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Top BND stories in June: A really big, really scary fish

Step Back in Time: See the Alligator Gar

The alligator gar is a prehistoric fish that traces its ancestors back to the days of the dinosaurs. See three of these ancient fish, weighing almost 40 pounds each, on display in a tank at the Illinois State Fair.
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The alligator gar is a prehistoric fish that traces its ancestors back to the days of the dinosaurs. See three of these ancient fish, weighing almost 40 pounds each, on display in a tank at the Illinois State Fair.

The most-read stories on bnd.com in June centered on an unusual fish, a metro-east restaurant, criminal wrongdoing and IDOT projects imperiled by the state budget crunch.

Here are the top five on our list; click into the link to read the stories yourself:

1. Coming to an Illinois river near you: 8-foot fish with long mouth full of sharp teeth?

2. Metro-east Applebee’s closes

3. Highland woman pleads guilty to stealing money meant for needy families

4. IDOT plans to shut down projects starting June 30

5. Authorities identify man killed in gun battle with Belleville police

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