Rockford

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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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Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has a new job lined up when he leaves office May 1st.

Rockford was the site of a second major soccer tournament over the weekend.  

MercyHealth Sporstcore Two hosted the Puma Champions Cup.  This tournament featured 540 soccer teams ranging in age from 8 to 19 that came in from across the country.  The Rockford Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says the event generated $1.9 million in local revenue. 

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Rockford business owner, bandleader, and local television icon Al Grace has died. He was 98. Grace owned Al Grace Appliance in Rockford and was known for the big personality he showed off in his wacky commercials, which ended with the tagline “Appliances…and other neat shtuff.”

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The Illinois Tollway is beginning repairs on two segments of Interstate 90 in the Rockford area.  

The Spring Creek Road Bridge will undergo repair beginning April 3.  It begins with overnight lane closures, and will follow with a two-week full bridge closure on April 5. During this closure, posted detours will direct eastbound traffic to Bell School Road and direct westbound traffic to Lyford Road and then over I-90 via Rote Road.  

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