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Chicago’s Reviled Soda Tax is Getting a $2M Commercial Campaign

A new, penny-per-ounce tax on all sweetened, pre-packaged beverages in Chicago--aka the "Pop Tax"--went into effect on August 1st, and not surprisingly, poll after poll has shown that the majority (68%) of those asked about the pop tax absolutely hate it.

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“Hand of Fate” Wins Illinois Bicentennial Craft Beer Competition at the Illinois State Fair

Unless you pay attention to such things, you may be unaware that 2018 marks 200 years since Illinois became a state. If you were around in 1976 for our nation's bicentennial, then you know that there will be plenty of products clamoring to be the official _________ of Illinois' bicentennial.

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William J. Kelly, Candidate for Illinois Governor, Visits with the WROK Morning Show

With 8 Democrats having thrown their hats into the upcoming Illinois governor's race, the field is proving to be a crowded one. Add one more name to the mix, this time on the Republican side. William J. Kelly is hoping to knock off Bruce Rauner in the gubernatorial primary on March 20.

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Former Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert Enters Guilty Plea In Hush Money Case
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Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert is Back in Illinois After Release From Federal Prison

Thirteen months after he went to federal prison on a bank fraud conviction that stemmed from "hush money" payments to a former student he sexually abused back when Hastert was an Illinois high school wrestling coach, The ex-speaker is now under the supervision of a residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago.

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Rauner sworn in as Illinois governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'
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Governor Rauner on the WROK Morning Show Talking Schools and Funding

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is none-too-pleased about the recent override of his veto, which has resulted in a major tax increase and some serious friction involving school funding. This morning, he joined us to spread the word about SB-1, and why he's dead set against it.

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14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren Talks Politics, Healthcare and More on WROK

This morning, Congressman Randy Hultgren joined us for our monthly get-together. Lots of things are going on in Washington besides the political intrigue, so we covered a variety of topics.

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Kane County is Fed Up With Crowing Roosters, So They’ve Made Them Illegal

As my grandfather used to say, "If you outlaw roosters, only outlaws will have roosters." At least I think that was something he used to say...maybe not. But, if he did say things like that, he'd be looking toward Aurora when he said it. Which he probably didn't. 

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Illinois’ Financial Problems Affect Lottery Payouts Again

It's 2015 all over again when it comes to big payouts from the Illinois Lottery, and once again it's due to our state's ongoing money troubles and lack of a budget.

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A New Study Lists Illinois as the 49th Most Patriotic State

A study of the most patriotic states in the U.S. seems to be saying that other than New Jersey, 48 states in the country are more patriotic than we are here in the Land of Lincoln.

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Illinois State Rep Sums Up the Reason Things Aren’t Getting Fixed in Springfield

Even if you've actively avoided the latest news about our state's financial problems, you're no doubt aware that we've got a few pressing money problems in Illinois--problems that require a concerted effort to address and tackle. So, why isn't that being done?

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