Officials in Rockford say a 12-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot multiple times.


The Rockford Register Star reports that the girl was hospitalized Monday morning after the Sunday afternoon shooting.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said officers are looking for occupants of a dark-colored sport coupe.

The vehicle was seen at about 3 p.m. Sunday chasing and its occupants opening fire on another vehicle.

Police say as many as five people were in the vehicle being chased.

Rockford-Area Schools Grateful For Stopgap K-12 Funding

Jul 1, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly passed -- and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed -- a stopgap budget Thursday which included larger-than-usual funding for public schools.  

Specifically, it provides a full year of funding for kindergarten through high school, as compared to just half a year for colleges and universities.

Rockford Skies: The Power Behind The Planes

Jun 30, 2016

At first glance, Rockford doesn’t seem like a place where aerospace would spring up.  Yes, it has an airport, but what morphed this northern Illinois city into a hub for critical aircraft components? 

  In this case, it was a matter of having the right equipment.  

“The machine tool businesses that were here at the time then helped grow that industry, helped enable us to manufacture those kinds of parts here.” 

Rockford Skies: Keeping The Planes Running

Jun 29, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

When northern Illinois residents think of airplanes, the most common association is probably Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Yet just as important to local aviation is Rockford, which is a hub for the aerospace industry.

  Many of the market's big players -- such as Woodward, AAR Corporation, and UTC Aerospace Systems -- focus on designing efficient systems and cutting-edge manufacturing processes. Yet for every major conglomerate, there are many smaller companies that act in a supply and maintenance role.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey suggested suing the state if a budget isn’t passed soon.

Mayor Morrissey says he doesn’t want local agencies to go through the same process that occurred last year without a budget.  Individual organizations sued the state to force disbursement of emergency funding.   

Instead of this process, Morrissey says one big lawsuit would “hold lawmakers and the governor responsible for their constitutional duty to pass a balanced budget. 


The Rockford area is well within the top 10 percent of metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, nationwide when it comes to reflecting the average American community.

The Forest City and its surrounding area ranked 35th out of 379 of the largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and 14th out of 164 similarly medium-sized MSAs in comparison to the national average.

That’s better than the Peoria area, which used to be considered the typical American community. Peoria came in at 73 in the medium-sized category and 140 overall.

Rockford-Based Foundation To Announce Community Grants

Jun 14, 2016

A northern Illinois group will announce resources this week to support agencies working with area youth.   

The Mill Foundation helps programs and organizations with grants that benefit disadvantaged youth in the Rockford’s region. The foundation helps nonprofit organizations and programs in the greater Rockford area that support children, youth, and families and are compatible with the foundation mission.

Mill will announce the recipients of this year’s grants at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the Ken Rock Community Center in Rockford.

Rockford Police Department

Rockford City Council will determine the next step in the case of a police officer who wants to return to duty after being fired five years ago. Oda Poole was one of two officers involved in the 2009 shooting of Mark Barmore, an unarmed man who was killed in a church daycare center. 

Phil Masterton / WNIJ

It has been years in the making, and Wednesday, June 1, 2016, it became official. The UW Health Sports Factory is open in downtown Rockford.

The massive recreational facility on the Rock River is expected to serve the needs of sports-minded residents as well as attract amateur sports tourism. The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau held its annual luncheon at the Sports Factory, the building's inaugural event. About 700 people gathered in the $24-million facility for the official dedication.

  Communities across the nation are honoring their men and women who died while serving in the military. Some northern Illinois towns will read their names during solemn ceremonies: some hold parades to remind others of their sacrifice. Gary Seymour says it’s also an important day for veterans to understand they are not alone. He’ll march in Rockford’s Memorial Day parade as commander of the Navy Club of Rockford and as a veteran of the Vietnam War. He says he expects to see veterans of all ages along the parade route.