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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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Is This the Ultimate Bucket List for Illinoisans?

Thanks to a pretty lame movie of the same name, the "Bucket List" is something we often hear about, and maybe even have one of our own. For those who've been too busy living their lives to pay attention to trendy phrases, a bucket list is simply a number of things that one wishes to do or experience before they die--or, "kick the bucket."

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Take a Look at What Illinoisans Pay Every Single Day in Gas Taxes

Just when you thought it was safe to take a little break from thinking about taxes, we get a new report that details what we're spending on gas taxes. Looking it over, it seems that every day is tax day.

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Area Law Enforcement Saturation Patrols Produce Results Over the Easter Weekend

Our longtime friend, Ken Decoster, joins the WROK Morning Show every Tuesday after the 8:30am news to share the latest from both the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and Crimestoppers. One of our topics this morning was the results of the weekend's "saturation patrols" of high crime areas.

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Where Does Illinois Rank on the List of America’s Greenest States?

Life is all about the green. For some, that means cash. For others, it's all about the environment. For companies looking to expand their share of the marketplace by showing how much they care about the planet, it's both. For Illinois, it seems to be about being in the middle.

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These Might Be the Lewdest-Sounding Town Names in the Midwest

A year or so back, I posted a piece in this space called "Some Illinois Towns Have Weird Names." Some of the Illinois towns mentioned as being weirdly named were: Goofy Ridge, Oblong, Lowpoint, Muddy, Ransom, and Preemption. Time to make the move from weirdness to lewdness.

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How Illinois’ Tax Burden Compares With Other States

Don't look now, but on the 18th of this month, Uncle Sam, on both the state and federal levels, will be looking for his cut of your earnings. If you've ever had the feeling that a bigger piece of your pie gets taken here in Illinois than in many other states--you're right.

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What Weird Things Are Illinoisans Searching For On Google?

A while back in this space, I posted a piece entitled "What are Illinoisans Asking Google About?" In a nutshell, it was a look at what each state, starting with our own, was asking Google about more than any other state. Some of the entries were a bit on the odd side, so today, let's go all the way to the weirdness.

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