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It Turns Out That Illinois is a Pretty Good State for Working Moms

With Mother’s Day around the corner and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.  And, guess what? The Land of Lincoln is among the best places for a working mom to be.

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Remember Cursive Handwriting? Springfield Says Your Kids Need to Learn It

I remember being a kid in school learning what was then called "penmanship." It was also referred to as "script," or "cursive." Whatever it was labeled, I soon discovered that I had virtually no aptitude for it whatsoever.

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11 Cool Illinois Drive-in Theaters That You Don't Know Existed
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11 Cool Illinois Drive-in Theaters That You Didn’t Know Existed

With the month of May here, that means many of you will be venturing outdoors a bit enjoying the natural scenery, but it also means some of you will be looking to combine your outdoor exploring with some modern entertainment. It's drive-in movie theater time!

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Throwback: Illinois’ 2nd Most Famous Resident Sent to Federal Prison 85 Years Ago

How's that for a teaser? Who is Illinois' 2nd most famous resident? And, for that matter, who is the 1st most famous? And really, being Illinois, "went to prison" could mean a lot of different famous people.

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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month In Illinois, So Let’s Start Seeing Motorcycles

As a pre-drivers license teenager, I had a on road/off road motorcycle that I used to ride around a farm and forest area that I had permission to use. I was looking forward to getting my drivers license, and my motorcycle license, too. The day that I came home from getting both, I discovered that my dad had sold my motorcycle that morning.

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Why Don’t Illinois Lawmakers Look at How Much Bills Cost Before Voting For Them?

I'm guessing that when you go out shopping, you don't just pile items in your cart without looking at what they cost. Unless you're a highly-compensated professional athlete, lottery winner, or all-around rich person, you just can't do it like that.

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It Turns Out That Illinois is a Lot More Fun Than You May Have Thought

We've said it before, and it will be said many more times: "Illinois is too hard on itself." To be fair, many times we're hard on ourselves for good reasons--high property taxes, ineffective state government, massive pension debts, crime, corruption, to name just a few. But even with those negatives, it seems that Illinois is still fun. And, a lot more fun than many other states.

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Time To Be On The Lookout For Skunks in Illinois

It was around this time last year that my dog Lucy had her first encounter with a skunk during mating season--and it did not end well for Lucy. After 5 or so treatments with skunk smell removing solution, Lucy began to be a bit more tolerable to be around. She'll be delighted to know that the skunks are back and very active.

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NIU Political Science Professor Matt Streb on Trump, Taxes, and Springfield

For nearly a decade, Matt Streb, political science professor and faculty athletic representative at Northern Illinois University, has been joining us on Wednesday mornings for a topical discussion of the political world.

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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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