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What’s the Best Day of the Week to Buy Gas in Rockford?

If you're like me, and I know I am--you've never really considered what day of the week it is while stopping to fill up with gas. I mean, call me old school, but I generally fill up when it appears that my tank is low and in need of a refuel. Now I find out that's been costing me money.

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Rockford’s Discovery Center Named Among Best Children’s Museums in the Midwest

A high ranking for our own Discovery Center Museum should come as no surprise to any of us who live here, and/or who've enjoyed many happy hours there with our children.

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Illinois Has the Highest Tax Rates in America

It's tax season once again, so keep in mind that you've got about a month to change over from the "wearing of the green" to the "sending of your green" to the government. Woo-hoo.

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These are the Fastest Growing Jobs in Illinois for 2017

If 2017 is the year you've decided to change/begin your career, you're probably hoping to make a change into a job with opportunities for growth and advancement, along with a better paycheck. What careers in Illinois would fit in with your game plan?

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Rockford is Not Far From America’s Best Hot Chocolate

It's a cold day in the Rockford area. Expected high temperature of about 22 degrees, with windchill reading in the single digits. If ever a day (or several days) called for some hot chocolate, it's today. And, if you're looking for what many are calling America's best hot chocolate, you'll need to see a woman named Mindy.

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Rockford’s Top 10 Restaurants According to Trip Advisor

I read once that the surest way to provoke an argument is to open a discussion of politics or religion. There's no doubt that those topics can produce some serious disagreements, but I think an even quicker way to get an argument going is to produce a "best _____" list.

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Let’s See Who Made the Best/Worst Small Towns in Illinois List

First off, for those who are expecting a low-ranking for the city of Rockford, relax. Rockford didn't make the list, because our population is too large to meet the criteria of 25,000 to 100,000 people. Some of you in neighboring communities, however, might not like the ranking your hometown gets.

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Some of Illinois’ Best Places for Fall Foliage

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, my dad thought that the ride down Route 2 from Rockford all the way to Dixon offered up some of the best, if not the very best, fall colors viewing in the entire country. I agree, but there are a few other spots in our state that are pretty awesome once we hit fall.

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2 of the Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the U.S. are Close to Rockford

You've gotta love the month of September, because it's when we celebrate Oktoberfest. I know, I've always found that to be a bit weird, too. You'd think Oktoberfest would be in...oh, I don't know...October? Well, that aside, if you're looking for a great Oktoberfest party, you don't have to drive far.

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Where’s Rockford on the List of Best Real Estate Markets?

Look around at enough news stories, and you'll probably see several that are very optimistic about the overall health of our nation's real estate markets. That may be true in some areas, but here in the stateline, we're not there yet.

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