Rockford

Rockford to host travel journalists

Aug 29, 2012
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Living in Rockford: a spiritual perspective

Jul 25, 2012

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. 

Living in Rockford: a practical perspective

Jul 24, 2012

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.

Rockford Magazine

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

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

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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