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Join Riley O’Neil starting at 5 a.m. every weekday morning for the latest news, weather and spots. Riley will give you stories you’ll be talking about all day long, plus his own spin on the news of the day.

 

 

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Rock Valley College is Helping Cub Fans with a Bucket List Item

Yesterday in this space, we were talking about bucket lists. In particular, bucket lists that are specific to Illinoisans ("Is This The Ultimate Bucket List for Illinoisans?"). Well, thanks to the good folks at Rock Valley College Community and Continuing Education, you've got a chance to cross off one of those bucket list items.

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Where Illinois Sits on the Most vs. Least Gambling-Addicted States List

Gambling addiction, or "Gambling disorder," affects slightly more than 2% of the U.S. adult population, but the price tag for society is quite a bit higher, according to a study by the National Council on Problem Gambling. We're talking costs around the $6 billion mark. So, how much of that money is coming from Illinois?

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Is This the Ultimate Bucket List for Illinoisans?

Thanks to a pretty lame movie of the same name, the "Bucket List" is something we often hear about, and maybe even have one of our own. For those who've been too busy living their lives to pay attention to trendy phrases, a bucket list is simply a number of things that one wishes to do or experience before they die--or, "kick the bucket."

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Anderson Japanese Gardens Opens Their 2017 Season this Friday

Do a little Google-ing about the top places to visit in Illinois, and you'll see a familiar name pop up in list after list: Rockford's own Anderson Japanese Gardens.

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Van Galder Bus/Coach USA Suspends Service From the Clock Tower Resort

In a sign of the times, one more change is happening out at the Clock Tower Resort--it's being eliminated as a pick up/drop off point for motor coach connections to O'Hare and Midway.

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Alert WROK Listener Spots Pelicans Fishing in the Rock River Near Oregon

My family lived in the Oregon, Illinois area for nearly 150 years, starting back with my great-great grandfather before the Civil War. However, in all that time, including living there for the first 21 years of my life, I must say I never once encountered a pelican. Times change, I guess, because more and more people are seeing pelicans in this area.

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Illinois Has So Many Fish, They’ll Jump Right Into Your Boat

That might not be a bad slogan to use to draw fishermen (and women) to the waterways here in the Land of Lincoln to do some fishing, and spending of their tourism dollars. It doesn't hurt to have a guy in Carbondale with video proof that it happens, either.

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It’s Lawn Mowing Time Once Again in the Rockford Area, Don’t Be Like These Guys

Remember during the winter months when you were wishing for Spring? You wanted no more cold and snow, no more shoveling and shivering. You wanted Springtime weather and all that comes with it. Like lawn mowing and maintenance. Well, Spring has sprung in the Rock River Valley, and the lawn mowers are out, or soon will be.

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Governor Rauner Moves Out of the Governor’s Mansion

If you're a Bruce Rauner fan, don't sweat it, and if you're not a fan at all, don't celebrate it. The reason for the Governor and Mrs. Rauner's departure has nothing to do with poll numbers or the current Springfield political climate.

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