Rockford

Federal authorities arrested four Rockford residents Thursday on charges of food stamp and wire fraud.  

The Register-Star reports the group consists of  Vansy Xayvandy and and Aung Gyaw of PB Discount, Som Xayvandy of Mr. Clark Groceries, and Feuy Khaikham of S&B Discount. Federal officials say they overcharged SNAP beneficiaries electronic cards, and then paid out a lesser amount in cash to these individuals.  

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A Rockford anesthesiologist has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of the University of Illinois system's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Timothy Koritz of Roscoe was chosen for the position Thursday at a trustees meeting in Chicago. He's been on the board since 2009. He works at Rockford Memorial Hospital and is a former professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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The annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Rockford has been postponed. That’s despite Rockford Park District efforts to bring in snow machines for the competition.

About 20 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for this type of event so sculptures can hold their shape and snow can stick around. However, the competition is expected to take place in Rockford’s Sinnissippi Park with temperatures as high as 45.

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About 4,000 people in the WNIJ listening area got a chance to pose with the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy last weekend. It made its way to Naperville on Saturday, along with Freeport and Rockford on Sunday.

Mike Peck is business operations director for the Rockford Ice Hogs. He says people started lining up at around 8 a.m. to be one of the guaranteed 1,500 ticket holders to pose with the trophy.

Rockford Police Department

Rockford police are investigating a New Years Day shooting at Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center. 

The Register-Star reports a fight broke out in a hallway at 3:30 Sunday morning. This resulted in four people getting shot.  Three of these victims were hospitalized but their names were not released.  The fourth victim, 34-year-old Joshua Jamerson, died of his wounds.  His name was released by the Winnebago County Coroner. 

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