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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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Illinois ‘Special Sessions’ Costing The Broke State 6-Figures

It's been three years since Illinois has had a budget. If that weren't bad enough, wait until you see how much this 10-day session is costing the already broken state.

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Illinoisans and the Rest of the Country Are Hitting the Road Over the 4th of July

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travels than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

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If Bacon Makes Your World Go Round, You’ll Want to Head for Lombard

On the WROK Morning Show a couple of weeks ago, after reading about some competitive eater downing several pounds of bacon to win a contest, Joe Dredge asked me when I thought this whole "Life is Bacon-Bacon is Life" craze and obsession that we have in this country is going to finally cool off. Short answer: I don't see it happening anytime soon.

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You Can Take a Great Road Trip Without Leaving Illinois

Usually, when you think of a summer road trip, you're probably thinking about taking that trip out of Illinois. You may be thinking Wisconsin Dells, Lake of the Ozarks, Indiana Dunes, or maybe even farther-flung locales. A new study suggests that you consider keeping your next road trip within the boundaries of the Land of Lincoln.

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Question of the Day: How Many Rockfords Are There in the United States?

The reason I ask is because I got a call the other day from an author who's promoting his latest book. He wondered if I had gotten a copy of the book that he had sent to me at the radio station here in Rockford. When I said that I hadn't, he told me it must have gone to the wrong Rockford.

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We Complained About the Cold, Now We’re Tweeting About the Heat

People who've lived around this area for a while know that most winters are lengthy, dreary, mostly snowfall-free (lately), and really, really cold. That's just the way it is, and we deal with it. Sure, there's some complaining, but we mostly just soldier on, confident in the knowledge that we'll have a nice two-day Spring, then head into the blast furnace.

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Illinois is a Pretty Good State to Live in if You’re a Working Dad

Gee, I'd almost forgotten that this is the week leading up to Father's Day. I'm always hip to the fact that Mother's Day is on the horizon, but for whatever reason--probably because as the dad in my house I'm not expected to contribute to Father's Day planning--the celebration of fatherhood often slips my mind until I'm buried in cards and neckties.

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It Was “A Miracle That No One Was Killed” in Marengo House Explosion

The fiery explosion Sunday morning that hurt two people and damaged more than 50 homes "could have been so much worse" according to fire officials and witnesses.

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Taking a Look at Illinois’ Economic Health Compared to Other States

We haven't had a working budget in the Land of Lincoln for years. We've got pension problems galore, the highest property taxes in the nation, and a pile of overdue bills that would make the strongest desk sag under the weight. So really, could any state be in worse economic shape that we are? In a word: yes. 

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