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Rockford Unemployment Tops Charts

Posted: 02/04/2009 - So just how does Rockford's unemployment rank compared with other metropoliton areas in the country? In a word, dismal.

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United Way Cuts

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Another sign of the times hits a major non-profit in the Rock River Valley. The United Way announced a host of cutbacks Wednesday, including staff and funding for 49 local agencies.

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Sundstrand Offers Buyout Packages

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Rockford's largest manufacturer is now offering buyout packages to a portion of its salaried workforce.

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Local Science Competition

Posted: 02/04/2009 - For the ninth consecutive year, Keith Country Day School in Rockford, takes first place in a regional science competition.

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State Of Illinois Releases Sobering Budget

Posted: 02/04/2009 - A sobering report today on just how big our state's budget hole has grown. Comptroller Dan Hynes says it's a whopping 8.9 billion dollars.

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Lawmakers push for voters to fill Senate vacancies

Posted: 02/04/2009 - ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Amid allegations that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat, state lawmakers across the country are pushing to give voters -- not governors -- the power to fill similar vacancies.

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NY Gov Says Campaign Aide Leaked Kennedy Dirt

Posted: 02/04/2009 - New York Gov. David Paterson says a campaign staffer leaked unsubstantiated claims to the press that Caroline Kennedy "wasn't ready for prime time" and faced possible tax, nanny and marital problems.

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Ethnic Comments Upset Va. Tech President

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Virginia Tech's president is telling the campus that he regrets some comments he's received about the ethnicity of the man charged in the death of a fellow student last month.

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NY School Officially Renamed For Obama

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Signs are being unveiled Wednesday afternoon to officially rename a New York elementary school in honor of President Barack Obama.

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Boy Dies After Apparently Hanged In Bathroom

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Parents are meeting with officials at a suburban Chicago school where a 10-year-old boy reportedly was found hanging from a coat hook and later died.

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Sara Lee Posts 2Q Loss Due to Write-Down

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Food maker Sara Lee says it lost $17 million in its fiscal second quarter, largely due to a write-down related to its North American foodservice beverage unit.

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N. Central Fatal Car Accident

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Right Now Rockford Police are blocking off N. Central and Liberty Ave. due to a fatal car accident.

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Kraft Foods 4th-Quarter Profit Falls

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Northfield-based Kraft Foods says fourth-quarter profit fell 72 percent due to costs related to a restructuring program.

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Holy Name Cathedral Ablaze in Chicago

Posted: 02/04/2009 - Authorities in Chicago say there's no word yet on what caused the fire that broke out at the landmark Holy Name Cathedral early this morning.

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Illinois Legislators Back to Work

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Illinois legislators return to business in Springfield Wednesday, almost one week after the impeachment of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

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Rockford Budget Cuts & Public Safety

Updated: 02/03/2009 - The city of Rockford's budget outlook just got a whole lot uglier. Finance leaders are now projecting a seven and a half million dollar deficit for this year. One proposed cut is prompting a standoff between city leaders and the firefighters union.

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Deer Killer Update

Posted: 02/03/2009 - "Jail is the safest place for you," that's what a judge in Wisconsin told one of the suspects accused of running down and killing deer with a snowmobile.

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Medical Helicopter Hearings Begin

Updated: 02/03/2009 - Today federal hearings began in Washington, where a local paramedic is pushing for new safety measures in medical helicopters.

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