Rockford students will be able to earn an NIU engineering degree without leaving the city.

The partnership announced Monday allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering, as well as applied manufacturing from Northern Illinois University at the Rock Valley College campus.

Promod Vohra, Dean, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, says the arrangement opens up new opportunities for Rockford’s young people:

Michael Jordan Wins Lawsuit Against Dominick's

Aug 24, 2015

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan scored another victory…but not on a basketball court.

A federal jury in Chicago last Friday awarded Jordan a nearly 9 million dollar judgment. The money comes from a lawsuit Jordan filed against the now-defunct grocery chain Dominick’s for using the Bulls star’s name and likeness in a 2009 ad without permission.

Jordan says his legal fight was not about the money.

“It is my name,” Jordan said. “I worked hard for it for 30 some years. I’m not just going to let some take it. I will fight to the end.”

A Downers Grove man killed in a wildfire in Washington state last week is remembered as an outgoing adventurer who loved learning new things.

Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Zajac was among three firefighters killed last Wednesday when flames swept over their crashed Forest Service vehicle near the town of Twisp.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says a safety review of the fire is underway.

Illinois Okays Camera Monitoring In Nursing Homes

Aug 24, 2015

Questions and fears about quality of care in nursing homes may be assuaged come January. A new law signed by the governor Friday will permit electronic monitoring.

About 76,000 Illinois residents live in nursing homes. That figure is expected to rise as Baby Boomers age.

With occasional reports of abuse and neglect, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says families had come to her, concerned about relatives living in long-term care facilities. She says allowing video cameras will give them peace of mind.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: August 24, 2015

Aug 24, 2015
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Gas prices declined since last week after rates rose as much as 50 cents per gallon due to an Indiana refinery shutting down for unplanned repairs.

A gallon of regular gas in the Rockford area costs $2.90. That’s seven cents less than a week ago.

Thousands of people drive highway 38 through northern Illinois every day. They might not realize they are part of something bigger: a century-old road stretching coast to coast. The Lincoln Highway was the first to do that.

Rock Falls Community Development Corporation

A key part of Rock Falls’ riverfront redevelopment plans could be open for business by the end of the year.

A representative of the group building a Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Rock Falls’ downtown riverfront told the city council August 18 that construction on the 68-room hotel could be finished before the end of the year.

Rock Falls Mayor Bill Westcott says the project had to overcome several hurdles, but it will be worth it.

Federal housing officials visited Rockford yesterday to remind city leaders they are obligated to provide fair housing for residents. 

The meeting was prompted by concerns from regional representatives of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Last month, a developer withdrew plans to build a 65 apartment unit on Rockford’s east side, where residents of a west side public housing development could move. Some neighbors strongly opposed the plan, causing developer Gorman and Company to pull the proposal: Gorman is expected to rework and resubmit the plan to the city soon.

People from near and far opened their hearts…and their wallets…to help the Warren County town of Cameron replace its tornado warning siren, which was destroyed during last month’s tornado.

Cameron Fire Chief Roger Watson says $26,000 in donations came in from businesses, service groups, and individuals largely through word-of-mouth.


The Democratic Party of Illinois isn't officially backing any one candidate for U.S. Senate. That has leading Democrats going their own separate ways when it comes to endorsements.

Nationally, Democrats hope their chances of winning back control of the Senate begin in Illinois next year, when Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk faces re-election.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Democrats' best shot rests with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. But state Sen. Kwame Raoul says Andrea Zopp is the best qualified for this race.