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Donated wigs help ease cancer effects

WILMINGTON, NC – As a tribute to her mom, who died of cancer, a former Rock Falls resident wants to help others in the same situation. Jonnie Chardonn, 72, has called Wilmington, North Carolina home for 20 years, but she grew up in Rock Falls, graduating from Rock Falls High in 1965. The daughter...

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Bridge work likely to cause delays

ROCK FALLS – Milling and resurfacing work on the roadway approaches on Interstate 88 bridges near Rock Falls will begin April 22, weather permitting. The bridges are a quarter-mile west of state Route 40, over Polo Road, and at exit 44, about .6 miles west of U.S. Route 30 . Lanes will be closed...

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Savanna Police: Two busted with $90,000 in meth, guns, pipe bomb

SAVANNA – Two men were in Carroll County Jail this afternoon after a traffic stop led to the seizure of more than $90,000 worth of meth, several guns and a pipe bomb. Dustin N. Partin, 35, and Andrew L. Westphal, 25, both of Savanna, were arrested around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in a traffic stop that...

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CHICAGO – Dixon native Henry S. Dixon has a new rank and a new home after being promoted in a ceremony Friday in Chicago. Dixon, son of former Lee County State's Attorney Henry S. Dixon Sr. and Linda Giesen, also an attorney, was promoted to brigadier general. His next assignment is to serve as...

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PARIS (AP) – A massive fire engulfed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of the French capital Monday, toppling its spire and sending thick plumes of smoke high into the blue sky as tourists and Parisians watched in horror from the streets below. A spokesman said the entire wooden frame...

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Dealership reacts to continued push for changes to 1982 state law limiting lots to sell only 6 days each week

DeKALB – Dan Gailey, 55, has been selling cars for Tom Sparks Automotive of DeKalb since 1991, and is adamant that allowing dealerships to open on Sundays would not help him sell any more cars than a normal 6-day sales week. Since 1982, auto dealerships in Illinois have been required to be closed...

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Growth of slot machines ‘unimaginable’

GALESBURG – Don Moffitt was poised to take a sip from a cup coffee Wednesday morning when he heard the latest video gaming numbers and shook his head. In 2018 there were 30,384 video gaming terminals in Illinois. They can be found at 6,834 locations across the state. “It’s the promise of...

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Trump wishes no ‘ill will’ against Rep. Ilhan Omar

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is not trying to incite violence against Rep. Ilhan Omar, the White House said Sunday, arguing that the president has an absolute duty to highlight what the Minnesota Democrat’s own critics say is her history of anti-Semitic and other divisive comments....

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GOP lawmakers propose bill to separate Chicago from Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the measure....

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SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS AND SERVICES

Tuesday Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Suite 100, Dixon. Appointments: 815-284-3371. Kiwanis Club of Sterling, 6:45-7:45 a.m., Ryberg Auditorium, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre...

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NRA has history of advising gun-rights groups outside US

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The recent revelation that National Rifle Association representatives had met with Australian politicians to discuss talking points after a mass shooting generated outrage from various politicians. The reality is that the NRA has been exerting its influence on gun debates...

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State leads nation in non-casino slots

GALESBURG – Illinois offers more locations to gamble and more machines to play than Nevada – and every other state in the nation. The state boasts 30,384 machines in 6,834 locations. Nevada comes in a distant second with 18,996 machines in 1,984 locations. Only eight states have legalized video...

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House rejects ‘ban-the-box’ law for colleges

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Friday rejected a bill that would have blocked public colleges and universities from asking about a prospective student’s criminal history as part of the application. The so-called “ban-the-box” proposal – a reference to questions that appear on many job...

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Eastern Illinois University program touts rural teacher jobs

SHELBYVILLE (AP) – Eastern Illinois University has launched a pilot program to encourage students training to be teachers to consider looking for employment in rural communities rather than urban centers. Doug Bower, dean of education at Eastern Illinois, said the program, called Teacher Corps,...

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Landmark on the move

OREGON – A plan to move a landmark to keep it safe moved a step closer to reality Tuesday evening. The City Council approved moving Iron Mike, a century-old drinking fountain, from the sidewalk on Washington Street/state Route 64 just west of the intersection with Fourth Street/state Route 2 to...

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Racing for eggs in Rock Falls

Youngsters looking for a fun time hopped on over to Centennial Park in Rock Falls Saturday afternoon for the annual Coloma Park District egg hunt. Kids raced through the park to collect as many eggs as possible. The youngest received help from family members to collect the colorful assortment. –...

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Bounty of eggs in Sterling

Kids were on the hunt Saturday afternoon at the Westwood soccer fields in Sterling. Hundreds of Easter eggs were spread across the area for the kids to search out. Each egg was filled with either a piece of candy or a coupon that could be traded for larger prizes. After the hunt, the kids scrambled...

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Collectors offer trip back in time at museum exhibit

DIXON – Many area people seem to have a collection of some kind and would love a chance to show if off. That was the thinking and the inspiration behind the first ever personal collection exhibit Saturday at the Northwest Territory Historic Center in Dixon. “Everyone has a collection of...

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