SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys offered starkly different explanations Friday for the fatal beating of an Illinois prison inmate four years ago in closing arguments before a jury began deliberating in the trial of two former correctional officers.
CHICAGO (AP) — A man convicted in a 1968 gang-related Chicago killing who once told members of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board to “shove it" has been granted parole.
Namor Smith, 74, was granted parole Thursday by the board on a 12-3 vote.
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STERLING, Ill. (AP) — A firefighter who died in the line of duty in northern Illinois has been honored by the community of Sterling.
Lieutenant Garret Ramos responded to a house fire late Friday and was inside when the floor collapsed beneath him.
CHICAGO (AP) — William Sterling Cary, a pioneering minister and civil rights activist who was the first Black person in prominent church leadership roles including president of the National Council of Churches, has died, according to family members.
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (AP) — Dot Foods had a problem. In early 2020, COVID-19 put the brakes on six decades of nearly constant hiring. When the pandemic eased and business buzzed again last spring, the company found that prospective employees, less willing to work, or at least having warmed up to doing it from home, weren't lining up like they used to.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state prison guard on Tuesday pleaded guilty to federal felony charges related to the 2018 beating death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three Illinois prison guards were arraigned in federal court Friday on charges of assault and civil rights violations in the May 2018 death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center...
Anyone that might have spotted Amy Castillo, 21, and Leah Saunders, 27, at Great Clips in Sterling Friday afternoon would have thought a routine haircut was being done. But for these two and their stylist it was something great.
STERLING – The annual Sauk Valley Senior Showcase runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6, at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, and vendors can sign up now to reserve a spot at the premier local event for those “55 and Better.”
STERLING – Focus Services is expanding again, and plans to fill 75 to 100 positions, which will bring its staff up to 250 to 275.
The inbound call center services provider in the Goodwill shopping center at 2214 E.
Either the third time or the first time will be a charm for the candidates running for Sterling mayor. Skip Lee, who’s running for a fourth term, is being challenged by councilman Jim Wise and second-time mayoral candidate Marc Douglas Batley, both of whom are running for a first term as the city’s leader.
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.
STERLING – How many Sterling High School students does it take to build a robot?
This year, it took about 20, and while some of the robotic club’s members weren’t part of the hands-on part of building it, they all had a hand in it.
STERLING – Many school districts aim to have complete oversight over what they invest in, and Sterling Schools soon will have complete control of its social work program next school year.
DIXON – Linear algebra. Polynomials. Probability. Statistics.
If such mathematics topics seem a bit complex, have faith in some of the area’s best sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade math wizards to figure it all out.
The power is out in downtown Sterling and in larger areas of Rock Falls.
Rock Falls officials are trying to determine the extent of the outage, and whether the source is local or a ComEd problem, Mayor Bill Wescott said.
STERLING – Winter has shifted into peak snow and ice mode and the city warns that citizens who don't abide by its snow emergency parking regulations – which are in effect as of today's winter squall – soon could be digging deeper into their pockets.
A blanket of snow provided sledders perfect conditions to try out sleds at Sinnissippi Park in Sterling. The snow also made for a busy day for people clearing roads, sidewalks and parking lots. Several sledders and tubers got some hang time as they hit jumps and soared down the hill Saturday.
Brinkley, the Sterling Police Department's Comfort Dog, greeted customers at Pet Smart Wednesday evening during her second birthday party celebration. The event featured goody bags, birthday cake, "pup cakes" for the first 100 dogs, a scavenger hunt and prices.
Isaiah Zackary Ryan, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High school’s November Students of the Month. His parents are Joe Ryan and Melissa Ryan-Bergstrom, and he has two brothers, Carter and Kael and a sister, Abby.
STERLING – Sauk Valley Food Bank is giving away surplus goods from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday in its parking lot at 1801 Plant Road, behind Self-Help Enterprises.
Whiteside County property transfers recorded the week of Dec. 10
Harry F. Stoudt to Julie A. Winchell, 2607 Meadow Drive, Sterling, $94,000.
Gretchen Gould, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s October Students of the Month. Her parents are Jeff and Brenda Gould, and she has two siblings, Grace and Brenden.
Favorite class: Publications, because I enjoy writing articles for the newspaper and taking photos for the yearbook.
STERLING – American Legion Post 296’s annual Pearl Harbor memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at the post, 601 First Ave.
There will be a speaker, a rifle salute and taps, and a flag that flew above the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor will be folded.
STERLING – The Sauk Valley Chamber of Commerce has taken its U.S. Chamber accreditation to a new level.
While the local chamber has earned national recognition for its work since 1972, it recently learned that it has reached 5-star status, a distinction that few chambers receive.
Here’s a seasonal sight for your eyes: the Christmas tree at the Library Plaza in downtown Sterling, complete with candy canes, decorations and flocked with snow. The tree will be lighted for the holiday season Friday during the Seasonal Sights and Sounds of Sterling Downtown Christmas Walk, which runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
STERLING – The blizzard that blanketed the Sauk Valley in a foot of snow Sunday night and early Monday morning is being followed by frigid temperatures guaranteed to keep sledders and snowmobilers happy for a few days more.
STERLING – The City Council looked at three possible tax levy estimates this week and opted for the one in the middle.
The council approved city staff's recommendation of going with a levy of $4,908,573, which would be a 3.91 percent increase.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death of an inmate following an "altercation with correctional staff" at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request...
STERLING – Brinkley, the Sterling Police Department’s comfort dog, needs your vote.
Brinkley is competing with other police dogs nationwide for an Aftermath K-9 grant, which showcases, supports, and rewards contributions made by K-9 cops and their partners.
Dixon-based artist Annie Hermes was busy Monday painting her mural on the silos at Third Avenue and Second Street in downtown Sterling. Ed Miles, who owns the cluster of silos and the attached loft-style living quarters – which used to house a grain elevator and a sheet metal shop – commissioned Hermes to paint a mural of pink and purple flowers on the concrete canvas.
STERLING – Police are investigating a late-night shooting in the 100 block of East Third Street.
Police say shots were fired from one vehicle at another just before midnight on Thursday. No one was injured.
Ben Burger kicks up a storm of leaves Thursday afternoon while clearing off the benches at Grandon Civic Center in Sterling. With temperatures hovering near 50 degrees Saturday and Sunday it could make for a good couple of days to go out for a drive and view the fall colors before all the leaves fall to the ground.
ROCK FALLS – The Walk to End Polio Now, organized by the Rotary clubs of Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling Noon and Twin Cities Sunrise, will be at 9 a.m. today at Centennial Park, 510 E. 11th St.
According to a news release, since Rotary launched its Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than 30 years ago, the number of cases have decreased 99.9 percent.
Chills and thrills are on tap Saturday in Sterling and Dixon.
In Sterling, brave families are invited to bring a flashlight and take a spooky stroll through grounds at the Dillon Home, 1005 E.
Rock Falls in northwestern Illinois has a website that aims to bring tourists to town. Rock Falls is right next to a bigger city, Sterling; and 10 miles away from Ronald Reagan’s hometown, Dixon.
While Rock Falls’ website mentions sites in neighboring towns, its focus is on itself.
STERLING – Sterling schools are getting more money from the state this year – money that will be put back into the classroom – but that doesn't mean Superintendent Tad Everett is ready to breathe a sigh of relief just yet, maybe just breathe a little easier.