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DeKalb Police are joining forces with Illinois State Police and the Department of Transportation to increase traffic enforcement. It's part of a campaign called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Nearly 10,500 people died in the country last year in wrecks where the driver had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

Officer Kelly Sullivan is a detective with the DeKalb Police Department. She says there are a handful of consequences to impaired driving.

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Beloit could soon have a new casino in its backyard, but some Illinois lawmakers worry it would detract from business in the Rockford area.

The city of Beloit and the Ho-Chunk Nation are joining forces for a more-than $405 million proposal.

Dave Syverson is a Republican State Senator from Rockford.

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State officials say food stamp benefits will be restored by this week for tens of thousands of Illinois households that lost them because of problems with a state computer system.

The Chicago Tribune reports that officials with Illinois Department of Human Services announced Thursday that the benefits would be restored by the end of Friday.

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A new report from Advance Illinois shows the statewide teacher shortage is felt most acutely in districts with many low-income students. But it's also hitting rural and wealthier districts.
 

Williamsfield is a village halfway between Peoria and Galesburg, with fewer than 300 students. Superintendent Tim Farquer said he can't find teachers who meet state licensing requirements for every subject. Instead, he's filing paperwork seeking waivers.

 

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The Cherryvale Mall is extending its “Youth Escort Policy” during the week of Christmas this year.

The Rockford mall is requiring all minors under 18 to be accompanied by an adult the day after Christmas. The same rule applies starting at 4 p.m. for the rest of the week.

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