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  • Sterling finds the right balance

    STERLING – The city dissected its general fund during a 3-hour study session held Monday in council chambers.
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:03 pm
  • Dixon council takes first look at budget

    DIXON – The city will need to dig its general fund out of a deficit before the next budget is approved, and city council members want to make sure the ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:19 pm
  • Illinois State Museum says it has reached deal to reopen

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The agency that oversees the Illinois State Museum has reached an agreement with ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:24 pm
  • College-accrediting agency sends warning amid budget impasse

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The state budget impasse could have “significant” consequences for the public col ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:24 pm
  • Jail hopes to use wind turbine for power in Freeport

    FREEPORT (AP) – Officials at one northern Illinois county jail hope to install a 120-foot wind turbine in an effort to cut electricity costs by 40 to ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:39 pm
  • Feds find Fiat Chrysler gear shifters can confuse drivers

    DETROIT (AP) – Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing t ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:18 pm
  • Fewer banks offering free checking accounts

    Free checking accounts are slipping away, with only 46 percent of banks still offering them to their ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:18 pm
  • Democrats vying for U.S. Senate talk up experience, background

    CHICAGO (AP) – Meeting for the first time this election season, the three Illinois Democrats vying for U.S. Senate worked to distinguish themselves fr ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:34 pm
  • Public can't attend Obama's speech at Illinois House

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the public will not b ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:16 pm
  • Pickleball? It's kind of a big dill around here

    STERLING – Looking to kick cabin fever? Folks of all ages and levels of athletic abilities are recommending pickleball fever as the cure – and you pro ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:23 pm
  • School officials skeptical about funding fix

    The funding formula for Illinois school districts hasn’t been updated since 1997, and legislators and school administrators alike say a fix is long ov ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:26 pm
  • Fourth Crundwell auction will open with lower bids

    DIXON – A fourth online auction of Rita Crundwell’s personal property – mostly clothing – will run Feb. 23 through March 8 at, the U.S. ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 9:28 pm
  • Sterling police seek information on residential burglary

    STERLING – Sterling Police are looking for tips on a residential burglary that occurred Wednesday in the 800 block of West 23rd Street in which "undis ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 5:57 pm
  • Demmer stumps for Kasich ahead of New Hampshire primary

    CONCORD, N.H. – State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, has been in and around the Granite State's capital since Saturday, stumping for presidential contender ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 10:41 pm
  • Support groups, clubs and services

    Wednesday, Feb. 10Women, infants and children clinic, and family planning services, Lee County Healt ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 4:24 pm
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