Rockford

Living in Rockford: a practical perspective

Jul 24, 2012

This story originally aired during the summer of 2012.

In the first of a two-part series, WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley finds out what it means to live in Rockford.

Michelle and Lawrence Boyd hit a road block in raising seven children when Lawrence lost his job after 17 years.  They found a fixer-upper on Park Avenue near downtown Rockford a little more than two years ago.  Michelle said it had a new roof and a new furnace, enough to house her growing family:

But it had problems too.

Rockford Magazine

Rockford artist and craftsman Jim Julin died Sunday night after a short illness. 

Rockford could get a new driver services facility to ease the impending closure of one on the city’s west side. 

Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

Every Friday this month, we’re visiting some of the area’s favorite summer food destinations. Today, we stop at a place where you can eat like it’s 1954: Bing’s Drive-In in Rockford.

Three Winnebago County communities have signed a joint electricity aggregation agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions of Akron, Ohio, to supply power at a discounted rate for residents and businesses with an overall savings of nearly $20 million.

The Cities of Rockford and Loves Park and the Village of Pecatonica signed an intergovernmental agreement earlier in the year to bid jointly for contract as a result of the referendum approved in March.

Teens out late in public in Rockford may be subject to the city's curfew law if they are not working or in the company of an approved adult, according to the Rockford Police Department.

No minor under 17 years of age can be out and about in public within the city after midnight Friday and Saturday until 6 a.m. the following morning. The curfew start is moved back to 11 p.m.  Sunday through Thursday, running to 6 a.m. the following day

Jacqui Stephens / WNIJ

Demolition began Wednesday on the Tapco Building, one of the crumbling old industrial buildings along Rockford’s downtown riverfront.

The City of Rockford has indefinitely closed off 369 spaces – about 44% -- of the 843 spots in the downtown Concourse Parking Deck just across South Church Street from the BMO Harris Bank Center.

With limited on-street parking, the facility is the primary parking location for entertainment events at the former MetroCentre and among the preferred choices for activities at Davis Park along the Rock River.

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.

Air cargo wars: RFD vs ORD

Jun 7, 2012

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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