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ILLUSTRATION: ID theft
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How Vulnerable to Identity Theft Are Illinois Residents?

Identity theft is, unfortunately, one of those terms that we've become all-too-familiar with over the last couple of decades. Major breaches of security involving some of the world's biggest retailers have made headline news, with millions of people finding out that their information has been compromised. Are there any states that are less vulnerable to these hacks than others? 

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Barbershoppers Join Riley and Joe in Studio for Mini-Concert

Friday morning, we were treated to a preview show from members of the Rockford Barbershop Chorus live in our studio. The chapter quartet, who call themselves "Inspiration," knocked it out of the park as they previewed their 69th annual show coming up Saturday, October 28th.

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WROK’s Tom Leu In Las Vegas Describes the Post-Shooting Mood

When we found out the our friend (and the host of WROK's outstanding music show, Sound Matters) Tom Leu would be spending some time in Las Vegas this week, we asked if he wouldn't mind calling in to let us know what the vibe was a couple of weeks after the awful events that shocked us so much.

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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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President Obama Speaks At Chicago's Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy
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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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MLB: MAR 31 Spring Training - Cubs at Astros
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There’s Still Time to Join Us For Cubs Spring Training in Mesa!

The clock is ticking, but there's still time (and still some room) for you to join us on a trip out to Mesa, Arizona this coming March for Chicago Cubs Spring Training. We had such a blast last March, and we heard from so many of you that wanted us to do it again--who are we to say no?

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How Energy Efficient Are We in Illinois?

As the registered and certified dad in my house, I'm duty-bound to spend plenty of my time turning off lights, lowering the thermostat, and most importantly, asking my family if any or all of them were born in a barn. Like the commercial says, it's what you do. It's not that I'm obsessed with energy efficiency, it's more of an obsession about paying less in utilities. Is your house different?

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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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Brandon Saad Had a Hat Trick Last Night–So, What Happens to All the Hats?

The Chicago Blackhawks had their season-opener last night at the United Center in Chicago, and they showed up ready to play. The final score had the Hawks stomping the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1. What's more, Brandon Saad, back with the Blackhawks once again, scored 3 goals (aka a "hat-trick"). So, what actually happens to the hundreds, if not thousands, of hats that were thrown on the ice in celebration?

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