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An audit shows the Rockford School District's $8.8 million deficit was the result of an accounting change and higher-than-anticipated salaries. 

The district has enough in cash reserves to cover the deficit. No programs or staff are expected to be cut.

ComEd is inviting seniors citizens in Rockford to apply for the “Senior Giving” hardship fund program. 

It’s part of the utility’s CARE program, which offers financial aid options for customers with past due electric bills. The program is available through December 24th, or while funds are available. 

Customers can apply at the office of Community Action on Court Street.  

'Low Budget' Radio Hosts Fix Rockford Clock Tower

Dec 8, 2014
WXRX

Rather than sit back and say someone else should fix it, two northern Illinois radio hosts took the initiative to fix one of Rockford’s most well-known landmarks.

Jim Stone and Terry Turan are known as “Stone and Double T” on their low-budget morning show on 104.9 WXRX. Turan says they have always talked about the four sides of the clock tower never being on the same and correct time, but the conversation never went further than that.

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Rockford aldermen approved two architect firms designing a west-side police building Monday. The Rockford Register Star reports is one of three that’ll serve new geographic policing districts as the city moves more stations into neighborhoods. 

The building could cost 27 million dollars. Planning is expected to be completed this winter.

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Advocates for better healthcare in Illinois’ rural areas say one problem is a lack of doctors. But they believe a long-running program is making a difference. 

The Rural Medical Education Program is offered through the University of Illinois at Rockford. The school says the program graduated more than 260 students since 1993. Most of them went to practice in rural communities.

Margaret Vaughn, who is the executive director of the Illinois Rural Health Association, says the program is a big help.

Julius T. Cotonyi / Burpee Museum of Natural History

What’s seven feet tall, covered with feathers, and is moving, piece by piece, into the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford? It’s “Pearl,” an extremely rare dinosaur that could fill in some blanks for researchers.  

Area Charity Groups Welcome All For Thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2014
Feed'Em Soup Community Project Facebook Page

If you have nowhere to go for a turkey dinner today, northern Illinois charity groups welcome patrons and volunteers.

Feed ‘Em Soup in DeKalb will welcome anyone looking to help others - not to mention eat with others - this Thanksgiving holiday.

The event today from 5 to 7 p.m. is free and is open to anyone and everyone in the community.

DeKalb resident Noelle Stanbery has been a volunteer at Feed’em Soup for four years. She says the restaurant and soup kitchen feeds about 200 people every Wednesday night.

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Two neighborhoods in Rockford are among the 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America. That’s according to a study by the website NeighborhoodScout.com

The neighborhood around Seventh Street and East Jefferson ranked fifth worst in the study. The area around Rockton Avenue and West State Street was ranked eighteenth worst.

DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Nov 21, 2014
Larry Stephens

Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.

Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

Uber, Rockford Officials Talk Expansion

Nov 6, 2014
Uber

A smartphone-based service that connects riders and drivers is ready to expand into Rockford.

The Rockford Register Star reports officials discussed the idea with Uber Wednesday. Officials say the company can help fill the gaps between transit options currently offered in Rockford.

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