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PNC Financial Services Buying National City Bank

Updated: 10/27/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- PNC Financial Services says it is acquiring National City for about $5.58 billion and will receive $7.7 billion in capital from the federal government.

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Stevens Point Journal Endorses Obama

Posted: 10/24/2008 - STEVENTS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- The Stevens Point Journal is endorsing Barack Obama for president, saying he will allow the United States to regain world respect that it recently lost.

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Racist Scarecrows? Teen Defends As Halloween Art

Posted: 10/24/2008 - OCONTO FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- An Oconto Falls teen who hung three black-faced scarecrows by their necks as a Halloween display says the mannequins aren't racist and he's not taking them down.

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Wind Turbine Blade Crashes Down In Corn Field

Posted: 10/24/2008 - WYANET, Ill. (AP) -- A 140-foot long blade broke off a wind turbine at a central Illinois wind farm and crashed to the ground in a corn field more than 100 feet away.

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Rockford School Board Members Leaving

Updated: 10/23/2008 - A major shake-up will hit the Rockford school board next year. Three current members say they won't be running for re-election in April.

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Rep. Ron Wait Calls Out Challenger

Updated: 10/23/2008 - Republican State Representative Ron Wait is calling out democratic challenger Greg Tuite for allegedly taking money from state leaseholders.

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Rockford Tourism

Posted: 10/23/2008 - Dozens of people gathered today to find out how Rockford can be transformed into one of the most desirable places in the midwest.

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Governor Has 13% Approval Rating

Posted: 10/23/2008 - With allegations of pay to play politics and other unflattering accusations swirling around him, the Chicago Tribune reports Governor Rod Blagojevich has the lowest approval rating since the newspaper started polling three decades ago

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Rockford Hit & Run Arrests

Posted: 10/23/2008 - More arrests have been made in connection to a hit and run in Rockford that left one man with life threatening injuries.

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IRS Seeks to Return $266 Million in Undeliverable Refunds

Updated: 10/24/2008 - Amount includes $8.7M for Illinois. (Stateline names listed below.) The IRS also encourages taxpayers to file their tax returns electronically because e-file eliminates the risk of lost paper returns. E-file also reduces errors and speeds up refunds.

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Kids Less Likely To Graduate Than Parents

Posted: 10/23/2008 - A new study says your child is less likely to graduate from high school than you were. And it finds that most states aren't doing much to hold schools accountable.

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McCain Has Terse Response On Palin Shopping Spree

Posted: 10/23/2008 - Presidential candidate John McCain isn't happy about having to explain why the Republican Party has had to buy running mate Sarah Palin $150,000 in clothes, hair styling and accessories.

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Obama Ahead In Big 10 States

Posted: 10/23/2008 - A new poll shows Barack Obama with double-digit leads over John McCain in the crucial upper Midwest states that are home to universities in the Big Ten Conference.

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45th District Senate Race

Updated: 10/23/2008 - The candidates running for the seat in Illinois' 45th Senate district squared off in Freeport.

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DUI Memorial

Updated: 10/23/2008 - It won't bring back a loved one killed in a drunk driving accident, but a new Illinois law offers hope to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

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