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    Report: Chrysler to hire 400-500 workers to build Dodge Dart
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    The 2013 Dodge Dart looks like it could be a hit with car buyers, and job seekers near the automaker's Belvidere, Illinois plant can likely appreciate the new sedan as well. The Detroit Free Press reports that Chrysler is looking to staff up with 400 to 500 jobs to help move as many Dart ...

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    Bears blanking Packers could win you free car
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    The emphasis, in this case, rests heavily on the word "could." The mere question of a bet between two folks at Sawicki Motors in Rochelle, Illinois ultimately resulted in the dealership's general manager, Ron Matula, offering anyone a free car if the Chicago Bears can shut out the Green Bay ...

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    Report: Clerk tries to get deputy's son's citation fixed, accidentally faxes request to newspaper
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    We're not sure what's more amusing about this story, the obvious and clichéd abuse of power or the retro charm of dialing the wrong fax number. C'mon, who even faxes anymore? We've gotten so used to people getting busted by accidentally e-mailing everyone in their address book or slipping ...

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    Report: Illinois town builds own track for consumer test drives
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    If you're shopping for a vehicle near Naperville, Illinois, you may have a chance to put your possible purchases through the gauntlet on at a new facility. The town has joined forces with local dealers to create a driving course that would reduce the number of test drives on public streets and ...

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    Report: Illinois considers letting bikers ride through red lights [w/poll]
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    If you've ever ridden on two wheels, the following scenario might sound familiar: You pull up to a red light on your motorbike, scooter, bicycle, what-have-you, and you wait for it to change. And you wait, and wait and wait. The problem is likely that your wheels haven't triggered the sensor ...

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    Video: How not to tow a Chevrolet Corvette
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    Remember the driver of that snowplow in Brooklyn that absolutely destroyed a parked Ford Explorer? Looks like he was fired by the City of New York, only to find gainful employment in Chicago. Either that, or he's got relatives working for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Apparently ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi building crossovers and sedans Stateside in two years
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    2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Despite posting a three-percent increase in sales year-over-year in 2010, Mitsubishi is struggling here in the United States. The vast majority of the products in the automaker's portfolio are slow-sellers, with only ...

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    Price dropped on Cameron's home from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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    "It's like a museum... It's very beautiful and very cold" – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Highland Park, Illinois is home to a very special house. Architecture buffs will recognize 370 Beech Street as a steel and glass building designed by notable architects A. James Speyer and ...

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    Chicago inching closer to freeway congestion charges?
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    Chicago ranks number three on the list of cities with the worst traffic. Following a study by the Municipal Planning Council and the Illinois Tollway, one suggested way to remedy the issue is the introduction of congestion pricing on Chicago-area toll roads. This isn't the flat-fee congestion ...

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    Report: Senator to investigate GM's handling of Hummer deal
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    General Motors has already begun turning the lights off at its Hummer brand, though that may be no fault of multiple potential buyers. We're not just talking interested parties from China here, either. According to brand enthusiast website HummerGuy, several American-based companies have ...

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    Next-gen Ford Explorer will bring 1,200 new jobs to Chicago
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    2011 Ford Explorer Spy Shots - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In a bit of good news, always welcomed in today's battered automotive sector, Ford has announced it will add 1,200 jobs to the Chicago area when it moves production of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer to its underutilized ...

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    PSA: One in 10 Illinois license plates may be defective
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    Wondering what exactly constitutes as a 'defective' license plate? So were we. Apparently, roughly 1.1 million license plates were issued in Illinois between 2001 and 2003 with a reflective coating that can bubble and peel away. This causes multiple side effects, some of them worse than others ...

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    Illinois to offer temporary Barack Obama license plates
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    The cult of personality (and associated merchandising onslaught) surrounding the 44th President of the United States now extends to Illinois residents' automobiles. For a mere $50, Illinois motorists can acquire special-edition temporary license plates that further shows their ardor for President ...

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    Confirmed! Bureaucrats have no sense of humor, funny stop signs nixed
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    Inhabitants of Oak Lawn, Ill. apparently have a hard time understanding the meaning of the large red octagons posted on street corners through the city. So in an effort to get people to actually stop, the city installed smaller signs below their larger, legal counterparts to get motorists attention ...

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    Ford settling class-action lawsuits related to rollovers
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    FoMoCo is on the brink of settling a class-action lawsuit brought by owners claiming that Ford's Explorer was prone to rolling over. The settlement covers approximately one million people in California, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas who've owned 1991 through 2001 Explorers.Ford's spokesperson, ...

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    Rockford, Illinois decrees: Don't pump up the volume
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    It's hard out there for a pimped out ride. As of this month, Rockford, Illinois will start seizing vehicles that play music too loudly. The kicker is that your car can be seized if someone merely accuses you of playing loud music, because "hearsay evidence shall be admissible." The ordinance is ...

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    Government investigating if Big Oil thwarting biodiesel
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    This week, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and the state's two U.S. senators, Richard Durbin and Barack Obama, sent letters to the heads of the six major oil companies as part of an investigation to see if they have any policies that are inhibiting construction and operation of biodiesel and ...

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