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  • Newman December Student of the Month: Ken Ellorando

    Ken Ellorando, 17, of Dixon, is Newman Central Catholic High School’s December Student of the Month. He is the son of Nep and Pam Ellorando and has a ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 7:42 pm
  • Raising biliterate kids: Voluntary dual language program coming to Jefferson elementary

    STERLING — Sophia Lopez may be only a preschooler, but her mother already is preparing for her future.
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 4:34 pm
  • Dress donations sought for February sale

    DIXON – Dresses and accessories are wanted for the seventh annual Second Look prom and homecoming dress sale.
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 8:10 pm
  • Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers reacted cautiously on Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and heal ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 2:36 pm
  • Day Trip: Annual museum fundraiser to feature treats

    FREEPORT – The Freeport Art Museum will again tantalize taste buds with its annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting.
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 2:34 pm
  • Trial date set in Rock Falls teen shooting

    MORRISON –A Rock Falls teen accused of accidentally shooting and killing his best friend nearly a year ago will be tried March 23, a judge decided at ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 2:17 pm
  • Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House sai ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Fugitive treasure hunter says in court he is very sick

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A treasure hunter who vanished two years ago while he was in a dispute over one of the greatest deep-sea hauls in America ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide

    DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A Utah man serving life prison sentence for a double murder he believes was directed by God says his ideas likely influenced a cou ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Sin vs. safety: judge weighs arguments on Gitmo female guards

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Religious-based restrictions on the use of female guards at Guantanamo violate the military's gender-neutral policy and weaken ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a pr ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed

    DENVER (AP) — The Denver police chief says it is not clear from a preliminary investigation how an officer was injured when a 17-year-old girl driving ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Prosecutors, defense present cases in Aaron Hernandez trial

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a semiprofessional football player, then cover ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:42 pm
  • Gas blast at Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion on Thursday, an ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 2:37 pm
  • Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:37 pm
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