Rockford

Illinois
6:44 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Two Rockford Areas Among Most Dangerous U.S. Neighborhoods

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Two neighborhoods in Rockford are among the 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America. That’s according to a study by the website NeighborhoodScout.com

The neighborhood around Seventh Street and East Jefferson ranked fifth worst in the study. The area around Rockton Avenue and West State Street was ranked eighteenth worst.

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Illinois
8:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Credit Larry Stephens

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.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

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Transportation
7:24 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Uber, Rockford Officials Talk Expansion

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A smartphone-based service that connects riders and drivers is ready to expand into Rockford.

The Rockford Register Star reports officials discussed the idea with Uber Wednesday. Officials say the company can help fill the gaps between transit options currently offered in Rockford.

Anti-Police Brutality march
6:02 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors Carry Peace Message In Rockford

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson speaks to the crowd gathered Wednesday in front of the police station in Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

About 75 people sang, marched, and chalked messages on sidewalksWednesday night in downtown Rockford. Their protest was part of a national demonstration against police brutality.

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Economy
5:22 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Metro Unemployment Falls For Fifth Straight Month In Illinois

Credit Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas declined for the fifth straight month in August.

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-Illinois
6:29 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Rockford Trades Old Traffic Signals For Stop Signs

Credit Flickr User / Clover Autrey "stop sign" (CC BY 2.0)

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."

---Traffic Engineer Jeremy Carter

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Business
5:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Rockford Call Center To Create 500 Jobs

First Rockford Group headquarters in Rockford, IL.
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A development company plans to open a call center in Rockford that would create 500 jobs.

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-Illinois
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fast Food Workers Arrested In Rockford

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Fast food workers protested Thursday in Rockford for increased wages.

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Rockford
5:15 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Rockford Tourism Spending Down, Number of Visitors Up in 2013

Alexander Liberman's "Symbol," along the Rock River in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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.

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Litesa Wallace
5:23 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rockford Democrats Pick New State Representative

Winnebago County Democratic Party Chair Charles Laskonis introduced Litesa Wallace as the 67th district's next state representative.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has a new state representative. Litesa Wallace was chosen from five finalists today to replace retired 67th District Democrat Chuck Jefferson. 

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