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Take a Look at Illinois’ Top Boat Names for 2017

In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I am not a boat guy. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against boats. As a matter of fact, I've never been out on the Rock River boating without having a great time. It's just that I don't want one, I want friends who have one.

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Weird, Strange, and Bizarre Laws Still on Illinois’ Books–Part Two

Last week in this space I posted a piece called "You Probably Didn't Know These Things are Against the Law in Illinois." To be honest, I thought that would be the end of it. I mean, how many bizarro-world laws can one state have? Turns out, thanks to some research by alert listener Mike, we've got more. Plenty more.

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We’ve Got Some Strange Names for Places in Illinois

I was just watching something on YouTube that had people from anywhere other than the Midwest trying to pronounce Midwestern place names. As you might imagine, it was pretty humorous to watch folks take on names that we're fairly familiar with, but they had never heard of.

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What D.I.Y. Projects Send Illinoisans to Google For Help?

Maybe you're an expert Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kind of person. You know, the sort of individual that just has the skill to handle any and all projects. The sort of person who snorts when someone says "I Googled how to do ________." Or, maybe you're like me (and millions of others like me) who head straight for the world's foremost authority on everything to help you when you can't make heads or tails of what you're doing.

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Celebrate the Holidays in Sweden with…Arson?

In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I am married to a woman of Swedish decent (how did I find someone like that in Rockford?). Around holiday time, I've come to expect things like krup kakar, lutefiskvörtbröd, and, if I play my cards right, glögg. At no time, however, in 25 years of marriage, has she suggested we set fire to a goat.

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Who’s Handing Out Rockford’s Most Bizarre Halloween Candy?

I don't want to be one of those bitter, old, "back-in-my-day-everything-was-better-than-it-is-now" kind of guys, but...it seems that there used to be a lot more creativity in Halloween treats than we have today.

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You Can’t Adopt One of These From Winnebago County Animal Services

So many things in life come with the question, "But, what's the catch?" A Tucson, Arizona man probably should have asked that when he saw a sign offering a "free puppy."

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Illinois Has Some Unusual Museums You Should Check Out

As a kid, I saw a lot of museums. I've said before that I've seen most of this country from the back seat of my parents car, but we did stop the car occasionally, and when we did it was often in front of a museum of some sort. If you want museums, Illinois is your spot.

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Illinois Has Some Very Strange Laws on the Books

Ever since I was a kid and saw the Academy Award winning documentary "Scared Straight," I've had a pretty simple goal: Don't go to jail. Period. Full stop. However, it's difficult to avoid trouble with law enforcement if you aren't aware of the goofy little things that can be illegal in one municipality but not another. Illinois has several of those goofy little laws.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Illinois’ Weirdest Laws

If you take the time to look over the books in any given state or municipality, you'll probably find a bunch of laws or statutes that just don't make a lot of sense. Illinois is no different.

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