Monthly Archives: November 2013

Monthly Meeting of the Stephenson County Board Tonight – Online Information Limited!

Next meeting on November 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the County Board Room at the Stephenson County Court House, 15 N. Galena Avenue, Freeport.

Although there is an agenda online, information to be discussed on the agenda is not included making it impossible to evaluate items to be discussed and voted upon.

Some items to be covered this meeting:

Adoption of the Annual Appropriation Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 (not attached)

Adoption of the Property Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 (not atttached)

Approval of Real Estate Agent Contract to represent the County in the sale of Mill Race Crossing Property (Agent not named on Agenda)

For a brief outline of the agenda go to


Case of the Week – If You Make Noncash Donations – Those Appraisals Made by Employees of Charities May Be Worthless!

The Tax Court disallowed charitable deductions for clothing valued at $9,500 by the taxpayers because they did not obtain qualified appraisals for the contributed property. The taxpayer said that while they could not definitively identify the various persons whose initials appeared on the appraisals submitted as evidence, they assumed the appraisers were volunteer employees of the thrift shop. The court said that the regulations preclude the charity or an employee of the charity from serving as a qualified appraiser.

See Haskett v. Comm’r, T.C. Summary 2013-76 (9/26/13)


Fall Instrumental Music Concert at Highland Community College

This annual event is on Friday November 15 at 7:30 pm in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. It features the Highland Concert Band under the direction of Scott Stich and the Highland Big Band under the direction of Bill Petersen with talented student and community musicians.

The Concert Band is a 40 member instrumental ensemble comprised of students, faculty, and community members of high school age or older. The Big Band is comprised of students and community members high school age or older.

Tickets are Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Students: $6. Ticket information at 815.599.3718 or on line at


Packer Fans Don’t Care – They Want to Watch the Bears Play Today (Sunday Nov 10)!

Packers (Philadelphia) and Bears (Detroit) play today on Fox at 12:00 pm. Of course, if you Packer fans have Comcast, no game for you! Remember, as of October 16, the Madison station which showed Packer games was deleted from the Comcast channel line up in Freeport! The City of Freeport receives $375,000 in cable television taxes from Comcast.


2013 FHN Festival of Trees Has Begun!

You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to start enjoying the holiday season. FHN has sponsored this event for years and there is something for everyone from movies on Saturdays in November for children to a special showing of White Christmas, a community holiday tree in front of FHN Memorial Hospital, a tree decorating contest to benefit non-profit organizations, musical events, visits with Santa, and Casino Loyale Holiday Gala to benefit FHN’s Beyond Words therapy dog program and Friends Forever Humane Society. Good Day Illinois intends to keep everyone up to date on these fantastic events beginning with Holiday Movie Series at the Lindo Theater.

The Holiday Movie Series for children begins tomorrow with the schedule and movies as follows:

All at 10 am
Nov. 9 — Free Birds PG ($3.50)
Nov. 16 — Thor: The Dark World PG-13 ($3.50)
Nov. 23 — Labyrinth PG (FREE)
Nov. 30 — Frozen PG ($3.50)

And on Wednesday, December 18 there will be a special showing of the classic, White Christmas at 1 pm and 7 pm. A special bonus after each showing will be a discussion of the movie led by Alan Wenzel and Ed Finch. Admission is a free-will offering and/or a food drive donation. Sounds like fun – you enjoy a classic movie and get to help the holiday food drive.


It’s The Second Week of Boys High School Football Playoffs With Many Area Teams Advancing!

Here are the games with area teams:

Class 1A
Stockton at Galena, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:00 pm
Freeport Aquin at Lena-Winslow, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:00 pm

Class 2A
Pearl City-Eastland at Sterling Newman Central Catholic, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2:00 pm

Class 3A
Kankakee McNamara at Winnebago, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:30 pm
Oregon at Aurora Christian, Saturday, Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m.

Class 4A
Rockford Lutheran at Rochelle, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:00 pm

Class 6A
Rockford Boylan at Cary Grove, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:00 pm

Class 7A
Rockton Hononegah at Lake Zurich, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:00 pm

If your teams keep winning, then plan on the championship games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb:
Class 1A, 2A, 3A & 4A: Friday, November 29, 2013
Class 5A, 6A, 7A & 8A: Saturday, November 30, 2013


Good Day Illinois Reports That San Francisco Is Getting Ready for the Holidays!

It still looks fall like in Northwest Illinois, but soon all over the country we will be decorating for the holidays.

Pictures below show snow flakes on lamp posts on Market Street, Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, and Gold Gate Bridge.





We are experiencing higher than normal system traffic. To avoid long wait times, please try to access the system during non-peak periods – weekdays, before 9:00 am or after 6:00 pm or on weekends. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The above is a recent notice on an IRS website – translated this means:

We have spent billions on our computers, but they still do not work. We recommend that if you wish to get through to us that you contact us between 1 and 3 am. Our agents will be sleeping at that time, but will review your message during normal working hours. Please avoid any profanity when leaving messages since we have computer programs written by the National Security Agency that automatically delete messages containing profanity or obscene gestures. These deleted messages are then forwarded to the appropriate governmental agency for further action. And frankly we don’t give a damn if this inconveniences you. Remember we non-essential employees have had to go to back work and deal with people like you which we find rather inconvenient.


Case of the Week Decided November 1, 2013 – United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Rules Against Titan Tire Union in Freeport, Illinois

An arbitrator ruled that Titan Tire of Freeport must pay the salary of the Union President which was nearly $80,000 and about $50,000 for the Benefit Representative. The ruling was upheld by the Federal District Court. Titan Tire appealed the ruling, and the decision of the District Court was reversed. The Court Stated:

The arbitrator found that the labor agreements between Titan and the union required Titan to pay the full-time salaries of Local 745’s President and Benefit Representative. However, such an agreement violates the plain language of Section 302(a) of the LMRA and is not exempt by Section 302(c) because the President’s and Benefit Representative’s full-time salaries are not vested rights earned “by reason of” their former employment at Titan. Rather, the President and Benefit Representative earn their current salaries because of their service to Local 745 members. Because the arbitrator’s order to Titan to reinstate direct salary payments to the President and Benefit Representative would require Titan to violate Section 302, its decision must be vacated. For these and the forgoing reasons, we REVERSE and REMAND for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

For the full ruling see Titan Tire Corp. of Freeport, Inc. v. United Steel, Paper and Forestry etc., No. 12-1152 (November 1, 2013) at