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7:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Rockford Hopes Federal Program Will Guide It To Success

Credit Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

The White House is moving forward with another round of its Strong Cities, Strong Communities program. The initiative lends federal expertise to struggling areas. The city of Rockford is part of the latest group.

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Transportation
6:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Wait Continues, But There's Still Hope For Amtrak Route

Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership. And it still hopes to re-establish service in northwest Illinois. That was supposed to happen near the end of this year. But supporters wonder if the project will get off the ground by then. Some also wonder if the new route will attract enough customers to sustain itself.

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Education
6:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Students Finding Their Way Through Career Academies

Aviation class at Jefferson High School
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Students at Rockford’s Jefferson High School are on holiday break. When classes resume in January, they’ll keep navigating through the first full year of the school’s academy program. The initiative blends career-themed courses with traditional learning. Since the launch, WNIJ’s Mike Moen has been following two Jefferson students. He recently caught up with them, along with some new voices as well.

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Mandatory Minimums Challenged
5:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

President Commutes Rockford Man's Life Sentence

Credit Families Against Mandatory Minimums

  A man serving a life sentence for a drug-selling conspiracy in Rockford will be free this Spring. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight people he says were serving overly-harsh sentences for drug crimes. 

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Revitalization Plans Moving Forward
1:22 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New Morgan Street Bridge Reconnects Rockford's South Side

IDOT's Ann Schneider, Governor Pat Quinn, Venita Hervey, and Victory Bell cut the ribbon on the Morgan Street Bridge
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A new bridge spanning the Rock River is being viewed as something more than a way to get across Rockford’s south side. It’s part of the revitalization of a long-neglected area of the city.

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Arts in Rockford
6:01 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Free Range Radio: Arts Adapting

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Art. It inspires, sustains, entertains -- even makes us think. It's the way some people make a living. And its funding is all-too-often the first thing on the chopping block when times are tough. WNIJ's news department decided to take a look at how artists and organizations are adapting to economic and cultural changes.  

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Battling Real And Perceived Negatives
6:11 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Community-Wide Response Is Key To "Transform Rockford"

Credit transformrockford.org

A growing group of Rockford residents is trying to combat their hometown’s reputation as a “miserable place”…while tackling some of the city’s biggest problems. About a thousand people showed up in the Coronado Theater last night for “Transform Rockford’s” first public meeting.

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Developing
1:44 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Water Main Break In Downtown Rockford

Credit Steve Johnson / Flickr/Creative Commons

A water main break in downtown Rockford is causing headaches for some businesses and drivers. 

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Public Safety
6:31 am
Thu September 26, 2013

New Parolee Database In Rockford

Credit flickr / mikecogh / Creative Commons

The Illinois Department of Corrections was at the center of a recent newspaper investigation, that found gaps in the tracking of parolees. Now, the department hopes to cut down on recidivism by working with Rockford officials on a new system that shares parolee information.

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Misuse of Stimulus Funds
4:39 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Rockford Must Send $300K Back To The Feds

Credit city of Rockford

Rockford will give nearly $300,000 in stimulus money back to the federal government. Investigations by the city and the Office of the Inspector General found that Rockford’s Human Services Department improperly used Community Block Grant funds in 2009 and 2010. 

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