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Citizens First National Bank served customers in Chicago's western suburbs and the LaSalle area.  On Friday, November 2, the FDIC's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed the bank, including its branches in Aurora, Genoa, Huntley and Hampshire. It's the FDIC's policy not to give advance notice of a bank's closing.

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Fourteen people, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after marching onto the grounds of the Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport. They're protesting the company's decision to move 170 jobs from the northwest Illinois city to China.

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Reverend Jesse Jackson is the next high-profile activist who plans to visit the northwest Illinois encampment known as “Bainport.” Reverend Al Sharpton spoke to the crowd of protestors based at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds in Freeport Saturday. They’ve pitched their tents across the street from Sensata Technologies, where many of them will see their last day of work two weeks from today.

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The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford.  The building went on sale in January. The funds to buy and renovate the church were given to Mendelssohn by donors.  The center will use the building for new performance and rehearsal space.

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Plans to offer flights from Rockford to southwest Florida have fallen through. Chicago-Rockford International Airport director Mike Dunn announced Wednesday that after long and intense negotiations, the airport will NOT be able to provide service to Fort Myers this travel season. 

ComEd says it will delay elements of its grid modernization plan. That's after the Illinois Commerce Commission issued a ruling Wednesday that would prevent the utility from earning its desired profits, as it tries to cover the costs of infrastructure upgrades.

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Rochelle-based Nippon Sharyo has been named the intended recipient of a $352 million contract to build 130 bi-level passenger railcars to accommodate high-speed rail expansion in Illinois and two other Midwest states as well as California.

Citizens First Under Pressure To Boost Capital

Sep 20, 2012

A northern Illinois bank faces pressure to improve its financial footing. Citizens First National Bank has received notification from regulators that it has become "critically under-capitalized."

First Tim Emmons Scholarship Awarded

Sep 13, 2012

The inaugural Tim Emmons Memorial Scholarship was awarded today to Tammy Terwelp, Director of Content and Programming at Essential Public Media in Pittsburgh.

The scholarship, presented by the Public Radio Program Directors Association,  celebrates the life of Tim Emmons, longtime Program Director and General Manager of Northern Public Radio. He died in February after a long struggle with cancer.

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A major road reconstruction project bordering the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is expected to boost business in the region. 

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