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Downtown gas station gets OK from city

By Jim Hagerty Contributor CITY HALL — Although the discussion was somewhat prickly in the gallery, Rockford aldermen had no problem approving a new Kelley Williamson Mobil station on Jefferson Street. The contention before the vote…

Aldermen consider more Mercyhealth fee cuts

By Jim Hagerty  Contributor  CITY HALL — Construction plans of the Mercyhealth Women and Children’s Hospital were again brought in front of leaders Monday, as Rockford aldermen delayed a vote on the health care network’s request for a…

Playground renamed in honor of Lindberg

At the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners Tuesday meeting, the Board approved the renaming of Loves Park Playground to Darryl F. Lindberg Park in recognition of the Loves Park mayor’s substantial community contributions.…

Learn how to take dazzling photographs

During a five-week class with the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, local photographer Steve Bogdonas will help you learn how to take top quality photos with your digital camera. The class is designed for a beginner through intermediate…

New director for Arts Council

The Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) announced Sharon Nesbit-Davis has been named Executive Director. Nesbit-Davis has been RAAC’s Interim Director since August of 2016, having previously served as Education and Engagement Director for…

Illinois Future Energy Jobs Bill

By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association The 2017 Solar Report Card ranked Illinois as 18th in the nation in terms state policies supporting solar energy. The factors…

2017 is the time to go solar

By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association Despite signs of an all-out pursuit of fossil fuels by the Trump administration, there are positive signs regarding solar energy. At…

A good start to the New Year

By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association We had an enjoyable and delicious New Year’s Eve dinner with good friends. They had just finished adding a new three kilowatt…

Winter Solstice: its significance is ignored

By Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association In the northern hemisphere December 21 is the shortest day of the year and marks the beginning of winter. For earlier people, the gradual…