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:
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A Will County man who took off from the DeKalb airport en route to Rockford was killed shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed in a farm field at 19164 Crill Road near Monroe Center.
UPDATE: As of Tuesday night, the Ogle County Coroner had not released the man's name, but both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times cite people close to the pilot who identify him as Tom Plodzien, resident of Meadow Creek Airpark, outside of Monee. Records list Plodzien, 77, as the owner of the plane.
Earlier in the day, WNIJ's Mike Moen reported from the scene that authorities were preventing onlookers and reporters from getting close to the crash itself, which was obscured by the corn crop. He said a helicopter hovered above the site and an ambulance was near the actual crash, but he was unable to see specifically what was happening.