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National Ice Skating Competition Is Coming To Rockford

Feb 22, 2017
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The U.S. Synchronized Skating Championship is taking place at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the first time.

The annual competition has traveled to different cities, like San Diego and Boston, since 1984. 

People ages nine through 65 choreograph synchronized team skating routines, which include complex formations and step sequences.

Winners from the senior-experience-level go on to represent the U.S. in a worldwide competition.

Andrea Mandala is with the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"old gym locker room" by Flickr user Charles Kremenak / (CC X 2.0)

Student enrollment has been trending down at Western Illinois University for much of the last decade. For the first time this century, there are fewer than 10,000 students enrolled at Western.

Dr. Ron Williams is the interim vice president for student services at Western. He says there about 629 fewer students this semester compared to last spring. 

He says that’s a loss of about 6.5 percent.

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McHenry County prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges against a student who circulated racist pamphlets in school.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports the decision not to prosecute the Huntley High School student was made despite officials finding the pamphlet's content "disgraceful and purveying a message that is unacceptable in this community."

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More than $55 million went back to Illinois municipalities from video gaming in 2016. But how do those communities use those funds?

Springfield Budget Director Bill McCarty says the city received about $1.5 million from video gaming last year. Those funds generally contribute to the city’s capital improvement projects, like sidewalk and street maintenance.

However, McCarty says, they haven’t had to dip into the video gaming money yet, thanks to a sales tax increase also contributing to the capital fund.

Illinois State University is asking the public to weigh in on the institution's future.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports the school is asking for community input on the challenges ISU is facing and what the university should look like in 15 to 20 years. People are invited to complete a survey online by Feb. 24.

The university is updating its strategic plan. It's the fourth update since the plan was first approved in 2000.

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