This week, a Winnebago County judge ordered a Rockford woman to spend up to 100 years in a mental health facility for the 2013 stabbing death of her son.

A judge earlier this year ruled Jody Kossow not guilty by reason of insanity after she stabbed her 12-year-old son Thomas more than 55 times, killing him.

She told 911 operators that “Satan was after me.”

The judge says Kossow must be confined to psychiatric care up to 100 years.

Lydia Urban Academy

A Rockford-based school-dropout recovery program has raised around $60,000 to stay open. 

The Lydia Urban Academy is a nonprofit program that helps 14- to 19-year-old students struggling with behavioral, social and learning deficiencies that make it difficult for them to succeed in a traditional school. Normally, Lydia recieves a large portion of its $200,000 annual budget from its parent organization, the Lydia Home Association.  However, the association told the Academy that there wasn't enough funding available to support the institution at the same level as in past years.

UPS is adding about 240 new jobs at its Rockford air hub. 

The new positions are part of a realignment by UPS, which will be shifting air operations out of Des Moines, Iowa. 

Spokeswoman Christine Hand says the Rockford facility is well equipped to handle the expanded capacity, and the new jobs allow UPS to schedule an additional package sort during the day.  She also notes that Rockford has been a source of high-quality workers. 

photo courtesy of City of Rockford

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has a new job lined up when he leaves office May 1st.

Rockford was the site of a second major soccer tournament over the weekend.  

MercyHealth Sporstcore Two hosted the Puma Champions Cup.  This tournament featured 540 soccer teams ranging in age from 8 to 19 that came in from across the country.  The Rockford Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says the event generated $1.9 million in local revenue.