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WNIJ/Susan Stephens

Anthony Dixon won the race for a seat on the Rockford School Board with a Queen of Clubs.  

Eight write-in candidates battled it out for the sub-district A seat in the April 4 election.

Tuesday, the winner was determined by flipping over two playing cards at the Winnebago County Administration Building in Rockford.

According to letters sent to Dixon and fellow write-in candidate Brandi Brown, a total of 517 ballots cast for the eight write-in candidates in the April 4 election resulted in a tie.

City of Sycamore

Sycamore Police Chief Glenn Theriault is not at work, and city officials aren't saying why. 

The Daily Chronicle reports Sycamore city manager Brian Gregory placed Theriault on administrative leave. Gregory confirmed the move, but would not give any further details. Under Sycamore's council-manager form of government, the city manager is in charge of personnel issues, with employment decisions needing approval from city council.  

Theriault has served as chief of police in Sycamore since January 2015. Before that, he was a police commander in Elgin. 

Jenna Dooley

While you can’t break this bracket, the competition does get dirty.

It’s the 2017 National Collegiate Soils Contest, sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and hosted this year by Northern Illinois University.

Two dozen college teams are taking to practice pits to test soil for categories that will be judged on Thursday.

Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

Ten Northern Illinois University fraternities are in the trenches for a week-long tournament called “Tugs.”

It's been an NIU tradition for more than half a century.

Money raised will go toward a selected charity or non-profit. Devin Joseph, an organizer of the event, says the tradition separates NIU from other campuses.

State of Illinois

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker testified Tuesday in Springfield on how his institution is responding to the lack of a state budget.

He was among a handful of university presidents speaking to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. He said the additional cuts required by the state’s failure to fund higher education are taking a broad toll.

“Unfortunately, these kinds of cuts hit those with the lowest financial ability the most,” Baker said. “It hurts the most needy students the worst, but it impacts all of them.”

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