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Weird, Strange, and Bizarre Laws Still on Illinois’ Books–Part Two

Last week in this space I posted a piece called "You Probably Didn't Know These Things are Against the Law in Illinois." To be honest, I thought that would be the end of it. I mean, how many bizarro-world laws can one state have? Turns out, thanks to some research by alert listener Mike, we've got more. Plenty more.

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What Happened to All of the Monarch Butterflies?

My wife and I were talking about butterflies the other day (I know, how exciting, right?) and we both were wondering whether it was just our childhood imaginations, or are there a lot less Monarch butterflies around the Rockford area today than there were years ago? Turns out, it's not our imaginations.

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Downpours flood Chicago-area streets, basements -- with more rain on way
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Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines to Flooded Counties

There are many people, especially those who are dealing with the aftermath of this month's storms and flooding, who will be glad to say goodbye to July, 2017.

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How Do Illinois’ School Systems Compare with the Rest of the Country?

When matched up with school systems from all over the U.S., Illinois does surprisingly well, according to a new study, published today.

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You Probably Didn’t Know These Things Are Against the Law in Illinois

Every state (and many a city and town) has a few rather unusual laws on the books that while rarely enforced, remain in effect to this day. Illinois is certainly no exception to that.

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The Better Business Bureau Warns of Storm/Flood Chasing Scammers

Sharks aren't just found in bodies of salt water. The sharks that come to prey on you when disaster strikes are just as happy in fresh water--like the kind that's been pouring into your basement or through your damaged roof.

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William J. Kelly, Candidate for Illinois Governor, Visits with the WROK Morning Show

With 8 Democrats having thrown their hats into the upcoming Illinois governor's race, the field is proving to be a crowded one. Add one more name to the mix, this time on the Republican side. William J. Kelly is hoping to knock off Bruce Rauner in the gubernatorial primary on March 20.

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Travel Blog Publishes Their Illinois Bucket List For Your Summer Stay-Cation

If you think that you'll have to come up with some big bucks to enjoy a vacation in some far-flung exotic spot, you're probably right. However, you can save those dollars with an Illinois-based "stay-cation," because we've got lots of things to see and do right here without breaking your budget (although, to be honest, Illinois has some really pricey things, too).

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Eight Illinois Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

There are times when it seems that Guy Fieri's voice is heard more often in my house than mine is. That's cool with me, as we are unabashed "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" fans, and have been since the show came along in 2007. If you're a fan too, you may or may not know that there have been multiple Illinois restaurants featured on the show.

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Former Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert Enters Guilty Plea In Hush Money Case
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Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert is Back in Illinois After Release From Federal Prison

Thirteen months after he went to federal prison on a bank fraud conviction that stemmed from "hush money" payments to a former student he sexually abused back when Hastert was an Illinois high school wrestling coach, The ex-speaker is now under the supervision of a residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago.

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