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Illinois is #4 in the Nation for Highest Cell Phone Fees and Taxes

Back when cell phones were introduced to us as "bag phones," I'd be willing to be that many of us would have been stunned by at least a couple of things. I know that I never envisioned a device that could do so much and be such an intrinsic part of my life, and I most certainly never knew that I would be spending so much on it.

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Question: If You Could Leave Illinois, Would You?

Let's say a genie from a bottle appeared and granted you three wishes. After you've been granted untold wealth, asked for, and have been refused, a million more wishes (c'mon, we'd all try that wish, wouldn't we?), would you wish to live somewhere other than Illinois?

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Poll: Nearly Half of all Illinois Residents Want to Leave the State
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Poll: Nearly Half of all Illinois Residents Want to Leave the State

Should I stay or should I go? If you live in Illinois, there's a strong chance you want to go!

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Some of Illinois’ Best Places for Fall Foliage

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, my dad thought that the ride down Route 2 from Rockford all the way to Dixon offered up some of the best, if not the very best, fall colors viewing in the entire country. I agree, but there are a few other spots in our state that are pretty awesome once we hit fall.

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Nestle Drumstick Recall Affects Illinois and Wisconsin

Nestle USA is issuing a recall on their drumstick ice cream cones that affects those who purchased them across the country, including Illinois and Wisconsin.

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These Are The Five 'Most Distinctive' Last Names In Illinois
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These Are The Five ‘Most Distinctive’ Last Names In Illinois

The five most common last names in America are Smith, Williams, Brown, Johnson and Jones.

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Empty Out Your Closets for KNIB’s Saturday Clothing Drive

As I've pointed out in previous posts, I always know when it's time for another Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) clothing drive because my wife Amy will leave plastic bags lying in front of my closet. The message is clear: start packing up the stuff that you don't wear anymore, or I will.

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My Rockford Yard is Being Invaded by Bufo Americanus–A Follow Up

A week or so ago, I wrote a post for this site that chronicled the sudden (and completely unprovoked) invasion of my backyard by a bunch of Bufo Americanus (American Toads). At that time, my wife, my dog Lucy, and I were a bit confused on just what we should do. Finally, thanks to a man in England with a similar "problem," we've got our answer.

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Haunted Houses in the Rockford and Stateline Area

October 2016 is looking spookier than ever. Once again there is no shortage of creepy attractions right here in the Stateline that all boys and ghouls will enjoy...and so will mom and dad!.

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Rockford Tops a List We’d Rather Not Be On

We see lists of cities all the time. Largest, smallest, fastest-growing, best nightlife, best food, most attractions, highest median home price, affordability, you name it. Unfortunately, Rockford generally makes a poor showing on those "best" lists, and ranks right up near the top in the "worst" lists.

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