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Wet weather didn’t slow the driveway project that Chris Ryan (from left) and Melvin Hert were working on this past weekend in Tonica. Ryan said that while it was muddy, the rain also brought the benefit of showing them the locations of the driveway’s low spots. This weekend’s forecasts are calling for hot and humid conditions with partly cloudy skies and a chance for thunderstorms. Vol. 144 No. 28

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Regional exodus continues out of the Illinois Valley Population data from U.S. Census Bureau shows downward trend is continuing BY DAVE COOK OGLESBY — Population estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Illinois residents are continuing to decide to try their luck living elsewhere. For the counties of the Illinois Valley, the 2010 Census counted 113,924 LaSalle County residents. The 2017 population estimates show a decline to 110,067, a loss of 3,857 people and the tax revenue they helped provide. Nearby Putnam County, the state’s smallest, also suffered a population drop. The 2010 Census total of 6,006 has diminished to 2017’s estimate of 5,727, Ivan Baker a loss of 279 residents. Bureau County was President, home to 34,978 people Economic in 2010, but that figure Development has dropped to 2017’s Corp. of North estimate of 33,243, a Central Illinois loss of 1,735 residents. Looking closer at those figures, the Ottawa-Peru micropolitan area population dropped from 154,908 in 2010 to an estimated 149,307 residents in 2017. In LaSalle County’s smaller areas, the populations of Tonica and Lostant have respectively decreased by 40 and 12 during that period. In Bureau County, Princeton lost 77 residents in that time, Spring Valley 319, Wyanet 48, and Walnut’s population decreased by 81. Since 2010 in Putnam County, the population of Granville has decreased by 108 residents, Hennepin’s has dropped by 50, Magnolia

lost 11, Mark lost 18 and Standard lost 17. Among the factors driving citizens from the state include the increasingly high taxation rates, among the highest in the country. Other negative aspects of Illinois government that residents have found repellent are a dysfunctional Legislature; a business environment seen by many as being unfriendly; and the inability to enact the sweeping and significant reforms needed to dig the state out of its financial hole. Illinois experienced a net loss of 37,508 residents in 2016 and another 33,703 in 2017. “Workers and families will only live where they can make a good living and have a healthy quality lifestyle,” Ivan Baker, president and CEO of the North Central Illinois Economic Development Council (NCIEDC) said. “Good-paying jobs are necessary, and an affordable cost of living with a reasonable tax structure. We have great employers in North Central Illinois who care about their workers, that profit by being in Illinois and are providing wages and benefits that allow families to thrive. The leaders of Bureau, LaSalle, and Putnam counties realize we must do more to attract more good-paying jobs to the region to serve our citizens, and future workforce,” Baker said. Of the state’s 102 counties, the majority suffered a loss of residents. Only Cook, DuPage, Monroe, Will, Grundy, Williamson, Woodford, Kendall, Johnson, Kane, Lake, McHenry and McLean Counties have benefited from population increases.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Illinois has the worst fiscal climate in the nation and the worst bond rating. Baker said the private sector must be encouraged to grow, expand and create jobs, but added that won’t happen unless the state’s fiscal issues are addressed and the tax climate is made as competitive as possible, including property, sales, income, franchise, unemployment and worker’s comp taxes. “Everyone needs to have more certainty that the state of Illinois will address its debt situation, maintain a competitive business climate, and promote the great advantages for business and industry. The ‘uncertainty’ is what concerns people. The recent budget agreement is a step in the right direction,” he said. To help attract the new industry and investment in the Illinois Valley that would help stem the loss of residents, Baker said the NCIEDC’s new and different marketing strategies are being used to make sure business leaders, consultants, brokers and investors are aware of the many positive aspects of the region. While some of the business challenges in the Land of Lincoln are beyond the direct control of area residents, the region’s interstate, rail and river systems have many advantages that help to keep and attract businesses. “All of us need to remain optimistic and realistic, and use the power of our vote to make sure we are supporting elected leaders who encourage fiscal responsibility and economic strength. We must continue to encourage great education and health care, and keep our region safe, secure, and attractive for home owners and business owners. Our future, and the future of our children, depends on it,” Baker said.

Adams, 16, of Dolton, are charged with murdering Maria De la Torre, 33, on May 22 outside her Streator home. De la Torre was shot. Waite and Roberts are in the LaSalle County Jail; Adams is in the county detention home. At a court hearing Friday, Circuit Judge Cynthia Raccuglia set trial for

Monday, Aug. 27, with the next hearing Thursday, Aug. 16. Raccuglia also granted the prosecution’s request to take DNA swabs from defendants’ mouths, as part of the continuing investigation. Waite and Roberts are represented by public defenders. Adams is represented by Chicago lawyer Paul Meyers.

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Feds vs. Aaron Schock: It is not a fair fight A

friend recently asked: What ever happened to Aaron Schock? The ex-wunderkind congressman from Peoria, Schock, 36, resigned in March 2015 amid media allegations of possible misuse of government and campaign funds. He was indicted by the U.S. attorney in Springfield in November 2016 on 24 counts of alleged wrongdoing. I talked with lawyers, felons, reporters and former judges who are all knowledgeable Aaron about prosecutions by Schock the federal government, including in the Schock case. I have come away with a strong sense of the awesome power of the federal government in prosecuting its citizens. Putting aside guilt or innocence of those indicted, I conclude it isn’t a fair fight. If I am correct, are there ways to level the playing field somehow between the resources of the government and defendants? At age 19, Aaron defeated the president of the Peoria School Board in a write-in campaign. From 2005-08, he served in the Illinois House and then

UNDERSTANDING ILLINOIS Jim Nowlan in the U.S. House from 2009 until his resignation, serving districts that include my residence in central Illinois. In Congress, the handsome Schock rapidly became a high-flying darling of the GOP and was frequently on the magazine covers found at supermarket checkout lines. He traveled the country, campaigning for and raising prodigious sums of money for fellow House candidates. In March 2015, Politico magazine questioned Schock’s mileage reimbursements and spending from his several campaign funds. He resigned from Congress two weeks later. Obviously, like Icarus, Schock flew too close to the sun (power and celebrity), too quickly. His bookkeeping of travel and office expenditures was sloppy, at best. The day after his resignation, the FBI swarmed his home, the beginning of an aggressive investigation into possible criminal actions. Since then, the U.S. attorney in Springfield

has convened two grand juries and brought maybe a hundred witnesses to appear before them. On Nov. 1, 2016, the U.S. attorney indicted Schock on 24 counts of alleged wrongdoing, totaling 80-100 years of possible prison time. There is an old saying among lawyers who practice in federal courts: A U.S. attorney can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. And once indicted, defendants face a nationwide conviction rate of 98 percent in federal courts. A U.S. attorney has a phalanx of lawyers, plus the investigative resources of the FBI, IRS, Postal Service and more -- and time. When they come after you, it’s like the army coming over the hill, a former prosecutor noted. Being investigated by the feds is really a nightmare, says one who had gone through the process: “When they got me in a room full of lawyers and investigators, they laid out a series of crimes like tax evasion, mail fraud, lying to FBI agents (which couldn’t be true because I refused to speak to them without an attorney). And how they will have to investigate my family. Then they added up all the charges, and it came out to 32 years in jail.

“This, before any evidence is presented or a single question asked of me.” By dragging out investigations, the feds can bankrupt even wealthy defendants, who must keep highpriced lawyers engaged throughout. Out of money, many defendants finally cry, “Uncle,” and plead guilty before trial. The feds, in their zeal, don’t always get it right. In 2008, the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of public corruption. Days later, he narrowly lost his re-election bid -- following which the conviction was thrown out for the gross prosecutorial misconduct of intentionally hiding evidence that would have benefited Stevens. Arrogance can develop in prosecutors’ offices: We are the good guys, so we can do no wrong in our quest to convict the bad guys. But justice, not convictions, is the obligation and high standard of the U.S. attorney, as Justice Sutherland declared in Berger v. United States (1935). Whether Schock is guilty or innocent, it isn’t a fair fight.

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Illinois budget: Business as usual is back I

nstead of “shaking up” Springfield as he promised 4 years ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner took the final step June 4 to acclimating to the Illinois political culture. He went along to get along. Flanked by a bipartisan assortment of lawmakers, Rauner signed a budget that is likely somewhere between $600 million and $1.5 billion out of balance. Nothing unusual there. That’s the way Illinois has been doing business for decades – except for that awful two-and-one-half years when it went without a budget. And business as usual is why the state is broke. The legislative process is supposed to be transparent. But when it comes to the state budget, it rarely is. During the waning days of the legislative session, caucus leaders filed into a closed room and negotiated with the governor. Once a budget agreement was reached behind those locked doors, senators found themselves voting on the 1,245-page mea-

SPRINGFIELD SCOOP Scott Reeder sure a few hours later. Think any of them knew exactly what they were voting on? No way. Is this unusual in Springfield? No. But it has never served the public well. And Bruce Rauner has done little to reform the process. Taxpayers and bondholders deserve to know how our money is being spent. But the budget document is so opaque, it is often hard to discern whether major new spending initiatives have been slipped into the spending plan. For example, back in 2005, the General Assembly rejected spending state money on stem-cell research. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who favored the measure, snuck $10 million in

stem-cell research spending into the budget by labeling it “scientific research.” Lawmakers were understandably angry when they figured out they had been tricked into voting for something they had opposed. This year, Springfield is rife with rumors about what may or may not have been snuck into the budget. Adam Schuster, director of budget and tax research for the libertarian-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, says $100 million has been slipped into the budget to help fund the construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago. Schuster declined to disclose a source for this information. So, we have no way to evaluate its veracity. But it’s telling that someone knowledgeable about the budget process thinks a $100 million item could be slipped into the spending plan without rank-and-file legislators – or the public – finding out. Once again, Rauner did little to

make the process more transparent. He’s patting his own back, for just getting a budget passed. Governor, that’s a minimal expectation for a state chief executive. Should we be impressed? Last year, the General Assembly passed a $5 billion tax hike over Rauner’s veto. Despite that, the state is expected to finish the fiscal year with between $6 billion and $7 billion in unpaid bills. Why? Because it’s much more fun to spend money on new programs and pretend the bills will just go away. The state’s credit rating is the worst among the states. And the unfunded pension liabilities are hovering around $130 billion. Illinois is in sorry fiscal shape. We deserve better.

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La Salle-based State Police Trooper Aaron DeRubeis regularly hears people yell, “Hey CHiPs!” “CHiPs” was a television ratings winner from 1977 to 1983 about motorcycle patrolmen with the California Highway Patrol. Instead of zooming around Los Angeles in the disco era, DeRubeis patrols the roads of District 17, which takes in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties. He is the only motorcycle-borne officer in the region and the first one in District 17 in decades. State police have about 46 motorcycle troopers around Illinois.

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ELAINE BARR PERU — Elaine M. Barr, 93, of Manor Court in Peru, formerly of Lostant, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018. She was born April 22, 1925, in Streator to Charles and Ella (Shawback) Schroeder. She married Carl E. Barr on Sept. 15, 1946. She graduated from Lostant High School in 1944. She was a wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend to many and worked along with her husband in the family business, Lostant Oil Service. She was a life-long member of the Richland United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school, was a member of the Ladies Guild and was involved in many of the fall homecoming celebrations. She is survived by two sons, Larry (Suzann) Barr of Lostant and Robert “Mike” (Barbara) Barr of Tonica;

one daughter, Sharon (Tom Shores) Swatek of Tonica; five grandchildren, Becky, Lee, Darin, Nicole and Brett; five great-grandchildren, Courtney, Caleb, Ethan, Fischer and Serenity; and two great-great-grandchildren, Namine and Astraea. She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 18, 1994; six sisters and one brother; and one son-in-law, Steve Swatek. Visitation and funeral services were held May 24 in the Mueller Funeral Home in Lostant. The Rev. Mark Nowakowski and the Rev. Suzann Barr officiated at the service. Burial followed in the Richland Cemetery. Her grandchildren were pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lostant Fire & Ambulance or Richland Cemetery Association. The online guestbook may be viewed and memories shared at

POLICE REPORT ISP conducts ACE surveillance LASALLE — Illinois State Police Zone 3 agents conducted Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) surveillance at various establishments during the evening hours of Wednesday, May 16, in LaSalle County. The purpose of the ACE details are to determine which businesses may be selling alcoholic beverages to minors. Of 24 locations surveyed in Ottawa and Streator, six businesses sold alcohol to a minor. Listed are the business locations in violation and persons arrested for unlawful sale of alcohol to a minor: 1. Heidi E. Brown, 48, of Ottawa was arrested at Casey’s General Store, located at 400 W. Norris Drive in Ottawa. 2. John K. Purcell, 58, of Ottawa was

arrested at Express Lane Inc. Gas and Food Mart, located at 1441 N. Columbus Drive in Ottawa. 3. Dylan A. Coney, 21, of Wedron, Ill., was arrested at Express Lane Inc. Gas and Food Mart, located at 3074 N. Route 71 in Ottawa. 4. Deon L. Clemens, 49, of Ottawa was arrested at Aldi, located at 1725 N. Bloomington St. in Streator. 5. Angelyn M. Petre, 27, of Streator was arrested at Kroger LP, located at 2399 N. Bloomington St. in Streator. 6. Luanne J. Young, 62, of Streator was arrested at Orr’s Westgate Liquors, located at 103 Armory Court in Streator. The Illinois State Police commends establishments which do not sell alcohol to minors.


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Single-vehicle accident At 1:05 a.m. on June 10, deputies investigated a single-vehicle accident at North 2101st Road and North 2050th Road in Vermillion Township. Wyatt Henneberry, 23, of Utica was westbound on North 2101st Road when he swerved to miss a deer and went onto the gravel shoulder, lost control and struck a guardrail. He suffered minor injuries and was treated by Tonica EMS and released. No citations were issued. Tonica responded with a pumper and ambulance and cleared the scene in approximately an hour.


Inoperable vehicle ordinance reviewed BY ZACHARY J. PRATT

LOSTANT — Lostant’s inoperable vehicle ordinance has been found to allow time for residents to fix or remove an offending vehicle, but other changes are still possible. After the ordinance was called into question last month, the current iteration was found and examined to ensure it already included language allowing time for the inoperable vehicle to be dealt with. “It’s a long process,” Village President Jack Immel said at this week’s village board meeting, making a point to stress that there is a length of time for individuals to address the issue. The confirmation that residents are allowed this time alleviates some of Village Trustee Randy Railey’s concerns, but Railey spoke upon another aspect with which he disagrees. “The current ordinance does not allow for hobbyists,” Railey said, producing a sheet that, he said, outlined a number of suggestions. He described these suggestions

as “basically a waiver system.” Not everyone saw the need for these changes, or found that they cause further complications. “I just think your amendments create a lot of gray area where we don’t have any now,” Dave Mertes said, questioning how it would be decided who receives the waiver and who does not. The proposed changes were given to the village attorney for review.

In other business:

• Immel provided a look into why the village did not receive the money for its water tower. Out of a possible 100 points, Lostant received 59. The two aspects Immel sees the village being able to affect for trying again for the money include a lack of recent documentation of issues and another related to the village’s average income. To aid in scores for next time, plans are underway to document the different issues again and to redo the income survey.

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LIBRARY NOTES Lego Mania! LASALLE — The LaSalle Public Library will host Lego Mania! for the summer. Open to all ages, this program is for those who love to build, design and create. Lego Mania! began on June 7 and will continue on Thursdays, June 21 and 28, and July 5, 19 and 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to choose among thousands of Lego pieces to start building. Staff will have Lego books and magazines available to get ideas. Youth are welcome to snap a photo before disassembling their construction. Legos are for in-library use only. Parents should be aware that many Lego pieces are very small and may pose a choking hazard to young children. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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LASALLE — On Wednesdays, June 20 and 27, and July 18 and 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., families can take a break by spending a few hours at the LaSalle Public Library, enjoying a quiet time together, completing a jigsaw puzzle … old fashioned fun in air-conditioned comfort. Perfect for those 90 degree days. This program is for all ages; children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The programs are free and open to the public. The LaSalle Public Library is located at 305 Marquette in LaSalle and is ADA compliant. For more information, call the library at 815223-2341.


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PERU — Twenty-four cancer survivors who collectively have lived with the disease for 281 years attended Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s annual Cancer Survivors Day breakfast on June 1 at the First Congregational Church in Peru. The group heard a talk by breast cancer survivor Megan Cullinan, who read selections from a blog she started when she was first diagnosed with the disease two years ago. Like many people, Cullinan said she thought cancer was something that couldn’t happen to her. She added that she made it through the treatment process “only with a lot of help from my family, friends and co-workers.” The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer from the moment of diagnosis to the remainder of life. Following Cullinan’s remarks, individual cancer survivors were invited to share how long they had lived with the

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IVCC partners with University of Illinois on ag research

OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College agriculture program continues to develop more educational opportunities for students including strengthening its relationship with the University of Illinois Extension and the U of I’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) in crop and soil research. “This expansion is just the latest example of the invaluable partnership between IVCC and the University of Illinois Extension,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “It is particularly timely as this fall we will be offering a new agronomy program featuring a two year AAS degree along with a university transfer option.” The 2018 research project is using a portion of the 153 acres of IVCC farmland south of campus that will benefit from the cooperation of tenant farmer Luke Holly of Granville. The project, utilizing acreage on the southern end of IVCC farmland along Richard Moyle Highway, will focus on three areas: • The first will involve soybean planting populations. The yield results of the varying soybean populations will be compared at harvest. • The second is designed to determine the impact of Dicamba on soybeans. Dicamba is a broad spectrum herbicide widely used to control broadleaf which has raised concerns about its potential drift characteristics. • The third will involve the late summer inter-seeding of cover crop varieties into the standing soybean crop to evaluate their adaptability. Cover crops can play a significant role in management of nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil. Located on acreage at the north end of the field and just south of the campus is a demonstration plot planted with soybean varieties with different maturity dates. As these plants grow, marked differences in the rate

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“I’ve had cars go 100 mph past me in the next lane. After I pulled them over, they said they never saw me there,” DeRubeis recalled. As certain drivers see less, DeRubeis sees more. “I can see a lot more on a motorcycle, like seeing people talking on cell phones,” DeRubeis said. The Harley also has disadvantages. The motorcycle must remain in the garage during uncooperative weather. DeRubeis can’t transport a suspect or a stranded driver, or carry all the equipment carried by a car. Nonetheless, DeRubeis, who previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Toluca police, is happy on his Harley, saying, “I have the best job there is. I get to ride on two wheels.”

• LOSTANT Continued from Page 6 One issue discussed with the survey was the problem of getting lower-income houses to return it filled out. • The village’s new tax levy sees a 4.9 percent increase over last year, which treasurer Jim Kreiser noted is the most the levy can increase at this time without requiring a hearing. “It’s probably costing the average homeowner 6 to 7 dollars a year,” Kreiser said. • The village is increasing its dog registration fee from $10 to $12 a year for prorating purposes. “This is just a dollar a month now to have a dog,” Immel said.

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DeRubeis said he has driven a motorcycle in his private life for 20 years, but when he learned two years ago District 17 was interested in rolling out a two-wheeled trooper, he applied and was accepted. DeRubeis did two weeks of motorcycle school and two weeks hands-on training, before hitting the road on a state-owned 2013 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. “The motorcycle is great for public relations. It’s a great ice breaker. Every day people come up and ask me about it. Motorists get a kick out of it. They’ll give me a thumbs up,” DeRubeis observed.

Sometimes children will be drawn to the Harley-Davidson at gas stations and other stops he makes. DeRubeis said he will let the youngsters have their photos taken sitting on the machine. With helmet, gloves and knee-high boots, DeRubeis also makes for a unique sight. In one unusual case, DeRubeis pulled over a woman on a serious traffic violation, but the woman was so enchanted with the motorcycle, she had her photo taken posing next to it. The advantages of a motorcycle are many: it is cheaper on gas, can get into tight places a larger vehicle cannot, can weave through heavy traffic and is useful for escort duty. The Harley-Davidson also presents a smaller silhouette — in other words, it has a certain stealth.


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999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS THE GRANVILLE NATIONAL BANK, a National Banking Association, as successor To SHERIDAN STATE BANK Plaintiff, vs. No. 2018 CH 68 SCOTT A. LIKENESS and TINA M. LIKENESS UNKNOWN OWNERS and NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE BY PUBLICATION The requisite Affidavit for Publication having been filed, notice is hereby given you, Unknown Owners and Non-record Claimants, Defendants in the above-entitled cause, that the above-entitled Mortgage Foreclosure action was filed on April 6, 2018 and is now pending. 1.The names of all Plaintiffs and the Case Number are identified above. 2. The Court in which this action was brought is identified above. 3. The name of the titleholder of record is Scott A. Likeness and Tina M. Likeness. 4. A legal description of the real estate sufficient to identify it with reasonable certainty is as follows: LEGAL DESCRIPTION PARCEL 1: TRACT I: That part of Lots 9 and 10 in the Assessor's Subdivision of Section 35 in Township 35 North, Range 1, East of the Third Principal Meridian, as per plat thereof recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deed, in Book "C", of Plats, pages 11 and 12, formerly known as Lots 4 and 5 in R.B. Manhannah's Subdivision of Lots 3 and 13 in the Northeast and Northwest Quarter of said Section 35 described as follows: Commencing at the Southwest Corner of Lot 10 and the East 268 feet, thence North 133.89 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence East 128.0 feet, thence North 133.89 feet, thence West 128.0 feet, thence South 133.89 feet to the Point of Beginning; all situated in the Village of Troy Grove; TRACT II: A Non-exclusive Easement for the benefit of Tract I, as created by Warranty Deed dated December 16, 2000 and recorded December 19, 2000 as Document #R2000- 32512, from Margaret Buckley and Jerry Post, to Scott A. Likeness and Tina M. Likeness, for road purposes of egress and ingress and utilities, over the following described land: Commencing at the Southwest Corner of said Lot 10, thence East 268.0 feet, thence North 267.78 feet, thence West 20 feet, thence South 247.78 feet, thence East 248 feet thence South 20 feet to the Point of Beginning; PARCEL 2: Commencing at the Northwest Corner of Lot Nine (9) in the Assessor's Subdivision of Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 1, East of the Third Principal Meridian, as per plat thereof recorded in the Office of the Recorders of Deeds of LaSalle County, Illinois, in Book C of Plats, Pages 11 and 12 (formerly known as Lot Four and Five in R.B. Manhannah's Subdivision of Lots Three and Twelve in the Northeast and Northwest Quarters of Section 35) thence South 60 feet to the Place of Beginning, thence South 120 feet, thence East 120 feet, thence North 120 feet, thence West 120 feet to the Place of Beginning, situated in the Village of Troy Grove; PARCEL 3: TRACT I: A part of Lots Nine (9) and Ten (10) in Assessor's Subdivision in the Village of Troy Grove, being situated in Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 1 East of the Third Principal Meridian, more particularly bounded as follows: Commencing at an iron pipe which marks the Southwest Corner of said Lot Ten; for a distance of l07 feet to an iron pipe which marks the True Point of Beginning for the tract of land to e described; thence continuing North along the West line of Lot Ten (10) and the West line of Lot Nine (9) for a distance of 80.78 feet to an iron pipe, which is 180 feet South of the Northwest Corner of said Lot Nine (9); thence Easterly to an angle of 90 degrees 06 minutes 15 seconds as measured counter clockwise from the last described course along a line that is parallel with the North line of said Lot Nine (9) for a distance of 120 feet to an iron pipe, thence Southerly at an angle of 89 degrees 53 minutes 45 seconds as measured counter clockwise from the last described course along a line that is parallel with the West line of said Lots Nine (9) and Ten (10) for a distance of 80.78 feet to an iron pipe; thence Westerly at an angle of 90 degrees 06 minutes 15 seconds as measured counterclockwise from the last described course along a line that is parallel with the North Line of said Lot Nine (9) for a distance of 120 feet to the True Point of Beginning; TRACT II: A part of Lot Ten (I 0) in Assessor's Subdivision in the Village of Troy Grove, being situated in Section 35, Township 35 North, Range 1 East of the Third Principal Meridian more particularly bounded as follows: commencing at an iron pipe which marks the Southwest Corner of said Lot Ten (I 0), thence North, assuming bearing, along the West Line of said Lot Ten (10) for a distance of 20 feet to an iron pipe which marks the True Point of Beginning of the Tract of land to be described; thence continuing North along the West line of said Lot Ten (I 0) for a distance of 87 feet to an iron pipe; thence Easterly at an angle of 90 degrees 06 minutes 15 seconds as measured counter clockwise from the last described course along a line that is parallel with the South line of said Lot Ten (I 0) for a distance of 120 feet to an iron pipe; thence Southerly at an angle of 89 degrees 53 minutes 45 seconds as measured counter clockwise from the last described course along a line that is parallel with the West line of said Lot Ten (10 for a distance of 87 feet to an iron pipe; thence Westerly at an angle of 90 degrees 06 minutes 15 seconds as measured counter clockwise from the last describe course along a line that is parallel with the South line of said Lot Ten (10) for a distance of 120 feet to the True Point of Beginning; All situated in LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. PERMANENT INDEX NO 06-35-119-016 06-35-119-019 06-35-119-005 06-35-119-022 06-35-119-0235. 5. A common address or description of the location of the real estate is as follows:101-107 Vermillion St., Troy Grove, Illinois, 61372 6. An identification of the Mortgage sought to be foreclosed is as follows: a. Name of Mortgagor: Scott A. Likeness, Tina M. Likeness b. Name of Mortgagee. Sheridan State Bank c. Date of Mortgage. August 13, 2012 d. Date of Recording: August 20, 2012 e. County Where Recorded: LaSalle County, Illinois f. Recording Document Identification: #2012-17862 NOW, THEREFORE, unless all Non-Record Claimants, and Unknown Owners, Defendants, file your answer to the Complaint for Foreclosure in this cause or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the Circuit Court of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, LaSalle County, Illinois, held in the LaSalle County Courthouse, in the City of Ottawa on or before the 8th of before the 8th of July, 2018, default may be entered against you and each of you at any time after that day and a Judgment for Foreclosure may be entered in accordance with the prayer of the Complaint for Foreclosure. /S/Greg Vaccaro CIRCUIT CLERK Robert B. Steele #2712407 Aplington, Kaufman, McClintock, Steele & Barry, Ltd. 160 Marquette St. PO Box 517 LaSalle, IL 61301 Phone 815-224-3200 Fax 815-224-3205 June 15, 22, 29, 2018

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999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

NOTICE OFORDINANCE NO: PREVAILING WAGE RATES TAKE NOTICE that the LASALLE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT Board of Directors of the LASALLE COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT of Ottawa, pursuant to "An Act regulating wages of laborers, mechanics and other workers employed in any public works by the State, county, city or any public body or any political subdivision or by anyone under contract for public works," approved June 26th, 1941, as amended, has determined on, and as effective from June 5th, 2017, that the general prevailing rate of wages in this locality for laborers, mechanics, and other workers engaged in the construction of public works coming under the jurisdiction of the Board of Directors is the same as determined by the Department of Labor of the State of Illinois for LaSalle County as of June 5th, 2017. A copy of the full Ordinance and the Department of Labor determination is available for inspection by any interested party in the main office of the LaSalle County Soil and Water Conservation District, and to any employer; association of employers and any person of employee or association of employees who have filed, or file their names and addresses, requesting copies of the same. Ken Dau Chairman LaSalle County Soil and Water Conservation District Published in the Tonica News June 16, 2018.

999 • Legal Notices

999 • Legal Notices

June 15, 2018

999 • Legal Notices

CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS ESTATE OF LAWRENCE E. FALETTI DECEASED NO. 2018-P-10 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of LAWRENCE E. FALETTI. Letters of the office were issued on May 9, 2018, to NICOLE M. FALETTI, 1059-1785 East St., Tiskilwa, IL 61368, as Administrator of the Estate , whose attorney is Nicholas Balestri, of Bernabei & Fiocchi, 149 Gooding Street, LaSalle, Illinois 61301. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the clerk of the court, Putnam County Courthouse, 120 N. 4th St., Hennepin, IL, Illinois 61327, or with the representative, or both, within 6 months from the date of issuance of letters and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed of delivered to the representative and to the attorney. Dated this 22th day of May, 2018. Name: Bernabei, Balestri & Fiocchi Attorney for : Estate Address: 149 Gooding Street City: LaSalle, IL. 61301 Phone: (815) 223-6600 June 8, 15, 22, 2018

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