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Discovery Center Museum earns Tripadvisor “Travelers’ Choice” Award for attractions

From Ann Marie Walker Discovery Center Museum ROCKFORD, IL – Discovery Center Museum today announced that it has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Attractions. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler feedback, placing the in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. “Winning the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award is a source of pride…

72nd Greenwich Village Art Fair gets even more creative with new virtual format

From Carrie Johnson Rockford Art Museum For the first time, art-lovers from Rockford – and afar – can peruse and purchase pieces from the Greenwich Village Art Fair when the renowned festival moves online (www.greenwichvillageartfair.com) on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20. Over 70 artists from across America will showcase their work virtually, covering the gamut of painting, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry, fibers, artisan food and hand-crafted gifts.…

Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after all

By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 23-24. Each team will play eight games in eight weeks and the conference championship game will be held Dec. 19 — if all goes well. That should give the Big Ten an…

Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon charged in border wall scheme

By Larry Neumeister, Colleen Long and Jill Colvin Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and three associates were arrested Thursday on charges they ripped off donors to an online fundraising effort to build a privately funded southern border wall, making him the latest in a long list of Trump allies to be charged with a crime. The organizers of the "We Build The Wall" group portrayed themselves as eager to help the president build…

Virus positivity rate up again; 13 counties in warning territory

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The rolling seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 tests in Illinois continues to tick upward, hitting 4.1 percent Friday – its highest mark since June 11. There were 2,084 new confirmed cases of the virus reported Friday among 46,869 test results recorded over the previous 24 hours. That made for a one-day positivity rate of 4.4 percent across the state. On the same day Gov. JB Pritzker announced…

LTTE: Budget amendment implications

From Steve Schultz Winnebago County Board District 3 County government is made up of many different departments with different types of management. Some departments are managed by independent elected officials, others are managed the County Board and some are managed by appointed boards. Departments managed by elected officials include the Sheriff who manages law enforcement and the jail, the Clerk of the Circuit Court who manages our court system, the County Clerk who manages our…

2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

By Mike  Stobbe and Nicky Forster Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — While deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. are mounting rapidly, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be leveling off. Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit places — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — and that cases are rising in close to 30 states in all, with the outbreak's center of…

John Lewis mourned as ‘founding father’ of ‘better America’

By Jeff Martin Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) – John Lewis was celebrated as an American hero during his funeral Thursday as former President Barack Obama and others called on people to follow Lewis' example and fight injustice. Three former presidents joined in the eulogies at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church after nearly a week of mourning that took the civil rights icon from his birthplace in Alabama to the nation's capital of Washington to his final resting place in his home of…