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Sterling is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,370 at the 2010 census, down from 15,451 in 2000. Formerly nicknamed “Hardware Capital of the World”, Sterling has long been associated with manufacturing and the steel industry.

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Sterling News

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Sterling City Council Deals With Uncollectable Bills

The Sterling City Council zipped through the items on their agenda Monday night. The council dealt with such items as closing off streets for events as well as submitting and approving the budget for the 2020 fiscal year. One of the more serious items on the agenda was dealing with writing off uncollectible accounts for…read more »


Sterling Police Says Watch Out for Bicyclists

The Sterling Police say as temps warm, more people are outside, including cyclists. The department says they already had a few incidents downtown. Cyclists should always ride on the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic. Cyclists are not allowed on downtown sidewalks by ordinance due to pedestrian conflicts and decreased…read more »

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Garbage Truck in Wrong Lane Leads to Early Morning Head-on Crash

Whiteside County Deputies, Sterling Fire Department, Rock Falls Fire Department, and CGH EMS responded to a 2 vehicle head-on crash just after 5am Friday. T he accident happened on Moline Road at Mellotts Road, rural Sterling.  A garbage truck driven by 40 year old Zachariah L. Randall of Sterling was improperly parked in the opposite…read more »

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Sterling Band Commission Names New Director for Municipal Band

The Sterling Band Commission is pleased to announce that Ms. Annette Hackbarth has been named the new Band Director of the Sterling Municipal Band. Annette has been a trumpet player in the Sterling Municipal Band since 1991 and was named an interim band director in October of 2018. In addition to her various posts with…read more »

Sterling Obituaries


Mary J. Stage-Poff Naftzger

Mary J. Stage-Poff Naftzger, 65, of Sterling, died, Friday, April 12, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Mary was born April 18, 1953 in Freeport, the daughter of Clarence and Valera (Shepard) Stage. Survivors include three sons,Curtis Poff, Corey Poff and Stacy (Megan Borden) Poff, all of Sterling; one step-daughter, Shelly Naftzger; two step-sons, Michael…read more »


Herberto Hueramo Belmonte

Herberto Hueramo Belmonte, 72, of Sterling, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 13, 2019  at University of Iowa Hospital. Herberto was born March 10, 1947 in Dr. Miguel Silva Michoacan, Mexico, the son of Apolinar and Sophia (Hueramo) Belmonte-Rico. He married Julie Briseno in July of  1973 in Morrison, she preceded him in…read more »

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