Showing posts from 2011

Rockford Crime News Page Features Crime Stopper Information

As part of Rockford crime news coverage at Winnebago County News we have links to many local police and fire departments. We also have a link to   at .  Rockford Crime Stoppers offers up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of a wanted fugitive (contact the local Crime Stoppers office for details). However, DO NOT attempt to confront or apprehend any wanted fugitive. Report any suspected fugitive to or your local  police.

Rockford Crime News on Winnebago County News

You may now find links to Rockford crime news on Winnebago County News at .  Some of the links will be to local television and newspaper sources, others to .   You will also find links to local police and fire department websites under the "911" graphic on the right-hand side every page of Winnebago County News.  (You may also click on the the "Rockford Crime News" tab at to get to the Rockford Crime News story scroll.)

Occupy Rockford rally - WNTA

The Occupy Wall Street movement spreads to Rockford. Protesters will gather at Beattie Park during the noon hour today and will march to City Hall. Local attorney... READ THE STORY AT:

Rockford Crime Maps Now on Winnebago County News

You may now find maps of reported crimes in Rockford and nearby areas by visiting Winnebago County News at . These maps are available via  You may customize the maps to target specific neighborhoods and specific crime types. also offers basic trending analyses of crime data, grouping like crimes together in a pie chart to illustrate the number of each crime type. Please note this map list reported crimes, many simply being police calls for domestic disturbances. (You may also click on the the "Rockford Crime News" tab at to get to the data for Rockford.)

Rockford Armed Robbery Suspect Released From Hospital -

Rockford - One of the suspects in the robbery at Marie's Pizza has been released from the hospital... READ THE STORY:

Molotov Cocktail Attac at West Side Home -

Rockford - Police investigate an attack early this morning at 208 Oakley Avenue Investigators say a man threw a molotov cocktail at the home setting the porch and siding on fire... READ THE STORY:

Average Household Income Drops Across Nation -

Washington, D.C. - A new report shows Americans are struggling more than ever. Sentier Research found the average yearly household income for families is now ... READ THE STORY:

Neighbors say foreclosed homes and lack of street lighting spur violence -

Some say they're now scared to let their children play outside and worried their neighborhood took a turn for the worse... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Reacting to Crime and Violence: The Psychological Toll

Eight people were shot this weekend in the Stateline and it has many families worried about their safety more than usual. Living near crime can affect us psychologically... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Special Report: 'Putting Our Safety in Jeopardy'

Staffing levels in the Rockford Police Department are expected to drop by at least 18 officers and as many as 49 under the 2012 budget... READ THE STORY:

RiverHawks, Wallbangers set free clinic for Oct. 23

LOVES PARK, Ill. – Youths interested in defensive skills can learn from the professionals this month.  The Rockford RiverHawks' next free youth clinic at Wallbangers Academy is scheduled for Oct. 23. RiverHawks manager Rich Austin, hitting coach Pat O'Sullivan and Jr. RiverHawks 15U head coach Justin Small will run the clinic, which will cover fielding and defense. The RiverHawks and Wallbangers have clinics scheduled through May. Each clinic will be broken up into two groups based on age. Kids ages 7 through 12 will go from noon-1 p.m., and children 13 and older will go from 1-2 p.m. After October, there will be one clinic per month that covers all areas of baseball, including hitting, fielding and defense. The clinic dates are November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1 and May 6. Each date is a Sunday. Up to 25 kids can sign up for the clinics, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a spot, call the RiverHawks front off

Rockford Public Schools launches Parent Portal - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Parents of students in the Rockford school district can keep track of their kids from the comfort of their home computer with a new web-based Parent Portal... READ THE STORY:

Rockford Clothing Store Robbed

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The two suspects who robbed Spaced Out Clothing in Rockford are still on the loose... READ THE STORY:


RICHARDS, OFFENSE PACE ICEHOGS OVER RIVERMEN Hogs puckstopper makes 35 saves in the win Peoria, Ill.- Two games are in the books for the Rockford IceHogs and for the first time in the club’s AHL era, the team is 2-0-0-0. Alec Richards made 35 saves while Brandon Segal and Rob Klinkhammer scored a pair of goals to lead Rockford over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena on Sunday. Peoria jumped out front on Sunday 1:52 into the contest. In transition, Adam Cracknell picked up a drop pass from T.J. Hensick at 1:52 and ripped his first goal of the year past Richards. The goal was also assisted by Brett Sterling. Rockford got the goal back at 10:48 of the opening frame. Brian Connelly’s slap shot from the left point was redirected past Ben Bishop and in by Segal for his second tally of the season. Klinkhammer got the secondary assist after starting the rush in transition. The game remained tied until the 13:57 mark when Hensick would finish off a Peoria rush in the Rockford zon

Motorcycle Accident Reported outside Two Wheel Inn

A "severe" motorcycle accident is being reported at 10:11 PM, Sunday, October 9th outside the Two Wheel Inn.  Police and emergency personnel have been dispatched. Location map:;_ylt=A0SO8lBHY5JO1KYANw2KNcIF;_ylv=3?viewtype=map Follow the radio calls at:

Dominate defense leads NIU to 40-10 win - – Rockford’s News Leader

DEKALB, Ill. -- The Northern Illinois defense allowed just 70 yards and recorded seven sacks as the Huskies defeated Kent State, 40-10, on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Lakeland drops Rockford College 32-0 - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD, IL (WREX) - Lakeland College defeated Rockford College 32-0 on Saturday at Sam Greeley Field. The loss extends the Regents losing streak to 15 games... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Segal's goal lifts IceHogs to win on opening night - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford, Ill. – Rockford IceHogs fans couldn't have asked for a better start to the new season as the IceHogs take a 3-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, giving new head coach Ted Dent his first win... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Chili Shoot-Out Hits Davis Park

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- October is usually a bit cooler outside; perfect for making and eating chili, but today's warm temperatures didn't stop this year's Chili Shoot-Out... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Pet-A-Palooza Kicks Off in Rockford for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Families looking to take an animal home got their chance Saturday.. SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Jesse's Package::President Obama Gets Why Working People Are Occupying Wall Street- 10/07/11::Workers Independent News

As Jesse Russell reports President Obama understands why working people are supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement. When President Barack Obama was asked about the Occupy Wall Street movement during a press conference on Thursday he said he wasn't surprised it was happening... READ THE STORY:

Dumping, storing of highly toxic chemicals alleged inside Amerock | The Rock River Times

By Richard S. Gubbe, Contributing Writer On a Sunday in the late 1970s, Mike Molander was performing his assigned duties as a pollution control technician at the Amerock Corporation when he said he witnessed the suspicious pouring of highly toxic materials into an old farmer's well located at the facility... READ THE STORY:


GRANITE CITY IS THE ICEHOGS NEW HOME FOR HOG TALK Hogs broadcasting network intact again for 2011-12 Rockford, Ill.-The Rockford IceHogs announced on Thursday that Granite City Food and Brewery is the new home for Bud Light Hog Talk. The IceHogs also announced that 1330 AM WNTA will once again serve as the team’s flagship radio station for the IceHogs Broadcasting Network. Bud Light Hog Talk begins on Monday, Oct. 10 with the 2011-12 season debut at Granite City. Granite City is located at 7140 Harrison Ave., next to CherryVale Mall. The show runs from 6-7 p.m. and will be hosted by Mike Peck and Stephen Nelson on a rotating basis. Bud Light Hog Talk will feature a member of the IceHogs coaching staff and two players each week. Guests on Monday include IceHogs Head Coach Ted Dent along with forwards Brandon Segal and Peter LeBlanc. Fans attending the show can take advantage of food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it to Granite City, the show will be aired on 1330


ICEHOGS TO BATTLE FOR THE ILLINOIS LOTTERY CUP IN 2011-12 - From Press Release Hogs team up with in-state rivals Chicago and Peoria Rockford, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs, in conjunction with the Illinois Lottery, announced that they will battle the Chicago Wolves and Peoria Rivermen for the Illinois Lottery Cup during the upcoming 2011-12 American Hockey League regular season. With the IceHogs slated to battle Chicago and Peoria 12 times each and Peoria and Chicago facing off 10 times head-to-head, the team with the best winning percentage against their in-state rivals at the conclusion of the 2011-12 regular season will claim the Illinois Lottery Cup. The Illinois Lottery Cup will be on display throughout the season at select IceHogs home games at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Illinois Lottery Cup will make its first visit to Rockford at Tuesday’s exclusive season ticket holder “Meet The Team” event at the Radisson Hotel. The Illinois Lottery has partnered with the Ice


ICEHOGS TRIM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER TO 24 - From Press Release Morin sent from Chicago to Rockford Rockford, Ill.- Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced on Tuesday that the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs have trimmed their training camp roster by five players. Defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin and forward David Gilbert have been reassigned by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Toledo Walleye (ECHL). Forward Paul Zanette and goaltender Carter Hutton have been assigned from Rockford to Toledo. Forward Brandon Svendsen has been released from his try-out and will report to training camp with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL). In addition, forward Jeremy Morin has been assigned by Chicago to Rockford. Morin, 20, is entering his second season with the IceHogs. Last season, Morin made his professional debut in Rockford on Oct. 9 against the Manitoba Moose. He notched 12 points (8g, 4a) in 22 games for the IceHogs. Morin made his NHL debut w


BLACKHAWKS ASSIGN SALAK TO ROCKFORD Chicago, Ill.-The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Ray Emery on a one-year contract and assigned goaltender Alexander Salak to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. Rockford’s training camp roster now stands at 28 players, including 17 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. “We’re in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp,” said Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman. “Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term.” Emery, 29, is a veteran of 173 career regular-season games over parts of seven NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators (2002-08), Philadelphia Flyers (2009-10) and Anaheim Ducks (2010-11). The Cayuga, Ontario, native has also posted 20 wins in 36 career appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which

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Fair Employment Opportunity Act Would Bar Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed In Hiring- 09/13/11::Workers Independent News

Some U.S. Senators are trying to end discrimination against the nation's unemployed. Jesse Russell reports: One job search site made waves last week when it announced it would no longer accept job listings that discriminate against the unemployed... READ THE STORY:

Fire destroys maintenance building at Harlem Community Center - – Rockford’s News Leader

Loves Park -A building at the Harlem Community Center goes up in flames... READ THE STORY:

Rockford's Capital Improvement Plan - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) -The City of Rockford Finance and Personnel Committee learns more about which city bridges and roadways will go under construction in the next five years... READ THE STORY:

Rockford City Council will lease fire vehicles - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) -Rockford Aldermen approve leasing four vehicles to help the Rockford Fire Department save lives... READ THE STORY:

Two Rockford schools put on lockdown for short time - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) -Two Rockford schools were put on lockdown for a short period of time Monday, but everything is back to normal now at both schools... READ THE STORY:

Tales from the Trough: Mike Peck interview, part three | The Rock River Times

In part three of the interview with Mike Peck, IceHogs vice president of communications and "Voice of the IceHogs," we talk about, among other topics, the IceHogs' potential new roster... READ THE STORY:

Great Home Giveaway Early Bird Preview -

Rockford - The Great Home Giveaway is getting closer. WTVO's Steve Stadelman was joined live by the Executive Director of the Arc, Jacki Neil Boss, to talk about the early bird drawing coming up Thursday, as well as how the Arc is coping with state budget cuts, and how you can buy tickets... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Rockford Area Arts Council 2012 Community Arts Access Grants and Grantseekers Workshop

The Rockford Area Arts Council's Community Arts Access Grants are available for individual artists, arts organizations, and non-profit organizations wishing to apply for grant funding for projects in 2012... READ THE STORY:

Park District holds volunteer open house Sept. 8 | The Rock River Times

The Rockford Park District wants to hear more people say, "I am proud to be a volunteer for the Rockford Park District." There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the Rockford Park District and some new options involving its newest project, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, set to open in late October 2011. This is a chance to give your time to a very distinguished organization whose mission is to help people enjoy life... READ THE STORY:

Prep Basketball: Lady Indians senior signs letter of intent with Iowa | The Rock River Times

Her name is Nicole Smith. If you follow high school basketball, you'd better get used to hearing her name. She's 6 feet, 4 inches tall, wears No. 45 and plays center for the Lady Indians at Rockton Hononegah. Later this fall, she'll be hitting the hardwood for her senior year. Smith was hampered with knee injuries last season and only appeared in 23 of the Indians' 32 games. She intends for her senior year to be entirely different... READ THE STORY:

Area near former Amerock plant a toxic wasteland | The Rock River Times

Former and current residents and Amerock employees recall toxic waste dumping in area west of Central Avenue, north of Auburn Street... READ THE STORY:

Center For American Progress Says Romney Jobs Plan Has It Backwards – It’s Demand, Not taxes That Must Be Addressed- 09/08/11::Workers Independent News

The Center For American Progress says GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's jobs plan has a fatal flaw – not enough action to stimulate demand. Jesse Russell reports... READ THE STORY:

Sept. 6 LIHEAP Update

Low income seniors still looking for help with their heating bills can try again this week to get an appointment... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

One-of-a-Kind Restaurant Opens in Rockford -

Do you get cravings for grandma's meatloaf and pot pies? A new restaurant has opened up to satisfy you pallet... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Machesney Park may allow longer liquor sale hours - – Rockford’s News Leader

MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) - Machesney Park is closer to extended alcohol selling hours on Sundays... READ THE STORY:

WANTED Fugitive alerts -

Crime Stoppers wanted fugitive alerts.. READ THE ALERTS:

Move to new District 205 headquarters to start next month - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD -It won't be long before people who work at District 205 headquarters will start moving into their new building... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Belvidere Catholic Church Looks to Expand; Community Divided

The streets of Belvidere are expected to be quite crowded tonight as the controversy over a church expansion leaves the pews for a march to city hall... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Area college football teams off to good start | The Rock River Times

It was an exceptionally good opening weekend for area college football fans. It didn't matter if you were cheering for Illinois, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, or Iowa; they were all winners in their first games out in the 2011 season... READ THE STORY:

Armed Robbery ~ Rockford | Rockford Scanner

Just before 4 PM today, the Rockford Police Department were being dispatched to the 3000 block of W State st for an armed robbery to a business.. READ THE STORY:

NIU's Harnish named player of the week - – Rockford’s News Leader

DeKALB, Ill. – After passing for a career-best five touchdowns and rushing for another in leading Northern Illinois to its first season opening win since 2003, Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the league office... READ THE STORY:

Construction Projects Start Along the Stateline

STATELINE (WIFR) -- A trio of construction projects could start causing headaches in the Stateline this week. The Whitman Street Bridge Interchange is getting some minor repairs. Workers will remove debris, patch potholes, and repave on and off ramps. One ramp will be closed each day. That means traffic patterns will be changing. The project is supposed to be done by early November... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Boylan Soccer Wins Barrington Tournament 9/5/11 -

For the first time in Boylan soccer history the Titans have won the prestigious Barrington Soccer Tournament.   This year's event featured three former State Championship teams... READ THE STORY:

Sept. 7 meeting to address growth at Chicago-Rockford International Airport | The Rock River Times

Winnebago County will host a meeting to discuss growth at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Rock River Water Reclamation District, 3501 Kishwaukee St... READ THE STORY:

Panthers Release Considine 9/5/11 -

Rockford, Illinois-Byron native Sean Considine is looking for a job again.  The Carolina Panthers cut him early Monday morning... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Honda Issues Million Car Recall

NATIONWIDE (WIFR) -- Honda has announced a major recall on its Fit vehicles. Honda Motor Company said this morning it would recall about 960,000 Fit subcompacts and other models worldwide to repair defects including malfunctioning power window switches... READ THE STORY:

Bears add former Pro Bowler - – Rockford’s News Leader

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears added to their secondary, agreeing to a one-year deal with two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather. The Bears announced the move on Sunday, a day after Meriweather was released by New England... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

90-year-old World War II Air Force veteran to fly one last time Sept. 7 | The Rock River Times

POPLAR GROVE, Ill. — Leonard Ihrke has been many things in his 90 years of life: student, soldier, husband and mechanic. But no title meant quite as much to him as that of pilot... READ THE STORY:

Structure Fire on East Side Update -

Rockford - Fire breaks out on the city's east side. Crews from Belvidere, New Milford, Blackhawk, and Cherry Valley are on the scene of a vacant house fire near Spring Brook and Lyford Road... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

On The Waterfront Reaches $10 Million Goal -

The festival has been in Rockford for 28 years and during that time it has now raised just over ten million dollars for local non-profits. Organizers say hundreds of groups have relied on the festival to generate operating funds... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Two People Injured in Rockford Apartment Fire

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- An apartment fire sends two people to the hospital early Saturday morning... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Police search for armed suspects who robbed three gas stations - – Rockford’s News Leader

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) -Police search for two men they believed robbed three gas stations Sunday morning and tied up a clerk at one of them... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Chilly Labor Day Morning

We got a small taste of fall this morning thanks to our temperatures dropping into the mid and upper 40s along with a few scattered 50s.  With clearing skies and north winds around 10 mph, our atmosphere cooled down gradually through the overnight hours... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Huskies blow by Army in season opener - – Rockford’s News Leader

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Chandler Harnish threw a career-high five touchdown passes and rushed for another to give Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren a 49-26 victory over Army in his head coaching debut on Saturday... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Jesse's Package::With Millions Still Jobless, There Are Five U.S. Unemployed Workers For Every Job Opening- 09/02/11::Workers Independent News

How bad is it out there for American workers? A new Center For Law and Social Policy report says there are five job seekers for every single available job opening... READ THE STORY:

Bulldogs beat heat - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Freeport, Ill. — Aquin's defense battled not only against Orangeville's Wing-T offense but also against the heat. The Bulldogs shut out the Broncos 40-0 and had some help off the bench... READ THE STORY:

8th grade honor students recognized at OTW - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Some of the brightest students in the Rockford Area receive some recognition at On The Waterfront. A... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Agent: Bears Let Taylor Go

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears are letting running back Chester Taylor go, after all... READ THE STORY:

Gas Leak Shuts Down Busy Rockford Street - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) -Neighbors say it looked something from an action movie when a down power line lit a gas line in a Rockford neighborhood this afternoon... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Feldco Football Frenzy: Friday Roundup

Here are the results from Friday's IHSA football games... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Scam and identity-theft prevention program Sept. 8 at Boone County Council on Aging | The Rock River Times

BELVIDERE, Ill. — State Sen. Christine J. Johnson, R-Shabbona, and the Illinois Attorney's General Office will co-host a scam and identity-theft prevention program Thursday, Sept. 8... READ THE STORY:

Armed Robbery ~ Machesney Park | Rockford Scanner

A second armed robbery to a business has occurred, in the last 30 minutes. The suspects first robbed the Phillip 66 on N. Perryville.. READ THE STORY:

Fire tears through Freeport business - – Rockford’s News Leader

FREEPORT (WREX) -Several departments are called in to battle a blaze at a Freeport Business.  Flames broke out at Mechanical Incorporated at 2279 E. Yellow Creek Road... READ THE STORY:

DeKalb Marine Gets a Hero's Welcome

U.S. Marine Corporal Anthony Dewitz finished up his first deployment to Afghanistan last month, and the welcome awaiting him back home was one he'll never forget... READ THE STORY:

Art in the Park at Freeport’s Krape Park Sept. 4 | The Rock River Times

FREEPORT, Ill. — From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4, the Freeport Park District and the Freeport Art Museum will present Art in the Park at Freeport's Krape Park... READ THE STORY: 's-krape-park-sept-4/

EPA dedicates $6 million to restore Great Lakes, create jobs | The Rock River Times

CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Aug. 23 that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is setting aside approximately $6 million for federal agencies to sign up unemployed workers to implement restoration projects in federally-protected areas, on tribal lands and in Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes basin. EPA will fund individual projects up to $1 million. To qualify for funding, each proposed project must provide jobs for at least 20 unemployed people... READ THE STORY:

Restrictions in place on Rock River over Labor Day weekend | The Rock River Times

A number of restrictions will be in place on the Rock River over the Labor Day weekend, Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers announced... READ THE STORY:

Rockford police to crack down on late-night enforcement | The Rock River Times

The Rockford Police announced plans for the 2011 Labor Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Impaired Driving Crackdown, the intensified enforcement against the overwhelming number of late-night impaired drivers and safety belt violators... READ THE STORY:

Athlete of the Week: Guilford's Dontrel Chance - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Senior Dontrel Chance racked up four touchdowns in Guilford's week one win over Freeport last Friday night... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Rosecrance renames downtown building to honor the late Frank Ware, merger between Rosecrance and Janet Wattles complete | The Rock River Times

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton announced Sept. 2 that the downtown Janet Wattles Center building will be renamed the "Rosecrance Ware Center" to honor the agency's longtime director, Frank Ware, who died unexpectedly in February... READ THE STORY:

Game of the Week: Forreston knocks off Dakota 32-7 - – Rockford’s News Leader

FORRESTON, IL (WREX) - Forreston had a Senior night to remember knocking off Dakota 32-7 in our Game of the Week... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Bad Accident on Harlem Rd | Rockford Scanner

Report: The Loves Park Police and Metro Ambulance and the Emergency Helicopter, were all being dispatched to Harlem rd at the I-90 bridge, for a motorcycle accident... READ THE STORY:

Accident ~ Forest Hills and Pepper Dr | Rockford Scanner

Accident ~ Forest Hills and Pepper Dr Report: Just after 1pm today, the Rockford Police and Fire Departments were responding to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at Forest Hills and Pepper dr in Rockford... READ THE STORY:

Roscoe Baseball Organization Remains At Odds With City -

A heated topic in Roscoe comes to the plate tonight as the fate youth baseball and softball games is brought in front of the village board. Youth baseball and softball have been going strong in roscoe for half a century but the relationship between the village and the organization that oversees the sports are at odds. .. SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

WNIJ: Music headliners on Left Bank Stage (2011-09-02)

DEKALB   (WNIJ)  -  Rockford's "On the Waterfront" festival returns this weekend. This year's headliners on the Left Bank Stage include a veteran blues performer. .. HEAR THE STORY:

Packers beat Chiefs in final preseason game - – Rockford’s News Leader

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- With most of the Super Bowl champions' marquee players on the sideline, outside linebacker Vic So'oto likely sealed up his roster spot... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Knox, Hanie look sharp as Bears beat Browns, 24-14 - – Rockford’s News Leader

CHICAGO (AP) -- Johnny Knox came through with a touchdown catch, and if he keeps it up, he just might regain his spot as the Chicago Bears' starting receiver... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

State Police to crack down on speeding, DUI, seat belt violations and distracted drivers over Labor Day weekend | The Rock River Times

PECATONICA, Ill. — Illinois State Police (ISP) are reminding motorists to make safety their No. 1 priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest for motorists, and thousands of drivers are expected to travel roadways and interstates nationwide... READ THE STORY:

Construction on Whitman Street Bridge Interchange begins Sept. 6 | The Rock River Times

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Whitman Street Bridge Interchange will be under construction. This project will provide various repairs to all City of Rockford-owned... READ THE STORY:

River Bluff aims to have sprinklers in place by 2013 | The Rock River Times

Aug. 13, 2008, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final regulation mandating sprinklers in all existing nursing homes by Aug. 13, 2013. In May 2010, River Bluff completed Phase I of the sprinkler project by installing sprinklers in the main dining room... READ THE STORY:

Schools dismissing early because of the heat - – Rockford’s News Leader

UNDATED (WREX) - A few schools have decided to dismiss early due to Friday's forecasted heat... SEE THE STORY:

More than 100 beers featured at Sept. 10 Screw City Beer Festival in downtown Rockford | The Rock River Times

Craft beer lovers will have the chance to try some fresh brews when a new festival kicks off this fall. The Screw City Beer Festival hits the streets in the heart of Rockford featuring craft beer from local, regional and national breweries... READ THE STORY:

Spark Energy Presents Guaranteed Win Night

The Rockford Foresters announced that Spark Energy will be sponsoring a guarantee win night at the Rockford Foresters this season for the game on Saturday, June 25.  In addition to the guarantee win night, the 25-person party deck at historic Marinelli Field will be called the Spark Energy Party Deck. The guarantee win promotion for the Rockford Foresters' game on Saturday, June 25 guarantees all fans in attendance that the Rockford Foresters will win.  If the Rockford Foresters don't win, everyone in attendance at the game will walk away with a free ticket for a Rockford Foresters game between July 5 and July 10. Everyone is a winner right now anyway though.  Spark Energy offers a fixed-rate for 12 months at a rate of 6.98 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), a rate that is 16 percent lower than ComEd's electricity supply rate for residential consumers and 13 percent lower for small business customers.  To learn more or to switch, visit . READ THE STOR

Historic Marinelli Field Hosting USA Baseball Event

The Rockford Foresters announced today that historic Marinelli Field will play host to USA Baseball's Great Lakes region of the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) on June 21 & June 22.  The two-day event will be one of six different locations being held across the Midwest and will serve as the first location.  The selection tryout at historic Marinelli Field is a way for kid's to be named to the Great Lakes 13U, 15U and 17U teams.  The three teams will then ultimately compete in their respective age groups against 12 other regions from across the country in the NTIS, September 9-11, 2011, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.  All of this is a path to become one of 32 players to be invite to future 14U, 16U and 18U National Team Trials with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as part of Team USA... READ THE STORY:

Indy 500 Recap -

Rockford, Illinois - Sports Director Scott Leber recaps Sunday's thrilling Indy 500... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Nurses and their allies from 31 states are rallying in Washington on June 7::Workers Independent News

On June 7th hundreds of registered nurses will gather at the White House and picket the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calling for a new "Main Street Contract For The American People". Joined by labor and community allies, the nurses will propose a program for rebuilding America's Main Street communities with jobs, healthcare reforms, education and other urgent needs. The rally is sponsored by National Nurses United, the country's biggest nurses union... READ THE STORY:

Alignment Rockford Looking for Volunteers to Mentor 9th Graders

ROCKFORD - The Operating Board of Alignment Rockford announced that its second Invitation to Participate™ (ITP™) comes from the Grades 9-12 Pathways Committee and requests organizations to identify individuals who can participate in a career mentoring/math tutoring pilot program with 9th grade students at East High School... READ THE STORY:

Mail Carriers: " Beware of Dogs"

ROCKFORD (WIFR)- More than five million people are attacked by dogs annually including employees who are forced to work outside year-round. We followed a local mail carrier who was attacked by a dog several times. She has more on why our animals may be more vicious than we think... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Family to Keep Canterbury Lane Homicide Victims Memory Alive

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- More than a month after two young children and their mother are murdered on Rockford's west side, family members band together to keep their memory alive. Family members of 30-year-old Natasha Cleary and her sons 12-year-old Marquwon Owens and 2-year-old Katarion Friar want to make sure no one forgets them, especially since the crime remains unsolved... READ THE STORY:

Rockford Church Group Helping Haiti Orphanage

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Members from a local church group spend their Memorial Day weekend trying to help young children in Haiti... READ THE STORY:

Riverhawks win 5-4, Eigsti's hit streak reaches 9 -

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Matt Zoltak combined with the Rockford bullpen on a five-hitter Sunday as the RiverHawks beat the Traverse City Beach Bums, 5-4. Zoltak (1-0) struck out six, walked one and held the Bums to two runs, one earned, on four hits over seven innings for the win. Brett Durand got the last four outs for his third save... READ THE STORY:

Boylan bests Hononegah 7-6 -

ROCKFORD, IL (WREX) - Boylan took the rubbermatch of their season series with Hononegah and captured the regional championship in the process... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Gille holds off Reynolds Jr. for first win of 2011 at Rockford S -

LOVES PARK, Ill. (Saturday, May 28th, 2011) -- Jerry Gille didn't have his engine, didn't have the fastest car, and didn't have much of a lead with five laps remaining Saturday at the Rockford Speedway. And yet, none of that really mattered because in the end, the former two-time Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models champion did what he often does, fending off a hard charging Jon Reynolds Jr. to find his way back to victory lane for the first time in 2011... READ THE STORY:

Wheldon wins Indy 500, Patrick finishes 10th -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Dan Wheldon ended up second in the previous two Indianapolis 500s and was seconds away from another runner-up finish today before taking the checkered flag on the 100th anniversary of the race... READ THE STORY:

Boylan Baseball Wins Regional Title -

Rockford, Illinois- The Boylan Titans clinch a Regional Championship after beating Hononegah 7-6... READ THE STORY:

Belvidere North Softball Wins Regional Crown -

Rockford, Illinios- Belvidere North beat Freeport 4-3 to take home regional crown... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Fire ~ 16203 Jackson | Rockford Scanner

Around 10:15pm Sundayt,  a vehicle was of fire next to a barn at 16203 Jackson in Pecatonica, Illinois.  The vehicle is supposed to be fully engulfed and next to the barn. The barn has flammables, people were evacuating from the scene... READ THE STORY:

Fatal Accident ~ Loomis and Corbin in Rockford | Rockford Scanner

Report: Around 3:30am Sunday, Rockford Police and Fire were dispatched to a very serious accident at Loomis & Corbin in Rockford.  There is at least one confirmed fatality, and possibly another fatality as well. But at the time of writing this, 1 is confirmed.  .. READ THE STORY:

Rockford Speedway Photos from 05.28.11 | Rockford Speedway

Visit the link below to see the photos... READ THE STORY:

Robbery ~ Papa John at 1601 Harrison Ave | Rockford Scanner

Report: Shortly after 1am Sunday, 2 males went into the Papa John's restaurant and robbed the business at gunpoint. The two male suspects left on foot, eastbound from the scene. At the time of writing this, no injuries were reported and the suspects were still at large... READ THE STORY:

Bruce Levine discusses the issue of collective passivity::Workers Independent News

A new book titled "Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite" looks at what author Bruce Levine calls "political passivity." Levine says that while the majority of Americans disagree with Wall Street bailouts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they remain passive due to years of US institutions creating a sense of helplessness. Levine said what's unfolding in Wisconsin shows that collective self respect can change the passive trend. .. READ THE STORY:

Civil War Vets Honored Tonight at Greenwood Cemetary

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Hundreds of veterans are remembered for their service in the civil war. 502 vets are currently buried at the Greenwood Cemetery near North Main and Auburn Street. Tonight, around a dozen from our community are lighting the sky with make-shift lights in their honor. Participants say it's important to remember these vets because of their sacrifice to the united states... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

State Hog Rally boosts Rockford businesses -

ROCKFORD (WREX) -Motorcycle riders hop on their hogs in Rockford for a rally that draws 1,000 people from across the state. Road Captains for the Illinois Hog Rally took off from the Clock Tower Resort for a practice run. The event chair says it familiarizes them the route that goes along the Rock River and around the Byron Nuclear Power Plant... READ THE STORY:

World class table tennis players compete in Rockford -

ROCKFORD (WREX) -Outdoor sports are in full swing but the indoor competition is heating up as well. World class table tennis players are in Rockford for America's Team Championships. People from all around the globe came to play at the Forest City Tennis Center... READ THE STORY:

Rockford's Discovery Center puts a spin on science -

Rockford's Discovery Center puts a spin on science. The museum just opened its new traveling exhibit, Spin: The Science of Rotation. It's made up of 15 unique areas that explore objects that rotate. Guests get the chance to create a mini laser show and race various spinning objects... READ THE STORY:

Blue Angels Cancellation Update -

(Rockford, Illinois) Rockford Airfest lovers got some bad news Friday, when the Blue Angels, the main attraction of the air show, cancelled. The Navy jet team cancelled their appearance after a safety concern during a show last weekend... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

City street light removal concerns residents and aldermen -

ROCKFORD-(WREX) - The city of Rockford has allowed Com-Ed workers to remove nearly 550 street lights since the beginning of the year to save money. Some residents, however feel that safety is just as important as savings... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Locals come enjoy Loves Park Annual Young at Heart Festival

Loves Park (WIFR) -- Despite the weather's cooler temperatures crowds still came out to Loves Park's Annual Young at Heart Festival. This is the 40th annual Memorial Day Festival in Loves Park... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Two killed in early morning crash in Rockford -

ROCKFORD (WREX) -Two people died and three were injured in a crash at Corbin and Loomis Street early Sunday morning... READ THE STORY:

Machesney Park Debris Burn Ordinance -

The village extended an ordinance that allows people to burn tree limbs and debris from the storm that caused extensive damage in some areas... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

First Warn Weather Team: Fog and storms this morning

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lee and southwest DeKalb counties until 12:15pm.  These are for the line of storms currently moving through Whiteside counties... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Congressional Redistricting Plan Passes Senate -

Congressman Don Manzullo's district would look a lot different under a proposed redistricting plan. Illinoisdemocrats have released their new congressional map. A new one is drawn every ten years following a census... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Poor Spring Hurts Stateline Businesses -

It's been a cold, wet spring in the stateline. And now it's causing problems for outdoor businesses. Rockton's shimmering city pool waits for its first lazy day of summer. But a good turnout depends on the weather... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Blue Angels Cancel for Rockford Airfest -

Video shows the safety scare which led the "Blue Angels" to cancel a number of shows including Rockford's Airfest. Here you see them performing a maneuver at a lower altitude than normal at a show inVirginia last weekend... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

WNIJ: Rockford & DeKalb would get new Congress districts

DEKALB (WNIJ) - An Illinois Senate panel has issued its proposed map of Illinois Congressional districts. Most of Rockford would go from the 16th District to the 17th, represented by Republican Bobby Schilling. DeKalb, in the 14th District, would be placed in the 16th District represented by Republican Don Manzullo. .. LISTEN TO THE STORY:

Boylan tabs Winters to replace Goers -

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Boylan High School introduced former Jefferson boys basketball coach Mike Winters as their replacement for Steve Goers at a press conference Friday afternoon... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Boy scout's project honoring firefighters may get him Eagle Scou -