Rockford

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Jurors have convicted a northern Illinois man of killing his wife with a baseball bat in 2012 and dumping her body in the Rock River.

Todd Smith was found guilty of murder Wednesday in a Rockford courtroom. He is to be sentenced March 22, when he faces a term of life in prison.

The jury also found that the allegation that the murder was accompanied by exceptionally brutal and heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty was proven, according to Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato. 

Rockford Public Schools

The Rockford School Board voted to adopt its “last, best and final” contracts for several groups of employees, including bus drivers, food-service workers, and paraprofessionals.  

The measures would result in $1.7 million more in spending for bus drivers over the next three years, $178,287 for food service workers over the next two years, and $1.5 million over the next three years for paraprofessionals.  This increased spending also means annual raises.   

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.  

http://www.bot.uillinois.edu/koritz

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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