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  • Illinois shutters nation's last prison roundhouse

    CREST HILL (AP) – Illinois has shuttered the nation’s last prison roundhouse, a circular lockup with ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:55 pm
  • Bloody month in Chicago brings death toll past 700 mark

    CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago experienced more than twice as many homicides in November as it did during th ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:55 pm
  • Fatal crashes were few over Thanksgiving in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois State Police say only three people died in traffic collisions duri ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:54 pm
  • If Trump gets his Tariffs, Americans would face higher prices

    WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers and businesses would pay – literally – if President-elect Donal ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:53 pm
  • Dems fail to override Rauner veto of Chicago schools money

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois Democrats failed Thursday to override the Republican governor’s veto of ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:53 pm
  • Support groups, clubs and services

    Saturday, Dec. 3Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Big Book, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chic ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:50 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers vote to spare 2 nuclear plants

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A multibillion-dollar subsidy for power giant Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitab ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • Day Trip: Give a little food, get a little fun

    Wind, rain, or drifts won’t interfere with the Family Museum’s WinterFest planned for Sunday. The e ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 9:32 am
  • A mystery is afoot at Sauk Valley Community College

    Daria Chase (left), played by Melissa Goken, yells at Martha Gillette, played by Emily Sheaffer, on Thursday during dress rehearsal for the Sauk Valle ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 9:11 am
  • Sterling children's library gets a makeover

    The children's library at Sterling Public Library has gotten a remodel, and it's a lot more than new furniture. Very soon, it will have iPads and a Wi ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 9:34 pm
  • Milledgeville man restores big bike for 'American Pickers'

    Milledgeville tinkerer Allen Polhill has had his run-ins with the stars of "American Pickers," and even got to go on a bike ride with Mike Wolfe – on ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 9:27 am
  • Falls bridge deteriorating; federal funds could help

    The latest bridge inspection report shows the condition of the East 11th Street bridge has deteriorated enough to make it eligible for federal funds.
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 12:06 am
  • Whiteside County confirms shots fired in Yeowardsville

    ROCK FALLS – The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that shots were fired during a fight in Yeowardsville just after 11 a.m. today.
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 9:36 pm
  • Sauk group collecting Toys for Tots donations

    DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College’s Student Veterans Organization is collecting donations of toys and money for Lee and Ogle counties’ Toys for To ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 4:28 pm
  • Pearl Harbor memorial Sunday in Sterling

    STERLING – American Legion Post 296's annual Pearl Harbor attack memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot at the corner of East Si ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 3:49 pm
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    Rock Falls is considering a ban on leaf burning. Should the city finally take that step?
    Yes. Sterling and Dixon have had bans for years. It’s time for Rock Falls to impose a ban.
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