Rockford Register Star

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Rock Valley College in Rockford will move its downtown satellite center to the Register Star News Tower.

The newspaper reports trustees authorized President Mike Mastroianni yesterday to execute a 10-year lease with the newspaper.

The college will pay the Register Star about $150,000 a year to rent the space. That includes parking, taxes, janitorial services and utilities. 

The lease includes two five-year renewal options.

NLRB Files Labor Charges Against GateHouse Media

Dec 15, 2014
GateHouse Media

Formal labor charges have been filed against GateHouse Media, owner of the Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard. The St. Louis-based United Media Guild is negotiating an initial contract for employees at the two papers.

The UMG claims that workers were unfairly targeted because of union activities.

The National Labor Relations Board office in Peoria confirmed investigators found that GateHouse Media threatened to outsource photography work to freelancers and imposed work schedule changes without prior negotiations.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Photographs are often used to enhance a published report. But these days, people who take those photos are fighting for job security, along with many others in the newspaper industry. Recent examples of this trend can be found in northern Illinois.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

School districts are pressing ahead with implementing Common Core education standards. They’re required to start using federal standardized tests next year. 

Victor Yehling / WNIJ

Illinoisans continue to struggle along in the state with the “worst in the nation“ public pension system.    Now, the cries for reform are louder than ever as the deficit continues to snowball.