Business

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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ComEd Clear Cut
1:32 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Bush By Bush, DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration Is Underway

A lot of workers and some heavy equipment made it possible for more than 400 plantings along the DeKalb Nature Trail in just a few hours.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The DeKalb Nature Trail was replanted Thursday, half a year after ComEd removed most of the growth below its overhead transmission lines.

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Business
5:18 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Northern Illinois Workforce Development Board Expanding

Credit Boone and Winnebago Counties Workforce Investment Board

An organization that oversees job training and workforce development programs in Boone and Winnebago Counties is expanding to include Stephenson County.

John Strandin is a spokesman for the Boone and Winnebago Counties Workforce Investment Board.

Strandin says the Board had worked closely with Stephenson County on workforce issues before, so the two are familiar with each other.  Strandin says, for a number of reasons, this merger makes sense.

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Transportation
8:13 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Reports: American, U.S. Airways Boards Approve Merger

The boards of AMR and US Airways have approved a merger Wednesday night that would create the world largest carrier, The Wall Street Journal is reportingciting "people familiar with the matter."

The paper reports that the merger will be formally announced Thursday.

Earlier today, Bloomberg reported on some of the terms of the deal:

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McHenry County College's Bioneers
4:46 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Economic Quality Over Quantity: What's Our GPI?

Jon Erickson
Credit University of Vermont

McHenry County College kicks off its environmental speakers series tonight at 7:00. The first of the “Bioneers” is ecological economics professor Jon Erickson of the University of Vermont. 

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Economic Development
4:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

LaSalle County Wants You To "Just Hire One"

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

LaSalle County business leaders are looking to a simple idea with a great slogan to turn their economy around.

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Northern Public Radio
12:05 am
Thu January 17, 2013

WNIJ-WNIU DeKalb-Rockford Seeks A Development Director

WNIJ / WNIU, DeKalb-Rockford seeks a Development Director with a passion for public broadcasting to oversee fundraising and community outreach activities. This person coordinates all fundraising and marketing efforts for our network of five radio stations and a radio reading service for the print-impaired. Areas of oversight include annual giving, grants, corporate support and special events, with an emphasis on individual giving. In addition, the Development Department heads up the stations’ marketing and public relations campaigns as well.

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Federal Mandate?
5:57 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Com Ed Clear-Cuts DeKalb Trail To Protect Power Lines

DeKalb Nature Trail, near Sycamore Road, clear-cut beneath Com Ed's transmission lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

More than a mile of trees and plants are being mowed to the ground along a DeKalb nature trail. That’s how Com Ed is handling a federal mandate meant to keep trees away from its largest transmission lines. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports.

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