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  • Literary Hook: July 31 program combines poetry, beauty of nature

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet I would like to invite you to a very unique program that combines the beauty of nature with the words of poetry. Don Miller, of Severson Dells, has created a program...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • East Troy Electric Railroad offers ‘South Shore Days’

    Staff Report EAST TROY, Wis. — East Troy Electric Railroad in East Troy, Wis., will celebrate the historic Pullman-built cars of the famed Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad during “South Shore Days” Saturday and Sunday,...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Editorial cartoon by Charles Story: Police hazard pay

    From the July 25-31, 2012, issue

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Study: Online retail contributes to decline in quality

    By Phil Ciciora Business & Law Editor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign News Bureau CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Consumers may revel in the convenience of online shopping, but the low prices on the Internet are often accompanied by...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Your Horoscope: Week of July 25-31, 2012

      By Denise Guzzardo Week of July 25-31, 2012 This Week: The full moon in Aquarius Aug. 1 allows us the power to take action with matters of importance to us. Gentle romantic elements are apparent as...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Obituary Notices: Week of July 25-31, 2012

    Martin Staehnke, 83, Rockford, 7/16/12 Father Michael Librandi, 71, Rockford, 7/16/12 Donald Crawford Sr., 69, Rockford, 7/16/12 Robert McLaren Sr., 93, Rockford, 7/16/12 John Freeman, 82, Rockford, 7/16/12 Mary Long, 79, Rockford, 7/16/12 Delores Hawkins, 76, Rockford,...

    • Posted July 25, 2012
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  • Quinn wants lawmakers to address pensions in August

    By Jayette Bolinski Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) wants lawmakers to address pension reform when they return to Springfield in August. The House will return, but the Senate will probably send...

    • Posted July 24, 2012
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  • 50 farmers’ markets in Illinois to receive federal grant funds

    Online Staff Report CARBONDALE, Ill. — Thanks to a federal grant, the number of farmers’ markets in Illinois that accept Link, debit and credit cards could double, Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D), a local food advocate...

    • Posted July 24, 2012
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  • Park District offers ‘Trolley to the Tropics’ rides

    Online Staff Report The Rockford Park District invites you to try out “Trolley to the Tropics,” a new way to experience two Rockford Park District attractions at a discounted price. Take a ride on Trolley Car 36...

    • Posted July 24, 2012
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  • Governor signs law to toughen penalties for fraud and abuse of disability parking

    Online Staff Report Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) to crack down on fraud and abuse of the state’s disability parking programs was signed into law July 23 by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn...

    • Posted July 23, 2012
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