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Governor Says Nixing Pork Would Have Held Up Budget

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Updated: 07/29/2004 - BOSTON (AP) - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he had to let lawmakers add pork-barrel spending to the state budget approved last week or hold up an otherwise good agreement.

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Ryan Withdraws from U.S. Senate Race

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Updated: 07/29/2004 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican Jack Ryan officially withdrew from the U.S. Senate race Thursday nearly five weeks after a sex club scandal forced him to abandon his candidacy.

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County Board to Downsize?

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Updated: 07/29/2004 - The first steps toward possible downsizing of the Winnebago County Board are taken at a Wednesday night meeting.

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A Year Later...

Updated: 07/28/2004 - Twelve months ago, adult business owners in Rockford were faced with tougher restrictions: shorter hours and a cleaner look. The efforts by city leaders were meant to curb illegal activity around or perhaps in the shops. But have those regulations worked?

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Exelon's Profits Up

Updated: 07/28/2004 - CHICAGO (Dow Jones/AP) - Chicago-based Exelon today reported a 40 percent increase in second-quarter profits.

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Ryan Still Officially Running for US Senate

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Updated: 07/28/2004 - CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Jack Ryan is still officially running for US Senate, despite saying he would drop out of the race nearly five weeks ago.

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Wal-Mart Stores Come to Stateline

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Posted: 07/27/2004 - Wal-Mart stores have been popping up all over the region, bringing hundreds of jobs to the community.

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Road Projects at Risk

Updated: 07/27/2004 - Following the passage of the state budget, there has been concern that some of the main road projects in our region are in jeopardy, particularly those that were meant to be funded by the opportunity returns economic development program.

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Rockford Man Convicted in 1988 Murder

Updated: 07/27/2004 - A Rockford man linked three years ago by DNA tests to a 1988 slaying of a teenager is convicted of first-degree murder for the crime.

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Cool Summer Affecting Businesses

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Updated: 07/26/2004 - With each passing day, the odds are increasing that Rockford will go the entire month of July without registering a single 90° high temperature.

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Looking Back on the Transition

Updated: 07/26/2004 - As District 205 debates outsourcing, the Belvidere school district says it was the right direction for their district.

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McHenry Storytelling Festival Canceled

Updated: 07/26/2004 - Organizers of the Illinois Storytelling Festival say this year's edition of the long-running McHenry County event will be canceled for lack of funds.

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Illinoisans Attend Democratic National Convention

Updated: 07/26/2004 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and numerous other Illinois Democrats are in Boston for the start of the four-day Democratic National Convention.

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One Cent Less

Updated: 07/26/2004 - We may soon get relief from pinching pennies at the pump.

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