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Holiday Shopping Starts Early

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Between constant layoffs and the stock market...many of us don't know where we'll stand financially weeks from now when the holidays hit. 23 news has more on why some families are checking off those wish lists earlier than ever before.

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Lantern Festival

Posted: 11/08/2008 - Freeport hosts International Lantern Festival

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Soldier Care Packages

Posted: 11/08/2008 - A local mom is putting together care packages for soldiers over seas.

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Economy Hurting Daycares

Updated: 11/07/2008 - Families across the country and the Stateline are pulling kids out of daycare because they can't afford it anymore.

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Dedication Ceremony For Blake Evans

Updated: 11/07/2008 - An emotional day at Guilford as the high-school honors a graduate who died in may while fighting in Iraq.

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Jazz Concert Honors Jason Lammon

Updated: 11/07/2008 - Auburn's jazz band is gearing up for a cabaret benefit in honor of a peer who died last Friday.

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Pending Home Sales for September Released

Updated: 11/07/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- A trade group says pending U.S. home sales fell more than expected in September, after a big jump in the previous month.

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Appeals Court Shoots Down 'Choose Life' Plates

Posted: 11/07/2008 - Appeals court shoots down 'Choose Life' plates Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal appeals court says Illinois doesn't have to issue specialty license plates bearing the slogan "Choose Life" favored by anti-abortion forces. The three-judge panel said a decision by Illinois lawmakers not to authorize the "Choose Life" plate was "viewpoint neutral and reasonable" and thus didn't violate anyone's constitutional right to free speech. The decision Friday reversed a January 2007 decision by federal Judge David Coar ordering Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to issue the plates.

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Duckworth: Service in Washington Would Be an Honor

Posted: 11/07/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois' Veterans Affairs director says she'd be honored to serve in the U.S. Senate if Gov. Rod Blagojevich taps her to fill Barack Obama's seat.

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More Evidence of Emerald Ash Borer in Illinois

Posted: 11/07/2008 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture has expanded its emerald ash borer quarantine area to include all or part of three central Illinois counties.

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Burglary Arrests-Seward

Updated: 11/07/2008 - There was a burglary at the Short Shop Gas Station In Seward...

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Boone County Referendum

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Updated: 11/06/2008 - Days after the election, there's still major disappointment in Boone County after a failed public safety tax referendum.

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Roscoe Neighborhood Concerns

Updated: 11/06/2008 - A Roscoe neighborhood is adding more fuel to the fire in their fight to make their neighborhood safer and better represented at village hall.

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New Round of Buyouts for Belvidere Chrysler Workers

Posted: 11/06/2008 - As the auto industry continues to struggle, Chrysler is looking to shed more employees through buyouts. Starting next week, all 24-hundred union workers at the Belvidere Chrysler plant will have three options to take the money and run.

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New Chief for Roscoe Police Department

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The Roscoe Police Department officially gets a new chief today. Jamie Evans will be presented to the Village Board of Trustees tonight as chief of the Roscoe Police Department.

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Rockford Drug Arrest

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Another alleged drug dealer's off Rockford streets tonight after police arrest him on several charges.

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Former Galesburg Police Officer Sentenced for Drug Thefts

Posted: 11/06/2008 - A Knox County judge says a former Galesburg police officer who resigned after allegedly getting caught stealing drugs from an evidence locker will get the specialized probation he wanted, but he will also have to spend some time in jail.

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Rockford Police Website Shows Arrests

Updated: 11/06/2008 - If we're interested in checking out some recent arrests in our area, the Rockford Police Department just debuted a new section of it's website to help us.

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Rockford Firefighters Raise Money

Updated: 11/06/2008 - Local fire-fighters were put to the test, raise money for a good cause and in return receive a tasty treat.

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