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Month: July 2017

Doris J. Strong

Doris J. Strong – August 13, 1959 – July 27, 2017 Doris J. Strong, 57, of Forreston, died Thursday July 27, 2017 in her home. Doris was born August 13, 1959 in Freeport, the daughter of Don and Marcella (Frederick) Gaul. Doris married Gordon C. Strong August 25, 1979 in Forreston. She was a 38 year employee of Micro-Switch/Honeywell. Doris enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and collecting roosters. Surviving are her husband, Gordon Strong of Forreston; son, Douglas Strong of Forreston; daughter, Jennifer Strong of Forreston; sister, Marjorie (Steve) Lundquist of Mt. Morris and Donna (Randy) Rinehart of Polo; and two grandchildren, Andrew Allen and Louis Poster. Doris was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday August 1, 2017 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Rev. Julie Bunt will officiate. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday July 31, 2017 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial has been established in Mrs. Strong’s memory. Please sign her guestbook at www.burketubbs.com. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Doris J. Strong , please visit our Tribute Store. SERVICE Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home – Freeport Location 504 N. Walnut Freeport, IL 61032 Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at...

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Lanark Home Improvement Takes Another ‘H.I.T.’

Volunteer Effort Funded by Local Grants and Donations RiverReader.org staff LANARK — On July 28, nearly 30 people representing various groups in the Lanark community, showed up for a re-roof and gutter project, led by the Eastland Council of Churches’ Home Improvement Task Force. In two to three hours, the tear-off was complete. The replacement was nearly finished by the end of the day. “This is one of many projects completed in our area. Even pastors show up,” said the Rev. Claire Lathrop, pastor of the Lanark First Brethren Church. “The older ones, like me for example, show up...

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Roberta Carole Schoenfeld

Roberta Carole Schoenfeld – February 17, 1941 – July 24, 2017 Roberta C. Schoenfeld, age 76, of Lake Carroll, IL passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 at home. She was born February 17, 1941 in Chicago to the late Alexander and Clara (Bawiec) Wolf. Roberta was a 1958 graduate of Immaculata High School in Chicago. She married Kenneth Schoenfeld on February 17, 1962 in Chicago. Roberta was a member of St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church in Shannon, IL. She retired from Harris Bank and had previously worked at Montgomery Wards. She was very active at Lake Carroll and was past president of the Lake Carroll Women’s Club. Roberta was also a member of the Quilting Club, Golf League, Bowling League, and Fishing Club. She is survived by her husband, Ken of Lake Carroll; three sons, Christopher (Lori) of Village of Lakewood, IL, Matthew (Tara) of Libertyville, IL and Keith (Ann) of Libertyville, IL; seven grandchildren, Justin, Erika, Jake, Jordan, Trevor, Ethan and Teagan; two sisters, Barbara Maksym of Phoenix, AZ and Susan (John) Joyce of Urbana, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Clara. There will be a memorial service Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church in Shannon. There will be a visitation Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. A...

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Water A-OK in Thomson

Notifications of Public Safety Available at the Thomson Fire Protection District’s Emergency Notification System By Vicky Bealer Trager President, Village of Thomson On Wednesday, July 26, the Village of Thomson incurred a water outage while relocating a fire hydrant. Although some property owners had been notified in advance, additional properties were unexpectedly affected as well, due to unforeseen circumstances. Immediately, the public works department began efforts to notify property owners, and Village Clerk Jennie Foltz and Trustee Char Daehler posted the information on the village website, Facebook, and notified local radio and television stations. I would like to thank...

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Help for Flood Victims in Pearl City

Lanark Farmers Market Collects Goods – Gets Two Truckloads RiverReader.org staff LANARK — The Lanark Farmers Market put out the word that a collection for Pearl City flood victims, and the people answered, bringing in enough to fill the beds of two pickup trucks. Also, other area people put in some elbow grease to get people back in their homes. Watch Jason Yoder describe all the work that is being done. All flood impacted people in the Stephenson county region, call 815-801-0004. Talk to a live person. This will start the emergency relief for the damage you incurred in...

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Invitation to Bid – ‘Lanark Cemetery Farm’

Invitation to Bid The City of  Lanark hereby requests bids to cash rent a farm commonly known as the “Lanark Cemetery Farm” for a period of three years beginning with the 2018 crop year. Bids should be submitted by September 5, 2017. Bidding forms and information are available upon request at the office of Edward J. Mitchell, Attorney at Law, 110 N. Broad Street, Lanark, Illinois 61046, and may be picked up at normal business hours through September 5, 2017. The bid opening will take place at the Lanark City Council meeting on September 5, 2017 at 7:30...

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Deborah F. Juist

Deborah F. Juist – July 04, 1949 – July 26, 2017 DEBORAH F. JUIST, 68, of Polo, IL, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Deb was born July 4, 1949 in Morrison, IL to Jay J. and Virginia A. (Decker) Wilkens. She married Gary R. Juist on January 15, 1971 in Morrison. Deb had worked in various businesses in the Polo, IL area. She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling and served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. She was also a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Deb enjoyed mountain biking, baking, gardening, hunting, cross country skiing and spending time with family. Survivors include her husband, Gary; two daughters, Sarah (Kristopher) Schmidt of Morrison, IL and Rachel (Scott) Phillips of Polo, IL; nine grandchildren, Jordan, Ellie, Wade, Gracyn, Madelyn, Jaicee, Jake, Seth and Ethan; three sisters, Sandra Wilkens of Morrison, IL; Ellyn Sue (Charles) Osterday of New Paris, IN, and Cheryl (Brian) Onken of Morrison, IL; one brother, Steven (Lou Ann) Wilkens of Lanark, IL; special friends, Dorothy Milburn of Mt. Morris, IL and DeeDee Bock of Dixon, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Information FUNERAL: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling, IL OFFICIATING: Rev. Gary DeKoekkoek, Pastor of Bethel Reformed...

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SNAP! Special Day at the Lanark Farmers Market

Meet the Vendors and Live Music in the Video and Every Week While You Shop! BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — Vendors are happy with the new venue for the Lanark Farmers Market on the corner of North Broad and East Locust Streets. Their customers are happy, too, and prove it with over 190 shoppers at the June 25 market. Steve Kruzek, Lanark Farmers Market manager, said the first three weeks of the market being held downtown at the “Lot of Availability,” moved from the city park, has been a great success. Compared to 30-40 people at the...

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Governor Rauner Announces School District Fair Funding Plan

Find out how much more money your school district will get under the Governor’s school funding plan. This is the right plan for the state of Illinois and puts our children and their education first. Districts across the state are struggling and SB 1 as written does not ensure fair funding and outcomes for all our children – it instead sends money to support a CPS bailout. Schools can’t afford that. Enter your town, city or school district below to see how our plan will help your children....

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Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Honors Mr. Rob Gorham

Raised Awareness of the Tuskegee Airmen Unit in Central Illinois by RiverReader.org staff The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) named Mr. Rob Gorham as recipient of the Illinois Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award for the Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2017.  The Award was presented today at the Army National Guard Armory in Urbana, Illinois.  The Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award high-lights and honors the work of Illinois veterans whose contributions in service to the veteran community and their local communities are truly above and beyond. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their leadership, dedication, innovation, and impact in...

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Carroll County 4-H Fair Week Starts With Set-up Night

Carroll County 4-H Forecast By Leanne Rahn Carroll County Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth CARROLL COUNTY 4-H TO HOLD SET-UP NIGHT The Carroll County 4-H will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 6:00 p.m., to sweep out the 4-H exhibit building, set-up the risers, and get the rest of the building and the ice cream stand ready for fair week. This will be a clean-up and set-up night for all 4-H’ers and 4-H families to get ready for the 4-H Fair. Please bring push brooms, hammers, rags, buckets, cleaning supplies, a ladder to hang the banners, cordless drill, etc....

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Clifford “Cliff” F. Leavens

Clifford “Cliff” F. Leavens – August 3, 1954 – July 17, 2017 Clifford “Cliff” F. Leavens, age 62, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, on the Mississippi River.  A private family visitation has been held. Cliff was born on August 3, 1954, the son of Augustus and Pauline (Dunstan) Leavens in Savanna. He attended Savanna Schools. On October 28, 1989, Clifford married Tina Tilley in Savanna. Cliff enjoyed fishing, doing yard work, mushroom hunting, deer hunting, playing cards, listening to music, and he loved to grill. Cliff will be dearly missed by two children, Clifford E. Leavens of Savanna, and Jennifer Brashear of California; two grandchildren, Hannah Steffey of Gooselake, Iowa and Race Andersen of California; one brother, Gus (Paula) Leavens of Savanna; three sisters, Donna (Terry) Bottrell of Savanna, Margorie Stricker  of Rockford, Illinois and Linda Mallow of Clinton, Iowa. Cliff is preceded in death by his parents, Augustus and Pauline, and one...

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Tax Increases, Budget and School Funding

Capitol Report from Rep. Brian Stewart IL 89—Freeport During the past few weeks much has occurred in the General Assembly and it has been covered by the news media from many different points of view. However, the fact remains that a massive, permanent tax hike was shoved down the throats of the working Illinoisans, their families and small business owners. The personal income tax rate increased from 3.75 to 4.95 percent, which is a 32 percent increase and the largest permanent income tax increase in state history. The corporate income tax rate increased from 5.25 percent to 7 percent....

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SB1: A Bad Idea for Fair Funding of Illinois Schools

Letter to the Editor School funding reform affects all Illinois residents whether you have children in the public school system or not. The Illinois Constitution mandates that the state government provide the majority of the funding required to educate our public school students. The state has previously failed and continues to fall short of this constitutional mandate. This disregard of our constitutional duty fails our students and pushes the burden on to you, which has increased our property taxes to some of the highest in the nation. The budget passed earlier this month has left many unanswered questions and...

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Anderson and McCombie Called to Springfield for Session

Coffee & Conversation in Rock Falls Thursday  Still  Planned RiverReader.org staff SPRINGFIELD – Due to a special session of the Illinois General Assembly that has been scheduled for Thursday, July 27, Representative Tony McCombie and Senator Neil Anderson will not be in attendance at a “Coffee & Conversation” event that is scheduled for Thursday in Rock Falls. While Anderson and McCombie will be in Springfield for session and unable to attend in person, Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott, as well as representatives from Rep. McCombie and Sen. Anderson’s offices will be on hand to address any concerns that constituents...

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Linda Capion

Linda Capion – February 18, 1944 – July 23, 2017 Linda (Herold) Capion 1944 – 2017 On July 23, 2017 I was given a pair of wings and I plan to make good use of them. I have become a special Angel of Happiness and when you need one, just think of me. I was born on February 18, 1944. I will be joining my dad and mom, Christian and Lucinda Herold, as well as my other siblings, Doris Mae Cali, Chris Herold Jr., Margret (Brubaker) Gill, Shirley Fosler, Sara Cox, and Jim Herold. My surviving siblings are Katherine Taylor, William Herold, Barbara Moyer, Carolyn Lapp and Joe Herold. I married Robert Leo Capion on January 6, 1962 and with the help of God, we created four children, Christine (Patrick) Loughran of San Francisco, Connie Wilson and Robert (Wendy Milbauer) Capion of Freeport and Craig (Wendy) Capion of Palm Bay, Florida. They have given us five grandchildren, one grandchild, and two more arriving later this year. I attended Pearl City schools and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, the Freeport Eagles Club Auxiliary and the Moose Club of Freeport. I loved to cook, bake, read and play games with everyone. But most of all I enjoyed traveling, listening to country music and socializing with my friends, family and other acquaintances that shared my life. Visitation services will be...

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Senate Week in Review: July 17 – 21, 2017

To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, Senate Republicans are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts. Also this week, new legislation was signed into law to ensure life-saving treatments for children. Republicans urge Democrat leaders to send school funding legislation to Governor Even though a state budget is in place, Democrats are preventing schools from getting state funding by playing political games with a new formula that is required by law to be enacted before they can receive the bulk of their funding for the coming school year.  Senate Republicans are asking Democrat leaders to stop manufacturing an unnecessary crisis and take action, to ensure Illinois schools receive their state funding and their doors open on time. The Fiscal Year 2018 state budget that was recently enacted includes a provision that ties an overwhelming majority of state school funding to an “evidence-based funding” model. However, Democrat legislators are using a procedural maneuver to stall and prevent Senate Bill 1—an evidence-based school funding model that cleared the General Assembly on May 31—from advancing to Governor Bruce Rauner, so he can take action on the measure. This week, Governor Rauner announced he intends to...

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Public Hearing Set to Approve Eastland Schools’ Budget

Employee Flex Plan Established RiverReader.org staff LANARK — Superintendent Mark Hansen presented the tentative budget for 2017-18 at the July 19 regular meeting. The Board approved the budget for display. The tentative budget projects a net deficit for the year due to outlays for the HVAC project at Eastland Jr/Sr High School, with surpluses in the four operating funds of Education, Buildings, Transportation and Working Cash. A Public Budget Hearing has been scheduled for at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, prior to the Regular Meeting. As required, Hansen presented the Administrators’ Compensation Report for 2017-18. The report will...

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Lavine S. Schumacher

Lavine S. Schumacher – October 17, 1923 – July 10, 2017 Lavine S. Schumacher, age 93, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away, July 10, 2017, at Morrison Community Hospital. Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017 at Savanna Township Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Lavine was born October 17, 1923, the son of Otto and Romelda (Juenger) Christen in Texas. She attended and graduated from Texas schools. Lavine married John “Jack” Schumacher and were married for 22 years until Jack’s death. Lavine worked on the family farm in Texas, where she cooked for the United States Army.  Lavine later worked at the Eaton Corporation for 23 years. She enjoyed vegetable gardening, being outdoors, and going on motorcycle rides.  Lavine also loved trains and enjoyed talking to the railroad employees. She would give them fresh vegetables out of her garden, and they would give her rides on the trains.  Lavine always looked forward to the Christmas Trains annual visit to Savanna.  She always loved listening to the music and watching as the families would gather with their children. Lavine will be missed by her two sons, James Collins and Dennis Collins; grandchildren; two brothers, Melton and Melroy Christen; seven nieces and nephews, Beverly Tack of...

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Jacob “Jake” Hofman

Jacob “Jake” Hofman, August 19, 1918 – July 18, 2017 Jacob “Jake” Hofman, age 98, of Savanna, Illinois, formerly of Herrick, Illinois and The Netherlands, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Greenville, Illinois, with Bill Stringer officiating. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Jacob was born August 19, 1918 in Warfhuizen, Netherlands, the son of Teeuwes and Klazina (Holtrop) Hofman. He married Patricia (Pieterke) Buikema on February 25, 1941 in the Netherlands. Jake served as a private in the Dutch Army during World War II fighting for the Allied Forces. In December of 1956, Jake and Patricia came to the U.S., where they settled in West Chicago, Illinois. Jake was a member of the Suburban Teamsters of Northern Illinois and worked as a driver for a disposal company for thirty-three years, retiring in 1985.  Jake and Patricia then moved to Herrick, Illinois in 1991 to be close to family. Jake was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Congregation. He has always kept his Dutch citizenship, and his family was most important to him.  Jake enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening, fishing, and walking his dog, “Patches.”  Jake believed that if you worked hard, you would always do well. Jake will be dearly missed...

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Perfect Day for a Drive in the Country

CCFB Antique Tractor Drive treks 40 miles from Thomson to Mount Carroll to Savanna and Back BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 MOUNT CARROLL — The Carroll County Farm Bureau’s 10th annual Antique Tractor Drive on Friday, July 21, began with a little rain, but ended up just right. “Fifty antique tractor enthusiasts from all over Northwestern Illinois enjoyed the trip through our north central Carroll County,” said Farm Bureau Manager Chas Welch while serving lunch at Old Mill Park in Savanna. The entourage of 1975 and older tractors left Thomson around 8:30 a.m., and wound through back roads to...

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Take a BITE out of Crime

You Can Help Carroll County CrimeStoppers by Having a BITE to Eat Carroll County Crime Stoppers will host a cookout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Sullivan’s Foods in Savanna. Join them for delicious Brats, Hot Dogs, Pork Chops and Burgers, or make it a full meal by adding soda and chips. All proceeds benefit the Carroll County CrimeStoppers and local police in solving local crimes. So stop by to say Hi, have some lunch and visit with CrimeStoppers board and members, from left: Rich Walendukanis, Ron Preston, John Gloor, McGruff Crime Fighter (Kandi...

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Al-Anon Helps You Take Back Your Own Choices

Letter to the Editor Does someone you know drink too much? This happened to me, in my family, too. I tried everything to control their obsession with the bottle (and/or drugs) and eventually it led to lots of problems in my own life. Nothing seems to solve the crises that swirl around addiction. I found help by attending Al-Anon meetings; confidential, no cost and open to everyone. People share what they’re doing to bring peace back into their lives and I learn from them. I cannot control anyone else, but I can take back my own choices. Watching someone...

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4-Hers Prepare for the Carroll County Fair and 4-H Fair Week

Carroll County 4-H Forecast Carroll County 4-H Federation June Meeting By Zoe Fredericks Carroll Co. 4-H Federation Reporter The Carroll County 4-H Federation met in June. There were several things that needed to be discussed and voted on for the rest of the year and the upcoming fair. It was decided on to do a penny war as a community service project. All officers and ambassadors are to place a container at the 4-H office to collect pennies. The containers will also be at the 4-H Fair building during Carroll County Fair/4-H Fair week, Aug. 5-12. The money collected...

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4-H Clubs Provide Community Service

Carroll County Fairgrounds horse arena gets facelift BY OLIVIA CHARLES Carroll Co. Kids 4-H Club Reporter The Carroll County Kids 4-H Club of Mount Carroll and the Milledgeville Hotshots joined together for a community service project at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. The clubs received a donation of several gallons of stain from Farm N Fleet, and were able to stain the bleachers around the horse arena. The clubs had a short meeting together, giving reminders about upcoming events, and talking about where their next meeting will be held. Around 15 kids altogether helped to stain the bleachers, so that...

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City Farm Bidding Process Moved Forward to September

Two Month Advance Will Benefit Tenant’s Planning BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — To be outstanding in your field and as profitable as possible, today’s farmers have to plan well, and plan ahead. At the July 18 Lanark City Council meeting, aldermen took action that will enhance the ability of the future Lanark City Farm tenant to accomplish both. The city has historically set the first meeting in November as the bid-opening for the 3-year contract to lease the 200-acre farm. At the Nov. 12, 2014 council meeting, the highest bid went to Justin Rahn in the amount...

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Turkeys in Town: A Love/Hate Relationship

But for Some Lanark Residents, it’s No Laughing Matter BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — “Are you guys laughing back there?” said Mayor Ken Viglietta as he began the agenda discussion about “Turkeys being fed” in the City of Lanark. “Last year, it was chickens. This year, it’s turkeys,” joked someone from the audience. But the wild birds roaming the streets have some Lanark residents in a fowl mood. Viglietta said there have been numerous complaints about the flock in the area of East Locust St. “The funeral home, the lift station, the Methodist Church; people have complained...

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Job Growth Below National Average

Illinois June Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly RiverReader.org staff The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage points to 4.7 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. May job growth was revised up sharply to show an increase of +11,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,400 jobs. June’s monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. In the first half of 2017, payroll growth is improved over...

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School Board Considers Closing Chadwick Junior High in 2 Years

Closure would save $17 million over 25 years BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 MILLEDGEVILLE – The Chadwick Junior High may be closed by May 2019. The possibility was discussed at a July 17 special meeting of the Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board, attended by 30 people. Superintendent Tim Schurman made the presentation about the merits of the proposed project and how it would benefit students and the community prior to the Board’s regular meeting. The Jr. High closing is an option that would help pay for an $11 million project to expand and upgrade the Milledgeville High School. “After years of...

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Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

August 27 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

August 27 @ 7:00 pm
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September 3 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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