• Christkindlmarkt at Turner Hall in Monroe, Wis., Nov. 29-30

    Online Staff Report MONROE, Wis. — Shopping this year for the perfect gift in Switzerland, Germany or Austria won’t necessarily require a passport or an expensive plane ticket. All it takes is a visit to Turner Hall...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • RAMI Musicians Organization’s Christmas Party set for Dec. 12

    Staff Report The Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Musicians Organization Christmas Party will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Appetizers will be served with music provided...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Mr. Green Car: ‘Mr. Green Car’ gets a Chevy Volt

    By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer It was February 1992 when we bought our last new car — a 1992 Honda Civic VX that we are still driving. There have been a lot of other cars purchased and...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Meet John Doe: Laptops or tablets in classrooms: which to choose

    By Paul Gorski I’ve recently read a variety of news articles and press releases describing the deployment of Apple iPads, Microsoft Surface tablets and Google Chromebooks in classrooms. Most of the articles describe cost savings, deployment problems,...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Tech-Friendly: Amazon Kindle fire HDX — why include free video chat help?

    By Paul Gorski Amazon is offering free live video chat support for its new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet, and I can’t help but ask, “Why?” This is a “tech-friendly” column, and I suppose I should be...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Tips for taking the stress out of your holidays

    By Phyllis Picklesimer Media/Communications Specialist, U of I ACES News and Public Affairs URBANA, Ill. — With the anticipation of the holidays, there can also be a feeling of dread. After all, how are you going to...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Obituary Notices: Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013

    Roy Nelson, 91, Rockford, 11/19/13 Frank Sincox, 85, Rockford, 11/19/13 Edwin Zahorik, 85, Rockford, 11/19/13 Karen Maness, 66, Rockford, 11/19/13 George Zammuto, 84, Rockford, 11/19/13 Keith Wrage, 82, Rockford, 11/19/13 Glenn Huffman, 75, Durand, 11/19/13 Latoyia Dismuke,...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • President declares disaster for Illinois in wake of Nov. 17 storms

    Online Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Illinois and ordered federal aid to...

    • Posted November 27, 2013
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  • Gov. Pat Quinn could win new term in spite of poor rating

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Although a poll shows 60 percent of voters disapprove of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), it may not be enough for a Republican to take over the state’s top job. According to...

    • Posted November 26, 2013
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  • State Police to focus on ‘Fatal Four’ during 24-hour enforcement operation Nov. 26-27

    Online Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois State Police (ISP) have announced that ISP districts statewide are gearing up for the holiday travel period, beginning with the Thanksgiving holiday and lasting through the New Year. This year,...

    • Posted November 25, 2013
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