Rockford

Rockford-area teachers received several honors at this year’s Golden Apple awards. 

The Rockford Register Star reports two schools had teachers that won the award for the first time.  Jared Young of Belvidere North High School and Sarah Schaefer of Roosevelt Community Education Center were honored in such a way.  Linda Julian of Willowbrook Middle School also became the longest-tenured award winner, with 39 years of experience.  

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Back in 2005, a young lawyer running as an Independent shocked the establishment by beating the Democratic incumbent in the Rockford mayor’s race. Now, 12 years later, he’s ready to hand the keys to his 8th floor city hall office to the next mayor. In today’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens sat down with Larry Morrissey to talk about his three terms as mayor and his plans for the future. 

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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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