Rockford

Chelsey Fulbright / WNIJ

Hundreds of alumni and supporters gathered on a sunny lawn in Rockford this morning for the official unveiling of Rockford University, formerly known as Rockford College.


Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford AirFest is cancelled, and organizers are blaming the federal government.

Winnebago County Leaders To Meet Saturday

Jun 7, 2013

County Board Member John Sweeney, a Republican, will meet with Rockford Alderman Karen Elyea, a Democrat, to discuss what committees may be needed to work together on the area’s hot button issues.

The two were co-chairs of meetings of various county and city officials to discuss issues such as high crime, housing, and lack of economic development.

RRSTAR:Rockford, Winnebago County Pols To Talk Collaboration

IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics  has recognized several northern Illinois airports for their accomplishments throughout the year, including, according to IDOT, "an outstanding partnership with the state of Illinois and their commitment to customer satisfaction."

Area winners of the "2013 Airport of the Year" include:

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has a long, proud baseball history:  it’s where sports pioneer Albert Spalding got his start. It’s where every company in town had its own industrial league team. And during World War Two, the most famous women’s professional baseball team drew thousands of fans. Now there’s a new team trying to revive the tradition of women playing hardball.

Quinn Vetos Gambling Expansion

Mar 4, 2013

Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead.  Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos.

When Quinn gives his annual budget address Wednesday, he's expected to highlight Illinois' plethora of financial problems.

That frustrates supporters of gambling expansion, who say more casinos would be like hitting the jackpot.

When it comes to the economy, the city of Rockford attracts headlines for its consistently high unemployment rate. But a new federal report says the area’s GDP rate posted a strong gain in 2011, beating the national average.

U of I College of Medicine at Rockford

The head of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is moving on. Regional Dean Dr. Martin Lipsky announced his resignation today, after serving in the position for nearly a decade.

Estelle Black was born and raised in Rockford.  Several years ago, she shared her life experience for an oral history project chronicling  66 African Americans who have lived in the Forest City for 25 years or more.

Burmese Refugees In Northern Illinois

Jan 25, 2013
Mike Moen

In recent years, Illinois has seen a gradual increase in refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma. As these immigrants try to establish a new life, volunteers in one city are trying to raise public awareness about their growing presence.

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