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Website Declares Rockford to be the 5th Most Dangerous City in America

While we get many things right here in Rockford, studies continue to say that crime is the real albatross around our city's neck.

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The 1st Issue of Playboy Magazine Was Printed in Rochelle

By now, I'm sure that you've heard that Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner passed away at the age of 91 on Wednesday of this week. There are plenty of things online today that will fill you in on his background and exploits, but not many that mention where the first 5 issues of Playboy were printed starting in 1953. That would be Rochelle, Illinois.

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Northern Illinois Just Set Some Heat Records–But Cooler Temps Are Coming

After the relatively cool summer we in the Rockford area just experienced, it seems somewhat odd that September would bring along with it a record-breaking heatwave. But it did, and we've got the numbers to prove it.

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The Better Business Bureau Warns of ‘Puppy Scams’

One of the good things to come out of all the horrific weather that Texas and Florida recently endured is the fact that thousands of lost and/or abandoned dogs and cats are being adopted into new homes around the country at a record rate. If you're looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, please consider a rescue animal. You'll be doing a world of good--and you'll avoid a potential scam.

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New Rankings Say Illinois is a Pretty Good State to be a Teacher

With World Teachers Day coming up on October 5th, a new study says that teachers who've chosen to educate in the state of Illinois have made a good choice of places to teach.

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In a State with Plenty of Weird Festivals, Lombard’s Might be the Most Bizarre

The Land of Lincoln plays host to some of the more offbeat festivals in the Midwest. For example, we have the Turkey Testicle Festival in Byron, the International Horseradish Festival in Collinsville, the Popeye Picnic in Chester, and the Superman Celebration in Metropolis. Next month, Lombard will have one that makes the others seem pedestrian.

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Fall is the Season for Pumpkins, Changing Leaves, Halloween, and Stink Bugs

Well, Halloween isn't for another month, the leaves are barely changing, and there aren't a ton of pumpkin displays yet--but stink bugs? Yeah, we've got plenty.

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How Diverse is the State of Illinois? More Than You Might Think

We hear the word a lot every day. We hear about diverse backgrounds, diversity in hiring, diversity in education--but what about diversity in U.S. states? Let's see where Illinois ranks out of all 50 states.

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Congressman Randy Hultgren Discusses Help for the Opioid Epidemic and More on WROK

14th District Representative Randy Hultgren visits with us on the WROK Morning Show once a month. This morning's topics included his thoughts on the devastation in the Caribbean, fighting back against the opioid epidemic that's been sweeping our nation, and a really cool program designed to shine the spotlight on students and their technical achievements.

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Sheriff Gary Caruana Discusses the Budget Controversy on WROK

There's been a lot of ink spilled and voices raised over the topic of budget cuts and their effect on the Winnebago County Sheriff's office. This morning, Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana joined us on the WROK Morning Show to give his thoughts.

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