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Chicago is America’s #1 Cold Weather Holiday Destination

If you call yourself a "cold weather lover," then a new report out confirms what you already knew--for cold weather and all that comes with it, Chicago is the spot. If you despise freezing temperatures and what they bring, head for Orlando, Florida.

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Check Out Illinois’ Top Ten Colleges and Universities

Maybe you've got a soon-to-be college student at home, and you've been doing the college visit tour thing with them as you try to decide which institution will best fit your scholar, and more importantly, your budget. Many of us would like to keep our kids at a school somewhat close to home (rather than halfway across the country), and wonder which college or university in Illinois is the right pick.

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How Energy Efficient Are We in Illinois?

As the registered and certified dad in my house, I'm duty-bound to spend plenty of my time turning off lights, lowering the thermostat, and most importantly, asking my family if any or all of them were born in a barn. Like the commercial says, it's what you do. It's not that I'm obsessed with energy efficiency, it's more of an obsession about paying less in utilities. Is your house different?

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How Financially Savvy are Illinoisans? We Could Be Better

I've heard people make the argument that schools should be teaching students life skills like balancing a checkbook, paying bills, or creating/maintaining a savings program. I tend to agree, and seeing where our state ranks among "financially savvy" states justifies that feeling for me.

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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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NIU Named to ‘Safest Colleges in America’ List

Northern Illinois University in Dekalb says that their number one priority is community safety.

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Where Illinois Ranks on the List of the Best/Worst States to Have a Baby

My wife Amy and I really never considered geography when it came to bringing our children into this world. Well, maybe a little. I was born at Rockford Memorial (now Mercyhealth), Amy was born at SwedishAmerican, so there were 30 seconds or so of debate about which hospital we'd go with for our first child. Who won the debate? OSF St. Anthony.

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Checking the Health of Rockford’s Real Estate Market

Experts took a look at 300 real estate markets in America to rank the best and worst markets in the country. Where do you think Rockford ranks on the list?

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University of Illinois is Knocked Out of the Top Ten Party Schools List

This is kind of a good news/bad news scenario, depending on whether you're an attending student or a parent who's paying your kid's tuition at the U of I. Those parents hoping for more studying than partying out of their child are probably smiling, while the would-be party animals are not.

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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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