Author Archives: Tim

Dixon School District Making Plans for Fall Online and Zoom Classes

Dixon School District Making Plans for Fall Online and Zoom Classes

Back in March when the first stay at home orders were announced they required the closing of all schools in the state.  Dixon School Superintendent Margo Empen said no one expected the closing of schools would last longer than 2 weeks.  She went on to say after that time everyone was scrambling to put into…Read more »

City of Oregon Will Begin Issuing Garage Sale Permits

City of Oregon Will Begin Issuing Garage Sale Permits

Now that Illinois has moved into Phase 3 the City of Oregon will begin issuing Garage Sale Permits. The city asks that you follow the Department of Public Health Covid-19 safety recommendations. City Hall will remain closed to the public while they continue to monitor public health numbers. The city says they have created a…Read more »

Most Lee County Offices Conducting Business by Phone, Email or Mail, Old Courthouse Remains Closed

Most Lee County Offices Conducting Business by Phone, Email or Mail, Old Courthouse Remains Closed

Lee County Board Chair John Nicholson would like to remind Lee County citizens that county services are continuing through the pandemic, albeit differently than normal. During their building closure the Lee County Animal Control Department is providing services via phone, email, mail and fax.  They will also respond to animal welfare and stray dog complaints.…Read more »

Enrollment Numbers at SVCC Look Bad, But Some Not as Bad as Others

Enrollment Numbers at SVCC Look Bad, But Some Not as Bad as Others

During the recent Board of Trustees meeting at Sauk Valley Community College none of the enrollment numbers for summer or fall were good, but, some were not as bad as others. The board was presented with the information that showed for the summer classes, enrollment was down 16%.  On the other hand, the Paid Credit…Read more »

Sterling to Have New City Clerk After June 16th

Sterling to Have New City Clerk After June 16th

Long time and award winning Sterling City Clerk Marie Rombouts has decided it is time to step down and enjoy retirement. During the recent Special Sterling City Council meeting the council worked out some details and voted to approve the recommendation of her successor.  The new City Clerk will be Teri Sathoff. Some of the…Read more »

Sterling Man Facing 6 Counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, 2 Counts Sexual Abuse

Sterling Man Facing 6 Counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, 2 Counts Sexual Abuse

Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) officials announce the arrest of 51 year old Gregg A. Gallentine of Sterling for six counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. In April 2020, ISP DCI Investigators initiated an investigation after receiving information Gallentine had allegedly committed Predatory…Read more »

Polo Police Make Arrest in Vehicle vs Pedestrian Incident

Polo Police Make Arrest in Vehicle vs Pedestrian Incident

The Polo Police Department Investigated a call of a: Vehicle vs Pedestrian incident that took place in the late evening hours of Sunday. As a result of this investigation, the driver of the vehicle, 23 year old Jordan A Stark of Sterling Il was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery, Reckless Driving and Improper Lane…Read more »

Changes Announced for Gradual Reopening of Lee County Courthouse

Changes Announced for Gradual Reopening of Lee County Courthouse

Lee County Presiding Judge Jacquelyn Ackert has announced changes in procedures as part of the court’s gradual reopening.  Overall, the goal of the changes is to allow more people in the Lee County Courts Building. At the same time, the judges wish to limit the number of people in the courthouse and reduce the risk…Read more »