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If Bacon Makes Your World Go Round, You’ll Want to Head for Lombard

On the WROK Morning Show a couple of weeks ago, after reading about some competitive eater downing several pounds of bacon to win a contest, Joe Dredge asked me when I thought this whole "Life is Bacon-Bacon is Life" craze and obsession that we have in this country is going to finally cool off. Short answer: I don't see it happening anytime soon.

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You Can Take a Great Road Trip Without Leaving Illinois

Usually, when you think of a summer road trip, you're probably thinking about taking that trip out of Illinois. You may be thinking Wisconsin Dells, Lake of the Ozarks, Indiana Dunes, or maybe even farther-flung locales. A new study suggests that you consider keeping your next road trip within the boundaries of the Land of Lincoln.

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Question of the Day: How Many Rockfords Are There in the United States?

The reason I ask is because I got a call the other day from an author who's promoting his latest book. He wondered if I had gotten a copy of the book that he had sent to me at the radio station here in Rockford. When I said that I hadn't, he told me it must have gone to the wrong Rockford.

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The 10 Best Casual Dining Spots In Rockford
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The 10 Best Casual Dining Spots In Rockford

A new list featuring America's best casual dining restaurants, and I wanted to find the best in Rockford.

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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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