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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.