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Rockford
6:35 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Presentation Highlights Experiences of "Black Rockfordians"

The book, Black Rockfordians, was published in 2007.

Estelle Black was born and raised in Rockford.  Several years ago, she shared her life experience for an oral history project chronicling  66 African Americans who have lived in the Forest City for 25 years or more.

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Local
6:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Burmese Refugees In Northern Illinois

Members of the audience at a church discussion on Burmese refugees
Credit Mike Moen

In recent years, Illinois has seen a gradual increase in refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma. As these immigrants try to establish a new life, volunteers in one city are trying to raise public awareness about their growing presence.

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Rockford
4:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

The End of "On the Waterfront"

Credit On the Waterfront

Rockford's On the Waterfront is no more. The Rockford Register-Star reports the 29-year-old festival is $344,000 in debt. The newspaper says organizers this week will begin notifying hundreds of sponsors, volunteers and nonprofit groups of the cancellation.

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Rockford
5:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Morrissey Addresses Concerns of Police Force

Credit city of Rockford

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has commented on concerns about the city's police force through a news release.  Dozens of people marched in protest this week over recent officer-involved shootings.  Morrissey says the city supports the free expression of community concerns.

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Local
7:14 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Rockford Pursues Geographic Policing

Squad cars parked outside Rockford's police headquarters
WNIJ

Several northern Illinois cities use some form of geographic policing, which focuses on placing officers into defined districts. From North Aurora to Roselle, different variations of the model are being carried out. In Rockford, city leaders want to follow suit by making big changes to the police department’s structure.  But not everyone is on board.

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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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