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Illinois Has the Highest Tax Rates in America

It's tax season once again, so keep in mind that you've got about a month to change over from the "wearing of the green" to the "sending of your green" to the government. Woo-hoo.

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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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Is Illinois a Good State to Live in if You’re Single?

If you're a single (unmarried) person here in the Land of Lincoln, you may have, at one time or another, wondered if there might be a better place to be in order to meet that special someone. In a nutshell, is there a better place than Illinois for the singles lifestyle?

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Smile Illinois! We’ve Got Some of the Best Dental Health in America

Illinois may have a myriad of problems and issues, but dental health does not appear to be one of them. In fact, there are 47 other states that lag behind us.

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New Study Shows That Illinois is a Pretty Good Place to Raise Kids

We've often lamented that Illinois too often shows up poorly in lists of good things about states, and ranks very highly on the lists of bad things. When it comes to raising kids, it seems that we're not great, but we're doing pretty well.

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Looking at New Year Celebrating by the Numbers

When I was in my young 20s, like most of my peers, I looked at New Year's Eve as the most important social night of the year. We always looked for the biggest, over-the-top parties we could find, because if you didn't have the best time of the entire year on New Year's Eve, your whole year was just ruined, right?

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Where You Live in Illinois May Determine Your Holiday Budget

So, have you got your holiday budgeting figured out? You know the drill: how much do I have to spend (assuming you don't want a credit card bomb to go off in your mailbox in January), and how much of it do I spend on the people on my gift list. It might be that your city of residence will help determine the answers.

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Let’s See Who Made the Best/Worst Small Towns in Illinois List

First off, for those who are expecting a low-ranking for the city of Rockford, relax. Rockford didn't make the list, because our population is too large to meet the criteria of 25,000 to 100,000 people. Some of you in neighboring communities, however, might not like the ranking your hometown gets.

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Where Does Rockford Rank on the List of Fastest Growing Cities in the US?

Since the Great Recession, it'sĀ been a very tough comeback for many, many communities across the nation, Rockford included. For some, that comeback has been slow and steady, but for others...not so much.

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Is Illinois a Happy State?

The answer to that question is...well, kinda yes and kinda no. When it comes to our country's happiest states, Illinois comes down solidly...in the middle.

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