Rockford

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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Rockford
7:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Living in Rockford: a practical perspective

This story originally aired during the summer of 2012.

In the first of a two-part series, WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley finds out what it means to live in Rockford.

Michelle and Lawrence Boyd hit a road block in raising seven children when Lawrence lost his job after 17 years.  They found a fixer-upper on Park Avenue near downtown Rockford a little more than two years ago.  Michelle said it had a new roof and a new furnace, enough to house her growing family:

But it had problems too.

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Arts
2:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Rockford artist Jim Julin, 1956 - 2012

Jim Julin on the cover of Rockford Magazine in 1994.
Rockford Magazine

Rockford artist and craftsman Jim Julin died Sunday night after a short illness. 

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Government
5:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Eleventh hour meeting can't save Rockford driver's facility

Rockford could get a new driver services facility to ease the impending closure of one on the city’s west side. 

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Illinois
12:32 am
Fri July 13, 2012

The foods of summer: Bing's Drive-In

Bing's Drive-In, 3613 South Main St., Rockford
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Every Friday this month, we’re visiting some of the area’s favorite summer food destinations. Today, we stop at a place where you can eat like it’s 1954: Bing’s Drive-In in Rockford.

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Business
12:51 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Rockford, Loves Park, Pecatonica share electricity aggregation deal

Three Winnebago County communities have signed a joint electricity aggregation agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions of Akron, Ohio, to supply power at a discounted rate for residents and businesses with an overall savings of nearly $20 million.

The Cities of Rockford and Loves Park and the Village of Pecatonica signed an intergovernmental agreement earlier in the year to bid jointly for contract as a result of the referendum approved in March.

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