Rockford

Mandatory Minimums Challenged
5:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

President Commutes Rockford Man's Life Sentence

Credit Families Against Mandatory Minimums

  A man serving a life sentence for a drug-selling conspiracy in Rockford will be free this Spring. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight people he says were serving overly-harsh sentences for drug crimes. 

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Revitalization Plans Moving Forward
1:22 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New Morgan Street Bridge Reconnects Rockford's South Side

IDOT's Ann Schneider, Governor Pat Quinn, Venita Hervey, and Victory Bell cut the ribbon on the Morgan Street Bridge
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A new bridge spanning the Rock River is being viewed as something more than a way to get across Rockford’s south side. It’s part of the revitalization of a long-neglected area of the city.

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Arts in Rockford
6:01 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Free Range Radio: Arts Adapting

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Art. It inspires, sustains, entertains -- even makes us think. It's the way some people make a living. And its funding is all-too-often the first thing on the chopping block when times are tough. WNIJ's news department decided to take a look at how artists and organizations are adapting to economic and cultural changes.  

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Battling Real And Perceived Negatives
6:11 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Community-Wide Response Is Key To "Transform Rockford"

Credit transformrockford.org

A growing group of Rockford residents is trying to combat their hometown’s reputation as a “miserable place”…while tackling some of the city’s biggest problems. About a thousand people showed up in the Coronado Theater last night for “Transform Rockford’s” first public meeting.

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Developing
1:44 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Water Main Break In Downtown Rockford

Credit Steve Johnson / Flickr/Creative Commons

A water main break in downtown Rockford is causing headaches for some businesses and drivers. 

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Public Safety
6:31 am
Thu September 26, 2013

New Parolee Database In Rockford

Credit flickr / mikecogh / Creative Commons

The Illinois Department of Corrections was at the center of a recent newspaper investigation, that found gaps in the tracking of parolees. Now, the department hopes to cut down on recidivism by working with Rockford officials on a new system that shares parolee information.

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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.


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