• July 29 Let it Roll Poker Run benefits RAMP’s Freeport office

    Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — The Let it Roll Poker Run to benefit RAMP Sunday, July 29, is a poker run for all types of legal road vehicles. The first vehicle out will be between 10:30 and...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Local Fifth Third Bank locations offer free mammogram events July 28

    Online Staff Report Fifth Third Bank (Chicago) and A Silver Lining Foundation will offer free mammogram events at three Rockford Fifth Third Bank locations from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28. The events will be...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Benefits of rain barrels explored at July 31 workshop

    Online Staff Report University of Illinois Extension will offer a hands-on rain barrel workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 31, at the Winnebago County Extension office, 1040 N. Second St., Rockford. Join Horticulture Educator Candice...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • New laws ban sending debtors to prison for debts, protect consumers from high costs of refund anticipation loans

    Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) commended Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s July 25 enactment of two consumer protection measures she wrote and negotiated: The Debtors’ Rights Act of 2012, which will...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Heavy metals found under Northwest Community Center land; EPA probe continues

       By Richard S. Gubbe Contributing Writer  The state agency began its investigation into groundwater contamination last fall and concluded that benzene had leaked into the well water system in the area west of Amerock. The IEPA...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • John Morrissey Accountants celebrates 40 years

    The locally-managed John Morrissey Accountants, Inc., is celebrating its 40th anniversary of business in the Rockford area. The company was founded by John Morrissey, who still owns and manages the business today. The company is hosting a...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Health Department offers back-to-school health clinic Aug. 1

    Staff Report Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) will host its third annual back-to-school health clinic, “Grand Slam for Good Health,” from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the department’s 555 N. Court St. location. The...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Yoga Rockford: Yoga Olympics not a good idea

    By Jennie Williford Pranayama Yoga Studio The Olympics are upon us, and we are ready to be amazed and inspired by athletes at the top of their game. Believe it or not, yoga has been suggested by...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Keepin’ it Kleen: An honest conversation about crime

      By Michael Kleen It is time for an honest conversation about crime in Rockford, a conversation that focuses on solutions rather than excuses. For far too long, politicians and public officials have gotten away with blaming...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Scout project helps Sand Ridge Prairie

      Staff Report OREGON, Ill. — For his project, which will earn him the rank of Eagle Scout, Chris Kettwich of Oregon, Ill., organized a team to remove Scotch pine trees from Sand Ridge Prairie. The trees,...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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