NIU student, grad among dead in Aurora shooting

DEKALB -- Northern Illinois University President Lisa Freeman notified staff through email that two of the people killed in a shooting at an Aurora industrial park have deep NIU connections. NIU student Trevor Wehner was among those…

Police on scene of Rockford homicide

ROCKFORD --  Investigators with the Rockford Police Department are investigating a homicide they say happened Saturday, Feb. 16, in the 3200 block of Ninth Street. According to a news release, officers arrived on the scene at…

Man sentenced to 51 years for 2015 homicide

ROCKFORD -- Deontay L. Gunnell was sentenced to a total of 51 years in prison Friday for his role in a 2015 homicide. Gunnell, 23, is one of three men prosecutors say are responsible for killing 25-year-old Racheal Garrett on Dec. 4,…

Gunman kills 5 in shooting at Aurora factory

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman…

State lawmaker introduces ‘mileage tax’ bill

SPRINGFIELD -- One Illinois lawmaker is again seeking a tax on each mile vehicle owners drive instead of a gas tax. State Rep. Marcus Evans, D-Chicago, introduced House Bill 2864 Thursday, which would create the per-mile road usage…

Arrest made in shots-fired incident

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford man has been jailed after police responded to a shots-fired incident on the city's west side. At approximately 12:10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, Rockford Police patrol officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert for…

Rockford man charged in Flamingo Slots burglary

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a slots parlor and attempted to streal money Monday morning. Michael Fryer Jr., 36, is charged with burglary, and currently jailed on a $250,000 bond. Police say at…

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