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Rockford mourns at vigil for homeless

ROCKFORD -- The coroner's office says nearly 3,000 people in Winnebago County died within the last year. 45 of them were part of the area's homeless population. That's according to Carpenter's Place, a non-profit homeless shelter in…

City halts St. Peter’s chancery demolition

ROCKFORD -- Plans to demolish the former chancery building next to Cathedral of St. Peter were halted Thursday, as city officials denied the Catholic Diocese of Rockford a permit to tear it down. The news comes after a group aimed at…

Area law enforcement investigating bomb threats

ROCKFORD -- Rockford-area police agencies are investigating bomb threats at various businesses. The Rockford Catholic Diocese received a threat at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The building was quickly evacuated and and police searched the…

Winnebago County Board approves $1.7M Costco subsidy

ROCKFORD -- The hotly contested $1.7 million host-fee subsidy to help Costco open in Loves Park was approved by the Winnebago County Board Thursday. The board voted 12-7 to approve the funding. David Boomer, R-4, abstained. The previous…

Six Flags gets green light to operate Magic Waters

GURNEE, Ill.--  Six Flags Great America has received the last vote from the Rock Valley College approving the final of 11 real estate tax abatements on the Magic Waters property. Six Flags Great America now has the necessary approvals to…

City puts blighted church building on notice

ROCKFORD - The City of Rockford Legal Department, on Tuesday,began the demolition process at the heavily blighted New Fellowship Baptist Church at 814 Second Ave. by posting a 30-day notice as required by Illinois statute. In addition to…

Rockford Police scores high on crime stats audit

ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department scored high marks during an audit as the only police department in Illinois that submits National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data to the FBI. The data goes much deeper than…

Rockford passes 2019 budget

ROCKFORD - City of Rockford aldermen on Monday passed the $156.8 million general-fund budget for 2019. The budget includes a utility tax on natural gas and electricity, the levy that was added to the 2018 spending plan after home rule…

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