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Illinois House passes ‘Tobacco 21’ bill

By Cole Lauterbach Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is one step closer to becoming the eighth state to raise the legal age for buying and using tobacco and vaping products to 21. The House Representatives passed the bill…

The future of Belvidere Assembly Plant in question

By Jenna Dooley WNIJ News BELVIDERE - Fiat Chrysler announced recently that it will cut third shift operations at its Belvidere production facility in May. The plant produces the Jeep Cherokee. The company cited global demand as part of…

Former RAEDC official pleads guilty to fraud

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD -- The former Rockford Area Economic and Development Council accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from the organization, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of fraud. Leilani Hillis, 60,…

SwedishAmerican surgeon earns Top Doctor award

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Dr. Gayatri Sonti, a neurosurgeon at SwedishAmerican Hospital, was recently named a 2018 Top Doctor. Sonti has been in practice for more than 15 years, and in that time has become renowned as one of the top…

Illinois one of two states to shrink since recession

By Cole Lauterbach Illinois News Network Illinois is one of only two states that lost population over the past decade. In the years since the Great Recession, West Virginia’s population has dropped by 34,500. The decline was largely…

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