Rockford

Business
4:24 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Gunite consolidates U.S. operations in Rockford

An Indiana auto parts maker is planning to consolidate its North American manufacturing operations in Rockford by early 2013.

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Rockford
7:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Living in Rockford: a spiritual perspective

Pablo Korona is a Rockford native and filmmaker.  He’s taken charge of a movement called “Our City, Our Story,” a grassroots effort to showcase the stories behind the city.  Every Tuesday, Korona releases a new mini-documentary on his website. 

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Rockford
7:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Living in Rockford: a practical perspective

This story originally aired during the summer of 2012.

In the first of a two-part series, WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley finds out what it means to live in Rockford.

Michelle and Lawrence Boyd hit a road block in raising seven children when Lawrence lost his job after 17 years.  They found a fixer-upper on Park Avenue near downtown Rockford a little more than two years ago.  Michelle said it had a new roof and a new furnace, enough to house her growing family:

But it had problems too.

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Arts
2:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Rockford artist Jim Julin, 1956 - 2012

Jim Julin on the cover of Rockford Magazine in 1994.
Rockford Magazine

Rockford artist and craftsman Jim Julin died Sunday night after a short illness. 

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Government
5:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Eleventh hour meeting can't save Rockford driver's facility

Rockford could get a new driver services facility to ease the impending closure of one on the city’s west side. 

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Illinois
12:32 am
Fri July 13, 2012

The foods of summer: Bing's Drive-In

Bing's Drive-In, 3613 South Main St., Rockford
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Every Friday this month, we’re visiting some of the area’s favorite summer food destinations. Today, we stop at a place where you can eat like it’s 1954: Bing’s Drive-In in Rockford.

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Business
12:51 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Rockford, Loves Park, Pecatonica share electricity aggregation deal

Three Winnebago County communities have signed a joint electricity aggregation agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions of Akron, Ohio, to supply power at a discounted rate for residents and businesses with an overall savings of nearly $20 million.

The Cities of Rockford and Loves Park and the Village of Pecatonica signed an intergovernmental agreement earlier in the year to bid jointly for contract as a result of the referendum approved in March.

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Government
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

Government
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

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

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Government
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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