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  • Elliot Golf Course open New Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31

    Online Staff Report Golfing at a Rockford Park District course in December isn’t always an option, but for one day this weekend, weather-permitting, Elliot Golf Course, 888 S. Lyford Road, Cherry Valley, will be open. Opening Elliot...

    • Posted December 30, 2011
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  • New motor vehicle laws take effect in January

    Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, Illinois State Police (ISP) will begin enforcing new motor vehicle laws that passed in 2011, as the push to decrease traffic fatalities remains a top priority for...

    • Posted December 30, 2011
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  • New laws backed by Illinois Attorney General take effect Jan. 1

    Online Staff Report CHICAGO — New laws to crack down on repeat methamphetamine offenders and to strengthen the Illinois DNA database are among the measures initiated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in the 2011 legislative session...

    • Posted December 30, 2011
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  • Santorum surges in Iowa while Romney and Paul remain out front

    Online Staff Report With Iowa’s Jan. 3 first-in-the-nation caucuses less than a week away, the race for the Republican nomination for president continues to tighten. Recent polls show a close contest in Iowa between former Massachusetts Gov....

    • Posted December 29, 2011
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  • Pre-New Year’s Eve party at Prairie Street Brewhouse Dec. 30

    Online Staff Report Rockford’s Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., will offer a pre-New Year’s Eve celebration beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30. The event will feature Mojo Shiver (local cover band) from 7 to 10...

    • Posted December 29, 2011
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  • Yoga Rockford: Starting again with yoga

    By Jennie Williford Pranayama Yoga Studio A new year is upon us, and once again, we are faced with the resolutions and the excitement of the blank slate that lies ahead. For some reason, we feel that...

    • Posted December 28, 2011
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  • Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs Jan. 1-15

    Staff Report LOVES PARK, Ill. — Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) has added a new drop-off location to its Christmas Tree Recycling Program, which runs Jan. 1-15, 2012. The following drop-off sites are unmanned and open 24...

    • Posted December 28, 2011
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  • Small farmers fight the good fight

    By Richard S. Gubbe Contributing Writer The best defense is a good offense. That axiom is proving to be the best strategy for the small farmer in America. In two instances in neighboring states, the small, organic...

    • Posted December 28, 2011
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  • A New Year’s resolution for a local sustainable food system

    By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association If you have ever spent time fretting about the state of the world and wondering why the policies and actions taken by our...

    • Posted December 28, 2011
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  • Blagojevich’s corruption should teach us to pay attention

    The recent verdict dealt to the infamous “Blago” pleases me. He used his position solely for self-gain, throwing in a few good deeds here and there to keep the masses satiated, and most importantly, fooled. The Caesars...

    • Posted December 28, 2011
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