Obama endorses J.B. Pritzker for governor

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has recorded a video supporting Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. The roughly 90-second video released Monday is the first Obama has recorded for the fall…

UEP continues downtown purchase

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Urban Equity Properties deepened its stake in downtown Rockford Monday when it finalized the purchase of the commercial building at 119 N. Church St. The building is next to UEP's Talcott Building, which…

Blackhawks legend Stan Makita dies

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — When Stan Mikita got back together with the Chicago Blackhawks, it was clear how much the reconciliation meant to the Hall of Fame forward. He became a team ambassador, and then got a bronze…

City of Rockford receives Head Start grant

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The City of Rockford on Monday announced that it received an annual $6.5 million grant to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services in Winnebago County for the next five years. Head Start is a federally funded…