Winnebago County

6:40 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Winnebago County Sees Flu Increase

Credit CDC

The Winnebago County Health Department reported an increase in flu cases in the past week. It expects further increases in the coming weeks. 

The department tracks flu-like illness using emergency room data from two health systems and three local sentinel sites. Flu poses the most serious risk to children under 5 years, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with certain long-term medical conditions.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting influenza.

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6:39 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Rockford Judge Selected For Conference Of Chief Judges Chair

Joseph McGraw

A northern Illinois judge who helped implement a cameras-in-court program was selected to chair a committee comprised of chief judges from around the state.

Joseph McGraw is chief judge of the Rockford-based 17th Judicial Circuit. He'll assume the chairman's post on the Conference of Chief Judges in December.

McGraw will take over after the chief judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit, Elizabeth Robb, retires.

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5:48 am
Tue August 12, 2014

A Shot Of Hope In The Fight Against Heroin

Credit Greg M. Cooper/Alkermes

A new treatment for heroin addicts is being tested by Winnebago County officials. Those participating in the county's drug court can voluntarily try medication aimed at reducing their dependency on opiates.

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Winnebago County
4:20 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Winnebago County Leaders To Meet Saturday

County Board Member John Sweeney, a Republican, will meet with Rockford Alderman Karen Elyea, a Democrat, to discuss what committees may be needed to work together on the area’s hot button issues.

The two were co-chairs of meetings of various county and city officials to discuss issues such as high crime, housing, and lack of economic development.

RRSTAR:Rockford, Winnebago County Pols To Talk Collaboration

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Katie Stockton's Plea Agreement
2:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Rockton Woman Pleads 'Guilty' In Baby Crystal Murder Case

Katie L. Stockton
Credit file photo / Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

A Winnebago County woman has pleaded guilty to leaving her newborn to freeze to death by the side of the road in 2004. 32-year-old Katie Stockton of Rockton reached a plea agreement with prosecutors this morning in the death of the infant dubbed “Baby Crystal.” 

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6:43 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Winnebago County Board approves landfill expansion

A proposed landfill expansion near Rockford has cleared a major hurdle. The Winnebago County Board has overwhelmingly approved the project.

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6:51 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Winnebago County gets earful on proposed landfill expansion

Rockford Register Star

Owners of Rockford-area landfill are seeking approval to add more than 200 acres.  Experts and members of the public are getting their chance to voice their opinions. 

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