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Bag Ban at Winnebago County Courthouse Takes Effect Monday

We were told by Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana that having to chop $4.3 million from his department would mean plenty of layoffs and cutbacks. The "bag ban" that begins Monday, October 23rd at the Winnebago County Courthouse is an example.

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Illinois Department of Transportation is Looking for Seasonal Help to Clear Snow and Ice

If plowing, shoveling, and scraping off your own property during a winter snowstorm is not enough for you, and you'd love nothing more than plow, shovel, and scrape your way through Northern Illinois this winter--get in touch with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). They're looking for help.

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Area Police Remind You to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” During Labor Day Weekend

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign began on August 21st, and area cops say they'll be keeping a close eye on the roads all the way through Labor Day Weekend.

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Winnebago County Animal Services Needs Your Help to “Clear the Shelter”

I've long been a fan of dedicated men and women who run and staff Winnebago County Animal Services (WCAS), and their latest offering/promotion is one of the many reasons why.

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Illinois Gas Prices Continue to Rise

It's not your imagination. You actually are paying more for a gallon of gas today than you did last month, and almost 25 cents more than you did last year at this time. And yes, the rise in prices is continuing.

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Rains and Rising River Levels Means Another Bad Weekend for Boaters on the Rock

Mother Nature has been in foul mood this summer, and with the recent (and upcoming) weather conditions, it appears that Rockford area boat owners are taking it on the chin again.

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Good News For Rock River Boaters As We Head Into the Weekend

This summer, Mother Nature has been treating this area pretty much the same way a baby treats a diaper--heavy saturation with dangerous floating debris. This weekend, however, it looks like we're getting a break.

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Winnebago County Health Department Reminds You to Watch Out for These Guys

And by these guys, I mean ticks. Warmer weather is here and Winnebago County is already seeing an increased number in Lyme Disease cases over last year's numbers.

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Area Law Enforcement Saturation Patrols Produce Results Over the Easter Weekend

Our longtime friend, Ken Decoster, joins the WROK Morning Show every Tuesday after the 8:30am news to share the latest from both the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and Crimestoppers. One of our topics this morning was the results of the weekend's "saturation patrols" of high crime areas.

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This Weekend, Saying No to a Breathalyzer Means Saying Yes to a Jail Visit

Today is St. Patrick's Day. And, since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday, chances are many people will make this St. Patrick's Weekend. Since St. Patrick's Day/Weekend is second only to New Year's Eve as a drinking holiday, some will choose poorly and get behind the wheel after a lot of green beer.

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