West teacher creates after school program

By Jim Hagerty Contributor WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL – Lori Beach-Grass wasn't sure why her mind was occupied with "Hamilton: An American Musical" last year. She was on vacation. The beach to be exact. All she knew was she had desire to…

City unveils Whitman overhaul

By Jim Hagerty Contributor PRAIRIE STREET BREWHOUSE – If you thought it was a going away party for Larry Morrissey you wouldn’t have been remiss. The casual setting of downtown’s Prairie Street Brewhouse provided the backdrop for the…

New library a multi-year project

By Jim Hagerty Contributor DOWNTOWN – Tearing down the main branch of the Rockford Public Library and rebuilding a new facility will likely be five-year project. But it's worth the wait, officials say. "I am anxious for it to start,"…

Violent Crime: Battling domestic violence

As state budget problems loom, domestic violence continues to haunt Rockford families. By Jim Hagerty Contributor ROCKFORD – With a Rockford man jailed on multiple counts, including first-degree murder, the issue of domestic violence is all…

Aldermen approve latest Amerock hotel deal

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor CITY HALL – Rockford City Council on Monday approved the latest agreement with Wisconsin developer Gorman & Co. to turn the Ziock/Amerock Building into a $77 million Embassy Suites and conference center.…