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STATELINE NEWS -- If there’s one thing Steve Raymer learned from his years traveling the globe photographing for National Geographic magazine, it’s that the world has become a much smaller place.

That’s the message Raymer shared with students April 11, 2014 when he was inducted into Beloit Memorial High School’s Hall of Fame.

BELOIT -- The Hall of Fame ceremony at Beloit Memorial High School is less about the honoree than it is about the impression they make on current students, says Director of Alumni Services Fran Fruzen.

"It's as much about the kids as it is about the hall of fame person," Fruzen said. "We want that message to come across for the kids."

This year's honoree, Steve Raymer, graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1963 and went on to become one of the top photojournalists of his generation as a staff photographer for National Geographic Magazine.

Business profile: Quackenbush Vinyl & Upholstery, formerly Quackenbush Vinyl & Leather Repair

Owners: Don and Laura Quackenbush

Address: 546 Oak Ridge Drive, Darien

JANESVILLE - Profiles of the four candidates for three open seats on the Janesville City Council. Election Day is April 1, 2014.

For the majority of Congressman Paul Ryan's town hall meeting in Milton, there wasn't a whole lot anyone -- Democrat or Republican -- could argue with.

And that's been a successful strategy when he's back home.

Gone are the partisan punch lines that get the faithful riled up when he's out East speaking at political events or as a guest on TV news shows.

Instead, he presents a more measured tone, one that his Democratic rivals have been unable to exploit in his previous eight elections.

The listening session at the Gathering Place March 21, 2014 was the last in a series of nine town halls the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee held throughout his district this week, including his hometown of Janesville and the Republican stronghold of Elkhorn.

Follow the links below for a preview of the April 1, 2014 general election:

CLICK for Janesville Messenger previews, including city council, school board, Rock County Board and other area races.

CLICK for Stateline News previews, including Beloit School Board, Rock County Board and other area races.

CLICK for Walworth County previews, including mayoral races in Elkhorn and Delavan, Walworth County Board and other area races.

CLICK for a roundup of the March 18, 2014 Illinois election, including Roscoe referendums, Congressional, Senate and race for governor.

JANESVILLE -- Janesville City Council candidates Mark Bobzien, George Brunner, Jim Farrell and Matt Kealy at a forum March 12, 2014 sponsored by the Janesville Chapter of the League of Women voters, Forward Janesville and JATV.

Here are excerpts from some of their questions and answers:

Candidate opening statements

Fire station No. 1: Replace or remodel?

What are your top three priorities for the council and city manager?

Should the council pursue more outsourcing our intergovernmental cooperation?

WIll lack of women and minorities on the new council be a problem?

Do you support Janesville's sustainability efforts?

ROSCOE -- Voters in the Kinnikinnick School District narrowly approved a spending referendum by a vote of 1,520 to 1,509 to address a $1 million budget shortfall.

Two other referendums affecting Roscoe area residents were defeated.

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The four candidates running for Janesville City Council met March 12, 2014 at the Hedberg Public Library for a forum sponsored by the Janesville Chapter of the League of Women voters, Forward Janesville and JATV.

They were asked to list what they saw as the priorities for the city manager and council.

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JANESVILLE -- The debate over a new Janesville fire station isn't completely settled if comments at a recent candidate debate are any indication.

Four candidates are running for three seats on the Janesville City Council. Voters go to the polls Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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