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This Northern Illinois Town Is Defying the Odds of the State’s Troubles

As an Illinoisan, hearing about our state's troubles has become a common occurrence. However, I love it when you see things like this. A northern Illinois town just a little over 30 mins from Rockford is defying the odds.

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A City South of Rockford is Getting Creative With A Festival That’s All About Hay

When you think of fall what comes to mind? Changing of leaves, apples, apple cider, pumpkins, corn stalks and of course hay bales. A city south of Rockford is getting creative with a festival that's all about hay.

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Toyota-Mazda Eyes Two Northern Illinois Cities for Auto Plant

Well this is exciting news!

Toyota-Mazda has their eyes on two northern Illinois cities, that are close to Rockford, for their new auto making plant.

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Dunkin' Donuts To Challenge Starbucks For Coffee Supremacy
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Coming To This Town South of Rockford

If you're a fan of Dunkin' Donuts, well life is gonna get that much sweeter for you as the franchise is coming to this town that's about 30 minutes south of Rockford.

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Toons Bar & Grill; Johnny Van; Facebook
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Rochelle Business Purchased a Stolen Grill on Craigslist

A Rochelle business purchased a smoker grill on Craigslist for a steal. Come to find out it really was a steal because the grill was stolen from a Chicago bar.

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Rochelle’s Hay Day is this Saturday

Looking for something fun and unique this weekend. Check out the city of Rochelle's first ever Hay Day this Saturday.

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Grubsteakers New Menu Gives a Special Nod to the EF4 Tornado

When visiting the newly built Grubsteakers at the corner of 251 and Route 64 you will notice their new menu gives a special nod to the EF4 Tornado that destroyed the former restaurant 17 months ago.

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Rochelle’s Straw Statue of Liberty Lights the Way for Competition

About three weeks ago I blogged about local artist and sculptor, Fran Volz, building a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Rochelle. Well she's up and is now lighting the way for a new competition in the town.

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Rochelle Resident is Collecting Gym Shoes for Kids

It's back to school time and that means between picking up notebooks, pens, pencils and other school supplies kids are going to need new gym shoes for P.E.

One Rochelle resident has made it his mission this week to collect athletic shoes for needy elementary kids.

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Rochelle Resident Offers Haircuts to Homeless

You know how great your feel after you get your haircut?

Well one Rochelle resident offered her services to give free hair cuts instead of funds to the homeless in Chicago.

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