Rockford

City of Rockford

Members of Rockford's Finance and Personnel Committee forwarded a budget plan to address a  $5.3 million shortfall to the full city council.

SwedishAmerican Hospital says it’s partnering with Aunt Martha's, a Chicago-based nonprofit, to open a new clinic in Rockford.  

The Rockford Register Star reports the 4,000 square foot clinic will be based in the hospital tower on East State Street.  Aunt Martha’s aims to offer primary care, mental health, and women’s health services.  They hope addressing problems with primary care physicians can lower the amount of patients diverted to the emergency room (SwedishAmerican has around 74,000 emergency room visits each year).  

"Courtroom One Gavel" by Flickr User Beth Cortez-Neavel / (CC BY 2.0)

Jurors have convicted a northern Illinois man of killing his wife with a baseball bat in 2012 and dumping her body in the Rock River.

Todd Smith was found guilty of murder Wednesday in a Rockford courtroom. He is to be sentenced March 22, when he faces a term of life in prison.

The jury also found that the allegation that the murder was accompanied by exceptionally brutal and heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty was proven, according to Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato. 

Rockford Public Schools

The Rockford School Board voted to adopt its “last, best and final” contracts for several groups of employees, including bus drivers, food-service workers, and paraprofessionals.  

The measures would result in $1.7 million more in spending for bus drivers over the next three years, $178,287 for food service workers over the next two years, and $1.5 million over the next three years for paraprofessionals.  This increased spending also means annual raises.   

Federal authorities arrested four Rockford residents Thursday on charges of food stamp and wire fraud.  

The Register-Star reports the group consists of  Vansy Xayvandy and and Aung Gyaw of PB Discount, Som Xayvandy of Mr. Clark Groceries, and Feuy Khaikham of S&B Discount. Federal officials say they overcharged SNAP beneficiaries electronic cards, and then paid out a lesser amount in cash to these individuals.  

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