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Sterling officials are working to change the local liquor ordinance regarding special use permits. reports that the local ordinance differs from state law requiring any nonprofits applying for a permit to have been incorporated for at least five years.  Officials agreed to drop the requirement, recognizing it was unfair to newer groups attempting to raise funds.  

Lower ComEd rates have some Sterling residents wondering if they should go off the city’s aggregation plan

Sterling made a three-year deal with MidAmerican Energy in 2014.  At the time, their rates were lower than other companies. reports, however, that this year, ComEd’s rates of 6.3cents per kilowatt/hour is more attractive than MidAmerican’s 7.6 cents to some residents.  

NICIL At Risk Of July 1 Closure

Jun 16, 2016

A northern Illinois social services group is again facing the likelihood of closure -- at least temporarily -- as the result of the Illinois budget impasse. 

The Sterling-based Northern Illinois Center for Independent Living serves clients across five counties, and is obligated by the state to make a good faith effort at fulfilling its contracts. 

NICIL met the obligations by spending its savings over the past fiscal year, but Executive Director Michele Miller says the current fiscal crisis makes that option impossible for the next fiscal year.

Sterling Main Street Has Chance At $25K Prize

May 9, 2016
America's Main Streets / Independent We Stand

Twenty-five thousand dollars – that’s the cash prize one community in the WNIJ listening area could win in a national main street contest.

Sterling is one of three Illinois communities nominated as a quarterfinalist for the “America’s Main Streets” competition. That’s hosted by the small-business and “buy local” movement Independent We Stand.

Hands Across The Rock

Nov 19, 2015
Guy Stephens / WNIJ


Many cities compete with their neighbors to attract business and development.  Some become fierce rivals in what is often perceived to be a zero-sum game.  The leaders of two northern Illinois cities across the Rock River from each other, however, say that’s changing -- at least between their towns.  The mayors of Sterling and Rock Falls feel cooperation and encouragement is the key to both their futures