Rockford

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Members of the group Transform Rockford warned it wasn’t going to be a quick and easy process. After months of community meetings, volunteers will start assembling a draft vision for the city tonight. 

Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

The White House is moving forward with another round of its Strong Cities, Strong Communities program. The initiative lends federal expertise to struggling areas. The city of Rockford is part of the latest group.

Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership. And it still hopes to re-establish service in northwest Illinois. That was supposed to happen near the end of this year. But supporters wonder if the project will get off the ground by then. Some also wonder if the new route will attract enough customers to sustain itself.

Mike Moen/WNIJ

Students at Rockford’s Jefferson High School are on holiday break. When classes resume in January, they’ll keep navigating through the first full year of the school’s academy program. The initiative blends career-themed courses with traditional learning. Since the launch, WNIJ’s Mike Moen has been following two Jefferson students. He recently caught up with them, along with some new voices as well.

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. 

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.

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.  

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.

Steve Johnson / Flickr/Creative Commons

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

New Parolee Database In Rockford

Sep 26, 2013
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.

Pages