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Midway Village hosts All Hallows Eve event

Trick or treating began a little early for some kids over at Midway Village today.  It's part of the museum's All Hallows Eve event. Kids went from building to building in the village dressed their Halloween costume to get their special treat.  

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Auburn High School Students Host Knightmare 5K Zombie Run

For some, today's weather probably called for a run, but for others the Halloween season instead called for running away from zombies. Students from Auburn High School held the second Knightmare 5K Zombie Run.  

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One Body Collaboratives hosts Day of Compassion

It was a day of compassion today -- as a number of local churches got together to help the most vulnerable in our community. "We have 12 churches that have what they call gap ministries and they're really filling a gap within the community," Mary Cacioppi, an organizer for the Day of Compassion says.  

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Police looking for two suspects who shot a man in the chest overnight

Rockford Police are looking for two suspects who shot a man in the 800 block of 18th Street around 10 p.m. on Friday.  Investigators say the victim was walking west bound on 7th Ave near the intersection of 18th Street when he noticed he was being followed by the suspects. 

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Woman shot in Rockford early Saturday morning

Rockford Police are looking for the person responsible for shooting a 27 year old woman near the intersection of Sunset Ave and Fairview Ave around 4 a.m.  

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Three suspects are in custody after car-hijacking, Friday night

A 43 year old delivery driver was beaten Friday night before his car was stolen near the 2500 block of North Rockton Ave. 

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Kids with cancer mix things up in the kitchen

A day to get away. That's what these kids are doing. Forgetting for 30 minutes they have cancer. "It makes me happy and its fun for me to be here and get to do all these cool things because some kids don't get to do this stuff" said cooking class participant, Samantha Roberson. 

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Rockford Fire battles vacant house fire

Early this morning around 5 a.m. the Rockford Fire Department responded to a call for a house fire on Union Street.

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New Rockford candy shop mixes best of both worlds with ice cream parlor inside

They sell bulk candy and imported candies from Mexico if you're looking to try something new to give to trick-or-treaters.

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New downtown Freeport restaurant focuses on local products, vendors Video included

Some of the specialties include grilled cheese and a deep fried pretzel. The menu at Pub 219 is all about promoting local products and vendors.

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Rockford Record Crawl full of vintage vinyl, special deals Video included

There will be special sales and prizes all throughout the day including the unveiling of some unique records.

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RPS 205 parent speaks out after daughter's bus was struck by gunfire in Rockford Video included

When 8th grader Alannah Beaman got on the bus at West Middle School to head home Wednesday afternoon, she had no idea what was about to happen. 

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Colder fall weather returns soon

Big changes are ahead in the forecast after one last warm day Saturday.

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Rockford Record Crawl to offer vintage vinyl at local music shops Saturday

If you're a music fan you'll love this event in Rockford Saturday. Culture shock, Toad Hall, CD Source and Kate's Pie Shop are hosting the fourth annual Rockford Record Crawl. 

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Local organizations react to Inmate Work Crew cuts Video included

"It's a shame they have to cut this program" said President of the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Richard Bean.

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UPDATE: 10 arrests made following fights at Freeport High School Video included

Freeport High School is under a hard lockdown Friday due to fighting at the school.  

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Hooked: The Opioid Crisis Hits Home

For the next month, the 13 WREX team will tell you the stories of the drug users, survivors, those on the front lines and loved ones left behind to help paint a picture of this drug epidemic. We are calling it: "Hooked: The Opioid Crisis Hits Home."

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Roscoe man dies after falling from hiking trail in Montana

According to the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office in Columbus Montana, 2 other hikers in the area saw Chase Shott, 26, fall from a trail above Mystic Lake.

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Rockford man on parole arrested on drug, weapons charges

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A Rockford man found not guilty of murder earlier this year was arrested Thursday on drug and weapons charges.  

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Belvidere Police searching for attempted child abduction suspect

Belvidere Police are searching for the driver of a car who may have been involved in attempted child abduction. 

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Two arrested in Belvidere on felony drug charges

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Authorities say a multi-jurisdictional investigation has led to the arrests of two suspect and the seizure of over 55 pounds of drugs.  

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2017 Trick-or-Treat hours for Rockford and surrounding areas

Halloween is almost upon us, and cities are releasing their preferred Trick-or-Treat hours for families to enjoy the holiday. All times are for October 31, unless noted otherwise. 

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RPS 205 bus carrying children hit by gunfire in shootout Video included

One day after a shootout between people in two cars, 13 WREX learns a Rockford school bus full of children was caught in the crossfire and hit.

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Semi turns over on U.S 20 causing delays

Police are still investigating after semi that turned over on U.S 20 near the Harrison Road exit. According to a 13 News Crew, traffic is backed up to the Alpine Exit. Police say the crash happened around 5 a.m Friday morning. The semi drivers says his window fogged up and he couldn't see. No injuries have been reported. Police say to expect delays this morning and to avoid the area. More>>

Rockford Chamber of Commerce helping protect local businesses

As lawmakers in Washington continue to come up with new healthcare proposals -- it may leave small businesses here in Rockford with lots of questions. 

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Next Rockford educating people on potential switch to home rule Video included

Rockford hasn't been a home rule community since the 1980's when the city reverted back to strictly state laws due to tax concerns.  With the city mulling a switch back to home rule, Next Rockford is doing everything it can to educate residents on the pros and cons of home rule. 

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