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  • Rock Falls takes gambling amendment off table

    ROCK FALLS – The city will let the state Legislature, and the market, further dictate what businesses can have video gambling.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 3:19 pm
  • Seized accounts, wage garnishment options to collect Crundwell loans

    DIXON – In January, a federal judge ordered that the ownership of loans owed by former city Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen and his wife, Angela, be transfer ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 5:22 pm
  • They go where sheriff's deputies can't

    STERLING – It's been about 5 years since Stacey Fowkes first called the Whiteside County Sheriff's Department to see whether it needed help with snow ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 8:08 pm
  • School officials encouraged, eager for details from Rauner

    STERLING – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget includes $300 million in education funding, which is a much-needed boost for local school districts.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 7:36 pm
  • A shoe-in for success

    MORRISON – Whether in a small Midwest town or the largest city on either coast, the limelight always finds Megan Linke.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 12:28 pm
  • Caterpillar staying put in Peoria, expanding headquarters

    PEORIA (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. announced Friday that it is keeping its global headquarters in downtown Peoria and expanding its corporate campus in wh ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 11:13 am
  • Records fall, ferries freeze as eastern U.S. faces arctic cold

    Arctic air plunged parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic into deep freezes and broke records Friday.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 11:13 am
  • Illinois Beef Expo kicks off at state fairgrounds

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The 2015 Illinois Beef Expo is under way at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:48 am
  • Man pleads not guilty in quadruple homicide

    ROCKFORD (AP) – A 22-year-old Rockford man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the shooting deaths of fo ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 10:42 pm
  • Nippersink Creek 5-year project to address flooding

    RINGWOOD – Just around a bend of Nippersink Creek from a large orange excavator, the stream’s banks ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 10:41 pm
  • Dixon singer's 'Idol' run comes to end

    DIXON – Gina Venier, a 24-year-old Dixon native, saw her run on “American Idol” come to a close on Thursday night’s episode.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:09 am
  • Grand Victorian clears zoning hurdles in Sterling

    STERLING – The Plan Commission approved a petition to amend a special use permit for a senior living center’s expansion project.
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Sterling High School speech team advances to state

    STERLING – Clarissa Worcester says speech team and sports are different animals. "It's not like a sp ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:23 am
  • Youth is served in Lee/Ogle spelling bee

    DIXON – Back and forth went Rebekah Zeigler and Lydia Cermak, the final spellers left Thursday in the Lee/Ogle Regional Spelling Bee after 24 others h ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 5:19 pm
  • With expansion, Resthave to hire about 20 more staffers

    MORRISON – With new space comes new jobs. That's the case at Resthave Nursing and Retirement Home, anyway.
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 4:16 pm
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