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Mayor Tom McNamara joins statewide board

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara has joined a statewide board that oversees revenues generated by the sale of adult cannabis. The Cannabis Regulation and Trust Act legalized adult-use cannabis in Illinois on Jan.1,…

COVID-19: Illinois reports 692 new cases, 44 new deaths

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health, on Friday, announced 692 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease and 44 additional deaths. Friday's fatalities include a Winnebago County woman in her 70s and 30…

Increased minimum wage pushing teens out of workforce

The report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University explored why 16- and 17-year-olds had dropped out of the workforce in such great numbers since 2000. Among the factors was a larger workforce due to immigration and the…