Illinois Department of Transportation says construction work resumes today to replace the Bypass U.S. 20 bridge over the Rock River on Rockford’s south side. 

The ramps are scheduled to be closed today as a result. The department says to use "extreme caution" while driving through work zones.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction during the construction after today. The $21 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

New Rockford City Government Phone System Launched

Mar 12, 2015
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Yesterday was the first live day of Rockford’s new phone system. 

The original system consisted of five separate, outdated ones. The new system consolidates the five segments into one modern system.

Rockford Man Stabbed In Public Library

Mar 10, 2015

A man was stabbed multiple times inside the downtown Rockford Public Library yesterday.

Patrons found the victim lying on the bathroom floor. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The suspect was described as a middle-aged white or Hispanic man who fled the scene in a pickup truck.

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Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark. Sometimes, it takes more than a one-on-one relationship. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports, as part of our occasional series, “Pass The Torch.” 

Rauner Speaks On Rockford Uber Launch

Feb 16, 2015

Rideshare company Uber is now up and running in Rockford, Aurora, Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington-Normal.  Customers request rides through a smartphone app, and Uber drivers use their own cars.

Gov. Bruce Rauner was in the University of Illinois Research Park for the announcement Sunday. He said bringing the service to university towns helps areas traditionally underserved by cabs. 

The Governor said he’s glad former governor Pat Quinn vetoed a bill that would have placed statewide regulations on rideshare services like Uber, in favor of conventional taxicabs.

An Illinois woman facing federal charges of funneling money and military supplies to extremist groups was arrested in Germany. 

Online federal court records show Jasminka Ramic of Rockford was arrested Tuesday and is awaiting extradition to the U.S. No lawyer was listed for her.

Ramich is charged with sending $550 to support the fighters and their families in 2013.

A retired deputy chief was the star witness for the Rockford Police Union Thursday at a conduct hearing for Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson.

A retired deputy chief was the star witness for the Rockford Police Union Thursday at a conduct hearing for Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson.

Officials in Rockford and Winnebago County say they're ready to discuss merging their emergency call centers.

The two systems were separated about a decade ago.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department handles emergency calls outside of Rockford, while the city's 9-1-1 center dispatches police and fire and helps callers inside city limits. They currently serve as backup centers to each other.

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Rockford has seen a string of shootings, including seven murders, over the past month. That prompted city officials to demonstrate what they are doing about violent crime.