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Zagat rates two Rockford area breweries as "must-tries"

Worth the drive. That's how a nationwide ratings agency feels about two Rockford area businesses calling them a must-try.Ratings agency Zagat recently released its top five must-try breweries outside of Chicago. More>>

Northern Illinois man dead after crash in Stephenson Co.

A northern Illinois man is dead after a crash in Stephenson County. More>>

NIU employee on administrative leave over water testing

13 News has confirmed a Northern Illinois University employee in charge of testing campus water has been placed on paid administrative leave after officials learned he did not test for certain contaminants for almost two years. More>>

Semi-truck rollover on I-90 near U.S. 20

Illinois State Police are investigating a semi-truck rollover. More>>

Winnebago County Deputy Chief Iasparro to retire

Winnebago County Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro confirms he is retiring after 43 years in local law enforcement. More>>

UPDATE: Air Algerie flight crashes in Mali

A commercial jetliner which disappeared from radar over western Africa just 50 minutes after takeoff this morning, has crashed according to an Burkina Faso airport official. More>>

Second suspect in Sterling hit-and-run arrested in Texas

A Rock Falls man -- wanted for attempted murder in a hit-and-run that injured a Sterling pedestrian -- was arrested in Corpus Christi, TX. More>>

Doddy pleads not guilty in second murder case

Terence Doddy was arraigned in his second murder case Wednesday.

Illinois patients to docs: 'What about marijuana?'

Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state's new medical marijuana program.

Haskell students head back to school in Rockford

It's the first day of class in Rockford. Don't panic parents you didn't miss it, it's for Haskell Elementary, the year round school. More>>

Loves Park veteran wants to keep donating American flags

A Loves Park veteran who gives away free American flags every Memorial Day has raised $4,000 for a fund to keep the tradition going after he dies. More>>

Superintendent calls on Cardinal Pride to spruce up Meridian School District facilities

Superintendent P.J. Caposey says students and the community deserve to return to schools that have immaculate facilities despite district-wide budget reductions. More>>

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

Rockford city leaders discuss idea to help local students with college tuition Video included

A promise to help with tuition for a promise to go to college in the community. More>>

Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA teaching pros, at least one in Rockford.

The Dick's Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling.  At least one of those professionals is from the East State Street location in Rockford. More>>

Therapeutic horses at BraveHearts provide life-changing care Video included

Here in Northern Illinois, an organization called BraveHearts provides life-changing care in a way many have never seen. More>>

Rockford Health System REACT Helicopter sent to help tragedies

Two crashes on an Illinois interstate this week kills five. Although it happened 100 miles from Rockford, a local hospital says it was called in to help. More>>

Byron family says medical marijuana could save their daughter with epilepsy Video included

One Byron family says medical marijuana may save their daughter. More>>

RV catches fire in homeowner's driveway

An RV caught fire in the driveway of a Roscoe home Thursday afternoon. More>>

Rockford Police: Burglar out on parole commits same crime

Rockford Police have arrested a man for several break-ins in the city. James Moore is charged with two counts of residential burglary and filing a false report of a stolen car.

Skydiver dies during World War II-style jump in Oklahoma

Authorities say a skydiver from Illinois has been killed while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers. More>>

Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. More>>

Two men shot on Rockford's southeast side

The Rockford Police Department is asking for the public's help to find the person or persons responsible for a shooting on the city's southeast side. More>>

Six-member family killed in Gaza strike

Six members of the same family, including an 18-month-old boy, were killed after an Israeli air strike hit a refugee camp early this morning. More>>

First annual Rockford Safety Camp slated for August

Rockford Police and Fire Departments will hold the 1st annual Rockford Safety Camp for Kids with the Rockford Park District. More>>

Poplar Grove woman arrested for 2013 drug induced homicide

A Poplar Grove woman is arrested in connection with a drug related death from 2013. More>>

Rockford Police make arrest in Churchill's Grove break-ins

Rockford Police arrested a man Wednesday for a series of home break-ins in a historic neighborhood. More>>

IDNR makes rule changes to upcoming deer hunting season

Twenty additional counties have been removed from the late-winter deer hunting season.

Durbin to Putin: Take responsibility for Malaysian Airlines crash

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept responsibility for downing a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine. More>>

Report: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing 51 people

Taiwan's Central News Agency says a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 51 people.

Study: Many heavy kids think they're normal weight

A new government study says many kids don't have an accurate idea of their own weight, and many of them are obese young people who view themselves as normal.

Colorado theater shooting suspect in court for hearing on expert testimony

The man charged with the Colorado theater massacre is returning to court for the second day of hearings about what kinds of experts can testify at his trial.

Some bodies of Malaysia Airlines crash victims leave Ukraine

Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash have left the embattled eastern Ukraine today.

South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.

Rockford man dies after motorcycle crash

A Rockford man has died following a motorcycle crash in Laona Township. More>>

Driver charged in wreck on I-55 that killed four people

A semi-truck driver involved in a Will County crash that killed four people has been charged.

Rockford woman to accept humanitarian award

A Rockford woman who has dedicated her life to helping others gets a special honor for her good deeds. More>>

Magic Waters hits record high number of guests for summer

The hottest day of the summer brings in a season high attendance at Magic Waters in Rockford. More>>

Dogs could be in danger of a deadly disease while digging around

Your dog's love for exploring could lead to some health problems down the road.

Pothole problem on the decline

This time last year the Rockford region saw 50% more potholes, despite the recent harsh winter. More>>

Electricity rates to go up in Rockford, Loves Park

The cities of Rockford and Loves Park are contracting with a new electricity supplier beginning in September.

Machesney Park man arrested for aggravated battery of a child

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Belvidere Police have arrested a man for aggravated battery of a child. A 7-month-old child remains in critical condition.

$1B construction program will fund resurfacing for parts of I-39

A $1 billion highway construction program for the state includes money to resurface a portion of Interstate 39. More>>

US Appeals Courts issue conflicting rulings on health care subsidies

Two federal appeals courts today have issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue. The rulings came within hours of each other. More>>

Purple Heart sent to Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times

The Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times, allegedly by classmates trying to please a fictional online character, has received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor.

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  • Arizona execution renews debate over methods

    Arizona execution renews debate over methods

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:55:14 GMT
    A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth...More >>
    A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for...More >>
  • Carjackers on run after crash that killed 3 kids

    Carjackers on run after crash that killed 3 kids

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:46:29 GMT
    Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.More >>
    Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.More >>
  • Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

    Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:25:52 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal...More >>
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal corruption...More >>
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