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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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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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Midway Village’s WWII Days Returns Next Weekend

The largest WWII reenactment in Midwest will be returning once again to the beautiful grounds of Rockford's Midway Village and Museum, bringing with it 1300 reenactors and over 60 authentic vehicles.

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Illinois Gas Prices Have Hit the Highest Average Pump Price of the Year

After watching the disaster in Houston unfold over the last week, I'm really trying to avoid complaining about the little annoyances of my life--but I'm willing to make an exception when it comes to gas prices. We have something to complain about.

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Illinois Students Carry More Student Debt Than Most of the Country

If it makes you feel any better, Illinois does better than the rest of the Midwest.

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These Might Be the Lewdest-Sounding Town Names in the Midwest

A year or so back, I posted a piece in this space called "Some Illinois Towns Have Weird Names." Some of the Illinois towns mentioned as being weirdly named were: Goofy Ridge, Oblong, Lowpoint, Muddy, Ransom, and Preemption. Time to make the move from weirdness to lewdness.

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Rockford’s Discovery Center Named Among Best Children’s Museums in the Midwest

A high ranking for our own Discovery Center Museum should come as no surprise to any of us who live here, and/or who've enjoyed many happy hours there with our children.

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Why is Wisconsin Attracting So Many People From Illinois?

Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at IllinoisPolicy.org joined us today on the WROK Morning Show, and he brought with him several startling facts about the state of our state. One big takeaway from our conversation is: Illinois is losing people.

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People Who’ve Left Illinois Talk About the Things They Miss

I've only lived outside the state of Illinois for a grand total of about 6 months. In 1985, I went to work for a radio station in Columbus, Ohio, which was a great town to live in with one possible downside--when you left Columbus, you were in Ohio.

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