11:40 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Rockford curfew limits teen late-night hours

Teens out late in public in Rockford may be subject to the city's curfew law if they are not working or in the company of an approved adult, according to the Rockford Police Department.

No minor under 17 years of age can be out and about in public within the city after midnight Friday and Saturday until 6 a.m. the following morning. The curfew start is moved back to 11 p.m.  Sunday through Thursday, running to 6 a.m. the following day

12:43 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Rockford's Tapco Building demolition begins

Demolition of Tapco Building in downtown Rockford begins, 6/20/12.
Jacqui Stephens WNIJ
  • Tapco story version 1 as aired on WNIJ 6/20/12.

Demolition began Wednesday on the Tapco Building, one of the crumbling old industrial buildings along Rockford’s downtown riverfront.

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9:19 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Downtown Rockford parking ramp 44% closed

The City of Rockford has indefinitely closed off 369 spaces – about 44% -- of the 843 spots in the downtown Concourse Parking Deck just across South Church Street from the BMO Harris Bank Center.

With limited on-street parking, the facility is the primary parking location for entertainment events at the former MetroCentre and among the preferred choices for activities at Davis Park along the Rock River.

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4:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Bus routes are changing and RMTD wants input

The Rockford Mass Transit District's East Side Transfer Center
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Rockford’s bus system may have some big changes in store … but not before its riders get a chance to weigh in.

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6:52 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Air cargo wars: RFD vs ORD

Chicago-Rockford International Airport

An aviation expert says Chicago's plan to bolster air cargo capacity at O'Hare International could have a negative effect on surrounding airports. He says Rockford's airport could be among those affected.

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11:23 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Postal Service moving forward with plans to close Rockford sorting center

Rockford-area residents at January's USPS hearing about the Rockford sorting facility
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The United States Postal Service announced Thursday that it will soon begin consolidating dozens of mail processing facilities across the country. Part of Rockford's operations will be transferred to the Carol Stream distribution center. The other half will be absorbed by the facility in Palatine.

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6:43 am
Mon May 14, 2012

High school academy program taking shape in Rockford

The school board is preparing to vote on the proposal later this month. Supporters hope it will boost the district's graduation rate.

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5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Rockford Teachers Strike Continues


For the second day in a row, classes are canceled in the Rockford Public School district.  Teachers remain on strike after Thursday's bargaining session failed to produce a contract agreement. 

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11:02 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Rockford teachers strike: no school Thursday in the Rockford School District

Nine hours of contract negotiations between the Rockford School district and its teachers have ended: teachers will hit the picket lines Thursday morning.

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6:51 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Partial roof collapse at Rockford's Midway Theater

A portion of Rockford's Midway Theater's roof collapsed Friday.
photo courtesy of the Rockford Fire Department

Rockford's historic Midway Theater, one of the most recognizable buildings in the city's downtown, had a portion of its roof collapse today. Built in 1918 as a movie house, it's the former home of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and was a popular rock venue. Recent plans to rehabilitate the neglected theater have fallen through, and it has stood vacant for several years. 

The large section of roof that fell was in front of the stage. The building's owner is being told by the city to reinforce the structure and begin work on a permanent plan for the theater's future.