Rockford

Rockford
5:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Morrissey Addresses Concerns of Police Force

Credit city of Rockford

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has commented on concerns about the city's police force through a news release.  Dozens of people marched in protest this week over recent officer-involved shootings.  Morrissey says the city supports the free expression of community concerns.

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Local
7:14 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Rockford Pursues Geographic Policing

Squad cars parked outside Rockford's police headquarters
WNIJ

Several northern Illinois cities use some form of geographic policing, which focuses on placing officers into defined districts. From North Aurora to Roselle, different variations of the model are being carried out. In Rockford, city leaders want to follow suit by making big changes to the police department’s structure.  But not everyone is on board.

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Laurent House Update
4:47 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Rockford Frank Lloyd Wright Home Now On National Register

Detail of lamp inside the Laurent House, the only house Frank Lloyd Wright designed for wheelchair access.
Susan Stephens

Laurent House Opening Date Set

Good news came in twos today for Rockford's Laurent House, the only home Frank Lloyd Wright designed specifically for wheelchair accessibility. The house has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. And the Laurent House Foundation, the not-for-profit group that purchased the home earlier this year, has announced the date it will open as a museum -- June 8th, 2013, Wright's 146th birthday.

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Business
9:59 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Mendelssohn Arts Center Buys Rockford Church

Mendelssohn

The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford.  The building went on sale in January. The funds to buy and renovate the church were given to Mendelssohn by donors.  The center will use the building for new performance and rehearsal space.

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Search For Rockford Murder Suspect
5:31 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Rockford Manhunt Called Off: Murder Suspect Still At-Large

Illinois State Police


Two Rockford parks were closed and three schools were on “soft” lockdown today as police searched for a murder suspect. 


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Education
6:32 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Gifted Students In Rockford See More Opportunities

Washington Academy Teacher Angela Schmidt preparing for class
WNIJ

A new academic year is underway for schools across Illinois. For certain students in the Rockford district, they’re finally getting the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

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Rockford
10:05 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Rockford to host travel journalists

Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau

More than 125 travel journalists from around North America will visit Rockford  next year as part of Travel Media Showcase 2013. The tradeshow is expected to fill approximately 1,000 hotel room nights and bring in more than $100,000 for the local economy.

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Arts
7:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Rick's Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist's life on display in Rockford

Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

A new exhibit opened at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford this weekend. And this time, it isn’t dinosaur bones attracting huge crowds: it’s an eccentric musician and the things he has collected during his half-century in rock.

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Government
5:37 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Advocates fight to keep mental health facility open

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

State officials are gathering public input on the pending closure of Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center.  As part of a cost-cutting move, Governor Pat Quinn signed a budget that calls for shutting the facility's doors this fall.  The governor says it's also part of an effort to focus more on community-based mental health care.

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Arts
1:52 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Rockford Public Library considers taking on Sullivan Center

The Sullivan Center, Main Street, Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The Rockford Public Library’s governing board is weighing whether to accept a very large gift…a 30-thousand square foot gift. The board hosted a public open house Tuesday at the Sullivan Center in downtown Rockford.

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