Rockford

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Traffic patterns will change in downtown Rockford as the city removes outdated traffic lights and replaces them with stop signs.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.
Credit First Rockford Group

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

Credit @AriseChicago on Twitter

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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Demand high, supplies low
2:32 am
Wed July 30, 2014

High-Priced Salt Forces Illinois Cities To Think Snow In July

Credit Larry Stephens

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find salt – at a reasonable price – for next winter. 

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Murder Suspect Terence Doddy
1:54 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

National Hunt For Rockford Man Ends In Wisconsin Car Crash

Terence Doddy

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.

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67th District Democrat
4:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative

State Representative Chuck Jefferson is flanked by Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey and Governor Pat Quinn in this 2012 photo.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001. 

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Conveyor
2:21 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Join Us For A Night Of Storytelling In Rockford

Credit Conveyor

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?

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