from Ogle County News (April 27, 2017)

The Black Hawk Statue remains shrouded in black while the state budget is in the red, but a state representative promises to do what he can to help both.

“I will strongly advocate for including the Black Hawk restoration project in any capital bill discussions, and will continue to stay in communication with DNR [Illinois Department of Natural Resources] for updates and news regarding the project,” State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) wrote in an email last Friday.

The much-needed repairs to the surface of the 106-year-old Black Hawk Statue at Lowden State Park near Oregon have been side-tracked by the state legislature’s failure to pass a budget and red tape.

Meanwhile, the local landmark has been wrapped in black plastic since late last November to protect it from further damage.

Demmer said he has been in frequent contact with IDNR officials and has found out that..

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from (April 12, 2017)

STERLING – Local lawmakers offered advice Wednesday to two community leadership programs on how best to lead – and to serve.

"It's always about service," freshman Legislator Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, told members of the Whiteside Area Career Center's Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities class and the Sauk Valley Community Leadership Program.

The minute it's about politics there's a problem, she said.

McCombie, state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, and Kate Jennings Gerber, district director for U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, were among those attending a daylong leadership seminar sponsored by the college and by the Dixon, Rock Falls and Sauk Valley chambers of commerce, and held at Sauk Valley Media.

The three talked about their journey as legislators and how they serve their districts.

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