Rockford

Rockford Public Schools pushed back its final exams because of inclement weather. 

Normally, these would have started Monday.  But principals closed down schools when a fifth of their bus fleet failed to start Monday morning.

Principals agreed to push back finals by one day.  This means students will take their last set of exams on January 9, after winter vacation.  That date also is the end of the grading period. 

Teachers plan to hold a 20-minute review session before each test that day.  RPS says families should expect report cards by January 16th.

Rockford Housing Authority

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced a smoking ban in public housing, effective within the next year or so. But what does that mean for nearby communities?

Cold Weather Prompts Public Service Closures

Dec 13, 2016
Illinois Christmas Tree Association

Temperatures are taking a sharp drop this week, and it’s affecting public services and charities.  

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Imagine a presidential debate that is civil and about issues. That’s what happened Friday at Jefferson High School in Rockford, where students Andrea Stout and Haifa Ali debated.

They weren’t pretending to be the current presidential candidates: Instead, they represented the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties.

The two candidates answered questions about immigration, voting rights, higher education, and the economy.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

What does it mean to be an American? We continue our election year series, A Nation Engaged, by looking at American Identity.

Nearly four decades ago, Sunil Puri left Mumbai, India to visit a relative in the U.S. He showed up in Rockford, Illinois, fresh out of high school and with $150 in his pocket. He’s come a long way since 1979.

“I was a rebel who believed in the promise called America,” says Puri. And not with a solid blessing from his parents. But as the youngest of six sons, he knew the opportunities in his family’s business were limited for him.

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