• Health advocacy groups urge legislators to streamline patient access to meds

    Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Illinois House Human Services Committee will take up a bill designed to standardize the hundreds of different forms used by insurance companies to authorize medical treatment. Health advocacy...

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  • People
    Park District names employee, team of the year

    At a special employee excellence recognition ceremony Jan. 28, the Rockford Park District announced the 2013 Employee of the Year and 2013 Team of the Year. Congratulations to Accounting Associate Dena Sanford, who was selected as the Rockford...

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  • YMCA board expands, announces new members

    The YMCA of Rock River Valley has expanded its board of directors with four new members. Dick Bennett, David Gomel, Lucas Perks and Michelle Polivka have joined the board. Each new member will serve a three-year term, assisting the 16-member board with the...

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  • Renewable-Energy
    Time to take another look at our water quality

    By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association One of the goals of the Rock River Trail Initiative is to enhance the river ecosystem through natural resource conservation, stewardship and environmental...

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  • MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition Feb. 8 at Woodward Tech Center

    Online Staff Report The Rockford Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) has organized the 31st Annual Regional MATHCOUNTS Program. The National MATHCOUNTS (www.MATHCOUNTS.org) program involves sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, and was developed to...

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  • Winter energy challenges

    By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association The erratic weather this winter has created some amazing sights and sounds. Warm weather melts the snow and ice, only to be followed...

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  • BBB warns of new credit card fraud

    Online Staff Report In the aftermath of the massive holiday data breach that effected Target and a number of other major retailers, consumers are now faced with yet another reason to be concerned about the safety of...

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  • Katie’s Cup Conversations set for Feb. 10, Feb. 24

    Staff Report The public is invited to two February Katie’s Cup Conversations that will focus on mental health issues and Rockford Promise. The conversations are offered at the coffeebar, 502 Seventh St. The first conversation, “Crisis Mental...

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  • BBB survey highlights consumers’ credit card security concerns

    Online Staff Report Consumers responding to a Better Business Bureau (BBB) survey about identity theft indicated their greatest concern was hackers breaking into a business database and stealing credit card numbers, foreshadowing the massive data breach that...

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  • Free clinic to analyze phone, gas and electric bills in Rockford

    Online Staff Report The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze electric, natural gas and phone bills at a free clinic to help Rockford residents save hundreds of dollars a year. Consumers should bring their bills for a...

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