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Website Declares Rockford to be the 5th Most Dangerous City in America

While we get many things right here in Rockford, studies continue to say that crime is the real albatross around our city's neck.

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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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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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Taking a Look at Illinois’ Economic Health Compared to Other States

We haven't had a working budget in the Land of Lincoln for years. We've got pension problems galore, the highest property taxes in the nation, and a pile of overdue bills that would make the strongest desk sag under the weight. So really, could any state be in worse economic shape that we are? In a word: yes. 

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Illinois is One of America’s Best Places to be a Cop

With National Police Week kicking off next week on the 14th, we want to salute all the men and women of law enforcement. We also want to congratulate those who've chosen to serve and protect here in Illinois--because, according to a new report, they picked the right state.

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What’s the Best Day of the Week to Buy Gas in Rockford?

If you're like me, and I know I am--you've never really considered what day of the week it is while stopping to fill up with gas. I mean, call me old school, but I generally fill up when it appears that my tank is low and in need of a refuel. Now I find out that's been costing me money.

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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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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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Is Illinois One of the Best, or Worst States for Having Babies?

Our friend Lori, who sat in for Joe Dredge on the WROK Morning Show while Joe was off on a medical leave, is pregnant. If you were to ask her, she'd probably say "Very pregnant." Lori and her husband Ryan will welcome their baby girl in just a couple of months. Lori's child will be born here in Illinois, as were my two, and it's likely that yours were, too. But, could we have picked a better state in which to give birth?

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