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Tourism revenue in Rockford and Winnebago County reached an all-time high last year.

Data from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau reports visitors spent $353 million and generated $6.2 million in local sales tax. Their data also says tourism spending in Winnebago County rose by 39% since 2009. This was second only to growth in Chicago and Cook County.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney announced Thursday that a Rockford police officer took the right action when he shot a woman in a parking lot last spring.

On April 8, 2017, Rockford patrol officer Ben Schuster fired 6 shots at Eboney Adams, hitting her once in the arm. She had been accused of shoplifting at Dick’s Sporting Goods on East State Street. When Schuster confronted her in her car, she backed up, hitting him with her car door. Schuster said it appeared she was maneuvering to hit him again, so he shot her. Both survived.

SwedishAmerican Health System will invest $36 million to build two new Rockford facilities.

A $24 million clinic will be built near the system's regional cancer center on Bell School Road in northeast Rockford, and an $11.5 million clinic on North Main Street, somewhere north of Auburn Street.

Hospital officials say this provides an opportunity to replace aging facilities while providing greater access to doctors. To that end, several of SwedishAmerican’s 30 clinics will close and relocate to the new facilities. However, officials says this won’t occur immediately.

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Last week, two dozen teachers from Beijing looked up at large, domed buildings. A translator explained how, inside, the gas from sewage waste is collected and converted into energy. The finished product is clean drinking water.

They were touring Freedom Field Renewable Energy in Rockford, which specializes in commercialized energy solutions.

The not-for-profit provides educational and technical support to businesses and manufacturers, as well as community members and students.

Turnout Strong At Rockford Public Schools Job Fair

Jul 25, 2017
Austin Hansen

Rockford Public Schools held a job fair Monday for anyone who was qualified and interested in teaching positions.

 

Executive Principal for Jefferson High School Don Rundall was very excited about the applicants who attended.

“I think we’ve had a pretty good turnout this morning," Rundall said. "I’ve actually already filled a couple of positions I’ve needed filled, so I’m very excited with the turnout we’ve had; and the level of applicants is pretty high.”

 

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