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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. 

Suspect In Custody After Rockford Quadruple Murder

Dec 31, 2014

Rockford police have a suspect in custody on four counts of first-degree murder in last week’s quadruple homicide.

Police officials left early Tuesday morning to transport Calvin Carter from Madison County to Winnebago County after he turned himself in on an unrelated theft warrant.

Carter is charged with four counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Martia Flint, her two young sons Tyrone Smith and Tobias Smith, and her boyfriend Demontea Rhodes. Carter’s court appearance is scheduled today at 1:30 p.m. in Winnebago County.

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Illinois is updating some of its flood maps: and that means some homeowners will need to buy flood insurance for the first time.

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An audit shows the Rockford School District's $8.8 million deficit was the result of an accounting change and higher-than-anticipated salaries. 

The district has enough in cash reserves to cover the deficit. No programs or staff are expected to be cut.