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We Complained About the Cold, Now We’re Tweeting About the Heat

People who've lived around this area for a while know that most winters are lengthy, dreary, mostly snowfall-free (lately), and really, really cold. That's just the way it is, and we deal with it. Sure, there's some complaining, but we mostly just soldier on, confident in the knowledge that we'll have a nice two-day Spring, then head into the blast furnace.

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Illinois is a Pretty Good State to Live in if You’re a Working Dad

Gee, I'd almost forgotten that this is the week leading up to Father's Day. I'm always hip to the fact that Mother's Day is on the horizon, but for whatever reason--probably because as the dad in my house I'm not expected to contribute to Father's Day planning--the celebration of fatherhood often slips my mind until I'm buried in cards and neckties.

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The 5 Rockford Area Businesses I Can't Live Without
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The 5 Rockford Area Businesses I Can’t Live Without

Imagine walking up to a business you love and finding the windows boarded up and they would never be open again. How distraught would you be?

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What to Avoid During Rockford’s Current Heatwave

As I write this, Rockford's current temperature reading is only 84 degrees. However, before the day is out, we'll see temps over 90 degrees with a heat index that goes even higher. The next several days may bring even warmer temperatures--maybe even as high as 95.

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Beat the Heat with 10 Spray Pads in Rockford

Sure, we love summer, but sometimes it's just too hot to handle. Enter the spray pads.

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Taking a Look at Illinois’ Economic Health Compared to Other States

We haven't had a working budget in the Land of Lincoln for years. We've got pension problems galore, the highest property taxes in the nation, and a pile of overdue bills that would make the strongest desk sag under the weight. So really, could any state be in worse economic shape that we are? In a word: yes. 

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Winnebago County Health Department Reminds You to Watch Out for These Guys

And by these guys, I mean ticks. Warmer weather is here and Winnebago County is already seeing an increased number in Lyme Disease cases over last year's numbers.

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Where Does Illinois Place on the List of America’s Safest States?

It might get to you sometimes. You know, reading over and over again in various spots about how dangerous Rockford is. About how dangerous Chicago is. How dangerous Bloomington, Peoria, and East St. Louis are. How could you not think that Illinois is danger-central? Well, maybe because there are lots of other states that could take that title before us.

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We’ve Got Some Strange Names for Places in Illinois

I was just watching something on YouTube that had people from anywhere other than the Midwest trying to pronounce Midwestern place names. As you might imagine, it was pretty humorous to watch folks take on names that we're fairly familiar with, but they had never heard of.

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Here’s Some Good News–Illinois Gas Prices Are Dropping As We Head Into Summer

Here in Illinois, we'll take good news wherever and whenever we can get it. So, with that in mind, those of us who are planning on hitting the road this summer can look forward to lower gas prices.

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