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Month: September 2017

DCFS Investigator Assaulted in Milledgeville

RiverReader.org staff MILLEDGEVILLE — An unidentified 59-year old female Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigator, who had been at 309 Hagar Ave. in Milledgeville to check on the welfare of a child Friday night, was assaulted by the father of the child. The DCFS investigator was transported to Sterling CGH by Milledgeville Ambulance and later flown to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford. The father of the child, Andrew J. Sucher, 25, fled from the scene and was later arrested in Dixon by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. He has been charged in Carroll County for aggravated battery...

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Senate Week in Review: Sept. 25-29, 2017

Bivins: ‘Disappointed’ Doesn’t Even Come Close After being held by its sponsor for more than four months, a controversial abortion bill expanding taxpayer funding for abortions advanced to the Governor’s desk, and was signed into law on September 28. Also during the week, Republican lawmakers introduced changes to Illinois’ higher education system designed to increase enrollment and keep students in state. Another recently signed law will increase educational access for adults. Controversial abortion funding now law On September 28, the Governor signed a highly contentious bill expanding taxpayer funding for abortions. House Bill 40 was recently released from a...

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Ruth Darline Hartman

Ruth Darline Hartman — December 28, 1926 – Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Ruth Darline Hartman, age 90, of Chadwick, Illinois passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 2, 2017 at the First Lutheran Church, Chadwick.  Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association. Family and friends are invited to share in Ruth’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Ruth was born December 28, 1926, in Eden Township, Clinton County, the daughter of John and Hedwig (Hansen) Hagberg.  She attended Clinton Schools. She later earned her GED in her 60’s from Clinton Community College. On August 10, 1947, Ruth married Charles Hartman in Clinton. Ruth worked at the Clinton Garment Factory, and farmed on the family farm in Ideal, Illinois. She also worked as a Supermarket Sampler/Demonstrator for nine years. Ruth was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Chadwick. She was known for her leaf-design cookies during Thanksgiving, and enjoyed sewing, bread making, cooking, canning, gardening, quilting, ceramics, playing golf, watching Cubs games, and sewing gifts for her children and grandchildren. Ruth will be dearly missed by three...

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Becka Reese Elected to LACF Board of Advisers

Businesswoman Joins Other Community Leaders Committed to Lanark’s Future RiverReader.org staff LANARK — The Lanark Area Community Foundation elected  Becka Reese to its Board of Advisors for a three year term, starting January 1, 2018. Becka grew up in Lanark and went through the Eastland School system. She received an Associate of Science degree from Highland Community College and transferred to Western Michigan University to complete her bachelor of science degree in exercise science. Her stint at WMU included a full semester internship working with Boston-based FitCorp. In 2000 she briefly returned to Lanark before joining a Los Angeles...

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U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Union Fair-Share Case

RiverReader.org staff Today the United States Supreme Court took an important first step toward ending the unconstitutional practice of dipping into the paychecks of hardworking State employees and forcing them to pay into the union coffers, even if they are not members of the union. “No person should be forced to give up a portion of their pay each month to fund public sector union activity against their will,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “It’s a fundamental violation of their First Amendment right to free speech and association. I am hopeful the Court will see it that way in the...

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Message of the Week: Sept. 28, 2017

    Pastor Steve Cassell BelovedChurchIllinois.com Beloved Church Page Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Of all the churches that the Apostle Paul had connection and fellowship with, it seems that he was the most blessed by the Philippian people’s hearts. If you recall this was the only group of believers that tried to support Paul, from afar, while he was on his missionary journeys. Not only did they send him not one but two offerings while he was ministering to the hurting...

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West Carroll FFA Greenhands Improve Leadership Skills

Join 159 Members From Area Schools at the Highland Greenhand FFA Conference RiverReader.org staff FREEPORT — Twelve West Carroll FFA Greenhand members attended the Highland Community College Greenhand and Discovery FFA Conference held on Sept. 27. There were a total of 161 members attending from area schools.  Greenhand FFA members are first year high school members while Discovery FFA members enroll in FFA while in junior high. Members who attended the Greenhand FFA portion of the conference learned about the FFA Organization, leadership skills, building teamwork skills, and about personal comfort zones and new challenges. Pizza, cookies and water...

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Savanna Mayor Appointed to Illinois Trade Policy Task Force

Chris Lain will assist in analyzing the growth of international trade, imports, exports and trade policies that serve Illinois RiverReader.org staff SAVANNA — Chris Lain, mayor of Savanna, has been appointed to serve on the Illinois Trade Policy Task Force, created within the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – Office of Trade and Investment. “I am very excited and honored to be apart of this Trade Policy Task Force,” said Lain. “But, I am most excited to help insure that the interests of Illinois businesses and workers are being protected.“ As a member of the Task Force,...

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National 4-H Week in Carroll County

4-H Forecast Highlights the Exciting and Fulfilling Opportunities for You and Your Family During 4-H Week, Oct. 1 to 7 BY LEANNE RAHN Carroll County Program Coordinator 4-H & Youth WELCOME TO NATIONAL 4-H WEEK, OCTOBER 1-7 MOUNT CARROLL — Are you looking for fun? Do you have an interest in an organization that meets all your expectations? Need a break from structured schoolwork requirements? Want to explore unique opportunities and interests? Consider the Carroll County 4-H Program as an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for you and your family. You can join the 5.6 million youth between the ages...

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Off-Road Trail Laws Need Clarification

Vandendooren Says Inadequate State Guidelines for Traffic Control Measures Could Expose Carroll County to Lawsuits  BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 MOUNT CARROLL — Kevin Vandendooren, Carroll County Highway Department supervisor, presented a list of signs, locations, and an estimated cost of $6,500 for the signs and posts for trails on the west side of the county. “I sent a letter to Rep. Tony McCombie about some issues I have with the way the law is currently written. I got a reply, and she asked, ‘What does the county board think?’ I think the response would have more merit if...

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Jack L. Rowley

Jack L. Rowley — October 26, 1950 – September 24, 2017  Jack L. Rowley, 66, of Orangeville, IL, passed away on Sunday September 24, 2017, peacefully at home. He was born October 26, 1950 in Dixon, IL, the son of Dale and Carol Lee (Willstead) Rowley. He was a 1970 graduate of Lanark High School, Lanark, IL. Jack married his high school sweetheart, Rozalyn M. Welp on June 20, 1998. Jack was a lifelong truck driver, whose hobbies included horseback riding and tinkering with his tractors. He was a fan of country music, westerns, and NCIS. Jack enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. Survivors include his wife, Rozalyn Rowley of Orangeville, IL; two sons, Chad (Kristy) Murphy of Franklin Grove, IL, and Derek (Kristin)) Rowley of Oswego, IL; two step-daughters, Angela Lydon (Matthew) Strand of South Beloit, IL, and Libby (Josh) Rhodes of Orangeville, IL; seven grandchildren, Sawyer, Zane, Taylor, Tyler, Madyson, Hunter and Hudson; three nephews, Nick, Ted, and Drew Rowley; brother-in-law, Randy Welp of Lanark, IL; mother-in-law, Wilma Meland of Monroe, WI; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased in death by his grandparents, parents, and brother Rick Rowley. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday October 8, 2017 at Brush Creek Golf Course, 2001 W. St. James Road, Orangeville, IL 61060. Schwarz Funeral Home, 816 S. Galena Ave, Freeport, IL, assisted the family with arrangements....

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Public Invited to ’State of the Schools’ Dinner Meeting

Eastland’s Proposed Transition to Standards-Based Learning and Grading to be Discussed With Attendees RiverReader.org staff LANARK — Dr. Mark Hansen, Eastland Schools superintendent, provided an update on the “State of the Schools” event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9. Hansen said there will be a brief keynote address and three breakout sessions “explaining different aspects of Eastland’s transition to standards-based learning and grading.” The first ever “State of the Schools” dinner and program will be held at the Eastland Jr/Sr High School in Lanark. The event is open to parents and guardians of Eastland students in grades PK-12 and to any...

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Iva Louise Spencer

Iva Louise Spencer — September 14, 1917 – September, 21 2017 Iva Louise Spencer, age 100, of Freeport, Illinois, formerly of Chadwick, Illinois, passed away on September, 21 2017 at Pearl Pavilion Rehab Center in Freeport, Illinois. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 29, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll.  Burial will take place in Chadwick Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in Iva’s memory to the First Lutheran Church, Chadwick. Family and friends are invited to share in Iva’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Iva was born on September 14, 1917 in rural Polo, Illinois at home on the farmstead of the late Frank and Olive (Paul) Bowers. She grew up on a farm and lived through the Great Depression and had many fond memories and stories to tell. She knew how to stretch a dollar and was very giving to all who knew her. It was quite common to receive a generous care package from Iva if there was a need.  She used to donate many of her clothes to shelters for battered women in the Quad Cities. Iva loved housework and was an immaculate house keeper. She graduated from Polo High School in 1935 and married Robert Spencer on September 15, 1935. Robert passed away on March 15, 1962. Iva was a...

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C.U.S.D. 399 Approves Bond Sale for Renovations

Work Will Be Financed With 0-Percent Interest QZAB Bonds and Alternate Revenue Source Bonds RiverReader.org staff MILLEDGEVILLE — A public hearing concerning the intent of the Board of Education to sell $4,600,000 general obligation bonds, an alternate revenue source, and $4,009,199 funding bonds was conducted at its Sept. 20 regular meeting. Board President Sandi Baylor-Schmidt answered questions from the public. One question concerned the wording of the public notice, indicating that the Board would have the unlimited ability to raise taxes, which is not correct. It was suggested that the school board should demolish the older parts of each...

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More Lanark Council Communication, Please

Lanark Townspeople Ask To Be More Engaged In Future City Council Appointments BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — During the public comment segment of the Lanark City Council meeting Tuesday night, resident Rebecca Lott thanked aldermen for considering her to be appointed alderman to replace Lara Tallman, who resigned after a heated discussion with Mayor Ken Viglietta in a closed session Sept. 5. The resignation also spurred questions from resident Sarah Hanviriyapunt and the apparent “secrecy” and lack of communication by the mayor and council members. “Why can’t the town be involved and engaged in the selection process...

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‘I Am From’

I am through the love of my family. I am through my mom and my dad, my loving grandparents, who shared all that they had. I am from backyard barbecues, just a call and you flew, and family togetherness is all that we knew. I am from homemade soups and chilies, homemade creams, sauces, and stews, and a smack to my loving brothers hand when he’d steal my food. I am from Cuban music, blaring subwoofers always sounded like jazz. added to the silhouette of my parents dancing, all the fun that we had. I am from heavenly dinners...

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The Game of the Week Gives the Missiles a Homecoming Win

Milledgeville 30, Orangeville 28 in Week 6 NUIC Action BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 MILLEDGEVILLE — With even records at 3-1 prior to Friday nights Homecoming game between the host Milledgeville Missiles and the Orangeville Broncos, and both teams hoping to stay in playoff contention, the battle lived up to its expectations as the two teams dueled to the very end. The 4-1 Missiles pulled out a 2-point victory, despite a late Bronco effort. The Broncos scored first after recovering a Missile fumble. Bronco senior QB Austin Guy took a QB draw off the left side and scampered 47...

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McCombie Discusses Carroll County Ag Issues

Harold and Kay Andresen win the Grow Communities Grant, donate ‘Really Big Check’ to 4-H Foundation  BY BOB WHITTEN For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — More than 20 concerned citizens showed up with many questions as the Carroll County 4-H Foundation invited the public to their September board meeting Sept. 20 at the Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mount Carroll. 71st District Representative Tony McCombie was present to discuss current Illinois issues. The public was invited to attend and hear answers to questions submitted prior to the presentation date. Additional time was also available for questions from the floor. Before the...

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Oakville School Recalls ‘Dear Old Golden Rule Days’

“School Days, School Days…Dear Old Golden Rule Days” are here! Great family fun for current (and former) children and local history buffs at the historic Oakville Complex on Oakville Road, next to the Oakville Cemetery in rural Mt. Carroll. This fall open house on Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. will offer a self-guided walking tour of the historic brick one-room Oakville School and four other historic buildings located on the school yard site. A listing of all 106 one-room schools in Carroll County and several scrap books with pictures from one-room school days will be on display....

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Registered Nursing Practice Authority Expanded

Legislation will increase access to healthcare for Illinoisans and empower nurses RiverReader.org staff Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed HB 313, which will grant greater authority to registered and licensed nurses in administering health services and lift burdensome licensing regulations. “This will empower nurses to administer the services that they are fully equipped and educated to perform,” said Gov. Rauner. “I’m happy that Illinoisans across the state will be able to rely more on highly qualified and skilled nurses to deliver care when access to a physician may be inhibited due to costs or geographic barriers.” After the successful completion...

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Appointments Made, Forensic Audit Approved

Lanark City Council Appoints a Clerk Pro-Tem, New Alderman, and Part-Time Maintenance Consultant; and Reasons for a Forensic Audit Questioned by the Public BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 LANARK — After Ward 2 Alderman Lara Tallman’s resignation the day after the Lanark City Council’s Sept. 5 meeting, Mayor Ken Viglietta wasted no time in appointing former Alderman Weston Burkholder to the vacant seat. After Police Chief Matt Magill was appointed Clerk Pro-Tem to start off the meeting, Burkholder was unanimously approved as alderman, and was immediately sworn in by City Attorney Ed Mitchell. The city conducted its business with...

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Milledgeville TIF Extended 12 More Years

Public Works and Buildings Committee Will Set TIF Project Priorities at Oct. 2 Meeting BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 MILLEDGEVILLE — Village President Galen Wirth was pleased to announce that the extension of the village’s Tax Increment Finance District was approved by Governor Bruce Rauner last week. Senate Bill 588 extends the TIF district adopted on Jan. 31, 1995, by the Village of Milledgeville, to 35 years. The bill was passed by a 52-0 vote of the Senate and a 108-2 vote of the House of Representatives. The current 23-year TIF expires in 2018. The TIF was renewed for...

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Makes important changes to protect Illinois residents from unjust property forfeiture RiverReader.org staff Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed HB303, bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming Illinois’ asset forfeiture system. The reforms will increase transparency and shift burdens of proof to protect innocent citizens while maintaining the proper use of asset forfeiture as a tool for law enforcement. Gov. Rauner was joined by Illinois State Police (ISP) officials, ACLU members, legislators, and advocate organizations. “Illinois residents should be protected from the unfair seizure of their private property,” Gov. Rauner said. “This legislation will enact needed reforms to prevent abuse of the...

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Pie FOR the Porch Ice Cream Social

A fundraiser to benefit the porch repair for the Milledgeville Public Library RiverReader.org staff MILLEDGEVILLE — It just doesn’t get any better than this. Have a piece of homemade pie a la mode for a couple bucks, and support the renovation of the porch at the Milledgeville Public Library. The fundraiser will be held from 3 p.m. to ? on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the library, 18 West 5th St. The library will be open during the event for tours only. For a mere $2 donation, you’ll get a bowl of ice cream and a piece of homemade pie...

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Weekly Message September 19

    Pastor Steve Cassell BelovedChurchIllinois.com Beloved Church Page 1 Corinthians 9:10b For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. I am writing today to encourage you to increase your expectancy. Your Father wants you to have a desire to see the things you have been working towards in the Kingdom, come to fruition. Even God Himself has this desire and expectancy. When creation was formed He expected man to rule over it, to increase the garden and...

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September 2017 Courthouse Report

Carroll County Police Report C. JEFFREY DORAN, SHERIFF Craig Dimmick, Cheif Deputy 301 N. Main St. Mt CarrollL, IL 61053 PHONE: 815-244-9171 FAX: 815-244-2656 EMAIL: jeff_doran_cop@yahoo.com Cindy Sisler, Telecomunicator/E-911 Contact Person  EMAIL: cindysisler@carroll-county.net Sept. 4, 2017 At 1:03 am Gerald L.Rucker 18 of Lena, was arrested by Lanark Police Department for Unlawful Consumption of Alcohol as a Minor. Bond was set at $1,500.00 10% applies. Rucker released on I Bond with court date. At 1:03 am Jacob H. Balmer 20 of Freeport, was arrested by Lanark Police Department for Unlawful Consumption of Alcohol as a Minor. Bond was set at $1.500.00 10% applies. Balmer posted bond and released with a court date. At 1:03 am Tobias W. Smith 19 of Riddott was arrested by Lanark Police Department. Bond was set at $1,500.00 10% applies. Smith posted bond and released with a court date. Sept. 5 At 9:02 pm Bryan J. Allen, 54 of Bellevue, Ia. was arrested by Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for Operating Vehicle not Equipped with BAIID Required by MDDP. Operating in Violation of Restriction/ Restricted Driving Permit. Bond was set at $1,5000.00 10% applies. Allen was released with a I Bond and was given a court date. Sept. 6 At 12:27 pm George T. Bonds 36 of Rockford, was arrested by Rockford Police Department of a Carroll County warrant for Violation of Probation. Bonds was transported to...

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Rep. McCombie to Discuss Illinois Issues at 4-H Foundation

Carroll County 4-H Foundation Invites the Public to Attend, Ask Questions RiverReader.org staff MOUNT CARROLL — 71st District State Representative Tony McCombie will discuss current Illinois issues at the Carroll County 4-H Foundation board meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mount Carroll. During this meeting, the public will hear answers to questions submitted prior to the presentation. Additional time may be available for questions from the floor. Light refreshments will be provided. A check presentation by Harold Andresen of the Monsanto Grow Communities Fund will be conducted prior to McCombie’s presentation. For...

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Auditor Says Mount Carroll is in Good Shape

No Bids Received for Miller St. Abandoned Property, and Bushy Flats Demolition Gets ‘More Complicated’ BY TOM KOCAL TKocal@RiverReader.org 815-493-3065 MOUNT CARROLL — Matthew J. Schueler, CPA and partner with Wipfli, the city’s auditors, gave an overview of the results of the 2017 audit report at the Mount Carroll City Council meeting Sept, 12. Mount Carroll’s risk-based audits are conducted annually to review and understand the city’s internal controls: how bills are paid, how cash is collected, payroll, specific documents regarding these controls, and potential fraud interviews. Schueler said the city’s financial statements “are fairly stated, in accordance with...

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Harold E. Brooks

Harold E. Brooks — February 7, 1945 – September 16, 2017  Harold E. (Harry) Brooks, 72, of Pearl City and formerly of Polo, went to be with his Savior and Lord on September 16, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Center. He was born in Dixon, IL to Donald and Mary (Wagner) Brooks on February 7, 1945. He married Shirley Beightol on May 23, 1969 in Polo. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters, Michelle (Daryn) Jacobs of Forreston; Charlene (Mark) Rogers of Pearl City; brother Jack of Florida, brothers-in-law, John (Marcia) Beightol of La Grange, WY; and Robert (Linda) Beightol, Sr. of Freeport; 1 grandson, Conner Jacobs, and many other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, 1 brother-in-law, and nephew Jack. A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM, with a visitation at 10:00 AM, at the Laurel St. Community Church in Freeport, with Pastor Luke Schier from the Polo Church of the Open Bible officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Cremation rites have been accorded by Schwarz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences can be shared at...

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