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UPDATE: Kristen Smith found guilty of kidnapping Beloit baby Kayden Powell

A jury panel in federal court has found Kristen Smith guilty of kidnapping. More>>

Protestors rally at McDonald's for higher wages

Several people rallied today outside of the McDonald's on Auburn Street in Rockford. More>>

Shooting in office building in Chicago leaves CEO gravely injured

Chicago Police say a man who was demoted last week returned to work today and shot the CEO in the head. The man then took his own life. More>>

Rockford business offers 'princess lessons' for children

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Princess Belle taught area girls their table manners today during princess lessons at Rockford's Once Upon a Dream Princess Performances by Katie. More>>

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

The World Health Organization says the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history now has killed more than 700 people across West Africa.
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Lawmakers contemplate adding new motorcycle license class Video included

The road to getting a motorcycle license might change in Illinois. More>>

Nearly 100 jobs created after Rochelle railcar company expands

An expansion at a Rochelle railcar company means nearly 100 new jobs in the area. More>>

Police association files amended complaint against Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson

Terrence Peterson, president of the Police Benevolent and Protective Association, and various other past and current Rockford Police officers have filed an amended complaint against Epperson.
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McHenry mail carrier wins $1 million on Illinois Lottery ticket

Every morning, this United States Postal Service employee stops at the store to buy a drink and sometimes a Lottery ticket. More>>

Residents enjoy Rockford Park District's entertainment series

The fun continues at Sinnissippi Park Music Shell as dozens of residents come out to enjoy the Sounds of Summer. More>>

UPDATE: Suspect caught in deadly Rockford shooting

The Rockford Police Department announced the arrest of the man involved in a deadly shooting on the city's east side. More>>

Practice Velocity expands in old Machesney Park Mall

Come fall, a Machesney Park development that has been an eyesore to residents will get a makeover. More>>

Belvidere woman sentenced to 7 years for drug charges

Crystal Cepeda, 27, pled guilty to Unlawful Delivery Within a 1,000 feet of a church, a Class X felony.
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Rockford's resident Swede talks about NBC'S 'Welcome to Sweden' show

A new NBC show is already creating a lot of buzz in two countries. More>>

Homebuilt plane crashes in Wisconsin; 2 injured

Oshkosh authorities say a small plane crash has left two people injured. More>>

Police search for cellphone store robbers

Police in Rockford are on the hunt for two people involved in the robbery of a cellphone store on the city's northeast side. More>>

Wisconsin highway closed due to fatal wreck

The Rock County Sheriff's Office reported a deadly accident on Highway 81 Wednesday afternoon. More>>

AARP helps people avoid identity theft

Protecting identities was the focus on an AARP meeting in Rockford. More>>

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  • Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

    Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:38:45 GMT
    The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering...More >>
    Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country entered into economic uncertainty with its second default in 13 years, one forced upon it by New York hedge funds with the backing of U.S. courts.More >>
  • CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:20:39 GMT
    A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and...More >>
    The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist...More >>
  • Dow plunges as multiple worries vex investors

    Dow plunges as multiple worries vex investors

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:18:46 GMT
    Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected....More >>
    For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.More >>
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  • NIU adds Utah to future football schedule

    NIU adds Utah to future football schedule

    The University of Utah will become the first Pac-12 Conference football team to play in Huskie Stadium when the Utes and Northern Illinois University Huskies kick off a home-and-home series in DeKalb on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced Thursday. More >>
    The University of Utah will become the first Pac-12 Conference football team to play in Huskie Stadium when the Utes and Northern Illinois University Huskies kick off a home-and-home series in DeKalb on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced Thursday. More >>
  • Snappers win 4-3 in extra innings

    Snappers win 4-3 in extra innings

    A piece of clutch hitting from a struggling shortstop powered the Beloit Snappers to a 4-3 win over the Peoria Chiefs Wednesday night. More >>
    A piece of clutch hitting from a struggling shortstop powered the Beloit Snappers to a 4-3 win over the Peoria Chiefs Wednesday night. More >>
  • Aviators fall 4-2 to Wild Things

    Aviators fall 4-2 to Wild Things

    The Rockford Aviators fell 4-2 to the first-place Washington Wild Things Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park. More >>
    The Rockford Aviators fell 4-2 to the first-place Washington Wild Things Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park. More >>
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