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What You Need to Know About Leaf Collection/Disposal in Rockford

When my family and I moved into our current residence some 17 years ago, my first encounter with a neighbor was the guy next door, Brian, stopping by to ask me to please not burn leaves. I admit to being taken aback, since it was only the 1st day of August, but after his explanation of how the burning leaves affected his son's asthma, I quickly agreed. It wasn't all that long afterward that leaf burning was banned.

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Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Rises Past $600 Million
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Changes Are Coming for the Lottery’s Mega Millions

I used to ponder why I have never won a prize from the lottery. No big jackpots, no little ones, either. Why, I wondered, are all these people walking off with free tickets, hundred dollar, or thousand dollar, or million dollar prizes while I've gotten exactly jack squat? Short answer: I don't buy lottery tickets.

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Real Rockford Police Warn Against a Fake Police Scam

If you've been on the receiving end of a phone call where the caller says they're  representing the Rockford Police Benevolent and Protective Association (PBPA) Unit 6, you were being called by a phone scammer. 

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Gubernatorial Candidate Bruce Rauner Attends Election Night Gathering In Chicago
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Governor Bruce Rauner Made His Reelection Bid Official Today

Not that it comes as much of a surprise, but Governor Rauner announced this morning via a video that he'll be seeking a second term as Illinois' chief executive.

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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’ Video Gambling Take is Now Beating Casino Revenues

This is the very first year that video gambling has added more to state coffers than casino gambling since Illinois began keeping track of these things in 2012.

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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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Iowa Mom Leaves Kids at Home Alone While She Vacations in Europe

My parents were hopelessly old-fashioned, it seems. I mean, when they went to Hawaii when I was a kid, they dropped me off for a week of cookies and soap operas with my grandparents. When they took a trip to Ireland, it was the same story again. Off to grandma's house. I guess a Johnston, Iowa mom thought that was one step too many for her.

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Rockford City Market Sets New Attendance Record

It seems that the combination of food, drink, music, friends, and a cool & eclectic vibe is really working for the Rockford City Market, the weekly Friday get-together in Downtown Rockford that just finished its May through September run.

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Illinois Lawmakers are Getting Serious About a Gas Tax Hike

As a native Illinoisan, I'm rarely surprised by the goings-on in Springfield. I mean, after the recent multi-billion dollar tax hike, coupled with dubious claims of balancing the budget that we know aren't true--how could the idea of the state reaching even further into our pockets come as a surprise? It doesn't. But, it's still making me angry.

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