Early Finding For West Nile Virus In Sterling

Jul 18, 2017

A batch of mosquitoes recently tested positive for West Nile Virus in Whiteside County. Health officials say it’s an early result in the testing season.

Health officials have been testing for West Nile Virus since 2002.

Gene Johnston, Director of Environmental Health at the Whiteside County Health Department, says it’s common to get positive results -- but usually in August or September.

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Dr. Richard Ng pleaded guilty in a Federal court in Rockford to illegally dispensing drugs.  

The physician operated the Sauk Medical Clinic in DeKalb and Sterling.  According to plea reports, he dispensed drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine sulfate outside the course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.  Investigators says he provided the drugs to undercover federal agents after a minimal examination, even after hearing from the undercover officers that they were sharing pills.  

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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.