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Month: July 2018

Mary Williams

Mary Williams — April 11, 1933 – July 19, 2018 Mary A. Williams, age 85, of Stockton, IL passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Savanna, IL. She was born on April 11, 1933, the daughter of Paul and Helena (Stock) Marks. She graduated from Stockton High School in 1950. On April 11, 1952 she married Raymond T. Williams. Mary worked at Atwoods for approximately 33 years until her retirement. She is survived by two daughters, Laura (Randy) Noll and Cathy Jones. She is also survived by a brother, Jim Swain of Freeport and a step-daughter, Ricki (Myron) Persing. Also surviving...

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Gov. Rauner signs HB 5611

Codifies Department of Innovation & Technology CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), formed by Executive Order in 2016, is now officially recognized as a state agency. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 5611 today, a bill which passed unanimously in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly this spring, codifying the agency into law. Bipartisan support for the legislation reflects the state’s commitment to improve cybersecurity, enhance employee work processes, and provide better services to Illinois citizens. “When we first came into office, we discovered that our technology systems had been grossly neglected. Employees at multiple...

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IDPH Investigation Continues As Foodborne Illnesses Increase

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work with local, state, and federal public health officials to investigate an increase in the number of Cyclospora illnesses in counties all across Illinois.  Since mid-May, IDPH has received confirmation of 243 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite.  Of those, 92 reported eating salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants in the days before becoming ill.  A new outbreak of cyclosporiasis linked to a private event at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois, was identified this week.  Not all sources of illness have been...

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Sparks Fly At Savanna City Council

Savanna Fire Department Bay Work Comes In Under Budget, And Under Fire BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — Sparks flew at the most recent Savanna City Council meeting regarding the repair work for the Fire Department bay floor. At the July 10 meeting at City Hall, Finance Committee Chairman Christine Lee told the council that the bills for the Fire Department repairs had come in at around $40,000, significantly less than the budgeted amount of $50,000. Alderman Roger Husband asked Fire Chief Shawn Picolotti if the $30,455 spent for repair of the fire bay floor represented completion of...

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Fern Irwin

Fern Irwin, age 97, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at home at the Pinnacle Place in Savanna, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the funeral home in Mt. Carroll. Family and friends are invited to share in Fern’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be given in Fern’s memory to the Mt. Carroll Methodist Church and the...

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Steven John Lawson

Steven John Lawson — October 21, 1960 – July 18, 2018 Steven John Lawson, age 57, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at home. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial gathering will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A memorial fund has been established.  Family and friends are invited to share in Steven’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Steven was born October 21, 1960, in Oregon, Illinois, the son of John and Elsie (Beaston) Lawson. He attended Savanna High School. Steven worked as a boilermaker and was a jack of...

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Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100

Unemployment Rate Steady at 4.3% CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent in June and nonfarm payrolls increased by +18,100 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The May job gain was revised down slightly from its initial report to show a smaller gain. (+7,700 jobs versus +8,600 jobs). Job growth accelerated in the April to June period posting average monthly gains of +9,500 jobs over this three-month period, more than the 6-month average monthly gain...

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Operation Donate with Honor: Law Enforcers Unite to Challenge Deceptive Fundraising

By: Lesley Fair | Jul 19, 2018 There isn’t an actual procedure called an honest-ectomy. But when you hear allegations about scammers who solicit donations for veterans’ charities and then pocket the contributions, you’ve got to wonder. The FTC, 54 Attorneys General from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and 16 additional state agencies that oversee charities have joined forces to announce Operation Donate with Honor – a coordinated effort to target fraudulent and deceptive fundraising for military and veterans causes. As part of the initiative, the FTC has published tips for...

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Thomson OK’s Online Payments

Investigating Possible Grocery Store and Firearm Ordinance, and Prohibiting Burning and E-Cigs BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org THOMSON — Thomson residents will be able to make payments to the city online by credit and/or debit card, thanks to action taken by the village board at the July 9 regular board meeting. Trustee Charlotte Daehler reported that a representative from Govpay.net, the system that allows residents to pay bills online, spoke to the committee. Daehler said there was essentially no cost to the city for the service. In this case, she said, “the cost is put on the consumer.” Office...

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Are you Sure that Your Elderly Loved Ones in Care Facilities are Safe? Check this List of Nursing Home Violations

Nursing Home Violations for Second Quarter 2018 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 Second Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations. The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between April-June 2018.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability...

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Check out the Newly Renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion Here!

July 14, 2018, Springfield, Illinois — Governor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner welcomed guests and visitors today at the grand reopening of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion on East Jackson Street in Springfield. http://multimedia.illinois.gov/ioci_vid/Archive/2018/WebpageOnly/GOV/071418-MansionReopening/071418-MansionReopening.mp4 (Video and photo retrieved...

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Governor Rauner Vetoes SB 2368

Stops manipulation of local government balance of power GRANITE CITY (July 17, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today vetoed Senate Bill 2368, saying it was a politically motivated attempt to undercut the good work of the Metro East Sanitary District (MESD) Board of Commissioners. The sanitary district provides flood protection and sewer services within numerous communities near the Mississippi River in Madison and St. Clair counties. The bill, passed by both Houses in May, would in effect replace a current Madison County-based commissioner with the mayor of Granite City and oust the sanitary district’s executive director. Rauner called the...

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Ivan W. Pieper

Ivan W. Pieper — September 24, 1931 – July 16, 2018 He was born on the farm and died on the farm, but that didn’t mean he never left.  Ivan W. Pieper was born September 24, 1931 on the family farm in rural Pearl City.  He was the son of Alvin and Lucille (Schlafer) Pieper. He died there on July 16, 2018. Ivan graduated from Pearl City High School in 1949.  He was a FFA Star Farmer and American Farmer.  He married Darlene Kahly on August 10, 1957.  She died on January 16, 2017. Ivan began farming in High School...

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Illinois State Fire Marshal Announces $2.2 million in Grants for Fire Safety

SPRINGFIELD — The office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced the recipients of the Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant Program, also known as the Small Equipment Grant Program. One hundred fire departments and nonprofit ambulance services across the state received grants for the purchase of safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other needed tools. The money for this grant comes from the Fire Prevention Fund. The grants total $2.2 million, with each recipient receiving up to $26,000. Rauner congratulated the chiefs in attendance for the grant announcement and recognized the...

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Governor Rauner and Officer Mark Dallas Call on IL General Assembly to Take Action on House Bill 5887

Dixon, Illinois — on July 16, 2018, Governor Bruce Rauner, joined by Dixon High School Resource Officer Mark Dallas, delivers remarks concerning public safety. Rauner started out by thanking Officer Mark Dallas, who on May 16, 2018, prevented a school shooting at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois. You may read about the day’s events HERE. Governor Rauner remarked that “Every school, every principal, every teacher, every student in the state deserves to be safe. And, we need to make sure that those schools that would like to have a resource officer like Officer Dallas have the ability to get one and to be able to...

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The Amish Cook – Grandma Hangs On

By Gloria Yoder It was a normal day. All was going well. My sister-in-law and mother had come to help me for the day. They were mending and hemming shirts, dresses, and pants for the children when my Dad came downstairs where we were working and with a no-nonsense look on his face told Mom to come right away. “The way it looks Grandma is having a stroke!” With that Mom was gone. Surely not Grandma. No, it couldn’t be. Why Grandma has always been so spry, in fact on Sunday evening we spent the evening at her house....

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James R. Blair

James R. Blair, Sr. — December 26, 1941 –  July 15, 2018 James R. Blair, Sr., age 76, of Chadwick, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. James was born December 26, 1941 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of George T. and Theodora M. (Horton) Blair. He served in the US Marines during the Vietnam War. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine”. He married Judy Miller on February 10, 1967 in Sterling and was last employed at Teelee Popcorn in Shannon as a supervisor until his retirement. Survivors include his wife of Chadwick; two daughters,...

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Jeffery Allen Burgess

Jeffery Allen Burgess — December 5, 1972 – July 15, 2018 Jeffery Allen Burgess, 45, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. He was born on December 5, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Jerry and Kathryn (Walker) Burgess Sr. He was employed as a tool builder at J.S. Mold in Milledgeville. Survivors include his daughter, Kelsay (Logan) Rieck of Albany, IL; his brother Jerry (Monica) Burgess of Sterling; his sister Kendra (Jeff) Cook of Sterling; and three grandchildren; and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents....

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Office of Inspector General of Social Security Warns Public About SSA Impersonation Schemes

by Andrew Cannarsa, OIG Communications Director The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation schemes.  SSA and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently received several reports of suspicious phone calls claiming to be from SSA. In one case, an automated recording states the person’s Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity,” and the person should contact a provided phone number immediately to resolve the issue.  The call concludes by stating if the person does not contact the provided phone...

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Eastland 2018 School Registration Event on Tuesday, July 24th

Eastland Superintendent Mark Hansen sent an announcement on Friday, July 13th, to Eastland Staff, students, parents and Board members, notifying them that Eastland will be holding registration for school on Tuesday, July 24th from 12:00 (noon) to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the cafeteria at Eastland Jr/Sr High School in Lanark. Registration mailings are being mailed to the households of all students previously enrolled in the district.  Included in these mailings will be a Residency Enrollment Checklist and a Transportation Contract.  These forms must be completed by all parents/guardians for all of the students who will be enrolling...

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Illinois DOT Road Closure and Culvert Replacement

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that a road closure will be installed in Carroll County. The road closure will be on IL Route 78 north of Argo Fay Road. The closure will begin on Monday, July 16, 2018 starting at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude Monday, August 6, 2018. A marked detour will be in place, directing traffic, during the closure. Worker will be performing culvert replacement. Click HERE for IDOT District 2 updates on...

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Lola A. (Knutti) Baumgardt

Lola A. (Knutti) Baumgardt, age 95, of Chadwick, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Hope United Methodist Church, Chadwick.  Burial will take place in Chadwick Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10-11:00 a.m. at the church.  Family and friends are invited to share in Lola’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Lola was born March 1, 1923, in Stockton, Illinois, the daughter of Albert and Elsie (Pohl) Miller. She grew up on a farm and attended Lena schools. Lola married Walter Knutti on April 23, 1941, they were married for 18 years until Walter’s passing in October 1959. She later married Vernon “Babe” Baumgardt on October 23, 1971, and they were married for 41 years until Vernon’s passing in 2013. Lola worked at Atwoods in Mt. Carroll and Structo in Freeport, Illinois for many years. She was known for restoring dolls and made beautiful doll clothes. She liked making her famous sour cream cookies for family and friends. Lola also loved traveling with her husband, Vernon. Lola will be dearly missed by six sons, Roger (Connie) Knutti of Lanark, Illinois, Larry (Char) Knutti of Pecatonica, Illinois, Steve (April) Knutti of Chadwick, Mark (Deb) Knutti of Sterling, Illinois, Dave (Kalah) Knutti of Chadwick,...

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Tony McCombie and the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce Hosting 2018 “Shred Event”

State Representative Tony McCombie is partnering with the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce to host a free community shred event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday July 21, at 603 W. 10th St. in the City of Rock Falls parking lot. “The ‘Shred Event’ is a great way for people to destroy old documents containing personal information in order to keep their identities safe,” said McCombie. “Thank you to the Rock Falls Chamber and Mayor Wescott for partnering with us. Thank you to AT&T for providing the shred truck.” Two containers of shreddable documents will be accepted from...

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Stephen L. Greenfield

Stephen L. Greenfield — December 6, 1948 –  July 10, 2018 Stephen L. Greenfield, age 69 of Lanark, IL passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital. He was born December 6, 1948 in Freeport, IL to Henry and Marian (Moring) Greenfield. Steve married Debora S. Stutzman on May 19, 1989 at Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church. He was a 1966 graduate of Shannon High School and attended UW Platteville. Steve was a member of Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church. He owned and operated Greenfield Concrete Productions since 1977. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He loved NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. Steve enjoyed boating, convertible rides and traveling. He was also a Master Certified BBQ Judge for the Kansas City BBQ Society. He is survived by his wife, Debora S. Greenfield of Lanark; his mother, Marian Greenfield of Freeport; his son, Brook (Adrianne) Greenfield of Shannon; his daughter, Abbey (Matt Riddle) Greenfield of Rockford; his grandchildren, Chance, Lillian, Charlie, and Willow; his brothers, Gene (Beverly) Greenfield of Pearl City and Gary (Teresa) Greenfield of Freeport; his nieces and nephews, Jason, Amanda, Madelyn and Brady. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry and his niece, Mallory. The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. There will be a visitation on Thursday, July...

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Beverly Jean Groenewold

Beverly Jean Groenewold — June 15, 1936 –  July 1, 2018 Beverly Jean Groenewold, 82, of Forreston, IL, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 to her eternal home. Beverly was born June 15, 1936 in Springfield, IL to Frederick & Florence (Macey) Tengler. Beverly graduated from Springfield High School. She then worked for the Illinois State Women’s Parole Board. On November 1, 1959, she married Grant Groenewold and moved to Forreston, IL, where they made their home; He died November 25, 2016. Grant had purchased Groenewold Fur & Wool Co. in 1958 from Grant’s father and together Beverly and Grant grew the business. Beverly traveled extensively with Grant, and they developed many personal relationships with trappers and hunters throughout Iowa and Wisconsin. She was never shy to share her faith with these friends. Beverly was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a gourmet cook and an impeccable homemaker and gardener. Her devotion and interest in her family was acute until her passing. Mrs. Groenewold was an active member of North Grove Evangelical Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and loved working with youth. Mrs. Groenewold prayed faithfully for members of her church and many friends across the world. Beverly was a leader and counselor at Forreston Vacation Bible School for many summers. She also enjoyed being a mentor through the Forrestville Valley Youth Network....

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The Amish Cook

By Gloria Yoder Gloria Has the Energy (Bites) I don’t know about you all, but for me doing lots of baking in this weather and heating up the house just doesn’t seem very practical. I’d rather cut down on baked goods rather than going to too much bother on a hot day. A few days ago I told Julia we really should find the recipe we used quite frequently a year ago. This no-bake recipe was in a children’s magazine and is simple enough for a young person to make. The best thing about it is that you don’t even need to use the oven!...

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Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Doyle

Lawrence Joseph “Larry” Doyle, age 70, Elizabeth, Illinois passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa. A visitation will be held at the Conboy Funeral Home in Westchester, Illinois, Wednesday July 11th 2018 from 4pm – 9pm. Funeral service will be at Conboy at 10am Thursday July 12th, with burial at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois following at 1PM.  Friends are invited to share in Larry’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Larry was born August 8, 1947 in Chicago, the son of Lawrence Emmet and Marvine (Ranberg) Doyle. He attended St. Celestine’s Grade School, where he met his friend and future love-of-his-life, Roberta. Larry was a 1965 graduate of Holy Cross High School in River Grove. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. On May 3, 1969, Larry married his long-time love, Roberta Albert.  They raised three children and celebrated forty-nine years of marriage. Larry worked as a Court Clerk for Cook County in the 4th District for twenty-two years, retiring in 2009. After retirement, Larry and Roberta moved to Elizabeth, Illinois, where they loved the outdoors and going on drives in the country. Larry loved working with his hands, taking pictures and enjoying time with his family.  In his younger years, he learned to be a Tool & Die maker.  He liked fishing and tinkering with his Ham Radios. Larry’s call-sign was KA9PPP. Larry...

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Lanark’s Transformers Team: Past, Present and Future

By Sarah Hanviriyapunt, for RiverReader.org LANARK — In 2013, the City of Lanark took part in Western Illinois University’s Rural Affairs MAPPING (Management and Planning Programs Involving Nonmetropolitan Groups) program, “which leads citizens to create and map the steps toward accomplishing a a vision for their towns’ futures.” Five years later, many of the mapped-out “visions” have become reality. In 2014, several committees were created out of this MAPPING program, including Lanark’s Cornucopia Committee, which heads up the Farmer’s Market, Lanark Area Community Foundation (LACF), Economic Development Committee, and the Transformers Team. Lanark’s existing Cornerstone Project, NFP, Lanark Community Club...

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Jerry Wayne Pauley

Jerry Wayne Pauley — October 9, 1943 – July 3, 2018 Jerry Wayne Pauley, age 74, of Freeport, IL and previously of the Chadwick/Milledgeville area, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 3, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chadwick. Visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service in the Church. Burial will be in the Chadwick Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital of Madison, WI. Jerry was born October 9, 1943 in Savanna, Illinois, the son of Orrin and Doris (Buckwalter) Pauley. He attended the country school near Fairhaven and then graduated in 1962 from the Chadwick High School. Jerry served in the US Air Force for four years. On March 25, 1972, Jerry married Cheryl Fjelstad, and they have celebrated forty-six years of marriage. Jerry retired from Sewer Equipment Co. of Chadwick and Dixon in 2013, after 20 years of service. He also spent many years working for the Burlington Northern Railroad as track foreman. Jerry enjoyed motorcycling, gardening and restoring his 1965 Thunderbird. Later in life, he took up skydiving and completed multiple jumps in the US and abroad. He loved spending time with his family, especially visiting with his children and grandchildren. He was...

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Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

July 23 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

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