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Former Winnebago County Recorder Ken Staaf dies

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Longtime Winnebago County Recorder Kenneth Staaf died Thursday, Dec. 19. He was 80. Staaf served as recorder of deeds for 16 years before retiring in 2008. He also worked in TV as a weatherman, anchor and WIFR…

Mercyhealth adds obstetrician to McFarland clinic

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Mercyhealth welcomes Dr. Bishara Baddour to the physician staff of Mercyhealth McFarland, 2780 McFarland Road. Baddour says he aims to foster a close relationship with all his patients. “My philosophy of…

‘Shop on State’ happening downtown throughout December

Staff Report ROCKFORD ­­– The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is preparing for the holidays with the community’s holiday shopping event "Shop on State" in downtown Rockford throughout the entire month of December. The…

SwedishAmerican opens human milk depot in Rockford

Staff Report ROCKFORD – SwedishAmerican will host a grand opening of its first human milk depot at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10,  at the hospital, 1401 E. State St. The milk deport is part of a partnership between SwedishAmerican and…

Mayor announces plan to save Alpine Pool

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Mayor Tom McNamara, on Friday, announced a plan that will reopen Alpine Pool for the 2020 season. The proposed deal includes the City’s Water Division reducing water related fees in the amount of $70,000 in…

Mercyhealth Rockton Avenue adds gastroenterologist

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Mercyhealth, on Friday, announced that Dr. Raza Hamdani has joined the gastroenterology staff at Mercyhealth Rockton Avenue, 2300 N. Rockton Ave. “As I personalize the care for each of my patients, I…

Former PNC Bank building sells for $4.225M

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A prime piece of commercial downtown real estate has recently changed hands. According to Winnebago County records, owner John Taphorn sold the former PNC Bank building at 120 W. State St. for $4.225 million to…

State Rep. John Cabello joins suicide task force

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, announced Monday that he has been appointed to serve on the newly created State of Illinois First Responders Suicide Task Force.  The task force is part of the…

Rain or shine, Stroll will go on downtown Rockford

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Rockford are closely monitoring the weather forecast for Saturday, Nov. 30, when the city hosts the seventh annual Stroll on State. Based on…

City announces Stroll on State travel advisories

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The City of Rockford has issued travel and parking information in advance of the Dasher Dash and Stroll on State, two downtown events happening Saturday, Nov. 30. Citizens are reminded to heed the following…

Longtime Rockford journalist, TRRT editor Joe Baker dies

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Longtime local journalist Joe Baker died Sunday, Nov. 24. He was 87. Born Donald Joseph Baker on Oct. 18, 1932, he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting after serving in the Korean War as a…

Rockford garbage collection delayed

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Garbage collection for Rockford residents on Thursday, Nov. 28, will be delayed one day because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents who normally have garbage pickup on Thursday will have it picked up on…