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A promise of action – the clean power plan

By Robert and Sonia Vogl President and Vice President Illinois Renewable Energy Association With droughts, heat waves, forest fires, devastating storms, rising sea levels and dramatic reductions in Arctic ice becoming common events, calls…

Obama must stop excessive media control

From the Society of Professional Journalists Fifty-three journalism and open government groups Tuesday called on President Barack Obama – yet again – to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to…

Rauner, Madigan scrapping again

Spending bill cause for latest go-around By Mark Fitton Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The governor and House Democrats are going at it again. This time, it’s over an attempt by the House Democrats to change Senate Bill 2042, the…

A less than Fantastic Four

By Thomas Simpson Contributor There are film franchises that don’t need a reboot and there are those that do. Fantastic Four was positioned firmly in the latter camp. Tim Story’s two films aren’t without their charm but with the cast’s…

20th Annual Honor the Mounds fills Beattie Park

By Susan Johnson Contributor Tribes gathered for the 20th Annual "Honor the Mounds" celebration under a cloudy sky at Beattie Park last Saturday. Rain held off as visitors toured the park, took in activities, sampled the food and bought…

Cellusuede, Brewhouse announce development plan

Madison Street property to change hands as manufacturer moves to Elmwood Road Staff Report Cellusuede Products, Inc. announced its acquisition of 1515 Elmwood Road, Rockford, with a planned future move on the docket. Cellusuede has been…

TRRT Online Edition | August 12-18

Read or download this week's The Rock River Times right on your computer, tablet or cell phone. Top stories: Cellusuede and Prairie Street Brewhouse reach agreement on property; Sanders picks up nurses' union backing.

Cubs slide back into wild card spot

By Nate Johnson Columnist Even the most optimistic of Cubs fans would have been hard-pressed to expect coming out of playing the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants with a 5-1 record (one rainout in the series opener against…

State: CPS to lay off 1,500 teachers

By Mary Wisniewski Reuters CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teachers and support staff who are being fired amid a previously announced $200 million budget cut and a shift in student enrollment. The…

Senate rejects legislative raise

By Mark Fitton Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Wednesday easily passed a measure to halt a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for lawmakers and other top state officials. The Senate passed House Bill 576 by a vote of…

RAAC youth program opening doors

By Anne E. O’Keefe Rockford Area Arts Council In its 21st year, the Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtsPlace is a youth apprenticeship program exploring visual and performing arts. This year we were honored to be a finalist for the…