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Task force seeks to cut Illinois female prison population

A proposal by reform advocates would cut the number of women locked up in Illinois prisons by as much as half. 

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8th Street home heavily damaged in Sunday morning fire

Rockford firefighters put out flames at a home in the 1100 block of 8th Street, early Sunday morning.

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UPDATE: Rockford man killed in early morning crash in Machesney Park

A Rockford man is dead following a crash in the 10,000 block of Queen Oaks in Machesney Park, Sunday morning. 

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Rockford Police: Fight at large street party leads to deadly shooting

Rockford Police investigate a murder near the intersection of Halsted Road and Sablewood Road.  

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1 dead, dozens of hostages freed after Los Angeles standoff

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A large number of police and rescue personnel were responding to a Los Angeles supermarket, amid numerous media reports of possible gunshots. More>>

Visit Midway Village Museum for free on Sunday

Free is always better and this Sunday you can check out the Midway Village Museum for no cost.

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Stateline first responders hold active shooter drill at Ogle County school

You never know when or where disaster is going to strike and that's why first responders here in the Stateline are doing everything they can to be prepared. 

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150 planes take to Stateline skies

You may have noticed a number of planes flying overhead on Saturday in the Rockford area. What you may not have known is that each of those planes were the same model, 132 Beechcraft Bonanzas.

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Dallas officer killed while escorting at another officer's funeral

A Dallas police motorcycle officer was killed early Saturday morning while escorting the body of another officer to a funeral in Louisiana. 

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More people sickened by parasite in outbreak linked to McDonald's salads

McDonald's officials have added Wisconsin to the list of states where salads aren't sold, due to cases of reported illness from eating salads.

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Alpine Kiwanis kick off Brat Days

The Alpine Kiwanis Club kicked off Brat Days at three locations throughout the Rockford area on Friday. 

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Rockford Fire's Second Alarm Girls Fire Camp kicks off

Becoming a firefighter is a career most women don't  pursue. But, one woman with the Rockford Fire Department hopes to change that. 

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Property values could increase for some Rockford homes Video included

Assessments have been sent out to around 8,000 homes this week, and most of those homes may see their property values increase. 

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Winnebago County Animal Services has new leader

Winnebago County Animal Services now has a new leader.

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One person killed in two-vehicle crash in DeKalb County

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash in DeKalb County.

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Absence of order at committee meeting leads to board frustration, response from chairman Video included

An absence of order at the Winnebago County Board committee meetings Thursday night leads to strong words from board members and prompts a memo from board chairman Frank Haney. 

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Former Winnebago County purchasing director will be released from prison Monday Video included

The former Winnebago County purchasing director, who embezzled more than $400,000 from the county, will be released from federal prison on Monday.

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Rockford man faces reckless homicide charges after fatal crash

A Rockford man has been charged with reckless homicide after a fatal crash last weekend in Loves Park. 

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Grubhub Delivery expanding to Rockford

Grubhub Delivery announced they're expanding their services to Rockford. 

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Kids Around the World builds playground for new Cherry Valley school

Kids Around the World have helped build a playground at Cherry Valley Elementary School. 

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Controversy sparks debates with Winnebago Co. board members

Election consolidation sparked heated debates between some Winnebago County board members. 

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Rachael Ray chooses Mrs. Fisher's Potato Chips as a top chip in the nation

Mrs. Fisher's Potato Chips made a top five list in Rachael Ray's Every Day magazine. 

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Winnebago County 2019 budget nearly $3 million in the red

Not only is the 2019 budget in the red, but the county says it looks like 2018 will end with a deficit as well. 

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weather alert

Strong storms hitting the Stateline

Thunderstorms will sweep through the Stateline early tonight, bringing the threat for brief, heavy rainfall, 40 mph+ wind gusts, and frequent lightning. Be aware of the strong t-storm activity and get indoors as quickly as possible if you hear thunder.

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Disability community struggles to find accessible apartments in Rockford Video included

When C.J. Campbell moved back to Rockford 8 years ago, it was an uphill battle to find a place to call home.

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Toad Hall reprints 101-year-old book with Rockford history Video included

A 101-year-old book about the history of Rockford is making a comeback.

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Sheriff candidate has his plan for cutting department's budget Video included

The man running to replace Sheriff Gary Caruana says he knows where the department should make cuts. We have the details of his plan.
 

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The Latest: Authorities say 1 killed in LA market standoff

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Police believe a man involved in a standoff with officers at a Los Angeles supermarket shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store. More>>

College staff team up with PAWS fro community service day

Every year, staff from Rasmussen College spend a day giving back to the community. This year, they had a soft spot for animals. 

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Fred VanVleet hands out lunches at 15th and Chris

Supporting the community is something Fred VanVleet is known for doing, and it's exactly what he did Thursday afternoon at a popular local business. 

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Public health officials see uptick in foodborne illness in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the number of foodborne illness cases of Cyclospora, has increased to  243.

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UPDATE: Coast Guard, NTSB investigating boat crash that killed 17

Investigators with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a duck boat accident that killed 17 people in southern Missouri.

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    Elon Musk, artist settle copyright row over tooting unicorn

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  • Family, home still unfamiliar to Honduran baby

    Family, home still unfamiliar to Honduran baby

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    (AP Photo/Esteban Felix). Adalicia Montecinos holds her year-old son Johan, who became a poster child for the U.S. policy of separating immigrants and their children, at a restaurant in Yojoa, Honduras, Friday, 20, 2018. Johan arrived in San Pedro Sula...(AP Photo/Esteban Felix). Adalicia Montecinos holds her year-old son Johan, who became a poster child for the U.S. policy of separating immigrants and their children, at a restaurant in Yojoa, Honduras, Friday, 20, 2018. Johan arrived in San Pedro Sula...
    A baby who came to embody the Trump administration's family separation policy is back with his parents in Honduras after five months.More >>
    A baby who came to embody the Trump administration's family separation policy is back with his parents in Honduras after five months.More >>
  • Mexican president-elect vows improvements to deter migration

    Mexican president-elect vows improvements to deter migration

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    (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte). Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, right, and his future Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, speaks to the press outside his party's headquarters in Mexico City, Sunday, July 22, 2018. Lopez Obrador has release...(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte). Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, right, and his future Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, speaks to the press outside his party's headquarters in Mexico City, Sunday, July 22, 2018. Lopez Obrador has release...
    Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has released a seven-page letter he sent to U.S. President Donald Trump detailing how he plans to improve Mexico's economy and security so Mexicans do not feel...More >>
    Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has released a seven-page letter he sent to U.S. President Donald Trump detailing how he plans to improve Mexico's economy and security so Mexicans do not feel the need to migrate.More >>
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