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A Lake County man pled guilty in federal court in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

35-year-old Justin Paglusch of Ingleside was charged with intent to manufacture and distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants between Nov. 2014 and Jan. 2015 at the Asher Tool warehouse in Rockford.

Six other people were also charged for the crime.

The warehouse was destroyed by a fire in 2015.

Paglusch faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

Sentencing is set for June 23.

National Ice Skating Competition Is Coming To Rockford

Feb 22, 2017
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The U.S. Synchronized Skating Championship is taking place at the BMO Harris Bank Center for the first time.

The annual competition has traveled to different cities, like San Diego and Boston, since 1984. 

People ages nine through 65 choreograph synchronized team skating routines, which include complex formations and step sequences.

Winners from the senior-experience-level go on to represent the U.S. in a worldwide competition.

Andrea Mandala is with the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

John Horton was greeted by about 30 people, including his fiancée, brother, daughter, and grandson. It was the first time the 40-year-old walked out of prison as a free man in more than two decades.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke in Rockford to tout a new school funding framework. 

The governor paid a visit to the Barbour Two-Way Immersion School, which provides instruction in both English and Spanish. After touring several classrooms, Rauner said he would double down on funding schools more equally.

“We are going to change the way schools are funded in Illinois, improve it, get more resources overall, and especially more resources for lower-income schools that don’t have access to the same advantages as higher-income schools," he said.

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Members of Rockford's Finance and Personnel Committee forwarded a budget plan to address a  $5.3 million shortfall to the full city council.

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