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Tallest tree in Illinois has roots in Byron

The tallest tree in Illinois is right here in northern Illinois.  

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Saturday marks 51st anniversary of Belvidere tornado

Saturday marks 51 years since a devastating tornado tore through Belvidere killing 24 people.

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City Council to discuss redevelopment of former Hanley building site

Nearly one year after a fire ripped through the old Hanley Furniture building in downtown Rockford, aldermen will hear what owners plan to do with the space.

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Summerfield Zoo opens for the season on Earth Day

It finally feels like spring just in time for the season opening of the Summerfield Zoo.

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Rockford native named one of Time's most influential of 2018

Of of Time Magazine's list of 100 influential people of 2018 is from Rockford.

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Beloit Schools use new program to cut down on cell phones Video included

Breaking an addiction, that's what the Beloit School District says it's trying to do. It's just launched a pilot program to keep students off their phones during class and some say it's working.

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After near-death experience, Pecatonica teacher pushes for CPR training in schools Video included

One local teacher is raising awareness for CPR training in schools after she nearly died earlier this year. 

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Aero Ale House in Byron will host Cave Night after bar goes up in flames

The community is rallying together after a well-known bar in Byron goes up in flames on Friday.

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McHenry man charged with bringing drugs into the jail

A McHenry resident arrested on an outstanding drug warrant faces new charges after authorities say he tried to bring drugs in to the jail. 

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Durbin calls on Allegiant to release mechanical incidents at Rockford's airport Video included

After a scathing report detailing in-flight breakdowns of Allegiant aircrafts, Illinois' top officials say they want answers.  

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13 WREX's coverage of the opioid epidemic named finalist for national service award

13 WREX's combined news and public service project, "Hooked: The Opioid Epidemic Hits Home," has been named a national finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award. 

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Information on thousands of Illinois residents mailed to wrong addresses Video included

Personal information of thousands of Illinois residents has been mailed to wrong addresses, according to Illinois officials.

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High school students commit to military

It's that time of year where high school athletes make their college commitment, but some students are choosing a different path in life.

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  • Jeb Bush to eulogize mother, Barbara, in private service

    Jeb Bush to eulogize mother, Barbara, in private service

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:05 AM EDT2018-04-21 13:05:46 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.
    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.More >>
    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.More >>
  • Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

    Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:05 AM EDT2018-04-21 13:05:38 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states.More >>
    The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states.More >>
  • Dad stabbed to death as daughter sits in lap at restaurant

    Dad stabbed to death as daughter sits in lap at restaurant

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:05 AM EDT2018-04-21 13:05:36 GMT
    (Ventura County District Attorney's Office via AP). This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed wh...(Ventura County District Attorney's Office via AP). This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed wh...
    A homeless man has been charged with murder in the death of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.More >>
    A homeless man has been charged with murder in the death of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.More >>
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  • The Latest: Death toll in Canada bus crash rises to 15

    The Latest: Death toll in Canada bus crash rises to 15

    Saturday, April 7 2018 5:42 PM EDT2018-04-07 21:42:59 GMT
    (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP). Humboldt mayor Rob Muench, in the Broncos team jersey, along with other mourners lay down flower on the stairs that enter to Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canad...(Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP). Humboldt mayor Rob Muench, in the Broncos team jersey, along with other mourners lay down flower on the stairs that enter to Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canad...
    The captain of a junior hockey team is among the 14 people killed in a bus crash in western Canada.More >>
    The captain of a junior hockey team is among the 14 people killed in a bus crash in western Canada.More >>
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