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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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Business
2:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Series Reveals The Secret Life Of A Food Stamp

Credit Marketplace and Slate

Marketplace and Slate continue their series The Secret Life of a Food Stamp by asking: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?

Slate's Andrew Bouve produced a video which estimates how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough so that a typical worker would no longer qualify for food stamps.

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Business
9:35 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Tenn. VW Workers Reject Move To Join Union

Volkswagen's car plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., is the company's only one in the U.S. Its employees voted this week on whether to join the United Auto Workers union.
Credit Volkswqagen

Some 1,500 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee have voted not to join the United Auto Workers union. The tally of the three-day vote follows days of political prodding from both sides of the issue.

The 712-626 vote was a devastating blow to the UAW, which had tacit support from VW. The union had hoped to make inroads in auto plants in the South, where organizers have been striving for decades to represent factory workers.

VW had even allowed organizers into the plant to make their sales pitches.

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Business
1:20 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Cut The Corporate Income Tax? Illinois House's Top Democrat Says Yes

Credit Simon Cunningham, licensed under CC BY 2.0 / lendingmemo.com

The Illinois House Speaker is calling for a cut in the state’s corporate income tax rate. 

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Revitalization Plans Moving Forward
1:22 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New Morgan Street Bridge Reconnects Rockford's South Side

IDOT's Ann Schneider, Governor Pat Quinn, Venita Hervey, and Victory Bell cut the ribbon on the Morgan Street Bridge
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A new bridge spanning the Rock River is being viewed as something more than a way to get across Rockford’s south side. It’s part of the revitalization of a long-neglected area of the city.

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Battling Real And Perceived Negatives
6:11 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Community-Wide Response Is Key To "Transform Rockford"

Credit transformrockford.org

A growing group of Rockford residents is trying to combat their hometown’s reputation as a “miserable place”…while tackling some of the city’s biggest problems. About a thousand people showed up in the Coronado Theater last night for “Transform Rockford’s” first public meeting.

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Business
2:26 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Newspapers' Parent Company Files Bankruptcy

The owner of the Rockford Register Star and the Freeport Journal Standard has filed for voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware.

GateHouse Media Inc. announced earlier this month that it had entered into an agreement with some secured lenders to restructure $1.2 billion of debt scheduled to come due in August 2014.

According to Michael Reed, GateHouse director and chief executive officer, the bankruptcy filing for prepackaged reorganization was a strategic decision.

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Newell Rubbermaid sells Amerock
4:02 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Former Rockford Manufacturer Sold To British Company

The Amerock Building awaits redevelopment in downtown Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A company with a long Rockford history has been sold. The Rockford Register Star reports cabinet hardware manufacturer Amerock was one of the brands recently sold off by Atlanta-based Newell-Rubbermaid to London-based Nova Capital.

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New transmission line in the works
2:45 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Public Cites Farmland, Homes As Biggest Concerns In ComEd Expansion

Participants stuck dots to their biggest areas of concern about the siting of ComEd's proposed transmission line.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Northern Illinois needs a faster, more reliable electrical grid. That’s why Com Ed is being advised to build a 57-mile-long high-power transmission line stretching across four counties. The company that supplies electricity to most of the region is holding open houses about the project it’s calling “The Grand Prairie Gateway.”

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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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