Rockford City Council Approves Police Labor Agreement

Aug 2, 2016
Rockford Police Department

Rockford’s city council last night unanimously approved a labor agreement with the city police. 

The measure provides a six-dollar, twenty-five cent hourly wage increase over the next three years, and insurance over the next four years.  12th Ward Alderman John Beck says the final vote was quite straightforward.

“I think it was a very fair agreement, and I appreciate that the police were willing to face the realities of what the city is facing as far as our financial situation, and weren’t asking for too much.  It made it a really easy process,” he said.

Officials in Rockford say a 12-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot multiple times.


The Rockford Register Star reports that the girl was hospitalized Monday morning after the Sunday afternoon shooting.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said officers are looking for occupants of a dark-colored sport coupe.

The vehicle was seen at about 3 p.m. Sunday chasing and its occupants opening fire on another vehicle.

Police say as many as five people were in the vehicle being chased.

Rockford-Area Schools Grateful For Stopgap K-12 Funding

Jul 1, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly passed -- and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed -- a stopgap budget Thursday which included larger-than-usual funding for public schools.  

Specifically, it provides a full year of funding for kindergarten through high school, as compared to just half a year for colleges and universities.

Rockford Skies: The Power Behind The Planes

Jun 30, 2016

At first glance, Rockford doesn’t seem like a place where aerospace would spring up.  Yes, it has an airport, but what morphed this northern Illinois city into a hub for critical aircraft components? 

  In this case, it was a matter of having the right equipment.  

“The machine tool businesses that were here at the time then helped grow that industry, helped enable us to manufacture those kinds of parts here.” 

Rockford Skies: Keeping The Planes Running

Jun 29, 2016
Chase Cavanaugh

When northern Illinois residents think of airplanes, the most common association is probably Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Yet just as important to local aviation is Rockford, which is a hub for the aerospace industry.

  Many of the market's big players -- such as Woodward, AAR Corporation, and UTC Aerospace Systems -- focus on designing efficient systems and cutting-edge manufacturing processes. Yet for every major conglomerate, there are many smaller companies that act in a supply and maintenance role.