New Route and funding announced
4:51 am
Fri April 11, 2014

All Aboard? Rockford To Chicago Train On Track For Next Year

Governor Pat Quinn and Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey congratulate each other over progress toward passenger rail service for Rockford. 4/10/14
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford residents can look forward to taking a train into Chicago next year, after three decades without passenger rail service. 

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10:12 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Temporary Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

Credit Susan Stephens

325 workers at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere have received temporary layoff notices.

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2013 Darts Could Stall
2:44 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

15,000 Dodge Darts Recalled

Workers at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere perform in-depth checks on a Dodge Dart.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Chrysler is recalling about 15,000 Dodge Darts because they could stall in cold weather. The Dart is produced in Belvidere. 

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Historic Preservation
4:47 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Preservation Grants Help Local Projects

McHenry County Courthouse
Credit McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Thirteen Illinois communities will share federal historic preservation grants. The money will fund historical surveys in Belvidere and Ottawa, and a video project in Woodstock.  It will also be used in Morrison.

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Community Close-Up 2013
6:25 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Belvidere Seeks Greater Vitality

Credit Susan Stephens/pixlr

In the first of WNIJ's occasional series "Community Close-Up," we turn our attention to Belvidere. Like many other communities, Belvidere is trying to revitalize its downtown.

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11:28 am
Tue July 17, 2012

I-90 interchange at Irene Road gets support

The coordinating committee of five Belvidere city aldermen and five Boone County Board members has voted unanimously to pursue completion of the interchange at Irene Road and Interstate 90.

The Belvidere Daily Republican reported the committee approved $81,000 for preliminary engineering and $33,800 for a right-of-way consultant, with the city and county splitting that expense.

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10:24 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Chrysler's Marchionne celebrates the Dart and freedom from bail-out loans

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne after his plant tour and town hall meeting with employees at the Belvidere Assembly Plant, May 24, 2012
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The much-heralded Dodge Dart should be in dealerships by the end of next month. To celebrate, Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne visited the home of the Dart Thursday -- the Belvidere Assembly Plant.

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5:07 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Massive mulch fire closes Route 76 north of Belvidere

Boone County mulch fire, May 18, 2012
Steve Rapp

A massive mulch fire is causing headaches for travelers and residents in northern Boone County. 

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7:39 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Belvidere plant ready to turn out new Dodge Dart

Official production of the new Dodge Dart is being launched in northern Illinois this week.  The model is being assembled at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. 

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5:19 am
Wed April 4, 2012

The Dodge Dart: Chrysler pushes for perfection from Day One.

Checking the gaps in the body of Chrysler's new Dodge Dart.
Susan Stephens


It’s considered conventional wisdom that you should never buy a car in its first year of production: that gives the automaker time to “work the kinks out.” And that’s the kind of thinking Chrysler officials are working to dispel as they prepare to launch the new Dodge Dart in Belvidere. 

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