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Rockford is One of the Best Christmas Towns in Illinois

As has been pointed out in the past, Rockford finds itself on too many lists of non-positive things, and on too few of the positive lists. However, when it comes to celebrating Christmas, we here in the Forest City can hold our heads high.

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Gurnee Man Has 2 Million Reasons to Celebrate His Birthday

I remember when my dad turned 60 years old. I asked him how it felt to be that age, and he pointed out that it didn't really matter to him what the number was, he was just happy to keep having birthdays (he got 24 more). He also said that after turning 40, the time between birthdays seemed to shorten from a year to about 6 months.

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Rockford, Are You Ready For Some Serious Cold Weather?

Don't let the headline fool you into thinking that you have a choice. Some serious cold is about to hit most of the country, and Rockford is certainly in Mother Nature's crosshairs.

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Keep Yourself Safe While Christmas Shopping in the Rockford Area

I guess the best way to keep yourself protected while out buying Christmas goodies would be to have a cop tag along with you the entire time. Since cops have other, more pressing responsibilities, that might be tough. However, following some of the guidelines put forth by law enforcement should do the trick.

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Have You Noticed That Illinois Gas Prices Are Rising?

Maybe you didn't think much about gas prices in November, as they were on average about 11 cents cheaper per gallon than in October. However, due to some moves made by OPEC, you can expect to start noticing this month, and even more as we head into the new year.

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What are the Lowest-Paying Occupations in Illinois?

As you're probably aware, low-wage earners across the country intensified their push for a $15 per hour minimum wage by waging a national day of protest on Tuesday. We took a look at the numbers from the US Bureau of Statistics to see which Illinois jobs had the lowest hourly wages.

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How Vulnerable Are Illinoisans to Identity Theft and Fraud?

December begins National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month, and those of us who live in Illinois should pay close attention to the warnings and cautions that we'll be hearing about throughout the holiday season. Why? Because Illinois is ranked #2 overall out of 50 states for identity theft, and #38 when it comes to identity fraud.

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Where You Live in Illinois May Determine Your Holiday Budget

So, have you got your holiday budgeting figured out? You know the drill: how much do I have to spend (assuming you don't want a credit card bomb to go off in your mailbox in January), and how much of it do I spend on the people on my gift list. It might be that your city of residence will help determine the answers.

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11 Towns in Illinois You Need to Visit This Christmas

Love soaking up every single minute of the beauty of Christmas? Plan a holiday road trip now to check out all of the holiday magic right here in Illinois...

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Some Facts About Thanksgiving in Illinois

As a kid, there was nothing I enjoyed hearing more on the cusp of a holiday than "Hey, kids! Let's learn something about (fill in the holiday)!" Really? I'm off of school for a few days! I'm not supposed to be learning things! Is this some sort of trick?

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