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A Rochelle distillery is now making hand sanitizer to battle COVID. / 4

COUNTY NEWS

Officials Are Busy City, and county officials are busy dealing with the pandemic. / INSIDE

Hunt at Home A unique scavenger hunt is being offered for kids to do while at home. / 5

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Jeremy Irving of Polo has been one of the Oregon Supervalu employees who have worked tirelessly to keep the store’s shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. Story on page 13.

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Betty’s Column......... 6 Byron Library........... 10 Church News............12

Classifieds..........19-24 Library........................ 7 Pine Creek News...... 6

Property Transfers...18 Sheriff’s Arrests.......18 State News.........15, 16

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COVID-19

Municipalities dealing with pandemic Cities, villages closing buildings, supporting businesses BY JEFF HELFRICH jhelfrich@oglecountynews.com The Oregon City Council met remotely on Tuesday night to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The city utilized zoom and broadcasted it on screens at city hall and gave out the code to join the meeting. The city formed an action team two weeks ago to address COVID-19 that includes Mayor Ken WIlliams, Police Chief Darin DeHaan, all department heads, Chamber of Commerce Director Liz Vos, Finance Commissioner Terry Schuster and Public Health Commissioner Kurt Wilson. “We have open lines of communication to schools, parks, fire and county health as needed,” Williams said in a Facebook post addressing issues with the pandemic. Oregon has taken action to support its local businesses as many of them are currently closed to the public. A list of restaurants that are offering carry out or delivery is being maintained by the city and chamber. Food pick up parking spots have been established downtown.  Essential city services will be maintained. All city departments except police will have one employee on site to respond to needs with the rest on call. The police department will remain fully staffed.  City hall will be closed to the public but staffed to answer calls. Water payments can be made online on the city’s website. 

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Some local retailers like Koeller’s Hardware in Forreston remain open offering curbside pick ups during statewide closures to prevent the spead of the coronavirus.

Mt. Morris The Mt. Morris Village Board cancelled its March 24 meeting and has closed its Village Hall to the public. Staff is still working. Payments can be made through the payment box at Village Hall or by mail. The water, sewer streets and police workers have been deemed essential and still working. Village parks are still open, but the use of playground equipment is discouraged, Village Trustee Philip Labash said in a Facebook post.  Garbage pickup in the village will remain on schedule, but only refuse that is in the can or bagged at the curb will be accepted.  Private businesses that have been deemed essential have the option of staying open including the grocery store, the laundry mat and gas stations.  “Many village restaurants are open for

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Signs similar to this one at the Forreston Veterinary Clinic greet customers at the door in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. carry out and curbside service,” Labash said. “I encourage you to patronize these businesses during this difficult time.”

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would allow for social distancing are being discussed if that meeting happens, City Clerk Sydney Bartelt said. “We’re going to wait it out right now,” Bartelt said. “I think the council would prefer to do one of those alternatives.” Polo City Hall is closed to the public

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Ogle County Many civil and criminal cases will be postponed in the 15th Judicial Circuit that includes Lee, Ogle and Carroll counties. Cases will be postponed or suspended starting Monday and running through April 17 because of coronavirus concerns, and teleconference communication is encouraged. The Illinois Supreme Court advises limiting nonessential in-person court proceedings, especially jury trials and large docket calls. The move is being made “out of an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of the citizens of Carroll, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle and Stephenson counties, and is consistent with the recommendations of the Illinois Supreme Court as well as the county health departments within our circuit,” Chief Judge Robert T. Hanson said.

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ABOVE: Rigler’s sales associate Eli Dickey display a Taurus 9mm handgun that has been a popular seller in recent weeks. BELOW: Red dots on the shelves at Farm and Fleet in Sterling indicate that caliber is currently sold out but will be restocked as soon as a new shipment comes in.

BUSINESS & COVID-19 Some stations put the lid on self-serve coffee, fountain beverages, deli food SHAW MEDIA

When it comes to self-serve food or hot and cold beverages at the convenience store, right now it’s anything but convenient. Stores no longer can offer self-serve fresh food and beverages, per last week’s executive issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in response to COVID-19. County health departments are helping businesses with the new procedures regarding food handling and safety, said Jeff Deets, Whiteside County director of environmental health. According to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, “self-service beverage stations, while not recommended, are permitted at this time, provided that they are being sanitized frequently throughout the day.” Furthermore, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that, “those with food service should limit it, as it is highly recommended that customers are not able to serve themselves. The food can be served by an employee, but customer self-serve should be

avoided due to the handling of utensils, potential for contamination, and lines where people are in close proximity.” At local Johnson Oil Shell stations: no coffee, fountain drinks, donuts or sandwiches are available self-serve, and stations that can are serving coffee behind the cashier’s counter, said Kathy Peugh, an executive for Johnson Oil. County health departments can impose those state limitations at their discretion. Rock Island and Winnebago counties, where Johnson Oil also has stations, have temporarily banned all selfserve foods. Neither Whiteside nor Ogle counties have ordered such restrictions, but many businesses, like Johnson Oil, are deciding on their own to take extra care. “We shut them down, and the more we thought about it, if it’s germy for them, it’s germy for [others],” Peugh said. “It’s hurting business because people love their coffee, and they love to sit and talk.”. The company also isn’t refilling beverage cups customers bring in, Peugh said. “We want to keep our customers and our employees safe,” she said. “Everything is a hard choice and decision.”

Guns and ammunition in high demand during coronavirus scare BY CODY CUTTER ccutter@saukvalley.com Business is more bust than boom lately, but not for sellers of firearms and ammunition. The coronavirus scare is making more people “afraid and wanting to protect their families and home,” said Ed Branch of Rigler’s Sports Supply in Rock Falls. Customers have “swamped” Rigler’s in the last 2 weeks: Gun sales are up 400%, and ammo sales “have gone through the roof,” Branch said. “Inventory cannot be replaced due to the high demand nationwide and distributors being out of stock,” he said. Gun shops are deemed to be essential businesses “for purposes of safety and security,” according to COVID-19 Executive Order 8,

enacted by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week. Farm and Fleet in Sterling doesn’t sell guns, just ammunition. It’s flying off of the shelves lately, as is toilet paper and animal feed, assistant manager Dani Buske said. The demand is causing a delay in supplies getting from warehouse to store. When ammunition arrived Saturday, customers were rummaging through boxes as they were en route to the sales area. Now ammo, like other hard-tostock items at the store, is limited to two per item per day at Farm and Fleet. “They think they need to stock up for a long time,” Buske said. “Because of their increased buying habits, we’re having trouble keeping our floor stock.”

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Forreston made the decision at a special COVID-19 meeting on Monday to lock all of the village’s office doors, Village Clerk Michelle Drayton said. Village employees are still working and water bill payments can be put in the Village Hall dropbox or by mail or online.  “We’ve had our last scheduled board meeting, we’re not sure when the next one will be,” Drayton said. “We don’t have a conference call system. We’re working with our phone carriers to see if that’s something we could set up.”

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and has been since March 16. All employees are still working as normal. The City Council is currently in the process of deciding whether that should change. Water services to residents will not be shut off for lack of payment during this time. There also won’t be late fees this month. 

The Forreston Police are still patrolling as usual. Water will not be shut off due to no payment during this time, Drayton said.


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BATTLING COVID-19

Rochelle distillery now making hand sanitizer ‘Small enough to make quick decisions, large enough to serve those in need’ BY JEFF HELFRICH jhelfrich@oglecountynews.com On the night of March 19, the Kennay family sat down and discussed how best to convey to the public that they’d made the move to make hand sanitizer instead of spirits at their Rochelle distillery. “Our dad, Rick, decided to keep it brief and concise,” Aubrey Quinn said. “‘We’re small enough to make quick decisions and large enough to serve those in need.’ We pride ourselves on that. We produce by the thousands of gallons.” Kennay Farms Distilling is the largest operation of its kind in the state, but it is run entirely by a farming family from Franklin Grove. The distillery opened in March 2019 at the site of the old Hub Theater in downtown Rochelle. The business sells vodka, gin, various beers and is currently in the process of making and aging bourbon and whiskey.  Quinn, in charge of marketing and logistics at the distillery, said hospitals and first responders who are still out and working during the current COVID-19 situation were the first to receive their product. After that, the public will be told how it will be distributed to those in need, she said. “We have phone calls coming in of people asking for it,” Quinn said. “We’re taking down phone numbers.” The family actually started looking into producing hand sanitizer three weeks ago, but it was illegal to do so until they received an email on March 18 allowing it from the agency that governs distillers like Kennay Farms. Family members then got on the phone and started working to acquire ingredients for the sanitizer like glycerine and hydrogen peroxide. They also started to look at packaging options. It turns out, switching production from bourbon to hand sanitizer may be the easy part.  “Luckily, we have very talented distillers,” Quinn said. “They have made the switch easy on the production side. Our main big undertaking is ingredients and packaging.”

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ABOVE: Molly Petry (left) and James Jackson put labels on bottles of sanitizer and place them in boxes March 20 during the bottling process of almost 3,000 gallons of liquid hand sanitizer at Kennay Farms Distilling in downtown Rochelle. BELOW: Doris Kennay stands with a beaker of liquid hand sanitizer.

Kennay Farms Distilling delivered hand sanitizer made at their distillery to the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department. Hospitals and first responders who are still out and working during the current COVID-19 pandemic were the first to receive their product. Photo supplied Until packaging can be worked out, the initial plan is to bottle the hand sanitizer in glass bottles that are used for the distillery’s spirits. Bottles will be labeled by hand and the family will be calling in everyone it can to help out with the process. The distillery’s tasting room is currently closed until March 31 due to the shutdown of bars and restaurants by the state. “It’s impacted us dramatically,”

Quinn said. “We have virtually zero income with the closure. We have eight bartenders on staff who we’re still trying to get hours for through pick-up and carry-out hours. But that’s pennies compared to what we’re taking in when the tasting room is open.” The distillery’s carry out hours will be changing as needed. During those times, customers can buy a

bottle, growler, or gift card to use later. For more information, call 815-901-1512, visit kennayfarmsdistilling.com or visit their Facebook page.


LEAF RIVER LIONS

Lions cancel “Breakfast with Bunny”

BY JEFF HELFRICH jhelfrich@oglecountynews.com A post circulating around Facebook is urging area residents to participate in a spring scavenger hunt that follows social distancing rules as people try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The scavenger hunt asks participants to place something in the front window of their homes that follows the theme of each week. What they make should be large enough to be seen from the road, but can be homemade from things around the house.  Children will able to see them from the road and will still be able to practice social distancing. Activities like this one have been circulating online as children are home from school for the second consecutive week and may be for the next few weeks.  From March 22-28, the theme will be dinosaurs. From March 29 until April 4, the theme is flowers. From April 5-11, bunnies. April 12-18 is superheroes and April 19-25 is Disney characters. 

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Pinecrest Nursing Home The Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Morris put out information last week on how to help out its residents and staff as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. The

organization has closed its doors to visitors until further notice to prevent the spread of the virus. Area residents can write or design cards for residents. They should be addressed to “Any Resident” and mailed to Pinecrest Community, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054. There is also an urgent need for backup surgical facemasks for staff and residents. Completed masks can be dropped off at Pinecrest. Call 815-734-4103 for drop-off guidelines or mail the masks to be above address.  Tutorials on making homemade masks can be found online.  Donations can be made to Pinecrest by sending a check payable to “Brethren Home” (our legal name) and mailed to 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054 or online through PayPal. In lieu of visiting in person, visitors can talk with their loved ones through video calls. Call the front office at 815-734-4103 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., answer a few questions and a call will be arranged for you.

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The Leaf River Lions are canceling their “Breakfast with Bunny” that was scheduled for Saturday, April 11 due to the coronavirus situation. This also means there will be no Easter egg hunt this year. The Lions regret having to cancel, but due to the spreading of the virus it is our desire to keep everyone healthy. The next breakfast scheduled for May 9 will be decided at a later date whether it will need to be canceled so please watch the paper for information.

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LOCAL HISTORY

Take a deep breath and look to the future BY BETTY OBENDORF Curator, Polo Historical Society All of us at this point are sitting in our homes attempting to understand what has happened to us globally. Each country trying to do what they think is best for their people while they wonder if they will be successful. I am basically not a TV watcher and I still prefer to get my news from my newspaper each morning. We spend our time in the evening watching any sports that happens to be available. But suddenly being kept in the house all day, every day is a little different. The sports world is offering past games all day long that are very entertaining. This is a big help especially since I cannot get to the library to do any research. I also am finding some of the interviews with medical personnel most interesting. How do you handle a situation where you have one ventilator and two people who need it with one elderly and the other much younger?

The Polo Historical society will not be having a meeting in April. Suddenly the young are finding themselves as vulnerable as the elderly. It is a scary time. I am not interested in all the political banter of who is not doing what needs to be done but I find how the whole world has suddenly changed at an alarming rate of time. Wasn’t it just a couple of months ago that we started planning on our Easter plans and now we see there will not be an Easter gathering this year? I just started not too long ago using an iPad to get in touch with my great- grandchildren to see how they have grown each month. Now here I am face timing my children each day to let them know we are getting along as we stay home and away from each other in order to stay safe. Who would have thought this all would have happened so quickly? As I listen and read about the news that keeps

changing by the minute, I am finding stained glass windows in the church to be rather mundane. But we need to keep focused on our community past and present. This keeps us anchored to what has happened in the past to how we handle the future. When St. Mark’s Lutheran Church burned March 5, 1928, it must have been devastating to the congregation. But they calmly took a deep breath and looked to the future. We need to do the same thing today. Take a deep breath and look to the future. The other day on TV when our vice president of the United States was speaking to us, he spoke how difficult this has been for all our churches in our country. He spoke of the religious support we are receiving from all these different church affiliations. He then went on to say that even though they are all closed at the moment, we must continue to send in our donations to support our churches. I was very impressed with Vice-President Biden. I will eventually get back to stained glass windows.

CHAMBER CHATTER Monthly Events The Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Community Egg Hunt (April 4) is cancelled. Call before coming to Coffee with a Cop from 10:3011:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Polo Public Library, 302 W. Mason St. Chief Rockwood will be there for simple conversation. 815-946-2713. Call before coming to “Our Table Community Meal” at 5:30 p.m. March 30 at Faith United Methodist Church, 702 E. Dixon St., Polo. 815-946-3212. Weekly Events

Pine Creek News By Karen Merlak With plans to stay home for the day, I didn’t really notice the snow falling outside. Soon the sun will shine again and melt away what’s left of the winter season. Spring is here. It’s a new day, a new season. We are made new in Christ. Our God is an awesome god. This morning for church would have been my turn to greet my church family. Instead, we were all in the comfort in our homes watching a message from Pastor Charlotte Hoppe. Her cat, Ruthie, made an

Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care has cancelled the Thursday Morning Community Coffee until further notice. The Polo Senior Center is currently closed. Business After Hours If you would like to host a Business after Hours or a Breakfast Before Business, call the Chamber at 815946-3131. Certificates of Recognition Polo Chamber of Commerce would like to issue

appearance in the video. In a time of worry and building anxiety about our health, our jobs, and our future, it was good to see the joy that comes from being a part of a church family. Charlotte continued her Lenten message about the wilderness. A message that hit close to home. We planned on moving to our new church this week with our first service on March 29. The move has been delayed. We have faith that it will happen. When the time has come, we will be ready with great celebration. James and Nancy Hopkins recently returned home from a trip to Chandler, Arizona, where they visited and stayed with their daughter, Edie Klein, her husband, Dave, and their daughter, Hanna. While there, they visited a cowboy museum in Scottsdale. Before they left to come home, the family celebrated the eighth birthday of granddaughter, Hanna. The drive home showed evidence of the time.

Certificates of Recognition to any Chamber business member who are celebrating five years of being in business or those with five-year increments of being in business. The celebration would be announced at the annual dinner Call 815-946-3131. Board Meeting The Chamber Board meeting for April 1 has been cancelled. If you have an event to post call the Chamber at 815946-3131, email polochamber@gmail.com, mail to P.O. Box 116, Polo, IL 61064, or go to polochamber.org.

More and more people are choosing to stay home. It has been a rough couple of weeks as we learn of so many cancellations. From high school productions to college graduations, this will be a strange season for all of us. While it is important to protect our communities, it will be a tough ending for our seniors. Most of the employees at my work are now working from home. I had the opportunity to volunteer to work in the office. This past week as I was heading to work, I noticed something new. The grass in my yard is turning green. We started a new season. Soon my grass will be long and tall and a beautiful shade of green. I’ll once again look forward to having it mowed by the young man who has been taking care of my lawn. When we face struggles in our lives, it is difficult to see where the end might be. This is where our faith comes in. We can start to rely

on what we know God can do. We can face our fears because our faith reminds us, we are going to be okay. Even after all that we have endured to this point, God still wants us to go on. It would be easy to throw in the towel and give up. We must keep going. We’re going to have to start mowing our lawns. Our church family will be meeting via Facebook Live again this Sunday. You can follow our page, Pine Creek Christian Church/Disciples of Christ and join Pastor Charlotte for the morning message around 10 a.m. If you miss the message, the video will be available on our Facebook page. We have already been through so many changes in the past couple of weeks. We can endure this with the help of our church, families, neighbors, friends, and God. I hope to see you this Sunday on Facebook where we will gather once again for a message from Charlotte. For now and always, stay safe.


YOUR HEALTH

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ceptible to the virus, Auman said. He cited villages in Italy where coronavirus spread rapidly once it arrived. As of last Thursday, there were around 50 cases in which county residents were in the testing process or had come into contact with someone who has the virus.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. Ogle County has one hospital, Rochelle Community Hospital. Auman has been monitoring people who have gone in for testing, as well as those going to KSB Hospital in Dixon and hospitals in Rockford.

POLO LIBRARY In cooperation with the Governor’s Stay at Home orders, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Polo Public Library has a new tentative reopen date of April 8 at 10 a.m. Until that date, the building will be closed and all programs scheduled during this time have been cancelled or rescheduled. You are still be able to use Axis 360, OMNI/Overdrive, Libby, and Biblioboard for e-resources (books, audio books, magazines, etc) and we will be posting on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/pololibrary) other resources to help fill the gap while you can’t use the library.  If you are new to Polo and haven’t had a chance to get a library card, or maybe you aren’t normally a reader but would like to try ebooks during this time, we will be issuing temporary library cards for people in Buffalo Township. If you are interested in this, please visit our Facebook page (Facebook.com/pololibrary) or email library@pololibrary.org for more information.  WiFi is still available outside of the library building by joining the Polo Public Library Guest Access network, you do not need a password.  If you have any questions or comments, please let us know by calling 815-946-2713 or emailing library@pololibrary.org.  We sincerely hope that everyone stays healthy and safe during this time.

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Some local restaurants like Subway in Polo have changed their hours following the ban of in-house dining initiated to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Ogle County Health Department offices in Oregon and Rochelle are closed to the public until further notice, but officials might be busier than ever. Health department officials are in constant contact with health-care personnel as they monitor possible COVID-19 cases and give recommendations to local organizations on how to stay safe in an effort to stop spreading the virus. “It’s not more or less difficult living here,” OCHD Public Health Administrator Kyle Auman said. “We’re taking the same tactics as the rest of the state and country. We’re following trends and precautions. We track every single case coming into the department until they are confirmed results.” Ogle County’s smaller population centers don’t make it any less sus-

“We know it’s around us,” Auman said. “People here go to the counties and suburbs that have it. The assumption is that we have community spread going on right now. Public health officials have said so.” Having just one hospital in the community does not worry Auman. Citizens not taking measure laid out by health officials does. “Rochelle Community Hospital is better prepared than some,” Auman said. “They’re doing drive-thru clinics. If we don’t implement mitigation tactics and people don’t take it seriously, we’ll be dealing with a medical surge.” He also was disappointed by the number of people who went to bars and restaurants in advance of their closure Wednesday. “I think we have many more months of this to deal with. If we can stay at home as much as possible, it will be shortened.”

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BUSINESS UPDATE

Outage continues during threat of COVID-19 Around 1,200 extra employees in area to refuel nuclear reactor BY JEFF HELFRICH jhelfrich@oglecountynews.com The COVID-19 pandemic has come in the midst of the Byron nuclear plant’s busiest time. Every 18 months, one of the Byron units goes offline to refuel and undergo maintenance. During those outages, around 1,200 contractors are brought to the area to assist with the process. Operators removed the Unit 1 nuclear reactor from service earlier this month for the scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. “We are taking extensive, proactive measures to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and community by closely following CDC guidance to prevent the spread of germs and viruses,” Site Communications Manager Paul Dempsey said in a statement to Ogle County Newspapers. “We’re facilitating and encouraging social distancing, remote work, frequent hand washing, and facility disinfection. We have two medical professionals staffing our facility around the clock and we’re closely

monitoring employee health.” The refueling outage is necessary to supply electricity to more than one million homes and infrastructure this summer. Dempsey said that includes hospitals and emergency services that are currently dealing with the COVID-19 situation and may still be this summer. “Exelon Generation and Byron Generating Station have taken every precaution to prevent and slow the spread of the virus while also ensuring the reliable flow of electricity this summer to the community, which is critical to support our region’s response to the coronavirus health crisis,” Dempsey said. On Feb. 24, the station celebrated one of the plant’s towers being online for 4,500 consecutive days. Officials also noted the 45th anniversary of the start of the plant’s construction. With both units at full power, the site produces almost 2,500 megawatts, enough electricity to power more than 2 million average American homes. The outages that take place in Byron have long been touted as beneficial for the community as a whole, as the influx of workers spend money at area businesses like restaurants, bars and hotels. Many of those businesses are curEarleen Hinton/Shaw Media rently closed due to state and federal mandates to prevent the spread of Exelon Generation’s Byron Generating Station is located on German Church Road, between Oregon and Byron. COVID-19.

AREA CANCELLATIONS (Editor’s Note: News changes rapidly with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are trying to provide the most updated information available to us as of press time. Please visit our websites at www. oglecountynews.com or www.saukvalley.com for breaking news and check with your local institutions for additional information.)

Lifescape suspends some services after request from state Lifescape remains a resource for older adult services in the Ogle County area. In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) the State of Illinois has requested Lifescape, and all senior organizations in Illinois, to suspend the following services: Adult Day Program, Health & Wellness Services, and Advocacy & Assistance programs. These programs will be suspended until further notice. The suspended programs will not

include the Meals on Wheels program, transportation services, Adult Protective Services, and Comprehensive Care Coordination services. Lifescape has also loosened restrictions for receiving meals. Now, the only requirement for receiving Meals on Wheels is that you need to be 60 years old or older. “Lifescape recognizes the importance of our services that are currently available, and we have no plan to stop these services in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus),” officials said in a press release.

What’s Cookin’ cancelled; RRC activities cancelled After much consideration, Rock River Center, Inc. has made the difficult decision to cancel What’s Cookin’ 2020 due to the coronavirus. “Thank you for your support. All tickets will be refunded. All sponsorships

will be deferred to next year’s event which will be held April 17, 2021 at Barnacopia,” said RRC Executive Director Jamie Nobis. “All activities continue to be suspended until further notice. Please follow us on Facebook or check our website at www.rockrivercenter.org for the most up to date information.” Rock River Center is a resource center located at 810 S. 10th Street, Oregon. Our activities and trips are open to all ages.

Recycling events are cancelled The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) has cancelled the Electronics Recycling Event scheduled for Friday, March 27. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In order to reduce the risk of infection to staff, volunteers, and participants, it was decided that this was the safer option. The Latex Paint and Paper Shredding Event scheduled for Saturday, April 18

has also been cancelled, again, out of an abundance of caution for all involved, and due to one of the service providers cancelling. The OCSWMD is uncertain at this time about the April 24 Electronics Recycling Event. The OCSWMD is closed to the public and staff will be working limited hours on a rotating basis. Questions can be directed to the department at 815-732-4020, srypkema@oglecounty.org, or visit Facebook at “Ogle County Solid Waste Management Dept.”

Veterans event postponed A celebration for Vietnam era veterans, scheduled for March 27 at the Oregon VFW, has been cancelled because of concerns about the coronavirus. Organizers plan to have a Veterans Appreciation and 50 Commeration Event when they can.


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April 9 is the deadline for Congressional Art Competition High school students from across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District can submit original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition. The deadline for entries is April 9. Students may submit one entry in digital form through the office of U.S. Rep.

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Brandon Svela, Asst. Vice President of Commercial/Ag Lending at Cenrtal Bank’s Rochelle branch, has graduated from the Future Leaders Alliance (FLA) offered through the Illinois Bankers Association. The graduation commencement was held during the IBA’s annual ONE Conference at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on March 6. The 13-month FLA program is dedicated to enhancing the professional develBrandon Svela opment of promising bank leaders through three primary components: education, community service and networking. Participants were involved in comprehensive training, which involved attending educational sessions and performing local community service. The education sessions covered core topics such as Leadership and Influence, Team Building, Coaching, Service Leadership, Collaboration Skills, Financial

Marketing and Branding, Legislative Process, Presentation Skills, Accounting for Bankers, Asset Liability Management, Regulatory Hot Topics, Cyber Security, executing an online banking simulatioan aand more. “Brandon is a bright, young leader in our bank. This is a great leadership program through the Illinois Bankers Association that will provide him with additional skills further enhancing his service to his customers and the community. Brandon is truly an asset to Central Bank Illinois, said Jeff Glen, Market President for the Ashton/Oregon/Rochelle branches of Central Bank. Svela is a life-long resident of the area, graduating from Rochelle Township High School and Illinois State University. He currently serves as a board member on Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce and Rochelle Young Professionals and is actively involved in many other community events. “The FLA program through Illinois Bankers’ Association is an excellent program that helps bankers improve leadership qualities as well as other necessary skills to further their careers. I look forward to using the information I acquired

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Winners are announced for 4-H penny carnival The Ogle County 4-H Federation hosted its annual 4-H Penny Carnival at the Blackhawk Center in Oregon on March 7. Penny Carnival is much like a fun fair, but features games dreamed up and designed by the 4-H clubs in the county. Twelve of the counties 14 clubs participated, dreaming up 13 games, based on the theme “Build Your Future with 4-H” and encouraged the development of a wide range of game types. Cash prizes were awarded to two clubs for games determined to be “Most Entertaining,” and two clubs for games determined to be “Most Creative.” Congratulations to all the following: Most Entertaining: By-Y-Badgers 4-H Club, Byron (Demo Daze) and Byron Emerald Eagles 4-H Club (Kurplunk) Most Creative: Leaf River Busy Beavers 4-H Club (Light It Up) and Blackhawk Crossings 4-H Club, Oregon/Mt. Morris (Duck Toss) Proceeds from the night will be divided equally among participating Earleen Hinton/Shaw Media clubs. Many thanks to the hundreds Dave Dibblee, 6, of Rochelle, swings a rubber wrecking ball at a cardboard box wall at the By-Y-Badgers’ “Demo Daze” game at the of Ogle County families who attend4-H Penny Carnival on March 7. This game earned Most Entertaining. ed!

BYRON LIBRARY Byron Public Library Closed Due to shelter in place order issued by the state of Illinois, the Byron Public Library is completely closed until further notice. Due dates have been extended by our library system so there is no need to worry about late fees. Practice social distancing and stay safe, everyone. Be sure to check out Facebook page for the latest news from the library.

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The Byron Emerald Eagles 4-H Club created this game at the Penny Carnival on March 7 in the Blackhawk Center in Oregon.


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• BRIEFS Continued from Page 9 tical ways to improve their personal lives, as well as improve their leadership skills they can take back to their 4-H clubs, communities and schools, said Katie Duitsman, University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development specialist. Local youth attending the conference included Immanuel Arellano, Grace Costello, Gwen Hall, Trent Heller, and Youth Leadership Team Members Julia

ees will be allowed to travel to and from work even in a shelter-in-place situation. In addition to heroes in health care, law enforcement and other services, our journalists and newspaper delivery crews also are unsung heroes during these times. They are working diligently to make sure the news is delivered to you in print and digital formats. For the continuity of our business, we have implemented strategies to ensure we can maintain our ability to report on significant events, even though much of the reporting and processing of the news has to be done from remote locations. Unfortunately, our company, like so many other small to mid-sized local businesses, is bracing for an economic impact. A significant portion of our revenue stems from advertising, and businesses generally don’t advertise when they are closed. This temporary reduction in revenue will place great stress on our company. We will do everything possible to keep our service to

Heller. Team mixing and team building activities helped youth forge new friendships and build their 4-H network. Delegates learned about unique 4-H opportunities where they could further refine the soft skills necessary for successful careers. The delegates also learned about the growing problem of food insecurity in Illinois. As a team, the group package more than 9,000 meals for families in need in cooperation with Illini Fighting Hunger. The youth formed assembly lines, and

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each added an ingredient, including soy protein, rice, dried vegetables, and bouillon in the 6-serving bags. The conference was organized and taught by members of the Illinois 4-H Youth Leadership Team, a team of uniquely-trained high school and college-aged 4-H members and young adult 4-H alumni. Plenty of time was allowed for the teens to interact with other teenagers from across Illinois, Duitsman said. “Youth expand their understanding of the world when they’re able to interact

with youth from places different than where they live. “That’s all part of the leadership experience in 4-H,” Duitsman said. A portion of the conference expenses was covered by the Illinois 4-H Foundation which raises private funds to support the Illinois 4-H program. Growmark sponsored a meal, the community service project and a workshops. To learn more about 4-H in the community, one may contact the Ogle County Extension Office at 815-732-2191.

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The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has quickly developed into one of the most significant events in our nation’s history. People from all walks of life are struggling to adapt to the situation. You have likely been inundated with updates from various CEOs and organizational leaders. With apologies for the lack of originality, I would like to share what Shaw Media is doing to help cope with the crisis. A few weeks ago, when it was becoming apparent that we were dealing with a burgeoning crisis, Shaw’s leadership team began working on a contingency plan. The plan was developed with four goals in mind: 1) Protect the well-being of our employees 2) Do our part to limit the spread of the virus 3) Ensure the continuity of our business 4) Provide reliable information about the virus to our readers We shared CDC guidelines with our employees and informed them that they would be paid for time off caused by the virus, even if they had run out of paid sick leave. We put together a work-from-home strategy, and required all employees who could work from home to do just that. We have temporarily closed our offices to the public, with a reduced number of staff continuing to work in some of our locations. As you may have heard or read, newspapers have been designated as essential businesses by most local governments, meaning employ-

you uninterrupted. Our news teams are doing yeoman’s work providing accurate and valuable information. In times like these, Shaw Media is most valuable to the communities we serve. Unfortunately, crisis situations can breed misinformation – and misinformation can create confusion and anxiety. We encourage you, your friends, and your family to turn to our digital and print publications for the most timely and accurate local information regarding COVID-19. We are providing all online information regarding the virus free to the public. Shaw Media is in a position to offer this service because of our paying subscribers. We thank you for your invaluable support. If you are not a subscriber, we hope you will consider – now or in the future – supporting local journalism in your community. Please stay safe. Be patient. Be kind. We can all get through this, if we come together – as we remain an appropriate distance apart, of course.

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ADELINE ZION EVANGELICAL CHURCH 9106 Cedar St. in Adeline Phone 815-541-4863

BAILEYVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH

303 W. Franklin St., Baileyville Pastor Gary Branam www.baileyvillebaptistchurch.org

BAILEYVILLE REFORMED CHURCH

400 W. Center St., Baileyville Pastor Bruce Otto 815-235-1201

BROOKVILLE & ELKHORN UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES

Brookville: 17725 W. Chamber St. in Brookville Elkorn: Corner of Wilson Mill & Brick Church Roads

CHANA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 606 Main St., Chana Pastor Matt Smith 815-732-7683 chanaumc@gmail.com

CHRIST OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH

2035 Ill. Rt. 26, Dixon 815-284-4554 Pastor David Andermann 815-632-6767

OPEN BIBLE

302 S. Franklin St., Polo Luke Schier, Pastor 815-946-2848 PoloOpenBible.org

CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CHURCH Polo Campus

EAST OREGON CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD

107 N. Daysville Rd., Oregon Pastor John Guthrie 815-732-2960 or 815-732-6569

EBENEZER REFORMED CHURCH

FORRESTON REFORMED CHURCH

EMMANUEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

FREEDOM LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA

2997 N. German Church Rd. Rev. Josiah Youngquist. 815-732-6313 www.ebenezerreformed.com

764 N. Stillman Road, Oregon (Payne’s Point) Pastor Andrew Kayes 815-732-2424

EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF MT. MORRIS 102 S. Seminary St., Mt. Morris Senior Pastor Bruce McKanna Associate Pastor Logan Murphy 815-734-4942 www.efcmm.org office@efcmm.org

FAITH DISCOVERY CHURCH 801 W. Oregon St., Polo Pastor Jeremy Heller 815-946-3588

501 Third Ave. Pastor Lyle Zumdahl 815-938-2424 lylezumdahl@gmail.com

Pastor Karyn Kost 815-661-6315 www.freedomlutheran.org.

GERMAN VALLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

402 Second Ave., Forreston Pastor Scott Ralston Church 815-938-3203

FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 702 E. Dixon St., Polo Pastor Brian LeBaron 815-946-3212 faithumcpolo

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

DISCIPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)

505 Hill St., Oregon Pastor David Snow 815-732-2642 www.fbcoregon.org

200 S. Fifth St., Oregon Rev. Karen Gerhard Conner 815-732-2894 www.fpcoregon.com

EAST JORDAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 402 First Ave., Forreston Pastor Sung-Eun Kim 815-938-2380

860 W. Oregon Trail Rd. Pastor Michael Hoffman 815-732-6847

OREGON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

200 S. Fourth, Oregon Rev. Megan Smick 815-732-2994 oregonumc@outlook.com

PINE CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH 5076 S. Lowell Park Rd. Pastor Charlotte Hoppe 815-946-3949

POLO CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN

GRACE VALLEY CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

PRAIRIE DELL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

8210 E. Edwardsville Rd., German Valley Pastor Eric Schlukebir 815-362-6601 6941 N. Mt. Morris Rd., Leaf River Pastor Billy Hardy 815-738-2205 leafriverbc@gmail.com

ST. WENDELIN CATHOLIC CHURCH 18 S. Linn St., Shannon Rev. Michael Bolger 815-864-2548

SAUK VALLEY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

SILVER CREEK REFORMED CHURCH

609 S. 10th St., Oregon Craig Arnold, Pastor 812-236-1213

ST. BRIDE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

LIGHTHOUSE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH

10384 W. Coffman Rd., Forreston Pastor Mark Phillips Church: 815-938-2194 Pastor’s Cell: 760-550-4563

114 S. Fifth St., Oregon 815-732-2367

RIVERSTONE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

104 E. Rt. 72, Leaf River Pastor Sung-Eun Kim 815-345-3038

NORTH GROVE EVANGELICAL CHURCH

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH

16032 W. Coffman Rd., Shannon 815-864-2448

LEAF RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

409 W. Brayton Rd, P.O. Box 2055 Mt. Morris, IL 61054 Pastor Ginny Haney Phone: 815-734-4573

213 N. Franklin Ave., Polo Father Joseph P. Naill 815-946-2535

416 Prospect St., Dixon John Lewis, Pastor 815-677-9199

1000 Ill. 64 West Oregon Rev. Eldred George 815-732-7211 www.saintbrides.org saint.bride.church@gmail.com

4938 S. Daysville Rd., Oregon Pastor Matt Smith

ST. MARY CHURCH 301 N. Fourth St., Oregon Father Joseph P. Naill Office Phone 815-732-7383 Office FAX 815-732-4742

Congress Ave. & Webster St. Pastor Leslie Lake PoloCob@risebroadband.net

MT. MORRIS CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN

102 N. Maple St., Mt. Morris Pastor Julie Bunt 815-734-4853 www.disciplesumc.org

OREGON CHURCH OF GOD

Church and Main Streets Pastor Don Plock

LEAF RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH

 205 N. Jefferson Ave., Polo Pastor Chris Bradshaw 815-837-5255 polo@crossroadscn.com www.crossroadscn.com

22027 Polo Rd., Sterling Jim Miller, Pastor 815-626-0104

FORRESTON GROVE CHURCH

7246 N. Freeport Rd., Forreston Presbyterian Church in America Pastor Drew Jones 815-938-3605 www.forrestongrovechurch.com

6024 N. Columbine Rd., Forreston Rev. Karyn Kost 815-661-6315 pastorofstjames1850@gmail.com

ST. MARK’S LUTHERAN CHURCH

201 N. Division Ave., Polo Pastor Terrie Wilder 815-946-2919

326 S. Bunker Hill Rd. German Valley Pastor Grant Mulder 815-362-2129

TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 E. Brayton Mt. Morris Pastor Josh Ehrler 815-734-6354 trinitymmil@frontier.com www.trinitymmil.net

VAN BROCKLIN-FLORENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3582 Bolton Rd.., Freeport Pastor Dawn Barr 815-291-0601

WEST BRANCH CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 4014 West Branch Rd., Forreston 815-938-2586

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BY EARLEEN HINTON ehinton@oglecountynews.com Keeping Oregon’s only grocery store stocked and ready for customers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been paramount for Supervalu owner Jim Kaufman and his employees. Kaufman, an Oregon native and resident, and his loyal staff have been making sure food items get out on shelves as soon as they are received especially following Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s March 20 “stay-at-home” restrictions which started on March 21. “We’re almost back to normal,” said a weary Kaufman on Tuesday morning as he supervised stockers. “We are fully-stocked now.” Like everyone else in the world, Kaufman and his 50 workers saw their lives change as fear of the pandemic spread across Illinois and the nation, causing some to flood grocery stores in search of staples like eggs, milk, disinfectant wipes, and toilet paper. On Tuesday, Kaufman said deliveries of eggs, bread and cleaning supplies were still limited. “We’re not getting a lot of those items, but we are getting some,” he said. Kaufman’s wife, Kim, kept customers apprised of deliveries last week via the store’s Facebook page. Jim said his staff had unlimited overtime to keep the 27,500 square-foot store’s running at is regular hours last week. Special hours were announced over the weekend including hours for senior and high-risk customers. Changes to store hours will be posted on Facebook.

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Marshall Unzicker, of Mt. Morris, who is a manager at Oregon Supervalu, was busy stocking shelves on Tuesday morning. Unzicker is one of several employees who along with store owner, Jim Kaufman, have worked tirelessly to keep as the store’s shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We hired eight more people last week and we’ve been cross-training everyone,” he said. And is he concerned about getting the corona-

virus? “It crosses my mind, but I don’t worry about it. If do, I do,” he said.

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ike last week, not to sure what to write about. The news on Covid-19 is changing faster than anyone can keep up with and who knows what will happen next. Spring sports. Yes or no? Right now, that seems secondary to concerns about the coronavirus. The uncertainty over it has created fear, worry and anxiety. We don’t even need a health threat to create these feelings. There are plenty of examples in high school sports where anxiety is present. On the evening of the state football playoff pairings announcements, the IHSA website sees its highest volume of the year, with people anxiously awaiting the fate of their home team. At a smaller scale, IHSA seeding and bracketing in other sports elicit similar emotional response. As a society, we are not content to patiently wait for final outcomes, such as whom we will play, where we will sent or when the game is. Fear-based curiosity causes many of us to try to read the future instead of simply being content to accept it as it comes along. We rationalize and say it is normal to worry about such things. But, isn’t worry nothing more than an exaggerated sense of own one’s responsibility? College football and basketball has created a cottage industry of its own by simply offering projections weeks in advance of how the post season

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will be slotted. Of course, this changes week by week, but people still eat it up and allow their emotions to be preyed on. If we get that amped over sports, it’s no wonder a virus we can’t see and one that is playing havoc with everyday life is creating such overwhelming fear. It is said we operate out of two primary emotions – love or fear. Patience, humility, empathy and peace come out of love. Anger, greed, confusion and not being able to sleep at night come out of fear. Aren’t we seeing that manifested with the behavior of people? Some have risen up to loving actions in the face of fear. Others have succumbed to fear and have no chance of being of service. Covid-19 doesn’t have to rob our joy of living. I salute all that have done their part to keep this

country operational. There are too many examples locally to single any one person or group out. Personally, I have sincere admiration for those in the health-care profession and that was long before they stepped into front line of the coronavirus fight. The care and compassion given to my cancer-ridden wife for six months was phenomenal. Getting back to the high schoolers, I wonder what all the seniors hoping to close out careers in a spring sport are thinking? One night last week, I was in an overly nostalgic mood and dug up old newspaper clippings of my senior year in sports. That was over 40 years ago and the memories still rang clear. I don’t have those same feelings remembering a particular year at a job or in a civic club of some sort. High-school sports touch our emotion like no other endeavor. About the only thing I could relate it to was the 1976-1977 school year when the Rockford public schools dropped sports for budgetary reasons. That absolutely devastated the kids, many of whom lost scholarship opportunities. Worse than that was not being able to join a team and play a cherished sport. If there is any consolation for the 2019-20 class,

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2020 ELECTION

Holding an election during COVID-19 situation Hand sanitizer and wipes were all part of the drill on March 17 BY JEFF HELFRICH jhelfrich@oglecountynews.com Election worker Carol Wig was doing her part last week at the polls, but it wasn’t checking voters in or counting ballots. Instead, after each vote was cast at Oregon’s Nash Recreation Center, Wig would approach the booth and wipe it down with disinfectant. The elections went on March 17 despite much of Ogle County and abroad being closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Schools, restaurants, bars, libraries, parks and other establishments were closed and on March 20 a shelter in place was issued by Governor JB Pritzker to limit activities to just those deemed “essential” like shopping for food. All the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus yielded a lower turnout than expected in Ogle County, according to Ogle County Clerk Laura Cook. “I was expecting 40-45 percent turnout,” Cook said. “But it was more like 30 percent turnout. At the last primary election we did, it was about 50 percent turnout.” Cook said logistically, the election went “really well.” Election judges were given direction by the Ogle County Health Department on social distancing, disinfecting surfaces and using hand sanitizer. A lot of the hard stuff was just normal election stuff, Cook said.  When state and federal officials first started to call for closures the weekend before the election, Cook said she never considered that the election would be postponed or that polling places would close.  One polling place did alter one location after the Oregon Park District decided to limit voting operations to just the lobby of Nash Recre-

• COLBERT COLUMN Continued from Page 13 is at least they got fall and nearly of all of winter sports in. Those seem to have more of an impact than spring. However, I do remember a 1976 2-mile relay from Rockford East that had run the third fastest time

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Cleaning products were on hand at polling places across Ogle County on election day Tuesday as most buildings are closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. ation Center. Election judges lined the outside of the room while four voting booths were in the center of it. “Normally Nash is in a bigger room,” Cook said. “But that was all they offered us. It was too late to move it to a new location. We actually went there because I was worried about it too and they weren’t complaining.” Moving a polling place at the last minute is a daunting task, Cook said. First a new location that’s large enough must be found. Then all voters in the precinct must be notified. The voters assigned to vote at Nash numbered in 1,000-1,500, Cook said.  “I think if we would have had 5-6 days, we could have done that,” she said.  Cleaning products at polling plac-

es were provided by the county. The only problem with supplying them was finding them in stock at stores. County staffers bought out every cleaning product at the Dollar General in Rochelle, Cook said. Election judges and voters had to improvise in some cases. “A lot of them brought their own cleaning products and sanitizer,”

she said. Many election judges are elderly. That’s a demographic that health officials say is more susceptible to COVID-19. Between call offs and no shows, Cook estimates about 25-30 election judges did not participate in the election.  Some polling places had to run with two election judges. One judge ended up being by herself. Others were moved around to help out those that were short-handed. The election being smaller in terms of turnout was handy in terms of manpower on hand to service voters, Cook said. “But if things continue like this or if this happened during a presidential election, it’s going to be a lot tougher,” Cook said.

(7:36) ever in the country. With three members of that relay returning, they had their hearts set on setting a national record. “No doubt we would have broken it. We could have run 7:28,” one of those runners, Pat McPherron, told me several years ago. “It was frustrating not to have a chance. Eliminating sports affected a lot of lives. It stayed with me a long time.”

Chuck Wallin, the East distance coach, set up a track club for those returners to compete in open and college competition. But, not being able to go against IHSA competition prevented those runners from reaching their potential. The previous year’s state meet brought out the best in the East 2-mile relay, as they improved their

personal best by 16 seconds. No doubt, there is an aura created with an IHSA state competition that can’t be found anywhere else. Many an athlete that goes off to college tells me the same thing. They lost their playing desire because the atmosphere at college paled in comparison to high-school sporting events.


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Pritzker bracing for revenue drop, possible budget cuts BY PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois

ker said hospitals throughout the state are setting up triage tents where patients displaying symptoms can be prioritized. It has also set up four drive-thru testing sites in the Chicago area, including one operated by the Illinois National Guard. The other three are being operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Walgreen’s and Walmart. Pritzker said laboratories in the state are now processing about 2,000 tests per day, up from about 50 per day at the start of the outbreak, which partially accounts for the rapidly rising number of confirmed cases. Officials have repeatedly stressed that because many people have not been tested, the actual number of cases is probably much higher. Pritzker also said that after he spoke with President Donald Trump on Monday, he has been assured that Illinois will receive 300 more ventilators and 300,000 N95 masks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Illinois is stockpiling medical supplies and working to expand its hospital capacity, even by converting some closed hotels into isolation facilities, as it braces for a sharp increase in demand due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, Gov. JB Pritzker said during a March 24 press conference. “In a worst-case scenario surge, the state would turn existing hospitals into almost entirely COVID-19 response hospitals, moving non-COVID patients to other hospitals including these re-outfitted locations,” Pritzker said during his daily briefing in Chicago. Meanwhile, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike reported 250 new confirmed cases of the disease in the state, including four additional deaths, bringing the total to 1,535 cases and 16 deaths. Grundy County is now the 32nd Illinois county with at least one confirmed case. Those numbers would have been substantially worse, Pritzker said, without the social restrictions he put in place, such as closing schools, bars and restaurants, issuing a stay-at-home order and urging people to practice “social distancing.” “In our worst-case scenario projections – that is without the stay-at-home order – in one week, we would need over 2,500 more non-ICU beds and 800 ICU beds than we have in existence in the entire state today,” Pritzker said. “Further still, in two weeks, we would need over 28,000 additional nonICU beds, and over 9,400 additional ICU beds. That’s untenable.” In addition to that, he said that without protective measures, the state would need 4,100 more ventilators to outfit ICU beds within two weeks. Pritzker said hospitals in Illinois are operating at a little more than 50-percent capacity in their non-ICU units and 57.4-percent capacity in ICU beds. Approximately 28 percent of the state’s 2,229 ventilators are in use at this time, he added. In addition to expanding their capacity, Pritz-

Economic fallout Neither Pritzker nor Ezike would offer a prediction for how long the social restrictions would remain in place, but Pritzker did take issue with President Trump, who said Tuesday he would like to see the country “opened up” by Easter, which is April 12, less than three weeks away. “I think the president is not taking into account the true damage that this will do to our country if we see truly millions of people die,” he said. “And that’s what I think would happen. That’s what the scientists, doctors tell us would happen. And you heard me say a little bit earlier, if you don’t have these restrictions on, the damage that would be done, the lives that would be lost, the overrunning of our health care system would lead to real devastation. So, I’m very, very concerned about what the president is saying.” Pritzker did, however, acknowledge the state’s economy is likely to suffer due to the restrictions, and that state revenues are likely to suffer as well, which could lead to budget cuts. In his budget message to the General Assembly in February, Pritzker outlined a$42 billion spending plan that was based, in part, on an economic forecast of continued modest growth, both in the state and nationally. But Pritzker acknowledged Tuesday that assumption no longer holds. “There is no doubt that any estimates that were made even two months ago would be not useful at this point,” he said. “I don’t think anyone expected where we would be today.” Pritzker said he has been meeting with the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, as well as with Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes, to get an estimate of how steep the downturn in revenue will be, suggesting there might need to be spending cuts for the remainder of the current fiscal year and adjustments to the budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. “And of course there are expenditures that we’re needing to make to save people’s lives, to protect people across the state,” he said. “We’re going to do what we need to do, there’s no question about that. But yes, of course, behind that we’ve got to look at our budget situation and do whatever we need to do to address it, and then we’ve got to also consult with the General Assembly on what we will do for next year’s budget.”

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Pritzker issued stay-at-home order March 20 CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stayat-home order for all Illinois residents beginning March 21 in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. He announced the measure in a joint news conference with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on March 20. “The only strategy available to us to limit the increase in cases and ensure our healthcare system has capacity to treat those who become ill is to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in the most robust manner possible,� Pritzker said. Pritzker said he wanted to assure the public that essential businesses will remain open to the public. Illinois residents will still be able to leave their homes to do things like going to the grocery store, visiting pharmacies, putting gas in their cars, going for walks and visiting medical offices, Pritzker said. Pritzker said that, for residents who have already been engaging in self-quarantining measures, “your lives will not change very much.� “I’ve asked every one of these

experts, What action can I take to save the most lives?’� he said. “Well, they’ve come back to me with one inescapable conclusion: To avoid the loss of potentially tens of thousands of lives, we must enact an immediate stay-at-home order for the state of Illinois.� The stay-at-home order will remain in place until the end of the day on April 7, but Pritzker said his administration will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus to determine whether this period should be extended. This means that all nonessential businesses must stop operating and anyone who is able to work from home must do so, Pritzker said. Illinois schools will remain closed until April 8, which Pritzker said may also be subject to change. However, he said the state would support school districts in continuing to provide daily meals to students. Restaurants will still be open for pick-up and delivery services as well, he said. A full list of essential businesses, which will remain open, can be found in Pritzker’s latest executive

order at coronavirus.illinois.gov. “I have spoken with many of my colleagues across the city and the state and we all acknowledge that this is the only way forward,� lead epidemiologist for the University of Chicago Medicine, Emily Landon, said. “We can’t take care of everyone at once and we can’t keep that low mortality promise if we can’t provide the support that our patients need,� Landon said. “...all we have to slow the spread is distance, social distance.� “The governor, local leaders and I are in full agreement that we need to act swiftly and that this decision is necessary,� Lightfoot said. As of Friday, a fifth person in Illinois has died due to COVID-19 – a woman in her 70s from Cook County, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health Ngozi Ezike said. There are now 585 confirmed cases of the virus in 25 counties across the state, she said. Illinois has significantly ramped up it’s testing ability and is now doing around 1,000 tests per day,

Ezike said. Confirmed cases are expected to rise with the increase in testing. This is a number the state will work to increase through the use of mobile, “drive-thru� testing sites, she added. “We want to strengthen the testing capacity in Illinois by helping hospitals and laboratories to develop their own testing abilities,� Ezike said. “And we expect to have these tests available within the healthcare system in the next few weeks.� Pritzker has ordered all municipalities to halt evictions during the crisis and will dedicate additional resources to organizations that address homelessness, he said. “For our essential workers, we’re going to make sure you have safe daycare to take care of your children,� he added. Law enforcement will monitor for violations of the stay-at-home order and will take actions when necessary, Pritzker said. There may also be consequences at the local level for nonessential businesses that refuse to comply with the order, he said.

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DANIEL ELI “STRO” STROHECKER Daniel Eli “Stro” Strohecker, 54, of Mt. Morris, formerly of Lanark, passed away with his family by his side on March 17, 2020 at FHN Hospital in Freeport after recently being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was born Aug. 26, 1965, in Savanna to Richard and Mae Strohecker. He worked many jobs including machine operator at Quad Graphics in Mt. Morris for 23 years and most recently as a machinist for Danfoss Power Solutions in Freeport. On Feb. 22, Dan married the love of his life, Sara Martin. He graduated from Highland Community College in 2012 and from Lanark High School (Home of the Fighting Beavers) in 1983. Daniel loved antiques, the Chicago Cubs, woodworking, and anything mechanical. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed traveling and exploring with them. He had been a proud member of the Graphics Communications Teamsters Local 65B in which he held many offices

paper, completed the daily crossword puzzle, cryptogram and went through hundreds of Word Find books. She loved old movies and recorded hundreds of catalogued VCR tapes to replay when ‘there wasn’t anything good on TV’. She was an excellent Italian cook and baker, who prepared every meal with love and exacting detail. She never knew how to cook for just the immediate family. There was always extra food “in case someone dropped by.” Everyone felt welcome in her home and especially at her table. Her Sunday Dinners were legendary and will be missed – they always included salad, pasta, 1-2 main courses, 3-4 vegetables, fruit and hopefully Devil’s Food cake with crumbled walnuts sprinkled on top! Though she lived on a fixed income; her generous nature faithfully supported her Church and the organizations listed below. The annual recognition Certificates of Honor she received were proudly hung in frames in her kitchen. She was deeply religious, constantly

praying Novenas and Rosary’s for her family, friends and anyone who needed a spiritual boost. Florence was very involved in the various activities of her sons, their friends, and extended family. The most precious gift to Florence was spending time with her family. Her sons, grandsons and great-grandchildren were her life. She taught them invaluable life lessons and demonstrated unconditional love. She was a great listener and remembered minute details about the people she met. Due to the current directives from our government agencies, services will be private. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. A funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church with Franciscan Friars officiating is planned for a later date. Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Boys Town, OSF St. Anthony Hospital, St. Anthony of Padua Church and Serenity Hospice and Home. Arrangements are with Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 707 Marchesano Drive, Rockford, IL 61102. Condolences to gasparinioliverifuneral.net

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him. He always had a funny story, could be owlie on the outside but he was a teddy bear on the inside. He will be missed by many. Terry is survived by his mother Hazel of Freeport; his brother Rick (Diane) Pontnak of Freeport; and nephew Kenneth (Toni) Eichholz Jr. of Lake Somerset. He is preceded in death by a younger brother Matt Edward, nephew Kirk Daniel Eichholz and his father Delmar. All services will be private with burial on Saturday, March 28, at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Terry requests contributions to forwarded to the Polo High School Band or St. Marks Lutheran Church in Polo. To send condolences please visit ]www.polofamilyfuneralhome.com.

including president, and the Mt. Morris Moose Club. He is survived by wife Sara of Mt. Morris, daughter Grace (Austin) Druien of Holcomb, daughter Audra Martin of Union, Kentucky, grandson Warren Druien of Holcomb,brother Ronald (Ann) Strohecker of Lanark, brother Charles Strohecker of Lanark, sister-inlaw Sheryl Strohecker of Lanark, special nieces and nephews Matt (Shelby) Strohecker, Seth (Katy) Strohecker, Jacey Strohecker, and great nephew and niece Logan and Amelia Strohecker. He is preceded in death by father Richard Strohecker, mother Mae Strohecker, and brother Michael Strohecker. Dan was a friend to all he met. He was patient, loving, generous, and kind. In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to the family for a memorial yet to be established. Due to COVID-19,private family services will be held Saturday, March 21 in Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris. A celebration of life will follow at a later date. A live stream video will be available at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, on Sara’s Facebook page.

Terry L. Pontnak passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Terry was born June 8, 1957 in Dixon, the son of Delmar and Hazel (Wagner) Pontnak. In Terry’s younger years he enjoyed having horses and going on trail rides with his father. He was always in the garage with his father and brother building some kind of hotrod, motor cycle or fast car. Terry was an avid drummer and played with several local bands. He loved all animals and couldn’t wait to get home and see his dog Wolf or his cat Bandit. Terry enjoyed all of his friends and the attention they would give

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Florence Misuraca Jurasek, 97, of Byron, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.. She was born in Rockford on September 12, 1922, the daughter of Italian immigrants from Camporeale, Sicily, Giuseppe and Francesca (Donze) Misuraca. Florence was from a large loving family; the second to the youngest and last to pass of seven brothers and sisters: Mary, Nicholas, Fora, Frank (Marilyn), Charles (Rose) and Theodore (Mary). Florence graduated from St. Anthony of Padua School, attended Rockford Central High and graduated from West High School. She married Walter Jurasek on Sept. 13, 1952 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Rockford, He predeceased her in 1986. She is survived by her sons, Randall (Elizabeth) of Byron, and Geno of Rockford; four grandsons, Nicholas (Sara Romfo) of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and great-grandchildren Max and Eleanor; Alex (Kailani) Jurasek of Honolulu, Hawaii; Jacob of Byron, and Lucas of

Ames, Iowa. She is also survived by her sister-inlaw, Rose Misuraca; former daughter-in-law, Pamela Jurasek; her “third son,” David Danielson; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her parents, siblings and their spouses, husband, a stillborn infant and her twin nephews, Terry and Ted Misuraca. Florence was born in and spent many years living in the Misuraca family home at 718 & 720 Cunningham Street. She worked in the Efficiency Department at Sundstrand, in the Customer Service Department at Bergner’s and as a hostess at Maria’s Italian Restaurant. She was a very social being and loved working with people. No matter how you knew her, all that had the pleasure will know just how incredible, sweet, sassy, stubborn, wonderful, caring, spunky and SPECIAL Florence was. She was fiercely independent and refused to be described or act as “old!” To prove it, she didn’t have a gray hair on her head! She read every word of the news-

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Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle reports the following activity March 17 Brandon Cole, 36, of Monroe Center, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant for failure to appear. Cole was unable to post the $1,591.25 full cash bond and was scheduled to appear in court on March 18 at 1 p.m. March 19 Tara L. Swint, 36, of Oregon, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant for resisting/ obstructing a peace officer. Swint

was able to post the $1,000 or 10 percent bond and will appear in court on April 24 at 9 a.m. March 20 Mark Denham, 56, of Mt. Morris was arrested at 7:38 p.m. for domestic battery after deputies responded to an address in the Mt. Morris Estates Trailer Park in reference to a domestic disturbance. Denham was transported to the Ogle County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond. March 23 Jacob Patton, 19, of Rockford,

was arrested at 4:47 p.m. for possession of a controlled substance and three out of county warrants after deputies responded to a suspicious subject call in the Village of Davis Junction. Patton was located in the 400 block of Heartland Drive and transported the Ogle County Jail and held in lieu of bond. March 24 Jacob Patton, 19, of Rockford, was arrested for burglary stemming from an investigation into several storage unit burglaries at U-Store it storage in Davis Junction on June 8, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.

Filing deadline for federal taxes moved to July 15 The tax deadlines for individuals have been moved from April 15 to July 15, per U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin. Individuals who owe the IRS money will be able to defer up to $1 million in payments for 90 days without interest or penalties. Corporations who owe the IRS money will be able to defer up to $10 million. The delay also includes first quarter, 2020 estimated tax payments for individuals. These payments are now due on or before July 15. This estimated payment delay does not apply to corporations. Go to irs.gov for more information.

PROPERTY TRANSFERS Ogle County property transfers recorded week of March 13-19: Warranty Deeds • Glendon Holtapp Jr. and Hale P. Guyer to Emily M.R. Cahill, 409 E. Center St., Mt. Morris, $63,500. * Bambi L. Bertolasi to Ethan W. Roberts and Rachel E. Bonnell, 901 N. Kingsway Lane, Byron, $170,000. * Evan M. and Kayla R. Sipes to Eduardo Harnandez and Tara Poole, 507 W. 10th Ave., Rochelle, $93,000. * Nathan J. and Tabatha K. Todd to Andrew Feeley, 6780 S. Joanne Ave, Rochelle, $138,000. * The late Janice M. James by heirs to Tracey and Matthew James, 7192 E. McGregor Road, Byron, $80,000. * Nitram Properties Inc. to Hawk Auto Wash & Storage LLC, 1009 Pines Road, Oregon, $334,500. * First Guarantee Mortgage Corp. to Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, 302 302 S. Union Ave., Polo, $0. * The late Donald Rasmussen by heirs

and Malinda Kopes and Robert, Richard and Steven Rasmussen to Roger L. Harl, 5626 N. Fair Oaks Drive, Davis Junction, $145,000. * Shari L. Ball to Tyler J. Black, 410 E. Hill St., Mt. Morris, $61,000. * Daniel R. and Amberlea Reiche to First Choice Rentals LLC, 8659 N. Winnebago Lane, Byron, $145,000. * Thomas W. Carow and Elaine M. Reilly, also Carow to Gregory R. Tesnow, 163 Autumnwood Lane, Davis Junction, $167,000. * David E. Strasemeier to William J. and Judith A. Plum, 211 Crabapple Court, Dixon, $210,000. * Robert G. and Karen LO. Borneman to Village of Leaf River, one farmland parcel in Leaf River Township, $0. * Nitram Properties Inc. to Maureen Danielson, one parcel in Oregon-Nachusa Township, $185,000. * Leroy and Lynette Smice to David Black, two parcels on Mix Lane and Hastings Ave., Oregon, $18,000. * Toby T. Rinaldo to David and Sylvia

Latta, One parcel in Grand Detour Township, $32,500. * Scott D. Olson to David M. and Amber Dill, one farmland parcel in Byron Township, $220,000. * Scott D. Olson to Joseph M. Smith, one farmland parcel in Byron Township, $220,000. * Maureen P. Danielson to Donna J. Cerveny and Brian C. and Lori L. Fagan, 847 W. Jennie Lane, Oregon, $248,000. Quit Claim Deeds • Silviano Hueramo to Aaron and Maria T. Hueramo, 318 Rosalind Road, Rochelle, $0. * Robert W. Janecek to Brock J. and Heather L. Swanlund, 1 N. Wesley St., Mt. Morris, $14,000. Trustee’s Deeds • Roberta L. Arn Trust 4, Robert Arn, trustee, to Kyle L. and Rebekha V. Janssen, 8714 N. Sunset Drive, Byron, $158,000. * F. William Eber Declaration Trust,

Marcia L. Massie, trustee to Paul Harrison, 426 N. 11th St., Rochelle, $102,000. * Eligio and Barbara Deanda Declaration Trust, Barbara and Eligio Deanda Jr., trustees to Juan Alberto Gayton Hueramo, 100 N. Roy Ave., Rochelle, $92,000. * J&J Trust 317, John F. and Jennifer B. Kruse, trustees, to Bushnell’s Walnut Creek Farm LLC, one parcel on Marrill Road, Byron, $172,765. * J&J Trust 317, John F. and Jennifer B. Kruse, trustees, to AKCK LLC, 5922 E. Holcomb Road, Oregon, $1,635,212. * Eileen R. Lusardi Trust, Marla S. Vandiver, trustee, to TNC Investment Properties LLC, 8638 N. Finch Lane, Byron, $120,000. Sheriff’s Deed • Kortney Witmer, also Kortney M., to US Bank, 100 S. Broadway St., Forreston, $0.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TOWNSHIP BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the town of Pine Rock, in the County of Ogle, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020, and ending March 31, 2021, will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at Pine Rock Township Hall, 210 West Street, Chana, Ill. from and after 7 o'clock p.m., 14th day of April 2020. Notice is further given hereby that a public hearing on said budget and appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7 o'clock p.m., 12th day, May 2020, at Pine Rock Twp. Hall in the Pine Rock Township and that final hearing and action on this ordinance will be taken at a meeting to be held at Pine Rock Township Hall at 7 o'clock p.m., 12th day, May 2020. Clerk Carol Eckerd

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The Oregon Plan Commission will be holding a public hearing on April 21st, 5:30 PM at the City Hall Council Chambers at 115 N. 3rd Street, Oregon, IL 61061 in regards to a special use, submitted by The Tree Pharm, LLC, 131 N 3rd Street, Oregon, IL 61061 for a Cannabis Craft Grower Facility at 807 Pines Road, Oregon, IL 61061, Pin numbers 16-04-479-002 & 16-09-200-005. March 27, 2020

The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday April 21, 2020 at 5:30 P.M. City Hall Council Chambers 115 N 3rd Street. The City is requesting to rezone Pines Road Corridor District to General Business District. Mark HermanChairman. This zoning change will not affect R-1 Residential single-family homes in the district. It's for light industrial use. March 27, 2020

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The City of Oregon will be flushing fire hydrants on the following dates: April 6th - 10th, 2020 - North of Rt. 64 April 13th - 17th, 2020 - South of Rt. 64 The flushing is a requirement of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and a recommendation of the Insurance Services Office. City water may be rusty during this operation and residents should refrain from washing clothes etc. during the hours of the flushing operation. At night if your water is rusty, allow the cold water to run until it clears up. March 27, 2020 April 3, 2020 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN To the legal voters, residents of the Town of Pine Rock in the County of Ogle and State of Illinois that the Annual Town Meeting of said Town will take place on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 being the second Tuesday of said month at the hour of 7 o'clock P.M. at the Pine Rock Township Hall 210 West Street Chana, Illinois For the transaction of the miscellaneous business of the said town; and after a Moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as may, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and especially to consider the following: 1) Approval of 2019 meeting minutes 2) Approval of Funds balances 3) Setting Moderator's salary for 2021 4) Setting date, place and time for 2021 Annual Meeting 5) Vote on county services provided to Township residents 6) Other business as brought before the meeting 7) Transfer funds from Town Fund to Road and Bridge Fund in an amount not to exceed $15,000 to complete seal coating of Rasmussen Rd. from Rocky Hollow to Pine Rock Town Clerk Carol Eckerd

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STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 15TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OGLE COUNTY HOLCOMB BANK f/k/a Holcomb State Bank, Plaintiff, vs. CASE NO. 2020-CH-25 William B. Hagemann, Craig Hagemann, and Cindy Timm, as Executors of the ESTATE OF BERNICE A. HAGEMANN, THE DELONG CO., INC., BECK'S SUPERIOR HYBRIDS INC., and UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF OGLE, In the Circuit Court of Ogle County, Holcomb Bank, an Illinois Banking Corporation vs. William B. Hagemann, Craig Hagemann, and Cindy Timm, as Executors of the Estate of Bernice A. Hagemann, the Delong Co., Inc., Beck's Superior Hybrids Inc., and UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, CASE NO. 2020 CH 25. The requisite Affidavit for Publication having been filed, notice is hereby given you, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants in the above-entitled suit, that the said suit has been commenced in the Circuit Court of Ogle County, by the said Plaintiff against you and other Defendants, praying for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows: to-wit: PARCEL 2: Part of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of Section 28; part of the Northwest Quarter (1/4) of Section 34 and part of the Northeast Quarter (1/4) of Section 33, all in Township 25 North, Range 11 East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, bounded and described as follows: Commencing at the Southeast corner of said Section 28; thence North 0 degrees 02 minutes 02 seconds East along the East line of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of said Section 28, a distance of 483.78 feet; thence South 44 degrees 53 minutes 12 seconds East, a distance of 703.72 feet (711.48 feet deeded) to the centerline of a public road designated Kishwaukee Road (County Highway No. 33, 102-TR); thence South 43 degrees 38 minutes 46 seconds West along said centerline, a distance of 100.03 feet to the point of beginning of the hereinafter described tract of land; thence North 44 degrees 53 minutes 12 seconds West, a distance of 870.19 feet; thence North 89 degrees 08 minutes 17 seconds West parallel with the South line of said Section 28, a distance of 840.71 feet; thence South 0 degrees 15 minutes 41 seconds East parallel with the West line of the East Half (1/2) of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of said Section 28, a distance of 1064.76 feet; thence South 4 degrees 36 minutes 48 seconds West, a distance of 338.26 feet to the centerline of a public road designated Hales Corner Road; thence South 86 degrees 43 minutes 56 seconds East along said centerline, a distance of 404.94 feet; thence South 67 degrees 28 minutes 56 seconds East along said centerline, a distance of 243.37 feet (243.25 feet deeded) to the intersection of the centerline of said Kishwaukee Road; thence North 43 degrees 38 minutes 46 seconds East along the centerline of said Kishwaukee Road, a distance of 1228.57 feet to the Point of Beginning, all situated in the Township of Marion, County of Ogle and State of Illinois; EXCEPTING THEREFROM the following described tract: Commencing at the Southeast corner of Section 28, Township 25 North, Range 11 East of the Fourth Principal Meridian; thence North 0 degrees 02 minutes 02 seconds East along the East line of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of said Section 28, a distance of 483.78 feet; thence South 44 degrees 53 minutes 12 seconds East, a distance of 703.72 feet (711.48 feet deeded) to the centerline of a public road designated Kishwaukee Road (County Highway No. 33, 102-TR); thence South 43 degrees 38 minutes 46 seconds West along said centerline, a distance of 1199.60 feet to the point of beginning of the hereinafter described tract of land; thence continuing South 43 degrees 38 minutes 46 seconds West along said centerline, a distance of 129.00 feet to the intersection of the centerline of said Kishwaukee Road and the centerline of a public road designated Hales Corner Road; thence North 67 degrees 28 minutes 56 seconds West along the centerline of said Hales Corner Road, a distance of 243.37 feet (243.25 feet deeded); thence North 86 degrees 43 minutes 56 seconds West along said centerline, a distance of 404.94 feet; thence North 4 degrees 36 minutes 48 seconds East, a distance of 338.26 feet; thence North 0 degrees 15 minutes 41 seconds West parallel with the West line of the East Half (1/2) of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of Section 28, Township 25 North, Range 11 East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, a distance of 364.00 feet; thence South 43 degrees 43 minutes 34 seconds East, a distance of 1002.00 feet to the Point of Beginning; situated in the Township of Marion, County of Ogle and State of Illinois. COMMON ADDRESS: 7906 N. Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, Illinois 61084 PIN Number: 05-33-200-019 Mortgage was recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds in Ogle County, Illinois, as Document Number 201209155. And for other relief; that summons was duly issued out of the said Court against you as provided by law, and that the said suit is now pending. Now therefore, unless you, the said above named defendants, file your answer to the Complaint in the said suit or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Ogle County, Chancery Division, in the Courthouse in the City of Oregon, Illinois, on or before the 1st day of May, 2020, default may be entered against you at any time after that date and a decree entered in accordance with the prayer of said Complaint. Dated: March 5, 2020 JAMES E. STEVENS (#3128256) Barrick Switzer Long Balsley & Van Evera, LLP 6833 Stalter Drive Rockford, IL 61108 815-962-6611 jstevens@bslbv.com

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Notice is hereby given that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for Road Purposes of the Pine Rock Township, in the County of Ogle, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020, and ending March 31, 2021, will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at Pine Rock Township Hall, 210 West Street, Chana, Ill. from and after 7 o'clock p.m., 14th day of April 2020. Notice is further given hereby that a public hearing on said budget and appropriation Ordinance will be held at 7 o'clock p.m., 12th day, May 2020, at Pine Rock Twp. Hall in the Pine Rock Township and that final hearing and action on this ordinance will be taken at a meeting to be held at Pine Rock Twp. Hall at 7 o'clock p.m., 12th day, May 2020.

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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN To the legal voters, residents of the Town of Oregon-Nashua in the County of Ogle and State of Illinois, that the Annual Town Meeting of said Town will take place on

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 being the second Tuesday of said month at the hour of 7:00 o'clock P.M. At 107 North Etnyre Avenue Oregon-Nashua Township Building Oregon, IL for the transaction of the miscellaneous business of the said town; and after a Moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers, and decide on such measures as may, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting; and especially to consider and decide the following Call the meeting to order Pledge to the flag Elect a Moderator Approval of Agenda Approval of: Annual Town Meeting Minutes of April 9, 2019 CHILD CARE 512 Announce the next annual town meeting: April 13, 2021 By Motion from the floor set time of next annual meeting - 7:00 pm By Motion set monthly meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm NO INDIVIDUAL, except if it falls on a holiday then the Tuesday prior to the original date and the April unless licensed or Regular Meeting will be held on the Second Tuesday of April in conjunction with the holding a permit as Annual Town Meeting. a childcare facility, Read the Supervisor's Annual Reports and move to approve may cause to be Allow for voters at the Annual Town Meeting to transfer funds from one or more published any ad- funds to other or different funds, or to the general road and bridge fund or any fund vertisement solicit- raised by taxation or bonds for road and bridges ing a child care Move to provide for a Certified Public Accountant to audit all the town funds service.* A child- Any other recommendations, resolutions and discussion by electors (Audit, real escare facility that is tate etc). licensed or operat- Dated: March 11, 2020 ing under a permit March 27, 2020 issued by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services may LEGAL NOTICES 101 LEGAL NOTICES 101 LEGAL NOTICES 101 LEGAL NOTICES 101 publish advertisements of the services for which it is STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL lispecifically CIRCUIT OGLE COUNTY censed or issued a permit. Sauk Valley Media strongly IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF urges any parent or KEITH W. PRINTZ, guardian to verify DECEASED. the validity of the IN PROBATE NO: 2020P26 license of any facilPUBLICATION NOTICE ity before placing a child in it's care. NOTICE is given of the death of KEITH W. PRINTZ, of Forreston, Illinois. Letters of *Family homes that care for no more Office as Independent Administrator were issued on March 5, 2020 to Jennifer than three (3) chil- Miskell, 13721 Highway 7, Warsaw, MO 65355, whose attorney is Timothy S. Madren under the age honey, Mahoney, & Mahoney, LLC, 50 W. Douglas, Suite 300, Freeport, Illinois, of twelve or which 61032. NOTICE is further given to creditors and others interested that the estate will be adreceive only children from a single ministered without court supervision unless under Section 28-4 of the Probate Act household, for less (755 I LCS 5/28-4) any interested person terminates independent administration at than 24 hours per any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the Clerk. Claims against day, are exempt the estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Stephenson County Courthouse, from licensure as Galena, Illinois, or with the representatives or both on or before the 20th day of day care homes. September, 2020, or if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is reThe three children quired by Section 18-3 of the Probate Act, the date stated in that notice. Any claim to whom this ex- not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must emption applies in- be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney withcludes the family's in 10 days after it has been filed. natural or adopted children and any Timothy S. Mahoney other persons un- Attorney for Administrator der the age of 12 Timothy S. Mahoney whether related or MAHONEY & MAHONEY, LLC unrelated to the Attorneys for Administrator operator of the day 50 W. Douglas, Suite 300 care home. (DCFS Freeport, IL 61032 Rule, Part 377.3 815/235-1515 March 20,27, April 3, 2020 (c))

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, ILLINOIS OGLE COUNTY, IN PROBATE IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF No. 2020 P 16 KIM P. GOUKER, Deceased. CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given to creditors of the death of Kim P. Gouker of 118 South Franklin Street, Byron, IL 61010. Letters of office were issued to Carol Nauman, as Independent Administrator, whose attorney of record is David W. Badger, Ehrmann Gehlbach Badger & Considine, LLC, 215 E. First Street, Dixon, Illinois 61021. The estate will be administered without court supervision, unless under section 28-4 of the Probate Act (755 ILCS 5/28-4) any interested person terminates independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the clerk. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court at 106 S. 5th Street, Ste 300, Oregon, IL 61061, or with the representative, or both, on or before the date which is six (6) months after the date of the first publication of this Claim Notice, or, if mailing or delivering of a notice from the representative is required by section 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that notice. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. By: Carol Nauman Independent Administrator David W. Badger Ehrmann Gehlbach Badger & Considine, LLC 215 E. First Street P.O. Box 447 Dixon, IL 61021 (815) 288-4949 (815) 288-3068 FAX badger@egbclaw.com March 27, April 3,10, 2020 STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF OGLE In re the Estate of: MICHELLE A. JOHNSON, Deceased. No. 2020P27 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of MICHELLE A. JOHNSON. Letters of Office were issued on March 12, 2020, to JERAMIAH R. JOHNSON, as Independent Administrator, whose attorney is M. Thomas Suits, of the Law Offices of M. THOMAS SUITS, P.C., 114 West Mason Street, Polo, Illinois 61064. Claims against the estate may be filed within six (6) months from the date of first publication, or within three (3) months from the date of mailing or delivery of Notice to creditors, if mailing or delivery is required by Section 5/18-3 of the Illinois Probate Act, 1975, as amended, whichever date is later. Any claim not filed by the requisite date stated above shall be barred. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Circuit Clerk, Ogle County Judicial Center, 106 South 5th Street, Oregon, IL 61061- or with the estate legal representative, or both. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. By: JERAMIAH R. JOHNSON Independent Administrator Law Offices of M. THOMAS SUITS, P.C. 114 West Mason Street Polo, IL 61064 (815) 946-2276 tom@suitslegal.com March 27,April 3,10, 2020

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Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc Plaintiff, vs. K. Lehrke, as Guardian of the Person and Estate of Verva Noirfalise Defendants. Case No. 2019CH80 713 Franklin Street, Oregon, IL 61061 Judge John C. Redington NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on February 7, 2020, Brian E. VanVickle will on April 17, 2020, at the hour of 10:00AM at the Ogle County Sheriff's Office, Administration Building, 103 Jefferson Street, Oregon, IL 61061, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described mortgaged real estate:Lots 9 and 10 in Block 3 of Potter's Addition to the City of Oregon, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Book A of Miscellaneous page 293, in Ogle County, Illinois. Commonly known as 713 Franklin Street, Oregon, IL 61061Parcel Number(s): 16-04291-003The real estate is improved with a Single Family Residence. Sale terms: Bidders must present, at the time of sale, a cashier's or certified check for 10% of the successful bid amount. The balance of the successful bid shall be paid within 24 hours, by similar funds. The subject property is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the Court. The property will NOT be open for inspection. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than the mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by the Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). For information call Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, One East Wacker, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60601. Phone number: 312-651-6700. Attorney file number: 19-035511.Alan S. Kaufman MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff One East Wacker, Suite 1250Chicago, IL 60601 Telephone: 312-651-6700 Fax: 614-220-5613 Attorney. No.: 6289893 Email: StateEFiling@manleydeas.com March 13,20,27, 2020

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ROAD DISTRICT BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Oregon-Nashua Road District, Ogle County, Illinois,for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020 and ending March 31, 2021,will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at Oregon-Nashua Township Building from and after 7:00 pm on April 14, 2020 Notice is further given that a public hearing on said Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be at 6:15 P.M. on May 13, 2020, at the Oregon-Nashua Township Building located at 107 Etnyre Avenue, and final action on this ordinance will be taken at the public hearing. Dated this 11th day of March, 2020 Sharon Bowers, Supervisor Cecilia Zimmerman, Clerk

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWNSHIP BUDGET Notice is hereby given that a Tentative Town 3udget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Oregon-Nashua Township, Ogle County, Illinois,for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020 and ending March 31, 2021,will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at the Oregon-NashuaTownship Building, 107 Etnyre Avenue from and after 7:00 P.M. On April 14, 2020. Notice is further given that a public hearing on said Budget and Appropriation Ordinance will be at 6:30 P.M. on May 14, 2020, at Oregon-Nashua Township Building located at 107 Etnyre Avenue, and final action on this ordinance will be taken at a meeting to be held at Oregon/Nashua Township Building 107 Etnyre Avenue at 6:30 P.M., May 13, 2020 Dated this 11th day of March, 2020 Sharon Bowers Supervisor Cecilia Zimmerman Clerk

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STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OGLE COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of KAREN K. LUDWIG, Deceased. IN PROBATE NO. 2020P28

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Notice is given of the death of Karen K. Ludwig. Letters of office were issued on March 12, 2020, to Joel C. Ludwig, of 8691 West Town Line Road, Forreston, Illinois 61030 and Shawnda Ludwig, of 8691 West Town Line Road, Forreston, Illinois 61030, as Independent Co-Executors, whose attorney is Plager, Krug, Bauer, Rudolph & Stodden, Ltd., 10 N. Galena Avenue, P.O. Box 839, Freeport, IL 61032. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the clerk, or with the representative, or both, on or before September 4, 2020, or within 3 months from date of mailing or delivery of notice to creditors, if required by Section 18-3 of the Illinois Probate Act of 1975, as amended, whichever date is later. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten days after it has been filed. E-filing is now mandatory for documents in civil cases with limited exemptions. To e-file, you must first create an account with an e-filing service provider. Visit http://efile.illinoiscourts.gov/service-providers.htm to learn more and to select a service provider. If you need additional help or have trouble e-filing, visit http://illinoiscourts.gov/FAQ/gethelp.asp. Kimberly A. Stahl Circuit Clerk

Nicole M. Bauer, #6236680 Plager, Krug, Bauer, Rudolph & Stodden, Ltd. Attorneys for Petitioner Lincoln-Douglas Center 10 North Galena Avenue Post Office Box 839 Freeport, IL 61032-0839 (815) 235-1212 E-mail: nbauer@plager-law.com March 27, April 3,10, 2020

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TAX DEED NO.: 2017TX17 FILED: 2/28/2020 TAKE NOTICE County of Ogle Date Premises Sold: November 2, 2017 Certificate No.: 2016-00229 Sold for General Taxes of (Year): 2016 Sold for Special Assessment of (Municipality) and Special Assessment Number: N/A Warrant No.: N/A Installment No.: N/A THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD FOR DELINQUENT TAXES Property Located at: 101 North Hickory Lane, Dixon, IL 61021-Legal Description or Property Index No.: 22-09-327-006This notice is to advise you that the above property has been sold for delinquent taxes and that the period of redemption from the sale will expire on August 12, 2020.The amount to redeem is subject to increase at 6 month intervals from the date of sale and may be further increased if the purchaser at the tax sale or his or her assignee pays any subsequently accruing taxes or special assessments to redeem the property from subsequent forfeitures or tax sales. Check with the County Clerk as to the exact amount you owe before redeeming. This notice is also to advise you that a petition has been filed for a tax deed which will transfer title and the right to possession of this property if redemption is not made on or before August 12, 2020.This matter is set for hearing in the Circuit Court of Ogle County in 106 S. 5th Street, Room 302,Oregon, IL 61061 on August 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM. You may be present at this hearing, but your right to redeem will already have expired at that time. YOU ARE URGED TO REDEEM IMMEDIATELY TO PREVENT LOSS OF PROPERTY Redemption can be made at any time on or before August 12, 2020 by applying to the County Clerk of Ogle County, Illinois at the Office of the County Clerk in Oregon, Illinois. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE COUNTY CLERK 105 S. 5th Street Suite 104 Oregon, IL 61061815-732-1110 Equity One Investment Fund LLC Purchaser or Assignee TAX DEED NO.: 2017TX17 FILED: 2/28/2020 Occupant Laurie Pickett James Rodriguez Lindy Pickett Laurie Pickett Laura J. Cook, County Clerk of Ogle County, Illinois Claimants, Judgment Creditors, and Decree Creditors, if any of the above described as "Unknown Owners" March 13,20,27, 2020

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OGLE COUNTY - OREGON ILLINOIS Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc Plaintiff, vs. K. Lehrke, as Guardian of the Person and Estate of Verva Noirfalise Defendants. Case No. 2019CH80 713 Franklin Street, Oregon, IL 61061Judge John C. Redington NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on February 7, 2020, Brian E. VanVickle will on April 17, 2020, at the hour of 10:00AM at the Ogle County Sheriff's Office, Administration Building, 103 Jefferson Street, Oregon, IL 61061, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described mortgaged real estate:Commonly known as 713 Franklin Street, Oregon, IL 61061Parcel Number(s): 16-04-291-003The real estate is improved with a Single Family Residence. Sale terms: Bidders must present, at the time of sale, a cashier's or certified check for 10% of the successful bid amount. The balance of the successful bid shall be paid within 24 hours, by similar funds. The subject property is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the Court. The property will NOT be open for inspection. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than the mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by the Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). For information call Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski LLC, One East Wacker, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60601. Phone number: 312-651-6700. Attorney file number: 19-035511.Alan S. Kaufman MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff One East Wacker, Suite 1250 Chicago, IL 60601 Telephone: 312-651-6700 Fax: 614-220-5613 Attorney. No.: 6289893 Email: StateEFiling@manleydeas.com March 13,20,27, 2020

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TAX DEED NO.: 2017TX17 FILED: 2/28/2020 TAKE NOTICE County of Ogle Date Premises Sold: November 2, 2017 Certificate No.: 2016-00125 Sold for General Taxes of (Year): 2016 Sold for Special Assessment of (Municipality) and Special Assessment Number: N/A Warrant No.: N/A Installment No.: N/A THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD FOR DELINQUENT TAXES Property Located at: 4422 North Union Road, Forreston, IL 61030Legal Description or Property Index No.: 07-16-400-005 This notice is to advise you that the above property has been sold for delinquent taxes and that the period of redemption from the sale will expire on August 12, 2020.The amount to redeem is subject to increase at 6 month intervals from the date of sale and may be further increased if the purchaser at the tax sale or his or her assignee pays any subsequently accruing taxes or special assessments to redeem the property from subsequent forfeitures or tax sales. Check with the County Clerk as to the exact amount you owe before redeeming. This notice is also to advise you that a petition has been filed for a tax deed which will transfer title and the right to possession of this property if redemption is not made on or before August 12, 2020.This matter is set for hearing in the Circuit Court of Ogle County in 106 S. 5th Street, Room 302,Oregon, IL 61061 on August 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM. You may be present at this hearing, but your right to redeem will already have expired at that time. YOU ARE URGED TO REDEEM IMMEDIATELY TO PREVENT LOSS OF PROPERTY Redemption can be made at any time on or before August 12, 2020 by applying to the County Clerk of Ogle County, Illinois at the Office of the County Clerk in Oregon, Illinois. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE COUNTY CLERK 105 S. 5th Street Suite 104 Oregon, IL 61061 815-732-1110 Equity One Investment Fund LLC Purchaser or Assignee 2/28/2020 Occupant Betty A LaBorn Janessa Larson Rebecca Larson Laura J. Cook, County Clerk of Ogle County, Illinois Claimants, Judgment Creditors, and Decree Creditors, if any of the above described as "Unknown Owners" March 13,20,27, 2020

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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU: Ashley Lower; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; defendants, that this case has been commenced in this Court against you and other defendants, asking for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to wit: Part of the Northwest Quarter (1/4) of Section 9, Township 25 North, Range 9 East of the Fourth Principal Meridian, bounded and described as follows: Beginning 21 chains and 21 links West of the Northeast corner of said Northwest Quarter (1/4); thence South 2.924 chains; thence East 1.71 chains thence North 2.924 chains; thence West 1.71 chains to the point of beginning; situated in the Township of Maryland, the County of Ogle and State of Illinois. Commonly known as: 6913 W Wagner Rd., German Valley, IL 61039 and which said mortgage was made by, Ashley Lower, a single person; Mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Forreston State Bank, its successors and assigns; Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Ogle County, Illinois, as Document No. 201504103; and for other relief. UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise file your appearance in this case in the Office of the Clerk of this County, Ogle106 S. 5th Street, Oregon, IL 61061, on or before April 20, 2020, A JUDGMENT OR DECREE BY DEFAULT MAY BE TAKEN AGAINST YOU FOR THE RELIEF ASKED IN THE COMPLAINT.RANDALL S. MILLER & ASSOCIATES, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 120 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1140, Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: (312) 239-3432 Fax: (312) 284-4820 pleadings@rsmalaw.com File No:19IL00324-1 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you are advised that this firm may be deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose. March 20,27, April 3, 2020 TAX DEED NO.: 2017TX17 FILED: 2/28/2020 TAKE NOTICE County of Ogle Date Premises Sold: November 2, 2017 Certificate No.: 2016-00037 Sold for General Taxes of (Year): 2016 Sold for Special Assessment of (Municipality) and Special Assessment Number: N/A Warrant No.: N/A Installment No.: N/A THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD FOR DELINQUENT TAXES Property Located at: 224 East Depot Street, Creston, IL 60113Legal Description or Property Index No.: 25-23-286-004 This notice is to advise you that the above property has been sold for delinquent taxes and that the period of redemption from the sale will expire on August 12, 2020. The amount to redeem is subject to increase at 6 month intervals from the date of sale and may be further increased if the purchaser at the tax sale or his or her assignee pays any subsequently accruing taxes or special assessments to redeem the property from subsequent forfeitures or tax sales. Check with the County Clerk as to the exact amount you owe before redeeming. This notice is also to advise you that a petition has been filed for a tax deed which will transfer title and the right to possession of this property if redemption is not made on or before August 12, 2020.This matter is set for hearing in the Circuit Court of Ogle County in 106 S. 5th Street, Room 302,Oregon, IL 61061 on August 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM. You may be present at this hearing, but your right to redeem will already have expired at that time. YOU ARE URGED TO REDEEM IMMEDIATELY TO PREVENT LOSS OF PROPERTY Redemption can be made at any time on or before August 12, 2020 by applying to the County Clerk of Ogle County, Illinois at the Office of the County Clerk in Oregon, Illinois. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE COUNTY CLERK 105 S. 5th Street Suite 104 Oregon, IL 61061 815-732-1110 Equity One Investment Fund LLC Purchaser or Assignee2/28/2020 Occupant Rebecca J. Robb Burton A. Wicke Rebecca J. Robb Rachel Wicke Rachel Wicke Ruthann Wicke Ruthann Wicke Ruthann Wicke as Executor of the Burton A. Wicke Will Ruthann Wicke as Executor of the Burton A. Wicke Will Phoenix Restoration, Inc. Michael A. Courtin as R/A for Phoenix Restoration, Inc. Heartland Bank and Trust Company as successor to The American National Bank of DeKalb County Heartland Bank and Trust Company as successor to The American National Bank of DeKalb County Village of Creston c/o Village Clerk Village of Creston c/o Village Attorney Rachel WickeRealtax Developers, Ltd. Nicole Hatch as R/A for Realtax Developers, Ltd. Laura J. Cook, County Clerk of Ogle County, Illinois Claimants, Judgment Creditors, and Decree Creditors, if any of the above described as "Unknown Owners""Unknown owners or parties interested in said land or lots" March 13,20,27, 2020

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You are overdue for a change. Take a moment to consider how you see your life unfolding and what you need to do to follow the path that you find most inviting. Let your heart be your barometer and your imagination be your canvas. Use your skills diversely to excel. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Aggressive action won’t get you what you want, but having the willpower to turn your idea into a reality will lead to a better future. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Do what’s right and you will make a difference. Don’t labor over what you cannot achieve when it’s what you can do that counts. Plan a romantic evening with a loved one. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Your power of persuasion will work on some, but not on everyone. Expect to face opposition if you can’t back up what you are asking for with facts and incentives. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- An inevitable change will turn out better than anticipated. Don’t waste time; take advantage of an opportunity to explore what’s transpired. A financial gain is heading your way. LEO (July 23Aug. 22) -- Sign up for something you love doing or look for an experience that will help you better understand someone you like. Compromise, and you’ll be surprised what you get in return. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you follow your instincts, you will find your way to the top.

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