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Pretzel City Kitchens will be open for free tours as part of an event at Wagner House.

The project to create a certified, commercial grade kitchen that would be open for community use began in earnest several years ago. Now, after much grant-seeking and traversing several hurdles, it’s almost ready to open for business.

Freeport City Manager Lowell Crow says Pretzel City Kitchens is an important part of the city’s hope for the future.

 

 

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Rail car maker Nippon Sharyo's Rochelle plant is no longer part of a contract to build more than a hundred passenger rail cars for Illinois and California.  

 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

The designation means trucks carrying grain can exceed weight limits by 10 percent. Jeff Kirwan, with the Illinois Farm Bureau, says weather challenges have made for a unique harvest season.

“We have had good yields, but that also has brought about a lot of moving grain around," he said. "We have elevators that are struggling to get grain moved from their facility to a terminal, and this will allow them to be more efficient."

WNIJ Gas Price Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Nov 6, 2017
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The average Illinois price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.78. This is 29 cents more expensive than last week.

 

AAA reports that the most expensive gas is in the City of Chicago, at $3.11 per gallon.  The cheapest gasoline is in Davenport, at $2.60. 

Rockford’s average price is $2.70. This is 22 cents more expensive than last week.

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The story of the nation’s largest case of municipal embezzlement finally hit the big screen in Illinois, with the debut of All the Queen’s Horses in Dixon.

The subject seemed irresistible for a filmmaker: a bottomless well of money, corruption at city hall, gold-plated extravagance -- and horses. But filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope had another reason for being drawn to the story of Rita Crundwell, Dixon’s former comptroller who stole nearly $54 million from her hometown.

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