Rockford Police To Host Block Party Celebration

Jul 3, 2017

The Rockford Police Department will celebrate its second "Rock on the Block" party to strengthen community relationships.

Neighbors will have the opportunity to meet each other and their Resident Officer Community Keeper (ROCK), who will live in a house on the block.

The Thursday event will begin with a program at 4 p.m., followed by a block party until 7 p.m. in the 1000 block of 15th Street in Rockford, with a rain location at Redeemer Lutheran Church. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

A national girls' soccer tournament is expected to bring 7,400 visitors and $2.52 million in economic impact to the Rockford area starting today.

The Elite Clubs National League Tournament will feature 224 all-girl soccer teams from across the country in three groups up to 19 years of age through June 27 at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park.

ECNL is the largest female youth soccer league in the country. Around 70% of the participants are expected to earn scholarships from college and professional scouts at the tournament.

Illinois Department of Corrections /

The man convicted of killing his six children in their Rockford home in 1978 died Sunday. Simon Peter Nelson died while still imprisoned for the crimes, according to a news release from Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato. He was 85.

Bruscato had been fighting Nelson’s latest attempt at parole. He was up for parole for the 19th time. There was a public petition campaign against his possible release, and his request for parole was to be ruled on by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board in July.


UPS is hiring 250 new workers in its air sorting hub at Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

Positions include package handlers, supervisory roles, and tractor-trailer drivers who will support a new day shift. This comes as the shipping company moves air operations from Des Moines, Iowa, to Rockford.  A UPS spokeswoman says the jobs range in pay from $10.20 to $18.75 per hour. 

The Rockford UPS facility is the company's second-largest air hub in terms of sorting capacity. The largest is Worldport, in Louisville, Ky.

Courtesy of Rockford Area Realtors

Sales and the average costs jumped in the Rockford market, according to Rockford Area Realtors.

433 homes sold last month, compared to 408 in May last year. It's the highest point since the 2008 housing recession.

Steve Bois, CEO of Rockford Area Realtors, attributed the uptick to a growing economy, like the construction of MercyHealth and completion of the Woodward Governor facility.

“If you believe the supply-demand statements in marketing,” he said. “The supply is low, and the demand is relatively high, which creates a stronger pricing situation.”