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Attendance at Rockford’s Sites and Attractions Went Up in 2016

Being big supporters of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) as we are around here, we often salute the efforts of the RACVB to market Rockford as a travel destination to people outside our area. According to some new numbers released this week, we have good reason to applaud.

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It Turns Out That Illinois is a Pretty Good State for Working Moms

With Mother’s Day around the corner and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.  And, guess what? The Land of Lincoln is among the best places for a working mom to be.

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Here’s Your Complete Guide to Summer’s Free Museum Days in Chicago

Mark your calendars, you and the family can get free admission to all of these Chicago museums on these days this summer.

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Throwback: Illinois’ 2nd Most Famous Resident Sent to Federal Prison 85 Years Ago

How's that for a teaser? Who is Illinois' 2nd most famous resident? And, for that matter, who is the 1st most famous? And really, being Illinois, "went to prison" could mean a lot of different famous people.

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SwedishAmerican Foundation Kicks Off Yard of the Month Contest with Neighbors

Years ago, my neighborhood had an ongoing "yard of the month" award, complete with a sign that declared your yard to be awesome, and, I think a gift card was thrown in as well. I wouldn't know for sure, because my yard never won. 

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Let the Arguing Begin! These Are Rockford’s Best Restaurants, According to Yelp

Anytime someone puts together a list of the "best of _______," or the "worst of ________," you are guaranteed an argument. The biggest reason, or course, is that so many best/worst of lists are entirely subjective.

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It Turns Out That Illinois is a Lot More Fun Than You May Have Thought

We've said it before, and it will be said many more times: "Illinois is too hard on itself." To be fair, many times we're hard on ourselves for good reasons--high property taxes, ineffective state government, massive pension debts, crime, corruption, to name just a few. But even with those negatives, it seems that Illinois is still fun. And, a lot more fun than many other states.

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Radio Shack Joins Hhgregg in Closing Up Shop in Rockford

It's been that kind of month in Rockford. Earlier in April, electronics retailer hhgregg announced they were seeking bankruptcy protection in the hopes of finding a buyer for their 220 stores. A few days later, they announced that a buyer couldn't be found.

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What’s the Best Day of the Week to Buy Gas in Rockford?

If you're like me, and I know I am--you've never really considered what day of the week it is while stopping to fill up with gas. I mean, call me old school, but I generally fill up when it appears that my tank is low and in need of a refuel. Now I find out that's been costing me money.

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Where Illinois Sits on the Most vs. Least Gambling-Addicted States List

Gambling addiction, or "Gambling disorder," affects slightly more than 2% of the U.S. adult population, but the price tag for society is quite a bit higher, according to a study by the National Council on Problem Gambling. We're talking costs around the $6 billion mark. So, how much of that money is coming from Illinois?

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