The Carroll County Fair Association hosted their Annual Christmas party celebration Friday, January 10th, at the Barnacopia, 2570 North Westbranch Rd., Polo, IL. The meal was catered by 3 Headed Monster BBQ, Rhett Roethe, owner. The Carroll County Fair will celebrate 62 years in 2014. It takes each and every fair board member to keep the Fair and the Fair Grounds going year after year for patrons to enjoy. This year’s dates are August 5th-9th. Hope to see you at the Fair. (Photo courtesy of Dondi Polzin/Andrew Williamson)
Better Late Than Never
West Carroll Primary students from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade music classes and band performed for a large crowd on January 8, 2014. The concert was scheduled for December, but was postponed due to the weather.
(Top) Director Anne Pudwill did a great job preparing the children once again as they performed a wide variety of festive tunes.
(Rt) One year old Ryker McCombie of Mount Carroll was all smiles as he watched his older brothers perform during the holiday concert at the West Carroll Primary School in Savanna.
(PA photos/Lynnette Forth)
West Carroll Middle School Students of the Month
West Carroll Middle School December Students of the Month are (L to R) Jackson Miller, 6th Grade; Carson Moon, 7th Grade, and Matthew Johnston, 8th Grade. Congratulations! (Courtesy of Christie Grimm)
Lincoln Visits Pearl City
Mr. Johnson’s Civil War history class had a visit from a former President. The site was quite eerie as President Lincoln emerged through the fog to speak to the class. Of course it wasn’t Abraham Lincoln, but renowned Lincoln re-enactor George Buss.
Complete with the Stove Pipe hat, which he informed students was where he keeps his important papers, Mr. Lincoln spent the entire class in character to the extent of closing the door when he was discussing the “racy material” of Our American Cousin, the play that was being performed at Ford’s Theatre when John Wilkes Booth shot the President.
Mr. Buss spoke about his life and answered questions from the class.
Lego League Braden Diddens and Jenna Robinson watch Robot go through Challenges at competition in Rockford.
Cooperation and Gracious Professionalism: These Core Values established by First Lego League came into practice on Saturday, December 14 as the Pearl City TechnoWolves competed against 15 other teams at Eisenhower Middle School in Rockford Illinois.
Comprised of four judged events (Table Missions, Team Work, Robot Design, and a Skit), the day proved to be full of fun and learning.
This year’s team includes Connor Boop, Liana Rosenstiel, both 7th graders, and fellow 6th graders Jenna Robinson, Braden Diddens, Mitchell Brinkmeier, and Autumn Gray. Performing their skit about the TechnoWolves “invention,” the PDR — Personal Doppler Radar— proved to be the highlight of the day.
Although their robot missions did not fare as well, many ideas were gained from watching the various robots from other schools, one of the goals of the competition. Sometimes seeming to have a mind of his own, the team’s robot, named “Maximus” from the list of weather service names, often earned the nickname “Wreck-it Max” as it tore across the Lego table!
Team Work included an impromptu group task involving building a strong, weather-withstanding house, all to go along with this year’s theme of “Nature’s Fury.” All in all, the day was seen as successful and the kids are already making plans for next year’s adventure!
Pitter Patter Pantry Plans for New Year
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lanark United Methodist Church will be the annual meeting of Pitter Patter Pantry of Carroll County, an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization.
The mission of the Pantry is to serve the families with children birth to 5 years of age that are enrolled in the WIC (Women’s, Infants, Children) program.
We welcome additional volunteers to staff the Pantry and interested individuals and organizations willing to donate time, talents, or resources to the Pantry.
Any questions or to make reservation for January 18, please contact Gretchen at 815-433-6076 or 815-440-5616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers’ Credit Card Security Concerns
Consumers responding to a Better Business Bureau survey about identity theft indicated their greatest concern was hackers breaking into a business database and stealing credit card numbers, foreshadowing the massive data breach that hit Target.
“Our recent survey results showed consumers’ concern to be all too real with the revelation of a hacking attack on Target,” explained Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Office of the Better Business Bureau. “In today’s world, where credit is often easier to use than currency, consumers are often dependent upon the quality of business data security.”
“This latest theft of credit card data shows that even the largest and most experienced companies can be vulnerable to hackers,” Horton noted. “While there are a limited number of precautions consumers can take to avoid this type of theft, they now must be extra vigilant in checking their credit card statements and credit reports.”
While the theft of credit card information from Target makes news because of its size, there continue to be everyday threats to your credit card security, explained the BBB president. Among these, he said the BBB survey showed that loss or theft of credit cards or IDs while shopping was the second most worrisome concern.
Use of credit cards for purchases made on the phone or online drew half the concern of the data breach, or physical theft or loss of a credit card. Horton noted that even though these were far less worrisome in the consumers’ minds, they should be treated with the same concern, since the numbers go into the same company database.
One surprising finding is that people responding to the survey indicated that bills, invoices and personal information thrown out in the trash were considered much less of a potential ID security threat.
“Big data breaches that impact millions of people grab attention,” Horton said. “However, if you are the person whose credit rating is at risk through a credit card bill carelessly tossed in the trash, then that problem is every bit as important to you as a massive data theft.”
He said it pays to be cautious with all papers that contain personal and financial information. For more information on data breaches visit http://chicago.bbb.org/article/data-breach-tips-45303.
Two Local Students Named to Clarke Dean’s List
Danielle Stralow of Morrison, and Nicole Johnson of Prophetstown were named to the Dean’s List at Clarke University for the fall 2013 semester. The list recognizes full-time Clarke students who have earned a 3.65 grade-point average or above, on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 graded hours.
Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.
Joys of Gardening slated for February 15
Join us for the 17th annual Joys of Gardening program offered by the U of I Extension and the U of I Extension Master Gardeners. The program will be held on Saturday, February 15, at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. The program will begin with registration at 8 a.m., Keynote Presentation at 8:25 a.m., and breakout sessions following the Keynote Presentation.
The Joys of Gardening Keynote Presentation “Gardening in the 21st Century: Sustainable, Low Maintenance Landscape” will be presented by Rory Klick, Horticulture Department Chair at the College of Lake County. Explore creative ways to incorporate native plant species into your landscape in place of traditional landscape varieties, and move beyond adding plants as individuals to considering the plant/soil relationship.
Following the keynote presentation will be a series of four breakout sessions. Each breakout session will include six unique classes to choose from. Session one: Isn’t Horticulture Already Green?, A Passion for Soil: Soil Nutrient Management, Alien Plant Invaders: Rated “G” for Gardeners, Growing Iris: Plant your Own Rainbow, Starting from Seed, and Preserving the Harvest. Session two: Cooking with Fresh Produce, Organic Vegetable Gardening, Butterfly Gardening and Garden Journaling, Growing Veggies in Raised Beds, Gardening on the Dark Side: Adventures in Dry Shade, and the Three H’s: Heuchera, Hosta, and Hemerocallis. Session three: Planning for Seed Saving, Cooking with Fresh Produce, Making and Using Cold Frames, Integrated Pest Management, Gardening with Bluebirds, What’s New in Annuals and Perennials. Session four: The Plant People Relationship: Exploring the Therapeutic Benefits of Plants and Gardening.
Joys of Gardening will again feature the popular Master Gardener Seed Giveaway. Master Gardeners have collected, cleaned, and packaged seeds from their yards and these seeds will be available to participants at no charge.
A silent auction will be held at Joys of Gardening to support the University of Illinois Extension- Master Gardener Programs that are offered throughout the year in Stephenson County. In addition to the silent auction there will be door prizes and educational displays.
Pre-registration is required by calling the University of Illinois Extension at 815-235-4125 or on line at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw. Registration cost is $25 for the full day (includes lunch) or $15 for a half day (no lunch). Registration deadline is February 10.
Dillard Calls for Firing of Corrections Chief and Investigation
Republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard today called on Governor Pat Quinn to fire Illinois Department of Corrections Director Salvador Godinez, after Corrections officials permitted a former gang member with a lengthy criminal record to be hired by the Department of Corrections. Xadrian McCraven was fired only after a Sun-Times investigation became public.
“It’s outrageous that former gang members are now running the prisons,” Dillard said. “No matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, from Chicago or Cairo, this is just plain wrong and dangerous.”
Dillard called on the Governor’s Inspector General to investigate the circumstances under which McCraven was hired and whether any political influence was exerted to secure his employment. “The Governor needs to come clean and tell people who Mr. McCraven’s clout is. Who intervened with the Blagojevich and Quinn administrations to get this guy a state job?”
Dillard noted that McCraven’s 24 arrests and documented gang connections make it unlikely IDOC followed its own internal procedures in conducting a complete criminal background check.
Dillard called for Auditor General Bill Holland to determine whether IDOC hiring procedures were followed. “I’m filing a resolution to investigate whether someone bypassed hiring safeguards, or if hiring procedures need to be radically overhauled to prevent this from happening again,” Dillard said.
When McCraven was originally transferred to IDOC in 2013, he was assigned to the Parole Divisions. In that capacity he had access to all DOC gang activity and employee records. Unbelievably, McCraven came from the Department of Children and Family Services, where he was assigned to be a child protection worker. “Who’s watching the store?” Dillard said. “Putting children at risk is the height of irresponsibility.”
This is not the first time that Quinn’s IDOC administrators have come under fire for questionable hiring practices. Nearly a year ago Director Godinez was cited by the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission for the unqualified hiring of Louis Hare, the son of former Democrat Congressman Phil Hare.
Additionally, in June 2013 Southern Illinois Deputy Director Ty Bates resigned his position after it was revealed that he had been sending sexual text messages to a lower level female correctional officer. Further records showed that it was the second time during Bates’ career with the Department he had been investigated for sexual harassment of female officers.
“You would think Governor Quinn would have learned his lesson after the failure of his early-release program,” Dillard said. “We need a full-scale review of IDOC operations, beginning with the removal of Director Godinez. The 10,000 hardworking, rank-and-file correctional employees deserve better than this.”
StarLab Shows at PSF Earth & Space Science Museum
The chill of winter brings with it crisp, bright winter skies, perfect for nighttime stargazing if you bundle up. On Saturday, January 18th Diane Sipiera will bring the beauty of the winter sky into the warm confines of StarLab portable planetarium.
Diane’s simple presentation will introduce you to Orion the Great Hunter, Taurus the Bull, Canis Major and Gemini the Twins. StarLab will feature the winter constellations with shows at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the PSF Earth & Space Science Museum, 115 N. Main Street in the Village of Elizabeth.
Admission is $5.00 per person. For more information please call the Planetary Studies Foundation at (815) 858-2014 or visit www.planets.org. Find us on Facebook and follow @PSF1989 on Twitter for upcoming events and special announcements.
Volunteers Sought for Mercy Hospice Services
Mercy Hospice, a service of Mercy Medical Center, is in need of individuals who are caring and dedicated with an interest in volunteering to spend time with terminally ill patients. Mercy Hospice volunteers call the work inspirational, fulfilling and life changing and receive great satisfaction from helping others turn hurt into healing by providing companionship.
Hospice volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, all aimed at helping patients and their families. Whether it is baking goodies, reading, playing music, providing companionship or offering vigil support, being a Mercy Hospice volunteer offers you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.
While hospice volunteers can serve any needs in our region, Ashley Spain, Volunteer Coordinator for Mercy Hospice, said there is a great need for volunteers in the Savanna, Illinois area. A training class has been scheduled for January 28 and 30 for all interested persons. For more information on joining the team or to register for the upcoming training session, call Ashley Spain with Mercy Hospice at 563-244-5496 or email email@example.com.
CC Humane Society Meeting Report
The Carroll County Humane Society held their January Meeting on Wed. Jan 8th. At the meeting final preparations were made for the Soup and Sandwich Brunch which will be held on Jan. 19th at the Neiman Deihl Auditorium in Mt Carroll. It was decided to charge $8 for adults and $5 for kids 4-10 at the door and if tickets purchased in advance then they would be $1 less.
Everyone was reminded that the new year for the Humane Society would start next month and the election of officers would take place and to remember that the meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend and see what our group is about.
The Humane Society would like to have a dance in Feb. and will finish plans for that at a special meeting to be announced later this month.
We have had several applications for spay and neuter and have been able to help those in need.
- Mary Green, Secretary
IPF Offers Journalism Grants
The Illinois Press Foundation is again giving away thousands of dollars to Illinois high school media programs.
Both public and private schools may apply for “mini-grants” up to $1,500 each. The money may be used to buy cameras, computers, software and other items the school may need to maintain or grow its media programs. Both print media and online journalism programs are eligible.
Since the grant program began three years ago, the IPF and its affiliates have given more than $50,000 to schools throughout Illinois, said Barry J. Locher, director of the IPF. “We’ve bought a lot of computers and cameras for schools,” Locher said. “We’re committed to helping young people further their interest in the noble profession of journalism, enabling them to learn the skills they need to continue telling the important and touching stories of our lives and helping them discover the value of real, honest, investigative reporting.
For complete rules and information about how to apply for a grant contact Locher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2014.
The IPF is the charitable arm of the Illinois Press Association, which represents the interests of more than 480 daily and weekly newspapers.
It’s Not Too Late to be a Vendor at the Galena Bridal Fair
Do you have product in your store that a bride to be would be interested in? Do you provide a service essential to making a wedding day successful? The Galena Bridal Fair Committee is seeking businesses with a presence in the wedding industry to participate in their annual Galena Bridal Fair.
The event is being held at the Galena Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This is the fourth year for this highly successful show which attracts brides from the tri-state area interested in products and services available for local and destination weddings. Space is available and the rates are the most reasonable in the tri-state area. Don’t be fooled by the low cost; we have a very aggressive marketing campaign planned.
Unlike other bridal shows, the Galena Bridal Fair is being hosted by businesses just like yours that service the bridal industry. 100% of the income is being used to host and promote the event to couples in Northern Illinois as well as Northeastern Iowa, Southern Wisconsin and the Chicago metropolitan area. Our marketing campaign includes print media, bridal industry websites, radio, social networking and a two month feature event listing on www.theknot.com.
Please visit our website at www.galenabridalfair.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GalenaBridalFair . Our contact information is available on our website or you may email us at email@example.com.
If you serve the wedding industry in any way, this is a great way to get your businesses name out there to those looking for your service. Contact us today to register for this great event! We look forward to working with you.
Schilling on Jobs Report: ‘Big Government Has Failed
For each job created in December, five more Americans gave up looking for work
The Labor Department released a disappointing jobs report today as only 74,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in December, falling well short of expectations. An additional 347,000 Americans gave up searching for work and left the work force altogether, resulting in a historically low labor participation rate of only 62.8 percent.
Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, released the following statement today in response to the disappointing jobs report:
“This is an economic disaster, and unfortunately, working Americans are the ones paying for it. For every new job ‘created’ this month, five people gave up looking for work and dropped out of the work force. It’s clear that we are headed in the wrong direction, and it’s time to make a change.
“We’ve tried big government, we’ve tried over-taxing and over-regulating, and it has failed. Now it’s time to get an inefficient and ineffective government out of the way, stop the over-taxing and over-regulating that’s put us in this mess, and rebuild our economy from the foundation—by creating good jobs for hard-working Americans.”
Bustos ‘Incredibly Disappointed’ With Fed’s Denial of Public Assistance
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement expressing disappointment that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied Illinois’ request for Public Assistance to help nine Illinois counties, including Tazewell County, recover from the tornadoes that hit the state on November 17, 2013. The State of Illinois plans to appeal the decision.
“I’m incredibly disappointed that FEMA has denied Illinois’ request for Public Assistance to communities across our state that were hit hard by the devastating tornadoes last November,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “After seeing firsthand the damage the tornadoes did to areas in my district, a Public Assistance designation would go a long way toward helping cities and towns rebuild and recover. I support the State of Illinois’ appeal of this decision and will work with the other Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to help our state recover from this natural disaster.”
In December, Bustos, along with the rest of the Illinois delegation, sent a letter to President Obama in support of Governor Quinn’s request for FEMA Public Assistance for nine Illinois counties – Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne, and Woodford – due to immense storm damage. Federal Public Assistance would remove debris, repair damage to public water systems, and continue day-to-day operations as recovery from the disaster continues over the next several months.
Highland Community College announces 2012 Service Award recipients
Highland Community College employees were recognized for their years of service as part of the Opening Days activities on January 9, 2014. The 2013 Service Award recipients included the following:
FIVE YEARS: Karen Graves, Library Technical Assistant; Amy Johnson, Coordinator of the Testing Center; Kay Ostberg, Instructor and Pete Willging, Director of Marketing and Community Relations
TEN YEARS: Sheila Ibalio, Bookstore Assistant; Donna Kauke, Dean of Health, Natural Science and Math; Paul Rabideau, Instructor; David Shockey, HCC Trustee. Donna Tufariello, Instructor and Rob Urish, HCC Trustee
FIFTEEN YEARS: Sam Fiorenza, Instructor; Barb Price, Financial Aid Specialist I; Kristin Salamandyk, Administrative Assistant; Michael Sopcic, Custodian; Sam Tucibat, Instructor and Laura Watson, Reference Librarian
TWENTY YEARS: Patricia Dunn, Director of Operations for the HCC Foundation; Charlie Green, Groundsperson; Madonna Keeney, Bookstore Manager; Alan Nowicki, Instructor and Sharon Schultz, Administrative Assistant
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS: Tom Bergstrom, Instructor; Carla Donaldson, Graphic Design Specialist; Rose Ferguson, Associate Vice-President for Human Resources; Cathie Schmerse, Instructor and Elwyn Webb, Scene and Lighting Designer
THIRTY YEARS: Jim Setterstrom, Instructor and Mike Shore, Director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Local PSEP Testing in February
The Illinois Pesticide Act requires individual farmers to become certified as a Private Pesticide Applicator in order to purchase and use restricted use pesticides (RUPs). To become certified, you must pass a closed-book, 50 question examination administered by representatives of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Once passed, a three-year certification license will be issued by the IDA upon receipt of a licensing fee.
Carroll-Lee-Whiteside Extension Unit will be hosting two test only sites this year: February 4 will be held at Loveland Community Building in Dixon, IL at 10:00 a.m. and February 6 will be held at Naaman Diehl Auditorium in Mt. Carroll at 10:00 a.m. You can register for these test only sites by visiting our webpage at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw or by calling 815-835-2070 other test only sites are also available throughout the state. Self-study training via the internet is an option for training by visiting http://web.extension.illinois.edu/psep/ or purchasing the training manual at your local county office.
2014 Illinois Cattle Feeders Meeting
Cattlemen and farmers in the state of Illinois will have the opportunity to hear from university and industry experts on strategies to maximize profits in cattle feeding. It is no secret with moderating grain prices that profits will again return to cattle feeding. The opportunity is large and this program will help producers take advantage of the good times to come. The meeting will be held March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL.
Speakers include: Dr. Tara Felix, Professor and Beef Cattle Nutritionist, University of Illinois, will discuss research findings when different protein sources were evaluated in corn silage based rations. Dr. Felix will also discuss the effect that gain pattern has on carcass quality grades and marbling scores.
Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo, Professor, Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management, University of Minnesota, will share research findings and generate discussion on the value of cattle manure to the grain farmer. He will also offer some management strategies to improve manure issues on the farm.
Dr. Dan Loy, Professor, Director of the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University, will offer insight to differences in cattle performance and manure value when looking at cattle fed out in lots, indoors, and in improved cattle feeding facilities.
Sam Odom, Beef Specialist, Summit Livestock Facilities, will address some frequently asked questions about improved livestock feeding facilities. He will offer some insight to design Reid Blossom, Executive Vice President, IL Beef Association, will give a policy update with the latest happenings at the legislature in Springfield and Washington D.C.
Reid Blossom, Executive Vice President, IL Beef Association, will give a policy update with the latest happenings at the legislature in Springfield and Washington D.C.
Meeting and lunch provided at no cost but require pre-registration by Friday, February 28 due to limited seating. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw or by calling Mary Nelson at the Whiteside Extension Office at 815-772-4075.
4-H Sewing and Snacks Workshop February 17
On President’s Day, Monday, February 17th at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, the University of Illinois Extension will be holding a sewing and nutritious snack workshop from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The cost for this workshop will be $10.00 per person for ages 8 to 18.
The attendees will split into two groups for each session. In sewing we will be making two pillow cases. One pillow case will go home with you and the other will be donated to a CGH cancer patient. For the snack session there will be three stations where you will learn to make healthy and yummy snacks including making your own smoothie.
Register by calling the Whiteside Extension office at 815/772-4075 or registering online at http://web.extenison.illinois.edu/clw/
Guys in Ties at Morrison Chamber Dinner
The Morrison Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The buffet dinner will be held at Cross Creek Golf Course, 15523 Henry Road, Morrison, IL, beginning at 5:00 p.m. (cocktails) and 6:00 p.m. (dinner).
Entertainment will be provided by the improv comedy troupe “Guys in Ties,” following a short meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Guys in Ties Improv Comedy, The National Touring Company of ComedySportz Quad Cities, are an elite traveling improv comedy troupe who present a hilarious and unforgettable show. They have opened for and/or performed with Weird Al Yankovic, Norm MacDonald, Howie Mandel, Darrell Hammond, Sinbad, Brad Sherwood, Tim Bedore, and many more!
Join us for an evening of G-rated laughter, great food, and networking. Delicious desserts will also be auctioned off to benefit Banners for Main Street. Cost for the evening is $30 per person and reservations are due by January 24, 2014. Seating is limited, so make your reservations now. For more information visit About the Chamber at www.morrisonchamber.com or call 815-772-3757.
A Dedication To Customer Satisfaction . . . Our Written Warranty
MOUNT CARROLL – For Doty’s Collision Center, Inc., customer satisfaction is based on years of experience. As our customer, you will receive the finest quality repairs available . . . guaranteed in writing.
We are ready and willing to answer all your questions concerning the estimating or repair process. Our professional staff will assist you with your insurance company. Their training assures you of quality repairs placing your satisfaction first. Our policies and standards are designed to provide prompt, competent, courteous and professional service to our customers.
Doty’s Collision Center’s philosophy, as professionals, is to exert every effort to eliminate problems before, during, and after the repairs are made. Modern facilities, the most advanced equipment, trained craftsmen who care, factory-compatible paints, and our written warranty add up to your satisfaction. We want your visit to our collision repair facility to be a positive experience, and we will work toward that goal.
Do you have to use the body shop the insurance company recommends?
Even though Doty’s Collision Center maybe preferred by many insurance companies’ body shop lists.
No body shop holds contracts with all insurance companies. If the shop you chose isn’t on the insurance company’s list, it doesn’t make them an inferior choice. If your shop isn’t on your insurance company’s direct repair list, you can still get your vehicle repaired professionally and efficiently. Reputable body shops will work with any insurance company to restore your vehicle to the condition it was in prior to your accident should provide a lifetime warranty on repairs.
Some insurance companies may want you to use their preferred shop, but you are not required to use the body shop that they recommend. In fact, the choice is yours, by law in most states the majority of the time.
Choosing the insurance company’s repair shop has benefits for the insurance company, which has negotiated lower labor and material rates, as well as parts discounts with those shops. The shop will have met the insurance company’s equipment and training requirements. Insurance companies will also require their shop to provide a lifetime warranty.
Also, reputable body shops will handle your claim with the insurance company. Doty’s Collision Center is familiar with local adjusters and will handle your claim expeditiously and professionally.
It is far more important that you are confident that quality repairs are made to your vehicle. Ask friends, family and co-workers for recommendations of body shops they prefer.
Visit, get estimates from several shops and ask these questions:
Does the shop have a lifetime warranty?
Do they have experience working on your type of car?
How long have they been in business?
Have they worked with your insurance company before?
The choice is yours.
Most people think they need to be informed on where their insurance company directs them to go. That is not correct in most cases. You may choose where to go yourself. Find a quality auto body.
For any questions on how Doty’s Collision Center, Inc. can help please contact us at 815-244-3689 710 South East St. Mount Carroll, IL. Dedicated to customer satisfaction. Please ask about our written warranty.