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SwedishAmerican seeks donations of masks, PPEs, other items

Staff Report ROCKFORD –  Starting Wednesday, March 25, SwedishAmerican will begin collecting donated items from the community. These donations will add to the inventory SwedishAmerican has already built up as part of its preparedness…

Virus delivers blow to bars, restaurants

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The parking lots at local bars and restaurants were eerily vacant Monday night, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all taverns to close and restaurants to suspend all dine-in services at 9 p.m., amid the…

Al Grace Appliance closing for good

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Al Grace Appliance, a retail staple in Rockford since the early 1960s, will close its doors this year. A final sale will begin in April, and all in-store appliances and mattresses will be liquidated. Lou…

Rockford Public Library closing branches until April 1

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Public Library, beginning Wednesday, March 18, will close its branches and offer remote-only services until the end of the month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Full services will continue…

Local coronavirus patient recovering at home

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The first person on record in Winnebago County to contract COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is recovering at home, officials said Sunday. The patient is a man in his 60s who visited an…

Winnebago County confirms first case of COVID-19

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Illinois Department of Public Health, on Monday, announced 29 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois, including at least one in Winnebago County. Champaign, Clinton, Cook, Cumberland,…

COVID-19: Rockford Public Schools to close until March 30

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford Public School District 205 will be closed until Monday, March 30, because the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Friday. "Administrators, principals and staff have been working on plans…

BBB: Beware of coronavirus scams

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The COVID-19 outbreak means opportunity to scam artists, cyber crooks and other thieves, according to the local office of the Better Business Bureau. Officials say scams have ramped-up nearly as quickly as the…