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Remembering Rockford’s Ruby Skye

By Bruce Hammond For The Rock River Times With the passing of Karen Howard on Monday, Aug. 7, Rockford lost a truly iconic member of the local arts community. Along with husband Bill and daughters Lani and Jennifer, Karen (aka Ruby…

Kris Kobach and Kansas’ SAFE Act

By Chelsie Bright  The Conversation If you want to understand President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission, it helps to study what happened in Kansas. Six years before Trump was tweeting about stolen elections and unsubstantiated…

Senate GOP advances a health care bill. Now what?

By Jeffrey Lazarus, David McLennan, & Rachel Caufield  The Conversation Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell narrowly managed to keep a Republican effort to reform health care alive. We asked our experts to consider the…

Illinois solar hits a bump in the road

By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl  Contributor Just a few months ago the passage of Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois was lauded as promising biggest advancement of clean energy investments in the history of the state. With up to 2700 MW…

What’s Local: Channeling passion in business

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor ROCKFORD — There is something to be said for those who make a living doing what they’re passionate about. For one Rockford businesses owner, it was not that she was unhappy in her former career. She made…

Editorial: Four months of a new Times

Four months ago, on Feb. 15, readers saw a new version of The Rock River Times. We made a promise at that time – a time that marked a new era for this paper, one that has served the Rockford community for 30 years: more local journalism.…

All Paws grooming cashes in with move downtown

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor  DOWNTOWN — While their stories differ, all small businesses have a beginning. Fresh out of high school, Angie Johnson headed for the coast to try her hand at whatever came along while she pursued a degree…