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Out Here column: No for-sale sign at alderman's house

Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014 7:56 p.m. CDT
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(David Giuliani/dgiuliani@saukvalley.com)
A large dumpster occupies much of the driveway of Sterling Alderman Barry Cox's house on East 20th Street. That has been case for at least 6 months and probably much longer. He has moved 5 miles outside of town.
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(David Giuliani/dgiuliani@saukvalley.com)
A large dumpster occupies much of the driveway of Sterling Alderman Barry Cox's house on East 20th Street. That has been case for at least 6 months and probably much longer. He has moved 5 miles outside of town.

For at least 6 months – and probably a lot longer – Sterling Alderman Barry Cox has apparently lived outside city limits. 

We reported on this issue in September. A couple of weeks ago, I checked out Cox’s nearly vacant house at 1203 E. 20th St. His voter registration and driver’s license are tied to this address, he has said.

As was the case in September, an oversized dumpster and two rollout trash containers continued to take up most of Cox’s unshoveled driveway. The sidewalk was cleared of snow. (This was back when there still was snow on the ground.)

The requirement for aldermen and other elected officials is that they are residents of the areas they represent.

In September, when asked where he hangs his hat at night, Cox fired back, “It’s none of your damn business where I sleep.”

By the accounts of his neighbors, though, he now lives at 24269 Hillcrest Drive, 5 miles northwest of Sterling.

Cox, who joined the council 23 years ago, said in September that when he moves out of the house and puts up a for-sale sign in his front yard, he’ll be “really close” to resigning from the council.

It appears he has moved out, but he hasn’t put up a for-sale sign. So it looks like Cox will be on the council for at least a while longer.

Long-ago St. Anne teacher dies

Did you attend St. Anne School in Dixon in the 1970s? If so, you might remember Sister Bernita Hessling, who taught at the school from 1973 to 1978.

She died Feb. 23 in Chicago of congestive heart failure. She was 104.

According to her obituary, she remained active in her later years, crocheting and donating prayer shawls and other needlework, even after her 100th birthday.

“She loved teaching and said that seeing her students learn to read was a great joy,” the obituary said.

David Giuliani is a news editor for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at dgiuliani@saukvalley.com or 800-798-4085, ext. 525. Follow him on Twitter: @DGiuliani_SVM.

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