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NIU to honor Brigham through athletes' uniforms

Northern Illinois University says its student athletes are honoring a former athletic director Robert J. Bringham by wearing his initials throughout the school year.
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State starts accepting medical marijuana requests

Thousands of patients in Illinois will be able to start requesting permission to use marijuana under a new state law.
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Local Muslims react to recent Middle Eastern Violence Video included

A rash of violence in the middle east is hitting close to home for some local Muslims.
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US eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Results from a new study show a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet.
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In Milwaukee, Obama speaks of economic opportunity

President Barack Obama has arrived in Milwaukee, where he was greeted at the airport by Gov. Scott Walker and others.
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Lucha Cantina fights childhood hunger

One in five kids in our community struggles with hunger — and one local business hopes to change that number. More>>

UPDATE: Woman identified in fatal car crash on Mulford and Baxter Video included

Emergency officials are responding to a vehicle accident at Mulford and Baxter in Cherry Valley. More>>

UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal weekend crash Video included

A woman is dead after a single-vehicle crash near Rockton.Winnebago County Sheriff's police say it happened around noon Sunday in the 4800 block of Freeport Road. More>>

Rockford man announces bid for 2016 presidential run Video included

Randall Counts is running in the 2016 election on the Independent ticket.
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Wisconsin man charged after girl eats pot-laced chocolate

A Chippewa Falls man whose daughter nearly died after eating a marijuana-laced chocolate bar faces three criminal charges.
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Labor Day cookouts costing more

If you are cooking out today, it might cost you more than usual. More>>

Rockford celebrates at 62nd annual Labor Day parade Video included

The city of Rockford came out to celebrate during the 62nd annual Labor Day Parade. More>>

Struggles to find work in Rockford could improve Video included

While most people enjoyed the day off on Labor Day, 18-year-old Nicole Martinez would have given anything to be at work. More>>

String of fatal Rockford area crashes contrasts with most statistics Video included

A difficult end to the holiday weekend for some families in the Rockford area as they lose loved ones in a string of car crashes across Winnebago County. More>>

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  • 32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:01:35 GMT
    A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.More >>
    Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and 10 of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.More >>
  • School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

    School starts in Chicago with more safety guards

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:32:09 GMT
    Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.More >>
    Chicago children returned to school Tuesday walking past even more guards than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.More >>
  • UK deputy leader criticizes tumor-boy case

    UK deputy leader criticizes tumor-boy case

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:32:03 GMT
    U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says it is inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who spirited their ill 5-year-old child out of the country in order for him to receive a revolutionary...More >>
    U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Tuesday it was inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a couple who took their ill 5-year-old child to Spain in hope of getting a revolutionary type of radiation...More >>
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