DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Nov 21, 2014
Larry Stephens

Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.

Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

Uber, Rockford Officials Talk Expansion

Nov 6, 2014

A smartphone-based service that connects riders and drivers is ready to expand into Rockford.

The Rockford Register Star reports officials discussed the idea with Uber Wednesday. Officials say the company can help fill the gaps between transit options currently offered in Rockford.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

About 75 people sang, marched, and chalked messages on sidewalksWednesday night in downtown Rockford. Their protest was part of a national demonstration against police brutality.

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Traffic patterns will change in downtown Rockford as the city removes outdated traffic lights and replaces them with stop signs.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