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Blago Contacts Some Possible Replacements for Obama

Posted: 11/20/2008 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is talking to some candidates to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate but is giving no hints about his plans.

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Ill. Unemployment Climbs to 7.3%

Posted: 11/20/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- The unemployment rate in Illinois rose to 7.3 percent in October, up from 6.9 percent the month before.

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Burglar Steals $16,000 from Church

Posted: 11/20/2008 - The search is on in Edwardsville for a burglar who police say stole $16,000 in money and checks from a church.

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Senate GOP Leader Watson Returns After Stroke

Posted: 11/20/2008 - Senate GOP Leader Watson returns after stroke Eds: APNewsNow. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Senate's Republican leader credits his overall good health for his quick return to the Capitol after a stroke last month. Frank Watson of Greenville is still undergoing several hours of therapy daily but is regaining use of his right side and has just slight hesitations in his speech. The 63-year-old lawmaker says he regularly had his health checked because of a family history of strokes. But he said the Oct. 17 incident was a "wake-up call" and urged everyone to take care of their health. Watson has no plans to quit public service but did give up his post as minority leader. The caucus elected Sen. Christine Radogno (rah-DOH'-nyoh) of Lemont on Wednesday to succeed him.

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Study Links Fast-Food TV Ads To Childhood Obesity

Posted: 11/20/2008 - A new study suggests that banning fast-food ads on TV could reduce the number of obese young children by 18 percent, and the number of obese older kids by 14 percent.

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Army Vet Acquitted Of First-Degree Murder

Posted: 11/20/2008 - A jury in Colorado has acquitted a former soldier of first-degree murder in the death of a fellow Iraq war veteran but convicted him on a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

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Wisconsin Bankruptcy Filings Up 38%

Updated: 11/20/2008 - MILWAUKEE (AP) -- More than 12,000 bankruptcy cases have been filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin this year.

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Former Soldier Acquitted in Loves Park Vet Death

Updated: 05/04/2009 - A jury in Colorado has acquitted a former soldier of first-degree murder in the death of a fellow Iraq war veteran but convicted him on a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

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Credit Card Scam Striking Across Stateline & Country

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Financial institutions already suffering from our weak economy have another worry on their plates: fraud. A scam targeting banks and credit unions could drain our accounts in days, if we're not vigilant.

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Shannon Hit and Run

Updated: 11/19/2008 - All they want are answers. Answers to what happened to their husband and father on a rural Stephenson County road earlier this fall.

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$1.97 Gas In Rockford

Updated: 11/19/2008 - It's been happening all over the country for the past couple of weeks, finally gas plunges below the $2 mark in Rockford.

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NCO to Hire 300

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Local call center is hiring 300 new positions

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US Home Construction Sinks To New Record Low

Posted: 11/19/2008 - A government report says construction of new homes plunged 4.5 percent last month to the lowest level on government records, as U.S. builders slashed production while Wall Street nosedived.

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Beau Biden Will Not Accept Senate Appointment

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden says he plans to fulfill his National Guard duties and won't accept an appointment to his father's U.S. Senate seat.

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AG Pick May Face Quizzing on Clinton Pardon

Posted: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The man who's reportedly agreed to be the next Attorney General has impressive credentials from the Clinton administration, though that role could also come back to haunt him.

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