Gary, You are very welcome. I may have mislead you as to where to obtain the actual microfilm for interlibrary loan - It can be "rented" from the Abraham Lincoln Library inSpringfield. Not just our newspapers, but many other cities in IL. Here is the link: http://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/Microfilm.htmhttp://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/Microfilm.htm This website will explain it better. They are digitalizing many of the newspapers and said they will eventually be available online at not charge. Our Tampico Tornado (1876-1966) was microfilmed by them as part of the grant they received for the IL Newspaper Project.
The Sterling library has the Sterling Gazette newspapers on microfilm and you can view them onsite or they will send you individual copy of article(s), but I don't think they participate in the inter-library loan program. Sorry for the confusion. I'm glad you got a response from them; it has not been the case for many I have referred lately. Best of Luck to you! Denise Family History Coordinator Tampico Area Historical Society Tampico, IL www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com