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“Hand of Fate” Wins Illinois Bicentennial Craft Beer Competition at the Illinois State Fair

Unless you pay attention to such things, you may be unaware that 2018 marks 200 years since Illinois became a state. If you were around in 1976 for our nation's bicentennial, then you know that there will be plenty of products clamoring to be the official _________ of Illinois' bicentennial.

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Where Does Illinois Place on the List of Most/Least Strict States on DUI?

The short answer is that Illinois, like every other state, takes a rather dim view of driving under the influence. Some places may be a bit easier or tougher on offenders, but in the Land of Lincoln, it's still going to cost you a pile of money, time, and other difficulties.

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If You Want to View the Full Solar Eclipse in Illinois–Better Head South

By now, I'm sure you've heard all the buzz about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. For the 2017 eclipse, there is a strip of land about 70 miles wide or so (called the "path of totality") that stretches from central Oregon through South Carolina. In Illinois, that path is through the bottom fourth of the state.

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5 Alarm Fire Destroys Over 100 Classic Cars in Staunton, Illinois

Luckily, there were no injuries, but nearly 150 classic cars, some of them absolutely irreplaceable, were lost to a huge fire in the small Illinois town of Staunton Tuesday night. Staunton is roughly 3 and a half hours from Rockford, south of Springfield in Macoupin County.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $262 Million
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So, Nobody Won $346M in the MegaMillions Jackpot Tuesday–Will $382M Work for You?

In the interests of full (and somewhat idiotic) disclosure, I rarely, if ever, play the lottery. However, when I do--I wait for the jackpot to become astronomical. Take last night's Mega-Millions lottery drawing for example. I guess I couldn't be bothered with a paltry $346,000,000. But on Friday, when the jackpot will be just south of $400,000,000, I'll probably grab a ticket.

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10 Illinois Towns Make the 100 Safest Cities List

If you're beginning to think there isn't a safe place to live in Illinois.

Think again.

10 Illinois towns recently made the 100 Safest Cities in America list.

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How Does Illinois’ Healthcare Compare to the Rest of the Country?

There's been a lot of discussion, arguing, and shouting about healthcare over the last few months. What to do about a failing Affordable Care Act, whether to repeal and replace, how we're going to pay for it, etc. But what about the state of healthcare in Illinois? Where do we stand when compared to the nation in general?

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Detailed Illinois and Midwest Maps of Path of Solar Eclipse Released

With less than two weeks to go before the biggest celestial event to come to Illinois, NASA has released detailed maps of the path of the solar eclipse.

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Illinois Gas Prices Continue to Rise

It's not your imagination. You actually are paying more for a gallon of gas today than you did last month, and almost 25 cents more than you did last year at this time. And yes, the rise in prices is continuing.

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Take a Look at Illinois’ Top Boat Names for 2017

In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I am not a boat guy. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against boats. As a matter of fact, I've never been out on the Rock River boating without having a great time. It's just that I don't want one, I want friends who have one.

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