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Three Illinois cities rank among the worst 25 cities in the country for violent crime rates.

Rockford is the most dangerous of the three, according to a report by CBS News based on FBI data for 2016, the most recent year available.

Demolition Begins On Iconic Rockford Resort

Apr 16, 2018
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At the end of the first day of demolition, what used to be the entrance to the Clock Tower Convention Center is no more. Countless numbers of prom-goers and wedding celebrants and conventioneers passed through those doors over the decades.

Contractors started leveling the former landmark on East State Street at the entrance to Interstate 90 where, for decades, the Clock Tower was a sign that travelers had arrived in Rockford.

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The man accused of shooting three people in a party bus in Rockford last weekend has turned himself in. Police say 22-year-old Raheem D. King of Rockford turned himself in Wednesday afternoon around  5:00. His girlfriend, Lakeacia Kizart, 21, surrendered to police an hour later.

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More than 20 students at a Rockford high school won’t have to leave the school to get paid as local credit union workers this fall.

What’s now a classroom next to the cafeteria soon will become a credit union within Guilford High School, according to Chris Magee, the college and career academy coach at GHS.

Magee says students also will help design the space and determine what type of work environment they want for this branch. She says the goal is to teach students financial literacy before they leave high school and to help them establish a relationship with a bank.

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Rockford police say three people were fatally shot early Saturday on a private adult-themed charter bus. The suspect has not been located after fleeing the bus after the shooting.

 

The shooting took place near the intersection of Auburn St. and Johnston Av. Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the driver of the "Distinguished Gentleman" bus called police about 3:30 a.m. The driver had driven a distance from the shooting site and parked at a gas stations where he met police.

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