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  • Employers cut jobs in 31 U.S. states as growth slows

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers in 31 U.S. states cut jobs last month as weak economic growth weighed on ...
    April 22, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Council finalizes settlement agreement in Rock Falls

    ROCK FALLS – The city and its engineering firm finalized a settlement agreement Tuesday, officially answering the question of who would pay for last y ...
    April 22, 2015 - 9:33 am
  • Lee County Board approves new gambling ordinance

    DIXON – As far as a new building goes, Lee County Animal Control is home free, Lee County Board member John Nicholson said during the board meeting Tu ...
    April 21, 2015 - 10:32 pm
  • Rauner aide sorry on social service cuts 'miscommunications'

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget chief apologized to a House oversight panel Tuesday fo ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • House OKs bill that would change Illinois specialty plates

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would change the way t ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6 billion over 5 years

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing no-carbon energy and pote ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Low wages, trade deals luring plants and jobs to Mexico

    DETROIT (AP) – Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:39 pm
  • Man charged with taking items for Fairdale tornado victims

    SYCAMORE (AP) – A 44-year-old northern Illinois man is accused of taking dozens of items donated to ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Blue Bell says it's still trying to pinpoint listeria cause

    HOUSTON (AP) – A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Te ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:39 pm
  • Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes

    NEW YORK (AP) – This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U. ...
    April 24, 2015 - 3:14 pm
  • Dixon didn't have to look far for new Jefferson School leader

    DIXON – Crystal Thorpe of Dixon will no longer have to travel 100 miles round trip each day to be principal of a school.
    April 22, 2015 - 9:34 am
  • Sterling ready to rebuild at demo sites

    STERLING – Funding from two federal housing programs will pay for new modular residential structures at demolition sites.
    April 22, 2015 - 9:37 am
  • Owls rescued after tornado touchdown in Ogle County

    OREGON – The EF-4 tornado that tore through Ogle County 2 weeks ago displaced and injured not only people, but also animals, both domestic and wild.
    April 21, 2015 - 6:59 pm
  • What a catch: VanVickle reunited with keepsake ball glove

    Students who volunteered to clean up debris last week from the recent EF-4 tornado found a valued family keepsake that had been blown into a field.
    April 21, 2015 - 5:26 pm
  • Oregon schools cuts staff further

    OREGON – In a second round of layoffs in as many months, the Oregon School Board dismissed five teacher’s aides this week because of budget concerns.
    April 21, 2015 - 7:14 pm
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