Rockford

Laurent House Update
4:47 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Rockford Frank Lloyd Wright Home Now On National Register

Detail of lamp inside the Laurent House, the only house Frank Lloyd Wright designed for wheelchair access.
Susan Stephens

Laurent House Opening Date Set

Good news came in twos today for Rockford's Laurent House, the only home Frank Lloyd Wright designed specifically for wheelchair accessibility. The house has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. And the Laurent House Foundation, the not-for-profit group that purchased the home earlier this year, has announced the date it will open as a museum -- June 8th, 2013, Wright's 146th birthday.

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Business
9:59 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Mendelssohn Arts Center Buys Rockford Church

Mendelssohn

The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford.  The building went on sale in January. The funds to buy and renovate the church were given to Mendelssohn by donors.  The center will use the building for new performance and rehearsal space.

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Search For Rockford Murder Suspect
5:31 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Rockford Manhunt Called Off: Murder Suspect Still At-Large

Illinois State Police


Two Rockford parks were closed and three schools were on “soft” lockdown today as police searched for a murder suspect. 


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Education
6:32 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Gifted Students In Rockford See More Opportunities

Washington Academy Teacher Angela Schmidt preparing for class
WNIJ

A new academic year is underway for schools across Illinois. For certain students in the Rockford district, they’re finally getting the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

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Rockford
10:05 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford to host travel journalists

Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

More than 125 travel journalists from around North America will visit Rockford  next year as part of Travel Media Showcase 2013. The tradeshow is expected to fill approximately 1,000 hotel room nights and bring in more than $100,000 for the local economy.

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Arts
7:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Rick's Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist's life on display in Rockford

Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ
  • Extended version of our Morning Edition feature. Contains things you'll miss if you just read the transcript, including Nielsen interrupting another interview, his grandchildren interrupting his news conference, and a bit of his live performance with Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts at the exhibit's opening.
  • Bonus: Miles Nielsen describes some of his favorite things from his father's exhibit at Burpee Museum, plus a sample of Rick Nielsen composing "Writing on the Wall" into a tape recorder at his kitchen table.
  • As aired on WNIJ

A new exhibit opened at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford this weekend. And this time, it isn’t dinosaur bones attracting huge crowds: it’s an eccentric musician and the things he has collected during his half-century in rock.

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Government
5:37 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Advocates fight to keep mental health facility open

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

State officials are gathering public input on the pending closure of Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center.  As part of a cost-cutting move, Governor Pat Quinn signed a budget that calls for shutting the facility's doors this fall.  The governor says it's also part of an effort to focus more on community-based mental health care.

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Arts
1:52 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Rockford Public Library considers taking on Sullivan Center

The Sullivan Center, Main Street, Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The Rockford Public Library’s governing board is weighing whether to accept a very large gift…a 30-thousand square foot gift. The board hosted a public open house Tuesday at the Sullivan Center in downtown Rockford.

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Business
4:24 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Gunite consolidates U.S. operations in Rockford

An Indiana auto parts maker is planning to consolidate its North American manufacturing operations in Rockford by early 2013.

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Rockford
7:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Living in Rockford: a spiritual perspective

Pablo Korona is a Rockford native and filmmaker.  He’s taken charge of a movement called “Our City, Our Story,” a grassroots effort to showcase the stories behind the city.  Every Tuesday, Korona releases a new mini-documentary on his website. 

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