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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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Gunman Holds Up Store Monday Evening in Sterling

Sterling Police are investigating an armed robbery which happened Monday night. According to Chief Tim Morgan an unknown white male entered the BP Station at E. 4th Street and Freeport Road around 9pm Monday. Reportedly the suspect displayed an unknown type of hand gun.  After getting an undisclosed amount cash fled the scene on foot.…read more »

Whiteside County Stolen Bike

Whiteside Sheriff Department Asking Help to Locate Stolen Motor Bike

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating a stolen, green in color, 1978 Honda Express NC50 taken from the Rock Falls area sometime this past week. It has modifications with a lawn mower ignition. Anyone with information is asked to please contact Deputy Deyo at the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office,…read more »

Whiteside Sheriff Forgery

Whiteside County Deputies Take Into Custody Two Suspects They Were Looking For

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of the last of two individuals they had been looking for. On Monday Deputies took into custody Jarrod Meurs following an ongoing investigation.  Meures was charged with Forgery as well as Burglary. About mid-July Deputies arrested Gregory McElhiney for the same offenses.  Additional charges are said to…read more »

Sterling Obituaries

Scott Hayen

Scott Hayen

Scott Hayen, age 38, died Friday, August 17, 2018. Scott was born on November 9, 1979 in Sterling the son of Jeffrey and Denise (Leffelman) Hayen.  He was employed as an Order Filler with the WalMart Distribution Center in Sterling.  Scott served his country in the Army National Guard.  Survivors include his mother, Denise (Kenny)…read more »


Loren T. Beswick

Loren T. Beswick, of Sterling, passed away, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Liberty Court, Dixon at the age of 64.  Loren was born October 1, 1953 in Morrison, IL. His parents were Thomas Lorenzo and Marion Nora (Naftzger) Beswick. He married Ann Roberta Gomsrud on October 4, 1986 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling.  Loren’s…read more »

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