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Bruce Rauner, the Republican Party candidate for governor, speaks to the DIxon Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon Monday. Rauner, who is challenging Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the Nov. 4 general election, said that if he’s elected he’s “going to focus like a laser” on more jobs, lower taxes, better schools, and term limits.
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DIXON – Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, made a stop in Dixon on Monday afternoon. The wealthy private-equity investor from Winnetka won the GOP primary in March; he is running against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the Nov. 4 general election. Rauner spoke at the Dixon Rotary Club’s luncheon as the guest of state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, who said although the Rotary isn’t a political organization, he thought members could
DIXON – A citizen-led committee is mounting a campaign to push for a change in Dixon’s government, ahead of November’s election. The Committee to Change City Government had a news conference Monday morning on the steps of City Hall. In January 2013, Mayor Jim Burke named seven residents to a task force that was given the job of evaluating the city’s form of government. In August, its members recommended the City Council let residents decide whether to keep the commission form of government or change to the managerial form. In November, the City Council hired David Nord as Dixon’s first city administrator. Marilyn Coffey, who was a member of the task force, is chairwoman of the new committee. MANAGER CONTINUED ON A2
benefit from getting to know Rauner. Rauner talked about the four things he wants to focus on if elected: “More jobs, lower taxes, better schools, and term limits.” “Those are the four things I want to get done,” he said. “I’m going to focus like a laser on those four things.” The race for governor could Rauner told members of the Dixon Rotary Club on Monday become a national race, that Illinois has become the “national headquarters for big, Rauner said, because Illinois bad government.” has become the “national headquarters for big, bad About the candidates government” and because Go to www.brucerauner.com for more information about there’s a lot at stake for IlliBruce Rauner. nois families. Go to www.quinnforillinois.com for more information about Gov. Pat Quinn. RAUNER CONTINUED ON A2
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Morrissey: I will be CFO Amboy Democrat running against incumbent of nearly 20 years BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
AMBOY – Wes Morrissey stood in front of a room full of friends, family and supporters Monday night and made the first of what will be many pitches to be the next Lee County treasurer. The 26-year-old Morrissey, Alex T. Paschalemail@example.com Lee County Board member Wes Morrissey, D-Amboy, kicks off his D-Amboy, has been a member campaign for county treasurer Monday during a dinner at The Long of the Lee County Board for a Branch Saloon in Amboy. Morrissey will face John Fritts, who has year and a half, but said he felt he could help the county as its treabeen treasurer for nearly 20 years, in the Nov. 4 general election.
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surer. He kicked off his campaign Monday with a dinner at The Long Branch Saloon in Amboy. “I’ve voted proudly for new revenue sources to the county,” he said when talking about his time on the County Board. “I got $5,000 for the Amboy Senior Citizen Center here in town. “Most importantly, I put together an investment plan that’s netting the county 500 percent more than what my opponent’s plan is recent years has been.”
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Morrissey will run against John Fritts, a Republican who has held the position for nearly 20 years and has run unopposed in elections since the 1990s. In November, Morrissey proposed an investment plan for the county that he said would increase the county’s interest income from $3,000 a year to $37,000. MORRISSEY CONTINUED ON A2
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Morrissey: Treasurer should be financial adviser to County Board MORRISSEY
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In January, Fritts approved a plan that, at the time, he said would yield 8 times more in investment income on county funds, based on Morrisseyâ€™s idea. While Morrissey said he had a lot of respect for Fritts and his family, he said the treasurer hasnâ€™t been acting as the countyâ€™s chief financial officer. Morrissey said the country treasurer should be a financial adviser to help
the County Board find revenue; an intelligent investor with the taxpayersâ€™ John money; a Fritts business consultant to work with the local chambers of commerce to bring in business; and be involved in the County Board and budget meetings. â€œWe donâ€™t have a CFO right now at the county,â€? Morrissey said. â€œWe need a CFO. So letâ€™s have a CFO in November.â€?
Melrose Park man was drowning victim BY JOSEPH BUSTOS JBUSTOS SHAWMEDIACOM 3HAW .EWS 3ERVICE
The McHenry County Coronerâ€™s Office on Monday identified the person who drowned Sunday in Pistakee Lake as a Melrose Park man. William L. Trybula, 49, drowned while swimming in the lake on Sunday, according to an autopsy, the coronerâ€™s office said. Toxicology results are pending. Trybula was pulled out of the lake by firefighters after being underwater for nearly 45 minutes. He had no pulse and was not breathing. He
was later pronounced dead at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. The accident happened roughly 300 feet off the shore. Trybula and a friend decided to jump out of their 23-foot Baja boat while it was not anchored, the McHenry Township Fire Protection District has said. The wind picked up and pushed the boat away from both swimmers, firefighters said. The friend made it back to the boat, while the Trybula never surfaced above water, firefighters said.
Technology sector â€˜could be thrivingâ€™ RAUNER
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During a question-andanswer session, Rauner touched on the following topics, among others, and said: s 4HE HIGH COST OF WORKersâ€™ compensation is the No. 1 problem facing
the state and is pushing employers to move jobs to neighboring states such as Indiana and Wisconsin. s 4HE STATE HAS A UNIQUE opportunity for growth in the technology industry, with the work being done at the University of Illinoisâ€™ computer sciences department and some
technology companies based in Chicago and Urbana. â€œWe could be thriving and booming in the technology sector if we made it a priority to create an environment for technology companies,â€? he said. s 4HERES POTENTIAL FOR an economic boom in
the southern third of the state when it comes to energy development. The government has been hostile to that idea so far, but energy development can be be explored while still protecting the environment. â€œI believe we should aggressively, responsibly pursue that.â€?
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â€œIt is our belief that the complexities of the modern municipal government require that a city like Dixon have professional management of the day-to-day operations under the supervision and ultimate authority of an elected mayor and council members,â€? she said Monday. In the commission form of government, elected officials have executive and policymaking authority. A change to the managerial form would give executive authority to a city manager, while the elected officials would retain policymaking authority, among other nuances.
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According to its website, www.yesfordixon.org: â€œAdopting the city manager form of gov-
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Dixon man, 56, dies in Stephenson County crash His wife was stable Monday after being thrown from car BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org EXT
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FREEPORT â€“ A Dixon man died Sunday in an accident involving his 57-year-old car, which wasnâ€™t equipped with seat belts. Brad Wohrley, 56, was found dead at the scene by Stephenson County sheriffâ€™s deputies after his 1957 Chevrolet had collided nearly head-on with an SUV south of Freeport.
Wohrleyâ€™s wife, Mary, 58, had been thrown from their car, which didnâ€™t have seat belts. She was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where she was said to be stable on Monday. According to a sheriffâ€™s department news release, deputies arrived at 1:13 p.m. Sunday at the scene on state Route 26, just north of Rudy Road. The Wohrleysâ€™ vehicle had been southbound when it was struck by a white Chevrolet Equinox that was heading north. Sheriff David Snyders said the driver of the Equinox, 69-year-old James
R. Battisti, of Freeport, apparently had a medical issue and blacked out just before the accident. After the collision, Battistiâ€™s truck veered into a field and caught fire, but he was pulled from his flaming vehicle without much difficulty, Snyders said. Battisti was taken to FHN Memorial Hospital. His condition was not made available Monday. After Mary Wohrley was ejected, the car rolled â€“ its front end landing on top of her, Snyders said. Brad Wohrley was the owner of Wohrley Heating and Air Conditioning in Dixon.
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DIXON â€“ An authentic World War II re-enactment camp, featuring daily battle simulations with U.S. and German troops, armored vehicle displays, weapons and uniform demonstrations and a military collectibles sale, is returning to Elks Page Park. â€œWWII Re-createdâ€? will be from 5 to 7 p.m. June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21, and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 22 at the park, 7883 S. Lowell Park Road. Admission is $5 for individuals or $10 a car. There also will be a tribute to World War II veterans, who will be admitted free of charge. The indoor sale will be from 5 p.m. June 20 until 3:30 p.m. June 22. The public can bring items to buy, sell, or trade, for $10 a table. Call Dick Grobe, 815284-9881, for more information on the encampment or to reserve a spot for the sale.
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OBITUARIES Janice Geerts MILLEDGEVILLE â€“ Janice Geerts, 69, of Milledgeville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 8, 2014. She was a hairdresser, and did hair at home for more than 50 years. She also worked at Shannon Nursing Home for 25 years, and farmed with her husband. Janice was born July 29, 1944, in Sterling, the daughter of Harry and Jeannetta (Schaver) Vogel. She married Robert I. Geerts Sr. on Nov. 9, 1962, in Fulton. She was a member of Faith Reformed Church in Lanark. Janice taught Sunday school for many years. She enjoyed Gospel music. Janice was an avid reader, and liked to share her books with others. Survivors include her husband, Robert; one daughter, Paula (Brian)
Beveroth of Sterling; two sons, Robert I. (Michelle) Geerts Jr. of Milledgeville and Richard (Theresa) Geerts of Lanark; and seven grandchildren, Zack and Cameron Geerts, Skylar Mitchelle, Amanda, Amelia, Andrew Beveroth, and Allyn Geerts. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Allyn and Elwyn Vogel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Faith Reformed Church in Lanark, with the Rev. Herb Bollman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery in Milledgeville. A memorial has been established. Visit schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Roy W. â€˜Samâ€™ McClard ROCK FALLS â€“ Roy W. â€œSamâ€? McClard, 52, of Rock Falls, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was a roofer and a handyman. Sam was born Oct. 26, 1961, in San Diego, the son of Edward and Sheila (Stewart) McClard. Survivors include his mother, Sheila (Michael) Duncan of Rock Falls; three sisters, Betty Charlene (Tom) Sailor of Hoxie, Arkansas, Carol Stevens of Amboy, and
Cindy Hill of Hoxie; three brothers, Eddie (Sharon) McClard of Gainesville, Arkansas, Rusty McClard of Mendota and J.C. (Danik) Wilson of Harmon; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services. McDonald Funeral Homes is handling arrangements. Visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Governor signs partial pension fix for Chicago Rauner: I would have vetoed law CHICAGO (AP) â€“ Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday to help Chicago reduce a multibillion-dollar pension shortfall for two of its pension systems, but advised Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council not to raise property taxes for needed revenues. An early version of the measure contained a property tax hike, which Emanuel said was necessary to avoid cuts to services. The provision was later removed, something Quinn noted in his decision to sign the bill. â€œAs the mayor and members of the Chicago City Council work to identify savings to meet their (pension) obligations, ... I urge them to rule out a property tax increase on Chicago homeowners and businesses,â€? Quinn said in a statement. â€œI recognize that Chicagoâ€™s mission to
Quinn OKs additional $1.8M in spending 302).'&)%,$ !0 n )LLINOIS 'OV 0AT 1UINN HAS SIGNED LEGISLATION ALLOWING THE STATE TO SPEND AN ADDITIONAL BILLION IN THE CURRENT BUDGET YEAR 4HE MEASURE PASSED THE ,EGISLATURE BEFORE THE 'ENERAL !SSEMBLY ADJOURNED FOR THE SPRING LAST MONTH )T ADDS TO THE BILLION BUDGET LAWMAKERS APPROVED LAST -AY 2EP 'REG (ARRIS IS A #HICAGO $EMOCRAT AND A (OUSE BUDGET NEGOTIATOR (E SAYS THE find real solutions to its financial challenges will not be easy.â€? The law, which takes effect in January, addresses pensions for Chicagoâ€™s municipal employees and laborers, affecting about 57,000 employees and retirees. It would nearly eliminate the $9.4 billion shortfall in those funds by cutting benefits and
STATE HAD HIGHER THAN PROJECTED REVENUE THANKS TO AN IMPROVED ECONOMY THAT GENERATED MORE SALES AND INCOME TAX THAN WAS ANTICIPATED 4HE SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET LEGISLATION ALLOCATES ABOUT MILLION TO PAYING DOWN )LLINOIS BACKLOG OF UNPAID BILLS 4HE COMPTROLLERS OFFICE SAID EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT THE BACKLOG IS ABOUT BILLION %XTRA FUNDS ALSO WILL GO TOWARD -EDICAID AND PUBLIC SAFETY increasing contributions for both the city and employees. In a statement, Emanuel called the new law â€œanother step toward correcting the series of financial challenges that have been building over the last few decades.â€? Emanuel said he would work with City Council members to find â€œalternative optionsâ€? to
replace property taxes as a revenue source, at least for the near future. The legislation has been a political problem for Quinn, who faces a tough re-election race against Republican Bruce Rauner. On one hand, Quinn has vowed to avoid increasing property taxes and even called for a property tax refund earlier this year â€“ an idea that went nowhere in the General Assembly. On the other hand, if he had rejected the bill it could have complicated his relationship with Emanuel, another top Illinois Democrat. Rauner, a venture capitalist from Winnetka, wasted no time in blasting Quinn on the decision. â€œI would have vetoed this law â€“ but Pat Quinn likes to raise taxes and left homeowners holding the bag again,â€? Rauner said in a statement minutes after Quinnâ€™s decision. â€œThis should have been a no-brainer â€“ veto the bill, donâ€™t squeeze Chicago families even more.â€?
Julianna I. â€˜Julieâ€™ Walter PROPHETSTOWN â€“ Julianna I. â€œJulieâ€? Walter, 56, of STRIVE in Prophetstown, formerly of Streamwood, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown is handling arrangements.
Bradley H. Wohrley DIXON â€“ Bradley H. Wohrley, 56, of Dixon, died Sunday June 8, 2014, as the result of injuries suffered in an auto accident. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
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Don Cohen, known as â€œThe Math Man,â€? works with students (from left) Aldo Zepeda, 6, and Luca Zepeda, 8, on May 14 in the classroom in his home in Champaign. After 38 years of math tutoring, Cohen will hang up his hat at the end of this month.
Numbers add up to retirement Closing arguments made at lawmaker trial 84-year-old math tutor still averages 43 students a week CHICAGO
CHICAGO (AP) â€“ An Illinois lawmaker placed his own welfare above his constituents by taking a $7,000 bribe from a day care operator seeking a state grant, a prosecutor said during closing arguments Monday. An attorney for Rep. Derrick Smith, however, told jurors a campaign worker-turned-informant hoodwinked the Chicago Democrat to justify cooperation payments from his FBI handlers. â€œHe wasnâ€™t going to commit a crime,â€? Victor Henderson said about his client. â€œThat was something they fabricated.â€? Prosecutor Marsha McClellan pooh-poohed the notion the 50-year-old was led astray against his will. â€œThere sits a defendant whose public face is one of service, but who privately wanted to use that office ... to get cash into his pockets,â€? she said. McClellan talked about the secret recordings of Smith made by the informant. They left no doubt,
she argued, that Smith knew the 70 $100 bills he accepted was a bribe. She also noted what she said was his confident tone on the tapes. â€œHe never thought this day would come,â€? she said, referring to the trial. Smith denies accepting a bribe in exchange for writing a letter supporting the day careâ€™s bid for a state grant, all of which turned out to be part of an elaborate FBI sting. The informant was referred to in court only by his first name, Pete, and he didnâ€™t testify. Henderson described the informant as a convicted felon who â€œset upâ€? Smith in order to get up to $1,000 a week from the FBI for his cooperation. â€œHeâ€™s a hustler,â€? Henderson said. â€œHe hustled the representative and he hustled the FBI.â€? The prosecution emphasized Smithâ€™s own words. In one tape from March 2012, the informant counts aloud as he hands the cash in seven, $1,000 stacks to Smith.
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CHAMPAIGN (AP) â€“ After 38 years of math tutoring, Don Cohen will hang up his hat as â€œThe Math Manâ€? at the end of this month. Cohen, who gave up a job in computer-based education at the University of Illinois to tutor full time, still averages 43 student sessions a week. But at age 84, heâ€™s getting ready to make some life changes. â€œMy son is concerned about my health, and he wants me to stay healthy,â€? Cohen said last week. â€œHe found me a place at Prairie Winds assisted living (in Urbana).â€? Cohenâ€™s wife, Marilyn, is in a nursing home as the result of a 2012 stroke. â€œIâ€™m running over there every day, doing my tutoring, taking care of the house,â€? Cohen said. â€œI feel pretty good, but thereâ€™s a lot of stuff going on.â€? Much of the stuff takes place in the basement of his home in west Champaign, where kids meet
Cohen works with Lucia Lombardi, 14, on May 14 in his home in Champaign. in groups. On a recent afternoon, he helped a 14-year-old girl preparing for finals and 6- and 8-year-old brothers, one of whom was working on equations, the other on fractions. â€œI have at most five kids in a group â€“ mostly four or fewer â€“ and they sit around my table in the math room,â€? he said. â€œI work individually with each one.â€? Cohenâ€™s tutoring sessions last 45 minutes. â€œLast school year, I was averaging 57 student
sessions per week, and this year, Iâ€™m averaging about 43,â€? he said. One of Cohenâ€™s claims to fame is his book â€œCalculus By and For Young People â€“ Ages 7 (Yes, 7) and Up.â€? That book, translated into Japanese and also available on CD-ROM and DVD, outlines Cohenâ€™s belief that even young children can absorb mathematical concepts if theyâ€™re presented in ways that interest and intrigue the kids. When asked why a
7-year-old would want to learn calculus, Cohen declared 7-year-olds â€œdonâ€™t know calculus from a hole in the ground â€“ I donâ€™t use the word at the beginning.â€? But the notion of an infinite process â€œis very interesting to them,â€? he said. To illustrate the idea, he had an 8-year-old divide a square cake into halves, then cut one of the halves in half, then divide one of the quarters in half and so on. The child concluded that if you added the half, the quarter, the eighth, the sixteenth and so on together, there would always be a smaller and smaller piece of the cake remaining. Cohen got math and physics degrees from the State University of New York at Albany, plus a masterâ€™s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He taught math to junior high school students in New York and Missouri before joining The Madison Project, a teacher-training project funded by the National Science Foundation.
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Audit: More than 57K await first appointment Boehner calls finding â€˜a national disgraceâ€™ WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday. Itâ€™s not just a backlog problem, the wide-ranging review indicated. Thirteen percent of schedulers in the facility-by-facility report on 731 hospitals and outpatient clinics reported being told by supervisors to falsify appointment schedules to make patient waits appear shorter. The audit is the first nationwide look at the VA network in the uproar that began with reports 2 months ago of patients dying while awaiting appointments and of cover-ups at the Phoenix VA center. A preliminary review last month found that long patient waits and falsified records were â€œsystemicâ€? throughout the VA medical network, the nationâ€™s largest single health care provider serving nearly 9 million veterans. â€œThis behavior runs counter to our core values,â€? the report
said. â€œThe overarching environment and culture which allowed this state of practice to take root must be confronted head-on.â€? Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said Monday that VA officials have contacted 50,000 veterans across the country to get them off waiting lists and into clinics and are in the process of contacting 40,000 more. The controversy forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign May 30. Shinseki took the blame for what he decried as a â€œlack of integrityâ€? through the network. Legislation is being written in both the House and Senate to allow more veterans who canâ€™t get timely VA appointments to see doctors listed as providers under Medicare or the militaryâ€™s TRICARE program. The proposals also would make it easier to fire senior VA regional officials and hospital administrators. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the report demonstrated that Congress must act immediately. â€œThe fact that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first doctor appointment from the VA is a national disgrace,â€? Boehner said. The new audit said a 14-day agency target for waiting times was â€œnot attainable,â€? given poor planning and a grow-
This April 28 photo shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center. The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients still are waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments. ing demand for VA services. It called the 2011 decision by senior VA officials to set the target, and then base bonuses on meeting it, â€œan organizational leadership failure.â€? A previous inspector generalâ€™s investigation into the troubled Phoenix VA Health Care System found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were â€œat risk of being lost or forgottenâ€? after being kept off an official, electronic waiting list. The report issued Monday offers a broader picture of
About 900 Illinois veterans requested, didnâ€™t get, care CHICAGO (AP) â€“ Data released Monday shows the average wait time for a patient to see a primary care physician at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Danville is nearly four times the federal administrationâ€™s target of 14 days. While the average 54-day wait for primary care at the east central Illinois facility pales in comparison to a national high of a 145-day wait for primary care in Honolulu, Hawaii, it was also the highest of Illinoisâ€™ five major VA medical centers. The audit of 731 hospitals and outpatient clinics based on a snapshot of VA data as of May 15 â€“ follows allegations that 40 patients died awaiting care at a Phoenix hospital where employees kept a secret waiting list to cover up delays. Itâ€™s a report that Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says is proof of a â€œpretty toxic culture of corruptionâ€? throughout the department. His Democratic colleague, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, called the news both â€œtroublingâ€? and â€œunacceptable.â€? The audit shows the average wait time for a primary care appointment was 38 days at the Marion VA Medical center, 33 days for patients at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital outside Chicago and 41 days at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. The James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago had a wait time of slightly more than 14 days. Abandoned VA guidelines said veterans should be seen within 14 days of their desired date for a primary care appointment. The department has since said that meeting that target was unattainable given existing resources and growing demand. Mondayâ€™s audit by the VA called the 2011 decision by senior VA officials to set it, and then basing bonuses on meeting the
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the overall system. The audit includes interviews with more than 3,772 employees nationwide between May 12 and June 3. Respondents at 14 sites reported having been sanctioned or punished over scheduling practices. Wait times for new patients far exceeded the 14-day goal, the audit said. For example, the wait time for primary care screening appointment at Baltimoreâ€™s VA health care center was almost 81 days. At Canandaigua, New York, it was 72 days. On the other hand, at
Coatesville, Pennsylvania, it was only 17 days and in Bedford, Massachusetts just 12 days. The longest wait was in Honolulu â€“ 145 days. But for veterans already in the system, waits were much shorter. For example, established patients at VA facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and Battle Creek, Michigan, waited an average of only 1 day to see health care providers. The longest average wait for veterans already in the system was 30 days, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a military-heavy region with Fort Bragg Army Base and Pope Air Force Base nearby. Gibson, the acting VA secretary, said the department is hiring new workers at overburdened clinics and other health care facilities across the nation and is deploying mobile medical units to treat additional veterans. The VA believes it will need $300 million over the next 3 months to accelerate medical care for veterans who have been waiting for appointments, a senior agency official said in a conference call with reporters. That effort would include expanding clinicsâ€™ hours and paying for some veterans to see non-VA providers. The official said he could not say how many additional health providers the VA would need to improve its service.
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Winners emerge from just-ended legislative session Rauner did quite well, along with Cullerton, GOP
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re taxpayers getting their moneyâ€™s worth from elected and appointed public servants? That question should be in the back of the minds of all citizens, all the time. When questions arise over public servantsâ€™ conduct of their duties, the question needs to be asked publicly. The sheriff of Ogle County, Michael Harn, recently accepted a new job. As reported May 24 in SV Weekend, Harn was hired to be the full-time maintenance coordinator for a school district based in Forreston, his hometown. The job started June 2. Harn is being paid $17 an hour. He is expected to work 40 hours a week, acting Superintendent Jane Eichman said. Itâ€™s a big job. Harn will be in charge of buildings and grounds maintenance for two elementary school buildings and the combined junior and senior high school complex. He will supervise the districtâ€™s custodians. And while doing that, he will continue to be sheriff of Ogle County. Harn, you will recall, was defeated in the March primary in his bid for the Republican
What we think After the Ogle County sheriff accepted a separate full-time job, Ogle taxpayers are correct to question whether they are getting their moneyâ€™s worth. The Legislature should address the issue.
restville Valley School District. Did we mention that Harn is also village president for Forreston? He was unopposed in the April 2013 election.
IN CONSULTING state law, we learned that a nomination for a second Voters reported that the person is prohibited from 4-year term. Ogle sheriff is responbeing the county treaThat defeat came after sible for more departsurer at the same time questions were raised ments, employees, and as being sheriff. A sheriff over his handling of the money than his counter- is also prohibited from sheriffâ€™s departmentâ€™s parts in seven regional serving as an attorney administrative tow fund, counties. before the court. Harnâ€™s and his use of a county The sheriff oversees his gig as village president is credit card for private department and the cor- not addressed. purchases, for which rections department, not And, there appears to he then reimbursed the to mention: be no law that prohibits county. The Ogle County Emer- a sheriff from holding The county board voted gency Management down an additional fullto rein in Harnâ€™s author- Agency; time job, either publicly ity over the tow fund. It The countyâ€™s buildings or privately. also voted to conduct and grounds; That brings us back to a forensic audit of the The countyâ€™s informathe question, Are taxpayfund. tion technology; ers getting their moneyâ€™s The countyâ€™s telecomworth? MEANWHILE, SAUK munications; We encourage the Valley Media reported Security for the courts; Legislature to examthat Harn showed up and ine putting some basic at the sheriffâ€™s departAll county properties. minimum requirements ment in Oregon only As sheriff, Harn is paid into the law that would three times in the month $87,000 a year. require elected public after his primary defeat, He apparently will con- servants, such as county according to a confiden- tinue in that job for near- sheriffs, to show up regutial source. The same ly 6 more months. (Harn larly, do the job for which source said he had come wonâ€™t respond to SVMâ€™s they are paid, and limit to work three or four requests for comment.) their outside employtimes a week beforehand. While earning $1,673 a ment. Being sheriff of Ogle week as sheriff until his Such clarification would County is a big job, in term expires Nov. 30, better assure taxpayers and of itself. A recent Harn will also earn $680 that they, indeed, will get study by the Ogle Coun- a week as maintenance their moneyâ€™s worth from ty League of Women coordinator for Fortheir public servants.
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Let â€˜temporaryâ€™ income tax hike roll back Jan. 1 G.G. GARCIA Amboy
Gov. Pat Quinn, Speaker Michael Madigan, and the Democrats in the state Legislature want to raise the minimum wage, an obvious campaign ploy for the working peopleâ€™s vote. Ask yourselves, Is this good public policy when unemployment remains
high? The stats indicate unemployment has not decreased. What has the governor done about jobs? We know businesses continue to move out of this state. Do you think employers are going to expand employment, or pick up and go, if the Legislature passes the minimum wage? Thatâ€™s not all. Quinn, in his annual budget address, said he wants to make the 67 percent income tax increase permanent. The Senate president and
Speaker Madigan immediately endorsed the idea. Thatâ€™s the Democratic Party leadership for you. Where has the $5.4 billion raised by the increase gone? The taxpayers have not approved this other theft by outright deceit, the permanent extension of the 67 percent â€œtemporary tax hikeâ€? making it a permanent increase. Already, these same Democrats proposed spending some of it on a presidential library for Obama. Let him raise his own money for the
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library. Nixon did. If not, let it go to New York. They have Grantâ€™s tomb and an excellent equestrian statue of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Quinn inserted new spending in his proposed budget. Spend, spend, spend. Writing checks for the Illinois taxpayers to cover. Let the [5 percent] â€œtemporary taxâ€? roll back to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1. Tell those Democrats you do not believe in Halloween and their doomsday scenarios.
There were lots and lots of losers during the state legislative session that ended last month. But there were a few winners, so letâ€™s take a look at them. First up, Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. Never before has a political party nominated a gubernatorial candidate who has had more impact on a legislative session than Rauner did this year. The gazillionaireâ€™s unlimited supply of money and his constant threats to â€œShake up Springfieldâ€? clearly put legislators of both parties on edge all spring â€“ going back to even before he won the primary. The Democrats surely know in their guts that much of what Rauner says about Springfield ainâ€™t false. The longentrenched powers that be stifle innovation and prevent actual compromise. Why wasnâ€™t a scaledback income tax hike ever once debated? Because the top dogs didnâ€™t want to talk about it. End of story. House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced numerous pieces of legislation designed with Rauner in mind, including a tax surcharge on millionaires, which ended up as a non-binding question on the November ballot. Rauner railed repeatedly against extending the income tax hike, and Democrats had to back off. Instead, they opted to punt the ball until after the election. If Rauner had lost the primary to a weaker Republican, odds are that the tax hike extension would have had a better chance of passage. Of course, if Rauner goes on to defeat Gov. Pat Quinn, the massive fiscal hole the General Assembly has created will be his problem â€“ which ultimately makes him a loser as well. Rauner became almost a shadow governor this spring. His hand was seen everywhere. Cook County pension reform failed, many say, because Rauner pushed against it. The $1.1 billion end-of-session road construction/ repair bill was reportedly agreed to by Republicans only after Rauner OKâ€™d it, hoping to please the GOPleaning road builders. SENATE PRESIDENT John Cullerton was another winner. The Senate presidentâ€™s electoral prowess meant, once again, that he could do pretty much anything he wanted. His 40 Democratic votes out of 59 total Senate seats gave him enough cushion to sit back and watch while Speaker Madigan struggled all year to deal with
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his own smaller supermajority. Cullerton stood his ground on the budget when the income tax hike extension fell apart, and he made sure his membersâ€™ top interests were taken care of, particularly with a small Medicaid expansion. He pushed back when Madigan tried to muscle through a major change in the way the Abraham L i n c o l n Presidential Library and Museum was administered. He stood firm when Bruce Rauner pushed by Republican Madigan nominee for to insert a governor requirement into the reauthorization of the court-stricken state eavesdropping law Senate to require President police to John wear body Cullerton cameras. D-Chicago He musColumnist cled through Rich Miller an innovawrites that tive bill with Rauner and his former Cullerton emerged as chief of staff, winners in state Sen. the legislative Andy Manar, session that ended May 30. t o fundamentally alter the way education is funded in Illinois. And out of all the Democrats under the dome, he appeared to be the least rattled by Raunerâ€™s primary win. LEGISLATIVE Republicans did pretty well, too. They finally have a candidate at the top of the ticket who will not only give the Democrats a run for their money, but who will ensure that their own candidates have enough cash to compete. But if Rauner wins this November, Republican legislators will have to do something completely different â€“ vote for some pretty distasteful things to support their GOP governor or risk his considerable ire. For more than a decade, the Republicans often sat back and hit their red buttons when it came time to pass important bills. But theyâ€™ll finally have to help govern if Rauner is in the mansion. That spectacle right there would almost be worth seeing Rauner win. Note to readers: Rich Miller also publishes Capitol Fax, a daily political newsletter, and CapitolFax.com.
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People with hearing loss find support online Dear Abby: As the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America, may I suggest that “Mortified at the Dinner Table” (March 2), who wrote about her inlaws’ poor hearing even with hearing aids, connect with one of our 200plus local HLAA chapters at www.hearingloss. org? These member-led groups offer emotional support, camaraderie, communication strategies and techniques for living with hearing loss, both for people who have hearing loss as well as their families and friends. Most chapters also share information about assistive listening devices that link via a telecoil found in most modern hearing
dearABBY Abigail Van Buren’s (Jeanne Phillips) column appears during the week through Universal Press Syndicate.
aids that could greatly enhance her in-laws’ hearing around the dinner table. “Mortified” might also want to accompany her in-laws to a hearing aid evaluation visit at an audiologist’s office to learn more about their particular hearing difficulties. There is more
to correcting hearing loss than buying hearing aids. Some users benefit from assistive listening devices or from listening training that can be done at home with a personal computer. By joining HLAA, “Mortified” can receive Hearing Loss Magazine and get the latest information about hearing loss and how to live well with it. – Anna Gilmore Hall Dear Ms. Hall: Thank you for your letter and the information you generously provided. Any reader with hearing loss should check out the HLAA website for a more detailed description of the services it provides. Read on:
Dear Abby: Many people who wear hearing aids find noisy environments problematic. As people age, their ability to understand can be difficult even with hearing aids. As a practicing audiologist, I recommend the following to my patients to help make communication easier. 1. Test hearing annually so hearing aids can be reprogrammed to current hearing levels if necessary. 2. Follow up with the audiologist for regular hearing aid maintenance and care. 3. In restaurants, ask to be seated away from high noise level areas; preferential seating may help. 4. Reserve confidential
discussions for another time and location, which would make them easier for people with hearing loss to understand. – Audiologist in Pennsylvania
me with her, and many have told me they wished their parents were still alive and able to have dinner with them. – Judy in Arizona
Dear Abby: My 91-yearold mother is hard of hearing. I take her out to dinner once a week. I don’t worry about what people around us are thinking. It doesn’t matter what she wants to talk about. I’m just glad she’s able to get out and converse with others. The conversations at tables near us are sometimes so obnoxious that I’m GLAD my mother can’t hear them. People are normally very courteous about helping
Dear Abby: Your advice to “Mortified” was certainly not taking into account the other diners’ feelings that this writer was so admirably describing! Everyone around that table paid for – and deserves – to have a pleasant dining experience too. This includes not being subjected to others’ cellphone conversations, unruly children or excessively loud conversations regardless of their content. – Marianne in Washington
Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Pinochle, noon, Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. 500 card game, noon, Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Sewing after lunch, noon, Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Bingo with the Beukemas, 12:15 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Pinochle, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center Big Room, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Book Club, 12:30 p.m., Rock
River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Bingo, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Bingo, 1 p.m., Rock Falls American Legion Hall, 712 Fourth Ave. Wii Bowling, 1 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Second Wind Entertainers, 1:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Community cards, 2 p.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Franklin Grove, 815456-3000. Kings Kids Club, 6 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2002 Ninth Ave., Rock Falls, 815-579-1209 or 815-625-4101. Sauk Valley Chess Club, 7-9 p.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8838.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Tuesday, June 10 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Bingo and doughnuts, 9-10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-5625050. Morning Whittle, 9 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Line dancing, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Wii Bowling and 313 card game, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave.,
Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Line dancing, 10-11 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-2889236. Community coffee, 10 a.m. Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St. Sing-a-long with Margo, 10:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. G.E. Retirees, 11:30 a.m., Dutch Diner, 105 N. Main St., Tampico, 815-438-2096. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Birthday potluck lunch, 11:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Organized Wii Bowling
games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Bingo, 12:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Ave., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Euchre, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Pinochle, 1 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Euchre 101, 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Bingo, 7 p.m., Sterling Moose Family Center, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-625-0354. Wednesday, June 11 Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-noon, West Second Street, Rock Falls, 815-625-4500. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County
Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Popcorn and quilting, 8;30 a.m., Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Ave., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Crafting, 9 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Mexican Train Dominoes, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Birthday party, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day.
SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Wednesday, June 11 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointment only, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Suite 100, Dixon, 815-284-3371. Dixon Kiwanis Club meeting, 7 a.m., KSB Hospital private dining room, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Whiteside County Health Department free blood pressure clinic, 7:30-8:30 a.m., J.J.’s Restaurant, 337 N. Main Ave., Milledgeville, 815-772-4213. Rock River Center Board meeting, 7:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Whiteside County Health Department free blood pressure clinic, 8:30-9:30 a.m., The Eureka Inn, 110 E. Third St., Prophetstown, 815-772-4213. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 9-11 a.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Henry Pratt Retiree breakfast, 9 a.m., Red Apple, 1130 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., women’s group; noon; 3:30 p.m.; 7 p.m., Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Church of the Brethren, 215 North Court St., Dixon. Mercy Nursing free blood pressure checks, 9-10:30 a.m., Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St. Nurturing Program, 9:15 a.m., Sinnissippi Centers Inc., 2611 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013 or 800-782-1584. Representative from Rock River Center in Oregon, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 112 W.
Second St., Rock Falls. Appointments: 815-625-0382 or 800733-2767. Blood pressure checks, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lee County Council On Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-2117. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.noon, Dixon Food Center – Red Fox, 500 Chicago Ave., Dixon. Blood pressure checks, 11 a.m.-noon, Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Lunch and Learn, noon, Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815288-4673. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Lee County Welfare Council, noon, Mr. Tequila, 844 N. Galena Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, Big Book; 6 p.m., closed, Big Book, tradition, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, grapevine; 3:30 p.m. closed; 6 p.m., closed, Spanish; 7 p.m. closed, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, noon and 8 p.m., open, Big Book, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls, back door. Free blood pressure checks, 1-3 p.m., Amboy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 15 W. Wasson Road, Amboy, 815-8572550. Woodworkers, 1- p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Alcoholics Anonymous, 1:30 p.m., closed, Rochelle Community Hospital, 900 N. Second St.
“Vegetable Pest and Disease Management” program, 5-6:30 p.m., Ogle County Extension, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon, 815732-2191. Women’s Support Group, 5-6:30 p.m., Choices Domestic Violence Program office, 114 W. Market St., Mount Carroll. Buddy Bags packing, 5-6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon, 815541-2122. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., closed, steps, tradition, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chicago Ave., Davis Junction. Pearl, a self-esteem support group of the YWCA Domestic Violence Program, 6 p.m., 815625-0333. Sauk Valley Gold Wing Riders, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting, Rock Falls Candlelight, 2200 First Ave., 815-625-6763. Buddy Bags donations accepted, 6-7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon, 815-541-2122. AMVETS 123, 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 1560 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 960 U.S. Route 52, Amboy. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Northern Illinois Divers Association, 7:30 p.m., Angelo’s II, 2525 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Northern Illinois Star Gazers meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sauk Valley Community College Room 3G12, biology lab, 173 state Route 2, Dixon, 815-288-2852. Rock River Grange, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 1409 N. Galena Ave., Dixon, 815-973-1490.
Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., closed, Polo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave. Thursday, June 12 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointment only, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Suite 100, Dixon, 815-284-3371. Abuse Changing team, 815625-0338. Twin City Sunrise Rotary, 7 a.m., CGH Medical Center Ryberg Auditorium, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. Blood pressure screenings, 8-9 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815562-5050. TOPS IL 1426, 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, meeting at 9 a.m., Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St., Rock Falls. Free blood pressure clinic, 8:30-9:30 a.m., The Eureka Inn, 110 E. Third St., Prophetstown. TOPS IL 825, 9-10 a.m. weighin, meeting at 10 a.m., Coventry Activity Center, 612 St. Mary’s Road, Sterling, 815-626-0034. Golden K Kiwanis, 9:30 a.m., YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling. Rules of the Road review course, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Free blood pressure checks, 10-11:30 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St. First Steps and Beyond for Survivors meeting lunch, 11:30 a.m., Sunrise II Family Restaurant, 101 W. Second St., Byron, reservations due by 10 a.m. Thursday, 815-732-2499. Caregiver Support and Education Group, noon, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling, 815-6267333, ext. 317.
Alcoholics Anonymous, noon and 6 p.m., closed, Big Book, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed; 5:30 p.m., open, beginners; 7 p.m., closed, step, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, noon, open, 12 and 12; 8 p.m., closed, 12 and 12, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls, back door. KSB Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m.,Town Square Centre second floor, 102 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 2:30 p.m., closed, clearance required, BAAbble on for Life Prison Group, 815-973-6150. Free Naturalization/Immigration Services, 3-5 p.m., Sauk Valley Community College Room 1E08, 173 state Route 2, Dixon, 309-736-7727. Alzheimer’s Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Pinecrest Manor Terrace Conference Room, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mount Morris, 815734-9069. Narcotics Anonymous, 4-5 p.m., Sinnissippi Centers, 2611 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013. Alzheimer’s Support Group, 5 p.m., Whiteside Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Overeaters Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-441-4452. Speak Boldly Toastmasters, 6 p.m., Sterling Public Library, 102
W. Third St., Sterling. Breast Cancer Networking Group, 6-7 p.m., Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815-2884673. TOPS, 6:30 p.m., Rock Falls United Methodist Church, 210 Fourth Ave., 815- 625-0431. Sons of American Legion Post 12, 6:30 p.m., Legion Post, 1120 W. First St., Dixon, 815-2842003. 40&8 Promenade, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 12, 1120 W. First St., Dixon, 815-2842003. Al-Anon/Alateen, 7 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling. Sterling Optimist Club, 7 p.m., Candlelight Inn, 2907 N. Locust St., Sterling. Whiteside County Natural Area Guardians, 7 p.m., Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison St., Morrison, 815-772-3811. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, and Ala-Non/ Alateen, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 709 Fourth Ave., Rochelle. PEO Sisterhood, Chapter KM, 7 p.m., home of Ellen Mumford. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Big Book, Rolling Hills Center, 201 state Route 64, Lanark. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., closed, St. Anne Church, 401 N. Cherry St., Morrison. Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus practice, 7:30 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 603 W. 10th St., 815-284-7569. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., closed, United Steelworkers, 502 Woodburn Ave., Sterling. Volunteer Care Center of Lee County, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Appointment: 815-284-9555.
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Obama extends loan repayment relief President: It will â€˜make progress,â€™ but more changes need to be made WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Aiming to alleviate the burden of student loan debt, President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their income every month, and threw his support behind more sweeping Senate legislation targeting the issue. Flanked by student loan borrowers at the White House, Obama said the rising costs of college have left Americaâ€™s middle class feeling trapped. He put his pen to a presidential memorandum that he said could help an additional 5 million borrowers lower their monthly payments.
â€œIâ€™m only here because this country gave me a chance through education,â€? Obama said. â€œWe are here today because we believe that in America, no hard-working young person should be priced out of a higher education.â€? An existing repayment plan Obama announced in 2010 lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in payments, but is available only for those who started borrowing after October 2007. Obamaâ€™s memo expands that program by opening it to those who borrowed anytime in the past. Obama also announced he is directing the gov-
Surrounded by college students, President Barack Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt Monday in the East Room of the White House. Obama said the rising costs of college have left Americaâ€™s middle class feeling trapped. ernment to renegotiate contracts with federal student loan servicers to encourage them to make it easier for borrowers to avoid defaulting on
their loans. And he asked Treasury and Education departments to work with major tax preparers, including H&R Block and the makers of TurboTax,
to increase awareness about tuition tax credits and flexible repayment options available to borrowers. â€œItâ€™s going to make progress, but not enough,â€? Obama said. â€œWe need more.â€? To that end, Obama used the East Room appearance to endorse legislation that would let college graduates with heavy debts refinance their loans. The billâ€™s chief advocate, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, joined a half-dozen other Democratic lawmakers as Obama urged Congress to pass the bill. â€œThis should be a nobrainer,â€? Obama said. The Senate is expected to debate the legislation next week, but it faces significant opposition from Republicans, who dis-
agree with the Democratsâ€™ plan for how to pay for it. The dual strategy â€“ taking executive action while urging Congress to finish the job â€“ has become Obamaâ€™s signature playbook this year. Stymied by gridlock as Congress marches toward the midterm elections, he has repeatedly sought ways to go around Congress with modest steps. Under an income-based repayment plan created by Congress, the maximum monthly payment is already set to drop from 15 percent of income to 10 percent in July 2014. But that plan only affects new borrowers. Obamaâ€™s â€œPay as You Earnâ€? plan uses another part of existing law to offer similar benefits to people who already borrowed to finance their education.
TRACY MORGAN UPDATE
Police probe ties between shooters, Bundy Prosecutor: Trucker Shootings believed in crash hadnâ€™t slept to be an isolated act, authorities say
LAS VEGAS (AP) â€“ Investigators are looking into whether the husband and wife who shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers over the weekend had been at Jerad Miller Cliven Bundyâ€™s Nevada ranch during a standoff earlier this year, police said Monday. Assistant Amanda Sheriff Kevin Miller McMahill said the two suspects, Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, had ideology that was along the lines of â€œmilitia and white supremacistsâ€? and that law enforcement was the â€œoppressor.â€? Police believe the shootings were an isolated act and officers were still looking for a motive, McMahill said. Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven Bundyâ€™s sons, said by telephone that it is possible the Millers were at the ranch, the scene of an armed standoff with federal agents, but that â€œwe have not found anybody that recognizes them.â€? He said thousands of people have come to his fatherâ€™s ranch over
Sheriff Doug Gillespie (left) speaks during a news conference on the shooting of two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers Sunday. The two officers killed were Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo. the past several months. The two officers were having lunch Sunday at a pizza buffet in a strip mall when the Millers fatally shot them at point-blank range. The attack at a CiCiâ€™s Pizza killed officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, who were both husbands and fathers. Jerad Miller yelled, â€œThis is a revolution!â€? McMahill said. Both suspects fired multiple shots into Beck. They then placed a note, a yellow â€œDonâ€™t tread on meâ€? flag and a swastika on the officersâ€™ bodies, McMahill said at a news conference Monday. The deadly rampage in the aging shopping center
about 5 miles northeast of the Las Vegas Strip unfolded in a matter of minutes. The suspects then fled on foot to a nearby Walmart, where Jerad Miller fired a single shot upon entering, police said. A patron at the store who carried a firearm confronted Jerad Miller, not realizing that he was accompanied by Amanda Miller, who shot and killed the man, police said. He was identified as 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas. â€œJoseph died trying to protect others,â€? Sheriff Doug Gillespie said. As terrified customers fled the store, the Millers went to the rear and hunkered down for a firefight
with police, McMahill said. Though they exchanged gunfire, ultimately, Amanda Miller shot and killed her husband, and then shot herself, police said. Police were called at 11:22 a.m. to the pizzeria. Shots were reported 5 minutes later at the Walmart. Bundy and his supporters, some of them armed militia members, thwarted a Bureau of Land Management roundup of his cattle near Bunkerville in April. The BLM says Bundy owes more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties for trespassing without a permit over 20 years, but he refuses to acknowledge federal authority on public lands.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) â€“ The truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadnâ€™t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as the actor recovered in a New Jersey hospital. Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper was originally expected to make an initial appearance in state court Monday, but a court official said the Jonesboro, Georgia, resident is scheduled in court on Wednesday. It wasnâ€™t clear Monday if Roper had retained an attorney. He remained free after posting $50,000 bond. Authorities said the Win a Harley or $10,000 Cash 1 for $20 3 for $50 7 for $100 Purchase at Dixon Main Street or
35-yearold Roper a p p a r ently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Tracy Saturday in Morgan Cranbury Township and swerved at the last minute to avoid a crash. Instead, his big rig smashed into the back of Morganâ€™s chauffeured Mercedes limo bus, killing comedian James â€œJimmy Mackâ€? McNair, authorities said. The 45-year-old Morgan, a former â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€? and â€œ30 Rockâ€? cast member, remained in critical condition Monday. Morganâ€™s spokesman, Lewis Kay, said he was â€œmore responsiveâ€? Sunday after having surgery for a broken leg.
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Industry gets serious about lighter vehicles DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) â€“ Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam. What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.
Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the governmentâ€™s goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.
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years of crash simulation data for lightweight materials. Ford gave a glimpse of the future last week with a lightweight Fusion car. The prototype, developed with the U.S. Department of Energy, is about 800 pounds lighter than a typical Fusion thanks to dozens of changes in parts and materials.
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Jon Bon Jovi said, “Success is falling nine times and getting up 10.” Success in three no-trump is getting up nine tricks and falling four times. How should South plan to do that in this deal after West leads the spade king? South starts with eight top tricks: one spade, two hearts, four diamonds and one club. The extra winner might come from hearts or clubs. In isolation, in hearts, one would cash dummy’s king, then take a finesse; or, in clubs, take two finesses. The snag is that all of those finesses are into the West hand, the defender who presumably has long and strong spades (to be leading declarer’s known four-card suit). Is
there anything better? Of course. South should duck the first two rounds of spades to find out if the suit is 4-3 or worse. If it is worse, he had bet-
ter run his diamonds to try to bring pressure to bear on West, then probably hope that the heart finesse works. Here, though, spades are 4-3. Now it cannot hurt declarer to take the third spade and return his fourth spade, pitching a heart and a club from the board. If West shifts to a heart or club, it concedes the contract. So let’s assume he safely leads a diamond. South takes the trick on the board and runs the club 10. That loses and West produces another diamond. Now declarer should play off his two top hearts. Here, the queen drops and the contract is home. But if she does not appear, after cashing his last two diamond tricks, South should plan on taking a second club finesse. © 2014 UFS
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Taliban vows more violence after attack Group: Assault was revenge for killing leader in U.S. drone strike KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) â€“ The Pakistani Taliban threatened more violence Monday after a 5-hour assault on the nationâ€™s busiest airport killed 29 people â€“ including all 10 attackers â€“ raising a new challenge for a U.S. ally trying to end years of fighting that has claimed thousands of lives. With recently started peace efforts stalled, the cautious government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may be dragged closer to a decision on whether to take on the militants in earnest across a country with a long history of ambiguity when it comes to dealing with militancy. A further weakening of stability
in the nuclear power whose tribal regions already are a hotbed of foment could ripple to neighboring Afghanistan as international combat forces prepare to withdraw from that country. â€œEverywhere is a threat,â€? warned Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. â€œEvery area is a target, every building is a potential target.â€? Such an attack in Karachi, Pakistanâ€™s business center, will likely discourage foreign investment at a time when its economy is struggling. The Taliban said the assault on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistanâ€™s largest city,
was in revenge for the November killing of the militant groupâ€™s leader in a U.S. drone strike. In a telephone call to The Associated Press, the groupâ€™s spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, warned that â€œsuch attacks will continue until there is a permanent ceasefire.â€? The attack began late Sunday when 10 gunmen, some disguised as policemen, stormed into a section of the sprawling airport where a terminal for VIP flights and cargo is located. They opened fire with machine guns and rocket launchers, sparking a battle with security forces that lasted until around dawn.
People comfort a family member of a security officer killed Sunday in an attack at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday. The Pakistani Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Problem has plagued large gatherings in the 3 years following 2011 uprising CAIRO (AP) â€“ A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations of Egyptâ€™s presidential inauguration â€“ including a mass attack on a 19-year-old student who was stripped in Cairoâ€™s Tahrir Square â€“ prompted outrage Monday as a video emerged purportedly showing the teenager, bloodied and naked, surrounded by dozens of men. Seven men were arrested in connection with the assault and police were investigating 27 other complaints of sexual harassment against women during Sundayâ€™s rallies by tens of thousands of people celebrating Abdel-Fattah elSissiâ€™s inauguration late into the night, security officials said. Sexual violence has
increasingly plagued large gatherings during the past 3 years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and womenâ€™s groups complained Monday that tough new laws have not done enough. Twenty-nine womenâ€™s rights groups released a joint statement accusing the government of failing do enough to address the spiraling outbreak of mob attacks on women. The groups said they had documented more than 250 cases of â€œmass sexual rape and mass sexual assaultsâ€? from November 2012 to January 2014. â€œCombatting that phenomena requires a comprehensive national strategy,â€? said the statement signed by the womenâ€™s groups.
Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah elSissi celebrate his inauguration Sunday in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Egyptian police arrested seven men Monday for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student during celebrations.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ Four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe. Whether the shootings were self-defense or an unprovoked attack, the carnage of Sept. 16, 2007, was seen by critics of the George W. Bush administration as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. A trial in the nearly 7-year-old case is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Wednesday, barring last-minute legal developments. Prosecutors plan to call dozens of Iraqis to testify in what the Justice Department says is likely to be the largest group of foreign
witnesses ever to travel to the U.S. to participate in a criminal trial. The violence at the Nisoor Square traffic circle in downtown Baghdad was the darkest episode of contractor violence during the war in Iraq, becoming one more diplomatic disaster in a war that had many. Iraqi officials, who wanted the guards tried in a local court, were outraged. In the trial, defense lawyers will focus on the guardsâ€™ state of mind in a city that was a battleground. Car bombs and insurgents were daily perils for the Blackwater teams. As part of its work with the State Department, Blackwater had a team of 15 intelligence analysts who produced daily threat updates, colored maps of a city riddled with bomb blasts.
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Sterling’s pitcher Lexy Staples (7) and Erin Stroup celebrate Monday after the Golden Warriors’ 3-1 win over Wauconda at the 3A Barrington Supersectional. It was the second year in a row that the Warriors beat Wauconda to advance to the 3A state tournament.
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BARRINGTON – With the biggest out of her young career already on the infield dirt, one that would send Sterling to the state softball tournament, pitcher Lexy Staples could only watch, and she wasn’t worried. The trip to state hinged on second baseman Gabby Sandoval making an acrobatic play, as the hard-hit ball caromed off the side of Sandoval’s glove to give Wauconda a glimmer of hope. But it was short-lived as Sandoval turned around and found the ball before
making a diving backhanded toss to Erin Stroup at first. The out sealed a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs in the 3A Barrington Supersectional on Monday afternoon, to advance Sterling to the state tournament for the second time in as many seasons. “I was so confident in Gabby,” Staples said. “She always finishes those plays, so at that point, I knew we were going to state.” Sandoval highlighted a stout Sterling defense, which was effective at keeping the Bulldogs from taking extra bases in key situations, and ending scoring threats.
With Sterling leading 2-0 in the top of the sixth, Wauconda was prime for a big inning. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded with no outs, but only scored one run. Shannon Long charged in on a single to center and got the ball back to the infield quickly to keep the runner at second from tying the score. “It’s those small things that make a big difference and often go unnoticed,” Sterling coach Becki Edmondson said. “And it’s those things that our team does very well. They’re very fundamentally sound, and we have been all year long.” SEQUEL CONTINUED ON B3
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Star of the game: Nadia Trujillo, Sterling, 2-for-3, two-run HR, 2 RBI Key performers: Karlie Mellott, Sterling, 2-for3, 2 R; Lexy Staples, Sterling, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER Up next: 3A state tournament, Sterling vs. Manteno, 12:30 p.m. Friday, at EastSide Centre, East Peoria.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ Winning, weâ€™ve been told since the beginning of the year, is all that matters now in NASCAR. A win should earn a driver a coveted berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Multiple victories would give a driver valuable bonus points to be used when seeding the Chase field. Brad Keselowski wants those bonus points. Heâ€™s already got the one victory needed to put him in the title hunt, and now itâ€™s about separating himself from the field. Yet there seemed to be some questioning, criticism and second-guessing after his failed strategy to win on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Keselowski dominated the race and seemed headed to an easy win until debris â€“ a hot dog wrapper? a napkin? letâ€™s just call it garbage from the grandstand â€“ somehow found its way to the front grille of Keselowskiâ€™s car. Itâ€™s a common occurrence in racing, where properly disposing of trash is not a common occurrence, and the results can wreak havoc on a race car. Thatâ€™s the position Keselowski found himself in during the closing laps at Pocono, where his shot at what had seemed to be a sure victory was suddenly in question. Debris on the grille causes engines to overheat, and drivers donâ€™t have a ton of time to figure out a way to knock the garbage off the nose. As temperatures rise, the engine begins to lose some of its power, and if it gets hot enough, the engine will blow. From Keselowskiâ€™s view inside the cockpit of the No. 2 Ford, he couldnâ€™t win the race with the debris on his car. Either the engine was going to break, or Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to run him down.
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â€œI think I was going to get passed, because I was really down on power down the straightaway,â€? Keselowski said. â€œI donâ€™t know. I think so, but itâ€™s hard to say.â€? So Keselowski tried to get the debris off his car by running behind Danica Patrick in the hope that air coming off her lapped car would blow the garbage away. Only she didnâ€™t seem to know what he was doing, and appeared to try to get out of the way of the leader. He misjudged his move, lost momentum and Earnhardt chased him down for the lead. Keselowskiâ€™s only hope was to catch Earnhardt and get close enough to the new leader to free the debris so that he could he could attempt to get back to the front. It didnâ€™t work. Earnhardt cruised to the victory, Keselowski settled for second, and there was plenty of head-scratching about his decision. The second-guessing from fans and commentators is ludicrous. In a winning-is-everything environment, Keselowski is being criticized for trying to win. Even Earnhardt conceded Keselowski did what he had to do. â€œI donâ€™t know what his temperatures were, but they must have been very, very hot for Brad to do that,â€? Earnhardt said. â€œThat had to have been the toughest choice for him. I felt really bad for Brad to be honest in that particular
instance to see him in such a situation that he had to be that desperate. â€œHeâ€™s the kind of guy that would have just put his foot in it and tried to make the motor last. But apparently it was just more than he could ask for the engine to do.â€? Keselowski saw he had no other option than to try to force the issue. â€œI was trying to do something to help my car out, and I knew it [the engine] was going to break, and I was going to get passed,â€? he said. â€œI was trying to make whatever move I could do to help clean it off.â€? His car made it to the end of the race. Why not just roll the dice and push it until the engine blows? In Keselowskiâ€™s educated opinion, his fate was inevitable. â€œWe werenâ€™t going to make it,â€? he shrugged. â€œIt was already starting to [blow]. It is just one of those deals.â€? The circumstances surrounding Tony Stewartâ€™s botched race Sunday are different from Keselowskiâ€™s situation. But the motive â€“ winning â€“ remains the same. Stewart had cycled into the lead with 48 laps to go when he was caught speeding on pit road, costing him a shot at his first win of the season. Stewart was pushing hard in an effort to make it back to Victory Lane. â€œ100 percent driver error,â€? Stewart said. â€œGreat race car, just the driver screwed it up this week.â€? Keselowski also admits he made an error in how he attempted to get the debris off his car. Mistakes happen. The driver and the team pick themselves up and move on to the next one, as both Keselowski and Stewart indicated theyâ€™d do. Since when, though, do we fault them for doing what they thought was needed to win? It is the only thing that matters anymore.
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