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Bag Ban at Winnebago County Courthouse Takes Effect Monday

We were told by Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana that having to chop $4.3 million from his department would mean plenty of layoffs and cutbacks. The "bag ban" that begins Monday, October 23rd at the Winnebago County Courthouse is an example.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Releases His Tax Returns

I don't know which of these two things would be less fun--going to Wrigley Field last night to see the Cubs lose game 3 of the NLCS to the Dodgers, or releasing your tax returns for the world to see and/or judge. Yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner did both.

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How Energy Efficient Are We in Illinois?

As the registered and certified dad in my house, I'm duty-bound to spend plenty of my time turning off lights, lowering the thermostat, and most importantly, asking my family if any or all of them were born in a barn. Like the commercial says, it's what you do. It's not that I'm obsessed with energy efficiency, it's more of an obsession about paying less in utilities. Is your house different?

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Brandon Saad Had a Hat Trick Last Night–So, What Happens to All the Hats?

The Chicago Blackhawks had their season-opener last night at the United Center in Chicago, and they showed up ready to play. The final score had the Hawks stomping the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1. What's more, Brandon Saad, back with the Blackhawks once again, scored 3 goals (aka a "hat-trick"). So, what actually happens to the hundreds, if not thousands, of hats that were thrown on the ice in celebration?

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One Of Illinois Top 'Little-Known Getaway' Spots Is In Rockford
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This Stunning Illinois ‘Little-Known Getaway’ Is Actually In Rockford

If you need an "upscale urban retreat" Rockford is apparently home to one of the best in Illinois.

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How Financially Savvy are Illinoisans? We Could Be Better

I've heard people make the argument that schools should be teaching students life skills like balancing a checkbook, paying bills, or creating/maintaining a savings program. I tend to agree, and seeing where our state ranks among "financially savvy" states justifies that feeling for me.

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Website Declares Rockford to be the 5th Most Dangerous City in America

While we get many things right here in Rockford, studies continue to say that crime is the real albatross around our city's neck.

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Northern Illinois Just Set Some Heat Records–But Cooler Temps Are Coming

After the relatively cool summer we in the Rockford area just experienced, it seems somewhat odd that September would bring along with it a record-breaking heatwave. But it did, and we've got the numbers to prove it.

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The Better Business Bureau Warns of ‘Puppy Scams’

One of the good things to come out of all the horrific weather that Texas and Florida recently endured is the fact that thousands of lost and/or abandoned dogs and cats are being adopted into new homes around the country at a record rate. If you're looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, please consider a rescue animal. You'll be doing a world of good--and you'll avoid a potential scam.

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The 10 Best Rockford Spots Where You Can Eat The 'Most Iconic' Sandwich In Illinois
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The 10 Best Rockford Spots Where You Can Eat The ‘Most Iconic’ Sandwich In Illinois

Who needs Chicago when you can drive around Rockford to scoop up the "Most Iconic" sandwich in Illinois?

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