Local visitor spending tops $390M in 2018

Staff Report ROCKFORD – Visitor spending totaled $392 million in the Rockford and Winnebago County communities last year, tourism officials reported. The mark is a 2.1-percent increase from 2017's total of $384 million. That spending…

Tony Gasparini sworn in as Second Ward alderman

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A longtime Rockford funeral director, on Monday, was sworn in as the new alderman of the city's Second Ward.  Tony Gasparini, owner of Tony Gasparini Funerals, will sit in for Jonathan Logemann,…

City announces new public works director

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Mayor Tom McNamara on Monday announced that he is appointing Water Division Superintendent Kyle Saunders as the city's director of public works. An employee of the city since 2011, Saunders takes over for Mark…

Eight murals announced as part of downtown festival

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD -- Eight public murals will be painted downtown Rockford beginning next month as part of four-day festival. The festival, CRE8IV: transformational ART, will be May 15-19. It will include block parties…

Steve Stadelman sponsors bill to fight urban blight

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD -- Cities and counties would have a streamlined process to address vacant homes under two new measures sponsored by state Sen.Steve Stadelman. D-Rockford. Senate bills 2052 and 2097 implement recommendations…

Rockford proclaims 2018 ‘Year of the Bird’

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal for anyone to transport, buy or sell any migratory bird, and its nests or eggs, among other provisions. It’s been around for 100 years. On last week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ's Jenna Dooley learns…

City receives federal grant for Family Justice Center

Staff Report ROCKFORD –  The City of Rockford is one step closer to establishing a Family Justice Center, as three federal lawmakers joined Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara in the fight against domestic violence. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin…

Cliffbreakers re-branded as Riverview Inn & Suites

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially re-open one a storied Rockford hotel is in the books. A large crowd gathered at Riverview Inn & Suites at Cliffbreakers last Friday for the ceremony …

City to replace police cars with SUVs

ROCKFORD – Rockford aldermen, on Monday, approved the purchase of 28 city police squads, including 11 unmarked vehicles. The majority of the financed vehicles will be Ford Police Interceptor SUVs, which officials say are cheaper to own…