Rockford

Local
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. 

 

State of the City
1:30 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Hopeful Mayor says Rockford is on its own for 2012

Mayor Larry Morrissey
WNIJ Photo

NOTE: The audio file of the complete 2012 State of the City address runs a little more than one hour and includes soundtracks from several videos that were shown as part of the presentation.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Illinois House race in the 68th district: Democrats Little and Wasco. Story plus full interviews.

This is the second in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois.

WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley spoke with candidates Clint Little and Carl Wasco.

First audio clip is the summary story that aired 3/9/12 on WNIJ.

Second is the full interview with Little.

Third is the full interview with Wasco.

Politics
3:47 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Illinois House race in the 67th district: Democrats Jefferson and Lind. Story plus full interviews.

This is the first in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois. We start with the Democrats running for state representative in the 67th district, which covers much of Rockford. 

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Local
2:13 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Rockford's South Main Street plan released

The late Morgan Street Bridge. Its destruction is seen as one step toward revitalization of Rockford's South Main Street corridor.
Susan Stephens

 

It has been a year and a half in the making, and Monday, Rockford planners delivered their plan for revitalizing a well-worn area of the city: the South Main Street corridor.

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Local
4:52 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Leaked document angers Rockford Public Library fans

The Rockford Public Library’s board of trustees can expect to see something unusual at its meeting Monday night… a large crowd. That’s because two confidential reports by the library’s executive director have been leaked to the public.

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Local
2:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

A train station for Rockford by 2014

Governor Pat Quinn announces state money for a passenger train station in Rockford as Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider looks on. (Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford)
Susan Stephens WNIJ

 

Construction is expected to begin later this year on a new passenger train station in downtown Rockford. Governor Pat Quinn announced the state was putting three million dollars toward the effort during a news conference at the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Tuesday afternoon -- not far from where the station will be built. The governor said not only is it important to look at transportation needs all over the state, it’s important to make sure northern Illinois is connected, especially Rockford.

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Local
11:56 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

UPDATE: Sold! Preservationists prevail at Laurent House auction

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

 

Rockford’s only home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a step closer to becoming a museum. A community group was the winning…and only…bidder in yesterday’s auction of the Laurent House. Jerry Heinzeroth says members of The Laurent House Foundation have worked very hard over the past four years to get to this point. He says they’re extremely happy with the fact that the house will become a permanent part of the community, thanks to the support of donors, including the state, the city of Rockford, and Winnebago County.

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Local
7:22 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Rockford's only Frank Lloyd Wright home up for auction

Glass wall overlooking the back yard of The Laurent House
Susan Stephens WNIJ

 

A small, yet significant, home goes up for auction next week in Rockford…and a group of preservationists is racing to come up with the money to ensure it becomes a community centerpiece. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has more on the house Frank Lloyd Wright called his “little gem.”

 

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