Illinois Sees Falling Unemployment RateThe metro east unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent last year to 5.7 percent this past July.
Bob Vila's Lawsuit Dismissed in CourtVila sued Robert Smith of the Rockford area earlier this year, saying Smith falsely claimed to represent him to sell celebrity endorsement rights to Midwest home improvement shows.
More Legislators Back a Renewed Death Penalty in IllinoisSome state legislators believe a heftier penalty should be set for killers of children or law enforcement.
Illinois State Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Death InvestigationA report of an unresponsive female Tuesday night at the Willow Creek Rest stop was made by a rest stop attendant.
More Bears Migrating to Missouri, IllinoisIt's not unusual to see black bears in the Ozarks south of St. Louis.
St. Louis, Rockford Chosen for Federal InitiativeSt. Louis is among seven cities chosen to take part in a federal initiative aimed at bettering the city and tackling some of its urban challenges.
Another Illinois Gaming Bill Passes Senate CommitteeSB 1739 would establish a new land-based casino in Chicago plus four others and would allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.
Illinois State Senator Expects 'Rapid Pace' For Gambling BillWhile not ruling out anything, Sen. Terry Link said it would be similar to his previous proposal of five new casinos.
Video Gambling Returns to IllinoisVideo gambling is up and running in Illinois, at least on a limited basis, and other venues are expected to go live in the coming weeks.
DOD: Rockford Soldier Dies In AfghanistanFederal officials say a 25-year-old Army sergeant from Rockford has died in Afghanistan.
Rockford Man Gets 80 Years For Fatal Shooting80-year prison sentence for a 26-year-old man who shot two bouncers who'd escorted him out of a bar after he'd been caught smoking.
Police: Woman Stabs Man With Metal Fork At McDonald'sA woman is in jail for allegedly trying to stab a man with a fork at a local McDonald’s.

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