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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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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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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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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Around Illinois
11:24 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Around Illinois – April 26

  • What happens to the Illinois 'Amazon Tax' now?
  • A 'surreal' interview with Dixon's mayor
  • How's our neighbor doing on jobs?
  • Chrysler comeback gets an airing
  • Will crime victim rights be strengthened?

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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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5:34 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Chrysler adding 1800 jobs in Belvidere

Pre-production model of the 2013 Dodge Dart (from Dodge's website)


Chrysler's decision to produce the new Dodge Dart in northern Illinois will result in a wave of new jobs.  The automaker formally told workers at Belvidere assembly plant Thursday that it plans to add nearly 1800 jobs at the facility by the end of the summer. 

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