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Disappointed that confidential source was used

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

When I arrived here in Lee County 4 years ago from California, the only positive thing I could find was the local newspaper was willing to take a “no holds barred” approach with local elected officials.

Much to the chagrin of many local officials, Sauk Valley Media (SVM) pounded away at the truth, upsetting official after official while providing the voters very important information on how their tax dollars were being spent and their elected officials really acted behind closed doors and in the public.

It’s because of this zealous, yet fair and unbiased approach that SVM has used to date, that I express my disappointment – a disappointment that runs deep and goes unabated even today.

I don’t know anything about the Ogle County sheriff, Mr. Harn. However, like many, I read with interest the trials and tribulations of Mr. Harn’s tow fund issues and a general lack of written procedures for many things in Ogle County – certainly no different than Lee County or other counties where “we have always done it that way” is the way we seem to roll in the heartland.

However, in none of those stories did I read that Mr. Harn, sheriff for [more than 3] years, did anything illegal. Maybe that’s yet to come, but I doubt it.

With the aforementioned in mind, I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the April 19 article in the SV Weekend, “How will Ogle sheriff transition go?”

You blew it. To write innuendo after innuendo, claim after claim, and allegation after allegation, and then use [a confidential] source is the absolute worst kind of journalism.

You and your editorial board truly disappoint me.

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