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Rockford Area Crime Stoppers Wanted Fugitives For March 8

Rockford Area Crime Stoppers has released its latest list of people wanted by local law enforcement for alleged criminal activity.

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Raising Illinois’ Speed Limits–A Good Thing, or A Dangerous Idea?

In August of 2013, then-Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that raised the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 mph, despite opposition from the Illinois Department of Transportation, state police and leading roadway safety organizations, who feared increased mayhem on the highways, especially between cars and trucks. Now, we're looking at raising those limits again.

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When You Outlaw Butter, Outlaws Will Come to Illinois to Get It

Our friends to the north in Wisconsin take a few things pretty seriously. Things like: Packers football, string cheese and fireworks roadside stands, Packers football, other types of cheese sold at roadside stands, beer, sausage, cheese  hats, and of course, Packers football. Oh yeah, and butter. They take butter very, very seriously.

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Don’t Look Now, But Gas Prices Are Starting to Rise

It's that magical time of year once again when refiners make the switch over to "summer-blend" gasoline--and raise their prices.

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Drone Video of Fire’s Damage at Machesney Park Restaurant

The Machesney Park Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silvers restaurants were a total loss after 6 a.m. fire on Sunday (3/5).

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Nicholas Conservatory Invites You to Take a Whiff of Their Voodoo Lily–If You Dare

I love the smell of rotting meat in the morning; it smells like victory. Actually, I don't really care for that scent at any time, and it doesn't smell like victory, it smells like a Voodoo Lily, or "Corpse Flower." And, Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens has three of them waiting for you to come by and take a deep breath.

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It’s Pothole Season Once Again in Rockford

We've long had an incorrect adage in these parts about seasons: The only seasons we have in Rockford are winter and road construction. Not true. We actually have three of them if you include pothole season.

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Some Things You Can Only Find in Illinois

As a guy who spends an inordinate amount of time searching for cool and interesting things about our state (so I can post them here to share with you), I was delighted to get an email that highlights a few things that you can only come across here in the Land of Lincoln.

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Dinosaurs Will Rule at Burpee This Weekend

Our friend Scott Williams, Burpee Museum of Natural History's resident dinosaur expert (actually, his title is Director of Science and Exhibits, but dinosaur expert just sounds cooler--and he is a dinosaur expert) stopped by the WROK studios this morning to talk "PaleoFest 2017."

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If You Feel You’re Paying a Lot in Illinois Property Taxes, You’re Right

As recent reports have shown, Illinois is leading the Midwest in outbound migration, or, in other words, people leaving the state. If you've lived here in Illinois for a while, you know there are lots of reasons given for people bolting the state. One of those reasons is high property taxes.

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