Rockford

7 to 9 Schools on Chopping block
6:08 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Rockford Hearings On School Closings Are Underway

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford needs fewer, larger elementary schools. More modern classrooms. One early education center for each quadrant of the city. It’s all part of a $250 million plan to improve  every elementary school, except for the 7 to 9 targeted for closing. 

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Public Input Wanted On Long-Term Plans
5:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Rockford School District Considers Closing At Least Seven Elementaries

White Swan Elementary School, one of at least seven schools that could close under plans by the Rockford School District.
Credit Rockford Public Schools / RPS205.com

The Rockford School District is looking at closing seven to nine elementary schools. The district currently has 35. 

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Unknown cause of death
6:47 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Body Pulled from Kishwaukee River IDed As Rockford Woman

Kishwaukee Gorge is a forest preserve south of Rockford and visible from the I-39 bridge that spans the Kishwaukee River.
Credit Google Maps

The identity of a woman whose body was pulled from the Kishwaukee River in Rockford yesterday has been released. 

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New Route and funding announced
4:51 am
Fri April 11, 2014

All Aboard? Rockford To Chicago Train On Track For Next Year

Governor Pat Quinn and Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey congratulate each other over progress toward passenger rail service for Rockford. 4/10/14
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford residents can look forward to taking a train into Chicago next year, after three decades without passenger rail service. 

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Rockford Mayor's Annual Address
5:34 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The State Of The City Is...Better

The new Morgan Street Bridge over the Rock River, one of the projects Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey touted during his 2014 State of the City address.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It’s a big week for development in Rockford, and Mayor Larry Morrissey was happy to highlight that during his State of the City address. 

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Interim president gets the job
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New President For Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College's new president, Michael Mastroianni.
Credit Rock Valley College / rockvalleycollege.edu

After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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Transform Rockford
6:45 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Better Education, Better Jobs: Developing Rockford's Vision

Transform Rockford's final "visioning" session at Rock Valley College.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Members of the group Transform Rockford warned it wasn’t going to be a quick and easy process. After months of community meetings, volunteers will start assembling a draft vision for the city tonight. 

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Local
7:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Rockford Hopes Federal Program Will Guide It To Success

Credit Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

The White House is moving forward with another round of its Strong Cities, Strong Communities program. The initiative lends federal expertise to struggling areas. The city of Rockford is part of the latest group.

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Transportation
6:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Wait Continues, But There's Still Hope For Amtrak Route

Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership. And it still hopes to re-establish service in northwest Illinois. That was supposed to happen near the end of this year. But supporters wonder if the project will get off the ground by then. Some also wonder if the new route will attract enough customers to sustain itself.

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Education
6:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Students Finding Their Way Through Career Academies

Aviation class at Jefferson High School
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Students at Rockford’s Jefferson High School are on holiday break. When classes resume in January, they’ll keep navigating through the first full year of the school’s academy program. The initiative blends career-themed courses with traditional learning. Since the launch, WNIJ’s Mike Moen has been following two Jefferson students. He recently caught up with them, along with some new voices as well.

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