• Unions — what’s the big deal?

    Union, what’s the big deal, and why should I support and hire union craftsmen in 300 words or less? Unions gave us the weekend and the 40-hour week and protection against working more than seven days in...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Local business professional earns certification

    Patrick Joseph Fitzgerald, CFSP, a funeral director with Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Rockford, has recently qualified for the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. A number of professions...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Rockford celebrates Independence Day June 28-July 4

    • Parade begins at 5 p.m. at Seventh Street and Sixth Avenue, fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., July 4 Staff Report Rockford will celebrate the 236th anniversary of the July 4, 1776, adoption of the Declaration of...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Comptroller updates state transparency website

    Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced June 20 that she has added payment totals for state vendors and listings and compensation for all state officers and board and commission members as part...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Guest Column: Merit pay for teachers not as good as it sounds

    By Amy Orvis Merit pay for teachers — sounds good, doesn’t it? Monetary reward for a job well done!? After all, shouldn’t those who give it their all, making huge educational impacts on their students, receive more...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Rockford’s Tilted Kilt hosts cruise nights through Aug. 17

    Staff Report Rockford’s Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery at Best Western Clock Tower Resort will host a cruise night from 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17. Owners of classic...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Hockey: IceHogs re-sign winger Svendson for 2012-13

    Staff Report The Rockford IceHogs, members of the American Hockey League (AHL) and top affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks, announced they have re-signed forward Brandon Svendson to an AHL contract for the 2012-13 season....

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Banwarth House in Elizabeth hosts beekeeping speakers

    Staff Report ELIZABETH, Ill. — Allen Reed and Andrea Dubnick (Leaf River) will present “Beekeeping: the Queen of Hobbies,” about their adventures of keeping bees in northern Illinois, June 30. The talk begins at 1 p.m. at...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Toronzo Cannon & Cannonball Express at Sinnissippi June 30

    Staff Report Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts notes that this will be their 14th year of collaborating with the Rockford Park District in the three-concert Saturday Sinnissippi Summer Series. The next concert will be at 7:30...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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  • Local student to attend summer science program

    Local student and budding scientist Ceyda Bertram is one of only 19 American students chosen to attend the prestigious summer science program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world’s foremost centers of...

    • Posted June 27, 2012
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