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Out Here: Losing not a political death sentence

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:21 p.m. CDT

Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn has largely dropped out of public sight since he lost his bid for re-election in last month's GOP primary.

Losing is tough. No one likes it.

But it's not a political death sentence. Every president since Lyndon Johnson saw defeat in an election before becoming president.

Lee County Sheriff John Varga also went down to defeat in the March 18 primary. But at 9 o'clock the next morning, he was sitting in the audience in the County Board chambers, as he always has for the board's monthly meeting. He was at this month's meeting as well. It doesn't seem as if he is ducking the public after his defeat.

Every election, we interview candidates for public offices. Maybe we should ask candidates for sheriff whether they plan to work just as hard if they lose their re-election bid. We may as well know ahead of time.

Jaywalking, urinating, stealing beer

If you're on Twitter, you should follow the Dixon Police Department, which has among the most entertaining tweets in the area.

Earlier this morning, the police tweeted out that it dealt with several jaywalkers near Jefferson Elementary School.

"The subjects were uncooperative and fled from the officer," the agency reported.

Well, that's pretty understandable. The subjects were deer. The officer took a photo.

The police also give advice on occasion: "Tip of the evening: If the need to urinate arises, the ideal place to do so is a bathroom, not the side of a dumpster in Commercial Alley."

And the department sometimes digitally rolls its eyes: "Took a report of a missing Heineken beer from someone's front porch. Caller wanted the beer located and returned."

Officials missing in action

Fun fact from this week's Lee County Board meeting: Only 17 of the 24 members were present during the last part of the meeting. Four were absent; three left early.

The meeting lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

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

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