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Greeting Card from Rockford, Illinois. ca. 1941, Rockford, Illinois, USA, Rockford, founded in 1834, is the third largest city in the state of Illinois. Population more than 85,000. Noted for its machine tool and furniture industries. Just a few miles sou
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The Amount Visitors to Rockford Spent Last Year is Pretty Amazing

Our friend Andrea Mandala from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) joins the WROK Morning Show every Friday to give you a rundown on all the cool things there are to see, do, and enjoy every weekend here in Rockford. It seems as though her message is resonating with a lot of people, which results in a lot of money and jobs for the Rockford area.

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How Does Illinois’ Healthcare Compare to the Rest of the Country?

There's been a lot of discussion, arguing, and shouting about healthcare over the last few months. What to do about a failing Affordable Care Act, whether to repeal and replace, how we're going to pay for it, etc. But what about the state of healthcare in Illinois? Where do we stand when compared to the nation in general?

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Illinois Gas Prices Continue to Rise

It's not your imagination. You actually are paying more for a gallon of gas today than you did last month, and almost 25 cents more than you did last year at this time. And yes, the rise in prices is continuing.

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Boat Builders Prepare Narrow Boats To Meet High Demands
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Take a Look at Illinois’ Top Boat Names for 2017

In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I am not a boat guy. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against boats. As a matter of fact, I've never been out on the Rock River boating without having a great time. It's just that I don't want one, I want friends who have one.

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5 Things That Aren't Jay Cutler Chicago Should Ship to Miami
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5 Things That Aren’t Jay Cutler Chicago Should Ship to Miami

Former Chicago Bear QB Jay Cutler is now a Miami Dolphin. Jay signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dolphins on Sunday. Miami can have these 5 things too.

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University of Illinois is Knocked Out of the Top Ten Party Schools List

This is kind of a good news/bad news scenario, depending on whether you're an attending student or a parent who's paying your kid's tuition at the U of I. Those parents hoping for more studying than partying out of their child are probably smiling, while the would-be party animals are not.

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Weird, Strange, and Bizarre Laws Still on Illinois’ Books–Part Two

Last week in this space I posted a piece called "You Probably Didn't Know These Things are Against the Law in Illinois." To be honest, I thought that would be the end of it. I mean, how many bizarro-world laws can one state have? Turns out, thanks to some research by alert listener Mike, we've got more. Plenty more.

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Downpours flood Chicago-area streets, basements -- with more rain on way
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Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines to Flooded Counties

There are many people, especially those who are dealing with the aftermath of this month's storms and flooding, who will be glad to say goodbye to July, 2017.

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How Do Illinois’ School Systems Compare with the Rest of the Country?

When matched up with school systems from all over the U.S., Illinois does surprisingly well, according to a new study, published today.

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Which Member of the Chicago Cubs Draws the Biggest Paycheck?

That's easy, right? It's gotta be Kris Bryant. Nope. How about Anthony Rizzo? Wrong again. Okay...Jon Lester? It's not him, either.

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