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Can Dixon afford to wait?

DIXON – The city will likely hold off on deciding a path for a big-picture solution to growing pension obligations to see what changes might take place on the state level in the next year or so. The City Council recently discussed how to address increasing pension costs, but the majority are...

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DIXON – The city will likely hold off on deciding a path for a big-picture solution to growing pension obligations to see what changes might take place on the state level in the next year or so. The City Council recently discussed how to address increasing pension costs, but the majority are...

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Chief: Our police force needs a hand

MORRISON – Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton hopes voters realize he needs some help. When the polls open April 2 for the municipal elections, Morrison voters will find a referendum on their ballots asking them to approve giving the city the authority to increase the available police levy to a...

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Coliseum meeting canceled until after election

OREGON – The April 3 public meeting to discuss plans to lease the Oregon Coliseum has been canceled. City officials decided to postpone the meeting until after the April 2 election, when new City Council members will be seated. A new date will be announced later. At its March 12 meeting, the City...

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MOUNT CARROLL – A Mount Carroll man is dead following a single-vehicle crash Wednesday near the intersection of South Loran and Switzer roads, about 5 miles northeast of Mount Carroll. Mitchell Timm, 62, was southbound on Loran Road around 5:45 p.m. when his pickup went off the road while rounding...

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When the saints go running, and marching DIXON – The Dixon YMCA’s Sham-Rock 5K and Kids Run hits the streets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the race at 9. Strollers are welcome, pets are not. The free kids fun run takes off at 8:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Log Home, where it will end. St....

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FREEPORT – Lenten concerts will continue at 6:30 p.m. Sundays until April 14 at Community Reformed Church, 1421 W. Galena Ave. Performance dates and groups are: • Sunday, Assemblymen. • March 24, Faith United Methodist Praise Team. • March 31, Then and Now, Forever Friends. • April 7, Gone...

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Illinois House passes bill requiring LGBT content in state-funded textbooks

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House on Wednesday passed a bill requiring public school textbooks purchased with certain state funds be nondiscriminatory and unbiased in their treatment of racial and ethnic minorities, and that they highlight the contributions that LGBT individuals have made to...

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Illinois Senate to vote on “Tobacco 21” today

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products is scheduled for a vote in the Illinois Senate today, just 2 days after it successfully passed out of the House. Bill sponsor Sen. Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, said it will be one of the first measures heard...

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Two of the world’s biggest music-streaming companies were out of harmony Wednesday as Spotify has filed an anti-competition complaint against Apple with the European Commission. In its claim, Spotify, which is based in Sweden, alleges that Apple has spent the past few years putting in place rules...

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump grounded Boeing’s 737 Max planes Wednesday, following the lead of 51 other countries that have ordered an indefinite freeze in flying the model involved in two calamitous crashes. “The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern,”...

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WASHINGTON (AP) – An 11th-hour Republican rescue mission to save President Donald Trump from an awkward defeat by the GOP-run Senate on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border seemed to collapse Wednesday. The setback made it likely that defections from his own party will...

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SPRINGFIELD – As part of an effort to rein in the rising cost of prescription drugs in Illinois, Democratic state lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday to impose state regulations on a little-known industry, pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, who negotiate drug prices and benefits on behalf of...

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A week after disagreeing with the FDA about asbestos in three of its makeup products, girls’ fashion chain Claire’s did what the FDA wanted: issued an official recall of the three products. Claire’s pulled Eyeshadows, Compact Powder and Contour Palette from stores last week. So, this recall...

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WASHINGTON – Chairman Elijah Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday quashed any notion that he would refer Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for perjury. Republicans on the oversight panel have claimed that the former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump...

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of 7 and a half years in prison Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his appeal for no additional time and rebuked him for his crimes and years of lies.  Within minutes of the sentencing, prosecutors in...

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger participated in a press conference Wednesday urging Democratic leadership to allow a vote on “Born Alive” protections, as well as speaking out against new legislation proposed in Illinois. This proposal would require doctors to use all means available to save the life...

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Eyes and ears

STERLING – Not many Sterling High School students walk through the double doors leading from the main floor hallway to the district’s offices. It’s become sort of a daily routine for Connor Bland. Bland, a high school senior, also is the district’s student liaison to Superintendent Tad...

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Candidates talk about their views for the future

STERLING – Ward 1 candidates talked about their views on what is needed in their part of the city as well as some ideas on how to push Sterling forward at a candidates forum sponsored by the Sauk Valley Chamber of Commerce. Incumbent Alderwoman Retha Elston, 55, and Dasan Klingenberg, 23, are...

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Tickets available for Lincoln Dinner

DEER GROVE – Tickets are available for the Whiteside County Republicans annual Lincoln Day Dinner, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 29 at Deer Valley Golf Club, 3298 Hoover Road. Social hour begins at 5:30, local GOP legislators will speak at 6:30, and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.,...

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