• Guest Column: I walked a mile in her moccasins

    By Sterling E. Blackmon, Ph.D. There is an old Native American proverb, “Never criticize a man until you walk a mile in his moccasins.” The meaning of this was made all too clear to me in the...

    • Posted December 4, 2013
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  • Illinois pension reform bill heads to governor’s desk, unions vow lawsuit

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) declared victory Tuesday, Dec. 3, as lawmakers passed a long-awaited overhaul of the state’s shattered public-employee pension system. The Senate approved the measure minutes before the House...

    • Posted December 4, 2013
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  • Obituary Notices: Week of Dec. 4-10, 2013

    Grant Cedarleaf, 96, Rockford, 11/26/13 Martin Selipts, 40, Rockton, 11/26/13 Alice Poyer, 91, Rockford, 11/26/13 Frank Pinkoczi, 69, Rockford, 11/26/13 Eleanore VanDinther, 89, Rockford, 11/27/13 Dale Hjerpe, 69, Rockford, 11/27/13 James Novak, 84, Rockford, 11/27/13 Katherine Bailey,...

    • Posted December 4, 2013
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  • Choosing the perfect Christmas tree

    By U of I Extension URBANA, Ill. — Selecting the “perfect” Christmas tree to brighten your holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps, said University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Ron Wolford. “Choose...

    • Posted December 3, 2013
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  • Legendary Rock Interviews: Q & A with Gemini Syndrome’s Aaron Nordstrom

    By John Parks Gemini Syndrome is a heavy new alternative band hailing from the West Coast. Their new debut album is called Lux, and since the album’s release this past fall on Warner Brothers, the band has...

    • Posted December 3, 2013
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