Monday, December 27, 2010

City of Rockford Expected to Vote on 2011 Budget

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There's not much time left when it comes to Rockford's budget deadline. The city hoped to pass the financial plan last week but delayed the decision until today's meeting.

Read the full story at: http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/City_of_Rockford_Expected_to_Vote_on_2011_Budget_112496209.html

Five people hurt in weekend crash on South Main

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Five people were hurt in a two vehicle accident in the 4700 block of South Main Sunday.

Read the full story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13743915

Brian Urlacher coming to CherryVale Mall Tuesday

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Tickets are on sale now for an autograph session with Chicago Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Read the full story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13744099

Saturday, December 25, 2010

• Titan Tire Rejects Contract

Members of the local steelworkers chapter cast their ballots on their last contract offer from Titan Tire and they voted it down.

Read the full story at: http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=217466

• Rockford declares snow emergency

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Rockford declares snow emergency as of 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

See the full story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13739302

Monday, December 13, 2010

• Extra patrols ready to help drivers stranded in the cold

UNDATED (WREX/PRESS RELEASE) - The Illinois Tollway Authority is activating its Zero Weather Road Patrols for the blast of bitter cold weather.

Please read the full story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13664477

• Salvation Army Donations Down

The Salvation Army's Chicago area division says donations through its Red Kettle Campaign are down 13 percent over last year.

Please read the full story at: http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/Salvation_Army_Donations_Down_111798204.html

Sunday, December 12, 2010

• A big storm could wipe Rockford's snow budget

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Too much snow does not just mean problems for drivers, it could mean a big bill for the city of Rockford when it already has money troubles. 

Please read and see the story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13658698

• Sunday Blizzard Warning

The Associated Press:
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of
central and north-central Illinois.

Please read the full story at: http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/Blizzard_Warning__111737644.html.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

• Genoa beats Belvidere for new Amtrak route

ILLINOIS (WREX)- The Illinois Department of Transportation spent several years deciding the best route to open an Amtrak line that connects Chicago, Rockford and Dubuque.

Please read the full story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13655074

• Grammy nominee Sarah Siskind at Kryptonite Sunday, Dec. 12

Grammy Award nominee Sarah Siskind will close out a full weekend of music when she takes the stage at Kryptonite Bar Sunday, Dec. 12.

Please read the full story at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/12/10/grammy-nominee-sarah-siskind-at-kryptonite-sunday-dec-12/

Sunday, December 05, 2010

• Semi hits tow truck already helping a car, causes fuel spill

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Traffic hit a snag after a chain of accidents where it seemed everything that could go wrong did.

Please see the full story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13618016.

• Library of Congress exhibit rolls into Rockford Dec. 7-8

A special Library of Congress traveling exhibition—mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck–will visit Rockford in December.

Please read the full story at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/12/04/library-of-congress-exhibit-rolls-into-rockford-dec-7-8/

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

• Live At Five: Ice Skating Downtown

Rockford - They brought us Friday Night Flix during the summer. Now,
they're bringing us ice in the winter.

Please read the full story at: http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=212287
.

• Holiday layoffs likely for Rockford City Workers

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Layoffs for Rockford city workers could come just in
time for the holidays. It may seem cruel, but some aldermen see no
other option.

Please visit WREX for the full story: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13585325
.

• Boylan wins first state championship

The identity of the Boylan Titans' defense all year was turnovers. So,
it was fitting that Boylan rode six Marmion turnovers on their way to
their first state championship ever by a final of 48-19 in the IHSA
Class 6A final Saturday, Nov. 27.

Read the full story at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/11/27/boylan-wins-first-state-championship/

Friday, November 26, 2010

• Lena-Winslow Wins 1A Football Title

Lena-Winslow High School won the class 1A football championship with
its 47-14 victory over defending champion Tuscola today.

Great game and congratulations!

Other games of local interest Friday...

Sterling Newman just started its game at 1 PM.
Stillman Valley is scheduled to start at 4 PM.

• Four area teams go for state titles this holiday weekend

The IHSA State Football Championship games get started on Friday at 10:00 a.m. when Lena-Winslow takes on Tuscola in the 1A title game.

Please see and read the story at WREX: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13549456.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

• Fire Experts Warn About Dangers of Turkey Fryers

Illinois fire prevention experts are warning residents of the dangers of turkey fryers.

• School board votes for zoning, delays talks on honors class cuts

The Rockford Board of Education voted 5-2 Tuesday, Nov. 23, in favor of zoning–changing where elementary students will attend school for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Monday, November 22, 2010

• Gas prices come down before Thanksgiving weekend

Local drivers are seeing lower gas prices than a week ago, prompting some to fill up before the Thanksgiving weekend.

Read the full story at The Rock River Times:
http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/11/22/gas-prices-come-down-before-thanksgiving-weekend/

• Tornado touches down near Rockford

Tornado touches down near Rockford


Read the story at The Rock River Times:
http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/11/22/tornado-reportedly-touches-down-near-rockford/

Saturday, November 20, 2010

• Rockford Airport Expands Destination List

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Chicago Rockford International Airport now has a new way to attract travelers: service to...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

• RiverHawks Staying In Northern League

Rockford, Illinois-The RiverHawks future has been cloudy this offseason while the Northern League has been...

Please see and read the story at: http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=210246.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

• Unions Could Help City Out of Budget Hole

Time is dwindling.... and Rockford city leaders have yet to figure a way out of the budget hole. The City faces a five and a half million dollar deficit and...

Read the full story and see video at: http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=209926

• RiverHawks join Golden League

ROCKFORD (WREX) - After one season in the Northern League, the Rockford RiverHawks leave for the Golden League.

Read the full story at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13495797

Friday, November 12, 2010

• New captain plans to lead IceHogs by example

New captain plans to lead IceHogs by example

The Rockford IceHogs finally have their captain...

Read the full story at: http://www.rrstar.com/sports/x426772197/New-captain-plans-to-lead-IceHogs-by-example.

• Attorney General warns of phony prize sweepstakes

Attorney General warns of phony prize sweepstakes

CHICAGO—Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning consumers of a rash of unsolicited phone calls to Illinois consumers claiming they have won a new car in a sweepstakes sponsored by The Oprah Winfrey Show and Reader's Digest.

Read the full story at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/11/12/attorney-general-warns-of-phony-prize-sweepstakes/

• Park District considers tax levy increase, reviews 2011 priority areas

Park District considers tax levy increase, reviews 2011 priority areas

The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners received the 2010 tax levy recommendation for consideration prior to the publishing of the 2010 Notice of Proposed Property Tax Increase in December.

Read the full story at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/11/12/park-district-considers-tax-levy-increase-reviews-2011-priority-areas/

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

• Veterans honored in Loves Park

Veterans honored in Loves Park

ROCKFORD (WREX) - The Rockford Park District Foundation holds a special tribute to area war veterans.


Please visit: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13472331 to read and view the story.

• EPA Checking Belvidere Site

EPA Checking Belvidere Site 


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has secured a Belvidere site in regards to environmental threats at the site....

Please the WNTA web site for the entire story: http://www.wnta.com/Channels/LocalNews/story.aspx?ID=1309265 .

• Auburn students hold fund-raiser to benefit MAYA’s House Nov. 12

Auburn students hold fund-raiser to benefit MAYA's House Nov. 12

Tickets for dinner-and-dance fund-raiser at Giovanni's will be available at the door

By Susan Johnson
Copy Editor

Hannah Mesa and Cassidy Gerczak, two Auburn High School students, will hold a fund-raiser to benefit MAYA's House, a daycare for homeless children, Friday, Nov. 12.

Please visit: http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/11/10/auburn-students-hold-fund-raiser-to-benefit-maya's-house-nov-12/ for the entire story.

• Sheffield responds to ‘Rumor Tuesday’ at Nov. 9 Board of Education meeting

Sheffield responds to 'Rumor Tuesday' at Nov. 9 Board of Education meeting

By Joe McGehee
Staff Writer
Rockford Public School District 205 Superintendent Dr. LaVonne M. Sheffield forwent her usual sports update during her comments at the Nov. 9 Rockford Board of Education meeting to address what she views as "rumors and misinformation" ...
Please visit http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/11/10/sheffield-responds-to-'rumor-tuesday'-at-nov-9-board-of-education-meeting/ for the entire story.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

• $2.2 Million Coming to Keith Creek, Residents React

$2.2 Million Coming to Keith Creek, Residents React
Federal Authorities announce more than $2.2 million to come to Keith Creek.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

• FEMA Gives Rockford $2 Million for Flood Relief

Rockford - The city is getting more than $2 million for flood mitigation thanks to the federal government.

Please visit: http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=208297 for the full story.

• Rockford police in search of information regarding Nov. 4 homicide

Rockford police in search of information regarding Nov. 4 homicide

From press release
At 8:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, Rockford police officers responded to 3809 Sage Drive, Apartment A, regarding a person lying outside the building possibly shot.

• State Bans Energy Drink

State Bans Energy Drink
College campuses across the nation are banning a popular Chicago based energy drink because it is known to land students in the hospital. Now an entire state is making the drink illegal.

Please visit: http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/State_Bans_Energy_Drink_106806538.html for the full story.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

• 2011 Golden Apple teacher nominees announced

2011 Golden Apple teacher nominees announced

Please visit the full article at: http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=13438829

• Boone and Winnebago Counties Offer Warming Centers

Boone and Winnebago Counties Offer Warming Centers
The City of Rockford Human Services Department announces the warming center list for the 2010- 2011 winter season for Winnebago and Boone Counties.

Please see the full article at: http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/Boone_and_Winnebago_Counties_Offer_Warming_Centers_106644378.html

• IPA, TRRT file suit against District 205, LaVonne Sheffield

IPA, TRRT file suit against District 205, LaVonne Sheffield

By Joe McGehee
Staff Writer

The Illinois Press Association, The Rock River Times (TRRT) and TRRT Staff Writer Joe McGehee are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Nov. 3 against Rockford Public School District 205...



Sunday, October 31, 2010

• Election Interviews, News, Videos...

WREX offers a series of news broadcasts on state and local elections...

http://www.wrex.com/Global/category.asp?C=134512

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Legislation Introduced To Stop Federal Ban on Lead in Recreational Fishing Tackle

from Phil Pash's Great Outdoors 
(Phil has been writing about outdoors since the late 1970s).
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 (Vol. 6, No. 18)

Legislation Introduced To Stop Federal Ban on Lead in Recreational Fishing Tackle--The sportfishing community is thanking Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) for introducing S.3850...

Please visit:
http://www.philpash.com/?p=outdoors
for the full story.


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Preliminary plans for two-way traffic on Church and Main streets...

Preliminary plans for two-way traffic on Church and Main streets to be presented at Oct. 20 open house

An open house to present preliminary plans for conversion of Church Street and Main Street from one-way traffic to two-way traffic will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) office at 313 N. Main St., Rockford.

Please visit:

http://rockrivertimes.com/2010/10/15/preliminary-plans-for-two-way-traffic-on-church-and-main-streets-to-be-presented-at-oct-20-open-house/

for the full story.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

NIU Shows Off New Broadband Network

NIU Shows Off New Broadband Network

A faster, cheaper broadband network is being installed in northwestern Illinois, and today local leaders had a chance to see it in action.

Please visit:
http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/104305309.html
for the full story and video.

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Back to the 50's Concert

Back to the 50's Concert

Presented by Rockford Barbershop Chorus, with host Riley O'Neil
Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Please visit:
for more information.

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Candidate forum Oct. 5 at Christ UMC

Candidate forum Oct. 5 at Christ UMC

From press release

A candidate forum for state representative and state senatorial offices will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Christ United Methodist Church, Highcrest and Alpine roads. Moderator will be Steve Stadelman of WTVO...

Please read the full press release at:


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Voter Registration Deadline

Voter Registration Deadline

With less than a month until Novermber's Election, have you registered to vote yet?

Please visit:
http://mystateline.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=200295
to see the full story.

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Guest Column: Should you get the flu vaccine?

Guest Column: Should you get the flu vaccine?

By Brenda Neumann, R.N.

Pneumonia and influenza are the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. The best way to prevent the flu is by having a flu vaccine...

Please read the full story at:

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Friday, October 01, 2010

To the Editor: County to raise property taxes

To the Editor: County to raise property taxes

Why on earth would the Winnebago County Board vote to raise county property taxes? 

Please visit:
for the full letter to the editor.

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POLL: Quinn gains ground on Brady

Poll: Quinn gains ground on Brady
A new poll shows that Gov. Pat Quinn has gained some ground on his Republican challenger Bill Brady.

Please visit:
http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/104142754.html
for the full story.

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Fish Frys at The Lithuanian Club

PRESS RELEASE – Rockford, IL

The Rockford Lithuanian Club invites you to its weekly Friday Night Fish Frys.
Visit http://lithuanianclub.blogspot.com for a listing of weekly specials.

What: Friday Night Fish Frys
Date: Most Fridays (exceptions for holidays)
Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Rockford Lithuanian Club, 716 Indiana Ave, Rockford, IL


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Turkey Dinner, SM & SF Club , November 6, 2010

PRESS RELEASE - Rockford, IL

The Women's Auxiliary of the SM and SF Club announces its annual Turkey Dinner, Saturday, November 6, 2010.

What: SM and SF Club Turkey Dinner
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Time: 4 PM to 7 PM
Where: SMSF Club, 1010 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford, IL, (815) 399-9471
Cost: $8 per adult, $4 children (3-10 years old)

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50's and 60's Sock Hop Milestone Benefit, October 9, 2010

PRESS RELEASE – Rockford, IL

The Rockford Harmony Club, in conjunction with Gotham City Band, announces a sock hop dance to benefit Milestone, Inc. (Milestone, Inc. offers programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities.)



What: Wheels and Chrome 50's and 60's Sock Hop Dance
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2010
Time: 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: The Rockford Harmony Club, 1104 15th Ave, Rockford, IL


There will be live music, raffles, food and drink. All proceeds go to Milestone, Inc.




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Swedish Pancake Breakfast September 26, 2010

PRESS RELEASE – Rockford, IL

The Lyran Club Ladies Auxiliary announces its monthly Swedish Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, September 26th.

What: Swedish Pancake Breakfast
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010 (and usually the fourth Sunday of the month)
Time: 9 AM to Noon
Where: The Lyran Club, 1115 4th Ave, Rockford, IL 
Cost: $5 per adult, $3 per child under 10 years of age.

Breakfast includes all the Swedish Pancakes you can eat. Along with lingonberries, 2 sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. New item! French Toast.



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Monday, September 13, 2010

We're Not Quite Ready Yet - Rolling Out in November

This site, Winnebago County News, is a labor of love. (It is also a work in progress.)

My goal is to promote our local weekly print newspapers, and radio and television media in Winnebago County. Why? I grew up delivering a wide-variety of daily and weekly newspapers.  I had newsprint on my hands every day going to grade school. In college I wrote for the college newspaper, and I helped revive our old college radio station. Later, I became a professional copywriter, and eventually came to support the technology used in the print and web publishing industries.

I eventually plan to post abstracts, one or two-line extracts, of local weekly newspaper articles to promote the weekly newspapers that do not have a web presence. I will need some volunteer help with that.

This site is designed to point you to local weekly newspapers and other news and event listing sources. If you find a news source like The Rock River Times through this site, read that paper regularly and never come back here, I've done my job. That's part of the educational mission of this site.

Another part of the educational mission of this site is introducing you to truly small-town radio. I've included a link to WTPB-LP 99.3 FM, The Voice of The Third Presbyterian Church of Rockford. It is a small, low-power radio station reminiscent of the one I was involved with in college. WTPB-LP offers some news, but mostly plays inspirational programming and easy listening music. Low power stations do not have powerful transmitters, so the range is restricted to Rockford, although some days I do hear it just outside Rockford.

And no, you don't see any links to the Rockford Register Star or the Beloit Daily News (while not in the county, covers county news). My primary focus, for now, is on the local weekly news operations, with some radio and TV sources thrown in for "flavor."

I encourage you to send me your comments and suggestions.

Thank you,
Paul Gorski

PS
The Winnebago County News (WCN) is a nonprofit, noncommercial educational news reporting venture. The links to news content outside this site are presented under the Fair Use doctrine of US Copyright law, as the links are presented for news reporting and nonprofit educational purposes.

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