• Overturned semitrailer closes one lane of U.S. Route 20 in Jo Daviess County

    Online Staff Report At about 5:39 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, Illinois State Police responded to an overturned truck-tractor semitrailer on U.S. Route 20 about a half-mile west of Center Road in Jo Daviess County. The investigation found...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • State of the Union: Jobs key focus of Obama’s speech

    Online Staff Report Putting America back to work in the wake of the Iraq War was a major focus of President Barack Obama’s Jan. 24 State of the Union address. In making his case for a post-Iraq...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Madigan sues Standard & Poor’s for allegedly enabling financial meltdown

    Online Staff Report CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Jan. 25 against Standard & Poor’s for its allegedly fraudulent role in assigning its highest ratings to risky mortgage-backed investments in the years leading...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • 12 percent increase in state higher education funding goes to pensions

    By Andrew Thomason Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — llinois’ 12 percent increase in higher education spending this year isn’t going to benefit students. Instead, the additional funding for fiscal 2012 is going into the State Universities...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Groundhog Gala at Sycamore’s Midwest Museum of Natural History

    Staff Report SYCAMORE, Ill. — Woodchuck, land beaver, whistle pig — groundhogs go by many names. From 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, the Midwest Museum of Natural History will tip its hat to this mighty...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois March 3 at Olson Lake

    Staff Report It’s not every day that people are willing to “go jump in a lake” — particularly in the winter — let alone do so with thousands of other people, including members of the law enforcement...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Manzullo does not represent the views of his district

    U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo views the world differently than most of the people living in the 16th Congressional District, yet he keeps getting re-elected. Why? Rep. Manzullo is proud of his conservative stand against unions, women’s rights,...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Rockford Dance Company presents the classic ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Jan. 28

    Staff Report Rockford Dance Company (RDC) will present a modern adaptation of the classic story Hansel and Gretel at 2 and 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford. Tickets, $10,...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Guest Column: Forest preserve clear-cut: Deal with it!

    • Or, ‘Waiting for Arbor Day, not Godot’ Editor’s note: The following is the text of remarks made by Paul Arena during the public comment period at the Jan. 18 Winnebago County Forest Preserve District (WCFPD) board...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Local martial arts instructor launches website

    Local martial arts instructor and published writer Michael Benjamin has announced the launch of his new Dojo-website at www.closequarterskempo.com. Current features include free martial arts and spiritual articles, history, philosophy, links and other happenings. Future contents will...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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