• Rockford native Natasha Leggero joins cast of NBC’s ‘New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly’

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Stateline residents who plan to ring in 2014 near a television Tuesday night, Dec. 31, can watch Rockford native, comedian Natasha Leggero, as she joins this year’s cast of NBC’s New Year’s...

    • Posted December 31, 2013
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  • Winnebago County Circuit Court receives grant to help offenders avoid prison

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer The Winnebago County Circuit Court will receive a grant for more than $600,000 to help non-violent offenders avoid prison, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) announced Sunday, Dec. 29. The grant for $646,775...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Step into the new year with a healthy lifestyle, not a resolution

    By Phyllis Picklesimer Media/Communications Specialist, U of I ACES News and Public Affairs URBANA, Ill. — Although the most popular New Year’s resolutions revolve around health, including eating healthier, becoming more fit, or losing weight, few Americans...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Judge: NSA phone-tracking system lawful

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer A federal judge in New York, on Friday, Dec. 27, ruled that the massive National Security Agency (NSA) phone-tracking system is legal and a necessary government security tool in its fight against...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Fear, public policies and energy efficiency

    By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association Fear is a human emotion, easily aroused. It can provide us with an extra jolt of energy to escape a risky situation or...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • A look back at the best sports stories of 2013

    By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist This is the time of year when writers come up with lists. There seems to be a list for everything. So, I decided to join the crowd and compile my own list...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Learn how to put your ‘Small Acres to Work’ Jan. 18

    Staff Report Putting a few extra acres to work can bring in additional income, provide an opportunity to experiment with a new enterprise, or develop an interest or hobby for its educational or entertainment value. How do...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Cast continues to grow in Rockford-based sitcom

    Staff Report Adding to the already star-studded cast, including famed actor Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome, Celebrity Apprentice) and four-time Grammy Award winner John Schlitt (lead singer, Petra, formerly of Head East), Rock And A Hard...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • ‘Gun-free’ zones protect only criminals

    Dec. 15, two carjackers stole an SUV at a New Jersey mall, killing the driver while his wife helplessly watched. This brutal crime should be a warning to Illinois shoppers, as it will occur here with greater...

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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  • Your Horoscope: Week of Jan. 1-6, 2014

    By Denise Guzzardo Week of Jan. 1-6, 2014 This Week: Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome, 2014. The new moon arrives in Capricorn New Year’s Day. Capricorn’s influence encourages us to move forward with a steady pace....

    • Posted December 30, 2013
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