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Eavesdropping bill thrills no one but it doesn’t make it a crime to record police

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Does a proposed replacement for Illinois' eavesdropping law give police the green light to arrest people for recording officers?
It does not.
Experts, however, are divided over the adequacy of citizen protections in the new bill. And, at this point, questions, more than answers, seem to define the problems: What is a public discussion and what is private one?
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‘Tis the season of giving in Rochelle

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle VFW Men's Auxiliary presented checks to two area organizations that help those in need. A representative from the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry and Rochelle Area Community Emergency Shelter were on hand to accept the $250 check from Ray Rose, President of the VFW Men's Auxiliary and fellow member Chet Olson. Rose, who has been president for
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Needy Family Food and Toy Drive still needs donations

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- It is not too late to donate for the Needy Families Food and Toy Drive. At this time, non-perishable foods are still needed. Donations are being accepted at the fire station, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As the holidays are fast approaching, many are busy attending parties, shopping for gifts, and preparing for their
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Higher tax levy will lower sewer project payments

Posted: Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
HILLCREST -- The Village of Hillcrest held a public hearing before Wednesday's scheduled monthly meeting, for a proposed tax levy increase.
Village treasurer Penny Payton explained that over the past 14 years the village has lost more than $300,000 in tax income by not levying to the full limit. The amount of the EAV is $17,469,214 and with exemptions will
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County board to discuss 50-year growth plan

Posted: Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
OREGON -- On Tuesday, Dec.16, the Ogle County Board will meet for its regular monthly Board meeting, located in the County Board Room on the third floor of the old Ogle County Courthouse. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
On the agenda is a resolution to establish a 50-year property acquisition plan for future boards for county growth. The resolution
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Jumpers set a world record

Posted: Sunday, Dec 14th, 2014
ELOY, Ariz.,, For nearly eight months a year planes can be seen over the skies of Rochelle as skydivers drop out of perfectly good airplanes at Chicagoland Skydive Center. The remainder of the year, employees and skydivers who spend their summer at CSC must turn to warmer climates for the adrenalin rush.
Four CSC employees recently returned home from
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Eckhardt, board awarded

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The recipient of the Fifth Annual 2014 Rochelle Community Gratitude Award went to Dave Eckhardt and the "From the Heart" board members. The award, given by John Bearrows, is presented to local community members who generously donate to benefit others in need in the Rochelle community.
Eckhardt is involved with the organization "From the Heart" that raises money
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Council adopts levy ordinance

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- During Monday evening's meeting, the Rochelle City Council approved an ordinance levying property taxes for the city for the fiscal year May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.
City Manager Dave Plyman read the history and facts regarding the tax levy.
"The State of Illinois requires the city annually to adopt and file a Property Tax Levy
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Proposed YMCA takes form

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- At Monday evening's Rochelle City Council meeting, Dan Lundquist and Noah Carmichael presented conceptual drawings and budget estimates for the proposed YMCA facility to be located at the corner of 20th St. and Hub Drive, between Lincoln School and Rochelle Township High School.
The total project budget estimate of the 33,000 square foot facility is just under $6
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New officer

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
The City of Rochelle and the Rochelle Police Department welcomed new officer, Ryan Beery, Monday morning. Beery, from Yorkville, was sworn in Monday morning by Rochelle City Clerk Bruce McKinney. Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby pinned Beery as family members, city staff and Rochelle officers looked on. Beery will attend the 12-week training academy in Champaign beginning Jan. 5. (Photo
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Visitor restriction in place

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital has announced that it will not allow children under the age of 16 to visit the hospital, effective immediately. This change in policy is aimed to protect patients and children from the flu in response to the increased incidence of Influenza-like illness.
It is in the best interest of patients and staff to limit the
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In Remembrance

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The flagpole located in front of the VFW Hall was dedicated to the late George A. O'Brien on Sunday afternoon. Approximately 40 of O'Brien's family gathered with members of the VFW Post 3878 and community members to dedicate the flagpole in honor of the World War II veteran who survived the bombing attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec.
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LWV hosting speaker

Posted: Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Do you have questions about the role of our local newspaper in promoting Democracy? The Rochelle public is invited to join the League of Women Voters members in having an informal conversation with Rochelle News-Leader publisher John Shank on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. at Beacon on the Green.
Shank will share his thoughts about
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Del Monte helps RCH’s “All About Me” resource program for cancer patients

Posted: Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014
Rochelle -- Rochelle Community Hospital's cancer awareness program has been the benefactor of Del Monte's October Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising for the past several years.
"Our employees really rally around this event each year, cancer has touched all of our lives in one way or another, and we just like to pay it forward to help others in
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Woman arrested on heroin charges

Posted: Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- A Rochelle woman remains in jail following a drug arrest on Dec. 3 at a residence in the 1000 block of Lincoln Highway.
Rochelle Police officers arrested Breanna Hansen, 25, on the charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance [heroin] as well as allegedly tampering with a drug test, obstruction of a police officer and possession of
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VanVickle shares new tow fund procedures

Posted: Sunday, Dec 7th, 2014
OREGON -- Brian VanVickle was sworn in as new Ogle County Sheriff on Monday morning, and although he's been in office for less than a week, he has already implemented many procedures stemming from the issues surrounding the controversial tow fund.
In the days leading up to his new position in office, VanVickle reviewed the final audit report and
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Board approves levy

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
CRESTON -- During the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening, Creston board members approved a motion to accept the tax levy of $15,079. The levy amount increased 4.99 percent from last year.
"That's the total we get in real estate taxes from the properties in the village of Creston," stated Penny Payton, Village Treasurer.
Board members also approved the 2014
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Holiday fun this weekend

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- A variety of activities are planned this weekend in downtown Rochelle, including the Old Fashioned Christmas Walk and the annual Christmas Tree Festival.
The fun-filled weekend kicks-off Friday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. with horse and carriage rides are returning to the Old Fashioned Christmas Walk this year. Rides will run from 4-7 p.m. and pickup is at
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RMU voice system put in place

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
Rochelle, RMU is introducing a new interactive voice response system to better serve our customers. The system is an automated telephony system that interacts with callers, gathers information and routes calls to the appropriate recipient.
During normal business hours, the RMU Customer Service Representatives will still be available to answer calls. However, after normal business hours, the
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Reflections of war time

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
Reading a history book or perhaps speaking to a veteran will give a glimpse of what World War II soldiers faced. Deemed the most destructive war in history, many millions lost their lives in the conflict.
Although not as dangerous in comparison to what soldiers faced on the battlefields, Americans on the home front endured situations that would more
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