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Some violent crimes down in Rockford since task force formed

Hard work is paying off for the Winnebago County Violent Task Force. Members say several crimes in Rockford are down this year compared to last since they formed the group.
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Epperson hearing delayed after defense attorney hurts back

The hearing for Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson is postponed, after his attorney says he injured his back. More>>

Rockford schools look for community members for a new committee

Rockford schools are about to go through a big change, but before those changes move forward there's an important step. More>>

Guilford High School students volunteer before classes start

Before school starts, students at Guilford High School volunteered their time to clean up a bit. With recent construction at the school, the school's courtyard needed some maintenance.
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Hot classrooms could be issue on first day of school

Half of all Rockford Public School students will return to class Monday with no running air conditioning in their rooms. More>>

Hostess closing bakery that created the Twinkie

About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented. More>>

Bank of America settlement includes Illinois consumer relief

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says one-third of the state's $300 million share of a national settlement with Bank of America will go toward consumer relief.
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Annual breast cancer walk hosts kick-off event Video included

One step at a time. That's how thousands of people will help the fight against breast cancer in October. More>>

Coreyon Brown pleads guilty to violent home invasion Video included

Coreyon Brown, 19, pleaded guilty to charges related to two violent home invasions that occurred last spring in the Rockford area.
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Join WREX Friday at City Market for community Ice Bucket Challenge

It's the social media phenomenon sweeping the country while raising awareness and money to help fight ALS. On Friday, WREX invites you to Rockford's City Market to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge! More>>

UPDATE: Suspects identified in armed robbery, car crash

Cherry Valley Police say two men are in custody after crashing a car into the Menards' parking lot off Perryville Rd. More>>

Amboy School District dismissing early due to heat

Amboy School District 272 will dismiss at 2:20 today because of excessive heat.
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  • Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

    Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:15:16 GMT
    The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.More >>
    The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.More >>
  • Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

    Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:34:30 GMT
    A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college...More >>
    A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who...More >>
  • National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

    National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:44 AM EDT2014-08-22 11:44:44 GMT
    The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally...More >>
    The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.More >>
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