Rockford

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas declined for the fifth straight month in August.

Rockford Trades Old Traffic Signals For Stop Signs

Sep 25, 2014
Flickr User / Clover Autrey "stop sign" (CC BY 2.0)

Traffic patterns will change in downtown Rockford as the city removes outdated traffic lights and replaces them with stop signs.

Studies determined these signals were no longer necessary, according to Traffic Engineer Jeremy Carter. He urges drivers to be aware of the changes.

"I would encourage anyone who is driving through these areas where the traffic signals are being removed just to pay attention, because traffic patterns will change a little bit as people are getting used to the new stop control."

---Traffic Engineer Jeremy Carter

Rockford Call Center To Create 500 Jobs

Sep 5, 2014
First Rockford Group

A development company plans to open a call center in Rockford that would create 500 jobs.

Fast Food Workers Arrested In Rockford

Sep 4, 2014
@AriseChicago on Twitter

Fast food workers protested Thursday in Rockford for increased wages.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Visitors to Winnebago County spent more than $319 million dollars last year at hotels, restaurants and other local businesses. According to a news release from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, that's down slightly from 2012.

Tourism officials say there were 6.7 million visitors in the region during 2013, up slightly from the year before.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has a new state representative. Litesa Wallace was chosen from five finalists today to replace retired 67th District Democrat Chuck Jefferson. 

Larry Stephens

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find salt – at a reasonable price – for next winter. 

The suspect in two northern Illinois murders is now in police custody in a Wisconsin hospital. Terence Doddy was captured near Beloit after he crashed a car into a tree after a high-speed police chase.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001. 

Conveyor

WNIJ is pleased to be a part of the new live storytelling series at Conveyor in Rockford. This Friday, the theme is Independence Stories:  storytellers will weave tales of events that triggered them to assert their individualism. Divorce, adulthood, quitting that terrible job… what sparked YOUR independence?

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