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June Board Report

Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture, industrial maintenance, welding and nursing programs will receive an infusion of new instructional talent this fall following Thursday’s board meeting.


Trustees approved the hiring of Kathryn Lillie, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois’s master’s program in crop science, as an ag instructor to work alongside program coordinator Willard Mott.


At the U of I, Lillie was a graduate teaching assistant and graduate research assistant in the Weed Molecular Biology and Genomics Lab. She interned for BASF in Germany and Illinois.


Stephen Gibson will teach industrial maintenance and electricity. He has a bachelor’s in industrial electricity from Illinois State and an AAS in electronics technology and a certificate in industrial electricity from IVCC. He worked 14 years as a maintenance/electrical technician.


IVCC’s welding program will be led by American Welding Society certified inspector and educator Anthony Sondgeroth. Praised as a “skilled welder, fabricator and leader with experience as a part-time welding instructor and program coordinator,” he also has years of industry experience.


Amber Robertson, who has her MSN and BSN and is a graduate of IVCC’s nursing program, was hired as a nursing instructor. Robertson has worked seven years as an RN for OSF and was already teaching part-time at IVCC.


Last month, trustees approved Richard Marko as automotive technology instructor.  


“I could not be happier with these additions. These instructors bring industry experience, high-energy, passion and innovative ideas to IVCC,” said IVCC President Corcoran, who meets with full-time faculty candidates before their appointments go to the board.


Trustees also approved the appointment of Eric Johnson as Director of Financial Aid to replace the retiring Patty Williamson. Johnson was director of financial aid and student accounts at Midstate College in Peoria.

In other action, the board approved:

  • Submitting the proposed $4.1 million Agriculture Center to the state’s RAMP list for capital improvements. If eventually approved, the state would pay approximately $3 million and IVCC about $1 million for a 5,100-square-foot facility housing a classroom, wet lab, conference center, student space and offices.

  • Authorization to continue payment for standard operating expenditures from July 1 through adoption of the budget.

  • Renewal of VMWare maintenance and support from CDW for three years for $64,060. VMWare provides software that allows IT to run multiple virtual servers and desktops from a redundant group of physical hardware.

  • Inclusion of an annual one-third student aid match in the Project Success grant application for the next five year cycle, 2021-26.

The board also learned:

  • Capital bill support from State Sen. Sue Rezin and State Rep. Lance Yednock was crucial to the college receiving $675,000 in deferred maintenance funding to repave the perimeter road and parking lots and an additional $150,000 for construction of an agriculture program storage and routine maintenance facility, Corcoran said.

  • In fiscal 2019, female student athletes had a combined 3.3 GPA and males 2.9. Overall student athlete GPA was 3.1.

  • Part-time anatomy and physiology instructor Craig Castaneda was honored Friday as IVCC’s nominee for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award at the organization’s convention in Itasca.

  • Streator’s Results Companies and its Results University was also honored at the convention as IVCC’s nominee for the Business/Industry Partnership Award. Results was represented by Shalanda Rabadan and Jean Grimes, IVCC by Business Training Center Specialist Jennifer Sowers.

  • Longtime financial aid employee Ida Brown has been appointed financial aid reconciliation and compliance specialist.

  • Custodian Dennis O’Shea will retire July 1 after 31 years; part-time Continuing Education administrative assistant Jessica Beem will resign July 25; part-time developmental math instructor Debra Cooper retired May 31 after 13 years; part-time welding instructor Christopher Winn resigned May 20; and theatre technical coordinator Matthew Boehm was granted an additional 30-day leave of absence through July 20.

  • Shipping and Receiving Coordinator Sarah Morgensen will assume the additional duties of duplication center operator following the June 30 retirement of Sandy Kosciewicz after 33 years.

  • A total of 389 spring graduates earned 469 degrees and certificates compared to 465 graduates earning 582 degrees and certificates in spring 2018.

  • IVCC’s Business office has again won the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its 2018 financial report. In addition, the office also earned the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report.

Bollis and Curl Win Taylor Awards to NIU

Recent Illinois Valley Community College graduate Nic Bollis of Peru and IVCC’s Brett Curl of Ottawa will attend Northern Illinois University next fall on full-tuition scholarships from William and Dian Taylor of Winnetka, IVCC and NIU alumni.


Bollis, a McCormack Scholar, 21st Century Scholars Society finalist and Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team member, won the William and Dian Taylor STEM Scholarship. He plans to major in chemistry at NIU, attend medical school and eventually become a pediatric cardiologist.

Curl won the Taylor Accountancy Scholarship and plans a career as a tax accountant in the Chicago area. The awards cover junior and senior year and are worth about $25,000 to each student.  


Fine Forgiveness for National Forgiveness Day at the Princeton Public Library

In recognition of National Forgiveness Day, the Princeton Public Library will forgive fines all day on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. This offer applies to returned materials with overdue fines up to $5 per patron, and does not include lost or damaged books. Library staff are hoping this will encourage patrons to return overdue materials so these materials can continue to be shared with the community.


The Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) began their National Forgiveness Day in 1998. National Forgiveness Day is observed on June 26, 2019, however any day that reminds people to forgive makes the world a more peaceful place. On National Forgiveness Day you celebrate, the same compassion and reconciliation are celebrated.To join in Forgiveness Day's

activities it is recommended to truly forgive someone. Forgiving is a relieving process and not only on Forgiveness Day everyone should do that from time to time.

All American Girls Professional Baseball League program June 18 at the Princeton Public Library

June 18 at 6:30 p.m. Jean Fox will present a program at the Princeton Public Library about her time in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  Jean played in 1952 for the Rockford Peaches and in 1953 for Kalamazoo & Muskegon. In 1988 she became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Come learn how this local girl from Wyanet became part of baseball history and what the AAGPBL was all about.

Boy Scout Troop 1063 Cookout

Princeton Boy Scout Troop 1063 is holding a cookout at Sullivan’s parking lot on Saturday, June 15th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The fundraiser will benefit the Troop 1063 Boy Scouts attending a high adventure trip to Camp Orr in Arkansas at the end of July.  


The scouts will be selling ribeye sandwiches, butterfly pork chop sandwiches, chicken breast sandwiches, brats, and hot dogs.  Chips and drinks will also be available.


Pre-orders and phone orders may be made to 815-866-7966 or 815-878-7645.  Free delivery is available within the City of Princeton.


Troop 1063 meets troop meets Monday nights at 7:00 PM at the Hampshire Colony Church in Princeton.  Anyone interested in learning about Boy Scouts may contact one of the numbers listed above.


Perry Memorial Ground Breaking Ceremony For Family Clinic Today

Perry Memorial will be expanding, adding a 15,200 square foot family clinic. There will be a ground breaking ceremony at 4:30pm at the Park Ave. North parking lot June 12th.  Annettte Schnabel was our guest on Open Line and went into detail about what services will be provided and when the project should be finished. The full interview is posted below.




Closed Session Minutes Committee Meets June 18

The Illinois Valley Community College board’s closed session minutes committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 in the boardroom (C-307) to review minutes of meetings lawfully closed under the Open Meetings Act.


Four Seasons Gardening Program Offers Summer Series

The summer series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway the month of June. The public is invited to participate in this free webinar series. The first session of the series is titled “Landscape Invasives and Native Alternatives.” University of Illinois horticulture educator Kelly Allsup will discuss some of the most common landscape plants with potentially invasive qualities in natural areas, and how you can replace them with native alternatives that are just as attractive.


This program will be offered via a live webinar on Tuesday, June 25th at 1:30 p.m. at the following University of Illinois Extension Offices: Bureau County in Princeton; Marshall-Putnam Counties in Henry; and LaSalle County in Ottawa. This webinar may also be viewed from wherever you have internet access by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of these sessions can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.  


    Other topics in the Summer series include “Youth Gardening – Back Pocket Lessons and Activities” set for Tuesday, July 16th at 1:30 p.m., and “Going Organic – Are organic pesticides safer than synthetic?” set for Tuesday, August 6th at 1:30 p.m.

Each session is free to the public. Advance registration is needed. Phone or email the LaSalle County University of Illinois Extension office for more details at 815-433-0707, or you may email Extension Program Coordinator Meg Overocker at meo@illinois.edu.  


If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. For more information call University of Illinois Extension –LaSalle County at 815-433-0707. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/

Bishop Hill's Midsommar Music Festival Returns

Bishop Hill’s Midsommar Music Festival will return Saturday, June 22th with a strong line-up of musical performers.  In Sweden, Midsommar is one of the most important days of the year, rivaling Christmas with its festive spirit and traditions. Given Sweden’s long, dark winters, it is not surprising that the arrival of the longest day of the year is a reason to celebrate.  Bishop Hill honors its Swedish roots by hosting its own Midsommar celebration. Highlights of this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.


The free Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  This year’s lineup includes Black Hawk Pipes and Drums, Orion Community Band, Jazz on the Side, and the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers.  Black Hawk Pipes and Drums has been performing reels, jigs, and slow airs since 2000. The appearance of the Orion Community Band continues our practice of featuring Henry County’s town bands.  Jazz on the Side returns to Bishop Hill to entertain the crowd with their big band standards and jazz selections. Kyle and Dave, the Norwegian Bachelor Farmers, have been entertaining audiences for over two decades with their eclectic blend of upbeat Scandinavian folk music, humor, and storytelling.  


Immediately following the Main Stage performances, everyone is invited to decorate the Maypole with flowers and to join the procession.  Accordionist Ernie Sandquist will lead the Maypole procession. It will begin in the park and end at the Colony School where visitors can join in the Maypole dancing and have refreshments provided by the Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge.  Later, at 6 p.m., there will be a barn dance at the Colony School with Cloud Nine and caller Gail Hintze. Admission to the barn dance is $5 per person.


The Bishop Hill Heritage Association will also be having its annual Rabarber Fundraiser.  The BHHA will be serving homemade rhubarb baked goods, with coffee and lemonade, at the Steeple Building Museum front porch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support BHHA activities.


The Vasa National Archives, a short block from the park, will be offering a Midsummer Respite featuring drinks, snacks, and hands-on activities for the kids. The public is welcome to view exhibits and enjoy some light refreshments.   Children can enjoy the Magic of Midsummer, in which kids can help measure and mix ingredients in various household science experiments to see what happens. The Vasa National Archives will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Midsommar Music Festival is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association, Bishop Hill Vasa Lodge #683, and area businesses.  Partial funding for this festival is provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. For directions and more info, visit www.bishophillheritage.org , call 309-927-3899, visit the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page, or email bhha@mymctc.net.

Celtic Fiddler to Perform in Cambridge

Andrew Finn Magill, a rising Celtic fiddle player, will be performing on Friday, June 14th at a private residence in Cambridge, IL.


Raised in an Irish musical household, Andrew Finn Magill grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops in Asheville, North Carolina . At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift (John Doyle, John Skelton, Will MacMorran) was featured on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O’Brien:


“He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”


Finn has built his career on Irish music, having worked with many musicians including John Doyle, Open the Door for Three, and The Paul McKenna Band. Between these collaborations and others he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, Olympia Hall in Paris, France, and Disneyworld. He currently has a duo with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S.


In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro to study Brazilian choro music. He soon founded quartet O Finno which the city of Rio de Janeiro featured in its Viva o Talento series. In 2016, Finn founded Brazilian Strings Trio, a trio with fellow American violinist Ted Falcon and Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte and in 2017 founded Canta, Violino! a Brazilian jazz fusion project, the album of which was released on Ropeadope Records in 2018. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Chick Corea and Miles Davis:


“Its nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!”


In Canta, Violino! Magill merges his folk background and more than fifteen years of jazz study with a deep passion for Brazilian music and contemporary instrumental composition. Complementing a busy solo touring schedule, Magill is an on-call fiddle player/violinist with several singers from the acoustic americana to swing idioms.


Passionate about music education, Finn has taught Irish fiddle, bluegrass, old-time and Brazilian choro at more than a dozen fiddle camps across the world including: Montana Fiddle Camp, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, The Freight & Salvage’s Fiddlekids, O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, The Acadia Trad School, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, The Swannanoa Gathering’s Celtic and Fiddle weeks, Old Songs, and Culture & Projet Stages de Musiques et Danse de Bretagne et du Monde.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 donation is suggested. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


For more information please email john.r.taylor@gmail.com.


To learn more about Andrew Finn Magill please visit andrewfinnmagill.com

William Taylor named ICCTA Distinguished Alumnus

 La Salle native and Illinois Valley Community College graduate William Taylor was named the 2019 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Distinguished Alumnus Friday night in Itasca.


Taylor of Winnetka, a 1962 graduate of IVCC predecessor LPO Junior College, received the honor at the annual ICCTA convention awards banquet. Winning the award over 20 other nominees, Taylor is the third IVCC graduate – and the first in 29 years – to earn the distinction.

Former Illinois Supreme Court Judge Howard C. Ryan of Tonica, LPO 1935, won the ICCTA’s first alumni award in 1985 and was followed by 1932 LPO alum and University of Chicago professor emeritus Dr. Henrietta Herbolsheimer in 1990.


“To say Bill is a model alumnus and donor does not do him justice,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “He is distinguished from many successful individuals by his coming back to the educational institutions he credits for his success, and investing his time and financial resources to provide the opportunity for others to succeed.”


Since retiring in 2005 as a lead partner for Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte, Taylor has devoted his life to philanthropy and donated well over a million dollars to his alma maters, IVCC and Northern Illinois University.


He donated $150,000 to two IVCC fundraising campaigns and his largesse has directly benefitted as many as 19 current and former IVCC students in a single year.

More than just monetary gifts, Taylor and his wife Dian have developed friendships with many of their scholarship recipients. When IVCC alum Thanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese exchange student, had no family to witness her graduation from NIU, the Taylors were there to celebrate with her. The former Dian Lechner is also a graduate of IVCC and NIU.

Taylor has spoken to IVCC accounting classes and sponsored bus trips from IVCC to

NIU. Other contributions include:


  • Annually funding 10 IVCC scholarships at $1,250 per student.
  • Providing $14,000 in seed money to create IVCC’s alumni coordinator position.
  • A charter member of the IVCC Foundation’s 21st Century Scholars Society, a $500 annual commitment.
  • Endowing the William and Dian Taylor Professor of Accountancy at NIU, requiring a donation of $500,000 to $750,000.
  • Former treasurer and board member, NIU Foundation.
  • Leading benefactor, Chicago Youth Centers, a nonprofit supporting at-risk, low-income youth.

Friday’s honor is just the latest for Taylor including:

  • NIU College of Business Outstanding Accountancy Alumnus, 2000;
  • Keynote speaker, IVCC commencement, 2007;
  • IVCC Alumnus of the Year and Spirit Award winner, 2008;
  • IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame inductee, 2009;
  • NIU Foundation Volunteer Service Award, 2011;
  • IVCC counseling area named the William & Dian Taylor Student Development Commons, 2014.

“Rather than recognition, what drives Bill is his passion to provide opportunity for others. Bill and Dian continue to make a significant difference in the lives of young people through education,” said Fran Brolley, IVCC Director of Community Relations and Development.

IVCC board chair Jane Goetz added, “Bill’s personal involvement at IVCC has inspired all of us. He is an exemplary representative of our college and the community college system. His story demonstrates IVCC’s strengths: encouraging students to explore, develop, achieve, and give back to the community.”


Summer is here again and that means that a familiar fundraiser in the fight against cancer is back again, too! The 2019 “Convoy Against Cancer” BIG Truck Show returns to Rte. 89/Main Street in Ladd, Illinois on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All makes and models of new and restored, BIG trucks and pick-up trucks will be on display. Antique and restored farm tractors are also invited to the show. All entrants receive a dash plaque. Registration is a donation to the American Cancer Society. Free admission, food, music, door prizes, raffles and a 50/50 drawing will be part of the show.  For entry and general information call 815 488-8245. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society Relay For Life.


Deadline Reminder for SBA Disaster Assistance for Illinois Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a disaster loan for physical damage before the July 8 deadline. Anyone in the declared counties in Illinois with damages caused by severe storms and flooding on March 15-23, 2019 should apply for the SBA disaster loan assistance.


The declaration covers Stephenson County and the adjacent counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago in Illinois; Green and Lafayette in Wisconsin.


Businesses and nonprofits can apply up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Loans for working capital, known as Economic Injury Disaster Loans, are available even if the business did not suffer any physical damage. Homeowners can apply up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate. Homeowners and renters can apply up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property including automobiles.


Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s circumstances.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.


Additional details on the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is July 8, 2019. The deadline for economic injury applications is Feb. 7, 2020.


Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team

On June 5, 2019 at approx. 11:57am, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team (TRIDENT), assisted by Spring Valley Police, conducted a buy/bust operation in the 100 block of S. Spalding St in Spring Valley, IL.


During the operation Trident Agents conducted a controlled purchase of approx. point eight (.8) grams of heroin from Ryan M. Buck (28) of 22 Tyler Hugh Rd in Spring Valley, IL. Following the purchase Buck was taken into custody by TRIDENT Agents and Spring Valley Police. He was transported to the Spring Valley Police Department for further investigation.


During the investigation it was discovered that Buck may have more heroin at the residence he was staying at. Following a consent search, TRIDENT Agents and Spring Valley Police discovered multiple jeweler's baggies containing purported heroin totaling an approx. weight of eighteen point four (18.4) grams.


Following the investigation Buck was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Heroin (Class 2 Felony) and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver - Heroin, over 15 grams (Class X Felony.) Buck is being held at the Bureau County Jail awaiting a felony bond hearing.


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.


TRIDENT consists of LaSalle, Streator, Princeton, Oglesby and Mendota Police Departments along with LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam County Sheriff's Offices.


Summer Learning Institute for School Nutrition Professionals Offered!

If you are employed as a school nutrition professional, you are eligible to attend and receive continuing education hours at the University of Illinois Extension, ABC’s of School Nutrition Summer Learning Institute.  Institute topics include food handler training (receive your certificate, good for three years), portioning, merchandising and food presentation including a special program on bento boxes, and how to reduce food waste in school cafeterias.  


Earn six-credit hours that count toward the 2019/2020 school year!  The ABC’s of School Nutrition Summer Learning Institute is scheduled for August 2, 2019, at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, room CTC-124 from 9:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Class size is limited to 30 persons.  The Summer Learning Institute is free, lunch is included.  


Register online at https://go.illinois.edu/summerinstitute  or call University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.  


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889.


Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.


The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/


Girl Scouts Announce First-Ever Rope Runner Champions Presented by Danfoss

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is pleased to announce the organization’s first-ever 2019 Girl Scout Rope Runner Champions, presented by Danfoss. This is GSNI’s first-ever Rope Runner competition. Rope Runners are wooden figures which roll down a rope on a single wheel, using weights to balance. The competition is designed to teach girls important STEM concepts—such as center of mass, gravity, and mass vs. weight—in a fun, hands-on way. Girls can earn badges in Mechanical Engineering, Fair Play, Leader in Action, Field Day, and Think Like an Engineer through participation in a Rope Runner race. 

If you have any further questions, please contact me. Otherwise, we look forward to you sharing the good news of Girl Scouts in your community!




Daisy Race (Grades K–1)

1st – Kaitlyn Kramer, Marengo

2nd – Kayla Klich, Lake in the Hills

3rd – Jocelyn Reece, Hampshire

Design – Emlynn McKay, Bartlett


Brownie Race (Grades 2–3)

1st – Emily Busam, Pingree Grove

2nd – Betsy Dirck, St. Charles

3rd – Aubrey Miller, Roscoe

Design – Bristol Hurcombe, Bartlett


Junior Race (Grades 4–5)

1st – Natalie Zimmerman, Algonquin

2nd – Amelia Weingartz, Sycamore

3rd – Layla Peterson, Marengo

Design – Celsey Cooper, South Beloit

Cadette Race (Grades 6–8)

1st – Maya Cassell, St. Charles

2nd – Alyssia Garcia-Vandervort, Rockford

3rd – Sofie Burke, Apple River

Design – Anne Turnrose, Poplar Grove


Senior Race (Grades 9–10)

1st – McKayla Dennis, Kingston

2nd – Emily Liautaud, Woodstock

3rd – Elisabeth Goldie, Freeport

Design – Jenna Hart, Sycamore


Ambassador Race (Grades 11–12)

1st – Jordyn Guse, Marengo

2nd – Sarina Goldie, Freeport

Tri-County Drug Enforcement Narcotics Team Make Arrest

On June 3, 2019 at approx. 4:41pm, the Trident Drug Task force, assisted by Ottawa Detectives and Police, conducted a buy/bust operation at 3000 Fairfield Ln in Ottawa, IL.


During the operation Trident Agents conducted a controlled purchase of cocaine from Dale R. McInerney Jr. (41) of 768 Fillebrowne in Marseilles, IL and Ryan J. Knott (33) of 1943 Columbus St in Ottawa, IL. During the controlled purchase McInerney delivered approx. twenty seven (27) grams of cocaine to Trident agents. Knott assisted McInerney during the transaction. An additional twenty three (23) grams of purported cocaine was located in close proximity to McInerney.


Following the delivery McInerney and Knott were taken into custody and transported to the LaSalle County Jail for further investigation. Following the investigation McInerney and Knott were charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine (Class X Felony.) McInerney and Knott are being held at the LaSalle County Jail awaiting a felony bond hearing.


All subjects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.


TRIDENT consists of LaSalle, Streator, Princeton, Oglesby and Mendota Police Departments along with LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam County Sheriff's Offices.


Nauman Hired as Women's Basketball Coach

   Josh Nauman has been hired as Illinois Valley Community College’s women’s basketball coach. Tom Ptak, who led the program for six years, stepped down following the 2018-19 season.


Nauman of Granville was IVCC men’s assistant the past two seasons and prior to that was head boys coach at Putnam County High School.


“Josh had tremendous success as a head coach,” said IVCC Athletic Director Cory Tomasson. “I expect his knowledge of the game and his passion for coaching will truly benefit IVCC. 

“As the men’s assistant he learned about our athletic department’s policies and procedures and the nature of college athletics. He is very familiar with our district and has built strong relationships with area coaches.”


Nauman is founder of the Illinois Valley All-Star Game at IVCC, which allows area high school seniors an opportunity to play a final game with other local players.


“The event has been a huge success and should serve as a recruiting tool for him going forward,” said Tomasson.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Adds Locations to New Discover Daises and Becoming Brownies Family Events!

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has added locations in Algonquin, Byron, Cary, and Wauconda for its new Discover Daises and Becoming Brownies events! The organization is making it easier for families to connect with opportunities for their girls to gain new friends, make a difference in their communities, explore the outdoors, and try exciting STEM challenges! GSNI is hosting Discover Daises, for girls in grades K–1, and Becoming Brownies, for girls in grades 2–3, throughout its 16-county region with a full location listing available online at www.girlscoutsni.org/discoverdaisies.


These free summer events feature age-appropriate friend-making and fun, hands-on activities in a safe environment! Event activities may include jewelry making, relay races, virtual fun fairs, DIY food prep, scavenger hunts, wildflower seed bombs, paper house communities, and travel creativity! Each girl who participates receives a free Girl Scout fun patch. The organization is currently offering a new Extended Year Membership through September 30, 2020, to all new members for only $35. Families can register their girl and interested adults at any Discover Daisies or Becoming Brownies event!


Parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, or family friends are welcome to attend Discover Daisies and Becoming Brownies events with the special girl in their life to learn how to become a troop leader or troop volunteer! For more information or to register, contact Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Customer Care Department at 1-844-476-4463 at customercare@girlscoutsni.org.


GSNI 10th Anniversary: Rooted in History. Rising into the Future.


Backed by over 100 years of proven Girl Scout experience, four Girl Scout councils joined hands in 2009 and promised to propel girl leadership into the future together! In 2019, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will mark ten vibrant years of putting girls first at the center of all we do—from all-girl fun and adventure to unprecedented leadership opportunities found nowhere else. We have kept our promise to girls, and we always will!


Join us as we celebrate with lively family and girl events in local communities where it all began. Be part of our 10th Anniversary events and earn our special 10th Anniversary fun patch! GSNI’s 10th Anniversary events include the 15th Annual Thin Mint Sprint and Finish Line Fun at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, on September 21, 2019, and the 2nd Annual All-Girl and Family Fishing Derby and Water Whimsy at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park on September 22. For more information, email customercare@girlscoutsni.org, call 844-GSNI-4-ME, or visit www.girlscoutsni.org.


Wondering Why Girl Scouts?

At Girl Scouts, girls are our first and only priority. And they always will be. See how girls prepare for leadership, adventure, and success at why.girlscouts.org. This dynamic digital experience showcases Girl Scouts as a powerhouse where girls develop key skills for a lifetime. Learn more at why.girlscouts.org today!


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We’re Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

We believe every girl can change the world. With us, Girl Scouts develop the independence and confidence to guide their own lives and build a better world. We put girls in the driver’s seat and encourage them to customize their own experience. With programs focused on the outdoors, career and interest exploration, travel and global community, and practical life skills, in addition to community service projects, every girl can unlock her full potential and be amazing!


We serve 16 counties including parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call 844-GSNI-4-ME (844-476-4463).


Trees Forever Recognizes 2019 Award Winners

Trees Forever is proud to recognize 13 award winners at the nonprofit's Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on June 13. These are outstanding volunteers, environmental stewards, partners and advocates who exemplify the mission of the Trees Forever.

Congratulations to the following award winners!

President's Award; Margo Underwood; Clear Lake, Iowa

Outstanding Volunteer Award; Patti Hoffman; Preston, Iowa

Outstanding Volunteer Award; Michael Contratto; Peoria County, Illinois

Environmental Steward Award; Judson Isebrands; Montgomery County, Iowa

Environmental Steward Award; Sara-Beth Hostetter; Livingston, Illinois

Media Partner Award; Barb Grabner-Kerns; Taylorville, Illinois

Outstanding Advocate; Brian Leaders; Omaha, Nebraska

Outstanding Advocate; Robert Berggren; Mason City, Iowa

Outstanding Group/Organization Award; Iowa Nut Growers Association; N/A

Outstanding Group/Organization Award; UpCycle Stewards (a collaboration with Trees Forever, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department; Des Moines, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Project Award; Earth Week Blitz's Terry Trueblood planting with Hoover Elementary, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the City of Iowa City; Iowa City, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Project Award; Kedra Hamilton; Nevada, Iowa

Outstanding Youth Group Leader Award; Sue Green; Cedar Falls, Iowa

To learn more about the award winners, please go to http://www.treesforever.org/annualcelebration

IVCC hosts Summer College Connection June 19

 Focused primarily on students who are the first in their family to attend college, Illinois Valley Community College’s Admissions office hosts “Summer College Connection” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.


The event starts in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre with a student panel and will be followed by a cookout, water balloon trivia in the courtyard, raffles and tours.


Assistant Director of Admissions, Records and Transfer Services Aseret Loveland said, “The free event for first-generation students is an opportunity for incoming IVCC students to learn what it takes to be a successful college student and to connect with their future classmates.”


For information, call (815) 224-0439; RSVP online by June 6 at www.ivcc.edu/events.

Brianna Legner Stops by for Open Line

Brianna Legner, who was crowned Miss Bureau Co Fair Queen in 2017, stopped by the PrincetonNewsNow.com studio to sit down and talk about how she got interested in pageants, school, and the Miss Illinois pageant. 


Check out the full interview below!



Compeer Financial Awards $164K in County Fair Grants

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, has awarded 55 Fair Facility Upgrade Grants to county fairs across its 144-county territory. The grants, which total $164,740, will touch the lives of more than 1.6 million fair organizers, participants and attendees.


“The purpose of these grants is to help make upgrades and repairs to fairgrounds and facilities so fairs can continue to bring people together to experience agriculture,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The fair tradition plays an important role in agriculture youth development, celebrating their hard work and contributions to rural communities. And fairs in general bring our communities together each year to have fun and enjoy rural life. ”

Groups received grants of $2,750 to $3,000 each. The list below outlines grant recipients and a brief description of the projects funded:



  • Adams County Fair; to replace gates for sheep pens

  • Brown County Fair Association; to replace and re-enforce wooden poles in cattle barn and show arena

  • Bureau County Fair; to rebuild sliding doors on beef and dairy cattle barns

  • Exposition Gardens, Heart of Illinois Fair.; to repair home arts exhibit buildings

  • Fulton County Fair and Racing Association; for new sound system in livestock show arenas and grounds

  • Grundy County 4-H Board; for structural repair of columns and electrical upgrades to livestock building

  • Hancock County Fair Association; to replace supportive poles and update show ring and swine barn

  • Jo Daviess County Fair; to repair roof trusses

  • LaSalle County Junior Fair Association; for upgrade and expansion of concrete walkways and entry pads for buildings

  • Mason County Fair Board and Junior Show Association; for electrical panels, switchgear and wiring in swine and goat barn

  • McHenry County Fair Association; to add drop ceiling and insulation to open show building

  • Mercer County Agricultural Society; for new speaker system in livestock area and replacement poles in livestock barn

  • New Windsor Fair Rodeo and Horse Show; for electrical entrance panel replacement

  • Stark County Junior Fair Association; to update and improve show barn roof, redo wash racks and purchase new swine pens


  • Aitkin County Ag Society; for concrete work in hog, sheep and swine pens and entrances to horse and cattle barns

  • Anoka County Fair; for new cages and stands in the poultry building

  • Cass County Ag Association; to replace doors, pour concrete and re-tin the 4-H foodstand building

  • Cass County Ag Society – Pillager Fair; to repair roof joists and pillars in horse show pavilion

  • Chisago County Fair; to upgrade electric in horse barn

  • Cottonwood County Agricultural Society; for permanent gates in pavilion, fire extinguishers and no smoking signs

  • Crow Wing County Fair Association; to upgrade and install overhead lighting in livestock building

  • Dodge County 4-H; to purchase new rabbit and poultry cages and ceiling fans

  • Fair Association of Jackson County; for new announcer stand building for 4-H horse arena

  • Houston County Agricultural Society; to purchase and install fans in hog building and horse barn

  • Lake County Agricultural Society Inc.; to purchase and replace backing boards and hardware on box stalls in livestock barn

  • Martin County Fair; to replace vent doors in show arena and horse barn

  • Nicollet County Fair; to overhaul water line for dairy, beef and swine buildings

  • Olmsted County Fair; to purchase sound system for horse arena

  • Rice County 4-H; to repair leak in 4-H building rooftop, purchase pie case and replace seals on fridge and freezer

  • Rock County Fair; to install exhaust fans and update lights in livestock arena

  • Stearns County Fair; to replace dividers in livestock building

  • Steele County Agricultural Society; to repair and add additional electrical circuits to the 4-H dairy barn

  • Todd County Ag Society; to replace boards and repaint livestock barn, add cement floors for swine and retrofit horse stalls for cages and hanging brackets

  • Waseca County Fair; to repair ceiling in 4-H food stand

  • Washington County Agricultural Society; for bathroom upgrades

  • Winona County Fair; to purchase a barn fan for small livestock judging arena and goat barn and new rabbit cages


  • Alto 4-H and Farm Bureau Fair; to upgrade blacktop on fairgrounds

  • Bayfield County Fair; to repair roof, fascia boards, gutters and replace trusses and rafter ends in horse barn

  • Buffalo County Fair; to purchase swine, sheep and goat scale

  • Burnett County Agricultural Fair; for updated lighting and safety signage in cattle barn

  • Columbia County Fair Association; to construct a concrete platform with walls for manure storage

  • Crawford County Meat Animal Auction; to extend the swine and sheep barn

  • Dodge County Fair Association; for new roof, soffit and fascia, and updated lighting and electrical on milkhouse

  • Grant County Fair; to remove old fountains and install water cooler bottle filling stations

  • Green County Ag Society and Mechanics Institute; to improve electrical service in beef barn

  • Jackson County Agricultural Society Inc.; for gates and pens for small animals

  • Monroe County Agricultural Society; to purchase new animal scales, platforms and heads

  • Ozaukee County Agricultural Society; to pave road and walkway leading to 4-H barns

  • Racine County Agricultural Society Inc.; to repair and rebuild livestock wash rack

  • Rock County 4-H Fair; to replace roof, repair front door and siding on 4-H Fair Museum

  • Sheboygan County Fair Association; to replace concrete aisles in livestock buildings

  • St. Croix County Fair Inc.; for updated lighting in judging arena

  • Vernon County Agricultural Society Inc.; for new rabbit cages

  • Washburn County Junior Fair Association; to replace signs on buildings and entrance

  • Winnebago County Fair Association; to purchase gates for beef barn, signs for fairgrounds and to restore entrance archway

Since the program began, a total of $344,740 has been awarded to 119 fairs, touching the lives of more than 3.5 million fairgoers and participants. The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America will offer this program again in March 2020.


About the Fund for Rural America


The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development, community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the fund can be found at Compeer.com/giving-back.


About Compeer Financial


Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $21.0 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.


Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial

Folk, Hip and Soul will highlight Third Levitt AMP Galva Music Series

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is pleased to announce their third concert series of the season, bringing “Handmade Moments” and “Tameca Jones, the Queen of Austin Soul,” to their stage in Wiley Park in Galva, IL on June 16.


Folk, Soul and hip aptly describe the music of Anna Moss and Joel Ludford of Handmade Moments. The New Orleans, LA duet present ornate instrumentation details that are the bedrock of their simple yet sophisticated songcraft, and endearing, intoxicating personality. Handmade Moments’ piercing lyricism and carousing croon both tell their own inspirational tale and encompass larger themes that resonate within us all. This musical document unveils a myriad of tones, from walking upright bass to silky saxophone. Their music embodies an intelligent, progressive culture and celebrates a simple way of life.


Austin, TX native Tameca Jones is known for her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Her ability to go from soulful wailing to silky coos has won her devoted fans and accolades and some high-profile situations opening for Austin super stars Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider, and other big touring acts, receiving recognition from Billboard magazine.


Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and coolers for an entertaining evening filled with jazz and rock. There will also be activities for children and adults alike going on throughout the event. In addition, the following food vendors will also be available for those wishing for a bite-to-eat: Z Best; Delta on the Square/Boiler Room; Mexican; Snazzys Lemonade; Pop of the Morning; and Special Kneads Bakery. All concerts are held at Wiley Park in Galva and provided free of charge.


The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series is supported in part the Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Mildred Arends Musical and Cultural Activities Fund and the Thomas & Lynn Landes Fund for Performing Arts at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at Levitt.org.

Facilities Committee Report

Phase I and II of Illinois Valley Community College’s agriculture building project were among topics covered by the board’s facilities committee Tuesday evening.


The Illinois legislature awarded Phase I of the project $150,000 Friday after the college had earlier secured nearly $165,000 from the state.


“That $315,000 is about half of what we need for Phase I – an ag storage and routine maintenance facility,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.


The building will allow students to inspect and perform minor routine maintenance on tractors, cultivators, planters and other field equipment. Phase II includes an agronomy classroom, lab and student space.


Building images were presented by IVCC and Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) architect Dominick Demonica of Chicago. In early December, the college spent about $50,000 of its required match to have a dairy barn taken down. In February, the board transferred $450,000 to a CDB trust account to secure its stake in the project.


Since its 2016 inception, the ag program has grown from 9 to 27 students. With enhanced facilities, the college can better recruit and eventually serve an estimated 1,300 district high school ag students, Corcoran said.


The facilities committee also learned IVCC received $675,000 in deferred maintenance from the state for repaving of the perimeter access road and parking lots. IVCC’s share will be about $225,000.


Corcoran credited State Rep. Lance Yednock and State Sen. Sue Rezin for helping facilitate Friday’s capital bill appropriations.


“When you assess what Sue, Lance and their colleagues accomplished in a bipartisan way in support of community colleges, you cannot help but believe our state’s future looks bright,” Corcoran said.


In other business, the committee discussed a $1.5 million project to re-caulk pre-cast concrete walls on Buildings A, B, C, D and E. The plan has been submitted to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for deferred maintenance funding.


In addition, preliminary discussion is underway for RAMP projects involving a Technology Commons and Library/Student Success Center.


The Student Success Center would integrate library services with academic support services including the Writing Center and Peer Tutoring Center to create a one-stop for learning resources.


Similarly, the existing Learning Commons would be refashioned as a center supporting faculty and student technology needs.


The committee also learned:


  • Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) projects for 2019 include a $1 million replacement of air handler/AC units for buildings F (Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre) and G (gymnasium, fitness center and therapeutic massage).
  • Another PHS project, replacement of the bleachers, is estimated at $300,000. The bleachers, installed when the gym was built in the 1970s, are not ADA compliant.
  • A proposal to erect a statue or sculpture in the center island of the college turnaround has been brought forward. The work of art, to be paid for through private funding, would be a focal point as visitors approach the main entrance.
  • IVCC remains committed to possibly becoming the site of a 911 Call Center. Corcoran recently reaffirmed that interest when contacted by a local city official. 


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