East outlasted by Chicago Curie in 4A consolation game

Staff Report PEORIA – For the first time in this record-breaking season for the East E-Rabs, none of its “big three” were particularly sharp in the IHSA Class 4A third-place game. Yet, with 1:55 left to play, the E-Rabs trailed by…

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…

Police investigate attempted bank robbery on northwest side

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Police Department is investigating an attempted bank robbery on the city's northwest side. Shortly before 9 a.m., Monday, officers responded to Northwest Bank at 3106 N. Rockton Ave., where police…

Fatal shooting in Rockford investigated as homicide

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The shooting death of a man at a Rockford apartment complex is being investigated as a homicide. At around 9:40 p.m., Winnebago County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the Great Oaks…

Boys Hoops: East outlasts South Elgin to win sectional title

Staff Report ROCKFORD – The East E-Rabs used a dominant advantage on the boards to beat South Elgin, 64-54, to move one win away from the school’s first state appearance in 41 years. The Storm were coming off an impressive 57-35…

Tube Talk: From the mind of Neil Gaiman

By Paula Hendrickson Contributor Fantasy, horror, and sci-fi fans love Neil Gaiman. Why? Because Gaiman is one of the most creative and prolific storytellers around, working in multiple formats – graphic novels, traditional novels,…

Voice from the Grave: Swept away

By Kathi Kresol Contributor Susan Ilsley was very concerned on the evening of June 3, 1858. The torrential rains that started to fall around 5 p.m. that day were still raging by 10 p.m. She knew her husband Horatio was also worried…

U.S. Marshals deputy shot serving warrant at Rockford hotel

Staff Report ROCKFORD  — A deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service has been shot at the Extended Stay America Hotel, 747 N. Bell School Road. Authorities say the shooting occurred at around 9 a.m., Thursday. U.S. Marshals Spokeswoman…