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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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Minnesota Has Been Named ‘The Happiest State,’ But What About Illinois?

So, it's cold a lot and it snows plenty and there are mosquitos that can lift a grown man off the ground. But, at least they have ice fishing. Those things, plus (I'm guessing) a few others have combined to make Minnesota the happiest state in the nation, according to a new study. Illinois has all those things, too. Why aren't we the happiest?

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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 Are The Most Stolen Vehicles in Illinois

Having been the victim of a car theft myself, I can tell you that it's a pretty unpleasant experience (as you might have already guessed). Luckily, no one was threatened or hurt--although I never saw my car or the stuff in it ever again. Maybe I should have gone with a less theft-inviting model.

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Illinois’ Taxes Are Going Up, But Our Energy Costs Are Lower Than Most States

I have been giving myself too much credit. I thought, being the dad in my household, that my constant demands that my family "turn off that light if you're not in the room," or "close that door, I'm not heating/cooling the outside," or the classic "if you're that cold, put on a sweater" were actually keeping our energy bills lower. It turns out that it is because Illinois is one of America's least energy expensive states.

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Rockford Has Some Awesome Fireworks, But Japan Holds the Record for the Biggest

If you're a lover of fireworks (and really, how could you not be?), you know that we've got it pretty good here in the Rockford area. You've got all kinds of spots that will be filling the skies with color and sound. Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Cherry Valley, Byron, Durand, and so many more are all going to deliver big this Independence Day.

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Rockford Police Lead All Illinois Police Departments in DUI Arrests

With all the transportation alternatives waiting for the person who's had too much too drink, it's somewhat surprising that people go ahead and roll the dice with impaired driving. Nonetheless, they do--and Rockford Police are arresting them for it more than any other municipal police department in Illinois.

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It’s Bug Season Again, So Let’s Look at Illinois’ Most Poisonous Creepy-Crawlies

On the WROK Morning Show, Joe Dredge and I have different takes on creepy-crawlies. Joe will scream and run at the sight of literally any snake, and I am no particular fan of up-close-and-personal encounters of the spider kind. Since I'm the dad around my house, I have to man up and deal with them anyway, though.

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Where Does Illinois Rank on the List of America’s Greenest States?

Life is all about the green. For some, that means cash. For others, it's all about the environment. For companies looking to expand their share of the marketplace by showing how much they care about the planet, it's both. For Illinois, it seems to be about being in the middle.

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How Illinois’ Tax Burden Compares With Other States

Don't look now, but on the 18th of this month, Uncle Sam, on both the state and federal levels, will be looking for his cut of your earnings. If you've ever had the feeling that a bigger piece of your pie gets taken here in Illinois than in many other states--you're right.

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