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Here Is How a Quincy Family Got to Appear on NBC’s Today Show!

It is not everyday that people you know appear on a national television show, but there they were on the Today Show Sunday morning. Part of the John Schmitt family from Quincy and Ursa just happened to go to the Today Show and be in the crowd for the Sunday broadcast seen on NBC Television nationwide and locally on WGEM-TV.

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Crazy Headlines from Across the Tri-States

Is there anyone that is not amused by weird, funny and bizarre news? Stupid criminals, far-out inventions, local characters... for many of us, those are the stories that make the news worth reading! Here are some crazy headlines from around Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

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Denise Kappa
Denise Kappa

I Loved Riding the Fire Engine During the Pittsfield Fall Festival

During my time spent as a child in Pittsfield,Illinois, I had a ton of fun, and when the Pittsfield Fall Festival was held in town, all of us would ride the fire engine.

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images

State Fair Attendance Down in Illinois and Iowa

Attendance at the Illinois and Iowa State Fairs showed declines from the previous year. The main culprit for the decline was rainy weather in the Midwest, which affected several days of the fairs in Springfield and Des Moines.  

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ThinkStock

Are You an Oddball? Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival Coming to Chicago

Definition of an "oddball" is: eccentric, irregular, one-of-a-kind, freak, creeper.

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Rob Carr, Getty Images

Local Man Umpiring in the Little League World Series

If you get the chance to watch the Little League World Series on television, there is a chance you maybe able to see a local man umpiring one of the games! Macomb native Bob Rigg was selected to be one of the umpires for this year's event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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Anna Hayman/U.S. Air Force/Getty Images

The Real Adrian Cronauer Remembers Meeting Robin Williams

With the passing of Robin Williams comes the question of just what is your favorite Robin William’s movie? If you said “Good Morning Vietnam” you already are aware of his role as Adrian Cronauer, the exuberant radio disc jockey. What you may not know is that there really was an Adrian Cronauer who was in Saigon working for the Armed Forces Network.

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Natallia Hudyma
Natallia Hudyma

Illinois and Iowa Make the Top 10 in ‘Safest States to Live In’ Survey, Missouri Scores Poorly

WalletHub is always sending out results of various surveys they've conducted, which rank states and cities in all sorts of categories from "best places for families" to "best places to start a business." They have also released their list of "safest states to live in" for 2014. Illinois and Iowa both made the top 10, but Missouri came in near the bottom.

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Derek Jeter, Getty Images

Mr. John Henry, Please Read My Request For Derek Jeter

It's hard to find other New York Yankee fans in this area besides me, but finding fans of Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is easy. Actually, you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't like the future Hall of Famer.

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Joe Piccorossi/USAF/Getty Images

A B-25 Will Flyover Quincy Friday, and You’ll Have a Chance to Fly in It in November!

This year's 2014 Veteran's Day Parade in Quincy will be held on Saturday, November 8. The Veteran's Parade Committee, led by Chairman Dick McKinney, works all year long on organizing this wonderful event. One of the toughest things to secure for an event like this is a "flyover" of a military aircraft.

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