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Lostant Grade School eighth-grader Sarah Daugherty shows her grandmother, Evelyn Daugherty, the tomato and pepper plants she grew as part of a class project during the school’s Academic Night, Book Fair and Talent Show held Monday. The students of each class completed projects that were displayed throughout the school and focused on science, history, art and more. Daugherty also performed in the school’s talent show that evening. FOR MORE COVERAGE, PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3. Vol. 144 No. 24

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LOCAL NEWS A Lostant village trustee objects to a

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COURT Richard Henderson and Clifford Andersen Jr. appeared in court last week. / 2, 6

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Richard A. Henderson enters a Putnam County courtroom Thursday. He is the 26-year-old Standard man whom investigators believe stabbed and killed 16-year-old Diamond Bradley. Henderson is charged with the Class 3 felony of concealment of a homicide death and is being held on a $1 million bond. Henderson also faces additional charges as the state continues to process more evidence.

Defense argues for speedy trial Judge may set a trial date on Thursday BY DAVE COOK HENNEPIN — Entering the courtroom under heavy security, Richard A. Henderson, the Standard man whom investigators believe stabbed and killed 16-year-old Diamond Bradley, whistled as he waited for his Thursday afternoon hearing to begin. Henderson, 26, is charged with the Class 3 felony of concealment of a homicide death and is being held on a $1 million bond. “It is incumbent upon the state, not the defendant, to commence trial, under my theory, by June 5,” Public Defender Roger Bolin said. The state has 120 days in which to begin a trial, and Bolin said his client has been in custody since Feb. 5. Putnam County State’s Attorney

Christina Judd-Mennie argued the last three continuances were agreed upon by both sides at previous hearings, and that by doing so, the 120-day count would have stopped during those periods. Judge Stephen Kouri asked Bolin if he was asking him to set a trial date. “No, your honor, we are objecting to any trial set after June 5,” Bolin said. Kouri asked both the defense and the prosecution to submit case law decisions they wished him to review in argument of their positions. He said he would make a ruling during a May 17 status hearing. It is also expected Henderson will eventually face additional charges as the state’s evidence against him continues to be compiled. Depending on when the rest of the discovery evidence is obtained, new charges may be folded into one trial, or it may result in a second trial at a later date. During the ongoing investigation, the Putnam County Sheriff’s

Office developed information that Henderson may have discarded a weapon at Color Point, the commercial greenhouse in rural Granville where he had been employed. Diamond On April 11, the Bradley Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in a search by Tri-DENT, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services, the Spring Valley Police Department and the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office. The recovered weapon, a knife, is being analyzed at the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services laboratory. Bradley, of Spring Valley, was last was seen by her family the evening of Jan. 23. She was reported missing the following morning. Her body, stabbed multiple times, was found Jan. 27 alongside 850th North Road in Putnam County.


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BY ZACHARY J. PRATT LOSTANT — One of Lostant’s village board members is criticizing a village ordinance, citing his belief that the rule is “horrendous.� Village Trustee Randy Railey brought the matter of the inoperable vehicles ordinance to the board on May 14. “To me,� he said, “that ordinance is horrendous at best.� “Basically, it says if the vehicle is inoperable, you have to dispose of it,� Railey said, adding that there is no time limit included to make it operable. Kyle Stephens, village attorney, said that he finds it difficult to believe the ordinance does not provide a time frame, and that the updated version would certainly include such language.

However, Railey took issue with other factors of the ordinance as well. Railey said that another issue with the ordinance is that it does not allow for hobbyists or enthusiasts, who might possess an inoperable vehicle for the purpose of fixing or revamping it. “The problem is, the way the ordinance is, it doesn’t allow any leeway,� he said. “The way it’s written now is pathetic.� Village President Jack Immel disagreed that there is an issue, saying that opening up the ordinance would allow the village to be overrun with inoperable vehicles and that anybody can keep one to work on, as long as it is inside a shed or garage. “Not everybody has a shed or a garage,� Railey said.


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Lostant Grade School fourth-grader Mariska Beck had fun browsing through all of the books at the book fair held Monday as part of the school’s multi-faceted event. In addition to a talent show, parents toured displays of academic projects, such as the seventh- and eighth-grade work to show their understanding of what was required to design and build electrical circuits. The clever “Red Neck Mansion,� built by students Sydney Miller, Paityn Skinner, Allison Harper and Macenzie Chambers, was a favorite. The electrical science project was led by their teacher, Tricia Haynes.

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overning” is a respected magazine that reports on state and local governments in the U.S. Reporter Daniel Vock recently posed this question in a lead article in the May edition: Who ruined Illinois? Vock interviewed former Illinois Republican governor Jim Edgar (1991-98) at length, who said: “Illinois government did work (presumably when he was in office), but then we had bad luck with a couple of governors (presumably Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn, both Democrats).” I have great respect for friend Jim Edgar, and I am not privy to the whole of his interview. Yet, I beg to differ with this suggestion that all blame be placed on the two more recent, admittedly failed governors he fingers. I contend that many, maybe most, of us who participated in Illinois politics and government over the past half century share at least a sliver of the blame for our present parlous situation. Unfortunately, we have been part of a state political culture that considers it okay to take advantage – legal advantage preferred – of our state and local governments for personal gain, just about whenever we have been able to do so.

State employee pensions offer prime illustrations. Our pension crisis is the huge albatross around our collective neck. Moody’s, the financial ratings agency, has estimated that Illinois has $250 billion in unfunded pension

1) State government failed to contribute its share of funding; 2) We had unrealistic expectations about growth in our pension assets; 3) We made flawed assumptions about employee mortality; and 4) There was a feeding frenzy from the 1980s to early 2000s to enact scores of richly sweetened employee benefits. A recent paper by Ted Dabrowski and his colleagues at Wirepoints, an independent research, commentary and news aggregation firm, makes a persuasive case that most of the blame here indeed lies with the piling on of ever-juicier pension benefits. And just about everybody in the political game has either sought these benefits or, like me, turned an indifferent, not-my-issue blind eye as they were larded on. (Disclosure: I receive $30,000 a year in retirement, plus great, low-cost health care, for 12 years of credit in the State Universities Retirement System.) The examples are too numerous to cover here, so a few egregious ones have to suffice: • Half of Illinois state judges net

more in pension benefits the day they retire than they did in their last month on the bench at a judge’s salary of $192,000! And judges can count toward their 20 years of service for maximum benefits earlier work as assistant state’s attorneys, lawyers for park districts, and so on. • A number of retired state lawmakers, several of my friends among them, gamed the system so as to double or triple their normal retirement income. They accomplished this by working for another state or local government agency, for as little as a month, at a much higher salary than they earned as legislators. This increased their pensionable base by two or three times. • Then there were school boards, certainly paragons of local rectitude, which often spiked the final three years of salary for their superintendents and other staff. This increased the pensionable base for these employees, often dramatically, without the accompanying contributions to support the pension payouts. • And, of course, we can’t forget the several early retirement programs for teachers and state employees, most of which were not fully supported actuarially. The biggest “contributors” to the unfunded liabilities of the five state employee retirement systems have been, first, the change in 1989 for annual increases in retirement pay, from simple to compound interest. Second, there were several enhancements of the benefit formulas in the late 1990s, which increased significantly the final percentage of

to ratepayers. This legislation offers a blank check for the companies to use ratepayers to expand their own company footprint throughout Illinois. Sue Rezin There are no protecState Senator tions for new customers from seeing a large rate increase. In 2016, American Water increased water rates on their customers in their Chicago Metro region, which includes Will and Grundy counties, by nearly 42 percent. In 2009, ratepayers received a 26 percent increase. Yes, infrastructure upgrades are needed, and delivery costs do go up, but increasing rates on customers

by 42 percent is out of control. Most families experience sticker shock when they open up their water bills. Several years ago, we saw Bolingbrook, Homer Glen, Lemont, Romeoville, and Woodridge essentially go to war with American Water, filing a lawsuit to take back control of their water system in the area. The main reason? Preventing American Water from continuing their non-stop water rate hikes on customers. What customers really need is a real, hard cap on future rate increases for all ratepayers affected, stricter oversight by the Illinois Commerce Commission, and the ability for local voters to have a voice by referendum before their water systems are sold to a private

UNDERSTANDING ILLINOIS Jim Nowlan liabilities. That works out to about $50,000 for each of our 5 million households.

This happened for four fundamental reasons:

salary that would make up retirement pay. State Sen. Cal Schuneman, R-Prophetstown (1981-93), was a lone voice during this slopping at the feeding trough. Cal stood up time and again on the Senate floor to declare, like Cato the Elder trying to save the Roman Republic: “You people are going to bankrupt this state.” Not enough listened, and now the situation is dire. Edgar and the Legislature realized in the mid-1990s the problem was getting out of hand. They enacted a “ramp up” of increased funding for pensions, but not rising sharply until 2003, when Rod Blagojevich entered the governorship. If Illinois had, like Wisconsin, kept its funding up and benefits constrained, we would not now be paying for pension catch-up funding that approaches 2 percentage points in the rate of the 4.95 percent individual income tax. Think what that could mean for reduced taxes or increased support for school kids, parks and universities.

But what to do?

Dabrowski calls for freezing government salaries and privatizing much of state government (which would reduce state employment and pension obligations). He says this would bring the unions to the bargaining table to renegotiate pension benefit contracts.

Note to readers: Jim Nowlan of Toulon can be reached at jnowlan3@

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Legislation is a bad deal for water customers To the editor: Future water rates – and how much they will increase throughout the state – now depend on how Illinois senators vote on House Bill 4508. This legislation, which passed the House, is a bad deal for water customers, as it would make it much easier for a private company to purchase public water systems and dramatically increase customer rates. As written, House Bill 4508 allows for only two companies, American Water and Aqua Water, to buy municipalities’ water systems at an over-inflated cost. That cost would then be passed directly

company. With an income tax increase last year combined with the second highest property taxes in the nation, it’s imperative we do not add House Bill 4508 (as written) to the mix that hurts families and will only add to the mass exodus from our state. I urge readers to reach out to their state senator and tell them to vote “no” on House Bill 4508.

State Sen. Sue Rezin Morris Note to readers: Rezin is an assistant Republican leader and the minority spokeswoman for the Senate Energy Committee. She represents Bureau, Grundy, LaSalle, Kendall, Livingston, Putnam and Will counties.

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Tonica Grade School’s Emily Strehl (left photo) is pictured clearing a hurdle during the recent IESA Sectional Track Meet held at Putnam County High School on May 5. On May 12, she traveled to the state finals to compete against dozens of the best athletes in the state. She represented herself and her school well, placing 13th in the 100-meter hurdles. Other TGS athletes to compete at state were Levi Hallock, who placed 25th out of 50 in the 800-meter run, and Ethan Schmick, who finished in the middle of the pack in the 100-meter dash.


Video evidence argued in Andersen hearing Judge allows videos, but not testimony from investigating officer in regards to vehicle BY DAVE COOK HENNEPIN — The first testimony was heard during murder suspect Clifford A. Andersen Jr.’s final motions hearing on Tuesday. Andersen, 68, of Standard is accused of killing Deborah Dewey of Ladd, his sister-in-law, on Aug. 22, 2016. Her body was found on Sept. 12, 2016, in Deborah a shallow grave in Dewey the yard of a Standard home for which Andersen was caretaker, and the police arrested him the following day. The prosecution, led by Assistant Illinois Attorney General Bill Elward, called Illinois State Police Special Agent Ryan Kaney, a veteran of 11 years, to testify in regard to internal and external security camera footage taken from the truck stop in Morris where Dewey’s vehicle was recovered. Kaney was questioned as to how often the times shown on surveillance footage at businesses sync with the actual time. “Almost never,” he answered. He then described how they corrected the inconsistencies during the investigation by sending an

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officer outside to appear on the live feed of the camera to confirm that it was indeed a live feed and then used a cellphone to see the how much adjustment was needed. According to Kaney, the external video from Aug. 23 was roughly eight to nine minutes ahead, and the internal videos were found to be approximately one hour and nine minutes behind real-time. Defense lawyers, Drew Parker and his son, Robert Parker, of Peoria’s Parker and Parker Law Firm, questioned if there was a standard operating procedure for these occurrences, if there had ever been issues with this practice, and if Kaney was trained in video forensics. Kaney replied that there was no standard procedure, he knew of no issues, and that he wasn’t trained in video forensics. The defense also raised questions regarding the equipment’s software, download procedures, internet connections, power surges, resolution, color distortions, settings, third party interference, and chain-of-custody issues. Elward said the date on the Aug. 23 video is correct, and adjusting the time in the way investigators did shows Andersen walking into the truck stop while talking on the phone. Records also show he made a call during that time to a friend

who was seen later in the video coming to give Andersen a ride. Elward has stated the friend, who initially lied to investigators at Andersen’s request, later recantClifford ed his statement and Andersen Jr. admitted to meeting Andersen at the truck stop on the day in question. The prosecution says it was so Andersen could leave Dewey’s car there and that he left it unlocked and with the keys in it in hopes that it would be stolen. The prosecution played the video from the internal security camera and asked Kaney if he could identify the man walking through the door and talking on his cellphone. Kaney identified the man in the video as Andersen. A 13-second video from outside the truck stop was then played, and the defense got Kaney to admit he couldn’t identify the man or the vehicle in question. Judge Stephen Kouri said he didn’t hear evidence the vehicle in the video was Dewey’s, although he did allow its admission, but he won’t allow Kaney to testify on it. He did, however, allow “the circumstantial evidence of the internal video,”. “The time stamps are problem-

atic, but it will be up to the jury. There are a lot of arguments that can be made on both sides,” Kouri said. During the hearing held the day before, on Monday, the prosecution argued Dewey had lent Andersen thousands of dollars to help with several high-interest loans he was having trouble paying off. They listed several checks that had been made out to Andersen and also discussed his gambling habits. The state argued that this was a motive for killing Dewey. The defense was successful in getting a hand-written note found in Dewey’s apartment barred unless the prosecution can show how the figures written on it correlate with her bank records. The note could be significant because it includes the name “Skip,” a known nickname of Andersen. The prosecution and defense are now working on developing a juror questionnaire with assistance from Kouri, and they’re scheduled to work out the final details on June 28. Putnam County State’s Attorney Christina Judd-Mennie said the jury will come in on July 9, which will be considered the first day of the trial. Kouri has also arranged for a new venue in Peoria if a jury can’t be selected in Putnam County.

Henderson and Bradley met online and that Henderson picked the teen up near her home between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 24. Investigators believe Henderson then drove to the

spot where her body was found and killed her after an altercation. Henderson was arrested after being interviewed at the police station. Tips, interviews, surveillance

cameras and pings from Bradley’s cellphone link him to her death, Doyle has said. Henderson’s next hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m. May 17.

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Mission, vision statements get updates as well OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s draft strategic plan for 2018 through 2023 was presented to board members Thursday by Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson. The plan will result in new mission and vision statements, as Jerry well as goals and objecCorcoran tives that align with IVCC key performance indipresident cators.

In a letter introducing the plan, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said, “One of the many good things that came out of our preparing for the comprehensive quality review visit by the Higher Learning Commission team in 2016 was the decision to update our strategic plan by first breathing new life into our academic plan. “Our plan reinforces our commitment to longstanding institutional priorities such as providing excellent and accessible higher education to our students, serving as the

premier choice for lifelong learning, contributing to the economic and workforce development of the region, and distinguishing ourselves as a center for the arts, humanities and cultural offerings.” The new mission statement is: “Illinois Valley Community College provides a high-quality, accessible, and affordable education that inspires individuals and our community to thrive.” The vision statement is: “Illinois Valley Community College is the preferred gateway to advance individual and community success.” In other business, the board approved an online leadership certificate that will help district compa-

nies fill vacancies with internal talent as large-scale retirements loom. The online “Leadership Elevation Framework” certificate will target potential leaders already in the workforce and individuals changing careers.

In other business, trustees approved: • Seeking bids for a Haas ST-10 lathe for the manufacturing lab for an estimated $52,000, a purchase covered by the capital campaign fund. • Purchase of a tire changer and balancer for the automotive technology program for $15,378 from TriState Technologies of New Lenox.

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• ORDINANCE Continued from Page 3 Immel countered that they “should think about that before they buy the vehicle.” “I’m worried about an entire town of inoperable vehicles,” Immel said. Railey used his own current situation as an example of why he thinks the ordinance needs to be changed or removed. “I’m in violation right now. I have a truck sitting in my driveway with the fuel pump out. I can’t get a new fuel pump until Friday. According to the ordinance, I have to dispose of the vehicle,” Railey said. Railey made a motion to suspend enforcement of the ordinance until it can be addressed at next month’s meeting, but the motion failed to garner a second, and so it died. The topic is expected to be addressed next month.

In other business:

• Lostant has not received the grant for its water tower, but is preparing to try again. Immel said that those who have tried for the

grant in the past are more likely to receive it, so, “for right now, we hope the water tower stays together.” • A hazardous driver has been appearing on First Street, which Mike Cooper noted is a danger for those along the street. “The person of interest was 15 feet from four kids, spinning out, doing the whole shot,” Cooper said. • With the requests of property owners that the village not vacate or close Roosevelt Street, citing the damage to property value that would ensue, the board has opted to leave the street be. “We’ve got property owners saying the same thing: leave it the way it is,” Railey said. • Jerry Comisky of the American Legion provided an update about the monument to be unveiled at the park shelter on Memorial Day. He said there will also be food at the fire station afterward. “That offer’s good for anybody that wants to show up,” he said. • Town cleanup days are set for May 18-20. Residents can bring their items for disposal, but electronics are not to be included.

The department was denied the 2017 FEMA grant. A back-up camera that will be installed on pumper-tanker 1716 was received through a grant from the Illinois Public Risk Fund. The department’s fundraising drawdown will be held June 9. The new fire text response equipment and software has been installed. The department will pursue obtaining

a new rescue truck for approximately $220,000. The department is in need of 120 new chairs, 2 long tables and 3 storage carts. Assistant Chief Bill Gray assisted the truck repair company with the correction of the pump-transmission transfer issue. The air quality test for the SCBA compressor has been received, and the unit passed all tests.

POLICE REPORT LASALLE COUNTY SHERIFF Single-vehicle accident At 4:05 a.m. on May 3, deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident on East Eighth Road near North 20th Road in Vermillion Township. Mike E. Taylor, 45, of Streator was northbound on East Eighth Road when a deer ran in front of him and he was unable to avoid it. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued.

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Training exercises involve extrication The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department responded to 13 emergency calls during the month of March, raising the number of calls for the year to 60. There were three fires, nine ambulance requests and one accident. One of the fire calls was to provide mutual aid

to Grand Ridge. Training for the month included a squad review of the equipment on all of the trucks. Members also participated in vehicle extrication training at the Tonica Fire Station, and Training Officer Rick Turri also attended a small tools vehicle extrication training exercise in Amboy. The department received updated MABAS box alarm cards from the Magnolia Fire Department.

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Eric and Andrea (Poole) Sugg of Lostant are the parents of a daughter born May 9 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

BRIEF Pancake and sausage breakfast planned in Magnolia MAGNOLIA — Magnolia baseball/softball will have its pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Magnolia Fire Station. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds will benefit the children.

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IVCH Auxiliary president Allison Rooney (left) and immediate past president Jan Vogelgesang present Tommy Hobbs, the hospital’s CEO, with a big check.

IVCH Auxiliary donates to hospital PERU — The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary wrapped up its 2017-18 organization year with an announcement at its closing meeting May 1 that it had purchased more than $34,192 worth of medical equipment for IVCH in the past 12 months. Items obtained by the hospital with Auxiliary funds during the past year include: • A Lucas chest compression device kept in the emergency department to use on cardiac arrest patients who need extended cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). • A new ultrasound table for the diagnostic imaging department. • A recumbent stepper machine and pulley weights for use by patients enrolled in the IVCH pulmonary rehabilitation program. • Three new wheelchairs specially

made to transport heavier-than-average patients. • Medication bags for a trial program underway at IVCH’s Peru Medical Clinic to see if patients will remember to bring their medications to doctors’ appointments if they are provided with a reusable bag in which to bring them. The Auxiliary raises the money it contributes to IVCH through regularly-scheduled bake and vendor sales, in addition to annual plant and book sales. Profits from sales in the Auxiliary-managed hospital gift shop also help fund the group’s hospital grants. At the May 1 meeting, Tommy Hobbs, IVCH’s chief executive officer, complimented the Auxilians for their fundraising skills and for volunteering their time and efforts to help the hospital.


Casting call announced for Stage 212’s ‘Take a Bow’ LASALLE — Directors Phil Grant and Neal Phelps have announced auditions for “Take a Bow,” Stage 212’s 50th anniversary musical revue, will be at 6 p.m. Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the theater, 700 First St. in LaSalle. “Take a Bow” will be a look back at Stage 212’s past productions through song, dance and memories, along with a glimpse into what future productions will hold. There will be solo performances, medleys, small group numbers and full cast selections, as well as select dance numbers.

All past Stage 212 participants are encouraged to audition, as are new participants looking to make their debut. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing a 1-2 minute musical theatre song selection, a cappella, that best showcases their vocal ability. All auditioners should come prepared for a dance/movement audition. For more information, visit “Take a Bow” will be presented Sept. 21-30. Stage 212 auditions are open to all regardless of prior theatrical experience.

Breakfast May 21 — Chef’s choice, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. May 22 — Chef’s choice, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. May 23 — Chef’s choice, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. May 24 — Chef’s choice, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. May 25 — Toaster pastry, yogurt, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, milk. Lunch May 21 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 22 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 23 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 24 — No lunch, all-school trip. May 25 — Cookout with hamburgers, bun, fruit, veggies.

Tonica Grade School Breakfast May 21 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 22 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 23 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 24 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 25 — Chef’s choice, milk. Lunch May 21 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 22 — Chef’s choice, milk. May 23 — School picnic — Hamburger or hot dog, cheese slice, bun,

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Putnam County Community Center May 21 — Fish sandwich, baked macaroni and cheese, salad with toppings, oranges and banana. May 22 — Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad with toppings, roll and butter, applesauce, dessert. May 23 — Swiss steak with buttered noodles, green beans and peas, grapes. May 24 — Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, bread and butter, pears, dessert. May 25 — Goulash, salad with toppings, broccoli, peaches. Bread, butter, fruit juice and 2% milk are available with meals. For reservations, call 800-757-4579 24 hours in advance of the day’s meal. The menu is subject to change. Meals are available to senior citizens 60 plus at no cost, but donations are appreciated. The meal program is partly funded by donations, so they have a suggested donation of $5 per meal. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.

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PERU — Local business owner and reservist Chad Gilbreth, Edward Jones financial advisor, and Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development have partnered with Hero Box to collect everyday items for deployed soldiers. Although he has never been deployed, Gilbreth has served with men and women who have been, and knows it can be a rough and challenging environment to be exposed to for long periods of time. Both Gilbreth and the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development believe in taking care of our soldiers defending our country and putting their lives in harm’s way. A semi trailer will be parked at 425 First St. in LaSalle from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, in an effort to collect items soldiers often go without while deployed, such as hand sanitizer and lip balm. The goal for the day is to fill an entire semi-trailer. WLPO radio on-air personality Rod Thorson will be broadcasting live from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Commonly requested items are: • Food — Beef jerky, powder drink mix, fried fruit, power bar/granola

bar, microwavable popcorn, microwavable cheesy mac, sunflower seeds, hard candy, Twizzlers, tuna fish packets, instant noodles, soup, coffee and trail mix. • Entertainment/other — DVDs/ CDs, books, puzzle books, pens, pencils, postcards, drawing pads, journals, magazines, Tupperware, AA batteries, brown undershirts and socks. • Hygiene — Baby wipes, hand sanitizer, male and female deodorant, body lotion, sun block, toothbrush/ paste, feminine hygiene products, lip balm, tissues, throat lozenges, eye drops, body powder and Tums/ Rolaids. Hero Box is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that supports deployed, injured, aging and homeless veterans. Their mission is to ensure that every American hero receives the physical and moral support they deserve. The organization was launched 2008, and now has volunteers in all 50 states who help us support tens of thousands of deployed service members each year. In 2013, Hero Box expanded its programs to include injured, aging and homeless veterans.

COMMUNITY BRIEF IVCH cancer survivors breakfast is June 1 PERU — Cancer survivors and their guests are invited to attend Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s annual cancer survivors’ breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 1, at the First Congregational Church, 1431 Fourth St., Peru. Cancer

survivors Bev Sons and Megan Cullinan will be the featured speakers. Musical inspiration will be provided by Darrell Data. Although there is no charge to attend the breakfast, pre-registration is requested by calling 815-780-4642.

Peru firefighters recognized SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) presented three Peru firefighters with a Senate Certificate of Recognition during the 25th annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial & Firefighting Medal of Honor Award Ceremony May 8 in Springfield. The three firefighters, Lt. Neil Nadolski, Firefighter Alex Duncan

and Firefighter Ben Bentley also all received the Firefighter Excellence Award. This award is given for an act of service in the line of duty, demonstrating excellence and professionalism in service to the citizens of the State of Illinois. The three Peru firefighters received the award after rescuing a woman in a fire in LaSalle last September.

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State Rep. Jerry Long (from left) and state Sen. Sue Rezin are pictured with Peru Fire Chief Jeff King, Lt. Neil Nadolski, and firefighters Alex Duncan and Ben Bentley.

Congratulations Class of 2018 LaSalle-Peru High School

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NOTICE is hereby given that a tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for DALZELL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, in the County of Bureau and State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning on June 1, 2018, and ending on May 31, 2019, will be on file and conveniently available for public inspection at the Dalzell Fire Protection Station, Scott and Lucy Streets, Dalzell, Illinois, in said Fire Protection District, from and after the 15th day of May, 2018.

NOTICE is hereby given that a tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for LADD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, in the County of Bureau and State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning on May 1, 2018, and ending on April 30, 2019, will be on file and conveniently available for public inspection at the office and home of Richard Nauman, 421 E. Cleveland, Ladd, Illinois, in said Fire Protection District, from and after the 15th day of May, 2018.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a public hearing on said Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 5:45 p.m. on the 20th day of June, 2018, at the Fire Station of the Dalzell Fire Protection District, and that final action on said Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Board of Trustees of said District at its regular meeting to be held immediately following the public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on the 20th day of June, 2018, at said Fire Station in the Village of Ladd, Illinois. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SAID DISTRICT. DATED THIS 10TH DAY OF MAY, 2018. RICHARD CROISSANT, SECRETARY DALZELL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT DALZELL, BUREAU COUNTY, ILLINOIS

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Notice is hereby given of the death of Robert G. Drummet. Letters of Office wereissued on April 24, 2018, to Jason Drummet, 837 N 5th Rd., Rutland, IL 61358, as Independent Administrator, whose attorney is Jacob J. Frost, 102 East St. Paul Street, Spring Valley, Illinois 61362. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court, LaSalle County Court House, Ottawa, Illinois 61356, or with the Independent Administrator or both, on or before November 5, 2018, which date is not less than 6 months from date of first publication, or, if mailing or delivery of a notice from the Independent Administrator is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before said date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the Independent Administrator and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed.Dated this 25th day of April, A. D. 2018.) NO. 2018-P-102 ) Jacob J. Frost Attorney for Estate 102 East St. Paul Street Spring Valley, IL 61362 Telephone (815) 323-4851 May 4, 11, 18, 2018


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Public notice is hereby given that on June 6, 2018, in courtroom No. 300 of LaSalle County Courthouse, 119 West Madison Ottawa, Illinois, at the hour of 9:45 a.m. or as soon thereafter as this matter may be heard, a Petition will be heard in said Courtroom for the change of name of Stella Raelynn Kruger to Stella RaeNOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a public hearing on said Budget and lynn Strack pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/1-109., Appropriation Ordinance will be held at 6:15 p.m. on the 19th day of June, 2018, at the Fire Station of the Ladd Fire Protection District, and Christina Edgcomb that final action on said Appropriation Ordinance will be taken by the Petitioner Board of Trustees of said District at its regular meeting to be held immeMay 11, 18, 25, 2018 diately following the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on the 19th day of June, 2018, at said Fire Station in the Village of Ladd, Illinois. PUBLIC AND


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a tentative budget and appropriation Ordinance for the town of Eden, in the County of LaSalle, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2018 and ending March 31, 2019 will be on file and conveniently availNOTICE is hereby given that tentative Budge and Appropriation Ordi- able to public inspection at the township nances for HOPE TOWNSHIP and HOPE TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICT, office from and after 8 o'clock a.m. 18th day in the County of LaSalle and State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning of May, 2018. on April 1, 2018, and ending on March 31, 2019, will be on file and conveniently available for public inspection at the office and home of Stacie A. Mertes, Township Clerk, 306 Grant Street, Lostant, Illinois, from and af- Notice is further given hereby that a public hearing on budget and appropriation orditer the 22nd day of May, 2018. nance will be at 6:30 p.m. May 29, 2018 at NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that a public hearing on said Budget and the township office and that final action Appropriation Ordinances will be held at 6:45 a.m. on the 25th day of will be taken by the board of Trustees at June, 2018, at the Township Building, Fifth Street, Lostant, Illinois, and the meeting on June 11, 2018 at 7 o'clock. that final action on said Budget and Appropriation Ordinances will be taken by the Board of Trustees of said Township at its regular meeting to Tom J. Burch, Supervisor be held immediately following the public hearing at 7:00 a.m. on the 25th Marla Antolik, Clerk day of June, 2018, at the Township Building, Fifth Street, Lostant, Illi- May 11, 2018 May 18, 2018 nois. BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SAID TOWNSHIP. DATED THIS 3RD DAY OF MAY, A.D., 2018. HOPE TOWNSHIP AND HOPE TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICT LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS STACIE A. MERTES HOPE TOWNSHIP CLERK

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