Winnebago County

Suspect In 2011 Rockford Death Found Guilty

Jan 12, 2017
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Winnebago County's State's Attorney announced the jury's guilty verdict of Luis Eduardo Anaya.

The 28-year-old was convicted of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm in the death of Brandon Wright, according to a news release. 

Wright was found shot Nov. 12, 2011, after a car left the road and hit a tree near Linden Rd and Perryville Rd.

Witnesses say the victim was part of a group involved in a fight earlier in the evening at a Rockford business. 

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One of the main arguments Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc. has made in favor of its rail project is that it would act as an economic driver for the region.  Company lawyer Mike Blaszak says construction would create a significant number of jobs.

"Those of course, would be temporary," he said, "but the construction period would last at least two years."

Once the railroad is in operation, he envisions a smaller set of permanent positions operating trains, maintaining track, and other daily functions. 

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Discussions surrounding a proposed asphalt plant near Rockton were pushed back to January. 

Northern Illinois Service Co. had filed for a special use permit to build the plant on unincorporated land at Black’s Quarry.  However, more than 100 Rockton residents voiced their opposition at a five-hour Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Wednesday. 

Village of Rockton, Illinois

More than 100 Rockton-area residents packed into Rockford's Veterans Memorial Hall for a Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.  Over the course of five hours, they voiced their objections to the construction of an asphalt plant near the village.   

Democrat Dan Fellars will be the Winnebago County Board member for District 19.  Preliminary election results had had incumbent Republican John Guevara in the lead.  However, the county recently certified the race's mail-in ballots.  They put Fellars ahead by 47 votes.  

The Rockford Register-Star reports Guevara isn’t ruling out a recount.  If the results stand, the board will have 12 Republicans and 8 Democrats.