East outlasted by Chicago Curie in 4A consolation game

Staff Report PEORIA – For the first time in this record-breaking season for the East E-Rabs, none of its “big three” were particularly sharp in the IHSA Class 4A third-place game. Yet, with 1:55 left to play, the E-Rabs trailed by…

Looking into gasoline pricing

By Allen Penticoff Columnist I recently had the unpleasant experience of paying $2.39 per gallon for regular unleaded while filling up in the morning - only to return to the same pump in the afternoon with a different car  to find that…

Rockford man wanted in child battery case

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- An  arrest warrant has been issued for a Rockford man who police say battered a child, authorities reported Friday, March 15. Jerry Coffee, 36, is charged with aggravated battery of a child after and…

Steve Stadelman sponsors bill to fight urban blight

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD -- Cities and counties would have a streamlined process to address vacant homes under two new measures sponsored by state Sen.Steve Stadelman. D-Rockford. Senate bills 2052 and 2097 implement recommendations…

Rockford community forum addresses immigration myths

By Sarah Jesmer WNIJ News ROCKFORD -- Lily Chavez's parents moved from Mexico to Winnebago County before she was born. Chavez shared the story of her family's immigration at a recent panel in Rockford hosted by Engaging Lent. The forum…

Stage set for Rockford St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The Irish Marching Society's annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, downtown. Traffic will be impacted during the event. The parade will begin at Seventh Street and Fourth…

21st Annual RAMI Spring Benefit March 23

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- This 21st Annual Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) Spring Benefit will be Saturday, March 23, at Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dancing starts at 7 p.m. Live music will be…

City of Rockford to host job fair March 22

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The City of Rockford, along with Rockford Park District and Winnebago County, will host an Internship and Summer Job Fair on Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Health Sports Factory, 305 S. Madison St.…