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Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for COVID-19

By Jennifer Pelitz Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal…

Illinois child killer serving 140 years dies from COVID-19

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A man serving 140 years at Stateville Correctional Center for sexually assaulting a boy and killing another has died from COVID-19. Ronald Rice, 66, began a 60-year sentence at Stateville in 1982 after…

New York doctor eases COVID-19 fears

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - If some pundits sound like they believe the world will never be the same because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's because they're likely right. But for most people, the main concern is how to avoid…

Winnebago County’s COVID-19 count now at 42

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - There have now been 42 positive COVID-19 tests in Winnebago County, officials announced Saturday. The announcement comes hours after state officials reported 1,453 new positive tests statewide,…

Illinois surpasses 10K positive COVID-19 tests

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - There are now 10,357 people in Illinois who have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, officials announced Saturday. "The number is sobering and a reminder that…

Man sentenced to prison for 2019 police chase

Staff Report ROCKFORD -  A man has been sentenced to prison for a police chase that happened last year in Rockford. Jabare L. McChristian,  26, was sentenced Thursday, March 26,  to one year in the Illinois Department for aggravated…

Rockford man sent to prison for aggravated DUI

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, on Friday, announced that a 58-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated DUI. Timothy Buchanan was…

Ex-Dallas chief tapped to head Chicago Police Department

By Don Babwin Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday named former Dallas police Chief David Brown to head the police force in the nation's third largest city, touting his humility and calling him "a…

Physicians Immediate Care to begin curbside COVID-19 testing

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Physicians Immediate Care, the largest urgent-care company in Illinois, will roll out Abbott Labs' breakthrough rapid COVID-19 test within the week, the company announced Thursday. Branded as Curbside Care the…