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  • Sensibilities meeting reality on medical marijuana

    STERLING – While state statute lays the ground rules for the medicinal marijuana pilot program in Illinois, local governments still have plenty of wor ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Softball teams get call to help girl fight muscle disease

    ROCK FALLS – A co-ed slowpitch softball tournament is planned for Saturday to help a 3-month-old girl in her fight against a terminal genetic disorder ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Walkers warm to the challenge

    FRANKLIN GROVE – What better way to raise awareness about climate change than being out in the elements?
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Murders down, shootings up in Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Police Department says there were fewer murders in the first 8 months of 2014 than in the same period last year. But they a ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Duckworth announces she’s pregnant

    CHICAGO (AP) – U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, said Monday she’s ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Oregon landmark sold to two local men

    OREGON – After being on the market for several years, a downtown Oregon landmark has been sold. Two ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Rauner revives governor’s mansion question

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – It’s been more than a decade since an Illinois governor lived full time at the state’s Executive Mansion, but once again a Chicago- ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Man found dead was hit by car

    LEROY (AP) – Authorities say a 26-year-old found dead in rural central Illinois apparently was struc ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • GOP sees gains in Illinois voters tuning out

    DECATUR (AP) – The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Patients to start applying for medical marijuana

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is jus ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more

    CHICAGO (AP) – Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That’s the implication of a new study that ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • U.S. eating habits improve a bit, except among poor

    CHICAGO (AP) – Americans’ eating habits have improved – except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Shuttle bus driver charged with DUI

    BLOOMINGTON (AP) – A 32-year-old Bloomington man who drives a late-night shuttle bus has been charge ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Long-range forecast: A bit milder winter

    Keep your fingers crossed. The Sauk Valley might not have a repeat of last winter’s extreme cold and snow.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Rauner tour stops by Candlelight

    STERLING – Bruce Rauner wants to speak to as many people as he can before Nov. 4 – whether that’s in a restaurant, an African-American church, or on a ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 11:47 pm

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