Winnebago County

  South Beloit is debating whether to contract police services with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. 

The option is being considered due to a continuing drop in city revenue. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports South Beloit collected about $700,000 less in sales taxes this year compared with 2008. 

Coroner's Office Still Stumped By Body Found In Trash Can

Aug 25, 2016

The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office still doesn’t know the gender or cause of death for a body found in a garbage can on Market Street last month.

Bill Hintz is the office’s Deputy Coroner. He says several efforts are working to get more information on the decomposed body.  

“It’s going to be definitely challenging with the condition of the person. But we are hoping – with the technology the way it is these does -- we’re hoping that toxicology might help a little bit," Hintz said.

A northern Illinois coroner says she believes bones and other material found in a garbage can outside an apartment is a partially decomposed body.


Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia tells the Rockford Register Star the contents of the garbage can discovered in Rockford on Wednesday have been taken to the morgue. 

Police say the garbage can was found outside an apartment that belongs to someone who appears to be a “hoarder.”

Fiduccia says items are stacked high throughout the apartment, making finding and determining what is evidence more difficult.

Rockford-Area Schools Grateful For Stopgap K-12 Funding

Jul 1, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly passed -- and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed -- a stopgap budget Thursday which included larger-than-usual funding for public schools.  

Specifically, it provides a full year of funding for kindergarten through high school, as compared to just half a year for colleges and universities.

What Consolidation Means for Sub/Urban School Districts

Jun 13, 2016

Illinois has more than 8500 individual government entities – including a large number of community school districts, ranging from stand-alone elementary schools that feed into stand-alone high schools, or a completely centralized urban network of institutions.  This week, Chase Cavanaugh explores how the processes that play out in rural communities doesn’t necessarily apply in the cities.