Rockford, Winnebago County
6:42 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Rockford, Winnebago County 9-1-1 Centers Talk Merge

Officials in Rockford and Winnebago County say they're ready to discuss merging their emergency call centers.

The two systems were separated about a decade ago.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department handles emergency calls outside of Rockford, while the city's 9-1-1 center dispatches police and fire and helps callers inside city limits. They currently serve as backup centers to each other.

gun violence
6:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Getting Together To Fight Violent Crime In Rockford

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson,Mayor Larry Morrissey, Pastor K. Edward Copeland, and Sheriff Gary Caruana, speaking at the Rockford Airport.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has seen a string of shootings, including seven murders, over the past month. That prompted city officials to demonstrate what they are doing about violent crime. 

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6:36 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Suspect In Custody After Rockford Quadruple Murder

Rockford police have a suspect in custody on four counts of first-degree murder in last week’s quadruple homicide.

Police officials left early Tuesday morning to transport Calvin Carter from Madison County to Winnebago County after he turned himself in on an unrelated theft warrant.

Carter is charged with four counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Martia Flint, her two young sons Tyrone Smith and Tobias Smith, and her boyfriend Demontea Rhodes. Carter’s court appearance is scheduled today at 1:30 p.m. in Winnebago County.

Winnebago County
5:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Flood Maps Mean More Flood Insurance For Some

Andrew Epstein WNIJ

Illinois is updating some of its flood maps: and that means some homeowners will need to buy flood insurance for the first time.

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6:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rockford School District's Audit Deficit From Accounting Change, Salaries

Credit Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0)

An audit shows the Rockford School District's $8.8 million deficit was the result of an accounting change and higher-than-anticipated salaries. 

The district has enough in cash reserves to cover the deficit. No programs or staff are expected to be cut.

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6:47 am
Mon December 8, 2014

ComEd Offers Hardship Fund For Rockford Seniors

ComEd is inviting seniors citizens in Rockford to apply for the “Senior Giving” hardship fund program. 

It’s part of the utility’s CARE program, which offers financial aid options for customers with past due electric bills. The program is available through December 24th, or while funds are available. 

Customers can apply at the office of Community Action on Court Street.  

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6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

'Low Budget' Radio Hosts Fix Rockford Clock Tower

Credit WXRX

Rather than sit back and say someone else should fix it, two northern Illinois radio hosts took the initiative to fix one of Rockford’s most well-known landmarks.

Jim Stone and Terry Turan are known as “Stone and Double T” on their low-budget morning show on 104.9 WXRX. Turan says they have always talked about the four sides of the clock tower never being on the same and correct time, but the conversation never went further than that.

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7:14 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Rockford Approves New Police District Building

Credit city of Rockford

Rockford aldermen approved two architect firms designing a west-side police building Monday. The Rockford Register Star reports is one of three that’ll serve new geographic policing districts as the city moves more stations into neighborhoods. 

The building could cost 27 million dollars. Planning is expected to be completed this winter.

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7:09 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Illinois Rural Doctors Program Making A Difference

Credit U of I Extension

Advocates for better healthcare in Illinois’ rural areas say one problem is a lack of doctors. But they believe a long-running program is making a difference. 

The Rural Medical Education Program is offered through the University of Illinois at Rockford. The school says the program graduated more than 260 students since 1993. Most of them went to practice in rural communities.

Margaret Vaughn, who is the executive director of the Illinois Rural Health Association, says the program is a big help.

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Anzu wyliei
6:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Meet 'Pearl': The Next Big Thing At Burpee

Artist's version of Anzu wyliei, the species of oviraptorosaur "Pearl" is expected to be.
Julius T. Cotonyi Burpee Museum of Natural History

What’s seven feet tall, covered with feathers, and is moving, piece by piece, into the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford? It’s “Pearl,” an extremely rare dinosaur that could fill in some blanks for researchers.  

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