Rockford

Government
4:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Bus routes are changing and RMTD wants input

The Rockford Mass Transit District's East Side Transfer Center
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Rockford’s bus system may have some big changes in store … but not before its riders get a chance to weigh in.

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Business
6:52 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Air cargo wars: RFD vs ORD

Chicago-Rockford International Airport

An aviation expert says Chicago's plan to bolster air cargo capacity at O'Hare International could have a negative effect on surrounding airports. He says Rockford's airport could be among those affected.

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Business
11:23 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Postal Service moving forward with plans to close Rockford sorting center

Rockford-area residents at January's USPS hearing about the Rockford sorting facility
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The United States Postal Service announced Thursday that it will soon begin consolidating dozens of mail processing facilities across the country. Part of Rockford's operations will be transferred to the Carol Stream distribution center. The other half will be absorbed by the facility in Palatine.

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Education
6:43 am
Mon May 14, 2012

High school academy program taking shape in Rockford

The school board is preparing to vote on the proposal later this month. Supporters hope it will boost the district's graduation rate.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Rockford Teachers Strike Continues

 

For the second day in a row, classes are canceled in the Rockford Public School district.  Teachers remain on strike after Thursday's bargaining session failed to produce a contract agreement. 

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Local
11:02 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Rockford teachers strike: no school Thursday in the Rockford School District

Nine hours of contract negotiations between the Rockford School district and its teachers have ended: teachers will hit the picket lines Thursday morning.

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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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