Rockford

Local
2:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

A train station for Rockford by 2014

Governor Pat Quinn announces state money for a passenger train station in Rockford as Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider looks on. (Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford)
Susan Stephens WNIJ

 

Construction is expected to begin later this year on a new passenger train station in downtown Rockford. Governor Pat Quinn announced the state was putting three million dollars toward the effort during a news conference at the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Tuesday afternoon -- not far from where the station will be built. The governor said not only is it important to look at transportation needs all over the state, it’s important to make sure northern Illinois is connected, especially Rockford.

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Local
11:56 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

UPDATE: Sold! Preservationists prevail at Laurent House auction

Detail of lamp inside the Laurent House, the only house Frank Lloyd Wright designed for wheelchair access.
Susan Stephens

 

Rockford’s only home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a step closer to becoming a museum. A community group was the winning…and only…bidder in yesterday’s auction of the Laurent House. Jerry Heinzeroth says members of The Laurent House Foundation have worked very hard over the past four years to get to this point. He says they’re extremely happy with the fact that the house will become a permanent part of the community, thanks to the support of donors, including the state, the city of Rockford, and Winnebago County.

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Local
7:22 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Rockford's only Frank Lloyd Wright home up for auction

Glass wall overlooking the back yard of The Laurent House
Susan Stephens WNIJ

 

A small, yet significant, home goes up for auction next week in Rockford…and a group of preservationists is racing to come up with the money to ensure it becomes a community centerpiece. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has more on the house Frank Lloyd Wright called his “little gem.”

 

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