Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.
Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.
Traffic patterns will change in downtown Rockford as the city removes outdated traffic lights and replaces them with stop signs.
Studies determined these signals were no longer necessary, according to Traffic Engineer Jeremy Carter. He urges drivers to be aware of the changes.
"I would encourage anyone who is driving through these areas where the traffic signals are being removed just to pay attention, because traffic patterns will change a little bit as people are getting used to the new stop control."
Visitors to Winnebago County spent more than $319 million dollars last year at hotels, restaurants and other local businesses. According to a news release from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, that's down slightly from 2012.
Tourism officials say there were 6.7 million visitors in the region during 2013, up slightly from the year before.