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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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You Probably Didn’t Know These Things Are Against the Law in Illinois

Every state (and many a city and town) has a few rather unusual laws on the books that while rarely enforced, remain in effect to this day. Illinois is certainly no exception to that.

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Would This Kind of Event Work Here in Rockford?

Here in Rockford, we've shown ourselves to be very open-minded when it comes to trying out sports and/or games that are popular in other countries, but do we have enough hearty, adventurous souls around here to take on the very British Cheese Rolling Race? I think we do, although at this point in my life, I'm not one.

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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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Wait, Your Mascot is a What?

Growing up in nearby Oregon, Illinois, our high school mascot was a hawk. We were the Oregon Hawks. Nothing really unusual or noteworthy about that one. However, one of our conference opponents at the time, Polo, had the unusual team name of "The Marcos." That's right, the Polo Marcos. I've heard that the name is in reference to something or someone, but I wasn't really paying attention in history class at that time, so I don't know...

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Say Yes to the Parachute Dress

I've watched more than a few episodes of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress with my daughter, Molly. If you're unfamiliar, SYTTD is a reality TV series that follows brides through Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan as they search for, and (almost always) find the perfect wedding gown for their upcoming nuptials...

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Referee and Trainer Brawl During Hockey Game

In hockey, there's nothing new about a fight breaking out. It happens all the time. To be fair, it's almost always player against player (and sometimes the crowd is part of the mix)...

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Man’s Predicament Shocks TV Anchors

You've got to admire a guy who's cool and unflappable in a serious situation. A guy who can keep it together and do the right thing when life throws a big curveball...

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The Green Cat of Bulgaria

Kermit the Frog sang about the difficulties of being green. For this cat in Bulgaria, the whole thing has been pretty easy, with the exception being the accusations of animal cruelty...

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Unusually Named Illinois High School Mascots

We've been hearing a lot about mascots over the last few years. Most notably, of course, is the ongoing debate over the Washington Redskins...

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