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8:56 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Windsor Lake will open to public this month

Windsor Lake in Loves Park will open to public recreation later this month under two agreements approved Tuesday by the Rockford Park District board.

Commissioners agreed to provide recreational services at the 12-acre private lake, located off North Alpine Road and Windsor Road in Loves Park, under a lease with Ed Carlson Sr. and family through Dec. 31, 2012.

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Business
8:42 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bipartisan support for pro-manufacturing bill

Two Illinois Congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle are working together to promote legislation aimed at strengthening American manufacturing.

U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-3, originated The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-11, signed on as co-sponsor.

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Government
6:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Obama administration: No terrorism suspects will be held at Thomson

Concerns over the sort of inmates that would be housed at the Illinois prison have delayed efforts by the federal government to purchase it from the state. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder tried to calm those fears Tuesday.

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Crime
6:45 am
Wed June 13, 2012

New anti-gang law will benefit DeKalb

DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell

A newly signed law aimed at weeding out gang leaders in larger cities like Chicago will be beneficial in DeKalb County as well, the chief prosecutor believes.

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Government
10:41 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Rockford approves 3% non-union pay raises

Non-union employees of the City of Rockford, including managers and department heads, will receive a three-percent pay increase following a City Council vote Monday night.

Those in favor say the decision is long overdue because the city placed a wage freeze on non-union employees in 2009.

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Government
10:22 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Crete board rejects immigrant detention center

The Crete village board Monday night unanimously rejected a plan by the country's largest private prison company to build and operate an immigrant detention center in the northern Illinois community.

Crete resident Marimonica Murray helped lead opposition to the proposal.

"When lots of little people and average Janes and Joes of America get together,” she said, “it is possible that the big guns in offices and elected officials do listen."

Sports
10:05 am
Tue June 12, 2012

NIU will host high school football playoffs in odd years

A Big Ten football schedule change will result in eight high school football title games coming to DeKalb on Thanksgiving weekend during odd-numbered years through 2021.

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Courts
7:24 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Court sides with news media in FOIA ruling

A court ruling has been issued in connection with Illinois' Freedom of Information Act. At question is whether text messages city council members send each other during open meetings are public record. A judge says they are.

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Government
6:38 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Governor signs anti-gang law

Illinois Governor signs bill that targets street gang leaders
nwtimes.com

Illinois has become the latest state to adopt its version of the RICO Act. Local prosecutors now have the power to go after street gangs as criminal organizations.

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Government
11:14 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Flavored cigarette-paper ban awaits Quinn's decision

Most lawmakers believe that tobacco companies with sugary flavors added to their products should have to quit selling them in the state.

But a recent proposal would target only flavored cigarette wrappers, not flavored cigars.

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