2:39 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

"Fight For 15" Celebrates Second Anniversary In Rockford

The “Fight For 15” movement rallied in Rockford again this week as the campaign marked its second anniversary. “We’ve been fighting and we’ve been doing whatever it takes to try and get a living wage,” said local spokesman Denzel Baldwin.

The rally begin at the McDonalds on Auburn Street and migrated to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford. It included workers from industries other than fast-food. “This particular protest we are actually celebrating the Wal-Mart workers and home-care workers.” Baldwin said, “They are joining our campaign.”

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6:44 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Illinois Economy Keeps Growing

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A measure of Illinois economy has been steadily growing this year. 

The University of Illinois Flash Index was at 106.6 in November. Any reading over 100 indicates growth and the index has been steady since February.

U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs releases the index every month. It uses corporate earnings, consumer spending and personal income to track Illinois' economy.

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6:29 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Might Not Have Best Deals

Retail shopping in November and December are projected to generate $89 billion, according to advisory firm Forrester Research. That’s a 13 percent growth over last year.  But despite the projected boost in sales, today’s online shopping might not bring you the biggest savings. Sucharita Mulpuru is with Forrester:  

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7:11 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shoppers Travel To Chicago For Black Friday Deals

Credit Flickr user ivyst / "The Magnificent Mile" (CC v. 2.0)

The head of the Magnificent Mile Association says things will start ramping up later this morning on Michigan Avenue.

But John Chikow says once they do - the area will be packed with shoppers until 8 tonight.

“You can’t buy freshly popped Garrett popcorn online, you can’t go to tea online. So shopping on the Magnificent Mile is as much about family traditions as it is about efficiency of shopping.”

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5:52 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Customer Card Data Compromised In Jimmy John's Breach

Credit Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's is the latest company to experience a data breach compromising customer data.

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5:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Rockford Call Center To Create 500 Jobs

First Rockford Group headquarters in Rockford, IL.
Credit First Rockford Group

A development company plans to open a call center in Rockford that would create 500 jobs.

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Mortgage Crisis
1:14 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Illinois Gets A Cut Of The Bank Of America Settlement

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$300,000,000. That's Illinois' share of the nearly $17-billion national settlement with Bank of America.

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Jet Maintenance and Repair
2:32 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

500 Jobs In Aviation Coming To Rockford

Governor Pat Quinn is backed up by a long row of dignitaries at the announcement of a huge new maintenance facility at Rockford's airport.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A new jet repair and maintenance facility means 500 full-time jobs for Rockford. 

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5:13 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

BorgWarner To Expand Operations In Dixon

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BorgWarner is expanding its operations in Dixon, Illinois.

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Transform Rockford
6:15 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Group To Reveal Vision For Rockford Tonight

Transform Rockford's Mike Schablaske and the Rock River, on the river walk behind Riverfront Museum Park.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It has taken hundreds of people pulling together at dozens of community meetings to get to this point: tonight, the group “Transform Rockford” will reveal its draft of a vision for the city at a rally at the Coronado Theater, starting at 6:30.

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