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Business
6:25 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Protesting Outsourcing: The Residents of "Bainport"

Tom Gaulrapp stands next to the tent where he has lived since early September to protest outsourcing at his employer across the street.
Susan Stephens WNIJ
  • Story with the Hoyer family at "Bainport"

Reverend Jesse Jackson is the next high-profile activist who plans to visit the northwest Illinois encampment known as “Bainport.” Reverend Al Sharpton spoke to the crowd of protestors based at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds in Freeport Saturday. They’ve pitched their tents across the street from Sensata Technologies, where many of them will see their last day of work two weeks from today.

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Business
9:59 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Mendelssohn Arts Center Buys Rockford Church

Mendelssohn

The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford.  The building went on sale in January. The funds to buy and renovate the church were given to Mendelssohn by donors.  The center will use the building for new performance and rehearsal space.

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Rockford Airport
5:08 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Bad News, Sun-Seekers: No RFD To RSW This Season

flyrfd.com

Plans to offer flights from Rockford to southwest Florida have fallen through. Chicago-Rockford International Airport director Mike Dunn announced Wednesday that after long and intense negotiations, the airport will NOT be able to provide service to Fort Myers this travel season. 

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Business
6:25 am
Thu October 4, 2012

ICC Ruling Puts ComEd's Smart Grid Plan On Hold

ComEd says it will delay elements of its grid modernization plan. That's after the Illinois Commerce Commission issued a ruling Wednesday that would prevent the utility from earning its desired profits, as it tries to cover the costs of infrastructure upgrades.

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Business
5:10 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Rochelle Company Selected for Big Rail Car Contract

The Nippon Sharyo plant in Rochelle, IL
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Rochelle-based Nippon Sharyo has been named the intended recipient of a $352 million contract to build 130 bi-level passenger railcars to accommodate high-speed rail expansion in Illinois and two other Midwest states as well as California.

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Business
7:46 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Citizens First Under Pressure To Boost Capital

A northern Illinois bank faces pressure to improve its financial footing. Citizens First National Bank has received notification from regulators that it has become "critically under-capitalized."

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Public Radio
2:51 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

First Tim Emmons Scholarship Awarded

Tim Emmons

The inaugural Tim Emmons Memorial Scholarship was awarded today to Tammy Terwelp, Director of Content and Programming at Essential Public Media in Pittsburgh.

The scholarship, presented by the Public Radio Program Directors Association,  celebrates the life of Tim Emmons, longtime Program Director and General Manager of Northern Public Radio. He died in February after a long struggle with cancer.

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Road Construction
5:56 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford Airport Area Road Plan: More Business, More Jobs

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey shows Senator Dick Durbin some of the growing businesses near Rockford's airport during a bumpy bus ride.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A major road reconstruction project bordering the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is expected to boost business in the region. 

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Rockford
10:05 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford to host travel journalists

Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

More than 125 travel journalists from around North America will visit Rockford  next year as part of Travel Media Showcase 2013. The tradeshow is expected to fill approximately 1,000 hotel room nights and bring in more than $100,000 for the local economy.

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Business
6:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Aerospace Jobs Aplenty In Northern Illinois

The aerospace industry in northern Illinois will have hundreds of jobs to fill in the coming years. That’s due to a major expansion in the Rockford-area.

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