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How Vulnerable to Identity Theft Are Illinois Residents?

Identity theft is, unfortunately, one of those terms that we've become all-too-familiar with over the last couple of decades. Major breaches of security involving some of the world's biggest retailers have made headline news, with millions of people finding out that their information has been compromised. Are there any states that are less vulnerable to these hacks than others? 

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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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How Diverse is the State of Illinois? More Than You Might Think

We hear the word a lot every day. We hear about diverse backgrounds, diversity in hiring, diversity in education--but what about diversity in U.S. states? Let's see where Illinois ranks out of all 50 states.

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Minnesota Has Been Named ‘The Happiest State,’ But What About Illinois?

So, it's cold a lot and it snows plenty and there are mosquitos that can lift a grown man off the ground. But, at least they have ice fishing. Those things, plus (I'm guessing) a few others have combined to make Minnesota the happiest state in the nation, according to a new study. Illinois has all those things, too. Why aren't we the happiest?

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One of the Top 2 Best Places in the Country to Raise a Family is Just North of Rockford

According to a new study, the best place in the nation to raise a family is Overland Park, Kansas. However, the second-place finisher is to our north, not too far from Rockford. Sorry Machesney Park, Rockton, Roscoe, and Durand--it's further north than you.

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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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Illinois Students Carry More Student Debt Than Most of the Country

If it makes you feel any better, Illinois does better than the rest of the Midwest.

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