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  • Dixon Floral blossoms into something new

    DIXON – A lot has changed since Dixon Floral Co. changed hands earlier this year. New owner Shelly ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 12:03 pm
  • Cards Against Humanity hole in Oregon raises $100K, for nothing

    OREGON — Goodbye Holiday Hole. It was nice knowing you.A hole outside of town — as large as it was p ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 10:01 am
  • Senate votes to stop robots from stealing your tickets

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate doesn’t want you to have to fight a robot for a chance to see the hit m ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 12:05 am
  • Merchant Marines could get Congressional Gold Medal

    WASHINGTON – The House passed a bipartisan measure on Wednesday to award World War II Merchant Marin ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:58 pm
  • White House announces support for women in military draft

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to regi ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • 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
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    Reader Poll

    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.
    No. It would be too great a burden for homeowners to dispose of fallen leaves in other ways.
    Not sure
    No opinion