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  • Langloss: Burke was ‘essential’ to get city back

    DIXON – As Mayor Jim Burke sat at a table in the middle of the City Council Chambers, nearly 2 dozen residents, city staff and elected officials liste ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 7:46 pm
  • Bloody Gulch Road to reopen Friday

    DIXON – A section of Bloody Gulch Road will reopen Friday, ahead of schedule. The road has been clos ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 5:54 pm
  • WACC among ‘Elite’

    STERLING – Whiteside Area Career Center has been included on a list of the top 50 hospitality programs for secondary schools nationwide.
    UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Bay Valley considers options for water service

    DIXON – Earlier this month, Bay Valley Foods told city officials it might switch off city water if its proposed rates weren’t accepted.
    UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:44 pm
  • Educators praise Dixon's choice for superintendent

    DIXON – Bob Sondgeroth said Dixon School Board members could not have made a better choice for superintendent when they selected Margo Empen to run th ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 5:37 pm
  • Dixon September Student of the Month: Maggie Bushman

    Maggie Bushman, 17, of Dixon, is Dixon High School's September Student of the Month. Her parents are Patrick and Elizabeth Bushman, and she has a sist ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Dixon October Student of the Month: Alex Helander

    Alex Helander, 17, of Dixon, is Dixon High School's October Student of the Month. He is the son of Richard and Doris Helander and has a brother, Aaron ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Forreston man flown to Rockford

    FORRESTON – A Forreston man was in serious condition Thursday after a single-vehicle crash in rural Forreston.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:53 pm
  • Police warn about seasonal scams

    STERLING – It's that time of year again, police agencies say – phone scams are on the rise.Just in t ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Burke won't seek re-election

    DIXON – The Jim Burke era will end after 16 years. Burke, 76, announced Thursday that he will not s ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 5:24 pm
  • Marilyn A. Mitchell

    STERLING – Marilyn Anne Mitchell, 70, of Sterling, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at The Villages, Florida.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Vivienne I. Gowan

    PROPHETSTOWN – Vivienne I. Gowan, 98, formerly of Rock Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Prophets Riverview Nursing Home in Prophetstown.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • James P. Snyder

    CLINTON, Iowa – James P. Snyder, 84, of Sarah Harding independent living facility in Clinton, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center N ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Kenneth P. Dodillet

    DIXON – Kenneth Paul Dodillet, 79, of Dixon, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center. He was an engineering t ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • William Norman

    MORRISON – William Norman, 77, of Morrison, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Morrison Community Hospital.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:07 pm
  • Margie Gilmore

    STERLING – Margie Gilmore, 88, of Sterling, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at her home.McDonald Funer ...
    UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Lois Geerts Evans

    BETTENDORF, Iowa – Lois Geerts Evans, 75, a resident of Bettendorf, formerly of Whiteside County, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at her home. She bravel ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Ronald M. Wolber

    STERLING – Ronald M. Wolber, 72, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at his home.Ronald was ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Walter B. 'Bud' Stigall

    ROCK FALLS – Walter B. “Bud” Stigall, 95, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at his home.He ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 10:26 pm
  • Betty J. Ross

    OTTUMWA, Iowa – Betty J. Ross, 91, of Ottumwa, formerly of Fremont, Iowa, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 10:26 pm
  • Internet kills the TV star

    One thing I hate about television is all the advertisements. I go out of my way to avoid them. The funny thing is, now that I’m in college, that’s wha ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 2:13 pm
  • Christmas tree care tips offered

    URBANA – The National Fire Protection Association has reported that from 2007 to 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Dixonite becomes fraternal life officer

    DIXON – Czechoslovak Society of America Fraternal Life in New York named Matthew Koski of Dixon as the group’s executive secretary Nov. 14.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Annual fundraiser results announced

    The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. helped local 501c-3 nonprofit organizations raise more than $5.8 million through its semi-annual Community Days event.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Chamber program helps students

    ROCK FALLS – Brent Bolland-Prom joined the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce Intern Team in November.Th ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Time to move on: Nichols Greenhouse closing after 41 years

    DIXON – Just below a small hill in southwest Dixon sits a storefront-style sign at the top of Nichols Greenhouse, where a favorite local flower source ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 10:05 am
  • Rochelle hospice earns recognition

    ROCHELLE – The “We Honor Veterans Program” of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has awarded Unity Hospice of Western Illinois with ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Dollar General encourages reading

    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General stores will collaborate with Disney and First Book to bring the Give a Book, Get a Book Program to more than 11 ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Donaldson board members retire

    MINNEAPOLIS – Donaldson Co. Inc. announced that Trudy Rautio has been appointed to its board of directors, effective Jan. 30.
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Business notebook: Downtown eatery opens in Sterling

    STERLING – There’s a new place to grab breakfast or lunch in the downtown. Mom’s Diner, 23 E. Third ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 1:59 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Friday, Dec. 19Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family plannin ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Thursday, Dec. 18Women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointmen ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:10 pm
  • Santa to visit at Rochelle hospice Friday

    ROCHELLE – Santa Claus will come to town from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, 1201 S. Seventh St., Suite 101.
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 9:45 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Wednesday, Dec. 17Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family plan ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:03 pm
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    Tuesday, Dec. 16Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planni ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • College news

    Kaplan UniversityDAVENPORT, Iowa – Students earning degrees from Kaplan University include Jillian M ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Trail leads to adventure

    Not long ago, I was set for a nice long hike in a nearby park to work off stresses. I had my binoculars, camera, and a little snack to enjoy along the ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Service focuses on holiday sadness

    DIXON – The annual Blue Christmas service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Support Groups, Clubs, and Services

    TodayAlcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Big Book, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chicago Ave., D ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Kind wish of any type right for season

    It seems we’ve been seeing holiday decorations for sale in the stores since Halloween, so maybe some people already are tired of Christmas. But in the ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Sex abuse charge for instructor

    JACKSONVILLE (AP) – Illinois State Police says they’ve arrested an instructor at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired for alleged aggravated ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • Chickenpox forces prison lockdown

    CHESTER (AP) – A southern Illinois maximum-security state prison is in lockdown because five inmates in one housing unit have developed chickenpox.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:12 pm
  • jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) – Illinois’ unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent, the state Department of Employ ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • Quincy mother gets 2 years for unlawful restraint

    QUINCY (AP) – A Quincy woman has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for locking her 5-year-old son in their basement.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 7:44 pm
  • Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois’ child-welfare agency cannot properly account for thousands of runaway or otherwise missing foster-care children, is slopp ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:07 pm
  • Quinn calls session for comptroller election

    CHICAGO (AP) – Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has called state lawmakers back to Springfield next month to consider a 2016 special election to replace the la ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:06 pm
  • Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • Caterpillar sees Cuba relations as an opportunity

    PEORIA (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. sees President Barack Obama's change in U.S. policy toward Cuba as a potential business opportunity.
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 2:52 pm
  • George Ryan: Cuba relations will open markets

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who made a historic trip to Cuba 15 years ago, says restoring diplomatic relations with the island na ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 2:52 pm
  • NIU alum shot near Texas TV station

    Educators with Northern Illinois University’s meteorology program were shocked Wednesday after learn ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 10:04 pm
 

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