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A new big tree champ in Illinois

MT. MORRIS — There’s no denying the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve is a pretty special place. Last year, the Byron Forest Preserve District acquired the gravel hill prairie that had been used for cattle grazing for decades. For one thing,…

Are eagles disappearing, or just finding new territory?

The question of whether the bald eagle population is dwindling in the Midwest continues to confound bird watchers along the Mississippi River. The organizer behind an annual winter count conducted in January by hundreds of volunteers …

County, City suing opioid manufacturers

ROCKFORD — Winnebago County, the Winnebago County State’s Attorney and the City of Rockford announce that the County and City have filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against a number of…

Homestretch for home rule vote

Just a few days remain to educate residents about a major ballot issue in Rockford. In this week’s WNIJ Friday Forum, Jenna Dooley talks with those involved in getting their message out to voters before they hit the polls on Tuesday.