• Literary Hook: Finding joy and serenity this holiday season

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet For men and women “of a certain age,” Christmas comes packed with memories. Sometimes the season is so “thick” that the urge to simplify takes over. Here is a poem that...

    • Posted November 28, 2012
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  • Photo: 50 years ago: Robert Frost at the University of Detroit Memorial Building

    From the Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2012, issue

    • Posted November 28, 2012
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  • Survey finds dangerous toys on store shelves

    Staff Report Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to the Illinois Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report. Illinois PIRG, joined by Paula Culvey, manager of...

    • Posted November 28, 2012
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  • Illinois Supreme Court chief warns of budget shortfalls

    Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Can Illinois really afford continued budget cuts that threaten to close courtroom doors as they have in other states? That is a central question posed by Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of...

    • Posted November 28, 2012
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  • Crusader receives high ratings from patients

    Staff Report Each year, Crusader Community Health conducts a confidential survey of patients regarding their experience at its four clinic locations. Patients are asked to rate the quality of their care and treatment and their overall level...

    • Posted November 28, 2012
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  • Van Matre HealthSouth receives clinical award

    Staff Report Rockford’s Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital has been honored for its clinical excellence among HealthSouth’s network of rehabilitation hospitals. The hospital ranked fourth out of all HealthSouth hospitals for the third quarter 2012. HealthSouth, the...

    • Posted November 28, 2012
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  • Obituary Notices: Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2012

    Lydia Coffman, 97, Rockford, 11/20/12 Irwin Lang, 85, Rockford, 11/20/12 Donald Mullins, 75, Rockford, 11/20/12 Jeanne Kolden, 75, Rockford, 11/20/12 Sally Olsen, 76, Rockford, 11/20/12 Marilyn Mitchell, 82, Rockford, 11/20/12 Ruth Dierkes, 91, Rockford, 11/20/12 Josephine Varisco,...

    • Posted November 28, 2012
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  • Rev. Jesse Jackson to return to Freeport Nov. 28 to meet with Sensata workers

    Online Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson will return to Freeport, Ill., Wednesday, Nov. 28, to meet with workers at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant about their efforts to gain a full severance from the...

    • Posted November 27, 2012
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  • AMBER Alert Task Force celebrates 10-year anniversary

    Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force announced Nov. 26 the 10-year anniversary of the first AMBER (America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert broadcast in Illinois. Every year, hundreds of children are...

    • Posted November 26, 2012
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  • Disability parking crackdown results in 60 citations, enforcement to continue throughout holidays

    Online Staff Report Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Nov. 26 that in its first weekend, the Secretary of State Police issued 60 citations during a statewide crackdown on people who illegally park in disability parking...

    • Posted November 26, 2012
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