Rockford

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

About 4,000 people in the WNIJ listening area got a chance to pose with the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy last weekend. It made its way to Naperville on Saturday, along with Freeport and Rockford on Sunday.

Mike Peck is business operations director for the Rockford Ice Hogs. He says people started lining up at around 8 a.m. to be one of the guaranteed 1,500 ticket holders to pose with the trophy.

Rockford Police Department

Rockford police are investigating a New Years Day shooting at Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center. 

The Register-Star reports a fight broke out in a hallway at 3:30 Sunday morning. This resulted in four people getting shot.  Three of these victims were hospitalized but their names were not released.  The fourth victim, 34-year-old Joshua Jamerson, died of his wounds.  His name was released by the Winnebago County Coroner. 

Authorities say someone stabbed a pregnant Rockford woman to death before a house fire that killed three of her children.

The Rockford Register Star reports new details of the September 17 deaths emerged Friday at a Winnebago County Coroner's Office inquest.

Autopsies determined 27-year-old Keandra-Kirana Austin was 16 weeks pregnant when she was stabbed in the chest. Her body was found in a bedroom alongside the children, ages 9, 6 and 6 months.

There was no sign of trauma to the children, who died of smoke inhalation.

Rockford Public Schools

The time to file petitions to run for office in the upcoming local elections came and went, but no one filed a petition for one Rockford school board seat.

There were no petitions filed in time for those to be listed in the primary elections for the Rockford School Board Subdistrict A seat. That’s according to the Winnebago County Clerk’s office.

However, those who want to file as write-in candidates for the seat for the April 4th election have until the beginning of February to do so. If no one files to run for office, then someone is appointed for the position.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It’s the shortest day and the longest night of the year. To advocates in Rockford, the Winter Solstice symbolizes the harshest challenges for the homeless in their city. Wednesday, they held their annual memorial for homeless people who died this year.

Richard Reed was there to remember his friend Humberto, who was just 31 when he died in April. He recalled that he was “a good pool shooter, a good friend, a nice and kind person. And I’m thankful that I knew him.”

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