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Fire destroys Rock Falls garage

ROCK FALLS – A garage in Rock Falls is a total loss after fire swept through the structure late Wednesday night. Deputy Fire Chief Cris Bouwens said firefighters were called at 9:27 p.m. Wednesday to 711 Grace Ave. to battle a blaze in a detached garage.


Rock Falls Chamber fundraiser Wednesday

STERLING – Buffalo Wild Wings, 4304 E. Lincolnway, will have a fundraiser for the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday. Mention this promotion when ordering and the restaurant will donate 15 percent of the day's sales to the chamber. The money will be used for scholarships


WHITESIDE COUNTY Health Department to take over inmate care

MORRISON – Whiteside County Jail inmates will be totally under the care of the local health department for medical and behavioral health beginning May 1. The County Board approved the proposal at Tuesday night's meeting, but Sheriff John Booker said it will not take effect for a few months, to allow


“It was within seconds”; Illinois State Trooper survives near death crash on I-39

STERLING, Illinois – An Illinois State Trooper is recovering after being struck by a vehicle on I-39. The trooper was stopping another vehicle on the shoulder of the road the night of February 18th when a semi-truck hit his squad car – the trooper right inside.


Gas Tax: How Much More Illinois Residents Pay To Fill Up

ILLINOIS — Crossing state lines could increase or decrease how much you pay for gas. A new report from 24/7 Wall Street looked at which states have the highest and lowest gas taxes and found that drivers in some states end up paying 50-75 percent more than others.


House fire in Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS, Illinois (KWQC) - Rock Fall Fire said they're responding to a house fire on Grace Avenue in Rock Falls. It is unclear the extent of the fire and if anyone is inside the residence or was inside when the fire started.


Illinois lawmaker speaks out against Governor Pritzker's state budget

An Illinois lawmaker is speaking out against Governor JB Pritzker’s state budget for 2020. State Representative Darren Bailey says Pritzker’s budget proposes more taxes, expanding gambling to include sports betting and promoting the use of marijuana.


Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit. Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.


Republican Candidate at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Congressional Election in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign funded an illegal voter-turnout operation, on Thursday called for a new election.


Per-mile driving tax screeches to halt in Illinois General Assembly

An Illinois House lawmaker has pulled a proposed per-mile tax from consideration less than a week after introducing it. Taxing Illinois drivers by the mile may be off Springfield’s itinerary.


CDC Reports Chronic Wasting Disease In Central Illinois

CDC Reports Chronic Wasting Disease In Central Illinois. (Washington, D.C.) — The CDC is confirming CWD in central Illinois. Federal regulators yesterday released a list of counties with confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease. The list comes with a warning that people should not eat any meat fro


Medical marijuana growers are lobbying for licenses that also would allow them to control supply of recreational pot in Illinois

Medical marijuana growers, once banned from making political contributions, are now spending money to influence the expected legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois in an effort to keep that market to themselves — at least temporarily.


Giant Slide sold, will remain at Illinois State Fairgrounds

While it attracted interest from across the country, the Giant Slide at the Illinois State Fairgrounds will remain in Springfield under new ownership. Prairie State Bank and Trust confirmed Thursday that a Minnesota man has agreed to buy the iconic slide and continue to operate it on the state fairg


Illinois inmates would no longer receive bill for prison stays, under new proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — An Illinois state senator wants to end of practice of requiring inmates to repay the costs of their incarcerations. State Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) introduced Senate Bill 1158, which would strike the requirement for recently released inmates to reimburse the Illinois


Former Dixon woman victim of murder-suicide

BROOMFIELD, Co. – A former Dixon woman, now a dentist in Colorado, was killed by her husband, who then killed himself, the coroner confirmed in a news release Tuesday. Police found the bodies of Kate McDowell, formerly Brokaw, 40, and her newlywed husband Thad in their home about 8:47 Monday morning


Rapper Snoop Dogg to perform at Illinois State Fair

Rap icon Snoop Dogg has been booked to perform on the Grandstand stage at this summer’s Illinois State Fair. Snoop Dogg and Friends will appear Aug. 16, the final Friday of the fair, the Illinois State Fair announced Thursday. Tickets will range in price from $25 to $55.


Illinois State Police ups Scott's Law enforcement

WTVO/WQRF - Move over or slow down, that's what Scott's Law requires drivers to do for stopped cars in Illinois. Illinois State Police Captain Carl Heintz says too many times troopers lives are put in danger when drivers don't follow the 'Move Over' law.


Illinois taxpayers spending more money on abortions

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) -- New figures obtained by NewsChannel 20 from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services have revealed a large spike in tax money being spent on abortions in 2018 in Illinois.


House Executive Committee passes bill to make Illinois a sanctuary state

A bill that grants full sanctuary for illegal immigrants has passed the Illinois House Executive Committee. House Bill 1687 also creates the Keep Families Together Act, which would require the state attorney general to offer up new rules within 90 days of the bill’s enactment outlining the limitatio


Op-Ed For Illinois workers, $15 is just the beginning

When the Illinois House passed a $15 minimum wage into law this week, it wasn’t out of the goodness of legislators’ hearts. The House members were responding to Illinois workers like me, who have been going on strike since April 2013 to demand $15 and a union. And when Gov. Pritzker signs it in the