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The West Quincy Levee Break Took Place 23 Years Ago Today

If you were around Quincy 23 years ago today, you probably know where you were when you heard the news that the levee in West Quincy failed to hold back the mighty Mississippi River. We all knew when it happened because the news and the river spread like wildfire. What we didn't know at the time was that the levy failed thanks to the assistance of Quincy native James Scott, who was eventually convicted of "creating a catastrophe" by removing sand bags in the area of the levee break. Would the levee have held back the rising water on its own?  Only God knows.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Karaoke Contest a Part of Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair recently announced the creation of a statewide karaoke contest that will culminate with the winner getting to sing two songs as a warm-up to the Little Big Town concert at State Fair Grandstand on August 20 as well as another show at the DuQuoin State Fair.

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Moore/Fox Photos/Getty Images

Free Fishing Days in Illinois This Weekend

If you have listened to the Y101 Morning Show over the years you probably know that on Free Fishing Days Dennis Oliver and I would go out and fish live on the air.  Sometimes we were at the Mississippi River and other times at ponds and lakes in the area. Over the years I have caught a few fish during our live broadcast times, but Mr. Oliver has never caught a fish with me during those times or even during the off-air times. Not one fish has ever been harvested by him over a 20 or so on and off years of fishing with me.

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Summer Day Trips Can Be Fun and Inexpensive

Graduations are happening, the grass is growing and little league baseball is starting up. It all leads up to the fact that summer is coming and will be here soon (June 20 to be exact).

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Illinois, Missouri and Iowa have Some Strange Town Names

For four years I drove from South Kansas City to Harrisonville, Missouri to go to work. Every day I would pass by the exit ramp to the town of Peculiar, Missouri.  Inevitably, there would be a car pulled over by the side of the highway with people taking a picture of the sign that said 'Peculiar Exit'. You have to admit, it is a unique name for a town.

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Is Illinois Holding Your Unclaimed Property? Find Out Here!

The Illinois Treasurer's office has what they call an I-Care Program where names of people are listed as owners of unclaimed property.  That property could be cash from old bank accounts, forgotten stocks, life insurance policies and other assets that are in need of return to their rightful owner.

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NOAA Photo Library, Getty Images

Missouri to Hold Statewide Severe Weather Test Today

The weather in March is quite unpredictable. One thing for sure is Springtime can provide some very strong storms including tornadoes in the Midwest. With that in mind, Missouri will hold their state-wide severe weather test this afternoon.

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There’s a New Special Olympics Illinois Lottery Ticket

The Illinois Lottery has announced a new lottery game that will raise money for Special Olympics and primarily for the sports training programs.

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The Y101 Bridal Expo is This Saturday in Quincy

The Quincy area’s premier Bridal Expo is returning to The Ambiance this Saturday January 30 for its 18th year!  The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and is FREE to attend.

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Chris Hondros, Getty Images

There’s No Better Time Than Now to Raise the Gas Tax

If you have lived any length of time in the Land of Lincoln you are well aware of how bad the financial situation is for the State of Illinois. The state is way behind in its payments and its infrastructure is deteriorating.  So how do you correct this problem?

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