Rockford

Courtesy of Rockford Area Realtors

Sales and the average costs jumped in the Rockford market, according to Rockford Area Realtors.

433 homes sold last month, compared to 408 in May last year. It's the highest point since the 2008 housing recession.

Steve Bois, CEO of Rockford Area Realtors, attributed the uptick to a growing economy, like the construction of MercyHealth and completion of the Woodward Governor facility.

“If you believe the supply-demand statements in marketing,” he said. “The supply is low, and the demand is relatively high, which creates a stronger pricing situation.”

CLARCOR, a filtration and packaging-materials manufacturer, donated $1 million to the engineering program at Rock Valley College.

Summer Program Aims To Fill Plates Of Kids And Teens

May 29, 2017
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More than 40 schools, churches and community centers in Winnebago and Boone counties are offering free meals to people up to age 18.

It’s part of a national effort sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.

Registration and parental supervision is not required to participate.

Christopher Greenwood is Rockford’s Community Health and Prevention Coordinator.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The Winnebago County Coroner's Office has been working for most of the past year to identify decomposed human remains which were found in a garbage can outside an apartment building on Market Street in Rockford in July.

The coroner's office later determined it was a middle-aged Caucasian male. Tests indicate lower-spine degeneration, which means the man may have walked a lot.

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Road closures begin at 4 a.m. this Sunday for the annual Rockford Marathon. The race kicks off at 7 a.m.

The Marathon will start and end on Wyman Street near Chestnut Street, traveling from Rockford to Loves Park, Machesney Park, and portions of unincorporated Winnebago County.

Marked detour routes will be in place for state roadways and police traffic control on arterials like Jefferson Street.

Whitman Street will allow traffic to cross periodically.

Travelers are urged to find alternate routes and to be aware of the increase in pedestrian traffic.

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