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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.