hits his ball at Rainbow Falls Adventure Golf while his granddaughter, Kaitlyn Jones, 9, of Rock Falls, watches. The 18-hole miniature golf course has reopened after being closed last summer. The course is open from 2 to 9:30 p.m. daily.
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ROCK FALLS â€“ A longtime family-friendly fun spot has reopened in Rock Falls. After last summerâ€™s hiatus, Rainbow Falls Adventure Golf is back in action. The colorful miniature golf course at 1109 W. U.S. Route 30 will open daily at 2 p.m., with the last golfer let in at 9:30 p.m., said Chip Staebell. Heâ€™s leasing the business from Judy Myers, who owns the Dairy Queen on the same site. The 18-hole course has a pond and a waterfall. â€œItâ€™s challenging, yet fun,â€? said Staebell, who also owns Anytime Fitness in Rock Falls. â€œWe put a lot of time into cleaning up the greens, cleaning up the landscaping.â€? The price to play is $5 for ages 5 to 15, $6 for 16 and older, and $2 more for a replay round. The facility also is available for birthday parties, fundraisers and other group events, and can be opened off hours for special occasions, he said. Find Rainbow Falls Adventure Golf on Facebook, follow the fun on Twitter (@rainbowfalls30) or call 815-535-6556 for more information.
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â€œItâ€™s tasteful,â€? Wakem said. â€œItâ€™s very good music. Itâ€™s romantic music, for the most part â€“ danceable and romantic.â€? The event is open to the community and begins at 4 p.m. â€œThis started out as something where I was going to invite a few people, and then it turned out that they were going to bring some people,â€? Wakem said. And then one of her friends suggested the idea that it would be a lovely thing for the community to enjoy as well. Wakem agreed. â€œI know I will enjoy the music,â€? she said.
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Melba Prelesnik VIRGINIA, Minn. â€“ Melba Prelesnik, 90, of Virginia, Minnesota, formerly of Sterling, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Essential Care Center in Virginia. She was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Galt, the daughter of Fred L. and Nellie (Fry) Scott. She attended schools in the Galt area. She worked more than 9 years for Frantz Manufacturing Co. in Sterling. Melba was an election judge for 25 years. She married Steve Prelesnik on Jan. 10, 1948. They lived in Rock Falls for 7 years, and then north of Sterling until 1977, when they moved to Britt, Minnesota. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Melba is survived by her daughter and sonin-law, Leona and Jim Gustafson of Britt, Minnesota; two grandsons, Josh (Megan) Gustafson of Des Moines, Iowa,
and Steve Gustafson of Mountain Iron, Minnesota; two great-grandsons, Carter Gustafson and Hunter Gustafson, both of Des Moines; her sister, June Metcalf of Lyndon; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Steve, of 49 years; two sons, Gregg in 1986, and Mike in 1969; four brothers, Arthur, Lyle, Asa, and John Scott; and two sisters, Vida â€œSisterâ€? Portner and Betty Oâ€™Bryan. A memorial service was April 9, 2014, in Minnesota. Local graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sacred Heart section of Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Range Funeral Home in Virginia, Minnesota, handled arrangements. Visit rangefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
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Police: Woman faked cancer for funds 31-year-old jailed on $100,000 bond ST. LOUIS (AP) â€“ An Illinois woman was charged Wednesday with bilking thousands of dollars in donations from hundreds of people she duped for months into believing she had terminal cancer, drawing scorn from an investigator who labeled the alleged global scheme â€œevil.â€? Alissa Jackson, 31, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in southwestern Illinoisâ€™ St. Clair County just hours after being charged with two felony counts of theft by deception. Jackson, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, told a judge she would hire an attorney and was jailed on $100,000 bond. Belleville police Detective Sgt. Mark Heffernan said investigators began scrutinizing Jackson nearly a month ago after community members reported their suspicions that she was lying about having late-stage ovarian cancer. Police ultimately found that, although the community staged several fundraisers meant to defray her supposed medical expenses, Jackson never had cancer. It was not immediately clear for how long Jackson carried out her alleged deceit or how much she profited from well-intentioned donors
Alissa Jackson of Belleville is escorted to the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville for her arraignment. Jackson pleaded not guilty to charges that she bilked thousands of dollars in donations from hundreds of people she duped for months into believing she had terminal cancer. police say were part of â€œAlissaâ€™s Army.â€? Wednesdayâ€™s criminal complaint alleges Jackson, who is married and has five children, pocketed more than $500 on May 12 from local Pizza Hut restaurants that devoted 20 percent of their profits that day to her. Jackson also is accused of stealing at least $500 from a woman who bought and sold T-shirts to raise funds for her from January through March 10. The scope of Jacksonâ€™s suspected ruse remained unclear Wednesday. Brendan Kelly, St. Clair Countyâ€™s stateâ€™s attorney, told The Associated Press that
â€œitâ€™s fair to say this involved several thousand dollars.â€? Citing the pending prosecution, he declined to discuss the matter further. Jackson does not have a listed home telephone number. Heffernan applauded locals who notified investigators about Jackson, whom he said â€œpreyed on the good-hearted nature of the citizens in this community, and that is not something that this agency takes lightly.â€? â€œThe emotional impact of what Jackson has done cannot be measured,â€? Heffernan said in a statement, noting that the
alleged scheme â€œhas had an international reachâ€? illustrated by calls he said police have fielded from around the world. â€œTo the hundreds of people who donated to â€˜Alissaâ€™s Armyâ€™: Do not let Jacksonâ€™s evil prevent you from helping people in the future,â€? Heffernan added. â€œThe willingness to help a person who is in need is something that is a part of human nature. We applaud you for trying to do the right thing. In the future, we suggest donating to established, reputable charities who funnel assistance to families in need.â€?
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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion and another in St. Louis that serves veterans from southwestern Illinois are coming under scrutiny after an internal review showed several dozen patients waited more than 3 months for appointments.
More veterans hospitals under scrutiny in state Officials assure lawmakers there are no problems CHICAGO (AP) â€“ Illinois members of Congress are increasing their scrutiny of veterans hospitals in the state after an internal review showing several dozen patients waited more than three months for appointments at two facilities. Letters from Veterans Affairs officials to some U.S. senators â€“ including Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Kansasâ€™ two senators â€“ last week disclosed that problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists existed at several facilities throughout the Midwest. Among them were two hospitals serving veterans from southwestern Illinois, in Marion and St. Louis. Just days ago, officials at both facilities assured U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Collinsville there were no such problems at either facility, the Republican told The Associated Press Wednesday, adding that he was surprised to learn otherwise this week. â€œThatâ€™s news to me which was not divulged in previous conversations with these administrators,â€? he said. â€œAnd so that may cause me to have to circle back to make sure I understood what they were telling me. That raises more questions.â€? Representatives for the two hospitals could not be reached for comment. A regional spokesman, Shaun Shenk, responded with a VA statement acknowledging problems in reporting accurate wait times and referring to system-wide efforts to accelerate care. Other lawmakers, meanwhile, were planning visits to VA facilities in Illinois this week, including the Marion VA Medical Center. The VAâ€™s Inspector Generalâ€™s Office is conducting a nationwide review of facilities after allegations first emerged at a hospital in Phoenix that secret waiting lists were used to cover up long wait times. In Illinois, most of the attention has been focused on a suburban Chicago hospital where several staff members and a union representa-
tive have come forward with similar allegations. Kirk, a Republican from Highland Park, has asked the VAâ€™s acting inspector general to investigate the allegations, including whether $16.6 million in bonuses to employees may have led to secret wait lists and scheduling manipulation. â€œThe VA will continue to be held accountable for this corruption until our nationâ€™s veterans are given quality medical care in a timely manner. Anything less than that dishonors their immeasurable sacrifice,â€? Kirk said Wednesday. The director of the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital has denied there were secret waiting lists at the facility. The letters that became public this week show that problems exist elsewhere in the state. Upon the request Kansasâ€™ two senators, the letters summarized results from a review by the VA Heartland Network of 61 hospitals or clinics that serve Kansas, Missouri and parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Veterans who waited longer than 90 days for care included 26 at VA St. Louis Health Care System and eight at the Marion hospital, which serves the southern parts of Illinois and Indiana. Shimkus said he spoke with the directors of both facilities in addition to one in Danville in recent days to emphasize the need for fast access to care. He said administrators made some mention of problems with following proper procedures and using the official electronic appointment system properly, but indicated they felt they were operating within guidelines. â€œMy impression was ... that they all felt that there were no egregious examples and they were within standards,â€? he said. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said heâ€™s focusing on how to fix the system, including eliminating the â€œbureaucratic nightmareâ€? that led to the current crisis. â€œWhat weâ€™ve seen at the VA is unacceptable and itâ€™s our duty to make things right,â€? the Republican from Channahon said.
Former state lawmaker pleads not guilty in child porn case CHICAGO (AP) â€“ A former Illinois state representative has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges. Keith Farnham entered the plea Tuesday at a federal courthouse in Chicago. The 66-yearold Elgin Democrat was charged in a crimi-
nal complaint in April with possessing child pornography. A federal grand jury returned an indictment last month charging him with possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography. A judge ordered Farnham confined to his
home during the case, even refusing his request to be allowed to step onto his outdoor patio. Farnham also is barred from using computers or having unsupervised contact with anyone under 18. He must wear a monitoring bracelet, and the judge ordered
Farnhamâ€™s wife to be his custodian. The initial criminal complaint alleged that Farnham possessed videos depicting child pornography on a computer. The document also provided graphic details about images allegedly sought and traded by
Farnham online. Some allegedly showed children under 10. Farnham previously supported state legislation that aimed to toughen penalties against child pornography owners. Farnham, who entered the Legislature in 2009,
resigned in March after agents searched his home and state office. Farnham said at the time he needed to attend to â€œserious health issues.â€? He has since appeared in court with a portable oxygen tank and says he needs a lung transplant.
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ROCK FALLS â€“ Facade improvement programs are usually associated with Main Street organizations. The city of Rock Falls doesnâ€™t want the fact it doesnâ€™t have a local Main Street group to stop it from offering help in refurbishing the exteriors of local businesses. At Wednesdayâ€™s meeting, the Building Code Committee reviewed a facade improvement program application packet the city would use and other program details. It will likely come before the
City Council for approval at its June 17 meeting. The city is working closely with the Rock Falls Community Development Corp. to get the program up and running. The RFCDC w i l l administer the program, but the city will fund it. The first Robbin round of Blackert funding has already been included in the fiscal year 201415 budget. Mayor Bill Wescott said $20,000 will be allocated to get the program started. The grants are 50/50 matches with the business owners, and the maximum award per grant is $5,000.
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Bill Wescott, mayor of Rock Falls, on interest among business owners for the facade improvement program
Interest among business owners has been building, particularly in the downtown, the mayor said. â€œWe have talked to quite a few people who are waiting for this program, so it appears that the line is quite long already,â€? Wescott said. The applications are considered by a facade committee. Work approved for grant funding must be inspected at the time of completion before the cityâ€™s 50 per-
cent is reimbursed to the business owner. â€œWe donâ€™t want a check disbursed until a business is open,â€? City Administrator Robbin Blackert said. She said the design guidelines in the packet were done specifically for the RB&W district, and would have to be changed to reflect a downtown emphasis before the council meeting. The city plans to take a closer look at how the
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DIXON â€“ In the next few days, the city will mail surveys to all address in the 61021 ZIP code, the first step in the strategic planning project. After that, Sikich, the Naperville-based accounting and consulting company thatâ€™s leading the strategic planning, will meet with 15 to 20 focus groups, each consisting of eight to 10 residents, during a 3-day stretch t h i s month. Both the surveys and focus groups a r e equally Jim Burke important to the process, Mayor Jim Burke said in a news release. â€œThe citizen survey and focus groups should provide broad-based input, opinions and ideas about the community and city government that will set our agenda for the strategic planning workshops,
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2ESIDENTS INTERESTED IN JOINING ONE OF THE FOCUS GROUPS WHICH WILL MEET *UNE SHOULD CALL #ITY !DMIN ISTRATOR $AVID .ORD AT tact residents have with city staff; and what are the cityâ€™s most important services, among other topics. Similar topics will be discussed in the focus groups, Burke said, which will be made up of people city staff and officials have nominated to represent a â€œcrosssection of community interests.â€? City staff wonâ€™t be present during the focus groups. â€œWe donâ€™t want any kind of sense of intimidation or anything like that,â€? Burke said. Residents can volunteer for the focus groups by calling City Administrator David Nord at City Hall, and there will be an open public forum during one of the focus group days, which will be held June 17-19 at the Loveland Community Building.
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A little less than $2 million in road construction projects in Whiteside, Lee, Ogle and Bureau counties were announced Wednesday. The Illinois Department of Transportation projects are being funded by Gov. Pat Quinnâ€™s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.
In Whiteside County Pavement patching will be done on U.S. Route 30 from Hillandale Court to Bartlet Street in Morrison. G.M. Sipes Construction Inc. of Rushville won the job with a bid of $242,320.
Sugar Grove Road will be milled and resurfaced. Civil Constructors Inc. of Freeport bid $309,840.
In Ogle County About 3.5 miles of state Route 48 will be milled and resurfaced, from just west of Thorp Road to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Rochelle, for $1,175,752 by Martin & Co. Excavating of Oregon.
In Bureau County Overhead sign structures will be repaired and maintained at various county locations. Kujo Inc. of McHenry bid $169,608.
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program could be funded in the future. â€œWe will look at other funding sources beyond its first year,â€? Wescott said. â€œI think we can generate some money for this from building permits.â€? The committee also received an update on the rental inspections program and reviewed an inspection report sheet that is under consideration. One sheet would be used for each room, and the emphasis would be on life safety issues. â€œWe want to get in the houses, but not necessarily slam them with the code book,â€? committee member Jim Schuneman said. Blackert said she was going back and forth on the the financial aspect of the program, which
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Session ends, and weâ€™re back where we started Legislature skirts income tax decision
Joe Heller, Heller Syndication
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ews isnâ€™t always good, and readers sometimes If youâ€™re looking for some positive news, complain that the newsyou donâ€™t have to look too far. Lots of good paper never publishes the positive stories about things are happening all around us. Let us our community. mention a few. But weâ€™ve seen plenty of good news stories on of the Whiteside County announced it will be the these pages in recent United Way, has expand- first rebuilding block days. Here are a few of ed to serve hungry kids for downtown Prophthem: in Fulton and Prophetetstown, which was stown. devastated by a fire last MIDWAY DRIVE-IN Lunch service began summer. east of Sterling has gone this week in the new The new building, digital. towns, as well as Morbetween 1,500 and 2,000 Theater owners Mike rison, Sterling, Tampico square feet, will go up on and Mia Kerz came up and Rock Falls. at least three lots on the short of their public The program supplesouth end of the busifundraising goal, but went ahead with installa- ments meals for children ness district. who get free or reducedGroundbreaking is tion of the new technolprice lunches during scheduled for July 15, ogy anyway. the school year, but also the first anniversary of Thatâ€™s good news for serves any child who the fire that destroyed locals who love a good needs it. eight buildings in the double-feature outside The brown bag lunches historical downtown. on a warm summer are made available Construction should be night. And the new through the assistance of completed by late this equipment ensures that local churches and other year or early 2015. the range of available Thatâ€™s a great first step. movies wonâ€™t be limited organizations, including the Sauk Valley Food by outdated equipment AMBOY HIGH that couldnâ€™t handle the Bank. The 12-week program SCHOOL CLIPPERS new format of Hollylast year served more softball team is advancwood productions. than 33,000 lunches. ing to the state tournaWeather this weekend A good community is ment this weekend in looks perfect for the one that looks out for its Peoria for the first time drive-in! kids. in program history. A 1-0 nail-biter over LETâ€™S FEED OUR IH MISSISSIPPI VALPutnam County gave the CHILDREN, the free LEY CREDIT UNION Clippers the title in the summer lunch program
Class 1A DeKalb Supersectional this week. They will play a semifinal game beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday at EastSide Centre in East Peoria. Go, Clippers! OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO to the hundreds of newly graduated youths of the Sauk Valley. You would have seen the photos from 20 area high schools in the graduation section of this newspaper on May 15. And some commencement exercises of the 20 high schools in the Sauk Valley have been reported on these pages. The local ceremonies were completed this past weekend. â€œWe are always so anxious for what the future holds, but we should savor each moment,â€? Dixon Senior Class President Alexis Plumb told her classmates at the schoolâ€™s graduation ceremony on Sunday. â€œWeâ€™ve sprinted through moments when we should have jogged.â€? Sheâ€™s right, new grads. The world isnâ€™t going anyplace. You have plenty of time to save it. Thatâ€™s what we call good news.
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Detainee swap a dangerous game G.G. GARCĂ?A Amboy
By approving the release of five Afghan detainees, known terrorists, held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for a U.S. soldier, â€œThe White House agreed that actions were taken in spite of legal requirements and cited â€˜unique and exigent circumstancesâ€™ as justification.â€? Itâ€™s a dangerous game this fellow plays. Obama
EDITORIAL BOARD Jennifer Baratta Jim Dunn Sam R Fisher Sheryl Gulbranson Larry Lough Jeff Rogers
What do you think? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com reveals his formula for lawlessness. A commander in chief would not have engaged in horse trading in return for five Afghans who were held at a U.S. detention facility in Cuba. Bad deal. Obamaâ€™s logic, or lack thereof, could be applied by all lawbreakers, say illegal immigrants.
Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from Guantanamo. â€œThese unique and exigent circumstances despite the legal requirement of 30 days advance notice to Congress,â€œ could be used to say, move terrorists from Guantanamo to the Thomson prison or empty the prison in Cuba at this same rate, 5:1. The Taliban just has to calculate how many of our men and women need to be taken prisoner. Senate Majority Leader
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Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said in a statement that â€œthe safe return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is an answer to the prayers of the Bergdahl family and a powerful reinforcement of our nationâ€™s commitment to leave no service member behind.â€? Anyone can see that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahlâ€™s family rightfully is ecstatic about his release. But what about that commitment to our ambassador and his staff in Benghazi? This administration lies and insults our intelligence.
Earlier this year, speculation ran rampant about the fate of the 67 percent temporary income tax hike, much of which is set to expire Jan. 1. Although he was repeatedly asked his position on keeping the tax around, Gov. Pat Quinn pretty much ducked the question. He kept that up until his March budget speech, when he declared the tax hike should be made permanent to avoid drastic cuts to state services. That same day, both Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said they, too, supported making the tax hike permanent. Madigan also said he expected the issue to be resolved before the end of the spring session. That appeared to somewhat blunt the cynics who assumed the tax hike would be made permanent, but during a lameduck session after the November election when lawmakers would either be safely re-elected or defeated and therefore free to vote on the tax extension without fear of facing voters again. Well, bring back the idea of the lame-duck tax hike. The House Democrats couldnâ€™t or wouldnâ€™t put enough votes on a bill to keep the tax hike permanent. At the same time, you have to prepare a state budget based on the revenue youâ€™re going to get in the upcoming year. In this case, that means a whole lot less in income taxes. The House Democrats used some of the old gimmicks to minimize the impact, such as borrowing from restricted state funds, but the budget they produced appears to be a crisis waiting to happen. There are those who think the state can stumble through the first 6 months of the fiscal year before the stuff really hits the fan. That brings us to January. So weâ€™re sort of back where we started. If Quinn gets re-elected, the pressure will be on to keep the tax hike around with a lame-duck vote on the issue. If Republican Bruce Rauner wins? Well, he says the tax hike should go away anyway, and heâ€™s got a plan to show how it works. Maybe then weâ€™ll finally see it.
0ATS BAD YEAR This hasnâ€™t been a particularly good year for Quinn. He didnâ€™t get the tax extension. He didnâ€™t get the $500 pre-election checks for property taxpayers
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(another of his proposals). He didnâ€™t get an increase in the minimum wage (although heâ€™ll get an advisory referendum). Thereâ€™s no increase in the earned income tax credit. And most of his budgetary priorities went down the drain. He did get a new capital program of sorts, all of $1 billion for roads and bridges. Itâ€™s a good Gov. Pat t h ing the Quinn LegislaThe governor ture is congot a new trolled by capital program of Democrats. sorts from the Imagine the Legislature, carnage if but not the Republiincome tax hike cans were in extension, the charge. $500 property But like tax exemption, a minimum the Chicago wage hike, or Cubs, thereâ€™s an increase in the earned always next year and income tax credit. the hope it will prove more successful. Except, depending on the November election, this could have been Quinnâ€™s last spring hurrah.
1UOTABLE QUOTES â€œFor Peteâ€™s sake, we ought to just let her sell the cupcakes, unless someone dies of an overdose of them.â€? â€“ Sen. William Haine, D-Alton, speaking against a bill that would impose lengthy regulations on the 11-year-old Cupcake Girl and other amateur home bakers. s s s â€œI havenâ€™t read the language of the amendment.â€? â€“ Speaker Madigan in response to a question about a bill he sponsored to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum its own state agency. s s s â€œItâ€™s the most responsible budget we can pass in this climate, given that everybody is against everything.â€? â€“ Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, reflecting frustration that representatives didnâ€™t want to cut the budget and didnâ€™t want to support the taxes needed to pay for it. s s s â€œThink of what we could do with $2 billion. We could even buy the L.A. Clippers.â€? â€“ Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, on projections the stateâ€™s unpaid bill backlog will grow by $2 billion under the new state budget.
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Western couple held in Afghanistan Taliban video
shows handover of U.S. soldier
Video was sent to womanâ€™s family WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them and their child from Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned. The videos offer the first and only clues about what happened to Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle after they lost touch with their families 20 months ago while traveling in a mountainous region near the capital, Kabul. U.S. law enforcement officials investigating the coupleâ€™s disappearance consider the videos authentic but say they hold limited investigative value since itâ€™s not clear when or where they were made. The video files, which were provided to the AP, were emailed to Colemanâ€™s father last July and September by an Afghan man who identified himself as having ties to the Taliban but who has been out of contact for several months. In
This frame grab from video provided by the Coleman family shows Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle. The family of a then-pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them from their Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned. one, a subdued Coleman â€“ dressed in a conservative black garment that covers all but her face â€“ appeals to â€œmy president, Barack Obamaâ€? for help. â€œI would ask that my family and my government do everything that they can to bring my husband, child and I to safety and freedom,â€? the 28-year-old says in the other recording, talking into a wobbly camera while seated beside her husband, whose beard is long and untrimmed.
Though Coleman mentions a child, no baby is shown in the videos. The families say they have no information about the name or gender of the child, who would be about 18 months old. The families decided to make the videos public now, in light of the publicity surrounding the weekend rescue of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from Taliban custody in exchange for the release of five high-level Taliban suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The
families say they are disappointed that their children and grandchild were not freed as part of the same deal but are appealing for help from anyone who can give it, including the coupleâ€™s captors or the government. â€œIt would be no more appropriate to have our government turn their backs on their citizens than to turn their backs on those who serve,â€? Patrick Boyle, a Canadian judge and the father of Joshua Boyle, said in a telephone interview.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) â€“ As a thin, tenselooking Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. forces, one of his Taliban captors leaned in and warned him: â€œDonâ€™t come back to Afghanistan. You wonâ€™t make it out alive next time.â€? Then, the American soldier, wearing traditional, loose-fitting Afghan trousers and a long tunic, was led away to a U.S. military helicopter, where he was patted down for explosives or other weapons before climbing aboard. The weekend handover in the dusty desert was documented in a 17-minute video emailed to news organizations Wednesday by the Taliban, which touted the exchange of Bergdahl for five Guantanamo detainees as a victory, while debate raged in the U.S. over the deal and whether the 28-year-old from Hailey, Idaho, should be punished as a deserter. Bergdahlâ€™s hometown on Wednesday canceled plans for a welcome-home celebration later this month, citing concerns over its
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban before being handed over to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. ability to handle the large crowds â€“ both for and against the soldier â€“ that were expected. The town of 8,000 has been swamped with critical emails and phone calls over Bergdahl. Some Americans have questioned whether he deserves a heroâ€™s welcome, since he was captured after walking away from his unit, unarmed, in 2009. U.S. lawmakers and others have also complained that Congress should have been consulted about the prisoner exchange, that the deal will embolden the Taliban to snatch more American soldiers, and that the released Afghans will filter back to the battlefield.
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Talk of Putin and his actions in Ukraine dominates G-7 summit BRUSSELS (AP) â€“ Russian President Vladimir Putin was kept out of Wednesdayâ€™s summit of major economies over his actions in Ukraine, yet world leaders appeared eager to seek his renewed cooperation to settle the crisis. â€œAt this stage, we consider that we have some possibilities, diplomatic and political, to see if Russia is ready to engage more and to stop the destabilization in Ukraine,â€? said the summitâ€™s host, European Union President Herman Van Rompuy. When pressed on further sanctions against Russia, Van Rompuy told reporters â€œwe only continue the preparationsâ€? on a technical level, should they be necessary. Since Russia refrained from a full-out invasion of Ukraine, started pulling back its troops from the border, and reluctantly accepted the results of Ukraineâ€™s presidential election, Western leaders apparently no longer want to talk about imposing new sanctions, but sought to renew diplomatic contacts. That effort is already well under way with French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and
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Husbandâ€™s betrayal puts wifeâ€™s health at risk Dear Abby: I just found out my husband was arrested for being with a hooker. My in-laws (whom I love and adore) bailed him out of jail. No one said a word about it to me. I donâ€™t know how to confront all of them with the fact that I know about this â€œdirty little secret.â€? What should I do? â€“ Betrayed Wife
a very nice graduation party, which included his DEARABBY friends and family. He !BIGAIL 6AN received many gifts. "URENS I gave my son thank*EANNE you cards, stamps, and a 0HILLIPS COLUMN detailed list of whom to APPEARS send the cards to. So far, DURING THE he has refused. Chet is norWEEK THROUGH mally thoughtful and con5NIVERSAL 0RESS siderate. I donâ€™t know what 3YNDICATE to do. Iâ€™m embarrassed by his lack of gratitude. I have told him we have Dear Betrayed: First, SHE would feel if your received thank-yous from visit your gynecologist father-in-law had possihis friends and that the and ask to be treated for bly exposed her to an STD cards can be brief. Should every STD known to man. and it had been kept from I send the thank-you notes Then invite your in-laws her. The apple doesnâ€™t fall myself, or just let it go? to a â€œfamily dinner,â€? tell far from the tree. â€“ Embarrassed Mom them the cat is out of in California the bag and ask why this Dear Abby: Iâ€™ll bet was kept from you. And this is an issue in many Dear Mom: If the while youâ€™re at it, ask your homes. When my son, amount of mail I receive mother-in-law (whom â€œChet,â€? graduated from from readers complainyou love and adore) how high school, we gave him ing that their gifts are
not acknowledged is an accurate barometer, your problem is very common. Without being confrontational, ask your son why he refuses to thank the people who gave him gifts. If the answer is he doesnâ€™t know what to say and heâ€™s embarrassed that he has procrastinated, offer to help him by making suggestions. Youâ€™re right; the thank-yous donâ€™t have to be lengthy. But DO NOT write them for him. Chet is a big boy, and the responsibility is his. Dear Abby: I am a divorced, single woman in my 50s. I love my grandchildren dearly but am faced with a dilemma. I work full-time and take
my grandchildren some nights and on the one day I have off â€“ usually on weekends. I canâ€™t plan things on a weekend without feeling I have made it difficult for my son and his wife to find someone to watch their children. Her mom, a stay-at-home wife, watches them several days a week. I want to continue spending time with my grandkids, but I also want the freedom to be there when I choose to be. I realize finding a sitter you can afford and trust to watch your children is a challenge. I have tried talking to my son, but it doesnâ€™t seem to get through to him. I know I need to do something,
but what? Iâ€™m afraid I wonâ€™t see the kids at all if I take a stand. â€“ Lady On The Lake in Michigan Dear Lady: Check your calendar and plan some time for yourself â€“ one or two weekends a month. Then tell your son and his wife which ones you will be AVAILABLE. Free baby-sitting services are hard to come by, and you are not giving yourself enough credit. If the unspoken threat is that itâ€™s â€œall or nothing,â€? then, frankly, you should step back further and let your son and daughter-inlaw shoulder even more responsibility for the children they brought into this world.
SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Friday, June 6 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, ALL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY ,EE #OUNTY (EALTH $EPARTMENT 3 'ALENA !VE 3UITE $IXON Whiteside County Genealogists meeting, AM 3AUK 6AL LEY !REA #HAMBER OF #OMMERCE MEETING ROOM ,OCUST 3T 3TERLING Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, AM /LIVERS #ORNER -AR KET . "RINTON !VE $IXON Bible study, AM /REGON (EALTHCARE #ENTER 3 TH 3T Identity theft seminar, AM BRUNCH AM PROGRAM (UB #ITY 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE 2OCHELLE "RUNCH REGISTRATION
Region 3 Transportation Committee meeting, AM -ENDOTA #IVIC #ENTER 4OM -ERWIN $RIVE Blood pressure checks, AM 2OBERT &ULTON #OMMUNITY #ENTER AND 4RANSIT &ACILITY &OURTH 3T &ULTON Mercy Nursing free blood pressure clinic, NOON PM #OUNTY -ARKET . 'ALENA !VE $IXON American Red Cross blood drive, NOON PM #OVENTRY ,IVING #ENTER !CTIVITY "UILDING 7 3T -ARY 2OAD 3TERLING !PPOINTMENTS Alcoholics Anonymous, NOON CLOSED 3T 0AUL ,UTHERAN #HURCH 3 &IFTH 3T /REGON Alcoholics Anonymous, NOON CLOSED PM CLOSED PM CLOSED PM OPEN CANDLE LIGHT "AZAAR !MERICANA 7
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!LCOHOLICS !NONYMOUS AM OPEN WOMENS NOON OPEN PM OPEN 3 (ENNEPIN !VE $IXON Alcoholics Anonymous, AM OPEN TRADITION PM CLOSED PM CLOSED "AZAAR !MERICANA 7 4HIRD 3T 3TERLING Alcoholics Anonymous, AM FORMER 3T !NNE 'RADE 3CHOOL . *ONES !VE !MBOY Womenâ€™s Alcoholics Anonymous, AM AND PM CLOSED &REEPORT 2OAD 3TERLING Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, AM NOON 7ALMART &IRST !VE 2OCK &ALLS Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, NOON PM &IRST #HRISTIAN #HURCH &IFTH !VE
2OCK &ALLS $OWN STAIRS WEST DOOR Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, NOON OPEN /LD 3CHOOL PM OPEN &UN .IGHT BRING A FRIEND &IRST !VE 2OCK &ALLS BACK DOOR Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, PM 3AVE ! ,OT &IRST !VE 2OCK &ALLS Alcoholics Anonymous, PM OPEN &IRST 0RESBYTE RIAN #HURCH #ALVIN 2OAD 2OCHELLE Chapter 410 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, PM 7HITESIDE #OUNTY !IRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING (OOVER 2OAD 2OCK &ALLS Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 PM CLOSED 6ILLAGE OF 0ROGRESS 3 TH 3T /REGON
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!GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON Bingo, PM 3TERLING 7OMEN OF THE -OOSE % ,INCOLN WAY 3TERLING Euchre, PM (UB #ITY 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE 2OCHELLE Exercise group, PM 2OBERT &ULTON #OMMUNITY #ENTER AND 4RANSIT &ACILITY &OURTH 3T &ULTON Mexican food, PM 2OCK &ALLS 6ETERANS OF &OREIGN 7ARS &IRST !VE Mexican Train Dominoes, PM 4AMPICO !REA #OMMUNITY "UILDING 7 -ARKET 3T 4AM PICO Bingo, PM ,ATIN !MERICAN 3OCIAL #LUB 7 &OURTH 3T 3TERLING Friday, June 6 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, AM PM 7HITESIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T 3TERLING Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 AM PM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON Cinnamon rolls and quilting, AM 0OLO 3ENIOR #ENTER % -ASON 3T Pool players, AM 2OCK 2IVER #ENTER 3 TH 3T /REGON Bridge, AM (UB #ITY 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE 2OCHELLE Wii Bowling, AM (UB #ITY 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE 2OCHELLE Farmers Market, AM PM $IXON 2IVERFRONT 0LAZA BETWEEN 'ALENA AND 0EORIA AVENUES Line dancing, AM 7HITE SIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T 3TERLING Lifescape lunch, AM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON 3IGN UP BY AM PREVIOUS BUSINESS DAY Lunch, AM PM 7HITESIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T 3TERLING Organized Wii Bowling games, NOON ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON Pinochle, NOON (UB #ITY 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE 2OCHELLE Mexican Train Dominoes, PM 7HITESIDE 3ENIOR
3ECOND 3T $IXON Community coffee, AM /REGON (EALTHCARE #ENTER 3 TH 3T Sunday, June 8 Sing-a-long with Margo, Lincoln-Manahan Home AM 2OCK 2IVER #ENTER 3 Museum tours, PM % TH 3T /REGON 4HIRD 3T 3TERLING Lifescape lunch, AM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING Monday, June 9 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON Open pool, open cards, open 3IGN UP BY AM Wii games, and computer lab, PREVIOUS BUSINESS DAY Tuesday, June 10 AM PM 7HITESIDE #OUNTY G.E. Retirees, AM Open pool, open cards, open 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T $UTCH $INER . -AIN 3T Wii games, and computer lab, 3TERLING 4AMPICO AM PM 7HITESIDE #OUNTY Open pool, open cards, open Lunch, AM PM Wii games, and computer lab, 8 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T 7HITESIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 3TERLING AM PM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL 7 .INTH 3T 3TERLING Open pool, open cards, open ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T Wii games, and computer lab, 8 $IXON Birthday potluck lunch, AM PM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL Pool players, AM 2OCK AM 2OCK 2IVER #ENTER 3 ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T 2IVER #ENTER 3 TH 3T TH 3T /REGON $IXON /REGON Organized Wii Bowling games, Pool players, AM 2OCK Mexican Train Dominoes, NOON ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON AM (UB #ITY 3ENIOR #ENTER 2IVER #ENTER 3 TH 3T !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON /REGON #HERRY !VE 2OCHELLE Bingo, PM 2OCK 2IVER Bingo and doughnuts, #ENTER 3 TH !VE /REGON Quilting, AM 2OCK 2IVER AM (UB #ITY 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE 2OCHELLE #ENTER 3 TH 3T /REGON Euchre, PM 7HITESIDE Morning Whittle, AM 2OCK #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 Wii Bowling, AM (UB #ITY .INTH 3T 3TERLING 2IVER #ENTER 3 TH 3T 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE Pinochle, PM ,EE #OUNTY /REGON 2OCHELLE #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 3ECOND Saturday, June 7 Line dancing, AM 2OCK Zumba class, AM ,EE 3T $IXON Farmers Market, AM 2IVER #ENTER 3 TH 3T #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 Euchre 101, PM 2OBERT &UL PM &ARMERS -ARKET $IXON /REGON 3ECOND 3T $IXON TON #OMMUNITY #ENTER AND 4RAN Wii Bowling and 313 card 2IVERFRONT 0LAZA BETWEEN 'ALENA Lifescape lunch, AM SIT &ACILITY &OURTH 3T &ULTON game, AM (UB #ITY AND 0EORIA AVENUES ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON Bingo, PM 3TERLING -OOSE 2OCHELLE Farmers Market, AM NOON 3IGN UP BY AM &AMILY #ENTER % ,INCOLN Line dancing, AM ,EE 7EST 3ECOND 3TREET 2OCK &ALLS PREVIOUS BUSINESS DAY WAY 3TERLING Lunch, AM PM #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 Farmers Market, AM NOON 7HITESIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 4WIN #ITY -ARKET INDOORS 7 .INTH 3T 3TERLING FREE KITCHEN DESIGNS BY !VENUE ! 3TERLING Jocelyn Lilly, Kitchen Design: Organized Wii Bowling games, 815-266-1354 Farmers Market, AM NOON ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON RAIN OR SHINE BEHIND -ORRISONS !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON (ERITAGE -USEUM % ,INCOL Pinochle, NOON (UB #ITY Ask about our NWAY 3ENIOR #ENTER #HERRY !VE FREE Upgrade Special Farmers Market, AM 2OCHELLE MILLEDGEVILLE DO-IT-BEST &' ()' ' & NOON COURTHOUSE LAWN /REGON Hand and Foot cards, HOME CENTER Cookout, AM PM 2OCK PM 2OCK 2IVER #ENTER 3 'SFF &TUJNBUFT t 'SFF .FBTVSJOH t 'SFF %FMJWFSZ !"# &ALLS 6ETERANS OF &OREIGN 7ARS Bring the Beauty of StarMark into Your Home. TH 3T /REGON $% 3BJMSPBE BOE $PDISBO 4USFFUT 0OST &IRST !VE #ARRY Duplicate bridge, PM .JMMFEHFWJMMF * UPMM GSFF OUTS ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING Kids Fun Day, NOON PM 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON -OUNT -ORRIS -OOSE &AMILY Pinochle, PM 7HITE #ENTER -OOSE $RIVE SIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER "IG 2OOM 7 .INTH 3T 3TER Lincoln-Manahan Home LING Museum tours, PM % Friendly Mexican Train 4HIRD 3T 3TERLING Dominoes, PM 7HITESIDE Mexican Train Dominoes, #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER 7 PM 3TERLING 0UBLIC ,IBRARY .INTH 3T 3TERLING 7 4HIRD 3T Rummy, PM 2OBERT &ULTON Mexican food, PM 2OCK #OMMUNITY #ENTER AND 4RANSIT &ALLS 6ETERANS OF &OREIGN 7ARS &ACILITY &OURTH 3T &ULTON &IRST !VE Experimental Aircraft AssoExercise group, PM 2OBERT ciation Chapter 410, PM &ULTON #OMMUNITY #ENTER AND #ENTER 7 .INTH 3T 3TER LING Pinochle, PM 7HITE SIDE #OUNTY 3ENIOR #ENTER "IG 2OOM 7 .INTH 3T 3TER LING Duplicate bridge, PM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON Pinochle, PM ,EE #OUNTY #OUNCIL ON !GING 7 3ECOND 3T $IXON Farkle, PM 2OBERT &ULTON #OMMUNITY #ENTER AND 4RANSIT &ACILITY &OURTH 3T &ULTON Chicken wings or strips dinner, PM !MERICAN ,EGION 0OST 7 &IRST 3T $IXON Mexican food, PM 2OCK &ALLS 6ETERANS OF &OREIGN 7ARS &IRST !VE Bingo, PM 2OCK &ALLS !MERI CAN ,EGION &OURTH !VE Teen Turf dance, PM "OEHLE 9OUTH #ENTER 7 -AIN 3T !MBOY &OR STUDENTS ENTERING FIFTH GRADE AND OLDER
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Buffett to be shown live on local screen STAFF REPORT firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5501
The Bureau County Fair will present The Beach Boys at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
Beach Boys tickets go on sale Saturday in Princeton STAFF REPORT email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5501
PRINCETON â€“ Tickets for Bureau County Fair, which runs Aug. 20 to 24 in Princeton, go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday. This includes tickets for the
truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, the new bull riding event. The Beach Boys also will perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the fairgrounds. Complete ticket information is available and tickets can be purchased
at www.bureaucountyfair.com, at the fair ticket office, or by phone starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Go to www.bureaucountyfair.com for complete ticket information for all fair shows and for a complete schedule of events.
WHATâ€™S GOING ON
ART EXHIBITS At The Next Picture Show DIXON â€“ The artwork of the Illinois Watercolor Show is on display on the the walls of TNPS. Fifty-eight pieces are part of the show this year. Artwork from the advancedplacement art students of Rock Falls High School will be shown on the front wall through Saturday. The River Reflections show, sponsored by River Country 101.7 FM, will open with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. TNPS will present the sixth annual Swinging for the Arts golf tournament June 13 at Timber Creek Golf Club in Dixon. For more information or to register, or to volunteer, call Bonnie Kime at 815-285-4924. Foursomes are still available. The â€œArt Student Summer 6x6x6 Campâ€? is drawing near. The classes are for children ages 8 to 13, and run Tuesday through July 24. There will be no class during the week of July 4. Tuition is $115 for members and $125 for nonmembers. The cost covers all classes and includes all supplies. Call TNPS for a complete schedule and more information. Currently in the front of the gallery, member/artist Kitto is working on a mural that will be installed on the back, outside wall of TNPS, facing the Beanblossom Parking Lot. The subject matter is the history of the Beanblossom from the 1800s. Art at the Loveland DIXON â€“ The art collection at the Loveland Community House and Museum, 513 W. Second St., and its many other exhibits are available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Guided group tours can be scheduled by contacting Steve Wilson at swilson@lovelandcommunity-
house.org or 815-284-2741. Go to www.lovelandcommunityhouse.org for a virtual tour of the museum, and for more information. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. At Freeport Art Museum FREEPORT â€“ Emmertâ€™s Farm, an exhibit featuring work by Tom Heflin of Rockford and Bob Logsdon of Grand Detour, is running through Aug. 9 at the Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Ave. Go to www.tomheflin.com for more information about Tom Heflin. Go to www.boblogsdonphotography.com for more information about Bob Logsdon. At Woodlawn Arts Academy STERLING â€“ Applications for upcoming art exhibits at Woodlawn Arts Academy are now available in the main office or can be downloaded at www.woodlawnartsacademy.com. Fluid Expressions II, a watercolor exhibit, runs through Aug. 15. Applications for the 2014 Juried Art Show and Childrenâ€™s Juried Art Show are available. Artists are invited to apply for these shows by Aug. 4. The Juried Art Shows will open with a public reception, including an awards presentation, from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the academy.
BANDS AND BARS Get listed! Are you in a band that would like to be listed in Plan!t Sauk Valleyâ€™s free entertainment calendar? Are you a bar that offers live entertainment? Send an email with the bandâ€™s name, booking number and website or Facebook page, and gig or event schedule, or the barâ€™s event schedule, to Lucas Pauley at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Books on First DIXON â€“ Matthew Ed Stillman will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Satur-
day at Books on First, 202 W. First St. Go to www.booksonfirst.com or call 815-285-2665 for more information. Upcoming: June 14, Lojo Russo; June 21, Flying Fish; and June 28, Dan Hagemann. At Champs STERLING â€“ Corey Cox will play Friday, and The Cal Stage Band will play Saturday at the bar, 216 Locust St. For more information, call 815626-6003. Upcoming: June 14, Poison Apple; June 21, 30 West; and June 28, Dirty Beet Brothers and Miles Over Mountains. At Cochranâ€™s Pub STERLING â€“ Doug Brundies at 9 p.m. Saturday at Cochranâ€™s Pub, 13464 Galt Road. At The Cooler ROCK FALLS â€“ The Hitmen will play Friday at the bar, 311 W. Second St. At Cragelâ€™s PROPHETSTOWN â€“ Carsick Radio and Pop Metal Mistress will play June 14 at the bar, 345 Washington St. At Johnnyâ€™s Bar and Grill STERLING â€“ New Shoes will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Johnnyâ€™s Bar and Grill, 707 Freeport Road. At Valâ€™s Place DIXON â€“ Acoustic open mic is open to the public at 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the bar, 316 W. First St. Musicians also are welcome to join the band with Notorious Folk with Steve Catron at 8 p.m. every Tuesday night. At Whiskey Barrel Saloon ROCK FALLS â€“ New Shoes will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at Whiskey Barrel Saloon, 305 W. Second St. Saturday Rock out with Trippin Molly DIXON â€“ Local band Trippin Molly will play Saturday night at Dixon VFW, 1560 Franklin Grove Road. For more information on the band, go to facebook.com/trippinmolly. Upcoming: June 20, Walnut Motor Cross Park; June 28, Corner Spot in Dixon; and July 4, Da Place in Rochelle.
IN BRIEF Vehicles welcome at local cruise-in STERLING â€“ Drivers of all kinds of vehicles can bring their machines to a free cruise-in from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Parkway CenWin a Harley or $10,000 Cash 1 for $20 3 for $50 7 for $100 Purchase at Dixon Main Street or
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DIXON â€“ Accomplished singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett will perform live at 8:45 p.m. July 19 at the Coyote Drive-In in Texas. Sounds like a pretty long drive for even for his biggest fans. Good thing for local â€œParrotheads,â€? the fulllength concert will be broadcast live via satellite to select drive-in theaters, including the Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Road, between Dixon and Sterling. The gates will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person, with a minimum of two paid attendees per car. The concert is for ages 21 and over. A variety of food and snacks will be available at the Midway Drive-In concession stand. Dixon Petunia Festival board members will be selling alcoholic beverages. Technological advancements in digital projection and satellite delivery have allowed the Midway Drive-In to present the performance in high-definition with ultra-bright light on its 90-foot-wide screen. Digital stereo sound is delivered to each vehicle using highfidelity FM broadcast. No outside food or
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Jimmy Buffett waves to the fans after performing before the Miami Dolphins game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 21, 2009, in Miami. Buffett will perform live at 8:45 p.m. July 19 at the Coyote Drive-In in Texas, and the full-length concert will be broadcast live via satellite to select drive-in theaters, including the Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Road, between Dixon and Sterling. drinks will be permitted. Go to www.margaritaville.com/liveatthedrive-in for tickets. Go to www.
themidwaydrivein.net for a complete list of concert policies. Call 847-647-3124 for more information.
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Asian elephant coming to Rock Falls STAFF REPORT email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5501
ROCK FALLS â€“ The Endangered Ark Foundation will provide free educational tours featuring an Asian elephant starting at 10:15 a.m. June 24. Tours will take place
at the circus grounds behind Gieson Motorsports, 800 U.S. Route 30 East. The foundation is supported by Carson & Barnes, and works to save Asian elephants worldwide and to educate the public. The circus will perform at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30
June 24 at the grounds. Childrenâ€™s advance tickets are $6, and adultsâ€™ advance tickets cost $12. Advance tickets can be bought through June 23 at Gieson Motorsports, or at Community State Bank, 1801 First Ave., Rock Falls, or 3210 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. On
June 24, tickets will cost $10 for children and $16 for adults. Visit www.rockfallschamber.com or call 815-625-4500 for information about the circus, and www.carsonbarnescircus.com/saving-elephants for details on the foundation.
WHATâ€™S GOING ON BANDS AND BARS June 14 Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers POLO â€“ Country gentlemen Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers will play at 5 p.m. at Polo Town and County Days. Upcoming: 7-10 p.m. June 21 at Sterling Moose Family Center; 8- to 11:30 p.m. June 28 at Wagon Wheel in Sterling; 1-3 p.m. June 29 at St. Mark Churchâ€™s Ice Cream Social at West Side Park; 3 p.m. July 6 at Dixon Petunia Festival; 7-10 p.m. July 19 at Sterling Moose Family Center; 7-9 p.m. Aug. 1 at Mount Morris Band Shell; 7 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Ogle County Fair; and 7-10 p.m. Aug. 23 at Sterling Moose Family Center.
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Janne Severson, 60, of Sterling, and Matilda jog in the 2013 Run for the Paws 2K run/walk, a fundraiser for Happy Tails Humane Society and one of Sterling Main Streetâ€™s Dog Days events. This yearâ€™s event is schedule to start at 8 a.m. June 21 at Grandon Civic Center.
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BOOK SIGNING Saturday Area author signing ROCHELLE â€“ Carol Hegberg, an author based in DeKalb, will be available to sign copies of her book, â€œLove Never Fails,â€? from 1 to 3 p.m. during Railroad Days at Rochelle Railroad Park, 124 N. Ninth St.
CAR SHOW June 22 Car show scheduled STERLING â€“ Sterling Main Street will host a car show June 22 in Municipal Lot #11 on First Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets (behind Grummertâ€™s Hardware and Meadâ€™s Bike Shop). Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the show will open to the public at 11. Judging begins at noon, followed by a cruise and awards presentation at 2 p.m. 3-D Sound will provide the entertainment for the day. For more information, or to preregister your vehicle, go to www. sterlingmainstreet.org/car-show or call 815-626-8610. Aug. 9 Classic cars in Freeport FREEPORT â€“ Cruise Night 2014, sponsored by Freeport Downtown Development Foundation, will be Aug. 9 in downtown Freeport. As part of the event, a separate display of antique cars will be sponsored by Pearson and hosted by the Freeport Public Library in their parking lot. Around 60 to 70 antique autos are expected to be displayed. The antique cars are allowed in the library lot by invitation only, and there is no charge for the invited cars to park
The Jimmys, an award-winning blues band from Wisconsin, will return to open the Friday Night Campus Concert series at the band shell in downtown Mount Morris. Concessions will begin at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. in the library lot or to cruise. An eligible antique car is one which is an original or a restored original from 1886 to 1969 with original factory running gear and accessories. No â€œstreet rodsâ€? are allowed. It may have appropriate accessories or equipment to make it a safe and roadworthy vehicle. Past participants will be contacted for this yearâ€™s show, but if you would like your car to be considered, call Dick Farnsworth at 815-238-6124 or Bob Logothetti at 815-990-1082. Antique cars will be parked in the library lot beginning at 3 p.m. Cruising, which is from 7 to 10 p.m., begins with an antique car parade of two laps at 7. For more information, call 815233-1357.
COMEDY June 19 Baby boomers on stage ROCK ISLAND â€“ Circa â€˜21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is set to present the â€œBaby Boomer Comedy Showâ€? at 7 p.m. June 19. The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and may be purchased at the Circa â€˜21 ticket office, 1828 Third Ave. or by calling 309-786-7733, ext. 2. The 90-minute comedy show hits all the familiar topics: family, kids, work, do-it-yourself projects, dieting, aging and more.
CONCERTS Tonight through Sunday, June 11-15 Show on the boat CLINTON, Iowa â€“ â€œThe Taf-
fetas,â€? a tribute to the 1950s era music of such groups as The Fontane Sisters and the McGuire Sisters, will be shown on the Clinton Area Showboat at 7:30 p.m. on tonight through Saturday and June 12-14, and at 3 p.m. June 8, 11 and 15. Tickets cost $23, $20 for seniors and $16 for students and children. The CAST box office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets also are available at www.clintonshowboat.org or by calling 563-242-6760. Friday The Jimmys return to area MOUNT MORRIS â€“ The Jimmys, an award-winning blues band from Wisconsin, will return to open the Friday Night Campus Concert series at the band shell downtown. Bandleader Jimmy Voegeli brings his eight-piece powerhouse outfit to the local stage as part of the bandâ€™s Midwest tour in support of their latest release, â€œHaDaYa Do That Thing LIVE!â€?. Concessions will begin at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. The remainder of 2014 Friday Night Campus Concert schedule is: June 13, Destination Unknown; June 20, Illinois Rail; June 27, Dave Warkins & Country Standard Tyme; July 11, Jim Kanas, Randy Sabien & Company; July 18, Gaelic Fury; July 25, Lance Brown & Friends; Aug. 1, Lyle Grobe & the Rhythm Ramblers; and Aug. 8, Juneâ€™s Got the Cash. First Fridays in Oregon OREGON â€“ First Fridays Open
Stage Music Show returns to the Oregon VFW. Each musician or band performs for 15 minutes. Instruments are all acoustic, and a professional sound system is provided. The music is varied and includes country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk, soft rock, and eclectic mixes of all of the above. Admission is a donation. All musicians and spectators are welcome. Call 815-973-0942 for more information. Upcoming: July 4 Saturday Hitz City in Sterling STERLING â€“ Hitz City, a blues and rhythm and blues band, will perform from 8:30 p.m. to close at Dairy Mart Plus, 312 16th Ave. There is no cover charge. Sunday Free pops concert in Clinton CLINTON, Iowa â€“ The Clinton Symphony Orchestra, which includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley, presents its annual free pops concert at 6:30 p.m. in Riverview Park. Go to www.clintonsymphony. org for more information. June 20 Blues and Bluegrass FRANKLIN GROVE â€“ If itâ€™s the third Friday of the month, itâ€™s Blues and Bluegrass night at the H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St. Open stage acoustic gospel, folk, country, blues and bluegrass will be performed, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are accepted to help with the upkeep of the historic building. Go to www.franklingroveil.org for more information. Upcoming: July 18
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Flock Saturday to Lyndonâ€™s annual event STAFF REPORT firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5501
LYNDON â€“ Gates open at noon Saturday for Lyndonâ€™s annual Crow Festival, all along the villageâ€™s First Avenue. Drivers can bring golf carts, ATVs, lawn
mowers, and other lowspeed vehicles for a golf cart fun run, to start at noon. Sign-in will start at 11 a.m., and the cost is $5. A 50/50 drawing will take place, as will a raffle for a full hog. Tickets for both drawings cost $1 each or $5 for
six. A pool tournament will be held, with a $10 entry fee. Food and craft vendors will sell wares, and music will be available all day. Sign-in for a free volleyball tournament will start at 11 a.m., with the tournament to start at noon.
Children will be able to take part in games, and a petting zoo will be featured. There will be a cost to feed the animals, Funky Monkey wrestling will take place. For more information, call 815-499-0286 or 815564-8902.
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STERLING â€“ As part of Sterling Main Streetâ€™s Dog Days celebration, Happy Tails Humane Society will host the â€œRun for the Pawsâ€? 2K walk/run for people and their dogs. The run starts at 8 a.m. June 21 at Grandon Civic Center in downtown Sterling. Registration begins at 7:30. The entry fee is
$20, which includes a T-shirt if you register by Saturday. â€œRun for the Pawsâ€? participants are welcome to run, walk, or wag, at their own pace. Go to www. happytailsanimalshelter. org to register. Happy Tails is located at 1408 McNeil Road in Rock Falls. The shelter is open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
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