• Literary Hook: Wednesday Writers hosts reading at Barnes & Noble Feb. 25

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet I am pleased to announce that the Wednesday Writers, a group I have been facilitating for several years, will have their debut public reading this month. The group has been honing...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Auditions for Woodstock production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ set for Jan. 29-30

    • Nine women, 12 men and three children are needed for April and May performances Staff Report WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Auditions for Woodstock Musical Theatre Company’s production of Annie Get Your Gun will be Sunday and Monday,...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Rockford author releases book about online dating

    Staff Report Internet Dating: What I Learned From Over 4000 Matches, a new book by R. Thomas Vosburgh of Rockford, has been released by RoseDog Books. Internet dating is a relatively new phenomenon in our world, and...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Nuclear plants pose risks to drinking water for Illinois

    Staff Report CHICAGO — The drinking water for 652,000 people in Illinois could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released Jan. 24...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Illinois scores a ‘D,’ ranks 32nd in nation for cigarette tax

    Staff Report CHICAGO — The 10th iteration of the American Lung Association’s (ALA) State of Tobacco Control 2012 report gives Illinois a “D” for their 98-cent-per-pack cigarette tax. Ranking 32nd in the nation, Illinois’ tax is one...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Book tells story of Rockford’s first K-9 hospice volunteer

    Staff Report Author and speaker Gloriann Dawson released her second book, Chloe Tales, in late November 2011. Chloe Tales is the heart-warming and funny story of Rockford’s first K-9 hospice volunteer and the pioneer of the hospice...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Rockford Memorial gives $50 million in annual benefits

    Staff Report Illinois hospitals contributed annual community benefits of more than $4.6 billion in programs and services in their 2009-10 fiscal years, according to the fifth annual report issued by the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA). Illinois Hospitals:...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Green Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Are electric cars safe?

    By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) just issued a statement that their recent investigation into battery fires in Chevy Volts finds that there is no fire risk problem with the Volt...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Obituary Notices: Week of Jan. 25-31, 2012

    William Donaldson, 49, Rockford, 1/13/12 Mary Peacock, 84, Rockford, 1/13/12 Tammy Gipson, 52, Rockford, 1/13/12 Francis Robinson, 94, Rockford, 1/14/12 Charles Shepherd, 58, Rockford, 1/14/12 Lawrence Rafferty, 72, Rockford, 1/14/12 Matthew Curttright, 50, Rockford, 1/15/12 Laura Sell,...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Obama expected to stand up to big oil on Keystone XL pipeline

    By Environment Illinois CHICAGO — According to media reports, President Barack Obama and the State Department will reject an effort to force administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Bruce Ratain, Clean Energy associate with Environment Illinois,...

    • Posted January 18, 2012
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