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Landmark Freeport Hotel Gets Extreme Makeover

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Updated: 04/20/2006 - The Stateline construction season is here and both residential and commercial projects are plentiful. Once finished, the hotel is expected to have a significant impact on our economy.

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$140 Million Ethanol Plant to Be Built Downstate

Posted: 04/11/2006 - Company officials say a $140 million ethanol plant in west central Illinois will use about 36 million bushels of locally grown corn a year when it's finished.

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Fire Kills Two in Rock County

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Posted: 04/11/2006 - One man is in critical condition and his parents are dead as a result of a house fire.

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Start-Up Contract Machine Shop Hiring

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Posted: 04/11/2006 - American Parts Supply is announcing plans to hire up to 20 full and part-time workers for a new facility to be located on Rockford’s far southeast side.

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Wal-Mart Development Agreement

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Updated: 04/11/2006 - Plans for a new Wal-Mart may have run into a road block on Rockford’s south side. City council decided to stall approval of a development agreement with Wal-Mart.

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New Police Chief

Updated: 04/11/2006 - The crowd applauded with congratulations for new Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson.

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Board Makes Its Decision on Ethanol Plant

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Updated: 04/11/2006 - Emotions and tempers are still flaring as a vote by the Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals paves the way for an ethanol plant to be built in the county.

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New Rockford Police Chief

Posted: 04/10/2006 - Rockford's newest top cop has emerged from within. Monday afternoon, the fire and police commission announced the new chief of police, Rockford Deputy Chief of Administration Chet Epperson.

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Byron Nuclear Plant Passes Safety Inspection

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Updated: 04/10/2006 - The report cards are in for nuclear energy plants across the country. The plants are graded on their ability to maintain a safe operation and the one in our own back yard passed with high marks.

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Blagojevich Opens BIO 2006 Meeting in Chicago

Posted: 04/10/2006 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says it's appropriate that Chicago is hosting an international D conference for biotechnology because the Midwest is home to 20 percent of the nation's bio-tech firms.

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Black Caucus

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Updated: 04/09/2006 - Two minority groups are joining forces to become a major political influence in the greater Rockford area. The Northwest Illinois Black Caucus is also representing the Hispanic community. They hope their combined powers can make some changes in our area.

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Rockford Police Raid

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Updated: 04/09/2006 - Rockford police called in a bomb squad on Friday after finding what they call "questionable compounds" inside a home in the 3,000 block of Kishwaukee Street. Neighbors watched fearfully as police raided the house.

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Tornado Warnings

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Posted: 04/07/2006 - A string of deadly tornadoes ripped through the Midwest earlier this week. While we were lucky to be outside the twister's path this time, there always seems to be a next time. And even though neighboring counties have outdoor warning systems, Winnebago County does not.

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Caledonia Crossings

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Updated: 07/23/2010 - It's a topic many rural towns fear: change. And the village of Caledonia could be in for a lot of it if a proposed residential development goes through.

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Lowes Update

Updated: 04/07/2006 - Some exterior walls are now up for a building that will soon house more than 500 new workers.

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Freeport Development

Posted: 04/06/2006 - We've heard the chatter, the discussion, the curiosity, what's in store for nearly 80 acres of land on Freeport’s southside? We're now learning that two big stores are eyeing the property.

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E-mail Scams

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Updated: 04/20/2006 - Criminals are using the Internet more and more to go fishing and plenty of victims seem to be going for the bait, hook line and sinker.

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Now Hiring

Updated: 04/06/2006 - A Belvidere business is looking for 100 new employees.

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Job Fair

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Posted: 04/06/2006 - April 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 1208 Logan Ave., Belvidere.

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UI Trustees Consider Tuition and Fee Hikes

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Next fall's incoming freshmen at the University of Illinois' two largest campuses will be asked to pay 9.5 percent more in tuition than this year's class.

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