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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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Rockford’s Aldeen Golf Club is Ranked Among the Nation’s Top 25 Courses

I've talked about the different "gems" that the Rockford area has to offer, not only to those of us who live here, but also to the many visitors to the Rockford area. I've highlighted places like Anderson Gardens, MercyHealth Sportscore Two, The UW Sports Health Factory, Tinker Cottage, and more. If Aldeen Golf Club and Practice Center isn't on your list, it's long past due to add it, because others certainly are.

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A New Study Lists Illinois as the 49th Most Patriotic State

A study of the most patriotic states in the U.S. seems to be saying that other than New Jersey, 48 states in the country are more patriotic than we are here in the Land of Lincoln.

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Taking a Look at Illinois’ Economic Health Compared to Other States

We haven't had a working budget in the Land of Lincoln for years. We've got pension problems galore, the highest property taxes in the nation, and a pile of overdue bills that would make the strongest desk sag under the weight. So really, could any state be in worse economic shape that we are? In a word: yes. 

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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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Springfield Lands on a Top 20 List of Best State Capitals

We all know that our state doesn't always fare so well on lists of the "Best of," and unfortunately shows up too often on the "Worst of" lists. However, when it comes to the "livability" of state capitals around the US, our Springfield does pretty well.

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