Rockford

Misuse of Stimulus Funds
4:39 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Rockford Must Send $300K Back To The Feds

Credit city of Rockford

Rockford will give nearly $300,000 in stimulus money back to the federal government. Investigations by the city and the Office of the Inspector General found that Rockford’s Human Services Department improperly used Community Block Grant funds in 2009 and 2010. 

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Newell Rubbermaid sells Amerock
4:02 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Former Rockford Manufacturer Sold To British Company

The Amerock Building awaits redevelopment in downtown Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A company with a long Rockford history has been sold. The Rockford Register Star reports cabinet hardware manufacturer Amerock was one of the brands recently sold off by Atlanta-based Newell-Rubbermaid to London-based Nova Capital.

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Rockford's Art in the Parks
6:30 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Outdoor Art Series: A Symbol Of A City

Alexander Liberman's "Symbol," in its current location along the Rock River in Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

You don’t always have to step inside a museum to enjoy art in northern Illinois. Chicago has its Picasso, the Lincoln Highway has its murals, and Rockford has its Symbol.   We wrap up our outdoor art series this morning with a walk along the Rock River Recreation Path to visit Rockford’s most controversial sculpture. 

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Rockford College Name Change
2:08 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Are You Ready For Rockford University?

Rockford University President Robert Head speaks Monday at the announcement of the name change from Rockford College.
Chelsey Fulbright WNIJ

Hundreds of alumni and supporters gathered on a sunny lawn in Rockford this morning for the official unveiling of Rockford University, formerly known as Rockford College.

Susan Stephens' story about Rockford University's dedication ceremonies, as aired on WNIJ 7/1/13

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Blaming sequestration cuts
4:38 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

No Rockford AirFest This Year

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford AirFest is cancelled, and organizers are blaming the federal government.

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Winnebago County
4:20 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Winnebago County Leaders To Meet Saturday

County Board Member John Sweeney, a Republican, will meet with Rockford Alderman Karen Elyea, a Democrat, to discuss what committees may be needed to work together on the area’s hot button issues.

The two were co-chairs of meetings of various county and city officials to discuss issues such as high crime, housing, and lack of economic development.

RRSTAR:Rockford, Winnebago County Pols To Talk Collaboration

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-Illinois
12:02 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Area Airports Win IDOT Awards

Credit IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics  has recognized several northern Illinois airports for their accomplishments throughout the year, including, according to IDOT, "an outstanding partnership with the state of Illinois and their commitment to customer satisfaction."

Area winners of the "2013 Airport of the Year" include:

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Rockford Starfires
6:09 am
Mon April 15, 2013

A Team Of Their Own: Women Playing Hardball

Rockford Starfire's new hat, Rockford Peaches vintage cap
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Rockford has a long, proud baseball history:  it’s where sports pioneer Albert Spalding got his start. It’s where every company in town had its own industrial league team. And during World War Two, the most famous women’s professional baseball team drew thousands of fans. Now there’s a new team trying to revive the tradition of women playing hardball.

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Developing
2:14 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Quinn Vetos Gambling Expansion

Gov. Pat Quinn

Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead.  Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos.

When Quinn gives his annual budget address Wednesday, he's expected to highlight Illinois' plethora of financial problems.

That frustrates supporters of gambling expansion, who say more casinos would be like hitting the jackpot.

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Economy
6:29 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Manufacturing Powers Rockford's Economic Surge

Rockford, IL

When it comes to the economy, the city of Rockford attracts headlines for its consistently high unemployment rate. But a new federal report says the area’s GDP rate posted a strong gain in 2011, beating the national average.

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