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The Winnebago County Coroner's Office has been working for most of the past year to identify decomposed human remains which were found in a garbage can outside an apartment building on Market Street in Rockford in July.

The coroner's office later determined it was a middle-aged Caucasian male. Tests indicate lower-spine degeneration, which means the man may have walked a lot.

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Road closures begin at 4 a.m. this Sunday for the annual Rockford Marathon. The race kicks off at 7 a.m.

The Marathon will start and end on Wyman Street near Chestnut Street, traveling from Rockford to Loves Park, Machesney Park, and portions of unincorporated Winnebago County.

Marked detour routes will be in place for state roadways and police traffic control on arterials like Jefferson Street.

Whitman Street will allow traffic to cross periodically.

Travelers are urged to find alternate routes and to be aware of the increase in pedestrian traffic.

This week, a Winnebago County judge ordered a Rockford woman to spend up to 100 years in a mental health facility for the 2013 stabbing death of her son.

A judge earlier this year ruled Jody Kossow not guilty by reason of insanity after she stabbed her 12-year-old son Thomas more than 55 times, killing him.

She told 911 operators that “Satan was after me.”

The judge says Kossow must be confined to psychiatric care up to 100 years.

Lydia Urban Academy

A Rockford-based school-dropout recovery program has raised around $60,000 to stay open. 

The Lydia Urban Academy is a nonprofit program that helps 14- to 19-year-old students struggling with behavioral, social and learning deficiencies that make it difficult for them to succeed in a traditional school. Normally, Lydia recieves a large portion of its $200,000 annual budget from its parent organization, the Lydia Home Association.  However, the association told the Academy that there wasn't enough funding available to support the institution at the same level as in past years. 

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UPS is adding about 240 new jobs at its Rockford air hub. 

The new positions are part of a realignment by UPS, which will be shifting air operations out of Des Moines, Iowa. 

Spokeswoman Christine Hand says the Rockford facility is well equipped to handle the expanded capacity, and the new jobs allow UPS to schedule an additional package sort during the day.  She also notes that Rockford has been a source of high-quality workers. 

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