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Three things to know about the County budget

By John Guevara  Contributor Even after the County Board’s budget vote on Thursday, slashing the Sheriff’s budget by $4.3 million (or 62 percent of the projected deficit), questions linger, tempers flare, and press conferences are called.…

I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist

Exxon funded climate scientists while the bulk of its public-facing advertorials argued the science and cause of climate change was uncertain. By Katharine Hayhoe  The Conversation ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the…

Remembering Rockford’s Ruby Skye

By Bruce Hammond For The Rock River Times With the passing of Karen Howard on Monday, Aug. 7, Rockford lost a truly iconic member of the local arts community. Along with husband Bill and daughters Lani and Jennifer, Karen (aka Ruby Skye)…

Kris Kobach and Kansas’ SAFE Act

By Chelsie Bright  The Conversation If you want to understand President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission, it helps to study what happened in Kansas. Six years before Trump was tweeting about stolen elections and unsubstantiated claims…