Pandemic: U.S. states share, scramble for medical supplies

By Geoff Mulvihill Associated Press With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other supplies…

Two more local people die from complications of COVID-19

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Two more people in Winnebago County have died from complications related to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Details about the deaths were not divulged, however,…

Woodward lays off 425 workers from Loves Park plants

By Jim Hagerty Reporter LOVES PARK, Ill. - Woodward, Inc. has laid off 425 workers from both of its manufacturing plants in Loves Park, the company announced Thursday, April 9. The company announced Wednesday that it was planning to…

Pandemic shutdown: Kansas church restriction overturned

Staff Report TOPKEKA, Kansas -  The Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council sided with the state attorney general and against Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly by voting 5-2 Wednesday to overturn the governor’s executive order that limited…

City asks for help in keeping storm drains clean

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - City officials are asking the public for help to keep Rockford's  storm drains clean. "We have more than 20,000 inlets located throughout the City of Rockford," the city posted on its social media…

Illinois falls short of COVID-19 testing goal

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois has fallen short of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's goal to test 10,000 people per day for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in 10 days. Pritzker said the state has only just…

Rockford men indicted in beating case

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Winnebago County grand jury has indicted two men for allegedly beating another man and leaving him for dead in Rockford last month, Winnebago  County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced…

Dems mull how to hit Trump on pandemic, economy

By Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are wrestling over how best to assail President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy's shutdown, even as the country lurches into an…

Trump vs. Biden: General election battle all but set

By Steve Peoples AP National Political Writer The stage is set for November. Barring unforeseen disaster, Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump this fall, the former vice president's place on…