Traffic patterns will change in downtown Rockford as the city removes outdated traffic lights and replaces them with stop signs.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.
The suspect in two northern Illinois murders is now in police custody in a Wisconsin hospital. Terence Doddy was captured near Beloit after he crashed a car into a tree after a high-speed police chase.
WNIJ is pleased to be a part of the new live storytelling series at Conveyor in Rockford. This Friday, the theme is Independence Stories: storytellers will weave tales of events that triggered them to assert their individualism. Divorce, adulthood, quitting that terrible job… what sparked YOUR independence?